OTTAWA — The H1N1 influenza outbreak on reserves in Manitoba took centre stage on the national news agenda early last week when a Senate committee summoned federal health officials to explain what was going on.It was nice to see this issue actually getting the attention from the federal government it should have been getting from the moment the first cases showed up in St. Theresa Point.
But it also brought home how far away Ottawa can be from the on-the-ground realities in Canada.
Several minutes of debate were spent on whether or not it could possibly be true that communities in Canada don’t have running water.
One senator even acknowledged he’d never even been to a remote reserve.
When the members of a committee tasked with studying aboriginal issues don’t even know that many reserves in remote areas of this country don’t have running water, it’s no wonder these communities have been unable to shed Third World living conditions.
It also is discouraging that one of the chief recommendations to the committee was an independent task force to figure out what went wrong and develop solutions before the fall, when the virus is expected to make a potentially more menacing appearance.
British Columbia Senator Larry Campbell at least got a few laughs when he pointed out having a task force complete any sort of meaningful work by the fall is unlikely.
“It will be fall before they even figure out who will be on it,” he quipped.
Also of note at the committee was one senator, whose name I didn’t catch, who seemed tired of listening to Health Canada officials explain all the reasons why everything is under control on the affected reserves, despite so much evidence to the contrary.
“One of the things that always amazes me about civil servants,” the senator said dryly. “You always give the impression things are OK.”
But in the middle of the hearing, there was at least a sign that one senator in that room got that the outbreak of H1N1 is a symptom of the ills of our reserves and what is required is more than just speeding up shipments of hand sanitizer.
Conservative Senator Gerry St. Germain, the committee chairman, issued a call to arms to all governments in Canada to stop the status quo.
“Unless we do something differently we’re going to continue to get the same results,” he said.
“We’ve created a horror story out there as a society for the last 100 and some years for First Nations people. It’s time the (Assembly of First Nations) and every group, the governments, oppositions, whoever, start working together and making a difference in First Nations’ quality of life or else it’s going to victimize all of us… We are the healthiest and the wealthiest and it’s up to us to do something.”
HEY I ONCE HAD WRITTEN A LONG TIME AGO THAT THE TOO OFTEN SELF CENTERED, PROUD PEOPLE OF ALBERTA DO REALLY NEED TO STOP BASHING THE POOR PEOPLE, AND THOSE ON SOCIAL AID, FOR A DAY WILL COME THAT THEY TOO WILL BE NEEDING SOCIAL AID AND THAT DAY HAS COME..
so in Calgary Eaton’s centre they have a tombstone marking the death of the Calgary Bible church after it’s pastors sold their spiritual birthrights to become now politicians and the main church died?
the fools who think that Preston Manning who seems to be talking always about money, the root of all evil, or PM Stephen Harper who acts like the devil, are Christians are absolutely naïve as well..
It is here a gross distortion by the revenue generating traffic police to say that all the fatalities, accidents were caused by speeding alone, but yes it is true if no one was driving there would be no car accidents too, and no need for the police at all..
Hey we have loads of example of how ruthless, crooked the cops are now in Canada.. their self regulation does not work, and Canada wide now too. None of this is acceptable. and the overall justice system, Justice Ministers are already known world wide to be really bad too. Hey we have loads of example of how ruthless, crooked the cops are now in Canada.. their self regulation does not work, and Canada wide now too. None of this is acceptable. and the overall justice system, Justice Ministers are already known world wide to be really bad too.
Deerfoot blitz catches speeders Calgary Herald January 27, 2009 Calgary police are warning motorists to slow down on Deerfoot Trail after handing out nearly 200 traffic tickets during a weekend crackdown on the freeway. The fastest speeder was clocked at 158 km/h and several were stopped doing 130-140 km/h. Two 24-hour licence suspensions were handed out, both before 10 a.m. Police say the drivers were likely still intoxicated from the night before. “I expected the numbers to be high, but 195 summonses by four officers is a lot,” said Sgt. Paul Sieracki with the traffic section. Sieracki said he oversaw the blitz with the four traffic officers.They spent about six hours each day enforcing traffic laws on Deerfoot Saturday and Sunday.
The point was to highlight dangerous driving habits. “Every year, we lose 50 to 60 people due to motor vehicle collisions (throughout the city),” said Sieracki. “These are need-less deaths that can be prevented.” Traffic officers also saw several instances of aggressive driving and changing lanes without signalling. “It doesn’t surprise me at all police were able to charge that many people,”said Ald. Andre Chabot. “Deerfoot has been referred to as the Deerfoot 500 for a reason, a lot of people tend to speed on it.” A safety audit conducted on Deerfoot by the province with the co-operation of the city came up with a recommendation to dedicate a squad of officers — possibly a combination of city police and Alberta traffic sheriffs–to enforce the traffic laws on the busy highway… http://www.canada.com/news/Deerfoot+blitz+catches+speeders/1222299/story.html
and you allow to have to drink alcohol, allow him to own a fast car, build a six lane highway, and then you hypocrticaly give him also a speeding ticket?
