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The origin of the Usher of the Black Rod goes back to early fourteenth century England . Today, with no royal duties to perform, the Usher knocks on the doors of the House of Commons with the Black Rod at the start of Parliament to summon the members. The rod is a symbol for the authority of debate in the upper house. We of The Black Rod have since 2005, adopted the symbol to knock some sense and the right questions into the heads of Legislators, pundits, and other opinion makers.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

When the government goes rogue, who will bell the cat?



Like most lawbreakers, Greg Selinger, Stan Struthers and Theresa Oswald think they're smarter than everyone else.

In their arrogance, they're convinced the law doesn't apply to them. They can always rely on their apologists to run interference for them, whether it's Winnipeg Free Press columnist Dan Lett, inventing excuses for why the NDP needs to break the law, or Legislature reporter Bruce Owen, musing over whether breaking the law is wrong if government members do it.

Make no mistake, the Premier of the province, Greg Selinger, has broken the law. He`s done it blatantly in the belief that nobody can do anything about it. He`s declared that he and the NDP are above the laws of Manitoba.

But the law is clear:

C.C.S.M. c. B5
The Balanced Budget, Fiscal Management and Taxpayer Accountability Act

PART 2
TAX REFERENDUM REQUIREMENT
Referendum required for tax changes
10(1) Subject to subsection (2), the government shall not present to the Legislative Assembly a bill to increase the rate of any tax imposed by an Act or part of an Act listed below, unless the government first puts the question of the advisability of proceeding with such a bill to the voters of Manitoba in a referendum, and a majority of the persons who vote in the referendum authorize the government to proceed with the changes:

(a) The Health and Post Secondary Education Tax Levy Act;
(b) The Income Tax Act;
(c) The Retail Sales Tax Act.
 
In a nutshell, it says you can`t raise the provincial sales tax without holding a referendum first.

Selinger has deliberately breached the law. He has, through Finance Minister Stan Struthers, presented to the Legislative Assembly a bill to increase the PST without holding a referendum first---precisely what is prohibited by law.

Selinger and Struthers are guilty under the Summary Convictions Act of Manitoba which states:

GENERAL OFFENCES
Offence and penalty
4 Any person who contravenes, violates, disobeys, or refuses, omits, neglects, or fails to comply with,
(a) any provision of any Act of the Legislature; or
(b) any provision of any regulation;
is guilty of an offence, and unless another penalty therefor is provided by or under an Act of the Legislature, is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding $5,000. or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months, or to both such a fine and such an imprisonment.
S.M. 2005, c. 33, s. 13.

There can be no doubt that Greg Selinger and Stan Struthers have "refused to comply with "a provision of an Act of the Legislature.

The Balanced Budget legislation prohibits "the government" from presenting a bill to the Legislature before holding a referendum.  Who is "the government"?  At first glance, you would say the entire NDP caucus, wouldn't you.

Would that be correct? You could argue that a majority of the Legislature doesn't form a government, it selects a government for the province from among the members of the Legislature.  A minority government can exist with the support of MLA's who are not in the ruling political party.

The federal government, for one, takes a narrow view.

On its website it states:  

"In a strict legal sense, “the Government” is the Prime Minister and the other Cabinet Ministers. The Cabinet determines priorities and policies, ensures their implementation, and presents legislation to Parliament for approval."

Accepting that narrow definition, charges under the Summary Convictions Act of Manitoba must be laid against Premier Greg Selinger and the 19 members of his cabinet---Steve Ashton, Dave Chomiak, Gord Mackintosh, Eric Robinson, Ron Lemieux, Stan Struthers, Nancy Allan, Jim Rondeau, Peter Bjornson, Christine Melnick, Theresa Oswald, Kerri Irvin-Ross, Andrew Swan, Jennifer Howard, Flor Marcelino, Erin Selby, Kevin Chief and Ron Kostyshyn.

Selinger, Struthers (who moved the illegal motion, and Oswald (who seconded the illegal motion) are in line for jail sentences for their contempt for the law and the public. The rest face fines.

And yet, the rest of the NDP members are just as guilty of operating outside the law. Can they, too, be brought to justice?

Certainly they are accomplices to the offence. When the illegal motion was presented to the Legislature, the non-cabinet members of the NDP had an opportunity to distance themselves from the lawbreaking.  
 
Instead,  they joined in the lawbreaking.

The Opposition, through Hansard, captured their confessed aiding and abetting of the crime:
 
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF MANITOBA
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The House met at 1:30 p.m.
ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Introduction of Bills

Bill 20–The Manitoba Building and Renewal Funding and Fiscal Management Act
(Various Acts Amended)

Hon. Stan Struthers (Minister of Finance): I move, seconded by the Minister of Health (Ms. Oswald), that Bill 20, The Manitoba Building and Renewal Funding and Fiscal Management Act (Various Acts Amended), be now read a first time.
Motion presented.

Mr. Struthers: This bill will–would ensure stable, transparent and dedicated funding for Manitoba's Building and Renewal Plan, as well as making amendments to The Balanced Budget, Fiscal Management and Taxpayer Accountability Act related to federal transfers, the net income of major Crown agencies and the duration of the economic recovery period.

