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  • Suspect in attack on 2 soldiers in Quebec 'had become radicalized': PMO

    10/20/2014 5:16:47 PM PDT · by xp38 · 10 replies
    CTV News ^ | Oct. 20 2014 | CTV News
    The man who allegedly struck two soldiers with his car in Quebec and was killed after a police chase had become “radicalized” and was known to federal authorities, the Prime Minister’s Office said Monday. The 25-year-old hit-and-run suspect was shot after a police chase Monday in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, located about 50 kilometres southeast of Montreal. Before the chase ensued, he allegedly struck two members of the Canadian Armed Forces, who were on foot in a strip mall parking lot. One of the soldiers is now in critical condition, while the other suffered minor injuries.
  • O Beholden Canada: America’s northern neighbor is beset by familiar pension-funding problems

    10/20/2014 7:33:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    City Journal ^ | 10/20/2014 | Steve Malanga
    This summer, Montreal residents witnessed a strange sight: local police abandoned their traditional uniform pants and instead donned casual attire, ranging from camouflage and fluorescent-colored trousers to multicolored slacks. Some cops bizarrely even donned skirts. The dressing down was all done to show cops’ anger at the Quebec provincial government’s proposals to cut the costs of municipal pensions by getting workers to contribute more toward their retirement. Call it Canada’s summer of pension discontent. Governments throughout the country are grappling with as much as $300 billion in unfunded government-worker retirement debt. In a country of just 38.5 million people, that’s...
  • Container Ship Adrift off British Columbia Coast

    10/17/2014 3:08:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 17, 2014
    A Russian container ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel was drifting without power in rough seas off British Columbia's northern coast Friday, a scenario a nearby First Nation community described as its "worst fear." The Canadian Forces' joint rescue coordination center in Victoria said the Russian carrier Simushir lost power late Thursday night off Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, as it was making its way from Washington state to Russia. Canadian Navy Lt. Paul Penderghast said the ship was drifting nine nautical miles from shore, though he said it was largely maintaining that position. "It...
  • Recession in Russia, revolt in Venezuela? The knock-on effects of tumbling oil prices

    10/16/2014 4:04:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 15 October 2017 | Alberto Nardelli, bunch of other people
    The sudden slump in oil prices, which have fallen 15% in the past three months, has sent tremors through the capitals of the world’s great oil powers, many of whom could face testing budget crunches if the tendency persists. Higher output coupled with weaker demand from China and Europe has driven the price of crude down to $85 – its lowest for four years. The US also now produces 65% more oil than it did five years ago following the boom in shale production. The rise has contributed to the global glut of crude and allowed the US to import...
  • Venture capitalist says nuclear fusion is coming

    02/09/2008 7:10:32 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 26 replies · 178+ views
    Next Big Future ^ | February 07, 2008
    A picture from the patent filing for what General fusion is trying to build with backing from Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital. GF will build a ~3 meter diameter spherical tank filled with liquid metal (lead-lithium mixture). Rams use compressed steam to accelerate pistons to ~50 m/s. Make compression wave in the liquid metal. Microsecond of fusion once per second. Note: This could be considered like a variant of "steam punk nuclear fusion" made real if it works.
  • The Future May Be Getting Close to Reality in Vancouver, With D-Wave and General Fusion

    05/07/2014 8:58:37 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 10 replies
    http://recode.net ^ | March 18, 2014, 2:11 PM PDT | Liz Gannes
    Science The Future May Be Getting Close to Reality in Vancouver, With D-Wave and General Fusion March 18, 2014, 2:11 PM PDT By Liz Gannes   Vancouver is a land of scenic harbors, tall mountains and startups trying to harness the limits of physics.In town for the TED conference, I had the occasion to visit two such companies yesterday: D-Wave and General Fusion. D-Wave, a quantum computing company, is all about the very cold and the rather tiny. It has built enormous refrigerators that each house a single chip, laced with “qubits” that can be in the superposition of...
  • Nuclear fusion is coming, says noted VC

    02/16/2008 9:10:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 52 replies · 206+ views
    CNET ^ | February 7, 2008 | Michael Kanellos
    INDIAN WELLS, Calif.--Nuclear fusion will move from the lab to reality in a few years, a noted venture capitalist says. "Within five years, large companies will start to think about building fusion reactors," Wal van Lierop, CEO of Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, said in an interview at the Clean Tech Investor Summit taking place here this week. In three to four years, scientists will demonstrate results that show that fusion has a 60 percent chance of success, he said. If van Lierop were some crazy guy off the street with an old stack of Omni magazines, you could dismiss him....
  • Jeff Bezos Invests $19.5 Million in General Fusion's Nuclear Technology

