Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Mid-Week Post

Merry Pi Day!

There are no Liberal voters in Belgium so ... :

High-ranking Belgian officials are playing down a perceived snub of the Belgian king and queen by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the royal couple spends the week on a state visit to Canada.

Belgium’s deputy prime minister, who is also foreign affairs minister, says a meeting between Trudeau and the royal couple would have been preferred.
The thing is there are Liberal voters who really don't see how unprofessional, petty and sociopathic Justin actually is.


Justin throws his favourite country under the bus in order to deflect the vote-crushing anger of steel-workers worried about American tariffs:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada could use tariffs to fight any “increased pressure” of steel dumping into Canada aimed at circumventing new U.S. restrictions.

The tariffs Donald Trump unveiled last week could prompt steel to be shipped instead through Canada to skirt the levies, Trudeau said Tuesday at an ArcelorMittal Dofasco plant in Hamilton, Ontario. The prime minister is touring aluminum and steel production facilities, pledging support for workers after the U.S. president exempted Canada and Mexico from the protectionist measures.

“We are alert to that, we are working with partners in industry, with our American partners, to ensure that does not happen,” Trudeau said of so-called transshipment. “We have a whole suite of tariff and countervailing duties that are at our disposal to move forward and ensure that we are not accepting in unfairly produced or sold steel.”

Yes, about that:

On September 12, 2016, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) initiated an antidumping investigation against fabricated industrial steel components originating in or exported from China, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Spain and the United Arab Emirates.  A subsidy investigation was also initiated in respect of China. The complaint was filed by Supermetal Structures Inc. (Lévis, Québec), Supreme Group LP (Edmonton, Alberta) and Waiward Steel LP (Edmonton, Alberta).

Clearly, there are things going under the radar, but hey! Smoke and mirrors, right?

Without those foreign funds, Justin would have to get a real job:

The Liberal government is looking at changes to the controversial rules governing how foreign funds can wind up influencing Canadian elections, but the Conservative Senator who’s been sounding the alarm over the issue is skeptical that it’ll be in place before the 2019 election.

Senator Linda Frum’s Bill S-239 seeks to amend the Canada Elections Act to prohibit registered third parties from at any time accepting “a contribution for any purposes related to an election if the contribution is from a foreign source.” Right now, foreign entities are legally allowed to give untold sums of money into registered third parties that have an explicit goal of influencing the outcome of our elections. The only provision is the funds must be received six months before the writ is dropped.

“Once the funds are mingled, it’s the Canadian organization’s funds,” former Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand explained at a November 2016 Senate committee hearing.

While Doug Ford promises to scrap the sex education program co-developed by convicted child pornographer, Ben Levin, Kathleen Wynne supports it:

Critics who claim parents weren’t consulted during an update of Ontario’s sexual education curriculum are wrong, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Tuesday as she defended her Liberal government’s modernization of the lesson plan, which newly elected Tory leader Doug Ford has pledged to scrap if he wins the province’s spring election. ...

“It’s just not true,” she told reporters at an event in Toronto. “Parents were consulted. Psychologists, psychiatrists, police, people who live in communities and are concerned about the safety of young people were consulted.”

Yes, about that:

It would be nice if parents upset about Ontario’s new sex-ed curriculum, including those keeping their children out of school, could rely on at least one thing Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government is telling them. But they can’t.

Wynne said her government consulted widely with parents about the contents of the curriculum. It did not.

We now know, thanks to a freedom of information request made available to the Toronto Sun, that more than half of the 4,000 parents — one from every elementary school — the government says it consulted with via an online survey, never responded to it.

Well, Wynne is a known liar, so ... :

The premier was categorical. She made a definitive link between Tory carbon tax opposition and public sector jobs cuts. She said those plans “will” put jobs at risk, and lead to other cuts.
Based on what?

A speculative magazine article in Maclean’s.

The 40,000 job cut figure comes from a recent opinion piece in the magazine by Mike Moffatt, an assistant professor at Western University’s Ivey Business School and a director of research and policy at Canada 2020.

Canada 2020 is a left-wing, “progressive think-tank” that Maclean’s itself in a 2017 article described as having a “symbiotic relationship with the Liberal Party and the Trudeau government.”

Might not be the most objective perspective on Ontario PC policy intentions.

I guess someone owes a certain reporter and a certain heckler an apology:

In a statement posted to the NDP website, Singh defends his decision to attend a June 2015 rally in California — an event billed as a commemoration of Sikhs who died during an invasion of the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1984, but which was also a show of support for Sikh separatism.