Mr. Speaker: Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

Some Honourable Members: No.
Some Honourable Members: Agreed.

Voice Vote
Mr. Speaker: All those in favour of the motion, please signify by saying aye.
Some Honourable Members: Aye.
Mr. Speaker: All those opposed, please signify by saying nay.
Some Honourable Members: Nay.
Mr. Speaker: In the opinion of the Chair, the ayes have it.
Recorded Vote
Mr. Kelvin Goertzen (Official Opposition House Leader): A recorded vote, Mr. Speaker.
Mr. Speaker: A recorded vote having been requested, call in the members.
Order, please. Order.

The question before the House is first reading of Bill 20.
Division

A RECORDED VOTE was taken, the result being as follows:

Yeas
Allan, Allum, Altemeyer, Ashton, Bjornson, Blady, Braun, Caldwell, Chief, Chomiak, Crothers, Dewar, Gaudreau, Howard, Irvin‑Ross, Jha, Kostyshyn, Lemieux, Mackintosh, Maloway, Marcelino (Logan), Marcelino (Tyndall Park), Melnick, Nevakshonoff, Oswald, Pettersen, Rondeau, Saran, Selby, Selinger, Struthers, Swan, Whitehead, Wiebe, Wight.

Nays
Briese, Cullen, Driedger, Eichler, Ewasko, Friesen, Gerrard, Goertzen, Graydon, Helwer, Mitchelson, Pallister, Pedersen, Rowat, Schuler, Smook, Stefanson, Wishart.

Clerk (Ms. Patricia Chaychuk): Yeas 35, Nays 18.
Mr. Speaker: I declare the motion carried.

Section 21 of the Criminal Code covers the actions of "parties" to an offence.

The law designates four separate potential offences: actually committing the crime, aiding, abetting and "common intention."

The charges facing the non-caucus NDP members appear to be 'aiding' and 'common intention'.

Aiding or abetting is doing something that helps (aiding) or encourages (abetting) the offender in committing the offence. Voting in favour of an illegal motion certainly aids the lawbreakers in breaching the law of Manitoba.

The other potential charge, Common Intention, is equally applicable.

Common intention
(2) Where two or more persons form an intention in common to carry out an unlawful purpose and to assist each other therein and any one of them, in carrying out the common purpose, commits an offence, each of them who knew or ought to have known that the commission of the offence would be a probable consequence of carrying out the common purpose is a party to that offence.
R.S., c. C-34, s. 21.

The NDP caucus members certainly form the intention to ignore the balanced budget legislation and to assist the cabinet in doing it.

And that's not all.  

Organizations, such as the New Democratic Party, can be charged:

Offences of negligence — organizations

22.1 In respect of an offence that requires the prosecution to prove negligence, an organization is a party to the offence if

(a) acting within the scope of their authority
(i) one of its representatives is a party to the offence, or
(ii) two or more of its representatives engage in conduct, whether by act or omission, such that, if it had been the conduct of only one representative, that representative would have been a party to the offence; and
(b) the senior officer who is responsible for the aspect of the organization’s activities that is relevant to the offence departs — or the senior officers, collectively, depart — markedly from the standard of care that, in the circumstances, could reasonably be expected to prevent a representative of the organization from being a party to the offence.

2003, c. 21, s. 2.

Other offences — organizations
22.2 In respect of an offence that requires the prosecution to prove fault — other than negligence — an organization is a party to the offence if, with the intent at least in part to benefit the organization, one of its senior officers

(a) acting within the scope of their authority, is a party to the offence;
(b) having the mental state required to be a party to the offence and acting within the scope of their authority, directs the work of other representatives of the organization so that they do the act or make the omission specified in the offence; or
(c) knowing that a representative of the organization is or is about to be a party to the offence, does not take all reasonable measures to stop them from being a party to the offence.
2003, c. 21, s. 2.

The question, of course, is who is going to lay the charges.
The administration of justice is a provincial responsibility. And you know the NDP will not charge itself or its members with crimes they've committed. Greg Selinger is betting the farm on that.

The first thought of any citizen is that the Lieutenant Governor would step in to protect democracy by dissolving the Legislature and forcing an election.

It can't happen.
By immutable tradition, the Queen's representative acts only at the request of the Privy Council, in this case Selinger and his cabinet.  The Lieutenant Governor cannot impose his own will on the Legislature, even to stop a government of criminals.
The only option is a private prosecution, to get the charges into a court that the NDP government cannot control.  
 
Although the Crown has the right to take over any private prosecution and stay the charges, it cannot act in this case.
 
The Justice Minister, as a potential accused, has a conflict of interest that even the NDP cannot overlook. The deputy minister is appointed by the NDP government and is similarly hamstrung.  Further down the chain, there's the obvious perception of bias as government employees are seen to be acting on behalf of the very objects of the prosecution.

