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ADSCAM -- Canada's Corruption Scandal Breaks Wide Open
various links | 04-08-05 | the heavy equipment guy

Posted on 04/08/2005 1:32:49 PM PDT by backhoe

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Canada's Crime Rate 50 % Higher than U.S.
 
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The other side...
Steve Janke at 03:05 PM
Related articles: Technorati Cosmos :: CanConv :: Blogging Tories

The issue of David Emerson's appointment to Stephen Harper's cabinet has most conservative bloggers furious. A doughty band of brother and sister bloggers have staked out the hill opposite, and on it they've hosted the flag that reads: "Hey, this makes sense!"

A small band, to be sure, but stout of heart. And not a single one a stooge of the Conservative Party, but each of us, based on the facts of the case, convinced that this was a good move, and possibly a brilliant move.

I'll add to this list if you are a blogger who has posted a defense of Stephen Harper's cabinet decision on David Emerson.


551 posted on 02/07/2006 1:36:05 PM PST by backhoe (The Silence of the Tom's ( Tired Old Media... ))
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GUN REGISTRY BEING USED AS A SHOPPING LIST BY CRIMINALS? RCMP & CFC HAVE NO RECORDS?

552 posted on 02/08/2006 3:15:02 AM PST by backhoe (-30-)
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http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/

CTV: Reloscam Story On

Saw a promo at supper news - the Reloscam story is finally making it to air on the CTV National Whistleblower segment this evening.

Read the background at Conservative Life from Jan.1, 2006.

Posted by Kate at 08:16 PM | Comments (28)
 

553 posted on 02/10/2006 4:06:21 AM PST by backhoe (-30-)
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Ontario To Begin Gun Confiscations Right Away -- The Ontario government should be told in no uncertain terms that the Law-abiding gun owners will not abide by this outright Statist Theft of private property...otherwise what is next to be stolen?
 
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Liberating The RCMP

Canada's new government has begun scrapping their controversial gun-registration program, and the incoming minister of Public Security warns his countrymen that the total cost of the program will shock them. However, the program had hidden, non-monetary costs that may only become apparent when viewed in a wider context...When the Liberals added the registry to the federal gun control program in 1995, they said it would cost taxpayers no more than $2 million...the most recent estimates put the figure in the hundreds of millions of dollars, bringing the total cost of the gun program to more than $1-2 billion...Comments (16)


554 posted on 02/18/2006 5:08:57 AM PST by backhoe
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(Alphecca has more thoughts on the general uselessness of registration programs in general, via Instapundit.)
 It's not just the waste, although that's atrocious -- nearly $2-billion for a dysfunctional pile of uselessness. And it's not just the uselessness. The registry is also one of those truisms for liberals, one of their articles of blind faith. To a liberal, universal registration of guns is something all intelligent people must support or, well, they're not intelligent. They use gun control as a litmus test for who is and isn't sophisticated and subtle of mind. So that even if you can prove the registry will have no practical effect -- it won't prevent armed robberies or murders, or keep enraged spouses from killing one another -- a liberal still has to cling to it for fear of being seen as NOKD (not our kind, dear).
GUN REGISTRATION: Such a bad idea that even the Canadians are scrapping it. "One former Mountie called the registry 'totally useless' because criminals don't register their guns." Too bad they didn't figure that out a few billion dollars ago, but at least it's an object lesson for the United States.
 

555 posted on 02/18/2006 9:23:31 AM PST by backhoe
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Gun Registry Approaching 3B Tax Dollars AG Report --The gun registry, yet another total waste of taxpayer money. This is yet again another clear demonstration of our government catering to a few at the expense of the majority.
Note- originally foisted off to the Canadian taxpayer as costing 180 million dollars, the Registry keeps breaking new ceilings of cost- 1 billion, 2 billion, 3 billion-- who knows what it really is costing, with crooked books?
Criminals do not register their tools.
Grandma's goose gun is rarely used in holdups or drive-by shootings.
The money squandered on this sop to "we gotta do something about gun violence" could have bought MRI machines for Canada's lagging health care system... or strengthened its military. Or sealing the porous border.
Where did the billions go?

556 posted on 03/03/2006 4:27:04 AM PST by backhoe
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$100 for every man woman and child in Canada to register guns.

This is the equivalent of $30 billion in the United States. We rebuilt a country for that amount (Afghanistan).


557 posted on 03/03/2006 4:45:26 AM PST by kidd
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Thanks for looking- if I had my way, the people promoting this mad scheme would have their heads on pikes in the town square. Kickbacks, bribes, corruption- and more crime, to boot.

It's a downright criminal misuse of the public's money.

But then, see my tagline...

558 posted on 03/03/2006 5:09:38 AM PST by backhoe ("It's so Easy to spend somebody else's Money..."[ My Dad. circa 1958 ])
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Glenn Reynolds on his new book An Army of Davids, was on Hugh Hewitt's show last night. One of the points he made, and I assume makes in this book, is that we will see a new kind of politician in the future. The Internet and the research capabilities of ordinary citizens will reduce the sleaziness and corruption of our elected officials, because they are not going to be able to get away with it as in the past.

