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

Access to Information law changes won�t open up PMO, cabinet offices

Tory senator sues House of Commons over slip in parliamentary cafeteria
        Rona Ambrose �worried� about Senate delays to sexual assault training for judges bill
Liberals set 15-day limit on solitary confinement of federal prisoners
        Despite denial, explosive report about Trudeau and Merkel still standing

Liberal ministers meet Lockheed Martin at Paris Air Show, snub Boeing
        B.C. Liberals promise welfare rate hike days as government is expected fall
Tory MP demands answers after deputy House clerk not tapped for permanent post
        Departure of former Conservative minister Denis Lebel sets up intriguing Quebec byelection
Mob outrage over Governor General�s misspoken indigenous comment is misplaced
        More questions cloud Ottawa�s plan to help media
Naomi Klein�s wake-up call in Trumpy times
        Fumbling Trump best case against strongman politics

Despite risk of cyber attacks, political parties still handle Canadians� data with no rules in place
        Governor General apologizes for saying Indigenous Peoples were immigrants
National Defence mum on Russian threat to shoot down planes in Syria
        Manitoba minister wants more time to legalize pot, says feds� 2018 goal �rushed�
Deputy Conservative Leader Denis Lebel leaving federal politics
        Conservative MP Trost almost expelled from party over alleged membership leak, says campaign manager
Meet the three MPs who want to turn Parliament �inside out�
        Stunt driving, tax evasion, child abuse among allegations against foreign diplomats living in Canada
Why the Senate is unpredictable � and its independents not so independent
        U.S. Wants Quick Lumber Deal Yet Canada Says Much Work Remains

Premier Brad Wall faces budget fallout, but his party leads over opposition
        National Post newspaper ending Monday print edition starting in July
No charges against former Quebec Liberal cabinet minister Pierre Paradis: Crown
        Internal documents detail UN peacekeeping requests for Mali, other hotspots
Canada may lead regional effort to address Venezuelan crisis: sources
        BC Liberals stop real-time disclosure of political donations
Ottawa wants provinces to keep pot tax low
        Canada�s fed-prov finance ministers to start deep dive on marijuana taxation
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE POLITICS<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
An NDP leadership candidate who wants to tone down the anti-pipeline fanaticism? Good luck with that. - Kelly McParland, National Post
        Is the Senate in crisis, or working just as it should? - Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press, Macleans
Canada contributes $86M more to assist South Sudan famine, civil war crisis - The Canadian Press, CTV News
        NDP leadership race brings jolt of honest policy to the forgotten - Tom Parkin, Ottawa Sun
Gender-based violence strategy to focus on better data, prevention and support - Joanna Smith, The Canadian Press, CTV News
        Canadian finance ministers to discuss marijuana taxation in Ottawa - Andy Blatchford - The Canadian Press, The Globe and Mail
Trudeau Liberals� softer security tact still won�t please all - Campbell Clark, The Globe & Mail
        Why everyone feels like they�re in the middle class- Julie Cazzin, Macleans
Miners seek riches in N.S. gold rush- CTV News
        Streaming apps for �free TV� box disappear following U.S. lawsuit threat- Sophia Harris, CBC News


Pr�s de 400 armes vol�es dans un Palais de justice au Br�sil Plus
        France: un ministre cibl� par une enqu�te quitte le gouvernementPlus
La police de Seattle cr�e l'�moi en abattant une femme enceintePlus
        Forte hausse des constructions dans les colonies isra�liennesPlus
Syrie: Washington veut r�tablir la communication militaire avec MoscouPlus
        Alg�rie: 2 ans ferme pour avoir mis en danger un b�b� sur FacebookPlus
Mike Pence recevra le pr�sident ukrainien, incertitude sur TrumpPlus
        Le Portugal toujours en proie � des feux de for�t massifs, apr�s 63 mortsPlus
Attentat � Londres contre des fid�les musulmans: ce que l'on sait Encore la peur � LondresPlus
        La Havane �ne n�gociera jamais sous la pression�Plus

Impossible d'�tre interdit de Facebook, dit la justice am�ricainePlus
        Moscou suspend la communication militaire avec Washington en SyriePlus
S�ries d'attentats de Boko Haram dans le nord-est du NigeriaPlus
        Pas de r�pit sur le front des incendies au Portugal qui pleure 62 mortsPlus
Guerre de succession dans le cartel d'�El Chapo� dans l'�tat de SinaloaPlus
        F�te du Canada : des c�l�brations sous haute s�curit� � OttawaPlus
Syrie: combats in�dits entre les troupes du r�gime et l'alliance soutenue par Washington Plus


