Current Events

Air Canada to change greeting to gender inclusive 'everybody,' receives mixed reviews on Twitter

By Alexandra Deabler

Published:October 14, 2019

-Fox News

Air Canada has announced the flight crew will no longer greet passengers as “ladies and gentlemen,” instead opting to use the gender neutral term “everybody.” The companywide language change will soon be adopted by gate agents, flight attendants and pilots.

In a statement from Air Canada to CTV News, the airline noted the update was made in an attempt to “modernize.”

"We will be amending our onboard announcements to modernize them and remove specific references to gender," a media spokesperson for the company said in an email to CTV. "We work hard to make sure all employees feel like valued members of the Air Canada family, while ensuring our customers are comfortable and respected when they choose to travel with us."


California prison whistleblower says state tried to create phony data on inmate care

By Sam Stanton

October 15, 2019

-Sacramento Bee

The whistleblower who accused California prison leaders last year of providing false and misleading data to a federal court on how the state handles inmate psychiatric care made his first public appearance Tuesday, standing behind his claims and saying corrections officials concocted “utter statistical rubbish” in some cases.

Dr. Michael Golding, the chief psychiatrist at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation headquarters, testified in Sacramento federal court Tuesday about what he said were repeated instances to gin up phony data the state needed to present to U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller to prove they were making progress on improving psychiatric care in the prisons.

Golding, who compiled and sent a scathing, 161-page report on psychiatric care in the prisons to the federally appointed receiver in October 2018, said there had never been anything secret about his views that corrections officials were trying to produce “extraordinarily misleading data” to come into compliance with court orders.


Warren Buffett-linked company to build $200M wind power farm in Alberta

The Canadian Press

October 15, 2019


A company linked to U.S. investor Warren Buffett says it will break ground on a $200-million, 117.6-megawatt wind farm in southeastern Alberta next year.

In a release, Calgary-based BHE Canada, a subsidiary of Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Energy, says its Rattlesnake Ridge Wind project will be located southwest of Medicine Hat and will produce enough energy to supply the equivalent of 79,000 homes.

Berkshire Hathaway Energy also owns AltaLink, the regulated transmission company that supplies electricity to more than 85 per cent of the Alberta population.

BHE Canada says an unnamed large Canadian corporate partner has signed a long-term power purchase agreement for the majority of the Rattlesnake Ridge energy output.


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Drops N-Word in Radio Interview

Joshua Caplan

October 15, 2019


Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) on Tuesday used the N-word during a radio interview in which he quoted a New York Times op-ed on discrimination against Italian-Americans.

“The Times also said in an article the other day, apropos of nothing, they were talking about it,” Cuomo told WAMC in reference to the newspaper’s op-ed titled “How Italians Became White.”

“Going back to the Italian Americans because now you have me. They used an expression that southern Italians were called quote-unquote, and pardon my language, but I’m just quoting The Times, n**ger wops. N-word wops as a derogatory comment,” added the Democrat governor.

On Monday, Cuomo announced his “full support” for a statue of Saint Frances Cabrini, who founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, an institute that famously supported Italian immigrants to the U.S.

“As Italian Americans, we must also remember that we ourselves are not immune from attack. The ugliness of Italian American stereotyping is still alive and well. Our battle is not over,” Cuomo said Saturday at the Columbus Citizens Foundation Gala.


Xi warns any effort to split China will end with 'bodies smashed and bones ground to powder'

By Justine Coleman

October 14, 2019

-The Hill

Chinese President Xi Jinping cautioned over the weekend that any effort to split with China will result in "bodies smashed and bones ground to powder" amid ongoing unrest in Hong Kong.

The Chinese leader made the warning while visiting Nepal, the Hong Kong Free Press reported.

“Anyone who attempts to split any region from China will perish, with their bodies smashed and bones ground to powder," Xi reportedly said.

“Any external forces that support the splitting of China can only be regarded as delusional by the Chinese people,” he added.


