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ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
Another side to the story
CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
Pocket some gas savings
CAPE BRETON POST -
Candid talk blows up
HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Paint Job for Peggy's: Brush-ready
he limits of political humility in N.S.
Dexter hazard No. 2: relating to top civil servants
Sometimes, I wonder if I'm cynical enough
MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Raitt failed in her job of supplying isotopes to the world
But we can thank her - sort of - for drawing our attention to the problem
Democracy flourishes in Iranian election
OTTAWA CITIZEN -
The spread of sickness
Always about Israel
Creating people places
Looking for the gold
KINGSTON WHIG STANDARD-
Slagging Harper wrong move for Grits
BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Six days too long to end protest no one wanted
TORONTO STAR -
Take the cloak off MPs' expenses
Race in the courts
GLOBE & MAIL -
The age of discretion
NATIONAL POST -
Break the standoff
Not quite splitting the difference on Jerusalem
TORONTO SUN -
Slagging Harper wrong move
HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
Lame excuse for an election
Pothole politics and protectionism
ST. CATHARINES STANDARD -
Good treaty makes good neighbours
NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW -
Canada needs to continue to provide nuclear leadership
K-W RECORD -
The First Nations and the H1N1 flu
Has the U.S. tuned out the Iraq war?
Gone, and soon to be forgotten
WINDSOR STAR -
High speed: Time to move train travel into 21st century
SUDBURY STAR -
Betty White's comedy definitely still works
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Hospitals on reserves overdue
SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
U.S.-designed cap-trade policy ill suits Canada
Government should listen to the courts
CALGARY HERALD -
Integrating special kids should be done with care
Saying no to Gitmo detainees right decision
That 'piece of paper' is very valuable to kids
Want an election with that burger?
EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Don't give up on isotope production
PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN -
A 'black' day for Canada's pulp industry
VANCOUVER SUN -
Lisa Raitt soap opera distracts Ottawa from real issues
Import duty prices can really add up
Update suggests Canada's economy is on the mend
VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Many questions remain about reconciliation
ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS -
Aboriginal protest ends after 13 arrests
CANADIAN FORCES -
An Afghan veteran's rage
COMBAT VETS CONTINUE BATTLE VIDEO
Cda-US to update Great Lakes water pact
Latest : 1st official visit VIDEO
Canada, US will renegotiate Great Lakes water treaty
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Cannon must connect with Clinton on border: Business
Harper tells U.S. TV trade war 'worst possible signal'
U.S. will look at ways to alleviate Buy American concerns: Clinton
Harper defends Obama on American television
How Canada escaped U.S.-style housing woes
Ottawa's $1-billion forestry package faces US scrutiny
ECONOMIC AFFAIRS -
Rich nations to ask for study on ending stimulus
Geithner: Too Soon to Halt Stimulus Wall Street Journal -
Hydro-Quebec, Ford to test plug-in electric cars
Reason to keep income trusts: to promote competitiveness
We haven't seen bottom yet, Carney warns
Price drop complicates natural gas contracts
Getting what you paid for is the warranty problem
FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
HEALTH CARE RELATED -
Canadian ovarian cancer breakthrough could crack other cancers
For clues about the swine flu pandemic, look to 1918
JUSTICE SYSTEM -
A weak link in the chain of justice
Court ruling puts value on house work
Ottawa denies passport to man stuck in Sudan
Mistakes plague immigration documents
POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
Would you go to any expense?
Consultant at eHealth was given more work
Ontario leaps before it looks with proposed wind-turbine rules
FEDERAL POLITICS -
Flaherty denies deficit pledge 'not realistic'
Flaherty sees U.S. deficit as biggest threat to recovery
Minister fumbles PM's EI playbook
Lisa Raitt's about-face is puzzling
Baird no stranger to controversy
Raitt meets with lobbyists most often, records show
Tory MP to introduce motion to make counselling suicide a crime
The shortcomings of the Conservatives
More video: Jack Layton's lament
Tim Powers: Election madness
Norman Spector: PM praying for an election
Rex Murphy: Between pit bull and poodle
Nanos National Poll - Strengths and Weaknesses of Conservative Government
New Canada-based isotope supplier 'years away'
Budget officer doubts Tories' plan to wipe federal deficit
Flaherty denies deficit pledge 'not realistic'
Flaherty looks for way to end stimulus
New Canada-based isotope supplier 'years away'
Tories unveil tough-on-crime plan
Ottawa denies passport to man stuck in Sudan
EI changes not a sure thing: Finley
OPINION AND INFORMATION -
Green goals could shut out hockey arenas
What should we do with our car company?
