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3 hours ago, Jaydee said:

 

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People without Gods kill people too. In fact they do it on an historically unprecedented dehumanizing, systematic and industrial level then any religion has yet sunken to:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_killings_under_communist_regimes

Perhaps not wise to blame the fear of God for humanity’s capacity for evil

 

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40 minutes ago, Eddy said:

People without Gods kill people too.

And stupid devours its own tail. 

The violence people attribute to religion (in places like Iraq) is really about interests, politics and the control of resources. Religion is simply a tool sharpened by agenda and welded by politics.

Each generation of oppressors blames the spectre of oppression on the generation proceeding it. The only constant is consistency.

 

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The studios teaching Trans women how to be more feminine

Trans woman Nicole Thornbur goes to specialist studios to learn how to become more feminine.

Privately-run Born studios in Manchester offers services including make-up lessons and voice coaching to people in the Trans community.

BBC reporter William Lee Adams went with Nicole to the studios to find out more.https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-50854359/the-studios-teaching-trans-women-how-to-be-more-feminine

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1 hour ago, Wolfhunter said:

The ignorant serve only as instruction to the wise..... and the wise stand undeterred by legions of the foolish..

Ah but who determines who are the wise and who are the foolish?

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19 minutes ago, Marshall said:

Ah but who determines who are the wise and who are the foolish?

We do.

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25 minutes ago, seeker said:

We do.

I am not sure that I trust "we" to make that determination, mind you I do trust "ME".  Just take a look at History were "we" were wrong.  😀

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Surely this is a joke..Is the Associated press Fake news? 

“Iowa man who tore down, burned LGBTQ flag is imprisoned”

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) — A man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for burning an LGBTQ flag that was flying at a church in central Iowa.

Adolfo Martinez, 30, of Ames, was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years for the hate crime of arson, as well as a year for the reckless use of explosives or fire, and 30 days for harassment. The sentences are to be served consecutively, Story County court records show.

A jury convicted Martinez in November. He was arrested in June. 

Martinez said he tore down the flag that had been hanging from the United Church of Christ in Ames and burned it because he opposes homosexuality.

https://apnews.com/195d858e100032f445209df50f876040

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14 hours ago, Wolfhunter said:

I feel as though we have made a breakthrough of sorts but fear it is lost on you.

I urge you to stand your agenda driven notion on its head and see the bigger picture. Better yet, seek the road less travelled and view the world through the lens of those who have traveled off the vacation circuit. 

Your lack of respect is palpable.... if you were older and wiser, you would see the value that respect conveys and praise it as a virtue. You would see it as a treasure and source of negotiation toward a favoured outcome acceptable to all.... and yet your ignorance deceives you. 

I see no rational outcome here without compulsory military service that forces ignorant people to look beyond their foolishness. Imagine how small your thoughts and prejudices are on the world stage.... bet ya can't.

I don't think I wish to be older, they'd be planting me.  Wiser is up for discussion, mainly because you see the problem as I don't have your point of view or agenda, whereas I see that as a plus to be in opposition to that thinking.

Your self aggrandisement is breathtaking.  

Maybe you are the one that needs to explore the other options available and to accept differences for what they are instead of preaching.

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11 hours ago, seeker said:

We do.

For good or ill, it would seem (to me) that’s the simple, practical answer in a democracy that gives one person one vote. The next, and bigger question in that context becomes “what is truth” because you would want (hopefully) to use that vote wisely; not doing so would, by definition, be foolish….. right?

If you were to defer to Socrates (and Socratic method), it’s not about determining “what is true” it’s about determining “what can’t be true.” Personally, this stands as sufficient for me. If you eliminate what can’t be true you have achieved a huge first step and collectively, I don’t think we even attempt to do that.

Some would immediately ask how this would (or could) be quantified and I would suggest examining cause and effect because It serves as a practical test of the viability of a course of political action. Having a policy, as remedy for something that “can’t be true” is therefore unwise and since pursuing it can’t result in a remedy, doing so can only be considered foolish.

By way of example, thinking that taking rifles away from hunters in the country stands as a remedy for gangsters using handguns in the city, logically can’t be true…. thus the act of pursuing it as a matter of public policy is foolish; unless (as is the case here) there is an underlying objective (that being disarming the population). We have now entered the realm of “tactics” supported by rhetoric and we come full circle.

Within the context of a democratic process, perhaps we can define wisdom as a state of awareness within the electorate. Churchill once said that the greatest argument against democracy was a 5 minute conversation with the average voter….. I think Churchill was a wise man.

 

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49 minutes ago, deicer said:

Your self aggrandisement is breathtaking.  

Maybe you are the one that needs to explore the other options available and to accept differences for what they are instead of preaching.

After re-reading my post I see your point. I was in a hurry got ahead of myself.

My perspective was that ridiculing someones religious beliefs doesn't stand as much of a foundation for respectful dialog and that respectful dialog is, or should be, the desired path toward a good outcome. Admittedly, that point (and others) were poorly made in multiple instances... sorry. 

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28 minutes ago, Wolfhunter said:

After re-reading my post I see your point. I was in a hurry got ahead of myself.

My perspective was that ridiculing someones religious beliefs doesn't stand as much of a foundation for respectful dialog and that respectful dialog is, or should be, the desired path toward a good outcome. Admittedly, that point (and others) were poorly made in multiple instances... sorry. 

 “You can’t kiss all the girls.”

“ And you can’t fret about the ones you don’t kiss—because no one can kiss them all. It’s particularly apt because trying to kiss all the girls may actually be the fastest way to collect the greatest number of black eyes known to man.”

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36 minutes ago, Wolfhunter said:

After re-reading my post I see your point. I was in a hurry got ahead of myself.

My perspective was that ridiculing someones religious beliefs doesn't stand as much of a foundation for respectful dialog and that respectful dialog is, or should be, the desired path toward a good outcome. Admittedly, that point (and others) were poorly made in multiple instances... sorry. 

Apology always accepted, thank you.

Thank you as well for continuing the always amusing, mostly educational, and horizon expanding discourse on the many aspects that we respectfully don't agree on.

 

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Assman strikes back: Denied licence plate, Saskatchewan man emblazons 'offensive' last name on tailgate

The Melville man had an oversized decal designed to replicate the plate in question. 'Well I just wanted to go big!'

When it comes to celebrating his family name, Dave Assman refuses to take no for an answer.

After Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) denied his latest request for an ‘ASSMAN’ vanity licence plate, the Melville man had an oversized decal designed to replicate the plate in question and then placed the decal on the tailgate of his white Dodge Ram pickup truck.

Assman — pronounced OSS-men — said he appealed SGI’s decision on Tuesday and received a message around four hours later that his request had once again been rejected. Then the railroad worker took action.

“I could have got a plate for the front but I really wanted a vanity plate on the back of my truck!” Assman wrote in a social media post showing off the decal.

“See, I hate to say it but I’m kinda a sarcastic ass and well I just wanted to go big!” he said later via direct message.

 

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Imagine Rex having an opinion on all this?

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-murphy-our-not-so-brave-new-world-has-gone-bananas

IMO he is really talking about the Socratic ability to determine and identify that which isn't true (or can't be true). Truth and reality are cousins for most practical people although I do recall this being the subject of some debate. Reality is what it is and doesn't care about individual versions of truth because it remains unaffected and unaltered by perception. Calling the world flat doesn't change its shape anymore than manufacturers modifying dress sizes makes you thinner. 

My hope would be for voters to simply consider cause and effect in that light and by doing so, identify and reject agendas born of rhetoric and the deliberate manipulation of truthful elements. The lack of finesse with which this is now done becomes apparent in the crude manipulation of statistics (lies even), and the support of a willing media that has rendered much of the news (and topics covered) to the realm of propaganda.... propaganda is todays religious doctrine and religious doctrine is the enemy of free speech. We are seeing that now....

Most political debate is now akin to Muslims and Catholics discussing theology. There is no hope of compromise and both debaters know full well that neither of them is on a quest for truth because they have already found it. They continue because they enjoy the exchange...... what was (or could be) a quest for truth and compromise becomes a source of entertainment which soon morphs into ridicule leading to further polarization between the debaters.

Appealing to the ever shrinking pool of moderates becomes the key to advancing an agenda.... Democrats are coming to that conclusion a bit late in the game I think.  

  

 

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31 minutes ago, Wolfhunter said:

Reality is what it is and doesn't care about individual versions of truth

Found this in my collection of “Russian memes” :thumbup: 

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On 12/24/2019 at 5:12 AM, Jaydee said:

Found this in my collection of “Russian memes” :thumbup: 

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Seems that things have changed:

Avangard: Russia deploys hypersonic nuclear-capable missiles

Following years of tests, first missile unit equipped with Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle enters combat duty.

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A handout still image from video footage made available in July 2018 by the Russian Defence Ministry shows the Avangard hypersonic strategic missile system equipped with a gliding hypersonic maneuvering warhead [Russian Defence Ministry Press Service/EPA]
A handout still image from video footage made available in July 2018 by the Russian Defence Ministry shows the Avangard hypersonic strategic missile system equipped with a gliding hypersonic maneuvering warhead [Russian Defence Ministry Press Service/EPA]

Russia's defence minister reported to President Vladimir Putin that a new hypersonic weapon of intercontinental range became operational Friday following years of tests.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu informed Putin that the first missile unit equipped with the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle entered combat duty, the Defence Ministry said.

More:

The military has said that the Avangard is capable of flying 27 times faster than the speed of sound.

"I congratulate you on this landmark event for the military and the entire nation," Shoigu said during a conference call with top military officials.

The Strategic Missile Forces chief, General Sergei Karakayev, said during the call that the Avangard was put on duty with a unit in the Orenburg region in the southern Ural Mountains.

Putin unveiled the Avangard among other prospective weapons systems in his state-of-the-nation address in March 2018, noting that its ability to make sharp manoeuvres on its way to a target will render missile defence useless.

"It heads to target like a meteorite, like a fireball," he said then.

Putin described the Avangard's creation as a technological breakthrough comparable to the 1957 Soviet launch of the first satellite.

The Russian leader noted that Avangard is designed using new composite materials to withstand temperatures of up to 2,000 Celsius (3,632 Fahrenheit) resulting from a flight through the atmosphere at hypersonic speeds.

The new Russian weapon and a similar system being developed by China have troubled the United States, which has pondered defence strategies.

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Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, second left, Russian President Vladimir Putin, third left, and Head of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff, First Deputy Defence Minister, Army General Valery Gerasimov, fourth left, visit the National Defense Management Center in Moscow, Russia in December 2018 [Michael Klimentyev/Kremlin Pool/Sputnik/EPA]

Putin has charged that Russia had to develop the Avangard and other prospective weapons systems because of the US efforts to develop a missile defence system that he claimed could erode Russia's nuclear deterrent.

Moscow has scoffed at the US claims that its missile shield is not intended to counter Russia's massive missile arsenals.

Earlier this week, Putin emphasised that Russia is the only country armed with hypersonic weapons. He noted that for the first time in history, Russia is now leading the world in developing an entirely new class of weapons, unlike in the past when it was catching up with the US.

In December 2018, the Avangard was launched from the Dombarovskiy missile base in the southern Urals and successfully hit a practice target on the Kura shooting range on Kamchatka, 6,000 kilometres (3,700 miles) away.

Russian media reports indicated that the Avangard will first be mounted on Soviet-built RS-18B intercontinental ballistic missiles, code-named SS-19 by NATO.

It is expected to be fitted to the prospective Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile after it becomes operational.

The Defence Ministry said last month that it demonstrated the Avangard to a team of US inspectors as part of transparency measures under the New Start nuclear arms treaty with the US.

The US has mulled new defence strategies to counter Russian and Chinese hypersonic weapons.

US officials have talked about putting a layer of sensors in space to more quickly detect enemy missiles, particularly the hypersonic weapons. The administration also plans to study the idea of basing interceptors in space, so the US can strike incoming enemy missiles during the first minutes of flight when the booster engines are still burning.

The Pentagon also has been working on the development of hypersonic weapons in recent years, and defence secretary Mark Esper said in August that he believes "it's probably a matter of a couple of years" before the US has one.

He has called it a priority as the military works to develop new long-range fire capabilities.

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Politicaly correct news story, note the use of them and they rather than Him and His

A police officer was injured while on duty Friday night in the northwest Calgary community of Hawkwood.

 

The Calgary Police Service said the officer was delivering a subpoena and doing paperwork at around 5:30 p.m. when a man — unrelated to the subpoena — approached the officer about why they were parked on the street.

That’s when police said the man attacked the officer, punching them in the head before the officer deployed their Taser.

Police did not say if the man was hit by the Taser but said he didn’t sustain any injuries.

