Wednesday, December 09, 2015
DAY 08-AT LEAST 14 KILLED-21 INJURED AT A SAN BERNADINO DISABILITY OFFICE.-IS THIS ANOTHER ISLAMIC-MUSLIM TERRORIST ATTACK.BY THAT SEX FOR MURDER-DEATH CULT 2 SHOOTERS.POSSIBLY OTHER ACCOMPLICES.
5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee;(GOD ORDAINED OR LIVES BEFORE WE WERE EVEN CREATED IN A WOMANS BODY)(GOD NEVER CREATED ANYONE HOMOSEXUAL)(AND THIS TELLS US ABORTION IS MURDER) and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
GENESIS 4:8-11 (THE FIRST MURDER)
8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
9 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?
10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.
11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand;
GENESIS 6:11-13 (EARTH DESTROYED BECAUSE OF TERRORISM,MURDERS)
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
13 Thou shalt not kill.(Murder)(THAT INCLUDES ABORTION)
6 But whoso shall offend (HURT) one of these little ones (CHILDREN) which believe in me,(JESUS) it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.(THATS THE DEATH PENALTY FOLKS)
12 He that smiteth (MURDER)a man,(OR BABY) so that he die, shall be surely put to death.(THATS THE DEATH PENALTY PEOPLE)
20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils,(OCCULT) and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries,(DRUG ADDICTIONS) nor of their fornication,(SEX OUTSIDE OF MARRIAGE) nor of their thefts.(STEALING)
FAMILY LAWYERS STICK UP FOR MURDERS FAROOK AND MALIK-NO EVIDENCE THEY KILLED THE PEOPLE
DAYS OF THE TERRORIST MURDER AT CALIFORNIA
-4 OF THE GUNS USED BY FAROOK-MALIK IN CALIFORNIA TERRORIST ATTACK-pic-89.3kpcc-AND NOW POLICE CAN TRAIL THE GUNS POSSIBLY BACK TO PAKISTAN OR SAUDI-ARABIA.
CALIFORNIA DISABILITY OFFICES
INLAND-WERE SHOOTING TOOK PLACE
http://inlandrc.org - director: Carol Fitzgibbons
INLAND REGIONAL CENTER WERE SHOOTING TOOK PLACE-pic-heavy
California shooters communicated with extremists in L.A. area: MSNBC-Reuters –DEC 8,15-YAHOONEWS
(Reuters) - The couple who killed 14 people in an attack in San Bernardino, California, last week had communicated with "people with extremist views" in the Los Angeles area, MSNBC reported on Tuesday. They were "in communication with people with extremist views in the L.A. area. Police have confirmed that through ... electronic communications," it said.U.S. government sources have told Reuters that Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik had been in contact with suspected Islamists in Europe and the United States who were under FBI investigation.(Reporting by Mark Hosenball in Washington; Writing by Moammad Zargham; Editing by Eric Beech)
California shooters borrowed $28,000 before attack - source-By Mark Hosenball and Michael Erman | Reuters – DEC 8,15-YAHOONEWS
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A married couple who killed 14 people in a California shooting rampage the FBI is investigating as an act of terrorism borrowed about $28,000 (18,640 pounds) from an online lender, a sum deposited into their bank account about two weeks before the attack, sources said on Tuesday.Disclosure of the unsecured loan the husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, took out from San Francisco-based Prosper, a peer-to-peer lending service, offered a new glimpse into the money trail under scrutiny by investigators of last week's mass shooting.The Federal Bureau of Investigation has described Farook, the U.S.-born son of Pakistani immigrants, and his Pakistani-born wife, Tashfeen Malik, 29, as a couple "radicalised" by Islamic extremist ideology.Malik, who spent a good portion of her life in Saudi Arabia and married Farook there before returning with him to California in the summer of 2014, is believed by investigators to have pledged allegiance on Facebook to the leader of the militant group Islamic State just before the killings.Malik's extremist views took form before she came to the United States, but it remains to be seen whether she and her husband were indoctrinated by other individuals or whether they turned to radical ideology on their own, the FBI has said.Authorities say the heavily armed couple opened fire on Farook's co-workers from the county Environmental Health Department during a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center social services agency in San Bernardino, about 60 miles (100 km) east of Los Angeles. Fourteen people were killed and 21 others were wounded in the assault. The couple died several hours later in a shootout with police.If the massacre - the deadliest burst of U.S. gun violence in three years - proves to have been the work of killers inspired by Islamic militants, it would mark the most lethal such attack in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001.While investigations into assaults branded as acts of terrorism often focus on the money behind them, U.S. government officials said the FBI's examination of the couple's finances has not linked them with any foreign group.-DRAINING THEIR ACCOUNTS?