Wednesday 31 January 2018


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

Andrew Scheer orders investigation into Rick Dykstra candidacy

Top Conservative denies knowing details of Dykstra allegations
        Conservatives �must answer� questions on Dykstra: Quebec MP Maxime Bernier
Liberal senator Colin Kenny resigning months before December retirement date
        Senate votes to approve gender neutral wording for Canada�s national anthem

Ont. Tories aim for March leadership contest despite party chaos after Brown scandal
        Post-Patrick Brown Poll: The Only Certainty In Ontario Is Uncertainty
Conservative MP Erin O�Toole considering run for Ontario PC leadership
        Plugging leaks: experts soundproof new offices for Trudeau, MPs
The web of politics is a tangled one
        How Ontario�s Tories tried to make it right but got it all wrong
Trudeau: Canada could walk away from NAFTA over �multiple issues�
        Alberta premier promises legal action against B.C. over bitumen restrictions
Between Two Worlds
        Here�s what Caroline Mulroney brings to the party, if she runs for Ontario PC leader
Much left unsaid during Trudeau�s public reckoning with Black people

Federal NDP moving to strengthen ties with B.C. in shadow cabinet shuffle
        Religious leaders say they�ll challenge �fascist� summer jobs form on charter grounds
Economy �firing on all cylinders� as Canada sees best growth in six months
        Ontario�s PC party turmoil shakes up election plans for Liberals, NDP
�Grossly unfair�: Disabled veterans take pension battle with Liberals to Supreme Court
        Why this backbench MP is lobbied more than most ministers
7 companies committed indictable offences in bread scandal: Competition Bureau
        Confidentiality an issue in whether to release Hehr report � Trudeau
Ontario PC interim leader orders probe of new party memberships during Patrick Brown�s reign
        �Big moment� for energy sector as Trudeau set to unveil sweeping regulatory reforms within days

Trudeau says Canada is ready if Trump nixes NAFTA
        Federal transgender inmates to be housed, addressed according to gender identity
Federal analysis outlines how extra EI benefit program topped $1.92 billion
        The Canadian company behind this Mongolian mine has avoided half a billion dollars in taxes, report alleges
Vetting should include questions about sexual conduct, say ex-candidate screeners
        Rachel Notley blasts B.C. government�s move against Trans Mountain pipeline
Justin Trudeau Gets No Questions About Black Canadians At Press Conference Focused On Their Experiences
        Brian Mulroney says Trudeau-Trump relationship Canada�s �ace-in-the-hole� for NAFTA
�Halifax is not the garrison town of Edward Cornwallis,� mayor says
        Tory makes fun of Ford�s basement campaign launch
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The surprise frontrunner for the Tory leadership - Steve Paikin, TVO
        Senators push for stronger legislation for boosting diversity on boards - Joanna Smith, The Globe and Mail
Federal Liberals� extra EI benefit program to cost nearly $2 billion � more than twice original estimates - Jordan Press
        Patrick Brown allegations prompt calls for better policies to protect young staffers in Canadian legislatures - Sabrina Nanji, Toronto Star
Politicians scrambling to adapt to new environment on sexual harassment: PM - Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press, CTV News
        Restoration, modernization of Parliament Hill buildings will be the mother of all renovation projects - Ivan Semeniuk, The Globe and Mail
Trudeau trades insults with Quebec nationalist, far-right group - The Canadian Press, CTV News
        Liberals remain popular because Tories remain lousy - Lorne Gunter, Ottawa Sun
B.C. NDP is well on the way to defeating Alberta NDP - Don Braid, Calgary Herald
        Loblaw shares downgraded as industry braces for impact of drug-prices deal- Aleksandra Sagan, The Globe and Mail

Metro to test scan-and-go tech, add self-checkout units- CTV News
        Shaw offers buyout packages to 6,500 employees as it looks to reduce customer service staff- Robson Fletcher, CBC News


