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Air Canada grounded

Update: 10:30 A.M. EST 

“It’s recovered now. It’s really just a communications error between our reservation system and the airport locale.

While the problem with the system has been fixed, it caused flight delays of between 30 and 60 minutes, Segaert added. The airline predicted operations would be back to normal by Friday afternoon.Canadians awoke this morning to the news that Air Canada flights at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport were, in effect grounded.


By Judi McLeod - Friday, November 16, 2007 - Full Story

Doing business in a country that jails millions of dissidents

American companies assisting Chinese government oppression can always fall back on corporate PR to downplay their roles.

When the news hit that Yahoo was settling a legal dispute with the families of two Chinese dissidents, columnists began trying to defend Yahoo by pointing out that the company isn’t the only Judas in the corporate crowd trucking with Communist China.

By Judi McLeod - Thursday, November 15, 2007 - Full Story

Al Qaeda would welcome Internet takeover by UN

UN Control of the Internet
Even as UN delegates meet to take control of the Internet in yet another Rio de Janeiro beach conference Nov. 12-15, Mike Smith, new UN counter-terrorism chief is calling the Internet as it exists: a threat.

In other words, all signs are GO for the UNs’ long coveted takeover of the only thing still working, the Worldwide Internet.

If this sounds alarmist, remember that the world’s largest bureaucracy is already well on its way to take over Mother Earth’s seven seas with only petitions circulating on the Net offering faint hope that Congress will not ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty.

By Judi McLeod - Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - Full Story

Same Hong Kong hospital where SARS originated has highest rate of “Superbug”-infected infants

Kwong Wah Hospital in Hong Kong already had 33 “superbug”-infected infants by the time Issue No. 921 of Next Magazine reported that six babies had contracted the “superbug” in its November 1 issue.
Like the scenes out of horror movie Outbreak coming true, Staphylococcus aureus (“Golden Grapes bacteria”) is on the loose in some world hospitals and is making the trek to community schools.  But Kwong Wah, with the highest rate of infant infection among all the hospitals in Hong Kong, remains off the world radar screen. Next Magazine cites the cause as Kwong Wah Hospital’s location.  It happens to be located in a district much easier for Mainland Chinese pregnant female “tourists” to be admitted under “emergency” to deliver “born-in-Hong Kong” babies.  Having babies there helps qualify them for future residence in Hong Kong, the magazine reports.

By Judi McLeod - Monday, November 12, 2007 - Full Story

Canada Free Press makes it to most popular top 100 Conservative websites

Jim Whelan

Jim Whelan, aka, “The Cowboy” astride the form of transportation Al Gore wishes on the rest of us.

Although it was revealed by Rachel Alexander of Intellectual on July 30, I didn’t now until last night: Canada Free Press (CFP) is ranked high among the most popular 100 conservative political websites and blogs for 2007.

  Indeed as number 47, CFP is among the 50 most popular conservative websites and blogs.

  It was a Google Alert on one of those just-can’t-sleep nights that clued me in to the impressive statistics.

If I hadn’t read another website owner crowing about their vaunted position earlier in the evening, I may never have clicked on to the early morning Google Alert.

  Having clicked on and thinking that I must have been dreaming, I plugged in the coffee percolator.  With fresh java on hand, I returned for a second look at the computer screen.

By Judi McLeod - Sunday, November 11, 2007 - Full Story

Canada Free Press columnist stands up to Pakistani intimidators

Hamid Mir(Editor’s note: In a special report today. Sky News singled Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir, who is operating outside of Pakistan in order to send reports out all over the world, including to Canada Free Press (CFP) for his courage.  Mir, who predicted the instability headed Pakistan’s way through CFP last July, paid a huge price.  States Sky News: “The executive editor for Geo TV in Islamabad is Hamid Mir, a well-known and respected journalist in Pakistan, but one who has proved an irritant to the establishment here.  The secret intelligence police (ISI) have tried bribing and threatening him in equal measure.  Now they are turning to his family.

