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  • Canada-China investment treaty to come into force Oct. 1 (China controls Canadian resources)

    09/20/2014 8:10:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    CBC News ^ | Sep 12, 2014 3:12 PM ET | Susan Lunn
    Ottawa confirms it has ratified a foreign investment treaty with China, more than two years after the controversial agreement was signed, as CBC News first reported Friday. The controversial Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) will come into force on Oct. 1, said International Trade Minister Ed Fast in a news release Friday afternoon. […] China ratified the deal quickly, but the Harper government did not. The deal has also faced opposition from the NDP, as well as a First Nations group who challenged the agreement in court. The NDP issued a statement saying “the agreement will give...
  • RCN’s Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships named Harry DeWolf Class

    09/19/2014 9:34:42 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 5 replies
    Royal Canadian Navy ^ | September 19, 2014
    Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the name of the first of the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) yesterday in Hamilton, Ontario. Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Harry DeWolf is named in honour of a wartime Canadian naval hero. HMCS Harry DeWolf is the first of the AOPS designed to better enable the RCN to exercise sovereignty in Canadian waters, including in the Arctic. The AOPS will be known as the Harry DeWolf Class, with HMCS Harry DeWolf as the lead ship. Subsequent ships in the class will be named to honour other prominent Canadian naval heroes who...
  • U.S., Canada send jets to intercept Russian aircraft

    09/19/2014 6:10:04 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Sep 20, 2014 12:43am BST | Reuters
    (Reuters) - U.S. and Canadian fighter jets intercepted Russian aircraft that were flying near U.S. and Canadian air space this week, a military spokesman said on Friday.
  • Russian planes intercepted near U.S., Canadian airspace

    09/19/2014 5:40:57 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 31 replies
    edition.cnn.com ^ | 09/20/2014 | Steve Brusk and Ralph Ellis
    Two U.S. jets intercepted six Russian planes that neared U.S. airspace off Alaska on Thursday and Canadian planes intercepted two Russian bombers that approached Canadian airspace, NORAD reported. A U.S. official told CNN's Barbara Starr that officials in Washington think the incidents were related to the visit by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who talked to Canadian officials Wednesday and President Barack Obama on Thursday. The United States promised Ukraine $46 million in nonlethal aid for its battle with pro-Russian militants. The Russian aircraft flew within about 55 nautical miles of the Alaskan coastline and about 40 nautical miles of the...
  • Philippe Couillard says Quebec-Scotland vote comparisons 'risky'

    09/19/2014 5:11:47 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 12 replies
    CBC News ^ | 09/19/2014 | Janyce McGregor
    Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says Scotland's referendum was an example of the same kind of "healthy" tension that exists in Quebec's democracy, but the comparisons stop there, as federal politicians from John Baird to Stéphane Dion welcomed the defeat of Scottish independence. "It is an example of a healthy state of tension in sub-national states in countries like U.K. or Canada between a strong feeling of identity, which I think Scots and Quebecers have in common, and at the same time the desire to belong to a larger political organization, the U.K. or Canada," Couillard said Friday. "All comparisons after...
  • ISIS is Barack Obama's mess and now he wants Canada's help

    09/19/2014 7:52:33 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 11 replies
    Calgary Sun ^ | September 17, 2014 | Marc Patrone
    ISIS is Barack Obama’s mess. He made it and now he wants our help to clean it up. What do Canadians owe him? He’s turned his back on allies such as Israel, having proven himself a bigger friend to the likes of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood than to the Jewish state. He’s no friend of Canada’s. Instead of working with his friends, he’s tried in vain to appease such longtime enemies as Iran. His rush to pull out of Iraq without leaving a reserve force behind has led to the disaster we see unfolding there now. Now Obama needs...
  • Canadians in Cabo San Lucas begin returning home, share images of destruction

