“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache, carries with it the seeds of an equal or greater benefit.”

~~ Napoleon Hill -- American Author -- Oct 26, 1883 to Nov 8, 1970

Saturday, September 29, 2018

FELDSTED: Our negotiators are juggling hand grenades, with the pins pulled, primarily because they are immune from the effects of an explosion

Freeland postpones UN speech today amid NAFTA talks and looming deadline …  was set to speak today but traded General Assembly spot for Monday 
Elise von Scheel  ~~ CBC News  ~~  Sep 29, 2018

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland's speech to the UN General Assembly in New York City today (Sept 29th) will now take place Monday due to NAFTA talks, and officials say there is a strong possibility someone else might have to deliver the remarks on Canada's behalf.

Freeland, who is in the throes of a last-stage effort to secure a North American free trade deal, traded her time slot on the UN rostrum, according to officials in the minister's office. 
Officials told CBC News that the postponement of her speech was due to the trade negotiations, which sources say intensified this week …

As of Saturday morning, the minister was still in Canada. Sources with direct knowledge of the talks told CBC News that David MacNaughton, Canada's ambassador to the U.S., had flown to Ottawa to be part of the concentrated Canadian effort. 

The text of the existing US - Mexico deal is expected to be published by Sunday, and there have been fears that Congress would be willing to press ahead with the bilateral agreement if Canada can't get a deal done.

The misinformation from our government, and from the media, is disgusting ...

Friday, September 28, 2018

There are some things that people should NOT be allowed to Google - vaccinations should top that list!

A couple of weeks back I came out of a medical appointment to hear Dr. John Harding, a medical health officer with Vancouver Coastal Health, speaking on the CBC Noon hour radio program out of Vancouver. 

His being asked to be a guest came about as the direct result of an individual with measles, having attended the Skookum Festival, and having been in a number of other locations that same weekend.

Unfortunately, I was only able to catch the last couple minutes; what I did hear concerned me greatly enough that I contacted Vancouver Coastal Health to find out more.

One thing that stood out for me came from a female caller to the noon hour radio program.  She indicated she had received an organ transplant several years before, and was therefore at risk from individuals contracting, and becoming sick from, serious diseases they had not been vaccinated for.  That is something I was not aware of, and I doubt many people are.  So, what are the risks then for those who have had organ transplants I asked?

These are challenging situations for people who cannot themselves receive vaccine because of reduced function of their immune systems. With organ transplants, patients must take life-long medications that suppress the immune system so that it does not reject the transplanted organ.”

This impacts more than just those who have received an organ transplant however, as I quickly found out, from Vancouver Coast Health.

Other immune-compromising situations include HIV / AIDS and cancers requiring immune-suppressing treatments such as chemotherapy, which reduce their body’s ability to defend against infection.”

be real vaccine injuries of a serious nature.  The
rest were utterly impossible or could be explained
by something else, something far more likely.

So, what of our anti-vaccer crowd … the ones who read on the internet that vaccines are bad.  They infuriate me … well actually they infuriate most people with their stupidity … as another caller to the show exhibited. They said, their first child had been given the measles vaccine, and had been sick for two weeks.  Because of that they deliberately chose not to put the 'poisonous chemicals' (as they called them) in their second child's body. 

Seriously ... how can any educated person, in this day and age, ever come to that decision?  Their first child is sick two weeks, but likely protected against weeks, or months, of serious illness, that their second child is now going to face should they become infected.

The fact of the matter is, most people that receive immunizations don’t experience any side effects other than a sore arm for a day or two. That’s it!  I won’t deny it, nor would any medical personnel -- no medication is entirely without risk … not even aspirin and cold medications.  However, immunizations are among the safest of any medication, because they are distributed widely.

Tiffany Akins, from Vancouver Health, said to me,
We track all side effects from immunizations through Public Health, whether they are expected or unexpected side effects, in order to ensure they (vaccines) are safe”.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

FELDSTED: Censorship is far worse than hypocrisy, it is a direct attack on our fundamental, charter protected freedoms

Trudeau accuses Tories of ‘playing politics’ over Tori Stafford murder
By Alex Boutilier  ~~  Ottawa Bureau  ~~  Wed., Sept. 26, 2018

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused the Conservatives of using the 2009 murder of Tori Stafford to “play politics” Wednesday, as opposition MPs repeatedly attacked a government decision to move one of the girl’s killers to a healing lodge.

