Trudeau fundraiser attended by Loblaws lobbyists before massive handout
Loblaws lobbyists appear to have donated to and maintained close relationships with the Liberal before receiving a controversial $12 million grant for energy efficient refrigerators.
The grant is considered controversial as Loblaws was one of many companies involved in a 14-year bread price-fixing scheme which cost the government more than $300 million in taxes alone, although the parent company notified regulators in order to receive immunity from most damages.
At least two U.S. churches are making a statement with their nativity scenes this year. One of them is the Claremont United Methodist Church in California and the other is St. Susanna Parish in Massachusetts. The Claremont church seems to be alluding to Trump’s immigration policies, while St. Susanna Parish is taking a stance on climate change.
In a tweet by American journalist, Anthony Breznican, you can see members of the holy family inside chain-link cages. Baby Jesus is in a cage of his own while Joseph and Mary stand on either side of him, also in cages.
The scene does not specifically include any mention of Trump, though many think that the message is implied.
The church has a congregation of about 300 members and there are mixed responses about the church taking a political stance. One Twitter user said, “This is sacrilegious and blasphemous. Politicizing a nativity scene for the of social justice should list high in a book ‘you just don’t do it.’ The priest that okayed this should be stripped of his title and disgraced.”
Rev. Karen Clark Ristine, of the church noted, “This is a sacred family to us. We hold this family dear. And part of our vision is that they’re standing in for all the nameless others. For us, this is theological, this is not political.”
St. Susanna Parish in Dedham, Massachusetts has also included a theme in their nativity scene. The theme they chose to touch on is climate change. The scene shows everybody standing knee-deep in trash-filled water while some surrounding animals are fully submerged. A baby Jesus can be seen floating amidst everyone. The scene is accompanied by a banner saying “God so loved the world… will we?”
Some controversy has arisen out of the nativity scene. Father Stephen Josoma, the church’s pastor, says he’s not sure adding the climate change theme is politicizing the scene.
Father Stephen told WCVB, “We’re just painting an accurate picture of what the world is like this day.”
He told Boston 25 News, “It’s not a future event that may or may not happen,” also noting, “I think we have to kind of gather people’s awareness to bring about a change of mind and heart.”
The response has been mixed for parishioners, including Pat Ferrone who said, “Jesus was born into the circumstances of his time,” he went on to say, “You can’t pick up the paper or magazine or whatever without learning something dire.”
Some people were for the statement, such as Maureen Adams who wrote in a Facebook post, “Good for them for taking an ethical stand for humanity and the state of the world. Isn’t that what Jesus would do?”
Another Facebook user disagreed posting, “Trying to make a point, each year, with the Nativity is horrible. Hopefully one day it will be realized that this is offensive to some. Trying to gain publicity over something so sacred is blasphemous.”
One woman who told WCVB that she has stopped attending the church due to the views held by the pastor. She said, “I think he’s a snowflake. There’s a lot of people that don’t want to go in that church anymore because they’re tired of hearing liberal views.”
This isn’t the first time Josoma has tried to send a message with his nativity scene. Last year the church-based their theme on the migrant crisis, showing Jesus and his family in cages. The year before, they displayed mass-shooting victims alongside the family.
Another community member, Mike Looby, told Boston 25 News, “I don’t think it’s a good idea to mix those two topics together. It’s in bad taste.”
“A major publication is happy to publish any old nonsense so long as it’s sufficiently woke. Social justice ideology has infected our mainstream media,” Andrew Doyle explains in a new video lecture recorded at the National Liberal Club in London on 13th October 2019.
The 25-minute video is a brilliant explainer on how satire and hoaxing work in 2019. With major platforms and publications getting woker by the minute, it’s imperative that people who haven’t succumbed to the woke moral panic to call out the many hypocrisies and incoherencies of social justice. For the few who don’t know, Andrew Doyle is the genius behind the internet’s greatest troll, Titania McGrath.
In 2019, feelings outweigh facts at every turn. And when op-eds read like fabricated drivel, it’s no wonder that the public has a hard time discerning truth from fiction. It takes comedians and satirists to point out just how insane this whole thing is. Doyle points out that “the woke are the establishment” and he couldn’t be more right. Those who are in the powerful cultural positions, in academia, media, arts, entertainment, and most importantly, advertising, are the ones with the batons and horses to push these ideas onto the public.
