Monday, September 12, 2011

Daily Digest September 12, 2011


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.
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From: "Jim Calvert"
Subject: RE: NATO in Libya: what's true, what's not.

Here we go again...

"Main Stream Media continues towing the line with NATO."

So where are they towing it to?

Is it far?

I hope they don't trip and stub their TOE on the way!!!!!!

The phrase "toe the line" refers to standing literally at attention with your toes on a designated line. This often is a punishment.

I guess the mainstream media might be towing a line somewhere but I really don't see why they would.

Jim Calvert
Parry Sound Muskoka

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. . . first of all thanks for your post.

The NATO reality is all that's left is catching Gadaffi and turning him over for trial, capturing several loyalist towns and the Transitional National Council with the billions of currency received, should the United Nation's agree, will set all right, frame a constitution, hold elections and institute democratic government. All this being accomplished due to NATO acting to protect civilians.

The alternate reality is there is fighting among the anti-Gadaffi forces, the THC does not control the military who have accomplished no gains without NATO airpower, that the Ghadaffi  loyalists are mounting attacks and raising among the general population that NATO countries are obtaining from the THC agreements regarding petroleum production. None of which Canadians hear about.

The answer to why the MSM do so? a subject for another discourse.

        Joe

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From: Ray Strachan
Subject: Trying to understand this.

Joe
 
I am not a farmer but my interest in a farming question prompts me to ask a farming question.
 
Was listening to the Business News Network few moments ago.
 
Apparently there was a recent poll of farmers for or against The Federal Govts. promise to get rid of The Canadian Wheat Board. Of those polled,
 
62% of wheat farmers want to keep it.
 
51% of barley farmers want to keep it.
 
The Federal Govt. spokesperson said ,they were going to get rid of it no matter the vote percentages.
 
When the commentator ask the question,who would benefit most  by getting rid of The Board? The answer was,the large conglomerates ie Cargill, ,Viterra   etc etc ...,including American Grain Firms.
 
Was wondering if The D.D contributors would be interested in this question,from a practical,not just political point of view.

Ray, Thanks for the request.  I hope it will be taken up.
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From: Steve Campbell
Subject: 100,000's Of East European Women Sold For Sex: The Natashas - The New Global Sex Trade From Stephen Henighan
http://www.rense.com/general43/sex.htm

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: DD

Joe--American corporations buy our companies and either ship the jobs to the US or off shore.  Check up on US Steel--formerly Stelco!
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/the-law-page/us-steel-appeals-court-ruling-in-stelco-case/article1623498/

U.S. Steel appeals court ruling in Stelco case

Anyone who can think outside the political mantra knows that our country is fast becoming a pawn of the US. 
Of course, in our 'democracy' we are not consulted about the removal of our sovereignty--we are told 'that we may lose sovereignty but it is good for the economy'--Harper's words.  We already know that we have no personal privacy in Canada.  Don't forget Lougheed Martin processed our long form census.  They process our Credit Card bills, and BC has sent their health records to the US to be processed.

http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:r_3--CM0St4J:blog.surveymonkey.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/various-Canadians-have-made-similar-points.pdf+BC+health+records+processed+in+the+US&hl=en&gl=ca&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESgiWcdR6MmeTCF3zA54Z5WmJ_V3OWisKynO1-o8tfhj6Qc4oU5nfZPMnUUDmKmqprchf_BvtlZwpAZ9DXsybLXEqyXDWYokEiKS8v3XMgkZB0KQOchF3RjdZgDydUwt8X6H_jIQ&sig=AHIEtbSgOZ3TpCGRS8GcRPNdP5XQqpaTJw

LEGAL RESTRICTIONS ON TRANSBORDER DATA FLOWS
TO PREVENT GOVERNMENT ACCESS TO PERSONAL DATA:
LESSONS FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA

What scares me about Harper et al allowing the US control of Canada is that it is already a fait accompli--so they are no longer worried about us knowing about it. 
We have been living in a dream world and are about to get kicked awake--but it is too late to do anything about it.  And it is not just Harper--the Liberals were doing the same thing.  Harper has just advanced the situation--and not in our favour.  Until we realize that it doesn't matter who we elect because they are all controlled by the same evil nothing will change. 
becky

Becky, take a look ar this that's in the hands of the Utah and probably 49 other States and the U.S. Feds since they've been stopping people from going across the border using it.  Sound for criminals - not so for . Do others who aren't but end up on police records. I suppose under harmonization we have all their records to, d'ya think?

