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  • Maker of Electric Vans Shuts

    03/27/2012 6:22:11 PM PDT · by quantim · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 27, 2012, 3:02 p.m. ET | MIKE RAMSEY
    Azure Dynamics Corp., a producer of electric delivery vans and a partner of Ford Motor Co., said on Tuesday that it is in talks with customers and suppliers to resume production following a bankruptcy reorganization filing in Canada. The company, which was founded in British Columbia but makes its headquarters in Oak Park, Mich., has halted production of electrified Ford Transit Connect vans. Ford markets the vans through some North American and European dealers. The reorganization is the latest sign of trouble among electric-vehicle makers. Sales of electric cars such as Nissan Motors Co.'s Leaf have fallen short of expectations,...
  • Ontario Appeal Court strikes down ban on brothels

    03/26/2012 9:23:11 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 15 replies · 88+ views
    CBC News ^ | Mar 26, 2012 | Geoff Nixon
    Ontario's Court of Appeal has ruled that sex workers should be able to legally take their trade indoors and pay staff to support them. The court released a decision Monday on an appeal of Superior Court Judge Susan G. Himel's high-profile ruling that three provisions of the Criminal Code pertaining to prostitution should be struck down on the grounds that they are unconstitutional. The Ontario appeal court agreed with two-thirds of Himel's ruling, namely that the provisions prohibiting common bawdy-houses and living off the avails of prostitution, are both unconstitutional in their current form. But the court disagreed that the...
  • Work-camp population booms along with Alberta oilsands

    03/26/2012 1:52:53 PM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies · 2+ views
    CALGARY HERALD ^ | MARCH 26, 2012 | SHEILA PRATT
    The work-camp population in northeastern Alberta is set to grow again, possibly by as much as 30 per cent, as the oilsands boom ramps up in the Fort McMurray area. Applications for another 48 work camps with a total of 17,000 beds are in the queue for provincial permits, mostly in the northeast, though not every application will necessarily be approved by the Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, which regulates use of public lands, says spokesman Duncan MacDonnell. Currently, there are 53,500 beds available in dozens of camps. Of those, about 35,200 are at operating oilsands projects and 18,300 are at...
  • Oilpatch drilling activity drops as roads thaw {Canada}, early spring breakup

    03/26/2012 4:25:59 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies · 8+ views
    CALGARY HERALD ^ | MARCH 24, 2012 | DINA O'MEARA
    Spring breakup has arrived a couple of weeks early in the oilpatch this year after a mild winter, say industry players. Rig counts in Western Canada have dropped to below 50 per cent from highs of 80 per cent in mid-February, with warmer temperatures and thawing highways prompting a slew of road bans across the region. “Companies have been preparing for this for a couple of weeks now,” said Gary Leach, executive director of the Small Explorers and Producers Association of Canada, on Friday. “We’ll be, over the next few weeks, rapidly moving into spring breakup where a lot of...
  • Fishing boat lost in Japan tsunami reaches Canada

    03/24/2012 9:42:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies · 3+ views
    afp ^ | March 24, 2012
    A fishing boat lost in the massive Japanese tsunami a year ago has turned up off Canada's west coast... The 65-meter (210-foot) vessel was spotted Tuesday by a Canadian Forces aircraft on a routine surveillance patrol, and its Japanese owner has been notified, said Transport Canada. A military photo shows the ship, streaked with rust but intact, floating 278 kilometers (150 nautical miles) off the southern coast of Haida Gwaii islands, some 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) north of Vancouver. "The vessel is considered an obstruction to navigation," ... Near Midway Atoll in the deep Pacific, a Russian ship spotted an...
  • Book tells Muslim men how to beat and control their wives [Toronto, Canada]

    03/24/2012 9:16:12 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 40 replies · 3+ views
    QMI Agency ^ | March 23, 2012 | Terry Davidson
    A local bookstore has “sold out” of a controversial marriage guide that advises Muslim men on how to beat their wives. The 160-page book, published by Idara Impex in New Delhi, India, is written by Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi, who’s described in the book’s foreword as a “prolific writer on almost every topic of Islamic learning.” The store’s manager, who didn’t give his name, said the book had been sold out for some time, and the store’s owner, whom the manager identified as Shamim Ahmad, refused to comment for the story. It wasn’t clear whether the shop has ordered...
  • Obama's Keystone XL Visit A Potemkin Village Photo-Op