In a tense debate in the House of Commons, the Conservatives grilled the government over a decision by Correctional Services Canada to move Terri-Lynne McClintic from a prison to the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge last December …

… in what NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson described as “sickening” exploitation, several Conservative MPs read graphic details of the case into the record. After multiple rounds of questioning, Conservative justice critic Tony Clement described in detail how McClintic took part’s in Tori’s kidnapping, sexual assault and murder.

  Nicholson dismissed the Liberals’ criticism that opposition members were using a child’s murder to score political points.

“I think my colleagues who asked those questions are on the side of the family here,” Nicholson said outside the House of Commons.

This is typical government reaction to valid criticism - shut down the dialogue -- change the narrative.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

“I would have refused to be part of a sham process, and neither Gordon Campbell nor Gary Collins wanted anything like sham” ~~ Kevin Krueger

The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services is currently in the midst of budget consultations with British Columbians, where we are invited to share ideas, and priorities, for the upcoming provincial budget.  Bob D'Eith, MLA for Maple Ridge–Mission, is the Chair of the committee.  At the session in Campbell River September 20th he stated to those gathered:

We are a committee of the Legislative Assembly, and our membership includes MLAs from all three parties in the Legislature. Every fall, we visit communities from across the province to meet with British Columbians and hear about their priorities and ideas for the next provincial budget.”

Those on the committee, representing all parties currently in the legislature, are:

Dan Ashton, MLA representing the area of Penticton to Peachland

Stephanie Cadieux. MLA for Surrey South

Peter Milobar, MLA for Kamloops – North Thompson

Sonia Furstenau, MLA for Cowichan Valley

Mitzi Dean, MLA for Esquimalt - Metchosin

Ronna-Rae Leonard, MLA Courtenay - Comox

Nicholas Simons, MLA for Powell River – Sunshine Coast

John Twigg, a veteran journalist and communications consultant (perhaps best known for serving as press secretary to NDP leader Dave Barrett in the 1972 election campaign and then as BC’s first Press Secretary to Premier Barrett), spoke to the committee during it’s September 20th stop in Campbell River.

Twigg began by saying, “I've been watching this committee off and on for almost 50 years, and I've made one previous presentation, about 12 years ago. These pre-budget consultations are important. They help MLAs and governments to get a sense of what the priorities are for citizens and taxpayers.”

He then went on to list what he believed should be the top budget priorities for the government to consider, some of which he acknowledged had already been discussed:

Affordability for families, students, seniors, individuals and businesses, something he stated was also coming up as a common issue in the civic elections going on through-out the province … housing, of which he indicated there needed to be more, and new types of, social housing and incentives for new private sector housing, especially for seniors … the economy and the business climate, as they were key to more jobs and more government revenues.

One of the most critical things that you can do is have a good budget, with an orientation toward strengthening the economy”, Twigg stated, before recommending that all on the panel should be seated for what he had to say next … his support of the Trans Mountain Pipeline … “That is so critical to the well-being of western Canada, and particularly for British Columbia. I cannot emphasize it enough: billions of dollars are at stake. Please.

As the government of BC continues to allow mega mansions to ‘grow’ on Fraser Valley farmland, the price of imported food continue to increase

BC Stats Infoline, with information from Statistics Canada, had a number of bad news stories yesterday.

First off, retail sales in British Columbia(seasonally adjusted) fell 0.5% in July compared to June.  THIS WAS THE 3rd CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF DECLINES.  With that, I have to wonder what this says about confidence in the BC economy

Moving on to what it costs families in BC to live.  As the government of BC continues to allow mega mansions to ‘grow’ on Fraser Valley farmland, the price of imported food continues to increase, as shown by provincial governments latest update.

Since August of 2017, the price of groceries, purchased from stores, has climbed 1.9 percent. Within the food category, the highest rise in prices was for fresh vegetables (up 5 percent), fresh fruit (+3.9 percent), and fish and other seafood (+2 percent).

All of these just mentioned items are all in season … all being grown and harvested … and yet at the season peak for all of them, prices are rising instead of going down.  

Why? ... because that is the exact opposite of what should be happening!

