Thursday 8 November 2018

Daily Digest November 8, 2018.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>HEADLINES ACROSS CANADA <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

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

Tony Clement says extortion attempt by �foreign actors� wasn�t only case of �inappropriate exchanges�

Attempts to expose former Conservative MP Tony Clement�s online sexual activities go back to last summer, women say
        Statistics Canada failed to disclose key info about project to harvest bank data
Statcan�s plan to harvest private banking info on hold, pending investigation
        �All options� soon possible to end Canada Post dispute, says Trudeau

MPs need to consult women, social media companies about online behaviour: Cullen
        Politics �a team sport:� Alberta premier rebuffs complaints from estranged MLA
Terri-Lynne McClintic transferred out of healing lodge: Rodney Stafford
        Revenge Politics Won the Midterms
Election warning signs ominous for Trump in the long term
        What can Canada�s former political leaders teach us?
Aren�t you paying attention? Sexting is a mug�s game
        Clement�s sexting scandal �an early warning� on national security risks

Clement a reminder when it comes to lust, brains are first thing to go
        Canada�s Siberian dead: How we�ve failed to bury the past

Clement admits to multiple acts of infidelity as long ago as last summer
        In his own words: Tony Clement�s letter to his constituents, verbatim
Tony Clement�s �Weird On Instagram� Reputation Isn�t New, Women Claim
        Liberals will spend $86 million to tackle rise in gang and gun violence
Ottawa plans to give climate funds directly to Ontario institutions, businesses
        Hamilton police arrested two in connection with allegations of voter fraud: affidavit
If the midterms were a test of the country�s character, Americans failed
        Justin Trudeau treads carefully on U.S. election day

Bombardier cutting 5,000 jobs, selling Q Series aircraft
        Billions in aid money for Afghanistan wasted, U.S. agency finds
Canada and United States not facing asylum seeker crisis: UNHCR official
        Poll suggests younger Canadians interested in attending Remembrance Day events
Bernier says he doesn�t need to be a feminist: �I believe in people�
        A carbon tax? Just try them.
Instagram user describes how Tony Clement crossed a line
        After Midterm Results, Canadians Watch Fate of Trade Agreement
B.C. premier squares off with Liberal leader in electoral reform debate
        Goodale orders tougher rules on prisoner transfers to Indigenous lodges following McClintic uproar
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE POLITICS<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Ottawa will bankroll some climate change programs left after Ford ends Ontario�s cap-and-trade - Robert Benzie, Toronto Star
        How a coalition of the unwilling formed to fight Trudeau�s carbon tax - Macleans
Canadian ambassador to U.S. says USMCA safe from Democrat-controlled House - Rachel Gilmore, CTV News
        Canada Post admits privacy breach involving 4,500 Ontario Cannabis Store customers - Colin Perkel - The Canadian Press, Financial Post
Doug Ford chose compassion over expediency in keeping quiet over MPP�s sexual misconduct allegations - Randall Denley, National Post
        The sad loneliness of the political life - Anthony Furey, Toronto Sun
Justice Minister says fake online accounts in her name used to solicit money from constituents- Robert Fife, The Globe & Mail
        A carbon tax? Just try them. - Paul Wells, Macleans
The case for strengthening federal fiscal policy- Kevin Page, The Globe & Mail
        Bowring and Bombay seek creditor protection amid $50-million debt- The Canadian Press, Financial Post
Imperial Oil going ahead with construction of $2.6B Aspen oilsands project- The Canadian Press, Toronto Star


Migrants: Trump durcit les conditions d'asile pour les clandestinsPlus
        Le t�l�phone, pr�cieux outil pour les migrants de la caravanePlus
�tats-Unis: la �guerre contre le terrorisme� a fait 500 000 morts depuis 2001Plus
        L'escalade continue entre Trump et CNN, chacun dans son r�lePlus
Un contrebandier alg�rien de tabac mort de froidPlus
        Clement admet plusieurs �changes inappropri�s de nature sexuellePlus
Ukraine: sanctions am�ricaines contre des ressortissants russes et des entreprisesPlus
        Harc�lement sexuel: Google promet plus de transparencePlus
�El Chapo�, trop dangereux, ne pourra �treindre sa femme au tribunalPlus
        La cigarette de moins en moins populaire aux �tats-UnisPlus

