I am outside looking in and see big media calling 62 million American citizens the “deplorables”. The 62 million who voted for President Trump are being targeted. Every time the media moguls and other crooks blame someone for the election results it’s a slap in the face to those who voted. It’s sneaky and the behavior borders on criminal.
Nestlé pays less than $15 per day for our drinking water. Then they resell it as bottled water.
In the middle of a severe drought in southern Ontario, bottled water giant Nestlé continues to extract over four million litres of groundwater every day from an aquifer near Guelph. Nestlé pays less than $15 per day for this precious resource and then ships it out of the community in hundreds of millions of single use plastic bottles for sale all over North America – at an astronomical mark up.
The aquifer that supplies the main Nestlé production well has dropped about 1.5 metres from 2011 to 2015 while Nestlé’s water taking increased 33 % over the same period.
And Nestlé just bought up another well in nearby Middlebrook – despite the local municipality’s attempt to purchase it to safeguard their municipal water supply. Nestlé has been privatizing groundwater all over the world, stirring up opposition from communities trying to…
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned President Barack Obama on Monday not to question him about extrajudicial killings.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned President Barack Obama on Monday not to question him about extrajudicial killings, or “son of a bitch I will swear at you” when they meet in Laos during a regional summit.
Duterte said before flying to Laos he is a leader of a sovereign country and is answerable only to the Filipino people. He was answering a reporter’s question about how he intends to explain the extrajudicial killings to Obama. More than 2,000 suspected drug pushers and users have been killed since Duterte launched a war on drugs after taking office on June 30.
Duterte responded: “I am a president of a sovereign state and we have long ceased to be a colony. I do not have any master except the Filipino people, nobody but nobody. You must be respectful. Do not just throw questions. Putang ina I will swear at you in that forum,” he said, using the Tagalog phrase for son of a bitch.
“Who is he to confront me?” Duterte said, adding that the Philippines had not received an apology for misdeeds committed during the U.S. colonization of the Philippines.
We are witnessing a compression of the working period in which bad policy shelters in the shadows, the time frame in which unconstitutional activities can continue before they are exposed by acts of conscience.
This temporal compression has a significance beyond the immediate headlines; it permits the people of this country to learn about critical government actions, not as part of the historical record but in a way that allows direct action through voting. In other words, in a way that empowers an informed citizenry to defend the democracy that “state secrets” are nominally intended to support.
When I see individuals who are able to bring information forward, it gives me hope that we won’t always be required to curtail the illegal activities of our government as if it were a constant task, to uproot official lawbreaking as routinely as we mow the grass.
Hope lies Beyond
When we move from extraordinary acts of revelation to a collective culture of accountability within the intelligence community. Here we will have taken a meaningful step toward solving a problem that has existed for as long as our government.
This dynamic can be seen quite clearly in the al Qaeda “conference call of doom” story, in which intelligence officials, likely seeking to inflate the threat of terrorism and deflect criticism of mass surveillance. Revealed to a neoconservative website extraordinarily detailed accounts of specific communications they had intercepted, including locations of the participating parties and the precise contents of the discussions.
If the officials’ claims were to be believed, they irrevocably burned an extraordinary means of learning the precise plans and intentions of terrorist leadership for the sake of a short-lived political advantage in a news cycle.
Not a single person seems to have been so much as disciplined as a result of the story that cost us the ability to listen to the alleged al Qaeda hotline.
Read more at Source: Whistleblowing Is Not Just Leaking — It’s an Act of Political Resistance
Mark the date. Saturday May 14, 2016, the day the music died and a song contest whose well-intentioned original aim of national harmony has become the latest front in the Western elite’s obsessional and relentless new Cold War against Russia.
A blatantly political song by Ukraine – which should not have been allowed in the contest in the first place as it clearly broke the European Broadcasting Union’s ‘No Politics’ rules – was declared the ‘winner’ of the Eurovision Song Contest, even though the country which got the most votes from the general public was Russia.
What helped Ukraine ‘win’ were the ‘national juries’ panels of so-called ‘music industry professionals’ who were given 50 percent of the votes and who only put Russia in joint fifth place, with 81 fewer points than Ukraine.
What we saw, as some on Twitter have commented, was a replay of the 2000 US Presidential election between Al Gore and George W. Bush, when Gore got the most votes, but the neocon-backed Bush made it to the White House. The Establishment may give us plebs a say, but it has mechanisms to make sure that it gets the result it most desires.
