Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Daily Digest June 18-19, 2012 030

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JUNE 19TH-----
B.C. backbencher criticizes his gov't over budget cutsross Canada and the planned closure of a search-and-rescue station in Vancouver.
'I'm picking my own path,' Justin Trudeau says

Tieleman: Justin Trudeau, Liberal Boy Wizard?

'I ain't apologizing,' budget watchdog says
Baird accuses budget watchdog of overstepping bounds

MacKay ignores military commission's threat of court challenge over suicide documents
Kenney apologizes to Alberta's deputy premier for e-mail insult

Kenney quietly says he's sorry for cursing about deputy Alberta premier
Kenney drops a 'complete and utter' A-bomb

Stop stalling release of donor information for political insiders' school, Carleton told
NDP filibustering Conservatives' attempt to shut down F-35 committee hearings

The Commons: Duly elected to carry on unapologetically
Enbridge leak spills oil in Alberta

Ontario summer election likely averted
Liberals' leadership problem good news for the Tories

Etobicoke Centre polls showed spike in voter registrations
PMO praises Mountie disciplined for bullying underlings in security detail

Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose's star rising slow and steady
Quebec cheered, Ottawa jeered at global green gathering

Canada secures invitation to join coveted Pacific trade talks
Canadian government lobbied U.S. to be included in Trans-Pacific trade talks

Ottawa halts program to eavesdrop on travellers
Dirty money' fuels parties: Duchesneau

Peggy's Cove lighthouse in desperate need of repair
Why there won't be an Ontario election this summer

The German fixer who runs Mulcair's shop
Tories not eager for divisive debate on assisted suicide

A loved one's journey into untreatable suffering
Rae was the Liberals' last, best hope

Should you join Andrew Coyne's Tell-It-Like-It-Is Party?
Liberals are needed to prevent NDP from taking office

Trudeau 2.0 is no upgrade
Del Mastro, step aside

Clark fails to fake authenticity
Expose and dispose

Will invitation to join TPP talks lead to NAFTA 2.0?
The euro ducks a bullet ­ and maybe that's not a good thing

A mighty wind blows in Rio
Ontario summer election likely averted

Justin Trudeau, Liberal Boy Wizard?
Liberals' leadership problem good news for the Tories

Etobicoke Centre polls showed spike in voter registrations
Mounties protecting Harper report intimidation, harassment by senior officer

Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose's star rising slow and steady
Quebec cheered, Ottawa jeered at global green gathering

Canada secures invitation to join coveted Pacific trade talks
Canadian government lobbied U.S. to be included in Trans-Pacific trade talks

Ottawa halts program to eavesdrop on travellers
Dirty money' fuels parties: Duchesneau

Peggy's Cove lighthouse in desperate need of repair
Why there won't be an Ontario election this summer

Conservative backbencher blasted for blaming 'bureaucrats' for budget cuts
Budget implementation bill passes House of Commons

Canada to reveal next step in closer China trade ties
Copyright bill finally clears Commons

Airport eavesdropping plan alarms federal privacy watchdog
Tory MP Del Mastro hounded on the Hill

NDP resist Liberal motion to bring Del Mastro before ethics committee
'I would never turn anybody away:' Shea

RCAF should have buy Canada policy for new fixed-wing search planes, says report
Outside experts called in to verify reliability of F-35 stealth fighter jets costs to be denied original information provided to DND

Why F-35 pilots have the jitters
Canada Revenue Agency officials at centre of RCMP corruption investigation

Europe to Canada: Don't lecture us
Kenny's safe country list problematic

Ontario election threat eases even as opposition makes more budget changes
Is Canada's relationship with the United Nations turning sour?

Defining dangerous: Veterans battle ministry over tax-relief benefit offered to troops on risky missions
Canadian Forces warned of possible infiltration by white supremacist group

Canada's aboriginal affairs minister expresses disappoinment at blocked treaty vote
Taylor hopes Tories back ruling

Ailing right-to-die champion fights to live
Trade Vital to Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity, Says Minister Fast at Montreal Conference

Deal sealed but second bridge to Detroit still has hurdles to clear
Le titre de Bombardier s'envole après une énorme commande

Canadian researchers find potential Ebola virus cure

JUNE 18TH_____

Whispers of uniting the left growing louder
Liberal leadership race needs a co-operation candidate

Rae's decision reflects today's political realities
Rae has likely done the best thing he could for the LPC

Shipbuilding: This is not the time to lose our bearings
Goverment fails to address defence procurement problems

The decline of Parliament is very real, but all parties, MPs share the blame
Opposition to get its licks at budget bill

Taxpayers bolster Layton legend
Let's build a Canadian oil pipeline from coast to coast

Danger ahead for Jean Charest in Quebec
Syria strategy looks like bloody repeat
John Turner pegs Justin Trudeau as Liberal Party rebuilder
Allegations of 'shocking' Nazi salute to Stephen Harper in the Commons provokes MP yelling match

Europe to Canada: Don't lecture us
At G20, top euro leader blows up at Harper

Harper draws EU fire for his stand against increased G20 contributions
Why F-35 pilots have the jitters

Outside experts called in to verify reliability of F-35 stealth fighter jets costs to be denied original information provided to DND
Release soldier suicide documents or face Federal Court challenge, inquiry chairman tells MacKay

Tory EI reform, NDP oil-sands barbs lay bare regional split in polls
NDP resist Liberal motion to bring Del Mastro before ethics committee

The Commons: 'Why is the Prime Minister showing his own MPs such blatant disrespect?'
Kent says Canada still plans to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies

Judge backs Ottawa's bid to break up wheat-board monopoly
Liberal leadership: Justin Trudeau could lead Liberals to first place, new poll shows

Trudeau could be Grits' only hope, says pollster Graves
A Liberal Party led by Justin Trudeau would become the national frontrunner (40%), with substantial leads over the Conservatives (30%) and the NDP (21%)

Ottawa's plans to eavesdrop on travellers appall privacy commissioner
Despite dogged opposition, Tory budget bill heads for final vote

Legal opinion backs watchdog on budget information request
PBO gets constitutional lawyer to help fight for details on feds' $5.2-billion spending cuts

Mexico invited to join Trans-Pacific trade pact, Canada still waiting
Signs point to Canada getting seat at Trans-Pacific Partnership talks

Long gun registry includes hundreds of misclassified handguns
It could be hike-dues-or-die time for federal union

Carleton's $15M political school has secret funding deal
NDP floats compromise seeking to end impasse over Ontario budget

Budget bill should be called the Lobbyists' Bill, it's a gift for oil and gas lobbyists
Don't defund freshwater research, Ontario and Manitoba tell Tories

New motion calls for random seating to help improve decorum in the House of Commons
An office of eight, May's Hill team handles workload of a small OLO

Former MP says removal of slot machines will take people 'from dignity to poverty'
Defence Department Hopes to Pry Money Out of Government To Start National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy

Charest takes to YouTube, television
Aboriginal people file hundreds of human rights complaints

War of 1812 interpreted and reinterpreted
Opposition MPs say marathon House filibuster was worth it

Ottawa says Greek's avoided 'catastrophic event' with vote
Greek election result spares leaders real-time fiscal firefighting

Canada wants to hold on to fossil fuel subsidies, leaked document reveals
UN airs concerns with Canadian laws as agency reports record numbers of new refugees

Ontario Budget: McGuinty blamed for snap election, but Horwath's popularity hurt, poll finds
Ontario fee cuts could prompt doctors to leave: poll

Fate of Ontario's budget hinges on plan to privatize ServiceOntario
McGuinty, Horwath want budget to pass to avoid election, but do they have a deal

Millions of Canadians flying out of U.S. airports
Microsoft reveals its own Windows 8 tablet: meet the new Surface

Oil Sands Carbon: When Money and Morals Align
For Search and Rescue, Canadian-made Planes are Better, Cheaper

Vancouver's New Frontiers of Creative Space
VIDEO: Tourism BC's Bizarre Giveaway

Justin Trudeau, Liberal Boy Wizard?
Doctors divided over assisted suicide ruling

Vision Vancouver critic Sean Antrim appointed COPE executive director
Canada 5th in G20 for green performance: report

BC drops in child poverty, up in overall poverty
Tyee named Western Canada's Best Online Magazine

Budget watchdog fights federal government secrecy


Deadly Israeli raid draws Hamas response
Flotilla: Nine killed, two reports and one siege

Gunmen 'still loose in Israel' after ambush
Assessing the Israel Palestine Conflict on U.S.S. Liberty Day

Palestinians ask UEFA to bar Israel as host

Troops sent to quell clashes in western Libya
French left seeks gains in runoff elections

Syria violence 'derailing' UN peace mission
Gupta found guilty of insider trading

Syria attacks continue as UN mission stalls
Russian Ship Stopped Over Suspected Arms Shipment To Syria

Space Code Of Conduct: Inadequate Mechanism – Analysis
Israel's Dolphin-Class Submarines: A Potent Deterrent? – Analysis

India-ULFA-ATF: Insignificant Force? – Analysis
Pakistan: Unleashing The Dogs Of War – Analysis

READ MORE Monsanto: A Modern Day Plague
READ MORE Taliban's Seeming Overtures To India – Analysis

READ MORE Sri Lanka Foreign Policy Challenges: Diplomatic Honeymoons Or Unbridled Engagements? – Analysis
READ MORE Continued Tug Of War On The Iranian Nuclear Issue – Analysis

READ MORE Syria: Saudi Arabia's Policy Conundrum – Analysis
READ MORE No Shangri-La For North Korea – Analysis

READ MORE Scientists: If We Don't Act Now We're Screwed
READ MORE Faulty Computer Modeling Caused San Onofre Nuke Equipment Problems

READ MORE Native American Tribes Owed Millions, Supreme Court Rules
U.S. Implementing Afghanistan, Kosovo Models For Syria

Iran, Russia, China, Syria to Stage Huge Wargames in Middle-East http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31630.htm
How the Obama Administration Is Stalling Its Way to War with Iran http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31637.htm

The State Department Goes Bad http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31641.htm
Revolutionary Forces Call for Mass Protest Against 'Coup D'état' http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31633.htm

Amnesty's Shilling for US-NATO Wars http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31642.htm
UN Investigator Criticizes US Drone War http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31634.htm

Unconstitutional Uses of Drones Must Stop By Rep. Ron Paul http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31635.htm
Is This Still America? 40 Years of Growing Surveillance http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31636.htm

