Canada's oil patch losing out BIGLY

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A trickle of Canadian oil-drilling rigs heading south of the border this year has turned into a steady stream – a movement of equipment the energy industry says it hasn’t seen in decades.

The United States’ booming oil plays are a potent enticement as Canada’s energy sector struggles to regain the activity and investment it had before the oil-price crash four years ago. And U.S. President Donald Trump’s full-on embrace of U.S. energy independence and his administration’s loosening of environmental rules has been a shot in the arm for his country’s oil and gas industry.

The opportunity for more work, along with the partial or full payment of moving costs, are driving Canadian companies south. At least half a dozen Alberta drilling firms are sending some of their most powerful and newest technology rigs – and sometimes crews – to the United States.

“It shows you how Canada is kind of missing out on the rebound the U.S. is enjoying,” said Precision Drilling Corp. chief executive Kevin Neveu regarding his firm’s decision to move a $25-million rig from Alberta’s Deep Basin to the Marcellus play in Pennsylvania in the weeks ahead.

Already, firms such as Akita Drilling Ltd., Trinidad Drilling Ltd. and Ensign Energy Services Inc. have said they will make similar moves. Savanna Energy Services Corp. relocated a rig and crews from Canada to Texas early this year.

Now joining the migration is Citadel Drilling Inc., which said this week that it’s transporting three of its fleet of six drilling rigs to the Permian Basin. The three rigs are being outfitted for heat instead of cold and some crew members will also be moved to West Texas.

“We’re not generating profits for our shareholders. We’re treading water financially, at best,” said chief executive Dan Hoffarth, saying the small private firm with about 100 employees agonized over the decision.

He cites the “self-imposed” issues that are hindering investment in Canada, including a lack of pipeline access that weakens the price that oil producers can get for their products, carbon taxes and legislation that would prohibit tankers from carrying crude from ports in northern B.C., while oil imports from overseas flow freely into Canada.

“This was a need, not a want,” Mr. Hoffarth said of the move to the United States.

For its part, Precision already has major U.S. operations. In the past, however, the public company had said it would not move Canadian equipment across the border. But Mr. Neveu said activity for Precision in the United States is 75 per cent of what it was from the peak in 2014, while Canadian activity is about one-third of what it was. Long in the business, Mr. Neveu said this is the first time he has seen Canadian equipment move to the United States in any significant way since the 1980s – the days of the National Energy Program.

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Canadians Who Want To Play Hardball With Trump Should Look At This Map

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Canadians are in no mood to coddle Donald Trump.

A new survey from Angus Reid finds 70 per cent of respondents want Ottawa to play hardball with the Trump administration in the growing trade dispute between our two countries. Only 30 per cent would like to take a "soft" approach in the hopes of placating the temperamental U.S. leader.

The survey — taken before, during and after the G7 summit that ended with a Trump Twitter tirade against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — finds Trudeau's approval rating has spiked higher amid the trade conflict, with 52 per cent giving thumbs-up to the prime minister's performance, up from 40 per cent in March.

So we're on board for a gloves-off fight with the orange-tinted occupant of the White House. But do we really know what we're getting ourselves into?

The simple reality is that Canada's economy is far more dependent on trade with the U.S. than the other way around. Far, far more. To illustrate that point, analysts at National Bank of Canada published a map this week highlighting how much each province and U.S. state depends on trade across the 49th parallel.

 

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No U.S. state comes close to being as dependent on cross-border trade as Ontario, where 49 per cent of economic output is linked to U.S. trade, or New Brunswick, where it's 50 per cent.

In an economic fight with the U.S., we would inevitably be bringing a knife to a gunfight.

National Bank Financial Markets geopolitical analyst Angelo Katsoras, who put together the map, says there's something that could hurt Canada more than Trump's trade tariffs, and that's the uncertainty that seemingly endless NAFTA negotiations are creating.

Companies don't want to invest into uncertain climates, and when business investment stalls, so does job creation.