And that's not even raising the potential problem that justice officials themselves could be facing charges of counselling:

Counselling (s.22)
Person counselling offence
22. (1) Where a person counsels another person to be a party to an offence and that other person is afterwards a party to that offence, the person who counselled is a party to that offence, notwithstanding that the offence was committed in a way different from that which was counselled.

Idem
(2) Every one who counsels another person to be a party to an offence is a party to every offence that the other commits in consequence of the counselling that the person who counselled knew or ought to have known was likely to be committed in consequence of the counselling.

Definition of counsel
(3) For the purposes of this Act, counsel includes procure, solicit or incite.
R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 22; R.S., 1985, c. 27 (1st Supp.), s. 7.

In this circumstance, counselling is more than just giving advice; it means the accused intended the offence to be committed or gave advice on how to commit the offence while knowing there was the chance it would happen.

Anyone in the justice department recommending a private prosecution of Selinger, et al be quashed has a potential conflict of interest, since he or she could just as likely be guilty of counselling.

Could the province, as they do in some prosecutions, ask another provincial jurisdiction to quash a private prosecution? 
 
Hell, no.  Since when does Saskatchewan have any say on the administration of justice in Manitoba?

That's just begging for a constitutional challenge.
 
Which leaves the public back at square one- -facing a government that's openly breaking the law and daring anyone to stop them.
 
Who will bell the cat?  

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Hey Big Spender. Here's your City Hall bill for the first two months of the year.


Well, well, well.  What had we here?

It was the official disclosure of how Winnipeg city councillors spent your money over the first two months of 2013.  Of course, the first thing we did was grab a yellow marker and start highlighting those expenditures that didn't look like they were necessary to run a political office.  The second thing we did was this blog.

Councillors not only get their salaries, but an allowance to run their offices, an allowance that's used as often as not as the councillors' personal public piggy bank.

Did you know you're paying Blue Cross premiums for seven councillors? 

In two months, January and February, Harvey Smith has dinged taxpayers for $840.75 in Blue Cross premiums. That's a shade more than the $829  billed by Mike Pagtakhan and $827 you paid for John Orlikow.  Devi Sharma, Ross Eadie, Jeff Browaty and Grant Nordman also have you covering their private health care to lesser amounts.

Public Transit?  What are we? Bums?  You paid $600 each for parking for Justin Swandel, Russ Wyatt, Scott Fielding and Grant Nordman.   Devi Sharma claimed $57 for her assistant's parking cost.

Councillors love to tap that free money to spend on advertising themselves.  Brian Mayes tops the list with $3456 spent on advertising in two months.  That's well ahead of John Orlikow, council's No. 2 advertiser, at $2235.

The other side of advertising is donations.  City councillors are even more anxious to play the big shot by tossing around your money. Ross Eadie leads the pack by having spent $5270 on donations in the first two months of the year alone.  Scott Fielding is a poor second with $3800.

But Brian Mayes is in a category of his own with $28,000 of taxpayers' money handed over to Save Our Seine, a private lobby group.  And he promises he'll give them the same amount as long as he's able to.

Councillors spend your money in a variety of personal ways. 

Jenny Gerbasi has hired a private tutor (your cost, $1104 over two months) to teach her French.  Devi Sharma operates a separate office (you've paid $3339 for office rental and utilities).   Harvey Smith has you paying for his subscription to the Winnipeg Free Press; Jeff Browaty to the Winnipeg Sun. Browaty also charges you for his home internet ($53.50). Smith bills his membership ($35) in the left-wing think tank Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives.

Scott Fielding had you pay $195 for a portrait session.  And Russ Wyatt sent sympathy flowers to someone ($144.93) then had the public pay for his expression of sorrow.

No expense was too tiny for the cheapest councillors.  Jenny Gerbasi billed for 22 cents for a photocopy and 63 cents for a stamp.  Scott Fielding charged you 61 cents for postage.

Now that we know where to look, we'll be posting the councillors' expenditures on a regular basis.

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Harvey Smith

January
Manitoba Blue Cross February 2013 Non-Professional Services 280.25
Manitoba Blue Cross Jan 2013 Non-Professional Services 280.25
Winnipeg Free Press 13 Week Subscription Renewal Periodicals and Subscriptions 77.62
Shaw Cable Shaw Cable Television Cable 76.99
Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives Canadian Centre For Policy Membership Fees 35.00

 February
Green Action Centre     Canadian Environmental Network  Contrib-Donations     300.00
Manitoba Blue Cross March 2013 Non-Professional Services 280.25
 

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Jeff Browaty
January
Manitoba Blue Cross February 2013 Non-Professional Services 109.34
2013-01-16 Manitoba Blue Cross Jan 2013 Non-Professional Services 109.34
Jeff Browaty Art & Soul Luncheons, Receptions & Events 450.00
Jeff Browaty Family Fun Day Prize Ward Activities 213.98
Jeff Browaty Home Internet Internet Access 53.50
Jeff Browaty Sons Of Italy Dinner Luncheons, Receptions & Events 800.00
Jeff Browaty Winnipeg Sun Periodicals and Subscriptions 52.55