An officer-in-trouble code was called and units from the district responded to back up the officer. Police said the issue was resolved within 30 minutes.

The officer suffered minor injuries to their head, and police said the suspect was taken into custody.

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Over 900 accused U.S. clergy left off church’s sex abuse lists

BY CLAUDIA LAUER AND MEGHAN HOYER THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Posted December 28, 2019 2:45 pm
Updated December 28, 2019 2:46 pm
Richard J. Poster served time for possessing child pornography, violated his probation by having contact with children, admitted masturbating in the bushes near a church school and in 2005 was put on a sex offender registry. And yet the former Catholic priest was only just this month added to a list of clergy members credibly accused of child sexual abuse — after The Associated Press asked why he was not included.

Victims advocates had long criticized the Roman Catholic Church for not making public the names of credibly accused priests. Now, despite the dioceses’ release of nearly 5,300 names, most in the last two years, critics say the lists are far from complete.

An AP analysis found more than 900 clergy members accused of child sexual abuse who were missing from lists released by the dioceses and religious orders where they served.

The AP reached that number by matching those public diocesan lists against a database of accused priests tracked by the group BishopAccountability.org and then scouring bankruptcy documents, lawsuits, settlement information, grand jury reports and media accounts.

More than a hundred of the former clergy members not listed by dioceses or religious orders had been charged with sexual crimes, including rape, solicitation and receiving or viewing child pornography.

On top of that, the AP found another nearly 400 priests and clergy members who were accused of abuse while serving in dioceses that have not yet released any names.

“No one should think, ‘Oh, the bishops are releasing their lists, there’s nothing left to do,’” said Terence McKiernan, co-founder of BishopAccountability.org, who has been tracking the abuse crisis and cataloguing accused priests for almost two decades, accumulating a database of thousands of priests.

“There are a lot of holes in these lists,” he said. “There’s still a lot to do to get to actual, true transparency.”

Church officials say that absent an admission of guilt, they have to weigh releasing a name against harming the reputation of priests who may have been falsely accused. By naming accused priests, they note, they also open themselves to lawsuits from those who maintain their innocence.

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Was 2019 Canada’s horrible year?

 

  • Calgary Sun
  • 29 Dec 2019
  • LORNE GUNTER lgunter@postmedia.com @sunlornegunter
img?regionKey=MQL%2bgDtvm%2bLWYKNwrWau5w%3d%3dGETTY IMAGES Donald Trump, left, and Justin Trudeau shake hands on the second day of the annual G7 Summit in August.

Queen Elizabeth called 1992 her annus horribilis — her “horrible year.” Her second son, Andrew (yes that Prince Andrew) separated from his wife; her daughter, Anne, divorced from her husband; the affair of her son, Charles, with Camilla Parker Bowles was revealed and a fire at Windsor Castle, the Queen’s family residence, ignited when a spotlight was pressed up against some curtains, eventually causing about $60 million in damages.

Will 2019 be known as the world’s annus horribilis?

Some days it seems that way.

The Americans are hopelessly divided between a narcissistic boor as president, who occasionally adopts decent policies (but mostly by accident) and a pack of smug, condescending lefties who are wrong on even more issues than Donald Trump is because they are fixated on kneejerk, Big Government “progressivism.”

It’s the Battle of the Two Extremes.

A good example: America’s immigration debate isn’t over how many newcomers to take, with what skills, from where. It’s about a wall the Mexicans were never going to pay for versus, essentially, open borders.

American news coverage is unwatchable. It is divided between people who can’t analyze Trump sensibly because they are convinced he is an illegitimate president versus channels that swoon constantly about how he is probably the greatest president of all time.

Both weaken public confidence in cultural and institutional leaders, such as the media.

Last week’s impeachment vote was another example. After unleashing the FBI into the heart of the Trump campaign in 2016, then spending over two years examining every aspect of his dealings with the Russians, American law enforcement and Congress came up with nothing.

So those who want Trump out now obsess on a phone call he made to the Ukrainian president threatening to withhold military aid if Ukraine didn’t investigate corruption allegations against Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden’s son.

That’s a controversy, perhaps rising to a scandal. But does it meet the standard for impeachment? Not even close — unless the mere fact that Trump is still president (and could well win re-election next year) has caused you to lose all sense of perspective.

The relative functionality of the U.S. is important because, like it or not, if the world is going to have a stabilizing force, the Americans, for all their flaws, are the best currently available.

Then, there are the Chinese who are returning to a virulently authoritarian form of government, while building up their military in ways that will enable them to extend their power far beyond their borders. (If you think it’s bad with the Americans as the world’s policeman, just wait until the Chinese take over that job.)

The French were racked with socialist protests much of the first six months of this year, organized by the gilets jaunes, the “yellow vests,” who demanded, often violently, a whole hodgepodge of expensive, lefty goodies from the public purse.

Even the Brits spent much of 2019 in the third year of a

Trudeau’s myriad scandals and ethics violations would certainly have sunk any PM with the intelligence to be ashamed by them.

seemingly endless battle over Brexit — whether to leave the EU or not.

That seems to have been resolved peacefully and emphatically with the victory by “Leaver” Boris Johnson and his Tories in the Dec. 12 national election in the U.K. However, for three consecutive years, Brexit threatened to tear British democracy apart.

Hell, even the emergence of Greta Thunberg as an eco- icon was proof the world had lost its collective mind this year.

A 16-year-old Swede became a worldwide leader of the “green” movement primarily because she had memorized a bunch of scary predictions and was prepared to yell them in the faces of very, very powerful world leaders (albeit she mostly went oneon-one with leaders who, like our own Justin Trudeau, were largely in agreement with her climate alarmism).

Truly, 2019 was a very difficult year for the western World, if not outright a horrible one.

It wasn’t much better closer to home, either.

Five or 10 years from now, I think (and hope) we will wonder how Justin Trudeau and his Liberals ever won re-election, even if only with a minority.

Trudeau’s myriad scandals and ethics violations would certainly have sunk any PM with the intelligence to be ashamed by them.

That means the No. 1 factor in Trudeau’s victory was his inability to understand what he had done wrong coupled with his inherent arrogance to believe that even if he had erred, the country needed him so badly his political sins should be overlooked.

But it takes two to tango. There would not have been a Liberal victory without a Conservative failure.

Many of the Liberal strategists behind Trudeau’s federal government were first organizers for the Ontario Liberal governments of Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne.