Pajamahadeen are the Davids.

559 posted on 03/03/2006 5:30:10 AM PST by maica (You are being lied to. By elements in the media determined that Iraq must fail. - Ralph Peters)
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Glenn Reynolds on his new book An Army of Davids, was on Hugh Hewitt's show last night. One of the points he made, and I assume makes in this book, is that we will see a new kind of politician in the future. The Internet and the research capabilities of ordinary citizens will reduce the sleaziness and corruption of our elected officials, because they are not going to be able to get away with it as in the past. Pajamahadeen are the Davids.

It's been fascinating to watch how the Bennish story

Medved talking about Commie Teacher Jay Bennish

and the "secret" tapes ( a repetition of the MSM/DNC talking points/meme "BOOSH KNEW!" and "BOOSH LIED!" )

Brit Hume Barbeques AP, The Left, for Katrina Lies (Dinosaur media death bellow)

have been sliced & diced in about a day by a combination of blogs, forums, talk radio, and finally, the Jackal Pack Press.

560 posted on 03/03/2006 5:47:02 AM PST by backhoe
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Michael Medved ^ | March 2, 2006 | beaversmom

Posted on 03/02/2006 3:19:44 PM EST by beaversmom

Medved is discussing this disgusting teacher right now. I drove by the highschool and, I'm not too good at estimating, but I'd say there were 75--100 kids on Peoria street outside of Overland HS ditching class.

)))))))

This has to warm the cockles of Jim Robinson's heart. A mother listens to Michael Medved talk about something happening in her community, and she posts a firsthand observation here practically instantaneously. Fantastic!

That teacher would help his students if he added FR to his list of extra credit sources.


561 posted on 03/03/2006 6:06:27 AM PST by maica (You are being lied to. By elements in the media determined that Iraq must fail. - Ralph Peters)
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Toronto's new lost generation (Conservative-bashing editorial)--Been working in Toronto for a couple of months. You have no idea how bad things are. There is this great glee about multiculturalism, which means there is no longer a Canadian culture. In Ontario, 1/3 of the high school students opts for a 5th year of HS to have more time to "adjust". All signs are printed in English and French, even in Ontario, but the language you hear all around, even in the workplace, is most likely going to be middle Eastern or Asian. Really scary place.

562 posted on 03/05/2006 4:18:10 AM PST by backhoe (-30-)
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Why isn't this all over the news?
Grit's plot to kill Martin alleged
 
PSAC / Rabble Link? --consider that the publisher of Rabble is one Judy Rebick- Check her background and you conclude NDP = UNIONS = RABBLE and the links are REBICK and LAYTON. Few people, in particular Rabblers, know Rebick was a founding member of THIS GROUP. Note the proud claim that the web site was created by union labour.
 
http://www.stevejanke.com/
The Abotech Affair: It was a smokescreen! From my post on November 18:

Apparently, my nagging suspicions were right on the money.


563 posted on 03/06/2006 2:40:34 AM PST by backhoe
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The registry can, and has been hacked
 
Looks like a hack has been confirmed (Multi-page thread 1 2 3 ... Last Page)--any firearms owner who ever had his home broken into has a legitimate claim for extra compensation from the federales as this brake in may have been the result of the government failing to secure our information.
Dangerous gun registry? More on CFC hack.
 
Women's Groups Call to Stand Firm on Gun Control (Multi-page thread 1 2 3)
 
Happy International Wimmin's Day
[ Goto pageGoto page: 1, 2 ]-- They continued to say that
they didn't need feminist organizations to stand up for
 them because they were capable of standing up for themselves.

564 posted on 03/09/2006 3:38:15 AM PST by backhoe (-30-)
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Has anyone been indicted for any of this yet?

L

565 posted on 03/09/2006 3:47:48 AM PST by Lurker (Cuz I got one hand in my pocket and the other one is slapping a hippy.)
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Has anyone been indicted for any of this yet?

Not as far as I can tell- Canada seems to have a problem ( as we do ) putting malfeasant politicians behind bars.

I hope their new Prime Minister will see to this.

566 posted on 03/09/2006 3:59:44 AM PST by backhoe (-30-)
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EDITORIAL: Gun registry is a national disgrace
 
Hackers' gun paradise

567 posted on 03/11/2006 6:28:36 AM PST by backhoe
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[Article] Cukier "everybody knew they had guns" (Multi-page thread 1 2 3)
 
UN Firearms marking (Multi-page thread 1 2)
 
Gun files easy to hack (Multi-page thread 1 2)

568 posted on 03/12/2006 10:58:17 AM PST by backhoe
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Brison linked to Income Trust Scandal by CIBC [ 1, 2 ]
569 posted on 03/15/2006 5:20:47 AM PST by backhoe
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United Nations Proposal: World Taxation Without Representation

Put this on your radar screen a/s/a/p. An international gun to your head to rob you blind so the UN can what? Fund terror? This is outrageous.