    05/06/2011 12:24:35 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 05.05.2011 at 5:43 pm | By Clay Dillow
    This is the fusion company that PopSci said might save the world Bring up the prospect of fusion power, and often eyes glaze over. It’s not that it’s not a thrilling prospect--cheap and inexhaustible energy would solve a lot of problems here on planet Earth--but it’s been such a pipe dream for so long that it’s often hard to make people care. But at least one person with a proven track record in recognizing potential when he sees it has taken an interest in a fusion-powered future: Amazon founder and gazillionaire Jeff Bezos has thrown $19.5 million to Canada’s General...
  • A New Approach to Fusion

    07/31/2009 7:54:01 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 12 replies · 1,260+ views
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 07/31/09 | Tyler Hamilton
    A startup snags funding to start early work on a low-budget test reactor.By Tyler Hamilton General Fusion, a startup in Vancouver, Canada, says it can build a prototype fusion power plant within the next decade and do it for less than a billion dollars. So far, it has raised $13.5 million from public and private investors to help kick-start its ambitious effort.Unlike the $14 billion ITER project under way in France, General Fusion's approach doesn't rely on expensive superconducting magnets--called tokamaks--to contain the superheated plasma necessary to achieve and sustain a fusion reaction. Nor does the company require powerful lasers,...
  • Neil Young: Impeach Obama [VIDEO]

    10/15/2014 1:08:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/15/2014
    In an appearance Tuesday night on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Neil Young told host Stephen Colbert that President Barack Obama should be impeached for allowing fracking. “Last time you were here, you tried getting me to sing a song about impeaching the president who at the time was George W. Bush,” Colbert told the rock legend. “And you wanted to impeach him over getting us into the war in Iraq. “Now that President Obama is getting us into a war in Iraq, are you up for impeaching him too?” asked Colbert in his...
  • Supreme Court won’t touch foie gras ban (California’s ban)

    10/14/2014 12:22:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 14, 2014 9:41 AM EDT
    The Supreme Court is allowing California to continue enforcing a law that bans the sale of foie gras. The justices on Tuesday rejected a challenge to the law from producers of the delicacy in New York and Canada. …
  • Stephen Harper intervenes in purchase of new missiles: Source

    10/10/2014 9:35:14 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    POSTMEDIA NEWS ^ | POSTMEDIA NEWS | MICHAEL DEN TANDT
    Prime Minister Stephen Harper settled a dispute between Treasury Board and the Defence Department to approve an $800-million, sole-source purchase of next-generation Sea Sparrow missiles for the Royal Canadian Navy’s aging frigates, sources familiar with the situation say. The decision was taken early this week following a written request earlier this month by three ministers — Industry Minister James Moore, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson and Public Works Minister Diane Finley — that won out over the objections of Treasury Board president Tony Clement, sources say. The Sea Sparrow is built by U.S.-based Raytheon. The next-generation version, the Evolved Sea Sparrow...
  • Cuban migration surges over land and by sea

    10/10/2014 6:09:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 10, 2014 8:47 AM EDT | Michael Weissenstein and Christine Armario
    The number of Cubans heading to the United States has soared since the island lifted travel restrictions last year, and instead of making the risky journey by raft across the Florida Straits, most are now passing through Mexico or flying straight to the U.S. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol figures show that more than 22,000 Cubans arrived at the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada in the fiscal year that ended last month. That was nearly double the number in 2012, the year before restrictions were lifted. The changes in Cuban law eliminate a costly exit visa and make it...
  • Canadian doctors respond to Gwyneth Paltrow’s sun-exposure suggestion

    07/11/2013 3:11:11 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 27 replies
    National Post ^ | July 10 2013 | David Rockne Corrigan
    Gwyneth Paltrow isn’t a doctor — but it seems she occasionally pretends to be one in real life. In the most recent issue of British Cosmopolitan, the 40-year-old star of Iron Man 3 shared her thoughts on beauty and aging.
  • Pot should be legalized, regulated and sold like alcohol, says addiction centre

