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  • ew Tesla owners on hook for $14K after sudden end of electric car incentive program (Ontario Canada)

    07/15/2018 7:57:25 AM PDT · by jerod · 51 replies
    CBC News ^ | July 14, 2018
    Ending program immediately for purchases directly from manufacturer is unfair, customers say Some Tesla customers say they now have to fork over an extra $14,000 for their new Model 3 electric cars because of Ontario's sudden decision to end an incentive program for electric and hydrogen vehicles. The provincial government announced Wednesday that the program will end on Sept. 10 for those who have their vehicle delivered, registered, and plated if it was purchased from a dealer, but it ended immediately for those who ordered their electric and hydrogen vehicle directly from the manufacturer. As Tesla does not have dealers...
  • ANALYSIS At the NATO summit, Trudeau won the argument. Did it matter?

    07/14/2018 6:04:09 AM PDT · by mkleesma · 68 replies
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | 7/14/2018 | Murray Brewster
    Call it a tale of two NATOs. There may be no better way to summarize the extraordinary events, the astonishing clash of visions that took place this week both inside and outside of the massive glass and steel beehive that is the new North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarters. Strip away the toxic tweets, the political posturing and diplomatic body-blows and what remains painfully evident is a stark sense that the soul of the Atlantic alliance was up for grabs at the recent NATO leaders' summit. On one side was U.S. President Donald Trump and his mercantilist view of the institution...
  • Navy Hopes for Commonality – Or at Least Interoperability – With Frigates in Australia, Canada, U.K.

    07/13/2018 8:15:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    USNI News ^ | July 12, 2018 | Megan Eckstein
    Top: Artist’s concept of Royal Australian Navy Hunter-class guided-missile frigate. Bottom: (left to right) U.K. Royal Navy Arrowhead Type 31e design, Austal USA FFG(X) design and Lockheed Martin FFG(X) design CAPITOL HILL – The U.S. Navy is in talks with Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom in the hopes that all four navies will design and field frigates with common combat systems – or at least interoperable ones – the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for ships told USNI News. Jay Stefany said the four navies have quadrilateral talks every six months, and a recent focus of those talks...
  • Gun Restrictions Prompt use of Boar Spear to Stop Mountain Lion Attack

    07/12/2018 10:22:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 54 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 July, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On 8 September, 2013, a problem mountain lion attacked Rick Coutts wife, Sandy Flores. The animal's purpose was to kill and eat her. The big cat had shown increasing interest in Sandy Flores over the previous months. The last time, it had snarled and slashed at Sandy. She managed to repel it with a machete. Rick considered getting a rifle. The couple lives in a remote location on the West coast of Vancouver Island, in Canada. Canadian regulations and testing requirements were stringent and prolonged. He believed he would never obtain the permit in time. The danger was ever...
  • Senate takes symbolic shot at Trump tariffs

    07/12/2018 12:17:43 AM PDT · by granada · 24 replies
    the Hill ^ | 11/07/18 | JORDAIN CARNEY
    The Senate on Wednesday took a symbolic shot at President Trump’s trade policy amid anxiety on Capitol Hill over his tariff strategy. Senators voted 88-11 to instruct lawmakers hashing out a deal on a government funding bill to include language “providing a role for Congress” on tariffs implemented for national security reasons, known as Section 232 of the trade laws. The vote is nonbinding, meaning lawmakers don’t have to add trade language into the funding bill. But the vote margin, with more senators supporting it than the amount needed to override a veto, underscores the depth of concern on Capitol...
  • Trump is more popular than most NATO country leaders (who think they’re better than he is)

    07/11/2018 3:55:13 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 11,2018 | By Raheem Kassam
    America is a nation obsessed with political approval ratings like no other. But the U.S. media seems ignorant to the fact that President Trump is currently one of the most popular leaders of a major Western nation in the world today. Guffaw if you like, but those who are both regarded and regard themselves as “better” leaders have lower numbers than the American president — and while his are trending up, some of theirs are in free fall. When Barack Obama left the world stage, having commanded a mid-40s average approval rating over the course of his presidency, the New...
  • Trudeau's lucky he's a relativist — he's decided his own failures don't matter

