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Feds Threaten to Shut Down Marijuana Festival on Tribal Land

Posted March 1, 2017 by Anonymous

The infamous marijuana festival known as the Cannabis Cup, scheduled to be held this week on the Moapa Paiute reservation, may be canceled.

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Trump’s Vision for Government Includes Lots of Guns and Little Compassion

Posted March 1, 2017 by Harry Cheadle

In his first address to Congress, Trump made clear that he would be prioritizing the military and law enforcement—and scaling back nearly every other function of government.

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Oprah Might Run for President Now, Thanks to Trump

Posted March 1, 2017 by Anonymous

“It’s clear you don’t need government experience to be elected president of the United States.”

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Elevate the Everyday: the shared dream of virtual reality

Posted March 1, 2017 by Anonymous

Occupied VR invite us behind the scenes of their surreal and visionary take on a driving simulation.

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Montreal’s Concordia University Evacuated After a Bomb Threat Targeting Muslims

Posted March 1, 2017 by Anonymous

Police say they have not found any explosives on campus.

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Sen. Jon Tester Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Native Education

Posted March 1, 2017 by Anonymous

Sen. Jon Tester introduced two bills that would strengthen Native education by boosting teacher recruitment and retention in rural areas.

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The VICE Morning Bulletin

Posted March 1, 2017 by VICE Staff

Trump uses speech to Congress to announce new office for victims of crimes by immigrants, the FBI reportedly made a deal to pay the former British spy behind the Russia dossier, the Obamas are getting a huge book deal, and more.

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Photos of the Teens Who Spend Their Summers Working at the Circus

Posted March 1, 2017 by Anonymous

We spoke to photographer Nick Warner about Great Yarmouth and the necessity of the town’s greatest pride.

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There Are Probably Gallons of Pee in Every Pool, Says Study

Posted March 1, 2017 by Anonymous

A group of researchers figured out the average pee-to-water ratio by tracking an artificial sweetener that passes through the body. Gross!

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Bask in the Glory of These Doctors Ripping Trump Apart

Posted March 1, 2017 by Anonymous

Experts are going HAM denouncing his policies in medical journals.

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Easy Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels

Posted March 1, 2017 by Anonymous

These Easy Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels are great served as an appetizer or for lunch!  Delicious, flavourful little bites…with cream cheese, taco spice, peppers, onions, cilantro, salsa and cheese!  So good. – – – – – – As I’ve mentioned before, lunches are my least favourite meal to prepare.  I just find them so tedious, and the options seem so limited.  So when I find easy lunch ideas that are new to us, I jump on them.  These Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels are just that kind of lunch. I’ve seen recipes for pinwheels all around the interwebs, but really never tried them until I had some delicious ones at my friend Sarah‘s house (I’m going to share that recipe here soon too).  I LOVED them.  Little delicious bites loaded with cream cheese flavour.  So good. Since then I’ve made a few different varieties for lunches and snacks and the kids really like them.  So much so that my daughter decided to make some of her own! This past weekend my daughter was busy in our kitchen cooking and baking for the week ahead, and one of the recipes she made were these Easy Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels for their lunch kits.  I love that my […]

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Canada Dealing With Cyber Attacks on a ‘Daily Basis’

Posted March 1, 2017 by Anonymous

CSIS’s annual report they say that while terrorism remains the biggest threat to Canada, cyber attacks are increasing in number and aggression.

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Miss Native American USA, Ashley Nilianh Susan Shows Solidarity at Oak Flat March

Posted March 1, 2017 by Anonymous

On Saturday, February 22nd, Miss Native American USA Ashley Nilianh Susan joined the 3rd Annual Oak Flat March in Arizona.

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How a Dismembered Montreal Sex Worker Became a Sensation, Then a Ghost, and Now a Fading Legend

Posted March 1, 2017 by Patrick Lejtenyi

Why Mary Gallagher’s brutal murder became a Montreal ghost story.

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Poisoned Lands: San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation Steeped in Dioxin

Posted March 1, 2017 by Anonymous

Decades ago the U.S. government sprayed the herbicide silvex, which contains dioxin, onto the San Carlos Apache Reservation; now health is being affected.

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Latest DAPL Hearing: Cheyenne River Sioux Religious Beliefs on Trial

Posted March 1, 2017 by Anonymous

The latest D.C. District Court DAPL hearing hinged on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s rights in regards to its religious practices.

