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Jake I believe that you thought Ontario Premier Doug Ford was your boy in Canada.  If he was in the States he would probably run left of Bernie Sanders.

 

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Tent city outside Toronto City Hall ordered to vacate

Protest groups whose tents occupy Nathan Phillips Square have been handed notices of trespass.

According to a spokesman for the mayor’s office, political squatters camped out in front of Toronto City Hall have been officially warned that they must comply with this notice and remove their ad hoc city by July 6.

While protest is permitted in the square, city bylaws prohibit camping overnight, as well as the use of fires or generators. Those involved were first sent notice on June 30 but did not comply.

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The group Afro Indigenous Rising (AIR) occupied space and began a peaceful protest June 19 — Juneteenth — asking for the defunding of Toronto Police Services and an end to racism and violence against Black and Indigenous populations.

Some 45 tents have been in the square about two weeks.

According to Brad Ross, chief communications officer for the city, the situation has been peaceful from the beginning.

“And we want it to remain so,” he said.

Ross said compliance to the trespass notices is expected, but failing that, “We’ll have to see what next steps are. Potentially, enforcement of the trespass to property act could mean the removal of tents. We have been trying to work with the group — we do recognize, and need to balance, people’s right to protest.

“They just can’t have fires, camp overnight or use generators.”

A GoFundMe initiative to support the protest in Nathan Phillips Square was created June 7 and has surpassed a goal of $40,000. AIR’s statement on the fundraising site asked for monetary donations and for tents, food and sanitary supplies.

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Tents set up outside Toronto City Hall in Nathan Phillips Square on Thursday June 25, 2020. CRAIG ROBERTSON / TORONTO SUN

The group’s stated aims include, For the strengthening of Afro & Indigenous communities across Tkaronto and Turtle Island. For abundance, prosperity, and equity. For intersectional solutions to the injustices we face.”

The group will use any surplus funds from their fundraiser for various community and family-oriented initiatives.

According to their statement, AIR was formed during the June protests that took place in Toronto and all over the world.

On Pride Week Sunday, June 28, a peaceful anti-police demonstration organized by No Pride in Policing Coalition (NPPC) took place in Nathan Phillips Square.

Calls to defund or abolish the police went global after May 25 when George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis, Minn., an event recorded and posted on social media for all to witness.

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Brian Mulroney tells Trudeau to rethink Canada's relationship with China

 1st July 2020
 
Brian Mulroney has called for Canada to reconsider its relationship with China and gave credit to Justin Trudeau for not releasing Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in exchange for the two Canadians, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig.
 

Mulroney, former Progressive Conservative prime minister, said that Canada should deny Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.'s material from being implemented in Canada's next-generation 5G networks if the company showed any sign that it may leak intelligence related to Canada's Five Eyes alliance, according to the Globe and Mail.

The initial hope that Canada's relationship to China would only grow as China's economy and overall wealth grew is no longer the case.

“You can see it everywhere from the South China Sea to our two citizens who were bundled off to jail for no reason at all except to protest an extradition decision in Vancouver,” Mulroney said. “There has to be an immediate and urgent rethink of our entire relationship.”

he South China Sea—a major shipping lane—has been militarized by Beijing.

Mulroney suggested that Trudeau should drum up a panel of experts in an effort to adapt Canada's current relationship with China, saying to "get it done. Come up with a rethink of what our relationship should be with China. The world has changed."

David Mulroney, former Canadian ambassador to China, said that Canada's future strategy with China should slam the door on "such fictions as the idea that China is inherently peaceful and has no territorial ambitions, that it abides by a policy of non-interference in other countries, that trade is a favour it bestows on friendly nations, and that access to its leaders is an end and reward in itself.”

Mulroney went on to disagree with the view held by 19 visible Canadians who signed a letter last week that Meng should be released in the hope that China keeps its end of the bargain by releasing Canadians Kovrig and Spavor.

“We’re a civilized important nation in the world. We have an extradition treaty with the United States of America. We were asked to honour it, and we did, and that’s what we should have done,” Mulroney noted. “It also means the Americans and others should be helping us, working with us to get our citizens back.”

Concerning Huawei, the US has warned that they will withhold intelligence from any members of the Five Eyes alliance that move forward in building 5G networks using materials from the Shenzhen-based company.

Mulroney noted that Trudeau should be not risk losing out on sensitive intel from the rest of the alliance, which includes the US, Australia, Britain, and New Zealand.

“We have to preserve our relationship with the Five Eyes and whatever that takes, that is what we do,” Mulroney said, noting that he believes the US is not bluffing when it comes to withholding sensitive information from members who build with Huawei gear.

