Saturday, May 19, 2012

Daily Digest May 19, 2012 030



A father's fight for war-damaged son
'Kidnapping' gets son out of CFB Petawawa, into treatment.
After three years, Greg Woolvett finally lost patience with the way his war-damaged son Jonathan was being treated at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa. So he kidnapped him.

Angry Tom messenger of his own destruction
         Mulcair attack on West a foolish gamble

How recklessly unCanadian
         Mulcair should drop the 'Dutch disease' rhetoric

There is a method to Thomas Mulcair's 'Dutch Disease' madness
NDP's Mulcair takes scorched earth strategy over oilsands

At least Mulcair has joined the great Canadian battle
         Forget tuition fees: If anything calls for a riot, it's Harper's stealth governace

UN offers zero food for thought
         EI has caused shameful damage down east

Quebec's stormy spring will be front and centre in next election
         The cost of Charest's cowardice: Good students are being sold out

Quebec's tuition protesters are the Greeks of Canada
         The Charter guarantees 'peaceful' assembly

Obama panders to Hollywood on gay marriage
         Air Canada pilots dispute goes to arbitration after negotiations fail

Quebec Liberal, government sites hacked
         Quebec's student crisis law stokes unrest

Quebec emergency law goes 'very far', ex-judge Gomery says
         G8 leaders shift focus to growth from austerity

There's more to Peter MacKay's wife than her beauty queen past
        Nazanin Afshin-Jam tells story of girl trapped by Iran's twisted culture

Residents of Toronto riding receive voter identification calls after judge throws out federal election results
         Tories may appeal judge's decision to order new byelection in Etobicoke Centre

Election result in Toronto riding thrown out by judge
         Childish political antics infiltrating Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government Dutch disease and Europe dominate concerns

Mystery deepens around Canadian accounts in secretive offshore tax haven
         Conservative MP John Weston apologizes to Daniel Veniez for campaign smear

Mulcair digs in for long debate on 'Dutch disease'
         Mulcair's oilsands crackdown would put some operations out of business, says ally

Harper government funded study arguing Canada suffers from 'Dutch Disease'
         Changes to Old Age Security equal big savings for Ottawa, big costs for seniors

Report on Elections Canada probe of mystery robocalls expected soon
         Military ombudsman rebuts complaints of delays, dysfunction in his office

Judge's departure continues Supreme Court's makeover
         CMA president: Doctors 'greatly concerned' about Harper government cuts to safety net

1 in 3 Canadians expect health-care system to become very sick: poll
         From rags to the Rideau: Politicians share stories of their lousiest jobs

Ottawa wrote off $125 million in EI overpayments as beyond recovery
         Proposed changes to EI perturb Atlantic Canada

Young Manitoba Liberals want federal chief sooner
         Shake up among military brass imminent as defence overhaul takes shape

Italian senator accused of embezzling built palatial Toronto villa with cash
         ORNGE founder Chris Mazza issued final summons to appear before committee

Federal Budget 2012: Opposition to budget bill galvanizing
         Harper says free trade an alternative to austerity, cutbacks

How Our Immune Systems Exaggerate Fear
         Dave Barrett, Kim Campbell named to Order of BC

Harper gov't funded study arguing Canada suffers from 'Dutch Disease'
         BC biotech company seeks approval for GM apple

Union cites safety risk as marine centres slated for closure, including BC


"In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant." - Charles de Gaulle - (1890-1970) French president and military leader

Once Again, Break Up the Banks; How Entitlements Can Perpetuate Youth Unemployment
Solidarity and the Student Movements in Chile and Quebec
         Army Convoy Heading Towards NATO Summit As Chicago      

Law Enforcement Prepares For War With Protesters

         Chicago in a Jam: Security Services to Block Cell Phone Towers Ahead of NATO Summit?

Pushing Back Against Tyranny: Judge Rules Indefinite Detention Sections of NDAA Unconstitutional
         Lawrence, Kansas, Fights to End Water Fluoridation

Korean Surveillance School Trains Citizen Snoops
         Corporate Media Criminal Cover Up: Literary Agent Listed Obama As Born In Kenya Since 2007

6-Foot-Long, 100-pound Missile Falls Off Apache Helicopter Near Texas Homes
         18 Signs That The Banking Crisis In Europe Has Just Gone From Bad To Worse

Police: Clayton Sniper May be High School Student
         Obama's Literary Agent in 1991: 'Born in Kenya and Raised in Indonesia and Hawaii'

Silence and the Language of Political Regression
         $80 Million Later, State Department Retreats on Mazar-e Sharif Consulate

US Drug War Kills More Innocents in Honduras
         A Universe with Strings Attached: Understanding String Theory

Helpful Instruments in our Understanding of Zionism and Israeli Oppression
         Requiem and Renewal: The Rejoined Occupation in America

King Media is Dead! Long Live the King
         FACTS ON FISH FARMS with Alexandra Morton

Haiti on Flag Day: Africa's Soul Not for Sale Yet
         The Road to Checking China Runs Through Africa

H.Res.568: Eliminating the Most Viable Alternative to War
        Crude Trade: BC Risks Parks for Bitumen/Oil Pipelines

Silence and the Language of Political Regression
        $80 Million Later, State Department Retreats on Mazar-e Sharif Consulate Read more...

