Alberta today- Reality sets in Calgary housing starts slide 66%

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Total housing starts in the Calgary region plunged by a stunning 66 per cent in January compared with the same month a year ago, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. Data released today by the agency said starts in the Calgary census metropolitan area dropped from 711 units in January 2008 to 243 units last month. There were 204 single-detached starts in January 2009, lower by about 44 per cent from the 363 units started in January 2008.  “The downward trend in single detached starts seen during 2008 is expected to continue into 2009 due to the current economic uncertainty and elevated levels of inventory in the market,” said Lai Sing Louie, senior market analyst in Calgary for the CMHC. Meanwhile, multi-family starts, which include semi-detached units, rows, and apartments, amounted to 39 units in January 2009 compared to 348 units started in January 2008 – an 89 per cent decline. “Multi-family starts have been moving lower since June of last year while inventory levels have been moving up,” said Louie. “As a result, much of the multi-family construction activity in 2009 will focus on completing the multitude of projects that were started in 2007 and 2008 rather than initiating new construction.” Housing starts across Alberta’s seven largest centres totalled 836 units in January compared to 2,185 units a year earlier – 62 per cent down. Lower levels of activity were reported across six of Alberta’s seven largest centres. Wood Buffalo reported a 12.3 per cent increase in year-over-year activity.http://www.calgaryherald.com/Calgary+housing+starts+slide/1269875/story.html
 
In spite of a growing, deepening Albertan  recession the most recent  growth makes Calgary , 1/3 the size of Montreal, is the third-largest municipality in Canada ?  Now according to the latest statistics   Toronto (2,631,725 people in 2007) and Montreal (1,620,693 in 2006) had more people. Ottawa (898,150 in 2008) and Edmonton (782,439 in 2009) rounded out the top five.  However, if one uses census estimates from 2008 for metropolitan areas — which rightfully do include the immediate  surrounding suburbs — then the Calgary Region falls to fifth, behind Toronto (5,531,263), Montreal (3,750,540), Vancouver (2,271,224) and Ottawa (1,198,668).  Calgary (1,182,446) is unique  for having the vast majority of its population live in the actual municipality, and not in surrounding suburbs. It has no suburbs because it is a mostly new city basically. That is why it is also costly as the roads, sewers, are mostly new too. Calgary only has 60,000 more residents than Edmonton (1,124,163) and it makes a lot of false noise in that fact too cause it wants to attract much needed capital investors for non existing industrial, commercial aspects.. There basically are only 2 large cities in Alberta, Calgary and Alberta, and a handful of smaller towns.. Alberta has some of the biggest liars, spin doctors in Canada for the main cities are desperately seeking more  revenues, and capital investors and anyway they can get them now too even by lies, distortions. There is not much industrial, Manufacturing business in Alberta due to the shortage of labor and skilled persons, and high operating costs. People in Calgary and Alberta do often dream of becoming rich ,  but it is a far away dream when you consider the high costs of living there and the uncertainty of holding onto a job too.
 
 
 
OTTAWA — The number of bankruptcies in Canada jumped 46.7 per cent in December from a year earlier, with consumers being hit the hardest as the economic downturn took hold. The federal Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy reported Monday there were 8,299 bankruptcies during month, up from 5,659 from December 2007. Consumer bankruptcies soared 50.6 per cent to 7,821 in December from 5,192 a year earlier, it said. The number of business bankruptcies were up 2.4 two per cent to 478 from 467 for the year-earlier period.   http://www.calgaryherald.com/Life/Bankruptcies
 
