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  • PM's top adviser compares Maryam Monsef criticism to U.S. 'birther' movement... This is too funny.

    09/30/2016 9:24:52 AM PDT · by jerod · 3 replies
    CBC News website ^ | Sep 29, 2016 10:09 PM ET | By Katie Simpson
    The prime minister's top adviser is comparing questions about Maryam Monsef's family history to the racially charged "birther" movement in the United States. Gerald Butts, principal secretary to Justin Trudeau, used social media to make the link between criticism of the Liberal cabinet minister and a campaign that falsely claimed that U.S. President Barack Obama was not born in America. Butts specifically called out the Globe and Mail on Wednesday evening after it published an editorial about Monsef online. The editorial appeared in Thursday's newspaper. The prime minister's top adviser is comparing questions about Maryam Monsef's family history to the...
  • Can an atheist lead a Protestant church? A battle over religion in Canada.

    09/30/2016 4:00:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 91 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 29, 2016 | Alan Freeman
    The Rev. Gretta Vosper is a dynamic, activist minister with a loyal following at her Protestant congregation in suburban Toronto. She is also an outspoken atheist. “We don’t talk about God,” Vosper said in an interview, describing services at her West Hill United Church, adding that it’s time the church gave up on “the idolatry of a theistic god.”
  • Man in (Prime Minister) Trudeau's selfie linked to RCMP terror investigation

    09/30/2016 2:17:20 AM PDT · by jerod · 8 replies
    CBC News Website ^ | Posted: Sep 29, 2016 7:10 PM ET| | By Adrienne Arsenault, Nazim Baksh
    The worries about a suspect in a terror investigation seen posing for a selfie last year with the prime minister go far beyond the anxiety of how he got that close. A joint CBC News/Radio-Canada investigation has learned that the man is one of at least four Quebec men of interest to the RCMP for their alleged connection to the 2012 kidnappings of two Americans in Syria. The man in the selfie, in his mid-20s, is believed to be on a U.S. no-fly list. His home was raided by police as part of a terror investigation a few months before...
  • Royal visit: ...and no high-5 from Prince George (Trudeau snubbed by 3 year old)

    09/29/2016 7:00:55 AM PDT · by jerod · 4 replies
    CBC News website ^ | Posted: Sep 28, 2016 4:52 PM E | By Thomas Daigle
    ROYAL VISIT: First Nations, fashion and no high-5 from Prince George: How the royal tour is seen in Britain The star power of Prince William and Kate and the overseas popularity of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, have combined to make a British tabloid editor's dream come true. But the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's trip to Canada's Pacific coast is also giving Britons a look at regions and issues that would usually go unnoticed on the opposite side of the Atlantic Ocean. Several British news outlets have sent their royal correspondents on the 7,600-kilometre...
  • #TrumpWon the debate? Legitimate polls show otherwise (The CBC's pollster is mad at Trump)

    09/28/2016 3:27:45 PM PDT · by jerod · 48 replies
    CBC News Website ^ | Posted: Sep 28, 2016 12:23 PM ET | By Éric Grenier
    Online 'polls' pegged Donald Trump as the presidential debate winner, but scientific polls did not. The hashtag #TrumpWon was trending on Twitter Tuesday. Partially boosted by sarcasm, it was fuelled primarily by Donald Trump, who was quick to claim he won Monday's debate by citing a slew of online polls that pegged him as the winner. But there's a problem. None of the polls Trump has pointed to are actually legitimate polls. Instead, all of the scientific, real polls published so far have shown him to be the loser of the debate by significant margins. In the world of public...
  • Police investigate complaint that officer posted racist comments

    09/28/2016 7:33:11 AM PDT · by jerod · 5 replies
    CBC News website ^ | Posted: Sep 27, 2016 8:12 PM ET | CBC online
    'Overt racism' alleged in online comments following death of Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook A complaint alleging that an Ottawa police officer posted racist comments about Indigenous people and the death of Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook is under investigation. Gatineau, Que., resident Veldon Coburn made the complaint Sunday night after he noticed two comments on an Ottawa Citizen article about the death of Pootoogook, a celebrated Inuk artist whose body was found in the Rideau River last week. The comments, which Coburn noted were "troubling for the overt racism of the text" were posted from the Facebook account of Chris Hrnchiar,...
  • Facts back up Trump Jr.’s refugee skittles analogy

