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Man Punches Bear In the Face

I’m not making it up:

A 57-year-old man from Qualicum Beach, B.C., is recovering at home after being attacked by a juvenile grizzly bear on a remote island north of Port Hardy.

Randal Warnock said he set off from Cortes Island on his 40-foot boat Monday morning. 

After around six hours of sailing, he hit rough weather and decided to anchor his boat in Millbrook Cove.

He says he then jumped into a 14-foot aluminum skiff and headed to Brown Island to stretch his legs.

Warnock said he was walking along the rocky beach and taking pictures for his Instagram account when he saw a juvenile grizzly bear charging him.

“He was probably on me in about two seconds,” he said.

“When I first saw him charging at me it just sort of went through my head, ‘Is this how it’s all going to end?’ I thought I was a goner.”

The bear began mauling his legs, shaking him violently. 

Warnock said he concentrated on staying on his feet, and attempted to grab a knife he had in his back pocket when suddenly, he saw his chance to defend himself.

“He was shaking away and I had an opportunity — I punched him as hard as I could in the nose and he just sort of stepped back two feet in front of me and was looking at me.”

Warnock said he then grabbed a piece of driftwood and hurled it at the bear, which disappeared into the forest. 

“I didn’t really have time to be scared,” he said, adding that he didn’t feel any of the pain from his injuries as he hobbled the 15-minute walk back to his skiff, glancing over his shoulder to see if he was being followed.

Back aboard his main boat, Warnock patched up his legs using first aid supplies he had on board, travelled for around an hour until he had a clear radio transmission, then called the Canadian Coast Guard. 

Warnock then sailed for two more hours until the coast guard arrived to help him, eventually dropping him off at the Port Hardy hospital around midnight.

He got 30 stitches on his legs and fingers and is currently using crutches to move around, but is expected to make a full recovery.

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Little Girl’s Lemonade Stand Shut Down

From the same country that refuses to let parents seek help for their ill child:

A British man and his young daughter have gained international attention for being fined for selling lemonade.

Andre Spicer said his 5-year-old daughter was left in tears after local council officers fined her 150 pounds ($195) for selling lemonade without a license near their home in London.

The girl was selling home-made lemonade to fans attending the Lovebox dance festival when she was fined.

The four officers approached the girl and began speaking in technical legal terms, telling her that her lemonade stand infringed on local business rights.

Halfway through the interaction with the officers, Spicer said his daughter burst into tears and said “I’ve done a bad thing, daddy. I’ve done something wrong.”

“I think initially she was a bit shocked and sad,” Spicer said. “And then I suggested we try it again with a permit. And she said: ‘Oh, it’s a bit scary.'”

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Rex Murphy: “One man and his staircase is a threat no city bureaucrat could abide”

Mayor John Tory gave voice to their common dread. In words that should have their own statue: “We just can’t have people decide to go out to Home Depot and build a staircase in a park because that’s what they would like to have.”

Of course they can’t. Letting citizens do useful and obvious things in their own neighbourhoods, at extreme savings because that’s what they would like to do … what a horror. Why, that reeks of initiative, neighbourhood pride, resourcefulness, enterprise, community spirit, and trimming the city’s public works budget!

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Four German ISIS Women Detained In Iraq

Leave them there:

Four German women, including a 16-year-old girl, who joined Islamic State in recent years are being held in an Iraqi prison and receiving consular assistance, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday.

It said diplomats had visited the four in a prison at the airport in Baghdad on Thursday and they were doing well given the circumstances. They could face the death penalty in Iraq for belonging to the militant group, the magazine added.

It said Iraqi authorities had given Germany a list with the women’s names at the beginning of the week, identifying the teenager only as Linda W. from the small town of Pulsnitz near the eastern city of Dresden.

Germany’s Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the report.

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Iran Announces New Missile Production Line

Oh, goody:

Iran announced the launch of a new missile production line on Saturday, according to state media, against a backdrop of tension between the United States and Tehran.