A few months ago the UN had its sights firmly on the Internet. Thanks to Kincaid and others these designs were exposed early on and the UN was forced temporarily to back off taxation of the Internet. The retreat is only tactical - one step back toKofi_ark_5 take two steps forward.

Read it all here Photo toon: ihillary

Bolton_rand_ideal_1 Rub your eyes, read it again.  we need to support Cliff Kincaid at America's Survival Inc. (Kincaid@comcast.net) Researcher Cliff Kincaid has "devoted his life in recent years to studying what is happening at the United Nations. He fortunately has a strong stomach." We need him as our watchdog, informing us about the latest UN outrages.

 


570 posted on 03/15/2006 5:23:45 AM PST by backhoe
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 Toronto Sun EDITORIAL: Daycare fight won’t be kid stuff-- Everyone from interim Liberal leader Bill Graham to CUPE Ontario president Sid Ryan to Canada’s daycare lobby now insists they are ready to bring down PM Stephen Harper’s government in order to save Canada’s national daycare program. We think they should be careful what they wish for.
First, contrary to myth, Paul Martin’s Liberals never established a national daycare program. They promised one during the 1993, 1997, 2000 and 2004 elections, but didn’t deliver.
 
 WENDY CUKIER'S LETTER TO THE LIBERALS-- This just goes to show you that Wendy hasn't given up spreading her lies, and lobbying to keep stripping you of your rights.
What are you going to do about it?

571 posted on 03/15/2006 2:01:11 PM PST by backhoe (-30-)
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Harper cleared of ethics violation

Operation invoice (The inside story of the scam that stripped DND of $146 million) Canada

 

572 posted on 03/20/2006 4:36:38 PM PST by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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Are we Really Headed Back to Polls Now? Over Day Care?--I hope they do, it'll mean a majority.
 
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Brace Yourself, Canada

The armies of Ipsos-Reid, Decima and SES are once again firing up the phone banks to survey election-weary Canadians so that our national media can run front page headlines declaring "Majority of Canadians Don't Want Election"  Comments (33) -- An election in the immediate future would be a good thing, as annoying as that sounds.
Either the conservatives win a majority, and take steps to reduce federal power and intrusion on our freedoms, which is fine by me, or the Libs win, and the country comes apart - reducing federal power and intrusion on our freedoms.
Also OK, IMHO. ;)

573 posted on 03/24/2006 4:14:15 AM PST by backhoe
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Our (Canada's) New Military Reality ... Peter Worthington
 
Most Canadians like Tories in power, for now
 
 

574 posted on 04/03/2006 4:41:29 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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One Year After Gomery

Yesterday marked the anniversary of a CQ post that started a wave of indignation and anger in Canada, as the Gomery Commission attempted to close its doors to blockbuster testimony to all but the powerful and connected. Titled "Canada's Corruption Scandal Breaks Wide Open", it gave ordinary Canadians an opportunity to learn about the specifics of the Sponsorship Programme scandal that had been deliberately withheld from them by a publication ban -- although the witnesses were testifying in an open hearing. By the time I posted the second in a series on the testimony, more than a million Canadians had flocked to CQ to read what their pressed had been banned from reporting to them. Much has changed in the twelve months since that post. The Liberal stranglehold on power crashed on the news of their high-level involvement in Adscam, although former Prime Minister Paul Martin finagled his way through several months of Let's Make A Deal, which cost Canadian taxpayers another $4 billion in deals with the NDP. Stephen Harper, thought by many at the time to be too "scary" to ever rise to governing the nation, now has strengthened the Tory position to a near-majority standing among the electorate. In fact, a recent poll shows that 81% of Canadians want the Harper government to continue for at least the next year, and the Tories and Harper lead the Liberals now by ten points and Harper's government garners an astounding 62% approval rating.  Comments (9)


575 posted on 04/04/2006 3:29:10 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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Canada finally has adults back in charge:
Throne speech -- New directions
 
 Canada Needs to Be an Adult Again
 
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Reader Tips

Ed Morrissey looks back over the year since Captain's Quarters published the banned Gomery testimony.Comments (44)


576 posted on 04/05/2006 5:12:03 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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Key Adscam Figure Gets 18 Months

One of the three key Sponsorship Programme figures facing criminal charges in the fraud conspiracy has had a prison sentence imposed on him after prosecutors appealed his initial sentencing. Paul Coffin, who pled guilty to 15 counts of fraud stemming from the $1.6 million of taxpayer money he collected from taxpayers, got sentenced to 18 months in prison earlier today (via Newsbeat1): I wrote about the ridiculous sentence given Coffin last year on September 19th in a post called "Steal Big, Risk Little".

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Entitled To Their Entitlements

Last seen being dragged kicking and screaming from their expense accounts... Comments (89) "For those of you disgruntled Libranos who think that the Conservatives are 'cheap' or 'chippy chiselers': It is so obvious that you cannot discern proper, ethical expense accounting practices from the piggies-at-the-trough practices of your crooked librano heros, that it is pathetic. Wake up and grow up, you bunch of deposed whining entitlement freaks..."


