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April 29, 2009

Stephen Harper considering a sleep in

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) – Canada’s Liberal Party, which has been climbing in recent opinion polls, is also regaining its financial footing and the political unity it needs to fight a new election, leader Michael Ignatieff said on Thursday. But Ignatieff added he was still in no rush to force an election so soon after last October’s vote, and told party activists they still had hard work to do to regain the Liberals’ standing as a “national institution” that could elect candidates in all parts of the country.. “We have a unified party. We have a party out of debt. And we have a party basically ready to fight an election,” he told reporters in Vancouver at the start of the Liberal’s Party national convention.

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The new Harper coalition: The sound you hear is Stephane Dion   National Post –  Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Stephen Harper once say something about the inadvisability of getting into bed with the socialists and separatists?  On Wednesday, Parliament witnessed a bizarre move when the Conservatives voted in favour of a Bloc motion that transfers $2.6 billion to Quebec and allows the province to administer its own sales tax.

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 Once again due to an obvious great fear of losing his job, becoming unemployed, losing the fringe benefits Shockingly Canada’s prime minister Stephen  Harper is considering a coalition sleep in,  he again hypocritically is considering doing the same thing he bashed others before for doing  … 

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“CTV reports on a Conservative Party strategy to block the Liberal resurgence by … wait for it … cooperating with the NDP and the Bloc Quebecois to avoid a non-confidence vote and an election that they will probably lose.  In exchange for continued support, the Bloc seeks tax harmonization with the federal government and improvements to Employment Insurance. The NDP also wants changes to EI, plus more pension protection and stricter rules for credit card companies.  Of course, this is precisely the way Parliament is supposed to work: the governing party is supposed to introduce legislation that has the support of a majority of MPs in the House of Commons so that it can retain the confidence of the House.  But damn, the optics sure don’t look good for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who excoriated the Liberal Party in December and provoked a Constitutional crisis for doing the same thing.  At the time, Harper managed to avoid the defeat of his government in a non-confidence vote by successfully petitioning the Governer General to prorogue Parliament and avoid facing the elected House of Commons until announcing the 2009 Federal budget in January.   By that time, the Liberal Party had replaced lame duck leader Stéphane Dion with Michael Ignatieff, who decided that the Liberal Party’s agenda could better be served by withdrawing from a coalition with the NDP (and supported by the Bloc) and biding his time until public sentiment shifted away from the Conservatives. Public polling data since January has shown a steady slide in public support for the Conservatives as voters have shifted back to the Liberals.”  http://www.raisethehammer.org/blog.asp?id=1324  

 

 

WHAT NEXT?

A good leader knows when he’s in trouble. And Stephen Harper, on his 50th birthday, is in deep trouble. He’s in trouble in the country, especially in Quebec; in trouble with the public service, which is putting down tools with his government; and increasingly in trouble with the Conservative Party, whose fault lines are cracking under the divisive and mean-spirited management style of the Prime Minister’s Office. But Harper is apparently oblivious to how much trouble he’s in, because there’s no one, other than Laureen Harper, who can tell him. He is a leader without confidants and without mentors. There is no one to tell him what he needs to hear, as opposed to what he wants to hear: not in the cabinet, not in the caucus, and certainly not in his own office http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Harper+deep+deep+trouble/1547784/story.html

April 28, 2009

NEED HELP NOW AND NOT SOME DAY!

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 Unacceptable new Conservatives lack of compassion, indifference, bad  ideology, obstinance, stubbornness – and  when asked in Parliament last week about making more workers eligible for EI, Diane Finley, minister of human resources, delivered this astonishing reply: “It is true that not everyone is eligible. Unfortunately, that is the way the system is,” well Minister you have the power to change it for the good of us all, so di it now.

PM STEPHEN HARPER SHOULD IMMEDIATELY GET OUT OF THE WAY AND LET SOMEONE ELSE WHO CLEARLY CAN DO A BETTER JOB GET ON WITH IT.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper insists the Conservative Government is doing everything it can to help people forced out of work by the recession.

Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff points out that while new EI claims were up nearly 19 per cent in February, the number of people actually receiving benefits increased by less than eight per cent.

The federal government is looking increasingly NAIVE, INCOMPETENT in the face of MORE AND MORE bad economic news. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his crew appear to be DREAMING the recession away in it;s own rather than taking real, valid additional steps to counter it now.

STEPHEN HARPER DO STOP DREAMING AND DO TELL ME FIRST WHAT REAL WORK THEY THE UNEMPLOYED NEXT WILL FIND BEFORE THEIR EI AID RUNS OUT?  

 New Conservatives care only about helping themselves!

Manitoba government hopes for federal flood help in weeks, not months:minister Tue Apr 28,  OTTAWA – Two federal cabinet ministers have assured the Manitoba government that helping flood victims is a top priority and that any federal programs will be expedited, the province’s emergency measures minister said Tuesday.
 
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 TRUTH and the REALITY
 
Exposure and prosecution of the bad, guilty persons serves everyone’s best interest. 
 
Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty spent much of the weekend scolding other western countries, in particular the United States, for slow action on delivering stimulus packages and implementing reforms in their banking systems. He should take a look around his own backyard.. Where is all that money the Harper Conservatives promised to start rebuilding the Canadian economy? what’s stopping him from speeding up the response in Canada? He is the finance minister, after all.  it is less clear that the Harper Conservatives have delivered on promises to move swiftly to stimulate the Canadian economy.   “We are facing harsh economic conditions, and while the government must be applauded for its budget focus on infrastructure and job creation, we are concerned that delays in announcing details on how municipalities can access the fund might mean that we will lose this construction season,” Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly. The economic problems have only deepened. The longer Ottawa drags out this process, the longer a recovery will be delayed. By the time municipalities get approval from Ottawa and the province for their projects and then qualify for funding with CMHC, several more months will likely pass. .  Diane Finley, minister responsible for the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corp., announced a $2-billion fund for low-cost loans to municipalities. The money will help municipalities cover their share of funding for infrastructure projects. Typically, these projects comprise equal one-third funding shares from the federal, provincial and municipal governments. The difficulty for smaller municipalities in regions with less boisterous economies is coming up with their share to participate in these federal programs.  http://thechronicleherald.ca/Columnists/1119056.html Ottawa’s ‘concern’ reaches out to Strathcona voters  Edmonton Journal –  The answer is furnished by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who — in his photograph — sits back on a chesterfield with a gorgeous flower pillow 
  
and when they do, it is because they often have borrowed money from the money from some other budget of theirs, and next it has to be repaid, so that money is actually not available for any real expenditure programs. More jobs now are still being lost, access to capital is still squeezed, provincial tax revenues are shrinking and people are also still having trouble getting employment insurance benefits in a timely manner. A federal budget focus on infrastructure and job creation based on Municipal projects mostly is also a very bad approach.. Business persons also now need real support as well to develop, to find new effective products, services, markets. A lot more real effective work needs to be done by the finance minister and the federal government still as well.. Now do it.. Action speak louder over  cheap words.   

 

 
“Now friends, I am not here to tell you everything we are doing as a government is perfect. We are operating in a very difficult political and economic environment. Options are limited, risk is everywhere, but I can tell you we are on the right track” PM Stephen Harper  http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=1547376
 
 
PM STEPHEN HARPER OFTEN REMINDS ME OF THE BAD RCMP,  even in that both have to use PR, public relationships promotions to advertise their supposed effectiveness because it is clear THAT OTHERWISE it is still very not directly obvious to most of the citizens.. because it does not exist, is a falsehood..
 

Harper missing while we struggle Windsor Star –  Stephen Harper and the Conservative government don’t seem to have any plan for Canada today or in the future

 
Inspector found problems with Maple Leaf plant’s records before outbreak Tue Apr 28,  TORONTO – The Maple Leaf plant at the centre of last summer’s deadly listeriosis outbreak wasn’t properly recording the cleaning of its meat slicing equipment earlier in the year, federal inspection records reveal.
 
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Unemployment insurance claims show recession afflicting all parts of Canada Tue Apr 28,  OTTAWA – The worst recession in decades is not choosing favourites, hammering Canadian workers regardless of where they live, new data on employment insurance payouts show.
 

THE SAD REALITY IS THE LIBERAL BC GOVERNMENT IS NOT MUCH BETTER ITSELF NOW..
 
Province refused to release report on welfare leavers, The British Columbia government has suppressed a report on what happens to people who leave the province’s welfare system,

Welfare to work CEO got million dollar raise  April 22, 2009 12:57 pm The CEO of an American company that provides job placement services to British Columbia welfare recipients got a $1 million pay raise in 2008. A single person on welfare in B.C. who is classified as “expected to work” receives $610 a month, or $7,320 a year. The company’s former vice president responsible for government relations and communications, Robin Adair, is now a B.C. Liberal Party candidate in Saanich South.

Auditor General slams BC failure on homelessness The British Columbia government has so far failed to develop a plan to reduce homelessness, according to a report released by Auditor General John Doyle  “We found significant activity and resources being applied to homelessness issues but there is no provincial homelessness plan with clear goals and objectives,” Doyle wrote. “The absence of clear goals and objectives raises questions about whether the right breadth and intensity of strategies are being deployed.” The government does not even have a grasp of the size of the problem, he said. “The lack of good comprehensive information about the nature and extent of homelessness in the province” makes it difficult to plan, he said. The only figures available are from homelessness counts conducted by municipalities and regional districts that likely underestimate the problem, he said. Those counts have been rising. “The continuing increase in the number of homeless counted suggests a lack of success in managing homelessness, let alone reducing it.” There is a good financial case to be made for better addressing homelessness, he said. “The cost of public services to a homeless person is significantly higher than to that same person being provided with appropriate housing and support services.”

 

 

DO IT NOW! HELP US NOW, political cartoons
 

April 27, 2009

swine flu – influenza A (H1N1)

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Worst yet to come Edmonton Sun –  Health officials are warning Albertans to brace for a boom in the number of people who will fall severely ill with H1N1 as the virus hits its peak.

Alberta hospitals feel flu pressure Vancouver Sun

Do see also http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/11/02/harper-government-failed-miserably-on-swine-flu/

 

 H1N1 vaccine will arrive too late, scientists warn Toronto Star –   Swine flu is likely to reach its epidemic peak this fall a full month before Canada has vaccines to prevent it, a major new study shows. And they were right too…

Studies: Fighting swine flu may be more manageable The Associated Press

New York Times – U.S. News & World Report – CIDRAP  – Wikipedia: 2009 flu pandemic
all 4,378 news articles »

 The news media cannot seem to portray an accurate figure of the number of people hospitalized with Swine flu in Canada?

Public health officials seriously do claim that the coming flu season will see a surge of new cases of this bad bug and that now next millions will die. Many  people area already aware that they should wash their hands to avoid spreading the flu and need a reminder.. All the latest talk in the news media is about how Stephen Harper is spending five times more money, 34 million dollars and likely to his friends too,  promoting his infrastructure spending than on the public health campaign is also a  reminder people that Health Canada is already mailing out to various native communities body bags as well.  Many people rightfully do  think that more should be done to help the public avoid this terrible affliction but PM Stephen Harper as usual is  using his office to play political games instead of really looking  after the good welfare of us all. Doing now hypocritically in office what he in opposition bashed the others for doing too.  Unacceptable. Tell him I said so as well.

A survey of people hospitalized because of swine flu in California has found that obesity was almost as common in them as diabetes, heart disease and pregnancy, all conditions known to raise a person’s risk of complications from influenza. Previously healthy patients around the age of 40 have a high at risk of becoming severely ill with swine flu, a Canadian study suggests.While most seasonal flu viruses hit children and the elderly the hardest, swine flu is atypical in that its most virulent cases appear to occur amongst otherwise healthy adults, according to a study by the Canadian Critical Care Trial Group. “It’s worrisome” .  

In Canada, 71 people have died from the H1N1 virus, according to the latest numbers from the Public Health Agency of Canada. Nearly 1,400 Canadians have been hospitalized, 240 of whom were admitted to an intensive care unit, as of Aug. 8.2009  Earlier this week, the World Health Organization reported 1,799 deaths from the pandemic since the new virus was uncovered in April.  http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/Google+launches+fight+site/1913724/story.html

  
*Study bolsters evidence new H1N1  flu, swine flu, came from pigs.  The new H1N1 virus, which has caused the first pandemic of the 21st century, appears to have been circulating undetected among pigs for years, researchers reported on Thursday. Although health officials have been watching for new influenza viruses in humans, animal health regulators have missed the opportunity to check swine, the researchers reported. *Researchers say swine surveillance neglected   
 
We found that the common ancestor of the (new H1N1) outbreak and the closest related swine viruses existed between 9.2 and 17.2 years ago, depending on the genomic segment, hence the ancestors of the epidemic have been circulating undetected for about a decade,” they wrote. “Thus, this genomic structure may have been circulating in pigs for several years before emergence in humans,” they added.
 
  OTTAWA – June 6, 2009 Canada’s caseload of the new swine flu virus has topped the 2,000 mark. The Public Health Agency of Canada says the number of cases since April now stands at 2,115, including three deaths. Since Wednesday there have been 320 new cases reported, about half of those in Ontario. Ontario reported 184 new cases since Wednesday, pushing the provincial total to 1,078, more than twice as many as any other province. Quebec has had 437 cases. Saskatchewan has the third highest swine flu numbers at 179. Ontario also had a similar-sized spike in its total number of cases earlier this week, with 179 reported between Monday and Wednesday. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090605/national/flu_canada  There is still a need to be vigilant.
 
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ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, Alta. — Arnold Van Ginkel says his flu-stricken Alberta hog farm and his livelihood are hanging in limbo while the government dithers over what to do with his 2,200 pigs.
 
 For the 37-year-old farmer, a Dutch immigrant, the solution is simple: destroy all the animals and compensate him for his loss. “I think they should depopulate the herd as soon as possible and give me compensation for the animals, give me compensation for the loss of income and everybody can go back to normal life,” Van Ginkel said Monday.” Money from a stingy, cheap Albertan Government? dream on.. they will sell the sick pigs first likely instead. 
    
Entire Alta. herd of 3,000 hogs culled due to lingering effects of swine flu Sun Jun 7, 7:09 PM  ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, Alta. – A central Alberta pig farmer whose herd was infected with the new swine flu virus culled his entire herd last week, according to a news release issued by Alberta Pork on Sunday.  The farmer, Arnold Van Ginkel, said the virus was still present in his herd and the animals couldn’t be marketed because they were under quarantine and he was facing a problem with overcrowding.
 