-Still, one government source told Reuters that Farook and Malik apparently followed a pattern set by other militants who drained their bank accounts and exhausted credit lines before embarking on what they believed would be a suicide mission.A separate source told Reuters that Prosper, a San Francisco-based online lender, made a $28,500 collateral-free loan to Farook in mid-November. Loans made by Prosper, which processes borrowers' applications and evaluates their credit-worthiness, are originated by the third-party bank WebBank, based in Salt Lake City. Prosper then sells its loans to investors.Fox News first reported on Monday that a deposit of $28,500 was made into Farook's bank account from WebBank.com on Nov. 18, and that Farook converted $10,000 in cash, which he withdrew from a Union Bank branch in San Bernardino around Nov. 20. Fox also reported at least three $5,000 transfers were made in the days before the shooting, apparently to Farook's mother.WebBank issued a statement expressing condolences to victims of the San Bernardino shooting but declined further comment, citing confidentiality restrictions.In addition to the pair of assault-style rifles and semi-automatic handguns they carried the day of the killings, the couple were found to have amassed thousands of rounds of ammunition, along with explosives and other materials for making as many as 19 pipe bombs, according to the FBI.One booby-trap consisting of three pipe bombs rigged to a remote-controlled device that failed to detonate was left by the killers at the scene of the attack, apparently intended to go off as police and emergency personnel swarmed the location, law enforcement officials said.-PROBING GUN CONNECTION-Enrique Marquez, a onetime friend of Farook who U.S. officials said had purchased the two assault rifles used in the attack, was questioned by investigators on Tuesday, according to a federal law enforcement official.Marquez' home in Riverside was raided by federal agents over the weekend. Federal law enforcement sources told Reuters that Marquez had checked himself into a Los Angeles-area psychiatric facility soon after the shooting.While Farook and Malik may have been inspired by Islamic State or other extremists, U.S. government sources have said there was no evidence the San Bernardino attack was directed by the militant group or that Islamic State even knew of them.FBI Director James Comey said on Friday that no information had been unearthed suggesting the killers were part of an extremist cell or network.Still, issues of gun control, national security and immigration have reverberated in the U.S. presidential campaign from the first moment that authorities suggested that Islamic extremism may have played some role in last week's attack.On Sunday President Barack Obama urged Americans in a nationally televised address to avoid the scapegoating of Muslims. But a day later, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump singled out Islam as a threat by calling for a blanket prohibition on Muslims entering the United States."We have no choice but to do this," Trump told ABC News on Tuesday. He said the ban would be temporary. "We have people that want to blow up our buildings, our cities. We have to figure out what's going on."Even before the San Bernardino killings, the Obama administration had drawn fire from political conservatives for its plan to allow 10,000 refugees from Syria's civil war into the United States, feeding concerns about anti-Islam sentiments.Police in Philadelphia were investigating an incident in which a pig's head was thrown at a mosque early on Monday morning.(Additional reporting by Julia Edwards in Washington; Writing by Steve Gorman and Bill Trott; Editing by Jonathan Oatis, Toni Reinhold and Lisa Shumaker)
California social service centre where couple killed 14 people to stay closed until next year-By John Rogers, The Associated Press | The Canadian Press – DEC 8,15-YAHOONEWS
The social service centre in Southern California where a husband and wife killed 14 people will not reopen until next year, raising concerns that some of the 30,000 people with developmental disabilities it serves might not receive needed treatment.The Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino had hoped to reopen next week, but spokeswoman Leeza Hoyt said Tuesday that it was pushed back to sometime after Jan. 1.Because many of the centre's 600 employees work in the field, officials hope services won't be disrupted for too many people, Hoyt said. But she could not say for sure that no one would go without care.The centre offers in-home treatment and therapy to thousands of children with autism, epilepsy and other developmental disabilities."In our particular case, we don't have anything that's time-sensitive, I'm not in the middle of requesting service or authorization for a vendor," said Jess Block Nerren, whose 10-year-old son receives treatment for autism."But depending upon where someone is in that time frame, I imagine it could absolutely traumatically impact their lives," she added, noting the centre provides treatment that would cost tens of thousands of dollars a year in some cases if paid for privately.Hoyt said the centre is temporarily relocating its administrative offices to ensure its employees and vendors continue to be paid while they work from the field.She said authorities are keeping everyone out of the three-building complex while they investigate the attack last Wednesday by Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik.The couple opened fire on a conference room rented for a holiday party for Farook's colleagues. He worked as a restaurant inspector for the San Bernardino County health department. The couple died hours later in a gunfight with police.When authorities allow people back into the buildings, they will require cleaning and repair, Hoyt said."There's been a fair amount of damage," she said. "I'm told there's broken glass and doors."
