Monday, June 30, 2008

Saturday, June 28, 2008

I love this page!!

Source: www.bloggingcanadian...
Blogging Canadians is a social collection of political blogs by Canadians from all political stripes.

Good info!!

SUPREME COURT OF CANADA Judgments in the last 2 weeks

here is the list!

Honda Canada Inc. v. Keays,

Employment law — Wrongful dismissal — Notice period — Employee terminated after 14 years of employment with same employer — Factors determining reasonable notice of termination of employment — Whether employee’s position in company hierarchy relevant factor — Whether 15‑month notice period reasonable.

Damages — Aggravated damages — Punitive damages — Wrongful dismissal — Employee diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome — Employer concerned about employee’s numerous absences and about his doctor’s notes to cover absences, which provided only limited information — Employee dismissed after refusing to meet with employer’s doctor — Circumstances in which aggravated damages resulting from manner of dismissal should be awarded — Whether employee entitled to aggravated and punitive damages.

Civil procedure — Costs — Costs premium — Whether costs premium should be awarded — Whether costs should be awarded on substantial indemnity scale.

R. v. Kapp, 2008 SCC 41

Constitutional law — Charter of Rights — Right to equality — Affirmative action programs — Relationship between s. 15(1) and s. 15(2) of Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms — Ambit and operation of s. 15(2) — Communal fishing licence issued under pilot sales program granting members of three aboriginal bands exclusive right to fish for salmon for period of 24 hours — Commercial, mainly non‑aboriginal, fishers excluded from fishery at that time alleging a breach of their equality rights on basis of race‑based discrimination — Whether program protected by s. 15(2) of Charter.

Constitutional law — Charter of Rights — Aboriginal rights and freedoms not affected by Charter — Right to equality — Communal fishing licence issued under pilot sales program granting members of three aboriginal bands exclusive right to fish for salmon for period of 24 hours — Commercial, mainly non‑aboriginal, fishers excluded from fishery at that time alleging a breach of their equality rights on basis of race‑based discrimination — Whether s. 25 of Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms applicable to insulate program from discrimination charge.

Fisheries — Commercial fishery — Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy — Communal fishing licence issued under pilot sales program granting members of three aboriginal bands exclusive right to fish for salmon for period of 24 hours — Commercial, mainly non‑aboriginal, fishers excluded from fishery at that time alleging a breach of their equality rights on basis of race‑based discrimination — Whether licence constitutional — Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, s. 15.

WIC Radio Ltd. v. Simpson, 2008 SCC 40

Torts — Defamation — Defence of fair comment — Elements of defence — Role of honest belief in test for defence — Radio talk show host defaming social activist opposed to positive portrayals of gay lifestyle — Talk show host making comparisons to Hitler, Ku Klux Klan and skinheads — Comparisons implying activist would condone violence toward gay people — Whether fair comment defence available.

Charkaoui v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2008 SCC 38

Constitutional law — Charter of rights— Right to life, liberty and security of person— Procedural fairness— Disclosure of evidence— Review of reasonableness of security certificate— Late disclosure of summary of interviews of named person with CSIS officers— Complete notes of interviews destroyed in accordance with internal policy of CSIS— Scope of duty to retain and disclose information in possession of CSIS about person named in certificate — Appropriate remedy— Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, s. 7— Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. C‑23, s. 12.

Immigration law— Inadmissibility and removal— Security certificate— Evidence obtained subsequent to initial decision to issue security certificate— Whether new evidence admissible at any stage of judicial review of security certificate and detention— Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, S.C. 2001, c. 27, s. 78.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

the new cabinet members here we go

The CBC spent hours oh this story.
Can anyone say slow news day:.)

The new talking heads are

Michael Fortier, who moves from Public Works to International Trade,

James Moore joins cabinet as the secretary of state for official languages

David Emerson, foreign affairs.

Christian Paradis, public works and government services; secretary of state for agriculture.

This is the third time in this governments life this has happened Hmmmm not good for PR.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles fan page

This is a good page if your a fan of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and the Terminator series's characters are the sole property of James Cameron and The FOX Network. All other characters, the story ideas and the story itself are the sole property of the authors. These stories cannot be sold or used for profit in any way. Copies of these story may be made for private use only and must include all disclaimers and copyright notices.All intellectual property remains the copyright of the original author. These may not be republished without the author's consent.

Have Fun!!!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

bad landing! no one dies!!!

