Monday, 12 November 2018

Daily Digest November 12, 2018

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Tony Clement and the breakdown in Ottawa

Demand for action on climate change shatters Scheer�s hopes in Quebec
        Clement had inappropriate interactions, �was pushing boundaries� back when he was a Harper-era cabinet minister, says Parry-Sound female constituent
Neil Young blasts Trump as �unfit� after California fire destroys Canadian�s home
        Trudeau told Trump in Paris he wants to �resolve� tariffs issue before G20 in Argentina

Director of CSIS travelled to Turkey at Trudeau�s request to hear Khashoggi murder recording
        Climate change, oilsands and the carbon tax are at the heart of Alberta�s 2019 battleground
Canada still hopes to secure comprehensive free-trade deal with China
        Bernier, of all people, wants naked truth from his candidates
Are British Columbians ready for mad Max and his People�s Party?
        The Tony Clement scandal shows all texting is sexting
Ottawa should abandon flawed Indigenous rights framework

Trump�s USMCA trade deal could be upended as Democrats vow to withhold support
        �The risk is there�: marijuana legalization unpopular in ridings with high Chinese-Canadian populations, says former Ontario Liberal minister Chan
Trump�s Twitter tirades shadow Trudeau�s talk on social media and politics
        Canada intelligence officials have heard audio of Khashoggi murder, Trudeau says
Liberals planning national tourism strategy as part of election-year economic pitch
        Bombardier defends CEO�s absence from special meeting following 5,000 layoffs
The City of Toronto spends millions renting this hotel. Now it might spend more to buy it
        Attacks on the media are a threat to democracy, Trudeau says
Ontario Basic Income Cancellation Births A Movement In Thunder Bay
        After Tony Clement sexting scandal, should MPs face tougher security screenings?

Bernier introduces new People�s Party of Canada to Calgary in first Alberta rally
        New $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond goes into circulation next week
Statement supports potential for biotechnology in agriculture
        Legacies of the First World War: Canadian veterans� battle for benefits, support
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Trudeau says politicians must use social media for good, despite others� polarizing Twitter tactics - Jordan Press - The Canadian Press, The Globe & Mail
        NASA wants Canada to build AI-equipped robots for new space station - Staff, CTV News
Feds never really had a plan for irregular migrants - Sue-Ann Levy, Toronto Sun
        McClintic debacle exposes Liberals� gigantic blind spots - Chris Selley, National Post
As Canadians mark Remembrance Day, world leaders warned of �old demons� rising again - Amanda Connolly, Global News
        Making a scene over carbon spat - Lorrie Goldstein, Toronto Sun
Tsilhqot�in and Ottawa to sign financial deal as part of new relationship - Amy Smart - The Canadian Press, Toronto Star
        Ford needs to target high electricity costs - Matthew Lau, Toronto Sun
Canada falling short on flu vaccinations: internal report - Catharine Tunney, CBC News
        Amazon strikes deal with Apple to sell latest editions of iPhone, iPad, other devices- Reuters, The Globe & Mail

With midterms over, when will U.S. ratify USMCA? Nobody knows- CTV News
        Air Transat president resigns after five years- The Canadian Press, Toronto Star
�Really toxic�: Abuse allegations continue to dog Winnipeg restaurant chain Stella�s Cafe- CBC News
        Cannabis companies race to clinch an edge in pot industry�s next phase of growth: Intellectual property- Vanmala Subramaniam, Financial Post


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Pelosi on Mueller Probe & Impeaching Trump - Edward-Isaac Dovere, The Atlantic
        Trump 2020 Bid Faces Rebuilt �Blue Wall� In Midwest - Craig Gilbert,Todd Spangler and Sam Ruland - USA Today, Detroit Free Press
Trump Is Blessed With His Enemies - Conrad Black, American Greatness
        Dem Officials in FL Violate Law, Attempt to Overturn Election - Karl Rove, Fox News
Schumer slams Trump, Scott over Florida recount: They �don�t want the votes counted� - Michael Burke, The Hill
        What the Democrats Must Do Now to Defeat Trump - David Remnick, The New Yorker
Obama Is Still Electoral Kryptonite in Swing States - Rachel Stoltzfoos, The Federalist
        Pompeo Faces a World of Challenges. Add House Democrats to the List. - Gardiner Harris, New York Times
Dems Face Tough 2020 After Blowing Chance at Blue Wave - Kristin Tate, The Hill
        �Nightmare in Florida II�: The odd ballot that could cost Sen. Nelson the race - Steve Kornacki, NBC News