In Ontario, as in Ottawa, their obsession with “green” energy and climate alarmism stagnated the economy. Thanks to their policies, electricity prices more than doubled driving as many as 200,000 manufacturing jobs out of Ontario.

Yet, the provincial Liberals won re-election three times by scaring urban and suburban voters about the hidden agendas of a succession of weak Conservative leaders. Sound familiar?

Trudeau won re-election despite the SNC-Lavalin scandal, the blackface scandal, his flubs on foreign policy, his endless virtue-signally and grandiose apologies for longpast atrocities because he was able to convince voters in Greater Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver that Conservative leader Andrew Scheer was a scary social conservative — and Scheer was such a poor candidate, he let him.

Trudeau’s re-election has made Western separatism a real threat. And that might make 2019, in hindsight, Canada’s annus horribilis.

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2019: THE YEAR THAT WAS

Reporter Bill Kaufmann takes us back through the events marking the past year

  • Calgary Sun
  • 29 Dec 2019
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JANUARY

1 — The Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal involving Canada and five other nations comes into effect. On the sidelines is the U.S.

1 — Ottawa imposes carbon taxes on provinces that haven’t introduced their own such taxes.

3 — Democrats effectively take control of the House of Representatives, providing political opposition U.S. President Donald Trump had yet to see.

6 — Due to alleged threats and intimidation, Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips sparks controversy by cancelling in-person consultations over her government’s creation of parks in the Bighorn region.

7 — RCMP remove a road barrier blocking access to the Coastal GasLink LNG pipeline across Wet’suwet’en First Nation traditional territory in B.C. and arrest 14 protesters. It sparks demonstrations across the country.

8 — After more than four years as Calgary’s city manager, Jeff Fielding announces he’s stepping down and taking a job with the City of Toronto.

8 — Semi driver Jaskirat Singh Sidhu pleads guilty to all 29 charges in the April 6, 2018, collision on a Saskatchewan highway that killed 16 players and staff of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team and injured 13 others.

8 — Documents acquired by media outlets reveal ex-Trump presidential campaign manager Paul Manafort provided Russians linked to the Kremlin with polling data during the 2016 race.

11 — Thirteen-year-old Jayme Closs escapes her kidnapper in a rural area of Wisconsin, three months after she was abducted and her parents murdered. Jake Thomas Patterson is arrested.

11 — It’s revealed the FBI investigated U.S. President Donald Trump in 2018 to determine if he was working for the Kremlin, following his firing of agency director James Comey the previous year.

13 — The Washington Post reports the U.S. president concealed details even from senior administration officials of several meetings with Russian government members including the country’s president Vladimir Putin in 2017 and 2018.

15 — Britain’s Parliament votes overwhelmingly, and across party lines, to reject Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

18 — An illegally tapped gasoline pipeline in central Mexico explodes, ultimately killing about 130 people.

19 — Racial tensions in the U.S. flare again with widely shared footage of members of Kentucky’s Covington Catholic school jeering and staring down Indigenous elder and Vietnam war veteran Nathan Phillips in Washington, D.C. The video’s portrayal of events would eventually be challenged.

22 — The Alberta government says it’ll backstop a $2 billion heavy oil upgrader, the first one to be built in Alberta in four decades.

25 — U.S. President Donald Trump ends a partial federal government shutdown he began 35 days earlier, though without Congress’s agreement to fund his coveted border wall with Mexico.

25 — Longtime Donald

Trump ally Roger Stone is arrested and charged with obstruction-related offences linked to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian electoral collusion.

26 — John McCallum is fired as Canada’s ambassador to Beijing after telling reporters there’s a good chance Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou could avoid extradition from Canada to the U.S.

29 — Bruce McArthur pleads guilty to eight first-degree murders that terrorized Toronto’s gay community, making him one of Canada’s worst serial killers.

31 — Canada’s Supreme Court rules bankrupt energy companies must clean up orphaned oil wells, numbering nearly 4,000 in Alberta.

FEBRUARY

1 — Citing Russian violations, the U.S. announces it’s withdrawing from the international treaty restricting intermediate-range nuclear missiles.

4 — A 112-car runaway CP Rail train carrying grain derails near Field, B.C., killing three Calgary-based crew members.

7 — It’s alleged then-federal justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould was demoted the previous month after refusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s insistence she interfere in an investigation into Quebec-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin’s possible corrupt dealings in Libya.

8 — Alexandre Bissonnette is sentenced to 40 years for the 2017 massacre of six people in a Quebec City mosque.

11 — Embroiled in the SNC-Lavalin scandal, Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet.

12 — After he scouts out NFL possibilities, star quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell re-signs with the CFL Calgary Stampeders, inking a fouryear contract.

12 — Notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman is convicted of drug and conspiracy offences in New York federal court.

13 — In avoiding another government shutdown, U.S. President Donald Trump agrees to a deal on border security that calls for $1.37 billion to build 55 kilometres of fence, far short of his longtime demands.

19 — Seven children of the Syrian refugee Barho family perish in a Halifax house fire.

19 — Dozens of truckers from across the country form a convoy, protesting federal energy policy, and congregate on Parliament Hill.

21 — The Alberta government announces changes to photo radar, saying the practice must focus more on safety than revenue generation.

22 — While it issues additional conditions, the National Energy Board endorses the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, concluding it is in Canada’s interest.

25 — Conservatives and Liberals both triumph in federal byelections in Ontario and Quebec respectively, while NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh lands a seat in the House of Commons with a win in Burnaby South.

26-27 — Following a Feb. 14 guerilla attack that killed about 40 Indian paramilitaries in the disputed region of Kashmir, nuclear-armed foes India and Pakistan trade air raids, with two of New Delhi’s aircraft shot down.

27 — Donald Trump’s onetime lawyer and fixer tells a Congressional committee the president is a racist conman who knew of an imminent dump of stolen emails harmful to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

27 — In explosive testimony before a parliamentary committee, ex-Liberal justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says she was “inappropriately” hounded to ensure Quebec-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin escaped criminal prosecution for alleged corruption in Libya.

28 — After two days of talks in Hanoi, Vietnam, negotiations between Donald Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong Un on peace, denuclearization and sanctions collapse.

28 — A senior prosecutor indicates Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be indicted for bribery and fraud.

MARCH

3 — Tornadoes ravaging Alabama leave nearly 30v people dead.

