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  1. Standing by for the worlds Muslim community to stand up, express outrage and condemn the latest killings. Or is it just another day in the Muslim world?

    More than 130 killed in Mali massacre as UN visits

    Will trudeau extend the Mali mission at the UNs request and roll the dice with possible Canadian fatalities going in to the election??  You know....Canada’s back ..... peacekeeping, the world knows that’s what we do best.... Hhhhmmmmm.

  2. Just when trudeau thought LavScam was behind him, Ms Philpott speaks up:


    This is Philpott’s first interview since she resigned over Trudeau’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin controversy. She believes, as she put it, that “there’s much more to the story that needs to be told” but that it can’t come out because “there’s been an attempt to shut down the story”—an attempt she attributed to the Prime Minister and his close advisors.

    But she is also keenly aware, because she has been hearing from Liberal colleagues, that “there are people who are afraid that they’re not going to get elected because of what I did.” As she described that anger, the former minister said: “My only way of living with myself on that, is that this is not my fault. I did not start this.” Now she is trying to figure out how to see it through.


  3. And in our own backyard:


    “If you weren’t careful, you might have missed it: a brief 160-word item, tucked deep inside the budget, labelled Supporting Canadian Journalism.


    Only if you turned back further still, to an annex marked Tax Measures: Supplementary Information, would you find the details.

    What you would discover, if you did, was how a bad idea in principle was likely to be infinitely worse in practice.


    There are any number of objections to the government getting into the game of propping up failing news organizations: that taking money from the people we cover will place us in a permanent and inescapable conflict of interest; that it will produce newspapers concerned less with appealing to readers than to grantsmen; that it will not only leave us dependent on government, but without standing to oppose such dependence in others; that it will solve none of our problems, but only encourage us to put off dealing with them; that it is all so bloody unnecessary.


    You say something like this is already in place, in broadcasting? Yes it is. I’m not sure the CBC is really an advertisement for the wonders of subsidized newsgathering. But that’s not the point. Maybe there’s a place for the CBC, or something like it, as one offering among others. The point is, if this goes through, everything will be subsidized: print, broadcast, the works — a whole industry of CBCs. If you were searching for a way to kill the news business, you couldn’t do a better job.



    These are excerpts from an Andrew Coyne article:

  4. Then there is this personal view:


    The Canadian dollar may sink back to its record low of 62 U.S. cents as the country retrenches from a consumer-spending boom into the face of a slowing global economy, said David Wolf at Fidelity Investments.

    A 17 per cent drop from current levels of around 75 U.S. cents may sound like a lot but the currency has already fallen about 30 per cent from above par in 2011 when Canada’s economic stars were aligned, said the Toronto-based portfolio manager. Back then, the country was revving up from the financial crisis and oil was over US$100 a barrel.

    Now, the nation may already be in recession after growing at an annualized pace of just 0.4 per cent in the fourth quarter and a pretty “soggy” start to the year, said Wolf, part of the asset allocation team at Fidelity Investments Canada, which manages about $136 billion. He stressed his views were his own, not the firm’s.

    The big problem for Canada is that a household deleveraging appears to be starting just as the global economy is slowing, said Wolf, who was an adviser at the Bank of Canada before joining Fidelity in 2014. Home values fell nationwide last year for the first time since at least 1990, while household debt burdens touched a record high. Meanwhile, Canada’s competitiveness problems remain, he said.

    “It may not meet that technical definition, but it could very well feel like a recession for a big part of the economy,” said David Tulk, an institutional portfolio manager who works with Wolf. History has shown that it takes a “long, long” time to restore household balance sheets, a situation that will be all that more difficult with trade and business spending hampered, he said.

    Wolf and Tulk said it’s hard to say how long or deep Canada’s slowdown will be.


    “You’ve never had debt levels as high, relative to incomes in Canada,” said Tulk. Even if the Bank of Canada has stopped raising rates, “there’s still kind of a big bulge in the python, so to speak, in terms of prior increases in interest rates and prior actions.”

    While Canada’s job market has been on fire , posting its best start to the year since 1981, Tulk points out said the gauge is a lagging indicator; hours worked have receded. Business investment in the final three months of 2018 meanwhile, fell 5.9 per cent from the first quarter of last year, and 22 per cent below record high levels in 2014.

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  5. This might seem to be an extreme case but in our backyard.....How is the Sunwing experience working out??


    There's no way a 23-year-old, right out of school, can fly a 737. But we're doing it."

    And yes, first officers do indeed get to fly the plane. They have all the training and knowledge, they just need to add the experience. So, for example, Leckie will fly the plane down to Jamaica. The captain will fly back.

  6. And just when the SNC Lav scam dies down, the Liberals will face scrutiny with the VA Mark Norman trial:


    After forming government in the fall of 2015 the Liberals received a letter from Irving complaining the company’s own supply ship proposal had not been given due consideration. Irving has consistently denied it made any attempt to undercut a rival shipbuilder via political interference. Nonetheless, after receiving the letter the Liberals decided to pause the Davie project, a decision that leaked to the media. The resulting backlash was seen as a factor in the Liberal’s decision to eventually proceed with the Davie deal.

    In the aftermath, federal officials called in the RCMP to hunt down the source of the leak.

    In building a defence for Norman, his lawyers have taken aim at former Treasury Board President Scott Brison’s links to the Irving family and Brison’s role in the government’s plan to delay the Davie deal.

    Brison has denied any wrongdoing or lobbying on behalf of the Irvings. In late January he asked for legal standing in the Norman case to “protect against unmerited intrusions into his privacy, and to ensure that disclosure requests are clear and complete.” Brison announced in January he was resigning from cabinet and would not seek re-election, and last month he quit as the MP for the Nova Scotia riding of Kings-Hants.