Polish officials march with nationalists on Independence Day- Al Jazeera
        Armistice Day: Macron urges world leaders to reject nationalism- BBC News
Ebola death toll in DR Congo passes 200- France 24
        Fighting in Yemen city of Hodeidah �reaches residential streets�- Agence France-Presse, The Guardian
Sri Lanka�s Mahinda Rajapakse vows to hold polls despite challenge- AFP, The Times Of India

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US analysts locate secret North Korean missile sites
        Iran honoring nuclear deal as new sanctions hit, IAEA report shows
51 countries pledge support for global cyber-security rules
        Separatist leaders re-elected as Moscow cements hold on east Ukraine
New border crossings open in divided Cyprus, first in 8 years
        UK PM May face mounting domestic opposition from London, Brussels
Saudi minister calls for 1M bpd global oil output cut
        Turkey slams 'unacceptable' French statements over Khashoggi probe
Netanyahu returns to Israel after botched Gaza operation kills 7 Palestinians, Israeli officer
        Brexit versus the crucial Irish question
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Legacies of the First World War: Canadian veterans' battle for benefits, support

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From: John Feldsted <>
Subject: In remembrance of sacrifice

I was only five years old when WW-II ended. I grew up with stories of the war from family members, returned veterans, and those whose husbands and sons never returned.

Print media was king, and our papers and periodicals were filled with photos and stories of the war and its ugliness for a decade or two after the war�s end.

Our solemn vows to �never forget� have faded and muted over the following decades.

World War I (1916)

Population      8,001,000
Military                619,0007.74%
Killed          61,000
Wounded 172,000
Total           233,000 37.64%

World War II (1942)
Population      11,654,000
Military                1,100,000 9.44%
Killed          44,000
Wounded 54,000
Total           98,000 8.91%

The numbers who volunteered for military service is staggering. This from a new nation comprised of mainly immigrants from all corners of the globe. Consider also that only males of the age 18 could serve.

At least 4,000 aboriginals served in WW-I and over 3,000 in WW-II. To serve, they had to give up their heritage and become Canadian citizens.

The numbers of wounded only include those physically wounded. Hundreds, if not thousands suffered �shell shock� � psychological disorders we now call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that went untreated and often led to premature deaths.

Governments have tried for decades to paint Canada as a benevolent peacekeeper, which is a carefully created myth. For decades, governments refused to acknowledge the Korean War, insisting it was a UN peacekeeping mission. 26,000 Canadian troops and 8 Navy destroyers took part in that war. 516 were killed and 1,042 wounded.

The Korean war was initiated by the North Korean military supported by battalions of Chinese military intent on overrunning and subjugating South Korea. Over six million soldiers, sailors and airmen fought on both sides in the Korean War. More than three million of these were communists from North Korea, China and Russia. Opposing them were almost three million from South Korea and from 21 United Nations (UN) countries.

Not all the six million were present at one time. The war began with only 200,000 North Koreans fighting 100,000 South Koreans. With the arrival of the UN, and later the Chinese armies, there were a million combatants present one year after the war began. By war�s end there were more than two million ranged along the ceasefire line � 1,100,000 UN and South Koreans facing 1,200,000 North Koreans and Chinese. The Soviet Union�s contribution was always small and included medical units from the Soviets� allies Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania.

Casualties were horrific � estimated at over 1 million on the UN side and nearly 1.5 million on the other. The war wound down to a cease fire when both sides realized they could not gain further advantage or win without incurring further heavy casualties. To demean that as a peacekeeping effort is outrageous. Leaders were afraid to admit to us how close they came to engulf us in WW-III.

The Viet Nam war has also played a significant role in our Remembrance Day. Many Americans and others around the world felt the US pursuit war in Viet Nam was wrong. There were protests and songs and the sentiment quickly grew that all war was wrong which turned to anti-military sentiment. For many, gratitude to the military for its defence of freedom turned to anger at and derision of those who serve.  

It is hard to justify war except in self-defence. In a shrinking world of globalization and terrorism it is difficult to establish where a threat emanated from, but the terrorist training camps in Afghanistan led to a war there. The Middle East is volatile and unpredictable. We have no way to determine when or how future threats may arise.  

