Power and Politics

North Carolina is experiencing election fraud, not voter fraud

North Carolina is experiencing election fraud, not voter fraud

The investigation into the purported election fraud involving absentee ballots in North Carolina is still ongoing, with it now focusing on absentee ballots that were unreturned. The investigation is focusing on Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr., a contractor for the Red Dome Group that paid her for “get out the vote” efforts in the 9th District — which Republican Mark Harris hired for “get out the vote” promotion in the 9th District. Harris unofficially won the election by 905 votes and by 60 percent of the Bladen County absentee vote, even though only 19 percent of voters identified as Republican.

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The latest moves in Doug Ford's plan to make Ontario "open-for-business"

The latest moves in Doug Ford's plan to make Ontario "open-for-business"

The PC government of Ontario, being led by Doug Ford, promised to find billions of dollars in “efficiencies” in the provincial budget to remove. He’s continuously spewed out this line time after time, accusing the previous government of not being interested in and not allowing for businesses to operate in the province — which seems illogical and doesn’t make much sense.

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In spite of the national government, Chinese provinces are building coal plants in secret

In spite of the national government, Chinese provinces are building coal plants in secret

Provincial governments in China are battling with the Communist Party to build more power plants powered by coal, even though the country pledged in 2016 to reduce carbon emissions by 18 percent by 2020. declaring a “war on pollution”. Between 2014 and 2016, provincial authorities throughout the country issued permits for construction of brand new coal power plants, totalling more than 259 gigawatts of capacity.

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We still don't know whether the Saudi Crown Prince was involved in the Jamal Khashoggi murder

We still don't know whether the Saudi Crown Prince was involved in the Jamal  Khashoggi murder

There’s still a lot of confusion and unanswered questions about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi on 2 October, a Washington Post journalist and critic of the Saudi government who was murdered when he walked into the country’s consulate in Istanbul. Officially the claim is that he was killed by orders of an intelligence officer, but Turkish officials provided recorded evidence to Britain, the US, Germany and France that the journalist was killed on orders of someone from one of the highest levels of government.

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Clearcast's ban on UK retailer Iceland Foods' palm oil TV ad, explained

Clearcast's ban on UK retailer Iceland Foods' palm oil TV ad, explained

For part of an ad campaign during the holiday season, Iceland Foods struck a deal with Greenpeace to reuse an old animated short film highlighting an animated orangutan’s home and how the palm oil industry negatively impacts its habitat. However Clearcast, the non-governmental organization that governs and pre-approves advertising in the UK, banned the ad from being shown because it apparently is “directed towards a political end” — signaling a violation of the Communications Act of 2003.

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Premier Doug Ford is promising to use the "Notwithstanding Clause" — but what does that mean?

The new bill attempting to cut the size of Toronto City Council passed the first reading in Ontario’s legislature on Wednesday, after NDP MPPs were forced to leave the room after protesting the bill. Named the Efficient Local Government Act, the bill invokes Section 33 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms for the first time in the province’s history. The section is publicly known as the notwithstanding clause, and allows the government to pass laws overriding specific charter rights for a five-year period, before the law needs to be renewed.

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The number of deaths in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria is a lot more than reported

The number of deaths in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria is a lot more than reported

The government of Puerto Rico is acknowledging that the official death toll from Hurricane Maria is more than 1,400 — much higher than the 64 people reported dead by the government initially. More than 527,000 homeowners reported damages to their dwellings and 40 schools were forced to permanently close because of damages. The death count grew as people died from suicide, bacterial illnesses and a lack of access to healthcare and despite new counts, the death tally has never changed until now.

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In a public letter to Doug Ford, John Tory is urging him to hit "pause" on downsizing city council

In a public letter to Doug Ford, John Tory is urging him to hit "pause" on downsizing city council

This week Toronto Mayor John Tory sent a letter directly to Premier Doug Ford urging him to hit "pause" on his unannounced plan to force city council to downsize from 47 to 25 members. The letter is more aggressive and was a surprising move on Tory's part, who is seeking a re-election this coming October. Though he downplayed the chances of a legal challenge against the province, there is still a chance that this matter could go to the courts.

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Trump threatens to "shut down" government if Democrats don't vote to build border wall

Trump threatens to "shut down" government if Democrats don't vote to build border wall

US President Donald Trump tweeted out on Sunday that he is willing to shut down the government if the Democrats refuse to vote in favour of his immigration proposals, including the construction of a US-Mexico border wall. Typically, the government only shuts down when Congress fails to pass a spending bill for the year, which happened in January when Democrats and Republicans couldn't reach a deal on how to handle immigration.

