Tuesday, January 19

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LILLEY: Trudeau appears to have used WE language when announcing student deal
Canada, Columnists, Government Of Canada, Justin Trudeau, Liberals, Political Ethics

LILLEY: Trudeau appears to have used WE language when announcing student deal

Article content continuedThe problem is that between early 2016 and early 2020, Justin Trudeau’s mother was paid more than $312,00 in speaking fees and $167,944 in travel and other expenses to speak at WE Days and other associated events.Trudeau though never saw his giving a massive contract to a charity he was closely tied to as being a problem. In fact, he denied he was ever in a conflict of interest.We apologize, but this video has failed to load.According to the details provided by WE themselves, they were pitching Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Small Business Minister Mary Ng and Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Youth Bardish Chagger by early April in relation to a youth entrepreneurship program.By May 5, WE began to incur expenses in relation to the program even though Trudeau...
GOLDSTEIN: China has unjustly jailed Canada’s two Michaels for 600 days
Canada, China, Columnists, Hostage Situations, World

GOLDSTEIN: China has unjustly jailed Canada’s two Michaels for 600 days

Article content continuedCanadians, traditionally in support of increased trade with China to reduce Canada’s economic dependence on the U.S., have now done an about face because of China’s imprisonment of Kovrig and Spavor and its launching of a trade war against us in the wake of Meng’s arrest.A recent Ipsos poll found 82% of Canadians now favour reducing Canada’s trade with China, with almost four in 10 wanting all economic ties severed.We apologize, but this video has failed to load.However, Trudeau is out of step with Canadian opinion in his continuing silence on whether Canada will allow Huawei permission to develop Canada’s next generation 5G telecommunications network.A recent Angus Reid Institute poll found 78% opposed, with only 14% in favour.This because of security concerns ...
HANSON: Our summer of cultural suicide
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HANSON: Our summer of cultural suicide

The owners, coaches and players weren’t always racially diverse. But that inconvenient truth did not stop the leagues from hectoring their fans about social activism — even as they no longer honoured common patriotic rituals.All three leagues have suffered terribly during the viral lockdown, as American life mysteriously went on without them. And they have almost ensured that they won’t fully recover when the quarantine ends. Many of their often-pampered multimillionaire players refuse to honour the national anthem. In the NFL they now will broadcast their politics on their helmets. They will virtue-signal their moral superiority to increasingly turned-off fans — as if to ensure that their sources of support flee.Lots of American universities became virtual global brands in the 21st cen...
LILLEY: Kielburger actions show they have more money than sense
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LILLEY: Kielburger actions show they have more money than sense

Article content continuedThen there is the appearance of the Kielburger brothers at committee. While it is not clear, it does not appear they testified from their state-of-the-art WE Global Learning Centre, where Microsoft has kitted them out with top-notch video conferencing gear, but from someone else’s office. I’ve had people tell me the paneling looks like the boardroom at the Fasken office; others tell me it was the offices of crisis communications firm Navigator.It doesn’t matter which firm’s office was used, the lighting made the brothers look awful, the audio quality made them sound awful, and anyone already thinking these boys were not on the up and up had that reinforced by the visuals they were presented with.These guys either pay way too much for bad advice or don’t listen t...
BONOKOSKI: Quebec has anti-major crime plan that Ontario must mirror
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BONOKOSKI: Quebec has anti-major crime plan that Ontario must mirror

Article content continuedQuebec has four full-time dedicated ACCES squads specifically designed to attack the underground economy. These units target tobacco, alcohol, construction and economic crime.It’s time for Ontario to fully rethink and copy the Quebec model, identify all areas where the government coffers are leaking, fully fund all of the enforcement, and take a zero-tolerance approach to systemic abuses.We apologize, but this video has failed to load.This goes beyond just throwing money at enforcement, but allowing groups such as the Ministry of Finance and the OPP to work with full cooperation between each other and with all stakeholders.This cooperation and destruction of organized crime’s silos is key to success, including an assault on illegal gambling.ACCES Quebec is recou...
VEZINA: COVID-19 still being underestimated in Canada
Columnists, Coronavirus

