November 4, 2013
October 9, 2013
Bell data collection part of ‘disturbing trend’ By making its networks available, Bell Canada has promoted competition in the internet market, but finding a common ground with the smaller ISPs has been difficult. The critics say the idea of a telecommunications firm such as Bell – which is at once an internet service provider, cable TV provider and phone carrier to many of its customers – implementing a similar scheme is part of a trend that will have serious implications for how Canadians’ personal information is used “One thing I’m hearing a lot is the anger that people are already paying for this service. And on top of that they’re going to be sort of spying on you, collecting private and intimate data on you…. It’s like the straw that breaks the camel’s back,” said David Christopher, communications co-ordinator with the non-profit advocacy group OpenMedia.ca, which has received dozens of complaints about Bell’s announcement.the federal privacy commissioner’s office plans to investigate whether the Bell scheme meets federal rules governing how private companies handle customer information.John Lawford, executive director of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, said Bell’s targeted ad system could also raise concerns at the CRTC. Its regulatory policies direct internet service providers not to use personal information “collected for the purposes of traffic management” for any other reason, and directs them not to disclose personal customer details.A spokesperson for the CRTC said in an email to CBC News that the agency is “aware of the situation and looking into it.”
Google’s Eric Schmidt Says NSA Spying on Data Centers is “Not OK” Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said that the NSA’s alleged spying on data centers is “outrageous” and that its strategies of pulling hundreds of millions of records to find a few hundred is “bad public policy” and even “illegal.” Google has registered complaints with the NSA, President Barack Obama and members of Congress. Reports are floating around that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying on Google’s data centers, and the company isn’t happy about it. “It’s really outrageous that the National Security Agency was looking between the Google data centers, if that’s true,” said Schmidt. “The steps that the organization was willing to do without good judgment to pursue its mission and potentially violate people’s privacy, it’s not OK. The Snowden revelations have assisted us in understanding that it’s perfectly possible that there are more revelations to come. “The National Security Agency allegedly collected the phone records of every phone call of 320 million people in order to identify roughly 300 people who might be a risk. That’s just bad public policy…and perhaps illegal. There clearly are cases where evil people exist, but you don’t have to violate the privacy of every single citizen of America to find them.”
“I can tell you that we do not target Canadians at home or abroad in our foreign intelligence activities, nor do we target anyone in Canada. In fact, it’s prohibited by law. Protecting the privacy of Canadians is our most important principle.” The head of Canada’s electronic eavesdropping agency, John Forster, chief of the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC),
AND HOW COME I DO NOT BELIEVE HIM? hey we know there are even Canadian Muslim terrorists..
Brazilian President demands Canada explain spying report The Globe and Mail-Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff says Canada has violated her country’s sovereignty and demanded an explanation …
Brazil demands Canada explain spying allegations Globalnews.ca-
Canadian spies met with energy firms, documents reveal The Guardian-.
The former National Security Agency systems analyst, Edward Snowden, said that the mass surveillance programs used by the United States to tap into phone and internet connections around the world are making people less safe. “They hurt our economy. They hurt our country. They limit our ability to speak and think and live and be creative, to have relationships and to associate freely,” Now the U.S. government was “unwilling to prosecute high officials who lied to Congress and the country on camera, but they’ll stop at nothing to persecute someone who told them the truth.” Snowden said http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/10/12/3685316/snowden-mass-surveillance-making.html#storylink=cpy
You probably saw on the news that a U.S. government agency has been caught secretly spying on the private communications of millions of people like you – through their cell phones, and through popular online services like Google, Facebook, and Skype .Now, The Globe And Mail is reporting that Canada has its own agency operating in near-total secrecy that appears to be doing the same thing – recklessly collecting and storing our most sensitive private information in giant databases. This is important: We need to know what sensitive private data is being collected and stored, and why. Call on the government to tell us the truth about their reckless online spying program immediately. http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/private-data-is-being-collected-and-stored-in-canada-why/
