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saudi arabia: This was no one-off bozo eruption, according to CTV. It was a focus-group-tested, Gerry Butts-approved, candidate-rehearsed repetitive response to an anticipated question. It's far more productive to wait until the votes are counted before deciding if it's safe to challenge Bill 21 legislation in a province where the ban is popular. It's Trudeau opting for partisan self-interest over political guiding principle and it's not the first time. But Trudeau has never before articulated the real reason for his inconsistency so clearly. After all, his government has criticized Saudi Arabia on human rights, yet considers it counterproductive to risk jobs and votes by cancelling the sale of armored vehicles made here for use by the kingdom to suppress dissent. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

news sign: Because of his frequently unpredictable and bizarre behaviour, especially his total rejection of any criticism, some have a tendency to regard Trump's actions as simply those of someone openly exhibiting the traits of a narcissistic personality disorder; a mental condition in which an individual has an inflated sense of their own importance and accomplishments, a compulsive need for attention and praise, plus difficult inter-personal relations and lack of empathy for other people, according to National Observer. Don't miss out on the latest news Sign up for our daily briefing However, in spite of Trump's endlessly divisive actions, it's difficult for many to understand how Trump is still able to not only undermine the traditional democratic process in the US but also simultaneously have a negative spillover effect on other countries, including Canada. President Trump's remarkable recent self-praise regarding his dubious and non-existing trade accomplishments with China won't surprise those increasingly alarmed by his erratic and provocative actions which are endangering not just the US economy but also undermining the economies of the international community as well. Given Trump's increasingly dangerous trade and economic policies, no country can ignore or under-estimate the extremely serious consequences of his often unpredictable actions for the global community, especially when many countries already confront destabilizing political and economic threats, especially increasing unemployment. Given Trump's increasingly dangerous trade and economic policies, no country can ignore or under-estimate the extremely serious consequences of his often unpredictable actions for the global community. That potential danger for American society is not something to be ignored by those who value democracy and the rule of law, especially when democratic systems are threatened in various nations. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

citizen groups: Here is the video of jkenney making remarks in Fort McMurray today about the jailing of Greenpeace activists is Russia ableg Michelle Bellefontaine MBellefontaine September 10, 2019As environmental citizen groups and non-profit organizations race against time to mount a co-ordinated international response to climate change, they're encountering a formidable new threat their own governments, according to National Observer. When Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro proclaimed in August that environmentalists set the Amazon ablaze over a foreign funding fracas, he didn't pull the accusation out of thin air. It couldn't be more apparent where his political instincts lie. Authoritarian governments moving in lockstep to discredit environmentalists Don't miss out on the latest news Sign up for our daily briefing Foreign funding has emerged as a powerful propaganda cudgel for governments to turn on environmental and human rights activists around the world. In Narendra Modi's India, where flooding and drought threaten more than 100 million lives, a 2014 intelligence report called dissident environmental and human rights organizations a threat to national security, accusing them of serving as tools for foreign policy interests. The leader of Russia's Ecodefense sought political asylum in Germany this June to avoid imprisonment in Putin's ruthless crackdown on environmental groups designated as foreign agents, a term that in Russian denotes spy or traitor. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

weight loss: The chemical seems to have a pretty strong and consistent effect on weight loss, said Morrissey, whose research was published Thursday in the journal Science, according to National Observer. Don't miss out on the latest news Sign up for our daily briefing Morrissey was studying imidacloprid, one of a number of neonicotinoids that are among the most commonly used agricultural insecticides in Canada. In the first study to combine field and lab work, Christy Morrissey of the University of Saskatchewan has found that one type of neonic insecticide causes sparrows to lose weight and delay migration. They are chemically related to nicotine and disrupt the nervous system. Previous studies have been done either in the field or in the lab, she said. Although the chemical has long been suspected of harming bees, Morrissey said its impact on birds is less understood. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

