Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Daily Digest March 16, 2009

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Removing the barriers to education View comments1
Government should look into what keeps young people from pursuing a post-secondary education.

Culture of safety best protection

Co-ordination of services to aid veterans

Diversity training needs a boost

When it comes to foreign policy, Obama is no softy

Canada, MacKay haven't earned NATO's respect

Weak on defence

Keeping confidence afloat
In the world of communications, credibility is everything, and our leaders need to regain theirs to guide us out of the storm http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Keeping+confidence+afloat/1393763/story.html
The power of apology

Time for restraint on public wages

The Senate stampede

Tory budget tears down nation's economic defences 

Second chance at education 

The mature stay out of courtComment8

Free trade in prizes

Another eco-fairy tale

Harper speaks the truth

Monitor kids' Internet life 

'Buy' policy

Women's Day a reminder of what still needs to be done




Budget officer more important than PM photos


Taste of peace overpowers violence in Ireland



Liberalism caused Wall Street crash?





Payments to Kinsella raising questions


Nation of lost souls

Kandahar buildup precedes Americans' arrival

Taliban targets Nato lorries

U.S.: Plan to Split Taliban Lures Obama Deeper into War

Taliban chief ready to talk peace with Kabul

Mullah Omar hasn't given'green light' for talks

Calgary activists ramp up anti-Bush efforts  Comments



We Dare Not Blink: Canada's Duty to Arrest George W. Bush

Ritz promises to monitor COOL

Canada expects better border relations

Deficit to balloon by $18-billion, economists say

U.S. recession could end this year: Bernanke

How come when Bernanke says it, it's considered genius, but when Harper says it, he's accused of living on another planet? http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/03/16/national-post-editorial-board-how-come-when-bernanke-says-it-it-s-considered-genius-but-when-harper-says-it-he-s-accused-of-living-on-another-planet.aspx

Thank God we're out of Durban II

CIDA cuts to Africa could hamper UN ambitions

Brain cancer linked to youngsters using cellphones



Newfoundland's choice 60 years on

Little traction in 'Bloc-from-the-Rock' talk

PBO says library puts them in conflict

Canada should be out front on climate change, before it's too late, say experts

Liberals to hold policy convention, but won't talk about policy

Libs unclear on running one-third female candidates in next election

Tories to offer some nomination protection to incumbents

Budget passed in record 26 Commons sitting days

Jack Layton: What Canada should really be doing in Afghanistan

Harper gets the cold shoulder

The rise of Harper populism

The Commons: The baby face of Canadian conservatism

Conservative Party strategy to take over student unions?

Coderre wooing sovereigntists, ADQ members

Iggy tells Quebec troops to be ready for election

Government to convert photography museum into committee rooms for MPs

Don't regulate the Net

Ottawa loosens green vetting for stimulus projects

Canada to begin flying to Arctic to gather data on North Pole ownership

New rules cut 'unnecessary' assessments: Prentice

Turnover at top threatens federal public service reforms

Nobody listens to the real climate change experts

How do you produce clean energy from dirty coal?

Incredible National Prayer Teamwork as the Senate Passes Bill C-10 »

State of the CBC: We need the ceeb

Harper v. Mulroney
Who is more of a 'real conservative'?
There's only one category in which the current Prime Minister outdoes his predecessor http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090316.WBSteele20090316145434/WBStory/WBSteele/

America's monumental failure of management

The elephant in the Oval Office

Q&A: Canada, NATO and Afghanistan

Of Cs, big and little, and how size sometimes matters.

Canadian privacy rights buried in the fine print

Who really won the last election? Nobody

Coderre espère attirer des souverainistes repentis

James Moore rencontrera le CA de Radio-Canada

Ottawa veut rendre le contrôle électronique de stabilité obligatoire

Les Canadiens de moins en moins riches

Le Canada sombrerait encore plus

Tournée préélectorale au Québec - Ignatieff demande à ses militants de se tenir prêts pour les prochaines élections

Les jeunes du PLQ ne veulent pas sacrifier le Fonds des générations

Golberg est plus optimiste que Harper quant au succès de la mission afghane



Zuhy Sayeed asked that his thoughts be presented to you. I have but one question I ask of him and you: do you see this as flowing from the patterns of action of either of the two "Legacy Parties, ?


