Sunday, July 10, 2011

Daily Digest July 9, 2011



Flotillas, then and now
My Job: Fearless Enforcement Of Competition In Canada
Spare the austerity, spoil the military

Will, Kate refresh the monarchy
Editorial: Pride and respect

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO (play / n e t o / nay-toh; French: Organisation du traité de l'Atlantique Nord (OTAN)), also called the (North) Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliancebased on the North Atlantic Treaty which was signed on 4 April 1949. The NATO headquarters are in Brussels, Belgium, [3] and the organization constitutes a system of collective defence whereby its member states agree to mutual defense in response to an attack by any external party.

The United States invoked NATO commitments following the September 11, 22001. Canada agreed to assume a combat role which ended this week. Other countries chose not to do so.

Canada is currently assuming a combat role in Libya BASED upon United Nations Resolution 1973 authorizing military action in Libya to protect civilians. 

Two questions arise:
Is the action being taken justified by the UN resolution, if not on what bases;
In what way does our involvement serve our national interest?

In my meandering across the internet I came across these videos which led me to raise this issue.

Should you decide to make comment videos of your choosing are most welcome.


From: HS Sims
Subject: Little Ice Age


The DD link to the article in the Guardian about the activist
scientist concerned about Climate Change. He, like Gore
is not using the term Global Warming.

There is concern in some quarters, yes there is climate change,
not warming but Global Cooling and possibly a Little Ice Age
due to reduced sun spot activity

A number of articles are available for those who believe global
warming is a hoax and reality is a means to tax the people more.


Hank, many thanks.

I look at ants building their sand houses on my driveway.

To me we are as they, unaware there are forces beyond
our ken, concentrating on us, now.

Most assuredly let us be assiduous in acting to preserve
and improve our impact on our environment - but for its
intrinsic value not out of what to me amounts in my mind


From; Geoffrey Laxton

Subject: What's worse is that Canadians keep falling for this over and over again.

 Dirty little election secrets

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: Freedom of speech in Canada???  But this is bad when China does it???
Canadian government demanded user data, Google reveals
Subject: Is this what we face with C36?  Democracy and private property--you gotta love it?
Does Michelle Obama Know About This?
Subject: The truth finally spoken in and about Canada?????
Flag upside down on Peace Tower

The Canadian flag was mistakenly being raised upside down over the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, July 8, 2011. (John Major/QMI Agency)

OTTAWA - For a moment, it looked like the Russians were coming.
The flag that flies atop the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill was flown upside down on Friday morning.
It took a minute for the rectangle to be righted and for calm to be restored.
Flying a flag upside down is an internationally recognized distress signal.
In this case the sergeant-at-arms, in charge of security on the Hill, assured QMI Agency that no invasion was imminent, and chalked it up to a public works mistake.
Subject: Knife control???

When will they admit that it is people that kill people, not inanimate objects???  There is a story this morning about a woman attacking someone with her high heels--should they also be banned???  Sadly, being a criminal is legal in Canada.  A weapon is anything used in an attack against another--banning them does nothing--but treating criminals according to their crime does.  If you are killed by a knife, a gun or a high heel you are dead--it is the act that is the crime, not the weapon.
'Edged weapon'--we just got new post office keys--they are grooved on both sides--does that make them an edged weapon distributed by Canada Post???


Knife law pitched to slash crime
Subject: Aging population not the main driver behind rising health care costs

Joe--Cotler wants his cake and eat it to??  We can criticize  israel but not make any suggestions how to put a stop to their genocide.  Just like him to talk out of both sides of his mouth.  He and his coalition to stop anti-semitism will tell us what we can say and can't say?  That is free speech??  He is concerned about the rise in 'anti-semitism' but doesn't equate that to the increasing violence of israel against Palestinians and their fomenting of uprisings around the world, including using Canadian passports to perpetrate their evil?  Will his group write a paper for all of us so we can refer to it when we speak the truth about israel and genocide?  Odd that it is ok for NATO etc to criticize and attack, bomb and kill because someone said or did something they disagree with but we are supposed to remain silent on israel's genocide of the innocent?  This creature makes me ill and to think that he is an MP in this country.  Sick!!!

