Friday, June 19, 2009

Daily Digest June 19, 2009



Shows well 

Do something special for dad

Nuclear crisis brewing

Another bailout, another billion

Cracks in the Middle East


Military leaders must combat stigma

Maverick Hillier pit bull over MPAC

Advice from imports not needed by County folk

Ottawa's turn on streetcars

Iran's dramatic revolt

Health-care pros trampled in technology stampede 

Don't devalue citizenship

Too big to fail alone

A Kafkaesque chapter closes

Right renewal for Ontario

The full child protection story

Stepping back into the breech

Right renewal for Ontario

A crisis of ignorance

The Who's Fabricated Pandemic

We're all part of food crisis 

  Residents deserve reward, not penalty


Election relief, but for how long?

Another view: Iran should vote again

Sweeping changes

Forestry aid: it's a start

Fats in a black hat

A new legislative reality

Talking like a galah is, well, dumb

Suddenly, Obama on wrong side

Most parents work because they must

Obama's chicken kyiv approach to Iran

Selective concern for academic freedom shows anti-Semitism

Uniting Alberta's left

Government gets it right on pulp subsidy

Instant messaging, instant headaches

Left-leaning groups miss hard reality 

Facts and figures don't support the end of oil -- yet

India and Pakistan give cause for optimism

Complaints need full investigation

Carr's $2-million painting

Five reasons why auto bailouts are bad

Canada's maple-syrup industry is under attack
Private schools don't teach real-life skills


U.S.: Pilot broke rules, killed 26 Afghan civilians
Snowbirds will fly again soon, say feds


Nortel selling wireless unit to Nokia Siemens

Drought hitting Prairie farmers

EU nears Irish treaty compromise

Protests marking Suu Kyi birthday

Ayatollah demands end to protests

'Definitive victory in election, says Khameni

Cannon: Canada won't stay out of Iranian politics

RCMP e-mail throws taser inquiry into uproar

Western premiers cite auto bailout to argue for better EI system

Ontario chips in a third of streetcar costs

Kevin Libin: When Conservatives apologize for being conservative

Asian trade key to economic recovery: Western premiers

Power Play : Friday, June 19 VIDEO
It's been a tumultuous session of the 40th parliament and MPs on the Hill have the bruises to prove it.

Both leaders win

Bitter Commons session ends for summer 

Mayor ups streetcar pressure 

The political transformation of Harper continues

John Baird's stimulus defence VIDEO

All over except all the questions

Rethink on EI, the madness begins

Death Penalty: the controversy gains momentum

Nuclear inaction puts half-century of innovation at risk

Ottawa appoints experts to isotope panel

Comment: Abdelrazik versus Harper MPs recommend bulking up local-programming fund

Breaking out of green hell

DDT: banned lifesaver

Base chemical rules on science, not fear

Les crédits budgétaires sont adoptés

Ottawa maintient sa position controversée sur la peine de mort

La mutation politique de Harper se poursuit

Ottawa ramènera Abdelrazik au pays

Redevances de télédiffusion  Les divergences persistent

Peine de mort: la controverse prend de l'ampleur

Affaire Abdelrazik - Ottawa a plié l'échine devant Washington, accuse l'opposition

Une enquête sur le Taser est suspendue à cause d'un courriel compromettant

Le défi réside dans l'équipement vieillissant, dit le chef d'état-major

Un député demande à la vérificatrice générale d'étudier un "fonds secret"

L'Ouest et les territoires proposent une réforme de l'assurance-emploi


Reckon there's no concern about technology goin' offshore,eh?

Nortel selling wireless unit to Nokia Siemens




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Please! This effects you ! Take 2 minutes & make your voice heard!


