Food & Energy
A tax holiday for apartment builders will cost more than $4 billion, the Department of Finance disclosed yesterday. Expenses are triple those estimated two years ago by the Budget Office.
“We are talking about $4.5 billion over the next five years,” said Miodrag Jovanovic, assistant deputy finance minister. Jovanovic revealed the figure under questioning at the Senate national finance committee.
“Has there been an assessment of the cost of this measure?” asked Senator Éric Forest (Que.). “It represents several billion dollars over the next five years,” replied Jovanovic. “It is mainly recognizing the fact the cost of financing construction has increased hugely over the last 18 months.”
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An estimated 99% of the components making up whole food are a complete mystery. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference details 188 nutritional components of food, including 38 flavonoids, yet scientists estimate there are more than 26,000 different biochemicals in our food.
We know even less about the constituents of processed foods and synthetic foods, which falsely claim to be “equivalents” to whole foods, such as “animal-free meats” or “animal-free milk.”
Scientists cannot create equivalence when they don’t even know what 85% or more of the whole food they’re trying to replicate consists of.
A paper published in the April issue of Animal Frontiers warns that cultured products are not nutritionally equivalent to the meats they’re intended to replace.
A May report by the Food and Agriculture Organization concluded there are at least 53 potential health hazards associated with lab-grown meat, including the possibility of contamination with heavy metals, microplastics, nanoplastics and chemicals, allergenic additives, toxic components, antibiotics and prions.
Canada now has so many seniors the Department of Employment hired 18 percent more clerks this year to process Old Age Security claims, records show. New applications for benefits are arriving at the rate of more than 60,000 a week.
“For a significant number of these seniors the Old Age Security benefits represent their only source of income,” said a department Briefing Binder. “Not receiving these core benefits on time can cause serious financial hardship.”
Media and animal rights activists have indoctrinated Canadians against the Atlantic seal hunt, says the president of one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest unions. “It was all crushed,” Greg Pretty told the Senate fisheries committee.
“We had the products, we had the beautiful coats, you name it, we had it,” testified Pretty, president of the 14,000 member Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union. “We had seal oil. We did all that. It was all done but it was all crushed. It was crushed by outside forces and we never had a champion in Ottawa to stand for us.”
The British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) said in an announcement last Wednesday that there is still $4 million available to be given out to construction companies that apply for its Apprenticeship Services project.
This project, which is funded by the Government of Canada’s Canadian Apprenticeship Strategy’s Apprenticeship Service initiative, allows businesses to receive a $5,000-per-employee incentive cash bonus if they hire first-year apprentices for 39 Red Seal Trades. However, if those apprentices self-identify as LGBT, a person of color, a woman, or a disabled person, the cash inventive doubles to $10,000.
Canada reached a new population milestone this summer, lead by high levels of growth in Alberta.
Statistics Canada has released its demographic estimates for July 1, 2023.
Between July 1 2022 and July 1, 2023, the national population grew by 1,158,705 (2.9 per cent) to 40,097,761. The organization announced on June 16, 2023, that the population hit 40 million.
The COVID-19 crisis is destroying people’s lives. My responsibility as an author is to reveal the truth, break the tide of media disinformation and reach out worldwide to as many people as possible.
We are dealing with an exceedingly complex process. In the course of the last two and a half years, I have analyzed almost on a daily basis the timeline and evolution of the COVID-19 crisis.
From the very outset in January 2020, people worldwide were led to believe and accept the existence of a rapidly progressing and dangerous epidemic. Media disinformation was instrumental in sustaining the COVID-19 narrative.
At the time of writing, protest movements have erupted in numerous countries. The entire planet is in state of economic and social chaos. A worldwide crisis in food and agriculture is unfolding with famines erupting in all major regions of the world (see Chapter IV).
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault says there will be no special treatment for Alberta when it comes to new regulations to make electricity cleaner.
Guilbeault is currently consulting on draft regulations published in August that would compel all electricity to be from renewable sources or equipped with carbon capture technology by 2035.
Alberta Premier Danielle Smith said this week she will use her province’s sovereignty act to challenge any attempt by Ottawa to enforce that deadline.
She says Alberta is working toward a net-zero electricity grid by 2050 and that doing so by 2035 would cost Alberta rate payers a fortune or even leave them without reliable sources of power.
The Government of Alberta has launched a public campaign encouraging Canadians to reject the federal energy regulation plan and says it may use its sovereignty act to protect the province’s interests.
“I’m hoping we don’t have to use it,” Premier Danielle Smith said during a news conference in Calgary on Sept. 28. “We are going to bend our constitutional jurisdiction to make sure that we develop our oil and gas industry at our own pace, and that we develop our electricity system so that it achieves the goal of reliability and affordability.”
“We are running print, radio, television, and social media ads, along with billboards and bus wraps,” Ms. Smith said at the news conference.
A majority of Canadians would like to see a reduction or complete elimination of the federal carbon tax, a recent Leger survey found.
Facing rising living costs, 55 percent of Canadians say they think the carbon tax should be either reduced (18 percent) or completely eliminated (37 percent), said the Montreal-based polling company in a release on Sept. 28
The survey found that most Canadians (68 percent) are not willing to pay higher taxes on gasoline to support the Liberal government’s net-zero carbon emissions goals. Even in Quebec, where there is relatively more support for maintaining or increasing the carbon tax, only 24 percent of residents favour this policy, according to the survey.
“Canadians appear to be reaching their limit in terms of what they are willing to pay to help meet a net-zero carbon emission policy,” it said.