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Pregnant women are at higher risk for A/H1N1 flu because pregnancy weakens a woman’s immune system, according to doctors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  

WE ALL  CANNOT TRUST THE RCMP, or Stephen Harper, Lawyers, our politicians   ‘OTTAWA, CALGARY, TORONTO — Farmers debated culls and Canadian politicians dished out pork yesterday as pig producers faced a consumer-confidence crisis brought on by a new flu strain that has passed from swine to humans and back again.

“What is clear is that there is no concern about the safety of pork,” Jurgen Preugschas, chair of the Canadian Pork Council, said as MPs and staffers wolfed down pulled-pork sandwiches served by federal cabinet ministers in a courtyard of Parliament Hill’s East Block. Mr. Preugschas urged Canadian families to eat pork and help pig farmers who have seen their meagre profits whittled away by fears that the A/H1N1 virus could somehow be passed through the food chain. But the public-relations gesture that filled political bellies was undermined when a World Health Organization official was quoted by Reuters yesterday saying that meat from pigs infected with the new virus shouldn’t be consumed.’ 

In an e-mail exchange with The Globe and Mail, the director of WHO’s Department of Food Safety, Zoonoses and Foodborne Diseases cautioned consumers against eating meat from sick or dead pigs infected with swine flu because the virus may survive the freezing process. “Almost all microorganisms, including most viruses, can to some degree survive freezing,” Jorgen Schlundt said. But Dr. Schlundt stressed that influenza viruses are not known to be transmissible to people through eating COOKED pork. “Heat treatments commonly used in cooking meat will readily inactivate any viruses potentially present in raw meat products,” he added.  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090507.wflu07art2257/BNStory/National/home

 Jorgen Schlundt, director of the World Health Organisation’s Department of Food Safety, Zoonoses and Foodborne Diseases, said care must be taken to ensure that pigs and their meat were checked for all diseases, including the H1N1 virus that may be present in the blood of infected animals.

“Meat from sick pigs or pigs found dead should not be processed or used for human consumption under any circumstances,” he told Reuters.  It is possible for flu viruses such as the new H1N1 strain to survive the freezing process and be present in thawed meat, as well as in blood, the expert said. But he stressed that there was no risk of infection from eating or handling pork so long as normal precautions were adhered to.  “While it is possible for influenza viruses to survive the freezing process and be present on thawed meat, there are no data available on the survival of Influenza A/H1N1 on meat nor any data on the infectious dose for people,” he wrote in an email reply to questions from Reuters about risks from the respiratory secretions and blood of infected pigs.  Schlundt said it was still unclear whether and how long the virus, which is commonly known as swine flu but also contains human and avian flu pieces, would be present in the blood and meat-juices of animals which contracted it. “The likelihood of influenza viruses to be in the blood of an infected animal depends on the specific virus. Blood (and meat-juice) from influenza H1N1-infected pigs may potentially contain virus, but at present, this has not been established,” he said. The WHO has urged veterinarians, farm hands and slaughterhouse workers to exercise caution in their contact with pigs to avoid contamination until more is known about how it manifests in the animals.  “In general, we recommend that persons involved in activities where they could come in contact with large amounts of blood and secretions, such as those slaughtering/eviscerating pigs, wear appropriate protective equipment,” Schlundt said.

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 WE ALL  CANNOT TRUST THE RCMP EVEN NOT TO LIE SO HOW CAN WE TRUST ANYONE ELSE? THE PORK PRODUCERS, SPIN DOCTORS LIE ABOUT PIGS NOW AS WELL.  REALITY- A DEAD PIG EVEN WITH A FLU  CAN NEXT LIKELY PASS IT ON TO YOU IF YOU HANDLE THE MEAT, RELATED BLOOD BEFORE IT IS FULLY COOKED. DO YOU TRUST ALL OF THE PORK PRODUCERS TO SLAUGHTER ALL THE SICK PIGS AND NOT TRY TO SELL ANY OF THEM ON THE MARKET NEXT ? I DO NOT. WE DO NOT  HAVE ENOUGH HEALTH INSPECTORS IN CANADA EVEN TO INSURE THIS DOES NOT  HAPPEN AS WELL.  

The World Health Organization said Friday it has confirmed 2,500 cases worldwide in 25 countries. Forty-four deaths have been confirmed in Mexico and two in the United States.  Briand, acting director of the global influenza program, said results from Mexico suggest there are two main groups of people who have died from swine flu.  Most were individuals with other underlying chronic conditions such as diabetes, tuberculosis or cardiovascular disease. However, some patients who died were otherwise healthy young people whose health quickly deteriorated after catching swine flu. Most such patients died from acute pneumonia

The microbes mutate easily and have morphed into dangerous strains. The most devastating pandemic began in 1918 and is estimated to have killed as many as 100 million people worldwide. So when reports emerged from Mexico of a new virus that most people might have no immunity against, and that appeared to be spreading easily from person to person, the world went on high alert. The current virus could mutate at any moment to become more lethal. The 1918 flu began with a mild spring wave, followed by a devastating return in the fall. “We’re dancing with this virus right now, and no one knows what will be the next step that the virus will take,” Osterholm said. “All of us have to understand that we are not done with this dance yet it – not by a long shot.” http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/world/stories/DN-hype_08nat.ART.State.Edition1.4c99fc8.html

World Health Organization announced that it will henceforth refer to this flu as influenza A (H1N1)   Canadian health officials  American officials changed their nomenclature  too. 

 Simple Ways to Stay Healthy
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advice on protecting yourself against swine flu:
— Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throw the tissue in the trash.
— Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleansers are also effective.
— Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. That’s a major route of entry into your body.
–Try to avoid close contact with sick people or those in close contact with sick people.
–The virus can remain on objects previously touched by infected people, so regular hand washing is very important.
— Influenza is thought to spread from the coughing or sneezing of infected people.
— If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them

With fears deepening Wednesday over the outbreak of swine flu  – influenza A (H1N1) around the world, at least 10 countries — from China to Russia to Ukraine to Ecuador — have established bans on the importing of all pork products, despite a declaration from the World Health Organization that the virus cannot be transmitted by eating COOKED pork. “There is no risk of infection from this virus from consumption of well-cooked pork and pork products,” the W.H.O. said in a statement.  Swine flu has sickened at least 2,500 people in Mexico, and all 159 deaths believed attributable to the flu have occurred there. Outside Mexico, several countries reported new cases. The W.H.O. has documented 64 cases in the United States and six in Canada.     http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/30/health/30flu.html

 EDMONTON – Alberta’s chief medical officer has finally confirmed two mild cases of swine flu – influenza A (H1N1) -one in Calgary and the other in the northern part of the province. Dr. Andre Corriveau says both individuals are male and contracted the influenza virus during recent travel to Mexico.  Neither man was hospitalized.  Corriveau says the Alberta cases are similar to ones in Nova Scotia, British Columbia and across the United States in that they are not severe.  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090428/national/swine_flu_canada there are now 235 cases in Canada and one Albertan death that the Albertan goivernment had  took a long time to admit.  

Swine flu likely to worsen in Canada, says top health official   27 Apr 2009 …  Canadians,should,expect,to,see,more,severe,cases,of,swine,flu,-influenza A (H1N1) -including CBC News.  Simply because we are seeing mild cases so far does not mean we will not next.. PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM IT ALREADY. One person in Alberta apparently0swine

An outbreak that has killed more than 100 people in Mexico was caused by a new strain of swine influenza “that can attack anyone,” Mexico’s health minister said.  ,” Jose Angel Cordova Villalobos said on April 24. The outbreak, which Mexican authorities began reporting April 18, is being investigated by public health officials throughout North America. So far, cases in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico suggest human-to-human transmission of this new swine flu virus occurred. Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control confirmed that samples from Mexico were a new strain of swine flu – influenza A (H1N1).

 
In the meantime, the following is a summary of frequently asked questions about swine influenza – influenza A (H1N1)  prepared by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
What is swine influenza – influenza A (H1N1)
Swine influenza (swine flu) is caused by type A influenza virus and gives pigs the flu. Swine flu viruses cause regular outbreaks of flu in pigs but death is infrequent. The viruses may circulate among pigs throughout the year, but most outbreaks occur during the late fall and winter months similar to outbreaks in humans. The classical swine flu virus (an influenza type A H1N1 virus) was first isolated from a pig in 1930.
 
Viral vocabulary
Epidemic: A disease that occurs in an unusually high number of individuals in a community at the same time. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says that to epidemiologists the terms “epidemic” and “outbreak” basically mean the same thing, and “outbreak” is often used to avoid sensationalism. The World Health Organization (WHO) says, “A disease outbreak is the occurrence of cases of disease in excess of what would normally be expected in a defined community, geographical area or season. An outbreak may occur in a restricted geographical area, or may extend over several countries. It may last for a few days or weeks, or for several years.” SARS was considered an epidemic in Canada.
Pandemic: A very widespread, often global, disease. According to the World Health Organization, “An influenza pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus appears against which the human population has no immunity, resulting in epidemics worldwide with enormous numbers of deaths and illness.”
Endemic: A disease that is constantly present, usually in low numbers in a population.
 
How many swine flu viruses are there?
Like all flu viruses, swine flu viruses change constantly. Pigs can be infected by avian, human and swine influenza viruses. When influenza viruses from different species infect pigs, the viruses can reassort and new ones emerge that are a mix of swine, human and/or avian influenza viruses. Over the years, different variations of swine flu viruses have emerged. Right now, there are four main influenza type A virus subtypes that have been isolated in pigs: H1N1, H1N2, H3N2, and H3N1. However, most of the recently isolated influenza viruses from pigs have been H1N1 viruses.
 
Can humans catch swine flu?
Swine flu viruses do not normally infect humans NOT TILL NOW. However, sporadic human infections with swine flu have occurred. Most commonly, these cases occur in persons with direct exposure to pigs, such as children near pigs at a fair or workers in the swine industry.
 
There have been documented cases of one person spreading swine flu to others. In 1988, an outbreak of apparent swine flu infection in pigs in Wisconsin resulted in multiple human infections, and although no community outbreak resulted, there was antibody evidence of virus transmission from the patient to health care workers who had close contact with the patient.
 
Can people catch swine flu from eating pork?
  Swine flu viruses are   transmitted by food. You cannot get swine flu from eating cooked  pork or pork products. But you can get swine flu from handling, eating  uncooked pork . You can get sick from putting uncooked or undercooked pork in your mouth, and you  can get thus get swine flu.
 
It’s also  possible to catch swine flu from eating fruits and vegetables imported from Mexico. Swine flu — like all influenza viruses — is generally not a food-borne illness UNLESS THE FLU IS ON THE SURFACE OF THE FRUIT WHERE IT CAN LIVE FOR 3-4 WEEKS TOO..
 
How common is swine flu infection in humans?
BUT NOW  EVERYDAY IN THE NEWS WE CAN READ MORE AND MORE PEOPLE GETTING SICK WITH IT..
 
 
How does swine flu spread?
Influenza viruses can be directly transmitted from pigs to people and from people to pigs. Human infection with swine flu viruses are most likely to occur when people are in close proximity to infected pigs, such as in pig barns and livestock exhibits at fairs.
Human-to-human transmission of swine flu can also occur. This is thought to occur in the same way as seasonal flu occurs in people, which is mainly person-to-person transmission through coughing or sneezing of people infected with the flu virus. People may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
 
What is known about human-to-human spread of swine flu –  influenza A (H1N1)  ?
In September 1988, a healthy 32-year-old pregnant woman was hospitalized for pneumonia and died eight days later. A swine H1N1 flu virus was detected. Four days before getting sick, she had visited a county fair swine exhibition where there was widespread flu-like illness among the pigs.
In follow-up studies, 76 per cent of swine exhibitors tested had antibody evidence of swine flu infection but no serious illnesses were detected among this group. Additional studies suggest that one to three health care personnel who had contact with the patient developed mild influenza-like illnesses with antibody evidence of swine flu infection.
 
How are human infections with swine flu – influenza A (H1N1) diagnosed?
To diagnose swine influenza A infection, a respiratory specimen is ideally collected within the first four to five days of illness and sent to the CDC for testing.
 
What medications are available to treat humans with swine flu -influenza A (H1N1)?
Four antiviral drugs are licensed for use in the United States: amantadine, rimantadine, oseltamivir and zanamivir. While most swine flu viruses have been susceptible to all four drugs, the most recent seven swine flu viruses isolated from humans are resistant to amantadine and rimantadine. Right now, the CDC recommends oseltamivir or zanamivir for the treatment and/or prevention of infection with swine flu viruses. 

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What are the   symptoms of swine flu – influenza A (H1N1) in humans?
The symptoms of swine flu in people are expected to be similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with swine flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
  
Swine flu is caused by type A influenza virus and gives pigs the flu. Swine flu viruses cause regular outbreaks of flu in pigs but death is infrequent.
Right now, there are four main influenza type A swine flu viruses that have been isolated in pigs: H1N1, H1N2, H3N2, and H3N1. Most of the recently isolated influenza viruses from pigs have been H1N1 viruses.
Swine flu viruses do not normally infect humans. However, sporadic human infections have occurred. Most commonly, these cases occur in persons with direct exposure to pigs, such as children near pigs at a fair or workers in the swine industry. In addition, there have been documented cases of one person spreading swine flu to others
The symptoms of swine flu in people are expected to be similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with swine flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. (Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  

What other examples of swine flu – influenza A (H1N1)  outbreaks are there?
The most well known outbreak of swine flu was 1976 one among soldiers in Fort Dix, N.J. The virus caused illnesses in at least four soldiers and one death; all were previously healthy. The virus was transmitted in close contact at a basic training camp. It was thought to have circulated for a month and disappeared. The source of the virus, the exact time of its introduction into Fort Dix and factors limiting its spread and duration are unknown. The outbreak may have been caused by introduction of an animal virus into a stressed human population in close contact during the winter.
Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2009/04/24/f-swineflu-faq.html

 

HUSBAND SUES PIG FARM USD 1 BILLION OVER WIFE’S H1N1 RELATED DEATH

Trunnell and his lawyer, Marc Rosenthal, do not claim that Smithfield purposely bred the virus, but rather that its Perote operation, which raises some 1 million pigs annually in close quarters, established the necessary conditions for the virus to arise. If Smithfield had taken better care of its farm, the petition claims, H1N1 might never have been introduced to the world. http://drhalimahali.wordpress.com/2009/05/16/husband-sues-pig-farm-usd-1-billion-over-wifes-h1n1-related-death/

“We think that the conditions down there are a recipe for disaster,” says Rosenthal. “This type of virus is more likely to evolve and mutate in this much filth and putrescence. It’s more than a mere coincidence that the first cases emerged right there in La Gloria, Mexico.”


