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The local bar was so sure that its bartender was the strongest man around that they offered a standing $1000 bet. The bartender would squeeze a lemon until all the juice ran into a glass, and hand the lemon to a patron. Anyone who could squeeze one more drop of juice out would win the money.

     Many people had tried.... over time: weightlifters, longshoremen, etc., but nobody could do it.
One day,  this scrawny little fellow came into the bar, wearing thick glasses and a polyester suit, and said in a small voice, "I'd like to try the bet."

      After the laughter had died down, the bartender said, "OK"; grabbed the lemon; and squeezed away. Then he handed the wrinkled remains of the rind to the little fellow. But the Crowd's laughter turned to total silence.... as the man clenched his little fist around the lemon.... and six drops fell into the glass.

      As the crowd cheered, the bartender paid the $1000, and asked the little man: "What do you do for a living? Are you a lumberjack, a weight-lifter, or what?"

The little fellow quietly replied: "I work for Revenue Canada."

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Canada is approaching four months without a Governor General. Can we do that? 

Technically, Canada's judicial, executive and legislative branches are all in the hands of the same guy

It may have escaped widescale notice what with the pandemic and all, but Canada hasn’t had a governor general since the Jan. 23 resignation of Julie Payette. For more than three months, the military hasn’t had a commander-in-chief and the duties of being Canada’s principle “democratic safeguard” have been handed over to a part-time temp.

Below, a quick guide to how Canada is faring despite nobody technically being in charge anymore.


Materially, the government is working about the same … for now

According to the 1947 letter signed by King George VI that lays out the duties of the Canadian governor general, if Rideau Hall suddenly finds itself without an occupant, their job is automatically handed over to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Thus, ever since January, Chief Justice Richard Wagner has been needing to pull extra hours at the office as the new Administrator of the Government of Canada.



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On 5/4/2021 at 9:53 AM, Kargokings said:

Rex Murphy: Liberals' dangerous arrogance didn't begin and won't end with internet-regulation bill





On 5/4/2021 at 9:53 AM, Kargokings said:



I’ll end with the words of one who was previously vice-chairman of the CRTC, Peter Menzies . C-10 “doesn’t just infringe on free expression, it constitutes a full-blown assault upon it and, through it, the foundations of democracy.” Well said, Mr. Menzies.

National Post.

MPs agree to legal review of broadcasting bill over free speech concerns

Ryan Patrick Jones  1 hour ago

Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault insists that individuals who use social media would not be considered broadcasters under bill C-10 and would not be subject to the obligations or regulations in the Broadcasting Act.© Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault insists that individuals who use social media would not be considered broadcasters under bill C-10 and would not be subject to the obligations or regulations in the Broadcasting Act.

MPs on the House of Commons heritage committee agreed today to pause a detailed review of the federal government's broadcasting bill while the Department of Justice looks into whether recent amendments violate the free speech rights of social media users.


Conservative, Liberal, Bloc and NDP MPs all voted in favour of asking for a revised "charter statement" on Bill C-10. Such statements are issued by the justice minister to examine the potential impact new legislation may have on Canadians' rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


The motion also requests that both Justice Minister David Lametti and Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault, along with a panel of experts, appear before the committee to discuss the implications of recent amendments to the bill and take questions from committee members.


Today's vote breaks a weeks-long deadlock at the committee and is a loss for the Liberals, who wanted the clause-by-clause review of the legislation to continue while the updated charter statement was being prepared by the Department of Justice.

Instead, that review has been shelved while the committee waits to see the charter statement and to hear from the ministers and experts.

Free speech uproar

Bill C-10 was introduced by Guilbeault to bring digital streaming services under the purview of the Broadcasting Act. It would allow the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) — the country's broadcasting regulator — to require them to contribute to the creation, production and promotion of Canadian content, similar to how the CRTC regulates radio and TV content now.