Nuremburg Rallies Circa 1930s? Sleeping Through the Coup http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31631.htm
Silent Spring For Us? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31638.htm

Romney Plans To Grow Military Spending While Cutting Revenue http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31640.htm
Pass The Robin Hood Tax Small Change For Banks, Big Change For The Community http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31639.htm

The Genius of Mutual Indebtedness http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31632.htm
Nigerian security forces clash with Islamists, 34 killed: http://is.gd/5FVTdL

Suicide blast in Iraq kills 22: http://tolonews.com/en/world/6597-suicide-blast-in-iraq-kills-22-
Turkey: 18 killed as soldiers and PKK clash on Iraqi border: http://is.gd/Rjqu8B

Militants attack NATO camp in Afghanistan; seven killed: http://is.gd/JZQjV1
Militants attack checkpoint; 3 Afghan police killed: http://is.gd/XrkDvK

3 men in Afghan police uniforms kill Nato occupatiuon force soldier: http://is.gd/YWTEOm
Pakistan Supreme Court bars PM Gilani from office: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18506728

Two killed, 50 injured in Pakistan riots: . http://is.gd/KWmFLE
Two Children Killed By Israeli Missiles In Gaza: http://www.imemc.org/article/63754

Hamas fires 10 Grad rockets at Israel: http://is.gd/o9iBjE
In Israel: "Textbook Warns, Associating With Arabs Is Dangerous": http://www.imemc.org/article/63760

Two Palestinians killed in Lebanon clashes: http://is.gd/2EkLgY
Syria says it's ready to evacuate civilians trapped in Homs: http://is.gd/FCGbaR

Free Syrian Army calls on Kurdish brothers to join fight as clashes erupt: http://is.gd/9tW6YC
Russian Ship Stopped Over Suspected Arms Shipment to Syria: http://is.gd/1lvk5k

Syria UN mission headed by spy? (Op-Ed): http://www.rt.com/news/syria-un-mission-spy-mood-187/
Russia, Syria deny war games with China and Iran: . http://is.gd/JcLjwm

Russia struggles to save Tehran's nuclear talks from collapse http://is.gd/myqJC1
US plans significant military presence in Kuwait: http://is.gd/jtTxW0

Kuwait: 10 Years for Criticizing Neighboring Rulers http://is.gd/4kf1XY
Both sides claim victory in Egypt elections: http://is.gd/2XEoyu

Libyan weapons reach Somali al-Qaida: http://is.gd/apIf7J
Mont. GOP displays bullet-riddled 'Obama outhouse': http://is.gd/xZLtnP

Google: Censorship Requests 'Alarming': http://is.gd/Yg28N7
TSA bullies newspaper editor: http://is.gd/yZWilh

Police Abuse In Puerto Rico: http://is.gd/s8MpSe
American Narcos: The Real 'Masters of Paradise': http://is.gd/HivttI

Women march in Rio to protest 'green economy': http://is.gd/67WpaX
Greece could begin again: http://mondediplo.com/2012/06/02greece

GOP Senate Candidate Wants The Media To Stop Covering 'Sob Stories' About Low-Income Americans: http://is.gd/dLwoVT

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MARDI 19 JUIN 2012

15h45 - Commission Charbonneau · Duchesneau parle de l'argent sale qui permet de «faire des élections»
        L'ancien patron de l'unité anticollusion (UAC), Jacques Duchesneau, a décrit le financement des partis politiques au Québec comme « un système  hypocrite ou l'influence est allouée, où les décisions sont à vendre ». Agence QMI
12h35 - Commission Charbonneau · Dessau, Louisbourg et Simard-Beaudry faisaient beaucoup d'extras
        Les extras sont des montants additionnels facturés pour des imprévus lorsque le chantier est déjà en marche.  Agence QMI
12h24 - Élections provinciales · Clément Gignac sera candidat
        Le ministre responsable du Plan Nord pourrait cependant se présenter ailleurs que dans sa circonscription de Marguerite-Bourgeoys.  Agence QMI
04h20 - Réseau de la santé · En Italie, à votre santé
        22 représentants du réseau visitent le nord du pays cette semaine JDM
03h16 - Moisissures · Aucune école à l'abri
         Entièrement contaminée, l'école Saint-Gérard devra être démolie. JDM


Are you worried about increased surveillance at airports and borders? 7:31 AM ET

To which I'd add "and on the internet."
D'you think the backoff is permanent?
Can it be they'll back off IT too?

From: alan heisey <hize@earthlink.net>
Subject: herewith lead editorial from Summer 2012 edition "Georgian Bay Today"
To: "joe hueglin, daily digest" <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>

joe this is the 97th quarterly edition and since the whole country has chosen to ignore the great distortions in representation by population the following editorial really is written more in sadness than in anger.

just cannot understand how the cities' mayors and councils have been so mute on the continuing dscrimination against urban dwellers! cordially hize