The Sayyad 3 missile can reach an altitude of 27 km (16 miles) and travel up to 120 km (74 miles), Iranian defense minister Hossein Dehghan said at a ceremony.

The missile can target fighter planes, unmanned aerial vehicles, cruise missiles and helicopters, Dehghan said.

 

Also:

Lebanon’s Shi’ite militia Hezbollah and the Syrian army advanced against Sunni militants on Saturday, the second day of an assault to drive them from their last foothold along the Syria-Lebanon border, pro-Damascus media reported.

The operation has targeted Sunni Muslim insurgents from the former Nusra Front, a group that was aligned to al Qaeda and who have controlled the barren, mountainous zone of Juroud Arsal.

A military media unit run by Hezbollah said its forces captured a strategic hilltop area called Dhahr al-Huwa, previously a key Nusra Front base, which allowed them to overlook several border crossings in the area.

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Trudeau’s Mistake With Payette

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pick for Governor General, Julie Payette, is getting a lot of unwanted attention as yet another revelation regarding her time in the United States threatens to undermine her nomination to the post. But those discoveries are unlikely to derail her nomination to the largely ceremonial position.

Public relations specialists who spoke to Yahoo Canada News aren’t so sure that the controversy is worth the attention it’s received, even if the optics of it don’t look good for the Trudeau government.

“Certainly the way the story is breaking is going to throw some challenges for the government and Madame Payette,” says Danny Roth, president of Brandon Communications, a Toronto-based public relations firm. “You’ve got to be forthcoming, there’s got to be an openness because if it’s perceived that this was in any way hidden or ignored, that’s going to prove to be an insurmountable challenge.”

However, those same specialists said that the best course of action in such a situation is to be open and transparent, otherwise it opens the government up to charges of willful negligence. Instead, Trudeau should be pressing the case for why, despite these new revelations, Payette is still the right person for the job.

“If the government knew about this and still felt she was the best person to represent the Queen and assume this very important position,” says Roth, “then I would propose that the government go out and very strongly continue to make the case for why they believe she is the right person.”

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Earthquake in Greece

Terrible:

At least two people have been killed and more than 120 injured on the Greek island of Kos after a strong earthquake hit the region.

The 6.5 magnitude quake struck on Thursday night with an epicentre approximately 6.4 miles (10.3km) south of Bodrum, Turkey, and 10 miles (16.2km) east of Kos.

Two male tourists from Turkey and Sweden died after the walls of a bar in Kos broke apart and crashed down on revellers.

Dozens of aftershocks have been reported, while the quake also caused small tsunamis in Kos and Gumbet, a Turkish coastal town.

In the Turkish resort of Bodrum, around 70 people were taken to hospital, having been injured as they tried to escape the quake.

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US Bans Citizens From Going to North Korea

The U.S. government will ban U.S. citizens from traveling to North Korea after the death of a U.S. student arrested there while on a tour, a U.S. official and tour agencies that arrange trips to the country said on Friday.

The ban will be announced on July 27 and go into effect 30 days later, according to Koryo Tours, which bills itself on its website as experts in travel to unusual destinations, including North Korea. The Swedish embassy in Pyongyang, which handles consular affairs for the United States in the North, informed Koryo of the ban, but did not say how long it would last, the company said.

“But it does seem to be the case that in just over a month, it will be impossible for Americans to visit as tourists,” Koryo Tours general manager Simon Cockrell told Reuters by telephone.

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Khadr Affair Entwined in NAFTA

I believe Peter Kent was utterly correct in bringing the Khadr affair to the attention of the Americans. If I were an American politician, I would definitely be concerned that my northern neighbour has not only rewarded a convicted terrorist for his crimes but is poised to do something similar again. A political solution may be needed. No more congenial relations until the domestic and likely international security issues are resolved.

 

The bipartisan common front to defend Canadian interests in crucial NAFTA negotiations is being tested by a cross-border Conservative campaign savaging Justin Trudeau for making a generous federal payout to Omar Khadr.

