A lot going on in the world ...
After saying things many people actually think, Doug Ford does the cowardly thing and ditches Tanya Granic Allen:
Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives have dropped a controversial candidate from their roster ahead of the spring election, with the party’s leader saying “her characterization of certain issues and people has been irresponsible.”
Tanya Granic Allen, a social conservative and outspoken opponent of the province’s sex education curriculum, has been taken off the PC ballot in Mississauga Centre just over a month before Ontarians go to the polls.
PC Leader Doug Ford said in a statement Saturday that the Tories “are a party comprised of people with diverse views that if expressed responsibly we would respect.”
Granic Allen responded to her dismissal on Twitter, saying she was “disappointed” to be informed of the decision by Ford’s campaign manager.
This act of cowardice is playing right into the Liberals' hands, Doug.
Shame on you.
A professor withdraws from a free speech task force (yes, those are things now) after learning that leftist groups will not undergo the same rigours that other groups will:
Liberal arts associate professor David Haskell stepped aside Thursday after learning that the university is demanding $5,473 for unspecified “security costs” for a Lindsay Shepherd-organized free-speech event. ...
Widdowson is also the co-author (with Albert Howard) of Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation, the 2008 book which argued that indigenous deprivation is maintained by a de facto industry of lawyers and consultants.
At Laurier, she was to discuss the question, “Does University Indigenization Threaten Open Inquiry?”
But Wednesday, the LSOI sponsoring faculty member, economics prof Will McNally, was told two things within three minutes — first that Laurier’s new booking policy is to charge “all additional costs” to the sponsoring club or faculty member and second, that the Widdowson event would require “a fee of $5,473” for security.
That led directly to Haskell resigning.
If one cannot ban them outright, one will bleed them dry.
British Columbia and Ontario hand over huge swaths of land to Big Aboriginal:
Negotiators have signed off on a new treaty agreement between the federal and provincial governments and the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation near Prince George, B.C.
Representatives put their initials on the Lheidli T’enneh Treaty in a ceremony Saturday — the final step before members of the community vote on the deal next month.
The agreement provides the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation with more than 43 square kilometres of land, a capital transfer of $37.1 million and ongoing funding for services such as health care, education and social development.
“The agreement would allow us to have our own governance, our own lands. We would own the lands and control the lands,” Chief Dominic Frederick said in an interview.
The Ontario government says it has signed agreements to share the revenue from mining and forestry projects with First Nations, saying the deals are the first of their kind in the province.Under the agreements, the province will share 45 per cent of its revenue from forestry stumpage, 40 per cent of the annual mining tax and royalties from active mines at the time of signing, as well as 45 per cent from future mines in relevant areas.The province says the deals were developed in collaboration with its First Nations partners — Grand Council Treaty #3, Wabun Tribal Council and Mushkegowuk Council — and could benefit 39 communities across them.The government says the First Nations will have full control over the allocation of its share into initiatives that support economic development, education, health and other priorities.
If what they really wanted was control over education and health care, why didn't they ask for it in the first place and pay for it themselves?
First Nations chiefs on Wednesday called on the federal government to amend its marijuana legalization legislation to prevent provincial regulations from applying on reserves.
Some people consider these groups to be "grooming" organisations:
Alberta’s United Conservative Party delegates voted Sunday for balanced budgets and an end to the carbon tax, but there were fireworks after they also OK’d a controversial motion affecting gay children in schools.
Delegates at the party’s founding policy convention voted 57 per cent in favour of a motion to have parents told when their child is involved in any subject of a religious or sexual nature, including after-school social clubs like gay-straight alliances.
They passed the motion despite pleas from three UCP caucus members to scuttle it because it was fundamentally wrong and politically perilous.
“This is about outing gay kids,” UCP caucus whip Ric McIver said at the speaker’s microphone as some delegates hooted and shouted at him, forcing the moderator to intervene.
“This is about making kids feel unsafe. They can’t join a club.”
Canada and the United States are not mad theocracies in the Middle East. As of yet, homosexual persons will not be thrown from rooftops. The mere idea that homosexuals face that sort of persecution in North America (yet) is insulting to one's intelligence.
As these underage, minor, adolescent persons are allegedly homosexual, not informing the same parents who need to sign permission slips for any other activity is appallingly Orwellian and creepy.
It's not like these clubs are needed in schools, anyway.
