Sunday, November 04, 2018

Bell Media still protecting Conservatives on West Coast Print media!

The west coast print media is still being monitored by Bell Media, a US company brought into Canada by Stephen Harper to take control of Canadian media.

More than ever we need to examine the role of such companies in Canada's politic.


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Harper Changing Canada - Almost.

You may well remember Harper, prior to his taking office, saying "I will change Canada so you will never recognize it."  And he almost did!
He invited the Bell media company whom we all think we know, into Canada in a leadership role.  Bell media now has oversight on this country’s IP providers, if not outright ownership.
The Conservatives, using climate change as a diversionary tactic hope to get 6 provinces in this country.  That will give them the platform from which they can re-write the constitution.  And, you won’t like that!
Meanwhile, Bell media involved in printed press(Post Media, Global and Montreal Gazette) now runs articles with Scheer outright lies and makes sure there is no room for comments allowing his BS to fly rather than have it buried as the misinformation he puts out.  And, in some cases refuses membership and subscriber fees or simply blocks some posters (myself included).
With Canada’s mainstream communication in direct control of the Conservatives and the US Republicans, I say it is time for the Feds to examine the rules surrounding foreign ownership and open further the influence of the CRTC to set parameters on activities of the printed press, assuring they are open.   
With the advent of the computer and mass media at this level, it is not enough that we accept financial papers as being right wing and miscellaneous papers as being left wing.

Better we do away with the labels and put in rules that assure all print papers and online renditions of same are open, not partisan.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Huge risk if global warming passes 1.5C, warns landmark UN report


A key finding of the new IPCC report is the dramatic difference that restricting warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels would have on the global environment.
The scientists found:
• By 2100, the global sea level rise would be 10cm lower with global warming of 1.5C compared with 2C.
• Extreme heatwaves will be experienced by 14% of the world's population at least once every five years at 1.5C. But that figure rises to more than a third of the planet if temperatures rise to 2C
• Arctic sea ice would remain during most summers if warming is kept to 1.5C. But at 2C, ice-free summers are 10 times more likely, leading to greater habitat losses for polar bears, whales, seals and seabirds.
• If warming is kept to 1.5C, coral reefs will still decline by 70-90% but if temperatures rise to 2C virtually all of the world's reefs would be lost
“It’s a line in the sand and what it says to our species is that this is the moment and we must act now,” said Debra Roberts, a co-chair of the working group on impacts. “This is the largest clarion bell from the science community and I hope it mobilizes people and dents the mood of complacency.”
Policymakers commissioned the report at the Paris climate talks in 2016, but since then the gap between science and politics has widened. Donald Trump has promised to withdraw the US – the world’s biggest source of historical emissions – from the accord. The first round of Brazil’s presidential election on Sunday put Jair Bolsonaro into a strong position to carry out his threat to do the same and also open the Amazon rainforest to agribusiness.
The world is currently 1C warmer than pre-industrial levels. Following devastating hurricanes in the US, record droughts in Cape Town and forest fires in the Arctic, the IPCC makes clear that climate change is already happening, upgraded its risk warning from previous reports, and warned that every fraction of additional warming would worsen the impact.
Scientists who reviewed the 6,000 works referenced in the report, said the change caused by just half a degree came as a revelation. “We can see there is a difference and it’s substantial,” Roberts said.
At 1.5C the proportion of the global population exposed to water stress could be 50% lower than at 2C, it notes. Food scarcity would be less of a problem and hundreds of millions fewer people, particularly in poor countries, would be at risk of climate-related poverty.
Attendees take a photo before the opening of the 48th session of the IPCC in Incheon
 
