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October 29, 2011

NO MORE police surveillance powers

The Harper government intends to make it easier for police to monitor Canadians’ Internet and smartphone activity – but Canada’s privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart says she has “deep concerns” about potential legislation that would boost police surveillance powers and access to private information. Stoddart expressed particular concerns about a proposal in the previous legislation that would have required internet service providers to give subscriber data to police and national security agencies without a warrant, including names, unlisted phone numbers and IP addresses. “Canadian authorities have yet to provide the public with evidence to suggest that CSIS or Canadian police cannot perform their duties under the current regime,” she wrote.

In addition to the provision allowing police to obtain internet subscriber information without a warrant, the previous lawful access bills also would have:

-Forced internet providers and other makers of technology to provide a “back door” to make communications accessible to police.

-Allowed police to get warrants to obtain information transmitted over the internet and data related to its transmission, including locations of individuals and transactions.

-Allowed courts to compel other parties to preserve electronic evidence.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2011/10/27/technology-privacy-commissioner-lawful-access.html

Don’t get the wrong idea we can trust the police in Canada, or trust the police too often masturbating reviews of wrong doings by the police which mostly still tends to find the cops innocent of any wrong doings. https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/01/28/dirty-rcmp-lays-dirty-again/

SQ wraps probe into bystander police shooting – Quebec provincial police have completed their probe of a Montreal police shooting that left two people dead last June, including an innocent bystander. In a case that made national headlines and prompted an angry anti-police march in Montreal, local officers shot a homeless man during a public disturbance and their gunfire also struck a man who was arriving for work at a nearby hospital. Provincial police said in a statement released Wednesday that the file has been handed over to Quebec’s director of criminal prosecutions. It will be up to that office to determine whether charges are laid against the police officers.

The June 7 shooting was one of a number of serious incidents involving police last summer, and reignited the debate surrounding how those incidents are investigated in Quebec. Currently, when members of a police force kill or injure citizens, another force takes over the investigation. In the days and weeks following the deaths opponents of that system renewed their calls for the creation of a civilian review board to handle such cases, saying it’s the only way to eliminate bias and ensure the credibility of the final reports.

Support full gun control https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/fools-would-say-that-the-long-gun-registry-does-not-help/

October 26, 2011

FOOLS WOULD SAY THAT THE LONG GUN REGISTRY DOES NOT HELP

Quebec. The Quebec and federal governments are facing off over the federal long-gun registry’s Quebec data, which are to be trashed along with the rest of the long-gun registry under a bill proposed this week by the Conservative government in Ottawa.In Quebec, the information is largely collected by the Sûreté du Québec.But Ottawa’s control of the electronic database could mean sudden death for Quebec’s goal of keeping the information collected for more than a decade on nearly half-a-million Quebec gun owners, many of them hunters and farmers.“We will oppose, with all of Quebec society, that this data be destroyed and which would prevent us from re-creating our own registry,” Public Security Minister Robert Dutil vowed Wednesday in the National Assembly.Yves Francoeur, head of the 4,600-member Montreal Police Brotherhood, acknowledged that unregistered guns are a big part of gun violence, but said the long-gun registry is a crucial tool.Long-guns are more easily accessible to those who commit acts of conjugal violence and suicide, he noted. Police use the registry to help determine how many guns a suspect may have access to.Francoeur was one of the first officers on the scene at the mass shooting at the École Polytechnique in 1989, when 14 women were killed. The shooter used a Ruger Mini 14, one of the non-restricted weapons that would no longer need to be registered under the newly proposed law.Francoeur said Montreal police officers have many reasons to want as much control as possible over hunting rifles. “Fourteen of the last 16 murders of police officers were with rifles,” he said http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Ottawa+Quebec+duel+over+long+registry+data/5612006/story.html

Don’t scrap gun registry, Quebec MNAs urge Montreal Gazette –  With the pending demise of the federal long-gun registry, many question where to go from here. QUEBEC — All members of the Quebec National Assembly joined Thursday in voting unanimously for a motion calling on Ottawa to rethink its plans to end long-gun registration and destroy the database.

PEOPLE EVEN NEED CAR LICENSES TO DRIVE A CAR . ONLY FOOLS WOULD SAY THAT THE LONG GUN REGISTRY DOES NOT HELP TO SOLVE CRIMES, OR TO REDUCE MURDERS. GUN CRIME HAS BEEN REDUCED BY 50 PERCENT AS A RESULT.

JUST CAUSE THE COST INFECTIVE RCMP DID A BAD JOB IN THIS AREA IS NO REASON STILL TO SCRAP THE GUN REGISTRIES.

YES GUNS ARE USED TO KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE TOO OFTEN STILL

Former Lethbridge police officer charged in connection with alleged gun … Calgary Herald – ‎ CALGARY – A retired Lethbridge police officer was arrested by Calgary police Wednesday and is facing charges in connection with an alleged gun-trafficking ring. Daniel Francis Bennett, 63, has been charged with nine counts of weapons trafficking.Police said the charges are in connection with 16 guns seized by Calgary police in June 2010 — including a machine gun and eight handguns, which are restricted weapons.Investigators said the serial numbers on some of the weapons had been tampered with in an attempt to conceal their origin.

 

DO NOT SUPPORT MURDER OR NO GUN CONTROLS. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s law-and-order Conservatives have no valid reason to kill off Canada’s rifle and shotgun registry, machine gun and submachine gun (both classified as “long guns”), beyond pandering to their rural constituencies. https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/11/04/no-gun-control-is-murder/

.. CONSERVATIVES CAN BE FOOLS AS WELL..

REAL CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS DO NOT SUPPORT MURDER OR NO GUN CONTROLS

November 6, 2009

The major news this week..

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 I am not trying to get your interest with sensationalized one line headers, spin doctoring, or politically correct, pretentious, crowd pleasing  writings, but merely by telling you the undeniable truth as I  see it, others wrote about it too. If you want to be lied to there are many sites who will do that for you but one day you still will have to face the reality, the truth.
 
According to Statistics Canada, Alberta experienced the largest job losses in the country. The federal agency reported Friday that employment in Alberta decreased by 15,000 last month, pushing the unemployment rate up 0.4 percentage points to 7.5 per cent, up from 7.1 per cent in September and 3.7 per cent a year ago. Since October 2008, Alberta’s employment has fallen by 3.3 per cent, or 68,000 jobs, the steepest rate of decline among all provinces. 
http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/Alberta+shedding+jobs+fastest+rate+Canada/2196657/story.html
OTTAWA – Canada’s economy shed more than 43,000 jobs last month in a clear indication that the struggling economy is still feeling the aftershock of the deep recession that erupted a year ago. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/091106/business/jobs and all the liars continued to say the recession in Canada was officially over, things were getting better, etc
 
 I ALREADY WROTE TO YOU WHAT BIG LIARS THOSE CONSERVATIVES SPIN DOCTORS, STATISTIC CANADA  NOW ARE STILL TOO, NOT JUST THE BANK OF CANADA. THE REALTORS NOW AS WELL..
 
 NOW FOR A START TOO LET MY GOVERNMENT OF CANADA RIGHTFULLY LOOK FIRST FULLY AFTER THE CITIZENS BEST INTEREST , CONSUMER PROTECTION AND NOT THE INTEREST OF BIG BUSINESS MAINLY TOO.
 
“Canadian officials are taking part in negotiations for a top-secret copyright treaty that could see families barred from the Internet for a year if someone in the household is suspected of illegal downloads.Under the worldwide rules of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), Internet service providers such as Bell and Rogers in Canada would be required to become copyright police and filter out pirated material from their networks, hand over the identities of customers believed to be infringing copyrights and restrict the use of identity-blocking software.ACTA would employ a three-strikes policy. People believed to be regularly downloading copy-protected material, such as movie and music files, could have their Internet connection severed for up to 12 months and forced to pay a fine. “It’s incredibly disproportionate. Three unproven allegations of infringement will cut off Internet service for a year for an entire family,” said Michael Geist, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and e-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa.”It’s not based on the individual user, it’s based on the connection,” added Geist, who said he has received details of the proposals from people closely associated with drafting the agreement. The treaty, which is being pushed forward by the Office of the United States Trade Representative, closely mimics the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that governs copyright issues in the U.S. It puts in place measures that would make it illegal for consumers to make backup copies of DVDs or other media with built-in copy-protection technology. Other provisions could make information on iPods, laptops and other personal electronic devices illegal and force travellers to prove to border officials that the content on such devices was acquired through legal channels.  http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/Canada+talks+over+copyright+laws+with+bite/2189494/story.html
 
The federal, provincial governments, the CRTC, Conservatives, Liberals  unfairly maintaining  archaic, monopolistic telecommunication firms, that are often   bloated, cost ineffective, incompetent, over staffed, un-competitively managed as well is the main reasons consumer costs falsely keep on going up now.
  
FIRST DO TELL MY GOVERNMENT, THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA THAT ALL THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA, THE RCMP TOO NOW,  COPYRIGHTS DO ALSO BELONG TO ME, A CITIZEN OF CANADA, ONE OF THE MAY OWNERS OF CANADA NOW TOO, AND THAT AS A RESULT I CAN PASTE, POST ANY OF MY COPYRIGHT MATERIAL  FREELY ON MY WEBS SITE FOR ALL TO SEE.
 
