Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Fw: Daily Digest January 6, 2014

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From: Joe Hueglin
Sent: ‎Monday‎, ‎January‎ ‎6‎, ‎2014 ‎11‎:‎14‎ ‎PM

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Premier defends Newfoundland energy system
         HMCS Regina sails for the Arabian Sea
Calgary MP Rob Anders facing challenge
         NDP chastises spy watchdog for registering to lobby on behalf of pipeline
Group says sage grouse must be protected now
         Cattle need calories during deep freeze
Montreal cop to be disciplined for freezing threat
         Flu shot in pregnancy recommended: study
Didn't seem urgent to check on man in ER: nurse
         Fire damaged submarine returns to Canadian navy after nearly a decade

More grocery cash cards coming Tuesday
         HMCS Chicoutimi to rejoin the fleet
Harper: Obama 'punted' Keystone XL decision
         Ottawa fights gang violence on Alberta reserves
Police chief wants social assistance change
         7 charged in Mississauga drugs, guns bust
Climate change protesters disrupt PM Harper event
         More boreal forest protected in 2013: scientist
Mountie in medical pot dispute fit for trial on assault charges, Crown says
         Liberals played politics with ice storm: PCs

Much of country facing more bitter cold or rain, wind and snow today
         Economy, Northern Gateway pipeline, top agenda as Stephen Harper goes west
Newfoundlanders urged to conserve power
         First Nation probed over loans, advances
Fed surplus in 2015 could be bigger; Flaherty
         Canadians tested as cold snap grips country
B.C.-Alberta report looks at oil-by-rail
         Staff deliberated unsterilized forceps issue
London, Ont., teens struck by snowplow: cops
        ER death inquest to focus on hospital wait times

Protester Sean Devlin tells how he got onstage with PM
         Climate change activists disrupt Stephen Harper event
Farming salmon on land is possible, project suggests
         Newfoundland power outage closes schools, sparks debate
Pesticide 'contaminating' Prairie wetlands: scientist

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>The Tyee<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
A Homesteader's Philosophical Dilemma
        10 years after fleeing the industrial system, what has Peter Janes achieved? By Geoff Dembicki
Clark Supporter Gets Lotto Board Gig
        Also appointed: multicultural advisory chair with ties to rich immigrant investors.
Four Who Changed the System from Within
        'Strange Rebels' club of 1979: Deng Xiaoping, Ayatollah Khomeini, Pope John Paul II, Margaret Thatcher
Please Advise! Stephen Harper Wants to Get Lucky
In search of a happier 2014, the PM consults super natural Steve Burgess.
         Tyee Poll: What will be the big headlines of 2014?

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Vancouver Observer<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Canada's top spy watchdog lobbying for Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline
         Please help us reach our stretch goal in The Tar Sands Reporting Project Kickstarter campaign
Climate protesters disrupt Harper's Vancouver Board of Trade event
         Shocking security breach, as Harper protestors get close enough to hit Prime Minister on the head
Unconventional oil and gas will fry climate: ExxonMobil report
         Old buildings, coastal areas most vulnerable to major earthquake in B.C.
Trust fund for murdered Surrey hockey mom Julie Paskall set up at Vancity


Doug Ford says another Ford might run for his council seat
         Why we should re-elect Stephen Harper
Why Harper won't override Supreme Court prostitution ruling
         Ontario Liberals reschedule convention for Toronto
Olivia Chow denies she was offered lieutenant-governor job
         A (probably vain) hope for a better political 2014


Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's rate 'pressure' weigh-in is more meddling
         Stephen Harper promises pipeline safety as climate protesters pierce PM's security
National injury prevention strategy shelved

Trying to eat better in 2014? Healthy snacks can curb feeling of self-denial
         Healthy snacks for those trying to eat better
Gallery: Tips for healthy snacking
         The art of pairing
The Healthy Plate: Recipe for Chinese chicken and vegetable soup
         Flu activity taking off across Canada
Lung infections tied to bat droppings stirred up in home reno
         H1N1 cases a higher percentage overall this flu season
MERS has been spreading in camels for at least a decade
         Drug maker lowers sleeping pill dosage
Hiking tobacco taxes best way to reach anti-smoking goals