Undercover video reveals CNN president personally intervening against Trump

Calvin Freiburger

October 14, 2019


October 14, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — The conservative investigative group Project Veritas released on Monday its first report detailing “explosive” revelations about the political machinations behind the scenes of CNN, courtesy of a whistleblower who spent months wearing a hidden camera.

Over the weekend, Veritas cofounder James O’Keefe first teased the exposé to attendees of the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., promising that it “may be the biggest story Project Veritas has ever broke.” Veritas released Part 1 of its report on Monday, revealing the insider to be Cary Poarch of CNN’s Washington, D.C. Bureau. 

The footage reveals CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker stressing that “impeachment [of President Donald Trump] is the story,” necessitating constant attention from network’s top reporters and analysts; claiming that “fake conspiracy nonsense” from Fox News is “beyond destructive for America”; and even chastising CNN staff for being “friendly” with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to “knock that off.”


'Free them all': Anti-incarceration activists form human chain at Rikers, demand no new jails in US

1010 WINS Newsroom

October 12, 2019

-1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Anti-incarceration activists surrounded the entrance to Rikers Island as they protested jails, migrant detention centers and America’s “carceral war.”

Activist group Code Pink said protesters are there “to demand the closure of Rikers, the closure of the camps, and to reject any plans to build new jails in NYC and across the US.”

New York City has a $11 billion plan to close Rikers Island and open four new jails in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens over the next decade. The jails are planned in Chinatown, Boerum Hill, Kew Gardens and Mott Haven to the ire of many residents.

For months, immigrant rights activists have condemned detention centers for migrants set up at the U.S.–Mexico border, with many activists calling the centers “concentration camps.”


CBC sues the Conservative party over copyright, 'moral rights' of journalists

Michael Higgins

October 11, 2019

-National Post

The CBC is suing the Conservative party, claiming its use of excerpts from the broadcaster violated the “moral rights” of news anchor Rosemary Barton and reporter John Paul Tasker.

The excerpts — which included video taken at this week’s English-language leaders debate — were used on a Conservative party website and on Twitter.

In the copyright infringement lawsuit, the CBC is asking for an injunction restraining the Tories from using the material as well as a declaration that the party “violated the moral rights of the applicants, Rosemary Barton and John Paul Tasker, who are the authors and performers of the copyright-protected material.”


Shepard Smith Leaves Fox News Channel

By David Bauder

October 11, 2019


NEW YORK (AP) — Shepard Smith, whose newscast on Fox News Channel seemed increasingly an outlier on a network dominated by supporters of President Donald Trump, abruptly quit after signing off his final newscast on Friday.

Smith, who had signed a contract extension last spring, said that he had asked the network to let him out of his deal and it had agreed.

“Even in our currently polarized nation, it’s my hope that the facts will win the day, that the truth will always matter, that journalism and journalists will thrive,” he said.

His departure comes one day after Attorney General William Barr met privately with media mogul Rupert Murdoch, founder of Fox News, although Smith’s representatives cautioned against conflating the two events.


'Unaccompanied minor' migrant charged with vicious machete murder — ICE says he was shielded by sanctuary city policies

Carlos Garcia

October 11, 2019

-The Blaze

A migrant who came to the U.S. as an unaccompanied minor has been charged in a vicious machete murder, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials blame sanctuary city policies.

"There are people getting arrested every day in this state that in many cases, we're aware of them, we put detainers on them, and they're ignored, and people get released, and they go on to commit other atrocious acts," explained ICE deputy regional enforcement director Bryan Wilcox.

20-year-old Carlos Iraheta-Vega came to the U.S. in 2016 from El Salvador. He was charged in the brutal murder of 16-year-old Juan Carlos Con Guzman.

The Mount Rainier High School student was hacked to death, dismembered and dumped into a river in September.


Trump announces that acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan is out after 6 months

by Anna Giaritelli

October 11. 2019

-Washington Examiner

Kevin McAleenan, the acting secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, is out as the temporary chief of the department.

McAleenan, 48, is the fourth acting or confirmed secretary to have served atop the 240,000-person department since President Trump took office.