As for seniors being the cause of rising health care costs--I guess it is easier to blame them than the jerks that are 'running' health care?  How many seniors benefitted from the eHealth fiasco?  How many seniors get the same pay and pensions that our elitist administrators of 'health care' get?  How many seniors are wined and dined at some of the most expensive establishments in Canada and around the world on the 'health care dime'?  I bet not many.  These people have paid into this system all their lives and now they are accused of overusing it?  No one mentions that those that have not paid a dime(immigrants) are getting free healthcare on the senior's dime.
I wish our controlling governments would get it right for a change.  They keep telling us that we are supposed to live healthy and exercise etc so we will live longer and then blame those who live longer for the problems.  I hear almost daily that health care is going to be in trouble because of the aging population--but no one explains why health care has been in trouble for years before we had more seniors.

Subject: From: The Natroses

Joe--what a phenomenal article from the Nantroses.  They speak the words of our history that Ottawa does not want known.  It does not suit their divide and conquer regime.  I will repeat--all dissention and poverty is associated with government.  They are our enemy.  They prevent the real history of Canada to be spoken.

From: Mahmood Elahi
To: <>
Subject: Royalty is a render for Canada and Australia of their British roots

The Editor
Ottawa Citizen
Royalty is a reminder for Canada and Australia of their British roots
Re "Fighting the dangerous creep of republicanism," by Dan Gardner (July 8).
After the British conquest of Canada in 1759, the colonial Governor Sir Guy Carleton thought Canada would always remain a French-speaking nation. "Europeans who migrate," he asserted, "will never prefer the long inhospitable winter of Canada to the more cheerful climate and more fruitful soil of His Majesty's southern provinces. So, barring tragedy shocking to think of, this country must, to the end of time, be peopled by the French-Canadian race." This was not to be. Within a decade and half, came a crowd of American royalists fleeing from revolutionary upheavals in their own country. They were North America's first political refugees who fled to Canada to escape persecution in the hands of Patriots for their loyalty to the crown.
Influx of New England royalists, known as the United Empire Loyalists, signalled the transformation of Canada. It could no longer be contended that Canada would remain French to the end of time. A substantial and growing population of Anglo-American stock had been planted in Quebec and areas next to it what was to become Ontario, triggering a process in which the francophones became a minority in a country founded by them.
As such, Canada is not just another former British colony like India. It was transformed by the Loyaltists who left the "land of brave and free" to retain their loyalty to the crown. It can be argued that if the Americans didn't revolt and the Loyalists stayed home, subsequent British immigration would have gone to "His Majesty's southern provinces," and Canada would have remained French and Sir Carleton's prognosis would have become a reality. Royalty serves as a reminder to new Canadians of Canada's historical roots. Dan Gardner is absolutely right when he says: "But creeping republicanism promotes ignorance of our history, heritage and constitution."
Recently, I visited Australia on my return from a month-long visit to China. The plane from Shanghai to Sydney was full with Chinese-Australians returning after visiting the mother country. The Sydney airport was also full with the Chinese, even many immigration officials were Chinese. I told my wife: "It seems that we never left Shanghai." During my visit, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got married and their wedding received rapt attention of  Australians, provoking some caustic comments from the republicans that it is time Australia grow up from its colonial mentality. But with China's industrial, financial and cultural might overshadows Australia, the monarchy serves as an equally important reminder to new Australians of Australia's British roots. It serves as a continuity in a world of rapid change. I am sure that Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will receive an equally enthusiastic welcome when they visit Australia.

From: Dan Kahraman
To: <>,<>,<>, <>
Subject: Please let the Gaza Freedom Flotilla II Sail

Greece's decision to prevent the Freedom Flotilla II from sailing to Gaza is highly upsetting. The Flotilla boats contain only civilian cargo. The Flotilla passengers simply seek to peacefully challenge the unlawful siege of Gaza. Greece's obstruction is unjustifiable, and immoral. Please allow the Flotilla to sail immediately.
On Friday July 1 the Greek government announced that it was prohibiting the departure from Greek ports of any ships, Greek or foreign, for Gaza. The Canadian Boat to Gaza, the Tahrir Greek port authorities boarded the Tahrir Friday and seized its licence.