By Judi McLeod - Friday, November 9, 2007 - Full Story

Lech Walesa’s New Heart

Warsaw, Poland: November 7 used to be celebrated in the then Communist countries, the Soviet Union in particular, as “The Revolution Day”. Not any more now, save for the Russian hard-core Communists longing for the “glorious” past. On that day, in 1981, straight from a reception at the Soviet Embassy in Warsaw, the late Colonel Ryszard Kuklinski, a top CIA agent in Poland, walked out to “disappear” and soon he and his family safely landed in the United States.

By David M. Dastych - Thursday, November 8, 2007 - Full Story

A&E kills the dreams of handicapped youngsters by pulling bounty hunter Dog off air

The current tempest in which Duane “Dog” Chapman is immersed captures him on tape using inappropriate—and yes, racist slurs.

It is wrong to resort to that kind of language no matter the provocation, something Chapman admits.

A&E moved with lightning speed to suspend, indefinitely, his reality TV show.

But lost in this latest chapter is what Duane Chapman the man really is: generous to a fault and an inspiration to people who rarely find it elsewhere.

By Judi McLeod - Sunday, November 4, 2007 - Full Story

Downgrade Christmas in Britain-and that’s just for starters

The land that spawned the author of The Christmas Carol has a Labour think tank that wants to downgrade Christmas.

“Christmas should be downgraded in favor of festivals from other religions to improve race relations, says an explosive report.” (Daily Mail, Nov. 1, 2007).

The downgrading Christmas report orginates not from any old think tank but from Labour’s favorite.

By Judi McLeod - Friday, November 2, 2007 - Full Story

Law of the Sea Treaty heads out to open sea

imageThe Gipper must be rolling in his grave: The Jolly Roger-flagged Law of the Sea Treaty is sailing full speed ahead, courtesy of a media encouraged U.S. Senate panel.

Minus political rhetoric, the treaty gives the power-grabbing United Nations complete jurisdiction over God’s Seven Seas—70 percent of Mother Earth’s surface.

“The treaty also creates an International Seabed Authority with the power to levy a $250,000 tax (application fee) on anyone who wishes to explore the seabed. (Henry Lamb, WorldNetDaily, May 17, 2007).  “It would also tax (royalties) everything that might be excavated from the seabed.  It requires technology transfer from the nations that have technology to the nations that don’t—under the supervision of the UN of course.”

By Judi McLeod - Thursday, November 1, 2007 - Full Story

A “Fright Night” from China that can be taken literally

The Peoples’ Republic of China, which started frightening consumers last March with poisoned pet food, is still at it this Halloween.

This time it’s a product, aptly called “Fright Night”.

Touted as a “temporary hair color”, you could have fooled a Kent woman whose painful right hand will outlast the traditional night of trick or treat.

By Judi McLeod - Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - Full Story

Khadr matriarch to “break silence” on Canadian television tonight

It will be painful news for Tabitha Speer today when she learns that the man charged with killing her husband, in the words of his mother “never killed anybody”.

Toronto-born Omar Khadr, the only western citizen detained by the U.S. military in Guantanamo prison, was charged with killing Sergeant 1st Class Christopher J. Speer in Afghanistan in 2002.  The same grenade Khadr allegedly lobbed during the firefight that cost medic Speer his life, blinded Sgt. 1st Class and Special Forces Engineer Layne Morris in his right eye.

According to Canadian media reports today, Maha Elsamnah Khadr has finally “broken her silence”.  According to those same reports, Khadr “was only 15” when American soldiers captured him.

By Judi McLeod - Monday, October 29, 2007 - Full Story

Muslim hero with a pen

image...It was four o’clock Saturday morning and Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury couldn’t sleep.

It wasn’t the patter of the incessant rain hitting the window panes of his hotel room in Washington, D.C., it was more his wanting the new day to start sooner.

Waiting until 6:30 a.m., he called Canada Free Press (CFP) from his ever present cellular.

By Judi McLeod - Saturday, October 27, 2007 - Full Story

Making “Disposables” ‘Angels of the House’

imageIt’s the flicker of hope that comes from seeing a hungry child eating a bowl of soup that keeps Diana Sanchez going on her longest days.  It’s a never-give-up kind of hope that the soup kettle will be full enough to feed all of the children who find their way to Fundacion Mundial tomorrow, and as on many days as possible after that.

