Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mid-Week Post

Your middle-of-the-week jolt ...




That sound you hear is the gravy train grinding to a halt:

The legal victory for the Progressive Conservative government means city staff can immediately focus on planning for an election using 25 wards and abandon the 47-ward model that was revived by the lower court’s decision.

It also means the government won’t have to immediately move forward with reintroduced council-cutting legislation that invoked a constitutional provision known as the notwithstanding clause to override the lower court ruling.

I'll just leave this here:

The three-member panel, led by Associate Chief Justice Alexandra Hoy, said Belobaba’s interpretation “appears to stretch both the wording and purpose” of the free speech section of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and “blurs the demarcation” between it and the section which separately guarantees the democratic rights of citizens to vote and stand for office.

 
Also - realising that he is paid to represent Ontario and its citizens' interests, Premier Doug Ford heads to Washington to potentially fix what Justin won't:

As Ontario Premier Doug Ford heads to Washington, he is warning the federal government not to give ground on measures protecting the agriculture sector during talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.  

Ford is due to meet Canada's NAFTA negotiators in the U.S. capital on Wednesday to be briefed on the status of the talks. It's his first trip to Washington since becoming premier in June. 

Ford is making the trip to meet federal officials and "make the case that any NAFTA deal must protect Ontario jobs in both auto and agriculture sectors," he said in a speech to hundreds of farmers on Tuesday.

It would be hilarious if Doug Ford and other premier succeeded in finalising workable trade deals with the US, thus making Justin look like a bigger jackanapes than when he went to India.




Speaking of which:

Documents tabled in the House of Commons Monday reveal that the nine-day trip cost Canadian taxpayers $1.66 million — roughly 10 per cent higher than the $1.5 million the government reported in June.

Take this out of his pension. Why not? Especially for this:


According to a recent report, “Canadian veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are out of luck if they expect the government to help them find a service dog anytime soon. 

That’s because the Department of Veteran Affairs (VAC) continues to deny veterans and their families funding for service dogs despite growing evidence showing their effectiveness in treating PTSD and its related symptoms.”

I have written about this before, having spoken with Canadian Veteran Medric Cousineau who has been “treated like roadkill.”

Cousineau has been pushing for the government to fund service dogs – like his service dog Thai who he credits with saving his life. Yet, the government continues refusing.

Now, Cousineau told Global News that “The difference [between having a dog and not having a dog] can best be described as night and day.”

And even government data shows the service dogs are helpful, as “VAC’s continued denial of funding for service dogs comes on the heels of a government-commissioned report obtained exclusively by Global News that shows “significant” reductions in PTSD symptoms and an overall improvement in the quality of life for veterans matched with service dogs.”

The government has had that report for 8 weeks, yet the funding is still being refused, and Trudeau’s Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan says he hasn’t even read it.


What a piece of crap.


And:

Are Indo-Canadians, like federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, disadvantaged? Was he ever disadvantaged? Or is he the son of privilege?

Those questions, which touch upon the remarkable experience of Indo-Canadians in Canada, were raised last week in the context of an internal NDP squabble about Singh’s fumbling leadership. It came to a head when dozens of current and former New Democrat MPs and MLAs in Saskatchewan objected to Singh’s decision to throw MP Erin Weir out of caucus for harassment allegations which they found dubious at best.

“I am not going to change my decision because people of a position of privilege want to intimidate me to change that,” Singh said. “My decision is final and I am not changing that.”

My colleague Colby Cosh demonstrated in his column last week that Singh, the son of a rich man who ostentatiously displays his wealth — GQ cover shoots, bespoke suits, two Rolex watches — is far more privileged than farmers and teachers and city workers in Saskatchewan who oppose him.

What Singh meant of course was that his critics are white, hence privileged, while he is not. What else could he have meant? Not that they are powerful and he is not. After all he is the leader, and their objection is precisely that he is abusing his power, which they are powerless to stop.

But leave aside Singh, who is quick to resort to racial politics against his opponents. His complaint, transparently false as Cosh demonstrated, draws attention to the astonishing phenomenon of extraordinarily successful Indian immigrants to Canada.

