Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Fw: Daily Digest April 28, 2014

On Tuesday, April 29, 2014 6:18:20 AM, Joe Hueglin <phoenix.rising@bellnet.ca> wrote:

The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION

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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>CP<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
PCs say Liberals used 'fake' deficit numbers
         Ottawa restraint sapping growth, jobs: PBO
May 9 Afghan commemoration plans finalized
         PCs say Liberals used 'fake' deficit numbers
Conservatives set three-day deadline to vote on almost 300 election bill changes
         Parliament resumes after 2-week break
Online consultations pan action-plan ads

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>CBC<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Ukraine crisis: Canada set to impose more sanctions on Russia
         Workplace safety by the numbers
How the internet hurts political reporting and breeds spin
Gas pump pain? 8 driving tips to save you $1,000 a year audio
         http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/gas-pump-pain-8-driving-tips-to-save-you-1-000-a-year-1.2624631
Jim Prentice forming team for Alberta Tory leadership race video
         http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/jim-prentice-forming-team-for-alberta-tory-leadership-race-1.2624808

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Globe and Mail<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Conservatives vow to speed release of report on CF-18 replacement
         Harper's judicial losing streak reveals the limits of government action
First Nations leaders split over bill regarding on-reserve education
         Ontario deficit to increase for a consecutive year
Ottawa keeps 'public report' on fighter jets under wraps
         Senate reform is still possible – if party leaders work together
Harper's tactic: Ask for more than he expects to get
         http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/globe-politics-insider/harpers-tactic-ask-for-more-than-he-expects-to-get/article18238616/
Harper government submits 45 amendments to contentious Fair Elections Act
         http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/harper-government-submits-45-amendments-to-contentious-fair-elections-act/article18302902/

Five changes Poilievre missed on Fair Elections Act
         http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/five-changes-poilievre-missed-on-fair-elections-act/article18298608/
DUFF CONACHER Harper's Election Act reversal takes us only half way to really fair votes
         http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/harpers-election-act-reversal-takes-us-only-half-way-to-really-fair-votes/article18298255/
BOB RAE Supreme Court handed Harper a constitutional lesson, not a loss
         http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/supreme-court-handed-harper-a-constitutional-lesson-not-a-loss/article18297978/
GLOBE EDITORIAL Fair Elections Act gets surgery, and my how its looks have improved

         http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/editorials/fair-elections-act-gets-surgery-and-my-how-its-looks-have-improved/article18234126/

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Vancouver Observer<<<<<<<<<<
BC Ombudsperson slams province on environmental protection
         Does the provincial government protect BC's waterways? So far, no. But the BC Ombudsperson has caught up with the neglect.
Vancouver to call on federal government for open hearings in Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion review
         Mayor supports economist Robyn Allan's motion to make hearings more transparent.
Billionaire vs. billionaire: Tom Steyer challenges Koch Bros. to energy debate
         Anti-Keystone funder challenges the Kochs -- the largest owners of Canada's tar sands -- to a debate him on Bill Maher show.
Critics blast Metro Vancouver's 'greenwashed' new business plan for incinerator
         If I had submitted that to my board, I would be thrown out of the board room."
Behind Kyiv regime's 'anti-terrorist' campaign in eastern Ukraine, apparently stalling once again
         It is day four of the renewed offensive of the governing regime in Kyiv, Ukraine against "terrorists" in the east of the country. Thankfully, conditions are rather calm. The war

