The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA._____CANADA
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OPINION AND INFORMATION
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OPINION AND INFORMATION
- Where there's smoke, there's Bev Oda
- Canada's place is among the leaders
- Most of us want to live in the middle
- Let's just say no to the war on drugs
- T-shirt tolerance
- Dalton McGuinty, Tim Hudak, Andrea Horwath take turns playing nice
- Elizabeth Witmer's bad end to a good career
- Don't let your babies grow up to be 'Julia'
- Israel's president flies Air Canada after national carrier tries to charge him for oxygen tank
- Canadians see Twin Towers, pornography in $20 bill design
- Canada's Harper hopes for close ties with Hollande
- France tilts left with François Hollande ousting Nicolas Sarkoz
- After six years in government, Harper is getting sloppy
- Feds spending $100k for paper flags, lapel pins to mark diamond jubilee
- Canada's collective rights must be applied with collective sanity
- Looming layoffs 'toxic' for PS morale
- MPs agree parliamentary committee system broken, disagree on who's to blame
- Government backs bill targeting masked protesters
- Israeli president talks Canada's role in Middle East peace talks, the Arab Spring and his legacy
- Canada's first-ever mental health strategy will pressure Harper to act
- High loonie causing harm says Mulcair
- Canadians more charitable with money than time, StatsCan says
- Quebec raises tuition, but students won't pay more in tentative deal
- F-35 procurement process 'manipulated'
- Canada is Israel's best friend: Baird
- Is Justin Trudeau the Liberals' salvation?
- Legal experts: Black's legacy limited
- Occupiers' return overshadowedcupy
- Ousted ORNGE chief too sick to testify, lawyer says
- Canadian Mining Murder in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador
- Whose Land, What Land? Defining Ownership in Victoria Read more...
- Two Priorities for the Canadian Forces
- Towards a Grand Strategy for Canada
- France tilts left with François Hollande ousting Nicolas Sarkozy
- Greece elections: Angry voters punish major parties
- Netanyahu calls for early general election in Israel
- Analysis: Obama re-election launch seeks to define stakes of campaign
- Is it fourth time lucky for Harry and Chelsy? Couple said to be rekindling their romance
- Read more: Speaking the Truth- Zionism, Israel, and Occupation
- Donniel Hartman The State of the State of Israel at 64
- U.S. Financed Military Crushes Sit-in
- Detainees refuse to speak in 9/11 arraignment at Gitmo
- U.S. abandons consulate site in Afghanistan, citing threat risk
- New name for PTSD could mean less stigma
- Updates to bible of psychiatry spark debate
- Creative ways to bypass elections
- Police arrest scores of Canadian student protesters
- Canada introduces online-spying bill
- Senegal police clash with protesters
- Four Russian diplomats expelled from Canada
- Canada tries to force Russia out of the Arctic
- German MP: Islam not part of Germany
- Germany's Jewish community combats German Islamophobia
- Life without Islam means road to hell?
- Germany's angst about Islamists goes mainstream
- Merkel and Hollande clash over EU Debt Crisis
- Russian invisible laser bomb detector makes molecular scan at 50 meters
- Scandal evolves as lawyer suggests legalizing Sharia courts in Russia
- US Calls For Russian Airborne Troops To Take And Hold Denver Airport
- China and Russia Prepare for Joint Naval Exercises
- Nationalism growth in Russia causes alarm
- Official US and UK fears revealed about Obama's father
- Brazil criticizes US for expansionary monetary policies
- US gives 115 Billion Dollars Aid to Israel
- Post Reports 2010 Pentagon-CIA Drone Target Criteria as 'New'
- 9/11 defendants charged in Guantanamo 'court'
- Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: former military prosecutor denounces trial
- ACLU makes request for access to terror statements
- U.S. special forces commander seeks to expand operations
- U.S. to intensify drone strikes in Pakistan
- Suspected U.S. drone attack kills nine in Pakistan
- US airstrike kills four civilians in Afghanistan
- Man in Afghan uniform kills NATO soldier
- Roadside bomb kills 5 Afghan border police on patrol near border with Pakistan
- Blast injures five US-led NATO soldiers in Afghanistan
- Iran makes arrests in connection with expert assassinations
- Transregional forces should leave Iran alone: Cmdr.
- Hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners hospitalized
- Socialist François Hollande wins French presidency
- Heads up! USociopaths are attacking themselves again so they can blame Anonymous and/or Iran and pass psycho CISPA: Alerts say major cyber attack aimed at gas pipeline industry
- Anonymous: CIA, Interpol websites 'tango down'
- County denies Homeland Security building permit
- Police injure 9, detain 106 in Canada protests Read more...
- Lies from Every Quarter: America's 360 Degree Disinformation Read more...
- Think ALEC: Here's How to Undo Environmental Protections Read more...
- Not Voting for Obama: Turning Off Channel Read more...
- Report on College Protest Crackdown Urges Changes for PoliceRead the Article
- Nine Swing States, Critical to Presidential Race, Are Mixed LotRead the Article
- Sex, Drugs and the Rocky Road of HPV VaccinationRead the Article
- Leaving Afghanistan by StayingRead the Article
- Robots "R" Us: Military-Style Drones Reported on 63 Bases in the USRead the Article
- Fighting Fire With Water: The Christian Role in the War on WomenRead the Article
- US-BORDERING QUEBEC TOWN PROTESTS WIND TURBINES
DIMANCHE 6 MAI 2012
- 20h22 - Visite officielle · Le président d'Israël en visite au pays cette semaine
- 19h24 - François Hollande · Stephen Harper félicite le nouveau président de la France
- 18h36 - Avenir politique · Jean Charest confiant
- 17h55 - Canada · Une loi pour interdire les manifestants masqués à l'étude
- 16h57 - Augmentation des droits de scolarité · Une entente de principe d'ordre général
- 16h49 - Entente de principe · Démystifier les frais afférents
- 15h39 - Crise étudiante · Réactions des leaders étudiants
- 15h33 - Crise étudiante · Charest jette le blâme sur les associations étudiantes
- 15h11 - Canada · Mulcair compte sur les jeunes pour devenir premier ministre
- 15h10 - Conseil du PLQ · Pas d'élections anticipées
- 15h02 - Offre aux étudiants · Une entente de perdants, selon François Legault
- 12h44 - Victoriaville · Les libéraux disent non au «laissez-passer culturel»
- 12h12 - Entente de principe avec les étudiants · Les membres du gouvernement satisfaits
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From the Prime Minister's Web Site (http://www.pm.gc.ca/ )
Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the anniversary of the Red Friday Campaign launch in Canada
May 6, 2012
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement to mark the sixth anniversary of the Red Friday Campaign in Canada:
"Six years ago today, Lisa Miller and Karen Boire launched the Red Friday movement in Canada with a rally on Parliament Hill. This grassroots initiative which encourages Canadians to wear red on Fridays as a tribute to members of the Canadian Armed Forces is a simple yet effective way for us to show our support to those who risk their lives so that we can live in peace and security.
"Since the launch of the campaign, wearing red has become a central theme in numerous events, celebrations and rallies supporting our troops across Canada. It has also become a meaningful expression of our admiration and gratitude for those who protect our freedom and security.
"As we celebrate the anniversary of the Red Friday Campaign, I want to encourage Canadians to continue the proud tradition of wearing red on Fridays as a symbol of our solidarity and continued support for the men and women who bravely serve our country."
The Prime Minister's Office - Communications
How do the words " continued support for the men and women who bravely serve our country." translate into actions?.
Thoughts of the Canadian Veterans Advocacy are at post's end and at http://www.canadianveteransadvocacy.com/index.html
Thoughts of the Canadian Veterans Advocacy are at post's end and at http://www.canadianveteransadvocacy.com/index.html
From: "John Feldsted" <email@example.com>
Subject: 26 May 2012 Spring Dinner
The Kildonan St. Paul Conservative Association is holding a Spring Dinner May 26th 2012.
