We live in unicorn land: senator says McKenna’s overhaul of environmental law disregards economic realities
Senator Douglas Black says the government’s plan to overhaul rules governing Canada’s resources and energy industries would gut our economic future.
“We are committing hara-kiri on our economy. Like no other country in the world does this. Nobody does this but us,” said Black of Bill C-69’s sweeping changes to the environmental review process for extractive and transmission sectors.
“We must be the laughing stock of the world,” he told The Post Millennial on Friday.
A day earlier at the senate environment and resources committee, Black delivered a stinging assessment of the proposed legislation and the problems it’s already created.
“We had (Bank of Canada) Governor (Stephen) Poloz before us yesterday and I’ll just tell you what he said: He’s ‘unhappy with the economic performance of the country at this time’,” Black told Environment minister Catherine McKenna. “He said in large part, that is tied to the declining natural resource industry, because there is no certainty.”
“How can this possibly be good for First Nations, who are trying to break the cycle of poverty,” continued Black. “How could this be good for Canada and how could it be good for the middle class who are the very folks losing jobs?”
McKenna responded that she is “the Environment minister for everyone, including energy workers…and that certainty will come.”
View McKenna’s answer:
The exchange between the independent senator from Alberta and McKenna followed an equally firm rebuke from Nunavut’s Conservative Senator Dennis Patterson, who cited a raft of pipeline companies who testified the law would squelch development, causing capital to flee the country.
“Regardless of your claims on investment, this is what actual investors are saying – they are the ones with the money,” said Patterson. “Are you concerned by these comments?”
McKenna remained steadfast the bill would bring certainty to the resource sector, while appealing to her own authority having worked alongside the industry in South East Asia.
“I get it. I actually don’t know if many of you know this, but I worked in Indonesia doing oil and gas law, at a corporate law firm….where I worked on oil and gas projects,” McKenna told senators, referencing her work with the UN in East Timor where as a senior negotiator she meted out exploration rights to the fledgling state.
“I understand we are competing with the world,” she said. View her complete response here:
But Black is unconvinced McKenna grasps the threat her own legislation poses to the Canadian economy, or that the government would alter course.
“It’s like a different universe. I felt yesterday at the committee she and I were on completely different planets,” said Black. “To date they’ve been impervious…to (the criticism) that’s come at them and I don’t see any evidence that they’re willing to make meaningful compromise at this point.”
As for McKenna’s view that conditions would improve for the energy sector after Bill C-69 is in force, the senator dismissed it outright.
“We live in unicorn land, believe and it will be. Unfortunately that’s not my experience,” Black told The Post Millennial. “And we in good ole Canada will have impaled ourselves. And this is supposed to be good judgement? This is supposed to be good governing? I don’t understand.”
*clarification: Senator Black’s remarks about the government committing Japanese ritual suicide on the Canadian economy (hara-kiri), were made about C-69 in conjunction with Bill C-48, the proposed oil tanker ban for the West Coast.
While WHO decided today that it was too early to call the coronavirus a “public health crisis,” the world is now keeping a watchful eye on China, where the virus first originated.
China’s track record when it comes to pandemics is not a good one. In November of 2002, an outbreak of the now well-known SARS virus—which is similar in nature to the new coronavirus—began in China’s Guangdong province, with a population in 133 million. The People’s Republic of China did not notify the WHO until February 10, 2003, reporting that 305 cases including 105 health-care workers, and five deaths.
The People’s Republic, in an effort to hide the truth from its citizens, a common practice used to keep up morale, discouraged the nation’s press from reporting on the SARS outbreak, and even hid reports from the World Health Organization.
China would even go so far as to prevent WHO teams from visiting the Guangdong province where the disease first spread, not allowing entry until April.
The reason for China’s shifty and suspicious behaviour of not disclosing information regarding when plagues and natural disasters (i.e. 2009 earthquake) could be thanks partly to a traditional belief called the Mandate of Heaven. According to the mandate, great disasters like famine, floods, plagues, and earthquakes were a sign from the heavens that the gods were displeased with the current ruler—reluctance to admit this to the public would often lead to civil unrest, as the masses believed the heavens were warning the people of the ruler’s illegitimacy.
The virus continued to spread throughout the world thanks to China’s inaction. In February of 2004, an elderly woman returned to Toronto from Hong Kong. She died after infecting her son, who would go on to spread the disease at Scarborough Grace Hospital, before himself succumbing to the virus.
If Canada were to learn from the past, the country would immediately and unapologetically forbid all direct flights from China to enter Canada. With the knowledge that the virus can spread person-to-person, it’s vital that the country delay the virus’ entry at all costs—though it may already be too late. Two Quebec hospitals are supervising five potential carriers, all of whom recently returned from China.
SARS eventually ended up killing 44 people in Canada, which would make it the only country not in Asia to have deaths from the virus.
We can now see that China is in a full-blown panic regarding the virus. The country has taken several massive steps, including cancelling the world’s busiest travel year, the solar New Year, in the nation’s capital. The country has also put three major cities into quarantine, a massive step which will prevent people from leaving or entering city limits. Plans have also been announced that the city will construct dedicated coronavirus hospitals in just six days time.
