Independent Canadian News

Friday, 29 August, 2014 – CBC News Headlines –

Friday, 29 August, 2014  -( 65˚F / 18˚C & a few clouds over Ithaca @ 9:45 am ET )-

{ & again, these are not links. If you want to read these stories, listen to sound clips, or see any video -if there is any video- go to CBC dot CA/news. —Thanks. ———djo——— }

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{ I’ve been doing this because I believe  that the CBC may be more honest and more respectable than Media here in the U.S.A., AND not a lot of people in the U.S. may know that or have access to anyone who might point them toward the CBC & their web site. }

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{ *** BBC RADIO- British Prime Minister, David Cameron, reports that the British are raising their Security Levels to ‘Severe’ because of news from Iraq and Syria. They are saying that Islamic Terrorists are more likely to attack Britain than ever before.  – Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that Ukrainian action in Eastern Ukraine is reminiscent of Nazi actions during World War II. Ukrainians say the same things about Russian actions near their borders. NATO is saying that,  if Ukraine asks to join NATO, they will almost certainly accept.  *** Lots of alarms are going off in my head —djo— }

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A lot of smoke over a town in Iceland.
Photo of an Icelandic Volcano Eruption – from April of 2010

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Lead Articles

Calgary brothers join ranks of Canadians fighting for ISIS   {  }

Tour bus with  56 on board crashes near Merritt, B.C.   {  }

Canada’s economy grows at 3.1% in Q2: Stats Can   {  }

Number of Syrian refugees up to 3M, up by 1M [from] a year ago: UN  {  }

Bouchard, Raonic advance to 3rd round at U.S. Open   {  }

-Updated- Pro-Russian rebels in control of key Ukrainian coastal town   { * When the love of my life saw footage of Russian tanks entering Ukraine on television news last night, along with a headline scrawling across the bottom of the screen, “1,000 Russian troops in Ukraine, 20,000 more near border.” She said, “I knew this was coming, but I don’t want to watch this.” ———Jim W——— }

-Updated- Iceland aviation warning raised to ‘red’ after small volcanic eruption   { * They’ve been trying to brace us for this for at least a week. I think I’d want to have somebody I can trust beyond a doubt tell me whether there actually is anything going on in Iceland. It’s not good when you can’t trust that the news you’re being fed isn’t pure b.s. being flashed in front of your eyes so the bad guys can herd you around like sheep being led to the slaughter. —djo— }

Is it time for higher speed limits?   {  }

-New- Telecom giants to exclude seniors, veterans from paper bills fees   { * So yesterday’s numbers about the high cost of paper billing was step one and this is step two? —djo— }

 

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“Offbeat”

Canada’s premiers pose like it’s 1864 in Charlottetown   {  }

Calgary man fights off coyote in living room with vacuum   { * I’ve seen our reporter, Jim W, scare his oversized Labrador Retriever into running for cover with his tail between his legs just by turning on his vacuum cleaner-   —djo— }

Hello Kitty is not a cat, according to Sanrio   {  }

Canada’s NATO delegation mocks Russia on Twitter with cheeky ‘geography lesson’   { * Since when is acting like a junior high school bully “offbeat news”? —djo— }

 

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“Most Viewed”

{ The top three articles in this category are already listed above —djo— }

B.C. tour bus crashes on Coquihalla Highway: 43 injured, 5 critically   {  }

Sunwing Flight 656: Why passengers are unlikely to win damages due to unruly fliers   {  }

Joan Rivers ‘resting comfortably’ says comedian’s daughter   { Joan Rivers’ heart was restarted after it stopped during a medical procedure. —djo— }

2 men fighting for their lives after 2 overnight stabbings   { These stabbings took place outside of two different bars in Ottawa.   —djo— }

People under umbrellas walking in a street.
Canada’s provincial premiers and historic re-enactors walk to their morning meeting during the Council of the Federation summit in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Premiers’ meeting: When the premiers gather, it’s all family dynamics   { * Calling the Prime Minister of Canada a ‘Father Figure’ might be a stretch- but the provincial premiers are not happy that Stephen Harper is off in the north enjoying photo ops and not coming to their table. “Why isn’t the Parent coming to the table to talk to us? The Parent owes us money. He’s not the boss of me!” <—-<< That’s a quote, but they don’t give anyone credit for it. —djo— }

