Monday, August 28, 2006

Some Bits to Ponder...

More Than Just a Name Change - Think Tank Says EPCOR's Proposed Take-over of Drainage a Bad Idea
EPCOR claims that its proposed take-over of Edmonton's drainage services and infrastructure would amount to little more than a name-change, but a new Parkland Institute report says otherwise. The report, entitled “EPCOR: A Study of Ownership, Accountability and the Public Interest,” says the implications for the City and Edmontonians would be significant.

Canada to Ban LNG Ships in Nation's Waters, Canadian Press Says
Three U.S. companies are planning to build terminals on the Maine coast, across from New Brunswick on Passamaquoddy Bay and want to use an internal Canadian waterway to bring in their tankers, CP said. Residents along the coast fear that increased shipping activity will hurt tourism and the fishing industry.

EU may be powerless to stop US snooping
The Swift case shows that any international firm should fear having its data snatched by the US authorities unless Europe can guarantee the oversight of its privacy laws, he said. Transportation firms, internet service providers, email providers - anybody that holds European data in a US jurisdiction - is on the minds of European regulators. They are also concerned about data held by US firms, like Google and Hotmail, about European people.

Canada & Chertoff's secret electronic control net
"A vast electronic control net covering the US is nearly completed. It's called the HSIN, and now includes 50 states, five territories, 53 major urban areas, local officials and officials from Britain, Canada and Australia."

Canada: Security certificates overturn long-standing democratic rights
Although security certificates have been denounced by numerous international and national human rights organizations, the Canadian government has announced its intention to expand their scope.

Canada, USA, Mexico To Form Competitiveness Council
Villalobos noted that a
North America Competitiveness Council will be formed, that will include 30 representatives: five from each government, and a like number of businesspersons from the three countries.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

You Do Not Speak For Us

Please watch this video

Friday, August 25, 2006

Canadian Action Party...

I'm giving this plug to the Canadian Action Party for one reason. It looks like it is the only party that is open enough to tell the truth about NAFTA and the sell-out of Canada and it's resources.

Why don't other political parties care about Canada getting the shaft? Why don't they speak out? It's a question everyone should be asking their candidates this time around.

It can't hurt to read what they have to say. Everyone should have an open mind when it comes to the future of our Country.

Canadian Action Party

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Links worth visiting...

Atlantica: Books & Papers
AIMS is an independent economic and social policy think tank.
The Institute's chief objectives include:
initiating and conducting research identifying current and emerging economic and public policy issues facing Atlantic Canadians and Canadians more generally, including research into the economic and social characteristics and potentials of Atlantic Canada and its four constituent provinces;
investigating and analysing the full range of options for public and private sector responses to the issues identified and to act as a catalyst for informed debate on those options, with a particular focus on strategies for overcoming Atlantic Canada's economic challenges in terms of regional disparities;

Lebanon War Question and Answer

Doesn't Israel have the right to defend itself?

One has the right to self-defense if one is not oneself guilty of aggression. So, for example, the Soviet Union could not invoke self-defense when its occupation troops in Afghanistan were attacked by Afghan mujahideen. Instead, it ought to have withdrawn its troops. Likewise, the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories is illegal and unjust and Israel can't claim self-defense when Palestinians struggle by legitimate means to end the occupation. The proper Israeli response to such Palestinian actions is not self-defense, but full withdrawal from the occupied territories.

The situation with Lebanon is different; whereas in Palestine, Israel was engaged in an ongoing aggression, in Lebanon the Israeli violations of Lebanese rights prior to July 12, 2006, were far less substantial, and less immediate.

But even when a country's own prior acts aren't contributory causes of an attack, international law places various limitations on the right of self-defense to that attack.

British Photographer Captures Palestinian Tragedy
A significant exhibition was held in Birzeit University Ethnographic in Ramallah while Israel continued its offensive killing dozens of children in Lebanon and Palestine.

US Tax Dollars Helped Finance Some Chavez Foes, Review Finds
Over the two years preceding the thwarted coup in April against President Hugo Chavez, a US-funded prodemocracy group financed a range of antigovernment programs, including some that have come under scrutiny for the way they spent their money.
An examination of grants of more than $1 million, given to organizations in Venezuela by the National Endowment for Democracy, has found that US tax money financed several Chavez opponents, including two organizations prominent in the protests that led up to the coup. The documents and interviews also report that money sent to one US-funded organization never reached its intended target and that another organization apparently falsified its Venezuelan accomplishments.

Back after mini-crisis...

I'll be posting through-out the day. I had a mini-crisis, all is well now. But had a horrible few weeks. Thank goodness it's over and I can get back to blogging. :)

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Don't look now Mr. just might find the truth!

The Fundamentalist Quartet: History and Future of the American Support for Israel
This phase is not over yet. It can be over when elections in the US will bring down at least one member of the Fundamentalist Quartet – the Christian Zionists. With it the power of the other three may weaken. But then it may not be enough. It is possible that Europe – as a political community – would wake up and realize it was misled by a Quartet that undermined its ability to secure social stability and political security. Or we here in the Middle East, alas, will need to go through more catastrophic phases before the people of our region would rise and say: we do not want a new Middle East, but a peaceful and prosperous one. And this utopian vision will not materialize if American policy will continue to be orientated by this Quartet and until Israel would stop being the forefront of these aggressive American ambitions. A better Middle East will emerge when the state of Israel, with the backing of the international community, would allow the people it colonized, expelled and occupied to share with it normal live in the land of Palestine and in the Middle East as a whole.

Israel's Racist 'Jihad' Against the Arab&Muslim People
In her brief stay in Beirut, before being whisked away to the international conference in Rome, US Secretary of State Rice stayed long enough to deliver Israel’s conditions for a ceasefire. It was hard to tell if she was speaking on behalf of the United States or as an emissary of Israel. Or, is there a difference? In Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, and Afghanistan and with plans to take on Syria and Iran, it appears that Israel and the USA are pursuing a scorched earth policy towards Arabs and Islam just as Hitler once pursued the Jews.

Israel is Winning
With public support under the leadership of the USA and England, Israel hung on in Palestine; it expanded its land. Due to the tension caused by its existence in the region, it set up a military-theocratic, but democratic strange kind of governance. It resisted UN decisions, international law and human rights standards. It wasn’t punished; it didn’t even receive a serious reprimand. With the actual invasion of Iraq by the USA, it was set free from its loneliness in the region.
In the past sixty years Israel created its own enemies and it made them obvious enough to gain legitimacy for their existence. It was so successful in this operation that it managed to push the Hezbollah forces, who numbered a few thousand, into the USA and England’s concept of common enemy. Israel is no longer fighting with its neighbors, but with supposed “radical Islamic terrorists” who are threatening the whole world.

