Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Daily Digest June 20, 2012 030


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

OPINION AND INFORMATION
_____CANADA

Conservatives have campaigned and governed with no regard for democracy
Harper has changed both the process and agenda of federal-provincial relations

Repeating a sorry legacy
The only qualified candidate departs

Bob Rae for UN Secretary General
Ottawa kills the emissions messenger

Tories, UN in war of words
Stephen Harper's push to join Pacific trade deal may be a leap into the dark

Don't blame the 'Euro welfare state'
Ottawa right to stay out of IMF bailout for Europe

Ontario budget bill is McGuinty's Trojan horse
Horwath dumb, McGuinty dumber

Summer respite for Charest
Conservative party campaign manager awarded Diamond Jubilee medal

Defence executives received $2M in bonuses last year while cutting staff
Lessons for Justin Trudeau from John Turner on being Liberal 'saviour'

Justin Trudeau tops 'starting grid' Liberal leadership poll
Quebec nation debate could be re-opened in Liberal race

Del Mastro claims to be unaware of reimbursement scheme allegations
Tory MP professes ignorance of new election law breach allegations

Feud with budget officer a conflict between Conservatives and their own ideals
Fresh hostilities break out in Tory war with budget watchdog

The Commons: If Kevin Page has overstepped his mandate, maybe it's time to expand it"
Wait a minute … shouldn't all the PM's guards be ready to take a bullet?

Cabinet Shuffle: Bev Oda To Lose Post In Summer Shake-Up If She Doesn't Retire First
Den Tandt: Harper mulls cabinet shuffle ­ who's getting the axe?

Public Works denies outside experts won't get access to original U.S. F-35 stealth fighter cost information provided to National Defence
'We'll send you packing,' Kenney tells foreign criminals

Endangered caribou, birds and frogs among animals threatened by Enbridge pipeline: documents
Long-awaited plan to overhaul RCMP Act to be tabled Wednesday

Globalive Says Telus Breaks Canada Telecom Rules
McGuinty must pick his poison at Queen's Park

Speaker frustrating some MPs
Penashue attacks former MP over dormant websitesite is still online.

The Liberal Party belongs to the young
'I'm picking my own path,' Justin Trudeau says

Kenney defends cuts to refugee health benefits
Children's online activity being collected and data mined, MPs told

Canadian links sought in U.S. counterfeit drug probe
'A threat to Israel is a threat to Canada': Peter MacKay to Jewish commander

B.C. backbencher criticizes his gov't over budget cuts
Industry Minister Paradis asks NDP to endorse Quebec anti-protest law

Feds to close loophole allowing criminal newcomers to stay in Canada
Third oil spill fuels calls for Alberta pipeline review

Greenpeace denied Edmonton billboard space for oil spill adgroup a much bigger free PR opportunity.
Harper unfazed by morale complaints in his security detail: PMO

MacKay ignores military commission's threat of court challenge over suicide documents
NDP filibustering Conservatives' attempt to shut down F-35 committee hearings

Two Interim Maritime Helicopters at 12 Wing Shearwater But Still No Date on When the Cyclone Will Be Officially Accepted by the Canadian Forces

Canada's contribution to Kosovo peacekeeping mission extended to 2013
Hudak got off too easy for his role in Ontario's budget crisis

Tensions over Ontario budget bill sour Liberal-NDP relations
Ombudsman André Marin demands more powers to prevent another ORNGE

Quebec awash in kickback money, inquiry told
Opposition parties press government on TPP talks

Canada to join Pacific free trade talks
Analysis: At G20, top euro leader blows up at Harper

Greek vote good news, says PM
Feds tabled act to reform Mounties

_____FOREIGN AFFAIRS

When Will We Attack Syria? By Rep. Ron Paul
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31657.htm

Afghanistan: The Top Ten Lies that Recur in the Mainstream Media
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31660.htm

Egypt's Impoverishing Choice
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31658.htm

Just What We Don't Need Now: Hollywoods's New Hostage Thriller Glamorizes The CIA In Iran
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31659.htm

Julian Assange Seeks Asylum at Ecuadorean Embassy
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31644.htm

Julian Assange's Artful Dodge
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31662.htm

Julian Assange's Right to Asylum
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31645.htm

