Five things about Minister Chrystia Freelands foreign policy speech

first_imgOTTAWA – Remember Responsible Conviction? That was so 2016.That was the label Stephane Dion gave to Canada’s foreign policy last year when Barack Obama was in the White House and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was enjoying a full-on bromance with his like-minded counterpart.Now, it’s 2017. Donald Trump is the U.S. president and he is casting doubt on international institutions like the United Nations and NATO, he wants to tear up free trade deals central to Canada’s economic interest, he has taken the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, and wants countries to spend more on their militaries to ease the U.S. burden.Canada’s new foreign policy, which Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland delivered to the House of Commons Tuesday, tried to address the new reality of the U.S. withdrawal from global leadership.Freeland didn’t replace “responsible conviction” with her own new label. She never once named Trump. But there was never any doubt that Canada has changed direction to take into account the new presidency. Here are five things that can be taken away from her lengthy speech about Canada’s 2017 foreign policy:1. History MattersIt has been written by many that in the aftermath of the Second World War, Canada got a seat at the big international tables that birthed the UN, NATO and the roots of the global financial apparatus that endures to today, namely the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization. As Freeland said: “Seventy years ago they were revolutionary. And they set the stage for the longest period of peace and prosperity in our history.” Therefore, Canada will defend their work.2. You think we’re a nation of peacekeepers? Ha!Though she noted Lester Pearson’s Nobel Peace Prize for helping invent peacekeeping back in the 1950s as well as numerous contributions to UN blue helmet missions from the Suez to Cyprus, Freeland said Canada still needs to spend “billions” on a military that can fight. That’s clearly meant to till the earth for Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s defence review coming on Wednesday. Canada needs “hard power” to play its part with allies to offer a credible deterrent in world full of threats: North Korea’s dictatorship, the “monstrous extremists” of ISIL; Russian aggression in Europe. “Our ability to act against such threats alone is limited. It requires co-operation with like-minded countries.”3. Climate change, like war, is also hellFreeland called it an “existential threat” that the world needs to tackle. “Climate change is a shared menace, affecting every single person on this planet. Civil war, poverty, drought and natural disasters anywhere in the world threaten us as well — not least because these catastrophes spawn globally-destabilizing mass migrations.”4. Diversity MattersSure, there’s a lot of anxiety that too many people “have been left behind” by globalization, and more needs to be done to distribute wealth more equally. But don’t blame immigrants: “It is wrong to view the woes of our middle class as the result of fiendish behaviour by foreigners.” Moreover, Canada will stand up for the rights of women, gays and lesbians, transgendered people, racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious minorities, and indigenous people. For women in particular, that means protecting sexual reproduction and the right to safe abortion: “These rights are at the core of our foreign policy.”5. History Matters Redux: “Pretty Boy” Freeland and his brothersFreeland recalled that her great uncle Warren Freeland joined her father, John Wilbur “Pretty Boy” Freeland, and their brother, Carleton, in enlisting in the Second World. Warren didn’t make it back. They “intuitively understood the connection between their lives, and those of people they’d never met” who lived far away and spoke different languages. “Our job today is to preserve their achievement, and to build on it; to use the multilateral structures they created as the foundation for planetary accords and institutions fit for the new realities of this century.”last_img read more

Primaryschoolers yanked for bullying investigation launched

first_img Ministry of Education Announces Registration 2016-2017 for Public Schools in the Turks & Caicos Islands Five Cays ‘bullying’ video goes viral, MP on the case Ministry of Education & Digicel team up for Learning Hub Related Items:bullying, ministry of education, primary school Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Apr 2015 – A shocking case of bullying is now being investigated by the Ministry of Education and the students involved have been pulled from the primary school in question. Video has been in circulation and has now made local TV news. The boys from one of the Provo-based public primary schools appear to capture themselves roughing up another boy, using foul language and completely enjoying repeatedly hitting the student. In the face, in the back, in the head, hits to the intimidated boy’s abdomen, lots of jeering and cheering and at one point the lead antagonist seems to spit on the bullying victim. The Ministry is discouraging spread of this video, but up to news production time well over 1,100 had viewed the news report by SunTV. I quote from a press release issued last night: “We are asking the public, that in the interest of the welfare and protection of the child who was bullied and parents, that we respect their rights and cease and desist from the circulation of this horrid video.” The authorities have already been called in this case.last_img read more

Hurricane Watch issued for the Southeast Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands

first_img FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing Related Items:#HurricaneIrma, #HurricaneWatch, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, September 5th, 2017 – Nassau – The Southeast Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands have been placed under a Hurricane Watch and can feel impact of Hurricane Irma within 48 hours.The Bahamas Department of Meteorology has issued Alert #3 on Tuesday September 5, 2017 at 12 noon. The potentially catastrophic Category 5 Hurricane Irma is moving toward the Leeward Islands.A Hurricane Watch is now in effect for the Southeast Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.  This includes the islands of Inagua, Acklins and Crooked Island, Mayaguana, Long Cay, Samana Cay, Ragged Island and the Turks and Caicos Islands.A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions could affect the Southeast Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands within 48 hours.At 11am, the center of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 16.8 degrees north and longitude 58.4 degrees west or about 225 miles east of Antigua, 920 miles southeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands, 1025 miles Southeast of Inagua, 1080 miles southeast of crooked island and 1363 miles southeast of New Providence.Hurricane Irma is moving toward the west at about 14 mph and this general motion is expected to continue today followed by a turn toward the west-northwesttonight.  On the forecast track, the extremely dangerous core of Irma is forecast to move over portions of the Leeward Islands tonight and early Wednesday.Maximum sustained winds are near 180 miles per hour with higher gusts.  Irma is an extremely dangerous category five hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category four or five hurricane during the next couple of days.Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 160 miles from the center.Residents in the Southeast Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands should continue to make preparations as they can begin to experience the effects of Hurricane Irma by Thursday afternoon. Residents throughout the remainder of The Bahamas are advised to seriously begin making preparation for Hurricane Irma should the need arise.Extensive flooding can be expected as Irma is forecast to produce up to 6 inches of rainfall.Storm surge up to 10 feet above normal tide can be expected.Small craft operators throughout The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands should begin to seek safe harbour for their vessels. Recommended for you August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passedlast_img read more