Hotmail Full Version Incompatible With Firefox 3

An anonymous reader on notes that Hotmail's full version doesn't work with Firefox 3. Users get the following message when they try to log in: You are temporarily on the classic version of Windows Live Hotmail due to an error encountered during login. Before trying again, please clear your cache and cookies. (Clearing cache and cookies doesn't fix it.) At least 8 other bug reports have been duped to this one. The fault apparently lies with the Hotmail site, not Mozilla — maintainer Dave Garrett assigned the bug to Tech Evangelism, explaining: "I'll... move this over to TE, as my guess is this [is] the site's fault (just bad user agent sniffing?)."

Microsoft needs to do a lot of testing.

Friday, June 20, 2008

About Me

I am a geek,world history buff, my interests and hobbies are too numerous to mention. I'm a political junkie with a cynical view. I'm very liberal minded. I am also very analytical which can be seen as a strength and a weakness particularly in my case.
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Thursday, June 19, 2008

I found a interesting aviation blog

This is The blog

All you ever need to know abut being a commercial pilot

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

RCMP use of the Conducted Energy Weapon notes

The Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (CPC)

Recommendation 1: The RCMP immediately implement all of the Commission’s
Interim Report recommendations, in particular:
• Recommendation #1 that the conducted energy weapon be
classified as an "impact weapon" and use be allowed only in
situations where an individual is "combative" or posing a risk of
"death or grievous bodily harm" to the member, the individual or
the general public.
• Recommendation #2 that the conducted energy weapon be used
on individuals appearing to be experiencing the condition(s) of
excited delirium only when the behaviour is "combative" or posing
a risk of "death or grievous bodily harm" to the member, the
individual or the general public.
Recommendation 2: The RCMP immediately instruct its members who deploy
a conducted energy weapon on a subject seek immediate medical attention for
the subject in all circumstances.
Recommendation 3: The RCMP immediately implement clearer operational
guidelines around conducted energy weapon use against "at-risk populations"3
and in particular the role of emergency medical services post-weapon
Recommendation 4: The RCMP immediately direct, through policy and
implement operational guidance, that the conducted energy weapon will be used
only by the following members:
• Corporals or above in urban 4 settings.
. All members of specialized response teams 5 are exempt
from this criterion.
• Constables with at least five (5) years of operational experience
who are posted to detachments in rural 6 settings.
. All members of specialized response teams are exempt from
this criterion.
Any RCMP member who is currently trained and certified to use a conducted
energy weapon who does not meet any of these criteria will be prohibited from
using the weapon until the criterion is met.
3 At-risk populations include, but are not limited to, people with mental health issues, substance abuse
problems, the homeless, and other persons from marginalized groups. 4 Urban setting is defined as a population of 5000 residents or more. 5 Specialized response teams include Emergency Response Teams (ERTs), Tactical Troops, Containment
Teams and High Risk Entry Teams. 6 Rural setting is defined as a population less than 5000 residents.

Recommendation 5: The RCMP immediately modify reporting Form 3996 to
include the capture and search capabilities, at a minimum, of the following

Description of the context surrounding weapon deployment;
• Description of the subject’s behaviour;
• Identification of deployments in rural or urban detachments;
• Specific indications of types of deployment: threatened, push-stun,
probe, or a combination thereof;
• Factors leading to the member’s decision to deploy a CEW;
• Electronic linking capabilities to capture related events and
• Member’s articulation of factors leading to use of force choice(s);
• Description of whether other use of force tools were utilized;
• Articulation of how member safety was augmented by CEW use;
• Fulsome description of factors relevant to a multiple or prolonged
application of the weapon and the member’s rationale in support
of such multiple or prolonged applications.
Recommendation 6: The RCMP immediately instruct all Divisions to conduct a
comprehensive review of conducted energy weapon use, identify all outstanding
Form 3996 reports and immediately submit all reports to the national database.
Recommendation 7: The RCMP immediately establish Use of Force
Coordinators in all Divisions reporting to the National Use of Force Coordinator.
All Divisional Use of Force Coordinators will immediately:
• Enforce the requirement that Form 3996 be completed and
submitted as per operational requirement by the end of each shift
where the conducted energy weapon was used;
• Enforce appropriate administrative disciplinary measures for
members who under-report use of the weapon or who do not
report use;
• Identify members who have engaged in multiple or prolonged
applications of the weapon, and determine the circumstances and
reasons for such use and report this to appropriate professional
standards units and RCMP Headquarters; and
• Review, verify and approve all Form 3996 submissions in their
Division prior to final submission to the national database.
Recommendation 8: The National Use of Force Coordinator must hold the rank
of a Commissioned Officer in order to ensure national implementation of policies
and procedures and to implement institutional behavioural change. Divisional
Use of Force Coordinators must report to the National Use of Force Coordinator.
Recommendation 9: The RCMP immediately direct through policy that
Divisional and national professional standards units and training coordinators

