Thursday, May 10, 2012

Daily Digest May 10, 2012


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

OPINION AND INFORMATION
_____CANADA
New poll suggests orange NDP wave continues to roll over blue Tory shores
A new poll suggests the New Democrats are widening their support across the country.
The Canadian Press Harris Decima survey indicates that the
NDP have 34 per cent of popular support, compared to 30 per cent for the Conservatives.
MORE...
_____FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Is the European Union Going to Last?
" Austerity Is Blamed," by Richard Rahn, Washington Times
" Europe's Failed Austerity," by Michael D. Tanner, National Review Online
" Paul Krugman and the European Austerity Myth,"
        
>>>>>>>>>>INFOS <<<<<<<<<<
JEUDI 10 MAI 2012
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18h15 - Pour les émeutiers masqués · Les conservateurs réclament jusqu'à 10 ans de prison
16h45 - François Legault · L'assainissement des finances publiques en priorité
16h28 - Affaires étrangères · Lawrence Cannon nommé ambassadeur à Paris
16h12 - Manifestation contre l'avortement · Des milliers de personnes se réunissent à Ottawa

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An unusual BELOW (30) to-day.
Few posts and generally long.
A mix of positive and negative.

As Henry and the author wrote
you'll no doubt find the last one
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From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: SISIP

Joe--I just sent this email re the Veterans. I cannot comprehend a government that would be so cold as to even contemplate something like this. I lived in Hawaii at the end of Viet Nam and saw countless Veterans of that genocide begging on the streets. The same is going to be happening in Canada?
Becky


From: r.gingrich@
To: mackenzie.d@parl.gc.ca; peter.mackay@parl.gc.ca; rob.nicholson@parl.gc.ca; info@canadianveteransadvocacy.com
Subject: SISIP
Date: Thu, 10 May 2012 14:45:58 -0400

Our Veterans are still fighting on their return to Canada. They were sent to Afghanistan by the Canadian government to 'promote democracy' but then they return home injured mentally and physically to find that once they are of no further use to the government they are tossed aside. Is this 'democracy' in Canada? To promote the war the government told us that if we are not behind the troops we are unCanadian.

Now it is our government that is not behind the troops. I am sure the Veterans would prefer to be healthy in all respects but that is not possible when coming from a war zone. They will be contaminated with DU which our government totally ignores. They have seen sights that the majority of us can not even imagine in our worst nightmares and now they have to fight for their very existence in Canada. Is this the kind of country that anyone in their right mind would fight for?

As government you have shown us that you are ethically, morally and legally challenged. How can anyone that supposedly cares for the well being of Canadians even suggest this clawback of pensions for these Veterans and their families? I would like to suggest that if you are not behind our troops that you stand in front of them the next time you see fit to send our young people into a war.

Please, please do the right thing by our troops and do not claw back the SISIP.

Rebecca Gingrich
11 Church Street
Princeton, Ontario

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From: "Canadian Veterans Advocacy" <veteran_advocate@canadianveteransadvocacy.com>
To: "Canadian Veterans Advocacy ...snip... canadianveteransadvocacy.com>
Subject: A victory for Veterans - conduct public hearings into VRAB!!!

SeanCaseyMP
Happy Conservatives supported my motion at Veterans Affairs Committee. Victory for Veterans. Review of  VRAP is needed.

A victory for Veterans

Posted on May 10, 2012

A Victory for Veterans

This afternoon, the Standing Committee on Veteran Affairs passed my amended motion to conduct public hearings into the Veterans Review and Appeal Board (VRAB).
The motion reads:

"That the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs, at the conclusion of its current study, undertake a review of the processes and activities of the Veterans Review and Appeal Board (VRAB) and, that the Committee report to the House any recommendations to improve the current appeal process or, to recommend any other changes deemed necessary"

I am very pleased that the Conservative members accepted my motion.

The story started this past Monday when the Federal Ombudsman for Veterans produced released a highly critical report on the conduct of the Veterans Review and Appeal Board (VRAB).

At issue was the revelation that some 60 percent of all cases adjudicated by VRAB that went against our veterans, and that were subsequently appealed to the Federal Court by veterans, were overturned or sent back by the Court.

They were sent back because the VRAB, comprised primarily of political appointees, made errors in fact and in law.

Later that Monday, I stood in the House and asked the Minister of Veterans Affairs a question, calling for a review of the VRAB. As a courtesy, I provided him advance warning that I would be asking him a question on this important matter, an issue that should not be divisive or partisan, with the exception of the NDP.

We all want the VRAP to render fair and quality decisions for our veterans. The NDP believe VRAB should be scrapped, a position that I believe is over simplistic and short sighted.

Following my question in the House of Commons, I presented a Motion to the Veterans Affair Committee asking that the Committee hold public hearings in the VRAB followed by a report to the entire House.

It should be noted that I was very pleased that one key Conservative MP, Mr. Brian Storseth, who is also a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, agreed to work with me to make my motion work, and to remove politics from this important issue to veterans.