    03/21/2012 5:03:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 2+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 21, 2012
    Politics: The president stages a photo-op in Oklahoma to take credit for the portion of the Keystone XL pipeline that doesn't need his approval and for oil production on private and state lands beyond his jurisdiction. If one of his aides some morning remarked on a particularly lovely sunrise, it wouldn't surprise us if President Obama responded with a "thank you," so gifted is he in taking credit for successes that he has nothing to do with and that occur despite, not because, of his policies. So it will be Thursday, when Obama is scheduled to appear in Cushing, Okla.,...
  • Obama’s Rush to Approve Keystone Segment Won’t Speed Construction

    03/22/2012 1:09:59 PM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 4 replies
    The Foundry ^ | March 22, 2012 | Lachlan Markay
    --snip-- The president’s enthusiastic backing of the portion of the pipeline running from Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast won’t actually speed pipeline construction, according to TransCanada, the company building it. President Barack Obama’s promise to expedite review of the southern leg of TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s Keystone XL pipeline won’t speed up the timeline for the project, which already is slated to start construction as soon as June… TransCanada’s president of energy and oil pipelines, Alex Pourbaix, said in an interview March 6 that construction on the Cushing phase of Keystone could begin as soon as June. The company doesn’t expect...
  • Northern leg is key say Canada pipeline proponents [Really?]

    03/22/2012 11:07:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News ^ | March 22, 2012
    TORONTO — Canadian proponents of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline applauded Barack Obama's directive on Thursday to expedite the approval process for the southern leg of the pipeline. They also urged the U.S. president to approve the northern leg. Approval of the southern part of the pipeline is not really the Obama administration's call because it does not cross borders. The northern portion of the pipeline needs administration approval because it would cross the Canadian border. The longer 1,700-mile (2,735-kilometer) pipeline became a political flashpoint late last year when congressional Republicans wrote a provision forcing Obama to make a decision, and...
  • Exclusive:.Leak suggests F-35 fighter jet purchase fraught with errors(Canada)

    03/21/2012 9:50:42 PM PDT · by U-238
    The Canadian Press ^ | 3/21/2010 | The Canadian Press
    Canada's auditor general has both National Defence and Public Works in his sights when it comes to the troubled F-35 stealth fighter program, say senior government sources. A draft copy of the scathing review, circulating in Ottawa for weeks, suggests the air force didn't do its pricing homework and government officials failed to follow procurement rules, say those who've read it. It's not clear whether the language will be toned down in the final report, Michael Ferguson's first as auditor general, when it's released April 3. But federal officials familiar with the document note no final decision on purchasing the...
  • Canadian govt. braces for F-35 report

    03/21/2012 7:41:38 PM PDT · by U-238 · 7 replies · 1+ views
    UPI ^ | 3/21/2012 | UPI
    Canada's government is nervously awaiting an Auditor General's report, which is expected to be highly critical of the F-35 fighter jet procurement program. Some commentators have said that in the aftermath of the report, the government may retreat into a "wait and see" attitude on the project, gauging further developments both in the United States and abroad before making a final decision on purchasing the aircraft. That process could take up to a year. Cost overruns and technical delays have contributed to rising concern with the $382 billion Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program. The General Accounting...
  • Suzuki and Senate face off (environmental activist David Suzuki and the Canadian Senate)

    03/20/2012 8:17:40 PM PDT · by Clive · 3 replies
    | QMI AGENCY via Sun Media via Sun News Network ^ | 2012-03-20 | Daniel Proussalidis
    OTTAWA - Conservative senators who question foreign funding for environmental activists have a fight on their hands — launched by the same group that tried to raise cash over Christmas to "Save Santa" as global warming melts the North Pole. The David Suzuki Foundation, which has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from American foundations, has launched an online form letter campaign to "tell the Senate to stop silencing environmental groups." "It's also within our interest to make sure that Canadians are informed about the fact that there's inaccuracies that are being said within the Senate and that we see...
  • Sub HMCS Victoria fires 1st torpedoes in test (first torpedo firing in Canadian navy in 14 years)