Singh was born in 1979 in Canada to parents who emigrated from India. His father was a psychiatrist, who earned well enough to send his son Jagmeet to a private American high school where current annual tuition runs to more than U.S.$30,000. He went on to Osgoode Hall law school and practiced as a criminal lawyer with his brother before running for office. ...

I too was born in Canada, like Singh, to parents who were immigrants, originally from India (Goa) but through Kenya in my family’s case. My father was a not a medical doctor but had a doctorate in engineering. We were not as rich as the Singh family, and all four children went to Canadian public (Catholic) schools, but we were comfortable. The noted Indian emphasis on education bore fruit. The four of us have a dozen degrees among us. My parents are financially successful, and their children are also affluent, though none of us go in for bespoke tailoring. ...

So Singh and myself belong to the very successful story of Indian immigrants to Canada, found not only in Brampton but across the country. Among my students at Queen’s University are many like us, high achievers who come from families who, though not as rich as the Singhs, achieved economic success. More important, those Indian immigrant families have been highly successful in passing on the values and principles that have shaped the character of their children to be exemplary citizens.

Who then is privileged? There are millions of white Canadian families, some in this country for more than a century, who have a far tougher time of it than I did, or Singh did. Yes, it is possible that someone made fun of his turban at Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills, Michigan. But very few Canadians are schooled in Beverly Hills where, one might note, there will be next month a “Gemologist Rich Day” for parents and students to buy gems for their class projects.

Singh has proven with his deflective slurs that it is easier to cry "uncle" than it is to be a model citizen of Canada.




Is the wife of Raif Badawi a "stupid person on Twitter", Paul Wells?:

Host Vassy Kapelos is one of Canada’s finest current affairs host. She is a delight to watch as she goes head to head with the toughest and meanest, but on that evening, she let her guard down and the mockery continued.

The worst moment came when Wells denigrated Bernier’s followers. “Basically his [Bernier’s] voter base right now is the stupidest people on Twitter,” he said with a haughty arrogant laugh as others giggled while host Kapelos revealed her seeming approval of the insult, with a “No comment.”

The next morning,  Haider went public with her support of Bernier, tweeting, “Finally, a new party is born in Canadian political life, @PeoplesPCa. Remember that name well.”

Bernier responded immediately, welcoming the world-renowned human rights activist in the fold of his party. He tweeted: “Very happy to get the support of Ensaf Haidar, wife of Raif Badawi and a courageous defender of free speech in the world.”

For a politician being attacked for his supposed anti-immigrant bias, an endorsement by Badawi’s wife as well as from a group called ‘Muslims For Max’, left the so-called Power Panel gurus scratching their heads. Perhaps it’s because it’s likely, not one of them has ever run for office, campaigned for a candidate or toiled for a political party, yet they are the experts and we are the “stupidest people on Twitter.”

I asked Haider what made her join the PPC. She told me she was particularly attracted to the People’s Party’s commitment not to permit the weakening of Canada’s secular liberal foundation built over 400 years and based on the Anglo-French nature of the country’s heritage. She quoted the following section of the PPC’s declaration:

Our immigration policy should not aim to forcibly change the cultural character and social fabric of Canada, as radical proponents of multiculturalism want. The vast majority of Canadians rightly expect immigrants to learn about our history and culture, master one of our official languages and adopt widely shared Canadian values such as equality of men and woman, tolerance for diversity and respect for Canadian law.”

Haider told me: “I was born under Sharia and forced to wear the niqab and that stole my humanity. Now under the burka of diversity, Islamists are making Muslim Canadian women to be their flag bearers and mark territory, literally showing their middle finger to the rest of Canada.”

“Immigrants escaping from the hell of Islamic countries should fuse with the culture and manners of Western societies, otherwise they are not qualified for living in Canada,” she concluded.
Now who is ‘stupid’, Paul Wells? It is certainly not Haider, who deserves an apology.