 Tories to offer some nomination protection to incumbents
Tories to be challenged if two-thirds of riding associations want it.

Governing Conservative MPs will have to face nomination challenges before the next election only if two-thirds of their riding association members call for one, in a new and unusual arrangement the Tories came up with to deal with the controversial issue.

"Riding association members can ask us for a race and if two-thirds or more of the membership in any riding asks for a nomination race then there will be a contest. The membership will get to decide whether they want to have a nomination race or not and if two-thirds of the membership decide they want a nomination race, then there will be a nomination race," Don Plett, president of the Conservative Party, told The Hill Times in a telephone interview.

He said that the party headquarters will start to send out ballots either late this week or early next week to individuals who were party members as of March 10 in which a clear question will be asked about whether they would like a nomination contest or not. Mr. Plett said that as of last week, the party was still working on the wording of the question.


From: "Zuhy Sayeed"
To: "Joe Hueglin" <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>
Subject: democracy??

Hello Joe,

I send you the link below, the attached copy from the National Post last week and a note that I hope will get the attention of the wise ones of the Party.

Unfortunately again, decisions are being made with no respect to the laws of fairness and democracy. The wheels are in motion as we speak to eliminate grassroots participation in selecting candidates to represent our communities in Ottawa.

This is very disturbing and I wanted to draw it to your attention.

Thanks so much-

Zuhy Sayeed

John Ivison: MPs push for tighter safety net

Unfortunately again, decisions are being made with no respect to the laws of fairness and democracy. The wheels are in motion as we speak to eliminate grassroots participation in selecting candidates to represent our communities in Ottawa. See below.

This is very disturbing and I wanted to draw it to your attention.

We could use letters to the editor, a note to the Prime Minister (pm@pm.gc.ca) with a copy to your local Riding President.

In any event- we need people to mail back the ballots for a nomination meeting. Not sure how we could get the numbers needed by mail!

Thanks so much-

At a recent meeting of the National Council (Head Office) in Ottawa, it was decided that a two thirds majority of existing members is needed to vote to hold a Nomination meeting in all ridings.

In some ridings there are 1400 members, which means 924 have to vote by mail in favour of a nomination meeting.

If 921 voted for a nomination and 4 voted against--- there will NOT be a nomination meeting. ALL 1400 must mail in a vote to hold a nomination meeting...

This is a very unrealistic expectation on the part of the Head Office.

The intent is to interfere with the democratic process.

Ballots are going out imminently, requesting your input.

We need strong ridings to support grassroots democracy by voting to hold a nomination meeting in their ridings.

A nominated MP has a strong mandate to fight  for his/ her riding in Ottawa.

This is our democratic right and a tradition of our Party.

Podcast: MPs shouldn't be protected from democracy
In Ottawa, MPs are worried about job security - their own. Conservative MPs are calling for protection from their own riding associations while Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff is threatening to make Liberal protection conditional. For once, the Full Comment podcasters agree: Our MPs shouldn't be protected from democracy.

John Duddy

Hi Joe.

Your readers may wish to know where all the stolen money went.

Show them this.


John Duddy.  Puerto Vallarta. Mexico.

From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Re: How the West undermines the system that made us rich, Don Cayo, Vancouver Sun, February 23, 2009
Certainly a lack of regulation is the major cause of the economic meltdown.  But what is Don Cayo implying when he reports that "as the Third World struggles to adopt the better practices of the West, we've fallen for one of their worst".  The lack of regulation of derivatives and financial instruments such as futures, options, convertible bonds, sub-prime mortgages and the securitization of same were never the practice of Third World countries.  These were part of packages and programs developed by Wall Street, justified by the theories of Milton Friedman and the Chicago School, and forced on other economies by the "Washington Consensus" imposed by international financial agencies.  Neo-Conservative laissez-faire policies have been echoed locally for decades by the Fraser Institute and journalists at the Vancouver Sun.  Surely we don't need to blame the Third World for our excesses. In fact, instead of patting ourselves on the back for our "better practices", we might recognize that greed and the refusal to accept responsibility are some Western traits not terribly worthy of emulation.
<![end if]-->

Larry Kazdan ,
Vancouver, B.C.