US Drug War Kills More Innocents in Honduras
        A Universe with Strings Attached: Understanding String Theory

Helpful Instruments in our Understanding of Zionism and Israeli Oppression Read more...
        One Sees a Tree, the Other, a Canoe: The Humor and Struggle of International Solidarity
Read the Article

Amendment to Legalize Propaganda Inserted to Defense Authorization Bill
Read the Article at DailyKos
        Anti-Protest Legislation Passes in Quebec Read the Article at The Globe and Mail

Chris Hedges | A Victory for All of Us Read the Article at Truthdig
        The Police, the iPhone and Your Right to Record Read the Article at MediaCitizen

New French Cabinet Takes Pay Cut Read the Article at Al Jazeera English
        McCain Says President Obama Will Remain on Arizona Ballot Despite Birther Threats Watch the Video at Talking Points Memo

Demand, Deficit, and Denial: A Simplified Case Against Austerity Read the Article at The National Memo
        Occupy Movement Wins Spate of Legal Battles, Faces New Challenges Ahead as "NATO 3" Face Terrorism Charges  Read the Article

The NATO Raids and Arrests: This Is What Jail Solidarity Looks Like 
Read the Article
        One System for All: Universal Access to Health Care
Read the Article

Fact or Fiction? Bin Laden Not killed by US, Claims Former CIA Agent  "There was no assault. I know the American operations from the inside"
Are Americans Catching On, Waking Up, Unplugging?  The US government and its media whores, presstitutes as Gerald Celente calls them, show increasing contempt for the intelligence, or lack thereof, of the american public.

Beware False Flag Attack On Chicago NATO Summit by US War Criminals Independent writers are now warning of a false flag attack at the Chicago NATO Summit.
Congressmen Seek To Lift U.S. Propaganda Ban An amendment that would legalize the use of propaganda on American audiences is being inserted into the latest defense authorization bill.

Why Americans Are Less Hawkish than Their Leaders The study shows that when presented with arguments for and against cutting the defense budget, Americans want to cut it-a lot.
Kristol: Lieberman will be Secretary of State in Romney Administration If Kristol's latest prediction comes true, a Romney presidency would put U.S. foreign policy even more firmly under the control of a foreign power.

Robert Reich To New College Grads: Your F*cked As a former secretary of labor and current professor, I feel I owe it to you to tell you the truth about the pieces of parchment you're picking up today. You're f*cked

No No Keshagesh Keshagesh means Greedy Guts. It's what you call a little puppy who eats his own and then wants everybody else's.
Yemeni clashes kill 34 militants, troops: At least 22 Al-Qaeda-linked militants and 12 Yemeni soldiers were killed in clashes and air strikes overnight during a new US-backed offensive against insurgents in the south of the country,

Car bomb targets security forces in Syrian city, killing 9: A car bomb in the parking lot of a Syrian military compound killed at least nine people Saturday, the latest in increasingly frequent bombings in the country's major cities to target the regime's security services.
Pakistan supply route still closed: Malik said the government will not allow NATO supply routes to reopen until drone attacks on targets in Pakistan stop, Dawn News reported

Pakistan: 'US planning to usurp our independence': Syed Munawar Hasan, has said that the imprudent rulers had lost a golden opportunity of reviving national honor and adopting an independent foreign policy by deciding to restore NAO supplies in haste.
Seven killed in Mogadishu bomb blasts: At least seven people, mostly Somali soldiers, have been killed in bomb explosions in the Somali capital Mogadishu, officials and witnesses said.

Turkish civilian killed in attack by Kurdish rebels: - A construction worker was killed and three people were wounded when Kurdish militants attacked a military outpost in southeastern Turkey near the Iraqi border, security sources said on Saturday.
Denmark to ban labeling West Bank products as 'Made in Israel', report says: Report comes after South Africa says only recognizes State of Israel within borders demarcated by UN in 1948; move is in line with U.K. recommendation from 2009.

'Crushing Bahrain revolution crucial to war plans against Iran' : Annexation - that's what tens of thousands of protesters in the Middle East are calling new Arab union plans. It comes after Saudi Arabia said it wants to form an alliance with Bahrain
Suicide bomber kills 8 people in Afghanistan: Afghan security officials say a suicide bomber blew himself up at a police checkpoint in the country's east, killing eight people

Chicago: NATO Protesters: Charged with terrorism: The men were arrested Wednesday in an apartment building in the Bridgeport neighborhood. They're accused of trying to make Molotov cocktails ahead of the two-day summit that starts Sunday.
Regime Change: U.S. tells G8 Syria's Assad must go, cites Yemen as model: U.S. President Barack Obama told G8 leaders meeting at Camp David that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must leave power, and pointed to Yemen as a model of how political transition could work there, the White House said on Saturday.

