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  1. Merry Christmas... Happy Holidays... Happy Saturday... I hope you are all keeping well and holding your loved ones close in these difficult times. What else could matter? Cheers all!
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  3. Good article by Conrad Black...sums things up rather well, imho. https://amgreatness.com/2022/01/10/the-sinking-ship-of-the-democratic-media-alliance/ The Sinking Ship of the Democratic-Media Alliance "Almost no one seems to grasp the colossal irony of the current American political condition. The uniquequality of it is that the country is divided between two political forces which, in the tedious hyperbole of contemporary political jargon, view each other as an “existential threat to democracy.” The Democrats can’t sell the bunk that January 6 was an “insurrection;” they can’t wish away concerns about the integrity of the 2020 election. All they have is the tired claim that Trump is a threat to democracy, and in their advocacy of that falsehood, they have made themselves the threat to democracy. "
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  4. The headline above and the article below leave me with little more to say on the social effects of the Covid issue... likely a welcome relief for some eh? I don't recognize my own country anymore and there's no sense belabouring the point further. The rest can be left to history now, and just like the Russian collusion thing, over time the truth and all of the real statistics will come out. Mostly though, my sadness (sense of loss might be a better way of putting it) is tempered by the fact that I'm grateful for the front row seat to historic changes in the fabric of our country. I've seen irreconcilable family breakups, church splits, longterm friendships crushed, vaccine injuries and terminal cancer diagnosis's largely (IMO) due to late intervention. I'm guessing my limited experience in this is the tip of a larger iceberg and far from unique. No need to read the whole article here, look at the headline and proceed directly to the comments section. Over then next couple of years you will have an opportunity to decide if the damage done by the cure was or wasn't worse than the disease itself. I think there will be a lot of changed opinions and soul searching take place over time. In any case (and IMO) the things that transpires between now and then will be largely filler and the most common google search item on Crazy Island will be "how to build a canoe. Cheers https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/unvaccinated-workers-who-lose-jobs-ineligible-for-ei-benefits-barring-exemption-minister-says
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  5. Specs....I recently was confronted by a report of a "positive" result from a rapid antigen. Not many days earlier, I had a "negative" PCR ...98% accuracy.....and for the 8 days preceding the antigen test, I only had contact with two people one of whom was my wife who tested negative when I tested positive. I immediately reached out to the other person to report the result. My wife then administered a similar rapid test which generated a negative result. I had high confidence that my first test was a "false positive". I returned to that testing site. They refused to re-test. I went directly to a different testing site ( government-authorized) and obtained another test which was again negative. I wrote a letter of complaint to SwiftHealth which is selling testing services to the public knowing they generate almost 30% in "false positives" without any recourse ( or refund!). A re-test at my expense if confirmatory was not burdensome but would have saved me (and others) a lot of unnecessary anxiety. The other contact referenced chose to get a PCR. He was also negative. No one said it was going to be easy!
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  6. We will never know because pointing out inconvenient facts like your question, just doesn’t fit the narrative
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  7. X2 for the Ordinary Men recommend. But my concern goes one step beyond what he said, it’s the demand for these things that actually scares me. Those demands are (IMO) largely induced by fear and made in the absence of considering long term consequences. If you support the notion that individual rights can be defined by the number of voters in favour or against them, note that present day Germany is but one example of the potential downside. On its present trajectory, within 50 years, the German population will be majority Muslim. It raises the question: do you really want mandates and decrees (rigidly enforced) that define individual rights by majority consensus? And lest anyone think that's a slam against any group in particular, we could have an entire thread on historical evils and find ourselves scoped and doped in the reticle too. In short, things like freedom of expression and individual rights don’t stand in opposition to equality under the law, they are the very tool with which equality is forged. All you need to do is recognize that you inherited a valuable tool, sharpen it occasionally, and spread linseed oil on the handle once a year. Look in any shed across the nation and behold how few actually do that. I bet it runs at about 70% which (as it happens) appears to be the number of Canadian voters who have gone barking mad. And please don't put limits on the trajectory of madness. As it stands now, if a cat gender person meows at you and you refuse to meow back you can be fired.
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  8. Shhhsshhhhhh. There’s a simple solution to all this. Simply charge Mother Nature a carbon tax and all will be well in the Universe. Greta and Trudeau will be gushing with pride at the accomplishment.
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  9. It's exactly that simple IMO, it's what individual rights are all about. We can agree that it was a bad idea and we can agree on the reasons it was a bad idea. We can likely also agree that the downside you refer to was easily anticipated and has now come to fruition exactly as expected. Isn't it interesting how progressive madness has forced me to defend that which I previously opposed simply as a matter of integrity... and not because I actually agree with it. In short, I will never seek to sell other peoples rights down the river and all I ask in return is the same consideration. When I (and others) opposed this very measure on this very forum for those very reasons we roundly criticized for it. I will now go on record as predicting that none of those people (previously so vocal) will assist in defending my position as it currently stands. It really is that simple.
