‘Crass politics’: NDP’s refusal to rule out snap election driven by polling numbers, Liberals say

VANCOUVER — At a weekly media availability Thursday, John Horgan fueled more speculation about the possibility of a fall election when he refused to say that wasn’t in the cards. So, let the politicking begin.

While both the opposition BC Liberals and Greens say they are ready for an election, should it happen, MLAs also insist it isn’t necessary.

“He’s looking at the polls,” said Liberal MLA Jas Johal. “It’s crass politics. We have an election scheduled for October 2021 and the public’s OK with that, from what I’m hearing.”

“I think it’s highly irresponsible,” said Green leadership hopeful Sonia Furstenau. She says there’s no issue with the how the legislature is working, pointing to how the three parties have worked together since the beginning of the pandemic.

“The final votes on the budget, it was unanimous support from all three parties. There’s no issue inside the legislature,” she added.

Both parties are likely keenly aware that painting the election as unnecessary could hurt the NDP.

Yet a new Angus Reid poll suggests the governing party is extremely popular.

The online survey of roughly 600 decided voters found many British Columbians are happy with the status quo. Asked what they’d do if an election were held tomorrow, 48 per cent of respondents said they’d vote NDP, 29 per cent said Liberals, followed by the Greens at 14 per cent.

At the same time, Elections BC is actively looking to secure office space and more mail-in ballot packages amidst the rumours. The pandemic could make it harder to find space, and more people are expected to stay home to vote.

“Typically, in a provincial election we see between one and two per cent of all ballots cast being cast by mail,” explained Elections BC spokesperson Andrew Watson.

Watson said they’ve surveyed British Columbians and watched other jurisdiction and expect in the next provincial election that number could increase to as high as 35 per cent.

The premier isn’t saying an election is imminent but he hasn’t exactly put the rumours to bed. on Thursday, he seemed to point out how precarious many thought his minority government was.

“A John Horgan government was supposed to have a shelf life of six weeks, then six months, and now apparently forever,” he said.

Forever is likely a stretch – although a snap election this fall may not be.

 

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/crass-politics-ndp-s-refusal-to-rule-out-snap-election-driven-by-polling-numbers-liberals-say-1.5093544

Leviticus 16, 17, 18

Leviticus 16

 

16:1 and the Lord spoke to Moses after the two sons of Aaron died in bringing strange fire before the Lord, so they died.

16:2 And the Lord said to Moses, Speak to Aaron thy brother, and let him not come in at all times into the holy place within the veil before the propitiatory, which is upon the ark of the testimony, and he shall not die; for I will appear in a cloud on the propitiatory.

16:3 Thus shall Aaron enter into the holy place; with a calf of the herd for a sin-offering, and [having] a ram for a whole-burnt-offering.

16:4 And he shall put on the consecrated linen tunic, and he shall have on his flesh the linen drawers, and shall gird himself with a linen girdle, and shall put on the linen cap, they are holy garments; and he shall bathe all his body in water, and shall put them on.

16:5 And he shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin-offering, and one lamb for a whole-burnt-offering.

16:6 And Aaron shall bring the calf for his own sin-offering, and shall make atonement for himself and for his house.

16:7 And he shall take the two goats, and place them before the Lord by the door of the tabernacle of witness.

16:8 and Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats, one lot for the Lord, and the other for the scape-goat.

16:9 And Aaron shall bring forward the goat on which the lot for the Lord fell, and shall offer him for a sin-offering.

16:10 and the goat upon which the lot of the scape-goat came, he shall present alive before the Lord, to make atonement upon him, so as to send him away as a scape-goat, and he shall send him into the wilderness.

16:11 And Aaron shall bring the calf for his sin, and he shall make atonement for himself and for his house, and he shall kill the calf for his sin-offering.

16:12 And he shall take his censer full of coals of fire off the altar, which is before the Lord; and he shall fill his hands with fine compound incense, and shall bring it within the veil.

16:13 And he shall put the incense on the fire before the Lord, and the smoke of the incense shall cover the mercy-seat over the tables of testimony, and he shall not die.

16:14 And he shall take of the blood of the calf, and sprinkle with his finger on the mercy-seat eastward: before the mercy-seat shall he sprinkle seven times of the blood with his finger.

16:15 and he shall kill the goat for the sin-offering that is for the people, before the Lord; and he shall bring in of its blood within the veil, and shall do with its blood as he did with the blood of the calf, and shall sprinkle its blood on the mercy-seat, in front of the mercy-seat.

16:16 and he shall make atonement for the sanctuary on account of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and for their trespasses in the matter of all their sins; and thus shall he do to the tabernacle of witness established among them in the midst of their uncleanness.

