he Canadian Press is reporting that Olivia Chow resigned her seat in Parliament earlier today and is expected to formally launch her bid on Thursday to become the next mayor of Toronto.
The Conference Board of Canada has issued a report titled Reforming Dairy Supply Management: The Case for Growth, which pretty much condemns Canada’s system of supply management of dairy products. Authors, Michael Grant, Richard Barichello, Mark Liew, and Vijay Gill, say their report “makes the case for growth and suggests an equitable way to wind down supply management of dairy products. …”
In its March 5 edition, The Pictou Advocate published an editorial cartoon comparing the Harper government to Nazi Germany. This vile abuse of free expression in the name of “satire” should not be tolerated in any fair-minded society. …
The former leader of Canada’s Reform Party, Preston Manning, reminded me of how Conservatives “continue to be seen as defensive and weak on the environment,” as he put it in a recent speech in Ottawa. …
Last week, the South China Morning Post published an exclusive, reporting that the vast majority of applicants for Canada’s special residence visa program for investors were from the Chinese mainland.
Perhaps this news did not sit well with Canadian immigration authorities, who pulled the plug in the fast-track program earlier this week.
Canada has long offered a program similar to Australia’s ‘investor visa’ scheme, in which overseas applicants (mainly from China and Hong Kong) can apply for residency after investing a few million bucks in the nation’s economy. On Tuesday, however, the country’s finance minister announced that 46,000 Chinese applicants will get their visas denied and their application fees refunded.
So, it’s true. Money can’t buy you everything.
Just like their GOP counterparts the Conservative Party is doing its best to restrict democracy and make it easier to cheat.
Here are the things that piss me off the most about their new Fair Elections Act.
First, just like the GOP, they are trying to prevent voting by those unlikely to vote Conservative: natives, students and such.
Second, they’re raising the amount that can be donated by an individual. Worse, they are changing the law so that soliciting past donors for funds no longer counts as an election expense.
Worst of all, they are making it more difficult to investigate possible election fraud. The stupidest change they’re making is that Elections Canada now has to tell a party or candidate they are being investigated and why before starting the investigation! I’m sure the police would love having to tell a drug lord or mob boss they are being investigated and what for before they can start investigating.
The evilest thing the Conservatives are doing is transferring the enforcement arm of Elections Canada from Elections Canada to the Justice Department. What this means that rather than be controlled by Parliament, that is the people of Canada, it will now be controlled by whatever party is running the country, which is currently the Conservative Party.
Damn, I simply can’t stand that these asshole aristocrats run my country.
Like many countries, Canada has a “fast-track” method to gain residency, open only to those with enough resources to invest in the Canadian economy.
Mainland Chinese are far and away the majority of applicants. So many wealthy Chinese applied in recent years that the Canadian government had to suspend the program until it could catch up with the backlog.
The Canadian consulate in Hong Kong had a backlog of more than 53,000 applications last year, according to the South China Morning Post.
Analysis of arrival data suggests that about 99 per cent of applications in Hong Kong were lodged by mainlanders. Under the scheme’s current limits, applicants worth at least C$1.6 million (HK$11.2 million) receive residency if they “invest” C$800,000 in the form of a five-year interest-free loan to Canada.
The applications in the Hong Kong consulate’s queue in January last year represented potential “investment” of C$7.5 billion.
The queue was revealed when Ottawa halted new applications to deal with the backlog in 2012.
What was not revealed was that the vast majority were applications by mainland Chinese which swamped a single consular office in Hong Kong.
Applications from Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong made up the remaining 1% of applications from China.
It says a lot about a country when its richest citizens want to bail out.
In the past few years, the federal government has cut funding to hundreds of renowned research institutes and programs. Ottawa has dismissed more than 2,000 federal scientists and researchers and has drastically cut or ended programs that monitored smoke stack emissions, food inspections, oil spills, water quality and climate change.
Now some scientists have become unlikely radicals, denouncing what they call is a politically-driven war on knowledge. In Silence of the Labs, Linden MacIntyre tells the story of scientists - and what is at stake for Canadians - from Nova Scotia to the B.C. Pacific Coast to the far Arctic Circle.
Silence of the Labs - The Fifth Estate
I’ve been very worried about what’s happening in Canada and have little doubt an ideologue majority in power would try to do the same thing in the US. They’ve already shown a clear intent with shots across the bow of the IPCC and GISS, two very important bodies to study global warming.
But global warming doesn’t exist so we shouldn’t fund any body that says that it does.
Downed power line in North York:
Clean up crews are working around the clock to restore power to hundreds of thousands of customers across the Greater Toronto Area who have been told it could be Christmas before they get electricity at home.
In Toronto, approximately 227,000 customers were without power as of 8:15 a.m. The outage appeared to be concentrated along the Highway 401 corridor from Etobicoke to Scarborough, Toronto Hydro said Sunday night.
Toronto Hydro CEO Anthony Haines called the storm “catastrophic” early Sunday. On Monday morning, Haines continued to stress the severity of the situation.
“We are very much in the midst of the longer-term planning,” he said in an early-morning interview with CP24, explaining that branches and trees continue to fall around the city, taking power lines with them. “Outages continue to happen. Things we fixed are becoming unfixed.”
Haines warned people the power might not be back in time for Christmas.
“Christmas is a very aggressive schedule,” he said. “People should prepare for the worst.”
North of the city, as of 2:15 a.m., about 48,000 customers are still impacted by the storm in Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Markham, Aurora and other parts of York Region according to PowerStream.
In Durham Region, 12,000 customers remained without power as of 10 a.m. Veridian said the outages are concentrated in heavily treed areas such as Pickering, Ajax, Bowmanville, Newcastle and Port Hope.
In Mississauga, roughly 750 customers remained without power overnight, down from 20,000 at the height of the storm, according to the Enersource Twitter feed.
“We are going in the right direction,” the company’s tweet said. “It’s slow going but our crews are committed.”
Read more: cp24.com
Stay safe & warm, Toronto!
— A fourth Canadian soldier in a week has died in an apparent suicide.
The body of Master Cpl. Sylvain Lelièvre, 46, was discovered at CFB Valcartier on Monday.
Lelièvre was a member of the Royal 22e Regiment (the “VanDoos”) who served in Bosnia and Afghanistan.
An investigation continues.
Another soldier told Canadian Press that the moment the Canadian military told him in November he was being discharged because of his post-traumatic stress disorder, he felt his live was over and he attempted suicide.