Canada needs to change parole rules for gun offenses

John Feldsted

0811 - 326 people charged with gun-related offences are out on bail, police chief says 

The CBC reports that claims by Toronto's police chief and mayor that a too-lenient bail system for people accused of gun-related offences is one of the causes for the rash of shootings in the city "is complete and utter nonsense," the head of the Criminal Lawyers' Association says. Other Toronto-based criminal defence lawyers contacted by CBC News were also critical of the remarks made by Chief Mark Saunders and Mayor John Tory, saying there's just no evidence that gun violence occurring in the city is a result of people out on bail on gun-related charges.

Read on: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/bail-toronto-police-shootings-1.5241779?cmp=newsletter-news-digests-canada-and-world-morning

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Our approach to people who possess illegal handguns or who have and use guns in the commission of a crime needs a serious overhaul.

The spate of shootings in Toronto was caused by people. They were settling scores or in disputes over criminal territory.

Chief Saunders and Mayor Tory are on the right track. Section 88 of the criminal Code states:
Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose 
     88 (1) Every person commits an offence who carries or possesses a weapon, an imitation of a weapon, a prohibited device or any ammunition or prohibited ammunition for a purpose dangerous to the public peace or for the purpose of committing an offence.

Punishment
     (2) Every person who commits an offence under subsection (1)
          (a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years; or
          (b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.
We need amendments to the criminal coder to repeal ss 88 (2) (b) and to make the sentence for a breach of section 88 consecutive to any sentence for other crimes committed where a weapon was carried or possessed.

Someone committing murder, manslaughter or attempted murder should have a section 88 violation considered in determining eligibility for parole.

Why is it hard to understand that criminals do not follow laws? Bail conditions are meaningless. Gang members on bail will return to their gangs and criminal activities.

“Gun violence” is a misnomer and distraction. Violent, often criminal people use handguns without regard for innocent people in the area. 

People caught with illegal guns, in particular handguns, need to sit in remand until their case can be heard in court. We need to focus on the people endangering our society not on guns. Banning handguns will not stop the flow of illegal firearms. Criminal gangs make enough money to afford to acquire illegal weapons. We have to get career criminal off the streets by any means at our disposal.   

Sitting in remand awaiting trial and long sentences on conviction make carrying and using handguns far less attractive.

Anyone carrying an illegal handgun is a danger public safety. Whether the handgun is used to commit crimes, aggression against a rival or in defence against members of another gang or drug dealer, innocent bystanders are in jeopardy. No one carries a handgun without an intent to harm.

Violent use of weapons is not confined to Toronto. Every city and town across the nation is suffering from the same perils. Rural areas are not exempt.

Until we wake up and smell the coffee, shootings will continue.
 

Other links:
 
https://www.vancourier.com/news/updated-vancouver-police-confronted-by-angry-crowd-while-arresting-armed-teen-in-downtown-eastside-1.23911301
 
https://globalnews.ca/news/5731987/toronto-shooting-statistics-august-weekend/
 
https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/85-002-x/2018001/article/54974-eng.htm
 

Checking the pulse of Canada's economy

By John Feldsted
Political Commentator

Canada loses 24,200 jobs in July, pushing unemployment rate higher
On positive side, July’s wage growth came in strong at 4.5 per cent — which was its highest level in more than a decade

By Andy Blatchford, 
The Canadian Press, Financial Post

OTTAWA — Wage growth accelerated last month to its fastest clip in more than decade, according to numbers released Friday from Statistics Canada.

The 4.5 per cent burst came in a month that also produced less-positive data: the unemployment rate moved up to 5.7 per cent as Canada shed 24,200 jobs.

The increase in wages — as measured by year-over-year average hourly wage growth for all employees — marked the indicator’s strongest month since January 2009.

The reading, one of several wage measures closely watched by the Bank of Canada, was up from 3.8 per cent in June and 2.8 per cent in May. In Quebec, wage growth sped up to nearly 6.2 per cent, while Ontario’s number was 5.1 per cent.
   
Read on: https://business.financialpost.com/news/economy/newsalert-canada-loses-24200-jobs-in-july-unemployment-rises-statcan

 
John Feldsted
The numbers are starling and indicate serious trouble with our economy. Digging a bit deeper, we discover that July’s jobs numbers shows the economy lost 69,300 private-sector employee positions last month, while the public sector gained 17,500 jobs.

Shrinking private sector employment is alarming. A healthy economy adds private sector jobs each month. Shrinking private sector employment suggests a shrinkage of investment and a pending recession.

Increased public sector employment is also alarming. We are concerned over boated bureaucracies and at least some of the increase in wage rates is attributable to replacing entry level private sector jobs with well-paid civil service employment. That is a drag on our economy. Civil service employment does nor contribute to our GDP.

“Youth employment fell by about 19,000 positions, pushing the jobless rate up 0.7 percentage points to 11.4 per cent.” Small business is our highest youth employment driver.       

The indication is that small business is pushed to an economic wall. Increasing costs are hurting small business. It cannot escape the ripple effect of carbon taxes on needed supplies.

“The number of positions for core-aged women — between 25 and 54 years old — dropped by about 18,000.”  That is disturbing in that many of those women have turned to self-employment and face lower income, security and benefits. Federal equality programs are crashing and burning.
     Our governments, federal and provincial are focussed on physical climate change which they are powerless to deal with. Our climate is changing and we do not understand the forces that are driving the changes to our climate. Global warming is a result of climate change not the driver of climate change. Increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide promote plant growth and we need healthy plant growth to feed a growing world population.

Focus on the Wrong Climate

Our governments are ignoring our economic climate. We need a healthy economic climate to promote investment, private sector growth, employment and increases in productivity (GDP). Government cannot continue to meddle in and micromanage the private sector. We need our governments to create a climate of regulatory stability, competitive taxation and cessation of programs that benefit some businesses and sectors but not others.

Governments need to develop a health, robust private sector climate and then stand back and allow entrepreneurs to do what they have done well over the past century and a half – grow Canada.

We don’t need taxpayer subsidized electric cars, solar energy or windmills. If they are too expensive to compete with conventional vehicles and power sources, subsidies are an unneeded drain on the economy. Our economy is competing with economies that are not subsidizing so-called “clean energy”. We are disadvantaging ourselves in the altar of ideology.

The same is true of government fixation on environmental protection. No one will argue against protection of our environment. Clean air, land and water is important to us all. However, we need to balance environmental protection with our economic climate. If we continue on the path government have recently taken, environmental protection becomes superfluous as our economy will collapse and we will be left with nothing to work with.

Government fixation on climate change and environmental protection is endangering the growth and prosperity of our nation. Common sense, logic and reason are not part of government planning and policies. The results are starting to show and they are not pretty.

Contact John at Jfeldsted@shaw.ca

Public figures express anger, disbelief at mass shootings

By John Feldsted, Aug 5, 2019

El Paso - 21 dead, 26 injured;
Gilroy - 3 dead, 13 injured;
Dayton – 9, dead 27 injured.

In one week and the 66 injured doesn’t count hundreds of others traumatized by presence or who lost loved ones or whose family and friends were hurt in the melees. Harm ripples out from the core.

Politicians, public figures and celebrity publicity hounds all express disbelief, horror, revulsion and ‘thoughts and prayers' for the survivors and families of victim. They like to pretend they care.

The usual suspects will demand that we ban guns to make the shootings stop. It is the wrong solution for the wrong reasons.

All of the shooters were young. We can reasonably conclude that they suffered some combination of isolation, immaturity, detachment and anger with a society they couldn’t understand or cope with.

Social media is killing our society. Electronic contact is banal and sterile. A person can put another down or insult another person without risking a well-deserved slap or punch in the mouth. It is easy to participate in the on-line ‘piranha syndrome’ and join in supporting an insult or put-down: “Yeah (he / she) is a real loser.”  

At the same time, we are losing the ability to read facial expressions and body language that warn us when we are treading on socially dangerous ground. Most profoundly, people who are in face to face contact are often not in full presence; they are listening for a beep that signals a new message has arrived, and don’t realize that picking up the cell phone or tablet is an insult to the person across the table who has been relegated to secondary or even unimportant status.

Politicians and governments love hatred; they thrive on division and pit one group against others by providing them benefits to ‘level the playing field’. It is a charade to fuel the fires of envy and hatred.

We are losing the personal responsibility core of our civilization. Loyalty and honour are rooted in the family and friendships, in the community and finally in the tribe of the nation. We learn that well-being and security of family and friendships is more important than our own. We learn that sacrifice is not something to avoid; it is sometimes a necessity to serve the greater good. We learn to appreciate and reward the sacrifices of others.