Sorry, but apologies are scandalous
The silence of the left
Harper must rebuild his reputation: Flanagan
Tories on the edge of a cliff
Israeli War Crimes Against Children During Operation Cast Lead
Idiot's Guide To Isotope Production Problems In Canada
Un casse-tête pour Marois, un cadeau pour Charest
Crise des isotopes - Chalk River n'est qu'un gouffre sans fond aux yeux des conservateurs
Assurance emploi: l'opposition talonne Harper - «S'ils font quelque chose qui est bon cet automne, c'est mieux que rien.
Traitement des demandes d'accès à l'information aux Affaires étrangères - Percer les secrets du ministère risque d'être encore plus long
Fédération canadienne des municipalités - Dix provinces, un seul combat!
Deux jours de plus pour voter
Les lacunes des conservateurs émergent plus que leurs forces
Jim Flaherty rejette l'idée que les déficits ne disparaîtront pas
Des élections fédérales estivales : Ignatieff réfléchit
BELOW(30)(30)(30)(30)(30)30)(30)(30)(30)(30)(30)30)(30)(30)(30)(30)(30)30)(30)(30)(30)(30)(30)(30)(30)(30)30)(30)(30)(30)(30)OTTAWA, Ont. -- June 10, 2009 -- Canada's Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, today announced that the Government is taking an important step towards setting up a carbon market in Canada by moving forward with its Offset System for Greenhouse Gases.
Offset System A Step Towards A Carbon Market In Canada
Offset System A Step Towards A Carbon Market In Canada
"The Offset System is an important part of Canada's efforts to reduce greenhouse gases" said Minister Prentice. "This system is one of several steps we are taking as we finalize our domestic regulatory framework for greenhouse gas emissions, and marks a major milestone as we move towards establishing a carbon market in Canada."
Do you know how a "Carbon Market" works? How it will affect us? The good it will do? Has it worked elsewhere?
The following is the first post on the topic on Free Dominion.
Those who support this action to cntrol global warming who can answer the questions raised, please do so.
http://www.ec.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=714D9AAE-1&news=23C6502E-4307-4647-A5C7-38B3B7EDDDF0 then I had a look at the documents from the point of view of an average interested member of the public and I do not see any of the following questions addressed at all.
How will this affect me?
What will it cost me?
What are the benefits to me?
What are the risks to me?
What is the downside?
Who will pay for the credits, ultimately me as the consumer? If so, again, how much will it cost me?
What industries will be hurt or helped? Is my job threatened?
Why should I want to "acquire and use these credits to voluntarily offset the greenhouse gas emissions from their activities?"
Why do we need do this anyways and why now and not in, say, five years when the economy is better?
Mr. Minister, the average Joe and Joey will say, you say: "Interested parties will have 60 days to comment on these guidance documents." OK, so how can I learn the answers to the above questions. I don't care that "There are five steps required to generate offset credits from a project" or about "Program rules, eligibility requirements and applications processes." Or the "Offset System Quantification Protocol". I don't even know what the latter is and I am sure I will never really care since I will never develop a protocol.
The government says "The Offset System is designed to encourage cost-effective domestic greenhouse gas reductions or removals in activities or sectors that are not covered by the planned federal greenhouse gas emissions regulations." OK, you say "cost effective, so tell me, Mr. Minister, how does your system compare to the alternatives?
Aren't the above the sorts of questions the average public would want to know the answers to if they are going to comment for or against this massive plan, instead of all the logistical details of the process?
What is happening now seems a bit like asking the patient to comment on the technical details of an operation they are about to go into but not being able to tell them the answers to the basic questions such as: Am I going to be in pain after wards? Will I perhaps die? What is the benefit of the operation? How long before I can get out of bed/walk/go back to work, etc? Will it cost me anything financially? How about recovery how long will that take, and what will I have to do to recover?
