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  • Harper saw through Putin from the start

    07/22/2014 9:05:34 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies ^ | July 22, 2014 | J.L. GRANATSTEIN AND WILLIAM KAPLAN
    After Russia orchestrated the absorption of Crimea into the Soviet Union – oops – into Russia, the Prime Minister told a German audience that Mr. Putin was a “throwback” to the USSR. “Unfortunate as it sounds,” Mr. Harper observed, “it’s increasingly apparent to me that the Cold War has never left Vladimir Putin’s mind.” Then the Prime Minister added, “we simply … cannot afford the risk of Europe going back to being a continent where people seize territory … where the bigger military powers are prepared to invade their neighbours or carve off pieces.” The economy was important, he went...
  • Quebec man arrested after allegedly trying to smuggle wife into US near Jackman

    07/22/2014 8:31:48 AM PDT · by Steven Scharf · 19 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | July 21, 2014 | Dawn Gagnon
    Bangor Daily News Quebec man arrested after allegedly trying to smuggle wife into US near JackmanBy Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff Posted July 21, 2014, at 8:14 p.m. BANGOR, Maine — A Quebec man who was arrested last week after allegedly attempting to smuggle his wife into the country made his initial court appearance Monday at U.S. District Court in Bangor. Pierre Poulin, 40, of St. Martin, Quebec, is charged with encouraging and inducing illegal entry into the U.S., a federal offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. He is being held...
  • Mike Duffy’s rise from high school dropout to ‘the Old Duff’ of Ottawa’s power elite

    07/21/2014 5:14:51 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 7 replies
    National Post ^ | July 21, 2014 | Don Butler
    Once, before the Senate and the scandals and the infamy, Mike Duffy was the most recognizable broadcaster in Canada, beloved by millions who relied on his insider accounts to interpret the machinations of political Ottawa. That seems a long time ago now. Since Stephen Harper fulfilled Duffy’s most ardent ambition in December 2008 and named him to the Senate — be careful what you wish for — he has been in a downward spiral of epic proportions. That spiral reached a nadir this week, which began with a report in Maclean’s magazine about legal action in Peru by a woman...
  • Calgary mom targeted by jihadist blogger after her radicalized son killed in Syria

    07/21/2014 10:46:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | July 21, 2014 | Reid Southwick
    Chris Boudreau has been reeling for months after learning her son died fighting with a terrorist group overseas. Now, a self-proclaimed jihadist is urging the Calgary mother to embrace an extremist ideology she suspects was used to brainwash her son. On his blog, Abu Dujana al-Muhajir claims he was among a group of young men who left Calgary to join “various fronts of Jihad” after forming a study group at a downtown mosque. Damian Clairmont, Boudreau’s son who was also part of the group, was later killed during rebel infighting in Syria. Clairmont’s death devastated and confounded his mother, who...
  • Putin has ‘let slip the dogs of war’: Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird

    07/21/2014 10:37:19 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 35 replies ^ | July 21, 2014 | Andy Radia
    Amid allegations that Russian-backed separatists are actively impeding the investigation into Thursday's downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine territory, the international community is expressing its anger. Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, said that he wants justice and that justice needs to start with a "credible unimpeded independent investigation" of what happened. "I'm very very disturbed by reports of the careless, even callous way in which the crash site has been treated," Baird said via a teleconference in the U.K., with reports suggesting that Russian rebels were removing bodies and evidence from the crash site and threatening international...
  • The 'media war is finally tilting to Israel's side

    07/20/2014 4:11:51 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 16 replies
    National Post ^ | July 19, 2014 | Rex Murphy
    I often call to mind the Avalon peninsula of Newfoundland when I think of Israel, and imagine what it would be like to crowd seven million people onto the fragments of the island most familiar to visitors. And think further of what it would be like to see Carbonear or Twillingate or St. John’s under deadly attack on and off for 70 years, and further troubled by a rain of thousands of rockets and missiles fired apparently at whim, indifferent to their targets, by a remorseless enemy. Considering this, and all its struggles since its birth, I’ve long thought that...
  • VIDEO: Through Fire and Water

    07/18/2014 11:41:18 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 18, 2014 | Conservative Party of Canada
    PM Harper and Canada's Conservatives stand with Israel.
  • Stephen Harper's Statement on Malaysian Air Shoot-down

    07/17/2014 10:19:51 PM PDT · by alphadoggie · 18 replies
    Thought it would be interesting to see what one of the actual leaders of the free world had to say about the shootdown of MH17 while the bozo in our White House was off eating burgers in Delaware and fundraising in NYC. Note, like a true leader, Harper actually makes a point in his statement: "“While we do not yet know who is responsible for this attack, we continue to condemn Russia’s military aggression and illegal occupation of Ukraine, which is at the root of the ongoing conflict in the region."
  • Canadian on downed Malaysian airliner [Also Australian, British, German, Belgian and others.]

