Ontario asks court to toss application from Tesla over electric vehicle rebates

TORONTO — Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government has asked the province’s Superior Court to throw out a petition from the Canadian arm of Tesla Inc. that claims the U.S. company has been treated unfairly in the government’s cancellation of an electric vehicle rebate program.

The provincial government’s ministry of transportation said in a response filed Tuesday that there is no merit to the electric car maker’s application for judicial review, arguing the decision is government policy that does not fall within the court’s jurisdiction.

“While framed as a judicial review of an ostensibly administrative decision, the application is essentially an attack on a core policy decision made by Ontario’s cabinet,” it said in the court filing.

“Such a decision is not reviewable by the court and is not a basis to quash the decision.”

In July, the government announced the cancellation of the rebate program but said that incentives would be honoured for vehicles ordered through a dealership if they are delivered and registered by Sept. 10.

Tesla sells vehicles directly to customers rather than through a dealership, making its vehicles ineligible for the incentives under the new rules.

Tesla Motors of Canada said in its application that the decision by Premier Doug Ford’s government to halt the program left hundreds of its customers no longer eligible for rebates they expected to get when they ordered their vehicles.

It claims Tesla was also left out of a program that allows purchasers of other brands to receive rebates during a transition period and that the government has given it no reason for its exclusion.

Tesla said the government’s decision has “already inflicted substantial harm” on the company in the form of lost sales and potential damage to its reputation because it leaves the impression that Tesla “may be singled out for future arbitrary treatment.”

It asked the Ontario Superior Court to quash the government’s move.

However, the government’s response said the decision to revoke the rebate program was made for “valid public reasons.”

The government said it decided to include only independently owned franchised dealerships in the transition funding in order to minimize negative impacts to small- or medium-sized businesses, and that such dealerships may have vehicle inventory or made orders with manufacturers that could not be returned.

“Tesla Canada is effectively asking this court to make a declaratory order at the behest of its customers to provide them a grant from public funds.”

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-asks-court-to-toss-application-from-tesla-over-electric-vehicle-rebates-1.4064530

 

another day another female teacher “having sex” with a 14 y/o boy.

A teacher in California allegedly had sex with an eighth-grader while chaperoning his spring class trip to Washington, DC, authorities said.

Jacqueline Nicole Muller, a 26-year-old teacher at Salem Lutheran School in Glendale, was arrested Monday on charges of first-degree child sexual abuse after the encounter with the 14-year-old male student at a hotel in the nation’s capital on May 9, according to charging documents obtained by WRC-TV.

After connecting on Instagram in March, the boy told police he and Muller began talking about photography and other mutual interests before they kissed about a month later, court documents show.

Muller and the teen allegedly had sex at a Hyatt Place hotel in southwest Washington, just blocks away from the National Mall. They also had sex a second time later that day at another hotel in Virginia, authorities said.

The alleged encounters came to light when the teen’s parents discovered text messages on his phone, some of which indicated a relationship well beyond a typical teacher-student bond.

“Hope you slept well my love,” one message read. “Missing you.”

The teen’s parents also learned from other chaperones that their son had been alone with Muller for about an hour one night during the trip. The boy later told his father about the secret meetings, WRC-TV reports.

Five days after the alleged encounter, the teen’s parents met with school officials, including interim principal Pamela Perry, who later reported the allegations to child protective services. Muller subsequently apologized in a letter to Perry, according to court documents.

“It pains me that my actions have led to this point,” she wrote.

Ali Smyser, president of Salem Lutheran Church, told The Post that Muller resigned after law enforcement officials were notified of the allegations.

“Salem Lutheran Church and School takes the safety of our students very seriously and will always do everything in our power to protect them,” Smyser said in a statement. “It is not our intention to comment further on this matter while it is being adjudicated.”

Attempts to reach Muller were not successful.

One of Muller’s relatives posed as the teen weeks after the alleged encounter, prompting the teacher to try to set up a meeting while stressing the need to be inconspicuous.

“Whatever you do, please don’t say that we’ve been talking,” Muller wrote. “We can’t see or speak to each other until this thing blows over … Hopefully after graduation but not sure.”

https://nypost.com/2018/08/23/teacher-charged-with-having-sex-with-eighth-grader-on-class-trip/?utm_source=reddit.com

 

Church Near Kampala, Uganda Closes after Months of Islamist Attacks

NAIROBIKenya (Morning Star News) – A church outside Kampala, capital of Uganda, has closed after months of area Muslims pelting its gatherings with rocks, sources said.

The final blow came on Aug. 4, when a stone thrown through a window struck Pastor Moreen Sanyu of Greater Love Church in Namasuba Para Zone, Wakiso District, and knocked her unconscious, sources said.

Pastor Sanyu said she was preaching when the stone smashed through the window pane and struck her on the forehead.

“I fell down and became unconscious,” she told Morning Star News. “When I woke up, there were only a few members who surrounded me – the rest of the church members had fled in different directions.”

She was rushed to a hospital in Namasuba, where she was treated for two days before being discharged.

The next Sunday, Aug. 11, no one came to the worship service, she said.

The church had grown quickly after beginning on May 4, 2017 in a predominantly Muslim area, swelling to 400 people at one point, she said. Islamist stone attacks had reduced attendance at worship services to 150 by the end of July, before all worshippers stopped coming after the Aug. 4 attack out of fear for their lives.

