Friday, May 18, 2012

Daily Digest May 18, 2012 030


Residents of Toronto riding receive robocalls after judge throws out federal election results
Parties are already preparing for a possible federal by-election in an Ontario riding
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Election result in Toronto riding thrown out by judge
Conservative MP Ted Opitz's 2011 federal election win last year in Etobicoke Centre
was declared null and void today
in a challenge by former Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj.

Supreme Court vacancy gives Harper chance to appoint majority of justices
A vacancy has opened at the Supreme Court of Canada, giving Prime Minister Stephen Harper
the opportunity to appoint a majority of the court's justices.

'Time and punishment' now Canada's way
         Appointing friendlies – shocking!

The Tories Are Losing Public Trust
         Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page still standing despite Conservative pummeling

Budget legislation riddled with unwelcome surprises
         How the federal Liberals can rise again in Quebec

Stephen Harper's Arctic sovereignty legacy starting to cool off
         Dutch disease – an economic myth? – is not infecting Canada

Mulcair's diagnosis is off the mark
         Nothing shocking about sex exhibit

No food rights on menu: UN's special rapporteur a tough act to swallow
         Students give Charest a lifeline

Only Tori's Law can deliver justice
         Through service to others, we build strong communities

There is a method to Thomas Mulcair's 'Dutch Disease' madness
         Harper government funded study arguing Canada suffers from 'Dutch Disease'

Report on Elections Canada probe of mystery robocalls expected soon
         CMA president: Doctors 'greatly concerned' about Harper government cuts to safety net

Shake up among military brass imminent as defence overhaul takes shape
         Ottawa wrote off $125 million in EI overpayments as beyond recovery

Harper nude sparks mixed reactions
         Harper government pilloried in Commons over pension report 'coverup'

EI changes still under wraps but details coming 'soon'
         CP Corrects May 13 story on closed-door parliamentary committee meetings

FLASHBACK: O'Malley: In Camera Watch: A closer look at those committee secrecy statistics
         Nude painting of Harper raises eyebrows

Akin: The nude Stephen Harper. No, really. The NUDE Stephen Harper.
         Quebec's anti-protest legislation tramples basic rights: legal experts

Harper to push free trade with EU at G8 summit
         Tories suspend international business program after audit reveals 'irregularities'

Canada Banks Told Relying on Rules Doesn't Equal Risk Management
         Cost of restoring Parliament Hill buildings increases by $242 million

Taxpayers on hook for $850 million in severance for laid-off public servants.
         Job cuts will hurt preservation of Canada's past, say experts

Cuts to Canadian Coast Guard raise safety fears
         Premier Dunderdale 'extremely frustrated' dealing with MacKay

Harper gov't refuses to release secret report on pensions
         Mulcair agrees to oilsands visit

Under heavy fire, Mulcair defends 'polluter pay' stand on oil sands
         Conservatives, Liberals join hands to slap down Mulcair over oilsands attacks

Tories unleash attack dogs over Mulcair's 'Dutch disease' thesis
         Conservative MP Hawn estimates CF-18 costs $12,000 less per flying hour than F-35 fighter jet

Conrad Black denies seeking 'special treatment'
         Barbara Amiel: Conrad Black feared he'd be denied entry to Canada

Quality of life varies widely across Canada: study
         Arctic oil boom looms as Canada preps to take over as council chair

From debt to defence, Harper has his hands full at G8/NATO summits
         Obama hosts Harper, other leaders at G8 summit on world economy, Afghanistan

Emergency bill would see Quebec student leaders fined up to $35K for blocking classes
         Tory senator slams heritage minister over sexhibition criticism

Don't blame citizenry on federal prudishness
         Newcomers over age 50 costly: memo

Government pledges to investigate concerns about military ombudsman
         Veterans Affairs communications job coming back to P.E.I..

