He ‘just kept hitting me with the bat’: Canadian Muslim teen brutally beaten by white men
Noah Rabbani, according to the family, remains in intensive care with “extensive injuries to his brain, jaw, limbs and spine.”

Noah Rabbani, 15, was walking the five minutes from his friend’s home in Hamilton, Ontario, to his grandmother’s home just after midnight Sunday, as he has many times before. It’s a quiet residential neighborhood, filled with new homes and considered safe.

Then, suddenly, he later told his aunt Salima Hafeez, a car stopped. He thought it was dropping someone off, she told The Washington Post.

But “’I turn around and see this bat coming toward my head. It was too fast for me to react’” he told his aunt. “’One guy just kept hitting me with the bat.’”

The Muslim teenager, whose grandparents emigrated from Pakistan in the 1970s, was brutally beaten that night. The suspects, two of them, are both white. Hafeez said in a Facebook post that she believes the attack was “race related.”

Hamilton police, in a news release, described it as a robbery.

“It’s frustrating,” she said in a phone interview. “They didn’t take his wallet or his phone. They took his backpack, which had only some books and a water bottle.”

Noah’s aunt told The Post Thursday morning that he had five hours of surgery Wednesday, delayed because of swelling from the beating. She said that he has lost the use of the right side of his body, at least for the time being, has suffered short-term memory loss and had his two front teeth knocked out.

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Resounding “no” from B.C. NDP Leader on Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project
By Gord MacDonald

B.C. NDP leader John Horgan has ended any doubt – he is unequivocally opposed to the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion proposal.

“SO, NO TO THE PIPELINE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES IF JOHN HORGAN IS THE NEXT PREMIER?  That’s correct.  We’re going to do our level best to continue to make the case with British Columbians that Mr. Trudeau made an error and this isn’t in the public interest, certainly not here in British Columbia”.

Horgan telling The Jon McComb Show on CKNW that the risk to B.C.’s coastline from the increased tanker traffic is just too great.

The $6.8-billion project would triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline, from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels a day, and would add 980 kilometres of new pipe along the route from near Edmonton to Burnaby.

It would also increase the number of tankers leaving Vancouver-area waters seven-fold, from five to 34 per month, prompting fierce opposition from local mayors and First Nations who say any risk of a diluted-bitumen spill is unacceptable.

Portage RCMP issue amber alert for eight-year-old girl
Luisa Noyemi Alvarenga was taken from her Portage la Prairie home by her biological mother, according to police.

Portage RCMP have issued an amber alert for a missing eight-year-old girl.

On Friday at around 11 a.m., Luisa Noyemi Alvarenga was taken from her Portage la Prairie home. Police say 43-year-old Colleen Sheryl McIvor, the girl’s biological mother, took her.

Police are “very concerned” for the girl’s well-being.

They are travelling in a stolen black 2012 Chevrolet Sierra pickup truck with Manitoba licence plate FPB 968. Police have reason to believe they may be at Long Plain First Nation, Man.

Anyone with information can call 911.

Update: The amber alert has been cancelled after the missing girl and her mother was found safe:

RCMP say a missing eight-year-old girl has been found safe, after an afternoon search that lead to an amber alert.

Trudeau, More Dangerous to Environment than Harper?
I suggested it three and a half years ago. Still waiting to be proven wrong.

Sometimes it’s no fun being right. Case in point: Three-and-a-half years ago I wrote a piece titled “Why Justin Trudeau may be more dangerous than Harper.”

Flash forward to today, and barely a year into his reign Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is batting almost a thousand when it comes to approving controversial energy projects, from liquefied natural gas plants in Squamish and Prince Rupert to permits for the Site C dam — and now Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline and Enbridge’s Line 3.*

In that 2013 editorial, my main concern about the new Liberal leader was that his energy and trade policies were nearly identical to those of former prime minister Stephen Harper — they just looked and sounded better coming from Canada’s prodigal son.

Moreover, I already had the sense Trudeau wasn’t guided by a clear set of values, making him vulnerable to persuasive political advisors and powerful lobbies. With Harper, I noted three years ago, at least we had “a sense that his zeal for expanding Canada’s fossil fuel industries through foreign ownership is something in which he believes on a deep, ideological level.” With Harper, you knew exactly what you were getting — he loathed environmentalists and didn’t care much for “radical” First Nations either.

The bitter battle over Harper’s energy agenda was straightforward trench warfare in which Indigenous and environmental communities fared remarkably well, as they were forced to remain ever-vigilant and self-reliant. With Trudeau, it’s evolving into a cold war of subterfuge. Some saw this coming from the get-go, but others were lulled into a false sense of security by Trudeau’s “sunny ways” talk and demeanour.

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