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ACCESS TO INFORMATION

March 1, 2009

ACCESS TO INFORMATION

Right-to-know law ‘has no teeth’

OTTAWA — The Harper government is ignoring urgent pleas of Canada’s Information Commissioner to fix the broken system that governs Canadians’ right to know, a regime where complying with the law is now the exception rather than the rule.

Information Commissioner Robert Marleau, calling the situation “dire” and “grim,” said a lack of leadership is leading to an access-to-information structure that is essentially falling apart through excessive delays and a law that “has no teeth.”

But in the Commons, Treasury Board President Vic Toews dodged questions about whether the government will ever deliver the access-to-information reform that Stephen Harper’s Conservatives promised in their 2006 election campaign that highlighted accountability. Mr. Toews then ducked out a back door, avoiding reporters.

In a special report, Mr. Marleau found that excessive delays are now routine, so access to timely information is denied. The act is supposed to allow any Canadian who pays a fee to get a government document within 30 days.

“It’s no longer done,” he said. “It’s not the norm. It’s the exception.”

There are “no consequences” for government officials who don’t comply with the law, Mr. Marleau said: “It has no teeth.”

Read More at Globe and Mail

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Elizabeth May to be Included in National Debate

September 10, 2008

So, Ms. May is on the Agenda now as she should be.

It’s time for the folks of Canada to take a closer look at their environmental sweetheart.

She claims to be a Christian but hangs out with and promotes the people who want a one world religion based on the pagan earth goddess Gaia.

They blame the Christians for hurting “mother earth” through industrialization.

I’m not picking on Ms. May, just attempting to educate Canadians before they get to the polling booth on Oct. 14th

I will be posting about the other candidates in the coming days.

I think the issue this election will be trying to find a candidate who is not a traitor to this country.

Take a little time and check out the links.

The Earth Charter and the Ark of the Gaia Covenant

Elizabeth May has radical environmental agenda

Cloak of Green – Get a copy of this book or read it online

Canadian Space Agency Watches Wind Turbine Explode

July 30, 2008

Editor:
I don’t know why, but I find this rather amusing. I get a lot of visits from different govt. agencies but the thought of the Canadian Space Agency sitting around watching a wind turbine explode, cracks me up.

The CBC, both Toronto and Montreal were on my blog today, maybe they could get together with the Space Agency and make a short documentary on the subject.

IP Address         142.74.1.# (Canadian Space Agency)
ISP         Canadian Space Agency
Location
Continent     :     North America
Country     :     Canada  (Facts)
State/Region     :     Ontario
City     :     Ottawa
Lat/Long     :     45.4167, -75.7 (Map)
Distance     :     476 miles

Visit Entry Page http://windfarms.wor…-turbine-in-denmark/

The Plan to Disappear Canada

July 23, 2008

Edito:r
Canada-a country of traitors and that includes the media. Keeping the citizens in the dark while the country is given away.

Will we awaken in time?

This article is from August Review

By Murray Dobbin, Vancouver

Ten dots to connect

Here are 10 developments in the plan to disappear Canada.

1) Pesticides ‘harmonized.’ The most thoroughly reported story (though even this did not go much beyond the CanWest chain) was the revelation that Canada was about to “harmonize” its regulations, setting limits for pesticide residue on fruits and vegetables. In 40 per cent of the cases, the U.S. allows for higher levels. Richard Aucoin, chief registrar of the Pest Management Regulatory Agency, which sets Canada’s pesticide levels, said that Canada’s higher levels were a “trade irritant.”

The downgrading of health protection had been a NAFTA initiative, but is being “fast-tracked” as part of the Security and Prosperity Partnership. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Some 300 regulatory regimes are currently going through the same process.

2) Tory tirade. The next story that broke through the wall of media silence reported on the paranoid reaction of the Harper Conservatives to any criticism of the SPP. The occasion was hearings of the Commons International Trade Committee into the SPP, forced by the NDP.