February
Manitoba Blue Cross March 2013 Non-Professional Services 109.34
Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Ensemble Manitoba Ukrainian Dance Festi Contrib-Donations 500.00
total $1963

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Grant Nordman  
January
Imperial Parking Canada Corporation January Parking Parking Space Rental 200.00
2013-01-16 Manitoba Blue Cross February 2013 Non-Professional Services 111.07
2013-01-16 Manitoba Blue Cross Jan 2013 Non-Professional Services 111.07
2013-01-16 Teledisc Systems Ltd Website Maintenance Hosting Website/Domain Licenses 642.00
City of Winnipeg - Journal Entry Metered Postage January 2013 Postage 1.83
John Taylor Collegiate Piper Classic Basketball Tourn Contrib-Community Events 125.00
Sean Angus Lyon Buchanan School Contrib-Donations 29.24

February
Imperial Parking Canada Corporation Mpc Feb 1-28, 2013 Parking Space Rental 200.00
Order Of The Sons Of Italy Registration & Buy Gala Ticket Luncheons, Receptions & Events 400.00
2013-02-04 Winnipeg Military Family Resource
Centre Yellow Ribbon Gala 2013 Luncheons, Receptions & Events 200.00
2013-02-05 The Army Navy And Air Force Veterans Advertising 2013 Advertising 324.00
2013-02-07 Benchmark Advertising Ltd Current Month Advertising 260.00
Screen Design Ltd Billboards Advertising 526.44
Manitoba Blue Cross March 2013 Non-Professional Services 111.07
total $333.21
Logberg Heimskringla Inc Ad Issue 2 Advertising 136.00
Screen Design Ltd 4x8 Billboards Advertising 100.58
total $1346 advertising
City of Winnipeg - Journal Entry Kiosk 113008 - Optimist Club Of Assiniboia Bud Spud & Steak -
Councillor Nordman Contrib-Donations 74.97
Imperial Parking Canada Corporation Parking Parking Space Rental 200.00
total $600 parking
The Assiniboia Chamber Of Commerce Monthly Luncheon Luncheons, Receptions & Events 28.57
Total $856 lunches
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Dan Vandal
January
City of Winnipeg - Journal Entry Kiosk 113004 - Festival Du Voyageur - Councillor Vandal Contrib-Donations 258.08
2013-01-31 City of Winnipeg - Journal Entry Metered Postage January 2013 Postage 1.26

February
Le Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain Pavillion Canadien-Francais Advertising 200.00
Nelson Mcintyre Collegiate Musical Program Advertising 100.00
2013-02-05 Belgian Club 2013 Kermis Book Advertising 45.00
2013-02-06 Winakwa Community Centre Inc Business Card Sized Ad Advertising 25.00
2013-02-06 Write It Right Champlain/Archwood Newsletter Advertising 195.00
Benchmark Advertising Ltd Current Month Advertising 750.00
2013-02-15 Ngcc Knights U12 Golden Ringette Tournament Advertising 75.00
2013-02-21 Winnipeg Free Press Festival Du Voyager Advertising 656.25
Southdale Recreation Association Inc Bud, Spud Tickets Luncheons, Receptions & Events 75.00
2013-02-27 City of Winnipeg - Journal Entry Kiosk 113007 - Southdale Community Club Bud Spud & Steak -
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Scott Fielding
January
City of Winnipeg - Journal Entry Cof-Gl-I-109-Ixr-Xerox Printing,Binding,Photocopying 1.77
Filipino Journal Display Advertising Advertising 550.00
2013-01-16 Imperial Parking Canada Corporation January Parking Parking Space Rental 200.00
2013-01-16 St James Junior Canucks Canucks Souvenir Program Advertising 115.00
2013-01-16 The Assiniboia Chamber Of Commerce Membership Fees Periodicals and Subscriptions 175.00
2013-01-16 The Voxair Issue #22 Advertising 58.41
2013-01-16 Trina Allan Family Portrait Session Stationery and Office Supplies 150.00
2013-01-16 Winnipeg Outdoor Marketing Group Inc Recycle Box Advertising 195.00
2013-01-17 Scott Fielding Crime Prevention Breakfast Parking Meter/Voucher 4.76
Benchmark Advertising Ltd Current Month Advertising 260.00
Sledge Hockey Manitoba New Jerseys & Equipment Contrib-Donations 150.00
2013-01-30 City of Winnipeg - Journal Entry Arena Facilities Advertising - January 1-October 31, 2013 For
Councillor Scott Fielding Advertising 441.73
2013-01-31 City of Winnipeg - Journal Entry Metered Postage January 2013 Postage 0.61