The Ontario Provincial Police has impounded one of its own cars and suspended an officer under the province’s year-old street racing legislation. The OPP intelligence officer, driving an unmarked OPP car, was stopped by a fellow officer on Highway 403 near Brantford for travelling 65 km/h above the posted 100 km/h limit, according to the OPP. The subsequent investigation found the officer was not within the lawful execution of her duties at the time. In accordance with so-called street racing rules under the Highway Traffic Act – defined as driving 50 km/h over the limit – Detective Const. Heidi Fischer had her driver’s licence suspended and the police car was impounded, both for seven days. This is the third OPP vehicle impounded under the legislation. A fire truck has also been impounded. http://www.canada.com/news/Police+impounded+after+female+officer+allegedly+clocked/1277638/story.html
This news item substantiates something I have said for decades, police often love to speed, and secondly they also do own some of the hottest, fastest cars as well.. but here I have to say as well that speeding is only 15 percent of the reasons people have car accidents, whereas drunk drivers cause 3 times as much car accidents, 45 percent of accidents , and yet the police do not go after drunk drivers enough or all the year rather too.. and why is that too now?
Also when William Elliott was appointed RCMP commissioner in 2007, the challenges ahead were monumental. It fell to Elliott, a career civil servant, to rebuild the tattered remains of our once-proud national police force, and restore public trust in an institution that had badly fallen into disrepute. The 24,000-member force was “horribly broken,” according to an independent review at the time.
Less than two years later, the force is even worse off, and Elliott has failed to deliver. He needs to step aside –or be fired–so someone more effective and trustworthy can again try to restore accountability, transparency and integrity to our damaged Mounties.
Elliott has proven he’s as much out of touch as was his predecessor, Giuliano Zaccardelli. Canadians are rightly outraged by the persistent culture of arrogance, overzealous policing and coverups that have for too long been the norm.
-An independent body of civilians is needed to investigate homicides involving police. It’s obvious that police investigating themselves isn’t working. There have been too many coverups, and the public has lost trust.
-A new commissioner is needed. Elliott has to go. He has lost credibility and can no longer lead this troubled organization back to health.
The iconic tradition of Canada’s Mounties dates back to May 23, 1873. The red serge of their uniforms has come to represent honour, order and a proud past. But red is also the colour of shame. Without drastic change, that will be the sad legacy of this once meaningful organization.
Want to get really depressed? Just visit an old age home, where you have mostly retired seniors in their late 80’s and talk to them firsthand, and often hear them say “the longer I live on earth, the more I see how wicked, corrupted place it really is”. Now I too have experienced the same thing, such as crooked lawyers, bad cops, useless civil servants, useless politicians, bad, corrupted pastors even but I next did something good about it..
Now sadly in my course of daily activities, travel I do personally encounter too often still unacceptably abusive, wicked persons and I have two simple choices: I take an ostrich or sheep approach and I can pretend, lie that I did not see it, or that does not concern me or rather I can take real, positive actions to insure the same unacceptable wicked person does not repeat their bad acts.
One reason too many wicked persons do not repent it cause they seem to think I too am only one person, another one of those too typical complainers, loud mouthed person whose bark is worse than his bite.. and it does seem we have mostly that type of complainers now too.
But in real life there are a few things that get my blood boiling, cause my blood pressure to rise and cause me to act immediately.. that especially includes abusive pastors, abusive cops, abusive medical care workers, and crooked, accountants, bad lawyers, crooked corporate managers, bad politicians too now too as you all can see in posts.
Now I too have learned the great secret in helping bad people to personally repent or to change their wicked ways.. the public exposure and the demand of their rightful prosecuting, dismissal of the same wicked persons, as well as their bad superiors, and generally best done not by a phone call, but rather done in writing, with many copies to the right parties, news media, ministers, elected offices and also openly to the general public next too even such as those you do eventually see on my web blogs https://postedat.wordpress.com/ and http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/ created special blogs where I do, have placed the unacceptable wrong doings of others towards me and others, and thus I let them experience their own appiroaite consequence.
Public exposure and the related prosecution of of the unrepentant wicked persons serves best interest.
Now crooked civil and public professionals, crooked realtors, crooked accounts, crooked business persons are not the only bad guys I have encountered in Canada, there have also been the crooked hospital administrators, perverse internet service providers such as Bell and Acanac as well, where they have a very wide, oceanic gulf between what the sales- marketing department promises and what they next do deliver as well.. and if you try to complaint too much to them they tend next to lie about you, and try to cut you off too. Bell Canada does not discriminate, show partiality, it seems ready to abuse anyone.. Canada’s telcos such as Bell are at a clear disadvantage in the battle with the cable companies, for internet speeds as well, cable firms have modern coaxial cable networks that support greater bandwidth use than the phone companies’ too common mostly copper wire and so in overcoming this Bell resorts to lies, false misleading advertisements for years now too.