Gordon Laxer, head of Alberta’s Parkland Institute, was testifying on the energy implications of the SPP, warning that eastern Canada could end up “freezing in the dark.” He had barely started when the chair of the committee, Conservative MP Leon Benoit, demanded that Laxer halt his “irrelevant” testimony. The Committee members overruled Benoit — who promptly (and illegally) adjourned the meeting and stomped out. The NDP and Liberal members nonetheless continued without him.

3) Council of corporate power. The SPP initiative began in earnest back in 2002 with the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (formerly the BCNI), the most powerful corporate body in the country. It continues it leadership role, but does not promote the scheme just in its own name. It instead has helped create several supportive bodies that now help drive the agenda. Included in these are the North American Competitive Council (NACC), which includes CEOs of the largest North American corporations, and which institutionalizes the exclusively corporate nature of the agreement. The NACC is the only advisory group to the three NAFTA/SPP governments.

4) Secretive summit. The NACC at least is public. But much of what happens in building the elite consensus for deep integration is done in absolute secrecy or very privately, away from the prying eyes of the media. The most secretive of these was held last year from Sept. 12 to 14, in Banff Springs. As The Tyee reported, the gathering was sponsored by something called the North American Forum* and it was attended by some of the most powerful members of the North American ruling elite.

Attendees, according to a leaked list that could not be confirmed, included Donald Rumsfeld, George Schultz (former U.S. Secretary of State), General Rick Hillier, Defence Minister Gordon O’Connor and Minister of Public Safety Stockwell Day. The media was not informed of the meeting and it was first revealed by the weekly Banff Crag & Canyon.

Stockwell Day refused to even confirm he was there, but said that even if he was, it was a “private” meeting that he would not comment on. There is no better indication that these meetings, and the SPP itself, constitute a parallel governing structure — unaccountable to any democratic institution or the public.

5) ‘No fly’ coordination. Canada will have its own “no-fly” list just like our U.S. “partner.”

As the Council of Canadians pointed out: “The no-fly list is very much a Security and Prosperity Partnership initiative. ‘The SPP Report to Leaders, August 2006’ outlines 105 SPP initiatives. Initiative #93 states, ‘Develop, test, evaluate and implement a plan to establish comparable aviation passenger screening, and the screening of baggage and air cargo (for North America).'”

Canada’s privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart has raised a number of concerns about the plan including the fact that the list will be shared with the U.S., that “false positives” are a virtual certainty, and that there is no evidence put forward by the government that the list will improve airline security.

6) Bye, bye Canadian dollar? David Dodge, the head of the Bank of Canada, told a Chicago audience that a single currency for North America “is possible.” That would see a big chunk of Canadian Sovereignty and the ability to guide the economy through monetary policy go out the window. It’s not the first time Dodge has mused about abandoning the Canadian dollar – or deep integration.

7) Water and oil giveaways. The deep integrationists clearly see Canadian water as a North American resource, not a Canadian resource. At yet another very private meeting, held in Calgary on April 27th under the auspices of yet another forum, it was made clear that water is on the table for negotiation.

Discussion of bulk “water transfers” and diversions took place at a Calgary meeting of the North American Future 2025 Project (partly funded by the U.S. government). The meeting based its deliberations on the false notion that Canada has 20 per cent of the world’s fresh water. Actual available supply amounts to only around six per cent — about the same as has the U.S.

The water (and environment) meeting was preceded by another on April 26th talking about “North American” energy. The beneficiary of these discussions is pretty clear when you realize Canada has no national energy policy. We are the only energy exporting country in the world without a one.

Gordon Laxer told the Parliamentary committee: “The National Energy Board wrote me on April 12: ‘Unfortunately, the NEB has not undertaken any studies on security of supply.'” He was also told by the NEB that Canada does not maintain a 90 day energy reserve as other developed nations do. As Laxer points out, “Canada may be a net exporter, but it still imports 40 per cent of its oil — 850,000 barrels per day — to meet 90 per cent of Atlantic Canada’s and Quebec’s needs, and 40 per cent of Ontario’s.”

Canada exports 63 per cent of its oil production and 56 per cent of its natural gas, percentages that can never decrease under NAFTA.