    09/18/2014 8:59:01 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 14 replies
    Global News ^ | September 18, 2014 | Justin McElroy
    There were hugs and tears in Vancouver International Airport on Wednesday evening. “My baby’s safe, she’s home. I didn’t know if she was on a plane or not. Last I heard she was stranded on a roof somewhere,” said Debbie Reid, minutes after she was reunited with her daughter Jessica. “It’s heart wrenching, not knowing where your baby is or your family member is. We didn’t even know if she was on the plane, and her phone was dead. “But she’s safe now.” Canadians that have been stranded in Cabo San Lucas since Hurricane Odile have begun to return home....
  • Where Was Justin? #WhereWasJustin

    09/18/2014 7:02:42 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 7 replies
    wherewasjustin.com ^ | September 18, 2014
    Justin Trudeau called an emergency debate to determine Canada's response to the threats and terrorism by the Islamic State in Iraq. Then, he skipped his own emergency debate. What could possibly have been more important? Was Justin kissing someone else's bride? Was Justin taking selfies at a funeral? Was Justin babysitting? Was Justin doing yoga on Parliament Hill? Where do you think Justin was? Send us your answer by uploading a YouTube video clip, meme, or tweeting using the hashtag #WhereWasJustin. We'll show the top submissions on The Source and whoever submits the best entry will receive a Sun News...
  • F-15 Eagle vs CF-18 Hornet vs F-16 Fighting Falcon: a pilot’s perspective

    09/18/2014 11:43:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Sep 18 2014 | Dario Leone
    Although they are two different airframes, the F-15 and the F-18 have similar avionics, as you can read in the following interesting story released by an experienced Eagle driver. Disclaimer: the story is based on an interview to an F-15, published on a magazine profiling the F/A-18 Hornet. Developed as a multirole naval fighter, the McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F/A-18 Hornet has become the backbone of the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps and several air arms around the world. Among them there is also the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), formerly known as Canadian Forces Air Command, that began...
  • Enterovirus D68 in 17 states, Canada

    09/18/2014 2:45:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    CNN Health ^ | September 17, 2014 | Jacque Wilson, Matthew Stucker and Teri Genova
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Enterovirus D68 is likely coming -- if it hasn't already -- to a state near you. Since mid-August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed 140 cases of respiratory illness caused by Enterovirus D68 in 16 states: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Virginia. New Jersey also has confirmed a case of EV-D68, according to Donna Leusner, director of communications for the New Jersey Department of Health. And "in the upcoming weeks, more states will have confirmed cases of EV-D68 infection," the CDC said in a statement...
  • Rob Ford diagnosed with rare type of cancer, will be treated with chemotherapy

    09/17/2014 2:26:50 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 32 replies
    National Post ^ | September 17, 2014 | Josh Visser
    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been diagnosed with a rare type of cancer, his doctor said Wednesday. “It is a difficult and very rare type of tumour,” Dr. Zane Cohen said in Wednesday evening press conference, describing Ford’s cancer as a malignant liposarcoma. “It’s a fairly aggressive tumour.” Dr. Cohen said he is “optimistic” that chemotherapy could be successful. There is a tumour in his abdomen and one in his buttocks, the surgeon said. Dr. Cohen is an expert colorectal surgeon and is leading Ford’s medical team. Liposarcoma is a tumour that comes from fat cells in deep, soft tissue....
  • Canadian IS Jihadist Who Wants to ‘Play Soccer’ with Heads of US Decapitated Soldiers

    09/17/2014 5:26:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 9/16/2014 | Sounak Mukhopadhyay
    The Islamic State has apparently found a "cheerleader" in Canada. The man from Greater Toronto Area continues to defend the actions of the Middle-Eastern extremists group on Twitter. The man, who uses Twitter user as Abu Turaab (@AlTuraabSVD), defended IS activities and evidently seemed to be pro-Jihad. He was "unmasked" by the National Post, which identified him to be Mohammed Ali, a 23-year-old Canadian citizen. He was a former Mississauga resident and left the country for Turkey and then for Syria, the website reported. His parents said that he had gone for a couple of weeks after he had left...
  • NATO at the heart of a new Cold War, says former Ambassador

