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December 7, 2009

Toronto Police Accountability Bulletin No. 50,

 

Toronto Police Accountability Bulletin No. 50,

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In this issue:
1. More on police in schools
2. 2010 police budget
3. Compressed work week, new schedule?
4. New complaints procedures in Ontario
5. New rules for tasers
6. Subscribe to the Bulletin
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1. More on police in schools

There’s a well known Canadian tradition that looks hard at American social policy, waits until the Americans realize it doesn’t work or shows perverse results, then puts that policy in place here in Canada. Stephen Harper’s Conservative government is in the thick of this practice as it brings in new laws and policies to put more people in jail longer, just as California realizes the folly of ever having done this in the first place.

The Toronto police force, with the active support of Toronto school boards, is now following the same tradition by putting police in most Toronto high schools.

Police have been in New York schools for more than a decade, and there are problems. An editorial (titled `Over-Punishment in Schools) in the New York Times on Sunday November 29, 2009, states Juvenile justice advocates across the country are rightly worried about policies under which children are sometimes arrested and criminalized for behavior that was once dealt with by principals or guidance counselors working with a student’s parents. It notes that children who are arrested or suspended tend to be disproportionately black and Hispanic and often have emotional problems or learning disabilities, and says School officials in several cities have identified over-policing as a problem in itself.

One can expect these problems to become more evident in Toronto. The incident at Northern Secondary School in October fits the profile too well: a black student apparently insulted a police officer who is seen on the video arresting the student, who was charged with assaulting policing and resisting arrest, then suspended. If the police had not been present in the school and the student insulted a teacher, he would have received a detention. Put police in schools in Toronto, and youth actions will be criminalized just as they have been in American schools. And those criminalized the most will certainly be from minority groups.

A study by the Annenberg Institute for Social Reform and the New York Civil Liberties Union titled `Safety with Dignity: Alternatives to the Over-Policing of Schools recommends sweeping changes. It says The number of police personnel patrolling New York City’s schools should be reduced significantly. This should generate financial savings that can be applied to expand guidance, social work, and other support services to respond to disciplinary issues in ways that strengthen the educational environment and avoid excessive reliance on law enforcement tactics and the juvenile and criminal justice systems. It recommends that disciplinary responsibilities be returned to educators, and that alternatives to harsh penalties be instituted. The study can be found at http://www.annenberginstitute.org/pdf/Safety_Report.pdf .

But here in Toronto, we are just settling into the program of police acting as School Resource Officers in high schools. A self-administered student survey concluded that most everyone is happy with the situation and relations between students and officers might even be improving. The report does concluded, strangely, that overall student perception of safety in their school and in the neighbourhood surrounding the school did not improve, a conclusion which throws the whole experiment into confusion. The press release accompanying the survey evaluation states airily The main goal of the School Resource Officer Program has always been to build relationships, provide mentoring, leadership, and develop extracurricular opportunities for the students. That is revisionist history: the goal when police were placed in schools in 2008 was never spelled out, but it was done in response to a fear of more violence in schools, and most people assumed that that’s why police were going in.

Related to this is the recently published 2010-2011 list of police priorities, goals and strategies, including the development of a “prevention and education initiative . . . relating to child and youth victimization in the areas of bullying and cyber bullying. Surely this instruction on bullying is more appropriately (and less expensively) accomplished by ordinary teachers or by social workers. This is the problem with putting the police in schools: their policing skills are rarely needed so they look around for something, anything, that might justify their presence. Tax dollars would be better spent on additional teachers and social workers whose skills fit squarely into the curriculum and the classroom.

Most worrisome is the statement School Resource Officers felt more part of the school management team at the end of the school year than at the start. In short, the police are playing a solid role in managing schools. What does this have to do with the new goal, which is to improve relations with youth?

Sounds like Toronto schools with police are headed down the same road as the American schools with police. Our children deserve better from school trustees, from teachers and principals, and from the police.

TPAC has wondered why more parents are not speaking up. We concluded that most middleclass parents think their children will never be on the receiving end of police action so they think they don’t need to speak up. Parents of minority children and those living in poverty don’t speak up because they fear they will be penalized if they do, or because they don’t have the resources to do so. It is no different than the fact that there is no constituency to speak up against the extraordinary number of people who are in jail before they have been found guilty of anything. Inequality in society hits those at the bottom very harshly.

2. 2010 police operating budget

On November 23 the Toronto Police Service Board released the 2010 operating budget that will be presented to the Board for approval on December 17. It asks that net spending increase from $842 million in 2009 to $899 million next year.

The Board asked for public comments by November 30. TPAC said that allowing just a week for comments was ridiculously short, making it almost impossible for individuals and organizations to provide meaningful comments. We submitted a draft letter by that date. Our final letter includes the following comments:

`We understand the city budget chief, Shelley Carroll, has asked the police department, as well as other city departments and agencies to cut their 2010 budget request by 5 per cent from last year. That would mean a 2010 budget of $812 million, or almost $90 million less than the 2010 operating budget request as it now stands, at $899.1 million.

`It is fair to say that kind of cut will not be achieved. But we believe a large cut must be made to the request so that the city has the funds needed to ensure there are programs available to reduce crime.

`Board members are surely aware that the best thinking currently available is that the best way to reduce crime among youth  and youth violence and safety is claimed in the 2010 police operating budget overview (page 4) as the leading priority for the police – is to spend more money on recreation and support programs for youth.

`The 2008 report by Roy McMurtry and Alvin Curling, `Roots of Youth Violence, makes it clear that spending more money on policing is not part of the solution – in fact the report shows that too much provincial money directed towards justice services to youth in trouble is eaten by police and is not available for the social programs that are needed.

`That report asks for a number of changes including: repairing the social context with programs which are created for youth; creating a youth policy framework to replace the patchwork of programs now available; creating strong communities out of weak suburban subdivisions and housing projects; and finding ways that government can actually exercise its oversight functions. These programs cost money, and if a great deal of that money is spent on police services, then that money is not available for those programs. That is the current problem in Toronto, as the city is not able to reasonably fund programs for youth. Constraining the increase in the police budget will permit funds to be available for reducing youth crime and violence.

`It is our opinion that the Board must make a clear commitment to reducing youth crime and violence and that will only happen by ensuring that the police budget does not gobble up the $899.1 million proposed in the 2010 budget request.

`We suggest that as a target the Board agree to request no more net funds than in 2009, that is, that the Operating Budget request for 2010 be no more than $845 million, and further that the Board ask the city to devote funds to youth programs in keeping with the McMurtry/Curling report.

`We suggest three ways of controlling the budget increase.

`1. Do not increase the staff complement from the 2009 request.

`As set out on pages 16 – 18 of last year’s budget overview, the 2009 target was to fund 5477 officers and 2021 full-time civilians. The 2010 target (pages 13  4 of the 2010 overview) is 5576 officers and 2056 full time civilians. That is an increase of 134 staff. The Board should decide not to increase staff.

`2. Do not hire new officers to replace those who leave the force during 2010.

`The budget overview estimates that 250 officers will resign or retire during 2010 (page 13), but it also assumes they will all be replaced. This year they should not be replaced, but a smaller force should be asked to do more.

`There are four reasons for advancing this position. First, crime continues to decline. As the overview points out (page 28), major crime (murder, sexual assault, robbery, break and enter, theft over $5000) is down 10 per cent from the same time last year, and last year was down 9 per cent from the year before. At the same time, the number of calls for service that police responded to, the number of arrests, the number of gun calls, and the number of traffic tickets issued have all continued to fall (pages 29  30). Police clearly have less work to do.

`Second, the 2008 Environmental Scan argued that police officers were spending considerably more time at each call for service than in the past. (see http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/publications/files/reports/2008envscan.pdf , pages 155, 156, 179.) It seems that productivity can be increased substantially, without a reduction in service to the public, by simply having officers reduce the time spent at each call.

`Third, the cost per officer is now considerably in excess of $100,000. The wage settlement agreed to by the Board last year pays officers very very well compared with other public employees. A recruit in training is now paid the equivalent of $51,000 a year. Once the recruit joins the force, the pay jumps to $57,000 for the first year and $81,000 for the fourth year (page 14). Benefits are worth another 25 per cent (page 15). These officers should be expected to work harder for this money, and in any case the public simply cannot afford to pay more and more staff at higher and higher wages.

`Fourth, we believe the current strategy of the police force widening its net to try to become all things to all people is inappropriate. Two examples of this are putting police officers in high schools (apparently to improve relations with youth) and assuming surveillance duties on the transit system (for reasons that remain ill-defined.) These initiatives are not useful ways to prevent crime, nor do they assist in obtaining convictions. It would be better if the police force decided to use its resources to become better at what they are expected to do. For example, we believe it would be more appropriate if some resources were used to ensure that police are adequately trained in Charter procedures so that charges are not thrown out for Charter reasons, and in ensuring that cases proceed in a timely manner, rather than being challenged for dragging on for many years. Bringing more focus to police work is more important that the police expanding into areas that have little impact on crime and safety issues.

`3. New compressed work week schedule

`We have seen the press release on the new compressed work week schedule, and we ask the Board to make public the actual changes agreed to so we can actually see what it proposes. Apparently the result is that at long last the number of officers on duty will bear some relationship to the calls for service rather than being spread almost equally through the whole 24 hour cycle.

`Assuming this interpretation is fair  we need to see the agreement to be sure of our reading of the matter – then the force should be able to operate with fewer officers. We suspect this change could mean that three or four fewer officers will be needed in each division during each shift, and that should result in reducing the force by a further 100 officers.

For the first year, the Board has posted the full operating budget for 2010 on the web site, http://www.tpsb.ca . It is long  815 pages  and takes forever to download, but it contains interesting commentary on a unit-by-unit basis for those who like to wallow in detail.

3. Compressed work week, new schedule?

The Toronto Police Services Board and Toronto Police Association issued a joint press release in late November saying they had reached an agreement on a new compressed work week. This is a matter they have been bargaining on for the last few years, at considerable cost.

The agreement apparently says that the new compressed work week schedule will be tried on one or two divisions staring next March, but won’t be fully implemented for a year or two. Unfortunately, no further details are available  the Board has yet to release the agreement.

The current arrangement certainly has it flaws. For one thing, three are three platoons working every day (the other two platoons are off) working shifts of 10, 10 and 8 hours. That means that we pay for 28 hours of policing for every 24 hour period. (Other police forces in the GTA work two twelve hour shifts in a 24 hour period, which is much less costly. The extra four hours a day in Toronto adds 12 per cent to salary costs for the Toronto force, or about $80 million a year.) None of the overlap in the three shifts occurs during peak time for police service needs, that is, the early evening  the overlap occurs during non-peak periods so Toronto residents get none of the benefit of these extra on-duty officers.

Does the new compressed work week schedule address either of these problems? We have not been provided with the details to know, and when information is not made available, one fears for the worst.

4. New complaints procedure in Ontario.

The new complaints office, Office of the Independent Police Review, is now up and running. The web site is http://www.oiprd.on.ca , and you can file a complaint on line.

But There’s a big problem you face as you begin to fill out the on-line form, namely the following statement: The information in this form will be forwarded to the appropriate police complaints authority for consideration. This includes a professional standards department or police authority of the relevant police service.

Obviously, the intention is to simply shift the complaint over to the police force you are complaining about, and that is bound to send shivers down the spine of many who think of making a complaint. There is nothing said about how this new provincial agency is there to protect your interest as a complainant and ensure that you are treated fairly, or that the police will be held to account. This is a significant oversight if this new agency is to be effective.

On the subject of complaints, one should note that Paul Kennedy, who has been the complaints officer with the RCMP, and who has urged that a better and more transparent complaints system be instituted by the RCMP, has not been reappointed by the federal government. The interpretation by the media and most others is that the feds don’t like having someone this reasonable within the bosom of the government’s police department.

5. New rules for tasers

Taser International announced in mid October that its stun gun should not be aimed at the heart  not that there were any real problems, but just in case, whatever. Toronto police (and other police forces) immediately came out with new policies recommending that officers aim lower.

One wonders when it will be suggested that the genitals isn’t a good area to aim at either.

6. Subscribe to the Bulletin

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Toronto Police Accountability Coalition 50 Baldwin St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5T 1L4 Tel: 416-977-5097 E-mail: info@tpac.ca  

December 07 2009

1. More on police in schools
2. 2010 police budget
3. Compressed work week, new schedule?
4. New complaints procedures in Ontario
5. New rules for tasers

Toronto Police Accountability Bulletin No. 50, December 7, 2009.

