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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
    nbcnews.com ^ | 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
    JoeFromSidney
    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...
  • Canadians, Surprise! We’re now more conservative than Americans

    09/20/2012 7:12:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | 09/20/2012 | Margaret Wente
    What’s the news in the fresh release of census data about families? According to the headlines, Canadian families have evolved into a riot of diversity, with a blended-family Brady Bunch on every block and a kid with two daddies in every playgroup. This is either good or bad, depending on which way you lean. If you lean toward the left, it’s all worth celebrating. What an inclusive, tolerant, progressive society we are becoming! If you lean toward the right, you can smell the social rot. The family is crumbling, and the children won’t be all right. But the real news...
  • American soldier who fled military service to be deported from Toronto today

    09/20/2012 6:15:25 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 25 replies
    National Post ^ | September 20, 2012 | Diana Mehta
    TORONTO — An American soldier who sought refuge in Canada after she became disillusioned with the Iraq war has been ordered to leave the country by today. Kimberly Rivera has said she will comply with the Canadian government’s deportation order and leave the country with her family, but that hasn’t stopped her supporters from hoping for a last-minute intervention. They’re calling on Immigration Minister Jason Kenney to halt Rivera’s deportation, arguing that the mother of four will likely face a court martial and jail time upon her return to the U.S. Kenney’s office has said the federal government doesn’t believe...
  • U.S. denies plot to invade Canada

    09/19/2012 6:11:16 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 58 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 19, 2012 | Bryn Weese
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Phew! The U.S. and Mexico aren't scheming to invade Canada, according to U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. On Wednesday, she thrice denied that a closed-door meeting between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Mexico's foreign minister was to plot a takeover of Canada. "This isn't some secret thing to invade Canada or something like that?" a reporter asked Nuland during a press briefing about why a signing ceremony between the two countries wasn't open to the press. "No, no, no," Nuland replied. "It's not anything classified." That's a relief.
  • Conservatives edge NDP as Parliament returns, poll says

    09/19/2012 12:01:35 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    CBC News ^ | September 16, 2012
    A quiet summer has given Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives some breathing room as they head Monday into what could be an acrimonious fall sitting of Parliament. A new poll gives the governing party a seven-point lead over the Opposition New Democrats -- a cushion they may need if a second omnibus budget implementation bill sparks the same public backlash and all-out parliamentary warfare its predecessor did last spring. The Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey, which was conducted Aug. 30-Sept. 10, put Conservative support at 34 per cent of respondents, the NDP at 27, the Liberals at 24 and the Greens...
  • 72% of Canadians support suspension of diplomatic relations with Iran

    09/19/2012 10:21:05 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 8 replies
    National Post ^ | September 19, 2012 | Stewart Bell
    Canadians overwhelmingly support the government’s decision to suspend diplomatic relations with Iran, according to a public opinion survey released on Wednesday by pollster Angus Reid. Although several former ambassadors and foreign affairs analysts have questioned the decision, the poll found that 72% of Canadians agreed with it, regardless of which federal political party they backed. Only 16% were opposed. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced on Sept. 7 he had severed all ties with Iran over a “long list of reasons.” He closed Canada’s embassy in Tehran and gave Iranian diplomats five days to leave Ottawa. Mr. Baird cited Iran’s...
  • The Truth Behind the New Islamic Flashpoints

    09/19/2012 9:43:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2012 | Rachel Marsden
    The CIA claims that it never saw the storm coming, but Canadian intelligence sure did. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird landed in Vladivostok, Russia, earlier this month for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and had barely stepped off the plane when he announced that Canada would be pulling its diplomats out of Iran and closing its embassy while kicking all Iranian diplomats out of Canada. At the time, some thought that maybe the minister had a few too many mini vodkas on the ride over. Several days later, when protests and embassy attacks erupted in Islamic nations, and the...
  • Cat runs for mayor of Halifax