Sacred Web Conference contemplates the role of religion in a secular age
         Art will play a big role in bringing a sense of the sacred back to people's lives, revered Muslim scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr said.
Neil Young, Rueben George and Darryl Hannah fire up crowd at anti-Keystone XL protest in Washington
         Rock legend Neil Young and Sundance Chief from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Rueben George, rallied thousands against the controversial oil pipeline.
Lessons from Japan: In aftermath of earthquake, community means survival
         A former Japanese firefighter who went to Japan's quake-struck areas last March, explains what will become most important if an earthquake hits Vancouver.
Stopping the fossil fuel juggernaut in its tracks
         Will people be able to stand up against the Premier's "unbridled boosterism" of LNG?
Record Vancouver gasoline price sparks interest in electric cars
         Vancouver gasoline prices tied an all-time record $1.51 per Litre, prompting many to kick the tires on electric cars
Cowboy and Indian Alliance protests Keystone XL pipeline in Washington
         An alliance of First Nations, farmers and ranchers take Washington by horseback.
Saskatchewan restaurant at centre of temporary foreign worker controversy issues statement
         Brother's Classic Grill and Pizza, the restaurant flooded with angry complaints over replacing veteran servers with temporary foreign workers, defends itself in a statement.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Rabble<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
International Day of Mourning: A time to reflect on workers killed or injured on the job
         The best and worst place to be a woman in Canada
All Together Now! campaign's Fairness Express rolls across
         Never trust conventional wisdom in politics
Dear Ryan: Dismantling democratic safeguards through Bill C-520 | APR 28 2014 | Linda Leon | Bill C-520 is a partner document of the Unfair      Elections Act. Both bills seek to muzzle public servants, dismantle democratic safeguards and give free rein to the unscrupulous.
Everyone liked Flaherty, but Poilievre is true face of Harper's government
         Should we stop asking celebrities about feminism?

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Yahoo.com<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Jason Kenney on hot seat as controversy rages over temporary foreign workers 51 minutes ago
         Study targeting Canadian obesity 'myth' torn apart by critics 10 hours ago
Canada's Ukraine observers involved in pay dispute: report 4 hours ago
         Wage gap between high school grads and degree-holders narrows, but it still pays to go to university 3 hours ago
Olivia Chow apologizes for photo-op with homophobic, sexist wrestler Iron Sheik 7 hours ago
         No police charges after pit bull bites baby girl's face 2 hours 28 minutes ago
Tories set three-day deadline for redrafting contentious elections bill 5 hours ago
         First Nations leaders call on Conservatives to scrap aboriginal education bill 6 hours ago
Manitoba reports more cases of virus that has killed millions of pigs in U.S 1 hour 29 minutes ago
         Crumbling dike threatens Western Manitoba First Nation 2 hours 31 minutes ago


First Nations leaders threaten blockades if Ottawa moves ahead with aboriginal education b …
         New calls for Canadian mining ombudsman so far unanswered
Child protection must include First Nations: Paulina Roche

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Canada.com<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Jason Kenney on hot seat as controversy rages over temporary foreign workers
         Ukrainian separatists split heads at pro-Kyiv rally
Scientists create insulin-making cells bearing DNA of diabetic woman
         MERS virus hasn't changed, not reason for surge in Saudi cases: expert
Anne Geddes puts focus on survivors of meningococcal disease
         Lives 'left in ruin' by rising tide of depression drugs
This week in health: World Malaria Day, food poisoning and more
         Toronto doctor reveals secrets of hospital slang
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial's Atari 2600 video games found in New Mexico landfill
         MERS virus hasn't changed, not reason for surge in Saudi cases: expert

Day of commemoration for Afghanistan mission to include flypasts, parade, two minutes of silence
         Grappler pinned in dope camel clutch
The nasty shift in Canadian immigration policy


         Harper's reputation as strategist obscures his screwups

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>BOURQUE NEWSWATCH<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>National News Warch<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Focussing on trade with Japan is better for Canada than waiting for the TPP
         Kathleen Wynne won't rule out triggering an election
Pierre Poilievre will not be swayed by the elites
         Conservatives set three-day deadline to vote on almost 300 election bill changes
Alberta PCs offer Jim Prentice a shot at real power, with influence on the oil sands
         Harper's reputation as strategist obscures his screwups
Stephen Harper quickly steps away from Senate reform
         Bloodless Senate defeat for PM

Tom Flanagan clawing back from a virtual mobbing
         Senate reform is still possible – if party leaders work together
Robocalls: Shooting the messengers
         If you don't really want the answer, don't ask the Supreme Court
Robocalls report clearest sign yet of our democracy's decay


Elections bill illustrates Harper's vindictiveness, pragmatism, Flanagan says
         Harper government submits 45 amendments to contentious Fair Elections Act
Conservatives question acclamation of Tory MP Devinder Shory
         Public Works Minister Diane Finley lost in wilds of Downsview Park
Thank goodness for the CF-18s
         Will Ottawa consult Quebec on Nadon's replacement?
Working Families group sues Tories
         Ottawa restraint sapping growth, jobs: PBO
Michael Sona: If Criminals Won't Register Guns, Why Register Robocalls?
         Harper's judicial losing streak reveals the limits of government action