Attendees take a photo before the opening of the 48th session of the IPCC in Incheon. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images
At 2C extremely hot days, such as those experienced in the northern hemisphere this summer, would become more severe and common, increasing heat-related deaths and causing more forest fires.
But the greatest difference would be to nature. Insects, which are vital for pollination of crops, and plants are almost twice as likely to lose half their habitat at 2C compared with 1.5C. Corals would be 99% lost at the higher of the two temperatures, but more than 10% have a chance of surviving if the lower target is reached.
Sea-level rise would affect 10 million more people by 2100 if the half-degree extra warming brought a forecast 10cm additional pressure on coastlines. The number affected would increase substantially in the following centuries due to locked-in ice melt.
Oceans are already suffering from elevated acidity and lower levels of oxygen as a result of climate change. One model shows marine fisheries would lose 3m tonnes at 2C, twice the decline at 1.5C.
Sea ice-free summers in the Arctic, which is warming two to three times fast than the world average, would come once every 100 years at 1.5C, but every 10 years with half a degree more of global warming
Time and carbon budgets are running out. By mid-century, a shift to the lower goal would require a supercharged roll-back of emissions sources that have built up over the past 250 years.
The IPCC maps out four pathways to achieve 1.5C, with different combinations of land use and technological change. Reforestation is essential to all of them as are shifts to electric transport systems and greater adoption of carbon capture technology.
Carbon pollution would have to be cut by 45% by 2030 – compared with a 20% cut under the 2C pathway – and come down to zero by 2050, compared with 2075 for 2C. This would require carbon prices that are three to four times higher than for a 2C target. But the costs of doing nothing would be far higher.
“We have presented governments with pretty hard choices. We have pointed out the enormous benefits of keeping to 1.5C, and also the unprecedented shift in energy systems and transport that would be needed to achieve that,” said Jim Skea, a co-chair of the working group on mitigation. “We show it can be done within laws of physics and chemistry. Then the final tick box is political will. We cannot answer that. Only our audience can – and that is the governments that receive it.”
He said the main finding of his group was the need for urgency. Although unexpectedly good progress has been made in the adoption of renewable energy, deforestation for agriculture was turning a natural carbon sink into a source of emissions. Carbon capture and storage projects, which are essential for reducing emissions in the concrete and waste disposal industries, have also ground to a halt.
Reversing these trends is essential if the world has any chance of reaching 1.5C without relying on the untried technology of solar radiation modification and other forms of geoengineering, which could have negative consequences.A nearly ice-free Northwest Passage in the Arctic in August 2016A nearly ice-free Northwest Passage in the Arctic in August 2016A nearly ice-free Northwest Passage in the Arctic in August 2016



A nearly ice-free Northwest Passage in the Arctic in August 2016








 A nearly ice-free Northwest Passage in the Arctic in August 2016. Photograph: VIIRS/Suomi NPP/Nasa
In the run-up to the final week of negotiations, there were fears the text of the report would be watered down by the US, Saudi Arabia and other oil-rich countries that are reluctant to consider more ambitious cuts. The authors said nothing of substance was cut from a text.
Bob Ward, of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, said the final document was “incredibly conservative” because it did not mention the likely rise in climate-driven refugees or the danger of tipping points that could push the world on to an irreversible path of extreme warming.
The report will be presented to governments at the UN climate conference in Poland at the end of this year. But analysts say there is much work to be done, with even pro-Paris deal nations involved in fossil fuel extraction that runs against the spirit of their commitments. Britain is pushing ahead with gas fracking, Norway with oil exploration in the Arctic, and the German government wants to tear down Hambach forest to dig for coal.
At the current level of commitments, the world is on course for a disastrous 3C of warming. The report authors are refuseing to accept defeat, believing the increasingly visible damage caused by climate change will shift opinion their way.
“I hope this can change the world,” said Jiang Kejun of China’s semi-governmental Energy Research Institute, who is one of the authors. “Two years ago, even I didn’t believe 1.5C was possible but when I look at the options I have confidence it can be done. I want to use this report to do something big in China.”
The timing was good, he said, because the Chinese government was drawing up a long-term plan for 2050 and there was more awareness among the population about the problem of rising temperatures. “People in Beijing have never experienced so many hot days as this summer. It’s made them talk more about climate change.”
Regardless of the US and Brazil, he said, China, Europe and major cities could push ahead. “We can set an example and show what can be done. This is more about technology than politics.”
James Hansen, the former Nasa scientist who helped raised the alarm about climate change, said both 1.5C and 2C would take humanity into uncharted and dangerous territory because they were both well above the Holocene-era range in which human civilisation developed. But he said there was a huge difference between the two: “1.5C gives young people and the next generation a fighting chance of getting back to the Holocene or close to it. That is probably necessary if we want to keep shorelines where they are and preserve our coastal cities.”
Johan Rockström, a co-author of the recent Hothouse Earth report, said scientists never previously discussed 1.5C, which was initially seen as a political concession to small island states. But he said opinion had shifted in the past few years along with growing evidence of climate instability and the approach of tipping points that might push the world off a course that could be controlled by emissions reductions.
“Climate change is occurring earlier and more rapidly than expected. Even at the current level of 1C warming, it is painful,” he told the Guardian. “This report is really important. It has a scientific robustness that shows 1.5C is not just a political concession. There is a growing recognition that 2C is dangerous.”

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Conservatives/Republicans are very rich now.

You will probably note the major news channels showing our loving neighbours to the south dressed in all their warmest splendour.   More to the point the recent airing of the "Alaska Highway build"

In which there is any number of smiling Americans huddled around the Dawson Creek "Mile Zero" sign signifying the start of the Alaska Hiway and how the friendly Americans pushed the road though.

It leaves the viewer with a warm and fuzzy feeling.   Don't buy it!  It is the Cons trying to show the Republicans in a good light.

They missed their target just a bit  Franklin D Roosevelt was a Democrat!

Corporations are loading the Cons with donations.  They have never had so much money! 

It is up to individuals to support the party of your choice.

