Taylor Swift sends $6000 to Ontario fan who couldn’t afford tuition
Taylor Swift has wooed the internet with her latest move as she donated more than $6,000 to a fan who couldn’t afford her tuition.
Ayesha Khurram has been a fan of Swift for 10 years. According to CTV, Khurram has mentioned that Swift liked her Tumblr posts and that they even met backstage at her concert in 2018.
The Post Millennial published the following column after an editor from a mainstream newspaper said it was “too inflammatory at the moment” and other newspapers rejected Moore’s submission.
Canada appears headed for a train wreck due to the widening chasm on energy, climate and finance policy between Alberta and Ottawa. It is possible that no combination of voting outcomes in the October 21 federal election can prevent the breakup of the federation.
Canada has been described as “a road from Ottawa to Montreal and back again”, a blunt reference to the fact that when Ontario and Quebec agree on something, the rest of us are chopped liver. This has given rise over the years to the angst known as western alienation. It has presently reached a boiling point like no other time in our history.
Premier Jason Kenny’s first move upon winning the Alberta vote was to call an inquiry into foreign (U.S.) funding of the anti-oilsands campaign. This will expose the dirty tactics of the Rockefeller Brothers-led initiative, funneling hundreds of millions of dollars into “grass-roots” environmental and First Nations front groups with the aim of landlocking Canadian oil and killing the project. Meanwhile 14 pipelines are under construction in Texas while zero are even approved in Canada.
All Canadians should imagine what it feels like for Albertans when both Ottawa and B.C. treat them like a hostile foreign power. B.C. pretends it doesn’t absolutely depend on Alberta for its transport and aviation fuel while blocking the Trans Mountain Pipeline that would bring Alberta oil to tidewater for export. And Eastern Canada prefers oil brought in tankers from Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Venezuela rather than Canadian oil from Alberta via the stalled Energy East Pipeline. Meanwhile Ottawa bans tankers on the Pacific coast.
Whether it’s the Conservatives or the Liberals that are able to form a government in October, both are committed to the Paris Agreement on climate change. This applies in spades to both the Greens and the NDP. Only the People’s Party of Canada has pledged to quit Paris and to unabashedly support the oilsands and the pipelines that are needed to deliver it to Eastern Canada and to tidewater in B.C. So long as our federal government supports this anti-fossil fuel fraud there will be no further investment in Alberta’s and Canada’s most important energy sector. Meanwhile, some signatories to the Paris Agreement, such as China and India, are free to increase their emissions with no restriction.
Alberta’s first move after the election will likely be to hold a referendum calling for a renegotiation of the equalization payments formula. Under the present formula, Alberta is required to make large payments despite their now very difficult economic situation. An inevitably successful referendum result would force Ottawa and the other provinces to the table, but it is likely the talks will fail, increasing resentment in the province. Then Premier Kenny will have the ammunition he needs to call for a referendum on the separation of Alberta from Canada. This may pass with a comfortable majority.
Saskatchewan would almost certainly join Alberta,and Manitoba would definitely consider it. What British Columbia will do is anybody’s guess, but if they decide to stay with Ottawa they will be decidedly isolated. Although a bit far-fetched, the real wild card is Ontario. This would be an opportunity to realize what has been called “Ontario and West”as the new Canada. The fact that Ontario has needed Quebec’s agreement all these years has led to a certain resentment of the fact, often accompanied by what might be called extortion on Quebec’s part. Quebec separatists may get what they bargained for without having to win a referendum of their own! Lord knows how the Maritime Provinces would react to any of this.
I realize that many Canadians, particularly those in the eastern half of the country, don’t believe any of this could ever happen. They should take a vacation in Alberta to smarten themselves up. It’s not very nice to be treated like a leper when you are one of the main economic providers for people who call your oil “dirty” and “filthy” while they import the same product from despots, dictators and corrupt regimes in Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and Venezuela.
Dr. Patrick Moore is a native British Columbian, a co-founder of Greenpeace and an ecologist with wide international experience in energy and climate policy. He is presently the Chairman of the CO2 Coalition in Washington DC.
Sloane Public Elementary school in Toronto came under serious heat for an email to parents, saying their annual Halloween festivities would be replaced by a “fall celebration.”
The email, specifically, stated that kids attending school would not be permitted to wear their costumes to class.
“The decision to not have students wear costumes to school on Halloween was made as a staff based on a number of reasons, including ensuring that all children feel included and that learning continues, even on Halloween,” said Sloane Elementary’s Karen Thomas.
