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  • Canada quits UN agency over monster Mugabe appointment, Obama admin silent

    06/01/2012 4:34:21 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 6/1/2012 | Pamela Geller
    Remember when America was the world leader? Remember when it was America who would not sit idly by when outrageous evils were sanctioned by the collective negation of humanity (the UN)? Mugabe How low America has sunk under the fraud. Even the pathologically leftist NY Times has said that Mugabe should be tried for war crimes. And this just last week: President Robert Mugabe and his henchmen are accused of crimes against humanity, a British newspaper reported on Saturday, for among other things, "slowly hacking off the limbs and pulling out the teeth with pliers of his opposition's supporters. He...
  • Canadian Free Press doing the investigation of Obama American media won’t do

    05/31/2012 8:12:58 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 27 replies ^ | May 31, 2012 | George Splevin, staff writer
    Upon his investigation a Canadian journalist has concluded that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi submitted TWO DIFFERENT DNC documents attesting and/or pertaining to the eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama in 2008. The Canada Free Press’, JB WIlliams, obtained the two separate documents “prepared by Democrats to certify Barack Obama as their nominee for president in 2008 that suggest House Speaker Nancy Pelosi knew there was an unresolved issue with his [Obama’] eligibility under the U.S. Constitution.” The first verification contains the legal language stating both Obama and Joe Biden “are legally qualified to serve under the provision of the U.S. Constitution.”...
  • Canada police launch manhunt for (bisexual) porn actor in severed body parts case

    05/31/2012 3:08:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 5 replies
    A porn actor is wanted in a gruesome case of dismembered body parts that were mailed to different places including the headquarters of the Conservative Party of Canada, police said. Canadian police named a suspect in a gruesome murder case involving a dismembered torso, mailed-out body parts, and what one senior officer said was the worst crime scene his force has ever seen. Montreal police released a photograph of a man they said is Luka Rocco Magnotta, who they said also uses the pseudonyms Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov, and asked people across Canada to help locate him....
  • Alleged Cat Killer Turns Alleged Murderer In Canada

    05/30/2012 11:31:35 PM PDT · by Bratch · 56 replies
    Pet Pardons News ^ | May 30, 2012 | Ariel Wulff
    Canadian police are searching for a man in connection with a murder in Montreal. A male human torso was discovered in a suitcase in a pile of garbage at Place Lucy and Décarie in Montreal Tuesday morning. Although authorities have not released the name of the victim, they have released the name of a suspect: 29-year-old Luka Rocco Magnotta. Magnotta is a name well known in the animal rescue community. In 2010, a video surfaced of him on YouTube, torturing and killing two kittens. Photos of Magnotta holding various terrified animals as well as a list of his aliases made...
  • Human Foot Sent to Tory HQ

    05/29/2012 8:28:57 PM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 34 replies
    Sun News Network ^ | May 29, 2012 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    "A Conservative Party staffer made a horrifying discovery late Tuesday morning, partially opening a package that contained what police say appeared to be a human foot. The overwhelming stench from the package sent a staffer running to call police. "Upon arrival, officers noted that the package possibly had blood stains on it," police said in a statement." --- Update: A seoond package addressed the federal Conservative party H.Q. was intercepted at Canada Post. It has been confirmed that the second package contained a human hand.
  • Canada: Severed foot sent to party office ["another human body part" also]

    05/29/2012 8:53:23 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2012, 11:32 PM EDT | unattributed
    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- A severed human foot was mailed to the headquarters of Canada's Conservative Party and another body part was discovered when police intercepted a second suspicious package, police said Tuesday. Police were called shortly after a receptionist opened a blood-soaked box at the headquarters of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's party. The first officers to arrive saw what appeared to be blood stains on the package and immediately called in a special hazardous-material unit. When the specialists opened the package, police found the severed foot inside. Police said the package was addressed to the Conservative Party of Canada...
  • Canadian Gun Owners: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