cabinet: Sign up for our Election Dispatch newsletter for a daily campaign update But legal experts tell CTV News they're not sure how Trudeau is measuring what he calls the most expansive waiver of cabinet confidence, let alone how true his claim is, according to CTV. Some other examples from past years include former prime minister Stephen Harper approving confidence waivers for the RCMP investigation into the Senate spending scandal. We gave out the largest and most expansive waiver of cabinet confidence in Canada's history, he said in response to reporters' questions about a Globe and Mail article that said the RCMP's efforts to examine the SNC-Lavalin affair have been stymied by the government's refusal to lift cabinet confidentiality. Harper's predecessor Paul Martin gave the Gomery Commission cabinet documents linked to the Liberal sponsorship scandal that rocked Ottawa in the mid-2000s. The RCMP is investigating into possible obstruction of justice charges in the prime minister's office, Scheer said Wednesday as he formally launched his campaign. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer also spoke about the SNC-Lavalin affair on the first day of electioneering. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

mass shootings: El Paso prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Crusius, who remains jailed without bond, according to CTV. Crusius' defence lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday. Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, was indicted on one count in connection with the Aug. 3 mass shooting that left 22 dead, District Attorney Jaime Esparza said. Attorney Mark Stevens previously said he will use every legal tool available to prevent his client from being executed. The massacre was the first in a series of mass shootings last month that left dozens dead and, again, brought the debate over guns into the centre of American politics. The El Paso County District Clerk's office said Crusius' indictment would not be publicly available until next week because it takes a few days to process and assign the case to a court. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

delay migration: Morrissey was studying imidacloprid, one of a number of neonicotinoids that are among the most commonly used agricultural insecticides in Canada, according to Vancouver Courier. They are chemically related to nicotine and disrupt the nervous system. In the first study to combine field and lab work, Christy Morrissey of the University of Saskatchewan has found that one type of neonic insecticide causes sparrows to lose weight and delay migration.article continues below Trending Stories Five years ago, a giant statue of Satan with an erection enthralled Vancouver Canadians warned to avoid non-essential travel' to parts of Mexico Vision Vancouver will not run a mayoral candidate for first time in party's history Cheeky umbrellas capitalize on a Vancouver constant The chemical seems to have a pretty strong and consistent effect on weight loss, said Morrissey, whose research was published Thursday in the journal Science. Although the chemical has long been suspected of harming bees, Morrissey said its impact on birds is less understood. Field studies rarely allow researchers to definitively link cause and effect. Previous studies have been done either in the field or in the lab, she said. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

donald trump: Here is a cheat sheet for the last four years Trudeau vs, according to National Observer. Trump every twitch and grunt Canada's relationship with the United States was famously described by Justin Trudeau's father in 1969 as sleeping with an elephant no matter how friendly the beast, one is nevertheless affected by every twitch and grunt. The Canadian political landscape looks vastly different from the promises of sunny ways that brought Trudeau to power. Donald Trump has proven to be the twitchiest and the gruntiest. From the beginning, Canadians wanted to know if Trudeau could assert himself with this brash real estate developer, a man who had called Mexicans rapists, bragged about grabbing women by the genitals and called for a travel ban on Muslims before getting elected. Don't miss out on the latest news Sign up for our daily briefing Trump stunned the world when he swept into office in 2016. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

right whales: The group is asking both countries to expand existing protection measures for the marine mammals, with a particular focus on preventing ship strikes and fishing gear entanglement, according to National Observer. Don't miss out on the latest news Sign up for our daily briefing Twenty-eight right whales have died in North American waters since 2017, including eight in Canadian waters this summer, of a population numbering only about 400 animals. Oceana is launching its campaign in Toronto and Washington, D.C. on Thursday. Kim Elmslie, campaign director for Oceana Canada, said the bi-national campaign is asking officials for urgent, collaborative responses to the worsening crisis, as the world's oceans experience the effects of climate change. Oceana is also lobbying for stronger tracking of fishing vessels, limits on seismic blasting in right whale territory, an expanded task force of right whale experts and more long-term funding for research, including necropsies, which probe an animal's cause of death.A supplementary report by Oceana Canada describes the history of the animal named right whales because their slow swimming speeds and proximity to shore made them the right whales to hunt. The species is still at risk of extinction, so we need to find solutions for this species across borders, Elmslie said in a phone interview from Ottawa on Wednesday. ; Recommendations include reductions in vertical lines used in fixed-gear fisheries and fishery closures that would come into effect once right whales are detected in an area. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