Engineering Consent For Regime Change: U.S., allies accelerating plans to secure chemical arsenal as Syrian crisis worsens: The Obama administration is accelerating its planning with Middle Eastern allies for a series of potentially fast-moving crises in Syria in the coming months, including the possible loss of government control over some of the country's scattered stocks of chemical weapons, U.S. and Middle Eastern security officials say.

NATO summit to define enduring presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014: One of the major topics in the NATO summit is to "establish a vision for our enduring presence in Afghanistan," said General John R. Allen, commander of U.S. and NATO force in Afghanistan, as American Forces Press Service reported.

How the government is funding the UK war machine by cutting disability benefits:
The government spends £25 billion a year on its war machine and is committed to spending hundreds of billions more on buying new military hardware. At what cost to the disabled?

Chicago: "Beer Not Bombs" Protestor Speaks Out: : Video - "We were handcuffed to a bench and our legs were shackled together. We were not told what was happening," Ammussek said. "I believe very strongly in non-violence, and if I had seen anything that even resembled any plans or anything like that, we wouldn't have been there."

Mystery over Bridgeport arrests: Molotov cocktails or brewing equipment?: The National Lawyers Guild criticized the police raid, saying the nine NATO protesters only had beer-making equipment in their possession.

How FBI Entrapment Is Inventing 'Terrorists' - and Letting Bad Guys Off the Hook: In all these law enforcement schemes the alleged terrorists masterminds end up seeming, when the full story comes out, unable to terrorize their way out of a paper bag without law enforcement tutelage.

The Nato Summit Template for Policing the 'Other Chicago': Mayor Emanuel is spending millions entertaining Nato - and millions more to stifle protest at Chicago's dire levels of poverty

Border Control Measures Move Inland With Utah License Plate Tracking Program: The federal DEA is trying to initiate a blanket sweep of all license plates traveling along Interstate 15 in Utah, with the intent to store the information in a centralized database.

In a world gone crazy: National Guard's $26 million Sponsoring NASCAR's Dale Earnhardt Jr. Results in ZERO Recruits:
In fiscal year 2012, the National Guard has been contacted by more than 24,800 individuals interested in joining because of the race sponsorship. Of those, Creech said 20 were qualified candidates and that none joined

Facebook IPO fight-back begins: share price 'implausible', says analyst: The fight-back against Facebook's $100bn (£63bn) mega-float has begun, with the first analyst this weekend coming out to stamp a 'sell' sign on the social network's shares as the full extent to which Wall Street banks were forced to prop up its shares on the first day of trading was revealed.

MBTA to spread bacteria on Red Line in bioterror test --Homeland Security and the T plan to release 'dead' bacteria at three Red Line stops during off-hours. --Dates for the tests have not been made known. 18 May 2012 The MBTA [Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority] and Homeland Security plan to release dead [Yeah, right!] bacteria into three Red Line stations this summer to test bioterror sensors. The bacteria, bacillus subtilis, is not infectious even in its live form, according to government documents. The tests will be done in Cambridge and Somerville at the Davis, Harvard Square and Porter Stations.

US bioterrorists are dying to get the pandemic party started: Designer Flu: How scientists made a killer virus airborne 02 Jun 2012 Last summer, scientists performed an experiment that could have been ripped from the script of a Hollywood thriller. Sealed off in high-tech laboratories in the Netherlands and Wisconsin, researchers transformed one of the world's most deadly viruses, transmissible by direct contact, into versions capable of spreading through the air... Merely swapping hemagglutinins wasn't enough to make the composite virus into an airborne infectious flu in ferrets, though. [Wisconsin] Researchers helped the virus along by transferring it directly from one ferret to another. At least four changes to the molecule were needed to make the virus readily transmit via airborne droplets, the researchers found. [See: Flu 'Oddities'.]

3 men charged with terror conspiracy ahead of NATO summit 19 May 2012 Three men arrested earlier this week when police raided a Chicago apartment were being held Saturday on terrorism conspiracy charges, accused of trying to make Molotov cocktails ahead of the NATO summit. Their attorney, Sarah Gelsomino, said the men are "absolutely in shock and have no idea where these charges are coming from." They were scheduled to be in court later Saturday for a bond hearing on charges of conspiracy to commit terrorism, possession of an explosive or incendiary device and providing material support for terrorism. Six others arrested Wednesday in the South Side raid were released Friday without being charged. [Anonymous, get busy.]