16:17 and there shall be no man in the tabernacle of witness, when he goes in to make atonement in the holy place, until he shall have come out; and he shall make atonement for himself, and for his house, and for all the congregation of the children of Israel.

16:18 And he shall come forth to the altar that is before the Lord, and he shall make atonement upon it; and he shall take of the blood of the calf, and of the blood of the goat, and shall put it on the horns of the altar round about.

16:19 And he shall sprinkle some of the blood upon it seven times with his finger, and shall purge it, and hallow it from the uncleanness of the children of Israel.

16:20 And he shall finish making atonement for the sanctuary and for the tabernacle of witness, and for the altar; and he shall make a cleansing for the priests, and he shall bring the living goat;

16:21 and Aaron shall lay his hands on the head of the live goat, and he shall declare over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their unrighteousness, and all their sins; and he shall lay them upon the head of the live goat, and shall send him by the hand of a ready man into the wilderness.

16:22 And the goat shall bear their unrighteousnesses upon him into a desert land; and Aaron shall send away the goat into the wilderness.

16:23 And Aaron shall enter into the tabernacle of witness, and shall put off the linen garment, which he had put on, as he entered into the holy place, and shall lay it by there.

16:24 And he shall bathe his body in water in the holy place, and shall put on his raiment, and shall go out and offer the whole-burnt-offering for himself and the whole-burnt-offering for the people: and shall make atonement for himself and for his house, and for the people, as for the priests.

16:25 And he shall offer the fat for the sin-offering on the altar.

16:26 And he that sends forth the goat that has been set apart to be let go, shall wash his garments, and bathe his body in water, and afterwards shall enter into the camp.

16:27 And the calf for the sin-offering, and the goat for the sin-offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the holy place, they shall carry forth out of the camp, and burn them with fire, even their skins and their flesh and their dung.

16:28 And he that burns them shall wash his garments, and bathe his body in water, and afterwards he shall enter into the camp.

16:29 And this shall be a perpetual statute for you; in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall humble your souls, and shall do no work, the native and the stranger who abides among you.

16:30 For in this day he shall make an atonement for you, to cleanse you from all your sins before the Lord, ad ye shall be purged.

16:31 This shall be to you a most holy sabbath, a rest, and ye shall humble your souls; it is a perpetual ordinance.

16:32 The priest whomsoever they shall anoint shall make atonement, and whomsoever they shall consecrate to exercise the priestly office after his father; and he shall put on the linen robe, the holy garment.

16:33 And he shall make atonement for the most holy place, and the tabernacle of witness; and he shall make atonement for the altar, and for the priests; and he shall make atonement for all the congregation.

16:34 And this shall be to you a perpetual statute to make atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins: it shall be done once in the year, as the Lord commanded Moses.

 

Leviticus  17

 

17:1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

17:2 Speak to Aaron and to his sons, and to all the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them, This is the word which the Lord has commanded, saying,

17:3 Every man of the children of Israel, or of the strangers abiding among you, who shall kill a calf, or a sheep, or a goat in the camp, or who shall kill it out of the camp,

17:4 and shall not bring it to the door of the tabernacle of witness, so as to sacrifice it for a whole-burnt-offering or peace-offering to the Lord to be acceptable for a sweet-smelling savour: and whosoever shall slay it without, and shall not bring it to the door of the tabernacle of witness, so as to offer it as a gift to the Lord before the tabernacle of the Lord; blood shall be imputed to that man, he has shed blood; that soul shall be cut off from his people.

17:5 That the children of Israel may offer their sacrifices, all that they shall slay in the fields, and bring them to the Lord unto the doors of the tabernacle of witness to the priest, and they shall sacrifice them as a peace-offering to the Lord.

17:6 And the priest shall pour the blood on the altar round about before the Lord by the doors of the tabernacle of witness, and shall offer the fat for a sweet-smelling savour to the Lord.

17:7 And they shall no longer offer their sacrifices to vain [gods] after which they go a whoring; it shall be a perpetual statute to you for your generations.

17:8 And thou shalt say to them, Whatever man of the children of Israel, or of the sons of the proselytes abiding among you, shall offer a whole-burnt-offering or a sacrifice,

17:9 and shall not bring it to the door of the tabernacle of witness to sacrifice it to the Lord, that man shall be destroyed from among his people.

17:10 And whatever man of the children of Israel, or of the strangers abiding among you, shall eat any blood, I will even set my face against that soul that eats blood, and will destroy it from its people.

17:11 For the life of flesh is its blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for its blood shall make atonement for the soul.

17:12 Therefore I said to the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, and the stranger that abides among you shall not eat blood.

