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  • Canadians will likely have to pay millions of dollars to upgrade CF-18 fighter jets — again

    09/30/2014 4:37:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Postmedia News ^ | September 28, 2014 | Lee Berthiaume
    Canadian taxpayers will likely be on the hook for millions of dollars to keep the country’s aged CF18 fighter jets flying into the next decade because of delays in finding a replacement aircraft, secret documents show. The revelation represents the latest wrinkle in what has become one of the most troubled military procurement projects in Canadian history, which continues to sit in limbo as the countdown to next year’s election begins. The backbone of Canada’s air force, the CF18s were purchased in the early 1980s with the idea they would be retired in 2003. Instead, $2.6 billion was spent on...
  • Are you ready for some Football: ‘Southern Style?’

    09/26/2014 3:37:57 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/26/14 | Calvin E. Johnson Jr.
    Let the Band Play Dixie! Hello America! Did you know that Roger Staubach—one of the greatest NFL Quarterbacks of all times—last played for Coach Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys in 1979? The Dukes of Hazzard premiered the same year on the CBS Television Network starring the Dodge Charger-01 the ‘General Lee’ that beautifully featured a Confederate battle flag on the roof and Dixie horn. The show was narrated by a legend of country music Waylon Jennings who sang the introduction song ‘Good Ole Boys’ which ended with a spectator car jump and a Rebel Ye’ll of a ‘Yee Hah’...
  • First grade girls at Toronto Catholic school forced to share bathroom with boy

    09/26/2014 12:41:53 PM PDT · by massmike · 43 replies
    http://www.lifesitenews.com/ ^ | 09/26/2014 | Pete Baklinski
    Girls in first grade in a Toronto Catholic school will be sharing a washroom this year with a biological boy whose lesbian parent has chosen to identify him as a “girl.” A mother whose young daughter attends the school in the Toronto Catholic District School Board is concerned about the implications of allowing a biological boy to share her daughter’s washroom and changing room, especially as the boy moves into puberty. The mother, under condition of anonymity, shared her concerns with Phil Lees, president of Public Education Advocates for Christian Equity (P.E.A.C.E.), who published a report on his website. When...
  • ISIS Member: We’re Planning A ‘Brilliant Attack’ On New York

    09/26/2014 7:55:36 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 81 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/25/2014 | Scott Greer
    A Canadian member of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria issued a grim warning for the United States that his group is planning a “brilliant attack” on New York City, and claimed that they have thousands of Western prisoners they are willing to behead. In a video conference interview with Vice News, Farah Shirdon (also known as Abu Usamah Somali) announced the plot while discussing the current operations of the terrorist group. “We’ll sure be making attacks in New York soon [with Allah's permission]. A lot of brothers there are mobilizing right now [thanks to Allah],” Shirdon told Vice’s...
  • Canada Warns Its Citizens Not To Take Cash To The USA

    09/24/2014 4:48:42 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 70 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 09/24/2014 | Tyler Durden
    The Canadian government has had to warn its citizens not to carry cash to the USA because the USA does not presume innocence but guilt when it comes to money. Over $2.5 billion has been confiscated from Canadians traveling to the USA, funding the police who grab it. If you are bringing cash to the land of the free, you will find that that saying really means they are FREE to seize all your money under the pretense you are engaged in drugs with no evidence or other charges. It costs more money in legal fees to try to get...
  • Opinion: A Mistral For Canada

    09/24/2014 7:08:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    USNI News ^ | September 19, 2014 | Jim Dorschner
    The September decision by France to withhold delivery of two Mistral-class Landing Platforms Helicopter (LPH) building for Russia is an opportunity for NATO, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and for the French shipbuilding industry and economy. France should not suffer economically for taking a stand against Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine. Rather, NATO, France and Canada can benefit if a little mutually beneficial creativity is applied. While France desperately wants to complete the two amphibious warships — and get paid for them — NATO and Canada need the capabilities these ships can provide. For Canada, an LPH would help buttress logistic...
  • US Senate Panel Advances Bill To Force Keystone Pipeline Approval