    03/16/2012 6:22:16 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 8 replies · 1+ views
    CBC News ^ | March 16, 2012 | CBC News
    The Royal Canadian Navy says one of its troubled submarines has finally managed to fire torpedoes in a test exercise. The navy said HMCS Victoria, its only active submarine, fired the torpedoes in waters off Nanoose Bay, B.C., this week. "As the submarine fleet achieves steady state it will be ready to act decisively at sea in defence of Canada, when and where needed, Capt. Luc Cassivi, director of the Canadian Submarine Force, said in a news release. "These trials represent a major milestone for the Victoria-class submarine program as Victoria is the first submarine in the fleet to fire...
  • Canada raises the spectre of abandoning Lockheed’s F-35

    03/16/2012 3:46:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Flight International ^ | 03/16/2012 | Dave Majumdar
    Canada raises the spectre of abandoning Lockheed’s F-35 Analysts say Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) doesn't meet Canada's requirements even as earlier this week a top Canadian official raised the spectre of leaving the programme. "We have not as yet discounted the possibility of backing out of the program," Canadian associate defence minister Julian Fantino told Canada's parliament on 13 March. "The determinate decision has not yet been made about whether we're going to purchase, buy, [and] acquire the F-35," he adds. The Canadian government, lead by prime minister Stephen Harper's Conservative Party has been a particularly vocal...
  • Defending the F-35

    03/16/2012 12:44:48 AM PDT · by U-238 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Windsor Star ^ | 3/15/2012 | Bryan Mack
    am tired of hearing the endless rhetoric about Canada's purchase of the F-35, so let's talk straight. John Lameck's recent letter, "Single engine, single-minded," attempts to disparage Canada's choice of the F-35 with some criticisms that are patently false. He seems to suggest that Russian radars "see" in the millimetric range, enabling them to discern the size of aircraft. In fact, I believe the radars to which he is referring actually "operate" in the millimetric band of the radio frequency spectrum; their ability to discern the size of an object is more a consequence of the radar's design than its...
  • Canada 'daft' for buying British subs: British MP

    03/15/2012 8:34:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies · 2+ views
    Canada 'daft' for buying British subs: British MP OTTAWA — Canada was "daft" in purchasing four used submarines with "intrinsic problems" from Britain, a British MP who raised questions about the 1998 sale said Thursday. British Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that Ottawa should ask for a refund. "Why were the Canadians daft enough to buy them?" he said. "It's either incompetence on behalf of the Canadians or sheer, smooth-talking salesmen from the MOD (ministry of defense) here in Britain." "My God, it's a sad tale, isn't it? 'Buyer beware' should have been painted on...
  • Father arrested for girl's picture of toy gun

    03/15/2012 6:39:49 PM PDT · by Wicket · 40 replies · 3+ views
    Calgary Herald ^ | 2/25/2012 | Thandi Fletcher, Postmedia News
    Daddy, are you mad at me? Those were the first words out of the mouth of a scared little girl to her father when he was released this week after being charged with possession of a firearm because of a picture she drew at school of a man holding a gun - which turned out to be a toy. . . "The kids were scared," said Thaler. "It is a four-year-old that we're taking the information from, but the fact is that this disclosure was very descriptive and very alarming to the officers investigating this." It was a typical day...
  • Oil spill commission reuniting to press for drilling reforms (Hussein tasks 'Commission Action')

    03/14/2012 6:40:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/14/12 | Andrew Restuccia
    Oil spill commission reuniting to press for drilling reformsBy Andrew Restuccia - 03/14/12 10:47 AM ET Members of the national oil spill commission are reuniting to monitor the federal government’s progress in implementing a series of drilling safety recommendations put forward by the panel last year. The seven-member commission, which was tasked by President Obama with investigating the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, is forming what it calls “Oil Spill Commission Action.” The new group will issue a report in April assessing government and industry efforts to enhance safety and environmental standards in the aftermath of the spill, which...
  • George W. Bush Says Keystone Pipeline Is a 'No-Brainer’

