Poles travelling more on holiday, both at home and abroad

Last year, Poles set out on nearly 46 million trips domestically, an increase of 5.5 percent compared to 2016, Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.

Holiday-makers spent more than PLN 24 billion (USD 6.95 bn, EUR 5.69 bn) in total last year on vacations in Poland.

Sport and Tourism Minister Witold Bańka said that tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors of the Polish economy. He added that it had become fashionable for Poles to spend their holidays in their own country.

But at the same time Poles are increasingly heading off abroad. Last year Poles took a total of 12 million trips outside their own country.

The most popular destinations for Polish tourists are Germany, Italy and Croatia, the IAR agency reported.


Source: IAR



B.C.’s dispute over bitumen control likely to end up in Supreme Court: lawyers

VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s court case over the flow of heavy oil through the province could be damaged by the NDP government’s previous positions against the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, says a legal expert.

The provincial government filed a reference case Thursday in the B.C. Court of Appeal asking whether amendments it is proposing to the Environmental Management Act are valid and if they give the province the authority to control the shipment of heavy oils based on the impact spills could have on the environment, human health or communities.

The province is also asking the court whether the amendments are over-riden by federal law.


Nigel Bankes, chair of natural resources law at the University of Calgary, said he believes the province will lose on the validity question because it is targeting a federally approved project, even though the legislation covers broad environmental concerns.

“All rhetoric, all the public announcements, all the announcements from the premier and the relevant ministers make it clear that this legislation is actually directed at Trans Mountain,” he said.

Bankes said a precedent was set in 1984 when the courts ruled the government of Newfoundland and Labrador acted outside its authority by introducing legislation that disrupted Quebec’s right to access hydroelectric power from Churchill Falls.

But Prof. Bruce Ryder of York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School said that case differs from B.C. because the legislation addresses all heavy oil, not just one particular project.

Decisions made the B.C. Supreme Court in favour of lower levels of government having the authority to create environmental protections in relation to the Northern Gateway pipeline could also support the province’s case, Ryder said.

Ryder said he thinks the court will approve the validity question. But he said there is greater uncertainty over permits that would be needed to ship heavy oils through the province because that could be seen to impair or block federal projects, which “would clearly be unconstitutional.”

“What we don’t know are the details of how the permitting process will work, whether a permit will be granted when requested, what conditions would be attached to it, and absent of specific context with those actual details, it would be difficult for the court to give anything other than a somewhat speculative answer,” he said.

The court could either refuse to answer the question due to a lack of information or, more likely, provide guidelines on how permitting could work that operates within the constriction, he said.

Carissima Mathen, vice dean of the University of Ottawa’s law faculty, said there is a clear conflict between the B.C. legislation and federal law.

“I haven’t seen any argument as to why the federal government doesn’t have authority to regulate this interprovincial pipeline the way they have authority over all kinds of other interprovincial undertakings,” she said.

Ryder said if the province’s legislation is found to only add conditions to the shipment of heavy oils, the court could determine it does not conflict with federal law.

But if the federal government introduces new legislation to “fortify” its authority over Trans Mountain, it could crush B.C.’s attempt to have some legal jurisdiction, he added.

All the experts expect the case to be appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Kathryn Harrison, a political science professor at the University of British Columbia, said there are many areas where provincial and federal jurisdiction come into conflict, but given the fact the environment is not addressed in the constitution, legal battles over environmental authority are rare.

“It would be good for Canada and the global environment if we had more disputes over environmental jurisdiction,” she said, adding negotiations and compromise often result in “watering down” policies.

Here are the three questions the B.C. government has referred to the Court of Appeal:

1. Is the draft legislation within provincial jurisdiction to enact?

2. Would the draft legislation be applicable to hazardous substances brought into British Columbia by means of an interprovincial undertaking?

3. Is there any federal legislation that is inconsistent with the proposed amendments that would render the proposed amendments inoperative?



The minimum wage will increase by 75 cents an hour this week to $12 an hour on May 1st.

This increase will benefit nearly 353,000 workers, mostly women, according to the Ministry of Labour.