Fundacion Mundial is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that got up and running with the help of hundreds of neighours in April of 2004.  Too busy feeding hungry mouths on a daily basis, Sanchez is now counting on Canada Free Press’ partners at the Bogota Free Planet to get the word out that it is only the kindness of people that can keep the organization going.

By Judi McLeod - Thursday, October 25, 2007 - Full Story

Welcome to the return of the Cold War, Global Warming style

imagePrime Minister Stephen Harper should send a map of Canada to Foreign Minister Fran-Walter Steinmeier of Germany—tout suite, as they say in La Belle Province.

Predicting a new Cold War, Steinmeier claims that climate change is a growing threat to world peace and has now led to “rival territorial claims in the Arctic.”

The German foreign minister has weighed in with concern that a Russian flag was planted on the seabed at the North Pole in August, staking a claim to the area, which may be rich in energy resources.

By Judi McLeod - Wednesday, October 24, 2007 - Full Story

Nepotism returns to United Nations

Qualifiers bound to get you a “jammy job” at the high-handed, diplomatic immunity protected United Nations?  Other than being a bureaucrat down to the core, it helps if you are mealy-mouthed, politically correct and good at hiding when challenging times demand decisions.  Think Kofi Annan in Rwanda.

Well, as the French would say, the more things change the more things remain the same at the world’s largest bureaucracy.

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s son, Kojo used Daddy’s name to get his green Mercedes sent back home to Ghana on the cheap, and somehow landed himself a job with a firm then connected to the Oil-for-Food scandal

By Judi McLeod - Monday, October 22, 2007 - Full Story

Shep still waiting for the train

image  No matter how icy the winds that will howl into your hometown come winter,  there’s a lasting warmth to be found in a new book called Shep: Loyalty Beyond All Bounds by Kevin Davis.

  The Shep story was 65 years in coming and worth every second of waiting.

  Sixty-five years ago in Ft. Benton, Montana a sheepdog named Shep died.  But Shep who had wandered into the human heart was never to be forgotten, not even generations later.

  In any kind of weather Shep went up to every passenger train that stopped in his hometown—for five and one-half years, where he waited patiently for his beloved master’s return.

When Shep died in 1942, the story hit the A.P.  It was picked up by the London Daily and the New York Times.  At that time,  it took on meaning for those who would grieve the departure of their loves ones (those who were bravely departing for WW2) and would wait while hoping and praying for the joyous day of their return.

By Judi McLeod - Saturday, October 20, 2007 - Full Story

Islamberg, British style

imageThe North American radical Islamist compounds exposed by The Day of Islam author Paul L. Williams and Northeast Intelligence Network director Doug Hagmann also exist in Britain.

In the United States, Muslims of the Americas Inc., a tax-exempt organization formed in 1980 by Pakistani cleric Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani, who refers to himself as “the sixth Sultan Ul Faqr”, operates dozens of radical Islamic compounds, which flourish in out-of-the-way rural areas.

By Judi McLeod - Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - Full Story

Is San Francisco Archbishop an “elderly man taken by surprise” in Communion incident…

imageFox News’ Bill O’Reilly may have been taken for a ride by San Francisco’s gay community.
  San Francisco watchers have been abuzz since Sunday, Oct. 7 when Archbishop George Niederuer gave Communion to two members of the so-called “Sisters of Public Indulgence”, homosexuals dressed in drag as Catholic nuns.


By Judi McLeod - Monday, October 15, 2007 - Full Story

Citizen Annan back to save the world

imageFormer United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is back on a yet another mission to save the world.  This chapter could be called “Citizen Annan Saves The World.

  On Wednesday Annan will launch the Global Humanitarian Forum in Geneva. 

  “Its mission is to foster dialogue and partnerships that strengthen the international community’s ability to address current and future humanitarian challenges,” Annan wrote in a Special Toronto Globe and Mail Update today.  “The forum will urge effective action to protect people who are most vulnerable and in need of help.”

“In its first phase of existence, the forum will focus on the adverse humanitarian consequences of climate change.  It will seek to provide an impartial and inclusive platform where decision-makers can break through the current barriers to adaptation and work together to search for solutions; where scientists and economists can meet with leaders of communities that are already trying to adapt to a changing climate; and where we can better harness the business community’s ability to work for the common good.”

By Judi McLeod - Monday, October 15, 2007 - Full Story