February
Winnipeg Outdoor Marketing Group Inc Recycle Box Advertising 120.00
2013-02-04 Imperial Parking Canada Corporation Mpc Feb 1-28, 2013 Parking Space Rental 200.00
2013-02-04 Winnipeg Military Family Resource
Centre Yellow Ribbon Gala 2013 Luncheons, Receptions & Events 100.00
2013-02-05 Kw9a1 Tournament - Program Guide Advertising 100.00
Benchmark Advertising Ltd Current Month Advertising 260.00
Western Canada Aviation Museum Inc Historic Aircraft - B-17 Exhib Contrib-Donations 2,700.00
2013-02-12 St James Assiniboia Pioneer Association Cuthbert Grant Day Contrib-Donations 860.00
2013-02-14 Manitoba Blue Cross March 2013 Non-Professional Services 278.80
2013-02-14 St James Collegiate Student Educational Trip Contrib-Donations 100.00
2013-02-15 All-Net.Ca Website Hosting & Support Website/Domain Licenses 600.00
Imperial Parking Canada Corporation Parking Parking Space Rental 200.00
2013-02-28 Scott Fielding Winnipeg Chamber Of Commerce Membership Fees 450.00
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Justin Swandel
Imperial Parking Canada Corporation January Parking Parking Space Rental 200.00

February
Winnipeg Outdoor Marketing Group Inc Recycle Box Advertising 120.00
2013-02-04 Imperial Parking Canada Corporation Mpc Feb 1-28, 2013 Parking Space Rental 200.00
2013-02-04 Indo-Canadian Telegram Inc 1/8 Page Color Advertising 150.00
2013-02-07 Benchmark Advertising Ltd Current Month Advertising 260.00
2013-02-07 Manitoba Great Wall Performing Arts Chinese New Year Celebration Advertising 250.00
2013-02-07 Manitoba Great Wall Performing Arts Chinese New Year Celebration Contrib-Sponsorships-Cash 250.00
The Behavioural Health Foundation Inc Bonnycastle School Flyers Casual Services 500.00
City of Winnipeg - Journal Entry Metered Postage February 2013 Postage 0.63
Imperial Parking Canada Corporation Parking Parking Space Rental 200.00

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Russ Wyatt
Imperial Parking Canada Corporation January Parking Parking Space Rental 200.00

February
Imperial Parking Canada Corporation Mpc Feb 1-28, 2013 Parking Space Rental 200.00
Indo-Canadian Telegram Inc 1/8 Page Color Advertising 150.00
2013-02-05 Transcona Ringette Association Transcona Ringette Tournament Contrib-Donations 300.00
2013-02-07 Canstar Community News Limited The Herald Advertising 473.61
2013-02-07 Cosmopolitan Florists Ltd Sympathy Flowers Ward Activities 144.39
2013-02-07 Transcona Major Junior Hockey Club Sportsman Dinner 2013 Luncheons, Receptions & Events 1,000.00
2013-02-07 Write It Right Park City Cc Newsletter Advertising 1,095.00
Transcona Nationals Football Club Bud, Spud And Steak Luncheons, Receptions & Events 200.00
Imperial Parking Canada Corporation Parking Parking Space Rental 200.00
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Jenny Gerbasi
January
City of Winnipeg - Journal Entry Cof-Gl-I-109-Ixr-Xerox Printing,Binding,Photocopying 0.22
Write It Right Lord Roberts Community Centre Advertising 195.00
City of Winnipeg - Journal Entry Metered Postage January 2013 Postage 0.63

February
Alliance Francaise Private Tutoring Training,Workshops and Tuition 1,104.00
Riverview Community Centre Inc Reflector Advertising 350.00
2013-02-05 Green Action Centre Jack Frost Challenge Contrib-Donations 100.00
2013-02-05 Jennifer J Gerbasi Red Moon Road Fundraiser Luncheons, Receptions & Events 40.00
Villa Cabrini Inc Centre Fundraiser Contrib-Donations 50.00
Fort Garry Women'S Resource Centre Fab Fem Fundraiser Luncheons, Receptions & Events 40.00
2013-02-22 Mazurgroup Consulting/Management Skatefest Advertising 100.00
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John Orlikow
January
Manitoba Blue Cross February 2013 Non-Professional Services 275.91
2013-01-16 Manitoba Blue Cross Jan 2013 Non-Professional Services 275.91
Jetpack Media Writing/Editing Casual Services 1,160.00

February

Centro Caboto Centre Program Guide Advertising 175.00
Manitoba Blue Cross March 2013 Non-Professional Services 275.91
Central Corydon Community Centre Inc Arena Wall Board Advertising 400.00
2013-02-28 Central Corydon Community Centre Inc Winter Carnival Brochure Advertising 100.00
Winnipeg Outdoor Marketing Group Inc Recycle Box Advertising 1,560.00
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Mike Pagtakhan
January
Manitoba Blue Cross February 2013 Non-Professional Services 276.49
2013-01-16 Manitoba Blue Cross Jan 2013 Non-Professional Services 276.49
Benchmark Advertising Ltd Current Month Advertising 130.00
2013-01-18 Filipino Journal Display Advertising Advertising 300.00
2013-01-18 Pilipino Express News Magazine Business Card Sized Advertising 44.00

