|Special Gun Rights for Muslims? - Sunday, April 23, 2017|
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - April 23, 2017 (LSN) When I applied for my Canadian firearms licence after passing my federally mandated PAL and RPAL courses, the RCMP got all of my information. They asked for everything from medical history, relationship history, familial structures, and a photograph.
However, when I recently logged online to renew my license, I noticed something peculiar: An exception to the usual regulation requiring a photograph, citing religious exemption! So, I contacted the RCMP, and you won't believe what happens next. While I'm no fan of tighter gun control measures, shouldn't all law-abiding gun-owners be treated
|Regulating marijuana is a fool's errand - Sunday, April 23, 2017|
#LSN_Opinion Regulating marijuana
EDMONTON, Alta./THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO /Troy Media/ – (LSN) The federal government’s plan to legalize marijuana is another nail in the coffin of Canada’s expensive and wasteful war on drugs. But at what social cost?
Former justice minister Anne McLellan, who chaired the federal task force on marijuana legalization, and Bill Blair, a former Toronto police chief, played key roles in the government’s new legislation. This forthright and responsible group examined the complex issues, listened to many concerned citizens, drafted their reports and made their recommendations.
The good news is that an absurd prohibition on pot is about to end.
The bad news is that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have tied themselves in knots. read more ...
|Inside Canada-USA “Refugee” Trafficking Ring - Friday, April 14, 2017|
#LSN_Opinion Canada US border
The Rebel has released Faith Goldy's full investigation. She found an underground "refugee" smuggling scheme being orchestrated through taxi companies and middlemen profiteers. Watch the entire shocking video read more ...
|Thunder Bay – Is Awash In Cash? Since When? - Tuesday, April 4, 2017|
#LSN_Opinion Thunder Bay – Is Awash In Cash? Since When?
TTHUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -- April 4, 2017 (LSN)
Soooo the City of Thunder Bay is willing to cough up $7 million in tax dollars to fund the movement of yet another piece of infrastructure to the waterfront in order to make the failing Prince Arthur’s Landing a success? Plus the $750,000 for the planning and design of the gallery?
Almost $8 million of that sweet, sweet Thunder Bay taxpayer cash for an art gallery, which the taxpayers do not own. On top of that, the gallery’s annual operating costs will increase to almost $500,000? read more ...
|Bombardier relies corporate welfare - Sunday, April 2, 2017|
#LSN_Opinion corporate welfare
Bombardier is an organization that relies on perpetual corporate welfare.
They just got a billion dollars from Quebec taxpayers to bail them out of their failing C-Series jet.
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That’s Quebec taxpayers, who are giving a billion dollars to a failing jet company, instead of to hospitals or schools or police or road.
Bombardier is so bad at running their company, that a billion dollars from Quebec just wasn’t enough -- they needed $372 million more from all Canadian taxpayers.
But in 2016, Bombardier had the temerity to give six members of their board of directors a total of $43 million in salary increases.
|Federal budget punts major decisions - Thursday, March 23, 2017|
#LSN_Opinion Policy uncertainty hovering over the Canadian economy
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO , March 23, 2017 (LSN) Wednesday, federal budget adds fuel to the growing problem of policy uncertainty hovering over the Canadian economy. It’s essentially status quo. It fails to chart a clear course for taxpayers, entrepreneurs and businesses, and risks making Canada even less competitive.
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Put simply, the government has punted major policy decisions into the future, causing further uncertainty about the economic environment in Canada. Without a clearly expressed policy vision, entrepreneurs and business investors will likely continue to sit on the sidelines, or worse, take their investment elsewhere.
|Canada can build its economy without outside help - Sunday, March 19, 2017|
#LSN_Opinion #LSN_Ecom Notley Trudeau hat in hand begging for money from Wall Street
CHILLIWACK, B.C./Troy Media/ – Over the past few weeks, both Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have travelled to the United States to drum up interest in the energy industry and promote investment in the Canada.
Why do Canadian politicians go to the U.S. for investment capital?
Conventional wisdom says Wall Street (and, to a lesser degree, Bay Street) controls all the investment capital in North America. The premier and prime minister are simply following standard protocol: if you want money, go where the money is. read more ...
