Sunday, May 13, 2012

Daily Digest May 12-13, 2012 030


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.
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OPINION AND INFORMATION
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_____CANADA MAY 12 _____FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Water Is Where Everything Intersects - Water in the Global Commons
Beverly Bell, Other Worlds: "In case after case around the world, water is being turned into a good for sale and for profit. Driven by a different vision and by economic necessity, a global counter-trend is growing to assure that household water be free or cheap, accessible, and safe, and that the earth's water be kept pure and flowing. Marcela Olivera is a part of this movement."
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War Crimes: Throwing Libya to the wolves  Video:
http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/10562.html

The outcome of Canada's expenditure to "protect civilians"

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From: Larry Kazdan
To: Letters Editor
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Hollande's victory long-term pain, John Robson,May 09, 2012

Re: Hollande's victory long-term pain, John Robson, May 09, 2012
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/05/09/hollandes-victory-long-term-pain

The Stability and Growth Pact, the structure of the euro, and the limited role of the European Central Bank combine to expose eurozone nations to the bond vigilantes. The answer does not require repealing the laws of economics, but reforming a faulty system and terminating counter-productive financial policies. Austerity reduces demand in the economy, causing tax revenues to fall and public expenditures, such as unemployment payments, to increase. This leads to larger budget deficits, a call for more government cuts, and a spiral of ever deepening depression. European voters do not want to repeal the law of gravity - they want to escape a European straitjacket and tear up a European suicide pact.
Larry Kazdan,

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From: Michael Beach
Subject: Cost of Libyan Mission

Hi Joe,

Just a quick question on government math.
How can you deploy a military contingent to a foreign land, go to battle for months and spend only one third of what you spend on "security" for a three day conference, the G20 in Toronto?
Something is not right somewhere!

Michael Beach

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From: John Halonen

The recent revelations as to how the Republican candidate treated his same age classmates compares similar to bully's of today's times. It should be noted that attitudes toward the gay population have carried on for decades.

Canadians need to review how those in power were raised, as these values at times carry forward and are not really apparent.

John Halonen

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: On more corporate control?
 
Meet Your Global Tax Collector: 'Tax Inspectors Without Borders' -Guard]
http://www.activistpost.com/2012/05/meet-your-global-tax-collector-tax.html

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Subject: The Latest from Impolitical
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Not our Canada

Posted: 12 May 2012 03:28 AM PDT
Here are some excerpts from yesterday's coverage of doctors across the country protesting refugee health care cuts. The doctors say it all. This is an incredibly indecent, uncaring and maddening development we are witnessing:
Costs won't be the only thing that spikes after the cuts are made, according to Tyndall, who says disease rates will increase as well. "This is the worst thing you can do for public safety," he said. "If you are really concerned that someone from Africa or Asia is going to spread tuberculosis the worst thing you can do is isolate them from health care."
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"Does this mean it's OK that a person seeking refuge in Canada dies from heart disease or from untreated diabetes, as long as they don't infect the rest of us with tuberculosis?" asked Dr. Tatiana Friere-Lizama, a perinatologist at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. Friere-Lizama came to Canada as a refugee from Chile when she was seven. She said her family came with nothing but benefited from the country's generosity. "These changes to refugee health are an attack on our beliefs," she said. "As doctors, we've got to speak up for our refugee patients. They deserve to land in a Canada that cares about them."
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Bruyere Medical Centre family physician Dr. Doug Gruner, who works with a program that helps introduce refugees to the medical system, said much of the care provided to refugees is preventative. "We are saving the system lots and lots of money," said Gruner. "We provide vaccinations. Under minister's Kenney's plan ... vaccinations would not be covered unless they're a public health threat," he said.
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"This is supposedly a cost-saving measure for the government, but the cost of delaying treatment will result in more emergency visits, more intensive care visits," said pediatrician Anna Banerji, an Order of Ontario recipient."They say it's a deterrent for refugees," she added. "We have to stop the rhetoric. These refugees are some of the poorest people on earth. They come with the clothes on their backs and they cannot afford to go to see doctors."
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"My biggest concern is they won't have access to medications," Rashid says. "Some people will get very sick and we hope no one dies from this, but it is certainly a possibility."

