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Illegal immigrants to be given $1bn for healthcare under contentious new California Democratic proposal

California, flush with cash from an expanding economy, would eventually spend $1 billion a year to provide health care to immigrants living in the state illegally under a proposal.

The proposal, announced on Wednesday by Democratic lawmakers, would eliminate legal residency requirements in California’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal, as the state has already done for young people up to age 19.

Montreal moves to ban sale of sugary drinks inside city buildings

Montreal is moving to ban the sale of sugary drinks in all of its municipal buildings and one of the city councillors behind the initiative hopes other communities will follow suit.

A motion that was passed this week aims to prohibit soda, sports drinks and other sweetened beverages from being sold at municipal installations such as administrative buildings, libraries and arenas.

Ontarians should brace for bigger – and costlier – government

With the recent release of the Progressive Conservative platform, People’s Guarantee, and the Liberal government’s 2017 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review last month, Ontarians have a better sense of what will follow next year’s provincial election – the continuance of big government.

The most important way to gauge the breadth and depth of government activity is a government’s spending as a share of the economy.

ISIS Threatens National Cathedral in Fiery Propaganda Image

Islamic State supporters issued a new Christmas-themed threat showing the National Cathedral in Washington in flames, with a camouflage-clad jihadist wielding a rifle standing in front of the Gothic structure.

The poster circulating among ISIS channels photoshops the photo of the church used on its Wikipedia page.

The text warning on the image is of a city just attacked this past week, though: “Wait for us: We meet at Christmas in New York… soon.”

Trudeau’s Approval Rating Falls Into Negative Territory For First Time In Angus Reid Poll

For the first time since the 2015 election, the Angus Reid poll shows more Canadians disapprove of Trudeau than approve.
While the Trudeau Liberals recently won 3 out of 4 by-elections, there are signs that their growing ethical controversies and failures are starting to take a toll.


  • Watchman

    Although I couldn’t think of a Christmas song when BCF asked yesterday, can I suggest the following for two reasons: Christmas is actually about the incarnation of the Christian Messiah, Jesus, and the absolute beauty of this music that is banned in counties including the West should it ever fall under Sharia law.

    • Uncommunist

      Made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

  • tom_billesley

    Sebastian Kurz, leader of Austria’s conservative People’s Party has reached a coalition deal with Heinz-Christian Strache, leader of the “far-right” Freedom Party.
    The deal comes two months after a parliamentary election which the People’s Party won but without an overall majority. If ratified, Austria would become the only western European state with a “far-right” party within a coalition government.

  • Watchman

    Re: Montreal moves to ban sale of sugary drinks inside city buildings
    So another Sin Tax brought in to save the uneducated stupid Canadians from obesity and Type-2 diabetes, by making it harder to purchase sugar laden drinks, right? So how targeted is this ban?

    Not very by the report. The ban is on “sports drinks, energy drinks and flavoured water”. There are flavoured waters that contain no sugar, no sweetness and just flavouring – are they going to be banned? What about Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Pepsi Max or a myriad of other sweet but not sugar containing drinks? I suspect they are banned too.

    The person who sponsored this motion also wants to bring in a 20% Sin Tax on sugared drinks – but does anyone think that diet drinks will not also be taxed at the same rate?

    • canminuteman

      I drink lots of fruit juice, and I am not going to stop. That being said, I usually dilute it with soda water to cut the calories. I don’t think it should be considered to be the same as soda. That being said, the whole thing is non of the governments business.

      • Watchman

        Sorry, IMHO fruit juice is just as bad. Cant get around sugars even if the glucose/sucrose/fructose ratios are different. I gave up fruit juices and now just drink diet drinks knowing they are not great, but the sugared versions of them will kill me faster. Whatever you drink is up to you, so go ahead with whatever you want.

        • canminuteman

          I’ll take my chances with the sugar. I won’t touch artificial sweeteners, and the only time I drink water is if I’m dying in a desert and there is no alternative.

          • Watchman

            Are you concerned about the dihydrogen monoxide that contaminates all water, and seeming paradoxically, the purer the water the higher the percentage of dihydrogen monoxide that is contaminating that water.

            Or is it just the same reason that W. C Fields gave for not drinking water?

          • Clink9

            I’ve heard fish have sex in the water, eewww gross!

