What’s With Harper’s Bill C-51 When Canada Already Has Laws To Address Domestic Terrorism

By Mark Taliano

If the governing media framed itself in terms of truth rather than government-sponsored lies, the root causes of terrorism could be addressed and rectified.

These days Harper and membes of his puppet cause are taking advantage of every opportunity possible to scare the crap out of Canadians to get their secret police bill passed

These days Harper and membes of his puppet cause are taking advantage of every opportunity possible to scare the crap out of Canadians to get their secret police bill passed

Currently, the root causes are being obscured, and Police State legislation is being offered as a false solution, and for ulterior purposes.

We already have the tools to combat domestic terrorism. “Terrorism, treason, sedition, espionage, proliferating of nuclear and biological weapons, and other offences repeated in Bill C-51 are already illegal,” explains Elizabeth May, Leader of Canada’s Federal Green Party, in “Harper’s police State Law”

She argues further – and with strong evidence – that the security establishment has not made a compelling case for requiring more powers. Bill C-51 Backgrounder , by Kent Roach and Craig Forcese, offers this abstract:

“In Bill C-51, the Canadian government wants to jail people who, by speaking, written, recording, gesturing or through other visible representations, knowingly advocate or promote the commission of terrorism offences in general, while aware of the possibility that the offences may be committed. Continue reading

Spock Has Been Beamed Up

A Brief by Doug Draper

Once upon a time, in the years following NBC’s stupid decision to cancel the original 1960s Star Trek series after only three seasons, a story continually circulated around the Niagara region that went like this.

Leonard Nimoy in his iconic Star Trek role as Spock

Leonard Nimoy in his iconic Star Trek role as Spock

Somewhere in Niagara, in one of Her Majesty’s courts, a young man found guilty of some minor crime that left him facing at least a few months in jail, was asked by the presiding judge if he had anything to say prior to sentencing. 

According to all accounts circulating in the community at the time, this young man used the opportunity to flip open something akin to a pocket book or wallet he used as a prop for a then futuristic wireless phone featured in the Star Trek series and said: “Quick Scotty. Beam me up!”

Again by all accounts, there was an audible chuckle from almost everyone in the court but the judge who imposed the maximum number of months of jail time he could under the law. Continue reading

Niagara Is Not On List For Public Meetings As Ontario Launches Climate Change Consultations

A Brief Foreword to this News from NAL publisher Doug Draper

It should come as no surprise that Niagara is one of the very few regions in southern Ontario that will not see the provincial government host a public consultation session in the weeks ahead on what to do to address climate change.

Signs like this have dotted the rural areas of Niagara, Ontario in recent years - a message that if you want to generate energy from wind here, get out of town

Signs like this have dotted the rural areas of Niagara, Ontario in recent years – a message that if you want to generate energy from wind here, get out of town

Click on the appropriate link in the Ontario Government News Release below to review the list of regions that are included for a consultation session.

Niagara’s regional government made it clear more than a year ago that it is completely behind two of this region’s local municipalities – Wainfleet and West Lincoln – in their bid to keep wind energy farms out of their jurisdiction. And the regional government gave the province no reason to believe that it would not extend the same support to any other local municipality in Niagara that wishes to be a dead zone for green energy facilities.

Further to that, Niagara is falling many years behind other regions across this province that already have in place centralized, seamless systems of public transit accessible to all residents. In fact, there are a number of vocal members on Niagara’s regional council opposed to building a truly regional transit system – a position that militates against convincing Go Transit to provide more regular services to the region. Continue reading

Niagara, Ontario’s Brock University Hosts Talk On Canada’s Tranformation From “Peacekeeper” To “Warrior State”

News from Brock University

St. Catharines, Ontario, February, 2015 -Canada has become a “warrior state”, says pan-African socialist and peace scholar Horace Campbell, who will discuss that claim when he delivers the Dr. Morrison African Heritage Month lecture at Brock University this Friday afternoon, February. 27th.

