Salon.com calls her The one musician we all agree on.
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"The U.S. closed the first $30 billion half of a major arms deal Thursday to send 84 F-15 fighter jets to a country that only this month beheaded a woman convicted of witchcraft.Recommend this post
"The U.S. will also help upgrade 70 existing Saudi jets as part of the package, which is the first installment of a major arms agreement that will also send helicopters and munitions to the kingdom..."
"Keystone XL is a great project it will help Canada and the United States by integrating our energy Markets. It will transport Alberta and Bakken oil to hungry refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas."I doubt that ordinary Canadians agree that integrating energy markets with the USA is a good idea but the reader is correct that Texas Gulf refineries are hungry for direct access to our crude. However, there will be little benefit for North American consumers. McClatchy Newspapers reports that U.S. gasoline prices are at record levels because of record level exports:
"U.S. refineries exported a record amount of refined fuels in 2011 to markets in South America, Central America and Europe. It was one reason why Americans spent a record amount on gasoline this year: Supplies that might have helped lower prices here had been shipped abroad..."No wonder that our crazy world of crony capitalism aims to privatize every public resource. Imagine if industry were able to create shortages in Canada by massive exports of fresh water or, as blogger RossK points out, electricity. Then, Canadians could be told that water and electricity are precious resources and their price must reflect the scarce supply. For our own good, of course.
|Elmer Derrick and Enbridge VP pose in her longhouse|
This is the claim recently made in a commentary Elmer Derrick submitted and had published in the Vancouver Sun, “Elmer Derrick is the hereditary chief of the Gitxsan Nation.” This is quite a claim to make. The question is, after accepting upwards of 20 million dollars from the BC Government to run the Gitxsan Treaty Society, does Derrick truly believe this to be a fact, that he is “The” Hereditary Chief?
The Vancouver Sun, and most of the mainstream media, has done a great disservice to all British Columbians. When the 61 First Nations issued a declaration of opposition to the Enbridge project the announcement did not get a bold and prominently featured front page headline. But when one man, Elmer Derrick makes a declaration he supported the Enbridge project, it became exactly that; a front page 'full page spread' declaration of First Nations support for Enbridge.
The same thing happened in late November when most of the mainstream media reported the executive director of Coastal First Nations, Art Sterritt, declared they might consider supporting Enbridge. This was a twist of the truth and caused Sterritt and the Coastal First Nations to issue their own News release reaffirming their opposition.
This is the great tragedy of allowing the Media to remain unchallenged in their mis-representation, and unfair presentation of the truth and the facts. Canadians become mis-informed and then confused on the truth. When did it become okay in Canada to have lies allowed to be printed as truth in our Nations newspapers and broadcast on the airwaves?
Elmer Derrick is not “The” Hereditary Chief. The truth is he has been involved in a court case for years where a number of Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs have been suing Derrick and the Treaty Society demanding he stop making the claim that he even speaks on behalf of the Hereditary Chiefs.
The Vancouver Sun should know this. All media present at the news conference when Enbridge and Derrick announced their new agreement to the world were listening as reporter after reporter asked Derrick where he got his authority and what Gitxsan members supported him in this position. They all heard how Derrick could not answer. They all heard him say, “[I know the Gitxsan support this] just by talking to people.”
F-35s will be on time, on budget, MacKay told, Daniel Leblanc, Globe and Mail, December 8, 2011
"What upset the senator was not just that the cost of each plane had risen nearly 100 percent from its original estimate of $69 million to $133 million today, or the fact that testing was only 20 percent complete while more than 90 planes had already been bought, or the fact that software — key to 80 percent of the stealth plane’s warfighting capability — wouldn’t be ready for another four years.
"It was, he said, that the Pentagon had “sold this program as a fifth-generation strike fighter that would — more so than any other major defense procurement program — be cost-effectively developed, procured, operated and supported.
"...At the beginning of the program, there were to be 3,000 F-35s built, since it would replace the fighter-bombers in each of the three services and also be sold to foreign allies.
"...In his new book, “The Wounded Giant,” Brookings Institution senior fellow Michael O’Hanlon calls for cutting the overall purchase to 1,250, canceling the more costly Navy version, reducing the Marine Corps F-35Bs by 10 percent or more, and limiting the Air Force to 800 F-35As. The difference would be made up by buying more F-16s and recognizing the role of unmanned aircraft."
