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)

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