Canadian officials have not commented on the incident, although dozens of Canadians are aboard the Tahrir.

Freedom Flotilla II's aim is to peacefully challenge Israel's blockade of Gaza, which violates international law and inflicts grave hardship on Palestinians. Over the last 18 months, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has dramatically strengthened ties with Greece. Netanyahu recently implored European leaders to provide financial aid to Greece. Greece is currently rocked by a financial crisis and popular protests against Papandreou's proposed austerity measures to deal with it. Greece's decision to prevent ships from leaving Greek ports for Gaza may be an indication that the Greek PM is reciprocating Netanyahu's gesture.

The organizers of the Canadian Boat to Gaza stated late Friday that their vessel was now blockaded in Greece. "We have been unjustly and duplicitously treated." said Irene MacInnes of the Boat's organizing committee, in an online statement. "Israel has in effect extended the illegal blockade of Gaza to Greek ports, using the Greece's economic difficulties to influence the government's position," added David Heap, another member of the boat's organizing committee.
Daniel Kahraman
Courtice, Ontario

Subject: Copy of Letter from the proprietor of The National Capital News Canada - Le journal de la capitale canadienne est. 1982
              to MP Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada.
From: "Robert G. Gauthier/The National Capital News Canada" <>

Hello, Joe,
Perhaps some of your readers may be interested in the most recent "literary"-salvo to restore freedom of expression equally in Canada.
(Literary - some may rightly challenge my use or misuse of this word - given my literary limitations.)
There is a lot of criticism going around in the Canadian Media about the failings in other countries. These Canadian pundits and Government of Canada Officials must not be deluded into thinking Canada's violation of the fundamental right of freedom of expression has gone unnoticed abroad, It is time to adhere to the rule of law in Canada and stop the embarrassing hypocrisy and self-righteous pontificating in the Canadian Media (except of course the Daily Digest and its readers).
The Fundamental Right of Freedom of Expression, the right to seek, receive and impart information is the very foundation of democracy and without it the rule of law cannot thrive.
Concerned Canadians try to keep up with events worldwide but, as is happening in Canada in the absence of freedom of expression (see below), distortions of information are inevitable. As long as the state can control, limit and otherwise interfere with access to information as is currently happening with the clique of journalists and their employers who have been granted exclusive access to the parliamentary press gallery facilities provided by the House of Commons, Canadians will continue to be deprived of an objective presentation of facts.
I know the following information is quite long, but trying to have the Parliament, led by the Speaker and the Minister of Justice comply with the legitimate decision of a recognized international tribunal requires persistence, patience and determination.
The mantra of officials in the government seems to be: "If we wait long enough, he'll go away."
Unfortunately for them, this is countered by my mantra is: "If you don't complain, you'll get more of the same."
So the following letter is to inform the government officials that, in Canada, it is the rule to comply with decisions of recognized courts and tribunals, promptly, in fairness to Canadian citizens.

It is fine to take an interest in the problems in foreign countries, but it is futile if we cannot even get our own Parliamentarians to follow the law.
I think some of your readers may be interested in the following material, including the UN Human Rights Committee's finding of the violation of freedom of expression (Article 19, as it is known all over the world except in Canada) and the slow process toward the inevitable concession by the Parliament of Canada that it must obey our law.
We cannot continue to preach the rule of law to other countries while our own Parliament/Government officials persist in violating it within Canada with disregard and contempt for the provisions in the Canadian Constitution.
All the best,
Bob Gauthier,

---- Original Message ----
From: Robert G. Gauthier/The National Capital News Canada <>
Sent: Thu, Jul 7, 2011 10:37 am
Subject: Copy of Letter from the proprietor of The National Capital News Canada - Le journal de la capitale canadienne est. 1982 to MP Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada.

