Friday, July 20, 2018

For A Friday

Dun-dun-dun-dun ...

Every premier meeting in New Brunswick should join Ontario and Saskatchewan in opposition against the centralised push for a carbon tax:

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Saskatchewan’s Scott Moe are expected to push their opposition to Ottawa’s carbon pricing policy as Canada’s First Ministers officially open two days of meetings in New Brunswick today. ...

They are expected to issue a joint statement on carbon pricing just prior to the opening of two days of formal meetings by the Council of the Federation — an alliance of premiers that sets the agenda for the provinces in Ottawa.

Ford’s newly-elected government is scrapping the province’s cap-and-trade program, while Saskatchewan has mounted a legal challenge against the federal carbon price.

A federally imposed carbon price would start at $20 per tonne and increase to a level of $50 a tonne by 2022.

Also on the agenda,  removing limits on inter-provincial transportation of alcohol for personal use:

Meanwhile, New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant issued a written response to all premiers in support of a letter issued last week by Manitoba’s Brian Pallister which called for provinces to remove limits on the interprovincial transportation of alcohol for personal use.

“Canadians will expect movement on this issue and I can say unequivocally that New Brunswick is prepared to take significant action to move us in that direction,” Gallant wrote.

The stance is an apparent about face for New Brunswick, which won a court battle in April against Gerald Comeau, who had fought to transport alcohol across the provincial border with Quebec.

Indeed, why would Premier Gallant now support Premier Pallister's motion?



AIMS' polling on the Comeau case shows that Atlantic Canadians are dissatisfied with the status quo and are tired of the costly pricing imposed by provincial liquor monopolies.

There is Gallant's motivation.

Former prime minister Stephen Harper posits that Justin instigated the trade war between Canada and the US for personal gain. It is more likely, however, that Justin simply screwed up (as he always does) and is using the fallout for a political advantage:

Earlier this month, former prime minister Stephen Harper made a damning allegation about the Trudeau government’s NAFTA negotiations: They are resisting making a deal to score partisan advantage by standing up to an unpopular U.S. president.

"The reality is that the Government of Canada believes today that it is doing very well, the fight with Trump is good for it politically, it is winning," Harper says in an audio recording obtained by CTV News.

"So if it can take that fight and continue it, and more importantly paint conservatives as linked to Donald Trump, this is great for them. And so right now that is the strategy they are on," Harper said in the recording of his remarks at a private luncheon hosted by the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum in Montreal on July 11.

Justin responds:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is rebutting claims made by former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper that the Liberal government is dragging out the NAFTA negotiations for political gains.

"I think I've been very clear for a long time now that the issue of trade with the United States and our relationship with the United States is far too important to play partisan politics with," the Liberal Party leader said during a stop in Markham, Ont., Friday.

In Trump’s mind, the decision to waive the sunset clause had been a generous act of reconciliation. Yet Trudeau publicly denigrated him just to score political points with Canadians.

Trump was livid. He found it duplicitous and humiliating. Indeed, Kudlow claims Trump was even fretting that it made him look weak just as he was going to negotiate with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

So, Trump’s team is not arguing that Trudeau said something new or different at the press conference. Their claim is that at the bilateral meeting everyone agreed to move on, but that Trudeau then cheated on the agreement. This was the trigger for Trump’s tweets.

And then there is this:

Pollster Mike Colledge, president of Ipsos Canada public affairs, explained the uptick in approval has to do with the timing — Canadians are rallying around Trudeau after public disagreements with U.S. President Donald Trump.

There is nothing like knee-jerk anti-Americanism to distract the ovine masses from total stupidity and sexual harassment, eh, Justin?

Who is being divisive and partisan now, Groper?

Why? No ruddy idea:

It may not be the most pressing issue to come out of the cabinet shuffle but honestly, why does Melanie Joly still have a job?

Joly was a disaster as Minister of Canadian Heritage. Canada 150 on the Hill, her fault. Spending $8 million on a skating rink, her fault. She was a disaster on every file she touched.