    10/10/2014 10:53:02 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 165 replies
    CityNews Toronto ^ | 10/09/2014 | Sheryl Ubelacker
    Canada’s largest mental health and addiction treatment and research centre is calling for the legalization of marijuana, with strict controls that would govern who could buy weed, from where, and in what quantity. In a policy statement released Thursday, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto said cannabis should be sold through a government-controlled monopoly and with limited availability and an age limit, possibly through outlets similar to provincially operated liquor stores. “Legalization means that we remove all penalties for cannabis possession and use by adults,” said Jurgen Rehm, director of social and epidemiological research at CAMH. “Canada’s...
  • If You Don’t Build It, They Will Leave

    10/09/2014 1:55:30 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 10-8-14 | Geoffrey Norman
    Seems Canada is tired of waiting – and waiting – for a decision on the Keystone pipeline and has come up with an alternate plan for moving the oil to market. As Bloomberg reports: It would be Keystone on steroids, more than twice as long and carrying a third more crude. Its end point, a refinery in the blue-collar city of Saint John, New Brunswick, operated by a reclusive Canadian billionaire family, would give Canada’s oil-sands crude supertanker access to the same Louisiana and Texas refineries Keystone was meant to supply. And: … if you’re a fed-up Canadian, like Prime...
  • NBC News softens report on ‘ISIS-inspired’ terror plot preempted by Canadian officials

    10/09/2014 12:42:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/09/2014 | Noah Rothman
    For the first time in years, the issue of terrorism is again near forefront of the minds of voters most likely to head to the polls in November. The rise of the Islamic State in the Middle East and the statements of American officials who warn that the nation is less safe today than at any time since 9/11 have made for an anxious electorate. The party in power, however, will not benefit from this increased apprehension – polls indicate that Republicans are most trusted to handle matters relating to foreign affairs and national security. This is perhaps why...
  • Justin Trudeau’s lousy week

    10/09/2014 8:53:08 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 26 replies
    Globe & Mail ^ | October 8, 2014
    Justin Trudeau’s opponents constantly try to brand him as unready for office, and the Liberal Leader keeps proving them wrong. Until lately, that is. Suddenly we’ve been hit with the temptation to say, Quiet, Justin. The adults are talking. It’s hard to imagine what Mr. Trudeau was trying to prove when he said the government should provide humanitarian aid and non-combat support to the coalition taking on the Islamic State – “rather than whip out our CF-18s and show them how big they are.” Did he think his remark was funny? Hip? Accurate? Between that comment, his reference in the...
  • Canadian authorities stopped ISIS-inspired mall attack: Report

    10/08/2014 5:31:31 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 21 replies
    Sun News ^ | 10-8-2014 | QMI Agency
    Authorities recently dismantled an ISIS-inspired plot to carry out a "knife and gun" attack at a Canadian shopping mall, NBC News reports. Anonymous intelligence officials told the American news network that a group of people walked through a Canadian mall to scope out its exists and plan an attack that would see them mowing down people on crowded escalators until police showed up.
  • How Alberta’s oil patch teamed up with the ‘little guys’ for an end run around Obama

    10/08/2014 7:13:35 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 22 replies
    Financial Post ^ | October 7, 2014 | Rebecca Penty, Hugo Miller, Andrew Mayeda and Edward Greenspon
    So you’re the Canadian oil industry and you do what you think is a great thing by developing a mother lode of heavy crude beneath the forests and muskeg of northern Alberta. The plan is to send it clear to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast via a pipeline called Keystone XL. Just a few years back, America desperately wanted that oil. Then one day the politics get sticky. In Nebraska, farmers don’t want the pipeline running through their fields or over their water source. U.S. environmentalists invoke global warming in protesting the project. President Barack Obama keeps siding with...
  • Franklin search: Canada confirms ship as HMS Erebus

    10/08/2014 6:37:52 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | October 2, 2014
    A shipwreck uncovered beneath the icy wastes of northern Canada has been identified as long-lost HMS Erebus. The Victorian-era vessel became part of nautical folklore after it vanished in the mid-19th Century. Its captain, Sir John Franklin, had been searching for the fabled Northwest Passage. Experts on Thursday confirmed that the wreck, discovered last month, was indeed the celebrated Royal Navy vessel. "It is in astonishing condition,'' said search team member John Geiger, president of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. "We're over the moon." The ship set sail from England in 1845 under Sir John's command. He was accompanied by...
  • Motorcyclist who jumped nude from cliff reportedly swerved to avoid turkey