Culture matters:

According to statistics from Vietnam's labour ministry, there are currently 20,000 Vietnamese workers in the kingdom, with nearly 7,000 working as domestic staff for Saudi families.

In 2014, the two countries signed a five-year labour pact that paved the way for more Vietnamese citizens to work in the Gulf country.

Saudi Arabia is one of the world's biggest importers of domestic workers.

The number of Vietnamese labourers is relatively small compared with Filipinos, Indonesians and Sri Lankans, but the community reports mistreatment.

Some who escaped have recounted slave-like working and living conditions.

"I understand that as [domestic] workers we need to get used to difficult working conditions," said Dao, who is vocal on social media about her experience. "We didn't ask for much, just no starvation, no beatings, and three meals per day. If we had that, we would not have begged for rescue."




Kim promised to accept international inspectors to monitor the closing of a key missile test site and launch pad and to visit Seoul soon, and both leaders vowed to work together to try to host the Summer Olympics in 2032.

But while containing several tantalizing offers, their joint statement appeared to fall short of the major steps many in Washington have been looking for — such as a commitment by Kim to provide a list of North Korea’s nuclear facilities, a solid step-by-step timeline for closing them down, or an agreement to allow international inspectors to assess progress or discover violations.

It also was unclear what “corresponding steps” North Korea wants from the U.S. to dismantle its nuclear site.


 

Recently, a Liberal MP in the House of Commons started talking about fishing.

He then said “Fishermen,” which is the term everybody uses.

But then, he got scared, realizing that he might have ‘offended’ the pathetic social justice warrior snowflakes (like Mr. “Peoplekind” Justin Trudeau), by saying anything with ‘men’ in it.


So he tried saying “fisherfolks,” but kept slipping up every time – since political correctness isn’t a natural thing.

(Paws up)


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

For a Tuesday

I'm sure this will just resolve itself:

The CEOs of three of Canada's major grocery chains doubled down on their expectation that food prices will soon rise at their stores.

Recent cost pressures on the industry, including rising minimum wages in some provinces, increased fuel and transportation costs and an ongoing trade war with the U.S., will soon result in some price inflation, said the chief executives of Metro Inc., Loblaw Companies Ltd. and Empire Co. Tuesday at Scotiabank's back-to-school conference in Toronto.

Metro CEO Eric La Fleche said consumers should eventually see a return to more normal inflation levels.

"Exactly when and how — it's all about competitive dynamics. Everybody is competitive. Nobody wants to lose any share. So, let's see how things play out," he said.


Just like NAFTA will fix itself:

Mexico “did what was possible and not what was desirable,” Luz Ma de la Mora, the country’s incoming undersecretary of state for trade, said last week. “Seems to me that it is better to have a NAFTA 0.8 … than not to have a NAFTA.”

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Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who has been spinning her wheels while getting nowhere with NAFTA, showed up at the Liberals’ love-in-cum-retreat in Saskatoon last week to be lavished by Justin Trudeau for being “formidable” and “tireless” in her determination to get a deal that is good for Canada — all while asserting that no deal is better than a bad deal.

That’s one way of looking at it.

It would have been better, however, if Freeland was less “tireless” and had retired for some bed rest instead of making time to attend a summit in Toronto where the topic of Taking on the Tyrant had U.S. President Donald Trump likened to such murderous despots as Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.

This represents the height of stupidity when, in the midst of the most important trade negotiations our country has faced in recent history, our lead negotiator sees some kind of wisdom in rattling the “tyrant’s” cage.

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The United States has a deadline of Oct. 1 to get the text of any trade deal to Congress so legislators in Washington can study the deal. They want it passed so it can be signed before Dec. 1.

Why then?

That’s the day Mexico’s new president takes over. Andrés Manuel López Obrador wants to be able to blame any unpopular parts of the deal on the current president. If the deal is signed before he takes over, Obrador won’t nix it but if the deal isn’t signed he may push for changes or scrap it.

So with two weeks left to go what is Canada doing?

Ragging the puck.

