Tuesday, October 31, 2006

 

Trick or Eat

http://www.trickoreat.ca/

Be sure to have a few non perishable food items on hand tonight for those good samaratins who will be going Trick or Eating tonight.

This is the only way I would allow my teenagers to go trick or treating, and they are fine with that in fact they are ecstatic to be volunteering to help out the community.

You need to register either through this site your local university or food bank.

Monday, October 30, 2006

 

"fishing down the food web" Altered Oceans from the LA times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/oceans/la-oceans-series,0,7842752.special
Just a few excerpts. Read the entire series for a very enlightening and foreshadowing outlook of what our planet is coming to.
MORETON BAY, AUSTRALIA — The fireweed began each spring as tufts of hairy growth and spread across the seafloor fast enough to cover a football field in an hour.

When fishermen touched it, their skin broke out in searing welts. Their lips blistered and peeled. Their eyes burned and swelled shut. Water that splashed from their nets spread the inflammation to their legs and torsos.
..
The venomous weed, known to scientists as Lyngbya majuscula, has appeared in at least a dozen other places around the globe. It is one of many symptoms of a virulent pox on the world's oceans.
..
Where this pattern is most pronounced, scientists evoke a scenario of evolution running in reverse, returning to the primeval seas of hundreds of millions of years ago.
Jeremy B.C. Jackson, a marine ecologist and paleontologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, says we are witnessing "the rise of slime."
..
Even in modern times, when oil spills, chemical discharges and other industrial accidents heightened awareness of man's capacity to injure sea life, the damage was often regarded as temporary.

But over time, the accumulation of environmental pressures has altered the basic chemistry of the seas.
..
The consequences are evident worldwide.
..
At its peak in summer, the weed now covers as much as 30 square miles of Moreton Bay, an estuary roughly the size of San Francisco Bay. In one seven-week period, its expansion was measured at about 100 square meters a minute — a football field in an hour.

William Dennison, then director of the University of Queensland botany lab, couldn't believe it at first.

"We checked this 20 times. It was mind-boggling. It was like 'The Blob,' " Dennison said, recalling the 1950s horror movie about an alien life form that consumed everything in its path.


A partial solution, to the 6,500,000,000.000 billion craps a day.
http://www.sun-mar.com/
 

Death by a thousand cuts Systemic conspiracy

Repost

It isn't so much as there is a conspiracy to keep NewfoundlandLabrador down as the system is designed in such a way as to benefit Ontario and Quebec uses their sway to get their way.

Toe the party line which is drawn by the majority of MP's 106 from ON out of 308 with no other equality in representation for the other members of the federation.

-Pulp and Paper mills were given tax exemptions and free access to NL's forests.
-NL gave away vast tracts of land to the Reid RailRoad to have the RR built.
-Canada petitioned the US to not trade with NL before confederation to protect their own fishing industry.
-Canada interferred with NL's internal politics, referendum on confederation by backing Joey Smallwood.
-England intereferred with NL's referendum on confederation by disallowing the question union with the US.
-C.D Howe wrote to the US and asked them not to make public the discovery of to date the worlds richest deposit of iron ore in labrador.
-Upper Churchill, No national power corridor then or now.
-Upper Churchill, Supreme Court of Ontario and Quebec with 3 judges from ON and 3 from QC the outcome from this kangaroo court was already decidedd in the private clubs and elitist parties.
-Lower Churchill, still no national power corridor.
-Upper Churchill conflict of interest with HQ sitting in on the Brinco meetings then negotiating with insider information on Brinco's financial state.
-NL RailRoad shut down by Ottawa because of cost saving and mismanagement. Should have3 had tracks widened and upgraded to national standards instead of the costly switching of undercarriage. I suspect the people involved in the demise of the NL RR had their own agenda of gaining from an increase in their shipping industry. Enemies within.
-Labrador landing fees three times as costly as equivalant airport in neighboring Quebec airports.
-Fishery destruction by DFO Ottawa and the party line to garner trade coincessions and world prominance to our
-Ending of trans atlantic flights into NL. NS petitioned to have all trans Atlantic flights bypass NL.
-Equalization clawing back of our non-renewable resource revenues while ON keeps their tax points
-Equalization comparing NL to PEI when NL is three times the size of the three maritime provinces combined. PEI is no bigger than the Avalon alone and could be serviced with one service hub for the entire island.
-Offshore oil and gas decision by the Kangaroo court of ON/QC three judges from ON three from QC. The outcome was a foregone conclusion.
-Resources are supposed to belong to the provinces in this federation
-Military bases, not one operationally manned military base in all of NL, even though we protect the eastern flank of this country.
-Our serving sons and Daughters in the canadian military can't claim the Marine Atlantic ferry crossing on their one paid trip home a year to their next of kin LTA leave Travel Allowance.
-Marine Atlantic, Since the feds pay for and operate this life line to our province and industry. Ottawa sees any increase in NL's economy as costing them more money.
-Fixed link NS group opposed to a fixed link and petition Ottawa to never see it become a reallity. Even our neighbors don't want to see NL prosper because it would mean their cubogous ways and own economies would suffer.
-Canada's refusal to sign onto a moratoreium on bottom dragging even though they say canada doesn't bottom drag to any extent. Meanwhile 60% of the worlds bottom dragging takes place on the 40% of our continental shelf which lies outside the 200 mile limit. The Nose, Tail and Flemish cap.
-Canada's refusal to recognise NL's culture and heritage as Intangible in accordance with UNESCO's acceptance.
-Canada's refusal to address quebecs insolance in accepting the NL border as outlined in the Privy council's decision of 1927.
-Per Capita funding and a lack of vision at building the parts of the nation that need it. Fixed link, National power corridor, TLH, Improved Marine Atlantic.
-marine Atlantic cheapest part of the TCH to build, operate, and maintain yet we pay the highest toll of any part of the TCH.
-Ottawa's refusal to back Prov's call for Fallow field. Ottawa shouldn't have anything to say or do with our resources resources belong to the provinces.
-Ottawa's ownership of our offshore oil and gas, Ottawa invested in Albertas tar sands but doesn't have an ownership stake. Resources belong to the provinces.
-Tourism fishery 11 months and free in maritime provinces. We had to pay for tags then we were given our own resource for 5 weeks? Crumbs to protect the foreign quotas on the NT&FC.
-Clause in Atlantic Accord not allowing NL to build a refinery untill all existing canadian refineries are at max capacity? Federal interferance protectionism for rest of canada?
-Lack of federal presence in NL, both in numbers and in quality of positions and decision making input and decision making.
-Ottawa conflict interest by controlling NL's resources. Ottawa has to make decisions based on what's in the best interest of majority of canadians (ON/QC) even if it is to the detriment of some provinces. IE Nose Tail Flemish Cap. Ottawa isn't supposed to and shouldn't control any of the provinces resources.
-Canada's ambivolance towards NL's call for increased immigration. Portnoy etc.
-Triple E senate, Ontario doesn't want to let go of their hold on the colonies. Would rather see it abolished.
-Mismanagement of the seal hunt, allowing ARA's to get within 10 metres or in a place of work at all. First come first serve quotas encourages inhumane killing and discourages utilization of the entire seal.
-Closing of the Gander weather office. Two Doppler radars for all of NL when the maritimes which is three times smaller than NL has 6 Doppler Radars. That doesn't even take into account our work space the Grand Banks which is the size of the three prairie provinces combined isn't covered.
-Changing the name of our province to Avalon, Central, West coast, South coast, Great Northern Peninsula and Labrador.
-Downloading of the interprovincial ferries to the province for a mere 800 million in perpetuity.
-Refusal to allow indemnity for the Voisey bay commercial nickel production plant at Argentia. US and feds get a free pass for the pollution of the environment at Argentia.
-2 CSIS agents stationed in Corner Brook to combat organized crime?
-Putting US customs in Halifax.
-Oil spills go unpunished and even covered up, to the detriment of our environment and fisheries.
-15% unemployment or there abouts since joining confederation yet we only get hush money in the way of lip grants and UI. No real effort or initiatives to help devlop our economy.
-AUR resources exempt from national standards when it comes to tailings and protection of the environment.
-NL contributes 4 to 1 to the GDP of canda but only gets a return on their contribution on a per capita basis. Natural resources should be the sole responsibility and beneficiary of the provinces.
-Gun registry good for Urban canada not rural canada.
-Gay and Lesbian should be civil union with all the same rights and privilages of marriage.
-Cape Breton highway no very few passing lanes with poor signage that directs people to the cabot trail and not the Marine Atlantic ferry. Where is the vision of nation building outside of the golden horse shoe?
-Outmigration/Brain Drain continues unabated since joining this colonialist federation of ON/QC.
-Took all of the profitable parts of the Gander airport, First contact fly over fees which amount in the hundreds of millions of dollars and left the airport infrastructure maintenance and running to the airport authorities.
-Promised to give Gander airport 2 million for military landing fees and to date have reneged.
-Cancelled the promised ice breaker research ship for Happy valley Goose bay,
-Cancelled the promised threat emmitters for 5Wing HVGB, that were to bolster the training and reality of flight training in 5 Wing HVGB.
-Reneged on the Kelowna accord that would have benefited our 4 native communities. Labrador is comprised of 30% native.
-Closed the Public Service Commission in NL PSC.
-Closed the Toxic research DFO in NL.
-Threatened to close the Cool Climate research centre in NL.
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To be updated.

