Liberals call on government to help CBC Liberal.ca (press release) – “Destroying CBC Radio-Canada has been part of Stephen Harper’s ideological agenda for over a decade..
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.
TORONTO – Maple Leaf Foods is assessing a recently approved preservative for meat products that inhibits the growth of Listeria following a deadly outbreak linked to one of its plants that’s claimed 20 lives across the country.
Health Canada gave the go-ahead on Sept. 20 for food processors in Canada to use sodium diacetate as a preservative in meat, poultry and fish products. When used in combination with sodium lactate, the preservative can curb the growth of Listeria monocytogenes.
Spokeswoman Linda Smith said Maple Leaf (TSX:MFI) is aware of the approval and is “assessing it.”
The iconic food producer shut down a meat processing plant in Toronto on Aug. 20 after Listeria contamination was detected and linked to the nationwide listeriosis outbreak.
The plant underwent an intensive sanitization and production resumed on Sept. 17. Initial product runs were still being tested and not shipped to the public for consumption when, on Wednesday, more Listeria was detected.
CEO Michael McCain held a press conference the following day to stress the prevalence of Listeria, after the most recent positive findings. It’s everywhere, he said, and reasonable to assume most people consume it every day.
It is however dangerous in very high levels, and food scientists say should low levels of Listeria exist on equipment in processing plants the preservatives could ensure it never multiplies to dangerously high levels.
Food scientist Martin Wiedmann said sodium diacetate can completely prevent the growth of Listeria or slow it down, depending on several factors such as the type of food. But he cautioned against viewing it as a “magic bullet” solution.
“It’s one piece of an effective total strategy to reduce the risk of Listeria contamination,” he said.
Wiedmann is a food science professor at Cornell University and researches Listeria contamination on ready-to-eat products. Tests he has conducted have found Listeria on sidewalks, wheels of carts in supermarkets, in playgrounds and in rivers – in short, everywhere.
“(People) usually expect food to be free of bacteria. Well, no, you shouldn’t,” he said. “You can’t. We’ve evolved over millions of years to co-exist with bacteria and we have defence mechanisms against it.”
However, there are ways for food processes to protect, as best they can, against Listeria contamination, he said. The first is trying to ensure as little as possible enters the facility.
Wiedmann said some plants have people walk through sanitizers or antimicrobial foam to kill bacteria on shoes, some have people change their shoes or even their clothing.
Companies also conduct tests to detect Listeria and have sanitization processes. Some problems arise there, Wiedmann said, because of issues with the equipment.
Maple Leaf believes the “most likely” explanation for the deadly Listeria contamination in the summer was an accumulation of bacteria deep within its meat slicing equipment. Wiedmann said it’s a common problem.
“We’ve seen issues with slicing machines before in the U.S. and all over the world…if you do research on slicers and Listeria it’s endless,” he said.
There are several ways food processes can reformulate food, such as adding sodium diacetate and sodium lactate, to slow the growth of any bacteria that may have made it onto the food.
Irradiation briefly exposes food to gamma rays or electron beams and can kill harmful bacteria. It is approved for use on meat and poultry in the United States, but in Canada is limited to onions, potatoes, wheat, flour, whole wheat flour, and whole or ground spices and dehydrated seasonings.
Lowering the pH, therefore increasing acidity, also controls Listeria, as would heat-treating the final product, Wiedmann said.
“It’s not one thing,” he said. “You can’t look at one plant saying, ‘You didn’t do your job.”‘
Once it leaves the company’s control and is purchased by a consumer, Wiedmann said it’s up to individuals to ensure they don’t do anything to encourage bacterial growth.
Listeria does continue to grow in refrigerated food, but lower temperatures are still ideal. Wiedmann said under 4 C is preferable.
“To you and me it might not sound like a big difference if they refrigerate it at seven degrees or at three degrees – to Listeria it makes a big difference,” he said.
Outside of a fridge on a hot day Listeria can double every 30 minutes, Wiedmann said. If that same food is stored at 4 C, it takes 24 hours to double.
EVEN WHEN STEPHEN HARPER SAID IT WOULD GET BETTER AND NOT WORSE
WHILE KEY CABINET MINISTERS WERE BUSY HELPING THEMSELVES THINGS GOT EVEN WORSE FOR THE REST
MORE AND MORE JOBS WERE LOST
AND WHAT NEXT?
MORE FALSE STATEMENTS FROM..
-An independent body of civilians is needed to investigate homicides involving police. It’s obvious that police investigating themselves isn’t working. There have been too many coverups, and the public has lost trust.
-A new commissioner is needed. Elliott has to go. He has lost credibility and can no longer lead this troubled organization back to health.
The iconic tradition of Canada’s Mounties dates back to May 23, 1873. The red serge of their uniforms has come to represent honour, order and a proud past. But red is also the colour of shame. Without drastic change, that will be the sad legacy of this once meaningful organization.