Voters losing ground 
There are  couple of very big, very dirty secrets about the current national redistricting following from the recent 2011 national census. You will be aware that the Tory government is adding 30 additional seats to the present 306 in the House of Commons to partly rectify the bulge in populations in Ontario, B.C. and Alberta, and to throw in an additional three for Quebec.
The first big secret is that the average Canadian M.P. will serve a population of about 100,000, whereas in the lower house of the American government each of their fixed, 435 congressional representatives serves somewhere near to 700,000! Thus at one swell foop we have reduced the productivity of the average Canadian parliamentarian by about 10%, when it was already profoundly different from Stateside.
The first half of the bigger secret is that all the American congressional districts are incredibly closely matched in population, whether in Manhattan Island, or the boonies of Nevada, with congressional district population variances kept remarkably close to 1 to 2%!
This follows from an edict of their Supreme Court that quotes their constitution as requiring that all Americans' votes shall be of very equal authority, one to another.
This profound narrowing in the weight of one U.S. vote to another has been in effect for more than fifty years, so it rates no attention in Canada, where our Supreme Court has worked out a complex formula allowing up to a dozen other considerations than population in determining "effective representation".
But what has given current, urgent relevance to the long-standing American variance is that the Brits have, within the past couple of years, introduced their own variance of not more than 5% to apply to constituency populations with only a few, carefully noted exceptions ignoring that ratio!
I am astounded at how completely our litteratti have shut out of current re-districting plans that more than 400 million of our closest allies hold electoral authority within 5% tolerances for the vast majority of their voters. Meanwhile, here in Canader, the nominal permitted variance is +/- 25%, except where it is greatly higher, as in Northern Ontario and PEI, amongst other favoured peoples!
What amounts to another little secret is that the new, Tory-appointed and powerful trio of Ontario commissioners formally invited the general public to comment on their approach to their task - only to be virtually ignored by those leading media voices one would have thought ready to offer advice.
Still another little dirty secret is that the Tory government in Ottawa is urging its local electoral district associations to respond only as individuals, but not as associations, where their "parentage" would label any such collective recommendations as "partisan", if you can imagine that! Their urgings seem to have worked and there seems no indication anywhere in under-represented Toronto or elsewhere that we resent another decade delay to another census with no orderly move toward better balanced voter representation.

From: Robert Ede
Subject: ...Before HyperInflation of the Reserve Currency can occurs
 ...---Martin Armstrong

last para of link below...
So what should we expect? As the economy collapses, people will hoard and spend less. This is the check and balance against HYPERINFLATION. Furthermore, there are huge political ramifications involving a CORE RESERVE CURRENCY compared to Zimbabwe or Germany in the 1920s that cannot be ignored. The dollar cannot move into HYPERINFLATION for it is the reserve currency that would bring everything down with it. Empires do not die in that manner. The value of the dollar will certainly decline against assets, but it will not move into HYPERINFLATION. World War III would breakout before that. Capital cannot simply flee to yuan, Brazil or any other place, because if the reserve currency goes, so does everything else. China's reserves would vanish overnight. The notion of HYPERINFLATION is nice – just not practical. Empires collapse they have never expired by HYPERINFLATION. When an empire dies that is the major reserve of all nations, we must be concerned about a complete meltdown and the breakup of the nation long-before HYPERINFLATION would even be possible. Gold's role will be as the alternative UNDERGROUND economy and a store of wealth in time of political crisis. Remember – institutions will always be vulnerable to seizure. So never leave your gold in a bank that could be seized. You are defeating the very purpose of buying gold in such circumstances. http://armstrongeconomics.com/693-2/2012-2/where-do-empires-go-to-die-and-when-they-do-die-how-do-empires-die/

From: Gord Elliott

Subject: Happy Birthday, Senator Rose-Marie Losier-Cool

Liberal Senator Rose-Marie Losier-Cool from New Brunswick turns 75 today and so retires from the Senate.

The standings in the Senate are now Conservatives 59, Liberals 40, Other 3 and 3 vacancies – one each in Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Subject: Appeal court says gov't can end Wheat Board monopoly

Gord Elliott
Alberta Member Representative
National Council
Conservative Party of Canada

                                                                        Suan.H. Booiman
                                                                      204-1220 Fir Street
British Columbia                                    White Rock B.C.V4B 4B1                    Western Canada
June 18, 2012
The Hon.Mr.James Moore CP MP
Minister of Heritage
Dear Mr.Moore,
                                       Bilingualism consultations launched in N.B.
                                                              May 23, 2012
Considering the careful selected places that you will visit in regard to the consultation on
Bilingualism, carefully avoiding the Liberal Lester B.Pearson intention of enforcing FRENCH.
like to know in a, what we call ourselves, democratic society, if you have the facilities on the
internet, where one can answer questions and make comments.
The selected places, as mentioned in the May 23 announcement, so not include Vancouver or
The City of Surrey, fearful that one would not hear the answers expected.
The Canadian population were not consulted with the Official Language Act nor the 1982
Trudeau Constitution.
Looking forward to be invited in your efforts to her from all Canadian people as the Conservative
Government should do..
Respectfully yours,
Suan H.Booiman
Subject: The Latest from Impolitical
From: Impolitical <impolitic@rogers.com>

Late night

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 10:19 PM PDT
Another attack ad that can't be run now. Such a shame.

Who knows, maybe the Mulcair thing will catch on though... 