Trump announced his exit in a series of tweets Friday night, explaining that he "wants to spend more time with his family and go to the private sector."

McAleenan also addressed his departure in a statement, thanking the president for the opportunity to serve the country and outlining the "tremendous progress" the department made during his time leading it.


Turkey’s Jihad President Erdogan Threatens to Flood Europe with Syrian Migrants if EU Calls Assault an ‘Invasion’

By Pamela Geller

October 10, 2019

-Geller Report

What did those EU lapdogs think would happen when you dance with the devil? They have been working to make the notoriously belligerent state a member of the EU. That would be the official end of Europe.

From Fox News – Turkey’s Erdogan warns of flooding Europe with Syrian refugees if EU calls assault an ‘invasion’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatened Thursday that his country

By Greg Norman | Fox News October 10, 2019:

Turkey’s Erdogan warns of flooding Europe with Syrian refugees if EU calls assault an ‘invasion’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatened Thursday that his country could “just open the gates and send 3.6 million Syrian refugees into Europe” if the European Union classifies his military’s ongoing assault on Syria as an “invasion”.

Erdogan, in a speech to ruling party officials in Ankara, also announced that Operation Peace Spring so far has killed more than 100 Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, whom Turkey views as terrorists allied with a Kurdish insurgency within its borders.


Authorities arrest 14-year-old girl who reportedly had a 'kill list' that included fellow students and President Trump

Sarah Taylor

October 10, 2019

-The Blaze

Police arrested a 14-year-old Pataskala, Ohio, high school student after she reportedly created and shared a "kill list" that included other students in her school and President Donald Trump.

Licking County Sheriff's Office deputies detained the unnamed female student after she shared her list in a public, online chat forum. She was charged on suspicion of making terroristic threats and was remanded to a local juvenile detention center. She is due to appear in court at a later date.

Police later determined that the teen — a student at Watkins Memorial High School — was not a danger and had "no means to carry out the threats" against those on the list, which also included school staff.

In a statement on the incident, Sheriff Randy Thorp said, "The Licking County Sheriff's Office has, and shall continue to have, a zero tolerance policy on threats to our schools."


Arizona official charged with human smuggling after bringing more than 40 pregnant women to the US

By Vandana Rambaran

Published: October 9, 2019

-Fox News

An Arizona elected official is facing dozens of charges in three states in connection with a multimillion-dollar adoption scheme in which he allegedly smuggled more than 40 women into the U.S. from the Marshall Islands, promising them money in exchange for their babies.

Authorities believe Paul Peterson, an adoption lawyer and Maricopa County Assessor was the head of a smuggling ring that allegedly recruited Marshallese women "and offered a significant amount of money to place their babies for adoption in Utah," state Attorney General Sean Reyes told reporters Wednesday.

Peterson is charged with 11 second and third-degree felonies in Utah, including human smuggling, sale of a child, communications fraud and pattern of unlawful activity, Reyes said.

"The commercialization of children is illegal and the commoditization of children is simply evil," Reyes said.

Reyes said his office's investigation began after investigators got a call to a human-trafficking tip line in October 2017. Staff at several hospitals in the Salt Lake City area would eventually report an "influx" of women from the Marshall Islands giving birth and putting their babies up for adoption, often accompanied by the same woman.


Ontario human rights tribunal orders employer to pay $120,000 in damages to worker it didn’t even hire

By Jon Pinkus

Published: October 9, 2019

-Financial Post

A recent award from Ontario’s human rights tribunal should have employers carefully reviewing their HR policies and emailing their employment lawyers.

Muhammad Haseeb, a university graduate in engineering, has been awarded over $120,000 by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario in a discrimination in employment application against Imperial Oil. What makes this case particularly interesting is that Haseeb never actually worked for Imperial Oil. The discrimination in question was the company’s reneging on a job offer.