    10/07/2014 9:33:45 PM PDT · by rey · 67 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | October 7, 2014 | RANDI ROSSMANN
    A turkey on Highway 1 caused a Canadian motorcycle rider to crash sometime early Monday, and the man told investigators he then walked to a coastal bluff and jumped off, naked. The 27-year-old Alberta man had shed his clothing as he walked and was found, nude and seriously injured, on rocks about 40 feet below a coastal bluff in Salt Point State Park. The CHP is investigating the man’s crash and a Sonoma County sheriff’s investigator is looking into what happened afterward, including whether he was trying to die or hurt himself or acted because of his injuries, said CHP...
  • Canadian ISIS attacks will operate out of a Kuwait airfield

    10/07/2014 9:32:06 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 4 replies
    National Post ^ | October 7, 2014 | Matthew Fisher
    Irbil, Iraq — Canadian warplanes that are to bomb targets in Iraq held by the Islamic State of Iraq & Al-Sham (ISIS) will operate from an airfield in Kuwait. However, it will be at least one week and perhaps not until near the end of October before six Canadian CF-18 Hornets from CFB Cold Lake are launched from the tiny Persian Gulf emirate, only 400 kilometres from territory held by ISIS, the ultra-radical jihadists who now rule large swaths of Iraq and Syria. Why might it take so long? The most obvious reason is that Canada was the last of...
  • Canada at war: Vote to launch combat mission against ISIS passes 157-134 in House of Commons

    10/07/2014 8:37:07 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 3 replies
    National Post ^ | October 7, 2014 | Postmedia News and Lee Berthiaume, Stephanie Levitz, Canadian Press
    Canada is again at war. One by one, Conservative MPs in the House of Commons led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper voted late Tuesday to join the war in Iraq, passing a controversial motion that clears the way for Canadian CF-18s to embark on airstrikes in the Middle East. After two days of debate, the motion to launch a combat mission against the militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) passed 157-134. Some 155 Conservatives voted in favour of the motion, with the help of Independent MP Brent Rathgeber and Green MP Bruce Hyer, while the NDP...
  • My principled abstention from the ISIL vote

    10/07/2014 7:01:04 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 4 replies
    Liberal Party of Canada ^ | October 7, 2014 | Irwin Cotler, MP
    Today, October 7, 2014, the Hon. Irwin Cotler issued the following statement: “For the last several weeks, Members of Parliament and the Canadians we represent have been seized with the genocidal incitement and mass atrocities committed by the violent extremist group known as ISIL. I know that my colleagues on both sides of the House have been horrified by ISIL’s brutality and depravity, and take seriously the question of how best to combat it. The motion put forward by the Government in this regard recommends a combat mission as a central part of an international coalition response that I have...
  • EU Policy Makers Propose Scrapping Mandatory Tar Sands Label

    10/07/2014 1:42:01 PM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone | October 07, 2014 | Barbara Lewis
    The European Commission on Tuesday proposed scrapping a mandatory requirement to label tar sands oil as highly polluting after years of industry opposition. The new proposal abandons one obstacle to Canada shipping crude from tar sands to Europe and is likely to draw strong criticism from environmental campaigners and Green politicians. It is suggested in a revised draft law on how refiners report the carbon intensity of the fuel they supply. The debate about labelling tar sands, also known as oil sands, dates back to 2009 when EU member states approved legislation with the aim of cutting greenhouse gases from...
  • Canada's CF-18s doing big things in world

    10/07/2014 10:51:23 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 3 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | October 6, 2014 | Joe Warmington
    If Justin Trudeau wants to see how big Canada’s CF-18’s really are, just look at what those who pilot and support them are achieving in the world these days. Amazing things. Big things. Monday was no exception as new NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg shook hands with our own CF-18 pilot and RCAF team leader in Lithuania, Lt.-Col David Pletz. Stoltenberg wanted to thank Canada for what a great job our team is doing patrolling the Lithuania airspace and protecting it from potential Russian planes coming into NATO-protected airspace. But it’s more than that. The pat on the back was...
  • Missing The Mark: The Criticism Of NPR's Climate March Coverage

    10/04/2014 3:01:58 PM PDT · by Drango · 6 replies
    NPR ^ | 3/10/14 | Edward Schumacher-Matos
    ~snip Driving the email barrage was an open letter to me in the liberal Daily Kos by one of its bloggers, Assaf Oron. He wrote that, "I have long suspected - with good evidence - that NPR news does little more than shill for the same interest that dominate our politics and mainstream media, albeit with a high-brow veneer. I think the final proof has arrived today." ~snip
  • ETFO 'white privilege' workshop dangerous