    07/11/2018 8:31:24 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 16 replies ^ | July 10, 2018 | John Robson
    Relativism is profoundly, inherently narcissistic. Whatever Trudeau did 18 years ago, he’s now in a position where he gets to feel no remorse I think he has been appallingly clear already. You might think I’m referring to his rank-has-its-privileges apology the next day that “If I had known you were reporting for a national paper, I would never have been so forward.” Saying I-thought-you-were-a-nobody-I-could-fondle-at-will is pretty ugly and would likely end the career of many men decades later including, say, members of Justin Trudeau’s cabinet. But evidently it’s not meant to end his, for reasons that look fairer but feel...
  • Mexico president-elect strikes upbeat tone on Trump ahead of talks

    07/10/2018 4:42:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 10, 2018 | Ana Isabel Martinez
    Mexico’s incoming president on Tuesday thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for his “respectful attitude” toward the next Mexican administration and held out hope for joint progress on tackling illegal migration ahead of a major meeting this week. Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is due to meet on Friday with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and others for talks in Mexico City. The meeting will be the first major face-to-face discussions between Lopez Obrador and his team and U.S. officials since the leftist won a landslide victory on...
  • I hate to say it, but Trump is right about Canada’s military spending

    07/10/2018 3:55:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Toronto Star ^ | July 10, 2018 | Rosie Di Manno
    Canada is a welsher state. (Hold your outrage, that adjective has nothing to do with the Welsh.) I am speaking specifically about this country’s financial contribution to NATO, the international alliance formed after World War II, constructed around the principle of collective defence. Article 5 of the establishing charter declares that “an attack on one is an attack on all.” Originally and for four decades the thrust of NATO’s raison d’être was deterring Soviet aggression. With the end of the Cold War, NATO shifted toward helping former Soviet-bloc countries embrace democracy and the market economy. But now it’s come full...
  • Canada Has Given Up Trying To Find A Good Home For Its Retired Leopard Tanks

    07/10/2018 6:10:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    The Drive ^ | JULY 9, 2018 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Canada is throwing in the towel when it comes to trying to find a suitable buyer for dozens of aging Leopard C2 main battle tanks. A potential deal to sell them to Jordan has apparently fallen through amid that country’s own plans to trim back its heavy armored forces and now the bulk of the C2s look destined for the junk heap. Canada’s Global News was first to report on the development after learning of the negotiations with the Jordanian government through its source’s and the country’s access to information law. Canadian authorities have been trying to sell off the...
  • As Canada forges ahead on bridge project, trade tensions near a boil

    07/09/2018 1:14:31 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    Crain's Detroit Business ^ | July 8, 2018 | Chad Livengood
    WINDSOR, Ontario — The Canadian government is forging ahead with construction of a new Detroit River bridge designed to enhance trade as economic relations between the longtime trading partners grow strained — and the crossing could become a bargaining chip. Major construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge is expected to begin this fall once a contract is signed with Bridging North America, the consortium of infrastructure companies chosen last week by the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority to build the bridge. The long-awaited move toward an official groundbreaking later this month comes as President Donald Trump threatens a tariff on Canadian-assembled...
  • Justin Trudeau admits to apologizing to reporter he allegedly groped

    07/07/2018 3:20:35 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 47 replies ^ | July 06, 2018 | Ryan Gaydos
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau admitted Thursday he previously apologized to a reporter who alleged Trudeau groped her at a festival in 2000 -- but the Liberal Party leader continued to insist he didn’t act inappropriately. Trudeau expanded on comments he made Sunday, when he told reporters he didn’t “remember any negative interactions” on the day in which he's accused of groping a Creston Daily Advance journalist. “I’ve been reflecting very carefully on what I remember from that incident almost 20 years ago,” he said. “I do not feel that I acted inappropriately in any way. But I respect the...
  • Father 'stunned' citizenship won't pass on to children[Canada]

    07/05/2018 12:40:38 PM PDT · by Theoria · 31 replies
    CTV News ^ | 03 July 2018 | Nick Wells
    A B.C. father is blaming Canada's citizenship rules for keeping his kids separated from him and his home country. Patrick Chandler was stunned to learn despite being a Canadian citizen, he wasn’t able to pass on his citizenship to his four-year-old and nine-year-old children, who were born in China while he was working there. He attempted to bring his kids to Canada but was stopped at the last minute by Canadian officials. “(The worker) starts stamping the documents and says at the very last second, ‘Oh wait a second. You weren’t born in Canada and neither was your daughter. We...
  • 'We are the casualty:' US pig farmers brace for second round of pork tariffs from China, Mexico

