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

Canada�s new steel tariffs will �kill businesses� in push to please U.S., lawyers warn

�They�re wrong�: Freeland rejects claim USMCA ties Canada�s hands on trade
        Here�s what the trade war has cost the U.S. and Canada so far
Full house for Justin Trudeau Cobourg visit
        Former Ontario Tory leader Patrick Brown attempts political comeback in Brampton

Ontario PCs will table bill to strip returning extremist fighters of license, benefits
        U.S. on guard against rise in illegal border crossings as Canada rejects asylum claims
Team from Mexico�s incoming government heading to Ottawa Monday
        Climate Science Warns Us of Disaster And Neuroscience Says It�s Not a Problem
Electoral reform is finally coming to Canada and not a moment too soon
        Isn�t some kind of broadband better than nothing?
Actual change won�t come to the Catholic Church unless or until a courageous pope arrives first

Northern food security program has �lost its way,� says LeBlanc 
        UCP raised $500K more than NDP in last quarter, figures show
Canadian fighter jets intercept Russian aircraft over Black Sea
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UCP charges ahead in third-quarter fundraising - Emma Graney, Calgary Herald
        Final report on 2017-18 spending shows $19-billion federal deficit last year - Jordan Press � The Canadian Press, CBC News
�Pushgate� pushes Queen�s Park into toddler territory - Alan Carter, Global News
        When Stephen Harper speaks, it�s not a bad idea to listen - John Snobelen, Toronto Sun
Doug Ford�s patronage pigginess can�t pass the smell test - Martin Regg Cohn, Toronto Star
        Canadian airlines tell Ottawa carbon tax will hurt revenues and domestic routes - The Canadian Press, CBC News
Colourfully named cannabis products appeal to youth, Tory health critic says - Janice Dickson, The Canadian Press, CTV News
        Ottawa�s annual spending breaches $300 billion for first time, pushing up Canada�s debt ratio- Jesse Snyder, Financial Post
Canada�s annual pace of inflation slows to 2.2 per cent in September- The Canadian Press, The Globe & Mail
        SNC-Lavalin writes letter in bid to rally public support over criminal charges- CTV News

Trying to save Sears left Edward Lampert barely even a billionaire- James B. Stewart - The New York Times, Toronto Star
        Are investors right to finally be worried about higher interest rates?- Rajeshni Naidu-Ghelani, CBC News


Agglutin�s � la fronti�re mexicaine, des milliers de migrants honduriens esp�rent toujoursPlus
        Le Qatar perturb� par d'importantes inondationsPlus
Propos de M�lenchon contre les journalistes: Radio France �porte plainte�Plus
        Brexit: mobilisation massive � Londres pour r�clamer un second r�f�rendumPlus
Mer de Chine: P�kin et Washington favorables � des r�gles pour �viter des incidents a�riensPlus
        Colombie: 4 militaires tu�s dans un accident d'h�licopt�rePlus
Cannabis dans les CHSLD: la ministre Marguerite Blais �clate de rirePlus
        Un �l�ve braque une fausse arme sur sa professeure: deux jeunes en garde � vuePlus
Gros lot record de 1,6 milliard de dollars mis en jeu mardiPlus
        �lections en Afghanistan: d�pouillement apr�s le chaos et la violencePlus

�lections en Afghanistan: au moins 9 morts et 123 bless�sPlus
        L'Afghanistan �lit son Parlement dans le chaos et la violencePlus
�lections en Afghanistan: 13 morts dans un attentat-suicide � Kaboul Plus
        L'Afghanistan vote dans le chaos, au moins 3 morts dans des explosionsPlus
L'Afghanistan se rend aux urnes, dans la crainte de nouvelles violencesPlus
        Mission BepiColombo : le satellite a d�coll� de Kourou � bord d'une Ariane 5


