|Most Recent information on the cost of Tar Sands is not here.|
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
For better access to our elected MP's, Canadians need a complete overhaul of the presentation of the government website. Have a look at the example of this one in the U.S.
I would also add that each MP should give recent comments on how they voted on an issue and have that on the website.
If Ignatieff didn't show up for his parliamentary sittings, then it would be noticed. Similarly, if an issue is not discussed in Parliament, but decided behind closed doors, then that ought to be immediately made clear to all instead of requiring a filing of Freedom of Information.
Here's a look at what a Canadian website looks like. http://www.canada.gc.ca/home.html
Notice how the space is taken up with graphics that promote policy that appears to be benign and official looking. Quite corporate and friendly. Reflecting back what we think of ourselves so we seem to be the focus. In reality, the function of it is to give documents a place to sit and be retrieved. There is no concept of our government wanting to know what we think or feel. What do you think?
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
- Mercury levels (total mercury in sediments) are as much as 98% higher in parts of the Athabasca delta over the historical medians.
- Dissolved arsenic levels have jumped as much as 466%.
- Sediment arsenic levels have increased as much as 114%.
- Alkylated PAH levels in sediments have risen as much as 72% above the historical means in some areas.
"With a tone of exasperation that so many years have passed without action, the federal Parliament’s Standing Committee on Natural Resources has called on all government agencies to “step up research in order to: determine the true impact of oil sands activity on the Athabasca River ecosystem, as well as on Aboriginal fisheries in the Peace and Athabasca river delta.”34
"In 2005 and 2007, an independent and prize-winning air pollution specialist studied the area and found that existing levels of pollution already rival the most polluted cities in China.57 This included elevated levels of benzene near the Shell complex that should be of concern to employees there. The results disputed the conclusions from industry air monitoring for the area."
Source: TarSands_TheReport final.pdf 963.2 KB
Health care is ok. Not great. Wait times are still about 4 hours.
Average salary is 80K. But remember, you have to work the night shift at 40 below and it's dark for 17 hours out of 24 in the winter. But it can also snow randomly anytime, basically.
The weather's been pretty unstable lately. Wonder why?
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
“Unacceptable” threatening behaviour: March - April 2011
That month Reuters reported that “Canada has threatened to scrap a trade deal with the European Union if the EU persists with plans that would block imports of Canada's highly polluting tar sands, according to EU documents and sources.” The “sources” within the EU told Reuters that Canada was not just raising the issue of tar sands at meetings but was even “threatening to void the free trade deal”. The Commission was “readying its defenses for a legal fight with Canada”. “We are saying 'be careful', because Canada will not hesitate to take us to the WTO, so we have to have something rock-solid,” an EU official told Reuters. 120
Thursday, December 22, 2011
2.75 Under the Canada Water Act, Environment Canada is required to prepare an annual report to Parliament “on the operations under this Act.” We found that, from 2004 to 2009, the Department did not submit annual reports to Parliament as required under the Act. For example, the reports for the period 2006 to 2009 were submitted in 2010. The report for the year ending 31 March 2010 has yet to be submitted to Parliament. In addition, departments are required to submit annual departmental performance reports to Parliament on the performance of their programs. We found that information on key aspects of program performance and results for these two programs were not included in Environment Canada’s Departmental Performance Reports.
Source: Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development (2010). 2010 Fall Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development. Chapter 2: Monitoring Water Resources. Ottawa: Office of the Auditor General of Canada.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Join a forum and read the posts because not all the news is fully developed. Many times you'll get additional feedback from how legislation affects people in real terms instead of just the abstractions of policy language.
Hey Mr. Flaherty, how about adding 6% a year to my pension. I might even forgive you for the theft from my Retirement Savings Account by reversing (lying about) the Cons election promise about the treatment of Income Trust dividends.
Monday, December 19, 2011
- Conservatives also expect us to vote tomorrow for a budget without telling Canadians what their waste is going to cost:
- waste on corporate tax giveaways;
- waste on prisons; waste on jets, which they do not have accurate costing on for Canadians.
- Instead of telling Canadians the truth, they went out last week and spent millions of taxpayer dollars on government partisan advertising. Ignatieff
Mr. Speaker, Bruce Carson was illicitly using his government connections to finance the purchase of $400 million worth of water filtration units.
Conservatives Hold Grudges Against Quebec
Mr. Speaker, Quebec's finance minister, Raymond Bachand, said that negotiations between Quebec and Ottawa regarding harmonizing GST with sales tax are far enough along to conclude an agreement. He even sent a draft agreement to his federal counterpart on February 22. The ball is in the Conservative government's court.
Mr. Speaker, when Canadians hear of secretive, controlling governments that have political operatives, they likely think of other countries. Yet last week the Information Commissioner revealed that this was happening in Canada and the RCMP had to be called. We know she is studying other departments for interference in access to information.
Mr. Speaker, after four months of stonewalling Parliament, the Conservative regime continues to hide the true costs of their U.S.-style prison bills. It is treating this Parliament and Canadians with contempt. Canadian taxpayers have a right to know how much these U.S.-style prison bills will cost.
Mr. Speaker, that minister told Canadians that his prison bill would cost $90 million. Now he is talking $2.1 billion. Canadians cannot trust the government's numbers. It is a government that has spent Canada into a $56 billion deficit and now it continues to hide the true cost of its prison bills. The Conservatives are ignoring the Speaker's ruling. They are asking MPs to vote on legislation without telling us what the costs will be for Canadians.
|automatic weapons seized in B.C. coming from the U.S.|
I'm using this blog to add content as it comes up from twitter and other feeds. Here's the source for what follows: VanObserver Vancouver Observer American #guns, Canadian deaths: VO investigates. ht.ly/8jspA #Vancouver @CanBorder #guncontrol. So that you might want to follow @VO or use the other search terms yourself.
Today's issue is the recent attempt to end the gun registry. What that means to every Canadian is that we would be coming closer to normalizing a gun culture as so often seen in films these days. Most of us live in cities and read about shootings, random gun violence in the streets. Even though Ontario is statistically low in per capita crime, guns are still being used by criminals and often in domestic violence.
We must end the symbolism attached to gun ownership. No individual is above the law. We don't need to kill animals; farmers can call the Animal control to deal with wildlife and have it humanely relocated.
City people pay agencies to remove skunks, racoons. Farmers don't need guns as their lives are not on the line.
Follow this issue on twitter under #Coalition4GunControl
Show support for a re-enstatement of this legislation. Conservative Jim Hilyer makes gun shooting signals after the vote to ban registry goes through. Remember it is still be contested by Quebec to keep their files. Hope they win.