"The bad news is that the longer negotiations drag on, the riskier investing in Canada and Mexico could become for companies looking for guaranteed access to the U.S. market," Katsoras wrote in a client note.

He quoted a recent Financial Post column that he says "best summed up" the situation Canada is in:

With NAFTA in place, Canada is an option when globally oriented firms considered their North American strategies; without it, Canada is a smallish market that probably can be served from the U.S. or elsewhere.

Ouch. That certainly puts things in perspective.

"Given the prospect of never-ending negotiations, we can expect more and more people to challenge ... Trudeau's declaration that a bad deal would be worse than no deal," Katsoras wrote.

"In their view, a flawed deal should be preferred to the risk of seeing certain companies choosing not to invest in Canada."

U.S. also exposed to risks of a trade war

That's not to say the U.S. could walk away from a trade war unscathed. As we reported last year, the majority of U.S. states have Canada as their largest export market:

What's more, Trump is likely to pay a higher political price than Trudeau if a trade war leads to economic pain domestically. As the survey above shows, Canadians are likely willing to give Trudeau a lot of leeway fighting Trump's protectionism.

But "the political blowback from states (including those that voted for him), businesses and Congress could overwhelm (Trump's) administration," Katsoras wrote.

"Going beyond threats would also seriously risk one of Trump's main talking points: the strong performance of the economy and the financial markets under his watch."

For that reason, Katsoras still believes that Trump won't pull the trigger and cancel NAFTA.

But can we really count on Trump to do the rational thing? With steel and aluminium tariffs in place, and Trump already talking about expanding tariffs to include auto imports, it hardly seems like the U.S. president is about to turn friendly towards Canada.

The experts have been telling us for years that Canada needs to diversify its trading partners; we can't simply rely on the U.S. forever. Those words ring more true than ever today, but it seems we may have waited too long, and there's precious little we can do but fight a trade war in defense of our economic interests.

We have to ask ourselves, just how much wealth are we willing to risk fighting Trump? And how much choice do we actually have? 

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Georgia grandmother kills rabid bobcat with bare hands

“I took it straight to the ground and started inching my hands up to its throat. I knew that was the only way I was getting out of this,” said 46-year-old DeDe Phillips.

ATHENS, Ga. — A rabid bobcat recently attacked a Hart County grandmother in her yard, spurring a furious battle that ended with the cat’s strangulation death.

“I thought, ‘Not today.’ There was no way I was going to die,” DeDe Phillips said Thursday as she recalled the attack that occurred June 7 at her home off Liberty Church Road.

Phillips has begun a round of rabies shots at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. She also has a broken finger and numerous bite and claw wounds to her hands, arms, chest and legs.

“I’m very lucky,” the 46-year-old woman said.

The unprovoked attack occurred about 6 p.m. She had been working on her truck that afternoon and posted a bumper sticker that read: “Women who behave rarely make history.” She planned to photograph the sticker and send it to her husband.

She walked out of the house with her cellphone.

“My neighbor’s dog was barking, and it drew my attention,” she said. “I saw the cat and I took a picture. The cat took two steps and was on top of me. ... It came for my face.”

Alberta to be economically MURDERED by the Trudeau liberals

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The Trudeau Liberals call Bill C-48 the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act.

But it’s not a tanker ban at all. It’s a product blockade. And most of the blocked products are from Alberta.

“This bill is an attempt to further restrict the oilsands,” says Alberta Sen. Doug Black, who promises a major fight on second reading in the fall.

The Alberta NDP pitched in Wednesday with a written request to object at Senate hearings.

Black says: “Bill C-48 is a direct aim at the oilsands and at Alberta’s ability to refine products and ship them. Right to the heart!”

From the northern tip of Vancouver Island to Alaska, the bill would prohibit loading shipments of everything from diluted bitumen to oil and gas condensates.

You have to wonder why, if Ottawa is so keen on banning tankers, the bill didn’t just block ships from coming to port.

