A meteorologist is disputing former Environment Minister Catherine’s McKenna’s 2019 claim Canada is being hit by more tornadoes now than in the past. Senior Department of Environment meteorologist Peter Kimbell made the comments while doing a podcast with the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, according to Blacklock’s Reporter. “It’s not clear at all whether we’re getting more tornadoes,” said Kimbell. “Possibly we’re not.” In fact, in his 2018 report on Ottawa-Gatineau Tornadoes of Sept. 21, 2018, Kimbell said the number of lightning strikes, used to gauge tornados, has been going down for decades in Canada. “All I’m showing you is the answer may not be necessarily it is. In fact, the answer may be that it is pretty static.”
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On Oct. 28, 1980, Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s newly elected federal government brought down its budget and with it Alberta’s economy — rendering Canada’s oil boom a bust seemingly overnight. “Because of what that idiot in Ottawa did, thousands of other skilled people were laid off almost immediately all across Alberta,” says Duckworth. “It’s not an exaggeration to say that the effect of the National Energy Program on Alberta was immediate. The budget was so cataclysmic that the Calgary Herald ran its editorial on the front page of the paper on Oct. 29, 1980, writing: “Alberta must fight this flawed policy.” The editorial board predicted — rightly — that the “imposition of a Canada-first policy . . . will deliberately drive from this country the foreign firms that created our energy industry.
A Calgary officer’s column in the police union’s magazine that calls Black Lives Matter a “police hate group” is drawing criticism from a local anti-racism leader. The fall 2020 edition of the Calgary Police Association’s magazine 10-4 includes the column titled “Smile and Nod” by Geoff Hoover, a constable with the Calgary Police Service. In it, Hoover decried “unprecedented, daily attacks” on policing and the media platforming of “police hate groups,” including Black Lives Matter. He said “cancel culture and mob mentality” are at the core of “anti-police rhetoric.” He said his article was meant as encouragement for fellow officers who feel similarly about current narratives surrounding policing and race.
The Liberals will not turn a Conservative motion into a test of confidence in their minority government — despite arguing the motion is so broad and its demand for documents so massive that it could get in the way of running the country. However, they are warning there is no way they can produce all the documents demanded by the deadline stipulated in the motion, which calls for a sweeping probe by the House of Commons health committee into a host of issues relating to the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Conservative motion is to be put to a vote Monday and has the support of both the Bloc Quebecois and NDP.
Procurement Minister Anita Anand says the first shipment of rapid tests for COVID-19 has arrived in Canada, but their eventual destinations remain shrouded in mystery. Canada signed a deal late last month with Abbott Diagnostics in the United States to buy 7.9 million ID Now tests, which can produce results on the spot in under 15 minutes. Anand said another 2.4 million should arrive before the end of December and the rest in the new year. Shipments of another rapid test, the Abbott Rapid Diagnostics Panbio antigen test, are expected to start soon. Canada bought 20 million of those tests, with 8.5 million expected by the end of 2020, and the rest in 2021. But neither Anand’s office nor Health Canada will say which province will get them first, or how many will be shipped where.
In 2009, the Liberal Party joined the New Democrats and the Bloc Quebcois to demand that the Harper Conservatives hand over documents on the handling of the prisoners in the Afghan war. The issue was being studied by a Commons committee and had been looked at by a military watchdog but the opposition wanted more. The demand was a full release of documents related to the handling of Taliban prisoners even while the war in Afghanistan was ongoing. “Bits of blacked-out documents with key information missing are not disclosure. Non-answers in the House are not disclosure. Rhetorical personal attacks are not disclosure. We need to get at the truth,” Justin Trudeau thundered in the Commons.
By the end of Wednesday, Canadians could be heading to the polls to elect a new federal government just over a year after the last election. It’s not because any opposition MP or party wants an election, it’s because Justin Trudeau does. Yes, the prime minister is so desperate to stop the opposition from looking into his handling of COVID-19 and the WE Scandal that he wants to force an election during a pandemic he has described in the gravest terms. Parliament, said the PM, should be focused on helping Canadians on COVID-19. If Trudeau was actually as focused on COVID-19, as he claims, then he wouldn’t have prorogued Parliament at all. What he would have done is kept MPs working through August and early September to pass a replacement for CERB and then unveil his throne speech.
Calgary police officers who laughed at and joked about a suspect seeking medical attention for police dog bites acted unprofessionally, a judge ruled Monday in finding the accused’s rights were violated. Provincial court Judge Heather Lamoureux agreed with defence counsel Andrea Urquhart that the conduct of the officers who dealt with Latef Reakwon Tag El Din amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. Lamoureux noted body-worn cameras show at one point Tag El Din “almost begging for medical help,” telling officers he is dying, only to be told “we’re all dying.” Urquhart will ask the judge to rule that evidence against her client, including the discovery of a loaded handgun, be excluded because of the Charter breaches.
How bad are the documents that the Trudeau government is trying to hide? I don’t just mean the WE Charity documents that they have been trying to hide but also the documents that opposition members of the Commons health committee would like to see related to the government’s COVID-19 response. So, let’s get this straight: the Liberals have prorogued Parliament, filibustered committees and are now threatening an election all to stop the release of documents? That doesn’t sound like the open and transparent government that Justin Trudeau promised when he was elected. “Government and its information should be open by default,” Trudeau promised in the 2015 Liberal platform.
A resolution supporting a private health-care system existing alongside the public system was one of 30 passed by United Conservative Party members during their annual general meeting Saturday. The policy was endorsed by 53 per cent of 793 party members who voted, despite the resolution being criticized during a virtual debate Friday. The AGM drew 1,400 attendees. Nate Glubish, MLA for Strathcona-Sherwood Park and minister of Service Alberta, argued that the party ran in 2019 on a promise to maintain publicly funded, universally accessible health care, and the policy could be seen to contradict that. Some UCP members said Albertans needed choice within a flawed publicly-funded system, but most who spoke to the resolution opposed it.