The prospect of a Russian Eurovision win and next year’s contest being held in Moscow certainly seems to have caused great panic in Western Establishment circles. We’ve already got the next football World Cup scheduled to be held in Russia in 2018 – an event which has come under attack from Russophobes who are calling for boycotts or for the tournament to be transferred; having Eurovision in Russia as well would clearly be too much for them.
For daring to resist Western regime change plans, in Syria and elsewhere, Russia may not be hosting international events watched by millions of people around the world!
What elites in democratic US and Europe are terrified of is people being allowed to decide things without any undemocratic blocks being in place.
If the plebs, after all the brainwashing and pro-Establishment propaganda, do happen to vote the ‘wrong way’ then they’re told they simply have to vote again, as the Irish were told when they refused to support the EU’s Lisbon Treaty in a referendum in 2008. And does anyone seriously doubt that if the British do decide to vote for Brexit on the 23rd, the EU won’t try to get the result reversed?
(Neil Clark is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and blogger. He has written for many newspapers and magazines in the UK and other countries including The Guardian, Morning Star, Daily and Sunday Express, Mail on Sunday, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, The Spectator, The Week, and The American Conservative.)
Read More at Source: RIP Eurovision, 1956-2016 — RT Op-Edge
A dis-used office in The Hague has been revamped as a sprawling rooftop greenhouse, with a fish farm operating on the floor below. Are we entering a new age of urban agriculture?
Mark Durno, the 31-year-old Scot in charge of the operation, believes commercial urban farms serve a need: people want high-quality food from a transparent, local source. “In the next five or even 15 years, this will be a niche of the niche,” admits Durno. “But it links into the circular economy: we have empty rooftops and empty industrial buildings. In The Hague, 15% of buildings are empty. Let’s fill them with produce.”
Modern technology has helped make urban farming a viable prospect. At UrbanFarmers, the shimmery tilapia swim in 28 tanks. Baby fish, farmed in nearby Eindhoven, come in on one side, fed by an automated system; across the room are tanks for the bigger fish.
In another vat of water, bacteria convert waste ammonia from fish excrement into nitrates to fertilize the plants on the roof above. Meanwhile, the plants – which are grown without soil – purify the fish water. This closed system, known as aquaponics, has been used for centuries.
“With industrialization, that connection between agriculture and the city was taken away,” says Jan Willem van der Schans, a researcher in urban food systems at the Landbouw Economisch Instituut (LEI). (link goes to English version)
“Food can be grown anywhere and sent anywhere else. UrbanFarmers is an example of cities reconnecting with food. Consumers feel alienated from global food chains, want food from a transparent source, and they see that quality can be better if it grows close to home.”
Van der Schans wonders, however, if urban farms can find commercial success. “UrbanFarmers has to come up with products that you can’t buy in supermarkets, something special that has a higher nutritional value, otherwise I think they will have a hard time,” he says. “They really have to pick those vegetables that have a special quality if you harvest them immediately, like soft tomatoes like coeur de boeuf that should fall apart if you carry them 10 meters (approx 30′).”
In New York, the growers on the rooftops came up with many varieties of clean food. The number of food-producing farms and gardens in New York City has grown from approximately 700 to 900 over the last two years.
Read: New York City Five Borough Urban Farm Agriculture Development. Website has photos, videos, graphs and numerous other ongoing urban projects.
“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discusses the role of Russia in international relations, stressing the need for cooperation between Moscow and the West.
History doesn’t confirm the widespread belief that Russia has always camped in Europe’s backyard and has been Europe’s political outsider. I’d like to remind you that the adoption of Christianity in Russia in 988 – we marked 1025 years of that event quite recently – boosted the development of state institutions, social relations and culture and eventually made Kievan Rus a full member of the European community. At that time, dynastic marriages were the best gauge of a country’s role in the system of international relations. In the 11th century, three daughters of Grand Prince Yaroslav the Wise became the queens of Norway and Denmark, Hungary and France. Yaroslav’s sister married the Polish king and granddaughter the German emperor.