Australia and the US have denied Huawei tech from 5G networks. Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain has asked officials to come up with a plan to have Huawei's tech involvement brought to zero by 2023. Japan and Taiwan are also among those that do not use Huawei's material in building 5G networks. And finally, the Indian government is currently weighing its options, considering cutting off Huawei gear as well.

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BREAKING: Trudeau government parts ways with WE charity on $900 MILLION contract

 3rd July 2020
 
The partnership between the Trudeau government and WE Charity has come to an end after WE was set to distribute $900 million in student grants over the summer, reports CBC News.
 

The controversial move to outsource the funding to an organization that has close ties to the Trudeau family received a large amount of backlash among people in the charitable sector as well as the opposition conservatives.

When defending the move, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said WE received the work because it was the only organization that had a network capable of the nationwide distribution necessary to provide students with the funding.

In a statement the federal government said the decision to cut ties with the organization was a "mutually agreed upon decision."

"The Government of Canada and WE Charity will work together to ensure that the volunteers who have applied and been placed won't be adversely affected. WE Charity has also decided to return any funds that had already been received," said Bardish Chagger, the Diversity, Inclusion and Youth Minister in the statement.

"Our government's objective remains to connect the skills and abilities of young people with service opportunities to help heal their communities."

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Ontario Premiere Doug Ford continues to distance himself from the Untied States in every press conference he gives.

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No near end for Canada's oil and gas reliance: report

 
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Canada will be reliant on oil and gas for “years to come”, according to the Department of Employment.

A report published by Blacklock’s Reporter says the oil industry remains “fundamental” even as cabinet subsidizes electric cars and taxes carbon.

“The world will continue to rely on oil and natural gas for years to come, even as we reduce our reliance on them and increasingly adopt lower and zero-emitting energy sources,” the department reported to the Senate National Finance Committee.

“The Government of Canada is committed to maintaining a resilient and competitive oil and gas sector and to helping workers and employers experiencing hardship. The petroleum sector is a fundamental underpinning of the Canadian labour market and is critical to restarting and rebuilding our economy.“

The submission followed a May 12 hearing in which Senator Jean-Guy Dagenais questioned the department on its outlook for oil and gas.

“Although oil is criticized by environmentalists, it remains a leading industry especially when we understand that it is not just used to run cars and trucks,” he said.

“Does Canadian oil still have a future. We will certainly provide a written response to that question,” replied Elisha Ram, associate assistant deputy minister of employment.“

Cabinet to date has earmarked $300-million in rebate programs to subsidize the purchase of new and used electric cars, and plans to review the current 12-cent per litre gasoline carbon tax by next year.

The Senate Energy Committee, in a 2017 report, doubted the idea the country could electrify all road transportation.

“One must imagine a society essentially transformed,” said the report Decarbonizing Transportation in Canada.

“To put it in context, if all the cars, trucks, planes, trains, and ships were to disappear from Canada by 2030, we would still fall far short of meeting our national greenhouse gas reduction commitments.”

The research said of the 24 million road vehicles nationwide, 53% burn gasoline and 32% run on diesel.

 
 
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So what has any of this to do with Trumpism?

Regarding your post about crowds at Wasaga Beach, is that to prove that there are Canadians who are just as moronic as Donald J. Trump?   Unfortunately Canada does have some people who are as thick and as utterly stupid as the President of the United States.  Thank goodness the rest of us have the sense not to elect them as leaders.

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Canada is one of the most polluting countries on the planet, and Trudeau ignores it and pretends if he pays a billion dollars into the global warming scam it will all go away.

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2 minutes ago, MovieMadness said:

Canada is one of the most polluting countries on the planet, and Trudeau ignores it and pretends if he pays a billion dollars for global warming it will all go away.

Yes, Canada can certainly do better and should now that the Conservatives who rolled back environmental regulations are no longer in power.  The country faces strong resistance from Conservative Province Alberta which is almost solely reliant on oil.

But Canada is not as bad as the United States when it comes to pollution ...

Canada's Poor Environmental Ranking. CBJ — A new report by the Conference Board of Canada suggests Canada ranks 14th among 16 peer countries when it comes to environmental performance, with only the United States and Australia doing worse.

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A video posted to YouTube on Monday, July 6 shows a Saskatoon Police Service officer sitting on and striking a man during an arrest and has sparked outrage from local groups including Black Lives Matter YXE and the Indigenous Joint Action Coalition.Screenshot from video / jpg

Police Chief Troy Cooper said the incident was “a traumatic event for our community, for those involved and for those who witnessed it."

