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Daily Digest October 23, 2018.

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

Federal carbon tax rebates will exceed the cost for most people affected

Doug Ford slams Trudeau and federal carbon tax plan
        Trudeau takes on Tory taunts of �a tax on everything� with his rebate for everyone
PM�s jab at �ambulance-chasing� Tories doesn�t breach House rules
        �Difficult contract� binds Canada to Saudi LAV deal, Trudeau says

�We�re Catherine�s voice�: Mother of murdered cop pleads with Ottawa to revoke benefits to her killer
        Trudeau says carbon-tax rebate isn�t about buying votes
Liberals 40, Conservatives 29, NDP 17, Green 7, People�s 1: Nanos
        Hey, who wants a carbon-tax rebate! Trudeau�s Liberals prepare to find out.
With a federal election looming, it looks like dark days for Trudeau�s sunny ways
        Rise of political action committees a troubling trend for Alberta politics
Power Play: Strategy Session

Andrew Scheer Says He Supports Reducing Global Emissions Rather Than Domestic
        Ontario to cap minimum wage at $14 an hour as part of labour reforms rollback
Love is in the air at Queen�s Park
        South Koreans may face prison time if they smoke cannabis in Canada, officials say
Ottawa to run bigger-than-expected deficits over coming years: budget watchdog
        Hot Economy Puts Onus on Bank of Canada Amid Trudeau�s Deficits
How the new USMCA strengthens Canada in future trade deals
        A new poll on the USMCA suggests Canadians are feeling deal-makers� remorse
All eyes on New Brunswick�s legislature today as Liberals seek path to survival
        Coast Guard planning to use �interim� icebreakers from Davie for decades

Patrick Brown defeats incumbent Linda Jeffrey to become mayor of Brampton
        Kenney�s cause scores a cash bonanza from car dealers
John Tory sweeps back into Toronto mayor�s office with big election win, CBC projects
        Feds back Tory call for plan to deal with Canadians who have joined ISIS
Manitoba Tory backbencher forced out after �pattern of inappropriate behaviour�
        Stage set for showdown in New Brunswick�s closely divided legislature
Report casts doubt on value of protecting Chapter 19 in Cda-US trade talks
        Liberal government writes off $1.1B US loan to Chrysler, plus interest, docs show
Clement says Canada should use Magnitsky Act sanctions in Khashoggi case
        Liberal officials threaten to dismiss Brome-Missisquoi riding association execs if they don�t stop demanding Paradis run in open nomination
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE POLITICS<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Singh wants feds to save Ontario basic income pilot project - Staff, CTV News
        National Energy Board agrees to consider LNG Canada pipeline jurisdictional challenge - The Canadian Press, Toronto Star
Cancelling Saudi Arabia arms deal would cost $1B: PM - Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press, CTV News
        This is why we shouldn�t just chill out over the federal deficit - Andrew Coyne, National Post
Notley calls on Ottawa buy more rail cars to get Alberta oil to market - Sarah Rieger, CBC News
        �It was his issue from the beginning,� Premier Moe�s two year carbon tax crusade - Adam Hunter, CBC News
John Tory�s real opponent was never Jennifer Keesmaat, it was and always will be Doug Ford - Martin Regg Cohn, Toronto Star
        Trudeau uses Cirillo anniversary to deliver campaign-style �diversity� talking points - Anthony Furey, Toronto Sun
Tony Clement suggests sanctioning individuals in Khashoggi case - The Globe & Mail
        roportional representation: The pros and cons of reforming B.C.�s electoral system - Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun

Feds aim to pass key elections bill this week, after MPs approve 70 amendments - Rachel Aiello, CTV News
        Former CBC reporter James Cudmore at heart of Commons exchange over shipbuilding leak - Peter Zimonjic, CBC News
Netflix plans to raise $2-billion to fund original programming and acquire content- Reuters, The Globe & Mail
        �I feel cheated�: Telco customer set to speak on Day 1 of CRTC hearing into misleading sales practices- Erica Johnson, CBC News
Bombardier sues Mitsubishi over alleged theft of aircraft trade secrets- Julien Arsenault - The Canadian Press, Toronto Star
        Never mind the cannabis hype � the real buzz is around AI- Kevin Carmichael, Financial Post
Locking in your mortgage could save you money, but it depends on your plans- CTV News


Qu�bec solidaire d�voile son cabinet fant�me
        Face � Spotify et compagnie, l�ADISQ lance un appel � l�aide

Le DevoirActualit�s

Les �lus de Montr�al renoncent � se lancer dans le d�bat sur les�
        Taxe carbone: des remboursements d�imp�t pour calmer la grogne
Une application pour d�noncer le harc�lement dans les transports en�
        La vente de blind�s � Riyad suspendue?
Malgr� la fr�n�sie, le cannabis demeure un placement sp�culatif
        Ligne rose: Montr�al n�attendra pas Qu�bec
Pierre Karl P�ladeau remporte une victoire contre l�Agence du�
        Ottawa tire un trait sur le recouvrement de 2,6 milliards de pr�ts ��

Vos voisins ont-ils vot� comme vous?
        Huit mois de prison r�clam�s pour le policier Patrick Ouellet
Premiers pas au Parlement: la d�put�e Christine Labrie face au�
        Les fournisseurs de t�l�communications dans la mire du CRTC
La Russie condamne la l�galisation du cannabis au Canada
        Les m�decins n�ont pas �t� inform�s du probl�me des doses incompl�tes