Fighter jet purchase risky, Auditor-General says, Steven Chase, Globe and Mail, Oct. 26, 2010
"But Mr. MacKay said he is convinced that the program is on budget after holding discussions with U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates and senior Lockheed-Martin officials...
"He said orders are pouring in, which will keep costs down for the Canadian government, which is already in the queue..."
"Spending watchdog Sheila Fraser warns that the Harper government’s estimated $16-billion plan to buy new fighter jets carries significant risk of delays or cost increases – problems her latest audit finds also plagued Defence Department helicopter purchases.MacKay not grounded on F-35, Scott Taylor, Esprit de Corps, December 2011
“The F-35s ... I would hope that no one is assessing that as low risk,” the Auditor-General said of Canada’s controversial fighter jet project as she answered questions on a fall report that sharply criticized Defence’s procurement behaviour."
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"Following that dog-and-pony show and some brief discussions with American industry officials, MacKay held a teleconference with Canadian journalists. Along with his counterpart, Industry Minister Tony Clement, MacKay told his selected reporters that the Conservative government is convinced the planned acquisition of 65 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters will be both on time and on budget.
"Such a ridiculous claim would be laughable were it not for the fact that, with an initial price tag of $9 billion and another estimated $7 billion in lifetime maintenance costs, the JSF project will be the most expensive military purchase in our nation’s history.
"...Ironically, it was only the previous day that the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Accounts had met to examine the disturbing findings of the fall 2010 report from the auditor general pertaining to the military’s ongoing acquisition of Cyclone and Chinook helicopters. In addition to noting that the Department of National Defence did not follow its “own rules governing the management and oversight of acquisition projects,” the key finding in Sheila Fraser’s report was that DND “underestimated and understated the complexity and developmental nature” of the helicopters it intended to buy.
“Consequently, project risks were incorrectly assessed. Significant modifications were made to the basic models, which contributed to considerable project delays and cost increases,” said the Office of the Auditor General’s press release summarizing the report.
"...Yet these revelations did not really seem to concern those responsible for the collective boondoggle who were called upon to answer to the parliamentary committee last week.
"... MacKay can assure us that the JSF, a developmental aircraft that is experiencing all sorts of technical teething troubles—one which we will not officially contract to purchase until 2013 at the earliest, which we will not take delivery of until 2016, and which we plan to fly until 2050, will absolutely be on time and on budget.
"This was the year that "fracking" became a household word.
"It wasn't just that environmental concerns about the underground drilling process finally struck a mainstream chord -- after three years of reporting and more than 125 stories. For the first time, independent scientific investigations linked the drilling technique with water pollution, and a variety of federal and state agencies responded to the growing apprehension about water contamination with more studies and more regulation.
"The most important development -- and perhaps a crucial turning point -- was in December. In a landmark finding, the Environmental Protection Agency concluded that hydraulic fracturing was the likely culprit in a spate of groundwater contamination that had forced residents to stop using their water in dozens of homes in central Wyoming. The agency had been investigating since 2008.
"Earlier in the year, a study published through the National Academy of Sciences determined that in Pennsylvania, private water wells in close proximity to fracked gas wells were 17 times more likely to be contaminated with methane gas.
"Those studies are separate from a national research project the EPA has undertaken to assess the risks fracking poses to water resources..."
|Wetland oil spill - Evi, Alberta|
"A majority of U.S. voters still support TransCanada Corp's controversial Keystone XL pipeline as the Obama administration again weighs whether to approve or scrap the project, according to a new poll.Since Postmedia didn't have room to tell the rest of the story, I'll do them a favour. Not that I would expect the Sun or any sister paper to explain that Keystone XL would take Canadian oil to tidewater for shipment overseas, thereby driving domestic prices higher by eliminating what has become a chronic North American oil surplus. That was covered in New pipelines hurt Canadian consumers.
"Rasmussen Reports, a public opinion research company, found 53 per cent of likely U.S. voters at least somewhat favoured moving ahead with the pipeline, down from 60 per cent approval in mid-November, ac-cording to the survey..."
"As cash-strapped newspapers and television networks struggle to meet the growing demand for polls, Rasmussen, 54, is supplying reams of cheap, automated surveys that will measure -- and maybe move -- opinion, especially as primary season gives way to the November midterm elections...Rasmussen Reports serves its New York institutional investors and its corporate and political clients. Polling pioneers like George Gallup designed science-based tools for unbiased reporting of public opinion. Instead, Rasmussen uses polling to manufacture news and influence opinion on behalf of his sponsors. It is one of the politician's black arts.