A Saskatoon police officer has been placed on leave after video was posted online of several officers arresting an Indigenous man who was pinned to the ground and struggling. The video shows one of the officers straddling the man and repeatedly punching him.

The Indigenous Joint Action Coalition, a Saskatoon advocacy group, released the six-minute-29-second video on Monday and called for all the officers to be fired. The group says the video shows an arrest that happened Saturday afternoon in the Nutana neighbourhood.

The video shows a police officer sitting on a man and punching him while he struggles. The officer repeatedly tells the man to stop resisting and to stop grabbing at the officer’s legs, arms and radio. The man on the ground can be heard crying out and asking the officer not to shoot him. The officer tells the man he isn’t going to shoot him. Eventually, the man is surrounded by eight officers. A Taser is used on the man. The video shows other officers striking the man before he is subdued.

In a written statement, Saskatoon police said an officer involved in the incident has been placed on leave until an initial review of his response and use of force is completed.

Police noted “not all of the interaction is recorded on the posted video,” but say they are treating it as a “critical and serious incident.” The Public Complaints Commission will be responsible for an independent investigation,police said.

Eleanore Sunchild of Sunchild Law said the man seen being punched by officers is her client, 27-year-old Evan Penner. Penner, who is being represented by Michael Seed of Sunchild Law, was ultimately arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer, disarming a peace officer, mischief and possession of a controlled substance.

Saskatoon Police say Penner sustained “non-life threatening” injuries to his face and was assessed by paramedics at the scene and observed by the on-duty paramedic in detention.

Sunchild said Penner also sustained an injury to his arm, but is doing well given the circumstances. The extent of his injuries have yet to be determined.

She said Penner wants his story made public.

“He hopes that this will enlighten people as to the injustice and inhumane treatment that Indigenous people have been subjected to at the hands of the police services across Canada,” Sunchild said.

Saskatoon police say part of the independent investigation will look at the effects of addictions and related mental health issues present during the incident.

“I recognize this incident was a traumatic event for our community, for those involved and for those who witnessed it,” Police Chief Troy Cooper said in a statement.

“Whenever force is used we are accountable and I want to assure the public that this is being taken seriously and we will do our utmost to be open and transparent as the investigation unfolds.”

Frank Collins, who shot the video, said he was in the neighbourhood when he heard a commotion coming from a backyard.

“I poked my head over the fence to see what was happening. (A police officer) was on top of the gentleman, with a kind of knee into his back, trying to wrestle his arms out so he could put handcuffs on, and the person on the bottom was resisting, did not want to be arrested, was calling out that he was being hurt,” Collins said.

Collins said he started filming the encounter on his cellphone after he saw the police officer punch the man and pepper spray him.

Collins said he was disturbed by the police behaviour and shared his video with the Indigenous Joint Action Committee, Black Lives Matter YXE and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations so they could help him disseminate it.

“I think that people have it in their heads that this doesn’t happen here, that this is something that happens down in the United States, that this isn’t a problem we have in Canada,” Collins said. “We need to address and we can’t do that if people aren’t aware it’s happening, and people won’t be aware it’s happening if a) it’s not videoed and b) that that video is not shared publicly for people to see.”

Erica Violet Lee, who is part of the Indigenous Joint Action Coalition, attended Penner’s first court appearance Monday morning. She says police aren’t designed, trained or capable of handling calls about distressed people.

“So often as we’ve seen in the case of Black and Indigenous people, (it) escalates to the point where suddenly the person being victimized is cast as the aggressor, which is obviously, when you look at that video, not the case,” Lee said.

In a media release issued Saturday, Saskatoon police said officers responded to a complaint about a suspicious person in the 500 block of 11th Street East that day around 2 p.m. Police said officers encountered a 27-year-old man that had allegedly caused damage to property.

“The officer attempted to take the man into custody however he resisted and attempted to disarm the officer,” the release said. According to police, the officer used pepper spray, which was ineffective, and then struggled to take the man into custody for several minutes prior to other officers arriving. A Taser — also known as a conducted energy weapon — was used, but was ineffective, and police were eventually able to take the man into custody, the statement said.

Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark posted a statement to Facebook saying the video raised “real concerns” for him relating to the use of force and “emphasizes the ongoing challenges that we have been talking about for some time about the need for responders, other than police, to attend situations where addictions or mental health issues are at the core.”

Clark said he wants to see resources and supports to form a “coordinated continuum of care,” and noted this would require partnership with the province.

 

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