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Subject: Ode to Duffy
Fluffy Duffy sat in the House
Fluffy Duffy was a real louse.
Trying to figure “Where is his home?”
On taxpayers’ money he continued to roam.
Wheeling and dealing like Wallin and Mac
But all of a sudden he seemed to lose track.
Of how much he took and where it all went
Said he had no idea how it got spent.
The scandal over fraudulent residential and expense claims by Senators such as Duffy and Wallin has led to the resignation of Senators Duffy and Wallin from the Conservative caucus and the payment of Duffy's fraudulent residential allowance claims by the PM's Chief of Staff Nigel Wright has led to Mr. Wright's resignation. Mr. Harper has previously praised Mr. Duffy for paying back the amount he should not have claimed and has defended Ms Wallin's expense claims. Mr. Harper is accountable for Mr. Wright's actions and for the attempts to cover up this scandal. In doing so he has failed to discharge his ethical and constitutional responsibilities. Accordingly the only appropriate course of action is for him is to resign as Conservative leader and step down as Prime Minister. Please sign our petition by clicking on this link:
The Arctic is assuming increasing prominence as an area of national interest for Canada. As the ice melts and other countries jockey for position in the Arctic, Canada needs to assert a greater presence in the Arctic. The Harper Govt announced a couple of years ago its intention to build 6-8 patrol ships capable of operating in the Arctic as well as a major Arctic icebreaker. A CBC news investigation has revealed that Canada will be paying though the nose for these patrol ships compared with the prices that other countries have paid recently for similar vessels. Apparently Ottawa will pay Irving Shipbuilding $288 million just to design — not build — a fleet of new Arctic offshore patrol ships. A study of other countries shows they paid a fraction of that $288 million to actually build the ships — and paid less than a tenth as much for the design. The design of Canada's new ships is based upon a Norwegian vessel whose design Ottawa has already bought for just $5 million. Denmark acquired two patrol ships for $105 million in 2007. The Irish navy now is building two offshore patrol ships for $125 million. These facts indicate that Canadian taxpayers are being fleeced by this process. An ad by Irving Shipyards did little to counter that notion.
TAGS: sustainable fisheries, patrol ship fiasco, Arctic patrol ships, Irvings, government waste
Harper's Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver, continues to make a fool of himself as he jets around fighting to get pipelines approved. While in Washington he launched an attack on noted climatologist James Hansen and was appropriately ridiculed for doing so. This week while in Europe he announced that Canada would fight the EU in the WTO if the EU proceeds with a fuel-quality directive that singles out crude from Canada’s oil sands as the most harmful to the planet’s climate. And this at a time when the Harper govt is anxiously trying to conclude a free trade deal with the EU. The following day Oliver was forced to issue a retraction by the denizens of PMO. There aren't too bright lights in the current Harper cabinet. Oliver is certainly not one of those few. There are recurring rumours of a cabinet shuffle soon to revive the Harper govt's flagging fortunes. Let's hope that Oliver is kicked off the bus when that happened.
TAGS: sustainable fisheries, climate change, Joe Oliver, pipelines
In an editorial and articles in this week's Nature, titled "Does Catch Reflect Abundance?", Daniel Pauly and Ray Hilborn resume their decade-long battle over the state of world fish stocks and how to manage fisheries sustainably. As Nature summarizes it, "In one piece, Daniel Pauly argues that 'catch data' of the number of fish caught are a vital tool for assessing the health of fish stocks. In their counterpoint piece, Ray Hilborn and Trevor Branch warn that over-reliance on this measure misses important subtleties and can misleadingly distil the health of entire ecosystems down to a landed tonnage. "This is far from an academic debate. If scientists cannot estimate fish numbers, and so the health of stocks, there is little hope that this resource can be exploited in a sustainable fashion," the editorial concludes.
TAGS: sustainable, fisheries, sustain, fish, fisheries management, Pauly, Hilborn, Nature, catch data, stock assessment