Emplois d'�t�: un �test id�ologique� f�d�ral s�me l'inqui�tude au Qu�becPlus
        Possibles coups de feu � l'int�rieur du palais de justice de ManiwakiPlus
Vol d'une grande violence: le SPVM recherche trois suspectsPlus
        Trump accorde une deuxi�me vie � GuantanamoPlus
Le FBI tr�s inquiet par les omissions d'un rapportPlus
        Un rappeur de Chicago se filme arm� dans un clip : 15 ans de prisonPlus
Allemagne : un �lu d'extr�me droite se convertit � l'islamPlus
        L'ex-m�decin sportif Larry Nassar a agress� au moins 265 gymnastesPlus
UQAM: Lise Bissonnette quitte la pr�sidence du C.A. et �corche Qu�bec et Ottawa au passagePlus
        Op�ration polici�re contre un r�seau de pr�sum�s trafiquants � LongueuilPlus

Angelina Jolie va travailler avec l'OTAN contre les violences sexuellesPlus
        Hillary Clinton regrette de n'avoir pas licenci� un homme accus� de harc�lementPlus
Scandale du sang contamin�: derni�re chance pour obtenir compensationPlus
        France: le �gendre id�al� inculp� pour le meurtre de la joggeusePlus
Trump choisit l'�preuve de force sur l'immigrationPlus
        Sept centres m�dicaux ferm�s � Gaza faute de carburantPlus
Arrestation d'un agent double pr�sum� de l'IRA soup�onn� de meurtres et enl�vementsPlus
        Une �Super Lune bleue de sang� fait son spectaclePlus
Un message priv� de Puigdemont s�me le doute sur sa candidaturePlus
        Tests controvers�s : Volkswagen a voulu dissimuler un rapport g�nantPlus

Transport scolaire: deuxi�me jour de gr�ve � Montr�alPlus
        La Chine d�nonce la � mentalit� de Guerre froide � de TrumpPlus
Tout ce qu'Ottawa cache sur l'entente NetflixPlus
        Une �Super Lune bleue de sang� fait son spectaclePlus
Encore une vague de froid � venirPlus
        Ottawa a cach� 90% de l'entente Netflix


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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE WORLD<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Trump praises state of the U.S. economy - John Wagner, Washington Post
        Trump Trying to Make America White Again - Eugene Robinson, Washington Post
F.B.I. and Justice Dept. Brace for Possible Release of Secret Memo - Adam Goldman and Nicholas Fandos, New York Times
        Poor Chuck Schumer - William McGurn, Wall Street Journal
Trump Still Dreams of a 1950s-Era Economy - Noah Smith, Bloomberg
        Schiff�s Statements Frequently False, Missing Details - Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist
Trump�s Slow-Motion Massacre at the Justice Department - Paul Waldman, The Week
        Saudi Arabia seizes more than $100bn in settlements- Al Jazeera
60,000 North Korean children may starve as sanctions slow aid: UNICEF- The Times Of India
        Australian government underwriting arms exports is �baffling�, expert says- Gareth Hutchens, The Guardian

Yemen separatists surround presidential palace in Aden- France 24
        Taliban threaten 70% of Afghanistan, BBC finds- Shoaib Sharifi and Louise Adamou, BBC

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

US won't give more Syrians protected status
        Climate change threatens half of U.S. military sites: Pentagon
Toyota recalls 645,000 vehicles; air bags may not inflate
        Letter from Trump prompts African leaders to refrain from criticising him
Israel vows to retain West Bank control in any peace deal
        US detainee policy review won't touch harsh interrogation tactics
Russia casts doubt over evidence of Iran-made missiles to Yemen
        Hong Kong raises sails to flag maritime heritage
US defends Lebanon Army as Israel threatens to attack
        UK parliament committee calls for immediate publication of leaked Brexit report

Turkey ramps up Syria incursion despite criticism
        Ending N.Korea oil supplies would be seen as act of war: Russia
Israel PM corrects German minister on two-state support
        More than 200 companies have Israeli settlement ties: UN
EU urges US not to go it alone with Mideast peace efforts
        Putin, Erdogan 'satisfied' with Sochi Syria congress: Kremlin
New approaches to building gender-inclusive workplaces
        The digital dictatorship of data
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Canadian court has 'no jurisdiction' to overturn NAFTA ruling in Digby quarry case, lawyers argue
Free Trade Agreement, which allows foreign companies to sue governments over unfair treatment.
Bilcon is now seeking more than $500 million in damages. The case is seen by some as a test of
on whether Canada has the right to enforce its own environmental rules on foreign investors.
�Big Five� in Alberta�s oilpatch suspected of sitting on a $2 trillion liability
Is tongue rolling down to genes?
A tale with a surprising twist
NAFTA: A Primer for the Montreal Round