Comments very welcome, please! Am I on to something here or not?
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Subject: Re: Harper's focus -privatization not building for the future
Hi Joe, Beginning to think, Harper and Co. end game plan, is to destabilized important institutions such as our public health systems, so private concerns can enter into the picture. I believe that Harper and for that matter does not have the power or even on legal standing, to sell off AECL. I do hope the Patient Safety Association, will sue among the other suits that are underway. Remember the Ontario Harris government, where one cabinet member got caught on tape, saying to change things we either have to take advantage of a crisis or make it a crisis. The Harris government turned education into a crisis, among other things when they was no real crisis. Well, I think Harper is using this strategy to accomplish what he cannot do through the front door. If you took a gander on TV tonight, Harper had the strangest press conference using one of his lapdog senators. Than the finance minister, appears in another press conference looking wide-eyed and totally stressed out. It is the same look he had back in the Harris days, telling the good people of Ontario that the budgets were balanced, when in reality they were not. Further destabilization is occurring in forestry and the fishery, where policy is designed to drive people out of these fields. When the unemployment figures come out for the month of June, I believe certain east coast provinces will be leading the pack in unemployed with Newfoundland leading the charge. Furthermore, Harper and Co. keeps referring that it was the fault of the Liberals, on all things, including the problems of AECL. If they are not blaming the Liberals, it is the global economic crisis. Yet, you hear no one from that corner accepting responsibility. This is not normal, and therefore I have come down to the conclusion that Harper and Co. wants to destabilized certain institutions and industries, so they can make the changes that might be more like the famous book "1984". I would not be surprised to see this as their favourite bedside reading material. As each day goes by, Harper and Co. sound more like bad parents who will not accept responsibility for their children.
So, bring on an election and stop Harper and Co. from selling AECL because he won't be stopped by law suits.
From: "Brian D. Marlatt"
Subject: Isotopes a sexy issue Isotopes a sexy issue
- June 9, 2009
- by: Dr. Phyllis Wagg
- West Bay Nova Scotia:
- June 9, 2009
From: "Phyllis Wagg"
There is no doubt that Harper is still largely driven by ideology. He does not believe government should be producing anything and hence he is unwilling to invest in the public sector production. For him it is a "no-brainer" to eliminate public production of isotopes even if it means it will have to pay billions in settling lawsuits.
The implications of the decision not to produce medical isotopes will have a major impact on the affordability of medical care in Canada. Our hospitals and provinces will be forced to purchase isotopes in the global marketplace where shortages will drive the price out of reach of many. The cost of producing large quantities of isotopes puts it out of reach of most private sector enterprises.
There is no doubt now that what many had suspected about the Harper Conservatives is that medical care is a low priority for them. Their priorities are such things as the shoring up of the old economy with huge bailouts, investments in extractive industries such as the oil sands, and building and repairing hockey arenas.
Spending hundreds of millions on isotope production seems to me to be a far better investment of public funds than billions invested in GM and Chrysler or in externalizing costs for the oil companies. My priorities are evidently different from those of Stephen Harper and the members of his government.
Harper has always indicated that it is not difficult for him to make priorities. That does not mean that his priorities are always the best.
From: Zeb Landon
Subject: Notes on medically useful nuclear isotopes
Regarding the medical isotope issue, and for our edification, I found these "Notes" (permission granted from Gordon Edwards) contained much information we have not heard much of in the media.
/ Zeb Landon, Simcoe, Ontario.
From: Gordon Edwards
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2009 13:38:41 -0400
Subject: Isotope Shortage
Notes on the Isotope Shortage (June 10 2009)
(1) The vast majority of uses of radioisotopes in nuclear medicine
is for diagnosis, not for cancer treatment. Thus a shortage of these isotopes may cause a lot of difficulties, but it is not in itself a "life-threatening" medical emergency.
(2) The fact that these diagnoses using medical isotopes are not life-threatening is supported by the fact that the tests are never given after regular hospital hours or on the weekends, but only during regular business hours.
(3) McGill University used to produce all of its medical isotopes using a cyclotron located right on the university campus in downtown Montreal; this is not a nuclear reactor but a "particle Accelerator". It does not use uranium at all.