STATE OF UTAH
BUREAU OF CRIMINAL IDENTIFICATION
http://dpsemployees.utah.gov/TAC/TACManuals/BCI/NLETS_Canada.pdf

TABLE OF CONTENTS
TABLE OF CONTENTS ............................................................................................................................ 2
CANADIAN NLETS INFORMATION ................................................................................................................ 2
USAGE POLICY FOR CANADIAN INFORMATION ........................................................................................... 2
TYPES OF INFORMATION AVAILABLE ........................................................................................................... 3
OFF-LINE SEARCHES - CANADA ..................................................................................................................... 3
General Information ................................................................................................................................................. 3
Off-Line Search Priority Levels .................................................................................................................................. 4
Urgent .................................................................................................................................................................. 4
Routine ................................................................................................................................................................. 4
Off-Line Search Procedures ...................................................................................................................................... 4
CANADIAN MANUAL INTERVENTION POLICIES ........................................................................................... 5
GENERAL RULES – COMMUNICATING WITH CANADA ................................................................................ 5
Canadian Addressing Codes ..................................................................................................................................... 5
Message Size ............................................................................................................................................................ 6
Reason Code ............................................................................................................................................................. 6
Purpose Code ............................................................................................................................................................ 7
Person/Property in Sight .......................................................................................................................................... 7
Error Messages ......................................................................................................................................................... 7
Status Messages ....................................................................................................................................................... 7
CANADIAN WANTED / MISSING PERSON FILE - WQ .................................................................................... 9
TYPES OF PERSON INFORMATION AVAILABLE .......................................................................................... 10
REQUEST ON A WANTED/MISSING PERSON .............................................................................................. 11
WR - Response on Person File ................................................................................................................................ 13
INQUIRING ON A CANADIAN LICENSE PLATE OR VIN ................................................................................ 16
VR/XR – Response on Vehicle Registration File ...................................................................................................... 18
UQ - REQUEST ON DRIVERS LICENSE FILE .................................................................................................. 20
Automated Response ............................................................................................................................................. 22
UR/WR – Response on Drivers License File ............................................................................................................ 22
CANADIAN STOLEN VEHICLE INQUIRY ....................................................................................................... 24
Types of Canadian Vehicle Information Available .................................................................................................. 25
VQ – CANADIAN STOLEN VEHICLE INQUIRY .............................................................................................. 26
VR – Response on Stolen Canadian Vehicle File ..................................................................................................... 27
CANADIAN ARTICLE FILE ............................................................................................................................. 30
TYPES OF CANADIAN ARTICLE INFORMATION AVAILABLE ....................................................................... 30
Article Type Codes .................................................................................................................................................. 31
CANADIAN STOLEN ARTICLE INQUIRY ........................................................................................................ 32
CAR - Response on Article File ................................................................................................................................ 33
CGQ - REQUEST ON GUN FILE ..................................................................................................................... 36
TYPES OF GUN INFORMATION AVAILABLE ................................................................................................ 36
GUN TYPE CODES ........................................................................................................................................ 36
CANADIAN GUN INQUIRIES ........................................................................................................................ 37
CGR – Response on Gun File ................................................................................................................................... 38
CANADIAN SECURITIES INQUIRIES ............................................................................................................. 41
CSQ - REQUEST ON SECURITIES FILE ........................................................................................................... 42
TYPES OF SECURITIES INFORMATION AVAILABLE ..................................................................................... 43
SECURITIES TYPE CODES ............................................................................................................................. 43
CSR – Response on Securities ................................................................................................................................. 44
CANADIAN BOAT INQUIRIES ....................................................................................................................... 46
CBQ - REQUEST ON BOAT FILE .................................................................................................................... 47
TYPES OF BOAT INFORMATION AVAILABLE ............................................................................................... 48
CBR – Response on Boat File .................................................................................................................................. 48
CANADIAN CRIMINAL HISTORY .................................................................................................................. 51
CRIMINAL NAME INDEX - CIQ ..................................................................................................................... 51
CANADIAN CRIMINAL NAME INDEX INQUIRIES ......................................................................................... 52
IR – Criminal Name Index Response ....................................................................................................................... 53
Positive Response ............................................................................................................................................... 54
FULL CRIMINAL RECORD INQUIRY (CFQ) .................................................................................................... 55
FR – Full Criminal Record Response ........................................................................................................................ 57
Interim Message ................................................................................................................................................. 57
Criminal Record .................................................................................................................................................. 57
NON-RETRIEVABLE CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD ...................................................................................... 57
SUPPLEMENTAL CRIMINAL HISTORY INQUIRY & RESPONSE .................................................................... 58
CANADIAN AM - ADMINISTRATIVE MESSAGE ........................................................................................... 60
GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE MESSAGE ....................................................................................................... 60
ACCESS NON-AUTOMATED DRIVER LICENSE INFORMATION ................................................................... 60
ORI TABLES .................................................................................................................................................. 62HELP FILES .................................................................................................................................................... 64

