Rank Country or Area Population
1 India 1,807,878,574
2 China 1,424,161,948
3 United States 420,080,587
4 Nigeria 356,523,597
Sep 29, 2007 04:30 AM
Queen's Park Bureau Chief
Premier Dalton McGuinty has sent a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper demanding that one percentage point of the GST be given to Toronto and other Ontario cities faced with massive budget problems, the Star has learned.
In the wake of Harper's Thursday announcement of a $13.8 billion federal budget surplus, McGuinty wrote a three-page letter to the Prime Minister urging Ottawa to help Ontario's cash-strapped municipalities with new funding for infrastructure and public transit.
"By providing the equivalent of one cent of the Goods and Services Tax, the federal government would add more than $1.9 billion per year to the financial foundations of municipalities large and small across Ontario," the premier wrote.
"The City of Toronto would receive an additional $400 million a year from this initiative, helping them address major transit funding pressures that the Toronto Transit Commission is currently facing," McGuinty continued.
Toronto Mayor David Miller has been pushing for a one cent share of the GST ever since he was re-elected last November.
McGuinty wrote, "Communities large and small are asking the federal government for this support, including Toronto, Ottawa, Fort Erie, North Bay, Oshawa and many others."
His letter comes as two public opinion polls were released, one showing a tight race and another showing a Liberal majority after the election on Oct. 10.
An Environics poll gave the Liberals 39 per cent of the decided vote, compared with 34 per cent for the Tories, 20 per cent for the NDP, 7 per cent for the Green party, and 21 per cent undecided.
An Ipsos-Reid poll released last night projected a Liberal majority, giving the party 43 per cent of the decided vote, the Tories 33 per cent, the NDP 17 per cent and the Greens 6 per cent.
The Liberals now have 67 of the 103 seats in the Legislature, the Tories 25, and the NDP 10. There is one vacancy. Four additional seats are up for grabs on Oct. 10.
McGuinty also used his pitch to Harper to request federal money for major transit projects already proposed by the province and municipalities, but yet to be fully funded.
"We would also like to urge the federal government to move immediately to release the funds needed to begin building the Spadina subway extension and the Mississauga Transitway and Brampton AcceleRide projects," wrote McGuinty.
"And we would like the federal government to commit to your one-third share of our historic $17.5 billion MoveOntario 2020 plan – $6 billion," he added, noting that by 2011, Queen's Park will have increased annual funding to municipalities by $2.8 billion compared to 2003.
Although Harper and federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty reduced the GST from 7 per cent to 6 per cent – and promise to eventually slash it to 5 per cent – they have resisted calls from Miller and others for a share of the tax.
On Thursday, the prime minister and Flaherty, in Toronto to announce a surplus $4 billion greater than forecast, insisted Ottawa is already doing enough for the GTA.
Last June in Calgary, federal Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion said he opposed Miller's "One Cent Now" campaign for the same reason as he was against Harper's GST cut.
Dion told reporters at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities meeting that Ottawa needs the money to reduce poverty.
"The Prime Minister is committed to decrease the GST by one additional point – that's $5.5 billion. I will use it to fight poverty, and I will work with municipalities on that," he said at the time.
McGuinty reminded Harper in his letter that "a strong Ontario is fundamental to a strong Canada."
"Working together, we have made progress on behalf of Ontario families, specifically on the funding of supports for newcomers to Ontario, and per capita funding for health care," wrote the premier.
"But there is much more to be done – not just in the area of federal-provincial relations, but in federal-municipal relations," the letter continues.
"Just as Ontario is the economic engine of our country, our cities are the economic engine of our province. Our municipalities face tremendous pressures and that, in turn, is placing pressure on property taxpayers."
The Arctic Ocean isn't covered by the North Atlantic Treaty. Canada could bomb any foreign subs in the Arctic Ocean and not worry about retaliation from NATO members, including the nation of the sub we bombed (assuming all our ships are safe in the Atlantic, where they belong).
The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of
Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all
consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them,
in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised
by Article 51
Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or
Parties so attacked
by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with
the other Parties, such
action as it deems necessary, including the use of
armed force, to restore and
maintain the security of the North Atlantic
Any such armed attack and
all measures taken as a result thereof
shall immediately be reported to the
Security Council. Such measures shall
be terminated when the Security Council
has taken the measures necessary to
restore and maintain international peace and
Article 6 (1)
For the purpose of Article 5, an armed attack on
one or more of
the Parties is deemed to include an armed attack:
territory of any of
the Parties in Europe or North America, on the Algerian
Departments of France
on the territory of or on the Islands under the
jurisdiction of any of the
Parties in the North Atlantic area north of the
Tropic of Cancer;
forces, vessels, or aircraft of any of the
Parties, when in or over these
territories or any other area in Europe in
which occupation forces of any of the
Parties were stationed on the date
when the Treaty entered into force or the
Mediterranean Sea or the North
Atlantic area north of the Tropic of Cancer.