193 Palestinians killed, 790 wounded, including 83 children since July 26
Palestinian Ministry of Health revealed Israeli occupation forces killed 193 citizens and wounded 790 others, including 83 children since June 26.In a report, it stated that 28 killed with live bullets, 75 of the Israeli missiles shrapnel and 70 were torn into pieces.At least three citizens, including a child were killed today morning when Israeli an warplane raided on the Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun, medical sources said.

Israel and total war
Barely any news coverage has been given to Israel's purposive, unnecessary and unjustifiable destruction of Gaza's electricity system. Without power, incubators don't work, the newborns in them dying. Dialysis machines, cardiac monitors, the entire infrastructure of emergency medical aid: all is knocked out when the power goes out. Defibrillators, blood banks, saline banks; in a war zone life saving pharmaceuticals ruin as refrigerators shut down. Effective sterilisation of instruments becomes impossible, along with x-rays, scans, operations and even morgue storage. What do bereaved and frightened children in hospital feel, at night, or those at home, as war planes roar over and darkness envelops all? In hospitals and homes, without electricity, water cannot be purified, pumped, nor sewage disposed of. In temperatures soaring to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, contaminated water and untreated sewage can spawn cholera and typhoid with devastating effect.
Gaza, like Iraq and now Lebanon, is an extermination camp, at every level. The abduction of members of the Palestinian government is near proof of Israel's intent of genocide. How are Palestinian civilians supposed to cope without a government? The abductions place the entire civilian population at risk. Of course, this tactic is not new. The US has done the same from Nicaragua to Panama, from Kabul to Baghdad, to deafening silence from successive, impotent, flaccid UN officials.

Church body condemns Israel
"We came back from Lebanon sharing the impression that this destruction was planned. And if the action by Hezbollah was the trigger, this was a planned operation all ready to go," Jean-Arnold de Clermont, president of the Conference of European Churches, said in Geneva on the delegation's return from a visit to Beirut and Jerusalem.

Articles on Boycotts of Israel

Gaza deaths highest since 04
The United Nations says the densely populated territory is now facing some of the worst humanitarian conditions in years.
The ability to coordinate relief has been complicated by an attack by Palestinian demonstrators on the main UN compound on July 30, when UN cars were smashed and offices ransacked.

Blair's Middle East policy has driven me to return my MBE
I accepted my honour on behalf of Palestinian and Lebanese colleagues. I have now sent it back, also in their name

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Links about BMD...

BMD Focus Canada Takes First Step On BMD (Feb 2006)
Canada's new defense minister, Gordon O'Connor, made a historically enormous change in his country's position on ballistic missile defense Thursday -- and he did so in a typically Canadian way, so softly and gently that almost no one outside Canada seemed to really notice.

Bush’s Missile Defence will cost $247 billion by 2024 (2006)
The annual cost of the Bush administration’s missile defense plans could more than double to $19 billion by 2013, and total $247 billion from 2006 through fiscal 2024, according to a recent report.

Missile defence too costly for Canada, says U.S. expert (2006)
A military adviser to three U.S. presidents says the cost of the missile defence plan is climbing and Canada should not get involved.
Philip Coyle, who was an adviser to presidents Jimmy Carter, George Bush Sr. and Bill Clinton, says cost and reliability are two reasons to stay out.

Harper open to missile-defence talks with U.S. (2006)
Stephen Harper said a Tory government would consult Parliament about whether Canada should join the U.S. missile-defence system. Harper told Radio-Canada in an interview Thursday that he would wait for a formal, written offer from the U.S. before deciding whether Canada should participate in the ballistic missile defence program. He said Parliament would then hold a free vote.

Missile Defence: It's Still a Bad Idea (pdf) (2006)

Canadian Participation in North American Missile Defence: A Cost Benefit Analysis (pdf) (2005) (From the Fraser Institute, that should say it all. Full of bias, and complete B*ll Sh*T... A_R)

missile defense
UCS is working to keep the country from making a costly mistake. We've prepared technical analyses of the testing program to illustrate what it does—and does not—show about the capabilities of the systems being developed. We've presented testimony before Congress, and are working to increase congressional understanding and oversight of the program. We're making sure the press and the public understand the issue. We've talked to scientists in other countries to understand their concerns about this program, and helped other governments understand what the system can and can’t do.

Missile Defense Takes Big Hit In 2006 Budget Plan (2005)
The Pentagon plans to cut spending on missile defense by five billion dollars over the next six years, slashing a program to develop a "boost phase" interceptor missile, senior defense officials said. The cuts were proposed to Congress Monday in a 2006 budget submission that lops a billion dollars off the Missile Defense Agency's budget in the first year, and 800 million dollars a year for the next five years.

More trials of Agni-III lined up: DRDO (2006)
Undaunted by the partial failure of test-firing of the country's most powerful and longer reach 3,500 km range Agni-III missile, Defence Research and Development Organisation scientists on Sunday said more trials of the IRBM missile would be conducted in months ahead to make it fool-proof.

Weapons in Space: Silver Bullet or Russian Roulette? (2002)
Presentation to the Ballistic Missile Defense and the Weaponization of Space Project Space Policy Institute and Security Policy Studies Program Elliott School of International Affairs George Washington University.

HOW MUCH WILL MISSILE DEFENCE COST CANADIAN TAXPAYERS? Canada's share could be many billions of dollars, draining resources from other priorities for decades to come. The Pentagon admits the system's final cost defies estimation, but some analysts put it at $200-billion or more. The Bush administration has made it clear that it expects its allies to help pay for the War on Terrorism, including missile defence.

Russia confirms missile defence contract with Iran (2006)
Amid the escalating crisis around Iran's nuclear programme, Russia said Thursday that it will still arm Tehran with missiles that can secure nuclear facilities from attacks.
"We concluded a contract for the supply of air-defence systems to Iran and there is no reason not to fulfil it," Mikhail Dmitriyev, the head of Russia's military-technical cooperation agency, told journalists here.

U.S. Missile Defense Test Fails (2004)
The Bush administration's effort to build a system for defending the country against ballistic missile attack suffered an embarrassing setback yesterday when an interceptor missile failed to launch during the first flight test of the system in two years.