Proponents of a new world order claim a more peaceful world as an objective, but history shows us that greed is pervasive and insatiable. It is a matter of time before the powers pushing a world order have a falling out and war with one another. At present no leader has the power to threaten or invade others without risking massive retaliation. How long that will last is uncertain.  

We need to stand prepared to defend our sovereignty, democracy and way of life no matter what transpires over the next few decades. We need to avoid war if possible, remembering the horrors of past armed conflicts.

Freedom carries a price of eternal vigilance against those who would enslave us. That is the torch we must bear on behalf of generations of fallen soldiers. They served to protect our freedoms and we can do no less.

Those who have served, are serving and will serve in the military to protect our children and their children deserve our respect while serving and in retirement. They are our torch bearers who stand ready to save us from losing the freedoms and rights that have been earned through blood and battles over centuries.

John Feldsted

From: "Mahmood Elahi"
To: <>; <>
Subject: Global warming

The Editor
National Post

Copy to: Mr. Lorrie Goldstein:  Global warming has already taken place. By massively releasing  carbon dioxide through burning fossil fuels, we have permanently destabilized our climate and will have to live with it. Devastating hurricanes, floods, droughts, forest fires will multiply. Parts of Florida and California will become unfit for human habitation. Forest fires are likely to devastate Alberta and British Columbia. So better talk about how to face these disasters.

With the world devastated by hurricanes, droughts, floods, global warming has already occurred

Re: �Emission impossible,� Lorrie Goldstein, Nov. 11.

With the U.S. disaster-relief agencies are on high alert after being battered by repeated hurricanes, floods, droughts, forest fires, it is clear that global warming has irreversibly occurred.

This year, I have experienced this in two far-flung countries � Australia and Canada. In May, I was visiting Perth, Australia. It was supposed to be autumn, and yet, an unrelenting heat wave was sweeping across the continent, with temperatures hovering between 35c to 40c in Sydney, Brisbane and other cities accompanied by severe droughts. Sheep and cows were dying of thirst and crops are drying for the lack of rain. This led to columnists talk about year-round summer in Australia and the devastating droughts in the world�s driest continent.

After returning to Ottawa, we faced a devastating tornado. Although our house was spared, many others were totally destroyed. This summer has been particularly hot, with droughts and forest fires raging across North America, Europe and Asia. Parts of British Columbia were devastated by forest fires. France, Germany, Italy and Britain faced devastating floods.

Now winter is setting in North America and yet, forest fires are raging in California. Because of hot and dry air, the forest fire around Malibu County is so intense that luxury homes are being threated as never before. If forest fires are this intense in winter, you may imagine how devastating it would be when summer arrives.

It seems that we have lost the fight against global warming and no amount of carbon tax will reverse it. It is too late to stem the global warming. By burning fossil fuels to run hundreds of millions of carbon-spewing gasoline cars, we might have permanently destabilized the climate  This year, China has achieved the dubious distinction of being the most car-owning country in the world, with 350 million cars � more cars than in the U.S. and Canada combined. No wonder China is producing most greenhouse gases.

So, let�s prepare for devastating storms, floods, droughts and forest fires. Disaster relief should be the priority. This will cost hundreds of billions of dollars. So, prepare to raise taxes to pay for it.



Sunday, 11 November 2018

Daily Digest November 11, 2018.

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Calgary lawyer challenging gay-straight alliance bill compares pride flags to swastikas

Macron rebukes nationalism as Trump observes Armistice Day
        Bernier introduces new People�s Party of Canada to Calgary in first Alberta rally
Trudeau warns of dangers of nationalist leaders at historic armistice gathering

Canadians mark Remembrance Day, 100 years since end of First World War
        World leaders gather in Paris to mark 100 years since end of First World War
U.S. midterm elections put USMCA in jeopardy
        Character matters in political leadership
Don�t forget our marginalized neighbours