TORONTO – The office of Canada’s auditor general says it’s perfectly OK – and much appreciated – if websites link to reports on its government site, but warns they should not be hosted elsewhere. Advocates for copyright reform expressed concern Thursday when the auditor general’s office demanded the Globe and Mail newspaper remove a copy of a report that had been attached to one of its online articles. The Globe was displaying the report with a web application called Scribd, which allows large documents to be embedded on a web page without the need for an external program like Adobe Reader. It also keeps readers on the same web page, rather than sending them off to another site to read the document. Beth Stewart, a lawyer for the office of auditor general Sheila Fraser, said the document was ordered off Scribd’s servers because of concerns with the website’s terms of use. It was her understanding that users of Scribd documents are permitted to alter the files and use them in other ways, Stewart said.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/life/sci_tech/Auditor-general_s-office-says-it_s-OK-to-link-to_-but-not-host_-its-reports-69326817.html
 
An independent analysis of federal stimulus spending shows Conservative ridings received millions more than ridings represented by opposition MPs. Among the cabinet, Heritage Minister James Moore and Minister of State of Foreign Affairs Peter Kent ranked near the top of list due to their share of projects  in their ridings, An interactive look at the latest unemployment data broken down by province and city http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/jobless-rate-jumps-to-86-per-cent/article1353485/#interactive
 
Is Canada still in recession or in mother of all jobless recoveries?   (CP)  OTTAWA — Canada’s economic recovery is suddenly looking vulnerable after Statistics Canada shocked observers Friday with new data showing the country lost 71,000 jobs last month. The October figure was the third major economic indicator that has surprised well to the downside since the Bank of Canada declared the recession over in July. But the grim jobs data – glossed up by a 27,500-gain in self-employment that brought the net loss to 43,200 – puts into question the previous two months of reported gains. In conjunction with gross domestic product readings of zero growth in July and a 0.1 per cent shrinkage in August, the growth predicted for the third quarter appears to have vanished into thin air. http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5i7F0zSW7kKY265PrP7X0s5pqnb4Q
 
Bell ITSELF NOW WANTS TO MAKE MORE MONEY SELLING MOVIES DIRECTLY TO YOU ON THE NET SO IT READILY WANTS TO ACT LIKE BIG BROTHER POLICE TOO AND FORBID YOU TO DOWNLOAD ANY SUPPOSEDLY PIRATED MATERIAL.. AND WHAT ELSE WILL IT TRY TO CENSOR NOW TOO? BELL THE BIG DIABOLICAL POLICE STATE NOW TOO?  
 
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 “If we let Harper put the Conservative logo on EACH dose of H1N1 vaccine – there would be millions in short order.” with absolutely no lack of it…  It would all be very funny if it weren’t so sick.  Ken King, president and CEO of the Calgary Flames, should be embarrassed that he facilitated not only the team’s players, but their families and some executives of the hockey club, to bypass the normal channels to get inoculated ahead of people in the high-risk categories. The City of Calgary has been asking unsuccessfully since mid-October for vaccine units to immunize their police and fire department employees, yet King still sees nothing wrong with jumping the queue. He should do the honourable thing and resign from his position. Albertans and all Canadians deserve nothing less.
A second Alberta health-care worker has been fired for allowing 150 people connected with the Calgary Flames hockey team to jump the queue and receive H1N1 vaccinations at a special clinic last week. Alberta Health Services, the board that oversees health care in the province, made the announcement yesterday, two days after it dismissed “the most senior staff member involved” in the Flames flu controversy. “There is no process for authorization of the use of the H1N1 vaccine for this purpose, as it contradicts existing protocols and processes,” the board said in a statement. No other disciplinary action will be taken, the board said, adding that an advisory has been sent to everyone involved in the vaccination campaign to ensure “no exceptions will be made.”
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/second-worker-let-go-over-flames-furor/article1355178/

Albertan Auditor general may probe flu fiasco .  Opposition questions government’s ability to immunize all Albertans by Christmas http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/Auditor+general+probe+fiasco/2186860/story.html
 
DO SEE ALSO https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/03/10/l-care-canadian-health-care-medical-cartoons-continued/    Now speaking about useless medical care, deaths.. see also http://picasaweb.google.com/anonconformer
 
Canada, OTTAWA – The biggest winners of the Conservatives’ stimulus extravaganza include one of the prime minister’s closest friends, a riding the Tories desperately hope to win in a byelection next week, and a longtime party stalwart.Conservatives come out on top in most provinces.. Eastern Ontario MP Scott Reid, the Nova Scotia riding of Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley and British Columbia MP Jim Abbott are three of the clearest winners in the distribution of stimulus spending, a broad analysis by The Canadian Press shows.Reid has deep roots in the party. Before he was elected in 2000, he served as a top adviser to Reform leader Preston Manning during the 1990s. Sharp and loyal, he has often been touted for cabinet, but was sidelined for a while for impolitic comments about bilingualism. He is the deputy House Leader.  Reid recently made the national news by posing with a giant stimulus cheque with his name emblazoned on top.Stimulus has also been relatively generous in the Quebec riding of Montmagny-L’Islet-Kamouraska-Riviere Loup, where the Conservatives hope their candidate can take the seat from the Bloc Quebecois in the byelections next week. The riding has 57 points, which seems low compared with other provinces, but is the fourth-highest in the province where stimulus has been slow to flow.spending programs most susceptible to pork-barrelling dedicate a large amount of money to a national purpose but don’t have specific local goals.. On the West Coast, the clear stimulus winners are longtime Tory MP Jim Abbott in the riding of Kootenay-Columbia..

The news media says that  New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen spent more on travel than any other MP this year, spending $228,603 to fly across Canada and trek around his sprawling British Columbia riding.  At the other extreme was Conservative MP Gordon O’Connor, who spent a mere $6,600 in travel — the least among sitting MPs. While O’Connor’s riding lies just west of Ottawa, his costs pale compared to the $28,553 chocked up by fellow Conservative MP Royal Galipeau, whose riding lies in the east-end of the city.  An analysis by Sun Media of documents tabled in the House of Commons shows a wide discrepancy in the travel costs MPs charged to taxpayers during the past year. And while the figures don’t include many categories of travel such as travel by cabinet ministers related to their jobs, travel by parliamentary committees and international conferences, it does give a glimpse of who is racking up the frequent flyer miles at taxpayers expense. Overall, Conservatives dominated the top 20 list, occupying 11 of the top 20 positions. While many of those who spent the most represent remote and isolated ridings, there were significant cost differences between MPs in far flung ridings. NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who represents the Northwest Territories spent $213,682 while Liberal Larry Bagnell, MP for the Yukon, charged $115,468.

Many senators are decent types trying to make intelligent and constructive contributions to public policy. But Mike Duffy’s only value has become that of poster boy for why the Senate needs, at very least, major reform if not outright abolition. With his wild rant on a CBC national politics show this week, the television icon has accomplished the difficult feat of offending all those in his parliamentary orbit — his former journalistic occupation, the Conservative party, senators, MPs and even the prime minister who appointed him. MP Peter Stoffer noted in passing, Senator Duffy racked up $44,000 in travel costs during just three months of unelected service in the Red Chamber. MPs from all parties have consistently ranked Peter Stoffer as the least partisan and most personable MP in Canada today. This is the same Duffy who, as host of his own politics show, presented himself for decades as journalistically neutral, then accepted Harper’s $130,000 appointment ten months ago and now devotes his energies to shamelessly shilling for the Conservatives. 
 http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/11/06/don-martin-mike-duffy-jumps-the-shark.aspx#ixzz0W9q67gRh
 
 Our governments and our leaders seem still too ready to allow all of our taxpayer’s monies to be abused and that is unacceptable always. Someone has to be concerned about it, and one of the best ways to deal with the abuses is to expose it and to prosecute fully all the guilty participants. ESPECIALLY THE BAD CIVIL AND PUBLIC SERVANTS.  
 
Firstly It is really a criminal offence to misuse the taxpayers money, to use one’s governmental, job, related resources, time and energy to promote one’s political party too..  

 

Liberals and New Democrats together could unseat Harper   The Prime Minister’s divisive partisan tactics have diminished the public’s respect for politicians in general. In just four years, he has changed the tone of media coverage and public discourse, shifting the mood of the nation toward cynicism and selfishness. http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/719037  The more simple, practical solution is to arrest Prime Minister rightfully on abusing the taxpayer’s money.. many world wide prime ministers have been successfully tried and convicted for their wrong doings  world wide.  It is undeniable that Harper has already now  hired many supporters into governmental jobs : conservative party supporters, organizers, promoters who also are now using their governmental positions, jobs and positions to promote the Conservative party.. so now do not hesitate to arrest and fire all of them too..  Most people still rightfully do blame the governments, politicians, bad cops and bad judges, for the existence of much too many crooked civil and public servants, crooked business persons, crooked persons in Canada.  More Laws that are unenforced also tend to be still mostly useless too.  

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We can often know too often our civil and public servants, governments. Medicare now are pretentious and none of that is very acceptable still as well, especially when they take their pay from the taxpayer’s money but now show little good for it still too.

Here also is what I do know  also for sure for decades now too. Visiting the local charge card happy medical doctors tends to be totally inadequate when you have a  serious health issue. In fact mainly, rather only hospital emergency facilities can help you, cause they alone tend to have all the expertise, medical equipment needed to do the proper diagnosis, necessary tests still too. 
 