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From: "John Feldsted"
Subject:  May 26 Spring Dinner and Fundraiser

Don't be left out:
You will not see three key members
Of Canada's Federal Health Care Team
in the same room again.

Spring Dinner Saturday 26 May 2012
Eastview Community Church
3500 De Vries Avenue (see map attached)
Doors Open at: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner at: 6:30 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Hon. Leona Aglukkaq
Minister of Health in Canada
Participating: MP Colin Carrie
Parliamentary Secretary, Health Care
MP Joy Smith
Chair of the Commons Health Committee
Tickets: $ 50.00 per person
(A portion of the ticket is tax deductable.)
To purchase tickets:
on-line at www.kildonancpc.com or
phone: 771-1157 or
email: 2012healthteam@gmail.com

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From: "Paul Arnold"
Subject: CBC VOTE... This is a must vote!

Vote as you please but please vote!!!!
 
I just voted - It's your turn!

This takes just a second.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenny recently announced a decision to ban "niqab" (face covering) from citizenship oath sessions.

As always, CBC is posting a follow-up poll to collect opinion about this decision.

You may vote at the site below.  Click on CBC News below.

CBC News Should veils be banned during oaths of citizenship?
http://www.cbc.ca/news/yourcommunity/2011/12/should-veils-be-banned-during-oaths-of-citizenship.html

And then Forward to others so they may vote, too.
 
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From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: our future?
 
Pete Seeger: Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y2SIIeqy34

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From: Larry Kazdan
To: Letters Editor
Subject: Letter to Editor re: B.C. premier rejects Mulcair's oilsands comments,May 12, 2012

Re: Thomas Mulcair's stance on natural resources 'backwards,' says B.C.'s Christy Clark, Lee Berthiaume, May 12
http://www.canada.com/news/Thomas+Mulcair+stance+natural+resources+backwards+says+Christy+Clark/6612176/story.html

Between 2002 and 2011, the Canadian dollar's average exchange rate skyrocketed to 101 American cents from 64 cents. The loonie gained value largely because of an enhanced foreign appetite for Canadian assets, profitable due to the high price of oil and a boost from corporate tax cuts. Canada is unique among major oil-exporting countries in having virtually no limitations on foreign ownership of the non-renewable resource itself. Oil prices are correlated to 86% of the variation in the dollar.
Today manufacturing represents just 10 per cent of all employment in Canada down from a peak of 16 per cent in 2000. Economic analyses from universities, banks and international organizations indicate that non-competitiveness as a result of higher exchange rates, also known as "Dutch disease", caused much of the sharp decline in Canadian manufacturing employment over the past decade. From 2004 to 2008, more than one in seven Canadian manufacturing jobs, nearly 322,000, disappeared.
Christy Clark and Stephen Harper purport to be good economic managers, but their rash promotion of unsustainable raw exports has greatly damaged our economy at the expense of Canadian workers across the country.
Larry Kazdan,