This Bulletin is published by the Toronto Police Accountability Coalition, a group of individuals and organizations in Toronto interested in police policies and procedures, and in making police more accountable to the community they are committed to serving. Our website is http://www.tpac.ca

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/12/11/ex-toronto-police-chief-julian-fantino-is-one-of-those-bad-apples/

Toronto Police Officer Charged MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 22 /CNW/ – The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that an officer with the Toronto Police Service (TPS) committed criminal offences in relation to an incident involving a 21-year-old man. Director Scott has caused charges to be laid against the officer.  The SIU was contacted on September 8, 2009, regarding a complaint of a sexual nature against one officer with the TPS. The alleged incident occurred six days prior, on September 2, 2009. The SIU was notified that on this date, the 21-year-old man was stopped for driving infractions. There was an interaction, and as a result, the man sustained injuries.  As a result of the SIU investigation, Constable Salameh Marji of the TPS is facing one charge of Sexual Assault, contrary to s. 271 of the Criminal Code of Canada and one charge of Assault, contrary to s. 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada.  A summons was served on the officer today, and he is compelled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at College Park Courthouse in Toronto on January 18, 2010. The Justice Prosecutions branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General will have carriage of the prosecution.  As this matter is now before the courts, and in consideration of the fair trial interests of the charged officer and the community, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation.  The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates cases of serious injuries (including allegations of sexual assault) and deaths involving the police. Pursuant to section 113 of the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU is mandated to consider whether a criminal offence has been committed by an officer(s) in connection with the incident under investigation and, where warranted by the evidence, to cause a criminal charge or charges to be laid against the officer(s). The Director reports the results of investigations to the Attorney General.  For further information: Monica Hudon, SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES, Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/December2009/22/c5166.html
 
 
It is billed by the London Police Department Chief as “the best (shooting) range in Ontario.” At $22 million, it is certainly modern but one of the features might sit poorly with judges and civil libertarians.  While police can shoot a fleeing suspect that presents an imminent threat to the public, it is relatively rare in most crimes and raises obvious questions under Tennessee v. Garner. The entire project will ultimately cost $32 million and the facility’s gun range is billed as training officers to do a range of shooting, 
http://jonathanturley.org/2009/12/09/canadian-police-department-builds-new-firing-range-that-helps-train-officers-how-to-shoot-fleeing-suspects/  

Meanwhile  a Toronto doctor is facing a disciplinary hearing over allegations he approved special meal allowances for people on welfare and disability programs according to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.  Dr. Roland Wong,  said he continues to approve applications for the special diet but only if he believes patients have an underlying medical condition that qualifies them for the financial supplement.  “Today, I signed maybe five, four,” he said. “Sometimes more, depends.”  He accused the auditor general of having a very “slanted view” of the program, and suggested he should be looking instead at the woefully inadequate support payments paid to people in need.  Wong said he wasn’t overly concerned about the disciplinary hearing because it was based on a complaint laid against him by a municipal councillor.  “This is a case of politicians against a physician, not the patient against the physician,” he said.  The Special Diet Allowance provides up to $250 per month to a person on social assistance who requires special foods for such conditions as diabetes.  Councillor Doug Holyday said  . “This can’t go on.”  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/torsun/091209/canada/doc_faces_probe_over_dietary_payouts     Quebec and other provinces have no such adequate help program and why?

  Next we will shoot any person on social welfare as well? the sick too?

  https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/most-canadians-get-uneven-inadequate-diabetes-test-care/

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/12/02/even-many-doctors-are-mainly-selfish-self-centered-want-to-get-rich-fast-too/

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/12/07/a-serious-warning-for-quebecs-premier-jean-charest-too/

Medical Errors are also still a  leading cause of Deaths. More and more people die from medical mistakes each year than from highway accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS. And bad pharmaceutical drugs kill more people every year than are killed in traffic accidents. Many hospitalized patients suffered a serious adverse drug reaction (ADR)  and died as a result. The researchers found that over 75 per cent of these ADRs were dose-dependent, which suggests they were due to the inherent toxicity of the drugs rather than to allergic reactions. The researchers concluded that ADRs are now the fourth leading cause of death  after heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Any deaths   from  misdiagnosis of the ailment , deaths from unnecessary surgery;  from medication errors in hospitals;  deaths from other errors in hospitals;  deaths from infections in hospitals;  deaths from  adverse effects of medications, or from adverse drug reactions used to treat the illness, they  are all always still unacceptable! 
 
It is always the same old problem, Professionals, civil and Public servants, Doctors and medical staff continual indifference to the need of others, Almost since my first job after graduating from university I had learned that people are not to be trusted, need to be supervised, and corruption still exists in construction, universities, municipalities, governments, corporations, amongst professionals and politicians as well. Hospital costs savings so the Doctors can get more money, even bad who Doctors fail to define the sicknesses soon enough. Law suits and the related bad publicity have been proven to be one of the most effective weapons in dealing with medical inadequacies.
 https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/12/11/hospital-deaths-account-for-half-of-deaths-annually/

A serious warning for Quebec’s Premier Jean Charest too.

UNPROSECUTED BAD CRIMMINALS ABOUND IN QUEBEC  CAUSE CLEARLY OUR BAD LEADERS, ADMINSTRATORS THEY DO NOT WANT TO PROSECUTE THEIR BAD ASSOCIATES.Ongoing Montreal Corruptions while the Police , RCMP and the Federal, Quebec Governments did nothing about it.. Exemplary Public exposure and prosecution of the guilty serves very ones best interest… too often still missing in the PROFESSIONAL BODIES, EVEN IN THE RCMP, police   forces, churches, ALL GOVERNMENTS  as well it seems too.

HOUSE CLEANING IS STILL VERY MUCH IN ORDER
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https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/now-tell-us-all-how-many-of-these-montreal-crooks-will-face-actual-jail-time-and-how-long-now-as-we/

Jean Charest the bad Quebec Premier did not listen to good advice so he lost his relection, and even lost his own seat.  https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2012/09/05/quebecs-liberals-gambled-sadly-instead-of-providing-good-leadership/

Quebec is known to be too soft on white collared crimes, https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2012/09/09/the-federal-and-the-quebec-governments-are-undeniably-soft-on-crime-social-welfare-abusers-tax-evaders-new-arrivals/

Racial profiling  also is a serious problem in Quebec and more needs to be done to address it, the province’s human rights commission said.  A recent investigation, focusing mainly on young people’s experiences, was launched after the commission said it had received 100 complaints involving allegations of racial profiling since 2005. More than half of the cases involved police — and seven of those are currently before the province’s Human Rights Tribunal.

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/12/02/civil-and-public-servants-cops-who-do-too-often-abuse-of-the-citizens-tax-monies-are-unacceptable/

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It is not just what you do that next can haunt you, but also what you had wrongfully failed to do as well. Things can change rapidly for the worse as well now.. Many, many people falsely still do think that bad things happen only to the others and will not happen to them next as well. The federal Liberals had in the past failed to adequately deal with the issues of adequate law and order and paid a big, big price for it, and who is next now?  The bigger they are the harder they next can fall as well…Seriously note this law and order alone is not enough, it has to be supplemented by decency as well. Indecent law and order leads to a police state, something the New Conservatives are rather like .. and here is what many politicians, crooks seem to fail to see as well, the problem with public exposure with wrong doings, is that you cannot take it back after it has been dispersed, and some people have long memories next too.

Follow the money. It’s the oldest rule in journalism. The truth? It’s all about money, as it always generally is.  Together, Liberal British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec speak for three-quarters of Canadians OR FOR 100 PERCENT OF THE BIG CORPORATIONS? https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/01/18/the-montreal-beauracrats/

  The latest survey of voter intentions, conducted in November by the Léger Marketing firm, showed the Parti Québécois pulling ahead of the Liberals in popular support.. The Léger poll, commissioned by Le Devoir, had the PQ up to 41 per cent support to 37 per cent for the Liberals, the best PQ showing in more than two years. It was consistent with a survey by the rival, and equally esteemed, CROP firm at the end of October, which also had the PQ ahead, though with a slimmer margin of 40 per cent to 39 for the Liberals. http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/More+power+more+problems/2309055/story.html

Quebec Premier Jean Charest,   seemingly impenetrable ship has been taking on water in recent weeks.  Charest’s headaches began with shocking allegations of corruption involving construction companies, municipal politicians and the Italian Mafia.  Those scandals didn’t involve his government but they became his problem when, in the face of widespread demands for a public inquiry, Charest steadfastly declined to call one and sustained daily attacks for his refusal.  Attacks on his government intensified this week, when an opposition investigation suggested the province’s iconic $7-a-day childcare plan was being used in a pay-for-play scheme to benefit his Liberal party.  The Parti Quebecois found an astounding number of contracts — up to 70 per cent in one region — had gone to registered Liberal donors, and in some cases these people only became contributors after getting a daycare permit.  There was also a provincial auditor’s report that found Quebec’s regional venture-capital funds hadn’t complied with conflict-of-interest rules.  Instead of an inquiry, Charest has moved to tighten rules for political fundraising and construction contracts, and has created a $26.8-million police investigation unit. With the legislature now on its winter break, his Liberals will soon discover whether the daily demands for a probe might die down.

 
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/03/16/quebec-the-second-largest-province-in-canada-holds-75-seats-and-cannot-be-ignored/
 
 
 
The pot calling the Kettle Black. The new federal consumer government being concerned about Consumer protection, only when it suits them undeniably certainly has not done anything about the  undeniable false misleading advertisements by Rogers, TELUS and Bell  or the bad RCMP for that matter or the two tier health care system with have in Canada.. Nor have the Liberals
 
Health Minister pushing for consumer protection  Toronto Sun –  OTTAWA – Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq is turning up the heat in her battle to reform Canada’s consumer protection law, accusing senators of siding with industry over consumers.
 

 

 and don’t you dare get sick and go to a Hospital you might have to find out what the doctors, nurses, hospital and Medicare are really like now too 

For a start see also

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/11/17/both-liberal-and-conservatives-are-facing-unpopular-issues/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/11/28/canadas-civil-and-public-servants-are-never-known-for-their-cost-effectiveness/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/11/11/too-many-liars-in-canada/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/11/11/exemplary/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/10/22/dealing-only-with-one-leaking-hole-of-many-in/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/10/28/why-the-conservatives-too-act-like-and-support-the-mafia-in-canada/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/10/03/insuring-adequate-consumer-protection/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/03/16/quebec-the-second-largest-province-in-canada-holds-75-seats-and-cannot-be-ignored/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/05/19/quebecs-pension-fund-is-now-in-real-trouble/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/05/21/why-many-businesses-fail/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/07/15/i-cannot-trust-you-for-you-lie-to-me-all-the-time/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/11/08/bells-lies-vs-reality-again/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/06/14/buyer-beware-beware/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/07/07/crtc-farcical-hearings-on-internet-speed-control/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/08/15/crtc-is-clearly-in-bells-bad-pocket/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/11/18/deceptive-unacceptable-unfair-business-trade-practices-unreliable-internet-access/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/09/21/bittorrent-p2p-sites/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/09/21/the-new-still-sad-unacceptable-reality/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/09/02/commissioner-for-complaints-for-telecommunications-services/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/08/19/phone-companies-internet-at-disadvantage/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/05/21/bell-throttles-internet-speeds/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/04/27/basic-contract-law/
http://postedat.wordpress.com/2009/10/29/we-seem-to-elect-liars-abusers-alcoholics-and-why/    https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/12/05/rcmp-mounties-should-be-retired-and-replaced-asap/

etc…

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/12/11/hospital-deaths-account-for-half-of-deaths-annually/

Emergency  Wards in Hospitals can be a deadly place.. many people pick up all kinds of sicknesses there too.. shit disease included..

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/08/29/victims-of-deadly-c-difficile-outbreak/   http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2008/05/08/shit-disease/ 
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/12/02/even-many-doctors-are-mainly-selfish-self-centered-want-to-get-rich-fast-too/

My local Quebec MLA’s seem to be so busy chasing the mighty dollar they say they are too busy to talk to me and seem too often to forget about me often, they had not even replied my last letter to them about bad Bell Canada now too,  and in the process they now had by their poor management even lost 30 percent of the Quebecers  pension fund.
Sent: Monday, March 22, 2010 12:38 PM
Subject: Problems with Quebec’s health care systems
Attention: Clement Gignac Ministre du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation Député de Marguerite-Bourgeoys
 It is unbelievable that after I had written about it now to our Quebec even Health Ministers, Premiers, major news media too,  too even for many years later 15 years even  I can go to most local Hospitals or Convalescent homes in Montreal Quebec and there too easily see the typical and mostly poorly supervised doctors, nurse, medical care workers and when I write to you my own member of the legislature too about it, ( hand delivered it as well)  what neither you or your staff now  do not even bother to acknowledge  my emails, correspondences, never mind act upon it and why is that? She was today again too busy to talk to me.. my local MLA’s representative
 
Do I really now have to write to everyone, all the news editors too,  about his next too and post it it on the net before I will now get a satisfactory result too from you? RSVP
 
 Now no one by now, absolutely  still no one should underestimate me or get complacent with me as  I do not hesitate to fully expose to all, to demand full prosecution of all the guilty absolves persons I do run into still to all. I do not accept inappropriate actions lightly too.. It should be obvious to  all also that I merely do not  write to you too now for the fun of it and not only do I  also   post my unresolved complaints eventually on the internet even for the whole world to read, and I have been doing this for the last few decades too. I do expect seriously, full appropriate actions on the matter of all of my complaints,  and so I do send copies of all of my complaints to key members of Parliament to all of  Canada’s major news editors as well now for their further notice and appropriate actions too.

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/03/16/quebec-the-second-largest-province-in-canada-holds-75-seats-and-cannot-be-ignored/

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/12/07/a-serious-warning-for-quebecs-premier-jean-charest-too/

http://postedat.wordpress.com/2010/03/16/maisson-herron/

Post-budget Liberals plummet in popularity Montreal Gazette –  A Léger Marketing poll conducted for Le Devoir and published yesterday establishes the level of dissatisfaction with Premier Jean Charest’s government at a record high of 77 per cent.