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|January surprises courtesy of the "Leadership Team" - Wednesday, February 22, 2017|
Chippewa Wildlife Exhibit # LSN_Opinion
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- February 22, 2017 (LSN) So the search begins to find places for the animals at the wildlife exhibit.
Compare that to what my ward councillor told me the situation was. You know, information direct from city bureaucrats. The guys you can trust:
"Plan for Existing Wildlife
There are 23 animals and birds currently at the facility. Other zoos that the City regularly trades animals with have already been contacted and they have indicated they would be happy to take the animals and birds. As per past practice, the receiving zoo is responsible for the cost of transporting the animal, so there is no cost to the City for this. Animals will be kept until they are transferred to another facility or they die naturally. No wildlife will be destroyed." read more ...
|Trudeau’s economic policies suicidal - Monday, February 20, 2017|
.Trudeau’s economic policies #LSN_Opinion #LSN_Econ
VICTORIA, B.C. THUNDER BAY, ON February 20, 2017 / Troy Media/ LSN/ – Donald Trump’s election victory set off a political earthquake that has deeply shaken Americans. Earthquakes are often followed by devastating tsunamis generating huge waves travelling far beyond the quake epi-centre. Yet, even as those “Trump-quake” waves threaten to sink our economic ship, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems determined to maintain his pre-quake course.
Clinging to his current policies could prove to be the biggest mistake made by any Prime Minister in Canadian history
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|Poll Shows Ontarians Oppose Both Wynne and Brown on Carbon Taxes - Sunday, February 19, 2017|
Lack of support for Carbon Tax #LSN_Opinion
TORONTO, ON: Feburary 19, 2017 (LSN) The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) commissioned an Ontario-wide poll with Nanos Research and is today releasing the results. The Nanos poll of 500 Ontarians, conducted from February 3rd-7th found that across Ontario, over 50.5 per cent of those polled “oppose” cap and trade, and 10 per cent are “somewhat opposed,” for an overall opposition of 60.5 per cent. In contrast, 21.1 per cent “support” and 14.7 “somewhat support” cap and trade, for an overall support of 35.8 per cent.
The results also found that 67.7 per cent of Ontarians believe cap and trade will cost them more than the government’s claim of $13 per month.
“These poll results show how deeply unpopular the new cap and trade tax is. People are unhappy with this new tax that is making natural gas and gasoline more expensive, and which is driving up our already out of control electricity bills. What is surprising is politicians’ continued support for carbon taxes in the face of such strong opposition,” said CTF Ontario Director, Christine Van Geyn read more ...
|Trump-style 'Muslim ban' - Saturday, February 11, 2017|
Trump Travel Ban #LSN_Opinion
European attitudes to Muslim immigration are reportedly in line with Donald Trump’s — in fact, according to a new poll, an average of 55% of Europeans agree with the notion that ‘all further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped’.
The study, carried out by UK-based think-tank Chatham House found that “majorities in all but two of the ten states [surveyed] agreed” with the aforementioned notion — 71% in Poland, 65% in Austria, 64% in Hungary and Belgium, 61% in France, 58% in Greece, 53% in Germany, and 51% in Italy. A sizeable minority of 47% in the United Kingdom and 41% in Spain disagreed. read more ...
|Wynne Plotts for Luxury Vehicle - Friday, February 10, 2017|
Cynicism? Or observation? #LSN_Opinion
THUNDER BAY, ON --- February 10, 2017 (LSN) The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it. So for those non-cynics out there, here are some “observations” about Kathleen Wynne’s newest electric car subsidy scheme, which was announced on February 1st.
First, the Ontario government spent millions of taxpayer money subsidizing the purchase price of luxury electric cars. Second, they capped these subsidies to deal with public blowback for subsidizing luxury cars. Third, they got lobbied by the luxury electric car industry. Then finally, they’ve secretly returned to subsidizing luxury electric cars, now that people have stopped paying attention.
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|A Federal Fiscal History: Canada, 1867-2017 - Wednesday, February 8, 2017|
Warning signs that current federal deficit spending mirrors history
VANCOUVER BC February 8, 2017 -- Since Confederation, excluding wartime and recessions, there has only been one period in Canada’s 150 year history when the federal government’s role in the economy—and society more broadly—substantially grew, which in turn plunged the nation into chronic deficits, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.