The ongoing mass surveillance programs used by the cops in Canada are really big unacceptable waste of resoorces, manpower, money and still too often abusive, as there are still much too many bad cops… by the way they spy on Canadian citizens as well.. me included for telling the truth about them.. ehh but I do not care as I have nothing to hide.. but they have more to lose.. http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/for-decades-the-police-have-had-a-file-on-me-and-likley-you-as-well/
September 18, 2013
Honesty and good communication skills are the top qualities Canadians think ideal and successful political leaders should have, according to a new survey by Nanos Research. As parties begin to plan for the 2015 election campaign, personality politics and how Canadians judge each of the federal leaders will be a major part of the plan, says Nik Nanos, and the research suggests honesty, good communication and strong beliefs trumps making the best decisions for a political party every time. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/honesty-and-communication-top-leadership-skills-nanos-1.1860802
July 26, 2013
Trudeau calls for legalization of pot but Smoking weed in teens leads to psychiatric disorders
‘It’s more difficult for young people to get their hands on cigarettes’ than weed
MONTREAL – As Montrealers fumed about fare hikes and repeated métro breakdowns, several of the Société de transport de Montréal’s top managers were enjoying big pay raises last year. The salaries of 12 top STM managers jumped by more than 10 per cent in 2012 compared with 2011, according to a Gazette analysis based on information obtained under access-to-information. The data pertain to the STM’s “extended executive committee” — the agency’s 40 or so highest-paid employees. Salaries range between $120,000 and almost $300,000. In 2012, the average annual pay in this group jumped by 5.6 per cent or $9,200, increasing the average annual salary to $173,000. During the same period, the salaries of Montreal bus and métro drivers increased by two per cent. The average Canadian saw a salary increase of 2.8 per cent in 2012, according to Statistics Canada. http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/managers+raises/8703628/story.html
You know why these big execs all who rather should have been fired they did not care about the Metro Breakdowns? they likely too their cars to work, and could afford the parking downtown too ehh.. and how many Managers also go useless pay raises elsewhere now too?
MONTREAL — For years, Canada was regarded by international experts as one of the most protected and most expensive wireless markets in the world. Canadian consumers weren’t well served by mobile operators and that only began to change a few years ago when new entrants like Videotron and others came in and the market became more competitive. Now, the federal government wants to continue the push toward greater competition and choice by auctioning off additional spectrum in September to attract a new player. From the perspective of consumers, what could be wrong with that? http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Peter+Hadekel+Bell+wireless+arguments+against+Verizon+ring/8709258/story.html
Well if you are Bell, Rogers, Telus, etc.. everything is wrong.. as they can never have enough money for a start.. Bell is one of Canada’s most hated Corporations still even because it too often abuses it’s customers still..
You did notice that CTV News support Bell, BCE here? oh I forgot Bell owns CTV…
PS NOW STEPHEN HARPER GET OFF THE BOOZE AND LOOK AFTER THE GOOD WELFARE OF ALL CANADIANS
June 20, 2013
“Now we have the developing case of another Harper appointment that raises questions about the PM’s judgment. The PM appointed Porter to health advisory boards and then, oddly, recommended to the Privy Council Office that Porter be named to the Security and Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC). Harper’s record for associating with undesireables just keeps getting better and better. Now we have the developing case of another Harper appointment that raises questions about the PM’s judgment. The PM appointed Porter to health advisory boards and then, oddly, recommended to the Privy Council Office that Porter be named to the Security and Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC).Less than two years later, Porter found himself chair of our spy services oversight committee, a position in which he had access to all of Canada’s intelligence secrets. He was appointed to the Board of Air Canada and made a Queen’s Privy Councillor. Porter also was connected to self-described arms-dealer and former (alleged) Israeli intelligence officer Ari Ben-Menashe. The two were involved in a dubious business deal involving a $120 million investment by Russia in “port development” in Africa. It turned out that Porter was also claiming to be ambassador plenipotentiary of Sierra Leone, one of the most corrupt countries on earth — an obvious conflict with his SIRC role.”