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We now know Doug Ford will do whatever it takes to dismantle Toronto

We now know Doug Ford will do whatever it takes to dismantle Toronto

It's been only a few weeks since Doug Ford was sworn in as premier, but he's already made big waves throughout the province and is now going full attack-mode on Toronto, unveiling a plan to cut the number of elected city councillors from 47 to 25 while throwing the October 22 municipal election on the back burner. "People care about getting things done, they don't care about politicians," Ford said while calling Toronto the "most dysfunctional political arena" in Canada. He said that having fewer councillors will improve the city council decision-making process and will save taxpayers $25 million over four years.

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Fox News used the latest Toronto shooting to spread fear

There was a deadly shooting in Toronto's Greektown neighbourhood on July 22nd and though police are still investigating, the media was quick to cover this shooting as the amount of homicides rises more than ever this year. Namely, Fox News is one of the media outlets to jump for the story and did so in a rather unacceptable and fear-provoking way. Instead of opening the article by explaining the details of the event, the news organization began by saying terrorism is still a possible motive.

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Ontario residents are now learning how far-reaching the cap-and-trade program really was

School boards were recently notified that the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund will be eliminated, resulting in the cancellation of $100 million meant to be spent on repairs for this year due to the discontinuation of the cap-and-trade program that was to pay for the fund. In a memo obtained by The Canadian Press, schools have been advised to stop spending the money they were allotted immediately, which is disappointing for school boards including the Toronto District School Board, which is facing a $3.7 billion backlog of repairs.

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Ontario's PC government is moving quickly to implement its campaign promises

Ontario's PC government is moving quickly to implement its campaign promises

The newly appointed PC government is wasting no time in making sweeping changes to the province's legislation, including incoming laws such as a reform of police oversight, discontinuation of the GreenON program which provided monetary incentives for people to upgrade their homes using eco-friendly products, a complete cancellation of the cap-and-trade program and more.

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OHIP+ will no longer cover people under 25 if they have private health insurance

OHIP+ will no longer cover people under 25 if they have private health insurance

With Doug Ford's government now in power, Health Minister Christine Elliott has announced that people under 25 years old with private insurance will no longer be eligible for free prescriptions under OHIP+, which is being implemented as a "cost-effective" change to the province's health system to save money.

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Doug Ford hasn't set foot in office yet, but his promised changes are already underway

Doug Ford hasn't set foot in office yet, but his promised changes are already underway

Even though Doug Ford doesn't take control of office until tomorrow, he's already set the wheels in motion on a number of his plans. In the weeks superseding the Progressive Conservatives victory at the polls, Ford has vowed to dismantle the province's cap-and-trade program that funded green energy initiatives like free smart thermostats and energy efficient windows.

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Trump fabricated a claim that the US needs 5,000 immigration judges, then went against his own claim

Trump fabricated a claim that the US needs 5,000 immigration judges, then went against his own claim

When it comes to immigration, Donald Trump claimed that the nation would need hundreds of additional immigration judges to expedite the legal processes at the US/Mexico border. But then recently, Trump decided he opposed the idea in front of the National Federation of Independent Businesses and expressed that "they" — without explaining who that means — want more judges for immigration.

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There's a problem with Trump's claim that "crime in Germany is way up" — it's at the lowest level since 1992

There's a problem with Trump's claim that "crime in Germany is way up" — it's at the lowest level since 1992

Donald Trump has taken the stage to assert that "crime in Germany is way up" and that the US does not want what is happening in Europe to happen within its own borders. There's only one problem with this claim — it's false, and no evidence was provided to back it up. In fact, Interior Minister Horst Seeholfer, who himself is immigration-skeptical, has released new data indicating that Germany's crime rate is at its lowest level since 1992.

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Donald Trump just accused Canadians of smuggling shoes across the border

Donald Trump just accused Canadians of smuggling shoes across the border

Donald Trump has already attested that Canada has "outsmarted our politicians for decades," attacked the dairy industry and is now accusing Canadians of smuggling shoes from the US back into their own country. In his latest rambling attack on Canadian trade policies, Trump told a story to the press about Canadians that "buy shoes, then they wear them" and "they scuff them up, they make them sound old or look old." He launched into this story while delivering a speech on illegal immigration to the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

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Trudeau is betting the fate of his career on the Trans Mountain pipeline

Trudeau is betting the fate of his career on the Trans Mountain pipeline

Parliament was outraged when the Liberal cabinet approved an incredibly controversial plan to spend $4.5 billion to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline project from the current owner Kinder Morgan, who is bailing on the project entirely. In 2007, the company paid only $550 million to acquire the pipeline assets and through the government has said they paid "fair value" for it, it's impossible to tell.

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Zuckerberg's Facebook testimony was either a disaster or success, depending on how you look at it

Zuckerberg's Facebook testimony was either a disaster or success, depending on how you look at it

Though the hearings could  be considered a utter disaster when you take into account he fact that most people asking the questions were ill-informed, unprepared and just stupid. But in the same sense the purpose of the hearings was to provide some clarity of how the company operates, and in the process the value of Facebook rose more than $17 billion

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