Monthly Archives: May 2018

Italy gets western Europe's 1st populist government

Italy’s anti-establishment Five-Star Movement and the right-wing League succeeded Thursday in forming western Europe’s first populist government, which will be headed by a political novice whose first try was rejected four days earlier as too risky for the Italian economy. What changed was the willingness of Five-Star Leader Luigi Di Maio and the League’s Matteo Salvini to shuffle the proposed ...

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How Canada's retaliatory tariffs are designed to exert 'maximum pain' for Trump

In retaliating against U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, Canada crafted a list of quirky, mismatched targets for its own tariffs that may look more like MacGyver’s shopping list than a strategic plan to bring about a change to U.S. policy. From pizza and quiche to strawberry jam, ketchup and mustard, the tariff target list Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland released ...

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Canada hits back at U.S. with dollar-for-dollar tariffs on steel, aluminum, maple syrup

Canada is countering the United States’ move to slap punishing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports by imposing dollar-for-dollar tariffs of its own on everything from steel products to maple syrup. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Canada is hitting back with duties of up to $16.6 billion on some steel and aluminum products and other goods from the U.S. — including beer kegs, ...

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'I know it's inspiring people': Regina man landscaping yards after both legs amputated

Howard Desjarlais refuses to let his lack of legs slow him down.  Desjarlais had both of his legs amputated from the knee down. The first amputation came at age 19 and the second at 28.  Both stemmed from accidental injuries which became infected to the point where the surgery was required.   Since the second, he has started landscaping lawns and yards around Regina to ...

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Samantha Bee apologizes to Ivanka Trump for using vulgar slur

Samantha Bee is apologizing after referring to Ivanka Trump with a vulgar word on her TBS comedy show. “I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night,” Bee said Thursday afternoon. “It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret ...

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Trans Mountain is a stick right in the eye of the Liberals' own people

So, I guess Kinder Morgan wasn’t bluffing. Remember that, only a lifetime and two weeks ago, Finance Minister Bill Morneau seemed downright plummy after announcing his plan to indemnify Kinder Morgan against any losses incurred on the Trans Mountain pipeline. “We think plenty of investors would be interested in taking on this project, especially knowing that the federal government believes ...

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