Wednesday 14 June 2017


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

Problems brewing for budget bill as senators take aim at hike to alcohol taxes

More than a dozen PMO staffers earn at least $150,000 a year: CTV News
        Feds promise regional balance on Supreme Court, with western seat up for grabs in December
Charlie Angus says NDP must move on from pipeline debate
        Scalise in critical condition after gunman opened fire at congressional baseball practice in Virginia

Government eases restrictions on Canadian military mission in Ukraine
        Premier Notley says no time for oilsands shutdown talk as she pushes pipelines
Canada-EU trade deal�s July 1 target threatened by new cheese dispute


Is this Stephen Harper or Justin Trudeau running things on Parliament Hill?
Don�t have a cow, man, but on debt the Liberals are going back to the �90s
        Show Canada Alberta�s bottom line, Premier Notley
Trump appeasement a global recipe for political defeat
        Sooner or later, the bill will arrive for Trudeau�s spending
Is everything we thought about online political campaigns wrong?
        Open adulation of The Donald is basic Republican etiquette

Canada�s anti-terrorism overhaul is coming Tuesday
        Kathleen Wynne warns of the risks of a victory by Patrick Brown and the PCs
Arrest of China�s Anbang chair won�t affect sale of B.C. retirement-home chain: Ottawa
        Trudeau says U.S. was consulted before approving sale of Norsat to China
�Action is desperately needed�: Senate to report on Canada�s clogged court system
        More than a quarter of TV subscribers mulling cable-cutting, study says
Kathleen Wynne still weighing options for marijuana sales
        Newly-minted BC Liberal cabinet ministers will earn about $1,000 extra per week
Manitoba NDP retains Point Douglas riding in provincial byelection
        Trudeau Senate appointees poised to split infrastructure bank from budget bill

Liberal government continued selling off diplomatic buildings amid �Canada is back� rhetoric
        Feds set to meet with fighter jet firms amid Super Hornet questions
PM noncommittal about NDP plan for non-partisan watchdog appointments
        Conservatives, NDP threaten government with more than 30 hours of votes if it pushes unilaterally on House rule changes
U.S. rebukes Canada over Chinese takeover of Norsat
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE POLITICS<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Montrealers file legal action contesting restrictions on medical aid in dying - The Canadian Press, CTV News
        Is everything we thought about online political campaigns wrong? - Colin Horgan, Macleans
If the federal Liberals were trying not to aggravate Trump before NAFTA talks, Chrystia Freeland just blew it - Joe Oliver, Financial Post
        MPP for Woodstock area pushes for public inquiry in case of killer nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer - Rob Ferguson, Toronto Star
Liberals offer more civil servants contract extensions without concessions - The Canadian Press, Toronto Sun
        U.S. dairy lobby pushes for reversal of Canadian rules on milk products - Alexander Panetta - The Canadian Press, Toronto Star
No snap election coming: Wynne - Shawn Jeffords, Toronto Sun
        Clark leaves Hydro hot potatoes for Horgan to juggle - Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun
Infrastructure bank is a chance for the Senate to do what it does best - Campbell Clark, The Globe and Mail
        Big business has bought into the green agenda for the subsidies - Lorne Gunter, Ottawa Sun

Trudeau policy causes major backlog of private refugee sponsorships - Candice Malcolm, Toronto Sun
        Couche-Tard hopes to sell cannabis in convenience stores- The Globe and Mail
Sears Canada says there is �significant doubt� it can continue as cash crunch worsens- Hollie Shaw, Financial Post
        Shaw sells off ViaWest, adjusts focus to Freedom Mobile wireless business- Gerrit De Vynck - Bloomberg, Toronto Star
Verizon takes over Yahoo to complete $4.5 billion deal- CTV News
        Stephen Poloz�s comments help send loonie higher- CBC News



>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE WORLD<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
If Trump Fires Robert Mueller, He Should Be Impeached - Brian Beutler, The New Republic
        Cruz�s fragile alliance with GOP leaders now pivotal in health-care push - Sean Sullivan, Washington Post
McCain worried GOP will lose House - John Bowden, The Hill
        Trump Is Trump, and Always Will Be - Roger Cohen, Washington Post
�Detestable lie�: Jeff Sessions�s combative hearing, explained - David Nakamura, Washington Post
        Even Democrats Can�t Fix Obamacare - Scott Ehrlich, The Federalist
Trump�s Accusers Are Snared by Their Own Deceit - Cal Thomas, Washington Times
        Dem leaders: Cool it on impeachment - Cristina Marcos and Mike Lillis, The Hill
North Korea releases US student held for 17 months- Reuters, The Times Of India
        EU leaders frustrated by UK�s uncertain approach to Brexit- Dan Roberts, Daniel Boffey and Jennifer Rankin, The Guardian
Iraq displaced hit by food poisoning in camp near Mosul- BBC News
        For France�s conservative Les Republicains, damage control and sharpening knives- Romain Brunet, France 24
Iran accuses Saudis of supporting terrorist groups- Al Jazeera