It began under Prime Minister Lester Pearson in the mid-1960s, and continued under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau throughout the 1970s and early 1980s.
“Based on the new federal government’s tax increases and new spending, the question is whether we’re embarking on another period of government growth, financed by deficits and debt,” said Livio Di Matteo, an economics professor at Lakehead University, Fraser Institute senior fellow and author of A Federal Fiscal History: Canada, 1867-2017.
According to the extensive study—which tracks government spending and revenues from Confederation to the present—except for the First World War, the Great Depression, the Second World War, and the 2009 recession, the only other time the federal government kicked off a deficit-spending spree and expanded the size and role of the federal government was in the mid-1960s and 1970s under Pearson and then Pierre Trudeau. read more ...
|Regional divisions will continue to deepen without real Senate reform - Sunday, January 29, 2017|
Trudeau and O’Leary real Senate reform? #LSN_Opinion
CALGARY, Alta. -- January 29, 2017 /Troy Media/ LSN /Serious or not, O’Leary’s proposal is in keeping with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s vision of the Senate as little more than a blue-ribbon advisory panel. Trudeau wants the upper house to be filled with admirable Canadians who provide friendly, non-partisan advice to the government. His recent appointments are a step in this direction.
What O’Leary and Trudeau don’t seem to understand is that the Senate has a much more important role to play – a role that’s vital to the success of our country.
That role is rooted in two facts. read more ...
|investigations into city operations - Friday, January 6, 2017|
Many of you have appreciated my investigations into city operations. But some folks say if I want to be mayor I have to stop being so negative. They say I should make the case for how I would make things better in the city. This is true. But first you need to understand what prompted my entrance into municipal politics.
As you may know, I've been concerned about the collapse of our industrial tax base. One pulp mill survives where we had four. Our two large sawmills are gone. The grain industry is a shadow of its former self. read more ...
|Charitable giving in Canada hits 10-year low - Monday, January 2, 2017|
Charitable giving in Canada hits 10-year low #LSN_Opinion
VANCOUVER / THUNDER BAY, ON ----- January 2, 2017 (LSN) The percentage of Canadians claiming charitable donations on their taxes—and the amount they’re giving as a percentage of their income—is the lowest it’s been in a decade, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.
What’s more, Americans are far more generous than Canadians, according to Generosity in Canada and the United States: The 2016 Generosity Index, which measures donations to registered charities claimed on personal income tax returns and ranks Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories, the 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C.
“The holiday season is a time to reflect on giving, and with Canadians becoming less generous every year, charities face greater challenges to secure resources to help those in need,” said Charles Lammam, director of fiscal studies at the Fraser Institute and the study’s co-author.
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The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by Lake Superior News / Lake Superior Media.
|Putting a price on carbon, from farm to fork - Tuesday, December 27, 2016|
#LSN_Opinion Putting a price on carbon, from farm to fork
The Trudeau government's aggressive carbon campaign could inspire even more companies to pack up and leave, harming our economy
HALIFAX, N.S. - December 27, 2016 / Troy Media/ LSN/ – Every bite we take has carbon tax implications.
From farm to fork, food is responsible for about 25 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. And every decision consumers make when selecting food impacts the environment.
Many want to do something about it.
In Canada, the federal government has decided that means a tax on carbon emissions. The program starts in 2018 with a $10-per-tonne carbon price plan and ramps up to $50-a-tonne by 2022.
Many have pointed out that energy costs will rise because of a carbon tax.
But little attention has been given to what will happen to food costs. However, the carbon file is filled with food economic nuances. read more ...
|OpEd on Ontario Spring Bear Hunt from MNR Minister - Tuesday, December 27, 2016|
#LSN_Opinion #LSN_Outdoors OpEd on Ontario Spring Bear Hunt
This year, Ontario made changes to enhance the spring black bear hunting pilot that began in 2014. Our government has extended the pilot to 2020 and expanded the hunt to all 88 Wildlife Management Units that have a fall season. In addition to these changes, Ontario will now allow non-residents to participate in the spring hunt.