From: Caspar Davis
Subject: PM lets fly on Liberals, Obama in closed speech

It was all those poor people who did the economy in, not the vultures on Wall Street who offered them deals they couldn't refuse, then flogged the worthless debts to their peers. Not the Len Lays and Madoffs, Not Bear Stearns, Goldman Sachs, and AIG, but the greedy underclasses, those rats.

Harper relaxes with his fellow foxes who chuckle and backslap at having gotten more of their fellows into the Canadian hen house.

Thanks to Janet Eaton:

Michael Hudson is spot on. He is one of the very small band of Georgist, or Geonomic economists. Georgist economics was nearly wiped out a century ago when the U.S. railroad barons and their allies funded universities and specifically economics departments like the University of Chicago and Stanford with the express purpose of squashing the ideas of Henry George.

Henry George saw that the fundamental economic problem is the private appropriation of natural resources, which should be used for the benefit of all. The most basic natural resource is land itself, but there are many others, including minerals, timber, radio frequencies and the rest of the electromagnetic spectrum, flight paths, genetic material, and ideas - which although they are attributed to whoever is first to get to the patent office are all built on the sum of human knowledge. Most new ideas are in fact discovered independently and nearly simultaneously by a number of people because the overall evolution of knowledge has made that possible.

Henry George wrote what was then the best selling book in the English language (except the Bible), Progress and Poverty. In it he showed how the private appropriation of rent is the cause of poverty. Tycoons, and especially railroad tycoons - the bulk of whose fortunes came from the enormous land holdings they were given by the US government, typically a strip extending out one mile on each side of whatever tracks they laid, saw Henry George a a much bigger threat than Karl Marx, and acted accordingly - see The Corruption of Economics by University of California economist Mason Gaffney.

George's writings were popular not only with the thousands who bought his book but with a host of luminaries including Lloyd George, Winston Churchill, Leo Tolstoy, Clarence Darrow, and Sun Yat Sen to name just a few. The core of his ideas was that society should recover most of the economic rent of natural resources, starting with land, by means of a land tax levied on land only, not on buildings and other improvements, which are the products of the owner's labor and capital - note that Land is not capital, it is a different type of asset altogether and one of the fundamental errors of main stream economics has been to consider it a subset of capital rather than a separate category.

George's ideas were put into practice in many places with excellent results. It was a land tax that enabled San Francisco to be rebuilt in record time after the earthquake and fire. Even watered down, it has rescued cites like Harrisburg and Pittsburgh from near death, turning them into vibrant and attractive cities even though they had lost their traditional economic bases.

Professor Hudson is quite right that the bad debts must be allowed to go bad or be written down to realistic levels. He is right about the Biblical Jubilee, which redressed economic injustice and "reset" economies every 50 years. But the critical reform is establishing a "user pay" regime for all natural resources, starting with land but extending also through the other types of assets listed above, and including the finite ability of the environment to deal with pollution and waste. A Land Tax nearly equal to the economic rent of land would remove the huge speculative profits, keeping land (and housing) prices low. The land owners who are the main beneficiaries would pa through increased taxes, most or all of the cost of public improvements that service their properties and greatly increase their value - from sewers and water lines to transit lines (which now often result in windfall profits to neighbouring properties while being paid for by everybody.

Land taxes could replace almost all other taxes, including income and payroll taxes, which are a direct drain on the economy. They would also "internalize" many economic "externalities" like pollution. Some people believe that they would also generate enough income to provide a basic resource dividend for everyone.

For much more about Georgist economics and commentaries from a Georgist perspective, see http://www.progress.org/

From: "Rene Moreau" <rtmoreau@sympatico.ca>

Kucinich in this speech demonstrates the best grasp of the subject of monetary reform of any sitting politician I've heard.

