Monday, April 03, 2006
AN EMAIL WITH A QUESTION FROM A NATIVE FROM TOBIQUE FIRST NATIONS
I would like you to go over the following and tell me what action
should be taken.
Post-secondary students from the Tobique First Nations were denied public funding, these are funds allocated to the First Nations community on the basis of enrollment into to post secondary institutions.
Students have yet to receive their student allowances which covers their rent, bills, groceries, basic living
When the reserve went third party an accountant firm of Teed Doyle Saunders and Co. took over, they informed students that the government namely Indian Affairs and Northern
Development failed to provide the funding for these already allocated
Getting answers at both ends is a catch 22 one blames the other for each other's mistakes.
Now 100 or so students went without this funding and are being told they will not recieve monies until April 5, 2006.
This is the most stressful time of year
for students as exams are right around the corner and these students are worrying about late rent fees,
NSF charges, which they cannot afford. Despite many attempts to contact officials explaining this unjustly error, it was discovered that those who earn $1000 pay cheques each week, including chief and council managed to get their pay.
What should be done about this unjustly action?
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Does anyone have any answers?
National Energy Board Meeting Delta Hotel 6 :30 PM April 4th!!!!!
The Propaganda is staring to heat up in the papers as the powers that be try to candy coat the proposed Rockwood Park pipeline to the people.
They have pretty drawings and promises.
The pictures show that the pipeline will run with the existing powerline.We all know that that is impossible with all the blasting that will have to be done.Remember this pipeline has to be buried and the powerline towers for obvious reasons can't be disturbed.
There is a great deal of old growth forest that will have to be cut to lay this line in. A new corridor will be cut in my opinion. It will be 100 feet wide and up to 300 feet wide in some places to turn around machinery.
The people have to remenber, this pipeline is for the American market.They will exploit the park for future pipelines in my opinion.
We must remember that our Municipal polititians threw away $5.000.000 dollars in Tax revenue one year ago. Oil companies,pipeline companies and city officials are trying to get us to trade the park for a handful of beads and a few mirrors.
Our park should not be disturbed. We have a chance to send a strong message. Tell the Energy Board that we will not enjoy a pipeline through the park. There will not be a more important meeting in my opinion as important as this one.
National Energy Board Meeting
Delta Hotel 6 :30 PM April 4th
JUANITA MCKNIGHT WILL BE BURIED IN THE MORNING!!!! GOOD BYE JUANITA!!! YOU WILL SURELY BE MISSED BY MANY!!!
I don’t feel like writing a blog but I feel that I must with this one.
Juanita McKnight will be buried in the morning and it is indeed a sad story.
Once I heard the emotional story late on Friday evening? At first, I just couldn’t or wouldn’t believe it.
I phoned a friend and he told me that it was true that Juanita died earlier in the day.
What really got me was when the caller told me she was a mother of three young kids.
I met Juanita twice.
The only reason I went to 92.3 Fred FM was the way she was rallying the troops on the air.
In the past, I heard her encouraging the troops to give 1,000 winter jackets for the poor people.
This time around she was going all out for the Fredericton Soup Kitchen.
92.3 Fred FM heard the Soup Kitchen was broken into and they were coming to the rescue.
The damage was over $10,000 but she had in her mind that the radio station was going to collect $15,000!!!
At the end, the Soup Kitchen received over $30,000!!!
Myself, I just had to meet this General who was rallying the soldiers to help the poor.
She should have heard her voice??? That voice will stay in my mind till the end of times.
Once at the station, I was introduced to Juanita. She was very friendly. She just sat behind the mike and smile.
I told her to wave her arms in the air as she was rallying the citizens for money.
Days later, I showed up 20 minutes after the deadline and this was the last time I saw her alive.
I received this note from her-
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2006 21:40:38 -0800 (PST)
From: "charles leblanc"
Thanks for the mention...
This was the last time I heard from her beside her voice on the radio.
