Harper and the Peacekeepers

Let Heidi state that there have been several occasions when PM Harper has degraded the importance of the UN and he has indicated that he would rather not be associated with the organization.

Along with his disdain for the UN he has also on more than one occasion shown his severe lack of respect for Veterans of any kind.

Well folks during August 2014 both of Harpers ways of thinking came together , August 2014 is when National Peacekeepers day is observed . Just to clarify on this day we have an opportunity to honor our Veterans and others that worked with the UN to keep the peace and prevent further war or escalation of war. There was a request for a government minister to attend , none attended. This is yet another example of Harpers total disregard for our Veterans and for the UN. Harper must be doing his happy dance because he was able to put down both the Veterans and the UN all at the same time .

Heidi sees a lot in this about the way Harper thinks or doesn’t think. It is obvious the Steve sees no merit in prevention only in cures. Let us look at some examples, rather than allow safe injection sites he would rather see the addicts contract diseases which he will spend money on curing, he will not allow a charity to prevent poverty only to look after those in poverty, he will not get involved in peacekeeping but will gladly join a war, knowing the need for medical marijuana will increase by tenfold he will not do the research to prevent the increase but will build pot factories to supply the new demand, he will gladly hunt down and jail our youth that have become radicalized but scoffs at the idea of finding out why they are becoming radicalized and preventing it .

Given that Steve likes photo ops, it sort of ,in a Conservative way of thinking, is better Steve’s way , in that it is a big story when you can say that on my watch we caught these eight guys planning bad stuff but really if you had prevented these eight guys from even thinking about doing bad stuff there would be no photo op. If you can get on a soapbox and say the Conservative government is looking after all these impoverished people it is a big story and a photo op and a campaign thing , no story if there no impoverished people to help. If you can say look at all the money we are spending fighting this war it is a photo op but when the troops and others quietly go off and keep the peace not much of photo op.

Heidi believes in peacekeeping and the Veterans and most of all  as they say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. What do you think ?




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Under attack

The Canadian Government is attacking charities it believes have different political views . One example is a small charity that helps the people of South (Latin) America .

CoDevelopment Canada Association or CoDev partners mainly with charities in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras were the language used is Portuguese or Spanish and these are the languages business is conducted in and are the languages used in written communication .

As you can imagine the Canadian office has limited staff. Because the Canadian government disagrees with the political views of this organization they have begun an audit of this charity . Since this charity works in Latin America all correspondence which includes expense receipts are in either Spanish or Portuguese , the Canadian auditors wants them all , boxes full, translated to either French or English.

This translation also will include the mission statement of the charity were it is stated they will try to uphold human rights laws in the countries they serve . This means that it is not enough to say they will uphold these laws , these laws must now all be translated and added to the mission statement .

Heidi cannot speak or read or write in either Spanish or Portuguese but there must be people out there that can. Heidi would like anyone that can help with this translation effort to step up and help out .

This help with translation will not only help the CoDev to survive this unwarranted audit and continue to help the people of Latin America but it will show the Canadian government that Canadians have had enough of this misuse of political power.



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Help Heidi with the numbers

A while back Heidi questioned why the CPC (Harper) was giving out licenses to build and run marijuana factories. One of the questions was what are we going to do with all that pot considering the low number of legal users.
Heidi has done a little research and has come up with some numbers: at this time there are approximately twenty – five licensed facilities gearing up for production. One of the more recent facilities ,located in southwestern Ontario , claims it will have up to one hundred employees and pay them a living wage. When operating at full capacity it will produce one hundred and fifty pounds (68 KG’s ) of medical grade product . A large marijuana cigarette would be a gram simple math puts production at sixty eight thousand joints a day. If this southwestern Ontario factory is of average production and there are twenty five such factories Heidi can see medical grade marijuana produced for one million seven hundred thousand joints a day .

Now we have done the production math , what about consumption. According to health Canada , information from the internet, there are approximately thirty – seven thousand three hundred and fifty – nine legal users in Canada. Heidi likes to round things so let’s make it simple and say today there are forty thousand legal users.

Our government is allowing marijuana for 1,700,000 joints to be produced every day, we have 40,000 consumers which would mean each consumer will smoke over forty joints a day. Heidi couldn’t do that in fact I would bet Heidi couldn’t even light 40 joints in a day without falling over before noon.

To be fair Health Canada , an organization run by the Harper government says that legal users will increase by a factor of ten ,yes a factor of ten, and we need to be ready for it. You would think that if an illness is going to increase by a factor of ten the government would look into prevention. If this is true and production stays at the output of twenty – five factories that would be four joints a day. But there is to date over one hundred and fifty applications to  build these factories .
Just a note, the factory being set up in southwestern Ontario is opened by the same company which is setting up a factory in BC and has applied for other licenses. By coincidence both the CEO and the CFO came from the energy sector which just happens to be a friend of the CPC.

Heidi’s question today is do you think that all this marijuana is going to be produced for medical needs or is this preparation to have it legalized and controlled by the Federal government after the 2015 election .