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Robbing Newfoundland and Labrador 101 Sue's six part series.

Part 1 The Federal Government's 8.5% share of Hibernia

Part 2 The time is right to pursue the Feds 8.5% - Premier seems disinterested

Part 3 Energy and Industry - what the Federal Government and Ontario want

Part 4 The hidden royalty the Federal Government gets on our offshore

Part 5 The Lower Churchill Power used in Labrador - how we finance it

Part 6 Robbing Newfoundland and Labrador 101 Part 6

Sunday, October 29, 2006

 

No more oncoming suicide bombers

A Jersey barrier or Jersey wall separates lanes of traffic (often opposing lanes of traffic) with a goal of minimizing vehicle crossover in the case of accidents. It is also used as defense against car bombs.

It was originally developed to divide multiple lanes on a highway by the state of New Jersey in the United States. A Jersey barrier stands 3–5 feet tall and is made of poured concrete. Their widespread use on the highway has led to many other uses as a general barrier (for instance, during general construction projects or constructing temporary walkways). They are also known as K-rails (especially in Western states or when used temporarily during roadway construction) or traffic dividers.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jersey_barrier
 

Call our bluff if you dare "Dire consequences"

If The Independent is off Danny Williams’ Christmas-card list, The Globe and Mail must be mud beneath his feet. The paper’s dirt to me, but then I still read Canada’s “national newspaper” every day, for no other reason than to know the mind of the mortal enemy. It’s not so much that The Globe is a rag; it certainly comes across as a cut above the rest (Rex Murphy isn’t hard to look at either, from this angle, and when the light is right), but The Globe is no friend to Newfoundland and Labrador.

Read the rest of the story.
http://www.theindependent.ca/article.asp?AID=1251&ATID=5
 

Independant's contest to name the Ontario party line toers

MP Loyola Hearn lowered the bar for
parliamentary debate in the House of
Commons this week when he took a
shot at Liberal MP Scott Simms’ fivefoot-
four frame, referring to him as a
“shrimp.” Simms actually started it
when he posed a question to the minister
of “flip, flop and flounder,” accusing
the Conservative government of planning
to cut $100 million from the federal
Fisheries budget. Responded Hearn,
“The biggest problem we have in
Newfoundland is an oversupply of one
fish. It is called the shrimp.”
In that light, The Independent launches
a name-your-MP contest. The rules
are simple: come up with a name for
each of the province’s seven MPs. The
name must be either a fish or crustacean
found in Newfoundland and Labrador
waters (shrimp or flounder are taken,
remember). I personally would have
described Hearn as a sea urchin (or the
colloquial term, whore’s egg), not so
much because he’s a spiny sea creature,
but for his lack of spine (at least since
taking office). The winner of the best
names, as judged by the editorial staff,
will receive a high quality and ultrafashionable
Independent hoodie. Send
entries to the e-mail address
editorial@theindependent.ca


Oh lets see
Lump fish
Jelly fish
Cat fish with reference to Tommy Douglas's Mouseland
Sculpin
Have fun lets see a picture of that Indy sweater.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

 

Dirty rotten Scoundrels by Averill baker

Follow the link to read the entire article.
http://www.southerngazette.ca/index.cfm?iid=1952&sid=14904
If you want a copy of this save it now because this paper only keeps it on their site for several weeks.
They are dirty rotten scoundrels in the tradition of the two con men in that 1988 movie.

The scoundrels are in this case our politicians, and other so-called fisheries experts, who declared publicly they support bottom dragging on the high seas.

These scoundrels now include our MPs, and even some of our own cabinet ministers in this province, who displayed their ignorance in public pronouncements that if the United Nations banned bottom dragging on the high seas Canada would then be forced to ban it inside 200 miles.

What a stretch. What a display of unmitigated stupidity!

Or, if they knew the difference, what a lie they told and are allowed to continue to tell by our publicly funded CBC media.


By these scoundrels own admission in different DFO reports and media articles canada doesn't bottom drag outside the 200 mile limit and very little inside.

40% of our continental shelf lies outside the arbitrary 200 mile limit.

60% of all of the worlds bottom dragging takes place on the 40% of our continental shelf which lies outside the 200 mile limit, Nose, tail and Flemish Cap.

Canada has never tried to take control of the entire continental shelf even though there are two options they could follow.
1, Destruction of our continental shelf outside the 200 mile limit.
2, Define the continental shelf through Sea Mapping as being much larger than the 200 mile limit encompasses.

Law of the Sea
http://www.un.org/Depts/los/index.htm
DFO told to end bartering fish.
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2006/10/20/dfo-court.html

During the turbot war Spain threatened to end all Bombardier contracts if they weren't allowed to continue to rape and pillage NL'ians livlihood. It all went away shortly there after.
"Spanish officials threatened dire consequences for a pending sale by Bombardier"
http://nl-outsidethebox.blogspot.com/2006/07/custodial-management-overfishing.html

Developing country puts a halt to foreign over fishing.
http://usinfo.state.gov/journals/ites/0103/ijee/nichols.htm

Even John Crosbie former federallie fisheries minister who's family invented bottom dragging is against continuing this destructive indescriminant practice of bottom dragging.
http://www.deepseas.blogspot.com/

60% of 40% = 100% destruction
All of the Grand Banks or no thanks canada.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

 

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians Against Student Debt (NLASD)

This blog serves as an outlet for all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who are in debt with student loans. We aren't asking for a free ride from the Government in paying back our loans, but what we are asking for is to have the interest eliminated. What is worth more to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador? Stopping out-migration of educated young people? Or the money the government receives in interest off of our Newfoundland and Labrador student loans?

Stop the outmigration at it's root, give our youth a break and an incentive to stay home and help build our motherland.

http://www.youthventuresnl.com/
Previous post on this topic.
http://nl-outsidethebox.blogspot.com/2005/09/outmigration-and-student-loans.html
Personally I had to join the military because of my student debt.

Some suggestions
Provincial Tax breaks, this would accomplish two objectives one keep our trained youth home to help build our economy, and give them a reprieve on student debt so they can stay and help build our homeland.
Interest reprieve
portion of interest reprieve
incentive to work in our province for less with a reprieve on theior student loans.

Friday, October 20, 2006

 

Inco's Force Majeure

Force Majeure literally means "greater force". These clauses excuse a party from liability if some unforseen event beyond the control of that party prevents it from performing its obligations under the contract. Typically, force majeure clauses cover natural disasters or other "Acts of God", war, or the failure of third parties--such as suppliers and subcontractors--to perform their obligations to the contracting party. It is important to remember that force majeure clauses are intended to excuse a party only if the failure to perform could not be avoided by the exercise of due care by that party.

When negotiating force majeure clauses, make sure that the clause applies equally to all parties to the agreement--not just the licensor. Also, it is helpful if the clause sets forth some specific examples of acts that will excuse performance under the clause, such as wars, natural disasters, and other major events that are clearly outside a party's control. Inclusion of examples will help to make clear the parties' intent that such clauses are not intended to apply to excuse failures to perform for reasons within the control of the parties.


Force Majeure:
Not enough electricity available to run a commercial processing plant for the Voisey's Bay concentrate in NL.

With the rolling black outs we had on the island last winter.
The shutting down of the Stephenville PnP mill in part because of a lack of cheap energy supply.

An infeed looking less and less feasible with the price tag running around 2.2 Billion, and Williams intent on exporting any new electrical developments outside the province.

The feds not willing to pony up for a national East West power corridor (INFEED) let alone forcing Quebec to allow transmission of energy through Quebecs territory.

Monday, October 16, 2006

 

Current article: Marijuana camouflage ...RIGHTOUS DUDE!

http://www.currentmag.ca/blog/_archives/2006/10/13/2414314.html#753318
Can't call these taliban stupid.
Marijuana camouflage ...RIGHTOUS DUDE!
by CURRENT Magazine on Fri 13 Oct 2006 05:28 PM NDT | Permanent Link | Cosmos

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian troops fighting Taliban militants in Afghanistan have stumbled across an unexpected and potent enemy -- almost impenetrable forests of 10-feet-high marijuana plants.

General Rick Hillier, chief of the Canadian defense staff, said on Thursday that Taliban fighters were using the forests as cover. In response, the crew of at least one armored car had camouflaged their vehicle with marijuana.

"The challenge is that marijuana plants absorb energy, heat very readily. It's very difficult to penetrate with thermal devices ... and as a result you really have to be careful that the Taliban don't dodge in and out of those marijuana forests," he said in a speech in Ottawa.

"We tried burning them with white phosphorous -- it didn't work. We tried burning them with diesel -- it didn't work. The plants are so full of water right now ... that we simply couldn't burn them," he said.

Even successful incineration had its drawbacks.

"A couple of brown plants on the edges of some of those (forests) did catch on fire. But a section of soldiers that was downwind from that had some ill effects and decided that was probably not the right course of action," Hillier said dryly

Thursday, October 12, 2006

 

Fur institue of Canada press release

October 11, 2006



Dear Friends,

Fur Institute of Canada’s Sealing Committee

For almost twenty-five years, the Fur Institute of Canada has played an effective role as a ‘round table’ for addressing wildlife conservation and animal welfare issues. Consistent with our commitment to improved understanding and appreciation of the role played by rural and Aboriginal people in wildlife conservation, the Board of Directors has recently created a new Committee to provide leadership on the sealing issue.

The interest in having such a body emerged from an all-day "think tank" hosted by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami in their Ottawa office in January 2005 and attended by representatives of Aboriginal people, the scientific community, east coast sealers, industry, conservation groups, the health community, and federal, provincial and territorial governments.

The Sealing Committee will act as a network for seal-related issues and work with all stakeholders from government and the private sector to provide balanced stories on Conservation/Marine Management, Animal Welfare, Socio-Economics and Human Health.

Campaigns which show graphic photos or make emotional statements may raise millions of dollars for the benefit of anti-animal use groups, but they do nothing for the conservation or welfare of the wildlife. In fact, these self-described ‘environmentalists’ care little for the environment or for the effect their campaigns will have on the true environmentalists, those people who support themselves through the conservation and sustainable use of the renewable resources of the land and sea.

Currently, the governments of the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy and the European Union are considering new import bans on seal products. While they are, no doubt, well intentioned and believe they are promoting conservation and respectful use of wildlife, these governments have been grossly misinformed.

As Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), all of these countries are committed to the implementation of the CBD’s three main principles: conservation, sustainable use, and sharing the benefits derived from, renewable resources. The imposition of trade barriers on products coming from abundant seal populations will be contrary not only to this commitment, but also to the sustainable use philosophy of the IUCN, the World Conservation Union.
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We are puzzled too by what appears to be a policy disconnect – some would call it a double-standard – whereby ‘proper conservation’ for abundant wild species within the European Union, such as deer or muskrat, seems to require one set of values, while ‘proper conservation’ for largely non-EU species, such as seals, appears to require another set of values.

The Fur Institute of Canada’s Sealing Committee will endeavour to create a better understanding of real conservation values through promotion of messages such as those outlined on the attached page. We are in the process of building a website, (www.sealsandsealing.net), to provide a venue where the network of people who believe in seal conservation can share real stories from real people with legislators, the media and the general public.

From the many comments we have received since the Sealing Committee’s inception, the feeling is that this is long overdue. If you would like to be added to our mailing list for sealing related information, or to contribute in any way, please contact Fur Institute of Canada Executive Director Rob Cahill at (613) 231-7099, or e-mail at info@fur.ca.

Sincerely,

Bruce Williams
Chairman


Fact Sheet on Seals and Sealing

• In many countries, including Canada, Greenland, Namibia, Norway, Russia, South Africa and Uruguay, sealing provides essential food supplies and a rare opportunity to earn cash income for Aboriginal and coastal communities.

• Harp seals are the most populous species of seals in the Northern Hemisphere. They are found in the waters of, and are harvested by, a number of countries. From 2000 to 2004, Canada took, on average, 68% of the Harp seals landed; Greenland took 21%, Russia 9% and Norway 2%.

• IUCN, the World Conservation Union, the world’s largest and most respected conservation organization, passed a resolution at its 2004 Congress urging its member governments NOT to impose any new trade restrictions on seal products coming from abundant populations.

• In the early 1980’s, the North Atlantic Harp seal population was estimated to be 1.8 million (in Canadian and Greenlandic waters). In 2006, the population (in Canadian and Greenlandic waters) is estimated to be almost 6 million. These numbers do not include the populations of Harp seals found in Northern European waters.

• According to the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the landed value of Harp seal pelts from the 2006 season, for both Quebec and Newfoundland-Labrador fisherman totalled $29.2 million, compared to $17.5 in 2005. These figures do not include landed values for other products (e.g., meat) nor data from Northern/Inuit communities, whose harvest is principally Ringed seal. Just because a market exists for a wildlife product does not mean that a hunt is unsustainable. For example, in Germany alone, hunting annually produces about €140 million worth of wild venison for human consumption (FACE “Hunting in Europe”, Germany section).

• Inuit and Greenlandic communities were hardest hit by the 1983 seal import ban imposed by the European Economic Community and the resulting global collapse in seal prices. Losing one of their few economic options, these communities suffered economic, social and political disintegration.

• Representatives of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association observed the Canadian Harp seal hunt in 2002 and concluded that, of the animals studied, 98% were killed in an acceptably humane manner, which compared very favourably to the animal welfare standard required in abattoirs in North America and the European Union.

• Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal coastal communities share the same values in their approach to sealing: sustainable use, respectful killing techniques and full utilization.

• Sealing, an excellent example of a renewable resource industry, produces a range of natural products: pelts for clothing, meat for both human and animal consumption, and seal oil, rich in Omega-3 fatty acid and used in recent years in capsules, as a supplement which reduces blood pressure and risk of heart disease.

Very well investigated and informed stance. With some very very scathing but truisms.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

 

Very disturbing

Russia is supposed to be one of the good guys now who respects the freedom of the press and democracy in that the elected representatives represent the will of the people.

Now the people and journalists are to afraid to speak out.

I fear another civil war coup or general unease and stife are headewd Russias way.

When we were on tour and there were russian soldiers there with us it was obvious in how they treated their soldiers that they we still pretty much a dictatorship and far from being a democratic society with a govt that represented the people.

Our own political system can be classified as a Colonialist system just by the fact of it's root origins.

Our military system is along the same lines only even more elitist. With mainly the elite getting into the officers ranks. Not many NCM who commission from the ranks ever make it past captain in part because they CFR Commision from the Ranks only to get the additional pay increase, and the additional 10 years in incentive pay increases.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/irishexaminer/pages/story.aspx-qqqg=world-qqqm=world-qqqa=world-qqqid=15439-qqqx=1.asp
Google 1000+ links
http://news.google.ca/news?hl=en&ned=ca&ie=UTF-8&ncl=http://www.irishexaminer.com/irishexaminer/pages/story.aspx-qqqg%3Dworld-qqqm%3Dworld-qqqa%3Dworld-qqqid%3D15439-qqqx%3D1.asp
Military pay scales,
I wonder did the CWO's who CFR'd took a pay cut like I did when I remustered within the same MOC? 041-042 end round 043. No we don't need to unionize the military LOL.
http://www.forces.gc.ca/dgcb/dppd/engraph/home_e.asp?sidesection=3&sidecat=28

Monday, October 09, 2006

 

Hmm Afstan

Excerpts only; follow title link to read who article.

How many yellow ribbons does it take to paper over reality?

Stephen Harper won't want Canadians hearing how weary British troops in Helmand province struck a truce with Taliban forces, agreeing to a mutual withdrawal from the area that's likely to revert to an exclusively guerrilla sanctuary.

