Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Daily Digest April 15, 2009



Strained relations

The times are changin'

A predictable thumbs down for this bill

Anti-poverty plan another start

Hysteria in Hogtown

Ottawa must clear the air

Service cuts show the true cost of tax breaks

Divided, we falter; united, we grow

It's up to Afghans we can only help

Politics of protest
Obama takes a bow
A Canadian abandoned

Don't lower taxes at expense of safety

Carbon tax battle may not be over
Obama's Cuba shift
Pay on time to keep your interest rates low
Problem-solving surprisingly profitable
In vehicle crashes, size matters
Ignatieff eyes easier EI for Ontario
Private data under growing threat on Net: Symantec
Energy industry casts doubt on green-collar jobs
GM moved millions from Canada to U.S.

Human cost, not the system

Making it tougher to become Canadian

Saintly George Galloway discovers his accounts have been frozen

Jason Kenney hits it on the nose

Tax-funded public services 'the best deal Canadians are going to get': study

Conservatives set to revamp citizenship program

Masse's auto bill

Online passports

Where's our MP on Harper vrs Mulroney?

There's only one centre port

An island it remains

. Shameful shenanigans of the RCMP ...

Taliban brutality grows unchecked by cowardly West
Snipers cannot put quick end to piracy woes

An idea whose time should never come

Defunding sex-changes is not discrimination

Dogged by controversy

Neurons at work in the mind's God-shaped gap

Solution to piracy will have to be found on land

Reconsider charging YVR Mounties

Numbers give NDP a chance

Americans show the way to fight piracy

Ignatieff's moral compass is lightly used


Ignatieff dit vouloir éviter les hausses d'impôt

Le Bloc invite le Parlement à regarder Polytechnique

Le pape présentera des excuses aux Amérindiens du Canada

Fortier se défend d'avoir dépensé sans compter

Une cérémonie pour Karine Blais

Schreiber affirme ne pas avoir surveillé le travail de Brian Mulroney

L'Alberta pense à réduire la couverture du régime d'assurance-maladie

Aide internationale: l'ONU presse le Canada d'en faire davantage

Inadequate time available to classify articles into issues or to copy both headline and link location except where oversized.


From: Tom Brewer

It simply is mind boggling! I cannot believe the mess the RCMP officers have created as the result of the tasering of the Polish man visiting Canada. I dare to say had the individual who taped the incident not been there we would have been left solely with the Mounties explanation and really that is scary. It is a wonder they are not pulling the man apart who took the video let alone the company who made the device the incident was recorded on!
We are taught to be respectful to Policemen. We assume they are there to help and protect us. The case now tells us the Police who most of us admire and respect would dare tell "white-lies" to cover their sorry actions.
I am dismayed given if you or I lied to the Police we stand the chance of being criminally charged for our actions. In my opinion the actions of the AG seem to want to cover-up what took place too. It is hard to understand why the Mounties want to know the man's life prior to arriving in Canada. I dare suggest there is more interest in the man prior to coming to Canada, rather than looking at what happened once he was here. It seems the police would love to find some reason to justify their actions that fateful day. This would absolve their actions as such. So far they have been unable to find anything leaving in my opinion "their [police] actions" right in the port of entry are questionable and subject to explanation far beyond what has been presented.
I dare suggest the RCMP will have a hard time living this down. We as Canadians will now look on our policemen as "white-liars". Shameful to say the least. It has been far past time for the force to justify its actions. I'm afraid the "white-lies" could very well undermine the good the Mounties claim. I'm afraid we too might end up distrusting our police officers to the point like in the USA, the law is one sided and battle lines are drawn.

Subject: Turkmenistan Gas Pipeline Explosion - The Larger Context
From: "Efstratios Psarianos"

Soooooo, what DOES a commercial partner think when it's counterparty is (ahem) 'unreliable'? Have a read about Turkmenistan, an ex-Soviet Republic thinks of its former 'senior' partner in the USSR.
Notice how those two countries send messages to each other, tit-for-tat in public. And also notice how T-stan's trying to squirm out of Russia's grasp by alluding to support for the Nabucco gas pipeline, which would circumvent Russia by passing through dodgy places south of the Caucasus.
For those whom 'haute politique' interests ...