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>NATIONAL NEWSWATCH<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Doug Ford 'leaning' toward running for Tories in provincial election
         Investment in resources being stymied by vocal minority
Conservative group challenging nomination of 'extreme' MP Rob Anders
         Choice of Trudeau defined Liberals in 2013. Trudeau's choices will define 2014
NDP exceeds December fundraising goal, but still lags behind Liberals, Conservatives
         Harper should beware the ghost of Martin past
Stephen Harper sings desire to stay leader of Canadian Conservatives
         Time to move on from Ontario Liberals' gas plant scandal, NDP's Horwath says
A smaller, less partisan Senate

         Why Canada and the U.S. failed at World Juniors

What is the 'polar vortex' hitting Canada, U.S.?
         Canada's next iconic national symbol: The lobster?
Concussion recovery delayed by mental activity, study shows
         Harper resignation in 2014 a sure bet ?

Jim Flaherty has to stop talking about monetary policy
         White knights vs. telco dragons

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>FOREIGN AFFAIRS<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Information Clearing House<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
War Criminal Amasses Fortune Tony Blair Enjoys 'Best Year Yet' With Over £13m In Bank
The former PM has built up his fortune over the years as an official adviser to investment bank JP Morgan and Swiss-based global insurance giant Zurich International.
        Is the Threat of Terrorism Real?
Let us stop being driven like cattle by invented threats. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37316.htm
         Terrorism Scaremongers Are The Ones Promoting Terrorism
The Media Needs to Point Out the Hypocrisy of These Blowhards.
        The Fight of Our Lives:It's Zero Hour In The USA
The idea that this country is on a fast track to fascism was never taken very seriously by Americans. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37311.htm
        The Last Gasp of American Democracy
This is our last gasp as a democracy. The state's wholesale intrusion into our lives and obliteration of privacy are now facts.

        The Left after The Failure of Obamacare
It's satisfying to watch rats flee a sinking ship.  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37315.htm
         Postcard from the End of America: Vineland
The powerful can openly exercise their insanity while the rest of us will be beaten down for the slightest tick. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37314.htm
         Retirement Theft in 4 Despicable Steps
American workers are being cheated out of the retirement they've paid for all their lives. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37313.htm
        US occupation cause of Iraq crisis: UN coordinator :
The former United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Iraq says that recent crises in some Iraqi cities have resulted from the US occupation of the country.
        British MPs attempt to open up diplomatic relations with Iran:
An influential group of British MPs, including ex-Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, ex-Chancellor Norman Lamont, Ben Wallace MP and Jeremy Corbyn MP, are travelling to Iran on Monday in an effort to re-open diplomatic relations between the two countries http://voiceofrussia.com/uk/news/2014_01_06/British-MPs-attempt-to-open-up-diplomatic-relations-with-Iran-5178/

        Teen murdered by Israeli sniper posed 'no threat' to soldiers:
Israeli authorities have provided no evidence that a Palestinian teenager fatally shot in the back in December by Israeli forces posed "any threat to life that would justify such a killing," Human Rights Watch said Sunday. http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=662990
        Olmert: PM would have to be an 'idiot' to pass up peace:
Former prime minister Ehud Olmert took an unusually blatant and derisive potshot Monday at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, indicating that his successor was an idiot for not doing more to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians when such a deal could be done right now. http://www.timesofisrael.com/olmert-pm-would-have-to-be-an-idiot-to-pass-up-peace/
        Israel approves plans for 100 illegal settler homes in occupied West Bank:
Israel approved the advancement of building plans for more than 100 homes in two West Bank settlements on Sunday. Environment Minister Amir Peretz (Hatnua) said the move showed a lack of "responsibility" by the government. http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-approves-progress-on-over-100-settler-homes-during-kerry-visit/
         Disturbing data about the effect of government surveillance:
Of more than 520 American writers surveyed, 16% have avoided writing or speaking on what they consider controversial topics, and 11% "have considered doing so." The percentages are even higher when it comes to phone or email conversations and social media http://articles.latimes.com/2013/nov/12/entertainment/la-et-jc-pen-survey-nsa-surveillance-curbs-writers-20131112
        Poverty in Germany hits new high:
According to the report, poverty in Germany has "reached a sad record high". Entire cities and regions have been plunged into ever deeper economic and social crisis.