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  10. Case in point. There is lots of this going on... lots of it. Even within my little circle I know of several cases; one has already died. A cynical tinfoil hat guy might say "look at the reporting." Instead of this case being the predictable result of predictable systemic deficiencies, it can be weaponized and redirected toward the villains I mentioned above. Individual cases are showcased because they help focus opinion. Overall trends of large proportion can then be ignored because they focus opinion (and inquiry) at the very issue you seek to avoid having subjected to scrutiny. It's a subtle form of STRATCOM and it needs to be managed carefully. A tearful JT can now be expected to use this case in a daily briefing to vilify those Trump loving anti-vaxxers. This kind of evil (and I can't think of another word for it) thinks nothing of harnessing personal tragedy, weaponizing it, and redirecting it for diversionary purposes or in support of short term political gain. A little serves his purpose, a lot works against it. The obvious counter to my observation is that even pointing it out stands as proof that I'm insensitive to the tragedy unfolding for this person and their family. Nothing could be further from the truth and he damn well knows it even as he's saying it.
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  11. Michael O’Leary, Chief Executive of Ryanair after arriving in a hotel in Manchester went to the bar and asked for a pint of Guinness. The barman said, "That will be £1 please, Mr. O’Leary." Taken aback, O'Leary replied, "That's very cheap," and handed over his money. "We do try to stay ahead of the competition", said the barman. "We have the cheapest beer in England". "That is remarkable value", Michael comments. "I see you don't have a glass, you'll need one of ours. That will be £3 please." O'Leary scowled, but paid up. He took his drink and walked towards a seat. "Ah, you want to sit down?" said the barman. "That'll be an extra £2. If you'd pre-booked it would have cost £1." O'Leary swore to himself, but paid up. "I see you've brought your laptop" added the barman. "That wasn't pre-booked either, that's another £3." O'Leary was so incensed and his face was red with rage. "I've had enough! I insist on speaking to a manager!" "Here is his e-mail address, or if you wish, you can contact him between 9.00 am and 9.01am every morning, Monday to Tuesday. Calls are free, unless answered, then there is a charge of only £1 per second". "I will never use this bar again". "OK but do remember, we are the only hotel in England selling pints for £1."
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  12. Exactly how I see it too: https://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-murphy-last-years-hope-fades-into-perpetual-covid-nightmare BTW, how do y'all plan to force people to get vaccinated? Seriously now, how do you see that playing out, Internment camps, injection squads, what exactly is your plan? Don't ignore the question, if you want it tell me how you propose to enforce it. In some parts of the world that kind of stuff is called Tuesday morning and the only Canadians you'll see are wearing blue helmets. Before you post the staff answer, run it by a refugee.... I urgently recommend caution, see what they have to say about it. This vaccine has to be the only medical treatment in history whose utter failure is blamed on those who didn’t take it.
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  13. IMHO neither socialism or capitalism is the problem. What we need is for our leaders to be servants of the people instead of being served by the people. Western leaders have made a mockery of democracy. Our elections are about those who want to be in power, not because they want to make things better, but simply because they want to be in power and to have all the rewards that go with it. Our elections have become about the best tactical approach as opposed to being about ideas. Our populations feel powerless and distant from those that lead. We are completely prepared as a people to completely disregard the integrity of our leaders, and I'd suggest that is largely because we don't expect them to have much of it in the first place. Rant over.
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  14. There’s gotta be more to this story. My questions are… 1) If the passengers were really as unruly as the video depicts, why did the flight continue to its original destination? 2) If the passengers were really as unruly as the video depicts, why weren’t they met by local authorities and made guests of the state during their stay in Mexico? 3) If the passengers were really as unruly as the video depicts, why on Earth would Sunwing even attempt to negotiate “terms” for their return flight?
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  15. "In the case of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, the restrictions will cover a broad area surrounding the runways themselves — where no 5G base stations will be permitted — plus two long stretches from Etobicoke to Brampton and another two from Downsview to Mississauga. In the longer stretches, there will be limits on power use, which can affect network performance. ISED said the restrictions are needed because there is a possibility that radio signals from 5G equipment on the new spectrum frequency could interfere with the operation of altimeters, which are used in automatic flight guidance systems." Canadians living near airports won’t get full 5G service
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  16. OK, I’ll go first: - Trump is a Russian agent; - Herd immunity will be reached by vaccination; - Pandemic of the unvaccinated; and - N95 masks don’t work. Happy New Year and best wishes to all.
