Friday, July 31, 2009

economic progress report

Board: Canada's economic recovery on track
OTTAWA (UPI) -- Some regions of Canada are already out of recession
and the rest will follow suit in 2010, the independent Conference
Board of Canada think-tank said Thursday.

In a release from Ottawa, the board said the central province of
Manitoba and the Maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and
Prince Edward Island are on track to post growth this year, but others
will take longer, the board's summer provincial outlook said.

"All provinces will recover slowly over the next year. Saskatchewan,
British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario are expected to post the
strongest growth in 2010," said analyst Marie-Christine Bernard.

The board warned recovery would come with costs to taxpayers.

"The economic recovery as forecast over the medium term will not
suffice on its own to bring regional governments back into surpluses,"
the report said. "The implication is that, sooner or later, provinces
will have to boost taxes and cut spending in order to return to a
balanced budget."

The board forecast Newfoundland/Labrador would experience the slowest
recovery of all the provinces in 2010.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Organic food has no added health benefits: study - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Organic food has no added health benefits: study - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): "Organic food has no added health benefits: study
Posted Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:14am AEST

Waste of money? Organic vegetables (www.flickr.com: Darius, file photo)Organic food has no nutritional or health benefits over conventionally produced food, according to a major study published overnight."

interesting read and food for thought

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

NewsMax.com Article forwarded by a friend

Please check out the article I read at NewsMax.com:
http://www.newsmax.com/health/health_spending_obesity_/2009/07/28/240805.html

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What is the state of the economy?

A interesting note on the USA economy

FYI.
--- On Wed, 7/29/09, cfo-newsletter@emailblitz.com
<cfo-newsletter@emailblitz.com> wrote:

From: cfo-newsletter@emailblitz.com <cfo-newsletter@emailblitz.com>
Subject: What is the state of the economy?
To:
Received: Wednesday, July 29, 2009, 1:37 PM

What is the state of the economy? It seems each day brings us a new
set of "signs", and a new set of prognosticators telling us how close,
far, or indeterminate our situation is from recovery.
Take for example two reports, one from the Wall Street Journal and one
from CapLease, both published only days apart in July.

 1.  CapLease cites employment data and states: "After 18 months of
economic decline, we are seeing signs that the deepest recession in a
century may be close to hitting bottom and the economy gradually
recovering. The Labor Department reported that 345, 000 jobs were lost
in May – well below the 650,000 average monthly job loss in the first
quarter and the 504,000 loss in April."

2.    Now compare this to the Wall Street Journal story, subtlety
titled "The Economy is Even Worse than You Think"

    "The Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary estimate for job
losses for June is 467,000, which means 7.2 million people have lost
their jobs since the start of the recession. The cumulative job losses
over the last six months have been greater than for any other half
year period since World War II, including the military demobilization
after the war. The job losses are also now equal to the net job gains
over the previous nine years, making this the only recession since the
Great Depression to wipe out all job growth from the previous
expansion."
Here we have two reports using relatively the same numbers, with both
coming to wildly different outlooks of both the present and future.
This is not to fault the process it just demonstrates how differently
the filtering mechanisms of disparate brains can sort things out.

·         Home prices dropped 7% in the first quarter of 2009, while
home sales saw an increase in March and April - 45% of home sales this
year were distressed properties sold in foreclosure auctions.
·         Since their peak in 2006, home prices have fallen 32% and
now match their 2002 levels.
·         It is estimated that housing is 18-20% below fair value at
today's prices; three years ago it was estimated to be overvalued by
35%.
·         5.4 million out of 45 million homes in the U.S. (12%) are
either delinquent or in foreclosure, with the number continuing to
rise.
·         By February 2009 the number of prime mortgages delinquent
for at least 90 days, in foreclosure, or turned over to a lender was
at 1.5 million, totaling over $224 billion in loans.
·         The Consumer Confidence Index hit 54 in May, it's highest
point since last September and up from 40.9 in April. This constituted
the greatest gain since April 2003. A Reading of 90 is considered
          "normal".
·         Between March and April, personal after tax income rose by
$131.5 billion (1.1%). $121.8 billion of the increase resulted from
reduced taxes and increased unemployment benefits. $44 billion could
be         traced back to stimulus programs.
·         Consumer spending declined 0.01% in April, as consumers
saved 5.7% of their after tax income.. In March they saved 4.5% and
one year ago they saved 0%. Consumer Spending is estimated to make
   up nearly 70% of GDP..
·         Mortgage debt now accounts for 70% of GDP, in the 1990's it
averaged about 46%. Household debt is at 96% of GDP, it was less than
50% in the 1980's.
·         Total industrial production saw an annualized decrease of
20% in the first quarter of 2009. This continues a trend of four
periods of harsh declines.
·         Commercial paper volume is at $1.5 trillion. Companies sold
$55 billion of stock between January and May, making that the busiest
period since 2000.
·         It is estimated that 60% of CMBS loans made between 2005 and
2007 will not qualify for refinancing at maturity.
·         Unemployment is at 9.4%.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Fwd: FW: National Post Story

Canada looks likely to become in the 2010s what the United States has
been since 1980: the English-speaking world's beacon of enterprise and
limited government. Canada now seems poised to collect its due rewar

Subject: National Post Story
http://www.nationalpost.com/story.html?id=1826896


Canada emerges as limited government case study..

