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Hate to give this government credit but...

With all the bad press about the evacuation process taking place, I have to say: Give them a break! I am no way a supporter of this Conservative government, and even less of Harper, but we can only imagine the red-tape, and time it would take to get things in motion. You can't snap your fingers and have a ship appear, they can't just pull up and tell everyone to hop in. There have to be security issues, they have to check that they are indeed Canadian citizens. They have to please the the U.S and Israeli concerns first (like it or not). Besides, the more whining we do will only give them an excuse to expand in their spending and continuing military pursuits. A_R

Mexicans Lining up for Refugee Status… in Canada?
Canada rejected 81 percent of Mexicans asylum seekers last year but this is no reason to question the Immigration and Refugee Board's (IRB) fairness, it says.

Canada: Rallies Planned Against Israeli Action
Organizers in Montreal, Canada, expect 10,000 demonstrators to participate in a protest against Israeli military action in Lebanon on July 22.

Canadian family wants justice in Mideast
Grieving relatives of a Montreal family killed in an Israeli air strike in Lebanon say the Canadian government must hold Israel responsible for what they call a civilian "massacre."

Soldiers say ordered to kill young men
Four U.S. soldiers accused of murdering suspected insurgents during a raid in
Iraq' said they were under orders to "kill all military age males," according to sworn statements obtained by The Associated Press.

Environment-Canada: Oil Sands Mining Rips Up Forest, Wetlands
Over much of northern Canada, there is little more than trees, rocks, lakes and wetlands. But in northeastern Alberta, the landscape is changing dramatically as strip mining peels off the forest and soil to reach a molasses-like viscous oil mixed with sand and clay 40 to 60 meters below the surface.
About 40 percent of the area is wetlands, some of which have been drained and rivers diverted to prevent flooding of the mine sites. One of the world's most spectacular wetlands is found here, and despite its recognized ecological importance, is now slated to be strip mined.

The History of Context
Acknowledging that the Palestinians got a lousy deal and had good reason to fight back, not defending methods but not denying cause, David Ben-Gurion first leader of Israel was no weak sister, but he was honest about the injustice he helped cause:
"Why should the Arabs make peace? If I were an Arab leader, I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country. Sure, God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them? There has been anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They only see one thing: we came here and stole their country. Why should they accept that?" (David Ben-Gurion quoted in "
The Jewish Paradox" by Nahum Goldmann, former president of the World Jewish Congress.)

Canadian producers prime takeover targets
UBS Securities analysts see large-cap Canadian E&P companies such as EnCana, Nexen, Canadian Natural Resources and Petro-Canada as ripe for the picking if their forecast round of consolidation takes place.

Ghanaian Establishes the first computer forensics course in Canada
The Canadian Institute of Learning in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, a private career college, is now offering a course in computer forensics, the first of its kind to be offered in Canada.
(I'd like to take that course! A_R)

RCMP probe census scam
Police are reminding people to beware of phone scammers who claim to be Statistics Canada census workers and ask for sensitive information.
Lloydminster RCMP say a resident there received a census call yesterday, but felt uncomfortable giving the information requested and refused, which was the right thing to do.

Victoria ordered to develop plan to stop dumping raw sewage
Victoria has drawn national and international criticism for allowing 34 million gallons of sewage to flow untreated into the strait every day.

SmartPill Gets Approval for Use in Canada
SmartPill, an ingestible capsule that records medical information as it passes through the digestive system, was approved for sale and use in Canada, SmartPill Corp. announced.

Anti-terror information sharing improved: FBI
The annual FBI National Academy Associates conference is being held in Toronto until Wednesday. The police training event, which gathers graduates from the FBI academy, is taking place outside the United States for the first time.

S.A. officials to court Canada for first time
San Antonio business and community leaders Sunday will leave for the city's first official trade mission to Canada.

Judge shoots down utility's legal appeal
That 2005 ruling resulted in roughly $6 million dollars being returned to customers and a reduction in rates for the utility of 2.75 percent.