    05/30/2012 3:59:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 29 May, 2012 | Chris Dumm
    Shooters up North celebrated a rare gun-rights victory in April, when the Canadian federal government finally euthanized its expensive and useless ‘Long Gun Registry.’ The celebrations were short, however. Eager to appease suburban voters and swinging liberals, Ottowa promptly moved to ban ‘body armour.’ Then PM Stephen Harper’s ‘Conservative’ party has quietly announced that all Canadian gun owners will have to start paying a $60 fee to renew their firearm licenses. It gets better: owners of handguns and other ‘restricted’ firearms (ooh, that sounds evil, doesn’t it?) have to fork over $80 . . . These fees have actually been...
  • I Don’t![Canada-'automatically married by the state, against their will']

    05/29/2012 7:43:21 AM PDT · by Theoria · 27 replies
    Slate ^ | 24 May 2012 | Lili Boisvert
    How a bizarre legal case involving a mysterious billionaire could force 1.2 million Canadians to be married, against their will. Somewhere in North America, there is a place where little girls don’t give the slightest thought to what kind of wedding dress they’ll wear one day. A place where young men have never heard the expression: “why buy the cow when you can have the milk for free?”—because the milk is always free. A place where no one asks an unmarried couple expecting a baby if they’re getting hitched. This place is the province of Quebec. The French language spoken...
  • They bombed our Church today. [Pipe bomb found in church]

    05/29/2012 7:33:48 AM PDT · by Antioch · 13 replies
    Brampton Guardian ^ | May 29, 2012 | PAM DOUGLAS
    A suspicious device— possibly a pipe bomb— has been found inside a Roman Catholic Church in Brampton this morning and Peel bomb squad officers are in the process of removing it. "We don't know if it's real, if it's live, or if it has already been detonated," said Peel Const. Erin Cooper at the scene on Chinguacousy Road north of Steeles Avenue West. The device was located inside St. Jerome's church just after 9 a.m. Tuesday by police using a special robot. Soon after, word came that there may be another device inside the church. Expolsives Disposal Unit officers prepared...
  • Please Go Fight for My Country So I Can Take Your Job

    05/28/2012 12:27:11 PM PDT · by Pelham · 5 replies
    New English Review ^ | March 2007 | John Derbyshire
    The United States will accelerate the resettlement of about 7,000 Iraqis referred by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and will contribute $18 million to the agency's appeal for Iraq, about one-third of the total, Undersecretary of State Paula J. Dobriansky said Wednesday. — Washington Post, 2/15/07 I hope it won't be thought impertinent, over-inquisitive, or — Heaven forfend! — mean-spirited of me to ask, but: Just what, exactly, are these refugees seeking refuge from? Us? A few more questions come to mind. Let us suppose, for example, that Sergeant John Q. American, a serving member of the U.S. armed...
  • (LA) Airport bomb plotter is imprisoned for 22 years (Algerian terrorist)

    07/27/2005 4:43:36 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 7 replies · 458+ views
    FT ^ | 7-27-05 | Tomas Alex Tizon and Alicia Wittmeyer
    The Algerian terrorist who plotted to blow up Los Angeles International Airport at the height of New Year celebrations five years ago was sentenced to 22 years in prison on Wednesday. Defence lawyers had asked for 12½ years for Ahmed Ressam, 38, while prosecutors wanted 35 years. Mr Ressam, who had briefly co-operated with authorities in tracking down other terrorists, said nothing in court, but Thomas Hillier, a federal public defender, said his client had given John Coughenour, a US district judge, a note prior to the sentencing. The note, according to Mr Hillier, said: “I am sorry for what...
  • RCMP ‘to ease Canadians into the idea’ of U.S. agents in Canada

    05/25/2012 12:24:56 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 21 replies
    Yahoo News Canada ^ | May 22, 2012 | Andy Radia
    Uncle Sam could soon be coming after you on Canadian soil. According to an article in Embassy Magazine, the Harper government is moving forward on several initiatives that could give U.S. FBI and DEA agents the ability to pursue suspects across the land border and into Canada. But, according to a RCMP officer, they're doing it in "baby steps." "We recognized early that this approach would raise concerns about sovereignty, of privacy, and civil liberties of Canadians," RCMP Chief Superintendent Joe Oliver, the Mounties' director general for border integrity, told the Senate Committee on National Security and Defence on May...
  • Outhouse bear attack survivor was grabbed from 'throne'

    05/24/2012 11:45:23 PM PDT · by marktwain · 30 replies ^ | 23 May, 2012 | CBC
    A Winnipeg man who was dragged out of an outhouse by a black bear is recovering at home with some cuts on his back and an amazing tale of survival. Gord Shurvell, 65, was camping and fishing with a friend at a cabin by Dunbar Lake, about 60 kilometres north of Sioux Lookout, Ont., when the bear attacked him early Saturday. Shurvell told CBC News he was in the outhouse, with the door wide open so he could enjoy the morning view, when the bear barged in. "I'm sitting on the throne, and my feet are sort of up on...
  • Woman laughs in court while facing charges in fatal stabbing of Canadian tourists in Atlantic City

    05/22/2012 7:06:47 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 29 replies ^ | May 22, 2012 | AP
    ATLANTIC CITY — A woman arrested in the daytime stabbing deaths of two Canadian tourists near an Atlantic City casino laughed, frowned, grimaced and repeatedly asked where her lawyer was today as she was charged with murdering the women, one of them 80 years old. Superior Court Judge Michael Donio read from a criminal complaint that said Pelzer, 44, stabbed the 80-year-old woman and tried to steal her pocketbook. "When the victim would not relinquish, the suspect stabbed her additional times," he said, reading from the complaint. .. She did not know how long she had been in Atlantic City,...
  • Woman charged with two A C tourist slayings had history of mental illness bail 1.5M

    05/22/2012 12:25:02 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 24 replies
    Press of Atlantic City ^ | May 22, 2012 | By LYNDA COHEN, Staff Writer |
    ATLANTIC CITY — The Pennsylvania woman arrested in a fatal knife attack on two Canadian tourists is being held on $1.5 million bail. Antoinette Pelzer, 44, made her first appearance Tuesday afternoon in the brutal attack that killed two women ages 44 and 80. The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office is still trying to reach the next of kin to determine the women's identities and whether they are related to one another.
  • Canada axes green advisory body (green parasites kicked off the dole)

    05/21/2012 4:35:35 PM PDT · by dennisw · 3 replies ^ | 17 May 2012 | Felix von Geyer,
    The C$5.2 million funding for the NRTEE will cease as of 31 March next year under a wide-ranging omnibus budget bill C-38 that is currently before Canada's House of Commons. The legislation seeks to speed up natural resources projects such as oil and gas pipelines, and repeal the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act. The Canadian government is to mark the 25th anniversary of its green business advisers by closing the agency down. John Baird, Canada's foreign affairs minister and pointman for next month's Rio+20 Earth summit in Brazil, said this week that the National Roundtable for the Environment and Economy (NRTEE)...
  • Man becomes 3rd to survive plunge at Niagara Falls

    05/21/2012 1:00:35 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 21, 2012
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Authorities say a man plunged at least 180 feet over Niagara Falls and survived - only the third person known to have gone over without a safety device and lived. Niagara Parks Police say witnesses reported seeing the man climb over a railing at 10:20 a.m. Monday some distance above Horseshoe Falls "and deliberately jump."
  • Pride funding in peril as 'Queers Against Israeli Apartheid' plans to march

    05/21/2012 7:38:01 AM PDT · by kevcol · 11 replies
    The Globe And Mail ^ | May 17, 2012 | Kelly Grant
    Toronto’s Pride Week is at risk of losing its city funding now that Queers Against Israeli Apartheid has confirmed its intention to return to the parade this year. Council is slated to vote next month on providing a $123,807 grant to Pride Toronto, a decision that would have been routine if not for QuAIA’s plan to apply for a spot in the parade before the June 1 deadline. ... On top of the grant, the city provides about $300,000 worth of police, clean-up and other services for Pride Week, which runs from June 22 to July 1 and has a...
  • Enbridge starts historic flow on Seaway oil pipeline { First flow to Texas refiners from Cushing}

