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  • SFC Speer's Killer Leaves Gitmo ( to Canada )

    09/29/2012 8:25:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Sep 29, 2012 | THOMAS JOSCELYN
    Omar Khadr has been sent from Guantanamo to Canada, after returning from the jihad in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Khadr is slated to stay in custody for the time being. It is difficult to think of a more mythologized figure in the post-9/11 war on terror. For the worldwide left, Khadr has become a symbol of all that is supposedly wrong with America’s fight against the al Qaeda terror network. He is now, in many minds, a victim. For one Canadian magazine, Omar Khadr is even a Christ-like figure. But let us briefly review the facts about Omar Khadr. Khadr killed...
  • Radio pranksters pose as Harper, fool UN boss

    09/28/2012 10:46:35 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 3 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 28, 2012
    Asked top diplomat to call NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman MONTREAL - They've fooled Sarah Palin, Donald Trump and Britney Spears, but Montreal radio pranksters Justiciers Masques (Masked Avengers) might have snared their biggest fish yet — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. Posing as Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the comedic duo sidestepped security protocols in less than an hour and said they actually pulled Ban out of a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama. The Avengers began their prank simply by calling the UN's switchboard number in New York City, earlier this week. The pranksters took turns playing Harper and begged Ban...
  • Rona Ambrose: When the sisterhood attacks its own

    09/28/2012 9:45:42 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 5 replies
    National Post ^ | September 28, 2012 | Barbara Kay
    I don’t understand militant feminists. They keep saying they want to have more women in politics. You’d think they’d show respect for the minority of women who actually do make it to the top of the heap through their own merit. Even if feminists don’t always agree with the opinions of such women, the larger point is surely to ensure that strong women of character are heard in the corridors of power. Surely not, it would seem. Rona Ambrose, minister for the status of women, dared to vote her conscience on Motion 312 — a private member’s bill endorsing the...
  • Israel’s staunchest ally: Stephen Harper has transformed Canada’s Mideast policy

    09/27/2012 7:17:50 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 14 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 26, 2012 | Lorrie Goldstein
    Back in 2006, Frank Dimant, executive vice-president of B’nai Brith, caused a considerable stir when he described Canada’s then-new prime minister, Stephen Harper, as the answer to the Jewish community’s prayers. Controversial because not all Jews are Conservative supporters. Indeed, historically, the default party for most Canadian Jews has been the Liberals. In addition, Harper, both in 2006 and to an even greater extent today, is a more ardent supporter of Israel than many Canadian Jews. Or, more accurately, Harper is more comfortable with the hardline policies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on everything from confronting a nuclear Iran...
  • Rare $2 bill expected to go for $20,000 at auction

    09/26/2012 5:01:09 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 11 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 26, 2012 | Ian Robertson
    TORONTO - Whoa — inflation at 10,000 times original value! A $2 bill with a rare number-letter combination is expected to fetch up to $20,000 at a two-day Toronto auction. The 1986-series bill with an AUH-prefix — the three letters before a seven-digit serial number — is one of only five known, said Canadian Paper Money Society vice-president Jared Stapleton, whose Toronto Coin Expo runs Friday and Saturday at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. Geoffrey Bell Auctions is running a coinciding coin and currency sale on Thursday and Friday. Some people are content with low-grade older bills, but...
  • Baird hammers Iran for Canadian travel warning

    09/26/2012 3:28:02 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 4 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 26, 2012 | Kristy Kirkup
    OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has slammed Iran for issuing a travel advisory against Canada on Wednesday. “I think it’s absolutely ridiculous and I think 99% of Canadians would share that view,” Baird told reporters outside the House of Commons. Iran’s foreign ministry issued a travel advisory for all its citizens Wednesday — the same day its president delivered a speech to the UN General Assembly. The Canadian delegation boycotted the speech. "Given the fact that Iran has no longer an embassy in Canada and some anti-Iranian groups in the country have a good opportunity to take revenge...
  • Worldwide bacon shortage unavoidable? 'Hogwash,' says Canadian group

