Friday, October 21, 2016

It's Friday

And you know what that means...

Moving on...

Visit the Fur. You know you want to.

On October 22nd, 2014, an Islamist convert shot and killed Corporal Nathan Cirillo before bursting into the House of Commons.

He was then taken out by Kevin Vickers.

And this man:

There are days when it’s hard to be a hero. Just ask Curtis Barrett. ...

An Ontario Provincial Police report into the terror attack on Parliament Hill on October 22, 2014, concluded that Zehaf-Bibeau “presented a serious and imminent threat to the lives of all persons inside Centre Block,” including Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the entire Conservative caucus meeting in the Reading Room, just off the Hall of Honour.

The report concluded that the House of Commons’ former Sergeant-at-Arms, Kevin Vickers, and Barrett “fired their weapons and neutralized the threat.”

But while Vickers was hailed as a hero by the nation and appointed Canada’s ambassador to Ireland, Barrett’s contribution was buried, redacted and generally forgotten, leading him into a downward spiral of post-traumatic stress.

After two years, the RCMP has finally recognized the valour of Barrett, and the three other officers who walked into gunfire that day — he will receive the Star of Courage from the Governor-General at a ceremony next Friday. But Barrett’s story is a cautionary tale about how this country treats those of its sons and daughters who put themselves at great peril to keep the rest of us safe.

(Sidebar: you, sir, are a hero.)

To date, there are no plans to commemorate either Patrice Vincent nor Nathan Cirillo, both victims of Islamist terror.

From heroism to the Ministry of Cowardice:

Canada and Russia traded barbs at the United Nations on Thursday as Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion led calls for an end to the bloody conflict in Syria.

Dion bravely stood by and did nothing while China's Wang Yi verbally attacked a journalist who asked China about its human rights record.

Trudeau said he would tell Putin off "to his face".

After watching Trudeau run away from reporters, does anyone actually believe that? He is a coward who refuses to protect women and children. Literally.

Watching Trudeau attempt to put on a "brave" face is like watching someone pepper PM Hair-Boy with pumpkin seeds. It's pathetic.

As pathetic as leaving EU trade talks crying or back-tracking on electoral reform after finding out that he couldn't get away with it.

Man up.

If there is anything else this country needs it's more activist judges:

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould appointed or promoted 24 judges Thursday as she unveiled sweeping changes to the way jurists in this country are appointed.

More costs on hydro bills:

A government board has told power companies across the province that by year-end they must send customers a hydro bill every month — a change that could cost up to $10-million, and will likely show up on the bills of consumers.

People voted for this, so...

Are mass graves of elderly women also war crimes?

The U.N. Human Rights Council said on Friday it would identify the perpetrators of war crimes in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo and launched a special inquiry into the use of starvation and air strikes there, as well as increased "terrorist" attacks.

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, had earlier called for major powers to put aside their differences and refer the situation in eastern Aleppo to the International Criminal Court.

He said that the siege and bombing there constituted "crimes of historic proportions" that have caused heavy civilian casualties amounting to war crimes.

Zeid did not name Russia or the Syrian air force, whose jets have attacked the rebel-held districts of Aleppo for weeks, but his reference was clear.

If the UN truly felt that Russia is participating in war crimes, why doesn't it eject Russia from the organisation?

Speaking of the useless UN:

China and other countries exporting these non-essential goods are vulnerable to a global ‘naming and shaming’ campaign as well as secondary sanctions. Seoul, meanwhile, is in a much better position to push other states to enforce firmer sanctions now that it has shut down the Kaesong Industrial Park, a North–South collaborative economic project within the DPRK where the North provided workers to South Korean manufacturers. Turning a blind eye to Kaesong’s ‘forced labor’ conditions, not to mention the transfer of about US$9 million annually to the Pyongyang regime, has for years compromised South Korea’s principles. At a minimum, sanctions are a normative declaration that we are not oblivious to the North’s atrocities and that countries and firms which do business with Pyongyang are trafficking with an international pariah.

Read the whole thing.

The problem is that no one cares about the North Korean Holocaust enough to do something solid about it. When was the last time China was punished for its support of the Kim dictatorships? And Russia? North Korean workers in Russia are defecting. Even minders - the ubiquitous shadows of North Koreans everywhere - are defecting. Meanwhile, North Korea's concentration camps continue growing.

Does everyone have to defect before the world notices and cares what is going on?


Also in "the UN is super-useless" news:

Though a founding member of the Justice League, Wonder Woman is receiving pushback inside the United Nations.

More than 600 UN staff members have signed an online petition calling on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a professed feminist, to reconsider the appointment of the fictitious superhero as its ambassador for women’s empowerment.

(Sidebar: the newest incarnation of Wonder Woman is portrayed by Gal Gadot, an Israeli actress who is proud of her service in the IDF and was roundly excoriated for it. She is also a citizen of a country the UN singles out for global punishment.)


The World Health Organisation will change the standard to suggest that a person who is unable to find a suitable sexual partner or is lacking a sexual relationship to have children - will now be equally classified as disabled

This is the same WHO that thought the North Korean healthcare system was praiseworthy.

First, he wanted to break up with the US and then he didn't:

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday he was not severing ties with his country's long-time ally the United States, but merely pursuing a more independent foreign policy by strengthening relations with China.

Is the Filipino electorate having second thoughts about this guy?

This must be embarrassing:

The emails show a transition plan being worked on before the 2008 election had taken place. According to an attached memo in one of the emails, Obama was already discussing his transition to office with members of the Bush Administration, including then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, prior to the election.
What an arrogant piece of crap.

