Friday, May 23, 2014

Fw: Daily Digest MAY 22, 2014




On Friday, May 23, 2014 4:03:03 AM, Joe Hueglin <phoenix.rising@bellnet.ca> wrote:



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Comparing and contrasting the party platforms in the Ontario election
Justin Trudeau's confusing abortion stance gets called out by media
         Jim Prentice vows changes for government planes if elected PC leader
Teen claims school's bodysuit ban is about gender identity
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Quebec filmmaker Xavier Dolan could be in running for top prize at Cannes
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         Nova Scotia should lift property assessment cap: report
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A National Inquiry For Aboriginal Women Should Not Be a Partisan Issue
         Ottawa Is Spying On Us Without Warrants And It's Time To Get Mad
How Hudak's TTC Reform Could Work
         Jim Prentice's Second Chance to Make A First Impression
Do Ontarians Only Vote To Keep the Biggest Liar Out of Power?
         It's My Right as a Canadian to Be Free From Religion
Only Hudak Has a Plan For Ontario So Far
         The CBC Needs Your Help
Don't Care About Surveillance? You're Probably White and Middle Class
         An RCMP Report Won't End Violence Against Aboriginal Women

The First Nations Education Act Is Just a Pretty Face
         Three Steps Towards Better Canadian Health Care
While Obama Fights for Climate, Harper Just Fights
         Targeting Mulcair?
Is It Time For An Aboriginal Parliament For Canada?
         One Day of Honouring Veterans Will Never Make Up For a Lifetime of Disrespect
Wanting a Perfect Education Act Will Leave First Nations Waiting Forever
         It's Time to Engage Citizens in our Democracy Again

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CBC planning new cuts including making Radio 2 online-only: watchdog group
         Move of NDP Quebec office to Mulcair's riding could provide wiggle room
Keystone XL: TransCanada announces Plan B
         The great Senate fight: Vanished, without a trace
Rights trump religious views, says Trudeau
         Trudeau's way or the highway
For Big Oil, Harper's door is always wide open
         A provocateur gets its right on Quebec's future
Advance polls distort final outcome of elections
         The two ghosts haunting Ontario voters
Liberals a negative lot
         Winning back public's trust crucial for Prentice

B.C. no better than 'middle of the pack' economic player in Canada
         Decision on ailing girl humane, but medically questionable
There's nothing 'conservative' about overstuffed classrooms
         Public servants risk becoming policy dinosaurs, David Emerson warns
Tories ask donors to dig deep for 2015 election battle
         Accusations of dirty tricks fly in Oakville nomination race
Baird condemns military coup in Thailand
         Alberta's jobs minister Thomas Lukaszuk enters PC leadership race
Top Election Issues: Jobs and the Economy
         Wynne gets Liberal firepower from ex-PM Martin

Poll: Tory cuts and low-key NDP campaign helping Liberals
         NDP to hike Ontario's corporate tax rate
Hudak pledges probe of $1B gas-plant scandal
         5 bills to watch before Parliament breaks for summer
University of Saskatchewan terminates president after controversy
         Canada Post reports first-quarter loss
Justin Trudeau hits the hustings in Trinity – Spadina while Tom Mulcair tours BC
         Baloney Meter: Will the Ontario PC plan really help create one million jobs?
Federal MPs taking active role in Ontario campaign
         Survey: Canada 7th most competitive country

SNC Lavalin used rival's Superhospital plans
         Canada loses bid to overturn EU seal ban
Cancel bargain basement sale of parliamentary silver: Byrne
         Senate Liberals to hold rare internal election
Decorated soldier dies in training accident at CFB Wainwright
         MPs asked to work extra hours to pass raft of Tory bills before summer
Enbridge Said to Hire Lobbyist Webster as Gateway Looms
         Keystone XL: TransCanada announces Plan B
Transport Canada in talks to cut number of on-board flight attendants
         Widow, U.S. soldier sue Omar Khadr for $50M for Afghanistan death, injury
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Sanctioning Venezuela Unlikely to Defuse Tensions
         Permaculture Poised to Conquer the Caribbean
Arrest of "Happy" Iranians Highlights Rouhani's Domestic Battles
         Climate Change Legislation Faltering in Costa Rica
Caribbean Forced to Choose Between Climate Change Impact and MDGs
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OP-ED: The Ugly Truth about Garbage and Island Biodiversity
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Vibrant Civil Society, A Must For South Sudan
         Transgenics Prosper Amidst Pragmatism and Collateral Damage

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Sikh Asylum Seekers Remain in Indefinite Detention in El Paso
         Congress Considering Expanding Wasteful Pentagon Programs
Koch Brothers Exposed: The Chilling New Documentary Republicans Don\'t Want You to See

