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Leftists to Media: Damn You For Covering That Democrat Freshman’s ‘Motherf***er’ Tirade

As we’ve already covered, a freshman House Democrat thrilled a room full of left-wing activists last week when she relayed a story about telling her young son — classy! — that her party was going to “impeach the motherf***er,” in a reference to President Trump. She ended her speech with that pungent line, and the assembled crowd went wild.


60 Years On: Reflections on the Revolution in Cuba

Sixty years ago, as thousands of Cubans celebrated the fall of Fulgencio Batista’s regime, an atmosphere of hype and hatred was also overtaking Havana. Not many people foresaw what was to come, but on January 1, 1959, the Republic of Cuba was murdered. Few tears were shed for her at the time—some were too busy desperately packing their bags, while others were preoccupied with burning cars and smashing storefront windows. The institutions not destroyed by the previous dictatorship were savagely dismembered in the following months and years by the Castro regime. Cuba’s National Congress would never again return to session in the National Capitol building (or anywhere else, for that matter). Christmas, bars and cabaret clubs, independent trade unions, religious schools, private clubs, large and small businesses, any and all vestiges of what was Cuba before communism—all of these were destroyed, expropriated, or otherwise expunged from the lives and minds of the Cuban people.


‘Restricted Clientele’: The painful history of racist ads in the Star — and the readers who protested them

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived,” the American poet Maya Angelou once said. But if faced with courage, it need not be lived again.

Hold those words close as you join us on a deep dive into a difficult corner of the Toronto Star archives. Caution: it’s a bumpy ride. Jaw-dropping, even.

What about the recent ‘Muslims Only’ classified ads?


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ Is Powered By Unicorns

The idea that conservatives are generally upset over a video of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez imitating the dance scene from “The Breakfast Club” may be a textbook example of fake news. In contrast, her proposal for a “Green New Deal” is real news, but fake policy.

In a “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday, the darling of democratic socialism proposed eliminating carbon emissions within 12 years. Ocasio-Cortez has previously avoided specifying how she would pay for her “Green New Deal.”


Bell asking customers for permission to collect more personal information

Canada’s largest telecommunications group is getting mixed reviews for its plan to follow the lead of companies like Google and Facebook in collecting massive amounts of information about the activities and preferences of its customers.

Bell Canada began asking its customers in December for permission to track everything they do with their home and mobile phones, internet, television, apps or any other services they get through Bell or its affiliates.

In return, Bell says it will provide advertising and promotions that are more “tailored” to their needs and preferences.

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NAACP blames ‘white supremacy’ for Portland earthquake signs

A new city policy requiring public signs on brick buildings warning they might collapse in an earthquake is part of a long history of white supremacy aimed at forcing black people to move out of neighborhoods, the NAACP of Portland, Oregon, says.

The group on Thursday decried the policy affecting some 1,600 unreinforced masonry buildings that are on average 90 years old, many in areas with a predominantly black population, The Oregonian/OregonLive reports.

The policy “exacerbates a long history of systemic and structural betrayals of trust and policies of displacement, demolition, and dispossession predicated on classism, racism, and white supremacy,” the group said.


The new war on gender studies

In Ontario, the sex education curriculum has come under attack. Such straightforward things as teaching teens sexual consent and LGBTQ family structure have become political.

Social media companies have also engaged in moral panic. Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram have disproportionally limited online spaces of sex positivity and consensual erotic expression in the name of Community Standards.


Canada’s yellow vest movement looks like it’s here to stay — but what is it really about?

The yellow vesters call for building pipelines, demand a clampdown on illegal immigration and decry Canada signing the UN Migration Pact, a non-binding treaty that aims to improve global co-operation on international migration.

“This is a blatant attack on our national sovereignty and our individual freedoms as a nation state,” a speaker bellows to an excitable crowd at the Alberta Legislature grounds.

“You are going to pay! You are going to suffer a reduction in the quality of the taxpayer-funded services!”

Week to week, the crowd is fairly homogenous: mostly white, young or middle-aged men but there’s also a sizable number of women. The signs slamming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley are legion, showing an eagerness to attack personalities as well as policy.


5 Things Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t want you to know about the Green New Deal

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y, the self-described democratic socialist who has become a media sensation, is pushing for enactment of a radical plan called the Green New Deal that would ban the use of all fossil fuels from U.S. electricity generation, agriculture and manufacturing by 2030.