I'm waiting for artistic impressions of Baby Mohammad's head:

The Ste. Anne des Pins parish in Sudbury, Ont., says the statue, which was beheaded by unknown vandals a year ago, was recently fitted with a temporary clay head crafted by a local artist.

The new head — a placeholder until the artist can sculpt a permanent replacement out of stone — has captured the attention of many in the parish and on social media.

Some online have compared the head, with its spiky clay crown, to a character on the popular cartoon "The Simpsons" or to the infamously botched restoration of a fresco of Jesus in Spain.

An escaped gorilla goes on a bender:

His shock escape from his enclosure at London Zoo grabbed headlines last week - and now we finally know what Kumbuka did during his brief spell of freedom.

Turns out the gorilla took full advantage of his escape - achieved by slipping through two unlocked doors - by knocking back five litres of undiluted squash.

And now, a real trooper:

It’s amazing he’s alive at all – because seven-year-old Bruno the chocolate Labrador retriever spent several weeks trapped at the bottom of a well near Estevan.

Bruno the dog
Hang in there, buddy.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mid-Week Post

There are twelve shopping days until Halloween....

Under the current Liberal scheme of things, elderly people and people who have no marketable skills and little to no English or French literacy can immigrate and stay in the airport known as Canada.

It gets worse:

Immigration Minister John McCallum is acknowledging the advice of a high-powered group of external advisers that recommends a dramatic increase in Canada's immigration levels to stimulate economic growth.

But McCallum suggests the recommendation — a 50 per cent increase in targets to 450,000 people a year, targeting skilled, entrepreneurial newcomers — might be too ambitious.

He says to meet the target suggested by the Advisory Council on Economic Growth would be a costly endeavour and might not find support across the country.

He says discussions are continuing and the government will announce immigration targets for 2017 next month.

The 14-member panel, chaired by Dominic Barton of the firm McKinsey and Co., is to deliver a set of recommendations to Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Thursday.

The managing director of McKinley and Company, a company that advises both business and non-for-profit groups, Dominic Barton was pegged to be Canada's ambassador to China.

Chinese SOEs are controlled and influenced by the Chinese government and are plainly agents of the Chinese state, the same state that has been caught red-handed engaging in espionage against Canadian state and corporate interests and in other unfriendly acts. Like their owners in Beijing, these companies have broader political objectives including corporate espionage, the acquisition of strategic resources, and geopolitical calculations.

As former senior CSIS official Ray Boisvert has said: “state-owned enterprises have the same marching orders or essentially the same mandate or mission” as the broader Chinese state. It’s notable for instance that SOEs (including the Chinese National Offshore Oil Corp.) have been key players in China’s illegal territorial expansionism in the South China Sea.


Why, if I didn't know any better, I would say Canada is run by chums from the Liberal country club.

In principle, the Liberals have handed over a huge swath of land to the Algonquins:

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and her Ontario counterpart have signed a historic agreement with the Algonquins of Ontario that will eventually see wide swaths of eastern Ontario signed over to the Indigenous people as part of a modern treaty.

The deal encompasses roughly 36,000 square kilometres, stretching from Ottawa to North Bay, including large parts of the Ottawa Valley. (Parliament Hill itself falls into the catchment area.)
The ministers and representatives signed an agreement in principle, meaning the final details have yet to be worked out or ratified. A final deal could take another five years of negotiations, although the ministers were reluctant to provide a timeline.
In principle.

In principle, the Liberals took away aboriginals' only recourse in financial accountability from their band chiefs:

As members of two First Nations near Edmonton fight to find out how their chief and council are spending federal money, critics say the Liberal government's decision to end penalties under the First Nations Financial Transparency Act leaves band members with few ways to hold leadership accountable.

Carry on.

In other instances of Liberal corruption and mismanagement:

Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault is defending the fact that nearly $12 million was spent on consultants and advertising for a plan that offers discounts to low-income electricity customers.

Ezra Levant in his own words:

What a perfect symbol of the UN and the global warming debate: intolerant of dissent, arrogant and undemocratic. And what sad proof that the journalists who will be attending the Marrakech conference are those that are “UN-approved”.

This is the same UN that refuses to recognise the Jewish links to important sites in Jerusalem, so...

Nothing to worry about? Really?

Welland’s mayor is telling his city not to fear anything “sinister” following the discovery of a number of bombs during a Park Street apartment fire Sunday.

Frank Campion said he met with fire Chief Brian Kennedy Tuesday morning for an update.

“I’ve been advised and reassured that it’s safe over there right now, it’s secure,” Campion said.

“The fire department went door-to-door in the immediate area and explained to people what they’ve done, essentially telling them the fire’s out, everything is under control and there’s nothing to worry about,” he said.

Firefighters responded to the house fire at 79 Park St. at about 1:38 p.m., Sunday, and quickly brought the fire under control. Inside the second -floor apartment they discovered what appeared to be several improvised explosive devices constructed using propane tanks.

The Niagara Regional Police explosive disposal unit was then called in to safely remove the devices.

It doesn't matter if one would rather watch Westworld:

The federal government has launched a massive review of Canadian-made content in the digital age that will include who should be footing the bill.

One option on the table: a mandatory contribution or so-called tax on internet service providers (ISPs) to help fund home-grown programming.

For decades, cable and satellite TV providers have had to contribute funds to create domestic programs. The idea is simple: if we support Canadian storytelling, we help preserve our culture and identity.

But critics claim an added internet levy is not a wise move for Canada. They believe the fee would be passed on to customers, making a vital service cost prohibitive for some.
Time and time again, it has been pointed that if the official guardian of national self-consciousness want Canadians to watch other Canadians, it should be worth their while.

Such pleas have fallen on decidedly deaf ears.

This is what happens when one would rather mental midgets micro-manage one's life at the governmental level.

Communism has the opposite effect as the Chinese communists now find:

But it would be wrong to misread the political disquiet as having invited the wrath of the Chinese Communist Party’s Hong Kong compradors or Beijing’s intensified bullying — kidnapping publishers, intimidating news outlets and generally throwing the state’s weight around. That would be to get things backwards, Yiu told me. “The more interference the Chinese government imposes on Hong Kong, it drives more young people to regard themselves as Hong Kongers rather than Chinese. It is the consequence, rather than the cause.”

Funny. They don't look like children to me:

The Home Office has no way of verifying the age of child refugees being brought to Britain, it has emerged, amid concerns that adults are posing as minors to gain access.

Fourteen “teenagers” arrived in the U.K. from Calais Monday as a fast-track system was launched to transfer youngsters from the “Jungle” camp before it is demolished.

The Home Office insisted it had “verified” the ages of all the refugees and that all of those who were brought to the U.K. were aged between 14 and 17.

However, Tory MPs warned that photographs of the refugees suggested many of the group were older than 17.

This must be embarrassing:

Donald Trump has invited two eyebrow-raising guests to Wednesday’s presidential debate against Hillary Clinton: President Barack Obama’s estranged half-brother and the mother of an American official who died in Benghazi, Libya.

As I said before, Russia wants that Syrian pipeline:

Russia ratified a treaty with Syria on Friday that gives Moscow its first permanent airbase in the Middle East, a symbol of the Kremlin’s desire to project strength overseas, as Russian officials considered renewing other Soviet-era bases in Cuba and Vietnam.

And people keep thinking that Putin is not a Soviet autocrat.

If Boko Haram can burn them out, they will breed them out:

A Nigerian community leader says the government is negotiating the release of another 83 of the Chibok schoolgirls taken in a mass abduction two-and-a-half years ago but more than 100 others appear unwilling to return home.

Pogu Bitrus, chairman of the Chibok Development Association, told The Associated Press that the unwilling girls may have been radicalized by Boko Haram or are ashamed to return because they have married extremists and have babies.

Surely there are feminist groups all over this. Surely.

Using absurd manufactured pronouns to indicate who is playing dress-up isn't only catering to mental illness, it's controlling the language, as well:

Perhaps the name Dr. Jordan Peterson is unfamiliar to you. It was to me until I happened upon his recent YouTube video, “Fear and the Law,” in which he calmly and methodically dissects political correctness, with particular reference to Bill C-16 (a Canadian bill which would add “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination).

Peterson is a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, so it’s a fair bet that he knows a good deal about the workings of the human mind. In “Fear and the Law” he imagines being told to refer to a student or colleague via “gender-neutral pronouns”: “I don’t recognize another person’s right to determine what pronouns I use to address them. I won’t do it.” Cue storms of fire from students and professional bodies alike. ...

It does not matter what you or I mean by the word “gender.” The only opinion that counts is that of the state, as the state alone has the power to impose its belief on us. In law, our gender identity is defined without reference to our body, meaning the shift from sex to gender is the shift from body to mind.

It is, then, also the shift from the given to the chosen, from the fixed to the fluid, and from a number (two, binary) to any number (non-binary). Unlike his sex, John’s gender identity is immaterial. This requires new ways in which to communicate our identity—hence the arrival on campuses across America of “preferred pronouns” lapel badges.

You don’t need to be a psychology professor to realize than an attempt to transplant pronouns from the body to the mind is an attempt to destroy our ability to communicate. Consider: John can choose from infinite gender identities, with no fixed link between any one gender identity and any one set of pronouns.

And now, kitten interrupting Turkish news program. Enjoy:

Ever the professional, Celebioglu managed to keep a straight face and continue with the broadcast.

Monday, October 17, 2016

On a Monday

A slow start to the work-week...

He must be doing something right:

Earlier this month, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat informed The Rebel, the right wing news and opinion platform published by political commentator Ezra Levant, it was rejecting the outlet’s application to send a producer and a reporter to COP22 on the grounds that “advocacy media outlets do not qualify for accreditation.”

The Rebel had made arrangements for its Alberta bureau chief Sheila Gunn Reid and producer Meaghan MacSween to be in Marrakesh when the conference takes place November 7 to 18. Their applications for media accreditation to UNFCCC were denied and an application for a cameraman is yet to receive a response. ...

The UNFCCC requires online media that apply for accreditation to have a street address and phone number, publish least 60 per cent original news content or commentary and analysis, operate a website that is updated at least three times a week, and provide two sample articles from the month prior to application.  The Rebel meets all those qualifications, and there is no mention of “advocacy journalism” on the UNFCCC’s website.

The UNFCCC did not reply to a request for comment.

But I bet these guys had an approved application:

A glimpse of the mentally unhinged who would gladly vote for a woman whose contempt of people and the law is well-known:

A graffiti message reading "Nazi Republicans leave town or else" was left on the building, and a fire inflicted extensive damage to the office, according to a statement from police officials in Hillsborough. No one was hurt in the incident, which the police are investigating.

Of course, this wouldn't happen if provinces started privatising healthcare:

Health Minister Jane Philpott drew a proverbial line in the sand Monday as she warned her restive provincial and territorial counterparts agitating for more federal money that all such funding must be earmarked for health care.

But federal money is needed for pointless international excursions, so, there's that.

No, the love affair is not over.  The extortion has only begun. It's the dance they do:

Justin Trudeau’s honeymoon with Canada’s public servants is over.

The largest federal union is threatening to pull out of deadlocked contract talks, is upset about the botched Phoenix pay system, and is kicking off an ad campaign calling on the prime minister “to make good on his word.”

It’s a far cry from a year ago when the Liberals came to power predicting a new “golden age” for public servants and restoration of the dignity and respect many bureaucrats felt had been trampled by a decade of Conservative cuts and legislation.

PM Hair-Boy cannot survive without mob union votes.

He'll cave.

Trudeau's first Supreme Court justice pick is not non-partisan:

Rowe said Monday he was "very honoured" to be chosen to fill the vacancy, and said he was looking forward to a planned question and answer session at a special meeting with members of the House of Commons Justice and Human Rights Committee on Oct. 25.

The St. John's-born jurist was first appointed to Newfoundland's Supreme Court in 1999, and was elevated to the Court of Appeal of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2001. As an appellate judge, Rowe has dealt mostly with criminal cases, and has written extensively about the complexity of sentencing. He also helped draft the rules in his province around the use of sentencing circles for some Indigenous offenders.

The Newfoundland Court of Appeal has upheld a controversial sentence handed down by an aboriginal sentencing circle in Labrador. 

In 2003, Jerome Jack, 43, was sentenced to two years' house arrest by an Innu community sentencing circle for a brutal sexual assault. 

Lawyers for the Crown had asked the province's Court of Appeal to give Jack a six-year jail term, citing his lengthy record of violent offences, which included 16 assaults against the female victim.
But the court rejected the appeal. ...

Supreme Court Justice Robert Fowler allowed Jack to be sentenced under special provisions for aboriginal offenders. The sentencing circle included Jack, his victim and other Innu community members. 

The Court of Appeal did find Jack's offence was serious enough to warrant a prison term, and it also found problems with how the sentencing circle was conducted. The victim agreed to participate, but only because she was facing a lot of pressure from her family. 

But in spite of those concerns, Appeal Court Justice Malcolm Rowe refused to overturn the original sentence. He noted Jerome Jack had stopped drinking, he had not re-offended and he was now the principal caregiver to his children.

It should also be noted that sentencing circles are an invention of liberal white judges, not a legal mainstay of Stone Age cultures.

And let's not forget this:

“The Supreme Court is not, primarily, a court of correction,” Rowe wrote.

“Rather, the role of the Court is to make definitive statements of the law which are then applied by trial judges and courts of appeal. Through the leave to appeal process, the Court chooses areas of the law in which it wishes to make a definitive statement. Thus, the Supreme Court judges ordinarily make law, rather than simply applying it.”

(SEE: judges, activist)

I see no problem with eliminating abortifacients that cause severe bleeding and sepsis:

To ensure equal, safe access to abortion for women across Canada, the federal government should lift its requirement for physician-only dispensing of the gold standard drug for medical abortion, a doctor and pharmacist argue.

(Sidebar: see the above article that states that sepsis, hemorrhage, ectopic pregnancy and fetal deformation are caused by mifepristone, O Biased Article.)

Apparently, this is a thing:

In the video below, filmed at the University of Cape Town, members of the science faculty meet with student protestors who wish to “decolonise” the university and not pay their bills. During the meeting, one of the staff, one of the “science people,” points out that, contrary to claims being made by a student protestor, witchcraft doesn’t in fact allow Africans to throw lightning at their enemies. He is promptly scolded for “disrespecting the sacredness of the space,” which is a “progressive space,” and is told either to apologise or leave. The offended speaker, the one claiming that Africans can in fact throw lightning at each other - and who disdains “Western knowledge” as “very pathetic” - then uses the apparently scandalous reference to reality as the sole explanation for why she is “not in the science faculty.”

Now one knows why people drink.

A Ukrainian warlord has been killed in a bombing:

The separatist Donetsk News Agency said that Arsen Pavlov, also known as Motorola, was killed on Sunday in Donetsk when a bomb exploded in an elevator in an apartment building where he was staying. He is one of several prominent warlords who have been killed in bombings in the past year which Ukraine watchers attribute to infighting among the separatists. Pavlov once admitted killing 15 prisoners of war.

Hashtags do work ... eventually:

Twenty-one Chibok schoolgirls, who were freed after being kidnapped by the Islamist group Boko Haram for two-and-a-half years, reunited with their families on Sunday (16 October). The girls were hugged by their parents in an emotional reunion.

Seeing as a good deal of girls were used as suicide bombs or incubators for future stabby masses, this isn't much a victory.

Wow. Really?

Police are looking for a violent thief with a taste for trousers.

They say two men approached two other men at the corner of Argyle and Prince streets in the entertainment district of downtown Halifax just after midnight and began punching them.

Investigators say one of the assailants demanded that one of the victims hand over his jeans; however, the two fled the scene without the trousers.

“I think the pants were the focus of the robbery,” said Const. Dianne Woodworth of Halifax police.

(Merci to all)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday Post

I wouldn't expect much from an Iraqi-led offensive:

Iraq’s long-touted offensive for the northern city of Mosul has begun, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said early Monday morning.

The U.S.-backed operation, the biggest yet against ISIL militants, aims to push the group out of its de facto capital in Iraq.

They fled the last time.

