Morning Update October 30th, 2011 (10)


#1 — CNews | Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan 

An Edmonton soldier is dead following a suicide bombing in Kabul on Saturday.


CNews | Fallen SAR tech returns to CFB Trenton

OC | Death raises questions about ‘minimal’ risk training mission

#2 — Globe | RCMP mostly unaware of abuse at residential schools: report

RCMP officers usually weren’t aware of the need to investigate abuse in Canada’s infamous native residential school system because aboriginal families were reluctant to tell them what was occurring behind closed doors, says a report by the police force.


#3 —  LFP | Libya mission cost Canadians $50 million

OTTAWA – Canada’s military role to protect Libyans from slaughter at the hands of a bloody dictator and enforcing a no-fly zone and an arms embargo cost taxpayers about $50 million.


#4 —  FP | The stranded oil sands: A worst-case scenario

The signs are there: the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline has festered into an uncomfortable election issue for the U.S. president, Barack Obama.

The upshot for Canada: a decision on whether to grant a Presidential permit, promised by year end, could once again be delayed.


#5 — OC | Turmel lashes out at Conservatives in speech to public service workers

OTTAWA — Interim NDP leader Nycole Turmel spoke out against the ruling Conservatives when she returned to her old stomping grounds to deliver a speech at the Public Service Alliance of Canada convention in Ottawa Saturday.



#6 — BBC | Israel-Gaza exchange rocket and air strikes killing 10

An Israeli man has been killed by rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian militants had vowed to retaliate after five militants were killed by an Israeli air strike on the south of the Gaza Strip.


#7 — CNN | 3 dead, over 2 million without power as snowstorm slams Northeast, Mid-Atlantic

(CNN) — A freak fall snow storm slammed the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Saturday, leaving three people dead, more than 2 million households without power and thousands of air travelers stranded.


#8 —  Fox | Suspected U.S. Drones Kill Six in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan –  Suspected U.S. unmanned aircraft fired six missiles at a vehicle in Pakistan’s tribal region near the Afghan border Sunday, killing six alleged militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said.


#9 — DM | Our coal industry is in tatters and the gas is running out. Is there an alternative? Incredibly, there really is

Here are two visions of the future.

The first one lies at the end of a muddy track in the village of Banks, a 20-minute drive from Preston, Lancashire. It consists of a derrick about 60ft high, a few temporary buildings, a generator and some specialist machinery in a fenced square compound.


#10 — Telegraph | Assad: challenge Syria at your peril

Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, has warned that Western action against his country would cause an “earthquake” that would “burn the whole region”.


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  • stageleft

    Nope Don, sometimes I like the role of devils advocate, but I’m not wearing that hat today…. at least not here, and certainly not when I left that comment.

    I know and care very deeply about far to many people (close friends, family, and acquaintances) who have had their lives f’ed up by the government and their misguided Aboriginal assimilation programs that were ever so willingly enforced by the RCMP and various churches.

    So no Don, I do not believe, contrary to what the RCMP report says, that they knew next to nothing of the abuses that were being carried out. I do believe that they either turned a blind eye to it, or simply didn’t bother looking to far into complaints because of who was being abused, who they’d be investigating, and who they’d be leading away in cuffs.

    I also do not believe, contrary to RCMP reports, that the dog slaughter did not take place as a method of forcing people off the land, into communities, and into government dependency – I know too many people who were there when triggers were pulled and tell a different story.

    And just in case you’re new here – for a whole variety of reasons totally aside from the two items I mention above (that I’m not going to rehash now) my default position when I see the police of any level is suspicion and mistrust – until they prove that stance unwarranted, unnecessary, or until there is a goodly distance between us.

    That said I believe that my position is clear – what does your comment mean?

  • Don

    SL I hope you are only playing “devil’s advocate” with your various comments and/or “points of view”, otherwise, I can only wonder why you choose to live here.

    • Cy

      Anyone who’s happy with what went on is at best ill-informed and at worst a total sociopath. Unfortunately the pervading attitude is that “as long as Canada worked for me it must have worked, period”.

  • beentheredonethat

    Back in the middle 70’s fresh out of the academy was when I got my first introduction to residential schools. I didn’t even know they existed prior. I must say that although I personally was not aware of any abuse per say, from my first visit to one of these schools I was puzzled. I was also so darn far down the pecking order it’d be lucky if I heard of any such complaints anyway. As a matter of fact complaints of incest or molestation within the white community were also virtually unheard of at this same time. At least in rural Manitoba. Regardless, even with my at that time ‘big city’ upbringing and ignorance of native issues, I was uncomfortable with what I saw. I recognized that all of the students were unhappy with their lot, emphasis on unhappy. They acted out their unhappiness by causing considerable and ongoing vandalism to the school. When they weren’t damaging their school they were out in the community doing B & E’s, vandalism, thefts etc. Lots of anger and revolt. They got to go home every few weekends or months, I can’t remember how often but thoses were times of great happiness for theses children. I remember thinking that it didn’t make sense to me to take theses kids away from their homes like this but who was I to question an age old ‘tradition’. I figured it must be working or why else would they continue to do it? When I worked the reserves I also remember asking myself why these priests would volunteer to come to these isolated places and live like they do. It all started to be revealed in the 80’s in a very big way though. So SL if the complaints did come in they were stifled or outright ignored at the upper levels. As far as my experience goes we grunts in the trenches never heard even a whisper that this abuse was going on.

  • stageleft

    Re: RCMP mostly unaware of abuse at residential schools: report Gee … why am I not surprised to see the RCMP once again exonerating themselves?

    — and managing to blame the people who were abused while doing do so.

    The same thing happened with the RCMP dog slaughter investigation into the RCMP slaughter of Inuit sled dogs – they said it didn’t happen. No matter that there are eye witness reports coming out the ying-yang that entire dog teams were slaughtered in front of people’s eyes….. the RCMP said it didn’t happen, or if it did it was misunderstood.

    The report said a lack of trust of the police by natives was the biggest barrier to investigations being carried out up until the 1990s.

    Given their track record maybe someone could explain to me why they should be trusted …… if you happen to think you’re up to the task of answering that question please try and do so without using the ‘this time it’s different‘ or ‘this time we really mean it‘ phrases – they’ve been used by all sorts of abusers for generations and are less than meaningless.