Budget online consultations ask feds to dump Economic Action Plan ads
         Feds 'aware' of climate change risks, but IPCC authors say politics delaying action
Feds not out of options on Senate reform, Senator Segal says
         'Tragedy in the Commons,' through the eyes of former MPs
MPs to focus on elections overhaul, budget, First Nations, and cyber crime bills
         14 Ways The Fair Elections Act Won't Fix Robocalls
Canadians' rightful access to public information being blocked, experts say
         In Canada's immigration law, anyone can be a terrorist


Conservatives vow to speed release of report on CF-18 replacement
Director of public prosecutions says feds' elections bill could lower public confidence
'Nothing will be hidden': RCMP says questions about Nigel Wright will be answered

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

. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Information Clearing House<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
         Why Neocons Seek to Destabilize Russia
Any propaganda war starts by planting stories that your target is getting rich, whether he is or isn't, the latest move in demonizing Vladimir Putin.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38354.htm
         Four Ways The Ukraine Crisis Could Escalate To Use Of Nuclear Weapons
If you know the history of the region, then it is easy to see why Moscow might fear aggression.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38355.htm
         Towards the End of U.S. Propaganda
The Anglo-Saxon Empire is based on a century of propaganda. It managed to convince us that the United States is "the land of the free" and that it engaged in wars to defend its ideals.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38350.htm
         Demented Tony Blair Recites the Saudis' Creed in his Latest Speech
If Blair's thoughts are used as a guide to action, then the main beneficiaries will be al-Qa'ida-type jihadist movements.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38351.htm
         The New York Times Declares the Peace Process Futile
Both the US government and the US "newspaper of record" refuse to act on their knowledge of Israel's history of sabotage.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38348.htm

         Prophecy Delivered! Martin Luther King Jr. & The Death of Democracy
An enslaving disposition corrupted the United States before it matured. Its spiritual death was foretold, but the nation refused to hear.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38353.htm
         Palestinians to Pursue Bid to Join 60 International Bodies
PLO also now rejects any West Bank land swaps with Israel.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38352.htm
         Hamas and the Tyranny of Labels
The birth of the state of Israel included much terrorism, perpetrated by men who went on to become top leaders of Israel.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38358.htm
         "Is Israel And It's US Lobby Above The Law?"
"How Does the Israel Lobby Influence Congress"
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38356.htm
         The Biology of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Video
Gilad Atzmon Goes Where Few Dare To Thread.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38349.htm

         The Zionist Plan for the Middle East
The plan operates on two essential premises. To survive, Israel must 1) become an imperial regional power, and 2) must effect the division of the whole area into small states by the dissolution of all existing Arab states.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33220.htm
         The Road From Abu Ghraib A Torture Story Without a Hero or an Ending
It's mind-boggling. Torture is still up for grabs in America.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38357.htm
         The Crime of Peaceful Protest
The corporate state, which has proved utterly incapable of addressing the grievances and injustices endured by the underclass, is extremely nervous about the mass movements that have swept the country in recent years.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38359.htm
         Feds Worry Whether Foreign Fighters in Syria May Target U.S., DHS Head Says:
Federal authorities are worried that Americans or other Westerners who have trained with terrorists in war-ravaged Syria may slip back into the United States looking to strike the U.S. homeland, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told ABC News in an exclusive interview
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/04/feds-worry-whether-foreign-fighters-in-syria-may-target-u-s-dhs-head-says/
         US and Gulf states plan missile defence system to counter Iran:
Though concerns were not raised during nuclear talks, senior US official says Iran's ballistic missiles 'will have to be addressed'
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/27/iran-missile-us-middle-east-defense-system