From: The Natroses

Hi Joe, 
Surprising to see the Human Rights Commission's Jennifer Lynch speech on-line, in the light of her refusal to appear on CTV to defend her position. As for her speech and the contents, I still believe that the Human Rights Commission has moved away from their mandate, by entering into the field of free speech and hate. Her defense of doing so, is covered by the original mandate, which is " 

The purpose section of the Canada Human Rights Act written in 1977, states:

"The Purpose of this Act is to extend the laws in Canada to give effect, the principle that all individuals should have an opportunity equal with other individuals to make for themselves the lives that they are able and wish to have" … without discrimination."
She goes on to say, " We seek to advance human rights.
With our outreach function;
Working with employers; and
Developing research, policies, and tools; and providing advice to Parliament."
And ends with, "In the 30 + years since its creation, the Commission has contributed to making so many positive changes:
Last year, full human rights for 700,000 First Nations people were finally recognized in an amendment to our Act;
In earlier years, the ground of sexual orientation was added and other grounds of discrimination were clarified;
40% of the complaints we receive are about discrimination based on disability. In addition to processing these complaints we work to cause systemic change to improve the lives of persons with disabilities, by intervening in high court cases, developing policies, pressing for accessibility in public buildings and accommodation
Many of you will know of some of our precedent setting cases, that have made a huge difference for different communities seeking equality:"
Lynch states; "
Part of the Commission's responsibility is to identify societal shifts and to show leadership by developing policy or suggesting legislative change when needed to respond to and reflect our evolving society. This includes amendments to our legislation when they are needed.
And, as many of you will recall, at last year's conference I launched a comprehensive policy review of how to prevent the harm caused by hate messages on the Internet, while respecting freedom of expression.
Last week, we presented our Special Report to Parliament to provide legislators and the Canadian public with a thorough analysis of Freedom of Expression and Hate in the Internet Age.
The Commission has concluded that both the Criminal Code and section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, each with its own purpose, are effective in dealing with hate messages on the Internet."
Yet there is little on the freedom of expression, and the goals that the federal arm of the Human Rights Commission is trying to achieve. Yet, there is plenty of other goods works that the Human Rights Commission have achieve.
"Freedom of expression is a fundamental right in Canada. As all of you will know it is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Because no right is absolute, the modern concept of rights is that of a matrix with different rights and freedoms mutually reinforcing each other to build a strong and durable human rights system.

Freedom of expression is important because words and ideas have power. That power, while overwhelmingly positive, can also be used to undermine democracy, freedom and equality. It is for this reason that Canada, and many other nations, have enacted laws to limit forms of extreme hateful expression that have very minimal value in the free exchange of ideas, but do great harm to our fellow citizens."
My question is, why doesn't the Human Rights Commission go after government agencies, that operates under the law of the land where democracy, freedom and equality is being undermined each and every day across the country. Such undermining can be found in accessing special education services within the public school system. In areas of health services, where people are denied services on the basis that they are not sick enough, to warrant the life-saving treatment, and in long waiting lists that undermines equal access issues. Than we have the outright discrimination over the mentally-ill people found in our prisons. Much can be said about their inability to tackled the ignorant and discriminatory practices towards children and adults who have learning disabilities. Quite frankly, I am tired of educating the people around me, that my daughter is not stupid, as others are quite tired of educating people on mental illness. Areas of IE can be looked at, and only God's knows how discriminatory the system is, since it operates under the cover of rules, laws that are enacted by our very own government.
I can hit every department, especially in areas there is one set of rules for the common person and an entirely new set or rules for the big guys. Where it is the common person, whose freedoms and rights are being hit with a big cannon, and the big guys get away with a slap on the wrist.
This brings me to the reason and my conclusions that the Human Rights Commission is moving towards a direction, where rights and freedoms violations will be enforce and under the law - giving the people of a choice to be fine, and if one disagrees - one can fight it. This would be a prefect fit, for freedom of expression violations, but it certainly would not help when it comes to other discriminatory practices, where political governments have played the games where access is denied because one did not meet the criteria, and the many other ways of denying access that are being operated under the radar of the laws of the land.
Free speech violations would be there foot in the door, to introduce fines. She talks about a chill, this would certainly put a chill in expressions of freedom, but it would certainly spill over into other areas when parents are fighting for equal access in special education, people fighting for access into the health system, or mental illness violations. The chill would make people think twice before they speak, for fear of getting even less than what they are getting now. It has already started in areas where chewing out a kid for their behaviour, that is not your own can be a criminal offense under the law. In schools, where the banning of devices that have the ability to record, under the guised of the teacher's words are under the copy-right laws. When we know, the banning of recording devices is to protect the teacher itself. Hell, even the laws of recording conversations are used against the common people. Agencies such as children's aid societies, health, and education get very upset when the person in question tapes the conversation. I wondered why?