FELDSTED: People under deportation orders in the US are not seeking sanctuary, they are shopping for a laxer review of their claims

Canada has removed only 6 of 900 asylum seekers facing U.S. deportation.  Border Security Minister Bill Blair apologizes for saying majority of asylum seekers had left

Teresa Wright ~~ The Canadian Press / CBC News ~~ Sept 24, 2018

Canadian Border Security Agency
Minister Minister Bill Blair
Confusion over the number of irregular migrants that have been removed from Canada led to an apology Monday from Border Security Minister Bill Blair — and attracted fresh calls from Opposition MPs for more action to address ongoing border woes.

Over the weekend, Blair created a hornet's nest of criticism when he told Global News in an interview that the "overwhelming majority" of asylum seekers who have crossed irregularly into Canada over the last 21 months have left the country.

But the government's own numbers tell a different story….  since early 2017, more than 34,000 asylum seekers have crossed into Canada through unofficial points. To date, only 398 — or about one per cent — have been removed. 

Click here for the full Canadian Press / CBC story

This is an abysmal situation made worse by government equivocations. We have no obligation to take in asylum seekers leaving from a safe nation. People under deportation orders in the US are not seeking sanctuary, they are shopping for a laxer review of their claims.

American residents deported to their home nations, due to expiry of temporary American sanctuary, are not refugees.  And, those being deported for criminal records, or for falsified applications, are a serious threat to our society and should be expelled without process.  I do not believe that the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) cannot access US records, on deportation, to establish the reasons for the deportation order from the US.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Splendour Without Diminishment; is that representative of how things are here in our province now, 130 years later?”

Long-time conservative friend Ben Besler said to me recently, “I remember being in a BC Conservative board meeting with the Tactical Advisory Group. Former Newfoundland Premier Brian Peckford was there, and he started in on a rant about where we were as an organization.”

He (Peckford) said, “Listen. If you want to win, there are three things that you need to work on, and that’s: Organization! organization! and organization!”.

His direct passion in saying those words has always stuck with me”, said Ben, before continuing, “But organize where … and how?  And who are we … and what do we stand for?”

Good questions, asked by Brian Peckford a year or two prior to the 2013 Provincial election … and more recently from Ben as well.

That led me to think, and wonder, who we are as a province … which accidentally led me to finding the motto of our province.  First adopted in 1895, it is Splendor sine occasu"Splendour Without Diminishment".  Now let me ask you a question ... is that representative of how things are now in ourt province, 130 years later?

Small town BC is in decline … young people are facing fewer job opportunities … our healthcare system is not providing enough doctors and nurses to meet our needs (and people having to line up for services at walk-in clinics) … school yards filled with portable classrooms due to a lack of planning … criminals walk free with a slap on the wrist … and children are ending up in school with a sick feeling of hunger in their bellies.

It would be hard, very hard, to not see that years of Liberal and NDP governments have sadly diminished the shine on BC’s splendour.

Traditionally over the past two plus decades the BC Liberals (and before that Social Credit), were said to be a coalition of liberals and conservatives, with the objective to keep the NDP out of power.  But is that coalition needed any more … better yet, why should it even exist?  We’ve now seen that the NDP can win government, even with Andrew Weaver’s Green Party splitting the vote (and then joining up for a coalition of their own on the left).  

So, what becomes of the old tactic … one in which the BC Liberals continue thinking they have the right to demand conservative support, as the conservatives have (at least up to now) had no place to go?  It seems a growing number of conservatives no longer are content, being subjected to sitting at the back of the bus.  They have a problem however.

Many, who consider themselves conservatives, are good at writing cheques and giving financial support.  What gets in the way of doing more is often a lack of time and opportunity, along with energy and voice.

That’s because they’re busy getting to work on time, getting kids to school and recreational activities, and having family time. 

They are entrepreneurs who devote every waking minute to creating a better product or service.

They are also people who are generally self-sufficient and don’t prioritize the necessity of outside assistance or governance high in their lives.

All good and commendable things, however as Ben Besler said to me, “This must change, because the battles worth fighting are the ones with boots on the ground, backed by passion, and a strong conviction to the cause. We need to find the passion to inspire again”.

Friday, September 21, 2018

The environment needs to be protected, however, environmental protection should not be the blindered, intolerant, religious cult it has become

Liberals will bow to court ruling, launch review of Trans Mountain oil tanker traffic impact
Amanda Connolly ~~ Global News ~~ September 21, 2018

The Liberals will bow to a federal court ruling and proceed with a review of how increased tanker traffic from the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion could impact marine ecosystems on the Pacific coast.

Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi made the announcement from Halifax on Friday morning and said the plan is to have the additional review completed within the next five months. However, he did not provide any updated timeline on when construction on the controversial project could begin.

“Let me assure you. This government is committed to protecting our oceans and coastlines,” he said, noting updates on the timeline of the project will come within the next few weeks when the government announces how it plans to fulfill the Federal Court’s requirement for it to properly consult with Indigenous peoples. 

“That will be part of the next step that we will be announcing shortly.”

Soji is right on one major point – this government needs to be committed, as it makes the Keystone Cops look like paragons of organization and effectiveness.

The tall foreheads in short pants in the Prime Ministers Office think that environmental legislation is separate from real world economics, investments, GDP growth, our cost of living, attracting entrepreneurs and running an attractive, secure and stable nation.

These idiots wrote environmental law so complex, and convoluted, they could not follow it themselves.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

My opinion is just that, mine … and I have every right to express it, just as you do yours

Peace brother ... and out

The other day I was described in the following way, by an individual who didn’t agree with a position I had taken, with regards to the free-wheeling illegally operating pot stores in the City of Kamloops:

Garrett Gilmour: We get it, Alan, you're 89 years old, your great great great grand-pappy settled these here lands back in eighteen odd six, and you drive in one lane traffic at 35 kilometers during rush hour and think its your god given right to do so. Trust me. We get it. 

Well I certainly believe that people should have the right to their opinions, and be able to share and exchange them, I would hope they would have balance and at least be somewhat accurate.

So, for your information, this is the 'accurate' readers digest condensed version of me; who I am, and who I've been.

The old mare I first learned to ride
after arriving in the Cariboo in 1965
I have been politically active since my teens ... I have been a union member and shop steward ... I have been a retail clerk … I’ve been employed in all facets of the broadcast industry … I’ve been a mine worker … and I worked at Fields back when it was a full-fledged department store, even selling furniture and appliances as a 16 and 17-year-old.

In my teens I shoveled snow and mowed lawns to earn my own money to buy records, and eat at the Dog N Suds … and I even used our family horse in the Cariboo to deliver the Vancouver Sun in our neighbourhood -- just once though as hoof prints in the lawns were a problem  :D

I’ve been an employee, and I’ve been management.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

No incentives were given. Folks just bought in almost instantly. And some of us... me included, still compost at home as well

Today, an exciting post filled with intrigue, suspense, ethics, chaos and more!!!  No … actually it’s about GARBAGE. 

I know, NOT exciting at all, however a topic with is important if the next generation isn’t to be overrun by it.  A week and a half ago (September 8th) the Government of BC, issued a media release, "Changes to Organic Matter Recycling Regulation proposed"

The Organic Matter Recycling Regulation (OMRR) is currently undergoing a comprehensive review to, as the government states, ensure it remains protective of human health and the environment. The 2018 Intentions Paper is now available for review, and comment, with those interested invited to submit comments by November 8th, to be considered in preparing the proposed revisions to the regulation. Review the 2018 Intentions Paper (PDF)

In reading through the media release and intentions paper, I was interested to note that food scraps, grass clippings, and animal manure and human waste can represent up to 40% of all waste that is sent for disposal. The logical conclusion for that would then be; keeping organic materials out of our landfills will extend their life, as well as reduce the production of greenhouse gases, particularly methane. 

At yesterdays (September 18th) city council meeting Dieter Dudy apparently brought up the topic of organics recycling, according to fellow councilor Kathy Sinclair.  She stated to me that, “We have the means to do organic pickup, but currently nowhere to put it. Staff is investigating whether organic matter can be added to a bio-solids solution that is still in the works. A report on that is upcoming.”

While our province is working toward a target of 75% of the population being covered by organic waste disposal restrictions by 2020, I wondered how that fits with policies other communities are undertaking, and if we are on track for that goal.

North Cowichan City Councillor Al Siebring, informed me that they’ve had the “kitchen pitch-in” program for household organics since 2012.  

It has reduced the volume/weight of “garbage” into our solid waste stream by close to of 50%”, he stated.  “The separated organics are all processed and resold as compost here on the Island.”

