Hanging Up on Early-Exit Fees

   
 
One of the most common Questions I still do get from nay persons is how do I break a contract for breach of services.. http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/04/27/basic-contract-law/
 
“Hanging Up on Early-Exit Fees Regulators and courts are taking aim at early-cancellation penalties charged by carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, and DirecTV
 
There may be 50 ways to leave your wireless carrier. Just don’t do it before your contract is up—or you’ll be forced to pay a fat early-termination fee. That’s the lot facing most U.S. consumers of communications services, from mobile calling to cable TV to high-speed Internet access.  Consider the subscriber who wants to end a DirecTV (DTV) service contract and has to pay $20 a month for the remainder of the term. Breaking a wireless services contract can cost as much as $175. It’s a big reason why few people switch communications providers. At satellite TV company DirecTV, only 1.42% of customers close their accounts each month. Even Sprint Nextel (S), with one of the highest customer defection rates in the wireless industry, loses a mere 2.45% of its customer base in a month.
 
A prorated approach? But in a move that could make it easier for customers to drop phone or satellite providers, early termination penalties are coming under new fire from federal regulators, legislators, and courts. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has scheduled a hearing for June 12 to consider potential restrictions on the penalties. And even if the FCC doesn’t act to rein them in, Congress is mulling legislation that would.
 
Cable and phone companies, which spend hundreds of dollars on advertising and promotions to sign up each new subscriber, fear they’ll have a harder time recouping that investment if the penalties are diminished too far. And exit penalties exist worldwide: European telco Vodafone (VOD) requires subscribers to pay their monthly fees for the duration of wireless contracts, even if they don’t use the phone.
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has suggested that the commission may require service providers to prorate penalties through the life of a contract, so that the longer a customer stays, the lower the fee. The agency may also require that buyers be allowed to drop a service such as a new cell phone contract without penalty within 30 days of purchase. “Certainly carriers may be able to recover legitimate out-of-pocket expenses and costs,” says FCC spokesman Robert Kenny. “On the other hand, we want to make sure this isn’t being used as an artificial means of locking consumers into a particular service provider.” A ruling to alter the allowed penalty structure could come as early as this fall, says Carol Mattey, a former FCC official who is now a managing director for consultancy Deloitte & Touche.
 
“Enormous Pressure” Congress, meanwhile, is considering several bills backed by powerful supporters, including Edward Markey (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications & the Internet, and Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-Va.). The measures, proposing conditions for wireless contracts similar to those being considered by the FCC, are already going through revisions in Congressional committees and could be passed in early 2009.  But while the FCC and Congress may impose restrictions, it’s the legal system that threatens to scratch early termination fees altogether. Courthouses from California to New York are flooded with class actions claiming that early termination fees, especially those on wireless contracts, are unfair to consumers. In a landmark ruling on May 27, the Supreme Court refused T-Mobile USA’s request to dismiss one class action based on the cellular company’s contract stipulations that all customer disputes be settled through arbitration. The decision means that all similar suits can proceed—some state courts are expected to decide cases within days—and may open the floodgates to new class actions. “I just see an explosion of lawsuits,” says Mattey. “Every week, every carrier is getting sued. It’s going to create enormous pressure.”
 
To preempt state court rulings, T-Mobile and Sprint Nextel have already announced they will start reducing early termination fees as the time remaining on a contract declines. Exact details haven’t been disclosed, though the changes are expected to take effect this year. Just two days before the Supreme Court decision, AT&T (T) announced it would reduce its $175 early termination fee by $5 per month through the life of a new contract. That matched a policy implemented last year by Verizon Wireless, which has also introduced a 30-day risk-free service trial and now allows customers to switch calling plans without starting a new contract.

Sprint’s Vulnerability The industry would rather make the changes on its own. “Early termination fees are changing based on consumer demand,” says Joe Farren, spokesperson for CTIA, The Wireless Industry Association, noting that consumers can always opt for pre-paid wireless services that don’t require contractual commitments.

But carriers’ moves may prove too little too late. Lawsuits alone could result in billions of dollars in costs and settlements, and may prompt providers to axe early termination fees altogether. “Pandora’s box is going to open up,” says Jessica Zufolo, senior policy director for telecommunications, media, and technology at Medley Global Advisors.

For an industry that has long used contracts to keep subscribers on board, elimination of termination fees could spell massive changes, such as higher churn and slimmer margins. A satellite TV company typically spends around $700 to recruit a consumer. For wireless companies, the cost of acquiring customers, including marketing and handset subsidies, is closer to $400, and it typically takes more than a year to recoup. Higher rates of switching could be especially nettlesome for Sprint Nextel, which regularly finishes near the bottom of customer satisfaction rankings. “The biggest loser, unfortunately, in this space is Sprint,” says Serge Matta, senior vice-president at ComScore (SCOR).

A Dash of Kindness An industrywide, free 30-day trial period would provide cold comfort to wireless providers. The provision would make it easier for a certain percentage of subscribers to start hopping from one provider to another to get free service. Back when long-distance companies abolished contracts, a material percentage of consumers began switching without paying their last bill, says Rich Nespola, CEO of consultancy TMNG (TMNG).

To keep subscribers, more wireless carriers might follow Verizon Wireless’s lead and begin allowing subscribers to switch to lower-priced plans without having to extend contracts. A recent survey of more than 2,000 users by ComScore showed that 19% of Americans switched to their current carrier for a better price. Carriers may also offer users more free content and other incentives to encourage them to stay. “They’d do sweet things instead of barbs,” says Richard Doherty, director at consultancy Envisioneering Group. But these treats are likely to eat into revenue and margins.