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President Trump Executive Order: All Americans Must Take Up Cigarettes by End of Year

Posted March 1, 2017 by Anonymous

President Trump to sign executive order for all U.S. citizens to start smoking by 2017 in the name of good economy. In other news the world is flat.

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Mark Steyn remembers Alan Colmes (and talks about the devolution of the Left)

Posted March 1, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle
Mark Steyn remembers Alan Colmes (and talks about the devolution of the Left)

PLUS: Mark has a number of media appearances coming up. More from my siteInternet Talk Radio Directory: my new favorite thingMark Steyn tells Ed Driscoll why he left National Review, and moreMark Steyn’s address to climate change conference (VIDEO)Mark Steyn: ‘And yet again Kathy Shaidle is right…’

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Steve Sailer pans “remarkably racist” horror-satire, “Get Out”

Posted March 1, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle
Steve Sailer pans “remarkably racist” horror-satire, “Get Out”

Steve Sailer writes: I would guess that Get Out originated in funny stories Peele would tell about going for Thanksgiving weekend to his white grandparents’ or his white in-laws’ house, and his mother or wife making him promise not to bring his beloved drugs. But withdrawal induces paranoia and pretty soon you are thinking that […]

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10 Ways Native Youth Can Learn About Their Culture

Posted March 1, 2017 by Anonymous

To Native youth today, there may be a bit of a disconnect in terms of learning about Native traditions, here are 10 ways to change that.

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Native History: Yellowstone National Park Created on Sacred Land

Posted March 1, 2017 by Alysa Landry

On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed a bill to create Yellowstone National Park in the Wyoming, Montana and Idaho territories.

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How we chose the cover: March/April 2017 Canadian Geographic

Posted March 1, 2017 by Anonymous

“Number one is hands down the best.” So wrote Canadian Geographic’s newsstand sales consultant Scott Bullock in response to a selection of cover options shared with him before we made our final picks for the March/April 2017 issue cover vote (held each issue to solicit feedback from our followers).

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Should We Be Treating Type 2 Diabetes with Surgery?

Posted March 1, 2017 by Yoni Freedhoff
Photo By Mr Hyde 

I’m resurrecting this piece, for the second time now, consequent to last week’s online first publication in the New England Journal of Medicine of the 5 year data that continues to strongly support the use of bariatric surgery to treat type 2 diabetes.

In case you missed the news, a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrated dramatic superiority of surgery over intensive medical management in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

Now I’m not going to get into the study here in great detail, but it’s a continuation of a trial that’s been running for 5 years now that is regarded as being well designed. And while admittedly we still don’t know what their long, long, term benefit will be, at 5 years out, they look damn good with surgery coming out worlds better than “intensive medical therapy” for the treatment (and remission in many cases) of type 2 diabetes.

Of course time’s definitely a fair concern. Meaning what if 10 years down the road the folks who had the surgery are no better off than those on medical therapy? Thing is, based on what we know already about the surgeries involved, all have well known 10 year data, and the bypasses and diversions much longer than that, and those studies, while they weren’t specifically designed to look at diabetes alone, did look at weight and medical comorbidity regains, and I certainly don’t recall anything that suggested diabetes returned with a vengeance.

So basically here we have a surgical intervention that is dramatically better than a medical one, for a condition that causes cumulative damage and can wreak havoc on a person’s quality and quantity of life.

Yet many MDs, allied health professionals and health reporters, including some who I know, respect, and admire, are taking this opportunity to discuss how we shouldn’t be looking to surgical solutions for diabetes because patients could instead use their forks and feet. While there’s no argument about the fact that in a ideal world everyone would take it upon themselves to live the healthiest lives possible, there’s two problems with that argument. Firstly, not everyone is interested in changing their lifestyle, and secondly, statistically speaking, the majority of even those who are interested and successful with lifestyle change will ultimately regress – the simple fact remains that we don’t yet have a proven, reproducible and sustainable approach to lifestyle change.

And what of those folks not wanting to change?  I say, “so what?“.   Since when did MDs, allied health professionals or health columnists earn the right to judge others on their abilities or desires to change? Our job is to provide patients with information – all information – including information on lifestyle change, medical management and surgery. We can even provide patients with our opinions as to which road we think may be best for them, and why, but honestly, given the results from these studies, I’m not sure how anyone could make an evidence based case that surgery isn’t a very real and powerful option that ought to be discussed with all of their patients with type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Unless of course that someone has some form of weight (or simply anti-surgery) bias.