4 — Citing her displeasure with the Liberal government’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair, Treasury Board President Jane Philpott resigns from her cabinet post.

4 — The Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee launches sweeping investigations into allegations of corruption and obstruction committed by U.S. President Donald Trump.

10 — An Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet crashes after takeoff at Addis Ababa airport, killing all 157 people on board including 18 Canadians. A number of countries suspend the use of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft as a result.

12 — British parliamentarians reject Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal by a 149-vote margin.

12 — More than 40 people, including two Hollywood celebrities, are charged in a massive fraud and bribery scheme to gain admission into elite U.S. universities.

14 — British prosecutors announce they’re charging a then-British paratrooper for the killing of two people and the attempted murder of four others in the Jan. 30, 1972, Bloody Sunday massacre in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, that left 13 unarmed demonstrators dead.

14 — Republican lawmakers break with U.S. President Donald Trump, as the Senate rejects his legislation to declare a national emergency and fund his southern border wall. Trump vetoes that decision the following day.

14 — Cyclone Idai pounds and floods parts of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, killing hundreds and rendering tens of thousands homeless.

15 — Terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand — committed by a self-described white supremacist — leave 50 dead and nearly 50 injured.

16 — A day after it was revealed the 2017 UCP leadership race was under RCMP investigation for alleged illegal financing, leaked emails suggest Jeff Callaway’s candidacy in the contest was used to help eventual winner Jason Kenney at the expense of rival Brian Jean.

18 — Ex-Edmonton cop Mark Neufeld is announced as Calgary’s new chief of police.

21 — Believed to be linked to a diplomatic row with Beijing, China stops purchasing canola seed from Canada, a potentially multibillion-dollar blow to the country’s farmers.

22 Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, 30, is sentenced to eight years in prison for driving the truck that killed 16 and injured 13 others when it collided with the Humboldt Broncos’ bus on April 6, 2018.

22 — U.S. special prosecutor Robert Mueller delivers his report on President Donald Trump’s possible collusion with Russia during the 2016 election. It clears him of collusion.

24 — The Calgary Inferno defeat the Montreal Canadiennes to win the Clarkson Cup at the Canadian Women’s Hockey League championship game in Toronto. About a week later, the league goes under and announces it would cease operations on May 1.

25 — An Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench judge rules ex-Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr has completed his war crimes sentence imposed for killing an American soldier in Afghanistan in 2002.

29 — Former federal justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould reveals she secretly recorded a December 2018 conversation with Chief of the Privy Council Michael Wernick, further inflaming the SNC-Lavalin affair.

APRIL

1 — Ottawa imposes its $20 per tonne carbon tax on Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick — provinces that hadn’t adopted the levy.

1 — A federal scientists’ report states climate change is affecting Canada twice as much as the rest of the world and is largely irreversible.

2 — Ex-Liberal cabinet ministers Jody Wilson-Raybould

and Jane Philpott are turfed from the federal party’s caucus as fallout from the SNC-Lavalin scandal mounts.

8 — After much wrangling and indecision over spreading the tax pain between beleaguered businesses and residents, Calgary city council favours a 3.45 per cent hike for homeowners.

10 — After 10 years of effort, scientists release the first images of a black hole, this one located 55 million light years from Earth in the M87 galaxy.

10 — Benjamin Netanyahu is narrowly elected for a fifth straight term as Israel’s prime minister.

11 — Ecuador expels Wikileaks’ Julian Assange from its London embassy after seven years of refuge there. — He’s arrested by British authorities. Washington seeks extradition of the man, who published classified information detailing possible U.S. war crimes in Iraq and elsewhere.

14 — A once-disgraced Tiger Woods makes an emotional comeback by winning the PGA Masters tournament for the first time in 14 years.

15 — Fire severely damages the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

15 — Four people are fatally gunned down in Penticton, B.C.; charged with the crimes is John Brittain, 68.

16 — Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party ends four years of NDP rule in Alberta with a majority election victory.

18 — The Mueller report on possible collusion between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russian operatives is released to Congress. It concludes Trump’s campaign hoped to benefit from illegal Russian actions while the president frequently obstructed investigations into his conduct.

21 — Co-ordinated Easter Sunday bomb attacks target churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, killing more than 350 people.

21 — Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, who played the role of a Ukrainian leader on television, easily wins the east European country’s presidential election by defeating incumbent Petro Poroshenko.

23 — A federal scientist’s report states aerial monitoring has shown greenhouse gas emissions from Alberta oilsands operations are considerably higher than previously reported.

23 — In a first, U.S. pharmaceutical distributor executives — these ones with Rochester

Drug Cooperative — are charged with offences linked to trafficking and contributing to the opioid crisis.

27-28 — Calgary and southern Alberta are walloped by a powerful spring storm that wreaks havoc on roads.

28 — One person is killed and three others injured in a shooting attack on a synagogue near San Diego, Calif.

30 — What many believe is a U.S.-backed coup to topple Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, fails.

MAY

1 — U.S. Attorney General William Barr is severely grilled in a Senate committee hearing over his alleged covering for President Donald Trump following the release of the Mueller Report into possible collusion with Russia and obstruction.

1 — The Canadian army helps shore up defences as spring floodwaters ravage neighbourhoods in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick.

2 — In the first abdication from Japan’s Chrysanthemum throne in two centuries, Emporer Akihito makes way for his son, Crown Prince Naruhito.

3 — The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal rules against that province’s government, finding Ottawa’s carbon tax is constitutional.

5 — Forty-one people die in a fiery crash during an emergency landing of an Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet100 at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.

6 — A UN report states one million animal and plant species are at risk of extinction amid the greatest threat to life on Earth on record and one that’s human-caused.

6 — Nearly three weeks after they’d disappeared, Calgary police find the bodies of Jasmine Lovett and her 22-month-old daughter Aliyah Sanderson in Kananaskis Country. Their one-time roommate, Robert Leeming, is then charged in their deaths.

8 — Federal prosecutors abruptly drop a breach of trust charge against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman in a potentially politically charged case over allegations he leaked information about a $668-million shipbuilding deal.

8 — Longtime international fugitive Nathan Gervais is convicted of first-degree murder in the 2013 Calgary swarming death of Lukas Strasser-Hird.

12 — CO2 content in the atmosphere is measured at 415 parts per million, the highest reading since the evolution of Homo sapiens began.

13 — It’s revealed Onex Corp. will purchase Calgary-based air carrier WestJet in a $5 billion deal.

