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There seems to be always something inconsistent in what Canada's PM Stephen Harper says and does.. like his attempt to bring Democracy to Afghanistan through war.. Democracy means freedom of speech and freedom of religion right evangelical Mr. Stephen Harper? or do we not understand what democracy is? It is a Bush/Harper setup dictatorship?because "Afghanistan Deports Hundreds of Korean Christians for 'Spreading Christianity' Afghanistan has ordered hundreds of South Korean Christians to leave the country yesterday, accusing them of seeking to undermine Islamic culture and trying to spread Christianity. Members of a South Korean non-governmental organization, called the Institute of Asian Culture & Development, had prepared for a ‘peace festival’ set for this weekend. A member of the Korean group has said that the festival has been canceled at the request of the Afghan government, Agence France-Presse reports. Spokesman for the group Sung Han Kang said that Interior Ministry officials told him they were being deported for their own protection, not due to security fears. Meanwhile, Interior Ministry spokesman Yousef Stanezai said "The program was against the Islamic culture and customs of Afghans," he said, adding they have been told to leave the country as soon as possible. Anne Thomas email@example.com "Many Canadians also have questioned Stephen Harper's approval of Israel's Lebanon's invasion's value. Clearly even the unreal cease-fire is a disaster, even as Hezbollah is basically intact, a clearly active resistance, and still able to fire rockets into Israel. Meanwhile Israel's supposed mistakes or actually real war crimes are too easily ignored, justified, forgiven, forgotten by too many false spin doctors and that is all unacceptable still too. Israel undeniably has really itself become a terrorists monster through its many war crimes in Gaza and Lebanon. The spins do not change the truth."A Church of Ireland Priest Condemns Israeli Offensive in Lebanon Posted: Saturday, August 12 , 2006, 13:47 (BST) A leading figure in the Church of Ireland has condemned the Israeli military offensive in Lebanon as the UN’s special envoy for the Middle East peace process said it expected Israel to pull back its ground offensive over the next couple of days before an expanded international force is deployed in southern Lebanon. Rev. Patrick Comerford, Southern Regional Co-ordinator of the Church Mission Society Ireland, said the military offensive by Israel in southern Lebanon was “precisely that – offensive”. He made the comments as he preached on the 61st anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in Rathfarnham. Rev Comerford acknowledged Israel’s concern to root out Hezbollah militants but suggested that their attacks did not warrant the scale of Israel’s military offensive on southern Lebanon. “Israel is legitimately worried about its very survival, about attacks on its civilian population, and about Hezbollah’s refusal to disarm in defiance of UN resolutions. “But Israel has defied international law, international conventions on human rights, the accepted criteria for a “just war” and UN resolutions, by waging an undeclared war; using a disproportionate force that is totally destructive; deliberately attacking civilian populations; making refugees of up to half a million non-combatant civilians; targeting UN observers; destroying the democratic institutions and civilian infrastructure of a sovereign state; and of course, by acquiring nuclear weapons.” He also criticised the “appalling destruction” of the families and mainly children who lost their lives in the attack on Qana at the end of last month which left at least 28 civilians dead including 16 children. He said the Israeli military action in Lebanon “should be offensive to all humanity, and – with the capacity of all modern wars to degenerate quickly into nuclear wars – modern wars must be declared offensive. Rev Comerford said on the anniversary of Hiroshima: “The bombing of Hiroshima on this day 61 years ago should have made any future wars impossible.” He added, “The whole world is now living beneath one looming mass mushroom cloud.” Maria Mackay firstname.lastname@example.org ""Archbishop to Hold Vigil for Middle East, Hits Out at Bush Posted: Saturday, August 12 , 2006, 11:35 (BST) The Archbishop of York is to hold a weeklong vigil inside his cathedral during which time he will abstain entirely from food. (BBC) One of the most senior leaders in the Church of England, the Archbishop of York is to hold a weeklong vigil inside his cathedral during which time he will abstain entirely from food. The effort is intended as a demonstration of his solidarity with the victims of the Middle East conflict. Archbishop Dr John Sentamu made the announcement Friday that he had cancelled his holiday to Salzburg, Austria, and would instead sleep alone in the 13th century gothic cathedral of York Minster for the next week, reports Reuters. “In the Middle East there are thousands of people sleeping in churches, bunkers, underground car parks and shelters in an attempt to escape from the bombs and rockets that are falling on both sides of the border," Sentamu said in a statement. "This act is a rallying call to people of all faiths and none, to encourage them to feel that there is something that can be done." Archbishop Sentamu said he would lead prayers every hour throughout the seven days to support those affected by Israel’s military assault on Lebanon to root out Hezbollah militants. We have an opportunity to stand up and be counted with those in Israel, Lebanon and Palestine. Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu "We have an opportunity to stand up and be counted with those in Israel, Lebanon and Palestine," said Sentamu, who starts his vigil on Sunday. "This is what this week will be about." The Archbishop of York also criticised US President George W. Bush for comments he made following the foiled bomb plot to blow up flights from Britain to the United States, reports AFP. Following the revelations earlier in the week of the terrorist plot, Bush warned that the West was at war with “Islamic fascists”, comments the Archbishop of York said were not helpful. "I actually want to see this society becoming a good neighbourly place and you are not going to do it by that kind of language on a ranch in Texas.” He also criticised the international community for failing to heed the call by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan on 20 July for an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East. "The UN has a role, diplomacy has a role and our government has a role to play in bringing this conflict to an end," he said. "But we as people also have a role to play in showing our common humanity with all those who are suffering. "Just like those sleeping on the floors of bunkers, car parks and churches, I will also spend the week camped out sleeping in the Minster." The Church of England has appealed for an immediate end to the fighting which has now killed more than 1,000 people and left another 900,000 displaced. The Archbishop of York expressed his hope that others in Britain might join him in his vigil by giving up one meal and donating the money they would have spent to charities currently serving in the conflict zone. "
Mr Stephen Harper these are the reactions, actions of a real christian.. not merely a professing one? AndMr Peter MacKay do you have any comments now about all of this Israeli abuse too?"Jeff Lucas Challenges Church to Fight Poverty in New Film Posted: Friday, August 11 , 2006, 9:12 (BST) Famous Christian author, speaker and broadcaster Jeff Lucas has launched a new educational film, which is appealing for Christians to take responsibility for those living in poverty across the world. The educational film, produced by child sponsorship charity Compassion UK, follows Lucas on his recent trip to the troubled country of Ethiopia. Lucas reported, “This is a great resource to encourage the Church to take up the responsibility we have to our brothers and sisters across the world. I encourage every church to get hold of a copy.” Following last year’s G8 Summit at Gleneagles in Scotland, it was hoped that large steps would be taken towards the full eradication of poverty across much of the world. However, in June this year, UK charity Oxfam joined a number of relief and aid organisations in declaring that the aid increases made by the world’s richest G8 countries are not enough to meet the promises they made at the Gleneagles meeting last year. The G8 countries made the commitment to increase development spending by £27 billion a year by 2010. The raw data, showing a £11.4 billion increase in development spending in 2005 over 2004, look as if they show some progress towards that target. However, Oxfam says 80 per cent of that figure was in the one-off cancellation of debt to Nigeria, along with cancellation of debt to Iraq. The charity states that if those figures are taken out then “the underlying trend in aid by some G8 countries actually gives cause for serious concern”. Oxfam has said, however, that the debt cancellation and other measures have made a real difference. It says, “Across Africa, lifting the burden of debt is allowing millions of dollars to be directed to fighting poverty instead of repaying rich countries.” But in combining the total together with other development payments, the developed world is "double counting" the money. “The danger is that this will mask a failure to increase the underlying volume of real aid in line with their Gleneagles commitments, allowing the G8 to take their foot off the accelerator,” say Oxfam. Oxfam’s analysis of the figures finds that once debt repayments are taken out of the equation, the total increase in development aid offered by the G8 countries is a shockingly low 8 percent. Poverty figures reveal that half the world — nearly three billion people — live on less than two American dollars a day (Just a little more than £1). In