Archive for May 13th, 2012

COLUMN: Goldstein – Toronto council worries about hunters while pretending to care about crime in black neighbourhoods

- May 13th, 2012

Black crime? Who cares?

As long as it’s just blacks killing each other, whites don’t pay much attention

by Lorrie Goldstein

When Coun. Josh Colle said last week that banning the Sportsmen’s Show from Exhibition Place is how white downtowners pretend they’re addressing urban gun crime, he hinted at an even more disturbing truth.

Colle was slamming left-wing Coun. Gord Perks, who was trying to guilt-trip city council into keeping the Sportsmen’s Show, which promotes traditional outdoor activities like hunting, fishing and camping, out of Exhibiton Place.

Perks’ painfully self-righteous and utterly bizarre logic, which failed to carry the day, was that this would be a continuing moral statement by council against the gun crime that plagues communities like Jane Finch and Lawrence Heights. Read more…

COLUMN: Bonokoski – Charest ain’t a winner in fight with students

- May 13th, 2012

Quebec student demands a riot

Sweet smell of Charest’s laughable, so-called victory has a somewhat fishy after-whiff

by Mark Bonokoski

While it would appear at first blush to have been lost in translation, it seems both sides of the two solitudes claim Quebec Premier Jean Charest actually said “everyone comes out of this a winner” as a result of the student unrest inflicted upon his province.

How can this be so?

Surely those caught in the middle of the multitude of student riots in Montreal do not feel like winners, especially now that the tentative agreement is disintegrating. Read more…

So Attawapiskat is all about the big mean government ignoring native reserves? Not quite

- May 13th, 2012

We’ve all heard about how horrible the conditions on Attiwapiskat are.

The northern Ontario reserve dominated the news last fall with stories of people living in shanty huts as winter approached. There was plenty of finger pointing and blame, most of the media and the opposition said the blame should lie squarely and wholly at Ottawa’s doorstep.

Some went so far as to claim the Harper government didn’t care because essentially they are racist and don’t like first nations.

As is often the case, the paper trail points elsewhere.

David Akin has a story out showing that the reserve leadership in Attawapiskat demanded new housing but wouldn’t fill out the forms to get that housing.

But documents obtained under federal access to information laws paint a picture of a band and council that has consistently failed to provide the necessary paperwork to support millions of dollars in federal assistance already sent to the reserve.

“Reporting remains a challenge for the Attawapiskat (band). Financial and other reports are consistently late,” wrote a bureaucrat from the aboriginal affairs department in a November memo.

As of last November, Spence and her band council had not filed a community infrastructure and housing annual report, nor had it filed a community-based housing plan.

Another document — a certificate of completion for capital projects — was “deemed unobtainable” by federal bureaucrats.

Saying paperwork was not filled out may sound like an insignificant thing when people are living in shacks but if you claim the feds should be giving you housing and they won’t then the paper trail becomes hugely significant. Housing money was available if they would only fill out the right forms.

They didn’t.

This is a band that is bad at managing money but good at pointing the finger.

Watch the video at the link to also hear about how Debeers, the diamond company has sent hundreds of millions to the reserve of 1,800 people and conditions have not inproved.

COLUMN: Levant – Funneling money through charities

- May 13th, 2012

Ask and you shall (tax) receipt

Why is our revenue minister allowing Tides Canada to continue its money laundering?

by Ezra Levant

There’s a radical lobby group based in the most left-wing city in North America, namely San Francisco. It’s called the Tides Foundation. It’s where left-wing billionaires funnel their money to promote radical causes.

A few years ago, they decided to colonize Canada. So they set up a branch plant in Vancouver, called Tides Canada Foundation. And they got charitable tax status from Revenue Canada.

That was very important. Because it let them issue charitable tax receipts to donors, in effect making the Canadian government subsidize those donations. Read more…

COLUMN: Kent – Europe’s fiscal collapse does what two wars couldn’t, Germany is now in charge

- May 13th, 2012

Germany owns Europe

Canada’s brand of fiscal conservatism ignored by big spending European political leaders

by Simon Kent

No less an aesthete than the great Sylvester Stallone once observed “if bad decorating was a hanging offence, there’d be bodies in every tree.”

Change the word “decorating” to “fiscal management” and you have a pretty good idea of the state of financial chaos across Europe right now.

You also know where a lot of former European finance ministers would be hanging out these days. Literally. Read more…