The Municipality of North Cowichan is at the head of the curve when it comes to the disposal of these organics”, he continued.

Up in my old hometown of Williams Lake former MLA, and now city mayor, Walt Cobb indicated … “Our landfill and recycling are all contracted through the Cariboo Regional District, so I am not sure what their plans are”.

I do know that our Conservation Society that help us promote recycling and reuse is working on some composting.  Whenever there is any kind of food event, they are there separating and making people aware of the food separation needs so it is not contaminated.”

So what kinds of funding are being made available, to municipal governments, towards processes (such as additionally scheduled pick-ups for organic matter only, which will allow communities to meet the BC government targets of 75% of the population being covered by organic waste disposal restrictions?  Here’s Fort St. John city mayor Lori Ackerman:

Monday, September 17, 2018

Society needs to ask itself if it wants young people in leadership roles. If ‘Yes’, then it needs to step aside and mentor/foster young people's leadership skills

Gavin Dew, founder of the Forum
for Millennial Leadership (FML)

On Thursday, at the UBCM annual meeting which was held in Whistler, Gavin Dew, founder of the Forum for Millennial Leadership (FML) spoke at a session entitled, “Engaging Millennials”.  At the session, he spoke of millennial leadership, polling on millennials in politics, why millennials are a growing electoral force, and why we should help.

My nephew Steve Forseth, Cariboo Regional District Area “D” representative, attended the workshop session and when I asked him about the session he stated:

The session Engaging Millennial's was an interesting one, lots of tips on how a local government can start up a youth council, and an engaging session on how to get more young people involved in local government.” 

Young people in public leadership is not a new concept, but it is not an easy journey. Perhaps one of the very reasons the Forum for Millennial Leadership was formed, and why on Tuesday (Sept 18th) they’ll be holding a leadership conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre, with some fairly big heavyweights on the BC political scene as part of their panels.

One of the workshops will include elected political leaders sharing their stories of being elected young, learning the ropes, and encountering, and overcoming, age-related obstacles in public service.  The panel will be made up of Michael Wiebe (Commissioner, Vancouver Park Board) … Bowinn Ma (BC MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale) … Brad West (Port Coquitlam City Councillor) … and Michelle Stilwell (BC MLA for Parksville-Qualicum) will be presenting tips for young aspiring public leaders, and showcasing how young candidates can become the next leaders of our cities, province and nation. 

Another workshop, to be moderated by Richard Zussman, (Online Reporter, Global News) will showcase some of the qualified and motivated first-time Millennial candidates who are running for office in the metro-Vancouver region.  Topics at that session will include why are they running for office, and what they stand for? … how their platforms and priorities differ from older candidates, and from one another … and how heir candidacy been received to-date.

The conference will also discuss breaking down barriers to millennial political participation -- such as the fact only 26 per cent of 18 to 34-year olds believe candidates their age are taken seriously.

Clearly something needs to change, according to the Forum for Millennial Leaderships Gavin Dew.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Of the grant money our BC NDP government announced today, twenty-six percent ($45,000) is for events which have already taken place, or will end shortly

Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture ... Image: BC NDP

Sports competitions provide great benefits for B.C. residents,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

They promote athlete development, bring people together and help organizations gain expertise in hosting large events, which boost local economies. By investing in sport events, we are investing in the future of our communities.”

With those words today, the BC government announced 23 communities will gain valuable experience staging a total of 39 provincial, regional, national and international sport championships over the next year, thanks to $175,650 in grants from the provincial government. 

Most people, I believe, would consider the words “will gain valuable experience” to relate to the future.  Not necessarily our NDP government however; they have their own definition, which allows for them to include sporting events which have already taken place. 

Looking over the list of Hosting BC Grants recipients, I found that several events have already taken place. 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

BC Premier John Horgan’s statement on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples anniversary

Premier John Horgan has released the following statement in honour of the 11th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP):

Eleven years ago, UNDRIP was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly to protect and uphold the inherent rights and human rights of Indigenous peoples around the globe.

One of our first commitments as government was to work to implement UNDRIP, the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Tsilhqot’in Supreme Court decision. The road is long, but we have made reconciliation a cross-government priority and are taking important steps forward, in partnership with Indigenous peoples.