    09/27/2016 8:47:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Toronto Sun ^ | September 25, 2016 | Jerry Agar
    There is no possible way that among the Syrian refugees desperately needing our help, there could be a few dangerous terrorists. It is only ridiculous, racist conservatives – the types of people who will vote for Donald Trump - who insult the Syrian people, and intelligent liberals everywhere, by saying that there could be. We know this because we were instructed in that regard by earnest, progressive commentators who were out recently parading their caring tolerance in reaction to the son of the Republican candidate for president in the United States. Except that they are wrong; and provably so. Donald...
  • Homa Hoodfar released from Tehran jail, Trudeau confirms

    09/26/2016 8:40:08 AM PDT · by jerod · 2 replies
    CBC News website ^ | Sep 26, 2016 10:17 AM ET
    Concordia University professor Homa Hoodfar, who has been detained in Tehran's infamous Evin prison since June 6, has been released, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed. Hoodfar, who is 65 and suffers from a rare neurological disease that causes severe muscle weakness, was in hospital at one point before being returned to her cell, according to her family. They said she could barely walk or talk. The Iranian-Canadian anthropology professor was arrested while on a personal and research visit to Iran, her family said. "Canadians are relieved that Dr. Hoodfar has been released from jail and will soon be reunited...
  • National Film Board spent $75k focus grouping its own employees for new office layout

    09/25/2016 7:16:56 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 10 replies
    National Post ^ | September 25, 2016 | Marie-Danielle Smith
    OTTAWA — The National Film Board spent $96,000 on focus groups and workshops for its own staff between November and June, including $75,000 to determine office layouts and workplace strategy — a bill the Canadian Taxpayers Federation calls “ridiculous.” The agency hired consultants at Grisvert Inc. to conduct focus group research on physical office layouts and “organizational transformation” for two new offices in Montreal and Toronto, each project costing $21,000. It also hired Deloitte LLP to consult with NFB employees on a “digital workplace strategy,” costing $33,000. Just under $20,000 more was spent on several workshops held for staff, though...
  • Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organisation wants free movement between UK,Canada,NZ and Australia

    09/25/2016 4:02:57 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 25 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 26th September 2016
    <p>WHILE much of the world is throwing up new borders to clamp down on unwanted migrants, one organisation is pushing for free movement between Australia and a select group of countries.</p> <p>The Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organisation wants to see unrestricted movement for citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK between nations.</p>
  • Canadian taken hostage in Libya

    09/25/2016 9:19:24 AM PDT · by jerod · 9 replies
    CBC News ^ | Sep 25, 2016 10:24 AM ET|
    3 foreigners seized — two Italians and one Canadian — were held at gunpoint Monday Ottawa has confirmed that a Canadian is among three people taken hostage in Libya earlier this week. In a statement Sunday, Global Affairs spokesman Michael O'Shaughnessy says the Canadian government is "diligently pursuing all appropriate channels to obtain more information about this troubling incident." He says the government will not comment further or release any information that may compromise efforts to secure the hostages' release or endanger the safety of Canadian citizens. Earlier in the week, a Libyan official said authorities were investigating the abduction...
  • The Four Stages of Islamic Conquest

    09/25/2016 1:25:09 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 27 replies
    STAGE 1: INFILTRATIONMuslims begin moving to non-Muslim countries in increasing numbers and the beginning of cultural conflicts are visible, though often subtle. - First migration wave to non-Muslim “host” country. - Appeal for humanitarian tolerance from the host society. - Attempts to portray Islam as a peaceful & Muslims as victims of misunderstanding and racism (even though Islam is not a ‘race’). - High Muslim birth rate in host country increase Muslim population. - Mosques used to spread Islam and dislike of host country & culture. - Calls to criminalize “Islamophobia” as a hate crime. - Threatened legal action for...
  • Terrorist threat calls for attacks on American shopping malls (Two days ago)

