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Dear Honourable Stephen Harper and associate Members of Parliament;
As stated in the Globe and Mail, on Thursday April 28th, 2005, the honourable Stephen Harper will move to bring a no-confidence vote against the liberal government in the following month. Such an action has dire consequences for both Canadian Democracy, and the faith one has in Canadian Politics.
Although this faith has been repeatedly shattered, given the claims of corruption brought forth in regards to the sponsership scandal and the Gomery inquiry, forcing an election prior to the release of the report would undermine Canadian's ability to judge for themselves whether the Liberal government has lost the 'moral authority' to govern. While there is much anger with the Liberal Government, in Quebec and throughout Canada, for the sake of democracy, Canadians must be able to judge for themselves the scope of the injustice of the sponsership scandal. As a result, an election should not be forced until the Gomery Report has been produced.
Secondly, such an election would be a waste of both time that lawmakers could spend doing their job, as well as of the taxpayers money. Millions were lost in the sponsership scandal, but just how many more millions would be lost in an election that would produce near-identical results as the previous one. It is highly doubtful that given the divided support of Canadians an election would result in anything other than another minority government. As a result, it would be likley that such an election would produce a conservative or liberal minority government to be toppled once again a year or so after its formation. In other words, the question must arise, "Why must an election be held now?"
It is obvious that the Conservative Party's answer to this is that the liberal government has lost all moral authority to govern. However, this sponsership scandal is hardly new to this minority government, as it was equally an issue in the previous federal election of 2004. The only change is the production of the Gomery report revealing the details of the scandal. And that is exactly why the federal election should wait until at the very least the entire report has been released. Let the Canadian people see for themselves the details of the corruption first hand. There should be no reason for the Canadian people to have to rely on the media's point of view of the Gomery inquiry. It should be released to the public PRIOR to any move for a federal election.
Finally, in June 2004, the Canadian people expressed their wish to have a divided parliament. There was no clear majority, which proves to the legistlature that the Canadian people are divided. The Canadian elected the LIBERAL party as GOVERNING party, the CONSERVATIVE party as OPPOSITION, and both the NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY and PARTI BLOC QUEBECOIS as significant but smaller OPPOSITION parties. Therefore, each of these parties should work towards comprimises which BEST REFLECT the WILL of the Canadian People. A Minority Parliament is an expression of the Canadain People's desire for comprimise.
Updated March 22, 2007
Taiwan has been excluded from the United Nations and its related organizations since 1971.
Since then Taiwan has neither been privy to the health related work of the World Health Organization (WHO) especially regarding the spread of infectious diseases. With the recent warning of many countries on the possibility that avian influenza could evolve into a pathogen deadly to humans, we face the threat of a worldwide epidemic.
The goal of the World Health Organization is the "attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health." Taiwan's exclusion from the WHO is basically contradictory with this objective. It places the health of not only the Taiwanese but also the entire global community at risk. Taiwan qualifies as an independent and sovereign state with a defined territory, a permanent population, an effective government, and a capacity to enter into relations with other states.
Despite exclusion from the WHO, Taiwan actively cooperates on numerous international health projects and provides much humanitarian assistance as part of its responsibility to the international community. The latest example, Taiwan International Health Action (Taiwan IHA), established in February 2006, aims to integrate Taiwan's human and material resources into an international medical and health affairs network. These efforts have been highly recognized and praised internationally.
This prohibition can be rectified by allowing Taiwan to participate when the World Health Assembly (WHA), the WHO's decision-making body, meets in Geneva in May 2007.
513. STOP H.R. 1528 !
WHAT'S WRONG WITH H.R. 1528?
Among other things, it:
- Makes the federal sentencing guidelines a system of mandatory minimum sentences through a "Booker-fix" provision.
- Creates new mandatory minimums that further erode judicial discretion.
- Eliminates the safety valve for low-level drug offenders.