One potential beneficiary of lower termination costs: equipment manufacturers. Today, an average American replaces a cell phone every 17.7 months, vs. every 16.6 months in 2006, according to consultancy J.D. Power. That lengthening replacement cycle spells trouble for handset makers Nokia (NOK), LG, and Motorola (MOT). If early termination fees go away completely, handset sales could jump 25% in the first six months, Doherty estimates.

A downside: To preserve their margins, service providers may not subsidize the equipment as much as they do today. Sure, subsidies are becoming less common, and less of a draw for consumers willing to splash out upwards of $500 for a razzle-dazzle smart phone. But, unable to charge termination penalties, service providers may simply pass the cost to consumers as other fees.

Kharif is a senior writer for BusinessWeek.com in Portland, Ore. With Jennifer Schenker in Paris.”

http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/jun2008/tc2008063_586218.htm?campaign_id=rss_tech

Having your ISP or others instead cancelling your services is easy.. Just continue to post on the net the truth as to what they are like.. and your services won’t be worth anything to them next, they will disconnect you gladly..”

” The ISP suppliers, Canadian corporations  now even such as Bell, or Acanac Inc. http://www.acanac.ca 1-866-281-3538  still are big unacceptable Liars who undeniably too are  clearly  guilty also of misleading, false advertising too now.. Accanac had mentioned on their internet  site that they do not cap their downloads.. but they conveniently had forgot to also say to all of the potential customers on their site that they lease their services from Bell and   that Bell itself  still regularly between 4 pm to 2 am caps their downloads.. when confronted with this they  Acanac Inc do reply  that  they do not cap their downloads but Bell does.. what an absurd misleading play on words. Mind you Acanac headquartered in Toronto did also claims that  they do provide a solution to this Capping software by means of a Putty software but unfortunately this  Acanac Inc approach is unreliable, requires continual monitoring, and is presently   more problems then what it is worth. Acanac’s support services are also non basically existent in fact, or very very inadequate, slow…So why does our pretentious , inadequate Minister of industry, Jim Prentice MP and his   useless consumer affairs department fail over and over again to look after the good interest of the consumers, but looks mainly after Big business good welfare?”

The Canadian  federal, provincial governments, the CRTC, Conservatives, Liberals  unfairly maintaining  archaic, monopolistic telecommunication firms, that are often   bloated, cost ineffective, incompetent, over staffed, un-competitively managed as well is the main reasons consumer costs falsely keep on going up now.
 
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My past internet download and service problems with Bell Sympatico,

I must say I am still rightfully really unhappy with my past years of experiences with my  Bell  Sympatico ISP services , their DSL Service and  DSL modem included.  I had joined  Bell Sympatico  because they  had advertised to me, all a high speed, unlisted, unlimited downloads and with no capping of their downloads. And had I known beforehand that I would have all of the many  unacceptable problems with them, and I would also also have their RATHER poor support on all of this  next to, plus their dishonest billing, management practices too, I really would not have bothered to GET THEIR  Internet services even  initially .. http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/tag/bell/
 
But the way the Bell customer support services tended to poorly handle my rightful complaints was ridiculous next as well. They had mislead me often as to what the real problem was, it was bad poor Bell itself, their inabilities  to meet theor own  promised contract terms. (Prov 27:2 KJV)  Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
 
Bell Sympatico undeniably clearly had beforehand promised me verbally a “high speed unlimited, uncapped, reliable, continual download services,  and not they will try to next to  offer me this, submit  their best service but they had, have  to deliver to my next what was promised.  In reality they had clearly failed to live up to their own advertisement, promises because of their in incapableness now to do so to me and often as I had witnessed even for 24 months and rightfully detailed, had complained to them too.  Bell, their false pride of self importance has gone to their head and has allowed also the employees, even the president of Bell, vice president of Bell Sympatico to wrongfully now be abusive to  me ,  to wrongfully think that they can dictate their  own contract obligations, terms now to others, to wrongfully make their own self evaluations too, and that the others, like me, have no choice but to comply even to their clearly lies, distortions, perversities. The Bell president himself now also needs to be reminded that a contract is a joint agreement amongst two equal, mutually submissive  parties, and that both parties have to respect the contract agreement, and each other, meaning definitely that Bell has to respect the customer now too.. When this immoral Bell perverts now even writes to me and says according to our own records we have adequately supplied your our services, that is a disserted one sided fact, not necessarily or rightfully shared by the customer now, me. I have dealt with another ISP and they were more honest as to what they had promised me and next delivered in comparisons to Bell Sympatico  now too. The Bell competitors  download speeds are significantly higher all the time as well,  with no capping too  and even cheaper too. 
       
I knew that there was something wrong with my Bell Sympatico ISP cause when I had started to measure it their internet download speeds and their the torrent download speeds fluctuated , were low and  the torrents were also capped by 90 percent   between peak times 4 pm till 2 am by Bell Sympatico  which was  all absurd,  the torrent download speed  was as slow as   15 kbs and not  rather what I had by Bell in  in the past of 250 to 350 kbs as well during peak hours. Bell for 6 months had lied to me and said the problems were related to my own computer and software when it next turns out undeiably this was never so too.  
Bell Sympatico next  was unable in  18 months to resolve my problem, they replaced my modem 7 times, sent me 7 repairmen to my home as well.. and yet in one day my new ISP,  DSL supplier was able to resolve it.. Not only was Bell Sympatico  not delivering to me regularly their promised high speeds on their high speed internet, but I was also having major  internet connectivity site problems and email problems and too often, and I was unable to concurrently use my torrent downloads, email software, and my internet browser. It was all  getting to be so unacceptably absurd too. Bell wrongfully, clearly  had not lived up to it’s promised  contractual obligations.
  
