Thursday 8 June 2017


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

Defence spending increase won�t boost deficit, Finance Department says

Government uses Access to Information Act as �shield� against openness: czar
        Trudeau reaffirms his opposition to constitutional negotiations with Quebec
Canada pushes for oil sales to China as it seeks climate leadership
        Comey: White House Lied �Plain and Simple� About Firing

Canada needs stronger protections from foreign elections influence: senators
        Scheer, Mulcair join to press Trudeau on official appointments process
Kevin O�Leary�s pitch to pay back leadership race debt rejected
        Defiant anti-Trump message in Freeland�s speech is clear � and radical
Liberals� shift in defence and foreign policy reflect new reality in the U.S.
        Liberal defence plan puts national interest ahead of its own partisan concerns, for now
A national infrastructure bank will ensure Canada�s long-term prosperity
        NAFTA�s dirty secret: it lets U.S. control our oil
Why Patrick Brown will be our next premier
        Tories making Trudeau�s job easy

Hey Jagmeet, are you sure you really want to try this?
        Chrystia Freeland must turn vision into reality
Take it from a human rights lawyer: the system screwed up in seeking justice for �Angela Cardinal�

Clark sworn in a B.C. premier of first minority government in 65 years
        Liberals waive security review for Chinese takeover of high-tech firm
Rising debt, sizzling housing markets leave Canada more vulnerable: central bank
        Carbon tax more cost-effective than electric-car subsidies, report says
Journalist shield law could soon become reality in Canada
        Senators debate removing infrastructure bank from budget bill
Legalized pot and the hypocrisy of laying possession charges
        Madeleine Meilleur withdraws from languages commissioner post
Conservatives present united front after ballot complaints
        Majority of Bloc Qu�b�cois MPs question leader Martine Ouellet�s judgment

B.C. legislature returns June 22, stage set for confidence vote on Liberals
        PM accuses Tories of crass politics over public sex-offender registry demands
Liberals to face Senate as showdown looms over infrastructure bank plan
        Defence plan calls for cyber and drone attacks to meet 21st century threats
Andrew Scheer, Trudeau Trade Zingers Over PM�s Talk Show Appearance
        Conservative Party stands by leadership voting process as questions mount
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE POLITICS<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Freeland�s fighting words are at odds with all of the Liberals� military practices in the past generation - Kelly McParland, National Post
        Senators debate removing infrastructure bank from budget bill - Bill Curry, The Globe and Mail
Trudeau visiting Quebec town where G7 summit to take place next year - The Canadian Press, CBC News
        Why Ontario�s politicians are perennially underpaid - Martin Regg Cohn, Toronto Star
Liberals waive security review for Chinese takeover of high-tech firm - Steven Chase and Robert Fife, The Globe and Mail
        Kevin O�Leary�s pitch to pay back leadership race debt rejected - Catherine Cullen, CBC News
Carbon tax more cost-effective than electric-car subsidies, report says - Susan Lunn, CBC News
        Defiant anti-Trump message in Freeland�s speech is clear � and radical - Andrew Coyne, National Post
The Liberals� defence policy: So much, and too little - Ken Hansen, Macleans
        Liberal defence plan puts national interest ahead of its own partisan concerns, for now - John Ivison, National Post

Three Greens make history at B.C. legislature swearing-in ceremony - The Canadian Press, CTV News
        Conservatives seek to shut the door on grumbling over leadership process - Stephanie Levitz, CBC News
Liberals� shift in defence and foreign policy reflect new reality in the U.S. - Chantal H�bert, Toronto Star
        Canada to increase defence spending by $14 billion over 10 years - Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press, Macleans
Bloc Quebecois leader fires chief of staff for allegedly leaking information - The Canadian Press, CTV News
        What Quebec wants: To be a little closer to Canada - Paul Wells, Macleans
Trudeau�s casual response to terrorism - Candice Malcolm, Toronto Sun
        Fundraising PACs are a major force in conservative race - Don Braid, Calgary Herald
BC Liberals recall legislature June 22 for throne speech, confidence vote - Rob Shaw, Vancouver Sun
        Chrystia Freeland was mistaken to put the blame for the shattered world order strictly on Trump - Terry Glavin, National Post

Ikea Canada set to double its footprint by 2025, president says- Linda Nguyen - The Canadian Press, Toronto Star
        Canada must go further to reduce risk from expensive housing: OECD- The Canadian Press, CBC News
Dollarama�s revenue, profit surge as customers spend more per transaction- CTV News
        Get ready for Super Thursday, because it could be a bumpy ride- Jonathan Ratner, Financial Post
Bill Gross says market risk is highest since before 2008 crisis- John Gittelsohn and Erik Schatzker, The Globe and Mail