H1N1 Virus: The First Legal Action Targets a Pig Farm

In an initial step toward what could be the first wrongful-death suit of its kind, Texas resident Steven Trunnell has filed a petition against Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, based in Virginia, and the owner of a massive pig farm in Perote, Mexico, near the village of La Gloria, where the earliest cases of the new H1N1 flu were detected.

Trunnell filed the petition in his home state on behalf of his late wife, Judy Dominguez Trunnell, the 33-year-old special-education teacher who on May 4 became the first U.S. resident to die of H1N1 flu. New viruses have emerged from animals to infect and kill humans for thousands of years, and while today’s factory-farming conditions may raise that risk,

Cooked pork is no threat but live pigs can get influenza as easily as people do and people, ( so wash your hands when you deal with uncooked pork)  and pigs can sometimes pass viruses back and forth. Gerardo Nava of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and colleagues reported that their genetic analysis also pointed to North American swine as a potential source of the new virus.http://www.reuters.com/article/americasCrisis/idUSN11399103

 

April 26, 2009

The Ostrich RCMP is not the only one with a bad memory

 

The Oliphant inquiry is looking into the relationship between Mulroney and businessman Karlheinz Schreiber.

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What Brian Mulroney had taken a very very large gift, alleged bribe, hundreds of thousands of Dollars from Karlheinz Schreiber and Mulroney had forgotten to declare it as an income on his income tax?  Now other people associated with Brian Mulroney also have memory problems relating to vast amount of money they too had received.. and why is that???  I do get a big kick out of these inquiry watching how the weasels try to lie their way out of the apparent wrong doings they are being charged with.. Denials, denials, denials..

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Fred Doucet “A former senior adviser to Brian Mulroney said he can’t remember writing three letters or receiving a fax regarding the purchase and delivery of Airbus planes to Air Canada. Fred Doucet, testifying at the federal inquiry into the business dealings between Karlheinz Schreiber and the former prime minister, said he had no recollection of any of the correspondence relating to Airbus that took place between 1992 and 1994. Of particular note is a fax that was sent to Doucet from Denis Biro, then Air Canada’s manager of investor relations, and a letter written by Doucet to Schreiber. Both are dated April 27, 1993, the same date that Mulroney received his first cash envelope from Schreiber at a hotel in Mirabel airport.  Earlier, Doucet testified that he also can’t remember why he received $90,000 to lobby on behalf of a company controlled by Schreiber in 1988, more than a month after he had left government. Doucet also said he also couldn’t recall the details of requesting a waiver from the government that would allow him to engage in lobbying before the mandatory one-year cooling-off period for former government employees. Doucet had been employed by Schreiber to lobby the government on behalf of the Bear Head project — a plan for a light-armoured vehicle plant in Nova Scotia. Wolson asked Doucet about an invoice for “professional services” to Schreiber’s company Bitucan Holdings dated Nov. 2 1988. “What are you invoicing him for?” Wolson asked. Invoices followed by $90,000 cheques“. I have no recollection of the invoice. My presumption is that it was for services pursuant to the project,” he said.But Wolson pointed out that around the same time, invoices were sent to Bitucan Holdings in the exact same amount from: former Newfoundland premier Frank Moores, Gerry Doucet, Fred Doucet’s brother, and Gary Ouellet, a former chief of staff to a Conservative transport minister.“ Is that just a coincidence that everyone sends an invoice, within a few weeks of one another and cheques [are] issued for $90,000?” Wolson asked.“ I would have had no knowledge of when they were sending invoices or for what purpose, or for what amounts,” Doucet said.“And it just happens to be, of all numbers, it’s the same number that you send an invoice for. Everyone does,” Wolson said.  Wolson also told the inquiry about a waiver Doucet received that allowed him to lobby the government shortly after he left.He would normally have been subject to a one-year cooling off period before being allowed to lobby any departments he had dealings with while in government.But Doucet had obtained an unusual waiver of the cooling-off provision in the federal ethics code at the time.“You asked for that waiver. It was one of the requests you had made,” Wolson said.“I have no recollection of asking for that,” Doucet said, adding that it’s possible he may have.Wolson suggested that had officials known Doucet “was involved with the Bear Head project in government that that waiver may not have occurred.“I don’t know that,” Doucet said.  http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2009/04/27/doucet-inquiry.html

 
and everyone knows that we have too many crooked cops and too many crooked ppoliticans in Canada.. 
 
Mulroney denies wrongdoing | Canada | News | but  no matter how he spins the recent polls show that it most people, 95 percent  do not believe Mulroney and still believe he is one of Canada’s biggest crooks as bad as the RCMP and Harper and his bad boys   Yeah we STILL ALL DO NEED HELP WE NEED SOMEONE TO DEAL WITH THE DIRTY RCMP,  and the dirty lying Albertan justice minister  WHO said that many of the citizens did not complain about the bad RCMP and their unneeded use of the Taser.. he is a liar like the RCMP,   Top RCMP officer gives a cheap apologize  for airport Taser death while “a lot of the criminals are already going free, the four officers involved in this latest RCMP mess for example. Oh and interesting that you bring up drunk driving causing death because only one segment of our population seems to get away with it repeatedly. Off Duty officers.”  “When an organization looks after themselves more than who they are put in place to care for, it’s time to rethink at the roots.   ”  “Fancy that, It only took the top cop 1 year and 7 months to give his  half-assed apology that they were more or less forced to give. (Public  outcry). Now if they put some of them in jail, it might show their sincere.  We know that won’t happen though, their infallible.  http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2009/05/11/bc-rcmp-apology-taser.html   http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2009/05/12/bc-taser-inquiry-wilson-dziekanski.html
 
Taser inquiry leaves RCMP image in  tatters By Don Martin, Calgary Herald April 24, 2009  The retired police officer thought  he’d seen the worst possible case of cop rot when he helped drag an RCMP  commissioner before Parliament to face cover-up perjury accusations.  But  what’s surfacing daily on the witness stand at the Braidwood Inquiry into the  Taser-triggered death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski has even Ron Lewis  mortified at the reputation ruination of Canada’s iconic police force.   In performing its duty to document the truth internally, properly brief the  public externally and testify to the facts accurately, this inquiry has become  a nightmarish example of a force that is not always with us. He admits the  force got a black eye from a prolonged pension scandal featuring nepotism,  contract irregularities and a blind-eye refusal by senior officers to enforce  the rules.  But the parade of fibbing Vancouver airport officers who  zapped a confused and unarmed immigrant five times, restraining him on the  floor until he died while a civilian’s video camera rolled from the far side  of the glass, is now giving way to evidence of a higher-level communications  whitewash where critical information was ignored, suppressed or manipulated.  In vintage Watergatish style, the cover-up is becoming worse than the  crime.  “The investigators must’ve known immediately they had a huge  problem, but didn’t handle it well out of a sense of self-preservation,” Lewis  told me. “Now they’re locked on a global stage and they can’t get off. This is  not a localized event people will easily forget. It’s going to take a  generation for a lot of this to go away.” But the problem for the force goes  beyond using excessive force against a frightened immigrant trapped alone in a  situation he could not comprehend and waving around a stapler for protection.  The pension plan fiasco was confined to the top level of the police force.  This inquiry-probing incident started at the lowest level of policing, but is  now creeping up the chain of command. http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Business/Taser+inquiry+leaves+RCMP+image+tatters/1529001/story.html   
Former PC N.L. cabinet minister fined, loses licence for failing breathalyzer 
 
 
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A former top Newfoundland and Labrador cabinet minister was fined and stripped of his driver’s licence Tuesday for failing the breathalyzer test, a   fallout of his involvement in the province’s spending scandal.
 
The RCMP, cops are not the only one who drink alcohol and drive..
 

IF THE TOO  OFTEN DIRTY RCMP  DID NOT LIKE THE JOB THEY SHOULD HAVE QUIT, AN  OPTION EVERY ONE HAS BUT I MYSELF NOW HAVE RUN INTO DIRTY RCMP OFFICERS  AT  TWO DIFFERENT AIRPORTS, Vancouver, Winnipeg  even DECADES AGO  TOO.. AND MOST RCMP OFFICER THAT I HAD ENCOUNTERED ELSEWHERE WERE ALSO LIARS,  THOSE IN Montreal, Calgary, Canmore TOO.. Reality – THE BAD RCMP PROBLEM  IS NOT JUST ONE ISOLATED CASE.. IT HAS EXISTED THE LAST 4 DECADES IN MY  WITNESS.

It’s not a knock on Kenney to say that he’s a complete political animal; there are lots of those in government, and always have been. But the question is whether he can keep distance between two jobs that should not be held by the same person. You can’t be simultaneously in charge of the country’s immigration policy and your own party’s efforts to recruit ethnic voters without facing a potential conflict of interest on a daily basis – especially if you’re a win-at-all-costs type of politician, as Kenney certainly is. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090512.WBwbradwanski20090512122149/WBStory/WBwbradwanski/

  WHY IS IT THAT THE CONSERVATIVE MINISTERS ARE SO POWER HUNGRY WHEN IT IS NOW TOO OBVIOUS TO MOST PEOPLE THEY ARE FIRSTLY STILL TOO INCOMPETENT TO HANDLE IT.

 http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/06/09/mounties-ask-b-c-court-to-bar-taser-inquiry-from-finding-misconduct/

Every day police officers leave their homes and families and put their lives on the line for a salary, cause this is what they are being paid for, hired for and this does not mean that they are now even free of any negative criticism while they are doing their paid  duties, especially when there are so many outstanding questions regarding their    inappropriate use of authority, force by too many police officers,  plus the unacceptable false  cover ups of their wrong doings and their unacceptable lying now  too.  Plus basically  nothing has even changed in the Vancouver airport customs area since the RCMP’s death of the police immigrant Dziekanski. And there are still concerns about Liberal candidate Kash Heed and his former role as West Vancouver police chief and his unexpected retirement from the force less than two years into his contract, “There’s still a lot of anger about a $40,000 severance payout even though he voluntarily quit in February, leaving many unanswered questions about his status on the force,”  to supposedly avoid legal prosecution too. “The cops have a responsibility to follow moral leadership and let me tell you, the cops do not have that here [in Abbotsford] “NDP candidate for Abbotsford South, Bonnie Rai. These are all valid issues, concerns too.

 

 

In regard to the “The Alberta Serious Response Team, an independent body, is investigating the circumstances of Prentice’s death, which happened Wednesday evening shortly after he was found knocking on the homes of strangers in a quiet cul-de-sac.
> Troubled Liberal MP Ruby Dhalla  ‘a bit of a manipulator’ By ALTHIA RAJ, Edmonton Sun
>Prentice had convictions dating back to the late ’80s and early 1990s for drug trafficking, possession and resisting arrest by NADIA.MOHARIB Edmonton Sun

Nadia  along with her colleague Althia  HAVE A BIG DIRTY MOUTH, they LIKE TO GOSSIP, LIE ABOUT AND SLANDER the dead and GOOD PEOPLE now SHOULD BASH THE bad guys, the bad RCMP RIGHTFULLY INSTEAD..  and not rather sleep with them 

April 24, 2009

Research On Real-World Behavior, Vehicular Crash Factors – deaths

 

Speaking of safety, health now too . It is absolutely shocking to me, and I  wonder how the federal government can make a budget distribution based on need, when there is no real credible statics in Canada easily, readily available as to how many people have died from all together, separately, annually for  cancer, heart attacks, diabetes, drunk driving, speeding, homicide   in Canada  and why is that? No one cares? not even the Ministers? If you have such latest real info do let us all know..

Motor Vehicular accidents and Homicides do not account for even 10 percent of the causes of all annual deaths in Canada. In an average year in Canada, impaired driving killed 1,212 persons, injured 71,532, and caused damage to 236,375 vehicles, translating into 1,010 fatal crashes, 48,890 injury-only crashes and 155,510 property-damage only crashes, totaling an average of 205,410 crashes in all?  Total Traffic collisions in Canada claimed the lives of 2,926 road users?  http://thenonconformer.blogspot.com/2007/10/policing-facts-related-to-vehicular.html

and  yet more  than 9,300 hospital patients died solely of sepsis – a form of blood poisoning caused by infections – last year in Canada, new data reveal. Last year, there were 87,612 deaths in Canadian hospitals, excluding Quebec. http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/12/11/hospital-deaths-account-for-half-of-deaths-annually/..

150,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer and 70,000people will die as a result per year?.  “Trends suggest that by 2010, cancer will be the leading cause of deaths in Canada and  will surpass heart related deaths..,” Also  1 in 4 Canadians will contract some form of heart disease . There are about 400,000 related acute care hospitalizations per year.  Cardiovascular disease is still the leading cause of deaths in Canada and accounted for at least 33% of all deaths (34% among women, 32% among men) . 75,000 Canadians suffer heart attacks each year and there has been a decreasing trend as well.  All people yes  also will die anyway sooner or later but someone needs to care about the good welfare of the living in reality now.. not in pretence

 But none of them cancer or heart patients now will get any police tickets. Why? and what only speeders, drunk drivers will?

Not one cent of tax payer’s money should ever be used to purchase alcohol at any function, on any expense account.. and all alcoholics working in the government should be fired immediately if they are not getting proper treatment for it as well.

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 Drive safely and reduce the speed, and the amount you use your car and you will less likely have your insurance rates go up.. but if that is the case why do we bother having insurance? More details…

And it   seems the police in Alberta think we are all as stupid as they are rather now too..  here is some undeniable  facts the police in Alberta and elsewhere need to be educated with:

- Alcohol use is a factor in 2 out of every 5 car accidents. Many cops drive drunk as well..
– Major cause of accidents now  also are not caused by speeding. ” The official statistics showed that only five per cent of crashes are caused by drivers breaking the speed limit. Drivers who let their attention wander cause more than six times as many accidents.” Driver error accounted for 66 per cent of accidents.. and add the road rage, impaired, drunk drivers, bad poorly maintained vehicles to that too .. Police love to lie and say that all accidents are mostly speed related, to justify their fat cow cash grabs, especially in Alberta and in Ontario now too.. they lump all of their homemade statistics as the accidents, deaths realted all to speeding.. not in reality to drunk driver, bad drivers, road rage, poor roads, bad snow cleaning.. so the annual return of cold and snow will bring out another annual event, more car accidents.
– Most reasonable and reasoning people have seen the folly of speed cameras as a mere cash grab  for decades now too.
– Driver inattention is the leading factor in most crashes.
– Men who drive under the influence of marijuana are more likely to be involved in traffic accidents and what do the traffic police do about this? nothing?
–  Most accidents occur on rural roads and not in the cities.. yet the traffic police force is mostly in the cities..
– Now the Police, also the RCMP is so ready to monitor others it firstly cannot monitor itself.. how absurd and hypocritical still too..
 