15 — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signs into law the strictest anti-abortion ban in the U.S., one proponents hope will lead to that right being struck down nationally.

17 — Ottawa and Washington come to a trade agreement that lifts nearly year-old U.S. sanctions on Canadian steel and aluminum.

20 — A massive wildfire sparks the evacuation of about 5,000 people in the town of High Level and surrounding area.

24 — Beset from all sides for her handling of the stalled Brexit initiative, British Prime Minister Theresa May announces her resignation.

24 — The B.C. Court of Appeal rules against that province’s argument that the toxicity of Alberta bitumen should restrict its transport to the west coast.

24 — BJP Party leader Narendra Modi is declared the runaway winner of India’s national election, securing a second term as the country’s prime minister.

25 — The Calgary Roughnecks won their third National Lacrosse League championship in overtime, beating the Buffalo Bandits 14-13 at the packed Saddledome.

27 — Calgary city council decides not to provide a relief package to heavily taxed businesses.

29 — The Court of Quebec sends to trial SNC-Lavalin, which is accused of corruption related to its dealings in

Libya from 2001 to 2011.

29 — U.S. special prosecutor Robert Mueller speaks on his two-year investigation to emphasize his resulting report didn’t exonerate President Donald Trump of obstruction but that it was beyond his mandate to issue any indictments.

30 Alberta’s justice ministry calls in an outside prosecutor in the case of irregularities in the 2017 UCP leadership race that had already led to more than $70,000 in fines for improper campaign financing.

30 — The U.S. Midwest endures a record 13-straight days of tornadoes that unleash severe flooding and destroy hundreds of buildings, leaving several dead.

June

3 — Following three years of turbulent work and hearings, the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls returns a report calling its subjects’ plight genocide, while insisting on a human rights tribunal and various policies to combat systemic abuse.

10 — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will ban single-use plastic items by 2021 in a bid to help curb runaway plastics pollution.

10 — Pressed by business owners furious over skyrocketing property taxes, Calgary city council — grappling with gutted revenues from downtown office buildings — agrees to a $130.9 million non-residential tax cut.

11 — It’s revealed a 2008 fire in Universal Studio’s backlot destroyed tens of thousands of historically significant musical master recordings.

12 — The City of Calgary releases its report on the abortive bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, revealing it spent $7 million on the effort.

12 — Husky Oil Operations Ltd. is fined $3.8 million for a 2016 pipeline leak that severely polluted the North Saskatchewan River, shutting off water intake for thousands of people.

13 — The Toronto Raptors defeat the Golden State Warriors 114-110 to take the first NBA championship ever won by a league team based outside the U.S.

16 — A power outage blacks out tens of millions of people in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay for several hours.

16 — Quebec lawmakers pass Bill 21, which forbids public workers in areas of authority, including teachers, judges and prosecutors, from wearing items of religious connotation.

17 — The House of Commons passes a motion declaring a national climate change crisis, with an eye to meeting the Paris Accords on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

18 — The federal government announces its second approval of the contentious Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.

19 — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney creates an uproar when he hands out earplugs to his MLAs during a lengthy legislature debate over his government’s labour policies.

20 — Canada’s Senate gives final approval to Bills C-69 and C-48, which critics contend tightly restrict the future of energy infrastructure projects and west coast tanker traffic respectively.

23 — Calgary wins the right to host the 2023 World Petroleum Congress.

24 — David Saint-Jacques returns to earth after spending 204 days on the International Space Station, setting an endurance record for a Canadian astronaut.

25 — Citing fraudulent documentation linked to pork production, China suspends all Canadian meat imports.

25 — Acting director of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection John Sanders resigns amid growing outrage over treatment of Central American migrants along the country’s southern border.

JULY

1 — The first of the Alberta UCP government’s corporate tax cuts, moving from 12 per cent to 11 per cent, goes into effect, making the province’s rate the lowest in Canada.

1 — U.S. President Donald Trump deals his country’s renewable energy industry a huge blow by slapping tariffs of up to 30 per cent on foreign-sourced solar panels.

1 — A fire aboard a Russian military submarine kills 14 sailors. Russian officials say the submarine was conducting a seabed survey in the Arctic.

5 — Despite an NDP filibuster, Alberta’s UCP government passes Bill 8, which allows schools to inform parents their children are members of a gay-straight alliance.

6 — Florida-based billionaire Jeffrey Epstein is arrested and charged with child sex abuse offences. He allegedly has ties with political figures like Donald Trump and former U.S. president Bill Clinton. Alex Acosta, who had cut a controversial deal with Epstein while a Florida prosecutor 11 years earlier, resigns as U.S. labour secretary a few days later.

11 — It is announced former Calgary teacher Neil Bantleman was released from an Indonesian prison and returned to Canada after five years of incarceration. Bantleman, convicted of sex crimes against students in his care in what his supporters call dubious circumstances, was freed in late June and quickly flew back to Canada.

12 — U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence and senior congressmen tour an overcrowded migrant-holding pen near McAllen, Texas. Images of the squalid conditions intensify outrage over the U.S. response to asylum-seekers.

14 — U.S. immigration enforcement officials begin much-feared sweeps in various cities to detain large numbers of undocumented immigrants, encountering resistance by some local authorities.

14 — Sparking accusations he’s an unabashed racist, U.S. President Donald Trump calls out ethnic minority female Democrat congresswomen critical of his immigration policies and suggests they leave the U.S. Two days later, the House of Representatives votes to condemn Trump’s comments as racist.

17 — The World Health

Organization declares an outbreak of the Ebola virus in Congo.

21 — Calgary city council and the owners of the NHL Flames reach a tentative deal on a new events complex with both sides evenly splitting its $550 million cost.

23 — UK Conservatives choose Boris Johnson to succeed Theresa May as Britain’s prime minister. He promises to achieve Britain’s departure from the EU by the end of October.

24 — In a marathon session, Calgary’s city council approves $60 million in budget cuts heavily targeting emergency services, public transit and affordable housing that will include 115 layoffs.

25 — In testimony before Congress, former special counsel Robert Mueller says President Donald Trump was not exonerated by his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

25 — Much of Europe broils in a heat wave that smashes temperature records and raises fears over the consequences of climate change.

30 — After years of wrangling and abortive negotiations, Calgary city council votes 11- 4 to ratify a cost-sharing agreement with the NHL Flames for a new events centre/arena.