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

Israeli and international groups warn of looming Gaza disaster
        US moves long-range rocket launchers to Tanf base in southern Syria: regional intelligence sources
Gulf crisis seen widening split in Syria rebellion
        Germany plans to fingerprint children, spy on personal messaging
Egypt's parliament approves transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia
        No military solution in Afghanistan, UN chief says on Kabul visit
Talks between UK PM May's Conservatives and N.Ireland's DUP restart: source
        IMF urges China to speed up action on mounting debt

HRW concerned about phosphorus use by US coalition in Raqqa
        Serbian spymasters on Balkans conflict retrial
Syria received 225,000 tons of Russian wheat in Hoboob deal
        Pound lifted from postelection lows
Pot companies look to bitcoin as big banks stay on sidelines
        U.S. �not winning� in Afghanistan, Mattis tells Congress
Netanyahu says does not want �escalation� with Hamas rulers
        Obesity rising in nations rich and poor, especially in kids
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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>GLEANED POSTS<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Canadian troops newly arrived in Latvia encounter skepticism -

Manage your focus, not your time

Our country's defence against our our Arctic neighbour
Ottawa quietly eases restrictions on Canadian military mission in Ukraine
Canada�s presence in eastern Europe is actually set to expand as about 450 troops
arrive in Latvia to lead a NATO force that will serve as a check on Russian aggression.

From: "Mahmood Elahi"
To: The Editor Financial Post
Subject: "Disrupter" Elon Musk's all-electric Tesla 3 will render fossil fuels and  gas cars history
Re: �Most important game in town is disruption,� by Martin Pelletier, �Disruption�s virtues,� by Jack M. Mintz and �Oil majors taking shine to wind, solar: report,� by Geoffrey Morgan, June 13.

Both Martin Pelletier and Jack Mintz talked about the power of disruption on the economy, but they never mentioned the greatest �disruption� about to be unleashed by Elon Musk and his all-electric Tesla 3.

Elon Musk, founder of California-based Tesla Motor Corp., has been producing his highly sought after luxury electric car Tesla SUV. Now he is about to mass produce his all-electric Tesla 3 by the end of this year. Model 3 is meant to appeal to the masses at $35,000 before incentives and more than 200 miles per charge. By comparison, the average new gas-powered cars in the U.S. sells for about $33,000. Tesla will mass produce 500,000 electric cars per year.

Already, Tesla Motors has overtaken the General Motors in capitalization. Investors are quick to realize the potential of electric cars with the price going down and the range going up. 

And Tesla is not alone. Later this year, Chevrolet will roll out its $30,000 Bolt EV. It, too, boasts more than 200miles of range, aimed at eliminating �range anxiety,� the fear that a vehicle will run out of juice. VW has pledged to make every model as a plug-in hybrid by 2025. Every plug-in is effectively an electric car carrying a �range extender� just in case.

And this is just start. Pasquale Romano, CEO of ChargePoint Inc., the world�s largest maker of electric charging stations, says he works with major car companies. �We have seen their plans to just electrify everything,� he said. Tesla is also promising to build thousands of charging stations all over the U.S. Most charging will take place at night when the demand for electricity is low.

Also charging stations with solar panels will accelerate the electric-car revolution. �The electric-car story is good � it�s better than internal combustion from an environmental point of view � but electric cars powered by solar: That�s kind of nirvana from an environmental perspective,� said Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Autotrader. Elon Musk is also the CEO of Solar City�the largest maker of solar panels in America.  This also explains why oil giants are investing in renewable sources of energy like solar and wind.

With millions of cars not using gasoline most of the  time, carbon emissions will drop precipitously. We won�t need a carbon tax to keep fossil fuel use down. The coming electric-car revolution will take care of it. Governments can speed up �disruption� by installing charging stations everywhere.

If Tesla can deliver on its promises with the Model 3, gas cars are history. It will be horse and buggy days for gas cars and with it, fossil fuels.


From: "John Feldsted" <>
Subject: Government announces $2.65B to help developing countries fight climate change

How many of you remember this pledge by the Trudeau government? November 2015 is only 18 months ago. Trudeau doubles down on the Harper government�s plan because he could.

The smart-ass one-upmanship is one reason why we suffer huge deficits and debt while sending $ billions out of the country for boutique causes.

The additional $1.5 billion could have been spent on our crumbling infrastructure and military rather than building windmills in Guatemala. It infuriates me that our government is sending off $ billions to other nations without having our financial house in order first.

Yes, the oceans are rising � at a rate of about 20 cm. (8 inches) per century or about 8/10 of an inch per year. Anguish over Pacific island sinking in the seas are somewhat exaggerated as is the whole global warming/climate change scam.

Incidentally, why has fear of global warming become �climate change� when the whole purpose of the Paris Agreement is to maintain the average temperature of the earth? When someone is trying to sell you something but keeps changing the language to make it more attractive, you can rest assured that you are dealing with a fraud artist.

Climate change is in the same category as the e-mail from a Nigerian prince and the phone call about the fabulous vacation trip you won without entering any contest � all you have to do is send money and . . . . . . . 

John Feldsted
Political Consultant & Strategist
Winnipeg, Manitoba

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