In reality the too often self serving, money hungry, promotional and empire oriented police, and their superiors, bad justice ministers, bad politicians  really do not care about the citizens good welfare but only their own still 

 

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Research On Real-World Driver Behavior, Distraction And Crash Factors     Sep 27, 2006 Driver inattention is the leading factor in most crashes and near-crashes, according to a landmark research.   Driver inattention is the leading factor in most crashes and near-crashes, according to a landmark research report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). Nearly 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involved some form of driver inattention within three seconds before the event. Primary causes of driver inattention are distracting activities, such as cell phone use, and drowsiness. “This important research illustrates the potentially dire consequences that can occur while driving distracted or drowsy.  It’s crucial that drivers always be alert when on the road,” said Jacqueline Glassman, acting administrator of NHTSA. Her remarks were made during a news conference at VTTI in Blacksburg, VA. 

   

Study Finds Correlation between Marijuana Use and Auto Accidents  A study, which was recently published by the University of Montreal in Canada, says that men who drive under the influence of marijuana are more likely to be involved in traffic accidents. A senior author of the study, Jacques Bergeron, wrote the following about his research conclusions: “Individuals scoring high on impulsivity or sensation-seeking scales demonstrated an elevated risk of driving under the influence of cannabis.”The study found that men who use marijuana are much more likely to be involved in accidents. In fact, of the 83 participants who were surveyed, 35 percent had been involved in a crash, resulting in material damages within the previous three years. Of these 83 men, 30 percent said that they had used pot and 80 percent of those said that they had driven under the influence of marijuana at least once in the year before the study. The age range of the men who were interviewed ran from 17 to 49 years old. The study itself was published in the journal: Accident Analysis & Prevention.

 

Study Shows that High Mileage Drivers are More Accident Prone   A recent study, released by Quality Planning, concludes that drivers who spend more time on the road and behind the wheel actually have a higher incidence of traffic accidents. This may be because the ratio of driving time to accidents is not taken into consideration; however, many drivers who use their cars for under 3,000 miles of driving each year have begun to demand lower rates from their insurance companies.  Such drivers are 44% less likely to be involved in an accident than those who drove an average amount. Those drivers who were behind the wheel for more than 28,000 miles each year are 28% more prone to accidents.

 

Driving While Intoxicated in Texas Texas Department of Transportation, Dec 28, 2006 About every 20 minutes in Texas, someone is hurt or killed in a crash involving alcohol.

  

 
 

CALGARY AND EDMONTON POLICE these days still ISSUE MORE TRAFFIC TICKETS OVER ANY OTHER CITIES  IN CANADA AND  FOR DECADES NOW TOO!
  
Anyone who thinks the cops here are being honest, serving the public is a fool..

do see the related posts: 

The BC justice minister is clearly scared to prosecute the dirty RCMP because he is guilty himself.. many unpaid speeding tickets.. The citizens expected their Attorney General’s Office to conduct a fair and comprehensive investigation of all police  matters too to determine if there is evidence of criminal wrongdoing but he could not do so cause his hands were tied..

also in reality it is also an undeniable  fact that the police do immorally and specially target people who complain about the police, having been a police complainer and next  a target for many years myself I know what I am talking about. But what there is more too…

 PS: Transport Canada Transports Canada Road Safety in Canada – 2000  October 2003 ***
 
Prepared For: The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) Standing Committee on Road Safety Research and Policies Prepared by: Transport Canada Road Safety and Motor Vehicle Regulations Directorate  
 
Canada had almost 21 million licensed drivers in 2000, Despite huge improvements in road safety, nearly 3000 Canadians die on the roads every year Improvements notwithstanding, Traffic fatalities accounted for 93 percent of transportation fatalities nationwide in 2000. Traffic collisions in Canada claimed the lives of 2,926 road users and injured another 227,403 in 2000. 

  

Comparison of Fatalities by Mode of Transportation, 2000
Road 93%
Air 3%
Rail 3%
Marine 1% 
 
A profile of collisions in Canada
In Canada, there were approximately 1,700 motor vehicle collisions every day during 2000, of which about 75 percent resulted in property damage only, and 25 percent involved an injury or a death. 
In 2000, eight people died on our roads every day, and 623 were injured, 2,566 fatal collisions
  
 Two-thirds of fatal collisions occurred on rural roads  Most deadly collisions took place on rural roads – primary and secondary highways and local roads  Approximately 67 percent of the 2,566 fatal collisions occurred on rural roads in 2000. Of all injury collisions, 42,700 or 28 percent occurred on rural roads, while the majority occurred in urban areas . ( ***These figures are still unreliable, they seem to assume that speeding is a major cause of the accidents, there is generally no proof of that, not even in the police reports, rather speeding was, is not the main cause, Drunk driving was, is, and impaired driving, road rage, reckless drivers etc.,,)
 
Motor Vehicle Traffic Collisions 1991-2000
Three out of four serious collisions occurred in clear weather  road conditions for traffic deaths and injuries. But, in fact, the majority of collisions causing death and injury occurred in clear weather on straight, level roads with a dry road surface.( The drunk drivers drive often and have accidents on good roads, and good days )  More than half of fatal collisions and two thirds of the injury collisions occurred on such roads and the proportion of crashes on these roads has been on the increase. Almost one in five fatal collisions occurred on Saturday  A single three-hour time period, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., posed the highest risk for fatal crashes and those producing injuries. This high-risk time period was even riskier on weekends. Saturday was the peak day for fatal collisions, although the period from midnight to 3:00 a.m. was the most risky. Friday was the peak day for injuries. Fewer serious crashes occurred on weekdays, with Monday the safest day by a slight edge. 
 

July and August observed the highest frequencies of fatal collisions  On average, the peak months for fatal collisions were July and August. Injury collisions were also consistent: injury collisions involving two vehicles peaked in June, July and August, while single-vehicle injury collisions often peaked in November and December. 
 
The number of motor vehicles involved in crashes each year was still over 1.1 million in 2000, displayed by collision severity and vehicle type..  automobiles, light trucks and vans are most frequently involved in collisions.
 
The alcohol-related casualty figures remain grim. Of almost 3000 road users killed in 2000, alcohol was a factor in approximately 1000 deaths. Many of the fatally injured drivers who had consumed alcohol were severely impaired is about 40 percent.. Not all persons who have been in an accident have been test for alcohol consumption http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/roadsafety/tp-tp3322-2005-page6-654.htm
 
9 out of 10 Canadians buckle up!  Seat belt use by Canadians is ranked among the highest in the world. 40 percent of Canadians killed had not buckled up Most Canadians believe that seat belts will reduce the risk of death and injury; yet, almost 40 percent of motor vehicle occupants who died were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision. Among those seriously injured, 20 percent were not wearing their seat belts.
 
Seventy-six percent of road user fatalities are occupants of motor vehicles. Drivers accounted for 50 percent and passengers 26 percent. 
 
Fatalities by Road User Class, 2000
Cyclists 1%
Motorcyclists 5%
Other 5%
Pedestrians 13%
Passengers 26%
Drivers 50%
 
Almost all Canadians, regardless of age group, were safer on the roads Almost all Canadians, regardless of age group, were safer on the roads, but two age groups showed increases in fatalities of 19 percent and 21 percent in the 45-54 and the unknown age groups, respectively, over the 10-year period. The 45-54 age group posted a strong increase in population as mentioned above.  All age groups under 35 years of age showed strong double-digit decreases in injuries. Injuries in all age groups over 34 years of age increased from 1991 to 2000 and were most notable in the 45-54, 65 and over, and unknown age groups showing increases of 28 percent, 12 percent and 52 percent, respectively. Commercial vehicle collisions accounted for one in five deaths In the National Safety Code for Motor Carriers, commercial vehicle is defined as a truck, tractor, or -trailer, or combination thereof exceeding a registered gross weight of 4 500 kilograms; or a bus designed, constructed and used for the transportation of passengers with a designated seating capacity of more than 10, including the driver, but excluding the operation for personal use.   The National Safety Code currently contains 15 standards addressing factors necessary for the safe operation of all commercial vehicles.  The federal government has jurisdiction under the Motor Vehicle Transport Act to regulate truck and bus carriers that operate beyond the limits of a province.  The Act creates a framework for shared responsibility between federal and provincial governments for the safe operation of motor carriers.  The provinces and territories regulate the operations of carriers within their respective jurisdictions.  Over the period 1991 to 2000, injuries resulting from commercial vehicle collisions fell from 15,564 to 14,860; and fewer people died – a decrease from 662 to 587.  As impressive as these improvements are, however, commercial vehicle crashes are often deadly, and particularly dangerous to other users of the road. Although commercial vehicles, on average, accounted for approximately 8 to 9 percent of all vehicles involved in crashes, they accounted for an average of 19 percent of all road user fatalities or one in five road fatalities in Canada. 
 
By far the majority of victims in commercial vehicle crashes were the occupants of the other vehicles involved. In 2000, for example, crashes involving commercial vehicles killed 587 persons; 447 of whom were occupants of the other vehicles involved. 
 
School bus travel is very safe The number of school bus occupants fatally injured over the ten-year period was ten, two drivers and eight passengers. From 1995 to 2000, only three passengers of school buses were killed.
 
While vehicle occupants account for over 75 percent of the deaths and injuries the  pedestrians still do face considerable risks. Crashes involving these vulnerable road users claimed 567 lives in 2000.   Motorcyclists accounted for one in 18 fatalities Motorcycle registrations in Canada  311,000 in 2000. In 2000, there was one motorcycle for every 57 motor vehicles registered. Nonetheless, motorcyclists still accounted for almost six percent  00-04
 
The above extracts from the Traffic Accident Information Database reflect a compilation of the collision statistics most frequently requested through our information desk, web site and communications group.    To find out more about national road safety programs and initiatives, call Transport Canada toll free at 1-800-333-0371 or (613) 998-8616 if you are calling from the Ottawa area, or e-mail comments or questions to roadsafetywebmail@tc.gc.ca. You can also visit the Transport Canada web site at www.tc.gc.ca, where you will find links to related sites involving safety, including all provincial sites.  Sources of information: Transport Canada, Road Safety, Traffic Accident Information Database (TRAID) Traffic Injury Research Foundation, The Alcohol-Crash Problem in Canada: 2000. Statistics Canada, Canadian Vehicle Survey: 2000. Data for 1998 and 1999 in the above tables were restated where necessary due to the receipt of updated information.  

 

 http://www.ccmta.ca/english/pdf/state_of_road_safety00.pdf

 

 

Unacceptable still

 
Our federal ,  provincial,  municipal  governments unacceptably  seem to  work slow, if at all,  when it comes to looking after the citizens good welfare..
 
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OTTAWA — Rapid contractions of both the Canadian economy and the job market eclipsed the Harper government’s stimulus package before the first dollar was dispensed, an economic think-tank says in study to be released Monday. The study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says the stimulus package laid out in the Jan. 27 budget was too small, too late and failed to direct the money where Canadians would get the most bang for their buck. “The size of the federal government’s stimulus package is out of proportion to the threat that Canadians are currently facing and have already ensured,” says the report, entitled Too Little Too Late. Written by CCPA economist David Macdonald, the study urged Prime Minister Stephen Harper to increase the stimulus effort. The government ‘s    $29-billion stimulus package .. the economic impact of the stimulus package was “exhausted” by the end of December, almost one month before the government introduced the package, CCPA said. The study faults the government’s infrastructure program for relying too heavily on matching funds from cash-strapped provinces and municipalities, saying it will almost inevitably mean a delay in the flow of money. http://www.canada.com/business/fp/Ottawa+stimulus+exhausted+before+money+released+think+tank/1467009/story.html
 
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- Health Canada’s poor concern for the citizens good welfare is still unacceptable..
 
Revise listeriosis report, feds tell Ontario official Thu Apr 23, 7:24 PM OTTAWA – The heads of three federal agencies pivotal to last summer’s listeriosis crisis want a damning report by Ontario’s top public health official “clarified and corrected.” The most senior officials at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada demanded the revisions in a recent letter to Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s acting chief medical officer of health. Williams’ report, released last Friday, rapped the knuckles of federal and provincial health authorities for failing to work together during the outbreak.  Twenty-two people died and hundreds more fell ill after eating contaminated deli meats from a Maple Leaf Foods plant in Toronto.  The letter says Toronto public health officials hampered the investigation by not including enough identifying information on food samples collected from Toronto hospitals and nursing homes that tested positive for Listeria. Williams’ report likewise singles out the Public Health Agency for not playing a leadership role during the outbreak.

- The poor attitude that too many persons have towards our natives especially in the governments, public and civil servants is unacceptable

Case of missing Quebec teens highlights lax attitude to native disappearances Thu Apr 23, 7:11 PM MONTREAL – The mysterious disappearance of two teens from a northwestern Quebec town and the lack of exposure that has followed is symptomatic of a double standard toward missing native women, rights’ advocates say.

 

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RCMP Taser trainees told jolts don’t hurt heart or respiration, inquiry hears Thu Apr 23, 8:16 PM  VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Mounties who confronted Robert Dziekanski and stunned him with a Taser were told in training there’s no medical evidence the high-voltage device disrupts breathing or the heart, says the officer who trained them..  The veteran officer, who also teaches other Mounties to be Taser instructors, revealed he has never seen the infamous video of Dziekanski’s final moments that in part sparked this inquiry.  “You would wonder how the use-of-force expert for the province of British Columbia for the RCMP would not have taken the opportunity to review a Tasering event that has attracted worldwide attention,” said Walter Kosteckyj, lawyer for Dziekanski’s mother Zofia Cisowski.  Campaigning B.C. Green party leader Jane Sterk took advantage of the inquiry to call for banning Taser use and replacing the RCMP with a provincial police force.  

-These stinky cops have no empathy nor sympathy for the average citizen except their own behinds, all the officers involved in Mr. Dziekanski murder should have been shot by .. .
 
-nothing the RCMP has to say has merit
 
-maybe one Taser wont do anything to you but 4 or 5 Tasers right after another probably will…get those trainee back in class and shoot them 4 or 5 times…lets see there reaction….i felt a Taser and that fun thing gave my heart a jump start…so i can imagine what 4 or 5 right after another will do….id rather be shot then tazered,id have a better chance for survival.
 