receive carbon copies of all Form 3996 submissions sent to the national
Recommendation 10: The RCMP immediately implement a requirement that
the Learning and Development Services group receive all reporting Form 3996
submissions where the subject is considered to be part of an "at risk group", to
• Relevancy of training and training standards; and
• Proper modification of training programs.
Recommendation 11: The RCMP publicly release the requested Quarterly and
Annual Reports concerning the RCMP’s use of the conducted energy weapon.
Recommendation 12: The RCMP provide the Commission unvetted copies of
all Forms 3996 on a monthly basis for a period of three years, commencing
January 1, 2008, so that the Commission can provide a comprehensive yearly
assessment of conducted energy weapon use by the RCMP.
As stated in the Interim Report, the Commission is not calling for an immediate
moratorium on CEW use. Having said that, if the RCMP fails to immediately
implement all of the recommendations made by the Commission, then it is
conceivable that the problems of CEW deployments currently being raised will
continue. The recommendations in both reports have been made to hold the
RCMP publicly accountable for the use of a weapon that causes the Canadian
public apprehension and to control usage creep. The Commission’s belief that
the CEW has a place in the RCMP’s arsenal is conditional on acceptance and
implementation of the recommendations contained in this report. Simply put, if
the RCMP cannot account for the use of this weapon and properly instruct its
members to appropriately deploy the CEW in an operational setting, then such
use should be prohibited until proper and strict accountability and training
measures can be fully implemented.
Paul E. Kennedy
Chair, Commission for Public Complaints
Against the RCMP

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Elisabeth Hasselbeck is going to be on fox at some point Fox loves her!!!!!!!!!

Controversies are why foxnews loves her

On August 2, 2006, Hasselbeck got into a heated debate in which she strongly opposed the Food and Drug Administration's plan to sell the "morning after pill" as an over-the-counter drug. Hasselbeck stated, "I believe that life begins at the moment of conception..." She said the pill should be banned in cases of rape and incest, because "that life still has value." Hasselbeck argued that advocates of the drug use the "rape or incest" exception as a "bait-and-switch" distraction from the goal of making it universally accessible. She argued if the "rape or incest" exception was all advocates cared about, they would not support its over-the-counter status.[13]
On May 23, 2007, Hasselbeck was involved in a heated on-air argument with co-host Rosie O'Donnell concerning the war in Iraq, which she supports and O'Donnell opposes. When O'Donnell rhetorically asked, "655,000 Iraqi civilians dead. Who are the terrorists?"[14] she was criticized by conservative commentators for her question. O'Donnell complained about Hasselbeck's unwillingness to defend more strongly O'Donnell's statement following the media attention after her comment. Hasselbeck said "Defend your own insinuations" and responded that she shouldn't have to defend anyone else's words for them, especially when she has a forum with which to defend herself.[15][16]
In September 2007, Barry Manilow canceled a scheduled appearance on The View because of his dislike of Hasselbeck and her conservative views. Manilow said, "I strongly disagree with her views. I think she's dangerous and offensive. I will not be on the same stage as her." He added, "I had made a request that I be interviewed by co-hosts Joy (Behar), Barbara (Walters) or Whoopi (Goldberg), but not Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Unfortunately, the show was not willing to accommodate this simple request, so I bowed out".[17]
On October 3, 2007, Hasselbeck and The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg got into a discussion about Hillary Clinton's new $5000 baby entitlement which became heated due to Hasselbeck stating that it would lead to fewer abortions due to women wanting to keep the money. Goldberg told Hasselbeck to "back off a little" and asked her if she "had ever been in that position to make that decision".[18]
On January 21, 2008, Hasselbeck and her The View co-hosts were discussing the idea of whether it is harder to elect an African American or woman President. When asked "Is the country more racist than sexist?" by co-host Joy Behar, Hasselbeck was quick to respond with "Don't we have the answer already? Wasn't a black man able to walk into a voting booth long before a woman?" Co-host Whoopi Goldberg responded by saying that a woman was able to vote long before an African American.[19] The historical question is controversial. The first African American to vote under the 15th Amendment was Thomas Mundy Peterson in 1870 while the first woman to vote under the 19th was Marie Ruoff Byrum in 1920. On the other hand, some women were able to vote in various states long before either the 19th amendment or the 15th amendment and, due to Jim Crow laws, the 15th amendment did not effectively grant suffrage to African Americans on a national scale the way the 19th amendment did for women. Even so, at the time of the ratification of the Articles of Confederation in 1777, five states--Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and North Carolina--permitted free blacks to vote.
On March 24, 2008, Hasselbeck commented on Rev. Jeremiah Wright's recent statements. After Hasselbeck said of Rev. Wright, "I would never continue to be friends with someone who was a racist,"[20] co-host Sherri Shepherd responded, "Can I say something? Because this man- 20 years he’s been preaching and he’s done so much for the community and I think, you know, to say that this man is racist, and you haven’t had the full text of what he said, that’s just really extreme, Elisabeth." Hasselbeck responded and used what she said was an "extreme" example to make her point; "Now, would you say, and I’m going to go to an extreme now since we’re going there. I’m sure at some point, Jeffrey Dahmer ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Does that make the fact that he then ate people less wrong?" Co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked, "How do you equate those two things together? I’m sorry, I, I-" [laughter][21][1][22] To refute Hasselbeck's accusation of Wright, co-host Joy Behar read dictionary definitions of "racism": "The second definition is, this is what I was driving at, 'a policy, a system of government based upon or forced such a doctrine of discrimination.' So it comes from the ruling party, the ruling class. It doesn’t come from the oppressed. It comes from above."[21]