Day of action on refugee health care

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 02:55 AM PDT

There are demonstrations happening across the country today organized by Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care.
On Monday, June 18th, 2012 in cities across the country physicians and other health care workers opposed to cutting health services for refugees will be participating in a day of action. To find out about a demonstration or event happening near you, please see a list of events below.
Toronto - 1pm - demonstration in front of the Toronto regional office of Citizenship and Immigration Canada at 25 St. Clair Avenue East. For more information please contact Meb Rashid at: Docs4refugeeHC@gmail.com.

This is one of those decisions that is crystallizing so well exactly what Harper's Canada means. More from the Star with some examples, including this one:
In one case, a family resettled here by the Canadian government from Iran feared the government would remove the wheelchairs currently provided to its three children, all suffering a genetic disease that impairs their movement.

The decision to cut refugee health care is a seriously flawed one that a wealthy nation of immigrants should not be so ungenerous to make.
Fun with headlines, etc.

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 11:48 AM PDT
Updated below.

"Liberal leadership: Justin Trudeau could lead Liberals to first place, new poll shows."

Um, what? I read this report twice. But nowhere do I see in that Star report anything to support the sensational headline. He's first in one online poll on possible Liberal candidate names, yes. Vaunting the party in the polls to first place, however, is not substantiated. Does not compute.

Elsewhere, this seems a little bizarre too.

Fun fact: There've already been more stories about the not-yet-started Liberal leadership race as there were about the entire NDP race.
­ aaronwherry (@aaronwherry) June 18, 2012

I find that hard to believe but I assume there is method to the calculation. If it is true, it underscores what a great opportunity there is to really make something of all that media attention, if a well run race takes place that drums up interest in ideas and draws new people into the process.

Update (2:45 p.m.): Here is the excerpt from the Angus Reid poll (h/t) that did not appear in the Star report: "A Liberal Party led by Justin Trudeau would become the national frontrunner (40%), with substantial leads over the Conservatives (30%) and the NDP (21%)." There are other results there depending on the leadership name being put to respondents. Such questions remind me of those pre-season sports predictions made before the games are played.

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: does anyone really believe that they don't do this already???  If
 they can feel us up and down what makes anyone believe that they are not
 monitoring our every word--and not just at airports?
Toews halts plan to bug airports
Subject: nice words--no action other than to make things worse.  They got us
 into this mess so does anyone believe they know how to get us out of it--or
 even worse--want to get us out??
Draft: G-20 will produce plan for global growth

A sentence in the article  'The proposed declaration, however, stops short of committing the nations to greater spending unless conditions worsen. '  Well, we know they will worsen--that is the aim--a great way to start a war--it has worked so well in the past!!!
Subject: safe food except for Canadians--he decreased the inspectors etc at CFIA

PM announces innovative pay-on-results initiative to support global food security
Subject: [On-Guard] The Obituary of Democracy By Stephen J. Gray

The Obituary of Democracy
By Stephen J. Gray

Democracy is dead buried by the "Great Leader" and his political sycophants. Its funeral service was held in a House of No Shame. The funeral service lasted throughout the night.  There were many speakers at the service. Cheering and applauding its death were the majority "family" of the House.  The last rites were performed and the funeral procession trooped out of the House, proud of their role. No tears were shed, for this was a callous and indifferent gathering of hypocrites who lacked the courage to speak out and try to save democracy. Those who had at one time preached "accountability" were now unaccountable to the real owners of the House the people who paid for its upkeep. The people who paid for this House of No Shame would pay all the expenses for the death of democracy. 

 The killers of democracy were subservient and did as they were told. Some of them could have saved democracy but were afraid. The wrath of the "Great Leader" kept them in perpetual fear. One of them had attempted to speak out but succumbed to fear and helplessness. There were those who called him a coward, if that was true then he was a coward in a collection of cowards. For cowards do not like democracy, nor do they like people who have principles.

Principles go hand in hand with courage and courage was lacking in those that killed democracy. It was said that some of the followers did not like what was being done to democracy, but they lacked the courage to oppose the "Great Leader." Pictures were seen of him, who brooks no dissent, receiving a standing ovation from his grovelling gang. Smiles and handshakes were part of the celebration of this blatant crime against democracy.

It was a nauseating performance that will be remembered for its sickening spectacle of a group in the throes of abject admiration for a leader lacking in principles or moral decency. A leader who had contempt for democracy and who showed his true colors, now out in the open, because he believed he was invincible. But, perhaps he would do well to remember that old saying: "Pride comes before a fall."

This then is how democracy died. Ridiculed, laughed at, scorned and abused. If you care about democracy, tell others how it died and who was responsible and perhaps someday truth and justice will prevail and democracy's honour will be restored.

Stephen J. Gray
June 18, 2012.
graysinfo@gmail.com http://graysinfo.blogspot.com

From: "Sandra Finley" <sabest1@sasktel.net>
Subject: Brilliant, insightful, stirring, inspiring words: Pls. share widely! (Arundhati Roy)

Thanks to Janet and to those who formed the chain that got this to her!:
"Another world is not only possible, She is on her way......"
Arundhati Roy

From: "Harold Schroeder"
Subject: After the crises ...


