AMERICANS ARE BREATHING A SIGH THIS SUNDAY MORNING – TRUMP IS OUT & BIDEN IS IN

<Front page of The Sunday News Journal, published in WILMINGTON, Delaware.  America’s first state has its first commander-in-chief, and the United States has a new beginning under President-Elect JOE BIDEN and Vice-President KAMALA HARRIS. Ms. Harris, the daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father, has risen higher in the country’s leadership than any woman ever before her.><Front page of The Sunday Star, TORONTO, Ontario>

CANADA’S FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER SAYS THE FREE-TRADE PACT WITH CHINA IS NOW SHELVED

China is Canada’s second largest trading partner, after the United States. But there is rising skepticism with Beijing, whose trustworthiness has been called into question. Why? Because of its repeated use of retaliatory trade measures in political disputes. Canada’s free-trade agreement with China has been shelved, and “it’s no longer worth pursuing”, said Foreign Affairs Minister Francois Philippe Champagne.Canada’s less-friendly posture toward Beijing is now in line with the United States, Australia and parts of the European Union. – Globe and Mail, September 18, 2020; <PHOTO – Prime Minister JUSTIN TRUDEAU – C’EST LA VIE>

TORONTO IS DOING QUITE WELL, BUT WE’RE FIGHTING COVID & THE ECONOMY LIKE ALL MUNICIPALITIES

Toronto Centre City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam has laid out some of the challenges faced by Canada’s largest city (population over 3-million); GTA over 6-million.
– We’re facing a financial crisis that could reverse all the progress we’ve made.
– Without support from the provincial and federal governments the budget won’t balance.
– 40,000 child care subsidies could disappear.
– Over 1,000 beds from long-term care homes might be cut.
– Toronto Transit services will be reduced by 50%.
– Our social safety net, affecting many working families, has cracks in it.
Ms. Wong-Tam goes on to say:
– The City of Toronto is facing a $1.9-billion deficit by the end of 2020.
– Toronto has found 513.7-million in savings, leaving a year-end shortfall of $1.35-billion.
– Without support from senior governments, property taxes could increase by 60%.
– Services could be cut devastatingly.
– The encampments we see across the city will continue to grow.
– Opioid overdoses could result in more deaths.
– Crime will no doubt increase and safety will decrease.
And there’s more:
– In July the provincial and federal governments announced a tentative $19-billion funding agreement to restart the national economy.
– Money will be distributed nation-wide to support testing and contact tracing, PPE purchasing, sick leave, child care, and funding for public transit. We haven’t seen those dollars yet.– Meanwhile Toronto is left spending hundreds of millions of dollars on temporary measures to help families get through the pandemic.
– There are evictions, business closures of shops, bars and restaurants, and the Canadian winter is getting much closer.

TORONTO TRIED IT & FLUNKED, AND NOW ITS HAMILTON’S TURN. I WISH YOU GOOD LUCK!

The city of HAMILTON, 45 miles southwest of TORONTO is taking on the litterers and graffiti spritzers, in a plan to clean things up.  Councllor BRAD CLARK saysit just seems odd that we’ve got thousands of people driving around who are city employees and they’re not noticing these things.” He wants to enlist all 8,000 city employees to start reporting on litter and graffiti.“We’ve got thousands who are in vehicles driving every single day.  If they see graffiti, if they see garbage bags piled up at the side of the road or in a ditch … why wouldn’t we direct staff to report them so the proper people can remove them?” Clark calls it having “eyes on HAMILTON.”Councillor Clark isn’t suggesting city workers should pick up illegally dumped garbage or erase graffiti themselves, unless that’s in their department.  He just wants them to alert the fellow employees who are responsible for this job.Former TORONTO mayor ROB FORD attempted a graffiti cleanup and failed.  TORONTO has roughly35,000 civic employees (union, non-union, part time, full time). That’s a force to be reckoned with. Maybe they could succeed, once the snow melts, and get rid of these eyesores.  If it works for HAMILTON, maybe it’ll work for us.  <PHOTOS – Toronto’s battle with graffiti>