    05/21/2012 5:42:57 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | MAY 17, 2012 | DINA O'MEARA
    First oil will flow south to refiners in the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend on the Seaway pipeline, providing slight relief to bloated storage in the Midwest and to discounted Canadian crude. Enbridge Inc. and partner Enterprise Products Partners said Thursday the 150,000 barrel-per-day line reversal was complete, and oil from Cushing, Oklahoma would be arriving in Houston, Texas within two weeks. Markets responded to the news by shrinking the discount of West Texas Intermediate to Europe’s Brent by $2 to approximately $14 US per barrel on visions of slowly debottlenecking record amounts of oil at Cushing. The difference had...
  • Mitt Romney vows immediate approval of Keystone XL on first day in White House

    05/21/2012 5:35:18 AM PDT · by thackney · 42 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | MAY 18, 2012 | LEE-ANNE GOODMAN
    Mitt Romney is vowing to approve TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline on his first day on the job if elected U.S. president in November. In a campaign ad unveiled on Friday, the presumptive Republican nominee asks voters to imagine Day 1 of his presidency, and lists Keystone as a top priority. "Day One, President Romney immediately approves the Keystone pipeline, creating thousands of jobs that Obama blocked," the ad's narrator says. Romney has been maligning U.S. President Barack Obama for months for failing to give the green light to Keystone. The president rejected the $7 billion pipeline earlier this year, but...
  • Facts show Democrats are job creators (barf alert)

    05/20/2012 3:20:42 PM PDT · by bishop22 · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/15/12 | Jennifer Granholm
    I delivered the faculty graduation address last weekend at the University of California, Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. It’s one of the nation’s best and the reason is its emphasis on rigorous data analysis. Any public policy wonk worth her salt must be focused on data in order to replicate policy successes.
  • Transgender Miss Universe Canada contestant loses

    05/19/2012 8:31:10 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2012 | CHARMAINE NORONHA
    TORONTO (AP) -- The first-ever transgender contestant to compete in the Miss Universe Canada pageant has lost her bid to win the title. Jenna Talackova, 23, competed with 61 contestants Saturday night. She was among the final 12 contestants.
  • Saint Mary's High School in Kitchener: Jesus was a moronic hippy who preached inclusion

    05/19/2012 6:41:37 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 26 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | May 19, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    Students at Saint Mary's High School in Kitchener, Ontario just celebrated "anti-homophobia day." According to an article in the Metro News, "The anti-homophobia day event was organized by the school's sexual minority support group known as PRISM - Pride and Respect for Individuals of a Sexual Minority." Officials at Saint Mary's High School have assured everyone that the event is in full accord with Catholic teaching and that the anti-homophobia day is all about following Jesus' example. In a statement which may be found here, we are told that, "Jesus offers us the model for how we should live our...
  • Feds threaten to disrupt summer concerts

    05/18/2012 1:13:56 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 36 replies ^ | 5/18/12 | Paul Bedard
    Lawmakers are scrambling to save the summer concert season from federal agents poised to seize the instruments of rock and country stars because the wood used to make them may have been illegally harvested--and without their knowledge. “I don’t want the musicians from Nashville who are flying to Canada to perform this summer to worry about the government seizing their guitars,” said Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander. Alexander, whose state is home to famed Gibson Guitars used by bands and stars like Van Halen, the Allman Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Ted Nugent and Paul McCartney, said Friday that he and Oregon...
  • Conservative Third-Party Dreams and Realities

    05/18/2012 4:46:32 PM PDT · by iowamark · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 29, 2012 | Daren Jonescu
    Tea Partiers and other constitutionally minded Americans for whom "Anyone but Obama" rings hollow, and who still harbor hopes of a third-party challenge to the GOP establishment, may find food for thought in a living example of such a conservative challenge -- namely, Canada. Americans would benefit from a careful evaluation of their neighbors' success. For decades, Canadian conservatives fought the same uphill battle as their U.S. counterparts, though lacking the constitutional armor with which to defend themselves. The nation moved continually to the left, and at the federal level, electoral politics was dominated by the increasingly socialistic Liberal Party....
  • Blame Canada (Why did Canada and the EU abandon Chen Guangcheng? (Hint: Pandas ain't free.))