Government after government has made empty promises to First Nations and all Indigenous peoples, and made unilateral decisions about their communities and land. Systemic and institutional racism has left a legacy of trauma and inequality that affects the lives of Indigenous peoples in British Columbia to this day.

Our government is working toward a new beginning, to help heal the traumas of the past and move forward, toward true and lasting reconciliation. It is the only way to build healthy communities, to create jobs and economic stability, where everyone benefits.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

FELDSTED: Without rational resource development and the investments, we are condemning ourselves and our children to steadily increasing costs of living and a steadily declining standard of living

Quebec paves way for oil, gas exploration with new plan … drawing criticism from environmental, aboriginal and citizen groups
Bloomberg News / Montreal Gazette  ~~ December 12, 2016

Christopher Curtis / Montreal Gazette  ~~ December 5, 2016

Not many people realize that in 2016, while Quebec civic and provincial politicians were expressing strong opposition to the Energy East pipeline project, the Quebec government was approving a plan to expand its oil and gas production and pipeline construction – including a new tanker loading facility.

Which leads me to comment, “Lack of a coherent plan for approval and construction of resource development projects in the national interest is inexcusable.”

We are a confederation of provinces with equal stature, powers and responsibilities not a conglomeration of competing rivals.

The French Province of Canada, and later the northern colonies in British North America, were colonized and grew as a source of desired resources. Canada was formed through a confederation of provinces, in part for mutual protection of provinces against the threat of American invasion, and in part because the government of the province of Canada formed in 1840 was ungovernable. The eastern and western sectors (now Ontario and Quebec) could not agree on the time of day and no political leader could attract sufficient support from both entities to form a majority government.

We are back-sliding into this conundrum with cities and municipalities who have no constitutional authority over anything trying to get into the act. There is no clear thinking, no common sense, no rationale and no leadership. The whole notion that the City of Burnaby and the Province of British Columbia are embarked on a noble crusade by opposing the Trans Mountain pipeline is nonsense.

Provinces do not appear to have any constitutional jurisdiction over the environment. It is not enumerated in the classes of provincial jurisdiction and thus become a federal matter.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Alberta shows how you don’t need to choose between the environment and the economy, as they move forward on both

January 29th, 2018 Suncor announced that the Fort Hills project was continuing its steady ramp up of production following the safe start-up of secondary extraction two days earlier

Fort Hills, which is located approximately 90 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, saw an average of 7,900 people at peak construction. Now in operation, Fort Hills employs approximately 1,400 direct employees, with the vast majority have been hired from Alberta.

Foothills cogeneration facility has a total capacity of 180 megawatts,
and generates electricity from what would otherwise be waste heat

“… you don’t need to choose between the environment and the economy. We can and we must move forward on both” ~~ Margaret McCuaig-Boyd, Minister of Energy

Today in Alberta, Suncor marked another new milestone with the grand opening of the project.  Attending alongside of Suncor officials were Premier Rachel Notley and Energy Minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd, local contractors, First Nations leaders and other delegates.

According to the Alberta government, estimates show that the Fort Hills project could end up generating $8 billion in royalties to its’ citizens.  Money which will be used for public services including roads, schools and hospitals.

Suncor CEO, Steve Williams, stated today that:
Fort Hills is the new face of oil sands. Not only will it produce returns for shareholders, generate jobs, create revenue for vendors and suppliers, and contribute to the provincial and national economies. “

Sunday, September 9, 2018

FELDSTED: Above all, we must ensure that our immigration system is orderly, fair and meets the needs of our society

'A cage without walls': Once in South Korea, North Koreans have little chance of getting asylum elsewhere
Jennifer Yoon ~~ CBC News ~~ Sep 09, 2018

Jo Hye Kyung beat the odds: She made a dangerous escape from North Korea 20 years ago and eventually made her way to Canada and a new life. But because she initially settled in South Korea, her life in Toronto may soon be uprooted.

As soon as North Koreans enter South Korea, they are granted citizenship, but that makes them ineligible to apply for asylum in Canada since South Korea is considered a safe country. Which is why they end up applying for refugee status as North Koreans without declaring their South Korean citizenship.

Immigration, in Canada, appears to be in total disarray. And why you ask?  All you have to do is ask, “What is the difference between asylum seekers who come to Canada via South Korea and those who come here from the USA?”

Surly the same ‘international obligations’ cited by our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apply to both.