A United Conservative cabinet minister took a vacation in Hawaii in December despite guidance from her own government to avoid non-essential travel, according to media reports Thursday. CBC News reported on New Year’s Eve that Alberta Minister of Municipal Affairs Tracy Allard visited Hawaii on a family vacation earlier in the month. In response to an inquiry Thursday afternoon about whether Allard had left the country on holiday, her press secretary Justin Marshall told Postmedia the minister was at home in Grande Prairie and was “mostly relaxing but with some work too.”
NEW YORK — Only a handful of invited guests, including health care workers and others from the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, will gather on Thursday evening in New York’s Times Square to witness the dropping of the New Year’s Eve ball, marking the end of a sobering 2020 and a hopeful start to 2021.
No Christmas vacation for thee. Grab the swimsuits and call the limo for me. Why do we listen to these politicians? Lockdown for thee. No lockdown for me. No Christmas vacation for thee. Grab the swimsuits and call the limo for me. What is going on? Why do we listen to them? Why do we sit under the rain of their incessant, sanctimonious spiels about flattening curves and slowing the virus and caring for “your fellow citizens,” while they jet off to sunshine, beaches and island resorts for “vacations they had planned?”
The character flaws of the media’s handpicked activists and academics have been revealed for all to see. Canadian news media companies enter the new year with eggs on their faces. Our country’s “progressive” journalists have been exposed as evading their responsibility to cover stories that might cast doubt on their own judgment concerning the far-left. For years, organizations like the CBC, the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail have relied on a small group of handpicked voices to speak on behalf of minority communities. Like a game of musical chairs, the same few activists and academics appear in social justice-themed stories, parroting the same old talking points that are full of problems but lacking practical solutions.
OTTAWA — The Trudeau government has awarded a contract to IBM Canada to support the development, design and implementation of a buyback program for recently prohibited firearms. The contract is worth almost $1.2 million, according to an award notice posted on a federal information portal.
OTTAWA — Anyone arriving in Canada starting Jan. 7 will need to have a negative COVID-19 test before boarding and may have to quarantine in a federal facility if they have inadequate isolation plans, the federal government says. Flyers aged five and up will need have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of their scheduled departure and must show the results to their airline before they board their flight.
Ontario’s finance minister has resigned from his cabinet position after going on a Caribbean vacation during the pandemic. Premier Doug Ford says he has accepted Rod Phillips’s resignation as minister. Phillips returned to Ontario this morning after spending more than two weeks in St. Barts despite provincial guidelines urging people to avoid non-essential travel. “There’s very important work that still needs to be done, and I’d like to continue to be a part of that. But I do understand, people are angry, they deserve to be angry, I have to earn back their confidence,” Phillips told reporters at the airport.
Palestinians in the West Bank have been told that rabbis teach Israeli chidren that they should “kill everyone who is not Jewish.” Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported that this allegation was made by Wasaf Erekat, introduced as a military expert, on an official PA TV program in mid-December. “The Israelis train their children to carry weapons,” Erekat told the host. “They train them with weapons and based on the principle “Kill everyone who is not Jewish.” He added, “the rabbis implant this indoctrination in the children of Israel.” He also told the host that he was “in favor of resisting the occupation (Israel) by all means,” which suggests violence against Israeli civilians.
On New Year’s Eve 2015, hundreds of women were mobbed and sexually assaulted during celebrations in the western German city of Cologne. German politics and society were forever changed. Just as in years past, a crowd assembled in the square in front of the central railway station, right next to the city’s landmark gothic cathedral. Nothing unusual for the city in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia. But this time, a throng of about a thousand young men was forming in the crowd. Most of them were from the North African-Arabic region. The atmosphere was uninhibited, aggressive. Fireworks were pointed at people, passers-by harassed, cellphones and wallets were stolen. The police were surprised and overwhelmed; there were too few officers on duty.
A mob destroyed a Hindu temple in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday by setting it on fire, officials said. Footage posted to social media showed thick smoke billowing from the site as men used hammers to damage the structure’s walls. Local Muslim clerics from the town of Karak in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had told authorities that they would be organizing a peaceful protest against the alleged expansion of the centuryold temple, Rahmatullah Wazir, a police officer told news agency Reuters. He said that during the protest, the clerics started giving “provocative speeches,” after which the mob set the temple ablaze.