Commitments to family and community require us to ignore differences and focus on our common interests and desires. Colour and ethnic origins are interesting side issues for exploration, not causes for envy and hatred.

Inclusiveness is a mindless, synthetic goal that avoids personal responsibility. We are told we must include people who avoid personal responsibility, make poor decisions, act irresponsibly and blame their disfunctionality on outside influences. They are the perpetual victims of circumstance.

We have groups of people who are openly hostile towards those who look different or don’t act and think the same way as they do. Thet have never learrned the rules of tribal interdependence. We exist in an artificial world of self-containment and independence in a society that survives through mutual aid, respect and tolerance.

We have never before experienced the abundance of opportunities that confront us today. Boundless opportunities are meaningless unless we have learned the disciplines to turn opportunities into reality. That brings us back to the personal responsibility core of civilization. Without an understanding of commitment, honor and loyalty we lack the ability to turn opportunity into reality.

Humans are social and tribal animals. At every level, we develop a social order with leaders and a descending order of lesser beings. As leaders change, the order below shifts to accommodate. Those who cannot or will not accept the social order (outlaws) are shunned, ostracized and finally cast out

Personal independence carries with it the responsibility to do no harm. If our actions infringe on anther’s rights or security of the person, we risk a deserved demotion in rank. If our actions are a flagrant abuse, we risk a demotion to outcast and a prison cell.

Tens of thousands believe that rank or station gives them immunity from tribal rules, but they delude themselves. Inevitably, tribal rules will reassert themselves through rebellion. The disconnect between those who govern and society at large cannot survive. It is a matter of time.              

Canada tend to mirror the American experience. We are not immune, just not on the same page yet.

Contact John at Jfeldsted@shaw.ca

What environmentalists won't tell us

By John Feldsted

0802 - We rarely hear about the dark side of renewable energy sources like windmills. Governments and the media are determined to convince us that wind power is part of our future and refuse to admit that there may be problems that affect our ecosystems.

Our hysterical approach to climate change as an emergency precludes realistic assessment of the risks that wind farms entail.

Hysterical people toss common sense, critical assessment and reason out the window. That is why our government talks of climate change in terms of “an emergency”. They don’t want us poking around and finding the multitude of flaws in their policies and positions. Fortunately, we have enough cooler heads to question the government’s motives and their position is increasingly difficult to justify.

We will see many governments crash and burn long before predicted climate catastrophes.

John Feldsted is a political commentator, consultant and strategist, living in Winnipeg.
jfeldsted@shaw.ca

From The Canada Free Press
By Institute for Energy Research

Studies have found that wind turbines are a dangerous threat to bats, high-conservation value birds, and insect populations that are a major supply of food to bats and birds. Insects, birds, bats, and wind farm developers are attracted to the same thing—high wind speeds. 

Wind farms in Europe and the United States are being built in the path of migration trails that have been used by insects and birds for millions of years. Researchers found that wind turbines in Germany resulted in a loss of about 1.2 trillion insects of different species each year. 

Researchers in India found almost four times fewer buzzards, hawks, and kites in areas with wind farms—a loss of about 75 percent. They found that wind turbines are akin to adding a top predator to the ecosystem, killing off birds, but allowing small animals to increase their populations resulting in a trickle effect throughout the ecosystem.

Read it all here: https://canadafreepress.com/article/wind-turbines-against-nature

 

Political parties are undermining our democracy

By John Feldsted

From Huffington Post

 The chairman of the board of Bombardier, a scion of the Rotman family, the chairman of a major power company — these prominent Canadians all gave as much money as they’re allowed, or close to it, to both the Liberals and Conservatives in 2018.
     They are among at least 20 Canadians who gave substantially to the country’s two most fiercely opposed parties last year, according to an analysis of public Elections Canada documents by The Canadian Press. Such donations are fully legal: a person can give to all the political parties if he or she wishes. But they are unusual. FULL REPORT

 By John Feldsted

 Political parties exist to acquire and maintain political power through governance. They have no interest in serving the electorate. They have an interest in maintaining relations with people who have or have access to money. Raising funds is critical to success. Donations buy the advertising and strategic advice they need, pay for polling, pay for media advertising, cover payroll and operating expenses, and fuel more donation campaigns.

Every political party has a circle of insiders who donate $1,000 or more to the party annually. They receive special treatment from the party and access to party officials. Those party officials are a gateway to parliament and MPs – either the government or opposition side.

This happens behind the scenes and rarely makes the news. Ineptness brought two examples to the forefront this spring – the SNC-Lavalin affair and the Vice-Admiral Mark Norman affair.

The SNC-Lavalin taught us about the strong interconnections between the Liberal Party and a web of corporations they regularly deal with and who influence government policy.

In the Mark Norman affair, a competent naval officer had his career destroyed in a battle between competing shipyards wanting war ship contracts. Someone blabbed about government meddling in military procurement contracts. The government needed a distraction and Mark Norman was tagged.

Influence peddling is scary. Those $250 a plate dinners are not intended to attract the average party members. The objective is to give party operatives a chance to encourage participants to join the ‘inner circle’ and enjoy the inherent advantages.

In a couple of weeks, the current low-level mud slinging will kick into high gear. Every party will be telling us of the horrors we can expect if we elect an opponent. Based on those advertisements, we would have to vote none of the incompetent shysters.

No political party will promise to do the right thing. They will promise policies that sound good, but lack substance. They will pretend to care about the middle class and poor but will take advice from those who have paid to be heard.

We have listened to decades of promises to solve our indigenous affairs crisis but have no plan. We get promises to fix problems with military procurement but stumble from one debacle to another. We need to end corporate welfare, but political parties are actively selling influence that undermines democracy.

The cheating, lying and hypocrisy are palpable. All we want are a few honest men and women willing to suffer the slings and arrows of political correctness and do the right thing for a change.

A modicum of honesty in a political campaign would be refreshing. Who will step up to the plate? 

Contact John at Jfeldsted@shaw.ca

Take note, Canada has left the building

By John Felsted
jfelsted@shaw.ca

Avarice is an acid that ultimately destroys the avaricious. Greed overcomes common sense, logic and reason with fatal consequences. Canada as we knew her is collapsing under irresponsible political leadership that fails to understand the greatness it inherited.

Canada has always been considered a treasury of resources for men of means to exploit. The northern portion was colonized to exploit available resources, initially fish, furs and timber. Control over the colonies was initially in Paris (roughly 1608 to 1759) and London from 1763 onward.

London agreed to the British North America Act as it relieved London of and obligation to come to Canada’s aid if the USA invaded. It took anther 64 years before London relinquished full control over Canada in the Statute of Westminster 1931. Political power was now vested in Ottawa.

What has not changed since 1763 is the notion that founded the Company of One Hundred, the Hudson’s Bay Company and the North West Company; corporate friends of government should be allowed to harvest natural resources for a profit.

Political power was concentrated in Ottawa, and government friends still live in the TOM triangle (Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal). Over my lifetime, I have watched Winnipeg diminish from a railway hub, grain exchange hub, packing house giant and aircraft maintenance hub into a once-was. It is all gone; taken over by avaricious eastern investors.

Packing plants that dotted the western landscape have disappeared and we now export live cattle to the US for slaughter and import frozen carcasses from the US for processing here. The jobs in Canada have vanished along with the value added GDP of processing our own produce. Our world-class rail maintenance facilities were allowed to crumble and moved east.
Our aircraft hubs in Edmonton (once gateway to the North) and Winnipeg have been moved to Quebec, which would hurt less if Bombardier was a successful enterprise and did not require constant federal support unavailable to western Canada.

Federal failure to manage our ocean fish stocks resulted in destruction of the Atlantic fishery. Thousands of Atlantic families were left destitute with the option of starvation or relocation.
There was a mass exodus from Atlantic Canada to the west, primarily to Alberta. The Albertans and Maritimers discovered they had the same values; independence, industry, fairness, respect and responsibility.

Federal governments that allowed CNR and CPR to abandon spur lines and sell of huge tracts of lands that had been given to those railroads to build transcendental rail lines without compensation should be hung for treason. There is no valid reason why those spur lines should not carry grain, cattle and natural resources to market and deliver finished good to depots along the way.

We have effectively lost rail passenger service west of Toronto. Via Rail is a disaster except in the TOM triangle. Railroads that brought hundreds of thousands of settlers to Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta when central Canada needed settlements to stave off potential incursions from the US can’t run a reliable passenger service today?