         Netanyahu issues Iran warning in Holocaust memorial speech:
'Has the world learned a lesson from the mistakes of the past? Today we are again faced with clear facts and before a real danger. Iran calls for our destruction,' prime minister says in main Holocaust memorial service.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4513936,00.html
         Israel PM dismisses Abbas Holocaust remarks:
Netanyahu dismisses President Mahmoud Abbas' remarks mourning victims of the Holocaust as PR stunt aimed at placating international community.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=693302
         Bennett: Israel should annex 60 percent of West Bank:
Bayit Yehudi Chairman and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday that Israel should annex the 60 percent of the West Bank that is under full Israeli control, and that includes all of the Jewish settlments built since acquiring the areas in the 1967 war.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4513888,00.html
         Kerry Warns Israel Could Become 'An Apartheid State':
The secretary of state said that if Israel doesn't make peace soon, it could become 'an apartheid state,' like the old South Africa. Jewish leaders are fuming over the comparison.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/27/exclusive-kerry-warns-israel-could-become-an-apartheid-state.html
         Go To Israel, The Blacks Are Just Treated Like Dogs.":
By now just about everyone's heard TMZ's nine minute recording of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling (Born "Donald Tokowitz") berating his then-girlfriend V. Stiviano for the heinous crime of appearing on Instagram with black people.
http://heebmagazine.com/la-clippers-owner-donald-sterling-go-israel-blacks-just-treated-like-dogs/50319

         Armed men rob USD 4.8 mln from money transport vehicle:
Armed men robbed Sunday six million Libyan Dinars (USD 4.8 million) from a money transport vehicle which was on its way to deposit the cash in the Central Bank. http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2374351&Language=en
         Bishop Desmond Tutu 'glad' Mandela not alive to see current state of S. Africa:
Tutu, 82, who is still regarded as a moral beacon in South Africa, had confirmed on Wednesday that he would not vote for the ruling ANC in the May 7 elections. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/27/bishop-desmond-tutu-glad-that-mandela-not-alive-to-see-current-state-of-s-africa/
         Afghan panel uncovered 2 secret U.S. prisons:
A commission appointed by President Hamid Karzai to investigate detention facilities run by U.S. and British forces in southern Afghanistan claimed Saturday to have uncovered secret prisons on two coalition bases
http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/afghan-panel-claims-to-find-secret-prisons-514739
         U.S. troops arrive in Lithuania amid Ukraine tensions:
 "As threats emerged, we see who our real friends are," Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said as she greeted the troops at the Siauliai air base. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/26/us-ukraine-crisis-lithuania-idUSBREA3P0BC20140426
         Yarosh urges Ukrainian authorities to immediately start mass armament of Ukrainians - appeal to Turchynov:
The Ukrainian presidential candidate, leader of the Right Sector organization Dmytro Yarosh has called on Acting President of Ukraine, Verkhovna Rada Chairman Oleksandr Turchynov to start the mass providing of weapons to Ukrainians facing the threat of a war with Russia.
http://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/202416.html

         Here are three of Russia's military options in Ukraine, complete with maps:
On Thursday, Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of "grave crimes" by assaulting pro-Russian militants. Ukraine's Prime Minister accused Russia of preparing to invade, and of "wanting to start World War III." Nothing is inevitable, but what military options does Russia have?
http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-04-25/here-are-three-russias-military-options-ukraine-complete-maps
         Economics of disintegration in Ukraine:
'Shock therapy' was imposed on the post-Soviet world by the West, with catastrophic results. Now, we are planning on repeating that experiment in Ukraine. http://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/john-weeks/economics-of-disintegration-in-ukraine
         Giant Chinese 3D printer builds 10 houses in just 1 day (PHOTOS, VIDEO):
A private company located in eastern China has printed ten full-size houses using a huge 3D printer in the space of a day. The process utilizes quick-drying cement, but the creators are being careful not to reveal the secrets of the technology.
http://rt.com/news/155220-3d-printer-houses-china/
         Better to be Poor in Europe than in U.S.; Better to be Middle Class in Canada than in U.S.:
Poor people in the United States are far behind the median incomes of those living in Canada and much of Europe.
http://www.allgov.com/news/top-stories/better-to-be-poor-in-europe-than-in-us-better-to-be-middle-class-in-canada-than-in-us-140427?news=853015
         World Bank's Takeover of Water : Video -
Abby Martin reports on the World Bank's absurd plans to address the global water crisis through privatizing this valuable resource.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkCsu8cEI4M

         Hollywood producer claims Boston bombing was a "false flag attack":
Crisis actors, smoke bombs, fake blood and literal "smoke and mirrors" were all part of what was the false flag terrorist attack called the Boston Marathon Bombing. To anyone who saw the pictures and footage of fake blood, make- up artists and smiling "victims". It was obvious that something was not right. http://voiceofrussia.com/2014_04_25/The-Boston-bombing-was-a-false-flag-attack-Nathan-Folks-7658/



