Thursday, January 17, 2019

But Wait! There's More!

It's busy out there ...



The notorious lunatic who attacked people with a golf club at a local Canadian Tire store and even told her brother that she wanted to join ISIS has been found guilty on terror charges:

A Toronto-area woman who admitted to attacking workers at a Canadian Tire store with a golf club and butcher knife in an effort to help ISIL has been found guilty of several terror charges.

Jurors deliberated for just over an hour on Thursday before delivering the verdict in the case of Rehab Dughmosh, who was arrested in July 2017 after the attack at a location at a mall in east Toronto.

Dughmosh initially faced a total of 21 charges, but in the end she faced four, including two counts of assault with a weapon and one of carrying a weapon — all in the name of ISIL.

She was also charged with leaving Canada for the purpose of committing a criminal offence in connection with an attempted trip to Syria in April 2016.

I'm sure Justin will put a cheque in the mail.


Also - oh, this guy will definitely be on Justin's Christmas card list:

A Toronto man captured in Syria while fighting for Islamic State is believed to be the masked host — and apparent gunman — in a notorious ISIL execution video as well as the narrator of the terror group’s claim of responsibility for 2015’s deadly Paris attacks, according to a leading researcher of foreign fighters.

On Sunday, a man identifying himself as Mohammad Abdullah Mohammad, a Canadian from Toronto, was captured during a firefight with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a U.S.-supported coalition of militias led by the Kurdish YPG.

An initial brief video released by the SDF shows him being questioned in Arabic, which he spoke and understood fluently.

On Wednesday, the SDF released a longer video, almost 12 minutes long, of him speaking in fluent English about his time with the Islamic State, also known as ISIL and ISIS.

In it, he says he came from Canada in 2013 and fought with ISIL, first as it expanded and then retreated under international counterattack.

“I was captured by them (Kurdish forces) after attacking one of their points and entering into a gun battle with them,” the prisoner says, with a large bandage on his forehead.

“After they called me to surrender, I surrendered myself.”

He said there are still thousands of ISIL soldiers in the shrinking ISIL-held territory in eastern Syria and many are trying to flee to Turkey by using smugglers.

He said increasing airstrikes and drone attacks are taking a toll.

“The soldiers are not fighting open so much, but rather are restricting themselves to small groups and are resorting to tunnels and trenches and so on.”

These video appearances are being examined and compared to previous video and audio recordings distributed by ISIL. The prisoner’s voice sounds similar and he shares some physical resemblance to the ISIL propagandist, from what can be seen behind the mask.

He has immigration minister status written all over him.


Speaking of whom:


The Opposition Conservatives are asking Parliament to examine Canada's security screening process following two CBC investigations that pointed to flaws in system.

"Recently, there have been a number of concerning incidents that have shown clear gaps in our immigration screening system," Conservative MP Michelle Rempel, the immigration, refugees, and citizenship critic, said in a statement.

"That is why today I am calling for the citizenship and immigration committee, and the public safety and national security committee, to immediately undertake a joint study into how our security screening process can be strengthened.

"Canadians must have confidence that their safety is being protected."

The party said a formal request will be filed when the House of Commons returns.

Why would Ahmed Hussen proceed with such an inquiry?


Also:

But what happens if the number of immigrants should exceed the capacity of the country’s ability to absorb them? It isn’t orderly immigration that sets many Canadians’ teeth on edge; it is mass immigration promoted as a good in and of itself without regard to our actual present and future needs or interests. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants now arrive here each year. In Vancouver alone they require 300 housing units every week. This can only drive up housing costs and add to the crowding in our hospitals. It can also reshape the cultural ecology of old neighbourhoods, which residents seem generally fine with when it happens more naturally over time, but find very jarring when it happens with unsettling rapidity.



Why is there no bodyguard for Asia Bibi?:

Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian acquitted of blasphemy, still lives the life of a prisoner, nearly three months after her release from death row, awaiting a final ruling on her fate.

She spends her days in seclusion for fear of being targeted by angry mobs clamouring for her death. In her hideout, she longs for her children who were taken to Canada for their safety.

Pakistani security forces guarding the 54-year-old Bibi prevent her from opening a window in her hiding place, let alone go outside, a friend said.