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"-worm" 12 5 13 sunday

Publisher comments
Happy Mother's Day, all you great dames!!
Distractable t.o. media missing vital story re voting rights
I did a perhaps stupid thing recently. Thinking, as I still do,
that the Toronto Star has done a dreadful job reporting vital
news on the key issue of individual voter authority I phoned
the Ontario Press Council and asked advice on that oncegreat
bugle's failure to report a single statistic!
The man in charge explained that I had to first write a letter
directly to the Star which I did, somewhat hesitantly, because
I recognized as an unusual request to even ask "did
your publish "X"?
It now clears, and I think entirely reasonably, that no publication
has to account to any reader or press council for what
it chose not to publish! The point of my concern was the
single number, "5%", which was the dramatically narrowing
level of constituency population variances in the U.K. recently.
Not only do I not think the Star never reported this
perhaps two years old development in the U.K., I don't
think any other Canadian medium of consequence has reported
it either. And of course none bother their little heads
about the fact that the equivalent variance within U.S.con
gressional district has been of the order of 1-2% for more
than 50 years.
In Canada, our "Supremes", the court by the same name,
thinks that population is only one of a considerable number
of statistics and values which should determine how well
your vote compares with other votes across the country!
What totally chuffs me is that the 10 northernmost, of currently
106, Ontario constituencies have average populations
32% less than the average of all other Ontario constituencies
and even then our present premier McGuinty added in another
riding primarily because the northerners demanded it!
On the other hand the population of the average Toronto riding
when I last calculated it was 13.4% higher than the average
across Canada. The effect of those disparities on the
service to Torontonians blows my mind, but seems to have
totally escaped our current mayor and council, who are much
more preocuppied with transit, than how to pay for it!
My particular current squawk is that the current, new re-districting
commission offered Ontarions, in April of this year, a
chance to comment on how they should go about their job
and it seems to have generated yawns in the brains of the
learned ones at one yonge street and elsewhere!
I am quite dumbfounded by the indifference of the mass
media to this commendable initiative of a recently appointed
commission!
Me, I have emailed them, at least twice on why they should
Publisher comments
Happy Mother's Day, all you great dames!!
Distractable t.o. media missing vital story re voting rights
I did a perhaps stupid thing recently. Thinking, as I still do,
that the Toronto Star has done a dreadful job reporting vital
news on the key issue of individual voter authority I phoned
the Ontario Press Council and asked advice on that oncegreat
bugle's failure to report a single statistic!
The man in charge explained that I had to first write a letter
directly to the Star which I did, somewhat hesitantly, because
I recognized as an unusual request to even ask "did
your publish "X"?
It now clears, and I think entirely reasonably, that no publication
has to account to any reader or press council for what
it chose not to publish! The point of my concern was the
single number, "5%", which was the dramatically narrowing
level of constituency population variances in the U.K. recently.
Not only do I not think the Star never reported this
perhaps two years old development in the U.K., I don't
think any other Canadian medium of consequence has reported
it either. And of course none bother their little heads
about the fact that the equivalent variance within U.S.con
get to 5% and quick, but as for the leverage of my one person's
view compared with, say, my local political party, that
has escaped me totally. My own federal Tory annual meeting
gave me an excellent hearing, at the end of a long meeting,
and then crushed my probably too complex proposal on the
subject, all but we two, mover and seconder, with one abstention,
leaving, apparently, nothing more to be said!
My own condo's current events club did not consider it a
proper issue for a vote by the membership, though two of its
members thereafter wrote me their support and so wrote the
commission!
There are only two "leverage" options left, my St. Paul's
provincial party association and Toronto City Council. Toronto
city council got involved ten years ago and voted to the then
commission asking for 5% population variances maximum
everyhere, not only in the city, but this time, nuthin', that I can
see!
The national political parties, Tory, Grit and Crat are totally
hemmed in by their preoccupations with traditions, so expect
nought from any of them.
Happily, my own local provincial Tory board of directors
meets this coming Tuesday evening and I have forwarded the
following proposed resolution for a quick vote! Stand by!!
On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, the board of directors of St. Paul's Progressive-Conservative Association responds
to the following release, dated Monday, March 26, 2012 –
"The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario, recently established, has begun its review
of the province's federal electoral districts.... The public hearings and input from the electorate had a
great impact on the electoral boundaries created by the last commission in 2002. In order to involve the
public as soon as possible in the process, the Commission is inviting citizens to participate in creating
the initial proposal by providing their comments by e-mail or mail by April 30, 2012."
In an email dated May 11, 2012 the Commission Secretary clarified the deadline: "The Commission is
presently preparing a proposal regarding the redistribution process and when it is completed it will be
