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  • Saskatoon man angrily throws tarp over public art that consists of two large bundles of garbage

    04/24/2014 4:44:22 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 5 replies
    National Post ^ | April 23, 2014 | Trisitin Hopper
    After months of simmering tension over a $4,300 piece of public art that is literally two bales of shrink-wrapped household waste, the residents of Northwest Saskatoon awoke this week to find that it had been wrapped in black plastic and affixed with a sign reading “our tax dollars are for keeping garbage OFF the streets.” “I don’t need more garbage making our neighbourhood look like that,” local resident Luke Coupal told Postmedia soon after his Easter Sunday installation of the tarp. The plastic has since been removed, but Mr. Coupal hopes his opposition is only the beginning. As he told...
  • Fetal tissue used to power Oregon homes

    04/24/2014 1:26:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 24, 2014 3:05 AM EDT | Steven Dubois
    An Oregon county commission has ordered an incinerator to stop accepting boxed medical waste to generate electricity after learning the waste it’s been burning may include tissue from aborted fetuses from British Columbia. Sam Brentano, chairman of the Marion County board of commissioners, said late Wednesday the board is taking immediate action to prohibit human tissue from future deliveries at the plant that has been turning waste into energy since 1987. “We provide an important service to the people of this state and it would be a travesty if this program is jeopardized due to this finding,” he said in...
  • McDonald's Canada freezes use of foreign workers

    04/23/2014 7:27:36 PM PDT · by llevrok · 13 replies
    VANCOUVER – The Canadian unit of McDonald's Corp has suspended all of its applications under the country's temporary foreign worker program as it undergoes a third-party audit on its use, the restaurant chain said on Wednesday. The move comes after the fast-food giant was criticized in media reports in recent weeks about its use of the Canadian government plan, which allows companies to bring in foreign workers when there are no local residents available. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported this month that a franchise owner in Victoria, British Columbia, was bringing in foreign workers for three locations while at the...
  • ‘Intoxicated’ 18-year-old girl Reportedly Rushed to Hospital From PM's Residence

    04/23/2014 12:01:42 PM PDT · by lbryce · 22 replies
    National Post ^ | April 24, 2014 | Glenn MacGregor
    24 Sussex medical call won't be investigated by RCMP The RCMP have confirmed that Ottawa EMS was called to the Prime Minister’s residence at 24 Sussex Drive last Saturday night as media reports said an 18-year-old girl needed to be taken to hospital for severe intoxication. RCMP would not confirm who the call was for, only that it was not Stephen Harper or one of his family members. “This was a medical call and not a police matter. It did not involve any of our protectees,” said a statement from the RCMP. The PMO said it would not be commenting...
  • The Pacific’s Salmon Are Back — Thank Human Ingenuity

    04/23/2014 10:08:06 AM PDT · by neverdem · 58 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 22, 2014 | Robert Zubrin
    Geoengineering could turn our long-barren oceans into a bounty.In 2012, the British Columbia–based Native American Haida tribe launched an effort to restore the salmon fishery that has provided much of their livelihood for centuries. Acting collectively, the Haida voted to form the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation, financed it with $2.5 million of their own savings, and used it to support the efforts of American scientist-entrepreneur Russ George to demonstrate the feasibility of open-sea mariculture — in this case, the distribution of 120 tons of iron sulfate into the northeast Pacific to stimulate a phytoplankton bloom which in turn would provide...
  • Obama administration delays action on Keystone XL {again, still...}

    04/21/2014 5:56:01 AM PDT · by thackney · 30 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 18, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Obama administration on Friday said it was giving eight federal agencies more time to weigh in on the Keystone XL pipeline, a move almost certain to delay a final decision on the controversial project until after the Nov. 4 midterm elections. That timeline spares President Barack Obama from making a politically difficult decision that would either anger environmentalists or jeopardize some Senate Democrats seeking reelection in red states. But Friday’s move alienated stakeholders on all sides of the issue, including oil industry allies who accused the White House of playing politics and environmentalists who want Obama to swiftly reject...
  • Merkel Warns Russia of Economic Consequences Over Ukraine

