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LEFT COAST EVENTS - Alberta - December 3rd, 2004 PDF Print E-mail
Justice News
Tuesday, 07 December 2004 02:51
1. Activist Agenda
2. No Need to Tax the Sick in Debt-Free Alberta
3. Vision of Alberta Symposium
4. About the Hybrid Alternative
5. Saving BC's Ancient Forests contributions, considerations, concerns:


* From: "scott walmsley" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


following the huge success of GEORGE W BUSH AND DONALD RUMSFELD'S GREATEST HITS AND WORST FAILURES, Scottie's cut and paste project is joining forces with former liberal member of Parliament Carolyn Parrish, who was recently fired from the liberal party by Canadian prime minister Paul Martin for her anti-bush and anti-liberal party comments.


Parrish and Scottie will hold a massive free concert on Parliament hill in Ottawa November 30th and December 1st to commemorate George WARPIG Bush's visit to Canada. Scottie and Parrish will then get together to record an album of anti-Paul Martin music.


For full details about scottie's cut and paste project including free downloads and reviews visit my brand new web site - http://www.scottiescutandpasteproject.cjb.net/


* Victoria's Cool Aid Society is conducting a homeless count in January
http://www.coolaid.org


* From: John Parry < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


Anti-Star Wars Missile Defence Postcards Online
http://socialjustice.org/subsites/peaceandjustice/pdf/BMDpostcards.pdf

editor's note: you'll lose a certain amount of legitimacy if you print these on weyerhaueser clearcuts. recycled alternatives do exist, and it's good to support them rather than the corporate destroyers.


* From: "Janet Dench, CCR" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


One Million Too Many: Implementing solutions to Child Poverty in Canada
2004 Report Card on Child Poverty in Canada
Available at: http://www.campaign2000.ca/rc/


Un million de trop : mettre en oeuvre des solutions pour s'attaquer ? la
pauvret? des enfants au Canada. Rapport 2004 sur la pauvret? des enfants
au Canada.


Version fran?aise disponible au http://www.campaign2000.ca/fr/rap/index.html


* From: Greenpeace Canada < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


As part of our campaign to protect Canada's Boreal Forest, Greenpeace has launched a campaign against the maker of Kleenex brand tissue products - and we are asking you to get involved!


We think it's time to let people know how Kimberly-Clark - and Kleenex - are contributing to the destruction of Canada's forests. We have launched a website, www.kleercut.net, that will keep you informed about this campaign, encourage you to get involved and let you tell Kimberly-Clark what you think of their forest destruction.


* From: Richard Sanders < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

New Website: Wall Street's 1930s Fascist Plot to Overthrow the White House


During the 1930s, a fascist coup in America was thwarted when Marine Corps Maj-Gen.Smedley Butler blew the whistle. He testified under oath to a House Committee on UnAmerican Activities (that was, in part, looking into Nazi propaganda in America). General Butler bravely named some of the corporate leaders behind this plan to overthrow the White House and to empower a more pro-business, fascist regime to replace President Franklin D. Roosevelt.


The Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT) has just created the most comprehensive internet resource available on this fascist plot, and the multi-millionaires who planned and financed it. Based on original research done for issue #53 of Press for Conversion!, http://coat.ncf.ca/fascistplot "Facing the Corporate Roots of American Fascism", COAT's new web resource examines the fascists behind this fascinating, but often-overlooked, chapter in American history.


* From: Linda Grisley < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


Canadians polled by SES Research are 40% strongly opposed to missile defence, whereas only 10% are strongly in support. To see the complete results, go to www.sesresearch.com and click on the link on the right titled "Canadians Against Missile Defence".
Mel This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

* From: "Bob Wilson" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Three days ago, on 16 November, fourteen people were killed by army and
police in the Philippines. Those people were strikers, trade unionists
like yourselves. They worked on sugar farms in sugar mills, and had
been on strike for ten days. Two of those killed were children, aged
two and five, who died from suffocation as a result of the tear gas
used. Some 35 people suffered gunshot wounds, 133 were arrested,
hundreds more were wounded.


The trade union movement in the Philippines has called for a massive
international protest condemning the murders, demanding a full
investigation of what happened. They are demanding that hundreds of
workers illegally dismissed be rehired, and that criminal charges
against the strikers be dropped. Please send on your message of protest
by going here: http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/solidarityforever/show_campaign.cgi?c=39


* From: Radical Sages < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


I also want to ask each of you to visit the Hunger Site at http://www.thehungersite.com . A simple click from you on the "give free food" button feeds a hungry person somewhere in the world. This would be a great way to start each day in 2005! It costs you nothing and requires only a few seconds of awareness and intention. From that site, you can access other sites of similar purpose.


