Canada Election 2019 – military spending

Considerations for the upcoming Canadian federal election: Military spending. How much, how more ? when will this turn around and some of those wasted dollars be spent on important environmental programs ? [Environment Canada spending pecked at 1.8 billion 2018.] DND – Department of National Defence of Canada – 32 billion spending 2018, for what ? for what purpose ? Good question, discussed in our paper COMMON GROUND, a free magazine. [Article by W.S. Geimer: “For what purpose ? “]

DND ongoing expenses for stealth fighters, such as the F-35 Lockheed-Martin fighter plane. To replace Canada’s CF-18 – these are first strike attack aircraft. Just to remain in the program for considering to buy the F-35 costing taxpayers $72 million annually.

The (current) Canadian military fighter plane CF-18 has a long history of being deployed in the mass murdering and killing of civilians, women and children, in such countries as Bosnia (1990s), Libya (2011), Middle East (2014-2016).

Not surprisingly, killing civilians while pretending to protect one’s borders (who in all those cases are thousands of miles away from any perceived war action) has always been the forte of war-mongering nations, including Canada, the US and British Allies.

As a survivor of World War 2 I may comment on such programs of mass killing. I was barely 4 years old when the Allied bombings started and went on for three years day and night, 24/7, killing more than a few (disputed: 500,000 to over 2 mill?) civilians, mostly small children and women, while the enemy force was still at the Eastern Front – Russia. Memories still alive.

Especially during periods of celebrating those war veterans who made it and are still alive. One may assume that those were among the pilots who were safely directing their fighter and war planes to (air-) drop the bombs on the civilian populations

Upcoming 2019 Federal Election in October this year, ask this question:

“How much is a new government willing to spend for necessary environmental programs by reducing unnecessary spending for war games” ?

As much as I compliment William S. Geimer’s article in COMMON GROUND and the mention of the Green Party in this year’s federal election, I am certain that voting for the Green Party of Canada will not make any difference to curbing the excessive military spending by this government. Unfortunately we do not have a lot of choices for the upcoming 2019 election of a different government, capable enough to change anything.

Several of my previous posts on these and related topics:

[ https://renataveritasopinion.com/2014/09/25/ptsd-veteran-or-victim-of-war/ ]

[ https://renataveritasopinion.com/2013/05/10/may-8-1945-ve-day-wwii-ended/ ]

[ https://renataveritasopinion.com/2012/12/22/origins-of-the-gun-culture/ ]

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Alberta oil industry smoking in work place

SS-SECOND HAND SMOKE

Contains approx. 4,000 chemicals, dangerous to the non-smoker who is near a smoker. Worse in the workplace where humans must work and stay all day long. A person who breathes secondhand smoke is breathing the same chemicals as someone smoking. During my over ten years in Alberta’s oil industry I was actively inhaling those chemicals.

While developing an unwanted craving for it, caused by second-hand smokers. I am a non-smoker. Sinus surgery, respiratory problems. Thank you, Mr. Oil company executive for your impressive social responsibility propaganda.

Alberta big oil – in support of smokers – against all principles of their proclaimed social responsibility.

Why ? because smokers are more productive ? or, at times of intense periods of oil companies’ takeovers and layoffs, its easier to kill employees with second-hand smoke, rather than being forced (for pretense) to pay them (Micky mouse) severance pay to get rid of them ? (Micky mouse meaning 3 months’ pay or a little over $10,000 – that was in the 1980s).

Here is the interesting part of this (my insider) story: Those who were heavy smokers on the job sites, in offices, remained in their jobs, when after another corporate takeover many positions were culled and long-time employees were laid off.

Examples of being exposed to second-hand smoke: In the systems and computer department we were mostly housed in one big area, each having their cubicle. On and off, I also had an office – as project leader. Some of the heaviest smokers, they put two in an office, pretending to somehow shut them inside away from others.

For many months, and years, I suffered, inhaling second-hand smoke. During that time I also had a sinus surgery – around 1983. Resulting to have to come to work with blood running from my sinus cavities into my throat daily.

Hudson’s Bay Oil & Gas Co. – first one I started working when coming to Calgary January 1977. As Senior Systems Analyst & project leader for computer projects. There was this one guy – always smoking. Carrying his smoking cigarette in his hand while walking in open spaces. I had just got myself a new office suit, he managed to burn a hole into it. No excuses or offer to repair.