It doesn’t do that. Rather, it bans loading of a long list of common crude and refined products, many of which, like propane, could be shipped to Asia.

In her letter to the Senate, Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd wrote:

“Alberta continues to have serious concerns with this legislation’s treatment of persistent oils, such as partially upgraded bitumen, and particularly condensates.”

Ottawa has steadily added more products to the ban, citing spill concerns.

The province says this shotgun approach threatens billions in revenue and refining projects.

“Many stakeholders are supportive of shipping these products off B.C’s north coast,” says McCuaig-Boyd.

“It is also worth noting that tankers have been safely moving along Canada’s West Coast since the 1930s.”

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Saskatchewan joins Alberta in pipeline battle with B.C

Premier Moe says Saskatchewan won't help source oil for Canada if Alberta decides to cut supply

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Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says he'll stand by Alberta if the province decides to restrict oil exports to pressure British Columbia to abandon its opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

Moe said he would "absolutely" encourage Rachel Notley, his Alberta counterpart, to cut off domestic exports of its oil.

"If the fuel tanks start to run dry because Premier Notley has turned the tap off, it won't be Saskatchewan filling them up," the premier told CBC Radio's The House.

Though Saskatchewan isn't connected to Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline, the delays in getting the $7.4 billion expansion completed are affecting rail shipments of grain and other products in and out of the province because a lot of oil is moving by train, Moe said.

In early February, B.C. Premier John Horgan proposed restrictions on bitumen shipments that would flow through the expanded pipeline from Alberta to the West Coast. In response, Premier Notley pulled Alberta back from purchasing hydro power and wine from its western neighbour.

B.C. is asking the courts to decide if it has the power to limit how much diluted bitumen can flow through pipelines in the province.

The war escalated a few weeks later when Notley floated the idea of cutting oil shipments from Alberta entirely.

Though the issue revolves around the two westernmost provinces, Moe said he'd back Notley if she decided to cut oil supplies to any market.

"I think she can turn them off to wherever she has access to until we ensure that this pipeline that has been approved by our federal government is starting construction."

Federal government slow to intervene

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has vowed to stand his ground on the expansion, saying it will be built.

"We're just going to reiterate that the decision we made was in the national interest and we're going to move forward with that decision, which means we're going to get the Trans Mountain pipeline built," he said.

But there has been no action since that statement in February — and words alone aren't enough for Notley.

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Australian government to consider fast-track visas for “white South African farmers”

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South Africa’s proposed move towards land expropriation without compensation is catching the attention of some very important people across the world.

Peter Dutton, the Australian Home Affairs Minister, certainly qualifies as one of them. He was speaking to the media on Wednesday and said that creating a fast-track visa for “persecuted” white South African farmers was up for consideration:

“If you look at the footage and read the stories, you hear the accounts, it’s a horrific circumstance they face. From what I have seen, they [white South African farmers] need help from a civilised country like ours.”

“We want people who want to come here, abide by our laws, integrate into our society, work hard, not lead a life on welfare. And I think these people deserve special attention and we’re certainly applying that special attention now.”

Fast-track visas for white South African farmers?

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Dutton has directed the Home Affairs Department to explore whether the farmers can be accepted into Australia through refugee, humanitarian or other visas, including the in-country persecution visa category.

The minister’s comments prompted Australian media to report on farm murders in South Africa. This will no doubt be something that Peter Dutton will use to his advantage if he tries to pursue this legislation.

Should farmers get “refugee” status?

The fears over land expropriation without compensation have been developing since Parliament passed an ANC motion, allowing the party to go ahead and implement their redistribution plans.

The DA has staunchly expressed their opposition, claiming that a non-compensatory approach is bad news for the economy. They are against expropriation – which gives land to the state – and favour reform, which aims to focus on issues of restitution.

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Dutton completed his address by saying he was “confident” Australia could agree on a deal with the South African government.