8) NAFTA Superhighway. State governments in the U.S. are becoming increasingly alarmed at the prospects of deep integration. Earlier this year, Idaho became the first state to pass a legislative resolution directing the U.S. Congress to drop out of the SPP, which is referred to as the North American Union amongst U.S. opponents. Thirteen states in addition to Idaho are calling on Congress to abandon the SPP: Georgia, Arizona, Missouri, Illinois, Oregon, Montana, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington and Virginia.

Part of the opposition is focused on plans for a so-called NAFTA Superhighway: actually a corridor several hundred metres wide including rail lines, freeways and pipelines from Mexico to the Canadian border. There is a growing grass roots movement against the SPP in the U.S., but led by the right over the issue of compromising American sovereignty.

9) Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA). While U.S. states, concerned about state rights under an unaccountable “North American Union,” are organizing against the scheme, Canadian provinces are either blithely unaware or knowingly complicit in the deal. More Canadians may be aware of TILMA — the investors’ rights agreement between B.C. and Albert — than they are about the SPP, but in reality they are one and the same.

TILMA is major piece of the deep integration, deregulation imperative and fits hand in glove with the SPP. There is a similar, though more informal, process evolving in the Atlantic provinces, called “Atlantica.” And B.C. is now pushing the so-called Gateway Initiative, a kind of regional superhighway project that will see huge and environmentally disastrous expansion of ports, highways and pipelines to further supply the U.S.’s insatiable demand for resources and cheap Asian goods.

10) The next SPP summit. The third leaders summit on the SPP will take place this August 21-22nd in Montebello, Quebec, not far from Ottawa. By the time it does many more Canadian will be aware of it.

Part of the reason that news of the SPP/deep integration issue is finally seeing the light of day is that opposition is growing and groups fighting the SPP are having an impact. The Council of Canadians, the CLC and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives held an SPP teach-in in Ottawa last month and many civil society groups are now taking deep integration to their members. Demonstrations are planned for the summit. The NDP continues to press the government on SPP secrecy and the Green Party’s Elizabeth May has said deep integration will be a focus of the party’s election platform.

It is hard to think of any other issue in modern Canadian history, especially one that will literally determine whether the country survives or not, that has taken so long to get public attention. I first wrote about it September, 2002.

Murray Dobbin is a Vancouver author and journalist whose latest book, Paul Martin: CEO for Canada? published by James Lorimer is in BC bookstores now.

California Chemtrail Convergence on Sat. May 17th in Los Angeles.

May 5, 2008

Public Service Announcement

California Chemtrail Convergence on Sat. May 17th in Los Angeles

People are being sprayed from above all over the world. Why?

The govt. says it’s not true, even though it is quite obvious these are not normal flight paths or normal contrails. Why?

Attend this event if you can. If you can’t and know someone in California send them this video.

This Is
IMPORTANT

EU industry sees emissions rise

April 2, 2008
Editor:
There are only two ways to lower C02 emissions. Build nuclear or shut down heavy industry.
I predict that both will happen. Because China and India are not subject to Kyoto and they have low labour costs, you will see heavy industry move to those countries. The EU will be forced to build nuclear or pay high carbon emission taxes. All the wind farms and solar panels in the world will not power heavy industry. You can wish and hope all you want but in the final analysis it takes ‘real power’ to run heavy industry.

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EU industry sees emissions rise

By Mark Kinver
Science and nature reporter, BBC News

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Power generation was the only sector to exceed its emissions limit

Carbon dioxide emissions from Europe’s heavy industry sectors rose by 1.1% in 2007, say carbon market analysts.

The estimate is based on initial data from the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), which includes more than 10,000 large industrial plants.

Environmentalists say it shows that the scheme, the EU’s main mechanism to meet its Kyoto target, is not working.

But market watchers say the ETS, in the long term, will help deliver the EU goal of cutting emissions by 20%.

“The main thing we have seen from the data released today, although incomplete, is that emissions are up from 2006 to 2007 by about 1.1%,” explained Henrik Hasselknipp, senior analyst for Point Carbon, a research company.