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Delta aircrewperson's letter from Gander, NF., re 9/11
"What the campaign is all about (visit Liberal website)"
"Happy retirement, Justices Binnie and Charron"
Jim Flaherty: The master of stealth austerity
Second McGirr/St.Pauls campaign event rates a mention
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Delta aircrewperson's letter from Gander, NF., re 9/11
     
Tribute from afar, email from an American crew member aboard a Delta  airlines flight diverted to Newfoundland on September 11th,
about  the  whole experience, and the response of the plane passengers, a  must-read -- Private Email;

September 28, 2001First-person account of September 11 - 14th experience from a Delta flight-crew member who stayed in Gander -- as sent to HFLA-PC Bluelink News from a reader in Virginia~ via email  We were about 5 hours out of Frankfurt flying over the North Atlantic and I was in my crew rest seat taking my scheduled rest break.  All of a sudden the curtains parted violently and I was told to go to the cockpit, right now, to see the captain.As soon as I got there I noticed that the crew had one of those "All Business" looks on their faces.  The captain handed me a printed message.  I quickly read the message and realized the importance of it.  The message was from Atlanta, addressed to our flight, and simply said, "All airways over the Continental U.S. are closed.  Land ASAP at the nearest airport, advise your destination."Now, when a dispatcher tells you to land immediately without suggesting which airport, one can assume that the dispatcher has reluctantly given up control of the flight to the captain.  We knew it was a serious situation and we needed to find terra firma quickly.  It was quickly decided that the nearest airport was 400 miles away, behind our right shoulder, in Gander, on the island of Newfoundland.A quick request was made to the Canadian traffic controller and a right turn, directly to Gander, was approved immediately.  We found out later why there was no hesitation by the Canadian controller approving our request.  We, the in-flight crew, were told to get the airplane ready for an immediate landing.While this was going on another message arrived from Atlanta telling us about some terrorist activity in the New York area.  We briefed the in-flight crew about going to Gander and we went about our business 'closing down' the airplane for a landing.  A few minutes later I went back to the cockpit to find out that some airplanes had been hijacked and were being flown into buildings all over the U.S.  We decided to make an announcement and LIE to the passengers for the time being.  We told them that an instrument problem had arisen on the airplane and that we needed to land at Gander, to have it checked.  We promised to give more information after landing in Gander.There were many unhappy passengers but that is par for the course.  We landed in Gander about 40 minutes after the start of this episode.  There were already about 20 other airplanes on the ground from all over the world.  After we parked on the ramp the captain made the following announcement.  "Ladies and gentlemen, you must be wondering if all these airplanes around us have the same instrument problem as we have.  But the reality is that we are here for a good reason."  Then he went on to explain the little bit we knew about the situation in the U.S.  There were loud gasps and stares of disbelief.Local time at Gander was 12:30 p.m. (11:00 a.m. EST).  Gander control told us to stay put.  No one was allowed to get off the aircraft.  No one on the ground was allowed to come near the aircraft.  Only a car from the airport police would come around once in a while, look us over and go on to the next airplane.  In the next hour or so all the airways over the North Atlantic were vacated and Gander alone ended up with 53 airplanes from all over the world, out of which 27 were flying US flags.  We were told that each and every plane was to be offloaded, one at a time, with the foreign carriers given the priority.  We were No. 14 in the U.S.  category.  We were further told that we would be given a tentative time to de-plane at 6 p.m.Meanwhile bits of news started to come in over the aircraft radio and for the first time we learned that airplanes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York and into the Pentagon in D.C.  People were trying to use their cell phones but were unable to connect due to a different cell system in Canada.  Some did get through but were only able to get to the Canadian operator who would tell them that the lines to the US were either blocked or jammed and to try again.  Some time late in the evening the news filtered to us that the World Trade Center buildings had collapsed and that a fourth hijacking had resulted in a crash.Now the passengers were totally bewildered and emotionally exhausted but stayed calm as we kept reminding them to look around to see that we were not the only ones in this predicament.  There were 52 other planes with people on them in the same situation.  We also told them that the Canadian Government was in charge and we were at their mercy.  True to their word, at 6 p.m., Gander airport told us that our turn to de-plane would come at 11 a.m., the next morning.  That took the last wind out of the passengers and they simply resigned and accepted this news without much noise and really started to get into a mode of spending the night on the airplane.  Gander had promised us any and all medical attention if needed; medicine, water, and lavatory servicing.  And they were true to their word.  Fortunately we had no medical situation during the night.  