- Makes virtually every drug crime committed in urban areas subject to "drug free zone" penalties that carries a five-year mandatory minimum sentence.
- Punishes defendants for the "relevant conduct" of co-conspirators that occurred BEFORE the defendant joined the conspiracy.
As written, H.R. 1528 would:
- Effectively make the federal sentencing guidelines a system of mandatory minimum sentences through a "Booker-fix" provision. This provision forbids judges from departing below the guideline sentence in all but a few cases.
- Make the sale of any quantity of any controlled substance (including anything greater than five grams of marijuana) by a person older than 21 to a person younger than 18 subject to a ten-year federal mandatory minimum sentence.
-Create a new three-year mandatory minimum for parents who witness or learn about drug trafficking activities, targeting or even near their children, if they do not report it to law enforcement authorities within 24 hours and do not provide full assistance investigating, apprehending, and prosecuting the offender.
-Create a new 10-year mandatory minimum sentence for any parent committing a drug trafficking crime in or near the presence of their minor child.
- Mandate life in prison for persons 21 years or older convicted a second time of distributing drugs to a person under 18 or convicted a first time after a felony drug conviction has become final.
- Increase to five years the federal mandatory minimum sentence for the sale of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, college, public library, drug treatment facility (or any place where drug treatment, including classes, are held), or private or public daycare facilities - in short, almost anywhere in cities across the U.S.
- Eliminate the federal "safety valve," granting it only when the government certifies that the defendant pled guilty to the most serious readily provable offense (the one that carries the longest sentence), and has "done everything possible to assist substantially in the investigation and prosecution of another person," and would prohibit the federal "safety-valve" in cases where drugs were distributed or possessed near a person under 18, where the defendant delayed his or her efforts to provide substantial assistance to the government, or provided false, misleading or incomplete information.
For these reasons, FAMM opposes H.R. 1528.
Though the use of children as soldiers is condemned by the international community, the atrocious practice are still continued in many countries.
Children involved in armed conflict, are beaten, raped, and killed. What's more troubling is that they are forced to carry out the same violent actions towards other people, even other children. Child soldiers live under severe conditions. They are not given the care that every child should get. Boys are not the only victim of this serious issue. Girls are also recruited as soldiers and are more at risk of rape, sexual harassment or abuse. Like the boys, they are also force to participate in combat.
We have an obligation to millions of children to make sure that they don't spend their childhood in a violent world where they must kill or be killed.
Please join us in our efforts to abolish the use of child soldiers.
By the 1970s, commercial whaling had caused 8 out of the 10 great whale species to be commercially extinct. The International Whaling Commission's (IWC's) ban on commercial whaling went into effect in 1986. Since then, pro-whaling countries have been trying to lift the ban and continue to kill whales by using exceptions to the ban.
Most species of whales are still endangered and there is no humane way to kill a whale. Whales suffer horrible and often prolonged deaths due to brutal and unreliable killing methods used by whalers. They also suffer from being caught in fishing nets of commercial fisheries targeting other species. Instead of making an effort to safely release them, they are brought onboard to die and to be sold for human consumption.
The annual IWC meeting will be held in Ulsan, South Korea in 2005. South Korea has voted against protecting whales. Please sign this petition to let your government know that South Koreans care about whales and about animal welfare and want them to vote in favor of protecting these magnificent animals.
The hunt has been banned in many countries but not Ireland. It is a cruel inhumane sport that kills innocent animals so posh rich people on their fat horses can have some fun. This is not right.
The wildlife in Ireland are incredibly rare and the hunt is absolutely wiping them out. There are other ways in which these people can still take part in their barbaric "tradition" as they call it like scent hunting where the hounds follow the scent, not the animal and everyone can still have a jolly good time! However the fat cats in the government want to keep it up because the english come over here for it and that improves the tourism wwhile killing our wildlife population!
