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  1. The top TEN international lenders for coal plants and mines are all Chinese. And Canada continues to give money to help China's International Development Bank build more coal plants! https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/beijing-poised-to-size-the-climate-change-agenda-and-everyone-will-pay-the-price
  2. He never admitted to lying. Never admitted he or his office did anything wrong. In effect, he said "Well yes, we did what I denied doing but we were right to do it!" https://globalnews.ca/news/5769071/trudeau-snc-lavalin-statements/
  3. We're used to deceptive advertising and false promises. We're used to insinuations about other candidates (all of which I loathe, btw). Outright lies are rare unless they're pretty sure they can't be caught. “The allegations in the Globe story this morning are false,” Trudeau told reporters on Feb. 7. “Neither the current nor the previous attorney general was ever directed by me nor anyone in my office to take a decision in this matter.” How do you describe that as anything other than a lie?
  4. I never really got the fear and loathing so many ignorant people from the far right have for a guy who's been nothing but a public servant doctor his whole life. Maybe it's just the way pig-ignorant people feel when they see someone so much more intelligent and knowledgeable than they are.
  5. I don't think most people are like that. I think the media, including online, magnifies such voices to the point we might 'think' they represent a substantial number of people. But often they're just small, noisy groups. Most people are reasonable and interested in compromise if you explain things to them. Unfortunately, our politicians don't bother any more, and even if they did the media wouldn't give them the coverage. A few lines is all they get. Mind you, given how poor most of them seem to be at communicating information that's probably more than they can use. They are certainly to blame for lying. They don't do it by accident. Trudeau didn't design the system which allows a snake-oil salesman like him to thrive but he certainly enjoys it. He's at the top. He can be honest. He chooses not to be. He CHOOSES to be smarmy and dishonest. A demonstrated falsehood can be proven. For example, his lies when denying the initial G&M story about SNC Lavlin. But of course, it's our fault for not holding them to the standards we ought to. A politician who lies to us - not just fails to keep a promise but tells a bald-faced lie - should never be a consideration for re-election. We're far too accepting of such behaviour. We're far too willing to just shrug and say they all lie. Until someone starts holding them to account we won't get rid of the liars. Of course, that's easier said than done. I'm not sure if I can directly point to an open lie O'Toole or Singh has uttered but I wouldn't doubt it. I don't regard either as being particularly honest.
  6. It's never been on individuals in a community. The community needs to see to its own protection because individuals are unreliable. This is why your kid can't go to school until you get them vaccinated for a variety of potentially deadly communicable diseases, from measles to mumps and chicken pox. And if you want to travel you are again required to get vaccinated for the diseases which are common in parts of the world. I see no issue with adding covid to the list of vaccinations required. Once they're listed as safe for kids no children should be permitted to go to school who isn't fully vaccinated.
  7. Democracy is not in trouble because of disinformation on the internet. Democracy is in trouble because of the lack of trust people have in governments. And the reason they lack trust is because our politicians lie like rugs. When they're not lying they're dancing around the truth or avoiding answering questions. A representative government which doesn't represent anyone's interests but their own and which lacks honesty and integrity causes people to look elsewhere for solutions and information. You want better government? Pass a constitutional amendment that any politician caught lying loses their job and can never run for public office again. Confidence in government starts with having honest government. Which we don't currently have at any level.
  8. I give to some Christmas charities, but aside from that I feel my taxes are already going to take care of the less fortunate. Oh, and the conservative party keeps mailing, calling and emailing me trying to get me to join again or at least donate. It's not working. I flat out told the last person to call that they need to get some policies I'm interested in supporting or forget my money.
  9. The Arctic Patrol ships are largely unarmed. So it really doesn't matter what they can do in arctic ice since they can't do anything anyway. They could serve as coast guard ships up there, but they're not really naval vessels. And can you suggest why they cost about 7-8 times more when the only advantage they seem to have is a stronger hull?