A leaked e-mail from a British soldier also supplies a rather different picture from what we've been getting.

"We are not having an effect on the average Afghan. We are no better than the Taliban in their eyes, as all they can see is us moving into an area, blowing things up and leaving, which is very sad," he wrote.

Another tidbit you likely haven't read in your newspaper is the conclusion given by Republican Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist that the Taliban should be courted into joining the government. They'd certainly feel at home.

Serving up schoolyard rhetoric like "we can't let the terrorist win" or dubbing outgunned guerrillas "cowards" won't alter Afghanistan's intractable realities.

Nor will those yellow ribbon Bandaids.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

 

Happy Turkey Day

I will be watching to see if my favorite Mr Bean episode is on tonight.

I forget if there was a turkey IMP (Individual Meal Pack) ? If there was it couldn;' have been to good or too bad for me not to remember.
I will say the salmon IMP was very nice, quite remarkable when you consider it can be stored for 5 years or so. Thay say there is no MSG in the IMP's but I highly doubt that with a shelf life of 5 years.
MMM track pads.

I hope Our troops have a good thanks giving and I will be sure to include them in my grace and thanks around the dinner table.
 

Army Air Bags and UXO/IED's

Dear Elected representatives of the PEOPLE.

Army Air Bags and UXO/IED's
To my knowledge there is no such thing in Army equipment. The Nyala's I've seen didn't have them the Lavs to my knowledge didn't have them. In fact none of the military equipment I have even seen either in Canada or outside of Canada didn't have airbags with the exception maybe of the Higher ranks who were full of hot air.

Now air bags in military equipment wouldn't be what you would expect from civilian cars all nice and concealed inside exploding dask boards and and steering wheels which if deployed would dam near write the vehichle off just to replace the air bags.

No Military air bags would be along the lines of modules which could be replaced easily and with a minimal of effort and expence. That is if the vehicle is worth saving after a mine or IED attack.

Since these forces we are now facing are only using UXO's (Un Exploded ordinance) as their main source of materials and generally speaking are only utilizing blast explosive techniques allot of the danger inside of our military vehicles is from being bounced around inside and blast concussions, air bags could and would go along way in MITIGATING injuries IMHO at a very reasonable cost.

There should also be a concerted and increased effort to search out and either collect or destroy UXO's thus removing a source of materials for IED's and suicide bombers.

Media blitz asking for info on UXO's locations.

PS: Please reconsider allowing our serving military members to claim the Marine Atlantic Ferry crossing to Newfoundland and labrador on their one trip home a year to their next of kin with their LTA Leave Travel Allowance. TY!

PSS: I am very disappointed in NATO's commitment or lack of commitment with our ongoing mission in Afghan. If NATO countries aren't going to either honor their pledges or shirk their responsibility then we shouldn't be there IMHO. No man stands alone the risk and rewards need to be spread out more to mitigate the potential impact on any sole nation IMHO.

Regards
Greg Byrne
gtmakmc@hotmail.com

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Update:
Or an Israel Army dozer unlike what we have which is a glorified D6 with a armoured cab we have.



http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/land/ivmmd.htm

Saturday, October 07, 2006

 

canada UN like other responsible nations

This is a map of known deep sea coral formations. My guess is that the reason there isn't a marker on the grand banks is because it has been destroyed already. Ask any deep Sea Bottom Dragger fisherman and he will tell yopu about the coral he has hauled out of his nets and throw overboard to die on the Grand Banks.

It is just amazing how ignorant, lazy, in govt's back pocket, or just plain stupid the MSM can be.
Take for example this quote in all of the MSM outlets. (Regurgetated propaganda) Now this is all about context. If you read the articles you will notice how they don't list the so called (IR) responsible nations? But rather they list the Responsible Nations who are calling for a ban on the destructive practice of bottom trawling. So unless you pay attention you would think that Canada/Ontario (Party Line) is apart of the list of countries that have signed onto the ban instead, Canada is actually one of the irresponsible countries who don't support the ban on Bottom Dragging who don't get listed.
You don't here the so called responsible naions shouting about their stance other than Canada who wants to continue with the status Quo and ensure their ace in the hole doesn't get revealed for what it is Colonialism.

"Canada, like many other respon-sible fishing nations, does not see (a moratorium) as the way forward," Hearn said in a two-page statement. "Real solutions must be practical, enforceable and fair."


The Quote should read

"Canada, (UN) like many other respon-sible fishing nations, does not see (a moratorium) as the way forward," Hearn said in a two-page statement. "Real solutions must be practical, enforceable and fair."
Why won't canada sign onto this call for a ban on Deap sea Bottom Dragging? You would think that the nation that has 40% of it's continental shelf outside the Arbitrary 200 mile EEZ, Where 60% of the WORLDS bottom dragging takes place would be the first to sign onto this ban.

Now why you might ask, well it comes down to trade and trade tarrif concessions.

A prime example would be the Tubot wars when Canada confiscated a spanish dragger for using to small net mesh and other infractions. But once Spain threatened to cancel any and all contracts with Bombardier the Turbot war died faster than it started.

Toe the Party line which is drawn by the Majority of MP's from Ontario. (Hearn's Toes must be glued to that party line of Ontario, and he is too stupid to see it, and deathly afraid of stepping over it) Even the opposition know that their party line and by sheer numbers Ontario's Line is to continue to prosecute the 40% of our continental shelf which lies outside the 200 mile limit as their personal bargaining chip.

The system is flawed and needs to be exposed for what it is a colonialist/federation with Ontario as the centre of the empire and the rest of us are just being used for it's benefit because of our flawed centrist political system with the only equality amongst the partners of this federation being to get out.

Draw up our new terms of union and demand they be met or we will leave that simple. canada isn't a country as such it is a partnership of individual countries who have the option of leaving at any time they want.

Call for a renegotiation of the terms of union that meet our demands or a referendum to go and become masters of our own destiny.

New terms should include
Triple e senate,
One bilingual Supreme Court of Canada judge from every province and territory to represent the provinces morals and ethics and not just Toronto's and Montreals,
Ownership of the entire continental shelf, Where by any fish or benefit from the continental shelf within our area is given directly to NL kinda along the lines of stumpage fees,
School systems must meet the minimum requirements of all federal jobs when it comes to bilingualism.
Remove non-Renewable resource revenues from the claw back of D-Equalization
100% ownership of the continental shelf and the oil and gas there
tax points should be included in the claw back of the D-Equalization formula, Why should Ontario get a free pass.
Federal Presence/ Decision making and top management positions.
Manned military base or bases
National East West Power corridor


Hold a reverse referendum if the parties won't call for one, by not supporting the systemically flawed political system we have through NOT Voting..