I wonder what kind of organization he has?  ;-)


From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: DD

Joe--have you ever watched that show Deal or no Deal?  I get the feeling that the world has become that game show.   With no thought other than 'intuition' the players make a decision--and they usually lose.

I will not pretend that I can understand what is happening--other than the taxpayer dollars are being thrown at institutions that have proven beyond any doubt that they are incompetent.

From what I have read, the money lost is 'only on paper'--does that mean that nothing is really gone--only the numbers to show that there is money lost?  Did the money ever exist? That no real debt or credit exists?  I have read that people losing their homes are being advised not to move because the papertrail is so confused that no one can prove or disprove that the mortgage is not viable.
Not one red cent should go into propping up business.  And until our MPs and PM take a massive pay cut and bring their pensions, expenses and perks down to earth, we should not have to pay one red cent to anyone.  With our tax dollars being thrown around like confetti we are the ones that need bailing out.  I realize that corporations are the biggest donors to our political parties, but our government is supposed to be governing for us, not them alone.

Jobs are going to be lost no matter what our government does.  But to leave us with an immense deficit is wrong.  We are told that we are in this mess because people spent more than they had--but our governments are prepared to do the same thing.  Is this not wrong?


ps--Lorrie Goldstein has it exactly right. 

From: The Natroses

Hi Joe, That Hudson fellow is right on the nail about what the world's countries have to do. Plus it is the first time, outside of my 13 year old who keeps on saying, that we could learn from the people of ancient times. Her little hobby is reading ancient history and the people of the times. She has quite a collection of books, which includes economic descriptions of models among many things that today's world has long forgotten.

There has been other economists that have talk about wiping out debt, but not in the way that Hudson has talked about. Talk is mainly center on helping the lenders or holders of the paper assets, or toxic assets and trying to keep them from becoming worthless. I had to laugh when Flaherty said "Here is a clear commitment to end the global economic crisis and to deal with toxic assets held by banks around the world."

And that was before I watch Hudson. I thought at this time, and I still do governments do not have the guts to do what is needed and that is clear or wipe the slate clean of debt, and overprice real estate. The real estate prices are not going to drop on their own, when we have other big interests that are intent to keep the prices high. Governments want them high, so they can get more tax revenue. Assessing property by market value will also have to be drop, along side the models that creditors love to use. Models of forever rising prices in the real estate market and in other commodity goods. Adjustments have to be made in income distribution across the board. It is about time, that people's basic needs should be address where one can make a living wage and still be able to pay for their basic needs. The old kings of old knew this, that the basic needs are to be met for all, before the elite or the people in a position of power could take action on creating more wealth for themselves.

There has to be an attitude adjustment throughout the top, including politicians. Politicians must start to represent the people, and not just big business or as Hudson puts it, the financial sector. Politicians must stop writing laws that favor big business, while at the same ignoring the ramifications on its people. The sitting CEOs of major global proportions, should think twice and 4 times again, over their views of entitlement to their outrageous salaries and bonuses. This is ditto for people who make a living on junk economics, junk science, and junk law. Of course we can't forget the brokers who loved their junk bonds, that is usually on the trash that hopefully will generate new growth and revenue.

If you read the past history of society, starting at the industrial revolution - not much has change. We may live in better homes, we may be better educated, we may be healthier but what has not change is our debt owed to the creditors, the ever increasing taxes owed to the government and in return less and less services offered by either government or business.

Than the so-called leaders of business and governments have the gall to said its our fault. In one breath we did not spend enough money, In the next breath we spend too much. In another, we are not productive enough.

Yet, if they were all put into a sinking life boat, they would be fighting over who gets to sit where and to whom, while ignoring the fact the boat is sinking. We are the boat and the world leaders are ignoring that fact.