7/25/2009 12:00:00 AM

Our time to shine

David Frum, National Post
Published: 7/25/2009 12:00:00 AM

Canada and the U. S. are experimenting with two radically different
responses to the great recession of 2008-09. The Obama administration
has opted for a massive increase in government spending and government
debt. It enacted a colossal stimulus package, followed by a topped-up
supplemental budget for the second half of the 2009 fiscal year and an
even more extravagant budget for 2010. U. S. federal budget deficits
are exceeding a trillion dollars a year; over the next 10 years, the
country will accept more debt relative to national income than at any
time since the end of Second World War -- and that's before counting
the cost of the President's ambitious health-care plans. (Obama
insists his plans will save money but nobody believes it --not even
the Democrats' own Congressional Budget Office.)

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

FCPP Publications :: Study Cites Privatization In Productivity Gains

FCPP Publications :: Study Cites Privatization In Productivity Gains: "Study Cites Privatization In Productivity Gains

Scott Deveau, Financial Post, June 26, 2009

In a page seemingly ripped out of the free-marketer's handbook, a new study argues productivity has surged in Canada's transportation sector over the past two decades primarily thanks to three factors: privatization, deregulation and increased competition.
From 1981 to 2006, while business productivity overall rose 0.2% on average per year, productivity increased 3.6% in the freight rail sector and 2% in the airline sector, according to the report yesterday from the Conference Board of Canada."

Friday, July 17, 2009

Fwd: Make MPs reveal expenses



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Not surprisingly, the British scandal has prompted Canada's auditor general to want to examine MP spending here. Clearly this is necessary. That's why the CTF's Kevin Gaudet told CTV the books should be opened for all to see.
 
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  2. All MPs expenses should be put online for all to see, similar to Toronto city councillors.
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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Whistleblower protection Goes Global

Whistleblower protection Goes Global: "Our planet is beset by huge problems – from the instability of our finanical systems to climate change and global poverty – that are in part due to irresponsibility, misconduct and even illegality by governments and corporations. We need mechanisms – laws and institutions – that will help citizens to take back control of society: so that we can direct the planet's resources towards serving humanity and the public interest."

There is strength in numbers- lets re-establish merit and value in our governance system. PR

Brantord Letters to the editor

All governments must pay closer attention to hardship

Two recent items by local news outlets should be cause for the members of our city council, MPP and MP to sit up, very straight, and take serious note of what is happening to the people living and paying taxes in this city.

Food bank demands are increasing. Brantford has an unemployment rate hovering around 10.9%, Canadian unemployment numbers hover around 8.6%.

Our MP voted to stall EI restructuring. We are second in the filing of personal bankruptcy in Ontario, up 60.3% over the same period in 2008.

The article touches on, but does not provide, the number of homes in the city that are going into bank foreclosure, or forced sale because people can no longer afford them. Businesses throughout this city are suffering as these numbers grow.

Our MPP lauds the new harmonized tax that will be the largest tax grab in this province's history and add further burdens to families already struggling.

The city receives their property taxes, be it from the bank or homeowner, but the loss to these families cannot have a price attached to it.

This council lauds the stimulus money being poured into the city, as photo opportunities are taken with each handout, but they are not providing the cost to the city taxpayer.

We will pay once at the federal level, once at the provincial level and once at the city level for every dollar attached to stimulus spending.

This city needs to stop spending and not just focus on a "zero budget increase" but on a "zero tax increase."

Mary O'Grady Brantford


Let's get a new city team for new talks with county

Land negotiations between the City of Brantford and the County of Brant must be reestablished with a new negotiation team for the greater common good.

The taxpayers of Brant and Brantford should not be penalized by the breakdown between the city and the county in land negotiations. We believe cooler heads should prevail to unlock the new tax revenue, the new jobs and new business potential represented by the estimated 5,000 acres held hostage by the dispute. Not using the land potential for a higher and needed use is both unfair and wasteful to all -- the property owners, the general taxpayers and the local economy.