Turkmenistan Gas Pipeline Explosion – The Larger Context

From: Ron Thornton
Subject: Re: Daily Digest April 14, 2009

Hi Joe:

Hopefully (and isn't that always the case), a few quick comments in regards to the April 14th Digest.

In regards to who owns your garbage, the answer is "you do." In the old days, you disposed of your own garbage in a burn barrel. Now, you need the city to remove it on your behalf, so logically the garbage should remain your own until it is disposed of. If not, and if it means that much to you, burn your garbage in your back yard. It is yours to burn (and the fines I'm afraid will also be yours to pay).
Now, if I were a bad guy, I'd already be burning, burying, or whatever it took those things I did not want to see fall into the hands of the good guys. As with all things yours, if the good guys have probable cause, then they can look in your home or in your garbage anyway. They just need a good reason. The trouble is, the Supreme Court says they don't even need that now. That is a problem.

Sorry about all this trash talk, Joe.


From: The Natroses

Hi Joe,  Comment to Charles Tupper, on Canada Inc.

There is another way to look at this. Canada Inc. was born out of necessity, as it was in the United States. Both governments dealing with bankrupt scenarios, borned out of a series of mini depression prior to the 1929 crash, WWI debt,  technology change that occur world-wide making lives a whole lot easier and the increase in knowledge that allowed the technology improvements. Knowledge such as the laying of the Atlantic cable, which was the beginning of telecommunications and that knowledge was applied to another field called fibre optics.  Add to this, the political situations of other countries, such as Hitler coming to power.
That said, the only thing that I agree with is that Canada from 1935 has the power to overrule democracy, when they seem fit to. The latest example is the signing of a security agreement between  Israel and Canada, without public debate.

What United States and Canada did back in 1935, I believe it was to protect their power bases in the political and economic worlds, and in so doing protecting the citizens of both countries from severe hardship.

Yes, I can see Canada, United States and Mexico merging without public debate from ordinary citizens - BUT I cannot see ordinary people accepting it, without a fight. From what I have heard on the talk show, the assumption is that ordinary people would not revolt, for fear of losing their benefits and place in society.

The development of the tax system and other services of a government has always been with us. Ditto for political ideologies. And yes ditto for those among us that is always looking for a way to removed our earned money out of our pocketbooks. Back in the bad old days of England, when a typical farmer did not pay their taxes owed to the crown - they home was burned down and evicted from the land.  Today, a farmer can be evicted if a mining company lays a claim to the mineral rights of the land BUT at least they will be paid for the market value of land in exchange for the deed. However, their is pockets in Canada where farmers have allowed the building of sour gas rigs on their properties for a fee. The only trouble with this, the farmer and his neighbours have to deal with the fallout of sour gas and property values dropping below the market value.

So, if in the future if Canada, United States and Mexico merge in a union - my only worry would be the standards set for the common person. In most cases, when two or three entities merges, all will drop to the lowest bench marks. My question is would our wages drop down to the wages of the average Mexican?  Would our laws based on  common law be twisted to conformed to the standards of legal law of Mexico. I think you are getting my point.

It is why I believe it will never happen, even looking only within the context of what is happening today. Both countries trying to maintain the status-quo of the economic system and making only cosmetic changes that will not effect the system, by protecting the average person from economic disaster through economic stimulus applications.

From: Ray Strachan
Subject: What Canada used to mean.


Yes ,I long for the day that Canada was looked upon as a country with good
intentions.  Was liked by most if not all the world.   What I hear now from
people who travel abroad and people who come to Canada from abroad, that is
changing and changing fast. It was great when our kids would travel overseas
and when there were Americans in the group ,they would want to borrow  Maple
Leaf stickers to put on Their luggage because Americans were Americans and not
well liked.When our country slips down that terrible slope to where we become
just Americans in the eyes of the world ,we all lose something precious and
the Harper Government is seeing that, that is where he wants us to be.  I was
extremely proud to be a Canadian .   I dont give a damn what people think of
me,it is certainly their choice, but I get very  angry when I see the meaning 
of "Canada" being degraded ,because we are willing to take the low road,and
make no mistake, it includes every man woman and child in our country. As I
say ,I dont care what people think of me. I say what I feel and I sign my full

Ray Strachan

Subject: Re The Financial Mess The World Is In


I came across an article that explains beautifully and absolutely how the
world got into this Financial Meltdown mess.   It is an interview  Bill Moyer
on PBS has with William K Black who was a Regulator in the USA Govt. during
the Credit and Loan Crisis of the 1980s. Please watch this, it is very
enlightening and terrifying, just to think that it can happen.Not happen but
engineered by the criminals in Government and Big Business. To view and listen
to this interview just type in on Google, "Bill Moyer interview with William K
Black on PBS" .
And pass this on to everyone you know,Please.

