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29 minutes ago, DEFCON said:

What is the point of caring anymore? While we remain completely distracted by the show of genius being displayed by America's ruling elite, Canadians are ignoring the fact that incompetents like this gal, Christina Freeland, the PM and so many other basket weavers have seats at the trough and licence to feed off us.

What continues to amaze me is the amount of time spent by some folks on the recent US election, while at the same time completely ignoring what is happening here in Canada. I do however see that some of our press are turning their sights on PM Trudeau and his fellow liberals.

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Why are taxpaying Canadians obligated, or responsible to provide housing and every other so-called necessity to people that 'refuse' to earn their own keep and for those who chose to live in locations where there's no hope of their ever becoming productive?


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In attempt to keep my posts balanced :lol:
Liberals approve Trans Mountain and Line 3 pipeline projects, reject Northern Gateway
CTV National News: Fate of three pipelines  
Prime Minister Trudeau announced a pipeline plan that slams the door on one project, but opens the way for two others. Joyce Napier reports.  
The government has green lit Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline proposal, meaning there will be a big increase in tanker traffic.  
The approval of the Kinder Morgan expansion means more than 400 oil tankers will be navigating the Salish Sea.  
 Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press 
 Published Tuesday, November 29, 2016 2:26PM EST  
 Last Updated Tuesday, November 29, 2016 5:53PM EST  
OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is approving Kinder Morgan's proposal to triple the capacity of its Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta to Burnaby, B.C. -- a $6.8-billion project that has sparked protests by climate change activists from coast to coast.Trudeau is also effectively killing the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline across northern British Columbia, but giving a green light to Enbridge's lesser-known $7.5-billion Line 3 pipeline expansion from Alberta to Wisconsin.

The Liberals had promised a decision on Kinder Morgan by Dec. 19 but decided to announce all the pipeline decisions at once ahead of a Dec. 9 meeting between Trudeau and the provincial and territorial premiers
More indigenous leaders join pledge to fight oilsands and pipelines 
Oil and gas project delays hurting Canada's reputation, industry group says 

"(Trans Mountain) will create 15,000 new middle-class jobs, the majority of them in the trades," Trudeau told a news conference Tuesday. "It meets the strictest of environmental standards and fits within our national climate plan."

That includes 157 binding conditions set out by the National Energy Board, said Trudeau, who also noted the project would not have been approved without the government of Alberta's own carbon-pricing efforts and cap on oilsands emissions.

"We are convinced it is in the best interests of Canadians," Trudeau said of the decision.

"We've heard clearly from Canadians that they don't want to see someone trying to make a choice between what's good for the environment and what's good for the economy. They need to go together, and the decisions we've made today and leading up to today are entirely consistent with that."

The decision to close the book on Northern Gateway came as a surprise to no one. But Trudeau added a corollary: a moratorium on crude oil tanker shipping on B.C.'s north coast, something the Liberals promised in the 2015 election campaign.

"Very shortly we'll introduce legislation to make this tanker moratorium the law," he said.

Indigenous leaders and environmental leaders who spoke earlier in the day appeared resigned to the government's decision, but far from prepared to give up their fight.

"The struggle will simply intensify," said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of British Columbia Chiefs. "It will become more litigious, it will become more political and the battle will continue."

There are no conditions under which the chiefs would have been willing to agree to the project, Phillip added.

"The risks are just too grave. The tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet will increase by 700 per cent and it's inevitable that there will be a collision in a very congested inlet."

Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs said the federal government simply doesn't have the blessing of Canada's aboriginal community to approve the project.

"They're not going to exclude us the second time. They don't have consent to come through our treaty lands without us," he said.

"Now's our opportunity to send a clear message that we demand that we're listened to. The standard of consent is one of consensus amongst our people. And I don't see a day where our people will consent to destruction of the land, to destruction of the water. I just don't see it."

Earlier Tuesday, the broad strokes of a year-long Liberal government effort to position the government between fossil fuel development advocates, indigenous groups and climate policy hawks played out during question period in the House of Commons.