“I am not ready to lose my life by attending the church,” one church member who requested anonymity told Morning Star News.

Area Muslims had made strident complaints to the area chief about Muslims leaving Islam to join the church congregation, a sheikh (Islamic teacher) told Morning Star News.

“We cannot watch our children joining infidels’ church,” said the sheikh, who requested anonymity. “The pastor has no respect for other people’s religion, especially our innocent and immature children in Islamic faith.”

In furious tones, he said local Muslims will not allow the church to operate.

“We have not persuaded the Christians to join our faith, hence why should the church keep on stealing our members?” he said.

Asked to respond, Pastor Sanyu told Morning Star News by phone that she did not target children.

“I just shared the gospel of Christ and his love for humanity with my Muslim neighbors, and they freely accepted the Christian faith, especially when many sick people that I prayed for got healed,” she said. “I did not persuade them nor steal them to join my church.”

Seeing no possibility of continuing church services in the area, she said that she is concerned about the fate of the church members.

“I need prayers and material support to relocate to another area at this trying moment, lest I lose all my members, and therefore I will have labored in vain for the kingdom of God,” she said.

Muslims threw stones at the church building for months, cutting short programs and evening Bible studies, she said.

“The throwing of stones broke glass windows and destroyed a solar panel, and as well as there was the uttering of abusive and threatening words to me and my church members,” Pastor Sanyu said.

Uganda’s constitution and other laws provide for religious freedom, including the right to propagate one’s faith and convert from one faith to another.

Muslims make up no more than 12 percent of Uganda’s population.

https://morningstarnews.org/2018/08/church-near-kampala-uganda-closes-after-months-of-islamist-attacks/

 

Bernier attacks Scheer and leaves Conservatives to start new party

Maxime Bernier is leaving the Conservative Party with a bang.

As the party kicked off its policy convention in Halifax to huddle ahead of next year’s election, Bernier ripped into Conservative leader Andrew Scheer and his caucus colleagues at a news conference from Ottawa Thursday, where he announced to reporters he’s leaving the party and plans to explore forming one of his own.

Bernier said the Conservative party has “all but abandoned its core conservative principals” under the “current leadership.”

He attacked the party for supporting the Liberal government on a range of issues, including the retaliatory tariffs launched against the U.S., as well as for refusing to end corporate subsidies and supporting Canada’s supply management system for dairy products – even though he says some in the caucus want the dairy “cartel” shut down. In other words, positions Bernier held during the leadership race more than a year ago.

“The Conservative party has abandoned conservatives,” he said. “It does not represent them anymore. And it has nothing of substance to offer Canadians looking for an alternative.”

https://ipolitics.ca/2018/08/23/maxime-bernier-leaving-conservative-party/

 

Identity Politics Are Rapidly Destroying The Value Of College Degrees

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I attended the College of William and Mary from fall 2014 until winter 2016, during the arguable height of social justice outrage. The infamous University of Missouri protests happened soon after I started school, where professor Melissa Click threatened a student journalist with physical violence.

At Yale, the Christakises were protested for arguing against over-coddling administrators telling students what they should not wear for Halloween. The Rolling Stone story, “A Rape on Campus” that was later found fraudulent came out during my first year of school. It’s not for these reasons alone that college was futile, but the leftist insanity that perpetually surrounded me certainly played a part.

This spring was set to be my graduation from college. Had I not sped things up and graduated in two years, instead of four, I would have walked across the stage, taken pictures with my family, and graduated with $40,000 in debt. I wouldn’t have been able to earn editing and writing experience (like bylines at The Daily Beast, Newsweek, Reason, and The Houston Chronicle). I recommend the same path to other young conservatives — escape debt and leftist indoctrination, if you can. Choose work experience, trade school, or a fast-tracked route through college instead.

College Often Isn’t Worth Your Time and Money

Elite colleges aren’t designed for critical thinking or open inquiry anymore. According to Catherine Rampell at The Washington Post, “A fifth of undergrads now say it’s acceptable to use physical force to silence a speaker who makes ‘offensive and hurtful statements.’”

The same survey indicates that about four in every ten students believes the First Amendment does not allow “hate speech.” Meanwhile, even at elite colleges like the liberal arts school Pomona, nearly 90 percent of students say their campus climate chills speech because they fear saying things others might find offensive.

Those illiberal trends are bad enough on their own, but the format of college also makes little sense. Its incentives are poorly aligned with what is valued in the workplace. Students are incentivized to be obedient and compliant, not to set themselves apart from the pack. Many college students end up slinging impressive sounding extracurriculars together that any hiring manager can easily see through. Mastery of a skill, and understanding what will be valued in the marketplace, fall by the wayside.

Too often, college is merely a signal students use to show bare minimum competence to employers. But is that signal still valuable as college becomes more about leftist indoctrination, coddling, and delayed adulthood?

As the “college experience” (or “the best four years of your life”) has become more mythologized, adulthood becomes increasingly delayed as students seek limitless fun without consequences. Colleges often require students to live in dorms, eat in dining halls, and engage in absurd icebreaker activities.

Parents, too, must be oriented at many elite schools. All of this sends the message that college is more like extended, boozed up summer camp than the start of adulthood. It’s no wonder so many of the traditional markers of adulthood are also being delayed.

http://thefederalist.com/2018/08/16/identity-politics-rapidly-destroying-value-college-degrees/