Quebec commits to easing nurses’ workloads with major reform

Nurses’ workloads are expected to ease considerably in the coming years following a major reform of patient-nurse ratios announced Thursday.

Health Minister Gaétan Barrette was all smiles in a press conference as he listed the main points of the plan.

The initiative will require an injection of several hundreds of millions of additional dollars into the healthcare system, as well as the likely hiring of hundreds, if not thousands, of nurses and other health professionals.


After months of pressure from nurses, who said they were exhausted and crumbling under the weight of their workloads, as well as months of negotiations with the FIQ, Barrette agreed that the situation was not tenuous. He agreed to tackle the problem of overworking nurses.

The solution to the problem will be a significant, drastic reduction in the number of patients under the responsibility of each nurse.

In the coming months, Québec will create an initial 17 pilot projects in each of Quebec’s regions, with the goal of determining the optimal patient-nurse ratio in each situation. That ratio may vary depending on, for example, an emergency room, surgery room or CHSLD.

The first of these projects will begin in mid-April at the Lakeshore General Hospital in the West Island.

Barrette gave an example of the plans for a long-tern care facility in his announcement.

“Overnight, today it’s between 75 and 96 patients per nurse, and we will start with those projects between 37 and 44 per nurse, so that’s a very significant reduction of workload for the nurses and that will be applied in all the projects we are rolling out. At the end of the day if that’s the end result that we conclude, it will be implemented across the province,” he said.

If the experiment is conclusive, Barrette said he will commit to extending the formula throughout the network. He did not give an exact deadline.

– With files from CTV Montreal


New pedestrian safety measures in place near Rogers Centre for Jays’ home opener

Blue Jays fans heading to today’s home opener will notice some new security measures aimed at enhancing pedestrian safety.

Concrete barriers have been installed around the Rogers Centre to prevent vehicles from hopping the centre median and from now on, road closures will be in place at the start and end of every home game.

The closures will impact businesses and those who live in condos in the area surrounding the Rogers Centre.

Residents have been informed that they will require security passes from the Toronto Police Service in order to drive in or out of their buildings while the road closures are in place.

Road closures will also be in effect for events around the Air Canada Centre and residents of that area will also need security passes.

Speaking to reporters at city hall Wednesday, Mayor John Tory said the new security measures are part of an overall security review of the city.

“I think was quite properly done by the local police, our Toronto Police Service, in cooperation with some of the national security and policing authorities,” Tory said.

He added that he believes most people will be supportive of the enhanced security measures.

“I think what people would say… is that they believe that steps taken to promote and protect public safety are more important than anything else,” the mayor said.

“I think they would understand that it is the judgment of particularly the police and security authorities and the operators of these facilities, the ACC or the Rogers Centre, that there should be these measures put into place (and) they would probably endorse that as being something that they would prefer to see done even if it caused some minor inconvenience.”

UK: Falmouth University withdraws job offer because candidate opposes jihad terror and mass Muslim migration

“If the academic elites find my views and those of others like me so deplorable, and are so confident of their own moral and intellectual correctness, then why are they so damn terrified of engaging with us?”

That question applies to U.S. academic elites as well as to those in Britain.

Whale said: “It is, of course, no secret that British universities are dominated by the hard Left that seeks at every opportunity to enforce and impose its intolerant, anti-English dogma and drive out alternative voices.”

That also applies to the U.S., and it isn’t happening just in universities, either. In the wider culture, it is becoming beyond the bounds of acceptable discourse to oppose jihad terror in any way, if one even suggests a knowledge of its root causes. This will not, and cannot, end well.

The curtain is descending, some of us are watching it fall, and we know what comes next.


“Falmouth University withdraws job offer because of candidate’s political views,” by Ginette Davies, Cornwall Live, March 29, 2018:

The founder of a far right British nationalist party who admits he has “unorthodox, politically inconvenient opinions” has criticised Falmouth University for withdrawing a job offer because of his views.