Canada's liberal government introducing restrictive new gun laws because... Florida

In the wake of the Florida student shootings that have galvanized anti-gun Americans and Canadians, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale promised Thursday he will table legislation “within weeks” to complete Liberal gun-control election commitments.

Goodale said he was impressed by U.S. public reaction to the Parkland, Florida, shootings and subsequent decisions by at least two national retail chains in the U.S. to hike the gun-buying age to 21 or stop selling assault-style rifles.

In Canada, the national outdoor equipment retailer Mountain Equipment Co-op reacted quickly Thursday to a sudden and fast-growing online petition and announced it would discontinue lines of sport and outdoor accessory brands owned by a company that also owns Savage Arms Company, one of the biggest gun manufacturers in the U.S. that has a Canadian subsidiary.

“It’s amazing, the commercial and personal outpouring in response to the Florida situation, compared to others where that didn’t seem to happen,” Goodale said. “The impact of this one seems to be far more profound, and may bring about significant change in attitudes.”

Goodale first promised a bill to implement remaining Liberal gun control promises last October, in the aftermath of a mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, where a lone gunman used several semi-automatic rifles to kill 58 people at an outdoor music festival and injure another 850.

“We’re working on the final detail right now. It’s just about ready to go to the House, not quite, I hope to be table it in Parliament within the next very few weeks.” Goodale told iPolitics.

“Part of the difficulty in this period is we’ve got the budget process and we’ve got these two weeks on (in Parliament), two weeks off, two weeks on, which drives me crazy in terms of logistics,” he said.

Goodale said one of the Liberal promises that might need legislative amendments — a requirement for all vendors to keep records of firearm inventory and sales to assist in police investigations and gun crimes — is already a practice of firearm retailers.

“The requirement that is mentioned in the platform, with respect to commercial inventories, is no different than what (Canadian gun retailers) are already doing, it’s just normal commercial practice, normal practice that is the standard pretty well the right across North America, including places like Arkansas and Texas,” Goodale said.

Goodale last November announced $327 million over five years toward anti-gang programs and a crackdown on gun crime. The Liberal platform promised $100 million annually, but Goodale said the regular annual transfers would begin after the first five-year period ends, in 2012.

Legislative changes would be required for other aspects of the campaign platform, including tightening down on transport permits for prohibited firearms and restricted handguns and rifles, including assault-style semi-automatics that can only be used at licensed gun clubs and shooting ranges.

The Canadian Firearms Registry shows a total of 979 AR-15 semi-automatic rifles — the kind used in the Parkland shootings — registered to individuals, business and museums in Canada to the end of January, 2017.

A total of 6,756 AR-15 variants were registered up to that time, a copy of the registry shows, while an RCMP table released under an access to information request shows a total of 52,131 “AR-15 type rifles and variants” were registered up to the end of December, 2016.

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Defense attorneys hint at blaming acne drug to defend Longmont teen charged with murder

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Denver-Aiden von Grabow is charged with first-degree murder and 10 other counts in the stabbing death of Makayla Grote

 

Attorneys for the 15-year-old accused of stabbing a Longmont woman to death last year hinted in court Friday that Accutane — an acne-treatment drug that some have linked to erratic behavior — may be cited by the defense in explaining the teen’s alleged actions.

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Aiden von Grabow is charged with first-degree murder and 10 other counts in the stabbing death of Makayla Grote on Nov. 18, 2017.

Prosecutors are trying to charge von Grabow as an adult, but because he is under the age of 16, they will have to convince Boulder District Judge Andrew Macdonald to transfer the case out of juvenile court during a weeklong hearing starting on March 5.

Attorneys at that hearing also will argue as to whether there is enough evidence for the case to proceed to trial.

During a hearing Friday, Boulder Deputy District Attorney Adrian Van Nice objected to several of the defense’s witnesses, including Dr. Doug Bremner, a psychiatrist known for his studies on isotretinoin, which is better known for its brand name, Accutane.

