Trump asked Ottawa to drop duties on e-commerce under NAFTA. Canadians should cheer, say experts

Canada has been fretting over U.S. President Donald Trump’s objectives for the upcoming NAFTA renegotiations. The administration published its wish list on Monday, ahead of the Aug. 16 date set for the start of the trade talks.

But at least one of those asks should have Canadian consumers cheering.

The U.S. requested that Ottawa raise the value of goods that Canadians can buy online without paying import duties and taxes to US$800 (C$1,011 ), up from its current level of C$20.

That would be “unambiguously good for consumers,” Daniel Schwanen, vice-president of research at the C.D. Howe Institute, told Global News.

It would save them money and time, he added.

As many online shoppers in this country already know, if their purchases shipped from the U.S. are one penny over $20, they will likely be hit with import duties and sales taxes, not to mention being delayed at the border for customs processing.

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Kid Rock: Americans ‘Should Be Able to Easily’ Navigate Tax, Health Laws

A few days after announcing his intention to run for U.S. Senate in Michigan, Kid Rock is providing some insight into his positions on key policies including taxes and health care.

In a message posted on his social media accounts Monday, the 46-year-old “Born Free” musician wrote that American taxpayers should be able to “easily understand and navigate” tax law, health care law, or any other government-led initiative that “affects us all.”

“I believe if you work your butt off and pay taxes, you should be able to easily understand and navigate the laws, tax codes, health care and anything else the government puts in place that affects us all,” Rock wrote in the statement.

Racist emails show Chicago official joked about 'safari' tour to see violence in black neighborhoods

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In a city scarred by a deep and troubling history with guns, a supervisor in the scandal-plagued water department used his city email account to negotiate firearms deals and make light of deadly Fourth of July violence in black neighborhoods by offering "Chicago Safari" tours, a new watchdog report revealed Monday.

The latest development in the ongoing investigation, which the Tribune first disclosed in May, emerged as Inspector General Joseph Ferguson detailed how ousted district water superintendent Paul Hansen emailed with individuals over personal purchases or sales of at least four firearms and five cars.

Those emails about firearms started the investigation over his use of a government account for personal business, which is against city rules. And it quickly spread to other emails sent by Hansen, who is white and the son of a former alderman, to other water department bosses, according to City Hall sources.

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Arrest warrant issued for Montreal Imam for preaching hate

An arrest warrant was issued to a imam for preaching hate and called to kill all Jews, the Jordanian imam preached and Montreal and police hate crime unit investigated him in 2016.

Video of the sermon at Montreal’s Dar al-Arqam Mosque shows the cleric calling the Jews the “worst of mankind” and hoping for their slaughter at the hands of Muslims.

The video posted and shared widely on YouTube.

Donald Jr. to Resign as Trump’s Son

The letter from Donald Jr. is claimed to be released soon, says prospect.org.

A letter from Trump Jr. announcing resignation? The letter released reads:

When Americans elected Dad as their president and the Trumps as their government (with the largest majority in American history if not more), they entrusted all of us—Eric, Ivanka, Tiffany, Barron, Melania, Jared, me, maybe two or three of those Russian girls (I’ve never been entirely sure)—with putting them, Americans, first (or at least, right behind us). That’s what we’ve all tried to do—Jared in the Middle East and Arabia and Israel, Ivanka in the parts of factories and coal mines set aside for the “paid leave workers” (the parts with slower assembly lines or in the mines, not down so deep), and me with Russia—with our friends in Russia, the businessmen (wow, what a bunch of dealmakers! and talk about ready cash!), the government, the beauty pageant contestants and some pretty tough hombres.

It’s now clear that while most of my Russian contacts were great and committed to making America great again, some maybe weren’t. As I understand the Constitution, the duties of the president’s son can’t be prescribed (stop saying “proscribed,” I know what I’m doing) by the courts, or limited, and those sons can’t face any kind punishment (right, Dad?), particularly when we’re transparent, but I don’t want to be a problem for the family, or be impeached and have Congress force me to give up my position as Son, so rather than give them the satisfaction, I’m resigning my position as Son.

I will keep the name “Donald Trump Jr.” unless that turns out to be too confusing, and apply to join the Mercer family, which has helped us all so much and can afford me.