Our intercontinental highways and rail lines are a federal responsibility. Rail and roads that connect Canada to inland ports or seaports are a federal responsibility. The spur rail line connecting the transcontinental rail lines to Churchill is a federal responsibility and should be able to handle any sort of traffic destined for a seaport.

All highways connecting the Trans-Canad to US ports of entry are a federal responsibility and should be first-class divided all weather highways protected from flooding.

The Turning Point
The turning point came when our government allowed rapacious American investors to mount a pubic relation campaign to shut down our oil and gas industry. Not only did our government fail to protect Canada’s interests but joined in the effort, claiming without justification that our oil and gas sector was contributing to global warming.

Avarice has finally eaten up the federal government and its elitist friends. Trudeau has accomplished what no other Prime Minister in Canada has done. He forced us to look at Canada as she is; fresh out of the shower, unadorned by clothing or makeup and she is not pretty.

I have served Canada in various capacities as a proud patriot and have accepted the inherent risks without a second thought. I loved my Canada including Quebec. I have travelled from coast to coast and broken bread, drunk too much wine, compared and debated all sorts of issues and ideas with people from every province. The lack of acrimony and the politeness and respect shown throughout is astonishing. It pains me to admit that that is the Canada I once knew and loved.

Our federal government, has abandoned everyone living east or north of Saguenay, Quebec and west of North Bay, Ontario.

I am not going to waste time trying to reform a government system that is beyond rehabilitation. The denizens of TOM will resist change with the storm and thunder that huge financial assets and ownership of the media can muster. To those who think differently, remember the oilsands campaign.

I am a prairie lad through and through. I know prairie people and what they are capable of. Most of our forefathers arrived here from all over the world with what they could carry after a long and arduous journey to a strange an unforgiving place.

They built crude shelters of sod, trees and whatever lumber they could afford to face blistering summer heat and unforgiving cold and wind in winter. They cleared forests and tilled some of the quarter section of land homesteaders were granted. Individually and collectively, they built, worked and prospered. They built churches, community halls, libraries, schools and hospitals.
When private enterprise failed to meet their needs or was too expensive, they created credit unions and cooperatives that provided banking, groceries, gasoline, grain elevators, hardware, insurance, lumber and other necessities. Profits went back to the member investors.

Provinces took over hospitals and health care, but in so doing lost thousands of hours of volunteer efforts in fundraising, construction, landscaping and community pride in having a superior facility.

I have no doubt that Alberta, Manitoba, Northwest Ontario and Saskatchewan can draw on their heritage and create a separate nation without the ethnic rivalries that dominate TOM and central Canada. TOM can blunder on with a diminished domain and spend a decade designing a new motto.
The prospect of the Atlantic provinces joining us, effectively land-locking TOM is intriguing. Our current constitution, requiring us to sell our energy and other resources to central Canada at local rates less transportation costs would no longer apply.

TOM cannot survive without us. It would have to compete with the West for investments and negotiate rather than dictate terms of reciprocal services and purchase of resources.

Only one woman applies for Supreme Court vacancy

By John Felsted

From Huff Post

OTTAWA — More women, Indigenous and minority judges could find themselves on the Supreme Court if the government took a longer view of filling spots instead of scrambling to fill vacancies, says former prime minister Kim Campbell.
     Campbell headed the advisory body that led to Quebec judge Nicholas Kasirer’s being nominated to succeed Justice Clement Gascon. Her group crafted a short list of Supreme Court for the government to consider.
     She and Justice Minister David Lametti talked about the nomination process before Kasirer faced MPs and senators for formal questioning on Thursday.
     Among the 12 applicants for the job opened by Gascon’s impending retirement, there was only one woman and none were Indigenous or self-identified as a minority, Campbell told the House of Commons justice committee Thursday.
     Campbell suggested that rather than opening applications whenever a vacancy pops up — even retirements that come with six months of notice, as Gascon’s has — federal officials could have ongoing talks with the judiciary and the wider legal community about the needs of the Supreme Court to encourage more people to apply, particularly women and minorities.
     Read on: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/supreme-court-canada-seat_ca_5d3a3295e4b0c31569e8b989

     Political correctness raises its ugly head again. We want the best qualified and experienced members of the legal profession to sit as judges at any level. Experience and knowledge are more important at superior court, appellate and higher levels all the way to the Supreme Court. Gender and ethnic character are not factors. If the best qualified person is an aboriginal female she is best qualified for a promotion.
     The banality of phrases like: “all men are created equal” go unchallenged. It depends on where you were ‘created’. The cultures of Canada and Iran, Qatar and France, the USA and Myanmar are very different and the roles of men and women vary by country of birth.
     We have beaten the term ‘equality’ to a meaningless and unrecognizable pulp. People are not equal. Men and women bring different attributes, viewpoints, skills, intellect and reasoning to the table. There are outstanding examples of both and millions of others who are followers. Claiming that they are all equal is nonsense.
     Every ethnic group has outstanding achievers and criminals. Sometimes the achievers are criminals. If it were not so, elected officials could never be corrupt.
     No one should be disqualified due to gender, ethnicity or colour. We have gone overboard in allowing minority groups to claim discrimination when the real cause of their problems is a combination of bad behaviour and poor choices coupled with a sense of entitlement.
     That brings up another social ill we refuse to deal with. Why do we have minority groups? When did we decide that some of us should be set apart from others? Officially, I am ‘white’ but I am also a member of a minority group. My ethnicity should not give me any privilege and my whiteness should not engender scorn from others. I reject the concept of white guilt for contributing to a positive, progressive world with more democracies than any other group in history.
     The British empire at one time dominated the world. It did not become so by playing nice or not enforcing its will on other nations and cultures. Over time it waned and morphed into the British commonwealth of nations. It brought us the common law system, and the parliamentary system. Over time, commonwealth nations around the world became independent democracies with the same fundamental legal system. Hundreds of millions enjoy freedoms, independence and rights as a result.
     We owe out heritage to millions of immigrants who came to Canada, many while we were still a colony of Great Britain and a nation in the making. Initially, the dominant ethnic group in Canada was French. Every other immigrant was a member of some minority group. Can you imagine the chaos if we had applied current political correctness to our society at the time instead of learning to live with our neighbours?
      Political correctness is an artificial construct designed to splinter our society into factions that argue over trivia rather than focus on our common problems and successes and a censorship vehicle designed to stifle free speech and debate on government initiatives.
      Those who gain from the splintering and censorship are political parties and their candidates who are out of control and don’t serve anyone but themselves.

Report is another 'sky is falling' bunch of garbage

John Felsted

John Paul Tasker of CBC News reports on July 17, 2019 that a new report from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) says the federal government must commit to much more ambitious targets to protect the country's land and water if it's to have a chance of staving off a "nature emergency."

The report says biodiversity is declining faster than at any other time in human history — over one million species worldwide are facing extinction, according to a recent, groundbreaking study. It argues Canada must adopt aggressive measures beyond current targets by promising to protect and restore 30 per cent of all the country's land and inland waters by 2030 — about 330 million hectares.

Read on: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/tasker-nature-emergency-triple-protected-land-1.5213650?cmp=newsletter-news-digests-canada-and-world-morning

 

This is another piece of “the sky is falling”, “we have an emergency” nonsense popular in the social and mainstream media these days.

Increasing protected areas of land and water is not a solution to anything. It is putting off needed changes to how we protect our environment. It is the equivalent of forming a committee to study a problem rather than dealing with it.

All of our air, land and water needs protection, not just some of it. We cannot continue to pollute. Declaring that an area is protected requires monitoring to keep those areas free from pollution. We cannot continue to pollute areas that are not officially protected. That is insanity.

We need tough regulations to deal with polluters – including businesses and people who dump trash anywhere and everywhere. Littering our highways, streets, parks and beaches is pollution. We don’t solve problems by banning single-use plastics. Plastic straws and spoons aren’t the problem – people who discard containers, straws and spoons on the beach, sidewalk or out the vehicle window are.

Most of our refuse winds up in waste collection bins that are picked up and trucked to a landfill site. We must, at the least, get our trash into those bins. We are failing at that.

Recycling, particularly of plastics has proven to be a disaster. There are many types of plastic that can’t be recycled. Many types of paper can’t be recycled.

We need to incinerate rather than bury our trash. Modern incinerators, operating at very high temperatures reduce waste volume by 90% and thermal by-products can be used to generate electricity. The technology has improved vastly during the past decade.