US wants Czech missile base (2006)
The US hopes to build a missile base in the Czech Republic as part of its proposed global defence shield. The Czech Defence Ministry said that a delegation from the US Missile Defence Agency would visit the country next week to examine locations to see if they would be a suitable base from which to shoot down long-range missiles as part of the defence network.
A similar mission had already taken place in Poland, said a government spokesman.

Monday, August 14, 2006

The clean out begins....

An American Inquisition?
Rogers is famous not just for his iconic buildings but also for his progressive politics and his extraordinary network of friends, associates and admirers. So when he agreed in February to host the London inaugural meeting of Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine, the event went unnoticed here.
That is, it went unnoticed until early March, when Rogers found that even a casual association with the Palestinian cause placed all his New York work in jeopardy. Rogers, who'd been awarded the $1.7 billion expansion of the Jacob Javits Convention Center and a commission to redevelop the Lower East Side riverfront, was summoned to New York to explain himself to Empire State Development Corporation chair Charles Gargano. Sheldon Silver, speaker of the New York Assembly, demanded that Rogers be fired from publicly funded projects; he also threatened that Silvercup Studios, a film studio and office complex in Queens, would be unlikely to get tax credits with Rogers as architect. Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, labeled Rogers's involvement "an the legacy of Senator Javits," noting that the late Republican had been a staunch defender of Israel.

The Canada-US Partnership-Workshop Report
Warning: PDF File
Enhancing Our Common Security

The Major Issues Facing Canada-US Relations: Thought Leaders Assess The Future
Integrating the Big Picture and Business Realities

The Future of Security and Defence Cooperation in North America

On September 11 we learned that chaos in poor, weak countries halfway around the globe can make a very big difference to us. … That means there is going to be a new context for Canadian-American cooperation and our famous long undefended border. We have to realize that you can no longer do things at borders alone. Borders are now zones, and as this Committee knows from its work on smart borders, the new way of thinking about this is that we have to operate inside your borders, you have to operate inside our borders. Some people will say, isn’t that a derogation of Canadian sovereignty? Not in the least, any more than it is a derogation of American sovereignty. It means we have to get away from our traditional concepts of what borders mean and learn to act cooperatively if we’re going to cope with the threats that come from … this new dimension of transnational relations.
Joseph Nye, Harvard University,Evidence, Meeting No. 74, May 2, 2002

Cleaning out my files...

I've had this old computer for so long, it's like an old friend. We have 2 other computers, newer and with all the bells and whistles, still I held on to using my trusty pal.

I'm not computer savy, and when I have an operating system or program that I am comfortable with, I don't see the need to hook the other one up. So, it sits there unused, with it's fancy programs and up to date operating system. My husband has been at me to switch over for months.

My excuse is always, "But all my files are on this one and it would be a pain to copy everything" We have an external hard drive that I could just put it on. That too becomes "another thing to do," un-hook it from the computer that my husband uses, walk it over to mine, blah blah, blah.

So, I've finally given in. Instead of switching my saved articles over to the other hard drive, I'm going to delete the really old stuff, and post things that I think people might still be interested in reading here.

I'll try to mix it up a bit with new stuff. So, I apologize now if you come here and see things from 6 months ago or even a few years ago. But as you can tell from my previous paragraphs, I have a hard time letting go of something I think is still useful or relevant. I'm still keeping this computer because, yes, I'm a pack rat. :)

UN ‘Israeli War Crimes’ Vote Reveals the West is Isolated

Israeli War Crimes’ Vote Reveals the West is Isolated

The Western media focussed on the irrelevant and ‘unanimous’ UN Security Council ‘ceasefire’ vote, which only guarantees the fighting and slaughter will escalate. Another UN vote within hours of the ‘ceasfire’ vote – of immense significance and hardly touched-upon in the Western media – exposed the real world-wide divisions and alliances embroiled in this global Lebanon war. In a crucial 27-11 vote, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) condemned Israeli war crimes and agreed ‘immediately despatch a high-level Inquiry Commission to Lebanon’.

And how did the votes go?

“In favour (27):Algeria, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Cuba, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Uruguay, and Zambia.

Against (11):Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, United Kingdom, and Ukraine.

Abstentions (8):Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Guatemala, Nigeria, Philippines, Republic of Korea, and Switzerland.”

That's right Canada voted against!!!! It's time for an election.
Thanks to YayaCanada where I found this article.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Tidbits of info...

Canadian Firm Buying Wood From China
Toronto's Sino-Forest Corp. has signed a long-term deal to buy wood fiber from suppliers in Inner Mongolia.

Analysts Project Drop in Canadian Gas Exports Due to Oilsands Demand
Without innovations that can reduce gas demand from oilsands development in Canada or significant new supply from the Mackenzie Delta region, some analysts are predicting that Canadian gas exports to the United States could tumble by as much as 5.5 Bcf/d (63%) by 2020.

Rare cloud formation seen above Antarctica
"These clouds are more than just a curiosity," he said. "They reveal extreme conditions in the atmosphere and promote chemical changes that lead to destruction of vital stratospheric ozone.

CSA set to pass grease waste standard that contravenes municipal law: source
The new CSA standard for interceptors will, in some instances, allow 10 to 15 times more grease into the sewer system than current bylaws allow, said the source.

But it's going to cost you...

AT&T adds designation for Palestinians
The rates for AT&T's assorted long-distance plans will increase by roughly 20 cents per minute to about 32 cents starting in September. That's more than double the current rate of about 12 cents a minute for calls that will now be designated as " Palestinian Authority" on AT&T bills.
Users of AT&T CallVantage, an Internet-based service, will pay 29 cents a minute, up from 6 cents a minute for calls to landline numbers and 14 cents for dialing mobile phones in the West Bank or Gaza.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

A few links worth visting...

Fox Military Analyst on Syria: ‘We Can Talk To Them When We Line Them Up and Kill Them’ (video)

Nuclear Energy's Climatic Achilles Heel
While many experts, including Britain's James Lovelock, have been promoting nuclear energy as a greenhouse-gas-free method of generating electricity, recent shutdowns of nuclear plants in Europe due to over-heated cooling water and low flowing rivers have exposed a very serious danger to a reliance on nuclear energy

Buy euro, not C$: CSA
Unlikely that Canadian economy will accelerate given view that U.S. economy will continue to slow

Bush, Harper and Blair - Stand Still While I Smuck You Upside The Head!
I have a question for U.S. President George W. Bush, his shi-tzu British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and his new best friend Canadian Prime Minister Stephen "The Shrub" Harper - WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE? Do you not see what is going on in the middle east at the moment? I swear, if I was related to any one of you I'd have smucked you upside the head a long time ago for your stance on the annihilation of the Lebanese people by the Israeli military . Then I would have disowned you. After that I would have campaigned vigorously against you in the next federal elections.