The bill came under fire after the committee removed a clause that would have excluded user-generated content posted to social media sites from CRTC regulation.

The government said the exclusion would have allowed YouTube to escape the same reporting requirements and obligations to contribute to Canadian culture that would have applied to streaming sites like Spotify, Netflix and Amazon.



But legal experts argued the changes gave the CRTC the power to regulate the posts that millions of Canadians upload every day to platforms like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube — something they saw as a violation of the charter right to freedom of expression.


The Liberals proposed an amendment to the bill last week to clarify the role of the CRTC. The amendment proposed allowing the CRTC to require the sites to make Canadian content more visible to Canadian users.

The amendment failed to mollify critics.


"Guilbeault and the government promised to remove regulation of user generated content by the CRTC. Instead ... it effectively confirmed that denials about the effects of the bill were inaccurate and left a regulatory framework in place," Michael Geist, a University of Ottawa professor and the Canada Research Chair in internet law, wrote recently in his blog.

While Guilbeault has insisted that CRTC regulation will apply only to professional content posted to platforms that act as broadcasters, he muddied the waters himself over the weekend.


In an interview on CTV's Question Period, Guilbeault appeared to suggest that C-10 would allow the CRTC to impose discoverability regulations on individuals who have large online followings, or who generate significant revenue through their online content. Guilbeault's office later backtracked, saying individuals who use social media will never be considered broadcasters.

At a press conference today, Liberal MP Julie Dabrusin repeated the Liberal assertion that any CRTC-imposed obligations would only apply to the platforms. Dabrusin said such obligations include:


Allowing the CRTC to request information from foreign companies about how much revenue they make in Canada.

Compelling them to pay into funds that support Canadian musicians, writers and artists.

Requiring them to make Canadian content more visible on their platforms.

Dabrusin accused the Conservatives of holding up the committee's work for the past two weeks.


Conservative MPs have been especially vocal in their opposition to C-10 in its current form, saying that it would lead to government censorship of the internet.


During question period in the House of Commons today, MP Rachael Harder — the Conservatives' digital government critic — accused the Liberals of launching an attack on YouTubers to censor what people post to social media.


Guilbeault responded that the bill is not about what Canadians can or can't post online. He said the bill will make sure big streaming companies "pay their fair share" and make Canadian content more discoverable on their platforms.


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16 minutes ago, Kargokings said:

He said the bill will make sure big streaming companies "pay their fair share" and make Canadian content more discoverable on their platforms.

IOW…we want to TAX you

Re Canadian content…if people want to watch it they will…and if they don’t they won’t . Much like Radio Canada and CBC, it’s simply third rate programming. Canadians don’t need a GOVERNMENT advising them what we can watch and what we can’t. Quite simply it’s  none of their business. 

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On 5/8/2021 at 5:00 AM, Jaydee said:

She shouldn’t even have been answering questions at committee,

The only thing wrong with this statement is:

Before Trudeau was to answer that question, he would turn to Telford and say 'What should I answer'.

At least this way we cut out the middle person.

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Why am I not surprised??.. Billions here and billions there....btw where is my Covid $$$$?


The federal wage subsidy program, aimed at preserving jobs during the pandemic, was designed so broadly that bankrupt businesses in the process of winding up their operations were able to access it, a Globe and Mail analysis has found. Dozens of companies that filed for bankruptcy before the pandemic – and dozens more afterward – received the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). But bankrupt companies, which by definition are in the process of closing their business, were already planning on laying off all their workers, meaning their CEWS-subsidized jobs were likely unsalvageable in the first place.

