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A Different Kind of Tweet - COLUMNIST GWYNNE DYER
“The president has absolute authority, unilateral power to order the use of nuclear weapons,” said Bruce Blair. The nuclear codes are “the length of a tweet. It would take them one or two minutes to format and transmit that directly down the chain of command to the executing commanders of the underground launch centers, the submarines and the bombers.”
While serving in the US Air Force in the 1970s, Blair was a launch control officer for Minuteman ICBMs. Weekly dry runs down in the capsule, turning the keys that would send 50 nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles on their way, has led to profound reflection in many of the people who did it. It led Blair to found Global Zero, a group that advocates eliminating nuclear weapons entirely.  Full Story >
Sports by Bruce Penton
VOTTO, McMORRIS: YEAR-END TIPS OF THE CAP  Full Story >
Why Trudeau’s plan for Canada-China trade may not work - COLUMNIST THOMAS WALKOM
Justin Trudeau is apparently holding out for a more comprehensive trade deal with China. The prime minister should be careful what he asks for.
The much-discussed but still theoretical Canada-China free trade pact has been undergoing a kind of perils-of-Pauline adventure this week.
It seemed alive and well Sunday when the prime minister landed in Beijing, reportedly to announce with his Chinese counterpart that formal negotiations on the deal were ready to begin.
By Monday it seemed at grave risk, as it became clear that a significant snag existed, which precluded such an announcement.   Full Story >
WILL VERBOVEN
Trade deals can be excruciatingly slow... Trudeau government seems to make it worse  Full Story >
You! be the Judge
Don’t let drunk kids out of your house  Full Story >
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Christ the Redeemer tops provincial average results 

Landowner still upset even with changes to solar farm 

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