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Poilievre Says’ Trudeau’s Radical Emissions Agenda Will Cost Truckers $250,000 Each

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Four Liberal MPs have joined Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre in expressing displeasure with Justin Trudeau’s widely panned program to replace older trucks serving the Port of Vancouver.

The Rolling Truck Age Program aims to phase out trucks older than 12 years to improve air quality and community health.

The Trudeau government-controlled Vancouver Fraser Port Authority put the onus on independent owners and operators to replace the vehicles, which would cost truckers more than $250,000 each.

Truckers who Trudeau verbally and financially attacked during the truck convoy expressed concerns about high costs, claiming that existing vehicles already meet emissions standards and that global supply-chain issues complicate the transition.

The Port of Vancouver will not be permitted to operate vehicles over 12 years old, which Poilievre says is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “latest attack on working-class people.”

Although the program’s main focus is emissions, the port authority specifically mentions older, diesel-powered trucks as a significant source of PM2.5 particulate matter, highlighting cancer-causing concerns even though all trucks meet Federal and Provincial emissions standards.


The port authority began working with the commercial trucking sector to develop the program in 2012, and after “extensive engagement with industry and relevant stakeholders,” the port authority announced in 2015 that the program would go into effect in February 2022.

However, due to a request from Canada’s Minister of Transportation, Omar Alghabra, the move was postponed until September 2022 and then again until April 2023.

If implemented, approximately 20% of trucks — more than 350 — that transport cargo to and from ports will be prohibited. A new or lightly used rig can cost well over $200,000.

Last year, the United Truckers Alliance declared that the delayed program represents “impending doom.” “by imposing a significant financial burden on container truckers, raising concerns about additional supply chain delays in an already underperforming port.

“The approximately 1,700 trucks unfairly targeted by the RTAP represent less than 2% of BC’s licensed commercial trucks, who face none of the same punitive emissions standards,” the UTA stated.

The United Truckers Alliance also notes that the Port of Vancouver increased its coal export volume by 19% in 2021, highlighting that the amount represents approximately 79,267,906 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, which is equivalent to the emissions from 17,079,795 gas-powered passenger vehicles driven for a year.

“This is the same kind of attack on our working class that Trudeau has been carrying out since he became Prime Minister,” “Poilievre stated in a video posted to social media on Thursday.

“Ports are exclusively federal jurisdiction, and he is the federal prime minister, so he is responsible,” added the Conservative leader.

Meanwhile, Liberal MP Randeep Sarai says he has met with truckers who have complied with the new measures but still find them unreasonable and are concerned about having to replace more vehicles from their fleets in the future.

Sukh Dhaliwal, Parm Bains, and John Aldag, Liberal MPs, have expressed dissatisfaction with a heavily criticized program by Liberal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra.

According to a September news release from the Port of Vancouver, approximately 80% of the port’s 1,800 container trucks have complied with the new requirement.

The port also stated that once trucks built before 2009 are removed, it expects to save approximately 15,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases each year, including 575 tonnes of smog-forming nitrogen oxide and 37 tonnes of carcinogenic particulate matter.

Opponents of the program say they are still waiting for a meeting with the port authority.

“We are prepared to have a pleasant conversation with the Port of Vancouver,” said Gagan Singh, the United Truckers Association spokesperson representing Vancouver-area operators.


However, Trudeau’s Transport Minister, who is in charge of the port, has lost truckers’ “trust,” he claims. “People no longer have faith in them.”

Singh stated that the group wants Transport Canada to intervene and mediate its members’ discussions with the agency.

Alghabra’s spokesperson said he spoke with the Port of Vancouver about the issue.

“Minister Alghabra has written to the port twice, requesting that they work with the trucking industry to find a solution regarding the program to ensure the recovery of our supply chains in the face of labor shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the press secretary Nadine Ramadan.

The port of Vancouver’s governing body is independent of government and is led by a board of directors comprised of port users and representatives from all three levels of government. The federal government has no authority over its policy.

The Vancouver port authority did not respond to a comment request before the deadline.

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Dianne Feinstein: ‘Pioneering’ Senator Dies Aged 90

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Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, who served for more than three decades and was a pioneer for women in American politics, passed away at 90.

Feinstein was the eldest senator in the United States, and she voted on Thursday.

The veteran Democrat was questioned about alleged memory and cognitive issues for months.

After a “minor fall” at home in April, she was admitted to the hospital, the latest in a series of health concerns.

The office of Ms. Feinstein stated in a statement that she died overnight at her residence in Washington, DC.

The statement continued, “Senator Feinstein was a force of nature who had an enormous impact on our country and her home state.” She left an incontestable and extraordinary legacy.

Governor Gavin Newsom of California must now appoint her replacement. He had previously promised to nominate a black woman to serve the remainder of her term, which ends in 2025.

Ms. Feinstein, born in 1933 and grew up in San Francisco, attended Stanford University and was elected to the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors in 1969.

This election marked the beginning of a long career in public service that led her to become the first female mayor of San Francisco and, in 1992, a senator.

She had previously proclaimed her intention to retire at the end of the following year, but she resisted mounting pressure. Several prominent Democrats, including Representatives Adam Schiff and Katie Porter, have previously declared their intentions to run for her Senate seat.


Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, who served for more than three decades and was a pioneer for women in American politics, passed away at 90.

In a statement issued after her passing, US President Joe Biden said that Ms. Feinstein “made history in so many ways, and generations to come will benefit from her legacy.”

