Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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A police officer has been shot in northeast Calgary and has been taken to hospital.

Police say the man is in stable condition.

The extent of his injuries was not released.

Police say the “active situation” involving a firearm in the Abbeydale neighbourhood has concluded and the suspect has been found dead.

People in the area are now being allowed to leave their homes.

Boy, won't people feel bad when they figure that not only is carbon not a pollutant but that they have to pay tax upon a tax to bolster that lie:

First reported by Mia Rabson in the Canadian Press, it turns out that the federal government will make up to $280 million after charging GST on top of the carbon taxes in Alberta and BC. That will raise the cost of utilities, food, gas, and countless other items.


A new report has found that First Nations in British Columbia support the establishment of a liquefied natural gas sector, further discrediting the green movement’s narrative that Canada’s Indigenous communities are opposed to fossil fuel projects.

According to a joint report co-authored the B.C. government and the First Nations LNG Alliance, the nascent sector enjoys such high Indigenous support many are in fact upset many projects haven’t been built.

“There have been many positive impacts to First Nations communities related to LNG development, prior to any construction,” according to the report, made public Monday. “Much capacity has been created due to these projects. However, expectations have also been raised. Now, First Nations leaders are trying to deal with their constituents’ frustration because of the delays or cancellation of these projects.”

This must be embarrassing to certain parties political, domestic and foreign.

The India hole Justin and his lackeys have dug for themselves is just getting bigger:

Liberal MP Raj Grewal helped secure invitations for his own business affiliate to attend events in India, during the prime minister’s recent trip, apparently without clearance from the federal ethics commissioner.

This Raj Grewal:

The atmosphere at the reception at the residence of Nadir Patel, the Canadian High Commissioner to India, was more like “spring break” than a formal diplomatic party, according to one attendee, who said there was so much heavy drinking that the bar ran out of Crown Royal within the first hour.

Two eyewitnesses invited to the reception, both of whom requested their names not be used, say there was also a brouhaha at the gates of the residence, when a group of young Sikh men poured out of a couple of cars and charged past those in the lineup.

One eyewitness says greeting the party-crashers, was Brampton, Ont., MP Raj Grewal and at least one of his assistants.

The eyewitness, who was near the front of the line and knows Grewal by sight, said the MP was arguing with an RCMP officer, who grew visibly upset as Grewal apparently insisted the men be let in.

How embarrassing.

But Grewal isn't alone in the unbearable and rampant corruption and unaccountability from the "most transparent" government in the country's history:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke his silence today on the latest twist in the Aga Khan scandal, saying he received an overnight bag from the billionaire Ismaili Muslim leader during his vacation on his private island in the Bahamas.

In exchange, Trudeau gave the Aga Khan a sweater, the prime minister said during a raucous exchange with Conservatives in the House of Commons.

He refused, however, to say what happened to the gifts — whether he kept them, returned them, repaid their value or for‎feited them to the Crown.


The prime minister responded by saying Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has "repeatedly" refused offers from the Privy Council Office (PCO) to provide a confidential briefing about the matter "for reasons known only to him."

He accused Scheer of playing "petty politics" with the issue.

It's like Justin can't help but be an insufferable @$$hole.

But ... but ... I thought that Trump was being unreasonable:

Canadian steel producers, government officials and other stakeholders are giving the Canada Border Services Agency extra powers and have formed an urgent working group tasked with heading off a possible flood of foreign steel into Canada as a result of tariffs imposed by the United States.

Canada is among the six countries that secured exemptions from U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum, which came into effect Friday. But domestic producers remain concerned that the tariffs will prompt a diversion of steel from foreign producers into the Canadian market.


President Trump’s aggressive trade policies are forcing some tough customers to cut new deals, with China talking about opening its market to U.S. companies and South Korea nearing a deal to reduce steel exports and buy more American cars.

The threat of a trade war gave Wall Street the jitters when Mr. Trump rolled out big tariffs and other get-tough measures, but it also rattled Beijing, Seoul and other trading partners.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Monday that Beijing wanted trade talks and not a trade war with the U.S. He stressed his country’s willingness to remove barriers to American business and reduce the U.S. trade deficit with China, which is the chief demand from Mr. Trump.

“With regard to trade imbalances, China and the United States should adopt a pragmatic and rational attitude, promote balancing through expansion of trade, and stick to negotiations to resolve differences and friction,” Mr. Li told a conference in Beijing, state radio reported.

Imagine if this had been any other body of thought:

In a letter published Monday in Le Devoir, Thomas Burelli and seven of his colleagues at the university said it was “offensive” of Quebec to attempt to favour science in a “hierarchy of knowledges.”