Coup d'�clat d'Amnistie internationale � l'ambassade d'Arabie saouditePlus
        Trump accus� d'abus de pouvoir apr�s le limogeage du procureur g�n�ral Plus
Pas de poursuites contre l'ex-procureur de New York, accus� de violence par des femmesPlus
        Indon�sie: un avion Lion Air heurte un poteau avant son d�collagePlus
Propos sur P�tain: Macron d�nonce �une fausse pol�mique� et un �mauvais proc�s�Plus
        Le Plateau-Mont-Royal songe � construire un �Water Square�Plus
Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie : des barres d'appui qui divisent les cyclistes


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE WORLD<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Iran is �off the table� for Chinese passenger plane deal- Reuters, Jerusalem Post
        Barcelona and Madrid rail stations evacuated after bomb scare- Sam Jones, The Guardian
Poverty, corruption central themes in Madagascar�s presidential election- France 24
        Boeing issues safety bulletin to pilots about 737 MAX jets after Indonesia crash- Reuters, CBC News
French hotels launch lawsuit against Airbnb, claiming unfair competition- CTV News
        Embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns under pressure from Trump - Dan Mangan, CNBC
How the Democratic House May Shift the Economic Equation - Patricia Cohen, New York Times
        Losses in the Suburbs a Warning Sign for Republicans - John F. Harris, Politico
Tight Democratic majority leaves Pelosi�s future as House leader unsettled - Mike DeBonis, Washington Post
        Obama congratulates Dems on midterm wins - Avery Anapol, The Hill
Democrats Won the House, But Trump Won the Election - Ed Rogers, Washington Post

        Forget the Blue Wave. Behold the Purple Puddle - Glenn Reynolds, USA Today
Kavanaugh Fight Was the Turning Point for Republicans - Byron York, Washington Examiner
        Cameroon kidnap: Bamenda students freed- BBC News
Trump Hits Cooperative � and Feisty � Post-Midterm Notes - Sally Persons, Real Clear Politics
        Facebook admits not doing enough to prevent Myanmar violence- The Associated Press, The Times Of India

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

In the final hours of World War I, a terrible toll
        Saudi Arabia think tank studying possible effect of OPEC break up: WSJ
Khashoggi murder further complicates 'Arab NATO' plan: US sources
        Syrian army rescues Druze hostages from Daesh: SANA
ISF busts major international drug smuggling operation
        Cult German board game seeks to save the world
Germany starts mammoth trial over refugee center abuses
        Israel police say evidence Netanyahu lawyer committed crimes in bribery probe
Trump-Putin meeting at G20 in Argentina confirmed: RIA cites Lavrov
        US waivers not enough, painful time ahead: Iran oil minister
Can American democracy ever come back?
        Kremlin says has little hope for better U.S. ties

Ten-country European defense coalition launched in Paris
        OPEC mulls 2019 production cuts in yet another U-turn
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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Sign Of The Times <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

From: Larry Kazdan
To: Letters Editor
Re:  Liberals unveil new anti-poverty law as food bank patrons wait to eat, Teresa Wright, November 6, 2018

The Liberal government is passing a bill, not to  eradicate poverty robustly but to monitor it, set up an advisory committee, and cautiously support continued efforts towards a 2030 target reduction.  As we have discovered with climate change, aspirational targets may well be missed when subordinate to politically more pressing day-to-day claims.

The problem for Liberals is that effective poverty elimination would require changes to trade, labour, and fiscal policies that currently favour the well-off. Rather than challenge powerful elites, better for Liberals to travel "a long road" that allows business as usual, yet radiates warmth from the ritual exorcism of poverty.


1. L. Randall Wray, Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Research Director with the Center for Full Employment and Price Stability and Senior Research Scholar at The Levy Economics Institute

"Well it�s very easy to reduce the inequality that results from low income, from poverty, from low wages; all you have to do is offer jobs. Minsky did a calculation [in] 1974 and Professor Kelton and I did one around 2000. We showed that if you just give a job to anyone who wants to work you will eliminate two thirds of all poverty, even if you pay only the minimum wage. We would like to see the job pay more than that, but even at a minimum wage you eliminate two-thirds of all poverty. So most poverty is due to joblessness. People who cannot get jobs or maybe they get jobs that last a few months and then they are unemployed again. We need permanent jobs that pay a decent wage and you�ll eliminate most poverty. You�ll still need some kinds of anti-poverty programs but the jobs are the best anti-poverty programs there are, then you need something else to fill the gaps."