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE WORLD<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Dem Senate Hopes Shift From Winning Majority to Limiting Losses - James Arkin, Politico
        How to Win Florida, the Ultimate Swing State - Michael Grunwald, Politico
Count Me Among the Mob - Charles Blow, New York Times
        Strong Economy, Bad Dem Behavior Are Boosting Republicans - John Fund, National Review
Divided Democrats struggle to answer Trump�s claims on migrant caravan - Sean Sullivan, Washington Post
        The Real Reason Liberals Hate Trump - David Gelernter, Wall Street Journal
Five Reasons Republicans Can Hold the House - Adele Malpass, Real Clear Politics
        Saudi king and prince phone Khashoggi�s son to give condolences- Bethan McKernan & Patrick Wintour, The Guardian
Italy rules out leaving the EU amid budget standoff- France 24
        Russia nuclear treaty: Bolton in Moscow amid missile tensions- BBC News

King says Jordan to reclaim land held by Israel under 1994 deal- Ali Younes, Al Jazeera
        Maldives court frees opposition leader convicted of bribery- The Associated Press, The Times Of India

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

UNIFIL refutes Israeli claims over Resolution 1701 violations
        Saudi Arabia signs $50B in deals at summit
Saudi shares end lower after whipsawing on Erdogan�s speech
        Saudi Arabia ready to boost oil output: minister
Chinese bank to stop receiving Iran payments
        Wall Street tumbles, raises concerns
EU executive rejects Italy budget, threatens disciplinary action
        Is this the end of America�s fantasy of a changed China?
Trump�s Russia pact move plays into Putin�s hands
        The end of Scandinavian nonalignment

Child marriage survivors say U.K. law legitimizes �terrible� abuse
        Israel minister denies plans to expropriate church properties
Vatican �suffragettes� want vote, change
        France�s Islamic niqab ban violates human rights: U.N.
U.S. missile treaty pullout could raise China tension
        South Africa: A fossil hunters� paradise
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Subject: Construction �boot camp� led to coveted trades jobs. But according to city documents, some say it came at the cost of racial taunts and humiliation

By Laurie Monsebraaten
Social Justice Reporter
The Star
Sat., Oct. 20, 2018
Annemarie Shrouder looked out over the sea of white, middle-aged male faces gathered at the convention of Ontario�s building and construction trade unions, and stated the obvious.
�I don�t see a lot of visible minorities or women,� the Toronto-based diversity and inclusion expert told almost 300 delegates and guests at the meeting in Niagara Falls this month.
With more than 100,000 skilled trades people in Ontario set to retire over the next decade, �getting people into the trades is only part of the equation,� she noted. �The more important part is making sure the people you have, and those who will arrive, feel safe, are seen and stay.�

Shrouder�s keynote address comes at a time when a union-sponsored pre-apprenticeship program has come under scrutiny from both the City of Toronto and the province for allegations of abusive behaviour and racist language.

Hammer Heads, which helps disadvantaged young people gain access to jobs in the construction trades, lost its contract with the city in July 2017 following complaints from participants about program director James St. John, according to internal city documents obtained through freedom of information legislation.

That same month, the provincial Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities put its funding renewal of the program �on hold� when, according to ministry documents obtained through a separate freedom of information request, it �became aware of allegations � Hammer Heads staff had subjected participants to comments of a harassing nature, racial slurs and intimidation.�

After a ministry review, the province signed a new contract with the program this May, subject to Hammer Heads� board of directors obtaining an independent review of its operations to be submitted to the government this week, according to an internal ministry memo.

St. John declined an opportunity to speak to the Star, but through a spokesman denied he is abusive or uses racist language and said the city has refused to produce �concrete evidence of any allegations� or a �report of an investigation.�

James St. John has defended his Hammer Heads pre-apprenticeship program, saying no other city-funded program achieves its success rate for helping young people get jobs in the construction trades. He is shown at the Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario convention in Niagara Falls earlier this month.  (Andrew Lahodynskyj for Toronto Star)

St. John is the head of the Central Ontario Building Trades Council, which represents more than 50,000 skilled trades people in the GTA from 21 unions, including electricians, plumbers and iron workers.

His supporters praise him as a mentor who champions the underdog and uses harsh language and tough love to make sure young people living in poverty or in trouble with the law are equipped to survive the demands of the construction site. They note more than 420 young men and women have gained access to lucrative careers in the building trades since the program started almost a decade ago.

But critics paint St. John as a bully whose racial slurs and verbally abusive behaviour demeans and humiliates young people in his training program, many of whom are Black.
Read on: (I recommend a barf bag)

Please save us from these self-appointed �experts�. �Annemarie Shrouder - Toronto-based diversity and inclusion expert�. That is even worse than the �Social Justice Reporter� title claimed by the reporter.

Construction sites are pressure cookers. The drive is to deliver a finished project on time and on budget. Workers come from a wide variety of trades and often have never worked together before.

Each job is different, and each site develops a pecking order on the fly. There is no time allotted for decorum, pleasantries or respect. You better show up on time, sober and ready for an 8 to 12 hour shift of hard work. Sacking, tardiness and bitching will not be tolerated.

Drilling that into the heads of people who are unfamiliar with the requirements of skilled trades is a real challenge. Excuses and whining won�t work when you are a tradesman assigned to a job.

Foreman are not bullies, but they will not put up with less than a real effort to get the job done.

Seasoned tradesmen are proud of their skills and tend to be hard on those breaking into the trade. Their skills come from long experience and learning how to get the job done efficiently. They will razz a newcomer and depending on the reaction may be helpful - or not! The newcomer must take some lumps while learning. Getting a ticket is only the start of learning how to do the job.

Enter the busybodies (ahem, experts) who are clueless about anything other than the perception of hurt feelings. They aren�t even well-meaning. They are hell-bent on changing society to a set of rules that are useless outside of their cloistered closets. Let contractors and tradesmen teach the disadvantaged how to fit in to a rough business and be glad they will take the time to do so.

John Feldsted


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