* John Kerry, Beijing, CITIC, Paul Marcus, the head of Boston Capital & Technology, and More
* 100 hrs community service, no jail time, no record! -- Does this enable Svend Robinson to return to Parliamentary law-making after $64,000--or is it $21,500--diamond theft, eventually?
* Security, Toronto's Police Chief, RCMP, Gangs, People Smuggling, Al Qaeda, the usual
* T.O. needs its own Rudy Giuliani
* Who will be the next police chief for the Toronto area? Weinreb has some suggestions -- with tongue in cheek
* Zahra Kazemi, an Iranian-born Canadian citizen -- Canada's Iranian shame -- "Appeasement of tyrants always has a price."
* Is this a case of a politically correct choice over competence? What has Busson done in BC about the grow ops? -- Toronto Police Chief's job is news to B.C.'s top Mountie, Busson
* Audit critical of RCMP -- This is a microcosm of what's been going on nationally, thanks to 10 years of cutbacks and the early retirement of top investigators.
* Alberta's top cop vows biker peace -- Solicitor General promises to stop gangs from turning Alberta into battleground
* Two arrested, charged in smuggling attempt -- Chinese connection
* Canada: a safe haven for crooks and terrorists -- and exploitation of young women, lap dancers
* Landlords should help prevent crime
* Man with HIV faces charges for having unprotected sex without disclosing his condition -- to TWO women!
* Leave Bountiful to courts -- Is polygamy "abuse" of young women?
* Guns and deep remorse in the land Down Under
* Al Qaeda Updates
* Suspect facing extradition to U.S. had naval plans, British court told
* First Sea Lord warns of al-Qa’eda plot to target merchant ships -- Admiral Sir Alan West says terrorists have ‘awareness of maritime trade’ and attacks could cripple global trade
* New al-Qaida threat: 15-ship mystery navy -- U.S., Brits fear high-seas terror posed by bin Laden's vessels -- a story first reported by World Net Daily September 29, 2003
* Islam's Progress in Canada, CIC, Dr. El Masry
* Looking for God in Couchiching -- Note which god got press
* How the Muslims won the election -- Islamic Congress takes credit for helping Liberals fend off Tories
* Ottawa lends Delta Canadian taxpayers' money for Bombardier jets -- Subsidiary of troubled U.S. airline to use federal funds to buy regional jets -- "Bombardier Inc. contributed more than $140,000 to the Liberal Party of Canada in 2003, making it one of the party's most generous donors."
* No silver bullet for Soviet Union -- Chretien, Gorbachev, Yukos, oil
* A Return to Childhood -- The new immaturity -- Victor Davis Hanson
* The perils of whistle-blowing -- Nancy Olivieri knows! -- Canada has no effective whistleblowing legislation. Does this fact protect the Canadian public or the government?
* Second-rate -- First Ministers and pharmaceuticals -- "In the 1980s and 1990s, the whole world, from New Zealand to Britain to China, woke up and realized something important -- state monopolies don't work."
* Disastrous -- A declaration of an agricultural "disaster" benefits whom? You may be surprised.
John Kerry, Beijing, CITIC, Paul Marcus, the head of Boston Capital & Technology, and More
The Kerry campaign currently is struggling with recent photographs of the candidate, one dressed in a "bunny" suit at NASA and another on the bow of a ferry imitating a famous scene from the movie Titanic. However, a new photograph has emerged showing the Massachusetts senator in Beijing, People's Republic of China, working with a company associated with the Chinese military. The Kerry campaign and the Kerry Senate office both are refusing to comment on the Democratic presidential candidate's privately sponsored trade trip to China. Repeated phone calls both to Kerry's campaign headquarters and his Senate office were not returned.
During the late 1990s, John Kerry traveled on a "U.S. trade mission to the People's Republic of China organized and sponsored by a private corporation." The Kerry trip to Beijing was topped off with a "banquet in Beijing's legendary Great Hall of the People." To prove the trip was a success, the Massachusetts-based firm of Boston Capital & Technology photographed Kerry in the Beijing Great Hall of the People. The image and trip information appear at www.us-china.com, Boston Capital's Website
The photo shows Kerry, an unnamed Chinese government official and Paul Marcus, the head of Boston Capital & Technology. Marcus also refused to provide details of the China trip, including the time and date, whether the senator took money for his services, or the identity of the Chinese officials with whom Kerry met.