    06/19/2014 5:04:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 16 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | June 18, 2014 | Ros Krasny
    The U.S. Senate Energy Committee advanced a bill on Wednesday that would force congressional approval of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline project, but the measure seems unlikely to be taken up by the full Senate. The bill, the latest effort by lawmakers to breathe life into the long-delayed pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, will languish without a commitment from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring it to a vote. The measure, from Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Republican Senators John Hoeven of North Dakota and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, would take a decision...
  • The New Conservative Love Affair With Canada

    09/20/2014 7:33:03 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09/19/2014 | Josh Barro
    There’s a great deal of truth to the conservative praise for Canada. Its fiscal choices have shown how a country can maintain a strong social safety net while taxing and spending efficiently and encouraging private investment. Openness to trade and skilled immigration have made Canada an attractive place to invest; perhaps too attractive for some, given the dizzying way Chinese investment has driven up housing prices in Vancouver. But there are two big caveats to the conservative case for Canada. First, the offsets. “The things conservatives love about Canada are closely linked to the things they hate most about Canada,”...
  • Canadian government begins invalidating passports of citizens who have left to join extremist groups

    09/20/2014 4:29:50 PM PDT · by fanfan · 49 replies
    The National Post (Canada) ^ | September 20, 2014 | Stewart Bell
    The government has begun invalidating the passports of Canadians who have left to join extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander revealed in an interview on Friday. The minister told the National Post his department had also revoked the passports of several Canadians who had not yet left the country but who had intended to travel to the volatile region to enlist as foreign fighters. He would not disclose the number of passports...
  • U.S., Canada send jets to intercept Russian aircraft

    09/19/2014 6:10:04 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Sep 20, 2014 12:43am BST | Reuters
    (Reuters) - U.S. and Canadian fighter jets intercepted Russian aircraft that were flying near U.S. and Canadian air space this week, a military spokesman said on Friday.
  • Russian planes intercepted near U.S., Canadian airspace

    09/19/2014 5:40:57 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 33 replies
    edition.cnn.com ^ | 09/20/2014 | Steve Brusk and Ralph Ellis
    Two U.S. jets intercepted six Russian planes that neared U.S. airspace off Alaska on Thursday and Canadian planes intercepted two Russian bombers that approached Canadian airspace, NORAD reported. A U.S. official told CNN's Barbara Starr that officials in Washington think the incidents were related to the visit by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who talked to Canadian officials Wednesday and President Barack Obama on Thursday. The United States promised Ukraine $46 million in nonlethal aid for its battle with pro-Russian militants. The Russian aircraft flew within about 55 nautical miles of the Alaskan coastline and about 40 nautical miles of the...
  • Philippe Couillard says Quebec-Scotland vote comparisons 'risky'

    09/19/2014 5:11:47 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 13 replies
    CBC News ^ | 09/19/2014 | Janyce McGregor
    Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says Scotland's referendum was an example of the same kind of "healthy" tension that exists in Quebec's democracy, but the comparisons stop there, as federal politicians from John Baird to Stéphane Dion welcomed the defeat of Scottish independence. "It is an example of a healthy state of tension in sub-national states in countries like U.K. or Canada between a strong feeling of identity, which I think Scots and Quebecers have in common, and at the same time the desire to belong to a larger political organization, the U.K. or Canada," Couillard said Friday. "All comparisons after...
  • ISIS is Barack Obama's mess and now he wants Canada's help

