Friday 22 December 2017


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

John Kerry vacationed on Aga Khan�s private island during Trudeau visit

Accused Russian spy was in the room for Trudeau talks with Ukrainian PM
        �We don�t know what Canada wants�: Japanese chorus of confusion grows over Trudeau�s TPP position
Canada among 35 abstaining from UN vote condemning American embassy move to Jerusalem
        Kevin O�Leary�s campaign chair challenges MP Cheryl Gallant for Conservative nomination

Trudeau should reimburse cost of his Bahamas trip to taxpayers, opposition says
        It will be months before Canada can restore a critical pollution monitoring site
Military commanders drawing up new options after victory over ISIL
        Do we really think Justin Trudeau wanted a free vacation that bad?
Canadians may not know him from Adam, but Scheer ends the year quietly confident
        My exclusive interview with the prime minister (prime minister not included)
An ethical breach which should stick to Justin Trudeau
        Trudeau may feel like Achilles, but his heel of entitlement was pierced after conflict of interest ruling
Friends! Welcome to Justin Trudeau�s ethical island
        Why Canada�s energy transition will face a big pushback in 2018

Allow Delilah Saunders to have a liver and save her life � transplants should be judgment-free
        Canada has failed women. We won�t fail Canada
White women, where were you?

Morneau admits communication over contentious tax changes could�ve been clearer
        Laureen Harper slams cougar hunter as �creep� who �must be compensating�
Senate ethics officer halts Meredith harassment probe pending outside inquiry
        Aga Khan could face lobbying probe for Trudeau trip
NAFTA uncertainty unsettling Canadian exporters
        Canada drops charade of progressive trade with China
The cynical roots of Rempel�s female genital mutilation crusade
        The political podcasts you should be listening to right now
Holding the Canada Revenue Agency to Account
        Fuelled by gasoline prices, annual inflation accelerates to 2.1 per cent

Derek Fildebrandt�s return to UCP possible, but Jason Kenney says legal issues must be resolved first
        Anti-abortion group ranks B.C. Liberal leadership candidates
B.C. judge finds former RCMP officer not guilty of sexual assault
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Ottawa offers lifetime pensions for veterans but parity with old Pension Act not achieved - Gloria Galloway, The Globe and Mail
        More stupid stuff Justin Trudeau says - Candice Malcolm, Toronto Sun
A lump of coal for Catherine McKenna�s unethical fake-fact crusade - Peter Foster, Financial Post
        Big consequences, big debates ahead for Canada after major tax bill passes in U.S. - Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press, CTV News
Ontario launching sweeping review of province�s energy regulator - Allison Jones - The Canadian Press, Toronto Star
        Canadians could see more spam in their inboxes, NDP warn - Rachel Aiello, CTV News
Liberals look to put stamp on CMHC with new board focused on social housing - Jordan Press, The Canadian Press, CTV News
        How to receive a $25 Loblaw card after bread price-fixing arrangement- Aleksandra Sagan, The Globe and Mail
Ontarians will pay hundreds of millions of dollars for pointless new fuel standards- Ross McKitrick and Douglas Auld, Financial Post
        �Sears effect� will intensify online and self-checkout retail trends in 2018: experts- CTV News
Missed out on the $60 10 GB cellphone plans? Experts bet more deals are coming- Sophia Harris, CBC News


Rappel de barres de dessert glac�es de marque Polly AnnPlus
        Vers un quasi-triplement des demandeurs d'asile en Europe � cause du climat Plus
J�rusalem: l'ONU condamne � une large majorit� la d�cision am�ricainePlus
        Ambassade am�ricaine en Isra�l: le Canada refuse de prendre position � l'ONUPlus
Pourquoi les chiens attaquent-ils leur ma�tre?Plus
        Poursuite contre un propri�taire de McDo : un homme de Qu�bec d�bout� en Cour supr�mePlus
Il tuait des personnes en fin de vie au profit de maisons fun�rairesPlus
        Cor�e du Nord: Washington propose de nouvelles sanctions � l'ONU, vote attendu vendrediPlus
Les inondations du printemps au troisi�me rang des �v�nements m�t�o de 2017Plus
        Une caissi�re refuse de lui vendre des cigarettes, l'homme pique une col�rePlus

La Catalogne d�cide si les ind�pendantistes reviennent au pouvoirPlus
        ��a doit �tre pour compenser pour un petit p�nis� -Laureen Harper, femme de Stephen HarperPlus
Journ�e la plus courte de l'ann�ePlus
        Un soldat nord-cor�en gagne le Sud par la zone d�militaris�ePlus


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Forget what they say � House Democrats are readying for impeachment - Paul Kane, Washington Post
        Trump hits media over negative tax bill coverage: They�re desperate to please �their Democrat bosses� - Avery Anapol, The Hill
The Tax Cut and the Fake Trump Boom - Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect
        House committees demand interview with top FBI officials over Clinton email probe - Karoun Demirjian, Washington Post
What If Al Franken Unresigns? - Ed Morrissey, The Week
        Anita Hill�s �They All Do It� Defense of Bill Clinton - Penny Nance, USA Today
Tax Reform Means Your Paychecks Will Grow - Speaker Paul Ryan, Wall Street Journal
        Philippines ferry carrying 251 capsizes- BBC News
Erdogan slams UAE over FM�s anti-Turkish retweet- Al Jazeera
        Brexit transition to end in 2020: �No transition � la carte� says EU negotiator- France 24

