Saturday, April 21, 2012

Daily Digest April 20-21, 2012


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.
ARCHIVED at http://cdndailydigest.blogspot.com/


OPINION AND INFORMATION

_____CANADA
Conservative Party dismisses expert witness on robocall issue
The Conservative Party of Canada has dismissed an "expert witness" for the Council of Canadians who concludes in a sworn affidavit
someone at a senior level of the Tory campaign must have authorized automated phone calls
that sent some voters to the wrong polling stations during the 2011 federal vote.
MORE...

HUFFINGTON POST POLITICS


Tories Debunked On Robocalls?.. Gun Registy Lives.. Sex Change Switch.. MacKay Finished?

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From: Leo Chisholm
Subject: Weather in Canada

From:
JamesMacEachern
Sent: Saturday, April 21, 2012 3:09 PM
To: Raul Eluchans ; John Mew ; leochisholm@eastlink.ca
Subject: Fw: Weather inCanada

The Official Canadian Temperature Conversion Chart

50° Fahrenheit (10° C)
· Californians shiver uncontrollably.
· Canadians plant gardens.

35° Fahrenheit (1.6° C)
· Italian cars won't start.
· Canadians drive with the windows down.

32° Fahrenheit (0° C)
· American water freezes.
· Canadian water gets thicker.

0° Fahrenheit (-17.9° C)
· New York City landlords finally turn on the heat.
· Canadians have the last cook-out of the season.

-60° Fahrenheit (-51° C)
· Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
· Canadian Girl Guides sell cookies door-to-door.

-109.9° Fahrenheit (-78.5° C)
· Carbon dioxide freezes makes dry ice.
· Canadians pull down their ear flaps.

-173° Fahrenheit (-114° C)
· Ethyl alcohol freezes.
· Canadians get frustrated when they can't thaw the keg.

-459.67° Fahrenheit (-273.15° C)
· Absolute zero; all atomic motion stops.
· Canadians start saying "cold, eh?"

-500° Fahrenheit (-295° C)
· Hell freezes over.
· The Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup.

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Subject: Re: Ad in the Globe and Mail
From: Rene Moreau <rene.a.moreau@gmail.com>
To: Ian Morrison - FRIENDS <ian.morrison@friends.ca>

To Friends of Canadian Broadcasting
From Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)
re; your logo
Because of the similarity of the logo, red maple leaves, to that of the former, Canadian, Petro-Canada, it made me wonder if you knew the story, of the scam involved.
One day, Suncor of Philadelphia, USA's head office decided they wanted to buy Petro-Canada, but didn't want the baggage of
rules and regulations from the Canadian government, like Canadian content. So someone came up with the idea that they could
call themselves a Canadian company, because they opened an office in Calgary. So, they would call the take-over, a 'partnership'
instead.
The Globe and Mail, I believe it was, ran an article on the secrecy needed by the lawyer teams and management to keep this 'merger' from the media. We have this scam to thank for now knowing that corporations have no citizenship. It would seem they are also immune from a charge of treason. There are thousands more of examples.
Rick George, American, with dual, has received the Order of Canada, I guess for showing us never to trust Corporate, and Ron Brennerman, petro-can president, has conveniently disappeared, soon after the deal.
Knowledge is power, right? Read 'when corporations rule the world by David Korten. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_Corporations_Rule_the_World
Democracy, integrity, honour, loyalty, are not in the job description of current corporate entities. It should be, but isn't.
Ian, it looks as though the CBC, as was the Australian and Canadian Wheat Boards, will be another example of the scamming abilities of the corporate world's hold, and control, on governments, world-wide.

Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)

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From: Larry Kazdan
To: lettertoed@thestar.ca
Subject: Letter to Editor re: It would help if Andrea Horwath had a billionaire onside, Linda McQuaig, April 19

Re: It would help if Andrea Horwath had a billionaire onside, Linda McQuaig, April 19
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1164806--it-would-help-if-andrea-horwath-had-a-billionaire-onside

Andrea Horwath may not have a billionaire backing her proposal to increase taxes on those earning over $500,000, but a recent Environics Research survey indicates that 83 per cent of the population are in agreement. And 69 per cent of Canadians would even support the introduction of a new 35 per cent inheritance tax on any estate valued above $5-million. A sharp inheritance tax would force those seeking super fortunes to earn it through their own efforts, and would let each generation of entrepreneurs begin competing on a more level playing field. As a result, hardworking employees could pay less tax, keeping more for their efforts.Our tax system should be designed to encourage productivity, not the passing of wealth from one generation to another.

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From: "S.McDowall"
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Subject:   No Real Justice in Guantanamo   

Not a feel good article but one which I see as almost a duty to inform ourselves of.
Note  the worthwhile comments.  
  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31127.htm
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Subject:   Is Fukushima's Doomsday Machine About to Blow?

Why isn't there an international team in Japan to help them?   We would be helping ourselves.
 "If such a disaster were to occur, "people should get out of Japan, and residents of the West Coast of America and Canada should shut all of their windows and stay inside," says nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen."
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31123.htm

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From: Art Williams
Subject: I'm sharing the movie THRIVE with you!  **** Its long (several hours),  but hopefully worth considering.

I'm sharing the movie THRIVE with you. It's free to view.
To watch the movie for free, simply click on the link below.
http://www.thrivemovement.com/the_movie?giftCode=KJHDF678S7

THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what's REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream -- uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future.

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: sad but true

I just heard a very true statement-- 'If voting changed anything it would be banned'!!!
Becky
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Subject: I guess skin colour trumps competence?? Oh Canada

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/minority-lawyers-in-canada-push-for-a-less-white-bench/article2409805/
Minority lawyers, chafing at an overwhelming number of white appointees to federal judgeships, are mobilizing to press for a more transparent appointment process.
They accuse the government of concealing its poor record of minority appointments behind an intolerably opaque process.
"The demographics of the bench must be tracked and reported – who applies, and gets appointed and who makes the decisions," the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers said in a statement Friday.



Video



How the Charter met Trudeau's lofty goal

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/video-kirk-makin-on-the-charter-its-met-trudeaus-lofty-goal/article2403662/?from=2409805

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From: "Stephen(dot)Leacock"
Subject: Daltie invites two UnionDPers into Ont.Cabinet - solves Budget-vote & other problem
To: Joe Hueglin Daily Digest <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>

Tommorrows News Th 'smorning

Uncle Daltie surprises everyone by inviting Ms Horvath's two biggest UnionDP rivals into his Cabinet as Ministers-Without-Portfolio/Clothes/Principles.
Both turncoats seem honoured with perks and pay-increase

Heavenly Horvath doesn't mind ... now she can say absolutely anything with no risk of actually having to implement what she espouses (following Fed Party's long-est. example).

Who-me Hudak also relieved ... doesn't want election either .... losing again would mean end of his leadership.

Ontarians yawn .... doesn't even dawn on them that this best option in 3-party House - Why didn't Harper do same in 2008 (instead of election) ... Why didn't the GG suggest it (instead of 2008 election) or think to insist on it when Mr Smartest-in-the-room asked for First Annual Prorogation and/or Second Annual Prorogation?

That's all Folks
-30-

Robert Ede,
Spokesman,
The Majority of Canadians P.A.C.

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From: Robert Roehle
Subject:  WFP - Cut now, pay later for lack of vision - LAURA RANCE

Cut now, pay later for lack of vision
Ottawa slashes, farmers suffer By: Laura Rance

Four years ago, the future looked pretty bright for Winnipeg's spot as an anchor for cereal research in Canada.
Federal politicians were in town, spouting off about plans to develop a centre of excellence that would house all of the good scientific work by the federal Cereal Research Centre, the Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI), the Canadian Grain Commission's Grain Research Laboratory, the Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute and the University of Manitoba.
Today, the door is swinging on the way out for up to 80 per cent of the employees at the Canadian Wheat Board, which was one of the core funders for CIGI. The Cereal Research Centre is to close by 2014, and the Canadian Grain Commission is facing changes that could ultimately see many of its services outsourced to the private sector.
PLACE YOUR COMMENTS HERE: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/business/cut-now-pay-later-for-lack-of-vision-148364845.html