        The US declared war on poverty 50 years ago.
You would never know it: It's time to re-examine the case Johnson made in 1964 for remedying poverty in America.
        Mapping Poverty in the USA:
Data from the Census Bureau show where the poor live.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Eurasian Review<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

China, Japan, Korea And The US: Region At Crossroads
         Saudi-US Ties 'Critical To Cement Political Transitions In Mideast'
Georgia PM Denies Plan To Reshuffle Cabinet
         Pope Francis To Visit Holy Land In May
Kerry Says Iran Could Play Role On Sidelines Of Syria Conference
         Pope Francis Announces First Trip To Holy Land
Apple Reportedly Acquires One-Man Start-Up SnappyLabs
         After Panama, Paraguay Withdraws Recognition Of Self-Proclaimed Sahrawi Republic – OpEd
Empowering Youth: Road To Reconciliation In Sri Lanka – OpEd
         Record Cold Expected To Grip Much Of US

US Navy Sailors Sue Fukushima Owner TEPCO Over Radiation Exposure During Aid Operation
         Media Ignores Fact Frozen Ship Was On 'Global Warming' Mission
Suu Kyi Suggests It's Unfair To Force Her Sons To Be Myanmar Citizens
         Thousands Of African Migrants March In Israel Demanding Rights
Israel: HRW Says No Evidence That Boy Killed By Soldiers Posed Any Threat
         Apple Reportedly Acquires One-Man Start-Up SnappyLabs
ICTs Operating In A Changing Environment – Interview
         Important Mutation Discovered In Dairy Cattle
A Novel Look At How Stories May Change The Brain
         Severe Mental Illness Tied To Higher Rates Of Substance Use

Most Clinical Studies On Vitamins Flawed By Poor Methodology
         Middle East Conflict Legacy Of British Imperial Episode – OpEd
Israel: HRW Says No Evidence That Boy Killed By Soldiers Posed Any Threat
         Iran Nuclear Deal: Israeli And Saudi Arabian Objections – Analysis
Al Qaida Far From 'On Path To Defeat' – Analysis
         Iraq: Maliki Vows To End Al-Qaida Insurgency In Fallujah
Forgive And Forget? The Legacy Of Japan In Southeast Asia

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Activist Post<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Doctor: You Don't Have ADHD. No One Does.
         Fast & Furious UK-Style: Britain's Gun-running to East Africa, Somali Pirates
What is the true state of the Earth's climate system?
         Meet Mick Dodge – Natural Man Extraordinaire
Iran offers to help Iraq in fight against al-Qaida
         Judge Says OK to Two-Thirds Living in the 4th Amendment "Exemption Zone
A court just gutted your right to sue your boss
         Opting Out of Your State's Vaccine Database
It Is Immoral to Cage Humans for Smoking Marijuana
         Three Ways To Protect Your Heart

What Every Prepper Needs to Know About Hypothermia
         JPMorgan nears $2 billion settlement to 'resolve suspicions' in Madoff Ponzi scandal
FBI Drops Law Enforcement as 'Primary' Mission...

>>>>>>>>>>INFOS <<<<<<<<<<


Un premier adversaire de taille pour Rob Ford Plus
         Protestations contre Stephen HarperPlus
Un jeune couple retrouvé mort à GatineauPlus
         Intervention du SPVM: nouvelle controverse Plus
Arrestation d'une kamikaze présumée de 10 ans Plus
         Mort de Katia Hadouchi: le coroner pointe la vitessePlus
Madeleine McCann: la police veut l'arrestation de trois suspectsPlus
         États-Unis: températures polaires plus vues depuis 20 ans Plus
L'aide juridique, enfin plus généreusePlus
         Bosnie: des cadavres sur une carte postalePlus