Burelli said in an interview Tuesday that the Feb. 6 letter from Quebec deputy minister Patrick Beauchesne reflects a “racism of intelligence. It is saying we think there is a form of intelligence that is superior, that of science. They are methods developed by the West and so they must take precedence over Indigenous knowledge.”

The same day Radio-Canada first reported on the Beauchesne letter, Quebec environment minister Isabelle Melançon and Native affairs minister Geoffrey Kelley wrote to apologize to Ghislain Picard, Quebec regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations. They said they were “aware and sorry” that Beauchesne’s letter had “raised, as written, many questions among the Aboriginal population.”

The ministers stressed that “Quebec recognizes Aboriginal traditional knowledge” and invited Picard to meet to discuss collaboration on “new ways of doing things.” ...

Bill C-69, which received first reading in the House of Commons on Feb. 8, would require that before a project subject to a federal assessment is approved, “traditional knowledge of the Indigenous peoples of Canada provided with respect to the project” be taken into account — though it provides no definition of “traditional knowledge.” The bill further states that when traditional knowledge is provided in confidence, it “is confidential and must not knowingly be, or be permitted to be, disclosed without written consent.”

First of all, science is a discipline, like language arts or medicine. Each discipline examines one aspect of the physical or metaphysical world. Where one might be more appropriate in dealing with a certain object or circumstance, they are not at odds. The wedge between science and religion or philosophy is a false one constructed solely for the purpose of pitting people against one another, chiefly people who think that they like science and those who regard it as just another subject.

Having said that, public policy formed from unspecified ideas stemming from unwritten and unproved anecdotes from a greedy industry is just nutters and anyone entertaining the adoption of this so-called knowledge and policy resulting from it needs to be removed from society for his or her safety and that of others.

Two hundred and seven fascists would disagree with you, Mr. Coyne:

More to the point, the controversy has moved many of those who support the status quo to concede that people have a right to dissent from it. Even if abortion were defined in law as a right, the oddity of upholding that right by trampling others’ rights — to conscience, to speech — has been widely observed: it is not against the law to oppose a law. Indeed, the attestation requirement is almost certainly unconstitutional.

And yet, when a motion denouncing the policy came to a vote last week in the House of Commons, not only did virtually every Liberal and every New Democrat vote against it, but NDP member David Christopherson, the lone dissenter in his party, was stripped of a committee post as punishment. Not only is it impermissible to oppose abortion, it seems, but even to suggest that others should be allowed to do so.

This, among many other things, is why such believers are pro-abortion. When even dissent from such opinions is verboten, one can no longer claim anything else.

How could this go wrong? :

The federal government is taking steps to make it easier for doctors to prescribe methadone and pharmaceutical grade heroin.

Okay, Kathleen. Where are you going to get the money? :

Ontario’s Liberal government says it plans to offer free child care for thousands of preschoolers across the province starting in 2020, a promise that comes as it faces a looming spring election.
Premier Kathleen Wynne, Finance Minister Charles Sousa and Education Minister Indira Naidoo-Harris unveiled the $2.2-billion initiative on Tuesday at a school in Toronto.

The program would fund the cost of full-day, licensed child care starting once children turn two-and-a-half. The funding would cover their care costs until they become eligible for full-day kindergarten.

“No more anxiety about costs … The freedom to choose when it’s time for mom or dad to go back to work. This is a big change,” Wynne said. “We’re playing the long game here, folks. This is the investment in the people of this province.”

The "new normal" in France:

Mireille Knoll, 85, was stabbed multiple times and set on fire in her Paris apartment on Friday, in what Jewish advocacy groups are calling anti-Semitic hate crime.

The murder took place Friday, the same day as the terrorist attack in the southeastern city of Trèbes, in which four people, including one French police officer, were killed in a hostage standoff at a local supermarket.

For now, French authorities have taken two suspects into custody, according to a judicial official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the case and would only tell The Washington Post that one of the suspects was born in 1989.

Note the obvious attempt at vagueness.


Sometime in mid-2017, Maarib Al Hishmawi’s parents told her they had found a man for her to marry.

Soon, he would pay the family $20,000, they said, according to investigators. After that, 15-year-old Maarib would move to another city and be his bride.

When Maarib balked, her parents insisted – violently. They beat her with broomsticks, Bexar (Texas) County Sheriff Javier Salazar said. They choked her “almost to the point of unconsciousness.” They threw hot oil on her.

The only way to make the violence stop was to relent – or to at least make her parents think she had.

Maarib said she would go through with the marriage. But as her wedding date neared, she was working on a plan. On Jan. 30, Maarib walked out of Taft High School in San Antonio and disappeared.

Culture matters.

And now, snow and sakura petals.

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