As a start

Friday, October 06, 2006

 

VOCM Voice of the Common Man

Thank you Bill, Randy, Linda, Cheryl, Randy 2 sorry forget he other ones. Oh and of course steel communication.

I promise to be your pavlov dog from here on in . Support comes in many forms .

It seems we are all ok in speaking on VOCM talk shows call in shows but when it comes to getting together and making a difference we lapse in fact we don't even exist no one knows who we are, where we are, or what our concerns are we have become so marginalized we are the invisible province.

I fear that is what the long term future of our people, culture, and collective because without a collective will, knowledge, and understanding being we are out there alone and being alone is a sad sad feeling what do you think Israel's beef and feeling of being without a homeland or place of refug,and home is all about.

We will be forever wandering the streets of eternity. There is always the hope that what there is of us now, will one day meet and be together once again in heaven or shang ralla where ever, even in the same grave yard would be a comfort. In life if not in death.

I for one don't have any idea where i would like to be buried let alone would want to be buried.

My wife is from BC I'm from NL I've lived almost everywhere in Canada and worked throughout the world..

I recently even began thinking that if i were still serving and on tour in some god foresaken part of the world that I would be happy to be poor in my country that I would feel good being buried here in this oplace no one has ever heard of let alone gave a dam about but my country as a people have seen fit to allow me to represent their collective interests by hmmm spreading our style society (culture) god forbid democracy..

In order to be a good soldier you need to realize that there is nothing to fear but fear itself prefect: well trained experienced conditioned and informed.

Anyway I would feel honored to be alloewed to rest in the place I made the ultimate sacrifice for humanity and my fellow bretheren soldiers and citizens.

We came across a grave of a canadian while I was serving in Ethiopia/Eritrea. He had served in WWI I think I didn't actually get to see the grave, wasn't my place nor where there tours being arranged. Likje that would even be contemplated. A crew was set up to go and maintain the grave as wel as document the canadian Expats details. There were also graveyards like you woul;d see in Europe while they might not have been as well maintained or set up as the ones in Europe they were there and in decent shape. We were there to do a job in fact we were there to do a very specific job, 3 month set up. first in.

You know in the former yugoslavia back when we were allowed to drink on tour I spent a fair bit of time in local bars drinking with local people freedom fighters to them all carrying ak's and pistols odd one with a grenade in their pocket you didn't see grenades as much ?

They often referred to Quebec situation in Cananda as being the same as the situation in their country which is now war torn.

I'll edit out he mispellings later hopefully. I can't start to see mistakes. I have enough illiteratcy as it is without compounding it with typos.
 

What came first the Logo or the Vidogo??!!

if i hadda seen the add first i would have liked it much better but i first heard of the logo in descriptive form then in pictoral form and finally i had to search the internet for the vid which i didn't even know existed at this time. Then I heard someone on vocm refer to the vid and I was intreagued. When Iactually took the time to search for find and download the The reason I say seached for and found it because unlike the puter literate masses per capita in NL puters aren't the end all to be all it isn't going to miraculosely make your life easier. It isn't going to cook or pick berries to exist but rather a puter is a tool a very diverse tool once you hook it to the internet AHHH god I'd die if I ever had to go back to dial up. It would be like going without running water tin comparison to advancements in our civilization.

I couldn't imagine using the internet on dial up nowwa days Years ago when I was on dial up and working from a 386 it was a pain and torment on a V90. With one join fronm teh puter to the pone lines. Not 3-4 extensions with 2 phone lines and 10 phones . I always amaxzed though that the same phone lines on DSL using digital technology encription I had to turn of pictures so I could searh then once I found what I was looking for I would turn picts back on.

I was looking a while ago for this option in the browser and I copuldn't actually find it. I don't know it was removed or it is buried further down or abstract place maybe even a name change ? I remember some of the name changes from one OS to the next and uggggh.
Then there is Linux
Actually linus could possible work beter for dial up because of the text based GUI. Well Naw if you don't know anything about computers which isd more than likely the case if dial up is all thats available.

Dial up is ok for email-without images. Like this video would be an overnight endeaveour. It isn't that the computers are slow it is the dial up that is old.
http://www.gov.nl.ca/brand/images/launch_video.avi

Thursday, October 05, 2006

 

"Goose Bay and other Boondoggles"

sue from sue's blog does a pretty good job of putting kenny and canada's Upalongs in their place.

You see Kenny thinks that promises were made by both governments to get votes. REALLY KENNY - AND WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR PROVINCE OF ONTARIO GETS FOR VOTES? DO YOU THINK ONTARIO GETS EXTRA MONEY AND OFFICES AND JOBS FROM THE FEDS FOR VOTES?
You see Kenny thinks that in this changing world of technology and war strategies the low-flying exercises are diminishing thereby making the base redundant. REALLY KENNY - AND DO YOU THINK THAT IN THIS DAY AND AGE OF I.T. THAT OTTAWA HAS BECOME REDUNDANT AS THESE FEDERAL AGENICES AND HEADQUARTERS CAN BE LOCATED ANYWHERE? KENNY DO YOU THINK IN THIS DAY OF EVOLVING DEMOCRACIES YOU AND YOUR INSTITUTION HAVE BECOME REDUNDANT? KENNY DO YOU THINK THAT IF OTTAWA DOES NOT KEEP HACKING AWAY AT NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR - THAT CONFEDERATION WILL BECOME REDUNDANT TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS PROVINCE.
You see Kenny can't see any other military purpose for having the coast of Canada protected by the province which is the east coast. KENNY GET OUT A MAP AND SEE WHAT IS BETWEEN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN AND YOU - US. PERHAPS YOU SHOULD RECALL 911 AND WHERE OTTAWA WANTED THE PLANES TO LAND SO WE DID NOT THREATEN OUR "IMPORTANT CITIES".


Read the entire blog here.
http://suesrant.rantandroar.ca/2006/10/oh-canada-so-you-love-maple-leaf.html
 

Where has the NL/Reid RailRoad, Newfie Bullet gone?

