Canadian Conservative Harper’s anti-refugee hate speech

This video from Canada says about itself:

Syria Refugee Crisis and Canada’s Stephen Harper‘s Delusional View – War is the Answer

4 September 2015

Stephen Harper, Conservative wants to increase the fight against ‘ISIL Terrorists’ as part of the strategy in dealing with Syrian refugees.

Harper and other Conservative/Republican politicians are ‘climate change deniers‘. It’s a hoax I tell you, just keep burning fossil fuel, build pipelines and all will be good, at least for a few oil barons.Syria as other parts of the planet have faced devastating climate effects in the last couple of decades and these events like droughts have caused an upheaval of populations. People on the brink of starvation due to crop loss, lack of water, and lack of responsibility by organizations and governments to help.

In Syria alone 1.5 million people became ‘climate’ refugees. What does Stephen think of that?

Farming communities were thus able to withstand dry periods by falling back on government subsidies and secondary water resources. This most recent, the seventh drought, however, lasted from 2006 to 2010, an astounding four seasons — a true anomaly in the past century. Furthermore, the average level of precipitation in these four years was the lowest of any drought-ridden period in the last century.

It is estimated that the Syrian drought has displaced more than 1.5 million people; entire families of agricultural workers and small-scale farmers moved from the country’s breadbasket region in the northeast to urban peripheries of the south. The drought tipped the scale of an unbalanced agricultural system that was already feeling the weight of policy mismanagement and unsustainable environmental practices. Further, lack of contingency planning contributed to the inability of the system to cope with the aftermath of the drought.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Migrant rant by Harper condemned

Wednesday 30th September 2015

CANADIAN Prime Minister Stephen Harper has drawn criticism for accusing European states of “chasing headlines” by sheltering refugees.

In a Monday evening election debate, the Tory PM said Canada should not “open the floodgates” to those fleeing war and persecution.

“Some European countries just started letting everybody in and now they’re trying to reverse those policies,” Mr Harper said in justification of his government’s closed-door policy on refugees. “We’re not chasing headlines.”

New Democratic Party head Tom Mulcair condemned his opponent, saying it was “extremely difficult” to hear the PM of a country once seen as a leader in helping the disadvantaged dismiss desperate people in that way.

The overwhelming majority of Canadians, including Mr Harper, are descendants of ‘economic migrants’ or of refugees from wars and dictators.

Welsh solidarity, Canadian governmental inhumanity, toward refugees

Three-year-old refugee Aylan Kurdi, dead on a Turkish beach

By Luke James in Wales:

Cardiff MP opens doors for Calais aid

Friday 4th September 2014

Jo Stevens and councillors call for Wales to show its best spirit

LABOUR MP Jo Stevens has converted her constituency office into a collection centre for aid that will be rushed to refugees across Europe.

As Tory PM David Cameron continued to sit on his hands in the face of a humanitarian crisis yesterday, Ms Stevens threw open the doors of her office for donations.

The Cardiff Central MP issued an urgent call to residents of the Welsh capital for clothes, sleeping bags, tents, blankets and baby slings.

Two former Cardiff Labour councillors, Cerys Furlong and Siobhan Corria, are also running drop-off points in other parts of the city.

The political pals began the collection after seeing the distressing photo of young child Aylan Kurdi, who was found drowned on a beach in Bodrum, Turkey.

Ms Stevens told the Star: “I was chatting to a couple of friends and we thought what can we do that’s practical to help.

“All three of us are mothers so the photograph of the young boy was absolutely horrific to us.

“That photo has galvanized people into taking action.”

The plight of refugees, particularly from war-torn Syria, is something Ms Stevens has been passionate about since well before she was elected in May.

But with more than 922 asylum seekers in Cardiff — three times as many as nearby Bristol — the crisis is a major issue in her constituency.

By comparison, there are just 10 in the whole of Oxford where Mr Cameron is an MP, according to official figures obtained by Labour MP Paul Flynn through a freedom of information request.