 

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Funk Legend George Clinton On "Cultural Appropriation" Get Over This sh#t!!!

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Legendary funk music pioneer George Clinton rejected the idea of so-called culture appropriation in music and pop culture.

When asked during a recent interview with Rolling Stone what he thought about “white artists doing black music?” Clinton said he’s borrowed creative ideas from iconic bands like the Beatles and insists that artists attempt to replicate what they admire about their peers.

“I’d bite off the Beatles, or anybody else. It’s all one world, one planet and one groove. You’re supposed to learn from each other, blend from each other, and it moves around like that,” the Grammy-winner said.

The Parliament-Funkadelic founder’s five-decade career makes him an authority on the subject cultural appropriation — or the concept of taking black culture and profiting from it — which has rocked revered pop stars from Justin Timberlake to Justin Bieber.

“You see that rocket ship leave yesterday? We can maybe leave this planet. We gonna be dealing with aliens. You think black and white gonna be a problem? Wait till you start running into motherf#%kers with three or four dicks! Bug-eyed motherfuckers!” the 1997 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee said. “They could be ready to party, or they could be ready to eat us. We don’t know, but we’ve got to get over this shit of not getting along with each other.”

 

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Kids Use Tech So Much They Can’t Hold A Pencil Anymore, Doctors Say

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 After previous studies claimed that children who overuse mobile devices struggle learning to speak, a group of doctors is now saying young children in the digital generation can’t even hold a pen or pencil anymore.

“Children are not coming into school with the hand strength and dexterity they had 10 years ago,” pediatric occupational therapist Sally Payne told The Guardian. “Children coming into school are being given a pencil but are increasingly not be able to hold it because they don’t have the fundamental movement skills.”

British pediatricians are blaming the erosion of basic motor skills on the changing culture among parents who rely heavily on technology. “It’s easier to give a child an iPad than encouraging them to do muscle-building play such as building blocks,” Payne added. “Children need lots of opportunity to develop those skills.”

One mother admitted to reporters that she had only given her son hi-tech gadgets to play with; leaving him unprepared for grade school. “When he got to school, they contacted me with their concerns: he was gripping his pencil like cavemen held sticks,” Laura said to The Guardian. “He just couldn’t hold it in any other way and so couldn’t learn to write because he couldn’t move the pencil with any accuracy.”

Karin Bishop, assistant director at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, added that tech is having a growing impact on children becoming less physically active and living “more sedentary lifestyles.”

A 2017 study found that the screen time of children under two-years-old was linked to delays in them learning basic expressive speech as a toddler.

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CANADIAN MILITARY TO SPEND $170,000 SO LEADERS CAN SEE WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE STONED ON MARIJUANA

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The Canadian Forces is buying kits that will let its leaders experience what it’s like to be stoned on marijuana.

The “marijuana simulation kits” will include “marijuana impairment goggles,” among other items. The Canadian Forces wants to acquire 26 of the kits by April 30 or sooner if possible.

“The purpose of the Marijuana Simulation Kits is to raise awareness of marijuana impairment, reduce risk of marijuana impairment, and promote healthy lifestyles within the Canadian Armed Forces,” companies who want to bid on the contract were told. “The marijuana impairment goggles, which is one of the several items included in the Marijuana Simulation Kit, allows users to experience first-hand, the deficits marijuana creates on the body.”

Department of National Defence spokesman Dan Le Bouthillier said Friday that the kits will be used in the Military Personnel Command’s supervisor training course. “This will help ensure that CAF members in leadership positions will be able to identify signs of, assist in detecting and provide guidance regarding, prohibited drug use,” he said.

The value of the contract will only be known once bids are received, evaluated and a contract is awarded, but it is estimated at up to $170,000 over five years.

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The Trump administration wants to turn the International Space Station into a commercially run venture, NASA document shows

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The Trump administration wants to turn the International Space Station into a kind of orbiting real estate venture run not by the government, but by private industry.