Detained NATO protesters accused of Chicago terror plot 19 May 2012 Three men arrested when police raided a Chicago apartment had been planning to attack President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home and other targets, including police stations and squad cars, prosecutors said Saturday. The trio was arrested Wednesday in a nighttime raid in the Bridgeport neighborhood on the South Side. They're accused of trying to make Molotov cocktails ahead of the two-day NATO summit that starts Sunday. The three were charged with providing material support for terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism and possession of explosives.

US Special Forces in Yemen 17 May 2012 A group of about 20 U.S. special forces are on the ground in Yemen, helping the government fight insurgents in the south of the country, officials say. Their work includes using high-tech equipment to help the Yemeni military locate targets, the Los Angeles Times reported. The new president US-installed puppet, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadid, is reported to be more willing to work with the United States than his predecessor, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who stepped down after months of protests.

Congressmen Seek to Lift Propaganda Ban --Propaganda that was supposed to target foreigners could now be aimed at Americans, reversing a longstanding policy. 18 May 2012 An amendment that would legalize the use of propaganda on American audiences is being inserted into the latest defense authorization bill, BuzzFeed has learned. The amendment would "strike the current ban on domestic dissemination" of propaganda material produced by the State Department and the Pentagon, according to the summary of the law at the House Rules Committee's official website. The tweak to the bill would essentially neutralize two previous acts­the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and Foreign Relations Authorization Act in 1987--that had been passed to protect U.S. audiences from our own government's misinformation campaigns.

Why Protest NATO? Sam Jewler, Truthout: "In many ways, Afghanistan is worse off under NATO's Groundhog Day-like reign of terror than it was before…. Civilian deaths have become a hallmark of NATO interventions, in which forces rely on so-called precise aerial campaigns so as not to risk their own soldiers' lives. Even in the Balkans, NATO's first and signature so-called 'humanitarian war,' it's estimated that there were thousands of civilian deaths and that tens of billions of dollars worth of damage was done." Read the Article

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Most Expensive Weapon Ever
Ben Freeman, Truthout: "Tom Cruise steps onto the tarmac … and the fighter plane he's getting into is the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) - the most expensive weapon ever, which is slated to be the mainstay of the US Navy, the Air Force and the Marine Corps. The entire program is now expected to cost taxpayers nearly $1.51 trillion; that's more than any weapon in history."
Read the Article

This Is Why You're Fat: The 2012 Farm Bill and the Real Obesity Lobby
Suzanne Merkelson, Republic Report: "There's no data available yet on lobbying on the new farm bill, but a look at OpenSecrets' database on the 2007 bill provides a look at who might be involved this time around: Big Agriculture - which spends millions lobbying the federal government on food policy … As the 2012 farm bill heads from the Senate to the House of Representatives, it's important to keep in mind that this isn't just a farm bill - it's a food bill, helping to dictate what kinds of food people can afford."
Read the Article

Memo to Mayor Bloomberg: JPMorgan Blow-Up Is Not a "Hiccup" - It's a Giant Warning
 "New York's Mayor Bloomberg rarely loses an opportunity to rush to the defense of the reckless financial industry where he first cut his fangs as an investment banker. His recent excuse of fellow 1 Percent Boy's Club member Jamie Dimon in the wake of the JP Morgan blow-up was no exception. 'Jamie Dimon … is one of the smartest people in the financial industry,' the mayor said. JPMorgan, as he put it, has had a stellar reputation up until this hiccup.'"
Read the Article

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SAMEDI 19 MAI 2012

20h02 - Usines à chiots · Trois manifestations se tiennent dans la province
         Des dizaines de personnes se sont réunies à Montréal, Québec et Sherbrooke, samedi, pour défendre la cause du meilleur ami de l'homme.
19h36 - Désaccord à la loi spéciale · Révolte bruyante
         Des citoyens ont créé un nouvel événement sur Facebook qui invite les gens à «exprimer leur colère» contre la loi spéciale en frappant sur leurs        casseroles. Agence QMI
19h29 - Aéroport · Plus grande présence du français prônée
        La sénatrice libérale Maria Chaput a déposé cette semaine un projet de loi qui prône la qualité égale des communications et des services offerts.
18h30 - Loi contre le port du masque · En vigueur dès ce soir
        Le nouveau règlement interdisant le port du masque lors des manifestations dans la métropole est entré en vigueur samedi. Agence QMI
17h44 - La CLASSE retire son calendrier · voit le jour
        La CLASSE a retiré de son site internet le calendrier qui faisait état des manifestations étudiantes à venir, mais un nouveau site - a  vu le jour vendredi soir. Agence QMI
17h44 - Atteint de leucémie · Il est devenu adulte à 10 ans
         Depuis deux ans, Nicholas Girard combat un cancer avec la sagesse d'un grand et le courage d'un Titan. Agence QMI
17h14 - Sites hors service · «Par mesure préventive», selon le ministère
         Depuis tôt samedi, les sites Internet du Parti libéral du Québec et du ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, sont hors service. Agence QMI
15h58 - Pour One Drop · Important tournoi de poker avec Guy Laliberté
        Le plus prestigieux tournoi de poker jamais vu au Canada se tient en fin de semaine à Gatineau. Agence QMI
14h36 - Adoption de la loi 78 · Prudente, la CLASSE retire son calendrier
        La CLASSE joue la carte de la prudence en retirant sur son site internet «Bloquons la hausse» le calendrier qui faisait état des manifestations         étudiantes à venir. Agence QMI
05h54 - Conflit étudiant · Des notes « bonbons » ?
        Le Collège de Valleyfield se demande comment il fera pour rattraper 11 semaines de grève en un peu plus d'un mois. De son côté, le syndicat des          professeurs lance un cri d'alarme. JDM