The expanded spring bear hunt pilot has two objectives: to address concerns voiced by communities about human-bear conflicts, and to support economic growth and tourism in northern and central Ontario. read more ...
|Largest Tax Incease in Canadian History - Sunday, November 13, 2016|
Largest Tax Incease #LSN_Opinion
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- November 13, 2016 (LSN) Are you feeling the pinch from the rise in the price of gas or hydro? Well, it’s about to get a lot worse. Justin Trudeau has ordered all provincial leaders to create a carbon tax scheme by 2018 -- or else the Federal Government is going to impose one for them.
Trudeau seems perfectly comfortable with damaging the economy and making life even less affordable for Canadians. read more ...
|Real Threat to Ontario's Economy - Sunday, November 13, 2016|
Real Threat to Ontario's Economy #LSN_Opinion
THUNDER BAY, ON --- Nov 13, 2016 (LSN) Following the election of Donald Trump as the forty-fifth president of our southern neighbour, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne commented that she was “shocked” by the result, and that the election of Mr. Trump could be a “danger to the economy of both of our countries.”
It’s true – Ontario’s economy is about to get even less competitive. But don’t blame the new president-elect of the United States. Responsibility for Ontario’s economic decline lays squarely at the feet of the Ontario government. read more ...
|For Canada, ratifying CETA was the easy part - Sunday, October 30, 2016|
Ratifying CETA was the easy part #LSN_Opinion
HALIFAX, N.S. / Troy Media/ – October 30, 2016 (LSN) After meltdowns and temper tantrums, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) may finally be ratified.
It’s nothing short of a miracle and will bring about dramatic change in Canada.
The influx of quality, affordable dairy products will force Canada’s dairy industry to redefine itself within a more competitive landscape
The path to a Canada-European Union trade deal has faced several roadblocks in recent months.
CETA was initially about growth and prosperity, and how to facilitate more trade across the Atlantic. read more ...
|Carbon Tax on Home Heating Bills - Thursday, October 27, 2016|
#LSN_Opinion Carbon Tax on Home Heating Bills
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO --- October 27, 2016 (LSN) Ontario's Price on Carbon Will Do For Home Heating Prices What the Green Energy Act Did For Electricity Rates
There’s a well-known anecdote about a boiling frog, which describes how if a frog is thrown into boiling water, it will jump out. But if the frog is put in cold water that is slowly brought to a boil, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death.
That’s what the Ontario and federal governments are hoping will happen with their new carbon tax, which will be applied to home heating bills and gasoline bills starting January 1st, 2017. They are promising the new tax will be so small, we will barely notice it. read more ...
|Replace Mother and Father with Birth parent and parent - Tuesday, October 25, 2016|
Mother Father Vs Parent #LSN_Opinion
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- October 25, 2016 (LSN) Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is waging a war on motherhood and fatherhood.
According to the Liberal government’s proposed new Bill 28, the word “mother” may soon be removed from Ontario law, instead replaced with the term “birth parent." And “father” will be exchanged for the term “parent.”
And this bill is being rammed through the legislature at lightening speed. read more ...
|Canada’s top places to start and grow businesses in 2016 - Tuesday, October 18, 2016|
Thunder Bay 109 out of 121 cities #LSN_Opinion
THUNDER BAY, ON ---October 18, 2016 (LSN) Thunder Bay, in a Canadian Federation of Independent Business report "Canada’s top places to start and grow businesses in 2016" Thunder Bay ranked 109 out of 121 cities
Cities are visible representations of economic activity. Through them we can see the production and trading of not only tangible goods, but also the exchange of otherwise invisible services. These are physical locations that initially provided opportunity for people to congregate and pursue commercial interests. Those communities that, either naturally or through people’s activities, provided the best opportunities grew the most and ultimately became large, permanent urban centres with infrastructure designed to service diverse economies read more ...
|Heating or eating a harsh - Wednesday, October 12, 2016|
Heating or eating a harsh reality for some Ontarians #LSN_Opinion
CALGARY, Alta. / Troy Media/ – October 12, 2016 (LSN) The Ontario Government has suspended its latest round of renewable energy plans – a move that will save consumers money.
While this may be a step in the right direction, the government’s “green dreams” have already done a lot of damage in the province. A recent story from the CBC tells the sombre story of an elderly Ontario couple who now have to make the trade-off between heating and eating.