"The firm manages to violate nearly everything I was taught what a good survey should do," said Mark Blumenthal, a pollster at the National Journal and a founder of Pollster.com. He put Rasmussen in the category of pollsters whose aim, first and foremost, is "to get their results talked about on cable news."
"Nate Silver, who runs the polling analysis site FiveThirtyEight, ... faults Rasmussen for polling only likely voters, which reduces the pool to "political junkies."
"It paints a picture of an electorate that is potentially madder than it really is," agreed Scott Keeter, director of survey research at Pew Research Center and vice president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR). "And potentially more conservative than it really is."
"The study, published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), also found that the levels of heavy metals detected from snow runoff or downstream of industrial development exceeded Canadian and Alberta guidelines for protecting fish and aquatic life for seven out of 13 pollutants studied. In some cases metal contamination exceeded guidelines by 30-fold.
"The heavy metals, rated as priority pollutants by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, include mercury, arsenic, beryllium, copper, cadmium, thallium, lead, nickel, zinc and silver. All are toxic..."
|Suncor Energy and the Athabasca River|
Early last year, deep in the forests of northern British Columbia, workers for Apache Corp. performed what the company proclaimed was the biggest hydraulic fracturing operation ever.
The project used 259 million gallons of water and 50,000 tons of sand to frack 16 gas wells side by side. It was "nearly four times larger than any project of its nature in North America," Apache boasted.
The record didn't stand for long. By the end of the year, Apache and its partner, Encana, topped it by half at a neighboring site.
As furious debate over fracking continues in the United States, it is instructive to look at how a similar gas boom is unfolding for our neighbor to the north.
To a large extent, the same themes have emerged as Canada struggles to balance the economic benefits drilling has brought with the reports of water contamination and air pollution that have accompanied them.
"The Canadian boom has differed in one regard: The western provinces' exuberant embrace of large-scale fracking offers a vision of what could happen elsewhere if governments clear away at least some of the regulatory hurdles to growth.
"Even as some officials have questioned the wisdom of doing so, Alberta and British Columbia have dueled to draw investment by offering financial incentives and loosening rules. The result has been some of the most intensive drilling anywhere..."
"We have followed tragic cases where prayer was advocated as a better avenue than medication for AIDS and other ailments. However, that did not stop the funding of research into the question by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), part of the National Institutes of Health. NCCAM also spent $374,000 to determine whether inhaling lemon and lavender scents can heal wounds. It couldn’t..."
"...The underlying conflict lies deep into the nature and structure of the Republican Party. And its roots are very old.
"...The watershed event was Newt Gingrich’s takeover of the House, in 1995. Suddenly, it seemed, the GOP had a personality transplant. The gentlemanly conservatism of House Minority Leader Bob Michel was replaced by the bomb-throwing antics of Gingrich, Dick Armey, and Tom DeLay.
"Almost overnight Washington was transformed from a place where legislators tried to find common ground to a war zone. Compromise was replaced by brinkmanship, bargaining by obstructionism, normal legislative maneuvering by threats to close down government – which occurred at the end of 1995.
"...America has had a long history of white Southern radicals who will stop at nothing to get their way – seceding from the Union in 1861, refusing to obey Civil Rights legislation in the 1960s, shutting the government in 1995, and risking the full faith and credit of the United States in 2010.
'Newt Gingrich’s recent assertion that public officials aren’t bound to follow the decisions of federal courts derives from the same tradition.
"...We need two political parties solidly grounded in the realities of governing. Our democracy can’t work any other way."
Of course, this would never happen in Canada. Except, perhaps, for commentary on 'ethical oil', pipelines, ruin-of-the-river power generation, open-net fish farming, HST, global warming, private-public partnerships, deregulation, taxation, user fees, executive compensation and a few other subjects. Recommend this post
"Normally what that means in a lobbying context is that you have a friendly writer who is somebody that the major papers are willing to publish and you get them to focus on your issue and write a piece about it," Abramoff said in a phone interview, later adding, "It just happened when it had to happen. When it did, we would find somebody who agreed with us, a writer, and we'd usually pay them to do it, but they would be in charge of getting it placed. And that probably still goes on. I can't imagine it doesn't go on."