February

Pilipino Express News Magazine Business Card Sized Advertising 44.00
2013-02-04 World Chinese Business Post 1/4 Page Advertising 60.00
2013-02-05 Manitoba Great Wall Performing Arts Chinese New Year Celebration Luncheons, Receptions & Events 70.00
2013-02-05 Portuguese In Manitoba Banner Advertising Advertising 100.00
2013-02-05 Ukrainian Canadian Social Services Inc Nasha Hromada Advertising 75.00
2013-02-07 Benchmark Advertising Ltd Current Month Advertising 130.00
2013-02-07 Infinity Business Group News Magazine Advertising 100.00
Pilipino Express News Magazine Business Card Advertising 44.00
2013-02-14 Manitoba Blue Cross March 2013 Non-Professional Services 276.49
Casa Dos Acores Azorean Cultural Xii Cultural Week Advertising 317.20
Immaculate Heart Of Mary School Fund Raising Dinner Luncheons, Receptions & Events 200.00
2013-02-28 Pilipino Express News Magazine Business Card Advertising 44.00
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Devi Sharma
January
2013-01-16 Manitoba Blue Cross February 2013 Non-Professional Services 273.02
2013-01-16 Manitoba Blue Cross Jan 2013 Non-Professional Services 273.02
Fernoc Group Ltd Rental Of Office Space Rentals 1,278.25
Manitoba Hydro Electricity/Natural Gas Heat-Gas,Oil,Steam & Electric 257.15

February
One! International Poverty Relief Charity Event Tickets Luncheons, Receptions & Events 240.00
2013-02-07 Manitoba Hydro Manitoba Hydro Heat-Gas,Oil,Steam & Electric 270.41
Fernoc Group Ltd Rental Of Office Space Rentals 1,278.25
2013-02-15 Protelec Alarms Ltd Burglary Monitoring Fee Telephone-Alarm Systems 256.80
2013-02-21 Devi Sharma Cream For Community Office Other Operating Supplies 4.25
2013-02-21 Devi Sharma Parking For Executive Assistant Parking Meter/Voucher 57.14
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Ross Eadie
January
The Catholic Women's League Annual Palm Sunday Tea Contrib-Donations 100.00
2013-01-16 Manitoba Blue Cross February 2013 Non-Professional Services 109.05
2013-01-16 Manitoba Blue Cross Jan 2013 Non-Professional Services 109.05
2013-01-16 Winnipeg Free Press First Nations Voice Advertising 250.00
Ukrainian Canadian Social Services Inc Ukrainian Canadian Social Serv Advertising 150.00

February
St Josaphat Selo-Villa Tenants Associatn Social & Recreational Programs Contrib-Donations 400.00
Trident Press Ltd Ukrainian Voice Advertising 75.00
Manitoba Blue Cross March 2013 Non-Professional Services 109.05
Boys And Girls Clubs Of Winnipeg Inc Aberdeen Centre Renovation Contrib-Donations 1,200.00
2013-02-21 Manitoba Children'S Museum Programming And Access Contrib-Donations 2,500.00
2013-02-21 Seven Oaks Education Foundation Inc Mynarski Citizenship Award Contrib-Donations 1,000.00
2013-02-22 Canadian Czechoslovak Benevolent Csba Centennial Gala Contrib-Donations 70.00
Provincial Council Of Women Of High Tea Luncheons, Receptions & Events 100.00
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Thomas Steen
February

City of Winnipeg - Journal Entry Arena Advertising September 15th, 2012 To September 14th, 2013 -
Invoice 864 - November & December - Councillor Thomas Steen Advertising 351.79
2013-02-15 Benchmark Advertising Ltd Current Month Advertising 540.00
2013-02-15 Eaglemere Residents Association Eaglemere Residents Website Advertising 250.00
Winnipeg Free Press First Nations Voice Advertising 250.00
2013-02-15 Winnipeg Outdoor Marketing Group Inc Recycle Box Advertising 440.00
Patrick Media Inc Projector Tv & Speaker System Contrib-Donations 3,248.50
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Paula Havixbeck
January
Tuxedo Community Centre Inc Annual Outdoor Hockey Tournament Contrib-Donations 750.00
2013-01-16 The Assiniboia Chamber Of Commerce Membership Fee Membership Fees 175.00
2013-01-24 St James Assiniboia 55+ Centre Aging Well Expo Advertising 50.00
2013-01-25 Plast Ukrainian Youth Assoc. Plast Malanka Tickets Luncheons, Receptions & Events 200.00

February
Indo-Canadian Telegram Inc January Issue Advertising 150.00
2013-02-05 Stephanie Halligan Communications -Online Platform Website/Domain Licenses 1,075.00
2013-02-05 Winnipeg Chinatown Development Corp Chinese New Year Banquet Luncheons, Receptions & Events 420.00
Charleswood Historical Society 2013 Centennial Calendar Advertising 300.00
2013-02-21 Tuxedo Community Centre Inc Tuxedo Cc Hockey Tournament Contrib-Donations 750.00
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Brian Mayes
January
Brian Mayes Tribute To Rachael Browne Gala Luncheons, Receptions & Events 84.75
2013-01-16 Canstar Community News Limited The Lance Advertising 525.00
2013-01-16 Glenwood Community Centre Sign Rental Advertising 300.00
2013-01-16 Greendell Park Community Centre Inc Hall Sign Advertising Advertising 250.00
Norberry-Glenlee Community Centre Inc Gym Advertising Space Advertising 400.00
2013-01-18 Benchmark Advertising Ltd Current Month Advertising 135.00
2013-01-21 Advert Designs Dakota Bowling Lanes Advertising 299.50

