Monday, May 28, 2012

Daily Digest May 28, 2012 030


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

OPINION AND INFORMATION
_____CANADA
Tories move to pull plug on politically-damaging F-35 hearings
The Harper government is moving to shut down House of Commons hearings
into the auditor general's scathing report on the $25-billion F-35 stealth fighter jet project.
MORE...

The Tory who could have been a somebody, but folded.
MPs choosing between constituents and party

B.C.'s David Wilks may be powerless, but rookie MPs do make a difference
EI changes continue the erosion of Canada's social safety net

Stephen Harper's EI reforms must include a credible right of appeal
Ottawa happy to fork out millions to prop up corrupt, hated regime
Spy vs. Spy: Russian eyes may be watching us, but there's no hard feelings

Taking aim at gun crime
Time for Charest to show his cards and call the bluff

Mental health reform needs government leadership
Conservatives could be playing for time in Etobicoke Centre

Tories' back-to-work bill for CP Rail workers plays into NDP's hands
Tories' EI reform too radical? Try too timid

Scrums: Hi ho, hi ho
Did taxpayers get good value for $10,000 report from Down Under?

The Commons: John Baird and Thomas Mulcair haggle over segues
Postmedia chopping newsroom jobs

Tory MP appeals ruling that sets stage for Toronto by-election
Why Harper should avoid 'governments lose by-elections' mantra

NDP making huge gains as Canada tilts leftward: poll
Running for the Tories means never needing EI

A quarter of defeated Tory candidates landed public jobs after election: analysis
Liberals team up with Green chief in bid to stall Tory budget bill

Opposition vows to keep up pressure on budget bill
Collective bargaining 'under attack,' Canadian Pacific union says

Raitt urges MPs to support 'expedited' back-to-work bill
Tories set to shut Commons inquiry into F-35s

Feds trying to gut Fisheries Act under the radar, say two former federal Conservative fisheries ministers
Next four weeks of House session 'challenging' say feds

A year under chief of staff Wright, PMO has less a 'bunker mentality'
Tories set to shut Commons inquiry into F-35s

Why Harper should avoid 'governments lose by-elections' mantra
NDP leader has remortgaged his home 11 times since early 1980s

Feds trying to gut Fisheries Act under the radar, say two former federal Conservative fisheries ministers
Talks between CP, union stall; Raitt prepared to step in

Next four weeks of House session 'challenging' say feds
An excellent debate about resource revenues

Watchdog has seen draft Canada-US perimeter privacy statement
Senior officials knew over a year ago about toxic environment in military ombudsman's office

Why Atlantic Canada need not fear decline
EI changes unfair to N.L., Dunderdale says

Fishermen fret over EI changes
West Block's $863-million renovation on time and within budget, says Public Works

Canadian Army Studies Its Direct Fire Capability As It Gets Ready to "Divest" Itself of Some TOW Systems
Dion: Real reform of the Senate won't be that easy

Canada's demographic 'golden age' coming to an end
Redford to push for united energy strategy amid oilsands criticism at Western premiers meeting

Laser attacks on pilots are on the rise, records show
NDP confident P.E.I. breakthrough is possible

As tuition talks reopen, Parizeau compares Quebec unrest to Quiet Revolution
Brutal killings in Syria bring new urgency to UN response

What the Lucky Owe the Rest
New Price Tag on Adult Ed Success

Canada's gun owners shouldn't expect much help from Ottawa
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/05/28/matt-gurney-canadas-gun-owners-shouldnt-expect-much-help-from-ottawa/

Thousands rally in Montreal against law restricting protests Source
Related posts:
_____FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Media and Activists Calling for Peaceful Resistance at Bilderberg 2012
Visit our official Bilderberg 2012 Page

With the week of Bilderberg upon us, alternative media and social networking sites are buzzing with talk about the big weekend. For such a serious topic, people have been overwhelmingly cheerful and supportive of one another leading up to this event.

For years many of us have watched from the sidelines as these meetings took place, all of us thinking that we were alone, and that we were the only ones interested in the encroaching world police state that this group has been creating.

This past year things seemed to have changed, due to an immediate grass roots resistance that sprung up the moment that Bilderberg was rumored to be visiting the US. Read Entire Article

Syrian Opposition Officially Abandons UN Peace Plan
An Ongoing Disaster: Libya, Africa & Africom

China Cracks Down Following Tibetan Immolations
Missing Leadership In Revolution Renders Egypt's Poll Turnout Low – OpEd

Libya: Election, Seif Islam Handover Delayed
Qatar: At Least 20 Dead In Mall Fire

Kenya: Violent Blast In Downtown NairobiI
Haaretz Editorial UN troops to Syria now

Turkish court charges senior IDF officials over Gaza flotilla deaths
World in uproar as Syrian forces massacre citizens

As US, Israeli positions diverge, Iran nuke work progresses
The Culture of War Video:
http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/10731.html

"The Salvador Option For Syria" US-NATO Sponsored Death Squads Integrate "Opposition Forces" In relation to recent events, the killings and atrocities committed in the border city of Houla on May 27 were, in all likelihood, carried out under what may be described as a "Salvador Option for Syria". http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31437.htm

