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Canada PM: The Jewish homeland has become a scapegoat

November 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Stephen Harper, Canadian politician

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Stephen Harper affirmed his strong commitment to the state of Israel and the eradication of global anti-Semitism, in a speech at Ottawa’s Parliament Hill earlier this week.

By Riva Gold

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has affirmed his strong commitment to the state of Israel and the eradication of global anti-Semitism, in a speech at Ottawa’s Parliament Hill earlier this week. 

“When Israel, the only country in the world whose very existence is under attack, is consistently and conspicuously singled out for condemnation, I believe we are morally obligated to take a stand,” Harper said to a gathering of international parliamentarians on Monday.

“Under the shadow of a hateful ideology with global ambitions, one which targets the Jewish homeland as a scapegoat, Jews are savagely attacked around the world,” he added.

The Conservative leader made his remarks at the start of a two-day Ottawa conference on anti-Semitism for Holocaust Education week. While he conceded that Israel is receptive to fair criticism, he argued that Canada is obligated to stand up for its ally when it comes under attack from others.

“Not just because it is the right thing to do, but because history shows us, and the ideology of the anti-Israel mob tell us all too well, that those who threaten the existence of the Jewish people are in the longer term a threat to all of you,” said the prime minister.

Harper was subject to heavy criticism for his support of Israel when Canada lost its bid for the UN Security Council seat in October.

“There are, after all, a lot more votes- a lot more- in being anti-Israel than in taking a stand,” says Harper,” adding that: “The easiest thing to do is simply to just get along and go along with this anti-Israeli rhetoric, to pretend it is just about being even-handed, and to excuse oneself with the label of ‘honest broker’… But as long as I am prime minister, whether it is at the UN or the Francophonie or anywhere else, Canada will take that stand, whatever the cost.” “

At his caucus meeting on Monday, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff was critical of Harper’s position on Israel, calling for Canada to become an honest broker in the global community.



Urban natives plead for more funds

November 2, 2010 Leave a comment


Grace Elliott Nielsen leads a song with her drum as aboriginal friendship centre representatives arrive at the B.C. legislature for meetings with government officials.

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By Tom Fletcher – BC Local News
Published: October 27, 2010 4:00 PM
Updated: October 27, 2010 4:34 PM

VICTORIA – Representatives of B.C.’s 23 aboriginal friendship centres say they can’t keep serving more people with less money, as a booming population of young people continues to stream from reserves to cities and towns.

The B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres has a meeting scheduled Thursday with Barry Penner, who was appointed aboriginal relations minister this week. They say B.C.’s urban native population has increased by 33 per cent in the past 10 years, and 60 per cent of all aboriginals in B.C. now live off reserve.

The association estimates that two thirds of of urban natives are aged 25 or younger. Friendship centres also receive $2.9 million annually from the federal government to deliver programs such as employment readiness, mental health, addiction, suicide prevention and early childhood education.

Association president Grace Elliott Nielsen said the centres saw a 17 per cent decrease in their provincial funding this year, and have not had an increase in 20 years.

“We are asking the government to provide capacity funding to our centres, because we are at the breaking point,” Nielsen said at a news conference in front of the legislature Tuesday.

Penner said in an interview the direct provincial funding for friendship centres was reduced along with other services when government revenues dropped sharply last year. Direct ministry funding climbed from $100,000 in 2004-05 to $395,000 in 2008-09, before declining to $300,000 last year and $230,000 this year.

Friendship centres also receive investment interest from the province’s First Citizens Fund, which was doubled in 2001 and paid them $720,000 a year until this year. It dropped to $612,000 because of lower investment yields, not a decision by government to reduce funding, Penner said.

Friendship centres are located in Courtenay, Port Alberni, Nanaimo, Duncan, Victoria, Lillooet, Merritt, Vancouver, Mission, Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon, Kamloops, Williams Lake, Quesnel, Prince George, Smithers, Terrace, Prince Rupert, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Fort Nelson.



Warning: Please Avoid Feeding This to Your Child

October 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Posted By Dr. Mercola | October 18 2010 | 126,776 views

manganese formulaAccording to a report in Science Daily, a new Canadian study shows that children exposed to high concentrations of manganese in drinking water performed worse on tests of intellectual functioning than children with lower exposures.

The results were published in an article in Environmental Health Perspectives.

While manganese is naturally occurring in soil and groundwater around the world, some of Canada’s groundwater contains an unusually high amount of it, giving the researchers an opportunity to study whether excessive manganese can adversely affect human health.