    09/19/2014 7:52:33 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 11 replies
    Calgary Sun ^ | September 17, 2014 | Marc Patrone
    ISIS is Barack Obama’s mess. He made it and now he wants our help to clean it up. What do Canadians owe him? He’s turned his back on allies such as Israel, having proven himself a bigger friend to the likes of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood than to the Jewish state. He’s no friend of Canada’s. Instead of working with his friends, he’s tried in vain to appease such longtime enemies as Iran. His rush to pull out of Iraq without leaving a reserve force behind has led to the disaster we see unfolding there now. Now Obama needs...
  • KEYSTONE PIPELINE COST EXPECTED TO DOUBLE, TRANSCANADA CEO SAYS

    09/19/2014 7:04:39 AM PDT · by shove_it · 5 replies
    MarketReports ^ | 18 Sep 2014 | WPENGINE
    WASHINGTON– TransCanada Corp.’s chief executive said the cost to build the Keystone XL pipeline, currently estimated at $5.4 billion, is expected to double by the time the U.S. government completes its review of the largest part of the project. Russ Girling, chief executive of the Calgary, Alberta,-based company, in an interview this week said he expects the project’s cost could increase to a “number that gets you into the high single digits to a 10 number.” He was hesitant to say the project’s cost could double. “I was actually trying to avoid saying those words,” Mr. Girling said. “Obviously, the...
  • Canada’s Shale Boom: More To Come In Montney

    09/18/2014 3:56:54 PM PDT · by bananaman22
    Oilprice.com ^ | 18/09/2014 | James Burgess
    In the world of a constantly changing oil and gas environment, the Montney shale basin is the sleeping giant that holds the key to accelerating Canada’s shale oil and gas boom, but the real treasure within this giant is a tight liquids-rich zone (approximately 15-20 miles wide) that has big and small players alike narrowing their focus for the potential of a giant payout. A pervasive hydrocarbon system in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) in Alberta and British Columbia, the Montney is estimated to hold 2,200 trillion cubic feet of gas, almost 29 billion barrels of natural gas liquids...
  • Lorna Weafer, bear attack victim, aspired to be a psychologist ( Canada )

    09/16/2014 10:38:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 76 replies
    CBC News ^ | May 09, 2014
    Lorna Weafer, the 36-year-old Suncor instrument technician who was mauled and killed by a black bear ... Weafer was on her way back to work from a washroom when she was attacked by a large, male black bear while working at a Suncor oilsands site north of Fort McMurray, Alta., around 2 p.m. on Wednesday. She was declared dead on the scene. ... Mike Ewald, an investigator with Alberta Fish and Wildlife, said Weafer’s co-workers tried to scare the bear off using fire extinguishers, a water cannon and air horn — “all general things that should scare it off,” Ewald...
  • NATO at the heart of a new Cold War, says former Ambassador

    09/15/2014 9:23:19 PM PDT · by DTA · 12 replies
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | 2014-09-09 | James Bissett
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was meant to be a purely defensive organization. When the Brussels Treaty of 1948 established the European Defence Alliance of five European countries, it was Canada’s Minister of Foreign affairs, Louis St. Laurent, who proposed the alliance be expanded to include the United States and Canada. One year later, in April 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was born. The primary purpose of the new organization was to defend member states from any attack from the Soviet Union and to act in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations. NATO was born...
  • Tutor Turns 50

    09/15/2014 2:52:17 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 7 replies
    Skies ^ | September 15, 2014 | Ken Pole
    The CT-114 Tutor is, by most definitions, a museum piece. However, think of it rather as “the little airplane that could—and still can” because, after nearly 50 years in service, the agile single-engine jet remains a key element of the Royal Canadian Air Force. While the appropriately-named Tutors have not been used for lead-in fighter training since 2000, when they were replaced with Beechcraft CT-156 Harvard II turboprops and BAE Systems CT-155 Hawk jets in the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program, two are still flown for systems evaluation purposes by the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) in Cold...
  • Marriott hotels placing envelopes in rooms to guilt guests into leaving gratuity