The Green New Deal would dramatically reshape the U.S. economy and add tens of trillions of dollars to the national debt.

The radical plan would force families to pay more to heat, cool and provide electricity to their homes. It would raise the same costs for businesses, farmers, government and organizations, driving up their operating costs – and raising the prices for just about all the good and services Americans buy.

She plagiarized Justin from Canada!


In pictures: Then and now: Brampton’s transformation over the decades

Brampton has evolved from a quaint farming community to Canada’s ninth-largest city.

Then-and-now articles are soon to be politically incorrect.

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The ultimate cost of the border mess may be Canadian prosperity

Earlier this week, the Post’s John Ivison noted that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government seem increasingly resigned to continued dysfunction on the U.S.-Canadian border. Canada, Ivison noted, seems to have absolutely no idea how to stem the flow of asylum seekers crossing into Canada, mostly in Quebec and Manitoba, from the United States. The tens of thousands of illegal crossings have overwhelmed the country’s ability to hold timely hearings to determine the eligibility of these individuals to remain in the country.


Canada needs a carbon tax revolt

Sheila Griffith may be my new favorite Albertan.

Who is Sheila?

Well my friends, she’s an Alberta Rancher and she is taking a stand.

Sheila is frustrated with the Liberals federally and NDP provincially for completely failing to get the “social license” required to develop a pipeline, even though a Canadian carbon tax has been put in place.


Facebook is asking people to submit their I.D.s to prove their accounts are real

If Facebook suspects your account may be fraudulent, they may lock it and say that to restore the account, you need to send them identification to verify that you are who you say you are.

But with all the recent scandals surrounding Facebook data breaches, why would the social media platform ask for something so personal as an ID?

Facebook says it would ask you to upload an id for two reasons: To confirm the account your trying to access is actually yours; or to confirm your name.


“We want the old Canada back,” say Yellow Vest protesters

Calling for stricter vetting of undocumented immigrants, a withdrawal from the United Nations, and for a defeat of the Trudeau government later this year, Yellow Vest protesters in Windsor say their movement is growing.

To a chorus of cars honking as they drove past, a small group held signs near the corner of Ouellette Ave. and Tecumseh Rd. Saturday.

Each demonstrator appears to have their own specific reason for coming out, but together there are common themes; a call for stricter vetting of undocumented migrants, Canada’s withdrawal from the United Nations and specifically the United Nations Global Migration Pact, and the ouster of the Trudeau government in this fall’s federal election.


PELOSI GIBBERISH: ‘We um — as you are aware, uh, we have — we are diligent, diligent and persistent’

Meet the person now just two heartbeats away from the presidency.

The new Speaker of the House behaved strangely again on Thursday as she suffered bouts of gibberish, brain freezes, face spasms and moments of staring off.




The People vs. Donald J. Trump

He is demonstrably unfit for office. What are we waiting for?

The unrelenting chaos that Trump creates can sometimes obscure the big picture. But the big picture is simple: The United States has never had a president as demonstrably unfit for the office as Trump. And it’s becoming clear that 2019 is likely to be dominated by a single question: What are we going to do about it?

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Trump says he will be ‘proud’ to shut down the government for YEARS if he doesn’t get his Mexican wall and says he might declare a NATIONAL EMERGENCY to build it as ‘contentious’ White House talks end in stalemate

Donald Trump told Congressional leaders Friday that he will shut down the government for ‘months or even years’ if he does not get money for his border wall with Mexico — and said he was ‘proud’ to do it because it’s ‘the right thing.’

Trump’s threat was first disclosed by Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, during a news conference outside the White House. He accused the president of holding federal workers ‘hostage’ for the wall and urged him to continue the conversation with the government open.


Joe Scarborough Calls For 25th Amendment After Trump Cabinet Meeting, Says President Is ‘Not Fit To Hold The Office’

President Donald Trump’s behavior at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday is cause enough to invoke the 25th amendment and see him removed from office, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough has argued. During a wide-ranging cabinet meeting attended by reporters on Wednesday, the president made a number of controversial statements on topics from the Soviet Union to the partial government shutdown.

On Thursday’s Morning Joe program, Scarborough told his co-host Mika Brzezinski: “If we had a cabinet that was filled with people with more character” and “had a House and a Senate that took their job seriously, there would be people going up to the White House this morning saying, ‘Mr. president, questions abound whether you are fit for this office.'”


