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March 24, 2009

CANADA TODAY

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Flaherty and Harper are wrongfully attempting to use the current economic urgency to ram through a long-term partisan agenda.
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(Eph 5:5 KJV)  For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
 
Stephen Harper doesn’t need to revisit the divisive and hitherto dormant question of gun control, at least not right now. He’s got trouble enough as it is, what with the recession and the bailouts and the war in Afghanistan and steering his minority government through the political shoals and so on. Conventional wisdom has always been that Harper can only get that majority by winning more seats in Quebec. Toward that end he has invested a great deal of his political capital. He might as well have dumped it into the St. Lawrence River. The Conservatives won only 10 of 75 seats in Quebec last October and their support in the province has only waned since then. When the prime minister talks about the gun registry, as he did during the weekend at a fish and game banquet in Toronto, he’s really talking about Quebec. In both cases, he is saying, “Who needs you?”  By opening a new offensive on the gun registry, Harper is all but writing off Quebec, where the registry is most popular. Polls show that 76 per cent of Quebecers support the $2-billion crackdown on farmers and duck hunters. That’s why Quebec Premier Jean Charest has vowed to retain a long-gun registry in that province no matter what Ottawa does.   That Harper would do so suggests he has finally given up on Quebec. No longer will the tail automatically wag the dog. So ends the dream of another would-be national party   http://www2.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/third_page/story.html?id=c25cc6bf-951f-40ab-b1ba-6c601b798b55
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 Liberals launched a new website yesterday called OnProbation.ca  AND this website will allow Canadians to participate in the accountability exercise by helping to ensure the government doesn’t burden future generations with debt and that it continues to help the most vulnerable in society. while Stephen Harper “yearns for division” and “pitting one group of people against another,” Mr. Ignatieff is looking for good government
 
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CBC/Radio-Canada provides TV, Radio and Internet services across the country in two languages, as well as 8 Northern languages. It is the only truly national service and it has done it all on about $1.4 billion per year, including advertising revenue. By contrast, Canwest spent $1.7 billion in 2008 to provide its services…which were not nearly as extensive.
 
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Oil merger raises fears of raw deal at the pump ,Canadians, Ontario drivers face the threat of higher gasoline prices if federal regulators approve Suncor Energy’s monster $19.1 billion bid for Petro-Canada, industry watchers warn.
 
LONGUEUIL, Que. — Police near Montreal are hoping to collar dog nappers who are demanding a $5000 ransom for the return of a snatched Yorkshire terrier.
 

Mountie had ‘no plan’ when approaching Dziekanski Most experienced RCMP  officer involved in fatal confrontation says he ordered tasering, but concedes he was not ‘current’ on weapon. Cpl. Robinson said he was trained in the use of tasers in 2003, but did not go through refresher training until a month after the incident. He was suspended with pay from that post after an October auto accident INVOLVING DUI.‘I was mistaken,’ Mountie testifies after recanting statement at   
 
Robert Dziekanski’s distraught mother tried Monday to confront the RCMP officer who was in charge the night her son was Tasered and died at the Vancouver airport. “I have only one question for this man: Where is my son now?” she asked outside the Braidwood inquiry into Taser use and Dziekanski’s death. Zofia Cisowski said she was no more impressed with RCMP Cpl. Benjamin “Monty” Robinson than she was with his three predecessors, nor did she accept an apology he offered on the stand. “He tells the same story as the other police. His words are empty,” Cisowski said.  http://www.timescolonist.com/Where+Mother+Dziekanski+confronts+officer+inquiry/1420099/story.html
 

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RCMP acknowledges public trust eroded after Dziekanski incident  Vancouver Sun –  By Neal Hall, Vancouver SunMarch 24, 2009 VANCOUVER – The RCMP realizes the level of public trust in the force has dropped as a result of evidence emerging at the Braidwood inquiry, which is probing the death of Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver’s airport

 

Mountie fails to have driving ban lifted The Province – By Keith Fraser, The ProvinceMarch 4, 2009 One of the four Mounties at the scene of the fatal Tasering of Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver International Airport has lost his bid to overturn a driving ban he received after he was involved in a fatal

 

Cop not certified with Taser  24 Hours Vancouver –  By IRWIN LOY, 24 HOURS The RCMP officer who gave the order to jolt Robert Dziekanski with a Taser stun gun lacked the proper certification to fire the weapon himself, the inquiry into the Polish immigrant’s death has heard. RCMP Cpl. Benjamin ‘Monty’

 

Unbelievable testimony; unknowable pain Globe and Mail –  Just days after the head of the RCMP asked the Canadian public to “walk a mile in the shoes” of his officers, the mother of Robert Dziekanski attempted to get a member of the force to do exactly the same thing with her. The moment occurred yesterday as

  

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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.

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