“I have a lot of Syrian refugees who come to my surgery, along with people from other war-torn countries in the Middle East,” said Ms Stevens.

“So every week I’m seeing and hearing horrific stories — and that’s from people who have managed to get here.”

“We need some leadership from the government. This is a humanitarian disaster and we just need to something about it.”

Four sleeping bags were the first donation received by the MP yesterday, while “lots more” constituents had called to say they would be making deliveries.

One constituent had even contacted her on social media to offer their home to a refugee.

All donations must be received by Friday September 11 when they will be taken to Calais and distributed across Europe by aid agencies.

More details can be found at

Britain left humiliated by Cameron’s pathetic comments on the devastating humanitarian crisis. CAMPAIGNERS and MPs joined forces yesterday to condemn David Cameron’s shameful and “pathetic” response to the escalating refugee crisis: here.

This video from Canada says about itself:

Aunt of Syrian Migrant Blames Canada for Deaths

3 September 2015

The sister of a Syrian refugee who lost his family on a smuggling boat accident says she blames the Canadian government for the deaths. Teema Kurdi had applied to sponsor the family’s entry into Canada, but was denied because of paperwork.

Little Aylan Kurdi and his family had fled the Syrian town Kobani, destroyed by war brought there by ISIS terrorists. They tried to leave Turkey, where they were not in any way safe: Turkish soldiers had killed Syrian Kurds like them, including refugees like the Kurdi family, before.

However, that did not seem to move the Canadian Conservative government of Stephen Harper to show any humanity.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Canada shunned family of boy who drowned

Friday 4th September 2015

Refugee father tells how sons and wife died

CANADA refused an immigration request from the Syrian family whose two small boys and mother tragically drowned on Wednesday, an MP has revealed.

New Democratic Party (NDP) MP Fin Donnelly submitted a request on behalf on the boys’ aunt, Teema Kurdi, only to see it turned down by immigration officials.

The boys’ father Abdullah Kurdi described how the people-trafficker in charge of their overloaded rubber boat had panicked in the rough waters of the Aegean Sea and jumped overboard.

“I took over and started steering. The waves were so high and the boat flipped. I took my wife and my kids in my arms and I realised they were all dead,” he said.

“All I want is to be with my children at the moment.”

The heartbreaking photo of the body of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, washed up on a beach in Turkey after he died along with his elder brother Galip and mother Rehan, has encapsulated the horror of the Mediterranean refugee crisis.

A report by the UN Human Rights Council said yesterday that more than 2,000 Syrian refugees had drowned while trying to reach Europe since the start of the civil war in their country in 2011.

In Hungary, police allowed refugees to board trains at Budapest’s Keleti station following a two-day stand-off, only to take them to a refugee camp in Bicske, 22 miles west of the capital.

Desperate and angry people who had been trying to reach the relatively welcoming destinations of Austria or Germany resisted as riot police forced them off.

Amid the scenes reminiscent of the second world war, one woman clutching her small child lay on the tracks in protest until she was forcibly removed.

Hungary’s bitterly anti-immigration Prime Minister Viktor Orban blamed Germany for the crisis, claiming: “We Hungarians are full of fear.”

In the Czech Republic, police said that they had ended the practice of writing identification numbers on refugees’ arms, which critics had said harked back to the nazi Holocaust.

The Greek coastguard reported yesterday morning that it had rescued 751 people in 19 separate incidents in the previous 24 hours, down on more than 1,000 the previous day.

Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s satire of Conservative prime minister censored

This video from Canada says about itself:

Protesters impersonate Mike Duffy, Stephen Harper outside Duffy trial

12 August 2015

Two protesters dressed as Mike Duffy and Prime Minister Stephen Harper stood outside the courthouse Wednesday holding a cheque for $90,000 dollars, a reference to the money Harper‘s former Chief of Staff Nigel Wright paid Duffy – allegedly without the PM’s knowledge.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Hair today, gone tomorrow: Margaret Atwood in Canada censorship row

Author’s satirical piece on prime minister Stephen Harper’s hair is removed within hours of publication on National Post website: ‘Did I just get censored?’