Speaker Nancy Pelosi Says She’s Entrusted to Serve ‘in the Spirit of St. Francis’

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.), who was elected Speaker of the House this afternoon, said in her speech accepting the position that she intends to serve “in the spirit of St. Francis.”

“Let me especially thank my constituents in San Francisco, who have entrusted me to represent them in Congress in the spirit of Saint Francis, our patron saint–whose song of Saint Francis is our anthem: ‘Lord, make me a channel of thy peace’–as we beautifully sang in church this morning,” Pelosi said.


Paul Krugman warns the so-called ‘Trump Boom’ is over and as we head for a ‘significant slowdown’

In January 3 post on Twitter—where he has around 4.5 million followers—Krugman stressed, “Everyone’s focused on the political news, as they should be. But there’s some important economic news, too, and not just the market having another fainting spell: it’s becoming clear that the Trump boom, such as it was, is over.”

A separate Krugman tweet was equally bearish, noting, “Very recent data and leading indicators suggest a significant slowdown currently underway—not a recession, but growth probably under 2 percent.”


The Democrats have taken over the House of Representatives and the worst possible people are now in charge.

Kakistocracy is a badly underused word which needs to make a major comeback this year, as it is perfectly descriptive of the cabal of loons, clowns, demagogues, crooks and halfwits who are now in charge of the House of Representatives.

The literal definition of the word is a system of government which is run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens. It’s been around for a few hundred years, but overtaken by others perhaps more colorful to describe slimeball government. Kleptocracy, for example, has a real ring to it.

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Trudeau’s environmental record on the line in Canada election year

In his four years leading Canada, the Liberal prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has gone to great lengths – at home and abroad – to bolster his environmental credentials. Now, with a federal election looming, he is gambling his parliamentary majority and political future on them.

When Canadians cast their votes next October, they will do so amid standard electoral issues: jobs, the economy and foreign policy. But in a country largely dependent on resource extraction, a pair of politically fractious additions have risen to the top: carbon taxes and pipelines.


Justin Trudeau Will Massively Increase The Carbon Tax If He Wins The Election

Catherine McKenna recently criticized Andrew Scheer for saying the carbon tax will go up if Trudeau remains in power:

“Unfortunately Andrew Scheer is focused on saying things that are patently untrue while putting forward no climate plan. Climate change is one of biggest challenges we face & clean solutions present a huge economic opportunity. Time to come together. For our kids & grandkids.”


The term ‘eco-terrorist’ is back and it’s killing climate activists

When devastating wildfires were sweeping the West last fall, Ryan Zinke, who recently announced his resignation as Interior secretary, lay the blame for the blazes on a ragtag group of environmentalists. “We have been held hostage by these environmental terrorist groups that have not allowed public access, that refuse to allow the harvest of timber,” Zinke said in an interview with Breitbart News.

Environmental activism has long put protesters at odds with government officials. But instead of dismissing climate-conscious demonstrators as hippies or “tree huggers,” government officials have begun using more dangerous labels — including “terrorist.”


Donald Trump Will Resign The Presidency In 2019 In Exchange For Immunity For Him And His Family, Former Bush Adviser Says

“Trump will not be removed from office by the constitutional impeachment and removal process,” Steinberg wrote in The Star-Ledger. “Instead, the self-professed supreme dealmaker will use his presidency as a bargaining chip with federal and state authorities in 2019, agreeing to leave office in exchange for the relevant authorities not pursuing criminal charges against him, his children or the Trump Organization.”


Immigration Canada preparing to launch revamped family reunification system

Massive application backlogs have swamped the family reunification system for years; the backlog ran to 167,000 applications in 2011. That number was reduced to about 26,000 people in June, according to IRCC statistics.

The department also pointed out that processing times have been significantly shortened, with most applications being processed in two years — down from eight years just three years ago.

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Will Trudeau’s carbon tax kill jobs? A look at the evidence from B.C.

Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer rang in the new year by vowing to fight the Liberal government’s plan to impose a carbon tax on consumers in all provinces that don’t already have one.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau argues that taxes on things like gasoline and natural gas will encourage consumers to use less of these climate-changing fuels without damaging the economy.

 


Elections Ontario grants “Islamic Party of Ontario” first step towards registration

Canada has joined Belgium and Sweden in the list of Western countries with Islamic political parties.

The Islamic Party of Ontario has officially reserved its name with Elections Ontario as of October 2018.

 

 


First MSM fake news of 2019

Don Surber spotted the first instance of fake news on 2019, and it only took a few hours.