“We found significant deficits in the intelligence quotient (IQ) of children exposed to higher concentration of manganese in drinking water,” said lead author Maryse Bouchard.

Yet, some areas where lower IQs were reported also registered concentrations below current guidelines. In response to the study, some of the affected municipalities have already decided to install special filtration systems.


Dr. Mercola’s Comments:

You probably know that manganese is an essential nutrient, but were you aware that when consumed in excess, manganese becomes a potent neurotoxin?

Studies on miners and steelworkers, for example, have shown that excessive exposure to manganese can cause manganese poisoning, Parkinson’s disease, and Wilson’s disease, for example.

Manganese occurs naturally in soil and can therefore be present in groundwater to a greater or lesser degree. Hence some people who drink well water could be exposed to higher naturally-occurring levels of manganese.

But there is another source of manganese that many people are completely unaware of, which may be even more significant than groundwater, and that is soy infant formula!

Soy formula is frequently used when a baby is allergic to milk, or if the parents are somehow convinced that soy is a healthier alternative. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth, because soy formula could easily be considered one of the most DANGEROUS food products on the market…

I always recommend breast feeding, if at all possible, but if you can’t, please educate yourself about the dangers of soy formula!

This is such an important issue because so many mothers end up using formula in lieu of breast feeding or after breast feeding for a short time, not realizing just how bad most formulas are for their baby’s health, particularly soy formula.

I’ve been concerned about this for a long time, and my team has now been working on an infant formula for an entire year. We still have about another year to go, but once we’re done we should be able to offer the best commercial infant formula available in the US.

Soy Infant Formula is LOADED with Manganese!

Yes, researchers have found that soybean plants absorb manganese from the soil and concentrate it, so that its use in soy-based infant formula can result in as much as 200 times the level found in natural breast milk!

Such high concentrations can wreak havoc on your baby’s immature metabolic systems.

I rarely talk about absolutes but this is one instant where I will say: NEVER give your child soy formula. (I guess the only exception would be if there was a catastrophe and soy formula was the only food source temporarily available to keep your baby alive.)

Because just like this latest study confirms, high concentrations of manganese, such as those found in soy formula, can lead to brain damage in infants and altered behaviors in adolescents.

In the study reported by Science Daily, researchers discovered that higher concentrations of manganese in groundwater significantly lowered the IQ of the children who drank it, even though the levels were below current guidelines.

A total of 362 children, aged six to 13, living in homes with individual or public wells were examined to test cognition, motor skills and behavior.

Science Daily reports:

“The average IQ of children whose tap water was in the upper 20% of manganese concentration was 6 points below children whose water contained little or no manganese.

The analyses of the association between manganese in tap water and children’s IQ took into account various factors such as family income, maternal intelligence, maternal education, and the presence of other metals in the water.

… For co-author Donna Mergler, “This is a very marked effect; few environmental contaminants have shown such a strong correlation with intellectual ability.”

The authors state that the amount of manganese present in food showed no relationship to the children’s IQ.”

For Maximum Health Hazard, Just Add Fluoridated Water…

As if that wasn’t bad enough, there are a number of other factors that make soy formula an even more dangerous option.

One of these factors is the fact that fluoride can increase manganese absorption, so if you mix the powdered- or concentrated soy formula with fluoridated water, you’re worsening matters even further!

Fluoride and manganese interact in a number of ways through various pathways.

For example, fluorides can cause zinc deficiency which in turn can cause damage to your brain by altering your manganese levels.

This is because fluorides act as a TSH (thyroid-stimulating-hormone) analogue, and along with iodine, zinc and selenium are also controlled by TSH. And when you’re deficient in zinc, the manganese levels in your brain become altered.

Other Health Dangers of Soy Formula

Another significant issue is the estrogen in soy.

A soy-fed baby receives the equivalent of five birth control pills’ worth of estrogen every day! These babies’ isoflavone levels are typically anywhere between 13,000 to 22,000 times higher than in non-soy fed infants.

Unfermented soy is not a healthy option for anyone, but when you’re feeding soy to an infant, you’re really setting the stage for a number of health problems.

Dr. Kaayla Daniel, author of The Whole Soy Story, points out thousands of studies linking soy to malnutrition, digestive distress, immune-system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders and infertility—even cancer and heart disease.

For more information about the many ways soy can damage your health – and certainly your baby’s, if you’re feeding them soy formula – please review this recent report.

It’s also worth noting that at least 91 percent of soy grown in the US is also genetically modified (GM), and this too can have serious health effects.

