Thursday, May 27, 2010

Daily Digest MAY 27, 2010



No, minister

Wave goodbye to the past

Improving the delivery of health care
Government must explain more fully how adjusting the roles and routines of nursing professionals will improve care

PM tries again to set rules
ANOTHER WEEK, another attempt to weaken Parliament.

Auditing Parliament: Swift kick of reality

Harper's summit needs new tune

Is financial modelling undermining the market?

$40 per taxpayer is too much for G8 meet

The budget's secret, buried treasures

Travers: Harper told that Jaffer misused special passport

One regulator to rule them all

Let's take young Canadians to the world

Jamaica must disarm the garrison

The lesson from the Gulf spill: drill with care

The costs of sustainability

Head off the phantom Tigers' Canadian base

Follow the billion

Same place next year

Ottawa's 'anarchist' criminals

This power grab needs full review

Divesting Quebec

Counterpoint: A national regulator, not a federal one


John Ivison: Visa requirement well-intentioned, but flawed

 Summit security tab beyond rational explanation

 BP stops oil flow, but slick worst in U.S. history

Cost for summits is far too high

PM abuses prorogation

To unplug question period gong show

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, science confirms

$930 million? Call security!

Privacy breach demands action, better education

Shockingly easy to obtain confidential information

Budget audit scandal touches all MPs
Down and dirty
Not a con job

Ottawa right on securities plan
Military honour
What a friend we have in Mexico

MPs must open books to scrutiny

Senate appointment: The tradition continues

Eventually piper has to be paid 

Another blockage to transparency

Secrecy grows in House

Adding common sense to the environmental review process

Editorial: Housing homeless is the least we can do
Dam is breaking on MPs' expenses

MPs must let Sheila Fraser do her job

Needle exchange and health care
Mexico is a friend and ally
Poverty ideas abound
HST means wild months ahead in B.C. politics


New bill to regulate First Nation water

Scientists urge G8 to help reduce unsafe abortions

UNICEF head concerned for Guantanamo child soldier

Saving Canadian health care-- before it's too late

Alarm sounds over feds' murky water data

Ruling means Haitian women likely to find refuge in Canada

Fed minister accused of promoting private company

Exclusive: Willie Nelson tells us why he cut off his braids

A hard look at health care costs: Blizzard
New provincial report fires a warning shot, especially to Baby Boomers, seniors and doctors

BP needs another rebranding

Alberta student will be allowed to wear kilt to graduation after all

Clement should face probe for video appearance: Grits. MORE...
Related Harper has taken the wrong lessons from Chrétien. MORE...

Budget's buried gold. MORE...

Bringing order to the House.. MORE...

BP needs another rebranding. MORE...

PM tries again to set rules MORE...

Keeping up with Joneses of fraud.. MORE...

As bilingual as it gets.. MORE...

PQ turns guns on Liberal Party MORE...

Only recourse is retribution. MORE...
Mexico 'cannot wait' to follow U.S. lead on climate change: President

Nostalgic Bob Rae hints at Liberal-NDP accord

Kinsella: I'm with Rae. All the way

Budget watchdog wants to pore over $1-billion summit security bill

D.Martin: Summit security tab beyond rational explanation

Toronto Police to take up to $100-million of G20 security funds

$1-billion is well spent

Summit costs audit requested by Liberals

NDP demands review of G8, G20 summit security costs

Ottawa won't offer compensation for G20 property damage

The Commons: What price freedom?

A $1-billion boondoggle, Helena Guergis and the ShamWow minister

Liberals shield own MP from committee grilling

Tories widen gap over flagging Liberals: poll

Conservatives remain in lead: EKOS poll

Taber: Stephen Harper's lock on lead raises coalition stakes

O'Malley: EKOS of the Week: So, what are the (EKOS)bots saying?

Ignatieff speaks out of both sides of his mouth on MP expenses

Tories to propose MP expenses audit

MPs sing new tune on audit as poll suggests deep suspicion of expense fiddling

Ignatieff: Bring in Fraser

Harper told that Jaffer misused special passport

Guergis not welcome back: Tories

Williams calls Que. regulator 'kangaroo court'