Report on soldier's suicide was heavily redacted for parents, commission hears
         Loss of addictions counsellors potential crisis for CFB Petawawa brass

Smuggling kingpin who sought refuge in Canada sentenced to life in prison in China
         Ties to federal party could hinder B.C. New Democrats' shot at leadership

Second legislative warrant to be issued for ORNGE founder Chris Mazza
         Alberta admits it likely missed its greenhouse gas reduction targets

No Need to Ban Cosmetic Pesticides: BC's Committee
         Theft of giant cedar prompts call for increased park policing

Surprise! Trio of ministers shows up unexpectedly for environment hearings
         BC committee crosses Clark on cosmetic pesticide ban

BC's move away from open government puzzling, says advocate
         Coroners' jury calls for mandatory safety training at mushroom farm inquest

G8 and NATO summits this weekend: 'Dear world, sorry about Harper'
         Cuts to Canadian Coast Guard raise safety fears


The Prison Industrial Complex
         Prominent Activist Backs Occupy Bilderberg Campaign

Judge Blocks Controversial NDAA
         Globalists Plan to Sabotage Greek Election: In Fact They Already Have

Forest Service Demands 80,000 to Turn Over Public Records to Non-profit Group
         A Special Report On the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe

Report: North Korea Resumes Construction on Nuclear Reactor
         OnStar Lets You Track Your Spouse for $0.12 a Day

OnStar Files Patents for Minority Report-Style Billboards
         CNN Hits Lowest Primetime Demo Rating at 9 PM In 15 Years

CFR: G8 s Top Priority is African Food Security Code For Depopulatiion is on the Table
         Alternative Media and Activists to Work Together to Expose the Bilderberger's

The US and the EU: Capitalisms Compared

         Climate Change: The Biggest Business Opportunity of Our Time

Global Governance Talk Vs. African Reality
         France's Economy is Doing All Right, Thanks

Martin Luther and the Eurozone: Theology as an Economic Destiny?
         Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names

The Berlin Wall of Mideast oil comes down
         Time magazine asks whether 'King Bibi' will make war or peace

US to transfer additional funds for Iron Dome this year
         The Nakba: Before and After

Hunger Strike Aftermath
Tibetan independence Read More

Corporate Media Criminal Cover Up: Literary Agent Listed Obama As Born In Kenya Since 2007 Read Entire Article
Army Convoy Heading Towards NATO Summit As Chicago Law Enforcement Prepares For War With Protesters
  Read Entire Article

NDAA Authorizes War Against Iran
Kucinich: 'We're getting ready for war against Iran' By Rep. Dennis Kucinich
The Former Chief of Staff of Secretary of State Colin Powell has stated that this resolution "reads like the same sheet of music that got us into the Iraq war."

Russian PM Says Action on Syria, Iran May Lead To Nuclear War "At some point such actions which undermine state sovereignty may lead to a full-scale regional war, even, although I do not want to frighten anyone, with the use of nuclear weapons," Medvedev said. "Everyone should bear this in mind."

Israel as Popular as North Korea According to BBC Poll In spite of Israeli Hasbara, Jewish lobbying and the Jewish stronghold over the media, the people of the world, see the Jewish State negatively.

Libyan "Rebels" Whip And Torture Man Telling Him He's Pig Meat Video "Today, those who took part in the uprising are above the law"

Indefinite Imprisonment Without Charge Or Trial The Case Against 'Indefinite Detention'
Congress Still Okay With Indefinite Detention and Torture of Americans

House GOP Kills Proposal to Block Indefinite Detention of US Citizens
Family Values? Blown Up Election

The Politics of Language and the Language of Political Regression
The Uprising Has Begun A New Politics That Rejects Austerity and Wars of Whim

In the Name of My Father Requiem and Renewal in the Shadow of Wall Street
US: The Shameful Index of Prison Rape

In Spite Of Videotaped Evidence All-White Jury Acquits Police Officer Of Beating Black Teen Video

Yemeni troops kill 11 "al-Qaida fighter" :
U.S. special forces in Yemen

Did White House 'spin' tip a covert op?:
Blasts in Baghdad bird market kill 5: .

2 NATO Occupation Force Troops Killed in Afghanistan Rocket Attack: .
Drone filmmaker denied visa:

UN: "Terrorist groups" involved in attacks in Syria: .
Joseph Lieberman Says US To Topple Syrian Regime:.

IAEA chief to visit Iran for talks on nuclear deal: .
US seeks extra $70m for Israel defence shield:.