Not only is the soy loaded with toxic pesticide, the plants also contain genes from bacteria that produce a protein that has never been part of the human food supply. Hence, GM soy has been linked to an increase in allergies.

Disturbingly, the only published human feeding study on GM foods ever conducted verified that the gene inserted into GM soy transfers into the DNA of our gut bacteria and continues to function. This means that years after you stop eating GM soy, you may still have a potentially allergenic protein continuously being produced in your intestines.

Even more frightening is the potential for GM soy to cause infertility in future generations, which has been evidenced by recent Russian research.

Soy-based formula also typically includes cornstarch, cornstarch hydrolysate (remember, any corn derivatives are also suspect of being GM), tapioca starch, or sucrose instead of lactose.

(Did you know that many infant formulas actually have MORE sugar than a can of soda? Do you really feel comfortable giving your precious newborn a can of soda for EVERY meal?  If not, then it would sure seem best to avoid them ALL like the plague.)

All these things considered, it’s truly shocking that soy formula is even allowed on the market.

The Benefits of Breast Feeding, and Healthier Alternatives

One of the best gifts you can give your child is to start out their life with a sound nutritional foundation, and the best way to do this is by breastfeeding. In fact, statistics show a clear correlation between feeding infants artificial formula and increased infant mortality within the first year.

It’s important to realize that there are at least 400 nutrients in breast milk that are NOT found in formula. Of course, the healthier that a new mom eats, the healthier her breast milk will be, too.

While any amount of breastfeeding is better than none at all, it is clearly to your advantage, and best for your baby’s health, to breastfeed exclusively for at least the first 6 months. Then, at the age of 6 or 9 months, you can begin to supplement with solid foods (while still continuing to breastfeed as well).

What exactly does your baby stand to gain by being breastfed?

  • Lower risk of respiratory tract and middle ear infections
  • Lower risk of eczema
  • Lower risk of obesity
  • Added protection against heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and allergies
  • Improved brain function and immune system function

There are benefits to mom, too. The main ones are a reduced risk of chronic diseases like cancer, a faster return to your pre-pregnancy weight, and increased bonding between you and your baby.

There are certain medical conditions that can prevent a woman from breastfeeding, however the majority of women are able to breastfeed successfully. If you need help, contact a lactation consultant in your area for tips and support. You can also visit La Leche League, which is a phenomenal resource for breastfeeding moms.

If for some reason you’re not able to breastfeed, or you have adopted a baby, your next best option is to make a healthy infant formula using raw milk. You can find homemade formula recipes here.

As I stated at the beginning of this article, we’re also in the process of producing the finest infant formula on the market. I’m hoping to have it available in about a year.

How Can You Protect Your Child from Excessive Manganese Exposure?

First and foremost, do not give your child soy formula or other unfermented soy foods.

As for manganese in your well water, your best bet is to use a high quality filtering system using activated carbon. A well designed activated carbon filter system is the simplest, most convenient, and most user friendly option to purify your drinking water.

A good system will likely consist of multiple filter cartridges; one to protect the carbon from larger contaminants in the water, and another containing carbon designed to remove trihalomethanes – a dangerous disinfection byproduct. Some systems also contain a backup carbon filter to ensure that all contaminants have been filtered out.

For more information about filtering systems and water quality, please see this previous article.


Even the Canadian Army is into Afghan Heroin

September 15, 2010 1 comment

Even the Canadians are getting into Afghan heroin. There is another Fish and mammal kill in the Gulf of Mexico. And the markets might be manipulated but they are still failing.

The Canadians are joining the Americans in running heroin out of Afghanistan.

Gordon Duff of says the Americans are using the Global Hawk drone which is new version of the U2 spy plane which only costs the taxpayers 35 million dollars each. Newer versions of the Global Hawk have a 3,000 pound compartment into which the CIA is loading opium paste at secret bases in Balochistan Pakistan just over the border from Afghanistan.

The fish and mammals are still dying. I guess that BP oil spill is still leaking.

This young woman gives us a lot of information on NWO food fascism.

This video reveals how the government, the Federal Reserve and major banks are manipulating markets. This is driving small investors out of the market.

This video also has some revealing info on Goldman Sachs.

PM George Papandreou is a Bilderberger. Max Keiser, Bob Chapman, Gerald Celente and Michael Hudson have been telling Iceland, Greece, Ireland and Latvia to default on their debts and to pull out of the euro if they are in it or break out of Euro controls if they are not.

