Trudeau and the millennials:

Mr. Trudeau’s central pledge is to “grow the economy.” And now, he has a master plan – a bold new plan to kick Canada into high gear by making us a magnet for foreign investment and massively increasing immigration. It is super ambitious. … What could possibly go wrong?

What could go wrong is a massive mismatch of expectations to results. The risk of a failure to deliver is high. And the prospects for delivering what millennials want most – affordable housing anywhere in the vicinity of Vancouver and Toronto, more good jobs with higher take-home pay and benefits – are low.

Mr. Trudeau makes the economy sound like a neglected garden that just needs more water, fertilizer, and a good weeding to perk it up. But the truth is that no one knows how to kick-start the economy. No two experts can agree on what might work.

In the past few years, economies around the world have stalled. That stagnation is a major factor in the political unrest that is rocking Europe and the United States. In Canada, we dream of a return to the good old days, when the GDP grew by 3.5 per cent a year. But it’s entirely possible the good old days aren’t coming back. The Bank of Canadakeeps ratcheting its forecasts down: It now says growth will be 1.1 per cent this year, and 2 per cent in 2017. Over time, that small difference between then and now becomes huge. At a 3.5-per-cent growth rate, wealth doubles every 20 years. At 2 per cent, it takes 35 years.


Kitten delight

Adorable kitten cowering on the New York Subway tracks causes long days for commuters who rescued the cat


A black cat crossing your path can mean good or bad luck, depending, but for straphangers on the 7 line in New York City, it meant a long wait for a train.

When a dark-furred, green-eyed kitten was spotted zipping across the tracks at the Fifth Avenue station around 2pm on Sunday, normally jaded New Yorkers were not about to allow the cute creature to get crushed under the wheels of a train.

Benjamin Hilario, 32, said he saw a flash of a feline and then the worrisome vision of the oncoming lights of the train pulling into the station.

Straphangers of the 7 line flagged down the conductor before the train could run over the feline and then pressed the help button

Straphangers of the 7 line flagged down the conductor before the train could run over the feline and then pressed the help button


Seven, a grayish black kitten (not pictured), was found lurking on the tracks of the 7 line in Manhattan

‘I waved the conductor down and another lady came and pushed the emergency button,’ Hilario told the New York Daily News. ‘[The train] was coming down, but it was slowing down because I think the conductor saw the cat.’

The wily kitty dove under a metal grate and then curled up awaiting rescue, according to the outlet.

Straphangers waited an hour for trains to get back into service after ‘Seven,’ as some people on the platform began calling the cat, was scooped up and plopped into a bag by police.

The lucky feline was taken to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals for an examination.

Two straphangers fell in love with Seven’s train track finesse and want to adopt the kitten, said to be a few months old.

Heather Denbow and her daughter, Solveig, (above) have expressed interest in adopting the kitten, whom they first spied as it darted around the tracks

Heather Denbow and her daughter, Solveig, (above) have expressed interest in adopting the kitten, whom they first spied as it darted around the tracks

Heather Denbow, 43, and her daughter Sólveig, caught sight of the bundle of fur as they made their way to Queens, and told cops on the scene they wanted to bring the kitty home when it’s ready.

‘I hope it’s a girl,’ Solveig told the outlet. ‘I’ve been dreaming of a little grey kitten named Matilda forever.’

The kitten will be up for adoption after it is given a clean bill of health – and a bonus for adopters will be that the kitty already knows its way around the subway.

In 2013, two kittens made their way onto the tracks on the B and Q line in Queens.

The feisty felines were rescued, but not before holding up traffic for two hours, and even becoming part of the mayoral race, when a newspaper asked each candidate if the trains should have been stopped for felines.

UN Envoy Warns Aleppo Could Be ‘Destroyed’ This Year

One of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. it survived the Crusades, Nebuchadnezzar, centuries of struggle and empires, but not modern war in 2016. This was always the price the Assad regime put on challenging its rule, going back to his father sacking Hama in 1982. 20,000 dead. And ancient city destroyed. And that’s when the Brotherhood just took over a few government buildings in a few cities.

My only response was tears, for a good five minutes. Thankfully, the good side of our nature is not diminished in any way by our worst. (I read that somewhere recently.)

I think history will record Obama and Kerry were played for fools with the ceasefire by the Russians. Assad was recently recorded laughing as his jeep drove through Daraya, a city his regime pummeled to the ground until it surrendered.

And, not for nothing, as a Sunni, this is visceral for me. (Of course, no one is more barbaric than the Saudis in Yemen as we speak, but that’s almost beside the point.) An ancient city, not dead, but populated, is about to no longer exist.

Daily Times

UN Syria Envoy Warns Aleppo Could Be ‘Destroyed’ This Year

New York Times

GENEVA – The U.N. envoy for Syria called on militant fighters to leave Aleppo and for the Syrian and Russian governments to end their bombing campaign against rebel-held areas of the embattled Syrian city, warning that otherwise thousands of people …
Syria conflict: Eastern Aleppo faces ‘total ruin’ in two monthsBBC News

UN envoy offers to escort rebels out of AleppoReuters

UN envoy warns east Aleppo faces ‘total destruction’