Police beat handcuffed detainees in Palestinian solidarity protest: .
Russia Wants ICC to Examine All NATO Bombings in Libya:

Libya approves Islamic banking law -official: .
U.S. Secret Drug War in Honduras: Botched DEA Raid Leaves 2 Pregnant Women, 2 Men Dead:

Literary agent's 1991 booklet: Obama 'born in Kenya':
Facebook is being abandoned by its core market. You'd be better off investing in Greek government bonds

JPMorgan shares lurch down again as trading losses hit $3bn: .
Bernie Sanders "The Truth Is Wall Street Regulates Congress" - Video -

House GOP Throws Out Entire Summer Of Debt Ceiling Negotiations In Less Than 10 Minutes:
Irish Banks May Tip State Into Bailout 2, Deutsche Bank Says: .

UK: 100,000 people could lose their homes if mortgage payments rise by just £20 a month: .
Ireland And Portugal Resume Their Places Among Europe's Teetering Dominos.

Eurozone crisis looms large for world leaders. Full Story 
Dropping Planes, Not Bombs – OpEd READ MORE

Greeks Vote Against Leaving Eurozone In Legislative Election – OpEd READ MORE
Madeleine Albright And Iraq Genocide Memorial Day – OpEd READ MORE

Israel's New Protest – OpEd READ MORE
Gibraltar Issue Overshadows Queen's Jubilee Celebrations – OpEd READ MORE

War Of Scenarios – OpEd READ MORE
Senior Israeli Official: Leadership's Made Decision For War Against Iran – OpEd  READ MORE

Rents Out Of Control: How Londoners Are Being Fleeced By Greedy Landlords – OpEd READ MORE
Living With A Nuclear Iran – OpEd READ MORE