“THE SNC-LAVALIN AFFAIR FAILS THE SCANDAL TEST – SO FAR”, BUT CBC & THE NEWSPAPERS KEEP TRYING

In a Globe and Mail opinion piece, PENNY BRYDEN, a Professor of History at the University of Victoria, & president of the Canadian Historical Association, writes that three criteria are needed for a true scandal. “There must be a transgression, then a cover-up and finally sustained public outrage.”Former Conservative cabinet minister BEV ODA (pictured above) hit the scandal jackpot with her $16 orange juice, limousine service, a suite at London’s luxurious Savoy Hotel – after rejecting her government-booked Grange St. Paul’s 5-star domicile. The Canadian public had a fit.With a federal election upcoming on October 21st, isn’t it about time we considered other matters?

BEATEN UP BY DOUG FORD’S “PROGRESSIVE” CONSERVATIVES, TORONTO GOES FOR THE LIBERALS

Canada’s largest city is leaning towards Prime Minister JUSTIN TRUDEAU and his Liberal Party in the October 21st federal election.According to FORUM RESEARCH in a new poll, 46% of decided voters are onside with Trudeau’s team. The federal Conservatives rate 26%, the NDP 12% and the Green Party 10%“The Liberals are once again showing a dominant lead over their political rivals in Fortress TORONTO,” says Lorne Bozinoff, president of Forum Research. “If the Greens continue to rise in the city, potentially taking support away from the NDP, (could) consequently make it harder for the Conservatives to (vote split).”

WONDER WHY CONSERVATIVE LEADER, ANDREW SCHEER, KEEPS HIS DISTANCE FROM P.C.’S DOUG FORD?

<“I hope he won’t be TOO involved in the federal election . . . “, editorial cartoon by THEO MOUDAKIS, Toronto Star, June12/2019>LIST FROM Canada’s National Observer – https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/06/07/news/heres-everything-doug-ford-government-cut-its-first-year-office<“My calendar is cleared, Andrew.  I’ll be backing you up all the way to election day, my friend., editorial cartoon by GRAEME MACKAY, Hamilton Spectator, June/2019>

NOT SURPRISING – DOUG FORD’S CONSERVATIVES ARE SINKING IN A NEW CAMPAIGN RESEARCH POLL

ONTARIO, you voted this guy and his Progressive Conservatives in, and now a year later you’re not so keen. Too bad – Ford’s term will be up in 2022. He’s just getting started.

THE NUMBERS – Progressive Conservatives (PC’s) 34%; Liberals 32%; New Democrats 25%. DOUG FORD’s Approval Rating sank from 63% to 37%.

The Campaign Research poll was conducted between last Tuesday and Friday using a panel of 1,830 Ontario voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.

WITH AN ELECTION ON ITS WAY, EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS AS JUSTIN TRUDEAU ‘APPEARS’ ON ‘THE SIMPSONS’

LISA SIMPSON asks for asylum in Canada at Niagara Falls, and briefly has a look-in on Prime Minister JUSTIN TRUDEAU.

The Prime Minister demonstrates his core strength yoga workout.

<THE SIMPSONS COME TO CANADA, “Remember . . . as a nation these people have a highly developed appreciation of the absurd.”, editorial cartoon by BRIAN GABLE, Globe and Mail, April 24/2019>

CANADA’S SMALLEST PROVINCE HAS GIVEN ‘THE GREEN PARTY’ THE BIGGEST BOOST

After decades of trying to get a leg up, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, birthplace of Confederation, home of Ann of Green Gables, has elected enough Green Party seats to form the province’s Official Opposition.

<ANNE OF THE OFFICIAL GREEN OPPOSITION, editorial cartoon by BRIAN GABLE, Globe and Mail>

<PHOTO by John Morris/Canadian Press/PA Images – PEI Green party leader Peter Bevan-Baker>  On Tuesday night Islanders voted in their first minority government since 1890.  The island province’s 153,000 people gave a much-needed boost to the Green Party. There are three Members (MLA’s) in the British Columbia legislature, three in New Brunswick, one in Ontario, and now nine (9!) in Prince Edward Island.WELL DONE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND!