Saturday, June 20, 2009

Daily Digest June 20, 2009



Playing the lifestyle card

Changing the gene pool

Compact cabinet: Dexter's dozen

The dream we share

Why biodiversity matters

Stephen Harper's headless chicken

Problems with bilingualism in New Brunswick and Canada

EI reform discussions will decided if we will have another election

We asked: What advice would you give to this year's graduates?

Easier Internet access is a tool police don't need

Justice denied

Kids on the Hill

Justice denied

Iranians hoping for a better future

A right to vote for non-citizens?

Parliamentary cover-up

Flatten for now, don't complicate

Regime implosion

The juridical mystique

Iranians only wish for better future

Tories should look forward

  Next Tory leader faces a hard fight

Staged Iran vote fools no one

Human rights are more fanciful than real 

Iranian outrage: Marching to make their votes count

Too many workers will be in poorhouse when they retire

Toews swings low

Dziekanski probe turns into fiasco of RCMP bungles

Time to move to uniform EI standard

Israel still at risk

Cyberpolicing versus privacy
Button it, Ralph
Perpetuating a myth

Demonstrations troubling

Ignatieff, Harper win by dodging vote

At least on one day each year, fathers get some respect

Rights revisited

Hang up behind the wheel

True cost of cuts must be revealed


A voice from the Akwesasne border standoff: 'Start listening to ...

Snowbirds cleared to fly and resume summer air show season, DND says

Hopes for a speedy economic turn-around got a reality check Friday

Throwing a BRIC at the world's reigning currency

:. Victory of Ahmadinejad: Unnecessary Alarm in West -II

Mousavi 'ready for martyrdom'

Cancer: a shock breakthrough

Mounties discussed Tasing Dziekanski prior to altercation

Police seek waiver of diplomat's immunity

Top judge hopes for legacy of common sense

Giving voice to Quebec's federalists

Darrell Dexter sworn in as Nova Scotia's first NDP premier

Premier Wall wants isotopes reactor in Prairies 

Program for disabled favours Conservative ridings, MP says

Ignatieff's honeymoon with Quebec is over: poll Translation Report Card On Harper's Annus Horribilis

Throwing the book at Harper's team

Government of Canada Announces Expert Review Panel Members ...

Ottawa appoints experts to isotope panel

CPAWS | Implement Senate Navigation Recommendations, says CPAWS NRU can be fixed, AECL says

Hamilton nuclear reactor could produce all isotopes Canada needs ...

Research: Nuclear inaction puts half-century of innovation at risk

'We have a plan' to return to surplus: Flaherty

Cancer: a shock breakthrough

Tories stiff T.O. on streetcar project

Probe of 'slush fund' urged

A progression of tiny cuts make democracy a sham 

Scientist Came Out Against Harper's MAPLE Shutdown ...

EI planning came up short

The Economist on Conservative leadership failure on nuclear energy issues

Canada's Dragging Medical Isotope Project Up For Grabs

Peter MacKay Paves the Way For Chosen Few

EI system needs stable funding: think-tank

Throwing a BRIC at the world's reigning currency

London parents may need to show ID before picking up children from care programs

La campagne commencera au Québec le 24 juin

Valeurs mobilières : les libéraux laisseraient la Cour suprême trancher

La lune de miel d'Ignatieff est terminée

Les crédits budgétaires sont adoptés

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

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


From: "Raymond Denson"
Subject: Democracy, Canadian Style

Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon is quoted as saying that "We will continue to promote democracy. We will continue to challenge Iran on human rights."
Wasn't it just three years ago that Canada cooperated with the USA in expelling Aristide, the democratically elected President of Haiti? The misdemeanours which rendered him unsuitable for government were his opposition to further privatization and his plan to cooperate with Fidel Castro in setting up a medical school. The supposed interest in Iranian democracy is a cover for attempts to undermine the Iranian state. We never hear any adverse comments from our government on the lack of democracy in the Saudi Arabian dictatorship, although it was the source of Bin Ladin and thirteen of the alleged hijackers. Canadian promotion of democracy is very selective, to say the least.

