Monday, April 27, 2009

CDC Swine Influenza (Flu) info

Swine Influenza (Flu)

Swine Flu website last updated April 27, 2009 1:00 PM ET

U.S. Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
(As of April 27, 2009 1:00 PM ET)
State # of laboratory
confirmed cases
California 7 cases
Kansas 2 cases
New York City 28 cases
Ohio 1 case
Texas 2 cases
TOTAL COUNT 40 cases
International Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
See: World Health OrganizationExternal Web Site Policy.

Human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection have been identified in the United States. Human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection also have been identified internationally. The current U.S. case count is provided below.

An investigation and response effort surrounding the outbreak of swine flu is ongoing.

CDC is working very closely with officials in states where human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) have been identified, as well as with health officials in Mexico, Canada and the World Health Organization. This includes deploying staff domestically and internationally to provide guidance and technical support.

CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center to coordinate the agency's response to this emerging health threat and yesterday the Secretary of the Department Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, declared a public health emergency in the United States. This will allow funds to be released to support the public health response. CDC's goals during this public health emergency are to reduce transmission and illness severity, and provide information to assist health care providers, public health officials and the public in addressing the challenges posed by this newly identified influenza virus. To this end, CDC has issued a number of interim guidance documents in the past 24 hours. In addition, CDC's Division of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is releasing one-quarter of its antiviral drugs, personal protective equipment, and respiratory protection devices to help states respond to the outbreak. Laboratory testing has found the swine influenza A (H1N1) virus susceptible to the prescription antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir. This is a rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated guidance and new information as it becomes available.

What You Can Do to Stay Healthy

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  • Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Adventures & frustrations with Microsoft Security Response Center

The following was a security inquiry initiated by myself to Microsoft regarding the behaviour of the preview pane in Hotmail. The first part of the entry is my final communication with Microsoft Security Response Center to which they have not bothered to reply to. As you read down, you will also see my earlier security report. A copy of this post is at the Leoville Town Square Information Technology Message Board. The direct post link is:


Hotmail reading pane loading security issue‏
From: (
Sent: April 14, 2009 8:40:28 PM
To: Microsoft Security Response Center (

Iam aware that Hotmail does it's own security checks however, my fundamental issue is the reading pane will load one message right after the other into the preview window even when you set it not to. This can be considered a security risk because lets assume the security features of Hotmail don't block everything they are supposed to block. One of the ways you can make sure there is less chance of a security risk getting through is force a user to select the message to activate the preview window. In Outlook 2007 you have this as a standard security setting. Please add this feature to Hotmail or fix the existing setting to work correctly. You are correct in saying most of the time content is automatically blocked as it should be, however, there are times where certain graphics are displayed and certain actions are allowed to happen. If you request an example, I'll have to find one but it won't be too difficult to locate one.