In Case You Missed It The Salvador Option in Beirut  "The only prospect that holds hope for us is the carving up of Syria... It is our task to prepare for that prospect. All else is a purposeless waste of time." - Zionist militant Zeév Jabotinsky http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31438.htm

Clinton's $33m Raid on Pakistan Shows That, In The End, Hypocrisy Will Win Are the Pakistanis being so dastardly when they lock up a national who has helped in a murder? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31441.htm

U.S. Policies Are Usually Dictated By Amazing Ignorance. Video and Transcript The US corporate superstructure conglomerate - including financial interests, the defense industry, oil companies and the media - brazenly manipulate American society.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31435.htm

Messing With Our Minds: The Ever Finer Line Between News and Advertising Throughout history, the need to "persuade and influence" has always been manipulated by those people in power as a means to maintain authority and legitimacy. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31439.htm

The Century of the Self Must Watch Video Documentary How politicians and business learned to create and manipulate mass-consumer society. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12642.htm


Becoming A Theocracy Mitt Romney's Issues Romney prays frequently, feels that he has a direct connection to "God," and indeed engages in conversations with "God," http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31440.htm

White Slavery: The Irish Slaves That Time Forgot During the 1650s, over 100,000 Irish children between the ages of 10 and 14 were taken from their parents and sold as slaves in the West Indies. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31436.htm

Anthem By Leonard Cohen
I can't run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31442.htm

US kills 11 people in Pakistan : US drones carried out two strikes in North Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan today, killing 11 http://bit.ly/MYMncY

ISI chief's puts off US visit: New ISI chief Lt Gen Zahir-ul-Islam's planned visit to Washington this week has been put off due to unspecified reasons against the backdrop of strains in the US-Pakistan relations. http://bit.ly/JpyS2w

2 Nato Soldiers Killed in Insurgent Attack in Afghanistan: Two Nato soldiers were killed in an insurgents' attack in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, Isaf said. It provided no other details on the attacks, including the nationalities of the troops. http://bit.ly/LyDHaw

U.S. kills 5 people in Yemen: : A U.S. drone strike Monday aiming for an al Qaeda leader has killed five militants in the country's south as part of a Yemeni offensive against the Islamist group, Yemeni officials said. http://bit.ly/JQ5emS

Yemeni leader denies rumor of U.S. control: Yemeni President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi has denied allegations U.S. Ambassador Gerard Feierstein was controlling the transitional process. http://bit.ly/KXcH93

US wades deeper into counterterrorism fight in Yemen and East Africa: " A congressionally approved $75 million cash influx for American-led counterterrorism operations in Yemen and East Africa is the latest sign of a quietly escalating war against "terrorist factions" in the region. http://bit.ly/KWhL9L

Turkish soldier killed in clash with rebels: State-run television says Kurdish rebels have killed a soldier in a clash in southeast Turkey, prompting the military to launch a large-scale offensive in the area. http://yhoo.it/KSWYVg

War Criminal: Tony Blair denies 'war criminal' allegations: The former Prime Minister denies allegations about the Iraq war made by a protester who disrupted his evidence at the Leveson Inquiry. http://tgr.ph/K3tck2

U.N. Security Council Issues Condemnation of Syria Attack: While not blaming the Syrian government directly for all the deaths, rebuked it for its use of tanks and artillery against civilians despite agreeing to an April 12 cease-fire. http://nyti.ms/LyE2tN

Both Syrian sides to blame for deaths, says Russian Foreign Minister: "Both sides have obviously had a hand in the deaths of innocent people, including several dozen women and children. This area is controlled by the rebels, but it is also surrounded by government troops," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after talks in Moscow with visiting British Foreign Secretary William Hague. http://ind.pn/LMHunF

Engineering Consent For An Attack On Syria: Barak calls for intervention by int'l community in Syria: Defense Minister Ehud Barak called for international intervention in Syria on Sunday amid reports that 116 civilians, including women and children, were massacred in the city of Houla. http://bit.ly/MRDe8p

Engineering Consent For An Attack On Syria: Houla massacre: US military warns Syria as pressure builds on Obama: Top US general urges increased diplomatic pressure on Bashar al-Assad but warns military is prepared to act if necessary http://bit.ly/LwEV9G

Top U.S. general says military options are open as pressure mounts on Syria: President Obama's top military adviser told Fox News on Monday that military intervention isn't off the table. "There is always a military option," he said, according to Fox, but signaled caution. http://bit.ly/KX1aTJ

Pentagon has military plans ready to prevent nuclear Iran, says Panetta: The Pentagon has a plan ready for military action to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, but the United States and its allies remain focused on reaching a diplomatic solution, according to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. http://bit.ly/MRioWG

New computer virus hits Iran: Kaspersky called the malware, named "Flame," the "most sophisticated cyber-weapon yet unleashed." It said the bug had infected computers in Iran, the West Bank, Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. http://bit.ly/JpBMo0