Due to a shortage of knowledgeable Canadians skilled immigrants must be imported.

If it is right to publicly fund almost 100% of the education of our students to grade 12, then it is wrong for students to pay increasing amounts for their post secondary education.

Many can't afford it, most who go on enter the work force carrying very substantial debts.

Educating young Canadians is to me investing in the future of Canada and Canadians. Please visit and agree or disagree.

"Canada will also support sustainable economic growth in the region with two new development projects. In Jordan, Canada will contribute to efforts to create jobs for young women and men by improving their access to education and skills training. In Morocco, Canada will help strengthen training programs so that young people can obtain the necessary skills to secure jobs and start new businesses."

New Poll My view on government facilitating after Grade 12 education is . . . (poll 6243349) | Polld

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: this is who controls our 'democracy'???

The Elite Believe That You Are Ruining Their Planet And They Want You To Stop Reproducing

"Stephanie McDowall"
Subject: EPA Grossly Misrepresents The Toxicity Of Corexit Used In Gulf Of Mexico

We should stay on top of this issue considering our own Governments may decide to use this in B.C. waters if we end up with all those oil tankers on our coastline.
Subject: Russia threatens to strike NATO missile defense sites - Washington Times
Subject: GMO alert: top 10 genetically modified foods to avoid eating
Subject: Hacking Expert David Chalk Joins Urgent Call to Halt Smart Grid - MarketWatch
Subject: Daily News from Iceland, Current Affairs, Business, Politics, Sports, Culture
So why can't Canada have a cute MP character like the one in the article below.
Ours are all so staid.  No fun at all.

From: "Rory J. Koopmans"
Subject: An Open Letter About Tom Mulcair & Rex Murphy Has It Right

Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
Suite #203, 8912-156th St. N. West
Edmonton, AB. T5R 5Z2
Joseph Hueglin, The Canadian Daily Digest
Niagara Falls, ON.
Dear Joseph:
Happy Victoria Day Weekend my friend, hey why don't they rename kit Victoria/Elizabeth Day after the 60 year monarchs?
Anyways Joseph:
Tom Mulcair says that Alberta premier Alison Redford is not accomplished & that Alberta should have its oilsands shut down & yet be reamed for billions more by Quebec. Eg.: Students that already 50-100% less in tuition fees but still want Alberta students to pay more & who got so many concessions out of the weak Jean Charest that the breaks they got in costs offset Quebec tuition hikes!
Redford's Bio: Helped do legal work to help Nelson Mandela get rid of apartheid in South Africa.
Mulcair's Bio: A failed Liberal Cabinet Minister in the Quebec government who is only leading the federal NDP because the federal Liberals are led by a New Democrat (Communist), Bob Rae; who if he does for the federal Liberals what he did for the province of Ontario will ensure they ain't never coming back.
Redford's Bio: Led the Alberta Progressive Conservatives to as resounding 61 of 87 seats when there was talk during the election the PC's might drop to even 3rd place. A spectacular 12th straight majorative mandagte.
Mulcair's Bio: Just a reminder Tom it was a man who had in the past beaten ass cancer & who died of another form of it who led the NDP to 103 seats & Official Opposition styatus. You might have been his Quebec Lt., but you didn't win "Jack Shi*!"
Alison Redford: frankly a winner to me!
Tommy Mulcair: a joke who is needlessly pitting provinces against 1 another.
Another Tommy: Tommy Douglas, a fine prairie boy would be astonished at his modern day successor.
Subject: vitor marciano should have gotten in as a senator-elect, this is clearly a loss 4 alberta

Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
Suite #203, 8912-156 Street N. West
Edmonton, AB. T5R 5Z2
The Right Hon. Stephen J. Harper, PC, MP
Conservative, Calgary-Southwest
Prime Minister of Canada
Camp David, Maryland, United States Of America/The GVIII Summit
Dear Steve:
     In this now year LXI (61) of the reign of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth The IInd, I suggest the following.
Rename Victoria Day from here on in: Victoria/Elizabeth Day, Victoria Elizabeth Day, or the more regal & befitting Victoria & Elizabeth Day with the cool "&" symbol in between.
I am quite sure that since you are such a masterful royal supporter & head of Her Majesty's Government Of The Dominion Of Canada, you would be delighted to do this.n Plus, Her Majesty deserves the recognition Steve as only her ancestor hit this mark before her. I do not believe Her Majesty's Great-Great Grandmother would really mind. Plus, In believe other Commonwealth nations & Number X (Ten) would also be quite receptive to this sublime idea! Remember, every day Her Majesty is in power is a day less that Charles will be King!
God Save The Queen,
P.S.: Please tell your MP's & cabinet members such as a few from here in Alberta to say I can't call you Steve instead of Stephen. You told me it was okay when you were Leader of the Opposition as you had a failed attempt in 1988 to enter Parliament as a Reform Party candidate & you ran as Steve Harper. I have been told its disrespectful, but you flat out told me that you didn't care when I talked to you & Laureen at the Fort Edmonton Park Airport Blatchford Hangar & had my picture with you. Certain Alberta MP's have given me hell over this & I don't appreciate that fact. I am not a Tory MP, you said it was okay, so those MP's need to shut up. I would call you Mr. Prime Minister or Stephen instead, but I told you to call me Rory, so the informality is better. Besides I helped 5 of the 8 Edmonton Tory campaigns in 2011, I don't think its harmful that a good campaigner be given a little slack.

Subject: The Latest from Impolitical []

Judge overturns Etobicoke-Centre election result

Posted: 18 May 2012 02:00 PM PDT
"I declare the election null and void as contemplated under s.531(2) of the Canada Elections Act." (para. 154)

The overturned result is making the rounds all over, reported here at CBC & Canadian Press. Described as "rare" and " groundbreaking." In other words, it suits the times considering the new, highly organized electoral challenges we have never seen before.

I agree with Calgary Grit, that it's likely to be appealed. It would be very surprising for these Conservatives not to appeal. That's been their track record for years now, pursuing legal issues to the last appeal route possible. They certainly have the funds to do so. Besides, the time frame for the appeal is a shorter one:

Ted Opitz has eight calendar days to appeal the matter to the Supreme Court, which will hear the case "summarily and without delay."
­ kady o'malley (@kady) May 18, 2012

From the Libs:
"I was pleased with the Ontario Superior Court's decision to declare the 2011 election results in Etobicoke Centre null and void. Liberal Member of Parliament Borys Wrzesnewskyj lost his seat by 26 votes and had outlined numerous irregularities that were, in the end, found by Justice Lederer to have undermined the results.
It has become clear to many Canadians that our democracy was tested and perhaps undermined during the last election. Reports and allegations of election fraud are widespread and there are many cases still under investigation. This has cast serious doubts on the integrity of our electoral system, but we are confident that a by-election in Etobicoke Centre would help greatly in reaffirming the strength of our electoral system and Canada's democracy."

Kudos to Borys for standing up for electoral integrity.

From: "Robert G. Gauthier/The National Capital News Canada" <>
Subject: New "laws" in Quebec violate fundamental freedoms guaranteed in the Canadian Constitution.

Hello, Joe,
Re: Fundamental freedoms in Canada.

The last time I looked, our brothers and sisters living in the Province of Quebec still are Canadians and enjoy the protection of the Canadian Constitution.

Earlier in the protests, I was encouraged by what I thought was restraint by Premier Jean Charest. Unfortunately, this restraint has now translated from restraint to repression - in violation of the provisions in the Canadian Constitution that guarantee the right of assembly, freedom of expression, the right to dissent and equality under the law - these fundamental rights are also protected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Let's not be too quick to scrap the United Nations just yet. We may require a return visit from the UN Special Rapporteur.

The new laws proposed in Quebec require that any assembly of 25 or more people must be registered with the local police department at least 8 hours prior to the meeting. The Quebec law infringes on freedom of assembly, freedom of expression, freedom to dissent all fundamental rights guaranteed in the Canadian Constitution.
Hockey and soccer games, tourist buses, family and work gatherings and Bar-b-q's are threatened with fines of $1,000 to $125,000 for first offences.

The Canadian Constitution, the Supreme Law of the Land, provides that any law that overrides a provision of the Canadian Constitution is of no force or effect. In order to protect the accelerating encroachment by state officials in Quebec on the fundamental rights of Canadians residing in Quebec, it is now essential for the Government of Canada to overrule Premier Charest's illegal new laws without delay.
Robert G. Gauthier,

Agreed.  Any others with an opinion?
From: Steve Campbell
Subject: No No Keshagesh by Buffy Sainte-Marie

Published on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 by

No No Keshagesh

by Buffy Sainte-Marie
Keshagesh means Greedy Guts. It's what you call a little puppy who eats his own and then wants everybody else's.

* * * * *
I never saw so many business suits
Never knew a dollar sign could look so cute
Never knew a junkie with a money jones
Who's buying Park Place? Who's buying Boardwalk?