Let's "chat" over tea...

Unsolicited schmooze mail from Military Public Affairs Officer
YayaCanada has received emailed persuasion from Lt. Paul Finnemore asking to meet with him to discuss activism issues.Are these emails a reconnaissance mission? Is the Harper machine expecting huge street protests if it gains a majority in the next election? Is it planning to use the military to put down demonstrations?Note, this dude is a "Public Affairs" officer. Translation: Spin person for the military. Translation: Fibber extraordinaire.

(The e-mail exchange between the two is quite entertaining, but quite telling...A_R)

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

This site will updated through-out the day....

Father speaks out against action in Afghanistan
In an e-mail to CTV Calgary, the father of one of the soldiers killed in Afghanistan says he no longer supports Canada's role there.
Pte. Kevin Dallaire is one of the four soldiers killed in Afghanistan Thursday.
His father, Gaetan Dallaire, lives in Calgary. He tells CTV News that he "used to approve this action" but he does "not believe that the final result will be what we expect it to be, and if it is, at what cost?"

Canada's Military-Media Complex
The lines separating Canada’s government, military, media, and private defense contractors are, if not imaginary, then ill-defined.

Did the use of Uranium weapons in Gulf War 2result in contamination of Europe?
Uranium weapons have been increasingly employed in battle action since their first use by the US and UK forces in the Persian Gulf War in 1991. Since then they have been used in the Balkans in the late 1990s, then Kosovo in 2000, probably in Afghanistan in 2002 and then also in the 2nd Gulf War (GW2) in March and April 2003. On impact, uranium penetrators burn fiercely to give an aerosol of sub micron diameter oxide particles which are largely insoluble and remain in the environment for many years. There is considerable public and scientific concern that these radioactive particles may remain suspended for long periods, or may become resuspended and are therefore available for inhalation by non combatants at some distance from the point of impact.

The World's Worst Internet Laws Sneaking Through the Senate
[Update: The Cybercrime Treaty
was ratified by the Senate late last night. The U.S. will now have to comply to requests for assistance from fifteen countries, and growing.]

Factory-farming practices have been linked to human illnesses, but alternative sources for meat and poultry are rapidly shrinking
Unless we control the use of antibiotics used on animals raised in so- called "factory farms," "we are going to have an epidemic of of untreatable stomach ailments, many of which will end in death," says Dr. Karim Ahmend of the National Resources Defense Council.

Is water the oil of the future?
Greater global demand for fresh water is placing a strain on the natural resource, making a potential shortage one of the most worrying problems of the new millennium. And, as the balance between supply and demand for usable water becomes increasingly precarious, many experts are predicting that water will become the oil of the future, which could result in water and water-related investments having significant upside potential.

U.S. Instigated Iran's Nuclear Program 30 Years Ago
White House staff members, who are trying to prevent Iran from developing its own nuclear energy capacity and who refuse to take military action against Iran "off the table," have conveniently forgotten that the United States was the midwife to the Iranian nuclear program 30 years ago.
Every aspect of Iran's current nuclear development was approved and encouraged by Washington in the 1970s. President Gerald Ford offered Iran a full nuclear cycle in 1976. Moreover, the only Iranian reactor currently about to become operative, the reactor in Bushire (also known as Bushehr), was started before the Iranian revolution with U.S. approval, and cannot produce weapons-grade plutonium.

Tom Ridge, Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Joins Iridium Satellite Board of Directors
Former Secretary and Governor of Pennsylvania Brings Extensive Experience on the Global War on Terror to Mobile Satellite Communications Provider

Corporatization Of The University
Michelle Renee Matisons: My main grievance is the complete backwardness of the administration's priorities. They aren't even trying to hide a pro-corporate, pro-business/development agenda. They call it "Destination 2010", we call it "Devastation 2010" or my new one: "Devastation, Money Spent". Student fees and professor workloads are increasing, course sections are being cut, and classrooms are overcrowded. It's changed noticeably since I started working here a few years ago. CSUS President Alexander Gonzalez and his minions are selling off chunks of campus-like the bookstore-to private interests, practicing nepotism, and enjoying hefty pay raises. It's blatant piracy of a public educational institution. For example, the university president, who just enjoyed a $61,000 pay increase this year, wants to build a recreation center with a bowling alley and all kinds of entertainment facilities, and they just sold off a chunk of library study space to convert it to a Java City. We need more classes and professors, not more coffee and distractions. Don't get me wrong, I like to drink coffee and bowl when I get the chance. But let's deal with the nuts and bolts issues of education first, please!

South Africa: Aerosud Signs Multi-Million Rand Contract With Bae Systems
A South African based company has been awarded a multi-million Rand contract to produce components for one of the most advanced combat aircrafts.

Armor to provide less-lethal munitions to Army
Armor Holdings Inc.'s latest contract with the U.S. Army is to provide munitions for use in crowd and riot control.
The multiyear deal is an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a maximum value of $14.1 million. Armor will provide less-lethal munitions under the contract. The initial order is worth $1.3 million and is for 40 mm crowd dispersal munitions.

Boisclair accuses Charest of tailoring priorities to audience he's addressing
(Oh, and that just goes against the grain of what politicians do, right? Give it up! A_R)

"His proposals and priorities appear to vary depending on the people he's speaking to."

Due attention
The Cons may be doing their
t best to try to create a military purchasing process free of public scrutiny or accountability. But the NDP isn't letting them off the hook, demanding that the opaque procurement process be balanced by clear Parliamentary oversight:

Ukraine's shadow across Eurasia
The predicament facing the United States over the death of the "Orange Revolution" in Ukraine is somewhat similar. The choice is whether to do business with the incoming pro-Russian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich or to destabilize him in the coming months by consorting with the mercurial opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. The dilemma is acute insofar as Washington doesn't have a genuine "taste" for either of the two Ukrainian leaders.

Los Paranoias Part Duex
Now this is the way to run a leadership race boys and girls. It's all out war over at the Big Green and it's ever so much fun to watch!