In February George Whale had been offered the role of a research fellow in the Research and Innovation Unit, but last week it withdrew the offer after discovering his anti-Islamic and anti-migrant views online and his association with Liberty GB.

He said: “By excluding educated dissenting, i.e. non-left-liberal, voices, (universities) are limiting high-level debate and discussion of some of the most pressing issues of our time, such as mass immigration, Islamisation, globalisation.

“If the academic elites find my views and those of others like me so deplorable, and are so confident of their own moral and intellectual correctness, then why are they so damn terrified of engaging with us?”

A spokesman for the university said: “Falmouth University respects the concept of academic freedom and the right of our staff and students to question received wisdom and to explore new ideas and controversial opinions.

“However, the university stands firmly against racial discrimination and religious hatred and will not tolerate bigotry or prejudice on our campuses.

“Dr Whale has stood for election for Liberty GB, a far-right British nationalist party, and has published opinions online that would not only be in breach of our Code of Conduct, but that would be found abhorrent by our colleagues, students and community.”

Mr Whale was a co-founder of Liberty GB in 2013, which described itself as counter-jihad. The party was dissolved last year.

Liberty GB is anti-immigration, anti-fundamentalist Islam and traditionalist. The group’s Facebook page describes it as “patriotic counter-jihad party for Christian civilisation, Western rights and freedoms, British culture, animal welfare and capitalism”.

In 2015 Mr Whale stood for the party in the Lewisham West and Penge elections, but only received 44 votes. During that campaign several events were cancelled as parliamentary candidates refused to attend if Mr Whale was in attendance.

In a letter to Mr Whale explaining why the offer was withdrawn Mark Smalley, head of HR services, said: “During our pre-employment checks we have undertaken a search of the world-wide web and have found publicly available (and readily accessible) information associating you with anti-Islamic and anti-migrant views that, both in terms of the views themselves and the way they are expressed on-line, are incompatible with the values and policies of the University, particularly those pertaining to equality, diversity and inclusion.

“Our conclusion is that, for the reasons above, we would be acting inconsistently with our values and policies if we were to employ you. Furthermore, if the University were to become publicly associated with this material by employing you (which in our view is a real risk given the public and readily accessible nature of this material), there is a high risk of serious reputational damage to the University.

“As a result, the University is no longer in a position to proceed with your appointment, having taken the view that the pre-employment checks have not satisfactorily been completed. Please therefore take this letter as a withdrawal, with immediate effect, of the conditional offer of employment.”

Mr Whale responded by saying: “It is, of course, no secret that British universities are dominated by the hard Left that seeks at every opportunity to enforce and impose its intolerant, anti-English dogma and drive out alternative voices.

“This explains why at least 80 per cent of UK academics are leftists and free speech is disappearing from academia.

“Everything I have done and said has been within the law – I do not have a criminal record. Moreover, I reserve the right to voice unorthodox, politically inconvenient opinions. Many gave their lives to defend this fundamental freedom.”

In December 2016 Mr Whale wrote to Labour MP Ian Austin saying he was unhappy Mr Austin has been instrumental in banning the political protest group National Action, which was added to the government’s list of ‘banned terrorist organisations’.

He said: “No National Action member has, to my knowledge:

– used a suicide bomb to murder British civilians
– beheaded a British soldier in the street
– owned a stash of weapons or explosives
– gang-raped vulnerable little girls
– warped children’s minds in an academy of religious hatred
– called women “whores” for not covering themselves head-to-foot
– fought alongside terror groups overseas
– sought to impose alien laws and customs in Britain
– attacked fundamental freedoms such as freedom of speech…

LEVY: Yonge St. bike lane plan beyond absurd

Four hours into the heated debate Tuesday and sensing they’d lose the vote to ram through their social engineering agenda on busy Yonge St in North York, the left on Toronto council — led by the King of Bike Lanes Joe Cressy — voted to defer the whole darn item.