Of course it isn't clear. The police are hoping that Canadians - who have a phenomenally short memory - will forget that people were even shot to death by Faisal Hussain:

Loparco concluded that “Hussain died at his own hand when he decided to shoot himself …” rather than surrender; that the wound would have “immediately incapacitated” him; and the fact that he was still able to run away from the officers after they shot at him means they didn’t inflict it.

Quite why this took 178 days isn’t clear, though almost two months for the CFS to do its work didn’t help. Loparco wasn’t taking questions Wednesday, as indeed he didn’t deign to return calls or emails throughout.

The SIU has a vital role: Without it, police would investigate situations, including ones where people are killed, where their own are involved. The SIU is the guarantee to citizens that these probes are genuine and thorough, and that police are held to account.

But while the SIU is investigating, police are constrained in what they can tell the public, and in this case, as a result of the recently unsealed search warrant detailing the heavy weaponry found at Hussain’s apartment and his interest in 9/11 conspiracy theories, among other things, there are a great many unanswered questions about Hussain of significant public interest.

Forces may use SIU involvement as a handy shield to avoid disclosure to the public. But the irony is that the unit itself is now as unaccountable, and as opaque, as police forces themselves were in the bad old days.



Was Karen Wang just your typical ethnocentric, arrogant Liberal candidate or did she throw a fight?:

The Liberals hemmed and hawed about running a candidate in the Feb. 25 byelection there, conscious that if they did so, they might inadvertently win and put paid to the political career of Jagmeet Singh, the federal NDP leader who is seeking a seat in Parliament.

Singh has found the learning curve in federal politics particularly steep, making numerous missteps in the full glare of the national media.

This past weekend, he failed to answer a question on a topic that had been all over the news. He claimed he hadn’t heard the question, but he left the impression that it is only the hard questions that he mis-hears.

Singh remains Justin Trudeau’s preferred opponent in October’s federal election and there was the very real prospect that, if defeated, he might be replaced by someone more seasoned. ...

Wang’s candidacy put Singh’s political future very much in doubt, given the seat was won by NDP MP Kennedy Stewart by just 600 votes over his Liberal rival in 2015.

It went unsaid by everyone that a Chinese-Canadian candidate might have extra cachet in a riding where nearly 40 per cent of voters are of Chinese descent.

At least, it went unsaid until Wang said it. Not only did she point out on a Chinese social media platform that she was “the only Chinese candidate,” she identified Singh as being “of Indian descent.” ...

Wang issued her own statement, apologizing to Singh, and saying her choice of words about his cultural background “was not well-considered and did not reflect my intent.”

Her resignation has left Singh alone on the left of the political spectrum in Burnaby South, facing Conservative Jay Shin and People’s Party candidate Laura Lynn Tyler Thompson. His victory would seem assured, if the Liberals don’t replace Wang. And yet they seem in no hurry to do so. When asked if there would be another Liberal candidate, Liberal communications director Braeden Caley said: “We’ll have more to discuss on that in due course.” ...

So back to Occam’s razor. Was this just a case of a reckless candidate gambling that if she played dog-whistle politics, it wouldn’t be heard beyond the Chinese community?

Or was the plan all along to throw the fight?

Nine times out of 10, it would be the former but the outcome of this electoral rumpus is extremely convenient for Trudeau. He has polished his own halo as the great unifier who will forge consensus and bridge divides.

And he has all but insured that an NDP leader yet to find his feet on the national stage staggers on to fight the general election.

Hhhmmm ...




If Quebec doesn't like pipelines, it probably doesn't want Albertan oil or equalisation payments, either. It is time to indulge Quebec in that regard:

Nearly two-thirds of Canadians believe that the lack of pipeline space to move oil constitutes a crisis in Canada, according to new polling from the Angus Reid Institute.

The research comes as Alberta is on the cusp of a provincial election and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s governing Liberals will face the electorate in October. There’s little doubt that, whether pipeline capacity constitutes an objective crisis or not, it’s top of mind for voters in many parts of the country, and especially in Alberta. On Monday, Brian Jean, the former leader of Alberta’s Wildrose party, who’s since been replaced by Jason Kenney, who formed a new party out of Alberta’s conservatives, wrote that “Canada is broken.  ...