  10. As has been pointed out a few times by the sane members here, abuse of children is not exactly a Catholic thing, nor a Canadian thing, nor a racist thing. The abuse of the helpless inevitably draws a certain kind of person who can indulge themselves wherever supervision and oversight are lax. I add this cite for context though it has nothing to do with natives. It's about the widespread abuse, including sexual abuse of children in British 'care homes' which you might as well call orphanages during the 1960s right through to the 1990s. It's grim reading but familiar to people on this topic. Staff and councillors presided over a "culture of cover-up" that led to more than 700 children in south London care homes suffering cruelty and sexual abuse, an inquiry has found. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse strongly criticised Lambeth Council for allowing abuse in five homes from the 1960s to the 1990s. The Independent Inquiry Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) report said: "With some exceptions, they [Lambeth Council staff] treated children in care as if they were worthless. "As a consequence, individuals who posed a risk to children were able to infiltrate children's homes and foster care, with devastating, life-long consequences for their victims." Of the 705 complaints made by former residents across three such facilities, only one senior member of staff was ever disciplined by the council, the report said. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-57984924
  11. Russia pushing anti-vax message behind the scenes to undermine confidence in western governments and covid relief efforts.

  12. If you want to know where people like Shady, Taxme and Infidel Dog are getting their anti-vax message you can see it right here. Apparently a shady Russian agency has been trying to pay influencers to talk against the Pfizer vaccine, giving them links to shady web sites with wrong information, and telling them how to talk up the danger. And you can bet this isn't the first such effort, nor are youtube influencers the only people being recruited to sell the message online. "It started with an email" says Mirko Drotschmann, a German YouTuber and journalist. Mirko normally ignores offers from brands asking him to advertise their products to his more than 1.5 million subscribers. But the sponsorship offer he received in May this year was unlike any other. An influencer marketing agency called Fazze offered to pay him to promote what it said was leaked information that suggested the death rate among people who had the Pfizer vaccine was almost three times that of the AstraZeneca jab. The information provided wasn't true. Fazze's brief told influencers to share a story in French newspaper Le Monde about a data leak from the European Medicines Agency. The story was genuine, but didn't include anything about vaccine deaths. But in this context it would give the false impression that the death rate statistics had come from the leak. The data the influencers were asked to share had actually been cobbled together from different sources and taken out of context. It presented the numbers of people who had died in several countries some time after receiving different Covid vaccines. But just because someone dies after having a vaccine doesn't mean they died because they had the vaccine. They could have been killed in a car accident. https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-57928647
  13. She started out mocking an ad about 'people who menstruate' saying “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” Which was entirely within reason. For that she received howls of outrage, threats and demands to boycott all her work. Which just goes to show how fanatic the trans lobby is. She follows up by saying: “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction,” she wrote shortly after her initial tweet. “If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased.” Rowling continued: “I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives.” “My life has been shaped by being female. I do not believe it’s hateful to say so.” For which she received numerous death threats and more shrill screams of denunciation. And threatening death and rape. We used to. Now we're in the outrage universe where anything anyone says which goes against your personal doctrinaire social views must be relentlessly denounced and the person with those views punished. What we have lost over certain issues is the understanding the well-meaning people can have different points of view. There seems to be an almost religious sense of fervor attached to certain views and a vicious antipathy towards those who commit 'blasphemy' or 'heresy'. Transgenderism is one of those topics where no nuance is accepted by the activists.
  14. A statement has a period at the end. A question has a question mark. You could start by telling us what you think of Rowling's take and the attacks on her over it.
  15. He's already GOT dementia. And it seems to me there are a number of vaccines out there which have nothing to do with the US.
  16. So there is no room for nuance in your world, right? It's all black and white with nothing in between. Even someone like JK Rowling, who has always been pretty Left, might as well be a MAGA supporter since she isn't 100% on board with the belief that any man who claims he's now a woman is 100% a woman and cannot be questioned?
  17. Washrooms have stalls and are generally not the concern. Shower rooms, changing rooms at swimming pools, prisons, etc. these are the issue.
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