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. …”
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. …
After Canada dismantled its ‘investor visa program’ when it got some 46,000 Chinese applicants, it was only a matter of time before China’s wealthy and footloose found a new country where the air is clean, the visa laws lax, and the economy eager for injections of foreign cash. Chinese millionaires, meet Portugal and the “Golden Visa.”
Portugal has rolled out a fancy new visa program, offering residence to any international investor who can buy 500,000 euros worth of real estate, invest one million euros into a Portugese corporation, or create 30 jobs. So far 542 “Golden Visas” have been issued, with Chinese investors taking up 433 of those slots, or about 80%.
Canada recalled its ambassador to Russia and pulled out of preparation talks for the G8 summit in protest at Moscow’s belligerence over developments in Ukraine, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said late Saturday.
“We join our allies in condemning in the strongest terms President Putin’s military intervention in Ukraine,” Mr. Harper said in a statement.
“The Canadian ambassador in Moscow is being recalled for consultations,” he said.
“We will continue to cooperate closely with our G7 partners and other allies. Should President Putin continue on this course of action, it will lead to ongoing negative consequences for our bilateral relationship.”
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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.
I would have to say, yes it should be. Its rather shocking that its still not illegal in the US
Is poking holes in a condom to produce a pregnancy a criminal act? Not in the U.S., though slipping someone a pill to induce abortion is. But anti-violence groups want the laws changed.
The stereotype of women sabotaging birth control to secure a wealthy man is so pervasive that it is an official topic of discussion during the NBA’s weeklong orientation program for rookie players. But according to reports, women are more likely to be victims of birth control sabotage than men. Surveys conducted by anti-violence groups of survivors of domestic abuse have found contraception sabotage to be so widespread that there’s now a term for it: reproductive coercion.
The issue gained newfound attention last month, when the Supreme Court of Canada heard the case of a man who was sentenced to jail time for admitting that he poked holes in condoms to get his girlfriend pregnant in an effort to keep her from ending their relationship. She ultimately terminated the resulting pregnancy, and though a judge ordered the boyfriend’s acquittal, a second trial determined he was guilty of sexual assault. According to legal experts in the United States, however, he would not be guilty of any crime south of the border, something those in the domestic violence community would like to see changed.
What’s the hottest headwear in Montreal on these cold winter days? Surprisingly, it’s not woolen toques or fur hats. Lately, Quebecers wanting to make a fashionable, yet political, statement are wearing kippot covered in the Fleur-de-lis.
The kippot are the brainchild of a young Montreal rabbi who felt it was time for Jewish Quebecers to wear their opposition to Bill 60 not only on their sleeves, but also on their heads.
The province’s ruling nationalist Parti Quebecois, led by Premier Pauline Marois, tabled Bill 60 in the National Assembly in early November. The proposed legislation, also known as the Charter of Quebec Values, would ban the display of religious symbols and the wearing of religious garb by public employees.
“The best way to protest the charter is to wear religious symbols,” says Rabbi Yisroel Bernath. Known as “Montreal’s Hip Rabbi,” he is the spiritual director of Chabad Notre-Dame-de-Grace & Loyola Campus, and the Jewish chaplain at Concordia University.
Bernath, a 31-year-old transplant from Chicago, is astonished at how his Québec Kippa has taken off. Right after Bill 60 was tabled, he made a mock-up image of the skullcap and posted it on his Facebook and Twitter feeds. The link went viral, and people started asking him when he was going to actually make the kippot featuring the provincial symbol.
Initially, the rabbi and his friend Herschel Weil bought some white kippot and ironed on a Fleur-de-lis patch. Soon after, they found a fabric with the appropriate pattern and approached kippa-maker Rhonda Levy, asking her to make a batch of 400 kippot for them.
“I really wanted it to be made locally in Quebec,” Bernath emphasizes.
They had a better picture, but the file size was too big so I used that one instead
Halloween is a controversial day in Australia. The holiday is not traditionally observed there widely, but kids are still aware of it from TV and movies. So, every year, an increasing number of Australian children dress up in costume and go door-to-door for candy, as the grown-ups debate whether they should continue to resist the foreign cultural imposition.
“If any children approach my building, I’m just going to silently admire them from the intercom screen and pretend that I’m not home. I won’t be the only one,” Australian writer Van Badham declared in Wednesday’s Guardian, as part of the annual Australian tradition of refusing to enjoy Halloween. “For people like my mother, it’s a deliberate rejection of the kind of U.S. imperialism that suckered her generation not into witches hats and candy, but Australian participation in the Vietnam war.”