Quebec’s anti-corruption task force suspects Porter and four high-profile executives involved in the construction of the McGill University Superhospital were part of a massive fraud conspiracy.UPAC issued arrest warrants Wednesday morning for Arthur Porter, Pierre Duhaime, Riadh Ben Aissa, Yanai Elbaz , Jeremy Morris. UPAC confirmed Wednesday that Elbaz – the former associate director general of the MUHC – is in custody and will be charged Thursday. Duhaime — the former CEO of SNC-Lavalin – will turn himself in to Surete du Quebec headquarters Thursday morning, He has already been charged with fraud. Ben Aissa — another former executive at SNC-Lavalin — has already been arrested and questioned by police for his possible role in other plots. All five are wanted for fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud, and related charges. http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/high-profile-executives-involved-in-the-construction-of-the-mcgill-university-superhospital-are-charged/
Quebec’s police task force on corruption is probing the billion-dollar contract for McGill Montreal mega-hospital awarded to a consortium led by Montreal engineering giant SNC Lavalin Group Inc. SNC-led consortium had won the McGill University Health Centre contract. Police raid the McGill University Health Centre . Up until six months ago, the hospital project had been overseen by Riadh Ben Aissa, a former head of SNC’s construction division, and also a central figure in an ongoing scandal. One of SNC’s original subcontractors in the project was a company controlled by construction magnate Antonio (Tony) Accurso – a controversial figure who now is also facing fraud and corruption charges. The hospital deal was put together under the watch of the previous chief executive of the health centre, Arthur Porter who left his own job under a cloud late last year. Arthur Porter had been appointed chair of the federal government’s security-intelligence watchdog agency, when his African business dealings with an arms dealer were revealed. Dr. Porter stepped down from both jobs. The Quebec government has earmarked $2.35-billion for an effort to reconstruct Montreal hospitals, the lion’s share going to the McGill University Health Centre campus. “Quebec’s anti-corruption unit has put several high-profile figures in its crosshairs since being established last year. It has arrested construction magnates such as Mr. Accurso and Paolo Catania, as well as Frank Zampino, a former city councillor who was the right-hand man of Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay.”
Not much of a surprise? The tip of the iceberg is being revealed only as the overall depth of corruption will take much more time apparently to uncover, corruptions that likley permeates the whole project. Birds of feathers tend to flock together. And no one should tell us that these initial suspected persons, now were even just isolated individuals acting on their own without the vast help and knowledge of any others now too. Higher education never insures one’s good moral standings.
It is not a coincident that today even Half of my most popular posts are about the much too many bad cops also in Canada.. http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/the-governments-lie-when-they-say-they-care-about-real-justice/
Former CSIS watchdog Arthur Porter arrested in Panama .Arthur Porter, the well-connected oncologist and hospital administer whom Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed three years ago to oversee Canada’s spy agency, was arrested with his wife in Panama on charges including fraud against the Quebec government relating to his alleged role in the handling of a $1.3-billion Montreal hospital construction and maintenance contract, awarded three years ago to scandal-plagued engineering giant SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. The head of Quebec’s anti-corruption task force made the announcement Monday evening. In a written statement, Robert Lafreniere said the arrest was conducted after an investigation — code name Project Lauréat — by the Sureté du Québec, the RCMP and the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol).Dr. Porter and his wife, Pamela Porter, are in police custody. Mrs. Porter is accused of handling the products of crime and con Efforts are being made to extradite the couple to Canada, according to the statement. http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/05/27/arthur-porter-arrested-in-panama/
want to read some more about this? see
do see also
- Hospital deaths account for half of deaths annually
- Canada’s rapidly increasing aging seniors
- Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper is not a real Evangelical Christian
- Canadian government’s ignorance
- Unlawfull use of authority
- Surprise, Surprise, Still ineffective RCMP
Watch out for the RCMP speed trap in Canmore , Alberta as you leave Banff park.. it generates the RCMP millions and millions of dollars per year.
( Revenue generating ) “Speed limits in the mountain parks are set with an eye toward preventing collisions with wildlife.” ( and how often does that occur? once a year?)
Police do 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 related all to speeding.. but not in reality to drunk driver, bad drivers, road rage, poor roads, bad snow cleaning.. This is also still simply not acceptable. There is a direct link between DRIVING and collisions. The MORE you drive, the more likely you are to be involved in a collision and the more likely you are to get seriously hurt . So the police will now give tickets to all drivers .
Now if the cops are here just to collect speeding tickets and not to catch the real bad guys than merely do get rid of them.. speeding is not the main factor in accidents firstly.. but impaired, drunk drivers, road rage are.. The police can get promoted for getting more cash, giving out more tickets too.. self serving or really serving the public interest? Now we all know the police love to drink, love to speed, and how many cops get pulled over?
