Iran’s UN Ambassador: Nuclear Weapons Are ‘Against Our Religion’
Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi on Tuesday denied any direct or indirect involvement in the sabotage of four tankers near the Persian Gulf; he denied that Iran has plans to attack U.S. interests or U.S. troops in the region; and he defended Iran’s decision to increase stockpiles of heavy water and enriched uranium, one year after the U.S. pulled out of the JCPOA nuclear deal.
Getting women into Canada’s Parliament
Former NDP MP and deputy leader Libby Davies, who recently published a memoir, and political scientist Jeanette Ashe discuss gender and elected office.
“You’re one of few women ever elected to Canada’s House of Commons, and you were also the first openly lesbian MP — where today LGBTQ MPs make up approximately 6 percent of the House. When you were first elected in 1997, there were only 62 women MPs, and when you left in 2015, there were 77 women MPs. This isn’t a terrific increase. Today, even with a prime minister who calls himself feminist at the helm, women make up only 27 percent of all MPs. While this is a record high, in real numbers it is only 90 women — less than one third of all MPs. And compared with other similarly situated countries, Canada’s international ranking of 62nd out of 193 is embarrassingly low, with most established democracies and many nondemocracies ahead of us.”
Sadiq Khan under 24 hour police protection following social media threats
London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has revealed he has round the clock police protection after over hundreds of threats have been directed at him on social media.
He says the level of abuse he’s receiving has escalated since the 2016 Brexit referendum which he says “normalised things that should not be normalised”.
City Hall reported 17 people to the police over a three month period last year after receiving almost 300 abusive emails and social media messages.
Justin Trudeau made “HUGE mistake” with damaging “Robin Hood” policies
The Prime Minister may have made a mistake when he focused on social policies over economic ones in his first term, according to economist David Rosenberg.
Mr. Rosenberg, the chief economist & strategist at Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc, has said the government’s spending plan provided a one-sided GDP boost in the short term, but will not be useful in the long run.
“The first move to play Robin Hood by raising top marginal income tax rates in the personal sector was a huge mistake … this is a government that got elected on social policies as opposed to economic growth policies,” Rosenberg said.
Children’s Cartoon ‘Arthur’ Features Gay Wedding in Season Premiere
The episode, entitled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” shows aardvark Arthur’s third-grade teacher Mr. Ratburn tying the knot another man. When Arthur and his friends find out their teacher is getting married, they assume that he is getting married to a female rat named Patty.
However, they eventually discover that Patty (voiced by Jane Lynch) is his sister and that his actual partner is a chocolatier named Patrick.