Horace Campbell, professor of political sicne and African American studies, to speak on Canada's lost status as a peacekeeper

Horace Campbell, professor of political sicne and African American studies, to speak on Canada’s lost status as a peacekeeper

His presentation — “Canada, NATO and Libya: Lessons for Africa”  — will look at how Canada’s traditional role as a peacekeeping power has changed, thanks largely to its leadership in NATO’s bombing campaign during the Libyan civil war. Campbell will discuss Canada’s involvement “in a high-stakes game of normalizing war. “

While many in the West celebrated the Libya campaign as a success, the NATO role in which Canada played a large part resulted in many civilian deaths and destroyed Libya’s infrastructure, says Campbell, a professor of African American Studies at Syracuse University. Continue reading

Obama Gives Harper’s Tar Sands Pipe A Good Swift Veto Boot

A News Commentary from NAL publisher Doug Draper

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 was not the best of days for Canada’s supreme leader Stephen Harper and his corporate masters in the petro-chemical industry.

Canada's tar sands agenda gets a presidential snub

Canada’s tar sands agenda gets a presidential snub

It was a day that U.S. President Barack Obama, who seems determined to be remembered as a leader who did what he could to fight climate change and support greener energy alternatives, vetoed an attempt by a Republican-dominated Senate and Congress to approve the construction of a Keystone XL pipeline for caring tar sands crude through America’s heartland from northern Alberta to refineries near the Gulf coast.

In exercising his right to veto (a right this president has so far resorted to far less than a number of his predecessors, including George W. Bush), Obama had this to say: “The presidential power to veto legislation is one I take seriously,” he stated in a message to Congress. “But I also take seriously my responsibility to the American people. And because this act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest – including our security, safety and environment – it has earned my veto.” Continue reading

Niagara Regional Councilllors Vote Themselves A Raise

A News Commentary by Doug Draper

For the first time in half a decade of self-imposed zero salary increases, Niagara, Ontario’s regional councillor took time at a meeting this Wednesday, February 18th to vote themselves an increase of 2.93 per cent.

Niagara, Ontario's regoinal government headquarters

Niagara, Ontario’s regoinal government headquarters

The move sees base salaries (not counting any additional monies that come with sitting on some committees and boards) rise from $28,353 to $29,184 annually for the 30 part-time regional councillors, and from $117,330 to $120,768 for the regional chair.

As news of this salary hike circulates in Niagara’s mainstream media, there are already the trolls out there hiding, like the cowards they are behind pseudonyms, using words like “pigs” to slam those who voted for a raise they are calling “outrageous” and “obscene.”

As someone who has covered municipal politics in this Niagara region for more than 30 years now, I have formed a more nuanced take on this. Continue reading

Niagara Regional Council Approves 2015 Budget Punching Out A 1.9 Per Cent Property Tax Hike

News from Niagara, Ontario’s Regional

This February 20th, 2015 Niagara Regional Council approved the Region’s 2015 budget. This budget focuses on maintaining existing services and supporting new programs that will enable economic prosperity, while limiting the impact to tax payers to less than the rate of inflation.

Residents will see an increase of approximately 1.92 per cent in Regional taxes this year, after Council passed its 2015 tax supported operating budget of $321.9 million. For the average house assessed at $236,134, the 1.92 per cent budget tax increase will result in an additional $27.50 per household.

Niagara Regional Chair Al Caslin

Niagara Regional Chair Al Caslin

“Niagara Region’s 2015 budget is focused on maintaining current service levels and new initiatives that will encourage economic prosperity in Niagara,” said Regional Chair Alan Caslin. “This budget enables us to invest in GO transit throughout the Region and advance inter-municipal transit, will improve front-line emergency services, and will foster a welcoming environment for the private sector to bring investment and new jobs to Niagara.”

“For 2015, we’ve kept the tax increase low by becoming more effective and efficient, thereby identifying $2.41 million in sustainable cost savings”, said Councillor David Barrick, Chair of the Budget Review Committee of the Whole. “This approach aligns with our tax payer affordability strategy and ensures that we are making valuable investments in the programs and services that will lead the way to a stronger and healthier Niagara,” concluded Barrick. Continue reading