    09/15/2014 9:23:19 PM PDT · by DTA · 12 replies
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | 2014-09-09 | James Bissett
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was meant to be a purely defensive organization. When the Brussels Treaty of 1948 established the European Defence Alliance of five European countries, it was Canada’s Minister of Foreign affairs, Louis St. Laurent, who proposed the alliance be expanded to include the United States and Canada. One year later, in April 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was born. The primary purpose of the new organization was to defend member states from any attack from the Soviet Union and to act in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations. NATO was born...
  • Jamila Bibi risks stoning if deported to Pakistan, lawyer says [ Canada ]

    09/15/2014 6:58:07 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    CBC News ^ | Sep 15, 2014
    Jamila Bibi, a Saskatoon, Sask., woman facing criminal charges for adultery in Pakistan, could be the target of a so-called honour killing by her husband's family if she is deported, her lawyer says. ... She has outstanding criminal charges [in Pakistan] that have been filed against her for the crime of adultery," Khan said in an interview with CBC News. "She is a target for honour killing by her ex-husband's family. The Islamic way of doing that is stoning to death."
  • Ezra Trudeau Spaces Out (Video)

    09/15/2014 3:46:55 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 5 replies
    Sun News ^ | September 15, 2014 | Ezra Levant
    Have you met Ezra Trudeau? He has some pretty far-out ideas about how to run the country!
  • Tutor Turns 50

    09/15/2014 2:52:17 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 7 replies
    Skies ^ | September 15, 2014 | Ken Pole
    The CT-114 Tutor is, by most definitions, a museum piece. However, think of it rather as “the little airplane that could—and still can” because, after nearly 50 years in service, the agile single-engine jet remains a key element of the Royal Canadian Air Force. While the appropriately-named Tutors have not been used for lead-in fighter training since 2000, when they were replaced with Beechcraft CT-156 Harvard II turboprops and BAE Systems CT-155 Hawk jets in the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program, two are still flown for systems evaluation purposes by the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) in Cold...
  • Lethbridge student suspended for dealing banned Pepsi from locker

    09/15/2014 11:34:14 AM PDT · by Phlap · 79 replies
    CBC ^ | 12/15/2014 | CBC News Staff
    A Grade 12 student in Lethbridge, Alta., was suspended last week for dealing Pepsi to fellow students out of his locker. Keenan Shaw was suspended for two days by Winston Churchill high school for selling the soft drink to students, violating a school policy that only permits diet pop on the premises. Shaw says he was told the sales violated the nutrition and marketing policies, and that he was operating a business without a licence. But compared with what some other students sell at the southern Alberta school, Shaw says, his transgressions were minor. "I'm not going to name any...
  • Stephen Harper kicks off fall session with election-style rally

    09/15/2014 10:39:07 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 6 replies
    National Post ^ | September 15, 2014 | Stephanie Levitz
    OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper rallied his political troops Monday, marking the start of Parliament’s fall sitting with a campaign-style rally laden with economic high-fives and tough talk about protecting Canadian values around the world. With Conservative caucus members and several massive Canadian flags as a backdrop, Harper sang the praises of his government’s work in creating jobs, sealing trade deals and cracking down on criminals. But it was the fires burning far from Canadian shores — terrorists in Iraq and Syria, the crisis in Ukraine and Israel’s ever-present peril — that earned Harper the loudest cheers from the...
  • Canada announces airlift support for military supplies to Iraq from Czech Republic

