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The Jehoshua Novels

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to launch re-election bid

BBC, April 17

Toronto’s embattled mayor is set to kick off his re-election campaign at an event his brother and campaign aide has called “history in the making”.

Rob Ford is expected to deliver a 20-minute speech at the Toronto Congress Centre, where he celebrated his mayoral win in 2010.

Mr Ford has been stripped [...]

Pro-independence party set to call Quebec election

AP, By Benjamin Shingler, March 4

Montreal – Quebec’s premier is set to call an election Wednesday in pursuit of a majority of seats for her pro-independence party, potentially putting the French-speaking province on track for another referendum to separate from Canada.

Premier Pauline Marois’ Parti Quebecois holds a minority of seats in the Quebec [...]

Canada pulls ambassador from Moscow over Ukraine

AP, March 1

Canada says it is pulling its ambassador from Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine.

A statement issued by Prime Minister Stephen Harper after an emergency Cabinet meeting says Canada also will boycott meetings leading up to the Group of Eight international economic summit being chaired by Russia in June.

CBC: Ukraine crisis: [...]


Canadian women’s team pulls off most sensational Olympic hockey victory ever

‘Mother Lode’ of Amazingly Preserved Fossils Discovered in Canada

Live Science, By Becky Oskin, February 11

A treasure trove of fossils chiseled out of a canyon in Canada’s Kootenay National Park rivals the famous Burgess Shale, the best record of early life on Earth, scientists say.

“Once we started to break fresh rock, we realized we had discovered something incredibly special,” said Robert Gaines, [...]

Snowden leaks: Canada ‘spied on airport travellers’

BBC, January 31

Canada’s electronic spy agency collected data from travellers passing through a major airport, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reports.

The CSEC collected information captured from unsuspecting passengers’ wireless devices by the airport’s free wi-fi system over two-weeks, the report says.

The revelations come from documents leaked by Edward Snowden, CBC says.


Justin Trudeau boots all senators from Liberal caucus

Toronto Star, By Joan Bryden

OTTAWA—Justin Trudeau is sweeping Liberal senators out of his party’s caucus in a bid to show he’s serious about cleaning up the Senate, a move sure to trigger turmoil among members of the scandal-plagued upper house.

The surprise move — announced today after Trudeau personally informed the 32 Liberal senators [...]

U.S. study warns of risks and unknowns in shipment of Alberta oilsands products

Ottawa Citizen (via CP), By Stanley Tromp

VANCOUVER – U.S. scientists are warning that there are environmental risks, regulatory holes and serious unknowns regarding the shipment of Alberta oilsands products by pipeline, rail and tanker.

The findings are in a 153-page report from last September by the emergency response division of the U.S. National Oceanic [...]

Israel and Saudi Ambitions

Israel-Palestine: When the Map Lies

The US and Iran are negotiating to end the over 33 years of lack of diplomatic recognition and the US-led sanction on Iran. This effort causes the Right Wing Israeli Government to scream “Nooooooo…”.

Consequently AIPAC is putting pressure, successfully we’d assert, on the US congress to pass laws [...]

Canada loses patience on Keystone XL, tells U.S. to decide

Reuters, By David Ljunggren, January 16

Ottawa – Canada bluntly told the United States on Thursday to settle the fate of TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, saying the drawn-out process on whether to approve the northern leg of the project was taking too long.

The hard-line comments by Foreign Minister John Baird were the [...]

Neil Young says ‘Canada trading integrity for money’

CBC News

The full interview here (Video)

“Legendary musician Neil Young is mounting a rally cry against “the ugliest environmental disaster” that he has ever seen or “could even comprehend”. In an exclusive interview with Jian Ghomeshi, the storied wanderer offers an unfiltered condemnation of the Alberta oilsands, brushes off his critics, and stands by [...]

What’s Driving Chaotic Dismantling of Canada’s Science Libraries?

Scientists reject Harper gov’t claims vital material is being saved digitally., By Andrew Nikiforuk, December 23

Scientists say the closure of some of the world’s finest fishery, ocean and environmental libraries by the Harper government has been so chaotic that irreplaceable collections of intellectual capital built by Canadian taxpayers for future generations has been [...]

…and as God is my witness, he’ll never have to eat poutine again!

It certainly took bloody long enough, but Sen. Ted “100% Americanlike” Cruz (R-Poutine) is finally taking action to formally renounce his Canadian citizenship, which was conferred on him at birth by virtue of being born at the top of the CN Tower in beautiful downtown Calgary, in the province of Algeria. He confirmed in an [...]

Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Gets Canada Approval

Bloomberg, By Jeremy van Loon, December 19

Enbridge Inc. (ENB)’s Northern Gateway oil-sands pipeline cleared a major hurdle as Canada’s energy regulator ruled the C$7.9 billion ($7.4 billion) conduit can move ahead under certain conditions.

The National Energy Board approved the project, subject to 209 conditions, and said that Canada would be “better off” with [...]

Canada to lay claim to North Pole amid Arctic resources rush

Reuters, December 9

Ottawa – Canada intends to lay claim to the North Pole as part of a bid to assert control over a large part of the resource-rich Arctic, Foreign Minister John Baird said on Monday.

Baird said Canada had filed a preliminary submission to a special United Nations commission collecting competing claims and [...]