Mexican President vows to help resolve visa feud

Harper praises Mexico's Calderon in Canada visit

Make rich seniors pay for drugs, report says

How to kill 220,000 seals on Sable Island: the DFO plan

Harper dodges questions on oilpatch subsidies

Oilsands polluting air at record levels: report

Liberals take aim at 'dumpster' legislation

Visa rules sore point as Calderon, Harper meet

PM takes bank-tax fight to London and Paris

Strong dollar undermines RBC profit

CIBC back in black in second quarter

Abolishing the penny would bring 'ongoing savings,' Finance Department says

Cardinal Ouellet calls for new abortion debate

'Santa'beer on Ontario's naughty list

Anti-Semitism at Passport Canada: adjudicator

Impolitical : Harper cabinet minister video extravaganza

Aim health reform at seniors, doctors: Report

Cut senior drug subsidy, change system: TD

JEUDI 27 MAI 2010

Ottawa · Les partis d'opposition veulent la tête du ministre Clement

Affaire Jaffer · Du lobbying payant

Santé maternelle · La ministre Oda offre peu de réponses sur le plan d'Ottawa

Union francophone des aveugles
Des visas refusés à des délégués africains

Droits de la personne
Amnistie internationale écorche le Canada

Armes à feu
Québec plaide pour le maintien du registre  (40) »

Le débat sur l'avortement est rouvert et doit le rester, dit le cardinal Ouellet

L'opposition réclame la tête du ministre Clement

 Visas: le Mexique devra être patient

 Sondage: les conservateurs creusent l'écart

G8 et G20: l'opposition juge les coûts de sécurité trop élevés

Avortement: une décision prise par «l'ensemble du gouvernement», dit Bev Oda

Le problème du sou noir persiste

Ministres devant les comités: une règle variable


Due to a gymnastic competitionnSaturday and a Grandparents day at school
the Digest will be sporadic in all probability until Monday.


From: "John Feldsted"
Subject: Canadians deeply divided on crime, punishment

The alternatives to dealing with someone convicted of a serious crime are more than punishment or rehabilitation. The notion that a prison sentence is 'punishment' does not stand up under scrutiny. When someone commits serious crimes against the person, a key element in sentencing has to be the protection of society. If a convicted criminal is locked up, he or she cannot revisit and further harm former victims or create new victims for the duration of his or her sentence.

The two-for-one credit for time spent in a remand center was based on the fact that remand centres do not have rehabilitation programs available. When convicted criminals do get to prison, enrolment in rehabilitation programs are not at the top of their to-do lists and many either refuse outright to engage in rehab or put in an appearance but do not participate.

Efforts by the current government to toss wedges into our revolving door criminal justice system are welcomed by a wide range of citizens including single moms and the working poor, who are fed up with being bullied by neighbourhood thugs and gang members.      

Canadians deeply divided on crime, punishment

From: "Eugene Parks"
Subject: Hilltimes

Democracy under stress

From: Rene Moreau
To Kathy English, and John Honderich's office.

From Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)

Re;  McGuinty eyes selling shares in LCBO, Hydro One.  Page 1 and 14, by Rob Benzies

   What we have here is a gift! To those who watch  such things.

   If one wanted to know the best way to con a government into selling off the assets paid for by the citizens  of Ontario to foreign, American , corporations, this is one beaut!

   Meanwhile, the pro-sellers would of course, call this 'free speech', or 'protection of sources. But, every one of these sources could be some spin-meister from  ameri-corp, or some-one  in the ministries working the 5th column ploy for  foreign interests(and we  aren't allowed to know. I called Rob Benzies to ask who they really were.  No answer.

   Can you see the potential for controlling the message, Kathy, or whoever has to do with this subject.  We have found lately on numerous occasions, how it is very astute  (shrewd and crafty) to control  all aspects of an argument, the ups, the downs, the pros and cons, and any oppositions message. Examples abound; call for a list.

   For instance, never, ever, is  NAFTA mentioned, which states  that Canada, its government, corporations, and media, among others  Must Never discriminate against American or Mexican, or Israeli corporations.

   Consider the fact that the Ontario government, in it's blindness , or infiltration, chose Goldman-Sacks, based in the U.S., and currently being charged for fraud by it's own, American government , and that of the country of Greece, to evaluate  OUR, ONTARIAN, TAXPAYERS ' assets!  The most likely buyers, ofcourse, will be Ameri-corp, thanks to  NAFTA.  They get to set their own prices, just by working to-gether!

   Neat scam is it not?

                                             Rene Moreau (416-489-8347

From: Henry Atkinson
Subject: Fwd: Truths & Myths

Truths & Myths

From: "John Feldsted"
Subject: One hundred fifty-seven million eight hundred seventy-one thousand eight dollars.