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  17. How Jenny Tung brings an expert’s touch to Air Canada 30 December 2021Canadian Aviation News Story is below Air Canada’s Twitter feed. 30 December 2021 From FlightGlobal – link to source story By Pilar Wolfsteller | 22 December 2021 Airliner lavatories clog up more often than you think. Just ask Jenny Tung, an aircraft maintenance engineer with Air Canada. She is intimately familiar with the toilets in the air and it is her responsibility to ensure they keep on flushing. Jet lavatories – along with headphone jacks, seat-back adjustment buttons and entertainment system screens – are among the most touched, and most frequently used items aboard any commercial aircraft, she says. Source: Air Canada Jenny Tung’s job requires that she travel with the Air Canada jets she maintains Tung is qualified to fix everything from loose wires and clogged toilets to leaky engines. She is a plumber, mechanic, carpenter, technician, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) engineer, electrician and cleaner, all rolled into one. Call her an aircraft whisperer. “I don’t feel like I go to work every day,” says Tung. “I feel like I’m going out to play with the airplanes.” CHANGING COURSE The daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Tung, 33, arrived in Canada when she was nine years old. She attended an academically-rigorous high school, where students were encouraged – and expected – to pursue university degrees. But a year before she graduated, Tung discovered a love and a skill for repairing automobiles. “I never knew how good I was with my hands until I started fixing cars,” she says. Just before she was ready to leave for university, she decided against it. “My father was in the military, so he was all about discipline, and he always made me fold my blanket in a square,” Tung says. “But that summer I was very honest with myself. I knew that if I went away to university I was going to party my head off and not get very good grades. “I decided to do trade school first, and maybe think about university later.” She enrolled at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, where she completed a 16-month apprenticeship programme in aircraft maintenance, a course in which she was among just a handful of women. While studying, Tung took a part-time job as a ramp agent – “tossing around 50-pound bags” and cleaning aircraft in an attempt to get her foot in the door. “I knew I was going to have to be competitive, or employers just wouldn’t see me,” she says. After graduating in 2008, she landed in a job and career that has taken her across the country – and has exposed her to an impressively wide range of aircraft, from business jets (“the Ferraris of airplanes”, she calls them) and commercial airliners (“big old buses”) to helicopters. She is now at Air Canada, based in Vancouver, type-rated as a maintenance engineer for Airbus A320s and Boeing 767s, and working on the carrier’s corporate charter aircraft. Unlike colleagues supporting Air Canada’s primary scheduled operation, Tung’s job requires that she travel with the jets she maintains. She might, for example, accompany a professional ice hockey team on an away-game trip criss-crossing North America for a week or more. By comparison, most maintenance on Air Canada aircraft used for scheduled flights takes place while the jets are parked overnight. “When we get to the ramp in the evening, we have a task card with specific jobs to complete,” she says. “We do everything mechanical. If a seat back doesn’t recline, we fix it. If an engine doesn’t start, we repair the problem. If a lavatory needs to be unclogged, we do that too. So we have to know the aircraft very well.” Source: Air Canada Tung’s responsibilities include performing maintenance on “everything mechanical” Tung credits numerous mentors with helping set her up for success – people who went out of their way to treat her as a peer in a segment of the aviation industry that is still more than 97% male. “A lot of people in maintenance will treat you differently just because of you being female,” she says. “My mentors never did that. They always gave me the same opportunities. “I always joke with the guys that my purse is usually heavier than that toolbox,” she says. But the journey has not been all fun and joshing. When economic hardship comes, it often affects the aviation industry first – and its workers. “I got laid off eight times so far. That’s kind of just part of aviation,” Tung says. “The economy has fluctuated a lot. But I’m still here. I’m still doing this.” Every time one door closed, every time crisis struck one part of the industry, Tung found new opportunities, and kept on learning. JOB SATISFACTION But what is the best part about working on big jets? For Tung, it is watching an engine come back to life following repairs. “After certain checks, we have to do an engine run to make sure that it’s not leaking or malfunctioning. It’s very rewarding because you can see you did everything right, everything works and the engine performs the way it’s supposed to.” On a recent night shift, Tung helped secure a repaired engine to the wing of a 787. “In the morning, my parents took off to go back to Taiwan on that same aircraft,” she says. “Who can say that in their job they put the engine on the airplane that their parents flew across the Pacific? That’s a tremendous amount of responsibility and honour. “I know the impact I have makes a huge difference,” she adds. Which brings Tung back to the clogged toilet. So how do technicians clear the pipes? “We have what’s called a lavatory snake. So we activate that toilet, and it creates a vacuum. We use the suction of one lavatory to unclog the other,” she says. “It’s interesting and pretty disgusting. But it’s important too.”
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  18. ...and you haven't changed in 60 years?
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  19. Flight Attendants Of the Sixties Radiated Glamour and Youth Decades ago, nearly every girl dreamed of being a the elite flight attendant sisterhood. Flight attendants were bright and bubbly and radiated glamour and youth. While that isn’t entirely untrue of today’s flight attendants, things have undoubtedly changed.
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  20. https://theaviationgeekclub.com/time-four-british-airways-concorde-supersonic-airliners-flew-formation-christmas-eve/ THAT TIME FOUR BRITISH AIRWAYS CONCORDE SUPERSONIC AIRLINERS FLEW IN FORMATION ON CHRISTMAS EVE
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  21. To make sure I am not asymptomatic and spreading the virus.