Citing “a senior source” CBC is reporting Trudeau and company are willing to let the deadline pass.
They quote the source as saying the political pressure to get a deal done “is not a good enough reason.”

Well what about the hundreds of thousands of jobs, perhaps millions of jobs at risk if we lose prefered access to the American market?

We still send about 76% of our exports to the United States while they send us just 18%. Let’s face it, Canada needs the American market more than they need the Canadian market.

What are the hang ups?

The dispute resolution system, which is a real concern. Then there are two issues that Trudeau has so far not given ground on to placate mostly Quebec interests.

Cultural exemptions and supply management.



It's just money ... and national industries and domestic security ... :

While Justin Trudeau was talking about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion being blocked, he said the following:

“That’s almost a really good thing.”

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Learning that the government is handing out $50K per year in cash aid alone to migrant families is shocking though not really surprising but the true proof of lack of ethics in the Trudeau government is how they tried to hide what they were doing.



Governance is just too hard!:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears frustrated with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations’ “time management” in a leaked video clip that was taken during his meeting with several chiefs in Saskatoon last week.

Trudeau, who was in the city for the Liberal Party of Canada’s annual caucus retreat earlier, and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale were scheduled to meet with the 74-member FSIN at 8 a.m. last Wednesday, according to his itinerary.

In the video clip, which runs for three minutes and 38 seconds and surfaced on YouTube Sunday with the title “PMJT berates FSIN Chiefs,” the prime minister appears to express frustration that the first portion of the meeting went long, leaving little time to hear other concerns.

You pandered to Big Aboriginal, you can suck it up, you sociopathic son-of-a-b!#ch:





Also:






And:

The former terrorist leader Zakaria Amara is locked away at Millhaven maximum-security prison, serving a life sentence for plotting Al Qaeda-inspired truck bombings in downtown Toronto.

But for the past six months, a Facebook page in his name has been posting his prison photos as well as what purported to be his jailhouse prose, including a telling of what made him a terrorist.

Facebook deleted the account on Wednesday, an hour after Global News asked about it. The social media company said the Amara page was taken down “for violating our community standards.”

“We don’t allow mass murderers to maintain a presence on Facebook,” the company said, adding it also did not let impersonators maintain accounts.


(Sidebar: but you did for so many months.)




Gee, how did that work out for Roh Moo-Hyun?:

(Sidebar: hint - it didn't.)


In pursuing engagement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to defuse a nuclear crisis, Moon is also looking to bolster the legacy of his late friend and political mentor, former President Roh Moo-hyun, whose ambitious efforts to build trust with North Korea crumbled as it began building its nuclear arsenal a decade ago.

A dovish liberal, Moon said he will use the meetings with Kim in Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, which began Tuesday and are to end Thursday, to help revive stalled talks between the U.S. and North Korea and push for “irreversible, permanent peace” between the rivals. Depending on the results, Moon will either be remembered as a skilful statesman who helped fix decades of failed diplomacy or a stubborn idealist who repeated the mistakes of past liberal leaders at a time of much higher military and political stakes.

This North Korea:

There just weren’t enough potatoes. My family was starving and the only way to survive was to escape. So—like thousands of others—my mother and I crossed the frozen river to China in the middle of the night. I was 13 years old. When I left North Korea, I didn’t even know what it meant to be free. All I wanted was a bowl of rice.



A church built by black Americans escaping Jim Crow laws is now receiving a heritage designation:

For a small group of American black families escaping racist Jim Crow laws a century ago, building a church in their new home in Saskatchewan was a priority.

Completed in 1912, Shiloh Baptist Church, about 30 kilometres northwest of Maidstone, provided a place of worship and communal space for the homesteaders who had arrived only two years before.

The little building is made from poplar logs on a foundation of field stones. The pews are just benches, many also hewn from logs.

“The first time I walked in there it’s almost like I got hit in the gut with a fist. And I’m not a spiritual or a religious person by any means,” says Leander Lane, whose great-grandfather Julius Caesar Lane was among the community’s original families.

