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  1. Tory Motion to Return to Pre-Pandemic Travel Rules Defeated A Conservative Party motion to ask the government to revert to pre-pandemic rules for air travel to reduce airport wait times was defeated today in the House of Commons. The motion, tabled by Conservative MP and transport critic Melissa Lantsman, was mostly only supported by members of her own party. Liberal MP Joël Lightbound, who publically criticized his party’s COVID-19 restrictions in February, also voted in favour. The motion, defeated 202 to 117, said a return to pre-pandemic rules and services is needed to deal with “unacceptable wait times” in airports. It also said that the current restrictions are “ineffective,” that other allied countries have lifted COVID-19 restrictions at airports and other points of entry, and that the measures are hurting Canada’s economy. “We have not been able to find anyone who has told the government to keep the legacy health restrictions and the assault on mobility rights in place,” said Lantsman in her speech presenting the motion on May 19. “That leads us on this side of the House to believe that there is no evidence, there are no metrics and there is no good reason, other than the ideological drive to punish those who do not agree with the government.” Some Liberal MPs countering the motion avoided addressing the matter directly but criticized the Conservatives. “Is it not the case that the Conservatives are quite selective when it comes to their concerns about economic damage? Will the member clearly denounce the protesters who caused so much economic harm earlier this year?” said Annie Koutrakis, parliamentary secretary to the minister of transport, in reference to the Freedom Convoy protests and blockades earlier this year demanding the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. Koutrakis later said she hears from Canadians “every day” who are angry about the ongoing mandates, but that public discontent was not enough reason to lift them. “Like them, I would like to put this long ordeal behind us, and yet COVID is not behind us. It is very much still in our midst. One lesson that many Canadians learned over the course of this pandemic was the danger of relaxing public health measures prematurely,” she said. Bloc Québécois MPs also defended the current restrictions and deplored the low uptake of booster shots in Canada. “The motion states that ‘current restrictions have been cited…as ineffective’. The science, however, says something completely different,” said MP Luc Désilets. “This morning, the papers were reporting that Canada’s third-dose vaccination rate ranks second last among G7 countries. Our vaccination rate is apparently 54.3%. What is my colleague’s response to that?” NDP MP Taylor Bachrach said he agreed with many points from Lantsman’s speech, but asked why the motion does not offer solutions regarding staffing to address current delays. He noted a staffing shortage was the main factor contributing to delays according to testimony at the transport committee from the Canadian Airports Council. “Removing all of the pandemic measures and pandemic rules is not going to address the massive staffing shortage,” said Bachrach. “One of the ways we can solve that is to bring back all of the people that the government fired because of the federal vaccine mandates,” replied Lantsman. Transport Canada (TC) announced on May 27 that it was taking specific measures to address wait times, including creating a joint committee with stakeholder agencies to address bottlenecks at pre-board security screening and pre-clearance departure checkpoints. TC also said both the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) and the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) were hiring more staff to increase processing capacity. The federal government has moved slowly in removing restrictions compared to other domestic and foreign jurisdictions, taking an incremental approach to easing border rules and keeping vaccine mandates in place. Meanwhile, travel has increased among Canadians as other pandemic restrictions have disappeared, leading to lengthy delays in passport renewals and applications. “We knew that with the economy starting to open up, with COVID starting to be in the rearview mirror, or at least getting into a manageable phase, more people would want to travel,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on May 24 in addressing the wait times to obtain a new passport. “Ultimately, it is good news that people are starting to travel again,” he added. “It’s great to put this pandemic somewhat behind us even though we know we continue to have to be vigilant and we’re working to solve the challenges around passports as quickly as we possibly can.” https://www.theepochtimes.com/tory-motion-to-return-to-pre-pandemic-travel-rules-defeated_4500101.html?utm_source=BN_article_paid&utm_campaign=breaking-2022-05-30-ca&utm_medium=email&est=r35MJxFIoxG5%2Bfde%2B0lcEMyzOuTT8L27XJk6ixnM4wsyt8YM5EECvA%2FAOtgqJqRZ
  2. I believe so as well WF. Poilievre put it well in one of his recent membership emails: "The CBC is supposed to represent all Canadians. But does it represent you? No. The CBC has become the billion-dollar propaganda arm of the Trudeau Liberal government. It's a cheerleader for everything Trudeau does and attacks anyone who disagrees with him. It's spending your money to make you feel bad about your principles and beliefs. I will end this. I will defund the CBC. Saving $1 billion per year."
  3. Right on... Defund the CBC: Pierre Poilievre https://thecountersignal.com/defund-the-cbc-pierre-poilievre-leads-the-chant/ “It’s true that I will cut the CBC’s budget since it’s a great waste — they waste an enormous amount of money,” said Poilievre. “Nearly everything the CBC does in English is already available on the market. Governments should only do what the market cannot do.” “But nearly everything we see from the CBC — on TV, on the internet — is already available from other sources… there is a lot of waste for the CBC. I will cut the budget, we will save money, and we’ll allow people to choose their own media sources.” >>>>> "Last week, the CBC claimed that PM Justin Trudeau received a standing ovation following a speech at the EU, failing to tell readers that Trudeau was denounced multiple times and nine-tenths of EU MEPs left in protest before he began his speech. The CBC later wrote an article conceding that Trudeau was denounced — again, after much public scrutiny over their lacklustre reporting."