-charge the 4 officers with murder enough is enough to stand by and watch these 4 idiots and the upper echelon of the police make a mockery of the inquiry process with their continuing lies
 
-The R.C.M.P. and the government have made a farce of this inquiry……………. ..remember this the next time you vote, eh………………  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090423/national/taser_inquiry 
 

 

The RCMP made a mistake by waiting 14 months before correcting misinformation about a fatal incident involving four Mounties at Vancouver’s airport, a media relations officer said Wednesday at the Braidwood inquiry.  Cpl. Dale Carr told the inquiry, which is probing the death of Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver International Airport after he was Tasered five times at about 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 14, 2007.   that the misinformation initially put out by the RCMP could have compromised the investigation http://www.vancouversun.com/News/Mountie+admits+RCMP+conveyed+misinformation/1525511/story.html

 
This was no mistake, this was an unacceptable blatant lie  where real, serious punishment should be applied to all the RCMP personnel  involved.

The inquiry heard last month that in the first two days after Dziekanski died on Oct. 14, 2007, the RCMP’s public statements on the incident contained false information about how many officers were involved, how many times Dziekanski was stunned and what state Dziekanski was in when approached by officers.

Inquiry commissioner Thomas Braidwood ruled that Supt. Wayne Rideout could only address his decisions about what RCMP media spokespeople had told the public following Dziekanski’s death — despite a request by the lawyer for the Polish government to expand the scope of questions Rideout can be asked when he returns. Don Rosenbloom wanted to question Rideout about why the RCMP fought to withhold amateur video of the Taser incident, and why investigators failed to question the four Mounties who were deployed to handle Dziekanski when discrepancies were discovered in their statements.

Every day police officers leave their homes and families and put their lives on the line for a salary, cause this is what they are being paid for, hired for and this does not mean that they are now even free of any negative criticism while they are doing their paid  duties, especially when there are so many outstanding questions regarding their    inappropriate use of authority, force by too many police officers,  plus the unacceptable false  cover ups of their wrong doings and their unacceptable lying now  too.  Plus basically  nothing has even changed in the Vancouver airport customs area since the RCMP’s death of the police immigrant Dziekanski. And there are still concerns about Liberal candidate Kash Heed and his former role as West Vancouver police chief and his unexpected retirement from the force less than two years into his contract, “There’s still a lot of anger about a $40,000 severance payout even though he voluntarily quit in February, leaving many unanswered questions about his status on the force,”  to supposedly avoid legal prosecution too. “The cops have a responsibility to follow moral leadership and let me tell you, the cops do not have that here [in Abbotsford] “NDP candidate for Abbotsford South, Bonnie Rai. These are all valid issues, concerns too.  

 

Mulroney didn’t want cash made public, probe told  Toronto Star –  OTTAWA–Author William Kaplan said yesterday Brian Mulroney repeatedly tried to stop him from making public that the former prime minister took cash from arms dealer Karlheinz Schreiber.

 

I am often still surprised also to  how supposedly professing Christian Churches, persons do wrongfully still do deviate from what the Bible says, these often mere parrots tend to follow some of their past leaders doctrinal statements and not the Bible too.. I know that they do  have a hidden agenda and that they  are twisting their messages   to suit it.. thus not giving honest Biblical answers.
 
Sadly one of the typical evidence of false teaching is how overboard a teacher is by their inconsistencies with, distortions related to  the whole scripture… all of related Bible’s teaching too now that they  had now left out..
 
It is absurd for any person to even imply there is no sin, or  that God now, next punishes no one here on earth, or after for any of their sins,   or to say that that they the sinners are merely punishing themselves, God does have  higher laws too, the  laws he has designed with  negative consequences for their violations undeniably as well. The negative Consequences are not by chance, or unrelated to God. Even the new Testament still says people reap here on earth what they have sowed and God punishes people for their unrepentant  sins. The Bible also says that Adultery is God’s trap, punishment for those whom he is upset at.. and the same Bible says that God does still punishes some people even for their sins even if they have been forgiven as a deterrent even for them not to sin anymore. Yes there is still really unacceptable sins, negative consequences for sins and the liars now too, and yes there is a real hell as well. an  initial place of separation from God and a final place, a permanent separation from God. When you sin and you do not repent you start to be separated from God.. and you might end up there permanently by your own acts,  free will too.
 
 (Gal 6:7 KJV)  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
 
(Gal 6:8 KJV)  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
 
About those too often professing Christian liars, rather Ostriches, who twist, or add on to the Bible with their hidden agendas who  play on words, change the Bible to suit their own views, desires, refer even to what the supposedly the Greek says.. they should note that I have the Holy Spirit to lead me and to guided me in all truth still.. they all really need to get back to the word of God(Isa 55:1)  Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. (Isa 55:2)  Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. (Isa 55:3)  Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. (Isa 55:6)  Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: (Isa 55:7)  Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. (Isa 55:8)  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. (Isa 55:9)  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isa 55:10)  For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: (Isa 55:11)  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
  
Do see also  http://postedat.wordpress.com/2008/07/21/the-pretender-imposter-wolf-in-sheep-clothing/
     
 
Jer 17:5 Thus says the Lord: Cursed [with great evil] is the strong man who trusts in {and} relies on frail man, making weak [human] flesh his arm, and whose mind {and} heart turn aside from the Lord.
Jer 17:6 For he shall be like a shrub {or} a person naked and destitute in the desert; and he shall not see any good come, but shall dwell in the parched places in the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.
Jer 17:7 [Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, {and} relies on the Lord, and whose hope {and} confidence the Lord is.
Jer 17:8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see {and} fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious {and} full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.
Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly perverse {and} corrupt and severely, mortally sick! Who can know it [perceive, understand, be acquainted with his own heart and mind]?
Jer 17:10 I the Lord search the mind, I try the heart, even to give to every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.
Jer 17:11 Like the partridge that gathers a brood which she did not hatch {and} sits on eggs which she has not laid, so is he who gets riches by unjust means {and} not by right. He will leave them, {or} they will leave him, in the midst of his days, and at his end he will be a fool.
Jer 17:12 A glorious throne, set on high from the beginning, is the place of our sanctuary (the temple).
Jer 17:13 O Lord, the Hope of Israel, all who forsake You shall be put to shame. They who depart from You {and} me [Your prophet] shall [disappear like] writing upon the ground, because they have forsaken the Lord, the Fountain of living waters.
Jer 17:14 Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for You are my praise.
Jer 17:15 Behold, they say to me, Where is the word of the Lord [predicting the disaster that you said would befall us]? Let it come now!
Jer 17:16 But as for me, I have not sought to escape from being a shepherd after You, nor have I desired the woeful day [of judgment]; You know that. Whatever I said was spoken in Your presence {and} was from You.
Jer 17:18 Let those be put to shame who persecute me, but let me not be put to shame; let them be dismayed, but let me not be dismayed. Bring on them the day of evil, and destroy them with double destruction.
Jer 17:19 Thus said the Lord to me: Go and stand in the gate of the sons of the people, through which the kings of Judah enter and through which they go out, and also [stand] in all the gates of Jerusalem.
Jer 17:23 Yet they would not listen {and} obey or incline their ears; but they stiffened their necks, that they might not hear and might not receive instruction.
 
Jer 18:7 At one time I will suddenly speak concerning a nation or kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it;
Jer 18:8 And if [the people of] that nation concerning which I have spoken turn from their evil, I will relent {and} reverse My decision concerning the evil that I thought to do to them.
Jer 18:9 At another time I will suddenly speak concerning a nation or kingdom, that I will build up and plant it;
Jer 18:10 And if they do evil in My sight, obeying not My voice, then I will regret {and} reverse My decision concerning the good with which I said I would benefit them.
Jer 18:12 But they will say, That is in vain! For we will walk after our own devices, and we will each do as the stubbornness of his own evil heart dictates.
Jer 18:15 Yet My people have forgotten Me; they burn incense to false gods, they have been caused to stumble in their ways and in the ancient roads, to walk in bypaths, in a way not graded {and} built up [not on a highway],
 
Self regulation is another bad word for masturbation and it is not the real thing0drowning32

So still now  what really is needed  firstly is not more CHEAP, PRETENTIOUS  self regulations,   the supposed discipline of their members , or even their ensuring their education, but real INSPECTIONS, EFFECTIVENESS , competency testing. 

 For it is a fact that anything that will put a self regulating body or a Ministry into a negative light will have a built in  tendency still to be denied,   suppressed, minimized in reality, to be ineffective .  

 
There in reality is the main  one important step that all consumers can take to protect themselves from any unscrupulous persons  and that is enforced, exemplary public exposure and prosecution of the supposedly guilty persons by a recognized judicial public body,  and so now how many such bad persons now have really been exposed, prosecuted in the last few years in reality too by the responsible Ministers as well?  None? and why not?   
 
Exemplary Public exposure and prosecution of the guilty serves very ones best interest… too often still missing in the PROFESSIONAL BODIES, EVEN IN THE RCMP, police   forces, ALL GOVERNMENTS  as well it seems too.

  “about the ABUSERS, bullies, thugs, proud oppressors, war mongers “ 

THERE IS A  VERY BASIC COMMON MISCONCEPTION ON HOW TO DEAL WITH ANY PERCEIVED EVEN INJUSTICES, ABUSES, ANYWHERE, IN THE CHURCH AS WELL, BESIDES IMMEDIATELY CALLING THE LOCAL  POLICE..
 
THE NEW TESTAMENT IS CLEAR HOW TO DEAL WITH IT.. COMMUNICATION – AND YOU DON’T FIRST POST IT ALL ON THE NET.
 
First you merely ask the guilty, bad persons personally to repent twice, the first time without a witness, the second time with witnesses THAT you have asked them to repent.. and   proof, substantiation is NOT required.. after you have done that you can next post it openly on the net, tell all the others.
 
Next God is fully free to deal with the unrepentant guilty offenders and believe me he will.. I have now been doing for decades too..
 
I SIMPLY SEND AN EMAIL, I PUT IT INTO CLEARLY WRITING, SO THE GUILTY PARTY CANNOT SAY I DID NOT ASK HIM OR HER TO REPENT.
 
WHETHER THEY ACKNOWLEDGE IT OR NOT TO GOD DOES NOT MATTER.

THE POLICE, RCMP, MINISTERS, GOVERNMENT CONSULTANTS THESE DAYS, IMMIGRANT CONSULTANTS TOO  IT SEEMS , SEEM TO BE ANOTHER WORD FOR ABUSERS, THIEVES, LIARS CROOKS. SO WE ALL NEED TO DEAL WITH IT MORE EFFECTIVELY NOW TOO.

 

April 21, 2009

THE MICKEY MOUSE RCMP IN CANADA

    

Lately we have seen many examples of what big liars the RCMP are. Hey Jason Kenney MP, Mickey Mouse  is also still a good description for the RCMP..   

 http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/07/07/another-rcmp-officer-should-face-impaired-driving-charges-now-today/  

http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/11/11/no-rcmp-alcoholics-it-seems/

 

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They slander a good man in the process as well.. and so none of this was, is acceptable or forgivable.. none  of it.
   

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RCMP chose not to correct record on taser death, inquiry told Globe and Mail – VANCOUVER — Within days of Robert Dziekanski’s death at Vancouver International Airport, the RCMP knew that key information it had released was wrong, but decided it would not correct the record, one of the Mounties’ media officers testified yesterday.

 

Dziekanski inquiry: RCMP spokesman simply repeated what he was  Canada.com –  By Suzanne Fournier, The ProvinceApril 21, 2009   RCMP Sgt. Pierre Lemaitre stands in the lobby of the Braidwood Inquiry into the Tasering of Robert Dziekanski who died at the hands of police after arriving at Vancouver Airport from Poland.

 

Misinformation about Tasering purposely not corrected: Mountie. Canada.com –  By Suzanne Fournier, Canwest News ServiceApril 22, 2009 VANCOUVER – An RCMPspokesman said Wednesday that top police brass made a deliberate decision not to correct misinformation the Mounties had told the media about Robert Dziekanski’s death,

 

Heads must roll for this deceit The Province – After the Tasering and subsequent death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski, Cpl. Dale Carr of the RCMP talked to investigators, watched the Paul Pritchard video of the incident, then told Sgt. Pierre Lemaitre what to tell the media.  After the Tasering and subsequent death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski, Cpl. Dale Carr of the RCMP talked to investigators, watched the Paul Pritchard video of the incident, then told Sgt. Pierre Lemaitre what to tell the media. At that point, Sgt. Lemaitre proceeded to, either knowingly or unknowingly, tell the media (and, by extension, all Canadians) a bunch of crap. Speaking on behalf of the Mounties, Lemaitre alleged Dziekanski became violent after police arrived, that he threw chairs and a computer, that he didn’t hit the floor with the first Taser blast and that he continued to be violent and combative after he hit the ground. Not true, not true, not true and not true Or, more to the point: lie, lie, lie, lie. Speaking at the Braidwood Inquiry Wednesday, Carr testified that he was told by his boss, Supt. Wayne Rideout, that the misinformation given out to reporters about the fatal Taser incident would not be corrected publicly until the file was closed. In other words, perpetuate these lies until . . . That’s the question, isn’t it? Until the public forgets about poor Mr. Dziekanski? Until anyone who might be remotely interested in the truth has moved on to something else? Until the truth can be quietly filed away as an addendum item to yet another Taser-related fatality? Day after day, what the Braidwood Inquiry reveals about our national police force is both sad and terrifying. Where exactly do the Mounties go from here? Is regaining the public trust even possible at this point? Should every allegation of dishonest RCMP testimony be re-examined and placed under the scrutiny of its own inquiry? One thing is certain at this point: heads must roll, both of those responsible for the tragedy of Mr. Dziekanski’s death and of those who attempted to manipulate the truth of what happened.  http://www.theprovince.com/News/Heads+must+roll+this+deceit/1524800/story.html 

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  This not something new that I have said, rather it is old, decades old.. all now proven now by details of the murder of a polish immigrant in the Vancouver airport.. that the RCMP is pretentious, incompetent, costly, self serving, just like the justice, security ministers now too, for the RCMP does not  care about the good welfare of the Citizens as well.. they the RCMP are over paid for what they do for they generally  can’t catch the real criminals, so  they harass the ordinary citizen with quota oriented traffic tickets instead.. they have to use PR, a public relationship department approach to sell the RCMP output, because it otherwise is not  all visible at all. Did I mention also that this mainly white force is likely racist oriented as well? Cutting their budget, firing now all of their managers, sergeants is the prerequisite or totally disbanding them.  