    03/28/2014 2:04:35 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    wsj.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Harriet Torry
    BERLIN—German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday said Russia "can lose a lot" economically if it escalates tensions in Ukraine further and prompts Western allies to impose economic sanctions. "It's not just about concrete sanctions. Russia also needs trade and movement, today we're all connected internationally" the chancellor said in a joint news conference with her Canadian counterpart. Speaking in Berlin, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper acknowledged the economic risks, particularly for Europe, in slapping further sanctions on Russia and said "we should proceed quite cautiously." Mr. Harper added that the Russian economy is "quite fragile," and "when a major power...
  • Russia expels Canadian diplomat in delayed tit-for-tat retaliation

    04/22/2014 3:53:56 PM PDT · by rickmichaels
    Maclean's ^ | Apr 22, 2014 | Mike Blanchfield
    OTTAWA – The diplomatic chess game between Canada and Russia over the Ukraine crisis continued Tuesday, with the Kremlin ordering the expulsion of a senior Canadian diplomat stationed in Moscow. Russia ordered the removal of the first secretary at the Canadian embassy in retaliation for the expulsion of a Russian military attache from Ottawa earlier this month, said a Canadian government source, not authorized to speak on the record. The Harper government also called in the Russian ambassador for a diplomatic dressing-down last week as pro-Russian gunmen seized government buildings in several eastern Ukrainian cities following Russia’s annexation of the...
  • Canada’s middle class surpasses that in the U.S., says New York Times report

    04/22/2014 3:48:02 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 22 replies
    680News ^ | Apr 22, 2014 | The Canadian Press and Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press
    OTTAWA – There is a middle class crisis, but it’s happening south of the border, not in Canada, according to a New York Times report on incomes around the world. The newspaper says an analysis it conducted with the LIS data centre shows that while Canadian median income per capita trailed the U.S. badly at the turn of the century, it had caught up by 2010 and now likely is ahead. And overall, the study shows Canada tied with the U.S. for the highest per capita median income of the countries compared, including Germany, France and Britain. The median income...
  • The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest

    04/22/2014 10:49:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 22, 2014 | David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy
    The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction. While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades. After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada — substantially behind in 2000 — now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans.
  • Obama gives Canada cold shoulder

    04/21/2014 6:18:45 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 16 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | APRIL 21, 2014 | Ezra Levant
    Barack Obama waited nine months before replacing the last U.S. ambassador to Canada. The post was empty, and Obama just didn’t care. He doesn’t much like Stephen Harper – compare Obama’s icy body language towards Harper, to Obama’s deep bow when he met the Saudi king, or his high fives with the Hugo Chavez, the late ruler of Venezuela. Don’t feel singled out. That’s how Obama treats many of America’s traditional allies. He spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone. The White House's bust of Winston Churchill was returned to the United Kingdom when Obama became president. Get used to...
  • TransCanada CEO expresses frustration over latest Keystone delay

    04/21/2014 11:34:08 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 9 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | APRIL 21, 2014 | QMI AGENCY
    The president and CEO of TransCanada had some harsh words Monday after another process delay was announced by the U.S. Department of State for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. “We are extremely disappointed and frustrated with yet another delay,” Russ Girling said in a statement released Monday. “American men and women will miss out on another construction season where they could have worked to build Keystone XL and provided for their families. “We feel for them.” The Department of State (DOS) announced last week it will seek input from eight federal agencies to determine whether the project meets National Interest...
  • Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dead: Famed boxer wrongly convicted of triple murder loses battle

    04/20/2014 12:12:04 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 14 replies
    National Post ^ | April 20, 2014
    TORONTO — Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76. John Artis, a longtime friend and caregiver, said Carter died in his sleep Sunday. Carter had been stricken with prostate cancer in Toronto, the New Jersey native’s adopted home. Carter spent 19 years in prison for three murders at a tavern in Paterson, N.J., in 1966. He was convicted alongside Artis in 1967 and again in a new trial in 1976. Carter was freed in November 1985 when his convictions were set aside after years of appeals and...
  • Harper: Russia Is A Grave Threat To World

    04/19/2014 2:58:21 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 49 replies
    ottawacitizen.com ^ | April 14, 2014
    OTTAWA – Russian actions against Ukraine are “aggressive, militaristic and imperialistic” and pose a grave threat to world peace, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said today. Pro-Russian groups have occupied buildings in 10 cities in eastern Ukraine in recent days, prompting Harper to use his harshest words yet against what he called “Russian provocateurs sent by the Putin regime.” It’s time to rally the world against the danger posed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Harper said at a hastily assembled photo-op event with ambassadors from Ukraine, Estonia, Poland and Latvia. “I know this is of great concern to our NATO allies...
  • White House responds to 'deport Justin Bieber' petition