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  23. Not an AR but it will be banned under Justin’s rules! :
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  24. Not sure it would be the same with a Tesla... 396.mp4
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  25. 'No dissent is allowed': School board bars teacher from raising concerns over transgender books Tom Blackwell 1 hour ago Like18 Comments| An Ontario school board is facing charges of censorship this week after shutting down a teacher’s presentation to the group, saying her comments about books on transgender issues violated the province’s human rights code. Carolyn Burjoski was discussing publications she said are available in the libraries of Kindergarten to grade six schools. She had begun to argue the books made it seem too simple and “cool” to medically transition to another gender when her presentation was cut short by the Waterloo Region District School Board’s chair. Scott Piatkowski ruled she could not continue and the board eventually voted 5-4 to back up his decision. The fallout has continued since. Though controversial and opposed by most transgender advocates, concerns have been voiced before — including by leading figures in the movement itself — that gender-dysphoric young people are sometimes pushed too aggressively into medical transition. Piatkowski later told a local CTV station , however, that Burjoski’s comments were actually transphobic and “questioned the right to exist” of trans people. Meanwhile, the organization took down its recording of the meeting — a regular, public session of elected officials — and had YouTube remove another copy of the video for alleged copyright infringement. And then the teacher was given what she calls a “stay-at-home order” and told not to communicate with colleagues or students, though she’s still being paid and is slated to retire soon. On Thursday, she says her union rep informed her the board had appointed an outside investigator to examine her actions. In her first interview on the affair, Burjoski said she was “flabbergasted” by what happened at the meeting and Piatkowski’s remarks afterward. “I am not a transphobic person. It’s crazy that just because you ask a question, the first thing people do is call you that,” she said. “We do need to have a conversation about the intersection of biology and gender. We’re not having those conversations in our culture because, look what happened to me.” She said the order to stay away from school was likely meant to make an example of her: “The message is clear: no dissent is allowed.” Piatkowski declined to comment Thursday, saying he was already the target of organized online harassment and didn’t want to feed it further. He referred to two previous interviews with local media outlets. The human rights code bars discrimination based on gender identity and other grounds in the areas of housing, employment and providing services. Asked to explain how Burjoski’s comments violated the code, the chair told 570 News radio station that he would not repeat or respond to her remarks and “give them oxygen.” But he said he stood by his decision, and that chairs of other boards in the province have told him they would have done the same thing. “This person was speaking about transgender people in a way that was disrespectful, that would cause them to be attacked and I really needed to ensure it did not continue,” Piatkowski said. “I’m quite confident it was the right decision.” He said Thursday he knew nothing about the board’s actions against Burjoski or removal of the video of the meeting. Canada's teen transgender treatment boom Canada too quick to treat gender dysphoria in minors with hormones, surgery: critics Two groups representing the LGBTQ community in Waterloo could not be reached for comment. Trans activists, however, often argue that statements questioning medical transition in any way can fuel transgender harassment, discrimination and violence. “I’m not sorry that someone who opened the door to transphobic comments was stopped from keeping that door open,” Laura Mae Lindo, the NDP MPP for Kitchener Centre, commented on Twitter. “That’s not over-reach. Protect the most vulnerable. Uphold human rights. If you can’t do that, sit down.” One Waterloo trustee who came to Burjoski’s defence on Monday, though, blasted the board’s decision and said he’s never seen a delegation silenced in that way before. “It’s censoring presentations that the chair doesn’t agree with,” said long-time board member Mike Ramsay, who has served as chair three times himself. “As decision makers, we have to make informed decisions.… If we’re going to just take one point of view and say that’s sufficient, that’s wrong on so many fronts.” Burjoski said she has worked for more than 20 years as a teacher of English as a second language, specializing in children who have immigrated from various countries affected by war and political unrest. She appeared as a one-person public “delegation” in a session discussing the board’s controversial decision to conduct a system-wide removal of books it considered “harmful.” Her comments focused on resources recommended by the board for a transgender awareness day. Trouble started when she turned to a book called The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey and a scene that depicts a meeting between Shane, a transgender boy (born a girl), and a doctor. He voices excitement about starting on testosterone and when the physician says it would mean he likely wouldn’t be able to have children, he says, “It’s cool.” As Burjoski remarked that such books make it seem overly straightforward to take cross-sex hormones, Piatkowski interjected to warn she may be violating the code. The teacher then went on to say the book was misleading “because it does not take into account how Shane might feel later in life about being infertile. This book makes very serious medical interventions seem like an easy cure for emotional and psychological distress.” At that point, Piatkowski told her he was “ending the presentation.” The widely used “affirmation” approach to children who identify as transgender has raised some concerns in several countries, and not just among obvious critics. Two leading psychologists in the transgender medical community, one of them a trans woman, complained in a recent article about sloppy and dangerous assessment of young people presenting as trans, with overly hasty resort to hormones. Pam Buffone, whose parents group Canadian Gender Report highlights similar issues, said Burjoski raised legitimate questions about the appropriateness of school materials, as places like Finland restrict the use of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones. “If there’s a reason to hide this discussion from public scrutiny, then there’s really something wrong,” she said.