The US-Pakistani 'Client-master' Relationship Julian Assange Interviews Imran Khan Must Watch - Video
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31646.htm

Obama Bars Congress from Obtaining Fast and Furious Papers:
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31653.htm

Washington's 5 Worst Arguments for Keeping Secrets From You
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31652.htm

The Earth Cannot Be Saved by Hope and Billionaires
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31649.htm

From Greece to Spain: The Spreading Crisis
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31661.htm

Why The Senate Won't Touch Jamie Dimon: JPM Derivatives Prop Up U.S. Debt
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31647.htm

Super PACs and Secret Money Destroying America's Democracy
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31651.htm

Low-Wage Nation Poverty and Inequality are Threatening our Democracy
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31650.htm

Police Brutality: Recording The Police Is Dangerous, But Necessary! Video http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31648.htm

30 "Al-Qaeda" fighters dead in Yemen air raids: http://is.gd/nWXhfO

Red Cross says staff member killed in Yemen airstrike: http://is.gd/yQDxGe

28 killed in two Afghan bombings: http://is.gd/X7FyVX

Pakistan: 10 militants killed in Khyber Agency: http://is.gd/rKX1Qo

28 soldiers among 39 dead in Syria: "rights group": http://is.gd/YQ90Xs

Homs rebels: Army must leave, or we'll start killing civilians (Op-Ed):
http://www.rt.com/news/homs-army-leave-civilians-311/

More Russian Ships On Way to Syria: http://is.gd/44TVTv

Putin Rules Out Intervention to Stop the Syrian Rebellion: http://is.gd/0BmZQl

'Tell Brits to remove Cameron and see what happens' - Assad's adviser:
http://www.rt.com/news/syria-democracy-struggle-shaaban-259/

15,000 American forces stationed in Kuwait: Senate account: http://is.gd/dZjihU

Turkey Hits Kurdish Targets In Northern Iraq: http://is.gd/bLGdmi

148 killed in northern Nigeria, govt in trouble: http://is.gd/EoOzv3

Another Palestinian killed in Israeli airstrike in east Gaza: http://is.gd/P5rH0u

Rocket fire directed at Israeli military targets: http://is.gd/7WhbQT

Playing the Anti-Semitism Card: http://is.gd/C4YQib

King: Time to investigate Muslims, again: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31656.htm

The True Story of Sharia in American Courts http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31654.htm

Declassified document contradicts Cheney's claim of Iraqi connection to 9/11: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31655.htm

Julian Assange requests asylum at Ecuador embassy - live coverage http://is.gd/wGn5Za

Julian Assange asylum move is 'a tragedy' for his accusers, says lawyer: http://is.gd/wGn5Za

Lawmaker sets deadline for Holder to avoid contempt citation: http://is.gd/wrlRCk

An Innocent Man's Tortured Days on Texas's Death Row: http://is.gd/Ayr5zP

How does Walmart keep its prices so low? : - Video - http://is.gd/K67XYe

US Senate blocks bid to restore $4.5 billion for food aid: http://is.gd/bsjLeI

Mubarak clinically dead: Egyptian security sources: http://en.trend.az/regions/met/arabicr/2038691.html

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MERCREDI 20 JUIN 2012
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22h28 - Sommet Rio 20 · La lutte aux changements climatiques, un texte truffé de généralités
        «Le texte ne va pas aussi loin qu'on l'aurait voulu, surtout pour ceux qui étaient là il y a 20 ans» Agence QMI
18h53 - Commission Charbonneau · Québec remet en cause la crédibilité de Duchesneau
        L'ancien patron de l'UAC et ses collègues Annie Trudel et Martin Morin ont été attaqués sur la rigueur de leur  enquête de 18 mois. Agence QMI
18h51 - Conflit · Pauline Marois abandonne le carré rouge
        «Je ne porterai plus le carré rouge, je vais continuer de porter la cause étudiante cependant.» Agence QMI
13h31 - Loi 78 · Artistes, intellectuels et syndicalistes marcheront contre
        Une cinquantaine de personnalités prendront la rue, jeudi, pour faire entendre leur mécontentement contre la    loi 78. Agence QMI
02h30 - Santé · Plus de chirurgies au privé
        Les chirurgies d'un jour payées par le public ont encore augmenté cette année. JDM
02h20 - Cadres en santé · Manque de relève
        Le ministère de la Santé investit pour former 700 cadres d'ici 2016. JDM
02h15 - Publicité de Jean Charest · Plus blanc que blanc?
        Le décor y serait pour beaucoup dans cet aspect plus blanc que blanc qui saute aux yeux des     téléspectateurs. JDM

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Stephanie McDowall sent in  the article in which out Minister of Defence made the statement which is the poll subject.
I always like to see where opinion is on polls to give me some idea of how mine fit it.

        Joe

Quick Poll :Do you support Peter MacKay's comment that "a threat to Israel is a threat to Canada"?
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From: Geoffrey Laxton
Subject: Harper's Pet Speaker Misses Chance to Give Himself a Permanent Legacy
 
June 19th, 2012
"When a government starts trying to cancel dissent or avoid dissent is frankly when it's rapidly losing its moral authority to govern." -- Stephen Harper

Update: Bad news apparently comes in threes, since the Speaker ruled todaythat the government is not required to answer questions tabled in Parliament. So that's it, then. Scheer has ruled that the government can pass all of its legislation for a session in a single bill, that debate on that bill can occur only in a single day, and that the government is not accountable to Parliament. We've officially passed into post-Parliamentary Canada.
http://sixthestate.net/?p=5649

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From: "S Booiman"
Subject: A Majority of Canadians Support Bill C-31
 
From: jason.kenney@parl.gc.ca
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2012 8:21 AM
Subject: A Majority of Canadians Support Bill C-31
 
Friends,

Last week efforts brought forward by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and our Conservative Government to crackdown on human smuggling stopped another large vessel of illegal migrants headed to our shores.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/ottawa-helps-block-another-batch-of-smuggled-sri-lankans/article4261733/

While this news is promising it does not change the fact that our government must pursue further reforms to fight human smuggling operations targeting Canada, and protect our generous immigration system from abuse.

MacLean's magazine is running a survey right now on Bill C-31, the Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act. If you want to express your view, you can do so here: http://www2.macleans.ca/category/polls/

 If you???re interested in learning more about this bill please click on the web-links below.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2012/2012-02-16.asp
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2012/2012-05-09.asp

Sincerely,

Hon. Jason Kenney, PC, MP
Calgary Southeast

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From: Joseph <joseph@commonground.ca>
Subject: 911 Pentagon Flight data recorder expert Dennis Cimino reveals Fraud- YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmGi5YeQ_Bw

An interesting group of world experts on 911 converged here for the Vancouver 9/11 Hearings which were a follow up on the Toronto 9/11 Hearing prior.

It shows that many people now understand that the official report on 9/11 do not hold up to independent scrutiny; in other word people have educated themselves enough to see that the official government 9/11 reports are crap and that people ( read "we the people") want to get to the truth of the attack on the WTC. The truth is being told by people who are not in the pay of the government but are independent professionals making expert witnesses to what happened on that fateful day.

This video is of flight data recorder expert Dennis Ciminois, and he is just one speaker of dozens of experts who shared their perspective to bring us closer to the actual events of Sept11, 2001. Let the truth be known, we the people have been had. There was a small group of very high government official who either did it , or let it happen ( because they had prior knowledge) or both.

Only the people will get to the truth of this matter because the perpetrator will continue to lie and deceive which they are very good at but eventually their hubus will blow back on them.

We, the people will find out because "You can fool all the people some of the time, and you can fool some of the people all the time , but you can not fool all the people all the time."

Remember Sam Cook's song "A Change is Gonna Come" and it is a long time coming, but, eventually the truth will come. We look forward to and work for that day.

Thank you for you attention and support to uncover the truth of 9/11.

Notes on the speaker:
Flight data recorder expert Dennis Cimino reveals the government's claims about a flight data recorder found at the Pentagon from Flight 77 are totally fraudulent, with zeros instead of the plane's identification number and flight number! The recorder did not come from an airliner but was apparently created at a workbench and was also missing data that an actual flight would have, such as mandatory barometric adjustments and even records of the cockpit door opening. The talk was given June 17, 2012 at the Vancouver 911 Hearing. Please visit http://pilotsfor911truth.org for more information.The video was made by pointing a camcorder at the crude live stream image on a monitor, so it is of low quality, but the audio is OK quality and it is the only video online at this time of Dennis revealing this important new evidence that the official 911 story is a big lie made up of many lies.

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From: Larry Kazdan
To: dtletters@telegraph.co.uk
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Is the G20 headed in the same direction as the euro?

Is the G20 headed in the same direction as the euro?
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/g20-summit/9340595/Is-the-G20-headed-in-the-same-direction-as-the-euro.html

The transition in decision-making from the G8 to the G20 is a good step toward greater inclusivity, but these gatherings have become increasingly expensive and lacking in legitimacy. The best place for decision-making is at a strengthened United Nations, where venues are already available and where the voices of all those affected should be heard. The Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) calls for an advisory body at the UN - a citizens' watchdog with clout - that gradually transitions into a world parliament. If democracy is universally recognized as the best form of government, isn't it time to begin practicing it at the United Nations, instead of leaving global decisions in the hands of self-selected and unaccountable bodies such as the G20?
Larry Kazdan,

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From: "Rory J. Koopmans" <roryj_koopmans@hotmail.com>
Subject: Executive Dissertations:
It's Not Just The Land Of Anne Of Green Gables
http://rjkoopmans.blogspot.ca/2012/06/its-not-just-land-of-anne-of-green.html

Ties in well with Natrose comments to-day, eh?
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From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: Democracy has been long dead in Canada--Harper is jsut burrying it
 
Conservatives have campaigned and governed with no regard for democracy 
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/06/20/michael-harris-conservatives-have-campaigned-and-governed-with-no-regard-for-democracy/
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Subject: this is also the law in Canada--they can invade our property without a warrant and take whatever they want to
A woman's huge collection of edible landscaping and medicinal herbs was intentionally destroyed by the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Yet again, a bunch of brain-dead bureaucrats have declared war on self-reliance and natural medicine!
http://www.naturalnews.com/036234_edible_landscaping_medicinal_plants_Tulsa.html
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Subject: [On-Guard] earthworms--DD

Joe--may I suggest that we all start digging for earthworms and take them to Ottawa?  That place needs some mega mulching and fast.
These 'exotic worms' are terrorists and we should get the F35 to protect Canada from them.  Obviously billions of taxpayer dollars should be spent protecting the forests so that the trees can be cut to make paper bags now that plastic bags have been banned???  No mention of what all this destruction of the trees will cause.  But I guess that is not important.  We must be protected from terrorist worms?
becky

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From: "Stephanie McDowall"
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Subject: F-35 pilots left blind - RT

At the center of the controversy keeping Air Force officials scrambling for explanations is a state-of-the-art visor that is supposed to provide pilots with up-to-the-second information about the aircraft's every move. The report says that the visor is "integral to the mission systems architecture," which is now being jeopardized because the headgear isn't providing pilots with the right information.
  http://rt.com:80/usa/news/f-35-pilots-visor-pentagon-119/
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Subject:
Threat To Israel Is Threat To Canada, Defence Minister Peter MacKay Tells Israeli Military Commander 
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/06/19/israel-threat-canada-mackay_n_1610360.html?utm_hp_ref=canada

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From: Robert Roehle
Subject: FW: News Release: NFU Disappointed in Appeal Court's Decision on Introduction of Bill C-18

For Immediate Release June 19, 2012

NFU Disappointed in Appeal Court's Decision on Introduction of Bill C-18

The National Farmers Union is extremely disappointed in the Federal Court of Appeal's decision to strike down Justice Campbell's December 7, 2011 ruling where he found that Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz had acted outside of the rule of law by bringing forward legislation that destroyed the Canadian Wheat Board's single desk without first conducting a farmer vote.

"Apparently the Federal Appeal Court accepts the premise that changes to the single desk would require approval through a farmer vote, but the complete destruction of the single desk can be carried out with impunity," said Terry Boehm, NFU President.

Regardless of this decision, farmers will continue the fight to retain the Canadian Wheat Board's single desk or be compensated for the loss of it.

"The behaviour of the federal government has been scandalous throughout this entire process, and Canadians have been taking note," warned Boehm.
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For more information:

Terry Boehm, NFU President: (306) 255-2880 or (306) 257-3689
Ed Sagan, NFU Region 6 (Saskatchewan) Coordinator: (306) 728-3760 or (306) 728-9050
Cathy Holtslander, NFU Director of Research and Policy: (306) 652-9465

"retain" or "compensate" ?
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From: "Paul Downie"
Subject: War 1812 Quiz

War 1812 Quiz
Can you get a passing grade on this tricky test?
http://www.cbc.ca/news/quiz/1812.html

Paul Downie

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From: Jean Pycock
Subject: Re: Daily Digest June 18-19, 2012  015

Dear Joe,
     I am sick and tired ot Suan H. Booiman"s constant harping about how terrible it is that Canada is a bilingual country.  As a bilingual anglophone living in Quebec, I am exceedingly glad that it is!  Has he not heard about recent research that shows that people who are fluently bilingual, develop dementia 5 to 6 years later than unilingual people. Another good reason for learning another language, and why not French! 

    Jean Pycock

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From: "Ted & Phyllis Reeve"
Subject: "review of coastal cuts"

To: Dr. James Lunney, M.P.

Thank you for your remarks, quoted in the Nanaimo News-Bulletin, June 19,
2012, calling for further review before implementation of the cuts to
Canadian Coast Guard facilities. Such statements require some courage, but
perhaps we shall hear more of the kind as Members of Parliament return home
and witness the impact which Bill C-38 may have upon their communities.

Your constituents voted for a candidate they know, not for the "bureaucrats
in Ottawa" to whom you refer. Just possibly, one or two of the proposed
amendments might have made a difference, and therefore it is unfortunate
that you were required to vote strictly along party lines, rather than
according to conscience.

It will be interesting to see what happens in parliament when members return
after your summer "vacation." Some sensible re-thinking could benefit us
all, in your own constituency, in neighbouring constituencies such as that
in which I live, and throughout the country,

You seem to have made a good start.

Phyllis Reeve
1195 Coats Drive
Gabriola BC V0R 1X4

cc: Jean Crowder, M.P., Elizabeth May, M.P., Joe Hueglin (Progressive Canadian Party)

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From: Henry Atkinson
Subject: Fwd: Former soldier's dreams crushed by shooting accusations
Begin forwarded message:
Subject: Former soldier's dreams crushed by shooting accusations | Toronto & GTA | News | Toronto Sun
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/06/19/former-soldiers-dreams-crushed-by-shooting-accusations

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Subject: The Latest from Impolitical
From: Impolitical <impolitic@rogers.com>
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Toews and all his eavesdropping

Posted: 19 Jun 2012 12:00 PM PDT
Update (3:00 p.m.) below.

We have learned this week that the Canada Border Services Agency, under the leadership of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, will be seeking to audio record what travellers are saying in their cars at border crossings and in person at airports. See this report in the Toronto Star yesterday, for example. It is reported there that the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has not been consulted on this plan and no privacy impact assessment has been done.

It is the prospect of audio recordings in particular that has galvanized reaction, particularly about privacy rights and the possibilities of abuses that could very well take place.

Toews claimed in the House of Commons yesterday that he was relying upon the Major report and its recommendations out of the Air India inquiry.
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews told MPs during question period that "I can assure the member that the privacy rights of law-abiding Canadians are respected at all times."
When reminded that no privacy impact assessment has been done on the audio aspect of the security installation, Toews referred to a report by Justice John Major, the head of the Air India inquiry, and said the government was simply following through on its "action plan" to streamline prosecutions, and boost the safety of air travellers.
"We will continue to take steps in line with the recommendations of Justice Major," he said.