 
 
MONTREAL – A former Quebec justice minister has levelled a stream of bombshell allegations against Premier Jean Charest’s government, accusing it of serious ethics violations. Marc Bellemare says the Liberal premier was well aware of them.  Bellemare suggested the governing Liberals routinely flouted fundraising laws and also took orders from party bagmen on whom to appoint as judges.  He says he was pressured, on three occasions, to name a judge requested by influential donors. Bellemare also says stacks of cash were forked over by construction company bosses and funnelled into party coffers.  In the interview, Bellemare never used the word ‘illegal’ to describe the practices, preferring to describe them as ‘irregular.’ But Quebec’s landmark fundraising law, introduced by Rene Levesque’s Parti Quebecois government in the 1970s, forbids donations over $3,000.  Bellemare says he warned the premier after witnessing those big cash transactions – and says he was ignored.  He says he also confronted the premier twice – in the fall of 2003 and the spring of 2004 – when pressured by influential financiers to make appointments, including judgeships.  “I asked, ‘Who names judges? The justice minister – or this guy and that guy who’d raised lots of money,”‘ Bellemare said in the interview.  He says he ultimately wound up naming those judges.  “Because it was an order by the big moneymen of the party – and the premier was in agreement with it,” he said.  “I complained to the premier. But that, apparently, was the way things went.”

In yet another allegation, Bellemare says even the government’s legislative agenda was shaped by its fundraisers. He says certain bills were killed at their request.  Bellemare says influential moneymen “expected payback” for all the cash they pumped into the Liberal party. The premier’s popularity has plummeted spectacularly in recent months, partly due to allegations of ethics violations.

An unpopular budget loaded with tax hikes compounded those problems, with tens of thousands of protesters now regularly taking to the streets. Two newspapers had front-page pictures Monday of protesters holding up signs saying, “Damned liar.”  One poll listed dissatisfaction with the Charest government at a whopping 77 per cent. Just a few months ago, Charest was seemingly on cruise control, basking in the height of his popularity and frequently being cited as a possible future prime minister of Canada. That was before the first controversies broke. The troubles began with a scandal about Mafia involvement in the construction industry, and that industry’s influence over political fundraising at the Montreal municipal level. Radio-Canada reported that construction companies colluded to jack up the cost of public works contracts, shared their profits with the Mob, and intimidated rivals. Word that those same construction companies had helped raise money for political parties rocked Montreal’s mayoral race last fall. But Charest steadfastly refused demands for a public inquiry, when almost every major player in the province was asking for one.

Bellemare left politics only one year after the Charest Liberals were first elected. He says his abrupt exit stemmed from those ethics violations. “It disgusted me – and that’s why I left in the spring of 2004.” As for rampant rumours that construction bosses illegally pumped cash into Liberal party coffers, Bellemare says the allegations are true. The premier shouldn’t feign surprise today at word of fundraising irregularities, Bellemare said. “I can tell you he (Charest) was very well informed.”  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100412/national/charest_scandal

The way normal business is supposedly being carried on also by by the Liberals in Quebec, it is no wonder my local Liberal MLA and the others too never write  back to me or acknowledge  any of my serious, critical, important letters  to them still. So what I  too do now have to first give a large donation to the Liberal party before my MLA will next consider reading any of my complaints?  It sure seems so!!!   https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/04/13/the-way-normal-business-is-supposedly-being-carried-in-canada/

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December 2, 2009

WHERE’S THE STEPHEN HARPER PROMISED CANADIAN JOBS???????

 

Canada’s economy goes into reverse Montreal Gazette –  Canada’s economy declined in July for the first time in more than a year as the country’s recovery faltered

 
( Bring down the price of rent; food; down. Stop taking raising the taxes and maybe they will have a chance. With Toronto’s David Miller taxing us to death to support his ill concived plans and fattening the unions, and Dalton McGuinty wasting that money on bribing unionized teachers, ehalth etc, and the rest of the governments with fat and overpaid bureaucracy what money is left for others? there will be A LOT more poor families in Ontario.  http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2009/12/02/ont-poverty.html )
 
Here is what the Canadian Press reports too
Canadian Stocks Post Biggest Drop Among Developed Markets on Gold’s Plunge
  
Almost all stimulus cash committed: Harper CBC Prime Minister Stephen Harper released the government’s fourth quarterly report on its economic recovery plan to reporters shortly after arriving in China on Wednesday On Monday, Statistics Canada reported that the economy expanded 0.1 per cent in the third quarter, the first quarterly gain since the third quarter of 2008. The 0.1 per cent figure reported by Statistics Canada is in quarterly terms. On an annualized basis, the economy grew at a 0.4 per cent pace in the July-September quarter. More like $62-billion shot in dark. Building bridges only give contractors jobs. Building water-mains and sewers only gives contractors jobs. Building roads and infrastructure only gives contractors jobs and civil, public servants.. but what about the rest of us? Committed does not mean SPENT! Time and time again we’ve seen governments promise to do something and even make provisions for it in the budget, but fail to carry through and actually do something. and how much of that stimulus money is going to non CON ridings.. only $ 18 Billion at most ( if all spent ) is  stimulus. The other $ 40 Billion is Harper  cutting GST & corporate income taxes and his  general mismanagement of public funds.  All of the news should report some real facts along with the PMO press releases they merely parrot.What I don’t understand is why more people are not more alarmed by his refusal to explain how much has been put out the door. He only ever comments on how much is committed, and refuses to give numbers on the amount spent.He even refuses to give the numbers on the amount spent to the Parliamentary Budget Officer, the man Harper appointed to examine this kind of program to ensure that it was being done efficiently and in a transparent manner.Just another example about how the Conservative “accountable and transparent” only refers to other people. I sure hope that the 850 thousand that are unemployment get jobs …Over the past few weeks many more have also become unemployed …..Lots of worries for these folks ..
 
 
 
 
The Canadian economy in reality supposedly crawled out of the so called by the Conservatives a  no recession in the third quarter of this  year but remains weaker than most had  been falsely predicted, expected and the jobless rate is expected to continue rising for months to come. The Canadian government spending pledged after the economy dropped into recession is a  two-year C$47 billion  stimulus package, and infrastructure projects  account for C$16 billion of the total If all funding for these initiatives has not been allocated by this date, the government will reallocate funding to other initiatives or allow funds to lapse,” the Department of Finance said in its report. It did not say what other projects the money might be spent on. Funds have been committed on more than 12,000 projects, and of those, 8,000 have begun, it said. The government considers a project underway as soon as it has been put up for tender; it does not mean work has physically begun. The Liberals say that, as of September, only about 12 per cent of the stimulus projects had actually started. The federal government must negotiate funding with provincial and municipal governments and estimates that when all levels of government spending are included, the funding committed for stimulus measures will total C$62 billion per year for 2 years. ,” Liberal finance critic John McCallum said  that “The government won’t tell us how many jobs have been created … presumably because with only 7 pct of the projects under way, very few jobs have been created, “Just because over 90 per cent of the money has been committed, doesn’t mean people are actually at work,”  “They do not tell us how many jobs have been created. We know they know, because the municipalities are required to submit that information, but they won’t tell us.”  Government officials have said they do not track the number of jobs created by the stimulus program, even though one of the key goals of the program is to put people back to work. But the Liberals have produced documents showing that the government does collect such data – it just hasn’t released it. The federal stimulus program is comprised of some permanent measures such as tax cuts, along with temporary ones such as infrastructure spending and providing liquidity to unlisted financial institutions. An independent investigation by The Canadian Press has shown that stimulus money was not targeted at areas of high unemployment. Rather, it has favoured ridings held by Tory MPs. The Harper administration has staked its fiscal reputation on the ability of the stimulus plan to quickly create or maintain almost 200,000 jobs across Canada but most of these will be in the civil services firstly  it seems.. Under an agreement negotiated with the Liberals last spring, Conservative Finance Minister Flaherty is obliged to submit quarterly updates on how the stimulus program is working.   But the parliamentary budget officer has complained that the updates released so far are so lacking in detail and inconsistent in their format that they are not very useful.
 

WHERE’S THE PROMISED CANADIAN  JOBS???????

 

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/02/15/canadian-editorial-cartoons/

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/11/20/a-picture-is-worth-1000-words/

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/09/14/transport-canada-stealing-taxpayers-money/

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/09/24/how-many-real-jobs-now-are-being-created-by-the-conservative-harper/

Stop. Note. Being unemployed in today’s recession is still a very serious issue, it means  a possible loss of one’s health next as well, it means spending one’s savings, it means hardships in reality.

Now, with hundreds of thousands of jobless Ontarians, Albertans, etc. struggling on inadequate employment insurance and welfare benefits … One in eight Ontario children live in families that can’t afford fresh fruits and vegetables every day, or can’t afford to replace a broken appliance or share the occasional meal with friends or family.

Rise of EI claims in BC among highest in Canada Vancouver Sun – The number of beneficiaries collecting employment insurance in B.C. in September jumped by 11,280, or 12.8 per cent, to 99,360. That total number of recipients is now 130 per cent above this time last year, the second-biggest rise in the country, according to a report released Tuesday by Statistics Canada. Nationally, the number of people collecting EI jumped more than seven per cent in September. Regular EI recipients grew by 54,300 to 818,020 during the month, with biggest increases coming in Alberta, B.C. and Ontario. EI beneficiaries in Ontario increased by 22,520, or nine per cent, to 271,680,. National and provincial data is seasonally adjusted, while data from cities is not. The national September total is up 63.5 per cent since peak employment in October 2008. The biggest increases in September EI benefits were among young people under 25. Since October 2008, Canada has lost 400,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate has risen to 8.6 per cent.  Employment started to grow again in August and September — adding a total of 57,700 positions — but that growth came to an abrupt end last month when another 43,200 jobs were chopped.NUMBER OF EI RECIPIENTSTraditionally the  lay offs tend to be around Christmas, at year ends, before the next years’ Corporate budget is started. The actual unemployment rate is higher, since the new people on social aid are not included as unemployed..

Beneficiaries as of September, with increase from August:

British Columbia 99,360 +12.8%

Alberta 71,910 +25.0%

Saskatchewan 14,580 +12.3%

Manitoba 16,630 +14.0%

Ontario 271,680 +9.0%

Quebec 209,840 +1.1%

New Brunswick 37,740 +1.3%

Nova Scotia 34,450 +1.4%

P.E.I. 8,800 +1.6%

N.L. 43,410 unchanged

Canada 818,020 +7.1%

Source: Statistics Canada
    
Yes, actions speak louder than words. It’s time we stopped pretending that Stephen Harper is a “Conservative” like Canada’s authentic traditional “Tories.” They are not behaving at all like the party of John A. Macdonald, John Diefenbaker, Robert Stanfield or even Brian Mulroney.  In fact, they are an oil company-sponsored adaptation of Alberta’s Reform Party with a few former “Progressive” Conservatives (REJECTS) who had no where else to go.  Canada’s genuine Progressive Conservatives would never sabotage a global climate change agreement or try to remove equal funding for other parties. They believed in a vibrant democracy and a Canada that is truly a “model for the World.” ” D.S. Barclay, Georgetown  http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/735486

“The federal Conservative Party and the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario have both shown a distain for their respective houses that has reached an all time low. Let’s look at the prime minister first. We have the possible torture of Afghan prisoners after we handed them over to the Afghans. Instead of taking a serious look at what was happening, the government decided to attack and discredit the messenger. It went on a campaign to smear the reputation of Richard Colvin who was brave enough to report his concerns. Stephen Harper also went after opposition parties, accusing them of not supporting the troops because they dared to question the government over these allegations. This is when they hit an all-time low. Harper is quoted as saying (while talking to some troops surrounded by Canadian flags), “when some in the political arena do not hesitate before throwing the most serious of allegations at our men and women in uniform, based on the most flimsy of evidence, remember Canadians from coast to coast are proud of you, I am proud of you and I stand beside you.”  So, if you dare to question the government on its handling of issues in Afghanistan, you don’t support the troops? He is ducking behind the troops, using them to make his tenuous point, trying to deflect us from the issue at hand. It is a disgraceful, cowardly way to make a point.” I hold faint hope that we will return to the days of all parties being concerned about Canadians, instead of their antics to maintain and get power at all costs. It’s disheartening.  http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2211286

PM represents a fundamental shift in priorities – Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a “values” and fiscal conservative, shares the Thatcher-Reagan goal of reducing any and all forms of taxation on business. The goal is to use the state/corporate nexus to generate rather than redistribute wealth even if this results in ballooning deficits and debts. What is at stake over the HST is the redistribution of taxing powers between the federal and provincial governments. Harper’s goal is to reduce federal spending on health and social programs by transferring full control over these programs along with taxing revenues to the provinces. Ottawa will then use its reduced taxing and spending powers to focus on defence, infrastructure renewal, and to fund the expansion of corporate Canada. This is a clear example of this neoconservative shift of priorities from the well-being of individual Canadians to the well-being of corporate Canada.  http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/735489

HARPER BETTER STOP BITING THAT PEOPLE WHO ELECTED HIM FOR THEY WILL NEXT ALSO KICK HIM OUT OF OFFICE LIKE THEY DID BRIAN MULRONEY NOW TOO

NEW CONSERVATIVES? THEY ARE NO DIFFERENT OVER THE OTHER OLD PARTIES THEY BASH.. BY BASHING OTHERS THEY HOPE THE REST DO NOT SEE WHAT THEY ARE LIKE NOW. FOOLING ONLY THEMSELVES

MAKING IDOLS OF BIG COPRORATIONS AND NEGLECTING ABUSING THE CITIZENS IS ALSO STILL BIG UNACCEPTABLE SINS IN GOD’S EYES.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

February 11, 2009

The whole truth comes out

 

The whole truth comes out.. about the drunk drivers, snow removal, road accidents, recession, Harper.. but first can anyone tell me why the poor managers allow all these civil bad public servants, senators, aides, MPs, MLA’s, MPP’s  in municipalities, provinces, Canada wide, fly all over the country, world wide, eat   fine food, drink alcohol,  in fine restaurants at taxpayer’s expense while the country is in a big recession? Unacceptable taxpayer’s money Abuse by professionals now too!