Ray Strachan

From: "Eduard Hiebert
Subject: The untold corporate scam sparking the Somali pirate story

Hi Joe,
I did not get around to sending this story to you earlier and now that I see your digest has several reference.   Surfing with my dial up takes too long but I pass two key paragraphs of a rather profound treatment of the darker origins to this story.
Why We Don't Condemn Our Pirates in Somalia
Two key quotes from the article:
A Swiss firm called Achair Parterns, and an Italian waste company called Progresso, made a deal with Ali Mahdi (Somali war lord), that they could dump containers of waste material in Somali waters. These European companies were said to be paying Warlords about $3 a ton, where as in to properly dispose of waste in Europe costs about $1000 a ton.
It is time that the world gave the Somali people some assurance that these Western illegal activities will end, if our pirates are to seize their operations. We do not want the EU and NATO serving as a shield for these nuclear waste-dumping hoodlums. It seems to me that this new modern crisis is a question of justice, but also a question of whose justice. As is apparent these days, one man's pirate is another man's coast guard.

Hi again Joe!
Thanks for your note of appreciation!
In your DD are at least three reader comments bemoaning with justification the lack of democracy in Canada re:
Welcome to the globalization of politics
Canada is a Myth
During the S. African apartheid years I recall a black person being interviewed stating "to deplore and do no more is not enough".   In the following which I distributed yesterday is my most recent explanation, showing the BC's model for electoral reform is highly flawed, but that there is a way in which people can now already without a change in the law achieve a better electoral outcome in a riding.   The proposal need not cost much money at all, and not much more than elbow greese and a tongue willing to speak with neighbours is enough to pull it off as per below.
Maybe you can find a way to shorten it and share in the DD.
By the way, I like your prompts to hopefully cause a few more to reflect and see what is going on re your throughing stones and wondering who would complain if laws were passed re right of police seizure w/o warrant etc.   Unbelievable how asleep Canadians are, but the fptp system does condition people to go along to get along...
I applaud you for the effort!

Instead of risking going from a bad to a worse voting system, please play a part in making a difference that counts by redistributing this email widely so that i) those within BC may be encouraged to vote in the referendum, while they and ii) all Canadians begin making prompt appeal to our elected, federally and provincially to implement a preferential ballot system. 
However, to ensure the politicians hear your voice more clearly, please begin organizing a preferential pre-election poll in your voting district and thereby help enable the majority to now already avoid vote-splits and in the next election or by-election actually elect the candidate most able to represent the majority of citizens!
Eduard Hiebert

Should you be following the debate over one system or another being contact me for Eduard's proposal.
Subject: "They should have been stopped," by David B. Harris, and "Obama takes a bow," by

The Editors,
The Ottawa Citizen and The Ottawa Sun.

Dear Madams/Sirs:

April 15, 2009

RE: "They should have been stopped," by David B. Harris, "Obama takes a bow," by Leonard Stern, and, "Low status now high status," by Josh Freed, in The Ottawa Citizen, April 15, 2009; and, "Gains made cannot be lost," by Kerry Thompson, in The Ottawa Sun, April 14, 2009,

"Making progress on human rights for women is a significant component of the international engagement in Afghanistan," Prime Minister Steven Harper says, as quoted in "Gains made cannot be lost," by Kerry Thompson in The Ottawa Sun, April 14, 2009.

Meanwhile, in Canada, the Parliamentarians, led by the Speaker of the House of Commons, continue to undermine the efforts of the Prime Minister of Canada to encourage less fortunate countries to adopt human rights legislation.

How can the credibility of Canada's Prime Minister not be questioned when Canadian Parliamentarians by their silence conspire with Speaker Peter Milliken in failing to comply with the 1999 ruling (See full text of Views attached) of the United Nations Human Rights Committee finding Canada in violation of Article 19 of the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights and to provide a remedy.