"Abramoff said he paid for columns on maybe a half-dozen occasions in several major newspapers. He also said the newspapers themselves were likely unaware of the financial arrangement..."
|Culture Shock by John Korn|
"...David Horowitz's Front Page Magazine compared Muslims to Nazis, and theorised that the show's sole purpose is to initiate stealth propaganda to promote a "submission to Islam through the hijab."
"But in doing so, Lowe's unwittingly inspired a sudden grassroots coalition of diverse Americans dedicated to defending American values and fighting back against hate.
"...Lowe's seems simply to have given in to an email campaign initiated by the Florida Family Association (FFA), a conservative non-profit organisation based in Tampa Bay, who wrote,
"[All-American Muslim] profiles only Muslims that appear to be ordinary folks, while excluding many Islamic believers whose agenda poses a clear and present danger to liberties and traditional values that the majority of Americans cherish."
Talking Points Memo for The Guardian, Ron Paul: racist newsletter scandal won't go away:
"...his rhetorical flirtations with the White Citizens Councils hardly mattered. Almost nobody bothered to listen seriously to his urgings that America return to the gold standard, repeal the income tax and the direct election of U.S. senators and erase all of the advances of the past century in protecting the public from cyclical depressions, poisonous food, water, air and drugs, and the insecurities of poverty, old age and ill health.
"On the far right, including wealthy figures such as the Koch family that once supported the Birch Society and now backs the tea party, there are many who share Paul’s brand of political nostalgia. Kindly and gentle as he appears, Paul has always known how to sound the dog whistle that excites them...
"...the rise of the tea party and the vacuum of leadership in the Republican Party have created a space for Paul’s lethal fantasies, which if enacted would return us to the bad old days of mass poverty, rampant pollution, racial supremacy and all the other ills that characterized the America of the robber barons."
"...Paul has claimed that the newsletter, which compared African Americans to zoo animals, warned of a coming race war, and generally promoted racist, anti-semitic, and fringe militia views, was written by other authors and that he was unaware of its content — even passages written from his perspective. He has not offered up any of the names of the six to eight writers he said were responsible for writing the incendiary material, however, and reporters are pressing him for more details.In ad for newsletter, Ron Paul forecast "race war", Reuters, Dec. 23, 2011
"...As USA Today's Jackie Kucinich noted on Thursday, when Paul responded to a similar controversy over the newsletters in a 1996 interview with the Dallas Morning News, he said that he was indeed aware of some of the offending passages, and even offered explanations as to the thinking behind them. For example, he said a passage suggesting that "given the inefficiencies of what DC laughingly calls the criminal justice system, I think we can safely assume that 95% of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal," was based on outside research."
"A direct-mail solicitation for Ron Paul's political and investment newsletters two decades ago warned of a "coming race war in our big cities" and of a "federal-homosexual cover-up" to play down the impact of AIDS.
"The eight-page letter, which appears to carry Paul's signature at the end, also warns that the U.S. government's redesign of currency to include different colors - a move aimed at thwarting counterfeiters - actually was part of a plot to allow the government to track Americans using the "new money." ...
"...In May, Mr. Paul reiterated in an interview with Chris Matthews of MSNBC that he would not have voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawing segregation....
"In the mid-1990s, between his two stints as a Texas congressman, Mr. Paul produced a newsletter called The Ron Paul Survival Report, which only months before the Oklahoma City bombings encouraged militias to seek out and expel federal agents in their midst. That edition was titled “Why Militias Scare the Striped Pants Off Big Government.”
"An earlier edition of another newsletter he produced, The Ron Paul Political Report, concluded that the need for citizens to arm themselves was only natural, given carjackings by “urban youth who play whites like pianos.” The report, with no byline but written in the first person, said: “I’ve urged everyone in my family to know how to use a gun in self-defense. For the animals are coming.”
"Ron Paul swears he didn’t write those racist newsletters that bore his name back in the day — but it keeps becoming harder and harder for him to distance himself from the incendiary rhetoric contained within them.
"Two clips from 1995, unearthed by one-man candidate headache Andrew Kaczynski, show Paul talking up the investment newsletter he published and profited from but now says he knew little about content-wise.
"The clips prove that the newsletter was an important part of Paul’s past, but as with all negative stories about the man currently on top of the polls in Iowa, they’re not likely to make a dent among his hardcore base of support. They do prove how potentially disastrous a Paul nomination could be for the GOP in a general election against President Obama, which is one of the reasons why the conservative establishment has freaked out as Paul’s numbers have risen.