We are drowning in our waste and need to invest in efficient and effective ways of dealing with it. Our investments will do far more for our environment than questionable carbon reduction schemes. We need to develop waste management streams:

  • Paper and plastics – all types;
  • Major appliances – refrigerators, freezers, stoves, washers, dryers, furnaces, air conditioners and hot water tanks;
  • Upholstered furniture and mattresses;
  • Automotive tires;
  • Small household and workshop appliances; the whole gambit from vacuum cleaners, microwaves and blenders to power drills and shop saws;
  • Metal or wood furniture and scraps;
  • All the remainder.

We have to make it easy for a householder to get rid of expired or unwanted items. We can deal with major appliances by having monthly pickups. The system must have the flexibility to increase pickup frequency if demand is high but will pick up at least monthly. That stops frustrated householders from hiring someone to take away an appliance to have it dumped in a ravine or river edge or worse. Each stream need to have a system designed to deal with that type of waste.

The easier we make waste disposal the less tolerant society is of scofflaws who don’t follow the rules. We care about our environment and are baffled by the amount of waste found on our riverbanks, roadsides, beaches, ravines and parks. Cost of cleanup are substantial.

We can do far better than banning random items and pretending we have accomplished something. If we want to help our environment, we have to make getting rid of trash in other than plentiful containers socially unacceptable. To do that we need to make trash disposal efficient and effective instead of giving householders long lists of items they cannot put in a recycle bin.

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Trudeau needs to mind his own business

By John Felsted

How do Donald Trump’s comments on representatives in the of US Congress affect Canada and thus be unacceptable? They don’t and aren’t. Internal political warfare in our southern neighbour are none of our business. Our role is not to meddle in the internal affairs of other nations. Trudeau seems to be oblivious to the resentments his agendas on human rights and women’s rights cause in foreign lands. We don’t win friends and allies by rubbing their noses in their perceived failings.   
 
A leader with a modicum of common sense would keep his views to himself and allow the Americans to sort out their laundry without extraneous comment. Trudeau’s words carry no weight in congress or the presidency. However, he risks alienating people in the White House he has to work with on trade, NORAD and NATO partnerships, drug laws, border security and a host of other issues that arise between neighbours.
 
Trudeau’s comments will not sit well with the Republican minority in Congress when Canada needs all the internal allies she can find when dealing with the US administration.
 
During Trudeau’s tenure, we find ourselves with strained relations with China, India, Myanmar, the Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United States and our own prairie provinces and indigenous people. Diplomacy is not a strength of this government.

Discretion is a cornerstone of diplomacy. We have numerous failings and scandals we have to deal with before we can validly criticize the behaviour of foreigners. We need to correct our own failings to earn the right to comment on world affairs.  
 
John Feldsted

Ontario Court of Appeal upholds federal carbon pricing law

By John Feldsted
Political Consultant & Strategist

Colin Perkel of the Canadian Press reported on CBC News on June 28

The federal government's carbon pricing scheme is constitutionally sound and has the critical purpose of fighting climate change, Ontario's top court ruled in a split decision on Friday.

The Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, enacted in April, is within Parliament's jurisdiction to legislate in relation to matters of "national concern," Chief Justice George Strathy wrote on behalf of the court.

"Parliament has determined that atmospheric accumulation of greenhouse gases causes climate changes that pose an existential threat to human civilization and the global ecosystem," Strathy said.

"The need for a collective approach to a matter of national concern, and the risk of non-participation by one or more provinces, permits Canada to adopt minimum national standards to reduce [greenhouse gas] emissions."

READ THE FULL REPORT

READ THE DECISION 

The Ontario Court of Appeal decision makes for some hilarious reading. I do not recall reading a decision so filled with unproven conjecture. At page 5 of the decision, the court writes:

[11] This global warming is causing climate change and its associated impacts. The uncontested evidence before this court shows that climate change is causing or exacerbating:

  • increased frequency and severity of extreme weather events (including droughts, floods, wildfires, and heat waves); 
  • degradation of soil and water resources; 
  • thawing of permafrost; 
  • rising sea levels; 
  • ocean acidification; 
  • decreased agricultural productivity and famine; 
  • species loss and extinction; and 
  • expansion of the ranges of life-threatening vector-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease and West Nile virus. 

Recent manifestations of the impacts of climate change in Canada include: 

  • major wildfires in Alberta in 2016 and in British Columbia in 2017 and 2018; and 
  • major flood events in Ontario and Québec in 2017; and 
  • in British Columbia, Ontario, Québec and New Brunswick in 2018. 

The recent major flooding in Ontario, Québec and New Brunswick in 2019 was likely also fueled by climate change.

That is straight from the IPCC script and has no bearing on a legal assessment of federal powers. 

The OCA also concluded that since carbon pricing is ‘regulatory’ it is not a tax. If a government removes money from our personal earnings by force of law it is a tax on our earnings. 

Although the OAC delves into the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and notes that combatting global warming requires collaboration and action on the part of all nations, it fails to consider whether a majority of nations are engaged in carbon emission reduction and how close they are to meeting Paris Agreement targets. China and the United States, who collectively account for 60% of carbon emissions, are not Paris Agreement participants. 

Without worldwide collaboration on carbon emission reduction, the federal government has no peace, order and good government argument. Reducing Canada’s tiny contribution to world carbon emissions is an exercise in futility.

Constitution s 91 federal powers for peace, order and good government (POGG) provide for very broad powers that are decided as issues not specifically enumerated under s 91 & 92 or under other constitutional clauses but are confined to issues affecting Canada and Canadians. 

Carbon emission reduction is an international scheme of dubious origins and quality. The Paris Accord does not require the participation of all major carbon emitters and has no provisions for penalizing nations who fail to achieve Paris Accord targets. It is an exercise in make-believe that cannot be used extend federal POGG powers.

It is difficult to accept that a carbon dioxide concentration of 400 parts per million (0.04% or 1/25th of 1%) is a driving force in global warming. 

Water vapor, not carbon dioxide is the most important greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. Heat radiated from Earth's surface is absorbed by water vapor molecules in the lower atmosphere. The water vapor molecules, in turn, radiate heat in all directions. Some of the heat returns to the Earth's surface. Thus, water vapor is a second source of warmth (in addition to sunlight) at the Earth's surface.   

Solar activity has a huge effect on the earth’s hearting and cooling cycles as do gradual shifts in the earth’s rotational axis. Changes in the globe’s attitude to the sun can have profound effects.

The government’s carbon pricing plan and resistance to development of our petroleum resources have major impacts on our economic and social well-being. In order to justify carbon pricing as for the good order and good government of Canada, the federal government must show without doubt that its efforts to reduce carbon emissions warrants the loss of income resulting from its petrochemical and environmental policies. 

The Ontario courts have sanctioned federal government coercion. Carbon pricing is intended to force reductions in carbon fuel use irrespective of the resultant economic, personal and social costs that individual Canadians will suffer. The government must be able to prove that those costs are a reasonable requirement to force on the people they are obliged to govern prudently and responsibly. Good government entails responsibility for consequences of its actions.    

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Why Australia’s carbon tax bombed

By John Feldsted, 
Political Consultant and Strategist

0619 - Australians and Canadians are fighting back against silly taxes based on an unproven hypothesis that governments can control the earth’s temperature by regulating carbon dioxide emissions. There is no evidence proving that:

  • atmospheric carbon dioxide drives global warming; or
  • reductions in man-made emissions will result in reductions of atmospheric concentrations; or
  • that reductions in man-made carbon emissions will affect global warming or cooling.     

Governments cannot claim they are saving us from anything except their hysterical speculation, nor can they guarantee that the taxes they impose will have any measurable result other than ensuring less disposable income for people forced to suffer their inane carbon taxes.

Accusing the sceptics of global warming hypothesis of ignorance is proof that the warming theorists do not have a logical and reasonable case to support their hysteria. 

Trudeau, McKenna and company set the standards for emission reductions. If they aimed too high to be able to achieve their targets, that is a problem they created for themselves. There is no ‘crisis’. We are not required to atone for government failures to act reasonably responsibly.    

Catherine McKenna would have us believe that if Canada fails to reduce world carbon emissions by 0.002% the earth will rapidly warm and destroy us. We can be forgiven for doubting her. Ms McKenna can’t tell us how much atmospheric carbon is attributable to human activity. No one knows for certain how much is natural and how much we may contribute, which is ridiculous. Government claims on climate change and warming do not stand up to critical analysis.  

Carbon taxes are intended to force us to reduce our use of oil and gas products. No government can abuse its powers to infringe on our rights and freedom of choice by employing coercion. Coercion is a tactic of tyrants, not an appropriate policy of a democratic government. 