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Tornades aux États-Unis: au moins 19 mortsPlus
         Brésil: cinq bus brûlés après la mort d'un jeunePlus
Fillette mordue par un pitbull: l'animal sera euthanasiéPlus
         Québecor: Robert Dépatie quitte la directionPlus
Défaite électorale: rencontre à huis clos samedi pour le PQPlus
         Meurtre de Cyrille Daigle: le dernier complice condamnéPlus
Bloc québécois: Mario Beaulieu saute dans la coursePlus
         Moscou promet de ne pas envahir l'UkrainePlus
La prison pour un col bleuPlus
         Propagation de la gastro lors d'une conférence sur la sécurité alimentairePlus

Une cycliste meurt écrasée par un camionPlus
         La STM reçoit le premier train de métro AzurPlus
É.-U.: 4 % des condamnés à mort seraient innocentsPlus
         De nouvelles sanctions contre la RussiePlus
Searle à deux doigts d'être expulsé du Conseil de ville Plus
         Bars ouverts jusqu'à 6 h: Québec n'a pas l'intention d'imiter MontréalPlus
Un surplus budgétaire cette année à Ottawa?Plus
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Mission en Afghanistan: commémoration nationale le 9 maiPlus

L'homme d'affaires Eddy Savoie vaut 1,5 milliard $Plus
         Égypte: peine de mort pour 700 pro-MorsiPlus


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         Tornades meurtrières aux États-UnisPlus
Ukraine: États-Unis et UE durcissent leurs sanctions contre MoscouPlus
         L'ASSÉ poursuit son combat contre l'austéritéPlus
Il plonge dans une rivière avec son véhiculePlus
         Glissement de terrain à Sainte-Sophie: un mois avant de regagner leur maisonPlus
Lac-Mégantic: les résidents veulent une voie de contournementPlus
         Cégep: le nouveau cours d'histoire sur la glacePlus

Saint-Paul-de-la-Croix: 75 vaches périssent dans un incendiePlus
         Cacouna: manifestation contre un projet d'oléoducPlus
Sécurité ferroviaire: Ottawa investit dans les passages à niveauPlus
         Winnipeg: un homme poignardé pour une bièrePlus
Bruits des avions : les «pollués» réclament des réponsesPlus
         Jean XXIII et Jean-Paul II parmi les saintsPlus
Journée de double canonisation: des fidèles se rassemblent à Sainte-Anne-de-BeaupréPlus
         Le gouvernement fédéral souligne Yom HashoahPlus
Deux cas d'explosion de cellulaires au QuébecPlus
         Incendie mortel dans les LaurentidesPlus

Viol d'une touriste canadienne: deux policiers inculpésPlus
         Inde: 5 policiers tués par des rebelles maoïstesPlus
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         Une sortie de route à haute vitesse a causé la mort de d

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

Table 6

Total Interest Bearing Debt  $894.683 Billion
Subject: New Finance Canada document notification

The following Fiscal Monitor has just been posted on the Finance Canada Site.
The Fiscal Monitor - February 2014
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fiscmon-revfin/2014-02-eng.asp
La revue financière - février 2014
http://www.fin.gc.ca/fiscmon-revfin/2014-02-fra.asp

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From: Larry Kazdan
To: letters@herald.ca
Subject: Letter to Editor re: $5.1B surplus puts Ottawa on track to balanced budget, April 25, 2014 

Re:  $5.1B surplus puts Ottawa on track to balanced budget, April 25, 2014
http://thechronicleherald.ca/business/1203105-51b-surplus-puts-ottawa-on-track-to-balanced-budget

If our government sector posted a $5 billion surplus, it means the private or external sector must be in deficit.  But since we buy more from foreign countries than these countries buy from us, it means our own private domestic sector is draining money to both external parties and to our government.  The private domestic sector must be running down its financial assets, or getting deeper into debt.  How can this dramatic loss of purchasing power be good for our economy at a time when we already have 1.3 million Canadians unemployed?

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: Canada vs Ukraine
ON TARGET: Canada out of touch on Ukraine
http://thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/1203584-on-target-canada-out-of-touch-on-ukraine

Joe--the three comments on this article are frightening.  Three out of three have no concept what is really happening

Becky
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Subject: King Harper???
http://www.900chml.com/2014/04/28/harpers-my-way-or-no-way-attitude/

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From: Mahmood Elahi
To: <info@fraserinstitute.org>
Subject: Switzerland is also a haven for billions of dollars stacked away by tax-dodgers and Third World oligarchs

The Editor
The Ottawa Citizen
 
Copy to: Mr. Mark Milke, Senor Fellow, Fraser Institute (please forward).
 