    05/17/2012 1:25:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | MAY 16, 2012 | MARK MACKINNON
    Why did Canada and the EU abandon Chen Guangcheng? (Hint: Pandas ain't free.)In December 2010, a trio of Western diplomats stationed in China -- one each from Canada, Switzerland, and the European Union -- drove from Beijing to the village of Dongshigu, eight hours away in Shandong province, hoping to visit the detained dissident Chen Guangcheng. No one has spoken publicly about what happened next. They did not mention the excursion itself, and certainly not the rough reception they received from the hands of the guards who prevented them from seeing Chen. But one person with knowledge of the incident...
  • Protesters storm Montreal university, gang up on students in class

    05/17/2012 7:44:28 AM PDT · by docbnj · 37 replies
    Globe & Mail [left-wing] ^ | 16 May 2012 | Myles Dolphin
    Protesters stormed into a university, many of them with their faces covered by masks, and worked through the hallways Wednesday on the hunt for classes to disrupt. The intrusions were orchestrated by protesters seeking to enforce their declared strikes. They resented the fact that some students had used legal injunctions to return to school. “They’re trying to make us afraid to go back to class,” UQAM law student Celina Toia said after talking to the officers, who were sitting in a van. “Teachers are more than willing to give their classes, so they’re trying to make it extremely inconvenient. They’re...
  • Foreign charity waters down anti-oilsands grants

    05/09/2012 12:13:04 PM PDT · by Clive · 4 replies
    Sun News network ^ | 2012-05-09 | Daniel Proussalidis
    OTTAWA - A foreign charity that has given millions to Canadian environmental groups has quietly - and retroactively - re-written grant descriptions days after Finance Minister Jim Flaherty warned in his budget the federal government would apply heightened scrutiny to the political activities of charities in this country. "We have modified and added additional content to some grants to reflect progress, lessons learned and achievements," the Geneva-based Oak Foundation said in an April 2 posting at its website. While Oak's description of the changes is vague, researcher and blogger Vivian Krause has written in the Financial Post, "The changes mostly...
  • Obama Is Losing the Keystone Pipeline Battle

    05/08/2012 8:44:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Reason ^ | May 8, 2012 | Ronald Bailey
    The president finds himself between an environmentalist rock and a labor union hard place The Keystone XL pipeline is roiling U.S. electoral politics again. TransCanada refiled its application for a permit to build the pipeline with the State Department last week. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has vowed, “I will build that pipeline if I have to do it myself.” In April, the House of Representatives passed a transportation bill that mandates the construction of the Keystone pipeline. The vote was 293 to 127, the majority vote was minus 14 Republicans, but included 69 Democrats. President Barack Obama threatened...
  • New evidence suggests Cabot may have known of New World before voyage

    05/07/2012 11:58:05 AM PDT · by Theoria · 19 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | 29 April 2012 | Randy Boswell
    An Italian historian has unveiled a previously unknown document that sheds fresh light on explorer John Cabot’s discovery of Canada — a brief entry in a 516-year-old accounting ledger that shows Cabot had financial backing from a Florence-based bank in England and, most intriguingly, may have had prior knowledge of the distant land his famous 1497 voyage would put on the world map. The Italian-born Cabot is known to have sailed from England in search of the New World three times between 1496 and 1498. He is believed to have reached Newfoundland aboard the Matthew in 1497, but Cabot disappears...
  • A penny waived is a penny spurned [Canada ditches it]

    05/05/2012 9:57:30 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 20 replies
    Edmonton Journal. ^ | 5/5/2012 | Paula Simons
    From now on, thoughts will cost a nickel A box full of shiny pennies at Northgate Stamp and Coin in Edmonton, May 4, 2012. The last penny was struck Friday at the Canadian Mint because it is being eliminated. Pennies aren't worth much. Even a 1859 one only goes for a few dollars. The exception is a 1936 Canadian penny with a raised dot under the date fetches around $360,000 to $400,000. All lovely things will have an ending, All lovely things will fade and die; And youth, that’s now so bravely spending, Will beg a penny by and by....
  • The Coin Analyst: Canadian Mint Plans to Stop Making Cents, and the U.S. Should Do the Same

