Saturday, September 01, 2012

Daily Digest August 31 September 1, 2012 030




'Power of Youth' Unleashed
Labour Built the Middle Class

What's wrong Mr. Mulcair, cat got your tongue?
Defending Quebec (or at least explaining it)

Quebec's real revolution will come when it looks itself in the eye
The real reason that separatism in Quebec is dead

Parti Quebecois may get in, but it's on its way out
Charest's Liberals offer the stability Quebec needs

Quebec's choice: experience, experiment – and disaster
Happy Labour Day. It's all pretty grim

Why we need unions
Why the Conservative Party could be Christy Clark's new best friend

Cue the convention: Politics all dressed up for TV
Wearily, Quebec and Canada could soon drag themselves back into the ring. But do we care?

Sun TV boss' wife pops up with PQ
A night among the PQ's 'nous'

Mulcair pushing past 'Angry Tom' label as NDP leader
A cynical take on some recent NDP communications tactics

Justin Trudeau, Barack Obama and media bias
Thousands of taxpayers get taxman warnings about tax-free savings accounts

Flaherty: Canada's growth on track but stimulus still possiblent of another global economic crisis, but the federal finance minister
Quebec party leaders urge backers to vote

The fading relevance of Jean Charest's federalist bona fides
François Legault's eccentric electoral recipe

Talk of PQ chill on property values: Scare tactic or scary reality?
Toronto strippers heading underground

Clark faces uncertain path toward renewal of B.C. Liberals
Tankers too risky for B.C. coastal environment: independent engineering report

First Nations aim to leave pipeline twinning proposal dead in the watert shoreline.
Crime concerns among bogus refugee claimants: CBS

Burmese government takes former NDP leader McDonough off travel blacklist

AUGUST 31ST_____

Ottawa shamefully silent on PQ plans
To Quebec, Canada barely exists

Understanding Marois' foreign secularism
Unity will need national champion(s) if PQ forms government

For Quebec voters, the CAQ is the best option
Quebeckers must think about what's at stake.

The prospect of a PQ election victory should focus minds in Ottawa
Quebec vote won't change its economy

Corporations have their own plans for their money
Signs point to electoral apocalypse for the B.C. Liberals

A little fairness would go a long way in U.S. politics and media
Mitt Romney should seek respect, because the love won't come o

Romney can deliver for U.S. and Canada

Wife of Charest opponent apologizes after crude beheading drawing posted to Facebook

Diefenbaker hair discovered, museum will allow DNA testing in paternity hunt
Senator's private illness raises new questions about the public interest

A cynical take on some recent NDP communications tactics
Ethics commissioner defends politicians as 'honest'

Ardent defender of proposed F-35 jet fighter purchase leaving military
Poll Reveals Typical Stephen Harper Supporter: An Albertan Male 65 Or Older Making Less Than $20,000

Quebec election lining up to be Charest's last round
Memo to Harper from Marois: If I become premier, I'm going to call soon

CAQ, Liberals battle it out for second place in Quebec: poll
RCMP helicopter spots marijuana grow-op during Harper visit in N.B.

Long-gun registry dismantling is 'well underway'
Canada toughens Syria stance to keep up pressure

NDP ready to show its mettle with Mulcair leading the charge
Economy grows 1.8 % in second quarter on business investment

Why federal politicians are treading lightly in Quebec
PQ Leader Marois lays out plans for 'sovereigntist government'

La Presse backs Quebec Liberals – with a twist
Forecast shows storms for Quebec Liberals, sunshine for sovereigntist Parti Québécois

Harper faces harsh criticism from within his own party
Liberal Senator Joyce Fairbairn's "declaration of incompetence" up for debate

Liberals 'didn't break rules' by letting Joyce Fairbairn attend senate after dementia diagnosis
Public Works suspends contracts with CRG Consulting

Canadian inmates sue government over T-shirt ban
Slowing Canada Economy May Cut Flaherty's Fiscal Cushion

How we became scandal's Ground Zero
Seeking clues to Quebec City's ballot box mystery

John Cummins faces challenge from within B.C. Conservative party
"Other Revenue": The Black Hole of Political Party Financial Reporting

Ottawa says it's streamlining environmental review process, reducing "paperwork"
Deported refugee claimants still collecting welfare

StatsCan recommends more mandatory questions in traditional census
New TV station volume rules begin Saturday

Iraq war resister to discuss her options after being ordered to leave Canada
Redford raised and spent most in spring election

Alberta government slammed for keeping financial details secret
Police probing Quebec maple syrup heist worth up to $30-million

3 shoes with bone and 'meat-like substance' inside found on B.C. beach
Athabasca confirms oil sands joint venture pact


John Atcheson: We Are Writing the Epilogue to the World We Knew
Beyond Super PACs: How Big Business is Buying '12 Election

'Continuing Impunity': No Charges for CIA in Detainee Deaths
Groups: Salazar's Wyoming Decision "A Death Sentence" for Gray Wolves

Michael Moore: Mitt Romney Will Win In November
Investors Seek To Profit From Privatizing Public Schools

Glenn Greenwald on the Justice Dept.'s Rejection of CIA Torture Prosecutions After 3-Year Probe
Glenn Greenwald: Election 2012 and the Media: A Vast Rightwing Conspiracy of Stupid

Paul Krugman: Romney-Ryan: The Medicare Killers
John Nichols: Mitt Romney: His Party Is the Problem

Robert Parry: Romney World's: Freedom from Fact
Valerie Strauss: Jeb Bush: How Shopping for Milk Is Like Choosing a School

Mark Weisbrot: Raising Minimum Wage Can Yank Millions Out of Poverty and Jump-Start Economy
Center for Biological Diversity Wyoming Wolves Lose Federal Protection, Will Be Shot on Sight Across Most of State

ACLU Comment on Closure of Justice Department's CIA Torture Investigation
Earth First! Blockades Florida's Dirtiest Power Plant on the Heels of Romney's RNC Acceptance Speech

Obama's Logic of War
This is not America

Ike Was Right!

Investors Seek To Profit From Privatizing Public Schools

No Justice When Women Fight Back
Money in Politics: Where Is the Outrage?

Meet the Industry That Makes the Koch Brothers Look Poor
Watch the Video and Read the Article

Cut the Pentagon Budget, Not Social Security and Veterans' Benefits, Save 380,000 Jobs
Chatting Up the Right in Tampa

White Racial Anxiety and the Changing Demographic Tide: Legitimate Concern or Illogical Worry?
Cannibalistic Capitalism and Green Resistance

Paul Krugman | Paul Ryan's Magic Asterisks
How Americans for Prosperity Will Keep Hiding Donors in Shifting Election Landscape, but Retain Tax-Exempt Status

Ryan's Diet of Whoppers
Why Do U.S. Conservatives Hate Climate Change?

 "Republicans claim the rich are job creators. Nothing could be further from the truth." READ MORE
US Acquits CIA of Killing and Torturing of Prisoners

The United States of Terrorism Lew Rockwell interviews Sibel Edmonds
Putin Is Demonized While Democracy Fails In Amerika

Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital
If You Vote, You Consent to be Governed

Where are all the Bright , Honest Intillegent Americans?
Why You're a Lot Poorer Than You Thought You Were

Wall Street's War Against the Cities:
The US Will Be On A Gold Standard In 12 To 24 Months - Schiff .

Apple blocks 'objectionable' app that reports deaths from US drone strikes:
Exclusive: U.S. Scales-Back Military Exercise with Israel, Affecting Potential Attack on Iran:

US soldier facing deportation from Canada fears being sent to prison upon return:
Protesters at Republican convention in Florida try to arrest Condoleezza Rice:

Michael Moore: Mitt Romney Will Win In November, Unless... (VIDEO)
Paul Krugman: The Medicare Killers -Op-Ed -:

Judge Rules Against Colorado Supermax That Keeps Prisoners Indoors for Years:
Bernanke: US economy 'far from satisfactory':

"Countdown To Currency Collapse" with Max Keiser.
U.S. Child Poverty Second Highest Among Developed Nations:

Afghanistan: US Occupation Force Troops Build 'Alamos' Against Insider Attacks:

The truth about ISM
God forbid we may actually succeed against Iran

Iran Rejects Latest IAEA Report; Charges Atomic Body with Having 'Political Motivations'
What about Israel?

Ahmadinejad urges Abbas to make peace with Hamas:
Assange blasts 'perverse transnational totalitarianism' -

'I don't want to be complicit' in an Israeli strike on Iran, says US army chief:
Bitter Jerusalem slams US for 'lack of determination' in face of Iran's nuclear drive:

France, Britain say Syria military intervention on table:
France mulls aid for Syria's 'rebel-held' zones:

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is quoted saying Assad does not deserve to be on the earth.
Humanitarian aid to Syria must be neutral - Russia's UN ambassador:

Why the Neocon Clamor For Intervention in Syria Is About Israeli Regional Dominance:
Netanyahu to issue Iran warning at UN General Assembly:

China, Egypt back Palestine's statehood
Morsi Delivers his Calling Card

Minister for Information to go Straight Truth no longer casualty of Syria's civil war
Syrian Officials Walk Out After Egypt President Speech  Read more

Germany and China: Europe's New Special Relationship

Firing Prime Ministers Harms the Pakistan Constitution
Calls in China for Ending Labor Camp System Read more
A new book details what is known about the atrocity of forced, live organ harvesting in China. Read more
Government Jobs Become Hot in China Read more
Villagers Set Upon by Gang Sent to Seize Land Read more

JoAnn Wypijewski: For Julian Assange, Justice Foreclosed
Paul Watson: I Must Serve My Clients, The Whales
Harper Government Pressured Mexico To Nuke Peaceful Excellon Protests Read more of this post
Mexican court throws out election challenge, sparking riots :
Photo Essay: Mexican Caravan Goes 5,600 Miles for Peace:

The Pacific Free Trade Deal That's Anything but Free
It starts: first Asian bank mulls British exit from the EU:
NASA says Arctic sea ice is at record low Source
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Jim Flaherty inquiet des prêts hypothécaires des ménages


La Fed rassure les marchés


US Airways et AMR envisagent un rapprochement


Les profits de la Laurentienne restent stables

(31/08/12) Festival des profits et foire aux dividendes

États-Unis: mauvais karma
Finances personnelles: en savez-vous plus qu'un étudiant du secondaire ?
Explorer le fond des mers en fauteuil roulant
Le faux mystère de Québec
Élections: le Petit Godin en campagne!
Dans la Libye de l'après-Kadhafi
La fin du bœuf ?
Comment relancer les relations Québec-Ottawa ?
Restez à l'école... et allez voter
Jean Charest: Dans les coulisses du Plan Nord
Fuir la crise
Sauvons les banques, pas les banquiers !
États-Unis: mauvais karma
Universités au bord du naufrage
Pour ne pas perdre le nord
De l'huile sur le coeur
La chicane de famille
Pas sortis du bois
Le fer, pas seulement pour les anémiques
Un vaccin dans un cocon
Diagnostic téléphonique
L'art de la digression
5 mythes déboulonnés sur les vins québécois
L'histoire entre en gare


Subject: Request for comments on the DD.


Request for comments on the DD.

I appreciate the effort you put into providing the articles
you believe your readers would like and one can pick
and choose what to read. Some I have read on the
Drudge Report, Bourque, or Information Clearing

I personally find the anti-Israeli pro-Palistian bias put
forward by some belong on another racist hate list.
Much of the links provided lead to extremist blogs
catering to xenophobic beliefs.

Some of the comments in the Below 30 section are
much to long for anyone to take seriously. I believe
one should be able to make their point in 100 words
or less, and provide a link. Most of the Below 30
comments are submitted by the same group who
provide the rest of us with their reading list, much
of it not reflecting Canadian values.

Some of the rants against Stephen Harper are
without focus and reflect biased hate speech. The
comments should attack policy not personality
ad infinitum.To be honest with you, there is no
dialogue but a venting of pent up hate.

As examples, the anti-French letters on bilingualism
to which nobody responds or those directed against


Reckon everyone else
is Labour Day focused.



From: Impolitical <>

The Latest from Impolitical
Friday night

Posted: 31 Aug 2012 04:19 PM PDT

Summer's over, kids! Not the weather, going by the 30° temperature at this moment here in Toronto. But by the calendar, it's back to school time and all that. Thought this was a good way to say it with Kaskade's wrap up video of his summer tour. Good song too.

What did you do in the summer of 2012? Did you have a good one? Do everything you thought you'd do? See everyone you thought you'd see? Things to ponder over a Labour Day weekend.

Have a good night!

"We want a country"

Posted: 31 Aug 2012 03:00 AM PDT

Who really thought the Quebec election would end up here? At a rally last night in Montreal, the separatists were unabashed and evidently feeling quite confident going into the weekend: "Not about changing government, about changing countries, says PQ leader Pauline Marois."

"I need a majority mandate to make Quebec a country," she said, setting off a thunder of applause and heart-pounding chants of "We want a country" and "We are going to win!"
Naming two of her candidates, Maka Kotto, from Cameroon and Djemila Benhabib, who grew up in Algeria, Marois said when Quebec became an independent country, "we will all be part of the founding people of a sovereign Quebec." "Together we will build a 'tightly mixed' country," she said.
As a federalist, you might look at this optimistically. Marois is pushing it too far and there may be some recoil over the weekend.

Or you can look at it pessimistically, with the sense that Marois is smelling victory and taking advantage. The time for a change vote is splitting in a way that is advantageous to her. The change voters may not be intending to give her a mandate for separation and the numbers won't support it, but by her words, she's not showing she'll be restrained by such interpretations.

Best to hope for a minority government at this point and as Ibbitson suggests, maybe we will see yet another election in the near future.

Atlantic Canada 'Conservative country?'