(4) Two alternatives to Technetium-99m are:
(a) using thallium-206, a radioactive isotope that is produced in a cyclotron (no uranium use)
(b) PET-scans, which require a short-lived radioactive isotope called fluorine-18, which is also produced in a cyclotron (no uranium use).
PET scans generally give better pictures than technetium-99m.
(5) PET scan machines are expensive, about 2-3 million dollars each, but remembering that Ottawa has poured 1.7 billion (milliard) dollars into Chalk River since 2006, you could buy 500-600 Pet machines with this amount of money. Even the money wasted on the MAPLE reactors (about 530 million) would buy over 170 Pet scan machines.
(6) The main use of radioactive isotopes for treatment is iodine-131, used to treat thyroid cancer. This isotope is produced in a nuclear reactor, not in a cyclotron. Iodine-131 has a half-life of 8 days, so a given supply can remain useful for some weeks. The availability of iodine-131 will be reduced because of the isotope shortage. But alternative treatments are available, and thyroid cancer is not generally life-threatening, though it sometimes is.
(7) The amount f uranium used for medical isotopes is an extremely small fraction of the uranium used by nuclear power reactors. Even if no new uranium mines were opened up there would be plenty of uranium to produce medical isotopes for a very long time to come.
From: John Halonen
The first the Prime Minister's unilkateral decision to abandon Canada's role in providing isotopes and in carrying on peaceful nuclerar research impelled me to do research myself on this issue the results of which follow.
One should expect our Prime Minister to make decisions that are not in the public interest. When writing the PM with your thoughts it could be worthwhile to indicate that your vote will count in the next election, and unfortunately for him it will not be for his party if the decision is not reversed. This may get his attention, as the one thing we know for sure is that he wants to continue as the leader of Canada.
From: "Alexander T. Bussmann"
- Isotopes are important.
- It is not important that the important Isotopes be provided by the
- It is only appropriate to leave the current market and produce a
production void if advance notice is given the other
producers/consumers of these Isotopes.
- Our situation is different in that the continued production of
Isotopes means putting the population at risk and excessive spending.
- This is a prioritization decision and now we should let the markets
I know you are complaining because these are the Big-C conservatives
and I don't mind that (from a political perspective). From a decision
- Fire all the assholes for flip-flopping the plant closure in the
first place and not having a proper mitigation plan in place for the
From: Tom Brewer
We wonder how it can be when we ask our kids a direct question we get run-a-around answers. I dare suggest our kids watch question period and figure if politicians can play games they too can!
To be honest, I am perturbed as hell when a government MP tries to pass the buck by not replying directly to what is asked. It is even more annoying when dear `johnnie`or little `Sarah` try to pass the blame onto someone else. Listen Canadians voted for Harper thus turfing the Liberals butts out the door. We turfed them for a reason... Yet it seems we have to be reminded Harper and his band are saints and need not answer questions as they should. In all of this we electors are taken advantage of. I find it hypocritical the government wants to change laws but they themselves seem not to care about the boondogling every MP does. Nice to know isnt it... Every MP gets a pay-cheque no-matter the case. It is sickening my friends to see that our elected reps use and abuse the words don't do as I do....
No wonder so many MP`s are bloody lawyers! Word-mongers better describes them in my opinion!
From: The Natroses
Hi Joe, Reading speech on the update regarding stimulus money. Quote from speech, "
Today, I am here to announce that only 10 weeks into this fiscal year, fully 80 percent of our Plan's funding has been committed and is being implemented across this country!
These measures are creating and protecting jobs, building infrastructure, easing the tax burden on families, supporting Canadians who have lost their jobs, helping threatened industries, and laying the foundations for our future prosperity."
Want to know why, he and the CRAP party do not want to release all projects relating to the stimulus package? Why they keep bragging that money is rolling it out within 72 days? Why they insist that projects are approve within narrowed criteria? Most of the projects are like the project in my little outport, the library. It has been on the provincial books for years to do major repair work, but cost more than the average building, because it considered part of the heritage buildings in our town. As of two days ago, work has started on the library. Over 1 million dollars will be spent on the library. I heard from one of my workers who the town has tried to steal away from me, apparently the brick building, which is rarely seen in NL, the brick is falling away from the building, and the wood behind the brick work is not only rotten, but in some places there is no wall. In essence, the walls and brick work is all going to be replace, with brand new. Special bricks is on order to match the former brick work, and the proper walls built. The library was built by the town citizens shortly after 1900, and the building is reflective of the pride and esteem held by the citizens where books and education were in high regard since 1800.