Why would someone who claims to be Canadian support Sikh separatism?

An American judge did not believe convicted terrorist's claim that he was a peaceful man who rejected violence and then sentenced him to forty-five years in prison:

Former University of Manitoba student Muhanad Mahmoud al Farekh, convicted by a jury last September of conspiring to kill American soldiers in a bomb plot, tried to convince a federal judge in Brooklyn, N.Y., Tuesday that he was now opposed to violence.

“Violence — especially when it is inspired by religion — is foreign to everything I believe in,” he wrote in a letter read aloud by his lawyer.

But U.S. federal prosecutor Richard Tucker told the court that al Farekh, 32, a U.S. citizen born in Houston, Texas, was “unshakably committed” to violent jihad and should be sentenced to life in prison, Reuters reported.

Faced with these competing arguments, U.S. District Court Judge Brian Cogan handed down a sentence of 45 years, saying that while al Farekh did not appear to have fully accepted responsibility, neither was he “totally devoid of humanity.”

Oh, I would say that he is, your Honour.


Oh, Abe, Abe, Abe ...

Can't you see that you are being sucked in? :

The government plans to explore the possibility of a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as it considers adopting a new way of dealing with Pyongyang, government sources said Tuesday.

The decision came after Abe and other officials were briefed by Suh Hoon, one of the South Korean envoys who spoke with Kim in breakthrough talks in Pyongyang last week.

While the Abe administration has long advocated a cautious stance in holding dialogue with North Korea, it now anticipates there is a fresh chance to make progress toward resolving the issue of North Korea’s abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s, the sources said.

“If we’re to resolve the abduction issue, direct dialogue with the top — Mr. Kim Jong Un — is essential,” a source at Abe’s office said.

History does not bear you out, sir.

There is a "South Park" joke in here somewhere and I am struggling to find it:

The London District Catholic School Board (LDCSB) is being asked to consider changing a secondary school mascot.

The Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Oppression Advisory Committee brought the request forward, suggesting that the Catholic Central "Crusaders" adopt a new moniker.

Committee chair Rifat Hussain told 980 CFPL that the mascot references the Crusades, a series of holy wars fought in the Middle Ages.

"It's still a part of history that's not pretty," said Hussain.

No, it isn't.

Case in point:

Crusades, military expeditions, beginning in the late 11th century, that were organized by western European Christians in response to centuries of Muslim wars of expansion.


Historical facts demonstrate that most of the conquered cities and regions accepted the last of the three options set forth in Sura 9:29 and enforced by the later MuslimCrusaders: fight and die, convert, or pay the jizya tax. They preferred to remain in their own religion and to pay the tax. However, people eventually converted. After all, Islamic lands are called such for a reason ...

Perhaps the school should just keep the mascot and set the record straight.

Books are important.

Re-tracing Alexander Mackenzie's route across the country:

In the summer of 1789, Alexander Mackenzie and his companions—five hired voyageurs and two of their wives, plus the great Chipewyan chief Awgeenah, with his wives and hunters—embarked in a flotilla of three canoes, launching from modern-day northern Alberta. Mackenzie was a fur trader in search of a water route to Asia, and he carried a speculative map that showed a river connecting the heartland of North America to the Pacific Ocean. If he was able to confirm this interior Northwest Passage, and develop a new trade route to China, Mackenzie would be a mercantilist hero and rich beyond his dreams.

Mackenzie’s expedition was the first recorded descent of the massive river that now bears his name. In order to write a new book on Mackenzie, I retraced his route down that river, the second largest in North America, paddling my own canoe 1,125 miles from Great Slave Lake to the Arctic.

Seven years after a catastrophic earthquake destroyed many towns along the northeast coast of Japan, many have rebuilt their shattered lives and businesses. Note the lack of rioting and dithering:

In economies like this, one has to hustle:

Like one Vietnamese Scottish Fold, who ironically is named “Dog”, that has been making the rounds on the Internet for his grouchy face and adorable costumes. His owner is Le Quoc Phong, a fishmonger who hopes Dog’s status as the most stylish cat in the neighborhood will pull in more customers to sample fresh seafood.

Ladies and gentlemen, Stephen Hawking:

In 2002, he said he wanted the formula for Hawking radiation to be engraved on his tombstone.

