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  • Lawrence Solomon: The UN’s refugee welfare racket

    08/23/2014 6:27:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    National Post ^ | August 21, 2014 | Lawrence Solomon
    In UNRWA’s books, a refugee can be just about anyone who wants to be one In the West, it’s known as welfare fraud. In the Palestinian Territories, it’s called refugee relief. In both places, the fraud can become a way of life, seen as an entitlement that children and then grandchildren adopt. Only in the Palestinian Territories, though, does the welfare agency see its goal as putting more people on welfare and keeping them there, the better to keep “the Palestinian refugee crisis” alive. ... When Foreign Affairs Minister Manley offered to resettle Palestinians in Canada, Palestinians responded by burning...
  • Harper set to reassert Arctic territorial sovereignty amid ongoing tensions with Russia

    08/20/2014 11:43:40 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | August 20, 2014 | Andy Radia
    Prime Minister Stephen Harper begins his ninth annual summer tour of the Arctic on Thursday. Harper will take part in discussions regarding economic development, make a funding announcements about northern agriculture and take part in a military exercise in part to assert Canada's sovereignty in the region. This trip – unlike his past eight trips – is a little different from previous visits in that it comes with a backdrop of Russian aggression in Ukraine. Russia and Canada are rivals when it comes to Arctic sovereignty. Buoyed by the north's natural resource riches, Russia and Canada, along with the United...
  • Investigators release Quebec train disaster report

    08/20/2014 6:27:56 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 19, 2014 | Associated Press
    The weak safety culture of a now-defunct railway company and poor government oversight were among the many factors that led to an oil train explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec last year, Canada’s Transportation Safety Board said in a new report released Tuesday. TSB chair Wendy Tadros said 18 factors played a role, including a rail company that cut corners and a Canadian regulator that didn’t do proper safety audits. The safety board issued its report 13 months after a runaway train carrying 72 carloads of volatile oil from North Dakota derailed, hurtled down an incline and slammed into...
  • Fairview meat mix-up upsets Muslim community

    08/19/2014 9:06:11 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 18 replies
    Halifax Chronicle-Herald ^ | August 19, 2014 | Brett Bundale
    Confusion about what constitutes halal meat sparked a blunder at a community barbecue in Fairview on Saturday. After failing to provide halal meat, event organizers tried to remedy the oversight by having a local politician bless regular hotdogs. Patricia Arab, Liberal MLA for Fairview-Clayton Park, said a prayer over the hotdogs, mistakenly thinking this would make the meat halal. Meat that is halal, which means “permissible” in Arabic, is prepared following precise instructions detailed in the Qur’an. A halal animal must be healthy and fed a natural diet that does not contain animal byproducts. When it’s slaughtered, it is blessed...
  • Ontario Fiddles While Quebec Learns

    08/18/2014 9:10:49 PM PDT · by goldstategop
    Globe And Mail ^ | 08/18/2014 | Konrad Yakabuski
    ...The bull-by-the-horns approach taken by Quebec’s Philippe Couillard. Less than two months after his April election as Premier, his government tabled legislation to tackle the almost $4-billion deficit facing municipal sector pension plans. This means taking on the powerful police and firefighter unions, which have staged loud protests and, bizarrely, worn skirts to work to show their defiance. But while he’s open to amending the bill, on which the government will hold hearings this week, the Premier insists the objective of 50-50 cost-sharing between employees and employers is non-negotiable. Active employees will be required to bear half the cost of...
  • Choosing The Right Side In Conflict: Israel

    08/18/2014 8:10:48 PM PDT · by PingPongChampion · 1 replies
    Poletical ^ | August 16th, 2014 | R. Rados
    When choosing a side in conflict, it should be our moral dispositions that trump political correctness and ideology. Morality offers a simple solution to an array of complex problems. Secondly, knowledge and facts are powerful tools for determining which side is worthy of our support. Choosing to support a side that promotes everything that goes against our own common morality makes the least amount of sense. Murder, tyranny, genocide, racism and indiscriminate hatred (or the advocacy of those things) go against our common morality. To most of us, it's incomprehensible to accept any of those things as conducive to the...
  • Farah Mohamed Shirdon, Calgary ISIS fighter reportedly killed in Iraq, was ‘dead inside’ long ago