MY OWN PERSONAL DECADES OF  EXPERIENCE IN DEALING WITH ALCOHOLICS, DRUG ADDICTS AT WORK, ELSEWHERE, IS THAT THEY WERE ALMOST TOTALLY INEFFECTIVE, USELESS IN TERMS OF DOING ANY REAL PRODUCTIVITY.

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1 Drunk driving arrests jump. Calgary Herald February 6, 2009 –  More than 65 people –three times as many as last year –were arrested in January for drunk driving in red deer as part of a stepped-up check stop program. From Jan. 1 to 31, Red Deer RCMP, along with Alberta sheriffs and the Alberta office of traffic safety, arrested 65 people, compared with 20 people in 2008. Const. Sabrina Grunow says the difference in numbers is due to increased funding for check stops.  http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Drunk+driving+arrests+jump/1259164/story.html   

 
 It is estimated that 70 percent of adults drink alcohol and at least 15 percent of Canadians are alcoholics.  According to the 2004 Canadian Addiction Survey, 79.3% of the Canadian population aged 15 years and older consumed alcohol in the year prior to the survey. Most Canadians drink17% of current drinkers were considered high-risk drinkers.   According to the study on the costs of substance abuse in Canada, it is estimated that alcohol abuse accounted for $3.3 billion in direct health care costs in 2002.(18)  Hospitalizations and deaths are two key indicators that show the toll of alcohol abuse on Canadian society.http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/library/PRBpubs/prb0620-e.htm#aconsumption
 
Drunk driving check stops thus should be enforced all year not just during December and January. Increased funding for check stops is not required also, merely reduce the number of speeding/traffic cops and put them mostly rather on drunk driving detail. Since we know that most of accidents are not even caused by speeding now in the first place too. Speeding tickets and related quotas  tend to be a false revenue generating items . Installing a 15-hundred-dollar breath-sampling device and ignition interlock on vehicles seems to be not totally effective since it seem many now have learned how to by pass it.. by having someone else breath into it, or .. Too many cops still do  go after revenue generating speeding tickets and why? Any traffic ticket on your driving record may adversely affect your insurance rates. Insurance companies also rely on “accident settlement” charts and police accident reports to determine who is “at fault” and base rates upon claims made by the insured.

OPP says highway crash numbers up this winter  Sunday, February 8th, 2009 9:25 am ( but they lie as to the reasons) If you have been stuck in more closures on the highways this year because of crashes, you’ve been part of a growing trend.   Crashes on OPP highways have been skidding out of control this year, topping last years list.  The OPP is reporting an increase in crashes this winter compared to last. OPP Sgt. Dave Woodford says that during the months of December and January the number of collisions has risen.  The OPP responded to over 17,000 crashes on OPP patrolled highways in the last two months. Sgt. Woodford says not to blame the weather for the collisions, but drivers not driving according to road conditions, such as speeding and following too closely. While the number of crashes are up, there has been a slight decline in automobile deaths and serious injuries.  47 deaths occurred on OPP patrolled highways compared to 48 last year and 65 two years ago. Sgt. Woodford says this means most crashes are preventable. While the weather may now be getting warmer, the OPP is telling drivers to pay more attention to the roads.  http://www.680news.com/news/more.jsp?content=20090208_091710_46752

Beware. Lying spin doctors at work.. especially by the cops, RCMP too it seems.. Even a chief of police mostly lies about the causes of accidents.. firstly you cannot takes these police facts as reliable statistics even.. they are just one person’ s opinion as to the cause of most of the accidents, they are not the actual facts….  IN FACT POLICE ARE TO LAZY TO COLLECT, COMPILE,  ACCURATE DETAILED STATISTICS..  THE CALGARY CHIEF OF POLICE ONLY GETS A COMPUTER PRINTOUT OF HOW MANY MORE TICKETS WERE ISSUED THIS YEAR OVER LAST YEAR PER AREAS..  Accident -Traffic Ticket Facts. Less than 10% of all police officers in Ontario receive specific, detailed accident investigation training. NEVER MIND IN ALBERTA.   The failure of others to clear the highways adequately has contributed to the poor driving conditions firstly. Secondly the lack of winter tires does not help. Most of the car accident deaths were likely related to impaired drivers now too.

“Alcohol, Other Drugs and Driving. How do alcohol and other drugs affect driving? When you drive, your hands, eyes and feet control the vehicle, and your brain controls your hands, eyes and feet. To drive safely, you need to be alert, aware and able to make quick decisions in response to a rapidly changing environment. Alcohol and other drugs alter the normal function of the brain and body, and interfere with even the most skilled and experienced driver’s ability to drive safely. While different drugs can have different effects on driving, any drug that slows you down, speeds you up or changes the way you see things can affect your driving — too often with tragic consequences. Alcohol blunts alertness and reduces motor coordination. People who drive after using alcohol can’t react as quickly when they need to. Their vision is affected, and may be blurred or doubled. Alcohol alters depth perception, making it hard to tell whether other vehicles, pedestrians or objects are close or far away. And because alcohol affects judgment, people who drive after drinking may feel overconfident and not recognize that their driving skills are reduced. Their driving is more likely to be careless or reckless — weaving, speeding, driving off the road and, too often, crashing. Alcohol is a depressant drug, which means it slows down your brain and body. Other depressant drugs, including some prescription drugs such as sedatives and painkillers, affect a person’s ability to drive safely, in a way similar to alcohol. Any drug that causes drowsiness, including some cough, cold or allergy medications, can also affect a person’s ability to drive safely. When alcohol and another depressant drug are combined, the effect is more intense and dangerous than the effect of either drug on its own. When taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, it is wise to consult with your doctor or pharmacist before driving.

Stimulant drugs, such as caffeine, amphetamines and cocaine, may increase alertness, but this does not mean they improve driving skills. The tired driver who drinks coffee to stay awake on the road should be aware that the stimulant effect can wear off suddenly, and that the only remedy for fatigue is to pull off the road, and sleep. Amphetamines do not seem to affect driving skills when taken at medical doses, but they do make some people over-confident, which can lead to risky driving. Higher doses of amphetamines often make people hostile and aggressive.

“Alcohol, Other Drugs and Driving. How do alcohol and other drugs affect driving? When you drive, your hands, eyes and feet control the vehicle, and your brain controls your hands, eyes and feet. To drive safely, you need to be alert, aware and able to make quick decisions in response to a rapidly changing environment. Alcohol and other drugs alter the normal function of the brain and body, and interfere with even the most skilled and experienced driver’s ability to drive safely. While different drugs can have different effects on driving, any drug that slows you down, speeds you up or changes the way you see things can affect your driving — too often with tragic consequences. Alcohol blunts alertness and reduces motor coordination. People who drive after using alcohol can’t react as quickly when they need to. Their vision is affected, and may be blurred or doubled. Alcohol alters depth perception, making it hard to tell whether other vehicles, pedestrians or objects are close or far away. And because alcohol affects judgment, people who drive after drinking may feel overconfident and not recognize that their driving skills are reduced. Their driving is more likely to be careless or reckless — weaving, speeding, driving off the road and, too often, crashing. Alcohol is a depressant drug, which means it slows down your brain and body. Other depressant drugs, including some prescription drugs such as sedatives and painkillers, affect a person’s ability to drive safely, in a way similar to alcohol. Any drug that causes drowsiness, including some cough, cold or allergy medications, can also affect a person’s ability to drive safely. When alcohol and another depressant drug are combined, the effect is more intense and dangerous than the effect of either drug on its own. When taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, it is wise to consult with your doctor or pharmacist before driving.

Stimulant drugs, such as caffeine, amphetamines and cocaine, may increase alertness, but this does not mean they improve driving skills. The tired driver who drinks coffee to stay awake on the road should be aware that the stimulant effect can wear off suddenly, and that the only remedy for fatigue is to pull off the road, and sleep. Amphetamines do not seem to affect driving skills when taken at medical doses, but they do make some people over-confident, which can lead to risky driving. Higher doses of amphetamines often make people hostile and aggressive.

People who use cocaine are also likely to feel confident about their driving ability. But cocaine use affects vision, causing blurring, glare and hallucinations. “Snow lights” — weak flashes or movements of light in the peripheral field of vision — tend to make drivers swerve toward or away from the lights. People who use cocaine may also hear sounds that aren’t there, such as bells ringing, or smell scents that aren’t there, such as smoke or gas, which distract them from their driving.

Cannabis impairs depth perception, attention span and concentration, slows reaction time, and decreases muscle strength and hand steadiness — all of which can affect a person’s ability to drive safely.

The effects of hallucinogenic drugs, such as LSD, ecstasy, mescaline and psilocybin, distort perception and mood. Driving while under the influence of any of these drugs is extremely dangerous.

Because people react differently to the effects of alcohol, it is very difficult for a person to judge his or her own tolerance. A person may not feel “drunk,” but may still be legally impaired.

Is there some way I can quickly “sober up” if I’ve been drinking and need to drive home? No. Once a person consumes alcohol, it enters the bloodstream, and only time can reduce the concentration of alcohol in the blood. It takes about an hour for the average human body to process and eliminate two-thirds of the alcohol in one standard drink. This rate is constant, meaning that the more you drink, the longer time you need to wait before driving. Drinking coffee or other caffeinated beverages might make you more alert, but your ability to drive will still be impaired. 

How many accidents involve drivers who have been drinking alcohol or using other drugs? About 1,350 people die each year in Canada in motor vehicle crashes involving a drinking driver, and many more are seriously injured or disabled. In Ontario in 1997, alcohol was involved in 39 per cent of motor vehicle fatalities, 45 per cent of marine vehicle fatalities and 64 per cent of snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle fatalities. Drinking and driving is the largest single criminal cause of death and injury in Canada.

The role of other drugs, used on their own or in combination with alcohol, is not routinely assessed in traffic accidents, but is known to be an important factor in many road deaths. When people involved in traffic accidents were tested for the presence of drugs in a 1992 study, the drug found most often was alcohol. However, the total number of positive test results for all drugs other than alcohol was greater than the number of positive test results for alcohol alone. After alcohol, the most commonly detected drugs were cannabis, benzodiazepines and cocaine.

Studies have found that people who have been convicted of impaired driving offenses come from many different backgrounds, age and income groups. Such studies have also identified certain characteristics of people who drink and drive. Looking at convicted drinking drivers, we see that

  • most are male
  • a high proportion are “heavy” drinkers
  • many have an “antisocial attitude,” meaning they lack respect for the law and the safety of others, and
  • of those who are convicted of drinking and driving, almost all report having driven while under the influence many times before.

Impaired driving of any vehicle is a criminal offense with strict penalties under federal and provincial law. Such penalties include suspension of the driver’s licence, fines, jail sentences, treatment and education.  “ 

http://www.camh.net/About_Addiction_Mental_Health/Drug_and_Addiction_Information/alchohol_drugs_driving_dyk.html

Drinking and driving continues be a major cause of injury and death even because the number of persons consuming alcohol has been increasing and not decreasing.

2 Surging welfare demands in Ontario now really still begs the Questions as to when actually many of these people had lost their jobs, were unable to find one, after all welfare is used after one’s months of Unemployment insurance is used up first? It ALSO THUS seems someone is mot telling us the true figures of the number of people unemployed in Canada, Ontario firstly, the recession did not just start this year.. especially since the people on welfare are generally no longer counted as unemployed.. Well the whole truth is coming out, being exposed even in Ontario.

“CP  Ont. – Premier Dalton McGuinty dismissed calls Tuesday to accelerate the uploading of social assistance programs from municipalities, despite warnings that surging welfare costs will mean big tax hikes for struggling homeowners. “The short answer is no, I don’t believe so,” McGuinty said in London, Ont. The province, which pays for 80 per cent of welfare benefits, has moved a “long way” towards easing the burden on municipalities, he said. “Our burden, so to speak, is four times greater than theirs when it comes to dealing with the challenge of increasing welfare roles,” McGuinty said. “Just as they have financial challenges, so do we, and we’re going to have to find a way to manage our way through these.”

A recent TD Economics report warned that homeowners in struggling Ontario communities may be hit with big property-tax hikes to cover rising welfare costs during the recession. The report singled out Toronto, but TD economist and co-author Derek Burleton said other municipalities will face similar financial pressures as the economy sours. In its budget plan released Tuesday, Toronto signalled that residential property taxes will rise by four per cent in 2009. Mayor David Miller cited higher costs for transit, policing, snow clearance (* this  explains why there have been more road accidents in Ontario now too, 17000 in the last 2 months, since Ontario’s roads have not been immediately cleared of the snow it seems..) and welfare in defending the hike. Municipalities can’t go into deficits, but the provincial government can. Municipalities currently pay 20 per cent of welfare benefits, but they also administer the program, and the province has capped increases to its share of those administrative costs, Burleton noted in his report.