California terror attack shows difficulty police have in detecting terrorists-By Eric Tucker And Brian Melley, The Associated Press | The Canadian Press – DEC 8,15-YAHOONEWS
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - By the time the married couple who carried out the deadly San Bernardino terrorist attack came to the attention of police, it was far too late.Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, had gone undetected while planning the massacre that included amassing thousands of rounds of ammunition, high-powered guns and pipe bombs.The FBI's acknowledgement that the San Bernardino shooters had been radicalized Muslims for "quite some time" points to the difficulty discovering potential terrorists who keep a very low profile and shows the deadly consequences that can occur when identification comes too late."It appears these people were very good at hiding their intentions," said David Schanzer, a Duke University public policy professor who runs a centre that studies terrorism. "What this situation shows is it's not a fool-proof system. ... A hundred per cent prevention is not achievable."The couple, who lived quietly in a two-bedroom townhouse with their 6-month-old daughter and Farook's mother, had not come to the attention of law enforcement before clothing themselves in black, donning face masks and bursting into an annual festive meeting of Farook's county health department colleagues with guns blazing. They killed 14 people and wounded 21 last Wednesday before dying in a shootout with police about four hours later.David Bowdich, chief of the FBI's Los Angeles office, told reporters the agency was searching for how and where radicalization occurred and who might have led them to those beliefs.Investigators believe e Farook, a 28-year-old restaurant inspector born in the U.S. to a Pakistani family, become radicalized before meeting Malik, 29, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said Tuesday,. She did not elaborate on what led the FBI to that conclusion about Malik, who emigrated to the U.S. from Pakistan in July 2014 on a fiancée visa and married Farook the next month.Detecting those who hold radical beliefs — and determining who may lash out violently — is a challenge for law enforcement.America's counterterrorism infrastructure has had success at flagging individuals who try to travel abroad to fight alongside militants, fund operations overseas or who communicate online with overseas terrorists. But it's been far more challenging for law enforcement to flag each and every individual who self-radicalizes online, a process the Islamic State has facilitated with slick Internet propaganda aimed at the disaffected."They're not communicating with a terrorist organization, they're not doing those other things that we have typically looked for when we're looking for terrorists," said John Cohen, a former Homeland Security Department counterterrorism co-ordinator.Behaviour that is in isolation isn't likely to put a defendant on law enforcement's radar. But sudden withdrawal from friends or family, for instance, starts hitting trip wires when combined with other actions, such as increased visits to hate-spewing chat rooms or radical change in appearance. But even then, law enforcement is challenged on a daily basis in separating individuals who hold radical views, which in and of itself is not a crime, from those who are plotting acts of violence or encouraging others in that direction."It's a highly individualized process, and each person is different," said Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University's Center for Cyber & Homeland Security, which recently issued a study showing that 56 people had been charged in the U.S. this year in connection with supporting the Islamic State. "The radicalization process could take a few years, it could take a few months."FBI agents currently have hundreds of open inquiries in all 50 states related to terrorist ideology. When they identify someone they think is predisposed to violence, they've turned to a range of techniques — including sting operations involving informants and inoperable weapons and placing undercover agents in chat rooms — as part of their investigation.But they're nonetheless constrained under Justice Department regulations in the investigative steps they may take. That guidance, known as the Domestic Investigations and Operations Manual, permits agents to check out a citizen's suspicion even when there's minimal factual basis for doing so.Actually opening a full-blown investigation, and using tools such as surveillance and phone wiretaps, requires a significantly higher burden of evidence of wrongdoing."For law enforcement to take action, their investigation has to reveal that a person has gone beyond simply having extreme thoughts, and is actually moving in the direction of carrying out an act of violence," Cohen said. "They have to be in the process of committing a crime."So far, the FBI has revealed little of what it's learned about Farook and Malik and their planning, except for details about the weaponry they had, materials they had to make more pipe bombs and that both had been taking target practice. Malik also practiced at Riverside Magnum Range, where Farook shot at targets two days before the attack, Eimiller said.Investigators also are trying to determine a money trail for funding of the operation. A U.S. official said Tuesday authorities are looking into a deposit made to Farook's bank account prior to the shooting. The official, who had been briefed on the investigation but was not authorized to discuss it by name and spoke on condition of anonymity, would not further characterize the nature of the deposit or what was suspicious about it.Hughes said the FBI surely is looking to see what red flags law enforcement might have been missed — part of a post-mortem analysis that follows every incident of this nature."What do you learn from this, and how do you mitigate the next attack?" he asked.___Tucker reported from Washington. Amanda Lee Myers in San Bernardino contributed to this report.