    10/04/2014 12:28:32 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 48 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | 10/3/2014
    TORONTO - The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is offering their members a workshop on “white privilege.” That’s right. It doesn’t question whether white privilege exists. That’s a given. No debate about whether all white people have special status. They just do. And the union representing more than 76,000 teachers is teaching its membership how to deal with it. White privilege exists, therefore ETFO will have a workshop on it. Frankly, as a white person who’s struggled all my life to become privileged, I really wish I knew what white privilege is, because I’d like a heaping helping. If...
  • US Syria Airstrikes 'Ineffective' Against ISIS

    09/27/2014 1:30:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    INN ^ | 9/27/2014, 9:41 PM | Ari Soffer
    US-led airstrikes against the Islamic State terrorist group (IS or ISIS) in Syria continue Saturday night, but are failing to slow the jihadis’ advance on the Kurdish border town of Kobane. […] But though US airstrikes—which President Barack Obama pledged would “degrade and destroy” ISIS—have extended from Iraq to Syria to aid the defense of Kobane, local sources say the strikes have been largely ineffective. “They struck empty buildings,” YPG’s chief of defense for Kobane, Ismat Sheikh Hassan, told The Independent. “ISIS fighters used to be there, but they left; so they haven’t helped us. If anything, they are now...
  • Islamic State advances near Kobane

    10/01/2014 6:37:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | 10/1/2014 | Caleb Weiss
    The Islamic State continues its advance towards the Kurdish of city Kobane in northern Syria. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that the Islamic State has gained control of "325 villages and towns" in the vicinity of Ayn al Arab (the Arabic name for Kobane). As the group moves closer to Kobane, more Kurdish citizens are fleeing for the Turkish border. Around 150,000 Kurdish refugees are reported to have fled to Turkey since this assault began two weeks ago. Refugees spoken to by NBC talk of food being scarce, electricity being cut, and little outside support for Syrian...
  • Among the Kurds: Kurds report seeing trains and black clad ISIS soldiers going from Turkey to Syria.

    10/01/2014 6:47:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/01/2014 | Fran Fawcett Peterson
    My Kurdish friends tell me the situation right now is grim along the Turkish border. The Kurdish fighters have escorted their families across the border from Kobani and are being prevented from returning to continue the fight against ISIS. If Kobani falls, ISIS will be handed a huge swath of territory right on the Turkish border. They say the US air strikes are not helping the Kurds and that ISIS right now has them outgunned and out manned. I have spent a great deal of the past 18 months amongst the Kurds in Turkey. As a learned gentleman from a...
  • Kobani, Syria: Impotent U.S. Airstrikes, Passive Turks and an ISIS Triumph

    10/04/2014 10:56:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 10/04/2014 | Jamie Dettmer
    Kobani has become the Kurds’ Alamo as they fight ISIS in Syria. Nobody’s coming to help them, and if and when they fall, the repercussions will be felt for years to come. ATMANEK, Turkey — At dusk on Friday evening the crackle of automatic gunfire, the whoosh of rockets and the sickening roar of tank shells echoed from the fighting in Kobani, Syria, less than a mile away. We stood on the rooftop of a derelict farmhouse meters away from a Turkish tank and a razor wire fence marking the end of Turkey. Nearby a family of Turkish Kurds busied...
  • Kurds battle to repel ISIL in assault on Kobani

    10/03/2014 7:59:18 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    BEIRUT // Kurds battled ISIL fighters on Friday for a town along the border with Turkey, as the Turkish prime minister said his country will prevent the fall of Kobani. The Kurdish town and its surrounding have been under attack since mid-September, with militants capturing dozens of nearby villages. The assault, which has forced some 160,000 Syrians to flee, has left the Kurdish fighters scrambling to repel the militants’ advance into the outskirts of Kobani, also known as Ain Al Arab. Meanwhile, aircraft from Saudi Arabia and the UAE joined US warplanes in a new wave of bombing raids Friday...
  • Canada to launch airstrikes in Iraq