Raymond Denson

From: The Natroses

Hi Joe,
To Rebecca, Did you know that the communications bill is based on make-believe examples. Not one politician or a law officer can back the bill, with examples that have happened in the past. How much do you want to bet, the people who will be arrested will be the small-time criminals and others who are foolish enough to talk about their crimes. Every time there is a new bill relating to new technology to combat something, the use of 'what-if' are used as examples. An example is the new radar tracking systems for Canadian coastal waters to combat over-fishing and polluters. All that money spent, and what do we have to show for it? A few Canadian fishermen, and not one foreigner. The reason being that the big ones do not get caught, because they have the technology to hide away from the law. This new communications bill will be the same, the criminal activity on the Internet, it is those people who will be even harder to catch because of their ability to keep up and know-how of flying under the radar of law enforcement. So, as a result it is only the small guys that will get caught, and the police will still have the same problems in tracking the big guys.
What is worrisome is the potential abuse by the police and the standing government to monitor conversations of persons that are not in keeping with current dogma and ideology. Can you imagine, what would happen if an opposition  M.P. had a weird political belief, or an on-line mistress?  Even though it does no harm or affects his job, his career as a MP  may be toast. I can see other scenarios, where people who work in the public service are having their personal communications being monitor at a constant rate, to be used in case of the need to terminate the person from their job. What better way of controlling people, by instilling a fear that ordinary people's conversations are being monitor?
As my 14 year old said the other day, no problem - there is technology to combat nosy snoopers. And this technology might be part of our every day lives, and than we will have the politicians trying to ban devices, just like they are trying to do with file sharers and the sites that actively uses the technology to promote music and video files.

 For Stratos;  Government people have to appear as useful when combing through contracts and bids. After all their salaries are being paid by the taxpayer. Saying that, nuclear expertise should be left to the people who are highly skilled in this particular field,  but in other fields such as Transportation Canada, I question their ability and even skills when it comes down to the bidding process and contracts. Yes, we do need private concerns in certain areas because of the expertise. But in other areas, it is a cover to protect the big guys and their profits. At the end, it is the taxpayer that pays the price.

From: Larry Kazdan
To: Vancouver Sun LetED <>
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Disabled, welfare kids to miss out on summer camp after funds frozen,  Jonathan Fowlie, June 19

Re: Disabled, welfare kids to miss out on summer camp after funds frozen,  Jonathan Fowlie,  June 19
According to Rich Coleman, Minister of Housing and Social Development, the fiscal crisis requires some "tough decisions".  Now let's see.  Shall we cut the big pay increase MLAs recently awarded themselves and their top bureacrats?   Shall we roll back those big tax reductions that Premier Campbell gave to the highest income-earners in B.C?  Or should we eliminate camp subsidy fees for children from low-income families?  No doubt the B.C. Liberals will continue to make those tough, difficult decisions that have led B.C., according to Statistics Canada, to have the worst child poverty rates of all Canadian provinces for six years in a row.
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Larry Kazdan,
Vancouver, B.C.
Despite big improvement, B.C. child poverty rate remains Canada's worst

Subject: Human Rights Commission - The Natroses
From: Robert G. Gauthier, Ottawa

Dear Joe,

The letter to you from the Natroses about the Human Rights Commission correctly alerts your readers that this organization is illegally exceeding its authority beyond the area of "discriminatory" human rights into the field of  "fundamental" human rights.

When I launched The National Capital News Canada in 1982 following the closing of The Ottawa Journal and The Winnipeg Tribune and was denied access by the Speaker of the House of Commons to the publicly funded resources provided by the House of Commons for the media. without cause and without a hearing, I sought remedy with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
The declined to hear my complaint on the grounds that freedom of expression is not covered by this Commission which deals with such matters as discrimination for age, race, religion and such "discriminatory rights." Fundamental Rights protected in the Canadian Constitution were outside their area of jurisdiction.