I took this news very hard even if I hardly knew her as a person.
So once again, it was debate time with my best friend of 40 years the Priest.
I just couldn’t understand why this should be allowed to happen?
Months ago, it was Father Daniel Thivierge who died at a very young age of 31 years old.
Why do outspoken jerks like myself keep on living while good decent individuals dies?
Dominick Eden is another one who comes to my mind.
Ohh that’s right??? The good die young!!!..lol…Sorry this is not a joking story but seriously?
Think for a minute of all the people who dies at a very young age every single day around this Globe that we will never heard about????
The question is why????
It sure puts your faith to the test???
As my Priest often say - It’s not for us to understand now but we will truly understand later.
Can you imagine if there was no life after death? Very scary tought?????
Juanita will be buried in the morning and the whole crew of 92.3 FRED FM will be there.
You won’t heard any voice from the radio station Tuesday and my blog will not allowed comments in respect of this fine individual.
I confronted Kelly Lamrock this afternoon and her name will be mentioned in the Legislature tomorrow.
There’s nothing more than I can do but to tell everyone that she was a fantastic human being!
As George Piers said - When she said that she was going to get something done? She truly got it done!
She sure did and we have lost a fantastic human being.
I walked into the station this morning and the crew allowed me to take this picture.
The atmosphere isn’t a happy one and who can blame them?
My deepest sympathy to her family.
Her three kids range between the age of 5 and 10!!!
Maybe the radio station with the help of the Soup Kitchen can set up a trust fund for her kids but that’s outta my league.
Good Bye Juanita!!!!
You sure left your mark in the Capital and we will never forget you!!!
God bless and good bye!!!!
You can read a note left by the staff at 92.3 Fred Fm by clicking here -
04/03/2006 MCKNIGHT, JUANITA C. Juanita C. McKnight, 31, of Irishtown, passed away at The Moncton Hospital on Friday, March 31, 2006 as the result of a pedestrian-car accident in Moncton on Thursday, March 30, 2006. Born in Moncton, Juanita was the daughter of Grant Davey of Irishtown and Carol-Ann (Beers) Davey-Gallant (Romeo) of Irishtown. Juanita was employed as a disc jockey with 92-3 FRED-FM in Fredericton and formerly with Rock 103, Moncton. Juanita attended Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church and was a graduate of Moncton High School and Atlantic Baptist University. She was a former member of McKee's Mills 4H Club and former Short Horn Lassie with the NB Short Horn Association (1991) and was a very active member of the Irishtown Boys and Girls Club. She was a former youth ambassador of Moncton and she presented a scroll desk to the then Governor General Honorable Ray Hnatyshyn. Juanita was very musical, she enjoyed playing the piano, writing and composing her own music and was a former member of the musical group Over Joy. An avid reader, she also loved to barbecue on the deck. Besides her parents, Juanita will be sadly missed by her husband, Brett and their 3 children, MacKenzie, Alex and Mikey; maternal grandparents, Ivan and Jean Beers of Irishtown, paternal grandmother, Dorothea (Dolly) Davey of Pictou, NS; sister, Tami Davey, Irishtown; brothers, Danny Davey (Cara) and Chris Davey (Angelina) both of Indian Mountain; one niece, Layne; one nephew, Hayden; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation at Ferguson Knowles Funeral Home, 1657 Mountain Road, Moncton (858-1995), Monday, 2-4, 7-9pm. Funeral service at Ferguson Knowles Funeral Home Chapel, Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at 11am, Rev Sterling Penney officiating. Reception following the service. Interment Fairhaven Memorial Gardens. In Juanita's memory, donations to the Friends of The Moncton Hospital (Pediatrics) or memorial of choice would be appreciated by her family. www.fergusonknowlesfh.com
Maybe she was an angel? Sure looks like it by this picture.
INTERESTING MEETING TUESDAY NIGHT IN FREDERICTON
April 4 - Fredricton, NB
• 7 pm
• Underground Cafe
• 740 Charlotte St.