All members of the Conservative Health Team in Ottawa will be in attendance.
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, will be our Guest Speaker.
There will be a Q & A session following the Minister's speech.
To purchase tickets call: 771-1157 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
From: "rory j. koopmans"
Subject: Executive Dissertations: Hosted By The ATA At The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald
From: "Eugene Parks"
"Forward" Obama's re-election rally cry is probably the most brilliant campaign slogan of the last 100 years. It speaks to the need for economic progress. It speaks to effort needed. It speaks to the need to do it together. At the same time it speaks against the medieval science and feudal economic policies of his opposition. And it speaks to the pain felt by tens of millions that continue to suffer from such archaic attitudes. "Forward" we could use some of that in Canada politics.
From: Robert Ede
Subject: Welcome home Lord Black - May s/he that is without "skeletons in their closet" among you, let him/her first cast a stone
To: Conrad Black <email@example.com>, nationalpost <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sir & Editor,
I believe Conrad M Black is a changed man - read his columns.
I believe he has world-wide business, personal and now legal experience that few individuals possess.
I believe he should be re-instated as a Canadian citizen and after that reinstatement, at his sole and absolute discretion, resign from the UK Upper House.
I believe he should spend all the time he requires to rest and restore himself to everyday life, write copiously and then put his name forward for consideration as the next recommendation for Governor General of Canada.
Heaven's, he's already met HRH and is familiar with the stature of the Office.
As a student of history, political-economy and realpolitik, Black might one of the few Canadians able to truly fulfill the BNA/Constitution 1867 mandate of that Vice Regal position.
That mandate gives the GG no power to initiate Bills, just the right to withhold Royal Assent and/or Reserve Assent for greater consideration for 2 years.
Wouldn't we be (and have been) better served having a constitutionally-sanctioned double-check/veto on some of the actions of the last 4 or 5 Majority Prime Ministers?
Welcome home Lord Black - May s/he that is without "skeletons in their closet" among you,... cast the first stone. (John 8:7
- modified for secular, poli-correkt consumption)
The Majority of Canadians P.A.C
From: Ray Strachan
Subject: Re your reply to Mr. Ian Berg
I have wondered in the past if Mr. Berg actually holds down a job or if he ever has.
I have always presumed that for a person to hold down a job,Janitor, Dish Washer, Teacher,Lawyer, Doctor, that they would all require the person doing any job, have the ability to think .
Although your answer to Mr. Berg had the very clear intent to be informative, and was very informative, I fear your reply may still be orbiting in outer space. I would guess that Mr. Berg could possibly be a Zionist Christian,patiently waiting to be snatched up in the Rapture.
Personally I have followed up on parts of history. Just heard a blob on the news several days ago that China and Cuba were two countries that took in Jewish immigrants many decades ago. Until Fidel Castro came down from the hills and kicked them out, Cuba was under the thumb of Jewish Mafia, Myer Lansky being one group. Castro kicks them out, Cuba has been savagely punished ever since.
For the past week or more, headline news every day "Chinese blind dissident wants out of China" The Americans are making a terrifically large propaganda reaction. Every day Hillary Clinton beating the drum. I personally think that Bill Clinton was very wise when he picked Monica Lewinski as his playful intern. Correct me if I am wrong, I believe Ms. Lewinski was of Jewish origin.
Oh what a tangled web they weave.
From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Some provinces suffering because of oil sands prosperity: NDP's Thomas Mulcair, Derek Abma, May 5, 2012
- Re: Some provinces suffering because of oil sands prosperity: NDP's Thomas Mulcair, Derek Abma, May 5, 2012
What proportion of the "giants" are Canadian owned?
(Being an Ontarioian I'm igornant about this.)
From: The Natroses
Contributed by Rebecca - "
"They hang the man, and flog the woman,
That steals the goose from off the common;
But let the greater villain loose,
That steals the common from the goose."