It did not escape my attention that Mayor John Tory — while vociferously defending  throughout an alternative plan to put the bike lanes on neighbouring Beecroft Rd. (for at least $9 million more)– voted with the left to put off the decision. (I so love reviewing the recorded vote!).

I’m not surprised with the 11th-hour move by Cressy, considering that they appeared downright petulant throughout the debate — in particular the architect of the $51-million ReImagining Yonge plan, well-beyond-his due-date Councillor John Filion — that they couldn’t bully and badger Tory into conceding to their demands, as they did with projects earmarked for Bloor and King Sts.

But I digress.


LEVY: Yonge St. bike lane plan beyond absurd

Italy: Muslim teacher tells children as young as 4 to attack non-Muslims with swords and bombs



Italy is clearly not yet diverse enough. Abdel Rahman is “accused of using an Islamic cultural centre to spread jihadist propaganda.” Why didn’t the Vast Majority of Peaceful Muslims see how he was hijacking their peaceful religion, and cast him out?


“Italian anti-terror police arrest man accused of links to Isis,” The Local, March 27, 2018:

A man suspected of links to terrorist group Isis was arrested in southern Italy on Tuesday, accused of using an Islamic cultural centre to spread jihadist propaganda.

Anti-terrorism police arrested the man, identified in the media as 58-year-old Abdel Rahman, an Egyptian with Italian citizenship, in the city of Foggia in Puglia.

His bank accounts were seized and the centre he ran, Al Dawa, was searched and sealed off.

Accused of apology for terrorism and association for the purpose of terrorism, Rahman is said to have praised Isis attacks on social media and shared material glorifying the terrorist group.

He is suspected of attempting to spread similar propaganda at the cultural association of which he was president, and where he was in charge of teaching religious lessons to children as young as 4 years old, according to La Repubblica.

Secret recordings caught him telling youngsters to attack “unbelievers” with swords and bombs, the newspaper said.

The newspaper said Rahman was arrested as part of an investigation codenamed “Bad Teacher”, the latest in a series of anti-terror operations in Foggia within the past year….

Woman With Down Syndrome Lectures UN: Complains “Eugenics is Becoming a Thing to Admire”

With nations doing everything possible to “eliminate” Down syndrome by killing as many babies who have it as possible you had to know that in time people with Down Syndrome would speak out in outrage. And that is exactly what is happening at the United Nations.

As TownHall reports:

During a recent speech given at the United Nations in Geneva, Charlotte Fien, a British woman with Down syndrome, said that the Down syndrome community is in danger of becoming extinct because of the rise in abortions.

“So, why are we in such danger of being made extinct today? Because eugenics is becoming a thing to admire.”

Fien said that although the Down syndrome community is making progress and continues to integrate into society, there are still countries such as Denmark, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom where aborting babies on the basis of their Down syndrome diagnosis is becoming more common.

“If the UN is really serious about human rights, then they will start to act and condemn eugenics against my community. If the UN is to be taken seriously, then they will create sanctions against countries practicing eugenics.”

“They (the UN) need to put an end to the genocide against people with Down syndrome,” she said.

Eugenics is the exact correct term to use in this case. When nations like Iceland and Denmark are bragging about how they have killed almost every baby with Down syndrome and have achieved almost a 100% kill rate there is no better word to describe it.

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There is a groupthink out there that says it is sacrosanct to ever compare anything to the Nazi Holocaust. But part of the Nazi Holocaust was an elimination of people with disabilities including Down syndrome. What the world does now to unborn babies with Down syndrome is no different. Instead of killing people with Down syndrome in Nazi gas chambers, we kill them in abortion clinics.

Thanks but no thanks – Poland’s government say they won’t take any Muslim migrants into their country

Given the latest Islamic extremist atrocity in France last week, it’s not exactly difficult to see why Poland are so adamantly against taking Muslim migrants into their country.

Innumerable times over the weekend, Polish officials have stated that they will not be changing their mind and will definitely not be accepting Muslim migrants into their beloved Poland.