Windsor, Ont., has been struggling for years to find a way out of a severe economic downturn that began in 2002, said Mayor Eddie Francis.  As manufacturing jobs disappeared, welfare caseloads started to “skyrocket” in 2005, he said.  With Windsor’s jobless rate hitting 11 per cent – the highest in Canada – more people are turning to welfare and other social programs as their unemployment benefits run out, Francis said.  As the costs of maintaining those programs go up, the amount of tax revenue the city is collecting is plunging, he added.  * “We’re at a point right now where… we’ve cut to the bone in terms of city services,” Francis said.  Last year, the city lost about $15 million in tax revenue – the equivalent of a four per cent tax hike – because property values are falling and companies are shuttering plants and factories, Francis said.  The loss of a GM plant alone would cost the city $3 million in much-needed tax revenue, he added.  Speeding up the provincial upload of costs from municipalities and the arrival of much-needed federal cash for infrastructure projects would ease financial burden many cities and towns are facing, he said.  “Everything is needed right now – all the tools,” he said.  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090211/national/ont_municipalities_welfare

* It clearly appears that the lying Police chief of Ontario and also cops themselves who wrongfully  even as of lately had have blamed most of the drivers themselves, speeding,  for most of the accidents, they clearly wrongfully had failed to mention now that snow clearing  road services were not up to par due to the recession… and definitely contributed to the accidents. the Liars, the” OPP responded to over 17,000 crashes on OPP patrolled highways in the last two months. Sgt. Woodford says not to blame the weather for the collisions, but drivers not driving according to road conditions, such as speeding and following too closely”  https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/02/08/drunk-driving-arrests-jump/, https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/12/22/cops-lie-too/

Now also the recession has been  going on for years in Ontario since 2005 and Stephen Harper did not know this as the Prime Minister of Canada, so now supposedly he could not deal with it or in reality he wrongfully again did not care to know, deal with it still too? and he does not know firsthand about alcoholism and it’s  problem now too?

 Do see all of my posts here  about bad Stephen Harper now too.

 

CALGARY COPS LEAD THE COUNTRY IN GIVING OUT TRAFFIC TICKETS PER  CITIZENS AND YET SPEEDING IS NOT THE MAJOR CAUSE OF DEATHS, BUT DRUNK DRIVERS ARE. AND NOT ENOUGH IS DONE BY THE POLICE IN THIS AREA OF CATCHING DRUNK DRIVERS. BUT IT IS EASIER TO COLLECT REVENUE FROM SPEEDING THAN IT IS TO CATCH  A DRUNK DRIVER FOR THE POLICE. SPEEDING TICKETS ARE MORE OF A FINANCIAL GIFTS TO THE COURTS, JUDGES, LAWYERS, INSURANCE FIRMS.  
 
In realities the number of vehicle  accidents STILL have been increased, but statistics show also so did the number of drunk, impaired  drivers too. 

 

Harper too slow to act on slumping economy

Harper too slow to act on slumping economy, Martin complains  TORONTO – Some of Canada’s former prime ministers did a little armchair quarterbacking on how the economy is being handled Tuesday as they convened for a taping of the CBC reality show, “Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister.”

ALBERTA IS BEING HIT THE HARDEST..

 

” TORONTO – Anti-poverty activists want the Ontario government to invest billions of dollars in “social infrastructure and public programs” in its March budget.  The Canadian Press has obtained a draft copy of a report prepared for the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction that warns the poor will be hit harder than anyone by the recession.  The report, to be released Thursday, calls on the province to invest $2.4 billion this year and $2.6 billion next year on social programs, or roughly 2.7 per cent of Ontario’s gross domestic product.  It recommends a $100 monthly healthy food supplement to help adults on welfare or disability support payments, plus increased social assistance payments in the Ontario Child Benefit.  The report also calls for a new housing benefit to help low-income renters meet the high cost of housing, and says the province needs to build 7,500 new affordable child-care spaces.  Premier Dalton McGuinty had promised to start his government’s anti-poverty agenda with the spring budget, but also warned he won’t be able to go as far and as fast as first planned because of the economic downturn.  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090211/national/ont_poverty_report

February 10, 2009

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Top Posts for 7 days 2009-02-03

 to Today   2009-02-10 (Summarized)

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Title    
Canadian Federal Budget 2009  
Divorce And Remarriage In The Christian  
Canada’s 2009 Federal Budget approved  
Known alcoholics on the job  
Christian and Missionary Alliance Corpor  
Liberal Ignatieff makes gains at HARPER  
Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship   
Deceptive, unacceptable, unfair   
CHRISTIAN & MISSIONARY ALLIANCE  
The common crticism of Conservative SH  
Too often women have been put down by me  
Canada’s Oil Sand Projects  
The crticism of LIBERAL leader Michael  
Bell Sympatico  
Basic Contract law  
Still actions speak louder over mere   
Canada’s Jobless need more help, and   
ISP false, misleading adds  
TRANSPARENCY, HONESTY, ACCOUNTABILITY,   
Victims of deadly C. difficile outbreak  
Canada’s top news 2008.  STEPHEN HARPER IS NO BETTER THAN THE  
                                             
fresh, healthy food too expensive: Poll  
Drunk driving arrests jump  
RCMP-Mounties  
Unacceptable  
Alcohol continues to show it’s ugly head  
Another real bad Conservative Brian   
My past download and service problems wi  
Clearly the Canadian CRTC is in someone’  
Quebec’s police-shooting policy biased:  
Healing Evangelist Todd Bentley to Fold  
Does the RCMP monitor download logs?  
No RCMP ALCOHOLICS IT SEEMS  
THE BOOGEYMAN CALLED FALSE TONGUES  
Safety and snow removal services  
Canada’s ex PM Jean Chretien, Paul Mar  
a very sick Canadian PM Stephen Harper!  
I admit it  
No – Self regulating  
Real Justice in Canada too  
Harper again not a man of his word..  
MURDEROUS COPS coverup is ongoing  
Surprise, Surprise, Still ineffective RC  
Bell moves to limit internet competitors  
Libel, lawsuits  
Canada’s election not as interesting a  
ILL PREPARED HARPER AND THE CONSERVATIVE  
Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper  
The Harper demon who clearly made it all  
The murderous RCMP  
Speed-related highway fatalities  
Health, food safety, Recall and   
it is about time  
The important issue of our personal heal  
Was Prime Minister Stephen Harper drunk,  
Canada’s Stephen Harper the pretender,   
Cops lie too  
Executive Salary caps  
False Quebec bashing over Harper the   
Bell, Sympatico – Customer’s profiles  
AND WHO IS PAYING FOR THIS  
Bell’s latest response  
Losers  
Unbelievable how bad they are still  
Restrictive Trade practises  
The Spin Game – Evangelicals and their  
Action, not mere words needed  
Pretentious Ministers, Health Ministers,  
Canadian Women’s rights  
Class action suit against Bell Sympatico  
Conservatives on probation  
The dirty cops and politicians now too  
It is still Canada’s Prime Minister Step  
Unacceptable Medical Care  
1budgetb  
Are you having problems with your ISP   
1defecitp2  
11lost  
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the   
1kimm  
Canada’s federal election fiasco   
Justifiable Uproar  
Hanging Up on Early-Exit Fees  
The bad, bad RCMP, Bad Conservatives too  
Republicans and the Democrats give   
Top and most active posts  
It is about time too CRTC initiates   
On how to deal with it  

 

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PS: Look at this, due to the undeniable Recession, budget and tax cuts,  Municipalities across Canada have  been cutting back even on their services, snow clearing now too, which has been leading up to more car accidents, and cause the police cannot tell the truth about their employers, the police now lie, and divert the truth, saying that speeding vehicles were the cause of most of the accidents. In reality now also  speeding also still is not the main reasons for accidents but driving while impaired is.. http://postedat.wordpress.com/2009/01/08/drivers-will-face-significant-insurance-rates/

The whole truth comes out.. drunk drivers, snow removal, road accidents, recession..

Surging welfare demands in Ontario now really still begs the Questions as to when actually many of these people had lost their jobs, were unable to find one, after all welfare is used after one’s months of Unemployment insurance is used up first? It ALSO THUS seems someone is not telling us the true figures of the number of people unemployed in Canada, Ontario firstly, the recession did not just start this year.. especially since the people on welfare are generally no longer counted as unemployed.. Well the whole truth is coming out, being exposed even in Ontario. 

“CP  Ont. – Premier Dalton McGuinty dismissed calls Tuesday to accelerate the uploading of social assistance programs from municipalities, despite warnings that surging welfare costs will mean big tax hikes for struggling homeowners. “The short answer is no, I don’t believe so,” McGuinty said in London, Ont. The province, which pays for 80 per cent of welfare benefits, has moved a “long way” towards easing the burden on municipalities, he said. “Our burden, so to speak, is four times greater than theirs when it comes to dealing with the challenge of increasing welfare roles,” McGuinty said. “Just as they have financial challenges, so do we, and we’re going to have to find a way to manage our way through these.”  

A recent TD Economics report warned that homeowners in struggling Ontario communities may be hit with big property-tax hikes to cover rising welfare costs during the recession. The report singled out Toronto, but TD economist and co-author Derek Burleton said other municipalities will face similar financial pressures as the economy sours. In its budget plan released Tuesday, Toronto signalled that residential property taxes will rise by four per cent in 2009. Mayor David Miller cited higher costs for transit, policing, snow clearance (* this  explains why there have been more road accidents in Ontario now too, 17000 in the last 2 months, since Ontario’s roads have not been immediately cleared of the snow it seems..) and welfare in defending the hike. Municipalities can’t go into deficits, but the provincial government can. Municipalities currently pay 20 per cent of welfare benefits, but they also administer the program, and the province has capped increases to its share of those administrative costs, Burleton noted in his report. 

Windsor, Ont., has been struggling for years to find a way out of a severe economic downturn that began in 2002, said Mayor Eddie Francis.  As manufacturing jobs disappeared, welfare caseloads started to “skyrocket” in 2005, he said.  With Windsor’s jobless rate hitting 11 per cent – the highest in Canada – more people are turning to welfare and other social programs as their unemployment benefits run out, Francis said.  As the costs of maintaining those programs go up, the amount of tax revenue the city is collecting is plunging, he added.  * “We’re at a point right now where… we’ve cut to the bone in terms of city services,” Francis said.  Last year, the city lost about $15 million in tax revenue – the equivalent of a four per cent tax hike – because property values are falling and companies are shuttering plants and factories, Francis said.  The loss of a GM plant alone would cost the city $3 million in much-needed tax revenue, he added.  Speeding up the provincial upload of costs from municipalities and the arrival of much-needed federal cash for infrastructure projects would ease financial burden many cities and towns are facing, he said.  “Everything is needed right now – all the tools,” he said.  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090211/national/ont_municipalities_welfare 

* It clearly appears that the lying Police chief of Ontario and also cops themselves who wrongfully  even as of lately had have blamed most of the drivers themselves, speeding,  for most of the accidents, they clearly wrongfully had failed to mention now that snow clearing  road services were not up to par due to the recession… and definitely contributed to the accidents. the Liars, the” OPP responded to over 17,000 crashes on OPP patrolled highways in the last two months. Sgt. Woodford says not to blame the weather for the collisions, but drivers not driving according to road conditions, such as speeding and following too closely”  https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/02/08/drunk-driving-arrests-jump/,  https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/12/22/cops-lie-too/ 

Now also the recession has been  going on for years in Ontario since 2005 and Stephen Harper did not know this as the Prime Minister of Canada, so now supposedly he could not deal with it or in reality he wrongfully again did not care to know, deal with it still  oo? and he does not know firsthand about alcoholism and it’s  problem now too? 

Former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin complained Stephen Harper was too slow in bringing forward a stimulus package, saying the government should have acted before Christmas.”I think the situation is very worrisome and I think that when you see these job numbers it’s a pity that we didn’t begin with the stimulus much earlier,” Martin said of a $40-billion plan MPs approved in principle last week.
 
Meanwhile, Brian Mulroney expressed skepticism over Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney’s prediction the economy will pick up next year. “The quicker you get at this kind of thing, the better off you are. I also think it’s very important the kind of stimulus that you engage in.””While I hope he’s right, I find it somewhat optimistic,” said Mulroney, who grappled with a massive deficit that amounted to 8.7 per cent of the GDP when he took over from Pierre Trudeau in 1984.   http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090210/national/tv_prime_ministers
 
North American stock markets, the Canadian dollar and the price of oil fell on their faces Tuesday after slipping on the icy reception jittery investors gave the U.S. Senate’s endorsement of President Barack Obama’s US$838-billion bailout package.
 
do see also
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/02/03/known-alcoholics-on-the-job/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/02/01/it-is-about-time/

Do see all of my posts about bad Stephen Harper now too. 

ILL PREPARED HARPER AND THE CONSERVATIVES

 

 Famous last words

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Western Canada hit hardest by decline

B.C. and Alberta see swifter, sharper downturn than other provinces as housing slumps and bankruptcies soar. Stephen Harper’s own riding in a downfall? Unbelievable.   

 Alberta ‘not immune’ from economic turmoil
Globe and Mail  EDMONTON – The Alberta government is warning its residents to brace for difficult times as the province copes with collapsing energy prices and a stalled global economy.
Province prepares new strategy for managing oilsands, global … Calgary Herald
Alberta throne speech promises action to protect jobs and … The Canadian Press
660 News – Edmonton Journal – CHQR – iNews880.com
all 42 news articles »

Beware laying spin doctors at work. Remember how they said in the past in Canada that the closed door  to the US borders was temporary, even for the mad cows as well, and next the reality was very severe, different . Now another lying government spin doctor says this Canada wide recession will only last one year.. but the reality is 15 years, for that is how long it takes to kick start again the Canadian economy in historical reality.  

And making it easier to get a car loan or a home mortgage when many people have decided not to drive at all, and have clearly  stopped buying non essentials is another Harper- Conservative absurd approach too.