Then in 1983 oil company takeover by TCPL (TransCanada Pipelines) Resources. By 1986 massive layoff campaigns had started. For this, Headquarters in Toronto sent down an ENFORCER. Who was charged with severe harassment of computer professionals and employees, daily changing assignment routines, moving people around, assigning me as senior project leader with company-wide studies on ‘How to eliminate certain positions’. Which entailed for me to interview former colleagues and friends. Needless to say, they were not happy with that ! And then present a report of recommendations to those now in charge with laying off the same people I was forced to interview. Filthy attempt of creating diversion and resentment.

At the same time I had to complete my major projects of converting all software to 4th gen DB systems architecture, lots of work still to do with all those programs.

As a result of all of this ? I lost my home in Alberta, and my family. My son left for the United States in 1990 to also do his graduate studies there, far away in Alabama. Stayed for thirteen years, then decided to move back to his homeland, the Netherlands.

While I staid behind alone, being unfortunately now a Canadian citizen. Just memories of corrupt companies.

[Previous posts on this s.a. [ https://renataveritashistory.com/2013/07/06/smoking-in-the-work-place-tcpl-resources/ ]

British Columbia Public Health Care system

Patient wait times for ELECTIVE (= deemed not necessary) but life-saving diagnostic procedures, especially those for early detection of cancers: Minimum one year or over.

The following is a link – lengthy because its a government source – explaining – or rather confusing the issue – of extreme long wait-times for any procedure.

The procedures that I consider necessary because those are the ones that can save lives because of early detection of cancers.

[ https://www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2007/conversation_on_health/PartII/PartII_WaitListsandTimes.pdf ]

These waiting policies are strictly managed by the government. As one specialist and physician told me:” I am not responsible for the wait time.” Following a letter that I sent to the BC Government, asking “then who is responsible?”  did not answer my question.

In fact, no one knows or admits to knowing WHO in particular is responsible for those extreme long wait times – unless this policy is intended to kill of patients, before even having to spend any money for expensive (lets say) cancer treatments. All of which had been avoidable and preventable.

The short of it is, the government determines the policies, rules and regulations which allow certain patients to live, while others must die. Because of refusal of (cancer-detecting) diagnostic procedures. Criteria for this kind of TRIAGING are primarily: (1) Age, (2) Birthplace (and I am talking here of BC residents, taxpayers and Canadian citizens), (3) Whatever. Presumably having inside connections to the system.

Here is another interesting eye-opening revelation on how the government defines their public health care system. Which they claim (on their own government websites) as being offered FREE and accessible to all. Not so, far from it.

[ https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/health-drug-coverage/msp/bc-residents ]

Nothing is free. We as Canadian taxpayers fully pay for this public health care system. Primarily with our income tax, and secondary extra billing by provincial governments for their health care insurance systems.

Also, read the following: — which mostly is about Canadian citizens turning to private health care services and paying for it, extreme high costs, because most do not get even to be entered onto a so called wait-list,

[ https://www.bchealthcoalition.ca/was-i-treated-unlawfully ]  .In this article among others it is explained what the BC MSP (Medical Service Plan) health care insurance covers, and what not.

I am paying into this BC public health care system since 2002. And into the Canadian health care system since 1976. I never once received a physical exam, I have to pay all specialized services out of my pocket, I pay my (one and only medication) out of my pocket. I pay most everything out of pocket and I do not even get any more services because of my age. Alberta ? between 1976 and 2002 I had at least a family doctor and regular health care services.

No matter what, you can twist and turn, rules are rules, and rules are also meant to be broken, leading to internalized corruption. Either treat yourself, become a doctor, see a veterinarian (they are better doctors) or kill yourself. Or, as explained above – private clinic and pay (which according to government, is illegal).

In British Columbia the complaint is always “there are not enough doctors”. Also, not true. What is true is, because of the inefficiency inside the system and the extreme bureaucracy, making life difficult for doctors, there is not enough needed and productive medical time – doctors there are. In other words, time is wasted on unproductive issues.

PM Justin Trudeau – can anybody believe this ?

Canada’s Trudeau clan.

Not sure how much everybody is aware of what has been happening for the last months or years, for that matter, here in Canada. The government affair that brought down and intended to destroy the life and career of an admirable lady – former Minister of Justice and Attorney General for the Canadian Liberal Government. [ https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/wilson-raybould-freeland-trudeau-snc-lavalin-1.5036795 ]. The latest in this horror story unfolding those last days, when Ms. Jody Wilson-Raybould testified in front of a Government committee uncovering unheard truths about her being subjected to irresponsible and illegal behavior by the PMO and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a corruption scandal involving a large corporation.