Best regards

> From:
> To:
> CC:
> Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2009 09:19:50 -0700
> Subject: RE: Hotmail reading pane loading security issue
> Hi,
> Hotmail does its own security checks before a message is delivered to the mailbox and if not everything in the message is trusted then the system will automatically disable links, pictures, etc. and display a yellow banner asking for you to confirm that the message is safe.
> Regards,
> Nate
> -----Original Message-----
> From: []
> Sent: Thursday, April 09, 2009 7:37 PM
> To: Microsoft Security Response Center
> Subject: Hotmail reading pane loading security issue
> Hello
> Just to be clear, you do not find it a security issue if the reading pane automatically loads one message after the other after the user selects the first message? I took your suggestion and shut off the reading pane as a test. However, after I manually selected an email, read it and deleted it, the next message automatically loaded itself. I still feel that this is a security risk because if it is a message from a person I don't know and it loads whether I choose it or not, it is an open invitation for any security risk that is not blocked.
> You shouldn't always assume that the preview pane will always be able to keep the user safe. As I recall, when you added the preview pane to Microsoft Outlook with the understanding the user would be perfectly safe, you then had to do several years of security patches to plug up the holes hackers got through. Please assure me that even though the pane loads graphics as well as text that your security system will keep my system safe and if not, fix the autoloading bug.
> Thanks
> > From:
> > To:
> > CC:
> > Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2009 07:23:02 -0700
> > Subject: RE: Hotmail reading pane loading security issue
> >
> > Hello,
> >
> > Thank you for your message regarding features of the Hotmail system. After reviewing your report, this is not something that the MSRC will consider for case. If you are concerned with messages being displayed in the reading pane it is possible to turn the reading pane off by clicking on the options menu and selecting off under reading pane settings.
> >
> >
> > Best Regards,
> > Nate
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: []
> > Sent: Sunday, April 05, 2009 6:11 PM
> > To: Microsoft Security Response Center
> > Subject: Hotmail reading pane loading security issue
> >
> > Hello
> >
> > This is to report a possible security issue with the Hotmail reading pane.
> >
> > Version information: M3 Hotmail release and up.
> >
> > After I select an unread message that I am suspicious of in the inbox and the reading pane loads the message, I read it in the pane and either choose to delete or mark as spam. After this action, the reading pane automatically loads the next ascending message in the pane without my selecting it, thus loading any content into the viewing window even if it has been deemed dangerous by your own security technology. This will occur even if you set the reading pane to not load any message or take any action until the user selects the message to be opened. I know by design the reading pane is supposed to let you view the message without accessing the message but with it automatically selecting the next message and loading the preview, there is a possibility that an attacker could find a weakness in the blocking methods built into the reading pane.
> >
> > Here is what I would recommend. If a user chooses to select the message for the reading pane, then the next message should not automatically load but be chosen again by the user. The pane should wait for user action. You might also consider removing the reading pane altogether so the user has to choose the message every time. Yes, it is more inconvenient for the user to open a message every time, but it would be easier to control.
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Monday, April 20, 2009

OK what happend to The Canadian Air Carrier Protective Program today on can-jet????

The Canadian Air Carrier Protective Program

Air Canada planeThe Canadian Air Carrier Protective Program (CACPP) evolved in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. RCMP air marshals — known as Aircraft Protective Officers or, internationally, as In-Flight Security Officers (IFSOs) — started blending in with passengers on all Canadian flights to Washington, D.C., in 2002. They are now tasked to other routes as well.

IFSOs provide a unique protective policing service on board Canadian registered commercial aircraft. These officers are specialized, covert operatives who are strategically deployed to physically intervene in the event that an aircraft becomes at risk of takeover by unauthorized person(s). In addition, IFSOs gather information on any criminal or terrorist activity within the civil aviation environment. For national security reasons, the exact flights and routes protected by the CACPP are carefully guarded secrets. However, the CACPP deploys on a national, transborder and international basis.

In October 2007, RCMP Supt Alphonse MacNeil, the officer in charge of the CACPP, told the Air India Inquiry that the public should take comfort in the fact that RCMP IFSOs are deployed on commercial passenger flights. MacNeil explained that the specialized plainclothes officers are assigned to selected commercial passenger flights according to a threat-risk assessment process.

He said that selected officers train at an undisclosed location, where they can practise scenarios in a commercial aircraft environment. Once the IFSOs have completed this very intensive and highly specialized training, they are assigned to flights according to a “threat matrix.”

When questions arose about whether the presence of armed IFSOs on board commercial passenger flights could pose a risk to the security of jetliners, MacNeil explained that the intense training that Canadian IFSOs receive mitigates that risk. He emphasized that firearms would only be used as a last resort.

“We don’t immediately spring to the use of a firearm,” said MacNeil. “Our people are well trained in . . . the use of hand-to-hand combat and other procedures that are at their disposal. If one of our (IFSOs) is going to engage . . . a firearm, things have deteriorated very, very badly on that flight and they would actually believe that the aircraft is in danger of being taken over or the integrity of the aircraft is in serious risk,” said MacNeil.