If we cannot resolve local issues amongst ourselves, the province, as a higher authority, can force terms that could be less beneficial than a locally negotiated and controlled solution. This is a bad precedent for our local long-term autonomy.

Prior to giving up our jurisdiction over this dispute, we, the Brant Taxpayers Coalition, recommend that a new, more senior negotiation committee be established to resolve the issue. We suggest that the mayor and mayoral candidates -- councillors Littell, Sless and Cesci- Smith -- be part of this new committee. All members proposed have a track record of steady leadership and cool-headed, not inflammatory, and fair actions -- traits needed to resolve this important growth or anti-stagnation local issue with the county.

If it is broken, we can and should fix it locally, and remove those who are obstacles or in the way of progress, positive benefits and results for all parties concerned.

S. Holle Brantford

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

City cleared to buy properties - Brantford Expositor - Ontario, CA

City cleared to buy properties - Brantford Expositor - Ontario, CA: "In a report released Tuesday on the results of a hearing of necessity under the Expropriation Act, inquiry officer Victor Freidin held that the city's bid 'is reasonably defensible' to acquire 'in the public interest' all the lands belonging to owners who objected to the city's ongoing bid to take over 41 properties on or around the south side of Colborne is 'reasonably defensible.'
The sole exception is the property with the tall building at 35 to 39 Colborne, owned Donald Fines and Co. Inc.
Freidin held that the city's case fell short on several points, and that the 'private interest outweighs the public interest.'"

taxpayer alert - how much will this cost? PR

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Whistle-blowing, public appointments, conflicts offices have no influence

Whistle-blowing, public appointments, conflicts offices have no influence: "Whistle-blowing, public appointments, conflicts offices have no influence
Stephen Harper set up watchdog offices, but most have yet to make an impact on government.
By Cynthia M√ľnster
Hill Times: July 13th, 2009
The Commissioner of Lobbying, the Public Appointments Commission, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal, the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, and the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner, all created by Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Federal Accountability Act have yet to make a difference in the federal landscape, say machinery of government experts.
With the visible exception of the Parliamentary Budget Officer, the offices and commissioners created have not yet had a measurable impact."

Why we need more public oversight - the Canadian Citizen Accountaility Act- How about building confidence and trust by using the public as an oversight group? PR

Monday, July 13, 2009

John Tory would beat David Miller, Ipsos-Reid poll finds - Posted Toronto

John Tory would beat David Miller, Ipsos-Reid poll finds - Posted Toronto: "John Tory would beat David Miller, Ipsos-Reid poll finds
Posted: June 25, 2009, 7:15 AM by Rob Roberts
By Joseph Brean, National Post
Mayor David Miller’s support among Toronto voters has “plummeted” to the point where a majority disapprove of his performance, and he would lose in a race against possible challenger John Tory, a new poll shows.

The dismal poll numbers, which also suggest the incumbent, two-term mayor would lose to Deputy Premier George Smitherman, come as Mr. Miller struggles to contain the political fallout of a crippling strike of municipal workers.

But the collapse in Mr. Miller’s support -- from 69% four years ago to 43% today -- is not just an expression of frustration with the stopped garbage collection and closed public services."

An interesting read and primer for those that want to run in a political hot spots-;....Arrogance and complacency cannot offset the stench of bad management practises and the stench of a garabage strike . Pr

Effective local solutions please

fyi-- pass it on please
 

Land Negotiations between the City of Brantford and the County of Brant must be re-established with a new negotiation team for the greater common good.

 

 

The taxpayers of Brant and Brantford should not be penalized by the break down in negotiations between the city and the county in land negotiations. We believe cooler heads should prevail to unlock the new tax revenue, the new jobs and new business potential represented by the estimated 5000 acres held hostage by the dispute. Not using the land potential for a higher and needed use is both unfair and wasteful to all-  the property owners, the general taxpayers and the local economy .

 

If we cannot resolve local issues amongst ourselves, the province, as a higher authority, can force terms that could be less beneficial than a locally negotiated and controlled solution. This is a bad precedent for our local long term autonomy.

 

Prior to giving up our jurisdiction over this dispute, we, the Brant Taxpayers Coalition recommend that a new more senior negotiation committee be established to resolve the issue. We suggest that the Mayor and Mayoral candidates : councillors Littel,  Sless  and Marguerite Chesci Smith be part of this new committee   All members proposed have a track record of steady leadership, cool headed "not inflammatory" and fair  actions , traits needed to resolve this important growth or anti-stagnation local issue with the county   .

 

If it is broken we can and should fix it locally, and remove those who are obstacles or in the way of progress, positive benefits and results for all parties concerned.

 

S. Holle

Communications Director

Brant-Taxpayers Coalition 


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Thursday, July 09, 2009

: Excellent letter! on being a real Canadian !