Mounties back off taser tale Toronto Star    After months of stonewalling and sticking to a now-discredited version of events surrounding the role of its officers in the death of Robert Dziekanski, RCMP Commissioner William Elliott is signalling a change from the national police force.  Chief makes it clear RCMP will stop blaming Polish victim.  Asked if part of the problem for the RCMP has been its refusal to admit any mistakes were made, Elliott said: “Well, maybe it is.”

  
RCMP ‘sorry’ for inaccurate remarks on Dziekanski incident Globe and Mail  VANCOUVER — The RCMP has admitted that it provided wrong information to the public about the taser incident involving Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski in the first days after his death at Vancouver International Airport. But the police force has denied that it lied or deliberately suppressed information about the disturbing circumstances of Mr. Dziekanski’s death. ( RCMP is still lying..) No sooner was the apology uttered than the Mounties’ media spokesman was besieged with questions demanding why the erroneous information was ever put out in the first place.  The RCMP has faced criticism for its handling of Mr. Dziekanski’s death, which occurred after he was stunned by a police taser near the international arrivals lounge at the Vancouver Airport.  For example, in one CTV interview shown to the inquiry, Sgt. Lemaitre is shown telling interviewers that Mr. Dziekanski did not respond to the first police taser, and that he struggled and fought, even while on the ground.  However, the bystander’s videotape, which was later made public, shows that Mr. Dziekanski screamed and fell to the ground after the first taser. Sgt. Lemaitre also told reporters in October 2007 that police tasered Mr. Dziekasnki twice, when in fact four electronic shocks were delivered. And in another news briefing that October, Sgt. Lemaitre was asked point blank by a reporter if there was video of the taser struggle. Sgt. Lemaitre told the reporter there was no video, even though he himself had already viewed it. But reporters Tuesday questioned the RCMP line that Sgt. Lemaitre was simply a messenger who was handed the wrong facts. If Sgt. Lemaitre watched the amateur video, he would have seen Mr. Dziekanski drop to the ground after the first taser hit.
     

Dziekanski inquiry: RCMP spokesman simply repeated what told to say Canada.com  

  The RCMP have been heavily criticized for public statements about the Tasering and restraint of Dziekanski, for saying that three rather than four members were involved, that Dziekanski continued to be “violent” after police arrived, and that police attempted to calm him before Tasering and had to Taser him twice because he fought back.  None of those “facts” is true, as shown by the bystander Pritchard video that is shown repeatedly at the inquiry.

 

    RCMP shenanigans bring shame to force  The Barrie Examiner –  Since the Robert Dziekanski Taser episode at Vancouver airport and the subsequent Braidwood inquiry into his death at the hands of RCMP officers, the public’s faith and trust in our national police force has been severely tested. …

  

    Tasered immigrant possibly writhing in pain, not resisting: expert  The Gazette (Montreal) –  April 21, 2009 VANCOUVER — Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski may have been writhing in pain after he was Tasered at the Vancouver International Airport — not trying to fight off the four RCMP officers on top of … 
   

Winnipeg Sun  – The Province  – Times Colonist  – Vancouver Sun       

Mountie tells Taser inquiry he made errors in media interviews …  Vancouver Sun – 

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 Robert Dziekanski before his Taser  death0dead

RCMP apologize for giving public inaccurate account of Dziekanski death Tue Apr 21, 9:11 PM  VANCOUVER, B.C. – The RCMP apologized Tuesday for what it says was inaccurate information that misled the public about the circumstances of Robert Dziekanski’s death.
 
 
The RCMP FALSELY now had  fed us crap, had covered up for their own inadequcies ,
 
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and NEXT ANY OF their apolgy is not accepted, they ALL DO need to be fired, prosecuted as well.
 
DISBAND ASAP THE RCMP AND GET A REAL PROFESSIONAL POLICE FORCE NOW   

Despite evidence the RCMP used excessive force, resulting in the man’s death, the officer who analysed their actions told an inquiry Thursday the force used was reasonable. That officer is wrong.

   
Canadians know this by now, having watched a bystander video of the RCMP’s encounter with Mr. Dziekanski Oct. 14, 2007. Some of those four officers have conceded at the inquiry that their accounts, recorded in notes, of Mr. Dziekanski’s actions at the airport were wrong. That did not dissuade Sgt. Brad Fawcett of the Vancouver Police Department from sticking to his report’s conclusions, rationalizing the use of force at the inquiry into Mr. Dziekanski’s death. Sgt. Fawcett said the RCMP perceived they were under threat, that Mr. Dziekanski was combative and, under those conditions, acted reasonably when they discharged a Taser five times.

The traveller, who was lost in the airport for 10 hours, was agitated and threw furniture, but when the RCMP arrived, Mr. Dziekanski was not combative. In fact, he turned away from them, picked up a stapler and then faced them again. The officers said he raised the stapler and moved toward them combatively, but the video showed otherwise. They said, fearing for their safety, they had to wrestle him to the ground after he was Tasered once — in fact, he flailed for a few seconds and then collapsed on the ground. The officers jumped on him, as he was still screaming, and tried to cuff him, at which point Mr. Dziekanski was Tasered again repeatedly.

Canadians have been shocked that a non-combative man with a harmless office tool was levelled by such force, with little effort made by police to understand the circumstances. Sgt. Fawcett himself said he would have reacted differently. But, he said, those officers reacted according to their perceptions of what was unfolding in front of them.

Sgt. Fawcett’s report showed that he had to ignore the evidence to rationalize the inaccurate versions of events told by the RCMP — saying the video supported their stories, when it didn’t and then discounting as “minor in nature” the contradiction between the officers’ account that Mr. Dziekanski had to be wrestled to the ground and the video that showed he collapsed.

Sgt. Fawcett ignored the obvious need for officers to explain their actions, and their perceptions, in the context of the facts of an event, of the circumstances in front of them, to justify their use of force. In the absence of that, reasonable becomes arbitrary and any use of force can be justified. That is not the kind of authority any officer should have.

Sgt. Fawcett’s conclusions are insupportable and his weak attempts to paint the RCMP officers’ actions as reasonable do them a disservice. 

  http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/editorials/editorial—a-recipe-for-police-abuses-43266142.html?viewAllComments=y

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 The  RCMP is a farce…

In busy Toronto, police say  Drunk driving and careless turning are the main culprits for serious accidents in intersections and red light cameras are not used because of the fear of public backlash..  So why are Calgary drivers such chronic lead-foots? or is the question why is it the Calgary city fathers are so money hungry? The  police services are  implementing the   speed cameras as a way of adding to their coffers.. ‘Speed on green’ cameras linked to rear-end crashes.  Arizona cities, one of the first cities to bring in such technology says the cameras decrease speeding and dangerous collisions, but can increase the number of rear-end crashes. But of course the money hungry police of Calgary had denied this. http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/06/25/we-need-more-red-light-cameras-elsewhere-too/
 
ANOTHER CASH GRAB.. The Calgary Parking Authority is expanding its hold on the inner city by starting to charge for parking on more than 20 blocks of the Beltline.
 
CALGARY AND EDMONTON POLICE ISSUE MORE TRAFFIC TICKETS OVER ANY OTHER CITIES  IN CANADA AND  FOR DECADES NOW TOO!
 
Anyone who thinks the cops here are being honest, serving the public is a fool..
  
  No  matter how that dirty RCMP weasel spins the facts, tries to weasel out of the truth, the RCMP was clearly wrong on many counts in the Taser death of a polish immigrant at the Vancouver airport.. they were uncompassionate, inconsiderate, used more restraining force than was necessary, and they next also clearly lied to cover-up their own immoral acts, and many times as well, They slander a good man in the process as well.. and so none of this was, is acceptable or forgivable.. none  of it.  http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/04/21/the-mickey-mouse-rcmp-in-canada
  
Now the RCMP is so ready to monitor others it firstly cannot monitor itself.. how absurd and hypocritical still too
 
Most reasonable and reasoning people have seen the folly of speed cameras for decades now too.    
 
Here is what I found amazing and worth while examining now  in much more detail.. insurance companies in Canada do not mind gouging Canadian consumers in their greed to make more profits..  and we all know that accumulating speeding , traffic infractions, will cause your car insurance costs to go up significantly…   and yet here is what I find surprising, neither the insurance companies, the provincial government, nor the federal government, the police have real, valid detailed statistics on the causes of traffic accidents: such as how many were caused my alcoholic drivers, how many were caused by speeding, how many were caused by poor road conditions, lousy snow clearing as well, etc not even in Ontario, Alberta, Quebec, BC as well.. …. so what do the insurance companies do with all the extra money they collect, certainly they of all persons should have firstly the best statistics on traffic accidents now in the first place, or how do they determine their rates??? Even Canada’s police chiefs have to rely on accident statistics from other countries, such as Australia, Great Britain, the US..
      
The RCMP made a mistake by waiting 14 months before correcting misinformation about a fatal incident involving four Mounties at Vancouver’s airport, a media relations officer said Wednesday at the Braidwood inquiry.  Cpl. Dale Carr told the inquiry, which is probing the death of Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver International Airport after he was Tasered five times at about 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 14, 2007.   that the misinformation initially put out by the RCMP could have compromised the investigation http://www.vancouversun.com/News/Mountie+admits+RCMP+conveyed+misinformation/1525511/story.html
 
This was no mistake, this was an unacceptable blatant lie  where real, serious punishment should be applied to all the RCMP personnel  involved.

The inquiry heard last month that in the first two days after Dziekanski died on Oct. 14, 2007, the RCMP’s public statements on the incident contained false information about how many officers were involved, how many times Dziekanski was stunned and what state Dziekanski was in when approached by officers.

Inquiry commissioner Thomas Braidwood ruled that Supt. Wayne Rideout could only address his decisions about what RCMP media spokespeople had told the public following Dziekanski’s death — despite a request by the lawyer for the Polish government to expand the scope of questions Rideout can be asked when he returns. Don Rosenbloom wanted to question Rideout about why the RCMP fought to withhold amateur video of the Taser incident, and why investigators failed to question the four Mounties who were deployed to handle Dziekanski when discrepancies were discovered in their statements. May 2009

 

PS: For  all these people who are talking about as to who would now make a good needed replacement for the Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper.. no one.. we have seen how bad the CANADIAN Conservatives now are REALLY LIKE, ALL OF THEM.. so WHO NEEDS ANY OF THEM..
 

April 20, 2009

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April   2009  
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The once invincible Nortel offended the wrong parties and it’s stocks was last seen headed towards the garbage heap and many persons wonder if Bell is going that way next too.
 
My real continual problem is  that once I noticed that my Bell ISP is not working properly it next tends to even degenerate, get a lot worse and not better, if not addressed by me and Bell..  Now a month ago my peak download speed was 450 kps, and these days it still fluctuates between 60 to 250 only.. and my downloads definitely seriously slowed down on weekends.. especially on  Friday, Saturday and Sunday..  
 
Periodically now every few months, for years my Bell internet system stops functioning adequately. I have often told Bell seriously that if things are working well to leave it that way and to stop monkey around with the system, making supposed improvements, and it seems every 3 to 4 months I have to complain to Bell that their system is again not working properly and after making a lot of nose it seems they next will rectify the problem at least for a few more months
 
Please also do note that when the server drops my connection it next took a long time to reconnect.. I even do reconnect to different server sites from Montreal, Toronto, London- Ontario, Laval- Quebec, Regina, and even one in Africa yesterday..
 
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A belle BeLL  technician showed up finally next and said there was nothing wrong with the net system,  so I showed him firsthand that at the same time the DSL was not working.. he got embarrssed.. and went to check the line again..
 
so he rechecked my internet system and next had said it was likely a faulty ACANAC modem, and bad Bell does not service Acanac’s modem.. the speed test shows it is Bell at fault…. they Bell were  giving me a low speed system..
 
Speed Test   done april 19, at 3:48.pm
Download Speed: 1352 kbps (169 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 640 kbps (80 KB/sec transfer rate)
  and this is really unacceptable.. this is not a high speeds system.. the low download speed is consistent with what I have been having the last 2 weeks too..
 
 Bell now always lying for years has always told me it is someone else’s fault for the internet problem and not Bell’s
 
My ACANAC modem seems to be now next working adequately contrary to what the Bell technician yesterday told me again too.. 
 
Sadly Bell telephone is still the most dishonest pretentious corporation that I have encountered in Canada. I have dealt with them for many years, they replaced my modem 8 times, I had about 12 technicians in my home already  lying to me as well.. Bell’s typical lie next now since even when I have been with ACANAC was that all the problem’s I have been having are Acanac’s fault, or a faulty ACANAC modem.. and the last 2 Bell technicians told me that specially.. and yet after Bell leaves my home the ACANAC modem surprising works well on it’s own too…
 
Finally the  Latest acceptable Result: http://www.acanac.ca/speedtest/  
Download Speed: 4752 kbps (594 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 630 kbps (78.8 KB/sec transfer rate)
Speed Test   done April 19, at 10:27 pm
 
Now let us see if Bell can keep it that way..
   
 > Hello, Please accept our apology for your inconvenience, as we checked your DSL line is in good functional condition as it shows on Bell help desk. Please let us know if you face any problem. Best Regards, Acanac Inc.
 
  

do see also
 http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/05/01/to-bell-sympatico/
http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/12/18/unfair/
http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/04/20/bell-internet/
http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/05/21/why-many-businesses-fail/
http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/06/14/buyer-beware-beware/
http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/07/07/crtc-farcical-hearings-on-internet-speed-control/
http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2008/05/23/bell-bce-sympatico/
http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/05/01/is-your-isp-still-even-watching-you/
http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/04/16/the-war-against-bell/
http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/05/21/bell-throttles-internet-speeds/
http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/04/26/and/
http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/04/15/consumers-affairs/
http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/04/19/bell-lied/
http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/07/15/i-cannot-trust-you-for-you-lie-to-me-all-the-time/
 http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/11/18/deceptive-unacceptable-unfair-business-trade-practices-unreliable-internet-access/
http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/04/27/basic-contract-law/
http://witnessed.wordpress.com/2008/07/29/this-next-was-so-predictable-even-by-me-too/
 http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/04/28/action-not-mere-words-needed/

 

April 18, 2009

Canada News – WORSE AND NOT BETTER

    

Unemploynment, recession are increasing in Canada dramatlically presently  and not enough is being done about it by the governments too

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 You need to get used to this fact  people lie, and often too, so does our PM stephen Harper, so do  the politicians, ministers, civil servants and cops, RCMP  now too as we all do know.. so do the statistics, polls as well.. and when you read about 10  percent uemploynment, 10 percent of reduction in manufacturing in  Canada this year, so you  now can easily, safely double those figures and that is how bad the situation really is too..