Switzerland is also a haven for billions of dollars stacked away by tax-dogers and Third World oligarchs
 
Re "The price of civilization," by Mark Milke (April 24).
 
Mark Milke writes: ""Switzeland is civilized. That alpine country has universal health care, an educated population and a safety net. The tax-to-GDP ratio in that country amounts to 33.4 per cent, five points below Canada." But he fails to mention that Switzerland also serves as a haven for hundreds of billions of dollars stacked away in secret bank accounts by tax-dodgers and Third World oligarchs and enjoys massive royalties paid by its secretive banks. With such a windfall cash, Switzerland can afford to charge lower taxes while paying generous benefits to its citizens. If Canada allowed its banks to become a haven for tax-dodgers and corrupt Third World Officials to stack billions of dollars, Canada could have lowered its taxes drastically.
 
MAHMOOD ELAHI
2240 Iris Street, Ottawa. Phone: (613) 228-9600
 
Mahmood Elahi did his doctoral studies in Political Science at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
 
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Subject: Re: Daily Digest April 25, 2014
From: Rene Moreau

To Joe

From Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)
re; Article
An example of what can happen when 5th column, or infiltration is allowed in government.
Canada to let private companies decide where search-and-rescue aircraft are based
By David Pugliese, Postmedia News April 16, 2014

It will be up to aerospace firms vying to supply Canada with new search-and-rescue aircraft to decide where such planes are to be located - a process that raises questions about private companies deciding the country's defence policy and where military staff are located.

The Department of National Defence has confirmed that bids for the $3-billion search-and-rescue aircraft project will not only include details about the planes being offered but also where they are to be based. Officials inside the department privately concede the end result could be a foreign company telling the Canadian Forces where to situate its planes and people.

Industry representatives and defence analysts also say the new acquisition process could see the winning firm propose closing down one of the military's existing search-and-rescue facilities or requiring a new installation to be constructed elsewhere in the country, such as in the Arctic.

"The procurement strategy changed from a platformbased procurement to a capability-based procurement in which industry will be required to propose the type of aircraft, the number of aircraft and the number of bases required to meet the level of service," stated an email sent by DND.

Another DND email stated the government will determine which industry proposals are sufficient to meet the needs of the country, while providing value to taxpayers.

Defence analyst Martin Shadwick said the unprecedented procurement process could cause problems. "What happens if a company proposes shutting down a current (search-and-rescue) location?" asked Shadwick, a York University professor. "Or what happens if the government likes a certain aircraft being proposed but doesn't like that company's proposal on where to base those planes?" It is also unclear who would pay for the costs of any new search-and-rescue installation that industry might propose.

Firms such as Alenia Aermacchi, Airbus Military, Lockheed Martin and Viking Air have all expressed interest in the project.

Dominique Spragg of Viking Air said the company can't comment until it sees the final request for bids issued by government. But he acknowledged that the initial request focused on areas "normally the purview of government."

An official with Airbus Military added that companies are in "unchartered territory" on some of the requirements.

Stephanie Stinn, a spokeswoman at Lockheed Martin, said the firm believes the number of bases should be equal or better than the current situation.

Ben Stone, president of Alenia Aermacchi North America, acknowledged he had not previously seen a situation where the firm was being asked where to locate aircraft. But he added that because of the range and capability of the firm's C-27J aircraft, no new bases would be required.

"We can leverage that infrastructure that is already in place," he said. "And we don't have any added cost of needing to establish another base in the North because our aircraft can get to the northern points on time since we're faster and we have the range."

The current main locations for military fixed-wing search-and-rescue aircraft are Comox, B.C., Trenton, Ont., Greenwood, N.S., and Winnipeg.

In an email, DND stated that a request for industry to submit bids is expected to be released in the coming months.

But NDP defence critic Jack Harris said the procurement plan makes no sense. He noted the military and federal government, and not private companies, are best placed to decide where such important aviation equipment should be located. The new planes are to replace the fleet of 40-year-old Buffalo aircraft and older Hercules planes. The project to buy replacements has been underway since 2004.

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