Prospect.org is a satire left-wing news site, anything coming from the site should be checked and not taken seriously until facts have been checked.

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John Cena on The View: “I’m a Patriot, America is the greatest Country in the World`”

John Cena is an American professional wrestler, rapper, actor and reality television show host. He is signed to WWE, where he is a free agent, appearing for both the Raw and SmackDown brands. Cena started his professional wrestling career in 1999 with Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW) and won the UPW Heavyweight Championship the following year. Cena signed a developmental contract with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, later renamed to World Wrestling Entertainment, or simply WWE) in 2001, debuting on the WWE main roster in 2002.

Cena recently proposed to Nikki Bella in the middle of the ring at WrestleMania after they beat The Miz and Maryse in a mixed tag team match.

John Cena joined the discussion on The View and told the audience what they didn’t want to hear, he said he’s a patriot, and America is the greatest County in the world, watch below:

Union worries about ‘potentially dangerous’ drug exposure for some health workers in Alberta

The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) says it’s received a number of complaints from front-line health-care workers about exposure to potentially dangerous cytotoxic medications.

Mainly used in chemotherapy to fight cancer, cytotoxic medications are also used to treat an increasing number of illnesses, most recently rheumatoid and juvenile arthritis.

“So far, the union’s filed five occupational health and safety complaints with the province over members’ exposure to cytotoxic meds at facilities in Edmonton, Westlock, Cold Lake and Vegreville. We continue to receive complaints of exposure from members almost daily,” AUPE vice-president Carrie-Lynn Rusznak said in a news release Monday.

Exposure may cause pregnancy related issues, vital organ damage and in some cases, forms of cancer, the union said.

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Female genital mutilation practitioners are travelling to Canada, border officers warned

Practitioners of female genital mutilation are believed to be entering Canada to perform the illegal procedure on girls, according to intelligence reports distributed to frontline border officers.

The reports obtained by Global News show the Canada Border Services Agency has been on the alert for the arrival of travelling “PFGMs,” or practitioners of female genital mutilation, for more than a year.

Photos of the cutting tools, belts and “special herbs” practitioners might be carrying in their baggage when they arrive in the country have been circulated to border officers.

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Minneapolis woman fatally shot by police after calling 911 to report assault, family says

MINNEAPOLIS -- A woman was shot to death late Saturday by police responding to a 911 call in south Minneapolis.

Two Minneapolis police officers responded about 11:30 p.m. to a report of a possible assault in the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue South, according to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is investigating the incident. One of the officers shot and killed the woman.

No further details were released Sunday by the BCA.

Zach Damond, who identified himself in a Facebook video as the son of the woman’s fiance, said she had called police for help after hearing a noise near her house. In the video, which was posted Sunday to the Women’s March Minnesota Facebook page, Damond described the woman who was shot as his “best friend.”

“My mom is dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don’t know,” Damond said. “These cops need to get trained differently. I just know she heard a sound in the alley, so then she called the police, and the cops showed up. … Next thing I know, they take my best friend’s life.”

In an email message on Sunday, Damond said, “Tell people to call the police and demand answers.”

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Pastors suing Coca-Cola claim black community loses ‘more people to sweets than streets’

A couple of African American pastors in the Washington, DC area claim that Coke’s sugary drink and “deceptive marketing” are destroying their communities more than violence in the streets.

Pastors William Lamar, from DC’s Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, and Delman Coates, from Mount Enon Church in Maryland, claim that the soda manufacturer deceived customers of their product into believing the health risks weren’t as bad as they actually are. They claim the cost to their communities has been large.

The DC Superior Court received the pastor’s complaint Thursday. The Praxis Project, a public health group, says that the ABA and Coca Cola went through with a campaign that set out to confuse consumers about what can cause obesity, according to court documents.

The plaintiffs claim that it has been hard to protect the health of their mostly African American communities due to the fact that they are being harmed by soda, the documents show.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released astudy that proves black and Latino communities are disproportionately affected by health problems, in comparison with their white counterparts.