VEZINA: COVID-19 still being underestimated in Canada

Article content continued2. People spacing out their outings so public health authorities can contact any person who may be infected, before they create a new cluster.3. A follow-up policy that every person traced adheres to. If people know they are infected but their behaviour does not change, tracing becomes irrelevant.Without a cure and given where global case numbers are at, until we hit global herd immunity, either through the number of infections and/or a vaccine, any open border will result in the virus entering Canada indefinitely.Just like earthquake aftershocks and multiple waves from tsunamis, many do not realize that multiple waves of viruses are almost inevitable, and relax safe behaviours expecting the danger has passed.But unlike tsunamis and earthquakes, pandemic waves c...
FULLERTON: Building and advancing long-term care in Ontario
Columnists, Coronavirus, Ontario

FULLERTON: Building and advancing long-term care in Ontario

Article content continuedWe apologize, but this video has failed to load.Between 2011 and 2018, under the previous government, only 611 beds were built across Ontario. This resulted in a wait list of more than 37,000 people. New and renovated capacity is necessary to address the wait list and address the serious limitations of aging long-term care homes.Putting our previously announced $1.75-billion investment to work, the new funding model will increase upfront funding and cover key development charges that will make it easier for operators to get projects off the ground and help more residents receive the care they need, faster.For example, Ottawa is in a large urban market segment, and the availability and affordability of land is a major barrier to development. Under the new model, ...
OPINION: What Canada can learn from the U.S. on housing affordability
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OPINION: What Canada can learn from the U.S. on housing affordability

Article content continuedWe apologize, but this video has failed to load.For example, large metropolitan areas surrounding Atlanta, Dallas and Houston all grew quickly (Dallas and Houston each added more than one million inhabitants) between 2006 and 2016, accompanied by rising median incomes. Despite this growth, housing affordability improved in all three places with housing costs falling relative to income by between 13% and 16%.This same pattern was true for cities across a range of sizes and locations in the U.S. Conversely, most Canadian locations, including the largest cities, saw affordability decline. Which raises the obvious question. Why are so many booming American metropolises — such as Charlotte, Tampa and Columbus— able to avoid the affordability crunch seen in big Canadi...
GUNTER: WE trips seem like charity done Kardashian-style
Columnists, Lorne Gunter

GUNTER: WE trips seem like charity done Kardashian-style

Article content continued“Your well-being is our top priority — whether it’s airport transfers, tailor-made excursions, turndown service or bespoke private cottages and luxury tents.”Nothing wrong with that. Except isn’t the WE Charity touting international development as its primary goal?Doesn’t this seem as if WE is offering international development like a cruise-ship excursion or a theme park ride for rich kids?On the way downriver to their Minga Lodge in Ecuador, guests will “pass by families panning for gold at the river’s edge” and “carving out their lives in the midst of lush green trees.”On the road to Bogani in Kenya, you’ll be driven past “homesteads and farms,” where “you’ll be greeted with friendly smiles, waves and excited calls of “Jambo!” (Swahili for hello) from local c...
LILLEY: Questions that must be asked of the Kielburgers at committee
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LILLEY: Questions that must be asked of the Kielburgers at committee

On Tuesday at noon, WE Charity co-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger are set to testify about the story that has rocked the Trudeau government and one of Canada’s biggest charities.MPs from all parties will get a chance to ask questions, but time will be tight.I decided to write up some of the questions that I would ask if I were able to be part of the discussions:1. Who contacted whom about WE Charity running a government program for youth during the pandemic and when? At first, the government claimed that it was the civil service that picked WE. Marc Kielburger claimed the Trudeau’s office contacted him and then quickly changed his tune when that got Trudeau in hot water. WE submitted proposals to the government as early as April 9. Let’s get to the bottom of this.2. Which cabi...