Monday, June 16, 2008

Microsoft tries to fix big glitch on Obama this is not good at ALL!!!!

Microsoft tries to fix big glitch on Obama

A Twin Cities political adman pointed out that the Hotmail spell checker associates "Osama" with Barack Obama's last name.

For months, Barack Obama's campaign has repeatedly, and not always successfully, tried to swat away references to Barack "Osama," the mutating of the candidate's name into the similar-sounding moniker of the world's most-wanted terrorist.

Some of the mixups have been made accidentally (as when Sen. Ted Kennedy did it). Some have been made maliciously by Obama's critics (as when Rush Limbaugh did it).

One mixup, with potentially vast effect, apparently belongs to the unintentional category and gained wide currency this week: The spell-checker in Microsoft's Hotmail e-mail software recommends that users replace the word "Obama" with "Osama."

'Can of worms'

The glitch, which a Microsoft spokeswoman said the company is trying to fix, was brought to light this week by Twin Cities political adman Bill Hillsman, who said the e-mail wrinkle "opens a whole can of worms again that the Obama campaign desperately wants to stamp out."

Obama's exotic-sounding name (not least, his middle name, Hussein) has caused headaches for the candidate and his aides as they've tried to correct misconceptions about his heritage -- including that he's a closet Muslim.

A Google search of "Obama Osama" returns more than 400,000 hits. And with an estimated 260 million users of Hotmail worldwide, Hillsman said such an error can perpetuate those misconceptions.

"Self-identified independent voters are most likely to be influenced by this," said Hillsman, a partner in a political consulting firm that focuses on independent candidates and voters. "Democrats and Republicans aren't going to be swayed by this. But people e-mailing things back and forth about Obama are going to keep seeing this and if it happens enough times, they could make the wrong association."

Stumbled across the glitch

Hillsman, whose ad campaigns for Paul Wellstone and Jesse Ventura shot him to prominence, said one of his partners stumbled across the glitch while "fooling around on the computer, looking for things independent voters might find online. We figured this was a mistake."

That's exactly what it was, according to Microsoft spokeswoman Melissa Lawson.

"For the convenience of our customers, Windows Live Hotmail spell checking functionality helps provide suggested alternatives for words not recognized by the Hotmail dictionary, including suggestions for other words or proper names similar in spelling to the unrecognized term," she wrote in an e-mail.

"While the Hotmail spell checker currently recognizes the term 'Barack,' it does not properly recognize the term 'Obama.' We are working to update the Hotmail dictionary to recognize 'Obama.' "

Bob von Sternberg • 612-673-7184

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

TMZ is being nice today.