The proposed ban on costumes aligns with a trend across Ontario and Canada, with more and more schools considering opting out of Halloween celebrations. Whether it be for religious or cultural reasons, or because some older students’ tendency to wear costumes that were too spooky for younger students, many schools switch out Halloween celebrations for more the more neutral Orange and Black days.
As reported by CityNews, parents of children who attended the school were upset with the school’s choice to make a decision without consulting parents.
With parents’ complaints coming in droves, the school decided to walk back their decision, sending out a new email.
“While many students come to school with costumes, there are a number of students that don’t celebrate Halloween or may not wear a costume for a variety of reasons,” reads the announcement. “It was with that in mind that we had considered the idea of not encouraging students to wear costumes this year. After hearing from students, staff and parents about that possibility, we’ve decided to as we always have and students will be able to wear their costumes at school that day. Thank you for that input.”
A central “kingpin” and 30 others have been arrested, with 300 charges being laid in a major investigation into human trafficking and organized crime.
The investigation started when two Quebec women reached out to police in Ontario, with the investigation following suit over the next year.
Project Convalesce by the York Regional Police uncovered a network of criminals who used fraud to prop up a trafficking operation that spanned across several provinces, with police resources being used from four different police services across Ontario and Quebec.
York Regional Police Insp. Thai Truong told reporters that the investigation started when the two female victims revealed information about a suspected pimp, who police now believe to be the “kingpin” of the operation.
“We started uncovering and unravelling a large criminal network,” said Truong to CBC at the news conference in Aurora.
Police have since been able to identify 12 confirmed victims, with an additional 33 women who are believed to have been in contact with the group.
Victim’s ages range from 20 to mid-30s.
“We’re hoping they reach out to us. They may smile at you, they may not appear to be controlled or victimized. That is not true. We have seen the horrific things that are happening to these women,” said Truong of the victims.
Police believe that most of the women in the operation came from Quebec but had been relocated to Ontario and other provinces.
“These victims endured violent assaults, sexual assaults and other degrading circumstances as they were controlled by these violent criminals.”
Police went on to say that the investigation remains active, as police still seek several suspects.
“Investigators are willing to speak with anyone involved in the sex trade who may be looking for a way out or who may require assistance to escape these dangerous circumstances,” York police said in a release on Tuesday.
The Liberal candidate for the Spadina-Fort York riding, Adam Vaughan, has a problem.
Vaughan, who has served as MP for the riding since 2014, took to Twitter last week to go on a tirade against the Conservative Party. He specifically stated that giving Premier Doug Ford a “dance partner” in Ottawa would be a “huge risk for Toronto.”
Vaughan’s gripe in the October 9 Twitter rant was the proposed Ontario Line, which was announced in April by the provincial Ford government.
“No costing, no studies, and no hope of ever being built. Even the timetable is diction… Yet Scheer has announced he will fund it. IT’S NOT A REAL PROJECT,” stated Vaughan in the first post of his thread.
Vaughan’s main evidence that the project doesn’t exist is the routing and the logistics of constructing the line.
“You’d have to run the line under the existing subway and under every condo in one of the densest neighbourhoods in the city. As for going under the streets, they are too narrow and already carry major sewer lines.”
Vaughan’s rant proved to have not aged well this morning.
Despite Vaughan’s claims that the Ontario line is “the product of Ford’s bizarre imagination,” his own political party are set to support the line’s construction.
This morning, the federal Liberals announced that they are prepared to back Toronto’s proposed Ontario Line with billions in transit funding, according to the Toronto Star.
The Liberals say they await the Toronto city hall staff report “that is expected to endorse the Ontario Line on Wednesday” before they choose to officially back the plan.
The transit agency CEO Ricky Leary has also called the Ontario Line projected “a viable option” that could reduce crowding on Line 1.
Mr. Vaughan has not yet responded to The Post Millennial‘s request for comment.
According to a York Regional Police news release, a 31-year-old man has been charged with Attempted Murder of a woman in the parking lot of a local Costco.
The incident occurred on October 11, shortly after 3 a.m. after reports of the stabbing reached police. By this time, the woman had already driven herself 7 km to the nearest hospital.
According to police, the suspect was known to the female victim, though the nature of their relationship has not been specified. The names of both will not be released to protect the victim’s identity.
The woman told police that they had planned to meet in the parking lot, but the meeting eventually led to an altercation and the subsequent murder attempt and multiple stab wounds.
The suspect later attempted to visit the woman in the hospital and was arrested by the police.
Officers stayed at the crime scene for several prolonged hours, leading to the Vaughan Costco to be temporarily closed.
Police say the investigation is ongoing and it isn’t known when the suspect’s first court appearance will be.