If you believe that:
the human rights given to humans must be preserved,
the Armenian Genocide was a crime against all of humanity,
the United States should demand that the present day Turkish government come to terms with history,
the United States should demand that Turkey make reparations of lost land and money to Armenians.
THEN PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION!!!!
518. Get USA out of IRAQ.
United States armed forces, in an effort to enforce UN resolutions regarding Saddam Hussain's Government in Iraq invaded beginning March 19, 2003. After two years of occupation and an election, US troops are still there. They should not be.
Bases for permanent occupation are being built. Tens of thousands of civilians have died as a direct result of our aggression.
The first amendment: " Congress shall make now laws prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
Two court cases will be held before the supreme court to hear the ruling and to make a decision on the rules of publicly displaying the Ten Commandments.
The large Texas cases took form in 2002 when a homeless atheist man named Thomas Van Orden passed by the monument, which sits next to the American Flag, American Eagle, and other religious symbols subscribed by Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and charged it of being an unconstitutional establishment of religion. The federal district court rejected his argument, ruling the state's reasons for placing the monument were clearly secular. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit also upheld the decision in 2003, and Van Orden appealed the decision to the Supreme Court.
The out come of this case will inevitably change the way the Christian religion is held in this country. The ruling of making the ten commandments illegal to have in government buildings will trickle down to it being illegal to having them displayed anywhere in public. This will most likely lead to crosses being taken down off the sides of churches and the ultimate concealment of the whole Christian faith! This clearly violates the first amendment the courts are saying the ruling would be supporting.
Please help justice prevail in this court and help protect ALL religions in this great nation we reside in. Please take time to sign this petition and put forth an effort to keep the Ten Commandments in view of all onlookers.
The intention of this petition is to request the addition of the "Hanson College Lecture Tour" to Indianapolis, Indiana's Butler University roster of student events.
We are collecting signatures to provide to the Student Government Association at Butler University in order to reinforce the interest created by the Hanson College Lecture Tour. This tour is of educational value and would benefit the university's students, as well as, the surrounding demographic.
521. Stop Ticket Touting
Ticket touting is a million pound industry that blights the enjoyment of thousands of people. Fans should be entitled to buy tickets at fair prices without the constant threat of losing out to ticket touts.
We call upon the British Government to tackle this problem that cannot be ignored any longer. Please consider the following;
Instruct the Live Music Forum to investigate the impact of touting and scalpers upon the live music industry (which has proved to be successful in the Victorian State Government in Australia)
Encourage limits on the number of tickets available in any one transaction.
Encourage a 'free returns' policy like in theatres. This limit the number of tickets sold to touts when holders cannot attend an event.
Encourage internet auction sites to clamp down on illegal ticket touting on their sites.
June 10, 2005
We have set up an Independent Inquiry by Sir Michael Lyons to consider the detailed case for changes to the present system of local government funding, including reform of council tax to make it fairer and more sustainable.
The Inquiry will also consider options other than council tax for local authorities to raise supplementary revenue, including local income tax, reform of non-domestic rates and other possible local taxes and charges. The Inquiry is due to report by the end of the year and will make recommendations on any changes that are necessary and how to implement them.
Help with council tax bills is available to people on a low income through Council Tax Benefit (CTB). The Department for Work and Pensions is taking active measures to ensure that people are made aware of CTB and are encouraged to take up their entitlement to what is in effect a council tax rebate.
Alongside CTB for the poorest pensioners, we are helping many more elderly people with their council tax bills. We gave £100 to households with someone 70 or over for 2004/05. In 2005/06 households with someone aged 65 or over will receive £200, unless they are receiving the Pension Credit guarantee. People getting the guarantee element of Pension Credit are already entitled to a 100 per cent rebate on their council tax bills. Households with someone aged 70 or over getting the Pension Credit guarantee will receive £50 to help with living costs.
Our generous grant settlements to local Government, and considered use of our capping powers, have led to an average council tax increase in 2005/06 of 4.1 per cent - the lowest increase in more than a decade - and the second lowest ever.