The letters S and A represent entropy and the black hole’s area, respectively. According to, “the remaining letters are constants of the universe; k is the Boltzmann constant, c is the speed of light, h-bar is the reduced Planck constant, and G is the universal gravitation constant.”


Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday Post

Quickly now ...

And it's Doug Ford for the win! :

Doug Ford is now the undisputed leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservative party, after the rival he defeated by a razor-thin margin agreed not to challenge his victory in court.

Christine Elliott congratulated Mr. Ford publicly after meeting with him on Sunday evening, saying in a statement that she was "confident in the results" of the leadership contest – despite vowing fewer than 24 hours earlier to get to the bottom of what her team called "serious irregularities" with the party's online-voting process.

"Christine Elliott has been a long-time Conservative. She is a class act," said Michael Harris, a Tory MPP and her campaign co-chair. "Although it was a tough few weeks, she has put the party first."

It would be very Hillary Clinton of her to hold on to a lost cause.

It remains to be seen if Doug Ford can pull off a victory in June. Kathleen Wynne always manages to find money for the unions just before election day. 

Climate Barbie threatens Saskatchewan:

Canada's environment minister says Saskatchewan will be subject to a federal carbon tax if it doesn't sign on to a national climate change plan by the fall.

Catherine McKenna says in a letter to her Saskatchewan counterpart, Dustin Duncan, that the province is best positioned to design a carbon-pricing approach that works for its situation.

"The other nine provinces have taken us up on that approach," she wrote. "It's unfortunate that your government has not yet chosen to do the same.

"I remain hopeful that you will change course ahead of the Sept. 1 deadline for all provinces and territories to submit their carbon-pricing plans."

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says the province has not changed its mind about being the lone holdout on Ottawa's pan-Canadian climate-change framework.

"We stand in exactly the same situation for quite some time now," Moe said in Regina on Monday.

Today in "it's just money" news:

Canadians’ collective household debt has climbed to $1.8 trillion as an international financial group sounds an early warning that the country’s banking system is at risk from rising debt levels.

Equifax Canada says consumers now owe $1.821 trillion including mortgages as of the fourth-quarter of 2017, marking a six per cent increase from a year earlier.

Although nearly half of Canadians reduced their personal liabilities, roughly 37 per cent added to their debt to push the average amount up 3.3 per cent to $22,837 per person, not including mortgages.

No wonder people vote for idiots like Justin. Their spending habits are similar.


China, Canada and Hong Kong are among the economies most at risk of a banking crisis, according to early-warning indicators compiled by the Bank for International Settlements.

Justin Trudeau famously came from away to see a Broadway musical about Newfoundland hospitality — but not all those he invited were as eager to attend.

According to an access-to-information response obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, the Canadian government bought 502 tickets to a performance of Come From Away in New York City last summer.

Even though more than 700 VIPs were invited, only 276 said yes. A larger contingent either sent their regrets (197 people) or didn’t bother to respond (227).


The Canadian National Institute for the Blind is about to celebrate its 100th birthday, and so it was with great anticipation that Diane Bergeron, the organization’s blind vice president, made her way into the federal budget lockup to see if the Trudeau Liberals had come through with the goods.

From a budget in the billions, the CNIB was seeking a comparative paltry $2.5 million to support accessible book production for blind and vision-impaired readers, and naturally thought such a small request would be a slam dunk since the Trudeau Liberals’ progressiveness is all about compassion.

After all, who stiffs the blind? ...

(Sidebar: Justin does, apparently.)

The worst of it was that the Trudeau Liberals had actually stiffed the blind, and did not allocate the $2.5 million requested by the CNIB for the production of books accessible for the blind and the vision impaired.

In fact, it allocated not a penny.

While Opposition leader Andrew Scheer is considering an ombudsman for legal gun-owners and wants to prevent the RCMP from re-classifying firearms, Justin is being his usual pi$$y self, displaying his sociopathic inability to deal with not getting his way:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s angry response to a rural MP’s concerns raised at a recent national caucus meeting on the Hill over the government’s upcoming gun legislation did not go over well with some Liberal MPs who say it will have a “chilling” effect on their ability to speak candidly at the closed-door meetings.

According to Liberal MPs and insiders, Mr. Trudeau (Papineau, Que.) verbally “attacked” rookie Liberal MP T.J. Harvey (Tobique-Mactaquac, N.B.), chair of the Liberal rural caucus, during the Feb. 28 national caucus meeting on Parliament Hill. Mr. Harvey stood up to say that there was a “lack” of meaningful consultation with the caucus over the government’s upcoming gun control legislation.

