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Iran petrol price hike: Supreme Leader condemns ‘hooligan’ protesters

Article Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-50450581

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said he supports a fuel price rise that has sparked protests across the country. The Ayatollah blamed “hooligans” and counter-revolutionaries for violence that has been witnessed in several cities….. Under the new fuel measures, each motorist is allowed to buy 60 litres (13 gallons) of petrol a month at 15,000 rials ($0.13; £0.10) a litre. Each additional litre then costs 30,000 rials. Previously, drivers were allowed up to 250 litres at 10,000 rials per litre, AP reports.

Despite Pierre Trudeau’s flaws, give him the credit he deserves on national unity

Article Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/opinion-wyatt-james-schierman-pierre-trudeau-1.5350461

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

The success Pierre Trudeau achieved around national unity defines his legacy “He haunts us still.” Veteran political writers Christina McCall and Stephen Clarkson began their seminal biography entitled, Trudeau and Our Times: The Magnificent Obsession, using these words. The book was first published in 1990, many years after Pierre Trudeau’s formal retirement from politics. Nonetheless, the authors argue persuasively that the man still looms large in the minds of Canadians, and his legacy continues to reverberate and have an impact on the national consciousness today.

Why you shouldn’t salt a leech that’s sucking your blood

Article Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/bloodsuckers-1.5361074

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

How to remove leeches, why bloodsuckers go for the groin, and other things you need to know about them

EDITORIAL: Violent crime’s up, time to bring back street checks

Article Link: https://torontosun.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-violent-crimes-up-time-to-bring-back-street-checks

Discussion posted by: Johnf44

There are some useful findings in the Toronto Board of Health report last week on taking a public health approach to community violence.First, that while police-reported crime was decreasing in Toronto prior to 2014, it went up 14% between 2014 & 2017, disproportionately impacting young black males, particularly young Somali-Canadians.Second, the rate for firearm-related crime more than doubled for youths & adults between 2013 & 2017. Third, that as the result of violent crime there were 102,000 visits to the emergency departments of Toronto hospitals between 2004 & 2017 for assault-related injuries, 1,133 of them caused by firearms.Fourth, a Toronto study estimated a staggering $1.74 million cost per offender over a 15-year period in criminal justice expenditures involving both victims & offenders.

Giuliani associate said he was on a ‘secret mission’ for Trump: report

Article Link: https://thehill.com/homenews/news/470758-giuliani-associate-said-he-was-on-a-secret-mission-for-trump-report

Discussion posted by: CPO1

An associate of Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal attorney, told confidants that he was on a “secret mission” for the president. After meeting with Trump at the White House in December, Lev Parnas reportedly insinuated to associates that the president had given him a special assignment, like some sort of “James Bond mission,” one of his confidants told CNN. “Parnas viewed the assignment as a great crusade,” one of the people to whom Parnas spoke told CNN. “He believed he was doing the right thing for Trump.” Parnas believed that he would carry out Trump’s directives, as dictated through Giuliani, to help advance the president’s interests in Ukraine.

Maxime Bernier warns alienated Albertans that threatening separation actually left Quebec worse off

Article Link: https://calgarysun.com/news/canada/maxime-bernier-warns-disgruntled-albertans-that-threatening-separation-actually-left-quebec-worse-off/wcm/2133ac49-2f2d-4979-b2db-1ec40cc1a358

Discussion posted by: TheRage

Maxime Bernier warned on Saturday that Alberta should not follow the example of Quebec in attempting to use separation as a threat to wrest more powers and money from the federal government. The strategy, he argued, has only led to more fractiousness and unhappiness in his home province of Quebec. “You will likely find yourself in a very negative political dynamic. One based on failed attempts to blackmail Ottawa, internal divisions, and resentment against the rest of the country,” Bernier said. “Just like in Quebec.” Bernier argued western separation, at least as a tactic to squeeze more benefits from Ottawa, is a “weak threat.”Rather, what Alberta and other provinces should push for is more provincial autonomy – a less centralized federation with a smaller national Government.

How Giving Up TV For A Month Changed My Brain And My Life

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Article Link: https://getpocket.com/explore/item/how-giving-up-tv-for-a-month-changed-my-brain-and-my-life?utm_source=pocket-newtab

Discussion posted by: ReBeater

I’ve never seen Game of Thrones, I don’t know what the Scandal is, and I couldn’t name a single “real” housewife. I thought I didn’t watch much television and that taking a 30-day break would be a piece of cake. I was wrong. The average adult watches 2.8 hours per day of television, according to the American Time Use survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Another study puts this number higher, at four hours and 15 minutes each day. I added up all of the viewing at my house, and we were definitely on the high side.

How Alberta pays Quebec’s bills: Four charts that show Alberta picks up the tab

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Article Link: https://www.recorder.ca/news/canada/how-alberta-pays-quebecs-bills-four-charts-that-show-alberta-picks-up-the-tab/wcm/fff43be3-f5f2-415c-9768-d226ebdd0641?video_autoplay=true

Discussion posted by: ReBeater

In just 11 years, Albertans have paid out almost $240 billion to the rest of Canada. That number is more than one-and-a-half times as much as B.C. and Ontario combined, whose taxpayers pitched in $54.6 billion and $97.9 billion respectively, the other two largest net contributors to the federal balance sheet. The money is sent to Ottawa as part of net federal fiscal transfers — basically the residents of Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario pay more in federal taxes than they get back in federal programs and transfers — they are net positive contributors to the federal finances. Other provinces are net negative contributors — they get more back in federal programs and transfers than they give in taxes. In Quebec’s case its net negative contributor was minus $171.3 billio

BONOKOSKI: If Trudeau’s Canada is back, where’s the better land he promised?

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Article Link: https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/bonokoski-if-trudeaus-canada-is-back-wheres-the-better-land-he-promised#comments

Discussion posted by: ReBeater

Four years ago, fresh off an astounding victory where the hard-edged Stephen Harper Conservatives were mercilessly slain, Justin Trudeau shouted out the words an enraptured electorate was yearning to hear and believe. “We’re back!” he proclaimed. A new chapter was about to begin. The cold-hearted Conservatives were finally reduced to a minority. Stephen Harper had fallen on his sword and resigned, ending the reign of a leader who constructed budgets line-by-line in such a miserly way, and who projected absolutely no personal warmth. The better times were supposedly set to begin.