Meanwhile British Prime Minister Gordon Brown threatens to end Afghan mission unless corruption is tackled.   In a clear policy shift, the Prime Minister cautioned President Karzai that unless he quashes endemic corruption he will have “forfeited” his right to international support. “I am not prepared to put the lives of British men and women in harm’s way for a government that does not stand up against corruption,” he said. “But let me also be clear. People are right to ask whether our soldiers should be placed in harm’s way, if the government of Afghanistan is unable or unwilling to meet its obligations to the Afghan people.  A poll last night showed that opposition to the war has risen markedly in the last fortnight. Only 33 per cent of the British public think that the war can be won, while 57 per cent think that victory is no longer possible.. and what does Stephen Harper Prime Minister of Canada say?
 

  Harper the bad Prime Minister of Canada 

November 4, 2009

Heads roll in Alberta

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  PRIVATE PROSECUTIONS ARE NOW ALSO BEING CONSIDERED FOR HOSPITALS, HOSPITAL MANAGERS, DOCTORS AND MEDICAL STAFF WHERE PATIENTS HAVE DIED IN HOSPITALS DUE TO THE HOSPITAL’S POOR NEGLECT, BAD MEDICAL PRACTICES.   https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/12/11/hospital-deaths-account-for-half-of-deaths-annually/

Wealth, Power, influence   helps persons to  jump  queue for H1N1 shots too. It is in situations like this one that you can see persons for what they really are and how poor our health system and our leadership is! “Last month a pollster asked Canadians to identify the key strength of our health-care system. An astonishing 90 per cent chose the fact that it is accessible to everyone, free, thanks to the taxpayer.” Now that myth was clearly shattered with the onslaught of the H1N1, swine flu, were undeniable too  many professional persons NOW HAD started to act like swine themselves. The revelations of the many wrong doings come as the World Health Organization warned “intense and persistent” flu transmission continues to be reported in North America, “without evidence of a peak in activity.”  Marie-Eve Bédard, press attache to Quebec Health Minister Yves Bolduc, said board members of hospitals and donors are not entitled to vaccines ahead of the rest of the population.  So problems and immorality continued to haunt this country’s massive vaccination effort and what It’s only easier for people to do the right thing when there’s some shame attached to doing the wrong one. I one being aware of the existance of the much too many liars, spin doctors we have now in Canada found it very hilarious the values false justifications, excuse used to falsely try to approuve  the swine queue jumping.. for it did not change also the fact, this tip of the iceberg now  too,  I can assure you that vaccinations alone are not the main unacceptable issue, but more  specifically the health treatment actually available to all now as well..

 

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.

H1N1 patient influx expected Calgary Sun

Alberta hospitals feel flu pressure Vancouver Sun

iNews880.com – CBC.ca – The Canadian Press – Metro Canada – Edmonton

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 A senior staff member within Alberta Health Services has been turfed after members of the Calgary Flames were able to jump the queue and receive H1N1 vaccines. In a statement released today, AHS officials said they only learned of the situation on Monday. An investigation was launched. “Disciplinary action has been taken, resulting in the dismissal today of the most senior staff member involved,” says the statement. “An investigation is continuing and may result in further disciplinary action.” The statement was signed by Ken Hughes, chairman of the Alberta Health Services Board and Dr. Stephen Duckett, president and chief executive officer.

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‘The special treatment … is unacceptable to us and contrary to all of our existing protocols and processes. I apologize for this breach of our duty to Albertans.’—Stephen Duckett, Alberta Health Services “I think it sends the message that this will not be tolerated,” said Alberta Health Minister Ron Liepert, adding that he does not know who the dismissed worker is, or why he or she decided to approve the clinic — held on Friday at an unnamed health centre — for the hockey team.   Top officials said they did not know about the arrangements for the Flames organization until Monday. “The decision to allow preferential access to the Flames and their families was a serious error in judgment on the part of the staff involved,” said Stephen Duckett, president and CEO of the board, in the statement

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This is a perfect picture of what two tier health care systems look like. The rich get richer and those with money can buy their health care coverage/care. The Flames should be ashamed. Alberta Health Services should be investigated. How did the money/vaccine exchange happen and who’s pocket was filled. I am disgusted.Albertans have let there government get far to comfortable. 30 years in power says, we can do anything and you sheep will continue to vote for us. The governments should fear its people and yours does not. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/calgary/story/2009/11/04/alberta-h1n1-flu-shot-calgary-flames-investigation.html

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UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT -SELFISHNESS

Ont. minister says she’s outraged at reports that celebrity athletes got H1N1 vaccine  TORONTO – Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews vowed Thursday to investigate whether celebrity athletes jumped the queue for the swine flu shot while other groups are being forced to wait as the province’s supply dwindles. Minister slams H1N1 shots for Leafs, Raptors.  She said she shares the outrage sparked by reports that professional hockey and basketball players in Toronto got the shot even though the province doesn’t have enough yet to vaccinate school-age children.

Toronto hospital board got H1N1 shots early CBC.ca – Members of the board of directors at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital were given H1N1 shots last Monday, at a time when many people in priority groups had yet to be immunized. Shortage or not they used their position to beat the system. If you’re rich, famous or connected it seems you don’t have to wait.  Everyone else though…be patient.  Anyone but me tired of hearing ” we jumped to the front of the line because we did not know there was going to be a shortage? ” In whose world does that make it right when pregnant woman and small children spend hours standing in line? Not fair! These people should have had the decency to let the high-risk groups go first.  Sounds like the bureaucrats are looking after themselves again. Buffalo Jump said: “In Alberta they fired the person who made special arrangements for the Flames.   What is going to happen in Ontario?”  Nothing. This is Ontario

Hospital directors and professional athletes were  jumping ahead of children, pregantn women  to get their H5N1 flu shots, Health Minister Deb Matthews says.At least seven Toronto hospitals have given the scarce H1N1 vaccine to their Boards and Governors. Mount Sinai, St. Michael’s, Sunnybrook, Bridgepoint and the University Health Network’s three hospitals are among the list.  Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer addressed this yesterday saying hospital board members are not health-care workers and therefore are not entitled to the shot unless they suffer from a pre-existing medical condition. As of yesterday, the two big London hospitals had vaccinated 5,000 staff. Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews said yesterday that hospitals should stop making vaccine available to board members and false priorities. Meanwhile, some flu clinics are expected to run out of vaccine this weekend.

MONTREAL – Quebec’s health minister has criticized preferential access to H1N1 vaccines that have been brought to light across the province.  Yves Bolduc told a news conference Saturday he disapproved of a Montreal hospital’s decision to vaccinate its top donors. Bolduc said no special privileges should be given for vaccinations in the province.  Media reports say a few weeks ago, Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital inoculated 200 donors who weren’t on priority lists.  According to hospital officials, the donors spend a lot of time in the medical centre and come in contact with patients.  Earlier this week, vaccine manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline was criticized for immunizing its employees and their families ahead of many priority groups.  In Ontario, board members at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital got the H1N1 shot last week and the University Health Network is offering the vaccine to its board and executives, along with nurses, doctors, volunteers and other hospital workers.  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/091107/national/flu_que
 
Winnipeg’s 12 H1N1 immunization clinics will be closed until Thursday unless a new shipment of vaccine arrives ahead of schedule. Winnipeg closes H1N1 clinics until next week CBC.ca
 
  

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*** I can assure you that vaccinations alone are not the main unacceptable issue, but more  specifically the health treatment to all now as well.. for years ago I specially had written to all that I had interviewed a senior  nurse at the Montreal Jewish general Hospital for their selection criteria for essential surgery and she told me the committee chooses on the basis of 3 selections :
1: Relatives of Hospital workers, and doctors
2: Young people under 30 year old
3: Rich, influential persons.
and so nothing unacceptably has changed here decades later now too? 

 
 
 
 

One’s false denial can be an ACTIVE disregard for facts and circumstances or a more subtle expression of ones unreal personal preferences, their fanatsy.
 
Denial, it is very very common when many an individual, even amongst so called professionals, even in pastors now included,  are openly confronted with their own wrong doings, that they resort to a false denial. When confronted with the truth the denier they  often respond with a similar personal counter attack remark as   ”you are crazy”. “I reject your reality… and substitute my own.” Their false denial, diversion, distortion does not change the negative reality about themselves still though. Denial too often can be  further disastrous upon themselves and others.. Sadly it is a negative natural human tendency to devolve into denial.”  It’s not just a moral compass that’s lacking, but the ability to honest, or to stand apart. Denial often comes out of a false pride, a fear of being openly exposed as being wrong. Denial is a false convenient escape, excuse for inaction  for persons now  facing a situation that requires a decision or action that conflicts with his or her established past policy. For denial is not seeing data at all or seeing it and coming to an erroneous conclusion within oneself.
 
Denial (also called abnegation) is a defense mechanism postulated by Sigmund Freud, in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence, a mechanism of the immature mind that conflicts with the ability to learn from and cope with reality. The subject may now deny the reality of the unpleasant fact altogether (simple denial), admit the fact but deny its seriousness (minimization) or admit both the fact and seriousness but deny responsibility (transference). The concept of denial is particularly related to the denial of one’s addiction to alcohol for example, or to one slandering others, abusing them stealing, lying.. their denial or their  minimization of their own wrong doings is the  essential part of what enables them next to to continue his or her behavior in the face of evidence that, to an outsider, that is   overwhelming.   “The American Heart Association cites denial as a principal reason that treatment of a heart attack is delayed. Because the symptoms are so varied, and often have other potential explanations, the opportunity exists for the patient to deny the emergency, often with fatal consequences. It is common for patients to delay mammograms or other tests because of a fear of cancer, even though this is clearly maladaptive.”