A defiant Taiwan irritates China:

In Beijing’s view, the 1992 consensus was an acquiescence by Taiwan that the status quo meant a continuation of the Communist Party’s domination of the country until the full realization of Mao Zedong’s vision of retaking the island from the remnants of the 1912 Chinese republic that his communists had overthrown on the mainland. Taiwan’s now-defeated Kuomintang government was willing to go along with that, so long as the 1992 consensus came with the “status quo” of its continuing enrichment by collaboration with its former enemies, the communists-turned-capitalists on the mainland.

Tsai’s refusal to capitulate by hewing to either of these cynical understandings is seen by Beijing as a provocation to invasion and war. Over the past few months, China has been putting the squeeze on Taiwan by shutting down all formal and informal Beijing-Taipei communications, blocking Taiwanese imports, cutting off the flow of tourists from the mainland and throwing its weight around on the so-called world stage to further Taiwan’s isolation. Only 22 UN member states extend full diplomatic recognition to Taiwan. Canada is not among them.

It's time for a new pan-Asian alliance against China.

Because Rex Murphy:

The Clinton campaign is a pyramid of lies, equivocations and cover-up, spite and snobbery. The lies: Hillary Clinton deliberately and (despite the absurd declaration of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey) with intent, took all her communication off the government’s secure system to escape freedom of information requests, and conceal the octopus ties of her office as secretary of state with the global solicitations and fundraising of the Clinton Foundation. She wanted, above all to hide “her damn emails” from the eyes of everyone, because otherwise they would throttle her candidacy from its first breath.  Her five chief assistants from Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills down were all granted immunity, she received unique treatment, her husband Bill forced access to Loretta Lynch, the attorney general, on an airport tarmac days before the decision not to prosecute. Aides used “hammers and BleachBit on computers and phones” to obliterate their memories.  ...

The snobbery comes from both the candidate and the insiders, the now-famous “basket of deplorables.” To a crowd of her super-rich donors, Clinton rhymed off, “You could put half of (Donald) Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it.” 
Much like her insiders, such as campaign manager John Podesta and friends deploring Roman Catholics and their “medieval religion,” Conservative Catholics as illustrating “an amazing bastardization of the faith” and that Conservative donors are only Catholics “because their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelicals.” 

So this is the machinery, the tactics, the attitude and method of one half of this presidential election. And it is only a taste, a sample, of the lowness, cunning and brazen methods deployed in the reach for democracy’s highest office.

I have not even approached the Trump swamp and the Republican hara-kiri, which, with the editor’s permission, I will take up next week, along with the disturbing questions of rape and sexual assault, which have so lavishly ennobled the narratives of both campaigns.

The federal Liberals are reducing the amount of money needed to deal with pipeline spills:

The federal government is reducing the size of a proposed emergency fund pipeline operators would be required to have on hand to deal with short-term costs of incidents such as spills.

Natural Resources Canada says the fund proposed under its new Pipeline Safety Act would bring down the minimum amount of “readily available” money to at least five per cent of a company’s liability from the 10 per cent originally proposed when consultations on the act began more than a year ago.

If adopted, regulations would require a large company with capacity to transport at least 250,000 barrels of oil per day to demonstrate it can cover cleanup bills of $1 billion. The “readily available” fund requirement at five per cent would thus be $50 million, versus $100 million at 10 per cent.

No such fund was required under previous pipeline rules.

As usual, follow the money.

Who benefits from limited to no Canadian pipelines?

Given that the National Observer is partially funded by Tides, it bears mention that Tides is by no means an impartial bystander in the campaign against Alberta oil. In fact, Tides is the funding and co-ordination juggernaut behind anti-pipeline activism. Totaling US$35 million, Tides made more than 400 payments (2009 to 2015) to nearly 100 anti-pipeline groups. Without all that Tides money, pipeline projects would not be facing well-organized opposition.

A man who was convicted for killing two people expects the Liberal government to plead for clemency:

A Canadian on death row in Montana has been living on borrowed time since admitting he murdered two young men more than three decades ago, but he says he has renewed hope he might be able to return home with the support of Justin Trudeau's government.

"I'm ready to come home," said Ronald Smith, 59, in an interview with The Canadian Press last week at Montana State Prison. "If you're willing to take me back, I'm willing to come home," Smith, who is originally from Red Deer, Alta., has been on death row since 1983 for fatally shooting Harvey Madman Jr. and Thomas Running Rabbit while he was high on LSD and alcohol near East Glacier, Mont. 

It's a statement Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion issued in February following a meeting with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights that is giving Smith new hope.

"If the government of Canada does not ask for clemency for every Canadian facing the death penalty, how can we be credible when we ask for clemency in selective cases or countries?" Dion asked. "We must end this incoherent double standard. Canada opposes the death penalty and will ask for clemency in each and every case, no exceptions."

One remembers Stephane Dion and his boldness:

As it was, Dion simply looked on and said nothing as Wang berated iPolitics reporter Amanda Connolly for asking a perfectly reasonable question (agreed to with journalists from other media outlets present) about China’s atrocious human rights record ...


Yesterday, Dion had a message for Israel: Canada isn’t your special friend anymore.

Dion is pretty outspoken for a weasel.


The Liberals are moving towards changing the controversial mandatory victim surcharge brought in by the previous Conservative government, with the federal justice minister expected to introduce related amendments to the Criminal Code this week.

The coming changes are part of sweeping reforms to the criminal justice system — expected to include an overhaul of the tough-on-crime agenda championed by the Conservatives — that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tasked Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould with leading.

