So you thought Drapeau took the cake for saying that the Olympics can have a deficit like a man can have a baby.
Montreal’s Mayor Valerie Plante has made history (along with Coderre before her) with her own genius edict: We will leave some snow on the sidewalks, and let the rain get absorbed into it. Really? The rain will be absorbed in a foot of snow? She obviously doesn’t get out much and never asked a weatherperson if such a thing is even remotely possible.
We are guessing she’s not biking these days as every corner has enough water to be considered a small river, with a name given to it. Tonight, the temperature is going to drop like a stone and all that water, which the city cannot possibly get rid of, is going to freeze.
What about those tres expensive infamous ice-crushing machines, which were purchased last year with much fanfare and still have yet to make their maiden run on the city’s streets? Na, can’t use those yet because “we have to wait for an inch of ice.” Well, tomorrow there will ten inches of ice and we are guessing that the response will be…”Those machines can’t handle so much ice.”
One more ignoramus edict from Plante is spending $50 million on Philips Square. Let’s start with what borders Philips Square: The Bay on the north side, Birks on the west side, office buildings on the east side and another office building on the south side. It’s a tiny piece of green in the middle of the city.
In order to ‘fix’ Philips square, the city is getting rid of about 50 parking spots. Quel surprise. Plante despises cars and could care less if nobody drives downtown. Ask The Bay how they feel about that.
So what is said square getting for $50 million: Wider sidewalks, a water feature (with four months of summer) more greenery, benches for passersby, free WiFi and LED lights. It’s the old light-trick again. Who needs LED lights? Benches for passersby? Once the stores close, those benches are going to be used for not the most savoury purposes, including drug dealing. The mayor of Montreal lives in an altered reality.
In the 2019 Bloomberg Innovation Index, an annual ranking of the world’s 60 most innovative countries, Israel ranked 5th, ahead of the United States, which ranked 8th and Canada which ranked…20th. Embarrassing.
The index reviews dozens of criteria using seven metrics, including research and development spending, manufacturing capability and concentration of high-tech public companies.
Israel was ranked first in the R&D intensity category and fell to second place from first last year in research concentration.
In case you were wondering, the United Arab Emirates ranked dead last at 46, the only Arab country to rank at all.
The left-leaning Washington Post called out Ocasio-Cortez giving her three Pinocchios for shooting off her mouth yet again and not knowing what she’s talking about. You can be sure the if the liberal newspapers are going after her, she’s a serious piece of work.
Here’s what she said: “I think it’s wrong that corporations like Walmart and Amazon can get paid by the government, essentially experience a wealth transfer from the public, for paying people less than a minimum wage.” Wrong. A reporter from the Washington Post called her out: “Both Walmart and Amazon do pay more than the minimum wage.”
Cortez has an axe to grind. One of our very astute readers revealed that she has a bone to pick – she was upper middle class until the family went bankrupt paying for the medical bills for her father who died anyways. She hates the system and blames the government. There ya go.
It appears that our ambassador to China was a bit loose with his tongue when speaking to Chinese newspapers about Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou who was arrested in Canada at the behest of the United States who wants to extradite her.
John McCallum said that Wanzhou could make “strong arguments” against her extradition to the United States.
Indeed, the ambassador proceeded to make them for her:
That Donald Trump’s public statements on the case, to the effect that he might intervene in some way if it were necessary to resolve the trade dispute with China, indicated “political involvement”.
That the case had an “extraterritorial aspect,” in as much as Skycom, the Huawei subsidiary whose ties to the parent corporation she is accused of concealing, is based in Hong Kong; and that the charges against her were related to a U.S. policy of sanctions against Iran that “Canada does not sign onto,” making her ineligible for extradition.
Mr. McCallum walked back his comments today saying he ‘misspoke’. He certainly didn’t make his boss, Trudeau, look good.
Lanny Davis is the lawyer of Michael Cohen, who was Trump’s go-to lawyer. Blanche, did you know that Lanny Davis was g.o.o.d. friends with Hillary Clinton?
In 2015 there was a nasty article written about Davis and he needed his ‘friends’ to talk to reporters saying how nice he was. As such, he sent an email to Hillary, dripping with fakeness as she drips with disdain. The salient and very juicy lines?
“Aside from Carolyn, my four children and my family, I consider you to be my best friend and the best person I have met in my long life. You know that from the dedication and appreciation of you I have always felt and expressed to you over four decades.”
If that wasn’t enough, Davis finished off with…”One more please (there were about six). If it feels to you inappropriate as Secretary of State or for any other reason to be in a quote about me on a personal or professional level, I fully understand. Thanks for considering this, my good friend Hillary.”
The question is, why did Michael Cohen choose a sleazebag like Lanny Davis as his lawyer? Unless of course, Cohen himself is a sleazeball. Takes one to know one.
Good Shabbos We’ll talk…