    09/15/2014 9:11:52 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 5 replies
    Government of Canada ^ | September 15, 2014
    September 15, 2014 - Ottawa, National Defence Today, the Government of Canada announced that it will provide strategic airlift support for military supplies to Iraq from the Czech Republic. Under Operation IMPACT, the Canadian Air Task Force Iraq will begin operating from the Czech Republic, delivering Eastern European small-arms ammunition to Iraq to assist the Iraqi security forces protect civilians from the terrorist threat presented by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Quick Facts The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), will commence airlift operations from the Czech Republic on September 18, supplying Iraqi security forces with small-arms ammunition...
  • Not a ghost of a chance

    09/15/2014 2:02:39 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 7 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 14, 2014
    Someone is pulling our leg. This has to be a joke. And the government needs to call their bluff on it. The Public Service Alliance of Canada has come forward with some pretty tall demands for their employees. These include an extra week of paid holiday every year and one cent for every hour worked by their members to be contributed to a “social justice fund” that the union would control. The government must say no to these. But they’re not even the headline material. They’re just the opening act. No, the real doozy is they want employees to be...
  • Dear Scotland: An open letter from your Canadian cousins

    09/14/2014 4:50:39 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 17 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 9/12/2014 | GLOBE EDITORIAL
    Dear Scotland, You probably don’t know this, but you made us. The first European to cross the continent and reach our Pacific coast was Alexander Mackenzie – a Scot. Our first prime minister and chief Father of Confederation, Sir John A. Macdonald? Scottish. So too our second PM. Our country’s national dream, a railroad from sea to sea, was realized in 1885 when Sir Donald Smith, head of the Canadian Pacific Railway, drove The Last Spike at Craigellachie – a place named after a village in his homeland. The man who did the most to create Canada’s system of universal...
  • Priest guilty of child rape in Canada (plus one sled dog)

    09/14/2014 12:31:50 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 42 replies
    Sky News ^ | 9/13/2014 | Sky News
    A defrocked Catholic priest has been found guilty of raping dozens of children and a sled dog in the Canadian Arctic, where he worked as a missionary for decades. The Belgian-born Eric Dejaeger, 67, was on Friday convicted of 31 counts of sexual offences against children and one count of bestiality. At the start of his trial last November in Iqaluit, the capital of Canada's northernmost Nunavut territory, Dejaeger acknowledged and pleaded guilty to eight out of 80 original charges.
  • Occupy mentality sets up tent in New Brunswick

    09/12/2014 10:44:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Toronto Sun ^ | September 11, 2014 | Brian Lilley, Parliamentary Bureau
    Do you remember Occupy Wall Street and its many imitators across North America? It was three years ago next week that the movement went public and eventually set up tent cities across the continent. People camped out in parks, they held marches and meetings and demanded change. They demanded the one percenters pay their fair share. It was supposedly a grassroots reaction to the bailout of big business, the fat cats that run the banks. But of course we know those bailouts happened in 2007 and 2008 and Occupy, some might say the left's answer to the Tea Party, didn't...
  • Doug Ford Joins Mayoral Race, Rob Ford Drops Out [Health issues]

    09/12/2014 9:59:04 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 41 replies
    HuffPost Canada ^ | September 12, 2014
    Headline only, just breaking. Doug Ford to run for mayor, other reports indicate that Rob will run for Council.
  • American fined $5,000 for border jump with bike

    09/11/2014 10:10:13 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 09/10/14 | S.A. Miller
    U.S. Border Patrol agents slapped a $5,000 fine on an American citizen this week for slipping into the United States from Canada on a mountain bike, the agency announced Wednesday.
  • Toronto mayor hospitalized with suspected tumor

    09/10/2014 10:19:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 11, 2014 1:04 AM EDT | Rob Gillies
    Rob Ford, the controversial mayor of Toronto who became an international celebrity last year after acknowledging using crack cocaine in a “drunken stupor,” is believed to have a tumor in his abdomen, health officials said. Dr. Rueben Devlin from Humber Regional Hospital said Wednesday night that Ford had been complaining of abdominal pains and that an examination has resulted in a working diagnosis of a tumor. He said Ford had been suffering from stomach pains for at least three months and they had worsened in the last 24 hours. “It became unbearable for him,” he said. …
  • Canada Finds Ship That Vanished in the Arctic Nearly 170 Years Ago