    09/15/2014 10:19:02 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 175 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15 September 2014 | By Associated Press
    Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping. The campaign, called 'The Envelope Please,' begins this week. Envelopes will be placed in 160,000 rooms in the U.S. and Canada. Some 750 to 1,000 hotels will participate from Marriott brands like Courtyard, Residence Inn, J.W. Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance hotels. The name of the person who cleans the room will be written on the envelope along with a message: 'Our caring room attendants enjoyed making your stay warm and comfortable....
  • Not a ghost of a chance

    09/15/2014 2:02:39 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 7 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 14, 2014
    Someone is pulling our leg. This has to be a joke. And the government needs to call their bluff on it. The Public Service Alliance of Canada has come forward with some pretty tall demands for their employees. These include an extra week of paid holiday every year and one cent for every hour worked by their members to be contributed to a “social justice fund” that the union would control. The government must say no to these. But they’re not even the headline material. They’re just the opening act. No, the real doozy is they want employees to be...
  • Dear Scotland: An open letter from your Canadian cousins

    09/14/2014 4:50:39 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 17 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 9/12/2014 | GLOBE EDITORIAL
    Dear Scotland, You probably don’t know this, but you made us. The first European to cross the continent and reach our Pacific coast was Alexander Mackenzie – a Scot. Our first prime minister and chief Father of Confederation, Sir John A. Macdonald? Scottish. So too our second PM. Our country’s national dream, a railroad from sea to sea, was realized in 1885 when Sir Donald Smith, head of the Canadian Pacific Railway, drove The Last Spike at Craigellachie – a place named after a village in his homeland. The man who did the most to create Canada’s system of universal...
  • COLUMN: Historic ship found in Canadian arctic

    09/13/2014 10:59:28 PM PDT · by roses of sharon · 10 replies
    Statesville Record ^ | Sunday, September 14, 2014 1:00 am | O.C. Stonestreet
    Historically valuable items are continually being lost or destroyed or being found. For example, most R&L readers likely missed a two-paragraph item in the middle of page 10A of last Wednesday's edition. The title of the article was "Canada Finds One of Two Explorers Ships Lost in Arctic." I feel this discovery warrants more coverage. The two vessels were the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror, both lost during an expedition to determine the feasibility of traversing the "Northwest Passage," a route over the top of North America to link the Atlantic Ocean and Europe to the Pacific Ocean and...
  • Fracking dollars help save a sports icon in fracking-free New York (NFL's Buffalo Bills)

    09/12/2014 1:37:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Barrel ^ | September 12, 2014 | John Kingston
    Another chapter in the never-ending love/hate relationship between New York and fracking. The former has banned the latter, as we’re sure you know. First, let’s go back to 2010. East Resources, which is a privately held independent oil and gas company operating in the Marcellus, among other areas, sells a vast amount of acreage in the Marcellus and other areas to Royal Dutch Shell for $4.7 billion. Then go back to earlier this year. Ralph Wilson, the only man who ever owned the Buffalo Bills, dies in March. So his heirs put the Bills–who haven’t made the NFL playoffs since...
  • Occupy mentality sets up tent in New Brunswick

    09/12/2014 10:44:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Toronto Sun ^ | September 11, 2014 | Brian Lilley, Parliamentary Bureau
    Do you remember Occupy Wall Street and its many imitators across North America? It was three years ago next week that the movement went public and eventually set up tent cities across the continent. People camped out in parks, they held marches and meetings and demanded change. They demanded the one percenters pay their fair share. It was supposedly a grassroots reaction to the bailout of big business, the fat cats that run the banks. But of course we know those bailouts happened in 2007 and 2008 and Occupy, some might say the left's answer to the Tea Party, didn't...
  • Border official points gun at Boy Scout

