Suspected gunman in Strasbourg shooting named, had long police record

Toronto Star - 20 min 41 sec fa

Police union officials identified the suspected assailant as Cherif Chekatt, a 29-year-old with a thick police record for crimes including armed robbery.
Categorie: Canada

Special government support offered to Nova Scotia call centre workers who lost their jobs

Toronto Star - 22 min 14 sec fa

The Labour Department says the almost 700 ServiCom call centre workers are eligible for a six-week training program that will build their skills while they search for work.
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British PM May to face no-confidence vote by lawmakers

Toronto Star - 27 min 14 sec fa

Many Tory lawmakers have been growing angry with May over her handling of Brexit, and the challenge comes days after she postponed a vote to approve a divorce deal with the EU to avoid all-but-certain defeat.
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Why congress can’t cave in to Trump on NAFTA

Toronto Star - 1 ora 1 min fa

The best argument for Congress to pass U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweaked version of the North American Free Trade Agreement is also the worst argument for it.
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Braid: Talk of Alberta exit is out in the open again

Calgary Herald - 1 ora 15 min fa

After lying dormant for nearly 40 years, talk of Alberta separatism is again boiling to the surface.

On Tuesday, Premier Rachel Notley said she’s well aware of the increasing chatter about giving up on Canada.

And she dealt with the question exactly as the first PC premier, Peter Lougheed, did back in the 1980s.

“I say to all those folks that we’re right there with them,” Notley said. “We, too, are very, very frustrated.

“But even as we’re angry, we roll up our sleeves and get to work finding the solutions. That’s the Alberta ethos I want to make sure we’re all focused on.”

It’s the only sensible strategy for a premier — don’t demean separatist feeling, but don’t endorse it either. Meanwhile, dig in and fight for provincial interests.

The earlier separatist wave faded after Lougheed won enough battles with Ottawa to show that Alberta could prevail, or at least survive.

Victory is far from certain today. And so, there’s rising separatist feeling, tinged with deep anger.

Exactly what we saw nearly four decades ago.

Exhibit A is W. Brett Wilson, Calgary’s celebrity investor, philanthropist and former Dragon’s Den star. He’s suddenly presenting himself as the poster boy of Alberta alienation.

Recently, Wilson tweeted that environmental “traitors” should be hanged.

“Bastards, slimy bastards,” Wilson called them. He didn’t do that just once — it was a repeated theme over several tweets.

Bastards. Slimy bastards. Hang them for treason….

— * W. Brett Wilson * (@WBrettWilson) March 1, 2018

That brought him many rebukes, including one from Vivian Krause, the researcher who has pinpointed U.S. money behind opposition to the oilsands and pipelines.

“Hey, I understand your frustration, Brett, but it’s not helpful for us to joke about hanging each other,” she said.

“Don’t make things tougher than they already are. We are all Canadians.”

Wilson and Krause will share the stage Wednesday night at a Telus Convention Centre event where her subject is “the cause of oil price discounts.”

Wilson is putting himself out in front of the alienation surge with radio and other media interviews.

“My belief is we’re being pushed out of Confederation,” he told me Tuesday.

“I’m not a separatist. I’m a frustrated nationalist who doesn’t believe Confederation as designed is working in our favour.

“My first choice is to renegotiate Confederation. My second choice is to leave Confederation.

“But I’m not leading that charge. I’m saying, ‘hey guys, I want to renegotiate our place in Canada.'”

Wilson says his “current coffee shop polling is running 99 per cent in favour of getting out of Canada.”

Hardly scientific, but not entirely wrong. Many Albertans are hearing the same things — or saying them.


Alberta’s separatist talk, unlike Quebec’s, always draws scorn from down east.

But the rest of Canada should understand that this is no sneering matter. It’s a serious expression of deep alienation and even desperation.

Albertans are as corrosively angry today as they were in the early 1980s, after the introduction of Pierre Trudeau’s National Energy Program.

I covered and wrote about that whole bleak period. It was ugly.

Back then, two parties called for either separation or the rebuilding of Canada — Western Canada Concept and the Confederation of Regions.

They were both deeply kooky and often racist. But Western Canada Concept elected an MLA, Gordon Kesler, in the Olds-Didsbury byelection of 1982.

Later that same year, WCC won 11.8 per cent of the vote in the provincial election — only a half-dozen points behind the NDP led by Notley’s father.

Today, there’s no registered Alberta party with a separatist agenda. The obvious question is whether Wilson wants to start one.

“I don’t think it would serve Alberta well to bring forward a separatist party right now,” he says.

He wants UCP Leader Jason Kenney to win the next election, and then use his promised referendum on equalization as a wedge to open a much larger negotiation on radically revised terms for Alberta within Canada.

Albertans will be listening to all this.

We can only hope Ottawa listens, too, without sneering.

Don Braid’s column appears regularly in the Herald

Twitter: @DonBraid

Facebook: Don Braid Politics

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Opinion: Hail to the deputy chief – memories of George H.W. Bush:

Calgary Herald - 1 ora 15 min fa

The passing of George H.W. Bush has brought many deserved accolades and remembrances about a U.S. president and his place in history. While these are all poignant, beautiful and underline a time of dignity in the presidency, George H.W. Bush should also be remembered as a great No. 2.

Much will be made of his presidency’s successes and setbacks as well as his place in presidential lore. I will take away very separate memories and lessons. I didn’t get the pleasure of meeting the president until the early 1990s when I was serving as chief of staff to the deputy prime minister and minister of finance for Canada, the Right Honourable Donald Frank Mazankowski. Well before that meeting, “Maz” would tell me fond stories, humorous anecdotes and serious discussions he and Bush 41 shared. Interestingly, these were almost all when George Bush was vice-president to President Ronald Reagan. Maz and George H.W. Bush shared the distinction of being “Veeps” to a global leader and, as such, spent a lot of time together both socially and professionally. They both showed a deep loyalty to their bosses, stayed below the radar while getting the job done without being, as President Bush would say, braggadocios. They were fixers in their respective administrations. They were doers. They were fiercely protective of their bosses even when they disagreed.