EU begins process that could see Poland stripped of voting rights- Daniel Boffey, The Guardian
        Catalans return to polls in decisive election- France 24
US �will be taking names� during UN vote on Jerusalem: Haley- AFP, The Times Of India
        Yemen war: Iran denies supplying rebel missile fired at Riyadh- BBC News

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

Norway court orders slaughter of reindeer
        Palestinians welcome support after UN vote on Jerusalem
UN votes 128-9 to reject US decision on Jerusalem
        Russia spurns US allegations it violates nuclear arms pact
Israel's Netanyahu calls UN 'house of lies' ahead of Jerusalem vote
        Kremlin: US arms license for Kiev may trigger new bloodshed in east Ukraine
Too late: Brexit offer to EU citizens leaves many cold
        Putin: The carefully crafted public image
Chocolate-makers innovate to entice health-conscious consumers
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From: Larry Kazdan <>
Subject: Re: Universal basic income is no panacea for us � and Labour shouldn�t back it, Sonia Sodha, Dec. 18, 2017

The guaranteed income proposal unfortunately absolves government from responsibility for generating jobs, and by entrenching a "reserve army of the unemployed" relieves pressure on the private sector to raise wages. In feudal society, nobles kept the serfs just above subsistence levels and divided the remaining surplus among themselves - a scenario of rising inequality where we are heading.  

Rather than guaranteeing income, the national government should guarantee opportunities to work. This can be achieved by direct job creation programs as have been successful in countries such as Argentina, India and South Africa. Our societies have children and elderly to care for, youth to educate, houses and buildings to retrofit, rivers and parks to tend, and neighborhoods to beautify.

A Job Guarantee program would not only assure that those willing to work could contribute to society while maintaining income and self-confidence, but would also set a livable minimum wage (with benefits) that the private sector would be forced to match to retain a satisfied workforce.  


1.  You�re Hired! The Democrats are looking for a big idea? Here�s one: a guaranteed job for anyone who wants one.

As Polish economist Michael Kalecki observed, the real issue is that full employment strips business owners and the capital-owning class of power......With full employment, the capitalists lose their leverage to depress workers� wages and must give up more profits.

2. What is a Job Guarantee?
" .....the Job Guarantee is actually a macroeconomic policy framework designed to ensure full employment and price stability is maintained over the private sector business cycle.
Job Guarantee workers would enjoy stable incomes, and their increased spending would boost confidence throughout the economy and underpin a private-spending recovery.

3. The Job Guarantee: Delivering the benefits that Basic Income only promises
"The BIG proposal is a compassionate but paternalistic policy that does not ultimately deliver the jobs that those at the bottom of the economic ladder want.  The JG proposal by contrast is based on several core considerations

1) it acknowledges what people want and accommodates those needs;

2) it designs a program that delivers greater macroeconomic stability, and

3) it helps redefine the meaning and nature of work, helping transform the economy to a more just and humane system.

From: "Mahmood Elahi"
Subject: Electric car

Ms. Kate Malloy
Editor, The Hill Times

With gas cars main source of emission, Canada must shift to electric cars

Re: �Kicking the tires on climate-change policy,� by Nick Martin, Dec. 20.

Two thirds of Canada�s power generation come from renewable, mostly hydro, sources of energy. As such, most of atmospheric emission come from millions of carbon-spewing gasoline cars. The only way Canada can substantially reduce its carbon emission is by shifting to electric cars.

Two main drawbacks of electric cars are high price and range anxiety. Recently launched all-electric Tesla 3, Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Bolt and other models have addressed these concerns. All these are electric vehicles with a range of 300 kilometres per charge and cost about $35,000 to $40,000. This is relatively expensive, but all electric cars are eligible for the $14,000 subsidy from the government of Ontario. With the subsidy, a fully-loaded 2018 Leaf can be yours for approximately $28,000 � clearly competitive with average gasoline cars. With the price of electric cars falling, they will be cheaper than gas cars in the near future.

Electric cars have other advantages. Electricity costs less than gasoline, especially if you charge overnight when the cost of electricity is the lowest. By driving an electric car, you can save $1,500 to $2,000 per year on fuel. Electric cars need less maintenance. They don�t need oil changes, coolant flushes, mufflers or exhaust systems, saving you hundreds of dollars per year on maintenance. And they produce no emission.

What is keeping people from buying electric cars in large numbers is the lack of charging stations. There are about 5,000 charging stations in Canada, the majority in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia. Maritimes and the Prairies have few of them. As such, we need at least 20,000 charging stations to cover the country. Instead of giving subsidies to buyers, governments should install charging stations all over the country.

There is a powerful reason that automakers worldwide are speeding up their efforts to develop electric vehicles � and that reason is China. Facing massive pollution caused by millions  of gas cars and propelled by vast amounts of government money, China has become the world�s biggest promoter of electric cars. This is forcing automakers to speed up the production of electric vehicles. Almost 50 new all-electric car models will come into market globally between now and 2022. GM alone raised the stakes recently by pledging to roll out 20 pure-electric models by 2023. The race for electric car is on. Canada can join the race by creating the infrastructure for charging. This will also help reduce carbon emission greatly.



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