– It is still now totally unacceptable , despicable that the RCMP abuses the citizens, next they do get full pay while they are suspended during an investigations, and on top of that their lawyers are also now all paid for at the tax payers expenses.. but still the majority of taxpayers do not have such luxury , benefits now as well. The RCMP likely needs to be totally disbanded
– On top of all this the RCMP Dziekanski affair has now also given world wide a real bad name to Canada, it has made Canada now a world wide laughing stock of Police brutality, cover-ups, injustices, police lies..
This too is not a hate message – “I would like to recommend an excellent book by Stephen Sizer, entitled ’Christian Zionism, Road Map To Armageddon?, which I believe, will shed a great deal of light on the topic of Christian Zionism. Many millions have been bamboozled and deceived by this cultish movement, and few will ever utter a word against the State of Israel as a result. In the book ’Christian Zionism: Road Map To Armageddon’ Stephen Sizer goes into great detail in exposing the historical roots of Christian Zionism. Mr Sizer talks about things such as the Balfour declaration, CI Scofield and the Scofield Bible, and the influence that it has had in the world. The names of the people who have been associated with this cultish teaching are very well known, people such as John Darby, D.L Moody, Hal Lindsey, and Pat Robertson, just to name a few. ” JERUSALEM – Israel’s military on Thursday ordered a criminal inquiry into its own soldiers’ reports that some troops killed Palestinian civilians, including children, during the Gaza war by hastily opening fire, confident that relaxed rules of engagement would protect them.Their accounts, published in a military institute’s newsletter, echo Palestinian allegations and feed into human-rights groups’ contention that Israel violated the laws of war. Soldiers also reported the wanton destruction of civilian property. READ THE FULL MSNBC ARTICLE HERE
Clearly just because something someone writes offends someone else does not mean firstly that it is even “hate”, immediately prosecutable by law, the courts or the Human Rights Commission. There is still a separation between appropriate speech and inappropriate speech, a separation between freedom of speech, expressing one’s views, opinions and the delivered, deliberate conscious propagation of hatred towards a specific group or person.
OTTAWA — A ruling from a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal member says a controversial law banning Internet hate messages is unconstitutional because it violates free speech protections. Athanasios Hadjis ruled Wednesday that section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act violates Charter protections. While this decision doesn’t throw out the law – that’s something for the courts – it did let accused hatemonger Marc Lemire off the hook, because Hadjis refused to penalize him or order him to stop posting his messages on the net. on his site. Lemire was accused of posting anti-Semitic and anti-gay material on web sites in a complaint brought by Ottawa lawyer Richard Warman. Warman has become an Internet watchdog for such material and the main section 13 complainant before the tribunal. He had asked for a cease-and-desist order against Lemire and a $7,500 fine. Canadian Jewish Congress was quick to call for an appeal of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal member Hadjis ruling. “We strongly disagree with his decision not to impose a cease-and-desist order,” said Joel Richler, an honorary legal counsel to the congress. The congress said other tribunal members have found the section to be constitutional and the courts should be asked to clarify the matter.
You know I get a kick out of those lying spin doctors, from police officers, bad cops, union representatives, police lovers who say that bad people, bad cops and their bad supervisors too they can always be rehabilitated, retrained.. The hypocrtical police tend not to believe that bad cons can be helped only bad cops… and how many millions of them now has this happened to them.. almost none.. a bad apple tends to get worse.. The RCMP maximum 10 days punishment is always absurd, permanent dismissal is what is always needed with the bad cops and their clearly bad superiors who had managed and hired them too..http://www2.canada.com/burnabynow/news/community/story.html?id=8d1d3edf-7582-4031-93f0-d6efddf13a8d
It would be easy to form the impression that the four Richmond RCMP officers involved were the only ones to blame for the tragedy at Vancouver International Airport on Oct. 14, 2007.But as the lawyer for Dziekanski’s mother has astutely observed, that’s only because the RCMP’s spectacularly bad PR has stolen the spotlight. RCMP brass and the federal government could have pre-empted a damning report from Thomas Braidwood by stepping up with a genuine mea culpa and an announcement that a major overhaul of the RCMP and CBSA was already in the works. That hasn’t happened. Now, given how much has been exposed in this inquiry, it is hard to believe a few people won’t be held to account.
that includes the and justice ministers, solicitor generals at the federal and provincial levels now too and who is going to hold them all accountable? not the bad PM for sure.
Here is what I know for sure in Canada proper policing, management , supervision human rights commissions are a real fact of life, society, in schools, life, in churches, governments, commerce, institutions, civil and public services, professional services too, and elsewhere, even on the net, for you will always have those 30 percent at least of the persons who will try to cheat, lie , steal, bend the rules, falsely believe they are above the laws, Self regulation alone is too often pretentious, farcical, often not applied as well. That applies especially to the professionals, civil and public services, police, municipalities, politicians now as well..