Quebec, however, remains far behind other provinces when it comes to wages. The minimum wage in Ontario, for example, is $14 an hour, and it will reach $15 on January 1 of next year.

In Alberta, it’s already been increased to $15.

Employers’ organizations in Quebec believe the increase of 75 cents might cause job losses, or at least a reduction in work hours.

Unions, however, applaud the decision, but say it is insufficient. They will continue the crusade to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

In a new study, the Institute for Research and Socio-economic Information (IRIS) estimates that the positive impact of a $15 would outweigh possible job losses.



ADL smears Canary Mission as “Islamophobic” for exposing Islamic anti-Semitism

Canary Mission, an estimable group, is not the first supporter of Israel to be smeared by the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL has likewise defamed Pamela Geller and me for standing against jihad terror and Sharia oppression. The ADL has also libeled the preeminent lawyer and orthodox Jew David Yerushalmi as an “extremist,” an “anti-Muslim bigot” and a “white supremacist.” The ADL has even condemned Israel for fighting anti-Semitism. According to Charles Jacobs of Americans for Peace and Tolerance: “The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) – biggest Jewish ‘defense’ organization — admits in private that the biggest danger to Jews since WWII comes from Muslim Jew-hatred, but because it fears offending its liberal donors and being charged with ‘Islamophobia,’ the organization remains essentially silent on the issue. In a study of ADL press releases from 1995 to 2011– a good if not perfect indicator of ADL priorities – we found that only 3 percent of ADL’s press releases focus on Islamic extremism and Arab anti-Semitism.” (For the full study, see www.charlesjacobs.org.)


“ADL: Exposing Muslim Anti-Semitism is Islamophobic,” by Daniel Greenfield, FrontPage, April 26, 2018:

The ADL won’t fight campus anti-Semitism. And it won’t allow anyone else to fight it either.

Canary Mission stepped into that gap by assembling screenshots of social media anti-Semitism by SJP and MSA members. The ADL links to a JTA hosted editorial signed by a number of Hillels and campus pro-Israel groups. It appears to be authored by two University of Michigan students who, despite sneering at Canary Mission for being anonymous, added their email addresses instead of their names.

The letter accuses Canary Mission of promoting a negative image of Muslims by documenting Islamic anti-Semitism on campus.


Pointing out Muslim anti-Semitism is now… Islamophobic. (But then isn’t accusing a Jewish organization of Islamophobia, anti-Semitic? It’s funny how it only works one way. The way that benefits the left and hurts its victims.)

When Canary Mission spotlights non-Muslim anti-Semites, is that okay? Or is it some other kind of racism or bigotry?

“Canary Mission is an anonymous site that blacklists individuals and professors across the country for their support of the BDS movement, presumed anti-Semitic remarks and hateful rhetoric against Israel and the United States,” the letter claims.

Is praising Hitler and calling for another Holocaust really “presumed” anti-Semitism?

@SANDMAN_YMN: Hitler never killed 6million Jews for no reason uno.. He could see they’re a cancer to the world. don’t @ me.”

I think we can presume it is.

In addition, Canary Mission’s wide scope wrongfully equates supporting a BDS resolution with some of the most virulent expressions of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel rhetoric and activity.

BDS is based on denying equal national rights to Jews. Call it disparate impact. That’s enough to brand most things racist.

That said, we condemn all forms of hate in the strongest possible terms, which includes any and all anti-Semitic rhetoric used by some pro-Palestinian activists.

However, we believe that promoting a negative perception of Muslims, particularly Muslim students on our campuses, as Canary Mission does, is similarly hateful.

Exposing Muslim anti-Semitism is just as hateful… as the anti-Semitism.

We believe that Canary Mission is antithetical and destructive to our shared cause of supporting Israel and eliminating anti-Semitism on campus. Instead, we expect credible Jewish and pro-Israel communal organizations to help us combat anti-Semitism on college campuses, and around the world, in a diplomatic manner that seeks to protect our community rather than shaming the other side anonymously, as Canary Mission does.

I’m sure the MSA and SJP members tweeting their support for another Holocaust will be very impressed by the tremendously effective diplomacy that has worked wonders thus far.