577 posted on 04/08/2006 6:36:34 AM PDT by backhoe
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All hell about to break loose over gun registry...
[ Goto pageGoto page: 1, 2 ]--Imagine how much safer everyone would be had these outrageous expenses gone into neighbourhood policing in communities where it was most needed... Some of the eastern media is still in love with the gun registry, simply because a registry leads one down the road to prohibition and confiscation sooner or later. This was the real reason for the registry, not public safety as the Liberals tried to lie and lead us to believe.
578 posted on 04/15/2006 7:13:22 AM PDT by backhoe (The Silence of the Tom's ( Tired Old Media... ))
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http://lostbudgie.blogspot.com/2006/04/breaking-news-toronto-hiring.html

Breaking News - Toronto Hiring Undercover Investigators To Pose As Homeless People

Breaking News - Toronto Census of Homeless Hiring Undercover Operators to Pose As Homeless People for Census

* Known Problem May Invalidate or Skew Data

* Original Story - Must Credit Lost Budgie Blog *


On the night of Wednesday, April 19, 2006, some 1,700 volunteers will fan out across Toronto in an attempt to take a census of homeless people sleeping on the streets, in parks and at City of Toronto homeless shelters...

...and waiting for the volunteer census takers will be a small army of undercover investigators, actors and students posing as homeless people for the night. Students will be paid $110 for the night, while professionals will be paid more.
Toronto Star background article here1 comments

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Lowering Flags for the Fallen: Part 2

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Kate at SDA has just published a letter she received from a Canadian Forces Widow. The letter expresses better than I ever could the reasons why I loath the Canadian MSM. They are heartless, they are political, they are predators, and they are corrupt. They are self-centered whiners who operate from a position of incredible ignorance when it comes to military matters, and from a position of incredible predjudice based on their collective Socialist Utopian ideology. Democracy depends on a free press; but what we have is an arm of Socialist Utopian Elitism, which is hopelessly infected with group-think and collective ignorance. Ignore them!

http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/archives/003897.html

From A Canadian Forces Widow

Yesterday I received an email that I've received permission to share. I've edited the identifying details, as the writer would like to preserve her privacy;

Hi Kate,
I have enjoyed your blog since discovered it during the election.

I trust if you share any of my email that you would keep me anonymous please. I am still having *issues* to say the least with regards to my husbands death.

[The investigation into the circumstances of his death during a training exercise] is still ongoing, at least I think it is. I have never EVER been officially updated on it. That said, the only thing that has been confirmed is there was no pilot error (important for me and my husbands memory to bring that up).

The reason I am emailing you is the issue of banning the media from the base when the soldiers' remains are returned to their families. While my husband was not overseas, I will share with you my personal experience with the media and a very public death.

Thankfully the media had yet to discover my house when I had to go see my husband for the first time. They found me by 6 AM the following morning. My parents had driven up immediately after my frantic phone call. My father stepped outside to get the papers and he was besieged (to say it lightly) with media camped out in my driveway! They were knocking at my door, putting the cameras on us as we opened it. There was always their cars there, with them sitting in them, waiting for someone to come or go. Phone call after phone call to the house when the lines were needed for more important issues. Our grief was made very public. I was asked if I wanted media at the funeral and I agreed to have them there. I wanted the people of Canada to know that even when Canada's sons and daughters do not go overseas, lives are put on the lone on a daily basis for the safety and security of every Canadian. To show them how the phrase "military cut backs' translates into real life in the forces. I had insisted that there not be a close up on any family member. I was sure Joe Blow watching the news did not need to see my tears, or those of my children to know we were distraught. Yet this rule was broken.

The media also pushed for the release of the names of those killed ASAP. Why?? Does it matter to Joe Blow? Shouldn't it matter more that ALL family (not just immediate) and close friends are informed personally even by phone than to hear it on the news? Families of victims killed in auto accidents can request that the names not be released and Joe Blow doesn't complain.

About the Peace tower and the flag flap, if anyone understand tradition it is a military member and his family. Did I expect the flag at the Peace tower to be flown at 1/2 mast for my husband?? oh hell no! But I did expect a phone call or something from our Prime Minister? Just the letter with his stamped signature would have to be good enough. He was in Europe and there is no way that letter was written there and sent to me to receive so quickly. It is also noticeable the signature is from a stamp and not hand signed. I did get a touching phone call and a lovely letter from the Governor General, HE Clarkson.

I will end this letter now. I could go on but I am sure you don't want to hear all the sordid details of how a military widow is really treated.

Except to add, that if I were to walk into funerals of people I didn't know stating it is my right to know who they are etc I'd be frowned on or even thrown out.


Think of this email when you see the tape replays shot by CTV news yesterday from over the fence at CFB Trenton.

If you've never forwarded a post from SDA to family and friends before - consider doing it with this one. The media has been screaming for tranparency. Well, let's give it to them. Turn the "camera" back on the microphone holders for a change, and let ordinary Canadians see the mob for the self-absorbed ratings vultures that they are.