“Justin was much too vitriolic and attacked him,” one Liberal MP, referring to Mr. Harvey, told The Hill Times, who spoke on condition of anonymity since the closed-door caucus meetings are confidential. “We’re also supposed to have the right to voice our opinion.”

This MP said the soon to be tabled gun legislation is “scaring the hell out of the Liberal caucus,” especially the ones representing rural ridings.

If Liberals MPs - east or west of Ottawa - had any instinct for political survival, they would take this as a strong hint to turf this douchebag before 2019.

Oh, dear:

A letter of support from Ontario’s labour minister appears in the latest edition of a book on Islam which condones men physically punishing their wives.

The letter from Yasir Naqvi appears in the reviews section of Islam: Balancing Life and Beyond. The book says it is within the tenets of Islam to “lightly” strike your spouse if she exhibits “serious moral misconduct.”

Naqvi congratulates the author, Suhail Kapoor, on the release of the new edition.

Why, Iqra Khalid did something similar.

Can't anyone in Justin's government do anything right? :

A flag mix-up caused Canada a bit of embarrassment today — day one of a state visit by the king and queen of Belgium, the first such visit in over 40 years.

Belgian journalist Wim Dehandschutter was the one who first pointed out that the flag marking a tree Belgium's Queen Fabiola planted on the grounds of Rideau Hall back in 1977 was actually Germany's flag.

And who ties flags (incorrect as they are) to trees? Is Canada a Dollar Store operation now?


This week, French president Emmanuel Macron became the first Western leader to visit India since the departure of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.

Where Trudeau’s visit was a textbook disaster in international relations, Macron has apparently been bathing in diplomatic triumph.

Mais oui.

British Prime Minister Theresa May says what everyone already knows:

British Prime Minister Theresa May has opened a new front in the West’s growing conflict with Russia, accusing the country of being behind the poisoning of a former Russian double agent and vowing to take “extensive measures” in retaliation.

On Monday, Ms. May made it clear she’s preparing to rally NATO allies and the United Nations to combat what she called Russia’s disregard for the international “rules-based order.” And she indicated Britain is considering a host of actions against Russia that could include additional sanctions and seizing the assets of Russian oligarchs in London.

If one wants the end of a nuclear Kim regime, one has to put an end to Kim:

After years of failed attempts by the United States and others, is U.S. President Donald Trump the man who can strip North Korea of its nuclear weapons and bring lasting peace to the Korean Peninsula?

Trump remains ever confident that he is the right man for the job, but experts say North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is not about to part with his “treasured nuclear sword” — at least not any time soon.

“Kim Jong Un would no doubt take a huge hit inside the regime if he gave up the nuclear program,” said Ken Gause, a North Korean expert and director of the International Affairs Group at the Center for Strategic Studies, a division of the Center for Naval Analyses in Washington.

“For that reason, I don’t think he would do it immediately,” Gause said. “Denuclearization would be a long process that would take years and be tied to significant guarantees, such as a peace treaty. How fast this process goes would depend on what the U.S. and South Korea would be willing to put on the table and how comfortable North Korea feels on its security.”

A grisly find on the Chinese border:

A Russian fisherman walking along a river on March 8 found a bag containing 54 severed human hands.

The hands — each of which was cut off at the wrist — are not of “criminal origin” according to the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation.

And now, dogs prove once again their heroism and spirit of compassion:

Two canine heroes, Kanak and Bouffon, were honoured by a Quebec veterinarian association for their service, Sunday.

Kanak, a three-year-old Labrador Retriever, is Quebec's very first police service dog, providing emotional support for victims of crimes through the Sherbrooke, Que., police department.

Bouffon, a two-year-old Labrador-Mountain Bernese mix, is a service dog who saved his owner from a fire last Thanksgiving.

The two were inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Quebec small animal veterinarian association in Laval.



Saturday, March 10, 2018

Saturday Special

Don't forget to turn one's clocks an hour forward.

Spring forward. Fall back.

They're just jobs:

The economy added 15,400 net new jobs last month and the unemployment rate edged down to 5.8% — but the gains were due to a surge in part-time work that offset a heavy decline in full-time positions.

Statistics Canada’s latest labour force survey, released Friday, also found that the job gains in February were driven by an increase of 50,300 in public-sector jobs.

