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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Mister-not so wonderful.

To the Editor. Mister-not so wonderful.

President Trump promised to protect and create jobs for Americans, and he wants to build a massive wall between the US and Mexico, and have Mexico pay for it. 
This is just as ridiculous as Canada’s Kevin O’leary’s Project Erde a Sonnenspiegel im All. In a 44 minute German video, from 2013, it can be seen that Mr. O’Leary financed astronomer Roger Angel’s idea of developing a rocket system that would deliver 16 trillion 60 centimeter in diameter lenses one million miles into outer space, between the earth and sun. The lenses were to form a gigantic umbrella to deflect 2% of the suns rays from reaching the earth, to reduce global warming. 

If all would go well, said Roger Angel, and if we begin now, we would be ready by 2040 to launch a rocket every 20 minutes over a period of 6 and a half years. But there were already 1307 potential and real failures, which upset Kevin so much that he said he would slash his wrist if he was them, meaning the people who worked for him. 

It is no secret that Mr. O’Leary is interested in money, and only money, and said ‘It’s fantastic’ that 3 and a half billion people are poor, as they all could aspire to become like him. Very stupid. There is one thing that one must give him credit for - he is honest, maybe not always, but he does what he says. 

Can we say the same thing of our present Prime Minister? Because people are waking up angry, as they realize they have been deceived, and vowing to get rid of him in the next election, for breaking his promise that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system, etc.

And then what? Elect ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Kevin O’Leary? 

I don’t know If Mr. O’Leary is still working on this foolish space umbrella, which would cost an insane amount of money and resources, and produce massive amounts of waste and greenhouse gases. But the fact that he believed and financed such an insane project in the first place, which later would be financed with taxpayers’ money, makes him, well - not a very sane person. And he wants to be PM and emulate Trump? These two are a disaster for the planet.

Mr. O’Leary would not have talked or listened to me 30 years ago, when I discovered how poverty and global warming could be dealt with, as there is no money in it for him, because that is THE problem. 

I would not want to talk with him alone today, as he is too much in love with himself. But if there are some students, in any university, who are concerned about their future and our planet, and who can organize a conversation/debate with Kevin, I’ll be there. Provided of course it’s not too scary what can be read about me on the internet. One last thought.

“Only with honesty, truth and justice can there be a healthy future for our species, and those on the extinction list, and I don’t see any of it — anywhere.”

Gunther Ostermann, Kelowna
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Monday, January 30, 2017

Two teens arrested after robbery at marijuana dispensary in Little Italy

Police say two teens are in custody after a robbery at a marijuana dispensary in Little Italy Sunday night.
It happened at Green Buddha Medicinals, in the area of College and Shaw streets, shortly after 9:30 p.m.
Police did not say what was stolen but confirmed no one was injured.
Two males—a 17-year-old and a 19-year-old— were arrested following the incident.
One firearm was recovered, according to investigators.
It is not clear what charges the teens are facing.
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Hundreds In A Group protesting Trump's travel ban outside U.S. Consulate in Toronto

The U.S. Consulate General in Toronto has suspended services to the public today in response to a protest outside the University Avenue building.
The demonstration, which began at 8 a.m. Monday morning, has been organized in protest of an American travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.
In a news release issued Sunday, consulate staff said there will be limited operations at the building today.
“A large demonstration is planned in the vicinity of the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto on Monday, January 30, 2017. The Consulate will temporarily suspend services to the public and will have limited operations on January 30th,” the written statement read
“There will be no visa or American citizen services operations at the Consulate. The Consulate will attempt to contact all persons who have previously scheduled consular appointments to reschedule the appointment for another date.”
Shortly before 6 a.m., Toronto police began to shut down roads in the area around the consulate, located at 360 University Avenue, between Queen and Dundas streets.
On Facebook, thousands of people said they planned to attend the protest.
Refugees, many of them children, are trapped in airports and being turned back to a dangerous home.. because of their religion, their language, their skin colour,” a post on the Facebook event page read.
“For all those who believe in a compassionate world, the time to act is now. This is peaceful non-disruptive gathering, open to anyone. We are acting as allies, and not speaking on behalf of anyone, nor claiming to be a voice for this issue.”
On Friday, U.S. Donald Trump signed an executive order to authorize a 90-day travel ban on citizens from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
The move has sparked protests around the United States and a demonstration has also been planned in Ottawa at noon today.
The U.S. Embassy in Ottawa posted a security message on its website on Sunday, advising U.S. citizens to exercise caution in the area around the embassy, where the protest is scheduled to take place.
“RCMP and local police will provide uniformed police to monitor the event,” the statement read.
Speaking to CP24 outside the U.S. Consulate in Toronto Monday morning, Zaid Al-Rawni, CEO of Islamic Relief Canada, said he is 'disappointed' by the ban.
"Intolerance is like a wildfire. Once it gets going, there is no stopping it. Suddenly today, you are not a good enough citizen because you are a Muslim. Tomorrow you are not a good enough Cristian because you are not our type of Christian. The next day, you are not a good enough Republican because you’re not our type of Republican. Suddenly you find yourself consumed with this mania," he said. 
"The thing that is giving me heart is that people are standing up and saying, ‘No, no, no. This is not our values.'" 
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Children's Aid Society - A system that must be abolished across Ontario


 --- Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day is calling the reported actions of the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) an indignity to the community who just lost lives in a tragic house fire last week.

 “We continue to send positive thoughts and prayers to Chief Randall Phillips and the Oneida of the Thames First Nation after the tragedy that occurred last Wednesday,” said Regional Chief Day. “Reports that the Children’s Aid Society of London and Middlesex have allegedly provided false information to the Ontario Provincial Police is an indignity against a family and a grieving community and this should be dealt with swiftly.” 

Ontario Regional Chief Day was informed by Chief Phillips of the Oneida Nation of the Thames about his frustration with CAS for their latest indiscretion. Chief Phillips clearly provided details and shared with Ontario Regional Chief Day the way in which the CAS turned this tragedy and time of deep grief of the community’s loss into an encroachment and unwarranted infringement of the community process and a family addressing a terrible loss.

 It was explained to the OPP that the Children’s Aid Society of London and Middlesex had received permission from Chief Phillips and direction was given to CAS to proceed with an investigation, which Chief Phillips said is completely false. “The timing of this assault against the Oneida Nation of the Thames couldn’t come at a worse time. This is simply not acceptable. I wish to extend a message to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister Michael Coteau of Child and Youth Services – this is not a time for an agent of the Crown to make such a error. This simply goes way beyond ignorance. This needs to be corrected,” said Ontario Regional Chief Day. Chief Phillips said, 

“there is no excuse for the level of incompetency and insensitivity by the Children’s Aid Society and its representatives during a time of extreme tragedy and sorrow. They lied to the OPP. I think the surviving family members deserve a public apology from Children’s Aid and someone in their organization should be fired immediately.”

 Ontario Regional Chief Day agrees, but also says this is indicative of a system that must be abolished and jurisdiction of Child Welfare back in the hands of First Nations in Ontario. The Children’s Aid Society has been under scrutiny for their policies and approach with First Nations since the 1960s when they began taking First Nation children from their families without proper authority or process. There have been several lawsuits filed against the Children’s Aid Society over the years and they have been under heavy criticism for discrimination against First Nations families and children.
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