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580 posted on 04/26/2006 4:27:42 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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Another Sign Of Harper's Rising Fortunes

No longer a reptilian kitten eater!

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Update: Steve Janke asks "Did Exclusive Advertising accept a paid ad that read "Stephen Harper Eats Babies"?

Posted by Kate at 05:34 PM | Comments (15) "If they keep it up, that's a good thing. Why? Because the more regular folk see how incredibly stupid and crazy the left really is, then they'll turn away in droves from any party which associates with the left, which certainly means the Liberal Party of Canada."
 

581 posted on 04/30/2006 4:22:12 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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Hellway 368 "The Calvert Trail"

(Post timestamped to stay at the top of the page for the time being. Scroll down for new entries.)
Rita Bourgault is trying to get the attention of the Calvert government - always easier said than done when you live in rural Saskatchewan; The crux of the problem is the abominable condition of Highway # 368 (I use that term loosely), between St. Brieux and the town of Lake Lenore. This is the only highway into St. Brieux from the south.

These pictures do not do this highway justice, it is much, much worse than these pictures depict.  I spent three weeks in Brazil two years ago. I travelled thousands of Kilometers throughout the state of Alagoas which is by far the poorest state in Brazil and not once did I encounter a road that was as bad as 368 is right now.

More Callers to John Gormley Live this morning included one resident who advised that there were 72 red warning flags along a 16 km stretch of this highway last year.  Comments (35)


582 posted on 05/10/2006 2:10:51 PM PDT by backhoe (The Silence of the Tom's ( Tired Old Media... ))
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The gun registry and the sunk cost fallacy
Steve Janke at 11:04 PM
Related articles: Technorati Cosmos :: CanConv :: Blogging Tories

The Conservative government in Ottawa has the long-gun registry in its sights. What was supposed to cost a few million has cost over a billion, and for all that, it is not clear what contribution the registry has made in fighting crime (I'm being diplomatic in my wording here). If the registry had cost half the originally predicted amount, defenders would say Canadians were getting a well-managed bargain. Strangely, though, defenders of the registry say the vast cost overruns are also a reason to keep the registry: Cukier is pushing what is known as the sunk cost fallacy: The sunk cost fallacy, besides being incredibly poor reasoning, is almost a form of blackmail ("You'll be responsible for throwing all that money and effort away. You don't want that, do you?"), and I hate blackmail...Comments (1) :

583 posted on 05/15/2006 4:51:36 AM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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Long-gun registry to be axed

Liberals cooked books on gun registry: auditor

Contentious gun registry spawned hate mail, distrust between East and West (Canada)

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"Parliament Was Misinformed"

The first paragraph from the 2002 report should have left little surprise at what was coming... information was insufficient for a reason - the Liberals were cooking the books;...Report is here.

Posted by Kate at 03:02 PM | Comments (78)  "Makes the Keystone Cops look like Einsteins? All this for a cool $2B...Theft of money is agreed upon by everyone, now there is more evidence of fraud - what happened to the rule of law?"

584 posted on 05/17/2006 7:00:20 AM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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The Tory Revolution

Stephen Harper has led perhaps the quietest revolution in Anglosphere poliitics. In just four short months, he has vaulted the Conservative Party -- only a couple of years past a difficult merger with Reform -- into a movement that now threatens to swamp even the Bloc Quebecois in the fractious province of Quebec. "The 'silent majority' is now being heard from. They've seen what can happen when they let the Left have its head and it weren't pretty. Now the adults are back in charge..."

585 posted on 05/23/2006 1:16:06 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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ACTION ALERT: TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
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Desecration Day

Ottawa Citizen;

A retired major snapped digital pictures of several people relieving themselves on the [ National War Memorial] around 11 p.m. on Saturday, as thousands poured into the streets following the fireworks.

Most cheered and laughed when they were photographed using the memorial as a toilet on the nation's birthday.


The Legion is again calling for a guard to be stationed at the memorial to prevent such occurances. That shouldn't be necessary.

There was a time when a public assault on the memory of war dead would have been quickly addressed by witnesses taking the offender into the street for a discussion with closed fists.

Today they take digital photos. Mark up another victory for the left.

Via Nealenews.

Posted by Kate at 10:54 AM | Comments (51)

 

The Urinators:

Jumping the Broom
Officially Screwed with Do You Know This Moron?

Posted in Canadiana, Lower than Pond Scum Feces 8 in the pocket

586 posted on 07/04/2006 4:19:02 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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Canadians Photographed Urinating On War Monument

July 4th, 2006

From Canada.com:

Asshole 3 urinating on War Memorial 2006  Asshole 2 Urinating on War Memorial

Police seek ‘despicable’ men who urinated on war monument

PM adds his voice to outcry after retired major snaps photos

Shannon Proudfoot

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

OTTAWA - A police investigation has been launched and debate ignited about proper respect for veterans after the publication of photographs of young men urinating on the National War Memorial on Canada Day.