But the poll also finds that there are strong regional disparities and that, in other regions, issues such as cost of living is top-of-mind, and not pipeline capacity. Still, even in Quebec, 40 per cent of respondents said new oil pipeline capacity is a crisis, and in B.C., 53 per cent agreed.

The perception that it’s a crisis is starkest in Alberta, where 87 per cent of respondents agreed and in Saskatchewan, where 74 per cent of respondents agreed. And while pipeline politics have dominated the news, Canadians mostly support both Trans Mountain — an expansion project between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C. — and Energy East, the now defunct line from Hardisty, Alta., to Saint John, N.B. Fifty-three per cent of respondents support both, while just 19 per cent oppose both; 17 per cent are unsure.

“The outlier on this issue is Quebec,” the report says. “Support leans heavily in the direction of building both pipelines in every region outside of that province.”



No, Canadians' eyes aren't opened about the realities of communist China and its human rights abuses and as soon as Justin caves into his Chinese overlords, they will go back to buying cheap Chinese crap and teaching English in that smog-ridden land-mass:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s famous line about admiring China for its “basic dictatorship” has taken on renewed meaning in recent days.

Now that Canada is learning exactly what that basic dictatorship can do to us, they’re not liking what they’re seeing.


Canadians saw the following and didn't give a sh--:

Some may
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David Kilgour meets the press after giving a talk at the Theater of the Federation of Medical Societies in Hong Kong on July 20, 2013. (Epoch Times)
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These are just things that happen to other people in other countries that Canadians don't care about.




How could this go wrong?:

A Waterloo nurse has just been ordered reinstated at the nursing home where she’d been stealing patients’ pain medications to feed her drug addiction. Not only did he overturn her firing, but the labour arbitrator also agreed Sunnyside Home Long Term Care Facility must compensate the thieving nurse for “injury to dignity, feelings and self-respect.”



Where was Obama when terrorists raided the American embassy in Benghazi?:

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered former National Security Advisor Susan Rice and former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes to answer written questions about the State Department's response to the deadly 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya.


No, the blood is on the hands of a single lunatic, you money-grabbing cult:

When the church cut the $57 million facility’s ribbon in 2016, Scientology leader David Miscavige called the building – officially known as Advanced Organization and Saint Hill Australia, New Zealand and Oceania – an “arboreal palace nestled at the rim of a eucalyptus wonderland.” Reportedly the largest Scientology facility outside the United States, the site is launchpad for the controversial organization’s operations across Asia and the Pacific.

That bucolic peace was shattered around 12:30 p.m. on Jan 3. On the driveway snaking into the facility, a church member, 24-year-old Chih-Jen Yeh, was fatally stabbed in the neck with a large kitchen knife by a 16-year-old boy Yeh was escorting off the property, according to New South Wales Police. A 30-year-old man was also injured in the attack. Both the victim and alleged attacker were Taiwanese nationals, police said.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the 16-year-old – who has not been publicly identified – was at the center because his mother was going through a “purification ceremony.” But little else has been released about a possible motive, wrapping the vicious crime in mystery.

But not for Scientology’s leadership, who now claim the attack is tied directly to the church’s critics.
Anti-Scientology blog The Underground Bunker recently posted a letter dated Jan. 11 from church spokesperson Karin Pouw to Paul Buccieri, the president of A+E Networks Group. The text, which has a subject line, “Re: Blood on your hands,” lays blame for the attack on actress and former Scientologist Leah Remini’s Emmy Award-winning program on the church, “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.”
 
Also:


An investigation by Quebec's labour standards board has concluded the Church of Scientology of Quebec owes 62 employees of the Quebec City branch more than $750,000 in unpaid wages and vacation pay.

The board, known by its French acronym CNESST, has filed documents in Quebec Superior Court, asking the court to order the organization to pay the wages owed, plus interest and indemnities, for a total of more than $900,000.



And now, so free, so beautiful, this cow in the snow:

In the fall, reports began circulating about a mystery cow that had somehow found her way into way into the park. “Almost got run over by a cow last night on moose meadow,” read a November post in the Anchorage Fat Bike Facebook group. “As in, cattle, not a bear or a moose. … Am I crazy or has anyone else had a sighting in the area?” As it turned out, other cyclists had spotted Betsy wandering the trails, leading Koloski to theorize that snow-making operations at the ski hill had prompted her to migrate to a different part of the park.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Mid-Week Post

The world is off the rails ...