In the absence of a hearing in the Canadian Courts which claimed they do not have jurisdiction over the Parliament of Canada, and with the refusal of the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Canadian Parliament refusing to hear my complaint, I was forced to seek remedy and a hearing at the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

Canadians should heed the warning by the Natroses of this overt usurping of the authority of the Canadian Constitution away from the Parliament of Canada into an area of arbitrary non-legislated procedures to illegally restrict the fundamental freedoms of Canadians by a small clique pretending powers outside their legal authority.

There are essential differences between "fundamental human rights" and "discriminatory rights" that should not be trivialized resulting in a cursory evaluation by a group or commission less than minimally versed is such laws.

The United Nations Human Rights Committee, pursuant to Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, that defines freedom of expression as the fundamental right, not only to impart information, but also as the fundamental right to seek and receive information without interference.

To arbitrarily confuse situations by misidentifying discriminatory rights with fundamental rights will continue for facilitate abuses by such commissions to misuse their limited authority.

Unlike the Natroses, I did not find it at all 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.
The 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 exten d 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."
Canadian parliamentary, governmental and various commission functionaries are already far beyond the concerns of the Natroses that "Free speech violations would be their foot in the door to introduce fines. The chill in expressions of freedom is already part of the Canadian culture in avoidance of expressions of any kind of dissent with public officialdom, at our peril.

The spillovers into other areas are current reality when parents are fighting for equal access in special education, people fighting for access into the health system, or mental illness violations. The chill already, not only makes people think twice before they speak, but has completely muzzled Canadians, for many fears, not the least of which is becoming embroiled in the bankrupting dispute with officials having access to unlimited funds, legal counsel and privileged access to the justice (?) system in Canada.

Would that the Human Rights Commission concentrate on governments, parliamentarians and the bureaucrats who are quite willing and capable of bending and misrepresenting the facts, twisting our rights and freedoms on a daily basis, of slandering and libelling concerned Canadians and innocent victims who would dispute or question alleged or perceived complaints against them. 

The poorly understood meaning of "freedom of expression," particularly by authorities administering the legislation, provides tempting opportunities for arbitrary and unfair rulings.
More important than "freedom of expression," is the more fundamental principle that is ignored: the fundamental right to dissent.

Having observed the parliamentary powers at close range, being a resident of Ottawa for some 40 years, it is not coincidence that there is no predictable consistency to the rule of law in Canada, but rather a deliberate, well-planned, anti-democratic strategy of might is right to protect the careers of the parliamentarians and the bureaucracy at all costs.

The powers-that-be know that they are untouchable,so fa, since no one individual can afford to go up against this culture without risking everything he owns. As the lawyer for the Respondent Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery Corporation, Gordon Cameron of the law firm Blake, Cassels and Graydon, said to me in my $6 million claim in the Ontario Provincial Court: "How can we stop you. You have no assets."

Unless you are a Canadian with unlimited time, unlimited money and unlimited patience, and even so, there is no, none, no possibility of justice in Canada in the presence of the routine arrogance of the public officials at all levels, and, even more importantly, in the absence of goodwill on the part of parliamentarians and public functionaries who must tow the line to keep their jobs.

The=2 0Natroses and Joe Hueglins must not give up the fight. As James Walugembe, the editor of a newspaper in Uganda wrote to me: "Dear Robert, We would not expect such a problem in the more advanced democracies. Please do not give up your fight for freedom of expression."

The United Nations Human Rights Committee found a violation by Canada of the fundamental right of freedom of expression, Article 19 as it is known around the world. Interested readers can see the full text at 633/1995 on the internet.

For further information, I can be reached at the National Capital News Canada, and 613-276-8788.

As I said to the Hon. Mr. Justice James Chadwick in the Ontario Court, "In many other countries, people like me are executed in 10 minutes or less. In Canada, they do a financial execution...which I'll take."

To which, the Hon. Justice commented: "You're not too far wrong."

Thank you Joe and the Natroses for keeping these matters on our front burners.

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