Massive anti-carbon tax truck convoy invades Regina
A truck convoy estimated to have nearly 800 vehicles stormed into Saskatchewan’s capital to protest the federal government’s newly implemented national carbon tax.
The event was the effort of seven individuals and was planned three weeks in advance.
Well Canada, we have some bad news. The water you drink could be harming your health.
According to a year-long and detailed investigation released by the 120 journalists and 10 media organizations including the Associated Press alongside the Institute for Investigative Journalism at Concordia University in Montreal, hundreds of thousands of Canadians across the country have been drinking water contaminated with lead levels that actually surpass the levels in Flint, Michigan.
Flint notably became famous, when its water crises caused a state of emergency in early 2016, forcing residents to use only bottled or filtered water for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and bathing.
This occurred as the consumption of lead can affect the heart, kidneys and nerves.
Health effects of lead exposure in children include impaired cognition, behavioural disorders, hearing problems and delayed puberty.
While Flint remains a problem in the United States, the results found by the Associated Press and Concordia University are even more worrying.
According to lead exposure tests conducted in 11 cities across Canada, “out of 12,000 tests since 2014, one-third—33%—exceeded the national safety guideline of 5 parts per billion; 18% exceeded the U.S. limit of 15 ppb. “
This includes some homes, schools, and daycare centres spread as far as Montreal, Regina, Halifax, Edmonton, and even Moose Jaw.
Toronto maintained one of the lowest exceedance rates, as Ontario remains the only province to actively put forward data on lead levels publically online.
While Ontario maintains better transparency, it to had problematic areas with some homes Oakville being found to have lead levels above national guidelines in dozens of water samples.
The Liberal incumbent for Regina-Wascana Ralph Goodale has officially lost his riding in Saskatchewan.
CPC candidate Michael Kram won/lost to Goodale.
Ralph Goodale previously won his riding with 55 percent of the vote, spending $10,000 more than his Conservative competitor. He has held his riding in every election since 2015.
Goodale served as the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness for the Trudeau government before the writ was dropped, representing one of the Liberal ridings in Saskatchewan.
His rival Kram said the main issue he was hearing at the doors was about the need for more pipelines to be built.
Rod Kletchko of Regina, Saskatchewan has 30 days to return his “MAGAUSA” vanity plate after the plate was unapproved by the Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI).
“Are we not supposed to be an open society with freedom of expression and free speech? And now I have to sell my soul, my integrity, for 30 pieces of silver,” said Kletchko.
The decision by the SGI is due to a policy which was overlooked during the initial approval of the plate, which states that certain slogans, including political slogans like MAGA USA, cannot be used.
“It’s important to us that we stay politically neutral, understanding that politics of any sort can be quite divisive in the community. So our objective is to maintain neutrality,” said J.P. Cullen, SGI’s VP of Licensing, Customer and Vehicle Services during a phone interview.
Cullen says he’s also annoyed over the “inconvenience that we’ve caused this gentleman,” adding that the license plate was approved “in error.” Cullen says he wasn’t made aware of the mistake until the company had received multiple complaints.
“He can use a bumper sticker, he can shrink-wrap his car, he can do all sorts of things. But the fact remains that the licence plate is Crown property, and we don’t allow political slogans on that property,” said Cullen.
Kletchko, having never received condemnation over the plate in person, said he’s baffled that anyone would take offence over something so minor.
“Anything could be a political slogan,” he said. “I mean, if you assume that a licence plate means something because you choose to assume that, that’s up to you. I mean, if you choose to be offended, I’m offended that you’re choosing to be offended.
Kletchko understands that the plate is technically property of the Saskatchewan government, but feels torn nonetheless due to the censorious nature of the decision to unapproved the pro-Trump slogan.
“I feel that my integrity is at stake here,” says Kletchko. “So if I capitulate, how good is that for me when I tell everybody to fight for the right of free speech?”
According to Regina Leader Post, he hasn’t decided whether he’ll give up the license plate.
“I’m going to think about it. I’m going to see what I should do and what I shouldn’t do. But in giving the plate back for 30 pieces of silver, that goes against every bit of freedom of choice and freedom of speech that I hold dear.”
According to CTV News, SGI says they will reimburse Kletchko for the cost of the plate which shouldn’t have been issued in the first place, as well as issuing him a new plate free of charge. However, if Kletchko does not turn in his plate, the SGI can cancel his registration.
“MAGA at the time the application was made, might have had a different meaning for that customer.” Cullens said. “It’s really clear to us based on the information provided that this did have an association to a political connotation.”
Regina Police have arrested the suspect of a Canada-wide manhunt charged with manslaughter for the death of a 3-month-old infant.
According to a Regina Police Service news release, 29-year-old Catlin Wade Goodwill was arrested Monday afternoon on August 26.
Police charged Goodwill with manslaughter, contrary to section 236(b) of the Criminal Code, in the 2017 death of three-month-old Keenan Julius Spencer of Regina.
According to Spencer’s obituary, Goodwill is the child’s father.
Police claim, their investigation began nearly 2 years ago on October 14, 2017, when they responded to the death of an infant in
“Joint investigation, by Regina Police and the Saskatchewan Coroners’ Service, into the circumstances of the baby’s death, gathered evidence to support a charge of manslaughter against Catlin Wade Goodwill,” reports police.
Goodwill is now set to make his first court appearance on Tuesday, August 27 in the Saskatchewan Provincial Court.