    09/26/2012 3:22:44 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 34 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 25, 2012
    Bacon lovers, take heart. A British trade group's warning that a worldwide shortage of pork and bacon could happen next year is nothing but "hogwash" in Canada, says a national pork exporting group here. Sparking hysteria among fans of the other white meat, Britain's National Pig Association said a world shortage of pork and bacon "is now unavoidable." "New data shows the European Union pig herd is declining at a significant rate, and this is a trend that is being mirrored around the world," the release says. "Pig farmers have been plunged into loss by high pig-feed costs, caused by...
  • Canada walks out on Ahmadinejad's speech at UN

    09/26/2012 1:23:41 PM PDT · by Clive · 15 replies
    UNITED NATIONS - In his eighth and likely final address to the United Nations General Assembly, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a speech here Wednesday laced with religious references but largely stayed away from hate-filled anti-Jewish screeds that have marked his previous appearances here. Canadian diplomats boycotted the speech, leaving the UN General Assembly hall before Ahmadinejad even took the stage. "We will not sit silently in our chairs and listen to Iran's hateful, anti-Western, anti-Semitic views. If anything, today's address only reinforces our decision earlier this month to suspend diplomatic relations with Iran," said Rick Roth, a spokesman for...
  • ‘If she survives, she will become more wise’: Afghan woman accused of stabbing daughter

    09/26/2012 12:19:17 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 13 replies
    National Post ^ | September 25, 2012 | Graeme Hamilton
    Montreal — Her daughter was in hospital being treated for stab wounds, to the head, shoulder and arm. She herself had been arrested that morning at the family home with blood on her hands and feet and a gash on her left arm. And Johra Kaleki, facing charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault, decided she was going to disregard her lawyer’s advice and tell the story “from A to Z.” In a video played in Quebec Court Tuesday, Ms. Kaleki told a Montreal police investigator that she had lost control on the morning of June 13, 2010, when her...
  • Iranians risk ‘arrest, attacks, expulsion and murder’ in Canada

    09/26/2012 12:13:40 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 2 replies
    National Post ^ | September 26, 2012 | Stewart Bell
    The Iranian government warned its citizens Wednesday to beware of Canada, claiming “Iranphobia” had gripped the nation since Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird shut down Iran’s embassy in Ottawa. According to the state-controlled Islamic Republic News Agency, Iran’s foreign ministry issued a statement cautioning that the Canadian government had “provided the atmosphere for anti-Iranian groups and lobbies.” If Iranians visit Canada they risked arrest, attacks, expulsion and murder, it said, adding Iranians were being deprived of their basic rights” and police lacked “the necessary will” to probe crimes against committed the Iranians. The missive is the latest swipe at Canada...
  • Canadian diplomats walk out ahead of Iranian leader’s speech at UN General Assembly

    09/26/2012 12:07:47 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 21 replies
    National Post ^ | September 26, 2012
    Diplomats from Canada are among those who walked out on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the Iranian president took the podium today at the UN General Assembly. The Canadian delegation also walked out on the controversial leader’s speech last year.
  • Two wolves from Washington state gray wolf pack killed for preying on cattle

    09/25/2012 10:00:06 PM PDT · by dennisw · 33 replies ^ | 9/26/12 | Miguel Llanos
    Two gray wolves in Washington state were killed from a state helicopter Tuesday afternoon after officials decided the entire pack -- believed to be at least eight wolves -- needed to be killed because of repeated attacks on cattle, officials said. An airborne marksman with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife killed the two wolves about seven miles from the Canadian border -- a week after marksmen and wildlife biologists spent days looking for the pack. A major conservation group working with Washington state to manage its gray wolves agreed that the pack should be culled but also blamed...
  • Should Advocates of Small Government Now Escape to Canada?

