Tuesday, January 28, 2020

For a Tuesday

Quite a bit going on ....




How is that self-reporting thing working out?:

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A number of Toronto schools and universities are taking precautionary measures after reports that parents of students shared the same flight as a Toronto man who was diagnosed with coronavirus

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Niagara Health is screening patients at all of its sites for the novel coronavirus after it investigated a possible infection at St. Catharines hospital Monday.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care said the tests of that patient — who The St. Catharines Standard has confirmed is a Brock University student who had recently been to the Wuhan region of China where the virus originated — were negative.

In a statement issued late Tuesday, Dr. Karim Ali, director of infectious diseases at Niagara Health, said any patient who meets the two basic screening criteria — respiratory symptoms and travel to China — will be tested for the virus which has killed at least 106 people in China.

The statement did not say how many patients, if any, are currently being screened or how long screening will take.

(Sidebar: thanks for that transparency.)

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Countries on Wednesday began evacuating their citizens from the Chinese city hardest-hit by an outbreak of a new virus that has killed 132 people and infected more than 6,000 on the mainland and abroad.

China's latest figures cover the previous 24 hours and add 26 to the number of deaths, 25 of which were in the epicenter of Hubei province and its capital, Wuhan. The 5,974 cases on the mainland were a rise of 1,459 from the previous day. Dozens of infections of the new type of coronavirus have been confirmed outside mainland China as well.

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At least 126 Canadians stuck in quarantined areas of China are asking for the government’s help to get home, as the coronavirus continues to spread.

And there they should stay because who goes to a communist countries with lax health standards and a penchant for smuggling viruses?




If these "experts" feel that way, then they can house these would-be patients:

But will the restrictions be effective in China? Bogoch says it’s still too early to tell.

“I don’t think anyone can look you in the eye and tell you with a straight face whether or not this will work or will not work, because we’ve never seen anything like this before,” he said.

Bogoch said the restrictions could slow the epidemic down and reduce the risk of transmission outside of the most heavily affected areas.




Well, this must be embarrassing:

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced today that the Chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department and two Chinese nationals have been charged in connection with aiding the People’s Republic of China. 
 
Dr. Charles Lieber, 60, Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, was arrested this morning and charged by criminal complaint with one count of making a materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement. Lieber will appear this afternoon before Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler in federal court in Boston.

Yanqing Ye, 29, a Chinese national, was charged in an indictment today with one count each of visa fraud, making false statements, acting as an agent of a foreign government and conspiracy. Ye is currently in China. 

Zaosong Zheng, 30, a Chinese national, was arrested on Dec. 10, 2019, at Boston’s Logan International Airport and charged by criminal complaint with attempting to smuggle 21 vials of biological research to China. On Jan. 21, 2020, Zheng was indicted on one count of smuggling goods from the United States and one count of making false, fictitious or fraudulent statements. He has been detained since Dec. 30, 2019.


(Merci)




But I thought that Xi was bigger than Jesus:

President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday that China was sure of defeating a "devil" coronavirus that has killed 106 people, but international alarm was rising as the outbreak spread across the world.

Our Lord: cured more things than Xi ever will.


Peace was never an option:

While Israeli leaders have welcomed Trump’s long-delayed plan, Palestinian leaders had rejected it even before its official release, saying his administration was biased towards Israel.

The absence of the Palestinians from Trump’s announcement is likely to fuel criticism that the plan tilts toward Israel’s needs rather than those of the Palestinians.

 

Don't worry. Justin will find some friends for those positions:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been warned that more than 200 senior jobs need filling across the federal government, including dozens in key leadership and oversight roles in different Crown corporations, commissions, agencies and embassies.



Marching in a pervert parade has never produced any competent leaders but has alienated voters:

O’Toole announced he was entering the race on Monday by video, joining up as a presumptive front-runner alongside MacKay, a former Nova Scotia MP. While describing MacKay as a friend, O’Toole attacked the former cabinet minister’s politics, saying he’d make the Conservative Party of Canada more centrist as a member of the “left side” of the Tory movement.

Marching in a parade of people who already hate you isn't at all centrist.




It's just money and a ton of secrecy:

The federal government rang up more than $1.4 million in legal costs during the failed prosecution of retired vice-admiral Mark Norman.

Revealed this week by Justice Minister David Lametti in a written response to a question from the official Opposition Conservatives, the figure is the first to put any kind of dollar amount to the high-profile and politically charged case.

Lametti did not provide any further details about the costs — including whether the figure included the cost of covering Norman’s legal fees, which the government has said it would pay.

“To the extent that the information that has been requested is protected by solicitor-client privilege, the federal Crown can only reveal the total legal costs related to the case,” Lametti wrote in response to the question from Conservative MP and leadership contender Erin O’Toole.


Monday, January 27, 2020

And the Rest of It

How many civil service jobs do these kids think will be available?:

Wondga taught 18 French immersion kindergartners at Edmonton’s Oliver School last year. This year, 24 are enrolled and interest continues to climb.

“Parents want their children to learn languages. They want them to have what they didn’t have and they want them to experience new things at school.”

Like civil service jobs.

Their parents weren't survivors of the Great Depression.




Guys, guys - can't you wait for China's coronavirus to kill off your elderly?:

As the federal government moves to revise the law on assisted dying, new survey results suggest most Canadians support medical help to end suffering even when a natural death is some time away.

I'm not sure how a number under two thousand is a majority but whatever.




No more federal funding for post-secondary institutions:

Convicted terrorist and multi-millionaire Omar Khadr will be featured as a keynote speaker at a respected Canadian university.

Khadr is scheduled to speak at an event on children’s rights hosted by Dalhousie University on February 10, 2020.

He can talk about how he orphaned Christopher Speer's children.




How is that Singapore thing working out?:

While a North Korean deadline for the United States to soften its stand on denuclearization talks passed uneventfully over the New Year, state media and propaganda efforts have been focusing on the prospect of a long confrontation with the United States.

Optimism that two years of contacts between leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump would usher in a new age, and related hopes for economic improvement after decades of deprivation, appear to have faded.

Instead, the government has been hard at work in recent weeks using state media, propaganda posters, and performances to warn the public of a bumpy road ahead under U.S. and international pressure.

Kim is ramping up paranoia in his starving people. 

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North Korea has named as its new foreign minster a former senior army officer with little experience in dealings with the United States, in a possible indication it will take a harder line with Washington in stalled nuclear negotiations.

The new post for Ri Son Gwon was disclosed Friday in a Korean Central News Agency dispatch that said he attended a reception for foreign diplomats in Pyongyang on Thursday. South Korean and other outside media previously reported North Korea had recently informed foreign diplomats in Pyongyang of Ri’s job.