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From: Henry Atkinson
Date: April 21, 2012 2:16:40 PM EDT (CA)
Subject: Committee

PARLIAMENT TO PUT BILL C-68 UNDER MICROSCOPE:
A Conservative MP...is using his new position on a little-known House of Commons committee to loosen Canada's firearms rules. The ultimate goal, Calgary MP Rob Anders said, is to repeal strict gun control provisions "shoved down our throats" by the Liberal government in the mid-nineties... Anders said he will use his position on the regulations committee to put the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program — which administers Canada's gun control regime — under the microscope. "Absolutely, we can use the scrutiny of regulations committee to see where the Canadian Firearms Program has overstepped their bounds," he said. Anders said he is glad to be joined at committee by Saskatchewan Tory MP Garry Breitkreuz, who for years led the Conservative charge to scrap the long-gun registry. The regulations committee reviews regulations to determine whether they are unconstitutional, fall afoul of their jurisdiction or, as Anders said, "violate a sense of natural justice." Anders says his mission is to roll back the provisions of Bill C-68, the sweeping gun control legislation implemented by then Liberal justice minister Allan Rock in 1995. That law gave birth to the now-defunct long gun registry, but also imposed a whole raft of new gun control provisions. The new rules required gun owners to lock and safely store their guns when not in use. They also forced owners of restricted and prohibited firearms to obtain authorization-to-transport papers before taking them to the range, and introduced a more restrictive classification system. "Canada has a rich history of fur trapping, hunting, farming and ranching where a firearm is an essential tool," Anders said. "For some downtown Liberal lawyer to determine he's going to seize people's guns and change the culture goes against the very nature of our country." Anders said there is widespread support for further firearms law reforms, and not just within the Conservative caucus. The Parliament's all-party outdoors caucus is currently the largest all-party caucus with an estimated 81 MPs and senators, and aims to protect such sports as hunting and sport shooting. In March, Breitkreuz moved that the committee review three particular regulations, dealing with licensing fees, licensing regulations and firearms markings. Exchanges between the Canadian Firearms Program and the committee on these subjects continue. Breitkreuz told Postmedia News there are a number of changes he would like to see made, many of which were included in his failed private members' Bill C-301. The duration of licences should be extended from the five years, as it is now, to 10-year or lifetime validity. These renewals has become redundant, Breitkreuz said, because police now verify the validity of each licence every day, and immediately revoke them in the case of criminal charges. And since authorization-to-transport papers must be provided by the RCMP to gun owners upon request, Breitkreuz said this antiquated system should simply be collapsed into the licence card. Breitkreuz said he would like to see firearms laws moved from the criminal code — where they are now — into the civil code. This would help protect firearms owners from being criminalized for mere paperwork errors, he said, such as expired licences or authorizations to transport... Anders and Breitkreuz also take issue with the sweeping powers the Canadian Firearms Program has to classify and reclassify guns, crucial determinations that affect who can own a particular gun, where it can be fired, and how it must be stored and transported... Canadian Sports Shooting Association executive director Tony Bernardo said his organization fought against Bill C-68 when it came into force, and has been lobbying for years for just the changes Anders and Breitkreuz suggest. He said the whole Firearms Act should be thrown out and rewritten. "There are a bunch of reforms that need to be done," he said. "The whole Firearms Act is just so dumb, so dysfunctional."Toronto Firearms lawyer Ed Burlew said the current firearms regime has caused serious miscarriages of justice since its introduction. Police routinely lay charges and seize firearms from people who are earnestly trying to abide unclear laws, he said, giving rise to the saying, "the process is the punishment." "The law was poorly written in the first place," he said. "The mental anguish it causes and what it takes out of people is phenomenal." Breitkreuz said there are extreme "fringe" gun rights activists in Canada who want all gun controls repealed, but that he's not among them. "There are some that would do away with all firearms laws, and would like virtually no restrictions," he said. "That's not doable so I can't agree with them." (Postmedia -- April 13, 2012)