Living around the corner from the Bushes for the past dozen years has provided the opportunity, on numerous fronts and occasions, to be with and interact with President Bush and his great family. To the end, he served in a strong supporting role for numerous causes in Houston and Texas. None of these perhaps more illustrative of his servant leadership than the support role he played for the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and its associated great deeds.

Being in the No. 2 role shapes a leader’s future and moulds their style and definition of service. It helped shaped Vice-President Bush’s persona and understanding that success was all about those he served. This surely aided in ensuring that by the time he was inaugurated as the leader of the free world that he fully recognized that it was not about him but the people, country and the world he served as president. As an aside — and no small one — being No. 2 in the Bush family to Barbara Bush can only have further expanded his ability to be a great No. 1.

So, the historians will now take the life of the 41st president of the United States and determine the lessons on presidential leadership and policy we should all absorb with his passing. That is all grand, but for me, the lessons from his life are more about how he always conducted himself in his penultimate position, not his ultimate one. Being a loyal, disciplined and worthy No. 2 will almost assuredly lead to being, when and if called, a great No. 1.

If you are a No. 2 today — no matter how steely your ambition or competitive your spirit — learn and practise these lessons well.

If you are already a “commander-in-chief,” pray each day for a deputy like George Herbert Walker Bush.

Greg Ebel is the chairman of the boards of Enbridge Inc. and The Mosaic Co. He served as chief of staff to the deputy prime minister and minister of finance of Canada from 1991 to 1993.

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Magic and circus shows bring holiday awe to Toronto

Toronto Star - 1 ora 16 min fa

With Cirque du Soleil and 7 Fingers opening shows here this week, and Champions of Magic next week, Karen Fricker looks at the appeal of this style of entertainment.
Categorie: Canada

10 things you don’t know about the Bloor St. Viaduct as it turns 100

Toronto Star - 1 ora 16 min fa

To mark its 100th birthday, the Star presents facts about one of Toronto’s most recognizable landmarks.
Categorie: Canada

I dropped my judgmental friends and now I only have one left: Ask Ellie

Toronto Star - 2 ore 16 min fa

Self-protection is a vital part of rising above hurtful experiences, writes Ellie.
Categorie: Canada

Mayor John Tory taps veteran allies for top council posts

Toronto Star - 3 ore 16 min fa

A source familiar with the mayor’s choices acknowledged they include many of the suburban allies who supported Tory in his first term, but noted key roles for a couple of downtown progressives.
Categorie: Canada

Horoscope for Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

Toronto Star - 4 ore 16 min fa

Daily horoscope
Categorie: Canada

Game Centre: Lowry, Raptors bust out of slumps in victory over Clippers

Toronto Star - 6 ore 43 min fa

Serge Ibaka dropped a game-high 25 points, Lowry added 21 and the Raptors improved to an NBA-best 10-3 on the road this season despite missing Kawhi Leonard because of a hip injury.
Categorie: Canada

Edmonton Oilers’ winning streak reaches four games after victory over Colorado Avalanche

Toronto Star - 7 ore 44 min fa

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored twice as part of Edmonton’s four-goal second period, handing them a 6-4 victory over the Avalanche on Tuesday night.
Categorie: Canada

Politics This Morning: Trudeau to mark Centre Block closure in House; Freeland to moderate human rights panel

The Hill Times - 8 ore 15 min fa

Good Wednesday morning,

Here’s what’s happening today:

  • Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is set to moderate a panel discussion that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. That’s at 12:15 p.m. in the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will preside over the national caucus meeting at 10 a.m. Then, at 12:30 p.m., he’s off to a Christmas luncheon at the Valour Building, room 228. At 3:15 p.m., to mark Centre Block’s impending closure, he plans to deliver a brief address in the House.
  • In Toronto, Finance Minister Bill Morneau is making an appearance at the Toronto Global Forum, where he’ll sit down with Bloomberg’s Amanda Lang for a fireside chat. That’s at 8:30 a.m. at the Fairmont Royal York hotel. Also at the forum is International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr, who will sit down with Business of Council Canada’s Goldy Hyder at 10 a.m.
  • The Aga Khan Foundation is holding an event featuring David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Programme, in conversation with Alex Bugailiskis, Canada’s ambassador to Italy. That’s at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat at 10 a.m.
  • Barack Obama‘s former national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, is in Ottawa for a discussion about his memoir, which chronicles his years in the White House. This event is at 4:30 p.m. at Canada 2020’s studio.
What the newsroom’s reading:
  • Ex-diplomat who worked on Trudeau’s Hong Kong visit detained in China, reports say: The detention of Michael Kovrig follows the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. He had a brief stint at the consulate in Hong Kong and is now working for the International Crisis Group. (via Toronto Star)
  • Liberal MP Nicola Di Iorio defends lengthy absence from Parliament: Confronting NDP MP Nathan Cullen‘s accusations that his absence  constitutes a breach of privilege, the Liberal MP cast blame on his party and said that he hasn’t been collecting a salary, despite the fact that he hasn’t officially resigned his seat. (via HuffPost)
  • Former NDP MP Svend Robinson considers return to politics in Burnaby, B.C., riding: He’s hoping to give NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh boost by running a in the neighbouring riding. (via the Canadian Press)
  • Ottawa considering increasing China travel risk warnings for Canadians: At the same time, issuing a warning could further inflame tensions. (via CTV News)

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