    05/05/2012 8:37:33 AM PDT · by null and void · 41 replies
    CoinWeek ^ | April 1, 2012 1:13 AM | Louis Golino
    The Royal Canadian Mint‘s 2012 budget, which was issued on March 29, does not include funding for the production of one cent coins, according to Canadian and U.S. media sources. The cost to produce and store the coins, not to mention the hassle of dealing with them, finally drove our neighbors to the north to decide that it no longer makes sense to make cents. According to Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, as quoted in the Globe and Mail newspaper, “Pennies take up too much space on our dressers at home,” Mr. Flaherty added. “They take up far too much...
  • Student suspended for wearing religious T-shirt

    05/04/2012 4:14:15 AM PDT · by mkleesma · 22 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 05/04/2011 | The Canadian Press
    A Grade 12 student in Nova Scotia has been suspended for wearing a T-shirt publicizing his religious beliefs. The South Shore Regional School Board suspended William Swinimer from Forest Heights Community School in Chester Basin for five days for wearing a shirt emblazoned with the words, “Life is wasted without Jesus.” School board Superintendent Nancy Pynch-Worthylake said the wording on the shirt is problematic because it is directed at the beliefs of others.
  • The Cornered Rats of Climate Change

    05/01/2012 6:52:59 PM PDT · by Rocky · 19 replies ^ | May 1, 2012 | Marita Noon
    Public confidence in scientific “consensus” regarding the theory of manmade climate change is threatening the believing scientists’ confidence. While polls show that taking action to fight climate change is off the radar of most Americans, the behavior of the theory’s advocates is even more telling. They are behaving like "cornered rats"—taking extreme actions to protect their turf.
  • Who’s up for lunch? A Gull-eating Octopus in Victoria, BC

    04/30/2012 5:14:59 PM PDT · by Theoria · 18 replies
    BirdFellow ^ | 27 April 2012 | Ann Nightingale
    One of the great things about being a nature lover is that your powers of observation seem to improve. While others are walking by, oblivious to the activities going on all around them, naturalists notice the creatures and the behaviors, especially if they are out of the ordinary.   The Ogden Point Breakwater is a popular spot with folks out for a weekend stroll. (Photo by Craig Spence, sourced online at Such was the case on March 24, 2012, a sunny Saturday morning, when Ginger Morneau, her husband Ken, and brother Lou Baker were walking along the Ogden Point...
  • Registry didn’t work before, doesn’t work now(Canada)

    04/28/2012 6:12:55 PM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 27 April, 2012 | Erno Rossi
    I hold in my hand a very important piece of paper dated at Welland, July 15, 1942 signed by a corporal in the local police force. This piece of paper gave Don Augustine permission to lend two shotguns to Frank Templain for the purpose of hunting. As the heading on the top of the form explained: INDIVIDUAL PERMIT TO SELL, LEND, BARTER, TRANSFER-POSSESSION OR PURCHASE A RIFLE OR SHOTGUN. This form is an example from the original long gun registry that I showed to Liberal organizers when they were promoting the second long gun registry for all Canadians. My point...
  • Did Ancient Drifters 'Discover' British Columbia?

    04/25/2012 4:58:58 PM PDT · by Theoria · 28 replies
    The Tyee ^ | 03 April 2012 | Daniel Wood
    Legends and bits of evidence tell a story of Asians arriving here long, long ago. Part one of two. "Even pale ink is better than memory." -- Chinese proverbAs the tide creeps over the sand flats of Pachena Bay south of Bamfield, it brings ashore the flotsam of the Pacific that -- on occasion -- hints at extraordinary travels and a mystery of historic proportions. Amid the kelp, in decades past, hundreds of green-glass fishing floats would arrive intact on the Vancouver Island coast, having ridden the powerful Japanese Current in year-long transits from Asia. But on rare occasions, entire...
  • Duke and Duchess of Cambridge prepare for first anniversary with string of public engagements