The country lost 39,300 full-time jobs and generated 54,700 part-time positions last month, the report said.

No reason to think that a rise in the minimum wage or a bloated and reckless government could be the reasons for this.


Israel is the only stable democracy in the Middle East, so stable that even Arabs would rather seek citizenship there. This makes Opposition leader Andrew Scheer's promise to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital a sane and logical one even if it angers those who are perennially furious ever everything:

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has admirably committed his party to recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel if it wins the 2019 federal election.

As the Tories logically state on their website: “Canada’s Conservatives recognize the obvious fact that Israel, like every other sovereign nation, has a right to determine where its capital is located.”

Predictably, Scheer has been condemned by all the usual suspects in Canada and abroad who seek to demonize and delegitimize the Jewish state of Israel at every opportunity.

This simply demonstrates that Israel, once again, is being judged by a different standard than every other nation on earth.

Because if sovereign nations don’t have the right to determine where their capital city is due to the fact it sits on disputed territory, then by the same standard, Canada has no right to call Ottawa its capital.

Here's the tactic that will swing things into Wynne's favour:

The Ontario government is denying rumours it plans to axe Grade 3 testing and eliminate requirements for Grade 10 students to pass a literacy test to graduate high school.

There’s been persistent chatter from education bureaucrats that Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals are planning to scale back province-wide student testing, which the Liberals deny.

“That is incorrect,” was the clear and unequivocal reply from an education ministry spokesman when asked whether rumours about provincial review of standardized testing changes were accurate.

However, Dave Cooke, who serves his last day Saturday as head of Ontario’s independent Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), is one of many who have heard those very suggestions.

“We have heard there are major recommendations coming affecting education, and significant restructuring around the Grade 3 tests,” Cooke told the Sun.

“And we would suggest changes like that will have a very negative impact on the data we can collect and the information we can give government,” Cooke said. “You can either fly blind or you can make informed decisions.’

I would suggest that Kathleen Wynne is lying and that this is a very viable option for the flagging Liberals and the teachers' unions on which they heavily rely.

Chris Murphy is part of a coroner's inquest examining the death of an Indigenous man who died following a police chase in Saskatoon.

Some provinces have fatality inquiries headed by provincial court judges. But others — including Saskatchewan, Ontario and British Columbia — have coroner inquests with juries.

And in Saskatchewan, if a deceased is Indigenous, a coroner's jury is often part Aboriginal too.
"I felt that we had been engaged in a very fair process," Murphy said.

"They had literally two separate piles from which names were randomly drawn and we alternated between Indigenous and non-Indigenous jurors."

In January, Murphy watched as a jury with no visibly Indigenous members was selected for the murder trial of white farmer Gerald Stanley in the death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie.



Almost half of the prospective jurors in the Colten Boushie case were Aboriginal persons, according to one member of the jury pool. ...

As the prospective jury describes, some of the remaining 45 or so were vocal in expressing their bias and signalling to everyone in the room they were unfit to serve on the jury.

“You could audibly hear some of them talking amongst themselves, discussing how they were going to hang Stanley, or they were going to make sure he gets hung, or that if they don’t get the results they want, that they were going to handle it themselves,” the person said of the Aboriginal people who remained. This account comes from one individual who spoke with the Sun, and has not yet been corroborated by other witnesses.

So there's that.

The promises are enormous. In the next two years, the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women says it will hold up to 21 institutional and expert hearings to investigate issues ranging from human trafficking and sexual exploitation to health care and addiction services. It will commission external reports about the criminal justice system, colonial violence, advocacy and the media. It will conduct original research into the Indian Act and certain sections of the Constitution. It will continue to hear from the hundreds of survivors and family members who still want a chance to tell their stories.

That’s if the national inquiry is granted the two-year extension it requested on Tuesday, which would extend its mandate through to the end of 2020 — and the up to $50 million in additional funding it says it needs to pay for it, money that would nearly double its existing budget.

Big Aboriginal is having a very busy year.

New Brunswick's new climate plan has already been labelled a charade at the tax-revenue end, and now it's being called equally illusory at the spending end as well.
Green Party Leader David Coon says spending estimates by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure reveal most of the money from the carbon tax will merely replace existing spending, in the same amounts, on the very same things.

"There's no new money in the climate change fund to do anything," Coon said. "The government was pretending that there was something new here by creating this climate change fund, and all it is is an empty accounting exercise." ...