Let me give you another example. Let’s say there was a surgical procedure that folks with breast cancer could undergo that would reduce their risk of breast cancer recurrence by roughly 30%.  Do you think anyone would question a woman’s desire to have it? I can’t imagine. And yet lifestyle – weight loss and exercise has indeed been shown to reduce risk of breast cancer recurrence by 30%. Think people would dare suggest the women choosing surgery were, “taking the easy way out“, that they should just use their forks and feet?

We’ve got to get over ourselves.

Until we have a proven, remotely comparable, reproducible, sustainable, non-surgical option, if you bash the surgical option on its surface for being “easy“, or “wrong“, you might want to do a bit of soul searching as to whether or not you’re practicing good medical caution, or if instead you’re practicing plain, old, irrational bias.

[and for new readers to ensure there’s no confusion – I’m not a surgeon]

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Nine artworks that reveal the history and perils of exploring Canada’s North

Posted March 1, 2017 by Anonymous

Tales of exploratory derring-do in Canada’s North have long captured the public’s attention, whether it’s firsthand accounts such as John Rae’s Narrative of an expedition to the shores of the Arctic sea in 1846 and 1847 or spellbinding narratives such as Ken McGoogan’s forthcoming Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage and Hampton Sides’

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Shell's Jeremy Bentham on the future of cities

Posted March 1, 2017 by Anonymous

Jeremy Bentham

Today, cities account for more than 60 per cent of global energy use, and it’s estimated that by 2040, that number will rise to 80 per cent. By understanding how urban development takes place and the stresses it puts on resource systems, we can make informed decisions on how to build more sustainable communities. That’s the goal of Shell’s scenarios on cities headed by Jeremy Bentham, Vice-President of Global Business Environment and head of the Shell Scenarios team. Here, Bentham discusses the project and how Canadian cities can become more sustainable.

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Behind Trump’s Push for “American Steel” in Pipelines, Another Russian Company with Putin Ties Stands to Benefit

Posted February 28, 2017 by Steve Horn

In his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last week, President Donald Trump commemorated the one-month anniversary of his executive orders calling for the approval of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, as well as one calling for U.S. pipelines to get their line pipe steel from U.S. facilities.

“I said, who makes the pipes for the pipeline?” Trump told the CPAC crowd. “If they want a pipeline in the United States, they’re going to use pipe that’s made in the United States, do we agree?”

But while the pipe may be made in the U.S., as DeSmog has shown in previous investigations, ownership tells a different story. Enter: TMK IPSCO, a massive producer of steel for U.S. oil country tubular goods (OCTG) and line pipe, and a subsidiary of TMK Group. A DeSmog investigation has found ties between TMK Group’s Board of Directors and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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California v. Cabazon, 30 Years Later: Tribes Celebrate Historic Ruling for Indian Gaming

Posted February 28, 2017 by Anonymous

Fantasy Springs Casino and Resort in Indio, California, was the site of a Native-style soirée February 25, marking the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision, California v. Cabazon and Morongo Bands of Mission Indians. The landmark 1987 decision paved the way for the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), passed the following year, leading to a sea of change in economic development in Indian country. IGRA is arguably the most significant law passed in recent history for having reduced poverty on reservation lands.

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Revealed: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Close Ties to Lobbyists For Spectra Energy, Whose Pipeline Projects He Backs

Posted February 28, 2017 by Anonymous
Bill Weld and Charlie Baker walking together in Baker's gubernatorial campaign video

There has been fierce opposition across Massachusetts to the natural gas pipeline projects of Spectra Energy — residents, campaigners, and politicians have been lining up to oppose the pipelines that will run across the state.

But none of this opposition has swayed the state’s governor, Charlie Baker, who has consistently backed Spectra’s plans.

However, DeSmog can reveal a cozy relationship between Baker and a lobbying company that has been working to push Spectra’s plans through. Those ties run from publicly declared “love” between one lobbyist and Baker to a loaning of office space.

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The Water Protectors are Everywhere

Posted February 28, 2017 by Anonymous

As the fight against DAPL moves to D.C. the attention of water protectors is moving to other pipeline fights around the country.