 There is no doubt that Stephen Harper brought his government to the brink of downfall after last fall’s economic statement that called for the abolition of taxpayer subsidies to political parties, with severe damage to the reputation of Stephen Harper as a successful leader now as well.   Stephen Harper’s SOLE RECESSION help  at that time was mainly  to cut the opposition parties grants. We all now know what happened next. The new Conservatives under Stephen Harper next came within a governor general’s decision of falling to a Liberal/NDP coalition that was propped up by a more than willing Bloc Quebecois. Harper awaken to the gravity of the situation, suspended parliament for 60 days and came out with a new budget which could have equally been drafted by Michael Ignatieff, the current Liberal leader and Stephen Harper was saved from the guillotine as a result. While the new Conservative -Harper government unveiled in shock its deficit producing, record-spending budget  that today that’s called stimulating the economy, but  few years ago, it was called the sponsorship program that was despised, objected to by the same Conservatives, Harper included. It’s overall effectivness is very much questionable again too. “Conservative ministers have been dispatched on selling trips across the country, armed with press releases and promises of much public loot at every stop” they now  should not stop any of us from examining the actual working details, productiveness, effectiveness  of the budget still and all taxpayers on high alert for taxpayer’s money abuses still too. Since we tend to know that History repeats itself and there still rather likely would be a lot better way to spend the same money and produce more effective job creation results for the unemployed, jobless citizens.  Especially “As federal Auditor General Sheila Fraser reported last week, the government spends billions of dollars every year with no clue what, if anything, it achieves.  And when a program is driven by photo ops and a need to spend public money quickly, odds are high it is a boondoggle waiting to happen. It’s not that we haven’t seen this movie before. The last time a government launched a major infrastructure spending spree to “stimulate a moribund economy” was in the 1990s. By the time the cheques were written, the program had provided fodder for not one but two damning reports by the auditor general. ” Causing a change of government and next  we taxpayers were not any better off now as well! Forecast for  days ahead, Vigilance of the new Conservatives, Stephen Harper rightfully still needed. 

“OTTAWA – After dismal jobless reports out of Canada and the U.S., the Liberals wasted no time Friday attacking the Conservatives on their handling of the economy.  “Not only did they not see this coming, but they have no idea where they are going,” Liberal finance critic John McCallum said to kick off Question Period.  Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff said January’s record job loss numbers paint a clear picture of just how severely the recession has affected Canadian families while the Conservatives were asleep at the switch. Ignatieff said the staggering numbers are precisely why he has put the government on probation with his Liberal budget amendment.  “Last fall, Stephen Harper said that it was a good time to buy stocks, he said that there was no need to run a deficit and he said if we were going to have a recession it would have happened by now,” said Ignatieff. “We now know that as he was saying that, the market fell further, the Conservatives were in the red, and over 234,000 jobs were lost.”  “This government has failed to plan and failed to protect Canadian jobs. It didn’t see the seriousness of the downturn and failed to bring in an immediate stimulus package when the urgency was clear,” he said.”
  

Ignatieff making more favourable impression than Harper, Layton: Poll  OTTAWA – A new poll suggests the Tories’ federal leadership advantage has evaporated since Michael Ignatieff took over the Liberal helm.

Alberta home prices to slip 9% in ’09: Crea
Calgary Herald –  The Canadian Real Estate Association is forecasting MLS residential sales will fall by 19 per cent this year in Alberta compared with 2008,while the average sale price will drop by nine per cent in the province.
Loss of confidence swamps house market Toronto Star
Calgary housing starts slide by 66% in January Canada.com
Forbes – Windsor Star – Financial Post – Globe and Mail
all 166 news articles »

  

The whole truth comes out.. drunk drivers, snow removal, road accidents, recession..

Surging welfare demands in Ontario now really still begs the Questions as to when actually many of these people had lost their jobs, were unable to find one, after all welfare is used after one’s months of Unemployment insurance is used up first? It ALSO THUS seems someone is not telling us the true figures of the number of people unemployed in Canada, Ontario firstly, the recession did not just start this year.. especially since the people on welfare are generally no longer counted as unemployed.. Well the whole truth is coming out, being exposed even in Ontario. 

“CP  Ont. – Premier Dalton McGuinty dismissed calls Tuesday to accelerate the uploading of social assistance programs from municipalities, despite warnings that surging welfare costs will mean big tax hikes for struggling homeowners. “The short answer is no, I don’t believe so,” McGuinty said in London, Ont. The province, which pays for 80 per cent of welfare benefits, has moved a “long way” towards easing the burden on municipalities, he said. “Our burden, so to speak, is four times greater than theirs when it comes to dealing with the challenge of increasing welfare roles,” McGuinty said. “Just as they have financial challenges, so do we, and we’re going to have to find a way to manage our way through these.”  

A recent TD Economics report warned that homeowners in struggling Ontario communities may be hit with big property-tax hikes to cover rising welfare costs during the recession. The report singled out Toronto, but TD economist and co-author Derek Burleton said other municipalities will face similar financial pressures as the economy sours. In its budget plan released Tuesday, Toronto signalled that residential property taxes will rise by four per cent in 2009. Mayor David Miller cited higher costs for transit, policing, snow clearance (* this  explains why there have been more road accidents in Ontario now too, 17000 in the last 2 months, since Ontario’s roads have not been immediately cleared of the snow it seems..) and welfare in defending the hike. Municipalities can’t go into deficits, but the provincial government can. Municipalities currently pay 20 per cent of welfare benefits, but they also administer the program, and the province has capped increases to its share of those administrative costs, Burleton noted in his report. 

Windsor, Ont., has been struggling for years to find a way out of a severe economic downturn that began in 2002, said Mayor Eddie Francis.  As manufacturing jobs disappeared, welfare caseloads started to “skyrocket” in 2005, he said.  With Windsor’s jobless rate hitting 11 per cent – the highest in Canada – more people are turning to welfare and other social programs as their unemployment benefits run out, Francis said.  As the costs of maintaining those programs go up, the amount of tax revenue the city is collecting is plunging, he added.  * “We’re at a point right now where… we’ve cut to the bone in terms of city services,” Francis said.  Last year, the city lost about $15 million in tax revenue – the equivalent of a four per cent tax hike – because property values are falling and companies are shuttering plants and factories, Francis said.  The loss of a GM plant alone would cost the city $3 million in much-needed tax revenue, he added.  Speeding up the provincial upload of costs from municipalities and the arrival of much-needed federal cash for infrastructure projects would ease financial burden many cities and towns are facing, he said.  “Everything is needed right now – all the tools,” he said.  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090211/national/ont_municipalities_welfare 

* It clearly appears that the lying Police chief of Ontario and also cops themselves who wrongfully  even as of lately had have blamed most of the drivers themselves, speeding,  for most of the accidents, they clearly wrongfully had failed to mention now that snow clearing  road services were not up to par due to the recession… and definitely contributed to the accidents. the Liars, the” OPP responded to over 17,000 crashes on OPP patrolled highways in the last two months. Sgt. Woodford says not to blame the weather for the collisions, but drivers not driving according to road conditions, such as speeding and following too closely”  https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/02/08/drunk-driving-arrests-jump/, https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/12/22/cops-lie-too/ 

Now also the recession has been  going on for years in Ontario since 2005 and Stephen Harper did not know this as the Prime Minister of Canada, so now supposedly he could not deal with it or in reality he wrongfully again did not care to know, deal with it still  oo? and he does not know firsthand about alcoholism and it’s  problem now too? 

Former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin complained Stephen Harper was too slow in bringing forward a stimulus package, saying the government should have acted before Christmas.“I think the situation is very worrisome and I think that when you see these job numbers it’s a pity that we didn’t begin with the stimulus much earlier,” Martin said of a $40-billion plan MPs approved in principle last week.

“The quicker you get at this kind of thing, the better off you are. I also think it’s very important the kind of stimulus that you engage in.”

Meanwhile, Brian Mulroney expressed skepticism over Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney’s prediction the economy will pick up next year. 

“While I hope he’s right, I find it somewhat optimistic,” said Mulroney, who grappled with a massive deficit that amounted to 8.7 per cent of the GDP when he took over from Pierre Trudeau in 1984.   http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090210/national/tv_prime_ministers

Do see all of my posts about bad Stephen Harper now too. 

 

DO SEE ALSO https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/02/09/still-actions-speak-louder-over-mere-words/

 

February 9, 2009

fresh, healthy food too expensive: Poll

1canada1  
TORONTO — Almost half of Canadians say they are going without fresh, healthy food because it is too expensive, according to a national poll released Monday by the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
http://www.calgaryherald.com/Health/Canadians+fresh+healthy+food+expensive+Poll/1269731/story.html

The poll showed 47 per cent of Canadians don’t buy fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy and whole grain products, lean meat or fish because of the cost.

The foundation’s annual report on Canadians’ Health also revealed what it called “startling discrepancies” in the cost and availability of basic healthy food from province to province.

“Depending on where you live, some Canadians are often paying more than double to almost six times the price for the same basic healthy food,” the report said.

The foundation said governments need to “create a level playing field” for consumers.

“Many provincial governments regulate the price of alcohol across provinces, but healthy food is subject to significant price variations from one community to the next,” said foundation spokesman Stephen Samis.

“You have to wonder why we control the price of alcohol but allow such price inconsistencies for healthy food — and not just in remote regions of the country — but even between larger metropolitan areas.”

For example, the poll found the cost of six apples ranged from $1.71 in Edmonton to $5.02 in Calgary. In Ontario, where apples are grown regionally, the cost varied from 90 cents in Peterborough to $5.49 in Dryden. A 2.7 kg bag of potatoes ranged from $1.50 in Toronto to $2.15 in Whitehorse, to $6.95 in Yellowknife, N.W.T.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation said the wide variation in the cost of healthy food is even more disturbing when compared to the relatively stable price of pop, chips and cookies.

“Healthy eating is a key factor in preventing heart disease,” cardiologist Dr. Beth Abramson, said Monday. “This report should serve as a wake-up call that healthy eating is in danger of being out of reach for many Canadians, a problem which may only get worse given the current downturn in the economy.”

Last October, the Heart and Stroke Foundation had volunteer shoppers in 66 communities across Canada purchase a list of healthy foods for a family of four for one week.

It found some of the most “disturbing” data was reflected in the price variations of grain products. For example, a package of whole-wheat pasta that cost $2 in Barrie, Ont., was $7.90 in Regina, Sask., and $11.37 in Dawson City, Yukon. A bag of brown rice ranged from $2.19 in Toronto to $7.76 in Winnipeg, to $11.99 in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.

In the case of both milk and cheese, the survey found prices could be more than double depending on where you live.

A pound of lean ground beef could range from $13.21 in Ottawa to $4.99 in Peterborough, Ont. and the Yukon.

The foundation said these price variations may explain why almost half of adults and 70 per cent children in Canada don’t consume the minimum recommended servings of vegetables and fruit established by Canada’s Food Guide.

“This can only encourage unhealthy eating behaviour that will ultimately lead to obesity and risk factors for heart disease,” Abramson said.

 The situation was found to be even worse for First Nations people and Inuit, many of whom live in isolated communities.

In northern Ontario, four litres of milk was $15.70 in Bearskin Lake, compared to $3.49 in Vancouver. A package of whole-wheat pasta was $8.68, compared to $2.00 in Barrie, Ont. Other high cost items included: $10.99 for six oranges; $7.45 for six apples; and $10.88 for a 2.7 kg. bag of carrots. Survey shoppers also found that many healthy foods including chicken legs, frozen fish, fresh tomatoes, fresh broccoli, canned corn, canned peas, frozen mixed vegetables, potatoes and brown rice weren’t available at all in Bearskin Lake.

The study also found that healthy foods such as dried beans and frozen spinach were unavailable in almost one in three grocery stores where the foundation shopped.

The only items that showed little price variation and accessibility from one community to the next were pop, chips and cookies, which Canada’s Food Guide recommends be consumed less frequently.

Now on top of all that add to that how food manufacturers, drug stores do also make big  profits on health related items

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FBI joins investigation  while the RCMP is too busy consuming alcohol?

 
Now we all know that prices can vary, even significantly from one  retail store to another, and that price fixings also do exist something the consumer affairs ministers need to supervise with more vigilance than they tend to do so as well now..  DO FORWARD THEM THIS NOTE, REMINDER NOW TOO.
 
Still Shopping in one sole store is a dangerous way to try to save on essential good and health costs, but what do you do when there is not much choice, you are at the mercy of the seller, distributor, who often wrongfully do not hesitate to take advantage of it and to price gouge you. Simple old fashion greed is the basis of the high prices everywhere it seems. Take  for instance 1 in 8 persons is diabetic, but yet   the price of sugar free products is often 300 percent higher or even much more for a start.. the same applies to Margarine, etc
 
NOTE  THE fresh, healthy food IS EXPENSIVE FIRSTLY CAUSE THE RETAILERS HAVE A HIGH PRICE MARK UP ON IT. NOW THAT INCLUDES NOT ONLY FRUITS, AND VEGETABLES but other supposedly more healthier products.. YES THE SHIPPING COSTS FROM CALIFORNIA HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT, BUT CALIFORNIA IS IN DRASTIC RECESSION SO YOU WOULD THINK THE PRICES THERE OF THEIR GOODS WOULD BE CHEAPER NOW AS WELL? The old excuse of the price of high rising cost of fuel is no longer valid as well.
 
