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OMG.... a piece of legislation that I hope passes and removes the "get out of Gaol free card" for those who causing harm when "too intoxicated" to know what they are doing.

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Federal government of Canada moves to pass bill addressing "extreme intoxication"

 
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Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa on May 11, 2022. Canada's highest court says two British Columbia companies that believed they were following tax guidelines while trying to protect corporate assets now owe money because the Tax Court of Canada reinterpreted the rules. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
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By Gaby Rios

Posted Jun 23, 2022, 11:26AM MDT.

The federal government hopes to address future claims of “being too intoxicated” after a Calgary hockey player used the defence in an assault trial and was acquitted.

Matthew Brown, a former Mount Royal University hockey player pleaded not guilty to the charges under the defence of “automatism” in the attack on a female Mount Royal University professor in 2018.

Automatism is when someone claims their high levels of intoxication or impairment has led them to lose complete control of themselves.

The Supreme Court’s decision, which came down May 13, states Brown had taken magic mushrooms, combined with alcohol, then broke into Jane Hamnett’s home — while naked — then started beating her with a broom, severely injuring her hands.

The Supreme Court acquitted him, finding him not criminally responsible as “convicting someone for how they conducted themselves while in a state of automatism violates principles of fundamental justice.”

“Although I am very disappointed with this decision, it is not about me at this stage,” Hamnet said.


  • The case spurred Justice Minister David Lametti to introduce a bill in the House of Commons, which is now before the Senate.

On Wednesday, Bill C-28 passed the first reading, it will still need to pass second and third readings before it can be enacted.

If passed by the Senate, the bill would amend the criminal code to create criminal liability in cases of violent crime where the offender can prove they were “in a state of negligent self-induced extreme intoxication.”

 

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More of the Open Purse from PM Trudeau

Trudeau announces $250M in food aid, blames Russia for skyrocketing prices

 
 
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Trudeau announces $250M in food aid, blames Russia for skyrocketing prices
© Provided by The Canadian PressTrudeau announces $250M in food aid, blames Russia for skyrocketing prices

KIGALI, RWANDA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid his respects to victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide in Kigali before announcing $250 million in new food aid on Thursday as he sought to build consensus with Commonwealth nations to prevent a new humanitarian crisis. 

The prime minister is in Rwanda for a meeting of Commonwealth heads of government, where he hopes to rally support for Ukraine in its fight against the Russian invasion, and provide assistance to combat the geopolitical fallout of the conflict. 

 

The Commonwealth is made up of 54 independent countries with historic ties to the British Crown, which together represent about 2.5 billion people. The countries range from some of the richest economies in the world to some of the poorest.

Trudeau became the first Canadian prime minister to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial, which serves as the final resting place of more than 250,000 of the more than 800,000 Rwandans killed over 100 days during the conflict.

The prime minister laid a wreath at one of the tombs and crossed himself as members of the Rwandan military stood guard and played a sombre melody on the bugle horn. 

A few hours after his visit to the memorial, Trudeau made a point of blaming Russia for the skyrocketing energy and food prices that have left millions of people in Africa and other parts of the world struggling to feed themselves.

Several of the poorer countries in the Commonwealth have felt the pangs of famine that's becoming a pressing issue around the world as access to grain from Ukraine and Russia has been limited by the war.

Yet 10 of those countries abstained from a UN vote in March condemning Russia’s attack, and Trudeau sought to leverage the difficulty they are now facing in feeding their populations to boost international opposition to Moscow.

"Russia is responsible for the global food crisis we're facing right now," he said during a news conference in which he announced Canada will be contributing an additional $250 million to the World Food Program. 

"The illegal invasion of Ukraine, the choice to bomb grain silos in Ukraine over the past couple of days, the continued blockade of the port of Odessa by Russian ships to prevent grain from getting out to the Middle East to Africa to elsewhere around the world, are real preoccupations for all of us here."

The new Canadian funding is on top of roughly $500 million that Canada has already donated since January to help address food insecurity in the developing world.

Yet even as Trudeau sought to find more allies in the Commonwealth for opposing Russia’s invasion, he also faced questions about his plans for raising concerns about the actions of some of its members — starting with host Rwanda.