This is the kind of influence that matters, not politicians and legislators, but those who control the media. And they are being fooled by their own unwillingness to address their woke bias. It is this bias that veers us into the realm of complete absurdity, where people hate themselves for their skin colour, language is colonialism, words are violence, and disagreement is fascism.
“The mainstreaming of social justice is also evident in the fact that even respected, national newspapers don’t seem to understand the basic definitions of phrases like fascist, alt-right, and even far-right,” Doyle remarks. “They no longer know what these words mean, and they are just bandying them about promiscuously, which is really damaging. Now if you claim the right to define the word Nazi as just anyone who disagrees with you politically, then, of course, you can also claim that there is an epidemic of Nazism. But in doing so you are also inadvertently, acting in the interests of the worst kinds of people.”
Doyle notes that the reframing of the conversation to mark those who disagree with the mainstream social justice movement as alt-right Nazi fascists, cedes the argument in favour of free speech to those very people you are trying to silence.
The last five minutes of the speech is where Doyle truly shines. He points to three specific pieces published by major platforms. “In August of last year, The New York Times ran an anonymous letter. It was called ‘How Can I Cure My White Guilt?’ It was just signed ‘Whitey,’ and it was a person who described themselves as being riddled with shame for being white. Now the whole thing was obviously ridiculous, and obviously a hoax. So, Titania claimed that she had written it. And she provided screenshots, of the letter, on her hard drive, with the date, just to prove that she was the author.”
Doyle claims that the authorship doesn’t really matter. Maybe he wrote it, invoking the spirit of Titania, maybe he didn’t. The point is that “a major publication is happy to publish any old nonsense so long as it is sufficiently woke. The social justice ideology has infected our mainstream media. And irreparably degraded its standards.”
Finally, Doyle mentions the crown jewel of hoax columns—a breathless op-ed published by The Independent. “In February of this year, Liam Evans wrote a piece for The Independent, and he cited a number of extremely talented comedians, people like Dave Chappelle, Ricky Gervais, Finn Taylor, and he said that their jokes about sensitive topics amounted to hate speech. He said that these kind of jokes ‘should be subject to investigation. It simply isn’t good enough for comedians to cry free speech after every hateful joke, as if the laws that govern the rest of us don’t apply to them.’”
Who is Liam Evans? Well, he’s clearly an authoritarian, censorious monster. But he’s also clearly not real. Doyle asks why The Independent would run such clearly fabricated nonsense and points to the fact that a number of prominent comedians complained to the publication. Doyle asks, “What is happening to our media? Why is a respected national newspaper publishing drivel by a writer that no one has ever heard of just because it’s pushing a woke agenda? What does that tell us? And the other question they should have been asking is why is the left publishing these kinds of censorial articles that used to grace the pages of the right-wing tabloids? And if it takes a hoaxer to provoke a little self-reflection, then surely that’s a good thing.”
“Again, I do not want to speculate as to the authorship of that article,” Doyle says. “But I will point out one thing which I do find just a little bit curious… You might be interested to note that if you take every fourth letter of every sentence, it actually spells out the phrase, ‘Titania McGrath wrote this, you gullible hacks.’”
When asked if he was indeed behind the hoax article, Andrew Doyle remained playfully cagey, telling The Post Millennial: “So many of the opinion columns in the woke press read like satire already, so in a sense I shouldn’t be surprised that such an obvious hoax would be published.”
The truth is if it weren’t for geniuses like Doyle, Gervais, Chappelle, CK, and the handful of other comedians brave enough to stand up to the woke mob, the culture wars might be a lost cause. As Doyle has pointed out numerous times, hoaxing and satirizing the woke establishment is actually punching up. Every major platform and publication is woke in 2019. Those who issue social justice diktats have all of the power and influence. Doyle’s work is vital.
News hoaxes are as old as news itself, but what news outlets can get pranked about is very revealing. In this case, media wanted to believe that a young woman hated her whiteness, that Sam Harris is a gateway drug to the alt-right, free speech doesn’t matter, and off-colour jokes must be investigated by the authorities. The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Independent wanted to believe these things. In fact, they were desperate to believe these things. That’s why they published these hoax stories. And that’s why we need to keep making fun of them.