EVICTED MOM WITH TWO KIDS IS MOVED BUT THERE COULD BE A NEW PROBLEM???
I helped her moved last Saturday but there could be another problem. Stay tune....
A STRONG ADVOCATE VOICE FOR THE POOR IS GONE FOREVER!!!! JUANITA MCKNIGHT - 1975-2006
Her funeral is in the morning. In respect of this fine individual,this blog will shut down Tuesday till 6:00pm!
I'll write a detail blog in this very emotional story this evening.
AMATEUR GOT PICTURE OF STEPHEN HARPER! < Look like McFarlane is fighting to get up front? >...lol
See? Anyone can take a picture and send it to the blog.
Hi Charles, I don't know if you can use this photo or not. It's a photo I took with my disposable camera last Friday, when Stephen Harper and Mr. Lord were in Saint John. I took it down by the Hilton, down by the waterfront.
I had a chance to have my picture taken with the both of them together, and I blew it!!!
They were not that many people down there, maybe 100, but security was very tight. I was standing along the Boardwalk there near the Hilton. Harper came right along after I took this picture and asked me my name. I told him my name is ??????. He then asked me if I wanted a picture with him and me.
I said sure, I was excited. Then I realized I HAD NO FILM LEFT!!
You will notice in the picture if you look hard Bernard Lord and Norm McFarlane in the background.
Norm was a snob that day, wouldn't talk to anyone, but Mr. Lord also came along, didn't ask me my name but was willing to take a picture with me, and so I had to tell him too I was out of film! I had taken too many pictures before of them out on the Boardwalk because I didn't know there were going to come over and walk beside me!
Well bad luck. but I wanted you to see this one, I just got them developed yesterday.
Art Connolly's speech at a internation Agent Orange conference Hanoi Vietnam on March 28, 29 2006.
119 Gerald Cres
My name is Art Connolly and I am Vice President of the Agent Orange Association ofCanada. I am honoured and I thank you for the opportunity to attend this conference and share Canada’s story regarding the poisoning of so many of its people by chemical defoliants.
In May and June of 2005, the Canadian media reported that the chemical defoliant agent orange was "tested" by the U.S. military at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown New Brunswick, Canada.
At the invitation of the Canadian government the U.S.military tested Agent Orange, along with other chemical defoliants, in order to determine their effectiveness for use in Vietnam. Canada’s Department of National Defence cooperated with the U.S military to test the defoliant’s effectiveness for its own brush control use in Canada.
Canadian Forces Base Gagetown at 1100 sq. kms is the largest military base in the British Commonwealth and officials argue that control of its dense vegetation is necessary to prevent it from being ignited by unexploded ordinance.
According to Assistant Deputy Minister of National Defence Karen Ellis, only two barrels of the toxic defoliant "agent orange" were sprayed "under carefully controlled conditions" on 83 acres of land for a total of 7 days in 1966 and 1967.
Assistant Deputy Minister Ms. Ellis did not reveal that in the summer of 1966 the military also used the chemical defoliant Agent Purple. Agent Purple contained more than three times the level of lethal dioxin as Agent Orange. It was also laced with arsenic. Agent Purple is considered so harmful that the American military stopped its use in Vietnam, one year earlier, in 1965.
Documentation obtained from Canada’s Department of National Defence via the "Access To Information Act" shows that Ms. Ellis’ statement was lacking in its disclosure regarding herbicidal spraying at CFB Gagetown.
The document proves that from 1956 to 1984 there was over 1.3 million litres of liquid defoliants and 2 million lbs of dry chemical defoliants containing deadly dioxin and hexachlorobenzene were sprayed over 181,000 acres at CFB Gagetown.
