November 03, 2006

Nov. 3, 2006: Various #1

Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Workopolis, TorStar, BCE, Desmarais and Power

National Recruitment for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games kicks-off at, CNW Telbec /

<< "Corporate athletes" wanted for 1,200 full-time, 3,500 temporary and 25,000 volunteer Games positions >>

TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - Workopolis, Canada's leading provider of Internet recruiting, career and job search solutions, today announced it has been selected as the exclusive Official Supplier of Online Recruitment for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). [....]

Workopolis is a unique and complementary partnership of three Canadian media companies, The Globe and Mail division of Bell Globemedia, Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. and Gesca Ltd., the newspaper publishing subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada. Workopolis has offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Guelph, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

Isn't it cozy to have a Desmarais daughter-in-law and Jean Chretien's daughter, France, on the board for the Olympics? ... access ... power ... results ... or maybe it is coincidental ...

'My Dream? The World' , Sunday October 8, 2006, The Observer,,1889950,00.html

After her sister, Helene, married Paul Desmarais Jr, the son of Paul Desmarais, head of the Power Corporation of Canada and worth an estimated $3.9bn according to Forbes magazine [....]

I don't believe we travel in the same circles.

Maurice Strong, Eleanor Clitheroe, Ontario Hydro

Chairman Mo resurfaces to blow horn, By Judi McLeod, October 18, 2006

[....] "I was the one who lured Clitheroe into Ontario Hydro," Strong recalled in an article published in Canadian Business (October 9-22).....(A government contract subsequently led Clitheroe to Ontario's Ministry of Finance, where she became deputy minister.) ....

This from the same guy who would entreat us that Kofi and Kojo are on the up and up. [....]

While [Maurice] Strong boasts about his one-dollar salary, he neglects to mention the fact that he used millions of Hydro dollars to sink into a Costa Rican rainforest. [....]

I don't recall reading that in the mainstream media. Strange.

Tories pulled off leak-free announcement, Alexander Panetta, Nov. 1, 06

[....] The prime minister told his troops that an income-splitting announcement would mean significant tax savings for many senior citizens and help them enjoy their retirement. [....]

Update on Basi's Boys ...

How much do you want to bet that justice will prevail? ... Will the system will kick in ... in the service of those who gain from it?

B.C. attorney general expresses concern that premier wiretapped by RCMP , Scott Sutherland, Nov. 1, 06

[....] The court heard police obtained a wiretap for a government cellular phone without telling the authorizing judge it was a government phone.

That led to police inadvertently eavesdropping on a conversation between Basi's boss, then-finance minister Gary Collins and the premier. [....]

Remember, Collins moved from government to BC Rail, I believe. It must have been a sure thing to leave a ministerial position.

Possible mistrial raised in corruption case linked to B.C. legislature raid -- re: Dave Basi, Bobby Virk, BC Rail privatization , Terri Theodore, Nov. 2, 06

[....] Bolton and other defence lawyers want access to the RCMP project room where the evidence is kept.

[....] Those privileged documents were taken from the legislature during a raid by RCMP officers looking for evidence in December 2003.

Police searched the offices of Dave Basi and Bobby Virk. [....] [....]

You did know this was coming, surely?

Too much English on Net, warns expert, The Australian — This story is from our network Source: From correspondents in Vouliagmeni, Greece, November 02, 2006 -- posted by starboardside Nov 01, 2006

EXPERTS at a UN forum on internet governance warned that the predominant use of English on the worldwide web needs to be checked before it crowds out other languages.

They fear forms of cultural knowledge accumulated over centuries of human progress could be lost for ever.

“Some 90 per cent of 6000 languages (at use today) are not represented on the internet,” said Yoshinori Imai of NHK, Japan's Broadcasting Corporation. [....]

You did realize that the UN's Cultural Diversity Protocol so eagerly wanted by the language industry and others encompassed much more than culture and language, didn't you? If not, it might be wise to catch up. Dyane Adam, Canada's last language tzar was away ahead of the rest of the citizenry in understanding the implications ... Think a trip to China, Paul Martin's signature on the UN Cultural Diversity Protocol Nov. 2005, the desperation on the part of the Heritage Department (website in PQ at that time) to work for its ratification, the UN/UNESCO influence in PQ, Heritage, DFAIT ... Paris ... etc.