addition, the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of the poorest 48 nations (i.e. a quarter of the world’s countries) is less than the wealth of the world’s three richest people combined. Lucas has explained how, by partnering with the local church, Compassion UK mobilises Christians to reach out to children at risk in their community. During his trip to Ethiopia, Jeff met with children whose lives had been changed through sponsorship, he also visited churches that have grown from eight to 350 members as a result of their partnership with Compassion. The pastor from one such church in Southern Ethiopia commented: “We used to have no place for the children but now we have more than 700 visiting in one week, and this is thanks to Compassion.” Following his journey to the African country, Lucas is calling for the churches to make a united stand in an effort to fight poverty, and is hoping the new resource made in partnership with Compassion, will go a long way to encourage churches to take action. Daniel Blake email@example.com "Meanwhile also " keep wondering why my Prime Minister won't be there to welcome the world (AIDS Conference 2006 -- Aug. 12). Canada is the host for this important congregation of those determined to beat this scourge. Where is its national leader? Does Mr. Harper not value our international image or the opportunity to take global leadership on this issue? How can he justify forfeiting this role to others? I am ashamed. My Prime Minister represents everyone in this nation, including those who are suffering from HIV/AIDS. As the leader of a G8 country, he should exercise his obligation and this unique opportunity to represent the developed countries' moral responsibility to eradicate this international pandemic. This is bad politics, shows poor judgment and demonstrates a lack of humanity. PEG HERBERT executive director, Help Lesotho".Can anyone be really still stupid to believe the undemocratic, Calgary Alberta Conservative biased Western Standard Polls? I have been writing for months how ruthless, oppressive, controlling these people now firstly are.. with a Jewish name of Ezra too.. "COMPAS poll, comissioned for the Western Standard, which purports to refute the earlier poll by showing 64% of Canadians support Harper's stand. It also reports that 82% of respondents believe Israel had a right to defend itself and 69% believe "Iran was wrong to arm Hezbollah and call for the destruction of Israel." All very interesting, but there are questions to be raised about his poll's methodology as well (critics say it questioned far fewer people than the Strategic Counsel poll and extrapolated some findings in an unorthodox way). " Like I have undeniably said before a long time ago too the lying Jews, and Conservatives keep on making new lying polls to get the answers they want.. Next the Western Standard is going to write a poll the majority of people approved of Harper's now show at the Toronto Aid's conference? Now get real!!!
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The Prime Minister's Stephen Harper failure to address the AIDS conference in Toronto is another example of H his staggering failure at leadership and a slap in the face to the international community of activists, scientists and researchers engaged in the fight against the single greatest health enemy facing this planet. "In fact, 60 scientists wrote an open letter calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to revisit the science of global warming just this past spring. The letter started off as follows: "As accredited scientists in climate and related scientific disciplines, we are writing to propose that balanced, comprehensive public-consultation sessions be held so as to examine the scientific foundation of the federal government's climate-change plans."This also is not accidental. "Even by Prime Minister Stephen Harper's own unambitious standards, Ottawa is shrugging off its responsibility as a rich country to do more for the world's poor.Ottawa's failure to live up to Kyoto commitments to curb greenhouse gases poses a threat to poorer countries that are vulnerable to global warming. That makes us one of the least environmentally friendly countries in the group. Here too we are losing ground on the index."The Prime Minister's Stephen Harper needs to increase foreign aid sharply, reduce trade barriers and curb our fossil fuel use, ifhe is serious about easing global poverty, disease and despair. With bad friends in the Alberta's oil industry Obviously he wrongfully still does not care about anyone else but himself.No wonder that the news media now often Portrays the Prime Minister's Stephen Harper undeniably too as childish, immature, shows false partiality, discriminates, is false, a pretender, hypocrite, non Christ like for sure too.. for still he really is crooked underneath.. and eventually it all oozes out undeniably too for all to see.. with his has hidden agenda's too, and yes as we can see now it was a really big mistake to have voted for him and the Conservatives too.