AND WHERE DO IN REALTY THE POLICE OFFICERS GET ALL OF THEIR COMMON SENSE SPEEDING STATISTICS? SUPPORTED BY THE FIGMENTS OF ONE’S IMAGINATION AND THE NEED TO JUSTIFY THEIR JOBS.. CAN I SEE THEIR DETAIL SUPPORT STATISTICS, POLICE TRAFFIC TICKETS REPORTS IN PRINT? NO? AND WHY NOT?
IN THE CITY OF CALGARY POLICE E CHIEF’S OFFICE I READ A REPORT AS TO HOW MANY TICKETS WERE GIVEN BY MONTH IN EACH SPERATE AREA OF CALGARY IN COMPARISONS TO THE PREVIOUS YEARS TOO.. CAN SOMEONE PUBLISH THIS REPORT SO WE CAN ALL SEE IT TOO NOW.
“As Alberta grows, drivers are causing more problems, he said: “A lot of people are impatient, there’s road rage like never before, an increase of vehicles on our roadways, With booming populations, there’s an increase in collisions.” wow those are very smart observations, even such as traffic tickets are good cash cows too, and what all the people who speed are guilty of road rage? or is there a separate ticket being issued to road ragers? just as there is to drunk drivers? Anyone who thinks the cops here are being honest, serving the public is a fool.
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..
And while car death rates have fallen, the ubiquitous use of cell phones and BlackBerrys while driving pose a serious danger to drivers.
Note the RCMP who is so ready to monitor others cannot monitor itself properly
The RCMP like to give speed tickets when you are leaving the park, not entering it too.. and I got 2 speeding tickets on the same spot in Canmore ten years apart too… and the second time I went to court and rightfully fought the dirty RCMP too. It’s all very simple: obey the laws. You broke the law, accept the consequences, and if that hypocritical, absurd, extreme statement was the reality, the truth, everyone would next be in jail, all of the politicians, civil and public servants, cops firstly.
“Those heading up our national police force must be so glad people have other things on their minds these days. Otherwise, Canadians might be howling about the Mounties’ latest antics and demanding our political leaders hold them accountable. Because, as we know, our elected officials refuse to utter the least critical word about the RCMP unless there is public pressure or they fear electoral ramifications.”
Most reasonable and reasoning people have seen the folly of speed cameras for decades now too.
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
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. The police TRAFFIC program brings in hundreds of thousands of dollars but the police, city runs the program as revenue neutral. Profits are put back into more supposedly good traffic safety initiatives, but mainly into the police empire building, so it really IS NOT THE CITIZENS GOOD WELFARE THEY FIRSTLY DO ALL CARE ABOUT.
And next so still do lay off all those people at city hall who are used to the “unacceptable culture of corruption and entitlement”. cut in half their expense accounts, and cut off all of the out of town trips too
And 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.
Remember that one of the first RCMP outpost in Canada historcially was in Calgary, Alberta the major home of crooks, thieves, cattle rustlers. Now it is the home of not just the abusers, drug pushers, car thieves, white collar criminals but the bad RCMP as well.
June 11, 2013
You probably saw on the news that a U.S. government agency has been caught secretly spying on the private communications of millions of people like you – through their cell phones,1 and through popular online services like Google, Facebook, and Skype.2
Now, The Globe And Mail is reporting that Canada has its own agency operating in near-total secrecy that appears to be doing the same thing – recklessly collecting and storing our most sensitive private information in giant databases.3
This is important: We need to know what sensitive private data is being collected and stored, and why. Call on the government to tell us the truth about their reckless online spying program immediately.
Steve and Lindsey, on behalf of your OpenMedia.ca team
P.S. Fighting for our right to privacy has been a long haul, but we’re proud to have Canadians counting on us to keep our ears to the ground, and to keep amplifying your voices when it counts. It would mean a lot to our small team if you could chip what you can now. If you really believe in our work, please consider supporting our ongoing campaigns by making regular contributions as a special OpenMedia.ca Ally.
P.P.S. This is an international issue. OpenMedia is also joining with other groups to call on the U.S. government to stop its spying on the online activity of people around the world, including Canadians. Once you’ve raised your voice in Canada we hope you’ll also join the international campaign.
 NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily. Source: The Guardian.
 Secret program gives NSA, FBI backdoor access to Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft data. Source: The Verge.
 The Globe And Mail reports that CSEC has “acknowledged that some Canadian communications are scooped up into this dragnet.” Source: The Globe And Mail.