Stop being obtuse, Japan:

The Japanese government rejected on Tuesday a protest by South Korea against the reopening of the National Museum of Territory and Sovereignty in Tokyo.

“Foreign people unhappy about it should come to see it. There’s nothing fabricated,” said Seiichi Eto, minister in charge of territorial issues, at a news conference, referring to the museum.

On Monday, the South Korean foreign ministry said Seoul “strongly” protested the expansion of the museum, and urged its closure.

The museum has displays related to the Takeshima Islands in Shimane Prefecture.

Seoul claims that the islands, located in the Sea of Japan, are an integral part of South Korean territory. They are called Dokdo in South Korea.



If you ask the Russians, the Holodmor never happened. The Ukrainians were fasting for swimsuit season:

The words of Vladimir Putin are a complete distortion of historical truth. We give it a very direct name, it is an ideology, it is a kind of post-Stalinist revisionism,” Duda told the Financial Times. “Some claim that this is propaganda-based hybrid warfare…. Some experts claim that Putin’s words are used for the purpose of internal propaganda. For us, it doesn’t make a difference. For us, what matters is that this historical lie is being spread around the world. And we can absolutely not accept this.” 

The Polish president has been upset by Putin’s assertion that Poland voluntarily colluded with Nazi Germany and was partly to blame for the war.

Yes, some Poles did participate in murdering people while others did not.

And the Holodmor happened.




Trump participated in the largest yearly march the press never covers - until that day:

U.S. President Donald Trump called it his “profound honour” on Friday to be the first president to attend the annual anti-abortion gathering in Washington called the March for Life.



Oh, dear:

The cataclysmic eruption of Italy’s Mount Vesuvius in the year 79, as described by the Roman official Pliny the Younger, killed thousands in towns along the Gulf of Naples, including in the prosperous community of Herculaneum, where hundreds of skeletons would be discovered centuries later buried in ash.

Now, new research has shed more light on the gruesome way they died. Their flesh may not have been “vaporized” and turned to ash by the superheated flow of hot gas and volcanic matter roaring down the mountain, as previously thought.

Rather, they more likely were “baked” and suffocated by toxic fumes, according to a team of British and Italian scholars.



How interesting:

A famous Egyptian mummy‘s “voice” has been heard for the first time in 3,000 years after researchers recreated the long-dead priest’s vocal cords using modern 3D-printing technology.

Scientists used three-dimensional scans to map the mummy’s entire vocal tract, then re-created it using a 3D printer. They used an artificial larynx to run air through the synthetic vocal cords, creating a single vowel sound in the dead Egyptian’s voice, according to findings published in the journal Scientific Reports.

There Are More Organised Circuses Than This One

Getting good and hard the government we deserve:

The Department of Public Works released an internal report that claims there is cronyism in the hiring process. A number of unnamed employees have complained to an ombudsman over what they believe to be preferential hiring and sweetheart appointments for members of management’s family, bordering nepotism according to Blacklock’s Reporter.

Andre Latreille, the department’s mental health ombudsman wrote, “Many employees are afraid to speak openly about their situation in the workplace.” he added, “The confidential meetings helped them to explore potential situations.”

The number of managers that have been demoted for misconduct remains unknown but Latreille wrote in his 2019 Annual Report To The Deputy Minister, “Based on feedback from the ombudsman and on other information, senior management decided to terminate the acting assignments of employees in positions of authority because of conduct considered inappropriate by subordinates.”

Amongst the complaints listed are “favouritism, unfairness and lack of transparency in staffing” in department offices nationwide, he said: “Various employees across Canada expressed their frustration regarding staffing decisions that lacked transparency. Employees perceive favouritism in staffing, while others have even reported nepotism.”

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Canada slid to its lowest level in at least a decade on a global index of corruption, driven down by the SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. scandal, a new report shows.

The country was ranked 12th of 180 countries on Berlin-based Transparency International’s 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index, an annual worldwide list from least corrupt country to worst issued Thursday. Canada ranked ninth in 2018 and sixth in 2010.

Also:

The Teck Frontier proposal is one of the largest oilsands mines ever proposed in Alberta, and the federal cabinet has until the end of February to decide whether the project will be approved.

“If the decision is made by the federal government either to delay or cancel the Teck project, I can see this province going ballistic and I think that’s going to be a real stab in the heart of the province,” said Jack Mintz, president’s fellow at the University of Calgary School of Public Policy.

“It’s actually going to be a really interesting test of their policies because they do believe in responsible resource development, so the question is, does this fall into the category of what they believe in?”

Struggling to get something, anything, done before people figure out that there is more productive roadkill than the government:

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland is urging opposition parties to support an updated free trade deal “without undue delay,” as the Liberals seek to notch an early victory under their weakened minority government.

Yes, about that:

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh wants a thorough review and debate in Parliament of the new NAFTA agreement before deciding if the deal gets his party’s support. 
 
Let them fight.




Yes, Canada, let Iran squirrel you around:

Iran said it had asked the U.S. and French authorities for equipment to download information from black boxes on a downed Ukrainian airliner, potentially angering countries which want the recorders analyzed abroad.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, which lost 57 of the 176 people killed in the crash, said Iran did not have the ability to read the data and he demanded the cockpit and flight recorders should be sent to France. Kiev wants the recorders sent to Ukraine.

The U.S.-built Boeing 737 flown by Ukraine International Airlines was shot down in error by Iranian forces on Jan. 8 during a period of tit-for-tat military strikes that included the killing by the United States of a senior Iranian general on Jan. 3.

Tehran, already embroiled in a long-running standoff with the United States over its nuclear program, has given mixed signals about whether it would hand over the recorders.



Free markets do this, not governments that see bogey-men where none exist:

In their election platform, the Liberals pledged a reduction in “some of the highest prices in the world” at the expense of telecom companies that are “among the most profitable in the developed world”.

It was a soft target – pummelling unpopular telcos by offering savings of nearly $1,000 to the average family of four, based on 2018 prices.

It is inconvenient then, that the market has already done its work by reducing prices. Unlimited plans from Rogers, Telus and Bell currently offer 20GB at maximum speed for $75, down from $95 – a reduction close to the government’s 25 per cent target.



Meanwhile, the Tories are either backing off or jumping head-first to see who will lead a party that cannot defeat the village idiot:

And if there is anything that even his critics and supporters can agree on, it’s that Stephen Harper was always a shrewd and calculating operator. Why any of them think a political return would be a shrewd move likely to improve Harper’s lot in life is baffling.


