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  1. Former Prime Minister Mulroney gave an very enlightening interview about NAFTA on CBC today. Mulroney was the PM when the original NAFTA agreement was signed back around 1990. It will probably be broadcast on the news this evening and maybe on the weekend. It is a very re-assuring interview. He doesn't believe there is much to be worried about. He says there are millions of jobs in the U.S. dependent on it and he thinks once the facts are known, things will settle down. He said the federal government has a very good team and will present the facts when the time comes.
  2. Was glad Trudeau called him a couple times on the phone in the last couple days and seemed to reach some kind of agreement to keep NAFTA for now and negotiate changes. Agreements work best when leaders talk personally. It is such a complex thing and apparently thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of jobs in the U.S. depend on NAFTA as well as the same in Canada. Hundreds of millions of dollars, maybe billions, of trade is done every day.
  3. The problem is tree farming is on privately owned land in the U.S. and in Canada tree farming (or logging) is done on crown land. I suppose a lumber company in the U.S. must pay more to land owners to log on private land, while in Canada logging companies pay the government so much for each cubic meter of logs taken off crown land and the logging company must restore the forest I believe. I'm not sure who pays for re-planting trees on logged off areas. The thing is it's not Canada's fault if we have lots of crown land and logging is more profitable in Canada. It is our natural resource and we don't have to give away our natural resources for a low price. It's just like any other natural resource Canada or any country has. I don't think the natural resources in Canada are an international resource any more than natural resources in the U.S. belong to other countries. Every country charges a fair price for it's resources or should be able to as far as I know. The U.S. is probably getting a good deal on Canadian lumber because they are the biggest buyer and close by. We are tired of this game of charging a 20% tariff and then having it ruled as illegitimate years later and then having to try to collect billions of dollars refund, some of which has not been paid back.
  4. President Trump says NAFTA has been horrible for the U.S. I am not sure in what way he thinks that.
  5. Various sources do confirm FGM is practiced mainly by Muslims in a geographic area in countries across north Africa. Wikipedia says in part: Quote Background[edit] FGM is found mostly within and adjacent to Muslim communities in Central-North Africa, but it is not required by Islam or practiced in most Muslim countries, and prevalence rates vary according to ethnicity, not religion.[15] However, Muslim views are claimed[16][17][18] to have permitted, justified, even encouraged FGM, over human history. There is no reference to FGM in the Qur'an.[19] In other Islamic texts the practice is referred to as khafḍ (Arabic: خفض‎‎)[20] or khifaḍ (Arabic: خِفَض‎‎).[21]Khitan (Arabic: خِتان‎‎) usually refers to male circumcision, but in some regions or dialects also encompasses FGM. The less severe forms of FGM, particularly what the World Health Organization calls Type I (removal of the clitoral hood with either part of or the entire clitoris), is known as Sunna circumcision.[22] There is no consensus whether the hadiths support or forbid FGM.[23][24] Different schools of Islamic jurisprudence have expressed different views on FGM.[16][25][26] In addition to Sharia, the Ijtihad (sometimes spelled igtihad) have been one of the four sources of Muslim law through the centuries. Ijtihad include fatwas (opinions of Muslim religious scholars), which are often widely distributed, orally or in writing, in simple language, to the masses, and describe behavior that conforms with religious requirements. Fatwas are considered by most believers to be morally obligatory.[23][27] Fatwas in favor of FGM have been issued in many Islamic countries,[28][29][30] some fatwas forbid FGM,[31] and some ambivalent fatwas have also been issued that leave the choice to the parents.[32] Sunni view[edit] There are dichotomous differences of opinion among Sunni scholars in regards to female genital cutting.[33] These differences of opinion range from obligatory to acceptable. The Shafi'i and Hanbali schools of Islamic jurisprudence consider circumcision to be obligatory for both males and females, while the Hanafi and Maliki schools of Islamic jurisprudence consider circumcision to be Sunnah (preferred) for both males and females.[34] Historical religious views The historical religious view regarding the partial cutting of the clitoris, also known as Type One FGM, varies with the school of Islamic jurisprudence fiqh:[35] The Shafi'i school considers female circumcision to be wajib (obligatory).[36] The Hanbali school considers female circumcision to be makrumah (honorable) and strongly encouraged, to obligatory.[37] The Maliki school considers female circumcision to be sunnah (optional) and preferred.[37] The Hanafi school considers female circumcision to be sunnah (preferred).[37] There is some information about FGM being practices in some other religions but this is an extremely small percentage of the total 200 million women. From Wikipedia, in part: Quote Christianity[edit] The Christian Bible (New Testament) does not mention female circumcision (i.e. removal of clitoral hood ) or female genital mutilation (i.e. clitoridectomy and infibulation).[89][90] Christian authorities unanimously agree that FGM (i.e. clitoridectomy and infibulation) has no foundation in the religious texts of Christianity.[91] Some Christian women, in Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania, undergo a procedure of genital cutting; they wrongly believe it to be a religious requirement.