    04/19/2014 2:40:25 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 11 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | APRIL 19, 2014 | QMI Agency
    "Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one." That's the short and sweet response from the White House to a petition to deport Justin Bieber. Nearly 275,000 people have signed the Deport Justin Bieber And Revoke His Green Card campaign that kicked off in January. The petition reads: "We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked. He is not only threatening the safety of our...
  • Breaking Scandal: BLM Rounding Up Wild Horses, Sending To Slaugherhouse…In Canada

    04/18/2014 1:26:50 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | April 18, 2014
    The Bureau of Land Management is clearly having an image problem. As the outrage over its intimidating show of force during last week’s showdown at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada proved, the federal agency is now caught up in a controversy originating in Wyoming. According to recent reports, agents herded a large group of wild horses in the state before ceding control of the majestic animals to state authorities. At that point, Wyoming officials sold them off to a slaughterhouse in Canada. Obviously, this development outraged countless advocates already incensed by accusations that BLM officers gunned down multiple cows at...
  • Putin says oil wars with Russia will make West bleed

    04/17/2014 7:34:50 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 20 replies
    Opportunities for the West to hurt the Russian economy are limited, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. Europe cannot stop buying Russian gas without inflicting pain on itself, and if the US tries to lower oil prices, the dollar will suffer. If the West tries to damage Russia’s influence in the world energy market, efforts will likely backfire, the Russian President said during his twelfth annual televised question and answer session. To really influence the world oil market a country would need to increase production and cut prices, which currently only Saudi Arabia could afford, Putin said. The president added he...
  • Montreal mayor looks to NYC for anti-graft advice

    04/15/2014 10:01:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 15, 2014 11:43 PM EDT | Alexandra Olson
    Montreal’s mayor sought to convince Manhattan business leaders Tuesday that his administration is moving past the corruption scandals that brought down his two predecessors and have become the “elephant in the room” when trying to lure investment to Canada’s second-largest city. At a luncheon speech to the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Denis Coderre said he is looking to New York City for inspiration. He highlighted the creation of Montreal’s Inspector General’s office, which has sweeping powers to investigate municipal contracts. The new agency is inspired partly by New York City’s Department of Investigations, created in 1873 in response to...
  • Keystone report can't have it both ways

    04/15/2014 3:51:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | April 15, 2014 | By Sheldon Whitehouse (M-RI) and Henry A. Waxman (M-CA)
    For all the noise about the State Department's final environmental review of the Keystone XL Pipeline being a "blow" to pipeline opponents, the report contains more than enough information for Secretary of State John Kerry -- a respected environmental champion -- to conclude that the pipeline is not in the national interest. Although you have to dig a bit, the report recognizes the dangers associated with the tar sands fuel that the pipeline would transport. Kerry's obligation is to determine what is in the national interest. For all its flaws, the report acknowledges that the tar sands that would get...
  • Five killed in mass stabbing at Calgary party

    04/15/2014 7:11:20 AM PDT · by A Formerly Proud Canadian · 60 replies
    CBC News via Yahoo.ca ^ | 15 April 2014 | CBC
    A suspect is in custody after five people, all youths in their teens to 20s, died following early-morning stabbings in northwest Calgary. The stabbings happened around 1:20 a.m. MT on Tuesday at an address in the 100 block of Butler Crescent N.W., police said. According to neighbours, the youths had been celebrating the last day of university classes with a fire in a home's backyard.
  • Dark side of ND's oil boom: Meth, heroin, cartels _ all part of growing drug trade

    04/14/2014 9:57:30 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 30 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 4-14-14 | Administration Propaganda
    WILLISTON, N.D. — The blood-drenched man had survived a brutal attack: Beaten with brass knuckles, shocked with a stun gun, slashed with a razor blade, then dumped 40 miles away in Montana, he staggered to a farmhouse for help. His path eventually led authorities back to a quiet backyard in this oil boom town. What they uncovered was a large-scale methamphetamine ring that had found a home in a state long known for its small-town solitude, its slow pace and peaceful pastures. The members of this violent gang were all relative newcomers to Williston. They called themselves "The Family," the...
  • Oil and gas salaries average $130,000: Survey