    03/14/2012 1:06:27 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 107 replies · 2+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 3-13-12
    TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from landlocked Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast, is a “no-brainer” that would create jobs and bolster the economy, former President George W. Bush said on Tuesday. The $7.6 billion Keystone XL line would generate private-sector employment and government revenue, he said at an American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers conference in San Diego. The U.S. government’s budget deficit is unsustainable and must be reduced by supporting industry, Bush said. “The clear goal ought to be how to get the private sector to grow,” said Bush, who spoke during a luncheon at...
  • Cheney Axes Canada Trip Because It's Too Dangerous

    03/14/2012 6:38:54 AM PDT · by Dick Holmes · 23 replies
    Newser ^ | Mar 13, 2012 | Kate Schwartz
    Today's "we swear we're not the Onion" story: Dick Cheney has canceled a planned appearance in Toronto ... because he fears it could be too dangerous a trip to take. "He felt that in Canada the risk of violent protest was simply too high," explained the head of the promotions company that had scheduled the April 24 event at the apparently risky Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The National Post reminds us that Cheney reportedly got stuck inside a Vancouver building for seven hours during a September speech after a protest outside indeed turned violent and a security guard was choked.
  • Tory about-face on F-35 jets as minister denies ‘definitive decision’ on $16B deal

    03/13/2012 8:43:11 PM PDT · by U-238 · 10 replies
    The National post ^ | 3/12/2012 | Postmedia News
    Two years of unwavering Conservative support for the F-35 took a major hit Tuesday as Associate Defence Minister Julian Fantino said the government has not ruled out walking away from the troubled stealth fighter program. Fantino also revealed a team of defence department officials have been considering “all kinds of contingencies” should the F-35 not be ready to replace Canada’s aging fleet of CF-18s and acknowledged the government does not know how much each F-35 will cost. The revelations led opposition parties to question why the sudden about-face after the Conservatives fought an election, in part, on purchasing the F-35...
  • Obama Turns Keystone Pipe Dream To Nightmare

    03/12/2012 11:18:08 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 17 replies
    Investor;s Business Daily ^ | March 12, 2012 | IBD editorials
    Energy Policy: After presidential lobbying, the Senate fell four votes short of taking a giant step toward energy independence as gas prices and unemployment rise. In the White House, everything is going according to plan. The 56-42 vote defeated a proposal by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., that would have granted approval of the pipeline without any further environmental reviews by the State Department. It came after President Obama personally called lawmakers to lobby for the Hoeven amendment's defeat. Sixty votes were needed for passage to avoid a filibuster. As we've said, you have to watch what Obama does, not what...
  • Union Boss 'Repulsed by Some of Our Supposed Brothers and Sisters Lining Up With Job Killers

    03/10/2012 11:24:48 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 17 replies
    cns news ^ | March 10, 2012 | SAM HANANEL
    Unions may be united in working to re-elect President Barack Obama, but their leaders also are trying to repair bitter divisions over his rejection of an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas. Trade unions representing workers who stand to benefit from thousands of new construction jobs from the Keystone XL pipeline are furious at other unions that joined environmentalists in opposing the project. The issue reflects a decades-old conflict between union leaders who believe creating jobs is paramount and others who are more strongly aligned with progressive groups on environmental and social causes. After the White House blocked the pipeline...
  • David Suzuki Goes Ballistic, Advocates Retracting All Rights From AGW Skeptics (my title)

    03/10/2012 11:57:42 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 16 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | 9MAR2012 | Anthony Watts
    David “fruit fly” Suzuki goes ballistic, and advocates retracting all rights from skeptics. I’m mentioned as some sort of baddie central, but at least I don’t dress up with Santa Claus to scare the kids and ask their parents to send me money. Where’s that DDT when you need it? From the Huffington Post: “This public responsibility is especially important in light of the stepped-up efforts to deny the reality of climate change, or the role humans play in it. Cases in point are illustrated by the “denialgate” scandal revealed by the release of Heartland Institute documents and the revelation...
  • Another drug shortage

    03/10/2012 10:53:05 AM PST · by aimhigh · 9 replies
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | 03/10/2012 | Ottawa Citizen
    The most recent shortage came this month after Quebec-based manufacturer Sandoz cut production of crucial injectable drugs such as morphine, hydromorphone and fentanyl while it upgraded its facility to satisfy the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Another+drug+shortage/6282508/story.html#ixzz1ok23KKnd
  • A loonie idea (A rival to the euro)

