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Sexual misconduct allegations led to Jim Wilson’s resignation

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announces cabinet shuffle months into mandate        Notley’s NDP government ‘a culture of fear and intimidation,’ party MLA saysThe federal government spent $23 million buying 631 new cars for the G7 summit. Now, it’s trying to sell most of them off        Canadian Forces misled media and public on $337,000 taxpayer-funded VIP booze flight

Liberals and Conservatives confirm support for NDP plan to ‘end the theft’ of money meant to help veterans        Canadians want $250,000 a year to live comfortably ­ experts say curb your expectations
Fallout from U.S. midterm vote won’t leave Canada untouched        Ford is an opportunist who has an answer for every question, but is it the right answer?

Progressive Conservatives set to take power Friday in New Brunswick        Letter to senior Canadian ISIS member complains about sandwich shortageConservatives call for asylum for Pakistani woman released from blasphemy death sentence        Federal panel privately urges Trudeau government to do more for coal workersTrudeau to visit Vimy Ridge, Paris for First World War anniversary events        Alberta NDP backbencher protests ‘toxic culture,’ refuses to sit in legislatureSovereigntist Bloc Quebecois to rebuild and may even look for a new name        Dairy farmer anger over trade deal gets awkward for at least one Liberal MPLowe’s closing 31 locations in Canada, mainly Rona stores        Controversy over Statscan’s plan to obtain personal banking records exposes problems with current data
MPs concerned about political polarization in U.S., some blame Trump’s rhetoric for emboldening alt-right extremists        Drug-impaired driving tests ‘not there yet,’ says top RCMP officer‘Too early’ for TSB to remove transport of flammable liquids by rail from watchlist, says Lac-Mégantic MP        BC Liberals reflect on past campaign mistakes as they look to future at annual convention
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE POLITICS<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Doug Ford shuffles cabinet, says it was time to ‘calibrate’ after four months in office - Robert Benzie, Toronto Star
        Ottawa short-changed more than 270,000 veterans on pensions, disability payments - Murray Brewster, CBC News
Canada Post employees continue rotating strikes in Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador - The Canadian Press, Toronto Star
        Liberals set to unveil anti-poverty law, detail homelessness program - The Canadian Press, CTV News
World economy strong enough to withdraw stimulus, Poloz says - CBC News
        Questions remain over political party data practices after recent testimony, says expert Colin Bennett - Laura Ryckewaert, The Hill Times
AdFord’s Tories shouldn’t repeat Liberal mistakes - Lorrie Goldstein, Toronto Sun
        Ford fixes flaws in Liberal minimum wage bill - Rocco Rossi, Toronto Sun
Legislation would ban banks from using term ‘ombudsman’ for non-independent complaint resolution- Geoff Zochodne, Financial Post
        What will USMCA mean for the auto industry?- CTV News
Telecommuting on the rise to meet challenges of real estate market, labour shortage- Brandie Weikle, CBC News

La caravane de migrants arrive, fragmentée, à MexicoPlus        Acquittement de Bettez: la couronne ne va pas en appelPlusUne erreur comptable de 165M$Plus        Industrie de la calèche: il est nécessaire d'y mettre fin, selon Valérie PlantePlusWashington doit trancher sur des sanctionsPlus        Le narcotrafiquant «El Chapo» en procès à New York sous haute sécuritéPlusUne pyramide au Vieux-Port de Montréal pour des spectacles multisensorielsPlus        Syrie: accusations de tortures et d'exécutions visant le régimePlusFermetures de magasins Rona : les libéraux pointés du doigtPlus        Ohio, Indiana, Missouri: Trump omniprésent à la veille des électionsPlus
Sortie de route mortelle à l'ÉpiphaniePlus        «Dérapage contrôlé»: plusieurs personnes heurtées lors d'un événement illégalPlusSuède: le patron de la droite va de nouveau tenter de former un gouvernementPlus        Bilan de l'an 1 : Valérie Plante veut redoubler les efforts pour la mobilitéPlusAffaire Khashoggi: Riyad promet à l'ONU une enquête «impartiale»Plus        Nouvelles sanctions américaines contre l'Iran: Netanyahu salue un « jour historique »PlusEn Italie, les inondations meurtrières mettent en lumière les constructions illégalesPlus        Une nouvelle tigresse tuée en IndePlusL'Iran promet de «contourner fièrement» les sanctions américainesPlus        Washington rétablit ses sanctions «implacables», que Téhéran promet de «contourner»Plus
Philippe Lançon lauréat du prix Femina pour «Le lambeau»Plus        Cameroun: 79 élèves enlevés PlusChine: la guerre commerciale, « la chose la plus stupide au monde » Plus


