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Governor-General Mary Simon came through her first speech from the throne today. There are no surprises (as one would expect after an election that did not change anything), and according to Sabrina Maddeaux , it was essentially a more monotonous summary of the Liberal Party’s campaign promises. More worrying for her, though, was it how blasé it was about any number of economic crises currently hitting Canada , from inflation to affordability to the whole problem where no one can buy a home anymore.

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The David Suzuki Foundation has been placed in the uncomfortable situation to try distance themselves from its founder and namesake after he said something cute. “When David speaks in public, he speaks on his own behalf – not for the David Suzuki Foundation,” the foundation said in a statement. official statement issued after Suzuki said “pipelines will be blown up” unless governments halt their construction. In the meantime here is a picture of Suzuki (and his significant luggage) flying home from Victoria International Airport shortly after making the aforementioned “pipelines will be blown up” comments.

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Some good news from BC for a change! Just eight days after its flooding of Armageddon, the province is doing an unexpectedly good job of restoring its washed-out connections across the Rocky Mountains. To know…

  • It’s now two open highway routes connecting the lower mainland with the rest of Canada: Vancouverites can now drive to Calgary either by taking the Sea-to-Sky Highway via Kelowna or by taking Crowsnest Pass via Osoyoos.
  • The Canadian Pacific Railroad is set to start running trains over the Rockies tonight.
  • Trans-Mountain Pipeline is set to restart operations by the end of the week – just in time to save West Coast refineries that are begin to deplete their raw stocks.
The massive profile of a CC-177 Globemaster pictured after delivering search and rescue helicopters to BC for use in last week's flood recovery efforts.
The massive profile of a CC-177 Globemaster pictured after delivering search and rescue helicopters to BC for use in last week’s flood recovery efforts. Photo by the Abbotsford Police Department

CRTC has officially hearings began this week into Rogers’ planned $ 26 billion takeover of Shaw. In a country where telecommunications is already largely in the hands of only three companies (Bell, Rogers and Telus), the merger will eliminate one of the only notable competitors – and the only one headquartered in western Canada (Shaw is based in Calgary).

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Inside the Cabinet, Jody Wilson-Raybould’s account of her eventful months as Attorney General under Justin Trudeau is set to win a Balsillie Prize for non-fiction. That is, Nationalposten published an excerpt . In it, Wilson-Raybould recounts how her ancestors defied Canada’s 66-year ban on potlatches, one of the central cultural traditions of the Coastal First Nations . “Our people wanted to hide Potlatch from the Indian agents who wanted to travel to Kingcome by boat. They had lookouts along the way, on the coast. And when the signal came that the Indian agent was close, they assembled to sing ‘Onward Christian Soldiers ‘to trick the agent into thinking they were just’ good little Indians’. “

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CULTURAL WARS

The Parisian media has mentioned Canada! Unfortunately, this is because the Toronto District School Board canceled a book event with former Islamic State prisoners (and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize ) Nadia Murad on the grounds that it could promote Islamophobia. Or as Le Figaro, one of France’s largest dailies, put it : ” Canadian schools were afraid to look Islamophobic and canceled an event with Nadia Murad “Rex Murphy had it, too some thoughts about this whole matter.

Nadia Murad pictured at an event in 2018 in Paris, where she hugs Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Nadia Murad pictured at an event in 2018 in Paris, where she hugs Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo by Yoan VALAT / POOL / AFP

People continue to attack theaters in Toronto and show films in the South Indian languages ​​Malayalam or Tamil . With the incidents that mostly take place in regular cinemas like Cineplex, the attackers cut the screens or in selected cases they spray-shoot the audience. In terms of motive, the going theory is that it is one particularly vicious attempt of independent theaters to maintain their market share of South Indian film screenings.

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DATA NERD

In a potentially not surprising development, the number of Canadian job seekers increased markedly after the government stopped giving them free money . Following the completion of the Canadian Recovery Benefit, the proportion of Canadians is actively looking for work jumped to 30 per cent , up from 25 per cent. the month before.

As Canadians prepare to celebrate the second Christmas of COVID-19, nearly half of them are fully prepared to ignore social distancing and other public health restrictions . A Doctor vote found that 45 percent of Canadians plan to “greet others with a handshake, hug or kiss.”

SOLID TAG

The last week has seen many of the usual suspects (e.g. as actor Leonardo DiCaprio ) supports a series of illegal blockades that trapped up to 500 Coastal GasLink workers in remote camps (amid catastrophic floods, nothing less). Melissa Mbarki objects persistently to the notion that these blockades are a noble act of native solidarity, and writes that they are largely the act of outsiders acting in direct opposition to the wishes of all but a small faction of the Wet’suwet First Nation. Mbarki writes: “My advice is to do a little research before blocking a road or a train.”

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Writing for the Washington Post , JJ McCullough came out in support of Saskatchewan’s Prime Minister Scott Moe’s recent statement that his province should be recognized as a “nation within a nation” just like Quebec . McCullough’s core is that if one of Canada’s 10 provinces wants to enjoy a distinct status from the others, it should come as no surprise when the other nine try the same. Meanwhile, one of the main Quebec counter-arguments to Saskatchewan’s bid for nationality is simply that they have been here longer: New France was founded in 1534, while Saskatchewan was founded in 1905.

This infographic from the Quebec subreddit explains the argument briefly.
This infographic from the Quebec subreddit explains the argument briefly. Photo by Reddit.com

While Canada is stepping up plans to vaccinate its children against COVID-19, Anthony Furey writes we should probably take an extra look at the National Advisory Committee on Immunization’s extremely lukewarm assessment of the need to give children the finishing touch . The Committee wrote that the “overall safety and effectiveness data are limited for children,” and repeatedly stressed the need to “respect” the wishes of any parent who wanted their children to sit outside.

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