Sunday, 25 February 2007
Ministers defend secrecy of talks
The SPP's business arm, called the North America Competitiveness Council, rejected the criticism as misguided, saying that there was nothing secretive about their work or that of the partnership. Tom D'Aquino of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives said there hasn't been public input because most people aren't clued in to the issues.
"How do we take a lot of issues that are really quite important but frankly quite boring, they're not terribly exciting, and bring those to the public light so that people will discuss them? All I can say is that the more of this discussion that we have, the better ... and probably the faster that it will be to get results."
In other words, all you other stupid and ignorant people can't possibly understand this stuff, and anyway they're doing you a favour because while it's important - it's boring. Only CEO's and the highly enlightened know what's best for everybody. We just aren't clued in!
Friday, 23 February 2007
The bottom line: Did CN push too hard?
Acceptable? You tell me.
More Mexican labour needed in oil patch, executives say
More exposure of the true agenda - secret meetings in Banff, corporate privilege at the highest levels of government, etc.
The wishes of the CEO's have priority over the votes of the citizens.
It's a Massive Assault on Democracy.
Thursday, 22 February 2007
More Discussions of TILMA
For some additional indepth discussion and analysis of TILMA - check out "the Jurist's" Blog - Accidental Deliberations.
For a direct connection to the TILMA section click here.
Wednesday, 21 February 2007
Overtime law unfair: NDP
However, it is not necessary to then broaden an hours of work and overtime exemption to cover all "outfitters" regardless of where they operate in the province.
Two steps forward - one step back.
Canadian Government and the Deep Integration Agenda
But the real purpose of the meeting is to advance the Deep Integration Agenda of the three countries as set out, and consistent with, discussions held in Banff last year.
An alternative conference entitled "Integrate This - Challenging the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America" will be held March 30 - April 1, 2007 in Ottawa. People need to know what our elected representatives are talking about in the shadows and behind closed doors.
Just like TILMA, they sign these agreements out of the public eye, and then try to justify and rationalize them by stealth.
Sunday, 18 February 2007
Olbermann covers Bush's latest press conference
Friday, 16 February 2007
1. a crime that undermines the offender's government.
2. disloyalty by virtue of subversive behaviour.
3. an act of deliberate betrayal.
Answer: (Multiple choice):
C. Both A and B
D. All of the above
Plans afoot to move Saskatchewan's Capital City???
Who will make the decisions for Saskatchewan citizens? Will our democracy be handed over to the corporate board rooms of multi-national Oil Companies?
Why is it that someone who wants to be the Premier is holding fund raising events in provinces other than the one he wants to be Premier of?
So many questions.......
I must have e-mailed my MLA to protest against something and now I'm on their e-mail list. I was going to ask to be taken off their list but then I figured, why not keep an eye on what they are doing. Sounds like Brad Wall has a "vision" for Saskatchewan, and it probably looks allot like Alberta - especially the labour laws I expect.
Dinner co-chairs Jeff Sterzuk and Brenda Barootes are working hard to make this year’s dinner the largest ever. If early ticket sales are an indication, this indeed will be a record-setting event.
This dinner will bring together people who have strong ties to Saskatchewan; whether it’s young people who were born here but now work in Alberta or those with business interests and family here.
Brad Wall will share his plan on making Saskatchewan a leader in the economy of the New West; he will outline what the Saskatchewan Party will do to realize the potential of our province.
Here is the part where I need your help: I am sure that each of you has friends, relatives, or business associates that live and work in Calgary or Southern Alberta who would be interested in hearing Brad’s message. I would appreciate your forwarding their names and addresses to me (e-mail is fine) so I can personally invite them to join us at this very important event.
As you know, 2007 is likely an election year. The outcome of this election will determine our province’s leadership and economic success for decades into the future. Your anticipated assistance is very much appreciated.
Ken Cheveldayoff, MLA
Saskatoon Silver Springs
Thursday, 15 February 2007
BC-Alberta “trade” agreement a bad deal that should not be expanded to other provinces: studies
These studies are comprehensive, credible and raise serious concerns about the so-called "Trade Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement".
Click here to view the News Release and download the studies.
Simply put: TILMA is an Assault on Democracy.
Wednesday, 14 February 2007
"... the likely impacts of TILMA represent a fundamental assault on the capacity of present and future governments in BC and Alberta to serve the public interest. We have also been unable to find a credible rationale for TILMA, other than one that espouses the cause of wholesale de-regulation. When considered in light of the lack of public consultation that preceded it, TILMA represents a reckless betrayal of the public interest and responsible government. Clearly Ontario and other provinces should reject the invitation of British Columbia and Alberta to join the TILMA club."