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Manitoba MP Candice Bergen is seriously looking at launching her own bid for the Conservative leadership, a change of heart that comes after three high-profile candidates decided last week not to run.

Bergen had told reporters earlier this month that she wouldn’t be running for leader, in part because she already has a busy job as Opposition House Leader — a particularly important role in a minority parliament where every vote is subject to negotiation.

But after Jean Charest, Rona Ambrose and Pierre Poilievre all announced over the past week that they would not be entering the race, Bergen changed her mind and is gauging support, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation. The decisions of Ambrose and Poilievre in particular caused Bergen to take another look.

“The field just became very small very quickly,” said the source, who would only speak on condition they weren’t named. “Circumstances have changed.” The source said Bergen has not yet made a final decision.



There is some brightness in this era of darkness.

Justin's fattest cheerleader has not been rewarded for her toadying:

Amid what CBC is calling ‘negative audience feedback,’ Rosemary Barton is being dropped from ‘The National’.


We Don't Have to Trade With China

We traded with China and all we got was this lousy coronavirus, gulaged nationals and the Liberals:

The fraud charges facing Meng in the United States must be hypothetically replicable in Canada with sufficient precision as to warrant Meng’s extradition to face the music in New York. Meng’s lawyers argue that the charges facing Meng in the United States do not meet that standard. The 13 counts against Meng — fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy — as outlined in a warrant issued last August, relate to Huawei’s meticulously documented exertions in end-running U.S. sanctions on Iran, going back more than a decade.

But those sanctions differed from Canada’s Iran sanctions, so it comes down to complicated questions about fraud, and it’s all wonderfully complex and intriguing.

But reasonable people will understand fraud as a vice involving dishonesty, trickery, sleight-of-hand, swindling and related varieties of self-dealing monkey business, and each of these have in their way contaminated the public debates about Meng’s case. Those debates are inextricably bound up in the matter of Beijing’s barbaric retaliatory kidnapping and imprisonment of diplomat-on-leave Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor, along with a variety of costly trade reprisals and threats of more punishments to come.

The culpability of quite a few yesteryear Liberal party big shots in giving Beijing every impression that these sorts of strong-arm tactics would work in Canada is at issue as well, or at least it should be. We are expected to believe, for instance, that Jean Chrétien, John Manley and Eddie Goldenberg, in relaying Beijing’s ransom demands — the crudest being a “prisoner exchange,” Meng for Kovrig and Spavor — are sage and wizened statesmen whose advice is offered in a public-spirited way, in the national interest. After all, we’re talking about a former prime minister, a former deputy prime minister, and Chrétien’s former chief of staff.

The charade here is that Jean Chrétien has been a senior skid-greaser in the China trade racket ever since he resigned in 2003, and he currently serves as a trusted counsel with Dentons LLP, which serves as the public face of the Chinese corporate law conglomerate otherwise known as Beijing Dacheng. Manley is a senior adviser with Bennett Jones LLP and a director of Telus Corp., which is up to its eyeballs in Huawei gear and is quaking at the thought of Huawei being properly barred from Canada’s 5G internet roll-out on national security grounds. Bennett Jones’ clients roster includes several of Beijing’s ministries, agencies and state-owned enterprises, and the firm’s “co-head of government affairs and public policy practice” is none other than Eddie Goldenberg.

The prisoner-exchange remedy they’ve proposed relies on some heretofore undisclosed assurance from Beijing that indeed the two Mikes would be surrendered if only Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would hornswoggle from Justice Minister David Lametti an unseemly intervention on Meng’s behalf of the sordid kind he failed to procure from Jody Wilson-Raybould in the SNC-Lavalin affair.
The gambit also relies on Canadians believing Beijing’s propaganda contrivance to the effect that U.S. President Donald Trump got us into this mess and Canada is acting as his lickspittle for going along with what is actually a venal Trumpist trade-war subversion of the U.S. justice system to the purpose of injuring the interests of Huawei for purely mercantile reasons.

A crude iteration of this formulation appeared on placards outside Holmes’ courtroom on Monday. “Free Ms. Meng. Equal Justice!” “Bring Michael home! Trump stop bullying us!” Setting aside the question of which of the Michaels the protesters were content to leave locked away in a Chinese dungeon, it turns out that the placard-bearers had no idea what they were doing there. They’d been paid by someone known to them only as “Joey,” or alternatively by “a representative of China.” Some got $100. Others got $150. The play-acting protesters appear to have been convinced they were supposed to be extras in a music video. ...

It was not only because of the opaquely structured firm’s shadowy associations with Beijing’s vast surveillance-and-espionage apparatus that U.S. intelligence agencies, and even Canada’s intelligence agencies, were sounding the alarm. Huawei was skirting sanctions in Iran, drawing Canada into a vortex of possible pain. We were warned, but Ottawa thought it would be clever to take advantage of the United States’ national-security vigilance in curtailing Huawei’s liberties south of the border. So Canada went out of its way, with red carpets and subsidies, to luxuriate in Huawei’s research investments north of the border.

So it takes quite some cheek for Canada to beg American help and to demand solidarity from Canada’s European allies in standing up to Beijing when our own foreign affairs minister, François-Philippe Champagne, refers to the persecution of Kovrig and Spavor as mere “consular cases” that should not interfere with deepening Canada’s trade relationship with China. And Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson is pleased to issue all the requisite permits to the China National Offshore Oil Corporation to drill for oil in the Flemish Pass Basin. And the trade delegations come and go, and Trudeau sends warm wishes to the Chinese Communist Party’s United Front Work Department front groups in Canada as they celebrate 70 years of Communist rule in China, and on and on.

Why would any country stick its neck out for us if we’re not even willing to stick up for ourselves?

Ask Justin and his coffers.


I'm Sure It's Nothing to Be Concerned About, Redux

The same government that expects this:
The federal government is instead focused on having international travellers flying into Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver who are experiencing flu-like symptoms self-report to border officers, Tam said.

Cannot reconcile this:
For the second time in 17 years, Canada’s largest city has become this country’s ground zero in the fight to contain an outbreak of a newly identified organism that is spreading worldwide.

A Toronto man in his 50s was confirmed Sunday as Canada’s first presumed case of the rogue virus known as 2019-nCov, a coronavirus that surfaced in the Chinese city of Wuhan on New Year’s Eve. Officials are urging calm as they work to contain the illness in Canada and rapidly trace passengers who were seated within a two-metre radius of the man, who was already experiencing symptoms when he boarded his transoceanic flight home to Toronto.

The man said during airport screening that he’d been in the province where the virus originated and had a “mild cough,” but was allowed to go on his way, Dr. Theresa Tam, head of the Public Health Agency of Canada, said Monday.