    03/09/2012 3:00:07 PM PST · by VU4G10 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    economist.com ^ | Mar 10th 2012 | TORONTO | from the print edition
    NATURALLY enough, Canadians are thrilled whenever foreigners single out their country for positive attention—especially when the praise raises it above the behemoth to the south. The idea that Iceland might want to ditch its battered krona in favour of the Canadian dollar, not the American version, scores high in this regard. It strokes the Canadian ego and bolsters the Conservative government’s line that the economy is one of the world’s strongest.
  • Senate rejects GOP measure to build oil pipeline

    03/08/2012 2:12:01 PM PST · by ColdOne · 35 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 3/8/12 | Ted Barrett. Dana Bash. and Alan Silverleib, CNN
    Washington (CNN) -- The Senate narrowly rejected a Republican-sponsored measure Thursday that would have bypassed the Obama administration's current objections to the Keystone XL pipeline and allowed construction on the controversial project to move forward immediately. Fifty-six senators voted in favor of the amendment -- four short of the 60 required for approval. Eleven Democrats joined a unanimous Republican caucus in backing the plan.
  • Obama twists arms for Warren Buffett

    03/08/2012 2:25:03 PM PST · by Mustang Driver · 10 replies
    Charleston (WV) Daily Mail ^ | March 8, 2012 | Don Surber
    President Obama is twisting Democratic arms to stop the Keystone pipeline, which when built will end billionaire Warren Buffett’s railroad monopoly on shipping oil from the Bakken Oil Field in North Dakota. The billionaire investor is the second richest man in the nation and an ardent supporter of this regime. So obvious is President Obama’s opposition to allowing the pipeline to be built on his watch, that even CNN noticed. From CNN: A razor close vote is expected in the Senate Thursday on a Republican amendment to bypass the Obama administration’s objections and approve the Keystone XL pipeline, Senate aides...
  • Keystone bill defeated by US Senate Democrats (Obama and the other Rats want higher gas prices)

    03/08/2012 2:27:10 PM PST · by tobyhill · 33 replies
    reuters ^ | 3/8/2012 | staff
    A Republican bid to fast-track the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline was defeated by Senate Democrats on Thursday in a vote to amend the chamber's highway funding bill.
  • Canadian Muslim youth group tied to al-Qaeda stripped of charitable status

    03/07/2012 9:00:04 AM PST · by bayouranger · 3 replies
    nationalpost.com ^ | 06MAR12 | Sarah Boesveld
    A Canadian Muslim youth organization has been stripped of its charitable status after a Canada Revenue Agency investigation linked it to a Saudi-based group that allegedly financed Islamist terror campaigns. An audit of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth revealed the charity had developed ties to a number of organizations that allegedly helped fund al-Qaeda operations around the world and failed to comply with a number of standards required for charities to maintain their status. In a warning letter to the Toronto-area organization last summer, CRA director-general Cathy Hawara said “our analysis of the Organization’s operations has led the CRA...
  • Harper hints at support for Israeli attack on Iran

    03/05/2012 2:03:16 PM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Nashville Herald ^ | 3/5/12 | Jim Miles
    While on his way to Washington Benjamin Netanyahu stopped in Ottawa to confer with his patriot in arms, Stephen Harper. Following their morning meetings, of which we know little, the two held a very brief 'press conference' that simply highlighted the double standards under which the two operate, especially Netanyahu. Harper began with a brief statement in French and English. The French comments included advice directed towards Assad in Syria, that he should "cesse tue leur proper citoyens" - he should stop killing his own citizens. He ended his French statements hoping for a solution for Israel that would be...
  • Don Cherry happy Canada finally coming around to his way of thinking

    03/03/2012 5:14:51 PM PST · by xp38 · 27 replies
    The National Post ^ | March 3 2012 | Joe O'Connor
    Don Cherry knows the historical record. He knows that he blasted the Jean Chrétien Liberals for not supporting the United States invasion of Iraq, caned Montreal Canadiens fans for booing the American national anthem and, when coffins carrying Canadian troops began trickling home from Afghanistan, turned the final 30 seconds of Coach’s Corner into a national war memorial. Don Cherry knows exactly what he has done and exactly what he is: a right-winger, a patriot, an angry old white guy working for a liberal employer in a nation long painted Liberal red until a pro-monarchy, pro-military, tough-on-crime prime minister came...
  • Iceland Is Thinking Of Adopting The Canadian Dollar (and Canada might allow it to)