    08/17/2014 8:49:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    National Post ^ | August 15, 2014 | Katrina Clarke
    A young Calgary man who is believed to have been killed in Iraq fighting for ISIS was “dead inside” long ago, says his former best friend. Social media reports on Friday said Farah Mohamed Shirdon, a 21-year-old Somali-Canadian, had died overseas. It’s unclear when he joined the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham but in an ISIS video that surfaced four months ago, Mr. Shirdon can be seen burning his Canadian passport and threatening Canada and the United States. ... On a Twitter account believed to belong to Mr. Shirdon, a tweet from June read, “Beheading Shias is...
  • U.N. Security Council blacklists ISIS [EU Vote Unanimous For Arming Kurds]

    08/15/2014 12:35:44 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    Al Arabiya (With AFP and Reuters) ^ | Friday, 15 August 2014 | Staff writer, Al Arabiya News
    The United Nations Security Council took aim at Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria on Friday, blacklisting six people including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) spokesman and threatening sanctions against those who finance, recruit or supply weapons to the insurgents. The 15-member council unanimously adopted a resolution that aims to weaken ISIS and al Qaeda's Syrian wing Nusra Front, Reuters reported. ISIS has long been blacklisted by the Security Council, while Nusra Front was added earlier this year. Both groups are designated under the U.N. al Qaeda sanctions regime. EU ministers agreed Friday to back the arming...
  • Canada to deliver weapons to Kurdish forces in Iraq trying to fend off ISIS

    08/16/2014 6:26:32 AM PDT · by Clive · 12 replies
    QMI Agency via Sun News Network ^ | 2014-08-15 | GIUSEPPE VALIANTE
    OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Friday he will deploy about 30 soldiers and two cargo planes to help deliver weapons and other military supplies to Kurdish forces in Iraq. A CC-130j Hercules and a CC-177 Globemaster will transport weapons from the U.S. and its allies to the Kurdish Peshmerga who are trying to fend off "the murderous rampage" of the terrorist group ISIS, Harper said in a statement released Friday. "Canada will not stand idly by while (ISIS) continues its murder of innocent civilians and religious minorities," Harper said. The two planes are stationed in Cyprus and a...
  • WHO to pick who gets Canada's Ebola vaccine

    08/14/2014 9:00:36 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    www.cbc.ca ^ | Last Updated: Aug 14, 2014 8:49 AM ET | Staff
    Canada will donate doses of its experimental Ebola vaccine to the international community and the World Health Organization will help determine who receives it, a federal official says. The Canadian government expects to donate 800 to 1,000 doses of the experimental Ebola vaccine developed at the National Microbiology Laboratory. On Wednesday, Heritage Minister Shelly Glover, who represents Winnipeg, where the National Microbiology Laboratory is located, said the WHO, advised by experts, will decide how to strike a balance on who gets the vaccine Canada offers to the international community. "This is a decision that will be made by experts and...
  • Canada's experimental Ebola vaccine: How does it work?

    08/14/2014 8:57:10 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    www.ctvnews.ca ^ | Published Wednesday, August 13, 2014 9:56PM EDT | Marlene Leung, CTVNews.ca
    The Public Health Agency of Canada and the federal government have shared more details about an experimental Ebola vaccine that will be donated to help fight the current outbreak in West Africa. Dr. Gary Kobinger, chief of special pathogens at the agency, and Heritage Minister Shelly Glover shared more information about the VSV-EBOV vaccine at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. Here's what we know so far about the made-in-Canada vaccine. How many doses will be sent? Canada will be donating between 800 to 1,000 doses of the vaccine. A small amount of the vaccine will remain behind, in the event...
  • Man Wanted for War Crimes in Rwanda Caught Crossing Northern U.S. Border