"TILMA represents a far reaching and corrosive constraint on the future capacity of the governments of British Columbia and Alberta to exercise the policy, legislative, and programmatic authority that is essential to their governance mandates. Given the enormous impacts this regime is likely to have on virtually every sphere of public policy and law, it would be unconscionable for Ontario or any government considering TILMA-like obligations to proceed without the fullest and informed public discussion and debate."
An updated version of the full analysis can be downloaded here (in PDF).
TILMA is not about Trade, Investment or Labour Mobility. It is a blatant attempt to hand over complete control over everything we value to the boardrooms of multi-national corporations. It is an assault on democracy.
Monday, 12 February 2007
Royal Bank CEO made $12.8 million in 2006
And while we're at it - when is enough, enough? How much profit does one company need in a year? Is it 5 billion, or 7.5 billion, or 10 billion, or more? What's the number?
To put things in context:
For 12.8 Million you could employ 410 people at $15.00/hour for one year.
For 7.5 Billion you could employ 240,384 people at $15.00/hour for one year.
Sunday, 11 February 2007
Release of barley prices fans flames of wheat board debate
They will stop at nothing to manipulate the process in an attempt to achieve the result that they want.
Private Jails detaining innocent children and families
Welcome to the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.
Thursday, 8 February 2007
Canadian, U.S. and Mexican officials held secretive meeting on integration
But the reason this information is finally coming out into the open is not because our political leaders are open and transparent - it's because people are forcing this out in the open through the use of such instruments as Freedom of Information Laws.
The topics under discussion at these secret meetings such as "integration" are so anti-democratic, distasteful and unpopular with the citizenry, that politicians and their corporate masters are talking about using "stealth" to achieve their objectives.
In other words, deception, dishonesty, cover-up, masquarade, are all fair game when it comes to fooling people into thinking this is something that it is not. And politicians are apparently advocating such an approach. TILMA anyone?
And we live in a democracy? If this was happening in any other country the bombs would be flying in the name of liberating the country from the "evildoers", and bringing freedom and democracy to the poor downtrodden masses.
Large Overtime Bill for Saskatoon
Once again, the Canadian TaxEvaders Federation is spouting off about things they either know nothing about or don't understand. Overtime is a feature of the "law" - in every jurisdiction in this country. Collective agreements are a second layer of defense against unscrupulous employers who would work people excess hours without additional compensation.
The reason for overtime in this situation is that the employer was understaffed for the work that needed to be done. That's it - plain and simple. Places where the overtime is large has nothing to do with what the TaxEvaders Federation suggests.
But then why would anyone expect anything different from that organization which has NO members and represents NO one.
Wednesday, 7 February 2007
Monday, 5 February 2007
Saskatchewan drivers get revved up for their Lorne Loot
We have some of the most efficient, highly competitive, Class A corporations in the country - right here in Saskatchewan. They are our Crown Corporations, owned by and for ALL of the citizens of the province. Not just a few at the top.
And they create decent jobs, with decent pay and benefits, and the workers have rights and a democratic voice in the workplace.
Talk about the Saskatchewan Advantage!
Sunday, 4 February 2007
Restaurants Ripping Off Workers
Shouldn't things like this be part of the "cost of doing business"? Why not charge workers for the soap used to wash dishes? Or how about having the cooks pay for the dishes and cutlery? Unbelieveable.
Maybe people should go to the restaurant's web-site and send them your thoughts.
You know, there are far too many companies in the "restaurant and food industry" that are getting away with crap like this. Like charging minimum wage earners with "dine and dash" insurance, skimming off of the tips they receive, cheating workers out of pay by getting them to "work off the clock", and just basically breaking every labour standard in the book.
Stay tuned - I'm closely watching a case that is developing regarding a local restaurant ripping off it's workers in Regina, and once the details and facts get established in a bit more detail, I'm going to post that information on my blog.
Thursday, 1 February 2007
TILMA = BAD
It is a very short opinion, is an easy read, and (while not the complete legal argument) sets things out clearly and concisely. TILMA is so sweeping in it's nature and scope that it effectively hands over control of our province to the confines of the Corporate Boardrooms of Multi-National companies world-wide.
Our elected politicians have absolutely no authority, mandate, or approval to enter into such an agreement absent a broad based public consultation and full debate of the citizenry.
If I am going to be expected to agree to hand over the control of my province and my country to the corporate elite then I want a vote on it.
The Global State of Unions
In fact, globally they're growing and increasing.
Check it out.
Bank of Montreal to Fire 1000 Employees
Fraser Institute Op-Ed
Obviously, that organization has nothing but contempt for unions and their members. Accordingly, I have responded with my own op-ed piece, which was forwarded to the newspaper that published the Fraser Institute propaganda. We'll see if the StarPhoenix prints an op-ed that represents the true facts.
Yep, my op-ed response was printed in the February 1 issue of the StarPhoenix.
(Is it just an accident that the Fraser Institute's op-ed is available "free" on-line, but my response is only available to "paid-up" subscribers?)