Due to a case of shingles, she was absent from Capitol Hill for nearly three months earlier this year. Upon her return, she assumed fewer responsibilities and used a wheelchair to navigate the US Capitol. She occasionally appeared perplexed in interviews, committee hearings, and floor votes.

Ms. Feinstein was well-known for her ardent support of gun control measures and the 1994 assault weapons prohibition signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

After the murders of her predecessor, George Moscone, and city councilman Harvey Milk, she became mayor of San Francisco in 1978.

She stated that the experience of racing to Mayor Moscone’s office and discovering a bullet wound while searching for his pulse had left an indelible mark on her.

As a senator, Ms. Feinstein was the first woman to chair the influential Senate Intelligence Committee, overseeing a multi-year evaluation of the CIA’s controversial interrogation program of foreign terrorists following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The evaluation ultimately resulted in legislation prohibiting “enhanced interrogation techniques” on terrorism suspects, such as waterboarding.


Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, who served for more than three decades and was a pioneer for women in American politics, passed away at 90.

Ms. Feinstein was the first woman to serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the first woman to lead the Senate Rules Committee.

Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, described Dianne Feinstein as a “pioneering woman leader” in a statement.

“Dianne’s extraordinary career will inspire countless women and girls to pursue careers in public service for generations to come,” she said.

On the Senate floor, Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell praised “her dogged advocacy and diligent service”.

In recent years, concerns about her deteriorating health and cognitive abilities have prompted calls for her retirement and brought attention to the aging of America’s legislators.

During a committee vote, individuals around her could be heard in a widely circulated video telling her to “just say yes.”

Despite mounting family tensions, she is succeeded by a daughter, Katherine, who reportedly held power of attorney over her mother’s legal affairs. Richard Blum, her investment banker spouse, passed away last year.


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New York City: State Of Emergency Declared Over Flash Flooding

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In New York City, a state of emergency has been declared as violent storms deliver flash flooding.

Many of the city’s subways, streets, and highways have been inundated, and LaGuardia Airport closed at least one terminal on Friday.

According to New York Governor Kathy Hochul, some areas received up to five inches (12.7cm) of rain overnight, and up to seven more inches (17.8cm) are expected.

“This is a dangerous, life-threatening storm,” she continued.

She announced on X, formerly known as Twitter, that she was proclaiming a state of emergency in New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley due to the region’s extreme rainfall.

She urged individuals to take precautions and to “never attempt to travel on flooded roads.”

As a result of the declaration of a state of emergency, New York City Mayor Eric Adams issued a call for “heightened alertness and extreme caution.”

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In New York City, a state of emergency has been declared as violent storms deliver flash flooding.

“Some of our subways are flooded, and it is extremely difficult to move around the city,” he said at a press conference.

Due to intense rainfall, people were pictured and captured on video wading through knee-deep water in the streets and subways.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) advised individuals who did not need to travel to remain at home.

Terminal A at La Guardia Airport is presently closed due to flooding, according to airport authorities.

Before traveling, passengers were instructed to verify with their airline.

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The New York City Police Department also announced multiple road closures and the deployment of the National Guard.

Elsewhere, traffic stopped along a section of the FDR Drive, a significant thoroughfare on the east side of Manhattan, as the water rose above the tires of automobiles.

In addition, employees attempted to unclog a drain in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, while cardboard and other debris floated by.

According to municipal officials, there were no storm-related fatalities or serious injuries as of midday (1600 GMT).

The weather service has issued flood warnings and advisories for approximately 18 million people in the New York metropolitan area and other major East Coast cities.


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Disney Plus Announces Crackdown On Password Sharing In Canada In 2023

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NEW YORK — Today, password-sharing crackdowns are becoming increasingly prevalent in the streaming industry. In addition, Disney Plus follows suit.

In an email sent to Canadian users this week, Disney announced restrictions on the “ability to share your account or credentials outside of the household.”

The updated Canadian Subscriber Agreement for Disney Plus stipulates that users may only share a subscription within their domicile if permitted by their account tier and that violations may result in Disney Plus limiting or terminating service. According to the streamer’s help center, “Household” refers to the collection of devices associated with a subscriber’s principal residence and used by the residents.

These password-sharing restrictions are part of multiple revisions to the Disney Plus Subscriber Agreement that will go into effect on November 1 for most Canadian users. According to this week’s email, annual subscribers in Quebec may see the changes a bit later, depending on their billing cycle, while users who alter their plan before November 1 will see the changes take effect immediately.

As previously disclosed in August, Disney Plus will launch its ad-supported tier offerings in Canada and select European markets on November 1. The ad-supported tier of Disney Plus has been available in the U.S. since December 2022.

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Disney Plus Announces Crackdown On Password Sharing In Canada

When contacted by The Associated Press, a Disney Plus spokesperson declined to comment on whether similar domestic restrictions could be anticipated in countries other than Canada.

In a recent earnings call, Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger pledged to make the company’s streaming services profitable, notably through an October price increase on its ad-free Disney+ and Hulu plans in the U.S. and a restriction on password sharing that is expected to last through 2019.

At the time, Iger did not elaborate on the password-sharing crackdown beyond stating that Disney could reap some benefits in 2024, although he added that the work “might not be completed” by then and that Disney could not predict how many password-sharing users would switch to paid subscriptions.

New restrictions on streaming extend far beyond Disney. Netflix, for instance, made headlines when it began clamping down on password sharing. Freeloading viewers are now required to open their accounts in the United States unless a subscriber with a standard or premium plan agrees to pay a $8 monthly surcharge to enable more people from different households to watch.


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