    08/12/2014 8:11:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 12, 2014 - 3:43 PM | Paul Lagarde
    A Rwandan man wanted for his alleged role in his country’s 1994 genocide was apprehended in northeastern Maine last week after illegally crossing the U.S.-Canadian border. Jean Leonard Teganya was arrested August 3 after a local resident of Houlton, Maine reported a “suspicious person” walking in the woods near the Canadian border, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) press release. […] Teganya is an ethnic Hutu, the majority group in Rwanda. In 1994, he worked as a medical intern at the University Teaching Hospital of Butare, where Hutu extremists killed over 200 patients and staff members who...
  • Exclusive: Canada to donate its own Ebola vaccine to WHO for use in Africa

    08/12/2014 6:34:36 PM PDT · by blueplum · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 12, 2014 7:31pm EDT | Rod Nickel
    (Reuters) - Canada will donate a small quantity of an experimental Ebola vaccine developed in its government lab to the World Health Organization for use in Africa, the country's health minister said on Tuesday. The decision to donate the vaccine came after the WHO said on Tuesday that it was ethical to offer untested drugs to people infected by the virus. The Canadian government will donate between 800 to 1,000 doses of the vaccine, with the final number given dependent on how much Canada holds back for research and clinical trials. The government will also keep a small supply in...
  • Woman fired from Black Educators Association because she was ‘not really black enough’

    08/12/2014 12:00:45 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    eagnews.org ^ | August 12, 2014 | Ben Velderman
    HALIFAX, Nova Scotia – A biracial woman has won her case against her former employer – the Black Educators Association – after human rights officials deemed she had been bullied by co-workers for being “not really black enough” to do her job. Rachel Brothers was hired by the Black Educators Association in 2006 and almost immediately came under fire from subordinate Catherine Collier who, according to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, made it clear she thought Brothers was too young and too light-skinned to represent the race-based organization to the community, The Chronicle Herald reports. Other employees joined in...
  • UN Gaza Probe Head: Me? Anti-Israel?

    08/11/2014 10:28:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    inn ^ | 8/11/14 | Gil Ronen
    Prof. William Schabas, a Canadian law professor chosen to helm a United Nations commission examining possible war crimes in Gaza scoffed Monday at charges he's biased against Israel, but his past utterances leave little doubt as to his lack of objectivity. According to the Canadian Press, Schabas once suggested in a speech that he believes Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu should be "in the dock of an international court." He also wrote in a law journal article that the Israeli prime minister could be regarded as "the single individual most likely to threaten the survival of Israel." "The suggestion that...
  • I’m Wanted for ‘Hate Crimes’ in Canada

    08/11/2014 8:40:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 11, 2014 | Matt Barber
    It seems I have some liberal knickers in a knot north of the border. The left is anything if not predictable. It tickles me to no end when, by way of their utterly unhinged reaction to one of my columns, secular-”progressives” end up proving true the very point I was trying to make. Last month I wrote an opinion piece headlined, “The coming Christian revolt.” It was featured in multiple publications, including the print edition of the Newfoundland Herald, a weekly news and entertainment magazine circulated throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Among other things, I noted this objective reality in...
  • One law student has a radical proposal for fixing marriage: Cut it off after four years

    08/09/2014 6:25:03 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 42 replies
    National Post ^ | August 9, 2014 | Sarah Boesveld and Tristan Hopper
    Like many couples in their first months of courtship, Véronique Laliberté and Francys-Roch Bisson agreed to take things step by step. For this Gatineau, Que., couple, this also meant line by line — in the form of a relationship contract. The agreement, they say, sets clear expectations around resources and fidelity, guarantees they not take their partnership for granted, and gives them an easy out should they wish to take it. “We renewed after three months, we renewed after six months and now we have a contract for one year,” Ms. Laliberté told the National Post this week. “It’s working...
  • Canada quarantines patient with Ebola-like symptoms