The MS operating system was  made for multitasking, even on the net, but with Bell Sympatico I clearly, wrongfully was unable to do this as well. Bell had even recommend that I shut down my  torrent software when I wanted to use my email or browse the internet. And  yes I too was really upset to find out that Bell was still capping my bit torrent downloads.. email, etc.,,  
Bell Sympatico itself next had did me a great favor by cutting off my poor services with them
  
but Acanac had next offered an effective solution for it..  and also very much cheaper as well, all at the same speeds too.. “Acanac Residential High Speed ADSL without any Limits  No Blocked Ports or Traffic Shapping, Unlimited Downloading 100 GB of Online Storage Up to 5 Mbps Download and 800 Kbps Upload  $18.95 per month  This offer is only available on a 1 year term and the first year of service” sales@acanac.com<sales@acanac.com> 
 

Upon further advice from the net
I set my Torrent  settings to:
-16 kBps upload instead of 60 kbs or more
-500 kbs (not unlimited download)
-tcpip.sys patched to 50 connections
-I do  have firewall disabled, 
Now I’m even downloading with 400 kbs and yes… the torrents I do use are selected do have many seeds and few peers.. so I am sure I can reach the maximum speed.

I like to use the torrent to download TV shows especially , I found TV shows often much better than the  movies, resolution included, plus on torrent downloads there generally are no COMMERCIAL interruptions,  and  I can chose when I want to watch the programs as well and this is why I basically do not want the cable TV instead.. I no longer watch my TV not even for the news.. since I also prefer to use the net for my news now too where I can get it at any time I want to  too..

Paul Kambulow
7781a thibert Montreal Quebec h8n2c5 tel 514-363-7316
  
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2008 5:23 AM
Subject: Re: [OSK-83557]: ISP  
 
I have let the putty program, with your recommended setting of 60 run all night, when it seems to be the most critical period, and it worked well.
 
 I have much appreciated your help and support here..
 
and I have been able to use my torrent download, and my email, plus my internet explorer with no connectivity problem. 
 
Now with steady confidence I can continue to recommend others to use Accanac as well. I trust that they too next still will continue to provide adequate support servcies..
 
I wish all the problems of life could be resolved that easily too.
 
Thanks a lot.
 
Paul
 

> Dear paul kambulow,
>Yes Bell is capping all service providers on their phone lines using bit torrents.
>The official workaround can be found at http://community.acanac.com/acanac/viewtopic.php?t=5903
>If you have any more questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.
>Best Regards,
> Acanac-Inc Sales 

Who looks after the citizens welfare? The pretentious security Minister

  
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Vancouver  Police Chief Jim Chu called on judges to impose tougher sentences on chronic criminals. They all should start with the bad cops, the bad RCMP too Canada wide.
 

One in three hit with RCMP Tasers need medical care: The Canadian Press-CBC analysis The Canadian Press – Tue Jun 17, 6:18 PM  OTTAWA – Nearly one-third of the people the RCMP has zapped with Tasers needed medical treatment afterward, prompting new questions about a potent weapon police consider a safer alternative to conventional guns.

 

Prosecutors look over charge assessment report on Dziekanski death The Canadian Press – Tue Jun 17, 6:46 PMVANCOUVER – B.C. Crown prosecutors are looking over a police report that will help them determine whether charges should be laid in the death of a man hit with a police Taser at Vancouver airport.

Who looks after the citizens welfare? The pretentious security Minister Stockwell Day MP who could not become a prime Minister firstly too already.

The RCMP also  uses Mickey Mouse PR, Public Relationship to cover the reality it fails often to get their man, most of them and definitely!!
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 Spending more money to overcome a bad a image is a really bad approach, a waste of time, for you still cannot undo all of the damage done already firstly..
  
“In Britain, many police forces are permitted to use Tasers only when there is a threat of serious injury or death, and before that threat has reached a level that would normally allow a gun to be used. The same holds for the police service of Northern Ireland, according to Mr. Kennedy, chair of an independent RCMP complaints body, in his final report on Tasers published yesterday. This should be the policy for the RCMP and other police forces in Canada. Why is that policy needed? Because, as seen in the two archetypal RCMP taserings in Canada – of a distressed Polish immigrant at the Vancouver airport, and of a penknife-wielding 82-year-old man in a Kamloops, B.C., hospital bed – police use the taser as a weapon of convenience.  The problem is not only that the taser can kill, or contribute to killing, as it did in the airport tasering of 40-year-old Robert Dziekanski in October, and in 19 other cases in the past five years. It’s that the overwhelming pain it causes and the total control it asserts (negating the brain’s impulses to the muscles, so that the tasered individual becomes completely locked up from within) are often out of all proportion to the threat”. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080619.ETASERS19/TPStory/Comment                 
Since I know with my own dealings with the RCMP many times the RCMP lies, and they too cannot be trusted to keep their promises, so we need independent reviews on the users of Tasers by the police, with reports in full detail at all times. When cops also do  know they have to do a report they will think twice about using Tasers..
 
Watchdog calls for better medical aid in taser incidents
Globe and Mail, Canada – 18 Jun 2008
OTTAWA — The head of the public watchdog over the RCMP says officers must seek immediate medical attention for people they zap with a taser.
  