It's an election year!:

Amid threats to the safety of Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed, who was granted asylum in Canada, the Toronto agency helping her has hired a security guard to ensure "she is never alone" as she starts a normal life, its executive director said on Tuesday.

(Sidebar: this Rahaf Mohammad.)


To wit:

Nada is a Yazidi woman from Sinjar, Iraq, now age 31. On Aug. 3, 2014, ISIL came for her people. The Kurdish Peshmerga, tasked with protecting them, fled, leaving them helpless. Nada and her two children — a boy, eight months and a girl, two — were separated from her husband and father-in-law, whom she never saw again.

The girls and women were taken to Mosul. As a married woman, Nada should not have been grouped with the girls, but she was. Their photographs were taken, overseen by an ISIL sex-slavery organizer (I’ll call him X; as you’ll learn, he remains newsworthy). They were taken to Raqqa in Syria, where Nada and her children were bought by an ISIL emir. For 10 days Nada was enjoyed by his soldiers. ...

Canada accepted Nada and her children, but not her father or sister. She has been living in London, Ont., for eight months. Recently, on a bus, she recognized X — the slave-market boss who had owned her and used her for months. They got off at the same stop. X saw her, covered his face and ran off.

Nada went to the refugee centre and told them the man’s real name and his ISIL name. The official there responded that she was too traumatized to be sure of what she saw. And then that person reportedly told her, “Don’t tell anyone.”

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Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale offered few details on what to do with followers of the so-called Islamic State and their family members who want to return to Canada following a report by Global News, revealing at least a dozen Canadians being held in northern Syria for suspected ties to ISIS.

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Mr. Speaker, Nada is a young Yazidi mother from Iraq. When ISIS invaded her community, she was sold as a sex slave. She recently recounted coming face to face with Abu Tawfiq, the man she says sold her and bought her. He was not in jail. He was not in Iraq. He is a free man in London, Ontario. We need to believe victims, and the Liberals let this guy into our country.

Will the Prime Minister take responsibility for allowing ISIS terrorists to walk our streets freely and finally send these war criminals to The Hague?

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.): 

Mr. Speaker, in regards to the Yazidis, our government has proven to be a global leader in welcoming refugees and we have more than doubled Canada's refugee numbers. We have provided a new home to more than 1,300 women and their families who endured the brutality of Daesh, 85% of whom are Yazidi.

Our government's commitment to supporting vulnerable women and girls is unwavering. We announced $20 million to expand our refugee program, specifically targeting women and girls.

(Sidebar: the Liberal government was embarrassed into allowing a trickle of Yazidi refugees into Canada and refused to call what ISIS has done to the Yazidis genocide.)

We will continue to expedite applications so that their family members who escaped Daesh can join their relatives in Canada.

Hon. Michelle Rempel (Calgary Nose Hill, CPC): 

Mr. Speaker, after sitting with a Yazidi woman who survived sexual slavery, one leaves awed by her strength, concerned for her welfare, and left with a deep, white-hot desire to bring her justice. When we wax eloquent about #MeToo, we cannot forget our obligation to bring justice to women who have had their bodies used as tools of war.

Why does the feminist Prime Minister continually refuse to commit to refer Canadian ISIS terrorists to the International Criminal Court?

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.):  

Mr. Speaker, our security agencies take all potential threats very seriously and use the full tool kit of measures, including surveillance, the no-fly list, revoking passports, and laying criminal charges when sufficient evidence exists. We trust our police forces and intelligence services to do their work and to do it well.