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Your Failure to Plan Doesn’t Constitute an Emergency On My Part: Mandatory Overtime

Posted February 28, 2017 by Marijke Vroomen-Durning
 When we think of mandatory – or forced – overtime, our minds might go back to the day before labor unions, when people in factories were steadily working hour after hour, day after day, in unsafe and unpleasant conditions. But mandatory overtime is not a thing of the past for some nurses in Canada. It’s a reality.
No one argues that units must be staffed – there must be a certain number of nurses to maintain a safe level of patient care. But what happens when there is no staff to cover the next shift?

At first, supervisors usually ask for volunteers who would like to work overtime. But what does the hospital do when no nurse steps forward? If they can’t call for outside help (private agencies), their only option may be to pressure nurses into working another shift or, to bluntly tell nurses that they must stay. This is mandatory overtime, although they may not use those words.

While the administrators are solving their staffing problems, they are causing a whole host of problems for their nurses who need or want to go home – they may have daycare issues, classes to attend, senior relatives to care for, important appointments to keep, or they may need to get some much needed sleep.

If nurses refuse to work overtime, they may be threatened with “abandoning their patients.” However, according to the Canadian Federation of Nurses in their position statement on mandatory overtime, this is not true. The union says, ”It is important [to know] that refusing duty to care is not [to be] confused with client abandonment, which occurs when a nurse leaves before the end of a scheduled shift, or being unavailable during a scheduled shift for a period of time that compromises patient/resident/client care.” So, by saying that you can’t/won’t work an extra shift, you cannot be told you are abandoning your patients. But that is on paper. Our conscience may say otherwise.

Research has shown that tired workers make more mistakes. Tired workers have more accidents going home. They are unhappier overall, and their health may suffer over the long-term. In fact, a 2015 review study, published in the Lancet, looked at people who consistently worked more than the usual 40-hour workweek. The researchers found several studies that concluded that these workers are at a higher risk of stroke.

This problem must be addressed, particularly as patients who are in the hospital are sicker than they ever were before. They need more eyes on them, more procedures done with them, and more split second decisions made. Their nurses must be on the ball and refreshed, not tired and frustrated because they are at work against their will.

The union’s position paper goes on to say, “With the exception of disaster situations, or emergency circumstances (where the Code of Ethics outlines the duty to provide care), nurses unions feel that there are no circumstances whereby employers should mandate employees to work overtime. Mismanagement of human resources and chronic unfilled vacancies do not constitute emergency conditions or grounds for ordering mandatory overtime. Additionally, the right to refuse duty to care may also be applied during an emergency situation when ability to provide safe care is compromised by unreasonable expectations, lack of resources or ongoing threats to personal well-being.”

In other words, your failure to plan ahead of time doesn’t constitute an emergency on my part.

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My NEW Taki’s column: Blasphemous Rumors about Richard Spencer

Posted February 28, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle
My NEW Taki’s column: Blasphemous Rumors about Richard Spencer

This should be good… Spencer was ostensibly expelled from CPAC last week for heading a “left-wing fascist group”; he “asked if he could stay if he would simply ‘stay out of trouble’”; and then said something even weirder: One reporter “asked if he liked rock music,” and Spencer replied cryptically, “Depeche Mode are the official […]

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Survey finds Canadians support limiting human activity to save endangered species — up to a point

Posted February 28, 2017 by Anonymous

Greater sage grouse

A majority of Canadians support limiting human activity to conserve endangered species, but worry about what that could mean for their jobs and property rights, a national survey has found. 

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Climate Science Denier Richard Lindzen’s List of 300 “Scientists” Sent to Trump Is the Usual Parade of Non-Experts

Posted February 27, 2017 by Graham Readfearn
Caricatures of notable climate science deniers

Beware climate science deniers bearing gifts or, in the case before us right now, bearing open letters claiming to have hundreds of signatures from “eminent” scientists.

Last week, long-time climate science contrarian and retired MIT professor Richard Lindzen dusted off his contacts book one more time.

Lindzen, who is with the conservative think tank the Cato Institute, sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to pull the United States entirely from the United Nations international convention on climate change, known as the UNFCCC.

Trump has previously promised to pull the U.S. from the deal signed by almost 200 countries in Paris in late 2015 as part of that convention.