Types of Denial include now the Denial of fact: This form of denial is where someone avoids a fact by lying. This lying can take the form of an outright falsehood (commission), leaving out certain details in order to tailor a story (omission), This form of denial involves avoiding personal responsibility by blaming, minimizing or justifying.   Denial of responsibilityDenial of impact: avoiding thinking about or understanding the harms their behavior have caused to themselves or others.  Denial of awareness: they do not admit any previous awareness of the negative reality.  Denial of cycle: Denial of cycle is where a person avoids looking at their decisions leading up to an event or does not consider their pattern of decision making and how harmful behavior is repeated. Denial of denial:  This latter form of denial typically overlaps with all of the other forms of denial, but involves more self-delusion. People in a false denial are really nuts, delusional.. One’s false denial is often based on a false assumption  of one’s past great success and often precedes their own severe personal failure next  due to a personal disconnect with real life. Illustrated fully by the story of the Emperor with new clothes.

There are tools and practices that we can implement to overcome the psychological trap of denial. Public exposure and prosecution of the guilty is one of the best approach serving everyone’s best interest too. It is a clearly established fact with good basis as to why our Canadian leaders, politicians, police, military, public and civil servants  who are always to be exemplary are even personally are to held to a higher standard, accountability in reality.    
 
People in leadership office do have to face higher penalties as an example now too. It is clearly established, accepted fact by most people that those in leadership civil and public servants cops, teachers, ministers, politicians included  are always to be exemplary in behavior,  conduct and they do need to maintain their high standards even out of their working hours, thus to do so they are also to be exemplary  judged, prosecuted  for their own wrong doings with a higher standard over those of us ordinary folks.

 

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/professionals-what-a-joke/

Canadians want a full cell phone while driving ban:

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It used to be that impaired driving, driving drunk, or in rage, or under the influence of drugs caused the majority of traffic deaths.. but undeniably a new breed of killers and murderers have now emerged on the highway.. the people who talk and drive..

 

It is understandable and not unreasonable that many Canadians want a full  cell phone  while driving ban: new study    A new survey on the use of cell phones while driving shows that half of Canadians think the distracting practice should be banned — and also suggests that people’s initial resistance to such a law would recede over time.  Support for cell phone driving ban goes up with age: poll  Half of Canadians support a  complete cell phone ban while driving

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EDMONTON — When Tammy Henkel hits the road in Edmonton, she turns off her cellphone and stores it in the trunk until she arrives at her destination. That wasn’t always the case for the interior designer, but became a new, urgent, self-imposed rule in 2007 after her 70-year-old mother was hit and killed by an Edmonton Transit driver while she was crossing on a green walk light near the Edmonton Journal at 101st Street and Macdonald Drive. A court witness said the bus driver had been talking on her cellphone minutes before she made a right-hand turn directly into Norah Tomlin Henkel. The driver was fined $2,000, had her driver’s licence suspended for three months and was found guilty of careless driving and failing to yield to a pedestrian. http://www.montrealgazette.com/cars/Coalition+urges+Alberta+cellphone+while+driving/2313344/story.html

 

The B. C. government announced Tuesday that it plans to ban texting while driving. The new law will also prohibit new drivers from talking on their cellphones, while experienced drivers would be limited to the use of hands-free telephones, the Liberals said. “There’s lots of distractions in motor vehicles and we need to limit those distractions,” Solicitor General Kash Heed. Four provinces have banned the use of hand-held cellphones while driving: Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec and Ontario http://www.montrealgazette.com/cars/Coalition+urges+Alberta+cellphone+while+driving/2313344/Cells+texting+banned/1930860/story.html

 
Together, Liberal British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec speak for three-quarters of Canadians.

 see also  https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/09/28/gross-vehicular-manslaughter-while-texting/ 

Drink Alcohol and Die « The non conformer’s Canadian Weblog   Drink Alcohol and Die or Kill is fast becoming Canada’s preoccupation, main goal, slogan.. Alcohol and alcoholics the unacceptable main cause of vehicular  accidents, domestic violence, and so many other ills… DRUNK DRIVING  KILLS AT LEAST 5 TIMES MORE PERSONS OVER SPEEDING FIRSTLY  https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/01/02/alcohol/
 
Haste makes waste: cutting speed boosts drivers’ life expectancy: study  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100201/national/speeding_life_expectancy
Most accidents are caused by drunk driving and the doctor does not mention this still?? what was that? he was paid by the liquor industry not to? or was PAID BY MONEY MAKING REVENUE COPS TO SAY SPEED ALONE MAINLY KILLS.. HOW ABSURD.. THIS Canadian doctor.. and not a Canadian Traffic engineer uses now US statistics ONLY to say speed alone kills? and he what HE THUS HAD considered also the number of drunk, impaired, road rage  drivers, that seem to increase very year as a fact for most of the deaths NO MATTER WHAT THE SPEED?  or what this did not bother him.. only the number of people who speed?  SPEED IS A MAIN FACTOR IN 5 TO 15 PERCENT OF THE ACCIDENTS.. AND WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE ACCIDENTS? THE 85 PERCENT.. it SEEMS THE DOCTORS IN UNITED KINGDOM CONTRADICT THIS CANADIAN DOCTOR IN THEIR TRAFFIC ACCIDENT STUDIES TOO.. SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW?  Preposterous COOKED results.. NOW get real..

NO GUN CONTROL IS MURDER

DO NOT SUPPORT MURDER OR NO GUN CONTROLS

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It’s all merely dirty politics. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s law-and-order Conservatives have no valid reason to kill off Canada’s rifle and shotgun registry,  machine gun and submachine gun (both classified as “long guns”), beyond pandering to their rural constituencies. Sadly the Harper government nudged forward a private member’s bill in the Commons last week that would kill the long gun registry and deprive police of a crime-fighting tool they find helpful. The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police   strongly support the registry, and argue, rightly, that Canada’s 2 million gun owners “need to be accountable” for their 7 million firearms.  And guns that are duly registered to hunters, farmers and target shooters are also likelier to be disarmed, carefully stored under lock and key, kept out of criminals’ hands and not loaned out to unlicensed people. That makes life safer for us all. Scrapping the registry is a politically motivated move with no policy rationale. http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/722449–distorting-the-gun-facts
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Vote to kill gun registry exposes rural-urban split Globe and Mail –   OTTAWA – From Thursday’s Globe and Mail Published on Thursday, Nov. 05, 2009 12:00AM EST Last updated on Thursday, Nov. 05, 2009 2:25AM EST The House of Commons dealt a major blow to the federal long gun registry last night

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A decision by MPs in Ottawa to repeal the federal long-gun registry was met with harsh criticism by the Quebec government and law-enforcement groups across the country.MPs voted 164-137 yesterday evening to repeal the federal long-gun registry, despite police assertions that it saves lives. The private member’s bill, sponsored by Conservative backbencher Candice Hoeppner, had the backing of all the Tories. All Bloc Québécois MPs voted against. Other than the Tories, the only Quebec MP to vote for the bill was Portneuf’s André Arthur, an independent.  It’s an added tool for police to protect women against violence in their homes,  Law enforcement groups were also upset with yesterday’s vote.

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REAL CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS DO NOT SUPPORT MURDER OR NO GUN CONTROLS

AND WHAT NEXT NO DRUG CONTROLS TOO? NO POLICE?

 

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Guns and flu. The Liberals are charging that while the Harper Tories are bungling communications around the H1N1 flu vaccine they are providing stellar communications over their bill to abolish the contentious long-gun registry. Priorities, priorities, priorities. In advance of tonight’s vote in the House of Commons to scrap the registry, the Tories have been “hitting about 10 of our ridings … heavy,” a veteran Liberal strategist says. “They have big radio buys as well.”  In fact, in Liberal MP Mark Eyking’s Cape Breton riding, the Conservatives are running six to 10 ads a day asking people to call his office, the strategist says. In PEI Liberal MP Wayne Easter’s riding the Tories are circulating flyers that say, “The failed long-gun registry. Hard on farmers and hunters. Useless against real criminals. YOUR Member of Parliament, Wayne Easter, worked to support the registry AND end the amnesty. Is that the support you expect you’re your local MP?”  The strategist adds: “Nothing on H1N1 but … vote against the registry.”  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/blogs/bureau-blog/taking-aim-at-the-gun-registry/article1350693/

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Opposition leaders claim their hands are tied. Sadly, they cannot stop their MPs from helping the Conservatives pass Bill C-391 today, which eliminates the need to register rifles and shotguns and requires that the records on more than 7 million guns be destroyed.Jack Layton says he must allow a free vote because it is a private member’s bill. Just a few short months ago, both he and Michael Ignatieff made impassioned speeches supporting gun control. But this is a private member’s bill in name only. The Conservative government is firmly behind it. The Conservative party is spending thousands of dollars on a media campaign targeting specific opposition MPs and bragging about it.Just weeks shy of the 20th anniversary of the Montreal massacre, the opposition will help Stephen Harper pass this bill. The parents of the Polytechnique victims called the registry a monument to the memory of their daughters killed that day. In spite of the problems with the implementation, the firearms registry is used 10,000 times a day. It has helped remove guns from dangerous people and solve crimes.   http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/720637

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While Harper continues to allow more guns.. he has meanwhile mismanged most everything else too.. the senators he has appointed even.