There have been several posts on this topic, one group here for a start: FHTR Jan. 29 - Feb. 3, 2006

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No Indoctrination 1, No Element of Coercion, No Global Aspirations
No Indoctrination 2: No Outside Influences?
No Indoctrination 3: No Coercion, Helping the Poor of Africa & the World
No Indoctrination 4: Francophone Countries Gain
No Indoctrination 5: Summit's Outcome Important for Islamic Countries
No Indoctrination 6: Control & the CRTC, Protection, Language, Industries & the CRTC [added Feb. 5, 06 -- scroll down past #5 for it.]
No Indoctrination -&- Six Features of Socialism
No Indoctrination: Elections Canada & Student Vote? [That question mark indicated my questioning how such indoctrination was allowed in some schools, some classrooms.]

Corrections: Prisoners

Violent prisoners paid to play Scrabble , Richard Ford, Oct. 18, 06

VIOLENT and disruptive prisoners are being paid by the Prison Service to play Scrabble, look after fish tanks and learn the guitar, according to a jail watchdog report published today.

Offenders with a long history of causing trouble in prisons are being paid to undertake a range of activities in a “jail within a jail” at Whitemoor top-security prison. [....]

Online ID fraud growing

Online fraud risk growing: Cavoukian -- Microsoft exploring safe identity cards, Oct. 19, 2006. 05:54 AM, Surya Bhattacharya, Business reporter

[....] Info cards are being designed to better protect users against online identity theft and Internet fraud. [note how benign what I italicized is]

The "virtual wallet" will be a series of online cards, called info cards, that will be used instead of typing in sensitive personal information for every purchase made online. [....]

Info cards will help bypass retailers who hold onto personal information indefinitely, making them attractive targets for hackers. [....]

Microsoft will launch Cardspace, an inter-operable program that enables the use of info cards, when it introduces Microsoft Vista, its new operating system, early next year. [....]

Who would have access to and/or control the "Info cards"? Microsoft? Who work for Microsoft? Is there any outsourcing to workers in other countries? Think about it. Give us an operating system developed in the free West, a company which employs their own citizens and does not outsource anything as esoteric (to most users) as the computer coding to aliens. Some young computer whiz should think of that for a business. Or is it too late to fight against the power of the MS/OS behemoth?

Is this lawsuit continuing?

I heard that Kerry apologized but didn't hear to whom nor for what.

POW Lawsuit Could Force Kerry To Come Clean On Vietnam ‘War Crimes’ Charges - by George "Bud" Day, Chairman, Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation, (10/15/2006)

Col. George E. "Bud" Day, USAF (Ret.,) was a POW in North Vietnam for five years, seven months and 13 days. He served in three wars (WWII, Korea, and Vietnam) and earned the Medal of Honor. He is the Air Force’s most decorated living veteran. He is the Director and President of the Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation, Inc., an organization created to better educate and inform the public about the Vietnam War, its events, its history, and the men and women who sacrificed to serve their country.

Thirty five years ago John Kerry slandered an entire generation of men who fought in Vietnam branding them as a "war criminals." Today, much of the same thing is being said about our young men and women in Iraq.

Now, a lawsuit filed in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas will test the very foundation of Kerry’s anti-war persona for the first time. .... This time Kerry may finally be forced to answer for the events that launched his public career, one that made him an anti-war hero for many American liberals and a turncoat for millions of Vietnam veterans.

The lawsuit (Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation, et al. v. Kenneth Campbell, et al.) challenges the basis, the factual accuracy of then-Lt. (j.g.) Kerry’s acrimonious testimony before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1971. It was there Kerry’s public career was catapulted with his now ubiquitous portrayal of American soldiers as murderers, rapists and torturers "who ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam . . . [and] razed villages in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan."

Kerry said then his accusations were based on the so-called "testimony" of "150 honorably discharged" Vietnam veterans who, like himself, claimed to have committed or witnessed "war crimes, not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command." [....]

Bureaucracy or Parents?

Garth Turner on spending taxpayer money to set up a daycare bureaucracy or on the parents of children, posted by IamCanadian, Oct. 18, 06

[....] Instead of having every parent get this money, Halton Region wants the federal and provincial governments to hand over $23.1 million (of your tax dollars) to create just 600 new child care spaces. This would leave 34,400 children in Halton with no new child care spaces. It would leave more than 15,000 families with no extra money at all to help defray family expenses. But this cash would create new Halton Region employees who would run the child care. [....]


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