The incident, in which several young men were photographed relieving themselves on the monument around 11 p.m. on Saturday following a fireworks display and concert, was the top item on CBC’s national newscast yesterday and received banner coverage in local newspapers.

Ottawa police described the case as "a priority" and said they intend to charge the men if they are identified. They could be charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with mischief for preventing "the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property," with consequences ranging from probation to a fine or possible jail time, depending upon past involvement with police.

The men could also be charged under the National Capital Commission Traffic and Property Regulations Act or under a city bylaw for urinating in public. According to the NCC, conservation officers would likely hand out a $125 fine for such a transgression.

As of yesterday, lead investigator Detective Mike Walker said Ottawa police had already received three tips about the identity of one of the men, who was pictured on the front page of the Ottawa Citizen, and were hoping for more.

"We have a few ideas on who it is," he said. "Someone who knows the guy will call in."

Sergeant Mike Laviolette, who was called in yesterday specifically to deal with "tons" of media inquiries about the case, said this Canada Day was quieter than most, with just 40 arrests throughout the city. Like the Peacekeeping Monument on Sussex Drive, the war memorial is always "a nuisance area" popular with skateboarders, he said, but NCC conservation officers usually deal with any problems.

"We work on a priority basis, and I’m not certain that sitting someone 24 hours a day in front of the war memorial is the best way to use our resources," Sgt. Laviolette said. He added that city police would begin working with the NCC and RCMP this morning to devise a reasonable way to protect the monument, including the possible use of private security guards.

The outcry reached to the upper echelons of government, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper calling an Ottawa radio station that spent much of yesterday discussing the story. Mr. Harper denounced the "thoughtless" actions of the young men, who were photographed by a retired major concerned about the treatment of the war memorial during the capital’s annual street party.

"Obviously, it’s a terrible thing to do," Mr. Harper said. "Certainly my impression is it doesn’t represent in any way the views of any segment of Canadian society."

David McGuinty, the MP for Ottawa South, did not mince words on the appropriate punishment for those caught urinating, whom he called "the worst of the worst that society has to offer."

"You want to grab them by the hair or by the ears and walk them through the War Museum, to understand just how despicable and disrespectful that kind of conduct is," he said, adding, "You cannot attribute this to drunkenness."

Mr. McGuinty was among the politicians that Dr. Michael Pilon, the retired major who shot the photos, e-mailed last month to ask for beefed-up security around the monument on Canada Day. The MP said no such e-mail had come to his attention, but he would speak to his staff about it today. Mr. McGuinty also vowed to take up the cause of protecting the monument, saying he wanted to bring together military agencies, the chief of police, the NCC and others to find a solution.

A National Defence spokesman denounced the "thoughtless and contemptible acts" perpetrated against the National War Memorial.

"Those few who would desecrate it only show their own ignorance and disrespect, and in no way diminish the vast debt of gratitude owed by Canadians to our veterans," said John Knoll.

"It’s absolutely disgusting — absolutely disgusting," said Bob Butt, the director of communications for the Royal Canadian Legion. "The tomb is a sacred place, the area surrounding it is consecrated as a graveyard. It’s the same as if you went in and urinated on someone’s grave."

I hope this doesn’t give Mother Sheehan any ideas.

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Oil-For-Food Meets Canadian Atomic Energy Co.

From the Tongsun Park Oil-For-Food trial, we learn this about the good friend and business partner of Maurice Strong;

It's a small world.

From 1996 to 1998, Tongsun Park served as adviser and then the CEO of Canadian Atomic Energy Co.. American reporter Claudia Rosett continues to report on the Park trial, including testimony implicating Maurice Strong; Posted by Kate at 10:07 AM | Comments (4)


587 posted on 07/04/2006 10:48:28 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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Interesting advertising connections in Caledonia
Steve Janke at 11:10 PM
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Liberal Party.

Advertising contracts.

Anyone else getting nervous?


588 posted on 07/07/2006 12:37:21 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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"One for $30,000 to 'M. Strong'"

Claudia Rosett keeps the information coming on the most ignored Canadian story on the planet. (For example, a search of the CBC website shows the most recent reference to Tongsun Park to be over a year old);

The testimony about cash just keeps rolling in. It has now rolled as far as those checks to "M. Strong." Friday the prosecution called to the stand a Jordanian branch bank manager, a woman named Rima Elias Azzouni, who testified under oath that in September, 1997, Tongsun Park walked into her bank in the Jordanian capital of Amman, opened an account, and deposited into it $700,000 in U.S. $100 banknotes, much of it bundled in wrappers with markings of the Iraqi government's Al Rafidain Bank.

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Under direct questioning, she then described in detail two sets of transactions that took place in 1997 (both apparently the same transactions discussed in far less detail in the Sept. 7, 2005 report by Paul Volcker's probe into Oil-for-Food).