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Radicalization fad or not

As Heidi has commented in the past Canadian youth seem to be a target for radicalization and our government seems not to be concerned as to the cause just about punishment .

As Heidi recalls , when the group of young radicals were caught in an alleged plot to damage a Via rail train our Prime minister indicated this was not a time for sociology and the courts would look after this . Next we had some of our young causing trouble in a gas plant , murder hostage taking etc., again our Prime minister steps up and says this is not the time for sociology. This was in response to the leader of one of the opposition parties who called for an investigation into the root cause. Then came the shopping mall massacre were again Canadian youth were alleged to have been involved to which our Prime minister responds there is no mass phenomenon of homegrown radicalization in Canada.

This week we learned that there are Canadian youth involved with the terror group committing war crimes in Iraq . No comment from the Prime minister .

Heidi cannot nail down why our Prime minister seems to be so against root cause analysis . We have seen this when it comes to the missing Aboriginal women ,train wrecks, lack of transport for grain, floods and now radicalization.

What do we know , we know from the CBC that a large number of the radicals are coming from Calgary so perhaps he doesn’t want to rock his adopted home turf, it looks like he has an agenda to degrade aboriginals as radicals along with that Suzuki fellow because of their opposition to pipelines , we also know that if a train is at full capacity moving oil it can’t move grain. Perhaps Heidi is just blowing smoke when it comes to the importance and advantages of root cause analysis or perhaps not.

What do you think , is it better to find a cause repair it and move on or simply let the issue recur time and time again.




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Wasted time in the house

Heidi has finally figured it out , Heidi couldn’t understand all the noise in the house during question period but now it is clear.
To start with when question period begins and the leader of the official opposition gets up to speak all his trained seals jump to their feet , clap and make other noises as if the Leader had just returned from some lifesaving mission. Heidi believes this is the case because when the Prime minister enters his caucus the same thing happens and the opposition leader wants to know what that is like.

Another strange thing happens when the government is asked a tough question by one of the opposition parties. Government backbenchers start to hoot and holler delaying the asking of the question . This does a couple of things , it allows the government minister time to search through their talking points to find the approved answer , next it reduces the time allotted for questions as there is not a set number of questions allocated simply a set amount of time so that every time a question needs to be restarted the time left for other questions is shortened .

Heidi believes the speaker of the house should not treat this as a joke, he appears to laugh it off as he scolds the noisemakers, what the speaker should do is a warning then remove the noise makers from the house. What do you think.



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Still Snooping


Heidi remembers a while back when the Government was caught tracing and tracking cell phone use at a major Canadian air terminal. To weasel out of that one it was announced that it was just a test to see if the equipment worked and no information was kept and no one’s privacy was breached . Of course there was no explanation as to why the government needed to have this ability and the world moved onto the next day case closed .

Now we find out that for some reason government agencies are purchasing the telecom profiles of Canadians from the providers.  Our Prime Minister says it is legal to do so and he is not going to tell us why he is doing it and what information is purchased and what he is doing with it .

When asked the telecom bunch ,either had no comment or said they were doing no wrong because there were no laws being broken. Our PM skillfully added a little nugget to one of his omnibus bills that made passing on this information legal .

Heidi wants to know why agencies controlled by the PMO such as the Canadian Border Services Agency need all this information , over one hundred requests for information that Canadians know about.

Heidi has a thought , this information is being fed back to the  ministers in charge of the agencies involved, the information is then sent to the PMO and is correlated, cataloged and saved to the CPC database. When in this database the CPC is free to use it during the next election . If a political party has  information such as EMail addresses , twitter accounts ,Facebook accounts, unlisted phone numbers and even browser history just think of the advantages they would have during a campaign.


Heidi thinks the fix may be in what do you think



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Conservative Math

Heidi just does not understand Conservative math so maybe someone can help. Here is the problem our government tells Heidi we are all better off by 44.5% since 2005 and we are paying $3400.00 less in tax every year.

Heidi cannot find this money . Too be fair some of the tax is due to the Ontario government , but tax is tax and when someone tells Heidi there is less tax to pay Heidi wants to see it and so far every year of Heidi’s tax paying life there has not been a reduction on the bottom line. Sure some tax has gone down but only to be replace with a new tax. Example being the HST went down but not long after was replaced with the HST which covered a whole lot of stuff not taxed before giving Heidi a minus in the net saving department. Can you help Heidi find the lower tax that has been missed .

As for being better off . Heidi did some research and this net worth number includes the price of your house having increased by a considerable amount giving everyone equity. However equity doesn’t count as spendable cash. But if we include this on paper only money then we need to include the debt we carry that adds up to a 41.7% over the same time period giving us a net gain of 2.8% if you are one of the lucky two thirds of Canadians that have their own dwelling be it detached , semidetached or condo if you rent well you do not count.

With Heidi’s limited math skills but it appears the average Canadian is 2.8% better off than nine years ago which is a far cry from 44.5 %.

Heidi thinks we are all being tricked into thinking we are better off .What do you think.