Israelis must shun racism, not African migrants: I am as afraid to live in the Israel of 2012 as any right-minded German should have been in 1938, or as any right-minded American should have been in the 1960s. http://bit.ly/Ly2god

Cables reveal Australia, US focus on Assange: THE WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange remains the target of a US government criminal investigation and the subject of US-Australian intelligence exchanges, Australian diplomatic cables obtained by the Herald reveal. http://bit.ly/LVl5rd

Spent Fuel Rods Drive Growing Fear Over Plant in Japan: What passes for normal at the Fukushima Daiichi plant today would have caused shudders among even the most sanguine of experts before an earthquake and tsunami set off the world's second most serious nuclear crisis after Chernobyl. http://nyti.ms/KCRRu5

Political Pandering!!: Romney thanks troops in new campaign video: "Every veteran is the greatest of his generation." http://bit.ly/KQkyQe

Veterans Give Romney Big Lead Over Obama: U.S. veterans, about 13% of the adult population and consisting mostly of older men, support Mitt Romney over Barack Obama for president by 58% to 34%, while nonveterans give Obama a four-percentage-point edge. http://bit.ly/L7HhZT

All pain, no gain: The Irish backlash that could mean a 'No' to Europe's austerity plans: With Ireland getting fed up of belt-tightening, the odds are shortening on a No vote to the referendum on the European fiscal treaty http://tgr.ph/JY4Vfg

List of Keywords and Phrases DHS Uses to Monitor Social Networking Sites and Online Media for Signs of Terrorism and Threats Posted by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org (I'm sure, also a keyword.) --Words included in DHS 2011 ' Analyst's Desktop Binder'. 27 May 2012 'Snow' 'Blizzard' 'H1N1' 'Vaccine'. Whoops! I'm now under surveillance.

Revealed: Hundreds of words to avoid using online if you don't want the government spying on you 26 May 2012 The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S. The intriguing the list includes obvious choices such as 'attack', 'Al Qaeda', 'terrorism' and 'dirty bomb' alongside dozens of seemingly innocent words like 'smart', 'cloud', 'blizzard' and 'Mexico'. Released under a freedom of information request, the information sheds new light on how government analysts are instructed to patrol the internet searching for domestic and external threats. The words are included in the department's 2011 ' Analyst's Desktop Binder' used by workers at their National Operations Center which instructs workers to identify 'media reports that reflect adversely on DHS and response activities'.

Bradley Manning defence team says US military is withholding key evidence 27 May 2012 Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of being behind the biggest leak of state secrets in US history, is being denied a fair trial because the army is withholding from him crucial information that might prove his innocence or reduce his sentence, his defence team is arguing. With Manning's court-martial approaching in September, his legal team has released details of what they claim is a shocking lack of diligence on the part of the military prosecutors in affording him his basic constitutional rights. The stakes are high, with Manning facing possible life imprisonment for a raft of charges that include "aiding the enemy". Manning's main civilian lawyer, David Coombs, has filed a motion with the military court in Fort Meade, Maryland, that sets out a catalogue of delays and inconsistencies in the army's handling of the case.

General restricts war-zone photography 24 May 2012 Marine commanders in Afghanistan have cracked down on war-zone photography in the wake of two international scandals [war crimes] this year in which U.S. troops were depicted posing with dead Taliban fighters. Rank-and-file personnel assigned to Regional Command Southwest, headquartered here in Helmand province, have been ordered to take photographs only for official purposes while outside the wire, said Maj. Gen. Charles Gurganus, head of I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

US assassination drones kill 8 in northwestern Pakistan 27 May 2012 A US assassination drone strike has killed eight people and injured several others in the northwestern Pakistan tribal region near the Afghan border, early Monday. The attack took place in the Hassokhel town, 25 kilometers east of Miranshah, the main town of the North Waziristan area, Pakistani TV channel Dunya News reported. A Pakistani security official said US drones had fired four more missiles at a compound in the town. He added that the exact number of the drones that participated in the airstrike was not immediately known.

Afghan president orders investigation into deadly US-led airstrike 27 May 2012 Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered an investigation into the recent US-led airstrike which claimed the lives of eight civilians. A statement released by Karzai's office on Sunday said that he has dispatched a delegation to investigate the incident. On Saturday, a man, his wife and six of their children were killed in a US-led airstrike in the village of Suri Khail in the Gurda Saria district of Paktia Province.

3 US-led troops killed in E Afghanistan 27 May 2012 Separate bomb attacks in eastern Afghanistan have killed three US-led foreign forces enlisted by the NATO military alliance, Press TV reports. US-led military officials in the Afghan capital Kabul confirmed the deaths in a statement, saying a first explosion killed one trooper earlier in the day before another claimed the lives of two others. The recent deaths took the total number of the US-led troops killed in Afghanistan since Saturday to seven.