    09/24/2016 10:09:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 74 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 22, 2015 | Marisa Schultz
    WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned Sunday that Americans should be “particularly careful” shopping at malls this weekend following a specific terrorist threat. Terrorist group al-Shabaab released a video calling for attacks on shopping malls in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom, which included mention and images of the Mall of America in Minnesota. “I would say that if anyone is planning to go to the Mall of America today, they’ve got to be particularly careful,” Johnson said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” The al Qaeda-linked group was responsible for the deadly Nairobi, Kenya, mall attack...
  • VIDEO: French bulldog vocalizes 'love' for his 'mom'

    09/24/2016 12:58:50 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 55 replies
    ArcaMax ^ | September 23, 2016 | ArcaMax
    "A French bulldog in Canada showed off an unusual trick -- using his voice to express "love" for his mom."
  • In debate between Clinton, Trump, moderators will be judged, too (boohoo from CBC)

    09/24/2016 10:47:40 AM PDT · by jerod · 5 replies
    CBC News Website ^ | 2016-09-24 | By Mark Gollom
    With the highly anticipated first U.S. presidential debate set for Monday night, veteran journalist Jim Lehrer, a seasoned moderator of such contests, is just as happy to sit this one out. "Oh no, heavens no," he says, when asked if he regrets not participating in the long-awaited political dust-up between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. But, then, in mid-sentence, he reconsiders. "Having done as many as I have done — for the most part being exhilarated by the experience — it's hard not to say 'Well, you know I could do this, it might be really interesting.' But...
  • Maryam Monsef, Canada's first Afghan cabinet minister, learns she was born in Iran

    09/23/2016 7:05:53 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 10 replies
    Toronto Metro ^ | September 22, 2016 | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press
    OTTAWA — A longtime refugee advocate says stories such as that of Liberal MP Maryam Monsef are not uncommon as families fleeing war and violence reconstruct their past in a new land. Monsef, widely touted as Canada's first Afghan-born cabinet minister, caused a stir in the capital Thursday when she issued a statement saying she only recently learned from her mother that she was in fact born in Iran. The 31-year-old minister of democratic institutions says she and her two sisters never held Iranian citizenship and were always considered Afghan citizens, but she was not born in Herat, Afghanistan, "as...
  • Police evacuate all schools in Prince Edward Island

    09/21/2016 7:53:48 AM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 90 replies
    TORONTO — Police say all schools on the small Canadian province of Prince Edward Island have been evacuated because of a "potential threat." The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Wednesday that students are being taken to safe locations. Police provided no other details, but say a news conference will be held later in the day. Parents and guardians are being asked to wait for further instructions before picking up their children. Three schools in the nearby province of Nova Scotia — NSCC Marconi Campus, Cape Breton University and the NSCC technology campus in Halifax — also have also been evacuated...
  • "Beyond Tolerance": The Delusional Ideologies Of Obama,Clinton And Trudeau

    09/19/2016 3:23:52 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | September 19, 2016 | Howard Rotberg
    In a recent press conference, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the media that Canada, having been tolerant enough to admit many Muslim immigrants, including some 25,000 Syrians this past year, should now go “beyond tolerance.” I like press conferences and also debates because at such times it is hard for our politicians to be “scripted” and therefore they tend to say what they are really thinking, not what their PR people tell them to say. And so, Trudeau, whose response to Islamism seems to involve something called “inclusive diversity,” avoids the gist of the issue, which is to determine...
  • Rebranding Canada: Justin Trudeau's big plans at the UN (CBC online no commenting allowed)