The Road to Checking China Runs Through Africa

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21h19 - Adoption de la loi spéciale · L'industrie touristique est soulagée
        Plusieurs organisations espèrent que l'adoption de la loi spéciale visant à mettre un terme au conflit étudiant permettra le retour au  calme afin de ne pas nuire à l'industrie touristique. Agence QMI
19h54 - Université Laval · Manifestation de la dernière chance?
        À Québec, la Confédération des associations étudiantes de l'Université Laval (CADEUL) appelle ses membres à se rendre manifester        contre l'adoption de la loi 78, ce soir, devant l'Assemblée nationale. Agence QMI
19h34 - Selon Lockheed · Pas de problèmes d'oxygène sur le F-35
        Un problème technique avec l'appareil respiratoire de l'avion de combat F-22 ne devrait pas affecter la sécurité des pilotes dans le F- 35, assure la compagnie Lockheed-Martin, qui produit les deux avions. Agence QMI
19h06 - Pêches et Océans Canada · Coupures et transferts au menu
         L'inquiétude est à son comble chez les employés de Québec de Pêches et Océans Canada.  Agence QMI
18h46 - Nouveau-Brunswick · Une hausse annuelle de 175 $ est adoptée dans une université
        Les droits de scolarité à l'Université St. Thomas s'élèveront de 4945 $ à 7675 $ pour 2012-2013, selon les programmes. Les étudiants    internationaux devront, pour leur part, débourser de 12 855 $ à 16 465 $.  Agence QMI
18h26 - Baccalauréat obligatoire pour les nouvelles infirmières · Les syndicats ont des réserves
        Parce que les infirmières du Québec accusent un retard sur les standards canadiens en termes d'heures de formation, l'OIQ veut  exiger que, dès 2014, ses nouvelles candidates soient détentrices d'un baccalauréat.  Agence QMI
18h22 - Québec · La Loi 78 a été adoptée
        La Loi 78 qui force le retour classe et empêche la tenue de manifestations spontanées a été adoptée vendredi en fin d'après-    midi. Agence QMI
17h08 - À compter de samedi · Le règlement interdisant le port d'un masque a été adopté
        C'est avec 33 votes pour et 25 votes contre que les nouvelles règles qui conféreront de nouveaux pouvoirs au Service de police de la    Ville de Montréal (SPVM) ont été adoptées. Agence QMI
16h39 - Loi spéciale · Une «déclaration de guerre»
        La loi spéciale constitue une «déclaration de guerre», selon les fédérations étudiantes, qui écartent maintenant la possibilité de rouvrir      le dialogue avec le gouvernement. Agence QMI
16h33 - Manifestation · Une loi spéciale dénoncée
        Les enseignants ne sont pas les seuls à avoir de vives réactions lorsqu'il est question de la loi spéciale, qui devait être adoptée en fin      de journée vendredi. Pour plusieurs étudiants, cette loi ne passe pas.  Agence QMI
16h25 - Cour suprême · Une juge se retire
        La juge Deschamps a été nommée à la Cour suprême du Canada le 7 août 2002 après avoir siégé à la Cour d'appel du Québec et à la         Cour supérieure de cette province. Agence QMI
16h23 - Syrie · Le Canada cesse ses livraisons de produits
        Le ministre Baird a déclaré que le durcissement des sanctions est en réponse à la répression brutale du président Bachar al-Assad       contre «la liberté, la dignité et un meilleur avenir» pour le peuple syrien.  Agence QMI
15h54 - Montréal · Manifestation : une loi spéciale dénoncée
        Plus d'une centaine d'étudiants, de professeurs et de citoyens se sont réunis, vendredi après-midi, devant la station de métro  Université-de-Montréal, afin d'exiger un moratoire sur la hausse des droits de scolarité ainsi que la tenue d'états généraux sur        l'éducation universitaire. Agence QMI
15h14 - Loi spéciale · Khadir invite à «réfléchir» à la désobéissance civile
        Le député de Québec solidaire Amir Khadir lance un appel à la réflexion sociale sur une éventuelle façon de désobéir à la loi spéciale  qui sera adoptée d'ici la fin de la journée. Agence QMI
15h11 - Loi spéciale · Le quotidien «Le Monde» sonde les Québécois
        Les grèves étudiantes et le bouleversement social qu'elles ont entraîné ont suscité l'intérêt de plusieurs médias internationaux parmi  lesquels le quotidien français «Le Monde».  Agence QMI
14h04 - NPD · Mulcair visitera l'Alberta
        Après avoir blâmé le secteur énergétique de l'Ouest canadien pour les difficultés économiques du Québec et de l'Ontario, le chef du     NPDvisitera la région des sables bitumineux ce printemps. Agence QMI
14h04 - Article 31 de la loi spéciale · La «clause Nadeau-Dubois» dénoncée
        «Je ne peux pas croire que, quand les libéraux ont écrit ça, ils ne m'ont pas visé personnellement.» Agence QMI
13h49 - Québec · La Loi spéciale assure une campagne électorale paisible
        Avec la Loi spéciale visant les associations étudiantes, les libéraux voulaient s'assurer de mener une éventuelle campagne électorale   sans grabuge, ont soutenu le Parti québécois et les leaders syndicaux. Agence QMI
13h25 - Conflit étudiant · La CLASSE songe à défier la loi spéciale
        Le porte-parole de la CLASSE, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, songe à inviter ses membres à défier la loi spéciale déposée par le        gouvernement Charest, la loi 78. Agence QMI
13h07 - Loi spéciale · Un site Internet pour la contester
        Une heure trente après sa mise en ligne, plus de 3200 personnes l'avaient déjà signée, et des milliers d'autres signatures sont         attendues. Agence QMI
13h01 - Sur les réseaux sociaux · Le projet de Loi spéciale 78 fait jaser
        La loi 78, déposée par le gouvernement a suscité de nombreux commentaires sur les réseaux sociaux. Agence QMI
12h53 - Loi spéciale · Changements apportés
        Sans fléchir sur l'encadrement strict du droit de manifester, le gouvernement Charest a apporté quelques modifications à sa loi         spéciale. Agence QMI
12h49 - Ottawa · Échanges musclés à propos de la sécurité alimentaire
        Le Parlement a été le théâtre d'affrontements musclé entre le gouvernement conservateur et l'opposition, vendredi, en raison des        sorties du rapporteur général de l'ONU sur l'accès à la nourriture au pays. Agence QMI
09h59 - Loi spéciale · Le Barreau du Québec a de «sérieuses inquiétudes»
        Le projet de loi 78, s'il est adopté, « porte des atteintes aux droits constitutionnels et fondamentaux des citoyens » et « l'ampleur de        ces limitations aux libertés fondamentales n'est pas justifiée ». Agence QMI
08h30 - Projet de loi 78 · De furieux débats
        C'est le ministre de la Sécurité publique et non pas la ministre de l'Éducation qui a présenté les principes du projet de loi 78 en plein       milieu de la nuit, vendredi. Agence QMI
05h19 - Grève étudiante · Contents d'avoir terminé
        Alors que les sessions sont suspendues dans plusieurs établissements, les cours ont pris fin normalement, hier, au cégep de Granby.     Certains étudiants en étaient heureux. D'autres sentaient tout de même une amertume face à l'absence de mobilisation. JDM
03h55 - Loi spéciale · Des milliers de manifestants
        À peine la 24e manifestation nocturne terminée jeudi soir, près de 1000 manifestants sont partis de la place Émilie-Gamelin pour une    nouvelle marche ayant pour thème « The Final Countdown : Manif en réponse à la loi matraque ». Agence QMI