[. . . . ] While Marcus currently refuses to comment on the private trade trip to China, he does advertise his connection to Sen. Kerry on Boston Capital's Website, where Marcus claims that his firm was "China Advisor to U.S. Senator's commercial agenda for China." The Website goes on to says that Boston Capital: "Advised, assisted, and executed Minister-level commercial agenda for U.S. Senator. Advanced Senator in China for all Minister-level meetings, coordinated and acted as liaison to: The U.S. State Department, The U.S. Embassy in Beijing, The Department of Commerce, and all relevant Chinese authorities." [. . . . ]
Read the rest for details including mention of: The Chinese Army Bank: CITIC "known as a front for the munitions manufacturer Poly Technologies Corp" ***, Hong Kong-based Asia Satellite Telecom Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat), "founders of the nonprofit American Friends of the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands" -- and a cranberry deal with the Chinese which is instructive. Just read the whole thing.
*** If you do an Edit/Find and type in "CITIC" at this link you will find many references to CITIC and some indication why this may be significant. Of course, you may do the same with Google.
100 hrs community service, no jail time, no criminal record! -- Enables a return to Parliamentary law-making after $64,000--or is it $21,500?--diamond theft -- Clayton Ruby called the theft a "cry for help" but read how the prosecutor, Len Doust described what happened.
There is truly one law for the rich, the powerful, the connected, the politically correct and another, less benign, for the ill educated, poorly connected young lout who steals an item of lesser value and probably in demonstrably poorer taste; he/she gets a criminal record and/or jail time, but Svend does not. Link to see the powerful people who wrote in Svend's defense. Somehow, prosecutor Len Doust's description of the events that transpired rings true -- but it does not matter. What would happen to one of the street people or your son or daughter who nicked a $64,000 or a $21,500 ring? Would it be termed a "cry for help"?
I do not believe Svend is a great danger to society nor that he will re-offend, nor that he should have gone to jail--though the meaner part of me might; I simply want the rest to be treated with similar concern for their mental health and ability to travel abroad, should they ever get their lives together. After all, most would not be stealing were they not already "down" psychologically, as Svend claimed to have been. Perhaps I don't know enough about sentences meted out for first offenses, but something tells me that those without powerful connections would not suffer the same happy fate as Svend. Justice must be seen to be fair. Even children have a gut level sense of what's "fair" and this does not pass the sniff test. As for his ever returning to Parliament, NO!
VANCOUVER -- Svend Robinson, the distinguished politician who stole a diamond ring and unravelled a 25-year career, walked out of court without jail time or a criminal conviction after pleading guilty to the embarrassing offence Friday.
Robinson has suffered intense humiliation, has been shamed out of public office and Justice Ron Fratkin said that's punishment enough.
''In Canada, we don't kick people when they're down,'' he said.
Instead, he gave Robinson a conditional discharge and sentenced him to 100 hours of community service. [. . . . ]
[. . . . ] Ruby told court the auction house had estimated the ring's value at $64,500.
However, Ruby said the owner estimated it at just over $10,500. The RCMP obtained a retail evaluation of the ring which amounted to $21,500.
[. . . . ] Political watchers have said Robinson's sentence won't bar him from again running for a seat in the House of Commons, although he would have to go through an intense disclosure process with the NDP before the party would permit him to run. [. . . . ]
One could ask why the diamond was priced at $64,000 if the RCMP had it appraised at $21,500 -- but then, have you ever tried to sell your diamond ring? There is a reason "a diamond is forever"; you can never sell it for was paid for it.
There is an excellent list of "Some incidents involving Svend Robinson in his 25-year career as an MP for the New Democratic Party:" so link.