    04/24/2012 5:47:18 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 10 replies
    In stark contrast to April 29 2011, when their wedding at Westminster Abbey was watched by hundreds of millions of people around the world, the couple are planning to spend the date itself together privately this year. After their high-profile tour of the United States and Canada last summer, the couple have carried out only a limited number of public engagements together in Britain
  • Canada to keep AAA rating despite coming downgrade wave: Citi

    04/24/2012 5:20:24 PM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 3 replies
    National Post ^ | April 19, 2012 | John Shmuel
    Canada is forecast to be one of the few countries to keep its illustrious AAA credit rating in the coming years, as ratings agencies get set to start kicking out members from the exclusive club. Canada is just one of 12 countries which currently maintain a AAA rating from all three major credit agencies. “When you think about Canada maintaining its AAA, well, we will have surpluses, we will have balanced budgets across the board... The Conservative government expects to return to a budget surplus by the 2015-2016 fiscal year, ... The budget also revealed the Conservative government will shed...
  • Wildrose Party to win majority in Alberta election: final poll results (Conservative party)

    04/22/2012 6:01:58 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 21 replies
    Barring any weekend surprises, it looks like Wildrose leader Danielle Smith will be Alberta's next premier. Several polls have come out over the past 72 hours putting Smith's upstart Wildrose Alliance ahead of the governing Progressive Conservatives both in terms of popular vote and seat distribution in the provincial election. -excerpt- Regionally, according to the Abacus poll, the Wildrose Party has a commanding lead in Calgary with 44 per cent support followed by the PCs at 29 per cent, the Liberals at 13 per cent, and the NDP at 12 per cent. In Edmonton, the PCs continue to lead with...
  • Regulatory Commissars: Obama's Oil Crisis

    04/20/2012 4:41:05 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 4 replies
    PatriotPost.US ^ | April 20, 2012 | Nate Jackson
    Barack Obama's latest scheme to make it appear that he's doing something -- anything -- about the spike in gasoline prices is actually more of a re-election crisis-control effort. He plans to spend $52 million to further regulate a tightly controlled market and punish "speculators" whom he blames for running up the price at the pump. Naturally, oil futures prices jumped at the news. Those new regulations on the oil market come while Obama is tightening the screws in other ways as well. Witness the Friday document dump of an Executive Order that creates a task force to coordinate federal...
  • TransCanada submits new Keystone XL pipeline plan

    04/18/2012 8:09:02 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/18/2012 | Lee Ross
    For the first time since President Obama issued a controversial order halting its progress, the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline is once again on track for bureaucratic review after TransCanada submitted a new route through Nebraska designed to avoid environmentally sensitive areas. The new plan, which TransCanada submitted to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality on Wednesday, takes the Keystone project out of the deep freeze that began in January when Obama agreed with the recommendation of the State Department to reject the initial pipeline application. This new development, first reported by Fox News, allows Nebraska officials to review the impact...
  • Hospital tells patients to do own laundry

    04/17/2012 6:54:19 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 16 replies
    Cost-cutting measures at Saint-Vincent Hospital's complex continuing care unit mean patients could soon be responsible for doing their own laundry. Officials at St. Vincent Hospital, which is part of Bruyère Continuing Care, said instead of using a cleaning service the continuing care unit would be installing coin-operated washers and dryers for patients and their families to use. The organization said it is $2 million in debt and needs to find savings. They are hoping family members can help the patients do their laundry after a new policy is in place starting in June.
  • MK Tibi in Canada: Boycott Products from 'Settlements'

    04/17/2012 4:19:30 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/4/12 | Elad Benari
    Arab MK Ahmed Tibi, notorious for making statements against Israel while he serves in its parliament, has called for a boycott of products manufactured in Judea, Samaria, and east Jerusalem. Tibi made the controversial comments during a visit in Ottawa, Canada, on Monday. According to a report in The Montreal Gazette, Tibi also said he was aware that his remarks were a direct violation of the boycott law approved by the Knesset last July, though he seemed unfazed by that fact. “I said that I am willing to test this immoral law trying to prevent me, as a member of...
  • 48% of Brits want to get out of the UK

