Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Mid-Week Post

Your middle-of-the-week fun-run ...

From the same man who wanted people to believe that there were only sixty returned ISIS thugs and that it was no big deal:

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, perhaps forgetting he grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan where Varmint rifles are not exactly foreign objects, says anyone who thinks the Liberals’ new gun legislation is just another “back-door gun registry” is either “honestly misinformed or deliberately not telling the truth.”

But, when shops legally selling guns are compelled to keep a list of both their buyers and their inventory, what else would you call it? ...

Goodale insists Bill C-71, the legislation that has resurrected the gun debate, will not revive the gun registry that the Harper government tossed in the dumpster back in 2012.

He claims, instead, that the legislation is aimed at making communities safer and preventing firearms from getting into the hands of criminals.

The only firearms criminals are interested in, however, are handguns, and the information tossed out by various politicians and mayors is that these handguns are being increasingly acquired domestically.

In some jurisdictions, any handgun seized with its serial number filed off are catalogued as being locally acquired, despite the fact that the lack of a serial number makes them untraceable—to anywhere or to anyone.

So, it’s a dishonest fact-fiddling and fear mongering.

In Canada, acquiring a handgun legally requires the potential buyer to go through a series of hoops which go way beyond acquiring the proper firearm Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) and passing the requisite firearms safety courses.

Any legally-purchased handgun must then be registered and totally documented with the Chief Firearms Officer of Canada where the buyer is vetted, and his or her background thoroughly checked. 

In Ontario, this office is run through the provincial police headquarters in Orillia.

There is no need, therefore, to beef-up regulations.

Gang-bangers bypass all these requirements, of course.

People who don't respect the country's borders probably won't respect anything else about it, either, but hey! - election in 2019:

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol had a “busy weekend” a few days ago as they apprehended 20 individuals crossing illegally into their country from Canada. The illegal crossings took place on the borders of New York, Vermont and New Hampshire.

In the middle of the night last Friday, Champlain Border Patrol guards stopped nine people crossing via the West Service Road in Champlain, New York.

“All the individuals are citizens of Haiti with no immigration documents that would allow them to legally enter or remain in the United States,” a U.S. Customs release states. “Agents apprehended all nine individuals and transported them to the Champlain Station for processing.” ...

When people cross illegally into Canada, the response from the federal government has typically been to provide them with housing and support until their asylum claim can be heard many months and potentially years from their date of arrival.

The United States appears to be treating those crossing illegally into their country differently, instead gearing them up for deportation as soon as possible.

Perhaps Pope Francis is just not keen on playing Big Aboriginal's game:

The frustrated comments by some after the news last week that Pope Francis would not travel to Canada to apologize indicate precisely why the TRC made a mistake. The spirit of goodwill and trust that over years led to the 2009 meeting is now being eroded.

Will anything good emerge from this latest friction? Perhaps it will invite observers to consider more carefully the status of the TRC “calls to action.” There is much good in them, but not all are of the same value.

For example, the TRC calls upon the “host countries of international sporting events such as the Olympics, Pan Am, and Commonwealth games to ensure that Indigenous peoples’ territorial protocols are respected, and local Indigenous communities are engaged in all aspects of planning and participating in such events.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was quick to ask Pope Francis to make an apology visit to Canada. Will he soon be pressing the Chinese communists to make sure the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing respect Indigenous concerns? 

Oh, hell no, Father Raymond!

Also - don't make fun of the fairies! It hurts their little feelings:

What’s relevant to Carpay’s piece is that where once, it seemed that all the gay community wanted was equality — freedom from persecution, if you like, and the ability not to be fired from a job, not to be refused service, not to get an apartment, etc. because of sexuality — now, those who don’t embrace the full spectrum of gay and transgender life are often silenced, usually through government instrument or policy. And the community that once wanted only to be included is sometimes less than inclusive itself.

Carpay gave a number of examples: the Chilliwack, B.C., school trustee Barry Neufeld, who is being taken to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal by a union for his allegedly homophobic and transphobic statements (most notoriously, he said that teaching children that gender is fluid is akin to child abuse); the Toronto printer Scott Brockie, who refused to do a job for the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives though he’d served individual gay customers and was in 2004 ordered to do the print job and pay the Archives $5,000 and the Ontario Human Rights Commission (as it then was) $15,000; and the Edmonton couple who were approved as adoptive parents by Catholic Social Services and then rejected last year by the Alberta government (Child and Family Services) who were concerned their Evangelical Christian beliefs would render them unable to “help” a child with “sexual identity issues.”