Poland says no – The government is well known for taking a hard stance against Muslim migrants and again they’ve come out to say they mean business and won’t be changing their position on Muslim migrants entering their country.

The Polish government has reiterated that it will not accept any Muslim migrants into the country and this immigration policy, which enjoys strong support amongst the Polish population, will only be tightened.

The EU has threatened Poland with unprecedented sanctions if the country continues its refusal to acquiesce to the demands of Brussels.

While it has totally prohibited migrants from the Middle East and North Africa from entering the country, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki emphasized that the country had accepted thousands of refugees from neighbouring Ukraine.

Other European Union members also face censure from Brussels for rejecting their migrant dictates.

Czech Republic and Hungary, who have both also closed their borders to Migrants from the Middle East and North Africa, were referred to the European Court of Justice in early December along with Poland.

German judge rules: Anti-Zionism is code for anti-Semitism

At the height of this summer’s Israel-Hamas conflict, Europe erupted with anti-Israel sentiment. From London to Paris, large-scale violent demonstrations were seen in most European capitals and throughout Germany.

Speaking at a special meeting at the Knesset in the end of July, describing demonstrations at home in which they heard regular shouts of “Death to the Jews,” “Jews are pigs,” prominent German Jews said the atmosphere in the country felt like shades of 1933.


“Why aren’t the German police taking the details of these people shouting in an aggressive way ‘Death to the Jews’?” asked Nathan Norman Gelbart, the head of Germany’s Keren Hayesod (United Jewish Appeal).

The wheels of justice move slowly, but they are inching forward in Germany. In a unprecedented case heard half a year after these violent anti-Israel demonstrations, last week in Essen, German Judge Gauri Sastry convicted 24-year-old Taylan Can for incitement against an ethnic minority for events at a July 18, 2014, anti-Israel demonstration in the town.

Eyewitness accounts report hostile anti-Israel chants and stones thrown from the anti-Israel camp to the smaller group of Israel supporters. According to the Anti-Defamation League, a breakaway group headed toward a local synagogue, intending to attack it.

A YouTube video of the demonstration shows fields of Palestinian flags and Turkish flags, and a motley group of young men running and chanting “Adolf Hitler” and “Death to the Jews.” In the video, popular Essen Muslim rapper Sinan-G speaks to the camera explaining this is a counter-demonstration against the Jews. “The Jews insulted us, man, this is crazy stuff,” he said.


Despite the large police presence, the crowd was clearly out of control. According to Die Welt, police arrested 49 protesters. Forty-five cases were dismissed in December.

Born in Germany to a Turkish family, Can is well-known for his anti-Israel activism. According to Die Welt, at a Copenhagen protest Can shouted virulent anti-Israel slogans into a borrowed police megaphone. Elsewhere, at a demonstration he organized in his German hometown, anti-Israel protesters shouted, “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas chamber.”

At his Essen hearing this winter Can was prosecuted for his use of the term “Zionist” as incitement against a minority.

During the hearing, Can claimed he was not an anti-Semite and had nothing against the Jewish people but only against the Zionist state. In response, Judge Sastry is quoted by Die Welt saying, “‘Zionist’ is the language of anti-Semites, the code for ‘Jew.’”


Sastry’s judgment, which does not form a binding precedent in German law, essentially semantically equates anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.

Can was sentenced to three months’ probation and a fine of 200 euros. He has until Friday to appeal.

On his Facebook page this week, Can reiterated he that he is not against Jews and stated his intention of appealing to both the district and federal courts.

Reached Monday by The Times of Israel, Gelbart, who was recently part of a delegation of European leaders to Jerusalem for the funerals of those murdered in the Paris HyperCacher terrorist attack, is not optimistic the verdict will be upheld on appeal.

“It’s a very brave verdict… The court has said clearly what our political scientists have known for decades,” said Gelbart.

