Support for Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion grows in B.C.: new poll

The proposed expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline has the support of more than half of British Columbians, but with plenty of caveats, including the minimal impact of threats from Alberta, according to a new poll.

In an online survey conducted Monday and Tuesday of 2,125 Canadian adults — half from British Columbia — the Angus Reid Institute has found that support in B.C. for the project is up to 54 per cent, a considerable jump from the 48 per cent in a similar survey conducted in February.

This support runs through all part of the province, with 50 per cent of Metro Vancouver in favour, 54 per cent on Vancouver Island and 60 per cent of respondents in the rest of B.C.

But support for the idea of a pipeline doesn’t mean British Columbians aren’t worried about its related impacts, according to ARI’s data. When asked to say which potential risk or danger related to the project they were most worried about, 52 per cent of British Columbians listed an oil tanker spill or accident. Just 12 per cent said they weren’t worried about any of the options listed, including the impact of fossil fuels, risk of pipeline spills, the impact of pipeline construction and tanker traffic “detracting from natural beauty.”


Support for Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion grows in B.C.: new poll

#MeToo Founder Will Headline Planned Parenthood Fundraiser Event Though Abortion Biz Hides Sexual Abuse

A founder of the #MeToo movement who exposed the prevalence of sexual abuse will speak at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser next week in Florida.

Tarana Burke’s invitation to speak smacks of irony, given the abortion business’s long list of failures to protect victims of sexual abuse.

She will be the keynote speaker April 21 at a Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida fundraiser, West Orlando News reports.

Burke rose to prominence in 2017 as one of the founders of the awareness campaign. She and fellow founders of “Me Too” were named Time magazine’s 2017 “Person of the Year.” Hollywood giants, media figures, politicians and others were outed as alleged sexual abusers as the campaign gained attention.

“Tarana has given a voice to sexual abuse survivors, and her revolutionary movement supports so many Planned Parenthood patients both here in Orlando and around the country,” said PPSWCF CEO Stephanie Kight.

But Burke’s connection to the abortion chain is more than tragic.

One of the people most notoriously exposed by #MeToo is Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein – who also happens to be a Planned Parenthood supporter. Another accused of sexual harassment, former U.S. Sen. Al Franken, also had very close ties to the abortion chain. He resigned in 2017 after a photo surfaced of him appearing to grope a sleeping woman.

But Planned Parenthood’s connection to sexual abuse goes far beyond Weinstein and Franken. It has been caught numerous times ignoring signs of sexual abuse or even covering up the abuse.

In March 2015, Life Dynamics wrote for about a California man who sexually abused two of his daughters and took the younger one to Planned Parenthood for two abortions in 2010. Court documents indicated the abortion facility did not report the suspected abuse of the 13-year-old girl to authorities. The girl said she did not tell clinic staff that her father had impregnated her, but instead made up a story about having a boyfriend her own age.

The criminal cases summaries include another young girl who was raped for an additional 1 ½ years after her 44-year-old abuser took her to Planned Parenthood for an abortion. In another case, a young victim was taken to Planned Parenthood for an abortion after her abuser sexually assaulted her at the age of 15.

And an Ohio Planned Parenthood faced a lawsuit for failing to report the sexual abuse of the young girl. The case involved a 22-year-old soccer coach who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl on his team, LifeNews reported. According to reports, he statutorily raped the girl; and when she became pregnant, he took her to Planned Parenthood to abort their unborn baby.

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In another case in Arizona, officials said a Planned Parenthood center failed to provide the proper report to authorities about a victim of a young man accused of being a serial rapist. Planned Parenthood failed to report the rape, and the young man allegedly raped 18 or more teenage girls before he was caught, according to authorities.

The abuse extends to sex trafficking victims as well. In 2011, a Live Action investigationuncovered wide-spread willingness among Planned Parenthood employees to help sex traffickers abuse young teens.

The undercover sting caused public outcry, and the abortion chain promised to retrain its staff about identifying sex trafficking victims and abuse. However, a former abortion clinic worker said Planned Parenthood did not fulfill its promise to the public, and trained its employees on how to spot undercover investigators instead.

Americans United for Life also published a detailed report about Planned Parenthood employees assisting pimps and sex traffickers, refusing to comply with parental notification laws and more.

Talouselämä: Social exclusion of young men a reason for low birth rate in Finland


Only roughly 50,000 children were born in Finland in 2017.


The social exclusion of young men is partly to blame for the fact that fewer and fewer children are born in Finland, writes Talouselämä.

The Ministry of Finance has published statistics indicating that the employment rate for 25–34-year-old men has fallen from more than 87 per cent to less than 80 per cent over the past decade – a trend that has coincided with a notable decline in the number of births from 61,000 in 2009 to roughly 50,000 in 2017.

The statistics also indicate that 25–34-year-old men find it increasingly difficult to move up from low-income status: while nine per cent of men in the age group fell into the low-income category in 2007, the share of low-income earners had risen to over 18 per cent in 2015.

Another set of statistics also shows that over 15 per cent of 25–39-year-old men have a bad credit record.

The Ministry of Finance interprets the statistics as an indication that young men are becoming socially excluded at a rapid pace, which in turn has contributed to the low number of births recorded and to the rising share of men who are childless.

The Population Research Institute has revealed that over a third (35%) of 40–45-year-old men with only basic education qualifications are childless. The corresponding share for men from the same age group with higher education qualifications is considerably lower, 22 per cent.

Childlessness, however, does not correlate with education attainment for 40–45-year-old women in Finland, according to the Population Research Institute.

“Men are being excluded from family formation. Almost 87 per cent of 20–29-year-old men are currently childless. That’s a very high number,” Anna Rotkirch, the director of the Population Research Institute, told Talouselämä on Friday.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Emmi Korhonen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

Quebec Liberals narrow the gap, but CAQ still has the inside track on fall election


Recent polls suggest Philippe Couillard’s Liberals have pulled out of a dive in popular support — but that doesn’t mean the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) is no longer the favourite going into October’s provincial election in Quebec.

François Legault’s party still holds significant advantages over the Liberals and Jean-François Lisee’s Parti Québécois (PQ). But instead of a ‘change’ election that would sweep Couillard out of power and Legault into it, the landscape is shifting back toward a more competitive contest between the two parties.

Two polls published in the last week suggest that the margin between the CAQ and the Liberals has narrowed significantly. The surveys, conducted by Léger (Apr. 6-8) and Mainstreet Research (Apr. 7-9), put the CAQ at between 30 and 34 per cent support, followed by the Liberals at 29 to 30 per cent, the PQ at 16 to 21 per cent and Québec Solidaire at nine to 12 per cent.

Léger gives the CAQ a five-point edge. Mainstreet puts the CAQ and the Liberals in a tie.

Both firms were in the field previously in the last week of February. The two polls point to similar trend lines, with the CAQ down three points in the Léger poll and two points in the Mainstreet poll. In both cases, the Liberals have benefited by those amounts.

Neither of those shifts is statistically significant, although the fact that the trend is repeated across two surveys conducted with different methodologies (Léger does its polling online while Mainstreet uses automated telephone calls) suggests it could be pointing to something real.