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McKenna burns up the jet fuel on expensive farewell tour

McKenna, from Parliament’s adjournment June 23, logged 22,600 kilometres by air in 10 days to make speeches on global warming.




Talk about a costly farewell tour.

Blacklock’s Reporter says Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna and nine staffers spent nearly $42,000 and tens of thousands of litres of aviation fuel on a farewell “climate change” tour of Canada, accounts show.

McKenna, from Parliament’s adjournment June 23, logged 22,600 kilometres by air in 10 days to make speeches on global warming.

“We need to reduce air pollution,” McKenna said at a July 27 stop in Edmonton.

“Consider that the transportation sector represents a quarter of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions.”

The David Suzuki Foundation said air travel is a leading emitter and should be avoided if unnecessary.

“Think twice before you grab that great flight,” the Foundation wrote in a commentary Air Travel And Climate Change.

“Emissions from flights stay in the atmosphere and will warm it for several centuries. Because aircraft emissions are released high in the atmosphere they have a potent climate impact, triggering chemical reactions and atmospheric effects that heat the planet.”

Flight records show from July 24 to August 4 McKenna crisscrossed the country from Ottawa to Toronto and Vancouver, back to Toronto then on to Edmonton, Iqaluit and Pangnirtung.

A round trip flight from Edmonton to Toronto produces 500 kg of carbon emissions per passenger, according to an Emissions Calculator by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Costs of the tour totaled $41,917, including $24,665 in airfares, another $9,876 in hotel rooms and $5,473 for meals.

McKenna on various legs of her tour was accompanied by nine staff: Assistant Deputy  Minister Gerard Peets, parliamentary secretary Andy Fillmore, press secretary Emelyana Titarenko, communications director Michelle Johnston, policy director Louis Jarda, policy advisors Nathan Bessner and Daniel Turner, Twitter advisor Murielle Pierre and special assistant Joshua Swift.

“Climate change is real,” McKenna said in Edmonton.

“It is accelerating and it is on all of us to take advantage of the solutions that already exist.”

“I want to take a second to talk about climate change. If you look at what’s happening across the country, you have fires that are burning, literally incinerating towns in a matter of hours. When you consider that in British Columbia seniors are dying because of the extreme heat.”

“If you look at Europe, Europe has floods that they’ve never seen before, the equivalent of three months of rain over three days. Climate change is real.”

“There is nothing more important. We will get out of the COVID-19 pandemic, thank God, but then we will have the climate crisis, and we need to move forward together.”

“Climate policy is actually tricky because it’s not just transit, it’s across all sectors, but it’s also being really diligent at looking at what are your emissions so you can actually tackle them. Some of the leadership has been about just measuring emissions and then being very practical in figuring out what are the different ways you can reduce emissions while also doing good things.”

McKenna announced June 27 she would not seek re-election as MP (Ottawa Centre).

“I wanted to spend more time on the two things that matter most to me, my kids and the climate,” she wrote on her Twitter account.

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  1. Barry Williams

    October 6, 2021 at 10:12 am

    There is a political party called Hypo Crisy and only the best Liars are innit. So hooped, we are.

  2. francis witzel

    October 5, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    Oh she must have found all that money she could not explain where it went . She tucked it away in the closet for a rainy day . It’s pouring now .

  3. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    October 5, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    The word to best describe this debacle is cockwomble!

  4. Left Coast

    October 5, 2021 at 10:51 am

    The Airhead Klimate Barby should go to China and preach her message . . .

    Every 20 weeks they increase their Emissions by more than Canada’s ANNUAL Emissions and no one seems to care. Meanwhile the Dumb Canooks are committing Economic Suicide . . .

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Sask Polytech ditches vax policy but burdens unvaxxed with testing costs

The Justice Centre is unsatisfied with the response of Sask Polytech and reiterated its intention to pursue legal action against the institution and against the University of Saskatchewan over its requirement for staff and students to be vaccinated for COVID-19.





The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is unsatisfied with the decision of Saskatchewan Polytech to reverse its vaccination requirement for staff and students because the institute does not recognize natural immunity and imposes testing costs on the unvaccinated.

On November 19, the Justice Centre sent Sask Polytech and the University of Saskatchewan letters demanding they reverse their requirement that all staff and students be vaccinated by January 1, 2022. 

On December 1, Sask Polytech reversed its “vaccinated only” policy but now requires unvaccinated staff and students to comply with testing three times a week at their own expense. In a press release, the Justice Centre called this “unacceptable.”

“Such testing requirements for students are even greater than the Saskatchewan government’s requirements for employees of its ministries. Sask Poly has also failed to recognize the compelling scientific evidence of natural immunity for those who have already recovered from Covid-19 and have proof of antibodies,” reads a JCCF press release on Saturday.

“Testing costs, which could exceed $200 per week, mean that only the wealthy and privileged can bear the burden,” stated Andre Memauri, the Justice Centre’s Saskatoon-based lawyer.

“Sask Poly, which has chosen to impose discriminatory testing requirements for staff and students, has the ability to acquire these tests at wholesale cost.”