-Photo slide show- 11 photos- Hurricane Marie brings big surf to Pacific coast   {  }

-Blog- B.C. hospital’s breastfeeding plan troubles CBC readers   {  }

 

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Other

Household spending drives Canada’s economic growth in 2nd quarter   {  }

How to reset kids’ sleep schedules for back-to-school   {  }

Researchers aim to solve ‘mystery’ of Canada’s starving gannets   { Gannets are seabirds. Along the coast of Southern Newfoundland, many chicks are starving to death while their parents struggle to find food. Scientists are worried.   —djo— }

-Analysis- Beijing’s warning to Hong Kong’s democracy movement: Patrick Brown   {  }

Canada sends plane to rescue Ebola scientists from Sierra Leone   {  }

Malaysia Airlines cuts 30% of workforce after 2 air disasters   {  }

-Audio- Baby giant South American river turtles talk to each other from inside eggs   {  }

-Must Watch- Japanese artist projects expressions on human face   {  }

-Must Watch- Eagle high-tails it after rescue   { “With a parting swipe at her friendly jailer-doctor and without so much as a ‘by-your-leave,’ bird flies out on her hospital bill” * The part that worries me is the idea that somebody might think of charging the eagle for her medical attention.  —djo— }

-Must Watch- Waves from above  { * They’ve posted an aerial view of a surfer in Malibu, California taking advantage of big swells churned up by Hurricane Marie. * I don’t remember hearing about a single hurricane effecting the West Coast of the U.S. when I was growing up. Is this something that just started happening? Or did they not call them hurricanes until recently?  —djo— }

Wine, spirits to move more easily between B.C., Saskatchewan   { * There were a couple headlines during the past week that told us it is easier for beer, wine and whiskey to be sold in other countries than across provincial borders.  —djo— }

Premiers want more funds for health, infrastructure from Ottawa   {  }

NB premier David Alward says Justin Trudeau is wrong about fracking   { * But I’m telling you that scientists who studied fracking say there is no way to make the process safe. Alward says Justin Trudeau is ten years behind the times when he says that there should be a moratorium on fracking until a proper scientific study has been conducted. Alward says the studies have already been conducted. But he is lying to your face when he says scientists say it’s safe. “No safeguards currently tested can protect our water supplies after an area has been fracked.”   —djo— }

Regulator battles telecom companies over ‘pay-to-pay’ billing fees   { * So yesterday, somebody said that paper billing is a waste that costs $500M too much a year. Today there’s an article saying that telecom companies want to exclude seniors and veterans from being charged extra fees for ‘paper billing’. & ” Canada’s big telecom companies say they will keep charging customers additional fees for producing and mailing paper bills, with some exceptions. – The announcement came after executives from nearly a dozen major telecom companies — including Bell, Rogers and Telus — met with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for an all-day meeting in Gatineau, Que. – The companies said they would exempt these groups from paper billing (pay-to-pay) fees:

  • Seniors.
  • Individuals with disabilities.
  • Military veterans.
  • Customers with no internet connections.

man with cellphone at his ear in front of a sing that says "Rogers"
Rogers cable is one of the companies charging extra fees for printing and mailing bills to their customers.

– But in a statement released after the meeting, regulators say that doesn’t go far enough. – CRTC chair Jean-Pierre Blais said “many Canadians who will not benefit from the exemptions will be disappointed with the outcome so far.”- A consumer advocacy group says Canadians are paying hundreds of millions of dollars a year in paper bills from telecom companies. This week, telecom giants said they would exclude seniors, veterans and certain other groups from such fees, but the CRTC says that’s not good enough. (CBC)  – Blais also praised the four companies — Cogeco Cable, MTS Allstream, SaskTel and Shaw Communications — that have opted not to charge for paper fees, saying “Canadians should keep this in mind when they select service providers.”  —djo— }

 

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“Local” / “New Brunswick”