The first, according to Azzouni's testimony, took place on July 30, 1997, when a man with an Iraqi passport, Hammam Rashid Humaym, came into her branch bank, opened an account in his own name and deposited into it "$991,000 American dollars." That same day, Humaym had issued from the account a check made out to "Mr. M. Strong." (This appears to have been the Jordanian bank check that Volcker alleges was delivered to Maurice Strong in New York the following week, who endorsed it over to a business associate Theodore Kheel — who deposited it on August 5, 1997. Strong told the Volcker committee he did not know that the funds might have come from Iraq, and said he regarded the check as payment for an investment Park wished to make in a Strong family company. Strong was working at the time with the rank of Under-Secretary-General as chief architect for Secretary-General Kofi Annan's 1997 reforms at the U.N.).

In opening the account, Humaym provided a phone number, 614191, testified Azzouni, which was the same phone number provided by Park, when less than two months later he walked into Azzouni's bank branch and opened an account under the name T.S. Park. The government showed the jury copies of bank documents with the matching phone numbers, and relevant names and signatures. Azzouni further testified that having deposited $700,000 in cash, on Sept. 14, 1997, Park returned to her bank office later that same day, and had four checks issued on his new account. The jury was shown bank documentation for all four checks...-


During this period of time, (1996 - 1999), Tongsun Park served as an advisor and then the CEO of Canadian Atomic Energy Company (AECL). Park's website

(Linkmeister Newsbeat1 is always a good first source to check for breaking developments on the trial, and a host of other news items.)

h/t Maz2 in the comments.

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589 posted on 07/11/2006 12:57:04 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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Evacuees whine about conditions on ships. [ 1, 2, 3 ]
 

Harper's "Katrina"? Or CBC's "Rathergate"?

Reader "TomR" writes in the comments about something I've also noticed - the similarity of tone in Canadian media coverage of the evacuation from Lebanon with the (now largely discredited) reporting from New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina;

Canada's media has seized on to Harper's "Katrina" and isn't going to let it go. No matter what is done for Canadians in Lebanon, it will not be enough. Just think back to Katrina last year and you hear the same things coming from the ingrates that the MSM finds: relief wasn't fast enough, why weren't they prepared for this, it's so disorganized, there's not enough food & water, it's too hot, they're treating us like animals, etc. No-one to be found that is grateful for being rescued and few questions about how thousands of people came to be in the predicament to begin with.

Except, I don't think it's working. And that's not a perception coming from callers to talk radio - read some of the responses at Al-Jazeera North; (link fixed)
Who are these people? First, they complain that the government doesn't have a complete flotilla standing by on 24 hours notice to evacuate them from any place in the world. Then, when the flotilla does show up, they complain that it wasn`t first class.

Someone ought to tell them to stop the whining and the CBC ought to stop giving credence to this nonsense.


I do believe that the pursuit of this particular agenda by a tone-deaf Liberal media is about to result in no small degree of blowback. And consider that these are the comments that were allowed through the editorial filter of the CBC. I can't begin to imagine what was rejected.
Posted by Kate at 04:18 PM | Comments (68) "The culture of the Nanny-State lives on. It is the government's responsibility to rescue us wherever we are; no matter what we do. Canada is little more than a lifestyle state, "the greatest hotel on earth," as writer Yann Martel put it. Come stay a while and be entitled to an old age pension for as long as you live, wherever you live. "
Seasickness
On a boat
In the Mediteranean
We're not making this up
 
Convenient Canadians
 
Sudden Citizens
 
 

590 posted on 07/21/2006 5:35:39 AM PDT by backhoe
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Free Dominion trashed in Ottawa Citizen op-ed

591 posted on 07/30/2006 1:59:50 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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 Attention all those who love Freedominion [ 1 ... 4, 5, 6 ]
592 posted on 09/04/2006 11:13:08 AM PDT by backhoe
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The secret caller who exposed Adscam (for once 'investigative reporting' served the public good)--While I know this is an article without much mass appeal, I've largely posted it as a thank you to American FRiends like 'backhoe' who faithfully tracked the Adscam story and to whom this seemingly almost final piece of the puzzle wouldn't be otherwise available.
GMMAC

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You're welcome FRiend - here's another for your collection:

Chrétien friend bragged about 'a little scheme'
Gomery witness told ministers' aides sponsorship helped Liberals, book reveals

Toronto Globe and Mail
Saturday, October 21, 2006
TU THANH HA


MONTREAL -- Three years before the political kickback arrangement behind the sponsorship scandal would become public at the Gomery inquiry, a friend of Jean Chrétien was bragging to aides of two cabinet ministers that the federal program was being used to assist the Liberals in Quebec, a new book reveals.

The Chrétien friend, the controversial graphic designer Jacques Corriveau, is a pivotal figure in the scandal. He denied at the Gomery inquiry last year that he sought disguised donations for the Liberal Party from suppliers to the sponsorship program.

However, according to a book to be released next week by Globe and Mail political reporter Daniel Leblanc, Mr. Corriveau met aides for Don Boudria and Paul Cauchon and said he had "a little scheme" that made the program help the party.