Joe Hueglin 4:32pm May 18 Selection Process for the Supreme Court of Canada
The process will be as follows:

To identify a pool of qualified candidates for appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General will consult with the Quebec Attorney General, as well as leading members of the legal community. Members of the public are invited to submit their input with respect to qualified candidates who merit consideration at
The list of qualified candidates will be reviewed by a selection panel composed of five Members of Parliament including three Members from the Government Caucus and one Member from each of the recognized Opposition Caucuses, as selected by their respective leaders to review the list of qualified candidates.
The Supreme Court Selection Panel will be responsible to assess the candidates and provide an unranked short list of three qualified candidates to the Prime Minister of Canada and the Minister of Justice for their consideration.
The selected nominee will appear at a public hearing of an ad hoc parliamentary committee to answer questions of Members of Parliament. This is a process that was first established for the appointment of the Honourable Mr. Justice Marshall E. Rothstein in 2006.

From: Gord Elliott
Subject: Justice Marie Deschamps set to retire from the Supreme Court of Cana
da in August

Justice DesChamps was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada by Jean Chretien in 2002. After appointing her replacement, Prime Minister Harper will have appointed 5 of the 9 justices on the court.
Justice Fish will retire in 2013 and Justice Lebel in 2014, both of whom were appointed by Jean Chretien. After appointing their replacements, Prime Minister Harper will have appointed 7 of the 9 justices on the court.
Gord Elliott
Alberta Member Representative
National Council
Conservative Party of Canada

From: "Stephanie McDowall"
Subject: War on Terror Manipulations: Two Powerful Documentaries and My Own Experience as a Presidential Interpreter

There is much here that is worthwhile.
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Dear friends,

Two excellent documentaries, BBC's Power of Nightmares and Robert Greenwald's Unconstitutional, expose blatant manipulations in the war on terror. Power of Nightmares and Unconstitutional are among the best documentaries ever made using highly reliable sources to expose major government manipulations orchestrating war behind the scenes. Both are briefly described below with links given for free viewing online.

As further evidence, my own revealing experiences witnessing these manipulations firsthand while working as a language interpreter in secret meetings with Presidents G.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and other top officials are described. For verification purposes, links to major media articles on my whistleblowing testimony are provided. Empowering suggestions are also given on what you can do to help build a brighter future for us all.

From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Mulcair sticks to 'Dutch disease' diagnosis despite conflicting evidence, Joan Bryden,

Re: Mulcair sticks to 'Dutch disease' diagnosis despite conflicting evidence, Joan Bryden, 05/16/2012

Finance Minister Flaherty and the Western premiers dismiss the notion of "dutch disease" but the IRPP study which diagnoses Canada's manufacturing woes concludes that we do indeed suffer from it, and that policy responses are required. One of the suggested solutions is for government to offset a rising Canadian dollar by investing windfall resource profits in foreign assets. But in Canada, these super profits are largely captured by private companies who benefit from low resource royalties, low corporate taxes and lax environmental regulations.Thomas Mulcair is right to challenge the unbridled development and export of unprocessed bitumen when the main beneficiary is not the Canadian public, but Big Oil.