 Air quality problems dog Irving’s oil-by-rail terminal   { * Sounds like they’re trying to promote the Energy East Pipeline by saying the current system is worse and harms the air quality around the terminal. Last night somebody tweeted and re-tweeted a poster that says Canadians will not be processing any oil sent from Alberta to Saint John, New Brunswick, but will export it in huge tankers to other countries where they will do the processing and they will see their people employed. —djo—  }

 3 New Brunswickers in Alaskan plane crash expected to fully recover   { * And Alaskan Health Care ‘Professionals’ expect to cash in on the Canadians’ emergency health care.  —djo— }

Education needed to break child poverty cycle, says Saint John mother   {  }

-Opinion- Doctors offer prescription for health-care reform   {  }

Herménégilde Chiasson: Artists must be supported   { *** Herménégilde Chiasson is the province of New Brunswick’s  former lieutenant governor and a prominent Acadian poet and playwright. He calls arts a ‘centre of innovation’. Meanwhile, last night on television news they covered an event in which quite a few artists donated paintings, statues and other objects d’art to an auction that is supporting a couple anti-fracking groups’ legal funds. I don’t think the sitting conservative provincial government will be very happy about that.  ———Jim W—– }

 -New- Cap-Pelé residents have mail stolen   { “RCMP are investigating after someone stole a community mailbox in Cap-Pelé and all of the residential mail that was inside”  —djo— }

Research links clam behaviour to climate change   {  }

Saint John police search for missing 15-year-old boy   {  }

 

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{  12:19 pm typing done.  Another super busy day ahead, I’ll post this colorized at 12:30 pm and check back later for updates ———djo——— }

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 27 August, 2014 – CBC News Headlines –

Wednesday, 27 August, 2014  -( 72˚F / 22˚C & clear skies over Ithaca @ 8:45 am ET )-

{ & again, these are not links. If you want to read these stories, listen to sound clips, or see any video -if there is any video- go to CBC dot CA/news. —Thanks. ———djo——— }

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{ I’ve been doing this because I believe  that the CBC may be more honest and more respectable than Media here in the U.S.A., AND not a lot of people in the U.S. may know that or have access to anyone who might point them toward the CBC & their web site. }

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Photo of 'donut holes' in a hamburger bun
Chocolate glazed Tim Bits in a hamburger bun?

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“Lead Articles”

Premiers sit down with aboriginal leaders in P.E.I.   {  }

Veterans groups say Ottawa spends too much on remembrance   { Another headline pointing to the same article says Ottawa spends too much time remembering old wars. }

American who fought alongside extremists killed in Syria   {  }

Israel-Hamas ceasefire holding after 7 weeks of fighting   { 🙂 Yay! }

Canada pulls 3 Ebola lab workers pulled from Sierra Leone   {  }

B.C. education minister to meet with teachers’ union president   { “Last night’s crawl on CBC Network News said Striking B.C. teachers took out an ad offering day care services.”  —Jim W— }

Freed U.S. journalist thankful for efforts to release him   {  }

WHO scientist infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone moved to German as Canadian colleagues pulled   {  }

Big wave crashing during storm.
‘Enormous waves breaking’ in South Wales last January (AP News Photo-Ben Birchall Photographer)

-New- [Climate Change] likely already dangerous, may be irreversible, IPCC says   { “IPCC” = ‘Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’ The actual headline on the CBC page called it ‘Global warming’ The headline on the page with the article itself called it Climate change.  }

Learn which cities may get NHL expansion teams   {  }

Vancouver’s racist real estate titles reveal city’s dark history   {  }

-Analysis- The ‘10,000-hour’ rule revisited: Why practice may not make perfect   { “When author Malcolm Gladwell proposed that practicing a certain task for around 10,000 hours can lead to success, he gave hope [to] wannabe Bill Gateses and Tiger Woodses, and dashed the dreams of millions of slackers. But a new study might give the terminally lazy some hope.” }

 

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“Offbeat”

Thigh bone on Mars? Curiosity rover snaps strange photo   {  That strange photo has been around for a couple days. CBC must have wanted to check to make sure it wasn’t hoaxed by someone with a little bit of photo shop knowledge. }

Archeologists discover Labrador’s 1st snowmobile   { A Model T Ford was converted to ride through snow on skis for an expedition to Labrador and was abandoned in 1928. }

Old Photo of a converted Ford Model T
Modified Fort Model T. This may be the vehicle that was recovered by Archeologists.