House passes bill to tighten visa waiver program-By Patricia Zengerle | Reuters – DEC 8,15- YAHOONEWS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to tighten restrictions on travel to the United States by citizens of 38 nations who are allowed to enter the country without obtaining a visa.The bill, the second major piece of security legislation approved in the chamber in response to the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, passed by 407 to 19.The measure would require visitors from the visa waiver countries, which include much of western Europe, to obtain a visa to travel to the United States if they had been to Syria, Iraq, Iran or Sudan during the past five years.It would also require countries participating in the program to share information with U.S. authorities about suspected terrorists or risk being suspended from the scheme."This legislation will help close gaping security gaps and improve our ability to stop dangerous individuals before they reach our shores," said Republican Representative Michael McCaul, the House Homeland Security Committee chairman.Twenty million visitors a year enter the United States under the program, which allows them to stay 90 days. It was started in 1986 to boost tourism and tighten the country's relationship with close allies.Congress has been focused on visa waivers since Paris because some of the militants behind the attacks were Europeans radicalized after visiting Syria.The U.S. Travel Association backed the House bill, rather than a Senate proposal from Democrat Dianne Feinstein and Republican Jeff Flake that would also require the collection of biometric data. The industry group says that could discourage legitimate travelers from visiting the country.Backing for the other security bill passed in the House, tightening screening of refugees from Syria and Iraq, was far more partisan. Just 47 Democrats joined 242 Republicans who voted for it and President Barack Obama, a Democrat, promised a veto. Debate about border controls has grown more acrimonious since last week's attacks in San Bernardino, Calif., by a Muslim couple. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump proposed banning Muslims from entering the United States, remarks that drew international condemnation.The Senate has not scheduled a vote on either measure. Both could be included in a trillion-dollar spending bill that Congress must pass in the next few days in order to keep the government open.Obama called on Congress to tighten the visa waiver program in a national security speech to the nation on Sunday night.(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, additional reporting by Julia Edwards; Editing by Eric Beech and David Gregorio)
Peel board ready to Inspire Hope for hundreds of Syrian children-CNW Group-DEC 8,15-YAHOO NEWS
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 8, 2015 /CNW/ - The Peel District School Board is where the world comes to learn. To plan for the arrival of large numbers of refugee families who arrive in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, and to ensure supports are focused and schools are prepared, the Peel board has created an Inspire Hope Action Team."At this point, there has been no confirmation of the number of refugee families who will settle in Peel, but we do know that our community is a major destination for many newcomers," says Brian Woodland, director of communications and community relations, and chair of the Inspire Hope Action Team. This year alone, the Peel board's three We Welcome the World Centres (WWTWC) have assessed and registered over 5,300 newcomer students. Notes Woodland, "Our schools have vibrant English as a Second Language (ESL) programming, staff experienced in receiving newcomers, and a wide variety of supports and services provided by social workers, psychologists and Multicultural Settlement in Education Partnership (MSEP) workers. Our schools and support staff have always done an amazing job to support refugee families. We know they'll continue to offer a warm welcome and inspire hope."The Peel board's Inspire Hope Action Team will: inventory existing supports and services-identify potential needs/ areas that require provincial funding-ensure coordination of services to support refugee families-identify how staff can provide arriving refugees with a warm welcome and successful school experience-connect with community agencies serving refugees-To date, the Peel board has supported refugees through the WWT WCs. Says Director of Education Tony Pontes, "Generally, they've come to us from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Syria. Though it's hard to generalize, it's fair to say that many have far higher needs than other welcome centre families. Through our work in the community, we have strong connections with agencies serving the newcomer community, and know the services we provide and those offered by our partners, will ensure refugee families are well-supported during their transition to life in Canada."The following immediate actions are being taken by the Peel board in preparation for the arrival of Syrian refugees in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga:Staff in curriculum and instructional support services are working on new resources and supports for schools specifically to assist English Language Development (ELD) students.Tip sheets for administrators and school staff are being developed by the special education department to provide strategies for supporting students and families, whose needs may include referral to professional services and/or special education supports.Beyond these supports, the team identifies a key need to coordinate support for schools for ESL and ELD students. Based on volume, and on the levels of language proficiency, schools may need advice and assistance in fully serving refugee students. A central resource teacher will be assigned this work until the end of the school year. The role will help schools assess need, provide guidance and support, and serve as a clearinghouse for requests from schools. This role will be funded from within the curriculum department.WWTWCs have negotiated a formal agreement with