(Sidebar: examples of the government's diligence: A person of "national security concern" was granted permanent residency "due to a series of failures" by the Canadian border agency and immigration department. ; A Liberal bill that would make it easier for people to become Canadian citizens has passed the Senate, after over a year of back-and-forth in Parliament. ...
Among other things, the legislation repeals a provision that strips dual citizens of their Canadian status if convicted of terrorism, treason or espionage. ;
A day after India described as “baseless” the allegations by a senior Canadian national security official that “rogue” elements in New Delhi had used convicted Khalistani terrorist Jaspal Atwal to embarrass Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Canadian leader doubled down on having faith in such accusations on Thursday.;
By having senior security advisor Daniel Jean deliver the narrative that subversives in the India government may have been behind a convicted would-be assassin showing up at two official functions in India, Trudeau not only passed the buck, but he strung up a 35-year veteran of the federal civil service by having him accuse the Indian government of possible sabotage.)

I find it troubling that the Conservatives seem to want elected officials to directly intervene with police officers and tell them who should be arrested and when they should be arrested.

(Sidebar: ahem ...)

We will continue to trust those responsible for the safety of Canadians to do their jobs.


But no arrest of the accused or any ISIS terrorist and no bodyguard for Nada. 




The faith in the frat-boy is slipping:



The Angus Reid Institute questioned more than 4,000 individuals between late December and early January. The findings show about half place blame on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government for not doing enough to move projects forward.

If only someone had warned Canadians that budgets don't balance themselves.




China doesn't care what Justin or any Canadian thinks. That's what happens when a murderous dictatorship grows too big and when people pander to it:


China denounced Canada on Tuesday for “irresponsible” remarks after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused it of “arbitrarily” sentencing a Canadian to death for drug smuggling, aggravating already icy relations.


(Sidebar: don't talk back to your boss, Justin!)

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In response to Canada’s advisory, China issued a laughable advisory against Canada, saying there are risks of being “arbitrarily detained at the request of a third nation.”

China just copied the ‘arbitrary’ wording from Canada’s advisory, just like they copy technology from other nations.

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Opposition members are calling on Canada’s ambassador to China to appear before Parliament’s foreign affairs committee to give emergency testimony as hostilities between the two countries intensify.

Four opposition members on the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development issued a request late last week asking John McCallum to appear before the committee on Friday, in light of souring relations between Canada and China following the arrest of a high-level Chinese tech executive.

The committee will meet Thursday to vote on whether McCallum will be asked to appear before the committee.



Speaking of China:


Singh had a disastrous appearance on CTV’s Question Period this past weekend that led to a viral video of him mumbling and bumbling his way through an answer on a serious topic.
Host Evan Solomon asked Singh about China’s ambassador accusing Canada of “white supremacy” over the arrest of a Huawei executive on an extradition request from the Americans.

This was big news reported across Canada and around the world.

We also have two Canadians being detained by China in retaliation and a third Canadian had his 15-year sentence for drug smuggling upgraded to the death penalty.



This is the type of news that anyone who wants to take on the job of prime minister should be up to speed on.

Yet, when Solomon asked Singh how he would respond if he were prime minister, the answer was telling.

“Sorry. Who accused who of white supremacy,” Singh asked.

He hadn’t heard of the accusation, the smear against Canada in one of the biggest diplomatic fights in the world right now.

After Solomon laid out the basics of the story and asked Singh again how he would respond if he were PM and China accused Canada of “white supremacy,” things got worse.

“I don’t know if there is any evidence of that suggestion,” Singh said before launching into an attack on Donald Trump.



Oh, the circus gets better:

Liberal candidate Karen Wang – running in the Burnaby South by-election – is stepping down.
While Wang is saying she decided to step down, it’s pretty clear that the party told her to go after she made a racist appeal against NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.

Using the Chinese social media app WeChat, Wang made an explicit appeal to her race as the reason to vote for her, while also mentioning Jagmeet Singh’s background.
Here’s what Wang had said in Chinese:
“If we can increase the voting rate, as the only Chinese candidate in this riding, if I can garner 16,000 votes I will easily win the byelection, control the election race and make history! My opponent in this byelection is the NDP candidate Singh of Indian descent!”
Wang was slammed by people across the political spectrum, including former Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella:

“Suggesting that your race is superior to your opponent’s race should disqualify you from running for Parliament. Will the #LPC get rid of their race-baiting candidate in #BurnabySouth? #cdnpoli #ndp”



Maybe people should vote for ideas and not colours.

Just a suggestion.