Tomorrow marks one of the most crucial days for the well being of the United Kingdom, it is the ever-important election day. However, this election is different from all the others.
It is because of one of the major parties vying for a chance to form a government is the Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn. By now, the worldwide community knows that the party has become home to hostile virulent anti-Semitism and a horrid anti-Israel bias.
Historically, anti-Semitism has always had some sort of existence in Britain. From Middle Age era-religious persecution and inquisitions to 20th-century far-right anti-Semitism, the racist discrimination against Jewish people is not a new idea within the country. Consequently, the most common form of anti-Semitism within Britain is anti-Zionism.
For many years, it has been known that there was some sort of anti-Semitism within the party, along with major critics of Israel. Concerning statements and comments from Ken Livingstone, Naz Shah and George Galloway were key incidents into what became the anti-Semitic ecosystem of the party.
There was a report in 2016 that was headed by Baroness Shami Chakrabarti that brought the notion that Labour has had an anti-Semitism issue, though not exactly hostile, an initiative organized by Corbyn. A year later, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism was adopted by the party.
However, it was this year (2019) that the worldwide Jewish community discovered how much of a concern the Labour Party has been and would be if the party was elected under the Corbyn ticket tomorrow.
A major blow to the party came this past when seven Labour MPs resigned from the party and seven of which established The Independent Group. While the group has had more MPs come and some of the founders go, it still had had an eye-opening impact on politics in the U.K.
An important MP who exited the Labour Party was Jewish MP, Luciana Berger.
A profound Zionist and active member of the Jewish community, Berger was the target of malicious throughout her time as a sitting MP, from the time she was nominated for election, right until she left the party for good.
More than six Britons were convicted due to threats and harassment Berger had faced, many of whom were members of far-right neo-Nazi groups. One of the threats was explicitly a death threat. Even now, in December of 2019, Berger told the Evening Standard that she is “still copied into complaints that are being followed up,” and continues to receive anti-Semitic harassment to this day.
Berger has since moved on from The Independent Group to the Liberal Democrats but remains as a beacon of hope and courage for Jews and women to get involved with the world of politics. Renowned UCLA professor Judea Pearl recently tweeted that Berger “is (his) UK heroine, for standing up to Corbynism.”
This past May marked the commencement of a formal investigation by the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) into anti-Semitism within the Labour Party.
The EHRC stated that the investigation aims to “determine whether the Labour Party has unlawfully discriminated against, harassed or victimized people because they are Jewish.”
This investigation is important because an exterior organization, outside of the government is taking concrete action to investigate anti-Semitism within the Labour Party and ensure it is shared to the public upon the conclusion of the investigation.
In a leaked Jewish Labour Movement submission to the EHRC, it mentions the culture in which the Labour Party brings to the Jewish community and the many issues it has, internally. It even said that “the Labour Party is no longer a safe space for Jewish people or for those who stand up against anti-Semitism.”
The Chief Rabbi of the UK even wrote an op-ed explaining his concerns with Labour’s anti-Semitism. It should not be taken lightly that the highest figure in Britain’s Jewish community has written his worries of the Labour Party to the British people.
Within the Labour Party, there have been many concerning anti-Semitic incidents, from Corbyn and his MPs such as one MP mocking the song “Hey Jude” to “Hey Jews,” pamphlets distributed that compare Israel to Nazi Germany, just to name a few concerning occurrences.
There is continuous impeccable anti-Zionism within the party that meets the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism.
With regards to Corbyn’s behaviour, he has called Hamas and Hezbollah his “friends.” There is even a prominent Facebook page that supports Corbyn and is run by Hamas. In 2014, Corbyn participated in a wreath-laying ceremony that honoured terrorists who had concerning connections to the Munich Massacre.
Campaign Against Antisemitism recently released a report stating that there are 24 documented anti-Semitic incidents that Corbyn is responsible for.
The world knows the destruction and terror that Hamas and Hezbollah cause on Israel and the Jewish people as a whole. The influence of terrorist organizations should never be given a free pass to enter the political sphere.