The case involved a hiring policy requiring applicants to prove they were eligible to work in Canada on a permanent basis. Haseeb would have been eligible for a work permit for a job at Imperial Oil but he was neither a Canadian citizen nor permanent resident. In his application, he stated — falsely — that he was in fact eligible to work on a permanent basis. This led to a job offer. But when Imperial Oil asked for proof of citizenship or permanent residency, he could not provide it. As a result, Imperial Oil rescinded the offer.


Toronto Syrian restaurant to reopen after closing over threats

Canadian Press

October 10, 2019

-Toronto Sun

A Syrian restaurant in downtown Toronto that closed after its owners said they received hate messages and death threats will reopen Friday.

The Alsoufi family, which owns the popular restaurant Soufi’s on Queen St. W., says it didn’t want to set a precedent for other newcomers and refugees as a business that gave in to hate.

The family will be taking a break from running the restaurant, however, leaving it under new management provided by the Middle Eastern chain Paramount Fine Foods.

Paramount’s CEO says all of the staff who lost their jobs when the restaurant was abruptly shuttered this week will be rehired.

Meanwhile, Toronto Police are investigating a complaint filed by the Alsoufi family, who say they have turned over hundreds of hate messages to the force.


Tech Monopolies and Media Collude To Weaponize “Disinformation” Fears To Control the Internet

By Waldo Crane

October 9, 2019

-Big League Politics

The media and Silicon Valley are once again pushing hysteria about “disinformation” to control online speech, while big tech billionaires are guilty of these very same practices. Journalists aggressively push the impeachment narrative against President Trump, while at the same time warning that all efforts to discredit their theories are bot-driven. This media-driven hysteria about disinformation does little to help the public–it only empowers Big Tech monopolies like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft’s to dictate our news and information.

“As impeachment looms, disinformation experts are bracing for a fresh cyclone of chaos, complete with fast-twitch media manipulation, droves of false and misleading claims, and hyper-polarized audiences fiercely clinging to their side’s version of reality,” the New York Times’ Kevin Roose declared .

CNN reporter Oliver Darcy claims Trump counts on an “online army of trolls” to spread his preferred point of view.

Whenever disinformation is discussed, the solution often resides with the tech giants. Big Tech must protect innocent Americans from the dangers of non-mainstream his new book Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age, Microsoft CEO Brad Smith touts “NewsGuard” as a “nutrition label” for the internet which tells you whether stories linked on “Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Bing” are “trying to get it right or instead has a hidden agenda or knowingly publishes falsehoods and propaganda.”


Is Encouraging Illegal Immigration Protected Speech? The Supreme Court Will Decide

Kevin Daley

October 9, 2019

-The Daily Signal

The Supreme Court will decide whether a federal law that makes it a crime to “encourage or induce” someone to enter the country illegally violates the First Amendment.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the law is unconstitutional in December 2018. The justices added the case to their docket Friday.

“The provisions here are primarily directed at conduct, not speech,” the U.S. government’s petition to the high court reads. “To the extent they even reach speech, they do so only incidentally by prohibiting communications that foster unlawful activity by particular individuals, which have long been understood to be outside the scope of the First Amendment.”

The dispute involves an immigration consultant named Evelyn Sineneng-Smith. Federal prosecutors allege that she offered to enroll illegal aliens in a Department of Labor certification program for nearly $6,000. They allege that she did so knowing that her clients were not qualified, and were therefore guaranteed rejection.


Varcoe: Its reputation 'tarnished', Alberta Energy Regulator must now rebuild trust

Chris Varcoe

October 9, 2019

Calgary Herald

You know an organization has lost its way when two of its formative leaders openly express dismay at its direction, effectively taking it out to the woodshed for a tough talk.

That’s the state of the Alberta Energy Regulator today.

The board of directors was replaced last month and the AER’s mandate is under review by the provincial government.

Its former CEO, Jim Ellis, was found by Alberta’s ethics commissioner to have had a conflict of interest, as several independent investigations into the AER were released last week.

Employees described a “culture of fear” within an organization of about 1,200 people that is mandated with overseeing the efficient, safe and environmentally responsible development of Alberta’s energy resources.