Posted: 30 Aug 2012 03:44 AM PDT
The PM really is obsessed:
But while Mulcair was Harper's main target, the butt of his speech was clearly the Liberals. Harper congratulated the crowd, many of them party volunteers, on helping to bring down the Liberal dynasty of the 1990s.
"Think back, 10 years ago this summer, the Liberal party looked so strong that people were telling us they would govern forever," the prime minister said.
"The same people used to smirk and say Canada's right could never unite. Well, you and people like you across this country got to it. Volunteers, taxpayers, citizens who loved this country and hated what the other parties were doing to it."

Let it go, man. You won your majority. Let go of the hate. Hated, he says.

He should also be careful about being too confident and oblivious to the history he's relating. His party may be the strong one now, but my how things can change.

Parks Canada cuts and the Rideau Canal

Posted: 30 Aug 2012 03:07 AM PDT

A late summerish item this morning. This is a great local paper report on the Rideau Canal and the challenges being faced by users, small businesses that depend on it, local residents, cottagers, etc. Parks Canada's budget has been cut by about $30 million and the impact on the Canal's operating hours and infrastructure are becoming issues. The report covers a local meeting Bob Rae happened to attend given that he summers on a lake in the riding of Leeds-Grenville. Rae mentions that the Rideau could possibly lose its UNESCO designation due to the infrastructure cuts. The article gives you a good sense of how this issue is affecting the communities there and the frustrations from local residents. The political upshot:
Rae added that he did not feel that cuts along the canal were a done deal and pointed out the political reality that, save for Liberal seats like Ottawa South, Ottawa-Vanier and Kingston and the Islands and the NDP's sole seat in Ottawa Centre, all of the waterway's other ridings, like Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington and Leeds-Grenville, are held by the federal Conservatives. Cuts along the canal would likely alienate traditional Conservative voters like small businesses, which could make Brown and MP Scott Reid's re-elections somewhat more difficult come 2015.

Elsewhere on a related issue, Dean Del Mastro in Peterborough (and three other local Conservative MPs in that neck of the woods) has been getting some heat on $3 million in cuts that will be hitting the Trent-Severn waterway as well. In this August 22nd report the idea of user fees on "day visitors, cottagers and permanent residents along the waterway, boaters who do not use the locks but operate their boats on lakes in the system, and anglers" to generate funds for the waterway is raised as a solution by Del Mastro, but the Parks Canada CEO says that's a no-go for people who are not using the system (i.e., the non-boaters).

Sounds like Del Mastro and his Conservative MP buds are in a bind given that the cuts to the waterway are causing concern and are scrambling to come up with solutions. Can't imagine local residents are going to appreciate being slapped with user fees or, dare we say, taxes to replace cuts to Parks Canada funding that probably shouldn't be made in the first place. Sounds like a great issue to run on against Del Mastro and his whole gang there.

From: Robert Ede
Subject: FYI---Fwd: New Finance Canada document notification

The following Fiscal Monitor has just been posted on the Finance Canada Site.

The Fiscal Monitor - June 2012

La revue financière - juin 2012

From: <xs16@
Subject: We can change that

Look at the video from last nights show. The GOP is ranted on in their new 'We Can Change That'.

From:Anthony Silvestro
Subject: Letter - Re - Quebec election anyone's guess.

Letter to the editor- Quebec election anyone's guess.
Marios, Mulcair, Charest, Trudeau, PQ, ADQ, CAQ…all the same in Kebec, they all support the racist, bigoted, anti anything but French Nazis language laws…bills 22, 178, 101…
Election Snore, who really cares? Kebec – A bankrupt, have not, racist (bills 22, 178, 101…), tax and spend, high taxes, big government, corrupt to the core province…a bloody mess. All the people running for office support the same racist language policies, the same big government, high debt , corrupt to the core BS, they are all the same folks.
Now lets take a look at how we can help the PQ win. Go purchase a swastika fleur de lees, burn it, film it, send it to all media, post it on utube…let these racist, bigoted, xenophobic clowns in Kebec know that we have had enough of the Nazis like language laws, (bills 22, 178, 101…) we have had enough of them milking the country dry financially (equalization, over 8 billion last year) and we have had enough of the forced phony bilingual-french hiring quota only outside kebec while they ban and wipe out the English language and culture in Kebec.
Now is the time folks, help get the PQ elected, and then vote to separate clowns. They are all the same in Kebec, all anti-English language, pro bill 101 bigots…After partition, separate, get lost, scram, so long…The sooner the better. Oh, and don't forget to take all those metis (they are NOT French) clowns in Ottawa and TO with you when you leave.
Just boycott the province period like most informed thinking Canadians already do.
Anthony Silvestro

From: Henry Atkinson
Subject: Fwd: Analysis: RCMP still searching for leaders of 'impeccable ethics'- Politics -

Begin forwarded message:

Subject: Analysis: RCMP still searching for leaders of 'impeccable ethics'- Politics -

From: Larry Kazdan
To: Letters Editor
Subject: Letter to Editor re: UN plays fool at hate summit, August 29