ON CFRB radio's morning phone-in show this week, the fill-in host for Bill Carrol wondered what should be done about the growing numbers of homeless on downtown streets, and particularly those who use the City Hall area as a camping ground and outdoor urinal.
To my surprise, few callers argued that the city should spend more, or that it was everyone else's fault that people lived on the streets and/or panhandled in the happy hunting grounds of downtown Toronto.
Most callers were incensed about what was happening in Nathan Phillips Square.
They felt taxpayers, who pay the shot, have rights too and it is unacceptable that the so-called homeless take over the area, making it a stinky obstacle course.
[. . . . ] By cleaning up the streets -- doing what New York did -- the phony homeless will move on. Some may even resort to working for a living.
Link for the information on poverty statistics and more. How many of the homeless are on drugs or alcohol and won't go to shelters because of the rules there? Worthington is right; taxpayers have rights too.
Who will be the next police chief for the Toronto area?
In light of council’s views on policing, the following should seriously be considered as a replacement for the outgoing Fantino. [. . . . ]
The former Minister of Foreign Affairs, described by the Toronto Sun’s Peter Worthington as "dainty" (Worthington’s good but he’s no Arnold Schwarzenegger), Graham would make the best choice for the city’s top cop. And now that he’s had a couple of weeks in the Defense portfolio, Graham is more than qualified. After all when it comes to all out war against gangs and criminals, a police chief that is experienced in playing defense would be an asset to Miller and the city mothers. The next time Toronto has a weekend where young men are dropping like flies from gun shots, Graham can hold a press conference and say that "this is unacceptable". He will be able to reflect the outrageous indignation of the citizens of Toronto without Miller and the gang having to worry that he might actually take action against the criminals. [. . . . ]
Read the rest of Weinreb's suggestions for chief. He's good! Read it and think of Zahra Kazemi, Graham's inaction, and see the article below on this, as well.
Zahra Kazemi, an Iranian-born Canadian citizen -- Canada's Iranian shame -- "Appeasement of tyrants always has a price."
Canada's Iranian shame Ralph Peters, FrontPageMagazine.com, August 6, 2004. Ralph Peters is the author of “Beyond Baghdad: Postmodern War and Peace.”
[. . . . ] The trial was a mockery (Marxist in the Groucho sense). The acknowledged murderer was acquitted, of course. Months before the trial, Ms. Kazemi, whose skull had been crushed, was ruled to have died of natural causes. The regime hardliners had a grand, old laugh while thumbing their noses at our northern neighbors.
Giggling, the Iranians did offer to pay Islamic “blood money” to the victim’s family.
Canada’s response? By God, Ottawa showed those fundamentalist thugs. The Canadian ambassador was recalled a second time.
The fact is that Canada is powerless to do anything. The hardliners took that into account as they methodically chose their victim. Such Iranian actions are never accidental. They’re carefully calculated to make a point or to test some party’s resolve.
The ruling mullahs wanted to send a chill down the spine of foreign reporters and “meddling” émigrés. The entire Kazemi affair would have been approved, step by step, by the inner circle of Iran’s regime.
Nonetheless, a few Iranian newspapers—since closed by the government—identified Said Mortazavi, the prosecutor in the mock trial, as having been enmeshed in Ms. Kazemi’s death. The judge saw no conflict of interest. [. . . . ]
Is this a case of a politically correct choice over competence? What has Busson done in BC about the grow ops? -- Toronto Police Chief's job is news to B.C.'s top Mountie, Busson
At least Silverberg in Calgary went after the crooks. The RCMP in BC have been treading water for years and going through the motions, underfunded and undermanned. What has Busson said about that in the past? The grow ops alone in BC are in the $7 billion range. When are they going to stop playing games and effectively challenge the crooks -- who are doing $30 billion in business in Canada? It seems that some are more interested in their careers than in challenging criminal organizations.The track record beats the rhetoric. There is only a 2% interdiction rate. Lots of room for improvement over the years.