The church and its cemetery have just been awarded heritage property designation by the Saskatchewan’s Culture Ministry who say it is the only remaining building from the first African-American farming community in the province.



Saturday, September 15, 2018

Saturday Post

A slow week-end ...




Ontario Premier Doug Ford has called a special sitting of legislature, something he wouldn't have to do if the size and scope of government was limited, there were term limits, penalties for wasted money and elected judges (but I digress ...):

The Ontario government will hold a rare sitting of the legislature today in an effort to expedite passage of a bill that will cut the size of Toronto's city council.

The Progressive Conservatives will begin debates on controversial Bill 31, dubbed the Efficient Local Government Act, at 1 p.m. at Queen's Park.

The bill re-introduces legislation that was struck down by an Ontario Superior Court judge, who said it violated the charter rights of candidates and voters in Toronto's upcoming election. The new legislation will invoke the notwithstanding clause to overrule the court decision.

Also:

Former prime minister Jean Chretien, former Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow and former Ontario attorney general Roy McMurtry issued a statement Friday saying the clause wasn't meant to be used in this way.

"The clause was designed to be invoked by legislatures in exceptional situations, and only as a last resort after careful consideration," they said. "It was not designed to be used by governments as a convenience or as a means to circumvent proper process."


Jean Chretien on the notwithstanding clause, 2012: "The purpose of an override clause is to provide the flexibility that is required to ensure that legislatures rather than judges have the final say on important matters of public policy."

Question: Would Chretien support the notwithstanding clause today? Chretien, 2012: "It would be the same situation ... Because some would argue that in a society the elected people have to be supreme -- not judges -- and I subscribe to that."

Finally, it would be strange if Jean Chretien didn't support the notwithstanding clause, given that he was part of the government of then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau that created it.

And:

We have a mandate from the people of Ontario to use every tool at our disposal to protect Ontario families and businesses from the federal carbon tax,” said Minister Phillips. “A carbon tax has nothing to do with the environment and everything to do with increasing government revenue. It will drive up the cost of gas, home heating fuel and everyday items for people across this province.”



This government wants to fail.

Cases in point:

In the face of mounting pressure to wrap up NAFTA negotiations by the end of the month, a senior source suggests Canada is comfortable with missing that deadline.

Rather, Justin is comfortable with trashing the Canadian economy because  he is as clever and as persuasive as dryer lint. The CBC can run interference for its monied mouthpiece all it wants but a string of failures will convince no one that his propping up of an expensive regulatory board for dairy products, a failed energy sector policy, his willingness to destroy the automotive sector and lacklustre trade with other countries is fervor on his part.

Nice try, CBC.

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Another bright idea:

Trudeau – who once campaigned on bringing Canadians together – is now left with a strategy dependent on splitting the country and putting the economy at further risk. That’s because his endless broken promises (balanced budget, taxes, electoral reform, carbon tax for pipeline tradeoff) have left him without any real ‘accomplishments’ to run on.


The Liberals have watched their support in Western Canada collapse, and will seek to hold onto seats in Ontario and Quebec to remain in power. 

(Sidebar: yes, about that. And I called it.)

They think that by campaigning against Trump and by throwing Western Canada under the bus they can retain enough support to at least win a minority government in the next campaign.

(Merci)

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The hill on which to die:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his government's push to put a "price on pollution" in front of a skeptical Saskatchewan audience Thursday, while lamenting Premier Scott Moe's insistence on taking the feds to court over the national climate plan.

At a town hall meeting at the Saskatoon Polytechnic, a vocational training school, Trudeau defended his government's approach to climate change, pipeline projects, refugees and veterans before a rather thin crowd of mostly young people.
Justin Trudeau fails to fill small gym in Regina
(source)
 
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As disgusting as allowing in Yazidi rape victims, eh, Justin?:

Dominic LeBlanc – current intergovernmental affairs minister and former fisheries minister – was recently found to be in violation of the Conflict of Interest Act.

The Conservatives had been asking questions about LeBlanc for months, due to concern about him awarding a fishing license to a company that was set to be owned by his wife’s cousin.