Will the Canadian consensus on immigration fall victim to Liberal bungling on border-crossers?
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After being shamed into doing the right thing, Trudeau owes some apologies - Rob Breakenridge, Global News
        Students want Ontario to scrap special minimum wage that is lower than that paid to adults - Sara Mojtehedzadeh, Toronto Star
Use frozen funds from dictators to help refugee crisis, suggests Axworthy - Mike Blanchfield - The Canadian Press, Toronto Star
        The abject moron�s guide to avoiding political sex scandals - Jess Morgan, Loonie Politics
Canadian veterans� post-war fight for benefits, support - Lee Berthiaume - The Canadian Press, Toronto Star
        Trudeau�s high horse a nag - Lorrie Goldstein, Ottawa Sun
Mourners pay respects to former premier Bernard Landry at Quebec legislature - The Canadian Press, Toronto Star
        Looking through Adrienne Clarkson�s $200K magnifying glass - Rex Murphy, National Post
�Hard to watch�: former premier Kathleen Wynne reflects on life in Doug Ford�s Ontario - Laura Stone, The Globe & Mail
        Death threats and burning effigies: Sir John A. Macdonald controversy gets extreme - CBC News

CRTC pitches internet code of conduct for telecom providers- The Canadian Press, CBC News
        Fresh legal setback for Keystone XL could result in delays of up to a year- Geoffrey Morgan, Financial Post
BlackBerry in talks to buy cybersecurity company Cylance: report- Reuters, The Globe & Mail
        Ontario Cannabis Store blames growers� label snafu for new delivery delays- CTV News
Ford joins micro-mobility revolution by purchasing e-scooter startup Spin- Peter Holley - The Washington Post, Toronto Star



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Redder. Bluer. Trumpier. What to Expect After the Midterms - Molly Ball, Time
        How Beto O�Rourke Reanimated the TX Democratic Party - Christopher Hooks, The Atlantic
Media Looks Complicit in Dems� Florida Vote Scandal - Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist
        Dem Dishonesty in FL Threatens the Fabric of Our Country - Newt Gingrich, Fox News
These 5 charts explain who voted how in the 2018 midterm election - Brian F. Schaffner, Washington Post
        There�s No Evidence of Voter Fraud in Florida - German Lopez, Vox
Democrats Won a Mandate on Health Care. How Will They Use It? - Robert Pear, New York Times
        US stops refuelling of Saudi-led coalition aircraft in Yemen war- Reuters, The Guardian
MH17 bereaved, including Australians, call on Trump to shirtfront Putin- Nick Miller, Sydney Morning Herald
        Macron�s European army proposal �very insulting�, says Trump on arriving in France- France 24

Chile�s Caravan of Death: Ex-army chief Cheyre convicted for Pinochet-era crimes- BBC News
        UK transport minister quits over Brexit- PTI, The Times Of India

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US tells Saudi prince Khashoggi killers to be held accountable
        Five Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in Gaza: health ministry
Palestinian hospital says two dead as Gaza clash erupts with Israeli forces
        Israeli forces kill six Palestinians in Gaza
Women's role in WWI underplayed at Armistice weekend
        Europe, Middle East map redrawn by World War I
Saudi says to cut oil output as producers discuss price dip
        US-backed force says resuming anti-Daesh offensive in eastern Syria
Putin says Russia wants dialogue with US on missile treaty: agencies
        Macron snubs US arms in defense spat with Trump

Netanyahu deems Paris conversation with Putin "very important"
        Britain's armed forces making contingency plans for 'no deal' Brexit: defense officials
Trump discussed Khashoggi response with Erdogan: White House official
        Majority of OPEC and its allies support cut: Oman oil minister
With Trump sitting nearby, Macron calls nationalism a betrayal
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New Findings on Ocean Warming: 5 Questions Answered


Read the article above.
What caused the higher ocean temperatures?


Saturday, 10 November 2018

Daily Digest November 10, 2018.

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Clement told Conservative official months ago he was contacting police over Instagram account

Political staffer says Clement made her feel uncomfortable with late-night messages
        Scheer should have booted Clement from caucus right away: Tory consultant

Trudeau visits Vimy ahead of world leaders gathering for Paris peace forum
        Legacies of the First World War: Canadian veterans� battle for benefits, support
New N.B. premier Blaine Higgs plans to see through pledge to fight carbon tax
        What makes Tory men go from public prudes to pests in private?
PM Trudeau is in Paris this Remembrance Day, just as he should be
        Crusading MLA Robyn Luff presents no-win scenario for Notley