 
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Alberta

  Stephen Harper’s ill advised  Alberta attitude

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 Harper’s Alberta attitude Homegrown contempt for opposition bugs rest of Canada. Published January 1, 2009  by Gillian Steward in Viewpoint    As Stephen Harper stoked the opposition parties into a flaming fury in early December, I wondered if he had forgotten that he was in Ottawa, not Alberta. In Alberta, the provincial Conservatives treat elected opposition MLAs with the same kind of contempt. Of course, in Alberta they can get away with it, because they have successfully engineered majority governments for 37 years, and counting. The Tories here don’t need to worry about the Liberals and the NDs banding together and bouncing them back to the opposition benches. After all, the combined opposition holds only 11 out of 83 seats. Most Albertans seem to like the Conservatives, so they keep voting for them. However, Albertans who elect Liberals or NDs are no less committed to the well-being of their fellow citizens. You wouldn’t think the same of Conservative MLAs, given way they treat opposition members or anyone who takes them to task. Like Harper, former premier Ralph Klein was not content to best opposition forces during elections, which he did several times; he wanted to crush them. During the Klein, regime opposition MLAs were often treated as though they had no right to be in the legislature. He banned them from policy committees. He denied them the use of publicly funded government facilities. He freely insulted them, and he frequently forced closure of debate on important issues such as electricity deregulation and privatization of health care. Klein and his henchman Rod Love quickly labelled people “communists” if they gave them grief. They weren’t afraid to verbally slap around mayors, city councils, university presidents, school boards and, of course, the media. In Ralph’s World, power was the name of the game; democratic process was a nuisance. And let’s not forget Ed Stelmach was in cabinet for all of this. You may be wondering; if the situation was so bad, why didn’t the people of Alberta rise up in protest and vote the louts out? Perhaps it’s the Stéphane Dion syndrome: they didn’t much like the goons in power, but they didn’t much like the alternatives either. Let’s take the Liberals. The usual slap against them is that they are Liberals, that they are the same party that foisted former prime minister Pierre Trudeau’s much-hated National Energy Program on Alberta. Liberals are always quick to deny this. During provincial election campaigns, they go to great pains to explain to voters that they are Alberta Liberals, not the dastardly federal Liberals who sucked so much money out of the province. Then as soon as the writ is dropped for a federal election, the same Alberta Liberals turn around and work for federal Liberal candidates. Some of them even stand as federal Liberals candidates. Why do they think they can have it both ways? And why do they think that Albertans don’t notice the hypocrisy? As for the New Democrats, it’s hard to believe that they can ever move beyond their Edmonton fortress and the cozy support provided by public service unions. Most candidates in Calgary are recruited simply so the ND option is on the ballot, and voter support can be totalled up provincewide as evidence of popular support. Even so, the NDs garnered only 8.5 per cent of the popular vote in the last election. As well, stories abound about ND leader Brian Mason’s dictatorial ways. You know the NDs are at the end of the road when the president of the Alberta Federation of Labour publicly calls for a coalition of the NDs, Liberals and Greens, as Gil McGowan did last spring. The Alberta Conservatives have grown arrogant and lazy simply because they have been in power for so long. The opposition parties are becoming more and more irrelevant. Voter turnout in Alberta is embarrassingly low. The time seems ripe for a new party with a leader who can inspire people to work together on all the challenges that confront us. In the meantime, the Conservative government can pretty much do as it wants. It has a solid majority, and there won’t be another election for three years. Who knows, the opposition parties might be in even worse shape than they are now? That’s the way it is in Alberta. However, Harper would do well to remember that other parts of Canada don’t have the same hidebound traditions when it comes to politics. Ontario certainly doesn’t. Voters there hold governments much more accountable. As do voters in Quebec. For that matter, voters in the other western provinces regularly turf out governments if they are seen to be beyond their stale date. Not in Alberta. We prefer to keep the mouldy bread rather than bake a fresh loaf. Perhaps Harper has been enmeshed in politics Alberta-style for too long to realize it doesn’t translate well in the rest of Canada. He actually needs to work with the opposition or his minority government will not survive. That may rankle an Alberta Conservative like Harper, but that’s the way it works in the real world. http://www.ffwdweekly.com/article/news-views/viewpoint/harpers-alberta-attitude-3094/

 

In spite of a growing, deepening Albertan  recession the most recent  growth makes Calgary , 1/3 the size of Montreal, is the third-largest municipality in Canada ?  Now according to the latest statistics   Toronto (2,631,725 people in 2007) and Montreal (1,620,693 in 2006) had more people. Ottawa (898,150 in 2008) and Edmonton (782,439 in 2009) rounded out the top five.  However, if one uses census estimates from 2008 for metropolitan areas — which rightfully do include the immediate  surrounding suburbs — then the Calgary Region falls to fifth, behind Toronto (5,531,263), Montreal (3,750,540), Vancouver (2,271,224) and Ottawa (1,198,668).  Calgary (1,182,446) is unique  for having the vast majority of its population live in the actual municipality, and not in surrounding suburbs. It has no suburbs because it is a mostly new city basically. That is why it is also costly as the roads, sewers, are mostly new too. Calgary only has 60,000 more residents than Edmonton (1,124,163) and it makes a lot of false noise in that fact too cause it wants to attract much needed capital investors for non existing industrial, commercial aspects.. There basically are only 2 large cities in Alberta, Calgary and Alberta, and a handfull of samller towns.. There is not much industrial, Munufacturing business in Alberta due to the shortage of labor and skilled persons, and high operating costs. People in Calgary and Alberta do often dream of becoming rich ,  but it is a far away dream when you consider the high costs of living there and the uncertainty of holding onto a job too.

