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14 minutes ago, Wolfhunter said:

deicer - I’m wondering if you have considered the downstream ramifications of completely alienating all of us who have (unwittingly perhaps) assisted with the spread of the liberalistic disease we now see as run amuck.

Failure to anticipate a large scale pendulum swing back to a point I might previously have considered harsh may well be inevitable and, ironically, it is completely self inflicted and well deserved. If you don’t like Donnie and you don’t like Dougie, well stand by… me and others like me are going to force feed them to you until you cry uncle. Think of it in terms of water boarding. The rice pudding told me to say that...

Have you wondered why the Libs stay in power longer than the Cons?  

It is because the bad taste of Con policy hits quicker and lasts longer that Lib.

So the public will hold it's nose, swallow the 'harsh medicine',  suffer the diarrhea, and void the rice pudding.

 

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You keep assuming I will vote Lib.  

I have tried to point out, I vote for whoever displays the propensity for doing least harm.

I know all governments spend like drunken sailors, I consider the who and what they spend it on.

That drives my determination.

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I used to think that way too and now consider it a huge mistake. It is now abundantly clear to me who does the most harm. On any issue that I have first hand, in depth knowledge of, the liberals have come up deliberately dishonest and deceitful in ways that Donnie could never aspire too. So, will it be rice or tapioca with a slice of lemon? 

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"You keep assuming I will vote Lib."

 

You most likely bounce back and forth between the liberals and NDP and are maybe even tempted to throw a vote in the direction of the Green Party / Libertarians from time-to-time, but it's extremely difficult to imagine you ever casting a vote in favour of the Blue team.

   

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He is no more credible today than he was yesterday, tomorrow he will be collecting tropical fish or raising goats fed with hats made from organic straw. 

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More reality.

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China cancels meetings with B.C. trade mission in wake of Huawei executive's arrest

China's foreign ministry called in the U.S. ambassador on Sunday to lodge a "strong protest" over the arrest in Canada of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.'s chief financial officer. China also cancelled meetings for a B.C. trade mission.

U.S. was 'unreasonable' to ask Canada to arrest Meng Zhangwou, China says in meeting with U.S. ambassador

The Associated Press · Posted: Dec 09, 2018 1:15 PM ET | Last Updated: 29 minutes ago
 
Chinese pressure on the Canadian government to release Huawei CFO Meng Zhangwou won't work in a rule-of-law country with an independent judiciary, says Roland Paris, a former foreign policy adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Maxim Shipenkov/EPA)
 

The detention of an executive of Chinese electronics giant Huawei in Canada is already having repercussions in Canadian-Chinese trade relations.

Bruce Ralston, British Columbia's minister of jobs, trade and technology, on Sunday issued a statement saying the province has rescheduled the upcoming China meetings of B.C.'s current Forestry Asia Trade Mission.

He said the China leg of the mission, set to take place after talks in Japan wrap on Tuesday, has been suspended "due to the international judicial process underway" relating to a senior official at Huawei Technologies Co.

Ralston said B.C. "values its strong trade relationship with China, one based on mutual respect and close economic and cultural ties that have been established over many decades," and his government will try to reschedule the talks "at the earliest convenient moment." 

China summoned the U.S. ambassador to Beijing on Sunday to protest the detention of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Canada at Washington's behest and demanded Washington cancel an order for her arrest.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng "lodged solemn representations and strong protests" with Ambassador Terry Branstad against the detention of Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou.

Meng, who is reportedly suspected of trying to evade U.S. trade curbs on Iran, was detained on Dec. 1 while changing planes in Vancouver.

The Xinhua report quoted Le as calling Meng's detention "extremely egregious" and demanded the U.S. vacate an order for her arrest. It quoted Le as calling for the U.S. to "immediately correct its wrong actions" and said it would take further steps based on Washington's response.

Le also told Branstad the U.S. had made an "unreasonable demand" on Canada to detain Meng while she was en route to Mexico from Hong Kong.

"The actions of the U.S. seriously violated the lawful and legitimate rights of the Chinese citizen, and by their nature were extremely nasty," Le told Branstad, comments similar to those he made to Canada's ambassador the previous day.

In this courtroom sketch, Meng Wanzhou, right, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, sits beside a translator during a bail hearing at B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Friday. Meng was arrested last Saturday while she was travelling through Vancouver airport, after an extradition request from the United States. (Jane Wolsak/Canadian Press)

The move followed the summoning of Canadian Ambassador John McCallum on Saturday over Meng's detention and a similar protest warning of "grave consequences" if she is not released.

Huawei is the biggest global supplier of network gear for phone and internet companies and has been the target of deepening U.S. security concerns over its ties to the Chinese government. The U.S. has pressured European countries and other allies to limit use of its technology, warning they could be opening themselves up to surveillance and theft of information.

 

'No point' to political pressure 

Roland Paris, a former foreign policy adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, said that Chinese pressure on the Canada's government won't work.

Perrhaps because the Chinese state controls its judicial system, Beijing sometimes has difficulty understanding or believing that courts can be independent in a rule-of-law country. There's no point in pressuring the Canadian government. Judges will decide," Paris tweeted in response to the comments from Beijing.

A Canadian prosecutor urged a Vancouver court to deny bail to Meng, whose case is shaking up U.S.-China relations and spooking global financial markets.