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Why Canada Will Probably Have Another Chinese Head Tax

ZeroHedge had an interesting article titled: “China May Import Its Workers To Canada As It Seeks “Total Access” To Canadian Market

I think there’s more to this story than being discussed.

China has a 10% male-female sex imbalance.  Thanks to the One Child policy and Chinese cultural affinity for boys, the Chinese have been aborting/abandoning/throwing their newborn daughters into rivers for the past 30 years.

China’s economy is stagnating and with American isolationism, is only going to get worse.

For the Chinese government, their model of political stability is for the State to back loans to any business that can promise employment, because large numbers of unemployed men tend to ferment revolutions.  That’s precisely how the Communists took power in China at the end of WW2, but at the same time, is also an unsustainable financial policy.

That’s very similar to how the 2008 Subprime crisis happened.

Hence, for China, they have around 10 million working/fighting age men they need to keep busy, or else risk seeing their entire country go up in flames – literally.

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'Largest medical fraud takedown in American history': More than 400 doctors, nurses and pharmacists are arrested for heathcare and opioid scams worth $1.3bn in false billing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday that federal prosecutors have charged more than 400 people in taking part in medical fraud and opioid scams that totaled $1.3 billion in fraudulent billing. 

Sessions said that 412 individuals will be prosecuted by his office in what he called the 'largest health care fraud takedown operation in American history' during a press conference in Washington.

Sessions noted that the case involves doctors, nurses and pharmacists that 'have chosen to violate their oaths and put greed ahead of their patients.'

Among those charged are six Michigan doctors accused of a scheme to prescribe unnecessary opioids. A Florida rehab facility is alleged to have recruited addicts with gift cards and visits to strip clubs, leading to $58 million in false treatments and tests. 

Officials said those charged in the schemes include more than 120 people involved in illegally prescribing and distributing narcotic painkillers. 

Such prescription opioids are behind the deadliest drug overdose epidemic in US history. 

More than 52,000 Americans died of overdoses in 2015 - a record - and experts believe the numbers have continued to rise.

'In some cases, we had addicts packed into standing-room-only waiting rooms waiting for these prescriptions,' acting FBI director Andrew McCabe said. 'They are a death sentence, plain and simple.'

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San Francisco Withholding Surveillance Videos Of Crime To Avoid ‘Stereotypes’

Within the last 90 days, there have been at least three robberies in San Francisco on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) involving groups of teenagers.

“I think people are genuinely concerned — they are fearful about the stories that have come out about the recent attacks, the assaults, the thefts,” said Debora Allen, who is a member of the BART Board of Directors.

April 22: Forty to sixty kids boarded a train at the Coliseum stop and robbed seven passengers, beating up two.

June 28: A group of four kids assaulted a passenger and made off with a cell phone at Dublin.

June 30: A woman on a train with about a dozen teenagers had her phone snatched by one them before the group got off at the Coliseum stop. Thankfully, a good Samaritan was on hand to retrieve the phone.

BART has refused to turn over surveillance videos of the incidents in fear of creating a “racial bias”

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Nude Images, Videos of Congresswoman and Husband Shared By Former Staffer, Indictment Says

Two former Capitol Hill staffers were indicted this week in connection with the alleged sharing of "private, nude images and videos" swiped from a congresswoman's cellphone.

The congresswoman is Virgin Islands Del. Stacey Plaskett, her office confirmed Thursday evening. The footage depicts Plaskett, identified in court documents as "Delegate S.P.," and her husband.

In March 2016, Plaskett entrusted her iPhone and its password to staffer Juan McCullum, who, the indictment alleges, copied the nude images and videos after offering to take the phone to an Apple store for repairs.

In July 2016, McCullum, who had left Plaskett's office, allegedly created a Hotmail account and "sent at least eleven email messages to multiple persons, including politicians, members of the media, and other persons known to [Plaskett]."

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Woman with same address as spa harassed by customers

A woman who has the same address as a massage spa with a history of prostitution arrests says that she is constantly harassed by potential customers.

Kimberly Perez says that she has been getting mysterious visitors at her Denville home ever since she moved in back in 2015.

“They’re always men. Varieties of men, from college kids to scrawny, scruffy-looking gross men,” she says.

Perez says that all the men say they are there for a massage.