 

 

 


Netflix criticized for pulling Patriot Act episode in Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi killing, Yemen

Netflix is facing criticism for pulling an episode from viewing in Saudi Arabia of American comedian Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act that criticizes the kingdom’s crown prince.

Human rights group Amnesty International said Saudi Arabia’s censorship of Netflix is “further proof of a relentless crackdown on freedom of expression.”

 


No deal to end shutdown; Trump says ‘could be a long time’

WASHINGTON (AP) — No one budged at President Donald Trump’s White House meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, so the partial government shutdown persisted through a 12th day over his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. They’ll try again Friday.

 

 


‘We had no idea what we faced as we heard screams’

Hero PC stabbed in Manchester New Year’s terror attack says ‘instinct took over’ – as decision to charge suspect could take months

 

 


Iran Hosts Palestinian Terror Group, Sparking Fears of New Attacks

Iranian leaders recently hosted a delegation of leading Palestinian terrorists, affirming the Islamic Republic’s commitment to funding anti-Israel terror groups and sparking consternation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and fears that Iran is plotting a renewed wave of terror attacks.

 


The Anti-American Dream

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Doctors pen ‘social prescriptions’ aimed at easing depression, loneliness in patients

The concept — prescribing a social activity like taking a yoga class, visiting an art gallery or joining a knitting circle — has proven to be an effective tool in the U.K., where research has shown that not only do patients benefit from a mental-health boost, but many also end up with reduced medications and find less need to visit their doctors.


The Lost Opportunity

This election year, volatile electorate could bedevil Trudeau’s Liberals, Scheer’s Conservatives

Canadian voters unhappy with the political status quo have always been willing to shake things up and in 2019, there’s a better-than-even chance that a preference to turn electoral politics upside down will be a major factor in the country’s 43rd general election.

Volatility and unpredictability among a growing group of voters across the country, who are ready to take new chances with their ballots, promises to be one of the biggest challenges with which the two leading establishment parties — Justin Trudeau’s Liberals and Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives — will have to contend.


The government of Canada makes saying ‘Thank You’ illegal

The new initiative, which will forever change the way that Canadians express appreciation for each other, will make Canada more inclusive, says its staunchest proponent, Heather Tiffany Anderson.

“Okay, no. I’m triggered,” Anderson said after Pat Kelly thanked her for coming on the program.

“You’ve affronted me with your thanks,” she said. Anderson believes that the phrase ‘Thank You’ places too much emphasis on the singular accomplishes of an individual.


Macron Slams Yellow Vests: “Hate-Filled Mob Targeting Politicians, Jews and Homosexuals”

French President Emmanuel Macron used his traditional New Year’s Eve speech as a very direct warning to the ‘Yellow Vest’ protesters, without ever naming their movement during his comments broadcast around France.

Mr Macron, standing up while delivering and seen making angry arm gestures, sounded a warning to the French, claiming that ‘extreme elements’ had started to mingle among what he called ‘anti-government protesters.’


The biggest political story of the year in the Great White North

What was Canada’s biggest political story of 2018? In my opinion, when all four levels of government were briefly involved in one small area of public policy debate.

It started when Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government announced on July 27 that it would decrease the number of city council seats in Toronto from 47 to 25. This would match the number of federal and provincial seats in the city, and save Toronto taxpayers roughly $25 million over four years.

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Christians, Stop Saying Jesus Is The Son Of God. It Provokes Muslims

Buried in the concluding paragraphs of a Christmas Eve Washington Times report about Muslims in Uganda forcing Christians to convert to Islam was the extraordinary revelation that in that country, Muslims now consider any public statement of the Christian Faith to be a calculated insult to Muslims, for which they can justifiably exact revenge. This is, or should be, sobering news for the comfortable Christians of the West who have made an idol out of “interfaith dialogue” and fastidiously avoid saying anything remotely critical about Islam, even as the Muslim persecution of Christians continues worldwide.


Lawyers worried about proposed ‘knee-jerk reaction’ changes to Canada’s Criminal Code

Calgary lawyer Balfour Der, who has worked as both a prosecutor and a defence lawyer for 38 years, said the proposed changes are a knee-jerk reaction in part to the acquittal by an all-white jury of a Saskatchewan farmer in the shooting death of a 22-year-old Cree man.

“It’s a reaction of the government to satisfy an interest group which may have been complaining after this,” he said in a recent interview.