Budget Request Will Boost Defense Cut Domestic Programs

first_img ADC AUTHOR When President Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget request hits Capitol Hill Monday, it will include a boost in defense spending and across-the-board cuts of about 5 percent to domestic spending, according to National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow.“It’ll be a tough budget,” he said on Fox News Sunday.The President is expected to request $750 billion in national security spending, almost all of that to DOD.That is more than is allowed under mandatory budget caps. To reach that number, the administration will ask for an increase in the overseas contingency operations (OCO) account, which is exempt from caps.That approach is already getting pushback on the Hill.“No one seriously thinks that Congress would pass a defense bill with $174 billion of OCO,” Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said, according to Politico. “So, OK, you just kind of set that aside, and you get down to the serious discussions of what we can do to keep our readiness from sliding backwards, what we do to keep pressure on the terrorists, to deal with the Russia-China threat. That’s what the conversation will be.”Lawmakers are working on a deal that would raise or eliminate the spending caps, similar to deals they’ve reached in the past.Photo by Fox Newslast_img read more

Japanese bank to fund Turga pumped storage project in Purulia

first_imgKolkata: The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has agreed to provide a loan of Rs 5,000 crore for constructing 1,000 megawatt (MW) Turga pumped storage project at Purulia carried out by the state Power department.An official statement issued by the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) says that the state-of-the-art project has been planned to be implemented with assistance from the Japanese bank. The state cabinet has already approved the project cost of Rs 6,922 crore. The JICA will provide a loan to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore. An agreement has been made between the state government and the JICA on 2 November, 2018. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe JICA that had been roped in by the government would partially finance the 1000 MW Turga project in Ayodhya hills of Purulia district. Four Reversible Pump Turbine units of 250 MW capacity each would be set up. This is the second pumped storage project in Bengal. It may be mentioned that the state government had sought grant from clean energy cess from the Centre but no steps have been taken in this regard so far. It may also said that state power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay earlier mentioned about the requirement of around a land of 5,000-acre for the project. The state government had approached the Centre to remove the cap of 25 MW for Clean Energy Fund. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMeanwhile, it can be stated that the Power department had taken up various projects to increase the power generation of Bengal. Many EHV sub-stations have been added to the existing system. The government has brought about a huge improvement in generating non-conventional power including solar power. It is the Bengal government that has declared a new solar policy where solar panels are being installed on the roof tops of various government buildings, school and colleges. The state Power department has been providing roof top solar power generation units.last_img read more

Central Forces start moving towards North Bengal from Jangalmahal

first_imgKolkata: Central Forces deployed at Jangalmahal in Bengal started their movement towards North Bengal on Thursday for the first phase of elections scheduled in Cooch Behar and Alipurduar on April 11, after the state government agreed to release 29 companies of Central Forces presently deployed there.The final deployment plan was settled after the CEO of Bengal Ariz Aftab held a detailed meeting with ADG (Law and Order) Siddh Nath Gupta, ADG (Armed Force) Ranvir Kumar and IG (BSF) Y B Kurania at the CEO’s office on Thursday evening. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”We are trying to deploy Central Forces in all the sensitive booths, while the non-critical booths will be managed by forces of the state,” a senior official of the CEO’s office said. The forces that are expected to reach North Bengal by Friday, will add to the seven companies of BSF already posted in the two North Bengal districts, taking the total count of Central Forces to 37. The official did not rule out the possibility of additional forces and said that talks are on with the Election Commission of India for sanctioning another 30 to 35 companies. “There has been no order yet but we are expecting it by Friday,” the official said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateMeanwhile, the state police will deploy 9,000 state armed force personnel for managing the 3,844 polling stations of the two districts. It has been learnt that the state agreed to release the existing 29 companies of Central Forces from Jangalmahal after the Election Commission assured that the forces will be commissioned for the purpose of election only. There is always the fear that release of forces from Jangalmahal may lead to breakdown of law and order in the area, which was a hotbed for Maoists during the previous government’s (Left Front) rule. Sources in the commission said that out of the 29 companies of Central Forces, 11 companies are being sent to Alipurduar while 18 companies are being sent to Cooch Behar. “The law and order situation is under control and we would like to assure all the voters that there will be adequate forces both in the booths and on the road. We are sure about conducting a peaceful election,” said Additional Chief Electoral Officer Sanjoy Basu. The entire force management will be in the hands of the Police Observer and the Special Central Observer Vivek Dubey, who has already held a series of meetings with the top officials of the state. “As per order from the Election Commission, we have already arranged vehicles for the forces which will carry them to North Bengal. They have already started to move and by Friday morning we will be able to release all the forces,” a senior police officer of Purulia said.last_img read more