“It will cause a lot of attention, especially among those who claim they’re not against Jews, but only against Zionists,” he said. Gelbart, who is a lawyer, explained there are many politicians from across the political spectrum, including parties in the German parliament, who use the word “Zionist” to express hatred against Jews while avoiding prosecution.

He doubts the case will stand on appeal since the defendant can be acquitted if there is even a shadow of doubt that he did not intend to incite against the Jewish minority.

“We have an anti-Zionist industry across Europe who are living off this legitimacy to spread hatred through using the word ‘Zionist,’” said Gelbart.

Raphael Ahren contributed to this report.

Sharia Canada: Police investigating after ex-Muslim rips Qur’an, puts pages on cars at Islamic center

This is not the most effective way to call attention to the exhortations to violence and hatred that are within the Qur’an. It allows the Muslims at the Dar Al-Tawheed Islamic Centre to play the role of the victim, which they are doing to the hilt in the wake of this incident, and which we have seen that Muslim spokesmen are all too eager to play — victimhood, after all, is currency in today’s society.

Still, if someone hostile to Christianity had torn pages of the New Testament and left them on car windshields at a church, would he or she be charged with a “hate crime”? I doubt it. The churchgoers might see this person as obnoxious, and a nuisance, and then they’d take the paper off their windshields and drive away. I’ve witnessed supporters of the late Tony Alamo, a preacher who believed that the Catholic Church was the source of all evil, leaving anti-Catholic leaflets on the windshields of cars parked at a Catholic church. No one was charged with a “hate crime,” and the churchgoers just shrugged it off.

Is tearing up a book a crime? Is leaving paper on someone’s car a crime? The only crime here is that Sandra Solomon is protesting against a protected victim group that is eager to seize upon anything that it can portray as a “hate crime,” so as to buttress its claims to be victims of widespread “Islamophobia,” persecution and harassment, and thus in need of special consideration and accommodation.

So — Sandra Solomon was rude and obnoxious. She called the Qur’an a “Satanic, evil book.” She said other Islamic books were “garbage.” This is all reported in this article as if it is evidence of a crime. But is thinking negatively about the Qur’an and Islam really a crime in Canada? It may be: after the passage of the “anti-Islamophobia” motion M-103, there is no certainty that Canada guarantees the freedom of speech. But disliking the Qur’an and Islam, and tearing the Qur’an, are actually only crimes under Islamic law. Is Canada now adopting Sharia blasphemy laws? We shall see, in the way Canadian authorities treat this case.

Police “are looking into the complaints and are treating the incidents as ‘hate-motivated.’”

What if it is? The idea that “hate” is a “crime” is ridiculous. The Qur’an is full of hatred toward unbelievers, “the most vile of created beings” (98:6). But if that passage is ever recited in a mosque in Canada, will the Muslim who recited it be arrested on suspicion that the recitation was “hate-motivated”? Of course not. Look at Ayman Elkasrawy, the Toronto imam who prayed that Allah would kill the Jews. Was he arrested on suspicion of making “hate-motivated” remarks? Of course not. The Toronto Star ran a long puff piece on him, trying to explain away his remarks, and that was that. Will the Toronto Star run a long puff piece on Sandra Solomon, explaining away her actions? Of course not.

See, there’s hate and there’s hate. Good hate and bad hate. Leftists and Islamic supremacists are among the most hateful people I’ve ever encountered: in my interactions with people such as Reza Aslan, Nathan Lean, Qasim Rashid, Mubin Shaikh, Khaleel Mohammed and others, I’ve found them to be arrogant, rude, nasty and hate-filled to an appalling degree — to a degree that I thought at first would interfere with their public personas as being exponents of “tolerance” and such. I was naive. Leftists and Muslim spokesmen can be as vile, vicious, insulting and threatening as they want, and nothing happens, no one cares, because their hates are approved by their colleagues among the political and media elites. Their hate is good. “Hate speech” can only be spoken by foes of the agenda of those elites. Likewise with “hate crimes” — they can only be committed by foes of jihad terror and others who are outside the bounds of acceptable discourse.