The program is necessarily covert to protect the identity of the officers and their operations. However, pilots and flight attendants are informed of the presence of IFSOs. Many measures are in place to protect Canadian airline passengers from terrorist or criminal threats, and the CACPP is a critical layer in the multi-tiered approach to aviation safety and security. IFSOs are the last line of defence in the civil aviation security system.

The CACPP focuses its sights not only on terrorist activity, but also on criminal activity within the airport environment itself. The program houses an effective intelligence program that employs IFSOs in an intelligence-gathering and surveillance capacity. This broad mandate allows observation and analysis performed by the covert operatives to be fed into the RCMP’s greater national intelligence system. Furthermore, the operatives work closely with numerous RCMP sections and partner agencies in the airport environment.

The CACPP has evolved into an integral component of one of the most secure aviation systems in the world. It has been extensively involved in international IFSO programs, and agencies around the globe have requested its expertise. The program has provided complete IFSO training and program development for several foreign countries, with others waiting to receive this specialized training.

At the Air India Inquiry, the inquiry’s Commissioner, John Major, suggested that the general public might feel safer if people knew more about the program. MacNeil agreed, but explained that it is difficult to publicize the program when so many details must remain secret for national security reasons.

Balancing the need to protect the integrity of the program with the need to create public awareness is a challenge that the CACPP is prepared to meet. With a comprehensive package being developed to achieve this goal, the Canadian public will become increasingly aware of this superbly trained tactical unit and the unique protective services it offers for the protection of Canadians and Canadian interests at home and abroad.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Scandalpedia is no more GRRR!
is a political website launched September 9, 2008[1] by the Liberal Party of Canada in response to the 2008 Canadian federal election in particular as a counter to an attack website launched by the Conservative Party of Canada [2]. It contains "Wikipedia style" articles on controversial actions and ethical concerns raised since the Conservative Party of Canada has taken power in 2006. It features articles, quotes, and biographies of Conservative party members involved in the various controversies. [3]

The site uses the MediaWiki monobook theme but is not editable by the public and does not appear to be based on MediaWiki software.


  1. ^ "Liberals Launch On-Line Conservative “Scandalpedia”", Liberal Party of Canada, 2008-09-09. Retrieved on 2008-09-13.
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Friday, April 17, 2009

Canada in the British News

British news paper salutes Canada . . . this is a good read. It is funny how it took someone in England to put it into words... Sunday Telegraph Article From today's UK wires:

Salute to a brave and modest nation - Kevin Myers, 'The Sunday Telegraph' LONDON:

Until the deaths of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan , probably almost no one outside their home country had been aware that Canadian troops are deployed in the region.

And as always, Canada will bury its dead, just as the rest of the world, as always will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly everything Canada ever does.. It seems that Canada 's historic mission is to come to the selfless aid both of its friends and of complete strangers, and then, once the crisis is over, to be well and truly ignored.

Canada is the perpetual wallflower that stands on the edge of the hall, waiting for someone to come and ask her for a dance. A fire breaks out, she risks life and limb to rescue her fellow dance-goers, and suffers serious injuries. But when the hall is repaired and the dancing resumes, there is Canada, the wallflower still, while those she once helped Glamorously cavort across the floor, blithely neglecting her yet again.

That is the price Canada pays for sharing the North American continent with the United States , and for being a selfless friend of Britain in two global conflicts.

For much of the 20th century, Canada was torn in two different directions: It seemed to be a part of the old world, yet had an address in the new one, and that divided identity ensured that it never fully got the gratitude it deserved.

Yet it's purely voluntary contribution to the cause of freedom in two world wars was perhaps the greatest of any democracy. Almost 10% of Canada 's entire population of seven million people served in the armed forces during the First World War, and nearly 60,000 died. The great Allied victories of 1918 were spearheaded by Canadian troops, perhaps the most capable soldiers in the entire British order of battle.

