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Christy Clark took big foreign donations from U.S. softwood lumber baron, Trump Tower owner

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[BC ELECTION 2017!! There is no bottom to her venality or her lies. Please do see also: Let's Talk About The Social Deficit Created By BC Liberals.  *RON*]
PressProgress, 25 April 2017

Looks like Christy Clark's hypocrisy is valued around half a million dollars.

The BC Liberal leader has spent the week thinking up ways to suggest the opposition BC NDP is anti-Canadian and somehow sympathetic to far-right US President Donald Trump.

Never mind that barely a week earlier, Clark was herself praising Trump's approach to softwood lumber.

But after suggesting her opponents "stand with Donald Trump" and stating no one should be "taking money" from those who "financially support" people "who want to slap duties on our lumber," guess what?

Surprise, surprise – it looks like Clark's BC Liberals are the ones who are actually "taking money" from foreign entities that want to "slap dutie…

Kevin O'Leary officially throws support to Maxime Bernier

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[In case you don't know what a whack-job O'Leary has named as his replacement: How ‘Mad Max’ Bernier went from comic relief to Tory front-runner. *RON*]

Stephanie Levitz, Canadian Press / Toronto Sun, 26 April 2017

OTTAWA — Celebrity investor and reality-TV star Kevin O’Leary, who rattled Conservative cages three months ago when he joined the party’s leadership race, did it again Wednesday by quitting a contest observers believe he had every chance of winning.

O’Leary’s stunning news — he’s throwing his support behind Quebec rival Maxime Bernier — appeared to catch even some members of his campaign team off-guard as they gathered to prepare for Wednesday’s final leadership debate.

Behind the scenes, however, O’Leary has been mulling the idea for about a week, say sources, ever more convinced that as leader, he might never be able to rally enough support in Quebec to deliver a majority Conservative mandate in 2019.

“It’s selfish to just take …

More than half of young people in Ireland 'would join a mass uprising against the government'

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[About 20,000 people were polled. Mind you, I don't know what the generational average of rebelliousness is for 18-34 years, it is probably pretty high. Still... *RON*]
Will Worley, The Independent, 26 April 2017

A mass uprising against the Irish government would be joined by more than half of young people in the country, a survey has indicated.

Fifty four per cent of 18 - 34-year-olds said they would take part in a “large scale uprising against the generation in power if it happened in the next days or months”.

The survey polled nearly 20,000 people in Ireland as part of the European Broadcasting Union’s Generation What? research.
It showed that 36 per cent viewed politicians as corrupt, while 40 per cent said they were partly corrupt. Forty five per cent said they didn’t trust politics “at all”.

However, 25 per cent said very few politicians were corrupt, a figure lower than most of those in the same generation who were surveyed in 14 other cou…

Canada drops four spots on the World Press Freedom Index

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[Freedom of expression and the police state in Canada. More blots on the increasingly lousy record of that Sunny Ways boy, Justin Trudeau: ""This has all happened in the last year. We really need to start taking this more seriously." *RON*]
26 April 2017
Canada's press freedoms are under threat, according to the latest World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders.

Canada dropped four spots to number 22 on the list that ranks 180 countries based on how they treat journalists.

A number of high-profile incidents of police action against journalists in Canada have raised concerns.

Press organisations have called on the government to shore up laws protecting free speech and media sources.

The UK was ranked 40, down five spots, and the United States 43, down two spots, on the same list.

Last autumn, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression slammed the "massive culture problem in our policing and surveillance agenc…

A child in Yemen dies every 10 minutes as humanitarian aid funding falls short, U.N. says

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[The result of the Saudis proxy war against Iran. To fix this would only require an additional $2.1 billion from the entire planet. See also: Yemen aid summit seeks to pull nation from brink, and Starving to death: The four countries where millions are on the brink. *RON*]

Max Bearak, Washington Post, 25 April 2017

The head of the United Nations stood in front of a room full of global leaders Tuesday and made a plaintive plea: “On average, a child under the age of 5 dies of preventable causes in Yemen every 10 minutes,” António Guterres said. “This means 50 children in Yemen will die during today’s conference, and all of those deaths could have been prevented.”

Whether his last claim is true is certainly up for debate, but what Guterres is asking for would most certainly help: $2.1 billion in funding to combat deepening hunger and disease across Yemen.

After two years of civil war, Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country, is facing collapse.…