We did have a young lady who was 33 weeks into her pregnancy.  We took REALLY good care of her.The night passed without any further complications on our airplane despite the uncomfortable sleeping arrangements.  About 10:30 on the morning of the 12th we were told to get ready to leave the aircraft.  A convoy of school buses showed up at the side of the airplane, the stairway was hooked up and the passengers were taken to the terminal for "processing."  We, the crew, were taken to the same terminal but were told to go to a different section, where we were processed through Immigration and customs and then had to register with the Red Cross.  After that we were isolated from our passengers and were taken in a caravan of vans to a very small hotel in the town of Gander.We had no idea where our passengers were going.  The town of Gander has a population of 10,400 people.  Red Cross told us that they were going to process about 10,500 passengers from all the airplanes that were forced into Gander.  We were told to just relax at the hotel and wait for a call to go back to the airport, but not to expect that call for a while.We found out the total scope of the terror back home only after getting to our hotel and turning on the TV, 24 hours after it all started.  Meanwhile we enjoyed ourselves going around town discovering things and enjoying the hospitality.  The people were so friendly and they just knew that we were the "Plane people." We all had a great time until we got that call, 2 days later, on the 14th at 7 a.m.  We made it to the airport by 8:30 a.m. and left for Atlanta at 12:30 p.m.  arriving in Atlanta at about 4:30 p.m.  (Gander is 1 hour and 30 minutes ahead of EST, yes! 1 hour and 30 minutes.)  But that's not what I wanted to tell you.What passengers told us was so uplifting and incredible and the timing couldn't have been better.  We found out that Gander and the surrounding small communities, within a 75 Kilometer radius, had closed all the high schools, meeting halls, lodges, and any other large gathering places.  They converted all these facilities to a mass lodging area.  Some had cots set up, some had mats with sleeping bags and pillows set up.  ALL the high school students HAD to volunteer taking care of the "GUESTS."Our 218 passengers ended up in a town called Lewisporte, about 45 kilometers from Gander.  There they were put in a high school.  If any women wanted to be in a women-only facility, that was arranged.  Families were kept together.  All the elderly passengers were given no choice and were taken to private homes.  Remember that young pregnant lady, she was put up in a private home right across the street from a 24-hour Urgent Care type facility.  There were DDS on call and they had both male and female nurses available and stayed with the crowd for the duration.  Phone calls and emails to U.S. and Europe were available for every one once a day.During the days the passengers were given a choice of "Excursion" trips.  Some people went on boat cruises of the lakes and harbors.  Some went to see the local forests.  Local bakeries stayed open to make fresh bread for the guests.  Food was prepared by all the residents and brought to the school for those who elected to stay put.  Others were driven to the eatery of their choice and fed.  They were given tokens to go to the local Laundromat to wash their clothes, since their luggage was still on the aircraft.In other words every single need was met for those unfortunate travelers.  Passengers were crying while telling us these stories.  After all that, they were delivered to the airport right on time and without a single one missing or late.  All because the local Red Cross had all the information about the goings on back at Gander and knew which group needed to leave for the airport at what time.  Absolutely incredible.  When passengers came on board, it was like they had been on a cruise.  Everybody knew everybody else by their name.  They were swapping stories of their stay, impressing each other with who had the better time.  It was mind-boggling.Our flight back to Atlanta looked like a party flight.  We simply stayed out of their way.  The passengers had totally bonded and they were calling each other by their first names, exchanging phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses.  And then a strange thing happened.  One of our business class passengers approached me and asked if he could speak over the PA to his fellow passengers.  We never, never, allow that.  But something told me to get out of his way.  I said "of course." The gentleman picked up the PA and reminded everyone about what they had just gone through in the last few days.  He reminded them of the hospitality they had received at the hands of total strangers.  He further stated that he would like to do something in return for the good folks of the town of Lewisporte.  He said he was going to set up a Trust Fund under the name of DELTA 15 (our flight number).The purpose of the trust fund is to provide a scholarship for high school student(s) of Lewisporte to help them go to college.  He asked for donations of any amount from his fellow travelers.  When the paper with donations got back to us with the amounts, names, phone numbers and addresses, it totalled to $14.5K or about $20K Canadian.The gentleman who started all this turned out to be an MD from Virginia.  He promised to match the donations and to start the administrative work on the scholarship.  He also said that he would forward this proposal to Delta Corporate and ask them to donate as well.  Why, all of this?  Just because some people in far away places were kind to some strangers, who happened to literally drop in among them?  WHY NOT?-30-