    09/18/2012 7:35:51 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 33 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 18, 2012
    Tuxedo Stan the cat will kiss as many kittens and shake as many paws as it takes to win Halifax's mayoral race. By far the fluffiest mayoral candidate, Stan is the official representative of the Tuxedo Party, an organization that aims to "improve the welfare of felines in the Halifax Municipal Region." The party's motto? "A chicken in every pot & a litter box in every house." Of course, bylaws prevent Stan from actually appearing on the ballot, but that isn't stopping him from campaigning. And his mayoral run is garnering him media attention worldwide. His popularity even has his...
  • Yunel Escobar suspended by Blue Jays for wearing eye black with anti-gay slur

    09/18/2012 2:05:19 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 63 replies
    National Post [Canada] ^ | Sep 18, 2012 3:30 PM ET | National Post Staff
    The Toronto Blue Jays suspended Yunel Escobar for three games on Tuesday after he wore eye-black tape inscribed with an anti-gay slur during Saturday’s game at the Rogers Centre. The salary forfeited by Escobar during his suspension will go to You Can Play and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. “Honestly it’s been a terrible experience in my life and career,” Escobar said through a translator. “It’s something I’m sorry for and something I won’t do again.” The player said he was embarrassed by his actions. “It was just a joke,” Escobar said through the translator. “It was my...
  • Canada ranked in Top 5 for economic freedom

    09/18/2012 4:33:41 AM PDT · by NorthernRight · 19 replies
    National Post ^ | Sept. 18, 2012 | Sarah Boesveld
    Canada ranked in Top 5 for economic freedom Sarah Boesveld, National Post · Sept. 18, 2012 | Last Updated: Sept. 18, 2012 3:02 AM ET Canada has taken its place among the Top 5 countries with the most economic freedom, according to a new Fraser Institute report - now leaps and bounds ahead of the United States thanks to the gradual shrinking of the Canadian government since the mid-1990s as America's just got bigger. The annual Economic Freedom of the World report, released Tuesday, has Canada tied in fifth place with Australia - up one spot from last year. Hong...
  • MLB investigating homophobic slur

    09/17/2012 8:08:08 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 17, 2012, 9:19 PM EDT | unattributed
    TORONTO (AP) -- Major League Baseball is checking reports that Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar played Saturday's game against Boston wearing eye-black displaying a homophobic slur written in Spanish. Pictures posted online show Escobar with the message written in his eye-black, a sticker players wear under their eyes to reduce glare from the sun. The slur did not appear to be directed at any person in particular. MLB spokesman Pat Courtney confirmed the...
  • Cops revealing too much in criminal record checks: Report

    09/17/2012 11:33:42 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 8 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 17, 2012 | Shawn Jeffords
    TORONTO - Too many Canadians are being denied jobs, places in school and volunteer work because police services across the country are disclosing information they shouldn’t during criminal record checks. So says Nathalie Des Rosiers, general counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. The group released a report Monday into police criminal check procedures that shows police are disclosing “non-conviction” information — including withdrawn charges, acquittals and complaints where charges were never laid. “It is not in the interest of public safety to prevent people from accessing employment,” Des Rosiers said.
  • Muslim prayer room opens in Catholic high school (Poll to FReep)

    09/17/2012 11:28:46 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 39 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 17, 2012 | Dale Carruthers
    LONDON, ONT. - Mother Teresa Catholic secondary school is turning a second-floor office into an Islamic prayer room -- the first high school in the city, private or public, to do so. Carpet will soon cover the tile flooring, speakers will be installed and prayer mats purchased to provide the school's Muslim students, estimated at around two dozen, with a quiet and private place to pray. The idea has been in the works since the end of the last school year after a group of Muslim students lobbied administration to create the space. "They're members of our school community. We...
  • CBC silent on news deal with Microsoft