    09/18/2016 4:51:14 PM PDT · by jerod · 14 replies
    CBC News ^ | 2016-09-18 | Matt Kwong
    Prime minister expected to strike a 'very decided contrast' with predecessor in first General Assembly speech No hard feelings, eh. Canada, spurned not long ago at the United Nations, is once again staking out a coveted spot at the foreign policy dais. Justin Trudeau will address the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, delivering his maiden speech as Canadian prime minister at the high-level diplomatic forum that had an acrimonious relationship with this country's previous government. The 71st annual session of the largest diplomatic conference in the world presents the first opportunity in a decade for Canada to rebrand itself under...
  • Calgary police to speak about Marlborough Mall incident (Machete attack)

    09/17/2016 7:35:07 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 29 replies
    Global News ^ | September 17, 2016 | Lisa Mac Gregor
    Snip: Several emergency crews are at the scene of an incident at Marlborough Mall Saturday afternoon. Reports suggest that an officer was attacked by a machete. There is no word yet on what led to the incident or how many people were involved. Calgary EMS spokesman Nate Pike says first responders were called to the Marlborough Mall in the city’s east end Saturday afternoon. Pike says a Calgary police officer was taken to Foothills Hospital in what is described as stable, non life threatening condition with soft-tissue injuries. He says a second patient was also taken to hospital in critical,...
  • W.P. Kinsella ends his own life under assisted-dying legislation (Field of Dreams ends in suicide.)

    09/16/2016 6:30:52 PM PDT · by jerod · 35 replies
    CBC News. ^ | 2016-09-16 | CBC News
    W.P. Kinsella, the B.C.-based author of Shoeless Joe, the award-winning novel that became the film Field of Dreams, has died at 81. His literary agency confirms the writer had a doctor-assisted death on Friday in Hope, B.C. The agency did not provide details about Kinsella's health. Kinsella suffered a head injury when he was in a car accident in 1997. Three years after the accident, he said he had no interest in writing fiction and was spending his days playing Scrabble on the internet.
  • No camera, no proof: Why Sammy Kogvik didn't tell anyone about HMS Terror find

    09/16/2016 1:43:48 PM PDT · by jerod · 4 replies
    CBC News ^ | 2016-09-15 | By Katherine Barton, CBC News
    Kogvik took photo with ship's mast 6 years ago, but when he lost his camera, he kept quiet about it. The Nunavut man who led the Arctic Research Foundation to the wreck of HMS Terror says he never talked about the find six years ago, because he wasn't sure people would believe him. It was the account that Gjoa Haven's Sammy Kogvik gave his "boss" — expedition leader Adrian Schimnowski — about the mast he saw sticking out of the water that led to the discovery of Sir John Franklin's ill-fated ship HMS Terror, found earlier this month in the...
  • Judge to woman in rape case: 'Why couldn't you just keep your knees together?'

    09/12/2016 5:28:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    CNN ^ | Mon September 12, 2016 | AJ Willingham and Carma Hassan
    A judge in Canada is facing removal from the bench for his conduct when he asked a woman in a rape case why she couldn't "just keep [her] knees together." Federal Court Judge Robin Camp is in the midst of a week-long judicial council hearing, which will determine whether he ought to be booted from his position. The case in question took place in 2014 when Camp was a provincial court judge. (He became a Federal Judge last year.) The 19-year-old woman said she was raped over a bathroom sink during a house party.
  • Canadians favour screening would-be immigrants for ‘anti-Canadian’ values, poll shows

    09/10/2016 5:35:02 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 27 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | September 10, 2016 | Bruce Campion-Smith
    OTTAWA—Two-thirds of Canadians want prospective immigrants to be screened for “anti-Canadian” values, a new poll reveals, lending support to an idea that is stirring controversy in political circles. Conservative MP Kellie Leitch, a candidate in her party’s leadership contest, has floated the idea of screening newcomers for their attitudes on intolerance toward other religions, cultures and sexual orientations and reluctance to embrace Canadian freedoms. A new Forum Research Inc. poll for the Star shows that Leitch may be tapping into an idea that Canadians favour with 67 per cent saying immigrants should indeed be screened for “anti-Canadian values.” More importantly...
  • At least we could (probably) invade New Zealand: How small is the Royal Canadian Navy, really?