Rona Ambrose, the Conservative interim leader, said it is not enough for the Liberals to approve major pipelines; it must then "champion them through to the end" in order to see that they actually get built.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, by contrast, accused the Liberals of a "Goldilocks approach" that has browbeat the Liberal party's own environmentally conscious, anti-pipeline MPs into silence.

Trudeau was happy to claim the middle ground.

"One side of this House wants us to approve everything and ignore indigenous communities and environmental responsibilities," he said.

"The other side of the House doesn't care about the jobs or the economic growth that comes with getting our resources to market."

The stalled Northern Gateway oil pipeline from Alberta through the Great Bear Rain Forest to Kitimat, B.C., had so far been thwarted in the courts for lack of proper indigenous consultation.

The less prominent Enbridge project will see the half-century-old Line 3 pipeline from Alberta through southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba to the United States replaced by an entirely new line about twice the current pipeline's working capacity.

The Trans Mountain and Line 3 expansions alone would boost pipeline capacity by more than 1.1 million barrels per day.

The pipeline decisions follow weeks of Liberal government announcements designed to show it is serious about combating climate change, including an accelerated coal phase-out and a national floor price on carbon emissions starting in 2018.

Trudeau confirmed Tuesday that he'll be holding a first ministers meeting with provincial and territorial premiers as well as indigenous leaders on Dec. 9 in Ottawa, where the pan-Canadian climate plan will be the main focus of the agenda.

U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden will also be making a visit to Ottawa on Dec. 8-9 to meet with the first ministers -- perhaps one last opportunity for the Liberals to showcase their environmental policy entente with outgoing President Barack Obama before president-elect Donald Trump's inauguration in January.

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As soon as Trump green lights the Keystone pipeline Trudeau will change his mind and cancel the Kinder Morgan approval stating it is no longer a necessity for getting our resources to market. This will appease the protesters while at the same time allowing Nottley to get Alberta oil to market.

The anti-pipeline crowd better get moving if they want to have some quality protesting time. Oh wait, I think I can hear the drums banging already.

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Trudeau is often described as a hypocrite. But he is not really. In order to be a hypocrite, one must have a belief system and then act contrary to those values. But Trudeau is devoid of the values that once made Canada a great country.
If you agree with the premise the prime minister has no love for Canada, its history or its values, then his seemingly contradictory positions can be explained. For example, he loves to brag about being a feminist; yet he is perfectly happy going to radical mosques where women are segregated and treated as second-class citizens. He sees nothing wrong with surrounding himself with radical Muslims who think gays should be killed and then running off to a gay pride parade and taking selfies with half naked people."

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if the headline is true then those lobbying PM Trudeau are in breach of Canadian Law unless they are registered Lobbyists.  If they are not then our Present Government should turn them in for Prosecution  if they are in breach of the law.


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It seems the drive is on to make the "Illegal" use of drugs safe, so then why not make all drugs legal for use by adults, tax them the same as the currently legal drugs (alcohol and tobacco) and thereby raise funds to treat those who overdose. If there was a legal supply then of course the product would be more pure and part of the ongoing problem would be solved thereby reducing the cost of treatment and at the same time taking the criminal element (dealers / pushers) out of the picture.

Liberals aim to overturn 26 Harper-era restrictions for supervised injection sites in Canada


Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | December 12, 2016 | Last Updated: Dec 13 9:52 AM ET
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A man prepares heroin he bought on the street to be injected at the Insite safe injection clinic in Vancouver, B.C.
Darryl Dyck / Canadian PressA man prepares heroin he bought on the street to be injected at the Insite safe injection clinic in Vancouver, B.C.

OTTAWA — The federal government is adopting a public-health approach to its drug control strategy, Health Minister Jane Philpott said Monday as she unveiled proposed new measures that would open the door to more supervised injection sites in Canada.

Newly tabled legislation would, if passed, eliminate 26 strict requirements for new “consumption” sites put in place by the previous Conservative government, all within parameters set out by the Supreme Court, Philpott said.

“We need to take swift action on the opioid crisis to save lives,” she told a news conference in the foyer of the House of Commons, describing the current fentanyl crisis as national in scope.