Helping people, working with others and setting our political differences in order to get things done, is the reason I ran for office.

It is extremely challenging, with the present configuration of Parliament, to make real progress. This is a rare, but encouraging example of partisanship being put aside to do the right thing for veterans. Let's hope it will bear meaningful results.
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From: CWB Alliance Media <media@cwbafacts.ca>
Subject: Wheat Board Alliance condemns continued vandalism at CWB

NEWS RELEASE Canadian Wheat Board Alliance

www.cwbafacts.ca

Wheat Board Alliance condemns continued vandalism at CWB

(Regina, May 10, 2012)
the news that 70% of CWB staff will be fired by this summer and the iconic CWB building in Winnipeg may be sold represents more illegal vandalism of a farmer owned institution, observed Bill Gehl, chairperson of the Canadian Wheat Board Alliance.

"It is unusual to see any elected official defy a Federal Court ruling to implement legislation as Minister Ritz has done with the Wheat Board," Gehl said, "but it is even more unusual for appointed Directors to place themselves at such great personal risk to carry out what the Courts may well determine are illegal acts which violate their fiduciary duties not only to the organization, but to its rightful owners, the farmers of western Canada."

"We are already hearing expressions of concern from our international customers and this gutting of CWB staff brings into question our ability to effectively feed the world with the same guaranteed quality of grain. This has implications for global food security and more than just western farmers will want to know who is responsible. The first place many will look is to Minister Ritz's appointees who as directors must bear responsibility for their actions. They would be well advised to consider the consequences of another Court ruling favourable to western farmers" Gehl concluded.

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For further information call: Bill Gehl at (306) 537-3899

Who We Are:
The Alliance is a politically non-partisan organization focused specifically on the Canadian Wheat Board. Members of the Alliance recognize the advantages the Board brings to producers through the single desk and price pooling, quality assurance through the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC), as well as the important role the CWB plays as an advocate for farmers in transportation, producer cars, and on the world stage in trade disputes and negotiations. The Alliance draws memberships throughout the west.

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From: Radical Press <radical@radicalpress.com>
To: Radical Press <radical@radicalpress.com>
Subject: B.C. Mountie sues force for sexual harassment
Cc: Date: Thu, 10 May 2012 12:31:46 -0700
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Dear Radical Reader,

Yuppers folks, these are the same group of deviants and cover-up artists who have framed Jim Townsend and put him in jail. Jim complained to the RCMP Complaints Commission about particular officers who he alleged were connected to the drive by shooting that could have left him, his wife and son dead and the RCMP turned around and charged Jim with uttering defamatory statements about these sleaze buckets!

This story is the PRIMO example of just how goddam corrupt the RCMP and the BC Attorney General's office and the Liberal government of Christie Clark and the judicial system itself truly is.

And people wonder why we're trying to get Jim Townsend at least to trial or out on bail. Give your heads a shake folks. The system is akin to the sewer system below your suburban dwelling. It reeks with corruption, blackmail, cover up, murder, intimidation and sexual harassment and much much more.

Please pass this article far afield.

Sincerely,

Arthur Topham
Publisher/Editor
The Radical Press
Canada's Radical News Network
"Digging to the root of the issues since 1998"
http://www.radicalpress.com
radical@radicalpress.com
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http://www.radicalpress.com/?p=1390


B.C. Mountie sues force for sexual harassment

B.C. Mountie sues force for harassment
WARNING: this story contains graphic details
CBC News
Posted: May 9, 2012
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2012/05/09/bc-galliford-civil-claim.html

rcmpsexvictim
RCMP Cpl. Catherine Galliford says she didn't report the alleged abuse because she feared for her career. (CBC)

CBC News has learned the high-profile Mountie who first spoke out against sexual harassment in the national police force is suing her employer, alleging years of "persistent and ongoing" sexual harassment and bullying.

In a notice of claim obtained by CBC News Wednesday, Cpl. Catherine Galliford alleges she was sexually assaulted, harassed and bullied during her 16 years on the force.

The notice names Canada's attorney general, B.C.'s justice minister, three Mounties, a civilian RCMP doctor and a Vancouver police officer.

Galliford was the face of the B.C. RCMP for years, revealing charges had been laid in the Air India bombing and announcing the arrest of serial killer Robert William Pickton.

According to the 26-page statement, the abuse began before Galliford was sworn in as an RCMP member. She alleges then RCMP Insp. Mike Bergerman groped and tried to kiss her in 1991 when she was at the RCMP's training academy.

"[Bergerman's] misconduct was wilful, and he acted with the intent of sexual gratification which shocked and sexually humiliated [Galliford] and demeaned her value as an RCMP officer and a human being," the document reads.

Galliford did not officially report the misconduct.

"I never complained officially about the sexual assaults and sexual harassment because I knew that if I did it would come back on me in a negative way," she told CBC News Wednesday.

'Culture of sexual harassment'

The document goes on to detail years of alleged harassment, including repeated sexual advances by Staff Sgt. Doug Henderson ­ and an alleged attack in a hotel room while they were on a business trip.