June 10, 2005
The year on year inflation busting rises in Council Tax causes hardship to the many, but particularly those on low or fixed incomes. With council tax being based on property values, it takes no account of people's ability to pay.
Council Tax can take as much as 30% of the income of a person on a low income and less than 2% of the income of a high earner.
As most of you are no doubt aware, the recent Tsunami disaster has had a huge impact on Sri Lanka. Thousands have died and many more have lost their homes and livelihood and are now displaced, in need of urgent medical attention and basic food and commodities.
The news of the Tsunami has impacted the world and touched the hearts of many and thanks to the generosity of people far and wide 'Tsunami relief aid' has been flowing into Sri Lanka in the millions. With the money coming in the Government of Sri Lanka should be able to start rebuilding this nation and feeding the displaced.
The Sri Lankan Government is made up of politicians who represent the 'ruling Sinhala class' and have not always played fair. They are more favourable to the Sinhalese Buddhist majority, often denying the same treatment to the minority Tamils, Muslims, Burghers, Indian Tamils.
It is more important now than ever at such a crucial time that the 'relief aid' is distributed fairly and equally to the areas that are in desperate need of help following the Tsunami.
At the same time it is equally important that the money be used to help the people and not for the Governments own use. Purchasing military weapons for example would be a misuse or abuse of the trust and generosity of the contributing countries whom have so generously contributed their hard earned money.
Therefore we think it is imperative that an impartial outside committee be created to supervise the spending of the "relief aid" and that the Sri Lankan Government show full accountability for where the money has been spent and how much has been spent and whether 'the aid' has been equally distributed within the affect areas in Sri Lanka.
January 20, 2005
This petition asks for the government to fund skateparks so skaters will stop "vandalizing" people's property.
The Government of India has always considered the state of Jammu and Kashmir as an integral part of the Republic yet its own policy of special status for the state prevents the state from integrating into the country.
By barring Indian citizens from settling in the States, the assimilation of the state is hampered. Moreover considering Pakistan has accelerated interstate immigration into Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, the initial intent of preserving the demographics of the state for a plebescite is no longer valid.
If J&K is to one day be a prosperous and integrated state in India, the special status of the state should be repealed.
In 1998 the Philippines Government passed an Act banning the slaughter and human consumption. Visit http://sirius.2kat to view said Animal Welfare Act. There is comprehensive detailed information on the above site detailing the atrocities and abject cruelty dogs in the Philippines are having to undergo.
The trade in dog meat must be banned now and the Animal Welfare Act enforced. Dogs are usually sold at markets while still alive, their front limbs dislocated and tied painfully behind their backs and a jagged tin can rammed over their jaws to make them easier to handle. All in blatant disregard of a law that carries a minimal penalty which the police do not bother to even try to enforce.
Let us put an end to this cruelty and allow dogs the dignity and humanity to live alongside of us as our devoted companions as is their right. No dog shall be in the human food chain!
LTTE is a powerful organization fighting for the rights of Tamil people. More than 500,000 Tamil people have fleed from the Srilankan Island because of the discrimination by the Government. More than 70000 innocent people have been killed by the goverment forces. Many Church, Schools, Temples and Homes were demolished by the srilankan air forces.
This makes the youngsters to fight for their rights against the government. There are more than 17000 martyers who had laid there lives for the freedom of Tamil people. The World should understand the fact and support the right side. Now most of the countries in the world have came to know what is realy happening in Srilanka. But some countries who say they are the leaders know the fact but they don't want to solve the problems because if the whole world is at peace they don't have a place to sell their arms.
We request the government of Canada to get involve in the problem and to support the Human rights of Tamil People.
We know that Canada is beautiful and peace loveing country to live. The government should understand that more than 300000 Tamil people have came to Canada because something is seriously happening on their side.