Oliver Laughland

Sunday 23 August 2015 15.26 BST

She is a prize-winning author who has conjured vivid dystopian futures, but on Friday Margaret Atwood found herself at the centre of a somewhat mundane censorship debate in the present.

The acclaimed author penned a satirical column lambasting Canada’s conservative prime minister Stephen Harper’s hair, which has become an unusual talking point in the lead up to the general election in October.

Hours after publication on the National Post website, the piece was removed. Senior newspaper staff later said “the necessary fact checking had not been completed”.

“Um, did I just get censored? For my flighty little caper on Hair?” Atwood tweeted after #Hairgate began trending on Twitter.

Throughout the election campaign, the Canadian Conservative party has attacked Liberal leader Justin Trudeau as inexperienced and lacking in policy focus. It has also mocked him simply for having “nice hair”. Trudeau has hit back through advertising, arguing Harper is struggling to talk about anything else.

Atwood’s piece argued the entire debate had trivialised the election. “Hair, an election issue? Really?” she wrote, before going on to poke fun at Harper.

“Of the three national male leaders, which one travels with a personal grooming assistant – lavishly paid for in whole or in part by you, gentle taxpayer – so that none of his hairs will ever be out of place … Hint: Initials are SH.”

The column was eventually republished by the National Post, with three sentences, which made reference to Harper’s political donations and a recent travel expenses scandal, removed.

The edits appeared to outrage the author even more – Atwood said the piece had been submitted nine days before it was published.

“Which of my facts were Wrong? What are the alternate facts, presumably Right? Cite sources please,” she tweeted at the National Post on Saturday, after thanking readers for the flurry of puns mocking the episode, which had erupted on Twitter throughout the day.

Canada’s Conservatives boast mighty war chest but corruption scandal looms. Stephen Harper’s ruling party has maintained campaign spending advantage before October vote, but a senator’s expenses trial could yet derail Conservatives: here.

Canada’s prime minister wants to make it harder for people to vote against him, by Caroline Konrad. Stephen Harper, who won by an uncomfortably small margin in the last election, has passed laws that may keep voters who oppose him from the polls: here.

Ashley Burnham mrs universe 9-2-2015 8-22-46 AMAshley Burnham, the first ever Indigenous or Canadian crowned Mrs Universe, encouraged the country’s First Nations people to vote out Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the upcoming elections in October: here.

Young puffins leave nest, video

This 2015 video from Canada says about itself:

Puffling Life

from Rock Yenta Productions

The Gull Island burrow camera reveals life in the burrow for a puff[l]ing. It’s a bit lonely when your parents are away and you are hungry! Where are those parents? Aren’t they supposed to bring fish to the burrow? Take out service can be lousy on Gull Island! “Puffin Patrol“, the documentary will air on CBC’s “The Nature of Things” in Fall 2015.

This 2015 video says about itself:

Puffin Patrol Trailer (CBC)

from Rock Yenta Productions

“Puffin Patrol” is a colourful exploration of the annual life cycle of the Atlantic Puffin. This gorgeous film travels from Newfoundland’s rocky shores to puffin islands in Maine and Wales to report on what these intriguing little birds can teach us about the dangers facing our natural world. We interview scientists and environmentalists working to uncover the secrets of the puffin’s unique migration patterns. And we profile passionate environmentalists devoted to protecting baby chicks as they strike out on their own. We invite you to join our team of experts and puffin lovers on Puffin Patrol!

“Puffin Patrol” will air on CBC’s “The Nature of Things” in Fall 2015.

Canadian journalist jailed for journalism in Ferguson, USA?

This 14 August 2014 video from the USA is called Peaceful Protesters And Journalist Are Attacked By Ferguson Police With Tear Gas And Rubber Bullets.

From CTV in Canada:

CTV’s Tom Walters charged nearly a year after arrest at Ferguson protests

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 11:35PM EDT

CTV’s Los Angeles Bureau Chief Tom Walters is facing a charge of interfering with a police officer, nearly a year after he was arrested while covering protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

Walters was detained on Aug. 20, 2014, after trying to ask Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson a question. His arrest was captured on video.