An earlier analysis by Margaret Wente in the Globe & Mail

When Australia repealed its carbon tax in 2014, environmentalists around the world rent their garments and beat their breasts. "We are taking a monumentally reckless backward leap even as other countries are stepping up to climate action," John Connor, chief executive of Australia's Climate Institute, told The New York Times. The Green Party's Elizabeth May lamented that it "sends the wrong signal to the world. "

But canny politicians know some things economists don't. They know that a lot of people don't like carbon taxes and will punish governments that try to impose them.

Popular concern for the environment reached a peak back in 2006. During the 2007 election, both major parties promised tough action on the climate. Then came the recession, and people's worries shifted elsewhere. When Julia Gillard took over as leader of the Labor Party in 2010, she solemnly swore not to impose a carbon tax. Then she formed a coalition with the Greens and promptly broke her promise. The carbon tax was introduced, and people hated it from the start. They threw the Labor Party out of office and elected Mr. Abbott, who promised to "axe the tax."

Australia's carbon-tax fiasco has been blamed on inept politics, public misunderstanding and design flaws – problems that are built into a lot of climate policy, as it happens. But the biggest problem was that the carbon tax drove up people's energy bills. The tax was billed as being revenue-neutral, but people didn't believe it. They also didn't see why they should have to pay for climate change when their country's output of greenhouse gasses is so small and inconsequential to the climate.

READ ON: HTTPS://WWW.THEGLOBEANDMAIL.COM/OPINION/WHY-AUSTRALIAS-CARBON-TAX-BOMBED/ARTICLE19704906/

NDP set to promise mental, dental, hearing coverage for all

By John Feldsted,
Political Consultant and Strategist

CBC News got an early look at what’s inside the NDP 2019 federal election platform

The NDP will be the first Canadian federal party to unveil an election platform that promises to drastically expand Canada's health care system to include, not just pharmacare, but mental, dental, eye and hearing coverage for all citizens.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will unveil the platform in Hamilton on Sunday at 11:15 a.m. CBCNews.ca will carry the announcement live.

What else does the NDP platform promise to do?

  • Commit to fully and equitably fund health education and other services in Indigenous communities.
  • Create an action plan to prevent suicide.
  • Cap and reduce tuition fees and student loan interest, with an eventual goal of free post-secondary education.
  • Ban unpaid internships.
  • Introduce federal incentives for zero-emissions automobiles and prioritize cars made in Canada.
  • Invest $1 billion in affordable childcare in 2020.
  • Focus on revitalizing industries like forestry, fisheries and agriculture.
  • Put a price cap on cellphone and internet bills and introduce a telecommunications bill of rights.
  • Close tax loopholes and introduce a one per cent "wealth tax" on personal earnings over $20 million.
  • Increase access to public transit, including along rural routes cut off by Greyhound service discontinuation.
  • Power Canada with net carbon-free electricity by 2030.
  • Ban single-use plastics
  • End veteran homelessness
  • Launch a basic income pilot project
  • Strengthen the air passenger bill of rights
  • Create an affordable housing plan that includes construction of more low-cost and co-operative housing across the country.

Read it all: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ndp-singh-health-policy-federal-election-1.5175899?cmp=newsletter-news-digests-canada-and-world-morning

The gap between what political parties believe we will fall for and what we need from them has never been wider. The differences between what political parties offer, what government is responsible for, what we really need and what we can afford leaves us breathless. These issues are interconnected, not isolated. We can’t spend what we don’t have and with each passing year Canadians have less money left for discretionary spending. We cannot continue to fund irresponsible government largess.

We do not need political idealism. That is daydreaming we all do – wouldn’t it be wonderful if only we could ___________ ; then we realize the dream involves doubling our income and get on with life as it is.

Politicians do not govern us. We elect people to represent us and ensure that governments provide the services they are responsible for as well as spend and tax prudently and responsibly. No government may tax us for more than is needed to carry out its responsibilities to the public. 

Personal responsibility is the basis of democracy. Unless we are prepared to accept responsibility for our actions and behaviours a civil, democratic, lawful, orderly and peaceful society and its institutions will crumble to dust. We already see evidence of rot in our institutions. 

Governance should be administered at the level closest to the people. Municipal governance is very effective for the most part. However, when municipalities grow into large towns and cities, the connection between the governing body and those they serve are diminished and finally lost. The result is decisions made for the benefit those governing rather than for those governed.  

In general, governance bodies exist to provide services communities cannot afford on their own. Our constitution sets out a list of subjects provincial governments are responsible for. They are largely of a local nature, too costly for municipalities, but needed by the people of the province.

There is a second list of subjects for which the federal government is responsible. They are different from the subjects listed for the provinces. Hospitals and health care are provincial subjects. 

Provinces cannot enact law in federal subjects and the federal government cannot enact laws in provincial subjects. The federal and provincial governments operate in separate spheres; the federal government is not ‘superior’ or above the provinces. 

Our provincial governments already provide some drug coverage and have experimented with mass drug purchases to keep costs down. The introduction of generic drugs in the 1970s reduced costs considerably.

If full drug coverage was affordable and viable, some provinces would be providing pharmacare for their residents. 

What is missing from party election platforms is sound planning to grow our economy to provide the taxable incomes to support the services Canadians need. We cannot continue unending deficit spending. We need to generate more income to sustain the basic services we receive. We cannot allow political parties to continue to ignore spending restraints based on income. 

Political party delusions that they can buy our votes by promoting unaffordable programs is good reason for not supporting them. 

The majority of Canadians are more fiscally responsible and able to set realistic spending priorities than any federal government we have endured during the past 50 years. The days of people in political parties and government serving their personal interests and helping their friends must end. We need responsible adult supervision of our federal government.

Trudeau arrogrance showing in fight with provinces

Peter Zimonjic of CBC reports Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday has said that premiers demanding the federal government accept compromises on pending legislation to regulate natural resource development are themselves threatening national unity.

"It's absolutely irresponsible for conservative premiers to be threatening our national unity if they don't get their way," Trudeau  said, according to Zimonjic. "The fundamental job of any Canadian prime minister is to hold this country together, to gather us together and move forward in the right way. And anyone who wants to be prime minister, like Andrew Scheer, needs to condemn those attacks on national unity."

Trudeau made the remarks a day after the premiers of Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Northwest Territories wrote him to demand he make concessions on two key government bills.

The first piece of legislation is C-69, the Liberal government's attempt to rewrite the rules for approving major national resource projects in Canada. The second is C-48, the planned ban on oil tankers along B.C.'s northern coast.

"The federal government must recognize the exclusive role provinces and territories have over the management of our non-renewable natural resource development or risk creating a constitutional crisis," the letter says. FULL CBC STORY  

By John Feldsted
Political commentator

0612 - It is possible that Trudeau finally "gets it". Provinces outside of central Canada are fed up with central governance that impoverishes them. The PM’s angry demeanor and words look like an aristocrat’s reaction to news that the household staff has declared a strike.

Expressing anger at six premiers on television rather than making an attempt to negotiate an amicable resolution is a strange way to “gather us together”. The petulance is inappropriate and divisive. Provinces are not going to knuckle under to imperious decrees from Ottawa. 

Trudeau, for the first time, is frightened. Premiers are rebelling. Worse, Ontario is in the mix. Those premiers represent 21.7 million Canadians, nearly 60 per cent of the population. If one more province joins the group, it will have the power to force constitutional amendments. Seven provinces with over 50 per cent of the population can either toss or substantially change the hated equalization clause, dump the Senate or change the Senate representation to six senators per province. Trudeau may regret bypassing Ford and Ontario to deal directly with Toronto. That arrogance has put federal authority in serious jeopardy.  

When Trudeau speaks thoughtlessly

By John Feldsted
Political Consultant & Strategist

 0610 - On June 4, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plunged Canada into international chaos.

Trudeau acknowledged on Tuesday that Canada’s historical actions resulted in a genocide of Indigenous women and girls but said Canada must move beyond debates about the term to taking steps to fix the situation.

“We recognized the need for a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and we have commissioners who came back with findings of fact and with calls to action,” he said to media at the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver.

The Prime Minister was then asked if he personally believed the harms done to Canada’s Indigenous people amounted to genocide.

“As I’ve said, we accept the finding that this was genocide. And we will move forward to end this ongoing national tragedy.”

SOURCE: Globe & Mail

 

International bodies have noted the admission and plan investigations into what is universally considered a crime against humanity with dire consequences. There is no half-measure genocide; a deliberate campaign to extinguish a race through violence is not trivial.   