The origins of the virus have been traced back to a market in the Wuhan city center, but some have started to question this. With China’s history of dishonesty, is it really that out of the question that the origins lie in something more malevolent?
Take for example the Wuhan maximum security biolab which opened in 2017, one of many planned facilities of that nature across China. According to Nature, Wuhan built a lab to deal with “the world’s most dangerous pathogens,”
According to the Nature article, scientists outside China worried about pathogens escaping, and that “the addition of a biological dimension to geopolitical tensions between China and other nations.”
Whether this had any part in the virus will probably never come to light. But with certainty, Canadians and the world should be wary of any official information released from China’s regime.
Canada’s national archives was hit by a “major flood” that damaged much of the collection containing priceless records and books. Despite this, information about the flooding was withheld from the public, according to Blacklock’s Reporter.
More seriously, however, the agency has denied that a single part of the collection had been ruined through water damage. This denial came in spite of an official auditors report that stated that there was indeed “damage” to the collection.
As well as this, photographs that were discovered through an access of information request seem to show significant damage to the collection—showing an inch of water on the floor of the building.
The archive’s spokesperson, however, stated that “No collection material was damaged by water … one bay of books, apparently thirty items, were damp but were immediately air dried.”
When the damage was audited in 2019, reports confirmed that the “major flood” had caused substantial harm. “Some items that were damaged by the water were still undergoing treatment,” the report stated.
Finally, after being presented with irrefutable proof, the library’s spokesperson acknowledged that the archive’s collection had been “affected by this leak … some of the items had water on them.”
It is unclear why Canada’s national archives were attempting to keep this a secret.
Canada’s national archives receives $127.4 million annual budget.
Not a week goes by when Jessica Yaniv isn’t in the news for committing a crime or doing something so morally abhorrent it might as well be criminal to do so.
Yaniv’s deplorability is depthless. Yet despite the wall-to-wall coverage of Yaniv’s activities both online and in the real world, the self-described “trans rights activist” has managed to elude any serious repercussions from the law.
Writing for Human Events, I previously described Yaniv’s attempts to manipulate the law as state-enforced sexual assault. I stand by it. Yaniv, who is male-to-female transgender, attempted to subvert law enforcement to do her bidding by taking them to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and essentially trying them for anti-trans bigotry when they refused to provide their genitalia-waxing services, male-bodied transgender persons.
Despite eventually losing the case, the legal ramifications to Yaniv were minimal and Yaniv has only gotten worse since then—and the lack of any severe repercussions has only emboldened her misbehaviour.
Not only has Yaniv tried to subvert the law to force women to wax her male genitalia—she’s now using the law to try and silence her detractors. She made false allegations of sexual assault on The Post Millennial’s Amy Eileen Hamm, who has brought a civil suit against Yaniv.
She also assaulted Canadian journalist Keean Bexte. One might hope that the time she spends roaming about in a motorized scooter will soon come to an end as she was finally arrested over the assault. The footage of the attack was caught on camera, which should be an open and shut case for any prosecutor in the B.C. courts.
That isn’t the only felony charge Yaniv faces, either—having previously been charged for possessing illegal weapons, which she proudly flaunted (and arguably used to threaten) YouTuber Blaire White during a live-streamed interview late last year.
Yaniv has proven herself dangerous to young people. The Post Millennial has profiled in detail allegations by a young woman who alleges that years prior to attaining notoriety over the “wax my balls” scandal, Yaniv—then going by the name Jonathan—had attempted to sexually exploit her when she was underage.
Observers, including myself, remain skeptical that Yaniv will see any actual jail time. Her actions would have landed anyone else behind bars long before now.
Why is it that Yaniv can escape the long arm of the law? A public menace, Yaniv enjoys unspoken protections from the law—not merely as someone who identifies as transgender but as a transgender activist, who makes every action taken against her an action that weighs against the trans rights movement as a whole.
Indeed, the LGBT-friendly media—at least in the form of the internationally read PinkNews came to the apparent defence of the accused child sex predator and public menace. As Celine Ryan detailed for The Post Millennial, the progressive publication chose instead to smear Blaire White, who has been outspoken in her criticism of Yaniv.
Unlike Yaniv, White is openly conservative and doesn’t regard herself as any sort of “trans activist.” In other words, White isn’t the right kind of trans. Yaniv, a colossal fruitcake and aggressively woke social justice activist is everything publications like PinkNews look to champion.
Labels, to some, matter more than substance—and therein lies the problem with those in law enforcement who care more about optics than they do about meting out justice. Just as no plan survives contact with the enemy, no politician, judge, or police officer who acts against Jessica Yaniv is going to emerge unscathed due to the protection she is afforded by the privilege of the labels she wears.
There’s nothing just about social justice.
New images from Wuhan, China, show residents laying unresponsive on the ground in public areas. The pictures have been posted to Instagram after the residents were told yesterday that they cannot leave the city for fear of the coronavirus spreading more than it already has.
Some locals have started calling the city “zombieland” after the quarantine.
Medics can be seen patrolling the city streets while wearing hazmat suits. The scene has an apocalyptic look to it.
Videos show people collapsing and being treated on the ground as bystanders look on.
So far China has announced 634 cases of the virus and 17 have been deadly. Approximately 20 million people in China are currently on lockdown.