La Cour suprême suspend le mariage gai en UtahPlus
         Pluie verglaçante: prudence sur les routesPlus
Tunisie: l'égalité hommes-femmes dans la ConstitutionPlus
         Madoff: JPMorgan va payer 2 milliards pour éviter les poursuitesPlus
Le nombre de noyades à son plus bas depuis 23 ans Plus
         Vivant après 60 heures en mer, accroché à un cercueilPlus
Blague qui toune mal: nu, il reste coincé dans la laveusePlus
         Explosion des frais d'administration à la RAMQ

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Today's Climate<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
U.S. Vice President Kerry Quietly Makes Priority of Climate Change Pact
         Quebec-California Carbon Trading Partnership Officially Kicks Off
Alberta Oil Sands Facing Aboriginal Legal Onslaught in 2014
         Enbridge Plans Independent Audit of Its Pipeline Safety
Pennsylvania Appeals State Supreme Court Ruling on Fracking Law
         New Study Suggests Planet Likely to Warm by 4C by 2100
Year's First Major Winter Storm Brings Out the Climate Deniers
         Climate Change Coverage Soars in 2013, Spurred by Energy, Weather
Crude Oil Impurities Are Probed in Train Explosions
         75 Alberta Environment Regulators Now on Payroll of Oil Industry

Ford Puts Solar-Charged Electric Car To the Test
         Ten Predictions for Rooftop Solar Power in 2014
Massive Solar Plan for Minnesota Wins Bid Over Gas
         New Facility at NREL Tests Wind Turbines' Performance
Biofuel Scientists Making Headway on Cheaper Algae-Based Crude

Date: January 5, 2014 1:33:08 PM EST (CA)
Subject: Fw: Peoples' Feelings

How many do you share as you read?

From: "Stephanie McDowall"
Subject: Steam over Fukushima as sign of catastrophe: 89 tons of deadly radioactive fuel could reach US in 2 days

Up to date info on Fuiushima will never be made available to Canadians by the political class or the media.   Nothing must be allowed to interfere with our nuclear industry.     All people living in the Northern Hemisphere are in grave danger and there is not a damn thing we can do about it except move to S. America.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, January 01, 2014 8:50 AM
Subject: The Voice of Russia: Steam over Fukushima as sign of catastrophe: 89 tons of deadly radioactive fuel could reach US in 2 days

We are digging our own graves and at the rate we are going, I doubt that humankind will see the year 2500. vg
Steam over Fukushima as sign of catastrophe: 89 tons of deadly radioactive fuel could reach US in 2 days

Unexplained plumes of radioactive steam h
Your value doesn't decrease based on someone's inability to see your worth
Subject: Libby Davie's, Paul Dewar's letter on: Fukushima

Now we know at least two MPs have concerns about the radiation from Fukushima,
I understand the media was also contacted by Libby's office but so far have not covered this matter.
 ----- Original Message -----
From: libby.davies.c1@parl.gc.ca
Sent: Monday, January 06, 2014 4:15 PM
Subject: Fukushima

Hi Stephanie,
As discussed on the phone, here is the letter Libby and other NDP MPs wrote:

Regards & Happy New Year,


Janet Woo, Constituency Assistant
Office of Libby Davies
MP for Vancouver East

2412 Main Street,
Vancouver, BC  V5T 3E2
Ph: 604-775-5800
Fax: 604-775-5811

From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Climate change  protesters disrupt PM event, The Canadian Press ­ CP ­ Jan 6 2014

Re:  Climate change protesters disrupt PM event, The Canadian Press ­ CP ­ Jan 6 2014

The RCMP takes the matter of protest very seriously because a security breach could put the Prime Minister in grave danger.
The protestors take the Enbridge pipeline very seriously because a pipeline breach could put the residents of B.C. in grave danger.
Perhaps the RCMP can tighten their security and protect the PM.  But how will they protect B.C. residents from an earthquake that ruptures the pipeline?