They are in their 80s, surviving on pension incomes, and live in a small two-bedroom bungalow. For heating they use baseboard heaters and a wood stove. They try to conserve energy by using the BBQ for cooking and unplug everything they can. Despite these cost-saving measures, from January to August 2016, their hydro bills totalled $2,800 and they expect to spend about $4,300 by the end of the year. According to the CBC, these high costs have forced them to “cut down on entertainment and groceries – reducing fruits and vegetables and therefore not eating as well as they use to.” read more ...
|Climate Tax Cost Per Household - Saturday, October 8, 2016|
Climate Tax Cost Per Household #LSN_Opinion
October 8, 2016 To estimate the cost to Canadians of the tax required by federal government’s carbon tax plan we used the CO2 emissions estimates from Canada’s Second Biennial Report on Climate Change submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The federal plan requires a $10 per tonne price in 2018. With estimated CO2 emissions of 761 megatonnes in 2018, the tax will bring in $7.6 billion. The tax requirement increases up to $50 per tonne in 2022, and with emissions expected to be 774 megatonnes the tax will bring in $38.7 billion read more ...
|What to do with David Suzuki? - Monday, October 3, 2016|
What to do with David Suzuki? #LSN_Opinion
CALGARY, Alta. / Troy Media/ October 2, 2016 – What to do with David Suzuki?
Suzuki plays Canada’s mainstream media like a cheap fiddle. He’s the master square-dance caller when he wants them to do-si-do around his views of the country’s petroleum sector.
He lays out for media consumption outlandish and provocative declarations, like his most recent assertion that Saskatchewan is in a carbon crisis and that its premier is a carbon denier. read more ...
|Beer-barrel economics - Sunday, September 25, 2016|
HALIFAX, N.S. September 25, 2016 / Troy Media/ (LSN) – The lesson of lower beer prices in New Brunswick has implications on a broad array of provincial taxes.
Not long ago, many New Brunswick consumers living near Quebec routinely crossed the border to purchase less expensive beer. Prices in Quebec are considerably cheaper because taxes are lower.
But these cross-border shoppers weren’t just getting a cool deal. They were also breaking the law, since it’s a crime to purchase more than 12 pints of beer (about 20 bottles) outside of the province and enter New Brunswick.
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|Anti-tax’ accusation is simply wrong - Sunday, September 4, 2016|
VANCOUVER, B.C. / Troy Media/ LSN / September 4, 2016– A recent column by the Toronto Star editorial board had some choice words about a recent Fraser Institute study finding that the total amount of taxes paid by the average Canadian family now consumes over 42 per cent of income, more than the 38 per cent spent on food, clothing and housing all combined.
Unfortunately, the Star labelled the Fraser Institute “anti-tax crusaders” who help drive the narrative that “any tax is a bad tax.” This could not be further from the truth. read more ...
|Taxes, not basic necessities - Sunday, August 28, 2016|
Taxes, not basic necessities make up largest Canadian household expense #LSN_Econ
THUNDER BAY, ON ---- August 28, 2016 (LSN) The average Canadian family spends more on taxes than on housing, food and clothing combined, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. “Most people don’t realize it, but the average Canadian household now pays more in taxes than they spend on the basic necessities of life combined,” read more ...
|Why are so many Canadians using food banks? - Wednesday, July 27, 2016|
WINNIPEG, Man. / Troy Media/ – Canadian households are paying more for a nutritious basket of food and rising prices hit low-income households hardest – especially those receiving government assistance. Food Banks Canada estimates that just over 850,000 Canadians use a food bank on a monthly basis.
The ability to afford food is increasingly problematic. Average prices run as high as $900 a month for a family of four in major cities like Vancouver and Toronto. This increased cost, along with escalating housing prices and stagnant incomes, has certainly contributed to rising food bank use. read more ...
| Opinion: What is it like to be a NAN Police Officer - Thursday, July 14, 2016|
THUNDER BAY, ON ----- July 14, 2016 (LSN) My name is Evan Polini. I have been a constable with the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service since August 2012. As you probably know we recently voted in favor of a mandate to strike to help receive more funding so are police service can be run comparable to other services in the province. The following is a story from my experience as a police constable with NAPS. Hopefully it will help get across to everyone why we are threatening job action. Due to confidentiality reasons the name of the reserve cannot be included and names and certain details have been removed. read more ...