Trudeau is historically and factually wrong. Origins of the Indian Act are rooted in the British 1857 Gradual Civilization Act, which aimed to force assimilation of indigenous people. Amended and renamed the Indian Act by our government in 1876, nine years after confederation, the objective was still to force assimilation of indigenous people.

Trudeau’s attempt to use the past tense to pretend that government attempts to force assimilation was or is ‘genocide’ is ridiculous. 

Numerous indigenous victims were killed by people they knew, not by strangers and that others suffered violence from persons unknown but not government agents, hired mercenaries or troops. There is no evidence to indicate that any group was or is attempting genocide of indigenous people.

The federal government spends over $19 billion annually to provide services to indigenous people but does so badly enough that indigenous people from coast to coast to coast are validly protesting unacceptable living conditions. 

The latest government excuse for inaction was to create the MMIWG Inquiry and then, after an incompetent effort, agreeing that Canada is guilty of genocide. That put the issues in need of immediate action to stop further harm and mitigate damage done on hold. Again.

Wasting time reviewing the 231 ‘calls to justice’ by the MMIWG Inquiry is unacceptable. We cannot delay efforts to improve the lot of indigenous people while indigenous activists and our government argue over what needs to be done, how and when.   

We need reform Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada with a mandate to:

  1. provide indigenous people on reserves with a workable self-governance model;
  2. provide basic infrastructure services to indigenous people on reserves;
  3. create a framework to provide indigenous people with education and health care services;
  4. create regional facilities to serve education and health needs; and 
  5. ensure equal treatment of aboriginal people irrespective of domicile; 
  6. allow Indian bands to relocate either to facilitate formation of mutual support systems or to overcome issues associated with isolation.

Item 1 above has to occur within the next 24 months, sooner if possible. The objective is to replace a failed Indigenous Services Canada with an agency that works with and for indigenous people. 

We need to scrap the ‘nation to nation’ concept. It is an attempt by some indigenous leaders to crate a separate and unneeded national indigenous governance structure. The result will be months of negotiations between Grand Chiefs and the government while indigenous people continue to suffer. 

Focus must be on alleviating the crises facing indigenous people on reserves. Decades of mismanagement by an indigenous affairs boondoggle have come home to roost and it is not pretty. Passing gas in Ottawa has to be replaced with urgent action needed in over 2,500 indigenous communities.   

Urban enrivonmental 'emergency' mantra wears thin

0609 - “Everybody wants to save the Earth. Nobody wants to help Mum do the dishes.”

That’s how U.S. humourist P.J. O’Rourke summed up the emerging green politics in his 1994 book, All the Trouble in the World.

It has been another tough week for the B.C. forest industry, as it deals with the long-expected decline in Interior log supply after widespread mountain pine beetle impact, continued punitive tariffs orchestrated by U.S. competitors, and the NDP government’s steeply increased stumpage on coastal B.C. logs. A wave of layoffs and lumber mill shutdowns is shaking rural communities across the province.

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Canada suffers a dismal lack of leadership

By John Feldsted
Political Consultant And Strategist

0608 - In October, we will be confronted with choosing the least destructive prime minister and political party from a lackluster group.

Justin Trudeau and the Liberals are a decidedly poor choice. Everything Trudeau touches is worse for his attention and he has lost trust of the electorate. 

Andrew Scheer is possibly the least offensive, but leadership requires risk and the ability to stand on principle despite criticism. He avoids all controversy and no leader can manage that.

Jagmeet Singh leads Canada’s traditional third-ranking party. He is hampered by labour union ties and the majority of his support is government employees reviled by the non-union electoral majority. 

Elizabeth May is a gad-fly, unable to imagine balancing environment responsibility with the engines that drive our economy and develop the capital that funds our infrastructure, programs and services. 

Yves-François Blanchet heads a Quebec regional party that has no place in our parliament. 

Maxime Bernier is a bright light in the mix but is still building support. He could play a significant role in a minority government but is not ready for prime time.

The rest are strikingly bereft of original thought and leadership capacity. Trudeau, Scheer and Singh are now stage actors with scripts written by hired advertising gurus, campaign organizers, pollsters, and strategists who have no interest in the aspirations and needs of the electorate or the nation. 

We are weary of being offered political trash talk and fear mongering. We deserve to be treated respectfully as intelligent adults.  A leader must be able to ignore his party’s demands that our MPs avoid irritating donors or doing anything controversial. We need leaders who will do the right thing because it is the right thing.  

We need leaders who understand our constitution and the divisions of authority and responsibility therein. I will give you two examples. 

First, abortion is a medical and moral issue. The federal government has no authority to legislate on either; religion and morality is off the table and medical care is a provincial jurisdiction. The federal government does not have constitutional power to make abortion law. Peace, order and good government cannot save the federal government on this one. 

Second, the sale and ownership of a firearm (property) is a local matter under provincial control. Laws prohibiting trafficking in firearms or amassing them for seditious purpose or to arm a forces in a foreign nation and criminal use of a firearm are in federal jurisdiction but not the sale, ownership and storage of a firearm. (See: Prohibitory Liquor Laws (1895) 24 SCR 170).

Is there no leader who will commit to rescinding the Indian Act and replacing it with a local band self-governance act that will give indigenous people control over their lives, hope and the incentive to prosper from their efforts? 

Is there no leader who understands that government policy must originate in the commons caucuses and cabinet and not from hired gurus in the prime minister’s office?

Is there no leader who understand the Queen’s Privy Council is not an arm of the PMO?

Is there no leader who will admit that no government knows or understands the forces driving climate change? Those who claim they can influence global warming are frauds. 

Is there no leader who understands that all votes in the Commons must be free votes? We elect MPs to represent us, not a political party. We must not accept that winning a majority of the seats in an election guarantees a leader four years in power. Prime ministers must earn the right to continue to govern each day of a four year election cycle.                          

Is there no leader who will confront the United Nations, refuse to support and fund the UN without a major reorganization and corruption cleanup and withdraw membership if reforms are not made? Canada was instrumental in forming the UN and its founders would be ashamed of the undemocratic socialist circus it has become.

The October challenge signals that we lack leaders capable of sound governance. There is no debate on fundamental principles and policies. No one is paying heed to the basic responsibilities of the federal government. 

In place of an election campaign appealing to our logic and reason, we get an irresponsible circus. We are choosing the people who will govern us, not the best act in a fringe festival. 

Glacier National Park removes its ‘Gone by 2020’ signs

By Roger I. Roots, J.D., Ph.D.,
Founder, Lysander Spooner University

0530 2019 – Officials at Glacier National Park (GNP) have begun quietly removing and altering signs and government literature which told visitors that the Park’s glaciers were all expected to disappear by either 2020 or 2030.

In recent years the National Park Service prominently featured brochures, signs and films which boldly proclaimed that all glaciers at GNP were melting away rapidly. But now officials at GNP seem to be scrambling to hide or replace their previous hysterical claims while avoiding any notice to the public that the claims were inaccurate. Teams from Lysander Spooner University visiting the Park each September have noted that GNP’s most famous glaciers such as the Grinnell Glacier and the Jackson Glacier appear to have been growing—not shrinking—since about 2010. (The Jackson Glacier may have grown as much as 25% or more over the past decade.)

The centerpiece of the visitor center at St. Mary near the east boundary is a large three-dimensional diorama showing lights going out as the glaciers disappear. Visitors press a button to see the diorama lit up like a Christmas tree in 1850, then showing fewer and fewer lights until the diorama goes completely dark. As recently as September 2018 the diorama displayed a sign saying GNP’s glaciers were expected to disappear completely by 2020.

But at some point during this past winter, workers replaced the diorama’s ‘gone by 2020’ engraving with a new sign indicating the glaciers will disappear in “future generations.”

Almost everywhere, the Park’s specific claims of impending glacier disappearance have been replaced with more nuanced messaging indicating that everyone agrees that the glaciers are melting. Some signs indicate that glacial melt is “accelerating.”

A common trick used by the National Park Service at GNP is to display old black-and-white photos of glaciers from bygone years (say, “1922”) next to photos of the same glaciers taken in more recent years showing the glaciers much diminished (say, “2006”). Anyone familiar with glaciers in the northern Rockies knows that glaciers tend to grow for nine months each winter and melt for three months each summer. Thus, such photo displays without precise calendar dates may be highly deceptive.