Hey I have also shared it before, I know even too often firsthand that even the Police, RCMP, at the instruction of their political watchdogs, local politicians now too do collect a whole pile of data, information on the opposition, us ordinary citizens,  even from the net as well in their feeds.. but so does the post office, and  when you now do ask them to do some real work they all seem to be useless, pretentious. and do also have all their many false excuses just like too many of the politicians, civil and public services, etc..   “I would note that the issues raised , you are referring to in your email do not fall within the purview of the.”.  so how is the RCMP coming on the much too many complaints in Canada  that Bell Sympatico itself had this year falsified many of the customer’s renewal contracts without the customer’s prior approval, knowledge even, and mine included as I had rightfully asked them in writing too to do so too? Well? Or are they too still using their budgets to have a good time? Just like the bad others..
 
or are the police falsely going to harass  , investigate the whistle blowers rather or Taser and kill them and the others defenseless persons? THE RCMP falsely still did not get, convict  those murders who killed, Tasered to death,  the polish immigrant at the Vancouver airport even, too..  nor now most of  the big spenders who steal tax payer’s monies. And why? Don’t tell me they need a bigger budget again too?
 

 Canadians are trimming down on their food, lifestyle and travel habits as costs rise, says a new poll. Three-quarters of the Canadians surveyed said they’ve noticed the price of food increasing in the last three months, and almost half of respondents said they were already buying cheaper products in place of more expensive items.  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080617/national/food_gas_consumers

Who looks after out for our good welfare, the federal government, provinces?  we do that .. for the others are too busy stuffing their own pockets, having a good time still it seems.

RCMP use Tasers too often: report
Calgary Herald,  Canada – 18 Jun 2008
OTTAWA – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are using Taser electronic stun guns too often and should only fire them at suspects who pose a serious risk,

Ban Tasers if RCMP doesn’t curb use by year’s end: Commons committee
CBC.ca – 3 hours ago
A parliamentary committee is threatening to call for a moratorium on the use of stun guns if the RCMP doesn’t begin restricting use of the weapons by the end of the year.
Crack down on Tasers, watchdog tells Mounties Toronto Star
Too much Taser use Winnipeg Sun
CHQR – CTV.ca – Vancouver Sun – The Province
all 289 news articles » 

Saskatoon police lose bid to quash report on teen left to freeze  Canada.com – 4 hours ago SASKATOON – Two Saskatoon police officers and the Saskatoon City Police Association have lost their bid to quash the key findings of an inquiry into the circumstances of an incident that left an aboriginal teen frozen to death outside the city limits
Sask Appeal Court rejects bid to overturn findings of Stonechild The Canadian Press
Hartwig And Senger Lose Appeal 980 CJME News Talk Radio
Globe and Mail – Canada.com
all 31 news articles »
  
 Politicians must act to restrict Taser use
Calgary Herald – 5 hours ago
Airport last fall, when Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski died after receiving two jolts from the pistol-like device. He concluded there was: It should be considered an impact weapon and while it had its uses, should only be handled by police officers
The charged issue of tasers Globe and Mail
Crack down on Tasers, watchdog tells Mounties Toronto Star
CBC.ca – CTV.ca – Winnipeg Sun – StarPhoenix
all 316 news articles »

Fire all of the bad cops and their bad supervisors  immediately too..

 

 

 

Dream on

 

The Conservatives lying had said  elect us and we will be different from the other parties.. dream on…  next the reality was, is otherwise..

Conservative press release2005: “A Conservative government led by Stephen Harper will remove the GST on all the federal taxes the Liberals collect on each litre of gas bought.”Opposition leader Stephen Harper2005

: “Rather than continue to rake in record high revenues from record high oil prices, will the government simply cut gas taxes for consumers?”
Opposition leader Stephen Harper2005

: “Mr. Speaker, every time gas prices rise a cent, almost $40-million goes into the coffers of the government. It should stay in the pockets of consumers.”Prime Minister Stephen Harper2008: “The ability of governments to affect the price of gasoline per se is so small that it’s not worth doing.”
 
The expenses scam   Jun 18, 2008 04:30 AM  In an investigative report this week, the Star’s Kevin Donovan exposed a duplicitous practice in which ministers in the Harper government combined official business with party fundraising so as to stick taxpayers with the travel tab for the entire trip. Indeed, Donovan even found evidence that the so-called government  business appeared to be an afterthought to justify public funding of the travel costs to a Conservative fundraising event. When confronted with the evidence, the typical response from spokespeople for the government was that the Liberals did it too when they were in power. True enough. But Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised that his government would be different. For a year it called itself “Canada’s new government” to convey the message that it was squeaky clean and that everything it did would be transparent and above board. Whether it’s a time-honoured practice or not, it is just plain wrong to stick taxpayers with the travel bill for ministers to attend events designed to fill the party’s coffers. While it would be totally dishonest for a minister to “create” some government business in order to justify the cost of a fundraising trip, in practice it would be almost impossible for anyone to determine whether such official business is justifiable or not. And for that reason, when ministers commingle government and party business, it should be automatic that the government and the party split the cost of
travel right down the middle http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/445008

  

 

1: PM Stephen Harper himself had promised no patronage hirings if he was elected, but he next also broke this promise and many times.

“A Quebec federal Conservative Minister apparently helped his girlfriend’s mother get a 50,000 thousand dollar Job for 3 years?? ” and why does this remind me of the bad  Liberals? 

Clearly  Bad Conservatives who still do hire their unqualified friends, are the same as any bad Liberals

Couillard‘s mother received federal contract in August 2007: newspaper  Cape Breton Post – Jun 17 12:06pm  MONTREAL — A published report says Julie Couillard’s mother received a three-year mandate from the federal government to arbitrate employment-insurance disputes.
   
Couillard affair raises questions about free travel by MPs, partners  The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News – Jun 15 02:45pm  OTTAWA – There may be collateral damage for federal politicians in the Julie Couillard affair, as her liaison with former foreign minister Maxime Bernier draws public attention to one of the best kept secrets in Parliament – how MPs use $26 million worth of free airline travel each year.