    07/17/2014 7:28:52 PM PDT · by familyop · 36 replies
    Reuters, Toronto Sun ^ | Thursday, July 17, 2014 | Anton Zverev
    One U.S. official said Washington strongly suspected the missile that downed the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was fired by Ukrainian separatists backed by Moscow...The Netherlands declared a day of national mourning for its 154 dead. Twenty-eight passengers were Malaysian, 27 Australian, 11 Indonesian, six British, four German, four Belgian, three Filipino and one Canadian. All 15 crew were Malaysian. Nationalities of the others aboard were unclear.
  • Iran to fight Canadian law that allows terror victims to sue for damages

    07/17/2014 7:24:49 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 5 replies
    National Post ^ | July 17, 2014 | Stewart Bell
    The Iranian government has given notice it intends to challenge a two-year-old Canadian law that allows victims of terrorism to sue the Islamic republic for damages. After long ignoring a series of lawsuits filed by victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorist groups, Tehran now wants to participate in the Ontario court proceedings in a last-ditch attempt to have the cases thrown out. A court date has been set for December to hear Iran’s motions arguing it was never properly served notice of the civil suits and that the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act is invalid. The Toronto lawyer representing the Iranian...
  • Canada is Israel's 'most stalwart' friend: Consul-general

    07/16/2014 10:04:12 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 21 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | July 16, 2014 | Sue-Ann Levy
    TORONTO - The Stephen Harper government stands out today as the “most stalwart” and “most clear-minded” friend Israel has internationally, says Israel’s consul-general to Toronto and Western Canada. DJ Schneeweiss told the Toronto Sun in a candid interview Wednesday the Canadian government’s “full-throatedly clear” view that Israel has no choice but to respond to the indiscriminate violent attacks by Hamas is the kind of position many Israelis wish they’d see emulated by other countries around the world. “The story is a lot simpler than a lot of people would like to think ... by those who think they have to...
  • Rogers: Warrant Needed From Now On For Subscriber Data

    07/16/2014 11:43:11 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 6 replies
    HuffPost Canada ^ | July 16, 2014 | By Daniel Tencer
    Rogers Communications says from now on it will require police to get a warrant before it hands over subscriber data. “After hearing feedback from our customers and reviewing the Supreme Court ruling from last month, we’ve decided that from now on we will require a court order/warrant to provide basic customer information to law enforcement agencies, except in life threatening emergencies,” the company said in a statement Wednesday. “We believe this move is better for our customers and that law enforcement agencies will still be able to protect the public.” The country’s second-largest telecom by revenue released its first-ever transparency...
  • Canada: No Religious Liberty for Doctors

    07/16/2014 7:53:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/16/2014 | Leah Singh
    Another attack on religious freedom is under way in Canada, this time against doctors in the province of Ontario. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is reviewing its human rights code guidelines, and the public response has been explosive. Many people want the College to change its present practice of permitting doctors to opt out of referring or prescribing treatments that violate their ethics or religious faith. This is not a case of liberal intellectuals and unelected leaders reducing our freedoms without the consent of the public. Judging by the slew of negative comments to stories in the...
  • To keep 'Hollywood' in Hollywood, tax incentives are key ("phenomenal success")

    07/15/2014 4:36:16 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 18 replies
    LA Times ^ | 07/13/2007 | PAUL KREKORIAN
    ---SNIP-- Before California enacted legislation in 2009 to create its first film and TV production incentive, the state had been asleep at the switch while Canada and other countries, as well as more than 40 states, offered lucrative incentives to lure away production jobs. Many argued the incentive would not be worth the investment, but the program has proved to be a phenomenal success in creating jobs
  • Canadian Prime Minister Condemns Obama, West for Not Supporting Israel