Members of Parliament are entitled to their entitlements and are awfully cross when they don't get them:


The tale of the latest cabinet shuffle can be told in two contrasting pictures: in the first, from the swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall just over three years ago, Justin Trudeau can be seen gazing in patronizing fashion into Jody Wilson-Raybould’s eyes, his hands grasping her arms, while she beams back at him, bursting with joy and optimism at being named justice minister, the highest office in the government of Canada ever attained by an Indigenous Canadian.

The second, from Monday’s ceremony, shows Wilson-Raybould trying to cover her disappointment as she is demoted to veterans affairs minister. She offers Trudeau a curt handshake and he gives her a rather sheepish peck on the cheek.

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Seamus O’Regan is widely seen as among the worst – and probably the worst – performing member of the Trudeau cabinet. While other cabinet ministers are also highly unpopular, like Bill Morneau and Ahmed Hussen, Morneau and Hussen are generally seen as doing Trudeau’s bidding efficiently – with negative consequences for Canadians. 

But when it comes to O’Regan, his performance as Veterans Affairs Minister has been widely panned. ...

And now, O’Regan has been inexplicably rewarded for failing at the Veterans Affairs Department by being put in charge of another complex ministry ...


Jody Hyphenated-Name and Seamus O'Regan have proven to be utterly worthless at what they've done so far. They are lucky to have anything at all.



(Insert own comment here):


Dozens of First Nations leaders are meeting this week to discuss a plan that could make them the next owners of the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline.

Indigenous leaders will debate Wednesday which financial model is ideal if they are able to purchase the pipeline project, which would boost the amount of oilsands bitumen shipped from Alberta to the B.C. coast.

After a private "high level" meeting with the federal government was held in Calgary last month, the Indian Resources Council of Canada (IRCC) is optimistic it will be able to present a proposal to Ottawa to acquire the pipeline project in the coming months. The IRCC represents 134 First Nations that have oil and gas resources on their land.






The latest Canadian captured in Syria was the commander of more than a dozen fighters who clashed with U.S.-backed forces in the last remaining ISIS enclave, according to a local official.

The former Toronto resident, Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed, was armed with a Kalashnikov rifle and a handgun when he was detained on Sunday by the Syrian Democratic Forces.

While he was not carrying any identity documents, Mohammed allegedly told interrogators he was a 31-year-old Canadian citizen of Ethiopian origin, and a former student at Toronto’s Seneca College.

Under questioning, he said he had joined ISIS over the internet and left Canada in 2013 with the aim of spreading the Islamic faith in the world, a local commander said.




Why did the authorities keep this under wraps?:


Toronto police officers searching the bedroom of gunman Faisal Hussain after his deadly mass shooting in Toronto’s Danforth neighbourhood discovered a large trove of ammunition and magazines for more powerful guns than the pistol found after the rampage, newly released police documents say.
Also recovered in Hussain’s bedroom were several DVDs in the conspiracy theory genre, including by Alex Jones, the right-wing conspiracy buff behind the Infowars website.

On July 22, 2018, Hussain shot and killed 10-year-old Julianna Kozis and 18-year-old Reese Fallon along the popular stretch of cafes and restaurants; 13 others were injured, some seriously.


When the next mass casualty event occurs, what will the reasoning be then?





It's like Doug Ford wants a second term as premier:

Ontario will not reverse the cancellation of a proposed French-language university despite a federal commitment to extend funding for a team working on the project, the provincial government said Monday.

Merrilee Fullerton, the minister of training, colleges and universities, said the Progressive Conservative government was not in a financial position to support the Universite de l’Ontario francais project at this time.

“As a result, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities will not provide further funding to support the development of the new university while the initiative is on pause,” she said, adding that the working group could access private and public funding from other entities.

Fullerton’s comments came after Federal Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie Melanie Joly informed the Ontario government that Ottawa had provided $1.9 million in funding to a team developing the school called the Francophone Knowledge and Innovation Hub. 

The provincial funding for the hub and its staff was to expire on Jan. 15.

(Sidebar: 20.6% of Canada's population has French as a first language.)

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Ontario is set to announce that it is cutting tuition fees for college and university students by 10 per cent.

The government says that means the average university arts and science undergraduate student would save about $660 and the average college student would save $340.