B�timents priv�s: des tuyaux de plomb remplac�s par Montr�alPlus
        Rappel de yogourt � boire de marque i�goPlus
La t�l�vision qatarie Al Jazeera dit lutter contre une cyberattaquePlus
        Vaste appel d'ONG � des banques pour ne pas financer l'expansion d'un pipeline au CanadaPlus
La culture du secret continue de r�gner � Ottawa malgr� l'arriv�e des lib�raux de Justin TrudeauPlus
        Violents combats � Raqa entre forces arabo-kurdes et jihadistesPlus
Apr�s l'�I, des d�plac�s de Mossoul doivent affronter serpents et scorpionsPlus
        �Nous allons nous battre et gagner�, affirme Trump � ses partisansPlus
Breivik va saisir la Cour europ�enne des droits de l'hommePlus
        Les auteurs des attentats de T�h�ran avaient s�vi en Syrie et en Irak Treize morts dans les premiers attentats de l'�I � T�h�ranPlus

Le proc�s d'un haut grad� de la GRC s'est mis en branlePlus
        Crise au Bloc qu�b�cois: Jean-Fran�ois Lis�e pr�f�re laisser le parti se d�brouiller Plus
Les Britanniques votent pour des l�gislatives cruciales en vue du BrexitPlus
        L'Iran qualifie de �r�pugnante� la r�action de TrumpPlus
Une Femen arr�t�e avant le lancement du Grand PrixPlus
        Ant�c�dents judiciaires: cong�di� injustement, il obtient plus de 12 000 $Plus
Aung San Suu Kyi au Canada pour avancer sur le f�d�ralisme en Birmanie


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE WORLD<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Trump picks Christopher Wray to head the FBI - Dino Grandoni, Washington Post
        Trump Lies. China Thrives - Thomas Friedman, New York Times
James Comey�s Credibility Problem - Ed Morrissey, The Week
        �Pittsburgh Not Paris� Triggers the Eco-Nuts - Roger Kimball, American Greatness
Tweeting & Fuming, Trump Spirals Further Into Crisis - Chuck Todd, NBC News
        Iran attacks: �IS� hits Parliament and Khomeini mausoleum- BBC News
Italian officials wrote to UK about Youssef Zaghba, says prosecutor- Lorenzo Tondo, Stephanie Kirchgaessner,
        No date for Putin-Trump meeting, media likely to be excluded: Report- Reuters, The Times Of India
Attack on police at Notre Dame Cathedral a �lone wolf� incident- France 24
        Saudi FM: Qatar measures taken with great pain- Al Jazeera

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

Dramatic footage released showing deadly London attacks
        Syrian polio outbreak hits global effort to eradicate virus
US downs pro-Syrian drone that fired at coalition forces: spokesman
        Brazil election court weighs Temer's fate
Comey slams White House 'lies' in blockbuster testimony
        This is us: Earliest fossils of our species found in Morocco
Israel advances plans for further 1,500 settler homes
        China reiterates opposition to anti-missile system despite delay
Australian police to get greater powers to shoot in militant sieges
        Explosive devices goes off at US embassy in Kiev

In shadow of terror, British election tighter than expected
        Electric car market goes zero to 2 million in five years
How will the United Kingdom election work?
        1948 Palestinians strike over man�s killing during clashes
Iraqi Kurds to hold referendum on independence Sept. 25
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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Sign Of The Times <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Re:  Liberal government promises extra $62B for military over next 20 years, Lee Berthiaume, 06/7/2017

Canada's official development assistance was down by 4.4 per cent in 2016 compared to the previous year, and International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says the government has no immediate plans to increase international aid spending.  �Canada is really committed to improve the lives of the poorest,"  she said, "and we have poor people in Canada, too, so these are very difficult decisions to make.�

Now after pressure from Donald Trump and NATO allies, the federal government has decided to budget an additional $62 billion to build a bigger military. When it comes to fighting poverty, money is always scarce and tough decisions must be made.  But when funding the military-industrial complex is concerned, big bucks are always available. 

The squeaky fighter jet gets the grease.   


1. Ottawa has no plans to bump up foreign aid, minister says, Michelle Zilio, Apr. 11, 2017

2. William Mitchell is Professor in Economics and Director of the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia
"Statements such as the �nation cannot afford the cost of some program� are never made when the military goes crazy and launches millions of dollars of missiles to be blasted off in the dark of the night. But when it comes to public health systems or the nutritional requirements of our children, the neo-liberals have their calculators out toting up the dollars.
When we ask whether the nation can afford a policy initiative, we should ignore the $x and consider what real resources are available and the potential benefits. The available real resources constitute the fiscal space. The fiscal space should then always be related to the purposes to which we aspire, and the destination we wish to reach.
The national government is never revenue constrained because it is the monopoly issuer of the currency. So it can buy whatever real resources that are for sale in the currency it issues.

Which means that if the nation determines through the political process to drop bombs and leave sick people sick then it can financially accomplish that goal without issue.

But it also means that if the political force is to have a first-class health system and the real resources are available to accomplish that task then the government can always make that happen."


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