Tim Russert Autopsy: He Had an Enlarged Heart
I am surprised, thay know how to do a good RIP story.!
See for your self.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

The good ones go so fast!!!

He will be missd!!!!!!


Tim Russert, NBC News "Meet the Press" moderator dies at age 58

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Tim Russert on October 22, 2007
Tim Russert on October 22, 2007

NBC News' Washington bureau chief, senior vice president and the moderator of Meet the Press Tim Russert has died today after a sudden heart attack at NBC's Washington news bureau. He was rushed to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., where resuscitation efforts failed.

Russert was recording voiceovers for Meet the Press when he collapsed. Russert and his family had recently returned from Italy after celebrating his son Luke's graduation from Boston College. He is survived by his wife Maureen Orth, son Luke, and father, who he knew fondly as "Big Russ", as illustrated in his best selling book, "Big Russ and Me."

A Buffalo, New York native, Russert graduated from John Carroll University and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law before entering politics. He was also a member of the bar in New York and Washington, D.C.

Russert entered politics as former New York Governor Mario Cuomo's press secretary and was the chief of staff to former Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Russert joined NBC News in 1984, directed broadcasts of the Today program, and went on to lead NBC News broadcasts from South America, Australia and China in 1986 and 1987.

He took over the role as Meet the Press, a Sunday morning talk show, in 1991. His 16 1/2 years as moderator exceeded those of other hosts of the sixty year old public affairs show. His tenure in the position extended over the terms of three different U.S. presidents, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. Time named him one of the world's one-hundred most influential people in 2008.

Russert was a very meritorious journalist, winning an Emmy Award for his coverage of the funeral of President Ronald Reagan. A very decorated journalist, Russert received fourty-eight honorary doctorates and was a member of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

High Court sides with Guantanamo detainees again Associated Press

High Court sides with Guantanamo detainees again
By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that foreign terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay have rights under the Constitution to challenge their detention in U.S. civilian courts.

In its third rebuke of the Bush administration's treatment of prisoners, the court ruled 5-4 that the government is violating the rights of prisoners being held indefinitely and without charges at the U.S. naval base in Cuba. The court's liberal justices were in the majority.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Lufthansa Airbus wingstrike at Hamburg

The Lufthansa flight LH44 from Munich experienced wingstrike while landing at Hamburg on 1 March 2008 during Emma storm. Nobody was injured; the plane landed using another runway.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

plane ablaze,

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - A Sudan Airways plane carrying 217 people burst into flames after landing at Khartoum airport on Tuesday and local media said dozens were feared killed.


Monday, June 9, 2008

Hotmail is not so hot today!

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here is the link page

Sunday, June 8, 2008

85th Canadian soldier dies

Capt. Jonathan Snyder of Penticton, B.C., was a member of 1st Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton.
Snyder was on foot patrol in a field in Zhari district when he tumbled into an open well the Afghans call a kariz, said Brig.-Gen. Denis Thompson, commander of Canadian troops in Afghanistan.

Saturday, June 7, 2008


PHS Community Services Society v. Attorney General of Canada,

2008 BCSC 661

Date: 20080527
Docket: S075547
Registry: Vancouver


PHS Community Services Society,
Dean Edward Wilson and Shelly Tomic



Attorney General of Canada


- and -

Docket: S065587
Registry: Vancouver


Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU)



Attorney General of Canada and Minister of Health for Canada



British Columbia Civil Liberties Association


Before: The Honourable Mr. Justice Pitfield

Reasons for Judgment

Counsel for the Plaintiff: PHS Community Services Society, Dean Edward Wilson and Shelly Tomic

J.J. Arvay, Q.C.
F.A. Schroeder
M. Pongracic-Speier

Counsel for the Plaintiff: VANDU

J.W. Conroy, Q.C.

Counsel for the Defendant: Attorney General of Canada

J.J.L. Hunter, Q.C.

K.M. Stephens

Counsel for the Intervenor: British

Columbia Civil Liberties Association

D.A. Webster, Q.C.

R.D.W. Dalziel

Date and Place of Hearing:

April 28 - May 2,

May 5-7, 2008

Vancouver, B.C.

I. Introduction

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

The RCMP is so stupid!!

Charter used to overturn child molestation charge
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OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada has quashed the conviction of a British Columbia man for molesting three children, ruling that the RCMP “knowingly and deliberately” violated the Charter of Rights during their investigation.