[91] In Africa, missionaries have tried to discourage FGM (i.e. clitoridectomy and infibulation). However, in some instances, in order to retain converts from other religions, they have either ignored or condoned the continuation of these practices. When in the 1930s European Christians tried to make opposition to FGM a condition of church membership and a test of loyalty, they provoked a far-reaching campaign in colonial Kenya. Mary Nyangweso, a Kenyan researcher who studies "the interplay of religion, culture, and gender",[92] states, "Christianity, it is important to stress, does not advocate the total eradication of the Nandi female initiation rite. Rather it advocates the need to eradicate the practice of female circumcision that involves clitoridectomy and excision because it is physically unhealthy and does not conform to Christian teaching. The initiation rite can continue to be practised and the actual circumcision can be replaced by some other symbolic acts not harmful to women's bodies. This can be derived from the culture itself or Scripture that now forms part of the Nandi way of life."[93] Judaism[edit] The Jewish Bible (Old Testament) does not mention female circumcision (i.e. removal of clitoral hood ) or female genital mutilation (i.e. clitoridectomy and infibulation).[89][90] Female circumcision (i.e. removal of clitoral hood) and female genital mutilation (i.e. clitoridectomy and infibulation) is forbidden in Judaism.[94] Regardless of these views, in Ethiopia, there resides a Jewish minority group, often referred to as Falasha or Beta Israel, who practice the procedure of female genital cutting.[91] However, there is still a question to the validity of the Beta Israel's claim. "Non science scholars today excessively rely on the existing religious texts of the Beta Israel to analyze their Jewish heritage and distinctive traits that are not shared with the Abyssinian Christian society. Researches, however, suggest that the sum of authentic Jewish material within the religious texts of the group is small (Devens, 1995, p. ix). Rather, the texts are shown to contain significant borrowings from Christian sources. These conclusions are widely accepted by scholars as supporting evidence to the argument of the traditional theory that the Beta Israel people were originally non-Jewish (Quirin, 2010, p. 5-6)." jewry/[95] Other religions[edit] Animism Some animist groups in Africa practice female genital mutilation.[96] Their religious views on the subject are undocumented. Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism Hinduism and Buddhism outright reject the procedure of female genital cutting.[97] It is completely absent from their traditions just as FGM is completely nonexistent in Confucianist traditions.[98] Unquote
  6. Just watched an interview with the President of the American Home Builders Association (think it was called). His phone has been ringing of the hook. He is completely opposed to this tariff because it will have a negative effect on his members, home building companies that build 80% of U.S. homes. He says it will push the price up of the average U.S. home by about $3000. This will mean about 300,000 people will not be able to afford to purchase a home more than now. But his people will be meeting with political leaders in Washington to try to get them to see reason. This tariff helps small number of lumber companies in the U.S. at the expense of a much larger number of home building companies and others.
  7. We been all through this ad infinitem. Leftists don't care because they are multicultural marxists and don't care about the damage they are doing to western civilization by bringing in people who are totally incompatible with our values and culture and have no intention of changing. Rather than stand up for our values and country, they sell themselves out for votes.
  8. Because only a certain type of person does these things. Leftists want to put their heads in the sand and not acknowledge there are certain problems that come from a certain kind of person. By ignoring the problem Liberals and NDP get more votes from minorities.
  9. We don't know how the police would handle a report so we can't assume that is how they would do it. There are neighbours reports of domestic abuse, child abuse or suspicion of child abuse that are reported to social services or police all the time. It has to handled some way. Is it better to ignore it? What would be your solution? We depend on citizens being observant and reporting anything suspicious that comes to their attention.
  10. I read one of the cases where a railway fired an engineer who had been tested and found with cocaine in his system. An arbitrator ruled the railway had to reinstate the employee. The railway is fighting this in court saying forcing them to employ an engineer who was found taking cocaine puts the safety of everyone at risk. Apparently in Canada there is no requirement for railways to do random drug tests of employees. In the U.S. it is required to test. Not having a mandatory random testing program for employees in critical jobs puts the public at risk. This is incredible.
  11. Don't see how it could be abused. Unless a victim is willing to verify it and possibly have a medical examination by a doctor to verify it, there is nothing government or police can do about it. So it can't be abused. Another phony liberal/NDP issue.
  12. There was some request from some native rights organization to include recognition of treaties with aboriginals in the citizenship ceremony. Does anyone know if the Liberal government decided to include it in the ceremony oath? It would make absolutely no sense because individual citizens have nothing to do with treaties. That is only between a level of government and native bands. But it shows you how far some will go.