One hundred fifty-seven million eight hundred seventy-one thousand eight dollars.  ($157,871,008)

That is the sum that Canadian taxpayers have spent on allowances for federal political parties over the past six (6) years. We have spent:

$17,462,241 on supporting the Bloc Québécois;

$55,641,367 on supporting the Conservative Party of Canada;

$7,200,633 on supporting the Green Party of Canada;

$51,239,611 on supporting the Liberal Party of Canada; and

$26,327,156 on supporting the New Democratic Party.

$157,871,008 has earned us the contempt of the political party movers and shakers. They no longer care about what we think or what we believe our issues to be. Our MPs and Senators can afford to bicker endlessly and waste time on frivolous issues as they will get a tidy allowance from us every quarter (average over 6 years - rounded off):

$728,000 for the BQ;

$2,318,000 for the CPC;

$300,000 for the Greens;

$2,135,000 for the LPC; and

$1,097,000 for the NDP

With that kind of an allowance coming in four times a year, politicians have no need to listen to us. With some careful budgeting they can fight an election without our donations. They can buy television time, tell us a pack of lies and as long as they get some votes on election day, the allowances keep rolling in.

We have been shorn like sheep and our democratic right to financially support a political party removed from us. $157,871,008 was taken from general tax revenues and given to political parties we would never support as an 'allowance'.

For nearly $158 million of our tax dollars (and counting) we have bought the contempt of our elected representatives and disorderly conduct in place of good governance.

John Feldsted

From: "Denis Simard"
Subject: Please forward

Canada's debt to big banks is well over $500 billion

From: The Natroses

Hi Joe,
"Take MLA Kelvin Goertzen’s private member’s bill that would see serious offenders who breach conditions and are wanted by police be denied welfare benefits. Consider the current scenario: Criminals can breach orders, get warrants issued for them and all the while Manitoba taxpayers are paying them welfare benefits thanks to the generosity of our NDP government. "

Apparently it is meant for the serious offenders. Somehow I doubt it. The poor guy, with  unpaid parking tickets will probably be the norm. I somehow think, with the police complaining about the increase in doing criminal background checks. The increase came about, where volunteers by law, need to have a background check. Throw in all the welfare applicants, and police could now set up a department, where enforcement of laws overall, will be watered down. Plus it will cost the welfare department, dollars for every criminal background check.

"Canada has been cited for flouting human rights of aboriginals and people entangled in post 9-11 national security measures in an annual report by Amnesty International. While the report cites some positive progress - such as limits on the use of Tasers - it also flags loose practices in Canadian overseas mining operations in the 2010 study that finds a growing "global justice gap." The report said Canada has not done enough to stop violence against indigenous women and girls or uphold native land rights."

What can one say. A government that has one set of rules, and other sets for different folks.

"But in its support for Israel, members of the Harper government believe Canada is standing beside a sister democracy that is facing very serious existential threats, in a strategically-important part of the world where the very ideals Canada proudly stands for are under attack from terrorists and other extremists. To believe otherwise would be seeing only a partial picture.  Yet is there a point where there is too much support? Where standing for one group of principles leads to the undermining of other, equally important principles? Where Canada goes from champion to accomplice?"

Principles, depending on the situation, is our Canada these days.

Last but not least, is a new book on the state of public education.
"Three upstart Canadian academics have dared to suggest what many parents already suspect — that North American public educaation has been so dumbed down that students are being seriously short-changed.  Many students are ill-prepared for both post-secondary education and life in a knowledge-based economy because public school educators focus on enhancing kids’ self-esteem instead of imparting core skills, they argue in their new book, What’s Wrong with Our Schools: And How We Can Fix Them.  Authors Michael Zwaagstra, Rodney Clifton and John Long have taken a scalpel to critically dissect our public education system and have concluded that, with rare exceptions, it has failed both students and society at large.  Decades of harmful policy changes by so-called “romantic progressives” have led to an educational regime undermined by everything from fuzzy curriculum content and an anti-testing ideology to no-fail policies, they charge."

It is about time, we have educators taking a stand on a public education system, that is no longer serving their communities very well, or the very children that are using them. Bravo, and we need a lot more to write books on the lousy public schools, where 40 % of students are poor readers. Here again, public schools, no longer ensure to follow their mandates, an education for all.  It is only an education for some.