    09/08/2016 11:46:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    National Post ^ | September 8, 2016 | Tristin Hopper
    Hull for hull, at least one landlocked country can match Canada's Atlantic fleet. How the Royal Canadian Navy stacks up on the high seas In 2017, Canada's last destroyer, HMCS Athabaskan, will be retired, forcing the Royal Canadian Navy to lean on the U.S. to protect its ships from air attack. Last year, the vessel, flagship of the Atlantic fleet, twice broke down while at sea. Meanwhile, even Canada's newly renovated submarines won't last more than a few years without a few billion dollars in upgrades. Critics have called the Royal Canadian Navy "decayed," "neglected" and "embarrassing." But how small...
  • B.C. moms caught smoking ‘celebratory joint’ in school zone after dropping kids off for first day

    09/08/2016 2:26:50 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 51 replies
    A Vancouver Island mother pulled over for speeding in a school zone Tuesday morning admitted she’d shared a joint with the other moms in the car, telling police they were celebrating getting the kids out of their hair after a long summer.
  • Judge says EU-Canada air passenger deal infringes on rights

    09/08/2016 10:42:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 8, 2016 7:31 AM EDT
    A European Union judge says an EU agreement to exchange air passenger information with Canada to combat terrorism should be revised because parts of it would infringe on people’s rights. Advocate General Paolo Mengozzi said in a legal opinion published Thursday that the deal signed in 2014 should not enter force in its current form. […] Under it, Canadian authorities would have access to the data of European travelers like contact details, credit card and other personal information. …
  • Navy: Without billions in upgrades, submarines start retiring in 2022 (Canada)

    09/08/2016 1:25:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Canadian Press ^ | September 7, 2016 | Lee Berthiaume
    OTTAWA — The navy’s submarine fleet will have to be retired in the next decade unless the federal government opts to spend billions to upgrade the ships, according to Defence Department documents. The documents show the first submarine, HMCS Victoria, is scheduled to reach its end of service life in 2022. The other three vessels will follow until the last, HMCS Windsor, retires in 2027. The documents, released to the Canadian Press through the Access to Information Act, peg the cost of extending the lives of the submarines at between $1.5 billion and $3 billion, depending on how long the...
  • Mandatory music classes hit a bad note with some Muslim parents

    09/06/2016 5:50:10 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 70 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | September 6, 2016 | Colin Freeze and Mahnoor Yawar
    When music class begins this week at Toronto’s Donwood Park elementary school, Mohammad Nouman Dasu will send a family member to collect his three young children. They will go home for an hour rather than sing and play instruments – a mandatory part of the Ontario curriculum he believes violates his Muslim faith. The Scarborough school and the Toronto District School Board originally had offered an accommodation – suggesting students could just clap their hands in place of playing instruments or listen to acapella versions of O Canada – but not a full exemption from the class. After a bitter...
  • Trudeau tells Chinese leaders Canada isn't perfect on human rights either (pretty much the same.)

    09/06/2016 1:44:16 PM PDT · by jerod · 22 replies
    CBC News Website ^ | Septeember 6, 2016 | By Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press
    When Justin Trudeau raised concerns directly with China's political elite about their human-rights record, he says he also acknowledged that Canada isn't perfect. The prime minister shared more details Tuesday about his high-level talks last week with Beijing, sessions that included face time with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang....
  • Giant freezer may be a solution to Montreal’s intractable bed bugs infestation

    09/04/2016 12:18:36 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 69 replies
    MONTREAL — In the basement of a public housing complex on the outskirts of downtown Montreal is a large walk-in freezer used solely to kill bed bugs. The freezer is a local solution to a problem that has been haunting the city for years and is not improving, says Melanie Sanche, head of sanitation for the public housing authority. As in many large North American cities, cases of bed bugs have exploded here in the past 10 to 15 years, and the problem is particularly acute in areas with transient populations such as students, as well as in districts with...
  • Teachers, families prepare for 1st day of school for Syrian refugee kids (Canada)