So, how did Justin Trudeau react months ago when the Conservatives demanded answers for the Canadian People?

He called them “disgusting.”

Also:

Canada’s ethics watchdog says he would like to have greater powers to impose penalties against cabinet ministers and public office holders who violate conflict rules, including the ability to levy fines of up to $10,000.



Speaking of disgusting:

A man charged in the death of 13-year-old Marrisa Shen appeared briefly in a Vancouver courtroom Friday as dozens of supporters of the girl's family watched from the gallery or protested outside.
Ibrahim Ali, 28, wore a light red jail uniform and spoke quietly with an Arabic interpreter but did not address the court, only glancing momentarily at the crowd gathered in the room.

The case was adjourned until Oct. 12 so that Ali's lawyer, Daniel Markovitz, could review the Crown's evidence. He declined comment outside court.

Ali was arrested last week and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Shen, whose body was found in Burnaby's Central Park in July 2017.

Police say Ali is a Syrian national who moved to Burnaby as a refugee 17 months ago and is a permanent resident of Canada with no prior criminal history.

(Sidebar: not at all a citizen.)

None of the allegations against Ali have been proven in court.
Demonstrators who gathered outside questioned the country's immigration system under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, some clutching white flowers and holding signs that read "Justin Trudeau, where is your heart now?" and "No More Killings."

Justin has no heart:

When the Hijab Hoax first started getting reported, Justin Trudeau literally rushed to the cameras to make a statement.

He used the moment to smear Canadians as ‘islamophobes,’ and said it showed a problem in our country. Trudeau turned it into a global story.

Of course, we now know that the whole thing had been made up. But Trudeau never apologized for his lack of judgement or for his attacks on Canadians.

His quick response is a stark contrast from how he responded to the horrible story of a Syrian refugee Ibrahim Ali being charged with the murder of 13-year-old Burnaby girl Marrisa Shen.


He hasn’t responded at all.



Alberta Education Minister David Eggen has a lot of explaining to do:

Alberta’s education minister said he’s convening a working group of teachers, parents and advocates by next week to write a new set of guidelines for schools to use when isolating students with behavioural issues.

“The minister has been clear that he believes seclusion rooms should only be used as a last resort and with the safety of children as the priority,” Education Minister David Eggen’s press secretary, Lindsay Harvey, said in an email Thursday.

His statement comes after a Sherwood Park family said their child with autism was locked, naked, in a school isolation room. The student’s parents are suing the teacher, the principal, the school board and the Alberta government.
(Sidebar: this David Eggen.)



Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Mid-Week Post

The intermission of the work-week ...




They are not forgotten.




These veterans are not forgotten:

“Seventeen years ago today, the world was paralyzed after the brutal terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. Almost three thousand people, including at least 24 Canadians, lost their lives in those attacks or onboard the plane brought down in Pennsylvania.
In the aftermath of that brutal attack, Canadians rallied to fight for freedom and democracy. This includes the brave women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces who fought the terrorists of Al Qaeda and the Taliban during the war in Afghanistan.

Indeed, every single time Canadians fought terrorists — terrorists died. The men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces were among the true heroes of Afghanistan and today the world is a safer place thanks to their service and sacrifice.

Today we honour the heroes of the war in Afghanistan, including the 159 Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice. All Canadians will be forever indebted to their bravery.




Some people are terribly perturbed by this notwithstanding clause business - still:


For so long, the elites were able to strike down common-sense Conservative policies even when they lost elections, because they have control over the courts.

Now, Ford has pushed back and fought back, making clear that he will use every tool at his disposal to protect the democratic decisions of the elected Ontario government.


He will do so against governments like these


Justin Trudeau made it clear Tuesday he would not block the Ontario government’s use of the Constitution’s notwithstanding clause to forge ahead with plans to cut the size of Toronto city council, even though he was disappointed with the province’s decision.


(Sidebar: he won't after he didn't use the clause for that pipeline he tanked.) 