Subject: Watch the 1973 Movie "Soylent Green" online
From: Robert Ede

Watch for Ed G Robinson & Charlton Heston to have quick conversation about "Greenhouse Effect"  5-6 mins from start
Balance of film about "Youth in Asia" (perhaps mis-spelled), central gov't 'management' after an ecomonic debacle and the food supply.
Robert Ede,

There is no shame in turning back, when you discover you're on the wrong path. © 2006

From: "Anthony \(t\)"
Subject:  Re - Bilingualism law could divide the nation over the court

Letter to the editor -
What's really going on?
I wonder if people realize what's going on in this country. Quebec has spent the last 5 decades wiping out the English language and culture from the province with racist, anti-English language laws such as bill 22, 178, 101…This is a fact. Racism, intolerance, bigotry, ethnic language cleansing and human rights violations still going on in the province of Quebec.
Ya, Quebec, where the English, Scottish, Irish, United Empire Loyalists… built up the province of Kebec (original native spelling) since 1763. Yes, the same province of Kebec where the Union Jack and Red Ensign flew until 1950. Again, just the facts…This lie, this hoax, this revisionist nonsense that Quebec is a French province and that Canada is bilingual is just that, an outright lie. Fact: We have been part of the British Empire since 1763.We were officially an English speaking country for over 200 years, again just the facts.
Almost 1 million people have been forced out of the province of Kebec due to this type of hatred/lie/spin… While all this is going on in Quebec they are forcing the French language outside Quebec in every province. Everything and anything the French demand they are getting across this entire country. They call it bilingualism (another lie never clearly defined on purpose). What are they really up to? "First Quebec, then we take over the rest of the country, one step at a time…through bilingualism…" PT, "How to take over a country through bilingualism…" SD. That's what's really going on. Wake up, people!
Ask yourself a simple question. Why are we not teaching our real BNA history? Why are we not teaching our proud UEL history in our schools any longer?
Now do you see what this bilingual judge's debate is really about and more importantly, who's going to put a stop to this revisionist nonsense?
Quebec has said no to bilingualism and so should the rest of the country. Enough is enough!
Anthony Silvestro,
Ottawa, Ont

From: "Suan H.Booiman"
To: "Community Service/seniors...snip...>
Subject: bilinguaslism

May 28, 2010
Mr.Graham Fraser
Commisonor of Official Bilingualism               (see NP Story below)
Reading your comments in the National Post again recognizes that you
absolutily don't understand the failure of language enforcement.
Sictating French into tje bureaucratic system is nothing more than following
the whining of the French speaking that can not use their isolating language
at the watering hole.
The only way and smartest way would have been to buy the support of all
Provincial Ministers of Education in 1969 and make both English and  French
mandatory from sea to sea to sea, now 40 years later the present generation
reaching 60 would have some form of bilingualism.
However that was not the intent, there was a political reason, an election,
with that buying the vote of an always departing minority. Using blackmail.
But than being a bureaucrat lacking common sense what is the point of
A British Columbian
Suan H.Booiman
White Rock BC V4B 4B1

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tories slip over bilingualism: watchdog
Canwest News Service 

The federal language watchdog warned yesterday that the Harper government is slipping in its duties to promote bilingualism in Canada. In his annual report released in Parliament, official languages commissioner Graham Fraser expressed concerns about what he described as a "laissez-faire" approach to bilingualism in the public service. Mr. Fraser noted the Treasury Board has dramatically reduced official languages support for federal institutions, and the government isn't doing enough to support the right of its employees to work in the official language of their choice. He added that minority anglophone and francophone communities across the country are also counting on support from the federal government, but are not getting what they need in time.

© 2010 The National Post Company. All rights reserved. Unauthorized distribution, transmission or republication strictly prohibited

From: "Orthodox Canada/All Saints Monastery" <>

THE CANADIAN SCENE: A regular broadcast on The Canadian Orthodox Broadcasting System ( This programme features regular interviews and introspective discussions of the religious landscape in Canada. Today’s broadcast features a discussion of the fragmentation and tensions in the Evangelical Movement in Canada. Previous features have been THE ARMAGEDDON FACTOR: A discussion of Marci McDonald’s new book on the rise of American Republicanism in the Fundamentalists Christian movement in Canada; ON NATURAL LAW and, ISRAEL, PALESTINE AND THE VARIOUS PROPHETIC TRADITIONS.
    Our next broadcast will feature an inter-religious dialogue on the Charismatic and Evangelical concepts in the Orthodox, Anglican, Evangelical and Emergent bodies in Canada.
    Please join us, express you opinions and suggest topics for these broadcasts.