2: “Scheduling official business to coincide with Conservative party fund raisers Ottawa Spending Scandal – A Case of Institutionalized CorruptionBy Myles Higgins  Tuesday, June 17, 2008  Thanks to widespread press coverage of the government spending scandal in Newfoundland and Labrador, with former provincial politicians and cabinet ministers winding their way through the courts for allegedly misusing constituency allowances, the report this week in the Toronto Star highlighting federal spending practices has a distinct ring of familiarity to it.

According to the news agency, federal Cabinet Ministers are making a practice of conveniently scheduling official business to coincide with Conservative party fund raisers and then claiming travel costs. The result: You and I pay for the expense out of our tax dollars while the Conservative Party of Canada reaps the benefit from the fund raising efforts.



The investigation highlights several trips made by a multiple Cabinet Ministers including Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn, Defense Minister Peter MacKay as well as Ministers Jim Prentice, Stockwell Day, Chuck Strahl and Gary Lunn.

This kind of misuse of taxpayer’s money is a familiar happening to the folks in Newfoundland and Labrador but that’s where the similarity ends.



As soon as the situation was uncovered in Newfoundland and Labrador the government’s top cabinet Minister was immediately fired, resignations were tendered, in both government and opposition ranks, a police investigation ensued and charges were laid. The reaction from the Harper government is simply to… well, actually there has been no reaction from the Harper government unless you count offhand comments from representatives who simply qualify their actions by saying, “… this is the way it has always been done and the Liberals did it too”.

Now that’s a novel defense. That one was tried in Newfoundland and Labrador as well. Court dates were still set.



The Prime Minister for his part appears to have lost his voice and is once again displaying an inability to make the “tough” decisions that need to be made by a responsible leader who has the best interests of constituents at heart rather than those of his party and political future.



For nearly two years Stephen Harper and Danny Williams have made no secret of how completely opposed to one another’s points of view they are. It seems that when it comes to the misappropriation of public funds their individual approaches are no different. One took the actions required to clean up government, the other, who ran on a platform of clean government, refuses to even awknowlege anything is wrong.



When elected officials spend countless thousands in tax dollars to attend party fund raisers it’s a situation that should raise the ire of all taxpayers, especially those who don’t support the party in question but who, through this backdoor practice, end up helping to fill party’s war chest.



The following Toronto Star excerpts speak volumes about the immoral and unethical practices taking place in Ottawa and being tacitly condoned by the Prime Minister.



The Star easily found 25 examples of Tory ministers mixing fundraising and department business, each trip typically costing taxpayers several thousand dollars.

The federal Conservatives – elected on promises to be squeaky clean – are using government resources to help fill their election war chest.

When Peter MacKay flew to British Columbia in January, he split his time between government business and two Tory fundraising gigs. Taxpayers footed the bill.



When then-Indian affairs minister Jim Prentice flew to Nova Scotia to meet with provincial chiefs, he headlined a Conservative fundraising dinner in Prince Edward Island. Taxpayers paid for the trip.

When Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn jetted off from a Quebec fisheries forum to attend a government meeting in Manitoba, he also guest-starred at a local Tory fundraising banquet.



Hearn was also in Nova Scotia and attended a fundraiser.

Total cost (for Hearn’s travels): about $5,500.

Stockwell Day (public safety); Chuck Strahl (Indian affairs) and Gary Lunn (natural resources) gave keynote speeches at the conference, and the theme was getting ready for the next election.

Strahl billed taxpayers about $5,000 for a five-day period that included the Tory conference. His expense report says he had “First Nations meetings” in Vancouver.

For the Conservative party, the trip cost nothing, though about $40,000 was raised in Victoria and Kelowna.

Lunn’s expense reports show a $10,000 expense for several trips in a short period, leading up to the conference, and ending in British Columbia.

His assistant, who typically travels with him, shows on her expense report a $5,000 bill to taxpayers for a five-day period that includes the three-day conference in Harrison Hot Springs.

Former Indian affairs minister Prentice, a Calgary MP who is now industry minister, travelled in February 2007 to Nova Scotia to take part in negotiations with Mi’kmaq chiefs in the province. He then attended a Conservative fundraising dinner in Malpeque, P.E.I. According to reports disclosed by the department, the total cost for Prentice and his political aide for the eastern trip was just under $7,000. A charter flight was included; the documents don’t explain the destination.



The regularity of these trips and the huge amount of money both expensed and raised, to help fill Conservative coffers, make the fridge magnet purchases and charitable donations of disgraced and criminally charged Newfoundland and Labrador politicians pale by comparison. 



When political mishandling of public money became known in Newfoundland and Labrador sweeping new spending controls were put in place. A full investigation was undertaken by the Auditor General and charges were laid. The position of the Newfoundland and Labrador government was clear, clean up the mess and let the chips fall where they may. Stephen Harper’s silence and total inaction over Ottawa’s misuse of public funds is clear indicator of his government’s position.



In the first quarter of 2008, the Conservative party has raised $5 million – outstripping both the Liberals and NDP with a dollar ratio of about five to one.”

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/3535

Now the Conservatives ironically are even collecting and next wasting more of  the money donated , to pay for TV, radio adds to  overcome the bad images Canada Wide too that  the free news reports rightfully have given them. Would be for them ,the Conservatives. now wiser, and cheaper firstly not to do these  bad things.