Amnesty International: Israel frequently uses excessive force against Palestinians 24 May 2012 The Amnesty International 2012 annual report was released on Wednesday. The report is highly critical of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians, charging that the Israel Defense Forces frequently uses excessive, sometimes lethal, force against demonstrators in the West Bank and civilians in Gaza. The IDF this year has killed 55 civilians in the West Bank and Gaza, including 11 children, the report said. The report charges that Israeli authorities were prolonging the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip with the continued implementation of blockade.

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22h06 - Autochtones · Des négociations prisées par les anciens fonctionnaires québécois
        Le «secteur» des négociations avec les communautés autochtones est prisé d'anciens fonctionnaires de l'État québécois. Agence QMI
21h09 - Dangers du bronzage artificiel · Québec veut une campagne de prévention
        Le gouvernement du Québec ne se contentera pas d'une loi interdisant le bronzage artificiel aux mineurs. Agence QMI
21h00 - Réforme de l'assurance-emploi · Des «McJobs» pour les chômeurs, selon Mulcair
        Le gouvernement Harper veut aider les chômeurs à retrouver la «dignité d'avoir un travail» et faire en sorte qu'ils payent des taxes. Agence QMI
19h48 - Prêt hypothécaire · Cullen défend Mulciar
        Le leader parlementaire du NPD a défendu son patron lundi, alors qu'on apprenait que Thomas Mulcair avait refinancé 11 fois sa maison depuis les        années 1980. Agence QMI
19h29 - Loi 78 contestée · Juripop optimiste
        Après avoir déposé officiellement deux requêtes pour contester la loi 78, vendredi dernier, au palais de justice de Montréal, la clinique juridique     Juripop, mandatée par la FECQ, la FEUQ et la TaCEQ, se fera entendre ce vendredi. Agence QMI
19h12 - Conflit étudiant · Quatrième ronde de négociations
        Les leaders étudiants entreprennent cette négociation avec méfiance. Agence QMI
18h45 - Grève | Canadien Pacifique · Ottawa sort l'artillerie lourde
        Le gouvernement de Stephen Harper a sorti l'artillerie lourde en déposant lundi une loi spéciale. Agence QMI
18h43 - Syrie · Le Conseil de sécurité doit imposer des sanctions
        Le ministre Baird a fermement condamné lundi le massacre, déclarant qu'il s'agit d'un autre exemple du «mépris absolu du régime illégitime d'Assad      envers la vie humaine.»  Agence QMI
18h13 - Selon le SPGQ · L'appareil gouvernemental utilisé à des fins partisanes?
        Le gouvernement Charest utilise l'appareil gouvernemental à des fins partisanes, selon le Syndicat des professionnels du gouvernement du        Québec (SPGQ). Le Directeur général des élections (DGE) se penche sur le dossier. Agence QMI
15h46 - Irrégularités électorales · Un député fait appel devant la Cour suprême
        Le député conservateur Ted Opitz a décidé d'en appeler du jugement de la Cour supérieure de l'Ontario. Agence QMI
14h59 - Grève au Canadien Pacifique · Une loi de retour au travail s'impose, dit la ministre Raitt
        «La grève ne peut continuer. Il faut que les trains roulent.» Agence QMI
13h58 - Conflit étudiant · Raymond Bachand se dit confiant quant à l'issue des négociations
        Raymond Bachand, a bon espoir que les négociations entre la ministre de l'Éducation et les étudiants, qui doivent débuter lundi après-midi,     permettent de trouver une sortie de crise. Agence QMI
03h37 - Rencontres sur internet · Les Québécoises craquent pour les Anglos
        Ils viennent de Laval, de Baie-Comeau ou du Plateau, mais ils draguent sur Plenty of Fish, OK Cupid ou E-Harmony, les géants mondiaux de la     drague virtuelle. JDM
02h40 - 34e manifestation nocturne · Une foule moins nombreuse marche de façon pacifique
        La marche a toutefois de nouveau été déclarée illégale par le Service de police de la Ville de Montréal dès le départ à 20 h 30 en l'absence de trajet  fourni à l'avance. Elle était tolérée tant qu'aucun acte criminel ne serait commis. Agence QMI

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Baird condemns Syrian 'massacre'
http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/world/archives/2012/05/20120528-073625.html

Baird makes his statement "The number of children feared dead is especially reflective of the regime's utter contempt for humanity
and decency."
based not on knowledge but to further prepare Canadians for a NATO attack on Syria as was done on Libya and is being worked toward on Iran.

Our current  fleet of fighter-bombers have never been used in defending only in attacking.

Should there be a name change to Ministry of War?

         Joe

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From: roryj_koopmans@hotmail.com
To: tharper@thestar.ca
Subject:
Date: Sat, 26 May 2012 18:16:12 -0600

tim, i was a 3-11pm swing shift contracted supervisor at tim hortons 2x, 4 2 different owners. i accepted the jobs not knowing that the filipinos i was training were eventually going to replace me. i went to tim hortons mgmt. school and had all my expenses paid, plus i was made an employee for a few months after finishing up my supervisor contracts of 1 year, and 7 months at the 2nd store. so i must have been somewhat respected. but its humiliating to be forced 2 take orders from foreign workers who just wanted me out the door. u understand, i was salaried, & agreed to switch to hourly when made just an employee. ironically, the filipino employees were being paid more per hour than me & I'm a canadian citizen. needless to say i felt humiliated that peopl;e i trained were getting more money than me when i gave them all of their skills. i got buyouts to leave both times. but tim hortons corporate & my 2 respective owners would not give me, an ex-supervisor any job references, so i had a struggle getting replacement jobs. tim hortons is a rotten company to canadian employees. thats why u see so many filipino faces behin d their counters now!