 
Toronto Medical Officer calls for $100 food supplement in  The Canadian Press – TORONTO – A Toronto woman says an extra $100 a month in social assistance would be the difference between eating nutritious food and eating whatever is on sale.
Medical community urges health food supplement CTV.ca
HEALTH: Campaign aims to ‘put food in the budget’ Inside Toronto
CityNews
 

Still actions speak louder over mere words

 

 
 

Almost since my first job after graduating from university I had learned that people are not to be trusted, need to be supervised, and corruption still exists in construction, universities, municipalities, governments, corporations, amongst professionals and politicians as well
  
Tax payer’s money abuses, false expense account statements, stealing, tax evasions,   obstruction of justice, cheating, lying,  drunkenness, impaired driving, pornography,  Adultery, VERBAL, PHYSICAL ABUSES, are all ESPECIALLY unacceptable for any civil and public servants. 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.  
 
Public exposure and prosecution of the guilty is one of the best approach serving everyone’s best interest too.  
 
 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. Too many police officers are now too often guilty of their most serious neglect of public trust and their duty. The related truth is that neither an independent police investigation, a new police commissioner,  a promised provincial or federal investigation, or just more politicians promises too often still   will not bring the much needed justice. All of the governments can prohibit the initial and further employment of any known racists for any jobs, and can  punish them for their racists acts, views. Police managers continue to promise the reforming of bad cops and the bad cops keep killing, abusing  innocent persons. The possible retaining of bad  police officers is always anyway a false myth. What thus is always needed is the real  the dismissal, criminal prosecution, of the guilty cops. So where is it? Speeding is not the main cause of car accidents, impaired driving is, but too many cops are alcoholics it seems who wrongfully do sympathize with drunks and as a result do not arrest drunks all year
 

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Subject: Re: There is still the petty Employment Insurance
 
Thank you for your reply, As you are aware my concerns are posted clearly  on the net for all to read world wide.
 
The Jobless need more help, and the present federal Stimulus budget  in reality  is still unlikely to stem the job losses, or  help the unemployed. Instead of everyone chasing their own tail we need to get down to serious job creation programs, give real help to the unemployed. 
  
It was about 25 years ago, 2.5 decades ago I reviewed the matter of recession and job creation programs approach in Canada and I had fully, rightfully concluded that the best and fastest way to increase jobs, to create MORE  jobs, for this certainty was not through the rather still mostly wasteful GOVERNMENTAL,  MUNICIPAL DEPARTMENTS, AGENCIES.
  
The effective job creation programs  should  rather be done through the established firms in the private sector and done by mainly  increasing  their existing  sales, marketing, developing additional markets, products in these existing profitable small, medium or larger firms. Most private firms still are hesitant to expand, they need incentives, encouragement to take on the extra problems, new work, to expand  for they all tend to reach a comfort operating  level and they tend not to want to next even increase their size, profitability in fact. Hoping to develop  new jobs, profitability by the creation, establishment of the  new firms is very unlikely, for  it takes years before these firms show some degree to stability and profitability.
 
So you have to establish reasons for a new firm to create the new jobs, such as a cash grant, rewards  for each of their new employee who lasts longer than 2 years with the firm. And provide for 2 months on the job retraining.
 
In order to do this you have to now help them to develop more effectively especially firstly  their own sales, marketing department as well. A role the pretentious, incompetent FBDB is not capable of doing now even as well.. The government thus also should offer free services from a private sales, marketing consulting firm to help any firm that requests it a free review, recommendations towards  increasing effectively, immediately their firm’s profitability, sales and size.
 
Reality, Canada  is in the starts of of a deep recession and the proposed existing  fiscal stimuli, is very much  inadequate and what is needed is real, viable, tangible job creation programs. The hardworking Canadians who have been paying into employment insurance for years to have access to employment insurance at a time of need and what do they really get, 5 extra weeks extension of UI for them to find non existent jobs? After which their sole option is to go on social welfare but first they will have to loose all of their assets, savings.
 
The 2009 Canadian federal budget had extended employment insurance payments for those who are eligible by five weeks. But Finance Minister Jim Flaherty resisted demands to increase benefits or ease eligibility rules. Currently, only 54 per cent of laid-off workers qualify. Federal finance minister Flaherty rejected calls to ease employment insurance eligibility, saying that extending benefits was the best way to help the jobless. How stupid is he, does he really believe that the economy will turn around in that period of time while most public, civil servants, politicians, ministers doing nothing about it all? Or in his mind is he still like the fool, Ostrich  of a PM Harper who said there was not going to be any major Canadian recession? Sure seems like it. Birds of the same feathers flock together. Unacceptable., Really inacceptable.
 
Canada’s present and upcoming  Jobless need more real help. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government still even faces mounting demands to improve all of the support for the jobless in the wake of the vast continual  increase in layoffs  across the country.  Opposition parties now rightfully accused they unprepared for prime Minister Harper who had falsely assured us mere months ago that if Canada were facing a recession, we would already have had it, of  leaving out the now large, continually growing pool of unemployed persons to deeply suffer without their receiving adequate help. A financial recovery plan crafted on making the banking loaned easier available to industry, car buyers, home purchasers  also into enough. Any incentives designed to buy new vehicles when there is no job to go to is a real unacceptable  fiasco as well..
 
” This 2009 federal budget by Stephen Harper does a huge disservice to Canadians, conservative and otherwise, who will now be saddled with massive deficits and an ineffective “stimulus” plan based not on sound economics but pork-barrel politics.” http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=1246059 
 
I personally sat in the Alberta Minister’s career and manpower office, job creation program, office decades ago and found out firsthand the he had no plan whatsoever to deal with increasing Alberta’s  employment, for he falsely too was relying on others to do it  That seems to be still the trend of what too many of our leaders are also doing good about it. Unacceptably Nothing!
 
The rather too often ridiculous, diversionary selfishly oriented  discussions about tax reductions are generally absurd, inadequate in helping create jobs, or in helping the unemployed for in reality unemployed people do not pay taxes or generate tax  revenues, and that also includes the too many  much too many unprofitable, poorly managed  firms now as well.
 
Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner accused Human Resources Minister Diane Finley of failing to grasp the gravity of the situation.
 
 Calling the job carnage a “national tragedy,” NDP MP Peter Julian said the Liberals are also to blame for an inadequate assistance package.“They’re simply rubber-stamping a Conservative budget that continues a policy that is hurting thousands and thousands of Canadian families at the worst possible time — when they lose their jobs and they have no one to turn to,” he said. 
 
Canada’s present and upcoming  Jobless need more real help. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government still even faces mounting demands to improve all of the support for the jobless in the wake of the vast continual  increase in layoffs  across the country.  Opposition parties now rightfully accused the  unprepared for Prime Minister Harper, who had falsely assured us mere months ago that if Canada were facing a recession, we would already have had it, of  leaving out the now large, continually growing pool of unemployed persons to deeply suffer without their receiving adequate help now, next. A financial recovery plan crafted on making the banking loaned easier available to industry, car buyers, home purchasers  also into enough. Any incentives designed to buy new vehicles when there is no job to go to is a real unacceptable  fiasco as well..
  
The federal government  relying  on an uncertainty, a speedier U.S. recovery to hopefully boost the country’s fortunes, unemployment figures is a clear absurdity, unacceptability. Canada itself will next have to deal with a vast amount of likely home foreclosures as well which will add to the woes.
 
Sent: Monday, February 09, 2009 9:44 AM
Subject: There is still the petty Employment Insurance
On behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, I wish to thank you for your Internet message of February 3, 2009.
Please be assured that the matter you have raised will be given proper consideration.
Yours sincerely,
Dianne Dupuis
Correspondence Liaison Officer 
 


>Sent: February 3, 2009 11:52 AM
>Subject: There is still the petty Employment Insurance

There is still the petty Employment Insurance and the need  to extend benefits for five more weeks. Unemployed workers, idled by the recession, still have to adhere to the two-week waiting period if they indeed qualify for EI. And no increase in benefits are offered. On top of that there is the topic of job retraining programs, not everyone qualifies for job creation programs only persons under the age of 30 generally can apply for it, the rest of the people who still pay the taxes cannot get the benefits. 

First we need still a full  review of the waste, fraud, and abuse that has plagued governmental. efforts. What is also needed is a program to remove public officials from office that take our money and spend it on their own false pet projects while many of our people still are not getting the help that they need. 

Federal Deficit , economic, job creation and capital expenditure programs… are still untrustworthy. Being a past  senior civil, mechanical , projects engineer, project manager myself here now are   the major problem I righty still do had with capital expenditure projects even under PM Jean Chretien and never   mind next under PM Stephen Harper firstly: and it is  is that when you give do monies for a specific capital expenditure projects to the Provinces, Municipalities as well, and just like in many of the non profit organizations now too, a significant portion of the money firstly never even gets to the intended sources but it is diverted elsewhere.. Diverted to: such as paying for existing deficits, debts, unprofitable civil and public services, departments, Crown Corporations too, ineffective overheads, unrelated operating costs  in the provincial , municipal departments. Now since all that happens even before it hits the supposedly private sectors we need to address that too. Now next as to the supposedly private sectors and related projects expenditures , totally honest and fair governmental competition bids still tends not to exists. So no one can make me into a believer that this all of this taxpayer’s money will solely go all into a valid job creation program spurring on the general economy. The existing projects, capital expenditure safeguards are still just not totally there, not the related transparency, accountably as well.. even even you try to use an ex retired, RCMP officer as a supervisor in the contracts, purchasing department, for by now we all should now who immoral, untrustworthy even the RCMP now are too in fact. Some of the money will likely be used even out of the country for a selected few persons rather too.. Are many of the  civil servants, politicians still taking their holidays overseas at tax payers expenses? There are still much too many abusive and questionable expenses: All still Unacceptable too.  

Not just in Canada now there is increasing evidence even in the US, elsewhere that states like California and Michigan,   are running huge budget deficits, do need federal aid to keep their essential and non essential services operating. They would plummet an already battered federal budget billions of dollars further into a non positive deficit.  We all do need to face the negative  fact of what our own political, corporate leaders are doing this to our country too. Still it  all  also does  mean that no one can predict beforehand with certainty  which industries and municipalities will get the needed designated federal capital. 

Also the too common  practice of  putting many local workers out of work or paying them less wages by sending the higher paying jobs offshore has a devastating impact on the rest of the World, not to mention the local economy. We also still do need to have the True Unemployment Numbers. 

What is also needed is a program to remove public officials from office that take our money and spend it on their pet projects while many of our people still are not getting the help that they need.  

” At last count, there were at least 785 criminal cases under investigation by the Hurricane Katrina Task Force, a joint effort of 19 federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Postal Service, the Defense Department and even the Environmental Protection Agency. State prosecutors in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas are similarly swamped. And scores more cases wait in the wings.”

And do see also   Citizens Against Government Waste   https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/

The fish stinks from the head but many cut the tail of first..  Reducing, cutting of the programs to the poor and needy persons for  that seems how the governments wrongfully still do wrongfully  respond to budget cut backs,  defecits, and to the poor and needy people too now, rather than dealing still firstly with the major crooks, tax payer’s money abusers too in the government and elsewhere… 
  
How many people in reality even in the civil, public services governments now  have been arrested all together  for tax evasions and tax payers money abuse now last year? How many? Anyone care to answer the question?
  
And speaking of the related  federal review as well, who are the high spenders last year in the federal government.. who ate at the best restaurants, traveled the most at the tax payers restaurants.. who were the drunks now too..  Politicians, and civil and public servants now included too..  (Luke 6:43 KJV)  For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
 
Even in our governments, history tends to repeat itself, including thefts, waste and mismanagement, deficits, and they tend not to rather get better and why?
 
There are also plenty of places to try to save the tax payer’s money but starting to save the tax payer’s money at the expense of the poor people and their welfare programs is not the best  way to do this, not at all the way to do it!   The governments firstly should though clearly manage better it’s civil and public servants.. and the capital expenditures. Why? Well I do also know from real  experiences that it is also the services to the poor and needy persons, those who can afford it the least, that are wrongfully cut to make up for the past budget mismanagement by Ministers, managers of the civil and public servants too in Canada’s Provinces, Municipalities too. Rather than cutting back on the governmental aid, programs to  the poor and needy persons even next  because of the government’s own unacceptable past mismanagement we all do now too need to really take another continual look at how effective our tax dollars are always all of being used by the civil and public servants, and their managers, politicians now too. Cutting back on the Corporate welfare also is what the government still does also needs to deal with and not cutting firstly the Social welfare. The Corporations got what Billions  in social welfare from the tax payers? and we do not have money for the poor people? or for proper medical care, or for proper Justice, police, consumer protection  too? It never surprises me anymore when the superiors, Managers even  at City hall as well can also still  find money for new furniture, more staff, larger personal expense accounts but cannot find  the money to help the ordinary, poor and needy people during the good and bad times now too. Unacceptable.
 
How many times have we now experienced he fact that the selected leaders, cabinet was not like what they had promised they would be, certainly now not like we had expected them rightfully to be as well? Clearly many many  Canadians are still often now really angry at, or disappointed with   the results of the various governments acts,    the selected candidates,  but  now when will we all deal with the root  issue that is the cause of the problems firstly and it is the immoral type of candidates being firstly nominated?  the liars and alcoholics mostly it seems.. and these type of brain damaged people will never do us much good even now as well.
 