Friday, August 31, 2018

The Dairy Marketing Board - Great for health reasons!

Canada's Dairy Marketing Board prices US dairy higher than the Canadian equivalent.  Aside from market quotas, it hinders much of the US Dairy, Eggs, Meat, and Chicken from entering our country.

The US has no regulation on the use of antibiotics in Animals.  The regular treatment of animals is not uncommon to assure "good health".  Meanwhile, if you are ingesting any of these products you are giving yourself a micro dosage of an antibiotic!  (most, not all).

Taking microdoses of antibodies will leave you at a major disadvantage when you are looking for a treatment with a prescription.  The bacteria in your body changes to be immune from antibiotics you have been taking with your meals.  Hence, the constant search for new medicines and the resurgence of older more common treatments like sulphates.

I seem to recall the first outbreaks of antibody resistant bacteria came from the USA!  Now it is very much commonplace.

I'm pretty sure @Japan and @South Korea will be interested in the post.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Conservative Convention and Max Bernier

This whole convention and sideshow is a Conservative charade! It is across the net the Conservatives/Republicans will do away with the Marketing Board on Dairy which heavily affects PQ. Max Bernier has said he, unlike the other guys, would do away with all the marketing boards thus implying the Conservatives will not do away with them. It is addressing their lack of support for PQ. And speaking of the PQ will mention the article on iPolitic about the Liberal Premier of NB complaining about Jason Kenny's campaign with the Con candidate locally. The Liberal Premier should make it very public, Jason Kenny had a Trump campaigner elected to the Alberta Legislature! 

How will this play out?  If elected Sheer will kill the marketing board under the ply of making peace within the Conservative party, welcoming Bernier back to the fold.


On the marketing board, we need it!  It is a tariff on imports of dairy from the US. If we did not have that in place and allowed US dairy into Canada unchallenged, we would lose our EU trade agreement which, is what the Cons and Trump want. Harper got kicked out of all the EU and Asian trade talks, which was either by design or incompetence.  No one could be that unlucky!

The  US has no controls on the use of Antibiotics and Growth hormone in their animals.  Ingesting their milk or their meats could make a person immune to the effects our prescribed medications may offer us.  It is a health issue!

Beyond this, the Trump Administration is busy delisting stuff off the EPA lists which makes the whole scenario even more abhorrent.


Why would Trump be worked up over the Canadian market on dairy which is smaller than any of his states except perhaps Alaska? 
He does not want any opposition by Canada at any trade agreement! 

It is part of his attack on institutions in general.

More great reading at a one-stop, https://ipolitics.ca for active update news feeds.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Saudi Arabia - A Trump exercise.


Donald Trump meets Mohammed bin Salman during a bilateral meeting in Riyadh in May. After which Trump reiterated his support of a Saudi nuclear weapon. 
  

Israel did not react, not a word of any kind.



On August 3, The Canadian Tweet went out about human rights and dignity in regards to #SaudiArabia.



Immediately, Saudi Arabia reacted in a very extreme manner which was supported by right-wing newspapers in Canada.  They pretty much cut all ties with Canada.  In doing so have put extra pressure on the NAFTA negotiations which is what Trump asked of them.




Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Climate Change first publlished in 2003

This document is even more critical today than when it was first published.
NOTE THE DATE OF THE ORIGINAL August 26, 2003.

Thursday, October 05, 2006
Friday, October 22, 2004

The Occupation of Alberta by Ralph Klein

This is their history!  Make them accountable at the poles!
Honorable Ralph Klein,
August 26, 2003
Room 307 Legislative Building,
Edmonton, AB T4K 2C6

Re:- The occupation of Alberta by Ralph Klein
Dear Premier:

The compelling information you have regarding climate change is near catastrophic and puts Alberta on the course of a climate very similar to Southern Iraq or Turkey more probably on the short term rather than the long.

Extremes in weather and unpredictable weather such as storms, hurricanes, drought and flood are parts of the scenario. Ongoing drought and forest fires are going to be the norm rather than the exception. Forest fires and unprecedented pestilence are but symptoms of the climate change rapidly coming upon us.

Lakes will become mud holes and rivers will dry up. (The Prince George area has a massive beetle infestation because the temperatures haven’t dropped to the -40 that is required to kill them off; All in the last five years!) The extending drought has already caused the earth to move away from house foundations around Alberta causing them to crack. I would think anyone who has built in the last six years has recourse to the Government because of a lack of proper building standards to account for these known changes.

When your Environment department confirmed the above, they also said studies were being made on how to use the unusable (un-potable) rivers of water from the Viking aquifer. Considering the oil companies have been accessing this "bad" water for year’s further studies would only be to stall for time.

Oil companies site only the added expense, by comparison to surface water, as being the only real drawback! I recall people in Parkland County complaining their water wells went dry after seismic went through their region. They speculated the seismic had damaged the upper water aquifer. Your response was less than caring. "Prove it," you said.