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Canadians who fear their hard-earned tax money is disappearing down a black hole will no doubt be relieved to learn they are actually investing in government mismanagement on a grand scale.  Auditor general Sheila Fraser’s latest compendium of federal misdeeds calls into question the basic competence of a Conservative government already under fire over stimulus squander and the current flu-shot fiasco.  Surprising only to those awaking from a long coma, Fraser concluded that Stephen Harper’s government of big cardboard cheques is far better at making announcements than actually implementing them. Some of Fraser’s findings would be worthy of a comedic spoof were the consequences not so dire. The Department of Public Safety, for instance, is responsible for co-ordinating national responses to large-scale emergencies, disasters and other crises such as the current H1N1 flu pandemic.  Most ordinary Canadians probably believe that preparing and dealing with catastrophe is rather fundamental to the whole concept of government.  Apparently not.  Fraser found that while the public safety department has a “federal emergency response plan,” it never has actually been implemented. The department also has spent a fortune and many memos to co-ordinate police, firefighters, medical and ambulance crews in response to a major disaster.  Nothing concrete Years later, Fraser reports, they still don’t even have compatible walkie-talkies.  The auditor general says the public safety department has made progress in the areas of “strategy, framework and plan development.”  The only thing missing is “what concrete steps it would take to co-ordinate federal action in the event of an actual emergency of national significance.” Details. Details. Over the past three years, the Harper government has announced no end of measures to bring order to the chaos that is Canada’s immigration and refugee system.  Fraser notes, for instance, that the backlog of skilled workers waiting to get into the country could take up to 25 years to eliminate.  In response, the Conservatives introduced “sweeping changes” almost two years ago that promised to fast-track foreign skilled workers to meet specific needs of the labour market.  It all sounded good in the press release.  But as Fraser notes: “We saw little evidence that this shift is part of any clear strategy to best meet Canada’s labour needs.” The measures did manage to reduce the old queue of more than 600,000 skilled workers by 6% last year, mainly by rejecting new applicants or putting them in a different lineup. Canada Health Infoway is a federal agency that has spent $1.6 billion since 2001, leading the development of a national system of electronic health records. Fraser notes the agency has been fabulously successful at planning, consulting, developing mechanisms, standards and management systems galore. Unfulfilled promises  The only things missing are electronic medical records, still only available to a small fraction of sick Canadians. The Canadian International Development Agency will dole out more than $4 billion of taxpayers’ money in foreign aid this year, but Fraser reports finding no real plan to ensure the money goes where it will do the most good. Over at National Defence, the procurement department has so far managed to spend three years buying new light armoured vehicles for our troops in Afghanistan, preferably before they leave.  So far, the project is only 120% over budget.   http://www.winnipegsun.com/comment/columnists/greg_weston/2009/11/04/11628291-sun.html

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Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace. His vassal-subjects must be committed to Peace. The Prince of Peace had commanded us to love our enemies. True Christians are willing to follow Christ to the cross (Matthew 16:25; 1 Peter 2:21). Real Christians are still always first led by the Holy Spirit should be pacifist and not by the still mostly secular, ungodly Americans, war loving fools..

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Jesus has said, lived real Christians led by the Holy Spirit should be pacifists and not war mongers.. Jesus died for sinners, he did not want his disciples to take up arms and protect him or to revenge his death.. ” I do think it is more than fair to say that, historically, Christians have always attempted to be–and have always publicly taught the importance of being–peacemakers. Historically, Christians have preached–and tried to practice–love and brotherhood. The early church was born in a baptism of love and unity. Oh sure, there were always individual misunderstandings and differences, but, on the whole, the church was a loving, caring, compassionate ecclesia. The disciples of our Lord were called “Christians” first by the Gentiles of Antioch, because of the manner in which the disciples reminded them of Christ’s nature and teachings. I never thought I would hear myself say what I’m about to say, but the truth is, the term “Christian” today means anything but Christ-like. To many people today, “Christian” refers to some warmongering, mean-spirited, throw-anyone-to-the-wolves-who-crosses-them person, who then has the audacity to look down their nose in contempt against anyone who disagrees with them for even the smallest reason. And the word “church” has the stigma of being simply an enclave of warmongers to many people today. And that, my friends, is one reason so many people are so turned off with today’s Christianity. And I can’t say that I blame them. I’m turned off too! this blind support for illegal, immoral, unconstitutional war is anything but Christian. Not only is it turning people against our country among people abroad, it is turning our own countrymen against the Christ we Christians claim to love right here at home. I dare say that the modern Warfare State would grind to a screeching halt tomorrow if evangelical Christians would simply stop supporting it! And the thing that most evangelical Christians fail to realize is that the Warfare State is one of the primary tools that the evil one is using to usher in his devilish New World Order that even babes in Christ know to be of Satan. Hence, Christians are helping to promote the very thing that Satan, himself, is using to enslave them. if we Christians do not quickly repent of this bloodlust that seems to dominate evangelical Christianity today (spiritually and militarily), the word that was first used by un-churched Gentiles to describe Christ’s followers will be used as a curse-word to describe those who facilitated the ruination of our country.”
http://ephraiyim.wordpress.com/2011/…ns-warmongers/

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Five American missionaries flew into Ecuador’s Amazon jungle 38 years ago in a yellow Piper. A week later they were all dead, speared in an act of self defence by primitive Indians who believed they were cannibals. Hidden from modern civilization in the Amazon rain forest, the Waodani were caught in a generations-old culture of violence. Sixty percent of adult deaths were homicides All five victims were young. Nate Saint was 32; James Elliot of Portland, Ore., 28; Edward McCully of Milwaukee, 28; Peter Fleming of Seattle, 27, and Roger Youderian of Lansing, Mich., 31. Although the missionaries were armed, they chose to fire their guns into the air instead of shooting the Indians. It was an Ironic act of sacrifice because the event next marks an end to the Indians killing when one of the dead missionaries spouses next still went to minister to the same Indians. They here did not buy more guns to kill them now next too. Steve Saint when his mother told him of his father’s death, Saint recalled, “I couldn’t imagine there was any reason to go on living.” Elliot’s widow, Elisabeth Elliot, who wrote a book on the incident, and Saint’s sister, Rachel Saint, went to live with the Waodani along with an adopted Waodani girl. They won over suspicious tribes people by treating children for polio and other diseases.The missionaries taught them the Creator did not want them to spear, and that his son had died by the spear but had not speared back. Within a few years, the tribe’s homicide rate dropped by 90 percent. About 20 percent became Christians. Many of Waodani learned faith through the missionaries’ actions, not their words. In 1958, two Huaorani women told Rachel Saint and Elisabeth Elliot, James Elliot’s widow, that the Indians had come to recognize that the killings were a mistake. The Huaorani and American women returned with Dayuma to the tribe to finish the missionaries’ work. Rachel Saint and Dayuma still live in the village of Tonampare, a muddy clearing ringed by tin-roofed shacks near Palm Beach.Steve Saint went on to grow up among the Waodani tribesmen that had killed the five missionaries. He befriended one of the tribesmen who speared his father. Saint says it never occurred to him to be bitter about his father’s death because his mother wasn’t. “By the time I went in to live with them, I already knew these people were very special to us,” said Saint, who now lives in Ocala, Fla. In 1994, when Saint returned to Ecuador to help bury his Aunt Rachel, the Waodani insisted he and his family stay there to teach them the ways of modern life. He obliged. Living in a rustic shack with his wife and children, Saint taught the Waodani dental and medical techniques, how to run a trading post and how to fly. Later, he set up the Indigenous Peoples Technology and Education Center, a Florida-based concern that provides tools and training to native people. Real Christian love overcomes even death, killings..
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LET ME AGAIN BE CLEAR JESUS SAID BLESSED ARE THE PEACE MAKERS.. THE CITY FOLKS WHO BUY A GUN TEND TO WANT TO KILL A PERSON WITH IT AS IT IS STILL IN THEIR CARNAL, ADAMIC VIOLENT NATURE.. THEY ARE NOT BEING LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT TO DO SO EVEN IF…  IF THEY CLAIM TO BE A CHRISTIAN. CHRISTIANS SHOULD BE PACIFISTS AND NOT WAR MONGERS FOR SURE TOO.

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

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/10/31/canada-and-the-recession/

November 2, 2009

Harper government already ‘failed miserably’ on swine flu;

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It is not like Harper did not have the time or the resources to deal with it too..  Harper and his Conservative government are far better at announcing programs than in following them up and ensuring valid results.. cause they are bad, bad managers.  

Worst yet to come 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.

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iNews880.com – CBC.ca – The Canadian Press – Metro Canada – Edmonton
 

 Unacceptably the problem for many Canadians this week is that there is now a sudden shortage of vaccine, just as it’s  demand is at its most intense.OTTAWA – Public Safety Canada, the agency charged with co-ordinating the federal response to threats such as the H1N1 flu, has yet to complete its emergency plan, the auditor general says. Two years after Parliament gave the department responsibility for emergency management leadership, the formal plan has yet to be finished and approved.  There is growing political and public anger over H1N1, as thousands flock to overwhelmed clinics for flu shots – but there’s no overall federal plan for emergencies, be they pandemics, floods, blackouts or terror attacks.  She said government is far better at announcing programs than in following them up and ensuring results  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/091103/national/auditor_report  cause they are bad, bad managers.  Doing one’s best and falling is never good enough.. real competency is always needed still.