And appointed judges like these:


Lost in the discussion of Ontario Premier Doug Ford invoking the notwithstanding clause to push through passage of Bill 5 is the fact that judges have their own notwithstanding clause.

And they use it all the time. ...

For all the talk of Ford trampling rights, I simply don’t hear any complaints, and never have, of judges using Section 1 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

I know all the journalists and pundits squawking about Ford know all about Section 1, they’ve covered in the past.

It’s also right at the top of the Charter, it reads:

“The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.”

Courts find on a regular basis that the Charter rights of Canadians have been violated by laws, regulations or the actions of government.

And often those same courts set aside the Charter violations and find them justified. Meaning, sorry your Charter rights were violated but the government had a good reason.

This is what amounts to a notwithstanding clause for the courts.


This is interesting:


Shortly after the First Ministers' Conference, then prime minister Trudeau expressed his less-than-enthusiastic acceptance of the notwithstanding clause when he said:
I must be honest and say that I don't fear the notwithstanding clause very much. It can be abused as anything can, but the history of the Canadian Bill of Rights Diefenbaker had adopted in 1960, it has a notwithstanding clause and it hasn't caused any great scandal (sic). So I don't think the notwithstanding clause deters very significantly from the excellence of the Charter.20
He went on to say later in the same interview:
[I]t is a way that the legislatures, federal and provincial, have of ensuring that the last word is held by the elected representatives of the people rather than by the courts.21

The author of the crappy Charter inadvertently boosted Ford's decision years after his timely demise.

Hhhmmm ...




Today in the most corrupt, incompetent and "transparent" government in the country's history:


LeBlanc awarded a $24 million fishing license to a company that was going to be controlled by his wife’s cousin.


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According to a recent report, “The wait time for a refugee claim hearing in Canada increased more than a third over the past two years, to 19 months, as more than 30,000 asylum seekers arriving via unauthorized border crossings placed significant pressure on the system. Overwhelmed by the number of migrants, the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) has only managed to finalize 15 per cent of the 27,674 asylum claims made by people who illegally entered Quebec – where the majority of the crossings took place, mostly at a single location near St. Bernard-de-Lacolle – between February, 2017, and this June.” 

Additionally, “The resulting backlog has created a growing queue for any and all asylum seekers.”
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Our analysis suggests that the U.S. tax reform has eliminated one of Canada’s main competitive advantages. We are of the view that this loss will have a significant negative impact on capital-intensive sectors in Canada. All else being equal, these sectors as a whole would likely face a significant shift in investments from Canada to the U.S. over the next 10 years.”

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Canada could make some use of itself taking the lead in backing UN human rights investigators’ efforts to gain access to Xinjiang, and and Ottawa’s own Magnitsky law would serve perfectly well in a collaboration with Australia and the United States to sanction the tormentors of Xinjiang’s Uighurs.

Canada has neither reason nor excuse not to do so.

(Sidebar: this is the same government whose chief puppet praised communist China's tyranny openly, that refused point-blank to rescue Yazidis and Middle Eastern Christians from certain death, that turns away North Koreansthat voted to allow back into Canada ISIS rapists and whose anti-semitic MP then tried juxtaposing the Liberal government's failure to secure endangered Jews to the current immigration crisis it is now dreadfully mishandling.)


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With NAFTA talks on the brink, and with our auto sector potentially on the line, Trudeau’s foreign affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland headlined an event that insinuated Donald Trump (who was democratically elected) was a “threat” and “tyrant” comparable to unelected dictators in China, Syria, and other countries.

Aaahhh ... the Hillary Clinton approach.

Setting herself up to fail, Chrystia can then blame someone else for her incompetence.




Ibn Warraq said:

An obsession with conspiracies leads to fatalism, a refusal to take charge of one's own destiny or to take responsibility for the manifest backwardness of one's own culture.


To wit:

A letter posted online by representatives of the Syrian community in Canada called the murder despicable. “At this moment of deep sadness, we earnestly join all Canadians in mourning and hope that this terrible incident won’t result in a backlash against refugees.”


