The Daily Populous

Wednesday February 19th, 2020 day edition

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Approximately 450 rail workers have received temporary layoff notices as a result of ongoing rail blockades in support of those fighting the construction of Coastal GasLink’s natural gas pipeline in northern B.C., the Canadian National Railway said Tuesday.

Last Thursday, both Via Rail and Canadian National rail shut down major parts of their network as protests escalated throughout the country in solidarity with the hereditary chiefs.

About 450 CN employees in Eastern Passage, Moncton, Charny, and Montreal were handed temporary layoff notices, CN spokesperson Alexandre Boulé said in an emailed statement on Tuesday.

YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN... A total of 6,000 workers are also at risk of layoffs if blockades continue, according to transportation-sector union Teamsters Canada.

But some parts of the Maritimes are already feeling the effects of the rail blockades, said Littler.

Trudeau had rejected Conservative calls to order the national police force to break up rail blockades.

“We have no interest in impacting individuals’ livelihoods,” Sanchez said, referring to the economic impact of the blockades. »

Mike Bloomberg is the Donald Trump of Democrats. If we vote him in, we sacrifice everything we stand for

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Now Democrats are flirting with the same ideological suicide in the form of another billionaire New Yorker – former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Since January, Bloomberg has leaned into a fusillade of attack ads against Democratic frontrunner Bernie Sanders.

Establishment Democrats nervous about the viability of a Sanders campaign are now flirting with the idea of embracing Bloomberg’s pay-and-pray candidacy. »

IRS sues Facebook for $9B, says company offshored profits to Ireland

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From 2010 to 2016, Facebook Ireland paid Facebook U.S. more than $14 billion in royalties and cost-sharing payments, according to the court filing.

“Facebook Ireland and Facebook’s other foreign affiliates - not Facebook US - led the high-risk, and ultimately successful, international effort to sell Facebook ads,” the company said in a pre-trial memorandum.

If the IRS prevails, Facebook would face an additional federal tax liability of up to $9 billion, plus interest and any penalties, the company estimated in a recent securities filing. »

The Cost of Reading in Prison: In West Virginia it’s 5 cents a minute

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It is hard to fathom how they got here but the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation is charging inmates to read!.

It will take a person who is able to read 30 pages per hour about 11 hours to read the novel.

At the discounted $0.03/minute usage fee, 11 hours of reading a free book will cost a person about $19.80—and this is if you don’t stop to think or re-read. »