    10/03/2014 8:53:27 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    AP via Modesto Bee ^ | October 3, 2014 | ROB GILLIES
    TORONTO — Canada plans to launch airstrikes against the Islamic State militant group in Iraq following a U.S. request, a senior government official said. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was set to announce details later Friday.
  • Canadians will likely have to pay millions of dollars to upgrade CF-18 fighter jets — again

    09/30/2014 4:37:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Postmedia News ^ | September 28, 2014 | Lee Berthiaume
    Canadian taxpayers will likely be on the hook for millions of dollars to keep the country’s aged CF18 fighter jets flying into the next decade because of delays in finding a replacement aircraft, secret documents show. The revelation represents the latest wrinkle in what has become one of the most troubled military procurement projects in Canadian history, which continues to sit in limbo as the countdown to next year’s election begins. The backbone of Canada’s air force, the CF18s were purchased in the early 1980s with the idea they would be retired in 2003. Instead, $2.6 billion was spent on...
  • $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder burns to the ground in Canadian gas station

    09/29/2014 7:33:59 PM PDT · by xp38 · 66 replies
    yahoo finance canada ^ | sept 29 2014 | Alex Lloyd
    Because of its nature as one of the priciest, fastest, rarest super cars in existence, a Porsche 918 Spyder involved in any kind of incident will make headlines. But when one burns to the ground in a Canadian gas station, well, that goes viral. The 893 hp hybrid hyper car is reportedly owned by Michael Werkerle, the CEO of investment firm Difference Capital and star of CBC's Dragon's Den (Canada's equivalent of Shark Tank). Witnesses state that gas spilled during the car's refueling in a Toronto gas station and ignited via the twin exhaust pipes. Those pipes protrude upwards from...
  • Air Canada warns pilots about bringing PORN in plane cockpits

    09/27/2014 3:16:05 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 38 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 9-26-14 | Chris Kitching
    A Canadian airline has sent a warning to its pilots to stop bringing pornographic material into the cockpit. In an internal bulletin to staff, Air Canada threatened to sack and/or pursue criminal charges against pilots who were caught displaying ‘inappropriate material’ on a flight. The warning was sent to employees after obscene material was discovered while an official with Transport Canada, the national industry regulator, was seated in the cockpit. The bulletin was issued a year ago, but has recently been obtained by CBC News. In the notice, Rod Graham, Air Canada’s chief pilot and director of fleet operations and...
  • Officials nab Canadian man trying to cross border with 51 turtles in his pants

    09/26/2014 6:57:14 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 98 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | 9-26-2014 | Erin Mundahl
    September 26, 2014 Officials nab Canadian man trying to cross border with 51 turtles in his pants Erin Mundahl Using information gained from an anonymous tip, U.S. authorities detained a man this summer after noticing ‘irregularly shaped bulges’ in his sweatpants. But this wasn’t the Underwear Bomber 2.0. Instead, a Canadian man had taped 51 live turtles to his legs and groin and was attempting to smuggle them across the border, The Guardian reported. Kai Xu and his accomplice Lihua Lin were nabbed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife agents near the Detroit border crossing, where the two were attempting to...
  • Cargo ship from Nunavik mine to travel Northwest Passage

    09/26/2014 1:08:16 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 13 replies
    CBC News ^ | Sep 22, 2014 2:49 PM CT| | CBC News
    A cargo vessel carrying a shipment of nickel from Nunavik to China left Deception Bay, Que., on Friday to sail through the Northwest Passage. Fednav, which owns the MV Nunavik, says it will be one of few commercial vessels to navigate the Northwest Passage, and the first to do so unescorted.
  • VIDEO: Toronto Mosque teaches 4-5 year olds beheading

    09/25/2014 3:37:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 9/25/2014 | Pamela Geller
    The problem is not “the Islamic State”, it’s the ideology. This is what President Obama fails to or refuses to accept. Which is why his strategy fails before it even gets off the ground.(video of beheading at link...start at around 3:25)A Toronto-area mosque is teaching young Muslim children the merits of authentic Islam (thanks to all who sent this in) “Here are the heads.”
  • The It Girl Of Climate Change Doesn't Get It

    09/24/2014 1:29:39 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 17 replies
    Globe And Mail ^ | 23 September 2014 | Margaret Wente
    Naomi Klein is by all accounts a wonderful person – warm, low-key, modest, committed and enormously hard-working. She also looks terrific in a crisp white shirt, which is what she wore for a recent photo shoot for Vogue. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Vogue is interested in fashionable intellectuals, and right now there’s no intellectual more fashionable than Ms. Klein. She told Vogue that her new book, This Changes Everything, is “a book about climate change for people who don’t read books about climate change.”
  • Suncor sends its first tanker of Western Canada heavy crude to Europe