The White House plans to stop funding the station after 2024, ending direct federal support of the orbiting laboratory. But it does not intend to abandon the orbiting laboratory altogether and is working on a transition plan that could turn the station over to the private sector, according to an internal NASA document obtained by The Washington Post.

“The decision to end direct federal support for the ISS in 2025 does not imply that the platform itself will be deorbited at that time — it is possible that industry could continue to operate certain elements or capabilities of the ISS as part of a future commercial platform,” the document states. “NASA will expand international and commercial partnerships over the next seven years in order to ensure continued human access to and presence in low Earth orbit.”

 

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Canada is now shaming citizens with large families because they are taking up resources and services that could be used to help Muslim refugees

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The publicly-funded CBC has published an opinion piece arguing that Canadians who have large families should be shamed, and that the country instead should be importing more (Muslim) and other 3rd world freeloaders.

Breitbart (h/t Marvin W) The crown corporation, which is roughly analogous to Britain’s BBC, ran the article in response to Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines’s announcement that they were expecting a fifth child.

Kristen Pyszczyk, a Toronto-based writer whose interests include “feminism, mental health, addiction, pop culture, and digital media”, claimed that having a child was not just a personal choice, but “a choice that affects everyone who inhabits our planet”.

She argued that the social media backlash the Gaineses have received represents “a conversation we need to have in order to challenge our uncritical acceptance of the life-fulfillment-through-procreation story.”

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Bankrupt California looks to steal Trump tax cuts windfall from businesses

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SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers are targeting the expected windfall that companies in the state would see under the federal tax overhaul with a bill that would require businesses to turn over half to the state.

A proposed Assembly Constitutional Amendment by Assemblymen Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, and Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, would create a tax surcharge on California companies making more than $1 million so that half of their federal tax cut would instead go to programs that benefit low-income and middle-class families.

“Trump’s tax reform plan was nothing more than a middle-class tax increase,” Ting said in a statement. “It is unconscionable to force working families to pay the price for tax breaks and loopholes benefiting corporations and wealthy individuals. This bill will help blunt the impact of the federal tax plan on everyday Californians by protecting funding for education, affordable health care, and other core priorities.”San Francisco has some antiquated laws and ordinances on the books. Did you know about these?

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As a constitutional amendment, the bill would require approval from two-thirds of the Legislature to pass, a difficult hurdle now that Democrats have lost their supermajority. If passed and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, it would then go to voters for final approval.

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Democrats lost their supermajority following resignations of two Assembly Democrats, Matt Dababneh of Encino (Los Angeles County), and Raul Bocanegra of San Fernando Valley (Los Angeles County) amid sexual misconduct allegations. Another Assembly Democrat, Sebastian Ridley-Thomas of Los Angeles, resigned citing health issues. In the Senate, Democrat Tony Mendoza of Artesia (Los Angeles County) is taking a leave of absence pending an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations.

California Democrats have been exploring ways to help those in the state who could end up paying higher federal taxes next year under the Republican tax overhaul.

The GOP overhaul caps state income taxes and local property tax write-offs on the federal income tax return at $10,000, a move expected to hurt high-local-tax states such as California, where the average state and local tax write-off in 2016 was $22,000.

State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León introduced legislation this month that would allow Californians to get around the state and local tax cap with a voluntary donation to a charitable fund created by the state of any amount of owed taxes above $10,000. That donation — in lieu of taxes — would allow donors to write off the gifts on their federal tax returns

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War on reality goes hot , L.A county to put shelter K-9's on "Vegan" diet

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Proponents say it will make Los Angeles the world’s progressive capital. Sceptics say it will mean diarrhea, lots of diarrhea.

The proposal, which has divided scientists and animal rights groups and inflamed social media, is to put dogs in the city’s public shelters on a vegan diet.

The Los Angeles animal services commission is considering the idea after lobbying by prominent vegans, including Moby, the dance music pioneer.