Does one need more proof that Justin Trudeau is a scumbag? :
According to the Toronto Sun, “The federal government is planning to build temporary housing for up to 520 people at a Quebec border crossing that has been the scene of an influx of asylum seekers.”The report also notes that, “The housing notice calls for “heated, ventilated and illuminated canvas shelters” for three-season use that must include areas for sleeping, security, reception and warehousing. The government is also looking for other units to serve as quarantine space, toilets and showers as well as systems for drinking water and drainage.”Meanwhile, many Canadian citizens remain homeless.There are an estimated 235,000 homeless people in Canada on an annual basis, while 35,000 people are homeless each night.
The Trudeau government has used the controversial Canada Summer Jobs Grant to fund an Islamic group with terror ties, and another with a history of anti-gay rhetoric, the Sun has learned.
According to a government database listing recipients of the Canada Summer Jobs grant, both the Canada Arab Federation (CAF) and the Anatolia Islamic Centre have been approved for federal funding in 2018.
In 2009, CAF was de-funded over the group’s extremism and support for terrorist groups – a decision made by the previous Harper Conservative government and backed up by a federal judge.
CAF had received a grant through the department of immigration to provide English lessons for newcomers, but the contract was pulled when then-immigration minister Jason Kenney found out about the funding.
Kenney wrote a letter to CAF informing them that funding would be pulled because of the group’s “promotion of hatred, anti-Semitism and support for the banned organizations Hamas and Hezbollah.”
Kenney said that CAF’s “president attacked (former Liberal leader) Bob Rae because his wife is Jewish.”
“From our point of view, these groups do not deserve and have no right to taxpayers’ dollars to promote their kind of extremism,” said Kenney.
The Canadian Arab Federation appealed the decision, but a Federal Court judge ruled in favour of the Harper government, determining that Kenney acted “reasonably” when he cut federal funds.
The Anatolia Islamic Centre also has a history of controversy. The Centre’s Imam made headlines in 2013 for anti-gay comments caught on tape.
Even though no one has called 24 Sussex Drive home for more than two years, staff have been using the kitchen there to prepare meals for the Trudeau family, which are then ferried across the way to Rideau Cottage.
It's not clear that there's anything wrong with the kitchen at Rideau Cottage, a red brick Georgian Revival heritage home on the grounds of Rideau Hall.
Neither the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) nor the National Capital Commission, which oversees the official residences, would answer CBC's questions about the state of Rideau Cottage's kitchen. The one at 24 Sussex has been described as fully functional.
Speaking of scum:
A report in the Globe & Mail reveals that Conservative MP Bob Saroya took a free eight-day trip to China, a trip that was “in part funded by the foreign affairs arm of the ruling Chinese Communist Party.”
China's foreign minister congratulated North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday on his moves to reduce tensions with South Korea, China said. Their meeting in Pyongyang underscored warming ties and Beijing's desire to remain a key player in the Korean Peninsula peace process.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi also told Kim that Beijing backs North Korea's shift of focus to economic growth, along with its efforts to resolve its "legitimate security concerns" while taking steps to denuclearize, China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.China "supports and congratulates" Kim's summit meeting last week with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the statement they issued, it quoted Wang as saying.
Yes, congratulate your vassal state.
A sweeping criminal probe into offshore tax evasion has ensnared the director of a failed Chinese-backed natural gas producer whose bankruptcy has exposed major regulatory lapses in Alberta’s oil patch.Court documents show a trio of properties in Calgary, West Vancouver and north Toronto owned by, or affiliated with, Wentao Yang and his wife, Rong Catherine Lu, were targeted in February raids by the Canada Revenue Agency, the RCMP and West Vancouver Police.CRA investigators allege that Mr. Yang and Ms. Lu received payments totaling $2,666,865 through a series of transfers involving foreign corporations that he is either directly or indirectly involved with, and that Mr. Yang did not report income tied to the transactions on his 2016 personal returns. As a result, it says he evaded income tax totaling $736,562. Mr. Yang also failed to report and remit $126,993, according to the court documents filed in Calgary.
And so it begins:
With just weeks to go before President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are expected to hold their first-ever summit, Pyongyang on Sunday criticized what it called "misleading" claims that Trump's policy of maximum political pressure and sanctions are what drove the North to the negotiating table.
The North's official news agency quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman warning the claims are a "dangerous attempt" to ruin a budding detente on the Korean Peninsula after Kim's summit late last month with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
When will Kim walk away from the talks?
Start betting now.
And now, a cat's neighbourly gesture:
A friendly cat named Willow surprised her neighbors when she carried a beautiful pink flower and offered it as a gift during one of her frequent visits.