* From: jane schweitzer < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Hi Harry and Debbie, here is the info concerning the Seed Sector Review and the impact it will have on our rights to save our own seeds. Legislation is soon to be introduced to control and make it illegal for farmers to save seed. Of course Monsanto is behind this.

The National Farmers Union is mounting a campaign to stop this and here is their website :
www.nfu.ca

You will find more indepth info concerning this report.I just can't imagine being forced to pay to reuse my own seed on my own farm, but this is what is being proposed among other things. I hope you will pass this on to your network and discuss this with ING members. There is a petition to sign and copies are available on the website. I will be trying to set this up downtown in a couple of places for people to sign.


* From: Eric Light < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


Interesting concept for those who have unlimited connection time...


Pass it on: Save the World While You Sleep
by World Community Grid


Got a computer? Now you can help solve the world's biggest problems by staying logged on while you're away. http://www.tompaine.com/index.php#passiton

* From: Guy Langlois < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

I am very pleased to announce that I have taken over the management of the "Cosmic Debris" web site: Should you have any news or events that you would like posted to the site please contact me. If you are a musician, artist, writer, photographer, graphics artist, movie maker or work in any field related to the music industry, you may also wish to add your listing on the site. We are also looking for writers to contribute to the online ezine.

Hey, why not visit my web site: http://members.shaw.ca/ambiance
Songs that paint musical landscapes of our interaction with Nature. Soothing and easy to listen to, the music promotes a psychological movement inward, a sonic mirror to human emotion.

* From: "Julius Fisher" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


New on the web @ http://www.workingtv.com
Women in the Cuban Revolution
with Alicia Gonzalez
Federation of Cuban Women


* From: "WomensWire" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >


The simple act of breathing should not be dangerous to our health! Please tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today that mercury pollution remains a serious
problem that warrants immediate action. As a recipient of WomensWire from Care2, I know that you care deeply about issues affecting the health of women and children. Please
sign here: http://www.care2.com/go/z/18759.


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1. ACTIVIST AGENDA


DECEMBER




(?) December 3rd, Friday @ 7:00 ? 9:00 pm: Gifts of Community, Gifts of Sustainability - "Giving back to our community" - this is where our thoughts turn during the festive season. Ron Berezan is a sincere, humble man who lives "giving back to the community" every day through his work in the non-profit sector in international and local community development. This year he has a dream...a dream to create a "food forest" in an inner city community. Come and join Ron to hear his vision on how we can recreate the "commons" - public land that is designed to provide perpetual food, beauty, spiritual inspiration, gathering space, and restore native habitat. Join others in thinking about possible gifts you would like to give to our community this year, big or small. For those that are interested, we will also briefly discuss the revitalization of Giovanni Caboto Park through the Fireweed Institute.

Location: Memorial Hall, Robertson-Wesley Hall, 10209 ? 123rd Street

Cost: Food Bank Donations gratefully accepted.

Contact: Fireweed Institute 433-1830 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Website: www.fireweedinstitute.org



December 4th, Saturday @ 11:30am: Action ? Seals of West Edmonton Mall.

Location: in front of Boston Pizza (17002 ? 90 Avenue)

Website: www.v4a.org



December 5th, Sunday @ 7:00 ? 9:00 pm: Winter Organizing Meeting Edmonton Coalition Against War And Racism. Over the past 18 months ECAWAR has been fundamental in raising the awareness of violence throughout the world and coordinating events where Edmontonians could get out and voice their outrage and concern.

Location: Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, 10010 ? 107a Avenue (please use the north courtyard entrance).

Contact: 988-2713

Website: www.ecawar.org

December 6th, Monday @ 7:00 ? 9:30 pm: Maintenance Enforcement Public Information Forum. This very successful forum has ?TOP? officials from the Alberta Maintenance Enforcement Program meeting with the public to discuss issues and methods relating to the enforcement of child support in Alberta. This year?s topics include: default, what, why, how; The new electronic system, what does it mean?; Upcoming amendments to the Regulations; Interest rates, how and when. All interested parties are invited to attend and please bring questions and comments to this free-of-charge event. Your input and voluntary donations are valued.

Location: Rm. 128 Eastglen Composite High School

Cost: FREE (donations appreciated)

Contact: 471-0023

Website: www.ecmas.org



December 7th, 14th and 21st, Tuesday @ 6:00: Youth Anti-Racism Project (YAP). Are you interested in working with youth on matters regarding anti-racism and discrimination? Youth Anti-Racism project invites you to a weekly meeting every Tuesday from 6:00 at You will learn how to use popular theatre techniques and personal narratives in conducting anti-racism education workshops to youth in schools and ethno-communities.

Location: Education North 4-104, University of Alberta

Contact: 425-4644 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.naarr.org



December 10th, 2004 International Human Rights Day - Amnesty International marks the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a Write-a-Thon. Thousands of concerned individuals will take a few minutes on December 10th, Human Rights Day, to write short, personal letters that help protect other people's human rights. This on-line activity hub has everything you need to get involved. Check out -http://www.amnesty.ca/writeathon/




December 10th, 2004 International Human Rights Day http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html



December 10th, 2004: National Day of Action Against Secret Trials. There are people being held in our prisons that are being denied basic human rights and a fair dealing by the justice system. See below under take action for more information.




December 12th, Sunday @ 5:30 ? 7 pm: Vegetarians of Alberta monthly Potluck - bring a lacto-ovo or vegan dish for six and your cutlery and crockery.

Location: Riverdale Community Hall, 9231 ? 100th Avenue.

Cost: $2 members and $3 non-members.

Contact: 988-2713 or 466-1448 for more information.

Website: www.telusplanet.net/~voa



December 14th, Tuesday @ 7:00 pm: Thermosyphoning in Passive Solar Designs presentation by Andy Smith ? coordinated by the Solar Energy Society of Canada ?Northern Alberta Chapter.

Location: 5-142 on the main floor of the 105th Street Building, Grant MacEwan Downtown Campus on 104 Avenue.

Website: http://www.ecn.ab.ca/sesci/.



December 16th, Thursday @ 1:00 - 4:30 pm: Workshop - Accounting & Finance for Non-Profit Organizations. Come out and learn what you can do to keep the finances of your NGO straight.

Location: Edmonton Room, Stanley A. Milner Library (lower level)

Cost: Free but pre-registration is required

Contact: 448-1941 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Register for the January, 2005 workshop MOBILIZING FOR CHANGE?AT EVERY LEVEL! Telling Our Stories and Building our Case With Barbara Oates & Elsie K Neufeld. This workshop is presented by THE ALBERTA COUNCIL FOR GLOBAL COOPERATION (ACGC).

When: Saturday, January 8th and Sunday, January 9th, 2005

Location: Alpine Club of Canada, Canmore, Alberta

Cost: $40.00 (ACGC Members) and $80.00 (General Public)

Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Website: www.web.ca/acgc

Call for Proposals for the Alberta Social Forum deadline: January 10, 2005. Here is a chance for people to have input on the future of Alberta and the world. Check out http://www.albertasocialforum.ca/proposal/form.html








Cycle/Recycle Calendars ? This calendar has been dedicated to the life and passing of Tooker Gomberg. Tooker is honoured with the month of June. Angela Bischoff (his partner) has arranged for us to receive lots of these calendars. The money collected by Earth's General Store will go towards the Tooker Gomberg Greenspiration Fund (www.greenspiration.org). This calendar can be used for the years 2005, 2011 and 2022 (possible by this date people won?t know what a calendar is).



Our Community Calendars from Our Voice

Earth's General Store has been honoured by being included in this calendar depicting people that are helping to make our community more viable and healthy.

Please consider picking one of these calendars up from one of the street vendors or you can pick them up from the store ($10.00 each with all monies going back to Our Voice from our sales).





TAKE ACTION!

Tibetan Monk Needs Support

Very recently many of you have picked up postcards regarding the release of the Tibetan Monk Tenzin Delek Rinpoche who was sentenced to death for this December. There is now a report from India that he will not be executed (see below) yet presently this is still a rumour and we must not cease any effort to ensure that he is freed. For more information about this, and other campaigns, and Tibet information please go to the CTC (Canada Tibet Committee) national website at: www.tibet.ca

You can pick up a postcard to mail from Earth's General Store.










National Day of Action Against Secret Trials

December 10 marks International Human Rights Day. Two years ago on International Human Rights Day, Mohamed Harkat, an Algerian refugee, was arrested in Ottawa, and has been in jail, without charge or bail on secret "evidence" neither he nor his lawyer is allowed to see, ever since. He is one of five Muslim men held under Canada's secret trial process. Mohammad Mahjoub (held since June, 2000), Mahmoud Jaballah (August, 2001), Hassan Almrei (solitary confinement since October, 2001), and Adil Charkaoui (May 2003) all face deportation to torture.

The three committees working on secret trials are gathering the names of organizations and individuals to be publicly presented December 10 in Ottawa for the following statement. We would ask that you take this
statement to your organization for endorsement and send endorsements to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

If signing as an individual, please include your geographic location and position (where relevant)

Thanks so much!

Matthew Behrens
(Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada, in conjunction with the
Coalition for Justice for Adil Charkaoui and Committee for Justice for
Mohamed Harkat)

PS: Please remember to participate in the National Day of Action Against Secret Trials, Friday, December 10, across Canada!

Statement Against Secret Trial Security Certificates

We, the undersigned, have grave concerns regarding the continued use of sections 9, 76-87 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which allow for the imprisonment in Canada of refugees and permanent residents
under the authority of a "Security Certificate":

We are particularly concerned that those detained under security certificates are:
? Being imprisoned indefinitely on secret evidence, though no charges have been laid against them;
? Tried in unfair trials where the evidence is not disclosed to the detainee or their lawyer;
? Denied the right to appeal when the certificate is upheld in a process that uses the lowest standard of proof of any court in Canada;
? Subject to deportation even when they face unfair imprisonment, torture or death.

We believe that the Security Certificate process is undemocratic and that it violates fundamental human rights, which the government of Canada has committed itself to through the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms,
the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Convention on Refugees, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the UN Convention on Torture.

Accordingly, we demand that the Security Certificate process be abolished.

For those currently imprisoned under security certificates, we demand:
? That they be released immediately; or, if any case against them actually exists, that they be allowed to defend themselves in open, fair and independent trials with full disclosure of the case against them.
? That they not be deported.










Detained in Canada for "Suspicious" Reading Material: The Case of Mahmoud Namini
Free Mahmoud Namini and End Thought Crime in Canada
44-year-old Iranian Refugee and Dutch Citizen Jailed in Canada for Reading "Suspicious" Book

1. Introduction
2. Backgrounder
3. What You Can do: Letters and Wednesday, December 1 Vigil at 12 Noon at
Judy Sgro's Constituency office, 2201 Finch West


WHAT'S GOING ON?
While Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin was lecturing Russian President Vladimir Putin on the need to respect democratic rights during an October visit, the Canadian Immigration bureaucracy was busy taking a page out of
the former Soviet dictatorship with the detention in Toronto of Mahmoud Namini for the crime of reading a book which the Canadian government finds "suspicious".

While Mr. Namini was coming through Pearson International Airport in Toronto in late October, immigration authorities took an immediate dislike to a book in his possession, Parandeh_ye No Parvaz (The Bird About to
Fly), which documents a 1982 uprising against the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The book is written in Farsi and features a cover which shows militants dressed for battle in a jungle setting (hardly shocking given the fairly lurid covers of English-language thrillers, mysteries, and other paperbacks
generally available at airports.)

Mr. Namini has been detained ever since while the Canadian government "investigates" possible security concerns related to his reading of this book.

Needless to say, at a time when Canadian literacy rates are dropping at an alarming rate, jailing someone for reading is certainly sending the wrong message to Canada's students!

We are calling on the Government of Canada and, specifically, the ministers responsible for this outrageous detention for thought crime, to immediately release Mr. Namini. Below is a backgrounder on the case, as well as
addresses for writing to ministers Judy Sgro and Anne McLellan.

WHO IS MAHMOUD?
Seyed Mahmoud Namini is 44 years old, born in Tehran, Iran, and currently a citizen of Holland, where he was granted refugee status 10 years ago. He was one of thousands of individuals arbitrarily jailed for five years
under the brutal regime of Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran during the 1980s (and was in jail during the 1982 uprising covered in the book The Bird About to Fly).

Namini's fianc? Nahid lives in Toronto, and was looking forward to seeing him when he came to Canada October 27. It was the latest of many trips which Mr. Namini has taken both to Canada and the United States to visit
relatives, both before and after the events of 9/11/2001, all without incident or questioning.

Indeed, Mr. Namini spent five months in Canada earlier this year and was returning to Canada to finalize his marriage preparations in October. After an initial interview at the airport October 27, he was released and asked
to return the next day for further questioning, whereupon he was immediately detained and subject to a barrage of questions, accusing him of membership in groups as diverse as the Kurdish Workers Party and the PUK (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan).

Namini denied membership or association with any of these groups, but was told by CSIS agents, "We don't believe you." In classic style, the questioning continued, with CSIS no doubt hoping the intense repetition of
such questions would force Namini to either "slip up" and say something "suspicious" or simply want to end the interrogation by "confessing" to anything that would please the agents.

Mr. Namini is not involved in any of these groups. He is a Systems Administrator/ Computer Networker interested in the politics of his birth country who simply wants to get married and get on with his life.

But for now, he remains separated from his fianc? by concrete and thick glass. Both Mahmoud and Nahid awake each day and go to bed each night -- if they can sleep -- with one question: why this continued detention?

The Government of the Netherlands has produced a document of good conduct showing Mr. Namini has been nothing but the most respectable of individuals during his years in that country.


Inquiries made on behalf of Mr. Namini indicate it is the book he was carrying which continues to raise the alarm bells at the Canadian War Crimes Unit of Immigration, which seems so focused on Namini that it may be neglecting a great catch in George W. Bush next week in Ottawa.

WHAT YOU CAN DO
Write to Immigratiom Minister Judy Sgro (who described herself earlier this week as the "Minister of Hopes and Dreams" and Public Safety Minister Anne McLellan) and CC Paul Martin. The reference to comments in Parliament refers to Ms. Sgro, and should not appear in a McLellan letter

Here is a sample letter. In order to avoid the appearance of form letters which can be ignored, please personalize your letter:


Dear Ms. Sgro
I am concerned about the detention of Mr. Seyed Mahmoud Namini (File 374253834138 (Client ID: 5383-4138), detained since October 28 in Toronto for what appears to be the crime of carrying a book which Canadian
authorities find suspicious.

This sounds like the kind of conduct for which the former Soviet Union was repeatedly condemned, not the kind of thing which is the hallmark of a 21st century democracy.

Mr. Namini has travelled in and out of Canada and the U.S. visiting relatives for years, all without difficulty.

You have stated in Parliament in recent weeks that you try and do the right thing when it comes to people seeking to enter Canada. It is clear that you can do the right thing here by ending this arbitrary detention.

Mr. Namini and his Canadian fianc? are both aware that individuals know about his case and are writing to seek his release from detention. Rather than respond to us that you cannot comment on the case due to privacy concerns, we ask that you please take whatever measures are necessary to ensure Mr. Namini's immediate release.

Thank you.

Name
Address


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Judy Sgro
Constituency Office
Tel: 416-744-1882
Fax: 416-952-1696
2201 Finch Ave W, Suite 25
Toronto, ON M9M 2Y9
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Parliament Hill Office
Tel: 613-992-7774
Fax: 613-947-8319
Rm 207, Confederation Bldg
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
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Anne McLellan
Deputy PM and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Edmonton Office
2304 - 107 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta
T5M 1Z1, Canada
Telephone: (780) 495-3122
Facsimile: (780) 495-2598

Ottawa Hill Office
306 Justice Building
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6, Canada
Telephone: (613) 992-4524
Facsimile: (613) 943-0044
Facsimile: (613) 952-2240



To add your name or group to the list of supporting organizations, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Information



Find out more about climate change at http://www.climatechange.gc.ca

Reduce your ecological/climate change footprint by taking the One-Tonne Challenge at http://www.climatechange.gc.ca/onetonne/english/index.asp?pid=50












Earth's General Store has received our seasonal stock of L.E.D. Christmas lights. These look good but save a whack load of energy in comparison to the standard incandescent bulbs. See Brite-Lite for more information about these lights.



During the Global Visions Film Festival an excellent documentary was screened (End of Suburbia). Earth's General Store now has copies of this video (and DVD) for sale.



Believe it or not an Earth's General Store e-newsletter will be heading out in the next few weeks.



Please send me any events that you think should be listed in the Activist Agenda. All items to be listed in Our Voice Magazine need to be in before the middle of the preceding month ? i.e. October 15th for the November issue. Thank you ? Michael This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it





Miscellaneous



Dear Parkland Friends:

The Parkland Institute recently held a Symposium to build a constructive vision of Alberta; a vision based on equality, equity, and sustainability. With the provincial government having declared the debt eliminated, and large revenue surpluses filling government coffers, Albertans have a unique opportunity to discuss and debate alternatives and priorities for the province's future. On Friday November 5, the Parkland Institute invited a diverse group of researchers and practitioners from multiple perspectives to come together and begin developing this new vision for Alberta. The day long symposium, Envisioning Alberta - Building our Future in a "Debt Free" Province, was a success. During the day's discussion, we touched on many topics, just some of which include: economic reforms; health; education; the environment; culture and the arts; and democracy.

This symposium was intended to be the first step in an ongoing process. The intent is to get bold new ideas and alternatives on the table, and begin discussing, building, and making them concrete. We hope you will join us in this process and build a better future for Albertans. We encourage you to hold a smaller symposium in your community. We will be using the symposium ideas to form the basis for our budget work in spring and would welcome your submissions. Send them directly to our Research Director, Diana Gibson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Please visit our website www.ualberta.ca/parkland to see the summary of the symposium discussions. Also, watch for upcoming reports from Parkland where we will continue to articulate an alternative vision for Albertans.

Yours Sincerely,
Diana Gibson
Research Director
Parkland Institute
Phone: 780-492- 6112 http://www.ualberta.ca/~parkland/







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10008 109th street, Edmonton



Wholesome organic foods without packaging at the lowest possible cost: Good for the environment, good for your energy!



Grains, Beans, Pastas, Oils, Snack foods, Baby foods, Flours, Sea vegetables, Nut butters, Dried fruits and more! Because...food is a right, pesticides are toxins, the Earth is not a machine, cooperation beats competition.



SimpleFood will be closing its operations at the end of December and we need to sell all the divers and wholesome food that is left. We are currently organizing our schedule for December.

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2. NO NEED TO TAX THE SICK IN DEBT-FREE ALBERTA


Hello,


Below is a new op-ed in response to Premeir Ralph Klein's musings about health care deductibles. The op-ed is by Parkland Research Associate Tammy Horne, who also authored the recently released Parkland report entitled "Public Remedies, Not Private Payments: Quality Health Care in Alberta". The report is available from the Parkland office, or for download from the Parkland web site at www.ualberta.ca/parkland.


Ricardo Acuna
Parkland Institute


No Need to Tax the Sick in Debt-Free Alberta
by Tammy Horne


Premier Ralph Klein recently confirmed that the Progressive Conservative caucus has discussed health care deductibles, ranging from $400 to $1500 a year in out-of-pocket expenses for Albertans. A deductible geared to income is a key recommendation of the Graydon report on health care sustainability. The report suggests a deductible would make providers and users of health care aware of costs, lead to responsible use of the system, and act as an incentive for healthy lifestyle choices.


A health care deductible is a tax on the sick, and a user fee by another name. User charges do not reduce system costs. Most doctor visits, beyond the first, are requested by doctors rather than patients. Health economist Robert Evans of University of British Columbia, an expert on user charges, says patient-initiated first visits to the doctor make up only about 6-7% of all health spending.


User charges keep the poor, sick, elderly and disabled from making a timely visit to a doctor. Those who can afford the fee do not reduce their health care use. If a financially strapped patient puts off a doctor visit because of a user charge, a disease may not be detected and treated until it becomes serious. A nagging cough might be just a cold, or the first symptom of pneumonia. Delayed treatment would lead to higher costs for both patient and system.


The proposed deductible differs from an up-front user fee at the doctor?s office, because the deductible would be geared to income and not collected until tax time. But the bottom line is that someone in poor health would pay higher taxes than someone with the same income but in better health. Evans argues that taxing people?s health care use results in a tax reduction for those who do not use the system. And he says that because people with higher incomes are generally healthier and need less care, any kind of user charges shift costs from the healthy and wealthy to the poor and the sick. User charges also burden some groups in society more than others. For example, women generally earn less than men, but use more health care than men during childbearing years and have more years of chronic illness as they age.


User charges, including deductibles, are a form of privatization. They shift responsibility and costs for health care from the public purse to the private pockets of those who have the misfortune to get sick. And the government proposes to send each Albertan a personalized statement of health care costs ? an old practice that was discontinued in 1988 because the statements had no impact on health care use.


Deductibles and cost statements are consistent with an ideological belief in individual responsibility and market solutions. There is no consideration of factors beyond an individual?s control that influence health ? like genetics, income and environments. According to the Graydon report, sick Albertans are ?consumers?, not patients. The Graydon report also admits that deductibles may violate the Canada Health Act.


Health care deductibles would not only raise costs for individuals. They would be costly for employers and the government. Employers may be pressured to cover deductibles as an employee benefit, as many now do with premiums for Medicare and supplementary private insurance. And there would be new administrative costs to the government -- for tracking individuals? health care use, costing out each service and sending out statements.


Keeping track of health care use and costs could also make it easier to expand the role of private health insurance. Albertans cannot presently use private insurance for Medicare procedures. But if Alberta opts out of the Canada Health Act, as the Premier once suggested, that restriction would disappear. The deductible may lead Albertans to see Medicare as similar to private insurance, and to be more receptive to the latter. If the government encourages expansion of private insurance, it would be easier in future to de-list services or avoid Medicare coverage of new services.

The most fair, cost-effective way to fund health care is through general revenues like income taxes and resource royalties. The government recently declared Alberta debt-free and spent a half-million dollars asking us how to spend the extra cash. Alberta?s health care spending has remained at 5% of GDP ? the lowest percentage in Canada -- since the Klein government took power in 1992. There is no justification for a new tax on the sick.


Tammy Horne is a Research Associate of the Parkland Institute at the University of Alberta and lead author of the recently released report Public Remedies, Not Private Payments: Quality Health Care in Alberta.


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3. VISION OF ALBERTA SYMPOSIUM

Dear Parkland Friends:

The Parkland Institute recently held a Symposium to build a constructive vision of Alberta; a vision based on equality, equity, and sustainability. With the provincial government having declared the debt eliminated, and large revenue surpluses filling government coffers, Albertans have a unique opportunity to discuss and debate alternatives and priorities for the province's future. On Friday November 5, the Parkland Institute invited a diverse group of researchers and practitioners from multiple perspectives to come together and begin developing this new vision for Alberta. The day long symposium, Envisioning Alberta - Building our Future in a "Debt Free" Province, was a success. During the day's discussion, we touched on many topics, just some of which include: economic reforms; health; education; the environment; culture and the arts; and democracy.

This symposium was intended to be the first step in an ongoing process. The intent is to get bold new ideas and alternatives on the table, and begin discussing, building, and making them concrete. We hope you will join us in this process and build a better future for Albertans. We encourage you to hold a smaller symposium in your community. We will be using the symposium ideas to form the basis for our budget work in spring and would welcome your submissions. Send them directly to our Research Director, Diana Gibson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Please visit our website www.ualberta.ca/parkland to see the summary of the symposium discussions. Also, watch for upcoming reports from Parkland where we will continue to articulate an alternative vision for Albertans.

Yours Sincerely,
Diana Gibson
Research Director
Parkland Institute
Phone: 780-492- 6112
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4. ABOUT THE HYBRID ALTERNATIVE


Hybrid cars shine in city stop and go, report shows

Vancouver, November 18, 2004 - A new report on the performance of 100 hybrid
electric vehicles has documented substantially lower fuel costs and
reductions in air pollution, with some owners reporting up to 60 percent
savings when using hybrids compared to the vehicles they replaced.

The report released today by Fleet Challenge BC, a program of the Fraser
Basin Council, concluded "hybrids appear to be well suited to stop and go
applications like urban commuting, taxis, and couriers." The report's
researchers says its findings will be of particular interest to consumers
and vehicle fleet managers looking to save on fuel costs while reducing
greenhouse gases and other harmful emissions.

North America's two highest mileage hybrid taxis logged 675,000 kilometres
during the past three years without problems, the report said.

The B.C. government, which operates a fleet of 61 2001 Toyota Prius
vehicles, the largest hybrid fleet in Canada, reported an average fuel
efficiency of 5.8 litres per 100 kilometres during 2.5 million kilometres of
driving throughout the province.

"As Minister responsible for government's fleet, I look for opportunities
that encourage the use of greener, more fuel-efficient vehicles," said
Management Services Minister Joyce Murray. "The results of the Hybrid
Experience Report will be useful as B.C. continues to demonstrate leadership
in reducing emissions and fuel costs across ministries."

"Transportation accounts for about 25 percent of Canada's greenhouse gas
emissions, the main contributor to climate change," said the Honourable R.
John Efford, Minister of Natural Resources Canada. "Initiatives like Fleet
Challenge BC and this report are important in two ways. First, they educate
Canadian fleet managers about hybrid vehicles. Second, they show that hybrid
technology can have both environmental and economic benefits, and help
Canada effectively respond to climate change."