That I personally had not voted for Justin Trudeau should not make me feel any better. In fact, the last vote – my vote – went to the Progressive Conservatives.

When I say ‘Trudeau Clan’, I refer to the 1980s when Justin Trudeau’s father Pierre Elliott was Premier. At that time the then government also permitted themselves to single-handedly bring down the oil industry in Alberta, thanks to the NEB program. I was right in the middle of this. Working for oil companies. We all lost our job, thousands of Albertans on the road to Ontario, trying to find work. Employees got laid off with peanuts paid to them, no unemployment insurance payments either, despite my long term work history and having paid into UI all my life.

I lost my home, I lost lots of money, I lost my family. Got self-employed and struggling along as female contractor (formerly senior systems analyst and project leader of large computer projects). In fact, the last company was the worst. They “canned” single women first, and single mothers, like myself. The good part about this was: Before leaving that company (TCPL, now TransCanada), I received from all those wonderful managers in high places the best references for my professional work all those years; in writing. Which did not help me very much, despite having written about it.

Thanks a lot to the TRUDEAU CLAN. Let’s see what the next election brings.

Germany’s migrants and refugees

Good journalism by the Globe & Mail on “Where are all the refugees who came into former Germany mainly during the years 2015 and 2016, when all doors had been wide open. [Merkel:”Wir können das schon schaffen.”] [ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/where-are-all-the-refugees/article35827259/ ] I see this from a different perspective, as I actually used to be a German citizen, by birth, by my parents’ birth, and probably centuries of Germans. Over and above the last of my relatives who never left their country, like I did, are still residing there. In above Globe & Mail article, mostly referring to the social stats on the years of the major refugees’ movements into Germany, the questions had been raised whether Germany had a problem accommodating all those (maybe refugees, maybe not) newcomers, and providing an integration platform for them. But what had been behind all that tremendous effort and work to make this happen, I am certain the Globe & Mail who do not actually on a daily basis reside in that country know little.

How much damage it has done to the government of that country (nobody can agree with anybody, coalitions are week, and neo-nazi culture is blooming).

I myself having been a German citizen of course, having survived WWII and the bombings, and the destruction of that country, having witnessed since 1945 first the arrival of the communist sympathizers, then the socialist governments, then for all those years the movements of entire populations from all countries from anywhere into Germany (with its doors wide open), and since years the coming of the AFD (Alternative Für Deutschland), who even want to make all things worse for everybody.

I know what is happening, not the Globe & Mail journalists, with their commentaries.

I speak the language, I talk to the Germans – the real ones – who must live there, and we discuss politics and how it feels to live in today’s Germany, where most citizens and residents or migrants are from different countries and cultures.

Why don’t you go and read: Thilo Sarrazin: “Deutschland schafft sich ab.” The crises of a social state and the dramatic demographical influences created by the large influx of migrants. He put it right in his book.

To make this short, even if it gives the impression that Germany accomplished the almost impossible of a seamless integration of all peoples and cultures, the country of Germany does not exist anymore. It is a patchwork of nations where everybody can help him/herself to a piece of the pie. In fact there is no integration nor assimilation at all, even nations residing there for over 50 years speak no German. Everybody is doing their own stuff, as long as they get paid government money.

 

Medical Health Care System – Victoria, BC

If the government medical system does not function because of over inflated bureaucracy, patients will be killed. Unnecessarily. One of the biggest problems is the shortage of family doctors, or general practitioners, who are doctors with a medical degree. Specialists apparently we have. But wait times are years. For a large population of senior citizens this does not bode well. The system on Vancouver Island is driven by the Vancouver Island Health Authority, now operating within a so called electronic TRIAGE system.

[ https://www.viha.ca/about_viha/news/news_releases/psa_cdh_ed_24feb16.html ]

There are several “arms” to this triage system: One is a variety and number of Walk-in Clinics in various locations; the second is 911 Emergency for hopefully some hospital (preferably not on weekends when most accidents occur); the third is an Ambulance system operated by a private company. The last on this list is: See your doctor. Wishful thinking. I never found out in fifteen years in Victoria, Vancouver Island, which doctor they refer to.

Walk In Clinics: The majority I know and have seen sprouting up over time have closed down, moved, or when there really is an emergency, cannot accommodate patients, because of the absence of enough doctors. One of the now available services are http://www.ehealth.ca for patients to allow access to their lab results.