Titled Nom de code: MaChouette and published by Quebecor Media's Libre Expression, the book also says:

A controversial figure in the scandal, the late Liberal fundraiser Giuseppe (Joseph) Morselli, was being wiretapped by police for an unrelated investigation.

The police heard Mr. Morselli, a friend of then public works minister Alfonso Gagliano, accepting an offer of $100,000 from ad executive Jean Brault to intervene in the attribution of a federal contract. "It was very explicit," one source says in the book.

This took place in 2001, a year before the RCMP was called to look at the sponsorship file.

The RCMP used a paid informant to investigate Mr. Brault, rewarding their source with thousands of dollars in cash.

A provincial police probe into the dealings of another key player in the scandal, ad executive Jean Lafleur, was referred this year to a Crown attorney, meaning that investigators deemed that some criminal charges could be filed.

During the sponsorship era, the well-connected Mr. Lafleur clinched more than $65-million in federal contracts and led a lavish lifestyle, wining, dining and entertaining high-ranking Liberals.

Designed to bolster the visibility of the federal government in Quebec after the 1995 referendum, the sponsorship program funnelled millions of dollars in contracts to a handful of Liberal-friendly advertising and media firms.

According to the new book, Mr. Corriveau met in 2002 with officials working for Mr. Boudria, then minister of public works, and Mr. Cauchon, then minister for Quebec.

"He told me that the program had helped the party. He didn't talk about cash in envelopes but he spoke about a little scheme," Alain Pilon, who was Mr. Boudria's chief of staff, is quoted as saying.

"Jacques Corriveau made a similar confession at Martin Cauchon's office and to other Liberals," the book adds.

In an interview yesterday, Mr. Boudria said he was never told about Mr. Corriveau's visit. Mr. Cauchon could not be reached for comment.

The revelation would corroborate the testimony at the Gomery inquiry of Daniel Dezainde, a former director-general of the Liberal Party's Quebec wing.

Mr. Dezainde, who took over the role in May of 2001, testified that Mr. Corriveau told him over lunch that he set up a system where he got kickbacks for the party from agencies that benefited from the sponsorship program.

Mr. Leblanc's book also mentions another well-connected businessman, Mr. Morselli. He died of heart problems last March, cutting short a police investigation into his activities, the book says.

"Morselli's death disappointed a lot of people at the RCMP," one anonymous source says in the book.

Mr. Morselli was a cagey, enigmatic man who was alleged at the Gomery inquiry to have received envelopes of cash from Mr. Brault to secure federal contracts.

Mr. Brault eventually pleaded guilty in Quebec Superior Court to five counts of fraud involving federal contracts awarded to his firm, Groupaction Marketing Inc.

The book says that, in addition to former Groupaction vice-president Jean Lambert, police investigation relied on a paid informant, a former Groupaction employee whose name has never been disclosed.

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BREAKING:- New Adscam charges to be laid?
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Love Boat?

By email;

I have it on good authority that the Safety Board inquiry into the Queen of the North sinking will find no mechanical or safety problems with the BC Ferries ship, but rather reveal that nobody was present on the bridge at the time as the two officers of the watch (a male and a female) were... exploring each other. Apparently there are regular gaps in the log entries over a period of time as this had become a pattern of behaviour.

The Victoria Times confirms a relationship existed between the two officers;
As questions continue to swirl around the Queen of the North sinking, the ferry union boss is dismissing as irrelevant a romantic relationship between two crew members on the bridge when the vessel crashed.

B.C. Ferries management said the relationship did not break its rules.

Since the ferry sank, stories have persisted of an affair between the helmswoman and junior (fourth) officer. But there is no evidence that the relationship had anything to do with the sinking, said Jackie Miller, president of the B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers' Union. No crew has said " 'we're concerned because these two people were having an affair," said Miller. "It has absolutely no bearing and if it had a bearing the TSB [Transportation Safety Board] certainly would have made comment about it by now."

[...]

B.C. Ferries stopped paying the second and fourth officers "months back" because they will not answer questions by the corporation about the last 14 minutes before crash, said [B.C. Ferries spokesman Mark] Stefanson.


Hmmmm......
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Belindarella And The Fairytale Boardroom

D. Coulter, Aurora, letter to the editor (The Era-Banner - Newmarket-Aurora)

Newmarket-Aurora MP Belinda Stronach has been trying to win quick political points recently by criticizing the Conservatives for not having enough women in the cabinet. Its cabinet is about 25 per cent female.

To see if Ms Stronach puts her money where her mouth is, I reviewed the family company, Magna, of which she is a former CEO. I checked its annual report to see how many women are on the board of directors and how many women occupy senior executive positions.

As of the most recent Magna annual report, of 12 board members, there are no women. And of 25 senior executives, there [are] zero women.


h/t to reader "JM"
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596 posted on 10/25/2006 4:06:16 AM PDT by backhoe (VOTE LIKE YOUR LIFE ( and your children's lives )DEPENDS ON IT...)
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http://www.freedominion.ca/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=164978&p=1794658#p1794658


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