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March 30, 2009

the Liberals are now ahead in Canada..


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.

  April 8, 2009  The political survey shows that the Liberals lead the Conservatives nationally, 34 per cent to 32 per cent, after trailing the Tories last month, 35 to 31. The most startling results are in Ontario, where the Liberals have jumped eight points to 45 per cent of decided voters, while the Tories have dropped to 32 per cent, from 41 per cent. While the national numbers are a virtual tie – and within the margin of error –  “the trend line since the election has been bad news for the Conservatives and good news for the Liberals.” The Conservatives continue to lag in Quebec, with 15 per cent support compared to 29 per cent for the Liberals and 41 per cent for the Bloc Québécois. The Tories continue to dominate the West, with 46 per cent, compared to the Liberals at 24 and the NDP at 19. .. it appears as though Mr. Harper continues to be punished for attacking the Bloc during the debate over the creation of a Liberal/NDP coalition, backed by the BQ.

Ontarians are the gloomiest of all Canadians, with 86 per cent saying the economy is in decline, compared to 77 per cent in Quebec and 79 per cent in the Prairies. Overall, 82 per cent of Canadians say the economy will turn down. Consumers are also battening down the hatches, with 64 per cent of Canadians saying they are spending less these days, compared to 78 per cent of Americans who say the same thing.


MARCH 2009 Canada opposition Liberals take slight lead – poll  Reuters – The Liberals have continually attacked Prime Minister Stephen Harper for not doing enough to tackle the economic crisis. The survey showed that 41 percent Canada’s opposition Liberals have gained a slight lead in popular support over the ruling Conservatives amid increasing unhappiness over how the government is tackling the economic crisis, according to a poll published on Monday,.The Leger Marketing poll for the French-language Le Devoir newspaper put the Liberals, led by Michael Ignatieff, at 35 percent popular support, compared with 34 percent for the Conservatives, who won a strengthened minority in the general election held last October. The survey showed that 41 percent of Canadians said Ignatieff had the best ideas for fixing the economy, compared with just 32 percent for Harper.”There is no good news at all in this poll for the Conservatives. A government always has difficulties during an economic crisis and this is confirmed (by the survey),” Leger pollster Jean-Marc Leger told Le Devoir.Most polls since the election have put the Conservatives ahead, although the gap has narrowed since Ignatieff took over from previous leader Stephane Dion in December. 01pmtaser5 Almost half of those polled by Leger — 48 percent — said they were unhappy or very unhappy with what Harper had done so far to mitigate the effects of the recession. Only 40 percent said they were happy or very happy.The Leger poll of 1,508 adults was carried out between March 18 and 23  WE NEED NO MORE IMMIGRANTS KILLED TOO… ed-82Now watch next a Conservative biassed media come with a different poll..0media 


the fools in Ottawa

Filed under: News and politics — thenonconformer @ 1:02 pm

October 14, 2008

Health Canada approves preservative that could lead to ListeriaTHE CANADIAN PRESS

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.

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