Western Canada crowdfunds 700 truck convoy from Alberta to Ottawa in protest of Justin Trudeau

As Western Canada’s resentment towards Justin Trudeau has grown, so too have the number of protests against him. Notably, ones featuring convoys. Now, the biggest convoy yet is in the works, aiming to go from Red Deer all the way to Parliament in Ottawa.


An auld lang syne review of the worst predictions about Trump

As we look ahead to Year Three of the Trump presidency, there are countless predictions about what lies ahead. Will he be impeached, enjoy huge success, or serve a second term? (Or all of the above?)

One thing we know for sure is that we can’t tell the future by relying on those who have made outlandishly bad predictions in the past. So before we become engulfed by the inevitable discussions and debates about what’s going to happen in 2019 and beyond, here’s an auld lang syne walk down memory lane, looking at 11 of the most wildly inaccurate predictions involving Donald Trump’s candidacy and presidency.


New taxes, wage hikes and more: 49 new laws across Canada in 2019

Some changes are tiny and bureaucratic. Others will fundamentally change the country. The federal and provincial governments have announced numerous new rules for 2019. Most federal, provincial and territorial laws come into force immediately after their passage and assent. But legislation requiring greater planning or notice is typically delayed to allow affected parties time to prepare. Here are 49 new laws that come into effect across Canada in 2019. They range from the arrival of a federal carbon-tax plan to a fee for plastic bags in Prince Edward Island.

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NHL totem poles called ‘blatant cultural appropriation’ pulled from some stores

Hockey-themed totem poles have been removed from shelves at nine Lawtons drugstore locations across Nova Scotia, following a complaint that called them “blatant cultural appropriation.”

Rebecca Thomas, who is Mi’kmaw and a former Halifax poet laureate, noticed the items and tweeted at the company.

She wrote on Twitter that the items are “awful appropriative pieces of trash” that undermine West Coast Indigenous culture.


B.C. Children’s Hospital claims they don’t require parental consent for child’s testosterone injections

In a technocratic totalitarian country, one of the first and most important tasks is to gain control over the nation’s children.

Of all the foundations upon which free societies are built, the most commonly overlooked and yet one of the most critically important in terms of protecting a diversity of belief is the protection of parental rights.

We have entered a stage in history when this important bulwark against the rise of totalitarianism is under direct assault.


Environmentalists Threaten To Sue Macron for Caving to Yellow Vest Protesters

Environmentalists are threatening to sue French President Emmanuel Macron for eliminating stiff carbon taxes after a grassroots movement opposed to the measure spurred several mass protests.

Greenpeace and three other organization initiated a lawsuit on Dec. 18 claiming France is not doing enough to tackle climate change. The organizations are giving the government two months to formulate a response, after which they will move forward with their lawsuit. The legal pursuit puts Macron in a bind.


Canadian religious activist stokes false hope of sanctuary among Tijuana migrants

The news spread quickly among the Central American migrants gathered at the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana: A Canadian archbishop had come to the city to say he would ask Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to create a special program to accept members of the migrant caravan.

At a November news conference, Leonardo Marin-Saavedra announced he was preparing a proposal for the Canadian government to airlift migrants to Canada, or charter a boat to take them to Vancouver or request that the United States allow busloads of migrants to travel north to the Canadian border.


California’s politics are about to get even crazier in 2019 (but there’s a silver lining for the GOP)

The Golden State has long been a leader in innovative technology, creative entertainment and global thought leadership on environmental issues. But while California leads in high-level progressive ideology, it struggles with basic math and common sense – and the dire consequences of those deficiencies are about to be exposed.



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List of ‘Worst Men:’ HuffPost Puts Gavin McInnes Next to Serial Child Rapist Larry Nassar

There are many reasons that no one takes the leftist mainstream press seriously, not the least of which being its proclivity for ascribing evil to those with whom it disagrees politically.

HuffPost did just that on Friday, when it serial child rapist Larry Nassar on the same moral plane as right wing pundit Gavin McInnes in it’s “non-exhaustive list of the worst men of 2018.”

You know this list is propaganda when it doesn’t include Michelle Obama.


Canada further from Paris targets than last year, new projections show

Canada is further away from meeting its emissions reduction targets under the Paris agreement than it was a year ago, according to new government projections, though Environment Minister Catherine McKenna insists Canada will achieve its climate change goals.

New numbers released by Environment Canada on Thursday show that Canada is on track to fall 79 megatonnes short of its 2030 greenhouse gas emissions targets. That’s up from 66 megatonnes last year.