As a born german -I am a proud Canadian and believe that this is a good letter . Stop the political correctness. expensive nonsense which devalues our country values.
 
 
 Canadians -time to get our country back
 
"Ships in the harbour are safe, but that's not what ships are built for." William Shedd
 
 
 
A Letter to the Editor (excellent letter)
 
So many letter writers have explained how this land is made up of immigrants.
Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people why today's Canadian
is not willing to accept the new kind of immigrant any longer.
 
Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to Canada,
people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in Halifax and be documented.
Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground.
They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times.
They made learning English a primary rule in their new Canadian households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home. They had waved good bye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in
their power to help their children assimilate into one culture.
 
Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labour laws to protect them. All they had were the skills, craftsmanship and desire they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.
 
Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out.
Canadians fought along side men whose parents had come straight over from Germany, Italy, France, Japan, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Sweden, Poland and so many other places.
None of these first generation Canadians ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Canadians fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the
Emperor of Japan. They were defending the Freedom as one people.
When we liberated France, no-one in those villages was looking for the
Ukrainian-Canadian or the German-Canadian or the Irish-Canadian.
The people of France saw only Canadians.
 
And we carried one flag that represented our country.
Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up
another country's flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would
have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here.
These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be a Canadian.
They stirred the melting pot into one red and white bowl.
 
And here we are in 2009 with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges.
Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes a Canadian passport and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country.

I'm sorry, that's not what being a Canadian is all about. Canadians have been very open-hearted and open-minded regarding immigrants, whether they were fleeing poverty, dictatorship,
persecution, or whatever else makes us think of those aforementioned immigrants who truly did ADOPT our country, and our flag and our morals and our customs. And left their wars, hatred,and divisions behind. I believe that the immigrants who landed in Canada in the early 1900s deserve better than that for the toil, hard work and sacrifice those legally searching for a better life.
I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags, fighting foreign battles on our soil, making Canadians change to suit their religions and cultures, and wanting to change our countries fabric by claiming discrimination when we do not give in to their demands.
 
Its about time we get real and stand up for our forefathers rights.
We are CANADIAN Lest we forget it!!!
I am a Citizen of this Country & proud of it!
 
NO MORE POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
NO MORE not saying CHRISTMAS in
stores and our schools!
MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!
I Want my Canada of birth BACK !!!
 
P. S. -- Please pass this on to everyone you know!!!

KEEP THIS LETTER MOVING!!
 
Hope this letter is read by millions of people all across Canada!!
 
 



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Gmail - Should We Sell Our Water? - Frontier Online - siegholle@gmail.com

Gmail - Should We Sell Our Water? - Frontier Online - siegholle@gmail.com

Interesting source of free revenue for Canadians -how is water different from selling power or energy? PR

Monday, July 06, 2009

Calls for Whistle-Blowing Watchdog to Step Down

Calls for Whistle-Blowing Watchdog to Step Down: "Calls for Whistle-Blowing Watchdog to Step Down
Andrew Mayeda — Canwest News Service
July 5, 2009

Integrity Commissioner Christiane Ouimet
testifies in the Senate on Jun. 19, 2007.
Photo: Chris Wattie/ReutersOTTAWA -- Nearly two years since she was appointed by the Harper government, the head of a federal agency designed to protect whistleblowers is off to an underwhelming start, critics say.
As part of the accountability reforms put in place in the wake of the sponsorship scandal, the Conservatives beefed up legislation that gives public servants a confidential outlet for reporting wrongdoing, while protecting them from reprisals. In August 2007, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Public Sector Integrity Commissioner Christiane Ouimet to enforce the new act.
However, Ouimet has yet to report a single case of public-sector wrongdoing to Parliament. Her office has not referred any cases to a new tribunal of senior judges that has the power to award as much as $10,000 in compensation to whistleblowers who have been punished for coming forward, as well as to discipline their bosses."


The faint hope clause in politic should prevail -get people with knowledge and aility to really do the job in the public interest, PR

Fwd: Calls for Whistle-Blowing Watchdog to Step Down

I would love a job like this  What accountaility could really and easily;be acheived with some skill , knowledge and integrity - chuckle   Sieg  

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FAIR Newsletter                                                           6 July 2009

Calls for whistle-blowing watchdog to step down

National Post
Andrew Mayeda -- Canwest News Service

OTTAWA -- Nearly two years since she was appointed by the Harper government, the head of a federal agency designed to protect whistleblowers is off to an underwhelming start, critics say...

..."For the system to work, whistleblowers must trust the person to whom they report wrongdoing, and believe that action will be taken, said Hutton. "I think she has completely blown her credibility with those people."

See full text of article:

FAIR (Federal Accountability Initiative for Reform)


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