Hey I admit the corrupted, inadequate federal Liberals were not a better alternative at that time.. and we certainly should not elect any new Liberal leaders who were especially a part of the past corrupt federal Liberal system too.. and yes as we can see now it was a really big mistake to have voted for Stephen Harper and the Conservatives too
"If ( Stephen Harper) doesn't change, don't re-elect him" says Richard Gere, commenting on our Prime Minister's deplorable absence from the AIDS conference. But that's just the problem -- we didn't "elect" him. It's not Harper we have to change, it's our outmoded, perverse electoral system that handed power to a party that almost 65 per cent of voters "opposed." Wake up, Canada! If you don't want your country represented — and embarrassed — by people you didn't vote for, you must demand electoral reform. Write your MP, join Fair Vote Canada, raise your voice. We must replace this crazy system that consistently turns our democratic will on its head."
Actually as well a Recall procedure should also be an acceptable way of removing any of the bad MPs..Calgary Herald Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 CALGARY - A Calgary man is facing computer software piracy charges in connection with a worldwide distribution ring that the FBI estimates is cheating the industry out of millions of dollars. The lengthy investigation, which started in May 2005 in Canada and the United States, involves 11 countries and is targeting illegal goods being advertised and sold over the Internet. "To be connected worldwide in itself is pretty organized,'' said Const. Tom Materi of Calgary's RCMP customs and excise section. Suspects in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec have been investigated, and evidence was seized at two locations in Calgary. A 56-year-old Calgary man is the first suspect to be charged in the Canadian investigation. "It works on a tier system. He would be a significant player,'' said Materi. The FBI says illegal sales have cheated lawful copyright owners out of millions of dollars. The RCMP's local customs and excise members took the lead in Canada, working with FBI offices in Chicago and San Francisco. Materi called the investigation lengthy and complex. It involves the analysis of a vast amount of computer data. Ronald Jason Lindholm, 56, is charged with three counts under the Radiocommunications Act (including possession, manufacturing and decoding), two counts under the Criminal Code (including theft of telecommunications and altering data), and four counts under the Copyright Act (including possession, selling and distributing). He is scheduled to appear in Calgary's Federal Court on Sept. 21."
Here is what I still really cannot comprehend about the vast computer piracy has been going on in Alberta Canada since the 80's and thus since the last 2 decades how many persons in Alberta, and in all of Canada were actually arrested and convicted for computer piracy? And once again is it no true that the bad, pretentious RCMP only pursues the bad guys in Canada when pressurized by the US?
Thursday, April 06, 2006
CC: The Honourable Rona Ambrose,
Minister of the Environment, and the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural
A lot of effort is still being made by Jewish and Conservative spin Doctors to try to justify Israel's murderous acts against even the Christians civilians in Lebanon. This is all rather waste of time. It is already clear that the majority of people have made up their minds on the subject, and they have disapproved of Israel's acts, and they will not change their past opinions, views. Rather these spins will only harden their oppositions to Israel, Jews
The Odd Prime Minister Stephen Harper needs to get all of his acts in much better shape still.
"Zero-tolerance program required for oil spills Publish Date: 17-Aug-2006 This letter is a plea to our local and federal governments to not lift the moratorium on oil tankers and offshore drilling along the B.C. coast. Until our government sets a zero-tolerance standard for oil spills and environmental damage due to industry negligence, we are not ready. This was illustrated once again with the Gearbulk oil spill in Squamish on August 4 [“B.C. oil spills more rule than exception”, August 10-17].
Our government isn’t sending a strong enough message of accountability to industry. Why doesn’t the Ministry of Transportation implement a zero-tolerance program for toxic spills such as the recent incident in Squamish?
Why doesn’t the B.C. premier address the issue of accountability on the part of industry and government?