Numerous scientific investigations bear witness to the high cultural and spiritual level of Rus of those days, a level that was frequently higher than in western European states. Many prominent Western thinkers recognized that Rus was part of the European context. At the same time, Russian people possessed a cultural matrix of their own and an original type of spirituality and never merged with the West. It is instructive to recall in this connection what was for my people a tragic and in many respects critical epoch of the Mongolian invasion. The Russian poet and writer Alexander Pushkin wrote: “The barbarians did not dare to leave an enslaved Rus in their rear and returned to their Eastern steppes. Christian enlightenment was saved by a ravaged and dying Russia.” We also know an alternative view offered by prominent historian and ethnologist Lev Gumilyov, who believed that the Mongolian invasion had prompted the emergence of a new Russian ethnos (ethnic group) and that the Great Steppe had given us an additional impetus for development.
However that may be, it is clear that the said period was extremely important for the assertion of the Russian State’s independent role in Eurasia. Let us recall in this connection the policy pursued by Grand Prince Alexander Nevsky, who opted to temporarily submit to Golden Horde rulers, who were tolerant of Christianity, in order to uphold the Russians’ right to have a faith of their own and to decide their fate, despite the European West’s attempts to put Russian lands under full control and to deprive Russians of their identity. I am confident that this wise and forward-looking policy is in our genes.
It wouldn’t be accurate to assume that everyone was happy about this state of affairs. Repeated attempts to return this country into the pre-Peter times were made over subsequent centuries but failed. In the middle 18th century Russia played a key role in a pan-European conflict – the Seven Years’ War. At that time, Russian troops made a triumphal entry into Berlin, the capital of Prussia under Frederick II who had a reputation for invincibility. Prussia was saved from an inevitable rout only because Empress Elizabeth died a sudden death and was succeeded by Peter III who sympathized with Frederick II. This turn in German history is still referred to as the Miracle of the House of Brandenburg. Russia’s size, power and influence grew substantially under Catherine the Great when, as then Chancellor Alexander Bezborodko put it, “Not a single cannon in Europe could be fired without our consent.”
During at least the past two centuries any attempts to unite Europe without Russia and against it have inevitably led to grim tragedies, the consequences of which were always overcome with the decisive participation of our country. I’m referring, in part, to the Napoleonic wars upon the completion of which Russia rescued the system of international relations that was based on the balance of forces and mutual consideration for national interests and ruled out the total dominance of one state in Europe. We remember that Emperor Alexander I took an active role in the drafting of decisions of the 1815 Vienna Congress that ensured the development of Europe without serious armed clashes during the subsequent 40 years.
The First World War claimed lives and caused the suffering of countless millions of people and led to the collapse of four empires. In this connection, it is appropriate to recall yet another anniversary, which will be marked next year – the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Today we are faced with the need to develop a balanced and objective assessment of those events, especially in an environment where, particularly in the West, many are willing to use this date to mount even more information attacks on Russia, and to portray the 1917 Revolution as a barbaric coup that dragged down all of European history. Even worse, they want to equate the Soviet regime to Nazism, and partially blame it for starting WWII.
Without a doubt, the Revolution of 1917 and the ensuing Civil War were a terrible tragedy for our nation. However, all other revolutions were tragic as well. This does not prevent our French colleagues from extolling their upheaval, which, in addition to the slogans of liberty, equality and fraternity, also involved the use of the guillotine, and rivers of blood.
The underlying problem of Western policy is that it disregarded the global context. The current globalized world is based on an unprecedented interconnection between countries, and so it’s impossible to develop relations between Russia and the EU as if they remained at the core of global politics as during the Cold War. We must take note of the powerful processes that are underway in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.
Rapid changes in all areas of international life is the primary sign of the current stage. Indicatively, they often take an unexpected turn. Thus, the concept of “the end of history” developed by well-known US sociologist and political researcher Francis Fukuyama, that was popular in the 1990s, has become clearly inconsistent today. According to this concept, rapid globalization signals the ultimate victory of the liberal capitalist model, whereas all other models should adapt to it under the guidance of the wise Western teachers.
The west habitually accuses Russia of “revisionism,” and the alleged desire to destroy the established international system, as if it was us who bombed Yugoslavia in 1999 in violation of the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act, as if it was Russia that ignored international law by invading Iraq in 2003 and distorted UN Security Council resolutions by overthrowing Muammar Gaddafi’s regime by force in Libya in 2011. There are many examples.
This discourse about “revisionism” does not hold water. It is based on the simple and even primitive logic that only Washington can set the tune in world affairs. In line with this logic, the principle once formulated by George Orwell and moved to the international level, sounds like the following: all states are equal but some states are more equal than others. However, today international relations are too sophisticated a mechanism to be controlled from one center. This is obvious given the results of US interference: There is virtually no state in Libya; Iraq is balancing on the brink of disintegration, and so on and so forth.