    09/16/2012 2:04:24 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 6 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 16, 2012 | Brian Lilley
    OTTAWA - CBC may be willing to take $1 billion from taxpayers each year to produce its news content, but the state broadcaster is tight-lipped about what it earns selling that same material to some of the biggest companies in the world. In a move that continues to pit the government-subsidized CBC against other privately owned media companies, CBC recently renewed an agreement to sell its news stories to Microsoft. Microsoft then posts CBC news stories on its website. An access to information request for details of the contract included several pages that were close to blank with all pertinent...
  • New poll gives Harper seven point lead on NDP

    09/16/2012 9:57:02 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 5 replies
    CP24 ^ | September 16, 2012
    OTTAWA -- A quiet summer has given Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives some breathing room as they head Monday into what could be an acrimonious fall sitting of Parliament. A new poll gives the governing party a seven-point lead over the Opposition New Democrats -- a cushion they may need if a second omnibus budget implementation bill sparks the same public backlash and all-out parliamentary warfare its predecessor did last spring. The Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey, which was conducted Aug. 30-Sept. 10, put Conservative support at 34 per cent of respondents, the NDP at 27, the Liberals at 24 and...
  • Big three autoworkers could hit picket lines Monday (Canada)

    09/16/2012 9:03:54 AM PDT · by MamaDearest · 16 replies
    OttawaSun ^ | September 15, 2012 | Jenny Yuen
    TORONTO - The Canadian Auto Workers union said negotiating with the big three automakers - General Motors, Chrysler and Ford - before Monday's midnight strike deadline is like juggling "a lot of balls up in the air." If the CAW, which represents 21,500 members in the three companies, doesn't reach a settlement with the big three, it could mean a walkout could start at 12:01 a.m. Monday. "It's a little tough to tell at this point in time what the impact will be because it depends upon status of bargaining with each of the three companies," CAW secretary treasurer Peter Kennedy said...
  • Sushi shop sign too offensive for neighbourhood

    09/16/2012 8:22:47 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 58 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 14, 2012
    MONTREAL - A Quebec Superior Court flipped the bird to sushi restaurant Fukyu. The name "Fukyu" might be a Japanese word for a form of martial arts, but a judge ruled in August that it was "clearly inappropriate" in the Montreal context. Sushi bar owner John De Melo, 28, told QMI Agency he wanted to name his Montreal resto something "catchy and Japanese. We didn't think it would be inappropriate." So the sign outside his restaurant read "Fukyu" since last February. By July, De Melo's landlord began receiving complaints from other tenants. The landlord, L.G. Plaza, filed a lawsuit claiming...
  • Wage freeze bill for teachers passes in Ontario legislature (Canada)

    09/16/2012 5:53:07 AM PDT · by Salman · 6 replies
    CBC News (Canada) ^ | Sep 11, 2012 | The Canadian Press
    Three powerful unions representing Ontario teachers and education workers declared war Tuesday against the governing Liberals after a controversial anti-strike bill passed in the legislature. The two biggest unions representing elementary and secondary school teachers are urging their members to withdraw from any voluntary activities as a show of protest of what they're calling "draconian" legislation. The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation is telling its members not to do any voluntary activities — such as coaching sports teams — on Wednesday. The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is urging its members not to participate in "any school-based or system...
  • Not all Canadian inventions fly

    09/15/2012 1:19:15 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 13 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 15, 2012 | Peter Worthington
    TORONTO - In a weekend article in the Sun, Simon Kent recalled Canada’s impressive record of “innovation and aspiration” ranging from the zipper (1917) to the first experimental hydrofoil (1919). He could have included the butter tart. Kent did include the Avro Arrow, considered the most advanced interceptor fighter of its generation — until production was cancelled in 1959 because of escalating costs and because Canada opted for the ground-to-air Bomarc missile defence that was deemed to make manned bombers obsolete. With the cancellation, Canada’s blossoming aircraft industry died. Desperate efforts to justify the Arrow’s cancellation led to DND sponsoring...
  • Conrad Black: Canada’s run of good governance