Knowing what you know about the weather change and dwindling water resource it is irresponsible for you to allow oil companies to use any drinkable water for injection into the wells for oil recovery! Your water plan amounts to a charge on Alberta residences for the water taken by oil companies and pumped downhole.When do the oil companies start paying for the damages they have done and the water they have already ruined or wasted?

It seems to be your plan to stall full public disclosure of information on climate change until the oil is gone, the drinking water is gone, and the oil companies have moved on?

Why are the Oil companies not made to pay for the water used and, the water they have already used? They are primarily responsible for the havoc and contamination sludge in the lakes caused by the drafting of water by trucks. An optimistic view of conventional oil and gas supplies runs at 15 years until we are dry. Other aspects run as low as six years.

By then you hope to have the methane tapped from coal reserves always draining freshwater supplies. As usual, it is the average family in Alberta financing the oil companies and now the power companies! You have sold off all the cheap and accessible oil and gas leaving Albertans to pay premium prices for this same source while looking forward to even higher costs for British Columbia and Mackenzie Delta gas.

Having already ravaged the water tables you are planning a horrific operation on methane recovery from coal seams. Soon enough; no gas, no oil and no water, living in a desert; Oil companies have gone leaving their damages behind them or in shell "management" companies.

I have also received a note from the Minister in charge of power transmission who gave me some handouts telling me "ALBERTAN’S HAVE ALWAYS PAID FOR THE TRANSMISSION OF THEIR POWER." Albertans have never had to pay for exporting electricity! There is no plan where individual ratepayers will receive a direct refund on the power lines you are asking them to pay for when these same power lines are used to export electricity to the US!  Again it is the individuals of Alberta financing the power companies.

Returns to so-called General Revenues are not acceptable. Direct and full refunds to power bills and ongoing profit sharing on power bills are only just adequate.

The oil and gas are all but gone. All sold out from under us leaving no advantages at all. You are looking for gas supply now in British Columbia, the Fort St. John area (down some 7000 feet) and twisting arms trying to get the finance in place to move gas from the Mackenzie Delta.

You have moved Albertans from access to inexpensive self-sustained gas to the highest utility in Canada with promises of going still higher I don’t accept your BS on NAFTA stopping energy rebates. NAFTA concerns its self with industries. A rebate program would be seen as a "district" issue and not of interest to them. I also don’t agree with your multi-billion dollar fund set aside to get you elected again although you may consider that an emergency.

But then again I don’t agree with your creeping taxation on drink containers and access fees which goes directly to lunch boxes and families, hitting every person in this province to get millions in funds to put into your "surplus."Wreck the water supplies, plunder the gas and oil utility. Sell off the citizen owned electrical power at pennies on the dollar; exploit the people further by making them pay the highest rates in Canada for the use of the utility you gave away.

Further, tax them to finance the building of the power lines for the same people who took over the utilities for nothing in the first place. Your policy has long been Oil or nothing. We end up with nothing. Kill any industry that may lean upon the oil companies, stifle any other growth with high costs use police to entrap or coerce to this end regardless of the toll on families and health. The oil is gone, and we have nothing.

As I write this letter every province in Canada is exporting upscale manufactured items ranging from pharmaceuticals to hardware to packaging. Your mega government is thinking "maybe microbiology as an industry."

The world has moved on, but this province is still mired and dying in your private sunshine. I wrote you regarding the gas burning studies which are in place showing the toxic nature of regular gas and sour gas give off high levels of ferons and bi phenols as well as a long list of noxious gases because of improper burns. I gave you the doctor’s name that did one of the more recent studies asking when you were going to release this information to the public. You sent it forward to Environment and, they have never answered.

It is good to see your ongoing support of insurance companies is coming back to haunt you, big time. Millions spent in developing hail controls; all turned over to the insurance companies to administer. They invested their accident "reserves" into stock and dot-coms which crashed. This, according to the conversation with the insurance bureau early 02. If we have to bankroll their business investment losses at least, all insurance should be a tax deductible! The harsh and unreasonable premiums have everything to do with investment and little or nothing to do with driving records!

I have been told that conversations regarding turning photo radar clips over to the insurance companies as a means to increase their revenues have enjoyed more time than it should.  You continue to drag this province into oblivion.

John ClarkCc;/various.net. pdf

Saturday, July 21, 2018

If you still have doubts about the Cons (CRA Party)

CRAP is the new acronym for the Con Parties!  Conservative Republican Association Party.

Sealed by Harper, Canada's worst Prime Minister in his press release telling Canada to capitulate to Trump in the NAFT Agreement!  As if this turkey still can give a Release!  He is a Republican first and a Canadian second.  This is the man who said he would change Canada to a point we would not recognize it.