the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture. They will offer one to two days a week of free counselling services at the Elm Drive location to support those who have experienced trauma from war and conflict.Staff are connecting with the board's child care partners to explore possible supports and subsidies for before- and after-school care for refugee families.WWTWC staff have been collecting clothing and bedding for refugee families and schools and the community have been generous in their giving.Staff are working with the board's technology equity of access partners to identify free or low-cost technology options for refugee families.Staff are working with Peel Public Health to ensure needed supports, e.g. dental screening, are available to refugee families at the WWTWCs.WWTWCs offer parent sessions in Arabic, such as Understanding the School System, Getting Ready for Kindergarten, the ESL Advantage and Making My Way, to help newcomer families familiarize themselves with the education system.MSEP workers who are Arabic-speaking will be deployed to schools with higher numbers of refugees from Syria.The Ministry of Education recognizes that these newcomer students may require additional supports from schools to address language proficiency needs and a wide range of other needs in areas such as extraordinary special education costs, social work, mental health and translation/interpreters. Notes Woodland, "While the size and scale of the need isn't fully known, what's clear is the requirement for additional funding to support schools to ensure a warm welcome and successful school experience for refugee students."Additional funds would support the following:The Peel board has offered Ashgrove and Lakeview Park schools to the Region of Peel as potential sites to house refugee families. There will be significant funding required for the retrofit of these schools, and for operational costs, to ensure that the refugee families are comfortable and have an appropriate standard of living.If large numbers of refugees arrive with limited foundational first language skills, there will be a need to deploy additional supports and potentially to create clusters of students for four to six weeks of intensive ESL/ELD support. There will be a need, in general, for additional teaching staff, teaching assistants, resource staff, in-school support personnel and more.The special education needs will mean the addition of social work, psychologist and speech language supports.Federally co-funded programs, such as the WWTWCs and MSEP, will need additional staffing, including more Arabic MSEP workers."The Inspire Hope Action Team will meet to identify how best to support schools to warmly welcome refugee families. The team will work to coordinate services, collect information and identify funding gaps," says Woodland. "Our goal is simple—to inspire hope in our refugee students and families. We want to ensure that they are warmly welcomed, and have a successful school experience. In other words, we want them to experience the same success, confidence and hope we provide each day to our students."SOURCE Peel District School Board
Ottawa health care workers prepare for influx of refugees-CBC – DEC 8,15-YAHOONEWS
Health care workers in Ottawa are preparing for an influx of Syrian refugees in the coming weeks, many of whom have been living in deplorable conditions overseas.Hassan Abed came to Canada seven years ago after fleeing the violence in Iraq.He arrived with a sore back after someone pushed him with a gun. His parents were also dealing with medical issues. "My mom especially when she [saw] my brother murdered suddenly she get shock and after that she got diabetes. Actually multiple medical problems," he said.Abed visited one of Ottawa's public health clinics where both he and his mother received care.Now Ottawa's community health centres are preparing for what may be an unprecedented influx of refugees. They are setting up medical assessment hubs to deal with a wide range of physical and mental health problems. Canadian officials are already screening for infectious diseases such as tuberculosis in refugee camps overseas. Dr. Alison Eyre, who helps refugee claimants navigate the health care system, said she hopes newcomers arrive with their medical records so they don't have to repeat tests."People will come and have three visits at one of these hubs. The things we will be looking for will be very specifically identified based on what we're seeing from the countries as well as what we're seeing from the different camps and what we're hearing," she said.-Free dental care-A lack of dental care has also been flagged as a cause for concern.In response, one dentist in Kanata is offering free emergency dental care to refugees escaping the conflict in Syria.Dr. Yamen Ghamian, a dentist at Centrum Dental Centre, said when he saw the news about the thousands of refugees destined for Canada, he knew he had to help."They're going to have many needs, including dental needs. Me being a dentist I wanted to try and give back a little bit and help. So I contacted a buddy of mine who lives in Ottawa. The two of us decided to offer free emergency dental care to any refugees who come to us," he said.But the idea didn't stop there. Soon more dental clinics came forward offering free care."Now we're over 30 clinics in five provinces and this is in the span of a month," Ghamian said."I think the reality of refugee camps is that you're trying to survive as best as you can. That being said, dentistry probably goes pretty low on the list of where priorities are. even if there are dental concerns there's limited access to dental care," Ghamian said. "The costs may become an issue."Ghamian said he's already seen at least one Syrian refugee family in his dentist's chair, and he's anticipating more in the next few weeks." The extent of it we'll find out as time goes on," he said.Ghamian's father left Syria in the 1960s, choosing to raise his family in Canada. Some of Ghamian's relatives are still living in the country, or have recently fled."I've been very lucky to be a Syrian living in Canada and now being able to give back to new Syrians becoming Canadian."
