Saturday 29 April 2017


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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>NATIONAL NEWSWATCH<<<<<<<<

North Korea �test-fires ballistic missile�

Sajjan expresses �regret� for claiming to be architect of key battle against Taliban
        More Now Disapprove of Trudeau Than Approve
Here�s a breakdown of who�s actually winning the Conservative Party leadership race
        Feds hope China softwood mission sends message to U.S.

Trudeau has �window� to settle softwood dispute before NAFTA talks: Raymond Chr�tien
        Irving Shipbuilding says Norman e-mails malign company
Canada restarts free trade negotiations with South American trading bloc
        If push comes to shove with Donald Trump, Canadians are ready
Explaining the endless softwood saga to our extraterrestrial neighbours
        Ask Kady Anything: The horror of the unending softwood lumber stalemate (plus zombies)
Time for Trudeau to move on from photo-op feminism
        If this is the case against Mark Norman, it�s awfully thin gruel
Religious accommodation and school boards

More than half agree that marijuana should be legal
        Nova Scotia�s governing Liberals pull campaign ad suggesting May 30 election
What leadership race? Wildrose lead unshaken by Kenney, NDP still trailing: Poll
        French Presidential race could mark the end of the EU
More than 60 per cent of Canadians support idea of PM�s Question Period, half favour electronic voting in the House: poll
        Forces say they want to oust 77 members for sexual misconduct
Clown down: The post-O�Leary Conservatives
        Why the Telefilm debate is a red herring
Three Theses on Canadian Foreign Policy
        When pointing to CBC�s anti-Israel bias, there are plenty of examples

At Issue: The reversals of Trump and O�Leary
        Quebec Liberal caucus faces corruption crisis after political interference allegations
Trump tax plan�s lack of details has Canada in wait-and-see mode
        Bombardier rejects Boeing claim CSeries was dumped into the U.S. at below cost
Canadian ministers dine with senior Chinese officials as trade conflict looms with U.S.
        Centennial Flame monument to get facelift with Nunavut images
OPP probing suspected Toronto city bid rigging
        Rights groups and opposition urge Liberals to help those fleeing anti-LGBT violence in Chechnya
Sajjan retracts claim he was �architect� of Canada�s biggest combat operation in Afghanistan
        Protesters swarm cars outside dinner event hosted by Sask. Premier Brad Wall

Tensions Rising: Canadian Views on Foreign Conflict, China, & Trudeau in an International Crisis
        Senate ethics committee to finalize report detailing fate of Don Meredith
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE POLITICS<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Is Pat Stogran the outsider New Democrats wanted?

Ford 1Q profit down on recalls, lower sales, but tops Street- CTV News
        Ottawa runs $11.5B deficit over first 11 months of 16-17 fiscal year - Craig Wong, The Canadian Press, CTV News
Duelling drug plans set stage for pharmacare election in Ontario - Mike Crawley, CBC News
        A legendary former Supreme Court judge talks about our fundamental freedoms - John Geddes, Macleans
Military reveals hundreds of cases of harmful sexual behaviour in ranks - Daniel Leblanc, The Globe and Mail
        Fixing mandatory minimum penalties a way to cut court backlogs: minister - The Canadian Press, CTV News
A pre-pre-election budget to bolster Liberal fortunes - Martin Regg Cohn, Toronto Star
        On balance, a good election budget - Joe Castaldo, Macleans
Does anyone care the Ontario Liberals balanced their books? They did it, but for how long - Chris Selley, National Post
        Why Ontario�s balanced budget is no cause for celebration - Catherine McIntyre, Macleans

Free prescription medicines for those 24 and under first step to national pharmacare plan: Sousa - Rob Ferguson, Toronto Star
        2017 Ontario budget: 10 things you need to know - Matt Lundy & Tom Cardoso, The Globe and Mail
B.C. Election 2017: Green party rises from obscurity to legitimate political force - Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun
        Chef Sousa�s in Hell�s Kitchen - Editorial, Toronto Sun
How Trudeau says he handled Trump NAFTA chat - Laura Payton, CTV News
        Conservative Party should be looking for a winner, not a caretaker - John Ibbitson, The Globe and Mail
New McDonald�s uniforms mocked for stark, modern look- The Associated Press, CBC News
        �A real negative for Canada�: Businesses warn Trump�s tax plan would hurt competitiveness- Andy Blatchford,