This is one recommendation from the Major Report, however, that Toews doesn't seem to be giving much consideration:
V. Passenger and Baggage Screening
Recommendation 18
18. Current methods for conducting pre-board screening (PBS) are comprehensive, but improvements are required in their application.
18.1. Although technology has enhanced the ability to effectively conduct PBS, that technology should rarely be relied upon exclusively.
When selecting equipment and procedures for passenger screening, consideration should be given to individual rights, including privacy rights and the rights guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In particular, any consideration of behavioural analysis techniques as a tool for PBS must include a thorough review. Concerns about the risk of racial, ethnic and religious profiling must be given specific and careful attention. If a decision is made to implement such a program, the following must be addressed: effectiveness of the measure; competencies, training (initial and ongoing) and testing required of those who would conduct the analysis; and oversight requirements.
18.2. Given the importance of the "no search, no fly" rule and the potential impact of security measures on individual rights, Transport Canada and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada should collaborate to devise tools and criteria to evaluate proposed security measures.
         ( Volume 4: Aviation Security, Chapter IV, Recommendation 18)

Ideally, this latest set of eavesdropping plans should be halted altogether. Failing that, Toews should follow the the Major report's recommendations, as he claims to be doing, and at a minimum, work with the Privacy Commissioner's office on these CBSA plans. Or, Transport Canada should.

Update (3:00 p.m.): Vic has taken in the blow back and now walks back the eavesdropping plans: " Border agency told to halt eavesdropping on travellers." But stay tuned, it's just on hold until a privacy impact assessment can be made.
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From: "A Different Point of View...." <fillmore0274@rogers.com>


CBOBC has impressive Facebook launch now expanding its capacity in other areas

Posted: 20 Jun 2012 10:55 AM PDT
With every passing week of Stephen Harper's destruction of the fabric of our country, more and more Canadians are following the development of the 'Campaign to Build One Big Campaign' (CBOBC), hoping that huge campaigns can be developed to take the wind out of the sails of the Conservatives and their corporate allies. So it's no surprise that CBOBC has made an impressive debut on Facebook, establishing a potential reach of more than 390,000 people and organizations after only six weeks of operation. CBOBC has...

To continue reading this post, click on  this headline. A Different Point of View....

Please feel forward to friends and associates that might also be interested in this issue. Nick
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From: The Natroses

Two things cross my screen today - both speaking about illusions, and not the realities.

A labour shortage?  Out crying the blues - the constant hammering of the messages since the 1990s, need more skilled trades. On the other side, what jobs?

"A three-person panel was at the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industries Association (NOIA) conference to speak on the challenges around major projects in Atlantic Canada.

From their presentations, one challenge has risen to the forefront: the availability of human resources.

At the St. John's Convention Centre Tuesday afternoon, Jim Irving, president of J.D. Irving Ltd., John Pollesel, chief operating officer of Vale Canada, and Kari Plaster, vice-president of human resources with the Iron Ore Co. of Canada (IOC) all talked about their need for good workers."
http://www.thetelegram.com/News/Local/2012-06-20/article-3012740/Help-wanted/1?newsletterid=191&date=2012-06-20-12

Quotes from the above link: "Irving is already investing millions in training. In addition, the organization takes in about 650 students a year to work, some of whom later find permanent positions (63 Memorial University of Newfoundland graduates are counted among the ranks).

With arms in forestry, specialty printing, industrial fabrication and, of course, shipbuilding, the organization works to stay on top of its own labour forecast."

Irving wants a worker data base funded by the federal government - probably be funded by the EI fund, where there will be lots of loose money floating around, from the federal cuts made to the post-secondary colleges, regarding the trades and other medium-end skilled jobs. Watch for tuition increases, to save any programming and if not, the cuts have already begun in some provinces.

"Currently that project is progressing relatively well", he said, noting it is "roughly about 66 per cent complete." About 78 per cent of the man hours have been completed by hires made in Newfoundland and Labrador.

That said, "human resource shortages are certainly what are plaguing us right now. In our Long Harbour project we are experiencing a lot of difficulty in trying to attract the trades," he said.

"In (Irving's) presentation he mentioned that one of the things was to bring people home." ˆWell, our experience so far is that we're not finding a lot of people who want to, in fact, come home."

The shortage is not only in terms of individual employees.

"Contractor and supplier base is shrinking," he said. "There's a lot of projects out there. We see a lot of consolidation in this industry. Competitive bidding is becoming less effective."

Pollesel said there has been "quite a significant decline" in productivity day to day on Vale projects.

"The demographics, of course, haven't helped. I can tell you that in our industry we've lost many experienced people and so now it's very difficult and it's a measure we need to take in terms of working with the colleges, working with the universities, to develop the programs to train our people, so that we will have the resources to move forward in our operations."