I read the poem back in high school history, another subject area that has been tossed out, especially on anything that speaks of the past that is older than the 20th century. Origins of the poem, created in 1821 - The Tickler Magazine, February 1, 1821
The Harpoon magazine of the era of the industrial revolution, and below is a link of a few issues of the Tickler Magazine.
Back to the poem, and why it was created in the first place - The creation of the Enclosure Acts in 'merry old England in the early beginnings of the Industrial Revolution.
" One factor was the Enclosure Acts. These were a series of Parliamentary Acts, the majority of which were passed between 1750 and 1860; through the Acts, open fields and 'wastes' were closed to use by the peasantry. Open fields were large agricultural areas to which a village population had certain rights of access and which they tended to divide into narrow strips for cultivation. The wastes were unproductive areas for example, fens, marches, rocky land, or moors to which the peasantry had traditional and collective rights of access in order to pasture animals, fish, harvest meadow grass, collect firewood or otherwise benefit. Rural laborers who lived on the margin depended on open fields and the wastes to fend off starvation.
Enclosure refers to the consolidation of land, usually for the stated purpose of making it more productive. The British Enclosure Acts removed the prior rights of local people to rural land they had often used for generations. As compensation, the displaced people were commonly offered alternative land of smaller scope and inferior quality,sometimes with no access to water or wood. The land seized by the Acts were then consolidated into individual and privately-owned farms, with larger and politically connected farmers receiving the best land. Often small land-owners could not afford the legal and other associated costs of enclosure and, so, were forced out.Â "
So what? Â As some would be thinking about now, it is progress that brings prosperity. If one went back to Ancient times, approximately every 200 years or so, changes made by the ruling elite along with the economic powers of the day cause massive changes among the populace and society. Who is targeted? The largest group, found in any society, the worker bees carrying out the every day tasks of making a living, surviving and passing it to the next generation. Over the thousand of years, progress and prosperity came to all, along with the advances and discoveries being made in the sciences andÂ intellectual thoughts, that advance society beyond the life styles of cave living. What has never change, is the political and economic powers found in any society, to where the ones who are holding political and economic power, are the very ones who have carte-blanche to steal the commons beneath the worker bees feet.
"The same applies to nature. The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 criminalizes anyone who "intentionally picks" a single flower from a protected plant. But you can grub up as many as you like as long as it's "an incidental result of a lawful operation". Pick a buttonhole and you could find yourself in the dock. Plough out the whole habitat and the law can't touch you....................... Company directors or politicians could be prosecuted individually, but instead of being fined they would be charged for the restoration of the natural systems they've damaged. The purpose of criminalizing ecocide is to raise the costs of trashing the planet to the point at which it ceases to be worthwhile. This is the obvious outcome of a wider understanding of legal equality: why should private property be protected while the common wealth of humanity is not? "
One way of looking at it, and here is another way of looking at it - "Silverglate estimates that the average person unknowingly breaks at least three criminal laws each and every day. Federal statutes and regulations have become so voluminous and vague that over-reaching prosecutors can target anyone at any time. They may think you are guilty, they could want leverage to force your co-operation, they may be vengeful, or they could be building their own careers; the motives are secondary. Whatâs primary is the clout and, in this, the federal bureaucracy of the United States now rivals the Soviet Union at the zenith of its power.
Even if you are ultimately proven innocent, the "vindication" will come after years of abusive prosecution during which your assets will be frozen, your family interrogated and, perhaps, threatened, your reputation smeared, your life left in shambles.
How did this happen in the Land of the Free? How did America drift so far from common law roots that preserved peace and property?
Step by step."
Or a front page news item in Canada - "Stoesz on Friday told CTV that National Defence has put him "under a gag order" and he is "under investigation" for speaking out.
He could face two charges -- conduct unbecoming, or disobeying lawful command. The penalties range from a fine up to $800, time in a military jail, or both."
Read more: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20120504/Soldier-says-military-muzzled-him-for-speaking-out-120504/#ixzz1u5oy77NR
"1974 memo from Dow Chemical describes several chemicals in a widely used farm fumigant as "garbage." Today, one of those useless chemicals threatens drinking water for more than 1 million people across the San Joaquin Valley.