    03/02/2012 10:46:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/02/2012 | Adam Taylor
    Iceland is reportedly looking to ditch their unstable currency and adopt the Canadian dollar, the Globe and Mail reports — and Canada might let them. Canadian ambassador Alan Bones is due to say tomorrow that if Iceland is sincere in its intention, the two countries should enter talks. Ambassador Bones was reportedly approached last year by a number of prominent Icelandic businessmen. The plan seems to be the latest unorthodox idea in Iceland's remarkably successful recovery. It may work as a prevention against the economic disaster in 2008, providing a stable and liquid currency, but would leave the country less...
  • The State of the Anglosphere - The decline of the English-speaking world has been greatly...

    03/01/2012 9:43:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 27 replies · 48+ views
    City Journal ^ | Winter 2012 | Joel Kotkin and Shashi Parulekar
    The decline of the English-speaking world has been greatly exaggerated. The world financial crisis has provoked a stark feeling of decline among many in the West, particularly citizens of what some call the Anglosphere: the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. In the United States, for example, roughly 73 percent see the country as on the wrong track, according to an Ipsos MORI poll—a level of dissatisfaction unseen for a generation. Commentators across the political spectrum have described the Anglosphere as decadent, especially compared with the rising power of China. New York Times columnist Thomas...
  • Old iPad? There's an ape for that

    02/29/2012 8:51:52 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 20 replies · 1+ views
    National Post ^ | February 29, 2012
    Orangutans at the Toronto Zoo could soon be playing 'Angry Birds' with the rest of us. Apps for Apes, a program developed by the non-profit organization Orangutan Outreach, uses Apple's iPad to stimulate creativity and alleviate boredom in primates. Currently in the development stages at the Milwaukee Zoo, the program is being shopped around and has caught the eye of zoo officials in Toronto. In this occasional series, the National Post attempts to shed light on a complicated topic. Today, Ross Johnston wonders if giving primates access to cutting-edge technology will bring about a real-life Planet of the Apes.
  • Homeschoolers can't be taught 'gay' sex sinful (in Alberta, CA)

    02/27/2012 6:32:39 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 24 replies · 2+ views
    WND.com ^ | 2/27/12 | WND Staff
    Homeschooling families will soon be forbidden from teaching that homosexual sex is sinful as part of their schooling program, according to the government of Alberta, Canada. Under the province’s Education Act, homeschoolers and religious schools will be banned from “disrespecting” people’s differences, Alberta Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk’s office told LifeSiteNews just last week. “Whatever the nature of schooling – homeschool, private school, Catholic school – we do not tolerate disrespect for differences,” said Donna McColl, Lukaszuk’s assistant director of communications. “You can affirm the family’s ideology in your family life, you just can’t do it as part of your educational...
  • Dad Arrested, Strip-Searched After Daughter Draws a Picture of a Gun in School

    02/26/2012 7:42:40 AM PST · by Ernie Kaputnik · 69 replies · 10+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2/25/2012 | Kris Sims
    Jessie Sansone and his family are reeling after he was arrested and strip searched by police after his four-year-old daughter drew a picture of a man with a gun in her Kitchener, Ont., kindergarten class. The 26-year-old father of four said Saturday the sketch was supposed to be him, getting the bad guys and monsters. The school must have thought differently, as after Nevaeh drew it Wednesday, the school contacted Family and Children's Services and they called police. Waterloo Police met Sansone at the school when he tried to pick up his kids he was told he was charged with...
  • Oh, Canada! Northern Neighbor Becoming New Hot Spot for Big Securities Claims

    02/27/2012 6:58:01 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 02/27/12 | Ashby Jones
    n recent years, securities-class actions have sort of flatlined in the U.S. But up in Canada, it’s a different story. Securities class-actions are trending strongly upward — if not booming — and U.S.-based lawyers are sitting up to pay attention. Click here for the WSJ story on the trend. One high-profile U.S. plaintiffs’ firm has already gone north. Milberg LLP has teamed up with Canada’s Kim Orr Barristers P.C., in order to mine the burgeoning Canadian class-action market.
  • Video: Canadian father arrested after child draws a gun in school … (with a crayon!)