Canada was repaid for its enormous sacrifice by downright neglect, it's unique contribution to victory being absorbed into the popular Memory as somehow or other the work of the 'British.'

The Second World War provided a re-run. The Canadian navy began the war with a half dozen vessels, and ended up policing nearly half of the Atlantic against U-boat attack. More than 120 Canadian warships participated in the Normandy landings, during which 15,000 Canadian soldiers went ashore on D-Day alone.

Canada finished the war with the third-largest navy and the fourth largest air force in the world. The world thanked Canada with the same sublime indifference as it had the previous time.

Canadian participation in the war was acknowled ged in film only if it was necessary to give an American actor a part in a campaign in which the United States had clearly not participated - a touching scrupulousness which, of course, Hollywood has since abandoned, as if it has any notion of a separate Canadian identity.

So it is a general rule that actors and filmmakers arriving in Hollywood keep their nationality - unless, that is, they are Canadian. Thus Mary Pickford, Walter Huston, Donald Sutherland, Michael J. Fox, William Shatner, Norman Jewison, David Cronenberg, Alex Trebek, Art Linkletter and Dan Aykroyd have in the popular perception become American, and Christopher Plummer, British.

It is as if, in the very act of becoming famous, a Canadian ceases to be Canadian, unless she is Margaret Atwood, who is as unshakably Canadian as a moose, or Celine Dion, for whom Canada has proved quite unable to find any takers.

Moreover, Canada is every bit as querulously alert to the achievements of its sons and daughters as the rest of the world is completely unaware of them. The Canadians proudly say of themselves - and are unheard by anyone else - that 1% of the world's population has provided 10% of the world's peacekeeping forces.

Canadian soldiers in the past half century have been the greatest peacekeepers on Earth - in 39 missions on UN mandates, and six on non-UN peacekeeping duties, from Vietnam to East Timor, from Sinai to Bosnia.

Yet the only foreign engagement that has entered the popular non-Canadian imagination was the sorry affair in Somalia , in which out-of-control paratroopers murdered two Somali infiltrators. Their regiment was then disbanded in disgrace - a uniquely Canadian act of self-abasement for which, naturally, the Canadians received no international credit.

So who today in the United States knows about the stoic and selfless friendship its northern neighbour has given it in Afghanistan ?

Rather like Cyrano de Bergerac , Canada repeatedly does honourable things for honourable motives, but instead of being thanked for it, it remains something of a figure of fun. It is the Canadian way, for which Canadians should be proud, yet such honour comes at a high cost. This past year more grieving Canadian families knew that cost all too tragically well.

Lest we forget.

Kevin Myers, 'The Sunday Telegraph' LONDON:

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Death of female Cdn shocks relative who wants troops out of Afghanistan

MONTREAL - The godfather of a young female soldier killed in Afghanistan just two weeks into her first deployment fears the young woman's sacrifice was in vain.

Echoing the sentiment of many Quebecers, who have consistently been among the most vocal opponents of the controversial mission, Mario Blais said it's time for Ottawa to pull Canadian troops out.

"I think she did this for absolutely nothing," Blais said during a telephone interview.

"The Russians were in Afghanistan for many years and they couldn't push them back. I ask myself what Canada is doing. We were blue berets, now we're fighters."

Blais made the comments after learning his 21-year-old goddaughter, Karine Blais, had been killed Monday by a roadside bomb north of Kandahar City.

She is the second female Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan since the mission began in 2002.

Blais said Prime Minister Stephen Harper should "get the troops out of there as fast as possible" and that the Canadian military should return to its peacekeeping roots.

"I'm worried for all those who are there," he said of the latest rotation comprised largely of Quebecers based out of CFB Valcartier.

"I don't think it's our place at all, at all, at all. We should be leading peacekeeping missions, not combat missions like we're doing."