Ontario and federal politicians have walked away empty-handed from meetings with General Motors about the company’s plans to close the Oshawa Assembly Plant.

Federal Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains met briefly with GM CEO Mary Barra on the sidelines of an auto show in Detroit Monday and Ontario Premier Doug Ford met with GM president Mark Reuss Tuesday morning.

Both politicians said they urged the company to reconsider its decision to close the plant and are disappointed that GM did not budge on the closure.


Good

A former Liberal premier’s chief of staff who was sentenced to four months in jail for a plot to wipe government hard drives has abandoned his appeal, but it’s unclear if he has served his time.

David Livingston, who was the top political aide to former premier Dalton McGuinty, was released on bail pending appeal after his sentencing in the spring.

But when reached by phone Tuesday, his lawyer refused to say if Livingston ultimately served that sentence after dropping his appeal.




It looks like Alberta won't have an election in March.

A spokesperson for Premier Rachel Notley confirmed on Tuesday the legislature will open for a spring session on March 18 with a speech from the throne.

Assuming the government sticks to that plan — and given that election campaign periods in Alberta last 28 days — the next provincial election wouldn't be held until mid-April at the earliest.



If Maxime Bernier was serious, he would recommend ending equalisation payments:

Maxime Bernier, leader of the People's Party of Canada, spoke at the Regina Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Monday, just a few days after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a town hall meeting at the University of Regina.

Bernier discussed issues he says are "important to people here," like inter-provincial trading, pipelines and equalization money.

"The equalization payment is too generous," he told CBC before the event.

"We must give less money to these provinces, like my own province of Quebec, and give them the right incentive to develop their own natural resources and their economy."

Quebec is set to recieve a $13.1 billion equalization payment next year — $1.4 billion more than its last payment.



Fourteen people are killed in a hotel attack in Kenya:

Kenya's security forces have killed the Islamic extremist gunmen whose assault on a luxury hotel and shopping complex took 14 "innocent lives," the country's president said Wednesday.

"All the terrorists have been eliminated," President Uhuru Kenyatta said in announcing an end to the overnight operation to secure the complex in the capital, Nairobi.



Korean people have seen the enemy and it's Moon Jae-In:

The Defense Ministry does not directly refer to North Korea as an enemy and takes a less hostile tone toward the communist state in its 23rd white paper published Tuesday.

The ministry’s latest biennial white paper -- the first to be published since the Moon Jae-in administration came to power in 2017 -- addresses security threats, military policies and the regional security environment. 


Perhaps most notably, the Defense Ministry eliminated the phrase specifically describing North Korea as South Korea’s “enemy,” a move that appears to reflect South Korea’s efforts to maintain a more peaceful mood in its dealings with the North.

The white paper defined the term “enemy” as a force that threatens and encroaches on the sovereignty of the Republic of Korea, and later said that North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction constituted such a threat, but it stopped short of explicitly labeling North Korea as an enemy. 

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North Korea cannot afford to be slapped with additional international sanctions over the development of nuclear weapons, experts here said Tuesday, following a media report that the country might have produced material for more atomic bombs in 2018.

Citing satellite-imagery analysis and leaked US intelligence, Bloomberg on Monday reported that Pyongyang has been strengthening its nuclear arsenal by churning out rockets and warheads as well as adding several intercontinental ballistic missiles and pursuing nuclear proliferation in the year since North Korean leader Kim Jong-un halted weapons tests.

Oh, yes, North Korea is clearly not an enemy.




Monday, January 14, 2019

Monday Post

A lot going on today ...




Justin just can't understand why his favourite country is willing to ignore him and to kill a Canadian national:

A Chinese court on Monday sentenced a Canadian man to be executed for drug smuggling, prompting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to accuse China of using the death penalty arbitrarily.

The ruling, and Trudeau's reaction, could aggravate already sour relations between Beijing and Ottawa following the arrest of a senior Chinese executive in Canada and China's subsequent detention of two Canadians.

The Dalian Intermediate People's Court in China's northeast province of Liaoning re-tried Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, who had appealed his original 15-year prison sentence, and decided on execution, the court said in a statement.

Schellenberg was told in court he had the right to appeal to Liaoning High Court within 10 days upon receiving the ruling, the intermediate court said in a second statement.