A reliable solution to the problems of the modern world can only be achieved through serious and honest cooperation between the leading states and their associations in order to address common challenges. Such an interaction should include all the colors of the modern world, and be based on its cultural and civilisational diversity, as well as reflect the interests of the international community’s key components.
Our approaches are shared by most countries of the world, including our Chinese partners, other BRICS and SCO nations, and our friends in the EAEU, the CSTO, and the CIS. In other words, we can say that Russia is fighting not against someone, but for the resolution of all the issues on an equal and mutually respectful basis, which alone can serve as a reliable foundation for a long-term improvement of international relations.
Our most important task is to join our efforts against not some far-fetched, but very real challenges, among which the terrorist aggression is the most pressing one. The extremists from ISIS, Jabhat an-Nusra and the like managed for the first time to establish control over large territories in Syria and Iraq. They are trying to extend their influence to other countries and regions, and are committing acts of terrorism around the world. Underestimating this risk is nothing short of criminal shortsightedness.
Source and complete article: Lavrov: Russia open to widest possible cooperation with West — RT Official word
Election 2015 Promises made by the Liberal Government of Canada under Justin Trudeau. The 117 promises listed here are from Liberal Real Change booklet presented to Canadians during the election. You are welcome to add other promises made in the comments section. Promises marked in red are already considered broken. Update: PM Trudeau said there are 122 promises on March, 23, 2016
As a member of Jewish Voice for Peace my vision of Canada rising on the world stage took a dive on February 22, 2016. CTV reported “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have joined forces with the official Opposition to overwhelmingly approve a Conservative motion condemning all Canadians who promote the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.”
Before anyone or any news outlet calls people participating in BDS anti-Semitic they might want to understand the word. Rabbi Ruth Adar recently wrote about the topic. “Actually, there’s no such thing. Semitic is a designation for a “language group” that includes Arabic, Amharic, Aramaic, Tigrinya, and Hebrew.”
The Trudeau government abused the Charter of Rights and Freedoms by condemning Canadians over and above abuses included in Bill C-51.
It is our duty to ensure the elected government is held responsible for the promises. We have many long neglected domestic issues to handle. Remarks below in italic are mine.
1. We will give families more money to help with the high cost of raising their kids.
2. We will give middle class Canadians a tax break, by making taxes more fair.
3. We will cancel income splitting and other tax breaks and benefits for the wealthy.
4. We will invest to create more jobs and better opportunities for young Canadians.
5. We will provide Canadians with a more secure retirement. (Will be writing an article about this plus 7 and 8 based on Federal Budget 2016)
6. We will not end pension income splitting for seniors.
7. We will make it easier for Canadians to have an affordable place to call home. (link takes you too a project where low income Canadians are placed out of sight)
8. We will make post-secondary education more affordable.
9. We will make home care more available, prescription drugs more affordable, and mental health care more accessible.
10. We will also lift more Canadians, including children and seniors, out of poverty. (To understand poverty Statistics Canada requires funding to define poverty. No additional funding is shown in Budget 2016. Canada signed the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. One of the goals is defining poverty)
11. We will invest now in the projects our country needs and the people who can build them.
12. We will invest in public transit to shorten commute times, cut air pollution, strengthen our communities, and grow our economy.
13. We will strengthen our communities by investing in the things that make them good places to live. (in fact most of this is a Provincial matter in conjunction with municipalities so they can build their pet projects. No accounting for very bad taste and wasted dollars in the hundreds of millions)
14. We will invest in sustainable infrastructure that makes our communities safer and more resilient. (PM Trudeau better check out some of the craziest projects underway)
15 We will make the New Building Canada Fund more focused and more transparent.
16. We will make sure that no money intended for investment in communities is allowed to lapse.
17. We will establish the Canadian Infrastructure Bank to provide low-cost financing for new infrastructure projects. (How many billions set aside for infrastructure will go to Canadian businesses rather than oversee?)
18. We will help Canadians get the training they need to find and keep good jobs.
19. We will kick start investment in innovation to grow our economy and create good, middle class jobs. (explain good middle class jobs)
20. We will continue to defend Canadian interests during trade negotiations, including supply management. (why is the Trans Pacific Partnership kept secret from Canadians?)
