Thursday, June 30, 2005

FCPP Publications :: Ruth Richardson, NZ Finance Minister 1990-93

Lets improve the debate - great food for thought

FCPP Publications :: Ruth Richardson, NZ Finance Minister 1990-93: "'All monopolies are destructive of consumer and public interest whether they are public or private . . .'"

FCPP Publications :: A Win for Healthcare Consumers

FCPP Publications :: A Win for Healthcare Consumers: "A Win for Healthcare Consumers
Court takes over from frightened politicians

In Brief:
Canada�s Supreme Court has affirmed the right of healthcare consumers to seek private alternatives when Medicare fails to perform.
The ruling brings Canada in line with all other developed countries who already allow private insurance and providers.
The direction in universal access systems is towards structural reforms that expand patient guarantees and choice.
It embodies the principle that governments should mandate services, not provide them direct"

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

National Post

What are our new values - and who establishes them ? PR
National Post: "Charles McVety, one of the most prominent and outspoken leaders of a religious coalition against same-sex marriage, compared the measure to support for drugs and prostitution, describing gay marriage as 'the slippery slope of the moral degradation of our society.'"

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Winnipeg Sun: NEWS - Unwanted takeover

Winnipeg Sun: NEWS - Unwanted takeover: "Unwanted takeover"

Osprey Media Group Inc. - St. Catharines Standard

Lets have an honest debate- not propaganda by those that fear service competition- QJ
Osprey Media Group Inc. - St. Catharines Standard: "But Thorold resident Barrett Smith dismissed the poll, calling it �the most ridiculous thing � as phoney as a $9 bill.�

Smith voted twice, at two different locations, to prove the poll was invalid, and he voted �no� both times because he�s in favour of private investment.

�Private is not as bad as they paint it,� said Smith, and the current model for funding health care �isn�t working.

�People are dying waiting, and there has to be something better, whether it�s two-tier or 10-tier, I don�t care. But it�s got to be better than what we�ve got now.�

Smith mistrusts the strong union backing of the Ontario and Niagara health coalitions, and he also objects to public libraries being used as poll locations.

The Niagara vote is the first of many the Ontario Health Coalition plans to hold across the province, said Natalie Mehra of Toronto, a spokeswoman for the coalition.

In May, the Ontario government introduced a five-year infrastructure plan that uses the term �innovative alternative financing� to describe the private funding of public infrastructure, including up to 23 new hospitals, said Mehra. "

Monday, June 27, 2005

Winnipeg Sun: NEWS - This can't continue

Government abuse in its most arrogant and intrusive from - disgusting PR
Winnipeg Sun: NEWS - This can't continue: "Criminals have more rights than someone being taken over by the Public Trustee.
At least they're presumed innocent until proven guilty and they eventually have their day in court where all the facts come out in front of a judge.
Not so with the totalitarian, communist-state approach of the Office of the Public Trustee. They just take over and that's the end of it. "

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Winnipeg Sun: NEWS - Cordial, but icy cold

Disgusting - citizens beware continued -PR

I didn't know what to expect when the Hanaway family invited me to sit in on their first face-to-face meeting with the government, who had just taken over the life of Thomas Hanaway, 80, for no apparent good reason

Winnipeg Sun: NEWS - Cordial, but icy cold: "

Sun, June 26, 2005

Cordial, but icy cold

Sun columnist sees rights being stolen

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I didn't know what to expect when the Hanaway family invited me to sit in on their first face-to-face meeting with the government, who had just taken over the life of Thomas Hanaway, 80, for no apparent good reason. "

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Winnipeg Sun: NEWS - Stripped of rights

Elders beware -this is frightening / PR

Winnipeg Sun: NEWS - Stripped of rights: "Stripped of rights

Public trustee takes control of man's life without consent


Thomas Hanaway, 80, never asked the government to take over his life. "

National Post

National Post: "'It was probably the most undemocratic display we have ever had in the Canadian Parliament,' Mr. Harper said. 'The three parties got together and decided to ram a budget bill through without even allowing the other party, the Official Opposition, even speak to it.'"

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Identity Theft Emergency - Sympatico / MSN Finance

Identity Theft Emergency - Sympatico / MSN Finance: "Identity Theft Emergency
Posted 6/13/2005

How to stop identity theft in 30 minutes
Your credit card bill just arrived in the mail and you notice a $500 charge for a lawnmower. But you live in an apartment, don't have a lawn and certainly did not purchase this item. You start to realize that this could be identity theft. Quick! What do you do next?
Your first 10 minutes should be used to call the creditor to notify them of the fraud, reverse the fraudulent charges and lock the account. Go over all the current and pending charges on this account with the creditor to see if there are any other fraudulent purchases that need to be reversed. Request new credit cards along with an official written notification to keep for your records.
Your next 10 minutes should be spent calling the credit bureaus to have fraud warnings placed on your credit profiles. TransUnion and Equifax can also help you look for other signs of identity theft on your credit files and restore accuracy. A fraud victim statement will remain on your credit profile for 5 years and can be removed earlier by request. This statement warns creditors that you have been a victim of identity theft and requests that they confirm your identity before granting new credit.
Your last 10 minutes should be spent contacting PhoneBusters ( to report your fraud incident and fill out an Identity Theft Statement. If the identity theft situation goes beyond basic credit card fraud, you should also contact your local law enforcement agency to file a police report. Keep copies of all your identity theft documents along with a log of your communications in a safe place. If your identity theft situation continues, you may need these documents to prove your case.
How quickly you spot and report identity theft can"