    04/14/2014 9:41:30 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | APRIL 9, 2014 | DAN HEALING
    Hays finds most employers expect to pay more, hire more in 2014 Canadian oil and gas worker salaries jumped six per cent to an average of $130,000 US in 2013 and the trend is expected to continue, according to a survey released Wednesday. Furthermore, despite ongoing worries about oil transportation bottlenecks, nearly three-quarters of employers who took part in the survey by global recruiting firm Hays Oil & Gas say they expect their companies will hire more people in 2014. “This past year, the industry has taken a pause,” said John Faraguna, global managing director of oil and gas for...
  • Rangeley fire chief tells Senate subcommittee people ‘vaporized’ in Quebec rail disaster

    04/13/2014 8:40:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    bangordailynews.com ^ | April 09, 2014, at 6:25 p.m. | Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff
    The explosion destroyed six city blocks. Several of the 30 burning buildings were incinerated. Many ruptured tanker cars were bunched together like folds in an accordion. Still others, intact, could detonate at any second, and Pellerin could tell that much of the 1.5 million gallons of spilled oil had ignited and poured through the small Quebec town like lava. Canadian firefighters told Pellerin that “they actually saw people step out of their homes and be vaporized by the [burning] oil,” Pellerin told the U.S. Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee in Washington on Wednesday
  • Canada scraps millionaire visa scheme, ‘dumps 46,000 Chinese applications’

    04/13/2014 4:02:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The South China Morning Post ^ | February 26, 2014 | Ian Young and Keith Zhai
    Tens of thousands of Chinese millionaires face an uncertain future after Canada's government moved to scrap its controversial investor visa scheme, which has allowed waves of rich Hongkongers and mainland Chinese to immigrate since 1986. The surprise announcement was made in Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's budget, delivered to parliament in Ottawa on Tuesday. An estimated 45,500 mainland Chinese in the queue for visas in Hong Kong will have their applications "eliminated" and their fees returned. The announcement came less than a week after the South China Morning Post revealed how the scheme was overwhelmed by an influx of applications from...
  • Ukraine crisis: Canada imposes more sanctions to punish Russia

    04/12/2014 7:28:15 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 16 replies
    CBC News ^ | April 12, 2014 01:56 GMT | Thomson Reuters
    Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced additional sanctions Saturday in response to the escalating tensions in Ukraine, accusing Russia of "violating its sovereignty and territorial integrity." "We are imposing sanctions on two additional individuals and on a Crimean oil and gas company," said a statement released by Baird. Also on Saturday, the White House announced U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Kyiv on April 22 to meet with government officials and civil society groups ahead of the Ukrainian presidential election in May.
  • Why the U.S. Should Merge With Canada

    04/12/2014 9:30:20 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 97 replies
    Politico ^ | April 10, 2014 | Diane Francis
    The United States and Canada are far more integrated than most people think. In fact, a merger between the two countries isn't just desirable—it's inevitable. We share more than just the world's longest border. We share the same values, lifestyles and aspirations. Our societies and economies are becoming similar in significant ways.
  • Union threatens retribution for House Dems opposing Keystone

    04/11/2014 5:16:32 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 11, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    A top building trades union is launching a midterm-election assault on House Democrats who oppose construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. A letter distributed Friday by the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) to the districts of 27 House Democrats calls for union members to make sure their representative "feels the power and the fury of LIUNA this November." Their crime: signing a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry last month urging him to reject Keystone, which would carry oil sands from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.
  • I can clone John Lennon from his tooth, Canadian dentist claims

    04/11/2014 3:52:33 PM PDT · by billorites · 47 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 11, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Put this in the column of seriously strange news. A dentist in Canada who bought an old tooth that came Beatles icon John Lennon's mouth now thinks he can turn DNA from that tooth into a baby via cloning. Michael Zuk, who paid $33,000 for the tooth at an auction three years ago, told Britian's Channel 4 during an episode of "Dead Famous DNA" that he now is going to try to make a John Lennon-like baby that he can raise as his own. "If there is enough DNA to sequence it, it could be basically genetic real estate," Mr....
  • Cold Case Arrest: San Antonio murder suspect captured in Canada[Illegal Alien]