The Mexican President past said it best; "We (Canada and Mexico) are sending highly trained and skilled people, specialists in their field into the NAFTA talks.  The US has picked people (of unrelated backgrounds instead) being picked by their poliltcal stripe."

And, we all know the people we are asked to deal with in thoes talks have nothing at all to say about the agreement.  Everything is taken back to Trump for a yes or no and no discussion.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Are you ready to throw away Canada?

The purpose of this essay is to show the Conservative lies and misdirection over the past 20 years or more in regards to Climate change and the urgency of it.

You are correct if you think there have been other instances on record of the oceans rising. I draw on the very informative book of Gavin Menzies in which he follows the old Chinese maps which in turn, show sea levels to be 6 foot higher than they are now. Greenland was circumnavigated as the Chinese Treasure ships tried to get under the north pole to better measure the constellations.

They left their maps with every civilization they came upon to show these same countries the way back to China so they could pay homage. The Maps still exist.  The Chinese Mandarins (First Conservatives) took over and the Treasure ships were left to rot at anchor and books and star charts and other maps were destroyed.  Statues ripped down.

The Paris Agreement talked about put the heads of state and their science at the same table. The charts produced showed the introduction of coal, a 19th-century technology, and the rise in carbon dioxide levels matched perfectly. It was decided to stop the use of Coal as a corrective measure. Not a cure.

The earth orbit as measured by the same constellations the Chinese used in 1423 shows us the Earth is in an elliptical but concentric orbit. Concentric because we are knocked out of the loop by Jupiter’s gravitation. The last time we were in a circular orbit was 65 years ago! Year 0 in a 10,000-year journey.

The bottom line is: We have been moving away from the sun for 65 years in a cooling off period and, we are still heating up. If this continues unabated, we will not; NOT survive as a civilization!

The Conservatives continue to ignore, deny and put out false information on Climate Change. If allowed to continue they will be the end of us.

The Conservatives knew all about climate change before 2006.  Here is an exert from a post, Letter to Ralph Klein October 22, 2004
Friday, October 22, 2004
The Occupation of Alberta by Ralph Klein
https://albertathedetails.blogspot.com/search?q=climate+change
Honorable Ralph Klein,
August 26, 2003
Room 307 Legislative Building,
Edmonton, AB T4K 2C6
Re:- The occupation of Alberta by Ralph Klein.Dear Premier:
The compelling information you have regarding climate change is near catastrophic and puts Alberta on the course of a climate very similar to Southern Iraq or Turkey more probably on the short term rather than the long.

Extremes in weather and unpredictable weather such as storms, hurricanes, drought and flood are parts of the scenario. Ongoing drought and forest fires are going to be the norm rather than the exception. Forest fires and unprecedented pestilence are but symptoms of the climate change rapidly coming upon us.

Lakes will become mud holes and rivers will dry up. (The Prince George area has massive beetle infestation because the temperatures haven’t dropped to the -40 that is required to kill them off; All in the last 5 years!) The extending drought has already caused the earth to move away from house foundations around Alberta causing them to crack. I would think any one who has built in the last 6 years has recourse on the Government because of a lack of proper building standards to account for these known changes.

When your Environment department confirmed the above they also said studies were being made on how to use the unusable (un-potable) rivers of water from the Viking aquifer. Considering the oil companies have been accessing this "bad" water for year’s further studies would only be for the purpose of stalling for time.

Oil companies site only the added expense, by comparison to surface water, as being the only real draw back! I recall people in Parkland County complaining their water wells went dry after seismic went through their region. They speculated the seismic had damaged the upper water aquifer. Your response was less than caring. "Prove it" you said.

Knowing what you know about the weather change and dwindling water resource it is irresponsible for you to allow oil companies to use any drinkable water for injection into the wells for oil recovery! Your water plan amounts to a charge on Alberta residences for the water taken by oil companies and pumped down hole.When do the oil companies start paying for the damages they have done and the water they have already ruined or wasted?

It seems to be your plan to stall full public disclosure of information on climate change until the oil is gone, the drinking water is gone and the oil companies have moved on?

The Canadian History.
As a one time Conservative Riding secretary and of an age greater than 90% of Canadians I offer this glimpse into our past. More directly the Conservatives have known of climate change for more than 20 years.  Instead of putting in a cure they embarked on a major course of misinformation.

The Liberals built Canada with little interruption to their base until 1919 to 1937 in which case the American Republicans working through the Morman Church, helped them establish "The United Farmers of Alberta"  This party morphed itself into the Veterans and Active force, 1944 to 1948, again the US Republicans were fully involved.  This morphed into the Conservatives which found a hard landing after Diefenbaker and the Avro-Arrow. (You now know the reason Diefenbaker scrapped the Arrow in Canada allowing the US to take up the design) and, Harper sold off the Canadian Wheat Board to US interest in leaving office.  Related:
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They again morphed into the Progressive Conservatives. This party was started by Peter Lougheed and company.  Peter broke away from the Republicans, in fact, took on US oil interests in Alberta in the much-maligned NATIONAL ENERGY PROGRAM.  Peter became the most popular Premier not only of Alberta but, all of Canada.