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Canada’s first presumptive case of the novel coronavirus has been officially confirmed, Ontario health officials said Monday as they announced the patient’s wife has also contracted the illness. Meanwhile, 19 cases are under investigation in the province.

And sure as hell won't explain this:
In what is a very disturbing revelation, it has been revealed that Dr. Xiangguo Qiu, her husband Keding Cheng, and some students from China, were removed from Canada’s Level 4 virology lab in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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In a table-top pandemic exercise at Johns Hopkins University last year, a pathogen based on the emerging Nipah virus was released by fictional extremists, killing 150 million people.

A less apocalyptic scenario mapped out by a blue-ribbon U.S. panel envisioned Nipah being dispersed by terrorists and claiming over 6,000 American lives.

Scientists from Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) have also said the highly lethal bug is a potential bio-weapon.

But this March that same lab shipped samples of the henipavirus family and of Ebola to China, which has long been suspected of running a secretive biological warfare (BW) program.


Also:
The actual information presented at the conference, featuring Health Minister Patty Hadju and Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, can be summed up concisely. The patient, a man in his 50s, had recently returned to Toronto from China. He was showing symptoms while on the flight to North America, but still got through the enhanced screening in place at Pearson International Airport. He went home and, a day later, to hospital, where he was immediately isolated. The various public health agencies have been communicating well, the patient is isolated at Toronto’s excellent Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, biological samples from the patient are being immediately analyzed, with results expected by Monday, and public health officials are working quickly to identify and contact anyone who was sitting near the man on the transoceanic flight. The patient is, by all accounts, doing well in hospital. His family members are being monitored.

It all sounds reassuring. That was certainly the point of the entire exercise. “The risk (to the broader public) is low,” was the unofficial slogan of the entire event. But the reassuring words about co-ordination and communication can’t hide the awkward truth — the “system” the officials were so cheerfully describing didn’t work. A man flying back from an epidemic hot zone — and who was actively symptomatic upon arrival at an airport that was on the alert — was screened by officials who were fully aware of the danger … and who then let him into the country.

That’s the failure here. That’s the issue of concern. Everything else that happens afterward — the immediate isolation of the patient, the rapid testing of his samples, the strong communication among health agencies — is nice but not the point. Lauding the emergency response after a preventable incident rings hollow when the point is to avoid the emergency in the first place.

That didn’t happen here, and it probably can’t. We have to be realistic. Any system that relies on honestly and self-reporting by people with a strong reason to lie (in this case, to get the hell back into Canada) isn’t going to be 100 per cent effective. That’s not the government’s fault. The grim truth is that what we know so far about this still-unnamed virus suggests that it’s going to be difficult to contain, if not impossible. The Chinese experience so far shows that it can spread rapidly. The precise rate has yet to be determined, but experts currently estimate that every infected person infects approximately 2.5 other people, though it’s important to note that that’s a mathematical average, not a real-life certainty for each individual case. More concerning is the fact that patients afflicted with the Wuhan virus are apparently contagious before they present any symptoms. For perhaps as long as days.

Let that sink in. People can be infecting others before they realize they themselves are sick.

Uh, no.

There are a lot of things the government can do to get ahead of this. One thing they can do is remove their heads from their bottoms. The next thing they can do is restrict flight from China, quarantine anyone who was anywhere near affected people, set up more stringent controls at airports and penalise those non-self-reporting people you know damn well could be incubating this.




Never Again

 



If people meant it, there would be no more genocides.

Alas ...




“‘This is Auschwitz,’ they answered. ‘You will never get out, but you are lucky you were selected to work. Those who were not — look over here, see the chimney, that long chimney with smoke coming out? They are already burning.’
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The Auschwitz concentration camp is known worldwide as a symbol of terror, genocide and the Holocaust. It was the largest Nazi concentration camp; more than 1.1 million people were murdered there between 1940 and 1945.

On Jan. 27, the world will mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Several of the remaining survivors of the camp will make the very difficult trek to the place where some of the most heinous acts of the 20th century occurred.

The survivors will gather there to give voice to Luba, Sara and Chaya and the other silenced millions of Holocaust victims.
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The non-commissioned officer was Franciszek Gajowniczek. When the sentence of doom had been pronounced, Gajowniczek had cried out in despair, "Oh, my poor wife, my poor children. I shall never see them again." It was then that the unexpected had happened, and that from among the ranks of those temporarily reprieved, prisoner 16670 had stepped forward and offered himself in the other man's place. Then the ten condemned men were led off to the dreaded Bunker, to the airless underground cells were men died slowly without food or water.  ...

Two weeks passed in this way. Meanwhile one after another they died, until only Fr Kolbe was left. This the authorities felt was too long; the cell was needed for new victims. So one day they brought in the head of the sickquarters, a German, a common criminal named Bock, who gave Fr Kolbe an injection of carbolic acid in the vein of his left arm. Fr Kolbe, with a prayer on his lips, himself gave his arm to the executioner. Unable to watch this I left under the pretext of work to be done. Immediately after the SS men with the executioner had left I returned to the cell, where I found Fr Kolbe leaning in a sitting position against the back wall with his eyes open and his head dropping sideways. His face was calm and radiant."
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Dear brothers and sisters! Because she was Jewish, Edith Stein was taken with her sister Rosa and many other Catholic Jews from the Netherlands to the concentration camp in Auschwitz, where she died with them in the gas chambers. Today we remember them all with deep respect. A few days before her deportation, the woman religious had dismissed the question about a possible rescue: “Do not do it! Why should I be spared? Is it not right that I should gain no advantage from my Baptism? If I cannot share the lot of my brothers and sisters, my life, in a certain sense, is destroyed”. 

 From now on, as we celebrate the memory of this new saint from year to year, we must also remember the Shoah, that cruel plan to exterminate a people — a plan to which millions of our Jewish brothers and sisters fell victim. May the Lord let his face shine upon them and grant them peace



From unimaginable cruelty to kindness:

“The Canadians were like the first figures in a good dream,” one of the women told The New Yorker later that same month. “Our emotion was so intense that we stood motionless, completely dazed,” DuFournier wrote. “We were still too dazed to believe that we might be exchanged,” said Allaire.

Even decades later, the intensity of that moment, of seeing the Canadians and knowing they were saved, stood out, said Helm, who interviewed many survivors, who have since died, for her book.
“I thought it was a dream,” one of the women told Helm. “Really, I did not believe it. It was surreal. We went forward and we saw the soldiers … and they cried when they saw us. When I saw them crying, I began to think it was real.”