Re: UN plays fool at hate summit, August 29

Ban Ki-Moon defied the West by attending the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran, and also defied the Iranians by criticizing their human rights record. The only fools are those who think the UN should not be involved in diplomatic activities, and that the West can achieve all its objectives through military threats and military action.
To: "Letters (ott)" <>
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Corporations have their own plans for their money, Randall Denley

Re: Corporations have their own plans for their money, Randall Denley, August 30, 2012

In an interview, U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was asked whether he was using tax money to bail out the banks. Bernanke responded "It's not tax money. The banks have accounts with the Fed, much the same way that you have an account in a commercial bank. So, to lend to a bank, we simply use the computer to mark up the size of the account that they have with the Fed." This is the way governments that have non-convertible, free floating currencies are able to create money and spend it - by computer keystrokes. The only limits to these expenditures are the capacity of the real economy to produce goods and services, after which inflation results. But with more than a million Canadians out of work, with corporations unwilling to spend, and with households mired in debt, there is lots of slack in the economy that the federal government needs to take up through direct job creation and infrastructure projects. Randall Denley's contention that "government can't afford to expand" is a reflection of a failed conventional economics responsible for our current mess. If Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney find themselves stuck in a box, perhaps they should poke their heads out of it, and breathe in a bit of fresh thinking.

From: Robert Roehle
Subject: FW: info on "pardoned' farmer
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2012 15:09:31 -0600

This article is from the Vulcan AB paper. It names one of the farmers that Harper "pardoned".  Towards the end of the article he says that "the farmers were fighting a property rights issue". I have noticed that more and more often the idea is being expressed by opponents of the CWB and of supply management, that property rights is a higher value than democratic rights. If that is the case, our votes will always be devalued by those interests that have more money (ie own more property). Also, if property rights are the very most important rights, it means that rights can be accumulated. The larger the property holdings, the greater the rights. Where does such thinking lead?  - Cathy

Local farmer pardoned years later for taking wheat across the border

From: Steve Campbell

Note: I just disconnected my WiFi router, which I've had since May of this year, after testing with this meter: Additional information on this subject can be found here: - sc

WiFi & Cell Phones Pose a Much Greater Danger Than Most People Realize;
Find Out the Facts

From Ken Adachi, Editor
July 3, 2012

WiFi & Cell Phones Pose a Much Greater Danger Than Most People Realize; Find Out the Facts (July 3, 2012)
It is next to impossible to undo the damage from excessive microwave exposure to the brain once acquired, so it's imperative to AVOID the exposure in the first place. This is critically important when it comes to children.
Your ONLY OPTION: Get rid of ALL WiFi computer components in your home and switch over to hard wire and cable connections. Ignore these words at your own peril. If you have a Smart Meter, you must shield the back of the meter so the microwave energy will not be radiated into your living space.
Do NOT give a young child (or even a pre teen), a cell phone under any circustances. Teach teenagers how to carry and use a cell phone with less exposure by using ear buds or the speaker phone, but never against the ear. Do not carry a cell phone in your pants or shirt pocket. Keep it at a distance from your body in a handbag, or briefcase, or on the car seat. Use your brains: keep the cell phone at least one-two inches away from you body (in a metal shielded pouch) if you must carry it.
Our radio show transcription writer, Kamele, has done us all a huge favor by transcribing into English text the video presentation seen below by Dr. Devra Davis of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) who gave her talk on April 4, 2012. This will allow non English speakers to copy and paste the text into the Google Translator and be able to read this important information in their native language. Many busy people prefer to read a written text rather than sit through an hour audio presentation, so save Kamele's pdf transcript to your hard drive and send it around to your friends and relatives and post the link to blogs.
(Kamele will soon type up a transcription of the second video talk by Barrie Trower, as well)
Study this information carefully and take the necesary precautions to reduce your exposure --and above all-- protect your kids from cell phone microwave radiation.
Here is Kamele's written English transcript of the entire one hour talk by Dr. Devra Davis:
Ken Adachi
1) Cell Phone Dangers, Toxicology, & Epidemiology by Dr. Devra Davis PhD, MPH, at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), April 4, 2012
(see for tips on protecting yourself form cell phone radiation)
2) Barrie Trower: Dangers and Lethality of Microwave Technology (2010) (2 hrs, 20 mins) recorded Nov 30 2010 !