Now linked to cancer, the toxin was waste from a plastic-making process. Chemical companies often mix such leftovers to create other products to avoid the cost of disposal, says one long-time chemical engineer.
The fumigant manufacturers, Dow and Shell Oil Co., discovered decades ago that 1,2,3-trichloropropane, or TCP, was not effective against worms called nematodes, according to documents in lawsuits filed by a dozen Valley cities against the companies. But they apparently left it in a fumigant anyway.
"TCP was a hazardous waste, not a pesticide," said lawyer Todd Robins, who represents several Valley cities and water agencies. "It did nothing for farmers, but Shell and Dow knowingly used their fumigants as a way to dispose of it."
Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/04/21/2809366/garbage-chemical-taints-water.html#storylink=cpy
In 2012, not much has change concerning the poem of 1821 - "
"They hang the man, and flog the woman,
That steals the goose from off the common;
But let the greater villain loose,
That steals the common from the goose."
F-35 fighter jets and the purchasing of such jets, is done on the pretence of protecting and defending Canada, but is another example of government stealing the common from the goose, to benefit the economic and political powers exclusively. After all, the political and economic powers have ensure that the conditions to steal the common from the goose have been set over time - step by step.
Robert Ede, posts - "Perhaps no one saw the consequences to Mr King's unification-of-powers during the nationalization/mobilization of Canada during the early days of WWII - more likely no one cared as long as the huge task was accomplished - but it is wrong for the present days.
Either we have a Constitution or we don't. If we don't follow the as-written text .... what set-of-rules ARE we following?"
I bet they did, in the inner circle - knowing full well the powers needed to addressed the economy after the WWII ended, and is well represented in the history books, where the political and economic powers merged to steal the common from the goose. In Canada, massive changes in the manufacturing and industrial bases where Atlantic Canada, became the losers and Ontario became the economic warehouse of Canada, and the Western provinces soon joined in. Whatever was left over, was the crumbs for the Atlantic provinces, and Quebec, because the common was stolen underneath them, and thus rendering Quebec and the Atlantic provinces between two rocks and little flexibility in turning their fortunes around. Much like the rural citizens of England, and the Enclosure Acts of 1750 to 1860, not much could be done but to join the others in the big cities, working to provide for their families.
Sure some will say, the benefits and progress is what is important, but that amounts to take the side of the economic and political powers, providing them with more ammo to go after via through legislation, criminal law, and other policies, the people who had their common stolen underneath their feet.
In the Toronto Star, "What's important in the budget, however " and in the omnibus bill emanating from it that is currently being rammed through the House are not broad strokes but details. It is these details that the government deliberately downplays.
One section of the bill, for instance, repeals the entire Environmental Assessment Act.
It replaces it with another that gives cabinet the authority to press ahead with mega-projects that it wants, regardless of their environmental effects.
The bill also includes seemingly minor amendments to the Fisheries Act that would remove federal protection from a great swath of environmentally sensitive wetlands.
Another unadvertised section would repeal the federal Fair Wages and Hours of Labour Act. That act requires contractors working on federal projects to pay reasonable wages. Its elimination has been lauded by non-union shops.
Yet another so-called technical amendment would reduce the number of jobless who get Employment Insurance. The mechanism here is complicated, but the net effect would be to give cabinet the authority to override the courts in determining who is eligible for EI.
I've written before of the government's decision to make seemingly minor changes to rules governing temporary foreign workers. The effect here too is to put downward pressure on wages.
And that's really the point. The Harper revolution has never been about abortion or gay rights. This prime minister has little interest in social conservatism.
Rather, the revolution is economic. It is aimed at eliminating regulations particularly environmental regulations that interfere in profit-making. It is aimed at reducing wages (which is why the Conservatives take swipes at unions whenever possible). It is aimed at scaling back any social programs from Old Age Security to Employment Insurance that help keep wages up.