    09/10/2014 7:27:52 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 12 replies
    Mashable ^ | September 10, 2014 | AP
    One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic nearly 170 years ago during a search for the fabled Northwest Passage has been found, Canada's prime minister announced Tuesday in a discovery that could unlock one of history's biggest mysteries and swell Canadian pride. Last seen in the 1840s while under the command Sir John Franklin, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror have long been among the most sought-after prizes in marine archaeology and the subject of songs, poems and novels. Harper said the discovery would shed light on what happened to Franklin's crew. Franklin and 128 hand-picked officers...
  • Sir John Franklin: Fabled Arctic ship found

    09/09/2014 1:15:16 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 34 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9th September 2014 | BBC News
    'One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic more than 160 years ago has been found, Canada's prime minister says. Stephen Harper said it was unclear which ship had been found, but photo evidence confirmed it was one of them. Sir John Franklin led the two ships and 129 men in 1845 to chart the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic. The expedition's disappearance shortly after became one of the great mysteries of the age of Victorian exploration. The Canadian government began searching for Franklin's ships in 2008 as part of a strategy to assert Canada's sovereignty...
  • Woman charged with sexual assault on man in downtown Toronto, police believe there are more victims

    09/09/2014 4:20:05 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 19 replies
    National Post ^ | September 9, 2014 | Josh Visser
    A woman has been arrested and charged with the sexual assault of a man after an alleged break-in of a home in downtown Toronto early Saturday morning. Police say the woman entered a home in the Dundas Street West-McCaul Street area through an unlocked door at about 3 a.m. Saturday morning and then confronted the tenants of the home with pepper spray. The woman then sexually assaulted a man, police said in a brief statement. The woman was arrested later Saturday.
  • Russian military plane circles HMCS Toronto in Black Sea

    09/08/2014 3:48:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    CBC News ^ | Sep 08, 2014 5:41 PM ET|
    The ship was circled by one surveillance plane and two fighter jets, according to the defence minister's office. The frigate HMCS Toronto left Halifax in late July to replace HMCS Regina, which has been a part of the Standing NATO Maritime Forces since May. "Canada and its allies are involved in security measures taken by the acts of military aggression perpetrated by the Putin regime and because of the invasion of Ukraine," he said, calling on Russia to stop its "irresponsible actions." This ship has about 250 crew on board and is participating in Operation Reassurance
  • Russian jets buzz Canadian frigate near Ukraine

    09/08/2014 3:44:04 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Monday, Sep. 08 2014, 4:29 PM EDT | Steven Chase
    Sources say three Russian aircraft flew low over HMCS Toronto on Sunday. Two of the Russian planes were SU-24 fighter jets and the third was a slower AN-26 surveillance aircraft, a source said. “We expect this,” the military source said. “They’re going to play cat and mouse with us for as long as we’re there.” At least one of the Russian planes came within 300 metres of HMCS Toronto, a government source said.
  • Video: “ISIS” crosses Lake Erie and enters the United States [James O' Keefe does it again!]

    09/08/2014 3:04:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/08/2014 | AllahPundit
    A new one from James O’Keefe and Project Veritas, whose “Bin Laden crosses the Rio Grande” video a few weeks ago got the Texas Department of Public Safety to perk up. This time he’s on the northern border, noting that ISIS fighters with British passports can enter Canada without a visa. True, but they can enter the U.S. without a visa too. The only reason for a jihadi to take the long route via Lake Erie would be if he thought he’d have a better shot at infiltrating North America through a Canadian point of entry than an American...
  • Neverendum referendum: Voting on independence, Quebec-style