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE WORLD<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Democrats Haven�t Turned Back From 1968 - Ted Van Dyk, Wall Street Journal
        White House calls for justice in Khashoggi case to be �timely, transparent� - Chris Mills Rodrigo, The Hill
What Trump Knows That Obama Didn�t - Fred Barnes, The Weekly Standard
        The Most Important Election of Our Lives - David Corn, Mother Jones
Elizabeth Warren Shows Dems How to Lose in 2020 - Peter Hamby, Vanity Fair
        CNN�s Acosta sends private message to former Melania Trump aide: �F**k you� - Joe Concha, The Hill
Can Anti-Trump Hatred Carry the House for the Dems? - Michael Barone, Washington Examiner
        Jamal Khashoggi: Saudis admit journalist was killed in Istanbul consulate- Kate Lyons, The Guardian
As Khashoggi crisis grows, Saudi king asserts authority, checks son�s power- France 24
        China to launch �artificial moon� to illuminate city streets- Al Jazeera

Bhutan chooses new party to form government- AFP, The Times Of India
        Amritsar: Scores dead as train mows down crowd- BBC News
Pope Francis willing to visit North Korea, Vatican official says- Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian

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

Saudi Justice Minister says Khashoggi case happened on territory under Saudi sovereignty and will reach courts when all requirements are complete
        Enthusiasts re-enact bloody 19th-century Battle of Leipzig
Thousands of Central American migrants stranded on Mexican border
        Merkel says Khashoggi killers must 'answer for their actions'
NATO, EU, US hail Macedonia vote as key step on Western path
        Amnesty urges UN investigation, independent autopsy in Khashoggi death
Investigators likely to discover what happened to Khashoggi body 'before long': Turkish official
        Anti-Brexit protest in London calls for second referendum
Turkey not willing to have anything covered up in Khashoggi case, will not blame anyone in advance: state media quotes ruling AK party spokesperson
        Britain considering 'next steps' after Saudi Arabia admits journalist's death

Moscow slams US for 'fabricating' election indictment
        Prince Harry opens memorial as royal tour continues
Trump a reluctant critic of Saudi Arabia despite pressure to act
        The ongoing civil war in the United States
Marie Antoinette�s rare jewelry goes on show before auction
        Brexit sees Nazi victims� British kin seek German passports
Russian oligarch loses $585M divorce case
        U.K.-U.S. cooperation under threat: Petraeus
Israeli rights group criticizes �oppression� of Palestinians
        UK to drop Brexit demand on Irish border to ease deal
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2008 crisis showed importance of interest rates


Female Candidate Leading The Polls Banned From Advertising

Democracy in operation, or not.



From: John Feldsted <>
Subject: Not seeing the forests for the trillions of trees

Mark Bonokoski
Toronto Sun
August 10, 2016 

OTTAWA � With the Trudeau Liberals determined to convince us that Canada is a filthy polluter, and with many premiers equally determined to carbon tax us into submission, why are there no sane voices in science telling these politicians to back off?

Arguments that we are eco-saints do exist.

Now, when I was studying Grade 10 biology back in the last century, I was taught, for example, that trees suck in carbon and breathe out oxygen.

This is probably what first begat tree hugging.

Even with the passage of years, I suspect this fact still remains a fact, despite the fearmongering of the David Suzuki types currently giving our children nightmares about Santa Claus drowning in the waters of a melted North Pole.

Thanks to Statistics Canada, Wikipedia, and reader Ollie Waschuk, a retired teacher, there would appear to be sufficient evidence to put forward the argument that Canada should be selling carbon credits to other countries, and using that money to relieve Canadians of some of their tax burden.

We are virtually without sin when it comes to the net result of carbon arithmetic. In fact, Canada should be given credit for chewing up a goodly portion of the world�s carbon emissions, and not just for absorbing all of our own.

According to the aforementioned sources, Canada has approximately 990-million acres of forests, 370-million acres of wetlands, and 167-million acres of crop-yielding farmland.

These are called �carbon sinks.�

Biologists tell us that trees absorb approximately 2.6 tonnes of carbon per acre per year.

So let�s to the math: 990-million acres x 2.6 tonnes per acre = 2.574-billion tonnes of carbon being absorbed yearly.