1st question period: Trudeau accused of 'stepping back' from fight against ISIS-CBC – Mon, 7 Dec, 2015-YAHOONEWS
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was accused of "stepping back" from the coalition fight against ISIS as a feisty first question period kicked off today.Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose was quick to drop the gloves as she asked why Canada is ending airstrikes against the militant group in Iraq and Syria when U.S. President Barack Obama called the aerial bombing campaign a "key pillar" of the mission.- Ambrose attacks Liberal return to 'big activist government'-"Why is the prime minister stepping back from the fight when our allies are stepping up?" she asked.Ambrose pressed Trudeau to concede he is more committed to his own "ideology" than he is to Canada's allies.Describing ISIS as a "death cult" that sells women and men into slavery and targets religious minorities, gays and lesbians, Ambrose asked just how bad it would have to be for Trudeau to leave Canada's warplanes in the theatre.Trudeau said Canada will continue be a strong partner in the coalition. He has promised to expand the number of Canadian troops who will train local forces, and to continue with humanitarian assistance including the resettlement of Syrian refugees."The question has always been, how best to engage," he said.Trudeau and his cabinet ministers faced a range of questions, from the feasibility of tax cuts for the middle class, to refugee resettlement.Mulcair asks about climate change-NDP Leader Tom Mulcair used his time on the floor to grill Trudeau on the government's plan and targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."Canadians are proud to see a change in tone on climate change, but they're also hoping the change in tone will bring about a concrete change of direction," he said. "Once [the government] finally decides on Canada's targets, will it make them binding by enshrining them into a climate change accountability law here at home?"Trudeau shot back that Mulcair "forgets from time to time" that Canada is a federation with 10 provinces that have different approaches and different requirements."We have committed to sit down and engage with those provinces, listen to them and work out not just targets but a plan that is going to ensure Canada meets its international and domestic obligations to reduce climate emissions," he said.While all parties had committed to adopting a more conciliatory, constructive tone, in Parliament the first question period featured the traditional heckling and partisan barbs.But there was a touching moment of humanity as well, when longtime Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger received a standing ovation from MPs from all parties before and after asking a question, as his colleague Larry Bagnell fought back tears. Bélanger recently disclosed he has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.New dynamic in House-The new House of Commons has a dramatically new dynamic, with the Liberals in government, the Conservatives in opposition and the NDP relegated to third spot. There are also 30 more MPs in the House, bringing the total count to 338. Melanee Thomas, assistant professor of political science at the University of Calgary, said this session of Parliament will see much attention on Trudeau's performance in question period, which has been not "great" in the past. She said it will be interesting to watch how Ambrose stacks up against Mulcair as the Opposition leader."The former is rather untested in a major question period role; the latter was the prosecutor of Parliament during the last session," she said.There are a number of key political matchups in the new Parliament, with rookie ministers facing questions from seasoned former Conservative cabinet members. Conservative finance critic Lisa Raitt prefaced her question to Finance Minister Bill Morneau by saying they would have "a lot of fun" in the weeks and months ahead, before challenging him over "broken promises" and "flawed" plans.Morneau explained that the Liberals "inherited" a fiscal situation that was more challenging than foreseen in the budget.
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