U.K. data watchdog blasts Canadian political parties� data handling
        Death threats and burning effigies: Sir John A. Macdonald controversy gets extreme
Ousted NDP MLA demands high-stakes, independent investigation into bullying claims
        After Clement scandal, questions mount about vetting of top secret committee
Liberals again delay firearm marking regulations despite campaign promise
        Five female PC staffers sent sexually inappropriate texts by former Ford aide, sources say
UCP MLAs gagged during abortion bubblezone bill: Former UCP MLA Prab Gill
        Chinese evidence, Canadian charges: Accused businessman says fraud case built with coercion
Banks weigh legal action to block Statscan�s plan to obtain consumer records
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On safe injection sites, why can�t conservatives just let people not die? - Chris Selley, National Post
        Trudeau to mark centenary of First World War armistice at Vimy Ridge and Paris - Janyce McGregor, CBC News
Liberal gains on PR debate leave Yes side with tough choices - Rob Shaw, Vancouver Sun
        New gas plants should pay carbon levy on all emissions by 2030, advocates say - Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press, CTV News
Trump created the China trade crisis; the midterms may have given him a reason to end it- Joe Chidley, Financial Post
        In walkout, Google workers reject Silicon Valley individualism- Noam Scheiber - The New York Times, Toronto Star
Uber policy now prohibits broadcasting passenger images- CTV News


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        Somalie: au moins 41 morts dans l'attentat islamiste de vendredi � MogadiscioPlus
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        [EN IMAGES] Violents incendies en Californie: au moins 9 morts, Malibu menac�ePlus
Premi�re Guerre mondiale: Donald Trump annule la visite d'un cimeti�re en raison du mauvais tempsPlus


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There�s a New Electoral Map in Town - Gabriel DeBenedetti, New York Magazine
        The War for the Soul of America - Patrick Buchanan, American Greatness
Warren? Biden? Sanders? Dems have different answers on 2020 after 2018 - Amie Parnes, The Hill
        Split Decision Sends Polarized Politics Toward 2020 - Michael Barone, Real Clear Politics
Kirsten Gillibrand says she�ll think long and hard about a 2020 presidential bid - John Wagner, Washington Post
        Dems Ready to Hold Trump Accountable. Grab the Popcorn - Eugene Robinson, Washington Post
Michelle Obama rips Trump in new book � he �meant to stir up the wingnuts� - Adam Edelman and Associated Press, NBC News
        Kristallnacht anniversary: France warns of steep rise in anti-Semitism- BBC News
Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis trapped in war-torn port city- Ali Al Mujahed and Sudarsan Raghavan, Sydney Morning Herald
        Philippine court orders arrest of ex-first lady Imelda Marcos for corruption- France 24
EU demands end to Sri Lanka crisis- PTI, The Times Of India
        Caravan forces Mexico to confront mixed feelings on migration- David Agren, The Guardian

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Macron, Merkel unveil plaque at site of WWI armistice
        Germany, France, Britain, US and Saudi Arabia listened to Khashoggi tapes: Erdogan
New US sanctions have no effect on Iran economy: Rouhani
        The knowns and unknowns of U.S. Iran oil sanction waivers
Russia clashes with Western oil buyers
        Baby boom for some nations, bust for others, study claims
Olive tree sabotage plagues Palestine farmers
        May faces fury of Northern Irish allies over Brexit
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From: "Mahmood Elahi"
Subject: Public distrust for economists stands in the way

The Editorh
Financial Times

Public distrust of economists stands in the way

�Will Democrats now be free-traders?� by William Watson, Nov. 8.

In the latest issue of Foreign Affairs, Karen Dynan, Professor of the Practice of Economics at Harvard, writes: �An uncomfortable truth for American economists is that they have limited influence on economic policy. Take trade, for example. Anyone who has studied introductory economics knows that free trade benefits countries in the long run, by allowing them to specialize in producing the goods and services in which they have a comparative advantage. � Yet free trade has never been popular in Washington. The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has imposed costly tariffs on imports from Canada, China, Mexico and the EU.�

Why don�t economists have more influence? Answer to the question has been provided by Alan Blinder, a prominent economist, who served in U.S. President Bill Clinton�s Council of Economic Advisers, in his new book, Advice and Dissent.