Trudeau knew this but he has to keep a gender balanced cabinet and was adding more men so he invented a job for her. He also needs Quebec cabinet members but surely there are women and men that could do a better job?

With the demotion, Joly goes from running a major ministry to being the minister in charge of tourism, official languages and La Francophonie.

How could this go wrong?

Canada's border agency is set to announce changes aimed at releasing more refugee claimants and other foreign nationals safely into the community while their immigration status is being resolved.

An expanded framework for alternatives to detention will provide "risk-based, nationally consistent programming" for individuals deemed suitable for release, according to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). ...

According to CBSA spokesman Barre Campell, in addition to release on reporting conditions, a cash deposit or a bondsperson, the expanded framework will include:
  • A community case management and supervision program that will align in-community support services with individuals' needs to mitigate any risk factors.
  • A voice reporting system available across the country that will allow people to comply with reporting conditions by using voice biometrics to report to the CBSA at a designated time.
  • Expanded electronic supervision tools such as the use of GPS electronic monitoring on a pilot basis.


A CBSA spokesperson said it provides sandwiches, juice boxes, granola bars and frozen meals when the time to process an asylum seeker is "extensive." The agency has a number of options on the menu, including vegetarian selections.

The Canada Border Services Agency has been making sure religious dietary concerns are respected and has been keeping frozen dinners stocked up, according to documents CBC News obtained under the Access to Information Act.

Those meals have come at a high cost. In the 2017-18 fiscal year, approximately $770,500 was spent on food and drinks given to asylum seekers who walked into Canada.

Most recent numbers from the federal government show 10,744 asylum seekers have been apprehended by the RCMP for crossing between points of entry in the first six months of this year.

And they are still illegal:

Interestingly, in the joint statement by Ford, Couillard, and Pallister, the reference is made to “non-point of entry border crossers.”

Meanwhile, in a statement made by Premier Ford only, there is a reference to “illegal border crossers.”

The contrast between Ford’s tweet/statement, and the joint statement with Pallister and Couillard shows that behind the scenes, the Quebec Premier and the Manitoba Premier’s PR people didn’t want to say “illegal border crossers.”

This leaves Ford as one of the only politicians in Canada – along with many Conservative MPs – willing to actually call the crossings what they are: Illegal.

It's called grooming:

“I know that if a student shows up in class some day with a particularly troubling story about something and it’s an opportunity for a teacher to talk about consent, that teacher is not going to say ‘I would talk to you about this but it’s not in the 1998 curriculum,”‘ she said. “Teachers are going to take care of their kids while still recognizing that that’s not in the curriculum. That is a significant challenge.”

You can't form a majority by being a nagging, lying b!#ch, Andrea:

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is demanding a Doug Ford cabinet minister apologize for the “racist” comment that he wore a bulletproof vest on a ride along with police in the Jane-Finch community.

“He used awful stereotypes to describe that community, and he made comments that were deeply offensive to many people,” Horwath said in the Ontario legislature Thursday. “You don’t build trust with racist slurs.”

Horwath later walked back her “racist slur” statement but still maintained that Community Safety Minister Michael Tibollo’s comment had been inappropriate.

“Will the minister apologize to racialized Ontarians for his racist remarks?” she said. ...

A Toronto Police spokesman said officers do a safety evaluation when bringing a civilian along, and usually err on the side of caution when determining whether a bulletproof vest should be offered.
Tibollo said the police made it a condition of his ride along.

“I put it on because I wouldn’t be able to go if I didn’t have it on. I put it on, I signed the waiver, and we went out,” Tibollo said. “Now, if it had been earlier in the evening, perhaps it would have been a different situation, but I was out until past 1 a.m., and I specifically asked to go into crack houses.”

I'll say. The b@$#@rd looked at his watch while waiting for his crippled daughter, who couldn't fight back or escape as she was being gassed to death, to die:

News came out last week that Latimer, the Saskatchewan farmer convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his daughter Tracy, is asking for a pardon.

