Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that he intends to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if he is elected next week, in an explosive move that he hinted was supported by President Donald Trump. In a dramatic statement, the premier demanded a “mandate” from the people in the upcoming polls, in order to push ahead with the plan. Although illegal under international law, Mr Netanyahu said he believed it would secure support from Israel’s closest ally the United States. “Today, I announce my intention, after the establishment of a new government, to apply Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea,” he said in a televised speech. “I will apply for sovereignty of the settlements and other areas with maximum cooperation with the United States,” he added.
TOKYO — Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power will have to dump radioactive water from its destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean as it runs out of room to store it, the environment minister said on Tuesday. Tokyo Electric, or Tepco, has collected more than 1 million tonnes of contaminated water from the cooling pipes used to keep fuel cores from melting since the plant was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
He provided no details or evidence of what those experiments were, but he showed off two satellite photos. The first, taken in June, showed the facility intact. The second, taken in July, showed parts of a building there that had been destroyed, in what he said was an Iranian cover-up. [OFRU]
OTTAWA — A Crown attorney says former overseas hostage Joshua Boyle is lying about his wife Caitlan Coleman being a neglectful, unfit mother. Prosecutor Jason Neubauer says Boyle, who is accused of assaulting Coleman, wants to portray her as a bad parent to feed a larger fiction about Coleman being mentally ill.
A truck somehow wound up with its back end on the front of a home in Alban, south of Sudbury, on Monday. Ontario Provincial Police released a photo of the van, which smashed into the house, knocking over a hydro pole in the process. The photo shows the vehicle’s back end, with the wheels down, resting on the home’s second floor and the cab on the ground in the front.
The CBC’s Evan Dyer has uncovered a glaring flaw in the final report of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) – the inquiry cited statistics that grossly over-represent the extent of violence against Indigenous women. To make matters worse, the inquiry has no intention of amending its official report to incorporate the correct figures because – get this – stopping violence against Indigenous women is too important to let facts get in the way.
A Toronto committee is proposing to postpone any plans for wide-open electric scooter use at least until the provincial government comes forward with a regulations to govern them. Motions adopted by the Infrastructure and Environment Committee Monday would, if adopted by city council, make it clear that bylaw enforcement officers will confiscate e-scooters parked on public property, including sidewalks and bike stands. Toronto Councillor James Pasternak predicted these rules would block companies that provide a dockless scooter-sharing system, outside of small ventures like a test project underway on private property in the Distillery District. “I think if these motions pass, we’re going to hyper regulate it right out of the city,” Pasternak said. “I don’t know how
How exactly does he plan to pull that rabbit out of his hat? Does he plan to bring big business to heel and force them to lower prices? Cap the obscene profit margins on food, fuel, housing and all the other necessities of daily life? Tired old promises by tired old political parties. It really is getting quite tiresome.
The Conservatives are hoping to embarrass a Liberal candidate in Eastern Ontario over comments she made about the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Although given what Justin Trudeau thinks of Castro and, of course, of basic dictatorships, it’s unlikely this candidate will walk the plank before the election is called later this week. In fact, if the Liberals win, she could be up for a cabinet post.