“I’m not saying there shouldn’t have been any support,” Prof. Blit continued, “but the question is, was it too generous? Did we work so hard at maintaining the status quo that we didn’t allow this churn in our economy that is healthy?” Before the pandemic, small airline Air Georgian had already taken a blow to its business. For years, it had subcontracted for Air Canada, logging short-haul domestic and Canada-U.S. flights. But in 2019, Air Canada told the company it was ending the contract, and with it Air Georgian’s main source of revenue. By November, 2019, nearly all its pilots and flight attendants had been laid off. After spending much of 2019 and early 2020 looking for a buyer, Air Georgian began insolvency proceedings; in a February filing, accounting firm KPMG listed $44.7-million in claims from creditors. But on March 9, 2020 – two days before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic – Air Georgian finally found a buyer. Two months later, the business was sold. In any other year, this would have been just another bankruptcy. But Air Georgian – an airline with virtually no pilots or flight attendants, and that was effectively bankrupt by early March – accessed CEWS, according to the government’s registry of recipients. Despite its insolvent status, there is no evidence that Air Georgian was ineligible for the federal program or otherwise did anything untoward. In fact, a KPMG trustee specifically mentioned CEWS in an April report, saying Air Georgian was “hopeful” that it would qualify for the program. The trustee added that if the company received CEWS, it might increase its cash receipts – money that could be used to pay off creditors. (Air Georgian’s trustee did not respond to The Globe’s requests for comment, nor did the business’s new owner, Pivot Airlines.) Daniel Weisz, a partner and senior vice-president with the restructuring and recovery practice of accounting firm RSM Canada, said it would be unusual for a company in restructuring to turn down an opportunity to access a source of cash.


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I’m thinking of trying to get the rights to the Septic tank contract of Trudeau’s house.

Just imagine what a Liberal would pay for their own personal piece of Justin. :icon_super:


And the great part, there’s so much raw material you would never run out of supply. A fortune in the making.

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Will he shed tears or maybe issue an appolgy to those dumb enough to vote for him now that he is mostly an offshoot of the NDPs?  


The Canadian Press

Trudeau's apology to Italian-Canadians for Second World War internment coming May 27

2 hrs ago 

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will deliver a formal apology in the House of Commons on May 27 for the internment of Italian-Canadians during the Second World War.

In a virtual meeting, Trudeau confirmed the date of the apology with some family members of Canadians of Italian background who were interned during the war.

Trudeau says in a news release the Italian-Canadian community has carried the weight of the unjust policy of internment during the Second World War.

He says he wants to acknowledge the wrongs that were done to people of Italian heritage in Canada during the war, and honour the families of those who were interned and discriminated against as a result of this historical injustice.

Canada interned hundreds of people of Italian background after Italy declared war against Canada in 1940.

The news release says in addition, tens of thousands of Canadians of Italian heritage were declared "enemy aliens," and faced pain, hardship, and discrimination.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 14, 2021.



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Every one he touches / appoints seems to wither....

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin no longer leading vaccine campaign pending military investigation

Sarah TurnbullCTVNews.ca Producer

@TurnbullSarah Contact

Published Friday, May 14, 2021 7:41PM EDTLast Updated Friday, May 14, 2021 8:01PM 

OTTAWA -- Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin has left his role with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) as the military general in charge of the logistics of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout and is now the subject of a military investigation.

The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces issued a joint statement late Friday evening, stating that acting Chief of the Defence Staff, Lieutenant-General Eyre will be reviewing next steps with Fortin.

Fortin came into the role in November 2020 with 30 years of military experience. He graduated from the Royal Military College Saint-Jean with a science degree in 1991 and went on to hold a series of key appointments, including:


  •  leading a platoon with the United Nations Protection Force in Bosnia between 1993-94;
  •  chief of staff of Task Force Kandahar and Joint Task Force-Afghanistan between 2009-10;
  •  deputy commanding general for operations in the U.S. Army at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington from 2015 to 2017; and,
  •  as director of operations at the Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat within the Privy Council Office in 2017.

Fortin also served as the commander of NATO’s Iraq mission between 2018-19 and most recently was the Chief of Staff for the Canadian Joint Operations Command.