The commission unanimously voted earlier this month for a feasability study and analysis of the benefits and risks. A report detailing pilot project options is expected in February.

Roger Wolfson, a commissioner and television screenwriter who is driving the initiative, cites ethical, environmental and health reasons to switch dogs to plant-based food.Currently more than 20,000 chickens, 10,000 turkeys and 1,000 lambs die each year in order to be churned into food for the 33,000 dogs in LA’s public shelters, he said.

“We are the department of animal services, not the department of animal companion services,” he told the Guardian this week. “So we need to start from a place of avoiding unnecessary killing of animals. We already shelter pigs and chickens and turkeys and we wouldn’t think about killing them unnecessarily. So if dogs can get their needs met without killing animals we owe it to the citizens of Los Angeles to try.”

Wolfson, who was a political speechwriter in Washington DC before moving to LA and writing for shows such as Fairly Legal and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, also cited the impact of meat and dairy consumption on deforestation, greenhouse gases and ocean dead zones.

Several high-profile allies endorsed Wolfson’s proposal at a public hearing in November, including the musician and DJ Moby, who owns a vegan restaurant in LA. “If we adopt this, it’s just one more thing that proves to the world that Los Angeles really is the progressive capital of the world,” he said, according to meeting minutes, which used his real name, Richard Hall.

However the city’s chief veterinarian, Jeremy Prupas, cited clinical nutritionists, a veterinary toxicologist and other experts who advised against a vegan diet. In addition to health questions understaffed shelter staff would confront canine diarrhea, “a big issue”, Prupas said.

Armaiti May, an LA-based veterinarian who supports the proposal, told the Guardian that abrupt changes in diet can lead to looser stools but that a gradual transition would avoid major problems. “It’s a small issue in the grand scheme of things.” May believes meat-based kibbles have fuelled a cancer and allergy epidemic in dogs.

Tracy Reiman, executive vice-president of the animal rights group Peta, said a vegan diet was healthier and more ethical than feeding dogs “factory farmed animals who have endured miserable lives and gruesome deaths and whose dead, dying, diseased, or disabled carcasses are found in most commercial dog foods”.

 

Other voices urge caution. Lisa Freeman, a veterinary nutritionist and Tufts university professor, told the New York Times earlier this year there were no long-term studies on the effects of veganism in dogs. “We know a lot about dog nutrition, but there are unknowns as well ... it isn’t easy to formulate a high-quality diet for dogs, and it’s particularly difficult with a vegan diet.”

Social media has bristled with arguments in favour and against, the latter insisting dogs need meat.

Owners who have put their dogs on vegan diets say diarrhea fears are overblown and that health benefits are tangible. “Winky had been plagued with recurring ear infections which disappeared permanently after I phased the meat-based food out of his diet,” Karen Dawn, an author and activist, wrote in an LA Times op-ed.

 

Justin Trudeau Beer... For Real

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You can now drink beer with Justin Trudeau's face on it — if you're willing to make a trip to Europe or have friends in Ukraine.

Ukrainian brewery Pravda recently unveiled a craft beer dedicated to the Canadian prime minister as part of its politician series. The label also features Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.

In a news release about the new brew, Pravda didn't hold back on its affection for Canada's PM: "Justin Trudeau is a remarkable politician and a handsome man that is changing the world for better. Unique hobbies, a sense of humor, his position supporting Ukraine: this is all shown on our label."

The "magnum" IPA beer has an alcohol content of 7.2 per cent and "caramel sweetness from malt which perfectly balances flower hop flavor." Pravda recommends drinking it with cheese and white meat.

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New gun control regulations being proposed for Canadian gun owners

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New Gun Laws Coming in ‘Near Future,’ Goodale’s Office Says

The Canadian government will present new gun laws to increase paperwork and restrictions for lawful gun owners in the “near future” this year, beyond today’s statement about funding related to firearms and gang violence, the Ministry of Public Safety said.