What the Ontario campaign is all about (visit the Liberal website)

If you are looking for confirmation of the kind of local campaign you are about to witness in Parkdale-High Park, then I suggest you follow this link http://bit.ly/rs6CHt to the campaign website of our Liberal opponent.
 
Under the headline: "Cortney Pasternak Campaign Code of Conduct" you will find a list of non sequiturs that tells the reader the Pasternak Liberal team will not tear down or deface NDP and PC signs, abuse our workers, and always, always follow Elections Ontario rules. (Yes, I know this is all standard fare found in every training, E-Day, and phone canvas kit you've been compelled to read, but Liberals have to be reminded).
 
It also states that: "No misleading information or untruths shall be spread about the other candidates" ..... Please look to the right side of the page and the postings under Related News. The first article is about a fictional August 12th 'emergency' meeting at which our leader and nominated candidates attempt to mend a faltering campaign. The second headline reads: "Hudak & Horwath Form Job-Killing Partnership". (Oh, to be the fly on that wall).
 
I could go on .... But I simply invite you to recall what happened here in Parkdale-High Park in the 2006 by-election campaign - one marked by the most outrageous targeted slurs I have ever witnessed - undertaken by a sitting government (see http://bit.ly/pn5CtO if you need a nudge).
 
As to this election, you are aware that the largest third-party campaign ever mounted in an Ontario election is about to be unrolled, in aid of the Liberals. Yes, I'm talking about the Working Families union coalition. However, they are not alone, there are others. For example, the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario will field a campaign called "Vote Against Kids" (sic), and the many vested interests who have benefitted from the Green Energy Act are going to tell you over and over again that PCs are the source of every natural scourge that Mother Earth has to contend with. Together, these campaigns - without the oversight of Elections Ontario - will outspend us. (The English Catholic teachers' federation alone has committed over $3.5 million to advertising).
 
Well, they have told you what they think this election is about. Allow me to suggest to you what Tim Hudak, Joe Ganetakos and our other 105 nominated PC candidates believe our campaign is about. Honesty. We don't need a Campaign Code of Conduct to tell folks we honestly believe that they've been hit with too many taxes, high energy costs, not enough jobs, and a provincial debt that could potentially destroy our social safety net.
 
There you have it. Progressive Conservatives are the Party of Ontario. We are responsible for the most significant accomplishments of the 20th Century. Those community colleges that just went out on strike? Bill Davis started them. The electricity generating system McGuinty claims as his own is the result of the imagination and effort of a long line of Tories from Sir Adam Beck to Darcy McKeough. And Robarts introduced OHIP (not Douglas).

