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  1. Canadian Armed Forces Thread " Canada's deputy minister of national defence held fast to the government's stance on defence spending, despite some pointed questioning about Canada's commitment during a NATO parliamentary meeting in Halifax. U.S. congressman Michael Turner, the acting chairman of NATO's defence and security committee, questioned Jody Thomas about whether Canada intends to table a plan for meeting the two per cent of GDP standard for defence spending that was agreed to by alliance members in 2014. Thomas stuck to the Liberal government's line, saying Canada intends to increase its defence budget by 1.46 per cent by the end of 2024. She also reiterated that aside from its financial commitment, Canada believes it contributes to the alliance in a "qualitative" way through its participation in several NATO operations. But Bob Stewart, a member of the United Kingdom delegation, reminded Thomas that Canada agreed to the commitment along with the rest of its partners in 2014. Stewart, a Conservative MP, says Canada's current spending on defence is "not enough," and getting to two per cent is crucial to strengthening the alliance."
  2. " The Toronto Blue Jays traded utility infielder Aledmys Diaz to the Houston Astros on Saturday for starting pitcher Trent Thornton. The trade helps address the Blue Jays' depth issues in the starting rotation and in the infield. Toronto's pitching staff had the fourth-worst earned-run average in Major League Baseball last season at 4.85. A large part of the rotation's struggles were the ongoing injury issues with Nos. 1 and 2 starters Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez. Stroman had a 4-9 record with a 5.54 ERA over 102.1 innings pitched before getting shut down for the season with ongoing blister issues. Sanchez had a 4-6 record with a 4.89 ERA over 105 innings. He had surgery on his right index finger on Sept. 25 after missing most of the season with blister and fingernail issues on his throwing hand. Thornton could compete for a spot in the starting rotation or join the bullpen. The 25-year-old right-hander posted a 9-8 record with a 4.42 ERA in 24 games for the triple-A Fresno Grizzlies in 2018. Thornton, from Pittsburgh, owns a career record of 32-19 and a 4.23 ERA over four Minor League seasons with 395 strikeouts and 78 starts in 88 appearances. At the same time, the return of veteran shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who missed the entire 2018 season after surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle, has created a log jam in the infield." " Devon Travis is the incumbent at second base, Tulowitzki has made it clear he expects to start at short, and Brandon Drury is at the top of the Blue Jays' depth chart at third base. However, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., had a breakout year in Tulowitzki's absence, while Yangervis Solarte and Richard Urena split time at third last season. On top of that, highly touted prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr., could finally step into the starting third baseman's role this spring. All that adds up to the 28-year-old Diaz being the odd man out. He hit .263 with 26 doubles, 18 home runs, with 55 runs batted in over 130 games in 2018. The six-foot-one, 195-pound native of Santa Clara, Cuba, has a career batting average of .275 with 42 home runs, 140 RBIs with the St. Louis Cardinals and Toronto."

    He must have meant the other team gives up Schenn and 10 first rounders, in return for Raymond Ballard and a first.
  4. It is more like there are pros: Jobs Money Self sufficiency and cons: spills marine damage marine animal deaths
  5.‘i-should-have’-gone-to-arlington-on-veterans-day/ar-BBPMMBW?ocid=spartandhp " Speaking with Chris Wallace in an interview which will air this weekend on Fox News Sunday, the president said that he should have attended a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day. “I should have done that,” Trump said. “I was extremely busy on calls for the country, we did a lot of calling as you know.” Wallace pressed Trump. “But this is Veterans Day,” the Fox News host said. “I could have done that,” Trump replied. “As you know I just left the day before the American Cemetery and I probably think — and that was one where it was raining as hard as you can imagine and I made a speech at the American Cemetery the day before. And I probably, you know, in retrospect, I should have. And I did last year, and I will virtually every year. But we had come in very late at night and I had just left, literally, the American Cemetery in Paris. And I really probably assumed that was fine and I was extremely busy because of affairs of state — doing other things.”"
  6. "An oil leak from a flowline to a vessel off the coast of Newfoundland caused an estimated 250,000 litres of crude to spill into the ocean, Husky Energy said Friday." " Once swells shrink to four metres, remote-controlled vehicles can be sent to navigate the area around the tanker, McConnell said. Until then, responders are unable to confirm whether the flowline is still leaking, she said." " The SeaRose was shut down earlier this year after the petroleum board found Husky violated operations protocols during a near miss with an iceberg in 2017. In that incident, the vessel did not properly disconnect the lines which it uses to onboard oil as the iceberg approached. More than 80 crew members and 340,000 barrels of oil were on the vessel at the time, according to the board. An investigation showed the decision not to disconnect was "economically driven," according to documents obtained by CBC News at the time."
  7. Changing the weight of the moon could change it's orbit resulting in tidal change, either much bigger or perhaps no tide at all.
  8. And out to the ferry terminal at Tsawwassen.
  9. I hope for it, but don't expect it from a rookie.
  10. Add in that a lot of people that are working, have not kept up with the rate of inflation over the last 20 years and the pressure keeps building till something terrible happens.
  11. NFL thread

    did GB have anytime outs left and do you have to have one left, to toss a challenge flag in the NFL?
  12. top right of page click your name click ignored users and names to your ignore list.
  13. I wonder how many injuries other teams that fly a lot have? Do west coast teams get injured more than less travelled teams in the east? I do agree, the Canucks seem to be the worst hit years after year, but admit I don't follow the rest of the teams like I used to. I am not sure it is our strength/conditioning, but I would definitely take a long look to see for sure.