Bob Chapman has been hearing rumors of a Greek coup and a possible default on their debts.

PM George Papandreou is a Bilderberger. Max Keiser, Bob Chapman, Gerald Celente and Michael Hudson have been telling Iceland, Greece, Ireland and Latvia to default on their debts and to pull out of the euro if they are in it or break out of Euro controls if they are not.

These videos are posted at my new video only blog here:



AFN and First Nations in British Columbia Call on Federal Government to Stop Mining Project

September 12, 2010 Leave a comment

AFN and First Nations in British Columbia Call on Federal Government to Stop Mining Project that will Destroy Environment and Way of Life for First
OTTAWA, Sept. 2 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo strongly supports the call by the Tsilhqot’in Nation Government and First Nation leaders from across British Columbia to prevent a mining project that would destroy the pristine Teztan Biny (Fish Lake), a traditional First Nations fishery and sacred ceremonial site near Williams Lake, B.C.

Tsilhqot’in Nation Government and First Nation leaders from across British Columbia to prevent a mining project that would destroy the pristine Teztan Biny (Fish Lake), a traditional First Nations fishery and sacred ceremonial site near Williams Lake, B.C.

First Nation leaders from the Tsilhqot’in Nation Government and across British Columbia were in Ottawa today delivering their message to the federal government which is expected to decide next week on whether or not to allow the Taseko Mines Limited Prosperity Mining Project to proceed.

“The Teztan Biny – or Fish Lake – has sustained the six member First Nation communities of the Tsilhqot’in Nation for generations. The proposed mine will not bring prosperity to First Nations in the region and could instead devastate their communities and their ways of life,” said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo, referencing a study published by Simon Fraser University economist Marvin Shaffer which states the mine will produce little net gain for B.C. and may in fact cause a net financial loss due to electricity subsidies, infrastructure maintenance, and carbon offset goals.

The plan for the proposed gold and copper Prosperity Mine involves draining the Teztan Biny completely to create a tailings pond that will collect toxic effluent from the mining activities. This would destroy millions of cultural artifacts in the region of the lake, devastate the surrounding environment and permanently threaten the rich heritage of the territories of the Tsilhqot’in Nation.

The project is unanimously opposed by the six member communities of the Tsilhqot’in Nation, B.C. First Nations Summit Grand Chief Ed John, Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs Grand Chief Stewart Phillip (both of whom attended today’s press conference) and the Assembly of First Nations, which passed a resolution at the Annual General Assembly in Winnipeg in July.

The AFN Chiefs-in-Assembly resolved to call upon the federal government to heed the cautions of an independent panel created by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency which concluded that the project would negatively impact fish habitat, local wildlife, navigation and traditional land use, permanently destroying lands and waters.

“By rejecting the proposed mining project, the Government of Canada could demonstrate a commitment to environmental protection and the cultural survival of First Nations,” said National Chief Atleo. “There was no meaningful consultation with the affected First Nations and governments have a legal duty to consult with our people. First Nations across Canada are eagerly awaiting the government decision that will determine if there is any value or integrity in the environmental assessments for major projects, or whether First Nations must turn to litigation and other means to assert our rights and protect our lands and cultures.”

In addition to the impacts on Teztan Biny, the proposed mining project would also impact the Tsihqot’in Nations’ rights to hunt and trap, rights that have been recognized by the British Columbia Supreme Court. The Teztan Biny area is a traditional food gathering area for the Tsilhqot’in. The lake provides trout and the region around the lake provides hunting and trapping grounds that could be destroyed by the proposed mine.

“First Nations in B.C. are not, on principle, opposed to development where cultural, environmental and economic issues are dealt with to their satisfaction as we saw recently with two tax revenue sharing agreements announced last week,” said AFN B.C. Regional Chief Jody Wilson Raybould, who attended today’s press conference in Ottawa, adding: “This is not the case with Prosperity Mines which seeks to destroy Teztan Biny. Common sense in our Province seems to have given way to greed and the BC AFN strongly urges the Government of Canada to do the right thing and listen to the Tsilhqot’in Nation and reject the proposal in the interests of all Canadians.”

The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.

For further information:

Jenna Young, Communications Officer, Assembly of First Nations 613-241-6789, ext 401, 613-314-8157 (mobile) or jyoung[at]

Don Kelly, A/Communications Director, Assembly of First Nations 613-292-2787 or dkelly[at]

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Forest fires cause air quality in Kamloops to plummet to hazardous levels

August 21, 2010 Leave a comment

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Photograph by: Handout, Vancouver Sun

KAMLOOPS — Flights were cancelled and city residents stayed inside, forgoing sports and outdoor activities Thursday as air quality degraded to red-level warnings.