These old men they make their dirty deals
Go in the back room and see what they can steal
Talk about your beautiful for spacious skies
It's about uranium. It's about the water rights

Got Mother Nature on a luncheon plate
They carve her up and call it real estate
Want all the resources and all of the land
They make a war over it; they blow things up for it

The reservation out at Poverty Row
The cookin's cookin and the lights are low
Somebody tryin to save our Mother Earth I'm gonna
Help em to Save it and Sing it and Pray it singin

No No Keshagesh you can't do that no more.

Ol Columbus he was lookin good
When he got lost in our neighborhood
Garden of Eden right before his eyes
Now it's all spyware Now it's all income tax

Ol Brother Midas lookin hungry today
What he can't buy he'll get some other way
Send in the troopers if the Natives resist
Same old story, boys; that's how ya do it , boys

Look at these people Lord they're on a roll
Got to have it all; gotta have complete control
Want all the resources and all of the land
They break the law over it; blow things up for it

While all our champions are off in the war
Their final rippoff here at home is on
Mister Greed I think your time has come I'm gonna
Sing it and Say it and Live it and Pray it singin

No No Keshagesh you can't do that no more.

Note: Here's Buffy singing her song. Beautiful. - sc !

© Buffy Sainte-Marie
Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Sainte-Marie is a Canadian Cree singer-songwriter, musician, composer, visual artist, educator, pacifist, and social activist. By age 24, Buffy Sainte-Marie had appeared all over Europe, Canada, Australia and Asia, receiving honors, medals and awards, which continue to this day. Her song Until It's Time for You to Go was recorded by Elvis and Barbra and Cher, and her 1964 Universal Soldier became the anthem of the peace movement, despite the fact it was pretty much banned on US radio. For her very first album she was voted Billboard's Best New Artist. Buffy won an Academy Award Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for the song Up Where We Belong.

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject:  student protest

Sadly this issue has been focused on the students when, if we had any courage, we would join them rather than bad mouth them. Has the justification for the increased fees been stated? We know how every government department, no matter the level of government or the province, raises the costs to the taxpayer rather than lower their own spending of our tax dollars. We have orange juice, limos, pensions, repair of public buildings that are slated for demolition and on and on but we are supposed to just keep paying and shut up? Libya had no tuition fees--the government used their resource money to pay for the things important to the people of Libya--but our governments uses us to pay for all their perks while we get the shaft. The Canadian way is to find a way to work around all the tax increases and rules--but the day is upon us when there will be no way to avoid all the dictates of governments. What do we do then?

 Quebec's tuition protesters are the Greeks of Canada

More damage on streets of Montreal


Montreal protesters storm university


From: HS Sims
Subject: Fwd: Quebec students are protesting tuition fee increases.... why?

Something is not right when Alberta pays millions each year in transfer payments yet the student in Quebec feel they are owed an education?
Look at this chart.

Average undergraduate tuition fees for Canadian full-time students, by province

2010/2011 to 2011/2012 current dollars % change
Newfoundland and Labrador2,649/2,649/0.0
Prince Edward Island5,131/5,258/2.5
Nova Scotia5,497/5,731/4.3
New Brunswick5,647/5,853/3.6
British Columbia4,758/4,852/2.0
Really…… they pay less than half of most provinces? WTH

Get a grip students and your parents in Quebec, we are tired of subsidizing your education.
Pass on.

Hank--maybe the rest of Canada should start asking why our tuition fees are so high? Sweden also has free education and the best healthcare on the planet. We pay education tax for elementary school also but in Alberta my added student fees were at least $400./year /student.


I think the students are right in their protesting. Many
leave the halls of higher education with massive debts
and worthless degrees. The primary beneficiaries of
the entire process are the administrators and academic
staff who leave with defined benefit pension plans.

We are letting our youth waste productive years in
acquiring useless degrees. An example, the "artist"
who did the nude Harper. Who in their right mind
would pay $5000 for that disgusting nude.


Hank--I agree with you.


From: Anne Dickinson
Subject: Re: Daily Digest May 18, 2012 004

Hi Joe-
A week ago or so I got a call that I assumed to be from some call centre except that the
voice on the line sounded something like Mrs. Doubtfire and quite unlike the usual caller. I asked her
who she was calling for and she said "supporters services".
I asked who" supporters services" represented expecting some pitch for a cell phone or some such thing but to my surprise she said supporters  of Prime Minister Harper.
She didn't identify herself as calling for the Conservative Party which was odd.
But when I asked her if she was calling for the Conservative Party, she said that she was. As I don't generally take unsolicited calls from political parties at home and expected it would be a pitch for donations,  I rang off, but the whole thing seemed so odd and different from  calls I had received from political parties in the past  that I googled supporters services and calls and  found this .
This is exactly what happened to me, but this is dated in January though and my call was in May. it seems funny that the Conservative Party is playing around with this kind of stuff in light of some of their recent  problems.
Anne Dickinson
 Ever  hear of making a Risk vs Benefit Analysis?
From: "Sandra Finley" <>
Subject: TO: MP Blake Richards, Unmask the Police at Protests (Remember Montebello)