Imperial Harper's air rage
Buried at the very end of a long Globe & Mail story about a mega-shuffle of deputy ministers in Ottawa by the Harper regime--apparently he's looking for a battalion of senior yes-persons--was this little anecdote, which speaks volumes about the character and personality of the man who stumbled into power earlier this year:

IDF warns UN troops will be attacked if they repair bridges
According to the UN, Israeli officials said the engineers would become a target if they attempted to repair the bridge.
Senior UN officials reacted angrily to the destruction of a temporary causeway over the Litani river overnight. "We must be able to have movement throughout the country to deliver supplies. At this point we can't do that," said David Shearer, the humanitarian coordinator for Lebanon. "The deliberate targeting of civilian infrastructure is a violation of international law."

The World According to the United States of America
(It's a joke)

Why is there a War in Afghanistan?
Opening Address, Science for Peace Forum and Teach-In, "How Should Canada Respond to War and Terrorism". University of Toronto, December 9, 2001

Jewish leader in Canada wants ban on Hezbollah demonstrations in Canada
(SPIN DOCTOR ALERT! It's not Hezbollah demonstrations, it's for Israel to stop the ILLEGAL OCCUPATION of land that they have no right to, it's to stop the HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES that Israel has done for years against INNOCENT CHILDREN and CIVILIANS. This spin has worked for Zionist goals for a long time, but it's just not going to work anymore A_R)

Tuesday, August 08, 2006


"Free Market" Ideology Has Killed Thousands in Iraq
Bush's plans to subject Iraq to the most radical forms of capitalism are as responsible as the war itself for the destruction of Iraq.Iraqis have been brutalized not only by bombs and bullets; they've also been the victims of economic violence in the form of the free market "shock therapy" cooked up by a firm in Virginia on a $250 million no-bid contract before the U.S. invasion. Tranforming Iraq's economy overnight was a matter of ideology trumping commonsense, and it's killed thousands of innocent Iraqis and shattered a way of life for hundreds of thousands more.

The Occupation is Killing us all
‘Don’t blow up,’ says my friend Jeff Halper’s daughter as he and I headed off downtown to his son’s West Jerusalem bar. His daughter lost a friend to a suicide bomb. At night West Jerusalem is a ghost town.
‘Richard! Richard! You mustn’t stop! There are snipers!’ This from a Palestinian friend in Beit Jala as I paused, in March this year, to take a picture of one of the many posters of dead people – martyrs to the struggle, people killed by Israeli attacks – that adorn the walls of all Palestinian towns. Later, when we emerged from an interview with a terrified and angry Palestinian writer, we ran into (and away from) an armoured personnel carrier of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF).

US Gives Israel another week(ish), Harper tells us we're stupid

Lawmakers told security at Canadian border is lacking
"The movement of persons with possible terrorist connections into the U.S. from Canada is of grave concern to the Coast Guard and all of our (Department of Homeland Security) partners, as well as our Canadian partners," Brennan said Tuesday at Selfridge Air National Guard Base not far from the Canadian border.

“Carpenters are running out of wood for coffins”
“Carpenters are running out of wood for coffins,” according to another Times report. “Bodies are stacked three or four high in a truck at the local hospital morgue. The stench is spreading in the rubble.
“The morbid reality of Israel’s bombing campaign of the south is reaching almost every corner of this city...[W]ild dogs gnawed at the charred remains of a family bombed as they were trying to escape the village of Hosh, officials said. Officials at the Tyre Government Hospital inside a local Palestinian refugee camp said they counted the bodies of 50 children among the 115 in the refrigerated truck in the morgue.”

It's a small world, anthrax division
Before I leap back into the world of boycotts, a slight detour into the subject of the American anthrax attacks:
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld owns a considerable number of shares in a corporation called Gilead Sciences;
Gilead owns the intellectual property rights to Tamiflu;
Tamiflu is a pharmaceutical touted by the Bush Administration as a remedy for anthrax (although in fact it is not indicated for anthrax);
the anthrax attacks on the United States vastly increased the demand for Tamiflu, and thus increased the value of Gilead, and thus made Rumsfeld a lot of money;

Biodiesel For The Revolution: I Don't Think So
As biodiesel becomes increasingly popular, we need a sobering reality check about its "sustainability". As a potential solution to the crisis of disappearing oil reserves and climate change, there is a lot more to the picture than dumpster diving french fry grease to run hippie buses. We are now at a point where there is more demand for biodiesel than can be provided by used cooking oil. "If the entire annual output of used vegetable oil were diverted into the fossil fuel market, it would last us 36 hours," according to Alexis Ziegler. The specter of industrial agriculture growing acres of genetically engineered mono crops in order to continue to power inefficient large vehicles is anything but green.

Photo of Boulder Glacier in 1932 and in 1988

Hezbollah, Hamas and Israel: Everything You Need To Know
The guiding rule in this tsunami of drivel is that the viewers should be denied the slightest access to any historical context, or indeed to anything that happened prior to June 28, which was when the capture of an Israeli soldier and the killing of two others by Hamas hit the headlines, followed soon thereafter by an attack by a unit of Hezbollah’s fighters.
Memory is supposed to stop in its tracks at June 28, 2006.

China Tightening Control Over Tibet
China's Communist Party has been tightening its grip on Tibet in recent months, resorting to language and measures not seen since the repression of the late 1990s, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Alta. premier says long-range oilsands plan would impede development
Alberta doesn’t need a long-range plan for the oilsands because that would impede development, says Premier Ralph Klein. Klein dismissed a call by the Pembina Institute for a moratorium on oilsands development until a comprehensive plan is developed. “The Pembina Institute should keep their noses out of anyone’s business, especially businesses that want to take risks,” Klein said yesterday. “To have a long-range plan would be an interventionist kind of policy which says you either allow them or you don’t allow them (to proceed). The last thing we want to be is an interventionist government,” he added.

(Aha ha ha "The last thing we want to be is an interventionist government." A_R)

Boycott Israel To End The Military Occupation
This website has been set up for two main purposes: - To help people who want to boycott produce from Israel and illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza, by providing sources of information about companies, products etc. - To act as an educational resource... many people have not the foggiest idea of the war crimes, human rights abuses and flagrant breaches of international humanitarian law that are regularly committed by the Israeli Government and its armed forces (the IDF) in the what remains of Palestine. The many links on this page will lead you to valuable sources of information. Lest there be any doubt on the subject, this site is not anti-Jewish. Many of the sites linked to on this page are run by Jews and/or Israeli citizens who are at the forefront of efforts to secure peace and justice in the Middle East.