    09/24/2014 10:32:24 AM PDT · by thackney · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 23, 2014 | Reuters
    Canada's largest oil and gas producer, Suncor Energy Inc, is shipping its first ever tanker of Western Canadian heavy crude from Canada's East Coast to Europe, a company spokeswoman said on Tuesday. Suncor spokeswoman Sneh Seetal confirmed Reuters shipping data that shows the aframax tanker Minerva Gloria was set to pick up a cargo of crude oil from the port of Sorel-Tracy on the St. Lawrence River in Quebec. Seetal declined to comment on where in Europe the crude cargo is going, citing commercial confidentiality. According to Reuters data it will be discharged in the Mediterranean. The crude was delivered...
  • Opinion: A Mistral For Canada

    09/24/2014 7:08:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    USNI News ^ | September 19, 2014 | Jim Dorschner
    The September decision by France to withhold delivery of two Mistral-class Landing Platforms Helicopter (LPH) building for Russia is an opportunity for NATO, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and for the French shipbuilding industry and economy. France should not suffer economically for taking a stand against Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine. Rather, NATO, France and Canada can benefit if a little mutually beneficial creativity is applied. While France desperately wants to complete the two amphibious warships — and get paid for them — NATO and Canada need the capabilities these ships can provide. For Canada, an LPH would help buttress logistic...
  • Police: Canadian woman arrested at JFK with guns, drugs in checked baggage

    09/22/2014 11:27:01 AM PDT · by dware · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09.22.2014 | AP
    NEW YORK – Police say a 24-year-old Canadian woman has been arrested at Kennedy Airport with handguns, ammunition and 33 pounds of marijuana in her checked baggage. Joseph Pentangelo is the spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police. He says the Scarborough, Ontario, woman was arrested at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday in Terminal 5.
  • Missing Afghan soldiers found at Canadian border near Niagara Falls

    09/22/2014 11:13:29 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 80 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9-22-2014 | Fox News
    Published September 22, 2014 FoxNews.com Three Afghan soldiers missing from Cape Cod military base Never autoplay videos DEVELOPING: Three Afghan National Army soldiers who vanished from a Cape Cod military base where they had been taking part in a training exercise have been found at the Canadian border near Niagara Falls, a senior Pentagon official told Fox News. The men were reported missing by the Massachusetts National Guard Saturday night at Joint Base Cape Cod. A statement identified the soldiers as Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, 48, Capt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada, 18, and Capt. Noorullah Aminyar, 20.
  • US Senate Panel Advances Bill To Force Keystone Pipeline Approval

    06/19/2014 5:04:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 16 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | June 18, 2014 | Ros Krasny
    The U.S. Senate Energy Committee advanced a bill on Wednesday that would force congressional approval of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline project, but the measure seems unlikely to be taken up by the full Senate. The bill, the latest effort by lawmakers to breathe life into the long-delayed pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, will languish without a commitment from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring it to a vote. The measure, from Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Republican Senators John Hoeven of North Dakota and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, would take a decision...
  • The New Conservative Love Affair With Canada

    09/20/2014 7:33:03 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09/19/2014 | Josh Barro
    There’s a great deal of truth to the conservative praise for Canada. Its fiscal choices have shown how a country can maintain a strong social safety net while taxing and spending efficiently and encouraging private investment. Openness to trade and skilled immigration have made Canada an attractive place to invest; perhaps too attractive for some, given the dizzying way Chinese investment has driven up housing prices in Vancouver. But there are two big caveats to the conservative case for Canada. First, the offsets. “The things conservatives love about Canada are closely linked to the things they hate most about Canada,”...
  • Canadian government begins invalidating passports of citizens who have left to join extremist groups

    09/20/2014 4:29:50 PM PDT · by fanfan · 49 replies
    The National Post (Canada) ^ | September 20, 2014 | Stewart Bell
    The government has begun invalidating the passports of Canadians who have left to join extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander revealed in an interview on Friday. The minister told the National Post his department had also revoked the passports of several Canadians who had not yet left the country but who had intended to travel to the volatile region to enlist as foreign fighters. He would not disclose the number of passports...
  • 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 · 17 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...