Alberta needs a firewall, the sooner the better

If ever there was a time for Alberta to resurrect the firewall concept, that time is now.

I was struck by this after reading Taylor C. Noakes’s rebuttal to my first column on the unfairness of equalization. I am glad he wrote his column (Calgary Herald, Dec. 20), because it helps us understand why Quebeckers don’t feel one shred of guilt about how much money they receive from Canada, and it confirms that they really are out to destroy our energy industry.

You’ll recall the firewall letter was authored by Stephen Harper, Tom Flanagan, Ted Morton, Andy Crooks, Rainer Knopff and Ken Boessenkool in 2001. It argued for Alberta to assert itself in its areas of constitutional jurisdiction over health care, policing, public pensions and collecting our own personal income taxes.


NJ Residents Are Not Surrendering ‘High Capacity’ Magazines to State Police

A report from Reason reveals not a single New Jersey resident has surrendered their “high capacity” magazines to state police since the implementation of the magazine ban.

Breitbart News reported that New Jersey’s “high capacity” magazine ban took effect December 11, 2018, making the mere possession of such a magazine a fourth degree felony.

At first, the New Jersey State Police refused to rule out door-to-door enforcement of the ban, then made clear that they had no plans to go house-to-house.


The Canadian Immigrant Labour Market: Recent Trends from 2006 to 2017

By 2036, the share of immigrants in Canada’s population would stand between 24.5% and 30.0%, compared with 20.7% in 2011, according to the most recent demographic projections. These proportions would be the highest since 1871.

Moreover, nearly half of Canada’s population is projected to be made up of immigrants and second-generation individuals—that is non-immigrants with at least one parent born abroad—in 2036. This share was 38.2% in 2011.

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Democrats form special ‘Climate Crisis’ House Committee

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has announced the creation of a new special committee to examine climate change when her party takes back control of the US House of Representatives next month.

Florida Democratic Representative Kathy Castor will lead the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis as chairwoman, Ms Pelosi said.


It was a year of deadly wildfires. That’s likely the new normal.

Fires are typically associated with the hot, dry months of summer, but increasingly, firefighters are getting little reprieve during the traditional off-season.

“We’re starting to look at wildfire as a nonseasonal event,” said Omar Baddour, chief of climate data for the World Meteorological Organization. “It can happen at any time of year, and we have to be prepared.”


Trudeau says similarities between Scheer, Harper are worth ‘pointing out’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Andrew Scheer‘s Conservative party is in the exact same place it was under Stephen Harper‘s leadership and that’s why he and his Liberals will continue “pointing out” the similarities.

The Liberal party put the Harper stamp on Scheer the day he was elected leader of the Conservative party, billing him as a far-right social conservative. The Liberals raise Harper frequently and drop his name in fundraising emails to supporters.


World’s worst climate change-induced disasters cost countries £50bn in 2018

Extreme weather driven by climate change hit every populated continent this year, Christian Aid said, warning urgent action was needed to combat global warming.

“This report shows that for many people, climate change is having devastating impacts on their lives and livelihoods right now,” said Kat Kramer, who heads the British relief organisation’s work on climate issues, in a statement.


Doug Ford is Canadian politics’ rookie of the year

A first-time MPP for Etobicoke North who became premier on his first foray into provincial politics, Ford led the Tories back to power after almost 15 years of Liberal rule.

While Ford didn’t do any year-end interviews — “It wasn’t my tradition,” he said when asked why — he did share his thoughts on his eventful 2018 at a year-end news conference, calling it a “great year.”

 

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Here Are The Most Egregious Fake News Stories Of 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, it’s time to review the year’s worst cases of media misquotes, misleading narratives, major corrections and straight-up fake news.

While last year’s fake reporting largely occurred during the media’s relentless pursuit to prove Russian collusion, this year’s list is much more varied. However, some themes emerged: stories about then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the U.S. border were routinely flagged for misinformation.


Republican Mark Sanford Warns ‘Hitler-Like’ Figure May Emerge Under Trump ‘Cult Of Personality’

Sanford was painted as a “never Trumper” prior to his June GOP congressional primary loss and previously warned South Carolinians against blind loyalty to Trumpism being a “cancerous growth” in the party. And in his send-off message posted to Facebook Wednesday, the 1st congressional district representative cited Adolf Hitler’s rise to power as one reason to be concerned about President Donald Trump’s “cult of personality.” Sanford urged a return to a “reason-based republic.”