Sean Kilpatrick / Canadian PressJane Philpott, Federal Minister of Health and Ralph Goodale talks to media after making an announcement regarding an act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

“We must confront the fact there will be no quick reversal of the current situation.”

Currently, applicants for new injection sites must provide medical and scientific evidence of benefit, along with stakeholder letters from provincial health ministers, local police and regional health officials — stringent criteria that advocates say made it all but impossible to establish new sites.

A number of applications for sites are currently under review, and the government intends to provide updates to make it clear in those cases what needs to be done to win approval, Philpott said.

“The circumstances of every community will be different,” she said. “That’s why it’s important that communities work together in their locations to be able to address their unique circumstances.”

In places like downtown Vancouver, which is on the front line of the fentanyl problem, people are dying every day, she added.

“The evidence is very clear that when they are well established and well maintained in communities that want and need the, supervised consumption sites save lives and do not have a negative impact on crime rates in the community,” she said.

“We will encourage everyone to have that public health approach, to recognize this is a health crisis and we need to provide the appropriate resources.”

There are currently two drug injection sites in Canada — both in Vancouver.

Darryl Dyck / Canadian PressThe window of supervised injection site, Insite, during a demonstration calling for more safe injection sites, in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday June 8, 2016

The new legislation would, if passed, lift a restriction that prevents border guards from inspecting packages that are under 30 grams in weight — even if they have reason to believe the packages contain illegal drugs.

It would also place new restrictions on the import of pill presses and encapsulators, two machines commonly used in the production of illicit drugs.

NDP justice critic Murray Rankin, who represents the riding of Victoria, said he’s pleased to see the new changes — but disappointed it has taken more than a year since the Liberals took power for them to come to the fore.

“Listen, I had — in one week — five people in the city of Victoria die,” Rankin said.

The Canadian PressFentanyl pills are shown in an undated police handout photo

“This government taking these steps now is appreciated … but it is hardly adequate and in the time it is going to take to debate these changes … dozens of people are going to die.”

In British Columbia alone, officials say there have been 622 drug overdose deaths between January and October, about 60 per cent of them involve fentanyl.

“It’s very clear that British Columbia is facing extraordinary circumstances,” Philpott said.

Health officials and political leaders have sounded the alarm about a dramatic spike in opioid deaths across Canada. The issue was the focus of a national summit held in Ottawa last month that brought together experts from across the country.

Last month, the federal government also announced plans to more closely regulate six chemicals that are principal ingredients in the making of fentanyl. The RCMP are also working with China to stanch the flow of fentanyl from across the Pacific Ocean.

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson and Chen Zhimin, the vice-minister of China’s public security ministry, agreed to boost efforts to disrupt the flow of the drug and other opioids.

Fentanyl and other opioids pose a grave threat to community safety in Canada, Paulson said at the time.

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This just doesn't pass the smell test...a real change?

This is is how Trudeaus new friends are stimulating the local economy...

We must appear to be a country of SUCKERS!   How long will the honeymoon last?

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The ongoing popularity of this twatwaffle never ceases to amaze me. Are Canadians really that stupid or is it just more MSM BS hype to perpetuate their socialist vision of the world?

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December 18, 2016 8:07 am

Unpacking the politics: The ‘cash-for-access’ affair

By Amy Minsky National Online Journalist  Global News

Over the past three months, the number of Canadians who say they approve of the job Trudeau is doing as prime minister has dropped 10 points, according to a recent Angus Reid poll. Yes, his 55 per cent approval rating is still quite high, but it’s the lowest Trudeau has earned since winning the election in October 2015.

READ MORE: Justin Trudeau says he has no problem answering questions from ethics watchdog

One issue in particular has been plaguing Trudeau and the Liberals. There’s nothing illegal about the fundraising events where high-ranking Liberal, including the prime minister and cabinet ministers, are often present. But if the numbers are any indication, it’s hurting them. Still, the practice seems to continue.

“I think one of the reasons why they’ve allowed it to go this far is it’s a very efficient way to raise money,” said Steven Chase, a reporter with the Globe and Mail who has written extensively on the matter.

“It’s a lot easier to get people in clumps of $1,500 than it is to ask them for $10 or $20 repeatedly.”

