Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sunday Post

A merry Saint Valentine's Day to all y'all...

... let's not forget the guys who gave us the Cyrillic alphabet.

Literally to Russia with love.

Any love for Saint Auxentius of Bithynia or Saint Zeno of Rome?

Well, there should be.


Oh, look! Another broken promise!

The Liberal government has broken a promise to immediately implement firearm-marking regulations to help police trace guns used in crime.

On the eve of the Trudeau government's Friday milestone of 100 days in office, the pledge had not been fulfilled.

Quebec provincial police have identified the police officer shot dead in Lac-Simon, Que. as Thierry Leroux, 26, of Amos, Que. He was a member of the Lac-Simon Police Service, an aboriginal police force.

Joseph Anthony Raymond-Papatie, 22, was found dead shortly after the shooting, apparently of a self-inflicted wound.

The deaths have left small Algonquin community 500 km northwest of Montreal in a state of shock.
According to the Sûreté du Québec, two members of the Lac-Simon aboriginal police force were called to respond to a domestic disturbance about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

As they approached the home, a shot was fired from inside, striking Leroux.

Leroux was taken to hospital in Val-d'Or, where he died.

Raymond-Papatie was found dead inside the home from what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot, said Benoît Coutu, a spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec.

Coutu said the responding police officers did not return fire after they were shot at.

For some perspective:

Parallel to the findings of the 2014 Overview in which most homicide victims had a previous relationship with the offender, the 2013 and 2014 RCMP data reveals that the offender was known to the victim in 100% of the solved homicides of Aboriginal women in RCMP jurisdictions, and in 93% of cases of solved homicides of non-Aboriginal women. Violence within family relationships is a key factor in homicides of women, and has prompted the RCMP to focus intervention and prevention efforts on familial and spousal violence.

Aboriginal victims of spousal violence were much more likelythan non-Aboriginal victims to suffer the most severe forms of spousalviolence, such as being beaten, choked, threatened with or had a gun or knife used against them ...

(Sidebar: well, as long as those guns were registered....)

A federal court judge has granted Abdi Hersy a judicial review, after his protected status was revoked last year. The imam's case will return to the Refugee Board of Canada for reconsideration.

Hersy is accused of fondling two female patients while he was working in 2006 as a respiratory therapist in Minnesota.

He lost his job and his licence to practice in Minnesota soon after the reports surfaced. Hersy then crossed the border into Canada, and was given protection as a Somalian refugee in 2008.

In its ruling last year, the refugee board found Hersy had misrepresented himself.

But Raj Sharma has successfully appealed, arguing the allegations against his client are unproven, and that Hersy's life would be at risk if he were deported back to Somalia.

The federal court decision includes details about Hersy's alleged victims. One woman who came forward was homeless and had sought out medical help for a drug addiction.

Because it's 2016.

Refugees are leaving Finland by the thousands, in part, because it's too cold.

The head of a small travel agency in Helsinki, the country's capital, told Reuters: "Some say they don't like the food here, it's too cold or they don't feel welcome in Finland. There are many reasons."

February is the coldest month in Helsinki, when the average temperature is -6 degrees Celsius (22 degrees Fahrenheit).

It's hard to assault women in freezing temperatures, think the beggars/choosers.


Warren Buffett transports oil by train which, statistically, has a higher risk of spills, leaks and other accidents:

The U.S. rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline pushed TransCanada Corp. to a $2.5-billion loss in the fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, the Calgary-based pipeline company said it's weighing how federal changes to the environmental review process may affect timing of its controversial Energy East proposal.

TransCanada (TSX:TRP) took a $2.9-billion, non-cash charge in the fourth quarter related to Keystone XL, which U.S. President Barack Obama blocked in November on grounds it would undermine efforts to combat climate change.

(Sidebar: Obama backed a pipeline in Kenya. Carry on.)

Keystone XL would have connected to an existing cross-border system, offering a more direct route for oilsands and some U.S. crude to reach Texas refineries by cutting diagonally across Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska.


And now, an oldie but a goody, animals with hearts on them. Enjoy.

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