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The Latest from Impolitical

Friday night

From Canadian Press last night: "Flaherty digs in heels on calls to pony up more bailout money for euro zone." Jim is all talk to the hand, Eurozone:
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty had some tough talk on Thursday for the 17 euro zone countries, saying Canada and other non-euro nations shouldn't be expected to commit any more bailout funds to the region and even publicly challenging a top European Central Bank official.

Tough talk from Flaherty on Thursday. Preceded by tough talk from Tim Geithner on Wednesday where on behalf of the U.S., he too said no more funds to the IMF. Why is the U.S. balking?
The United States, the IMF's largest shareholder, is refusing to offer more cash, in part because of skepticism that Europe has done enough, the view that the IMF has substantial resources already and reluctance to seek more money from Congress in an election year.

That latter point, that the U.S. position is election year politics, is more explicitly emphasized here. All of this U.S. backdrop kind of giving us a little bit more context to the portrayal of the situation as Jim vs. the European Central Bank Executive Board and Jim vs. Christine Lagarde. Really, it's more likely that it's a case of Jim standing behind Tim Geithner and taking license from that freedom.

So why do we care? Well, Canada doesn't hesitate to skip around the world these days telling anyone who will listen how well our economy has done and held up through the recession years. Like Harper did in Colombia this week:
Canada is right now one of the few strongly recovering, growth-oriented, developed economies.
The relative strength of the Canadian economy has been shown through the recent worldwide recession and nascent recovery.
It is based on a secure banking system, solid macroeconomic policies, open and transparent government institutions, and stable parliamentary politics.
That is not just our opinion.
The World Economic Forum considers Canada's banks to be the soundest in the world, and of course, earlier this week Moody's came out and said the same thing.
Forbes magazine ranks Canada as the best place on earth to invest, and the OECD and IMF continue to predict that the Canadian economy will be among the leaders of the industrialized world over the next two years.

So you'd think we'd be capable, like other nations, of stepping up when the IMF is seeking funds in case European economies go under. We don't face election year politics, after all, the Canadian public likely wouldn't bat an eye at us making a contribution. But since the U.S. isn't, easier for us not to do so. Never mind all the glowing talk from Harper on us leading the industrialized world.

Meanwhile, Japan, that was rocked with a tsunami and nuclear disaster that is still unsettled, has stepped up with $60 billion, along with Denmark, Norway and Sweden chipping in $26 billion. Lagarde now claims to have about $320 billion in pledges of the $400 billion she is seeking.

We're more of an international outlier now, such developments tend to confirm it. Sure hope we won't need the world's assistance for anything in the future.

Update (Friday 8:35 p.m.): Here's the Canadian Press update on Friday night. The IMF has raised $430 billion in pledges, excluding Canada and the U.S. Just wanted to add the Japanese official's quote here:
Japanese Finance Minister Jun Azumi said his country wanted to make a significant contribution in part to say thanks for the support the world provided Japan last year.
"Last year we were hit by a great earthquake and a large number of countries provided assistance," Azumi told reporters at a briefing following the G-20 meetings. "Now we are heading toward reconstruction and we are moving solidly so we have to help (other) people who are in need."

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20TH
OPINION AND INFORMATION
_____CANADA
Defiant defence: Alberta Wildrose leader stands up for controversial candidates
Alberta Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith is staunchly defending two candidates
who have been surrounded by controversy this week.
MORE...
Related
Underinvestment in Northern communities the greatest threat to Arctic sovereignty
http://www.embassymag.ca/dailyupdate/view/234
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2011: SNC-Lavalin buys Candu for $15 Million .. 2012: Candu signs $20 Billion Turkey deal
SAY, DOES SOMETHING LOOK FISHY HERE TO YOU TOO ?
A mere week after RCMP raided SNC-Lavalin HQ .. Less than a year after the Government of Canada sold Canada's nuclear gem at a fire-sale price .. . Meanwhile, SNC-Lavalin scandals cloud Jesse Jackson Jr's Illinois airport dream ... Follow the bouncing ball ..