Dioxin is considered to be the most dangerous substance known to science. Dioxin poisoning has been linked to a number of serious health conditions, including skin disorders, nerve disorders, type 2 diabetes and numerous cancers. Dioxin is a human carcinogen that can damage the liver, thyroid, intestinal track and nervous system. Dioxin is fat -soluble and therefore can be passed up the food chain from animals to humans. There is no method for removing dioxin from the body. It is important to note that dioxins have a half-life of five to 10 years.
In 1964 while the DND was administering its herbicidal spray program there was a "spray application accident." Increased winds carried the spray to the Upper Gagetown and Sheffield area. The results of that accident was that the Government of Canada paid approximately $250,000 to several market gardens in the area as reparation for the damage to their crops. Many believe it was monies paid to silence the farmers and an admission of liability. According to local news reports "spray application accidents" occurred on a regular basis. In 1965, for a number of reasons, one being the spray accident, DND switched to spraying "Tordon 101" for the next 20 years, until 1984. "Tordon 101" is what the Americans called Agent White. It contained picloram and 2,4-D in a 4:1 ratio. The picloram contained an inert agent called hexachlorobenzene that has been identified by both the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and the World Health Organization as being a persistent bio-accumulative toxin that causes cancer.
The Environmental Protection Agency has established that hexachlorobenzene harms the liver, kidneys, blood, and lungs and the nervous, immune, and gastrointestinal systems. Yet for 20 years DND sprayed this deadly poison on the training area, where human contact was inevitable.
According to the U.S. EPA website, "Because Hexachlorobenzene...is persistent and bioaccumulative, it stays in our environment for a long time and contaminates our food chain. Hexachlorobenzene can cause severe health problems for humans...." It damages bones, kidneys, and blood cells. It can harm the immune system. It lowers the survival rate of young children. It can cause abnormal fetal development. It harms the liver and the endocrine and nervous systems, and it may cause cancer.
In 1985 in a briefing to members of the province of New Brunswick Cabinet, Major Mike Rushton admitted the government knew about and was concerned by dioxin and therefore decided not to use it after 1964. Yet the Department of National Defence knowingly used it as an ingredient in 8 of the tests conducted at CFB Gagetown in 1966 and 1967.
As this story drew more media attention in the months following its original release the Canadian public started questioning and demanding answers from the then governing federal Liberal Party government of Canada.
Response from the Department of National Defence and the Government of Canada has been less than forthcoming. DND has been notoriously reluctant to admit anything regarding the use of chemical defoliants. They tend to admit only what has been revealed by other sources. DND and the federal government would not acknowledge the spray program outside of 1966 and 1967 even though their very own documents prove that the spraying occurred.
According to the Department of National Defence there were 200,000 military personnel at CFB Gagetown from 1956 to 1984. This figure includes troops from Britain, Scotland and the United States have trained at CFB Gagetown.
This tragedy is not only about the soldiers who have had their health affected. It is also about the soldier’s spouses and children who have died or are sick. It is about the civilian employees and their spouses and children who have died or are sick. It is about the civilians who lived in the area and their spouses and children who have died or are sick.
It is important to realize that the military base was not merely a location for military activities. Soldiers and families engaged in activities on the base such as berry and apple picking, hunting, trout fishing and drinking from streams. Thousands of children and wives were exposed to and poisoned by dioxin and hexachlorobenzene over a period of almost four decades.
For the Canadian government to say families were not exposed to the defoliation chemicals in any way is not only a callous dismissal of fact, but also a heinous lie, and it infuriates and frustrates the people who were there and who are sick.
DND records reveal that spraying frequently took place in relatively close proximity to surrounding communities. Distances ranged from 1 to 7 kilometres.
The Department of National Defence and the Government of Canada are not being truthful and forthright about this tragedy. It has been proven that DND sprayed deadly dioxins and hexachlorobenzene-laced defoliant from 1956 to 1984 at Gagetown. DND did not volunteer this information. DND did not take the opportunity to divulge information about the other defoliants when first questioned about Agent Orange. DND was NOT transparent in any sense of the word.
