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Flashback: Justin Trudeau says vow to balance budget in 4 years is ‘very’ cast in stone

Even as the economic hurdles pile up, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insists his pledge to balance the federal books in four years is “very” cast in stone.

On top of the balanced budget, Trudeau told The Canadian Press on Wednesday that the Liberal government will also live up to its other fiscal “anchor” to lower the debt-to-GDP ratio every year until the end of its mandate.

New Study: Polar bears ‘thriving’ as their numbers may have ‘quadrupled’ – Attempts to silence research

In The Polar Bear Catastrophe that Never Happened, a book published today by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), Dr Susan Crockford uses the latest data as well as revisiting some of the absurd values used in official estimates, and concludes that polar bears are actually thriving: “My scientific estimates make perfect sense and they tally with what the Inuit and other Arctic residents are seeing on the ground. Almost everywhere polar bears come into contact with people, they are much more common than they used to be. It’s a wonderful conservation success story.”

Zero Hedge, LiveLeak blocked, sharers warned of jail as NZ censors crack down on mosque attack video

New Zealand police are warning citizens they’ll face 10 years in prison for sharing the Christchurch mosque attack video, and a host of websites have been blocked as censors scrub the shooter’s manifesto from the internet.

Video footage of killer Brenton Tarrant’s shooting spree at a Christchurch mosque on Friday – which left 50 worshippers dead – was pulled from Facebook immediately after the massacre. With the footage proliferating on several hosting platforms afterwards, the Kiwi authorities have already charged an 18-year-old man for sharing the video, as well as for posting other “objectionable” comments days before the shooting.

‘Pretty Big Measures’ Underway to Restrict Guns, Blair Tells CTV

The Canadian government will undertake “pretty big measures” this year to further limit gun owners as it considers new bans for hunters, farmers and sport shooters, Minister Bill Blair told CTV News yesterday.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said separately to the Senate in Ottawa he expects Blair will have “something pretty important to say about his consultation” on a handgun ban. He said Blair may speak to the Senate next month.

Several Brits arrested for comments about New Zealand attacks

Early Sunday morning officers were called to Queensway, Rochdale, to a report of a taxi driver being abused and threatened by members of the public who were referencing the terrorist attacks in New Zealand.

Officers quickly attended and two people, a man aged 33 and a woman aged 34, were arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offences. They were interviewed by detectives later that day.

Separately, police arrested a woman aged 38 from the Rochdale area for a racially aggravated public order offense following comments made online about the New Zealand attack. She remains in custody for questioning.