    07/14/2014 7:33:14 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Jul 2014, 12:33 PM PDT | Thomas Rose
    In a stunning rebuke of President Obama’s tepid calls for Israel to show "restraint" in response to daily rocket fire on Israeli civilian targets by Hamas terror redoubts in Gaza, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, long considered Israel’s best friend and strongest defender, all but condemned President Obama by name for what he regards as Washington’s irresolute support for Israel during its time of grave crisis. In perhaps his most strongly worded statement to date, Prime Minister Harper proclaimed that self defense is "not merely an Israeli right" to be exercised only in the abstract, but an "Israeli obligation" that...
  • Ottawa cracking down on foreign diplomats who force domestic workers into ‘involuntary servitude’

    07/13/2014 5:52:08 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 8 replies
    National Post ^ | July 13, 2014 | Douglas Quan
    Foreign diplomats posted to Canada who want to hire domestic helpers from outside the country must first explain in writing what steps they took to hire someone locally, according to new guidelines issued by the federal government this month. Further, only senior diplomatic officials will now be eligible to hire household workers from abroad. The new rules come at a time when the government has been restricting several embassies and high commissions from hiring new domestic workers because of concerns about exploitation. Some critics say the government could be doing even more to tackle the problem. Lucia Spencer, executive director...
  • Jennifer Granholm: Not doing what Obama wants is Republicans’ ‘Katrina Moment’ (VIDEO)

    07/13/2014 10:11:22 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 10 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | July 13 2014 | Soopermexican
    Former Michigan Governor Jen Granholm is one of the nuttier of the Democrats, and she didn’t fail to fulfill expectations on Meet the Press, when she claimed that Republicans denying what Obama wants to do is their “Katrina Moment.” (Video @ )
  • Camp X has rich history as Canadian spy school

    07/13/2014 12:48:06 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 4 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | July 12, 2014 | Ian Robertson
    TORONTO - A German soldier dies silently as a World War II spy trained near Oshawa quickly and efficiently slits his throat. A trainee is killed while crawling under barbed wire during a live ammunition exercise. Recreated by a Canadian cast, such scenes — which viewers can see July 14 at 9 p.m. EST, July 15 at 3 p.m. or July 19 at 7 p.m. EST EST when History channel airs Camp X: Secret Agent School — echo the grim realities of agents who risked their lives while preparing to destroy enemy power plants and bridges. “We’re always looking for stories that...
  • Israel-Gaza Conflict: Harper Says Hamas Using Human Shields Against Airstrikes

    07/13/2014 11:50:15 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 14 replies
    CP via HuffPost Canada ^ | July 13, 2014 | Canadian Press
    OTTAWA - Terrorists are deliberately placing people in the path of an Israeli offensive aimed at stopping rocket attacks from Gaza, says Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Harper says there is evidence that Hamas, listed by Canada as a terrorist organization, is using human shields in its attempts to stave off the Israeli offensive. "The indiscriminate rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel are terrorist acts, for which there is no justification," Harper said in a statement issued Sunday. "It is evident that Hamas is deliberately using human shields to further terror in the region." Harper also called on other world leaders...
  • Death of Canada’s music-video-channel era? MuchMusic left with skeleton staff after job cuts

    07/12/2014 1:16:15 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 30 replies
    Financial Post ^ | July 12, 2014 | Claire Brownell
    As a MuchMusic VJ in the channel’s 1980s heyday, Terry David Mulligan remembers sneaking a film crew into the very temple of the American music industry — the Grammy Awards. His boldness paid off with a shot of a moment that went down in music history — Metallica storming out in a hail of curses after losing to Jethro Tull for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance. And Mr. Mulligan did it with what could charitably be called a small fib: telling the security guard he was part of the film crew there to accompany Olivia Newton John. “He said, ‘That’s the...
  • Media and courts treat women like delicate little flowers instead of full human beings

    07/11/2014 4:11:44 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 13 replies
    National Post ^ | July 11, 2014 | Christie Blatchford
    It’s called “the chivalry hypothesis,” and as Dr. Rob Whitley says, what it suggests is that judges and journalists tend to portray men as villains and women as victims. He’s one of the authors of a new McGill University study which looked at how Canadian newspapers describe mental illness and particularly if the chivalry hypothesis holds even when the women are “involved in violence or criminality.” In other words, are articles about mentally ill women different from those about mentally ill men and are the women treated more generously? After examining 1,168 newspaper articles published over six months, the answer...
  • Police track down motorcyclist clocked at 200 km/h (Montreal)