As Carpay wrote, “In a free country, you can argue that gay sex is sinful, or that gay sex is normal, natural and good.

“But a society can no longer be called free once the state attaches penalties, or withholds benefits, for speaking out one’s moral or philosophical beliefs, or for practising them peacefully with others in voluntary communities of like-minded citizens.”

Oh, dear:

Nearly a third of Canadians say they're not convinced that climate change is being caused by human and industrial activity, according to a newly released Abacus Data poll.

Imagine their surprise when they have to pay a carbon tax that they didn't want.

Of course she is:

Premier Kathleen Wynne is defending government debt fanboy, Liberal MPP Bob Delaney.

Delaney told the Mississauga News that not only was he OK  with tripling the province’s debt over the past 15 years, he’d “cheerfully” do it again.

“And I would do it proudly,” Delaney could be heard saying on an audio recording of his “budget breakfast” held Thursday.

Asked about the unusual comments Tuesday, Wynne said all her MPPs are enthusiastic about the investments her government has made and will make in people who need help.

That would be this Bob Delaney:

A Liberal backbencher said he was sorry Tuesday after police were called on a mother of an autistic child who had threatened a solitary protest at his constituency office.

Bob Delaney’s apology – four days after police knocked on Melanie Palaypayon’s door – came only after Premier Kathleen Wynne spoke to him and called him into her office for a meeting.


Dr. James Porter of IBI Behavioral Services says 85% of kids on IBI are older than five, so Wynne may be wiping out treatment for the vast majority of them.

When Wynne says she has the science to back this up, she’s referring to the report, “Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Expert Committee, An update on Clinical Practice Guidelines and Benchmarks in Ontario, January 27, 2014.”

But nowhere in that report is cutting off young children from IBI recommended. The 10 recommendations that conclude the report make no such suggestion.

Asked what he thinks Wynne is basing her decision on, Dr. Porter said: “I have no idea, because here is one expert telling her that what she is doing is wrong, totally harmful. We’re going to see, over the years, if it does not change, a huge impact in many different areas.”


Turns out he was not only wanted in Peel Region.

Toronto Police were looking for Ronjot Singh Dhami, too.

The 25-year-old surrendered to Peel Police last Monday and was charged with aggravated assault in a random attacked on an autistic man in Mississauga. Toronto officers were also looking to question him about a fight at the Rebel Nightclub on March 11.

“This was one of the reasons police were not happy when it was said he would turn himself in at his own pace,” said a police source. “Detectives knew Toronto Police wanted to talk to him about a fight between two distinct groups of men.”

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has requested that South Korean president Moon Jae-In visit Japan before the summit but has yet to receive a reply:

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has asked South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit Japan before the planned summit between North and South Korea in late April, Japanese government sources said Tuesday.

He made the request during phone talks with Moon on March 16, but South Korea has yet to respond, and Moon may find it difficult to make time for a visit to Japan amid his preparations for the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on April 27, the sources said.

Abe wants to get Moon to raise with Kim the issue of North Korea’s abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s.

Abe has said resolving the abduction issue is one of his government’s priorities. Tokyo officially lists 17 citizens as having been abducted by North Korea, and suspects the country’s involvement in other disappearances.

Moon might not see it but it is in his best interests to confer with Abe as it is highly doubtful that Kim Jong-Un will surrender his nuclear weapons.

Of course China has Russia's back:

China's military leadership has pledged its support to Russia as tensions between Moscow and the West further deteriorate into diplomatic isolation, economic sanctions and dueling defense drills.

It is no wonder that the Americans want to keep their Second Amendment. It's not like the cops are effective or anything:

Police in Northern California defended on Wednesday their decision not to detain the woman who later opened fire at YouTube’s offices after they found her sleeping in her car hours before the shooting, saying she gave them no cause for concern.

The shooter, Nasim Najafi Aghdam, wounded three people at YouTube’s San Bruno, Calif., headquarters on Tuesday before killing herself. Investigators said they believe Aghdam, an active YouTube user, was upset with the video-sharing site’s monetization policies and practices. The 39-year-old Iranian-born woman of Persian descent, who lived in Southern California, was reported missing by her family on March 31 in San Diego County.

According to a lengthy statement issued by the Mountain View Police Department, authorities said they discovered Aghdam sleeping in her car in a parking lot around 1:40 a.m. on Tuesday. Officers ran her license plate and discovered she had been reported missing and was considered “at risk” because she had never gone missing or left home before.

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