Amazon workers ‘refuse’ to build tech for US immigration, warning Jeff Bezos of IBM’s Nazi legacy

People working for Amazon have written to the company’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, to protest the sale of facial recognition tools and other technology to police departments and government agencies.

The workers cite the use of Amazon technology by the US Department of Homeland Security and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, which have been criticised for enforcing Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, which has seen parents separated from their children at the US border.

“As ethically concerned Amazonians, we demand a choice in what we build, and a say in how it is used,” the letter states. “We learn from history, and we understand how IBM’s systems were employed in the 1940s to help Hitler.

Ironic given Jeff Bezos’ Amazon has repeatedly been accused of prison like working conditions.


Media double standard gives hijab-clad “coffee-tosser” at Marrisa Shen protest a pass

…While Thompson was speaking to media, a woman clad in a hijab threw coffee on her as she walked past!

A photo from Twitter confirms that media were right there, and yet there was no coverage of this incident. Why?


Killing Free Speech

…The OIC’s media strategy encourages “accurate and factual portrayal of Islam. Emphasis should be directed at avoidance of any link or association of Islam with terrorism or the use of Islamophobic rhetoric… such as labeling criminal terrorists as ‘Islamic’ fascists, ‘Islamic’ extremists.”

That’s already policy in Trudeau’s media and government.


MPs to debate creating new money sucking waste of time ambassadorship for women, peace and security

A Liberal MP will move a motion later today to create a new ambassador for women, peace and security.

The private member’s motion is being presented by Borys Wrzesnewskyj and it calls on the government to come up with a plan to appoint what he calls a Women, Peace and Security Ambassador.

Will the ambassador have an anti-grope mandate?


Videos show ‘escalation’ of church closures in China

Every week now, new videos surface showing churches in China’s central Henan province being shut down by the authorities. The images are shared online by rights organisations and by Chinese pastors who are based outside of the country, and therefore not subject to censorship. They denounce the government’s intensifying pressure on religious groups.

Gee, I don’t think I’ve heard a word about this from Chinaphile Justin.


Ontario Liberals Parting Gift – A 15 Billion Dollar Deficit

Ontario faces $15B deficit, challenging past government’s budget numbers: finance minister

TORONTO – Ontario’s finance minister says an independent commission that probed the province’s books has found the government ran a multi-billion-dollar deficit in the last fiscal year.

In a speech to the Economic Club in Toronto – his first major address since becoming finance minister this summer – Vic Fedeli says the previous Liberal government did not balance the budget as it reported.


Christie Blatchford: Evidence in police documents suggests Danforth killer planned shooting spree

It is not so common that in the reading of what are called ITOs — the “information to Obtain” documents police swear out to convince judges and justices of the peace to give them search warrants — there are wrenching glimpses of the lonely modern world.

Yet there they are, in three Toronto Police ITOs that were finally unsealed Thursday, the end of a protracted exercise which saw media organizations including the National Post send a lawyer to court, by Ontario Superior Court Judge David Corbett.


Secret tape of Khalid Masood reveals row with wife because she ‘never has anything good to say about ISIS’

She said he never expressed extremist views to her or hostility or hatred towards others.

But secret recordings taken by Masood’s widow Ms Hydara between 2012 and 2016 revealed he was an Isil supporter and that the pair rowed because she believed “kuffar” newspapers, using the Arabic term for a non-believer.

They were played at the inquest, and Masood is heard telling his wife: “I never hear you say there’s anything good in ISIS.


We’re 75,000 workers speaking up in support of Teck’s new oilsands project

The ongoing debate over Canada’s energy resources has delayed or deferred development and has introduced more uncertainty than ever over the future of this important sector of our economy. Lost in this discussion has been the fact that these delays have a very real and direct effect on the people and communities who depend on the jobs energy development creates.

Related… ‘Nail in the coffin’: Oilpatch boosters demand Ottawa overhaul ‘terrible’ Bill C-69

Proponents of Canada’s energy sector are raising the alarm about Ottawa’s move to overhaul the environmental assessment process for major resource projects — warning that Bill C-69 could devastate an industry already grappling with constrained pipeline capacity and depressed commodity prices.

And as the Senate begins to dig into the lengthy 340-page bill, oilpatch boosters are flooding the offices of individual senators with letters demanding that members of the upper house either defeat the legislation or force a major rewrite.


Donald Trump on Brett Kavanaugh Vote: ‘I Don’t Think You Can Delay it Any Longer’

President Donald Trump signaled Friday that he was growing impatient with the delays over the vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee.
“I don’t think you can delay it any longer,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity. “They’ve delayed it a week already.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee delayed the vote after Christine Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault over 30 years ago when they were both in high school.


GOLDSTEIN: Good riddance to toxic Green Energy Act

By scrapping the Green Energy Act, passed by former Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty in 2009, Premier Doug Ford is ending one of the worst legislative disasters ever inflicted on the people of Ontario.

Ford ran on repealing the GEA and the end of this appalling legislation cannot come soon enough.

The GEA is largely responsible for Ontario’s skyrocketing electricity prices.