    04/11/2014 1:42:57 PM PDT · by Theoria · 6 replies
    Fox 29 ^ | 11 April 2014 | Fox 29
    An arrest has been made in the murder of a San Antonio woman who was killed more than a decade ago. Lillita Moke's body was found in the basement of her Monte Vista home in March of 2000, after neighbors complained of a foul odor. Friday morning, immigration officials in Canada said they caught the man police say killed her. That man is Antonio Diaz Lisenber, who was Moke's gardener. According to CTV Vancouver, the Canadian Border Services Agency says they caught Lisenber when he applied for permanent residency. At a hearing in Vancouver earlier this week, the man claimed...
  • Jim Flaherty, 64, dies at Ottawa home one month after resigning as finance minister

    04/10/2014 11:35:14 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 12 replies
    National Post ^ | April 10, 2014
    Former finance minister Jim Flaherty has died at his Ottawa home, according to sources. He was 64.
  • Minister's bizarre tip in battle to tackle climate change (cut back on eating baked beans)

    04/09/2014 9:10:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | April 9, 2014 | Matt Chorley
    People should eat fewer baked beans to reduce flatulence which can contribute to global warming, a minister suggested today. Fears were raised about the impact of ‘smelly emissions’ caused by Brits eating more beans than any other country in the world. Climate change minister Lady Verma said it was an ‘important’ issue and urged the public to ‘moderate our behaviour’. Concerns have previously been raised about the effect of methane emissions from cows on global warming. But in the House of Lords today a Labour peer raised questions about the impact of human diet on emmisions. Viscount Simon, 73, a...
  • Liberals set to form majority Quebec government (Socialists Crushed Alert)

    04/07/2014 9:32:03 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 29 replies
    BBC News ^ | 04/07/2014 | BBC News
    Quebec's Liberal Party is set to form a majority provincial government, routing a bid by Quebec's main separatist party for their own majority. Liberals have won 41% of the vote, with nearly all ballots counted. Parti Quebecois (PQ) leader Pauline Marois has resigned in response to the crushing defeat, with her party only obtaining 25%. She dissolved the PQ-led minority government last month, after coalition partners blocked the party's agenda. Liberal leader Philippe Couillard will now become the province's premier. The election centred on PQ's controversial Charter of Values, which would ban public employees from wearing religious items, and a...
  • Here's Why Warren Buffett and General Electric Are Betting Big on Natural Gas

    04/07/2014 5:33:14 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | March 30, 2014 | Jason Hall
    "Our confidence is justified both by our past experience and by the knowledge that society will forever need massive investments in both transportation and energy." -- Warren Buffett, 2013 letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders According to the company's most recent fact sheet, Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary BNSF Railways ships enough coal every year to power 10% of America's houses, and enough crude oil to fill the gas tanks of nearly 650,000 cars every day. Transporting energy is pretty important to BNSF, and BNSF is pretty important to Berkshire, having generated some $3.8 billion in net income in 2013. At the same...
  • Lawmakers seeks to ban red light cameras, photo radar vans in Colorado

    04/06/2014 9:16:02 AM PDT · by cutty · 22 replies
    7NEWS ^ | Apr 4, 2014 | Lance Hernandez
    Scott Renfroe's proposal has bipartisan support. Red light cameras and photo radar vans are hot button issues in Colorado. Police say they make intersections and roadways safer, but many motorists insist that the cameras and radar vans are used mainly to generate revenue. Today, Republican Senator Scott Refroe, of Greeley, introduced a bill to ban red light cameras and photo radar vans in Colorado. It’s his second attempt. The first one in 2012 went nowhere. This time, he has the backing of several prominent Democratic lawmakers ... Refroe’s bill will be heard next week in the Senate State, Veterans and...
  • Entire city goes with online-only voting

    04/06/2014 8:04:11 PM PDT · by null and void · 31 replies
    WND ^ | 4/6/14 | Aaron Klein
    It’s finally happening. An entire municipality will utilize online-only voting in the next election with all balloting to be run via Scytl, the tech company based in Barcelona, Spain. The controversial rollout is being deployed not in the U.S., where Scytl two years ago acquired 100 percent of SOE Software, the leading software provider of election management solutions in the United States. The online-only vote will take place Oct. 27 in Canada, when Leamington, Ontario, will become the first Canadian municipality to cast all ballots via an Internet-only voting process. Every registered voter in Leamington, with a population of about...
  • Pierre man protests paying perpetual child support (South Dakota & Canada)

    04/05/2014 6:40:14 PM PDT · by cutty · 57 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | April 5, 2014 | Joe O'Sullivan
    Both of Haraldson's children are in their 20s. South Dakota's child support laws only require child support payments up to age 18 in most cases, and 19 in one other instance. But Haraldson, born and raised in South Dakota, was living in Canada at the time of his divorce. There, child support laws can go on indefinitely, unless he hires a lawyer and fights. "I was told it was going to be $20,000 to $30,000 to litigate, and I'd have a 50-50 chance," Haraldson said by phone from Pierre. "I just went, 'Oh, my God.'" Haraldson, a 52-year-old computer support...
  • Toronto rapper Murda Marz dead after bullet-riddled Chevy Malibu found in Cabbagetown in ‘brazen...'