The expenses scam   Jun 18, 2008 04:30 AM  In an investigative report this week, the Star’s Kevin Donovan exposed a duplicitous practice in which ministers in the Harper government combined official business with party fundraising so as to stick taxpayers with the travel tab for the entire trip. Indeed, Donovan even found evidence that the so-called government business appeared to be an afterthought to justify public funding of the travel costs to a Conservative fundraising event. When confronted with the evidence, the typical response from spokespeople for the government was that the Liberals did it too when they were in power. True enough. But Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised that his government would be different. For a year it called itself “Canada’s new government” to convey the message that it was squeaky clean and that everything it did would be transparent and above board. Whether it’s a time-honoured practice or not, it is just plain wrong to stick taxpayers with the travel bill for ministers to attend events designed to fill the party’s coffers. While it would be totally dishonest for a minister to “create” some government business in order to justify the cost of a fundraising trip, in practice it would be almost impossible for anyone to determine whether such official business is justifiable or not. And for that reason, when ministers commingle government and party business, it should be automatic that the government and the party split the cost of travel right down the middle http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/445008

 
Spending more money to overcome a bad a image is a really bad approach, a waste of time, for you still cannot undo all of the damage done already firstly..
  
Hey I have shared it before, I know even too often firsthand that even the Police, RCMP, at the instruction of their political watchdogs, local politicians now too do collect a whole pile of data, information on the opposition, us ordinary citizens,  even from the net as well in their feeds.. but so does the post office, and  when you now do ask them to do some real work they all seem to be useless, pretentious. and do also have all their many false excuses just like too many of the politicians, civil and public services, etc..   “I would note that the issues raised , you are referring to in your email do not fall within the purview of the.”.  so how is the RCMP coming on the much too many complaints in Canada  that Bell Sympatico itself had this year falsified many of the customer’s renewal contracts without the customer’s prior approval, knowledge even, and mine included as I had rightfully asked them in writing too to do so too? Well? Or are they too still using their budgets to have a good time? Just like the bad others..
 
or are the police falsely going to harass  , investigate the whistle blowers rather or Taser and kill them and the others defenseless persons? THE RCMP falsely still did not get, convict  those murders who killed, Tasered to death,  the polish immigrant at the Vancouver airport even, too..  nor now most of  the big spenders who steal tax payer’s monies. And why? Don’t tell me they need a bigger budget again too?
 

 Many many evangelcial pastors even do wrongfully still  think that the citizens complaints about them  is all a big joke, they laugh at it, mock them too. Don’t believe me, just  do an internet search “Walter Kambulow” and see their poor  responses to his writings. Pastors falsely think they are above the law and yet many of them have, do  threaten to sue you when you get too close and personal about them. They want it both ways, they cannot though. They the evangelical pastors firstly do need to get real, to act like real Christians firstly now and work for God rather then self. They seem to have nice cars, nice homes, great salaries, expensive perks, vacations too too many of them.. Pastors Jim Baker,  Jimmy Swaggart was not the first or last pervert, crook.

  Tory minister’s comment on jurist slammed Liberal MP complains to Speaker after Toews calls UN human rights commissioner a `disgrace’ Jun 18, 2008 04:30 AM  OTTAWA–A senior Conservative cabinet minister says respected Canadian jurist and rights advocate Louise Arbour is a “disgrace.”  Treasury Board President Vic Toews heckled a Liberal MP who was questioning whether the government had ordered representatives to refrain from any public praise of Arbour on the occasion of her pending retirement as the United Nations high commissioner for human rights. Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay complained to the Commons Speaker on a point of order. She quoted Toews as saying “She is a disgrace” and immediately asked Toews, a former justice minister, to retract the remarks. He refused to back down. Instead, he clarified his remarks to say he believed Arbour’s statements “with respect to the state of Israel and the people of Israel are in fact a disgrace and I stand by those words.” The unofficial transcript, known as the “Blues” – which is subject to modification by members of Parliament and rarely quotes hecklers – recorded Toews’ comment as: “Shame on her.” An angry Hall Findlay later suggested Toews’ views were probably shared by a majority of members of the Conservative party. “You can have differences of opinion but when you make a completely personal attack, I think it’s appalling,” Hall-Findlay told reporters. She said Conservatives have portrayed Arbour’s comments “completely out of context.” Arbour, a former judge on the Supreme Court of Canada and a former international war-crimes prosecutor, will step down as the United Nations high commissioner for human rights at the end of her four-year term on June 30. During that time, she clashed with the United States for practices such as water-boarding of suspects in its “war on terror.” Arbour recently sparked protests when she praised the launch of a new Arab human rights charter that included a call for the elimination of Zionism. During the 2006 war in Lebanon, she warned killings of innocent civilians in Lebanon and Israel could amount to war crimes.  Rumoured to be a potential Liberal candidate in the next federal election, Arbour criticized the government decision to side with the U.S., Australia and New Zealand and to vote against the UN declaration on rights for indigenous peoples. She also called the cancellation of the $2.7 million Court Challenges program, which funded equality challenges under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, “disappointing.”  Dimitri Soudas, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, said: “The government hasn’t always agreed with all the positions she (Arbour) has taken. Nevertheless we’ve clearly praised what an accomplished career she’s had.”   http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/445150

http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/445150

Immoral Conservative Ostriches, war mongerers,  cannot refute the fact Israel had immorally targeted the bombing of innocent Christians in Lebanon to put pressure on the  terrorists. And Tony Blair and US president George Bush too had falsely allowed it, but I did not, I had objected rightfully to all too.   