From: "Tom Brewer"

The present flap over the Finance Ministers statements re EI requires clarification. It is appalling how the government tries (in my opinion) to hide its intent in omnibus legislation! Canadians want work.. Work that provides more than just existence. Yes, some Canadians might want to move but the idea the government will hold a hammer over our heads... Either move or loose EI benefits is appalling.
I'm sorry but in my opinion our government is loosing site as to why they are the government. We elect MP's to represent us but it seems "we the people" fail to understand the opposition benches are there to oppose whatever night come forward. It is horrific wherein Canadians for instance fly the Minister of Defence around yet our government cant get it's act together to find a lost 14 year old in the North. The boondoggling exhibited shows me at least our government has lost control. The apparent "confusion" re the F35's boggles my mind! It seems we cant get the numbers right and further the confusion. In my mind I look for our government to be truthful. I do not see this and given other matters truly feel our government would rather hide matters on the people who pay the bills.
We pride ourselves as Canadians however we are loosing control thanks to the apparent going on in Ottawa. It is so bad it seems provinces are getting into the act as well. No mention of more MLA's prior to an election... Yet Sask needs three more MLA's. The hide and seek games played out every day hurt our abilities as a country. These games drive a wedge between us as we seem to think our government is against us. We need to review the game and ensure BOTH camps know their status if we are to get ahead.
It is maddening when a government member stands up and say... They(the Opposition) opposed this or that! Get it right people... That IS the Oppositions job... To Oppose. The government is supposed to bring forward legislation and in the debate process matters should be resolved... Unless of course people do not understand how the game is played.
Tom Brewer

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject:  re LTE to NP  DD

That is exactly the attitude of our government--LET THEM EAT CAKE--sadly there will be no orange juice with that--that is reserved for the elite.
As Mark Twain stated--"there are lies, there are damn lies, and then there are statistics"!!!
If we used the tax dollars to feed people rather than pay for these Conference Board liars we would have a better country--and that would just be the start.

Subject: The Latest from Impolitical

Tendencies at the top

This is a troubling story that deserves attention: "RCMP conducted five-month national security probe into leaked F-35 story."
The Harper government called in the RCMP to investigate a politically embarrassing story involving the decision to sole-source the purchase of the F-35 stealth fighter, claiming it was a breach of national security, The Canadian Press has learned.
The Mounties conducted a five-month review into an alleged leak of cabinet documents under the Security of Information Act, recently used to charge a naval intelligence officer in an apparent spy case.
Records obtained under the Access to Information Act show investigators had doubts almost from the outset in July 2010 that any laws were broken in the Globe and Mail story.

The report notes that the complaint was launched by Privy Council clerk Wayne Wouters.
Wesley Wark, an expert in security and intelligence at the University of Ottawa, said he was concerned by the revelations in the file. He described the probe as a misuse of not only the RCMP, but of the security legislation, one of the most serious laws on the book.
"This has the whiff, well more than a whiff, of a politically inspired move," said Wark.
"The complaint was coming from an odd place, an admittedly senior place within the government. The fact the clerk would ask the commissioner to do this is in of itself very unusual." He said it would not have been so unusual had the request for an investigation come from either the deputy ministers at Defence or Foreign Affairs departments that would have had a more direct say whether tthe story contained classified information.
But even in those cases, Wark said, departments have their own security officers who track media leaks and those rarely amount to criminal investigations.
He said it is also unusual in that the government would have known that media leak provisions of the legislation were struck down a few years ago in the aftermath of the case where Ottawa Citizen reporter Juliet O'Neill's home was raided following stories she wrote about the Maher Arar affair.

How and why did Wouters get involved in this, then? Inquiring minds would like to know.

Last week and really, since the budget was introduced, the question of the Canada Revenue Agency being used for political purposes has been raised given what appears to be selective targeting of environmental groups with respect to their political advocacy (which is permitted under the law, to the 10% threshold of their activities).

This reporting has a similar air about it. The RCMP should not be used as an investigative body to create an environment of "politically inspired chill" in the media, to use the term at the end of the report. The RCMP needs to be independent and guard against approaches like what happened here.