The Canadians helped the women into their trucks. There were about 30 of them in Kerr’s rig. One of them had been a nurse. The Nazis had charged her with giving aid to a downed pilot. She’d been in the camp for eight months and she told Kerr how lucky she was to have survived. “She said … they gassed 500 people before you fellows arrived today.”


Sunday, January 26, 2020

I'm Sure It's Nothing to Be Concerned About

Quite ...




Let's start with the way-back machine:

SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (characterised by fever, coughs, muscle pain, lethargy and other flu-like symptoms) is a zoonotic respiratory that has been traced to bats in China. The initial outbreak in China in November 2002 and July 2003 resulted in 774 deaths. The first known case of SARS in Canada was on February 23rd, 2003. The patient - an elderly woman named Kwan Sui-Chu - died of SARS on March 5th. SARS eventually spread to 257 people in Ontario. Health officials, complete unprepared for this or any other outbreak, responded in a slow, haphazard way.

Despite what is being insisted now, the SARS outbreak was poorly handled and few effective measures are being enacted now.

How can one tell?

Because the government is involved.







The same government that insists that it can ably handle the new coronavirus coming out of China (more on that later) as it handled SARS is totally on top of this:

The Canadian government is rolling out information rather than surgical masks and thermal scanners to try to keep the country safe from a virus that has already killed more than two dozen people in China and left hundreds more sick.

The World Health Organization on Thursday chose not to declare a global health emergency because of the disease even as China quarantined more territory around the city at the heart of the outbreak, Wuhan, to prevent its spread.


Even as Chinese officials were scrambling to contain this outbreak and five people were being monitored for the coronavirus in Quebec, Canada's chief medical officer was playing down the chances of an outbreak here.

"While we are aware of incidents under investigation, we have no reports of any confirmed cases of this new coronavirus in Canada," Dr. Theresa Tam said during a technical briefing with reporters. "The risk of an outbreak in Canada remains low."


Ontario health officials have announced that a “presumptive” case of a new coronavirus has been discovered in Toronto, which, if confirmed, would mark the first instance of the illness in Canada.

That's how SARS happened in the first place and the same authorities that insisted it could handle anything that came its way left people waiting outside in wintry weather running basic fever checks on every single person who walked into hospitals.

Self-reporting? Is that what people who walk into Canada (which they are allowed to do) will be keen on?


This fresh incompetence comes on the tails of previous incompetence and/or treason:

Scientists from Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) have also said the highly lethal bug is a potential bio-weapon.

But this March that same lab shipped samples of the henipavirus family and of Ebola to China, which has long been suspected of running a secretive biological warfare (BW) program.

China strongly denies it makes germ weapons, and Canadian officials say the shipment was part of its efforts to support public-health research worldwide. Sharing of such samples internationally is relatively standard practice.

But some experts are raising questions about the March transfer, which appears to be at the centre of a shadowy RCMP investigation and dismissal of a top scientist at the Winnipeg-based NML.

“I would say this Canadian ‘contribution’ might likely be counterproductive,” said Dany Shoham, a biological and chemical warfare expert at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University. “I think the Chinese activities … are highly suspicious, in terms of exploring (at least) those viruses as BW agents. “

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So -whose bright idea was it to let China handle these Biblical plagues in the first place?


Also - yeah, that's why they're doing that:

North Korea has banned foreign tourists and closed borders temporarily as Wuhan coronavirus spreads rapidly. 

The outbreak, which has killed three people in China so far, seems to have scuppered North Korea's hopes of earning hard currency from Chinese visitors to a brand-new ski resort town and other facilities it is frantically building.

Seollal




A merry Seollal and Year of the Rat to all y'all.



Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Mid-Week Post

The plastic straw for your tropical drink ...




From the most corrupt and least transparent government ever re-elected:

In a laughably weak statement showing the messed up attitude of Canada’s foreign policy elites, the Liberal foreign minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says Canada’s “leverage” is “the international community.”

Would this be the international community that ignores the prime minister's calls, holds our nationals hostage, plays keep-away with black boxes and steam-rolls over us during trade negotiations?

In order for Champagne to utter this, he needs to believe this himself. This inflated and entirely undeserved sense of importance is the reason why Justin is chasing a UN seat and why Canada thinks it can out-maneuver the US.


Also - members of plutocracies look out for one another:

SNC-Lavalin Inc. has recruited a former Bombardier executive who oversaw key asset sales to oversee the engineering and construction firm’s strategic transformation.

Louis Veronneau will take on the new role of chief transformation officer, which includes possible divestments and reducing costs. The mergers and acquisitions specialist led negotiations to sell Bombardier’s majority stake in the C Series to Airbus, a stake of its rail division to the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec and its Downsview site in Toronto to a pension fund.

Because jobs.





I'm sure it's nothing to be worried about:

Just as the global outlook brightens, Canadian households have gone wobbly, forcing the Bank of Canada to reassess its outlook.

The trade wars haven’t calmed enough to offset the loss of Canada’s primary economic engine for the past decade. The result is a weaker short-term outlook that could prompt the central bank to cut interest rates if current conditions persist.

But not yet.

Governor Stephen Poloz and his deputies left the Bank of Canada’s benchmark interest rate unchanged at 1.75 per cent on Jan. 22, even as they dropped their outlook for near-term economic growth.

Policy-makers slashed their growth forecast for the fourth quarter to 0.3 per cent from 1.3 per cent, and predicted that growth in 2020 will fall short of the economy’s non-inflationary speed limit, which was revised higher to two per cent.

Why invest in a country that is broke?





Harper had an opportunity to crush the CBC and did not take it:

Others who believe in CBC “truth” say Ottawa should merely reform the public broadcaster, maintain public funding but remove its ability to accept private advertising. David Skok, the editor-in-chief of The Logic, an online news site, said recently that “The CBC is no longer simply a broadcaster. It is a platform for truth in journalism.” In a letter this week to his subscribers, Skok referred to the CBC’s importance to Canada’s “collective truth.”

There is no such thing as Canada’s collective truth. A ban on advertising on CBC does not change the principle. The government has no business in the newsrooms of the nation.

"What is truth?" Pontius Pilate once  asked.

But he helped kill Jesus, so ...




These guys don't appear to be comprised of gelatin or pure douchiness:

The social conservative wing of the Conservative Party looks set to have at least one flag-bearer in the leadership race, as former party staffer Richard Décarie is collecting signatures and has a network forming behind him.

“All the so-cons are mobilizing behind me because I’m the only candidate who is running that actually represents their values,” Décarie said on Tuesday.

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Sloan confirmed that he had, indeed, answered this questionnaire, and when asked if he was wary of standing by anti-abortion policies, considering some believe Scheer’s stance on abortion may have cost him votes that led to his loss to Justin Trudeau, Sloan seemed unfazed.

