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Green leaves from 1921-1957, red leaves from 1957-1965.

And @terminal, you are being deliberately obtuse. The editor of that paper was not pandering to the blue rinse brigade who prefer the Ensign and Dominion Day when they came up with that disclaimer, and you know it.
Oi... my hair is neither blue nor rinsed ( other than to get the shampoo out ).
 
The RCAF are looking to hire a herd of goats for the Cold Lake air base to control weeds. Any of you who happen to be goatherds might find a new career there.
Cold Lake air force base recruits army of animal weed-whackers
According to an unusual tender that closed to bids on Monday, CFB Cold Lake 4 Wing Military Base has some steep and swampy terrain that is best managed by civilians of the animal variety.

They can seek and destroy unwanted weeds like nothing else, said Capt. Mathew Strong, a public affairs officer with 1 Canadian Air Division.

"They were finding that the civilian workers who conduct this work at the base were having to use hand tools, and like trimmers, and it was taking a long time, and it was actually kind of dangerous for them," Strong said in an interview with CBC Radio's Edmonton AM.

"When they got the idea to use goats and sheep or livestock, it worked out rather well. It's a completely safe operation for the livestock and it removes some of the risk for our workers."
 
I have lost all respect for the Mounties. A female Mountie sexually assaulted a male Mountie on two occasions, and not only did he turn her down, he complained about it! What's wrong with him?
Female Mountie keeps her job after groping a fellow B.C. officer twice
Here's the prurient details.
The first incident happened on an unknown date while the two constables were observing serious crimes officers interviewing the suspect in a sex crime.

"At one point in the interview, when the male suspect was discussing his own sexual preferences, you leaned over to Constable A. F. and placed your right hand on his left thigh and quietly whispered in his ear words to the effect of: 'I like to take it from behind,' " Thibault wrote.

The second took place when the Vernon RCMP entered a team in a community broomball tournament on Feb. 3, 2010.

Little approached A.F. in a hallway, where he was leaning against the wall, according to the decision.

"You proceeded to grab the penis of Const. A. F. and squeezed his penis with your fingers while stating: 'I see you're not wearing a cup.' Const. A. F. was wearing athletic wear including thin polyester shorts at the time you grabbed onto his penis," Thibault wrote.

"You sexually assaulted Const. A. F. Const. A. F. was embarrassed and shocked by your unwanted sexual advance and responded by walking away from you."
A.F. apparently complained to his female superior, but she did little to nothing about it.
A.F. went to a senior female officer to ask for help dealing with what had happened to him, but she just "chuckled," according to the decision.

That same superior officer, now retired, told the conduct board that she very briefly addressed the issue with Little, telling her something to the effect of "You gotta keep your hands to yourself; it'll get you in trouble."
The female Mountie has been fined 20 days pay and 10 vacation days.
 
I have lost all respect for the Mounties. A female Mountie sexually assaulted a male Mountie on two occasions, and not only did he turn her down, he complained about it! What's wrong with him?
Female Mountie keeps her job after groping a fellow B.C. officer twice
Here's the prurient details.


A.F. apparently complained to his female superior, but she did little to nothing about it.


The female Mountie has been fined 20 days pay and 10 vacation days.
Our Jarrod must have gotten to him and turned him towards the dark side. :-D :-D
 

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I have lost all respect for the Mounties. A female Mountie sexually assaulted a male Mountie on two occasions, and not only did he turn her down, he complained about it! What's wrong with him?
Female Mountie keeps her job after groping a fellow B.C. officer twice
Here's the prurient details.


A.F. apparently complained to his female superior, but she did little to nothing about it.


The female Mountie has been fined 20 days pay and 10 vacation days.


No photos............................................shame on you
 
I have lost all respect for the Mounties. A female Mountie sexually assaulted a male Mountie on two occasions, and not only did he turn her down, he complained about it! What's wrong with him?
Female Mountie keeps her job after groping a fellow B.C. officer twice
Here's the prurient details.


A.F. apparently complained to his female superior, but she did little to nothing about it.


The female Mountie has been fined 20 days pay and 10 vacation days.
I lost respect for Mounties long before this, the Red Serge lost it’s lustre some time ago.
 

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I have lost all respect for the Mounties. A female Mountie sexually assaulted a male Mountie on two occasions, and not only did he turn her down, he complained about it! What's wrong with him?
Female Mountie keeps her job after groping a fellow B.C. officer twice
Here's the prurient details.


A.F. apparently complained to his female superior, but she did little to nothing about it.


The female Mountie has been fined 20 days pay and 10 vacation days.
I fully expect the same outcome would have occurred had the genders been reversed, and that there would similarly have been no outcry from the usual suspects.

Has the female superior been disciplined ?
Don't answer, I can already guess.
 
I fully expect the same outcome would have occurred had the genders been reversed, and that there would similarly have been no outcry from the usual suspects.

Has the female superior been disciplined ?
Don't answer, I can already guess.
Are you joking? If a male Mountie even looks at a female one wrong he gets hauled over the coals, if he touches one his career is over and shown the door, plus the female one would be suing as well.
 