    07/11/2014 10:28:00 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 26 replies
    The Gazette ^ | 07/11/2014 | ANNE SUTHERLAND
    A motorcyclist going in excess of 200 kilometres an hour on Highway 40 was tracked down at his Laval home Friday after he evaded police. Sûrété du Québec officers noticed the speedster at 3 a.m. near Côte-de-Liesse Rd. and went after him with their lights flashing and siren blaring. The motorcyclist refused to pull over and continued west
  • Ron Paul Was Implicated In Failed White Supremacist Island Invasion

    01/20/2012 12:26:20 PM PST · by mnehring · 99 replies
    In 1981, a lawyer tried to subpoena Ron Paul to testify in the trial of Don Black, a Grand Wizard for the Ku Klux Klan who would later go on to found the white supremacist, neo-Nazi website, Stormfront. Black was charged along with two other Klansmen with planning to violently overthrow the small Caribbean country of Dominica in what they called “Operation Red Dog.” While a judge refused to subpoena Paul, Don Black would come back to haunt him many years later. In 1981 a group of American and Canadian white supremacists lead by Klansman and mercenary, Michael (Mike) Perdue...
  • A Hit Song That Will Make You Equally Ashamed to Be American and Canadian (2 VIDEOS)

    07/05/2014 10:07:35 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 13 replies
    Reason ^ | July 5 2014 | Nick Gillespie
    In June 1973, Canadian DJ Byron McGregor read this above commentary (written by fellow Great White Northerner Gordon Sinclair) on a radio station broadcasting out of Toronto. It eventually became a massive hit, peaking at number four on the Top 40 charts and generating cover versions by Tex Ritter and others. Despite not knowing the Canada was America's biggest trading partner, Ronald Reagan praised the track by name when he made his first trip abroad as president. Ironically, because it was written and performed by Canadians, it satisfied Canada's idiotic (and still in force, even when it comes to pornography)...
  • Toronto: Frenzied Muslim mob attacks and beats Jewish protesters

    07/04/2014 4:56:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 7/4/14 | Robert Spencer
    No Muslims were arrested, of course, although at least one of the Jews was: Muslims are a protected class in multicultural Canada. Here is an excerpt from Blogwrath‘s recounting of events: After that the Arab bullies turned against the Jews with sticks and fists. You can see that confrontation in the movie below (that moment was also covered by Blazingcatfur). After the vicious beating one person was sent to hospital with injuries and another one who came to support JDL-Canada was arrested for no reason (and held for several hours). Blogwrath refers to “Arab bullies,” but the reason why they...
  • Egypt 'declaring journalism a crime' by jailing Al-Jazeera correspondents

    06/23/2014 5:57:08 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 23 2014 | Harriet Sherwood
    Journalists and media organisations have warned that the jailing of three correspondents for Al-Jazeera English by the Cairo regime was intended to intimidate others from reporting freely on events in Egypt. The jail terms of between seven and ten years for Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were met with outrage from veteran correspondents who have reported on the Egyptian uprising and its aftermath. Jeremy Bowen, the BBC's Middle East editor, said the verdicts and sentencing were a blow to freedom of speech and freedom of expression. "This is also at least partly designed to intimidate other journalists, and...
  • Egyptian correspondent sentenced to five years in prison for inciting strife (Christian convert)

    06/23/2014 10:30:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Egypt Independent ^ | 23/06/2014 - 12:37 | (Al Masry Al Youm)
    Minya Misdemeanor Court sentenced an Egyptian correspondent who works for a US TV channel to five years and ordered him pay LE500 bail over charges of inciting sedition by broadcasting false news. […] Senior sources disclosed that the defendant was called Mohamed al-Sayyed Hegazy before converting to Christianity. …
  • John Kerry snubbed by Egypt's heavy jail sentences for al-Jazeera journalists

    06/23/2014 11:35:58 AM PDT · by mojito · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 6/223/2014 | Simon Tisdall
    Egypt's military-dominated government has delivered a humiliating, public slap in the face to John Kerry, the US secretary of state, by sentencing three al-Jazeera journalists to long prison terms only hours after Kerry personally expressed his deep concern about the case in high-level meetings in Cairo. The snub represents a disastrous beginning to Kerry's already fraught Middle East tour, which took him to Baghdad on Monday for crisis talks about the Islamist extremist uprising. The verdict, by a court responsive to government wishes, will also be seen as a deliberate, crude signal to President Barack Obama, who criticised Egypt's deteriorating...
  • Australia Pushes for Pardon of Al-Jazeera Reporter