Vale and Irving company reminds me of a couple out on a date, neither wanting to pay for the tab at the end of the evening. In this case, it is all about the wages, the lack of housing, schools and other health facilities, and all the other things of living in a rural and sometimes remote locations. Probably the number one factor, is the lack of housing, as well as being affordable in places like Labrador. Lots of people are trained, but the trick is to get attached to an union, find some type of decent and reasonable price housing, and than manage to maintain steady work. Much easier to fly in and out of Alberta, because there is decent work camps and the pay is excellent compared to the offerings in the Atlantic provinces.

"On labour shortages, "we're taking a slightly different approach to that same problem," she said.

"What we're trying to do is basically add new labour work hours or improve our existing utilization and productivity."

The company is testing fly in, fly out; prioritizing vacancies; tightening up break times; and seeking small efficiencies like making the transitions of trucks and shovels in and out of shifts flow more smoothly.

"We're just trying to focus on those things that we know we have control over when sometimes you don't have control over the number of resources coming into your business."

Read the comments of the above link - What jobs!

The government of NL, is lining up their ducks to match the changes found in the federal budget - "Newfoundland and Labrador's government announced changes to provincial labour laws – including measures that aim to prevent long strikes, promote labour continuity for mega-projects, and introduce automatic union certification.

"We're competing now on a national and international level for work, so it's important that we have modern legislation," said Labour Minister Terry French.

The province says the changes will prevent protracted labour disputes, such as the year-and-a half long Voisey's Bay mine strike, from happening again.

Under the amended legislation, the labour minister will appoint a first collective agreement mediator where the parties have failed to conclude a first collective agreement within 60 days of serving notice to negotiate."
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2012/06/19/nl-labor-laws-619.html

Yeah, lining up their ducks to import the foreign workers, if indeed the number of skilled workers ever did materialize, and if so, ensure that labour unrest will be at a minimum, and the lowest possible wages. The opposition is calling for anti-scab legislation - fat chance of that happening in NL because it would not keep the big corporate guys happy campers.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2012/06/20/nl-labour-reax-620.html

Meanwhile, on the web sites - Can anyone find jobs? No, but lots of barriers of the irritating kind.....

The Building and Trades Council  http://www.nlbtc.com/viewpage.php?vu=3&id=92
Voisey's Bay Development -  http://www.vinl.valeinco.com/CurrentOpportunities.asp
The Long Harbour Development -  http://www.longharbour.net/

Back in 2001 - the powers to be were screaming about labour shortages, but now they still can scream labour shortage, but the reality in 2012, the companies can get foreign workers for 15 percent less of a Canadian salary.
http://www.immigrationwatchcanada.org/background/research/immigration/labour-shortage/

What jobs???? That is the higher paying jobs........

Another pattern, that accompanies the screams of labour shortages, is the smoothing voices exclaiming poverty levels have been reduced, or some other line that indicates poverty levels have gotten no worse.

Lots in the United States media, but the national media is lining up under this banner as in the FP - "Poverty no worse for crisis".
http://opinion.financialpost.com/2012/06/20/william-watson-poverty-no-worse-for-crisis/

Sheer number manipulation to underscore the messages of lowering the wages of the blue-collared crowd, using subtle beliefs and stereotypes of the common labourer, and stress the government benefits and tax credits that are supplied to low middle income to low income or below. Downplay the cost of living and out comes the real message - "Does that mean Ottawa should back off its reform of EI until after the unemployment rate is back down to where it was before 2008? Not at all. You do want to spend more on unemployment insurance in a downturn, as we have.

What the reform mainly aims at is people who year after year after year use unemployment insurance to complement seasonal jobs that probably wouldn't be sustainable without the EI subsidy. Those are unemployment insurance payouts that don't vary with the cycle: they're made no matter what the state of the economy. The unemployment they insure against isn't random or unpredictable. It's absolutely certain. A basic tenet of insurance, of course, is that you don't write insurance against certain events.

One final surprising result from this year's income data: Even people who don't particularly worry about how much money rich people make do care about income mobility — that is, peoople's ability to get out of their current income class and into another. The data for 2010 show that income mobility is higher than conventional wisdom has it: In the six years from 2005 through 2010 only 1.5% of Canadians were "in low income" for all six years. By contrast, 82.7% were never in low income at all. Those are the best numbers for that statistic since 1993, when StatsCan first started tracking it."