It seems that somewhere along the way, a disconnect has formed between the goals of our Jewish peers and institutions (to combat anti-Semitism and create a positive campus climate) and the true impact of their efforts. Unfortunately, the disconnect has created a situation in which we feel the Jewish values we hold deep, such as “loving our neighbors as ourselves” and “all of Israel being responsible for one another,” are being misrepresented and perverted.

You can fight for Israel and against anti-Semitism. Or you can love everyone. But you can’t do both.

The letter was apparently authored by Joe Goldberg and Gabrielle Roth (I’m guessing because the JTA, while always dedicated to sliming Israel and Jews, is too incompetent and unprofessional to properly provide that basic information.)

Joe apparently has a “complicated” relationship with Israel.

LSA junior Joe Goldberg, a CSG representative, said he voted against the resolution because it challenges what he stands for as a member of the Jewish faith with a complicated relationship with Israel.

It’s usually the people with complicated relationships who are uncomfortable with Jews fighting back. Here’s more from his post on Facebook that was conveniently left out from the letter.

“I stand against any action that intimidates an individual because of their political views. While I do not support BDS, I have friends that do, and that’s ok. We learn and grow from sharing our perspectives with one another.”

That’s at the root of the problem. If you don’t really think BDS is wrong, you don’t really support Israel.


Ex-Husband of Barbara Bush Bashing Prof Speaks Out: ‘She Destroyed Many Lives’

When Orie Cipollaro was 25 years old, he sat down next to a pair of beautiful young ladies in a bar near Sarah Lawrence College.

“They were not  getting enough attention, so they started to make out with one another,” he says. “At 25 years old, joining in was definitely in my wheelhouse. Here started my relationship with the infamous Randa Jarrar.”

Jarrar, an English professor at California State University-Fresno, made headlines last week when, just an hour after former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away at age 92, she tweeted, “Barbara Bush was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal. Fuck outta here with your nice words.”


After receiving a backlash, Jarrar, who identifies as an “Arab American Muslim American woman” doubled down on her tirade, tweeting, “PSA: either you are against these pieces of shit and their genocidal ways or you’re part of the problem. That’s actually how simple this is. I’m happy the witch is dead. Can’t wait for the rest of her family to fall to their demise the way 1.5 million Iraqis have.” She also said she was glad “George W. Bush is probably really sad right now.”

She then went on to brag that she makes over $100,000 a year and “will never be fired,” because of her tenured professor status. She is presently on leave from Fresno and the school announced they would be investigating the situation.

Following the scuff up, the left rushed to defend Jarrar. The feminist author and professor pounced on her critics, fashioning herself a prêt-à-porter victim of various supremacies, -ogynies and -phobias.

Cipollaro reached out to DANGEROUS to tell a different story, one of a spoiled-little-rich-girl he came to see as ungrateful, deceitful, and vindictive who’d ruined many lives of those around her.

Cipollaro, who provided a birth certificate for their son and a copy of their marriage license,  says Jarrar grew up in one of the richest communities in America: Greenwich, Connecticut, in a house on a famed estate. Her parents were of Egyptian and Palestinian origin and fled Kuwait to come to the U.S., where Jarrar was born.

After they met, an affair ensued and Cipollaro, now an electrician and tour manager, describes being roped into an intoxicating world of bisexual sex and threesomes with the future professor.

“I was a a happy-go-lucky guy with a motorcycle and a red Camaro back then,” Cipollaro recalls. “Only downside was Randa was trying to get me to join in bisexual relationships with other men with her, which was just not my bag.”

Then, one night in a diner, she had to come clean about some things. Sometime back, her wealthy father found marijuana and birth control in her jeans and kicked her out of the house. Since then, unbeknownst to Cipollaro, she hadn’t been taking her birth control. She confessed she was pregnant. Also, she’d been lying about her age: she was only 17 when they met.

“So basically the millionaire parents kick her out of the house and I’m 26 years old and stuck with an 18-year-old wife and a brand new baby boy,” Cipollaro says.

“My parents and myself took her in. I sold my Camaro and my motorcycle, married her, gave her a wedding, and took her on a honeymoon. Stupid blue collar white people from Yonkers, we should all be shot! If it was not for myself and my family she would have been put on the street, her mother dropped her off in front of my parents’ house with green garbage bags full of her clothes,” he says.