Meng, also the daughter of Huawei's founder, was detained at the request of the U.S. during a layover at the Vancouver airport on the same day that U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, agreed over dinner to a 90-day ceasefire in a trade dispute that threatens to disrupt global commerce.

huawei-s-reach-gfx.jpgThe U.S. alleges that Huawei used a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment in Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions. It also says that Meng and Huawei misled American banks about its business dealings in Iran.The surprise arrest raises doubts about whether the trade truce will hold and whether the world's two biggest economies can resolve the complicated issues that divide them.Why it's hard to overstate the significance of Huawei CFO's arrestCanadian prosecutor John Gibb-Carsley said in a court hearing Friday that a warrant had been issued for Meng's arrest in New York on Aug. 22. He said Meng was aware of the investigation and had been avoiding the United States for months, even though her teenage son goes to school in Boston.Court urged to reject bail requestGibb-Carsley alleged that Huawei had done business in Iran through a Hong Kong company called Skycom. Meng, he said, had misled U.S. banks into thinking that Huawei and Skycom were separate when, in fact, "Skycom was Huawei." Meng has contended that Huawei sold Skycom in 2009.In urging the court to reject Meng's bail request, Gibb-Carsley said the Huawei executive had vast resources and a strong incentive to bolt: She's facing fraud charges in the United States that could put her in prison for 30 years.

 

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'Ruining Christmas': Family told to take down hockey rink after neighbour complains.

An Ottawa family that has for years built an outdoor hockey rink on its front lawn for the neighbourhood children to enjoy is being forced to take it down after a neighbour complained, calling it an eyesore and alleging that it violates city bylaws.

Cory Cosgrove, who built the rink for his three daughters, said he was initially told by a city bylaw officer that the boards of the rink were on city property, so he moved them back.

Nevertheless, a bylaw officer returned this week to tell the Cosgroves that the boards of the rink will have to come down.

 

They say there’s not much they can do as far as having a slab of ice on your front yard for the kids to play on, but the structure itself is the issue,” Cosgrove told CTV Ottawa.

The neighbour who complained told CTV Ottawa that the Cosgroves never consulted with her before putting up the walls.

Many other neighbours say they have no problem with the rink.

“I guess the Grinch is out,” said Greg Hill, a parent and neighbour. “We always talk about wanting kids to get outside more and have fun and this is how they do it. And if people have a problem with this sort of thing, it’s a shame that they can’t do it.”

 

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/ruining-christmas-family-told-to-take-down-hockey-rink-after-neighbour-complains-1.4220353

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https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/totally-intolerable-toronto-cops-bust-23-over-weekend-for-impaired-driving

During the last year, I've done 4X east/west, border to border, end to end transits through Ontario. In all of those miles, I didn't see a single police car or a single traffic stop. What I did see was the most reckless, self entitled, non compliant drivers Canada has to offer in one place.  Sounds like a general broad brush statement eh? Just ask any long haul biker you know, I bet they agree.

When no other outcome is possible, my question is always "what did you think was going to happen?"

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1 hour ago, Wolfhunter said:

https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/totally-intolerable-toronto-cops-bust-23-over-weekend-for-impaired-driving

During the last year, I've done 4X east/west, border to border, end to end transits through Ontario. In all of those miles, I didn't see a single police car or a single traffic stop. What I did see was the most reckless, self entitled, non compliant drivers Canada has to offer in one place.  Sounds like a general broad brush statement eh? Just ask any long haul biker you know, I bet they agree.

When no other outcome is possible, my question is always "what did you think was going to happen?"

drove to YOW and back last week and same thing.  Went to Michigan this past weekend and the drivers there were excellent...the roads not so much.

 

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On a related topic - anyone hear about this "elf-on-the-shelf" nonsense?  My kids are older and out of the house so not a concern for me but a few of my co-workers have mentioned it over the last few years.  Thankfully most of them share my opinion that it's a stupid, and potentially harmful thing to subject your children to - there is no fricking way that I (or my wife) would stand for it in our house.

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"Mother Christmas

In 1988, Roald Dahl composed a festive poem for Great Ormond Street Hospital, illustrated by Quentin Blake. It's a Christmas cracker.

As the festive season is upon us, here's a slightly, well, alternative Christmas rhyme from Roald Dahl...

Mother Christmas

"Where art thou, Mother Christmas?

I only wish I knew

Why Father should get all the praise

And no one mentions you.

 

I'll bet you buy the presents

And wrap them large and small

While all the time that rotten swine

Pretends he's done it all.

 

So Hail To Mother Christmas

Who shoulders all the work!

And down with Father Christmas,

That unmitigated jerk!" [c. RDNL]

The 'Mother Christmas' poem was created by Roald Dahl in 1988 for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Quentin Blake - also patron of Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity - provided the illustrations. You can find the poem, along with many other stories and verses, in The Roald Dahl Treasury."

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https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/rcmp-recruitment-gender-1.4954015

The RCMP have now fallen victim to their own hiring policy and it will take a decade to undue it. They have a generation of degreed, bilingual members who have never been hungry, never been cold, never been unemployed. They went from High School to University and direct to the depot. As a result, many show up at domestic disputes lacking empathy and understanding.... as with many voters, lots of opinion but a horrid lack of life experience; another keep watching for ya!

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Why the UN is useless. Would be a great  place for someone wth Trudeau’s talents.

List of 2018 UN condemnations: Israel 21, Iran 1, Syria 1, North Korea 1, Russia 1, China 0, Hamas 0, Pakistan 0, Saudi Arabia 0, Turkey 0, Venezuela, 0...

The United Nations General Assembly continued to show its obvious anti-Israel bias throughout 2018; officially condemning the Jewish State 21 times while blatantly ignoring countless violations from other countries across the globe.

https://www.hannity.com/media-room/shameful-un-condemned-israel-21-times-in-2018-iran-syria-north-korea-once/

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