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  26. LOL, maybe they're too busy writing a piece about the 300 million dollars we spent on field/mobile respiratory hospitals. As I recall 15 (or so) were ordered but only about 4 were ever built... none of them ever got used. Then again, It was a single source contract to SNC... so maybe not. Calling out the military had a nice ring to it too, maybe they could cover that eh? People thought hundreds of critical care nurses were about to HALO into the parking lot of their local hospital. There were 8. That's 8 total BTW, not 8 per drop.
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  27. What is interesting is that climate wise and frost levels are almost the same as in Canada in Germany. The difference is that the foundation under the road is almost 3 times deeper and of different materials than we use here in Canada. Our roads are 5 year roads where in Germany they are 25+ year roads. There is no money in longevity. Also the driver training and awareness over there is FAR superior to what one gets here and there is no sense of entitlement on the highway. and "Autobahn" style highway would never work over here. Especially in Ontario
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  28. Probably brings a tear to Justin’s eyes that this poor downtrodden man is being harassed by the Police so much ! Judge hands refugee 44th conviction, asks why he has not been deported A Niagara area judge is questioning why a violent refugee who has received more than 40 convictions since arriving from Syria has not been deported, according to the Niagara Falls Review. “He has lived a life in Canada of persistent criminality,” said Judge Joseph De Filippis in the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines on Thursday. “As an aside, and respectfully, I don’t understand why he’s still in Canada.” Mohammed Al-Samaneh, a 32-year-old man who came to Canada as a Syrian refugee, has 44 convictions for multiple violent crimes such as assault and forcible confinement. Al-Samaneh had been placed on the National Flagging System, which identifies high-risk, violent criminals. Al-Samaneh most recently pleaded guilty to committing an indecent act and failing to comply with probation. He had been charged with criminal harassment. The court heard that a young woman was cleaning a Niagara Falls, Ont., restaurant in 2020 when she was approached in the reception area by an unknown male. The woman told the man that the restaurant was closed and asked him to leave. He ignored the request and followed her around the restaurant. He told her that she was “cute,” asked for a hug and masturbated in front of her. The woman attempted to walk away but he kept following her while continuing to masturbate. Al-Samaneh was arrested later that day. https://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/news/crime/2022/01/06/i-dont-understand-why-he-is-still-in-canada-judge-says-after-sentencing-violent-criminal-offender-who-committed-indecent-act-at-niagara-restaurant.html
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  29. https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/passengers-arrive-in-montreal-following-plane-party-controversy-involving-quebec-influencers-1.5728981 Passengers arrive in Montreal following plane party controversy involving Quebec influencers About a dozen passengers managed to arrive in Montreal Wednesday night from Mexico after video footage of their flight down south on Dec. 30 showed Quebec social media influencers and reality TV stars partying maskless, vaping, and drinking in the aisles on board a Sunwing Airlines plane. It was a scramble for many of them as multiple Canadian airlines said they refused to let them board their planes to return home after the controversial chartered flight made headlines around the world — and even drew some harsh words from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Media reports said at least one of the passengers from an Air Canada flight Wednesday night was handcuffed by border agents soon after arrival at the Montreal-Trudeau airport. Other passengers refused to answer any questions from journalists who were waiting for them outside the terminal. They were able to board the flight despite Air Canada releasing a statement earlier in the day that said it would block the passengers involved from boarding its planes. The flag carrier said in a statement that, “With the information we currently have regarding the events that took place on the Sunwing flight, and to the extent that we can identify the passengers who were part of the group, Air Canada is denying boarding to ensure the safety of other passengers and its crew.” Sunwing was the first airline to publicly say it will not let the “unruly” group of passengers board their planes after cancelling their return flight home, alleging in a statement sent to CTV News that the group “did not accept all of the terms” and conditions the airline said were necessary “to ensure the safety of the crew and passengers.” Each person was left to try to book his or her own ticket home after their trip was scheduled to end on Wednesday. Later Wednesday morning, Air Transat followed suit and vowed to not board the people seen in the videos as they try to head back home from their holiday in the popular sunset resort town of Tulum, Mexico. Air Transat wrote on Twitter Wednesday that some members of the group tried to buy tickets with the airline, but are being denied. The airline said “the safety of both our passengers and crew” is their “top priority.” PASSENGER ON FLIGHT TESTS POSITIVE IN MEXICO Several of the people on the Dec. 30 flight were headed to Mexico for a New Year's Eve holiday and posted videos of themselves partying and drinking alcohol inside the plane. At least one of the passengers on that flight says she has tested positive for COVID-19 and worries there could be about dozens of more positive cases among the group. An emotional Rebecca St. Pierre, 19, from Trois-Rivières, Que., told The Canadian Press that she is now stranded in Tulum and believes the organizer, James William Awad, has "simply abandoned everyone." Awad said in a tweet that he intends to make a statement Thursday morning to address the situation. Meanwhile, St. Pierre said she doesn't know how she's going to pay for her hotel room where she has remained in isolation since testing positive on Wednesday. She won the trip in a contest on Instagram and while she was looking forward to a week of "mindfulness" it has now turned into a troubling and expensive ordeal. The videos floating on social media painted an accurate picture of what actually happened on the flight, according to St. Pierre, who acknowledged that there was no social distancing and believed some of the passengers were taking drugs. On Wednesday, screenshots of messages exchanged between the passengers suggested that some were told to place Vaseline in their noses prior to their return flight home in an attempt to thwart COVID-19 testing. St. Pierre told The Canadian Press that some passengers, in fact, did this. 'A SLAP IN THE FACE' The airline trouble for the passengers comes after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned their behaviour on Wednesday, saying what they did on the plane was “completely irresponsible” and a “slap in the face” for those respecting public health guidelines. The plane party is also the subject of at least two investigations -- one by Sunwing and the other by Transport Canada for possible violations of Canadian Aviation Regulations, which could bring fines of up to $5,000 per violation for the passengers. Sunwing has said it would cooperate with the federal government in its investigation, which is also looking into non-compliance with COVID-19 measures. Meanwhile, some of the 150 social media celebrities stranded in Mexico say the were unfairly blamed for the plane party. One of them, Isabelle Labrecque, told her followers in an Instagram Live video that "we were sleeping" and "we don't want to be bashed for things that we didn't do." She also said "a minority" of the passengers were partying, while most were well-behaved. With files from The Canadian Press and CTV's Selena Ross.