    Canadian health officials said a patient who returned from Nigeria has been put in isolation in a hospital in a suburb of Toronto. The patient showed symptoms of fever and flu, possible signs of the deadly Ebola virus. Nigeria is one of several countries in West Africa that has had confirmed cases of Ebola, in the world's largest ever outbreak of the deadly hemorrhagic fever. 961 people have died following the outbreak and nearly 1,800 people have been infected since the beginning of the year. The unnamed male patient was being treated at the William Osler Health System's Brampton Civic...
  • Reporter Admits Covering Up Chants of "Heil Hitler' at Pro-Hamas Rally

    08/04/2014 6:00:36 AM PDT · by bboop · 22 replies
    Front Page Mag.com ^ | August 3, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Hear no evil. See no evil. Report no evil. When it’s Hamas supporters anyway. When I posted the video of anti-Israel protesters chanting “Heil Hitler” at pro-Israel supporters during Ezra Levant’s rally in Calgary Thursday (see here) you absolutely knew there was no way that attending media didn’t witness it and stayed silent – now we have proof that at least one did exactly that. While reading this piece “Silent vigil Palestinian solidarity” I noticed Calgary Herald reporter Erika Stark omitted the fact that Israel supporters were attacked even after referencing the event where it happened: Meanwhile on Twitter, Stark...
  • Halifax's first gay-friendly mosque opening this summer

    08/08/2014 11:30:29 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 44 replies
    CBC News Nova Scotia ^ | July 25, 2014 | CBC News
    Nova Scotia’s first gay-friendly mosque is set to open in the next few weeks. The Halifax Unity Mosque is an expansion of the Toronto Unity Mosque, also called el-Tawhid Juma Circle. The mosque is a “gender-equal, LGBTI/queer-affirming” place for Muslims to worship, according to its Facebook page. Syed Adnan Hussein has been building support for the Halifax Unity Mosque for a while. He found a space this week and hopes to start worship by next month. He hopes it will welcome people with a range of sexual identities. Many Muslims live in countries where being gay is a crime. Often,...
  • Canadian Anchor Exposes The Brutal Truth About Hamas For Those Who Still Don’t Get It

    08/07/2014 1:23:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Federalist Papers ^ | August 6, 2014 | Steve Straub
    Canadian anchor explains the truth about Hamas for those, who still don’t get it. ... Radical Islam is against everything the left hold’s dear. There are no LGBT rights, gay marriage or women’s rights in Gaza or vast segments of the Islamic world. ... Why does the left champion Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic groups when those groups hate everything the left stands for?
  • Ukraine to get helmets, vests from Canada to help protect border

    08/07/2014 12:27:45 PM PDT · by Krosan · 6 replies
    CBC News ^ | Aug 07, 2014 | Laura Payton
    Canada will send military equipment to help Ukraine protect its eastern border, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson said Thursday. Nicholson made the announcement at CFB Trenton, a busy air base located a 90-minute drive east of Toronto. "Ukraine has asked for this and once again we are delivering," Nicholson said. "[Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s failure to end his support to armed rebel groups constitutes a real threat to international peace and security​." The equipment includes includes helmets, ballistic eyewear, protective vests, first-aid kits, tents and sleeping bags, according to a news release from the Prime Minister's Office. The release says the...
  • Canada-EU free trade deal may pave way for US agreement

    08/06/2014 10:38:43 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 1 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 6 August 2014 | BBC
    Canada and the European Union have agreed the final text for a free trade agreement that could provide a blueprint for a US-EU trade deal. Tuesday's deal will cut tariffs between Canada and the EU by 98% and could boost trade by 20%, or about $20bn.
  • Canada imposes new sanctions over Russia’s role in Ukraine crisis