election day: Gen, according to CTV. Julie Payette accepted Trudeau's request to dissolve the 42nd Parliament, setting in motion Canada's 43rd federal race, with campaigns in all 338 ridings. On Wednesday morning, Gov. Everything you need to know about the 2019 federal election It will be a 40-day race to the ballot box, with all party leaders crisscrossing the country in an effort to pitch themselves, their candidates, and their platforms to Canadians, before election day on Oct. 21. Responding to the election call from strategically-selected locations across the country, the other federal leaders are offering their first real campaign messages. Scroll down or click here to recap our live blog Reading on an app Click here Speaking to the media outside of Rideau Hall with a backdrop of Liberal supporters, Trudeau took the first opportunity to frame what the election will be about, followed by the other party leaders. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

relaunching growth: Paolo Gentiloni is an Italian, a former prime minister and foreign minister, who was awarded the job on Tuesday by Ursula von der Leyen, president-elect of the European Commission, according to Rabble. His priorities are to contribute to relaunching growth and social and environmental sustainability he said on accepting the role. The EU's new commissioner for economic affairs the man in charge of implementing the bloc's stringent spending rules for member states hails from a country hardly renowned for its fiscal discipline. Gentiloni, 64, is a senior figure in the centre-Left Democratic Party, which has just cobbled together a government... (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

canada secretary: Every point you'd expect to hear from the ethical oil crowd was there Neve was beyond ridiculous, according to Rabble. Kenney would absolutely not abandon his war room or his inquiry with its universally mocked snitch line. Rather than reassuring people elsewhere in Canada and potential investors around the world that, no, Alberta isn't taking a turn toward autocratic far-right populism with a nasty authoritarian streak, he snapped out a series of unconvincing responses to Amnesty International Canada Secretary General Alex Neve's letter that sounded as if they'd been drafted for him by someone at Rebel Media. Amnesty should criticize Saudi Arabia or Russia instead of picking on Alberta. Amnesty is fighting to protect foreign-funded billionaires from transparency when they're funding a campaign to land-lock Canadian energy. The international human-rights watchdog used to do better work when he was running his high school Amnesty club. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

news: Drainville reported that the Legault government considered the deep unpopularity of Bill 21 - its controversial ban on religious symbols in the public service - among the English-speaking communities of Quebec in its decision to spare English governance over the its own school community, as well as the elections that form their membership, according to CTV. While stopping short of fully confirming Drainville's report, a government source told CTV News Montreal that English-speaking communities can expect good news. The news was first reported by Bernard Drainville, political columnist for Montreal talk radio station 98.5, Wednesday morning. Our proposal will surprise the communities concerned in a positive manner, the source said. The source added, though, that the CAQ government is likely to propose a streamlined version of the current school board system, though would not offer details. People will be happy with the proposal that will be submitted to cabinet. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

seat legislature: Pallister himself was declared the winner in his Winnipeg constituency of Fort Whyte, according to CTV. Get full coverage of the Manitoba provincial election from CTV News Winnipeg What the rest of Canada should know about the Manitoba election NDP Leader Wab Kinew also won his seat in Fort Rouge. The Tories were projected to capture government in the 57-seat legislature in early returns in Tuesday's provincial election, but it wasn't clear if it would be a minority or majority. The New Democrats were on track to improve on the 14 seats won in 2016, remaining as the Official Opposition and winning back some of the core support that had abandoned them three years earlier. The PCs appeared hard-pressed to match the 40 seats they won in 2016, the largest majority government in a century in Manitoba, ending 17 years of NDP government. The Liberals with new leader Dougald Lamont, were struggling to retain the four seats they had at writ drop, which is the minimum number needed for official party status. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

electrification announcement: The two leaders made their best efforts to present the funding as a step toward a greener future one in which clean electricity, rather than fossil fuels, powers everything from cars to space and water heating.B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens at an electrification announcement in Surrey, B.C. on Aug. 29, 2019, according to National Observer. B.C. Government Photo Don't miss out on the latest news Sign up for our daily briefing But while the electrification of industry is a broadly positive step to reduce our carbon footprint, public money spent extending the scope and life expectancy of natural gas production in British Columbia is greenwashing at its worst, critics say. The prime minister of Canada and the premier of British Columbia were there to congratulate each other on an agreement to provide a combined 680 million to help the province's natural gas industry switch to using electricity to power its operations. The problem is that electrifying the activities of the province's oil and gas industry is like putting lipstick on a pig, said Andrew Weaver, the leader of the BC Greens and one of three Green legislators whose confidence vote maintains Horgan's minority NDP government. This release of methane from oil and gas operations happens both intentionally when energy firms flare it or vent it off, and unintentionally when it leaks from equipment. Most of the province's existing wells lean heavily on hydraulic fracturing, a.k.a. fracking, to extract oil and gas from massive shale deposits in the Montney basin in northeastern B.C. ; The process of producing and transporting gas releases methane, the main constituent of natural gas, which is 34 times as potent as carbon dioxide over a 100-year scale at trapping heat in the atmosphere, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