We just have to go out and tell the people that. Please join us. The campaign office is at 1727 Bloor Street West.  With warmest regards, Marshall Leslie,  President, Parkdale-High Park Ontario Progressive Conservative Assoc., 30 Elora Road, Toronto, ON M6P 3H6
phone: 416-766-7873  Campaign 2011 URL: www.VoteJoe2011.ca

"Happy retirement, Justices Binnie and Charron"

"Mr. Justice Binnie has served on the Supreme Court of Canada for 13 years and Mme. Justice Charron has served 7. Although both are eligible to serve until they turn 75, they have decided to retire today ­ Mr. Justice Binnie at the age of 72 and Mme. Justice Charron at the age of 60.
 
Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be appointing two new justices to fill these vacancies. Along with Mr. Justice Rothstein and Mr. Justice Cromwell, he will then have appointed 4 of the 9 judges. Mr. Justice Fish will turn 75 in 2013 and Mr. Justice Lebel in 2014 so by the time of the next election, Prime Minister Harper will have appointed 6 of the 9 judges."
 
Gord Elliott, Alberta Member Representative, National Council, Conservative Party of Canada

     Your publisher is of the view that the Canadian Supreme Court is no friend of the common man by its pattern of decisions built around a weird doctrine of "effective representation". This legalizes distortion of the well understood principle of one person one vote, by factoring in a near dozen, much more subjective, additional considerations.
       In practice this has tended to give additional weighting to rural residents, leaving the 23 Toronto city residents, for example, in ridings averaging 13% more voters than the national average.
     Our "Supremes", as I seek to de-myth them,  have upheld population variances across the mean of  plus or minus 25%, while in the U.S. the variances are typically less than 5% and in Britain currently the coalition government is re-structuring populations to variances of 5%.
        Narrowing Canadian electoral district population variances is largely within the control of the provincial re-districting commissions following the decennial censuses. I hope our news media will ask themselves, and then the prime minister and then prospective supreme court candidates how they compare the importance of numeric populations to the other, more subjective factors, and the most central consideration of spreads between riding populations.
 
Jim Flaherty: The master of stealth austerity

Neil Reynolds, From Wednesday's Globe and Mail, Last updated Tuesday, Sep. 06, 2011 7:14PM EDT
The IMF called on the weekend for the United States and Europe to abandon austerity ­ even before they had begun to practise it. Interesting.

Used to describe fiscal restraint, austerity ­ you would think ­ means austere: A word (from Latin and Greek) that expresses sacrifice. Indeed austerity means an almost puritanical self-discipline. (One definition: "stringently moral.") Used to denote government restraint, however, austerity is a euphemism. It doesn't mean making do with less. It means making do with smaller degrees of more. Few countries ever reduce spending in real terms. Even in hard times, few even try.