THE HIGH-RANKING female RCMP officer rumoured to be replacing Julian Fantino as Toronto Police Chief says it's all news to her. RCMP Deputy Commissioner Bev Busson, 53, told the Toronto Sun from RCMP headquarters in Vancouver yesterday that she has never met or talked to Toronto Mayor David Miller and has not heard from anyone in Toronto.
"I have had absolutely no contact whatever from anyone representing Toronto, or from anyone else for that matter," said Busson, who has headed the 7,000-member RCMP division in British Columbia for almost four years. [. . . . ]
Audit critical of RCMP -- This is a microcosm of what's been going on nationally thanks to 10 years of cutbacks and the early retirement of top investigators.
The RCMP is short a minimum 2200 RCMP officers and another 1200 are needed because of post 9/11 demands. Chretien left us undefended. Canada is a haven for crooks and terrorists. Again, I ask, to whose benefit?
Too many Surrey RCMP officers are inexperienced and overworked and too inclined to take shortcuts, a 2003 audit of the detachment states.
According to published reports, the internal management review conducted in 2003 blames "an apparent lack of direction and supervision" at the detachment and calls for stronger leadership and improved service levels.
Rookie officers are "rushed into busy positions with full caseloads well before they have an opportunity to learn their role," the document's executive summary states, adding the result is a variety of shortcuts and deviations from standard practices. [. . . . ]
Alberta's top cop vows biker peace -- Solicitor General promises to stop gangs from turning Alberta into battleground
Perhaps, if they were actually interested in doing something rather than talking about it, they would have rehired Staff Sgt Stenhouse who happened to be an expert in the area. Where is Stenhouse now? Use his expertise!
CALGARY -- Alberta will not be fertile ground for a turf war between the Hells Angels and Bandidos bike gangs, vows Solicitor General Heather Forsyth. "I'm not going to get into details about how we're preparing for the situation but I will say we're well aware of what's going on," she said. "We are not going to have another Quebec here."
The Bandidos have moved in on Angels territory setting up probationary chapters in Edmonton and Calgary.
Forsyth doesn't put much stock in the claim by sources from both groups that they've chosen to peacefully coexist.
"(The province) has committed $5 million to the IROC (Integrated Response to Organized Crime) team and $2.4 million to the Criminal Intelligence Service of Alberta (CISA)," Forsyth said. [How much is our federal government putting into increasing security, really?]
[. . . . ] Quebec was marred by deadly biker violence in the late 1990s when the Hells Angels and the Rock Machine battled it out, ultimately claiming an estimated 170 lives.
WINDSOR - U.S. authorities arrested two Canadians on Thursday night for attempting to smuggle six Chinese citizens across the Detroit River by boat into Michigan. Frank William Magyar and Gentijan Cara appeared in U.S. District Court in Detroit yesterday, where they were charged with offences related to illegally smuggling aliens into the United States for the purpose of financial gain. [. . . . ]
Now, how did they get into Canada? Will that question even be asked of our government -- or answered?
Canada: a safe haven for crooks and terrorists -- and exploitation of young women
OTTAWA, August 5, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Evidence from an internal memo by Canadian visa officers, insisting that women wishing to enter Canada to work as strippers must provide nude photos, has sparked a closer look into Canada's dealings in the trafficking of women.
[. . . . ] Carlin, who is with the Irish Anti-Trafficking Coalition charges that, "Many of the Romanian girls we interview complain of being coerced into prostitution in Canada by club-owners and lied to by Canadian officials." Carlin, the principle advocate responsible for Operation Quest which resulted in hundreds of anti-trafficking arrests, added "There are also threats of arrest and deportation if they refuse to provide additional VIP services. Canadian officials fail to inform the females that in Canada, lap-dancing invariably involves sex, full contact and penetration etc."
[. . . . ] "The sex trade in Canada is frequently connected to some of the most exploitative crime and trafficking syndicates in Eastern Europe. The Canadian government has been complicit in trafficking and coerced sex and has failed to check the ages of girls," Carlin told LifeSiteNews.com.