jatinderpal singh: The documents, filed on Sunday and obtained by CTVNews.ca, describe how a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent noticed Singh showing signs of extreme signs of nervousness, according to CTV. That's when they brought out a drug-sniffing dog that alerted officers. They made the discovery after pulling Jatinderpal Singh over for an inspection as he tried to cross the Ambassador Bridge early Saturday morning, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The filing said officials found approximately 120 kilograms of cocaine, following an X-ray and physical search of the truck's contents. They added that commercial truck drivers can typically earn 1,000 per kilogram for each brick smuggled in Canada across the U.S.-Canada border. The street value of the cocaine in Toronto would have been close to 6 million, according to an affidavit from a U.S. Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE officer. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

party leaders: Gen, according to CTV. Julie Payette at Rideau Hall tomorrow at 10 a.m. and ask her to dissolve the 42nd Parliament, and draw up the writs for all 338 ridings across Canada. Watch Lisa LaFlamme leads special coverage as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to launch the 2019 federal election campaign Trudeau will visit Gov. Triggering the election then means that Canadians will be in for five-and-a-half weeks of campaigning, seeing the federal party leaders crisscrossing the country and pitching themselves, their candidates, and their platforms, before voters go to the polls on Oct. 21. Trudeau had until Sept. 15 to call the election, but could have launched it as early as Sept. 1. The 40-day campaign will be just over half the length of the marathon 78-day election in 2015. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

google employees: Google employees objected to the handling of sexual harassment claims, according to National Observer. Riot Games workers demonstrated against forced arbitration. Over the past year, tech workers across the country have walked out to protest a wide range of issues. And Way Fair staff left their desks after learning that the retailer profited from migrant detention centers run by US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Over 900 Amazon employees have signed an internal petition pledging to walk out over their employer's lack of action on climate change. Now it's Amazon's turn. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

holiday officials: In 24 of 25 municipalities surveyed in the FOI audit, the municipalities met the 30-day deadline legislated under B.C.'s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act FIPPA . In one case, the deadline was missed as the administrator was on holiday, according to Vancouver Courier. Officials from six municipalities asked for various clarifications or further information. Glacier Media reporters and editors asked 24 municipalities each for five recent records to see if officials could or would comply within the province's FOI law. article continues below Trending Stories Vancouver police uncover massive bike theft ring near Oppenheimer Park Five years ago, a giant statue of Satan with an erection enthralled Vancouver Witness to Knight St. collision critical of bystander racism Vancouver mayor disappointed' over pushback to housing proposal for homeless Those records were 2018 and 2019 correspondence between the city and the province on cannabis legalization; their mayor's May 2019 calendar; their city manager's 2018 travel expenses; city employee overtime costs; and a list of FOI requests to date in 2019. In six cases, municipalities asked for money to process a request. Anyone can request personal or business information held by various levels of government under FOIPPA and the federal Access to Information Act. In no cases did cities try to negotiate lesser disclosure. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

news sign: Though I live in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, which was not in hurricane Dorian's direct trajectory, I, like many other people, took all the necessary precautions, according to National Observer. Bahamians are very interesting people. It was Friday, Aug. 30, and we went to work as expected and left with enough time to prepare for what we'd been warned about. As a Christian nation, most Bahamians are often taught to believe a God in the sky sent the storm as punishment for the nation's sins. Don't miss out on the latest news Sign up for our daily briefing At the mention of the word hurricane, the country's citizens scatter like little ants, trying to stock up on all their necessary items. At the time of writing, however, many Bahamians find themselves caught between two opinions that Dorian came to hasten us toward repentance, and that it was a manifestation of climate change. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