“The lesson I took from Andrew Scheer is avoiding the issue is impossible,” Sloan told Global News. “You can’t just say that abortion won’t be an issue. Things can and will be brought forward. So I say bring on the discussion, bring on the debate, bring on the votes.”

We shall see as Canadian politicians are nothing short of disappointing.





Well, they tried it and it didn't work.

Besides, who needs a loony in the south when they have a more belligerent loony in the north?:

South Korea‘s first known transgender soldier pleaded to be allowed to continue serving after the military decided Wednesday to discharge her for undergoing gender reassignment surgery.

It was the first time in South Korea that an active-duty member has been referred to a military panel to determine whether to end his or her service due to a sex reassignment operation. South Korea prohibits transgender people from joining the military but has no specific laws on what to do with those who have sex reassignment operations during their time in service.




What could go wrong?:

China’s deadly coronavirus may have the same death rate as Spanish flu, an expert has warned.

Deaths from the new virus rose to 17 on Wednesday with hundreds of cases now confirmed, increasing fears of widespread contagion.




What? No international indignation?:

Gunmen in Iran shot dead a commander of the hardline Basij militia who was an ally of Qassem Soleimani, the senior Revolutionary Guards commander killed in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq, the official news agency IRNA reported on Wednesday.




Sadly, there are some who do not believe in even now:

In the years immediately following the war the tattoo kept inviting questions; people simply didn’t know what it meant, even in Israel, he said.

“At first, say 20 years after the war, all Holocaust survivors and especially prisoners of Auschwitz were not talking at all (of their experiences),” he said.

“We were not talking because people didn’t believe … that what we are telling is true.”




Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Terry Jones:




Tuesday, January 21, 2020

And the Rest of It

In a way, one should not be surprised:

Russian president Vladimir Putin proposed giving broad new authority to set the direction of foreign, domestic and economic policy to the State Council as part of the constitutional overhaul he announced last week.

Putin laid out the details of the plan — widely seen as the Kremlin’s effort to lay the groundwork for Putin extending his rule beyond the end of his current term in 2024 — in draft amendments to the constitution submitted to parliament Monday.



This wouldn't be a problem if one simply treated these people as traitors, revoked their citizenship and never allowed them to return:

The Norwegian prime minister lost her parliamentary majority Monday after the right-wing Progress Party withdrew its ministers from the government coalition. The protest move came in response to the controversial repatriation of a suspected Islamic State member and her children from a Syrian camp.

Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg said she would seek to continue to govern in a minority coalition with two smaller parties. The Progress Party may continue to support some of Solberg’s policies.

Monday’s Norwegian government crisis was among the most dramatic political ramifications of a dilemma Solberg has shared with leaders across Europe. Many European nations have refused to heed calls to repatriate suspected Islamic State fighters and their children from Syria. In some cases, their reluctance drew heavy criticism from human rights groups and the Trump administration, with the latter viewing the Europeans’ approach as a security threat. Last fall, President Donald Trump warned that the captured fighters would be released unless European governments were ready to take them back.

Half a year later, only a few suspected Islamic State members have been repatriated, even as European governments are increasingly being challenged in court to do so.


Often, the small and silver screens will portray members of the bribed press as a rag-tag band of crusaders for the buried truth.

Look what these crusaders wished to bury:

Within 48 hours, the truth had emerged. A longer video, which showed the Covington boys' prior harassment at the hands of the Black Hebrew Israelites, made it clear that the kids had not directed racist invectives at Phillips' crowd—they were cheering in order to drown out the Black Hebrew Israelites. Phillips then entered the teens' midst, drumming and chanting at them. Some thought he was joining their cheer, a small few made inappropriate tomahawk gestures, while others seemed confused or even wary—correctly wary, since Phillips and his entourage had not come in good faith.

I wrote about the additional footage, and, over time, many commentators backpedaled. The mainstream media did as well. Case in point: The New York Times went from "Viral Video Shows Boys in 'Make America Great Again' Hats Surrounding Native Elder" to "Fuller Picture Emerges of Viral Video of Native American Man and Catholic Students."

But less well remembered than the mainstream media's belated mea culpa was the absurd effort to re-legitimize the initial narrative.

On the next day, January 21, the New York Daily News published a contemptible hit piece attributed to its sports staff titled: "SEE IT: Covington Catholic High students in blackface at past basketball game." The first sentence read: "This won't help Nick Sandmann's case," as if the story was some sort of indictment of him. In fact, it had nothing to do with him, or any of his classmates at the Lincoln Memorial. The "blackface" incident was from a Covington basketball game years before, in which some attendees had painted themselves black to show school spirit. Ill-advised, in today's rage-charged climate? Sure. An example of racial harassment? Probably not. In either case, it had nothing to do with Sandmann.

When one cannot deny his initial rush to judgment, he attempts (and poorly, too) to validate it some other way.


The Government Canadians Deserve

You voted for it, Canada:

Passing the new NAFTA in Parliament is our priority,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Whether it will pass, however, is another question. The Bloc Quebecois won’t support the new deal without more supports for aluminum workers, and neither the NDP nor the Conservatives are clear on their support, with both parties having said they want to review it closely.

Trudeau also spoke generally of other commitments, such as pharmacare, protecting the environment and stricter gun control measures, but offered no specifics on what may come forward as legislation or when.

Justin never does that. That way, people who are paying attention can't pinpoint an exact promise.

Oh, and he is unbelievably stupid.




Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister knows when to sit, stay and fetch:

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is holding out the possibility of imposing a carbon tax in his province as he tries to fashion a green plan that will meet with the federal government's approval.

But he's simultaneously warning that Ottawa will have to show some flexibility if it wants him to continue playing the role of bridge-builder to the other two Prairie provinces, where talk of western alienation and outright separation has escalated since Justin Trudeau's Liberals won re-election on Oct. 21.

Get ready for that tax plus HST added to that, Manitoba!


Also:

A stunning 50% of respondents to the MNP Consumer Debt Index say they are within $200 of being unable to pay their bills on a monthly basis.




Canada can't be back until it is broke and sanctimonious at the same time:

The Trudeau Liberals are spending even more of our taxpayer dollars on the worthless bid for a UN Security Council seat.

According to the CP, the government is going to award a contract valued at $120,000, to hire ‘trainers’ for Canadian personnel at the UN.
The idea is to “address thematic and country priorities of interest to Canada in its preparation for a seat on the council.”
The contract is being awarded to the Security Council Report, an American organization.

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Canada has formally joined a German-French coalition aimed at saving the international world order from destruction by various world dictators — and the alliance does not include the United States.