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  30. The kind of person hated by the left.
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  31. Europe's green energy disaster a warning for Canadians By recklessly rushing into unreliable renewable energy to replace fossil fuels, the U.K. and Europe are now in the midst of an energy crisis heading into winter, where electricity prices to consumers are skyrocketing and factories are reducing production or shutting down. It’s a warning to Canadians about what could happen here if the Trudeau government, and future governments of any political party, don’t revise unrealistic plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. The Liberals are pretending unreliable and intermittent forms of green energy are ready to replace reliable and proven ones, the same mistake Europe and the U.K. made. European governments are frantically turning back to fossil fuel energy and nuclear power after curtailing them in their rush into green energy — primarily wind power — which has failed to keep up with increased demand due to low wind speeds for the year that began in the summer. Now, energy demand is skyrocketing across Europe and the U.K. as countries struggle to recover from the global recession caused by the pandemic, drastically increasing their need for power. The key failing of wind energy compared to fossil fuels and nuclear power is that it can’t provide base load power to the electricity grid on demand because the wind doesn’t always blow. It also can’t be stored until needed at levels required to power industrialized countries, given current battery technology. Of course, proponents of wind energy, doubling down on failure, insist the solution is to convert to wind power even faster, despite its unreliability. It’s true Europe’s energy mess is compounded by its reliance on imported natural gas from Russia, controlled by President Vladimir Putin. But what’s happening should serve as a warning to Canadians about the consequences of prematurely abandoning reliable forms of energy for less reliable ones. In Ontario, for example, the Progressive Conservative government of Premier Doug Ford is considering phasing out natural gas to power Ontario’s electricity grid by 2030, something more than 30 poorly-informed municipalities have called for. This despite a dire warning from the province’s Independent Electricity System Operator that “completely phasing out natural gas generation by 2030 would lead to blackouts and the system changes that would be required would increase residential electricity bills by 60%.” That would be a continuation of the previous energy disasters inflicted on Ontario taxpayers and hydro ratepayers by the Liberal governments of former premiers Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne from 2003-18. According to two provincial auditors general, they grossly overpaid wind and solar power developers in 20-year contracts, helping to send Ontario electricity prices into the stratosphere. The Liberals made things worse by requiring that wind and solar energy had to be bought ahead of all other forms of energy, making the electricity grid less efficient. Then they played election politics with taxpayers’ money, cancelling two politically unpopular natural gas power plants needed to back up wind energy — resulting in a billion-dollar scandal and the jailing of a senior Liberal political aide for destroying government documents. In fact, it was natural gas and nuclear power — not wind and solar — that was used to eliminate Ontario’s reliance on coal-fired power plants for 25% of its electricity, the one thing the Liberals did right. Nuclear power doesn’t emit greenhouse gases and natural gas is the least carbon dioxide intensive fossil fuel. The problem was the Liberals wasted billions of dollars propping up wind and solar power that weren’t needed to eliminate coal. https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/goldstein-europes-green-energy-disaster-a-warning-for-canadians?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR02bm9nJUmj7bVG3OU_OOk_bL1eRXDiK4pxXz9TGX5aMHpdIEAQtQhjgp4#Echobox=1640215000
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  32. Thanks for that. Now I just need to have it pointed out to my wife that I can occasionally be right.