Fishy? Never There was no deal in progress
SNC began and consummated it in just a year.
AND no, the Chief was chosen on merit alone
Chief's new federal post raises eyebrows


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From: John Kruithof
Subject: Opposition Parties Unite

Joe,
I agree that Conservative Party's orientation is destroying traditional Canadian values. I do not agree that nothing can be done about it. The NDP, Liberal, Green and Progressive Canadian parties could get their act together, and prevail. This unity is unlikely to happen, because each party, like the Conservatives, put their own political interests ahead of the nation's. That makes them all equally responsible for Canada's downward spiral. Don't blame only the Conservatives.
John Kruithof
Ottawa South

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From: "S Booiman"
Subject: B.C.

With Christy Clark losing two seats in B.C provincial by-election to the NDP and all the
sounds about Wild Rose, where is the future for the west will be large question. Heaven
forbid that B.C.ends up with a NDP B.C.Government, the province will walk backwards
and year's behind in the country as Ottawa is still pre-occupied with Central Canada and
a prime minister that does not lead.

Suan

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From: "Lawyers Against The War" <law@portal.ca>
Subject: Canada violates Convention against Torture

April 19, 2012

Canada violates Convention against Torture by not prosecuting G.W. Bush for torture.

LAW has provided the attached briefing to the Committee against Torture (CAT) regarding Canada's violation of obligations under the Convention against Torture and Canadian law to prevent and punish torture-- wherever and against anyone--by failing to either prevent George W. Bush from entering Canada or arresting and prosecuting him once he entered the country.

CAT will consider the briefing at the review of Canada's compliance with the Convention against Torture scheduled for May 22-23 in Geneva. The last review of Canada's compliance with the Convention took place in 2005.

LAW says Canada repeatedly violated the Convention against Torture by allowing George W. Bush to enter the country and then failing to arrest and prosecution him for torture. LAW states that Canada has also violated Convention obligations by failing to provide education and training about Canada's legal obligations to prevent and punish torture to those in charge of enforcement including law enforcement personnel, civil servants, judges and lawyers and elected officials.

LAW recommends:

1. amendments to the Criminal Code to restrict the power of the Attorney General of Canada to prevent prosecutions of Bush and other foreign nationals for torture;

2. education and training about legal obligations under the Convention and Canadian law;

3. investigations to determine how and by whom decisions were made to allow G.W. Bush to enter Canada and then to thwart his prosecution for torture.

The briefing will be posted on LAW's website (www.lawyersagainstthewar ). Please feel free to distribute and post. Thanks. gail

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
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Subject: Take jobs or lose benefits DD

This fat over paid piece of garbage talks out of all sides of his mouth(sadly he has more than two sides). He wants to bring in skilled immigrants that we have to teach English/French to and train them in Canadian laws for whatever their 'job' entails. But now we read that Canadians will even lose their EI income (that they all pay into) if they don't take any job available. Why is it more important to have 'skilled' immigrants rather than skilled Canadians doing the jobs that no one seems to find but Kenney? I know many Canadians working way below their training skills but it is the only job they could get. And yet we are bringing in 'skilled' immigrants to fill jobs??? When are we going to bring in skilled immigrants to govern the country?? Oh right--being white is an impediment to governing--except for the likes of this jackass Kenney.
Becky

Kenney wants to fast-track some skilled worker applicants
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/04/17/pol-immigration-changes.html

"Canada risks losing the global competition for talent as potential immigrants choose to take their skills to other countries with more responsive immigration systems, rather than remain in the queue for years to have their application processed here," Kenney said in the statement.
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Subject: [On-Guard] A 'news' channel owned by same group that broadcasts adult movie services??? Those that believe in nothing will fall for everything