    09/04/2016 10:59:55 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 11 replies
    CBC ^ | September 4 | Staff
    Safi Al Sahen is excited. The six-year-old refugee from Syria just arrived in Canada this summer, so he doesn't yet know a lot of English. But he does know the colours of the bandanas adorning the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on his brand-new backpack. "Ninja!" Safi says as he points to the bag. "Red. Blue" "Purple!" his little brother Rafi, almost three, exclaims. "Purple, orange, green," Safi continues, ignoring the interruption
  • Ottawa teacher’s aide gets 14 months in jail for sexually exploiting teen for two years

    The Ottawa teacher’s aide who sexually exploited a vulnerable high school student for two years was jailed on Tuesday for 14 months in what the judge called a significant breach of trust. Ontario Court Justice Celynne Dorval didn’t buy Katherine Kitts’s defence that it was just an awful lapse in judgment and noted the planning and duration of the sexual exploitation was anything but spontaneous. Kitts, 46, would sometimes furnish her minivan with an air mattress for planned sexual encounters in parking lots and parks near the boy’s home. “Had there been one or two sexual encounters before she ended...
  • Record 125k people file suit against Canada trade deal (CETA; German plaintiffs)

    08/31/2016 4:04:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 31 Aug 2016 15:27 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    More than 125,000 Germans have filed the largest citizen lawsuit in German history against the controversial proposed CETA trade deal between Canada and the EU. The lawsuit’s power of attorney letters filled some 70 boxes and were brought by truck on Wednesday to Germany’s top court located in Karlsruhe, the Constitutional Court. The proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) would eliminate about 98 percent of the tariffs between the EU and Canada, but it has been condemned by opponents who say it will too greatly expand the power of corporations and may lower certain EU standards for things like...
  • Crossbow slayings victims were mother, 2 brothers of accused killer

    08/30/2016 2:11:35 PM PDT · by RansomOttawa · 2 replies
    CBC News ^ | Aug. 30, 2016
    The victims of last week's so-called crossbow killings in the Toronto district of Scarborough were the mother and two brothers of the man charged with three counts of first-degree murder. A court-ordered publication ban put in place after Brett Anthony Ryan, 35, was charged in the triple homicide Friday prevented CBC News from publishing the names of the victims until now.
  • Bombardier hands out pink slips as part of effort to cut 7,000 workers

    08/29/2016 3:03:27 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 25 replies
    Financial Post ^ | 26 August 2016
    Bombardier handed out pink slips Friday to aerospace employees in Montreal as part of its efforts announced in February to trim 7,000 workers over two years. The Montreal-based company declined to say how many workers were being affected by the latest layoff notices, how many cuts have already been made, or what aircraft programs are being affected. Mark Masluch, spokesman for Bombardier business jets, said the layoffs are a continuation of the “workforce optimization” plan being implemented across the company. The union representing machinists said the uncertainty about efforts to save jobs is creating frustration for workers. It warned last...
  • Manitoba Men Weep After Learning They Were Switched at Birth 41 Years Ago (2nd Same Hospital)

    08/29/2016 11:50:30 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    CBC ^ | Aug 26, 2016 | Jillian Taylor
    DNA tests confirm both were given to wrong mothers after being born at Norway House Indian HospitalLeon Swanson and David Tait Jr. are both 41 years old and have just learned they're not exactly who they thought they were. Both wept Friday in Winnipeg as Eric Robinson, a former NDP member of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly for Keewatinook, told media that the two men were switched at birth more than 40 years ago at a hospital in Norway House Cree Nation. "What happened here is lives were stolen," Robinson said. "You can't describe it as anything less than that." Swanson...
  • 3 dead in apparent crossbow attack in Scarborough (Ontario)

    08/25/2016 10:45:26 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 35 replies
    CBC News ^ | August 25, 2016
    Paramedics are treating three victims after an apparent crossbow attack near the Mason Road and Eglinton Avenue area of Scarborough Thursday afternoon.
  • Canada's Mounties Say Female Officers Can Wear Hijabs

