Saturday 20 May 2017


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>HEADLINES ACROSS CANADA <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

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

Team Trudeau�s precarious friendship with Jared Kushner

BC Green Party sought cash from developer, despite calling for campaign finance reform
        O�Leary support base split on Bernier, officials say
Rifts between Jean, Kenney emerge as Alberta�s right tries to successfully unite
        With bills unpaid, Kevin O�Leary campaign is more than $200K in debt

Transition from Fossil Fuels? Not all that Controversial.
        NAFTA talks kick off: Early signs raise little alarm, but strategy still in �pre-game state�
Agency that oversees immigration consultants appears to be in turmoil
        The federal carbon tax has become unnecessarily costly
Chrystia Freeland�s homespun take as Trudeau�s Minister for Everywhere

Guess who�s back � Liberals rise in latest Ontario politics poll
        No new party yet, but leadership campaigns already revving up
Trade challenge of RCAF search plane contract tossed
        Post-war convention on refugees buckling under current crises, says Lloyd Axworthy
Trost supporter admits to providing incentives for votes
        Here�s how much more you could be paying for fuel when the carbon tax goes into effect
F-35 jets waiting in wings as Liberals� �interim� Super Hornet purchase in limbo
        Trudeau swats away Super Hornet questions amid Boeing-Bombardier dispute
Russia warns Canada Magnitsky sanctions would be blow to relations
        Ukraine seeks weapons from Ottawa to help fend off Russia-backed rebels
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE POLITICS<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
B�nai Brith slams NDP leadership hopeful for �supporting Palestinian terrorists� - Antonella Artuso, Toronto Sun
        With bills unpaid, Kevin O�Leary campaign is more than $200K in debt - Catherine Cullen, CBC News
Trost supporter admits to providing incentives for votes - Alex Boutilier & Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star
        No new party yet, but leadership campaigns already revving up - Don Braid, Calgary Herald
Yes, Canada�s language commissioner does need top-notch English - Brian Lilley, Ottawa Sun
        Trudeau says he�ll work with B.C., Alberta on Trans Mountain pipeline expansion - Laura Kane, The Canadian Press, CTV News
B.C. Liberals odds of deal with Greens fading fast - Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun
        Canada�s marijuana legalization plan holds to �spirit� of drug treaties, task force leader says - Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press, The Globe and Mail
Missing and murdered inquiry commissioners to address media amid mounting criticism - John Paul Tasker, CBC News
        Ontario to relax solvency rules for �defined benefit� pensions plans - Rob Ferguson, Toronto Star

Get ready for Trudeau�s carbon tax on everything - Candice Malcolm, Edmonton Sun
        Dream of that single-family home in the suburbs fading fast as highrises move in- Garry Marr, Financial Post
Canada�s inflation rate steady at 1.6% in April- CBC News
        Uber threatens to fire self-driving car engineer in trade secrets case- Dan Levine and Julia Love, The Globe and Mail
Hershey angles for the sweet spot with �lighter eats�- Bob Fernandez - The Philadelphia Inquirer, Toronto Star


Marches citoyennes pour r�clamer l'�tiquetage obligatoire des OGMPlus
        Marches citoyennes pour r�clamer l'�tiquetage obligatoire des OGMPlus
Le Palais des Festivals � Cannes �vacu� quelques minutes pour des raisons de s�curit�Plus
        Venezuela : des dizaines de milliers de manifestants contre MaduroPlus
Elle est contrainte de jeter 1,5 litre de lait maternel pour prendre l'avionPlus
        113 overdoses en trois mois: l'Alberta fait face � une importante crise li�e au fentanylPlus
Un homme heurt� mortellement par un train � TorontoPlus
        Iran: Hassan Rohani r��lu pr�sident avec 57% des voixPlus
Trump entame son voyage � Ryad: accords d'armements de 110 G$ entre les �tats-Unis et l'Arabie Plus
        Qu�bec solidaire tient son congr�s ce week-end Plus

Des vitrines vandalis�es dans Saint-Henri Plus
        La Ronde d�marre sa 50e saisonPlus
Un train � grande vitesse Toronto-Windsor d'ici 2031 Plus
        Journ�e nationale des patriotes: appel � la prudence sur les routesPlus
L'APCHQ �indign�e� par des propos haineux et homophobes visant son porte-parolePlus


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE WORLD<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
$110 Billion Weapons Sale to Saudis Has Jared Kushner�s Personal Touch - Mark Landler, New York Times
        Trump campaigned against Muslims, but will preach tolerance in Saudi speech - Philip Rucker, Washington Post
Trump nominates Callista Gingrich for ambassador to the Vatican - Max Greenwood, The Hill
        Biden on Clinton: �I never thought she was a great candidate� - John Bowden, The Hill
A President Gripped by Delusions of Absolute Power - Jill Abramson, The Guardian
        After Mueller, Trump Critics Worry: Maybe There�s No Scandal - Jason Willick, The American Interest
Trump blames the special counsel on everyone except those most responsible: Russia and Trump - Philip Bump, Washington Post
        The Nightmares and Realities of Never Trump - Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness
China�s Xi calls for S Korea ties to get back on track- AFP, The Times Of India
        Libya clashes �kill 60� at Brak El-Shati airbase- BBC News

Swedish prosecutors drop Julian Assange rape investigation- Esther Addley and Alan Travis, The Guardian
        Syria, Russia condemn US-led strike on pro-Assad forces- Al Jazeera
Brazil�s President Temer refuses to resign despite bribery claims- France 24

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

Iran chooses 'engagement' as Rouhani sweeps to victory
        US embassy move would 'end peace process': PLO official
Turkey's pro-Kurd party elects new co-leader to replace jailed predecessor
        Germany, Ukraine say aim to get back to Minsk ceasefire deal
Iran's state TV declares incumbent President Hassan Rouhani winner of presidential election
        Beijing denies 'unprofessional' intercept of US plane
China, Japan extract combustible ice from seafloor
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Sign Of The Times <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Ukraine seeks weapons from Ottawa to help fend off Russia-backed rebels
This article suggests attacks come from Russian speaking provinces
rather than from the Ukraine Government which is outlawing Russiasn


From: "John Feldsted" <>
Subject: You know you are governed by idiots #2
Russia warns Canada over blatantly unfriendly Magnitsky Act

Russia says sanctions, travel bans will inflict 'significant damage' on Canada, Russian relationship
By Levon Sevunts
Radio Canada International
May 18, 2017

The Kremlin fired a diplomatic shot across Ottawa's bow Thursday, warning that the adoption of a Canadian version of a U.S. law that imposes financial sanctions and travel bans on high-ranking Russian officials will cause serious damage in relations between the two countries.

The stark diplomatic warning comes after Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Wednesday that the government has agreed to create a so-called Magnitsky Act that would expand Canada's international sanctions law to target gross human rights violators.

"We are compelled to warn the official Ottawa that we view its active support of the Canadian version of the American 'Magnitsky Act,' which contains contrived human rights claims against Russia, as another blatantly unfriendly step," the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
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Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has been barred from entering Russia because of her staunch criticism of Russian actions in Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea.

The problem with legislating sanctions targeting �gross human rights violators� is that its application is completely arbitrary. Do we ban officials from every brutal dictatorship in the world or just those we particularly disagree with today? Do we follow through and cease doing business with those nations?

This is a �feel good� Liberal initiative that will not improve the lot of people suffering human rights abuses. We have far more important business to take care of than passing useless legislation so that we can feel better about ourselves while doing nothing concrete or effective to mitigate human rights abuses.

John Feldsted
Political Consultant & Strategist
Winnipeg, Manitoba

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