AUGUST

1 — Trade talks between the U.S. and China are put on hold while U.S. President Donald Trump announces a 10 per cent tariff will be slapped on the remaining $300 billion of Chinese imports.

1 — Utilities and Environmental Services boss David Duckworth is named Calgary’s new city manager.

3 — Mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, leave 32 people dead and more than 50 injured. The politically charged Texas massacre in a Walmart claims 22 lives and appears to be the work of a white nationalist inspired by hatred for immigrants.

5 — Trade war concerns between the U.S. and China sends the Dow spiralling 767 points, the sharpest drop of the year.

5 — India revokes measures that granted considerable autonomy to its restive Kashmir territory while cutting communication links, sparking unrest and international condemnation.

7 — Following an intense two-week manhunt, suspects in three roadside murders in B.C., Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are found dead in dense brush near Gillam, Man.

8 — Radiation level readings spike after an explosion tears through a military testing site in northern Russia that leaves several people dead. The detonation’s secretive nature and significance remains in dispute.

10 — Authorities say convicted child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, known for his ties to powerful people including current and former presidents, has committed suicide in his Manhattan jail cell.

14 — Canada’s ethics commissioner rules Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated conflict of interest laws in pressuring then-justice minister Jodi Wilson-Raybould to defer the prosecution of Quebec-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin in 2018.

21 — Concerns over U.S. President Donald Trump’s mental stability spike when he cancels a state visit to Denmark after his offer to purchase Greenland is rebuffed.

22 — World leaders express grave concerns over runaway wildfires that are consuming the Amazon rain forest and other parts of South America.

26 — An Oklahoma court orders pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million in damages for its part in contributing to the opioid crisis. But, it’s far less than the state of Oklahoma sought.

26 — The meeting of the G7 countries in Biarritz, France, ends with the U.S. and its president isolated on issues like climate change and handling Russia.

27 — Brazil agrees to accept foreign financial help to battle fires ravaging Amazon forests that many fear will have global impact.

28 — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson prorogues Parliament in the fall to ensure the passage of a no-deal Brexit in what many critics contend is an anti-democratic move.

28 — Anthropologists announce the discovery of a 3.8-million-year-old hominid skull in Ethiopia — dubbed MRD — considered a watershed find in piecing together human evolution.

SEPTEMBER

1-3 — Hurricane Dorian lingers over the Bahamas to pound the island chain, but largely spares the U.S. east coast.

2 Thirty-four people perish when a dive boat bursts into flames off the California coast.

3 — A blue ribbon panel — chaired by Janice MacKinnon and tasked with finding solutions to Alberta’s fiscal woes — returns a report recommending more private health care, results-based education spending and other austerity measures to bring down the cost of the province’s public service.

3 — Rebel Tory MPs desert British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to scuttle his goal of achieving a no-deal Brexit in the following month.

4 — Canada federal court of appeal rules it will hear six of 12 legal challenges to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, related to Indigenous consultation.

6 — Robert Mugabe, who served as Zimbabwe’s often authoritarian president for 37 years after leading it to independence, dies at age 95.

7 — Nineteen-year-old Bianca Andreescu becomes the first Canadian to win a tennis grand slam by defeating legendary Serena Williams at the U.S. Open.

7 — U.S. President Donald Trump nixes months of peace negotiations with the Taliban — which appeared close to fruition, to end the 18-year Afghan war — after the group claims a suicide bombing that kills an American soldier and several others.

10 — The American Lung Association issues a warning on vaping as deaths from the activity mount.

10 — The Alberta government announces it’s mounting a constitutional challenge against the federal Bill C-69, which regulates energy infrastructure development.

10 — The Progressives Conservatives under Premier Brian Pallister win a majority in Manitoba’s provincial election.

10 — National security adviser John Bolton is dumped by the Trump administration due to disagreements over foreign policy. He’s the third such adviser to be shown the door.

13 — Senior RCMP intelligence official Cameron Ortis is arrested for accessing classified information and having a secret communications device in an episode Mounties say could have serious national security ramifications.

14 — Yemen’s Houthi rebels claim responsibility for drone attacks on Saudi oilfields in reprisal for the bombing of their country that knock out more than half of the kingdom’s production. It ratchets up economic fears and U.S. tensions with Iran, which is accused of mounting the attack.

18 The Washington Post reports a whistleblower within the Trump administration complained about a call the U.S. president made to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, urging his government to investigate the son of his possible electoral rival Joe Biden. It sparks a standoff between the director of national intelligence and House Democrats who demand records on the complaint.

18 — Amid the federal Canadian election campaign, photos and videos surface of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau painted in black and brown face at several parties during his high school days and teaching career.

19 — A retrial in Lethbridge finds David and Collet Stephan not guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life for their 19-month-old son Ezekiel, who died of meningitis in 2012.

23 — Thousands of passengers are stranded as the world’s oldest travel firm, Thomas Cook Travel, collapses.

23 — At the UN in New York City, Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg raises hackles and praise by angrily condemning politicians and other adults for failing to act on climate change.

24 — House Democrats launch impeachment proceedings prompted by U.S. President Donald Trump’s alleged attempts to recruit the Ukrainian government into aiding his re-election efforts.

25 — A report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states the rate of ocean warming has more than doubled since 1993 and the accelerating impacts on those waters and the world’s frozen regions pose a dire threat to the environment.

26 — A whistleblower’s complaint — alleging the Trump administration sought for months to gain the

Ukrainian government’s help in undermining the president’s Democratic political foe — is released, pouring fuel on the impeachment effort. It’s suspected Trump withheld military funds for Ukraine in exchange for that country investigating the Bidens.

29 — Calgary and much of southern Alberta is buried under a record-breaking early autumn snowfall.

OCTOBER

1 — Amber Guyger is convicted of murder for shooting African-American Botham Jean in his apartment in 2018 when she was a Dallas police officer. She’s handed a 10-year prison sentence the next day.

6 — The U.S. greenlights a Turkish invasion of northern Syria, sparking accusations the White House is betraying its Kurdish allies.

7 — Norway’s largest pension fund says it’s divesting from Alberta’s oilsands, citing environmental concerns.

9 — California energy provider PG&E initiates an unprecedented electricity blackout in the San Francisco Bay area, impacting 2.4 million customers, to prevent strong winds from downing live power lines that could spark wildfires.

15 — Alberta joins B.C.’s class-action suit for financial compensation from pharmaceutical companies for the damage caused by the opioid crisis.