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE WORLD<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Trump’s Political Coalition Bodes Well for Republicans - Daniel McCarthy, New York Times
        If Blue Wave Fails, Liberal Rage Will Be Out of Control - Nicholas Waddy, American Greatness
Battleground voters say midterms just as important as presidential election - Megan Keller, The Hill
        Kavanaugh Accuser Admits She Fabricated Allegations - Mairead McArdle, National Review
Brian Kemp’s office orders ‘hacking’ probe of Georgia Democrats on eve of election he’s competing in - Avi Selk, Washington Post
        Delivering a Defeat to Trump Critical for the Republic - Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine
WWI centenary to be marked in London and Paris, but not Berlin- The Associated Press, Japan Times
        Italy storms: Two families killed in Sicily house- BBC News
New Caledonia votes ‘non’ to independence from France- Reuters, The Guardian
        Okinawa’s half-American governor vows to resolve US military base dispute- Ségolène Allemandou, France 24
Sri Lanka’s ousted PM says US, Japan freeze aid over political crisis- Reuters, The Times Of India
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>THE LEBANON DAILY STAR<<<<<<<<
In warning about far-right in Europe, Macron mentions Hitler        Russia sends new frigate with cruise missiles to Mediterranean As WWI centenary looms, Eurostar warns about souvenir 'bombs'        Lawyer of freed Christian woman in Pakistan flees to NetherlandsBritain, China regret imposition of US sanctions on Iran        Germany says legal business relations with Iran should be possibleAlibaba's Ma calls US-China trade war 'most stupid thing in this world'        Iran blames Denmark plot on alleged Israeli conspiracyEU opposed to US resumption of sanctions on Iran: Moscovici        Report: Saudi investigators worked to remove evidence
Pompeo rebuts critics who want sterner Iran sanctions        Iran will sell oil, break US sanctions: Rouhani
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From: John Feldsted <>
Subject: We're ignoring Canada's alcohol problem, chief public health officer warns
Recent numbers show alcohol abuse among women is on the rise
Catharine Tunney
CBC News
Nov 03, 2018

Canada's chief public health officer says she's worried about the rise in heavy drinking among Canadian women.

In recent weeks, Dr. Theresa Tam has tried to sound the alarm on Canadians' problems with substance abuse, making it the focus of her 2018 report on the state of public health in Canada. (A snapshot of this country's health.)

While the report touches on the deadly opioid crisis and health concerns linked to legal recreational marijuana, Tam said alcohol abuse also deserves the nation's attention.

"We have lost sight of the fact that continued high rates of problematic alcohol consumption are leading to a wide range of harms," she writes.

A deeper dive into the numbers shows a troubling trend for Canadian women: they're dying from alcohol abuse at a faster rate than men.

Tam's report points out that between 2011 to 2017, the alcohol-attributed death rate for women increased by 26 per cent, compared with a roughly five per cent increase over the same period for men.

Girls aged 10 to 19 have higher hospitalization rates for alcohol abuse than boys the same age.

"Men still have higher rates of alcohol consumption ... but women are catching up and this is really a worrying sign. There's an increase in the rate of heavy drinking among women," Tam said in an interview for CBC's The House.

Tam said researchers are still trying to figure out why the numbers are rising ­ but part of the reason could be that women are using alcohol to cope with stress and anxiety.

"We need to understand the reasons why women are consuming alcohol in a way that leads to harm. So women do have different experiences with trauma, sexual abuse, bullying ­ those underlying factors are important when you're looking at prevention," she said.

Read on:
How much research do you need to figure out that:
  1. Females dying from alcoholism has been under reported for decades. Social mores hold that women don’t suffer from alcoholism, so it is not reported as a cause of death to save the family from embarrassment;
  2. Women are facing personal pressures they have not previously encountered such as;
    1. Women are heavy users of social media and that tends to bring out the worst in people. Women have a hard time dealing with the trolls, thoughtless comments, meanness and unwarranted personal attacks rife on social media;
    2. Women are the spending watchdogs in most families. They take on the task of buying the clothing and food which eat up a lot of budget and homes and home furniture which is are big ticket items. The cost of living is outstripping wages and women are caught trying to keep up with less and less to work with;
    3. Women are not finding relief in the ‘me too’ and other movements that are supposed to free them. They suffer angst wondering if they are doing the ‘right thing’ in relationships and are often forced to confront memories from the past they had worked hard to bury. Instead of finding freedom and peace, they find anxiety and uncertainty in how to move forward.

No one is immune to addictions. Insecurity and social pressures lead to a drink or glass of wine for relaxation. Weeks or months later the person may find themselves addicted. No one wakes in the morning and decides to be come an alcoholic. It is an insidious trap that spares no one.

Alcoholism is treatable, and the hardest parts of treatment are (1) to get the illness out of the closet; and (2) to get people to understand they can regain control over their lives.

John Feldsted

From: "Mahmood Elahi"
Subject: Published in The Korea Times

The Korea Times
Seoul, Republic of Korea

Thoughts of the Times

Sino-American confrontation Posted : 2018-11-05 17:24Updated : 2018-11-05 17:24
By Mahmood Elahi

This refers to the most topical article: "US-China conflict and Korea," by Lee Seong-hyon, published in The Korea Times on Oct. 31.

