In a recent interview, Justin Trudeau spoke about looking for the root causes of home grown terrorism when asked what he would do if an event like the Boston Marathon bombing happened in Canada. Apparently that was a mistake. So the Canadian right tells us.
They went ballistic after his comments and are now using his response as validation of their previous claim that Trudeau isn’t mature enough to lead the country. What they really mean is Trudeau isn’t violently right wing enough to lead the country. In their eyes, to be right wing enough means to shoot without asking questions because asking questions about root causes precludes the ability to shoot. The PM of Canada, Stephen Harper, went so far as to condemn the act of ‘committing sociology’ when it comes to terrorist attacks.
TORONTO - Muslims want a safe Canada, too.
That’s what Muhammad Robert Heft, a Muslim community leader in Scarborough, wants his fellow Torontonians to know as the RCMP arrested a Muslim man in the GTA for allegedly plotting a rail attack that would have taken innocent lives. Not only do Muslims in the city condemn the attack, they turned over information in a bid to help foil it.
“There is going to be backlash,” he said, alluding to those who will blame the Muslim community. “But I want to reiterate. Who was the one who tipped the RCMP off? It was our community.”
Heft said Muslim leaders are often criticized for not speaking up or not turning over information about radicalized community members. They are cooperating, he said.
“We have to be on the front lines,” he said. “To either nip it in the bud in the very beginning or co-operate with authorities so they can be brought to justice.”
Heft himself runs an out-reach program for youth who are at risk of being radicalized.
Rehtaeh Parsons was a 17 year old Canadian girl in Nova Scotia who committed suicide last week after being gang raped in 2011, and then being harrassed and bullied ever since. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police conducted an investigation lasting almost a year, and then declined to press any charges, citing a lack of evidence.
The internet “hacktavist” group known as Anonymous (of which I am generally not a fan), says they were able to solve the crime in about two hours:
Scary and unpredictable hackers though they are, they didn’t delve into anyone’s Facebook or email accounts to figure out who the rapists are. People close to the individuals in the case flooded Anonymous accounts with testimony.
Anonymous deduced that the primary rapist in the case shouldn’t be all that hard to catch, since he bragged about the crime and took a picture of himself doing it.
You can read the statement from Anonymous here (or watch the video below), but here are some of their best reasons the case should be re-opened (and can be solved):
Witness testimony – If nothing else, it seems that dozens of teens and adults heard the rapists at least brag about taking part in the Rehtaeh Parsons gang rape.
EXIF data – since a photo of Rehtaeh’s rape was reportedly circulated among hundreds of students, Anonymous wonders if authorities even bothered to check.
The school did nothing – they said they didn’t know, but if child pornography is going viral in your hallways, shouldn’t you know?
Below is the video from Anonymous.
Who failed Rehtaeh Parsons?
Rehtaeh Parsons Suicide: Halifax Teen Kills Herself After Alleged Rape, Online Bullying
Nova Scotia bully case: Province criticized for inaction after teen’s suicide
Angel Rehtaeh (A Facebook memorial page)
WASHINGTON — The owner of the Ambassador Bridge has filed a lawsuit against a number of federal officials — the U.S. secretaries of state, transportation and homeland security among them — and the Canadian government as the company tries to block the building of a rival Detroit River bridge, and force approval for its own second span to Windsor.
The new complaint, now quietly winding its way through federal court in Washington, D.C., was filed in February but was dated Nov. 9, just three days after last year’s referendum in which Michigan voters rejected a constitutional amendment that would have required a statewide and local vote before the state spent any money on a new international bridge or tunnel to Canada.
In the lawsuit, the Detroit International Bridge Co., the family business controlled by Manuel (Matty) Moroun that owns the 84-year-old Ambassador Bridge, claims a “perpetual and exclusive franchise right” to operate the crossing free of competition from another span. It says the proposed New International Trade Crossing would “destroy” the value of its franchise, and argues that the process by which the State Department would approve a deal between Michigan and Canada to build the rival bridge is unconstitutional.
Bruce Heyman, a Chicago-based Goldman Sachs executive and one of Barack Obama’s top fundraisers, is in final talks to become the next U.S. ambassador to Canada, according to sources.
Mr. Heyman would be the second ambassador to Canada to hail from Chicago, replacing David Jacobson.
A person familiar with the selection process confirmed Mr. Heyman was “in the mix,” adding that he has long been an ardent supporter of the U.S. President. However, the source added that the process is not over and no final decision has been made.
Mr. Heyman and his wife, Vicki, have been a political power couple for three decades. They were among Mr. Obama’s top fundraisers, collecting and contributing $1.7-million to the President’s bid for a second term. Mrs. Heyman helped run the President’s 2012 re-election campaign, and the couple were major contributors to the campaign.
Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer, the lesbian couple at the center of a major gay rights case set to go before the Supreme Court this month, were in many ways a typical New York power couple.
Spyer was a psychologist; Windsor, a consultant at IBM. They met in a Greenwich Village restaurant in the 1960s and lived together for decades, summering at a Long Island beach house.
They waited until they were in their mid-70s to marry in Canada in 2007. When Spyer died in 2009, Windsor inherited her spouse’s estate, worth about $4.1 million, according to lawyers.
But because she is gay, Windsor missed out on one of the most lucrative tax breaks enjoyed by affluent Americans - the exemption from federal estate tax on wealth passed from one spouse to another.
“The biggest benefit of marriage, financially, is when you die,” said Fred Slater, a New York tax accountant.
The spousal exemption to the estate tax is denied to same-sex couples because of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a law passed by Congress and signed by the president in 1996 that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
A federal judge advanced part of a controversial water diversion plan, but continued a 2005 injunction that prohibits the project from fully proceeding.
The Northwest Area Water Supply (NAWS) project is designed to bring several billion gallons of Missouri River water across the continental divide into the Hudson Bay in Canada and into homes in North Dakota.
In the face of a consolidated lawsuit from Missouri and the province of Manitoba, a federal judge issued an injunction in 2005 pending a full environmental impact study.
Missouri claims that the plan would damage transportation, shipping, agriculture and other industries, while the Manitoba claiming that the project fails to consider the risks of transferring fish and other microscopic organisms into the Hudson Bay Basin.
In October 2012, both parties filed a joint status report with the Washington, D.C., court in which they claimed that construction proposed for the project this year could impact the environmental impact study (EIS), violating the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled that North Dakota can proceed with a treatment plant upgrade but banned any new pipeline construction from the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, pending completion of the study.
“North Dakota has been an impatient participant,” Collyer wrote. “It now reminds the court most vociferously that NEPA is merely a procedural statute that only requires certain analyses before a project may proceed. While the court well appreciates - and shares - the state’s impatience, it is wrongly directed towards any but Reclamation which has not yet fulfilled its statutory duty. Properly understood, NEPA requires an environmental analysis of the full consequences of a large federal project - with the inevitable, and necessary, possibility that those consequences will result in a no-project determination. Not having received any semblance of a full EIS on NAWS, the Court has no opinion on the validity of future analyses or whether, with full analyses, NAWS should or should not proceed. The court’s duty, however, is to ensure that a no-go option receives the complete consideration it requires without undue influence from North Dakota’s impatience.
More: Courthouse News Service
Angry scientists and academics are accusing the Stephen Harper government of muzzling and censoring its scientists to the point that research cannot be published, even when there is collaboration with international researchers, unless it matches government policy.
Under revised Fisheries and Oceans Canada rules, scientists working in its central and Arctic region cannot be involved in publishing research until a DFO division administrator has reviewed it “for any concerns/impacts to DFO policy.”
That amounts to censoring scientific findings, says Jim Turk, Canadian Association of University Teachers executive director.
“The federal government wants to control what scientists do and what they find and how it’s reported. They want to suppress findings that can be seen as being against their political objectives,” Turk said.
A letter written to Harper Thursday on behalf of the 68,000 CAUT members expresses “deep dismay and anger at your government’s attack on the independence, integrity and academic freedom of scientific researchers.”
Russ Campbell’s Blog: Apparently, What’s Sauce for the Roman Catholic and Muslim Goose Is Not Sauce for the Evangelical Gander
Given recent statements by the federal New Democrats’ leader, Thomas Mulcair, one might see a Canada led by this man as a grim, gray place in which we all think alike, and in which those with opposing/differing views are shunned and shut-out of public funding.
Leave it to “The Daily Show’ to find the absurdity in one of Detroit’s oddest political battles.
A segment on the comedy news show hosted by Al Madrigal looked at the plan to build a new bridge to Canada — free to Michigan taxpayers — and the surreal opposition to it that’s been powered by billionaire Matty Moroun, who happens to own Detroit’s other bridge to Windsor.