Tasers? (Sorry but came to mind immediately, unfortunately)
From: "Ray Strachan" <raystrac@telus.net>
Subject: Accros The Border Action Plan


This grande  plan between Mr.  Harper  and The  USA ,would seem to me, to guarantee the demise of Canada in time.

I believe that Mr  Harper probably feels that any measure he takes is the most intelligent idea ever adopted to benefit Canada.

One thing sure, it will go down in history. It is a big, big,big deal.Some  politicians  dream of them  with excitment, for better or worse, matters not  the color of the ink.

Ray Strachan

From: Mahmood Elahi
To: "Angela Bischoff - OCAA" <angela@cleanairalliance.org>
Subject: Re: No Nukes News: How to move ON to 100% renewables

 The Editor
The New York Times
Copy to: Ms Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director, Ontaio Clear Air Alliance(OCAA), Toronto: It is amazing that even after the catastrophic nuclear disaster at Fukushima, there are columnists like Eduardo Porter who ignore the potential threat to environment that nuclear power poses. But these people must be ignored.
                Mr. Eduardo Porter, Columnist for The New York Times (please forward): After the catastrophic Fukushima nuclear accident which caused so much environmental and economic damage, it is absurd for you to promote nuclear power on economic ground. Poison can be cheap, but no one should take it unless one is suicidal.
After the Catastrophic Nuclear Accident at Fukushima, It Will be Suicidal to Promote Nuclear Power
Re "Unavoidable Answer for the Problem of Climate Change," by Eduardo Porter (Jan. 5).
After the catastrophic nuclear accident at Fukushima, Eduardo Porter is absolutely wrong when he says: "Nuclear power can be safer and cheaper than the alternatives." Poison can be cheaper, but only a sucidal person would recommend it as an alternative to food.
The catastrophic nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will arguably last for a long time and have a far-reaching impact. Nearly three years have passed since the accident and still the crippled reactor is spewing radioactivity, turning the area around the plant completely unfit for human habitation.
The disaster has evolved into a global phenomenon because it concerns the fate of 441 nuclear power stations now in operation around the world.
Japan, once a champion of nuclear power before Fukushima, has shut down all its 53 reactors and looking for alternative energy sources -- mainly natural gas and wind energy. Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and other nations have announced that they will phase out their nuclear power plants. They cannot afford to wait for a Fukushima-like disaster to take such steps.
Fukushima has reinforced the perception of risks inherent in nuclear power. Catastrophic accidents, resulting from earthquakes, cyclones, fires, equipment failures and operators errors, can happen anywhere. In Canada, most nuclear reactors are located around Toronto and an accident on the scale of Fukushima or Chenobyl will devastate Canada's largest city. We cannot take that risk.
Newable energy sources like wind, solar and hydro, may be more expensive, but they are not fraught with disaster like Fukushima.
Subject: In the coming election, Prime Minister Stephen Harper will face a formidable enemy: Stephen Harper

The Editor
The Toronto Star

In the coming election, Prime Minister Stephen Harper will face a formidable enemy: Stephen Harper

Re "PM must decide whether to stay for 2015 election," by Tim Harper (Jan. 4).

In 2015 election, Prime Minister Stephen Harper will face a formidable enemy and his name is Stephen Harper. Voters elected Mr. Harper in 2006 because they had enough of the Liberal sponsorship scandal and they didn't buy then Prime Minister Paul Martin's contention that although he was the finance minister, he didn't know how former Prime Minister Jean Chretien  was spending millions of dollars in the name of national unity.

But they were wary to give Mr. Harper majority of seats. Now, after giving him majority of seats, the voters have had enough of the scandal involving Conservative Senator Mike Duffy and his own chief of staff, Nigel Wright, who wrote a cheque of $90,000 to repay Mr. Duffy's dues and they are not buying his contention that he didn't know the actions of his own chief of staff. They are remembering how Mr. Harper railed against Mr. Martin for incompetence for not knowing as finance minister how millions of dollars were spent without any accountability. Now Prime Minister Stephen Harper will have to face the opposition leader Stephen Harper -- the politician who stood for transparency and accountability.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper may find it difficult to face the opposition leader Stephen Harper. Facing such a formidable adversary, Mr. Harper may shy away.