“We pretty much raised her. We made sure she got through her final years at Sarah Lawrence College anyway we could. This was not easy having her as a wife and her militant lesbian girlfriends coming to my apartment screaming in my face on a daily basis. Seriously not cool.”

The militant lesbians soon became too much. Cipollaro says he packed a duffle bag, handed over keys to the apartment, the car, and his checkbook, and moved one block away into a friend’s basement.  Two weeks after that, he says, Jarrar moved back to Greenwich to live with her millionaire parents, then hired an expensive attorney to take away Cipollaro’s parental rights to their son.

Luckily, Cipollaro fought back and his rights weren’t taken away, only now he had to pay child support for the next 18 years. After graduating the expensive liberal arts college, Jarrar then took their child and moved to Texas. Following that, she bounced off to Michigan and would continue dragging the child from state to state for nearly two decades while she continued her very elongated education.

“Somewhere in between that she married some pasty-faced red-headed dude that worked in a comic book store. Yes, this creeped me out, however I had no control,” he says.

Jarrar began writing books. In many of them she bashed Cipollaro and his family who had taken her in and supported her while she finished her studies. Cipollaro was adopted, from a working class family in Yonkers, N.Y., and his father was a World War II vet, all which seemed like fair game for mockery in Jarrar’s writing.

After her first book was released, Cipollaro says Jarrar sent their teenage son back to Yonkers to be raised by him.

“He was a complete mess. I blame myself for letting her get away with so much bullshit. I fucked up and failed as a father. She absolutely killed this kid I just thought because she was so freaking smart that she would be able to do better than me. I doubted myself and I have paid the price,” he says. “This is a story of a tragedy.”

Jarrar still claims to be a Muslim, but Cipollaro doesn’t see that. In fact, he says she has a jihad on her in many Muslim nations because of her writings. Cipollaro successfully got his son’s passport revoked out of fear Jarrar would travel with him to a country where his life would be in danger.

“She doesn’t have any religion. She eats pork. She sleeps with men and women, all of them Christian and Jews. She uses the fact that she is from Muslim heritage in order to shield herself from critics.”

“This person has been given every advantage this country has to offer and she spits on it everyday,” he says.





New app could help N.B. doctors take the guesswork out of diagnosing dementia

MONCTON, N.B. – A professor of clinical neuropsychology at the University of Moncton says a computer application she developed could help doctors better predict the risk of dementia — and take some of the pressure off New Brunswick’s medical system.

Sarah Pakzad has spent the last seven years researching and working on the Neurocognitive Frailty Index, which would help healthcare professionals guide patients through tests that would assess risk factors for dementia.

She said all too often, patients who are at a low risk for dementia are put on a waiting list to see a specialist, clogging up resources and taking time away from patients who are at a higher risk.

“It’s going to help family physicians and nurse practitioners to help distinguish the patients who are at risk, or high risk, of developing dementia, in comparison with those who have a low risk but have similar symptoms,” said Pakzad.

She said memory problems can be a symptom of mental health disorders like anxiety and depression, so it’s difficult to gauge whether or not someone is at risk for dementia based on that symptom alone.

The index draws information from a database of over 25,000 patients over the age of 50 and would produce a percentage probability of the patient developing dementia.

Pakzad said the index is more than 90 per cent accurate.

“This is the first time we have an index that’s reliable, useful, and easy to work with,” she said.

Pakzad hopes to finish the app’s design within the next year.

In her research, she surveyed 800 family physicians in New Brunswick about how they deal with patients who may have dementia.

Many doctors told her they’re ill-equipped to diagnose dementia and don’t know what to do when people complain about memory and cognitive issues.

She said this creates frustration for patients, some of whom may have spent hours in a waiting room.

“Often they are hearing, ‘No, no, that’s okay, when you’re getting old, it’s just normal to have memory problems,’” she said, adding “No, that’s not okay.”

Bruno Battistini, CEO and scientific director of the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation, which provided much of the funding for the project, said this is a big gap in the province’s health-care system.