“Hate speech” and “hate crime” laws are, therefore, tools of the powerful that they use to silence the powerless, and to demonize, marginalize and destroy their critics, so that they can continue to be the powerful. They don’t really have anything to do with actual “hate” at all.


“Police investigating after Ontario woman rips Qur’an, puts pages on cars outside of Islamic centre,” by Jessica Patton and Nick Westoll, Global News, March 25, 2018:

Peel Regional Police say they are investigating an incident as “hate-motivated” after a woman can be seen on video at a Mississauga Islamic centre appearing to tear the pages of a Qur’an and putting the pages on cars while calling the religious text “Satanic.”

The incident happened at the Dar Al-Tawheed Islamic Centre, near Highways 403 and 401, just after 5 p.m. on Thursday.

In a 10-minute video obtained by Global News, after it was posted and subsequently deleted on the Never Again Canada website, a woman who identifies herself as Sandra Solomon said she is visiting mosques “to educate as many as we can people about the true face of Islam.” She said she wants to see the Qur’an designated as “hate literature.”

She said she has been going to mosques for more than a year and contacting Imams.

Rabia Khedr, executive director of the Muslim Council of Peel (MCP), told Global News on Sunday that Solomon is a known “Islamophobe and anti-Muslim activist” who has been travelling across the country and has disrupted a “handful” of mosques in the Peel region.

Global News has confirmed Solomon visited two other mosques in Mississauga the same day as the incident at Dar Al-Tawheed.

Khedr said that the MCP and the affected mosques have received support from the community.

“Our friends and allies of faith and non-faith affiliations are standing with us against such hatred. We want to make sure this hatred is removed from our communities.”

Peel Regional Police Const. Bally Saini told Global News on Sunday that investigators from 12 Division are aware of “three similar incidents at this time, which all occurred on Thursday.”

They are looking into the complaints and are treating the incidents as “hate-motivated.”

Saini said police are looking to speak with any witnesses and to review any video surveillance of the alleged incidents.

“At this point there aren’t any charges laid, but we do have our investigators doing a thorough investigation to see exactly what transpired and to see if there is actual a criminal element to this incident,” she said.

Meanwhile, in the video Solomon can be seen ripping a page out of a book she said was a Qur’an, waving it at the camera and putting it under a car’s windshield wiper along with another flyer.

“This is where the Qur’an belongs — Satanic, evil book,” she said while putting another page and flyer under a windshield wiper.

Solomon could then be seen inside the lobby of the Islamic centre before the camera focuses on a room where several people could be seen praying. The camera cuts back to her sifting through various religious books on display and calling the books “garbage.” Solomon said she is a proud Christian and formerly Muslim….

On Sunday, Saini said the information investigators have suggests that the Qur’an Solomon is seen ripping in the video is her own, however, “police are looking into all aspects of the incident and are not ruling out anything at this time.”…

B.C. travellers warned of long weekend delays due to ongoing construction at Peace Arch

Do you have plans to cross the border this weekend? On your way home, be prepared for possible crowds due to construction at one of five Lower Mainland border crossings.

Ongoing construction at the Peace Arch crossing near Blaine (Douglas) has reduced the usual number of lanes from 10 to six. Five of those lanes will be for general traffic, while one will be for NEXUS pass holders.

The Canada Border Services Agency is recommending travellers use alternate points of entry if possible, such as Pacific Highway, Aldergrove or Abbotsford-Huntingdo


The closest alternative crossing to Peace Arch is the Pacific Highway crossing which can be accessed northbound via exit 275 on Interstate 5. The Aldergrove crossing is just a 20-minute drive to the east via H Street Road.

During Easter long weekend in 2017, more than 80,616 cars and 166,542 travellers were collectively processed through five Lower Mainland border crossings.


B.C. travellers warned of long weekend crowds at Peace Arch crossing