    07/22/2014 10:21:55 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 39 replies
    KCCI ^ | 07/21/2014 | Marcus McIntosh
    DES MOINES, Iowa —A central Iowa Boy Scout troop just returned from a three-week trip they will likely never forget About 10 days into the trip, an innocent action by one of the nearly two dozen Scouts at the Canadian border into Alaska set off a chain of events that lead to a U.S. border official pointing a gun at a scout’s head. Boy Scout Troop 111 Leader Jim Fox spelled out what happened to him and the Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111 as four van-loads of Scouts and adult volunteers tried to drive from Canada into Alaska. Fox said...
  • Boy Scout held at gunpoint at Canadian border

    07/28/2014 3:57:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 7/28/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Does this sound right to you at all?  It sounds almost like a parody story, something from The Onion.  But… it isn’t.From Todd Starnes: Troop leader: Customs and Border agent held Boy Scout at gunpointA Boy Scout troop from the nation’s heartland is demanding answers and a U.S. senator is expressing outrage after a group of scouts was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, with one child allegedly held at gunpoint.Jim Fox, the leader of the Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111, said the incident occurred earlier this month at a checkpoint along the Alaska – Canada border. The...
  • American fined $5,000 for border jump with bike

    09/11/2014 10:10:13 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 09/10/14 | S.A. Miller
    U.S. Border Patrol agents slapped a $5,000 fine on an American citizen this week for slipping into the United States from Canada on a mountain bike, the agency announced Wednesday.
  • U.S. senators urge Burger King to ditch move to Canada

    09/11/2014 8:45:13 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/11/14 | Emily Stephenson
    They also said, in a letter to Burger King Chief Executive Officer Daniel Schwartz that was dated Thursday, that the burger chain uses taxpayer-supported roads, food safety inspectors and other perks of doing business in the United States. "Now, after profiting from these taxpayer-funded benefits, Burger King intends to move its tax address overseas to avoid paying its fair share for these benefits," the group said in the letter, which was viewed by Reuters.
  • Sir John Franklin: Fabled Arctic ship found

    09/09/2014 1:15:16 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 34 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9th September 2014 | BBC News
    'One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic more than 160 years ago has been found, Canada's prime minister says. Stephen Harper said it was unclear which ship had been found, but photo evidence confirmed it was one of them. Sir John Franklin led the two ships and 129 men in 1845 to chart the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic. The expedition's disappearance shortly after became one of the great mysteries of the age of Victorian exploration. The Canadian government began searching for Franklin's ships in 2008 as part of a strategy to assert Canada's sovereignty...
  • 'Great Lakes tidal wave' causes 5-foot immediate rise in water on Lake Superior shoreline

    09/07/2014 7:55:43 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 37 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | September 05, 2014 | Mark Torregrossa
    A seiche, which is the Great Lakes version of a tidal wave, hit the eastern shoreline of Lake Superior near Sault Saint Marie around 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. The seiche (pronounced SAYSH) was caused by a dramatic change in wind direction due to severe thunderstorms. The wind was blowing out of the southeast for a long time period, pushing water along the shoreline out into Lake Superior. Then a line of strong thunderstorms moved through, and the accompanying west wind blew the water back into shore. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported a 65-inch change in water...
  • Russia Starts Building Military Bases in the Arctic

    09/08/2014 3:49:39 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 30 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Sep. 08 2014 20:07 | Matthew Bodner, Alexey Eremenko
    Set on restoring the once formidable Soviet military presence in the highly contested and resource-rich Arctic, the Russian military has begun building new military bases in the region, a Defense Ministry spokesperson said Monday. "On Wrangel Island and Cape Schmidt, block-modules have been unloaded for the construction of military camps. The complex is being erected in the form of a star," Colonel Alexander Gordeyev, a spokesperson for the Eastern Military District, was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. Russia has been talking about militarizing the Arctic for years as part of its greater strategy to explore and industrialize the pristine...
  • Russian jets buzz Canadian frigate near Ukraine

