Saturday 23 February 2019

Daily Digest February 23, 2019.

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

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

Conservatives, NDP express qualified confidence in privy council clerk to flag election interference

Tory senator must be removed after telling truckers to �roll over every Liberal�: MP
        Trudeau�s aides discussed SNC-Lavalin file with Wilson-Raybould�s chief of staff in December
Wilson-Raybould sought to limit PMO involvement in judicial appointments []

        Under pressure: Inside an explosive week in the SNC-Lavalin controversy

With Gerald Butts Gone is it Time for Trudeau to Make a Course Correction?
        The question remains: Why didn�t Wilson-Raybould resign?
Care to share that? Ottawa cuts steel deal with Mexico � but doesn�t tell trade tribunal

The Orange Wave�s last stand? Outremont byelection a critical test for NDP in Quebec
        Kent Hehr accusers willing to forego privacy to see full conduct report
Wilson-Raybould battled Bennett, other ministers over Indigenous rights framework
        Tough talk from a man with nothing to lose
Jody Wilson-Raybould can talk, lawyers say
        Where SNC-Lavalin�s push for deferred prosecution came up short
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE POLITICS<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Where SNC-Lavalin�s push for deferred prosecution came up short - Nick Taylor-Vaisey, Macleans
        Norman�s defence team urges access to communications from Trudeau, top staff - Janice
Amaze us, Liberals � grant quick Trans Mountain approval - Don Braid, Calgary Herald
        Michael Wernick should�ve thought twice before serving up his �Cicero moment�
Integrity of top public servants the latest collateral damage in SNC-Lavalin affair -
        Trudeau�s SNC-Lavalin defence is awkwardly shaping up to be �blame her� -
SNC-Lavalin: A look at the attorney general�s power to step in -
        PM�s SNC-Lavalin affair strike out leaves Gerald out on his �Butts� - Andre Marin, Toronto Sun
A way out of this mess, maybe - Stephen Maher, Macleans
        PM Trudeau talks about addressing �anxiety� in Newfoundland visit -

Saputo buying United Kingdom-based Dairy Crest Group for roughly $1.7 billion-
        HBC shutting down all 37 Home Outfitters stores across Canada- CBC News
Royal Bank hikes dividend as it reports $3.2B net income in first quarter- CTV News


Les r�gles de la course � la direction du PLQ connues le 4 mai
        Michel Cadotte coupable de l�homicide involontaire de sa conjointe
Verdict de Michel Cadotte: ce qu'ils ont dit
        Le Coll�ge des m�decins s�entend avec les super infirmi�res
Tueur � gages arr�t� apr�s deux ans de cavale
        Violences aux fronti�res du Venezuela pour d�fendre l'aide humanitaire
Incendie mortel: les fun�railles des enfants c�l�br�es aujourd'hui
        D�lit de fuite mortel: une femme dans la cinquantaine arr�t�e
Pluie vergla�ante et neige: Attendez-vous au pire dimanche
        Une peine exemplaire demand�e contre Manafort, ex-proche de Trump


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE WORLD<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Schiffting to Phase 2 of Collusion - Kimberley Strassel, Wall Street Journal
        White House confident about Mueller report, that Trump had no reason to collude with Russia -
DOJ Planned a Coup Against Trump. The Press Doesn�t Care - Victoria Toensing, The Daily Caller
        Trump�s 2020 Chances Improve with Every News Cycle - Mark Ellis, PJ Media
All the President�s Broken Men - Stephen Collinson, CNN
        Trump says �witch hunt� must end as reports say Mueller preparing to file report -
Tennessee governor regrets wearing Confederate uniform in college - Associated Press, NBC News
        Brexit: Irish government hopes no-deal plan �sits on shelf�- Shane Harrison, BBC News
Labour MP Ian Austin quits the party over �culture of antisemitism�- Dan Sabbagh, The Guardian
        �Hungry and dirty�: More civilians leave ISIL holdout in Syria- Al Jazeera

China bars millions from travel for �social credit� offences- The Associated Press, The Times Of India
        Senegal�s jobless youth voice grievances ahead of presidential vote- France 24