"Henderson aggressively sexually attacked [Galliford] … removing some of his clothes and exposing [himself] to her," the statement reads.

Galliford also alleges repeated sexual harassment at the hands of Phil Little, a Vancouver police officer she worked with on the Missing Women Task Force.

According to the document, Little made several sexually suggestive comments, including, "I don't know what I like better, your eyes or your mouth."

Galliford also alleges Little exposed himself to her in his car while investigating Pickton, saying "I want to show you my mole. Don't you think it's cute?"

According to the statement, Galliford once again did not formally complain for fear of negative repercussions.

"The culture of sexual harassment within the RCMP is so pervasive that [Galliford] was helpless to personally stop it," the document reads.

"[Galliford] had to accept a certain level of tolerance of [sexual harassment] as complaining about it would only make matters worse."

'Very sick'

Galliford's lawyer Barry Carter says his client developed a severe form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of the harassment and the statement lays out a litany of symptoms, including agoraphobia, nightmares, alcohol dependency and significant weight loss.

Galliford has been off duty on sick leave since 2007.

"She's very sick," he said. "I would think her career with the RCMP is pretty much done."

Galliford is also suing RCMP doctor Ian MacDonald, alleging he failed to properly diagnose and treat her psychological problems and made things worse by disclosing confidential information to her estranged husband.

"It would appear from reviewing the material that we have that there was an insistence on treating her dependency problems, her alcohol dependency, and ignoring the underlying problems that led to the alcohol dependency, which was her PTSD," Carter said.

"As I understand, if PTSD goes untreated it gets worse and so this went on for years."

Culture of fear

The force insisted she follow a relapse prevention agreement (RPA) related to her alcohol dependency, Carter said, but refused to treat her PTSD.

"As a result of … their perceived failure of the RPA's, they started to see her as being difficult and manipulative and being deceptive and lying and being somehow a risk to the RCMP if she returned to operational duties."

The allegations have not been proven in court. None of the defendants have had the opportunity to respond as the case was filed recently. If served in Canada, the defendants have 21 days to file a response.

RCMP Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens, the top Mountie in B.C., issued a statement to CBC News Wednesday night, saying that Galliford's allegations remain unproven and officers had been assigned to investigate them.

Callens said two investigations were undertaken. One probe related to allegations that Callens said were linked to the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry into the police investigations of Pickton, currently underway in Vancouver.

Callens said the other set of allegations by Galliford did not pertain to the inquiry and were being investigated separately.

"The allegations relating to the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry have been fully investigated and I can tell you that we have not been able to substantiate nor corroborate any related to the alleged sexual harassment by RCMP members," Callens said. "The remaining allegations continue to be investigated."

Galliford is seeking unspecified damages for loss of past and future income in addition to punitive and aggravated damages.

Her high-profile case is the latest in a growing list of legal actions against the Mounties alleging a culture of harassment inside the force.

"I don't know if my journey is going to change anything for other members who are in the force now or those who are coming after me because there is still a culture of fear," Galliford said Wednesday.
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With files from the CBC's Greg Rasmussen, Natalie Clancy

This entry was posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at 12:49 pm and is filed under Editor's Zone, Canadian Politics, Conspiracy, B.C. Politics, Indigenous Nations, Political Zionism, Political Prisoners, Law & Justice, B.C. Supreme Court, Jim Townsend, RCMP Corruption, RCMP Cpl. Catherine Galliford, BC Justice Minister Shirley Bond, RCMP Insp. Mike Bergerman, Staff Sgt. Doug Henderson, Phil Little - Vancouver police officer, Missing Women Task Force, Picton Pig Farm, Barry Carter, RCMP doctor Ian MacDonald, RCMP Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens, Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, Justice Wong.

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From: "Rob Senkpiel"
Subject: Recall issued on Samsung Microwaves used in Travel Trailers

Folks,

Excuse the blast email but we just had our travel trailer written off due to the microwave starting itself. Please forward this to anybody that you know who may have a
Samsung microwave in an RV that was manufactured in 2001 to 2003.

Thanks,

Rob

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From: Henry Atkinson
Subject: Fwd: AMAZING !!!!

Begin forwarded message:

Date: May 9, 2012 4:05:02 PM EDT (CA)
To: undisclosed recipients: ;
Subject: Fw: AMAZING !!!!
 
The Law Of The Wild says kill ONLY when you are hungry

Photographer Michel Denis-Huot, who captured these amazing pictures on safari in Kenya's Masai Mara in October last year,
Said he was astounded by what he saw:


"These three brothers (cheetahs) have been living together since they left their mother at about 18 months old,' he said.
'On the morning we saw them, they seemed not to be hungry, walking quickly but stopping sometimes to play together.
'At one point, they met a group of impala who ran away. But one youngster was not quick enough and the brothers caught it easily'."


These extraordinary scenes followed..










And then they just walked away without hurting him..........

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