In the midst of a campaign by his fellow city councillors to strip him of the bulk of his mayoral powers, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford took to radio and television to drive home his message this week, speaking to several U.S. networks and with CBC’s Peter Mansbridge. […]
Good news: Foreign Policy magazine may solve the dilemma for you. The Washington-based magazine demonstrates that Canadian opponents aren’t alone in thinking the “fifth generation fighter” (which sounds significant but really only means there were four earlier ones, kind of like owning a “fifth generation Oldsmobile”) is a disaster waiting to happen. In “The Jet that Ate the Pentagon” it pretty much dismembers the argument for the plane, largely on the basis that it will be insanely expensive (even more insanely than the costs known at present, and which the federal government sought valiantly to disguise by letting Defence Minister Peter MacKay be in charge). And besides the expense, it says, the planes don’t work very well, and aren’t likely to. […]
Potentially as damaging as the cost over-runs are the claims made by critics like military analyst Winslow Wheeler that the F-35 is a “virtual flying piano” that lacks agility and is grounded far too often for maintenance. The day the Auditor-General’s damning report on the F-35 fighter jets landed, the Harper government attempted to contain the damage by announcing the creation of a new “F-35 Secretariat” to oversee the process to replace Canada’s aging CF-18 fleet. […]
Three Freemasons: Canada Minister of Finance Bro. Jim Flaherty, Incoming Bank of Canada Governor Bro. Stephen Poloz, Outgoing Bank of Canada Governor/Incoming Bank of England Governor Bro. Mark Carney […]
National Post John Ivison: Trudeau’s incoherent gun registry position is a gift to his Liberal rivals
Dec 3, 2012 Bro. John Ivison
Sometime between now and the 2015 election, expect to see a Conservative Party attack ad featuring a YouTube clip of a rookie MP debating the long-gun registry with some university protesters on the steps in front of Parliament.
“The registry saves lives,” argues a young Justin Trudeau, passionately.
Cut to an interview on the Liberal leadership campaign trail. “The long-gun registry, as it was, was a failure and I’m not going to resuscitate it,” says a slightly older Mr. Trudeau.
In Hawkesbury, Ont., on Friday, Justin Trudeau threw the long-gun registry under his campaign bus.
This downright reasonable position simultaneously illustrates how unserious Canadian politics can be, and offers a strange glimmer of hope for improvement — strange because it’s coming from someone many people assumed, not without reason, was a fairly insubstantial, middle-of-the-road Grit, as wedded as any other to the party’s various myths and talismans.
A year ago at this time, po-faced Liberals were making political hay out of Conservatives being deliberately excluded from a Parliament Hill memorial for the 14 victims of the […]
Winnipeg Free Press May 18, 2012
Queen’s Jubilee guest list draws criticism due to inclusion of Bahrain, Swaziland kings Raphael Satter, The Associated Press
Caption: Queen Elizabeth II, right, looks on as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chat with King Hussein and Queen Rania of Jordan as guests arrive at a lunch for sovereign monarchs of the world, held in honour of the queen’s Diamond Jubilee, at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, Friday May 18, 2012. Critics are aghast at the choice of some guests for the lunch _ among them a king whose Gulf nation has been engaged in a brutal crackdown on political dissent.(AP Photo/ Arthur Edwards, Pool)
LONDON – Britain has come under criticism for inviting the king of Bahrain, whose Gulf state has engaged in a brutal crackdown on political dissent, to a lunch Friday celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.
The lunch in Windsor Castle was the largest gathering of foreign royals in Britain since Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson, Prince William, was married to Kate Middleton last year. Then, as now, the decision to extend an invitation to members of the Bahraini royal family has angered those who are upset […]
May 20, 2012
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Continue reading ‘Sovereigntist’ Bro. Lucien Bouchard takes on Quebec’s ‘general malaise’
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CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/04/04/f-vp-stewart-f-35-secrecy.html?cmp=googleeditorspick
Brian Stewart: The F-35 fiasco and Ottawa’s culture of secrecy Apr 4, 2012
By Brian Stewart, special to CBC News
Two Freemasons: CBC News Correspondant Bro. Brian Stewart and CBC News Anchor Bro. Peter Mansbridge
The who-knew-what about the real costs of the F-35 fighter jet Canada wants to purchase is worrisome enough. But at the heart of the fiasco is a far more serious concern about what public honesty means to this government.
It’s a sad state that few Canadians appear surprised by the auditor general’s findings that Parliament was kept in the dark over the real costs of this program and what looks to be a $10-billion overrun.
Many seem to assume that misleading and denying whenever it suits is a government’s normal default position. After all, this government seems to have done it for years on Afghanistan and with its other problems in national defence.
In my own attempts to unravel the F-35′s real costs I never once met a single soul outside government and knowledgeable about defence purchases who believed the prime minister’s promise that the planes could be delivered for a bargain-rate $75 million each.