    09/07/2014 8:59:20 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies
    BBC News ^ | 09/07/2014 | Nick Bryant
    Though Canada's political centre of gravity of gravity has shifted westward in recent times - the country's conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, though Toronto-born, represents a constituency in resource-rich Alberta - this trend has not sparked a separatist revival. Paradoxically, the two referenda were held when two pro-Canada Quebecers, Pierre Trudeau and Jean Chretien, were Prime Minister. A key difference between Scotland and Quebec is the simplicity of the six-word question posed in the referendum: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" In 1995, Quebecers faced a 43-word question that many voters found incomprehensible. In 1980, it ran to a riddle-like...
  • Harper to pay homage to Quebec’s conservative Father of Confederation

    09/06/2014 8:11:08 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 5 replies
    Globe And Mail ^ | 09/05/2014 | Daniel LeBlanc
    The Conservatives are pointing out that Cartier was a “Bleu,” hoping to remind Quebeckers that their party is at the heart of the constitutional deal that protected the province’s francophone culture. “He was a key player in the movement towards the Quebec Conference and Confederation. He promoted the rights of French Canadians, championed provincial rights, reformed the legal and public education systems in Canada East (Québec) and encouraged the expansion of the national railway,” said Carl Vallée, a spokesman for Mr. Harper. Emboldened by the defeat of the Parti Québécois in the recent provincial election, the Prime Minister has embarked...
  • Couillard reiterates wish for Quebec to sign Constitution at event with Harper

    09/06/2014 8:02:35 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    Globe And Mail ^ | 09/06/2014 | Canadian Press
    Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard took advantage of a public appearance with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to repeat his wish for the province to sign the Constitution. Couillard said he wants Quebec to sign on by 2017, the 150th anniversary of Confederation. The premier made the comments Saturday during a Quebec City speech, at an event commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir George-Etienne Cartier, a French-Canadian statesman viewed as one of the Fathers of Confederation. Cartier’s vision for a united Canada that incorporates “a strong Quebec identity” could serve as an inspiration in future talks, Couillard said
  • Video: Brutal Takedown of Knife-Wielding Perp by Walmart ‘Loss Prevention’ Staff (Canada)

    09/06/2014 5:23:21 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 45 replies
    You Tube ^ | September 6, 2014 | Jason DeWitt
    Language/violence warning. Surprised this is Wal-Mart. Canada no less.
  • Vicious beaver attacks Halifax snorkeler off Nova Scotia’s coast

    09/06/2014 6:44:42 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 29 replies
    National Post ^ | September 5, 2014 | Hayden Kenez
    Jeremy McNaughton won’t quickly forget his encounter with a rogue beaver that attacked him off the shores of Nova Scotia. The 23-year-old Halifax man was snorkelling in Spanish Ship Bay, near Sherbrooke, with a couple of friends, when one of them looked down and noticed an animal of generous proportions with reddish-brown fur following them. “I thought it must be a seal,” said Paul Skerry, who was in the water with McNaughton, due to the sheer size of the creature, which he estimates weighed nearly 50 pounds. Never suspecting its true identity, considering beavers live exclusively in freshwater, Skerry couldn’t...
  • WSP Global to buy Balfour Beatty's U.S. professional services unit

    09/05/2014 3:24:44 PM PDT · by Perdogg
    Canada's WSP Global Inc (WSP.TO) said it would buy Balfour Beatty Plc's (BALF.L) U.S. professional services division, Parsons Brinckerhoff, for an enterprise value of about $1.24 billion (about 692 million pounds), to increase its footprint in the U.S. transportation segment.
  • PM announces the deployment of Canadian Armed Forces to Iraq

    09/05/2014 8:08:23 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 30 replies
    Prime Minister of Canada ^ | September 5, 2014
    Introduction Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the deployment of several dozen members of the Canadian Armed Forces to Iraq. Upon receipt of final consent from Iraq, they will join the U.S. in advising the Government of Iraq on how to enable security forces in the northern part of the country to be more effective against the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This will contribute to protecting Iraqi citizens being persecuted by ISIL and help prevent any further escalation of the humanitarian crisis being caused by those fleeing the terrorist group. More specifically,...
  • Is Canada Now More American than America?