    09/08/2014 3:44:04 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Monday, Sep. 08 2014, 4:29 PM EDT | Steven Chase
    Sources say three Russian aircraft flew low over HMCS Toronto on Sunday. Two of the Russian planes were SU-24 fighter jets and the third was a slower AN-26 surveillance aircraft, a source said. “We expect this,” the military source said. “They’re going to play cat and mouse with us for as long as we’re there.” At least one of the Russian planes came within 300 metres of HMCS Toronto, a government source said.
  • Neverendum referendum: Voting on independence, Quebec-style

    09/07/2014 8:59:20 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies
    BBC News ^ | 09/07/2014 | Nick Bryant
    Though Canada's political centre of gravity of gravity has shifted westward in recent times - the country's conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, though Toronto-born, represents a constituency in resource-rich Alberta - this trend has not sparked a separatist revival. Paradoxically, the two referenda were held when two pro-Canada Quebecers, Pierre Trudeau and Jean Chretien, were Prime Minister. A key difference between Scotland and Quebec is the simplicity of the six-word question posed in the referendum: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" In 1995, Quebecers faced a 43-word question that many voters found incomprehensible. In 1980, it ran to a riddle-like...
  • Video: Brutal Takedown of Knife-Wielding Perp by Walmart ‘Loss Prevention’ Staff (Canada)

    09/06/2014 5:23:21 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 45 replies
    You Tube ^ | September 6, 2014 | Jason DeWitt
    Language/violence warning. Surprised this is Wal-Mart. Canada no less.
  • Russian Navy sends flotilla to Arctic to start permanent service at military base

    09/06/2014 12:41:42 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 45 replies
    RT ^ | 9-6-2014 | RT
    Six vessels fom the Russian North fleet have left their base in Severomorsk in the Barents Sea and set off for the New Siberian Islands, where a military base under reconstruction will start functioning later this year. “The major goal of the latest expedition of the North fleet ships to the Arctic is to deliver personnel, equipment and property of the North fleet’s tactical group, which starting this year is going to fulfill military service at the New Siberian Islands on a permanent basis,” said the North fleet commander, admiral Vladimir Korolyov. The six vessels currently on their way to...
  • Harper to pay homage to Quebec’s conservative Father of Confederation

    09/06/2014 8:11:08 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 5 replies
    Globe And Mail ^ | 09/05/2014 | Daniel LeBlanc
    The Conservatives are pointing out that Cartier was a “Bleu,” hoping to remind Quebeckers that their party is at the heart of the constitutional deal that protected the province’s francophone culture. “He was a key player in the movement towards the Quebec Conference and Confederation. He promoted the rights of French Canadians, championed provincial rights, reformed the legal and public education systems in Canada East (Québec) and encouraged the expansion of the national railway,” said Carl Vallée, a spokesman for Mr. Harper. Emboldened by the defeat of the Parti Québécois in the recent provincial election, the Prime Minister has embarked...
  • Couillard reiterates wish for Quebec to sign Constitution at event with Harper

    09/06/2014 8:02:35 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    Globe And Mail ^ | 09/06/2014 | Canadian Press
    Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard took advantage of a public appearance with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to repeat his wish for the province to sign the Constitution. Couillard said he wants Quebec to sign on by 2017, the 150th anniversary of Confederation. The premier made the comments Saturday during a Quebec City speech, at an event commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir George-Etienne Cartier, a French-Canadian statesman viewed as one of the Fathers of Confederation. Cartier’s vision for a united Canada that incorporates “a strong Quebec identity” could serve as an inspiration in future talks, Couillard said
  • Ebola vaccine developed in Canada may be 1st approved for use

    09/06/2014 5:32:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    CBC News ^ | 09/06/2014
    A World Health Organization official says an Ebola vaccine developed in Canada may be the first to be approved for use, possibly before the year is out. Marie-Paule Kieny says data from the first safety studies in humans of two experimental vaccines should be available by November. She says if they are deemed safe to use, it could open the door initially for use in health-care workers tending the sick. One of the experimental vaccines was developed at Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. The company which licensed that vaccine, NewLink Genetics, announced this week that it had received approval...
  • ISIS in Iraq: Canada to send special ops soldiers as advisers

