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Trudeau tells UN that he will use COVID-19 recovery to fight global warming

Trudeau tied increasing the carbon tax by 340% to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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OTTAWA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will leverage COVID-19 recovery to implement a more ambitious anti-global warming plan. Trudeau made the announcement in a pre-recorded video released on December 12 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the UN Paris Climate Accord.

The anniversary was marked by a virtual global “Climate Ambition Summit”, hosted by the United Nations, Britain and France. 

Speaking at the summit, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called upon world leaders to declare a “climate emergency”.

“Five years after Paris [Climate Accord] we are still not going in the right direction… If we don’t change course, we may be headed for a catastrophic temperature rise of more than 3 degrees this century… That is why today I call on all leaders world-wide to declare a state of climate emergency in their countries, until carbon neutrality is reached”, he said.

Gutterres described global warming as a “moral test”.

“The trillions of dollars needed for carbon recovery is money that we are borrowing from future generations, and this is a moral test. We cannot use these resources to lock in policies that burden future generations with a mountain of debt on a broken planet”, he warned.

Trudeau’s statement appeared to be in line with the UN’s secretary-general in committing Canada to using the COVID-19 pandemic to double-down on anti-global warming policies.

“As we look to rebuilding from this crisis, we must do so in a way that will build back better for all of our citizens, and that must include an ambitious plan to take strong action against climate change. We will raise Canada’s price on carbon pollution, rising by $15 a tonne starting in 2023, and rising to $170 Canadian dollars per tonne by 2030”, the PM said. 

The current carbon tax on Canadians – outside of Quebec – amounts to $50 per tonne, a level which Trudeau and his government said it would never increase beyond. 

The higher carbon tax constitutes an increase of 340 per cent beyond their promised maximum. 

The federal government will also spend more fighting global warming abroad.

“…We will remain committed to making significant investments in international climate finance, because to effectively fight climate change at home, we must fight it everywhere”, Trudeau said.

More than 110 countries have already committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050, but Gutterres wants more spent on low-carbon energy.

“So far, the members of the G20 are spending 50 per cent more in their stimulus and rescue packages on sectors linked to fossil fuel production and consumption, than on low-carbon energy,” he said.

Not all Canadians agree with the plan, however.

The Liberal carbon tax was challenged by Saskatchewan, Ontario and Alberta in the Supreme Court of Canada. On September 23, 2020, following two days of hearings, the Court adjourned – saying that it will deliver a ruling at an unspecified future date.

Ken Grafton is the Ottawa Bureau Chief for the Western Standard

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  1. Charles Martell III

    December 16, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Only the extremely stupid think that lowely Canada and it’s 30 odd million souls . . . can do anything to change the Weather or the Klimate of the Planet.
    If we ALL sat in the dark at home for a year . . . absolutely NOTHING would change.
    But in a few months, China would absorb our miserable 1.5% of CO2 emissions completely.

    Only in the minds of the Terminally Stupid does any of this make sense . . .

    AGW = Unproven Hypothesis to this day . . .

  2. Allen

    December 15, 2020 at 11:53 am

    Is there any chance of these horrible policies being reversed when the stupidest human on earth leaves office? Man, that is one punch-able face.

  3. ninetyninepct

    December 15, 2020 at 10:33 am

    If we don’t change course,maybe nothing will happen. Trudeau IS as stupid as he looks. Why does he want to destroy this Country? It is clear he has a deep hatred for Canadians.

  4. joc22

    December 15, 2020 at 9:34 am

    The SoyBoy is hell bent on the destruction of Canada on the backs of western Canadians. The enormous cost will be felt the most in the west as the jobs in our two main industries evaporate, energy and agriculture. None of these draconian measure to reach the lofty ideals of this Paris accord will effect eastern Canada and China. The jobs in manufacturing will always be supported in the east by our tax dollars and China will never pay any of the cost related to the Paris Accord.