In effect, Prime Minister Harper is having the very ground under him taken away by Speaker Milliken's public defiance of the very rule of law that he is trying to advance.

Just as Leonard Stern, in "Obama takes a bow," notes,  "sometimes Obama forgets who he is."

This observation can be applied even more accurately, not by a mere courtesy bow but a major affront to the United Nations. Speaker Milliken has also forgotten who he is. The Speaker, as did Speakers John A. Fraser and Gib Parent before him, forgets he's not the President of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery Inc., that Senator and Publisher of the Ottawa Journal Gratton O'Leary once described as an organization that "enjoys a privileged position in the affairs of the nation."

David B. Harris in "They should have been stopped," wrote: "The enforcement of our law is doubly important," in ever increasing and dangerous situations.

"Canadians," Harris says, "must hold their politicians and bureaucrats accountable for acting in the national interest."

Shouldn't the enforcement of the law be important before we allow the situations to become uncontrollable?

How can the Prime Minister advocate and promote respect and protection of human rights in less fortunate countries while his officials, in particular, Canadian Parliamentarians led by Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken, by their silence, acquiesce and consent to his public demonstration of contempt for the rule of law and for the Institution of the United Nations, not to mention the provisions of our own Canadian Constitution to enforce the Rule of Law.

If we can't assure the protection of human rights within Canada, guaranteed for every individual Canadian citizen, without exception, there is not much hope for other less fortunate countries.

We should not tolerate further delays that will inevitably continue the regression that is clearly taking place in Canada by politicians and bureaucrats with immunity and impunity.

The continued "taunting of Canadian law and standards" by the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Parliamentarians is "an insult to the parliamentary governmental system," as David Harris describes our democracy and that protects our "humanitarian principles and Canadian's security."

Do we have to wait until there are blood, broken heads and corpses on the streets of Ottawa and Canada before the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Parliamentarians in Canada acknowledge that the Rule of Law applies to everyone in Canada, even a Speaker of the House of Commons.

The fleeting "status," similar to that described by Leonard Stern in "Low status now high status," of the regal titles will not mean much when the violence resulting from routinely publicly flouting their dangerous flaunting of contempt for the rule of law and non-compliance with the order of a recognized international tribunal by the Parliamentarians continues to play out to their predictable outcome.

Prime Minister Harper deserves much greater support from his colleagues in the Parliament of Canada for his genuine concerns at the horrific plights of so many suffering human beings around the world.

The intolerable affront by the Speaker of the House of Commons and by Canadian Parliamentarians, by their silence, to the dignity of our parliamentary institution and the undermining of the most important efforts of the Prime Minister of Canada, in his international quest for human rights equally for all people, must end.  

Robert G. Gauthier, Proprietor
The National Capital News Canada, est. 1982
181 Bank St., rpo 71035
Ottawa, Ontario Canada K2P 2L9

Contact me for:
(See full text of Views attached) of the United Nations Human Rights Committee finding Canada in violation of Article 19 of the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights and to provide a remedy.  Available upon request
From: "Derek Skinner" /From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: Fw: Viva Palestina letter to Charities Commission from George Galloway: Information Clearing House - ICH


Viva Palestina letter to Charities Commission from George Galloway

To the Charity Commission,

I have been travelling for many weeks in North Africa and the Middle East, Europe, and North America. I have returned to a London address I seldom visit to find a blizzard of correspondence from you. Your correspondence, when read together, as I have just done, seems to represent a wildly disproportionate and inappropriate reaction to our recent delivery of aid to the suffering Palestinians in Gaza, and must raise the question: Why?

The peremptory letters from you, and by you I mean the Charity Commission, are full of bluster and threat, issuing absurd deadlines to people it does not seem to occur to you are not even receiving your letters, either because they are working abroad (Ms Razuki and Mr Al-Mukhtar), travelling abroad on high profile political business (myself), or you are writing to them at the wrong address.

In my own case, Easter Saturday opened with your, latest, threat to go before a High Court judge in a bid to force me to appear before you. That will not be necessary. I look forward to telling you to your faces what I think of you. Which is this. . . .