"Here’s the first clip, first published last week. It shows Paul describing the newsletter as one of the projects that kept him engaged in public discourse after leaving Congress for the first time (he left the House in 1984 to run an unsuccessful campaign for Senate in Texas before running as the Libertarian candidate for president in 1988 and returning to Congress as a Republican in 1997.)
"The newsletter talk starts about 1:40 in."
"On Monday, Kaczynski posted another 1995 clip that ties Paul to his newsletters even more closely than the above video does. In an interview with a with an MBA student, Paul touts his newsletter as being “gold-oriented” but also “expressing concern about surviving in this age of big government.”Recommend this post
Cain said that the Chinese “have indicated that they are trying to develop nuclear capability.” China has had nuclear weapons since 1964.
Palin appeared on Fox News to talk about the the "National Day of Prayer." She boldly claimed that the US should base its laws on The Bible, just as the Founding Fathers intended:
“I think we should keep this clean, keep it simple, go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant. They’re quite clear that we would create law based on the God of the Bible and the 10 commandments, it’s pretty simple.”What founder Thomas Jefferson did say is,
"I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church & State."
“Corporations!” a protester shouted, an apparent suggestion of where to raise taxes. “Corporations are people, my friend!” Romney replied.At a June meeting with unemployed voters in Tampa, Fla., Romney listened as one by one, the voters told him their tales of woe. Romney, worth a few hundred million dollars, sought to lighten the mood with a little joke: “I should tell my story. I’m also unemployed.”
In one of the most unforgettable GOP debate moments, Perry tried to list the three agencies he would cut if he were elected president. But he went nearly silent for an entire 40 seconds before mustering an answer — and still failed to name the third agency. He did, however, offer a contrite “Oops.”
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"Eventually, an idea took hold: why don't we take our money out of these big banks and put them into community banks? And what, we asked ourselves, would happen if lots of people around America decided to do the same thing?
"To help this idea go viral, filmmaker Eugene Jarecki has created a powerful, and inspiring video playing off the classic film It's a Wonderful Life in which community banker George Bailey is nearly destroyed by the rapacious and predatory banker Mr. Potter.
"Check it out, and see why we think you should make it your New Year's resolution to move your money. . . .
"If people don't want to come out to the ball park, nobody's gonna stop 'em."Schooled in fundamentalist screeds, Harper's knowledge of Canadian history is inadequate. CBC offers A timeline of prohibition and liquor legislation in Canada:
"1920s:If Conservative politicians cannot learn from history, they may be functioning on an order of intelligence lower than those with bird brains."
"Prohibition is widespread in Canada. Details vary between provinces, but most drinking establishments are closed and the sale of alcohol is forbidden with some private exceptions. Aboriginal wines are also exempt. Alcohol can still be sold through the government for industrial, scientific, mechanical, artistic and medical uses. Distillers can sell their products outside their own province with proper documentation.
"The sale of alcohol flourishes nationwide under several different guises. Illegal drinking establishments, known as speakeasies, spring up everywhere. In some provinces, people who claim to be ill can buy alcohol with a doctor's prescription. The prescription system is widely abused, a point noticed most during the Christmas holiday season with long lineups at neighbourhood drugstores.
"In 1920, British Columbia votes to make alcohol available through the government. Manitoba and Saskatchewan follow a year later. The remaining provinces vote against prohibition by 1930, with the exception of P.E.I., which stays dry until 1948...
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"A problem with the Coastal Inspiration's control system may have led to yesterday's crash at Duke Point, a British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. spokesperson said.Murphy's Law, the fundamental:
"Initial indication is an electronic failure of a control system was [the] root cause, however we are still doing a full investigation which will take some time," spokesperson Deborah Marshall said in an email.
The vessel had a "hard landing" at the terminal near Nanaimo, injuring at least two people, neither of them seriously, according to initial reports. Duke Point has been closed indefinitely while the damage is assessed, with traffic routed to the Departure Bay terminal instead..."
"If anything can go wrong, it will."Murphy's Law, the extreme:
"If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the FIRST to go wrong."The Coastal Inspiration is a state-of-the-art vessel, sailed with highly trained crews in sheltered waters by a publicly owned company that faces no financial constraints. The ship operates mostly in daylight hours and never in extreme weather. It is subject to regular examinations by qualified marine inspectors supervised by Transport Canada.