Tenzin Delek Rinpoche is a highly revered monk in Tibet. In April 2002 Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and Lobsang Dhondup were arrested and charged with involvement in a series of explosions in Sichuan Province. They were held incommunicado until their December 2002 trial, where they were convicted of "conspiring to cause a series of explosions" and "incitement to separatism," and sentenced to death.
On January 26, 2003, the Sichuan Provincial Court rejected Tenzin Delek Rinpoche's appeal. Lobsang Dhondup was executed the same day. Tenzin Delek Rinpoche is currently being held in Tuandong Prison, Sichuan.
The circumstances surrounding this case indicate that the prosecution of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche is politically motivated. He built monasteries, schools and homes for the elderly in his community in eastern Tibet. His leadership outside the Communist Party made him a political target.
To date, the Chinese authorities have not produced any credible evidence of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche's involvement in the explosions, and the prosecutions have not met minimum standards of due process. On January 18, a smuggled tape made by Tenzin Delek Rinpoche asserted, "Whatever the authorities do and say, I am innocent."
We ask for your help to save Tenzin Delek Rinpoche from execution:
1. Send a message your Senators. Please contact your Senators and urge them to add their name to Senate Resolution 365, which calls for the release of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche. If you are not a US Citizen or are not represented by a US Senator, please consider sending an email to Li Zhaoxing (the Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs) and ask him to release Tenzin Delek Rinpoche.
2. Send a message to your friends. Please contact your friends, let them know about this gross breach of justice, and urge them to take action to push for Tenzin Delek Rinpoche's release..
3. Support the International Campaign for Tibet and our efforts to free all Tibetan political prisoners.
The petition contains common sense reforms of our local government proposed by Toledo Citizens Organized to Bring Reform and Accountability.
These reforms will improve accountability, streamline government and empower the citizens of Toledo in their government.
530. Ban Drug Testing
I believe drug testing is an unreasonable search, and that it forces people to incriminate themselves. Many who take the same position believe drug testing violates the 4th and 5th amendments. The counter argument is that the Constitution doesn't apply to private organizations.
It comes down to these values. An employer's right to know who s/he is
hiring stands in conflict with an individual's right to privacy. I wrote
this petition because I value the right to privacy more.
I also believe people SHOULD have the right to consume any substance
they want [without limits] given that they are knowledgeable about that
chemical. Employers, like anyone, have been effected by the Reafer Madness
The government pushed massive amounts of misinformation throughout communities and schools, and I don't believe that employers are
well informed enough yet to dictate what drugs will harm the workplace.
The only effective way to select workers is to evaluate their
performance on the job. Drugs can actually improve performance. Aspirin
relieves pain, allowing a worker to continue. Marijuana (when consumed on
the job) makes repetitive factory oriented work more interesting, which
lengthens a workers attention span. Marijuana will actually make some
people more alert. After intensive testing, someone I know can solve the
Rubix Cube 20 seconds faster when stoned (not scientific proof, yet
interesting). Stimulants will keep workers productive at the end of long
work days. If the negative effects of drug use begin to show in the
worker's performance, their employer has a number of options for dealing
Phil Smith summarizes an article in March 1990 Scientific American:
[The article] suggested that workers who tested positive for marijuana only: 1) cost less in health insurance benefits; 2) had a higher than average rate of promotion; 3) exhibited less absenteeism; and 4) were fired for cause less often than workers who did not test positive. Since marijuana is the most common illicit drug used by adults, and the one detected in up to 90 percent of all "positive" drug tests (half of which are false),
this fact has radical implications for current public and employer policies.
I could hardly believe what I was reading, but this article did carry
sufficient statistical evidence.
I see greater negative effects in drug testing than in drug use. In my
opinion, drug testing is un-American because guilt is assumed until the
test proves innocence. Our current conservative totalitarian Congress is
extremely irresponsible, and the peoples' civil liberties are suffering.