Blais said news of Karine's death came as a "shock" to her many friends and relatives who are now grieving in her home town of Les Mechins in eastern Quebec.

"This is a hard blow for the family," he said, adding nobody was particularly thrilled when she decided to take up a career in the military.

He said she didn't talk much about the mission before she deployed, perhaps so as not to upset them or perhaps because she didn't realize how bad it would be.

A statement released by her family Tuesday said she often asked her mother if she was proud of her.

"To answer your question, yes, we are always proud of you, despite the sadness that has enveloped us," the statement said.

"In our eyes, you were a soldier who displayed dynamic leadership and who was dedicated to your regiment. You loved your job in the military and you were very proud of yourself...

"You are our ray of sunshine and you will always be in our hearts. Your sense of humour and your vivacity will remain forever in our memories."

Blais described his goddaughter as a very social girl who grew up working at the local convenience store.

He said she enjoyed adventure and signed up for the army a few years ago when recruiters stopped by her school.

He believes she hoped the army would help her learn a trade that she could then apply outside of the military.

At gatherings during the Christmas holidays, relatives begged her to take up an administrative position, but she'd already signed up for a role on the front lines as a truck driver.

Blais said she was living with a man who is also in the army and that the two planned to buy a house.

Karine is survived by her father Gino Blais, her mother Josee Simard and her younger brother Billy.

Her death came a day before Tuesday's ceremony where the Royal 22nd Regiment, in which Blais was serving, took the reins from the 3rd Royal Canadian Regiment of Petawawa, Ont., as the primary battle group in southern Afghanistan.

Brig.-Gen. Jonathan Vance, the commander of Canadian troops in Afghanistan, praised Blais earlier in the day for her enthusiasm for the mission.

"She was an energetic soldier who gave 100 per cent to every challenge she faced using a unique sense of humour, based on her honesty," he said. "Frank and direct, she demonstrated the qualities of a future leader who was respected by all members of her squadron."

"This young woman's life did not go to waste; she believed in her role in Afghanistan and her dedication to the overall mission is beyond commendable."

Quebec Premier Jean Charest released a statement offering his condolences to the young woman's family, friends and comrades.

"These sad incidents remind us of the courage and determination our women and men who go to Afghanistan have as they don't hesitate to put their lives in danger in order to accomplish the mission for which they were entrusted," he said.

"I want to remind all of those in the military that their commitment commands our respect and admiration."

By late afternoon Tuesday, more than 80 people had added their names to a Facebook page launched in her honour.

In a posting by her cousin Sarah Harrisson, Karine was described as an "extraordinary" sister to Billy.

"I'm in shock," she wrote. "It's a big loss. A fighter who chose a risky job, my beautiful cousin, you will always be in our hearts."

Katheleen Carrier, another of her cousins, called Karine the "pride of the entire family."

"Our little fighting soldier, I'm proud of you," she wrote. "We all are.

"I will always remember your beautiful smile, your unique laugh, your sense of humour and everything you were. Rest in peace soldier Blais."

Marc Carignan, a fellow soldier based in Edmonton, said he remembers Karine from a course they took together in Saint-Jean.

"I will always remember her smile, her sense of humour and her wonderful accent," he said.

"My sympathies to her family. Courage."

Canada has now lost 117 soldiers

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Quebec dad sued by daughter

I have seen it all now!!!!

Note to parents never intimate your kids you may be sorry!!... kids are smarter today!!!

Quebec dad sued by daughter after grounding loses his appeal

Father's lawyer says they may take case to Canada's Supreme Court

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 7, 2009 | 4:30 PM ET Comments787Recommend343

A Quebec father who was taken to court by his 12-year-old daughter after he grounded her in June 2008 has lost his appeal.

Quebec Superior Court rejected the Gatineau father's appeal of a lower court ruling that said his punishment was too severe for the wrongs he said his daughter committed.

The father is "flabbergasted," his lawyer Kim Beaudoin told CBC News.