"It is of extreme concern to us as a government, as it should be to all our international friends and allies, that China has chosen to begin to arbitrarily apply (the) death penalty ... as in this case," Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa.

Bilateral ties turned icy in early December after Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL], was arrested in Vancouver on a U.S. extradition warrant.

Well, Prince Useless, let's break it down:

In the 1960s, a 41-year-old Pierre Trudeau visited Communist China during the great famine and co-wrote a book hailing Maoism and denying the existence of a national food policy that killed 38 million people. He never retracted his China views.

So there's that.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was the top draw at a $1,500 Liberal Party cash-for-access fundraiser at the mansion of a wealthy Chinese-Canadian business executive in May. One of the guests at the event was a well-heeled donor who was seeking Ottawa's final approval to begin operating a new bank aimed at Canada's Chinese community.

The Globe and Mail has learned that wealthy Chinese businessman Zhang Bin who, with a partner, donated $1-million to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and the University of Montreal Faculty of Law weeks after the fundraiser, also attended the event. Mr. Zhang is a political adviser to the Chinese government in Beijing and a senior apparatchik in the network of Chinese state promotional activities around the world.

So there's also that.

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And this: 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been unable to persuade China’s leaders to formally entrench labour, gender, environment and governance issues in the negotiating framework of the free trade talks.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau departed China on Thursday without securing the start of free trade talks with the world’s second-largest economy, but said Canadians need to lower their expectations about just how quick that will happen.

As they've done with you, Prince Useless.


Everything China has done up until this point has been to show Justin who is in charge. Whether it is poor-grade steel flooding the American market through Canada, Huawei spyware and the arrest and possible extradition of Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei executive wanted by the Americans, the Chinese have ramped up the pressure to let the weakest country in North America know what they expect from it.

No one cares about "immunity", Justin, and their abuses of human rights are certainly not "arbitrary".

Canadians ignored these cold hard facts about China just as they did about a substitute drama teacher being a capable leader of the second-biggest country in the world.




It's an election year!:

Chrystia Freeland


To wit:

"And to know that somewhere in the Prime Minister's Office staffers were poring through their personal files to try and see … which families would be suitable for a photo-op for the prime minister's re-election campaign. That's disgusting."


Yes, it certainly is disgusting.




Justin should just stop doing these staged events town-hall meetings.  He always runs into someone who gives a him a hardball question or calls him out for being a spineless, corrupt worm and just makes things awkward for the people who have to lie for him.

Case in point:

At one of his recent town halls, Justin Trudeau’s failed record was slammed by a Canadian who spent three minutes discussing how Trudeau has managed to anger so many people in our country.

The man ripped Trudeau’s pipeline failures, saying “you can legalize marijuana, but we can’t twin a pipeline – an existing pipeline – to the coast?”

He also opened his questioning with a dig at Trudeau’s tendency to blame others, saying “First of all I want to congratulate you – you made it 45 minutes into your speech without blaming Harper, that was pretty good.”



Oh, this won't be good:

Vancouver's Jody Wilson-Raybould is moving from Justice to Veterans Affairs, generally considered a more minor portfolio. Trudeau said veterans issues require the same deft touch Wilson-Raybould brought to the justice portfolio.

(Sidebar: this Jody Wilson-Raybould.)

Trudeau said not to think that serving veterans is anything other than a great responsibility.

Yes, Justin, about that:

“Why are we still fighting certain veterans groups in court? Because they’re asking for more than we are able to give right now.” 

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has left more than $372 million meant to help veterans and their families unspent since taking office in November 2015 ...

It's not enough to tax something that isn't a pollutant. The cash-strapped Liberals need more:

Millions of dollars owed to ordinary Canadians sits unclaimed in dormant bank accounts and terminated pension plans — and the federal Department of Finance is looking at fresh ways to tax some of that idle money and to reduce or eliminate any interest paid on it.



Quick! Get Ralphie to deny something!:

An alleged Canadian member of terror cult ISIS has been captured, according to news reports.

Global News is reporting that Mohamed Abdullah Mohamed claimed he was an Ethiopian-Canadian in a short video.

Kurdish forces said that Mohamed was captured in northern Syria by the Syrian Democratic Forces in Deir al-Zour.