He added that initial analysis of the data also showed that only a few countries’ emissions had exceeded their national limit.

Get the level of cap wrong and, as we saw in Phase One of the ETS, the carbon price could drop to very low, potentially unworkable, levels
Robert Casamento,
Ernst & Young

Most notable was the UK, he said, which went over its allocation by about 85m tonnes for the three-year period between 2005 and 2007.

He suggested that power generators in the UK, Italy and Spain were the only sectors that had exceeded their allowances.

From the BBC

Former Soviet Dissident Warns For EU Dictatorship

April 2, 2008

 Editor;
These are excerpts from the document. To read the full text follow the link at the bottom.

Don’t forget about the North American Union that is underway. It has the same implications for your freedom as the EU

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Former Soviet Dissident Warns For EU Dictatorship

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Bukovsky and Belien

Vladimir Bukovksy, the 63-year old former Soviet dissident, fears that the European Union is on its way to becoming another Soviet Union. In a speech he delivered in Brussels last week Mr Bukovsky called the EU a “monster” that must be destroyed, the sooner the better, before it develops into a fullfledged totalitarian state.

It is no accident that the European Parliament, for example, reminds me of the Supreme Soviet. It looks like the Supreme Soviet because it was designed like it. Similary, when you look at the European Commission it looks like the Politburo. I mean it does so exactly, except for the fact that the Commission now has 25 members and the Politburo usually had 13 or 15 members. Apart from that they are exactly the same, unaccountable to anyone, not directly elected by anyone at all. When you look into all this bizarre activity of the European Union with its 80,000 pages of regulations it looks like Gosplan. We used to have an organisation which was planning everything in the economy, to the last nut and bolt, five years in advance. Exactly the same thing is happening in the EU. When you look at the type of EU corruption, it is exactly the Soviet type of corruption, going from top to bottom rather than going from bottom to top.

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This is why, and I am very frank about it, the sooner we finish with the EU the better. The sooner it collapses the less damage it will have done to us and to other countries. But we have to be quick because the Eurocrats are moving very fast. It will be difficult to defeat them. Today it is still simple. If one million people march on Brussels today these guys will run away to the Bahamas. If tomorrow half of the British population refuses to pay its taxes, nothing will happen and no-one will go to jail. Today you can still do that. But I do not know what the situation will be tomorrow with a fully fledged Europol staffed by former Stasi or Securitate officers. Anything may happen.

We are losing time. We have to defeat them. We have to sit and think, work out a strategy in the shortest possible way to achieve maximum effect. Otherwise it will be too late. So what should I say? My conclusion is not optimistic. So far, despite the fact that we do have some anti-EU forces in almost every country, it is not enough. We are losing and we are wasting time.

brusselsjournal

Climate Change? Forget About It: McGuinty Liberals

March 27, 2008

Editor
Dalton McGuinty: Climate Change denier or just a realist?”

Dalton McGuinty is a fool. I’ve said it before and I will continue to say it until I’m convinced otherwise. As far as energy policy is concerned, he has allowed global warming fanatics like David Suzuki, Al Gore, Robert Hornung, of CanWEA, and the media to make the decisions.

We do not have leaders in this province or country. A leader would lead. Our elected officials are followers. They follow fanatics, polls and the media. Hell, Gordon Campbell, Premiere of BC, says his provincial budget is partly based on a book he read, that was written by Al, the scam artist, Gore.

Give the energy policy back to the people who know what they are doing. Energy is too important to be left to the whims of politicians.

The coal plants will never close. McGuinty even made a statement to that affect. He said he would shut them down but keep them operational in case we need them in the future. Instead of worrying about the C02 boogie man, put the scrubbers on the coal plants. Since McGuinty first came to power in 2003 he has put the health of thousands at risk, a risk that could have been removed by installing the scrubbers.

You can bet your last dollar that we are going to need the the coal plants. Look at Germany says Robert Hornung, they are the leader in wind power. Ya Robert, lets look at Germany, they have the most wind turbines, they also have very high electrical rates and the wind turbines work so well that Germany is in the process of building 26 coal plants.