In its ruling, issued Monday, the province's court of appeal declared the girl was caught up in a "very rare" set of circumstances, and her father didn't have sufficient grounds to contest the court's earlier decision.

The family's legal wrangling started with a dispute over the girl's internet use.

'Either way, he doesn't have authority over this child anymore. She sued him because she doesn't respect his rules. It's very hard to raise a child who is the boss.'

— Kim Beaudoin, the father's lawyer

She had been living with her father after her parents split up when he grounded her in 2008 for defying his order to stay off the internet. The father caught her chatting on websites he had blocked, and alleged his daughter was posting "inappropriate pictures" of herself online.

Her punishment: she was banned from her Grade 6 graduation trip to Quebec City in June 2008, for which her mother had already granted permission.

The father — who had custody — withheld his written permission for the trip, prompting the school to refuse to let the girl go with her classmates.

That's when the girl asked for help from the lawyer who represented her in her parents' separation, and petitioned the court to intervene in her case.

"Going to court was a last resort," said Lucie Fortin, a legal aid attorney who represented the girl. "The question was that there was a problem between the father and the mother, and the child asked the court to intervene because it was important to her.

"The trip was very important to her."

Legal battle destroyed father-daughter relationship

A lower court ruled in the girl's favour in 2008. She went on the trip, but her father appealed the decision on the principle of the matter.

He doesn't have regrets, his lawyer said.

"Either way, he doesn't have authority over this child anymore. She sued him because she doesn't respect his rules," Beaudoin said. "It's very hard to raise a child who is the boss."

The girl — who now lives with her mother — doesn't have much of a relationship with her dad now, Beaudoin said.

"We went from a child who wanted to live with her father, and after all this has been done, they're not speaking anymore."

"We have a lot of work to re-establish a link between those two."

Beaudoin believes the ruling reflects a loss of moral authority in Quebec's court system.

"Is this what we want in our society? Laws are supposed to reflect our values. And if the courts aren't reflecting that, maybe the government will, to prevent children from going this way," she said Tuesday, adding her client may take the case to Canada's Supreme Court.

In its Monday ruling, the appeal court warned the case should not be seen as an open invitation for children to take legal action every time they're grounded.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Remembering Columbine

10th Anniversary


Rachel Scott
Matthew Kechter
Steven Curnow
Cassie Bernall
Daniel Mauser
Daniel Rohrbough
Lauren Townsend
Kelly Fleming
Kyle Velasquez
Isaiah Shoels
Corey DePooter
John TomlinWilliam "
Dave" Sanders

Saturday, April 4, 2009

List of Fox Programming and their sponsors

Here is a list of programs and sponsors we will be boycotting as well as a sample letter we will be sending on behalf our group.

Here is a list of Fox programming and sponsorship....
-American Idol
-American Dad
-Americas Most Wanted
-Are you Smarter than A Fifth Grader
-The Cleveland Show
-Don't Forget the Lyrics
-Family guy
-Hells Kitchen
-Hole in the Wall
-King of the Hill
-Lie to Me
-Mad TV
-The Moment of Truth
-Osbornes Reloaded
-Prison Break
-Secret Millionaire
-The Simpsons
-Sit Down,Shut Up
-So You Think You can Dance
-Talk Show with Spike Fereston
-Terminator,The Sarah Connor Chronicles
-Till Death

Boycott their sponsors..

* Crest Whitestrips
* Delphi
* Mercedes Benz
* Comcast
* Subaru
* GMC Suv's
* Best Buy
* Travelocity
* (mboyer@chattemchemicals.c
* New Phase...anyone who can find contact info please let me know
* Orbitz
* Dawn
* Toyota
* Centrum(Wyeth)
* Nextel(Sprint) (
* (
* Gold Bond (Chattem)
* (
* American Express (
* Holiday Inn Express (
* M Professional...anyone who can find contact info please let me know
* (

It is not enough just to stop using these products...we need to tell them why.
Here is a sample of a letter we will be sending on behalf of this group and all its members.