 

NOW SEE AND READ http://postedat.wordpress.com/2009/07/30/iris-evans-minister/

 

This next was so predictable even by me too

  The Bell company has also adopted rebranded its Bell ExpressVu, Sympatico and residential service in favour of Bell TV, Bell Internet and Bell Home Phone.  http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/08/07/bell-bce-own-profitability/

The new image will not deny the same bad Bell  http://canadatoday9.multiply.com/journal/item/4/HOW_TO_DEAL_WITH_MAJOR_COMPLAINTS

“It’s all to convince to convey that Bell is and has gotten better,” Bell Mobility president Wade Oosterman said in an interview.

But telecom analyst Carmi Levy of AR Communications said the changes will have little impact unless they are accompanied by a dramatic improvement to customer service.

“You can change your logo and you can change the name of your offering until the cows come home but if you don’t change the fundamental way that you operate, then the rebranding effort will be for not,” the Toronto-based analyst said in an interview.

He said Bell needs to be less adversarial and aggressive with customers and more responsive to their needs.

“This needs to be just the first salvo in an ongoing effort to become a softer friendlier company to deal with.”

New Bell chief executive George Cope has promised to improve customer service as it completely overhauls the vast business. The Montreal-based company recently announced plans to shed 15 per cent of management and sell non-core assets.

Bell hangs up on 2500 jobs
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   Analysts say there’s more bloodletting ahead at telecom giant Bell Canada following news yesterday the company is axing 2500 managers .  – BCE Inc.’s newly appointed chief executive George Cope announced the company will shed 2,500 management positions representing several layers of bureaucracy as the first steps of a plan designed to steer the bloated telecommunication giant back into competitive shape. The layoffs, which include the reduction of 15 per cent of BCE’s management and 30 per cent of its senior leadership team, will be focused in the company’s main business units such as its Bell Canada, Mobility, ExpressVu and Enterprise groups, Cope said. Non-management front-line service positions are not affected by the announcement, although it is expected some of its 54,000-strong workforce will be cut by the end of the year.

 I have written a lot even on the net  in  the last 18 months how bad Bell really has become.. http://www.google.com/search?q=thenonconformer+sympatico&rls=com.microsoft:en-us&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&startIndex=&startPage=1 

http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/07/18/bell-sympatico-executive-care-sasha-rollins/ 

 

 

If you’re sgned up with a locked in agreement with either carrier, and have selected your desired plan option, the Quebec man is arguing that the carrier is not permitted to change the terms of said plan until the contract has ended. 
 
 
Where’s Canada’s regulator? Globe and Mail, Canada –  Coincidentally, this morning also brought news that a class-action lawsuit has been launched in Quebec over plans by Bell Mobility Inc. and Telus …
  
 
Bell Canada Ontario class action  p2pnet.net, Canada – 22 Jul 2008 Says Drake in a p2pnet Reader’s Write, “Ontario residents can now join the class action suit against Bell for throttling.” Bell Canada has been trying to …
 
  
 the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, based at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, asked the federal Privacy Commissioner to investigate the Internet service provider (ISP) industry’s practice of profiling users online to target them with advertising… You’d think the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission would have stepped into that role a little more energetically than it has. It seems to have been loath to delve too far into holding high-tech companies accountable to any standards.  The CRTC’s U.S. counterpart, the Federal Communications Commission, is a much more aggressive regulator (in a land obsessed with deregulation). This morning the FCC took a step closer to “punishing” Comcast after the company had blocked Internet traffic among users of file-sharing software that allows them to exchange large amounts of data. Though the punishment is not likely to include a fine, it could require Comcast to stop blocking peer-to-peer traffic, open up their business to the FCC describing what exactly Comcast had done and to be a lot more transparent with its customers about how it manages its network… Why do practices like these have to be handled by individuals launching lawsuits or self-appointed law clinics writing stiff letters? Why are our regulators quiet while the service providers, of both Internet and cellphone services, keep charging whatever they want and doing things that they wouldn’t do if they were more actively regulated? It’s not like Canadian Internet providers have been angels, living just above the poverty line. But it appears they have been milking their customers, and should be accountable for their actions.
  