The Senate is even more threatening to our rights than Congress. This
particular privacy violation costs businesses $1.2 billion a year for
urinalysis of their workers. The military is notorious for their strict
drug tests. (note that marijuana helped soldiers in times of war). If you test positive in California, your drivers license is automatically
suspended for 6 months. Nightbyrd has "counseled several, very straight,
elderly workers - close to retirement -who were fired and lost their
pension benefits because they 'failed their drug test'" (Jeff Nightbyrd).
Bernard Williams of the Philadelphia Eagles failed the drug test for
marijuana. He was suspended from the NFL for six games for using a drug
that doesn't enhance performance. If anything, marijuana would detract
from an athletes performance. Let the coach judge Williams performance.
Now it's becoming popular for parents to drug test their children. Perfect; let's break up the families; cut down those lines of communication
and sneak around spying on our kids. Let's violate the child's privacy. We
use DARE like the salem witch hunts - to get children to turn in their parents. Now with DrugAlert, parents have a weapon to use on their kids.
The U.S. Supreme court just ruled June 1995 that public high schools
can require drug test for all student athletes. Many high schools already
do random searches on students; not for weapons, but for drugs. After all,
the Constitution has failed to protect children in the classroom, why not
expand? Students have lost 1st, 4th, and 5th amendment rights, and I think
it's absurd. We have patriotic history teachers telling children of their Constitutional rights, yet children aren't given these rights on campus. Kids get kicked out of school for questioning rules that violate the
It's also important to consider the discrimination factor. People with
dark skin may fail the urine test due to the false positive melenin. Drugs
are detected easier in dark haired people when the hair test is used. We are sacrificing too many important rights by allowing drug testing
to continue. Until this unjust drug testing frenzy is put to an end,
children, workers, military service people, and parolee's need to learn how
to protect themselves from the drug test.
I have no medical or legal credentials. I haven't even been drug tested myself (because I refuse to). I use the internet to research drug testing, and compile this paper from that information. I've talked to several knowledgeable people who either drug test, or get drug tested. I'm an activist against the War on [Some] Drugs, and I think that the government has taken the drug war to a ludicrous level. Laws created by the
legislature to protect me from myself demonstrate how totalitarian this
country has become. NORML reports that every *9* seconds someone gets
arrested for marijuana posession.
Please sign this petition if you think the government is violating your personal life by drug testing.
We have all heard about the growing number of gamblers over these past few years. This is largely due to the growing trend in internet gambling. However, if it is illegal for anyone under 21 to gamble, why are teenagers being able to sign up, open an account, and play online for real money? However, there are some sites out there with software that can detect a real person's age, so why don't they ALL implenment this software? This law should be set straight across the board. There is no question that teens are at the most risk of falling into the habit of internet gambling. Let's put a stop to this before it gets worse!
The government today is looking to prohibit all internet gambling in the U.S., however this will cause more harm than good. We saw it happen in the 1920s when alcohol was prohibited/banned. It will just drive the industry into an illegal criminal element through underground markets. So instead of banning internet gambling altogether, we should have all gambling sites licensed and regulated so that they provide a fair, honest, and reputable atmosphere.
Included in this regulation should provide all gambling sites to implement the software that can detect a real person's age.
October 29, 2004
You all will be sad to know that inside IITs, the popular institutes of the world, vegetarian & non vegetarian food is prepared at the same place. The people who are pure vegetarians face a lot of problems regarding their food. On the days when non-veg is prepared in the hostels, people have to remain hungry or they have to go to far off places to have their food.
The administration is so strict that no one dares to go to dean or director to ask for the solution.If atleast one pure vegetarian mess is opened inside IITs, then the people who are pure vegetarians could go there and have their food.
So its an appeal to all of you to oppose this and join with IITians to request the IIT administration for veg. mess.