  13. I looked at that webpage with the Discover information. I noticed it included information about what is not permitted in Canada such as barbaric cultural practices and that Canada requires the equality of women. As I recall there was some controversy over putting this information out to immigrants when the Conservatives were in government 2006 - 2015. I wonder if the Liberals have decided to continue to include that information for immigrants or if they have removed it. Does anyone know? Liberals made a great hoopla out of the Conservatives mentioning the idea of barbaric cultural practices. There are something like over 100 million girls who are brutalized and maimed with female genital mutilation mainly in north African countries, but there could be a small number of it in Canada or the U.S. being done on the sly. We have no way of knowing unless someone makes an official police report and the information is made public. Otherwise we don't know.
  14. Maybe you should get off the land then. Natives had it long before you.
  15. Dr. Said gives the same old same old tired anti-Israel arguments that have been used for years. I understand there are Arabs living and working in Israel that have no problem. I can't speak to his claims about individual properties being taken away from Arabs simply because I don't know the details. Usually there are two sides to every issue. Your claim that Israel only occupied the land a total of 200 to 260 years is utter nonsense. Israel occupied the land over 3000 years ago or over 1000 B.C. There are chronological time charts that give the details. http://www.israel-a-history-of.com/old-testament-timeline.html#Abram to Nehemiah
  16. The fact you mention coal dust and smoke proves you know nothing about the debate about global warming. NO scientists ever said coal dust and smoke had anything to do with global warming. I thought you would have known the theory about man-made global warming has only to do with carbon dioxide gas. Coal dust and smoke particles are not the same thing as CO2. Oops, time for you to go back and find out what the issue is all about!
  17. Check out http://wnho.net/global_warming.htm The official position of the World Natural Health Organization in regards to global warming is that there is NO GLOBAL WARMING! Global warming is nothing more than just another hoax, just like Y2K and the global freezing claims in the 1960's and 70's were. Global warming is being used to generate fear and panic. Those behind this movement are using it to control people's lives and for financial gain. There are not many individuals, groups, or organizations willing to stand up against this fraud that is being perpetuated for fear of being persecuted, harassed, and ostracized by those who support global warming within the scientific and other communities. But fortunately, a few have decided to do the right thing and take a stand against this evil, proving just how unscientifically founded global warming is and exposing those who are behind it. Below, you will find links to information and articles showing the proof that global warming is nothing more than just a bunch of hot air (pun intended). The date that you see by each headline is the date when it was posted here. If you know of a news story, research, or information that should be posted here, please let us know and provide us with a link. The articles posted for previous years have been archived and links are provided to them; by year; at the bottom of this page. unquote I remember Y2K. in 1999 before Y2K, I went out and bought a wood stove and had a chimney put in at great expense. Thought we could lose electric power and no natural gas heat on Y2K. Well the wood stove worked fine, but nothing happened on Y2K. Another "scientific" hoax.
  18. Another website has some interesting info from a scientist: quote: Mike Van Biezen, a professor of Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy, and Earth Science and a former believer in the global warming hoax, has presented a definitive debunking that will probably earn him IRS audits every year that liberals are in power. To summarize: 1. Temperature records from around the world do not support the assumption that today’s temperatures are unusual. 2. Satellite temperature data does not support the assumption that temperatures are rising rapidly. 3. Current temperatures are always compared to the temperatures of the 1980’s, but for many parts of the world the 1980’s was the coldest decade of the last 100+ years. 4. The world experienced a significant cooling trend between 1940 and 1980. 5. Urban heat island effect skews the temperature data of a significant number of weather stations. 6. There is a natural inverse relationship between global temperatures and atmospheric CO2 levels. 7. The CO2 cannot, from a scientific perspective, be the cause of significant global temperature changes. 8. There have been many periods during our recent history that a warmer climate was prevalent long before the industrial revolution. 9. Glaciers have been melting for more than 150 years. 10. “Data adjustment” is used to continue the perception of global warming. unquote http://rightwingnews.com/climate-change/ten-reasons-know-anthropogenic-global-warming-hoax/
  19. Check out Ten Reasons Climate Change is a Hoax Here are five reasons: 1. Record Ice In 2014 there was record sea ice in Antarctica in fact a global warming expedition got stuck in it. Arctic sea ice has also made a nice comeback in 2014. The Great lakes had record ice Lake Superior only had 3 ice free months in 2014. You’d think that in the hottest year ever that ice would be melting like Al Gore said. 2. Record Snow 2014 saw record snowfall in many areas, remember when they said that global warming would cause snow to disappear and children won’t know what snow is. 3. Record Cold In 2014 we saw all kinds of cold records remember the Polar Vortex? You’d think that we’d be breaking all kinds of heat records in “the hottest year ever” 4. Oceans Are Rising Much Less Than Predicted Al Gore predicted that oceans would rise 20 feet by 2100, it looks like were on track for about a foot. 80% of the tide gauges show less rise than the official “global average”. Many tide gauges show no rise in sea level, and almost none show any acceleration over the past 20 years. 5. Polar Bears Are Thriving You’d think that Polar Bears would really be in trouble in 2014 “the hottest year ever” but they are thriving. http://www.globalclimatescam.com/opinion/top-ten-reasons-climate-change-is-a-hoax/ Where I live we had one of the coldest and longest winters with frequent snow than has happened here for a long time. People can make all the theoretical claims they like, but if the observations don't support their claims, then they should discard them.