Br�sil: gr�ve g�n�rale et manifestations contre l'aust�rit�Plus
        Acc�s � Trudeau vendu � des milliardaires chinois: la commissaire � l'�thique cesse son enqu�tePlus
Le pape Fran�ois visite une �glise du Caire vis�e par un attentat de l'�IPlus
        Ottawa promet de nommer des juges bient�tPlus
Somme suppl�mentaire: 26,5 millions $ en sant� mentalePlus
        Trois personnes abattues pendant un match de soccer au MexiquePlus
Fraude des grands-parents: la pr�sum�e t�te dirigeante d'un r�seau rapatri� de l'ItaliePlus
        Le Congr�s am�ricain �vite in extremis la paralysie budg�tairePlus
Des combats entre opposants au r�gime font 40 morts pr�s de DamasPlus
        La France � un tournant capitalPlus

Le ministre Sajjan regrette de s'�tre appropri� des faits d'armes lors de la guerre en Afghanistan dans un discours en IndePlus
        Le pr�sident Trump veut favoriser les forages offshorePlus
Le p�re de Marine Le Pen �choqu� par l'hommage �homosexuel� au policier tu�Plus
        45 attaques chimiques pr�sum�es en Syrie � l'�tudePlus
Marine Le Pen exhorte la gauche radicale � �faire barrage� � Emmanuel MacronPlus
        Le �dialogue�, �le seul bon choix� selon la Chine dans le dossier de la Cor�e du NordPlus
La croissance au plus bas en 3 ans aux �tats-Unis Plus
        Une p�tition pour emp�cher le d�placement des caribous de Val-d'OrPlus
Le pape Fran�ois est arriv� en �gypte Plus
        La Seconde guerre mondiale s'invite dans le duel Macron-Le PenPlus

Tentative d'incendie criminel dans une pizz�ria de WestmountPlus
        Travaux routiers: encore un casse-t�te � Montr�al ce week-endPlus
La Cour supr�me refuse d'entendre deux radicaux qu�b�coisPlus
        Enqu�te sur des lib�raux bloqu�e: �c'est pr�occupant�, dit Philippe Pichet


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE WORLD<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Sanders on skipping WH Korea briefing: �I did not want to be part of a photo op� - Olivia Beavers, The Hill
        McConnell: Senate will pass stop-gap funding bill to avoid shutdown - Al Weaver, Washington Examiner
Conservatives endorse latest Republican plan to revise Obamacare - Elise Viebeck, Washington Post
        Michael Flynn Under Defense Dept. Investigation Over Foreign Payment - Emmarie Huetteman, New York Times
Anti-ISIS Raid Leaves at Least 2 U.S. Service Members Dead - Courtney Kube and Erik Ortiz, NBC News
        Palestinians protest in West Bank in solidarity with hunger strikers- France 24
Kremlin urges restraint after �Israeli strikes� on Syria- AFP, The Times Of India
        Russian warship sinks after collision with freighter in Black Sea- Shaun Walker, The Guardian
Brexit: Chancellor Merkel warns UK on scope of talks with EU- BBC News
        Court refuses extradition of Ramush Haradinaj to Serbia- Al Jazeera

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>THE LEBANON DAILY STAR<<<<<<<<

Turkey says Austria should turn back from 'wrong policy' on Turkey's EU accession
        US spy agency stops gathering some messages from Americans: sources
Russia seeks arrest of former Ukraine prime minister
        US forces to monitor situation along Syria-Turkey border: YPG commander
WHO urges polio vaccine dose cut amid global shortage
        Russia says military options for N. Korea 'unacceptable'
Germany says reviving G-8 with Russia 'not up for debate'
        Israel planning 15,000 more settlement homes in Jerusalem
Montenegro parliament approves NATO accession
        UN chief says no communication with North Korea is dangerous