READ MORE: Opposition parties eagerly await 2017, while Liberals brace for choppy waters

When the matter started making waves, Trudeau said neither he nor any cabinet ministers at these events were lobbied.

But then the prime minister changed his tune, telling Canadians that yes, guests discuss state affairs with him during the fundraisers. Trudeau’s part in this practice dates back to when he was running for the leadership of his party during parts of 2102 and 2013, said political author and veteran journalist Susan Delacourt.

“Most of that was assuring elites and business people against the narrative that the Conservatives were drawing about him was that he was just not ready,” she said Sunday. “Some of that in the early days was a persuasion effort to show serious people with serious money that he was a serious person.”

The fact of the matter is, though, Trudeau is now prime minister and some of the influential people forking over cash might expect something in return.

“I think if you had a situation where Mr. Trudeau had dinners with people and there was no money changing hands, it certainly wouldn’t be … any kind of quid pro quo expected,” Chase said. “What we’ve seen is the Liberals keep talking about ‘This is just $1,500.’ But we see what they do is, we have these events where people pool their money, $80,000 to $120,000, and then the prime minister comes.”

Asked whether the Liberals should put a stop to the high-expense fundraisers, Delacourt said yes.

Doing so, Chase said, would change the narrative.

“You would no longer have a situation where they were seen as having these exclusive affairs where they bring people together and can bend the prime minister’s ear after having written a cheque to him.”


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Interesting perspective....either ahead of the wave or drowning underneath it.


"While Trudeau appears to be leading a head-long charge into the realm of legal marijuana possession and use in Canada, the trend in Europe is headed in the opposite direction."

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"Someone named Anonymous has been attributed as being behind the quote that “opinion polls measure the public’s satisfaction with its own ignorance.” Too bad no one has taken ownership because it’s a honey of an observation.

A passel of polls on our prime minister’s approval rating have recently been published as 2016 draws to a close, with many indeed showing that ignorance is bliss among a good percentage of the electorate.

This benefits Justin Trudeau, of course, the premise being that what you don’t know can’t hurt you, and extends to the point that what the public doesn’t know about Trudeau cannot possibly hurt him.

This is why ostriches stick their heads in the sand.

The four polling firms doing their year-end opinion roundup — Forum, Angus Reid, CROP and Abacus — show public support for Justin Trudeau slipping slightly since the jubilant hysteria and effusiveness following the Liberals’ banishment of the cold-hearted Harperites to the status of Official Opposition.

Perhaps our populace was preoccupied with what was going on south of our border, and the improbable election of bombastic real-estate mogul and reality-TV huckster Donald Trump as the most powerful man on the planet.

Whatever it was, we weren’t paying much attention to our domestic politics, despite the media exposing the stink of Trudeau privately dining with Chinese billionaires tethered to Beijing in a cash-for-access scenario that went against his own fundraising rules.

Some 31% of Canadians polled, in fact, had not even heard of the scandal that has been on front pages for weeks, and fodder for opinion columnists who almost collectively see it as wrong.

That’s almost a third of every voter in the land who is living in ignorance of their prime minister’s rather dodgy campaign to fill the Liberal Party coffers with access to him as irresistible bait.

The percentage gets even worse when it comes to the public’s awareness regarding the Trudeau government’s total bungling of electoral reform, and watching Liberal MP Maryam Mousef drowning before our eyes under the weight of the file.

In fact, a full 40% of those polled have no idea what the electoral reform issue is about, and another 30% claim they couldn’t care less about the process of uprooting a voting system that has served the country well for almost 150 years.

This not only spells ignorance, it shows a level of apathy that opens the doors for the Liberals to quietly run amok while such a large segment of Canadians appears to be tuned out.

While ordinary Canadians struggle to make ends meet, and flip coins to decide whether to feed their families or pay the electricity bill, Trudeau spent most of this year giving away multi-millions to foreign entities with money he has had to borrow.

Our economy occupies him hardly a whit.

Hopefully, 2017 will see the tide turn, although the best predictor of the future has always been the past.

So it doesn’t bode well when the public pays little attention.