The Human Rights Commission, should be concentrating on governments and the bureaucrats who are quite willing to bend and twist our rights and freedoms on a daily basis.

Hi Joe,   Just a quick note on the outbreak of stem rust affecting wheat crops in Kenya. After reading the Washington Post article, I thought of the implications if stem rust affects the world's wheat crops, and it would be a prefect opportunity for the big chemcial companies to step in, and start the wider use of GM modified seeds. What better way to further entrench the practice the using GM seeds, than to used farmer's fears to over-ride the fears of GM seeds and plants?

From: Robert Ede
Subject: idea about the long-term inflationary impact of current monetary       policy

Inflation forecast
"It seems that while participants have the right idea about the long-term inflationary impact of current monetary policy they have their timing off by several quarters,"

Bloomberg June18/09
Real Yields at 5% Show Inflation Fears Overdone: Chart of Day

Robert (Rob) Ede,

From: The Natroses

Hi Joe,  Here are two very different items, but both are very affected by government policy and the in it is the ordinary person that takes the hit.

1. There is a lawsuit that is suing the volunteer rescue and search society in B.C. The implications may be long-ranging if the suit is successful, for all volunteer organizations including firefighting. Government have often underfund and take full advantage of organizations , that are staffed by volunteers. It is a matter of time, when governments will pay dearly for ignoring the basic needs of volunteer organizations that deal with the public in some aspect. Needs like liability insurance, proper equipment, and proper training, to limit the risk that is undertaken by the volunteers. This underfunding occurred because the politicians see volunteer organizations in the same light as the non-volunteer organizations, completely ignoring the reality of volunteer organizations that are wholly dependent or partial dependent on the donations and fund-raising of the public.

2. This is on the other side, where governments and their politicians choose to do the wrong thing, even when the law is on their side. The wrong is, that Canadians carry the bigger risk and another nail is added to the slow death of a country that was founded on democratic principals. The Harper government acting more like a tyrant towards their citizens, choosing only those principals of a democratic government when it suits them. As the G/M states, " Canada's legal system is said to respect peace, order and good government. Not always. Buried within the law books is an atavistic power unfamiliar to most Canadians, the Royal (or Crown) Prerogative, or the residue of power untouched by Parliament. Most Canadian governments have used the prerogative sensitively, so that it attracts little attention. But since 2006, the government is using it arbitrarily, even discriminatorily, to deny some Canadians the usual protections when travelling abroad."

In short,  or in other words; "To translate: If you are in trouble overseas and go to a Canadian embassy, Canada's government believes that it has the option, but not the obligation, to help. If the government is fond of you, like Brenda Martin, it may help with papers or a private jet home, but if it scorns you, like Mr. Abdelrazik, it may revoke your passport and exile you. The choice is the government's alone."
But what is really scary is this quote and every Canadian should be wary of the immense power that ministers hold, much like the power of the current despot nations that is absolute. "No laws govern this relationship, the government says. As then-Mr. Justice Konrad von Finckenstein of the Federal Court wrote in an earlier case, "Canadians abroad would be surprised, if not shocked, to learn that the provision of consular services in an individual case is left to the complete and unreviewable discretion of the minister." Except for the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the minister's exercise of the prerogative is absolute."

In both cases,  the rules and the law of the land are made by our politicians and the citizens are paying the price, when we leave it to the politicians.

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: What recession???

This is just unbelievable--we are in deficit, so many people don't have jobs, food or a roof over their heads and our tax dollars are spent this way???
When do we say enough??