“Medical doctors don’t have, necessarily, the training … to do what we call cognitive assessments,” he said. “This is a more specialized thing done by a geriatrician.”

He said the issue lies in the fact that there’s only one geriatrician per 100,000 people in New Brunswick.

Battistini hopes the app will help unclog waiting lists for people in search of a specialist by ruling out those who are at a low risk of dementia.

New Brunswick Medical Society CEO Anthony Knight said supports for patients with dementia exist in New Brunswick, but the system is struggling to keep up with the demand.

“It’s a growing trend, the diagnosis of dementia, among seniors and other individuals. Our nursing home system is strained, for sure, to manage the complexities associated with dementia care,” he said.

It will still be a while before the application will be available for doctors to use, but Pakzad said she’s looking forward to seeing what healthcare professionals think.



Binge drinking rising at ‘worrisome’ rate in Canada, University of Calgary study finds

Some 20 per cent of Canadians are binge drinking — a trend that has been increasing in all age groups, but especially among young people, a study has found.

“I think it’s extraordinarily high,” the study’s lead author, Dr. Andrew Bulloch of the University of Calgary, said Wednesday.

“It’s worrisome because binge drinking is associated with traffic crashes, sexual violence, homicide and accidents in general,” Bulloch added.

From 1996 to 2013, the number of women binge drinking increased from seven to 14 per cent, and men from 21 to 26 per cent.

When it comes to young adults — aged 18 to 24 — the percentage of binge drinkers skyrockets to almost 40 per cent.

“I think it’s a cultural thing, I think it has to do with happy hour, and with acceptability of drinking a lot in a short period of time,” Bulloch told The Homestretch.

Also, alcohol is becoming more affordable, more available, and especially more effectively advertised, he added.


The study defined binge drinking as having five or more drinks at one sitting at least once a month for a year — a consistent measure used in epidemiological studies since the 1960s.

Binge drinking is different from alcohol dependence, which is more of a daily occurrence.

“But we think that binge drinking is a bad sign and can lead down the road to alcohol dependence,” Bulloch said.

He also noted that it puts a burden on the healthcare system, and is associated with depression and suicide.

“People that are depressed tend to self-medicate, both with cigarettes and also alcohol. But what’s a little more surprising is that people that drink heavily are more likely to get depressed, so the relationship is actually reciprocal,” Bulloch said.

The Canadian results mirror studies in the U.S. and U.K.

National guidelines for Canada suggest that men should not drink more than 20 drinks a week, and women 15.

Bulloch says the government should take steps to curb alcohol advertising, including casual signage outside pubs that say, “Happy Hour begins at 3 o’clock.”

Researchers were able to study the data based on a series of cross-sectional national health surveys carried out by Statistics Canada about every two years over the 17-year period.

The study was published in the October edition of CMAJ Open.



Metro Vancouver lawn watering restrictions begin next week

The regional district says Stage 1 water restrictions will commence on Tuesday and remain in place until Oct. 15.

The move, which is two weeks earlier than last year, is a bid to conserve treated drinking water during the hot and dry summer months.

Residents can water their lawn two mornings per week, down from three, with additional adjustments related to watering trees, shrubs and flowers with a sprinkler.

Metro officials say an hour of rain or watering per week is enough water for a healthy lawn.

“Water conservation is not just about water shortages — it’s imperative that we use water wisely all year round, both indoors and outdoors,” said Darrell Mussatto, chair of Metro Vancouver’s utilities committee.

“With a growing population and the effects of climate change, conserving water every day is the right thing to do.”

The new restrictions are part of Metro Vancouver’s Drinking Water Conservation Plan, which regulates how residents, businesses and local governments use drinking water in the summer months or during periods of water shortages.

Metro Vancouver lawn watering restrictions begin next week

Vancouver Cancer charity shouldn’t accept money from wine fundraiser, because alcohol is a carcinogen: expert

VANCOUVER — A top substance use expert said he’s shocked to see the Canadian Cancer Society is accepting money from a wine event fundraiser, because alcohol is a known carcinogen.