          • Dave

            I find barley flavoured water to be a good alternative.
            Just sayin’

    • tom_billesley

      Water will be banned as it’s a gateway beverage to sodas.

      • Watchman

        There’s a definite correlation of water with domestic house fires when the fire brigade is in attendance. Can’t say for sure about causality at this moment, still investigating.

    • Clausewitz

      I’ve been a type one diabetic for 44 years now. One of the few joys when it comes to beverages is diet pop. These asshats want to make my life harder. I already had to live through the Canadian bans on cyclamates that basically banned all diet pop in Canada back in the 70’s. Anybody else remember when the only diet pop you could get was sugar free Tab that you had to add your own sweetener to? Was smuggling diet pop into Ontario from Buffalo, for quite a few years. I was a Faygo moonshine runner in my old 442.

      • Watchman

        Heck, that 1970’s Tab was horrible, but was even worse when it was warm. Back then I had a school friend who was Type 1 diabetic and it still was the only sweet light in his life, while all the rest of us enjoyed sugary Coke and other foods. How far we have come since then. I really feel for you (Type 2: diet + metformin myself these days) and was angered by the Philadelphia soda tax that taxed diet drinks but not fruit juice. I guess I was avoiding telling canminuteman exactly why I thought his fruit juice was just as bad as sugared pop, but here it is. Glycemic Index is the magic number, more important than calories in my life these days.

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  • Hard Little Machine

    California should extend free lifetime medical care to all illegals in California. They should also be given $5 million per person and a free house with all the taxes paid in perpetuity.

    • ontario john

      They should be able to afford it. They are getting all that cap and trade money from Ontario.

    • tom_billesley

      Not enough. Canada has raised the bar above $10 million per person.

  • ontario john

    And now the Toronto Saturday Star. Major story on how toys should be gender neutral. But don’t worry the Star’s Christmas gift campaign only uses gender neutral toys. Other stories, Israel is evil, Trump is evil, Trudeau is wonderful, the LIberal Party is wonderful, Islam is wonderful, and Wynne is wonderful. No mention of the sex scandal in Trudeau’s office though.

    • Editor

      Thanks for this “2017 in Review”. I feel I’ve read every issue of the Star up to now. Oh, what new and exciting news will the 2018 Star bring?

  • tom_billesley

    I did not understand ‘guilty’. I thought it was something that makes you free.”
    Somalian refugee pocketed £39k in benefits after secretly returning to his homeland because he ‘missed the sunshine’
    Mohamed Qoomaall forged an immigration stamp on his British passport and had pension credit payments sent to him for two-and-a-half years as a friend enjoyed rent-free living in his council-funded home.

    Isleworth Crown Court Judge Jonathan Ferris asked: “Why does he live here? Why is he entitled to benefits? What’s he doing here?
    “He’s just gone back there, how does that work? He came here as a refugee 15 years ago and then goes back to Somalia to enjoy the nice weather.”
    “What ties does he have in this country apart from the benefits system.”

    In a desperate attempt to avoid jail Qoomaal applied to change his plea to not guilty, resulting in several more costly court hearings.
    He claimed: “I was in the country, I was paying bills. I’m not lying. It’s not an illusion, it’s not a made-up story.
    “At the DWP the Somalian interpreter was not in my dialect. I did not understand and they were not saying what I was saying.
    “The lawyer pressured me to plead guilty and I did not understand ‘guilty’. I thought it was something that makes you free.”

    • Watchman

      Just the tiniest tip of the immigrant fraud iceberg. All around the Western world immigrants claiming and then being granted refugee status then proceed to return to the countries they claim to fear death from should they return. Governments look the other way afraid that the ‘refugee’ ethnic group will cease to vote for them should crackdown occur. Then governments get ultra keen to grant citizenship after a few short years to get the new citizens voting, despite a complete lack of integration and untested in ethics and morals.

      My solution: temporary refugee visas that last forever, but are immediately cancelled should the recipient ever visit their home country, for any reason. Citizenship should not be offered to people on these visa for at least 15 or 20 years, since as soon as they are granted citizenship they would be free to visit their old countries that they claim to be so afraid of and could not have their right to return curtailed. To get citizenship they would have to demonstrate excellent language skills of their new country and proof of their participation in the culture, ethics and morality of this new home.