Of course it comes as no surprise that the world is changing quickly, with each month that passes offering up new challenges … the recession that we are not confident we have licked, Europe in crises, and an ever changing political environment.
Below are 3 articles we had published over the past while, that may offer up some thoughts on how to move forward through these stormy waters.
BTW - we are about to publish a number of white papers – including one on
Sustainability and another one on Culture Change in support of new organizational directions.
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"The New Normal" -- an opinion piece published in ProjectsAtWork
link to article here

"After the Crisis: Project Management in the New Business Environment" -- published in PM World Today
link to article here

"Project Manager Recruitment in the New Business Environment" -- published in HR.com
link to article here

As always, happy to chat more if you like.
Wishing you a great day.

Harold Schroeder FCMC, PMP, CHRP, CHE

From: "rory j. koopmans" <roryjkoopmans@hotmail.com>
Subject: FW:

Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
Suite #203, 8912-156th St. N. West
Edmonton, AB. T5R 5Z2


Peter O'Neil
The Montreal Gazette

Dear Pete: Monsignor Jason Kenney apologizes to a Deputy Premier who in the last provincial writ in April admits to browbeating & fighting with a voter on the doorstep in his home riding of Edmonton-Castledowns. Neither (at the time) Education Minister/Candidate Lukaszuk or the home owner, Al Michalchuk apologized to each other in any way. Then the funniest thing happened, Lukaszuk wins a huge majority of the vote. So Premier Redford appoints him as her Deputy Commander (Premier) b/c he can be the hard ass she can't. Plus, with Deputy Premier Lukaszuk's wife being part of the Edmonton Liberal/Conservative media apparatchuk, the local media here are afraid to go hard on him, or even hold him to account.



From: The Natroses

As posted - "Stephanie McDowall"
Subject: G20 accused of hypocrisy over trade pledge | Emerging Markets

"Leaders of the G20 look set to reiterate their commitment to renounce protectionism even as a raft of reports released on the eve of their summit have shown a dramatic surge in trade-distorting measures."

"GTA said that the G20 had implemented 226 more trade distorting measures in 2010 and 2011 than first estimated, an increase of 36%, indicating that protectionism had continued to thrive after the spike in 2009."

That's an average of nine (9) per country. Were there any by Canada does anyone know ?
As I was reading the link, a question popped into my head. What are the parameters and framework that defines protectionism according to the World Bank and other global agencies?

What did I find? Not the answer to the two questions above, but I did find between the World Bank and the World Trade Organization, it appears that protectionism is being used to protect the big international corporations, using the individual nations' governments to craft policy that favours the big guys. That said, I was in no mood to read the heavy dense material today, and decided to see what Wikipedia had to to said. Interesting, it confirmed my latter hypothesis, that protectionism protocols is protecting the big global corporations, at the expense of the smaller players and the citizens of the individual countries.

" A variety of policies have been used to achieve protectionist goals. These include:
1. Tariffs
2. Import quotas
3. Administrative barriers
4. Anti-dumping legislation
5. Direct Subsidies
6. Export Subsidies
7. Exchange Rates
8. International patent systems "
"In the modern trade arena many other initiatives besides tariffs have been called protectionist. For example, some commentators, such as Jagdish Bhagwati, see developed countries efforts in imposing their own labor or environmental standards as protectionism. Also, the imposition of restrictive certification procedures on imports are seen in this light.

Further, others point out that free trade agreements often have protectionist provisions such as intellectual property, copyright, and patent restrictions that benefit large corporations. These provisions restrict trade in music, movies, pharmaceuticals, software, and other manufactured items to high cost producers with quotas from low cost producers set to zero. [9] [10] "


Further down the page -

"Unrestricted trade undercuts domestic policies for social good

Most industrialized governments have long held that laissez-faire capitalism creates social evils that harm its citizens. To protect those citizens, these governments have enacted laws that restrict what companies can and can not do in pursuit of profit. Examples are laws regarding:
Protectionists argue that these laws, adding cost to production, place an economic burden on domestic companies bound by them that put those companies at a disadvantage when they compete, both domestically and abroad, with goods and services produced in countries without such laws. They argue that governments have a responsibility to protect their corporations as well as their citizens when putting its companies at a competitive disadvantage by enacting laws for social good. Otherwise they believe that these laws end up destroying domestic companies and ultimately hurting the citizens these laws were designed to protect."

Is it a coincidence or is it deliberate planning that in all developed industrialized countries, since free trade has appeared on the scene - the social domestic policies of the individual countries have been undercut, reduced, funding cuts, union busting, and the list goes on. On the other side, in the developing countries, child labour, low wages, no social net to speak of, low education levels, and a host of other policies designed to keep labour cheap and low standards of living. All designed to favour the international corporations, that limits ordinary citizens within their respective countries - the average working person - the ability of persons to provide and sustain themselves the basics of life, to make a living without going into massive debt to do so, or having barriers erected by the government, to prevent people from actively seeking measures to improve their lives. Such barriers as the new EI changes of the Harper government, that will serve only to lower wages, along with the repeal of the fair wages act.

Or the citizens of Lima, Ohio - Rust Belt Resistance: How a Small Community Took on Big Oil and Won

Or the income inequality - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sandy-goodman/scott-walker-recall-unions_b_1597218.html?utm_hp_ref=business#es_share_ended

Or the five million Brazilian farmers -
Monsanto Loses $2 Billion Judgment to Brazilian Farmers http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/445-farm-and-food-policy/11961-monsanto-loses-2-billion-judgement-to-brazilian-farmers

Or health care - ". Patients report longer waits, higher premiums, higher co-pays and are less satisfied with health care. The number of bankruptcies due to medical illness and costs has continued to increase in Massachusetts too."