In just a few weeks, more than 300 eminent scientists and other qualified individuals from around the world have signed the petition below,” wrote Lindzen.

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MacDonald Dettwiler & DigitalGlobe, the Worldview Legion Constellation, Canada’s RADARSATs & America’s "Deep State"

Posted February 27, 2017 by Chuck Black
          By Chuck Black

After a whirlwind romance, which included a truncated public courtship lasting barely a week, Richmond BC based (officially, mostly and for now) MacDonald Dettwiler (MDA) has announced its intent to purchase US based satellite imagery provider DigitalGlobe Inc. (DGI) for about $3.10Bln CDN. It’s a deal categorized by some as being “the biggest yet in a fast-consolidating earth-imaging satellite market.”

And there’s a reason for the public brevity of this courtship.

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) where MDA shares will soon be publicly traded. Photo c/o History Click.

While the deal provides synergies benefiting existing stockholders and the US government (especially its military and intelligence services), there are entire nations full of people the deal absolutely does not benefit.

Like Canada, for example. Here’s what we know so far.

As outlined in the February 24th, 2017 MDA press release, “MDA to Acquire DigitalGlobe, Creating Industry Leader in End-to-End Space Systems, Earth Imagery and Geospatial Solutions,” MDA will acquire DGI for $35 US ($46 CDN) per share “in a combination of cash and stock.”

The complete transaction provides an equity value of approximately $3.1Bln CDN with an enterprise value of $4.7Bln CDN for DGI, but also includes $1.6Bln CDN in DGI net debt, which will be taken over by MDA.

The transaction has been “unanimously” approved by the boards of directors of both companies and is expected to close in the second half of 2017, contingent on stockholder and regulatory approval.

Those regulatory hoops are perhaps the most interesting given DGI’s status as a major subcontractor to the US military and “deep state” intelligence services. As outlined in the press release:

As part of the transaction, MDA will apply to list its shares on the (New York Stock Exchange) NYSE in addition to (its current listing on) the (Toronto Stock Exchange) TSX. Upon completion of the transaction, the combined Company will continue to execute its US Access Plan strategy.

This will include further reorganization of all or part of the combined Company s corporate and operating structure to ensure that the ultimate parent of DigitalGlobe is incorporated in the US by the end of 2019, subject to customary approvals. 

Even better, at least according to the press release, “MDA undertook a corporate reorganization in 2016 that included the formation of SSL MDA Holdings, the US. Operating Company of MDA, under the guidance and approval of the US Department of Defense (DoD),” in order to gain access to US military contracts.

That re-org was discussed in the October 7th, 2016 post, “Iconic MacDonald Dettwiler is Now SSL MDA Holdings, a US Based Company with a Canadian Subsidiary.”

It can’t be clearer. Canada’s MDA, is currently operating “under the guidance and approval” of the US DoD.

Of course, there are synergies and useful business components in the latest deal.

At the very least, the purchase will make it difficult for any company not owned by Delaware incorporated SSL MDA Holdings to effectively bid on the upcoming Worldview Legion Constellation.

As outlined in the February 24th, 2017 Space News post, “In buying DigitalGlobe, MDA ensures SSL will build just-disclosed WorldView Legion constellation,” before going public with their plans to merge, “Canada’s MDA Corp. and DigitalGlobe were already working together on a next-generation imaging constellation called WorldView Legion they say will be able to revisit some locations on Earth up to 40 times in a day.”

But there are at least one or two business concerns of interest to stakeholders.

MDA CEO Lance. Photo c/o Twitter.

First of all, the investment community is concerned over the total amount of net debt created as a result of the transaction.

Net debt to operating earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for this deal, often called “net leverage” will work out to approximately 4.1 at the conclusion of the deal, which is substantially higher than the traditional MDA corporate net leverage of around 2.5.

According to MDA CEO Howard Lance, MDA expects to be able to reduce net leverage back down to 3.0 between now and 2020, a period of three years.

Since the net debt to EBITDA ratio is also an estimate of how many years it would take for a company to pay back its debt given no change in conditions, the implication is that MDA is planning only a slow payback of its outstanding debts, and may even be intending to reduce net leverage by growing the company, instead of paying down debts.

And it won’t be the last re-org. According to Lance, “‘the ultimate parent of DGI” will be incorporated in the US before the end of 2019.