Porn movie overtakes CHCH broadcast
http://www.thespec.com/news/local/article/708898--porn-movie-overtakes-ch-broadcast
CHCH television's signal went dark this morning shortly after the regular news broadcast was overtaken by a porn movie.
Viewers of the Morning Live news broadcast were confronted with hard core sex scenes for about three minutes before the channel stopped broadcasting.
Reaction to the event was immediate on Twitter.
"Someone hacked CHCH news to play gay porn... And every TV in the gym and starbucks was set to it..."
"Watching #chch news when channel cut out and turned into male gay porn."
A spokesman for the network said the event is being investigated.
CHCH is owned by Channel Zero, which operates several adult movie services.
Watch for updates

Are their estimates of skills needed? Plans to educate those needed? If not, why not?
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From: "Serge Crespy"
Subject: "Straight Pride Week"

COPY / As Forwarded To Mayor Rob Ford & Media
(WITHOUT PREJUDICE)
Dear Mr. Mayor:
What's Fair is Fair!: June 22nd to July 1st is "Gay-Pride Week" / July 23rd to September 1st to be declared "Straight-Pride Week"; also, the "Gay-Flag" and "A Straight-Flag" to fly along-side (same-height), during both festivities..... Would the Media endorse such an un-biased approach, at keeping everyone satisfied?
A contest for designing the "Straight-Flag"?
Best Wishes, Mr. Mayor;
Sincerely,
Serge Crespy
Collingwood, ON

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From: "Thomas Dowswell"
Subject: Are you next?

The 1% don't want the poor to eat...unless it's out of a trashcan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saZY2b-P7jU&feature=youtu.be

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From: "S.McDowall"
Subject: Iisrael's prime minister admits Iran's Ahmadijaned never said...

Such a convenient lie that suited most governments to justify the aggression against Iran and other Muslim countries. This lie will still be used to justify the various wars going on in the Middle East.
We tend to reject truths that disturb our views.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2012 7:02 AM
Subject: israel's prime minister admits Iran's Ahmadijaned never said...

This has been known for quite some time at least by those who are 'adult' enough to admit truth instead of hiding behind convenient lies. vg

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/04/18-2

"The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." - Plato

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From: Joseph
Subject: Jason Mraz - 93 Million Miles (Official Lyric Video) -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5WiqJFq2-o

Beautiful song work a watch for sure

Joseph

And for all those traveling, have a safe journey home


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From: The Natroses
Subject: Re: Daily Digest April 19, 2012

Hi Joe, Good to see the DD back on a regular basis. Found a bit of time this morning, to comment on the new IE plans and labour shortages, and how this government sees fit to bring back the era of the 1930s concerning unskilled labour. Namely apple picking, but it does include other seasonal farm work. What really is surprising, working on the farm, has not change much since the 1930s. Hard work, long hours and poor pay. In the G/M article, " "Why do we have to bring foreign labour when we should have a dependable labour force right here? I've got the same questions. I don't have those answers," he said. Mr. DeLong said he's fortunate that he has a strong team of local workers - who receive between $10 and $14 an hour."

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-looks-to-unemployed-canadians-to-fill-labour-shortages/article2408394/?utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_source=Morning%20News%20Update&utm_type=text&utm_content=Ottawa%20looks%20to%20unemployed%20Canadians%20to%20fill%20labour%20shortages&utm_campaign=94417052

Say again, $10 to $14 dollars an hour? Until one finds out, that it based on piece meal work, and is no different than the 1930s right to 2012 working on the farm. How many bushels of apples can one pick to reach the $10 dollar a hour mark? To which is the the $64 dollar question, and the hidden plans of a Conservative government - the devil in the fine print - "The changes will ultimately be announced by Ms. Finley, but Immigration Minister Jason Kenney opened a political can of worms this week by asking why employers in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and P.E.I. are bringing in temporary workers when those provinces have persistently high unemployment."