Monday, August 07, 2006

One Day I'll Post Good News...

Industry aims to strip local control of food supply
Environmental and healthy-farming advocates are learning what tobacco-free campaigners learned in the 1990s: When local governments step up to protect their community's citizens, industry responds by taking away the authority of local governments.
(There is nothing new in big business trying to take control of a product. I don't think enough people are speaking out against this monopoly on our food supply, on GMO's, and the hands of family farms being tied and I wonder if it will be too late by the time people start caring. But what if there is more to this than meets the eye? Like: Control the food=Control the population. Just something to think about. A_R)

The Future of Food: Panel and Film Screening Aug 11, Toronto
“Shot on location in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, THE FUTURE OF FOOD examines the complex web of market and political forces that are changing what we eat as huge multinational corporations seek to control the world’s food system. The film also explores alternatives to large-scale industrial agriculture, placing organic and sustainable agriculture as real solutions to the farm crisis today.”

Galloway wipes the floor with Sky News anchor
She might as well have punched him in the face and handed him a gun.

The Largest Biological Experiment Ever
In 2002, Gro Harlem Brundtland, then head of the World Health Organization, told a Norwegian journalist that cell phones were banned from her office in Geneva because she personally becomes ill if a cell phone is brought within about four meters (13 feet) of her. Mrs. Brundtland is a medical doctor and former Prime Minister of Norway. This sensational news, published March 9, 2002 in Dagbladet, was ignored by every other newspaper in the world.

Remember These Children
None of the children on these pages presented a danger to their killers, whether they were Israeli soldiers or Palestinian militants. We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of every child who has been killed.

Courage to Refuse
To date, 629 combatants from all units of the IDF and from all sectors of the Israeli society have signed the letter and have joined Courage to Refuse.

Planet Earth As Weapon and Target

Beginning with the use of nuclear energy for military purposes, mankind has entered a seemingly endless race to harness the natural forces within the planet, in the atmosphere and in space for waging war. The earth is already gravely affected by many of those secret research and testing programmes leading to unpredictable environmental and epidemiological consequences.

Photos of Babies Deformed at Birth as a Result of Depleted Uranium
WARNING: Extremely Graphic Images !We are quite horrified by them. But... the denial that these innocent children have been deformed by the practices of the Unites States Armed Forces' use of depleted uranium is a much bigger problem that leads to yet more innocent children and people of all ages being permanently injured. It has been said that ignorance is bliss. If you are seeking bliss, other websites cater to that desire.Imagine. . . Put yourself in the shoes of a parent of one of these children

Pentagon Implements Global Military
The following report raises some very serious concerns. It points to the involvement of US special forces in countries which do not represent a threat to the US and with which the US is not at war. The SOCOM program essentially carries out the mandate of the 2000 Project for a New American Century, which contemplated the sending in of Special Forces in "non theater war" situations. These operations were described in the PNAC as part of the so-called "constabulary functions".

Connect: Our bombs,Their Little Bodies
The front page of every paper I looked at yesterday carried pictures of children dead at the hands of Israeli bombs. Bodies covered with scarves or shawls, as if to protect them from the brutal sun. Tiny feet showing the age of far too many of these victims. These were not terrorists. They were not soldiers or spies. They were children. Learning to find a place in the world. Was the next great peace maker killed today, before she learned to speak and draw to her side the hearts of the people she would have led, if not for the bombs? What crime was committed by the pregnant woman who died, taking with her the unborn child she carried?

Israel: Operation Jack & Jill?
There is another interesting fact about the hydrological geography of this area. About 32 km north of Israel the Litani river, flowing south in the Bekaa valley of Lebanon, takes a sharp right turn and flows to the Mediterranean sea. The Litani river is an important water source for Lebanon, and Israel for a long time has coveted access to this river. In addition, rivers make such wonderful boundaries - they are so well defined - not like the present ill-defined boundary between Israel and Lebanon - and they are easy to defend. All of this sprung to my mind when last night I saw a map quickly shown on TV, which supposedly showed Israel's idea of a "buffer zone" between itself and Lebanon. It went right up to the Litani river.

Sunday, August 06, 2006


This is how we are going down in the history books.
I'd like to thank this artist for re-doing his video for me. I really appreciate it.

This is the same song "Colder" that is on my links list, but I asked the
artist to do this video for me. A_R)

and More Reading...

Judges in Egypt: Scrap peace deal with Israel
Judges in Egypt called upon the government to dissolve its peace agreement with Israel, on the grounds that it is inconceivable for Egypt to coexist peaceably with Israel while the IDF operates in Lebanon. The judges expressed support of popular resistance against Israeli
advances, which, in their eyes, is the only way to protect the Arab ummah (greater nation).

Olmert tells Europe to stop preaching to Israel
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told European leaders to stop preaching to him about civilian war casualties in an interview published on Sunday in German newspaper Welt am Sonntag.
"I'm not saying it was wrong to intervene in Kosovo. But please: Don't preach to us about the treatment of civilians."

Newfound Fossil Is Transitional between Fish and Landlubbers
Paleontologists working in the Canadian Arctic have discovered the fossilized remains of an animal that elucidates one of evolution's most dramatic transformations: that which produced land-going vertebrates from fish. Dubbed Tiktaalik roseae, the large, predatory fish bears a number of features found in four-limbed creatures, a group known as tetrapods.

Canada’s Role in the Militarisation of Space:RADARSAT - The Warfighters’ “Eye in the Sky”and its links to “Missile Defense”

Canada’s Role in so called “Missile Defense”Part I: NORAD, Government Largesse and the ABC’s of Corporate Complicity

Canada’s Role in so called “Missile Defense”Part II: Sea-based, Theatre Ballistic Missile Defense

Private health clinic startups delayed
When Copeman announced the clinics, which included the services of a family doctor, the plan included charging a $1,200 enrolment fee and yearly dues of $2,300.

Some Reading Material...

Agriculture Department to Reduce Mad Cow Testing by About 90 Percent
The Agriculture Department is cutting its tests for mad cow disease by about 90%, drawing protests from consumer groups. The current testing level -- 1,000 each day -- reflects the heightened concern that followed the discovery in December 2003 of mad cow disease in the United States. Since then, tests have turned up two more cases of the disease, known medically as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE.

US-Israeli war aim is to annihilate Lebanon
The sharp escalation of the attacks against Lebanon Friday have made it abundantly clear that the objective of this US-Israeli war of aggression is to demolish Lebanon as an independent and sovereign country.