Valerie Gervais, a spokeswoman for Wilson-Raybould, provided no details, but those who have been watching the issue closely are expecting the amendments to restore at least some degree of discretion to judges.

"We can trust our judges to do the right thing," said Anne London-Weinstein, president of the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa.

"They were doing it for years," she said.

The federal victim surcharge was introduced in 1989 as a way to make offenders bear at least some of the cost of funding programs and services for victims administered by the provinces and territories.

It became automatic 10 years later, but sentencing judges were given the discretion to waive the surcharge if it would cause "undue hardship" to the offender, or to his or her dependents.

That changed three years ago, when the Conservative government made the victim surcharge mandatory — irrespective of the ability to pay — and also doubled the amount judges had to impose.

The Conservative changes sparked protests from judges who, having had their ability to exercise judicial discretion taken away, started refusing to impose the surcharge for impoverished offenders or issuing fines that were so minimal the surcharge amounted to nickels and dimes.

Jonathan Rudin, program director at Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto, said the mandatory victim surcharge is especially absurd when an offender is receiving social assistance or benefited from legal aid to cover the cost of their defence.

"It doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to take away the money that they have, which is barely enough to live on, to pay money back to the same government to run a program," said Rudin.

He also said it disproportionately affected indigenous peoples.

Not everyone is excited about the changes.

"I would hope that any proposed change demonstrate a clear respect for victims and their needs and should avoid back-sliding to the situation that we had before, where these surcharges were being waived routinely, without any justification or accountability," said Sue O'Sullivan, the federal ombudsman for victims of crime.

A 1994 study cited when the Conservatives brought in the changes showed the surcharge was only imposed 15 per cent of the time and actually collected in just 2.7 per cent of cases.

O'Sullivan called on the Liberal government to make sure any changes would not result in reduced funding for victims services. She also wants Ottawa to collect and analyse data to see the impact of these surcharges and to make sure are specific parameters around the term "undue hardship."

Because the most important thing is not to get people off of substance abuse:

By casting a new and skeptical light on the spiritual requirement in addiction recovery, legal actions in Toronto and Vancouver threaten to undermine AA’s unique status as a universal refuge for the desperate drunk, the kind of place anyone can attend of his own free will, or on orders of a court.

As usual, the people no one ever asked are doing a favour for their own egos, not for people who genuinely need help.

And now, some music for a calm Sunday evening: Vivaldi's Autumn:

Friday, October 14, 2016

For A Friday

Visit the Fur. You know you want to.

Former Alberta premier Jim Prentice was killed in a plane crash:

Prentice was 60-years old. He is survived by wife Karen, three daughters Christina, Cassia and Kate, and grandchildren.

Ontario must pay $28 million for electricity it did not use:

Canada has to pay $28 million in damages and legal costs to a company that wanted to build a wind farm in Lake Ontario but whose plans were abruptly halted by the Ontario government in 2011, an international tribunal says.

Windstream Energy, whose plans were backed by American investors, filed a claim under the North American Free Trade Agreement alleging the province treated it unfairly and inequitably. The company demanded US$475 million in damages. Because it’s a claim under an international trade treaty, the federal government had to stick up for the province’s decision.

Oh, joy.

Just read this:

Rolling his eyes at the Republican nominee, President Barack Obama mocked Donald Trump's purported business acumen and newfound rage against the "global elite," as he rallied Friday for Democrat Hillary Clinton. He warned that democracy itself was at risk if Trump wins.

As the presidential election draws to a close, Obama has increasingly embraced his role as troll-in-chief to the former reality star who hopes to succeed him in the Oval Office. With his own popularity having rebounded, Obama has become one of Trump's chief antagonists making the claim that Trump's exaggerated boasts aren't to be believed.

He used a rally for Clinton in battleground Ohio to try to debunk Trump's charge a day before that Clinton was at the centre of a global conspiracy by wealthy elites and political big-wigs to rig the system against working people. Obama encouraged voters to judge candidates by "what they've been doing their whole lives."

"This is a guy who spent all his time hanging around, trying to convince everybody he was a global elite ... and flying around everywhere and all he had time for was celebrities," Obama said. 

"Suddenly he's going to be the champion of working people?"

"Come on, man," Obama said with a sardonic laugh, in what became a recurrent refrain of his campaign speech.

Obama is such a narcissist that he must actually believe that being a smug lazy @$$hole will serve him well in post-presidential life.

Bouncy rubs elbows with people who can issue executive orders, Barry.

To wit: after Obama's deadbeat dad left him and his mother, he lived with his wealthy white grandparents and then with his Indonesian stepfather.

His co-workers (the term is sued loosely) recall his clearing off and not doing any real work for the Harvard Law Review.

The American national debt stands at nearly twenty trillion dollars.

Obama was nowhere to be found when Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was killed in Benghazi. After American national, James Foley, was killed by ISIS, Obama resumed his golf game.

(Insert one's own Obama failure here. There are far too many of them to count at the moment.)

Roll your eyes at that, community organiser.

Now go and give some state secrets to Cuba or something.


In a March 4, 2015 email to Hillary Clinton's lawyer Cheryl Mills, Clinton's eventual campaign chairman John Podesta asks if they should withhold email exchanges between Clinton and President Obama that were sent over Clinton's private server.

The day before Podesta sent his email to Mills, the House Benghazi Committee privately told Clinton to preserve and hand over all her emails. (The FBI report on Clinton's emails notes on Page 18 that on March 3, 2015, the United States House Select Committee on Benghazi provided a letter to the law firm Williams & Connolly requesting the preservation and production of all documents and media related to the email addresses and

The email from Podesta to Mills, titled "Special Category," reads: "Think we should hold emails to and from potus? That's the heart of his exec privilege. We could get them to ask for that. They may not care, but I(t) seems like they will."