According to Blinder, the root of the problem is that politicians are dealing with a fundamentally different set of constraints than economists are. The situation is made worse by what he calls �political short-termism.� Politicians who face re-election tend to adopt policies that promise gains in the near future, even if the cost will outweigh the benefits in the long run. Conversely, economists favour short-term cost in order to realize long-term benefits. As trust in experts has declined, it has become easier for politicians to offer far-fetched solutions regardless of their economic merit.

With anti-trade Donald Trump has made �Buy American� protectionism the centrepiece of his policy, free trade has been replaced by (mis)managed trade and as long Trump remains president, free trade will remain toxic for politicians. Voters, not economists, will decide who will be the next president.



Daily Digest November 9, 2018.

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Doug Ford parts ways with another top aide as sex scandals continue to roil premier�s office

�Inappropriate� but not illegal: Why women Tony Clement followed online are going public
        Donald Trump Played Central Role in Hush Payoffs to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal
White supremacist disavowed by UCP and federal Tories joined Bernier�s party
        Women�s March Muskoka calls for Tony Clement�s resignation

Trudeau to mark centenary of First World War armistice at Vimy Ridge, Paris
        Keystone XL setback will cost Canadian industry �millions�, says association
Businesses look to Bill Morneau for help tackling Trump�s taxes
        For a politician like Clement, a $100K gazebo is bad, but a sexting/extortion scandal is the end
Clement owns up to his actions. But he should have the first time
        Craig Oliver turns 80 � credibility spanning decades
If Clement isn�t fit for caucus, why is he fit to be anyone�s MP?
        Will the Canadian consensus on immigration fall victim to Liberal bungling on border-crossers?
Revenge Politics Won the Midterms

Trudeau�s trade talk to be tested on 10-day, three country trip
        Five female PC staffers sent sexually inappropriate texts by former Ford aide, sources say
Alberta Pulse: UCP leads over NDP thanks to a more united right
        Plan to create a national securities regulator is constitutional: Supreme Court
Sexual misconduct allegations levelled against two Alberta NDP MLAs since 2015, says premier�s office
        Tony Clement reveals �acts of infidelity� left him open to potential blackmail
UCP MLAs gagged during abortion bubblezone bill: Former UCP MLA Prab Gill
        Construction of sixth Arctic patrol ship at Irving Shipbuilding to cost $800M � double the cost of the other five
Chinese evidence, Canadian charges: Accused businessman says fraud case built with coercion
        Horgan and Wilkinson clash during TV electoral reform debate

Freeland orders internal review of Canadian development aid in Afghanistan
        Former premier Gallant yet to decide on future as Tory government is sworn in
Opening dairy market to U.S. was biggest concession in trade talks, Freeland says
        Banks weigh legal action to block Statscan�s plan to obtain consumer records
Statcan�s plan to harvest private banking info on hold, pending investigation
        �All options� soon possible to end Canada Post dispute, says Trudeau
Terri-Lynne McClintic transferred out of healing lodge: Rodney Stafford
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The Liberals love projecting an image. Listening? Not so much - Kelly McParland, National Post
        Ontario kids don�t have up-to-date sex-ed, but they can learn from Conservative politicians - Edward Keenan, Toronto Star
Feisty exchange between Essex MP and PM over USMCA photo op with Trump - CBC News
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Subject:Trudeau apologizes for Canada's 1939 refusal of Jewish refugee ship

Steve Scherer
Reuters News
November 7, 2018

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada�s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally apologized on Wednesday for the country�s 1939 refusal to take in a ship carrying more than 900 Jewish refugees, adding that the country would do more to protect Canadian Jews from violence.

 The St. Louis left Hamburg in May 1939 in a desperate search for a safe haven from persecution by Nazi Germany. After it was rebuffed by Canada and other nations, it returned to Europe, where historians have estimated that more than 250 of the passengers were murdered in Nazi death camps.

�We apologize to the 907 German Jews aboard the St. Louis, as well as their families,� Trudeau told the House of Commons. �We are sorry for the callousness of Canada�s response. We are sorry for not apologizing sooner.�

The apology came less than two weeks after a gunman shot dead 11 people, including a Canadian woman, at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. Vigils were held across Canada in the aftermath of the attack.

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Trudeau seems unwilling to understand that he can only apologize for his own actions and behaviour.

There is something ironic and hypocritical about apologizing for a Liberal Prime Minister who made a poor decision 80 years ago.