The federal job also is to approve the vaccine, to get it made and deliver to the provinces the sufficient  amounts they do order. The provincial job next  is to deliver health services to the public.The federal govt firstly has not even  done its job.  Canadians often  just silently put up with the continual incompetence, dismal, poor  service and whatever crap the politicians and bureaucrats decide to dole out.  As we all know, now anyone who complains about incompetence or bad service is right and justified.

What  went wrong and who is to blame for the unruly mess?  Many experts said on Monday the federal government and local public-health authorities made crucial mistakes. The marathon waiting lists, cancelled clinics and ill-timed shortages could have been avoided, for instance, had the seasonal flu vaccine been scrapped last summer and the pandemic version pushed into production earlier, argued Dr. Richard Schabas, Ontario’s former chief medical officer of health.  More controversy has swirled around the fact that private medical clinics in Ontario and B.C. – which charge their patients hundreds of dollars on top of medicare billings – have received thousands of doses of the sought-after shots. News also  that the federal government would be able to ship out only a fraction of the expected three million doses this week, leading to more waiting. 
 
OTTAWA – Critics are blasting the Harper government for its handling of the swine-flu outbreak as long lineups continue for flu shots and some provinces warn of dwindling supplies of H1N1 vaccine.
 
A number of provinces, including Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, face vaccine shortages after a production problem at the manufacturer’s plant last week slowed delivery of the drug.

An emergency swine-flu debate in the House of Commons was called Monday night after a request by the federal Liberals and NDP, who accused the Harper government of incompetence.

Thousands of Canadians have been vaccinated since Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq approved the H1N1 vaccine last month – after other countries had already begun vaccinations. But there have been long lineups, confusion and frustration across the country as people rush to get the vaccine and some are turned away.

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Lower-than-expected production of the vaccine this week by Quebec-based manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline has meant some clinics have run out of supply. The drugmaker expects to ship roughly 436,00 doses of vaccine with an adjuvant – or booster compound – as well as about 225,000 doses of vaccine without the adjuvant, which are meant for pregnant women.

Opposition MPs peppered the Conservatives with questions in the Commons on Monday, asking why the vaccine rollout has been such a “failure” given that the government assured the public months ago it would be prepared.

Liberal MP Bob Rae said the government has two main responsibilities: “The first is to ensure a steady and reliable supply of vaccines for H1N1. The second is to provide leadership and information on a coherent pandemic response.”

“I would like to ask the government a very simple question: How could it have failed so miserably to execute these two critical responsibilities?” Rae asked.  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/091102/national/flu_politics

 
Many persons are  concerned  that the flu  now is spreading so rapidly, and in some cases with such intensity, that it may well be getting ahead of the federal government’s ability  to prevent it’s escalation not just to even respond  fully to it.
 
 Extra Canadian flu vaccines sent abroad  “Speaking in British Columbia, Butler-Jones said the bulk exports were allowed because Canada had enough for its purposes.”  Alberta ran out of vaccine. Butler-Jones needs to be fired. Aglukakk needs to resign.  Can it get any better…Harper, Leona, and David Bulter-Jones…the 3 Stooges. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2009/11/03/vaccine-swine-flu.html

“This government has failed in its duties,” Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff added. He said the Tory government had ordered the vaccine too late, rolled it out later than several other countries, and failed to properly explain to Canadians how the vaccination campaign would work, “producing anguish in families.”

Many MPs were upset after some private medical clinics reportedly obtained H1N1 vaccine for paying customers while other Canadians lined up for hours or were turned away.

People are “particularly stunned to watch the rich sail by to get shots at private clinics that they cannot afford,” said NDP health critic Judy Wasylycia-Leis, calling it “absolutely galling.”  

Swine flu deaths in Ont. rise to 37; chief medical officer of health reports  TORONTO – Ontario’s chief medical officer of health says the number of people who have died in the province after contracting swine flu has risen to 37 
 
In British Columbia, the CDC’s weekly report on the pandemic H1N1 outbreak gripping B.C. also shows a startling increase in the number of hospitalizations attributed to the virus in the seven days ending Nov. 2. Hospitalizations totalled 199 for the entire period from the pandemic’s outbreak in April to Oct. 26. But another 162 people were admitted to hospital last week alone. Sixteen people, including a child from Yukon, have died in British Columbia since the outbreak began in April. Thirteen of the 15 British Columbians who died had underlying health problems, Hospitals are acquiring extra equipment and shutting down non-essential services to handle the rising number of flu cases requiring hospitalization and intensive care.  Hospitals are also being hobbled by increased staff absenteeism due to illness  http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Three+more+H1N1+deaths/2179732/story.html
 
Pandemic disproportionately infecting, killing young people: Study  As the sudden deaths of young children from H1N1 drive unprecedented demand for flu vaccine, a new study of the first 1,000 cases in California of H1N1 hospitalizations and deaths confirms the pandemic virus is disproportionately infecting and killing young people.  The study also shows obesity is emerging as a newly identified risk factor for severe H1N1. Of those adults whose body mass index, or BMI, was known, more than half — 58 per cent — were obese. Almost one-third did not have any other known condition that might increase their risk of dying from H1N1.  Overall, the report adds to growing evidence H1N1 is a different animal from regular seasonal flu, which normally is more dangerous to people over 65. The median, or midpoint age of hospitalized and fatal cases in California during H1N1’s first wave was 27; 32 per cent were children younger than 18.   “If you’re under the age of 50, this is a bad flu. This might be the worst flu experienced in 50 to 100 years,”
   
 
Ontario will run out of swine flu vaccine by end of week, says minister    TORONTO – Ontario will run out of the regular swine flu vaccine by the end of the week, forcing many immunization clinics to close and preventing priority groups from receiving the flu shot, Health Minister Deb Matthews said Wednesday.
 
With regard to the H1N1 swine flu every death and preventable death is one that is tragic and the decision by Ottawa and the provinces to develop a pandemic strategy based on a single vaccine supplier, GlaxoSmithKline is also turning out to be a very tragic one. Extra vaccine for the H1N1 virus has been exported out of Canada to other countries because producers are making more vaccines than can be stored in bottles, officials say. Dream on if you think this is really true… this is business and they try to make the most money they can anywhere at any cost too.. I bet there is a lot more of this going on too.. Hospitals giving their worker’s families special favour too
 
 

Ont. minister says she’s outraged at reports that celebrity athletes got H1N1 vaccine  TORONTO – Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews vowed Thursday to investigate whether celebrity athletes jumped the queue for the swine flu shot while other groups are being forced to wait as the province’s supply dwindles.  Minister slams H1N1 shots for Leafs, RaptorsShe said she shares the outrage sparked by reports that professional hockey and basketball players in Toronto got the shot even though the province doesn’t have enough yet to vaccinate school-age children.

Toronto hospital board got H1N1 shots early CBC.ca – Members of the board of directors at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital were given H1N1 shots last Monday, at a time when many people in priority groups had yet to be immunized. Shortage or not they used their position to beat the system. If you’re rich, famous or connected it seems you don’t have to wait.  Everyone else though…be patient.  Anyone but me tired of hearing ” we jumped to the front of the line because we did not know there was going to be a shortage? ” In whose world does that make it right when pregnant woman and small children spend hours standing in line? Not fair! These people should have had the decency to let the high-risk groups go first.  Sounds like the bureaucrats are looking after themselves again. Buffalo Jump said: “In Alberta they fired the person who made special arrangements for the Flames.   What is going to happen in Ontario?”  Nothing. This is Ontario

Alberta in an uproar over Flames’ special treatment Premier says investigation has been ordered into how NHL players and their families scored treatment at special clinic   http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/alberta-in-an-uproar-over-flames-special-treatment/article1349899/
 
 The root problem is this double standard applies not just to the flu vaccine but in all of the  health care… 
 
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Roman Cooney, a spokesman with Alberta Health Services, said the special clinic approved by “staff” for hockey players and their families “should not have happened … I am apologizing for a serious error in judgment.”  The federal government faced an avalanche of criticism yesterday from opposition MPs angry at the long waits for the H1N1 vaccine in their ridings.”I can’t believe anybody could look at the lineups and say it’s OK,” said Liberal health clinic Dr. Carolyn Bennett, who succeeded in getting the House of Commons to hold a rare evening emergency debate on the pandemic and inoculation campaign.
 
 ” There is not a shortage of vaccine; every Canadian will be able to have the vaccine by Christmas,” but for those who die before that that is too late..
 
And we are also reminded that other governments have mismanaged also the ehealth now too.. mis management of an electronic health program.  The   issue has prompted a cabinet resignation in Ontario and is linked to an on-going RCMP investigation in British Columbia.  Ontario auditor general Jim McCarter reported on Oct. 7 that Ontario’s e-health initiative lacked direction, relied too heavily on consultants and there was little to show for a $1 billion investment.
 