Secondly, as outlined in the February 24th, 2017 Access Wire press release “SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Levi & Korsinsky, LLP Announces an Investigation Concerning Whether the Sale of DigitalGlobe, Inc. to MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. is Fair to Shareholders – DGI,” at least one US based law firm, NY based Levi & Korsinsky, LLP, has offered to give “shareholders a voice,” in the upcoming merger in the form of presently undefined legal action, likely some form of class action lawsuit.

But Levi and Korsinsky lawyers are also exploring or currently engaged in class actions on behalf of shareholders against a variety of companies including Endologix, Inc.Cemtrex, Inc.Inotek Pharmaceuticals Corporation, the Board of Graña y Montero and even FaceBook.

So any reports of potential litigation, especially from this particular firm, should be taken with a grain of salt, at least for now.

Besides, Canadian’s don’t need a US based “ambulance chaser” to tell us whether or not the deal is good for Canada. As noted above, the deal involces Canadian government security concerns related to the RADARSAT-2 and the upcoming RADARSAT Constellation mission (RCM).

MDA’s decision to operate in compliance with US regulations “under the guidance and approval of the US Department of Defense (DoD),” opens up Canadian based programs to US regulations and oversight, even when the contracts are undertaken with the Canadian government using Canadian facilities to support Canadian business and security interests.

In essence, MDA’s new corporate structure puts Canadian civilian and military projects at substantial risk when US concerns perceive a need, or even a simple business focused competitive advantage.

Here’s a recent example.

As outlined in the March 30th, 2001 Globe and Mail post, “Bilateral spat causing delays, costing millions,” RADARSAT-2 was once at the core of a US/ bilateral disagreement relating to its capabilities (which were considered to be equal or better than anything the US was capable of generating at that time) and the potential uses of the satellite data.

Those concerns led the US government to cancel the original NASA launch. A second launch from California was first postponed and then cancelled as well. New components needed to be sourced from non-US based suppliers when the original US suppliers cancelled orders. All told those disruptions and delays led to hundreds of millions of dollars in cost overruns.

Thank goodness MDA, then the prime contractor for RADARSAT-2, was without question, fully and legitimately Canadian owned and operated at the time. Otherwise the program would have completely derailed. RADARSAT-2 was eventually launched on December 14th, 2007, almost seven years late, from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome.

The April 10th, 2008 CBC News post, “Federal government blocks sale of MDA space division.” Wanna know why the Federal government under then Prime Minister Stephen Harper blocked the sale of MDA to Alliant Techsystems (ATK) in 2008? That’s easy. The Canadian government objected to US efforts to put the kibosh on RADARSAT-2. Screenshot c/o CBC News.

The September 2009 Canadian Space Agency (CSA) document on the “Evaluation of the RADARSAT-2 Major Crown Project,” stated explicitly that:

NASA had (originally) agreed to this “Arrangement for Enhanced Co operation in Space between NASA and CSA,” signed in May 1994. This document (the “Clark Evans Agreement”) was an agreement in principle to co-operate on several undertakings including RADARSAT 2. 

Information in the 2009 RADARSAT-2 Revised Project Brief indicates that NASA informed the CSA in December 1998 that it would not honour the Agreement, citing reasons related to the commercial nature of the satellite and the fact that its enhanced performance would be a major competitor to US industry.

The 2009 CSA evaluation also noted that, while the RADARSAT-2 program was “aimed to develop the (Earth observation) EO sector,” and used much the same methodology as was used in the 1970’s to grow the Canadian commercial satellite communications sector, the various delays to the program gave other competitors time to generate alternative offerings and prevented Canada from dominating the marketplace.

Trudeau and Harper. Two contrasting Canadian leaders with contradictory ideas of how to best serve Canada. As outlined in the February 27th, 2017 Financial Post article, “Justin Trudeau meets with auto industry as concerns mount over NAFTA,” our current PM favors international agreements with open borders and minimal government interference in business decisions. As outlined in the August 27th, 2014 Bloomberg post, “Secret Canada Security Panel Said to Review Foreign Deals,” our previous PM favored a more activist approach and rejected the sale of several important Canadian firms to US interests on the basis of national interests. Only time will tell which approach ends up working best. Photos c/o 107.5KoolFM/ Bloomberg.