    08/06/2014 12:52:00 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    theglobeandmail.com ^ | Aug. 06 2014 | Reuters
    Canada has slapped fresh economic sanctions and travel bans on some Russian and Ukrainian groups and individuals. In addition to VTB Bank OAO , Russia’s second-largest bank by assets, Canada targeted Bank of Moscow and the Russian Agricultural Bank (Rosselkhozbank). The United States imposed sanctions on all three banks last Wednesday to punish Russia for its actions in Ukraine.
  • Newfoundland woman baffled when ‘inappropriate’ scrapbook baby photos confiscated by Walmart

    08/06/2014 5:25:10 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 49 replies
    National Post ^ | August 5, 2014 | Tristin Hopper
    A Newfoundland woman says she is baffled by the actions of a local Walmart after it confiscated a pair of “inappropriate” photos of her eight-month-old daughter clutching an empty beer bottle. “When I saw the images I kind of chuckled to myself because they seemed so innocent that I was in disbelief that they were being flagged as inappropriate,” said Robin Walsh, a Gander mother of two. Store staff also seized a bare-bottomed photo of her daughter and five-year-old son as they prepared for a bath. “I thought it was such a cute photo,” she said, noting that the image...
  • Stephen Harper’s rigid support for Israel... ‘foreign affairs should be fought on moral grounds’

    08/05/2014 8:07:25 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 8 replies
    National Post ^ | August 4, 2014 | Mark Kennedy
    OTTAWA — On April 25, 2003, Stephen Harper appeared at a gathering of conservatives in Toronto brought together by the Civitas group. He was leader of the Canadian Alliance party, a thankless job with little likelihood he could knock the governing Liberals from their perch. But Mr. Harper’s speech that day, later reprinted in an essay, was remarkably prescient. For anyone who cared to notice, it revealed how he would one day turn Canadian foreign policy on its head and, perhaps most notably, make this country the world’s most fervent ally of Israel. Mr. Harper said Canada’s conservatives needed to...
  • Pro-Palestinian Protesters In Calgary: “All Hail Hitler” ( Canada )

    08/05/2014 7:17:25 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 3, 2014 | Jim Treacher
    A reporter for the Calgary Herald was there, but she didn’t find their words newsworthy. Her story about the rally mentions the counter-protesters, but not their “All Hail Hitler” chant. See, because that might cause problems for the good guys. The ones using children as shields.
  • Harper marks 100th anniversary of the First World War, critical conflict in Canadian history

    08/04/2014 3:04:43 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    canada.com ^ | August 4, 2014 | Lee-Anne Goodman
    OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War on Monday, crediting the conflict, despite its terrible loss of life, as an essential part of Canada’s development as a nation. “Amid the appalling loss, by any measure, Canada as a truly independent country was forged in the fires of the First World War,” Harper told a military crowd gathered at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. Canada’s involvement in the war began a century ago when Britain declared war against Germany. The First World War became a critical turning point for...
  • Canada to clinch trade deal with EU in September

    08/03/2014 11:00:42 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper
    CBC News ^ | July 31, 2014 | Chris Hall
    Canada and the European Union will release final details of their mammoth trade deal on Sept. 25 in Ottawa, ending a marathon 10 months of bargaining since Prime Minister Stephen Harper flew off to Brussels to sign the initial agreement in principle. Multiple sources tell CBC News that the text of the full agreement will be made public by Harper and EU President José Manuel Barroso as part of a formal summit between the two sides. The Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, or CETA, has been a priority for the Harper government, but talks dragged out over a series of issues...
  • Support for 'Third Intifada' Headlines Protest

    08/02/2014 3:34:02 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-2-14 | Uzi Baruch
    Pro-Palestinian organizations, in cooperation with radical leftist organizations - including some Jewish groups - continue organizing anti-Israeli demonstrations across Canada. On July 30, the "Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid" (CAIA) held a demonstration in Dundas Square in downtown Toronto, which attended by hundreds of local residents who were carrying placards denouncing Israel and support the Palestinian people, according to Shalom Toronto. One of the speakers at the demonstration was Issam Al - Yamani, director of "Palestinian house" representing the Palestinian community in Canada and Coordinating Committee member of CAIA. Yamani was previously a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation...
  • Man pays $79K for ride on one of only two remaining Second World War Lancaster bombers