On the federal government web pages -

"Farm labour has also traditionally been excluded from minimum wage provisions. The legislation in several jurisdictions still does not cover most farm workers. This is the case in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan. There are nevertheless some exceptions: in Saskatchewan, farm workers employed by egg hatcheries, greenhouses and nurseries, or bush clearing operations are covered by the minimum wage, unless it is an undertaking in which only members of the employer's immediate family are employed; in Ontario, persons employed to harvest fruit, vegetables or tobacco for marketing or storage are entitled to a rate equal to the general minimum wage or to the youth rate, depending on their age."
http://srv116.services.gc.ca/dimt-wid/sm-mw/intro.aspx?lang=eng

"Title: Berry picker (Farm Labourer) ( NOC: 8611)

Terms of Employment:
Seasonal, Full Time, Weekend, Day

Salary: $10.15 to $10.20 Hourly for 40 hours per week, Piece Work

Anticipated Start Date: 2012/06/07

Location: Kingston / Greenwood, Nova Scotia (80 vacancies )
Skill Requirements:
Education:
Not required"
http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/detail-eng.aspx?Source=JobPosting&OrderNum=6279925

On the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers' Association, a comprehensive list on the guidelines of apple picking, that is described as pleasant work, healthy work and anyone with reasonable physical condition can do it.
http://www.nsapples.com/harvest.htm

On the same site, the contract - boasting on its simplicity but will open up your eyes on the lack of protection for workers, as well as the lousy wages.
http://www.nsapples.com/harcont2.htm

A 1930 newspaper article on the itinerant strawberry workers in the state of Arkansas.
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1915&dat=19300501&id=95ctAAAAIBAJ&sjid=dnEFAAAAIBAJ&pg=3715,5037556

A 2010 newspaper article on the itinerant apple workers in the Maritimes.
"The harvest is early in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island as well.

But it means many growers are scrambling to find itinerant pickers, who usually don't show up until around the third of week of September."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2010/08/28/ns-apple-harvest.html


An American 1959 New Hampshire news article on Canadian apple pickers, working in the New Hampshire apple fields.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2209&dat=19590917&id=l6orAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Lv0FAAAAIBAJ&pg=5721,1489068


Finally a 2004 paper in the Canadian Encyclopedia entitled - original newspaper article from Macleans




Conditions Tough for Canada's Migrant Workers

http://www.encyclopediecanadienne.ca/articles/macleans/conditions-tough-for-canadas-migrant-workers

Going back to the Globe and Mail article - the Minster states, "The minister added B.C. to his list of anecdotes that he's been hearing from farm managers across the country, noting that Okanagan Valley farmers can no longer find area high school and university students to work in their orchards in the summer.

"One of the things that I find that Canadians are most frustrated with is the idea that we would be giving Canadian jobs to people from overseas rather than ensuring Canadians have first the crack at it," he said, adding that "apparently" the government is not doing a good enough job on this front."

Now what the real plans of the Harper government, considering their actions and behaviours on other government files, shouldn't we put the MPs, especially the conservative lot in the farm fields, working for piece meal, putting up with the working and living conditions, and to add insult to injury, the monies taken off the top of the hard-earned wages, for having the privilege of having a job, and off the taxpayer's purse. No doubt, the moves being made by the Harper government, will at the end lower the wages and salaries of all low-skilled workers across Canada, where the workers will pay into the IE premiums, Workmen's Comp and other payroll deductions, but will never be able to take advantage of the benefits of IE - thus reducing the $10.00 hourly wage to a $7.00 dollar wage. Creating a massive migrant worker pool composed of general labour, travelling from one low-skilled job to the next, whether in the farm fields to the seasonal work of canning fruit or chopping the heads of fish is what the Harper government is planning to do.

So how many apples can one pick to make $10 dollars a hour? Quite a lot, considering the farmer, the employer to maintain his luxury digs and the life style the farmer has been accustom to. And if not, there is always the chain gang of prisoners who could always fill the labour shortages if Canadians are unwilling to work in the fields and other low-skilled jobs of hard work and no work protection, and the bonus they work far below than the $10.00 a hour.

Please find "a bit of time" more oftener, eh?