Sunday, November 17, 2019
Home Blog Page 2

GUNTER: The numbers show our green obsession is hurting Canada

DM

Article Link: https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/gunter-the-numbers-show-our-green-obsession-is-hurting-canada

Discussion posted by: ReBeater

The latest numbers on economic productivity in Canada are extremely disappointing. And with the Liberals back in power, the numbers are about to get worse, especially considering that the Trudeau government is now held in office by three anti-development parties — the NDP, Greens and Bloc Quebecois. Even our “have” provinces fall far behind the top American states. And Canada’s poorest — the three Maritime provinces — are at or below the lowest state, Mississippi. According to work done by Trevor Tombe, a University of Calgary economist, Alberta is Canada’s wealthiest province with a per capita GDP of $64,000 US. Yet that is behind 16 American states. Indeed, Alberta is a full 25% below the richest American jurisdiction — New York state at $86,000.

LEVY: Is state-of-the art incineration technology in the cards for Toronto?

DM

Article Link: https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/levy-is-state-of-the-art-incineration-technology-in-the-cards-for-toronto

Discussion posted by: IRWeasel

Solid Waste General Manager Matt Keliher told the budget committee Friday that the city’s landfill site will be full between 2034 and 2037 and they need to start planning for what’s next now. Noting it takes 10 to 15 years to site a new landfill and there’s a lack of landfill space in Ontario, he said they need to be looking at other long-term disposal options like energy from waste technology. Keliher avoided the word that makes leftists shudder — incineration — but after the meeting I asked him if he meant incineration technology.

MARIN: Empty apologies running rampant

DM

Article Link: https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/marin-empty-apologies-running-rampant

Discussion posted by: IRWeasel

The power of an apology was a popular notion about a decade ago. It would go a long way to help heal a poor wounded soul we were reassured. But we Canadians apologize all the time. Often accompanied by “taking full responsibility” this meant the issue would go away, just like that. And it often does. The classic case was when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took full responsibility for wearing black face and apologized during the recent election.

Why Democrats still need secret hearings

DM

Article Link: https://nypost.com/2019/11/15/why-democrats-still-need-secret-hearings/

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

Americans just got a great example of why Democrats are forcing witnesses to testify in secret before showcasing them before a national audience. On Friday, Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine who was removed by President Trump, appeared at the House’s latest public hearing for their impeachment inquiry. Under questioning from the Republicans’ lawyer, the former envoy acknowledged that, in preparation for her 2016 Senate confirmation, she was briefed by Obama administration coaches about Hunter Biden’s position on Burisma. That, as Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) pointed out, shows just how concerned the Obama team was about Biden’s role. And no wonder: It was problematic. “Yet our Democratic colleagues and the chairman of this committee cry foul when we dare ask” questions like that about Biden, noted Stefanik.

GUNTER: Double standards at play with Don Cherry and Jess Allen

DM

Article Link: https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/gunter-double-standards-at-play-with-don-cherry-and-jess-allen

Discussion posted by: IRWeasel

How come Don Cherry got fired but CTV’s and Maclean’s Jessica “Jess” Allen still has her TV gig? Oh, right, because Cherry would be considered more of a conservative while Allen is definitely a lib-left “progressive.” And being a “progressive” means never having to suffer the consequences you insist instantaneously befall anyone on the right for exactly the same infractions.

Iran: Deadly protests erupt over shock fuel price hike

DM

Article Link: https://www.dw.com/en/irandeadly-protests-erupt-over-shock-fuel-price-hike/a-51275142

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

A surprise decision to ration and raise fuel prices by 50% has led to long queues at gas pumps and protests around the country. President Rouhani argues the move is for the good of the people. Demonstrations broke out around Iran Friday night after the government raised the price of fuel by at least 50%, the country’s state news agency reports. In the city of Sirjan in central Iran, demonstrators tried to set a fuel warehouse on fire in protests that police described as “severe.” The semi-official news agency INSA reported that one civilian was killed and several others injured.

Canada refuses visas to over a dozen African AI researchers

DM

Article Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50426774

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

For the second year in a row, Canada has refused visas to dozens of researchers – most of them from Africa – who were hoping to attend an artificial intelligence (AI) conference in Vancouver. The hassles have caused at least one other AI conference to choose a different country for their next event. The Neural Information Processing Systems conference (NeurIPS), which brings together thousands of experts and researchers from all over the world, will be held in Vancouver next month. Last week, NeurIPS began hearing that several attendees had had their visas denied. It was the second year in a row the conference has had visa troubles. In 2018, when the conference was held in Montreal, more than 100 attendees were denied visas.

‘One in a million’ three antler-deer spotted in US

DM

Article Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50440102

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

When retired US legislator Steve Lindberg stepped out of his front door with his camera on Monday, he was hoping to snap some wildlife for his Facebook page. Since 2012, he has uploaded a photo every day of wildlife in his native Michigan. He wasn’t too optimistic due to the winter weather driving many species towards warmer temperatures, so he was pleased when he spotted a river otter eating a fish on the ice. “I thought: ‘Oh jeez, I got my photo for the day,'” Mr Lindberg, 75, told the BBC. But as he strolled back to the car with his dog, he noticed a strange looking deer.

2 B.C. First Nations drop out of Trans Mountain court challenge, sign deals with corporation

DM

Article Link: https://globalnews.ca/news/6176615/bc-first-nations-drop-trans-mountain/

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

Two B.C. First Nations that had been part of a court challenge against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion have now left the group and sided with the Crown corporation. The Upper Nicola Band, based in Merritt, and the Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation, based in Kamloops, have dropped their litigation with the Federal Court of Appeal and signed deals with Trans Mountain.

Obama to Democratic hopefuls: don’t veer too far left

DM

Article Link: https://globalnews.ca/news/6177245/obama-democrats-too-far-left/

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday warned the Democratic field of White House hopefuls not to veer too far to the left, a move he said would alienate many who would otherwise be open to voting for the party’s nominee next year. Though Obama did not mention anyone by name, the message delivered before a room of Democratic donors in Washington was a clear word of caution about the candidacies of Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. The two have called for massive structural changes — and in Sanders’ case “revolution” — that would dramatically alter the role of government in people’s lives.