From: "Jacob Rempel"
Subject: Professor Michael Hudson's ancient remedies

The forwarded article:"How To Fix The Economy" ( The DAILY DIGEST)-


Professor Hudson is on solid ground with his proposals. I have often referred to the ancient Jewish Jubilee rules as an appropriate model for resolving modern problems. Rabbi Jesus also announced a Jubilee the first time he is reported to have stood up in the synagogue to read the scripture lesson. He read from the book of the prophet Isaiah, which in turn referred to the jubilee principles written about in the Book of Leviticus, especially Chapter 25, which in several places admonishes the lenders not to oppress the borrowers. Professor Hudson also refers to Babylonian business practice of writing down loans. Leviticus writes about forgiving loans after seven years of delinquency. There's a lot more.

Mr.Flaherty, and also John McCallum as chief critic, want to save the bankers. They can save them by telling them to read the Jewish and Christian Bible, and to either forgive the debts or write down the principal and the rates to levels that match the current value and reduced incomes. The quarterly bottom line might flutter downward for a few quarters, but the banks would all recover soon and continue to earn too much.

It also occurs to me that the lender who first writes up a mortgage should not be allowed to sell it. Let the lender take the risk he calculates when the mortgage is written. This would ensure prudent lending.

--- Jacob Rempel

From: "Margo" <wonderwords@shaw.ca>
To: <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>
Subject:  Tar Sands   <for the DD>

by Silver Donald Cameron -- Halifax Herald

The Alberta tar sands, says Andrew Nikiforuk, represent "a  nation-changing event" which has made the rest of Canada into "a  suburb of Fort McMurray." A distinguished Calgary-based  journalist, Nikiforuk was in Nova Scotia in early March to discuss his new book, Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent (Greystone, $20)
. http://www.mytown.ca/ev.php?URL_ID=125637&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201&reload=1237172673

From: Ron Thornton

Hey Joe:

This time it was the Toronto Star's "Time to re-think CBC funding?" article that got me to dance poetic upon the keyboard. It touched upon the funding models already in existence world wide that might be considered. Full funding, like much of Europe shells out, is a non-starter. First, who in hell wants European-style television and, secondly, does anyone actually believe the CBC is worthy of such funding? If I'm being honest, I am hard pressed to come up with anything on that channel that I ever tune in for. It could disappear tomorrow, in its present form, and I would not miss it. I doubt I'm alone. I don't even watch hockey anymore.

How about a licensing fee on tv sets, like they do to fund the BBC? How about going to hell? I don't need anyone else trying to dig into my pockets for something I have no value for. The same goes for the idea of putting a levy or charge on monthly cable and satellite bills for something, I say again, few could care less if it survives.

Actually, going the route of PBS makes sense, where the public makes donations and the corporations and foundations do the same for shows they actually want to have aired. If nobody wants it, nobody will pay for it. I like that a lot. It might be a model even private broadcasters might consider. Programming that attracts financial backing in any form is programming that somebody wants and hopefully somebody wants to see. What a concept!

Ron Thornton

From: "Grenville Rogers"
Subject: Committee of 300

Hello Joe   - 
Herewith are some links to very interesting  information on current activity by those who seek the New World Order.
The conditions are as described in Dr. John Coleman's book, "Conspirator's Hierarchy: The Story of The Committee of 300", ISBN 0-992356-57-2, published by AMERICA WEST PUBLISHERS, P.O.Box 2208, Carson City NV  89702 
Order from: "World In Review, 2353 N.Carson Street, Carson City  NV  89706"
< http://www.sianews.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1062 >
Certain people seek to smear and discredit those of us who are convinced by the evidence, of the existence of a conspiracy to gain absolute control over the world.

We are being led, as sheep to the slaughter, to servitude or elimination. The goal of the NWO people is made easily attainable by the apathy of the masses. "Go away. Don't bother me with uncomfortable information. Leave me to enjoy my drugs, porn, sports and mindless entertainment.
Grenville Rogers
From: Peggy Merritt
Subject: Re: Daily Digest March 15, 2009