Last year the Park Service quietly removed its two large steel trash cans at the Many Glacier Hotel which depicted “before and after” engravings of the Grinnell Glacier in 1910 and 2009. The steel carvings indicated that the Glacier had shrunk significantly between the two dates. But a viral video published on Wattsupwiththat.com showed that the Grinnell Glacier appears to be slightly larger than in 2009.

The ‘gone by 2020’ claims were repeated in the New York Times, National Geographic, and other international news sources. But no mainstream news outlet has done any meaningful reporting regarding the apparent stabilization and recovery of the glaciers in GNP over the past decade. Even local Montana news sources such as The Missoulian, Billings Gazette and Bozeman Daily Chronicle have remained utterly silent regarding this story.

(Note that since September 2015 the author has offered to bet anyone $5,000 that GNP’s glaciers will still exist in 2030, in contradiction to the reported scientific consensus. To this day no one has taken me up on my offer. –R.R.)

Vivian Krause’s testimony on the tanker moratorium
Krause will speak at the Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Show June 5

Money laundering melodrama made for TV

 

0527 - First it was $1 billion a year (maybe) being laundered through Lower Mainland casinos and real estate. Then it became $5 billion (maybe) in real estate alone for 2018.

These dramatic, expanding estimates have persuaded Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby to put aside their serious concerns about cost and a lack of actual charges against actual crooks, and reluctantly agree with a strange chorus demanding a public inquiry into B.C. money laundering.

Eby and Finance Minister Carole James finally released two thick investigation reports this month, trying to quantify the “dirty money” in B.C.’s economy. You may have heard the most shocking conclusion, that billions were (maybe) poured into Metro Vancouver real estate, pushing up housing costs by (maybe) as much as five per cent.

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Court says B.C. can’t restrict oil shipments

By John Feldsted
Political Consultant And Strategist

From the Canadian Press

VANCOUVER — A court has ruled that British Columbia cannot restrict oil shipments through its borders in a decision that marks a win for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and Alberta’s efforts to get its resources to overseas markets.

The province filed a constitutional reference question to the B.C. Court of Appeal that asked whether it had the authority to create a permitting regime for companies that wished to increase their flow of diluted bitumen.

A five-judge panel agreed unanimously that the amendments to B.C.’s Environmental Management Act were not constitutional because they would interfere with the federal government’s exclusive jurisdiction over interprovincial pipelines.

Justice Mary Newbury wrote on behalf of the panel that the substance of the proposed amendments were to place conditions on and, if necessary, prohibit the movement of heavy oil through a federal undertaking.

Newbury also wrote that the legislation is not just an environmental law of “general application,” but is targeted at one substance, heavy oil, in one interprovincial pipeline: the Trans Mountain expansion project.

“Immediately upon coming into force, it would prohibit the operation of the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline in the province until such time as a provincially appointed official decided otherwise,” she said.

“This alone threatens to usurp the role of the (National Energy Board), which has made many rulings and imposed many conditions to be complied with by Trans Mountain for the protection of the environment.”

B.C. argued that the proposed amendments were meant to protect its environment from a hazardous substance, while the federal government and Alberta said the goal was to block Trans Mountain.

Newbury wrote that even if the legislation was not intended to single out the expansion project, it has the potential to affect — and indeed “stop in its tracks” — the entire operation of Trans Mountain as a carrier and exporter of oil.

She said the National Energy Board is the body entrusted with regulating the flow of energy resources across Canada to export markets, and it has already imposed many conditions on Trans Mountain.

She added that the expansion is not just a British Columbia project because it affects the whole country.

Read on: https://boereport.com/2019/05/24/court-says-b-c-cant-restrict-oil-shipments/

 This is why I continue to stress the importance of our constitution in considering the issues that have arisen in respect to pipeline construction in Canada. Provinces do not have jurisdiction over interprovincial works. 

The BC Court of Appeal also puts the jurisdiction and responsibility for interprovincial works squarely where it belongs – with the federal government. We have listened to months of nonsense about the federal government not being able to move forward on pipeline issues because of various appeals to provincial courts, and various laws passed by provinces and municipalities. That is a clear abdication of federal responsibilities. 

The federal government does not enjoy the luxury of deciding which of the constitutional subjects it has jurisdiction and responsibility for it will administer or which provincial constitutional subjects it can interfere with. The latter is the basis for constitutional challenges to the carbon tax. Section 92A (4):

(4) In each province, the legislature may make laws in relation to the raising of money by any mode or system of taxation in respect of

     (a) non-renewable natural resources and forestry resources in the province and the primary production therefrom, and

     (b) sites and facilities in the province for the generation of electrical energy and the production therefrom,

whether or not such production is exported in whole or in part from the province, but such laws may not authorize or provide for taxation that differentiates between production exported to another part of Canada and production not exported from the province.

The constitution is our ‘rules of the road’ for governance jurisdiction and has been ignored by our federal governments for far too long.  

Democracy is a participatory event. Every election is determined by the people who show up.

 

Climate change fraud - nothing to do with climate

By John Feldsted
Political Consultant & Strategist
Winnipeg, Mantoba

Let’s examine the Paris Climate Change Agreement that our federal government is determined to shove down our throats despite growing resistance. Canadians do not take well to ideological government decrees.    

Within the wording, you will find:

Article 2

  1. This Agreement, in enhancing the implementation of the Convention, including its objective, aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change, in the context of sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty, including by:
  1. Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change;
  2. Increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production; and 
  3. Making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.

Ref: https://unfccc.int/sites/default/files/english_paris_agreement.pdf

This is the same theme that underlay the Kyoto Accord. Developed (industrialized) nations were to pay penalties to developing nations for alleged harm they were doing to the global environment. 

The original Paris Agreement wording tried to have industrialized nations pay penalties for alleged harm done over the last 250 years. That did not pass and was dropped from the final Agreement.

Article 9

1. Developed country Parties shall provide financial resources to assist developing country Parties with respect to both mitigation and adaptation in continuation of their existing obligations under the Convention.

The object still is to find a means to transfer wealth from developed nations to developing nations. Climate change hysteria and warnings of impending doom is the vehicle for that wealth transfer.

The Kyoto Accord had fixed penalties for (unattainable) carbon reduction targets. Canada withdrew from the Kyoto Accord in 2012. Not doing so would have cost us about $14 billion in penalties. The governments that signed on to Kyoto had done little to meet Kyoto carbon reduction targets. It was impossible to meet targets without economic ruination. Nothing has changed. We are still well short of meeting Paris Agreement targets and intensifying reduction efforts will lead to economic ruination.

There is no legal obligation for Canada to participate in the Paris Agreement.

There are no hard Paris Agreement reduction targets. Each nation sets its own targets. The IPCC uses coercion to encourage nation to set unrealistic targets to appear to be supporters of the IPCC master plan. It’s all about political gamesmanship and appearances.

Our government effectively doubled down on Kyoto carbon reduction targets. It is accountable for the targets it set. There is no connection between what Canada can reasonably achieve without destroying her economy and the carbon reduction targets set by the government. The sky is not falling; however, the Paris Climate Change Agreement is falling apart and our government refuses to admit it.  

The ‘Paris Agreement’ was doomed from the outset as it is not practical or practicable. It is designed to penalize developed nation for being successful. Why is our government committed to meeting carbon reduction targets no matter what the cost to Canada and her citizens?

The government is aware that the majority of nations are not meeting their targets, and some are ignoring the Paris Agreement (including China, India, Russia and the United States who account for 54% of world carbon emissions – (2015 figures)). Our government’s fear mongering is repulsive.

I can go on at length, but others have done an excellent job of identifying flaws in the Paris Agreement. I suggest you give it a read. It will answer many of your questions.

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The Yellow Brick Road to climate change

Maurice Stong, the father of the climate scam

0519 - Climate emergency declarations are the order of the day in politics world wide and even at the local level. There's a lot of history behind the climate agenda, a lot of which we are conveniently denied hearing about. Here's the other side, so you can determine the validity of the climate scare.

Australian website Quadrant Online has published numerous articles about climate fraud over a period of years. We will publish some of them for your enlightenment as to the origins and those with their snouts at the public trough.

Canadian Maurice Strong more than any other, redefined a trace gas as the meal ticket for tens of thousands of climate functionaries — the same people whose light-fingered heirs gathered at "climate" conferences.

Writer John Izzard has long studied the history behind the climate agenda, including a profile of the man who did very nicely by costing everyone else dearly. His feature was headed "Maurice Strong – climate crook." This was first published in 2015.

https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/doomed-planet/2015/12/discovering-maurice-strong/

This is the first of a series on the climate change phenomenon.

