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Old Apr 5th, 2019, 10:50 PM   #23901
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Now is the time at SDA when we swagger!

Swagger, May 2018: “No, we will not apologize for swaggering when it comes to talking about Canada and being confident in the future we are building together.”

Stagger, April 2019: The fallout from Saudi Arabia’s move to punish Canadian companies was felt within a month of the countries’ sudden diplomatic feud last summer, leading to visa rejections, a government ban on food from Canada and a blockage of shipments at the kingdom’s ports.
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Old Apr 6th, 2019, 04:40 AM   #23902
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The pressure continues to build.

The Liberals have abandoned their moral principles and it’s Justin Trudeau’s fault

https://www.thestar.com/amp/opinion/...aus-fault.html
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Old Apr 6th, 2019, 08:15 AM   #23903
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Another, related, issue?

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I sent this email to John Gormley on Thursday, but he didn’t pick up on it.
From the included link:

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Wilson-Raybould took contemporary notes of what her staff member told her.

"My COS (chief of staff...ed) asked what if the opinion comes saying "She can review it, but she shouldn't" or simply "She can't review it" end of story? Mr. Butts stated "It wouldn't say that."

BOOM!!!!!!

Read what Butts said again. And again. And again.

"IT WOULDN'T SAY THAT"

The implication of that statement screams out at you: The former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Beverley McLachlin was in on it. She was part of the conspiracy to interfere in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin!

It's obvious that the Trudeau conspirators wouldn't be suggesting an outside opinion without knowing in advance what that opinion would be. They went to McLachlin, she said she would give the opinion they wanted, and all they needed was to convince the attorney general to get off her high horse and listen to her superior legal mind.
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Stunning.
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Old Apr 6th, 2019, 03:34 PM   #23904
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Growing The Economy From The Heart Out

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Hopefully, more government hiring can turn this around: Canadian economy lost 7,200 jobs in March
A loss of 6,400 full-time jobs made up the bulk of last month’s decrease, Statistics Canada said. The number of employee positions in the private sector fell by 17,300 last month, while public-employee jobs increased by 4,200 and self-employed occupations rose by 6,000.
BONUS JUXTAPOSE: US added 196,000 jobs in March, vs 175,000 expected
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Old Apr 7th, 2019, 10:14 AM   #23905
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Education spending is making headlines in Ontario and Alberta, so I looked up some statistics on student-teacher ratios.

The ratio of elementary and secondary public school students in regular programs to full-time educators (would be helpful if someone could double-check my figures):

2002
Ontario 18.7
Alberta 20.5

2015
Ontario 14.2
Alberta 18.7

There has been a long-standing and growing gap between Alberta and Ontario. In recent testing (PISA), Alberta students do better than Ontario students. If you have other outcome-based data for Alberta and Ontario schools, please post links.

I'm not sure why there is a common assumption that more teachers equates with better education outcomes, but it is worth questioning. Also, is Alberta's education system (excl post-secondary) benefiting from "$100 oil" wasteful over-spending? That's also worth questioning.

Update: I forgot about the Education thread. Oh well, too late now.

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https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/t1/tbl1...pid=3710011301
https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/t1/tbl1...0701#timeframe
https://www.cmec.ca/publications/lis...nreport-en.pdf
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Old Apr 7th, 2019, 12:31 PM   #23906
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The ratio of elementary and secondary public school students in regular programs to full-time educators...
A question:

I wonder what they define "full-time educators" as? For instance, principals & vice-principals in smaller schools in Alberta do not teach classes full time. Some teach as little as one class/week, depending on the size of the school. In the bigger schools, vice-principals (of whom there may be several) & principals may not teach classes at all.

An observation:

I don't know how many smaller country schools there are in Ontario but there are some of them in southern Alberta. I can think of a half dozen or more. It's safe to assume there are probably dozens spread across the province in rural areas. Now, these are the exception rather than the rule but they will skew the numbers some. There is one such school NE of Lethbridge that graduated 12 students last year & has an average class size <10. Contrast that with say, my lovely bride, who frequently has classes >30.
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Old Apr 8th, 2019, 10:54 AM   #23908
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Return of the Mole: Trudeau Uses Photo Of Forest Fire Caused By Wind Turbine Construction Project To Sell His Carbon Tax Scam
You just can't fix stupid.

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Turdeau’s reality distortion field in action … yet again.
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To be fair, a wind turbine looks an awful lot like a tree to person with an IQ of 75. Don’t be too hard on him, he is trying as best he can. It is just that he isn’t that capable. His best achievement every day is just to tie his shoes in the morning, if he manages to wipe his azz it is considered a super day.
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The sad part isn’t that Justa Turnip wouldn’t understand the irony of the fire’s ignition if it was splained to him, but that so many Canadians are Justas Stupid.
Bold mine.

I am so stealing that...



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Off topic and yet at the same time on topic. Apparently Andrew Scheer’s questioning of the Lavascam is due to Climate Change.

“Trudeau’s office claims Scheer can’t be trusted on SNC-Lavalin because of … climate change?”

“Scheer will not change his tone, and in fact, has challenged the Prime Minister to sue him, in an effort to use the discovery stage of a trial to interview all the potential witnesses involved in the case.

In response, the PMO has published the following bizarre, incoherent statement, pointing out that the Scheer Conservatives just don’t care about climate change or middle class jobs, or roads.

https://www.thepostmillennial.com/tr...limate-change/
I wanna know what reserve Justa Turnip's getting his dope from...
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Old Apr 8th, 2019, 07:17 PM   #23909
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An interesting cross section of news articles past that rang warning bells on Justa Turnip for a select few of us.

If you take a careful look back...

...nobody can say we weren't warned...


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We have to realize that the way of thinking that got us to this place no longer holds. We have to rethink elements as basic as space and time, to go all science fictiony on you in this sense.”

The Justin Theory of Space-Time... sounds similar to the refrain from that animated character Buzz Lightyear, from the movie Toy Story.

Perhaps at some point he’ll reveal his views on the economy, the Income Tax Act or relations with Taiwan.
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Old Apr 9th, 2019, 08:58 AM   #23910
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So, I read a coupla headlines yesterday about Loblaws receiving $12 million from the Feds for some damn thing or another and Climate Barbie is front & centre for the photo op. I'm thinking to myself, WTF? The bread price fixing company? What have they done to deserve this?

This morning, further searching reveals the reason:

WTF? Catherine McKenna Giving $12 Million Taxpayer Dollars To Loblaws – Who Made $800 Million In Profits & Admitted To Fixing Price Of Bread For Over A Decade

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The federal government said Monday it is giving Loblaw Companies Ltd. up to $12 million to convert their refrigeration systems in order to help the grocer lower its emissions.
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Unfukcingbelievable...
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