21. We will reinstate a modernized and inclusive fair wages policy for federal procurement.
22. We are strongly committed to supporting and protecting workers’ rights, and as government, we will bargain in good faith with Canada’s public sector unions.
23. We will make parental benefits more flexible
24. We will introduce a more flexible and inclusive benefit available to any Canadian who provides care to a seriously ill family member. (He skipped Edmonton even though he stated it was inclusive)
25. We will fix Employment Insurance to better serve Canadians now, and help boost Canada’s economic growth now and in the long-term.
26. We will develop a child care framework that meets the needs of Canadian families, wherever they live.
27. We will do our part to help Canadian children live healthier lives, with less exposure to known health risks.
28. We will introduce a new tax benefit to help teachers and early childhood educators with the cost of school supplies.
29. We will invest in Canada’s North, to help northern Canadians with the high cost of living, and help our northern economies grow.
30. It is time to shine more light on government and ensure that it remains focused on the people it is meant to serve. (until PM Trudeau tells Canadians how the massive Federal bureaucracy runs the country this one is red)
31. We will embrace open data. (started under the Harper government)
32. We will disclose Parliamentary expenses and make Parliament open by default.
33. We will protect the integrity of our elections and encourage more Canadians to vote.
34. We will establish an independent commission to organize leaders’ debates.
35. We will make every vote count. (or is it count every vote?)
36. We will restore the voter identification card as an acceptable form of identification.
37. We will also increase penalties so that there are real deterrents for deliberately breaking our election laws.
38. We will bring real change to the Senate. (hopefully abolishing it completely. He is going to keep the pigs at the trough now that he appointed more senators)
39. We will reform Question Period so that all members, including the Prime Minister, are held to greater account. (Trudeau government no longer allows full download of Question Period and other committee meetings for use on websites)
40. We will not resort to legislative tricks to avoid scrutiny. (condemning all Canadians who promote boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) is trickery)
41. We will not interfere with the work of government watchdogs.
42. We will make the Supreme Court appointment process more transparent. (it doesn’t matter since every Federal and Provincial politician and judge make an Oath of Allegiance to the Queen of England. No Oath is given to Canadians, the Constitution or The Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
43. We will make the Parliamentary Budget Officer truly independent.
44. We will provide better oversight of taxpayer dollars. (Will Canadians be given the cost of wars in Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq and other meddling)
45. We will deliver stronger national security oversight. (Patronage appointments)
46. We will also invest an additional $80 million, over four years, to help the Canada Revenue Agency crack down on tax evaders.
(fact) – haunting a tax payer over a balance owed without ever showing the person what the debt is based on is wrong. Cutting benefits to an 87 year old Canadian and sending her a letter stating she needs to prove she is Canadian. Family arrived in Canada prior to 1800 AD)
47. We will save home mail delivery.
48. We will build a government as diverse as Canada. (do men and women get the same pay? If so, then, why is it not the same for all Canadians)
49. We will involve young people in government.
50. We will consider the gender impacts of the decisions we make.
51. We will deliver easy online access to government services.
52. We will establish new performance standards for federal services.(create major new forms to fill out using up a forest for the paper used)
53. We will involve Canadians in policy-making. (Patronage appointments)
54. We will value science and treat scientists with respect.
55. We will make Statistics Canada fully independent. (Budget 2016 does not allocate any new funding to Statistics Canada)
56. We will make decisions using the best data available and will invest only in programs proven to offer good value.
57. We will provide national leadership and join with the provinces and territories to take action on climate change, put a price on carbon, and reduce carbon
58. We will protect our communities from the challenges of climate change and grow our economy by making significant new investments in green infrastructure. (the only true green energy is solar power. Wind and tidal use huge quantities of non-renewable resources during construction and maintenance)
59. We will fulfill our G20 commitment and phase out subsidies for the fossil fuel industry over the medium-term.
60. We will also work in partnership with the United States and Mexico to develop an ambitious North American clean energy and environmental agreement.
61. We will also work closely with the provinces and territories to develop a Canadian Energy Strategy to protect Canada’s energy security; encourage energy conservation; and bring cleaner, renewable energy onto the electricity grid. (Patronage appointments)
62. We will immediately review Canada’s environmental assessment processes and introduce new, fair processes
63. We will modernize the National Energy Board, ensuring that its composition reflects regional views and has sufficient expertise in fields like environmental science, community development, and Indigenous traditional knowledge. (Patronage appointments)
64. We recognize the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the land, and will respect legal traditions and perspectives on environmental stewardship.