  4. https://www.theprogress.com/news/chilliwack-hope-mp-strahls-tweet-about-single-mother-having-bank-account-frozen-under-scrutiny/ “Briane is a single mom from Chilliwack working a minimum wage job,” began Strahl’s Tweet on Feb. 20. “She gave $50 to the convoy when it was 100% legal. She hasn’t participated in any other way. Her bank account has now been frozen. This is who Justin Trudeau is actually targeting with his Emergencies Act orders.”
  5. Less than 3 minutes, worth every second…
  6. I've lived in Alberta for four years now & presently, I don't really see that happening. Sure, there is a lot of posturing on the part of SOME folks about it, but I believe that's few & far between. Take the separatist party in the last Federal election...the Maverick Party (formerly known as the Wexit Canada Party. They only got 1.3% of the popular vote.
  7. 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. "
  8. I find Doctor Makary's take on all this to be quite reasoned...and calming. Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marty Makary cautions about overreacting to the new omicron coronavirus variant and what this means to the general public. https://video.foxnews.com/v/6284326498001#sp=show-clips
  9. POSTED ON OCTOBER 4, 2021 BY JOHN HINDERAKER IN CLIMATE GLOBAL WARMING? NOT LATELY Global warming hysteria marches on. It is all around us, reinforced every time it is hot somewhere, or perhaps even when it is cold (e.g., the recent record cold temperatures in Antarctica), or when it is too wet or, equally, too dry. If you didn’t know better, you would think from press accounts that global warming is an accomplished fact. But the reality is quite different. In recent years, whatever warming was formerly going on has stopped. Satellite measurements, the only reliable means of estimating global temperatures, indicate that the Earth has not warmed in nearly seven years. That is remarkable–seven years of warming hysteria with no warming: Surface temperature measurements are less reliable, less transparent, and subject to frequent after-the-fact “adjustments” that reduce temperatures actually recorded in the past with thermometers. Nevertheless, for what it is worth, the main surface dataset shows no warming–in fact, a very slight cooling–for an even longer period: History suggests that human beings are not, by nature, empiricists. There are countless instances of humans clinging to theories that by rights should have been discredited by experience. To take an extreme example, consider the current popularity of socialism in what was once a mainstream political party. A less extreme case of irrationality is Europeans’ clinging for centuries to the “four humours” template of human health, even though that theory never allowed anyone to cure any other one of anything. Global warming hysteria is heir to a long, if not honorable, tradition. https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/10/global-warming-not-lately.php
  10. GDR, you are predicating your vote on who you believe is telling the truth about their platform. Surely a track record is the best indicator of whether or not you can believe them going forward. In my opinion, Justin T fails that test miserably. I'm willing to give a Vet a chance to prove himself...especially considering what we have gone thru in the last 6 years with a trust fund, WE scandal, black faced part-time drama teacher who has no regard for finances.
  11. The term that I heard which sums it up rather well...it's a "cluster bug." All on Joe.
  12. Churchill was a quote machine...one of the best. "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery".
  13. Tory win! Hopefully a sign of things to come. https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/tories-surge-to-surprise-n-s-election-victory-with-campaign-focused-on-health-care
  14. Inside the USAF C-17 that left Kabul earlier today.
  15. It's hard to imagine a US President who has been more of a disaster...both for his country & the rest of the world. https://www.foxnews.com/world/afghanistan-translator-just-waiting-for-taliban-to-kill-me-after-he-risked-his-life-for-us
  16. Biden quote from last nights farcical CNN Town Hall... "And the question is whether or not we should be in a position where are why can't the experts say we know that this virus is in fact it's going to be or excuse we know why all the drugs approved are not temporarily approved and permanently approved, that's underway too."
  17. Socialism jokes are only funny if everyone gets them.
  18. Very interesting development. Opinions anyone? https://electrek.co/2021/07/14/united-air-invests-in-electric-plane-startup-heart-aerospace-buy-200-electric-aircraft/#disqus_thread "United Airlines announced today what could be an important step toward electric commercial flight. The major airline announced that it invested in Heart Aerospace, a Sweden-based electric aircraft startup, and agreed to buy up to 200 electric planes. Battery technology has improved enough that short-range commercial planes are starting to make sense. Several startups are working on viable electric aircraft, and some are starting to get the attention of major airlines. Heart Aerospace is one of those startups. The startup is developing the ES-19, a 19-seat electric aircraft meant for short flights. It believes that there’s an opportunity for electric aircraft to reopen short regional air routes with lower costs, thanks to fuel savings. At first, the startup plans for the ES-19 to only have up to 250 miles (400 km) of range but a commercially viable range for short-range flights with 19 passengers. Several major companies seem to agree with this strategy, as United Airlines Ventures (UAV), Breakthrough Energy Ventures, which is Bill Gates’s investment vehicle, and Mesa Airlines have announced an investment of an undisclosed amount in Heart Aerospace."
  19. Courtesy of....Live from the Flight Deck.
  20. It's a tough one to figure out. I tried to zoom into the licence plate on the white van...but had no luck. Anyone know which province had a yellowish licence plate in that time period?
  21. Loved that paint scheme. Not sure of the location on this...anyone?
  22. More breaking news from the Babylon Bee... Congress Passes Law To Recognize Juneteenth, The Day Republicans Freed All The Democrats' Slaves ""During this year's Juneteenth, the nation will gather to celebrate the American political party that was founded on protecting human rights of people of all skin colors. Democrats around the country will write letters of apology and organize celebrations for the vast network of Christians, Catholics, Quakers, and Republicans who fought and died to end the scourge of slavery in America." https://babylonbee.com/news/congress-passes-law-to-recognize-juneteenth-the-day-republicans-freed-all-the-democrats-slaves
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