2. William Mitchell, Professor in Economics, Director of the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), University of Newcastle, Australia

Anti-Poverty Week � best solution is job creation

"I have been to many meeting where policy makers, usually very well adorned in the latest clothing, plenty of nice watches and rings, and all the latest gadgets (phones, tablets etc), wax lyrical about how complex the poverty problem is. I usually respond at some point (trying my hardest to disguise disdain) by suggesting the problem is relatively simple. The federal government can always create enough work any time it chooses at a decent wage to ensure that no-one needs to live below the poverty line. Read: always! It can also always pay those who cannot work for whatever reason an adequate pension. Read: always. If we run out of real resources which prevent those nominal payments (wage and pensions) translating into an adequate standard of living, then the government can always redistribute the real resources by increasing taxes......
There is nothing complex about announcing that the government will pay a living wage to anyone who wants to work � just turn up tomorrow and the wage begins. If that announcement was made then we would know who wants to work for a wage and those who do not. For Anti-Poverty Week � the best thing the government can do is announce the unconditional job offer."

3. The Social Enterprise Sector Model for a Job Guarantee
"Imagine 25 million people with no income or precarious forms of income. Now imagine 25 million with a decent base wage. The effect on the private for-profit sector would surely be more stable demand, ringing cash registers, increasing profits, growth and, yes, a lot more better-paying private sector jobs.
The experience of the New Deal and Argentina�s Plan Jefes shows that such programs can be up and running in 4 to 6 months and useful tasks can be performed even by the least skilled and least educated citizens."

From: John Feldsted <>
Subject: Liberals unveil new anti-poverty law with targets to reduce poverty rates in Canada
New law doesn't include any new spending for programs

The Canadian Press
CBC News
Nov 06, 2018

The federal Liberals have unveiled their long-promised anti-poverty law, saying it will force future governments to meet ambitious targets to lift more than two million people above the poverty line in the coming years.

These targets would see poverty rates lowered by 20 per cent from 2015 levels by the end of the current decade and a further 50 per cent reduction by 2030.
The law will also establish the country's first official poverty line using the "market basket measure," which tests whether a family's income will mean they can afford a set of basic goods and services.

But the new law doesn't include any new spending for programs meant to help Canada's poor today.

Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos acknowledged that in his announcement at an Ottawa food bank, but pointed to previously announced investments totalling $22 billion since 2015 for low-income families and the middle class, hinting that more could be coming in the 2019 budget.

Volunteers at the food bank listened to the announcement with skepticism however, saying they had hoped to see more tangible commitments from government to help the homeless and the poor.

These urban cattlemen are all hat and no cattle. They can�t �invest� in anything. What funds they have is tax income they should spend prudently and too much of that tax income comes from the people they claim to be trying to help. Charging GST on an isolated and lonesome senior�s land line bill and can of cat food does not a indicate compassion or caring. 

Yesterday they announced:
Cities looking for more federal cash and a more regular flow of money to tackle poverty are being told that they will be able to tap into $1.25 billion over the next nine years through the Liberal government's cornerstone homelessness strategy.

Elsewhere they claimed that they would pull 2 million people out of poverty by 2030. Do the math: $1.25 billion over 9 years = $138.9 million annually to help 2 million people = $69.44 per person per year or just enough to buy 8 cans of cat food a month. That will not get people dancing in the streets.  

The non-government charities struggling to help the homeless and poor are tired of platitudes and promises. Put up the cash to allow them to build better facilities and expand their services or shut up and get out of the road. Political posturing won�t grow cattle, grain or vegetables to feed people who can�t afford groceries.

This government should be put on a strict diet of eating its own words for the next 14 days. By day 2 they would understand how stupid it is to believe they can fight hunger and poverty with verbiage.  

If the government was to create a separate program with increased tax credits for people and businesses who contribute to charities serving the homeless and poor, they could become part of the solution at low cost and ensure the money goes to help those most in need.

Passing poverty laws is like passing gas � the momentary relief is offset by the odour. 

John Feldsted


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