Or Agat Laboratories and their kind donation to help - "AGAT Supports Family in Ontario with Son who has Advanced Norrie's Disease"

Will health care of the rarer conditions and diseases - be funded by the kind donations of corporations and in turn - receiving favouring contracts by the government to provide services the government will no longer fund. Watch for it, because in the budget of the Harper government - it was stressed and emphasized private and public partnerships. Likewise, in the provincial budgets.

Or the Nanny State dictating the thou shall not rules - The Royal Ottawa Hospital's family court clinic, which does court-ordered assessments on parents, is now using obesity as a factor when deciding if they are fit to raise children.

Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Judge%2Brule%2Bwhether%2Bobesity%2Bfactor%2Bfitness%2Bfatherhood/6794649/story.html#ixzz1y8ykjbk9

Watch for more of the above, of where the Nanny State will target their new measures at the low middle-class to low income people. But the obese parents of the well to do will be left alone.

Or Harper's morals but don't look what is happening and actually taking place on the ground. One paper mill is closing, and another in NL has a pretty good chance of closing. Plus the numerous fish plants closures and the increasing exporting of raw fish product to Asia, and what work is available, the number of jobs are being given to foreign labour. What jobs?

""Economic growth and fiscal discipline are not mutually exclusive," he said last week. "They go hand in hand."

Harper boasts that his government is now pursuing policies to boost economic growth, including:

- free trade agreements with other major nations and the European Union;

- a reformed immigration program to get more skilled workers into the labour force;

- changes to the Employment Insurance system to persuade more people to get off EI;

- faster environmental assessments for energy projects;

- adjustments to scientific research and development spending to get the private sector to be more innovative.

Joining Harper at the G8 summit will be Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, who will be working closely with major finance ministers if the European crisis escalates Monday and Tuesday.

On Sunday, Flaherty repeated the Harper government's message of European self-reliance. In an interview with Global's The West Block broadcast Sunday morning he said that, while he doesn't believe the world faces a global financial meltdown on the level of what it experienced in 2008, Europe is running out of road in a hurry and must be prepared to act without outside help."

Or the new appointment of the CSIS by the Harper government - "Then, of course, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's choice to fill the position that has sat vacant for months was also depressingly predictable. Like his Liberal predecessors, Harper dipped into the ever-ready patronage bag to pluck former Tory cabinet minister Chuck Strahl to take on the chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC)."

So much for Strahl's lung cancer - or his questionable qualifications. Watch for drone activity especially the insect kind, and kids knocking them out of the skies with their BB guns. Strahl will be working hard to eliminate any privacy rights of their citizens, like their counterparts in the United States.

Or the censorship tactics of the developing countries - Shades of test tube laboratories, and to be replicated in the developed industrialized countries in its various hues and shades.


I came across an article - on Yurt shelters in our parks and a large donation to Canada Parks

"Though the donation took place four years before Parks Canada's current news-making round of budget cuts and layoffs, a $1 million gift from a longtime park camping enthusiast has provided a bright spot for Canadian Parks.

Today, Canadians are lamenting new austerity measures that are diminishing park staff and facility hours. In that context, it's fitting that Marjorie LeDrew's donation was kept secret until now when the agency and the nation need to hear some good news about one of the world's great national park."

The federal and provincial parks are quickly becoming a luxury for the lower income Canadians, and where once, a vacation that was the norm - a camping trip. Not only a luxury, but the federal and provincial parks are heavily regulated that favours the creation of new revenue streams, so parks can become self-sustaining. It is not a coincidence, that the cuts of jobs in both levels of parks took place as each park became self-sustaining, and the reduction of government funding - that led to large donations that are kept secret, and are being used to renovate the basics - washrooms, showers and other such things as trails. The fees are steadily rising, out-pricing what was once a regular fare for the average working joe.

I first explored yurts - My question is - Has anyone seen the yurts being used as shelters for people who have been left homeless? Or is the shelters reserved for the camp grounds and medical, and other UN agencies? Can't make money, if the poor people are comfortable, while they await for studier shelters?





As you can see, a yurt shelter has many advantages - but I have a funny feeling - if a person wanted to put a yurt shelter in their backyard for their kids, as a permanent year around feature - especially the home made jobs - the municipal authorities would nix it, as they do with the tree houses or the portable greenhouses.

I also became curious about the rates in staying a yurt - I came across this little ditty on the Algonquin Park on the special fishing regulations.


"Worms are permitted as bait in Algonquin Park, but anglers are encouraged to disposed of unused worms in garbage containers (not on the ground) as worms are not native to Algonquin Park and may negatively impact soil communities."

Does anyone see how wrong this statement - or does anyone think that worms know where the borders of the Algonquin Park are. Earthworms are found where ever their is soil. The more earthworms, the more arable the soil is, and it is a false statement put out that worms are not native to Algonquin Park. I remembered the fishing trips in the 1960s, where my father would rise early at 4 in the morning, trudging out to get a few worms, along with his own hand-made lures to get breakfast for the family. And it was in Algonquin Park, and it is a falsehood lie - that worms are not native to the park - in order to stopped people camping in the park, looking for worms in the wee morning light, before the birds have a say, as well as having the worm harvesters coming into the park. If anything, Algonquin Park probably has oodles of worms doing their important work in turning the soil over.