From: Larry Kazdan
To: Media Release
Subject: [media-release] Media Advisory:  UN Peacekeeping needs Canada's help

  World Federalist Movement - Canada
On the International Day of UN Peacekeeping (May 29)
UN Peacekeeping needs Canada's help

"Now is the time for Canada to start re-engaging in UN peacekeeping," says Warren Allmand, former cabinet minister and current President of the World Federalist Movement-Canada.  "The announced withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in 2011 provides an opportunity for us to direct our military leadership and expertise to missions where they are urgently needed by the world community."
Demand growing for UN Missions
In 2009, the United Nations deployed more peacekeepers than at any time in the organization's history. With over 124,000 troops, civilians and police, the UN currently supports more personnel in the field than any actor in the world other than the US Department of Defense – more than UK, France, China and Russia combined.  And demand for UN peacekeeping is expected to rise, not fall, in the coming years.

Multidimensional peace operations today require military and civilian teams with diverse capabilities to co-ordinate humanitarian aid, protect civilians, disarm and reintegrate former combatants, strengthen state structures and arrest indicted war criminals.  Regional organizations such as NATO and the EU cannot match the range of civilian and military services that the UN can provide.  And the international and legal character of UN Security Council-authorized peacekeeping missions gives unparalleled legitimacy to any UN peace operation.
Canada can make a dramatic difference
"UN peace operations save thousands of lives," says defence analyst Peter Langille. "Canada's advanced military and logistics capabilities could play a vital role in making these missions more successful.  And as a majority of Canadians already favor a peacekeeping role for Canada, it's time for the Canadian government to pledge significant support for future UN peace operations."
Langille adds, "With serious discussions taking place at the UN on protection of civilians and prevention of armed conflict, Canada could also demonstrate leadership by championing a standing United Nations Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS).  A UNEPS would provide the UN with a strategic reserve and a rapid deployment capability to respond to crises before they escalate."
Warren Allmand, WFM-C National President,  (514) 262-5623 (mobile)
Peter Langille directs Global Common Security I3 in London, Ont., where he specializes in UN peace operations   
                                                                      (519) 702-9991 (mobile)
Fergus Watt, WFM-C Executive Director,         (613) 232-0647 

World Federalist Movement-Canada BACKGROUNDER

'We the Peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war......'
                         - Charter of the United Nations, signed June 26 1945
In 2002, the UN General Assembly designated 29 May as the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in United Nations peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage, and to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace since the first mission was authorized by the Security Council in 1948. Canada's Lester Pearson was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 for developing the early concepts of peacekeeping during the 1956 Suez crisis. These missions were characterized by interposition between armed forces, consent of the parties,  impartiality, and minimum use of force.  The UN has never had permanent standing peacekeeping forces. The United Nations Standby Arrangement System (UNSAS) comprises a growing list of personnel and resources that numerous governments have offered the UN on a conditional basis.  Peace operations changed significantly after the Cold War.  There have been many more missions, usually within states rather than between warring nations, and often conducted in co-ordination with regional and intergovernmental organizations.  The tasks have become more complex requiring additional civilian personnel for humanitarian assistance, electoral and human rights monitoring, demining, and institution building. According to the Human Security Report,  an unprecedented upsurge of international peace activism in the wake of the Cold War has led to substantial reductions of  war casualties.  Unfortunately not all peace efforts were successful.  Catastrophes like  Somalia, Rwanda, the Balkans and Darfur have underscored the UN's inability to protect all civilians from the scourge of war, "ethnic cleansing" and genocide. Responding to these tragic limitations, a Canadian-commissioned report published in 2001 titled 'Responsibility to Protect  (R2P)' argues that the international community must act when states fail to protect their populations from grave threats involving large scale loss of life.  This responsibility to protect begins with active measures of prevention, sanctions military intervention where unavoidable, and obligates nations to rebuild subsequently. As a followup to the Millennium +5 Summit in 2005, the U.N. agreed to create a Peacebuilding Commission responsible for addressing a critical gap within the UN and global system by providing a coordinated and integrated approach to post-conflict situations. At a time when the UN is revamping its institutional structures for peacekeeping and when demand for peacekeeping operations continues to grow, Canada has seen its contribution to UN Peacekeeping fall dramatically over the last ten years.  A current initiative is a call for the creation of a United Nations Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS), a group of 15,000 or more police, military and judicial experts, engineers, and relief professionals sent to areas in need of immediate attention. UNEPS would help in stabilization while countries iron out the longer-term details.