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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.

Hi, A_Resident. Brilliant posts as usual. I've been promoting your blog as much as possible...mostly on liberal blogs, (which I know you are not)but good research, is, what it is, and you do great research and present good arguments.

Sorry to bring this stream off topic, but I need to ask, do you read a lot of blog's from Lebanon, Israel, Palestine? They break my heart, but they should be read.

PS- I think I figured out how to get you on my blog as a link.

Thanks knb. I appreciate it. I mainly started this blog as a way to keep all the stuff I found in one place, and my fav list was getting way out of control. I a place to put them so people that might not know, could use them.

I'm also terrible in my typing and communication skills, so I'm kind of using this as a place to gain some skill, hopefully by reading other bloggers and writing from time to time.

I haven't read blogs from Lebanon, Israel or Palestine, but if you have any suggestions for good sites I'll check them out.

Again, Thanks

I think your communication skills are great. You mentioned keeping your emotions in check. Personally, I think passion often gets results.

I've listed a few blogs that you may or may not like. The first two are by Lebanese Canadians who fled Lebanon at the outset of the crisis.

On the face is an Iraeli blogger, who often converses with people from Lebanon and Iran. She takes some pretty tough hits, but manages to reply with grace. It's not always political, but interesting none the less.

Anyway, I hope you find something of interest to you.

Have a great weekend!







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