Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ is actually an old socialist plan from Canada | Fox News

The “Green New Deal” is the most radical and destructive policy proposal offered by a member of Congress in decades. But what was once thought to be a fringe policy idea has recently gained significant momentum.

Although the Green New Deal has received huge amounts of media attention in recent weeks – both positive and negative – the radical origins of the plan have not. Ocasio-Cortez has been labeled an innovative thinker for offering the allegedly visionary Green New Deal, but the truth is that most of these ideas have been floating around socialist circles since at least the early 2000s, and there is strong evidence to suggest that much of the draft text of Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is merely a revised version of the “Leap Manifesto,” a socialist green-energy plan pushed by far-left environmentalists in Canada.

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Canadian sentenced to death in China for drug smuggling amid tensions between countries | Fox News

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was given the death penalty in Dalian Intermediate People’s Court in the northeast province of Liaoning after an appeals court last month agreed with prosecutors that Schellenberg’s original punishment was too lenient.

The court on Monday said Schellenberg had an “extremely large” negative impact on China and was a “core member” of an international drug ring.

Source: Canadian sentenced to death in China for drug smuggling amid tensions between countries | Fox News

Should the US hand over Minnesota’s Northwest Angle to Canada? – BBC News

A White House petition is asking to have the geographic curiosity handed over to Canada.

The Northwest Angle is known to local residents, people who love to fish – the region is famous for its walleye – and geography buffs.

It is accessible by land only through the Canadian province.

Now, someone has anonymously launched a petition urging the US to hand the land over to its northern neighbours.

“Make America great by correcting this critical survey error,” states the petition posted on 30 December on the White House “We the People” site, which allows citizens to petition Congress on issues that matter to them.

Source: Should the US hand over Minnesota’s Northwest Angle to Canada? – BBC News

China ‘releases’ Canadian teacher Sarah McIver – BBC News

A Canadian citizen who was detained in China amid frosty relations between the two countries has been released and returned to Canada, media reports say.

Teacher Sarah McIver, from Alberta, was held earlier this month for “unlawfully working in China”.

Global Affairs Canada confirmed that a Canadian citizen had been released, but did not name the person.

Ms McIver’s detention followed that of two other Canadians. They are still being held.

China and Canada both said Ms McIver’s case was different from the other two. Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor face accusations of harming national security.

Source: China ‘releases’ Canadian teacher Sarah McIver – BBC News

552-carat yellow diamond found in Canada, largest ever in North America

Just in time before you send your list to Santa, miners in the far reaches of Canada announced that they found a rough 552-carat yellow diamond, which is the largest diamond ever discovered in North America and the seventh-largest diamond ever found.

Source: 552-carat yellow diamond found in Canada, largest ever in North America

Canada–U.S. Joint Statement

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis and Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan co-hosted a meeting of the top 13 nations contributing military support to the Global Coalition to Defeat-ISIS on Dec. 6, in Ottawa. 

With 79 members, the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS is stronger than ever in its efforts to counter the ISIS threat.

Our Coalition has liberated more than 99 percent of the territory it once held, but there is still work to be done.

Source: DOD

Trump signs trade deal with Mexico, Canada as pact faces Democratic opposition in Congress | Fox News

President Trump, his Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have officially signed the replacement to NAFTA, in the wake of the Trump administration enacting tariffs on steel and aluminum products from Canada and Mexico, which sparked retaliatory tariffs and negotiations with the two countries.

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Cannabis becomes legal in Canada | World news | The Guardian

The Canadian government is ready to pardon those with a cannabis possession record of 30 grams or less as the country becomes the world’s second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace.

A federal official said Canada would pardon people with convictions for possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana, the new legal threshold, with a formal announcement due later on Wednesday.

The use of medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001 and Justin Trudeau’s government has spent two years working toward expanding that to include recreational marijuana. The goal is to better reflect society’s changing opinion about marijuana and bring black market operators into a regulated system.

Source: Cannabis becomes legal in Canada | World news | The Guardian

Dellen Millard killed father as he slept and inherited millions – BBC News

A former Canadian millionaire and twice-convicted murderer has been convicted of killing his father, whose death was initially ruled a suicide.

Dellen Millard wept when he heard the judge pronounce him guilty of murdering his father Wayne Millard.

Millard is already serving two life sentences for the murders of Laura Babcock and Tim Bosma.

He inherited the family fortune after his father was found shot in the head.

The 2012 death was originally ruled a suicide, but on Monday an Ontario Superior Court judge found him guilty of shooting his father while he slept

Source: Dellen Millard killed father as he slept and inherited millions – BBC News

Canada cannabis entrepreneurs ‘could face US lifetime ban’ – BBC News

Canadian cannabis entrepreneurs and investors could face a lifetime ban from the US over their involvement in the industry, US media report.

A senior US border official told news site Politico that Canadians in the burgeoning sector could be deemed inadmissible to the US.

Canada is a month away from becoming the first industrialised nation to legalise recreational cannabis use.

While some US states allow pot use, the drug remains federally illegal.

There have been concerns within Canada’s growing cannabis industry for months that they may face trouble crossing the border.

Source: Canada cannabis entrepreneurs ‘could face US lifetime ban’ – BBC News

Two police officers among four people killed in Canada mass shooting – NY Daily News

At least four people were killed during an early-morning shooting in a residential neighborhood in Canada.

One suspect is in custody and officials confirmed “there is no further threat to the public” just after 11 a.m. The area will remain “contained for the foreseeable future” as officials continue to investigate.

“No names are being released at this time,” authorities said in a tweet. “Please appreciate this is a difficult time for their families and our colleagues. We will provide more info when we can.”

Source: Two police officers among four people killed in Canada mass shooting – NY Daily News

Legal marijuana will roll out differently in Canada than in U.S.

It’s up to the provinces and territories to determine how to handle distribution, and they’re taking a variety of approaches.

Mail-order weed? You betcha!

With marijuana legalization across Canada on the horizon, the industry is shaping up to look different from the way it does in nine U.S. states that have legalized adult recreational use of the drug. Age limits, government involvement in distribution and sales, and access to banking are some big discrepancies.

And yes, Canadians will be able to order cannabis online and have it delivered through the mail — something that’s illegal in the United States.

Source: Legal marijuana will roll out differently in Canada than in U.S.

Canada’s Legislature Votes To Legalize Marijuana; Sales Will Begin In Weeks : NPR

Canada’s House of Commons voted to legalize recreational marijuana use, sending the bill to the Senate. In this photo from April 20, smoke rises during the annual 4/20 marijuana rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario. Chris Wattie/Reuters

Recreational marijuana may soon be legal in Canada, after both the House of Commons and the Senate approved the Cannabis Act. Legal sales are likely to begin before the end of summer after the Senate voted 52-29 Tuesday night to approve the bill, the CBC reports.

“We’ve just witnessed a historic vote for Canada. The end of 90 years of prohibition,” Sen. Tony Dean, one of the bill’s sponsors, told the CBC. “Transformative social policy, I think. A brave move on the part of the government.”

Canada’s minister of justice sponsored the cannabis bill; the government announced its push for legalization last spring with an official news release that stated, “The current approach to cannabis does not work.”

Source: Canada’s Legislature Votes To Legalize Marijuana; Sales Will Begin In Weeks : NPR