Why isn’t our prime minister, Stephen Harper, creating ways to heavily reward companies that demonstrate exemplary standards of safety and revoke licences of companies that don’t? The message government sends industry is “Pay the fine, let’s clean up the mess and go on—business as usual.” > Michelle Neilson / Squamish"Liberal Press Releases "Harper Government Reneges on Funding for the Homeless August 17, 2006 Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government must immediately reverse course and pledge to help the homeless rather than hurt them by cutting funding for homelessness programs across Canada, Liberal Party Finance Critic John McCallum and Social Development Critic Bonnie Brown said today. “I’m dismayed but not surprised by this move,” said McCallum. “We have to remember that this is the same Finance Minister Jim Flaherty who pledged to make homelessness illegal in 2002. It is unfortunate that extremist views like his always tend to hurt society’s most vulnerable.” McCallum first called on the Finance Minister not to cut funding for the homeless during question period last May when the Conservatives tabled their first budget which indicated that homelessness programs might be on the chopping block. The budget chastised the previous government for the “Use of the Federal Spending Power in Areas of Provincial Responsibility,” and outlined three such areas: early childhood development, childcare and housing and homelessness. McCallum pointed out the first of those two have already been eliminated and now it appears that they are moving on to the third. “It takes a certain amount of cruelty and lack of sympathy to cut funding for the segment of society that is most in need of our help,” said Ms. Brown. “I think it speaks directly to the character and principles of the entire government.” “This will create deep budgeting shortfalls in over 60 communities across Canada,” added Ms. Brown. “The government knows this and for Human Resources and Social Development Minister Diane Finley to go on record and claim the Harper government is honouring its current funding commitments on the one hand, while taking back past federal funding with the other, is completely disingenuous and disgraceful.” The Conservative government’s decision to freeze the Supporting Communities Partnership Initiative (SCPI) effectively reneges on millions of dollars in funding that has already been booked by municipalities to combat homelessness and will put hundreds of people and programs at risk. SCPI has been a cornerstone of the National Housing Initiative (NHI), partnering with communities across the country to provide financial support to community groups to develop new and innovative local responses to homelessness. Since its launch in 1999, the previous Liberal government had invested more than $1 billion through the NHI. Yesterday, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities notified its members that the National Secretariat on Homeless has ended the long-standing practice of municipal housing departments being able to carry over and move funds from the previous fiscal year to the next, thus preventing any unused SCPI money from being spent. The Homelessness Secretariat also confirmed this is happening across the board and is not isolated to particular cities. This most-recent initiative is just the latest example of Minister Flaherty’s ruthless social policies. In 2002, Flaherty raised eyebrows during his first failed attempt to win the Ontario Conservative Party’s leadership by suggesting that the homeless should be arrested. The proposal riled Flaherty’s current Cabinet colleague, Health Minister Tony Clement, who said at the time, “It’s bad politics because this kind of half-baked pandering gives common-sense conservatives everywhere a bad name.” “I think this goes to show you that recent musings in the press about this being a kinder, gentler Jim Flaherty than the Jim Flaherty of four years ago are wrong,” said McCallum. “He is still the same ruthless, extremist, homeless-jailing Jim Flaherty that Ontarians came to know under Mike Harris’ government.”" Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government must immediately reverse course and pledge to help the homeless.Liberal Press release "Petroleum Money Drives Conservative Climate Change Skepticism August 15, 2006 Prime Minister Stephen Harper must come clean about who is driving his anti-Kyoto agenda, say two Liberal MPs. Hon. John Godfrey, Liberal Environment Critic, and Mark Holland, MP for Ajax-Pickering, charge that Harper’s policies are being driven by climate change skeptics closely aligned with the Conservative Party and funded by petroleum companies. The two were responding to a report in Saturday’s Globe and Mail outlining how Harper crony Barry Cooper was involved in channeling petroleum money to Friends of Science, an anti-Kyoto lobby group, through the University of Calgary. “It’s clear the Prime Minister is prepared to ignore mainstream science, which has overwhelmingly concluded that human activity is a