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Anyone who takes home a pay cheques has definitely promised to do an assigned task honestly, and to do a full day’s related work, labor as well, Now you all know that if you have a dozen workers, at least a quarter of them next do not do their fair share of the work next.. they rather goof off on the job, they do other things on the job, they only pretend to be good workers in reality.. now that also includes our civil, public servants, politicians, ministers included.. 

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I tend to highlight serious matters…and how little too often in reality our still too often lying,  pretentious , lip service governments do fail to properly act on all of the matters,,   even about  injustices, unemployment, police and health issues.  

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For example I ADMIT I WAS UPSET WHEN I FOUND OUT HOW SERIOUS the finally revealed UNEMPLOYMENT WAS IN Canada..  the politicians seem to let you think it was a 2009 problem, but it had now even  existed even before 2008.., I was also seriously  upset to find out that many  educated young people were being laid off, having difficulties finding a job.. for those of you who have difficulty reading, staying focused, I also DO have related cartoons for you to look at below too..

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 Recession hits young workers hard  OTTAWA – Mark Bresee had all the trappings of a successful young graduate a year ago: the plasma TV, the posh apartment and a new engineering job.    

As recession deepens, more and more jobless fall through the cracks Sat Apr 18, 1:19 PM    OTTAWA – The most severe recession in decades is exposing the gaping holes in Canada’s vaunted social safety net.  Only six months into an economic downturn, social advocates and the jobless say the employment insurance system that was supposed to cushion the fall is in reality either inadequate or so hard to access that tens of thousands of newly unemployed just don’t qualify for benefits.  As is always the case in times of economic troubles, it’s the most vulnerable in society that are being hurt most by the recession.   And it’s those Canadians, along with a smattering of individuals with unusual circumstances, who are finding the EI system not as advertised.  After giving birth last May, Maninder Rehsi of Maple, Ont., north of Toronto, was only able to acquire 430 insurable hours of work before her employer Progressive Moulded Products succumbed to the recession and went out of business, idling 2,000 workers, including her husband. Under EI requirements for her region, she was out of luck because she hadn’t accumulated 600 insurable hours over the previous 12 months.  Now Rehsi says her husband’s benefits are close to exhausted and she doesn’t know how they’ll make ends meet if they don’t find a job soon. 

  • Martin Smith of Guelph, Ont., a British manufacturing engineer who was recruited by auto parts maker Linamar (TSX:LNR) four years ago and had been paying EI premiums ever since, only to find out that for him the system was a one-way street.  When he was laid off for about seven weeks this winter, he was told his permit allowed him to work only for Linamar, hence he didn’t qualify because he couldn’t seek employment elsewhere without a new work permit.  Or Deonarine Persaud of Toronto who lost his nine-year job at a car parts supplier last May and is now barely getting by on his wife’s Wal-Mart Canada (NYSE:WMT) salary, after his EI benefits of about $400 a week ran out.  “It’s not like I don’t want to work,” said Persaud. “I used to work 50, 60 hours a week sometime. There are no jobs, not just for me, lots of people can’t get jobs now.”
  • Canada’s previously robust labour market began stalling last spring and went into a tailspin last fall, dropping 357,000 jobs since October. Economists believe as many as 600,000 Canadians could become victims this year of the worst recession in decades and possibly since the Great Depression.  It is precisely for such times that unemployment insurance was created and worked relatively well during the recessions of the early 1980s and 1990s.  But unlike the past two slumps, when about 80 per cent of the unemployed collected unemployment insurance, today less than 43 per cent, or 560,000 of the 1.3 million Canadians who were officially jobless in January, are collecting benefits.  What’s more, they are likely covered for fewer weeks and are earning far less. Regardless of a worker’s salary before being laid off, EI’s top payout is $447 a week, and the average payout is abut $325 a week, the equivalent of minimum wage.
    That’s significantly less than the $595, in today’s dollars, that EI recipients were receiving in 1995, according to a calculation by the Caledon Institute, an Ottawa-based social policy think tank.  Sylvain Schetagne, an economist with the Canadian Labour Congress, explains that successive Conservative and Liberal governments in the late 1980s to mid-1990s, cut away at the employment insurance safety net until it was in shreds. 
  • There are two explanations for why the EI system was gutted, or as governments of the day put it, “reformed,” says James Struthers, a professor of Canadian studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ont.  The first was to save cash-strapped Ottawa money. The second was based on the prevailing deregulation mood of the times that put faith in markets and not governments to solve social problems.  That’s the nice way of putting it. The blunt way, says Struthers, is that governments felt benefits were too generous and that some Canadians were avoiding the plentiful work that was going begging during a period of economic prosperity.  The pogey-collecting Canadian sunning himself on a Florida beach was an obvious overstatement.  
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    PM Stephen Harper is also clearly traveling as much abroad as he can before he next gets fired, kicked out of office.  PM on minds of unsettled Tories   Toronto Star – ‎Apr 7, 2009‎ But there’s a whole lot of soul-searching going on here about where the Canadian conservative movement, particularly under Stephen Harper, is headed.  

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     Conservatives slipping, Liberals gaining: EKOS poll  CBC.ca – ‎Apr 16, 2009‎ Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks at the end of the G20 Summit in London earlier this month. A new EKOS poll suggests public support for his Conservative  

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    Judge that led inquiry into sponsorship scandal blasts lack of transparency Sat Apr 18, 3:14 PM  REGINA – REGINA – A retired Quebec judge who oversaw an inquiry into the federal sponsorship scandal said Friday that unnecessary delays or outright denials of requests under the Access to Information Act are creating a lack of transparency in government.   John Gomery, speaking to a Canadian Bar Association luncheon in Regina, said this type of transparency is crucial to the Canadian public, to democracy and to society at large.   “It’s a danger to open government and to our democratic institutions, frankly. A public this isn’t informed is a public which isn’t able to vote intelligently,” he said.   Improving the flow of government information through such requests is not really on the radar of most politicians, he said.  “The whole subject has a low priority in the minds of too many politicians and definitely access to information is regarded as a pain in the neck to bureaucrats,” Gomery said.  He said he hoped that Canadians would pressure the federal government into improving the flow of information to the public.  Gomery has been critical of Stephen Harper’s Conservative government in the past.  Last year, he said that it had largely ignored the 19 recommendations he made in his report on the Liberal government sponsorship scandal.   At the time, he also voiced concerns about the growing concentration of power in the Prime Minister’s Office and warned members of Parliament about what he saw as a troubling trend.  “I suggest that this trend is a danger to Canadian democracy and leaves the door wide open to the kind of political interference in the day-to-day administration of government programs that led to what is commonly called the sponsorship scandal,” Gomery said in an interview in March 2008.   In his first report, delivered in November 2005, Gomery lambasted the former Liberal government for letting politically connected middlemen skim millions of taxpayers’ dollars from sponsorship projects designed to promote federalism in Quebec.  A second report with his recommendations was released in February 2006, shortly after Harper took power.   In that report, Gomery recommended that the prime minister’s power to appoint deputy ministers and senior bureaucrats come to and end.   He also recommended limiting the authority of the Clerk of the Privy Council, the prime minister’s right-hand bureaucrat, and giving more money and staff to the Commons public accounts committee, which acts as a spending watchdog.   

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    OTTAWA — Rapid contractions of both the Canadian economy and the job market eclipsed the Harper government’s stimulus package before the first dollar was dispensed, an economic think-tank says in study to be released Monday. The study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says the stimulus package laid out in the Jan. 27 budget was too small, too late and failed to direct the money where Canadians would get the most bang for their buck. “The size of the federal government’s stimulus package is out of proportion to the threat that Canadians are currently facing and have already ensured,” says the report, entitled Too Little Too Late. Written by CCPA economist David Macdonald, the study urged Prime Minister Stephen Harper to increase the stimulus effort. The government ‘s    $29-billion stimulus package .. the economic impact of the stimulus package was “exhausted” by the end of December, almost one month before the government introduced the package, CCPA said. The study faults the government’s infrastructure program for relying too heavily on matching funds from cash-strapped provinces and municipalities, saying it will almost inevitably mean a delay in the flow of money. http://www.canada.com/business/fp/Ottawa+stimulus+exhausted+before+money+released+think+tank/1467009/story.html
      
    Imagine that last year the Corporate paid taxes dropped about 50 percent over the previous year showing the true recession figures.. buckle up your seat belts,  a rough ride is ahead still.

     

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    April 15, 2009

    Go Habs Go

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    Win or lose, always the best team..

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    April 14, 2009

    GOOD NEWS Greens would replace RCMP with B.C. force

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    VANCOUVER, B.C. – Dziekanski would still be alive if not for RCMP confrontation: said a pathologist.  Robert Dziekanski would likely still be alive if he hadn’t been stunned multiple times with a Taser and restrained on the floor of Vancouver’s airport by four RCMP officers, said  an expert pathologist.   Dr. John Butt, who has served as chief medical examiner in Alberta and Nova Scotia, told a public inquiry into Dziekanski’s death that the stress of the confrontation – including the use of the Taser – likely caused the Polish man’s heart to stop.  He said it was a death that could have been avoided.  “Is it fair to say that, in your opinion, had Mr. Dziekanski not been Tasered, not been restrained on the floor, that he would still be alive today?” asked Walter Kosteckyj, the lawyer for Dziekanski’s mother.  “I suspect that, yes,” Butt replied during his testimony Wednesday. “Is that a strong opinion?” asked Kosteckyj.  “Yes,” replied Butt.  he said he could find no evidence that Dziekanski’s heart was damaged due to chronic alcoholism. That’s a contributing factor listed in the autopsy report.  Butt said  . “I don’t think there is alcoholic heart disease so I don’t think that it has any role (in Dziekanski’s death).” A lawyer for the federal government told the inquiry Dziekanski may have been on heart medication, however Butt said there was no indication of that in his medical records, including from a mandatory health exam required to immigrate to Canada. Butt, who worked on a report about Tasers for the B.C. Police Complaints Commission four years ago, said he was also concerned the autopsy report barely mentions the fact that Dziekanski was stunned with a Taser. Dr. Charles Lee, who conducted the autopsy, told the inquiry earlier in the week that the Taser may have contributed to Dziekanski’s death. But his report makes one mention of the weapon, only to explain marks on Dziekanski’s body. “I don’t see how one could possibly not mention the Taser in the commentary in this case,” said Butt. “Whether or not that’s going to say that it’s hugely relevant to the cause of death, it’s enormously relevant to the events in this case.”  Lee has told the inquiry that while he knew Dziekanski had been shocked by a Taser, he was not aware he was shocked multiple times.
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    The RCMP made a mistake by waiting 14 months before correcting misinformation about a fatal incident involving four Mounties at Vancouver’s airport, a media relations officer said Wednesday at the Braidwood inquiry.  Cpl. Dale Carr told the inquiry, which is probing the death of Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver International Airport after he was Tasered five times at about 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 14, 2007.   that the misinformation initially put out by the RCMP could have compromised the investigation http://www.vancouversun.com/News/Mountie+admits+RCMP+conveyed+misinformation/1525511/story.html
     
    This was no mistake, this was an unacceptable blatant lie  where real, serious punishment should be applied to all the RCMP personnel  involved.

    The inquiry heard last month that in the first two days after Dziekanski died on Oct. 14, 2007, the RCMP’s public statements on the incident contained false information about how many officers were involved, how many times Dziekanski was stunned and what state Dziekanski was in when approached by officers.

    Inquiry commissioner Thomas Braidwood ruled that Supt. Wayne Rideout could only address his decisions about what RCMP media spokespeople had told the public following Dziekanski’s death — despite a request by the lawyer for the Polish government to expand the scope of questions Rideout can be asked when he returns. Don Rosenbloom wanted to question Rideout about why the RCMP fought to withhold amateur video of the Taser incident, and why investigators failed to question the four Mounties who were deployed to handle Dziekanski when discrepancies were discovered in their statements.

    The Green Party of British Columbia said Tuesday the RCMP is not accountable to the public and promised to replace the force in B.C. if the party wins the May 12 election. 
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    Green Party plan to replace RCMP disparaged by municipal leaders

    Vancouver Sun –   Vancouver Sun April 14, 2009 6:01 PM Calls by the Green Party of British Columbia to replace the RCMP with an “accountable” provincial police force are misguided and unlikely to result in the desired changes, say municipal leaders whose

    Greens would replace RCMP with BC force

    Canada.com –  VANCOUVER — The Green Party of British Columbia said Tuesday the RCMP is not accountable to the public and promised to replace the force in BC if the party wins the May 12 election. “The deaths of Ian Bush and Robert Dziekanski are examples of recent
     

    Two senior Mounties to testify at inquiry into Dziekanski’s Taser

    Vancouver Sun –   Vancouver Sun April 14, 2009 7:01 PM Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski is seen in the arrivals area of the Vancouver airport in this video footage October 14, 2007. VANCOUVER – Two senior media relations Mounties will have to testify at

    Mounties could face charges: BC AG

    Toronto Star –  Vancouver–BC’s Attorney General said this morning that there is always the possibility of laying charges against the four RCMP officers involved in the Taser shooting and death of Robert Dziekanski. The four officers were investigated by the RCMP after

    BC minister hints Mounties could face charges in Taser death

    CBC.ca – ‎Apr 13, 2009‎ BC Attorney General Wally Oppal, left, tells the CBC’s Terry Milewski that prosecutors may revisit the decision of not laying charges against the four Mounties involved in the Taser-related death of Robert Dziekanski. (CBC) British Columbia’s attorney

    Greens would scrap RCMP

    BCLocalNews – – BC Local News The Green Party would scrap the RCMP in BC and replace it with a combination of a Metro Vancouver regional police force and a broader provincial police service. Leader Jane Sterk said the pledge stems from the need for a ..

    BC Attorney General watches Taser inquiry to see if new evidence

    The Canadian Press – ‎Apr 13, 2009‎  VANCOUVER, BC — RCMP officers who testified at the inquiry into the death of Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver’s airport could still face charges after the inquiry but so far there is nothing to suggest that might happen, BC Attorney General Wally Oppal

    Mother of Tasered man wants new investigation

    Canada.com –   , Canwest News Service  April 3, 2009 The mother of the Polish immigrant who was Tasered at the Vancouver International Airport demanded Thursday that the BC government appoint a special prosecutor to investigate her son’s death.