sean holman: We're not common carriers, according to CTV. We're not the telephone system. Journalists have always had the ability to decide what to publish and broadcast and what not to publish and broadcast, Sean Holman with Calgary's Mount Royal University said Monday. Mark Hecht, an instructor of geography at Mount Royal, argued in the column that showed on the weekend that more diversity means less social trust. Can Canada learn from Denmark The jury is out, Hecht wrote. He commended Denmark for becoming more restrictive toward immigrants. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

canadian press: Sign up for our Capital Dispatch newsletter, delivered twice weekly to your inbox and every day during the election The late-March briefing note shows officials at Employment and Social Development Canada were looking for alternatives, according to CTV. Federal officials have been closely watching the changes in the labour force away from full-time jobs in favour of more temporary, part-time or contract work. Documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act show federal officials were leery of the reliability of existing data on the number of Canadians using online platforms to earn their livings, even though the figures had come from reputable sources. Available research suggests young people are more often found in these positions, which can be lower-paid and without benefits or longer-term job security. Concerns about the ripple effects have prodded changes to the Canada Pension Plan, analysts' deep policy dives into the future of the federal social safety net, new spending on skills training and amendments to the federal labour code. That makes the effects of the gig economy of particular interest to politicians millennials make up the largest voting cohort this election season. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

immigration regulations: Speaking to reporters outside the White House, the president -- who has made strict immigration regulations a pillar of his presidency -- said that everyone needs totally proper documentation, according to CTV. The Bahamas has some tremendous problems with people going to the Bahamas that weren't supposed to be there, Trump said. The previous day, several hundred storm survivors were prevented from boarding a ferry from the Bahamas to Florida because they lacked US visas -- an incident that a top American immigration official said was a mistake. I don't want to allow people that weren't supposed to be in the Bahamas to come into the United States, including some very bad people and some very bad gang members and some very, very bad drug dealers. When announcing his candidacy in June 2015, Trump made derogatory statements about immigrants from Mexico similar to what he said about Dorian survivors, warning they were bringing drugs and crime, and were rapists. Since he took office in 2016, Trump has made multiple efforts to stem the inflow of migrants, mainly from Central America. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

work sifting: Dedicated teams from the leading federal political parties have been hard at work sifting through the entire online histories of opponents, all in the hopes they will tip the balance of any given riding in their favour, according to CBC. The results of so-called oppo research can be devastating, stripping away the entire identity of a candidate and replacing it with a singular emphasis on just a few unfortunate words or outdated jokes. That is, it's that time when opposition researchers dig up dirt on their political opponents, overturning every rock and screen-grabbing every ill-advised Facebook screed. The specific degree of wrongdoing rarely matters; even a snippet of bad publicity will cause any potential backbencher to be permanently cast aside. A number of candidates were forced to step aside during the 2015 election due to social media-related gaffes, and 2019 is likely to ensnare a few more. Opposition research isn't new, but social media has brought about a kind of golden age in this dark art. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

storm clouds: On Friday Sept. 6, The Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Province published an opinion piece on their websites titled Mark Hecht Ethnic diversity harms a country's social trust, economic well-being, argues professor, according to National Observer. But Mark Hecht is an instructor, not a professor; a commentator, not an expert. Now that we are a breath away from the writ dropping, the storm clouds are gathering. And that's the least of the problems with his piece. The newspapers corrected the headline when they published the article in the weekend print edition. He's a geography instructor at Calgary's Mount Royal University. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

canadian press: The late-March briefing note shows officials at Employment and Social Development Canada were looking for alternatives, according to National Observer. Don't miss out on the latest news Sign up for our daily briefing Federal officials have been closely watching the changes in the labour force away from full-time jobs in favour of more temporary, part-time or contract work. Documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act show federal officials were leery of the reliability of existing data on the number of Canadians using online platforms to earn their livings, even though the figures had come from reputable sources. Available research suggests young people are more often found in these positions, which can be lower-paid and without benefits or longer-term job security. Concerns about the ripple effects have prodded changes to the Canada Pension Plan, analysts' deep policy dives into the future of the federal social safety net, new spending on skills training and amendments to the federal labour code. ; What makes measuring the size of the gig economy so difficult is that there are competing definitions of what it includes. That makes the effects of the gig economy of particular interest to politicians millennials make up the largest voting cohort this election season. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.