DND is now asking the world to believe it is being honest and up front. DND's previous actions have spoken much louder than its present-day words. Based on DND’s past actions those who are sick and those who have lost loved ones will NEVER believe them. The public will NEVER believe the effort being put forth to resolve the situation as long as DND is leading that effort. DND has no credibility in the eyes of the sick, the survivors, and now the general public
In answer to the outcry from the public the Government of Canada has created the Base Gagetown and Area Fact Finders Project. The project is led by the Department of National Defence. This begs the question why is this investigation being led by the accused?
This project is being presented as a public inquiry. It is not a public inquiry! It has no legal authority to subpoena or protect any witnesses that come forward to offer evidence.
The Project has two key responsibilities. The first is to be a conduit of information between those with concerns and the Government of Canada. The project is to hear the concerns of the community, ensure those concerns are communicated to both government and those completing the fact-finding tasks, and is to inform the community about the fact-finding work being conducted for the government.
The second responsibility is that the Coordinator of the project will provide a report to the Government of Canada through the Minister of National Defence documenting his discussions with people, including some personal comments. The Coordinator is not permitted to offer recommendations but is to merely submit facts to the federal government. This report will be an important consideration in subsequent policy decisions made by the Government of Canada.
It is the opinion of the Agent Orange Association of Canada that this project is merely a public relations exercise put in place by the federal government to appease the public.
The Fact Finder Project has 3 tasks:
Fact-finding Task 1 will seek to identify and contact, former and current serving Canadian Forces' members, and former and current civilian employees of the Department of National Defence (DND) who were present at CFB Gagetown during the spraying of the herbicides in question. Greg Thompson, the present day Minister of Veteran Affairs, has stated "The government has those records now and could actually release those in an afternoon"
The Agent Orange Association of Canada notes that there is no mention of the spouses and children of soldiers, civilian employees and no mention of civilian neighbours. Civilian employees are advised that they must apply for Workers Compensation benefits. Spouses, children and civilians are left to leave their fate with the courts. This "divide and conquer" response by the government has not gone unnoticed by the victims and families. The government’s response is offensive and insulting to those not recognized. Consequently a class action lawsuit has been instigated and is being led by the prestigious Canadian law firm The Merchant Law Group.
Fact-finding Task 2 will be a review of the history and science of the spraying of herbicides at CFB Gagetown from 1952 to present day and an assessment of their environmental fate and impacts.
The Agent Orange Association of Canada suggests that the government look no further than their own documentation easily obtained through the "Access To Information" Act . It gives a complete listing of all chemicals sprayed during the years in question.
Fact-finding Task 3 is divided into two parts: Part 1 is a health study that will assess potential risks to human health from the herbicides used at CFB Gagetown, based on the properties of these products and the probability and degree of exposure.
Part 2 is a descriptive epidemiological study, which would determine whether there is a higher incidence of illnesses in the population in the area surrounding CFB Gagetown, versus a control population from elsewhere.
The Agent Orange Association of Canada believes that an epidemiological study of the present population would not show true results. The 200,000 troops and their families that were at CFB Gagetown between 1956 and 1984 are no longer residents.
The Agent Orange Association of Canada believe that the Base Gagetown and Area Fact Finder project has to be dismantled. After 50 years of lies and deception from the Department of National Defence they should not be leading this investigation. The project cannot and will not be trusted.
On March 10 of this year the Department of National Defence issued a press release stating that of soil samples already tested ten percent were above accepted levels.
The other 90 percent did contain dioxins but were below Canadian Council of Ministers for the Environment (CCME) soil quality guidelines for dioxins. Considering the half life of dioxins are five to ten years, one must question what the levels would have been when the defoliants were sprayed up to 50 years ago. The soil samples were only testing for 17 of 76 possible dioxins. There has been no hexachlorbenzene testing results as of this writing.