Kudos to Canadian Press for their ongoing vigilance in pursuing stories like this one.

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject:  More provinces join McGuinty's clampdown on doctors fees DD

Insanity rules in this country. Has everyone forgotten the 'Cookie Monster' in Alberta?

We pay these CEOs more than any doctor can ever hope to get. Then we have health care dollars wasted on EHealth and Ornge in Ontario but the doctors are getting paid too much??? We don't need all these CEOs etc living like politicians while the doctors, that are in high shortage already, get a wage cut. As I have written before, my neighbour had a stroke. He was in a hallway bed for 3 days and his doctor sent him home because he was not getting any sleep. At the same time CEOs from the same hospital that my neighbour was in were eating(on health care dollars) at a $200/plate dinner at a swank hotel nearby. I wonder how much the orange juice cost the taxpayer? Until the people of Canada realize that we are of no consequence to our rulers nothing will change.
Subject: more proof there is no one to vote for

Bad Liberal Habits Amplified By Tories
Subject: [On-Guard] Human Rights abuses??? It is our elite controlled by the banksters that commit the worst human rights abuses

Jurriaan Maessen
May 18, 2012
Subject: Sex: A Tell-All Exhibition At Ottawa Museum Has Age Limit Raised After Minister Raises Concerns DD

Joe--we get the same excuses--ie--it is an arms length operation so the government can do nothing about it? But they still fund it with tax dollars?? Those are very long arms. Government has no problem cutting OAS and EI but showing children this disgusting information(I guess this is the new definition of education?) will be fixed by raising the age??? We have people that are jobless, no food, etc but we can still spend tax dollars on this??
The governments are becoming more like the Mafia every day. First they control tobacco and alcohol and now, with the court ruling Ontario will allow brothels and they will be taxed. What other group in our history has made a profit on these commodities?
Could this museum be used to 'educate' our children into the sex trade? Just when I believe government can sink no lower they prove me wrong.

Subject: The Latest from Impolitical
From: Impolitical <> []

Arctic drilling on the horizon

Posted: 17 May 2012 05:26 AM PDT
About this: "Ottawa to auction exploration rights in massive area in the North." Looks like it's go time in the Arctic: "...the sheer magnitude of what is on the block is a clear signal that some in the oil patch are contemplating a return north, because parcels aren't made available unless companies request them. In that sense, the current bidding round is a remarkable turnaround for an industry whose plans were, until late last year, halted by a National Energy Board review into offshore Arctic drilling."

The Globe report is missing a major angle, however, the environmental one. In that vein, try this New York Times op-ed that argues against drilling in the north being permitted mostly due to its remoteness and the lack of resources up there to contain a spill. The resources that were on hand for the BP spill just aren't there and the weather would pose an additional hurdle.

See also this report, " Arctic oil spill cleanup would be badly hindered," where it is noted that even the consultant hired by the National Energy Board "found that an emergency response to a spill would be impossible between 15 and 78 per cent of the time, due to weather and other environmental conditions."

Finally, the National Energy Board's own report, the " Review of offshore drilling in the Canadian Arctic" from December 2011 is the key reference in relation to the subject of Arctic drilling. There are a lot of vows of disclosure of safety reports by companies, notions of ensuring a culture of safety, learning lessons from others spills, etc. There is also acknowledgment that "When open water is not present, active response would have to be deferred until the following melt season." Further, this on the current lack of infrastructure in the north: "The absence of offshore spill response infrastructure reflects the fact that there is currently no Arctic offshore drilling activity."

There seems to be a lot of wishful thinking here and no resources to deal with problems. Not good.

The #G20 Office of the Independent Police Review Director report

Posted: 17 May 2012 03:08 AM PDT

The National's report above is a good overview of yesterday's release of the G20 report by Ontario's Office of the Independent Police Review. You can read it here and while it is lengthy, the executive summary and ensuing recommendations are not a very taxing read. It is a tale of incompetence in so many respects.

Here are some of the excerpts that stood out from the report.