Jocelyn Hutton Foundation Inc Hospice Sunday Supper Luncheons, Receptions & Events 150.00
St Vital Curling Club Inc Dominion Curling Club Champion Advertising 85.00

February
2013-02-04 St Vital Mustangs Football Club Inc 65th Fundraiser Alumni Dinner Advertising 100.00
2013-02-05 La Liberte 100th Anniversary Advertising 571.43
2013-02-05 La Liberte 100th Anniversary Luncheons, Receptions & Events 142.86
2013-02-05 Midget Aa Vic'S Calendar Fund-Raiser Advertising 100.00
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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Another of Gail Asper's Human Rights Museum lies exposed





The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is in the market for a new lie to replace the old lie they were using to justify a stand-alone gallery on the Holocaust and their potpourri approach to other genocides.


You remember how Gail Asper and her champions were going around lecturing everybody how the study of the Holocaust and of human rights in the modern world are synonymous, with one leading directly to the other, and without one there wouldn't be the other?


Here's how Gail Asper summarized the argument in Maclean's magazine:


In conversation: Gail Asper
By Jonathon Gatehouse - Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Q: The Ukrainian-Canadian Civil Liberties Association has charged that one horror—the Holocaust—is being “elevated” above all others at the museum. What’s your response?


A: ... All the experts agree that no human rights museum could ever be established without a full examination of the Holocaust. It was fundamental to our notion of human rights today, the catalyst for the world coming together to say “never again,” precipitating the anti-genocide conventions and the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights...

Well....not so fast.  It seems there's a phrase among scholars for Gail Asper's declaration -- a crock.

Once Asper's deathgrip on all things CMHR was broken (about the time her other big lie was exposed, the one about how taxpayers would never be asked to cover the runaway costs of construction), independent experts were hired to produce the exhibits for the museum.  And lo and  behold, guess what they concluded?

The answer comes from the horse's mouth in an interview with Dr. Clint Curle, the museum's "head of stakeholder relations", in the most recent edition of the Winnipeg Jewish Review. 

We quote:

Dr. Curle: The organizational framework for the museum has evolved over time. One of our challenges has been to conceptually locate the Holocaust and the UN Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in the Museum. The historical proximity of these two events suggested an inspiring relationship between violation and response. As content development moved forward, the Museum, with the input of experts in this area, realized that this relationship oversimplified both the history of the Holocaust and the history of the Universal Declaration, and exaggerated the actual historical connections between the two. In its present conceptual articulation the Museum has de-linked a direct causal relationship between the Holocaust and the Universal Declaration."

Translation: Experts hired by the museum say that claims that the Holocaust was the cause of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights are exaggerated and unsupported, so the CMHR has eliminated any allegation that one was the cause of the other.  Well, how about that.

We told you this very fact two years ago when Gail Asper was going around telling Canada's Ukrainian community to shut up:
http://blackrod.blogspot.com/2011/04/shut-their-mouths-first-legacy-of.html

Added Curle:
"Taking the Holocaust on its own terms in this way speaks powerfully to broader human rights concerns regarding the power of the modern state, the vulnerabilities of civil society to become an instrument of oppression, and the controversial relationship between war and human rights protection, but does not instrumentalize the Holocaust to tell a creation myth about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights." 

A creation myth? You don't say. 

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights was always supposed to have "a gallery devoted to the subject of the Holocaust." said Curle. The question facing content developers was how to fit the Holocaust gallery into the framework of the museum which was not on commemorating genocides.

So they decided that if they were going to teach about human rights they had to start somewhere ("the Holocaust as an entry point") and that somewhere may just as well be the Holocaust (" a mainstream pedagogical approach to human rights education").

They had to have a reason to start there, though, so they decided that since Germany was a developed, civilized, constitutional democracy and Canada is a developed, civilized constitutional democracy--- without the Nazis--- then maybe they could say, to paraphrase George Orwell, that all genocides are equal, but the Holocaust is more equal.

"However, we want our visitors to think about how such features of modern nation-states were mobilized in Nazi Germany’s genocide against European Jewry and attacks against other groups. Because of these structural affinities, the Holocaust holds special relevance for countries like Canada."

It seems the other mass murders of ethnic groups hold no lessons for modern society, because they're not getting the same treatment.
While the Holocaust gallery will contain "(p)ersonal testimonies and associated artifacts and images (that) make the themes accessible for visitors", the five genocides recognized by Parliament will be touched on in a gallery called Breaking the Silence.

The focus of Breaking the Silence, said Curle, is "on how people have used the rights available to them in Canada in order to speak out and raise about gross human rights abuses."