    09/05/2014 6:26:56 PM PDT · by mac_truck · 13 replies
    CBC Canada ^ | 9/5/2014 | CBC News
    Harper announces deployment of 'several dozen' military advisers for 'up to 30 days' to help Kurds. Canada's next contribution to the fight against ISIS in Iraq will be "several dozen" members of the Armed Forces, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today — and CBC News has learned that includes special operations forces. The contingent of special operations forces will work closely with U.S. forces but remain under full command of Canada's Chief of Defence Staff. The forces will come from the Special Operations Regiment. No specifics were available on what type of work they'd be doing, but Harper has said...
  • Project aiming to push ‘LGBTQ2S’ picture books into pre-K classes meets funding goal

    09/05/2014 7:10:07 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 34 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/4/14 | Matthew Lau
    An online fundraising project to publish new LGBTQ2S picture books for children aged 4-8, with the hope of having the books picked up by schools, has recently met its fundraising target.  693 backers pledged a combined $56,793 to the project, called the “Flamingo Rampant Book Club.”  The fundraising goal was $49,000. The books will “celebrate a great and wide variety of LGBTQ2S kids, families, and communities,” according to the description of the project.  The books will also “celebrate gender-independent kids and adults.” The individual behind the project is S. Bear Bergman.  Given that his same-sex spouse, who goes by the...
  • Is Canada Now More American than America?

    09/05/2014 7:11:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/05/2014 | John Fund
    The merger of U.S. hamburger giant Burger King with Tim Hortons, Canada’s favorite coffee shop, will create the world’s third largest fast-food company, with a total of 18,000 restaurants in over 100 countries. It is also a piercing wake-up call for the U.S., because the new company will make its global headquarters in Canada’s province of Ontario. That underscores what savvy businesses everywhere have learned — the U.S. is an increasingly less attractive place to do business. “Canada has quietly and politely become, well, more American than America,” says columnist Stephen Green. Since 2003, more than 35 major U.S. companies...
  • Exclusive: Canada seen buying fighter jets from U.S., not Europe - source

    09/04/2014 9:34:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 4, 2014 | RANDALL PALMER, DAVID LJUNGGREN AND ANDREA SHALAL
    (Reuters) - Canada is likely to choose between two major U.S. firms when it buys a new fleet of jet fighters, excluding two European competitors, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter. The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 stealth fighter and Boeing Co's F-18 E/F Super Hornet were deemed more suitable for the variety of tasks the military has laid out. The source said that while the F-35 had scored well on the various tests laid out by the military, the Super Hornet was almost as capable and had...
  • Following The Anti-Oil Money: Tides, Dicaprio, Saudi Arabia?

    09/04/2014 8:18:47 PM PDT · by PingPongChampion · 26 replies
    Poletical ^ | September 2nd, 2014 | R. Rados
    Journalist James O'Keefe recently tricked actors Ed Begley Jr. and Mariel Hemingway into accepting fake Middle Eastern money to help fund an anti-fracking film in Hollywood. Neither Begley or Hemingway knew they were being duped and secretly filmed. Both actors agreed to hide the fact that their film would be funded by Middle Eastern interests. O'Keefe also captured Hollywood producers explaining methods of hiding the funding, referring to various “non-profit groups” that would help keep Middle Eastern funding under wraps. The full undercover video can be watched right here. The idea that Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia would invest...
  • Cyclist died after 'he was hit by police car which then reversed over

    09/04/2014 5:32:47 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 4 September 2014 | JAMES NYE FOR MAILONLINE
    A cyclist has died after a police car struck him and backed-up over him say witnesses - before an officer exited the vehicle and placed him under arrest while he was 'spitting blood'. According to those who saw the incident on Wednesday afternoon in Quebec City, Guy Blouin, 48, was intercepted by the police cruiser going the wrong way up a one way street. The car allegedly hit Blouin, knocking him under the car and Quebec City police department issued a statement on Thursday morning to say they are fully cooperating with the investigation.'They ran over the guy, the guy...
  • Canadian cowardly head doc’s hand-wringing OK for assisted suicide