In Wikipedia -


The major benefits of earthworm activities to soil fertility can be summarized as:
  • Biological. In many soils, earthworms play a major role in converting large pieces of organic matter (e.g. dead leaves) into rich humus, and thus improving soil fertility. This is achieved by the worm's actions of pulling down below any organic matter deposited on the dried dirt, such as leaf fall or manure, either for food or when it needs to plug its burrow. Once in the burrow, the worm will shred the leaf and partially digest it, then mingle it with the earth by saturating it with intestinal secretions. Worm casts (see below) can contain 40% more humus than the top 9" (23 cm) of soil in which the worm is living.
Faeces in form of casts
  • Chemical. As well as dead organic matter, the earthworm also ingests any other soil particles that are small enough­including sand grains up to 1/20 of an inch (1.25mm) across­into its gizzard wherein minute fragments of grit grind everything into a fine paste which is then digested in the intestine. When the worm excretes this in the form of casts which are deposited on the surface or deeper in the soil, minerals and plant nutrients are made available in an accessible form. Investigations in the US show that fresh earthworm casts are 5 times richer in available nitrogen, 7 times richer in available phosphates and 11 times richer in availablepotash than the surrounding upper 6 inches (150 mm) of soil. In conditions where there is plenty of available humus, the weight of casts produced may be greater than 4.5 kg (10 lb) per worm per year, in itself an indicator of why it pays the gardener or farmer to keep worm populations high.
  • Physical. By its burrowing actions, the earthworm is of great value in keeping the soil structure open, creating a multitude of channels which allow the processes of both aeration and drainage to occur. Permaculture co-founder Bill Mollison points out that by sliding in their tunnels, earthworms "act as an innumerable army of pistons pumping air in and out of the soils on a 24 hour cycle (more rapidly at night)". [19] Thus the earthworm not only creates passages for air and water to traverse, but is itself a vital component in the living biosystem that is healthy soil. Earthworms continue to move through the soil due to the excretion of mucus into the soil that acts as a lubricant for easier movement of the worm. (See Bioturbation.)

The earthworm's existence cannot be taken for granted. Dr. W. E. Shewell Cooper observed "tremendous numerical differences between adjacent gardens", and worm populations are affected by a host of environmental factors, many of which can be influenced by good management practices on the part of the gardener or farmer [20].

Darwin estimated that arable land contains up to 53,000 worms per acre (13/m²), but more recent research from Rothamsted Experimental Station has produced figures suggesting that even poor soil may support 250,000/acre (62/m²), whilst rich fertile farmland may have up to 1,750,000/acre (432/m²), meaning that the weight of earthworms beneath a farmer's soil could be greater than that of the livestock upon its surface."


And then to asked the campers to deposit the unused worms in the trash, is telling all the city slickers that earthworms are not at all important in soil fertility. I keep having an image that pops in my head - people picking the worms from their grass lawns, and putting them in the garbage.

That said, I tried and tried to confirmed declaring worms invasive species in the hardwood forests found around the Great Lakes. Apparently, according to some science research, worms have never been part of the soil, surrounding the Great Lakes and their forests. All coming from one source, The Great Lakes Worm Watch.

I tried and tried to have the above confirmed, and I even went to the UN - And along the way I learned all kinds of things on worms and other microbiology of the soils. But not a whisper to what lies below, and lots of other things regarding the destruction of forests and the damage being wrought by pesticides, pollution and the overall ecosystems plus the global climate environment.

" However, recent research on invasion of these seemingly benevolent creatures into previously earthworm-free hardwood forests of the Great Lakes Region has seriously challenged that belief. Researchers at the University of Minnesota, and elsewhere, have documented dramatic changes in native hardwood forest ecosystems when exotic earthworms invade. These changes including losses of native understory plant species and tree seedlings, changes in soil structure and declines in nutrient availability. There is also fascinating evidence emerging that the changes caused by exotic earthworms may lead to a cascade of other changes in the forest that affect small mammal, bird and amphibian populations, increase the impacts of herbivores like white-tailed deer, and facilitate invasions of other exotic species such as European slugs and exotic plants like buckthorn and garlic mustard. These results suggest that exotic earthworms may pose a grave threaten the biodiversity and long term stability of hardwood forest ecosystems in the region. Much more research is needed."

I can only conclude, seeing two words - 'citizen science'

To which Wikipedia defines citizen science as - "Citizen science is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur or nonprofessional scientists. Formally, citizen science has been defined as "the systematic collection and analysis of data; development of technology; testing of natural phenomena; and the dissemination of these activities by researchers on a primarily avocational basis" [1]. Citizen science is sometimes called "public participation in scientific research." [2] [3] "

I can only assume, the big companies will be profiting big time, to eliminate the earthworm in places where they are not wanted, and than turn around and profit to correct the negative changes of the absence of earthworms, and than finally turned around, to introduce the new improve earthworm that has been genetically modified, at a premium price. Protectionism? Why worry about that, when the political and economic forces are more determined to profit off the air, water, the Earth, the animal and insect species, as well as us humans in every shape and form of policies that will ultimately control every aspect of our lives from infancy to death, and all done in the name of profit, growth, jobs and prosperity.