“I’m like, ‘There’s no massage here. You’re at the wrong address,’” she says.

Perez says that after so many men showed up at her door, she decided to do some research online and found that her address of 317 West Main St., a section of Route 46, is the same address of a massage spa a little more than 2 miles away.

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Pentagon to continue paying for soldiers’ gender transition surgeries after House vote

WASHINGTON – The Republican-led House narrowly rejected a measure on Thursday that sought to strike an Obama-era practice of requiring the Pentagon to pay for gender transition surgeries and hormone therapy.

Democrats cast the proposal as bigoted, unconstitutional and cowardly and they won support from 24 GOP lawmakers to scuttle the amendment to the annual defence policy bill, 214-209.

The amendment crafted by Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., would have forbid money from being spent by the military’s health care system for medical treatment related to gender transition. Hartzler portrayed her proposal as a good government plan aimed at assuring military dollars are spent only on critical national defence needs.

Hartzler estimated transition surgeries, which she said most private insurance plans don’t even cover, could cost the military $1.3 billion over the next 10 years. Troops who have the surgery require months of recovery, she added, which means they’re unavailable to do their jobs.

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Spree of acid attacks in London alarming residents, politicians

Five linked acid attacks in quick succession by men on mopeds in London left several people injured, British police said Friday – the latest in a spate of such crimes that have alarmed residents and politicians.

The Metropolitan Police force said the 90-minute spree began late Thursday. Two men on a moped tossed a noxious substance into the face of a 32-year-old moped driver, then jumped into his vehicle and drove away.

The pattern was repeated across a swath of east London. At least one victim, a man in his 20s, was left with life-changing injuries, police said.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of robbery and grievous bodily harm, and police appealed to the public for more information.

The assaults come after a spate of high-profile attacks, including one in which a man is accused of throwing acid at an aspiring model and her cousin as they sat in their car. A 25-year-old man has been charged in that case.

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Actor Shia LaBeouf arrested on public drunkenness charge

Actor Shia LaBeouf was arrested Saturday in Savannah, Georgia, and charged with obstruction, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, police said.

LaBeouf, 31, was taken into custody around 4 a.m., and was released later Saturday from Chatham County Detention Center after posting a $7,000 bond, the Chatham County Sheriff's Office said.

The actor approached a bystander and a police officer asking for a cigarette, according to a statement from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department. He became disorderly, using profanities and vulgar language, when he wasn't given a cigarette, it said.

    He was told to leave the area but refused and became aggressive toward the officer, police said.

    "When the officer attempted to place LaBeouf under arrest, LaBeouf ran to a nearby hotel," the police statement said. "LaBeouf was arrested in the hotel lobby, where his disorderly behavior continued."

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    Ontario to change child support law to give adult children with disabilities access to support

    The provincial government will table an amendment to Ontario’s Family Law Act this fall to give adult children with disabilities access to child support, Torstar News Service has learned.

    The move comes in the wake of a provincial court decision Friday that ruled the law unconstitutional after a Brampton single mother’s fight to win child support for her 22-year-old disabled son.

    “The Ontario government will be moving forward with an amendment to include adult children with disabilities in the Family Law Act, to essentially mirror the federal Divorce Act,” said the government source, who added the province has been working on the change since last fall.

    “As soon as the house is sitting again, we will be able to table an amendment to the bill,” the source said.

    In his precedent-setting decision, Justice William Sullivan agreed with Robyn Coates that Ontario’s Family Law Act discriminates against adult children with disabilities because it denies them access to child support.

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    DELINGPOLE: ‘Nearly All’ Recent Global Warming Is Fabricated, Study Finds

    Much of recent global warming has been fabricated by climate scientists to make it look more frightening, a study has found.

    The peer-reviewed study by two scientists and a veteran statistician looked at the global average temperature datasets (GAST) which are used by climate alarmists to argue that recent years have been “the hottest evah” and that the warming of the last 120 years has been dramatic and unprecedented.

    What they found is that these readings are “totally inconsistent with published and credible U.S. and other temperature data.”

    That is, the adjusted data used by alarmist organizations like NASA, NOAA, and the UK Met Office differs so markedly from the original raw data that it cannot be trusted.

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