The only difference is that in 2018-19, the money will be listed as coming from the climate fund, collected through the Gallant Liberals' carbon-pricing scheme.

Coon said it appears the Gallant Liberals simply chose a range of programs that fit within the $37.4 million it will collect in 2018-19.

Starting April 1, 2.3 cents of the 15.5-cent per litre provincial gas tax will be redefined as a carbon price and moved into the climate fund, generating $37.4 million in revenue.

"It actually comes to some large percentage of what the climate change fund contains, and so 'that's what we're going to call our spending from the climate change fund,'" Coon said.

The new "carbon share" of the gas tax will rise each year to reach 11.64 cents in 2022-23, when it will rake in $180 million ostensibly dedicated to climate-change programs.

Can you say: money-grab? 

If people were truly serious about fighting actual pollution, why not go after China?

As China’s rubber-stamp legislature prepares to approve constitutional changes abolishing term limits for the president on Sunday, signs of dissent and biting satire have been all but snuffed out. The stifling censorship leaves intellectuals, young white-collar workers and retired veterans of past political campaigns using roundabout ways to voice their concerns. For many, it’s a foreshadowing of greater political repression ahead.

The result has been a surreal political atmosphere laced with fear, confusion, and even moments of dark comedy that undermines the picture of swelling popular support for the measure being peddled relentlessly by state media.

Just like old times.

There is a reason why no one in the West should not trust it:

Having issued battle orders for a steel and aluminium trade fight in front of some hard-hatted metal workers assembled at the White House, President Donald Trump is now likely to move onto the real battle front — allegations of Chinese intellectual property (IP) theft. 

And the Chinese octopus won't stop there:

China is dreamy-eyed about the prospects of shipping goods from Asia to Europe across the top of Russia, with visions of transpolar shipping dominating its brand-new Arctic strategy. Some specialized tankers are making headlines by crossing the Arctic alone – in the dead of winter, something that was almost impossible before.

And Russia is convinced that the melting Arctic will open up a new economic frontier rich in oil, natural gas, and lucrative transport routes between the world’s workshop and the world’s consumers. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose government plans to invest tens of billions of dollars by 2030 to develop ships, shipbuilders, navigational aids, and ports along the Northern Sea Route, last week reiterated his conviction that polar shipping is the next big thing.

Is Sock-Boy worried about this?

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday North Korea had agreed to not conduct another missile test until after proposed meetings with its leader, Kim Jong Un, had taken place, as he sought to rally international support for a potential summit.  

Sure he will.

Some of Sydney's most affluent suburbs have lower than average rates of child immunisation, according to a new report.

The latest New South Wales Annual Immunisation Coverage Report showed an overall increase in children being fully immunised for all key milestone ages — 12 months, 24 months and five years — in 2016.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

But Wait! There's More!

Often, there is ...

A known Sikh extremist convicted of attempted murder of a Punjabi cabinet minister does not care for the negative press he's received and claims to not only have denounced terrorism but that he was invited to attend a state dinner with Justin, contradicting previous claims that his invitation was the work of shadowy men attempting to drive a wedge between Canada and India:

Jaspal Atwal says since he was convicted of trying to kill an Indian cabinet minister in 1986, he has tried to contribute to Canadian society, which includes meeting politicians from various parties.

Before he recently left for a trip to India, he says he contacted Liberal MP Randeep Sarai to see if there was a chance for him to attend a reception with Trudeau.

Atwal went to the reception in Mumbai and was photographed with Trudeau’s wife, causing a political and diplomatic uproar.

An invitation Atwal received to a later reception in New Delhi was rescinded as soon as news broke that he was on the guest list.

In a background briefing arranged by the Prime Minister’s Office, Trudeau’s national security adviser suggested Atwal’s presence was arranged by factions within the Indian government who want to prevent Prime Minister Narendra Modi from getting too cosy with a foreign government they believe is not committed to a united India.

An official spokesman for the Indian ministry has repudiated that theory.

One would think that they would all get together and get their stories straight.


It's the Fabrication Gong Show Hour.

The Trudeau Family Vacation Redux:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trip -- which his family accompanied him on -- was heavily criticized internationally, including for the traditional Indian wardrobes the Trudeaus wore for much of the visit.

"It’s always surprising when you hear the negative on something that went so well," she said of the trip and wardrobe backlash. "I focus on the important, I think that’s also a life lesson. I have three kids, I’m an active person, and we keep things real, and you’ve got to focus on the positive."