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"All journalists have competing loyalties," said Robert M. Steele, an ethics scholar at the Poynter Institute, a journalism research center in St. Petersburg, Fla.Hoyt absolves Greenhouse of unfairness and bias in her work as a NYT reporter and focuses too much on questioning motives of the high profile complainant in this case. However, he did admit the newspaper's policies on conflicts involving spouses needed improvement. He recommended,
"But when do those competing loyalties create real conflicts that threaten the integrity of a news organization? What do you do, for example, when a journalist's spouse or lover is also a newsmaker?
"...Lee Wilkins, a professor of journalism at the University of Missouri and editor of The Journal of Mass Media Ethics, said, "Conflict of interest is practically the only place in ethics where perceptions matter almost as much as what is the case.” Like it or not, the perception is that Greenhouse is writing about something in which her husband is a player — and The Times isn't telling the public. Newspapers routinely question public officials in similar circumstances..."
"The Times should systematically disclose more about what Steele termed the intersections between the personal and professional lives of its journalists."Los Angeles Times columnist James Rainey looked at the issue in 2007:
"Some of America's most prominent political journalists are, quite literally, wedded to the 2008 presidential race: Their spouses work for one of the candidates.Rainey offered outcomes of ethical reviews, including these:
Relationships that cross the media-political divide raise ethical questions for the journalists and their employers. Should the potential conflict of interest merely be disclosed to readers or viewers? Or should the journalists be shifted to new assignments to lessen the appearance their motives might be divided?"
"You have the right to marry anyone you want, but you don't have the right to cover any beat you want," said Rosenstiel, now director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism.I paraphrase Professor Lee Wilkins, editor of The Journal of Mass Media Ethics:
"Like it or not, the perception is that Stephen Smart is reporting about something in which his wife is a player — and CBC isn't telling the public."Postscript:
After New York Times writer Linda Greenhouse added the comment published here, the newspaper apparently pulled access to the linked article. I find that action strange. I accessed it very early Thursday but by afternoon, it was gone although still showing in Google preview.
By late evening, the link is operative again. Thanks, NYT.
"According to the complainants, Mr. Elliott threw temper tantrums, failed to listen to his officers, acted disrespectfully and suppressed dissent. There were also concerns that he didn’t understand police operations, and that he failed to build, or even maintain, links with other police forces inside and outside of Canada.RCMP paid $44,000 for Elliott to take three days of "executive coaching" in Scottsdale, Arizona, he completed a purge of the force's senior executive, with Deputy Commissioner Raf Souccar and others pushed out the door. A contributor to rcmpwatch.com — an online community of insiders and pro-police traditionalists — faulted Elliott's ways :
"Mr. Elliott, however, faced the mutineers head-on and got the support of the Harper government..."
"His disdain for the “little guy” in his cross country trips shows, and therefore other than sycophantic types fawning support, his style does not engender trust, optimism and desire to follow through with meaningful change."Not surprisingly, Elliott was paving his own road out a few months later. Despite support from loyal associates in the Harper Government, the RCMP's mounting list of public failures and scandals testified the police service was spiralling into greater turmoil under its civilian Commissioner. The three year management experiment had to end.
Commissioner Paulson's frankness is both unusual and refreshing. Certainly Canadians are not surprised by anything Paulson said but they might be surprised at his directness and honesty. He is making clear to his members, and the public, that real change is necessary, that platitudes are inadequate. It is a good start down what will be a difficult road. Recommend this post
"RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson says his mandate is to “clear-cut” problems that have taken root so deeply in the police culture that some Mounties are now embarrassed to tell neighbours where they work. Speaking to The Globe and Mail editorial board after a month on the job, he gave an assessment of internal dysfunction so candid that similar remarks would be almost unthinkable coming from the head of any other corporate or government entity..."
"Because DFO and independent Canadian and European scientists have only produced unacceptable findings while testing for the infectious salmon anemia virus, Fisheries and Oceans Canada commissioned an Asian team of experts to provide the needed results. Unfortunately, due to a serious medical setback, the new scientific team has delayed submission of its final report. Their dear leader died from physical and mental overwork as he was travelling to offer field guidance to his workers.
"Nevertheless, despite being incomparably anguished, scientists working on our project swiftly hailed their new leader as a respectable comrade, a great successor and an eminent authority able to ensure the important work will be completed as desired by this Ministry."
|Careful scientific observations detect no ISA virus among farmed salmon|
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