Reality! What real governing skills does it take for anyone merely to spend the taxpayers money? None! But now also making sure it is properly spend and not stolen firstly still requires valid managerial skills.  The civil and public servants remain remarkably unruffled, even as Ottawa and the provinces rack up close to $100-billion in new debt this year also. For the Public and civil servants in Ottawa but also those   in Ontario remember their   raises profoundly but not rather more the poor work they too often do . For most of them, it was the raise they alone also  do  think still they deserve the raise. If you’re a Stephen  Harper fan or Dalton McGuinty government , yes you’ve seen them given more money to public employees at a time of deflation, fear, market panic and widespread carnage in the private sector  Most of Ottawa’s Ontario’s budget winds up in the hands of municipalities, school boards and hospitals and health authorities, which makes it harder to track who’s getting it too and to know now know much of it was rather abused too.. Anyone reading the news lately has heard not just about the too often useless civil and public servants but also about the mafia connections on porkjects that raises the taxpayers costs up to 40 percent now as well even in Quebec. We all already  could be facing much more taxes, severe service cuts as a direct result while  the federal  and provincial governments  do brace  some more for a “long, slow grind” to economic recovery that included already unacceptable government wastes,  high deficits that even will take years to overcome. All, all of this is unacceptable! 
 
 

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see also https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/10/31/canada-and-the-recession/

October 28, 2009

Why the Conservatives too act like, and support the Mafia in Canada?

 

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Reality! What real governing skills does it take for anyone merely to spend the taxpayers monies wastefully .. any fool can spend it and any fool can make budget cuts.. Conservative or Liberal ones too.
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 But now also making sure it is properly spend and not stolen firstly still requires valid managerial skills.  The civil and public servants remain remarkably unruffled, even as Ottawa and the provinces rack up close to $100-billion in new debt this year also. For the Public and civil servants in Ottawa but also those   in Ontario remember their   raises profoundly but not rather more the poor work they too often do . For most of them, it was the raise they alone also  do  think still they deserve the raise. If you’re a Stephen  Harper fan or Dalton McGuinty government , yes you’ve seen them given more money to public employees at a time of deflation, fear, market panic and widespread carnage in the private sector  Most of Ottawa’s Ontario’s budget winds up in the hands of municipalities, school boards and hospitals and health authorities, which makes it harder to track who’s getting it too and to know now know much of it was rather abused too.. Anyone reading the news lately has heard not just about the too often useless civil and public servants but also about the mafia connections on porkjects that raises the taxpayers costs up to 40 percent now as well even in Quebec. We all already  could be facing much more taxes, severe service cuts as a direct result while  the federal  and provincial governments  do brace  some more for a “long, slow grind” to economic recovery that included already unacceptable government wastes,  high deficits that even will take years to overcome. All, all of this is unacceptable!!
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 Here is what also rightfully bothers me, it is an undeniable fact now  that too many Politicians in Canada, both Members of the provincial legislatures, and members of parliament, do lie, they make false claims that they the servants of the people, they thus are mainly looking after the needs, concerns of the citizens of Canada  but mainly instead wrongfully do now use tax payer’s money, do use governmental resources and personnel  to distribute  unsolicited material to others to promote firstly their own re-ELECTION and TO PROMOTE  their own political party as we clearly all have seen the New Conservative Ministers wrongfully also now doing OFTEN NOW as well. 
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Now on top of that some perverse politician would dare write back  to me and ask me not to write my concerns to him any more? Unbelievable and unacceptable.  Who in the hell does he think he is? God? http://postedat.wordpress.com/2009/10/29/we-seem-to-elect-liars-abusers-alcoholics-and-why/
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Canadians believe Tories biased on stimulus funding: poll   OTTAWA – A new poll suggests the Harper government’s multimillion-dollar, taxpayer-funded ad blitz to promote its stimulus plan doesn’t seem to be having the desired effect.

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The Conservative government’s economic stimulus spending spree that is pouring billions of tax dollars into road construction projects may turn out to be an offer the Mafia couldn’t refuse.  Even as Stephen Harper and his ministers are racing around the country showering public funds on just about every project with a cement mixer, Quebec is engulfed in a growing scandal over Mafia control of infrastructure projects.  In some excellent investigative reporting by the CBC, a credible government insider-turned-whistleblower claims Montreal’s Italian Mafia controls 80% of the contracts for road construction in the city, much of which is certain to involve federal stimulus money.  The CBC report included detailed descriptions of bid-rigging of contracts, a practice that dramatically inflates overall project costs borne by taxpayers.  One published expert on the Italian Mafia cautions that the phenomenon is not limited to Quebec, that the tentacles of organized crime are into major construction projects in other provinces across the country.  The fact that organized crime in Quebec is nothing new will likely be cold comfort to the taxpayers from Victoria to Gander who are now at risk of being fleeced by Luigi the Enforcer.  Even the parliamentary budget officer, Kevin Page, complains that the Harper government is fogging its spending on infrastructure and other economic stimulus programs beyond the point of accounting recognition.  Whatever the figure, it is a huge amount of loot that is being poured into roads, bridges and other government construction mega-projects.  The Conservative government’s latest economic update report, for instance, boasts that since the beginning of this year, more than $7.6 billion in funding has been committed as the federal share of provincial and municipal infrastructure projects worth over $21 billion. So far, the Harper government is refusing to get involved in the growing Quebec construction fiasco, claiming it is a provincial issue.  But those whose money is at risk may beg to differ.  The next time some shameless Conservative cabinet minister shows up at an infrastructure announcement with one of those giant novelty cheques signed by the prime minister, taxpayers might be excused for asking how much of the real cash might be going to the Mob.  http://www.northumberlandtoday.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2148176

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OTTAWA – A $50-million federal fund set up to build infrastructure for next June’s G8 summit is being spent partly on projects that are far from the summit site and with tenuous links to the high-powered meeting.    Industry Minister Tony Clement announced the low-profile fund last February, explaining that the fund was being “provided for G8 Summit related infrastructure, including a G8 Centre in Huntsville.”    Huntsville, Ont., will host the meeting. The town of 18,000 is in Clement’s riding, about 215 kilometres north of Toronto, and is best known for being at the heart of prime cottage country for Toronto’s wealthier class.    Huntsville has received the largest share of the money, mainly $16.7 million for a new G8 Centre, $9 million for a summit management office and $2.4 million for improvements to the road by the resort where the meeting is to take place.

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But a partial list of the fund’s projects, and a series of news releases, shows that many of the towns in Clement’s riding are receiving money from the fund to build band shells, plant gardens and put up signs and lights.    Research on the spending was carried out independently by The Canadian Press alone, but the Liberal party said it would release its own analysis after being contacted for comment on numbers.    One news release announced $1.1 million to upgrade a street and replace trees in Parry Sound, Ont., some 80 kilometres away from the summit site.   Clement also announced $194,000 for a large “welcome granite stone” and new lighting for a concert stage, also in Parry Sound.    The area just south of Parry Sound is receiving $745,000 for signs, fencing and landscaping in the towns of Rosseau, Humphrey and Orrville.    The towns of Port Severn and South River, many kilometres from the summit, are each getting $65,000 for signs and landscaping, too.    “They’re somewhat disconnected (from the summit), for sure, Parry Sound and Port Severn,” said Huntsville Mayor Claude Doughty.  Bala Falls Road, a small road about 50 kilometres from the summit via another back road, is getting $400,000 for improvements.  “How is this justified? In what way is this going to improve the G8?” said Liberal MP Gerard Kennedy, who said he has completed a separate analysis of the G8 fund, with similar conclusions.

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There are rumblings that, despite the $50 million set aside for in summit infrastructure, the region can’t handle such a large meeting, and that Toronto would be far more convenient.  It’s also uncertain whether the leaders and their delegations will stick with their original plan of getting to Huntsville by flying to North Bay, Ont. The city is about 100 kilometres north of Huntsville.   The airport there is receiving $5 million from the G8 Infrastructure Fund. But there are concerns that, with only one runway, it won’t be big enough to handle so many foreign dignitaries, and that Toronto’s airport is better equipped and more secure, sources said.

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Clement’s riding is already the subject of scrutiny for receiving funding for dozens and dozens of projects through the federal government’s array of stimulus packages. According to an analysis released by the Prime Minister’s Office, his Parry Sound-Muskoka riding received $3.2 million for 33 projects under the Recreational Infrastructure program.   A list of other infrastructure funds posted on the Transport Canada website points to at least 42 other building projects worth more than $28 million, sprinkled throughout the riding as a form of stimulus. Those numbers were compiled by The Canadian Press.   And even though the area has a fairly low unemployment rate, it has also received millions from the Community Adjustment Fund, set up to help struggling small towns adapt to the global economic crisis.   The G8 Infrastructure Fund is in addition to that money. There is no central spot on the government’s websites to find a list of projects paid for by the fund, nor is there a list of criteria.     http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/091027/national/stimulus_summit

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Again, why are taxpayers paying for   Stephen Harper’s campaign sites too? and it  falsely goes on and on the citizen paid PC advertisement ..
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The Federal Government, the Quebec Government and the Mayor of Montreal have all rejected calls for a public inquiry even though the citizens demand it.. so what are the big 3 sacred of? hiding? Sin.

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We will all pay later for the Conservatives‘ wasterful spending Harper, with the likes of Tony Clement, Stockwell Day, Jim Flaherty, John Baird, and all of his other cabinet ministers campaigned on the point they would not run a deficit. While at the time each and every one of these unscrupulous politicians knew they were running a deficit of $5.8 billion dollars! Everything from there on has been a neo-right political lie. Two hundred photo ops showing the completely unethical use of the Conservative Party logo is by no means a small indication of what lengths and deceit this crew will go to, to advance their extremely flawed political ideology. The waste of this neo-right fiasco will show up down the road and it will be the biggest financial scandal in Canadian history! How do I know this? Simple. Harper is spending more money and running the largest deficit in Canadian history and he is a politician who cannot be trusted!