 Privacy watchdog on spy agency’s data collection: ‘We want to find out more’. Source: The Globe And Mail.
 Spy agencies have turned our digital lives inside out. We need to watch them. Source: The Globe And Mail.
 Supra note 4.
June 3, 2013
But still a stronger Real Estate market still isn’t a guarantee that you can even sell your house. There will always be reasons Realtors have not sold your home and reasons some people won’t buy what you’re offering.
If you’ve really been having bad luck with Realtors and bad on the market, you may want to visit with your neighbours and take a take a good, long look as to what their homes are like. According to numerous housing experts, the most common reasons your house isn’t selling are the following.
1. You’re pricing it too high or unrealistic for the area, model of home, local amenities . “Without question, the No. 1 reason a home doesn’t sell is price, is it has not been properly valued.. “ ”Sellers want to have as mooch income form their house and tend not to objective about the realistic value.”
2. Your house is kind of run-down and needs to be spruced up.. Repaint the whole hose inside and outside, and throw out a lot of that cluttering junk you collected over the years, empty your garages.. “Most times it’s as easy as doing some fresh landscaping and a fresh coat of paint ,” Most buyers are busy are lazy, are looking for properties where they can ‘unpack’ without doing a lot in renovations or decorating. Most home owners still families would prefer to spend their weekend relaxing rather than redecorating.
3. Your house isn’t run-down, but it looks like it might be, it shows there is major repair need, . “ The signs of water damage, roof or wall leaks, roof repairs and other areas clearly needing repairs,, busted screen doors, needing repair will be a huge turn-off to potential buyers.
4. The realtors says You are inflexible not just in your pricing but you are showing your house off enough? Great looking homes tend to sell within a week, and not amount of extra Open Houses, homes visits will sell a poor home, rather they offer the realtors an opportunity to quire more contacts for themselves only. Unless there’s a good reason, don’t ask your agent to be present for all home tours. It makes scheduling hard and many agents prefer to have privacy with their buyers as they look through a house.
5. The realtor isn’t advertising your house properly. It costs money to advertise in the newspapers, the place most people go to buy a home still, and the Realtors’ boss refuses to give him or her money to advertise in the newspapers.. so you lose.. limiting your house’s listing on websites takes a lot longer to sell ..
6. Your house is poorly located ? No Problem. tell all your neighbors you are selling your house, ask them to see your home, they can tell their friends who may want to move into the area about your home..
Like I said there is no easy short cut to selling a House quickly.. it takes real work.. Do not trust anyone.. check it out for yourself too.. It is true that most people will not buy a home directly from a realtor as they prefer a professional third party negotiator.
April 11, 2013
February 27, 2013
New stricter rules for private seniors’ homes are on the way.The Quebec government announced Wednesday it wants better-trained staff in more than 2,000 private residences, where more than 100,000 elderly people live. It wants to pass new regulations to make sure every private seniors’ home follows the same rules, including rules on bathwater temperature controls – a move that comes after at least ten Quebec seniors have died after being scalded by bath water in recent years.The government also wants tougher standards for sprinkler systems, more training for staff and two new categories of residents – autonomous and semi-autonomous – with new procedures for both. Residences that don’t comply will face consequences, said Health and Seniors Minister Réjean Hebert.“If some of these residences are not conforming to those rules, they will shut down,” he said. “I think it’s for the benefit of the elderly people who will find security and well-being in other places.”
Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/stricter-rules-ahead-for-private-seniors-homes-1.1175160#
Pauline Marois Quebec government’s proposal to create a new watchdog to oversee universities and Hospitals now as well is valid, natural.. some of the biggest crooks are even the educated folks.. and our Doctors, Nurses, Hospitals and the Police, RCMP are also now very poorly managed too ALL AT THE TAXPAYER’S EXPENSES. http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/education-does-not-insure-morality-nor-are-professionals-better-persons/
I have been posting about the unacceptable seniors abuses in Quebec’s old age homes, hospitals , for 2 years to no avail. The too often lazy, immoral, pretentious Police themselves do not want any responsibility in the matter. Unenforced laws are still bullshit as a result.. http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/i-wrote-for-about-2-years-even-on-the-net-that-the-quebec-government-allows-the-abuse-of-the-seniors/