Ottawa sends own message on new cellphone fees
Toronto Star,  Canada – 5 hours ago
He said that, as of yesterday, 270 people had signed up for the lawsuit against Telus and another 306 for the suit against Bell. …
Ontarians join anti-text fee lawsuit Toronto Sun
Class-action sought over messaging fees Globe and Mail
SMS Alert: Class Action Suit Filed Against Bell, Telus MarketnewsGadgetTalk
Prepaid Reviews – TheChronicleHerald.ca
all 192 news articles »
 
Class Action Lawsuit Launched Against Telus and Bell
Mobile Magazine – 28 Jul 2008
In fact, the Canadian populace is so angry at Telus and Bell that they are launching a class action lawsuit over the incoming text message fee. …
Class action suit filed against Bell, Telus for new texting fees CBC.ca
Bell, Telus facing possible lawsuits over text fees CJAD
Bell and Telus sued over incoming text fees Winnipeg Sun
CTV.ca – Canoe.ca
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I do not have to accept any of the negative consequences, or bad acts of other persons  and their sins too. Not even those by the Liberals or the Conservatives leaders now too.
That includes their verbal abuse, physical abuse, slander, lies, emotional abuses, their false silent treatment too now. etc.. I can even tell them that now too. 

Public exposure and prosecution of the guilty persons seems to be most effective way that works for everyone’s benefit in dealing with the bad acts of others still.

(Job 28:28 KJV)  And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

I still am often amazed how many control freaks I do encounter, and yes often they can also be found in schools, homes, work, church,  governments, elsewhere too.. these are people who often claim they are giving you some helpful hints, tips, advice but are trying to manipulate you to do something they rather want.  
 
Control freaks do often have a terrible personal, social  life too and do often make all life terrible for those they live with, marry, work with, come in contact with.
   
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Subject: : Bell
I have received today your illegal, unsigned Bell  letter to me dated July 24, 2008  Subject account Number 48180409 COLLECTION AGENCY ACTION PENDING 
  
 Unless you in  full and adequately answer all of my past 300 letters of complaint to you, you are again warned any other further actions by Bell  towards me will be taken as personal harassment of me, and they not only will be fully exposed to all on the net too, but  I will call the police, the RCMP as well and rightfully have  you charged with harassment.
 
Paul Kambulow
Bell continues to cheat, lie, steal, abuse..
     
50 Cent Files Taco Bell Lawsuit
Artistdirect.com, CA – 25 Jul 2008
50 Cent’s legal team has filed a lawsuit against Taco Bell, saying he never agreed to endorse their value menu. In a recent commercial, the company suggests …
50 Cent says Taco Bell stole his endorsement Reuters
UPDATE: Rapper 50 Cent Sues Taco Bell Over Name-Change Letter CNNMoney.com
50 Cent sues Taco Bell over ad campaign The Associated Press
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Posted on the net too.
 related posts:
Class action suit filed against Bell, Telus for new texting fees
CBC.ca, Canada – 23 hours ago
Eric Cormier, who has subscribed to Bell Mobility for the past decade, says by introducing the new fees, the companies have changed the terms of their cellular contracts.”This was something that was free up until then and the problem for the consumers is that they cannot re-negotiate the contract,” said lawyer Noel Saint-Pierre.

“What we’re trying to get the court to say is that for the duration of a contract … the telephone company should not be able to unilaterally modify the conditions of the contract.” as e-mail and MMS continue to gain popularity among phone users, undoubtedly resulting in increased revenues for carriers, Bell and Telus decide to nickel and dime the occassional users.     

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Justifiable Consumer uproar in Canada

 

I have sent many letters to the useless Minister of Industry, Consumer affairs,  Jim Prentice MP   CorrespondenceMinister@ic.gc.ca  and when I next phoned them in Ottawa and I HAD RECENTLY asked about a decent reply to my many letters, they said they do not know where they are,  and for me to mail them again TO THEM.. RATHER ask them to read them on the net too then for they are there as well!! Let them RE read this too..