    09/15/2012 9:20:26 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 13 replies
    National Post ^ | September 15, 2012 | Conrad Black
    A reader recently complained in the Manchester Evening News that in filling out his tax form, and responding to the question: “Do you have any dependents?,” he was informed that this reply was judged unacceptable: “Yes: 2.1 million illegal immigrants, 1.1 million crackheads, 4.4 million unemployable scroungers, 900,000 criminals, plus 650 idiots in Parliament and the whole of the European Commission.” The taxpayer plaintively asked: “So who the hell did I miss out?” For an American taxpayer, the answer, in the same spirit, to the same question would contain much larger numbers (if the state legislators are added to the...
  • What's really behind anti-Western protests?

    09/15/2012 8:47:35 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 13 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 15, 2012 | Daniel Proussallidis
    OTTAWA - Defence Minister Peter MacKay is casting doubt on whether an amateur online video mocking Islam's prophet Mohammed really sparked spontaneous, violent protests in Cairo and across the world this week. "No, I think these are simmering issues that we have to continue to try and address," MacKay said in Toronto on Friday. "There are tensions in these regions - some of which have nothing to do with the Western world quite frankly - for centuries." Meantime, Yigal Carmon, president of the Middle East Media Research Institute, says he believes Islamist leaders have orchestrated anger over the "Innocence of...
  • Ties with Iran cut because it was added to ‘terrorism list’: John Baird

    09/14/2012 5:12:14 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 5 replies
    National Post ^ | September 14, 2012 | Stewart Bell
    TORONTO — As violence and extremism threatened to undo the gains of the Arab Spring, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Friday Canada would focus on helping countries emerging from dictatorship by promoting the full participation of women. --- Baird made no mention in his speech about his surprise decision to suspend diplomatic relations with Tehran. The NDP has criticized the move. But later, Mr. Baird told reporters the government was required by legislation passed in March to produce a list of state sponsors of terrorism by Friday. He said since Iran was to be placed on the list, he...
  • Loonie volatility worrisome: Flaherty

    09/14/2012 1:03:24 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 9 replies
    Financial Post ^ | September 14, 2012 | Allison Martell
    OSHAWA – Volatility in the Canadian dollar is worrying, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said on Friday after the currency shot up to a 13-month high, adding however that the currency’s strength partly reflects faith in the country’s economic fundamentals. Canada’s dollar hit its highest level in over a year versus the U.S. dollar on Friday, a day after the Federal Reserve finally pulled the trigger on a bold new plan to stimulate the U.S. economy. “We’ve seen some bump-up of the dollar, in part because of the announcement yesterday by Ben Bernanke in the United States about another round of...
  • Dog protest at mosque doesn't bother this Muslim

    09/14/2012 8:58:51 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 16 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 14, 2012 | Maryam Shah
    TORONTO - When I first heard of the dog-walking protest to be held outside a Scarborough mosque, I’ll be frank: I laughed. I didn’t laugh out of disrespect for anyone’s right to protest. It simply amused me, because my first thought was: what would Victoria Beckham say? Victoria Beckham is the name of my German shepherd in Pakistan. Aside from naming her after a former Spice Girl (which borders on abuse, I admit), I’ve never demonized her in the eight years I’ve had her, as the Facebook protest group created by Dharminder Kumar claims Muslims do. One of my first...
  • Friendly vs. Unfriendly Oil (“Foreign” oil should mean Canadian)

    09/14/2012 4:18:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/13/2012 | Deroy Murdock
    America’s economic wellbeing is at the mercy of the most thin-skinned hotheads on earth. The tragic and outrageous assassination of American officials in Libya and the vicious attacks on U.S. embassies in (as of this writing) Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen dramatize the enormous risk of depending on petroleum from a region where a film clip can trigger riots, bloodshed, and fatalities. If this week’s turmoil proves as communicable as the rapidly tarnishing Arab Spring, Islamic militants could hammer the Great Satan by sabotaging OPEC oil fields or simply encouraging their co-religionists to leave their petroleum-sector jobs and instead rail against...
  • Canadian Hindu group screening anti-Islam film to make a point about tolerance