The Justice Centre said it would commence legal proceedings against Sask Poly in the Court of Queen’s Bench unless Sask Poly immediately absorbs the testing costs and recognizes natural immunity. 

On October 28, the U of S and Sask Polytech announced mandatory vaccinations for all students, staff and faculty, removing the alternative of twice weekly testing which had been in place since the start of the school year. The Justice Centre will also commence legal action against the U of S for refusing unvaccinated students. 

On November 26, Global News reported a 19-year-old student was hospitalized briefly with breathing problems after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The student’s mother, Michelle Marciniuk, publicly called for the university to reconsider its policy.

The U of S’ policy includes exemptions on medical and religious grounds in accordance with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. But according to the Justice Centre, the university usually rejects exemption requests or does not respond to them for several weeks. Besides this, the university has made itself the arbiter of faith considerations for religious exemptions. Medical exemptions have become a difficult document for patients to receive in Canada, due to regulatory pressure on physicians not to provide them based on their medical judgement except in very rare circumstances.

The U of S crowns itself for academic freedom, diversity, equality, human dignity and a healthy work and learning environment, yet it has harshly terminated faculty for speaking on the hallmark principle of informed consent for Covid-19 vaccination of children,” stated Andre Memauri, a U of S alum. 

“Now, the U of S seeks to exclude and villainize those who decide for various reasons not to be vaccinated…Without question, our community has been through a great deal of difficulty and it requires these institutions to lead as vessels of science not ideology…The Justice Centre demands both schools follow the science and adopt policies that bring students together in the most safe and lawful manner.”

The letters sent to both schools from the Justice Centre on November 19 warned that the schools are seeking to deprive students from education on the basis of vaccination status, contrary to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Sections 2(a), 7, and 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Harding is a Western Standard contributor based in Saskatchewan

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CRA wants more tax filers to file online

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.




The taxman is angry that too many Canadians are still filing by mail, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The government’s own research shows millions of paper filers resist change.

“Those who submit their taxes by mail most often say they use paper rather than filing electronically because it is simply how they prefer to do it, e.g. they do it out of habit, because ‘it’s what they are comfortable with,’ they like it, etcetera,” said a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) report.

“Just 13% cite security issues.”

Data show of 30.5 million tax returns filed this year a total 2.7 million or 9% were filed on paper. Millions of taxpayers, a total 4,234,772 including Internet filers, demanded refunds be paid by mailed cheque instead of direct deposit.

The CRA complained it would be “more timely and efficient” if all taxpayers used the Internet. The Agency spends $6.9 million annually mailing T1 general tax forms alone.

“There is still a sizable proportion of taxpayers who are conducting their business with the Canada Revenue Agency through paper rather than taking advantage of digital services which are much more timely and efficient,” said the report.

Research showed typical paper filers were working age men under 55 who completed their own return without a tax preparer, had a university degree, earned more than $80,000 a year and were more likely than other Canadians to prefer in-person teller service rather than online banking.

“The most important factor influencing why respondents file by paper instead of online is disinterest,” wrote researchers, who added: “Apathy is a barrier. Fifty percent of likely switchers say they are simply not interested in switching. Therefore the agency will have to demonstrate the value of switching.”

Findings were based on questionnaires with 2,000 taxpayers who filed returns by mail. The Agency paid Earnscliffe Strategy Group $130,061 for the survey.

The research follows a failed 2012 campaign to have all Canadians use direct deposit for payment of tax refunds and benefit cheques. The attempt by the Receiver General of Canada, the federal office responsible for processing payments, was intended to save costs. Paper cheques cost 82¢ apiece to process compared to 13¢ for electronic transfers, by official estimate.

An estimated 13% of taxpayers refused to surrender bank account information to the Receiver General. “Cheque recipients have become harder to engage,” said a 2020 Department of Public Works survey.

“A few have a general distrust of the Government of Canada’s ability to protect data,” wrote researchers. A total 23 percent of Atlantic residents said they wouldn’t rely on the government to protect their privacy, followed by 22% in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, 21% in Ontario, 19% in Alberta, 18% in BC and 12% in Québec.

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WATCH: Alberta Oil drives Guilbeault to meeting with Nixon

Federal Environment Minister Stephen Guilbeault’s tour of Alberta has already kicked off with a whiff of hypocrisy.




Attended by a sizable entourage, Guilbeault exited his black gasoline-powered SUV and hustled into the McDougall Centre in Calgary for a meeting with Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon.  

Guilbeault has dedicated most of his career to telling Canadians they need to transition from petrochemically fueled transportation. During this meeting though, Guilbeault chose not to find an utilize an electric-powered SUV in order to demonstrate his environmental virtue. With the resources of the entire federal government behind him, one would have thought that Guilbeault could have arranged appropriate transportation for his cross-Canada tour.  

It’s almost as if electric vehicles are still not ready for mainstream use yet. 

At least Guilbeault contributed to the Western economy with his conspicuous consumption of local petrochemical products.  

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