If people think the border between us will get cuddly and soft again if we harden up our ocean borders and the one with Mexico, they are sorely mistaken. The same paranoid border agents looking at stopping people from coming into the continent, will be working the interior border just like Homeland Security has done post-9/11 to turn the Canadian/American border into a gong-show of paperwork and un-free fees. Free Trade Agreement, my behind.
It was a puppet head trifecta today – the new CSEC *watchdog* defending NSA puppet CSEC to the PMO puppet Senate.
This is my 1500th post on wordpress.com on this blog! My stand-alone WordPress blog posts I’ve still not restored, containing archives circa 2006-2009 are not all included in that number.
A Manitoba MP is crying discrimination after two aboriginal women were not allowed to board a plane with her, even though they had tickets.
Niki Ashton, who represents the Churchill riding for the NDP, said Gail and Joyce Nepinak were scheduled to fly to Ottawa from Winnipeg with her on Sunday evening.
MP Niki Ashton said the Nepinaks were embarrassed when they were not allowed to board the plane. (CBC)
The Nepinaks had been invited by the House of Commons to speak at the special committee on missing and murdered indigenous women on Monday.
If an MP (with ID) cannot vouch for a passenger, then the whole point of security is exposed for what it is. It’s not to ensure that the people boarding are who they say they are (or who a trustworthy public figure says), it’s to demand red-tape obedience from lowly people not afforded the human dignity to travel freely. It exposes the system’s racism.
Manitoba to Ottawa is an in-Canada flight. There should be no requirement to have photo ID to travel freely within Canada (especially at the request of Parliament).
Ashton asked to speak to an Air Canada manager but one never showed up.
She said that in many ways this situation is symbolic of the systemic discrimination aboriginal people face in so many areas of their daily lives.
This doesn’t just show Air Canada’s horrible customer service, it shows our airline industry and culture around airport travel is very sick and inhuman.
The Conservative government generously gave First Nations in Saskatchewan enough grant money to build one impressively sized solar array that could power a half dozen homes.
SaskPower gave 10 times the recent federal contribution, to the UofR to research how to put CO2 underground so more oil can be pumped out of the Weyburn area.
Lockheed manufactures illegal weapons, and is part of the F-35 dud stealth bomber boondoggle.
Solar is not “concentrated” in SK as explained in the article, we just have more sun hitting the ground throughout the year than most of Canada. There’s no magnifying glass aimed at Regina or Estevan, fortunately.
$300K is better than a kick in the teeth, I suppose. It’s to be used on little demonstration projects. It’s 2013, and Germany has already done a country-wide demonstration project that we can wholesale adopt here in Saskatchewan. Let’s get on with it already.
Thanks to another letter writer, Michael McKinlay, I caught this opportunity to again offer a better future perspective than SaskPower’s current President has done thus far.
I’m writing in response to SaskPower President and CEO Robert Watson’s comments in the November 25th article, “SaskPower set to overhaul power grid“. In it he touts a “300-year supply” of coal, as he has since at least 2012 when he used that imprecise figure in a Financial Post article. Doing a wider search of the web, you can find unqualified people using the same “300-year” claim since 2010 in the UK and the US, referring to their own coal supplies. Key words like “recoverable” and “proven” are not present in Mr. Watson’s claim. Many reputable academics estimate world peak coal could come as soon as the 2030s. After that decade it barely matters if there’s coal available, because the cost will be going through the stratosphere.
A more prudent use of our remaining coal supply is to build an energy technology for the future. There are many renewable options for Saskatchewan, including wind and solar power. Our wind potential is significant, and our solar potential rivals the global powerhouse Germany, as we’re at a similar latitude and get even more sunny days.
I’d prefer the smart grid Mr. Watson talked about included plenty of solar generated electricity. A compelling story in the Star Phoenix on November 4th included engineer Brent Veitch who explained a $20,000 solar electricity system is already able to pay itself off in less than 20 years in Saskatchewan. That seems a smarter investment for homeowners, than to buy into Mr. Watson’s subsidization of a 20th century fossil-fueled grid.
This letter above appeared in the Star-Phoenix this past week.
If you defended Rob Ford during his election campaign in 2010, I would have simply said you made a mistake. His angry outbursts against the media, and his ridiculous comments about bike lanes placed him firmly in my political opponents category then. Plus he had a history of drunk driving by that point in his life.
It’s now 3 years later, and he’s admitted to smoking crack and being an angry, drunk driving, alcoholic. If you’re still defending the man as recently as this past Summer, or last month, you’re making a big mistake.
Today, you have even more egg on your face, if you hold more than a shred of human sympathy for this dangerous, oafish, thug.
Watched most of “The Debt” [8/10] and would watch the rest later if it was convenient to do so. It’s about spies in East Germany attempting to kidnap a Nazi. The plan goes wrong.
Canada Defence Min declines to answer question from NDP about CBC report on NSA/G20 surveillance—
Paul Vieira (@paulvieira) November 28, 2013
Nicholson won't comment on foreign intelligence activities. He says CSEC prohibited from spying on Cdns.. won't say if they did or didn't.—
Michael Den Tandt (@mdentandt) November 28, 2013
Remember the Fake Lake? Maybe it was a giant cover for an underwater spy base? No, of course it wasn’t, that’s silly. What is real though is the Prime Minister refusing to get or give honest answers about which laws were broken by our signals intelligence organization.
The office of Prime Minister Stephen Harper is declining to comment on allegations that Canadian authorities allowed a U.S. intelligence agency to spy on dozens of delegates during the 2010 G8 and G20 summits held in Canada.
The allegations are once again shining a light on Canada’s involvement in spying on world leaders, as previously leaked documents revealed that Canadian authorities have participated in similar espionage in the past.
The new allegations are contained in top secret documents retrieved by American whistleblower Edward Snowden that were obtained by the CBC, and outlined in a report Wednesday.
The documents, according to the CBC, show that American authorities used the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa as a command post for the National Security Agency to conduct a spy operation that was approved by Canadian authorities during the summits held in Toronto and Huntsville, Ont. NSA briefing notes, according to the report, described the plan as “closely co-ordinated with the Canadian partner.” It’s alleged that the “partner” is the Communication Security Establishment of Canada.
Canada’s eavesdropping agency defends practices after Brazil spying report
Canada spied on Brazil’s mine and energy ministry: report
Canada’s eavesdropping agency helped spy on London G20 summit”
Conservatives are stalling, as they have been for nearly 8 years on both Senate reform and climate change action.
Aglukkaq unable 2 answer question about whether other sectors will have 2 do greater reductions 2 compensate for rising oil & gas pollution—
Mike De Souza (@mikedesouza) November 28, 2013
Misplaced trust, or active covering?
Actively covering for a regret-free industry, is more like it. I think she’s a liar.