From: "John Feldsted" <>
Subject: Our forgotten casualties

Canadians pride themselves on their compassion and care for the less fortunate in our society, but is that more myth than reality?

We pay homage to the brave women who spearheaded the emancipation movement, but we focus on women acquiring the right to vote. Emancipation was far broader as it required the government to recognize females as �persons� with all the attendant rights and privileges. That was really the first step down the long road to female and male equality.

Since then, there have been several skirmishes such as �equal rights� and �equal pay for equal work� that are not yet settled. Along the way, we have given up respect for one another. We are less polite and less willing to deal with one another respectfully. We don�t respect those we consider enemies.

Push leads to shove and actions create reactions. We have shot off in many wrong directions and fought the wrong battles because we have drifted away from the principle that each person in our society is entitled to respect from others. As an example, an employer would not pay a woman less than a man doing the same job if he respected the woman.

Now, we are dealing with casualties of sexual assault and harassment who have remained silent for years. It started with accusations of misconduct by very high-profile men and is spreading rapidly. The storm has moved from the entertainment industry into politics and is spreading into business.

Prime Minister Trudeau�s claims to be a feminist and his strident cries for promoting women in politics and business are an attempt to change society without creating the tools to do that. Promoting a woman because she is a woman is as wrong as promoting a man because he is a man. Individuals bring a skill-set, experience and thinking capacity to the table. They need to be measured by the abilities, experience and enthusiasm they bring for consideration without gender bias.

Some men and women enjoy the level of occupation they occupy. They do not want a promotion for any number of valid reasons. They have outside interests they wish to continue to pursue, of family obligations they value, and a promotion would interfere with their pursuits. Others don�t want increased responsibility, in particular, the responsibility to supervising and evaluating others.

Others, both male and female, impatiently fret over opportunities for advancement but lack the knowledge and experience to qualify. Finally, we must deal with the pyramid structure of most organizations. There are fewer people at each level of the organization, which limits promotions to those levels. Our governments have solved the problems by creating a massive upper and middle management system. That works so well that every government is deeply in debt.

We need a reset on how we interact with one another and how we assess a person for employment and promotions.

Victims of sexual misconduct are not the only ones we are leaving behind. We are only beginning to come to grips with victims of the horrors that our military personnel and first responders are forced to face. It is recent that we have recognised PTSD as an illness that plagues these people. We are dreadfully short of treatment facilities and specialists. We have ignored the problem for too long and are poorly prepared to deal with it.

We have a mental health problem that is reaching crisis proportions because symptoms are ignored, and we again lack the treatment facilities and specialists needed to allow a person to regain good mental health. We can�t keep ignoring significant social problems and hope they will go away.

Homelessness is talked about endlessly, but we don�t create solutions to the problem. We are making minute headway with some isolated programs, but our overall response is unacceptable.

Our veterans are facing diminished compensation for injuries and reduced pensions which is intolerable.

Our Indigenous people are suffering continued lip-service to their real problems, but minimal action in addressing their issues. That is not tolerable.  

Female sexual abuse is coming out of the closet, and again we are caught flat-footed. Victims need support, but we are not moving to make that support available other than through scattered NGOs who do their best to help, but most are overwhelmed with victims. More importantly, we have no venue in which to bring a perpetrator to justice in a sexual harassment case. When our government moves to create safety from retaliation to females who speak out about abuse and provide a venue to deal with abusers, we will know they are paying more than lip service to protecting victims.

Perhaps our Prime Minster will pause in his efforts to fix the world, come home, put on his work clothes and focus his attention on solving real internal problems. He may be able to get away from them but we can�t. 

 John Feldsted


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