         What the $400 Billion China-Russia Natural Gas Deal Means
Facing Senate Uproar, Obama Admin to Release Memo Justifying Drone Killings of Americans Overseas
         As Another Major Bank Avoids Jail, Occupy Wall Street Protester Cecily McMillan Gets 3-Month Term
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         How Troubled Officers Move On To Other Police Departments
Shaken Baby Syndrome: Medical Science Or Medical Faith
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Containment Breach: America's Long History of Radioactive Mismanagement
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Comic Books, Casinos and Empires: Radioactive Lies Aim To Deceive Public

         From Feminism to Fascism

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DEA Caught Using Retroactive Warrant in Botched Raid
         Dying Fish, Dying Oceans, Are We Next?
Another Week of Government Lawlessness
         Defense Department Refuses to Tell Senate Which Groups We're At War With
House votes to shut down NSA phone-snooping

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More U.S. Intervention in Libya?
         The Role of the Intellectual
A Rotten Criminal-Justice System
         On Citizenship in the 21st Century
Israel's Water Genocide
         The Benghazi Boogie
The Right of Return
         Trafficking and Torturing Eritrean Refugees
Zionist Canada bows to the holocaust religion
         Death to the Death Penalty

Monetizing Political Discourse in America
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Mali 'at war' with Tuareg rebels
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         Swiss reject world's highest minimum wage
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         Cosmetics: Sunscreens Made in Europe
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Germany, Europe and the Rise of New Global Players
         The Growing Regional Divide in India
Elizabeth Warren: When Political Labels Completely Mislead
         Where China Truly Innovates

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From: Larry Kazdan
To: lettertoed@thestar.ca
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Reality check:  Would Tim Hudak's job cuts plunge Ontario into recession? Donovan Vincent News, May 21 2014

Re:  Reality check: Would Tim Hudak's job cuts plunge Ontario into recession? Donovan Vincent News, May 21 2014
http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario_election/2014/05/21/reality_check_would_tim_hudaks_job_cuts_plunge_ontario_into_recession.html

According to Tim Hudak, "The biggest thing that we can do to actually create jobs in the province of Ontario is to balance the budget." To achieve budget balance, Hudak plans to eliminate 100,000 jobs in the public service. However, economists estimate that every public sector job creates .67 jobs in the private sector, so in reverse, a total of approximately 167,000 jobs would be lost.
In the 1930s, John Maynard Keynes argued that the national budget could not be balanced by measures that diminished the national income. He likened it to a dog chasing its own tail. Keynes argued that if the private sector was not spending, the government had to do so. The multiplier effect of greater spending would lead to more tax revenues and fewer welfare expenses, thereby allowing the budget deficit to decrease. Keynes' advice was as follows: "Look after the unemployment, and the Budget will look after itself."
Unfortunately, Tim Hudak has it backwards. And unfortunately, that is the direction Ontario will go, if voters let him slash and burn the public service, racking up in even larger provincial deficits in the process.
Larry Kazdan,
Vancouver, B.C.
Footnotes:

1. From a 1933 radio debate – John Maynard Keynes
http://rortybomb.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/vsp-historical-trip-also-keynes-look-after-unemployment-and-the-budget-will-look-after-itself/

"You will never balance the Budget through measures which reduce the national income. The Chancellor would simply be chasing his own tail – or cloven hoof! The only chance of balancing the Budget in the long run is to bring things back to normal, and so avoid the enormous Budget charges arising out of unemployment…Even if you take the Budget as your test, the criterion of whether the economy would be useful or not is the state of employment…I do not believe that measures which truly enrich the country will injure the public credit…It is the burden of unemployment and the decline in the national income which are upsetting the Budget. Look after the unemployment, and the Budget will look after itself.

2. Hudak quote
http://rabble.ca/columnists/2014/05/hudaks-balanced-budget-panic-and-fear-debt

He's not worrying about explaining the reasoning on which his million jobs plan is based. He simply says: "The biggest thing we can do to actually create jobs in the province of Ontario is to balance the budget."

3.  Economic Multipliers
http://www.epi.org/blog/years-recovery-state-local-austerity-hurt/

Add these two influences together (supplier jobs and jobs supported by this multiplier impact) and roughly 0.67 private sector jobs are lost for every public sector job cut.

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From: MAHMOOD ELAHI
To: "letters@nationalpost.com .
Subject: Quebec has rejected separation for obvious reasons

The Editor
National Post

Quebec has rejected separation for obvious reasons

Re "Quebec needs to embrace Canada," by Maxim Bernier (May 20).

In the recent Quebec election, most francophones have rejected the separatist Parti Quebecois and elected the federalist Liberal party, despite the fact that the francophones have genuine concerns about the future of the French language in an overwhelmingly English-speaking continent, for certain obvious reasons.

First, as a part of Canada, a francophone living in Quebec can become the prime minister of Canada, but an anglophone living outside Quebec cannot become the premier of Quebec. In fact, during the first majority government of former Prime Minister Jean Chretien, a francophone Quebecer, Lucien Bouchard, was also the leader of the Official Opposition.

Second, as an independent country, Quebec will be obliged to have its own army, navy and air force and its own embassies abroad. This will cause heavy financial strain. Quebec will have to raise taxes or massively cut social spending to pay for its own armed forces.