17:13 And whatever man of the children of Israel, or of the strangers abiding among you shall take any animal in hunting, beast, or bird, which is eaten, then shall he pour out the blood, and cover it in the dust.

17:14 For the blood of all flesh is its life; and I said to the children of Israel, Ye shall not eat the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood: every one that eats it shall be destroyed.

17:15 And every soul which eats that which has died of itself, or is taken of beasts, either among the natives or among the strangers, shall wash his garments, and bathe himself in water, and shall be unclean until evening: then shall he be clean.

17:16 But if he do not wash his garments, and do not bathe his body in water, then shall he bear his iniquity.

 

Leviticus 18

 

18:1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

18:2 Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them, I [am] the Lord your God.

18:3 Ye shall not do according to the devices of Egypt, in which ye dwelt: and according to the devices of the land of Chanaan, into which I bring you, ye shall not do; and ye shall not walk in their ordinances.

18:4 Ye shall observe my judgments, and shall keep my ordinances, and shall walk in them: I [am] the Lord your God.

18:5 So ye shall keep all my ordinances, and all my judgments, and do them; which if a man do, he shall live in them: I [am] the Lord your God.

18:6 No man shall draw nigh to any of his near kindred to uncover their nakedness; I [am] the Lord.

18:7 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, for she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

18:8 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father’s wife; it is thy father’s nakedness.

18:9 The nakedness of thy sister by thy father or by thy mother, born at home or abroad, their nakedness thou shalt not uncover.

18:10 The nakedness of thy son’s daughter, or thy daughter’s daughter, their nakedness thou shalt not uncover; because it is thy nakedness.

18:11 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of the daughter of thy father’s wife; she is thy sister by the same father: thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

18:12 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father’s sister, for she is near akin to thy father.

18:13 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother’s sister, for she is near akin to thy mother.

18:14 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father’s brother, and thou shalt not go in to his wife; for she is thy relation.

18:15 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy daughter-in-law, for she is thy son’s wife, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

18:16 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother’s wife: it is thy brother’s nakedness.

18:17 The nakedness of a woman and her daughter shalt thou not uncover; her son’s daughter, and her daughter’s daughter, shalt thou not take, to uncover their nakedness, for they are thy kinswomen: it is impiety.

18:18 Thou shalt not take a wife in addition to her sister, as a rival, to uncover her nakedness in opposition to her, while she is yet living.

18:19 And thou shalt not go in to a woman under separation for her uncleanness, to uncover her nakedness.

18:20 And thou shalt not lie with thy neighbour’s wife, to defile thyself with her.

18:21 And thou shalt not give of thy seed to serve a ruler; and thou shalt not profane my holy name; I [am] the Lord.

18:22 And thou shalt not lie with a man as with a woman, for it is an abomination.

18:23 Neither shalt thou lie with any quadruped for copulation, to be polluted with it: neither shall a woman present herself before any quadruped to have connexion with it; for it is an abomination.

18:24 Do not defile yourselves with any of these things; for in all these things the nations are defiled, which I drive out before you,

18:25 and the land is polluted; and I have recompensed their iniquity to them because of it, and the land is aggrieved with them that dwell upon it.

18:26 And ye shall keep all my statutes and all my ordinances, and ye shall do none of these abominations; neither the native, nor the stranger that joins himself with you:

18:27 (for all these abominations the men of the land did who were before you, and the land was defiled,)

18:28 and lest the land be aggrieved with you in your polluting it, as it was aggrieved with the nations before you.

18:29 For whosoever shall do any of these abominations, the souls that do them shall be destroyed from among their people.

18:30 And ye shall keep mine ordinances, that ye may not do any of the abominable practices, which have taken place before your time: and ye shall not be polluted in them; for I [am] the Lord your God.

Richmond, B.C. politicians push Ottawa to address birth tourism and stop ‘passport mill’

RICHMOND, B.C. — One in four births taking place at Richmond Hospital involve an international mother, according to new statistics.

So-called “birth tourism” is a controversial phenomenon in which expectant mothers from other countries come to Canada for the purpose of accessing a Canadian passport for their newborn babies and skipping the standard immigration processes.

“It’s perceived as an abuse of birthright citizenship,” said Andrew Griffith, a former director of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada who is currently a fellow at the Environics Institute.

 

“Birthright citizenship was really designed for people who moved to Canada, who immigrated to Canada, gave birth to their children, so their children would automatically have Canadian citizenship,” Griffith said. “It was never designed for a world where you could stay in a birth hotel or a hostel, give birth and fly back to your country of origin.”

Over the last couple of years, Griffith has been collecting numbers from the Canadian Institute for Health Information, which compiles data from hospitals across the country, excluding Quebec.