    02/27/2012 6:12:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | posted at 3:15 pm on February 26, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Well, to be fair, the local police did find a gun in Jessie Sansone’s house after they arrested, strip-searched, and held him for hours, after which they pressured him to retroactively consent to their ransacking his house without a warrant. It was a toy gun:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Jessie Sansone and his family are reeling after he was arrested and strip searched by police after his four-year-old daughter drew a picture of a man with a gun in her Kitchener, Ont., kindergarten class.The 26-year-old father of four said Saturday the sketch was supposed to be him, getting the...
  • US and Canadian Infant Mortality Rankings Misleading - Study

    02/26/2012 1:22:24 PM PST · by tellw · 5 replies
    Canadian Healthcare Network ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | Canadian Healthcare Network
    Canada’s poor infant mortality ranking misleading: study on February 22, 2012 for CanadianHealthcareNetwork.ca Canada would rank higher in international child health indices if measurements were standardized, according to a study by researchers from the University of British Columbia, Dalhousie University, McGill University, the University of Calgary, and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). The study was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and through PHAC’s Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, shows the surveys on perinatal, infant and child mortality rates conducted by the United Nations Children’s Fund and the...
  • Gas prices increasing by the day, but obama says no to Canada pipeline to the U.S.

    02/25/2012 7:34:39 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 37 replies
    Hal Lindsey Report email | Hal Lindsey
    Last Monday, I heard a business analyst being interviewed on a popular television news network. In discussing the recent alarming rise in gasoline prices, he made this statement to the viewers: "Go buy gas for your car today. It will be more expensive tomorrow." Boy, he was right on. Where I live, gasoline has risen 16 cents per gallon since he voiced that warning. By early February, the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded was $3.56. That's not the highest it's ever been, but gasoline prices have never been this high this early in the season. It's interesting,...
  • Arrested dad wants answers after daughter draws gun pic

    02/25/2012 6:53:17 PM PST · by Todd_Gray · 47 replies · 2+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2012-02-25 | KRIS SIMS
    OTTAWA - Jessie Sansone and his family are reeling after he was arrested and strip searched by police after his four-year-old daughter drew a picture of a man with a gun in her Kitchener, Ont., kindergarten class. The 26-year-old father of four said Saturday the sketch was supposed to be him, getting the bad guys and monsters. The school must have thought differently, as after Nevaeh drew it Wednesday, the school contacted Family and Children's Services and they called police. Waterloo Police met Sansone at the school when he tried to pick up his kids he was told he was...
  • Joe O’Connor: Arrest over daughter’s gun sketch a case of vigilance and too much zeal(Canada)

    02/25/2012 6:51:37 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies · 1+ views
    nationalpost.com ^ | 24 February, 2012 | Joe O'Connor
    Give a kid a box of crayons and a piece of paper and they are going to draw all sorts of things. Flowers, rainbows, horses, fire trucks, daisies, dogs and cats and Mommies and Daddies, mostly rendered in erratic scribbles, especially if the artist is four-years-old and in kindergarten, like Jessie Sansone’s daughter, Neaveh. Neaveh, a student at Forest Hills public school in Kitchener, Ont., drew a picture of her Daddy in class this week. Daddy was holding a gun. Upon seeing it, the teacher began asking questions, triggering an avalanche of unfortunate events that saw a triumph of procedure...
  • To Asia via Vancouver; Cenovus tests crude oil exports to China

    02/25/2012 3:33:36 PM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of February 26, 2012 | Gary Park
    Cenovus Energy, one of Canada’s top-tier oil sands producers, has sent its first tanker load of crude to China, intensifying competition to expand port facilities on the British Columbia coast at the same time opposition is growing to Enbridge’s pivotal Northern Gateway project. Brian Ferguson, chief executive officer at Cenovus, disclosed his company sold 250,000 barrels to an unspecified Chinese customer earlier in February to “establish a relationship with refineries in terms of how they value and price Cenovus crude. So it’s very significant strategically.” The shipment was made possible when Cenovus gained 12,000 barrels per day of firm service...
  • Man shocked by arrest after daughter draws picture of gun at school