  5. ninetyninepct

    December 15, 2020 at 10:33 am

    If Trudeau can control the world’s climate with his Carbon Tax, why not a Covid Tax? I would like to see a Trudeau Tax that can eliminate Trudeau.

  6. H Jenson

    December 14, 2020 at 11:38 pm

    We will never beat the Ontario voters. Our only path forward is independence

    • joc22

      December 15, 2020 at 9:33 am

      Please consider joining the WIPA in Alberta or the Buffalo Party if your in Saskatchewan. Also join the Maverick Party that is the national party to stand for the secession in Parliament, once the vote to secede is accomplished , we need a political organization to negotiate our rights and interests to a successful removal from this con job of a federation

  7. #SAND

    December 14, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Covid Change!
    We’re Doomed!

  8. Mars Hill

    December 14, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    Where’s the sense in what he’s babbling, covid & climate change? I think the globalist cartel is now delusional about their influence. President Trump will bring them to their sense’s.

  9. ninetyninepct

    December 14, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    I would still like to find out how Trudeau’s tax theft is going to allow him to control world climate. Where is this “climate emergency”?

  10. warrenzoell

    December 14, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    Never let a crisis go to waste.
    Why do Canadians keep electing this punk pig?
    That supreme court of ours needs to be shut down.
    Hey Americans. Do you want to see what your supreme court will look like. Just take a look at Canadas.

    • misg

      December 15, 2020 at 9:10 pm

      After looking at the massive fraud in the USA it starts to make you wonder how many votes did Trudeau actually get.

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Canada-Europe take action over COVID variant Omicron

“Emergence of Omicron, a new variant of concern reinforces the need for caution,” said Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam.

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With the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant of concern (VOC) named Omicron in South Africa, the Canadian government is taking steps to limit the risk to Canadians.

Travellers arriving from countries of concern within the last 14 days will be required to quarantine pending negative COVID-19 tests. Countries of concern include South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini.

On Friday, Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the federal government will impose five measures in an effort to limit its spread in Canada.

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam took to Twitter on Saturday to share her concerns over the VOC.

“Emergence of Omicron, a new variant of concern reinforces the need for caution,” wrote Tam.

The WHO has labelled Omicron as a variant of concern due to its high number of mutations and reports that early evidence suggests it could be more infectious than other variants.

Meanwhile, during a news conference on Saturday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK will take “targeted and precautionary measures” after two people tested positive for the Omicron variant.

One case was identified in Brentwood, a town in southeastern England while the other case was located in the central city of Nottingham. Both individuals are linked and had travelled from southern Africa. The two individuals are self-isolating along with their households and authorities are working on contact tracing.

Johnson confirmed travellers arriving in England will be required to take a PCR test and self-isolate until a negative test result is provided. Those that test positive for the new variant will have to self-isolate, along with any of their close contacts, for 10 days regardless of vaccine status.

He also said masks will be required in shops and other public spaces and indicated they will “boost the booster campaign.”

“Right now this is the responsible course of action to slow down the seeding and the spread of this new variant and to maximize our defences,” said Johnson.

Johnson said the new rules will be reviewed in three weeks when scientists know more about the variant.

On Friday, the British government added Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to the country’s travel red list. By Saturday, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia were also added to the list.

Other countries are adding restrictions on travellers coming from various southern African countries including the US, Japan, Brazil, and Australia while cases have also been reported in Belgium, Israel and Hong Kong.

Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and the Czech Republic have also reported suspected cases related to travellers arriving from South Africa.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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Road closures as British Columbians brace for more rain

Closures will impact Highway 1, Highway 3 and Highway 99 on Saturday.

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As BC braces for additional rain, the government has ‘proactively’ closed a number of highways for travel.

“We are actively responding, monitoring and assessing the many highway closures due to flooding and will continue to do so as we work with local and emergency service partners,” said the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“Safety is our top priority while we deal with a rapidly changing and difficult situation.”