William Lyon Mackenzie King has been repeatedly and thoroughly disparaged for his decision not to allow the St. Louis to land. History has not been kind on the issue, and rightly so. However, to keep the event in perspective Canada was not the only nation to refuse acceptance of the St. Lewis and her Jewish passengers.

As we age, we reminisce and think to ourselves how life would differ if we knew what we know now at age 20. Looking back at 1939 knowing about the horrors of WW-II and the holocaust is far different from trying to look forward six years from 1939 to 1945.

We can be ashamed of a government decision made in 1939, but we cannot apologize for it. Our grandchildren will judge us on the decisions our government is making today. We can acknowledge unacceptable discrimination of the past and commit to erasing discrimination in the present. Actions speak louder than words.

Vowing to protect Jewish and Muslim places of worship is an admission that hatred is still stalks our society. We have not erased racial and religious hatreds. Christians also face faith-based discrimination and that is a glaring omission from the apology statement. As equals we have the right to worship in peace and safety. We cannot accept anyone to be targeted by hatred. 

John Feldsted

Subject: Liberals will spend $86 million to tackle rise in gang and gun violence
Money will aim to stop smuggled guns from entering Canada and help RCMP investigate firearm crimes

Kathleen Harris
CBC News
Nov 08, 2018

The Liberal government is spending $86 million to boost efforts to block smuggled guns at the border and stop the scourge of gun violence in the United States from creeping into Canada.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Bill Blair, the minister of border security and organized crime reduction, announced Thursday that $51.5 million will be spent over five years for the Canada Border Services Agency to build an all-weather detector dog training facility, deploy more sniffer dog teams and expand X-ray technology at postal centres and air cargo facilities. More training on detecting concealed items in vehicles entering Canada is also planned.

Another $34.5 million will go to the RCMP to enhance investigations, training, inspections, technology and intelligence.

The money comes from a $327 million pot to tackle gangs and gun violence announced last year. Of that sum, $200 million will go to provinces and territories to address regional needs.

Blair said that because gangs have different origins across the country and operate in both rural and urban areas, it's critical to give the provinces money to address specific needs.

No 'blanket solutions'

"Blanket solutions and a one-size-fits-all approach (do) not work," he said.

Thursday's announcement comes as the U.S. reels from another mass shooting incident, this time at a Southern California bar. Thirteen people died in the gun attack in Thousand Oaks, California Wednesday night.

Blair said Canada has a "fundamentally different" culture and approach to firearms, but Canadians are increasingly worried about the spike in domestic incidents.

"What we are seeing is an increase in gun violence across our country, a greater influence, and Canadians ... have told us they're very concerned about the level of gun violence taking part in their communities," he said.

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We are working at the wrong end of the firearm. Mandatory sentences for firearms offences were struck down as unconstitutional because the law was not linked to the commission of a crime. Firearms legislation, particularly the regulations issued thereunder, are so broad and complex, it is possible to ensnare someone who is not a threat to society.

That does not prevent us from enacting laws with a minimum sentence for unlicensed possession of a restricted weapons which would include all handguns and most automatic weapons. Licensing and regulations for handling and use of handguns are very strict. The government can employ the notwithstanding clause if necessary.     

Firearms used in the commission of a crime, including possession of a firearm during a crime is a very serious threat to public safety. The criminal who carries a firearm when committing a crime is prepared to commit murder and should face a court charged with attempted murder and a sentence to be served consecutively to other charges incurred in the same incident whether the firearm was discharged or not.

We need to extend the laws to increase the sentences for anyone who uses a weapon of any kind in the commission of a crime including assault.

If gang members know they can be looking at a life sentence for using a firearm in the commission of a crime, they will think twice about arming themselves.

The Youth Criminal Justice Act must be amended to exclude underaged persons who use a firearm to commit a crime. They are coerced by gang members to commit gun crimes as an �initiation� as they will receive a minimal sentence under the YCJA.

Anyone employing a firearm in the commission of a crime should be ineligible for bail pending trial.

We cannot continue to pretend we are concerned about the criminal use of guns while we do not ensure that the penalties for using a lethal weapon reflect that concern. We must deal with the criminals, not the hardware. We will not block the black market in firearms any more than we blocked the black market in drugs. Until we get tough on criminals, we will see more lives lost. The gangster in prison will not be shooting rivals, innocent bystanders or responding police officers.

John Feldsted