    09/05/2014 7:11:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/05/2014 | John Fund
    The merger of U.S. hamburger giant Burger King with Tim Hortons, Canada’s favorite coffee shop, will create the world’s third largest fast-food company, with a total of 18,000 restaurants in over 100 countries. It is also a piercing wake-up call for the U.S., because the new company will make its global headquarters in Canada’s province of Ontario. That underscores what savvy businesses everywhere have learned — the U.S. is an increasingly less attractive place to do business. “Canada has quietly and politely become, well, more American than America,” says columnist Stephen Green. Since 2003, more than 35 major U.S. companies...
  • Project aiming to push ‘LGBTQ2S’ picture books into pre-K classes meets funding goal

    09/05/2014 7:10:07 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 34 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/4/14 | Matthew Lau
    An online fundraising project to publish new LGBTQ2S picture books for children aged 4-8, with the hope of having the books picked up by schools, has recently met its fundraising target.  693 backers pledged a combined $56,793 to the project, called the “Flamingo Rampant Book Club.”  The fundraising goal was $49,000. The books will “celebrate a great and wide variety of LGBTQ2S kids, families, and communities,” according to the description of the project.  The books will also “celebrate gender-independent kids and adults.” The individual behind the project is S. Bear Bergman.  Given that his same-sex spouse, who goes by the...
  • Exclusive: Canada seen buying fighter jets from U.S., not Europe - source

    09/04/2014 9:34:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 4, 2014 | RANDALL PALMER, DAVID LJUNGGREN AND ANDREA SHALAL
    (Reuters) - Canada is likely to choose between two major U.S. firms when it buys a new fleet of jet fighters, excluding two European competitors, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter. The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 stealth fighter and Boeing Co's F-18 E/F Super Hornet were deemed more suitable for the variety of tasks the military has laid out. The source said that while the F-35 had scored well on the various tests laid out by the military, the Super Hornet was almost as capable and had...
  • Following The Anti-Oil Money: Tides, Dicaprio, Saudi Arabia?

    09/04/2014 8:18:47 PM PDT · by PingPongChampion · 22 replies
    Poletical ^ | September 2nd, 2014 | R. Rados
    Journalist James O'Keefe recently tricked actors Ed Begley Jr. and Mariel Hemingway into accepting fake Middle Eastern money to help fund an anti-fracking film in Hollywood. Neither Begley or Hemingway knew they were being duped and secretly filmed. Both actors agreed to hide the fact that their film would be funded by Middle Eastern interests. O'Keefe also captured Hollywood producers explaining methods of hiding the funding, referring to various “non-profit groups” that would help keep Middle Eastern funding under wraps. The full undercover video can be watched right here. The idea that Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia would invest...
  • York police warn of pricey hazards of Frosh Week

    09/04/2014 4:06:17 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 5 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | September 4, 2014 | Katelyn Verstraten
    Frosh week is well underway for post-secondary students in Ontario — and things could get expensive for some of the more mischievous young adults. York Regional Police issued a frosh week expense list on Wednesday, naming “a few activities considered to be college rituals” alongside the penalty for being caught partaking in each. “Frosh week is extremely fun. It can also be extremely expensive. And we’re not talking about the cost of your textbooks and varsity sweater,” the expense list states. Activities include starting a bonfire with your dorm room sofa (up to $5,000, jail, or both), forcing a pet...
  • B.C. Woman Sues Ex-Boyfriend To Pay For Failed Class After Breakup (Canada)