    04/15/2012 5:17:46 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 53 replies
    The Sun ^ | April 15, 2012 | Tim Spanton
    ALMOST half of all Britons are “seriously considering” moving overseas, an exclusive survey for The Sun has found. Australia is top of the relocation wish list followed by the US, Canada and New Zealand. The cost of living, weather, unemployment and crime are the most common reasons for wanting to quit Britain. Pollsters YouGov quizzed 1,650 adults after The Sun told last week about Dave and Jackie Jones who emigrated to Australia with their 12 kids. The family from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria — who have never claimed benefits — quit in despair at what they see as soft-touch Britain’s emphasis on...
  • As Mexico booms, Canadian exporters benefit

    04/13/2012 7:05:46 PM PDT · by Ge0ffrey · 10 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 4/11/12 | KEVIN CARMICHAEL
    Brazil is everyone’s darling these days, but Mexico’s economy is growing faster at the moment. Mexican GDP advanced at an annual rate of 3.7 per cent in the fourth quarter and at an annual rate of 4.5 per cent in the third quarter of 2011. That left mighty Brazil eating Mexico’s dust. Brazil’s GDP grew at annual rates of 1.2 per cent and 2 per cent in the fourth and third quarters respectively. For all of 2011, Mexico’s economy expanded 3.9 per cent compared with 2.5 per cent in Brazil, according to Bank of Nova Scotia. The Canada-Mexico story isn’t...
  • Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Found In Four Million-Year-Old Cave

    04/12/2012 5:42:31 PM PDT · by blam · 38 replies
    Global Post ^ | 4-12-2012 | Alexander Besant
    Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Found In Four Million-Year-Old CaveThe bacteria, found in the isolated Lechuguilla Cave in New Mexico, over 1300 feet below the earth, may hold the secret to understanding drug resistance. Alexander BesantApril 12, 2012 17:19 Researchers said they discovered ancient bacteria resistant to both natural and synthetic antibiotics while investigating a 4-million-year-old cave in New Mexico. The finding, may have implications for both the understanding of drug resistance and ways of preventing it. The scientists involved collected 93 strains of bacteria from Lechuguilla cave, approximately 1300 feet deep, and found that all the strains collected were resistant to...
  • Romney vs. Obama: Ontario's deja pue (Vanity)

    04/12/2012 10:12:09 AM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 17 replies
    Free Republic - Vanity | April 12, 2012 | NorthernCrunchyCon
    As noted on another thread, political pundits often compare presidential elections to previous ones. In the case of Romney vs. Obama, conservatives should look north to the Dominion of Celine Dion and Maple Syrup. This is a repeat of John Tory vs. Dalton McGuinty, the 2007 election in Ontario during which the two candidates contested governance of Canada's largest province. The only difference, other than citizenship, is that John Tory was not Mormon. He was a nominal Protestant, for the most part indistinguishable from the Kennedy Catholic he was challenging. Nevertheless, religion would cost him the election. As Ontario Liberal...
  • Tories won't force gun owners to lock up ammo(Canada)

    04/09/2012 6:49:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 6 April, 2012 | Jeff Davis
    The federal government will not go ahead with a proposed rule requiring ammunition to be kept locked up, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said Thursday. At present, guns must be locked, but not ammunition. The proposed regulations - to do with storage of explosives - would have required all gun owners to install a locking box or safe in their homes. National Firearms Association president Blair Hagen said gun owners are "very gratified" to hear Toews' pledge, and feel reassured the sweeping regulatory changes will not proceed as published. "After they were published in the Canada Gazette there was a...
  • F-35 jet still popular with aerospace industry

    04/07/2012 9:13:08 PM PDT · by U-238 · 7 replies ^ | 4/6/2012 | Stephanie Findlay
    The F-35 jet has been the whipping boy for auditors and politicians all week, but it remains the darling of Canada’s aerospace industry. Industry veterans are shrugging off the vitriol of “scandal” and “fiasco” by remaining focused on the $12 billion they say the troubled program can bring to Canada. “It’s a state of the art platform,” says Maryse Harvey, an official at Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC). “Hence the delays and the challenges that they’re encountering — it’s pure innovation.” While the government decides what do to and who to blame for its deeply flawed military procurement process,...