There are the night shift Incident Commander's comments on the Saturday night of the weekend:
"The night shift Incident Commander said Deputy Police Chief Warr told him that he wanted him to take back the streets. "I understood his instructions to mean that he wanted me to make the streets of Toronto safe again," he explained. "He wanted the streets that had been made unsafe by the terrorists that were attacking our city to be made safe again by restoring order." When the night shift Incident Commander took over Incident Command, he immediately informed command staff that they were going to take steps to restore order and that the process might involve mass arrests.

It was too late at that point, the Black Bloc had done their damage and this "terrorists" language indicates the panic that had set in. That language also suggested a police mindset that escalated the situation against citizens who didn't deserve it:
This attitude resulted in the decision to contain and arrest approximately 1,100 people during the summit, most of whom were peaceful protesters.

There's more from the same person on why there were mass arrests of about 260 persons at the Esplanade location that night:
The night shift Incident Commander explained that he ordered the crowd to be boxed in and arrested because, as he said, "I wasn't able to box in Queen's Park, so the mobility was there and, again, highlighted my concern and the need for this boxing in." He said he did not disperse the crowd because he needed to isolate the protesters and arrest them. They were in a "riot situation," and he had to break with normal TPS procedures, "to go outside the box," and not disperse the crowd.

That is an incomprehensible rationale. Was the Saturday night shift Incident Commander the same one who is referred to as "maniacal" by an officer on the ground at the Sunday Queen & Spadina kettling ("In an audio recording, one police officer on the line can be heard saying, "He's maniacal this MICC, he's maniacal.")? Are these individuals going to be held accountable?

There are the completely wrong and unconstitutional stop and search orders police believed they had that weekend:
Many police officers believed they were obeying orders in stopping and searching people arbitrarily.

The officers told the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) that they were ordered to investigate anyone who was carrying a backpack and anyone who was wearing a disguise gas masks, balaclavas, bandanas.
Many police officers ignored the basic rights citizens have under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and, by stopping and searching people arbitrarily, they overstepped their authority. Wearing bandanas and carrying heavy backpacks are not reasonable grounds to stop and search, and police should have used much more discretion.

There is the description of the Prisoner Processing Centre nightmare:
The Prisoner Processing Centre was poorly planned, designed, and operated. This detention facility was not operationally prepared for the mass arrests that took place on the Saturday night and on Sunday, leading to gross violations of prisoner rights, including detaining breach-of-peace arrestees for over 24 hours and with no access to a lawyer or a justice of the peace. In some cases the decision to detain those on a breach of the peace for more than 24 hours was ordered by the Superintendent in charge of the facility.

Even more disturbing, the lack of appropriate paperwork resulted at the PPC in several violations of human rights, including unlawful detention and arrest, no access to prescription medication or medical attention, and little or no access to food and water.

To boot, the poor paperwork meant that there is no exact figure of how many were arrested on G20 weekend. The OIPRD puts the number at 1,140.
There are a number of good recommendations, including:
10: that names and badge numbers of police officers be prominently displayed at all times on their clothing/equipment;
12: officer training in relation to large protests should include "a clear understanding of parameters of a legal protest and the rights of protesters";
15: officers should get refresher training in those legal parameters;
16: those who run the "Incident Command" systems should be well trained in doing so;
22: on the "kettling" or containment of protesters, police should be given discretion on the ground to permit access and exit from the area;
23: there has to be a connection between those being contained and a containment;
26: the Police Services Act and Code of Conduct should be amended to include a new offence expanding the "unlawful or unnecessary exercise of authority" to include an unlawful or excessive detention where no physical force was used.
The calls for accountability need to be heeded. Chief Blair seemed to acknowledge that when he was reacting yesterday to the report:
""I am quite prepared to hold people accountable," he said. "If there is misconduct, we'll deal with that."

Blair said he accepts the recommendations made by Gerry McNeilly of the Office of the Independent Police Review Director.

But given the contents of this report, the Toronto Police Services Board needs to be heard from on accountability as well, including with respect to Chief Blair. It is not clear at all why he should be exempted.
This was the largest mass arrest incident in Canadian history. You cannot roll along and simply vow that procedures will change for next time. There needs to be accountability and that needs to mean something real.