    09/03/2014 8:41:35 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 29 replies
    Canadian Press via HuffPo.ca ^ | 29AUG2014 | CP Staff Writer
    KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A 22-year-old B.C. woman is suing her ex-boyfriend to pay tuition for a class she says she failed due to distress over the breakup. Roopam Plawn, a marketing student at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, says in her notice of claim that she is seeking $500 for the class, $600 for anxiety, depression, insomnia and loss of working time and performance and $250 for "severe distress." She also wants Jasmeet Ahluwalia to pay court costs. Plawn says in the court document that she met the international student in September 2013, they broke up in early 2014, got...
  • Canadian cowardly head doc’s hand-wringing OK for assisted suicide

    09/02/2014 11:16:38 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/29/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    p>This is how the culture of death advances. A clueless, or cowardly–or both–authority figure says he or she is against assisted suicide except as a very last resort when everything else has been tried. Never mind that medicalized killing has never been so limited anywhere assisted suicide/euthanasia is legal. Never. Ever. Nowhere. Not Oregon. Not Washington. Not the Netherlands. Not Belgium. Not anywhere on planet earth. But saying that it is OK, if limited to a very last resort when everything that can be conjured by the minds of medical science has failed allows a surrender with seeming principle. That’s the kind of abjection now pushed by the head of...
  • B’nai Brith CEO to nominate Harper for Nobel Peace Prize

    09/01/2014 9:00:42 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 5 replies
    Globe & Mail ^ | August 29, 2014 | Kim Mackrael
    The head of a prominent Canadian Jewish organization says he plans to nominate Stephen Harper for a Nobel Peace Prize Mr. Harper is a staunch supporter of Israel whose comments on the Middle East have at times put him at odds with other Western leaders. In a news release issued by B’nai Brith Canada, Mr. Dimant praised the Prime Minister’s approach in dealing with major international conflicts. He said Mr. Harper has demonstrated international leadership and a clear understanding of the differences between those who “seek to do evil” and their victims. “More than any other individual, he has consistently...
  • Canada talks tough on Ukraine, but cuts $2.7-billion from defence in 2015

    09/01/2014 1:31:41 PM PDT · by mac_truck · 8 replies
    National Newswatch ^ | Sept 1 2014 | Murray Brewster
    OTTAWA - Stephen Harper has been one of the toughest-talking leaders throughout the Ukraine crisis, yet newly released figures show National Defence is expected to face an even deeper budget hole in the coming year than previously anticipated. The ongoing reductions come as the prime minister is expected to resist pressure from allies at this week's NATO summit to spend substantially more on the military. Annual spending on the military, when compared with 2011, is slated to shrink by a total of $2.7-billion in 2015, according to a briefing note prepared for the deputy defence minister. That would be almost...
  • Let bygones be bygones

    09/01/2014 1:26:57 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 28 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 1, 2014 | John Robson
    You burn one White House and some people completely lose their sense of humour. We should be proud that we can look back and laugh. When the British embassy in Washington tweeted a photo of a cake with the White House plus British and American flags and joked “Only sparklers this time!” the Internet burst into flames. As usual. But the embassy, upper lip quivering, then bleated “We meant to mark an event in history and celebrate our strong friendship today.” Personally I can’t think of a better way of doing so than making light of what an earlier embassy...
  • As Olivia Chow flounders, Rob Ford’s fans show us that the common man still matters [Toronto]

    09/01/2014 4:06:47 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 10 replies
    National Post [Canada] ^ | Aug. 30, 2014 | Rex Murphy
    ... It has been amazing to watch Chow slip to third place. Rob Ford, the great helmsman of punk politics, has now crashed out in front of the woman who (the Toronto Star long assured us) was supposed to waltz away with the race, fresh from her stint as MP in the House of Commons. Ms. Chow has plummeted markedly — from her start at 38% to a despairing 23%.... Does the result flow from Mr. Ford’s largely unacknowledged campaigning genius? Is there another person in Toronto, or all of Canada, who could carry the burdens he does, almost all...