We all need to care about the unemployed and the poor people, Elected officials now included. It also  seems even  the governments and it’s managers are too often rather still just for sale to the highest bidder… and it doesn’t care who they are involved with or what they are up to or what it looks like as long as they are rewarding themselves or  their friends, and thus they wrongfully and too tend  not too  really look after all of the good ordinary citizens welfare..  this is still never acceptable. They all Civil and public servants, politicians, need to be regularly supervised too. That is why we need and have the auditors, News media, Opposition parties, concerned citizens to do this too.. and it still generally is not enough as we can see.
 
The fish stinks from the head but many cut the tail of first..  That seems how the governments wrongfully does  respond to money and the poor people too now rather than firstly with the major crooks, the real tax abusers too.. 
 
“ Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.(Galatians 2:10 KJV)  ”
 
It should be very clear to the honest New Testament Bible scholars that the Church of the New Testament was seriously concerned about the poor persons in their midst and helped them, and so should we all as well today.,, but many Evangelical churches in Canada wrongfully also still do not..
 
Making all of the poor people, social welfare recipients, those who can afford it the least, to pay for the sins of others is an immoral and  criminal act still. 
 
Furthermore here are thee, 3 things I know for sure in Canada the last 35 years
 
– It is not the poor people who have  mismanaged the majority of the tax payer’s money… but they do pay for it the most, those who can afford it the least
 
– if the public and civil servants had better managed the tax payer’s money there still would not  have been likely more money for the poor people cause the rich people would still try to steal it for themselves. I have met even covetous, greedy middle class and rich persons now too.
 
Thirdly  if all persons paid their taxes, and did not commit tax evasions, an ongoing major unacceptable sin that still do needs to be prosecuted there would be plenty of money for the poor people  assuming it could get to them without being stolen, intercepted again.
  
(Isa 10:1 KJV)  Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; 2  To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless! 3  And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory? 4  Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners, and they shall fall under the slain. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. 
  
The past “Sponsorship manager suffered from alcoholism, inquiry told   Jim Brown Canadian Press   October 19, 2004   OTTAWA — The role of a key player in the federal sponsorship program has been called into question with the disclosure that he suffered from alcoholism.  Pierre Tremblay served as chief of staff to former public works minister Alfonso Gagliano in the early years of the program. He later moved to the civil service where he took charge of bureaucratic operations related to sponsorship projects.  But colleague Isabelle Roy confirmed at a public inquiry Tuesday that, through it all, Tremblay had a serious drinking problem and often couldn’t function after lunch. ” and how many more are there unacceptably like him still, alcoholics  in the government, MP’s Cabinet Ministers, managers, civil and public servants too? 
 
The federal government  relying  on an uncertainty, a speedier U.S. recovery to hopefully boost the country’s fortunes, unemployment figures is a clear absurdity, unacceptability. Canada itself will next have to deal with a vast amount of likely home foreclosures as well which will add to the woes. 
 
– The federal governments hands billions of dollars to the provinces and territories for various programs, but lacks any way to ensure the money is actually spent on those programs, the auditor general reported Thursday.
 
– The federal government also can’t say for sure whether billions of dollars being spent on green programs are actually protecting health, habitat or air quality, says the environment commissioner. Scott Vaughan’s first report to the Commons bluntly concludes that Ottawa too often “does not know the impact of its efforts.”  

“Canadians have high expectations that the government will take action to tackle environmental degradation,” said the audit, tabled in Parliament on Thursday. “The government needs to know what works, what doesn’t, and why.”

– Canada’s parliamentary budget officer is casting doubt on the federal government’s rosy projections in the budget, saying the recession will likely be deeper than expected and Ottawa’s stimulus package smaller and less effective.
 
– The federal Conservatives are engaging in pork-barrel politics by funnelling millions of dollars in infrastructure spending to friendly ridings. The Liberals say more than three-quarters of federal infrastructure money doled out since 2007 went to Conservative ridings. A Liberal analysis of the first $1 billion worth of specific projects financed by the Building Canada Fund concludes that 77.8 per cent of the money went to Tory constituencies. Gerard Kennedy, the Liberal infrastructure critic, says 21 of 27 projects that received funding were in Conservative ridings, He says that shows Stephen Harper’s Conservative government is using the fund to reward supporters and punish regions that did not vote Tory. The fund is the government’s flagship infrastructure program. It was supposed to dole out $37 billion over seven years but the country’s mayors have complained that very little money has actually flowed to municipal infrastructure projects. With billions of dollars in new promises for infrastructure in the recent budget, opposition-held ridings could be frozen out of job creation efforts, Liberal MP Gerard Kennedy said.  ”They’re not getting enough out the door, and what they’re promising is going to Conservative ridings,” Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff said.
 
Kevin Page also told a parliamentary committee Thursday the government’s claimed $39.9 billion stimulus package over two years is effectively about 20 per cent smaller, at $31.8 billion. 

And he adds that a portion of the smaller amount may not find its way into the economy because $10 billion is contingent on shared spending by other levels of government. 

The difference will mean the extra spending is unlikely to create or save the 190,000 jobs projected by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, Page said, estimating the number at closer to 120,000. 

Liberal finance critic John McCallum called the discrepancies and the expectations of a more severe downturn alarming, adding that the government may have to raise its stimulus spending within the next few months.” http://ca.news.yahoo.com/canada/cp   

I too  have a sneaking suspicion that in six months, we’ll all be discussing  a big “Conservagate,” affair which will make the Liberal Shawinigate look like a mousesqueak. This from the party that go so angry over the overfunding of Liberal ridings when the shoe was on the other foot. 

TWO OF MY PAST NEIGHBORS, MANAGERS,  WHO WORKED FOR CITY HALL OPENLY BOASTED TO ME, AND DEMONSTRATED TO ME FOR YEARS THE COMMON CORRUPTION IN THE LOCAL CITY HALL, DONE BY THEM AND MANY OF THEIR COLLEAGUES. This included their unnecessary out of town trips, their taking stuff, computer accessories,  home from the office for their own personal use, boasted of  their lavish expense accounts, of their doing personal work at the office, and much more. Why did they think that me a tax payer would approve any of such wrong doings was their error. I reported their wrong doings rightfully rather. OTHER MANAGERS OF CROWN CORORATIONS HAD ALSO OFTEN BOASTED TO ME OF THEM DOING SIMILAR THEFTS  AS WELL..
 
Now we had elected the new Conservatives , a new government and a leader that was supposed to be much better, different from all the so called past bad governments. A government that would be reliable, , it will be open, transparent, accountable, better managed, honest, and it would keep it’s pre-election  promises,  would not lie to us too, And next was that so in reality? NO!!! Unacceptable
 
Do first  stop electing, hiring  liars, alcoholics, incompetents, and pretenders mostly.. instead fire all of them
 
 Thank you for your supposedly concern and letter of acknowledgement but next do show us all that actions speak louder than mere words, and show us what you really did good about this still.
 
Do see also
 
Here still  is what I cannot understand about the federal job creation programs carried out under both the liberal and conservative governments, is the necessity it seems to give money firstly to the municipalities, as though they have a direct effect on voters.. Nothing can be farther from the truth for  neither the police themselves, nor the municipalities have a significant vote as to how the citizens will vote on election days. The only group  that can likely have any effect on the voters are pastors, and priests in fact.
 
 Here is what I know for sure in Canada proper policing, management ,  supervision  human rights commissions are a real fact of life, society, in schools, life,  in churches, governments, commerce, institutions, civil and public services, professional services too,  and elsewhere, even on the net,  for you will always have those 30 percent at least of the persons who will try to cheat, lie  , steal, bend the rules, falsely believe they are above the laws, Self  regulation alone is too often pretentious, farcical, often not applied as well. That applies especially to the professionals, civil and public services, police, municipalities, politicians now as well..
 

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 Telling lies, half truths is too  too difficult, for you have to remember the lies you had said, and the truth as well, and most people cannot do that , thus they rather do as a result go crazy.. So Me I do not write to please men or women, to be politically correct, and I prefer the to deal with, write the simple truths, I also do readily share the good things I have learned freely

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For certainty also because of the demonic opposition the devil will try to discourage you from finding out reading about the Holy spirit, Charismatics, Pentecostals and the Bible. I know I have experienced this myself the last  40 years. So my sites will reflect, show you what I have learned, found out on these subjects for a start. 

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    Hidden agendas, the world is full of it, many people have hidden agendas, Pastors, Ministers, politicans, cops  too. Sadly some people they tend  present their own “facts,” but fall short in truthfulness  for they tend to falsely  have a hidden agenda, and often they want to be falsely personally worshipped and live in sin too.
     
    Is 2:22 Cease to trust in [weak, frail, and dying] man, whose breath is in his nostrils [for so short a time]; in what sense can he be counted as having intrinsic worth?
     

    February 7, 2009

    Canada’s Jobless need more help, and the federal Stimulus is unlikely to stem job losses

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    Do first  stop electing, hiring  liars, alcoholics, incompetents, and pretenders mostly.. instead fire all of them

    The rather too often ridiculous, diversionary selfishly oriented  discussions about tax reductions are generally absurd, inadequate in helping create jobs, or in helping the unemployed for in reality unemployed people do not pay taxes or generate tax  revenues, and that also includes the too many  much too many unprofitable, poorly managed  firms now as well.
     
     
    The Jobless need more help, and the federal Stimulus is still unlikely to stem the job losses, help the unemployed. 
      
    Reality, Canada  is in the starts of of a deep recession and the proposed existing  fiscal stimuli, is very much  inadequate and what is needed is real, viable, tangible job creation programs. The hardworking Canadians who have been paying into employment insurance for years to have access to employment insurance at a time of need and what do they really get, 5 extra weeks extension of UI for them to find non existent jobs? After which their sole option is to go on social welfare but first they will have to loose all of their assets, savings.
     
    The 2009 Canadian federal budget had extended employment insurance payments for those who are eligible by five weeks. But Finance Minister Jim Flaherty resisted demands to increase benefits or ease eligibility rules. Currently, only 54 per cent of laid-off workers qualify.
     
    Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner accused Human Resources Minister Diane Finley of failing to grasp the gravity of the situation.
     
     Calling the job carnage a “national tragedy,” NDP MP Peter Julian said the Liberals are also to blame for an inadequate assistance package.“They’re simply rubber-stamping a Conservative budget that continues a policy that is hurting thousands and thousands of Canadian families at the worst possible time — when they lose their jobs and they have no one to turn to,” he said. 
     
    Canada’s present and upcoming  Jobless need more real help. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government still even faces mounting demands to improve all of the support for the jobless in the wake of the vast continual  increase in layoffs  across the country.  Opposition parties now rightfully accused the  unprepared for Prime Minister Harper, who had falsely assured us mere months ago that if Canada were facing a recession, we would already have had it, of  leaving out the now large, continually growing pool of unemployed persons to deeply suffer without their receiving adequate help now, next. A financial recovery plan crafted on making the banking loaned easier available to industry, car buyers, home purchasers  also into enough. Any incentives designed to buy new vehicles when there is no job to go to is a real unacceptable  fiasco as well..
     
    I personally sat in the Alberta Minister’s career and manpower office, job creation program, office decades ago and found out firsthand the he had no plan whatsoever to deal with increasing Alberta’s  employment, for he falsely too was relying on others to do it  That seems to be still the trend of what too many of our leaders are also doing. Unacceptably Nothing!
     
    The federal government  relying  on an uncertainty, a speedier U.S. recovery to hopefully boost the country’s fortunes, unemployment figures is a clear absurdity, unacceptability. Canada itself will next have to deal with a vast amount of likely home foreclosures as well which will add to the woes. 
     
    Federal finance minister Flaherty rejected calls to ease employment insurance eligibility, saying that extending benefits was the best way to help the jobless. How stupid is he, does he really believe that the economy will turn around in that period of time while most public, civil servants, politicians, ministers doing nothing about it all? Or in his mind is he still like the fool, Ostrich  of a PM Harper who said there was not going to be any major Canadian recession? Sure seems like it. Birds of the same feathers flock together. Unacceptable., Really inacceptable.
     
    Instead of everyone chasing their own tail we need to get down to serious job creation programs, give real help to the unemployed.
     
    It was about 25 years ago, 2.5 decades ago I reviewed the matter of recession and job creation programs approach in Canada and I had fully, rightfully concluded that the best and fastest way to increase jobs, to create MORE  jobs, for this certainty was not through the rather mostly wasteful GOVERNMENTAL,  MUNICIPAL DEPARTMENTS, AGENCIES.
     
    The effective job creation programs  should  rather be done through the established firms in the private sector and done by mainly  increasing  their existing  sales, marketing, developing additional markets, products in these existing profitable small, medium or larger firms. Most private firms still are hesitant to expand, they need incentives, encouragement to take on the extra problems, new work, to expand  for they all tend to reach a comfort operating  level and they tend not to want to next even increase their size, profitability in fact. Hoping to develop  new jobs, profitability by the creation, establishment of the  new firms is very unlikely, for  it takes years before these firms show some degree to stability and profitability.
     
    So you have to establish reasons for a new firm to create the new jobs, such as a cash grant, rewards  for each of their new employee who lasts longer than 2 years with the firm. And provide for 2 months on the job retraining.
     
    In order to do this you have to now help them to develop more effectively especially firstly  their own sales, marketing department as well. A role the pretentious, incompetent FBDB is not capable of doing now even as well.. The government thus also should offer free services from a private sales, marketing consulting firm to help any firm that requests it a free review, recommendations towards  increasing effectively, immediately their firm’s profitability, sales and size.
     
    PS The  cops, the RCMP included generally POOR, False, unacceptable solution in dealing with opposition, bad guys is to kill them, and that is a good reasons why cops or ex cops should never be allowed into politics

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