Tuesday, April 7, 2020

U.S. Navy relieves aircraft carrier commander who wrote letter urging coronavirus action

The U.S. Navy relieved the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt's captain of his command on Thursday, punishing him for the leak of a scathing letter he sent to superiors that sought stronger measures for curbing a coronavirus outbreak aboard the ship. (CBC)

The carbon tax is just another tax, nothing more

As coronavirus news stories dominate the headlines, it’s fair to say that climate change seems to have been knocked off its perch. (True North)
  • After this, there's no way the carbon tax can stay
  • The world succumbed to a pandemic of hysteria, more than a virus

    The Canadian government’s management of the coronavirus crisis, if judged by what it does and its leaders say, is completely inadequate. Their relief bill is probably not sufficient in quantum or in efficiency for those unemployed or under-employed as a result of the public health crisis, and the relief for small businesses is also probably insufficiently liquid and too bureaucratic. The closing of the U.S. border is nonsensical. (National Post)

    New crime data contradicts government gun plans

    The latest crime data released by Statistics Canada make a mockery of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s posturing on gun violence. (Edmonton Sun)
  • We can't afford PM's political games
  • Two weeks too late, Ottawa finally orders travellers to isolate

    On Wednesday morning, a reporter asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his daily news conference why the government was not using the powers available to it to enforce the 14-day self-isolation of travelllers returning to Canada, and was instead merely asking people to adopt this critical measure? (Globe & Mail)

    MP’s pass emergency aid bill after overnight compromise

    OTTAWA - The COVID-19 Emergency Response Act passed third reading in the House just before 6 a.m. EDT Wednesday after significant delays caused by opposition to the Liberals' attempt to grant broad spending and taxing powers to cabinet without parliamentary oversight – something both the Conservatives and NDP described as an unexpected attempt to acquire a blank cheque.(CTV)
  • Liberals can't help being opportunistic with their COVIC-19 aid bill
  • Spare us from the patronizing idea that governments know best

    Please spare us from over-reaching governments who may mean well but don’t know the square root of bugger all about what they are doing. (True North)

    Getting a handle on COVID-19’s economic fallout

    The coronavirus crisis is complicated by the unusual state of panic that has possessed much of the world, and by the somewhat divergent concerns and goals of those addressing the medical questions and those trying to cope with the economic damage. The national American political media, in their hostility to the president in an election year, and before the proportions of the pandemic were clear, fanned the fires of public hysteria. At the same time, the Chinese government and media (the second is a branch of the first) first dissembled and lied about the virus and are now engaged in an immense work of fabricated myth-making. For two or three weeks, the spread of the virus in China appeared to be completely uncontainable and the U.S. administration was trying to damp down concern in a manner that seemed somewhat cavalier. (National Post)

    The Trudeau government just can’t get their stories straight

    What a bizarre week in Canadian politics. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in self-imposed quarantine because his wife Sophie was being symptomatic and tested positive for COVID-19. She was in London last week attending a conference and got infected. (True North)

    Trump’s Europe travel ban poses questions for Canada-US border

    WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump is slamming America's door on most foreign nationals who were recently in Europe -- a drastic step in response to an accelerating global pandemic that, should it proceed, could pose a serious threat to commerce and travel between Canada and its largest trading partner. (CTV)