Ontario continues to clawback almost all of the National Child Benefit Supplement from Ontario Disability Support Program recipients. The money is given to you from your federal government only to be taken away by your Ontario government. The clawback is unfair to the children of disabled people and these children will continue to suffer at the hands of the Ontario Government until this process is stopped.
The purpose of the National Child Benefit Supplement is so that it reaches those children most in need.... the clawback makes sure it doesnt.
Please sign the petitition.
Also call the Minister of Community and Social Services:
MPP Windsor West
1483 Ouellette Avenue,
Windsor, ON N8X 1K1
Tel: (519) 977-7191
Fax: (519) 977-7029
Stand up and help protect the rights of the disabled on ODSP. Stand up for the children of disabled people suffering at the hands of this government.
One voice will not be heard. We need to make ourselves heard as a unit, so that they understand that its a matter that needs immediate attention.
We, citizens of Ontario, disabled persons on ODSP with children living in Ontario, families of disabled persons, friends of disabled persons, ontario communities, will no longer tolerate the Ontario Governments abuse towards this group of people and thier children.
October 13, 2004
Not all states in Australia have legislation to ensure private schools are fully accountable.
Thus if parents complain about issues, they may not necessarily have matters dealt with appropriately.
Students may be expelled without parents or students having a right of appeal or any natural justice system in place, and there is no public accountability as to how public funds are spent in these schools.
There is no external advocate for the students or parents in these schools if disputes are not resolved.
In SriLanka, the Tamils and Sinhala lived peacefully together on the same island but as two separate kingdoms. Once the British took control of SriLanka, they dissolved both kingdoms and made both groups live together. However, once the British gave control back to the people of SriLanka, the Sinhala took political power and have continously been attempting to eliminate the Tamils through various methods. Legislatures were used to discriminate against Tamils, but not allowing the Tamil lanugage to be an official language of the nation, and by causing great devastation tot he Tamil Communitites.
Many peace talks, rallies, petitions and similar actions were carried out by the Tamils, but it was not until the Sinhalese government began to murder, rape and torture Tamils while ignoring their pleas for justice, did the Tamils take up arms in order to defend themselves. The LTTE is fighting for the liberation of Tamils, and have only been fighting for the justice they deserve and seek. Currently, the LTTE are and SriLankan government are at peace, but the President, Chandrika, is doing all she can in order to destroys the peace. She is not willing to cooperate, and is only trying to delay the peace talks by ignoring to listen to the LTTE.
LTTE, with the help of Noweigan Government have been able to form their own temporary government system in the land in which they control. The LTTE have set up Immigration offices, Judicial Offices, Police Stations, an entire government system withing a few years. They succeed alot in very little time, and have good control, and show that they have the power to be patient, resourceful, and able to form a stable government.
Because the SriLankan government is unwillingy to cooperate and negotiate with the LTTE, and because both parties are on hostile ground with a mediator, we ask that the Canadian Government, who are well known to solve problems and reach a common goal of peace, to hold the peace talks between the LTTE and Srilnakan Government here in Canada. And we ask that the Canadian Government be the mediator and assist both parties to come to a peaceful resolution.
A lot of telephone exchanges have been enabled for ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) Broadband internet throughout Australia. Unfortunately most people on many of the exchanges are still left out because of wiring problems (like using "Pair Gain", a cheap solution for heavy phone traffic).
Telstra refuses to change the wiring or enable the people left out saying it is not worth anything to them or saying it is extremely costly. Telstra Corp. made a huge turnover last year and can more than afford to enable everyone on ADSL.
We are getting rather weary of listening to Telstra's excuses and DEMAND they do something about this problem because as far as we are concerned, we are paying for extremely low grade phone services and paying the same as everyone.
The Australian Government has also washed their hands clean of the problem, saying it is not their responsibility to upgrade these services. This is false as the Government is in charge of all utility services (gas, roads, phone, power) in Australia, thus they should be funding the upgrades.