Veteran Affairs Canada, the federal government department mandated to look after Canada’s veterans, has been less than stellar in this affair. The year 2005 was the "Year of the Veteran". Unfortunately that was only in name not in practice. Although Veteran Affairs claims that it gives veterans "benefit of the doubt" when they apply for benefits it appears not to be the case when they apply for benefits due to illness from chemical defoliants.
As of March 14, 2006 reports state that were 1453 applications received, of those 17 have been approved.
In January of 2006 the Canadian public elected a new Conservative Party government. The newly elected Prime Minster Stephen Harper during his election campaign promised to provide medical testing and compensation to victims of toxic herbicide spraying by Canada's armed forces at CFB Gagetown.
Note that Prime Minster Harper said medical testing and compensation to "victims" of toxic herbicide spraying. The Agent Orange Association of Canada takes that to mean all victims including spouses and children of military personnel as well as civilians. The Agent Orange Association of Canada also takes that to mean all toxic herbicide spraying and not only agent orange.
Media reports have stated that the newly elected government will move the Agent Orange file from the Department of National Defence to the control of Veteran Affairs Canada. As of this date that has not happened.
The Agent Orange Association has received thousands of emails, letters and phone calls from the victims of this tragedy that describe death, sickness and despair. They describe lives ruined by illnesses that in the minds of so many were unexplained. In Canada there is a lack of medical professionals that are familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of chemical poisoning. The victims have no one to turn to for medical assistance.
The Agent Orange Association of Canada believes that the Canadian government should mirror the Americans' actions and adopt a "presumptive clause" whereby if an individual both military and civilian is identified as being at CFB Gagetown during the years of spraying and is suffering or has suffered from a disease related to these chemicals then they are awarded compensation. One compensation plan should be in effect for all.
The Government of Canada must establish testing programs, and provide funds for medical care expenses not covered by medi-care. Grief and psychological counselling must also be made available. The Agent Orange Association of Canada is calling for a public inquiry into the poisoning of generations of military and civilian personnel. Finally there is one more thing required for the victims who have died, their loved ones and those who are now sick. It is the most important thing of all. An apology.
In closing I welcome you to watch what Canada does as a nation. I welcome you to watch and see if Canada’s newly elected government fulfills its promises to do the right thing. I pray to God that my country Canada makes me proud and seizes the opportunity to be the world leader in the humane treatment of individuals suffering from chemical defoliant poisoning.
In a world that becomes smaller each and every day it is imperative that we as human beings learn to realise that chemical defoliant poisoning has happened for far too long. We need to make those responsible take accountability for the pain and suffering of the poisoned around the world. I ask each and every one of you delegates to educate me and in turn let me educate you to the things we know so that we can return to our homes and educate the world to the tragedy that so many have suffered.
BE STRONG AND OF GOOD COURAGE, DO NOT FEAR OR
BE AFRAID OF THEM; FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD, HE IS
THE ONE WHO GOES WITH YOU. HE WILL NOT LEAVE OR
( DEUTERONOMY 31:6 *NJKV )
Those words were spoken by Moses to all the children
The Prophet David wrote, IN GOD I HAVE PUT MY TRUST;
I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT CAN MAN DO TO ME?"
( PSALM 56:11 )
Our Savior Jesus Christ said, AND LO, I AM WITH YOU
ALWAYS, EVEN TO THE END OF THE AGE.
( MATTHEW 28:20 )
Those words are as true today as when they were spoken
by Jesus, David and Moses! For our Heavenly Father is
always with us, helping, guiding and protecting us as we walk
the pathway of this life. With help like that why be fearful of
the future or anything else?
Therefore as a child of God do not fear another person,
place or thing! After all what is fear but the opposite of faith!
So put all of your faith in God and you will be able to say,
"I SOUGHT THE LORD, AND HE HEARD ME, AND
DELIVERED ME FROM MY FEARS." Amen.
( PSALM 34:4 )
Have a Wonderful Monday Charles, and may God Bless
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