Cell Phone Dangers (June 30, 2008)

Cell Phone Radiation Poses a Serious Biologic Health Risk by Dr. Neil Cherry (Nov. 19, 2007)

Microwaves: The Radiation Poisoning of America (Oct. 8, 2007)

Cell Phones And Wireless Dangers - The Fundamentals (Oct 7, 2007)

Inexpensive Method To Shield a Room Against Microwave Energy (Jan 9, 2012)

How can I shield my Smart meter? (July 15, 2011)

WiFi Dangers

YOURS TO DETERMINE THE VERACITY -  consequential enough to present to you, however, for your consideration.
From: "Stephanie McDowall"
Subject: Liberals 'didn't break rules' by letting Joyce Fairbairn attend senate after dementia diagnosis
Morning.    Why has there been such an increase in  Alzheimer's ?    When I was young and for a few decades after, Ibelieved I was witnessing senility.   If a person lived to a ripe old age there was often a little senility but NOT Alzheimer's which can strike someone who is relatively young.  What has changed?
Toxins probably.  No one is questioning this nor are they raising the issue of epidemics of cancers world wide. Too political and corporate profits would be hit.
"Do we really want someone to be able to question someone's mental capacity to remove them from office? Can you imagine the legal machinations that politicians could get up to?" said Bruce Hicks, a political scientist from Carleton University."
Subject: 'Massacre': Scores of Amazon Indigenous Tribe Members Killed by Miners | Common Dreams

Canada's mining companies operating in S. America also commit crimes against the people and the environment. Our mining companies use the local police or military to kill.
Subject:  Obama's America: Waiting for Blowback
Subject:   U.S. is the Worst Police State in the World - By the Numbers      

"For the American media, including lots of media that claim to be of the Left, it is axiomatic that China is a police state. And maybe, by some standards, it is. But, according to United Nations figures, China is 87th in the world in the proportion of its people who are imprisoned. China is a billion people bigger than the United States – more than four times the population – yet U.S. prisons house in excess of 600,000 more people than China does."
Subject: A return to gold standard would be economic disaster: Olive -

one opinion :

From: Rebecca

Subject: Rachel Corrie and the Kosher Legal Stamp DD

Joe--thanks so much for this truthful article. We are all being threatened by the israeli bulldozer but won't awaken to that fact until it is too late. Our PM(and those before him) "stand with israel" and therefore we must believe that our 'leaders' see nothing wrong with the murder of this young women(and thousands of other innocent people) by those our 'leaders' support, to the detriment of all of us.

From: Robert Ede <>
Date: Sat, 1 Sep 2012 12:22:22 -0400
Subject: Nexen solution + Teacher wage freeze solution
To: Rt Hon Stephen Harper <>,
         "Dalton McGuinty, Premier" <>
Cc: Joe Hueglin Daily Digest <>, "elizabeth.may" <>,      hill times <>

Dear Gentlemen and friends,

Two solutions for the price of one!

Simply do not approve the transfer of the Canadian Oil Sand assets of Nexen to China - give blessings to sale of balance of Nexen worldwide assets as none of our business

-propose the CNOOC that the 65% of the Long Lake Project and the 7.23% of Syncrude that are the Cdn assets of Nexen become a joint venture say 60 Crown (?thru the CPPIB?) and 40% CNOOC.

Long Lake was floundering and that's why the first 35% of Long lake was so easily acquired by CNOOC from OPTI Canada Inc last yr

If they balk - nationalize it .... this IS China we're talking about

All they really want is to buy thru the back-door the OPTI-proprietary technology to develop China's OWN oil sands

Teacher Wage Freeze etc

Use the notwithstanding clause to put a 5yr hold on litigation, appeals and Supreme Court hearings

The Ontario (shouldn't they be classified as professional contractors rather than "workers") Teachers ( soon to be followed down this "clawback" or freezr path, by all Civil Service Unions, as wage/benefit "parity w the private-secvtion PART 2 hits every sector, order and type of government "worker") believe have the "constitutional" right (rooted in freedom of association) to collectively bargain based on an imperfectly decided " Health Services and Support...Assn vs British Columbia, 2007 SCC 27"

The imperfections of the Health Services decision were cited in Ontario (Attorney General) v. Fraser, 2011 SCC 20 in red below

Let's save a lot of time and money by "expressly declaring" that the Ont Teacher Freeze Wages etc legislation operates "notwithstanding" all that.

Let's face it, across the country, the Unionized-Gov't-Monopoly-Remuneration pendulum has to start swinging back, whether any of us likes it or not - Section 33 in blue below

Robert Ede,
The Majority of Canadians P.A.C.

FROM Constitution Act 1982 (as amended)

Exception where express declaration
33. (1) Parliament or the legislature of a province may expressly declare in an Act of Parliament or of the legislature, as the case may be, that the Act or a provision thereof shall operate notwithstanding a provision included in section 2 or sections 7 to 15 of this Charter.

Marginal note:Operation of exception

(2) An Act or a provision of an Act in respect of which a declaration made under this section is in effect shall have such operation as it would have but for the provision of this Charter referred to in the declaration.
Marginal note:Five year limitation

(3) A declaration made under subsection (1) shall cease to have effect five years after it comes into force or on such earlier date as may be specified in the declaration.
Marginal note:Re-enactment

(4) Parliament or the legislature of a province may re-enact a declaration made under subsection (1).
Marginal note:Five year limitation

(5) Subsection (3) applies in respect of a re-enactment made under subsection (4).