List of NATO members.
Il y a 2 heures par The Question Club
Within the justice system, there are untold numbers of stories of unlawful arrest, police violence, abuse, shootings and false convictions of Aboriginal people. In Saskatchewan, allegations that the Saskatoon police forcibly abandoned Aboriginal men on the outskirts of town in freezing weather, in what is referred to as "starlight tours," led to the establishment in 2002 of a provincial commission of inquiry on Aboriginal people and the justice system. Similar commissions have been held in Manitoba and New Brunswick. Canada's mistreatment of Aboriginal people in the justice system and by police authorities is routinely cited in the annual reports of groups like Amnesty International, and has prompted investigative visits by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights.
this assimilation process revolved around a policy of removing Aboriginal children from their families to be raised in institutions in order to facilitate their assimilation into white ways.
In Canada, the federal government has offered a formal expression of regret together with an assistance package worth US$245 million for native aboriginals who suffered physical and sexual abuse widespread in residential schools that operated across the country until the 1970s .
The Big Tree Treaty of 1797 opened the lands west of the Genesee River and allotted
200,000 acres of land for reservations, Tonawanda being 45,509 of those acres. By 1856
the Tonawanda lands had been reduced to 7,547 acres.
|20 août 2007 par Pema |
Cry of the Snow Lion is a dramatic documentary that takes viewers through the astonishing recent political history of the country. Filmed during nine remarkable journeys throughout Tibet, India and Nepal. Spending over ten years making ...
|11 juil 2007 par China Documentaries |
Ten years in the making, this award-winning feature-length documentary was filmed during nine journeys throughout Tibet, India and Nepal. Cry of the Snow Lion brings audiences to the long-forbidden "rooftop of the world" with an ...
|20 juin 2007 par Joseph's Blog |
The history of Tibet has been documented in many places. If you'd like to see a film that captures the situation I recommend to you Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion. It isn't an easy documentary to watch, but it is a very powerful one. ...
|6 juin 2007 par The maiden |
And what this means is that the American consumer is helping to fund torture in Tibet. Think of this the next time you go shopping. ______. -A couple of good video resources:. Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion. Voices in Exile ...
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I have been in this racket of blogging (mostly, political blogging) for a while now. What never ceases to amaze me is the amount of time and effort some people will put into analyzing me and tracking everything I do and/or write.
Today, for example, checking on my visitor stats for my political blog, I noticed a surge in searches leading to various of my sites (and those of others) that all clearly served only one purpose: tracking my presence in the blogosphere. This became especially apparent when I saw that a certain someone (or a certain number of individuals) really started digging into my blogging past, looking for and at, for example, comments I posted to other people's blogs several years ago.
For those who don't know, I am actually quite well known in Canadian politics and/or the political blogosphere. Government ministries and agencies, for instance, regularly run specific Google searches for my name if they want to read my latest opinions on current affairs.
I don't pretend to be an opinion-maker, but that's how, apparently, a lot of people see me. In fact, many of those who are opposed to my particular political views are outright scared of what I might write -- so scared in fact that they will do everything in their power to discredit me (and, as I mentioned at the start of this piece, spend an exorbitant amount of time and energy on such efforts).
I am merely an observer of the political scene (a highly experienced and educated observer, but an observer nonetheless). The decision to blog/write about politics was born of a need to vent -- after all, the world has become such a mess that it's hard not to explode whenever the news comes on.
It is true, though, that I hope to sway readers in some way -- preferably away from those parties and other influences that I deem noxious and harmful (e.g., in Canadian politics, that would be the Liberal Party). I must be quite successful, given how my opponents crap in their pants whenever I publish a new article or column.
Be that as it may, they can do, say and write whatever they want -- it's no skin off my nose. They're only wasting their time because I can't be silenced. And, so far, anyone who has tried to discredit me only managed to discredit themselves, wrecking their reputation in the process.
Since most of them are uneducated welfare cases who spend all their waking hours blogging at the expense of people like me (i.e., someone who works for a living and pays taxes), I take comfort knowing that they're kept busy -- otherwise, they'd be hanging around street corners begging for spare change (then again, one of them has actually become a "blogging panhandler" recently, asking readers for spare change).
Yes, I have more education in my pinkie than most of them could ever achieve in three or ten lifetimes (for starters, they can't even spell, which makes reading their blogs a horrendous exercise in futility). Sure, I am an arrogant A-hole, but when you are blessed and privileged enough to be one, why not?
Werner Patels has been banned from this website and won't be allowed to restore his membership at any point in the future. We have been forced into this ...