October 25, 2006

Oct. 25, 2006: Various #2

Tory crime-fighting bill gutted by combined opposition forces, Jim Brown, NatPost / CP, October 24, 2006


OTTAWA -- Justice Minister Vic Toews is lambasting the three federal opposition parties for banding together to gut a Conservative bill aimed at severely curbing the ability of judges to sentence convicted criminals to house arrest rather than jail time.

“What it means is that very serious crimes are still open to house arrest - including crimes like break and enter into people’s dwelling houses, arson, robberies,” [Justice Minister Vic] Toews said Tuesday.

Bill C-9, introduced in May, was trumpeted by the Tories as a key part of their law-and-order legislative agenda. [....]

The house arrest bill was coupled at its introduction last spring with another piece of legislation that would impose mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes. [....]

Prime Minister Harper on Women’s History Month

[....] This year, Women’s History Month is focusing on Aboriginal Women

“Canada’s New Government is also making history. For too long Canadian law has denied equality to native women living on reserves by failing to recognize their matrimonial property rights. Our government is now taking action to right this historical wrong and make sure that Aboriginal women living on reserves have the same matrimonial property rights as all Canadian women. [....]

Former Alberta bureaucrat to plead guilty to money laundering, Charles Rusnell, CanWest News Service; Edmonton Journal, October 22, 2006


EDMONTON - Flamboyant Edmonton businessman Michael Ritter is expected to plead guilty Friday to charges related to what is believed to be the largest money laundering case in Alberta's history and a massive $270-million US Ponzi scheme in California.

In return for his guilty plea to two new charges sworn in provincial court last week, Ritter, who is Alberta's former chief parliamentary counsel, will no longer face extradition to Los Angeles where, if convicted, the 49-year-old would likely have died in prison. [....]

Margaret Trudeau urges Ottawa to increase foreign aid to 0.7% of GDP, CanWest, October 24, 2006


[....] a charity that digs wells in small African villages, she has just returned from an 11-day tour of some of the poorest places on Earth. [....] [....]

I love it. Margaret's heart was touched ... or she was a paid spokeswoman for the charitable agency and her fare was paid. Anyway, her heart extends to other people's money--a good Liberal. She came home, having been affected ... and wants taxpayers to pay more.

What has been accomplished with the millions of taxpayers money sent to Africa for the poorest over years ? Not much. Other than marrying and divorcing Pierre Trudeau, what has Margaret Trudeau accomplished in her life ... that Canadians should listen to her, as opposed to a neighbour, about how much aid should be given or whether to even continue in the same ineffective manner? [Think how little AIDS information has changed behaviour.] Her plea is leftist / Liberal politicking, nothing more. She may be a loving mother and a caring person ... but I am bored with celebrity spokespeople. Think Hollywood. Think Madonna as adoptive mother, example to the world. We are able to read, listen, view documentaries / films and choose our own charitable endeavours without help from celebrities.

Muslims and Doctors in France...., October 23, 2006


France's leading gynecologists have challenged hard-line Muslims to bow to France's secular, "modern" rules of society and to stop insisting that female doctors examine their wives. [....]

The college said: "Thirty years ago, Muslim women came into our hospitals without any alarm at being taken into the care of doctors, most of whom were men, and there were none of these difficulties. [....]


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