    09/25/2012 12:00:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Townhall ^ | 09/25/2012 | Daniel Mitchell
    Back in 2010, I wrote about the Free State Project, which is based on the idea that libertarians should all move to New Hampshire and turn the state into a free market experiment.I was impressed when I spoke at one of their conferences and gave them a plug, but more recently I’m running into people who are so discouraged about America’s fiscal outlook that they’re thinking of moving to some other nation.Wealthy people seem to prefer Switzerland and the Cayman Islands, while middle-class people mostly talk about Australia and Latin America (mainly Costa Rica or Panama).But maybe Canada is the...
  • Stephen Harper, Benjamin Netanyahu to meet in New York City

    09/24/2012 12:59:04 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 25 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 24, 2012 | David Akin
    OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week in New York City. Harper will be in the Big Apple to receive an award Thursday evening from the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, a group which advocates for religious freedom and human rights around the world. The group is giving Harper its World Statesman Award on Thursday night. On Friday morning, Harper and Netanyahu are scheduled to meet where they will almost certainly talk about Iran and unrest in the Middle East. Netanyahu will be in New York to speak to the United Nations...
  • Sam 'The Record Man' Sniderman dies

    09/24/2012 5:02:32 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 10 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 23, 2012
    Sam Sniderman, founder of the Sam the Record Man music store chain, has died according to media reports. He was 92. The coast-to-coast chain, once one of the biggest in the country, went bankrupt in 2001. His flagship store on Toronto's Yonge Street, which opened in 1959, closed in 2007. In addition to being a businessman, Sniderman was well known as an advocate for Canadian music and its artists. Along with his wife, he founded the Recordings Archive Library at the University of Toronto. He was presented with the order of Canada in 1976.
  • T.O. Muslims protest at U.S. Consulate (w/poll to FReep)

    09/23/2012 8:38:13 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 17 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 22, 2012 | Maryam Shah
    TORONTO - Muslim-Canadians made their displeasure and anger clear as they protested as one on the courtyard of the University Ave. courthouse, opposite the U.S. Consulate on Saturday. “You can always be free to say whatever you want without disrespecting others,” protester Assil T. said. Some had a more extreme message for the maker of the film Innocence of Muslims which has been roundly condemned in the Muslim world for the past week. “We’re very angry,” protester Syed Ali said. “We want to kill this guy, hang him in front of everybody.” Hundreds of Muslim men, women, and children gathered...
  • Canadian Pride

    09/23/2012 7:58:09 PM PDT · by JoeFromSidney · 16 replies
    Saturday (9/22/12) I attended the induction ceremonies for the Canadian Walk of Fame. My wife's brother, the late Phil Hartman, was being inducted into the Walk of Fame. The Walk honors Canadians who have shown excellence in almost any field, including sports and the arts. Every presenter, and every inductee, commented on how the Walk of Fame was intended to encourage pride in Canada and in things Canadian. As I listened, the thought struck me, that it's been a long time since I heard anyone in the US say anything about encouraging pride in America and in things American. Not...
  • Conrad Black: Canada’s front-row seat for the American disaster

    09/23/2012 9:18:15 AM PDT · by omniscient · 13 replies
    National Post ^ | September 22, 2012 | Conrad Black
    Either Romney lucks through and numerate sanity starts to return to American public life, or the most self-destructively incompetent regime since James Buchanan brought on the Civil War, will come back and stoke up a truly spectacular inferno that will purify America in a mighty economic Jonestown.
  • Bruce Power's rebuilt Unit 1 reactor back online

    09/21/2012 10:47:27 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 2 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 21, 2012 | Denis Langlois
    OWEN SOUND, ONT. - Bruce Power's Unit 1 nuclear reactor is synchronized with Ontario’s energy grid for the first time in 15 years, company officials announced Thursday. It began generating power just before midnight. “This is a significant achievement for Bruce Power and another tangible milestone that the restart project is nearing completion,” company president and CEO Duncan Hawthorne said in a statement. Unit 2 isn't far behind and should be synchronized with the grid within weeks, he said. The return to service of the two units — which together will be capable of producing enough electricity to power the...
  • Eritrea vows to continue taxing citizens in Canada despite warning from Ottawa

    09/21/2012 10:36:45 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 15 replies
    National Post ^ | September 21, 2012 | Stewart Bell
    TORONTO — The diplomat who represents one of Africa’s most authoritarian regimes said Friday his government would continue collecting what some call an “extortion tax” in Canada even though the Department of Foreign Affairs has demanded that it stop. “We have to tax our people, it is our right,” Semere O. Micael, the Eritrean consul in Toronto, said after the National Post reported that Ottawa had sent a diplomatic note to his government making it clear he would be sent home if he continued to run the tax scheme. Asked to respond to the consul’s comments, Foreign Affairs Minister John...