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The Governor General should respect the spirit THE DOCTRINE OF LEGITIMATE EXPECTATION and refuse to allow Harper to change the period of the election E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 01 August 2015 10:22

 

 

The Doctrine of legitimate Expectations has the following components

•       Not breaking and undertaking as one pleases

•       Compatibility with public duty

•       Public interest may be better served by honouring their undertaking than by breaking it

•       Fulfilling the expectation must assist in performing rather than inhibit the performance of its statutory duty

 

The purpose of having fixed election dates was to remove the unfairness inherent in the   provision, given to the Prime Minister, to select the election date which used to always  benefit the incumbent governing party. The ability to change the election campaign period would also benefit, the incumbent party.  And for that reason this change would compromise the fairness of an election. Citizens have a legitimate expectation that the principle of fairness of fixed election dates  would not be undermined by a change inthe fixed election Campaign period which would benefit the incumbent Party.

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 August 2015 10:54
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Stephen Harper 'gaming the system' with early election call, says former Elections Canada head E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 01 August 2015 10:15

Saturday August 01, 2015

Former Elections Canada head Jean-Pierre Kingsley said an earlier election call 'distorts' the electoral system.

Former Elections Canada head Jean-Pierre Kingsley said an earlier election call 'distorts' the electoral syste

"Canadians have said, $25 million is enough for you to run a campaign. Now we're going to be facing the possibility that it's going to be more than $50 million just to pump more ads our way."

Kingsley said it's no coincidence that only one party can afford to spend $50 million on a campaign.

"If (the Conservatives) are doubling it to fifty, it's because they can get to fifty," he said.

"Parties plan how much will be required to spend. The Conservatives are way ahead of the other two, so by doubling the amount, all of a sudden you've thrown a monkey wrench into all of that financial planning that's been going on."

"And that's what distorts the game for Canadians," Kingsley added. "That is what is happening to us. We're the electors here, and we're the ones who are going to be faced with the consequences of this thing."

Costly for taxpayers, Elections Canada 

The financial consequences of an 11-week campaign for the public could be significant because of the campaign rebate, which sees taxpayers subsidize 50 per cent of what the parties spend on a national campaign.

"That is what we, the people, the tax base, is going to feel here," Kingsley said.

The cost for Elections Canada will also be sizeable. Elections Canada estimates a 37-day campaign — the minimum required by law — would cost roughly $375 million to administer.

Kingsley said that price tag would not necessarily go up proportionately to a campaign time period that is nearly double the typical length.

"Significant elements of [the estimated cost] are doubled, or more than doubled," he said. "We're talking about tens of millions of dollars the chief electoral officer will need extra." 

Some of the extra costs associated with a longer election include paying the salaries for returning officers, deputy returning officers and employees preparing for the election, as well as rent for electoral offices in each of the country's 338 ridings.

'Level playing field gets it in the neck'

Under the Canada Elections Act, parties can only borrow from a financial institution, Kingsley said.

"Financial institutions like to be paid back the monies that they lend you. They like to charge you interest. And they're not going to lend you more money if you've already exhausted your line of credit."

That means parties will be disadvantaged politically because they can't afford to keep up with bigger spenders, Kingsley added.

"What about the disadvantage this imposes upon, for example, the Green Party?" he said. 

"Now they're facing foes who are going to be shooting twice as hard at them as they were before. It destroys the fairness that is at the base of our system.

"That level playing field gets it in the neck."

 

PEJ COMMENT

The Governor General should respect the spirit THE DOCTRINE OF LEGITIMATE EXPECTATION and refuse to allow Harper to change the period of the election

 

The Doctrine of legitimate Expectations has the following components

•       Not breaking and undertaking as one pleases

•       Compatibility with public duty

•       Public interest may be better served by honouring their undertaking than by breaking it

•       Fulfilling the expectation must assist in performing rather than inhibit the performance of its statutory duty

 

The purpose of having fixed election dates was to remove the unfairness inherent in the   provision, given to the Prime Minister, to select the election date which used to always  benefit the incumbent governing party. The ability to change the election campaign period would also benefit, the incumbent party.  And for that reason this change would compromise the fairness of an election. Citizens have a legitimate expectation that the principle of fairness of fixed election dates  would not be undermined by a change inthe fixed election Campaign period which would benefit the incumbent Party.

                                                

 On the CBC program, the House, the former Chief Election Officer, Jean Pierre Kingsley stated;

“This extension  of the Campaign distorts everything we have fought for”, and he added that it distorts the role of money in Politics. 

 

 

 

 

 
B.C.’s LNG con job E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 01 August 2015 05:58

Martyn Brown: 

Inventing facts for fiction

http://www.straight.com/news/500321/martyn-brown-bcs-lng-con-job

by Martyn Brown on July 31st, 2015 at 2:40 PM

 

News flash! The B.C. Liberal government wasn’t being entirely truthful when it said thatLNG will create 100,000 jobs in British Columbia!

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70 years after the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Canada’s gift to Japan E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 26 July 2015 20:21

By Theresa Wolfwood

British pilot Leonard Cheshire, on board the plane with that bomb dropped on Nagasaki, described the bombing as, “Obscene in its greedy clawing at the earth, swelling as if with its regurgitation of all the life that it had consumed.”(PHOTO: The mushroom cloud resulting from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rose 18 km into the air.)

 

200,000 people died immediately & within days of these bombings; 70 years later people continue to die from the radiation effects of these toxic bombs. Canada was complicit in this tragedy and continues to be complicit in nuclear weapons production.