    04/05/2014 2:05:50 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 42 replies
    National Post ^ | April 4, 2014 | Canadian Press
    A Toronto rapper is dead after being shot numerous times in his car in what police are calling a “brazen attack” in downtown Toronto. Det. Sgt. Steve Ryan says the victim — identified as Shmar Parris, 25, who social media messages of condolence said also went by the name Murda Marz, a rapper who several videos posted on YouTube — was known to police and the overnight shooting is believed to be a targeted attack. Ryan says a light-coloured SUV was seen driving erratically away from the scene but there are no details on any suspects or how many may...
  • Canada: Physician Knowingly Funded Jihad, Says Prosecutor

    04/05/2014 9:39:33 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 4 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 5 April 14 | Unknown
    Accused terrorist conspirator Khurram Sher knew his money was going to fund terrorism and far from being an innocent caught in a web of terrorist intrigue was an active participant. Sher, a 31-year-old Montreal-born pathologist, has pleaded not guilty to conspiring with two others to facilitate a terrorist conspiracy. Key to the case against Sher is a 70-minute conversation secretly recorded at an Ottawa apartment by RCMP anti-terrorist officers in July, 2010.
  • Ottawa monument to commemorate ‘victims of communism’

    04/04/2014 6:44:55 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 9 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | April 4, 2014 | Ishmael N. Daro
    The Canadian Memorial to the Victims of Communism is one step closer to completion, with the federal government this week soliciting design ideas for the monument to be built near Parliament perhaps as soon as late 2014. Memorials for the victims of communist regimes exist elsewhere in the world, such as the ones in Prague and Washington, D.C., and since 2008 the non-profit group Tribute to Liberty has been gathering support for a similar project in Ottawa. The group says its board of directors represents “key ethno-cultural comunities in Canada affected by communism” and now has backing from the leaders...
  • Yulia Marushevska @ Toronto City Hall: "I Am a Ukrainian" - Toronto.

    04/02/2014 4:47:58 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 3 replies
    youtube ^ | Mar 31, 2014 | Yulia Marushevska
    Yulia Marushevska, the Kyiv Ph.D. student who won over millions of people with her YouTube video "I am a Ukrainian" at a decisive moment during the EuroMaidan Revolution, is on a tour of Canada to help generate support for Ukraine's struggle against Russian aggression in Crimea. Original vieo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6kJf552QaM
  • The deadly mixture of guns and class in Toronto

    04/01/2014 1:17:26 PM PDT · by docbnj · 8 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | 1 Apr 2014 | Richard Florida
    Toronto’s gun murder rate is about on par with large U.S. cities like Austin (1.5) and just a little better than San Jose (1.9) or Portland (2.2). And it is not all than much better than New York City’s record low of 3.8 murders per 100,000 recorded last year.
  • WestJet converts to metric time

    04/01/2014 4:24:50 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 55 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 1, 2014
    Effective today, WestJet is changing the way we display our flight schedules, switching from our current system of "a.m." and "p.m." to metric time. For more information visit http://fly.ws/Metric-time.
  • U.S. now producing more than 10 percent of the world’s crude oil

    03/28/2014 10:27:30 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 28,2014 | ERIKA JOHNSEN
    Currently, the United States and Canada are the only major producers of tight oil in the world (although Russia has lately been making moves to try and get in on the action, ahem), and that spectacular acceleration of production growth now has us sitting pretty at 10 percent of the world’s total crude oil production. Via the Energy Information Administration: U.S. tight oil production averaged 3.22 million barrels per day (MMbbl/d) in the fourth quarter of 2013, In February 2014, 63% of U.S. tight oil production came from two basins: the Eagle Ford in South Texas (1.21 MMbbl/d, or 36%...
  • Mistrust overshadows Obama's Saudi trip