Human rights groups have been raising concerns about human rights violations in Rwanda under President Paul Kagame for years. Those concerns have included the arrest and prosecution of opposition figures and dissenting bloggers and commentators.

Trudeau and Kagame, whose country was among those that abstained from the UN vote on Russia, attended a roundtable discussion on Thursday to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on businesses and plans to reinvigorate the global economy.

But while the two were supposed to have a one-on-one meeting on Thursday, it was delayed.

Asked what he plans to say about Rwanda’s human rights record when he meets with Kagame, who has been in power since 2000, Trudeau suggested his focus would be on looking for ways in which Canada can help the country.

“We're there to support each other and there to move the bar forward on human rights,” he said. “We will, of course, take careful looks in every conversation at the challenges facing various countries and look for ways that Canada can help.”

This is the first time Commonwealth Heads of Government have met in person since 2018. The 2020 summit, like most events, was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trudeau arrived in Kigali on Wednesday but the official welcome ceremony begins Friday. Leaders are expected to sit down for a series of closed-door meetings Friday and Saturday. 

Though many world leaders, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, are expected to be in attendance for the summit discussions, other leaders have opted to stay home.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and new Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese are among the absentees. 

Rwanda is the first stop in a three-country tour for Trudeau that will also include attending the G7 in Germany and a NATO summit in Spain, both of which will involve a heavy focus on Russia and Ukraine.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 23, 2022.

Laura Osman, The Canadian Press

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Liberals approve $59,400 salary boost for Dr. Theresa Tam

The Liberal government has greenlit a 22% hike to Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam’s salary. 

According to Blacklock’s Reporter, Tam will now be earning $324,000 a year – a $59,400 boost from her previous salary of $265,000. Additionally, Tam had her contract for the role extended by another three years. 

https://www.blacklocks.ca/dr-tam-wins-22-pay-raise/

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Trudeau says overturning of Roe v. Wade in the U.S. is 'horrific'0

Published June 24, 2022 10:35 a.m. MDT
the news out of the United States that the country's Supreme Court has voted to end constitutional protections for abortion is "horrific."

In a series of comments posted to Twitter on Friday, Trudeau said he "can't imagine the fear and anger" Americans are experiencing right now.

"My heart goes out to the millions of American women who are now set to lose their legal right to an abortion," Trudeau tweeted.

"No government, politician, or man should tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body. I want women in Canada to know that we will always stand up for your right to choose," he continued in a second tweet.

The U.S. Supreme Court ended constitutional protections for abortion after nearly 50 years on Friday, overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling. The decision is expected to lead to abortion bans in multiple states.

The ruling comes more than a month after the leak of a draft opinion that indicated the court was prepared to do so, bringing renewed attention to abortion rights on both sides of the border.

Following the leak, the Liberal government announced in early May it plans to spend $3.5 million to improve abortion access in Canada.

The Liberals also promised last fall to bring in new regulations solidifying abortion access as a requirement for federal funding under the Canada Health Act.

However, Trudeau previously raised the spectre of enshrining abortion rights in legislation instead, making it more challenging for future governments to change such rights.

With files from The Associated Press and The Canadian Press

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5 hours ago, Jaydee said:

Liberals approve $59,400 salary boost for Dr. Theresa Tam

The Liberal government has greenlit a 22% hike to Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam’s salary. 

According to Blacklock’s Reporter, Tam will now be earning $324,000 a year – a $59,400 boost from her previous salary of $265,000. Additionally, Tam had her contract for the role extended by another three years. 

https://www.blacklocks.ca/dr-tam-wins-22-pay-raise/

Easy to cover the cost, just deduct it  from the PM perks.   

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2 hours ago, Kargokings said:

Trudeau says overturning of Roe v. Wade in the U.S. is 'horrific'0

So the absolute authority in another country makes a ruling according to their constitution and Trudope finds it horrific.

‘Maybe he should keep his nose out their business….after all he has so much more work to do to destroy what’s left of Canada, one would think that’s a lot on his plate already

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In his speech, in Rwanda,  he promised to fight all such issues world wide.   

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When abortion is a crime: Rwanda.