    06/23/2014 10:23:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Straits Times ^ | Jun 24, 2014 9:15 AM
    Australia on Tuesday urged Egypt's new leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to issue a presidential pardon for Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste to prove to the world Cairo is on a path to democracy. Australian Greste and his Al Jazeera colleague, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, were both sentenced to seven years in Jail by a Cairo court on Monday for aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood and "spreading false news".
  • Stephen Harper mentions ‘God’ twice in Canada Day tweet, and outrage erupts

    07/04/2014 3:04:09 PM PDT · by A Formerly Proud Canadian · 24 replies
    Yahoo! Canada News ^ | Wednesday, July 2, 2014 | Andy Radia
    It may be nothing, but when Prime Minister Stephen Harper thanked God for keeping the country safe on Canada Day, he did so with the heaviest of thumbs and it did not go unnoticed. In one tweet, Canada's leader nearly doubled the amount of Godly references he has made this year, hammering the reference into a Canada Day message, twice. "God bless you all, and God keep our true north, strong and free!" reads a message posted to Harper's official Twitter account.
  • PEOPLING OF THE AMERICAS: Late Date for Siberian Site Challenges Bering Pathway

    07/25/2003 6:40:03 PM PDT · by Lessismore · 33 replies · 4,547+ views
    Science Magazine ^ | 2003-07-25 | Richard Stone
    As elusive as the Cheshire Cat, the first people to arrive in the Americas have tended to appear and vanish with each new twist in the archaeological record. The latest disappearing act may be taking place on page 501, where new evidence, some claim, casts another shadow over a once-cherished idea: that Asian big-game hunters crossed the Bering Land Bridge to give rise to the Clovis people, who were considered the first Americans. New dates show that a crucial Siberian site, thought to be a way station along the Bering road, wasn't occupied until after the Clovis had begun killing...
  • Discovery casts doubt on Bering land bridge theory

    08/04/2003 12:50:12 PM PDT · by NukeMan · 55 replies · 4,044+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | July 30, 2003 | Allison Heinrichs
    <p>An archaeological site in Siberia, long thought to be the original jumping-off point for crossing the Bering land bridge into North America, is actually much younger than previously believed, shaking the theory that the first Americans migrated overland during the final cold snap of the last great ice age.</p>
  • Russia-Alaska link: A Bering Strait tunnel

    04/21/2007 8:28:57 PM PDT · by chemical_boy · 33 replies · 1,411+ views
    Anchorgae Daily News ^ | April 21, 2007 | SABRA AYRES
    JUNEAU -- A proposal for another big construction project is gathering headlines across the world. No, we're not talking about a $30 billion pipeline to send natural gas to the Lower 48. This is bigger: A $10 billion to $12 billion tunnel under the Bering Strait linking Alaska and Russia. And another $50 billion to lay railways to make the tunnel usable.
  • Russia plans tunnel to link Siberia and Alaska

    04/19/2007 2:10:24 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 24 replies · 981+ views
    International Press Tribune ^ | April 18, 2007 | Andrew E. Kramer
    Russia introduced a plan Wednesday to build a tunnel between Siberia and Alaska under the Bering Strait, saying the $65 billion project could be used to export Russian oil, natural gas and electricity to the United States. While two officials at the Ministry of Economy endorsed the idea, they made clear that the Russian government had not signed off on it, other than to agree to a study on how to bridge the 93 kilometers, or 58 miles, of icy water that divides the Eastern and Western Hemispheres at their closest point. Plans for a land link over the strait...
  • Burger King Sells “Gay” Whopper, Canadian City Bans Chick-fil-A

    07/03/2014 10:33:38 PM PDT · by robowombat · 59 replies
    New American ^ | Thursday, 03 July 2014 17:01 | Dave Bohon
    Thursday, 03 July 2014 17:01 Burger King Sells “Gay” Whopper, Canadian City Bans Chick-fil-A Written by Dave Bohon font size decrease font size increase font size Print E-mail Burger King Sells “Gay” Whopper, Canadian City Bans Chick-fil-A Burger King has offered conservative Christian diners a reason to cross the restaurant off their weekly burger cycle. In a nod of support to the aggressive homosexual agenda sweeping the nation, reported USA Today, the fast-food mega-chain has introduced a “gay pride” version of its signature sandwich, the Whopper. “The Proud Whopper, as it's called, comes wrapped in a rainbow colored wrapper with...
  • There are reasons beyond salaciousness to revive the story of Paul Bernardo