    07/04/2018 11:23:56 AM PDT · by Poison Pill · 75 replies
    CNBC ^ | 7/4/2018 | Jeff Daniels
    U.S. pork producers are about to be bitten by a second batch of hefty retaliatory tariffs from China and Mexico — and that has some large producers predicting they could lose big money and be forced to invest overseas. Executives say the pork industry has been expanding in recent years, in part on the expectation of export opportunities that would continue to support growth. However, the threat of a trade war is adding uncertainty and driving fear. "We put a halt on all investment, not just because we will be losing money, but because we don't know if growing in...
  • How Andrés Manuel López Obrador will remake Mexico

    06/28/2018 8:27:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies ^ | 6/28/2018 | Unk
    Mexican voters are so fed up with their ruling class that they are taking a chance on a populist. These events sum up what many Mexicans have long liked about Mr López Obrador, and what others fear. His concern for the poor and wish to improve their lot is sincere. However, Mr López Obrador has a shaky grasp of economics—urging some people not to pay their bills tends to drive up prices for everyone else, for example. And he has little respect for rules or institutions. This matters because Mr López Obrador is set to become Mexico’s president in an...
  • Mexico’s Victor Reaches Out to Trump, Seeks NAFTA Deal

    07/02/2018 9:31:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    GV Wire ^ | July 2, 2018 | The Associated Press
    MEXICO CITY — The morning after his crushing election victory, Mexico’s president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador thanked President Donald Trump for his congratulation message and said he’ll contact the U.S. leader to “reach an understanding.” Lopez Obrador said in an interview Monday with the Televisa news network that Trump’s Tweet Sunday night “was very respectful. That is what we always want to maintain with the U.S. government, that there be mutual respect.” Trump tweeted Sunday that “I look very much forward to working with him. There is much to be done that will benefit both the United States and Mexico!”(continued)
  • Mexico's president-elect thanks Trump, says pair will 'reach an understanding'

    07/02/2018 11:20:28 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/02/18 | Emily Birnbaum
    Mexico’s president-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, on Monday thanked President Trump for congratulating him on his election win and said the pair will “reach an understanding," according to The Associated Press. López Obrador, who triumphed in Sunday’s presidential election over the ruling PRI party, is a leftist who has previously criticized Trump. He wrote a book titled "Oye, Trump" ("Listen Up, Trump"), which criticizes the U.S. president's plans to build a wall along the U.S. southern border. Trump tweeted his congratulations to López Obrador on Monday. "I look very much forward to working with [Lopez Obrador]," Trump tweeted on Monday....
  • Mexico’s new president doesn’t want Mexicans to have to immigrate to the US

    07/04/2018 7:51:16 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/04/18 | Teresa Puente
    Mexico elected a new president Sunday and his win should impact the U.S. debate over immigration. In his acceptance speech Andrés Manuel López Obrador, vowed to root out corruption in Mexico, even if found among his friends and family. And he told Mexico’s poor that he would fight for them first. He also had a special message for immigrants. He said those who want to “emigrate should do so for pleasure, not out of necessity.” He said he would first work to tackle poverty in Mexico. An estimated 44 percent of Mexicans live below the poverty line and 7.6 percent...
  • Doug Ford ends cap and trade in Ontario

    07/04/2018 5:15:30 AM PDT · by xp38 · 86 replies
    The Toronto Sun ^ | July 2018 | Antonella Artuso
    Premier Doug Ford has officially revoked cap and trade — and is now starting to wrap up initiatives funded by the doomed program. “Cap-and-trade and carbon tax schemes are no more than government cash grabs that do nothing for the environment while hitting people in the wallet in order to fund big government programs,” Ford said in a statement Tuesday. “I promised that the party with taxpayers’ dollars was over and that this would include scrapping the cap-and-trade, carbon tax slush fund.”
  • Canada Takes a Turn With Doug Ford

    07/03/2018 11:22:51 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 23 replies
    US News ^ | June 28, 2018 | Paul D. Shinkman
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been able to maintain popularity at home during his three years in office despite a challenging, at times combative relationship with the Trump administration since 2017. But amid a conservative rise at home, the young leader of the country's Liberal Party is about to face a new front from Canada's most influential province. The Progressive Conservative Party firebrand Doug Ford, brother of the late former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, will be sworn in as the premier of Ontario on Friday and assume a highly influential position in a province he calls "the engine of...