Hi Joe:  I appreciated the Michael Hudson article.  I have always wondered what sense it made to turn people out of defaulted mortgage homes when the market can't sell the empty home. This take on economics is very interesting.  What it tells me is that Canada is on the right page and that the conservatives are doing a fabulous job under the global circumstances and I can't imagine what any of the other political parties would do if they were at the helm.  I am sick of all the doom and gloom from Don Drummond and the Globe and Mail.  Pessimism does not help anything  lets just try to solve some of this stuff.  I was disgusted at the discussion on Question Period yesterday when a very aggressive woman seemed to outdo Jane Taber on supporting the bonuses paid to public servants.  She stated that we would lose them to the private market if we didn't pay them well.  I say who in the private market is hiring high priced help (CEOs)  these days.  Thanks for this   Joe

From: "Don Keir"
Subject: World Crises

Hi Joe:
This might be an interesting topic.
Solving the Crises
Fact: For generations the whole public monetary system has been operating on money that wasn't there. That is; Money that hadn't been earned yet. Money that was being borrowed from the future or as it is normally labeled "debt". All of this so-called wealth was not (is not) real for 90 percent of the population.

Question: How is it possible to convert this phoney money to real money?

Answer: It cannot be done.

This means that all talk of "restoring" conditions to what they were is useless gobble-de-gook. The  worthlessness of the money has been revealed.

This means that it is a necessity to develop a whole new system.

This makes it necessary to go back through world history and find a system that did work.

There is a major hurdle to be overcome before this can even be attempted.

It will be necessary to wrest control from the powerful 10 percent of the population who have utilized this phoney money to gain fabulous wealth from the previous system.

Starting from this premis, What is the next step?

Don Keir

From: "Suan H.Booiman"
To: <moore.j@parl.gc.ca>
Subject: French

March 16, 2009
The Hon.Mr.James Moore, CPC MP
Minister of Heritage and BILINGUALISM.
In my view it is time for you to cross the floor and become
one of the LIBERAL arrogant dictators, such as we inherited
from your master the late Trudeau, Canada is not now nor ever
was a bilingual country, it is the political corruption that made it,
for the sake to buy votes from a never satisfied minority, whom
have proven to be racist with the recent demand to sign their
mandate of French supremacy. The Harper STATE.
By the way were is your money to enforce English in Quebec.
A Canadian (whatever that means)
Suan H.Booiman
White Rock BC

To: Letter to the Editor
From: Nancy Clarke
Subject: Conservative innovation hits poorer municipalities hardest.

Dear Editor,

An innovation of the Harper Conservatives according to the Mayor of  Charlottetown is "In the past, cities could carry out that pre-engineering work and include those costs as part of the infrastructure funding. But now, if a city goes ahead with that pre-engineering work the city will have to foot the full costs on its own."

It will not surprise me, or anyone that lives outside the urban in the less populated areas of Canada, if there is little of the stimulus dollars coming our way. Only the more affluent municipalities will have an engineer on staff,  and as such it is only in these areas where the projects will start. The stimulus package will not have an impact on the recession or cushion Canadians from its harsh realities in poorer municipalities that need it the most.

The combined deregulation of environment and waters acts, and the rules governing access to stimulus funding leads to these two things.. In exchange for much needed jobs and work big industry will be allowed to do what they want with the land and water resulting in our future generations paying the price for clean-up, shoddy work through higher property taxes, utilities, water, consumer goods/services,

Harper is in a win-win situation.  He has, through changes in the  Navigable Waters Protection Act and Investment Canada Act, managed to put into law his deregulation of government intervention dogma. This at the same time selling people his stimulus package will bring immediate work and jobs.

It has been done in NL since Confederation. People voted in governments, just for a job or even a potential job.  Resources have been given away. Harper is now using the same tactic, but it will be across Canada. The only thing in his way were the regulations and they are gone.

Yours truly,

Nancy Clarke

From: Tom Brewer

Simply put I am appalled at the report where the US tortured individuals. It is hard to fathom how smiling Bush could lie to the people of the United States.
I'm further annoyed now he is to come to Canada to Calgary to speak. I agree he should be turned back at the border. Further to this I now question dear Steve and George's so called friendship. I am of the opinion Harper is a "friend" of Bush and I'm sorry to say would siddle up to him no matter what.
The people of the US should be appalled! What the terrorists did horrific. Bush's action... that in my opinion his blatant lies are one reason the US has a bad image and in my opinion why authorities assume everyone is guilty from the get-go. What can we expect of our younger generation when the top two individuals in the US government pulled the wool over the population. Horrific does not even start to cover the mess!