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https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/10/24/canadas-conservative-prime-minister-stephen-harper/ 
 

October 24, 2009

Canada’s Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper

CONSERVATIVE PARTY OF CANADA cheque

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” Everybody?”  With all due respect  , even if it was  true, which we all know it is not , that doesn’t make it right still. The Conservatives often say that “Everybody has done it, everybody is doing it ” is firstly still basically, really not true for  I am not doing it. Many of us are basically cynical now about the  politicians and the political games they play. For example, they always promise not to play games and promise to keep all of their promises too . In reality Prime Minister Stephen Harper has no valid job creation, economic recovery vision and is instead using public funds to secure Tory seats.  Prime Minister now also acts  like a Liberal, talks like a Liberal and spends money like a Liberal, so really what is he ? A non Conservative.. but meanwhile the Conservatives say that  Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff,  will raise taxes if he is  elected and so next what is the difference anyway  now under Harper, who in spite of whatever he say will have to cut back on our social programs and raise our taxes sooner or later.. so which federal leader “is on the right track to keep taxes low? reality, none of them..” And based on the present actual economic recovery it  is very unlikely  the economic growth will be enough to pay off the deficits..  As fixated as politicians are on balanced budgets, no Canadian political leader, not even Stephen Harper, is going to be able to keep from raising taxes with a projected $100-billion federal deficit”   It is time the Conservative politicians, all those other Conservative MPs who, at photo-op cheque presentations have repeatedly given the impression Government of Canada economic stimulus money is coming from them personally, and not the government, and   including Prime Minister Stephen Harper  started coming clean and honest with all Canadians. For  to make sure Canadians know about their poor in reality “economic action plan,” the Harper Conservatives have now even wasted  millions of dollars – millions of tax dollars – on a massive advertising campaign, including TV commercials and billboards. ” These ads, of course, do not change the reality that tens of thousands of Canadian workers are running out of employment insurance benefits, their workplaces closed down and their pensions gone up in smoke. ” Despite  the Conservatives Government claiming  to be good fiscal managers, and now still next best qualified to manage the economy. Billions of dollars in past Liberal surpluses evaporated under Harper – even before the real  recession hit Canada. Reality “This government’s stimulus package has failed, “Stimulus funds are not going into areas that need it — the forestry and manufacturing sectors and into places with high unemployment”, for  “what they wanted to do was keep the money up in Ottawa and dole it out to Conservative ridings and their friends, “says Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff   too.
 
And will the Western Conservatives outrage falsely be   be muted, because this time around,   the Conservatives are the ones mainly benefiting from the false political games being played with public money? http://www.kelowna.com/2009/10/24/if-it-walks-like-a-liberal-talks-like-a-liberal-and-spends-money-like-a-liberal-what-is-it/
 
 
 

 The alleged mafia has been doing it’s business for decades  under the various governments noses, both under Conservatives and Liberals., so why should it be stopped now? Better late than never!
 
OTTAWA – The Harper government risks being sucked into a political scandal raging in Quebec with the revelation that a top Conservative organizer and senator had ties to key players.  The Canadian Press has learned that Tory Senator Leo Housakos worked politically with now-disgraced Montreal politician Benoit Labonte from about August 2008 to February 2009.  Labonte has alleged that there was an elaborate kick-back scheme to finance Montreal municipal political parties. He insists he never did anything illegal, but acknowledged he made ethical lapses while in city politics.  There is no suggestion Housakos knew of any wrongdoing, but he has now been linked to Labonte and controversial construction magnate Tony Accurso.  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/091026/national/senator_montreal_scandal
   
OTTAWA — The Harper government says there was no political interference in a $1.4-million contract that was awarded last month to a consortium that included a firm which employed a Tory fundraiser and senator. But the government was forced to defend itself on Monday as opposition politicians went on the attack over new revelations about the contract, awarded on Sept. 22 for a preliminary study about replacing Montreal’s Champlain Bridge. The Crown corporation that manages federal bridges says the bidding process was strictly done with outside observers, but it will still examine why two of its directors, Paul Kefalas and Serge Martel, attended a cocktail event that preceded a Conservative party fundraiser last May with members of the firm and the consortium. http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Tories+deny+political+interference+Montreal+bridge+contract/2121007/story.html
  

Stimulus dollars could be lining Mob pockets London Free Press –  Even as Stephen Harper and his ministers are racing around the country showering public funds on just about every project with a cement mixer,

Quebec now is Dealing only with one leaking hole of many in a bucket full of holes even Canada wide .. issues of ethics, integrity and just who is calling the shots at ALL city halls, provinces,  and what about the rest of the iceberg too… Ongoing Cover ups -Construction firms colluded to boost prices: report , https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/09/14/transport-canada-stealing-taxpayers-money/
    
No role for Ottawa in Quebec Mafia investigation: Nicholson  OTTAWA – The buck passing Ostrich Justice Minister Rob Nicholson insists the federal government will not get involved in Quebec’s investigation into Mafia corruption in the construction industry. The Prime Minister is still Canada’s chief Justice Minister.
 
Just a Small Detail.. CBC contacted the office of Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt to ask about the lobbyist who helped organize a fundraiser on her behalf on Sept. 24.  Michael B. McSweeney is vice-president of the Cement Association of Canada.   Both he and the association are registered with the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada.  And a search of the registry shows that on Sept. 24, the Cement Association reported having lobbied Raitt directly.   In an email to Raitt’s new communications wrangler Jocelyne Turner, CBC News asked for more information about McSweeney’s involvement in the fundraiser, as well as whether McSweeney was paid for his services.  “Minister Raitt is committed to working with the Ethics Commissioner and is cooperating fully. The Minister will abide by any ruling by the Commissioner.   “The issue is now being examined by the Ethics Commissioner and therefore it would be inappropriate to comment further.” http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/politicalbytes/2009/10/just-a-small-detail.html
 
and is this related to the Quebec, Constructions corruptions scandals going on presently as well.. after all some of the biggest cement companies are in Montreal.. Lafarge Cement included.. and is this why the Conservative federal government does not want to get into Quebec’s legal affairs too?
 
Ignatieff rejects calls for public inquiry into Quebec construction scandal Tue Oct 27, 2:34 PM  MONTREAL – Michael Ignatieff is the latest politician to brush off calls for a public inquiry into an alleged corruption scheme involving politicians, construction companies.. and now what are they all hiding, covering up in reality, kickbacks of course..
 
Quebec’s auditor general pours fuel on construction-scandal fire  QUEBEC – Quebec’s auditor general lambasted the province’s handling of the construction industry Wednesday, fuelling a scandal that has already prompted numerous demands for a public inquiry  The public watchdog accused the government of several shortcomings – like not properly vetting contracts, not following up on apparent industry collusion, and not doing enough to improve a shoddy tendering process.  Those failures are all part of a system wrought with cost overruns in public-works projects, Renaud Lachance declared in a report tabled in the national assembly on Wednesday. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/091118/national/que_transport_contracts

The federal government preaches accountability, but is being only selectively transparent about its own spending activities.  Compare this cloaking to Stephen Harper’s boasting about his stimulus package. Even here, there is less transparency than meets the eye. Considerable work by opposition parties and the media, including this newspaper, have shown patterns of spending to favour Conservative ridings, and suggest that less money has flowed to actual construction projects than the government would like the public to believe.  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/keeping-secrets-hurts-democracy/article1337775/

The parliamentary ethics commissioner will formally look into opposition complaints about Tory MPs putting their own names and party logo on economic stimulus cheques.  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ethics-czar-to-investigate-stimulus-cheques/article1331184/

Quebec Justice Minister Kathleen Weil said last month she is also looking at the possibility of initiating civil action against  the ex-Quebec lieutenant-governor Lise Thibault who pleaded not guilty to fraud. Thibault had said she spent the money on security and transportation  had a lso said it was natural for taxpayers to foot the bill for her personal trips, meals she had with friends, office parties and the ski and golf lessons.

Vaunted reforms to fast track skilled immigrants and quickly plug gaps in Canada’s labour force have not lived up to advance billing, says Auditor General Sheila Fraser. When the Harper government introduced the controversial reforms in 2008, it argued they were necessary to eliminate the backlog of more than 600,000 skilled-worker applications and reduce wait times of up to seven years.  But in her latest report, Fraser says the changes have done little to cut the number of new applications pouring in or put a dent in the backlog.  Moreover, she says the majority of occupations chosen by the minister for priority treatment are regulated professions. Yet she points out that immigrants admitted to fill professional occupations often find their foreign credentials are not recognized in Canada.  As part of the efforts to streamline the process, the government set up centralized intake office for skilled worker applications in Sydney, N.S. It was to receive and pre-screen initial applications, collect processing fees and forward eligible applications to Canadian missions abroad for more detailed processing.  Fraser questions the relevance of the centralized office given that most applications so far have wound up being forwarded to missions for processing.   Fraser’s annual audit also looked at the temporary foreign worker program and found that it is open to abuse.  There is no systematic assessment to ensure the jobs being offered are genuine or that employers live up to their commitments to provide adequate wages and accommodations, Fraser says. “The issues … pose significant risks to the integrity of the program and could leave many foreign workers in a vulnerable position, particularly those who are physically or linguistically isolated from the general community or are unaware of their rights.”     http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/091103/national/auditor_immigration 

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