posted on our website, as well as published in the Canada Gazette and some major newspapers. The
Commission is considering all submissions received both before and after April 30, 2012."
thusly We ask that the current, 2012 decennnial redistricting of the now-121 constituencies
of the province of Ontario procede under the following guideline: the
largest population riding shall not contain more than 5% above the average population
of all 121 districts, and the smallest population district shall not contain
fewer than 95% of the population of the average of all 121 districts.
If this motion is approved it will be released at the conclusion of the meeting to interested parties.
Respectfully submitted, cordially, hize (Background, some older data, but relevant:......)
Control freak in Whitby-Oshawa interfering with good gov!
Whitby-Oshawa Tories are on top of the world. They have
in one accomplished, local family a husband, our respected
national minister of finance and his mrs., opposition
spokesperson in the Ontario legislature. Their federal party
executive has the full permitted membership of 30 and the
maximum permitted number of officers, 7. They put on one
of the best Canada Day celebrations across the province,
amongst a full program.
But, I understand from some one "not authorized to speak
on behalf of..." the federal organization, that at a recent
board meeting all were asked to sign a written statement of
confidentiality, of some sort, and I would sure like to see a
copy!
Georgian Bay politicians taking re-districting seriously
Since the Township of Georgian Bay last re-districted its
wards, close to 20 years ago, there has been very uneven
growth in their populations. Addressing this distortion in electoral
authority the council appointed management consultants
to invite proposals and evolve alternatives.
A very comprensive report has now been published setting out
many options, with consideration of their individual effects on
comparative ward populations now and forecasted some 15
years into the future.
This reporter favours picking a re-districting that most closely
balances populations now, with less reliance on how the next
15 years may unfold. Essential point is to balance populations
carefully, because, as my first story sets out above, distortions
and favoritism can quickly bend rep by pop seriously out of
shape, with long term effects on individual voter' comparative
power.
Rusky general saying quite scarey stuff, N.Y.T. buries it
"Moscow - A senior Russian general threatened on Wednesday
pre-emptive attacks on missile-defence sites in Poland and
elsewhere in Eastern Europe in the event of a crisis, underscoring
the Kremlin's opposition to the Obama administration's
plans and further undermining relations between the
two countries........"
Page A6 is where the editors of the New York Times on Friday,
May 4, chose to place this quite upsetting comment on
international affairs. Fortunately, we in the west have our
generals under better control and there will not likely be
any equivalent response to catch a newspaper headline.
For my money Putin has a lot to learn about how to win
friends and influence people, but this kind of major bluster
will set him back far more than he can imagine. Note to Israeli
hawks: read, and learn!
Internet publishing psyching out most Tory groups
Our national Conservative government is represented in my
own local riding of St. Paul's by the local Conservative association,
whose members on April 17th elected a new
board of directors and officers.
As a lay member of the association I am plain not satisfied
that 30 smart men and women from my own neighbourhoods
in the centre of the city have failed to either email
news and other results from that interesting meeting, or updated
the names of members of the board and executive on
their tired web site!
http://www.stpaulsconservative.com
I repeat, unapologetically, that I consider emailing information
regularly to the present membership, apparently about
500, and sister organization, the provincials with something
around 100, is so incredibly easy and productive that the
board and executive clearly needs "freshening" (ahem) if they
can't get that little act together!
I will make them feel better about web sites. A member of my
family is very comfortable with every aspect of internet publishing
and web sites. But he admits to not understanding how
to assemble a web site using programming language.
That is probably why I prefer emailing my own rants directly
into the mail trays of some 3,300 recipients, rather than joining
the hoards of Tory and other blogsters who ask me to look
them up, whenever, and wherever they are, out on the ether!
This is much too much to ask!
Please, Tory feds in St. Paul's, start writing simple, email letters
to your adoring publics and others in the neighbourhoods!
Lively Summer "rattler" offsets much delayed Spring edition
"Circumstances" distorted the mailing of the newsprint version
of "Georgian Bay Today" by more than one full month,
which, even on a quarterly, is way too long!
I partially covered my trail by emailing the internet edition, 16
colourful, readable pages, to more than 2,000 recipients,
which was delivered more than two full weeks before the
mailed copies started to trickle in.
There was a fair bit of immediate response to the emailed
editions arriving, including the promise of one new advertiser
at least in the upcoming Summer edition. But I can't
figure out yet how to email future editions profitably, and
until I do, keep the spring edition in your computer.
Summer in newsprint will close zippily by the end of May
for mailing in mid-June. Looking to a nice growth in real
estate and other advertising. Email me if we can be of
service.
Replies-O-Gram #139, write, if you are pleased or offended, or
anything in between!
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Next issue, huzzah, again,f rom T.O. or h.h.! Cordially, hz
from Toronto

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