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House passes anti-GMO labeling law E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 24 July 2015 17:27

By Reuters

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/07/23/house-passes-anti-gmo-labeling-law.htmlThursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 7:13 PM ET

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a hotly debated measure that blocks any mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops, including pre-empting a state law set to take effect next year in Vermont.

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Summer of discontent: Mega-project protests loom across B.C. E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 24 July 2015 11:56

Major resource development schemes, from pipelines to the Site C dam, have many people ready to stand up and be counted

 
BY CHERYL CHAN, THE PROVINCE JULY 23, 2015
 

/www. theprovince.com/technology/Summer+discontent+Mega+project+pro.

 
Summer of discontent: Mega-project protests loom across B.C.
 

Amid protests trying to stop work by Kinder Morgan on Burnaby Mountain last fall, dozens of people were arrested.

 

A number of major resource development projects in the works in B.C. are facing near-unprecedented levels of opposition from groups vowing the projects will never get off the ground.

Mega-project pipelines and LNG plants are touted to bring windfalls of jobs and riches to the province, but they have also triggered disobedience and dissent.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 July 2015 11:59
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‘Dereliction of Duty’: Chair of Site C Panel on B.C.’s Failure to Investigate Alternatives to Mega Dam E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 23 July 2015 12:32

By Emma Gilchrist • Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 08:16

http://www.desmog.ca/2015/03/11/dereliction-duty-chair-site-c-panel-b-c-s-failure-investigate-alternatives-mega-dam

Harry Swain, chair of Site C panel

Part 1 of DeSmog Canada’s exclusive sit-down interview with Harry Swain, the man who chaired the panel tasked with reviewing BC Hydro’s Site C dam, sparked a firestorm of activity on Tuesday.

Energy Minister Bill Bennett responded to Swain’s critique in the Globe and Mail, the B.C. NDP issued a statement on Swain’s comments and an environmental law expert called the statements “unprecedented.”

Martin Olszynskian assistant professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary, said Swain’s comments are extremely rare.  

To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time that a panel member has spoken about a previous report in this manner,” Olszynski, an expert in environmental assessment, said. “To my knowledge, it’s unprecedented.”

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Feminist disappears from public history under Harper government E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 23 July 2015 07:22

Therese Casgrain, a feminist icon and Quebec heroine, has been quietly removed from a national honour.

Therese Casgrain was president of the League for Women's Rights in Quebec from 1929 to 1942.

THE CANADIAN PRESS

Therese Casgrain was president of the League for Women's Rights in Quebec from 1929 to 1942.

 

Therese Casgrain, a feminist icon and Quebec heroine who died in 1981, has been quietly removed from a national honour, to be replaced by a volunteer award bearing the prime minister’s banner.

The Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award was started in 1982 by the Liberal government of Pierre Trudeau.

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Calls Mount for “Bold” Climate Deal in Paris E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 10:06

By Kitty Stapp

NEW YORK, Jul 21 2015 (IPS) - A diverse coalition of 24 leading British scientific institutions has issued a communique urging strong and immediate government action at the U.N. climate change conference set for Paris in December.

Nicholas Stern, a former chief economist of the World Bank and president of the British Academy, has called for a strong international climate agreement in Paris this year. Credit: public domain

Nicholas Stern, a former chief economist of the World Bank and president of the British Academy, has called for a strong international climate agreement in Paris this year. Credit: public domain

The statement, issued Tuesday, points to overwhelming evidence that if humanity is to have a reasonable chance of limiting global warming to two degrees C, the world economy must transition to zero-carbon by early in the second half of the century.

Climate economist Lord Nicholas Stern, president of the British Academy, one of the signers, said it “demonstrates the strength of the agreement among the UK’s research institutions about the risks created by rising levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

“Our research community has for many decades been at the forefront of efforts to expand our understanding and knowledge of the causes and potential consequences of climate change,” he said.

“While some of our politicians and newspapers continue to embrace irrational and reckless denial of the risks of climate change, the UK’s leading research institutions are united in recognising the unequivocal evidence that human activities are driving climate change.”

Other signatories include the British Ecological Society, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Astronomical Society, the Royal Meteorological Society and the Wellcome Trust.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:49
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Arctic nations to bar fishing fleets from fast-thawing seas around the north pole E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 20 July 2015 11:23

Eight member states including US, Russia, Canada, Norway and Denmark sign accord to protect central Arctic Ocean from commercial fishing

 

The Chukchi sea near Shishmaref, Alaska, is part of the Arctic Ocean.

 The Chukchi sea near Shishmaref, Alaska, is part of the Arctic Ocean. Photograph: Andrew  Burton/Getty Images

The United States, Russia and other Arctic nations signed an agreement on Thursday to bar their fishing fleets from fast-thawing seas around the north pole.

The accord, also signed in Oslo by the ambassadors of Canada, Norway and Denmark, is a response to global warming, which is melting sea ice in the central Arctic Ocean, an area the size of the Mediterranean. The deal had been delayed by more than a year by tensions over Ukraine.

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GMO study finds 'indications of harmful and adverse effects' E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 17 July 2015 10:37

Nafeez Ahmed

July 2015

 

A store of probably GMO soya in Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Márcio Garoni via Flickr (CC BY-NC).
A store of probably GMO soya in Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Márcio Garoni via Flickr (CC BY-NC).

A new biosafety report for the Norwegian Environment Agency says GM foods cannot be declared safe due to major gaps in the science, writes Nafeez Ahmed. Indeed research clearly indicates harmful and adverse impacts to both health and environment. But Monsanto insists that GMOs are just as safe as, or even safer than, conventional crops.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 09:44
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