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  33. Canadians should have “zero trust” after feds spied on 33M devices: privacy expert Ontario’s former privacy commissioner and Executive Director of Global Privacy and Security by Design Ann Cavoukian told True North that Canadians must demand accountability from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) for tracking their devices without consent. According to Blacklock’s Reporter, PHAC secretly spied on 33 million mobile devices of unsuspecting Canadians to monitor its lockdown measures. The details of the plan were revealed on Monday. Cavoukian told True North that Canadians should have “zero trust” in what the government is telling them. “They are collecting all of this mobile data,” she said. “33 million mobile devices and mobile devices are usually linked to personal identifiers, and you have to take some measures to remove them and de-identify the data in a strong way so it can’t be reidentified. We have no assurances to that effect whatsoever.” “I don’t trust any of this. Zero trust, that’s where we have to start and we have to have some privacy commissioner’s office go in and take a look at this under the hood. Audit what they’re doing.” Part of the project involved collecting the cell tower locations of devices and other mobility data. Experts have pointed out that such data can be used to identify sensitive location information. “Due to the urgency of the pandemic the Agency collected and used mobility data such as cell tower location data throughout the Covid-19 response,” said PHAC spokesperson Mark Johnson. “It was to help understand possible links between the movement of populations within Canada and Covid.” PHAC revealed the initiative this week, claiming to want to “be open and transparent” with the Canadian public. In reality, a federal contract was circulating prior to the announcement that revealed the federal government was hoping to make cell tower tracking a permanent feature of its research. “That is what is outrageous,” Cavoukian told True North. “If that hadn’t been caught onto, this could have continued for any length of time without anyone knowing it was happening. Completely unacceptable.” Last year, the federal government introduced the COVID Alert app to track COVID-19 exposure. However, the app failed to pick up with a majority of Canadians after a study found that only 25,552 had opted to use it. According to Cavoukian, the PHAC data sweep was a convenient way to get around requiring consent from individual users to track their movements. “They wanted to find some other way they could do it, and this was the easiest way because they haven’t attained any approval for anything they just did,” Cavoukian told True North. “And that’s what is so unbelievable to me that they could just do this and access the data of 33 million mobile devices and track it.” “I just want to remind people how important privacy is. It forms the foundation of our freedom, and if we want to preserve our free and open society then we have to preserve strong privacy and object vehemently when we see surveillance models like this and the tracking of the population’s activities.” https://tnc.news/2021/12/22/canadians-should-have-zero-trust-after-feds-spied-on-33m-devices-privacy-expert/
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  34. A sure sign of things to come due to idiotic Leftist government policies around the world. Europe's power crunch shuts down factories as prices hit record The crunch is so severe that it's forcing factories to curb output or shut down altogether “The crunch is so severe that it’s forcing factories to curb output or shut down altogether. Aluminium Dunkerque Industries France has curbed production in the past two weeks due to high power prices, while Trafigura’s Nyrstar will pause production at its zinc smelter in France in the first week of January. Romanian fertilizer producer Azomures temporarily halted output.” https://financialpost.com/commodities/energy/europes-power-crunch-shuts-down-factories-as-prices-hit-record?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR0rbt6nhx1ZFDFh7PuATE6_WgzhBJf0comEadsTLscm5CkF6EfNA3XLlaE#Echobox=1640194891
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  35. Encouraging news https://globalnews.ca As you can see in the case count at the top although the case count over the last 14 days is up 171% the death rate is down 16%. This seems to confirm that Omicron is not as serious as previous strains of the virus. Also in S. Africa where Omicron has hit the hardest the rate of new cases is dropping dramatically. https://globalnews.ca/news/8467743/omicron-covid-19-cases-drop-south-africa-end-surge/
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  36. Exchange Income Corporation Subsidiary, PAL Aerospace, Notified of Contract Award for Dutch Caribbean Coastguard Program 21 December 2021Canadian Aviation News Logo: PAL Aerospace (CNW Group/PAL Aerospace) WINNIPEG, MB, Dec. 21, 2021 /CNW/ – Exchange Income Corporation (TSX: EIF) (“EIC” or the “Corporation”) a diversified, acquisition-oriented company focused on opportunities in the aviation, aerospace and manufacturing sectors, is pleased to announce today that its subsidiary, PAL Aerospace, has received notice of the contract award decision to provide a dedicated air reconnaissance capacity for the Dutch Caribbean Coastguard. This future contract will see PAL Aerospace upgrade and operate two fully missionized DHC-8 maritime patrol aircraft, provide crew training on all systems, and support the operation of the aircraft for a minimum ten-year period, with options to extend. The award follows a careful and thorough evaluation of tenders by the Dutch Defense Materiel Organization, through which the consortium of PAL Aerospace and JetSupport Amsterdam, as the incumbent provider, was found to continue offering the Best-Price-Quality-Ratio to the customer. The consortium anticipates receiving the final contract shortly. “PAL Aerospace’s continued partnership with the Dutch Caribbean Coastguard is a testament to the positive relationships the company builds with its customers, and to the industry-leading intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services it provides,” said Mike Pyle, CEO of EIC. “This award also continues to validate EIC’s strategy of making long-term strategic investments to support organic growth across the EIC family of companies.” PAL