Subject: Executive Dissertations: Prime Ministers Week-Part V
http://rjkoopmans.blogspot.ca/2012/05/prime-ministers-week-part-v.html

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Subject: Thanks again.
From: "Robert G. Gauthier/The National Capital News Canada" <robertggauthier@aol.com>

Hi, Joe,
Thanks again for publishing my concerns. I asked The Toronto Star to correct the headline that suggests the protests in Quebec are because of the increase in student fees. The fact is that Bill 78 overrides the provisions in the Canadian Constitution that protect the fundamental rights of freedom of expression, assembly, dissent and protest, in violation of Article 52 that states that such a Bill is of no force or effect. This is the reason for such a massive protest. Unfortunately, the Canadian Parliamentarians, the "Guardians of the fundamental rights of Canadians everywhere in Canada," are nowhere to be found.
Bob Gauthier

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From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Some welcomed, others not, Lorne Gunter, May 26, 2012

Re: Some welcomed, others not, Lorne Gunter, May 26, 2012
http://www.edmontonsun.com/2012/05/26/some-welcomed-others-not

Lorne Gunter accuses Thomas Mulcair of selective outrage in the Conrad Black case, but Mulcair was blasting the double standards of the Federal government whenever Conservative insiders are involved, and the dubious claim that all decisions on temporary resident permits are made by bureaucrats without any ministerial interference. As for being selective, Gunter claims that Omar Khadr "may be a citizen, but that is through no fault of his own". Pray tell, Mr. Gunter, what was Conrad Black's role in choosing his country at birth?
Footnote:

Mulcair blasts 'double standard' that cleared way for Conrad Black's return to Canada
Jeff Davis, Mark Kennedy and Jason Fekete, Postmedia News May 2, 2012
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/05/02/conrad-black-return-to-canada/

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From: John Duddy
Subject: [Sj-forum] Vancouver Hearings.


Open Invitation to the 9/11 Truth Community: Join us at The Vancouver Hearings
Posted on February 27, 2012
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The Denman Theatre
15-17 June 2012

OUR MISSION: TO EXPAND THE BOUNDARIES OF 9/11 TRUTH

"La raison avant la passion" (Reason over Passion) – Pierre Elliot Trudeau
http://www.911vancouverhearings.com/

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From:Anthony Silvestro,
Subject: Letter to the editor- Re- students protesting in Quebec.

Kebec you are the laughing stock of the country. You are an embarrassment globally. You have the lowest tuition fees in the country and you clowns are protesting? Protesting what you dummies? What a joke.

Who the hell is supposed to pay for your schooling you francophony morons? The rest of Canada like we've been doing for decades now? I think not, we are sick and tired of you spoiled, cry babies, you self absorbed whiners. You are a disgrace to the country and have been for decades now. If the world only knew what was really going on in Kebec and Canada over the last several decades as governments force feed the rest of the country out daily dose of french bs, bilingual bs…while at the same time allowing our language and culture to be whipped out with racist, bigoted, Nazis like anti-English language laws such as bills 22, 178,101…

The rest of work, save up to go to school you clowns. That's the way it works in the real world.

Now do us all a favour, separate, scram, get lost before you bankrupt the whole country. We have it with your BS.

Anthony Silvestro,
Ottawa,Ont

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From: Henry Atkinson
Subject: Media release

27 May 2012
For immediate release

Charging Fees to avoid a criminal charge is a bad idea

"Charging fees for people to avoid a criminal charge is simply wrong," according to President Sheldon Clare of Canada's National Firearms Association (NFA).  "It makes no sense for Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews to re-institute the fee for the unnecessary licensing regime, when what he should be doing is working to repeal the Liberal's old, wasteful and ineffective Firearms Act.  There are many problems with Canadian firearms law, and none of them will be resolved by forcing people to pay for the privilege of enjoying the use of their property," Clare continued.  "Just because that property happens to be firearms doesn't mean that innocent Canadians should be as stigmatized under this government as they were under previous ones."

According to the NFA president, licensing remains one of the most egregious aspects of Canada's firearms program.  Since the Liberal legislation of 1995, it has been illegal to own firearms in Canada without the government license, a situation which has made many non-complying Canadians into criminals for what is ostensibly a paperwork offence.   Hundreds of thousands gun owners have let their firearms license lapse because they thought the Conservative Government was going to get rid of the whole mess that the Liberals rammed through Parliament.  The firearms licensing scheme also means that millions of normal, upstanding citizens who have no criminal intent whatsoever are affected.  Firearm owning people who have not committed an unsafe or violent act could go to jail for two, five, or even ten years simply for failing to get a piece of paper from the federal government.  In the meantime, hundreds of thousands of convicted violent criminals roam Canada without the police knowing their whereabouts because the federal government is afraid of violating their constitutional right to privacy.  Meanwhile the federal government runs roughshod over the privacy rights of millions of gun owners who have been proven safer than the general public.