    08/02/2014 12:25:57 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 67 replies
    National Post ^ | August 1, 2014 | Joe O'Connor
    Matthew Munson, age 34, of Henley-on-Thames, England, is an affable, unpretentious and ridiculously wealthy Brit. By his own admission he is captive to some impulsive spending habits, particularly when the spending involves mechanical things — planes, trains, helicopters, automobiles and the like, but no boats. His wife Helen is familiar with her husband’s financial proclivities. As she puts it, she’s “a bit used to him doing these sorts of things,” such as buying a $250,000 Ferrari to add to his Ferrari collection (he owns 12) without asking her first. “I didn’t realize I hadn’t told her,” Mr. Munson says, laughing....
  • EBOLA: Doctor Quarantined in Canada

    07/30/2014 4:04:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 49 replies
    A Canadian doctor has put himself in quarantine as a precaution after spending weeks in West Africa treating patients with the deadly Ebola virus alongside an American doctor who is now infected .... Azaria Marthyman of Victoria, British Columbia had worked in Liberia, one of four countries hit by an outbreak... one of his American colleagues, doctor Kent Brantly, is being treated for the disease. .... Brantly, 33, became infected with Ebola while working with patients in the Liberian capital of Monrovia as he helped treat victims of the worst Ebola outbreak in history. He "is not doing well. He...
  • Iceman's DNA Linked To Coastal Aboriginals (Canada)

    04/26/2008 7:01:25 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 879+ views
    Leader - Post ^ | 4-26-2008 | Judith Lavoie
    Iceman's DNA linked to coastal aboriginals Judith Lavoie, Canwest News Service; Victoria Times Colonist Published: Saturday, April 26, 2008 VICTORIA -- Sisters Sheila Clark and Pearl Callaghan held hands and blinked back tears Friday as they talked about their ancestor Kwaday Dan Ts'inchi, better known as Long Ago Person Found, a young aboriginal man whose frozen body was discovered nine years ago at the foot of a melting glacier in Northern B.C. Three hunters found the body in 1999 in Tatshenshini-Alsek Park, part of the traditional territory of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations. And earlier this month, 17 aboriginal...
  • Scientists Tantalize With 'Iceman' Findings (Canada)

    04/04/2008 7:56:26 AM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 200+ views
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | 4-4-2008 | Darah Hansen
    Scientists tantalize with 'iceman' findings Darah Hansen, Vancouver Sun Published: Friday, April 04, 2008 Scientists from around the world who have been studying the centuries-old human remains that melted out of a glacier in northwestern British Columbia in 1999 will gather for the first time in Victoria later this month to talk about what they've learned from the unnamed "iceman." The Kwäday Dän Ts'ìnchi Symposium will be held April 24-27 at the University of Victoria. It is being held in conjunction with the Northwest Anthropology Conference. The conference brings together more than 30 researchers from fields as diverse as archeology,...
  • VIOLENCE AT MONTREAL RALLY – Pro-Hamas Thugs Drag Jewish Woman on Ground (Video)

    07/27/2014 3:49:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/27/14 | Jim Hoft
    A pro-Palestine rally in Montreal turned violent on Saturday.A woman with an Israeli flag was attacked.Pro-Hamas thugs tried to grab an Israeli flag from an Israel supporter and then dragged the woman on the ground.
  • F16 Fighters Scrambled After 'Bomb Threat' to Sunwing Flight From Toronto

    07/26/2014 11:33:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | F16 fighters scrambled after 'bomb threat' to Sunwing flight from Toronto
    Two US F16 fighter jets were scrambled to escort a Panama City-bound flight from Canada back to Toronto on Friday after a man on the plane apparently threatened to blow up the aircraft, authorities said. Major Julie Roberge of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said the jets flew up to join Sunwing Airlines flight 772 as a "precaution" less than an hour after it took off from Toronto's Pearson International Airport.
  • Passenger captures dramatic video of SWAT team storming Toronto plane

