Saturday, June 10, 2017

Saturday Night Special

It's too darn hot ...

Elections are not won because of personalities or principles but because multi-generational voters blocks have been established in key areas:

"I'd like to thank the Senate for their hard work and dedication in reviewing Bill C-6 to make it even stronger and for providing an example of productive collaboration on strengthening important legislation. The Government remains deeply committed to the timely passage of this significant Bill.

"On May 3rd, the Senate returned Bill C-6 to the House of Commons for further consideration after adopting three amendments.

"The Government supports the Senate amendment, with modifications, to improve the current citizenship revocation decision-making process so that the Federal Court becomes the decision-maker in most cases. This amendment recognizes the Government's commitment to enhancing the citizenship revocation process to strengthen procedural fairness, while ensuring that the integrity of our citizenship program is maintained.
The government of Canada can't wait to screw the rest of the voters.

Term limits?

The 35-member Independent Senators Group, the second largest Senate caucus that holds no chair positions in the Senate’s 18 committees, is expecting to receive 40 per cent of the chair and vice-chair positions by this fall.

Trudeau declared that the country he most admires is communist China:

The Canadian government is inviting Chinese investment in its oil sands sector, Canada Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said on Thursday, following a torrid six months in which $22.5 billion in foreign capital fled the embattled sector.

That fuel can come in handy in the South China Sea.

Did they bring up Air India 182?

A crowd of around 200 Sikhs gathered on Parliament Hill on Saturday to commemorate the 1984 attack on Sikhdom’s holiest temple by the Indian government and demand a referendum be held that could see the establishment of a Sikh state in the Punjab state in northern India.

Who needs employees?

Little did Canadians know that the economy is also apparently burdened with too many workers. What else can one conclude in the wake of plans by Ontario, Alberta and B.C. to impose the equivalent of a new minimum $15 road toll on low-wage workers?

In a new report Thursday, the pro-carbon-tax Ecofiscal Commission reasserted its certainty in the philosophy. “A carbon price works by relying on price signals in markets — not governments — to decide where and how GHG mitigation occurs.”  If the official effect of a carbon tax is to cut demand for fossil fuels, then it follows that the same will happen with the imposition of a new indirect tax on low-wage workers.

In Ontario, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government plans to raise the minimum wage from $11.40 currently to $15 in 2019. The 30-per-cent tax increase is indirect in the sense that the government mandates that it be paid by employers and transferred directly to workers. No money passes through government coffers, but the effect is the same.

Well, duh:

In effect, the Liberals have slyly admitted that, for decades, Canada’s foreign policy has been a disappointing sham. We have talked a good talk on human rights, multilateralism, foreign aid and collective defence. But we have failed to live up to our commitments or maintain the capabilities required to do so. If the Liberals do follow through on their plans, they won’t be bringing Canada “back.” They’ll be fulfilling the obligations our governments have for decades neglected.

Not that Liberals do the things that they say they will (except line their pockets).

Also - why would the Liberal government ever give a sh-- about genocide, mass murder, terrorists in their midst, human trafficking or anything that caused discord or misery? They are Liberals. They make a concerted effort not to give a sh-- :

The federal government hasn’t done enough to secure the arrest of a Canadian who is living in Bangladesh despite being wanted in Ontario for advocating genocide of Jews, according to the Conservatives.

“I certainly think they should be much more active in pressing the Bangladeshi government for a solution to this. That’s the Conservative Party position,” said Tony Clement, the Opposition public safety critic.

B’nai Brith Canada also said Friday it was troubled that Salman Hossain, 32, remained on the loose seven years after he became the first person to be charged by Canadian authorities with promoting a genocide.


The government has also promised to repeal parts of the Conservatives’ Anti-Terrorism Bill, C-51. On Monday, Mr. Goodale said it’s still his plan to table the bill by the end of June.

“That’s my objective, yes. There’s a lot of important work that needs to be done and, as you can imagine, an issue of that magnitude is not something you deal with either lightly or briefly, so we’re hard at work on it now,” said Mr. Goodale outside of the Victoria Building meeting room.


One federal study found that out of 53 cases in which human trafficking was the most serious charge, only about a third (30 per cent) resulted in a conviction.

If one wants to convince the government that any threat to energy grids must taken seriously, tell Trudeau that his hair dryer won't work if an EMP is detonated:

While EMP crops up in a few Canadian government reports over the years, I’ve discovered from access to information requests that our bureaucrats and politicians are basically clueless about this serious threat to our way of life.

There is no mitigation strategy. There is no action plan. There isn’t even significant awareness of the issue.

This column is so Islamophobic that Iqra Khalid, author of one of the most appalling pieces of sectarian censorship in recent times, has soiled her shorts at the mere sight of the headline:

Private citizens, and private media companies, can take on an equally important task. Individuals cannot hunt down or shoot the terrorists but we can work toward a society in which terrorism is recognized by everyone as irredeemably evil. We can change the climate of opinion in our world so that random killings are regarded as a sure sign of viciously deranged minds.

Maybe we should begin by retiring the word Islamophobia in the interest of a franker attitude to terrorism. A word invented in 1997, Islamophobia shelters some dubious ideas: it implies that anyone who criticizes any aspect of Islam is clinically ill.

A letter from a reader, referring to my column last week on the murders of Christians, mentioned an argument Pope Benedict made a few years ago. He said that Islam is flawed by fanaticism and its intolerance of other religions. “From that point on,” my reader recalled, “the resulting uproar silenced the world in spite of the rise of ISIL with its kidnappings, beheadings, and persecution of all non-believers. The world owes Benedict an apology.”
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He is still waiting ...

Future roof-divers bask in the attention that they think they deserve:

Mayor Don Iveson led the parade down a crowd-lined Whyte Avenue on Saturday afternoon, with 15-year-old Francis Nievera by his side. 

The Grand Marshals of this year's parade, the two-spirit community made up of queer Indigenous people, asked both Iveson and Nievera to walk in front on Saturday.

Nievera, who had never attended pride before, was invited to march with Iveson earlier in the week, after protesting the removal of pride decorations at Blessed Oscar Romero High School at the behest of the principal. 

Nievera came out as transsexual in Grade 7, but said he'd never before felt targeted for his identity. The principal apologized after the protest — and even raised the pride flag at the school.

(Sidebar: I bet the principal wanted to do that.)

The Diet has passed law allowing current emperor Akihito to abdicate:

Japan's parliament passed a law Friday that clears the way for its ageing Emperor Akihito to step down, in what would be the first imperial abdication in more than two centuries.

The popular 83-year-old monarch shocked the country last summer when he signalled his desire to take a back seat after nearly three decades on the Chrysanthemum Throne, citing his age and health problems.

The unexpected move presented a challenge since there was no law to deal with an emperor retiring from what is usually a job for life.

The one-off rule was passed in the last-stage upper house on Friday in a unanimous decision after the lower chamber gave its stamp of approval last week.

The abdication must take place within three years of the new law taking effect or it expires -- and it only applies to Akihito.

The UK election was more than a close shave for Prime Minister Theresa May:

British Prime Minister Theresa May secured a deal on Saturday to prop up her minority government but looked increasingly isolated after a botched election gamble plunged Britain into crisis days before the start of talks on leaving the European Union.

Her Conservatives struck an outline deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) for support on key legislation. It was a humiliating outcome after an election that May had intended to strengthen her ahead of the Brexit push.

Instead, voters stripped the Conservatives of their parliamentary majority. As May struggled to contain the fallout, her two closest aides resigned.

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Adam West:

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