Subject: monitoring Canadian's communications Bill

I heard it on a talk show tonight that the CPC has introduced a Bill to monitor, without a warrant, the communications of Canadians.  As I can no longer stomach watching the day care that QP and Parliament has become, I don't know anything else but what I heard.  The excuse given by a lawyer was it is to protect children from paedophiles.  HUH???  Paedophiles are back on the street so quickly through our Injustice System that this has to be a spin and smoke and mirrors.  Remember when China monitored the internet the 'democracies' were aghast--now we are doing the smae thing.  Guess it is ok now though--we cam up with a 'good' reason???

Subject:  monitoring Canadian's communications Bill

I should have added that this is similar to a Bill that the LIberals introduced just before the Martin government fell.  Liberal/Tory/ same old story???
"Liberal/Neo-Con"  for what they both seek über alles is power.

Subject: [On-Guard] 'democracy'???

What right does any country have to meddle in another country's affairs?  When did we become the world 'deciders'???  Canada promotes 'democracy'???  This when they are going to monitor our communications without warrant??  In Canada only white protesters are handled roughly.  Native protesters are allowed to wreak havoc(Caledonia past and present) and this is considered democracy???
We are a sick country and there is no one to lead us back to democracy.  Governments cannot handle affairs adequately in Canada but they can stand and state how other countries should be governed??


Subject: FW: Canada will not stay out of Iranian Politics

Joe--I just sent this to Lawrence Cannon

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: Canada will not stay out of Iranian Politics
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2009 10:47:16 -0400

Mr. Cannon--What right does Canada, or for that matter any other country, have to dictate policy in a foreign Nation like Iran?  As far as I can see we in Canada have more than enough on our plate that needs fixing without sticking our opinion where it is neither wanted or needed.  Just because Canada takes orders from the US and israel is no reason to bully another country with our so-called 'values'.  
Iran has been a peaceful Nation for most of its recent history, something we cannot say about Canada and the other two countries mentioned above. 
You have condemned the treatment of protesters in Iran.  Do you not remember the treatment of protesters in Montreal, in Seattle, and most recently the white protesters in Caledonia?  It is stated that Iran is controlling communication via internet etc.  This while your government is promoting a Bill to control our communication on the internet.  Is this not akin to the pot calling the kettle black?
Until we get Canada back to a democracy I don't believe our governments of any stripe have a right to tell another government how to govern their country.  I have, in the past, worked in many elections at every level.  I know how our elections are skewed also.  Have you ever checked Elections Canada's lists?  I worked in one Federal election where a dog and a 9 year old child had the right to vote according to Elections Canada.  I well remember the 'found' ballot box that gave Anne McLelland the riding in Edmonton a few elections ago.  It is best we clean up our own act before we tell others how to live.

Rebecca Gingrich
Princeton, Ontario

From: Rubie Britton
Subject: Comment....

The 1st."commenter " wrote:
"-the loser is the canadian people who pay big money for such so-called "leadership" to play games and not address the country's problems. oh and now they are taking off for 4 months' holidays. good thing mps don't qualify for unemployment insurance how would they ever accumulate 360 hours of WORK?"

From: Tom Brewer

Oh what a tangled web we weave. Unbelievable as it might seem now we hear of e-mails re the RCMP and the death of the man at the Vancouver airport! Who has been sitting on these?
Then we hear of a so-called Tory slush fund... Involving access to whatever re the disabled. Unbelievable to say the least.
Personally I hope this is not true. This is unspeakable if it is true and then why are Tory ridings getting the elephant amounts versus other ridings? If it be true it sounds as if it is a way to define those with ability problems as being Harper (Conservative) supporters. If what took place be true I dare suggest it could be a defining factor in who serves us as our government.
I would hope Harper and his merry band have not stooped so low as to make them worse than snakes in the grass. I hope they did not find and attempt to use a loophole that really would benefit a lot of Canadians who need access to wherever given their problem.
The RCMP matter begs looking into too. I dare suggest the Mounties might have thwarted justice in the matter if this is true. It begs looking into given the penchant in my opinion to matters that now see two young men serving time re the Mayerthorpe incident. The two incidents are not connected BUT the matter of having to have a body(s) given the four deaths does. In my mind these two young men were threatened by the now dead killer of the Mounties. Could what is now taking place be a matter of revenge given the fact the Mounties and our Justice system seriously erred, in my opinion, in not addressing the matter long long before the horrific deaths took place.