Spat over reclining seat diverts U.S. airliner   { Security people at airports and aboard planes do not have any sense of humour when it comes to anything like this. }

Watch a Waterloo student solve a Rubik’s Cube in 12 seconds   {  }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Royal baby law stands as court dismisses Catholic challenge   { Bryan Teskey of Ontario tried to ask the courts to strike down a rule prohibiting Catholics from ascending to the Throne, arguing that that law violates the charter of rights and privileges. Ontario’s top court told him he can’t challenge a royal succession law that he says discriminates against his religion. }

Arizona gun instructor dead after 9-year-old accidentally shoots him   { The 9-year-old is a girl and she was holding an Uzi. }

Cougar killed after attack on teen hiker in Waterton Park   {  }

Saint Mary’s University frosh chant: SMU changes to start school   { A more easily understood headline reads, “How the Saint Mary’s University chant video is changing frosh week“. }

Iceland volcano rocked by new quakes, stirring eruption fears   { I believe it was last week when there was a premature report that the eruption had started. }

‘Heavy’ pot smoker wins trafficking-related case on personal use defence   {  }

-Photo Slide Show- Gaza Conflict: Hamas-Israel ceasefire announced   { There are 21 photos you can click to browse through. }

-Blog- -New- Rogers, Shaw streaming service Shomi divides CBC readers   { “Rogers and Shaw [ Canadian Cable Providers ] announced the launch of a new video-on-demand streaming service called Shomi to rival Netflix, but many CBC readers wonder if it can compete.” }

 

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“Other”

-Analysis- Sex workers not invited to Peter MacKay’s justice roundtables   { The Supreme Court told the Parliament to write new laws governing prostitution. It is not illegal to be a ‘Sex worker’, but they’ve tried to make it illegal for anyone to employ the services of one. Peter MacKay has been criticized for the ‘sexist’ tone of his Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day messages to federal employees and also for his snarky remarks about an ex girlfriend. }

-New- 120 quakes rock Iceland’s rumbling volcano   { If I was there, I would take this a not at all subtle hint that it was time to ‘get out of Dodge’. }

Rebels enter key government-held Ukrainian town, mayor says   {  }

‘The worst thing we can do is stay idle’: Calls mount for missing women inquiry   { “Last night’s CBC Network News channel had two streaming crawl headlines: One was that the Premiers in Prince Edward Island for their conference were talking about this issue, ‘Missing and Murdered [especially First Nations’] Women] & the second crawl immediately following that first one was something to the effect that, ‘Police Chiefs reject Missing Women Inquiry as a Priority’-”  —Jim W— }

Tories tout ‘traditional family values’ in message to party members   { *Which brings me to the question, “How can you justify destroying those families’ quality of life through fracking, deforestation and the incredible freakin mess you’re making in the oil sands region as ‘sticking up for traditional family values’? <—-<< My Opinion  —djo— }

-Must Watch- Foam covers military base    { “Fire suppression foam covers Black Hawk helicopters after it was accidentally released during an alarm system test at an Army National Guard base in Oklahoma”  -they almost never include periods at the end of their sentences. }

-Must Watch- Super wooly sheep   { ‘A sheep in Australia named ‘Shaun’ is carrying an estimated 25 kg of wool’ -25 Kilograms is more than 55 pounds- }

How the Burger King deal could change Tim Hortons   { “The CEO of Tim Hortons believes this merger might help them ‘crack the U.S. Market and expand into the U.S.A.’ – On the CBC Network News last night the head of Tim Hortons said they would keep all their employees and not change their menu. A very nice woman who works at my nearest Tim Hortons is anxious about what may be coming anyway”  —Jim W—  }

Cameco issues lockout notices at 2 uranium facilities   { Labour-management negotiations are not going well, the Union gave a strike notice for Saturday night. So the company issued a lockout order for the same time, over ‘safety issues’ at a uranium mine and a mill, both in Saskatchewan.  }