    09/02/2014 11:16:38 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/29/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    p>This is how the culture of death advances. A clueless, or cowardly–or both–authority figure says he or she is against assisted suicide except as a very last resort when everything else has been tried. Never mind that medicalized killing has never been so limited anywhere assisted suicide/euthanasia is legal. Never. Ever. Nowhere. Not Oregon. Not Washington. Not the Netherlands. Not Belgium. Not anywhere on planet earth. But saying that it is OK, if limited to a very last resort when everything that can be conjured by the minds of medical science has failed allows a surrender with seeming principle. That’s the kind of abjection now pushed by the head of...
  • Justin Bieber Charged With Assault And Dangerous Driving In Canada

    09/02/2014 9:56:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    MTV ^ | 09/02/2014 | Brenna Ehrlich
    Justin Bieber had a run-in with the law near his hometown of Stratford, Ontario, Friday when he was charged with dangerous driving and assault after an altercation on the road. MTV News reached out to the Ontario Provincial Police headquarters Tuesday (September 2), who directed us to news articles that relay scant details about the incident. CTV News London reports that Perth County OPP responded to a collision in which a minivan and ATV were involved Friday afternoon. Bieber, reportedly, got into a fight with the driver of the minivan. He was released and scheduled to appear in court on...
  • Why the US and Canadian Arctic is one of the world's most dangerous places to be a woman

    09/01/2014 9:20:45 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    mail online ^ | Melanie Mcgrath For Mailonline
    FULL TITLE: Endemic rape, sex trafficking and appalling levels of domestic violence: Why the US and Canadian Arctic is one of the world's most dangerous places to be a woman On a freezing night last February, the body of 13-year-old Mackenzie Howard was found lying in the back porch of the church in the tiny, remote village of Kake, Alaska. She had been battered to death. In one of the world’s most hazardous natural environments, the real dangers for women living in the Arctic come not from polar bears or cracking ice but from the men they live among. Mackenzie...
  • REPORT: ALOUETTES CONTACT OPENLY GAY DE SAM

    09/01/2014 6:04:34 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 53 replies
    The Montreal Alouettes appear to be interested in free-agent defensive end Michael Sam. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Montreal Alouettes have contacted Sam but have yet to hear back.
  • Canada talks tough on Ukraine, but cuts $2.7-billion from defence in 2015

    09/01/2014 1:31:41 PM PDT · by mac_truck · 8 replies
    National Newswatch ^ | Sept 1 2014 | Murray Brewster
    OTTAWA - Stephen Harper has been one of the toughest-talking leaders throughout the Ukraine crisis, yet newly released figures show National Defence is expected to face an even deeper budget hole in the coming year than previously anticipated. The ongoing reductions come as the prime minister is expected to resist pressure from allies at this week's NATO summit to spend substantially more on the military. Annual spending on the military, when compared with 2011, is slated to shrink by a total of $2.7-billion in 2015, according to a briefing note prepared for the deputy defence minister. That would be almost...
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews who moved from Canada...forced to leave because the locals don't like them

    08/31/2014 8:14:17 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    mail online ^ | Jenny Awford for MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: Ultra-Orthodox Jews who moved from Canada to Guatemalan village to find 'religious freedom' are forced to leave because the locals don't like them A community of Orthodox Jews have been expelled from their homes in a bitter conflict with hostile villagers. Just a few months after fleeing from Canada amid allegations of child abuse, members of the Lev Tahor community were forced to leave San Juan La Laguna in Guatemala yesterday. The village Elder's Council voted to kick them out because the group refused to greet or have physical contact with the community, according to a member of...