This and many other projects like this are what I consider short-term stimulus spending, where long term results may be questionable, when viewing through the lens of prosperity and laying the foundation. As for the workers, it is the ones like I have working for me who have very good skills in doing building repairs, but lack the require education to work for the big firms. The overseer is the local construction company, but only has a few full time employees and hires from the same pool of cheap labour that most home owners hires from. This is what I call make-work projects, so many can now qualified for IE benefits. Projects such as the library, is only as good as what is inside the library. We can make a building look nice and pretty or a harbour with a excellent marina - but you have to have the other important stuff so people can make use of it. Stuff such as fishermen fishing, fish plants operating, loggers working, and the other things that makes a local economy turning. It is why it was so easy to rolled out the money within 72 days, because there is plenty of buildings especially in rural areas that need much work to bring it up to today's standards.
Politically speaking, it is great for the optics - until you scratch the surface. It does nothing for long term problems of local, province and national. Problems found in the fishery, forestry, farming and energy sector that have been further eroded by the inaction and lack of solutions by the Harper government. As a example, the recent help for the lobster fishermen will not be on hand until late winter of 2010, and as a result it does nothing to put the fishermen back on the waters. As the provincial fishery minister stated, there is little we can do since the fishery is under federal control, and as a consequence the regulations set out by the feds - allows little room to help and offer real solutions, that will fix the long-term problems.
If you took a real look at what is happening with the stimulus money , you will come down to the same conclusion that Harper's direction is in the short-term future, and the prime example is Toronto's application being turned down on the purchased of street buses. Even though it does not meet Ottawa's criteria, it certainly represents the long-term where public transportation will take on a bigger role in any big city, where traffic is an on-going problem.
I am not against the projects, because I dare say it is about time our library building is going to be repaired. I am against how Harper is using the projects, and promoting using a lot of spin, that is more in keeping with the shifty used car salesperson. Instead of the blue sweater, Harper should be wearing a loud plaid jacket. Ditto for the ministers, especial Riatt and the wind mill funding. Honesty is in short supply in the Harper government.
From: Rebecca Gingrich
Elitist Confab in Montreal: Adapting to a New World Order Day 1
Googled Adapting to a New World Order
and then went to http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread471209/pg1 for anyone interested.
From: "David Bell"
Subject: Re: Stimulus money
12 weeks ago I was at the BCCA (BC Construction Association) AGMa number of Government officials and lobbyists discussed stimulus money heading to construction projects in BC. On being questioned it became apparent that none of the money was expected to hit the market this year. It could not be approved in less than 10-12 months. Most of the small trades businesses present are not expected to survive the summer.
3 weeks ago Baird (BTW Keith's brother by the looks of it) was admitting that only 4% (not 80%) of the stimulus money was handed over. He was busy making excuses The Americans are ahead of usthey've spent 6% <laughing>
In response to the 4% report, municipalities across the country revealed with disappointment that they will be unable to use stimulus money on badly needed road repairs this year because the money will not available until after the weather turns in the fall. Victoria BC announced that it was still hopeful of receiving money in time for road repairs because of our longer road repair season.
I believe the government has decided to re-language their "progress" as 80% "committed" rather than "assigned." Harper is doing damage control.
Then next year when the money is no longer needed they'll have spent only about 10% of what they expected to spend this year and will announce with triumph that they've saved us billions of dollars.
Isotopes are the same thing. The government is irrelevantresponse cycles are too damn slow.
Margaret Mead said it best: "Funerals solve so many problems"
Then Hon. Jim F really dosn't have to worry about over stimulus, eh? Flaherty looks for way to end stimulus
From: Rory Koopmans
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2009 23:42:54 +0000
Rory J. Koopmans
June IXth, MMIX
Right. Hon. Stephen J. Harper, PC, MP
I may not be the best person to give advice about loyalty & respect, but if you have to give me a choice, I'll take the Honourable Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq over the Honourable Minister of Natural Resources Lisa Raitt. What a conniving & evil backstabber. She calls a Minister who is doing a better job in clearly a tougher portfolio incompetent. She pulls a Maxime Bernier & leaves National Security documents around IV Craig Oliver to peruse. She calls cancer sexy & good for carreer advancement.