From: The Natroses

Hi Joe,  Must respond to Peggy and correct her once again. There is a difference between privately owned and businesses that are being operated by private contractors but still owned by a government agency. Such is the case of Bruce Power, who is in charge or refurbishing the Candu reactors, but the nuclear site is still owned by the Ontario government. It is profitable for Bruce Power to do so, since all energy produced is sold back to Ontario Hydro. There is no nuclear power sites that are owned inclusively by private concerns. What the Ontario government and federal Atomic energy did was right, to hired a private concern to fixed the problems and to take advantage of their expertise. As you will see, Bruce Power, the make-up of companies all have one thing in common, their nuclear background.
One of the advantages of having government facilities run by private companies is that there are many cost savings to be had, too. Case in point: I know of this one fellow who runs an industrial-plumbing business:
   - when called in to repair/replace a simple pipe or what-not for a government-owned power-plant, price starts at $2,000;
   - when called to do so for a privately-owned one, price starts at $200.
Mind you, some (or all?) of this can be justified by several factors. First, the fellow has to be a certified, registered provider of said services ... not just anyone is trained, competent, and authorized to do work in nuclear plants, for various reasons. Then there's the paperwork aspect: ALWAYS a pain, that, which is why I never bid on government contracts any more; even small projects need to have extensive bids and then every little detail gets combed over and one gets screened out too often for stupid reasons ... not worth the hassle to get into the system.

From: "Jim Calvert"
Regarding Solar Power in Ontario.
I got prices and crunched the numbers a few weeks ago.

If you believe the manufacturer's claims about power production and longevity, (MTBF).

Totally ignoring the lifespan of deep cycle batteries (as an owner of a larger boat and a motorhome or two I have some experience here).
The ridiculously inflated prices Mcsquinty is going to pay for you to feed power back into the grid still do not cover the financial costs involved.
You might install the equipment and you might feel better about the environment but you will not save any money!

I'm an electrical engineer, and I've gone no further in analyzing the solar-power question in Ontario than casting a look at Ontario's proposed solar-photovoltaic (solar-panel) energy pricing. Conclusion, after at most a millisecond of consideration: it's ridiculous.
Ontario's decided to be a solar-power leader in Canada because the best area in the country for setting up solar panels in in Southwestern Ontario, simply because it gets more sun than anywhere else in Canada. Solar panels and associated electronics, etc., are so expensive per quantity of power generated, however, that either their cost or the power that they generate has to be heavily subsidized for it to make economic sense. And that's the case even in much sunnier North American climes such as Florida, Arizona, and California.
Ontario seems to be drawing inspiration from what Germany's been up: throw scads of money at solar power and watch the industry grow. In Germany's case, that's not only led to solar panels proliferating, it's also led to Germany's setting up a thriving (albeit haevily, indirectly-subsidized) solar-panel industry. What Ontario HASN'T caught on, meseems, is that Germany has another reason to ruin itself economically for solar power: national energy security. You see, the Russkies have this bad habit of cutting off natural-gas supplies to Europe when they have a tiff with countries in Europe or between it and Russia, notably Poland and Ukraine (and soon, in my mind, Belarus). Thus, Germany's chosen to spend on very-high-priced alternatives to natural gas, inthe name of national security. Add to that the added benefit of throwing a bone to lunkhead ya-ya environmentalists who actually think that they've achieved a great psychoi-victory in getting the German government to think and act in new ways.
(Aren't I the cynical one, eh? But what can I say? I'm part of the anti-conspiracy-theory-as-a-rule crowd and a paid subscriber to the Exploit Useful Idiots Society of Canada. And sorry to say, the fellas who are pushing super-high-priced solar-panel power in Ontario are part of the Useless Idiot group, whose members I have no truck or trade with, by policy).
By the way, the Society's recruiting ... no need to be an electrical engineer, or anything, either.