A paralysed man has been able to have sensation in his arm because of a mind-controlled robotic arm:

The groundbreaking experiment, a collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, involves electrodes smaller than a grain of sand implanted in the sensory cortex of the young man’s brain. Researchers then stimulated this region, which is associated with sensation in the right hand, and effectively bypassed his damaged spinal cord. Because the paralyzed man was already connected to a robotic arm, when a researcher pressed the fingers of the prosthesis, the subject felt the pressure in the right fingers of his paralyzed hand.

The results of the experiment, which have been repeated over several months with the subject, offer a critical breakthrough in the recreation and restoration of function in people with paralyzed limbs: the ability not just to move those limbs, but something much more difficult – to feel them.

And now, some unbiased news coverage of the US election:


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Mid-Week Post

Your post-Thanksgiving train-of-thought...

A man who allegedly shot an RCMP officer has been found dead:

Police say a man suspected of shooting a Mountie in British Columbia has been found dead.

RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said the man's body was found near the southeastern B.C. community of Revelstoke on Wednesday, and the BC Coroners Service is now investigating his cause of death.

Investigators had been searching for 40-year-old Sheldon Thunderblanket since Tuesday when a female officer was shot in the arm after stopping a vehicle in a theft investigation on Highway 1.

Hillary Clinton laughing a twelve year old rape victim. Drink it in.

Fat lot of good any of this does anyone now:

Ontarians have long known that the provincial Liberals, under then-premier Dalton McGuinty, sold out the interests of law-abiding citizens in the community of Caledonia, rather than be forced to confront lawlessness among members of the aboriginal community. And now, a judge has said so.

The ruling dates back to the 2009 occupation by aboriginal protesters of a parcel of land outside town that was slated for development. They opposed development of the land, on grounds that it properly belonged to the nearby Six Nations reserve. The occupation of the would-be development site became a flashpoint of tension; aboriginal protesters engaged in acts of sabotage, intimidation and sometimes outright violence against locals and, occasionally, members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), who had responsibility for policing the crisis.

The occupation and standoff was a bitterly unpleasant experience. ...

(Sidebar: unpleasant? People were chased and beaten. Cars were set alight. Yeah, that's unpleasant.)

The people of Caledonia spent more than a year knowing they were effectively defenceless. The police did nothing when citizens were harassed by protesters. They did nothing when an electrical transformer station was torched, leaving thousands without power. They even did nothing when fellow police officers were assaulted by the mob. But non-aboriginal citizens remained subject to the law and, in the case of Fleming, could even be injured and arrested without breaking it. This remains a black mark on the reputation of both the OPP and the former premier and his party.

And it has absolutely established a precedent in Ontario: in 2013, another Ontario Superior Court judge issued a rare, public rebuke to the police for refusing to enforce a court order to end an aboriginal blockade of a railway. “We seem to be drifting into dangerous waters in the life of the public affairs of this province when courts cannot predict, with any practical degree of certainty, whether police agencies will assist in enforcing court injunctions,” Justice David Brown wrote.

There are separate tiers of legality (not justice) for Canadians and their residents.

Guess who gets the short end of the stick?


After Jean-Paul Néashish, a former First Nations police chief, was convicted of sexual assault, his lawyer argued for a lenient sentence because the man had been sexually abused at a residential school.

But in a decision this week, Quebec Court Judge Jacques Lacoursière rejected the request, jailing Néashish for six years and noting he was not the only one in the case to have suffered because of his aboriginal status.

“We cannot neglect to take into account the particular situation of the victims, who are also aboriginal,” the judge said.

Being in a tribe doesn't allow you to get away with rape, @$$hole.

No, Donald Trump was not incorrect:

During Sunday's U.S. presidential debate, Republican candidate Donald Trump said Canada's "catastrophic" health-care system is prompting Canadians to head south for treatment — but a new report says the number of health tourists has fallen year over year.

The Fraser Institute report estimates that about one per cent of Canadian patients who received treatment from a specialist in 2015 got that treatment outside of Canada.

The report estimates that percentage translates into 45,619 Canadians, slightly lower when compared with the 52,513 who went abroad for medical treatments in 2014, but higher than the 41,838 in 2013.

The Fraser Institute's report is here.

Getting a new knee or hip to walk or getting timely cancer treatment isn't unnecessary but why let the wags be swayed by that?

Canadians voted to waste money:

  • The average expense for all 338 MPs was $18,823.76
  • By province, NL MPs had the highest average (thanks likely to Whalen) at $24,361.72. The four PEI MPs averaged the lowest at $12,252.31.
  • By caucus, Liberal MPs had the highest average at $19,380 for riding leases in the first six months of the year. The Bloc Quebecois had the lowest at $16,162.

Speaking of money...

Conservative MP Tony Clement is ending his bid for the leadership of his party, saying that he fell short of fundraising targets he set when he started his campaign.

PM Hair-Boy has some very wealthy backers.

The Liberals have a habit of wasting money and swaying elections:

Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk warned all the way back in her annual report in December, 2014 that: “By the time the annual deficit is eliminated in 2017/18, the net debt will stand at about $325 billion. That’s about $23,000 for every single resident of Ontario.”

She added that: “No matter which measure you use — total debt, net debt or accumulated deficit — this is a concern for the province for several reasons, including how much money will be available for providing services to Ontarians in future years after interest on debt is paid ...”