    09/13/2012 11:53:25 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 22 replies
    National Post ^ | September 13, 2012 | Adrian Humphreys
    Saying it is a necessary part of furthering religious tolerance in Canada, a Canadian Hindu organization is organizing a public screening of the film that enflamed deadly protests and growing anger abroad over its mockery of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. “It promotes tolerance of different ideas and different viewpoints within Canada,” said Ron Banerjee, director of the Canadian Hindu Advocacy, said Thursday. “It shows the value of tolerance to Muslims and the Islamic community and teaches them, in Canada, we do have tolerance and diversity and they are simply going to have to tolerate diverse viewpoints and opinions without rioting...
  • It’a a no-brainer: Trade Harper for Obama? PM has the anointed one beat, hands down

    09/13/2012 11:22:58 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 17 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 13, 2012 | Brian Lilley
    A few of my American friends have been asking lately if they can trade Barack Obama for Stephen Harper. Given polling on Obama’s popularity in Canada, most Canucks would likely take the deal but we’d be fools for doing so. From his reaction on the turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa to his handling of the economy, Stephen Harper simply outshines Barack Obama whether Canadians realize it or not. In an interview that aired on my television show Byline on Thursday night, Prime Minister Stephen Harper discussed issues with a calm maturity that Americans must hope Obama develops...
  • Former Alberta premier Peter Lougheed dead at 84

    09/13/2012 11:12:59 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 4 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 13, 2012 | Dave Dormer
    CALGARY - Peter Lougheed, the 10th premier of Alberta, has died. He was 84. "Although he was known to many for his contributions to Alberta and to Canada, his first dedication was to his family," read a family statement released Thursday. "He was a deeply caring and loving husband, father and grandfather. We will miss him terribly. "Thank you to all Albertans and Canadians for their outpouring of support which has deeply touched our family." Lougheed served as premier of Alberta from 1971 to 1985. Lougheed's health had deteriorated in recent months and he was recently hospitalized in Calgary at...
  • Dog protest planned for Scarborough mosque

    09/13/2012 11:07:33 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 42 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 13, 2012 | Terry Davidson
    TORONTO - The fur will be flying at an east-Toronto Mosque Friday afternoon, when a group of dog owners plan to walk their canines outside the building during prayer sessions. It was toward the end of August that two groups — the Canadian Hindu Advocacy and Canadians United Against Terror - set up a Facebook page inviting people to walk their dogs in front the Salahuddin mosque in Scarborough. Their call was a response to an incident in August that took place during an anti-Israel demonstration at Queen’s Park by an Islamic group where a Jewish man was arrested for...
  • Far Left Loons Try to Stop Keystone Pipeline By Chaining Themselves to Equipment Not Being Used

    09/13/2012 8:35:42 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 29 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 09/13/12 | Jim Hoft
    In a move that likely to shake America’s energy future to its core, protestors have adopted the idea of ‘chaining’ themselves to equipment being used for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline in Texas. In the video below one anti-gas protester tells reporters, “It’s necessary to stop this pipeline. It’s a threat to our constitutional rights.” Huh? It’s just too bad the equipment the loons chained themselves to didn’t belong to TransCanada… And, it wasn’t being used on the project that day. [VIDEO]
  • Canada turns page, wants to sell nuclear reactors to India

    09/13/2012 12:25:27 AM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 13 September 2012 | indrani Bagchi
    Canada wants to sell nuclear reactors to India. Putting behind a troubled nuclear history with India, Canadian foreign minister John Baird said, "We have turned the page with India. India is a very different country today." With Canada emerging as an energy superpower, buoyed by a thriving economy, the minister said, "We value and welcome Indian investment in natural resources and energy." Baird is in New Delhi to meet foreign minister S M Krishna and prepare for a November summit visit by Canadian PM Stephen Harper. A nuclear deal between Canada and India signed in 2010 is yet to be...