65. We will also do more to protect Canada’s endangered species
66. We will protect our freshwater and oceans. (Does this mean Victoria, B.C. will stop dumping 82 million litres of raw sewage per day into the Pacific Ocean?)
67. We will treat our freshwater as a precious resource that deserves protection and careful stewardship.(such as building a nuclear waste dump 1.6 km from Lake Huron?)
68. We will preserve and promote Canada’s National Parks.
69. We will make it more affordable for more Canadians to visit and appreciate our National Parks
70. We will renew the relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples.
71. We will work with First Nations to make sure that every First Nations child receives a quality education.
72. We will provide new funding to help Indigenous communities promote and preserve Indigenous languages and cultures.
73. We will work with the Métis Nation to improve the quality of life for Métis individuals and communities.
74. We will work, on a nation-to-nation basis, with the Métis Nation to advance reconciliation and renew the relationship, based on cooperation, respect for rights, our international obligations, and a commitment to end the status quo.
75. We will work with Métis people, as well as the provinces and territories, to establish a federal claims process that recognizes Métis self-government and resolves outstanding claims.
76. We will also make permanent the funding available to provincial Métis communities for Métis identification and registration, instead of it being available year-to-year.
77. We will review, in partnership with Métis communities, the existing federal programs and services available to the Métis Nation, to identify gaps and areas where strategic investments can be made to improve Métis quality of life. (Patronage appointments)
78. We will develop a Métis Economic Development Strategy in partnership with Métis communities and existing Métis financial institutions, and will invest $25 million over five years to implement this new strategy. (Patronage appointments)
79. We will immediately launch a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. (immediately as in when?)
80. We will enact the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
81. We will give veterans more compensation, more choice, and more support in planning their financial future.
82. We will honour the service of our veterans and provide new career opportunities through a new Veterans Education Benefit.
83. We will make it easier for veterans to access services, including mental health services.
84. We will do more to support the families of Canada’s veterans. (What is currently being done?)
85. We will give more support to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment, and ensure that more perpetrators are brought to justice. (a man beheads a 19 year old on a bus and the same man is free to roam the streets kind of justice?)
86. We will repeal the problematic elements of Bill C-51, and introduce new legislation that better balances our collective security with our rights and freedoms.
87. We will create another bureaucracy called the Office of the Community Outreach and Counter-radicalization coordinator. (Patronage appointments)
88. We will take action to get handguns and assault weapons off our streets.
89. We will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana. (do you know the loopholes to do this without breaking treaties?)
90. We will reverse cuts and make new investments to support our national broadcaster.
91. We will review the process by which members are appointed to the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors, to ensure merit-based and independent appointments. (Patronage appointments)
92. We will be doubling investment in the Canada Council for the Arts to $360 million each year. (only pigs currently at the trough know how to fill out the applications)
93. We will encourage and promote the use of Canada’s official languages.
94. We will offer greater financial security to the families of disabled or deceased public safety officers, and deliver a new plan to address PTSD.
95. We will make it easier for immigrants to build successful lives in Canada, and contribute to the economic success of all Canadians.
96. We will take immediate steps to reopen Canada’s doors, and will make reuniting families a top priority.
97. We will immediately double the number of applications allowed for parents and grandparents, to 10,000 each year. (how is this funded?)
98. We will make it more affordable for Canadian workers to send money overseas. (including Cayman Islands?)
99. We will make it easier and more affordable to hire care givers
100. We will welcome more refugees from Syria to Canada, and offer more help to those providing aid in the region.
101. We will also provide a new contribution of $100 million this fiscal year to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees to support critical relief activities in the region.
102. We will restore Canada’s reputation and help more people in need through a program that is safe, secure, and humane.
103. We will consult with Canadian and international aid organizations to review current policies and funding frameworks that will refocus our aid priorities on poverty reduction.
104. We will renew and repair our relationships with our North American partners.
105. We will work with the United States and Mexico to develop a continent-wide clean energy and environment agreement. (Patronage appointments)
106. We will restore Canadian leadership in the world.
107. We will recommit to supporting international peace operations with the United Nations, and will make our specialized capabilities, from mobile medical teams to engineering support to aircraft that can carry supplies and personnel, available on a case-by-case basis.
