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From: axial6/24/2019 5:20:20 AM
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Canada: Is it really a country divided?

'Overall, then, the differences between provinces are exaggerated in public discourse. Political rhetoric invokes feelings of disrespect, and politicians and the media gain by playing up these sentiments. It is no wonder that intergovernmental tensions are a permanent feature of Canadian politics.

But so what? Does it even matter? We don’t think so. Sure, provincial conflict often feels uncomfortable. But the reality is that according to various measures, Canada is functioning just fine. Compared to other OECD countries, Canada does relatively well with respect to its economy and several environmental sustainability indicators.

Unlike many other countries, and without denying the difficulties, Canada has had some success protecting cultural and linguistic diversity.

Despite decades of bickering and hand-wringing, Canada continues on. National tensions, in and of themselves, are not leading us to poor policy outcomes. If provincial tensions turn into true separatism, then we have a clear problem. But without that, regional divisions are simply the natural byproduct of a pluralist society within a federal system.'

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From: axial6/24/2019 6:06:16 AM
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Quora: Will Canada buy the F-35?

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From: axial6/24/2019 3:18:40 PM
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Climate change Canada: Fire and rain

— Predictable -- and predicted -- stories across the land, repeated every day: evacuations, losses and heartbreak
— Even in the face of accelerating change, SI is populated by techno-utopians and deniers -- each with their own scatterbrained beliefs
— There's no point in detailing disasters big and small: it's just clickbait. The question is: Do you UNDERSTAND what's at work? Clickbait won't tell you.

I submit again that the logical outcome of approaching events is binary:

(A) Continue using fossil fuels and face the natural outcome: "Mother Nature will act, and she will be ruthless."
(B) Discontinue fossil fuel use rapidly -- as is necessary -- and suffer a huge decline in every aspect of modern life.

"Those who cannot imagine catastrophe are incapable of preventing it."

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To: axial who wrote (1164)6/25/2019 6:29:00 AM
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From: axial6/25/2019 7:18:53 AM
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Canadian crypto exchange CEO reportedly skimmed currency into privately owned accounts

'A recent report indicates that the founder of a Canadian cryptocurrency exchange funneled investor money into several personal accounts before allegedly dying last year. Some think he may have faked his death as part of a scam.'

[ — At last. Canada can now claim membership in the global club of cryptocurrency scams ]

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From: axial6/25/2019 8:23:29 AM
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Twitter King Is Gov’t Staffer

'Using the pseudonym Neil Before Zod – “It sounds better than Neil from the corner cubicle in accounting,” he wrote – the staffer posted 20 to 40 messages daily including vulgar attacks on MPs and senators. Zod last night acknowledged his real name, Neil Waytowich of Peterborough, Ont., after Blacklock’s confirmed his identity.

Waytowich declined multiple interview requests and refused to name his federal employer, claiming he had abruptly resigned from the public service.'

[ — Should have been fired, but he quit. Such people have no comprehension of proper conduct in their civil service jobs. Beyond that disgrace, in private, he's just another sewer-mouth on Twitter. Lotta that goin' round. ]

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To: axial who wrote (1164)6/25/2019 11:44:57 AM
From: abuelita
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Very strong possibility i’d say. I would be very
happy with such a coalition.

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From: axial6/26/2019 7:16:00 AM
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'Storm approaching': firms fear for deliveries in shipping shakeup

'The tougher regulations, set by the United Nations shipping agency, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), come into force on Jan 1. Costs will rise for ships towards the end of this year and there will be a knock on effect for trucks and other transporters that move goods around the world. For shipping companies it is the biggest shakeup in decades and adds to the pressures of an economic slowdown and the threat of an escalating trade war between the United States and China.


Trucking companies will also suffer. The IMO rules do not apply to them but they will face new competition from ships for lower sulfur fuel. This is expected to push up the price of diesel fuel for trucks by as much as 100 percent. Small to mid-sized truckers may find it tough as they lack the clout to negotiate fuel deals or to recoup the costs.

“I’m at the whim of the market. All I can do is let the customers know what’s going on,” said Mike Baicher, president and chief executive of New Jersey based West End Express, which runs 90 trucks in New York, New Jersey and along the East Coast. '

A foundational aspect of globalization is cheap transportation. As long as it exists, industry and workers can be anywhere, independent of their markets. But the ecological footprint of many thousands of ships, and hundreds of thousands of trucks and trains —is huge. And contrary to today's neoclassical economics, that footprint is NOT a mere "externality".
  • In 2016 BC's Knowledge Network showed Freightened: The Real Price of Shipping. It's on again, for those who can access.
  • As the idioT likes to say, "People tell me ..." that it can be found on the internet as an MP4
A good documentary. Review here.

"Through mechanisms such as the “flag of convenience,” ships avoid the higher taxes, environmental standards, and minimum wage payments of developed countries, lowering costs by up to 65%. As ships age, their environmental impacts become more severe: Most shipwrecks involve vessels—often oil tankers—that are more than 25 years old and are poorly maintained.

Yet the size of the shipping industry is projected to triple in the next 20 years, with new shipping lanes opening up through sea ice loss in the Arctic. Although ships can be retrofitted to avoid the worst effects and reduce energy consumption, change is slow and regulations are difficult to enforce. Given the urgency of the problem, which the film conveys brilliantly, the suggested solutions seem timid: Rating schemes for ships and better labeling of products feel like sticking plasters rather than actual solutions."

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From: axial6/26/2019 7:52:44 AM
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Former PM Campbell rips Scheer's climate plan

' Along with her criticism of the Conservative Party plan, Campbell said she has "no time" for climate change deniers.

"It is a serious, serious issue and we need to it to attack it," she said.'
  • Way to go, Kim!
  • Though we may disagree, there are two prominent Canadian conservatives for whom I have enormous respect — Kim Campbell and Andrew Coyne
  • These are conservatives with integrity and intelligence. Their perceptions of failures on the left -- and within the Conservative party itself -- are always worthwhile.

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From: axial6/26/2019 8:01:19 AM
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"I'm tired of looking over my shoulder," he said. "I mean when is enough enough?"

' We're in a war against crime': Northern Alberta hamlet pleads for help

'At his bungalow, Mills described peering out his window eight years ago and seeing two quads taking off down his driveway. He called police as he chased after them. Mills ran one quad off the road and the driver scurried off. He found the other quad tipped upside down in flames.

The next evening Mills received a phone call from an anonymous number.

"They had told me they're going to burn my house down with me in it," he recalled. "[The police] said they couldn't do nothing about it. So I sat up in my garage for the next two weeks from 10 at night until five in the morning with a shotgun, waiting for someone to come, to burn me out. What else am I supposed to do?"

It's a question on the minds of many Canadians since the high-profile case involving the death of Saskatchewan man Colten Boushie. In February 2018, a jury found Gerald Stanley not guilty of second-degree murder in the killing of Boushie, who had driven onto his farm with friends from Red Pheasant Cree Nation.'

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