Landlords should help prevent crime Frank Fourchalk. Frank Fourchalk is a B.C. government-licensed locksmith and security consultant and owner of White Rock Lock and Key for over 16 years. Frank currently writes columns for several daily national and international newspapers and can be reached at Fourchalk@telus.net
[. . . . ] If you find yourself in a situation where you are renting an apartment or home and feel that the security is not adequate, it's time to make a call to your landlord.
In many parts of the country it is required that landlords must provide deadbolts, door viewers, window locks and sometimes even safety glass to adhere to the tenant protection laws. [. . . . ]
If you rent, you might want to read this.
Man with HIV faces charges for having unprotected sex without disclosing his condition -- to TWO women!
An HIV-positive Ontario man has been charged criminally for allegedly having unprotected sex with two women and not telling them about his condition.
Normand Beaudoin, 32, who is out on bail and living in Barrhaven, Ont., was charged last month with two counts of aggravated sexual assault and two counts of being a common nuisance. His case was in court yesterday and was adjourned until later this month. Court documents alleged Mr. Beaudoin knew he had the virus, had unprotected sex with one woman between March 1 and April 15 of this year and didn't tell her. The documents alleged he did the same with a second woman between March 1 and June 14. [. . . . ]
This is attempted murder! Throw the book at him. I know someone who demands to see a blood test before she will even consider an intimate relationship with a man today -- and even then, there is no way to know what he is doing when he's away. Gimme that old time religion which at least suggested a permanent contractual relationship with one person, fire and brimstone for the sinner (Sin used to include unbridled satisfaction of one's primal urges outside that contractual relationship.) which stopped a few from assuaging their libidos and a potential disease. Those who didn't got a "reputation" and women knew from community gossip. Today, sex between virtual strangers is so casual that few sanctions exist to protect women at even a minimal level -- unless they use their heads and steer clear of casual "hooking up"--a dreadful term that, but it is appropos, is it not for these situations?
Leave Bountiful to courts -- Is this "abuse" of young women?
It happened in Australia last week. The robber waylaid Karen Brown in the carpark outside a Sydney hotel. Brown, a 42-year-old security guard, had just picked up a deposit bag containing the hotel take, something between $30,000 and $50,000. She was dressed in civilian clothes.
The robber was wearing brass knuckles. Lifting Brown by the hair, he punched her repeatedly in the head and bashed her to the ground, fracturing her skull, an eye socket, her nose and left hand, and leaving her possibly brain damaged.
Then the robber, a 25-year-old ex-con named William Aquilina, dragged Brown across the asphalt toward his stolen getaway car, dropping her like a rag doll when she finally released the deposit bag. Aquilina then got into the car.
Blood pouring into her eyes, Brown somehow managed to stand up, remove her concealed handgun and take aim at the driver's seat.
And yes, she shot Aquilina dead where he sat. [. . . . ]
The connection between stripping citizens of the right to bear arms and the likelihood of their becoming victims of crime is "really hard to tease out" of available data, says Gary Mauser, a professor of business at B.C.'s Simon Fraser University.
"The advocates on both sides tend to cherry-pick their numbers," says Mauser, who wrote a paper last year for the Fraser Institute on the "failed experiment" of gun control in Commonwealth countries.
But, he adds, the relaxed gun ownership laws and parallel decline in violent crime in the U.S. is "the most reasonable link" yet to firearm possession and personal safety.
There is more to the article than this. Do link.
Al Qaeda Updates
Suspect facing extradition to U.S. had naval plans, British court told
THE highest-ranking commander in the Royal Navy warned yesterday that al-Qa’eda and other terrorist groups are plotting to launch attacks on merchant shipping.
During a rare interview, the First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sir Alan West, said that sea-borne terrorism could potentially cripple global trade and have grave knock-on effects on developed economies.
“What we’ve noticed is that al- Qa’eda and other organisations have an awareness about maritime trade,” he told Lloyd’s List.
“They’ve realised how important it is for world trade in general [and] they understand that significance.” [. . . . ]
New al-Qaida threat: 15-ship mystery navy -- U.S., Brits fear high-seas terror posed by bin Laden's vessels -- first reported by World Net Daily September 29, 2003
Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network has purchased at least 15 ships in the last two years – creating, perhaps, the first terrorist naval force, reports Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.