Where can one start with this? Justin's love for dictators? His government's aspirations to emulate those dictators? The fact that Germany is propping up the EU? How long have the Yellow Vest protests been going on? The utter childishness of failing nations in the light of a prosperous and free one?




Quebec can't wait to kill off its elderly ... and anyone else, really:

The Quebec government will comply with a court ruling striking down parts of its medical aid in dying legislation, the province’s health and justice ministers announced Tuesday.

The province will allow a provision stating those seeking a medically assisted death must be “at the end of life” to simply disappear from its legislation, the ministers said, without making any further amendments to the proposed law.



Why Are We Trading With China?

There is no benefit for the West in keeping this communist octopus alive:

A new special parliamentary committee created to examine Canada’s fraught relationship with China is holding its first meeting in Ottawa.

The committee’s creation was the result of a Conservative motion passed in December, thanks to support from other opposition parties in the minority Parliament.

The motion authorizes the committee to order the prime minister, Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair and Canada’s ambassador to China, Dominic Barton, to appear as witnesses “from time to time as the committee sees fit.”

Champagne congratulated members of the committee in a letter Monday, where he focused on the importance of Canada’s relationship with China while also reiterating concern over the detention of Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.

Right there one can see that Champagne is full of sh--.

How often has human rights been paid lip service but trade and good relations with China continued?

If the rule of law mattered at all to the government, Meng Wanzhou would be begging for immunity in the US right now.

This is a smoke and mirrors gesture, just like the Iranian pantomime currently being acted out (the one that treats Canadian passport-holders as Iranian citizens and does not demand that an official implicated in crimes against humanity recuse himself. That pantomime.).

I'm Sure It's Nothing to Be Concerned About

Yep:

The number of cases of a new virus has risen to 440 in China and the death toll has risen to 9, Chinese health authorities said Wednesday.

Deputy Director of the National Health Commission Li Bin told reporters that the figures were current as of midnight Tuesday. All the deaths had been in Hubei province, home to Wuhan city where the first illnesses from coronavirus were reported in late December.

This virus:

A pneumonia outbreak in central China has widened with more than 200 people now diagnosed with the new SARS-like virus, as health experts say there’s now evidence that the illness is spreading from person to person.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

And the Rest of It

If murder was not illegal in Canada but it was in the US and Meng Wanzhou stood accused of that crime, could Canadian un-elected judges be excused in freeing her?:

Defense lawyers argue a senior executive of the Chinese tech giant Huawei should not be extradited to the U.S. because her actions would not be considered crimes under Canadian law.

The extradition hearing for Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou is scheduled to begin Monday. Meng, the daughter of the company’s founder, faces charges of committing fraud to try and evade U.S. sanctions on Iran. Huawei is China’s first global tech brand and Beijing views her case as a political move designed to prevent China’s rise.

We have an extradition treaty with the US that needs to be respected before any political interests that the Liberals have.

That really is the crux of it.




When will Omar Khadr's lawyers exhaust his reward for terrorism?:

An American civilian court has refused to order a military court to decide an appeal from former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr.

In a brief decision this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied Khadr’s request to force the issue.

“At this time, (Khadr) has not demonstrated a ‘clear and indisputable right’ to the extraordinary remedy,” the court said.

American troops captured Khadr, 33, as a badly wounded 15-year-old in Afghanistan in July 2002. He pleaded guilty to five war crimes, including the murder of a U.S. special forces soldier, before a widely disparaged military commission in 2010. As part of the plea deal, the court sentenced him to eight more years rather than to the jury-recommended 40 years.

Khadr later said the deal was his only way out of the infamous American prison in Cuba. He filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Military Commission Review in 2013 after arriving in Canada, arguing the offences to which he had pleaded guilty were not war crimes when he allegedly committed them.



What makes Shakespeare so universal (his works are even translated into Klingon) is that his well-written works speak to so many whereas partisan, leftist drivel is obnoxious, poorly-written and speaks only to a few:

Grade 11 English students at the Ottawa Catholic School Board are ditching Shakespeare and Margaret Atwood in favour of studying literature by Indigenous authors like Richard Wagamese and Tanya Talaga.

The board has approved a change from the traditional course to an offering called “English: Understanding Contemporary First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Voices.”

Five secondary schools already offer the course and within two years it will be the standard in all the board’s schools.

A similar change has been adopted or is underway at several other boards across the province as they try to increase the diversity of literature being studied and implement recommendations of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

I knew white shame would be in this somewhere.




The tsars and their communist counterparts have never really left when one thinks about it:

The Russian parliament overwhelmingly backed President Vladimir Putin’s surprise choice for prime minister on Thursday after what one daily called a “January revolution”, a major political overhaul that some say could set Putin up as leader for life. 

Also - another nearly-forgotten victim of communism:

Seventy-five years later, the international drumbeat of evil and indifference can still feel overwhelming, with the international community too often a bystander to atrocity and injustice. How appropriate, then, that Jan. 17 — the day of Raoul Wallenberg’s disappearance in the Soviet Gulag in 1945 — has been designated Raoul Wallenberg Commemorative Day in honour of this disappeared hero, who is Canada’s first honorary citizen.



Oon jawa wiki pon Solo hoo hoo hoo:

A morbidly obese ISIS fanatic dubbed “Jabba the Jihadi” has been captured by Iraqi forces — who loaded him onto a flatbed truck because he couldn’t fit in a police car.

The 560-pound mufti Abu Abdul Bari, also known as Shifa al-Nima, was nabbed Thursday by an elite SWAT team of the Nineveh regiment in the city of Mosul, according to Stars and Stripes.
The jumbo jihadist was known for “provocative speeches against the security forces” and is considered one of the top leaders of “ISIS gangs,” Iraqi security officials said in a statement.

Bari issued religious decrees — or fatwas — ordering the execution of scholars and clerics who refused to pledge allegiance to ISIS when the terror group occupied the city, the statement said.

During the heyday of the group’s self-styled caliphate in 2014, he also ordered the destruction of a mosque built at the site believed to be the burial place of the biblical prophet Jonah, who once had a famous encounter with a whale.

Maajid Nawaz, founder of the London-based anti-extremism think Quilliam, also shared images of the heavyweight’s arrest.

“He was so overweight, maybe from remaining sedentary in his hiding place, that he had to be taken by police in the back of a pick up truck,” he wrote on Facebook.

“Most religious justifications provided to ISIS for enslaving, raping, torturing, ethnic cleansing & massacring Iraqis, Syrians & others are from this paltry beast who can’t even stand on his own two legs,” he wrote.

Today in "The Government Is Corrupt and Awful" News

It's an ongoing thing, really ...