As long as the Liberal Firearms Act remains law, the freedoms, rights, and property of all Canadians remains at risk. Fundamental firearms law reform will not have been achieved until the Government of Canada replaces the 1995 Liberal C68 Firearms Act with new legislation that respects the rights and property of ordinary Canadians.  Firearms laws have often been pushed upon Canadians under the guise of public safety when in fact these laws are merely serving to limit hard won freedoms.  Neither the firearm registration system, nor the licensing programs have ever truly been about saving any lives.  These laws have really been about trying to change Canadian firearms culture.

At over 50,000 members, Canada's National Firearms Association is this country's largest advocacy organization promoting the rights and freedoms of all responsible firearm owners and users.
 
 For more information contact:
Blair Hagen, Executive VP Communications, 604-753-8682 Blair@nfa.ca
Sheldon Clare, President, 250-981-1841 Sheldon@nfa.ca
Canada's NFA toll-free number - 1-877-818-0393
NFA Website: www.nfa.ca

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From: Mahmood Elahi
To: "Jonathan Lowy, Brady Center...snip... Brady@BradyNetwork.org>
Subject: Re: Only one thing stands in the NRA's way -- Us

The Editor
The Globe and Mail
Copy to: Mr. Jonathan Lowy, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Washington DC: You are doing an excellent job to stop the NRA from promoting guns in the name of the Constitution. Anarchic proliferation of guns in America is causing havoc and the government seems to be powerless to stop it. You are doing job fighting the NRA at the court. The court must be persuaded to stop this profit-driven NRA activities. America needs good and effective government above everything.
Mr. Neil Reynolds, Columnist for The Globe and Mail, Toronto: To understand how lack of effective government can leave the society at the mercy of powerful private groups, look to the United States.
Guns and violence in U.S. show lack of good government
Re "Canada's constitutional cudgel," by Neil Reynolds (May 28).
Neil Reynolds has written a pointless article criticizing Canada's constitutional reference to "peace, order and good government." Before writing such a contrived column, he should have taken a look at the United States where the Constitutional mandate for "citizen's right to bear arms" is used by the gun lobby to promote guns as a right, with catastrophic consequences. In fact, with guns and violence taking such a heavy toll of lives, the United States needs "peace, order and good government" more than anything.
MAHMOOD ELAHI
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To: "Letters to the Editor" <lettertoed@thestar.ca>
Subject: Pakistan needs its Gandhi to stop Pakistanis from slaughtering each other

The Editor
The Toronto Star
Pakistan needs its Gandhi to stop Pakistanis from slaughtering each other
Re "Pakistan turning into the next Afghanistan," by Haroon Siddiqui (May 27).
When Mahatma Gandhi launched his non-violent movement to end the British colonial rule in India, he made it clear why he rejected all calls to lead a violent freedom movement: "If Indians take up guns to kill the British, given India's great religious and ethnic divisions, they would still be using the same guns to kill each other long after the British had left. If India makes violence her creed, I will not care to live in India."
With Pakistanis slaughtering each other, Gandhi's worst nightmare has become a reality in Pakistan. Pakistan is a Muslim-majority country and yet, the Sunnis are slaughtering the Shias and vice versa. The Taliban are supposed to be Sunnis and yet, they are slaughtering fellow Sunnis who don't share their version of Islam. They have been bombing girls schools, hospitals, Sufi shrines and even mosques, killing ordinary Pakistanis. To stop this intramural slaughter, Pakistan needs a leader like Mahatma Gandhi who will spread his message of non-violence and love. Pakistanis are living under an environment dominated by hatred -- hatred for India, hatred for America and hatred for each other.
It may be interesting to note that highest tribute to Gandhi was paid by his former adversary, the last British viceroy to India, Lord Louis Mountbatten: "His life was one of truth, toleration and love. ... India, indeed the world, will not see the likes of him again, perhaps, for centuries." It may be too much to ask, but Pakistan needs its own Gandhi to stop Pakistanis from slaughtering their fellow citizens. No amount of foreign aid can do this.
MAHMOOD ELAHI

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
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Subject: [On-Guard] Liberal/Tory/Same old story???
Former Canadian Prime Minister: Give Up Your Sovereignty To Make The World Work
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDdlY3vqmzg
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Stephen Harper Met G20 finance heads then says "Its a loss of CANADA'S sovereignty"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97FX5QU07j8
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Subject: No truer words were ever written

The Political Traitors?
By Stephen J. Gray

The conspiracy is out in the open, they don't care what the people think
They sign away National Sovereignty with a smile, a handshake and a wink

Are these today's political traitors, who sign treasonous deals,
Without consulting their citizens: don't they care how the people feel?

