By Bruce Campion-Smith Ottawa Bureau Mon., April 29, 2019 OTTAWA—How to visit a disaster zone without a creating a public relations disaster? It’s a question politicians juggle with each wildfire, flood and tornado strike. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was reminded of the perils of such visits Saturday when he visited an Ottawa neighbourhood hit by record floodwaters and got berated by one volunteer who accused him of tying up relief efforts. “You know how long you’ve held up people picking up bags?” the volunteer said to the prime minister. “While you’re here, no one can pick up sand. You held people up. All your RCMP and security held people up,” he said. Trudeau replied that he understood his frustrations with security, but said he was happy to speak with those on site and hopefully encourage others to volunteer. The prime minister had been briefed on emergency efforts to help homeowners and had spent time … [Read more...] about Did Trudeau help or hinder flood-relief efforts in an Ottawa neighbourhood?
By Alex Ballingall Ottawa Bureau Mon., April 29, 2019 OTTAWA—The NDP is demanding the federal government cancel its $12-million award to help the Loblaw grocery empire upgrade its fridges, as the leftist party attempts to paint the Trudeau Liberals as a band of corporate sellouts. The call was included in the NDP’s opposition motion in the House of Commons Monday, which posits that “corporate executives and their lobbyists” have too much influence with the Liberals in power. The motion accuses the Trudeau government of “encouraging attempts” to undermine the rule of law on behalf of Montreal-based engineering giant SNC-Lavalin, failing to close tax loopholes, and continuing to provide billions of dollars in subsidies to oil and gas companies. NDP MP Daniel Blaikie said Canadians are “rightly angry” about the alleged sway of big business over Liberal decisions, which he called “the elephant in Ottawa.” … [Read more...] about The NDP says Ottawa needs to cancel its $12-million award to retrofit Loblaw fridges
By Kelsey Johnson iPolitics Mon., April 29, 2019 The value of Canadian farmland continued its steady climb in 2018 — jumping in every province but two — although demand for land is softening, Canada’s leading agriculture lender says. In its annual Farmland Values Report, Farm Credit Canada (FCC) said the value of Canadian farmland jumped 6.6 per cent in 2018. The increase, according to FCC’s chief economist J. P. Gervais, was driven largely by strategic investments by producers and continued tight supplies. “Whether it means paying a higher price for land that has potential to be more productive or buying in blocks to improve the efficiency of their operations, producers are sharpening their pencils with an eye on variable commodity prices,” Gervais said. Quebec experienced the highest average increase at 8.3 per cent, although that jump was similar to increases seen in 2017 and 2016. Saskatchewan and Alberta both saw land … [Read more...] about Canadian farmland values jump again in 2018
By Joan Bryden The Canadian Press Sun., April 28, 2019 OTTAWA—A new poll suggests support for Justin Trudeau, his government and his party sank to a new low this month, just six months before Canadians will decide whether to re-elect the Liberals or give them the boot after just one term. But it also provides a glimmer of hope for the beleaguered prime minister, suggesting that support for Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives is soft and could yet dwindle as the Oct. 21 election draws closer. And it suggests the Liberals could rebound if the election plays out as a polarized choice between them and the Tories, squeezing out the NDP and Green party. According to the Leger poll, conducted April 18-22 for The Canadian Press, just 27 per cent of respondents said they’d vote for Trudeau’s Liberals — 13 points behind Scheer’s front-running Conservatives, who, at 40 per cent, were in the range needed to win a majority of seats in the House of … [Read more...] about Liberals, Trudeau hit new low but poll suggests surging Tory support is soft
By Peter Edwards Staff Reporter Sun., April 28, 2019 There was cake, hockey on TV and no reports of arrests at a party in Woodbridge on Saturday night to welcome Prince Edward Island bikers into the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. The Charlotteown bikers were given their winged skulls patches at the party, announcing full membership into the outlaw biker club, which now has 467 charters in 58 countries. The addition of the new Maritime charter comes as Quebec Hells Angels have re-rebounded on the streets in Quebec and Ontario after dozens of members were imprisoned in the early 2000s. Quebec police hit the club with a string of massive operations targeting drug trafficking, marijuana production and murder in the 2000s that seriously hobbled the club. In 2009, there were just eight members in good standing in Quebec on the streets and another four junior members, LaPresse newspaper reported. The rest of the club’s members were in prison, dead or fugitives. … [Read more...] about Woodbridge Hells Angels fuel club’s rapid growth with welcome party for P.E.I. bikers