The revolutionaries dream of a day when the elderly, energized by the reductions in their pensions, will be vying for jobs at Walmart.
But it is a stealthy revolution. The country must remain complacent. Otherwise, we might object."
Heed the words and think about the implications of two stories below, that are back water issues that should be front page news but are not. In both stories, according to the history of mankind, the consolidation of political and economic powers, the odds are not looking good for either of them - and death notices is not a far stretch, when one considers the number of dying rural communities in Canada, and the connection of globalization and its death march.
By the way, I check and it is real
For the international scene - Globalization At Gunpoint - well worth the 27 minutes of viewing
Another to connect the back water issues, including the Harper's 2012 budget of targeting the largest segment of the job market, the general labour, blue collar professions and the transformation to a large migrant work force, moving from one job to the next, but across the world.Â
"For better or worse, the 21st century has given rise to an international form of trade known as globalization. Globalization can be defined as the worldwide integration of economic, cultural, political, religious, and social systems. The term, associated with free trade practices believed by many to benefit large multinational corporations at the expense of small farmers in developing nations, ignites controversy at its very mention. Its impact can be felt far beyond the economic sector and cannot be easily assessed......"
To end, the forestry world wide and in Canada it is just beginning to steal the commons from underneath the collective of ordinary citizens, under the guise of globalization and free trade agreements - that is the commons where trees of forests are found.Â
2011 has been declared the "International Year of the Forests" by the United Nations, for good reason and it would seem a great pity considering their sub-title: "Celebrating Forests for People" if it proved to be the year in which the British people lost their own forests.
This may well come to be remembered as the "Great Halloween Sell-off", as it was around about the time of Halloween in which the government announced it plans to sell off at least half of the land in England that at present belongs to the British people and which is being maintained under the stewardship of the Forestry Commission.
And if not - again in merry old England and soon to be here in Canada - "For hundreds of years, the people of these islands have been robbed of their moors and mountains by people who turned them into grouse shoots, water gathering grounds or military ranges. And even now they are planning to turn them into upland power stations. Don't call them wind farms. Farms grow stuff, but all these things grow is money for the firms involved.
Subtly and insidiously, the hills are still being eroded and fenced and trammelled. There is talk in Ireland of charging people to walk on Sligo hills, and across Britain roads are being driven into the uplands to take the concrete mixers that will pour the bases for the turbines.
The access to mountains bill has done something to right the wrong, but I bet you that if Stephenson were alive today he would be fighting tooth and claw to stop the military and the wind farm bodgers destroying our hills, and if Rothman were alive he would be in Strangeways for blowing up a wind turbine.
In the song, the Manchester rambler is stopped by a gamekeeper on Kinder:
He said "All this land is my master's."
I just stood there shaking my head
"No man has the right to own the mountains
Any more than the deep ocean bed."
And now the rebels, ramblers, the hikers, the lovers of roaming the back 40, are being tagged as criminals with a tinge of the terrorist element, but not the ones who steal the commons, because they legally can. no matter what stripe the government is.
From: "Canadian Veterans Advocacy" <email@example.com>
Subject: Canadian Veterans Advocacy Situation report, 5 May, 2012 Urgent-max dissemination
Canadian Veterans Advocacy Situation report, 5 May, 2012 Urgent-max dissemination
Serving members, fellow veterans, families and Patriotic Canadians
We have been very busy CVA executive have repeatedly travelled to Ottawa to provide emotional and moral support to the Memorial Cross Mother Sheila Fynes while she participates in the Military Police Complaint Commission's hearing into the suicide of her son, Cpl Stuart Langridge. I pass on the Fynes' regards to those who have offered their support in so many ways; Shaun and Sheila are very grateful and sometimes words cannot convey the feelings of gratitude they have for you. The Canadian Veterans Advocacy is also grateful for your support. We could not have provided the ongoing assistance had we not been supported by your financial donations and I would personally thank everyone who has contributed to our mission. Please know that 100% of funds have gone towards operational costs such as travel, parking/cabs and very frugal accommodations. It is 1200 ks return from Niagara CVA Executives cover their own food and essentials but, even "on the cheap", the costs of repeated trips to Ottawa add up. If you do wish to contribute to the CVA war chest to help us continue in this work, please visit our web site at http://www.canadianveteransadvocacy.com/supportus.html.