In his latest role, he led a team of nearly 30 CAF members already working out of the PHAC’s “National Operations Centre,” and was given the official title within that agency of Vice President Logistics and Operations.

Several other high profile military leaders are also at the heart of investigations for allegations of misconduct.

The nature of the investigation into Fortin is unknown at this point.

With files from CTV News’ Rachel Aiello.



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5 hours ago, Kargokings said:

Every one he touches / appoints seems to wither....

We don't know the details here but it seems to me that the standard of conduct required by the "woke crowd" is now such that none of them can live up to it themselves.

Look at the blackface issue. How many famous people savagely attacked their peers (colleagues, acquaintances etc) only to be found guilty of playing dress up themselves? 

We need look no further than our own PM; after relentlessly accusing Mr Shear of being a white supremacist, he's clearly shown cavorting like a monkey in blackface? The point here (at least IMO) is that neither of them are (or likely ever were) racist individuals in the first place.... and we all know it. It was nothing more than the theatre of hypocrisy.  

There are lots of examples but do we really want to characterize such things as a multi-decade relationship (that produced two adult children) as misconduct? Should that be a career ending event for one (or both) of the individuals involved? 

I'm not trying to minimize anything here but I can't help but feel the current threshold detracts from those cases of misconduct that any reasonable person would would find objectionable and worthy of prosecution.

It also serves (or can serve) as a distraction for political gain. Every time I read something like this I suspect it's intended to distract from "something else" and the "bombshell report" has been deliberately held in abeyance until just the right time, dusted off, updated and then spoon fed to the media.



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Trudeau loves to compare about mean old Harper muzzling scientists in the government ..... he would be differnent, he would stand behind the science and let the scientists respond to requests of inflormation. Well, surprise....



And now a more blatant example, from no one other than Climate Barbie:


Three main threats include inadvertent bycatch by gillnet fisheries targeting Pacific salmon; habitat degradation; and poor ocean conditions. Only one of those threats could be easily controlled – but curtailing the fishery would be an unpopular move. And it was a political decision. COSEWIC asked the federal minister of environment to protect the southern interior steelhead trout under Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA), which would have had significant implications for commercial, recreational and Indigenous fisheries. The minister rejected the request in 2019. But not before an intense behind-the-scenes battle over what the science called for. Roughly 2,800 pages of documents obtained by the B.C. Wildlife Federation under an Access to Information request show management at Fisheries and Oceans Canada worked to rewrite the findings of a scientific panel that assessed the recovery potential for these fish.

Justine Mannion, the acting manager for fish population science at the Department Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), alerted the team on Oct. 31, 2018, that she was “getting questions” about the report from senior bureaucrats in the assistant deputy minister’s office. The office was asking for “slight modifications,” the documents say. That same day, Sean MacConnachie, DFO’s section head for aquatic ecosystem and marine mammal science, said the changes being sought were undermining the integrity of the process. “The ongoing involvement by people who were not part of the process, who have not been involved in the development of the materials or the advice, continues to compromise our ability to meet the deadlines as well as the scientific integrity of the process,” he wrote. The edited report was published, sparking a furious response from scientists on the B.C. side. They argued that the report no longer reflected the work of the science team, and that the changes specifically removed key points. “The new summary report is inconsistent with the joint science team’s determination regarding how immediate action to reduce mortality provides the best chance of recovery,” wrote Jennifer Davis, B.C.’s director of fish and aquatic habitat, in a Dec. 7, 2018 e-mail. She demanded that DFO remove the report from public circulation. Ottawa refused.



No wonder we dont hear much about her.....shuffled off to give away other people’s money as Infrastruture minister.

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“ What if everything the government told you about why it’s racking up huge deficits and debts wasn’t actually true? Dr. Ian Lee, a professor at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business, explains how the federal Liberals’ recent budget is about to spend more than $100 billion solving problems that don’t actually exist — while ignoring real ones that threaten a very troubling future for Canadians. (Recorded May 14, 2021).”




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