Of course, MDA is no longer fully and legitimately Canadian owned and operated. MDA, is currently operating “under the guidance and approval” of the US DoD.

Company executives have confirmed this.

Rumour has it that the current Federal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is collaborating with US government and MDA executives in the US and Canada to facilitate US re-incorporation and restructuring to take advantage of US military and government opportunities and benefit MDA shareholders.

If so, they are doing so at the expense of MDA’s Canadian employees and the Canadian public at large. The government should be held accountable and a public debate should be held.

Otherwise, our Canadian space industry is going to end up either moving to the US, or working in retail and Canada will loose access to the very useful capabilities available through our RADARSAT program.

RADARSAT Constellation, with MDA as the prime contractor, is currently scheduled for launch sometime in 2018. Here’s hoping that our latest Canadian satellites don’t end up as part of “‘the ultimate (US based) parent of DGI” which MDA CEO Lance has promised for 2019.

Chuck Black.

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Chuck Black is the editor of the Commercial Space blog.

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Southern Company Says Its Delayed Kemper Power Plant Not Viable as Coal Plant

Posted February 27, 2017 by guest
Aerial view of Kemper coal gasification plant under construction

This is a guest post by Dan Zegart, originally posted on Climate Investigations Center.

In an apparent first salvo in a public relations campaign to shift blame for the Kemper power plant boondoggle away from himself and corporate management and onto state regulators, Southern Company chief executive officer Tom Fanning admitted this week that the Kemper plant is not economically viable as a coal-burning power plant.

The startling reversal came during an earnings call Thursday at a time when Southern faces intense scrutiny from federal and state regulators and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) — and as its Mississippi Power Company subsidiary, the plant’s owner, faces a Moody’s downgrade over Kemper’s skyrocketing costs and failure to operate despite being three years past its promised operating date.  Southern took a 27 percent hit to its fourth quarter net income thanks to Kemper schedule delays.

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The amazing Toronto Sun memory hole

Posted February 27, 2017 by Dr.Dawg

The following are screenshots of the Sun fake news story. Once we broke this on Facebook, only the hed and a picture survived (last photo)….

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Mark Steyn and Brian Lilley on Trump, Brexit, Le Pen and more

Posted February 27, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle
Mark Steyn and Brian Lilley on Trump, Brexit, Le Pen and more

More from my siteDavid Cole: My God, what if he loses…Jim Goad: An Evil Virus Called PopulismGavin McInnes: A Future Letter From a Socialist to President Trump‘It would be ironic if a law passed by a Socialist government in 1989…’

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“Not Another Slave Movie” (video)

Posted February 27, 2017 by Kathy Shaidle
“Not Another Slave Movie” (video)

More from my siteEzra Levant: Time to halt Muslim immigration to Canada (#video)‘Runaway Slave’ movie teaser + new Thomas Sowell videosI hate to see Charles C. W. Cooke talking to himself‘After discovering a woman buried alive, two Death Valley worm farmers are kidnapped by an all-female cult of gun runners…’

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Toronto Sun Pwned

Posted February 27, 2017 by Dr.Dawg

Check out this alleged “ABC News” report picked up by the Toronto Sun (and attributed to the Associated Press). Anyone find it…kind of funny? A sample: David Mikkelson, founder of Snopes.com, a website known for its biased opinions and inaccurate…

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Morning Glory Muffins

Posted February 27, 2017 by Anonymous

These Morning Glory Muffins are delicious, nutrition packed muffins!  Perfect for breakfast, sent in lunches or enjoyed as an afternoon snack. – – – – – – There’s a new dawn in my home and I’m in love with it.  I have a daughter who loves to bake as much as I do.  And this is amazing to me.  I love that she wants to be in the kitchen and takes pride in her baking.  But not only that, to have someone contributing to the meals and homemade snacks in our family takes such a load off of me.  It has always been important to me that my family eats mostly homemade meals and baked goodies.  It’s the way I was raised, so really it’s all I know.  And with a growing family, sometimes keeping up with providing homemade food or lunches and snacks, can be challenging, and at times a bit overwhelming.  It often feels like I could be baking all of the time.  So when my daughter offers to make muffins, cookies and lunch snacks on a Sunday afternoon for the week ahead, I don’t ever say no.  I do a little mom happy dance. One of my […]

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