Lloyds of London has reportedly helped Britain's MI6 and the U.S. CIA trace the sales made through a Greek shipping agent suspected of having direct contacts with bin Laden, the online intelligence newsletter reported.
The ships fly the flags of Yemen and Somalia – where they are registered – and are capable of carrying cargoes of lethal chemicals, a "dirty bomb" or even a nuclear weapon, according to G2 Bulletin's sources. British and U.S. officials worry that one or more of these ships could hit civilian ports on a suicide mission.
The freighters are believed to be somewhere in the Indian or Pacific oceans. When the ships left their home ports in the Horn of Africa weeks ago, some were destined for ports in Asia. [. . . . ]
On June 28, Muslims delivered the vast majority of their votes to the Liberals, especially in greater Toronto where, led by Colleen "Baghdad" Beaumier, an apologist for the deposed Saddam regime in Iraq, they beat back the upstart Conservatives and NDPers. In this process, Muslim leaders claim, with statistics on their side, Muslims did nothing less than to "save" (at least in their eyes) Canada from the Conservatives.
To put it bluntly, Muslims now hold the balance of power in at least 100 ridings.
If you doubt all this, check this headline on a post-election "media communique" issued by the Canadian Islamic Congress: Muslim Vote Helps Save Canada from Conservative Government: More than 80 per cent of Eligible Canadian Muslims Voted -- with Liberals the Overwhelming Favourite. [. . . . ]
There is more; you have to read it. Then think!
Dr. Mohamed Elmasry, leader of CIC, is mentioned. Do an Edit/Find of the following article using the spelling given here, since the name tends to be spelled variously, depending upon the source: MOHAMED ELMASRY . There is a link to the original, as well. Read what Dr. El Masry is advocating for Canada, eventually. Our democracy with its treatment of women as equal to men and worthy of respect, not mere chattel, is a fragile thing. Massive Muslim immigration was the first step in changing Canadian laws; then came Sharia arbitration; now, who knows? Is this what we want for women in Canada -- women who arrived here expecting that their lives would be improved by Canadian democracy and application of laws fairly to both women and men? Think about it.
Ottawa lends Delta Airlines Canadian taxpayers' money for Bombardier jets -- Subsidiary of troubled U.S. airline to use federal funds to buy regional jets
"Bombardier Inc. contributed more than $140,000 to the Liberal Party of Canada in 2003, making it one of the party's most generous donors."
OTTAWA - The Liberal government announced late yesterday that two federal Cabinet ministers have approved a "loan of less than $250-million" to a Delta Air Lines subsidiary so it can buy 10 regional jets from Bombardier Inc. of Montreal.
The deal, using taxpayers' money from the government-owned Export Development Corporation and its high-risk political loan fund known as "the Canada Account," was announced by Jim Peterson, the International Trade Minister. [. . . . ]
Did you ever doubt this would happen?
No silver bullet for Soviet Union -- Chretien, Gorbachev, Yukos, oil
If former Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev landed on his feet at San Francisco’s Presidio, then why shouldn’t former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien be called upon to save Russian oil giant Yukos?
Group Menatep, which owns about 45 percent of Yukos said Friday that it hoped Chretien can "help resolve the tax and other legal issues" confronting the oil company and its executives.
[. . . . ] So while Gorbachev is working to shut down American military bases, Jean Chretien, once part of the late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau cabinet who first welcomed Gorbachev to the West, is working to help the state take over Yukos.
Judy is good. Link for the details.
A Return to Childhood -- The new immaturity
A Return to Childhood -- The new immaturity. August 06, 2004, Victor Davis Hanson. Victor Davis Hanson, an NRO contributor, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and author of The Soul of Battle and Carnage and Culture, among other books. His website is www.victorhanson.com.
