Dreams of Canada being an “energy superpower” have been dashed because of political leaders who place virtue signalling about climate above our national interests and the welfare of Canadians. Canada’s oil and gas industry received another in a series of devastating blows this week when, as one of his first orders of business after being sworn in as U.S. president on Wednesday, Joe Biden issued an order revoking the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have transported crude from Alberta to Nebraska, and then on to Gulf Coast refineries.
Kristin Hunter wept when she heard the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine had arrived in Canada in mid-December. “I was so excited that it was possible that the people that I loved, my dad in particular with his health issues, may make it through this pandemic,” said Hunter, whose 65-year-old father has dementia and lives in a retirement residence just outside of London, Ont. Middlesex Terrace, a 105-bed facility, has seen 37 staff members and 25 residents become infected with COVID-19 amid an ongoing outbreak as of Jan. 22. Another 12 residents have died from the virus. When Hunter learned that her father was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Jan. 8, 2021, tears of frustration filled her eyes again. “These are people’s lives and they matter,” she said.
Jesse Levy, who pivoted from a realtor to a PPE supplier when the pandemic struck, was getting ready to pitch to the TTC in the morning. It was about 3 a.m. on June 29 when the 38-year-old Richmond Hill man, after making calls to China to verify safety certificates of masks, fell asleep, sitting on the floor, his back against the couch with his laptop on top of his coffee table, his hands on the keyboard above him.
Justin Trudeau spoke with newly inaugurated U.S. President Joe Biden by phone Friday — the first opportunity for the two leaders to chart a fresh course for the Canada-U.S. relationship after four tumultuous years with Donald Trump. Biden’s commitment to including ‘Buy American’ provisions that privilege U.S. companies in future infrastructure spending plans.
Where, oh where was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the Christmastime/New Year’s period? Guy Annable of the Ottawa-based Capital Voice has a hunch. Guy thinks the PM may have flown south to a Caribbean destination, perhaps the Turks and Caicos Islands. Guy bases his hypothesis on diligently tracking flights out of Ottawa during this period, including federal government-owned jets. As well, he notes that in early January, an arriving government jet from the Caribbean landing in Ottawa was met by a five car motorcade. And really, how many people receive that kind of reception? For what it’s worth, we reached out to the Prime Minister’s Office with a very simple question: did Justin Trudeau leave the country during the holiday period?
British Columbia’s gaming regulator concluded Asian organized crime was becoming so powerful inside B.C. casinos after 2010 that it was too dangerous to investigate suspected drug-cash laundering estimated to reach about $200 million per year, the province’s inquiry into money laundering heard Friday.
It’s taken a full year but Justin Trudeau seems to have found religion on the border when it comes to COVID-19. The man who said calls to shut the border were, “knee jerk” and not based in facts just as COVID was taking off last March is now warning Canadians not to travel outside the country. “People should not be planning non-essential travel or vacation travel outside of the country,” Trudeau said Friday.
A Calgary man is coming forward with his concerns after discovering a website that features live security camera feeds from around the world. “A couple months ago we got a parcel taken from our front door and I looked into getting a doorbell camera,” Bill Douros explained. “It was real easy to set up but then I was curious if anyone else could see our feed because we have kids playing.” Douros said he found some forums that listed popular webcams and then realized that there were more than dozen in Calgary. After searching the website, called Inescam, Douros said he realized something was wrong.
A Durham Region couple, who tested positive for the U.K. variant of COVID-19, have been charged for allegedly failing to disclose they had a contact from Britain visit them. The husband and wife have been identified as Dr. Martina Weir, a doctor who works in hospitals and long-term care homes in the region, and Brian Weir, a scheduler at Toronto Paramedic Services.
Outlaw restaurateur Adam Skelly can have a Facebook account again. A decision read by Superior Court Justice Robert Goldstein on Friday loosened bail conditions imposed upon Skelly after his Nov. 27 arrest at his Etobicoke barbecue restaurant, reversing what Goldstein described in his decision as an “error of law.”