Walters was released after about eight-and-a-half hours without being charged. But he recently received a summons to appear in a St. Louis. Mo., court later this month on a charge of interfering with a police officer in performance of his duty, for allegedly “failing to comply with officers’ lawful commands to disperse from West Florissant Avenue.”

West Florissant Avenue was the epicentre of protests in Ferguson following the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager shot by a white police officer.

CTV News strongly condemns the charges filed by St. Louis County against CTV News correspondent Tom Walters while he reported on the protests in Ferguson, Missouri last August,” CTV News President Wendy Freeman said in a statement Tuesday.

“Tom has the full support of CTV News as we fight these charges. Almost a year ago, Tom was arrested and detained for eight and a half hours for simply doing his job. As an organization that covers news both in Canada and internationally, CTV News is unwavering in its commitment to defending the rights of all journalists.”

A number of other journalists had been detained while covering the Ferguson protests last summer. At the time, U.S. President Barack Obama said that police “should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs.”

This week, Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly and Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery were charged with trespassing and interfering with a police officer. Reilly and Lowery were arrested in August 2014 after being told to leave a local McDonald’s during the demonstrations.

Pre-Cambrian Fractofusus organism’s sex life, new research

This video from Canada says about itself:

15 June 2011

Mistaken Point is a permanent exhibit of the oldest multi-celled organism fossils ever found on earth. Over half a billion years ago Thectardis, Ivesheadia, Bradgatia, Fractofusus, Charniodiscus and more were locked in the sands of time. They would eventually be discovered as fossils at what we now know as Mistaken Point on the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland and Labrador.

From the BBC:

Sex life of ancient Fractofusus organism revealed

By Rebecca Morelle, Science Correspondent, BBC News

3 August 2015

One of the earliest complex organisms had a surprisingly complicated sex life, scientists say.

Until now, little was known about the biology of Fractofusus, which lived in the ocean 565 million years ago.

But new research has revealed a dual mode of reproduction. In one method, the organism sprouted young from its body in much the same way that a spider plant or strawberry plant multiplies.

In another, it produced seeds or tiny buds into the water column.

This allowed the ancient life-form to produce clones that could colonise a new patch of seabed.

The study is published in the journal Nature.

Fractofusus – originally called “the Spindle” until it was formally described in 2007 – appeared in the Ediacaran age.

It is among the earliest-known, complicated organisms, emerging from an ocean of simple multi-cellular microbes.

It grew to up to 40cm long and had a flat, oval shape, made up of a series of little branches stretching across the sea floor.

“It has a very distinct body plan that is totally unique,” said Dr Emily Mitchell, the paper’s lead author, from the University of Cambridge.

“There is nothing like Fractofusus around today, which makes trying to understand anything about it really, really difficult.”

She added: “We knew very little, apart from the fact it lived in the deep sea, it has a relatively large surface area – so it got its nutrients from the water column.

“We literally had no idea how it reproduced prior to this study.”

The organism died out 540 million years ago

An analysis of fossil beds in Newfoundland, Canada, enabled the team to shed light on the organism’s sex life.

Dr Mitchell said that while the two modes of reproduction might sound unusual, many plants reproduced in this way.

She added that Fractofusus should not be classified as a plant.

“It certainly wasn’t a plant because it couldn’t photosynthesise – there was no light (that deep in the ocean).”

Nor was it an animal, she said.

“Fractofusus doesn’t exhibit any of the features you associate with an animals. It belonged to a now-extinct eukaryotic group known as rangeomorphs.

“But how rangeomorphs relate to animals and the origins of animals is incredibly difficult to work out.”

While the debate continues over where it sits on the tree of life, an unusual mode of sex clearly worked for Fractofusus.

But in terms of evolution, the organism was less of a success.

It died out about 540 million years ago – and nothing like it has ever appeared again.