When Klein took over he doubled down with the US Republicans.  All this happening while the Wild Rose Party kept the original foundation going with the Church.  Now we had two political parties which could appear as opposition, one extreme and one tame by comparison.  Doing what they do best, played both ends against the middle.

Notably, Klein started the bleed on the Heritage Savings and Trust by freezing the fund at 5% profit taking all above into General Revenue to support his 10% flat tax.  The loss to Albertans 760 billion dollars most of which went directly back to US parent companies.  Norway over the same period banked over 1 trillion dollars.

Take a look at The Huffington Post" to see the teamwork us/Canadian and the treatment you get if you enter an opinion on US politics.

In a final analysis, I see the US is in a position to take over our country!  By putting in a Conservative Government again will facilitate the end of our Dairy Marketing board and any other institutions that may hinder this process.

As if in confirmation of the above post
Jason Kenny backed the running of a Trump campaign worker in the Alberta by-election.
For any of you doubting the Canadian History   Devin Dreeshen, newly elected in Innisfail by-election as PUC was a campaign worker for Donald Trump.  Kelly calls it a good experience.

“In November 2016, Dreeshen and another conservative political activist penned a lengthy article in the Hill Times in Ottawa chronicling their work on Trump’s campaign.”
Also posted on Ipolitic/WordPress

Finally, since the veil was taken off the Conservative/Republican they have become more aggressive in their campaign.  Their present goal is to seize power in the Federal election and gain governance of at least 6 provincial jurisdictions.  With just 6 Conservative provincial governments they are in the position to open the constitution and totally re-write it!

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

The Conservative's score with Harper.

This post courtesy of IPolitic  

I’m aware of Trudeau’s failings, but he’s a piker compared to the nightmare that was Harper. There’s way, way, too much to list from those awful years. Here’s a small sampling: (very small)

~ Against court order, refusal to share budget Info.
~ Conservative Cabinet Staffers Granted Immunity from Testimony
~ Conservatives Falsify Reports and Documents
~ Repeated Duplicity on Costing of F-35 Fighter Jets
~ Harper Minister Lies, Blames Statistics Canada for Killing Long Form Census
~ Conservatives Engage in Abuse of Process with Omnibus Bills on a scale never before seen.
~ Conservatives Engage in Abuse of Process with parliamentary committees. Top Conservatives prepared a handbook instructing Conservative committee chairpersons on how to obstruct and sabotage proceedings.
~ Access to Information System Impeded
~ Loyalty Oaths Imposed on Public Servants
~ Suppression of Research
~ Like Never Before, Limits Placed on Media Access
~ Conservatives Block Accreditation for Opposition MPs
~ Clampdown on Freedom of Speech of Diplomatic Corps
~ Aquatic Science Libraries Decimated for no reason other than to destroy valuable environmental information.
~ Illegitimate Prorogation of Parliament, Twice
~ Undue Interference with Independent Agencies
~ Billions Borrowed without Parliament’s Permission
~ Lapdogs Appointed as Watchdogs
~ Undermining Statistics Canada, Killing Data
~ Government Muzzles Science Community
~ Cons’ Elections Bill Strips Power from Elections Canada
~ Harper Minister Smears Head of Elections Canada
~ Conservative Convicted on Robocalls Scam
~ Harper undercuts EC and tries to suppress vote with unfair elections act.
~ Conservative Bill Rewrites History to Protect Mounties from Potential Criminal Charges
~ Harper Government Sued by Justice Department Whistleblower
~ Time and again the Harper government proposed bills that ended up being shot down by the courts, prompting critics to say such legislation was more about making political statements than lasting policy.
~ Tactic Borrowed from North Korea. Ostensibly neutral public servants were used as stooges, falsely posing as new citizens in a staged Citizenship Renewal public relations exercise by the Immigration Department
~ UN Blasted Canada’s Treatment of Immigrants. Changes made to Canada’s immigration and refugee system under Harper were investigated by the United Nations Human Rights Committee, whose report blasted how thousands of migrants were detained indefinitely without due process, many for over a year or more, as well as poor mental health support for those incarcerated.
~ The ‘Harper Government’ Labelling Deception. Public servants were told to use “Harper Government” instead of “Government of Canada” in publicity releases. The Conservatives denied it was happening — until internal memos revealed by the Canadian Press revealed the denial to be without basis.
~ Conservatives Place Party Logos on Government of Canada Cheques
~ Record Amounts of Partisan Political Advertising, on the Public Purse
~ Conservatives Stack Their Own Ridings with Infrastructure Funds
~ Revenue Canada set loose to Attack Charities that weren’t ideologically in line with Harper’s beliefs, including environmental, animal welfare, etc…
~ Conservatives Use Unheard of Tactic to Force through Anti-Union Bill
~ Harper Smears Liberal Sikh MP, Insinuating Tie to Terrorism. He was completely wrong yet wouldn’t apologize.
~ Citizens Ejected from Conservative Rallies simply because they weren’t screened and vetted beforehand as being Conservative party members. If they were spotted, they were gone. Unbelievably, during election campaigns.
~ Conservatives Make Campaign Event Attendees Sign Gag Order


Sunday, July 01, 2018

Ontario and Doug Ford's scrore card.