    08/25/2016 6:27:48 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 26 replies
    NPR ^ | August 24, 2016 | JASON SLOTKIN
    Canada's national police force says it is allowing women in its ranks to wear the hijab. A spokesman confirmed Wednesday that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, known as the Mounties, recently approved the headscarf for its Muslim officers. "This is intended to better reflect the diversity in our communities and encourage more Muslim women to consider the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as a career option," Scott Bardsley, spokesman for Canada's public safety minister, told the Canada-based Global News.
  • 1,500 Inner-Tube Rafters Enter Canada Illegally

    08/23/2016 5:55:24 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 25 replies
    A long-running mass inner tube event in Michigan ended unexpectedly Sunday with a trip to Canada, with so many Americans blown across the maritime border by wind that Canadian officials had to set up a temporary screening area for the inadvertent immigrants. "There were Americans everywhere," Peter Garapick, a superintendent of search and rescue for the Canadian Coast Guard, speaking to the CBC. "There was no chance for anything floating or people on inner tubes to go anywhere but Canada." The total cost to the Ontario municipality of Sarnia came to $8,000, including nineteen bus trips carrying the U.S. citizens...
  • April 2006 Message from Dan (a long war between Islam and the West)

    08/22/2016 7:36:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    DanSimmons.com ^ | April 2006 | Dan Simmons
    Greetings Readers, Friends, and Other Visitors: The Time Traveler appeared suddenly in my study on New Year’s Eve, 2004. He was a stolid, grizzled man in a gray tunic and looked to be in his late-sixties or older. He also appeared to be the veteran of wars or of some terrible accident since he had livid scars on his face and neck and hands, some even visible in his scalp beneath a fuzz of gray hair cropped short in a military cut. One eye was covered by a black eyepatch. Before I could finish dialing 911 he announced in a...
  • Zendaya's 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Casting As Mary Jane Watson Sends Haters Into a Frenzy

    08/22/2016 2:09:22 PM PDT · by drewh · 81 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2016 09:00 AM EDT | Steve Tilley
    Spider-Man has many powers: Wall-crawling, web-slinging… and race-bending. According to a story posted by The Wrap, 19-year-old Disney Channel star Zendaya is set to play Mary Jane Watson in next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, a re-reboot that will see young British actor Tom Holland as a high school-aged Peter Parker. This is a great idea. It’s 2016, why couldn’t – or shouldn’t – Spidey have a love interest who isn’t white? And many people agree, with Twitter and Facebook full of responses from folks who think a black Mary Jane is a fantastic choice. But, as always, there are pockets of...
  • The ‘Altruistic Evil’ of Social Justice for the Palestinians

    08/18/2016 7:48:54 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 18, 2016 | Richard Cravatts
    Editor’s Note: The original article appeared in the Times of Israel. As yet another indication that the university campus has become "an island of repression in a sea of freedom," last March a pro-Israel group, Hasbara Fellowships Canada, was barred from participating in a "Social Justice Week" event organized by the Student Association of Durham College and University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). The stated reason for the exclusion? The student association (which, not coincidentally, had just approved a pro-BDS resolution against Israel) informed the Hasbara group that since the "organization seems closely tied to the state of Israel…it...
  • Gay activists launch $104 million suit against Christian for preaching at Pride Parade

    08/18/2016 3:44:11 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 34 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 17, 2016 | Pete Baklinski
    TORONTO, August 17, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- While ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity’ are the rallying cry of the homosexual movement, the words appear not to apply to Christians with an unconventional message. Christians led by Canadian activist Bill Whatcott were slapped with a $104-million legal threat last week after infiltrating Toronto’s Gay Pride Parade in July dressed as “gay zombies” in green skintight suits to hand out info packets about the physical and spiritual dangers of homosexual practices. Former Ontario MPP George Smitherman, the province’s first openly gay provincial representative as well first openly gay cabinet minister, told Daily Xtra that he...
  • Thieves make off with 20,000 litres of maple syrup from Montreal storage depot