Should these political villains be impeached and jailed?
But this will not happen because justice and democracy has failed

Are political traitors trashing their countries constitutions?
If so: What can the people do? And what are the solutions?

Have political dictatorships come into being under the banner of "democracy?"
While political despots surrender sovereignty and spout hypocrisy
 Is "National Security and creating jobs" their excuse for treason?

Will the people accept their nefarious excuses and twisted political reasons?

Are politicians betraying their countries while spouting political lies?
Can the people trust them, and are the people surprised?

Are political charlatans getting away with political treason?
Is the peoples' freedoms doomed and on them will it be open season?

So if there are politicians out there who still believe in democracy
You'd better speak out, or you're part of the open conspiracy

Are there powerful business elites also promoting these treacherous deals?
Are you devious too? Are there, "wheels within wheels?"

If freedom truly reigned then the people would have a say
On whether their countries should all be signed away

But freedom died amid all this perilous political disorder
And now we are seeing more of the agenda of The New World Order

Stephen J. Gray
May 27, 2012.
graysinfo@gmail.com   http://graysinfo.blogspot.com

Some interesting articles at links below:
http://www.prisonplanet.com/foreign-agents-creep-into-u-s-canada-under-integration-scheme.html
http://www.michaeljournal.org/bilder.htm

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From: The Natroses

Well Joe, "
One year into Stephen Harper's majority government, what letter grade do you think the prime minister should receive from Senator Segal? Feel free to provide substantiating facts and arguments to support your evaluation. "

A big fat F, since Senator Segal's seven goals to bring on the Conservative Dream. A big fat F, since the 7 goals are window dressing, to masked the real attentions and agendas of people who hold values that are the opposite of the 7 goals.

Greene writes about the intolerance of the Conservatives - " Tolerance is redefined as applying only to anyone who agrees with that vision. Everyone else is 'radical,' an 'extremist,' or even included in his government's new program battling terrorism.

"This is an insult to those of us who have fought, and sacrificed for our country, against real radicals, real extremists and real terrorists."
http://www.timescolonist.com/news/hero+Know+your+extremists/6683765/story.html#ixzz1w70wBbyr

Greene hits the nail on the head, and the seven goals of Segal's speaks of tolerance in a big way, but the goals are window dressing, to change the values that Canadians have fought wars to protect, to ones of more nefarious meanings where the words of the men, are no longer measured by the actions of men. Segal belongs to this ideology, and more so since he has made his living in the federal public service, speaking pseudo-words and his actions were the opposite.

On the Senate and his personal site -
http://www.parl.gc.ca/SenatorsMembers/Senate/SenatorsBiography/isenator_det.asp?Language=E&M=M&senator_id=2786

http://www.hughsegal.ca/

Just mere words, nice talk about everything about the 7 goals in some fashioned, but no intention to turn the talk into action. It is the lack of action, that has been replaced with speeches of poverty and other things that bedevil Canadian society, and if not, making inferences about others who dare to questioned the policies and actions of their government. Segal fits in nicely as the kindly grandfather for Canadians no matter their political stripe, never letting on he has some big conflicts of interests that prevents his nice words into action.

"Members of the board of directors of SNC-Lavalin are a who's who among Canada's business elite, including Gwyn Morgan (Enbridge Inc), Senator Hugh Segal (former chief of staff of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney), Pierre Lessard (Metro Inc), Claude Mongeau (CN Rail) and billionaire investor Stephen Jarislowsky. The latter is the company's largest shareholder with 14% of its stock."
http://www.pacificfreepress.com/news/1-/11635-the-sncs-of-canadian-corruption-and-its-effects-in-haiti.html

Compared to Segal's speeches:


Address on Poverty



March 13, 2012
Saskatoon Heath Region, Saskatchewan

http://www.hughsegal.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=209%3Aaddress-on-poverty&catid=27%3A2012&

One would think Segal became born again that poverty without action, is a very expensive cost unto Canadian society. But just smoothing words for the common people, and another day to put off Canadians including Green, because he has special interests that are way above the pressing issues of Canadians. Segal told one senator, go take the train because the senator was on the Canadian no-fly list
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Liberal+Senator+David+Smith+questions+effectiveness+list/6568440/story.html

Or this one, where Segal spoke and supported the moves of another senator - "Eaton said she hopes the budget's changes will mean Canada Revenue Agency can "tag" foreign donations through to its final recipient so that anyone can see the chain of funding that often starts in the United States, but ends up in the hands of a Canadian environmental charity."
http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/politics/archives/2012/05/20120502-194921.html

But of course, this is not only confined to the people wearing conservative stripes, and Segal is in good company promoting the intolerance that are the actions, and their words mere window dressing for the common people, of disrepute. Smoothing, calming and meanwhile the devil is in the details - Just look for the trail crumbs ...............