Justin Trudeau’s terrible new election rules will limit citizen activism

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government recently passed more than 200 pages of dramatic changes to the way Canadian elections work. Among other things, the new rules will further restrain the degree that Canadians can exercise their constitutional rights to free political speech and activism. Such regulations were passed with the standard progressive smugness that heavily regulating political speech and activity in the name of fairness and equality is unambiguously virtuous. Righteous self-confidence, however, does not negate the practical consequences of this fundamentally illiberal exercise of state power.


EU Parliament issues new guidelines for gender neutral terms

In an effort to promote “gender equality” and further the use of “non-sexist and gender inclusive language”, the parliamentary wing of the European Union (EU) has issued new guidelines laying out best practices for communicating in gender neutral terms.

The new rules are being issued on the 10th anniversary of the EU’s original gender neutral guidelines published back in 2008.


Michelle Obama unseats Hillary Clinton as ‘most admired woman’

Former first lady Michelle Obama has unseated Hillary Clinton as America’s most admired woman — the first time in 17 years the Democratic presidential candidate and former secretary of state failed to top the list, according to a poll released Thursday.

Obama, who has been on tour touting her bestselling memoir “Becoming,” was selected by about 15 percent of Americans in the Gallup poll — far surpassing media mogul Oprah Winfrey at 5 percent, Clinton at 4 percent and current first lady Melania Trump at 4 percent.


N.S. population surge ‘exceptionally good news’ after decades of doldrums

“We haven’t seen a growth rate like this since the 1980s,” said Fred Bergman, senior policy analyst with the independent Atlantic Provinces Economic Council.

Immigration was the key.

This is a type of ‘good news’ with which I am unfamiliar. Also I find the use of the word ‘surge’…. disturbing.

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Farrakhan awash in federal dollars, anti-Semitic hate notwithstanding

What does an anti-Semite have to do to get ostracized around here?

Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan, 84, is America’s highest-profile Jew-hater. Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke might covet that distinction, but he is far less in the spotlight today than yesterday. More importantly, Farrakhan can boast that his loathing for Jews has not stopped him from raking in federal tax dollars.


95 Percent Muslim Country Makes Christmas a National Holiday

On Christmas Eve, the government of Iraq announced that Christmas Day — December 25 — would become a national holiday in the war-torn Middle Eastern country. Iraq is roughly 95 percent Muslim and only has an estimated 300,000 Christians.

“The [Iraqi Government] announces Christmas Day to be an official holiday across Iraq. Happy Christmas to our Christian citizens, all Iraqis and to all who are celebrating around the world,” the official Iraqi government Twitter account announced.


Stephen King on Christmas Eve: ‘Trump Has to Be Removed from Office’

On Christmas Eve, horror writer and Hollywood producer Stephen King took time out to tweet another attack on President Donald Trump, longing for his removal from office.
“Tell your legislators and friends who are Trump supporters that it’s time to put partisanship aside. Trump is a train wreck, and the train he’s pulling is our country. He has to be removed from office,” Stephen King wrote.


Environmental and economic development choices split Canada’s First Nations

A Vancouver-area First Nation’s decision to support the Woodfibre LNG project may have come as a surprise to some, considering the nation’s role in helping to derail the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion earlier this year.

The Squamish Nation community was one of a handful of First Nations that lined up to convince the Federal Court of Appeal in August to overturn National Energy Board approval of the controversial oil pipeline expansion from Edmonton to the West Coast, leaving its future in doubt.


Trump-hate book for teenagers is praised by liberal media. This is warped.

To some members of the left-wing media, nothing would make Christmas truly Christmas this year quite like a new anti-Trump book. But not just any new anti-Trump book. For this Christmas to truly be Christmas, the media needs a new anti-Trump book written just for teens.

And it just so happens that’s exactly what the media received this Christmas courtesy children’s author and proud feminist Martha Brockenbrough. On Dec 3. she released her latest children’s book, “Unpresidented: A Biography of Donald Trump,” to exuberant fanfare from the media.


The humanities are defenceless in Canada

The humanities in Canada are in peril. If they are meant to cultivate the mind and spirit, then humanities students should reflect the quality of the process, institutions acting as refineries. Enter The Varcity’s Gavin Foster’s effort at mounting a defense of the humanities writ-large against the withering certain sub-fields received at the hands of what has come to be known as Sokal Squared after Alan Sokal’s ancestral effort—a slew of intentionally ludicrous hoax papers submitted to top journals in what the authors refer to as “Grievance Studies” for a perceived focus on political resentments taking place of quality scholarship, and use of questionable methodology in justifying claims.