Dr. Tim Stockwell, Director of the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research at the University of Victoria, told StarMetro the most recent approximate estimate shows there were between 400 and 500 deaths from breast cancer attributable to alcohol consumption in Canada in 2015.

In May, Liberty Wine Merchants will host the ‘Rosé Revival’ in Vancouver, a fundraising event for breast cancer research. Its promotional material prominently features The Canadian Cancer Society name and logo.

Stockwell said it’s wrong to associate a wine party with fighting breast cancer.

“The implicit message is, let’s prevent cancer and let’s drink rosé while we’re doing it,” he said.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society’s website, in 2015 an estimate of 10,700 Canadians were diagnosed with “cancer linked to their alcohol consumption” and “alcohol is one of the top three causes of cancer deaths worldwide.”

The May 7 fundraiser will mark the company’s tenth year of hosting the event. According to its website, Liberty Wine Merchants has raised more than $30,000 for breast cancer research.

The Canadian Cancer Society’s gift acceptance policy says that it accepts money from alcohol producers and sellers, but not from tobacco companies, indoor tanning businesses, or manufacturers of pesticides.

Stockwell is not alone in his concern. Dr. Carolyn Gotay of University of B.C.’s Faculty of Medicine, said she’s alarmed by the event’s connection to breast cancer research. As the Canadian Cancer Society Chair in Cancer Primary Prevention, Gotay receives funding from the Canadian Cancer Society for her research.

Gotay said she doesn’t condemn wine drinkers, and she drinks wine herself. But drinking alcohol is related to seven types of cancers, and even a glass a day increases a person’s risk of breast cancer.

“For some cancers such as breast cancer, there really is no safe amount of alcohol that is compatible with preventing breast cancer,” she said.

According to the Susan G. Komen breast cancer research non-profit, some research suggests low alcohol consumption by healthy adults can reduce the risk of heart disease, drinking more than one alcoholic beverage per day for women, and more than two for men, has no health benefits and can cause breast cancer. But a pooled analysis of 53 studies found that the relative risk of breast cancer increased by about 7 per cent for each alcoholic beverage consumed per day.

When Gotay travels on behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society, she’s not allowed to buy alcohol with money from the food budget. If she wants a glass of wine, she pays for it with her own money.

“A fundraiser that relies on alcohol sales to support the Cancer society is too incompatible,” she said.

But she doesn’t condemn the efforts of anyone behind the fundraiser.

“I know that people are good natured and trying to do something to help the organization,” she said.

Alex Wade, office manager at Liberty Wine Merchants and one of the event organizers, said the company hosts several charity fundraisers each year, and supports breast cancer because the wife of one of the managers is a survivor of breast cancer.

“We wanted to support in whatever way we could,” she said. “We put on the event, we run everything ourselves, and then we just hand over the money in the end.”

Shawna Dash, co-ordinator of annual giving at Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division, said the event is not a partnership, and Rosé Revival is an independent fundraiser.

“When it comes to alcohol consumption, we believe in moderation, the less alcohol you drink the more you reduce your risk of cancer,” she said.

“If there’s ever something that’s a known carcinogen, we wouldn’t do that, it’s all in the gift acceptance policy,” Dash said.

While she didn’t know of any changes to the policy coming down the pipes, she said “with any smart business you do have to adapt with the research.”



Chicago Friday Sermon – Dr. Ashraf Nusairat Calls Upon Women Not To Be ‘Led Astray’ By Western Colonialist Notions Of Equality

n a Friday sermon delivered at the Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Ashraf Nusairat said that the notion that women do not have rights in Islam was introduced into Islamic countries by Western colonialism. According to Dr. Nusairat, the issue of women’s freedom, equality, and rights is foreign to Islam and was planted by the Western colonialists, who now use it against Islam. “I call upon our Muslim women to return to the religion of Allah, and to understand the Islamic faith correctly. They must not be led astray by the Western notions of equality,” said Dr. Nusairat in his March 16 sermon, which was posted on the Dar Al-Hijrah YouTube channel. Dr. Ashraf Nusairat is the director of Noon Arabic Academy in Hanover Park, Illinois.

To view the clip of Dr. Ashraf Nusairat on MEMRI TV, click here or below.