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

'Humanitarian aid on its way to Venezuela': Guaido
        French yellow vest protesters seek momentum on 15th week
Venezuela troops fire tear gas on demo at Colombia border
        N.Korea's Kim: I don't want my children to bear burden of nuclear arms - report
Told to leave, Daesh 'caliphate' holdouts in Syria stay devoted
        3 UK ministers throw weight behind Brexit delay to stop no-deal
Iran has various options to neutralize 'illegal' US sanctions: Tasnim
        Cardinal admits Church files on pedophilia priests 'destroyed'
Turkey tells US not to leave power vacuum in Syria withdrawal
        Thousands attend Venezuela aid concert

Syria ties row revives debate over power of president
        Ethnic Tubus fear southern Libya military offensive
Vatican sex abuse summit seeks new culture
        Congress� young veterans bring new hope for Dems
In Russia, a battle to free nearly 100 captured orcas, belugas
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Sign Of The Times <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Hackett Financial Advisors say the sun shapes climate.
(Obviously heretical view - It's CO2 from humans ... not the sun)


Here comes the sun � and trouble

The expected impact from the Earth entering into the first trough of a grand solar minimum phase of the sun�s sunspot cycle varies, depending on who�s asked.

Analyst says a looming solar cycle will bring volatile weather and disrupt markets, but Environment Canada disagrees

Hold onto your hats because the Earth is about to enter a weather cycle that will rock grain markets for years to come, says an analyst.

Shawn Hackett, owner of Hackett Financial Advisors, said the Earth is entering into the first trough of a grand solar minimum phase of the sun�s sunspot cycle.

He said every 200 years or so the sun�s magnetic fields cancel each other out and sunspots are unable to form the way they usually would.

That is going to lead to extreme weather volatility and reduced yields around the globe.

Hackett said 2019 will be the last year of decent growing conditions and then it is going to turn ugly � real ugly.

�We expect the next three years to be very, very disruptive and expect food prices to absolutely go nuts to the upside,� he said.

Environment Canada has a different take on the solar cycle. It says the radiant energy from the sun fluctuates by a small amount over the 11-year solar cycle.

�These fluctuations can explain global temperature variations of up to approximately 0.1 C between the strongest and weakest parts of the cycle,� spokesperson Veronica Petro said in an e-mail.

�At present, there is very low confidence concerning future solar forcing irradiance estimates, including changes to the duration of the solar minimum.�

Even if there is a decrease in solar activity it would have a much smaller effect on global temperatures than the projected increases in greenhouse gases, she said.

But Hackett expects a major cooling pattern when the weather pattern transitions from El Nino to La Nina during the trough of a grand solar minimum. And that will likely occur during the 2020 to 2022 period.

Weather effects, like those in this Ohio corn crop in 2012, will become the norm through 2022, say some in the grain industry. | File photo
�This kind of weird, strange, kind of odd weather we�ve been seeing in the last 12 to 18 months is just the beginning of what�s going to become a far more severe pattern over time,� he said.

The usual west-to-east flow of the northern and southern jet streams will switch to a more north-to-south flow. The recent polar vortex is one example of what will happen far more frequently.

There will be more cosmic rays reaching the Earth�s atmosphere and that is going to result in increased cloud cover and more earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, he said.

All of those changes will result in reduced U.S. grain output along the lines of 2012 and 2006, according to Hackett.

�I don�t want to sound like there�s no hope for the future with this new weather pattern,� he said.

�I�m not saying that at all. In fact, there�s tremendous opportunity because markets will start moving like crazy.�

Hackett said that is far more preferable than today�s corn market, where price volatility is at a 50-year low.

He said farmers will do better in the next five years than they have in the past five as long as they are prepared for what�s coming.

Hackett advises his clients to store as much grain as possible and wait for prices to move higher.

�You cannot miss this,� he said.

They should buy futures and options that keep them �open to the upside� in grain markets rather than selling production two or three years out at today�s prices.

He is also advising clients to start growing shorter-season varieties because the growing season is going to be truncated by late-spring frosts and early fall frosts.


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