Extending teacher contracts — requiring a rewrite of legislation — would be a way for Wynne to ensure labour peace with the teacher unions in the 2018 election year.

Obviously she doesn’t want them disrupting the school year, as they have in the past, when Ontarians are going to vote.

All this has to be seen in the context of a Liberal government that has given some teacher unions millions of tax dollars to help pay for their labour negotiations with the government.

That under Wynne, according to Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk, gave them a $468 million sweetener after a bitter round of negotiations conducted by McGuinty in 2012, that froze teacher salaries, reduced sick days and limited their right to strike.

Teacher unions successfully challenged that legislation in court, which prompted the Wynne government to quietly approach the unions about the possibility of contract extensions beyond the 2018 election.

Ontario voters will have to decide in 2018 whether this cosy relationship between the Wynne government and Ontario’s teacher unions serves the public interest.

People vote for for this sort of thing, though.

Like his father, Justin Trudeau openly stated how much he admires China.

To wit:

In the end, it was three short paragraphs.

Sixty-six words.

But a statement released by Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion on June 4 to mark the 27th anniversary of China’s bloody crackdown on student demonstrators was reviewed by at least 26 pairs of eyes and underwent multiple revisions, according to email records obtained by the National Post under access to information laws.

A reference to China’s “indiscriminate use of force” against peaceful demonstrators was added, then dropped. A line urging Beijing to uphold its human rights obligations made the final cut, but was absent for a time in earlier drafts. The government also chose not to echo a call from Americans for a “full public accounting” of the atrocities.

Opposition MPs said Wednesday the seemingly watered-down statement was evidence of the governing Liberals’ tendency to “avoid straight talk” on difficult issues.

An estimated one hundred and eighty to five hundred people were killed in Tienanmen SquareThe crackdown itself is said to be more brutal than initially reported. 1,602 individuals were arrested.

Neither Pierre nor Justin Trudeau's admiration for the communist dictatorship running China was ever hidden or misconstrued.

Yeah, like this guy will ever return to Chinese-backed North Korea:

North Korea has purged a deputy foreign minister as punishment for the defection of a high-ranking diplomat, South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo newspaper said.

Kim Jong Un recently banished Vice Foreign Minister Kung Sok Ung and his family to a farming area after the mid-year defection to South Korea of Thae Yong Ho, who was second in command at the North Korean embassy in London, the paper reported Wednesday, citing a person familiar with North Korean affairs it did not identify.

South Korea is checking the report, Unification Ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-hee said at a briefing. Kung oversaw embassies in Europe before being removed from his post, JoongAng said.

Today in "not in my neighbourhood" news:

Countries with diplomatic missions already located on the well-known boulevard include the United States, France, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.

It is also home to Rideau Hall, where the Governor General lives, as well as the prime minister’s residence at 24 Sussex. Justin Trudeau and his family are living in a house on the Rideau Hall grounds while federal officials consider badly needed renovations to the traditional address of Canada’s leader.


Syrian migrant men in their twenties — some with full beards — are being dumped into classrooms at Fredericton High School, next to Canadian schoolgirls as young as 14.

And the results are what you’d expect.

Sexual harassment. Bullying. Picking on the Jewish kids. Threatening and swearing at teachers. Talking about terrorist weapons, like rocket propelled grenades.

Demanding that men and women be separated, sharia style. Refusing to speak English.

Carry on.

More voters blocks migrants:

Discussions are ongoing about how to best accommodate and support a rising number of immigrants that is driven in large part by Syrian refugees, say federal, provincial and territorial immigration ministers.

"I know that many provinces have expressed the same concern  ... regarding, when you get to the end of the federal support, what happens and what are the responsibilities," Manitoba's Ian Wishart said Wednesday after a closed-door meeting in Winnipeg.

"We are certainly all prepared to work with the federal government on this."

Some 321,000 immigrants arrived in Canada in the twelve months leading up to July 1, according to Statistics Canada. The agency said it was the largest number of immigrants in an annual period since the early 1910s, when a wave of European immigrants arrived in the western provinces.

The number was driven by more than 30,000 Syrian refugees under a special program launched last year. Both levels of government have struggled at times in terms of finding housing support programs for the new arrivals.

"Many of the refugees had large numbers of children, and that was not completely anticipated in the beginning and that created some challenges for finding appropriate housing and for schools," said John McCallum, the federal minister of immigration, refugees, and citizenship.

The federal government provides language and job training, as well as social assistance payments for one year. The provinces pay for other services.

(Sidebar: does Mr. McCallum mean these ESL classes?)
Financial support and what immigration levels should be were part of Wednesday's talks, McCallum said.

This is from the government where one of its ministers can lie about where she is from.


An appeal court has rejected the federal government's latest legal salvo in a long-standing bid to deport a Toronto man over alleged terrorist ties.

In a new ruling, the Federal Court of Appeal says there are no grounds to contest a judge's decision to strike down a national security certificate against Egyptian-born Mahmoud Jaballah.

"The appeal cannot proceed and I would order that the court file be closed," Justice Johanne Gauthier wrote on behalf of a unanimous court.

As a result, Jaballah, 54, is a step closer to remaining in Canada permanently.

Oh, wonderful:

Militant groups like Hezbollah and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have learned how to weaponize surveillance drones and use them against each other and foreign forces, adding a new twist to Syria’s civil war, a U.S. military official and others say.

And now, the amazing sock kitten:


Freaky vintage Halloween pictures:

Scary Vintage Halloween Costumes