Some senior Liberals, including the prime minister’s principal secretary, have taken to social media to accuse the Conservatives of fanning anti-Trudeau sentiment in the United States just as Canada is preparing for the Aug. 16 launch of talks to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement.

However, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was unrepentant Thursday, arguing that if there’s any American backlash over the Khadr payment, Trudeau has only himself to blame. He dismissed any linkage to the NAFTA talks as a desperate Liberal tactic.

“It’s no surprise that they’re desperately trying to latch onto another angle of the story to deflect attention from the core of the matter which is that this (Khadr payment) was a personal decision by Justin Trudeau to go above and beyond what any court order ever indicated was the responsibility of the government,” Scheer told a news conference.

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“Vetting” Did Not Uncover Julie Payette’s Assault Charge, Apparently

Oh, boy:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says a “deep and extensive” vetting process showed no issues that should prevent Julie Payette from being Governor General — but he still refuses to say whether he’d discussed with Payette her past legal issues.

Pressed Thursday by reporters over whether he’d talked to Payette about two police matters from 2011 that have come to light via media reports, Trudeau was vague. “The conversations I had with Mme. Payette centred around the extraordinary service, her vision of the country, her vision of the role that she would fulfill as Governor General, and demonstrated to me her extraordinary strength in being one of our great Governor Generals,” he said.

“The vetting process is deep and extensive, and raised absolutely no issues that would prevent her from being Governor General.”

 

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The Precedent Has Been Set

And one is familiar with who set it:

The oldest are probably just toddlers, innocents born into one of the most reviled terrorist movements in the world.

And very soon, they could be the responsibility of the federal government.

The children of Canadian members of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant form part of a potentially explosive dilemma confronting federal officials. As ISIL teeters on the brink of military defeat, what should the government do when and if Canadian members of ISIL are captured?

Some experts say Ottawa has no choice but to try to repatriate and prosecute in Canada any detained members, ensuring they aren’t tortured or otherwise mistreated by local forces. As for those ISIL children, if they have one Canadian parent, they would be citizens and, lawyers say, deserve help.

“The government has absolutely no choice but to protect the Charter rights of these Canadians,” said Lorne Dawson, a University of Waterloo professor who has extensively studied radicalized youth.

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Islamist Leader Claims That Muslims Are the New Jews

The audacity!

On Sunday, an Islamist leader in Australia compared the plight of Muslims in the West today to that of Jews in Germany leading up to the Holocaust. He suggested that Muslims face the same fear and hatred that led Adolf Hitler to try to exterminate the Jews, and warned that a similar evil might be employed against Muslims in the near future.

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Canada and Mexico Desperate About NAFTA

Top Canadian and Mexican diplomats expressed optimism on Thursday that a NAFTA deal could be reached early next year and cautioned that widespread uncertainty over the future of the three-way trade agreement had slowed business investment.

Mexican sources say the plan is to hold seven rounds of talks at three-week intervals, a schedule that trade experts warned was aggressive and not easily attainable.

Mexico’s ambassador to the United States, Geronimo Gutierrez, said his country wanted to get the negotiations over before a presidential election campaign ramps up next year.

Gutierrez said no country would want trade discussions during a campaign.

“That is not wise … because it becomes a Christmas tree, everybody wants to hang something onto the Christmas tree,” he told an audience at the Washington International Trade Association conference.

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Burundi Teens Go Missing After Robotics Contest

Police have received reports that two of the Burundi teenagers gone missing after an international robotics competition have been seen crossing the border into Canada.

The whereabouts of their fellow team members remains unknown and the search for all the teens remains ongoing, but Metropolitan Police spokeswoman Aquita Brown stressed that police have no indication of foul play in their disappearance.

The teens seen crossing into Canada were 16-year-old Don Ingabire and 17-year-old Audrey Mwamikazi, Brown said.

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