108. We will not buy the F-35 stealth fighter-bomber and find a more affordable alternatives to the F-35
109. These investments will ensure that the Royal Canadian Navy is able to operate as a true blue-water maritime force, while also growing our economy and creating jobs. (Can we return to being called Canadian Armed Forces and ditch the word Royal)
110. We will put a renewed focus on surveillance and control of Canadian territory and approaches, particularly our Arctic regions, and will increase the size of the Canadian Rangers. (Will you work with every country bordering the Arctic on an Arctic Treaty)
111. We will assist in domestic security and natural disaster responses, both at home and abroad. (domestic surveillance)
112. We will implement the recommendations made in the Canadian Forces’ Report on Transformation.
113. We will end Canada’s combat mission in Iraq. (not quite but close)
114. We will remain fully committed to Canada’s existing military contributions in Central and Eastern Europe and NATO. (NATO is redundant since their is no longer a Warsaw Pact. NATO was formed to protect us against the Soviet hypothetical threat)
115. We will cancel child benefit cheques for millionaires so that we can increase child benefits for the middle class and those working to join it.
116. We will increase the marginal tax rate on Canada’s top one percent so that we can cut taxes for the middle class. (be honest since the wealthiest have many ways to avoid paying any taxes)
117. We will conduct a review of all tax expenditures to target tax loopholes that particularly benefit Canada’s top one percent. (Patronage appointments)
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Logging the best lines lodged by Jason Kenney in the debate on BDS.
Canada does have a special relationship with Israel. Aside from the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who have personal ties with Israel and Palestine, our countries were both built on expelling one population to make way for another. Many Western nations share this as a basis of their history and the ongoing colonization that exists in all of them should be challenged, condemned and resisted.
In Israel, this looks like disobeying international law and building settlements in occupied territory. In Canada, it looks like forcibly displacing Indigenous communities to get at the resources below the soil. The tactics and rhetoric used to justify these actions might differ, but the result is largely the same.
So it should surprise no one that Canadians who thirst for justice see Israel/Palestine as the location of their activism, most certainly Canadians whose own history is linked to the mass expulsion of Jews across Europe and Russia in the 1800s and 1900s, and especially after the Holocaust.
These are living histories, just like the ongoing trauma of the genocide on which Canada has been built is a living history. Perhaps this is why I find it so disgusting that Israeli exceptionalism is the norm among Canadian politicians. After all, it’s easier to use Israel as a proxy to defend Canada’s own actions at home, rather than face the hard truths contained in the Truth and Reconciliation Report.
There is no greater parliamentary cheerleader for Israel than Jason Kenney. On February 18, he rose in the House of Commons for the first time since his party’s defeat to vigorously defend his nation-state. In case you missed his performance, here are nine things that he said that should not be ignored. After all, Kenney was responsible for Canada’s war effort. There’s a direct line between his opinions and people hurt or killed by the West’s war machine.
1. “One reason that today’s motion is so important is that the BDS movement represents a new wave of anti-Semitism, the most pernicious form of hatred in the history of humanity.”
I don’t think getting into a debate about what form of hatred has been worse than others is useful, and it serves no one to talk about anti-Semitism in this way.
The transcontinental slave trade and anti-Black racism was pretty bad. And the genocide of millions (probably tens of millions) of Indigenous people across the Americas was bad too. Let’s not forget, of course, how poorly women have fared in the history of the Western world as well. Using histories of dehumanization and hatred in this way is poor form, to say the least.
His attempt to then link the old anti-Semitism to the BDS call as being a conspiracy of Muslims and progressives to eliminate Israel is dishonest at best (and conspiratorial and dangerous at worst).
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An appeals court rules in favor of David Miranda, who was detained for nine hours at Heathrow Airport in 2013 while transporting National Security Agency documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
“If journalists and their sources can have no expectation of confidentiality, they may decide against providing information on sensitive matters of public interest,” the ruling states. “The court of appeal ruling rejects the broad definition of terrorism advanced by government lawyers. The correct legal definition of terrorism, the court of appeal has now ruled, requires some intention to cause a serious threat to public safety such as endangering life.”
The decision was handed down by Lord Dyson, the court’s most senior judge. “The stop power, if used in respect of journalistic information or material is incompatible with article 10 [freedom of expression] of the [European convention on human rights] because it is not ‘prescribed by law’,” Dyson said.