I would never have imagined that journalists, academics, actors, artists, and the intelligentsia in general would have so opposed the end of dictatorship and promotion of democracy abroad. And who would have thought that Vietnam would become the source for Democratic nostalgia, rather than the usual recrimination? Did anyone think the appointment of Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, promises of $15 billion in grants to combat AIDS in Africa, and lectures to the politically powerful Arab world to cease the genocide of black Sudanese would earn George Bush slurs evoking the Taliban, the old Confederacy, and fascism? Have we become children who live in a world of bedtime stories, afraid to face the cruel truth around us?
POOR US — WE ARE ALL ALONE?
It is disturbing to see John Kerry insist that America has lost its friends and, through imbecilic diplomacy or worse, alienated those abroad. The world I see would beg to differ. Emigrants strive to reach American shores more often than all other destinations combined. Globalization is now synonymous with Americanization itself. The world's preference for American food, music, travel, popular culture, fashion, and entertainment all suggest a dynamism in the United States found nowhere else.
One third of the planet — India and China — has evolved from being impoverished and bitter neutrals or outright enemies into capitalist powerhouses dependent on American free trade and outsourced jobs. If we used to argue in the 1940s about whether millions of dollars in U.S. grain aid really did any good in feeding the starving of China and India, we can all agree now that American liberality in letting consumer goods in and jobs out has done more for the world's hungry millions than a century of American gift-giving. [. . . . ]
Read how Hanson gets from this to the "new immaturity".
The perils of whistle-blowing -- Canada has no effective whistleblowing legislation. Does this fact protect the Canadian public or the government?
The perils of whistle-blowing Nancy Olivieri and Arthur Schafer, Aug. 6, 04, The Star. Dr. Nancy Olivieri is a researcher who has had personal experience of what happens to doctors who blow the whistle on drug companies. Professor Arthur Schafer is director of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of Manitoba.
Three weeks ago, doctors Shiv Chopra, Margaret Hayden, and Gerard Lambert were fired. All three government of Canada scientists achieved fame (or notoriety, take your pick) for questioning Health Canada's commitment to drug safety.
A leading health policy advocate has described them as "the last few scientists at Health Canada really looking out for health safety." Perhaps it's time for the rest of us to take notice of what's going on in the bowels of the agency charged with protecting our well-being.
[. . . . ] This much is clear: Those who fancy keeping their jobs should steer well clear of whistle-blowing since it has to rank as one of the country's most dangerous work-related activities. [. . . . ]
There is mention of cases such as Dr. Michele Brill-Edwards and more.
Second-rate -- First Ministers and pharmaceuticals
We witnessed last week the provincial premiers unanimously agreeing to trade a key constitutional responsibility (pharmaceuticals) to the central government in ex-change for a few billion dollars in cash.
It was a disgraceful first act by the much-hyped new "Council of the Federation."
Bartering off a 137-year-old constitutional responsibility for the sake of passing political convenience is like selling one of your children to buy a new car.
Only a scoundrel would even consider it.
Of course, they knew perfectly well Ottawa would ignore their offer.
They needed to take a stand. Which is all medicare discussions ever amount to. [. . . . ]
Disastrous -- An agricultural declaration of a "disaster" benefits whom? You may be surprised.
[. . . . ] As well, the order continues, "the severe income losses and hardship continue at levels which constitute a disaster."
Therefore, on the recommendation of ... who else ... Agriculture Minister Shirley (Alberta Loves Cargill) McClellan, the province "declares a disaster exists, in the nature of an agricultural hardship disaster, with respect to the 2004-2005 fiscal year."
And why now declare a disaster? Turn to the Fiscal Responsibility Act in your Alberta book of laws. Yes, there it is. In the fine print. By declaring a disaster now, the province can get its paws on the big bucks of the $2.5-billion rainy-day sustainability fund if there is "an increase in program expenses that is required because of a public emergency or ... ."
[. . . . ] Naturally, the province won't put in a temporary minimum or floor price, a price packers would pay producers.
They won't take a stand, even though the auditor general says such a move is a wise course and it would reduce the spending of tax dollars needed to prop up producers and lessen the amount of our loot lining the bulging pockets of the packers. [. . . . ]