major contributing factor to climate change,” said Mr. Godfrey. “This Globe and Mail report begs many questions as to what is fuelling Conservative party denial that man-made climate change exists.” “The ties between the Conservatives, fraudulent science, and the petroleum industry appear to be quite an incestuous network,” says Holland. “Not since big tobacco twisted medical science to find cigarettes harmless has there been such an extensive campaign of misinformation to deceive the public on one of the most important issues of our time.” Calgary-based Friends of Science is an organization of Canadian and international climate change skeptics, of which, a majority appear to have close links to the petroleum industry. The group runs advertising and produces scientifically dubious research and editorial comment questioning mainstream science on climate change, arguing that it is either not a problem or that it is not caused by human activity. In fact, just last April, Friends of Science was responsible for submitting an open letter to Prime Minister Harper (printed in the National Post), which insisted allocating funds to initiatives to mitigate climate change “would be irrational” and expressed the hope that the group could “furnish [Harper] with more information on this crucially important topic.” Mr. Cooper is a member of what has become known as the Calgary School, a group of right-wing University of Calgary professors considered mentors to Harper and whose thinking has molded Harper’s political agenda. The group is closely aligned with the Fraser Institute, a British Columbia right-wing think tank partly funded by the petroleum industry. Mr. Cooper, a political scientist at the University of Calgary, directs the Alberta Policy Research Centre of the Fraser Institute. In addition to Mr. Cooper, petroleum lobbyist Morten Paulsen also has close Conservative ties. Mr. Paulsen is registered as a lobbyist for Friends of Science, as well as several petroleum companies including Conoco-Phillips Canada, and Kinder Morgan Canada Inc. Paulsen has long been active in the federal Conservative Party and its Reform/Alliance predecessors, serving as Preston Manning’s communication director, managing MP Art Hanger’s 2004 election campaign, and also holding high-ranking positions with the Alberta Conservatives. John Weissenberger, a petroleum geologist, is another of Harper’s closest friends, who has also written a number of anti-Kyoto articles. “I think it’s safe to say the Prime Minister’s views on climate change and various right-wing issues have been heavily influenced by Mr. Weissenberger,” says Holland. Tom Harris, once a legislative assistant to former Conservative Environment Critic Bob Mills, has been a prolific writer of anti-Kyoto op-ed pieces, typically quoting scientists associated with Friends of Science. He is a lobbyist with High Park Group, a firm with a number of energy industry clients. Previously working as an associate with the public relations firm APCO Worldwide (Canada), he organized a news conference of climate change skeptics in 2002. Most of those who spoke at the news conference have ties to both Friends of Science and the petroleum industry. Outspoken climate change skeptic Gwyn Morgan, former CEO of EnCana, is a Harper crony and Conservative fundraiser. He is a trustee with the Fraser Institute. Harper attempted in April to appoint Morgan to oversee patronage appointments, but Morgan’s appointment was blocked by opposition MPs concerned about comments he’d made linking immigrants with crime. “Financial links between the petroleum industry and climate change skeptic groups in the United States are well documented,” says Godfrey. “We need more transparency about who is behind this campaign in Canada.” Exxon Mobil Corporation in the U.S., for example, outlines on its website its funding of academic research showing that millions of dollars have gone to organizations opposing action to address climate change. Among its contributions in 2003 and 2004 were $60,000 U.S. each year in funds for climate change policy research to the Fraser Institute."
I do believe that all of the citizens themselves, the seniors deserve to have a better pension. while I do also agree that the armed forces as well do deserve a proper pension too I cannot agree that the too often incompetent, pretentious RCMP deserve any pensions for that matter, especially since in Canada the last 3 decades I have never got a decent service from any them, unwarranted as well.Meanwhile an Immoral person at the Globe & Mail bashes Catholics in their newspaper this week..----- Original Message -----Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.comSent: Thursday, August 17, 2006 5:36 AMSubject: The trouble with AfricaDo you absurdly firstly still believe that the Canadian Government, Stephen Harper are less evil than the "evil catholic church"? I went to Harper's Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Calgary, the rich people who despise the poor people, so I also know how bad his church is really like.