Hours Being Reduced At Canadian Border Ports
Milne said the changed hours will allow authorities in the U.S. and Canada to make better use of their staff.

Provincial legislators lease office space from themselves
Ed Joyce (Lib. - Bay of Islands) and Kelvin Parsons (Lib. - Burgeo-La Poile) own the rental properties in which their offices. According to the Telegram story, both charge $350 per month to their House of Assembly accounts as rent on the office space.

Oil spill north of Vancouver, B.C. sends windsurfers scrambling
The cargo ship Westwood Anette hit a pier at a terminal and a fuel tank burst, Canadian Coast Guard spokesman Dan Bate said.

Is all this sacrifice really worth it?
Without parliament in session, there is no daily questioning of Mr Harper or his defence minister, and his main opposition, the Liberals, are in the midst of a bitter leadership race, full of conflicting policies on the mission.
David Bercuson, a military historian and strong supporter of Canada's role in Afghanistan, is betting that, despite the continuing deaths and public trepidation over them, the mission will continue. "I think we'll be there for a good while yet," he said.

Mexico's Calederon faces pressure to roll back NAFTA
Felipe Calderon's contested, razor-thin victory in Mexico's presidential election last month is likely to force his attention toward the underdeveloped south, where poor farmers want to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

No to Nato or UN Forces in Lebanon! Cease-fire Now!
The U.S./UK proposal to send international forces to southern Lebanon, on their conditions, will only escalate this war. Deploying more firepower that is clearly 100% on the side of Israel will not stop this violence but will worsen the conflict. The immediate need is for Israel to stop its attacks.
George Bush said that the international deployment will provide a "different strategic direction for the whole of that region." We have heard this rhetoric before. In the context of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan which are based on the U.S. need to maintain dominance in the region, we must conclude that any U.S.-endorsed force will be part of this larger agenda to control the Middle East

Derailed at the border
And why wouldn’t bus or train company sell the three women tickets for the U.S.?“There are certain U.S. regulations that allow Dept. of Homeland Security to fine a common carrier who knowingly brings somebody to the U.S. without proper documents,” Sheaffer said.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Delusional expectations

Digimarc Awarded $16 Million Secure Driver License Program by Canada's Four Atlantic Provinces
Digimarc Corporation today announced its Canadian-based operation, Digimarc ID Systems Canada Co., has won four new customers -- the four Provinces of Canada's Atlantic region -- under contracts valued at an estimated USD $16 million (CDN $18 Million) to develop, deploy and maintain a new secure digital driver license issuance solution for the region.

Delusional expectations
At this writing, Israel has killed six hundred civilians in Lebanon, including more than one hundred children, and killed another one hundred and fifty in Gaza. It has created hundreds of thousands of refugees and destroyed enough bridges and power stations and apartments to create misery for years to come.

Israel Charged with Systematic Harassment of U.S. Marines
It was 12 years ago, on March 14, 1983, that the commandant of the Marine Corps sent a highly unusual letter to the secretary of defense expressing frustration and anger at Israel. General R.H. Barrow charged that Israeli troops were deliberately threatening the lives of Marines serving as peacekeepers in Lebanon. There was, he wrote, a systematic pattern of harassment by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) that was resulting in “life-threatening situations, replete with verbal degradation of the officers, their uniform and country.”

How Harper Wants Washington To See Us
In Washington, the Harper government has been even more overt in presenting Canada as a freshly minted neo-conservative power and fervent ally. On a website called
CanadianAlly, the government of Canada tells American decision makers just how much in step the northern neighbour is with the Bush administration.On the title page of this official site, you see heavily armed Canadian soldiers heading into battle. No blue helmets here. Canadians are tough warriors, standing shoulder to shoulder with the Americans.

Hierarchy of hatreds: Gibson vs. Coulter
Let us leave this über-Catholic (shoot, I hate that prefix, but if you can't beat 'em, join 'em) in the quicksand--someone may or may not pull him to safety, and frankly I don't give a damn either way--and turn to someone else: the redoubtable Ann Coulter. On national US television every week, author of a number of best-selling tirades, a regular on the far-right speech circuit, the febrile Coulter is a woman who has made a career out of just about every form of racist bigotry except anti-Semitism. A selection of public quotes follows:

Iraq Coalition Casualty Count
You can look at the Canadian Casualty Count

Canadian Military Components used in Israel's War Against Lebanon
Few Canadians realize that their country is one of the world's leading producers and exporters of advanced, war technology. Such is the power of the
long-prevailing mythology that Canada is a great, global force for peace.

Friday, August 04, 2006

A few good sites:

The point of this site was to post headlines and articles that might not be as heavily posted as others and might fly under the radar. So, I tried not to put up things I read on other blogs. Over at another site Furgaia from The Cylinder and Filasteen had mentioned something along the lines of repetition working, so today, with that insight, I'm going to post some things from other sites that I think are too good not to share.

The Cylinder:
Jewish Voice For Peace- Downloadable Posters

Yaya Canada:
I read her site everyday. She is tireless in her support of Human Rights. Now she has taken the time to
paraphrase the Special meeting of Canada's Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs - a motion to call for immediate ceasefire in the Middle East. Once again the BQ stands out among the rest of them. I wish our leaders would take notes from this party. I read the Hansards quite a bit and am usually impressed by the BQ comments.

The best thing to do is just go to the site. It's hard to pick any one thing from there. He has links to so many things that are relevant. Today I'd say read "It's About the Annexation, Stupid!"
and "A list of UN Resolutions Against Israel" which also includes the use of US vetos.

The Truth Will Set You Free:
FOX News airs Most Important Interview on Earth
FOX's Neil Cavuto conducts what is perhaps the most important interview on earth today because it unequivocally trashes in no uncertain terms the diabolical HOAX that has tricked people of good will around the world into supporting the un-Godly abomination that calls itself a “Jewish state.”

The World Can't Wait Drive Out The Bush Regime
Not only did they take out this ad in the New York Times, check this out:
October 5: There is a Way! There is a Day!
"Imagine if, from out of this huge reservoir of people, a great wave were unleashed, moving together on the same occasion, making, through their firm stand and their massive numbers, a powerful political statement that could not be ignored: refusing that day to work, or walking out from work, taking off from school or walking out of school -- joining together, rallying and marching, drawing forward many more with them, and in many and varied forms of creative and meaningful political protest throughout the day, letting it be known that they are determined to bring this whole disastrous course to a halt by driving out the Bush Regime through the mobilization of massive political opposition."