"The plans for the Holocaust gallery have not changed in response to criticisms questioning the inclusion of a devoted Holocaust gallery in the CMHR," sniffed Curle. 

He dismissed complaints by the rest of Canada's ethnic groups that the Holocaust is getting preferred treatment at the CMHR.

"The CMHR has endeavored to have constructive dialogue with many of the parties involved and continues to do so." he brayed.

Someone not even getting "constructive dialogue" are the Palestinians.  Asked how the CMHR planned to handle the Arab-Israeli situation, the director of stakeholder relations was brusque.

"Plans are still in development." he said.

Yep. Twelve years of planning and the best they can say about how how Israel impacts the human rights of Palestinians is "plans are still in development."  The market for lies just got bigger.

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Monday, April 01, 2013

What if Indians discovered Spain instead of Columbus discovering America



We were reading the weekend newspaper and having a good laugh when--bam--- we realized we weren't reading the Saturday Funnies, we were reading a special supplement on Treaties.

How were we to know?  They're both equally nonsensical, illogical and downright laughable.

The supplement was called Our Past Our Future and was apparently put out by the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba. a "neutral body" with the mandate of encouraging discussion and facilitating public understanding of Treaties.  Or, in layman's terms, government propaganda.

Apparently the way to start a discussion about Treaties, given you only have 32 pages to play with, is NOT to print the treaties that apply in Manitoba.  That's a real kneeslapper.  You might even think  that's a deliberate attempt to keep people from reading for themselves what's in the treaties.  Isn't that a laugh?

The next step is to rewrite history.  That's always fun, isn't it? What if dinosaurs never became extinct and now ruled the world? What if Indians discovered Spain instead of Columbus discovering America? Hee hee, see how much fun it is being silly.

Jamie Wilson, the Commissioner of the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba, and the man responsible for the supplement, encouraged spitballing from the freelancers who wrote the supplement.

What if the Indian Chiefs in 1871 didn't know what they were doing and signed away all of Manitoba for a fin a head? What if aboriginal people were promised a slice of revenue from oil and gas at a time when oil was smelly stuff that stuck to your horse's feet? What if the Charter of Rights applied to Indian Reserves?  Ha ha. Oh, stop...

You can read Wilson's supplement from cover to cover and you won't find out that the Treaty Commissioner in Manitoba took great pains to ensure that the Indian Chiefs understood clearly what the treaties meant. We've written about it in The Black Rod. Look it up.

There was never any intent to share natural resource revenue with aboriginal people. 

You would know that if Wilson published the treaties themselves instead of relying on the magic memories of "elders".

Because everyone knows your memory gets sharper the older you get and that you should never trust anything that's written down because its always wrong the longer away from the event you go.

Human rights on reserves? That got the greatest guffaws.  

The Chiefs, who were apparently behind the Treaty Relations Commission, fought tooth and nail to keep the Canadian Charter of Rights from being applicable on reserves.  

The right to free speech? Ask anyone on a reserve, if you can get them to talk over the fear of retaliation from Chief and council.  

Freedom of the Press? Did you see how the thugs around Chief Teresa Spence prevented reporters from asking questions about the huge deficit on her reserve? Did you see the Idle No More drummer drowning out the whistleblower to exposed the salary of an Indian chief that was more than the Prime Minister's?

Not a word in the supplement of any of the systemic violations of basic human rights that Canadians take for granted.
 Propaganda indeed.

Treaty Commissioner Wilson went so far as  manipulating the "Historical Timeline"?  That was a neat trick.
He put 1876--- Creation of Indian Act Results in Reserve System---ahead of 1871-1921: Treaties 1 to 11 Negotiated and Made.  If he had published Treaties 1 through 3, readers would know that the Crown promised to reserve land for the Indians starting in 1871 and not because of the Indian Act. But why get picky about details when fiction is so much more fun.

There was a story about Idle No More which focussed on Tanya Kappo, a University of Manitoba law graduate.  We, too, wrote about Tanya Kappo, and funnily, the information we dug up about her didn't make the Treaty supplement.

Neither did they mention the racist ideology, Whiteness, that underpins the philosophy of the founders of Idle No More.  

Whiteness is the study of how white people have structured society to give themselves special privileges at the expense of everyone else and how they, whites, don't even recognize it, because even if they come out in support of non-whites, they're still white and can't help but enjoy it.

The Treaty supplement had a whole page on Treaty Land Entitlement, illustrated with a photo of Chris Henderson, executive director of the Treaty Land Entitlement Committee of Manitoba.

You remember Chris Henderson, don't you?  He was Grand Chief of the Southern Chiefs' Organization in 2005 when Matthew Dumas, a doped-up petty criminal,  was shot by a police office before he could stab the officer with a screwdriver.  Henderson threw the full support of the SCO ("politically, legally and financially") behind a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the Winnipeg Police Service by Dumas' sister Jessica Paul.

Yeah, there's a guy you can trust to be an honest broker between aboriginals and the rest of society.

Well, you know what they say... always leave 'em laughing.

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