Gregoire Trudeau said her intent was to showcase Canadian designers but also said she listened to "officials" in making wardrobe choices.

"On official trips you listen to officials who guide you and also clothing choices, because there are certain places where you have to have your head covered for example, or whatever it is, and I listen to the professionals," she said.
Silly creature.

One knows things are really bad when they have Sophie  attempt damage control and it still comes off as throwing people under the bus.

Trump played chicken and won:

Canada can breathe easier, for now: It’s getting relief from U.S. tariffs for an undetermined period, as one of only two countries receiving a provisional exemption from the steel and aluminum penalties set to clobber the rest of the world.

U.S. President Donald Trump signed proclamations Thursday slapping tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum, and they snap into effect for the rest of the world in 15 days.

After months of frantic lobbying, diplomatic arm-twisting, and heated debates within his own administration, Trump is signing the proclamations at the White House, surrounded by steelworkers.

“For now, Canada and Mexico will be excluded from the tariffs,” said a senior White House official.

“But it’s not open-ended.”

Trump has given Canada and Mexico brief breathing space. Because a former substitute drama teacher is at the helm and not an economist that could have waived the tariffs, Canada will either stay on course with its absurd stipulations and lose NAFTA or blink again and have NAFTA totally on American terms.

Opposition leader Andrew Scheer pits India and the US against China:

I don’t believe that now is the time for a free trade deal with China. Because it’s a completely different relationship. When we talk about free trade with the United States, with the countries in the TPP, with the United Kingdom, with India, we’re dealing for the most part with free market economies where the state-owned enterprises aren’t that much of a factor,” said Scheer.

He listed off reasons that China would be difficult to deal with. “A very large number of government interventions in the economy, far more aggressive with things like currency, using currency as a trading tool, and, you know, completely different securities regulations, everything from transparency and things like that.” 

Scheer suggested the government would be better off pulling trade officials out of China and redoubling their efforts on finding allies in the U.S.

He also said he would be “open” to pursuing a free trade negotiation with India. ...

“I don’t believe that the role of the prime minister of Canada is ceremonial,” said Scheer. “I think that it’s a serious one, and that Canadians want to see someone take the job seriously.”

Well-played, Andy.


Pax Americana has underwritten an explosion in wealth not matched in the world since the industrial revolution. Since the 1950s, Japan, and then South Korea, Taiwan and China, have been able to put bitter political and historical enmities aside to pursue economic growth. At the same time, the U.S. presence in east Asia has papered over serial diplomatic failures. All of the frozen-in-the-1950s conflicts buried during the decades of high-speed economic growth are starting to resurface. China, in particular, has a whiff of the Balkans, where many young people have a way of vividly remembering wars they never actually experienced. A sense of revenge, of unfinished business, lingers in the system.

It may not require a war, of course, to deliver the last rites for Pax Americana. Washington could simply turn its back on the world under an isolationist president, a president, in other words, who simply did what Donald Trump promised to do on the campaign trail. America could also slip into unruly decline, with a weaker economy resulting in bits of empire, no longer financially sustainable, dropping off here and there.

Alternatively, of course, Pax Americana in Asia could survive, with a resilient U.S. economy and refreshed alliances robust enough to hold off an indebted and internally focused China. Indeed, it is unlikely that the United States will leave the region quietly. As Michael Green, a former U.S. government official, notes, over more than a century in the Asia-Pacific, Washington has seen off quests for regional dominance “from the European powers, Imperial Japan and Soviet Communism.”

The US not only provided political and military stability, it allowed former hermit kingdoms to grow in ways they may not have before (look no further than the recently signed TPP agreement without the US). Ask a South Korean sipping a soft drink at a KFC in Seoul whether or not he trusts the Japanese or the Chinese more and he will give you his grandfather's answer. Then ask him what his chances of surviving a Chinese-backed North Korean shelling without America's help. He becomes less candid.

Speaking of which ... :

South Korean envoys briefed American officials on Thursday on their unprecedented meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, while the U.S. secretary of state said that though “talks about talks” might be possible with Pyongyang, denuclearization negotiations were likely a long way off.  

Good luck with that, guys.

I look forward to seeing you back at the drawing board once a newly-refunded North Korea is threatening Guam again.

Back at home ...