Aerospace will deliver this contract in partnership with JetSupport Amsterdam, an independent provider of aircraft maintenance and support based at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands. Jet Support and PAL Aerospace are also partners in the delivery of and support for Maritime Patrol Aircraft for the Netherlands Coastguard. “PAL Aerospace’s ongoing success in special missions aircraft operations, including these vital programs for the Dutch Caribbean and the Netherlands, the delivery and operation of Canada’s inland, coastal and offshore surveillance fleet for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Force Multiplier Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance program and its ongoing support for the UAE Air Force’s maritime patrol aircraft, is a testament to EIC’s overall management strategy,” said Carmele Peter, President of EIC. “Our established practice of identifying well-run companies and empowering management with the support they need to grow their business continues to drive the kind of results we see at PAL Aerospace and deliver value to our shareholders, irrespective of ongoing challenges in the global economy.” The Maritime Patrol Aircraft associated with this contract will be upgraded with state-of-the-art sensor systems to continue providing industry leading air reconnaissance capacity for the Dutch Caribbean Coastguard. Tasks will include surveillance activities, law enforcement and search and rescue. “The crucial support PAL Aerospace continues to receive from EIC has facilitated this important award in the competitive global aerospace market,” said Jake Trainor, CEO of PAL. Our company is uniquely positioned to continue the successful delivery of our program in the Dutch Caribbean, and we look forward to building on our presence in the region through the life of this contract. About Exchange Income Corporation Exchange Income Corporation is a diversified acquisition-oriented company, focused in two sectors: aerospace & aviation services and equipment, and manufacturing. The Corporation uses a disciplined acquisition strategy to identify already profitable, well-established companies that have strong management teams, generate steady cash flow, operate in niche markets and have opportunities for organic growth. For more information on the Corporation, please visit www.ExchangeIncomeCorp.ca. Additional information relating to the Corporation, including all public filings, is available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com). About PAL Aerospace A member of the Exchange Income Corporation family of companies, PAL Aerospace is a Canadian-owned and operated international aerospace and defence company. With a focus on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, in-service support solutions and aircraft engineering and modification, PAL Aerospace is recognized by governments and militaries for on time/on budget delivery and high reliability rates. PAL’s record of accomplishment now extends to operations in Canada, the Americas, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. PAL Aerospace offers a single point of accountability for its programs and takes pride in being the trusted choice for clients worldwide. For more information, please visit www.palaerospace.com
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  37. or we could just look at the relative numbers of vaccinated vs unvaccinated of who are dying/populating the ICU's. High school math.
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  38. Strange cube-shaped 'hut' spotted on moon, Chinese rover to investigate Alexandra Mae JonesCTVNews.ca writer @AlexandraMaeJ Contact Published Tuesday, December 7, 2021 8:29PM ESTLast Updated Tuesday, December 7, 2021 8:29PM EST "Mysterious Hut" on the horizon, captured by Yutu 2. (Our Space) SHARE: Reddit Share China’s lunar rover, Yutu 2, will be investigating what appears to be a mysterious cube-shaped “hut” on the moon after spotting it recently on the horizon. The strange shape was described first in a post last Friday on Our Space, which is associated with the Chinese National Space Administration. In the post, Yutu 2 was rolling along at the end of October, navigating a complex region on the moon comprised of large impact craters, when drivers noticed something strange in the distance while taking pictures of the skyline with Yutu 2. Related Stories Some of Earth's water may have come from the sun: study NASA set to launch mission to crash into near-Earth asteroid NASA bumps astronaut moon landing to 2025 at earliest NASA's new laser could revolutionize space communication Stargazers capture longest partial lunar eclipse in centuries They observed what looked like a cube, protruding up from the horizon far away from them. Although it was far away, and thus hard to see properly, it looked unusually angular compared to other rocks, earning it the moniker of a “mysterious hut.” According to Our Space, the “hut” is around 80 metres away from Yutu 2’s current location. Although the rover has a maximum speed of 200 metres per hour, the rough terrain it is in currently means that the rover will need around two to three Earth months to actually reach the structure. But a plan is in place to investigate. Yutu 2, which means “Jade Rabbit 2,” is part of the Chang’e Lunar Exploration Program. It’s the first lunar rover to explore the so-called “dark side” of the moon, the side that faces away from Earth. While the dark side has been observed from orbit, it has never been explored on the surface in this way. The rover is currently making its way west across the dark side of the moon, weaving through a canyon to avoid steep slopes. The day it spotted the strange hut shape on the horizon, it had conquered a climb up a hill after finding itself blocked in by slopes on three sides, according to Our Space. While the cube-shaped object has spurred comparisons on social media to the monolith found on the moon in the sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey, it’s far more likely to simply be a large boulder. Strange things have been seen on celestial bodies before, such as a photo taken of Mars by the Viking 1 orbiter in 1976 which appeared to show a person’s face rising out of the surface of the planet. Dubbed the “Face on Mars,” further photos have shown that it was a trick of lighting on a specific rock formation.
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