I am writing to say that as a supporter of the Canadian Soldiers, their families and Canadians as a whole, we will be boycotting _____ and all of _____ products until _____ has stopped all advertising on the Fox network and _____ has published a press release stating that they have stopped all on-air and on-line advertising on the Fox Network in response to the remarks made about the Canadian Forces and Canadians by Greg Gutfeld on Red Eye.

Furthermore, I will blog this information further spreading the news of those who support these boycotts and the reasons why.

The Boycotts include any direct or indirect purchase of ____ products and stock purchase, common or options, and the encouragement to remove ____ products from inventory and displays. My local store manager will be contacted and told that I, my family and friends will not be buying the ____ products for said reasons until said action is taken place.

Please recognize that this due to Fox's and Greg Gutfelds actions and any boycott of your products will be lifted upon your removal of any support, especially that of advertising towards the Fox network.

In action for Respect of our Country,our Soldiers and their families we are,
Canadians for the boycott of Fox Network and Greg Gutfeld

Friday, April 3, 2009

from next month. Sweden will allow gay couples to be legally married Go Sweden

Note this Blogger is not gay i just love gay people!!!!/ lgbt!!!


Sweden allows same-sex marriage

Gay couple during marriage ceremony
Sweden is the seventh country to allow gay marriage

Sweden will allow gay couples to be legally married from next month.

Parliament voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to recognise same-sex marriage, becoming the fifth country in Europe to do so.

Sweden was one of the first countries to give gay couples legal "partnership" rights, in the mid-1990s, and allowed them to adopt children from 2002.

The new law lets homosexuals wed in either a civil or religious ceremony, though individual churches can opt out.

The law was passed by 226 votes to 22 and will come into force on 1 May.

Netherlands, 2000
Belgium, 2003
Spain, 2005
Canada, 2005
South Africa, 2006
Norway, 2008
Sweden, 2009
These are the years that legislation was passed by parliament

"The decision means that gender no longer has an impact on the ability to marry and that the law on registered partnership is repealed," the government said on its website.

Six of the seven parties in parliament backed the bill, while the Christian Democrats, one of four parties in the governing coalition, refused.

The Lutheran Church, the largest church in Sweden, has offered to bless gay partnerships since January 2007, but has still not given formal backing to the term "marriage", and will allow individual pastors to refuse to carry out gay weddings.

Sweden has become the fifth European country, after the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Norway, to recognise same-sex marriage.

Elsewhere, Canada and South Africa have also passed such legislation, as have some US states and local authorities in other countries.

Thursday, April 2, 2009


Maher Arar at a press conference to comment on the Arar Commission's Policy Review Report at the National Press Gallery in Ottawa in a Dec. 12, 2006 file picture.

Maher Arar at a press conference to comment on the Arar Commission's Policy Review Report at the National Press Gallery in Ottawa in a Dec. 12, 2006 file picture.

Photograph by: Jean Levac, Canwest News Service

OTTAWA — The head of CSIS says his agency, which is tasked with preventing terrorist threats to Canada, would not use information obtained through torture under any circumstance.

"We do not rely on the use of torture for any reason," Jim Judd, director of Canada's spy agency, told a parliamentary committee Thursday.

Judd said that CSIS has changed its policies following the 2006 Arar report that recommended that intelligence obtained by torture be discounted because it is unreliable and torture violates human rights.

His assertions left MPs on the House of Commons public safety committee scratching their heads because it contradicted testimony earlier this week from veteran CSIS adviser Geoffrey O'Brian that Canada would rely on foreign intelligence obtained by torture if it meant saving lives or preventing a terrorist act like the Air India bombing.

Judd said that O'Brian would write a letter to the committee recanting his testimony.

Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan also told the committee that information obtained from torture abroad is tainted and it is ruled out in all circumstances.