Britain proclaims austerity, for example, but flagrantly practises inflation-plus spending. Britain hasn't experienced a single year of government austerity in more than 60 years ­ the market meltdown years of 2008 and 2009 included. In the past year, Britain's Conservative-Liberal coalition government has increased spending in real-dollar terms by 5.3 per cent: An act of public sector restraint so apparently harsh in its consequences that demonstrators have filled the streets of London to express their collective rage. By the government's projection, public sector spending in 2014 will exceed public sector spending in 2010 by £93.7-billion ($148-billion); new government borrowing in this same period will exceed £485.5-billion.

One of the few countries now practising austerity, however marginally, is ­ trumpets, please! ­ Canada. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has completed one year of real-dollar, per-capita austerity. He envisages four more. If he meets this target, Mr. Flaherty will achieve a remarkable accomplishment: five consecutive years of austerity.

More remarkable still, however, is this astonishing fact: Hardly anyone will have noticed. Call it austerity on the quiet. By making small, incremental spending cuts, here and there, hither and yon, Mr. Flaherty has provided the world with a good example of responsible restraint ­ without inciting mobs.

Mr. Flaherty appears to have mastered his difficult assignment: Rubbing his tummy and rubbing the hair on his head in different directions at the same time. On the one hand, his budgets will show nominal increases in national expenditure every year (averaging 2 per cent a year). This means that no one will ever find a minus sign in a Flaherty budget. This is smart. Opposition parties go berserk when they spot minus signs.

On the other hand, plus signs notwithstanding, Mr. Flaherty's budget will produce decreases in real-dollar, per-capita expenditure. You can calculate the decreases by taking last year's expenditure and adjusting it for population increase and for inflation. This population-plus-inflation formula ensures a fair and objective comparison of year-over-year spending.

In 2010-11, for example, Mr. Flaherty budgeted spending of $276.5-billion, an increase of $2.4-billion from spending of $274.1-billion the previous year. From the base year, (1) allow a 0.9 per cent increase in spending ($2.4-billion) for population increase; and (2) allow a 1.7 per cent increase ($4.6-billion) for inflation. Thus, Mr. Flaherty's austerity-compatible limit for the coming year would be: $274.1-billion plus $2.4-billion plus $4.6-billion: or $281.1-billion. In fact, Mr. Flaherty actually budgeted $276.5-billion ­ for an austerity saving of $4.6-billion.

Every bit of honest-to-God austerity helps. In 2010-11, Mr. Flaherty produced a (projected) austerity saving of $6.2-billion for a two-year austerity saving of more than $10-billion.

Mr. Flaherty's austerity program is an exercise in adroit economic management ­ rendered more remarkable by its modesty. No one is waving his arms in the air. No one is bragging. But it is by small, repeated acts of restraint that the government can restore public sector consumption from 34 per cent of GDP to 29 per cent ­ in a single parliament ­ to its pre-crisis level in an orderly way.

A couple of years ago, during the market meltdown, Mr. Flaherty looked ahead (in a year-end interview) to now ­ to 2011. Among other things, he anticipated the killing off of government programs that no longer serve a productive purpose. "We have hundreds and hundreds of programs that just trundle along, growing at 3 per cent or 4 per cent a year ­ ahead of the rate of inflation," he said. "It takes resolve to restrain this spending growth." Further, he said, "some programs should end."

It is in the nooks and crannies of government ­ in the "hundreds and hundreds" of them ­ that Mr. Flaherty will find targets for his program of austerity by stealth for years to come.

A second McGirr/St. Paul's campaign event rates mention
 
     Craig and Judy Jarvis opened their charming home on Dunloe recently for an evening reception for Progressive Conservative Christine McGirr's  campaign in  St. Paul's. Chritine spoke with quiet enthusiasm about the campaign support she is enjoying from a team approaching 200 residents, with almost 75% of the streets covered!
     Barbara and I, longtime Annex residents, enjoyed visiting in the Forest Hill portion of the riding. I was reminded of an electioneering insight from a Tory poll worker some years ago. He got across to me  powerfully that every time a friend, or a party member, or relative, or whomever, visits at the door of  a stranger with a pamphlet and a supportive word, it is a powerful endorsement of the candidate! More importantly it always will influence at least a few voters to support one, where they may have been undecided, or even negative, previously!
      Throwing a big or a small reception in one's home, or small apartment will have even more of the same favorable effect. Small apartments, where guests even sit on the floor, always serve well, because they say my candidate belongs in my home!