    03/28/2014 9:38:15 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 22 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/28/14 | Assad ABBOUD
    Riyadh (AFP) - US President Barack Obama meets Saudi King Abdullah Friday as mistrust fuelled by differences over Iran and Syria overshadows a decades-long alliance between their countries. Obama, who is due to arrive in Saudi Arabia late in the afternoon on a flight from Italy, is expected to hold evening talks with the monarch on a royal estate outside Riyadh. Saudi Arabia has strong reservations about efforts by Washington and other major world powers to negotiate a deal with Iran on its nuclear programme.
  • White House eyes new regulations to cut methane from oil, gas sector (In REGS Ve TRvst)

    03/28/2014 9:23:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/28/14 | Roberta Rampton and Timothy Gardner - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday it will take a hard look at whether new regulations are needed to cut emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry, part of President Barack Obama's plan to address climate change. Regulators will start by proposing new rules later this year to reduce venting and flaring from oil and gas wells on public lands, one way to begin slashing emissions of the potent greenhouse gas, said Dan Utech, Obama's top energy and climate aide. Most oil and gas production takes place on privately owned land. The Environmental Protection Agency...
  • Data security earns BlackBerry a boost from the Pentagon

    03/27/2014 11:26:13 PM PDT · by deks · 1 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | March 27, 2014 | The Canadian Press
    BlackBerry has earned a “full operational capability” designation from the U.S. Defense Department for its BlackBerry 10 smartphones and enterprise service, the smartphone company said Thursday. BlackBerry said the security certification will allow U.S. government employees to securely access email, data, apps and other department network resources using the company’s latest smartphones. On Wednesday, BlackBerry received certification for U.S. government employees to use its secure work space enterprise software on iPhones and devices that use the Android operating system. The technology is among products that became available through the rollout of the company’s BlackBerry 10 operating system. The software helps...
  • Chinese Citizens May Sue the Canadian Government After Slashing IIP

    03/27/2014 12:33:12 PM PDT · by ND23 · 7 replies
    All those Chinese citizens, who were eagerly waiting to come to Canada and were eyeing for visas, may now consider suing the Canadian government. After an abrupt termination of Immigrant Investor Program (IIP) in February, Chinese citizens were returned their fees or we would call it that their roads were blocked to Canada! So, after scrapping IIP in February with more than 65,000 people waiting for visas, we may witness a good chunk of affected citizens suing the government.
  • Bombshell In WaPo/Keystone Scandal: Did the Post Coordinate With Congressional Democrats?

    03/26/2014 9:56:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Power Line ^ | March 26, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    A major development occurred today in the scandal surrounding the Washington Post’s attempt to advance Democratic Party talking points by falsely linking Koch Industries to the Keystone Pipeline. In the unlikely event that you are not already familiar with the story, you should begin by reading this post and this one, as well as the one from last October where I dismantled the International Forum on Globalization report that was the basis for the Washington Post’s story of March 20. The facts, very briefly, are these: Koch Industries has no interest in the Keystone Pipeline; it has not lobbied in...
  • Obama tells EU to do more to cut reliance on Russian gas

    03/26/2014 7:40:00 PM PDT · by blueplum · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | Marcg 26, 2014 1:22pm EDT | ROBIN EMMOTT AND JAN STRUPCZEWSKI
    (Additional reporting by Adrian Croft, Jeff Mason and Steve Holland; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Paul Taylor) (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama told the European Union on Wednesday it cannot rely on the United States alone to reduce its dependency on Russian energy, as relations with Moscow chill over its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. Speaking on a visit to Brussels to discuss trade relations and the Ukraine crisis, Obama said concluding a new transatlantic trade pact, now under negotiation, would make it easier for Washington to license more gas exports. :snip: During a 65-minute lunch, European Council President...
  • Obama says Russia's energy sector could be target of new sanctions

    03/26/2014 2:40:58 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 19 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 26, 2014
    President Obama threatened a new round of sanctions against Russia on Wednesday, this time aimed at the country’s energy sector. Obama, speaking at a news conference at the Council of the European Union, said the crisis in Ukraine underscored Europe’s need to become less dependent on Russia’s rich energy sources. He also acknowledged that additional sanctions could affect Russia’s neighboring countries but said the United States was committed to helping those nations find energy alternatives. Obama said coordination between the U.S. and Europe on economic sanctions against Russia has been excellent and warned that if Russia continues on its current...