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LE
Kit Reviewer
Are you joking? If a male Mountie even looks at a female one wrong he gets hauled over the coals, if he touches one his career is over and shown the door, plus the female one would be suing as well.
You can't be suggesting that they're held to different standards in this era of equality ?

Was the struggle of the Suffragettes all in vain ?
 
You can't be suggesting that they're held to different standards in this era of equality ?

Was the struggle of the Suffragettes all in vain ?
No, none at all, l should have clarified it only applies to Mounties that are white, other ones would be given a pass because they are just exercising their cultural heritage, we are a multicultural country after all......
 

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No, none at all, l should have clarified it only applies to Mounties that are white, other ones would be given a pass because they are just exercising their cultural heritage, we are a multicultural country after all......
That's ok then.
I understand that it's part of the female cultural heritage too.
 
That's ok then.
I understand that it's part of the female cultural heritage too.
Mounties dropping drunken natives off in the middle of nowhere in subzero temperatures because they don’t want to deal with them is now taboo as well. No wonder why they are having such a hard time recruiting these days, they sucked the job perks out of wearing the red serge.......
 
The Conservative Party leadership race has just announced its results, and Erin O'Toole is the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.
 
To add a few details to the above, the balloting was based on a ranked ballot system, with each riding getting an equal number of points. This ensured that a winning candidate had to get support all across the country rather than just signing up lots of members in a few places.

There were four candidates, Peter Mackay, Erin O'Toole, Leslyn Lewis, and Derek Sloan.
  • First round it was (in order of most points) Mackay, O'Toole, Lewis, and Sloan.
  • Second round it was Mackay, O'Toole, and Lewis.
  • O'Toole won in the third round.
The general consensus just before the ballots were counted was that for Mackay to win he had to get a majority of points in the first or second round, but that if it went into a third round then O'Toole was more likely to pick up enough second and third choice votes to win. This is how it played out.

Mackay was former leader of the Conservatives, who merged the party with Harper's Alliance while ceding the leadership to Harper. Mackay served in a number of cabinet positions in the Harper government, but returned to the private sector to work as a corporate lawyer before Harper's 2015 election loss. He returned to politics for this leadership race, and at the start was seen as a shoe-in. Mackay was from Nova Scotia and represented a riding there while in politics, but currently resides in Toronto.

O'Toole was newer to politics than Mackay, but was also a cabinet minister during the Harper government. He ran for the last leadership race, coming in third behind Scheer and Bernier. He is currently an MP for Durham riding in Ontario, just east of Toronto. He was seen as likely to place second in the race. O'Toole is a lawyer, and an ex-RCAF navigator.

Dr. Leslyn Lewis is a lawyer and a relative newcomer to politics. She ran in the last election when she was brought in to replace a Tory candidate who had to resign in the middle of the election due to a scandal, but did not win. She did surprisingly well during the leadership race and impressed a great many people, and if she runs in the next election and wins will almost certainly be on the front bench, and in cabinet if the Tories form the government. She appeals to the right wing of the party and did particularly well in Saskatchewan. She is also from Toronto. If she had won she may have been handicapped by not having served in any elected office before, and by being seen by many voters as a bit too right wing to appeal to the mainstream outside the party base. On the other hand she seems to have a good instinct when it comes to speaking about issues which connect with voters on an individual basis.

Derek Sloan is an MP representing a riding in Ontario. He was virtually unknown by the public outside of his riding before the leadership race. He was backed by single issue anti-abortion activists and seen as an embarrassment by many in the party. Reportedly a number of other Conservative MPs wanted him kicked out of the caucus. Mackay had referred to the single issue anti-abortionists as being a "stinking albatross around the neck of the party", and the majority of Canadian voters would probably agree.

O'Toole appears to have won by doing very well in Quebec, and he is believed to have been the second choice candidate for a lot of Lewis supporters. This latter one I'll have to confirm when I look at the third round results tomorrow. He had a very clever campaign chair who focused on where to mine for the most riding points. Thus although Mackay won in nearly all the provinces on the first round, he didn't win by enough while O'Toole won big in Quebec (the second largest province after Ontario) and positioned himself to be second choice for Lewis's supporters.

Of O'Toole's policies, the one which may be of most interest to people in the UK is that he has been one of the main driving forces behind CANZUK, and this will almost certainly be government policy should the Conservatives win the next election. Canada currently has a minority government, but none of the parties are seen as anxious to risk triggering an election during the pandemic and facing the wrath of the voters for doing so.

On a personality level, Mackay comes across as very likeable and approachable and was considered to be the one most likely to have appealled to the largest number of voters outside of the party. O'Toole can put on the charm when necessary, but if watched for long enough gives the impression as being an opportunist and political chameleon. Lewis is a political novice and probably needs some experience before being considered a seasoned politician. Sloan is a non-entity.

I will leave party politics to another discussion. Given how COVID-19 has wiped the political slate clean so comprehensively I would consider speculation on election timings and results as being pointless at this time.
 

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