    One salient point, which I’m sure will be brought out by the defense is that Trudeau boasted that charges would be brought against, even BEFORE the RCMP started investigating!

    And now the Post is reporting a privacy issue with the government leaking info to IRving about a reporters request for government info on another shipbuilding contract.

  7. Do you think spending millions would matter to a liberal if it meant clearing up the their image going into an election? They are squandering BILLIONS!

    Reybould Wilson said nothing illegal you think as Justice Minister she would admit to an illegal act occurring, and not doing anything about it??  Something was going on and she didn’t want to incriminate herself in the judicial committee.

    So lets clear the air and find out what went on.

  8. For those who wonder how we ever got to where we are now, with a PM that is obviously anti-pipeline, anti western jobs:


    What would become a massively disruptive intrusion into Canadian affairs would take years and a large amount of money. Enter the Rockefeller Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. They, along with environmentalist charities, poured hundreds of millions of dollars into the U.S.-based Tides Foundation, a murky organization that provides cover as a legal laundering service that can funnel donations into activist groups, without revealing the source.



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    Many countries would be jealous of a scandal that went no further than a prime minster asking another minister to do something she is legally entitled to do, Goldenberg said.

     "I just don't really see it as a scandal," he said.

    Of course Eddie would see it that way......a little perspective, please.    Eddie was Chrétien’s right hand man that brought us the Sponsorship scandal.


    The program ran from 1996 until 2004, when broad corruption was discovered in its operations and the program was discontinued. Illicit and even illegal activities within the administration of the program were revealed, involving misuse and misdirection of public funds intended for government advertising in Quebec. Such misdirections included sponsorship money awarded to Liberal Party-linked ad firms in return for little or no work, in which firms maintained Liberal organizers or fundraisers on their payrolls or donated back part of the money to the Liberal Party


    Liberal spin doctors at work...nothing to see here other than obstruction of justice by the PM.

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  10. “The pilot has been identified as Yared Getachew, 28, of Addis Ababa. According to a statement issued by relatives in Northern Virginia, Getachew had 8,000 hours of flight time and was the youngest pilot in Ethiopian Airlines history to captain a Boeing 737.“


    The total time seems a little high for somebody that age....I know it’s possible but it seems suspect.....even by North American standards.

    And a question about the MCAS it possible to deactivate the system wrt to cockpit switches or is it an integral part of the flight control system??  Has the 37 gone fbw or is it still mechanical?

  11. For those not familiar with the aircraft, check it out...... a beast 

    From the same designer that produced the Hurricane, this machine was ideal for ground attack....with cannon, bombs and rockets. The engine was a cantankerous 24 cylinder H pattern developing about 2400 hp. (There used to cutaway model of the Napier Sabre engine on display at the Ottawa airport a few years ago).

    “It was during the Falaise action that Sir Sydney Camm’s Typhoon performed spectacularly as a close-support fighter-bomber second to none. The plane that had such a troubled development and almost never become operational proved itself as perhaps the deadliest fighter in the Allied arsenal. Typhoons were in action for the rest of the European war as the Allied armies crossed the River Rhine and pushed into Germany.  Soon, however, their season was over. Production was ended in 1944, with 3,205 Typhoons having been built. All but about 20 were produced by Gloster Aircraft Company.”


    A great airplane that had an understated but critical role in the invasion of Europe.

  12. And for all of  trudeaus boasts about female MPs coming forward with outspoken mp from Whitby seems to have a different take on his sincereity:


    Quoting that portion of Trudeau’s speech, Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes tweeted, “I did come to you recently. Twice. Remember your reactions?”


    And why is this first time MP not seeking re-election...she denies it has to do with the snc controversy but....

    There are two issues bubbling away here.....political interference in the justice system and Trudeau’s issues in dealing with his female MPs.

  13. The accompanying video lays out the background of the “crisis” (for some communities) facing the “country” (Toronto) and points the blame directly where it belongs. And as I sit here, another (targeted) shooting in Toronto at a gas station..... and a handgun was found in the vehicle beside the victim ( I doubt it was found in a locked case, with a trigger lock, in the trunk or in a concealed location).

  14. Are we sure it was about jobs?? Or just connected people wanting a few favours to keep the stock price up and avoid bad press??


    It wasn’t nearly as jarring, but there’s also the curious example of long-time Gerry Butts friend and Queen’s Park political partner Steven Dyck.

    He now serves as government relations boss for SNC-Lavalin in Ontario and discussed company business with Butts in early 2017, just as legislative lifejackets were being planned to keep the company aflo

    It’s all about who you know and friends in high places........too bad about the blue collar guys out west....nobody is pulling for them.

    Oh,......and getting re-elected in Quebec.

  15. As Blair gets ready to make a major policy announcement, you can bet it won’t address the real issues: 

    “According to the Six Nations source, one man may be behind it all. For legal reasons, the Sun is not naming the man.

    But he is well known for having a stranglehold on drug trafficking on the reserve. Toss in prostitution and weapons smuggling and the man is a force to be reckoned with.”

    Between the Six Nations at Brantford and the Mohawks at Akwasasne, and the CBSAs inability to pursue cars that run the crossing without stopping.......the problem of guns and criminals will continue unabated.

  16. A prime example of liberal spin......carbon tax rebate.....for a tax you have had to pay for every day necessities wrt a program that does nothing to change the climate:

    The new fuzzy phrase.....climate action incentive mention of the tax and you’re getting SOME of you OWN money’s a payment courtesy of the government to make the individual feel like you are helping the climate.

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