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House Democrats Are Lining Up Behind What Could Be The Largest Expansion Of Government In Decades

Democrats are increasingly lining up to support a “Green New Deal,” which, while vague on details, could end up being the largest expansion of government in decades.

As it stands, the “Green New Deal” is more aspirational than actual policy. Indeed, it takes its name from the New Deal of the 1930s, and its main backer, incoming Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, compared it to the Great Society of the 1960s.


Emergency task force calls for safe supply of drugs in Vancouver to prevent ODs

Vancouver’s mayor says he will direct staff to look for a site where drug users can get safe opioids to prevent overdoses as part of a plan recommended by an emergency task force calling for more services for people who are dying alone.

Kennedy Stewart said the number of overdose deaths has remained about the same as last year despite the best efforts of front-line workers, first responders and health professionals who seem to be fighting a losing battle.


China is Designing A Giant Machine to Test Nuclear Bombs

Welcome to the newest U.S.-China arms race: giant machines that test nuclear weapons.

China is building a device that’s equivalent to America’s Z Machine, a device that reproduces the conditions of a nuclear bomb – but in the controlled safety of the laboratory. Except that China says that it’s machine will be bigger than America’s.


No Room In The Inn For Asia Bibi This Christmas

Like Joseph, Mary and Jesus fleeing the murderous King Herod, Asia Bibi and her family will spend Christmas dodging murderous Muslim mobs in Pakistan. Not a single Western country has made room in the immigration inn for the world’s most famous persecuted Christian.

Theresa May, Britain’s Christian PM, has opened Britain’s Intersectional Inn to Syrian Muslims, hate preachers, returning jihadis and gays hounded for being homosexual. But the door of May’s Intersectional Inn remains shut to a Pakistani Christian who has spent eight years on death row for the crime of blasphemy.


Docs show panel wanted Trudeau government to make freedom from poverty ‘fundamental right’

Newly released documents show the federal Liberals’ anti-poverty plan isn’t quite as bold as the experts they asked for advice hoped it would be.

A May 24 presentation from the panel noted the group of experts wanted the Liberals to recognize “freedom from poverty as a fundamental right” when the government finalized its poverty-reduction strategy.


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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Blames Canada’s Illegal Immigration Woes On The United States

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is blaming President Donald Trump and the United States’ stricter policies on immigration for Canada’s burgeoning “immigration crisis,” even though Trudeau himself told migrants he’d welcome them with “open arms.”

In an interview with GlobalNews.ca, Trudeau absolved himself of all responsibility over the influx of illegal immigrants who’ve made their way into Canada through the United States, claiming instead that the United States has failed to welcome migrants with open arms, thus sending them packing for Canada.


Hillary Clinton: Trump ‘putting our national security at grave risk’ with Syria withdrawal

Hillary Clinton said Friday that President Trump is putting the country at “grave risk” for his decision to withdraw troops from Syria.

“Actions have consequences, and whether we’re in Syria or not, the people who want to harm us are there & at war,” the former secretary of state tweeted Friday morning.

“Isolationism is weakness. Empowering ISIS is dangerous. Playing into Russia & Iran’s hands is foolish. This President is putting our national security at grave risk,” she wrote.


B.C.’s patchy marijuana sales regime means blue, not green Christmas for many

Many British Columbians hoping for a “green” Christmas are going to be disappointed.

Two months after recreational marijuana became legal in Canada, most business people hoping to set up shop are still waiting for the OK from the province and local governments.

“We are having people come in in tears trying to find their medicine and just outright disgruntled about the system,” said Russ Stevenson, owner of Herb’s Healing Centre in Vernon.


Students launch Satanic club at NC State

A new club has just completed its inaugural semester at North Carolina State University, welcoming students interested in Satanism.

The club calls itself “Satanic Students at NC State,” and its leaders say they promote humanism and are working to build up the fledgling group at the Raleigh-based public university.


LINDSAY: How Justin Trudeau divides Canadians

Politicians employ a wide variety of strategies to increase their popularity with voters. One of these strategies is to make their main challenger seem like the bad guy.

Case in point: Justin Trudeau often accuses Conservatives of the “politics of division.” Earlier this year, he said that Conservatives are “strategically dividing one group against another—new Canadians against people who have been here for generations.”


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