U.S. TARIFFS ARE ALREADY HITTING PRESIDENT TRUMP’S BASE AND THEY’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN

As of JUNE 20/2018 . . .

25% on foreign steel entering the US beginning on June 21
10% on foreign aluminum entering the US beginning on June 21
(US steel companies have now jacked up their prices)
Canada plans to introduce $16.6-billion in tariffs by July 1st on 140 US-made goods if US tariffs aren’t cut
European Union proposes a 25% tariff on Kentucky bourbon and American whisky
European Union is targeting Wisconsin’s fishing boat companies
European Union is targeting Harley-Davidson & cranberry growers
European Union will charge duties of 25% on $3.2-billionUS worth of American goods from June 22
China proposes a 25% tariff on American whisky as of July 6th
25% tariff on an estimated $50-billion of Chinese goods entering the US
25% tariff on an estimated $50-billion of US goods entering China
Trump has threatened a further 10% tariff on $200-billion in Chinese goods entering the US
20% tariff on US pork entering Mexico
(The state of Iowa alone raises 40-50-million pigs)

Canada exported $7-billion of steel to the US in 2017
The US exported $7-billion of steel to Canada in 2017
Canada prepares itself for potential US auto tariffs
US auto tariffs could cost Canada up to 160,000 jobs – TD Bank
Canada buys $24-billion of US agricultural products annually
US Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, says Canada is not a national security threat
US Commerce Secretary says the US does not have a trade deficit with Canada on steel
Wilbur Ross says China is using countries like Canada to mask export shipping

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EYEBALL TO EYEBALL – CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL CONFRONTS ‘POTUS’ AT QUEBEC’S G-7 SUMMIT

Canadians are furious today at some of the tweets made by POTUS, while winging his way to Singapore for a showdown with Kim Jong-Un of NORTH KOREA. And well they should be. Arriving late at the G-7 gathering in La Baie, QUEBEC, and leaving early – the Trumpster more-or-less trashed the Summit and Canada’s Prime Minister. He essentially called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a liar who made “false statements” about Canada-US trade.

DONALD TRUMP – “Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive tariffs to our US farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our US Reps not to endorse the (G-7) Communique, as we look at tariffs on automobiles flooding the US market.” – Sunday Star, June 10/2018

The office of French president, Emmanuel Macron, issued a statement saying that cooperation on the international stage “cannot be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks . . .

“We spent two days working out a [joint] statement and commitments. We are sticking to them and whoever reneges on them is showing incoherence and inconsistency.”

20 MINUTES AFTER THE POLLS CLOSED, DOUG FORD & HIS TORYS SPRINTED TOWARD VICTORY

<“OH BOY!”, editorial cartoon by THEO MOUDAKIS, Toronto Star, June 8/2018>

ONTARIO woke up this morning to a Progressive Conservative majority government, headed by a controversial premier – DOUG FORD. Torontonians have already enjoyed four years of chaos with Doug’s younger brother – former mayor, the late ROB FORD – and now we’re in for another term of Ford-style governing, only on a much grander scale.

OUT OF 124 SEATS in the Legislative Assembly – Progressive Conservatives 76; New Democrats 39; Liberals 7; and the Green Party 1.

The New Democrat’s ANDREA HORWATH will head the Opposition. Both the Green Party and the Liberals ‘achieved’ non-party status. Premier KATHLEEN WYNNE saved her seat but will resign as Leader of the Liberal Party,

<The ‘Pink Palace’ (Legislative Assembly) will soon be rockin’>

AS DOUG FORD PLOWS AHEAD TO BECOME PREMIER, SOME HEADLINES TO CONSIDER – CHECK THEM OUT

<DOUG FORD – “Who needs hush money?”, editorial cartoon, THEO MOUDAKIS, Toronto Star>

Progressive Conservative leader DOUG FORD continues to lead in Ontario’s provincial election polls. He may become premier. Between now and then it’s worth searching for the real stories behind the headlines.

ETC., ETC., ETC.

TORONTO has endured four years with the Ford brothers – the late Mayor Rob Ford & former city councillor Doug Ford. As premier, Doug’s decision-making will affect not only Ontario’s capital city, but the entire province. Election Day is Thursday, June 7.

DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF – SWEAT DISCOVERING YOU’VE BEEN FIRED ON TWITTER

What a way to go – your career ends, you’re out the door, and there’s little recourse. It’s the latest phenomenon in politics and business. POTUS, the class bully, practices it with aplomb by using a spitball (tapping the SEND key). The technique is to catch the target off-guard (sitting on the toilet as in the case of one member of the president’s cabinet), and then hit them on the back or side of the head.

The Twitter President is a showman who sure knows how to work the medium. With a single tweet viewed by millions, and then amplified on news and social media, the victim’s dismissal goes worldwide. In seconds it’s over – but not for the fired ones who must piece their lives back together.

AS AMERICAN YOUTH BATTLES THE NRA, THE LYRICS TO “TEARS ARE NOT ENOUGH” ARE VALID YET AGAIN

With war & famine in Sudan, butchery in Myanmar, bombs galore in Syria & Yemen – and the death of 17 young innocents in Parkland, the song’s lyrics are as fitting today as they were 33 years ago.

On February 10, 1985 a supergroup of top Canadian artists – under the name Northern Lights – crowded into the Manta Sound studio in TORONTO. Over several hours, they laid down tracks for ‘Tears Are Not Enough’, in support of relief projects in Africa and Canada’s food banks.

NORTHERN LIGHTS performers – Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Burton Cummings, Joni Mitchell, Dan Hill, Neil Young, Bryan Adams, Corey Hart, Bruce Cockburn, Liberty Silver, Geddy Lee (Rush), Mike Reno (Loverboy), Oscar Peterson, Caroll Baker, Eugene Levy, Carole Pope, Salome Bey, Liona Boyd, John Candy, Tommy Hunter, Jane Siberry, Sylvia Tyson, Catherine O’Hare and several others.

It seems like overnight we see a world in a different light
Somehow our innocence is lost
How can we look away ’cause every single day
We’ve got to help at any cost

We can bridge the distance
Only we can make the difference
Don’t you know that
Tears are not enough

If we can hold together
We could change the world forever
Heaven knows that tears are not enough

It’s up to me and you
To make the dream come true
It’s time to take our message everywhere

If we take a stand,
Every woman, child and man
We could make it work
For God’s sake, lend a hand.

<Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group>

‘TEARS ARE NOT ENOUGH’ – give a listenhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pydghC5ZX14

These American firms have cut their affiliations with the National Rifle Association (NRA) – Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Enterprise, Hertz, Avis, Budget, National & Alamo car rental companies, MetLife, Chubb, First National Bank of Omaha, Symantec (makers of Norton & LifeLock computer security software), TrueCar (a car buying service), SimpliSafe (home security). Allied & North American Van Lines, Best Western and Wyndham Hotel Group.

Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart & Kroger (grocery). Canada’s Mountain Equipment Co-Op. Amazon, Apple and Roku are advocating stronger gun laws and raising the age limit.