Ontario (Attorney General) v. Fraser, 2011 SCC 20

Per Charron and Rothstein JJ.: Section 2(d) protects the liberty of individuals to associate and engage in associational activities. It protects the freedom of workers to come together, to form a bargaining position and to present a common and united front to their employers. It does not protect a right to collective bargaining nor does it impose duties on others, such as the duty to bargain in good faith on employers. To the extent that Health Services constitutionalized collective bargaining, it was not correctly decided. It should be overturned thus disposing of the constitutional challenge in this case.
This Court may overrule its own precedents, but it should only do so where there are compelling reasons. The question in every case involves a balancing: Do the reasons in favour of following a precedent such as certainty, consistency, predictability and institutional legitimacy outweigh the need to overturn a precedent that is sufficiently wrong? In this case, compelling reasons exist for overturning Health Services: the error in Health Services concerns a question of constitutional law and is not susceptible to being corrected in a lasting way by the legislative branch; Health Services strayed significantly from other sound precedents, including Dunmore, with respect to the purpose of Charter protection for freedom of association; the constitutionalization of collective bargaining, as envisaged in Health Services, is not workable without other elements of modern labour legislation in place; and there has been intense academic criticism of Health Services.
Health Services was an express break with prior decisions of this Court on s. 2(d), including Dunmore. This break came when the majority of the Court found that s. 2(d) required that government legislate to facilitate collective goals which an association was formed to pursue, rather than protecting the freedom of association itself. In Dunmore, the requirement that government provide legislation to protect workers was anchored in the proposition that certain workers could not associate without government intervention. The majority in Health Services focussed on the goals of an association and the enhancement of those goals, rather than the ability of the claimants to associate (which they already had done). An application of the actual holding in Dunmore would have asked only if the government substantially interfered with the ability to associate.

Health Services erred in concluding that s. 2(d) protects collective bargaining and obliges parties to bargain in good faith for five reasons. First, Health Services departed from sound principles established in this Court's precedents on the nature and scope of s. 2(d). The purpose of s. 2(d) is to protect individuals rather than groups per se. Health Services reinterpreted an individual freedom as giving rise to collective rights with no individual rights foundation. This reinterpretation of the scope of s. 2(d) was a departure from previous jurisprudence that is not justified by the purpose of the Charter guarantee.
Second, s. 2(d) protects freedoms not rights. According to Health Services, if s. 2(d) protected only the ability of workers to make collective representations and did not impose a duty on the employer to bargain in good faith, it would fail to protect the right to collective bargaining. This proposition transformed s. 2(d) from a freedom into a positive right by imposing an obligation to act on third parties (i.e. the employer). A right to collective bargaining is also not derivative of a freedom it is a standalone right created by the Court, not by the Charter. A derivative right is one that is necessary to allow individuals to exercise a fundamental freedom. No individual employee has a right to require an employer to meet and make a reasonable effort to arrive at an acceptable employment contract. To grant a right to collective bargaining under s. 2(d) purportedly as derivative of the freedom of association is not consistent with the approach taken by this Court in its derivative rights jurisprudence in relation to the Charter.
Third, s. 2(d) does not empower the Court to privilege certain associations over others. The Court's earlier cases did exhibit a content neutral approach to freedom of association in the sense that they did not claim to privilege particular associations. Health Services erred in saying that these approaches were not purposive. Health Services suggested that a "generic" approach to defining freedom of association is inappropriate because different groups must have different freedoms. However, the context that is relevant to a purposive interpretation of Charter freedoms is not the context of the individuals who happen to be exercising that freedom in a given case. Rather, a purposive interpretation of s. 2(d) requires that one place freedom of association in its linguistic, philosophic and historical contexts. The origins of the concept, the words used to describe it, and the philosophical principles on which it relies will define the scope of s. 2(d) protection. The extent of that protection should not change depending on who is exercising their s. 2(d) rights. The protection of fundamental freedoms should not involve the Court adjudicating the relative values of the way in which individuals exercise those freedoms. Just as this Court has not adjudicated the relative value of a religion or its tenets under s. 2(a) or assessed the relative value or content of a given exercise of freedom of expression under s. 2(b), so too should this Court not privilege some associations over others under s. 2(d).