 

Takin ya to the cleaners each month… BELL

 

  
HISTORY: Recently we decided we did not need a house phone. Let’s face it; anyone who has a cell phone probably uses the cell phone more than the house phone. In fact, most customer service reps will tell you that when people give out a contact phone number it is usually their cell phone number. That is the number they can be reached most of the time…Why?Most people carry their cell phones on their person at all times and the cell phone is usually always on, either with the ring set or the vibrator notifier set. Either way, if you really look at it, the house phone is only good if you are at home, inside the house, and can run fast enough to catch the final ring.House phones can not travel with you. They cannot sit beside you at work. They are not in the car with you and they don’t tag along while you shop. So, this definitely BEGS THE QUESTION: Why would any cell phone user host the high costs of a house phone?

HOW TO BEAT MA BELL’S $$$ PRICING:

The issue is Long Distant Calls.

Bell Mobility charges 30 cents for each minute of long distant calling within Ontario.

Prepaid Long Distant calling services, such as xpresscall.ca charges only .029 cents per minute. That is a savings (over BELL MOBILITY) of about 27 cents per minute.

Bell Mobility is overcharging its customers at least 27 cents for every minute of long distant calling charges.

SAVINGS: Not only do we now save the $50+ per month for a useless house phone, we also save 27 cents on each minute of long distance calls.

VOIP COMPUTER INTERNET CALLING: Oh yes, and don’t forget, if you have Sympatico DSL Internet do not let Bell trick you into believing that you need a phone to have the Internet. Just call up Bell and demand they change your system to a “Dry Loop” as mandated by the CRTC decision.

A Dry Loop, or “dry pair” means you do not pay the extra costs of a phone: “A dry pair is normally used with a security system, but more recently may also be used with DSL equipment or an ethernet extender to connect two locations” (wiki). Dry loop is also used for house alarm systems.

Moral of the Story: Do not let Bell Canada/Sympatico lead you to believe you MUST have a phone connected to get their High Speed Internet. And…With using Bell Sympatico’s DSL High Speed you can use VOIP to do very inexpensive calls via SKYPE – and if you call from your computer to a friend’s computer in South Africa, or any other spot in Cyberspace, your calls are all FREE.

A WORD TO THE WISE: It took us 13 phone calls to Bell Sympatico and Ma Bell and we finally had to stop payment on our house phone their attention and to get the dry loop. THEY DO NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT THE DRY LOOP as they lose the money from you thinking you must have a phone to get their Internet. See the CRTC ruling above, you may just want to quote the reference number when talking to a customer service rep:

Telecom Order CRTC 2005-415  “

  
I ALSO DO  ALREADY KNOW HOW BAD BELL IS FIRSTHAND TOO.

 

 

THE LAW OF THE JUNGLE

  

“BCE lawyer defends $52 billion buyout, judges have questions.  OTTAWA — BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) came under stiff questioning by the Supreme Court of Canada as to whether taking on massive debt as part of its leveraged buyout by a group of funds was in the best long-term interests of the company. The $52-billion takeover of the iconic Canadian company by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and its U.S. partners is being challenged in court by bondholders who argue their rights were ignored by the BCE board as it worked to maximize the return to shareholders. In opening arguments before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, BCE counsel Guy Du Pont argued that the directors had a duty only to do what is best for the company and its shareholders and their obligation to bondholders was to meet contractual obligations to pay interest and repay principal. “If you look at all the stakeholders and their conflicting interests, it would put the board in an irreconcilable position,” Du Pont said. “There is no duty to consider beyond the contractual rights of the bondholders.” But the argument was tested several times by several of the justices hearing the case. In May, the Quebec Court of Appeal ruled against BCE and the Teachers in finding that bondholder interests also had to be considered by the directors. “How can it be in the interest of the corporation to load it up with debt?” asked Justice Ian Binnie. And Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin questioned whether corporations had a more general duty beyond what is best for the shareholders and the directors up to the time of the deal going through. “

 
Looking solely after  your own self interest and to Hell with everyone else is not a valid business management approach.. it is the law of the jungle rather and not civilization..

More people are increasingly using the internet

“Record Percentage Of Americans, Persons Use Internet For Politics, Survey Finds
By Sarah Lai Stirland June 15, 2008 | 9:56:08 PM
A record percentage of Americans have used the internet to participate in the most closely-watched presidential election in decades, finds a newly-released survey from the non-partisan Pew Internet & American Life Project.   The spring 2008 survey finds that a record-breaking 46 percent of all Americans have used the internet, e-mail or cell-phone text messaging to participate in the political process.  The survey found that the internet is becoming an increasing part of the norm of political participation — people are  using it to read the news, share their views, or to participate in some  other process to get others to take political action.   “In this season, just the twelfth year of presidential politics online, there is no disputing the fact that the internet has moved from the periphery to the center of national politics,” write Aaron Smith, a research specialist and Lee Rainie, the Pew project’s director in the new survey.  Bloggers in general are having a huge impact on the course of election, but the kind of audio and video that they’re digging up is playing a significant role in driving the news cycle, the researchers write.  At the same time as Americans’ use of the internet has grown in the political sphere, there’s also a healthy dose of skepticism.  Sixty percent of those surveyed, for example, agree with the statement that “The internet is full of misinformation and propaganda that too many voters believe is accurate.” Thirty two percent disagreed with that.  A surprising 74 percent of those surveyed disagreed with the statement that they would not be as involved with the campaign if it weren’t for the internet. But age could be the factor that explains that finding. When the Pew researchers broke that out among age groups, a larger portion of the younger groups of people tended to agree that the internet is important in helping them to stay active and connected with the campaigns. The survey also finds that Americans are eager to view source materials for themselves — almost 40 percent of internet users and a third of all adults have gone online to read or watch unfiltered campaign material, such as archived debates, speeches and announcements and position papers. “

http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/06/record-percenta.html

More and more people are increasingly using the internet these days to deal with issues, to be more informed.. but you still have to be careful.. even to spit out the bones..
 