Iraq Coalition Casualty Count

You can see a list of Canadian casualities here.

DIY against the state
From July 26th to July 30th, an intergalactic festival of squatters, anarchists & miscellaneous activists took place in Freiburg im Beisgau, South Germany

Thursday, August 03, 2006

SupaDubya Music Video

I wasn't going to post this video, but decided to leave the link for those of you who choose to watch it. This guy rocks! I don't know if he is signed on a label, but he should be.


SupaDubya (don't say I didn't warn you!)

UPDATE: I have fixed the broken link.


A comprehensive look at defence and security issues from a variety of key sources, outlining Canada's role in North American and Global Security and the War on Terror.

Presidency - U.S.-Canada Based Group Roots for Ukiwe
United States (US) and Canada-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), Congress of Concerned Nigerians in Diaspora (CONCONID) has urged the former Chief of General Staff (CGS), Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (rtd) to declare his intention to run for the presidency of Nigeria in 2007.
In a statement made available to Daily Champion by the organisation, CONCONID noted that after a thorough observation of the present polity in Nigeria as well as the credentials of the cream of other presiential aspirants, it decided to throw its support behind the former CGS "and to support his campaign if he decides to run."

“This may be the worst security flaw we have seen in touch screen voting machines,” says Open Voting Foundation president, Alan Dechert. Upon examining the inner workings of one of the most popular paperless touch screen voting machines used in public elections in the United States, it has been determined that with the flip of a single switch inside, the machine can behave in a completely different manner compared to the tested and certified version.

Prime Minister Harper announces funding renewal for Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership
Over the next three years, the ACTP will invest $19.95 million to support the implementation of research-driven, integrated consumer and trade marketing campaigns designed to attract more visitors to Atlantic Canada from key markets in the United States and overseas.
(The site where I pulled this from: Cerberus )

Wheat Board proposes switch to non-profit corporation
The federal agriculture minister may want to end the Canadian Wheat Board's monopoly on wheat and barley, but the board itself has other ideas.
Officials at the CWB unveiled their own vision of the future on Tuesday, a proposal that would remove the board from government control and turn it into a non-profit corporation that would still maintain a single trading desk for wheat and barley.
The board's plan also calls for the creation of a for-profit subsidiary that would pursue business investments.

New Canadian ambassador to UN meets with Annan for first time
The new Canadian ambassador to the United Nations met with Secretary General Kofi Annan for the first time Monday, but he had little to say publicly about Canada's position on the latest conflict in the Middle East.

Ignatieff's Speech at Brock
Israel/Palestine?: This was where Ignatieff faced some heat. He answered with what would be characterized a "pro-Israel" stance, although that is somewhat misleading. He argued that based on his knowledge of the doctrine of self-determination and his time lecturing and living in Israel, he believes both parties have equal "symmetrical" claims on the land. He went a step further, noting that he did not think Canada should have any dealins with Hamas - "Shouldn't touch Hamas with a 10-foot pole." This engendered quite a reaction. Some audience members applauded quitely, others called out that "hadn't Israel been founded on political violence?" Ignatieff ultimately concluded that Canadian politicians shouldn't tell either Israelies or Palestinians how to run their show, as long as human rights, etc. are recognized.

Canadian officials visit GF research center
A delegation from The University of Winnipeg, the Canadian government and private Canadian industry visited UND's Energy & Environmental Research Center this week to learn about the research center and discuss cross-border cooperation, especially in water issues.

Company appeals state’s rejection of permit to divert water
An Albuquerque hydrologist has appealed a decision by the state engineer to reject a permit to divert water off three of New Mexico’s largest lakes.
William Turner, a water buyer for Canadian-based Lion’s Gate Water and a water broker for WaterBank Trust in Albuquerque, filed the appeal last week in state district court in Los Lunas.
Turner first filed Lion’s Gate’s permit application in 2003. He wants to divert water from the Rio Grande that normally would evaporate off Elephant Butte, Cochiti and Caballo reservoirs, pipe it into arroyos or well fields from Santa Fe to Socorro and sell it.

Growing the pool of risky debt
Feds are making it easier to get interest-only mortgages
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. recently announced moves that critics say will drive many homebuyers to the poor house, as it were, and could leave Canadian taxpayers on the hook.

Regina heads to the Far East
With the Rim of the Pacific exercise wrapped up, Regina is switching from a military role to a diplomatic one as it heads to the Far East for WestPloy (Western Deployment), a month-long visit to China, Japan and South Korea.
RAdm Roger Girouard, Commander Maritime Forces Pacific, says the deployment is a continuing effort by Canada to strengthen defence relations and support Canadian foreign policy interests with the Asia-Pacific community.

Invisibility at the flick of a switch
Despite the almost magical feat of making solids transparent the key finding of this research is the fundamental physical effect creating the transparency. This effect has potential in the development of new efficient lasers, data security and quantum computing.

Canadian firm asks Manila to probe row in mine area
A unit of Canadian firm TVI Pacific Inc. said on Thursday it had asked Manila to intervene in a row between small scale miners and tribespeople in its mining area amid fears the dispute could hit its operations.

Even the family jewels not takeover safe
Corporate Canada has had a "for sale" sign on anything not locked down by tight family ownership and dual-class shares over the past few years.

Franklin County federal detention center reopening

Vermont's U.S. marshal, John Edwards, said it would be good to have the Franklin County center open again because it is so close to the border with Canada. Many of the detainees are people charged as illegal immigrants.

Hearing shifts focus to U.S.-Canada border
Michigan lawmakers will try to steal some of the focus from the Mexican border with a special congressional hearing Tuesday on border security issues along the Great Lakes.

Department of Homeland Security Proposes Expansion of Visitors Enrolled in US-VISIT
US-VISIT records biometric and biographic information to verify the identities of foreign visitors to the United States. Most visitors experience US-VISIT biometric collection procedures -- digital, inkless finger scans and digital photograph -- upon entry to the United States and at visa-issuing posts around the world.

Israel causes 'worst environmental disaster' in Mediterranean
The Mediterranean is threatened by its worst ever environmental disaster after Israel's bombing of a power plant in Lebanon sent thousands of tons of fuel gushing into the sea, the environment minister charged on Saturday

Tory government gives pay raises
The federal government has quietly handed senior government officials and the heads of Crown corporations pay raises and increased bonuses, sounding alarm bells from a tax watchdog and the biggest public service union.