Saturday, December 14, 2019

Divided in Vancouver: Duelling Hong Kong protests

Pro-Hong Kong and pro-Beijing protesters faced off against each other for the second day in a row in Vancouver, a sign of tensions in Hong Kong spilling over into the Chinese diaspora in B.C. (The Province)

Police Chief slams possible handgun ban, calls it ‘naive’

The chair of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police has dismissed the idea of a handgun ban in Canada, saying illegal guns are the true driver of gun violence in Canada. (True North)

Portland ‘ground zero’ for protests between right, left wing

PORTLAND, Ore.  - Hundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators swarmed downtown Portland, Oregon, on Saturday for a long-hyped rally that attracted President Donald Trump’s attention and resulted in at least 13 arrests. (AP)

KNIGHT: Scheer not chilled by threatened lawsuit

Threatening a libel lawsuit is often called ‘libel chill.’ By design it is intended to shut someone up who is being critical. On March 29, 2019, after the explosive recording and related documentation from former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould was released, the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition released a press statement concerning the Prime Minister’s handling and involvement in what has become known as the SNC-Lavalin scandal or more colloquially on social media as #lavscam. (True North)

British PM to leave June 7

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday she'll step down on June 7, succumbing to calls in her governing Conservative Party to make way for a new leader to try to break an impasse over Britain's departure from the European Union. (CBC)
  • May announces resignation amid fury over Brexit handling
  • Mueller report on Russia probe delivered

    Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday turned over his long-awaited final report on the contentious Russia investigation that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump's presidency, entangled Trump's family and resulted in criminal charges against some of the president's closest associates. (CBC)

    Venezuela standoff turns deadly

    CUCUTA, Colombia - A U.S.-backed drive to deliver foreign aid to Venezuela met strong resistance as troops loyal to President Nicolas Maduro blocked the convoys at the border and fired tear gas on protesters in clashes that left two people dead and some 300 injured. (National Post)

    China’s detention of 2 Canadians ‘unacceptable’: US Secretary of State

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that China should free two Canadian citizens who were detained this week after authorities in Canada arrested a senior Chinese technology executive on a U.S. extradition warrant. (Global News)

    Secret recording by Jody Wilson-Reybould backs interference allegations in SNC-Lavelin scandal

    OTTAWA - A trove of detailed evidence documenting Jody Wilson-Raybould’s final days as justice minister and attorney general — including a secretly-recorded phone call with then-Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick — has reinforced her claim that government officials attempted to interfere in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin and undermined the accounts of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and some of his top aides. (National Post)

    Trudeau uses police to remove journalist from public event

    True North’s Andrew Lawton was removed from a public Liberal rally in Thunder Bay by the police! The Prime Minister of Canada is using the police to stop a journalist from asking him questions. The cops threw Andrew out of a public event at a public university. (True North)