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Tax on the stupid

Heidi watched question period in the house this past Monday (Mar-25-12) and besides the usual non answers about the act to change how we vote there was one bit of verbiage that stung Heidi’s ears.

A member of the opposition asked why the government is not doing something about the high fees to use an ATM to retrieve your own money . As expected the government’s reply had to do with keeping people informed and nothing about ATM or any other kind of fees, nothing new here. What stung Heidi was that someone on the government side shouted out that these ATM fees were just a tax on the stupid , that’s right a tax on the stupid.

At the end of the question period members can bring up a point of order. At this time the member that asked the ATM question remarked that the shout out was not called for and asked for a unanimous concurrence  that this was not a tax on the stupid. Our government declined therefore supporting whoever it was that called the fees a tax on the stupid.

Heidi from time to time has found a need to use an ATM not attached to a particular bank and has paid the fee. Heidi used the ATM out of necessity not because Heidi was stupid.

Perhaps people need to use the ATM’s when they bargain with a shopkeeper and find the price drops for cash and there is no tax involved. Perhaps the ATM cash is required to participate in the underground economy that both the Federal and provincial governments are driving us all to .

For whatever reason people use ATM’s Heidi is sure most of these people are not stupid. People that call others stupid or pay to have attack ads aired are what we used to call bullies and this is something to remember at election time, that is if you are still qualified to vote after the election act is passed.

Just remember the next time you use an ATM not attached to your bank our government considers YOU real STUPID.



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Why the attack ads

Seeing a lot more attack ads on the TV as of late. Can’t understand why a party needs to use them rather than tell the voters what a great job they are doing. Heidi thinks maybe that there is no great stuff to tell the voters so the next best thing is to talk down the other guys. This would be an attempt to move the voters from the bad things that are happening to the bad things that might happen. Or it could be like the school yard bully that has no scholastic aptitude so makes up for it by bullying those that do .

Could be any number of things but the odd thing is that there is not an election campaign happening at this time. Heidi is a bit baffled about this and is concerned for those who are being attacked . To help out Heidi has a couple of empty jars that get a coin every time someone is attacked and when the jar has enough in it that person gets a donation just to help even things up.

Heidi’s MP was asked about attack ads and the answer was “I do not send out attack literature “ kind of an answer but has this MP got the nerve to stand up in caucus and say the party is wrong to spend the money on these ads rather than try to convince the voters that the party is doing good. Highly unlikely because the governing MP’s are afraid , really afraid to speak up for the voters.

Well that is what Heidi thinks what do you think?



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Different countries get different standards

Heidi has observed that it is OK for the United States of America to invade Panama and haul the President off to jail and it OK to invade Grenada and change the government because they don’t like who is building the airport . However apparently it is not OK for the Russians to send troops into Crimea to remove a load of protesters from the public buildings they have occupied and vandalized even though this move was at the request of sixty percent of the population.

Heidi is not taking sides in the Ukrainian issues but has a few observations to share .

The president is for sure some kind of whack job that used the public purse for his own gain but had to choose between aligning with the Russians or the EU. Media reports confirm the choice was go Russian and get a huge financial bailout for the Ukraine or go EU and simply get to join the club with absolutely no new money. He took the money.

This upset a lot of people especially in Kiev so they began to protest , even ranking government officials from Canada and the US showed up at the front of the protest lines to urge the protesters on . Canadian embassy staff even gave some protesters a safe haven. Things even got to the point that government buildings were occupied and vandalized and streets were burned using old tires parks were taken over and became tent cities all in the anti-Russian protest. Heidi wonders where the money comes from to support such a protest . How do people find the where with all to lose weeks of pay needed to support their families unless someone like Canada or the US is funneling money into the issue just to keep those nasty Russians out of the game.

Things were a bit different in Crimea were over sixty percent of the population were glad to see cooperation continue with the Russians . Only a hand full of what were deemed trouble makers took over some public building and caused damage in the name of protest. No government sent ranking officials to stand with the cheery protestors in Crimea , maybe good news is no news and the western politician’s like their photo ops.

So now let us look at evolution . As you can see from Heidi’s ICON she has evolved as has the world over the years . Thing is no one or no thing or no country will evolve at the same rate or direction as the other. Because of world communication and the many forms of social media we have been programed to expect X to equal Y no matter what the circumstances.

So how have we evolved . We no longer shoot, club, gas, spy on or jail protesters since the Vietnam war protests, we have evolved since then and expect that the rest of the world has evolved at the same pace . We of course will overlook things like the G20 in Toronto and the little test that took place in a major Canadian airport and the enemies list a certain Canadian Government maintains. Snowden is just a trouble maker so yes we have evolved much quicker .

We have evolved so far that a government official could never use funds from the public purse for their own gains . A government official could never divert fifty million dollars to build gazebos and hockey rinks to buy votes, that would never be allowed in our society because we have evolved and expect the rest of the world to follow our example.

Heidi is giving evolution and standards a real second look and perhaps you should as well .




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