In too many cases, California fathers end up paying child support on other men's children AND DON'T KNOW IT! Often the mother involved DOES know that the child or children are not the children of her husband, but she claims that they are his children because she is mad at him and she likes the children's father. This is fraud.
When she makes that claim to a court in a divorce or a child support action, she is committing perjury. She may claim to be doing it "for the children". A crime committed "for the children" is still a crime.
The #1 one targets of such frauds are our Military Man who proudly and voluntarily serve our country. It is not fair!
Write to Congress and express your concerns of this wrong doing.
Soldiers Risking Their Lives in Iraq Might Face Prison Over Child Support Upon Return
By Stephen Baskerville, Ph.D.
Soldiers Risking Their Lives in Iraq Might Face Prison Over Child Support Upon Return
As America's servicemen risk their lives to protect their families and ours, the federal government is preparing to put them in jail.
That's right; you heard correctly. Most societies honor their returning heroes. In America we punish them.
Soldiers who ship off to Iraq risk not only their lives but arrest and jail when they return. Those who accept a pay cut to defend their country can be incarcerated when they are unable to pay the impossible child support burdens imposed on them by the federal government's divorce machinery.
It is mind-boggling that servicemen who risk their lives to protect us will face arrest as they step off the plane. Yet this is precisely what happened after Desert Storm, and it will happen again this time.
The federal government has issued the usual PR smokescreen, urging soldiers to contact their local child support agents to request a modification. But such requests are almost never granted. Child support fills government coffers with federal taxpayers' money. Governments have no incentive to give these soldiers a break and plenty of incentive not to.
The Christian Science Monitor reports that a soldier whose domestic job pays $31,000 must pay $900 a month in child support. His reserve pay will reduce his income to $27,000. The Monitor neglects to point out that even at the higher pay, this is about half the man's take-home pay, and that he is likely to be living on less than $1,000 a month. Another father's child support comprises 73% of his income, leaving him $200 a month to live on.
Do we really believe that these heroes are "deadbeat dads" who went to Iraq to avoid paying child support? If not, perhaps it is time we began to examine whether the entire child support system is anything other than a fraud. If these men are not "deadbeats," then who is? If these arrests are an abuse of government power, why are not all the others?
Attempts to protect our civilization from external threats will be pointless if we allow it to be undermined from within. How long do we expect men to sacrifice their lives and livelihoods for their country when their government steals their children and uses those children to extort huge sums of money from their fathers?
What kind of morale can we expect in our armed forces when the same brave men who risk their lives to protect their families from invasion by terrorists are powerless to protect their families from invasion by their own government.
Now imagine this happening to you or one of your love ones. To add insult to injury you find out that the child you are being forced to support is not even yours and your ex-wife or ex-girlfriend knew about it since day one!
For FCF News on Demand, this is Stephen Baskerville.
538. Accept Gay Marriage
We, citizen in NSW, the undersigned, want gay marriage to be legal in Australia. Under the Commonwealth Marriage Act 1961, it contains no actual definition of marriage. And now the government will amend the Marriage Act, which opposed to recognize same-sex marriages inside Australia or registered marriage in overseas. In addition, under the Family Law Act, the government will also legislate to oppose same sex couples adopting children.
People should have right to marry the one they love. It is human rights to choose their own lifestyle to live. Homosexual is different from heterosexual. Even though homosexual and heterosexual are not the same, homosexual is not abnormal. We, as citizen, as human being, should not prejudice people who have sexual attraction only to people of the same sex.
I am an individual from the UK, whom through personal and close friends' experiences have found that the "Taboo" around Mental Health Issues has caused a great amount of ignorance around the subject. I as an individual, with the help of others, aim to both write a letter and submit this petition to many parties throughout the government in a campaign to make our voices heard and attempt to cease this problem
This petition is to urge the Government on Canada to provide funding for the Virtual Resource Centre created by the Canadian Centre on Minority Affairs.