The coal plants will never close in Ontario.

That’s a Fact! Jack

Don’t get me started on Health Care and Education

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Climate Change? Forget About It: McGuinty Liberals
Liberal Premier of Ontario Dalton McGuinty: Climate Change denier or just a realist?

(Note: This is a perfect follow-up to my previous post, Higher Energy Bills Likely With Emissions Reductions: Harper )

I didn’t make this up. Ontario’s Liberal government yesterday brought down its socialistic budget… and, according to the Toronto Sun’s Lorrie Goldstein, did not really pay anything more than throwaway, afterthought lip service to the supposedly most critically important issue facing the planet, global warming/climate change. Emphasis mine.

This is interesing. And it speaks volumes…

What ever happened to fighting the greatest threat known to mankind in yesterday’s Ontario budget?

Incredibly, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan didn’t mention “global warming” at all in his 14-page budget speech. “Climate change” got only one mention, in one brief sentence, on page 10.

Even that was two pages back of his apparently all-important plan “to enhance the Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit.”

The budget itself devoted just three of 158 pages (1.9%) to all environmental issues, many of which have nothing to do with global warming.

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Finally, and most tellingly, the media didn’t ask one question of Duncan, Conservative Leader John Tory or NDP Leader Howard Hampton in three separate news conferences, about Premier Dalton McGuinty’s plans to fight climate change — not even as we all merrily prepare for “Earth Hour” this Saturday.

the canadian sentinel.

Send a message this Earth Day

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Climate change: The deniers

March 25, 2008
Editor
If you get through the links below and you still think Global Warming is real, a visit to the doctor might be in order. Caring about the environment is good. Getting sucked into a massive scam is not.
Don’t forget to protest Earth Day by turning on your lights. Make a statement March the 29th.

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Climate change: The deniers
Posted:  by Ronald Nurwisah


The Post’s series on scientists who buck the conventional wisdom on climate science. Here is the series so far:

Statistics needed — The Deniers Part I
Warming is real — and has benefits — The Deniers Part II
The hurricane expert who stood up to UN junk science — The Deniers Part III
Polar scientists on thin ice — The Deniers Part IV
The original denier: into the cold — The Deniers Part V
The sun moves climate change — The Deniers Part VI
Will the sun cool us? — The Deniers Part VII
The limits of predictability — The Deniers Part VIII
Look to Mars for the truth on global warming — The Deniers Part IX
Limited role for C02 — the Deniers Part X


End the chill — The Deniers Part XI

Clouded research — The Deniers Part XII
Allegre’s second thoughts — The Deniers XIII
The heat’s in the sun — The Deniers XIV
Unsettled Science — The Deniers XV
Bitten by the IPCC — The Deniers XVI
Little ice age is still within us — The Deniers XVII
Fighting climate ‘fluff’ — The Deniers XVIII

Science, not politics — The Deniers XIX
Gore’s guru disagreed — The Deniers XX

The ice-core man — The Deniers XXI

Some restraint in Rome — The Deniers XXII
Discounting logic — The Deniers XXIII
Dire forecasts aren’t new — The Deniers XXIV
They call this a consensus? — Part XXV
NASA chief Michael Griffin silenced – Part XXVI
Forget warming – beware the new ice age — Part XXVII
Open mind sees climate clearly — Part XXVIII
Models trump measurements — Part XXIX
What global warming, Australian skeptic asks — Part XXX

In the eye of the storm of global warming — Part XXXI
From chaos, coherence — Part XXXII
The aerosol man — Part XXXIII
The Hot Trend is cool yachts — Part XXXIV
You still need your parka in Antarctica — Part XXXV

IPCC too blinkered and corrupt to save — Part XXXVI
Why melting of ice sheets ‘is impossible’ — Part XXXVII
Climate change by Jupiter — Part XXXVIII

Photo: NASA picture of the North Pole. (Getty Images)

nationalpost.com/np/blogs

Scare Tactics in Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth

March 14, 2008

 Gore scare tactics = you giving up your rights to fight an imaginary boogie man called GLOBAL WARMING

BOO!