Third, as an independent country of 7 million people, Quebec will be far less attractive for foreign investors. In fact, there will be a flight of capital from Quebec if it separates from Canada.

Finally, enjoying enough autonomy within Canada, most francophones have come to realize that they can protect their French language and culture without separating.

For these obvious reasons, the francophones in Quebec have rejected separation out of hand. Maxim Bernier seems not to realize that Quebec has already embraced Canada.

MAHMOOD ELAHI

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From: Rebecca Gingrich

Subject: Democracy in Canada--you gotta love it
Ottawa Is Spying On Us Without Warrants And It's Time To Get Mad
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/michael-bolen/canada-spying-warrants-get-mad_b_5366782.html
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Subject: Thanks to Russia the truth is finally emerging
US secretly selling nukes worldwide via Israel
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/05/22/363676/us-secretly-selling-nukes-worldwide/

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From: "Eugene Parks"
Subject: Prosfer: Good News or Bad News

Do you think this is good news or bad news:
 
US home sales are down 15 percent from a peak of 5.38 million units hit last July. Compared to April last year, sales are down 6.8 percent. The inventory of for-sale-homes increased 6.5 percent from a year-ago and the median home price increased at its slowest pace since March 2012.
 
The answer depends on what you are buying:
 
a)    If you are looking for a home, you are "in the driver's seat".
b)    If you are looking for signs of economic growth look elsewhere.
 
Nearly universally, the popular press is spinning the above to mean that housing is a bad investment and equities the way to go. In other words, buy equities at their highs and then higher and avoid housing at their lows.
 
Tepper, arguably the best trader in the world, warns not to necessarily be short the market but not to be "too long" either.
 
What I note is that owning or buying stocks that depend on growth projections to justify evaluations are at historically high risk levels. Accordingly, what I am seeing in the marketplace are moves to defensive stocks that tend to generate revenues and profits, even in non-growth environments. Growth  stocks are "proverbially-margined" long based on optimistic hopes of future growth. They are risky in the best of circumstances. Presently, they are dangerous. Very dangerous.
 
China, France, and Canada have been in contraction for months. US housing has been in contraction for a year.
 
Six years of rising asset values has been a good run. There are those continuing to say, "buy high". I think it feels good to do so; but the numbers say we are a year beyond the point that economic activity can historically justify.
 
Nevertheless, the markets are flirting with all-time highs. The warm story that creates is still attractive to some.
 
Cheers, Eugene Parks
 
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From: "Paul Downie"
Subject: Provincial Election Questions

Joe,
Why is the Provincial government of Ontario requiring our children to take mind numbing poison vaccines to go to ...school this September?
Who is behind this?
Why is this not an election issue?
Why are the 'unvaccinated' the problem for those vaccinated, are not the vaccinated protected?
If not immunized after being immunized why is repetition of failure allowed?
Would you expect to be jailed if giving your child any amount of formaldehyde,...etc.? Why is it tolerated in vaccines?
Did you realize that the biggest complaint after vaccination is headaches (read the product monograph or insert), is it an indication of brain damage?
Why (oh) why are multiple vaccines given to babies, yet the gift of mother's milk (DNA initiator) is not encouraged as strongly for every child with more vigor in lieu of vaccines?
Why is it that more money is spent on health systems with such poor results with such unhealthy population of children under serious medication regimes?
Why are devastating vaccine reactions tolerated by our health system?
 
Why are children allowed brain damaging electromagnetic devices be held to their developing brains without at least proper hands free devices training?
 
Why are mercury lightbulbs allowed to replace a safer incandescent technology? Was public health a consideration? What commission recommended it? Was it so Smart?
 
Why were electromagnetic 'Smart meters" allowed to be put in place? Which commission had input? Was the public safety a consideration? Which commission was involved? 
 
I wonder what the collective budgets of the several hundreds of commissions, authorities, boards? Are these, mostly operating in secret, bodies budget's included in the Provincial deficit?
Yes or no?
If no, how much more in debt are we?
Can some/most of these bodies be eliminated? 
 
Why does not the Premier not initiate a visitation audit of all these bodies (800 plus?)? Name a new caucus position 'commissions person' in charge of visitation audit, (every one). Use elected regional councilors to help with this. (Provincial Government begot Regional Government). If visiting politician is turned away, or meeting goes 'in camera', because of the visit, the Premier or Commission caucus person should not hesitate to fire the chairman of the body. Our politicians should not be turned away from being allowed to attend/audit any meeting of these bodies.
By the way, why are former employees of a specific commissions allowed to become a commissioner of that same body? Absolutely problematic! Whose interest is this in?
 
Why do we not elect the best candidate versus political party candidates?
Why does the electorate allow media to decide which candidates voice will be heard? Is this really in the public interest?
 
Why does the electorate allow other than paper ballots? Is this in the public interest? Which commission is behind this?
 
I wonder how many candidates could actually answer any of the above?
...
Inquiring mind(s) would like to know.
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