While our goal has been to provide emotional and moral support, I am becoming increasingly concerned about the validity of the Military Police Complaints Commission's ability to render true justice. There have been significant restrictions placed on the commissioner and the scope of the commission's mandate. I cannot count the times that Department of Justice lawyers have reminded the commissioner of what he can -- and cannot investigate, even when it would appear the subject matter is directly related to the investigation. Of course, I am not a lawyer, nor is this a court of law, yet I fail to see how the commissioner can render justice for the Fynes family or the military policemen who have been identified in their complaint when a substantial volume of evidence is heavily redacted and hundreds, if not thousands of documents have been provided to the commissioners and defense lawyers since the hearing began despite ample time for full disclosure. The matters under review by the commission are serious, Canadians must understand that no matter how the commissioner rules, there will be serious consequences. Unfortunately, because of the limited scope of his investigative powers and other complicating factors, I am not optimistic justice can be served through this process.
Inroads into Ottawa
Our recent presence in Ottawa has been beneficial to the CVA. We have established a reputation as the only national veterans' advocacy willing to engage parliamentarians directly in order to attain our mission statement objectives and restore the sacred Obligation Parliament has for those they send to war, an lifetime obligation abandoned in by the Government of Canada in April 2006 with the implementation of the New Veterans Charter. This past April 8th and 9th, we were invited to attend the 95th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge in Ottawa, to lay the Vimy Wreath during the sunset ceremonies and to place a ceremonial poppy in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during Monday's DND ceremony. This event provided a opportunity to engage ADM Kieth Hillier,VAC Services and discuss the issues at length. This past week, we were fortunate to attend the ANZAC anniversary of Gallipoli and afterwards, meet the High Commissioner of Australia (a true pleasure), Minister Steven Blaney, Deputy Minister Suzanne Tining and Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay, who expressed sympathy for the Fynes family when informed that the Canadian Veterans Advocacy was present in Ottawa primarily to provide humanitarian support this courageous Memorial Cross Mother. We have been invited also to attend the Korean Veterans Day on June 24th, 2012 and lay a wreath on behave of the Canadians Veterans Advocacy to honour the five hundred and sixteen valiant Canadians who, to this date, are interned at commonwealth graveyards in Korea.
Lest we forget.
Ste. Anne's Hospital Update
I believe there is cause for optimism with regard to the transfer of Ste. Anne's Hospital to provincial control. In our efforts to gather all the facts before judging the impact of the transfer, I met with VAC Union President Yvan Thauvette and spoke with Benjamin Woodman from Minister Blaney's office. Both representatives were receptive to our feedback- concerns and I thank each of them for their efforts. Of course, we will monitor the situation at Ste. Anne's, Parkwood Hospital and other veteran-specific care centres in order to ensure the maintenance of the standard of care. If the outstanding standards degrade, at St Anne's or anywhere else in Canada, the CVA is will mobilize to effectively communicate our concerns to the provincial government. Many of the veterans who rely on these hospitals are very frail; they and their wives are vulnerable. It is our duty to stand up for these veterans just as we fight for the rights of those who serve today.
Current Operation Positive Review SISIP
The Canadian veterans Advocacy is encouraging all Canadians to email the ministers of Defense and Justice to request, with all due respect, to not appeal the ruling that provides justice and a dignified lifetysle for so many disabled veterans. The law is clear, the intent of parliament has been subject to a cruel and illegal process that has denied seriously disabled veterans the dignified life they deserve. Please see attached press release, all information re contact details and purpose are noted. Then do it! Write and email, it only talks a moment, copy and paste the addresses and click send. Form letters do not work, you have to write something down for you heart.
Warning Order DND Mental health cut backs Operation name to be decided.