Closures will impact Highway 1, Highway 3 and Highway 99 on Saturday. The ministry said the time and duration of the closures will be weather-dependent.

“The highway infrastructure in these areas is extremely vulnerable following recent storms, and more heavy rain in the forecast poses an additional risk,” said the ministry in a press release.

“The closures of these three highways will be re-evaluated on Sunday morning, with the highways reopened when it is safe to do so.”

The release said Highway 1 will be closed between Popkum and Hope on Saturday afternoon as BC Hydro plans a reservoir release, “crucial to protect the Jones Lake Reservoir, which is also being affected by the heavy rains.”

The release explains the reservoir release will discharge water towards areas of Highway 1 that were affected during the November 14 storm.  

“This additional flow – combined with the increased precipitation and already high stream flows – poses a risk of impact to Highway 1 in the Laidlaw area.”

The ministry is bracing for further damage to Highway 1 in this area and said the reopening time cannot be determined at this stage but will be assessed by crews “when it is safe to do so.”

Highway 7 between Mission and Hope remains open with travel restrictions in place. Essential purposes for travel are defined in the travel restrictions order through the Emergency Program Act

Weather statements are in effect for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, Squamish to Whistler and the Sunshine Coast into next week. Storms are expected to bring more rain which has resulted in high streamflow advisories for all regions of the coast by the River Forecast Centre.

Ongoing road and travel updates are available on the ministry’s website.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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Bill to aid jurors traumatized by testimony up for vote … again

Bill C-206 would amend a 1972 secrecy law to permit jurors to disclose confidential details of deliberations for the purpose of “medical or psychiatric treatment or any therapy or counselling.”

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For the third time in three years, legislators will attempt to pass an aid bill for jurors traumatized by graphic testimony in criminal courts.

“When we ask citizens to be a juror we don’t ask them to be a victim,” said Quebec Senator and bill sponsor Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu.

“There is no excuse not to adopt that bill.” 

Bill C-206 would amend a 1972 secrecy law to permit jurors to disclose confidential details of deliberations for the purpose of “medical or psychiatric treatment or any therapy or counselling,” said Blacklock’s Reporter.

Two identical bills, S-207 and C-417, lapsed in the last two Parliaments.

“That kind of bill should be a government bill, not a private bill,” said Boisvenu.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of private interest. It’s a matter of national interest.”

In 2017, the Commons justice committee recommended the Criminal Code amendment after hearing testimony from former jurors who said they quit jobs, suffered marriage breakdown and were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after being compelled to watch crime scene videos and hear testimony from coroners.

“Everyone’s mental health matters,” Ontario Senator Lucie Moncion said Thursday.

“Yet from a legal point of view, jurors are part of a special category of people who are denied complete health care. The secrecy rule prohibits a juror from disclosing information related to deliberations to anyone including a health care professional. This needs to change.”

Moncion was a juror in a 1989 murder trial and said the experience left her with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

“They show you the whole autopsy,” said Moncion.

“It was very difficult. This is still very difficult for me.”

Alberta Conservative MP Michael Cooper, a member of the 2017 Commons justice committee that recommended reforms, said delays were inexcusable.

“It should have been a no-brainer for the government to have brought this bill forward,” said Cooper indicating the bill has been “studied thoroughly.”

“There have literally been no arguments tendered against this piece of legislation.”

Cooper, in 2019, sponsored a similar bill – C-417 – that lapsed. MPs at the time noted U.S. jurors were free to discuss their experience with friends, family, psychiatrists or media.

“In the United States once a trial is over jurors are generally free to discuss the events of the trial and jury deliberations unless a specific court order bars them from doing so,” said Ontario Liberal MP Arif Virani, then-parliamentary secretary for justice.

“What that means is that jurors in the United States can talk with nearly anyone about juror deliberations including a talk show host on national television or across the Internet. This approach, which offers limited protection for juror privacy, is significantly different from the Canadian model.”

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