Fourth, s. 2(d) does not afford constitutional protection to contracts. Although Health Services purported to constitutionalize the process of collective bargaining rather than its fruits, it in fact granted constitutional protection to the collective agreements on the basis that they were the fruits of that process.
Fifth, s. 2(d) should be interpreted in such a way as to afford deference to the legislative branch in the field of labour relations. Health Services erred in removing decision making power on this question from Parliament and the provincial legislatures. While the courts are responsible for safeguarding the ability of individuals to do collectively that which they have the right to do as individuals, the judiciary is ill equipped to engage in fine adjustments to the balance of power between labour and management in the labour relations context.
Moreover, the reasons advanced in Health Services for extending protection to collective bargaining under s. 2(d) Canadian labour history, Canada's international obligations, and Charter values do not support conferring a constitutional right to collective bargaining and imposing a duty on employers to engage in collective bargaining.
The argument that a right to collective bargaining which includes a duty on employers to bargain in good faith is a pre statutory feature of Canadian labour law, made in Health Services, contradicts established accounts of the history of labour relations in Canada and has recently been the subject of intense academic criticism. While the duty to bargain in good faith may be a fundamental precept of the Wagner model of collective bargaining, it is not a fundamental precept of collective bargaining as it was understood before the introduction of the Wagner Act or as it is still understood today in many parts of the world.
Nor does international law support constitutionalizing collective bargaining rights. In Health Services, the majority relied on the proposition that collective bargaining is an integral component of the freedom of association under international law. The majority relied in particular on ILO Convention No. 87. In doing so, it committed two errors. While Canada has ratified ILO Convention No. 87, that Convention deals only with freedom of association and does not at any point specifically discuss collective bargaining. The majority also conflated two distinct ILO Conventions by citing Convention No. 87 but using words from Convention No. 98. Canada has not ratified Convention No. 98 and has no obligations under that Convention. Even if Convention No. 98 were applicable to Canada, Health Services would still have erred in relying on that Convention to constitutionalize a version of collective bargaining that includes a duty to bargain in good faith. While Convention No. 98 provides protection for a process of collective bargaining, it conceives of collective bargaining as being a process of "voluntary negotiation" that is fundamentally distinct from the model of collective bargaining incorporated in the Wagner model. Convention No. 98 does not contemplate the imposition of a duty on parties to bargain in good faith.

Nor did invoking Charter values in Health Services support constitutionalizing collective bargaining rights. Health Services maintained that the recognition of a good faith collective bargaining right is consistent with and promotes other Charter rights, freedoms and values: namely, human dignity, equality, liberty, respect for the autonomy of the person and the enhancement of democracy. A duty to bargain in good faith may achieve those ends. However, either the Charter requires something or it does not. The role of the Court is to determine what the Charter requires and what it does not and then apply the requirements it finds to the case before it. It is not to simply promote, as much as possible, values that some subjectively think underpin the Charter in a general sense. As s. 2(d) is silent on questions of economic and social policy, this Court may not intervene on such matters in the absence of a legislative or constitutional grant of authority.
Finally, the majority's approach to collective bargaining in particular and s. 2(d) in general articulated in Health Services is unworkable. It extends constitutional protection to the duty to bargain in good faith without importing other aspects of the Wagner framework and by purporting to protect the process of collective bargaining without also protecting its fruits, neither of which is tenable. For a duty to bargain in good faith not to be an illusory benefit, there must be both a way of dealing with bargaining impasses as well as an effective remedy for persistent breaches of a duty to bargain in good faith. The first requires that there be some default mechanism for resolving the dispute in case an impasse is reached ­ such as striking or binding arbitration ­ while the second may require, in extreme circumstances, the imposition by an arbitrator of particular terms of a collective agreement. Each of these goes well beyond protection of a mere process and results in the protection of a particular substantive outcome. The majority's inability to separate substance and process, and the consequent constitutionalization of collective bargaining terms demonstrates the unworkability of the distinction between substance and process asserted in Health Services.
The AEPA does not violate s. 2(d) of the Charter. By enacting the AEPA, the legislature precisely addressed this Court's ruling in Dunmore. The text, context and purpose of the AEPA clearly demonstrate that the legislature intentionally opted not to include a duty on employers to engage in collective bargaining with employee associations. Section 5 of the AEPA cannot be read as imposing a duty to bargain in good faith. The words of s. 5 are unambiguous: they provide employee associations the opportunity to make representations to an employer. The only obligation on an employer is to provide the employee association with the opportunity to make representations and to listen if they are oral or read and acknowledge them if they are written. To find otherwise, would be to ignore the grammatical and ordinary meaning of the words, and the purpose of the AEPA, and would create ambiguity where none exists. Moreover, nothing in the explicit purpose in s. 1 of the AEPA or the clear words of the Minister who introduced the AEPA support the view that agricultural employees have a right to require agricultural employers to engage in collective bargaining.

As for the issues under s. 15, the category of agricultural worker does not rise to the level of an immutable (or constructively immutable) personal characteristic of the sort that would merit protection against discrimination under s. 15.