It isn't even alive as a model. At least not at the National Model Railroad Association Inc.

http://nmracanada.ca/

http://nmracanada.ca/clubs_en.htm
Maritime Division

The Maritime Division serves NMRA Members living in the Canadian provinces of
Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Island.

As of this date, January 23, 2003, the Division is in-active.

If you would like information and assistance with regard to re-organizing the Maritime Division, please contact:

Kenneth May, NER President
71 Buff Cap Road
Tolland, CT 06084
(860) 872-3441
e-mail: e-mail to Ken

Return to NER Divisions page

Last revision: January 23, 2003

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

 

Short term Pain for Long term Gain seems to be our Modus Operandi

Short term gain/Pain versus Long term Gain/Pain.

Confederation STG for LTP, Baby bonus STG loss of control and say in the running of our own affairs LTP.

High taxes STG for LTP, Hard to attract industry and people when we have the highest taxes in the country.

Borrowing to build and develop our own resources, STP for LTG. Side effect doesn't develop our economy fast because outside investors and capital are put off. Out side investments have to be tempered to benefit either our economy and or our people.

Jobs versus ownership, Increased revenue stake and capital, STG for LTP.
Hibernia we opted for the jobs versus the capital STG for LTP.

Moratorium on fishery STG For LTP, with nothing being done to address the root causes of the problems in the fishery like Bottom Dragging on the 40% of our continental shelf which lies outside the 200 mile EEZ. Indescriminant fishing practices which are allowed to continue to catch fish under moratorium through bycatch allowances.

RailRoad shut down STG for LTP,

Taking over the NL ferry system STG for LTP, 800 million against perpetuity.

Investing in Aquaculture with seed money, STP for LTG.

Investing seed money in Silvaculture STP for LTG.

Investing seed money in fur breeding industry, STP for LTG.

Allowing outside intersts to develop our wind resource, STG for LTP. No investment, no return but increased energy capacity.

Paying for EI as stamps I would have to classify as Short term gain for long term pain STG for LTP.
Alberta bought one way tickets for their Social assistance people to get them of their roles. They cut their services to the bone in order to get their debt under control. STP for LTG.
BC was so inundated with social assistance cases that they made formal complaints to Alberta about their strategy of dumping their social assistance cases onto them.

Upper Churchill was STP for LTG. 60 years pain
Voisey's Bay would be STP for LTG. 15 years pain

Lower churchill as a go it alone would be a STP for LTG. 9 billion to pay of not counting an infeed of 2.2 billion.

How would you rather live or die? From a single blow or from death by a thousand cuts? I say take the tough love stance now and ensure a better future instead of this death by a thousand cuts and prolong the inevitable.
 

HMM what way is the wind blowing

If there is anything I dispise it is inconsistancy. As I'm sure does the business sector. Go forward ok but retroactive or two different sets of rules doesn't make for a good business environment.

Hebron aside because that would purportedly be on a go forward basis if Fallow field Use it or lose legislation could be implimented.

In the military inconsistancy equates to
Indecision kills.

Now I've thought about the recent approval by the Williams govt of a wind project in St LAwrence as inconsistant on several levels.

First they wouldn't let the Labrador ventus Height of Land project go ahead because they wanted to complete their energy plan. Ok I bought that even though I suspected there were alterior motives what with the transmission line capacities and the effect it would have on the feasibility of the Lower Churchill project. even these alterior motives would have been to the benefit of All NL'ians in the long run I suspected.

Then there is the ownership stake of which we would have none in this proposed project. Ok inconsistant again but not the end of the world it is only a small project kinda like a feeler to build up some expertise without having to buy in. Also there is the issue of bird kills and noise pollution which will surely raise their ugly heads. So an arms length approach on this small project may not be such a bad idea. Votes being a concern with these issues.

But why the inconsistancy in wanting an ownership stake in the offshore oil and gas and go it alone on the lower churchill?

As for the arguement that we don't have the expertise well we could always bring in the necessary expertise. Who knows they experts might even decide to live here after the project is completed in hopes of the bigger and better Height of lands project in the future.

Is it because we don't have the money? Of course we don't have the money we are 12 billion in the hole and having a helluva time climbing out.

Then again we do have some expertise already in our province so why not utilize them and let them subcontract or hire the required experts.

I'm left doubting Danny's true intentions to benefit the people and province with these inconsistancies. Either he has done a very bad job of explaining himself or there is something afoot yet another give away albeit a small one but one all the same. Is this a foreshadowing of things to come like exporting all of the power from the Lower churchill to Ontario and Quebec? While the Voisey's bay nickle refinery will have to be put on hold due to a lack of cheap clean energy?

Short term gain for long term pain once again.

It seems we are forever doing things for the future. Short term pain for long term gain. If and when all of our ships do come in we will be sitting pretty but the future is a hard thing to predict as can be seen with the Upper Churchill, Voisey's Bay both contracts with the premise Short term Pain for long term Gain in mind.

Mind you Both terms are in and around the 50 year marks.

Ventus project.
http://www.labradorventus.ca/
http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2006/nr/0126n10.htm
http://www.ventusenergy.ca/

Prov govt energy plan.
http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2005/nr/1110n08.htm
http://www.nr.gov.nl.ca/energyplan/

St Lawrence wind project.
http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2006/nr/1002n07.htm
http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2006/nr/1002n08.htm

My other posts along these lines.
http://nl-outsidethebox.blogspot.com/2005/09/wind-mill-farms-outside-box.html
http://nl-outsidethebox.blogspot.com/2006/08/national-east-to-west-power-grid.html
http://nl-outsidethebox.blogspot.com/2006/04/bird-brain-wind-mill.html
 

The LOGO a beginning













I like a suggestion made by someone on VOCM tonight to make the color of the wording Newfoundland Labrador in the color of the northern lights.

Personally I don't think much of the stylized Picture plant. Looks more like something out of the war of the worlds movie, aliens than a picture plant and that is assuming you even know what a picture plant looks like. I think this can be corrected by making the petals look more like petals.

Now on the other hand establishing one LOGO to represent the province does have merrits 40 is just way to much and too confusing as well as cost prohibitive for any real advertising campaign so something needed to be done.

I must say I agree with omitting the and.

As for the commercial I think it may be a good start for selling the new logo to the people of NL but it doesn't do much for promoting NL as a place to do business. it is moe like a tourism commercial than a business commercial which would highlight why you should come here to do business.