    07/03/2014 4:39:28 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 15 replies
    National Post ^ | July 3, 2014 | Christie Blatchford
    It’s the story that just won’t go away, and more’s the pity. Most often, it’s been the convicted felon Karla Homolka who has unpleasantly floated to the surface of public consciousness now and then — now with the news of her marriage (to the brother of her Montreal prison lawyer, o sweet justice!), then that she was a mother, most recently two years ago when journalist Paula Todd tracked her down to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, where she lives with her hubby and their three youngsters. But this time it’s Homolka’s ex, the serial killer and rapist Paul Bernardo,...
  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Admits to Using Cocaine, Hallucinogenic Mushrooms and Crack

    07/02/2014 5:21:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, July 2, 2014 | Terence M. Cullen
    Ford, who returned to work this week after a stint in rehab, blamed his woes on using 'every drug you can probably think of.' But he said he never tried heroin, and he never did drugs in City Hall. The mayor is up for re-election in October. Liquor-loving, crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is blaming his woes on using “every drug you can probably think of.” Ford, who just this week returned to work after a stint in rehab, admitted Wednesday he dabbled with cocaine, hallucinogenic mushrooms and crack -- the last he still claims he wasn’t addicted to. But...
  • Flaws in Canadian system serve as red flag for Obamacare

    07/02/2014 3:23:47 PM PDT · by TigerTown · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 20, 2014 | Brett M. Decker
    As the U.S. debates ways to replace or improve Obamacare, Canada may offer a blueprint for reform. Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper has moved to transfer control from the federal government to the provinces and is opening up the socialized system to private clinics and doctors. “What we clearly need is experimentation with market reforms and private delivery options within the public system. ... that experimentation should occur at the provincial level,” Harper said a decade before winning a government majority in 2011. Now he's acting on his vision. This is relevant to the debate over health policy in America...
  • New Weapon in Fight Against 'Superbugs'

    07/02/2014 9:48:19 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 30, 2014 8:47 p.m. ET | By Ann Lukits
    Some harmful bacteria are increasingly resistant to treatment with antibiotics. A discovery might be able to help the antibiotics treat the disease. A soil sample from a national park in eastern Canada has produced a compound that appears to reverse antibiotic resistance in dangerous bacteria. Scientists at McMaster University in Ontario discovered that the compound almost instantly turned off a gene in several harmful bacteria that makes them highly resistant to treatment with a class of antibiotics used to fight so-called superbug infections. The compound, called aspergillomarasmine A, or AMA, was extracted from a common fungus found in soil and...
  • Canada Day 2014: July 1 celebrations across the country

    07/01/2014 3:54:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    CBC News ^ | Jul 01, 2014
    P.E.I. boasts the biggest fireworks display as part of the nation's 147th birthday celebrations. ... The 100th anniversary of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the Second World War were also be highlighted.
  • Movie for Dominion Day: 49th Parallel

    07/01/2014 12:22:27 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 11 replies
    Set in 1940 this is a uniquely Canadian war story. It follows crew members from a U-boat sunk in Hudson's Bay as they try make their way through an unfamiliar country and people to the, then, still neutral USA. Encounters include Hudson's post staff, trappers, natives, German Hutterite colonists, RCMP and more.
  • Turn-of-the-century Canadians were getting up to stuff you aren’t going to read in history textbooks

    07/01/2014 10:57:55 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 23 replies
    National Post ^ | July 1, 2014 | Tristin Hopper
    On about 15 metres of shelving at the British Library in London is a collection of Canadian images that curator Philip Hatfield calls “one of the most wonderful, idiosyncratic and personality-filled sets of photographs I’ve ever seen.” Dating from about 100 years ago, the collection features scenes of spectacular destruction from the frontier, some of the last images of First Nations struggling to maintain a traditional way of life and hundreds of photos of tough, corn-fed Canadians doing battle with everything from moose to bears to Germans to winter. Altogether, “you get a really strong sense of what it...
  • The Maple Leaf Forever? Flag designs that we didn’t pick

    07/01/2014 1:45:16 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 26 replies
    National Post ^ | June 30, 2014 | Tristin Hopper
    The Canadian flag, unlike many things from the 1960s, has lasted for decades without ever seeming outdated, campy or controversial. Indeed, after 50 years of flag peace, it is hard to imagine that Canada was once torn apart by the hunt for a new national banner. It was during those heady days that Canadians were invited to submit their own flag suggestions to a multi-party flag committee. Thanks to the preservation work of the University of Saskatchewan Archives and Special Collections, the National Post presents some notable examples of these Could-Have-Been Canadian flags.
  • Happy Dominion Day!