From: "S Booiman"
To: <jflaherty@fin.gc.ca>
Subject: BUDGET 2915

January  6,  2014
 The Hon, Mr.., Jim Flaherty CP MP
Minister of Finance,
Dear Mr.Flaherty
                                                    BUDGET 215
Reading the good news that the 2015 Budget surplus could be larger.
Am sure that Kebec – Quebec will be the first one demanding more money
and Ottawa will listen, common cause.
Yours truly,
Suan.H. Booiman
Subject: Western Canada

My feeling is that Premier Brad Wall of Saskatchewan could well be the premier to
put Western Canada on the map, were Harper has failed so far with Quebec first,
keeping the P.E.Trudeau policies.

From: Robert G. Gauthier <robertggauthier@aol.com>
Subject: Precedent undermines our democracy and must not be allowed to stand.

Hello, Joe,
As usual, your important work is most appreciated. Perhaps the following action will put an end to the absurd nonsense being carried on in The House of Commons as a result of the mistake the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper made in by-passing the procedures and appointing unqualified people for his personal political advantage. Surely, there are other qualified Canadians resident in the Provinces of Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan who would represent the interests of these Provinces.
Kind Regards,
Bob Gauthier, Ottawa.
Subject: Unqualified Senate of Canada appointments must be revoked.
 Prime Minister Stephen Harper in by-passing the residency requirement and appointing unqualified persons to the Senate brought the Senate scandal upon himself by misusing the power of his Office for his own personal political benefit and his self-serving caper blew up in his face. Such an illegal precedent undermines our democracy and must not be allowed to stand. 
  I expect corruption from thugs. I demand respect for our institutions and the rule of law from my Prime Minister, especially at this high level of government. Harper must admit his error, owes an apology to Canadians for his deception and dissembling, and must revoke the inappropriate self-serving appointments. These appointments should have been declined by Wallin and Duffy in the first place.
  The continuing costly obstruction in Parliament and the Government of Canada, instigated by a desperately ambitious prime minister "employing dirty play as part of a deliberate strategy of winning at all costs," as he wrote in his hockey book, A Great Game, can only be stopped by simply admitting his error and revoking these illegal Senate appointments without delay.
  Now, The Ottawa Citizen reports that Canada’s auditor general, Michael Ferguson, has notified senators that a sweeping probe of their spending may include visits to their homes, and that they could be interviewed under oath in “exceptional circumstances.”
 "O, what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive," (Sir Walter Scott).
  My Mother used to say to me when I was a child, "Robert, remember. Not all the monkeys are in the zoo."
Robert G. Sheehan-Gauthier
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1W0

From: "John Feldsted"
Subject: Judging the judges

To the Editor,
Winnipeg Free Press

Kate Kehler, in her letter 'Judging the judges' January 4th asserts that the Court Challenges program was dropped to avoid Charter challenges by the poor and marginalized.  The program was dropped because it had become the legal vehicle for special interest groups and did not serve the poor and marginalized as originally intended.

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms is an important element of our constitution.  Any person caught, convicted and given a minimum sentence will argue that their punishment is too severe. The cruel and unusual punishment prohibition of the Charter cannot be used to prevent our legislators from imposing minimum sentences. Society, through its elected representatives, must have the capacity to deter unacceptable behaviour through minimum sentences for crimes. For example, the penalties for impaired driving have been steadily increased over the past few years and will continue to increase until all drivers understand that our society will not tolerate the behaviour.

Judges have the capacity, through their judicial councils, to make representations to the Attorney General if they feel that laws or punishments are overly onerous and not in the best interests of society. The decisions of individual judges to ignore or overturn minimum sentencing laws are unacceptable. There is no legal interpretation of a minimum sentence. Such decisions are a clear rebellion against constitutional legislative authority. Our society, not the judiciary, decides what minimum punishments are appropriate for given crimes. 