French journalists accuse Le Pen's party of curbing access
        Chemical weapons team ready to visit Syria if safety assured
Merkel, Putin to discuss G20, Syria, Ukraine in Sochi Tuesday
        Ukraine orders confisation of $1.5 bn in Yanukovych regime assets
EU to say united Ireland would be automatic full member
        Seoul rejects Trump demand it pays for missile system
A look at North Korea�s evolving brinkmanship
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From: "Tommy Thomas"
Subject: Mahood Elahi "with the Model 3, both gas vehicles and fossil fuels are history"

Fossil fuels are history? Not so fast Mahood. Electric cars used by urban commuters driving low miles could replace gasoline powered ones. But vehicles used to travel long distances � Vancouver to Calgary for example � will depend on oil products. And the multi-ton hauling trucks with 26 tires on the road would be an economic disaster recharging  batteries for ten hours every four hundred kilometres. Farm tractors, construction equipment, generators in remote areas and such will continue to be diesel dependent for a few years more. Then there are airplanes which will not do their thing on sunshine or electricity; avgas will be around for quite some time. So do not dump your oil stocks too quickly! 

From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Re: And how did that work out for Argentina?

Re:  After Argentina's fiscal crisis in 2001, their national government created 2 million public jobs specifically for impoverished heads of households. Workers received income in return for providing services to their low-income communities.
And how did that work out for Argentina?
John Feldsted
John, you link to Argentina's current problems, but this employment program ended 10 yrs ago and was evaluated by the World Bank long ago:

"The program reduced aggregate unemployment.... the program did partially compensate many losers from the crisis and reduced extreme poverty."
And another detailed study here:
Beyond Full Employment: The Employer of Last Resort as an Institution for Change

"Argentina was once considered the success story of neoliberal policies. Yet, after a decade and a
half of stagnant growth and deteriorating socioeconomic conditions, in 2001 the Argentine
economy plunged into its most severe crisis in history. The unemployment rate, which had been
accelerating in the years prior to the financial crisis, peaked at 21.5 percent (under the
conservative methodology of measuring unemployment) by May 2002 (Figure 1). The
worsening living conditions prompted thousands of people to join peaceful protests that started
on December 12, 2001.......
.......president, Eduardo Duhale, signed the emergency decree for the establishment of Plan Jefes into law. It
became the primary program to deal with social dislocation in the aftermath of the currency board collapse.
To be eligible, the household had to have children under age 18, persons with disabilities, or a pregnant woman.
Households were generally limited to one participant in the Jefes program. The program�s total
spending peaked at 1 percent of GDP, with nearly 2 million participants. This is was equivalent
to about 5 percent of the population and 13 percent of the labor force.
Several evaluations of the program by the Ministry of Labor (MTEySS 2002, 2003,
2005) and the World Bank (2002, 2003) reported overwhelmingly positive results.
One of the most important benefits of Plan Jefes was that it provided an alternative to forced
Jefes itself provided many supplementary programs that enhanced and improved human capital......
These programs included child vaccination initiatives, health checkups, nutritional assistance, afterschool activities to curb school drop-out rates, and others.
Projects included improvements in the water supply, sewer systems, and pluvial networks. They made investments in health and educational infrastructure, improved hydraulic defenses, clay pits, municipal slaughter houses, recreational and tourist areas, and many others. In many instances,
Jefes funds were used as seed money by the unemployed to launch their own businesses and micro-enterprises, some of which made toys from recyclable materials, others manufactured clothing for the domestic or export market, yet others set up carpentry and many other artisanal shops (for details, see Tcherneva 2005).
Tcherneva and Wray (2005d) report that every female participant they interviewed in Plan Jefes without exception wanted to work rather than receive a welfare check of equal amount.
Women reported that working and serving others was the best example they could give to their children and that they obtained many more valuable rewards from this experience than the monetary aspect, which was nevertheless very important to them. Women felt like they had �grown wings� (Garz�n de la Roza 2006, 87).
ELR can be a transformative policy tool that deals with pressing socioeconomic problems, such as poverty and
gender disparity. ELR becomes not just a policy for full employment but an institution for change."


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