While the Canadian Veterans advocacy was not created to engage the Department of National Defense, the issue of mental health is one of our mission statements and we will engage when necessary. Many veterans are still serving and as such, care is provided to by DND, not VAC. Recent announcements in response to the Conservative government's austerity based cutbacks to DND mental health programs are very alarming, particularly at the brigade sized combat bases where thousands of soldiers, airman, sailors and their families are experiencing the consequences of repeated deployments to Afghanistan, the Libyan campaign and ongoing mission abroad. Let us never forget, that while the focus of our attention may have been draw to the Afghanistan war due to the severity of the wounds and casualty numbers, the Canadian Veterans Advocacy serves all veterans!
As always, the CVA requires a full understanding to the situation before we engage. To attain a heightened sense of operational awareness, we need your help. First, I would all all serving members who are concerned or have an opinion on the proposed mental health reductions to send me a letter/email defining your situation, concerns and yes, fears. I would encourage spouses to participate in this campaign. The communiqués will be held in strict confidence or, if you wish, posted at our information repository as a segment of a potential public awareness campaign should we be called to engage. I have spoken to and sought information from Peter Stoffer and reached out to the president of the DND employees union with the hope that we can establish solid relationship as we have done with the union for Veterans Affairs Employees. Next week when I am in Ottawa, I will speak to Sean Casey and Peter personally at the hearing Monday and on Tuesday, if possible, Colonel Blais, JPSU. I also hope to arrange a brief meeting with Minister Mackay to seek his assurances in person but, under the short time conditions and my obligations to the Fynes family, this may not be feasible. At the moment, the government has announced that these are proposals, not confirmed plans, as such, time is critical and we must move while we can to ensure these proposals are not implemented!
D-Day Vigil June 6th, 2012, Parliament Hill
Now that the Budget war and St Anne's issues have been resolved, it is time for the Canadian Veterans Advocacy to return to its primary mandate and pro-actively campaign on the issues upon which we were founded, such as the abolishment of the discriminatory lump sum award, the restoration of the LIFE TIME obligation and standards of compensation for widows that was accorded prior to the NVC and the SISIP Issue. I would also encourage veterans affected by this cruel and unjust policy join with us on Parliament Hill or organize D-DAY events of your own so that we might collectively send a message to the Department of Justice and Defence that we expect justice to be served and a positive review concluded with all due haste.
On June 6th, 2012, the 68th anniversary of D-Day, the Canadian Veterans Advocacy is serving members, veterans, their families and concerned and patriotic Canadians to join us on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The purpose of this vigil is two fold: first, to offer our respects to those valiant Canadians who fought at Juno Beach on June 6th, 1944 and secondly, in honouring the memory of those who courageously fought, who were injured or who died in the historic battle, draw attention to the discrepancy in the standards of care and respect this nation accorded to its "traditional veterans" compared to the shameful standards now foisted on our modern-day veterans of past peacekeeping missions and of Afghanistan.
Stand with us! Make a difference! We we assemble near the National War Memorial on June 6th at 1400 hours (Corner of Wellington and Elgin) and, at the conclusion of Question Period, we will invite parliamentarians to join us on the steps of the House of Commons where the service will be held. I am seeking someone to sing the national anthem, a piper and trumpetter for the last post, if anybody knows anybody who can volunteer... it is not often you get a chance to play on Parliament Hill so please contact me through the CVA website if you are interested.
The time has come, you can make a difference to so many by simply writing a letter to your MP reference SISIP or, on June 6th, standing for those who have sacrificed so much, the wounded, the crippled, the maimed, the armless, the legless, the blind and the insane Speak out, justice can be served but only we, the veterans of Canada, lead by example to persuade all Canadians to embrace their patriotic obligation to support and defend those who once stood on guard for thee.
Pro Patria Semper Fidelis
Michael L Blais CD
Founder/President, Canadian Veterans Advocacy
6618 Harper Drive, Niagara Falls, Ont, Cda.
L2E 7K6 // 905-357-3306 // Cell 905-359-9247