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE WORLD<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Contempt Deepens Country�s Divide - Ingrid Jacques, Detroit News
        New ads target 5 GOP senators on healthcare - Max Greenwood, The Hill
Trump: �I am being investigated.� Trump lawyer: He�s not. - John Wagner, Washington Post
        Yes, Democrats Need a Civil War - Bill Curry, Salon
North Korea Accuses U.S. of �Mugging� Its Diplomats in New York - Hoe Sang-Hun, New York Times
        Trump Mixes Up the Parties, Raises Questions - David Shribman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Large parliamentary majority leaves Macron holding all the cards- Angelique Chrisafis, The Guardian
        Saudi coalition strikes on Saada market kill dozens- Al Jazeera
Tories plotting Theresa May�s ouster: Reports- PTI, The Times Of India
        25 dead in huge forest fires in Portugal- France 24
Mali attack: Two dead as gunmen storm tourist resort- BBC News

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

Cuba calls Trump speech on island 'grotesque spectacle'
        Russia warns US after downing of Syrian warplane
First journalists go on trial over Turkey coup bid
        Israel cuts back Gaza electricity supplies
Britain, EU kick off 'positive' Brexit talks
        Russian diplomat condemns US for downing Syrian fighter jet
Syrian army says U.S.-led coalition downed plane
        Why polarization is now so deep in America
Britain�s Norway solution to Brexit
        The rise of the food barons, a new dictatorship of monopolies

Canoe returns to Hawaii after epic round-the-world voyage
        Artificial intelligence and the coming health revolution
Saudi-Turkish ties strained over differing views on Qatar
        Out with the new in with the old � that�s the future
The U.S. weed rush and white-collar cannabis CEOs
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From: Larry Kazdan
To: Toronto Star <>Cc:
Subject: Re:  Ottawa bets on infrastructure bank as a tool for social justice: Olive, June 17, 2107

David Olive's proposal that public pension funds provide financing for infrastructure is flawed.

First, there is no shortage of low-cost government funds when we own the Bank of Canada - witness the recent $200 billion bailout of big banks and corporations after the 2008 financial crisis, or the government's sudden decision to increase defense spending by $62 billion.

Second, while pension funds may be '"non-profit", the public-partnership model eats up enormous accounting, legal and management charges, and pension funds expect a 7-9% return.  Such financing is expected to double the cost of projects.

Third, while helping retirees may seem admirable, the monies are extracted through tolls and fees largely from overstretched middle-class families when they can least afford it.

However, Olive makes a good point regarding CPP's meagre investments in Canada.  At a time when 1.3 million Canadians are unemployed, why is our national pension fund sucking money out the domestic economy and building up competitor companies overseas?

1. Improving Access to Financing and Strengthening Canada's ...
"To soften the impact of the crisis, the first phase of Canada�s Economic Action Plan included measures to provide up to $200 billion to support lending to Canadian households and businesses through the Extraordinary Financing Framework."

2. Private financing of infrastructure bank could double the cost of infrastructure projects
"Private financing of the proposed Canada Infrastructure Bank could double the cost of infrastructure projects, says a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)."

2. Michael Hudson is Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City and author The Bubble and Beyond (2012).
"The objective of the classical economists was to bring prices in line with value to prevent a free ride, to prevent monopolies, to prevent an absentee landlord class so as to free society from the legacy of feudalism .....
To prevent such price gouging...., Europeans kept the most important natural monopolies in the public domain: the post office, the BBC and other state broadcasting companies, roads and basic transportation, as well as early national airlines. European governments prevented monopoly rent by providing basic infrastructure services at cost, or even at subsidized prices or freely in the case of roads. The guiding idea is for public infrastructure � which you should think of as a factor of production along with labor and capital � was to lower the cost of living and doing business."

From: "John Feldsted" <>
Subject: Hypocrisy writ large:

While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is violating our constitution by forcing provinces to impose a carbon tax, allegedly to reduce carbon emissions, he is personally engaged in creating a large carbon footprint. His flitting around Canada and internationally with an entourage along with security personnel entails significant carbon emissions. 

On top of taxing our economy in the hope, but without proof, that it will lead to reduced carbon emissions, Trudeau is spending billions to help developing nations to prepare for climate change. That is an admission that the Paris Agreement will not mitigate climate change effects.

Canadians are being hit with a double whammy. We are taxed to reduce carbon emissions. We are taxed to help developing nations prepare for climate change. Trudeau�s three-legged stool is missing a leg. Nothing is being done to prepare Canada for climate change.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is the epitome of a Pecksniff � someone useful only as a sign post, pointing the way to high ethics and ideals but never going there himself. �Sunny ways� is apparently code for global socialism. Trudeau governs from well left of the NDP. 

The huge deficits Trudeau is running up are a precursor to the great equalizer, which is a deep depression that impoverishes all but the ultra rich and will require generations of recovery.

Combatting climate change is not in the best interests of Canadians if it results in higher prices while lowering our economic competitiveness. Trudeau has had to years to develop a sensible carbon reduction plan and the best he could come up with was a tax on carbon. That is a penalty, not a plan.

John Feldsted
Political Consultant & Strategist
Winnipeg, Manitoba

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