It's just another airplane trip:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is reviving his practice of holding periodic cabinet retreats outside the nation’s capital — an exercise in regional outreach that his office maintains is worth the added cost of ferrying ministers around the country.

Beginning Sunday, he and his 36 ministers will be holed up in Winnipeg for three days to discuss priorities and plot how to bring them to fruition in a House of Commons where the Liberals hold only a minority of seats.

That is to be followed by a three-day caucus retreat with Liberal MPs in Ottawa, in preparation for the resumption of Parliament on Jan. 27 — its first extended sitting since the Liberals were reduced to a minority in the October election.

The choice of Winnipeg is a nod to the East-West divide exposed in the election. The Liberals shut out entirely in Alberta and Saskatchewan, where voters were irate over environmental policies they believe have gutted the energy industry.

Why not Alberta?

Manitoba, where the Liberals lost three of six seats, is somewhat friendlier territory. The province’s premier, Brian Pallister, has signalled a willingness to try to bridge the divide between the federal government and his fellow conservative Prairie premiers.

There we go!

It is the usual lip service this rotten government engages in to appear it is serious about keeping this country together.

This is why Kenney must start severing ties or the country will truly be finished, far too finished for even China to unite it and exploit it until there is not a drop or oil or a tree left.


This China:

Consider the damage caused already:

Exhibit 1 — This week’s announced Phase One trade deal between the U.S. and China outlines a special trading relationship, leaving behind the world’s multilateral equal treatment template. This redefines the global economy as mostly two trading blocs and the “rest.”

Their bilateral deal demands that China dramatically hike agricultural imports from the United States in exchange for an end to tariffs. In essence, the deal will re-route Chinese market share away from other countries such as Canada, Australia and others.

Exhibit 2 — The new trade settlement is completely silent on Canada’s trading issues with China, namely the fact that Canada has paid a huge price for its loyalty to the Americans. Next week, Canada begins its controversial extradition hearing in Vancouver involving Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou on behalf of the United States who asked for her arrest in 2018.

Canada is meeting its legal obligations under the Extradition Treaty to do this, but China retaliated viciously by cancelling billions in canola and other agricultural imports, and imprisoning Canadian businessman Michael Spavor and former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig. The two men have been in cells for a year without access to lawyers or family.

Canada complained about China to the WTO but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also asked President Donald Trump to help negotiate getting the two “hostages” released. In a recent Quebec TV interview, Trudeau asserted that the U.S. would “not sign a final and complete (trade) agreement with China that does not settle the question of Meng Wanzhou” and the fact that China jailed two Canadians in retaliation.

But this week’s Phase One deal not only harms Canada’s agricultural export ambitions but doesn’t address China’s “hostage taking.”

So, the brave new world is about navigating between two superpowers which is why Prime Minister Trudeau’s indirect swipe at the United States for creating the conditions that led to the murder of 176 passengers on a jetliner leaving Tehran was inappropriate and damaging.

Instead, Canada must carve a new path forward between China’s predation and America’s self-interest.

This is why Canada should fight back in tandem with the Americans. It must ban Huawei from the market and from financing universities to do its “research” here. It must pull its weight in NORAD and NATO in terms of military spending, something the Liberals have not done. It must out China for its human rights abuses. It must retaliate against Beijing’s bullying by halting all future student visas, immigration and work permits to residents of China until the two Canadian businessmen are returned safely to Canada. Officials must never bad-mouth American officials.

But Justin gets his money from China and he certainly has no interest in reviving the Albertan oil sector he has been tanking, not unless China can benefit from it.




The corrupt province of Newfoundland and Labrador gave the Liberals their victory in last year's election:

The federal government is working on mobilizing the Armed Forces to help Newfoundland and Labrador dig out from the monster blizzard that paralyzed eastern regions of the province with record breaking amounts of snow as forecasts call for more snow tonight.

But I thought that we were in the middle of a warming spell.


Also - because Rex Murphy:

I see the day (skeptics be damned) when Vancouver in May will look like Bonavista in January, icebergs in the harbour, and seals clustered around a space heater (powered by bicycle generators) warming their little flippers. We’ll know then that the fight against global warming has been won.

Although if you want present-day proof, just check out St. John’s, if it can still be seen under the snow.



Francophones care only about propping up their artificially-maintained oligarchy:

A former Progressive Conservative lawmaker who quit the government caucus to protest cuts to francophone services is joining the Ontario Liberal Party.

Amanda Simard made the announcement today at the Ontario legislature with the party’s interim leader John Fraser.

Simard was elected in 2018 at the age of 29 to represent the largely French-speaking eastern Ontario riding of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell.

She left the Tory caucus in the wake of the government’s decision to eliminate the independent office of the French-language services commissioner and scrap a planned French-language university.

Simard has been sitting as an independent since leaving the government caucus in November 2018.
With Simard joining their ranks, the Liberals will have six seats in the legislature — still short of the 12 needed to achieve official party status.



There will never be a pipeline built under this government, just as there will never be an address of minimum sentences or mass arrests of organised criminal gangs in British Columbia:

The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously rejected British Columbia’s move to regulate the flow of heavy oil across its borders, resolving one of the last court challenges to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

(Sidebar: Premier Horgan, it must be said, is a hypocritical trough-eater, but I digress ...)

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A businessman “connected to Asian organized crime” was allowed by a British Columbia government employee to buy part of a B.C. Lottery Corp. casino, according to a confidential RCMP report obtained by Global News.

And the government employee was later hired in a B.C. casino.

The explosive accusation is just one example of organized crime’s alleged infiltration and corruption of B.C. government casinos, according to a January 2009 RCMP anti-illegal gaming unit report. ...

The report argued the RCMP anti-illegal gaming unit (IIGET) should target the drug cartels using B.C. Lottery Corp. casinos in combination with illegal casinos, to launder money.

At the time the IIGET was funded by B.C. Lottery Corp., and was only permitted to target illegal casinos.

But three months later, instead of following the report’s recommendations, B.C.’s government defunded and disbanded the illegal gaming unit.



Social conservatives are a part of the Canadian electorate. Calling their values "outdated" or "irrelevant" while accepting droves of illegal migrants whose own values include beating or killing girls and hating Jews and watching one's government drive away domestic and foreign investment is cutting off one's nose to spite one's face:

The point is, it’s far from clear that abandoning social conservatives would be the electoral boon that many anticipate. It could just as easily set the Conservative party further back from winning elections — especially when one considers the disproportionate contribution that social conservatives make in the form of donations, volunteer hours and votes. That as many as one-third of current Conservatives MPs are said to be pro-life may be a good proxy for where Conservative voters stand.