Of course Canadians can be bought. Just look at past elections:

It’s unscrupulous and dishonest, but such have long been core features of the Liberal regime, so should come as no surprise. It is also deeply cynical, indicating Wynne believes Ontarians can once more be bought with their own money. To say it is highly risky is an understatement: interest rates are rising, the NAFTA agreement that underpins so much of Ontario’s prosperity is under threat, and the sharp cut in U.S. corporate tax rates means firms will have strong reasons to choose it over Ontario for future investment.

But the Liberal focus extends to June and not beyond. That was the real message Sousa delivered Wednesday. The rest of it was just smoke and mirrors, which have worked so well for his Liberals in the past.

Western white feminists are deluded creatures who believe that they are entitled to things that no sane person with any shame would admit to wanting. They are also hypocrites so far removed from reality that the mere act of wearing a head covering, mandatory in Islamist countries where brown women are cruelly treated, is a delightfully edgy thumb-in-the-eye to everyone trying to ignore their screeching:

Submission to the requirements of one brand of Islam has convinced some women to support the heinous practice of female genital mutilation. Their understanding of religion has brainwashed them into considering this beneficial. Such a procedure subjects them or their daughters to pain and poor health. Are they more liberated because they have defined their femininity in these terms?

Clothing matters less than mutilation. The niqab and hijab may be “mere” pieces of cloth, but the expectation that women will wear them remains an important issue. The requirement is rooted in patriarchy, and it is hard to accept that any woman who “chooses” to wear these garments has somehow defined her womanhood in a liberated way.

The new feminists have regressed if they do not call out such practices with the fervour of #MeToo. Their silence endorses a way of thinking which keeps countless women in permanent submission.

Iran doesn't care about your outrage, Chrystia:

Canada’s foreign affairs minister says she is “outraged” that the wife of an Iranian-Canadian professor who died in prison in Tehran has been prevented from leaving Iran.

Chrystia Freeland tweeted Wednesday evening that she is demanding that Maryam Mombeini “be given the freedom to return home” to Canada.

Kavous Seyed-Emami was a 63-year-old sociology professor who died at Tehran’s notorious Evin prison earlier this year.

Iranian authorities have said Seyed-Emami’s death was a suicide, but both his son Ramin and the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran described the government’s claim as suspicious, following other detainee deaths.

If it's not Jordan Peterson, it will be someone else. That anyone stands up to people who are clearly mentally deranged annoys and angers the fascists no end.

One can no longer ignore this kind of behaviour. One has seen its bloody results in China and Cambodia. That it exists in academic arenas in Canada is worry to say the least:

In the category of the deeply satisfying/highly amusing, there surely can be nothing better than watching a group of students, many of them white, furiously chanting “F–k white supremacy! F–k white supremacy!”

Presumably, they not only checked their privilege but also, flushed with settler guilt, paid extra at the counter to do it.

This was part of the infantile exercise a motley crew of protesters indulged in Monday night at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., where the University of Toronto psychology professor and now best-selling author Dr. Jordan Peterson was giving a lecture.

While Peterson spoke to a near-capacity crowd (an estimated 820 people, according to the university) inside the storied old Grant Hall, a group a fifth the size (an estimated 150) outside it banged on garbage bins, screamed, spun noisemaker whirligigs, blew whistles and chanted obscenities.


“Do you want life to be easy?” Peterson asked. “Don’t you want it to be a struggle?”

That excellence in certain spheres of life requires struggle is widely accepted. Such advice in absolutely routine from coaches in sports, or instructors in music or drama. But for life as a whole? That it is somehow good that life is a struggle, because striving perfects our character? That is rather less commonly heard. In this regard Peterson is really a public heretic, dissenting vigorously from the dominant religious teacher of our times, Oprah Winfrey.

So although Peterson is not a religious believer in the conventional sense, and not a confessing Christian, the discussion on Monday was more than familiar to a chaplain who has worked with students for 15 years. I was not surprised to learn that young men are Peterson’s most enthused followers. ...

“Man was created for greatness — for God himself; he was created to be filled by God,” wrote Pope Benedict XVI in 2007. “But his heart is too small for the greatness to which it is destined. It must be stretched.”

To stretch. To struggle. To strive for that which is beyond our grasp. It’s not an exclusively theological insight. As the poet Robert Browning put it: “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”

For a crowd that has never fought or struggled as previous generations have to eat, work, live or believe, the idea of this struggle is a frightening prospect.

But why?

Do we not appreciate things more if we strive for them? Do we not change through that process?

We are a generation that has forgotten and subsequently not appreciated this.