Besides managing myself and relying on medical study and information research, gathered from very reputable world class clinics

[ http://www.mastersinhealthcare.com/blog/2011/10-most-prestigious-medical-centers-in-the-world/ ], I have been let down too many times by clinicians at the local clinic that I had frequented now for ten years in Victoria, resulting in mostly self-management, as well as paying for (health care covered) treatments out of my own pocket.

Strangely enough, some of those nurse practitioners assume the title of Dr. without having any medical degree, or they are referred to as Medical Doctor (by the system) without correcting this. [Check with the College of Physicians and Surgeons, this is a No/No.]

Examples of personal horror stories over the years include: Fractured metatarsal foot — form for assistance to get to hospital DVT clinic/large blood clot, sent to Vancouver instead of Victoria where I reside. Severe osteoporosis needing every 3-year BMD test — form sent to Timbouktou ?, indicating low priority. Medical fitness form for Ministry of Justice for drivers license — exam paid by me $100 to doctor, but test done by some temporary nurse, who among others took one blood pressure only instead of several, while during the test try to chat with me and upset me, outcome was elevated blood pressure.

Rotator cuff and shoulder injury two years ago — getting me into a program of corticosteroid injections and see a physiatrist who suggested to sell me more of those steroids, after a large tear in my tendon had been confirmed. Thanks, but no thanks ! My right arm/shoulder is now disabled. I personally have yet to see the MRI images, showing the large tear in the supraspinatus/tendon, done June 2017.

Just recently, when mentioning that a certain condition that I have and am sure about (comparing the images on the Internet, published by the Mayo Clinic), I was told “Sorry, I am not familiar with this condition”, and next (and I quote): “I do not look at the Internet.”

It is appreciated that clinicians go by the health care rules. However, we all know that every minute of every day some new discoveries are being made especially in the medical field. We also all know that all useful information that has helped so many for so many years is coming to us via the Internet. One only needs to rely on all the NO FAKE news and research. I usually rely on the best world wide known and respected clinics, such as for example the Mayo Clinic, John Hopkins [ https://www.usnews.com/info/blogs/press-room/articles/2017-08-08/us-news-announces-2017-18-best-hospitals ]. (Myself having graduated from an old very reputable ivy league college in the USA, and specializing in information systems research.).

And today’s doctors whose main goal is to advance medical research in practice all use the Internet. To also inform the public. [ https://getreferralmd.com/2017/01/17-future-healthcare-technology-advances-of-2017-referralmd/ ]. So, if anybody tells me “I do not look at the Internet”, I am not only scared, but very sorry.

Again, what’s this Triage system about ? Regulations, forms, unavailability during weekends, or personal opinions by clinicians, or worse, yet, personal opinions about patients themselves ?

I wish I had studied medicine full-time, but still cannot look up my own behind, needing a medical professional and equipment for this.

International Women’s Day

March 8.

The earliest Women’s Day observance was held on February 28, 1909, in New York and organized by the Socialist Party of America. It started as International Working Women’s Day. Somehow this is connected with the rise of socialism in society and also as a result of male shortages after two world wars, that women were forced to do men’s work. Particularly in countries that were hardest hit by those wars: Russia, Germany. After the almost complete destruction of my homeland workers were needed to re-construct. We called them Trümmerfrauen [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tr%C3%BCmmerfrau ] women who cleared the rubble left by Allied aerial bombings and started with shovel, pick and axe to rebuild, in the absence of men (fallen at the front lines).

I admire more than anything Russia’s women, who as early as 1907 started revolutionary movements against the Russian Monarchy, resulting in the abdication of Czar Nicholas II, and beginning the Russian revolution, March 8, 1917. More on feminist reforms from 1850 to 1917 in Russia [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_Russia ]. While the rest of the world needed to wait to get women into the actual forefront of becoming real laborers. Talking about those who don’t wait for some husband to carry out the garbage or drive the car.

[ http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/30/business/economy/women-as-family-breadwinner-on-the-rise-study-says.html ].

The right to vote is not all that makes a woman more equal than a man. Hard labor is, equal labor is and taking the same decisions as any man, even when married. I always feel when a woman is married, she can never be quite equal. Only when she needs to work to survive, or when she is by circumstance a single mother. How does voting right enables a woman to become more equal if she is still under male guardianship, like in Saudi Arabia, where dress codes are imposed and enforced.