 

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/richmond-b-c-politicians-push-ottawa-to-address-birth-tourism-and-stop-passport-mill-1.5094237

Conservatives request ethics probe into Telford, senior adviser as PMO denies wrongdoing

The federal Conservatives have asked Canada’s ethics watchdog to launch an investigation into allegations of improper lobbying related to the government’s emergency wage subsidy program.

The probe concerns possible breaches of the Conflict of Interest Act involving Michael McNair, a then-informal adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; Katie Telford, Trudeau’s chief of staff; and Telford’s husband, Rob Silver.

Vice reported last month that Silver had contacted staff in the Prime Minister’s Office and then-finance minister Bill Morneau’s office to ask for changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). Those changes would make MCAP, the mortgage and insurance company for which Silver works, eligible for the program. Silver was ultimately not successful in changing the eligibility criteria.

“By indulging Mr. Silver’s appeals, referring him back to Mr. Morneau’s office, and directing Mr. Morneau’s staff to speak to Mr. Silver, Mr. McNair, in our view, gave preferential treatment to Mr. Silver… based on his identity as both a friend and the spouse of his friend and immediate superior Ms. Telford,” Conservative finance and ethics critics Pierre Poilievre and Michael Barrett wrote in a letter to ethics commissioner Mario Dion on Sunday.

McNair was formerly Trudeau’s top policy advisor, but returned to an advising role in an unofficial capacity at the onset of the federal government’s COVID-19 response.

The PMO confirmed to CBC News that McNair was not a paid employee of its office when the conversation was reported to have taken place and said he was working as a volunteer. McNair again became a paid employee of the PMO on June 15 as a special adviser to Trudeau.

 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/conservatives-request-ethics-probe-into-telford-senior-adviser-1.5714396

WE Charity has fully repaid full $30M received through now-cancelled government deal

OTTAWA — WE Charity has repaid the full $30 million that the WE Charity Foundation received from the federal government under its now-cancelled deal to deliver the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG), according to one of the organization’s Twitter accounts.

“As of today, WE Charity has transferred back the full balance of funds for the CSSG to the Government of Canada,” according to the tweet sent from the WE Communications account on Thursday evening.

“Over the last 2 months, WE Charity repeatedly communicated to the ESDC the desire to return the remaining funds as soon as the Gov was able to accept the transfer.”

 

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/we-charity-has-fully-repaid-full-30m-received-through-now-cancelled-government-deal-1.5092855

At least 500 Ethiopian Christians reported slaughtered in relentless door-to-door attacks since June

An Ethiopian Christian leader called for an international inquiry into the slaying of hundreds of Christians, including pregnant women, children and whole families, in ongoing Oromo Muslim extremist attacks in the parts of the Oromia regional state, extending south, south-east and east of Addis Ababa, since the end of June. According to reports, more than 500 were killed.

The coordinated killings, targeting Christians from a wide range of ethnicities including Oromo Christians, began soon after the alleged assassination of a popular Oromo singer, Hachallu Hundessa, who was shot dead on 29 June, while driving in the outskirts of the capital.

 

https://news.barnabasfund.org/At-least-500-Ethiopian-Christians-reported-slaughtered-in-relentless-door-to-door-attacks/

 

NEW DELHI: Following a recent security assessment, it has been found that Turkey has been funding and supporting anti-India terror activities and Islamic organisations in India.

Indian security agencies have gathered inputs suggesting that Turkey-based handlers, with apparent support from the Ankara government, had facilitated a group of Indian terrorists in travelling to Syria and fight for the global terror network of ISIS there. The recent arrests of ISIS terrorists in India reestablished this fact, as they confessed to reaching Syria via Turkey and returning via the same route. Their admission into ISIS was facilitated by handlers based out of Turkey.

 

https://zeenews.india.com/india/turkeys-funding-of-anti-india-activities-concerns-indian-security-agencies-2307636.html

 

 

.- Two religious sisters in Mozambique are still unaccounted for three weeks after militants linked to the Islamic State seized control of the port city of Mocimboa da Praia.

Sister Inés Ramos, who is over 70, and Sister Eliane da Costa of the congregation of St. Joseph of Chambéry have not been heard from since the rebels attacked their city in early August.

The General House of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambéry in Rome told CNA Sept. 4 that the sisters in Mozambique remained missing.

“We are hoping that they are still alive but have no means of communication. We have not had any official notification,” Fr. Kwiriwi Fonseca of the Diocese of Pemba in northern Mozambique told Aid to the Church in Need Sept. 2.

 

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/two-religious-sisters-in-mozambique-still-missing-after-islamist-attack-21188