World-wide carbon emissions, in total, have been calculated to be 36-trillion tonnes annually, to which Canada has been accused of contributing 1.67%.

Ergo, more math: 36-trillion tonnes x 0.0167 (1.67%) = 601.2-billion tonnes. This is the amount of carbon that Canada annually contributes towards the doomsday scenario of end of the world as we know it.

Now, forget the wetlands and the farmland previously mentioned, and focus solely on Canada�s forests, which are third in the world next to Russia and Brazil.

In forests alone, Canada absorbs almost four times the amount of carbon it emits, meaning the other three-quarters of our forests are sustaining themselves on carbon being emitted by the rest of the world.

The math speaks for itself. Toss in the carbon being sucked in by wetlands and farmland on top of the carbon emissions our forests absorb, and Canada is virtually as green as green can be.

Yet our politicians still want to punish us.

All the above is an over-simplification of very complex subject matter, of course, as any deep probe into this scenario hits an academic brick wall with talk of �semi-logarithmic regression results where the coefficient of tree planting is negative but statistically insignificant� � et cetera.

It may make sense to a few, is likely bafflegab to the average Canadian, but perfect for politicians wanting to throw out big words to lead us into the weeds.

By the way, last heard Canada�s Minister of Environment, Catherine McKenna, was trying to save the habitat of a tiny frog species after contractors tore down part of a forest on Montreal�s south shore to put up another residential project.

There was no mention from McKenna�s office about the number of carbon-absorbing trees cut down, but that they hoped they had intervened in time to save the frogs.


I have written about this many times. Mr. Bonokoski is correct.

There is nothing about carbon emission reductions that has anything to do with �saving the planet�. That is hokum. The original plan, the Kyoto Accord, was a sham designed to move billions of dollars from first world nations to third world nations.

Like any other scam, the precept had to be simple and plausible.

First, the IPCC had to prove that global warming was due to human activity.

Second, the IPCC has to show that global warming was rapidly increasing and required immediate counteraction.

Third, the IPCC had to set standards for emission reductions that were not possible to achieve.

Fourth, the IPCC had to set up heavy fines for nations that failed to comply.

The framework was duly set up but could not reach the ratification standards it set up. When the Kyoto Accord was set to expire due to lack of participation, the IPCC offered special rates to Iceland and Russia � not much different from a car dealer selling off last year�s models at deep discounts. So much for ethics and integrity.

Canada�s carbon taxes are purely pollical.

Trudeau has an illusion of becoming a power within the UN and effectively moving up in the order of governance over us overtaxed peons. He has the chances of a snowball in the tropics. The power players at the UN don�t even consider him a bantamweight.

John Feldsted


Subject: Why are we ignoring fentanyl and other opioids?

We are doing a lot of hand-wringing and giving lip service to the surge in fentanyl overdoses, but we are not taking any positive action to stop the carnage.

We need to bring in very stiff penalties for the possession opioids by other than medical professionals, pharmacists and people with valid prescriptions.

People caught distributing, importing or manufacturing opioids should face prison terms of between 10 and 25 years without bail, reduction for time spent in pre-trial custody or parole. They are dealing in illegal and lethal substances extremely harmful to society. 

In 2016 130 Canadian were killed by criminal use of handguns.

In 2016 there were 3,005 opioid-related deaths and the number of opioid related deaths is rising rapidly (3,996 in 2017 � 33% increase) If 2018 stays on track, the number will be over 5,000 this year.

The criminal peddling fentanyl is much more dangerous than the criminal with a handgun, but we are wasting time discussing handgun bans which criminals will ignore. The penalties must be consistent with the risk of harm and people are dying in large numbers.  

If we want to reduce crime, we must stop treating criminals as victims and treat them as the predators they are. We do not owe a convicted criminal rehabilitation or the luxuries he lacks when locked up. If he wants to watch TV and communicate through e-mail, he must obey the law.

The adult day care centres must go. Prison should not be a place anyone wants to go to or return to. The era pf prisoners demanding amenities many people in our society can�t afford has to end.      

John Feldsted


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