    07/26/2014 4:16:16 AM PDT · by Innovative · 49 replies
    CNN ^ | June 26, 2014 | Shelby Lin Erdman
    The airline said the Panama-bound plane was forced to return to Toronto Friday morning about 45 minutes into the flight after a passenger, identified by authorities as Ali Shahi, made a "direct threat against the aircraft." Witnesses told CNN affiliate CTV that Shahi said he wanted to bomb Canada.
  • Sunwing flight escorted by F-16 jets back to Toronto for emergency landing

    07/25/2014 10:21:44 AM PDT · by balk · 11 replies
    CBC News ^ | CBC News
    Sunwing Flight 772 took off for Panama City on this morning, but was turned around after 45 minutes in the air for an emergency landing at Toronto's Pearson International Airport because of an "unruly passenger." Sunwing officials say a passenger was making threats, some of which concerned the security of the plane. Pilots activated their emergency response plan and returned to Toronto. Two U.S. F-16 fighter jets from Toledo, Ohio, were dispatched to escort the plane back to Toronto, North American Aerospace Defence Command (Norad) confirmed. The F-16s flew with the commercial plane out of U.S. airspace to Toronto as...
  • HMCS Toronto leaves for NATO mission in Mediterranean

    07/24/2014 12:45:45 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    thechronicleherald.ca ^ | July 24, 2014 | FRANCES WILLICK
    There were more than a few trembling chins, red eyes and sniffly noses as sailors filed past a crowd to board HMCS Toronto on Thursday morning. And those were just the crew members. On the jetty at HMC Dockyard, a little girl bawled as she watched her dad walk toward the gangplank. A couple embraced and indulged in a kiss that would normally be reserved for a private setting. One last whispered “I love you” and it was time to go. Two hundred and fifty-seven women and men set sail from Halifax to join NATO forces responding to the crisis...
  • Canadian mayor dies after wasp attack near Quebec home

    07/23/2014 1:01:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 58 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | July 23, 2014 | Meg Wagner
    More than 15 wasps stung Lucie Roussel's legs near her Quebec home. She became La Prairie's mayor in 2005 and recently won reelection to a third term. ... Paramedics gave her an EpiPen to treat an allergic reaction, but it didn't help, La Prairie spokeswoman Chantal Charron said. The 51-year-old mayor, who was apparently not allergic to bees, died at a nearby hospital from multiple stings and shock ... She leaves behind two teenage children — her daughter, Constance, and her son, Antonin. Her husband died several years ago from a heart attack
  • Rob Ford tied in three-way lead for Toronto mayoral race as Olivia Chow support drops: poll

    07/23/2014 12:42:51 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 31 replies
    National Post ^ | July 23, 2014 | Josh Visser
    The Toronto mayoral race is a dead heat between the three top contenders as Mayor Rob Ford’s support of one-in-four voters remains set in concrete and Olivia Chow has dropped off sharply, a new poll suggests. The latest Forum Poll has Chow with 29% support of respondents, John Tory at 28% and Ford at 27%, all within the poll’s three percentage points margin of error. However, six-in-ten respondents still call for Ford to resign, suggesting little room for growth for the mayor’s campaign. Karen Stintz saw her support rise to 6%, while policy geek David Soknacki’s campaign has yet to...
  • Senior convicted of bigamy, given conditional sentence

    07/23/2014 5:39:47 AM PDT · by Phlap · 10 replies
    CBC ^ | 07/23/2014 | CBC News
    A 78-year-old Titusville man has been convicted of bigamy and has been handed an 18-month conditional sentence for being married to two women at the same time. Robert Cassidy sat in a wheelchair in a Saint John courtroom on Tuesday for his sentencing.
  • Harper saw through Putin from the start

    07/22/2014 9:05:34 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    theglobeandmail.com ^ | 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 · 11 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
    yahoo.com ^ | 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."