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Friday, June 10, 2005

FCPP Publications :: The Real Problem With Corruption

FCPP Publications :: The Real Problem With Corruption: "The Real Problem With Corruption
�Those who do not take an interest in politics will be ruled by those who do.�
Robert Sopuck

The recent revelations from the Gomery Inquiry are causing me great concern, but not for the usual reasons. We should all feel outraged at the waste of taxpayers� money for dubious purposes but, hey, governments are always wasting money. The real problem is the disengagement of the political process from democratic ideals.
Although it�s not the money that�s the main problem, when I think about what the Adscam money could have provided in real services to real people I do get a bit upset. For example, did you know that Canada Customs agents on the St. Lawrence River have no boats to patrol a crucial border region? The poor saps have to rent boats just like the rest of us. So much for controlling drugs, firearms, and tobacco smuggling into Canada. But I digress.
The important consideration? Corruption strikes at the very heart of a decent and just society. If citizens believe that public institutions are rife with corruption, Canadians will become corrupt themselves, as in, �Hey if everybody does it, then I�d better, too, in self-defence.� Even worse, honest citizens will become cynical and disengage from the political process, thereby leaving the field wide open by default to even more corruption.
Widespread and pervasive corruption creates institutions that become increasingly arbitrary and hence unfair. Canadians have a right to demand fairness from their public institutions. In fact �fairness� can be equated with �justice,� which in turn can be equated with democracy itself. Wasn�t it Pierre Elliot Trudeau who campaigned once on the slogan, �The Just Society?� Whether it�s figh"

FCPP Publications :: Hon. Bob Rae, Premier of Ontario, 1990-95

Interesting food for thought -a political leader who has been there actually believes in substance -how refreshing . Q-JFCPP Publications :: Hon. Bob Rae, Premier of Ontario, 1990-95: "Bob Rae: I mean we�re right now in a period of deep partisanship. There is an absence of long-term thinking. I think one of the real problems in public policy is that so much of the formulations by the politicians is short-term. I think you've got to have a much longer term where you want policy to go and that�s one of the real problems. Things are too partisan at the moment and there�s too much of a fixation on scandal and not enough of a focus on what�s going to be good for the country in the long run. That�s a real problem we face right now."

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Sympatico/MSN News - The private vs public Healt Care debate

This is a must backgrounder on the private vs public Health debate . QJ
Sympatico/MSN News - "Awaiting decision that could change health care in Canada
Last Updated Wed, 08 Jun 2005 22:23:59 EDT
CBC News
The Supreme Court of Canada will rule Thursday on whether it's unconstitutional to prevent someone from paying for private medical care � a case that could change the face of Canadian health care.
INDEPTH: Health Care

The plaintiffs � a Montreal patient and a doctor � want the court to strike down sections of the Quebec Hospital Insurance Act that prevent people from buying health insurance for medical procedures covered by the public health plan.
The two men have separate complaints, but the court decided to hear their court challenges together.
INDEPTH: Public vs. private health care - FAQs
In 1996, Montreal businessman George Zeliotis waited a year for hip replacement surgery. While waiting, he asked whether he could purchase insurance that would allow him to skip the public queue and pay directly for the surgery.
When he learned it was against the law, he took his case to court.
Canadians can buy private health insurance for things outside of public medicare such as prescriptions, physiotherapy or private hospital rooms.
The 73-year-old Zeliotis argued the year-long wait for surgery was unreasonable, endangered his life and infringed on the charter's guarantee of right to life, liberty and security.
The second plaintiff, Dr. Jacques Chaoulli, wants the court to overturn a Quebec provision preventing doctors who don't operate within the medicare plan from charging for services in public hospitals.
Chaoulli, who had tried but failed to set up a private hospital, represented himself before the court.
Observers believe there are three likely outcomes: keep health-care delivery as it is; all"

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Winnipeg Sun Editorial: Courts for all Canadians

Winnipeg Sun Editorial: Courts for all Canadians: "But we either have open courts or we don't. And open courts should include more than reporters with notepads and the occasional pencil-and-pastel artist furiously scribbling a rendition of what a prisoner or an accused looks like. Open courts mean that all members of the public should be able to see what's going on. It's part of having an accountable justice system.
Which, maybe, is why everyone in the legal system seems to be so scared to death of the idea. "

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Winnipeg Sun Editorial: Twisted tale of the tape

Winnipeg Sun Editorial: Twisted tale of the tape: "That's for police and courts to decide. But the tapes do indicate the original Liberal claims that they simply rejected all overtures from Grewal were nonsense -- and lies. Crime or no crime, are Martin and his Grits now suggesting that this kind of sleaze is acceptable behaviour for the most senior members of our government? What's more, is it any worse than the deal they evidently did make with Belinda Stronach? How much lower can they go? "

Osprey Media Group Inc. - Brantford Expositor

Thats a lot of Taxes -$10000 a month

Osprey Media Group Inc. - Brantford Expositor: "Hotel deal for downtown scuttled by lack of city funding: developer
Expositor Staff

By Michelle Ruby
Local News - Thursday, June 02, 2005 @ 01:00 "