If I were you, I'd send her to the backbenches immediately, Lisa deserves to be fired outright for her disgusting remarks. I am not implying she is racist. But folks from the north make damn fine cabinet members. Ergot: Eric Nielsen, Leona Aglukkaq. If Leona had been the one to make the derogatory remarks & call Lisa incompetent, you'd fire her ass so fast her head would spin. Therefore, I propose you turf Lisa immediately & put a real underappreciated star in there, James Rajotte. His committee work has been fabulous & he should have been put in cabinet in front of Rona Ambrose. Not that she isn't a good Minister, but why (as an aside Steve) does she duck all questions in the Commons.
Also Steve, why does Rusty John Baird get to keep his job? He slags one of the finest cities in the country, basically telling it to f**k off. If I were you, I'd turf him & bring back in Maxime Bernier, who has clearly a lot of talent & lingered in the doghouse IV too long.
Graciously & Say Hello To Laurren IV Me,
From: "Serge Crespy"
Subject: The Honourable Hand-Shake Must Prevail!
A question for Governments and sincere human beings:
A hand-shake from an individual of which Country would be classified as most honourable?
Canada, U.S., Russia, U.K., Italy, France, Germany, Israel,, A Muslim Country, India, China, etc.
Advertising such feedback, after "soul-searching", would assist greatly; mankind must progress towards an ultimately peaceful and understanding "world philosophy" ..... GOD Fearing or Not!.
With Very Best Wishes, I remain;
From: "Suan H.Booiman"
Cc: "Stockwell DayOkanagan" <Day.S@parl.gc.ca>,
Subject: hire one from the enemy
From Le Devoir,
Harper hired: How far will he go to buy support in Quebec,
next hire Marois????
Pierre Brien, qui a été député du Bloc québécois entre 1993 et 2003
Pierre Brien was MHA for the Bloc from 1993 to 2003
Le nouveau bras droit de Christian Paradis a également une bonne
expérience sur la scène provinciale
The new right-hand man of Christian Paradis also has good experience on the provincial scene
From: Democracy Watch <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: News release re: Supreme Court of Canada confirms federal Cabinet ministers can control investigations of themselves, federal Ethics Commissioner not required to enforce ethics law
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 12, 2009
Supreme Court of Canada Refuses To Hear Ethics Law Appeal Case -- Ruling Means Cabinet Ministers Can Control Investigations of Themselves, Their Staff, Family and Friends
Ruling Also Allows Ethics Commissioner to Refuse to Rule on Complaints Filed by the Public, and to Ignore Law in Her Rulings -- Commissioner Will Answer Questions About Her Enforcement Standards before Oliphant Commission on June 17
Democracy Watch Still Seeks MPs and Senators to Re-file Complaint to Ensure Commissioner Rules On Issue, and to Change Ethics Law to Ensure Public Rulings on Complaints Filed by Anyone
OTTAWA - Today, with the Oliphant Commission Part II Policy Review hearings beginning next week, Democracy Watch announced that the Supreme Court of Canada has refused its application for leave to appeal the Federal Court of Appeal's January 2009 refusal to review federal Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson's January 2008 decision that Prime Minister Harper and his Cabinet were not in a conflict of interest when they made decisions about the investigation of the Mulroney-Schreiber affair, and further that the Ethics Commissioner is not required to investigate and rule on complaints filed by the public.
"The Supreme Court of Canada has allowed the Federal Court of Appeal to undermine the enforcement of the federal ethics law by ruling that the federal Ethics Commissioner can ignore clear evidence of a conflict of interest and has no duty to enforce the federal ethics law, and that even if the Commissioner makes a decision based on a highly questionable interpretation of the law, the Court will not review her decision," said Conacher.
. . .
To see the rest of this news release and links to all related documents, go to:
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Duff Conacher, Coordinator of Democracy Watch