Latimer’s request reopens the wounds of that fall morning in 1993. While the rest of the family was at church, Latimer placed Tracy in his truck and hooked up a gas line to end her life, and then carried her back to her bed.

It puts the lives of thousands of people with disabilities in jeopardy, and sadly asks the blunt question: are we considered equal citizens?

You might notice I wrote the word ‘we.’ That’s because I live with cerebral palsy, the same disability Tracy had. There are different degrees of cerebral palsy, which is typically caused due to lack of oxygen at birth. In Tracy’s case, the heart monitor was broken when she was born, Nov. 23. 1980, which didn’t alert doctors to the fact her oxygen supply was cut off.

But, she lived. And even if she had mobility issues, Tracy was first and foremost a daughter who deserved unconditional love. She also deserved to reach her full potential — and whatever that was needed to be celebrated. Tracy would have been 37 today and we will never, sadly, know what accomplishments she could have achieved.

So, now we have a man, convicted of second-degree murder and who has served subsequent jail time, asking for a pardon for what he did.

If our courts grant him this most unreasonable request, it will put every Canadian with a disability in grave danger — not from Latimer, but from the profoundly disturbing precedent it will set.
No one was pardoned at Nuremburg for killing the disabled, Bob.

No one will know his motivation ... or so I am told:

A man armed with a kitchen knife attacked passengers Friday on a crowded city bus in northern Germany before being overpowered and arrested, authorities said. Ten people were injured, three of them seriously.

Authorities had no immediate information on the assailant’s motive for the afternoon attack on a city bus in Luebeck, near the Baltic coast northeast of Hamburg, but said they had no indication that he was politically radicalized or had any terrorist background.

Investigators found a flammable substance in a backpack aboard the bus, but no explosives.

This is how you punish China and North Korea:

A key House Republican is planning legislation imposing new sanctions on major Chinese banks and other entities that help North Korea circumvent international sanctions.

“How do you hold Russia and China accountable?” Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., who chairs the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee for the Asia-Pacific, told the Washington Examiner. “That's really where the fight is going to be on bringing North Korea to the table.”

The Florida Republican met Friday with State Department officials, after an initial move Thursday to coordinate his effort with the House Financial Services Committee. It’s an effort to stiffen the implementation of sanctions in one area where some North Korea hawks believe the administration’s pressure campaign has been soft.

“We're either serious about bringing this to an end or we're going to repeat the mistakes of the last three administrations,” Yoho said.

North Korea, often with China's or others' aid, avoids sanctions:

A Singaporean company director was charged in court on Thursday (July 19) with supplying luxury goods worth about $6 million to North Korea and cheating banks of more than US$95million (about S$130million).

Ng Kheng Wah, 55, the director of two Singapore-registered general wholesale trade companies - T Specialist International and OCN (Singapore) - is accused of 80 counts of offences under the United Nations Act and 81 cheating charges.

T Specialist International also faces 80 charges under the United Nations Act. In addition, it is accused of eight counts of dealing with the benefits of criminal activities.

The United Nations has placed sanctions on North Korea since 2006, making it illegal to sell, among other things, luxury items to the country.

Singapore has also banned the sale of these items to North Korea for several years.


North Korea is the global capital of modern-day slavery, according to a new study. Home to some 2.6 million forced laborers, the secretive nation has the highest prevalence of slavery in any nation.

The 2018 Global Slavery Index said there are around 40.3 million adult and child slaves across the globe, while over the past five years an estimated 89 million people have experienced some form of slavery ranging from a few days to many years. Of those currently enslaved, around 70 percent are women.

The report, published by the Walk Free Foundation, interviewed 71,000 people from 48 countries in the course of its research. It found North Korea to be the worst per capita offender, with one in every 10 citizens in modern slavery. The findings were so shocking that the organization created a dedicated project analyzing forced labor in the hermit state.

Not mentioned by Trump in Singapore.

(Paws up and kamsahamnida)

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