More targeted campaigns utilizing the logo need to be developed to target that audience.

Now if we were to piggy back onto some other advertizeing campaigns like the Bonavista newfie accent campaign to take advantage of their 100 million dollar campaign then we would be getting some real bang for our buck. 1 million dollar logo campaign piggy backed onto their 100 million dollar campaign would go along way in promoting ourselves as a place to do business on the world stage.

(The recent approval of the St Lawrence wind project isn't very consistant with what was said to the Ventus group in Labrador. If there's anything business needs to do business it is consistancy. More on this later)

We can't be ashamed of our accent we ned to embrace our culture and differences to promote ourselves. We need to sell ourselves to the world.

Some of the things we could promote to the world and develop an image is our secure nature what with most of us being on an island. In this increasing world of insecurity and terrorism that would be an easy sell.
Peace and tranquility, Clean climate, Clean energy, Seclusion, People, Fishery, Oil gas, Family, Resources, Access to world through world class ports, Even Margarette Wente's comments Most scenic Ghetto in Canada could and should be spun to our benefit.

Even the Seal Hunt could be utilized to promote ourselves to the world as a place to do business. In fact there isn't much of the world who doesn't know where we are because of the seal hunt so why not take advantage of their publicity even if it is bad we can turn it into good or at the very least exposure.

I also like someones suggestion to have Danny be the front man kinda like Frank McKenna did for NB, in promoting NL as a place to invest and do business.

http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2006/exec/1003n01.htm
http://www.gov.nl.ca/brand/
http://www.gov.nl.ca/brand/images/launch_video.avi
 

Poverty reduction Rant

The province has implemented a Poverty Reduction strategy and plan.
http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2005/hrle/0321n22.htm

What is poverty?
Is it a lack of money?
Lower standard of living? In comparison to who?
No power or say into your own life and affairs?
Inequality with your peers?

Inequality is the very cousin of Poverty in Nature and scope.

Not Poverty elimination or erradication but reduction.
I guess we can't be accused of aiming to high.
Kinda reminds me of an old saying
Set low standards and fail to maintain them.

Now Poverty reduction in and off itself has to open a few eyes and hearts just by it's very nature POVERTY.

Then again aren't we living in Canada where poverty is a myth?
http://www12.statcan.ca/english/profil01/CP01/Index.cfm?Lang=E

SO are we whining or crying foul as usual by trying to bring our people out from under the burden of poverty. Read some stats from some of the NL communities here.
http://www.communityaccounts.ca/communityaccounts/onlinedata/default.htm

Or if you have lots of time you could read the 2003 Royal commission on NL's place in Canada. It covers poverty quite well an enlighteningly.
http://www.exec.gov.nl.ca/royalcomm/default.html
Or my synopsis of Conclusions graphs and charts.
http://nl-outsidethebox.blogspot.com/2005/09/open-wide-spoon-feeding-royal.html

Could poverty be the cause of the increase in crime. The rise in NL Nationalism, The increase in singular civil disobedience and as precursor to mass civil disobedience.

As usual in Canada the symptoms are being ignored or measures are being taken to quieten the dissenting voices rather than dealing with the root cause of the problem.
Sponsorship ring any bells.

Yet Canada wants to include all of the revenues from our Non-Renewable Natural resources into the D-Equalization formula for the benefit of the rest of Canada and to the detriment of it's poorest province.
NL is compared to PEI for revenues etc when PEI is no bigger than the Avalon Peninsula by itself. In fact NL is 300% larger than all of the other three maritime provinces combined. If anything we should be compared with the territories due to our vastness, sparse population and difficulties with thransport and the delivery of essential services.
That doesn't even count in the continental shelf which surrounds us being the size of the three prairie proivinces combined.
Why isn't Ontario's tax point advantage being clawed back to keep them in line with the rest of the Canadian provinces through the D-equalization formula?
 

Ahh BC issues


Monday, October 02, 2006

 

60% worlds bottom dragging takes place on the 40% of our continental shelf outside the 200 mile limit

I think the title of this post says it all.

Here is aletter published in the Independant this week.




















Hear is The reponse from The Right NOT Honorable Never Mister Hearn Puppet

Thank you for your e-mail expressing your concern for the protection of Canada's marine ecosystems, and particularly Canada's position on a high seas moratorium on bottom trawling.

It is critical that we take the necessary measures to protect the areas that are in most need of protection. Canada encourages collaborative scientific efforts both domestically and internationally to increase ecological understanding of sensitive and vulnerable marine ecosystems, and to determine the extent and location of these habitats.

Canada is fully committed to identifying and protecting sensitive and vulnerable marine ecosystems in both Canadian and international waters and has already implemented protective measures, including restrictions and modifications of certain gear types, time and area closures to fishing, and designating Marine Protected Areas. For example, the Lophelia Conservation Area located off Canada's east coast was created to protect a major occurrence of the coral Lophelia pertusa.

Canada realizes that people living in coastal communities rely on fisheries and other resources from the ocean for a living, and understands the importance of making decisions that balance the needs of the ocean with the needs of Canadians that rely on these resources. Canada is working diligently with other UN Member States to determine the optimal way to protect sensitive and vulnerable marine ecosystems that require protection while meeting the needs of Canadians in Coastal communities. Canada also supports the reform of Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) that will ensure these ecosystems are protected.

Thank you for taking the time to underscore the importance of protecting biodiversity and ecosystem health of the oceans.

Sincerely,

Original signed by

Loyola Hearn, P.C., M.P.


Update Response from Province.

MD-27203

September 29, 2006

Mr. Greg Byrne
gtmakmc@hotmail.com

Dear Mr. Byrne:

I am writing in response to your e-mail of September 21, 2006, in which you called upon Canada to sign onto the United Nations (UN) ban on bottom trawling.

The Province is supportive of efforts which ensure a healthy marine environment, including measures to protect ecologically and biologically significant areas. There are a number of activities which can have impacts on the sea bottom. A greater understanding of these impacts from all sources, including bottom trawling, is required in order to take the necessary measures to mitigate any adverse effects.

The implementation of sustainable fishing practices is a priority for my department. These measures must be developed in consultation with industry and the federal government for areas both inside and outside the 200-mile limit.

Thank you for taking the time to inform us of your views on this most important issue.

Sincerely,



Thomas G. Rideout, M.H.A.
Lewisporte District
Minister

p.c. Premier’s Office

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