    08/13/2016 4:49:28 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 54 replies
    CBC News ^ | August 12, 2016
    Police in Quebec have another maple syrup heist on their hands. First, there was the Great Maple Syrup Heist of 2011-2012, in which $18 million worth of the sweet sap went missing. Then, earlier this week, thieves made off with 20,000 litres of Quebec's sweetest export, worth an estimated $150,000, from a storage facility near Montreal's Trudeau airport in Dorval. abuzz Alfredo Monaco, a vice-president at Mexuscan Cargo, said the thieves broke into the warehouse and stole a shipping container loaded with 20 pallets of Kirkland brand one-litre bottles of syrup. The syrup was destined for the Japanese market. The...
  • ‘We thirst for your blood,’ Aaron Driver warned Canada in video threat

    08/11/2016 12:00:40 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 42 replies
    thestar.com ^ | Aug. 11, 2016 | Peter Edwards and Alex Ballingall
    Aaron Driver planned to commit a terror attack with 72 hours when he was killed in a confrontation with police in the southwestern Ontario community of Strathroy, police said today. “Obviously it was a race against time,” RCMP Deputy-Commander Mike Cabana told a news conference in Ottawa today, noting that things “could have been a lot worse” if police hadn’t located and stopped Driver. The RCMP showed a video at the news conference in which a masked man they identified as Driver, 24, warns, “O Canada, you received many warnings… You were told many times what would happen.”
  • Incoming capability gap: Canada’s last destroyer leaves service in early 2017

    08/11/2016 11:39:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 42 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | August 11, 2016 | David Pugliese
    OTTAWA — Canada’s last destroyer will be taken out of service in the spring, leaving the country’s navy reliant on allies for longer-range air defence for at least the next seven years. HMCS Athabaskan, and similar destroyers, provided command and control capabilities over the years for the Royal Canadian Navy as well as what was called area air defence. But Athabaskan, Canada’s last destroyer, will be taken out of service within the next year, most likely in the spring, Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd, the new commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, told Postmedia Wednesday. Canada’s warships still have the capability to...
  • Aaron Driver, ISIS sympathizer under peace bond, killed by police responding to terror threat

    08/11/2016 6:59:26 AM PDT · by xp38 · 36 replies
    CBC News ^ | Aug. 11 2016 | CBC
    A 24-year-old man who had been under a peace bond for being an ISIS sympathizer was killed Wednesday night by police responding to what they say was "a potential terrorist threat" in the small southern Ontario town of Strathroy. RCMP told Driver's family that police shot Aaron Driver after he detonated a device that wounded himself and one other person, CBC News has learned. The identity of the other person isn't clear. Police told Driver's family they had to shoot him because he had another device and planned to detonate it. A senior police official told The Canadian Press on...
  • AP: Paul Ryan wins primary

    08/09/2016 6:44:05 PM PDT · by Kevin C · 276 replies
    WISN-TV ^ | 8/9/2016 | Associated Press
    House Speaker Paul Ryan wins primary, defeats longshot GOP challenger praised by Donald Trump. Ryan was being challenged by Paul Nehlen. Nehlen had been courting Trump supporters and won praise from the Republican presidential nominee last week. But Trump endorsed Ryan days later. Ryan had largely ignored Nehlen in what had been a sleepy primary before Trump thanked Nehlen on Twitter for his comments defending Trump. Nehlen won the backing of some prominent conservative figures, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, but it wasn't enough to overcome Ryan's popularity in his southeastern Wisconsin district. Ryan was first elected in 1998...
  • Canada not required to provide minimum number of jets to NATO: report

    08/04/2016 1:14:10 PM PDT · by SSS Two · 40 replies
    CBC ^ | Aug 04, 2016 8:57 AM ET | Lee Berthiaume
    Canada is not required to provide a certain number of fighter jets to NATO, says a Defence Department report that's raising fresh questions about the Liberal government's rush to buy a new warplane. The report, published in June 2014 by the research arm of National Defence, says that while Canada supports NATO and contributes aircraft and other military assets when possible, "there is no hard minimum requirement for the NATO commitment." That means the only actual requirement Canada must meet in terms of providing fighter jets is its obligation to defend North America along with the U.S.