    06/30/2014 9:50:29 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 15 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | July 1, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    To all my fellow sons and daughters of the Great White North, a happy and glorious Dominion Day to you. There are many things I love about my native land. It doesn't have Fannie Mae and (John Koskinen's) Freddie Mac, so its housing market was not clobbered by subprime mumbo-jumbo. Many other things, from the banking system to immigration policy, are less insane than America and elsewhere. Its foreign policy in recent years has been sober and serious, as Israel and others appreciate. Beyond that, its political class seems less weird, or at any rate less expensive to maintain. I...
  • NYT: Scientists 'Startled' at Great Lakes' Rise; Another Warmist Prediction Is Biting the Dust

    06/30/2014 7:09:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies ^ | June 30, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    An undated but clearly recent page at the National Wildlife Federation breathlessly warns readers, in a section entitled "Threats from Global Warming," that "Lake Erie water levels, already below average, could drop 4-5 feet by the end of this century, significantly altering shoreline habitat." A Thursday Huffington Post Canada Business entry observed that "the (Great Lakes) basin has experienced the longest extended period of lower water levels since the U.S. and Canada began tracking levels in 1918." Of course, it's because of "climate change." Friday, Julie Bosman at the New York Times reported (HT Powerline) that "The International Joint Commission,...

    06/28/2014 11:45:02 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 28, 2014 | Thomas Rose
    Claiming it could no longer abide the Obama administration's five-year refusal to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline designed to bring 830,000 barrels a day of much-needed Alberta shale oil to U.S. refineries, the Canadian government recently approved plans for a huge new pipeline and port project to ship that oil to Asia instead.
  • "After America Comes North America", Gen. Petraeus Boasts

    06/27/2014 4:55:18 PM PDT · by givemELL · 3 replies
    The New American ^ | June 27, 2014 | Alex Newman
    "Former general and CIA chief David Petraeus (shown), a key figure in the globalist Council on Foreign Relations and the shadowy Bilderberg network, boasted at a recent conference that the United States of America is set to be merged into the continental regime being erected under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Speaking at the Margaret Thatcher Conference on Liberty last week in London, the ex-commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq essentially celebrated the end of U.S. independence — and by extension, the demise of the Constitution. “After America comes North America,” Petraeus said confidently in answering...
  • TELUS - Ramona's Story

    06/25/2014 1:22:05 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 11 replies
    A major Telecommunications firm pulled off an amazing surprise for one long-time customer. I have no idea how they got the idea, how they got the information necessary to know ahead of time that she would have the time of her life. It was obviously a three-minute advertisement but it seems absolutely genuine and I can't imagine how they did it.
  • Court asked to speed up Canada lynx recovery work ((UN Agenda 21 )

    06/25/2014 7:24:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    ap ^ | June 24, 2014 | MATTHEW BROWN,
    Wildlife advocates want a federal judge to order faster action on a recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx. ... Officials also say that lynx face a relatively low degree of threat compared to other protected species. The Fish and Wildlife Service was forced to come up with a timeline on the recovery document when Molloy last month expressed frustration with the government's progress. The judge said the "stutter-step" approach by federal officials necessitated court intervention. The lawsuit pending before Molloy was brought by Friends of the Wild Swan, Rocky Mountain Wild, Biodiversity Conservation Alliance and the San Juan Citizens Alliance....
  • Republican schism pits former running mates McCain and Palin against each other

    06/23/2014 7:29:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The establishment wing of the Republican party Tuesday will mount a last-ditch effort to prevent the Tea Party from winning a major victory in a high-profile Senate race in Mississippi. Thad Cochran, Mississippi’s long-serving 76-year-old senator, is fighting for his political life against Chris McDaniel, a Right-wing challenger backed by Sarah Palin. With polls showing Cochran heading towards defeat, the Republican leadership has rushed money and reinforcements to Mississippi to try to stave off another win for the conservative grassroots. John McCain, the former presidential candidate and one of the party’s most recognizable faces, campaigned for Cochran yesterday in the...