  20. Those who believe in the hoax of man-made global warming should contribute their own money and keep their hands off everyone else's. But alas SJWs and leftist millionaire politicians feel free to help themselves to everyone else's money with the phony carbon pricing and carbon taxes, while they take extravagant vacations on taxpayer's money.
  21. Whether one believe in the supernatural nature of the Bible, apparently archeological discoveries often have verified the accuracy of much historical data in the Bible.
  22. I added a little more information to my previous post as an amendment after you made a comment.
  23. Even if you do not believe in the bible as a written revelation for God, and would therefore not believe God gave the Jews that promised land as recorded in the Bible, the historical fact is that Israel did exist in that area several thousands years ago, for a very long period of time, until Rome destroyed Jerusalem in 70 A.D. and the surviving Jews scattered to different countries. The land was fought over much in the past 2000 years. Then in the 20th century many Jews returned to the land and the nation of Israel was proclaimed in 1948. Incidentally, the city of Jerusalem is not even mentioned in the Quran while Jerusalem is mentioned frequently in the Old Testament, which is also basically the Jewish Bible and now part of the Christian Bible. I believe Mecca is mentioned in the Quran as an important centre for Islam. But Jerusalem is the eternal holy city for Jews right through history and the Old Testament. The Jewish temple had been built by King Solomon in Jerusalem. It was destroyed around the time of the Babylonian captivity. After the Jews were released from captivity and the King of Persia, Cyrus, allowed the captives to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple. Then it was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. Subsequently after Islam was started in the 7th century, the Muslims built the Dome of the Rock right on top of the Jewish temple mount. That is what stand there today.
  24. I never said Arabs in the region were not Semitic people.. I also never said people who call themselves Palestinians were not Semitic people. Jews, Palestinians, Arabs are all Semitic people. The definition of Semite -- a member of any of the peoples supposed to be descended from Shem, son Noah, including esp. the Jews, Arabs, Assyrians, and Phoenicians. (compact Oxford Canadian Dictionary). Dictionary definition of Arab -- a member of a Semitic people originally inhabiting Saud Arabia and the neighbouring countries, now the Middle East generally. Wikipedia definition of Palestine -- Quote Palestine (Arabic: فلسطين‎‎ Filasṭīn, Falasṭīn, Filisṭīn; Greek: Παλαιστίνη, Palaistinē; Latin: Palaestina; Hebrew: פלשתינה Palestina) is a geographic region in Western Asia between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. It is sometimes considered to include adjoining territories. The name was used by Ancient Greek writers, and was later used for the Roman province Syria Palaestina, the Byzantine Palaestina Prima, and the Islamic provincial district of Jund Filastin. The region comprises most of the territory claimed for the biblical regions known as the Land of Israel (Hebrew: ארץ־ישראל Eretz-Yisra'el), the Holy Land or Promised Land. Historically, it has been known as the southern portion of wider regional designations such as Canaan, Syria, ash-Sham, and the Levant. Situated at a strategic location between Egypt, Syria and Arabia, and the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity, the region has a long and tumultuous history as a crossroads for religion, culture, commerce, and politics. The region has been controlled by numerous peoples, including Ancient Egyptians, Canaanites, Israelites and Judeans, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Ancient Greeks and Macedonians, the Jewish Hasmonean Kingdom, Romans, Byzantines, the Arab Rashidun, Umayyad, Abbasid and Fatimid caliphates, Crusaders, Ayyubids, Mamluks, Mongols, Ottomans, the British, and modern Israelis, Jordanians, Egyptians and Palestinians. The boundaries of the region have changed throughout history. Today, the region comprises the State of Israel and the Palestinian territories in which the State of Palestine was declared. Unquote I hope this information will be helpful. I realize it does not answer the question as to whether the State of Israel is a legitimate state or not. One's view of that will probably depend on one's belief about biblical history and how the state came to be re-established in 1948.
  25. Generally I think the reason government doesn't like property rights, is because it gives the citizens some clout or defence against an arbitrary government and forces the government to justify on a legal basis why they want to take away someone's property. Government would rather see citizens with no property rights to make governing a lot easier.
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