In many elections in liberal democracies, many major vying parties or party leaders sometimes have staggering controversies that surround them during an election season. The staggering issue with Corbyn and his Labour Party is undoubtedly anti-Semitism.
There is an idea known as “Philo-Semitism’,” individuals with a great deal of affection and gratitude for the Jewish people. It is Philo-Semites who should be leading Britain and not anti-Semitism.
Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, an organization full of hatred and bigotry has no place in politics.
For all British voters at the polls tomorrow, vote for who you believe will stand for all racialized communities in the country, such as the Jewish community, and the greater good.
Tomorrow’s election is crucial in ensuring that the next government will govern for all people, that the ideals of unity, cooperation and dignity are held to the highest standard. To ensure there is peace within all cultures.
The evidence is overwhelming. Corbyn and the Labour Party will not provide this to the British people.
The United Kingdom deserves a government who is led by a responsible Prime Minister and a governing party that does not engage in anti-Semitism and promote positive Jewish ideals such as Tikkun Olam, healing the world.
The choice is clear, Brits can vote for a party rooted with anti-Semitism, from its membership to its leadership or for parties such as the Conservatives or Liberal Democrats who value human rights and equality, and combat anti-Semitism in all of its forms, wherever it may take place.
The Environment Minister is closing a $200 million project by Nation Rise Wind Farm near Finch, Ontario. The Stormont County town windmill project was nearly complete with many of the planned 29 turbines already constructed. That came to an abrupt halt on Monday when Minister Jeff Yurek revoked the approval, citing a threat to the local bat population.
Several of the turbines were ready to begin generating power and the project had been previously approved by the Environmental Review Tribunal. Nation Rise Wind Farm is a subsidiary of the multinational EDP Renewables, their North American headquarters is in Texas.
“This was not an easy decision to make,” Yurek said in a press release. “While I agree with most of the conclusions of the tribunal, I disagree with the tribunal’s conclusions with respect to the degree of harm that will be caused to local bat species by the project.
“I am therefore altering the tribunal’s decision based on my conclusion that the project will cause serious and irreversible harm to bats, and I revoke the approval.”
The Environmental Tribunal held weeks-long hearings to look at objections to the project that covered a range of issues. It’s been a rather divisive issue in the community and the township has twice voted against being a “willing host” for the project.
There are a variety of reasons people complain about wind turbines in their community. The eye sore, the claim that vibrations caused by them bring on migraines, the price of real estate drops instantly and as well the effects on the local wildlife.
Yurek decision came seven months into the projects construction, telling EDP Renewables that he had the authority to “confirm, alter or revoke” the Environmental Review Tribunal’s approval, “as I consider in the public interest.” His reasoning was also based on the potential harm to the wildlife “in the context of the minimal contribution the project is likely to have on the electricity supply in Ontario.”
The tribunal had ruled such risks to the various bat populations were negligible.
“I am therefore altering the tribunal’s decision based on my conclusion that the project will cause serious and irreversible harm to bats, and I revoke the approval.” said Yurek.
The colonies of bats include big brown bats, hoary bats and little brown bats, which are on the Species at Risk Ontario List. The fear is that the bats will fly into the turbine blades. Yurek admits that one while one can’t know the full extent of the harm, it’s better to err on the side of caution.
“This power project has been very divisive for our community; now North Stormont can again be a good place to grow,” said Maragret Benke in a statement. a founding member of the grassroots organization Concerned Citizens of North Stormont. The group appealed the approval and reached out to the Minister for help.
In a statement provided to the Standard-Freeholder, EDP wrote. “This unprecedented decision means the (approval) that was issued by the minister’s own staff, defended by ministry legal counsel and subsequently ratified by the Environmental Review Tribunal is no longer in effect,” reads a statement from the company. “Decisions of this nature should be based on science and law, yet there was no expert testimony or evidence presented at the tribunal or to the minister that would provide a reasonable rationale for the minister’s decision.”
The issue of what risk the wind farm poses to bat populations was discussed at length during tribunal hearings held in Finch, in August of 2018.
“This power project has been very divisive for our community; now North Stormont can again be a good place to grow,” said Maragret Benke, a founding member of the grassroots organization Concerned Citizens of North Stormont. The group appealed the approval and reached out to the Minister for help.