Sympatico and The future is wireless, some would say –

 “If you were half as good at running a company as you were at lobbying, maybe you’d have a better network,”  Quebecor executive vice-president Luc Lavoie who took a shot at the quality of Bell Canada’s cellphone service: . http://news.aol.ca/article/telecom-summit/258999/
   
 The future is wireless, some would say  and the past  way they also  have mismanaged their past land line, ISP services too,  clearly indicates they will do it also next with the wireless services too at the users, customers expenses…
  
Recent discussions by both Bell and Rogers on their Corporate need  to get more and more money, with even any excuse, still out of consumers, and to throttle the downloads,  only all clearly confirms the reality as to how poorly managed these same companies in realty are still.. They too now have been wrongfully over subsidized by the CRTC, the Canadian  federal governments now too… now it is rather time the citizens got the break, protection.
   
Reality- Dirty Dirty Bell Sympatico …the most abusive Corporation, firm I have dealt in Canada in my lifetime. Paul Kambulow
 
 Not acceptable.
 
and there is no way to disprove the truth.
 

The Corporate Net wars, – Bell, Rogers

  
 “If you were half as good at running a company as you were at lobbying, maybe you’d have a better network,”  Quebecor executive vice-president Luc Lavoie who took a shot at the quality of Bell Canada’s cellphone service: . http://news.aol.ca/article/telecom-summit/258999/
   
 The future is wireless, some would say  and the past  way they also  have mismanaged their past land line, ISP services too,  clearly indicates they will do it also next with the wireless services too at the users, customers expenses…
  
Recent discussions by both Bell and Rogers on their Corporate need  to get more and more money, with even any excuse, still out of consumers, and to throttle the downloads,  only all clearly confirms the reality as to how poorly managed these same companies in realty are still.. They too now have been wrongfully over subsidized by the CRTC, the Canadian  federal governments now too… now it is rather time the citizens got the break, protection.
   
Reality- Dirty Dirty Bell Sympatico …the most abusive Corporation, firm I have dealt in Canada in my lifetime. Paul Kambulow
 
 Not acceptable,  and  there is no way to disprove the truth.
 

Is your ISP still even watching you? or the cops?

  
First of all… it is not the ISP’s job to become the Big Brother police of the internet and world wide web, and it   such is a serious breach of freedom of speech, invasion of one’s personal privacy still too,  they the ISPs are there to provide a good, decent, reliable high speed service thus the term Internet Service Provider, some thing that Bell Sympatico in Canada clearly and wrongfully  has not be able to do for me often too.,, as you can read on this site often too. This Unauthorized bell watchdog needs to firstly look at itself and deal rightfully even firstly with it’s much too many customer contract violations, abuses and ASAP even in reality.
 
Practically all ISPs and there employees do read your e-mails and look at the sites you visit, without a wiretap order.
 
“The network is asserting almost complete control of the users’ ability to use their network as a gateway to the Internet,” said Marvin Ammori, general counsel of Free Press, a Washington-based consumer advocacy group. “They become gatekeepers rather than gateways.”
 
The ISP wrongfully sees itself as the sole judge of disputes in their contract obligations too.
  
This sort of contract, where the subscriber is considered to agree by signing up for service rather than by active negotiation, is given extra scrutiny by the courts. Any wiggle room or ambiguity is usually resolved in favor of the consumer rather than the company.
 
ISPs CAN BLOCK YOU FROM VISITING ANY WEB SITES
 
ISPs CAN WRONGFULLY HAMPER YOU FOR USING YOUR PAID FOR UNLIMITED CONNECTION TOO MUCH TOO LIKE BELL SYMPATICO FINALLY ADMITS IT HAS BEEN SECRETLY DOING BEFORE TOO.
 
The falsehood, misdirection that the Bells AT&T , Verizon, Sympatico aren’t as concerned about bandwidth hogs, because phone lines aren’t shared among households… is not true as well
 
I too would rightfully like to see the provisions that made DPI (deep packet inspection) by ISPs to be made illegal not just by the CRTC but also by the federal government now too, including by Bell , the Big Brother’s false invasion of our home, personal privacy. Since we can readily know that the reasons given for the internet downloading inspections, capping are unjustifiable, what are the actual reasons now for these online now inspections too?
 
Spending more money to overcome a bad a image is a really bad approach, a waste of time, for you still cannot undo all of the damage done already firstly..
 
Hey I have shared it before, I know even too often firsthand that even the Police, RCMP, at the instruction of their political watchdogs, local politicians now too do collect a whole pile of data, information on the opposition, us ordinary citizens,  even from the net as well in their feeds.. but so does the post office, and  when you now do ask them to do some real work they all seem to be useless, pretentious. and do also have all their many false excuses just like too many of the politicians, civil and public services, etc..   “I would note that the issues raised , you are referring to in your email do not fall within the purview of the.”.  so how is the RCMP coming on the much too many complaints in Canada  that Bell Sympatico itself had this year falsified many of the customer’s renewal contracts without the customer’s prior approval, knowledge even, and mine included as I had rightfully asked them in writing too to do so too? Well? Or are they too still using their budgets to have a good time? Just like the bad others..
 
or are the police falsely going to harass  , investigate the whistle blowers rather or Taser and kill them and the others defenseless persons? THE RCMP falsely still did not get, convict  those murders who killed, Tasered to death,  the polish immigrant at the Vancouver airport even, too..  nor now most of  the big spenders who steal tax payer’s monies. And why? Don’t tell me they need a bigger budget again too?
 
So what is the government doing about protecting us and our privacy and stopping the invasion of our personal privacy in reality? Nothing again?