In North America, today’s women’s rights movement is more about fighting for pay equality, getting more women into board rooms, or the military. Although military means that women soldiers must suffer sexual abuse by male soldiers. What do they do ? complain to their commanders. Meaning that they are not equal to men, else they would help themselves.

Claiming Refugee Status in Canada

Case studies. Unbelievable. It is 2017, not the 1960s when many Latin Americans came into Canada claiming refugee status. A couple with child, a second on the way, walking across the border from the United States, claiming refugee status from Donald Trump’s new policies, “to clean up the country of illegal migrants.” Pretending that if they are sent back to Honduras, the man will be recruited by some drug gangs. Even in Honduras there are not only drug gangs, there are also working citizens, contributing to the economy. These same people have lived in the US for two years, never accomplished to settle with proper jobs and integrate and get residency. Now claiming refugee status. How can Honduran war gangs have such a long arm to recruit (illegally migrated) Hondurans inside the USA ? Canada seems to be stuck with everybody and anybody. Welfare system exploitation, on the shoulders of hard working Canadian tax payers.

Myself came into Canada with an expired student visa, just completed my graduate studies degree program at a US University in New York State, with a 8 year old son, his father died two years previously in Europe, no family, no money, no food, living in my little car for weeks. Did not take me two years (on welfare ?!), but couple weeks to fight myself into the system and find a mediocre programming job (in Europe I had top IT positions, and a US graduate degree in Information Processing and IT) for starters. Never in my entire life and as a single mother did I get one single dime from any country. Neither my own then, or after becoming a Canadian citizen. Even when the oil industry busted in Alberta and all of us were unemployed did anybody get unemployment insurance. You pack up, get into your truck and go where the jobs are.

Shame on you, who want to exploit the system !

[ https://www.pressreader.com/canada/vancouver-sun/20170211/281479276163020 ]

[ http://www.insightcrime.org/news-analysis/appraising-violence-in-honduras-how-much-is-gang-related ]

The good people of Fort McMurray, Alberta

do not deserve negative commentaries the likes of “you asked for it”, or “Fort McMurray hell on earth with oil sands developments destroying the environment”.

Myself, I worked for Suncor, Fort McMurray, on a computer contract in 1987. When I arrived in my old farm truck, I did not have a place to sleep. Prepared to spending the night parked in a street, sleeping in my truck (like so many times on the road). A lady saw me from their kitchen window, came down and offered me a sleeping place in the couple’s kitchen for that night, until I could find a room for rent. These were the years after the oil industry downturn.

Those who publish vicious comments on the plight of the Fort McMurray residents who had to leave their homes in a hurry, have apparently never experienced any losses. Like we had, loosing everything during WW2, and again during the 1980s in Alberta. Being forced to drive between Alberta and Ottawa to work on computer contracts.

Amazingly, fund raising – as usual – in full swing, which is good and can be bad, with some organizations again making profits lining their pockets with millions of donated moneys. I want to see that all donations actually go to those who need them, the people of Fort McMurray.

Insurences – how useful are they

In general, the insurance industry is mainly focused on making money, not spending it. Therefore, an insurance policy (fine print) is worded such, that in reality the insured is hardly ever covered. From my own experiences, I have never gained any advantage from buying any insurance at a high cost. The only insurance at a low cost and part of a travel package had been in 2012, when traveling to Tunisia and Marocco. Where in Marrakech I fractured my left foot. And needed a travel medical emergency insurance, because of the cost incurred. Other than that: Most of my travels had been from North America to Europe or maybe Mexico, or the odd cruises. Pacific and Caribbean. Most online travel insurances bought in North America are very expensive, I suspect because of the high incident of liability suits. For example I bought for a four months stay in Germany a travel insurance for around over $2,000. The cost itself is not even the problem. But, the absence of decent communication lines between the insured and the insurer. In Europe regular telephone lines do not exist anymore, only mobile phones. Some insurances still operate with a “collect call” system. Try to call North America collect on a European mobile phone costs a fortune, because of either high wait times or not getting connected at all. Consequently, I cancelled this insurance and bought one in Germany for almost the same time, for around €140.
The same applies to home insurance. In forty years and multiple floodings of my homes in Canada, I never got one cent out of any home insurance, I never even tried to submit a claim. I fixed it and I paid it. Question again: How useful are insurances really ? There are numerous websites and blogs and posts that discuss this topic: “should you buy, or not”.
It is for peace of mind. But even so, if really something serious happens, the insurance would find a way, not to pay [this even rhymes].