When Doug Ford was campaigning, he knew very well the Wynn Government was doing a great job under the very adverse circumstance.  His job was to push the Conservative envelope!  So, there was no sense explaining his position on finance there was none.

He made a big deal about cap and trade in Ontario.  This was unlike the Conservatives version it worked.   Having made so much noise about it he proceeded immediatly to cut it out and replace it with nothing!  Global warming is now allowed, even encouraged in Ontario!

What he didn't tell the people of Ontario was he also kissed off 2 million dollars (perhaps a great deal more) when he cancelled that deal.  This figure was being used by Wynn to expand her green program. Now? Nothing!  And the population is expected to make up the 2 million in taxes.

As I predicted, the first target for cuts was health care.  The Conservatives have got rid of co-pay in Ontario.  Co-pay is what is set up in Pharmacies to handle the billing split between your prime insurance (private or company coverage) and your provincial (universal) coverage.  Many prescriptions until now have a zero balance when you pick them up. Not anymore!

Typically your company medical insurance will pay 80% of the prescription leaving 20% for provincial.  

That means an employer is going to ignore the extra cost to you or if inclined will work out with their insurers how much more they have to pay for total coverage.

 In turn, this interprets to one more total premium for every five employees!  In some cases, this overhead will be too much.   On iPolitic's website, the Ontario Government has it's trolls up most of the time.  In answer to the above statement, they responded: "That will be a good deal for insurance companies".   Enter private medicine.


Friday, June 22, 2018

HEALTH The 3 Reasons the U.S. Health-Care System Is the Worst

Courtesy of The Atlantic:
The biggest reason is the Republicans and Canadian Conservatives are against any kind of Universal Health care regardless of costs or savings.  This is what you vote for.  This is what Ontario is in for.
The head of the Commonwealth Fund, which compares the health systems of developed nations, pinpoints why America’s is so expensive and inefficient.
According to the Commonwealth Fund, which regularly ranks the health systems of a handful of developed countries, the best countries for health care are the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Australia.
The lowest performer? The United States, even though it spends the most. “And this is consistent across 20 years,” said the Commonwealth Fund’s president, David Blumenthal, on Friday at the Aspen Ideas Festival, which is co-hosted by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic.
Blumenthal laid out three reasons why the United States lags behind its peers so consistently. It all comes down to:
  1. A lack of insurance coverage. A common talking point on the right is that health care and health insurance are not equivalent—that getting more people insured will not necessarily improve health outcomes. But according to Blumenthal: “The literature on insurance demonstrates that having insurance lowers mortality. It is equivalent to a public-health intervention.” More than 27 million people in the United States were uninsured in 2016—nearly a tenth of the population—often because they can’t afford coverage, live in a state that didn’t expand Medicaid, or are undocumented. Those aren’t problems that people in places like the United Kingdom have to worry about.
  2. Administrative inefficiency. “We waste a lot of money on administration,” Blumenthal said. According to the Commonwealth Fund’s most recent report, in the United States, “doctors and patients [report] wasting time on billing and insurance claims. Other countries that rely on private health insurers, like the Netherlands, minimize some of these problems by standardizing basic benefit packages, which can both reduce administrative burden for providers and ensure that patients face predictable copayments.” In other words, while insurance coverage in general is great, it’s not ideal that different insurance plans cover different treatments and procedures, forcing doctors to spend precious hours coordinating with insurance companies to provide care.
  3. Underperforming primary care. “We have a very disorganized, fragmented, inefficient and under-resourced primary care system,” Blumenthal added. As I wrote at the time, in 2014 the Commonwealth Fund found that “many primary-care physicians struggle to receive relevant clinical information from specialists and hospitals, complicating efforts to provide seamless, coordinated care.” On top of a lack of investment in primary care, “we don’t invest in social services, which are important determinants of health” Blumenthal said. Things like home visiting, better housing, and subsidized healthy food could extend the work of doctors and do a lot to improve chronic disease outcomes.
Together, these reasons help explain why U.S. life expectancy has, for the first time since the 1960s, recently gone down for two years in a row.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Why Canada's play as a country is so important: The world is not in Great shape yet; the contrary.