17 — On the first anniversary of legal recreational cannabis, the prohibition on edibles and other derivatives of the drug officially ends.

21 — Canada’s federal election delivers a minority Parliament. The re-elected Liberal government garners 20 fewer seats than in the 2015 vote.

22 — Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, testifies that the Trump administration withheld military aid to that country until its president was to publicly announce an investigation into Trump’s main electoral rival, Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

23 — The dead bodies of 39 smuggled Chinese nationals are found in a tractor in southeast England.

24 — Alberta’s UCP government brings down a budget that cuts spending by 2.8 per cent , but includes an increased deficit.

27 — The U.S. announces its special forces troops killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a raid in northwestern Syria.

30 — Amid deliberate power shutdowns to prevent further blazes, millions of Californians continue to be directly menaced by windblown wildfires whose increasing frequency and severity have been blamed on climate change.

31 — Calgary-based energy giant Encana announces it’s moving its base of operations to the U.S. and re-naming itself Ovintiv in what’s seen by many as another blow to confidence in Canada’s oil and gas sector.

NOVEMBER

2 — After falling behind 1-0 in the first leg, Cavalry FC’s tremendous first season ended in heartbreak at Spruce Meadows as Forge FC won again, 1-0, to claim the first CPL title.

4 — After 13 years at the helm, Elizabeth May steps down as leader of Canada’s Green Party.

4 — The U.S. officially announces that it will follow through on its pledge to withdraw from the Paris Accord on controlling climate change, with the actual pullout date coming a year later.

5 — China ends its fourmonth ban on Canadian beef and pork believed to have been motivated by Canada’s detention of a senior Huawei executive.

8 — A New York court orders U.S. President Donald Trump to pay a $2 million fine for misuse of funds collected by one of his charitable foundations.

9 — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces he’s eyeing ways of making Alberta more sovereign and that a provincially appointed panel will hear from Albertans on how to strike a fairer deal with Canada.

10 — Bolivian President Evo Morales is ousted by the country’s military following unrest over allegations of election fraud.

11 — Contentious and cantankerous hockey commentator Don Cherry is fired by Rogers Sportsnet after making on-air comments doubting immigrants’ understanding of the poppy.

14 — A joint Alberta police task force announces the largest fentanyl bust in Canadian history, seizing $4 million to $6 million of the drug and making seven arrests in cracking an international crime ring.

15 — Donald Trump associate Roger Stone is found guilty of lying and witness tampering in an investigation into how WikiLeaks was used to undermine the Democrats in the 2016 presidential election.

15 — Impeachment hearings in Washington D.C. continue with witnesses testifying President Donald Trump sought Ukrainian help for his 2020 campaign in return for American military aid. During the hearing, Trump blasts a tweet at former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during her testimony that many see as intimidating and witness tampering.

15 — Mass protests in Iran are sparked by a spike in fuel prices and are brutally suppressed by security forces. Hundreds are dissidents are killed.

18 — Alberta’s UCP government reveals it’s firing the province’s elections commissioner while he investigates alleged fraud in the party’s 2017 leadership campaign.

19 — About 3,200 CN Rail workers go on strike over safety issues and other working conditions. The walkout lasts about a week.

20 — In bombshell testimony at the House impeachment hearings, U.S. ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland says President Donald Trump attempted to bribe the Ukrainian government with military aid for his own political gain and that several top-ranking officials in his administration were aware.

20 — After a disastrous BBC interview on his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew steps away from royal duties.

21 — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is indicted for bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

23 — The Calgary Dinos football team ended a 24-year national title drought with a 27-13 victory over the Montreal Carabins in the Vanier Cup, played in Quebec City.

24 — Following six months of anti-Beijing protests and clashes with police, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy forces win a landslide in local elections. But the protests continue, including a wild siege at the Polytechnic University that ends after two weeks.

24 — Calgary hosts the 107th Grey Cup, with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeating the Hamilton TigerCats 33-12.

25 — Allegations emerge that Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters repeatedly uttered racial slurs at player Akim Aliu while he was an American Hockey League bench boss a decade ago. Peters leaves the team four days later.

29 — Alberta public sector unions warn of thousands of layoffs to come following the UCP government’s budget.

29 — Calgary city council shifts more of the tax burden from beleaguered businesses to residences, approving a 7.5-per-cent hike for homeowners.

3 — After years of waiting and delays, work on the Alberta right-of-way for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion begins in the Edmonton area.

3 — A combative NATO 70th anniversary gathering of member leaders in London ends in rancour when U.S. President Donald Trump makes an early exit after allegedly being mocked by counterparts.

6 — In an act of apparent terrorism, Saudi military trainee Mohammed Alshamrani goes on a shooting rampage at a U.S. naval base in Pensacola, Fla. He kills three people and wounds eight others before being shot down.

9 — The World Anti-Doping Agency bans Russia from international competition for four years for its systemic policy of athlete doping.

9 — Sixteen people are killed when a volcano on New Zealand’s White Island erupts.

9 — A confidential report acquired by the Washington Post details how U.S. military and government officials hid the truth about the lack of progress of the 18-year war in Afghanistan and privately viewed it as unwinnable.

10 — Democratic leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives — unveil two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in allegedly seeking to bribe the Ukrainian government with military aid money to assist him in his re-election.

10 — Following months of often fraught wrangling, Canada, the U.S. and Mexico ink an updated North American Free Trade Agreement.

12 — Following his national election defeat, federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer announces he’s stepping down from the post at the same time it’s revealed he used party money to pay for his children’s private schooling.

12 — UK voters hand Boris Johnson’s Conservatives a majority victory, seemingly clearing the way for his country’s departure from the EU.

18 — House Democrats impeach President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstructing Congress, making him the third U.S. president in history to receive the censure.

19 — A massively observed, continuous general strike over pension reforms disrupts France.

21 — Fuelled by a record-shattering heatwave, wildfires of unprecedented ferocity continue to consume large parts of Australia and scorch areas around the country’s largest city, Sydney. Climate change is widely fingered as a contributor. The country’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, faces heavy criticism for vacationing during he catastrophe.

23 — Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenberg resigns following sustained backlash over the crashes of two of its 737 Max airliners.

25 — In her annual Christmas message, Queen Elizabeth called 2019 a “bumpy” year, as much for the U.K. due to Brexit as for her own family due to Prince Andrew’s ties to the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.

28 — Dozens are killed in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, after a truck bomb exploded at a checkpoint in the middle of morning rush hour.

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