A few years ago, I spent a month visiting Beijing, Shanghai and other cities of China. It was extremely interesting to see the world's most populous country on the trip. With its magnetically-levitated (Maglev) trains running at 410 km per hour, Shanghai looks like a city of the future. The Maglev connects Shanghai International Airport with Pudong Central Business District 30 km away in eight minutes. The same distance between downtown Manhattan and Kennedy International Airport takes more than an hour to traverse by car during rush hour.

I saw China's industrial might while visiting Shanghai's huge container port the world's largest. As far as the eye could see, a forest of red cranes was loading and unloading with robotic precision. It was a clear demonstration of China's global economic reach. I was told that most ships being loaded were going to the United States and Europe and most ships being unloaded were coming from Japan and South Korea.

This explains why China is enjoying a trade surplus with the U.S. while facing a deficit vis-a-vis South Korea and Japan.

By 2010, China has overtaken Japan as the world's second largest economy after the United States. It has overtaken the United States as Japan and South Korea's biggest trading partner and it has overtaken Japan as Australia's biggest trading partner. It has also surpassed the United States as the world's biggest market for cars. And it has surpassed the United States as the world's greatest trading nation. And it has surpassed Japan as the biggest creditor to America.

While in Shanghai, I had an interesting and candid discussion with a fluently English-speaking graduate student at the University of Shanghai. When I told him that I write for the newspapers, he agreed to talk provided I don't mention his name.

We talked about China's meteoric rise as an economic superpower. He told me that China's rise has been peaceful. When I asked him about China's relations with the United States, he replied that Sino-American relations will be cooperative and competitive, but never confrontational. The United States is China's biggest trading partner and China is the biggest holder of the U.S. Treasury Bills. With China bankrolling America's budget deficits, the United States enjoys the luxury to cut taxes while increasing on spending, especially defense spending.

With so much economic relations at stake, China and the United States cannot afford to confront each other militarily without harming themselves. He also told me that China is not interested to enter into any arms race with the United States. It will have adequate defense, but it will eschew any competition for military supremacy. China will not take sides in any conflict. It will seek friends without creating enemies. As such, it will avoid any military confrontation with the United States.

When I asked about China's relations with North and South Korea, he told me that China would like to see both Koreas live peacefully without threatening each other. China is now South Korea's biggest trading partner and it will not mind if reunification of North and South takes place peacefully. China's interests will be best served by complete normalization of relations between the two Koreas.

He had particularly good words for South Korea. He considered its transformation from a poor country to an industrial giant as comparable to China's rise. Trade and economic relations between China and South Korea will grow exponentially if peace and stability is not disturbed on the Korean Peninsula. He said Sino-Korean trade someday will surpass Sino-American trade.

He also told me that China and Korea were historically friends and now they are two global economic powerhouses and the possibility of cooperation between them is limitless.

Today, with two-way trade between China and South Korea totaling $211 billion, China is by far South Korea's biggest trading partner. Its trade with China is bigger than its combined trade with the U.S. and Japan totaling $170 billion.

He also told me that he had already visited Seoul and found the people t very friendly and hoped to visit South Korea again. This explains why tourists from China now outnumber visitors from all other countries combined.

When I wrote a letter to the editor to monthly China Today about our meeting, it quickly published it without any editing. This shows Chinese editorialists agreed with what he said.

Today, both the United States and China are embroiled in a tariff war over the U.S. trade deficits vis-a-vis China. But it is hurting both countries. It is hurting the U.S. consumers who are paying higher prices and it is hurting Chinese producers as higher prices are forcing U.S. importers to seek cheaper suppliers in other countries like Bangladesh, Vietnam and others to avoid U.S. tariffs on Chinese products. And the Chinese importers of U.S. agricultural products are forced to look for other agricultural exporters like Canada and Australia to avoid Chinese tariffs on U.S. products. America's loss is Canada's gain.

In the process, both China and the U.S. are losing their market shares. As such, Trump's tariff war with China is unlikely to outlast his presidency which may prove to be short-lived. As they say that coming events cast their shadows before them and it is clear that Democrats will win the mid-term elections in a landslide, putting a brake on Trump's atavistic triumphalism.

Lee Seong-hyon is only partly right when he says: "In the security realm, the increasingly competitive nature will manifest through issues such as the North Korean nuclear issue. Now, they are even competing in the extraterrestrial space. China is still militarily weaker than America. Therefore, China may occasionally back down in a tactful display of compromise in the short term but it is unlikely to be a sustained posture by the Chinese."

But with tensions between North and South Korea winding down and China unwilling to prop up a nuclear-armed North Korea, the security situation in the Korean Peninsula is likely to improve, allowing South Korea and China to continue their growing trade and economic relations.
Mahmood Elahi ( is a freelance writer in Ottawa

Thanks Mahmood - positive relationships for peace we seldom read concerning


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