From: alan heisey <hize@sympatico.ca>
Subject: Fwd: open letter to avoca vale civics group (from naples, fl)

j, thanks for your phone call this monday evening. i dothink this privacy business is hurting all sorts of political activists and ask you to publish this if you can, however mundane compared to your great issues items! cz

Begin forwarded message:

Subject: open letter to avoca vale civics group (from naples, fl)

Publisher comments (from next Sunday's "worm")

We have to get privacy act prohibitions under better control! An "open letter" to Avoca Civics members on the subject:

Friends, The March meeting of our condo civics group is an excellent time to ask ourselves and other members of our beautiful condominium why we do not have and publish a roster of our residents. Why indeed!?
The answer sems to be that all sorts of innocent community exchanges of information have been cowed by careless invoking of the new provincial and federal privacy acts.
I have only been living in a Toronto condo for the past four years and, early in that period, the depth of interference in communications was brought to my attention by a Mississauga condo dweller, Sam Carpenter, who found that his condo felt prohibited from publishing such a directory by the acts.
For these same past four years I have been a member of the St. Paul's Conservative Association and found in the very first year an absolute determination not to publish for the directors' own use a roster of members with addresses, phone number, etc. To this date the St. Paul's web site publishes not one wit of information about any of its officers or directors except their names.
While this seems to be the standard, self-imposed censorship of the local associations' web sites or other lists, it is encouraging that the private citizens who are the elected provincial directors of the National Council of the Conservative Party are allowing their email addresses to be published on the web site of the national party.
This recent development got me thinking about the fact that the yacht club of which I am a member prints and publishes a detailed roster of members, addresses, etc. As does my local cottager association north of Honey Harbour. As does the southern condo association where I am in resident as a foreigner, but member-listed in their published directory.
I move the following, as an informal motion to our civics group members, by informal majority vote, to instruct our member on the condo board to ask that such a directory be assembled and printed forthwith, for the members' use only, you understand!
I further would dare to suggest to the local Tory board that all 30 recently-elected directors of my own St. Paul's Conservative Association board allow their names and email addresses to be published on our present, (tired and weeks-out-of-date) web site. I defend the right of any member to not allow such information to be published about themselves, anywhere, but then the question might reasonably be, "why are you on the board?"
Please understand, dear reader, that I think membership on the board of your local association should lead to the publishing of your home and business addresses, postal codes, email addresses, phone number, name of significant partner, etc, but I undertand that each single additional item of information will have to be fought for, the privacy censors among us being so fully in control!
At the February meeeting of our Avoca civics group I raised the desirability of publishing the photos and names of the condo staff, and of the residents, along the lines of the photoboard at Bloor Street United Church. There was majority support for photographing and posting names of our staff, but only minority support for our own homely mugs adorning a notice board in the basement level mail room. Again, my most definite view would be that anyone not wishing to have their name/mugshot posted, should be respected. My problem when I served last on the St. Paul's board was that the most vociferous opponents of information even on a director's roster, were quite prepared to keep others from participating in such listings.
The curse of this whole imbroglio is that just as individual communications between and about should be getting much easier with the efficiencies of email. the spectre of the supposed privacy laws has shut much innocent comunication down!
I reprint here the exemptions, whch I have printed before:

Privacy Act exemptions

"What is not covered by the Act?
• The collection, use or disclosure of personal information by federal government organizations listed under the Privacy Act
• Provincial or territorial governments and agents of the crown in right of a province
• An employee's name, title, business address or telephone number
• An individual's collection, use or disclosure of personal information strictly for personal purposes (e.g. personal greeting card list)
• An organization's collection, use or disclosure of personal information solely for journalistic, artistic or literary purposes."

from http://www.privcom.gc.ca/contactUs/index_e.asp

cz 09 3 16

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: [ Those responsible for the crash also gave the bailout money!

March 16 2009: You spin me right round baby (like a record)