"The City of Vancouver is very excited to be part of this study," says David
Cadman Councillor for the City of Vancouver and GVRD Director. "Increasing
the use of hybrid vehicles is one measure that will help the City of
Vancouver meet our Cool Vancouver goals for reducing greenhouse gas
emissions."

BC Hydro recently added nine hybrid vehicles to its fleet and already they
are making a significant contribution to the bottom line, said Bruce
Sampson, Vice-President of Sustainability, BC Hydro, who added: "We'll be
sharing our operating experience with these vehicles through the Hybrid
Experience Report."


The Report provides information on hybrid vehicles currently in production
by major manufacturers, including the Honda Insight, Toyota Prius, Ford
Escape, Honda Civic Hybrid, and Chevrolet Silverado truck, plus commercial
vehicles such as delivery trucks and transit buses. The Report noted that an
additional 15 hybrid vehicle models will be introduced by manufacturers
between 2005 and 2007.

The Report is available on the website www.hybridexperience.ca
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The Report's website has many features that will help users become better
informed about current models, the technology behind them and how well each
model has performed in terms of both fuel use and emissions. The website
also makes available easy to use calculators that enable consumers and fleet
managers to assess and compare hybrids to other vehicles in terms of fuel
use, greenhouse gas emissions and total cost of ownership.

The preparation of the report was supported by VanCity Credit Union, Greater
Vancouver Regional District, Natural Resources Canada, City of Vancouver, BC
Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection, Alberta's Climate Change
Central, BC Hydro, and the Fraser Basin Council's Fleet Challenge BC and BC
Climate Exchange programs.

Hybrid Experience Report Website http://www.hybridexperience.ca/

For more information contact:

Jim Vanderwal, Program Manager, Fraser Basin Council
Phone: (604) 488-5359
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5. PLEASE HELP APPLY CONSUMER PRESSURE TO SAVE BC'S ANCIENT FORESTS


? Email Wild Oats today
? December: actions at Wild Oats
? Make a phone call to Wild Oats headquarters December / 2004
www.ran.org

2,400 emails from the grassroots!

In October, in just one week after the Tree of Life Celebration, more than 2,400 of you took action to protect the Walbran Valley! We flooded Weyerhaeuser and the provincial government with emails asking to set aside this ecological gem.

Yet, Weyerhaeuser continues to log in the Walbran and in other endangered forests.

Weyerhaeuser will not change its destructive business practices until it begins to lose customers. We need to tell Weyerhaeuser's biggest customers that we don't want them to support Weyerhaeuser.

Wild Oats, an environmentally-minded grocery store with about 100 store locations in North America, uses Weyerhaeuser paper bags in some of its stores. Wild Oats should not be affiliated with a company that is notorious for logging national and old growth forests, destroying the habitat of endangered species, such as the northern spotted owl and woodland caribou, and converting native forests into tree plantations.

Email Wild Oats today


Please send a message to the CEO of Wild Oats today - Mr. Perry Odak, asking him to cancel the company's business with Weyerhaeuser, by simply hitting reply to this email. When you hit "send", a short email will go to Mr. Perry Odak, as well as the Director of Operations for Wild Oats, Mr. Jim Middleton, asking them to make sure none of the Wild Oats stores continues to carry Weyerhaeuser.

December: 20 actions at Wild Oats


It's time for Wild Oats to receive some encouragement from the people it values most -- its customers and the public at large. Please coordinate an event some time this December at your local Wild Oats - and help us reach our goal of 20 actions nationwide and collecting 1,000 postcards to deliver to the CEO.

Find your local Wild Oats at http://www.wildoats.com/

If there's no Wild Oats in your town, find another grocery store that uses Weyerhaeuser paper bags - or set up an informational table on your campus or in your community square, and encourage people to call and write Wild Oats. Use it as an opportunity to educate your community about Weyerhaeuser's predatory logging practices.

Call Wild Oats today


Register your disappointment with Wild Oats purchasing by making a 60-second call now to the CEO of Wild Oats, Mr. Perry Odak. Ask the CEO to "stop putting organic, fair trade and other socially responsible groceries into disposable paper bags made by Weyerhaeuser - a company that is known for clear cutting North America's last ancient forests. "


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For the Forests,

RAN's Old Growth Team - Sharon, Brant, and Jessica


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