Also:

“Our message to the government is, like me there are so many Rohingya brothers and sisters in Canada who are traumatized for their parents, for their brothers and sisters in Bangladesh and Burma [Myanmar]. They want to bring family here,” he said.



But ... but ... reconciliation!:

This is between an Ontario Superior Court judge who is one of two senior judges who supervise and administer the massive Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the largest class action suit in Canadian history, and the lawyer who is the “Chief Adjudicator” of the independent assessment process, or IAP.

And the chief adjudicator is now, according to Gus Van Harten, an Osgoode Hall law professor with a specialty in administrative law, “engaging in a bare knuckles litigation fight” with the very judges who are his bosses.

“It’s not something you see often in the sleepy world of agencies and tribunals,” a wry Van Harten told the National Post Tuesday.

As of June, the IAP had resolved 37,792 claims of abuse by survivors of Indian residential schools and paid out $3.1 billion, an average payment of $11,435.

The judge is Paul Perell of the Ontario Superior Court. One of the nine judges across the country whose courts approved the residential schools settlement agreement in 2006 and 2007 and who are now in charge of administering the agreement, Perell is also the “Eastern Administrative Judge.”

The chief adjudicator is Saskatoon lawyer Dan Shapiro, who runs the so-called adjudication secretariat, which has a staff of 243 and three offices, in Regina, Gatineau, Que. and Vancouver.

At its heart, about a week ago Perell issued a “direction” to Shapiro, telling him to flat out stop his involvement in four cases, one at the Supreme Court of Canada and three at the British Columbia Court of Appeal, have the registries of those courts remove the documents he has filed, and provide written confirmation that he has done so.

If, by Thursday, Shapiro hasn’t complied, Perell said, his legal fees won’t be paid. Perell ordered Shapiro to appear before him on Sept. 20.

Also:

The fervent debate over academic freedom involving Jordan Peterson is rekindled for a new school year with Peterson saying in court documents that Wilfrid Laurier University’s contention he benefited from the controversy is like saying “those who survived the Holocaust should be grateful to their oppressors for teaching them survival skills.”

Peterson filed fresh legal documents Tuesday, including another lawsuit against the Ontario university — his second in three months — claiming Laurier further defamed him in its public defence against his June claim.




Where was Obama when his "friend" Chris was killed in Libya?:


Barack Obama knew about the Benghazi Consulate terror attacks 90 minutes after they began on 9-11.

The attack in Benghazi took place in two waves at the consulate and lasted several hours.

Libyan “looters” (terrorists) found the body of Ambassador Chris Stevens hours after the attack began.

FOX News Special Report said the president knew about the attacks three hours after they began.
Obama went to bed.

US military contractors battled Islamist extremists for 13 hours while Obama slept. …

Obama-Hillary fired them and they had to find their own way back to America.

And then the Obama admin took away their security clearances so they could no longer get work inside the government.

Jason Chaffetz: You know what happened when they actually got home? Those people saved dozens of American lives. When they got home you know what the State Department, Hillary’s State Department did? They took away their security clearance so they couldn’t get a job. It’s unbelievable. 

That’s how they treated these guys. When they were there in Germany. When they were there in Germany. They didn’t send them home. They didn’t offer them plane tickets. They just told them they were released. They had to pay for their own plane tickets to get home.




This tourist trend is so bad that the Japanese made up a name for it:

Japan’s traditional sense of “omotenashi”, meaning wholeheartedly looking after guests, is wearing thin.

Residents of many of the nation’s must-see tourist spots are increasingly expressing their frustration at loud and disrespectful foreigners, crowded public transport and poor etiquette among visitors.

Tourism has surged, and ahead of the Rugby World Cup next year, followed by the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, there is a growing worry that the pretty cobbled streets and ornate temples tourists flock to — as well as the train and bus networks — will be unable to take the numbers.

The problem has become so bad in some cities, such as the ancient capitals of Kyoto and Kamakura, that local people are complaining to the authorities about “tourism pollution”.



(Merci beaucoup)