    02/24/2012 12:52:09 PM PST · by headsonpikes · 81 replies
    The Record.com ^ | Feb 22, 2012 | Dianne Wood
    KITCHENER — A Kitchener father is upset that police arrested him at his children’s’ school Wednesday, hauled him down to the station and strip-searched him, all because his four-year-old daughter drew a picture of a gun at school. “I’m picking up my kids and then, next thing you know, I’m locked up,” Jessie Sansone, 26, said Thursday. “I was in shock. This is completely insane. My daughter drew a gun on a piece of paper at school.” The school principal, police and child welfare officials, however, all stand by their actions. They said they had to investigate to determine whether...
  • Rest in Uneasy Peace Long-Gun Registry(Canada)

    02/24/2012 8:53:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies · 1+ views
    freelibertywriters.com ^ | 23 February, 2012 | NA
    The Canadian Parliament has repealed the Long Gun Registry, as reported in the National Review by John Lott and Gary Mauser in an article published February 20, 2012 entitled Death of a Long-Gun Registry. The passage of the repeal represents a small victory for gun owners, and a small set back for the gun grabbers. But left in place are all the goofy laws that dictate which weapons one may own. An example is provided in the comments to this over at Sebastian's new blog Shall Not Be Questioned. Lott and Mauser make the point that the Long-Gun Registry cost...
  • Following Keystone Rejection Canada's Oil Sands Headed to China

    02/24/2012 5:02:42 AM PST · by Former Proud Canadian · 14 replies · 1+ views
    oilprice.com ^ | 21 February 2012 | John Daly
    Beginning in 2005, Congressional Republicans and the oil industry touted the 2,147 mile-long Keystone XL 830,000 barrel per day (bpd) pipeline, running from Canada’s Hardisty, Alberta oil sands to U.S. refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. But last month, in an attempt to force a decision from the Obama administration on the pipeline, congressional Republicans tacked a rider onto legislation extending the payroll tax cut by requiring the government to decide within 60 days on the issue, which was rejected for the foreseeable future. Furious at the setback, Canadian Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper threatened to sell the output to...
  • Canada's Terrorist

    02/23/2012 7:03:14 AM PST · by bayouranger · 2 replies
    aina.org ^ | 20FEB12 | Michael Taube
    Of all the prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay, few have received the kind of intense political discussion and extensive media coverage that Omar Khadr has. In 2002, Khadr was accused of killing U.S. Sergeant First Class Christopher Speer, a combat medic, during a skirmish in Afghanistan. He was captured, linked to al-Qaeda, and detained at the ripe old age of 15. For the past decade, Khadr has been depicted as everything from a vicious child terrorist to a political martyr. It's little wonder some American and Canadian observers have expressed confusion about the question of Khadr's guilt for so long....
  • Death of a Long-Gun Registry

    02/20/2012 6:04:27 AM PST · by rellimpank · 20 replies
    NRO ^ | 20 feb 2012 | John Lott and Gary Mauser
    Despite spending a whopping $2.7 billion on creating and running a long-gun registry, Canadians never reaped any benefits from the project. The legislation to end the program finally passed the Parliament on Wednesday. Even though the country started registering long guns in 1998, the registry never solved a single murder. Instead it has been an enormous waste of police officers’ time, diverting their efforts from patrolling Canadian streets and doing traditional policing activities. Gun-control advocates have long claimed that registration is a safety issue, and their reasoning is straightforward: If a gun has been left at a crime scene and...
  • Coal the true climate change bad guy, analysis shows

    02/19/2012 11:30:42 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 31 replies · 1+ views
    theglobeandmail.com ^ | 19 Feb 2012 | Bob Weber
    One of the world’s top climate scientists has calculated that emissions from Alberta’s oil sands are unlikely to make a big difference to global warming and that the real threat to the planet comes from burning coal. “I was surprised by the results of our analysis,” said Andrew Weaver, a University of Victoria climate modeller, who has been a lead author on two reports from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. “I thought it was larger than it was.” In a commentary published Sunday in the prestigious journal Nature, Weaver and colleague Neil Stewart analyze how burning all...