Regular media flow from D.V.W.'s Andrea Mandell-Campbell

As a once long-time resident of Don ValleyWest (and alderman for four year) I know the riding is perhaps the most winnable for our party of any of the T.O. 23! It so happens that our candidate there is the only one outside of St. Paul's who has chosen to forward weekly news releases to "-worm". about the campaign's progress. The one I quote here is a reminder that we can all vote right now if we call in to the right addresses in our districts:

News and Notes from the Campaign
This morning, Jason Kenney, Federal Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism joined Andrea to meet our great volunteers and join them on a canvass of Don Valley West.
- On Tuesday, Andrea was on Sun News Network to discuss her treatment at the hands of Dalton McGuinty's staff when she tried to attend the unveiling of the Liberal platform.
- The Toronto Star has named Don Valley West as one of the 'six ridings to watch' in the GTA for this provincial election.

The Polls are Open
Did you know you can vote for Andrea in the provincial election now!  
You can vote at the Returning Office until October 5th at 75 The Donway West, Suite 912.
Advanced Polls are open from September 21st to 30th. Locations and times vary - for more information, contact the campaign office at 416-384-1777 or Elections Ontario at 1-866-242-3021.
Come Join the Team  The election campaign is in full swing and we need your help! The race here in Don Valley West will be very close and we need all hands on deck!
Whether it is knocking on doors, making phone calls, installing lawn signs, working in the campaign office or volunteering on Election Day, your efforts will be essential to help put Andrea over the top and send her to Queen's Park on October 6th!

Please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Christine at volunteer@voteandrea.ca
We look forward to seeing you soon!

September 20th  Fundraising Reception  Come join us for a cocktail fundraising reception in support of Andrea's campaign here in Don Valley West! The special guest of the evening will be Senator Pamela Wallin. September 20th, 2011  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm  80 The Bridle Path
$300 per person (A tax receipt will be issued for the net contribution portion of the ticket)
For more information, contact the campaign office at 416-384-1777 or info@voteandrea.ca

Join the Campaign!  Donate  Volunteer  Take a Lawn Sign   Lawn signs are going up across the riding. Help us continue painting Don Valley West blue.  Order your sign today!

Doug Lowry reports on joint Tri-Spa/St. Paul's fund-raiser

      Trinity Spadina and St. Paul's riding associations had a joint fundraisers at the home of Nigel Wright., a local conservative living in the Annex area of Toronto.
Over 100 people attended and among the distinguished guests of a political nature were Senators Con DiNino, Irving Gerstein,  and Nancy Ruth; MPs included John Baird and Peter Kent; a number of former candidates both successful and those who carried the banners; the President of Ontario PC Party Ken Zeise; and at least two potential MPPs. The potential MPPs running in Trinity Spadina and St Paul's were Mike Yen and Christine McGirr respectively. Much of the money raised went to the two potential MPPs and on October 6 voting for them is a very good thing.
Over the past five years, Nigel has been a warm and welcoming host and this was in display as all the guests enjoyed the Garden Party. Thank you Nigel and we look forward to next year's Garden Party.

Stackhouse endorses "brown bagger lunch" concept zzzzzzz

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What a great idea, and I would attend enthusiastically but alas, Margaret has a clinic appointment at her hospital and I will go to escort her, etc.  If you decide to continue, let me know about the next one.  Since I brown bag it most days, I will find the arrangement very convenient. 

On the whole, I see more pluses than minuses for the government since the election and hope that will continue. Best wishes to your wife, PEACE!  Reg

Hize treasures this thought from Reg since the brownbagger lunch idea seems d.o.a.! Would like to try it again in another month or two, ideally at Granite Place with  a local host!


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