Canada, we need to find our way again

Letter to the Editor of the Calgary Sun
Honorable Brian Giesbrecht is a retired judge from Brandon Manitoba.

While journalists in some parts of the world risk their lives (one butchered at the Saudi embassy in Turkey), ours were earnestly studying the details of new marijuana laws.  Where will we be allowed to smoke?  What will the fines be for disobeying a bewildering new sets of laws?  Switching over to BBC Radio, I find a multi-part expose of the opioid epidemic in Midwestern America — overdoses, families ripped apart due to addictions.  Sad people, lives based on cheap chemicals a punk threw together.

In need of a bathroom, looking around, instead of man-woman stick figures on two doors I found five bathrooms, each with a different combination of stick figures on their doors.  While those of different sexual orientations and gender identification are certainly entitled to respect, we have become preoccupied with such issues — neglecting the bread and butter issues essential to maintain our enviable standard of living.  Marijuana and extra bathrooms won’t do that.

In most countries, a day is not spent deciding which drug to take or which bathroom to use.  Life is more basic if you live in Yemen or Congo.  Happiness is supper to eat and a bed to sleep. Even in safer and more prosperous countries like China — our economic rivals — esoteric concerns like drugs and bathrooms are of marginal relevance.  They are more concerned about basics — helping their children get into the best schools and later succeeding in their careers.  While we ponder on marijuana and which bathroom to use, in China, parents focus on raising determined and competent offspring.

Recall our Prime Minister’s embarrassing trips to India and China?  In India he focused on his bright attire and looked silly, but his trip to China should worry us more.  In his earnest way, he shared with Chinese politicians matters dear to his heart — diversity, gender sensitivity, and “Indigenization.” After spending a few days trying to find someone who would listen to his sermon, and failing, he was hustled unceremoniously out of China.  He trotted out the same tired agenda at the first round of the NAFTA talks, and was laughed out of the room by the American negotiators.

The Chinese and Americans want to talk about steel, aluminum and cars, while our Prime Minister wants to talk about issues they consider trivial.  Now, we sell our oil at a 50% discount to the Americans while buying Saudi Arabia oil and Chinese technology.

At our universities, too many students expend their energy on a plethora of “studies” courses that have nothing to do with the real world. Once we had more important things to think about do: carve a country out of the wilderness, build a railway, fight world wars, keep from falling apart to tribalism.  Back then, Canadians had more weighty things to occupy themselves than
marijuana and bathrooms.

Canada should get back to basics: build pipelines, improve outdated tax structures, and generally — as Winnipeg’s own Randy Bachman aptly put it — “Taking Care of Business.” We should remember our forefathers’ goals and accomplishments, and consider how fortunate we are compared to most of the people on this planet.  We need to get back to concentrating on things that really
matter. We need to find our way again.

Brian Giesbrecht, a retired judge, is a senior fellow at Frontier Centre for Public Policy. 

The Frontier Centre for Public Policy (FCPP) is an independent Canadian public policy think tank. Founded in Winnipeg in 1997, the Frontier Centre received charitable status in 1999 and currently has offices in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Our research aims to analyze current affairs and public policies and develop effective and meaningful ideas for good governance and reform. We provide a platform for public debate and engage with the public through our numerous publications and events.

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Slowly the truth is coming out about climate change

The greatest scientific fraud of the century will be laid bare, along with its corrupt enablers in government, academia, industry and the media

0509 - Whistleblowers at the U.S. government’s official keeper of the global warming stats, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), claim their agency doctored temperature data to hide the fact that global temperatures plateaued almost 20 years ago.

Can the whistleblowers be believed in this claim, originally made in 2015? And in the further claim that NOAA then rushed this doctored data into print in time for the UN’s Paris global warming summit of world leaders, to dupe any doubters that the planet was in fact overheated?

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Western frustration is deeper than just alienation

By Amanda Connolly
National Online Journalist (Politics)  
Global News

May 5, 2019

Writing off Western anger over federal energy policies as “alienation” is overly simplistic — it runs a whole lot deeper than that, one professor argues.

In an interview with the West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson, political scientist Barry Cooper from the University of Calgary said the term minimizes the frustrations of Albertans and Western Canadians while at the same time showing that those in Ottawa are failing to grasp the underlying anger.

“There’s been a long train of abuses on Western Canada,” said Cooper, who was also thesis adviser to Stephenson.

Read on: https://globalnews.ca/news/5236705/alberta-secession-western-alienation-oil-industry/

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The anger runs far beyond the borders of Alberta and is much deeper than the petroleum industry and pipelines. Overall, income increases have been lagging behind cost of living increases. People find that they have less disposable income with each passing year. 

We were promised that there would be tax relief for the ‘middle class’. Four years later, no one can define this ‘middle class’. Why is it an enigma? Surely the government knew what income levels it was targeting. 

Federal and provincial carbon taxes are pushing far too many Canadians nearer to insolvency. That is particularly galling when governments continue to post deficits, driving up debt while preaching to taxpayers that they have to reduce personal debt levels.

Wage earners are distressed when governments are giving their money to support corporations and major infrastructure projects in central Canada and to foreign nations. Tens of millions here, hundreds of millions there and billions in some instances. The result is $20 billions in annual debt and nothing tangible in terms of tax relief.

Where Trudeau. McKenna and company went of the rails was in telling us that the carbon tax aims at forcing us to use less fossil fuels to heat our homes, supply us with hot water, cook our meals, drive our vehicles and afford groceries and clothing that are all brought to us by fossil fueled vehicles.

We did not elect a government to control us and to regulate how we live. That has offended millions of us who value our rights, freedoms and democracy. We will not be dictated to by ideologues who don’t give a damn that the federal government is not attending to its constitutional responsibilities.

In the recent Saskatchewan case respecting carbon taxes, the government wrapped itself in the flag of “Peace, Order and Good Government”. The government cannot take credit for the peace we enjoy at present, so where is the rest of it? We see no evidence of “Order” or “Good Government”. Political parties and politicians are locked in battle while our needs lay unattended in a ditch.

Candidates for office in October had better be able to tell us how they plan to fix our government to stop corporate cronyism, fix the bleeding in spending and treat all provinces equally and fairly. The charade is over. Don’t offer us band-aids to fix the dementia gripping Ottawa. 

John Feldsted
Political Consultant & Strategist
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Climate change comes to your grocery store

Rex Murphy

Rex Murphy in The National Post

0414 - There comes a roaring alarm over the grocery loudspeakers: “Apocalypse in Aisle Three. Apocalypse in Aisle Three.”

Expect that, or a like alarm at your local food store, now that Global Warming and Big Grocery have mixed their fortunes. From here on in, they are as one. In what will surely be hailed as a masterstroke in the fight against climate change — perhaps sufficient to halt the calving of icebergs and all melt in the Himalayas — the Canadian government this week announced a $12-million grant to retrofit refrigerators for grocery chains owned by plutocratic billionaires.* (Actually, one grocery chain, one plutocratic billionaire.)

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A matter of priorities on Lantzville community development

By Jack de Jong

As a senior I am dismayed by the lack of urgency displayed by some Lantzville council members to move on the OCP and make it acceptable to both developer and the community. The objective  to allow enough density to provide some seniors' and affordable housing was always on top of the list, but all evidence now suggests parks, recreation and green spaces have taken a higher priority. I remind council that every meeting, every table discussion, all correspondence, all professional input and publications during the long grinding OCP consensus building process listed more affordable and specifically seniors' housing as a high priority. 

It now seems the focus has shifted, and some council members have dug in with a vision for a development where green spaces are more important than housing. Lantzville is in a delicate bargaining position and does not hold all the aces. By all previous considerations and community needs, a more flexible approach may be much more productive. I doubt council is really prepared to take this to the wire, but if it does we will either end up with the type of development nobody wants or 200 acres of prime residential zoned land lying idle until the owners receive more flexible development terms.

The land owners want higher density and I recognize their development proposals will not be all altruistic. Nevertheless, all experts in the field of development engaged by the District, as well as our own staff have determined that our new, yet to be finalized and approved OCP, is economically unrealistic and unworkable with the stated density and green space ratios. So far council has ignored the professional advice. I can understand the standoff to a point as some council members have invested much energy and time to promote their vision for Lantzville, but compromise is not a sell-out. 

To summarize: I strongly believe it is a misjudgment not to recognize that the developer already has the right to develop these properties under previous zoning bylaws. So far the priorities expressed by this community have not materialized in a real way. Even council's latest priority  list for safe water, village core improvements, more affordable housing etc. are without foundation and will not materialize without a clear development agreement for these properties.