Alberta should not renew RCMP contract
“And the RCMP has changed, for the worse. At the headquarters level there hasn’t been a good report in years. Various inquiries have found incompetence, poor training, poor discipline, poor co-ordination and communication, and outright dishonesty. Those inquiries have used phrases like “horribly broken,” “often flawed,” “not justified” and so on.
News reports made it clear that RCMP investigations into embarrassing and fatal actions of their own members were inadequate to the point of being a coverup. At the field level there were many reports of highly dubious shootings by RCMP members, and criminal investigations into the conduct of members when off duty. Former RCMP Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli resigned in disgrace after giving conflicting statements to a Parliamentary committee. ” http://www.calgaryherald.com/opinion/Alberta+should+renew+RCMP+contract/3498184/story.html?cid=megadrop_storyThis is not a new revelation I myself now had detailed to you about 25 years ago my own experience in Canmore Alberta with the perverse RCMP where I got 2 speeding tickets on the same spot years apart and how the RCMP next also had covered up for it’s pervere buddies, and I had also entered my complaint about their perverse acts into the Canmore Queens court record as well now.
One of the best way that I have discovered to get to know what a cop is really like, is work with him just for one whole day,.. and what you now saw next.. lying, bullying, control freak..
Robert Dziekanski was lying dead on the floor of Vancouver’s airport, his entire face blue, 90 seconds after RCMP officers who shocked him with a Taser say he was alive and breathing, a paramedic told a public inquiry Thursday.– A paramedic called to the Vancouver International Airport after Robert Dziekanski went unconscious said the lead RCMP officer told him the Polish immigrant was Tasered only once. Allan Maciak told the Braidwood inquiry, which is investigating Mr. Dziekanski’s October 2007 death, that RCMP Cpl. Monty Robinson didn’t tell him that the Polish immigrant had been hit by a Taser five times. Mr. Maciak said Thursday he could clearly see that Mr. Dziekanski had turned blue as he lay on the floor surrounded by RCMP officers and Richmond firefighters. The Polish immigrant was dead when he arrived at the scene, Mr. Maciak said. http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=1431665
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/s/capress/090325/national/budget_officer_deficit Budget officer says jobs disappearing faster than stimulus can create
OTTAWA – Canada’s economy has deteriorated so badly since the federal government introduced its budget that more jobs have already vanished than the $40-billion stimulus was intended to create, the parliamentary budget officer says.
FAITH, FREEDOM, FAMILY NOT JUST MERE WORDS.. BUT EMPTY WORDS
Canadian Lawyers, Pastors, Judges, Politicians do not hestiate to recommend divorce too
NEXT HERE IS AS TO WHAT HE SAYS
Prime Minister Stephen Harper found himself vigorously defending his government’s economic forecasts Thursday, shortly after announcing new infrastructure spending for Quebec. “We don’t pull our projections out of the air,” Harper told a news conference in Levis, across the St. Lawrence River from Quebec City. “We arrive at our projections based on a survey of the best private-sector forecasters across the country.” Harper said Canada is in a period of enormous uncertainty where forecasts are changing rapidly. His remarks came a day after the country’s parliamentary budget officer said Canada’s economy has deteriorated so much since Ottawa introduced its budget that more jobs have already vanished than the $40-billion stimulus package was intended to create. Kevin Page’s latest report shows an economy that plummeted in the first quarter of this year and erased most of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s projections when he tabled the budget in January. http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090326/harper_charest_090326/20090326?hub=Canada
I had already not only stated beforehand that using a federal stimulus program that gives dollars to the Municipalities monies to spend was a wasteful and ineffective approach, even under the previous federal governments and most citizens still do think this has not been a effective program. Survey say stimulus cash had little impact and Stimulus cash didn’t create many jobs, budget watchdog concludes .
CANADA- POLTICAL CARTOONS
FINALLY HE SAYS…..
Judges reject role in child-custody bill The Ontario government over a scheme aimed at preventing a repeat of the shocking death of a Toronto child last year would require judges to play the role of “investigators” in child-custody applications launched by non-parents. The judges who do not hesiate to aks for a raise too condemned the provisions as imporper, “an unwieldy and intrusive scheme” that will force judges to assemble a welter of evidence involving prior child protection proceedings, family law proceedings and criminal record checks. “It is improper for judges to assume this role,” they said. “A court is not equipped to administer a scheme of this nature, nor are judges equipped to conduct the kind of investigations contemplated, assumed, promised, etc., The Judges only pretend they work it seems.
Civil rights groups want action on security watchdog OTTAWA – Civil liberties groups say the Conservative government must beef up supervision of security agencies to prevent more innocent Canadians from being tortured in foreign prisons.