To the Editors,
The Ottawa Citizen, The Globe and Mail, Maclean's Magazine, The National  Post (published on front page June 1999), Sun Media, The Times in U.K., The Times-Colonist, The Toronto Star (The only publisher to resist attempts to regulate newspapers in Canada at the Senate hearings on the media), The Kingston Whig-Standard (Kingston and the Islands, the riding of former Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken), with copies to Ms Elizabeth May, MP, House of Commons,and to Ms Heather Bradley, Director of Communications,
Office of the Speaker of the House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa
July 7, 2011
Re: Copy of Letter from the proprietor of The National Capital News Canada - Le journal de la capitale canadienne est. 1982 to MP Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada.
The letter below was sent today to MP Elizabeth May whose fundamental rights of freedom of expression and to participate in the political process on equal terms in Canada were violated in denying her participation in the nationally televised debates with leaders of the other parties. No other leader came to her defence - to acquiesce is to consent - and Canadians now have a government led by leaders who will not defend fundamental rights of Canadians and the rule of law in Canada.
All of this occurred as the mainstream media aided and abetted, ignored this public embarrassment that was not overlooked in other countries where people are killing each other for these hard-earned freedoms that are being trampled with impunity as Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Jack Layton, Leader of the Official Opposition, and the other leaders followed the historical precedent set by Pontius Pilate two thousand years ago.
Today, Canadian political leaders cannot be excused so readily and democratic values will be defended and preserved in Canada. The sacrifices made from Magna Carta, Bill of Right 1689 up to World War II and more will not be allowed to be trivialized by Canadian public officials without challenge within the law and the rule of law in Canada.
Robert G. Gauthier, .  

From: The Natroses

Just a few more lines on Monsanto, the  Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and rural resources.

"But I was shocked by his abusive, insulting, disrespectful address. He spoke loudly and rudely, telling us present that we should go home and scrub with bleach. He then uttered a veiled warning, threatening and hinting at what was going to happen to us after he was elected.

It is [as] though we were suddenly transported from the safety of that sanctuary into a street gathering in Nazi Germany to be threatened by a Brown Shirt or an SS Officer.

Frankly, I was frightened.

I am nearly 70 years old; and like many Canadians, I have lived through a lot. But never in my life have I ever heard anything so threatening and upsetting as I heard coming out of this man's mouth.

Is he indicative of what we can expect from the Progressive Conservatives[?]

(The PC Party) if they win this riding in the next election? Do we have to fear that we might be rounded up and herded off to jail to some torture camp by the PC Government for having attended an information forum such as this one?
Do we have to worry about possible retribution from the Harper Government if we sign a petition saying we are against CETA?"
The meetings held to explain CETA and the implications for Canadians, across Canada, the media as well as the politicians are strangely silent about it.  The Harper government is selling off Canada in bits and pieces in much the same way, as Monsanto was welcome in both arms to destroy our farms, as well as the chemically-laced food we are digesting each and every day.  And from the media, apparently no one is complaining. Well, how could we complain when threats and civil suits are launch against the individual, and if not that, large fines are imposed via through the rules and regulatory regime.
"When we were sued my wife and I immediately realized that 50 years of research and development on our pure canola seed that was suitable and adaptable to certain conditions on the Prairies, climatic and soil conditions and especially diseases that we had in canola, could now be contaminated. We said to Monsanto at the time, "Look, if you have any of your GMOs in our pure canola seed you are liable for the destruction of our property and our pure seed." So, we stood up to them."
Video portions: Called Percy Schmeiser - David versus Monsanto pt 4 of 5
In 1939, the Time Magazine and others were questioning Monsanto and their tactics. "Edgar  Monsanto Queeny is president of $61,000,000 Monsanto Chemical Co.. which his father founded in 1901 on an original investment of $5,000. Monsanto is a family name (President Queeny's mother's), but Monsanto Chemical is not a tightly-owned family business. This week the Company's house journal devoted 39 pages to a survey showing that thousands own, millions have an interest in the business.",9171,760723,00.html#ixzz1ReCHhFoH
The next link, has a complete history of the company, that seems to follow the same kind of tactics, the connections between governments and them.
"Top 10 Facts YOU Should Know About Monsanto
  1. No GMO Labeling Laws in the USA!
  2. Lack of Adequate FDA / USDA Safety Testing
  3. Monsanto Puts Small Farmers out of Business
  4. Farmer Suicides After GMO Crop Failures
  5. Monsanto Products Pollute the Developing World
  6. 500,000 Agent Orange Babies
  7. Monsanto Blocking Government Regulations
  8. Monsanto Guilty of False Advertising & Scientific FRAUD
  9. Consumers Reject Bovine Growth Hormone rBGH in Milk
  10. GMO Crops Do NOT Increase Yields
  11. Monsanto Controls U.S. Soy Market
  12. Monsanto's GMO Foods Cause NEW Food Allergies
On Frog TV,  The Story of a Frog, His Mutation and Your Health
My favourite is Superweed, and I bet there is superweeds in everybody's back yard. and that can be blame on Monsanto. Not even the old fashioned way of using vinegar will destroy this weed, but a good blow torch will do the job.
What makes me wonder, what is the connection between the changes that the Harper government wants done at the Wheat Board and Monsanto? I bet Monsanto is leading the charge, because it would help to ensure that GMO wheat on everybody's plate, except for Canadians who could afford to buy their bread free of GMO from European bakeries at twice the price since the advent of the new CETA agreement. Doesn't anyone wonder why, the EU wants nothing from our food resources, except for the fish off the coast of NL. What is Canada trading our fish for?  Good question, and here is one reason. "Suppose you were a member of the Canadian Widget Makers Union. Your company tried to export widgets to Country X but couldn't penetrate the market because of a 241-per-cent tariff. Chances are, you, the company and the CWMU would scream blue murder at the blatant protectionism.