The abolition of IE insurance, especially for the crowd of seasonal work, and income mobility is of no importance to the crowd of seasonal work. The term income mobility has been tossed around of late, but that is to avoid the term income inequality.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_inequality

Confused? Income mobility is the new term for economic mobility
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_mobility

In 2011, a press release from the Fraser Institute - plenty to choose from on promoting the messages of flat taxes and downplaying the income inequality, using income mobility.
http://oldfraser.lexi.net/media/media_releases/2001/20010111.html

In order to counteract the realities being reported in the media, the internet and the negative outcomes of people. Hell, even Conrad Black was speaking about the same thing , while sitting in prison - "I found myself becoming an impassioned champion of the 32-year-old small-time drug dealer who had six children with five women, none of them attached by the bourgeois relic of matrimony; and of the charming and elegant young man who had one child and an ex-wife, but wasn't aware of the spelling of his son's name. It was impossible not to like the world-weary Cuban ex-CIA operative, the Puerto Rican fisherman from Key West who was illiterate when he began with me, and the Sopranos-like former bill-collector of one of the New York Mafia families. (He sat next to me at a religious service one day and whispered the question of how much could be got for the candelabra, a joke.)

My little domain grew to four tables and 10 chairs, and two other tutors for other subjects, a former teacher and commodities trader from Arkansas, and an atomic submarine torpedoman and graduate of the U.S. Navy nuclear propulsion course, from Tennessee. Our tables became a sort of Hot Stove Lounge, with colourful reminiscences interspersed with novel study techniques on all the subjects being tested, but with a good, almost constant esprit around the tables.

The Bureau of Prisons holds these examinations every month or two, so I have had about 100 students. Almost all have graduated, though some needed two or even three tries.

We tutors have been largely responsible for almost doubling the number of graduates annually from this facility. I would not meet the usual definition of a socialist, and many of my students acted unwisely and unscrupulously to get where they are."

He hits the name on the head, and I do hope when and if he receives his Canadian citizenship - he will shine a light on it in Canada.

"But many are victims of legal and social injustice, inadequately provided for by the public assistance system, and over-prosecuted and vengefully sentenced. The greater competitiveness of the world makes the failures of American education, social services and justice unaffordable, as well as repulsive.

In tens of millions of undervalued human lives, as in the consumption of energy and the addiction to consumer debt, the United States pays a heavy price for an ethos afflicted by wantonness, waste and official human indifference. In other advanced countries, the custodial system is dedicated to the sort of work that has almost accidentally flourished here."
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2010/07/30/archive-conrad-black-on-teaching-fellow-inmates/

The failures of the Canadian education system, the social services and the justice system is just as unaffordable, and the stats really do display it in Technic-colour, but the economic and political powers would like us to believe there is no poverty, no income inequality, and nobody wants social mobility.

An article of the War of 1812 - "By the time my grandmother's grandmother was middle-aged and the terror of armed rebellion was far behind her, all of this had come to seem natural, and Canada's history books had been written to make it sound like destiny. But her world view, the one that overtook Canada, was almost entirely the product of an over-zealous moment of victory.

During that moment, Bishop John Strachan, the Anglican firebrand who did so much to shape the post-1812 Canada, declared that the war had distinguished "our friends from our foes, and rid us of all those traitors and false friends whom a short-sighted and mistaken policy had introduced among us."

The victory had indeed allowed Canada to purge itself of a great many people, institutions, ideas and possibilities. In three years of bloody fighting we had successfully secured our border – and then, for a century after, used it too keep the sunlight out. Two centuries later, we are still feeling the effects."
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/my-ancestors-and-the-worst-thing-that-has-ever-happened-to-this-country/article4285769/?page=1

Today, the economic and political powers are keeping the sunlight out, and the purging is ongoing, no matter what the rosy optics are employed - the purging continues under our very noses. At least back in 1812, the settlers could go about making a living on their land without undue hardship from the British crown, and now it is from both barrels from the Canadian political and economic powers, determined to devalue the worth of the working man.
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