(This email is posted online at

In particular, please consider forwarding this to police and military officers you might know.
Blake Richards is the Conservative MP for the Alberta constituency called Wild Rose.
In October 2011, Blake introduced Private Member's Bill C-309 in the House of Commons. The bill if passed would make it a new Criminal Code offence to wear a mask or to otherwise conceal one's identity during a riot or an unlawful assembly. The bill has garnered the support of police chiefs in major Canadian cities, including Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria. (from

I am thinking of supporting your call to make it illegal to wear masks at protests . . .
Dear Blake Richards,
I believe you would want to know this event that involved masked protesters. I also sent a brief to the CBC Radio programme, "Day 6" (link appended) that interviewed you on the morning of May 19, 2012.
EVENT: SPP meetings in Montebello, Quebec. Peaceful protest.
DATE: 2007
The only protesters who were masked were POLICE OFFICERS. They were trained and assigned the role of turning the protest violent.
It is all on video, along with the later statement by the head of Quebec Police (Surete) that yes, the "protesters" were actually police officers.
Peaceful protesters tried to stop these "violent protesters" from using rocks against the line of uniformed police officers who were holding shields and wearing riot gear.
An observant person noticed that the "violent protesters" were wearing police boots and shouted it out. The legitimate protesters then reached in and yanked down the masks so that others could catch the revealed faces on video.
Through video footage, the officers were later identified. The head of the Quebec police was then forced to make a public statement, admitting that the masked "violent" protesters were police officers. He excused their actions.
Links to the video of the Montebello footage and the Police response are contained in
For at least 15 months, demands for a public inquiry went unheeded. An inquiry was eventually announced. As far as I know, it was never held. No one was ever held to account.
It is illegal to incite violence. When it is masked police offers who are doing it, under the direction and blessing of their superiors, then implicitly sanctioned by the Government (though inaction to correct), we have descended to a police state.
The documentary film, Battle in Seattle, (huge WTO protests) makes it clear that in some cases it is a police (National Guard) strategy to ALLOW violence to get out-of-hand BEFORE they step in with tear gas and rubber bullets (let the violence discredit the protesters AND make citizens reluctant to protest). Montebello is ample evidence that, in some cases, it is the police themselves who instigate the violence.
The Government and Police officials learned things from "The Battle in Seattle". (It took place in the U.S. but remember that Canadian and U.S. military and police are now "integrated" and have "compatible doctrine". Also note: The WTO, the SPP and the SPP successor organization have a common base: transnational corporate interests.)
It seems to me that the Officials took two things away from Montebello:
1. Disguised police officers planted in a crowd must not wear police boots OR, maybe it is safer to CONTRACT OUT such work.
2. They can do whatever they want: Canadians are dumb, uninformed and without backbone. Canadians won't stand up for ANYTHING. The talk about defending what the veterans fought and died for in World War Two (democracy) is meaningless rhetoric.
Another brief point:
Media portray the Quebec protests as student protests over tuition hikes.

They fail to note that the largest protests in Quebec happened on Earth Day and are about the failure of Governments to protect the Environment.

Failed protection of the environment, the SPP and its successor organization, corporate influence in Universities, failing democracy, Healthcare is on its way down, too - - the ROOT is the same: large corporate interests being served by Governments and public institutions.

· Protests will continue to escalate because NOTHING is being done to address the root cause: the Government, Police Officials and Universities have become tools to serve corporate interests.
· Montebello is misleading VIEWED IN ISOLATION. The mistake of "officials" is to add insult upon insult. Growing protest tells me that Canadians know the dangers; they are standing up - with much more to come, unless Government officials start to aggressively defend and serve the public interest.

I am thinking of supporting your call to make it illegal to wear masks at protests (unmask the police). However,
· It should also be illegal for police officials to contract out their "work" (they will do that if they are "unmasked").
· There also needs to be extremely strong whistle-blower protection for police officers.

Thank-you for your consideration.

At the G20 -would the Black Block have been arrested for mask wearing? They surely were not for vandalism.
From: Henry Atkinson <>
Subject: Fwd: SunNews Video Gallery - Sheldon Clare, CNFA President

Begin forwarded message:

SunNews Video Gallery >  Prime time >  Hands off our guns and privacy  - May
9, 2012 21:49
Sheldon Clare from Canada's National Firearms Association on the need to end
the gun registry permanently, in all of its permutations.
Subject: Fwd: LETTER: Minister clarifies gun regulations -

Begin forwarded message:

Date: May 19, 2012 2:02:03 PM EDT (CA)

Subject: LETTER: Minister clarifies gun regulations -