From: Rebecca Gingrich <r.gingrich@sympatico.ca>
Subject: 36 Signs The Media Is Lying To You About How Radiation From  Fukushima Is Affecting The West Coast

Happy New Year Joe--we will all fry together?

36 Signs The Media Is Lying To You About How Radiation From Fukushima Is Affecting The West Coast
By Michael Snyder, on December 31st, 2013 

The west coast of the United States is being absolutely fried by radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and the mainstream media is not telling us the truth about this.  What you are about to see is a collection of evidence that is quite startling.  Taken collectively, this body of evidence shows that nuclear radiation from Fukushima is affecting sea life in the Pacific Ocean and animal life along the west coast of North America in some extraordinary ways...
Subject: Green Leader Elizabeth May says democracy 'slipping away'... Power is now so concentrated in the Prime Minister's Office  and its unelected staff members,
says May, that Canadian democracy already resembles "a dictatorship  punctuated by elections."...
"We are on a slippery slope to the loss of our democracy," says May, mincing no words as she looks back on how 2013 unfolded in Parliament and what's ahead for the new year.
Power is now so concentrated in the Prime Minister's Office and its unelected staff members, says May, that Canadian democracy already resembles "a dictatorship punctuated by elections."...

Joe----we do NOT have democracy in Canada.  It is not slipping away--it has been murdered and is being shoveled out the door into the dung heap (Parliament Hill) by those in control of our every breath.
Subject: I thought Harper was going to protect the children of the world???

Tel Aviv tortures Palestinian children: Israeli NGO

Harper's Bill to protect children around the world--except for Palestinians???
Subject: Canadians should have such courage
Icelanders Overthrow Government and Rewrite Constitution After Banking Fraud-No Word From US Media - See more at:
Subject: As Canadians lose jobs
Top Canadian CEOs earn annual worker's salary by lunchtime
Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/top-canadian-ceos-earn-annual-worker-s-salary-by-lunchtime-on-jan-2-1.1614645#ixzz2pFC6LFK0
Subject: these light bulbs must be good for us--our government says so
Practice Your Mercury Escape Plan
Subject: How the Harper Government Committed a Knowledge Massacre   DD
What's Driving Chaotic Dismantling of Canada's Science Libraries?

Joe--the last paragraph in this article tells the truth.  Just as with everything else we must believe what the government tells us.  Our knowledge of anything would prove dangerous to the government dictatorship

A recent Sunday editorial in the New York Times condemned the suppression and monitoring of environmental science in Canada by the Harper government:
"This is more than an attack on academic freedom. It is an attempt to guarantee public ignorance," said the editorial.
"It is also designed to make sure that nothing gets in the way of the northern resource rush -- the feverish effort to mine the earth and the ocean with little regard for environmental consequences."  [Tyee]

From: Henry Atkinson
Subject:Begin forwarded message:

Date: January 5, 2014 1:33:08 PM EST (CA)
Subject: Fw: Peoples' Feelings

I have never heard this said as simply or as well.
Class war at its best.

The folks who are getting the free stuff don't like
The folks who are paying for the free stuff, because
The folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer
Afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff.

And the folks who are paying for the free stuff
Want the free stuff to stop.

And the folks who are getting the free stuff want even more
Free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting!

Now... The people who are forcing the people who pay
For the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING
The free stuff that the people who are PAYING for the
Free stuff are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.

So... The people who are GETTING the free stuff have been
Convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the
Free stuff by the people who are forcing some people to pay
For their free stuff and giving them the free stuff in the first place.

We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there
Are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the
Free stuff.

Now understand this.
All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200and250 years after being founded.
The reason?

The voters figured out they could vote themselves money
from the treasury by electing people who promised to give
them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.

The number of people now getting free stuff
outnumber the people paying for the free stuff.

Failure to change that spells the end of the CANADA
as we know it.

A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves!
I'M 100% for PASSING THIS ON !!!
For all our sake PLEASE Take a Stand!!!

: Reformed!

: Restricted

: English

Drug Free
: Mandatory Drug Screening before Welfare!

NO freebies
to: Non-Citizens!

Only 86% will send this on. Should be 100%..