"Outside the Senate, he is an adjunct faculty member of the Queen's University School of Policy Studies and School of Business, a Fellow of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute in Calgary and a Life Fellow of the Institute for Research on Public Policy. He is a Council member of the Institute for Democratic and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) in Stockholm, a member of the Working Group on National Security at Cranfield University's Centre for Security Sector Management, a former Chair of the Canadian Institute for Strategic Studies and former council member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in the UK. He was the founding Vice Chair (research) for the Canadian International Council. Other pro-bono work includes past service as Chair of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation and director of the Atlantic Council and Conference of Defence Associations in Canada. In the private sector, he is a Director of various private and public companies and Senior Research Fellow at the Macmillan LLP law firm of Montreal, Toronto and Calgary. On July 7, 2010, Senator Segal was appointed a member of the Eminent Persons Group of the Commonwealth Secretariat whose mandate is to prepare a report with recommendations for the way forward for Commonwealth countries."
http://gordonfoundation.ca/about-us/people/friends/segal-hugh

And check out the last link on the about page - "The Foundation

Vision

The Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation aspires to the ideal of a sovereign Canada that is dedicated to the security and well being of all Canadians and committed to tolerance, pluralism and democratic participation.



Mission

The Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation is dedicated to the development of sound and innovative public policies, founded on those values fundamental to Canadians, and designed to foster the continuing evolution of a dynamic and independent Canada."

Meanwhile, sovereignty of Canada is being remove in front of our eyes, step by step, and the values as Greene has lamented, the values that Canadians have fought for and protected are being destroy, and the values that is taking their place, are the nefarious values of men who only see the worth of Canadians, as a measure of productivity to the lowest costs of keeping them standing up, among the toxic waste land of the future.

Segal is just another henchman, working away, like the busy beavers in Europe turning Europe into a Common Union, and look what is happening in the Common Union of Europe, and he shares the same vision for North America. And to boot, he describes it in the very same book that Joe cites,
The Right Balance: Canada's Conservative Tradition.

On the The Agenda blog - "
"The opportunity to create a community that enshrines democratic principles, enhances economic growth and opportunity, deepens trade and regulatory cooperation, increases social justice and economic development, and forms a basis for a hemispheric Community of the Americas should excite and inspire. ... And I make the case that the enlightened institution-building that created NATO, NORAD, the Commonwealth, the FTA, and NAFTA must not be allowed to grind to a halt because a contagion of self-doubt and insecurity is about to land. In fact, this is precisely the time to make the case to the country for a vibrant North American Community."

Senator Segal outlines four goals the North American Community would serve, and while I won't go into the nitty gritty of them, they're focused around business (enhanced market size); economic and social development; cooperative environmental, social and military projects; and the creation of a North American Assembly, "not unlike the early European Parliament."
http://theagenda.tvo.org/blog/agenda-blog/hugh-segals-north-american-community

And any Canadian that takes objection to the plans of men such as Segal, they become the new terrorists and other like descriptive labels. No, Segal and Harper both get a failing grade of F, because both only pretend to be empathic creatures, that have the best interests of Canadians at heart. They don't, and never have. Just look at their actions, and lower the Maple Leaf to half-staff, and pray for a tsunami, like the one that is about to smash the shores of the European Common Union, upsetting the plans of men and women like Segal and Harper.

"Talks between Merkel and Cameron lay bare fundamental differences over plan for euro."
http://www.eutimes.net/2011/11/germany-tightens-the-screw-on-isolated-britain-as-tensions-soar/

Now on another note, by sheer coincidence, a ballad written by my daughter for a school assignment, telling the story of the fish plant closing. It started with one, and since than all the fish plants are closed, and take note, it is a story of old fish merchants, lining their teeth with gold, and serving jobs to China. About time, the mainlanders think about the fish dinners being consumed, long and hard and the hard policies concerning IE. More than likely, another new policy brought to you by men like Segal who are savouring a North American Union, and done in the same way in Europe, where the fishery was once a thriving source of full time labour, now reduced to seasonal work, minimum wages and if not give the work to the foreign workers and if not take it to China paying 27 cents a hour per worker. What labour is willing to work in China for 27 cents a hour? The biggest migrant worker population, hailing from the rural countryside, who are all to eager to do their share, in lining the global fish merchants with more gold.

The ballad without a title

"An ill wind blew into Marystown
Carrying a toxin laced
In rhetoric and excess hot strain
We're shutting it down boys!

Manned the plant boys, change the padlock
We're in for the long haul fight
To save our plant from the flocks
Put another log on boy.

We can't make money off you boys
Time for China's cheapness
To gleam more gold flatfish
To fill the coffers of old men.

Manned the plant boys, change the padlock
We're in for the long haul fight
To save our plant from the flocks
Put another log on boy.

Flat fish has no business in Marystown
Demands in China is golden
And Marystown is of wretched stone
That holds no value to me!

Manned the plant boys, change the padlock
We're in for the long haul fight
To save our plant from the flocks
Put another log on boy.

Or to my brothers, of merchant gold.
Former ministers, politicians
Merchants of the old fish club
We need more gold to line our teeth.

Manned the plant boys, change the padlock
We're in for the long haul fight
To save our plant from the flocks
Put another log on boy.

Does any one think Segal believes in his lofty 7 goals?

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