Christine Lagarde, IMF chief, in French corruption probe   { Viva La France! }

National Bank profit up 10%   { National Bank is Canada’s 6th largest bank. *”Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies,” -Thomas Jefferson*. }

Stephen Harper raises spectre of Russian threat in Arctic speech to troops   { *& Loving parents everywhere should warn their children about creeps like Stephen Harper trying to tell them what to think and how to feel about anything during their lives.* —djo*** }

N.L. fossil shows earliest evidence ever of animals with muscles   {   }

Apple reportedly rolling out larger iPads amid sales slump   { Apple has been doing stuff like changing the adapter connections so old adapters don’t fit newer computers in order to boost their sales? I expected better from Apple. }

Neil Young files for divorce after 36 years of marriage  { *I feel sad for both Neil and his partner. 🙁  }

Miley Cyrus’s MTV VMA date wanted by police  { On one hand, I’m not surprised, on the other- it must be tough to be a ‘celebrity’ and never have any privacy at all. }

Nail polish that detects date rape drugs proves controversial   { A group of male undergraduate engineering students developed a nail polish that will change colours when it comes in contact with date rape drugs such as Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB. A woman can discretely stir a drink with her finger and if the nail polish changes colour, she can know better than to drink the stuff. Some anti rape activists think that this actually reinforces the date rape culture and other measures would be a better idea. They believe that the idea that it is okay to take advantage of somebody who is drunk needs to be removed from our cultures. Statistics say that 1 in 5 women going to University or College will be the victim of an attempted or completed sexual assault during her time there. 1 in 17 Canadian women will be attacked sexually at some time in their lives – & there’s a 70% chance the attacker will be someone the woman knows.- —In the 1970’s a study said that 4 out of 5 women in the U.S. Armed Forces were attacked sexually while there. The attitude back then was ‘If they don’t want it rough- why did they join?’ Let’s hope this gets a lot better. }

 

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“Local” / “New Brunswick”

Brian Gallant defends stance on natural resource jobs   { Brian Gallant is the ‘leader’ of the Liberal Party on the provincial level in New Brunswick. The Liberals want a moratorium on shale gas development [*good*] but do support the Energy East Pipeline, a proposed conversion of the existing 3,000 kilometer natural gas pipeline and adding 1,400 more kilometres to the pipeline to carry crude oil from Alberta to Saint John, New Brunswick. Estimated cost would be $12-billion, and has not yet received regulatory approval. The sitting Premier, Progressive Conservative David Alward, has been mocking Brian Gallant’s stance on the pipeline, saying, “You can’t support the pipeline if you don’t support what’s in it.” *** Perspective: In his book ‘The Energy Non-Crisisby Lindsey Williams -the Baptist Missionary and ‘Honorary Officer’ of the Exxon Corporation reported that, in a speech in Alaska, a top Exxon official told all the corporate supervisors and managers, who were required to be at this top level meeting, and who made sure that  Pastor Williams came along to this meeting because they were told “All Supervisors and Managers must be there” -“There is no oil shortage, there never has been any oil shortage, and with what we know now, there never will be an oil shortage – We are pumping enough Natural gas back into the ground up here [in Alaska] to power the whole East Coast for Free for at least 3 years.” After Pastor Williams began telling people what he’d heard, upper management had the manager who made sure that Pastor Williams was at that speech fired – and he was so happy to be fired that he helped supply Pastor Williams with details for his book. -Read it!- And tell David [bleeping] Alward we don’t need his [bleeping] fracking! *** <—-<< That was my opinion. —djo— }

Dieppe family from Tunisia facing deportation   {  }

Role of hospitals must be reviewed, health expert says   {  }

Moncton family’s anti-PC flyers don’t break election rules   { There is a photo with this article on the page devoted to this article. The flyer shows three senior citizens and says “Vote NO to DAVID ALWARD’S Senior Care Policy” the flyer was distributed to 90,000 households last week. According to Elections New Brunswick, it did not violate any campaign finance rules. The photo is credited to “BeingBlocked.com”. }

 

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{ 12:46 pm – First Typing Done – Ready to colorize and check for typos –     1:55 pm After a couple distractions, finally finished and ready to hit the “Publish” button.   ———djo——— }