Two Ministry of Environment stations recorded air quality as poor as during the big 2003 Strawberry Hill fire.

All Air Canada flights in and out of the city were cancelled Thursday afternoon. A mid-morning flight from Vancouver circled, unable to land, before returning to the coast.

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Replacement of Canadian Firearms Program director slammed as intimidating, suspicious

August 19, 2010 2 comments

By Laura Stone, Postmedia NewsAugust 18, 2010
RCMP Chief Supt. Marty Cheliak is a strong supporter of the federal long-gun registry.

RCMP Chief Supt. Marty Cheliak is a strong supporter of the federal long-gun registry.

Photograph by: Bruce Edwards, Postmedia News

OTTAWA — The head of the Canadian Firearms Program, who was a vocal proponent of the long-gun registry, has been replaced and is currently on leave from the organization.

The move to replace RCMP Chief Supt. Marty Cheliak comes a few weeks before Parliament is scheduled to continue to debate a Conservative private member’s bill to scrap the registry.

The RCMP announced Wednesday that Chief Supt. Pierre Perron will take over as director general from Cheliak, who after a year on the job is no longer in charge because his rank “doesn’t meet the classification of the position,” said Sgt. Pat Flood, a media relations officer at RCMP headquarters in Ottawa.

Cheliak is on leave and “pursuing French-language training,” which Flood said is also a requirement of the job he left.

Perron, who was director general of the Crime Intelligence Program at the RCMP, will be promoted to assistant commissioner, the RCMP said.

The government, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper, attempted to quash allegations from opposition critics who said Cheliak was removed because he supported the registry, which the government has openly opposed.

“The RCMP makes its own decisions with respect to its personnel. This is not a political issue,” said Harper.

“The government’s position on the long-gun registry is well-known. With the support of a majority of the House of Commons, including some members of the opposition, this government strongly favours the abolition of the long-gun registry for farmers and duck-hunters. It is wasteful; it has been ineffective. That will continue to be our position,” said Harper.

“That does not mean to say that there aren’t important tasks for the firearms control centre to continue to do.”

Both Justice Minister Rob Nicholson and a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews echoed the prime minister and said the issue was an internal RCMP matter.

NDP justice critic Joe Comartin said he does not believe that it was an internal decision or that there was no political interference in Cheliak’s removal.

“There’s no way of seeing this other than a method of intimidating not only him, but other members within the RCMP, who have spoken out on the registry in favour of maintaining it,” said Comartin.

“It’s a very clear message to everybody else in the RCMP that you better understand: we will intimidate you and make you pay the consequences if you step out of the right, ideological line that we want to follow as a government.”

The Liberals also called for Cheliak to be reinstated as director general.

Liberal MP Mark Holland said it was “no coincidence” Cheliak was removed as Parliament is about to “resume battle” over Conservative MP Candice Hoeppner’s bill.

Charles Momy, president of the Canadian Police Association, praised Cheliak’s work on the firearms program, which encompasses a wide range of firearms issues. Cheliak was supposed to present a report on a national firearms strategy to the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police in Edmonton next week.

Momy said that RCMP Commissioner William Elliott, who would have ordered the replacement, “needs to answer some questions” about why Cheliak is now gone.

“Ultimately, the individual responsible to manage the RCMP today is the commissioner, and that’s Commissioner Bill Elliott. So that’s where we have to be pointing the finger and say, ‘What are real answers here?’ ” said Momy.

He pointed to conflicting news releases about Cheliak’s departure — one said it was an issue of bilingualism, the other said rank — as examples of the disorganization apparent in this latest incident at the RCMP.

“It almost looks like the RCMP is imploding,” he said.

Greg Dionne, president of the Canadian Association of Police Boards, the civilian oversight group that represents 75 per cent of municipal police forces in Canada, questioned why Cheliak was replaced before a vote on the bill.

“It’s very suspicious,” said Dionne.

“We’re weeks away from that vote (on the registry) and all of a sudden, the guy that was supplying everyone with the good information so they could make the correct decision, is out. The government does shock me,” he said.

Cheliak left office on Aug. 2; his interim replacement was Chief Supt. Geoff Francis, said Flood.

“Sometimes, when someone doesn’t meet the rank of the position that they’re going into, they can be there in an acting position,” Flood said of Cheliak, who was appointed to the position last August.

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