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The GDP of the Following Countries
USA GDP% improve 2.9%
The G7 Group 2.4%
The European Union 2.5%
Canada 2.1%

Our markets are flat!  Together is the only way
we can make it!

The Trans Canada Pipeline

Canadians Receive A Wide Range of Benefits from the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, Including 15,000 Jobs and $46.7 Billion in Tax Revenue!  

BC is allowing BC produced oil to be loaded on their shores while blocking Alberta.  This is criminal

Monday, June 11, 2018

Alberta Advantage Party - the New Republican assault on Canadian politics!

I had the opportunity to talk with the AAP party reps.  Their membership push came at me.  I said, "I've had my fill of you guys, the WRP is run by the US Republicans." to which he replied, "Yes, that is true but we are different!"

Small talk' I took his brochure and left.

From the AAP flyer:

APP:  The right to recall your elected official.
WRP: Exact same thing.

Education:
If elected AAP will revise the Alberta Education Curriculum so that our students will receive the highest levels of academic and practical skills that are offered on the planet.
Wow!  They have no idea how such lofty ideals will cost individuals and money.  Think here of private schools,  Available if you can afford them.  They are the new Republican push to Morph still another party.

We will eliminate the mandatory gay-straight alliance clubs in Alberta schools and eliminate the NDP directive that parents must not be told about their child's sexual behaviours.  Not the WRP "Homosexuals will burn in the fires of hell" but, the next thing to it.

The NDP GAVE NO SUCH DIRECTION! The NDP did say that joining such an organization will be kept private.  The alternative is to turn back the clock, adopt a program of exclusion and do away with anything that suggests inclusion.  Do away with safety and endorse one of risk!

And finally, We will uphold and support the ability of parents to have their children educated in the manner they think best for their child, through a public, Catholic, private or charter or homeschool program.  We will not amalgamate the Catholic and public-school systems.

What they do not say, looking south of our border, they will cut funding to public schools giving the majority of funding to the private school.  There will be two distinct levels of education! Not just high school vis University.

The way it is now, the majority of the population make up the stripe of the school.  St. Albert, for instance, is Catholic Public and Protestant private.

Policing:
Rural Crime is at pandemic levels.
The AAP, if elected, would train and elevate sheriffs to the standard of Police forces such as Edmonton and Calgary Police Services.

Rural Crime is high, but not Pandemic!  The Sheriffs are fully trained for the duties they perform and have the full support and are in the communication with the Local Police forces.

As a member patrolling with the Citizens on Patrol group, I can tell you we are always in contact with local police and do not go at risk anyplace!

Equalization:
The people of Alberta know what equalization payments are.  We know that the taxes we pay are sent to Ottawa and we get nothing back in equalization. Transfers.

Straight out of the WRP/Republican playbook!

Alberta received equalization payments from its concept to 1954.  It was not called "equalization" at these times.  More recently we received money, a great deal of it, from Ottawa when this last recession hit.

If elected to government, the AAP will not sign an agreement with Ottawa that keeps us subjugated or maintains the status quo.
At the heart of the Conservative movement is such extremes which will very quickly break up this country which is their final solution.

Secondly, there is no pile of money sitting in Alberta waiting to go to Ottawa!
Any monies paid anywhere in Canada come from the taxes paid by you and I and like people and corporations!  It is out of the Federal Tax Base!

The AAP Will work to free Albertans from being Canada's tax slaves.
 What a bunch of extreme separatism crap!  Another thing that will help to break up  Canada.

Health Care: We will put an end to the separating of our elderly couples in their final years.

Getting old is not a lot of fun at times.  Palliative care in the past has taken up many of the Active Beds in the prototypical hospitals around Alberta.  An active bed costs the system 3000.00 per day,  a palliative bed costs several hundred.  That is the economies of dying in Canada, not just Alberta.

We will make a commitment to research, specifically immunology.
And what, do they think is happening now?  Simply playing on fears of the elderly with no real changes available to them.

Alberta's Place in Canada:
Albertans want greater autonomy from Ottawa.

This is playing to the Southern Alberta WRP group and is a political play first used by the United Farmers of Alberta in 1919! It was needed then and very effective and was the start of the family driven dynasties in Western Canada"

The AAP will demand Alberta's right to select our own immigrants, in the same way, that Quebec does.

They fail to say that all provinces can do this now to a large extent.  So what they are saying is they will set up to sort wants by colour and race.  So typical of the Republicans.  Manitoba for years has been trying to import German Mechanics! And, have little success.

The AAP would halt the process of sending Alberta's portion of income tax to Ottawa.  The AAP would set up an Alberta Revenue Service to collect the Alberta portion of our taxes.

Think here of the underlying task of separation they want.
Even if they got close, it would take 6 provinces to agree on such a change in the constitution.

Marilyn Burns, a lawyer.   Giver her my regards while asking her background and origins.

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