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The Year of Vacations! :-)

[This year Tena and I are doing a fair bit of running around for purposes of fun. We're off now for a few days visiting with friends at a place they have at Cultus Lake. Our dates aren't carved in stone for this trip, but I think Ron's News will be back on Thursday 29 June. Cheers, *RON*]

A bonus clip:

Eric Trump Defends His Dad

Today's Trumpery


Environmental law review recommends changes to Fisheries Act, National Energy Board

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[The Trudeau government is far more open to seeking advice from many quarters than the Harper government ever was. What remains to be seen is whether it now pays any attention to public opinion and public interest and acts upon it. *RON*]
Penney Kome,, 22 June 2017

In June 2016, Prime Minister Trudeau announced an important review and update of four of Canada’s major environmental laws: The Fisheries Act, the Navigation Protection Act, the Canada Environmental Protection Act’s Environmental Assessment provision, and the National Energy Board.

By this June, 2017, the government had announced all the reviews' recommendations.

Some of the Acts haven't been revised in 20 years. Others, like the Navigation Protection Act, lost most of their authority in 2012, when Stephen Harper’s government drastically reduced their jurisdiction. In Harper’s version, the NWA protects only about 100 out of millions of Canadian waterways.

If you've …

Socialism Is Back. Is the NDP Listening?

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[Instead of fighting for the scraps of a non-existent political centre, the left can score a victory by returning to its principles. As it is, they won't even stand up for their own (excellent) LEAP manifesto. *RON*]

Ira Wells, The Walrus, 22 June 2017
The first 2016 Democratic Presidential debate had just begun when the moderator, cnn’s Anderson Cooper, summoned the spectre that many assumed would devour Senator Bernie Sanders’ candidacy. “You call yourself a democratic socialist,” Cooper said. “How can any kind of socialist win a general election in the United States?”

The question was presented as its own answer: only a politician of truly colossal naiveté would stand on a Las Vegas stage and expound the virtues of Scandinavian-style democratic socialism. Surely, the candidate would have no choice but to backpedal, re-frame his politics as “progressive,” and maybe mumble a few conciliatory words about hardworking American families. However,…

Tom Mulcair raises red flags after Canadian sniper breaks record in Iraq

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[Mulcair sneaks in a good one while the Trudeau government shoots itself in the foot. The government was so happy crowing about that world record-setting kill shot ('Hell of a shot': Sniper record latest example of deadly Canadian marksmanship) they forgot they had sworn that Canadian troops aren't involved in a direct combat role in Iraq. See also: Liberal government's ISIS fight is not a combat mission: Defence chief. *RON*]
Lee Berthiaume, Canadian Press / CBC News, 23 June 2017
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is foregoing the celebration and raising red flags following reports that a Canadian sniper in Iraq shattered the world record for the longest confirmed kill.

In a letter Friday to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mulcair said the incident "seriously calls into question your government's claim that Canadian forces are not involved in direct combat in Iraq."

National Defence says the sniper is part of the Joint Task Force…

What’s Wrong With the Democrats?

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[A pretty good piece. The major theme: if the party cares about winning, it needs to learn how to appeal to the white working class.
Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, July/August 2017 Issue
The strategy was simple. A demographic wave—long-building, still-building—would carry the party to victory, and liberalism to generational advantage. The wave was inevitable, unstoppable. It would not crest for many years, and in the meantime, there would be losses—losses in the midterms and in special elections; in statehouses and in districts and counties and municipalities outside major cities. Losses in places and elections where the white vote was especially strong.

But the presidency could offset these losses. Every four years the wave would swell, receding again thereafter but coming back in the next presidential cycle, higher, higher. The strategy was simple. The presidency was everything.

Anyone who examined the strategy that the Democratic Party has embrace…

PM Trudeau To Join Other Dignitaries At Toronto's Pride Parade Today

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['If it is meaningless in terms of real social change but makes a great feel-good photo op; I'll be there!' In good news, the Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde was there for the first time. *RON*]

Canadian Press, Huffington Post, 25 June 2017

TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will march in Canada's largest Pride parade today.

Trudeau, who became the first sitting prime minister to march in a Pride parade during last year's event, will be joined by other dignitaries including Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde and more than 150 groups and organizations.

Toronto's long-running Pride festival draws huge crowds to the downtown area each year to celebrate the city's LGBTQ community.

But uniformed police officers will be absent from the march this year, after parade organizer Pride Toronto barred police floats from participating earlier this year.

In January…