Rwanda reformed its abortion law in 2012, but legal barriers and cultural and religious stigma make it nearly impossible for women to get a safe, legal abortion. Women with unplanned or unwanted pregnancies resort to unsafe and illegal abortions—and Rwandan police unjustly harass, arrest, prosecute and imprison hundreds of women and girls on abortion or infanticide-related charges each year. This report, by Ipas and Great Lakes Initiative for Human Rights and Development, shares findings from interviews with women, judges, legal defense lawyers, and police officers, and calls on the Rwandan government to take steps to address this ongoing human rights violation.

When abortion is a crime: Rwanda. - Ipas

 

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3 hours ago, Jaydee said:

So the absolute authority in another country makes a ruling according to their constitution and Trudope finds it horrific.

‘Maybe he should keep his nose out their business….after all he has so much more work to do to destroy what’s left of Canada, one would think that’s a lot on his plate already

Exactly.  Can somebody tell this idiot to sit down and shut up already.  Has any other world leader commented on this?  No, none of their business, none of ours and none of Trudeau's.

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2 hours ago, Seeker said:

Exactly.  Can somebody tell this idiot to sit down and shut up already.  Has any other world leader commented on this?  No, none of their business, none of ours and none of Trudeau's.

But it does give him yet another reason to promise our Tax Dollars to further the protest.  🤬

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Yet another study and another likely expensive task force.  New MPs are getting up to speed in orientation. Here are some of the perks of the job - National | Globalnews.ca

Ottawa announces new task force to improve passport wait times and backlogs

Many Canadians have camped out, waited for hours for passport services

The Canadian Press · Posted: Jun 25, 2022 10:50 AM ET | Last Updated: 2 hours ago
 
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People line up at a passport office in Montreal on Wednesday. The federal government has created a new task force in an attempt to speed up the process for passports and immigration applications. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)
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The federal government has created a special task force to help tackle the major delays with immigration applications and passport processing that have left Canadians frustrated.

In a statement announcing the new task force, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government knows the delays are unacceptable and will continue to do everything it can to improve the delivery of the services in an efficient and timely manner.

Trudeau said the new task force will help guide the government to better meet the changing needs of Canadians and continue to provide them with the high-quality services they need and deserve.

Ten cabinet members will spearhead the new committee, which will review how services are delivered, and identify gaps and areas for improvement.

The committee will be expected to make recommendations outlining short- and longer-term solutions that would reduce wait times, clear out backlogs and improve the overall quality of services provided.

In addition, the task force will monitor external issues, such as labour shortages around the world, which contribute to travel delays at home and abroad.

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14 hours ago, Jaydee said:

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By design, this has no effect, it's easy to do and JT knows the faithful will fail to connect the dots because of the "we have to do something" imperative. An imperative brought about by fear and NOT RESOLVE.... It's an easy wedge issue.

There is no discussion about important (albeit costly) stuff that we can do right now. Ironically, this is what bugs me about the conservative party. They are obsessed with fact checking manifestly moronic policies as if they were real, or intended to be real, or intended to be effective. They aren't.

These are clever wedge issues intended to fool people who refuse to vote on policy. And because they refuse to vote on policy, conservatives don't offer policy alternatives. That needs to change and it won't because of the media. Beware the trinity....  it's by design too.   

If you have eyes to see and ears to hear, plastic straws (and all the rest of it) are like the fat guy thinking sweet and low in his coffee will take care of those 300 extra lbs. Banning plastic forks (and taking  7 years to do it) while continuously pumping raw sewage into the ocean is analogous.   

If we really wanted to make a difference in plastics we would go to the source of the problem and assist with development aid. That would be numerous rivers in Africa/Asia credited with pumping 90% of the plastic pollution currently clogging our oceans.

If conservatives were to propose building a recycling (or disposal) plant on one of those rivers it would make a real and tangible difference... but no one in Canada would vote for it.

More pain is required.... grab your pack, the mountain beckons.

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Canada can now seize, sell off Russian assets. What's next?

Here's a quote from the article:

When asked about the legality of these new powers earlier this month, Justice Minister David Lametti said "you don't have an absolute right to own private property in Canada," and compared it to other processes of government expropriation.

Seems like something that could easily be used against Canadians abroad in the future and strikes me as significantly different than (say) Ukraine seizing Russian assets on the high seas. 

Reciprocal seizures of privately owned assets might not be something to aspire to in the long run. Suppose Russia takes a similar course of action with Canadian assets.

Arrogance absent strength usually results in bruises.

 

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