In a 9-0 judgment today, the court ordered a new trial for Dieter Wittwer, 73, described at a Kelowna, B.C., sentencing hearing two years ago as a pedophile who refused to admit the harmfulness of his behaviour.

Evidence before the high court showed that police made three tries before finally obtaining a statement from Wittwer that was later used against him at trial.

Prosecutors told the Mounties that neither of the first two statements would be admissible because they hadn’t properly advised Wittwer of his right to counsel or given him a chance to contact a lawyer.

At a third interview he refused to say anything for the first four hours, but finally spoke out when an RCMP sergeant told him he already knew about the incriminating statements made in the past.

Justice Morris Fish, writing for his unanimous colleagues, left the door open in principle for police to go back and conduct repeated interviews in such circumstances.

He also rejected a defence claim that police had an explicit obligation to tell Wittwer his previous two statements were legally inadmissible. That amounted to “legal advice” tendered to the RCMP by the Crown, said Fish, and interrogators didn’t have to share it with the suspect.

Nevertheless, Fish concluded there was fatal flaw in the way the third interrogation was conducted — the fact that the Mounties prompted Wittwer to talk by referring directly to the past, legally tainted interviews.

“The police knowingly and deliberately made use of an earlier statement that they themselves had obtained from the appellant in a manner that infringed his constitutional rights,” wrote Fish.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

"CureChasers" cbc news email

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your comments. We are sorry that you think we were in
some way promoting the therapy the Deerings chose and/or giving false
hope because it certainly was not what we intended; we took great pains
to explain that it was controversial, potentially dangerous and
completely unproven.

Regarding Cheryl Paget and her video... as we indicated in our piece,
Tony Deering and his daughters knew and consulted Cheryl about her
therapy on their own, quite independently of the CBC; Cheryl
communicated with the family from China on numerous occasions,
outlining to them personally what she believed to be her improvement;
numerous promotional videos were posted on the Beike company website
and when we showed Cheryl's to Shannon and Erica we pointed out to them
very clearly that Dr. Tator saw "zero recovery".

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

.Canadian soldier's body returning home from Afghanistan

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Into a glorious setting sun and the belly of a Canadian Forces Hercules, the Maple Leaf-draped casket of Capt. Richard Leary, "Stevo" to his friends, was carried Wednesday to start the final trip home from the war zone of Afghanistan.

"His wish to serve his country by leading his troops into combat was one of his greatest desires," said Canadian battle group chaplain Capt. Darren Persaud. "When he was informed that he was coming to Afghanistan, he could not have been happier."

Thousands of NATO troops lined the runway as Leary's company comrades, followed by a piper playing a lament, carried the coffin into the aircraft bound for home.

NATO soldiers salute the Maple Leaf-draped casket of Capt. Richard "Stevo" Leary, killed in battle west of Kandahar City Tuesday.

NATO soldiers salute the Maple Leaf-draped casket of Capt. Richard "Stevo" Leary, killed in battle west of Kandahar City Tuesday.

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Leary, 32, was the second Canadian soldier in a month to die in an ambush while on foot patrol west of Kandahar City. He was leading his platoon during a small-arms fire fight Tuesday morning when he was shot - the 84th Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan since 2002.

"He was always pushing it, pushing it as much as he could . . . he was a real inspiration to his troops," said Lt.-Col. Dave Corbould, battle group commander with Canada's Joint Task Force Afghanistan.

Corbould said Leary's men would likely hold a small ceremony in the field but that they would not be interrupting their work.

"As Capt. Leary was loyal to his men, they're loyal to his memory and they're getting on with the mission," he said.

Leary is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart Rachel of Shilo, Man., his Brantford, Ont., parents and a sister. A McMaster University history graduate who completed officer training in Sept. 2006, Leary served with 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry based at CFB Shilo. He was serving his first tour in Afghanistan.

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Monday, June 2, 2008

Comment to CBC National News Jan.

Re: Cure chasers segment

Mon. Jan. 15/07

It was a very good human interest story, however, it is not the CBC's job to promote, or give the appearance of promoting, a Chinese facility that performs stem cell treatments. For all the CBC knows, this company could be a fraud. I am commenting because of the way you edited the piece. The two women appeared to be shocked by the wonderful results portrayed in the promo. It appears that the CBC was the one who found the promotional material and showed it to the family. I just wonder if the CBC has offered false hope to the women, their family and anyone who watch the show.