The Liberal Party, which controls parliament, said in its 2015 election platform that it would require more checks when buying or selling guns, more procedures and paperwork to take firearms to a shooting range or gunsmith, more list-keeping by gun stores, and new markings on imported guns.

“Work on a legislative package is underway and coming in the near future,” Scott Bardsley, a spokesman for the office of the minister, Ralph Goodale, said today by telephone. “We’ve said all along that we are committed to pursuing effective firearms measures that prioritize public safety while ensuring fair treatment for law-abiding gun-owners.”

Bardsley declined to comment on the specific timing, or whether the government would announce the new policies around the anniversary of the deadliest shooting in recent Canadian history, the Ecole Polytechnique massacre of Dec. 6, 1989.

Goodale was in Surrey, a suburb of Vancouver, today to announce a funding package related to gangs, as well as a Criminal Guns and Gangs Summit next March.

“As part of its commitment to make it harder for criminals to get and use handguns and assault weapons and to reduce gun and gang violence, the Government of Canada is announcing up to $327.6 million over five years, and $100 million annually thereafter, in new funding to help support a variety of initiatives to reduce gun crime and criminal gang activities,” Goodale said today in a press release.

The plan is in line with what the Liberals said in their election platform.

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Cult of racism goes after Steve Martin SNL sketch from 1978

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Comedian Steve Martin’s rendition of “King Tut” is triggering social justice warriors at Reed College because they see it as a form of cultural appropriation.

The song, originally performed on "Saturday Night Live," actually criticizes the commercialization and trivialization of Egyptian history and presents a caricature of the Treasures of Tutankhamun traveling exhibit that toured seven United States cities from 1976 to 1979.

However, the context to the SNL skit eludes students who are upset. They are now calling the song a form of “blackface.”

The video and song was brought to students’ attention when it was played in a humanities class at Reed to spur discussion. Students became so worked up over the video, however, that they have demanded the course be made optional until alternative coursework can be created.

The group primarily upset about the video being played in class, Reedies Against Racism, is comparing Martin’s comedic song to the use of the N-word. The Atlanticspoke to members of Reedies Against Racism to get a better idea as to why they are upset about the King Tut song from 1978.

One member of Reedies Against Racism told the Atlantic the song is “like somebody … making a song just littered with the N-word everywhere.” She went on to say that the Egyptian clothing that the backup dancers wear is racist as well. “The gold face of the saxophone dancer leaving its tomb is an exhibition of blackface,” she said.

Reedies Against Racism also released a lengthy list of demands which includes a paid day off for Reed staff to boycott the very college they’re making demands to. Another demand was that the university host “mandatory conferences for building race sensitivity for staff and faculty.” Reedies Against Racism also demanded “the creation of particular scholarships for black students.” Students also want the school to host an “Annual anti-oppression workshop for all students, faculty, staff, and administration.”

According to the Atlantic, Reedies Against Racism commit to political activism on campus like sit-ins to achieve their goals. The protests associated with the group are described as “visually striking” and reportedly included signs that say things like: “We demand space for students of color,” “We cannot be erased,” “F*ck Hum 110,” and “Stop silencing black and brown voices; the rest of society is already standing on their necks.”

 

Assistant professor Lucía Martínez Valdivia at Reed College, who describes herself as a gay mixed-race woman, wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post where she talked about how she is afraid to host classes talking about sensitive subject matter due to these protests.

“Some colleagues, including people of color, immigrants and those without tenure, found it impossible to work under these conditions. The signs intimidated faculty into silence, just as intended,” wrote Martínez Valdivia.

Reed College has reportedly been attempting to revise their Humanities course to the Reedies Against Racism group’s liking but students stopped showing up to the meetings designed to do so.

“Hum 110… perpetuates white supremacy—by centering ‘whiteness’ as the only required class at Reed,” according to a Reedies Against Racism statement.

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