Its ignorance only encourages them."





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How could anyone expect a character that has never had to work a day to support himself to be a fiscally responsible adult, never mind PM?


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On 12/18/2016 at 8:39 AM, Jaydee said:

Interesting perspective....either ahead of the wave or drowning underneath it.


"While Trudeau appears to be leading a head-long charge into the realm of legal marijuana possession and use in Canada, the trend in Europe is headed in the opposite direction."

And here is a new report on marijuana, note the potential harms.

Marijuana's health impacts reviewed in U.S. report

Lack of scientific information on marijuana and its chemical cousins 'poses a public health risk'

The Associated Press Posted: Jan 12, 2017 2:17 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 12, 2017 2:18 PM ET

There's strong evidence that marijuana can treat chronic pain in adults, according to a new U.S. report. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

 It can almost certainly ease chronic pain and might help some people sleep, but it's also likely to raise the risk of getting schizophrenia and might trigger heart attacks. Those are among the conclusions about marijuana reached by a U.S. federal advisory panel in a report released Thursday.

The experts also called for a national effort to learn more about marijuana and its chemical cousins, including similarly acting compounds called cannabinoids.

The current lack of scientific information "poses a public health risk," said the report, released by the U.S. National  Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Patients, health care professionals and policy makers need more evidence to make sound decisions, it said.

Several factors have limited research. While the federal government has approved some medicines containing ingredients found in marijuana, it still classifies marijuana as illegal and imposes restrictions on research. So scientists have to jump through bureaucratic hoops that some find daunting, the report said.

A federal focus on paying for studies of potential harms has also impeded research into possible health benefits, the report said. The range of marijuana products available for study has also been restricted, although the government is expanding the number of approved suppliers.

The report lists nearly 100 conclusions about marijuana and its similarly acting chemical cousins, drawing on studies published since 1999.

It found strong evidence, for example, that marijuana can treat chronic pain in adults and that similar compounds ease nausea from chemotherapy, with varying degrees of evidence for treating muscle stiffness and spasms in multiple sclerosis.

Limited evidence says marijuana or the other compounds can boost appetite in people with HIV or AIDS, and ease symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, the report concluded. But it said there's not enough research to say whether they're effective for treating cancers, irritable bowel syndrome, epilepsy, or certain symptoms of Parkinson's disease, or helping people beat addictions.

There may be more evidence soon: a study in Colorado is investigating the use of marijuana to treat PTSD.

Turning to potential harms, the committee concluded:
  • Strong evidence links marijuana use to the risk of developing schizophrenia and other causes of psychosis, with the highest risk among the most frequent users.
  • Some evidence suggests a small increased risk for developing depressive disorders, but there's no evidence either way on whether it affects the course or symptoms of such disorders, or the risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • There's strong evidence that using marijuana increases the risk of a traffic accident, but no clear indication that it promotes workplace accidents or injuries, or death from a marijuana overdose.
  • There's only weak evidence for the idea that it hurts school achievement, raises unemployment rates or harms social functioning.
  • For pregnant women who smoke pot, there's strong evidence of reduced birthweight but only weak evidence of any effect on pregnancy complications for the mother, or an infant's need for admission to intensive care. There's not enough evidence to show whether it affects the child later, like sudden infant death syndrome or substance use.
  • Some evidence suggests there's no link to lung cancer in marijuana smokers. But there's no evidence, or insufficient evidence, to support or rebut any link to developing cancers of the prostate, cervix, bladder, or esophagus.
  • Substantial evidence links pot smoking to worse respiratory symptoms and more frequent episodes of chronic bronchitis.
  • There's weak evidence that suggests smoking marijuana can trigger a heart attack, especially for people at high risk of heart disease. But there's no evidence either way on whether chronic use affects a person's risk of a heart attack.
  • Some evidence suggests a link between using marijuana and developing a dependence on or abuse of other substances, including alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs.

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1 hour ago, deicer said:

They still sell cigarettes and alcohol, don't they?

So adding ANOTHER harmful vice is your answer? Trudeau could care less about the health of Canadians. He is on record as looking at this move as a revenue source. Period.

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