Coyne: F-35 debacle demonstrates a system of government in collapse April 4, 2012
By Andrew Coyne, Postmedia News
Two Freemasons: Chief of Defense Staff Bro. Walter Natynzyk and Defense Minister Bro. Peter Mackay
There are so many layers of misconduct in the F-35 affair that it is difficult to know where to start. Do we especially deplore the rigging of operational requirements by defence officials to justify a decision that had already been made? Or should we focus on the government’s decision to buy the planes without even seeing the department’s handiwork? Is the scandal that the department deliberatedly understated the cost of the jets, in presentations to Parliament and the public? Or is it that its own internal figures, though they exceeded the published amounts by some $10-billon, were themselves, according to the Auditor General, gross underestimates?
It’s all of those things, of course, and more: a fiasco from top to bottom, combining lapses of professional ethics, ministerial responsibility and democratic accountability into one spectacular illustration of how completely our system of government has gone to hell.
This was, until last year’s shipbuilding contract, the largest single purchase in the country’s […]
National Post http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/03/06/jesse-kline-on-current-threats-to-internet-freedom-the-statists-strike-back/
Jesse Kline on current threats to Internet freedom: The statists strike back Mar 6, 2012
Two Freemasons: Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, right, and Public Safety Minister Vic Toews introduce bill C-30 in Ottawa Feb. 14.
The modern Internet is a product of the Cold War: Following the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, the U.S. military built a decentralized computer network that could continue to operate in the event of a nuclear attack. Where previous networks relied on a central server to facilitate the transfer of information, what came to be known as the Internet was decentralized, so that communication could continue even if a large part of the network was destroyed. The result was a communications medium that, to this day, is largely free from government censorship.
But that may change — unless those of us who treasure our online freedoms stand up to government efforts to monitor and even control our key strokes and page views.
The first major attempt by the U.S. government to enforce state control over the Internet came in the form of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Part of the Act, which was later struck down […]
Yahoo News http://ca.news.yahoo.com/former-u-vp-dick-cheney-deems-canada-too-202939638.html
Former U.S. vp Dick Cheney deems Canada too dangerous for speaking visit
Mon, 12 Mar, 2012 By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
Former Vice President Dick Cheney addresses the third annual Washington Ideas Forum
TORONTO – Former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney has cancelled a Canadian speaking appearance due to security concerns sparked by demonstrations during a visit he made to Vancouver last fall, the event promoter said Monday.
Cheney, whom the protesters denounced as a war criminal, was slated to talk about his experiences in office and the current American political situation at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on April 24.
However, Ryan Ruppert, of Spectre Live Corp., said Cheney and his daughter Elizabeth had begged off via their agent.
“After speaking with their security advisers, they changed their mind on coming to the event,” Ruppert said.
“(They) decided it was better for their personal safety they stay out of Canada.”
Last Sept. 26, Cheney’s appearance in Vancouver was marred by demonstrators who blocked the entrances to the exclusive Vancouver Club.
The activists, who at one point scuffled with police, called for Cheney’s arrest for war crimes and booed guests as they […]
This documentary shows how the glories of war become enshrined in history. How failures are quickly forgotten and how inconvenient truths are ignored forever. With stunning reenactments, evocative animation and the incisive commentary of key experts, The War of 1812 presents the strange and awkward conflict that shaped the destiny of a continent.
Watch the full episode. See more The War of 1812.
On the same day that the Second Continental Congress convened, Ethan Allen, along with Arnold, who was then his lieutenant, launched a surprise attack on Ticonderoga, the fort so bitterly contested a generation before. Stores of weapons and munitions were captured, including artillery. Five weeks later, the colonists, working secretly during the night, pre-empted British plans to fortify Boston by erecting their own emplacements on two ridges overlooking the city, Breed’s Hill and Bunker Hill. Their nominal commander was Brigadier Artemus Ward, another veteran of the French-Indian War, but their guiding spirit was Joseph Warren of St. Andrew’s Lodge.
General Thomas Gage was subsequently to be blamed for what happened next, but the real responsibility lay with Sir William Howe […]
Toronto Sun Anti-abortion protesters hope Harper will re-open debate
Thursday, May 12, 2011 By Kristy Kirkup, Parliamentary Bureau
Freemason PM Stephen Harper Making Masonic Recognition Signal in House of Commons, Ottawa
OTTAWA – Thousands of protesters gathered on Parliament Hill Thursday and marched through Ottawa streets to demand the federal government outlaw abortion.
“We won’t rest until, once again, a culture of life has been restored to Canada,” said Jim Hughes, the National President of the Campaign Life Coalition.
The anti-abortion organization has held an annual rally in Ottawa for 14 years. Church and school groups are among those who attend every year.
During the election, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said his government would not support opening up the abortion issue.
“The government will not bring forward any such legislation and any such legislation that is brought forward will be defeated as long as I am prime minister,” Harper said.
Anti-abortion activists are not holding their breath for Harper to change the law. Instead, they are hoping newly elected MPs will lead the charge.
“Harper has never been pro-life and so we don’t expect much from him,” said Hughes. “We expect a lot from […]
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Further Reading: Protestantism and Freemasonry – The KJV, Bacon, Fludd, Luther, and Rosicrucian Cabals
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