Or suppose you were a wheat farmer. You want to export to Country Y but discovered that your product faced a 292-per-cent tariff, effectively shutting you out of the market. It sounds implausible, even crazy, that anything like this could happen in today's world of trade agreements. But it does happen, right here in good old Canada. Welcome to supply management. "

Or perhaps, they are in cahoots to destroy farming as we know it, in Canada.

"This Agreement with the EU no small matter for farmers. The CETA, if implemented,

will, as much as the NAFTA or WTO, transform Canadian agriculture and farms. And

not for the better. The CETA will further intensify Canada's farm income crisis.

The CETA would mean many changes, but none would be more negative or sweeping

than its effect to extinguish farmers' rights to save and re-use seeds. Worse, the

Agreement would give farm-crushing enforcement powers to any corporation that

asserted a farmer had infringed the company's intellectual property rights (IPRs).

The CETA would require Canada to implement the "UPOV '91" version of Plant

Breeders' Rights (PBR). That version of UPOV (the International Convention for the

Protection of New Plant Varieties) would virtually eliminate farmers' rights to save,

reuse, and sell seed. (Intellectual Property chapter, page 249.)"

Or this is another way of looking at it: "The Canadian government is currently negotiating an agreement with the European Union (EU), called the

Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement
or CETA for short. CETA is the farthest

reaching trade agreement Canada has ever negotiated. For the first time, an international trade agreement

reaches beyond the federal level and into provincial, territorial and municipal jurisdictions, giving corporations

more access and control over governments and government entities than ever before. CETA has deeply

negative implications for the future of our family farms, our rural communities and our democracy.

CETA is good for corporations and bad for Canadians"

Now, the kicker is the Canada Wheat Board represents a safety net for wheat farmers, especially for the small wheat farmers with acreage under 500 acres. All safety nets have to be removed, so the big corporate bad guys can move in, buying up farm land, much the same way as Highland has in Ontario. "An American hedge fund is about to break ground on a massive mining project that could poison a million people's drinking water and the headwaters for five major rivers, would create an open pit deeper than Niagara Falls and decimate thousands of acres of lush farmland -- and we have 4 days to stop them.

For years, Highland Companies deceived residents, posing as a potato farming company and quietly buying up thousands of acres of land from local farmers. Then, it was suddenly revealed that the massive plot of farmland would be converted into a limestone quarry -- a 2300 acre pit so deep it would seriously interfere with the ground water system in the region. But, in order to start digging, Highland must win approval from Minister of Natural Resources Linda Jeffrey."

Control of all aspects of life, including property rights. One day not in the far off future, but in the near-future property owners might be paying Monsanto the right to have a bit of grass on your yard, or paying a yearly fee for the wood that is presently inside your home. And some would be thrown in jail, for non-compliance.