    Replace RCMP with provincial police, say Greens

    TheTyee.ca –  By Colleen Kimmett April 14, 2009 05:56 pm The Green Party of BC announced today that if elected it would create a provincial police force to replace the RCMP in British Columbia. “The RCMP have demonstrated they are not accountable to the public,

    Charges may still be laid in Taser death of Dziekanski

    The Province –   The Province April 14, 2009 Comments (14) Criminal charges may still be laid against the four RCMP officers involved in the Tasering death of a Polish immigrant. The December decision by Crown prosecutors not to lay charges against the

    Officers may be charged in Dziekanski death

    Canada.com –  The four RCMP officers who Tasered a Polish immigrant at the Vancouver International Airport may face charges in his death, BC’s Attorney General told CBC News Monday. Robert Dziekanski died in October 2007 after being hit five times by a Taser,

    Police wince at media spotlight as they push for more surveillance

    Winnipeg Free Press – ‎Apr 13, 2009‎ VANCOUVER, BC – Police routinely call the media together for a show-and-tell display of video or pictures of the latest brazen criminal act, but lately, a similar spotlight has been shining on police and the picture isn’t pretty.

    Dziekanski Case Could Be Revisited for Charges

    Opinion250 News –  By 250 News Prince George, BC- As the Braidwood Inquiry into the death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski prepares to resume, BC’s Attorney General has been quoted as saying the case may be revisted. The Crown had initially decided there would be no

    Boss not aware of protocol violation: Taser inquiry

    Ottawa Citizen –    Vancouver Province April 14, 2009 7:29 PM Polish immigrant, Robert Dziekanski raised his hands above his head as a gesture of defiance rather than surrender, said the first RCMP officer testify at the Taser inquiry.

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    “The deaths of Ian Bush and Robert Dziekanski are examples of recent failures to provide helpful enforcement services to the people of B.C.,” Green party Leader Jane Sterk said in a news release. Bush, 22, died in police custody in July 2005 from a gunshot wound to the head after a fight with an officer.  The mill worker was arrested after being found with an open beer outside a hockey game in Houston, B.C.   Dziekanski, 40, died after being hit five times with a Taser by an RCMP officer at the Vancouver International Airport in October 2007. The details of the Polish immigrant’s death, which was captured on camera by a bystander, are currently being investigated by an inquiry.  “The Green party would end the RCMP E Division contract and replace the RCMP with a new B.C. police service. The B.C. police service would no longer make use of Taser electric weapons, and would be subject to civilian oversight under the auspices of an independent provincial police commissioner,” she added.

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    Sterk also said the provincial government should cancel plans for a new RCMP headquarters.

     

     

     

     

     
    Most reasonable and reasoning people have seen the folly of speed cameras for decades now too.    
      

    April 10, 2009

    CANADA WIDE election talks

     
     Many people are looking forward to an election hoping to get rid of the much too many bad guys, liars we have for politicians in Canada too. The fact now that this page was made a while back does not change the fact that too many   Canadians are dissatisfied with the status quo political parties, the Cons and the Lieberals included, I do not blame them for it too, as Canadians now still do want   decent, better governments, not the ones that lie, break their own political promises, spin the facts, and clearly do not care about the voters except at election times. http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/10/17/there-is-no-new-thing-under-the-sun/
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    For all those distorters who NOW DO make this big deal about the conservatives having THE 30 percent support, they need to be reminded that 70 percent do not support the conservatives firstly, and that also these same minority federal conservatives are a minority government who never had, and never will have a majority government, of 51 percent of the voters, something that really ticks off Stephen Harper. Secondly neither will the Liberals have a majority government if all they can do is bash the Conservatives and do nothing else good.
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    Con man PM Stephen Harper just can not make a majority government and that really frustrates him that he does not deserve one  always.
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    The New Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff had been a great disappointment, he was  seen as just another no different, uncaring Con man by many too… and Trudeau Junior really is not  any better..
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    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) – Canada’s Liberal Party, which has been climbing in recent opinion polls, is also regaining its financial footing and the political unity it needs to fight a new election, leader Michael Ignatieff said on Thursday. But Ignatieff added he was still in no rush to force an election so soon after last October’s vote, and told party activists they still had hard work to do to regain the Liberals’ standing as a “national institution” that could elect candidates in all parts of the country.. “We have a unified party. We have a party out of debt. And we have a party basically ready to fight an election,” he told reporters in Vancouver at the start of the Liberal’s Party national convention.
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    Key Liberal policy resolutions under consideration by Canadian Liberal party riding presidents,  members Canada wide..
     
    – A  carbon tax proposal.  One resolution, proposed by the Quebec wing of the party, calls on a Liberal government to unconditionally commit to meeting the Kyoto Protocol targets, enacting legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that would include “establishing a carbon tax, a cap and trade system or a combination of both.”  Another, proposed by the British Columbia wing of the party, calls on a Liberal government to consider “all mechanisms of investment, incentive and taxation” to combat global warming and stimulate sustainable economic growth.  Ignatieff,   the leader has already signalled he wants no part of a carbon tax, no matter what delegates have to say on the subject.   Ignatieff has disavowed the concept since taking over the helm of the party last December. “We took the carbon tax to the public and the public didn’t think it was such a good idea,” he said last month. “I’m trying to get myself elected here and if the public, after mature consideration, think that’s the dumbest thing they’ve ever heard then I’ve got to listen.”
    -And another one calls on a Liberal government to ensure “equitable sharing of natural resources.” Provinces, particularly resource-rich Alberta and Saskatchewan, have always jealously guarded their natural resources, which are strictly under provincial jurisdiction, from federal intrusions.

    -Another one  also from Quebec, urges a Liberal government to expand the mandate of the Canadian Human Rights Commission to include citizenship status and socio-economic class as prohibited grounds of discrimination.

    -Another  priority resolution under consideration is calling on a Liberal government to adopt a plan to reduce poverty by 30 per cent over five years and child poverty by 50 per cent over the same period.

    Other resolutions would commit the party to spending billions should Liberals regain power. They include calls for:
    -A national, publicly funded child care program
    -Increased maternity and parental leave benefits, which would be extended to part-time and self-employed workers.
    -Expanded medicare to include publicly funded home care, dental and vision and mental health care.
    -Endorsement of the principles of the $5-billion Kelowna Accord to improve the lot of aboriginal peoples.
    -Development of a national electrical power grid.
    -Enforceable national clean water standards and binding legislation prohibiting bulk water exports.
    -An “aggressive” affordable housing program.
    -Expansion of passenger rail “in every possible way across Canada.”
    -A guaranteed living standard for all full-time adult workers, above the poverty line in each region.
    Riding presidents have already passed over a number of resolutions that likely would have generated definate controversy. Among those that will not not make it to the convention were resolutions calling for the legalization of assisted suicide, elimination of the monarchy and financial penalties for provinces that refuse to provide abortions.
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    Quebec’s population is aging faster than that of any other province, except perhaps Newfoundland and Labrador. Its economy also grew more slowly than that of any other province during the good times. Hence, in many ways, the real urgency for economic reform is in Quebec, not Ontario.

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    Harper was a founding member of the Reform party. In the early 1990s Reform didn’t care much for government. It despised the notion of special status for Quebec. And it absolutely couldn’t abide deficits. Reform campaigned against Mulroney’s big-spending ways, his forelock-tugging to Quebec soft nationalists and his central Canadian bias. The Reform party didn’t believe there could be such a thing as a gay marriage. As recently as the early 2000s Harper didn’t believe in climate change. He thought it was a fad dreamed up by eco nuts.
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    Flash forward to today. Harper heads a government that has blown the doors off public spending in each of its three years in power. It formally declared “the Quebecois” — a distinct ethnic sub group within the province of Quebec — a nation within Canada. His government has repeatedly turned its back on calls from the Christian right for a ban on gay marriage. His government proposes a strict North America-wide regime to curb greenhouse gas emissions. And his government is hurriedly undoing the results of 13 years of painful fiscal discipline, which began with the Paul Martin deficit-breaking budget in 1995.
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    Harper’s overtures to the centre have been well documented. He’s trying to win a majority, for which he needs broad support. But his policy shifts present an obvious risk, particularly as he accuses Ignatieff — or anyone else — of moral shilly-shallying. All this because the Liberal leader telephoned a former prime minister to wish him a happy 70th birthday? The risk/reward doesn’t stack up. Unless maybe there’s something else at work.

    In a speech to Conservative partisans in Ottawa recently, Harper defined the core values of conservatism as “freedom, faith and the family.” No doubt that made some western conservative jaws drop. The new Harper is all about big government and state intervention. Since when do the Harper Conservatives officially care about faith? The family, in any traditional sense? Ditto.

    Harper must be hearing from the people who first sent him to Ottawa — fiscally and socially conservative Albertans — that they don’t care for his centrist playbook. It cost them core ideas without delivering majority power. So, why bother?

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    If this is true — if Harper’s recent references to faith and morals are part of a new strategy to play the social conservative card — then one conclusion comes into focus. The Conservatives are more rattled by recent events than they’ve let on, to the point where they’re contemplating abandoning eastern Canada and any hopes of a majority and retreating to their western stronghold. http://www.edmontonsun.com/Comment/2009/04/10/9074636-sun.html 

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    Defence Minister Peter MacKay’s otherwise inexplicable public attack on Russia earlier this year for daring to fly a military plane in international air space near Canada. The Cons hate the Russians like the US does, so do the Jews it seems..  2/3 of Israel today are ex Russians.. Even U.S. military officials found MacKay’s tirade unwarranted.Some have suggested that MacKay did this as part of his failed bid to become NATO secretary-general. If so, it was a doomed gesture. The more logical explanation is that MacKay, like Cannon and Kenney, was acting under orders to appease the Conservative base and allow control-conscious Harper to reassert his grip.”
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    Meanwhile Conservative International Trade Minister Stockwell Day MP last week delivered another speech with an ardent defence of Israel, lauded Canada’s relative good position in the world economic crisis, and pledged Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s unwavering commitment to upholding human rights.  Day  talked about how the Conservative Party – both in opposition and in power – has not wavered in its support of Israel and when he spoke about the Tory stance against anti-Semitism, as well as for the government’s United Nations voting record and its position on terrorism. It was the Tories who pledged to reverse decades of Canadian voting at the United Nations that either supported or abstained from resolutions critical of Israel, Day said. “We said then, ‘If the government ever changes, that will, too,’” Day said. The Conservatives under Harper have lived up to the promise by supporting Israel at the UN and refusing to attend “Durban 2” (the followup to the 2001 World Conference Against Racism, at which Israel was singled out as racist), he said.
     
    These perverse Conservative leaders supsend real deomcracy, instead of counting all real votes, they will now count all votes not mailed in as being a no  vote instead of being a yes vote.. so what is new they have been fixing voting results for ages in Alberta.
      
    “It’s been six weeks since President Barack Obama arrived in Canada where he wowed crowds, bought baked goods for the kids, supped on a mouth-watering lunch and met Prime Minister Harper, several cabinet ministers and Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff. But being a good host has its price. So, how much did Obama’s visit cost Canadian taxpayers? (INCLUDE THE COST OF THE RCMP SECURITY) Well, I really can’t tell you — because government officials say they can’t tell me.  Just over a month ago, I filed an Access to Information Request with the Privy Council office.  It read, “I am looking for a fulsome breakdown of all costs associated with the visit, but not limited to security, transportation, hospitality, hotels/lodging (for staff, police, etc.), food, per diem, etc.” I received an official answer today. It is comprised of three pieces of paper. As far as I can tell, it is the title page of a caterer’s proposal for the luncheon. It contains no information. It is followed by a piece of paper telling me pages two and three are exempted pursuant to sections 20(1)(c) of the Access to Information Act.  For those of you who don’t live and breathe this stuff, that section relates to information that could result in material financial loss or gain to a third party.  It costs $5 to file an Access to Information Request. ” AND YOU TEND TO GET NOTHING IN RETURN.. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/politicalbytes/2009/04/and_the_cost_is.html
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    “Yes, the Conservatives have strengthened accountability in the federal government in 21 ways, and tried to strengthen it is another six ways, mainly through their Federal Accountability Act. However, the Conservatives have weakened accountability in eight ways, and failed to keep 27 democratic reform promises. This is a very similar record as the Liberals under Jean Chretien from 1994 to 2003. Breaking so many election promises, especially promises to increase government accountability, is one of the most cynicism-breeding things a government can do. Very unfortunately, the Harper Conservatives and Chretien Liberals went even further, both misleading voters by claiming they had kept promises they had actually broken.  As a result, overall Democracy Watch’s report card gives the Conservatives’ an E — the same failing grade the Chretien Liberals received.  Another Accountability Act containing the more than 30 measures left out by the Conservatives, as well as a few dozen other key measures, is needed to actually clean up the federal government.  If they want increased voter support to help them win elections, all MPs have to do is start supporting each other, instead of serving their party leaders, and respond to voters’ concerns and frustrations by making these key democratizing changes.  Duff Conacher, Coordinator  Democracy Watch  Ottawa” 
    Hypocritical, lying  Tories want watchdog for Senate, while they themselves still  have often  failed to keep their own past promises.  (Hey this was a prophetic prediction when we see the Conservative senate scandal of 2013)
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    The Harper government wants an Ethics Act for senators today cannot live up to it’s own promised ethics, accountability, and transparency. It’s at subjecting senators to oversight from the same ethics officer who monitors the conduct of Members of Parliament is unacceptable, a power hungry  PM is clearly control mongering again. Conservative and Liberal senators have rightfully said a separate Senate ethics watchdog should be created in order to keep the upper chamber independent.  Conservatives intend to reintroduce bills by the end of the month that would impose an eight-year limit on senators’ terms and require future senators to be elected. These Bills have no chance of passing through a Liberal dominated senate but makes a great diversions from the negative realities PM Stephen Harper is facing, and are a good   basis for more monetary donation appeals to the Albertan who want them implemented. Harper is worried about a possible June federal election. Canadian priority rather rightfully still is unemployment, job creation, EI benefits, dealing with the swine flu and crooked cops. 
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    NDP vows to abandon gas tax, increase BC deficit  Globe and Mail – VANCOUVER — New Democratic Party Leader Carole James unveiled her election platform yesterday, vowing to scrap what she calls “Gordon Campbell’s gas tax” and run a bigger deficit in a bid to kick-start a flagging provincial economy.

    Now with both provincial and federal elections becoming often now a possibility  serious policy changes are being discussed by Liberals, New Democrats now as well.

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    Does anyone believe a federal  election will make a difference, or in truth just another wasteful stalemate, especially when the  bad Conservatives are mostly  just as bad as the    bad Liberals.

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