 
Stephen Harper is a hit when viewed from afar Calgary Herald,  Canada –  From a close-up perspective, the Conservative government has put in a fairly credible, largely scandal-free performance since the election in 2006 ????????????????????? Not true!
The MP Stephen Harper, he is nice from far but far from nice, as we all know also that he lies, lied, had broken most of his re-election promises, which the Conservative Ostriches in Alberta would now have us falsely try to deny, and even have us wrongfully  to become liars like them now too…  even denying Harper’s and the Conservative promises of full openness, transparency ,  accountability and not to hire any conservative friends, etc,… to be different than the other parties now too.. not be merely another  bullies, bashers, liars, slanderers, living high on the hog, alcoholics, etc,..
the typical bad lawyer, Minister of industry, consumer affairs, Jim Prentice MP, also hires his Conservative friend, shame on you.. Tories appoint Reform founder Manning to science advisory panel  AND as for Preston Manning ALL HE SEEMS TO LOVE TO TALK ABOUT MONEY THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL.. NOW HE MANNING WILL GET MORE MONEY TO DO THAT TOO. ABSURD! If he is now a real Christian then I am a monkey’s uncle too. HOW IS THAT FOR A SCIENTIFIC INPUT?
 
So the Industry minister even calls on Bell, Telus to explain new text charges- 
 
 

 

This is not even a new issue but an old one. I firstly could not help but notice that a very significant AMOUNT OF YOUNG PEOPLE USE THE iPHONES AND COMPUTERS STILL, and that as a direct result we now have whole generation of users who clearly do strongly hate the federal government as well as the big corporations for allowing them to be abused again and again. A really Smart move??  for the Conservatives and big Corporations   getting young customers too mad at them now even for life. Certainly not a good, or a great marketing practice for  the Conservatives, the Corporations, even for Industry Minister Jim Prentice MP. The whole fiasco, poor past responses, inactions   now still being poorly thought out ironically  applies now even to to the Conservatives and the Industry Minister himself  now as well.. It all clearly falls in the same category as the Conservative Stockwell Day MP  and his past skidoo antics.

“Finally Industry Minister Jim Prentice is calling on the chief executive officers of Bell and Telus to meet with him and explain their decision to charge consumers for incoming text messages. Jim Prentice has sent letters to the heads of the two companies, has said the decision to charge consumers without text bundling packages will hurt consumers. The companies must meet with him before Aug. 8. “While I have no desire to interfere with the day-to-day business decisions of two private companies, I do have a duty as minister of industry to protect the interests of the consuming public when necessary,” Prentice said in a statement. “I believe this was a poorly thought out decision.” Under the Corporations  new plans, customers will be charged 15 cents for each incoming text message, including uninvited spam messages. Previously, customers without text plans were only charged for outgoing messages. Customers with a text messaging rate plan or bundle will not be affected by the new charges.”

Hey  let me shout it all to you again and again, as a taxpayer I too always do openly rightfully expect always a  good government, and I rightfully expect the government to do it’s job, including all of it’s ministers, and I rightfully also expect them always to fully to protect the citizens from the Corporations false misleading advertising, price gouging, price fixing, price collusions, bait and switch approach sales marketing approach, and a lot more. The problem also with the industry minister acting now on the iphone text issue while better late than never, is that the same major ISPs have used the same immoral approach on their Internet services as well and to date nothing was , is being done still about that  wrongfully. and this is also still unacceptable.
It is also still  interesting how much of the negative complaints rightfully are even coming from Alberta even from the Industries Minister’s own riding, Province too, right from the heart of Conservative supporter country.
Here again is how many Canadian consumers, citizens do see it as far as the iphones mainly. “Only the person who sends the message should be charged plain and simple. Why should I pay because some spammer sent me a text message that I did not want to receive. If I don’t want to answer my phone, I can simply ignore a call, but a text message from a number I don’t recognize is delivered to my phone whether I want it to be or not.”
“Don’t think for one minute that hasn’t been their plan all along – announce it at a high rate, with the intent of “backing off” to a lower rate…and then slowly increase that rate over the next few years once there’s a general acceptance of the practice “
“I am loathe to trust a company that changes the terms of my agreement mid-contract. I would like to learn how it is that they are allowed to do this, but if I would like to change the particulars of my contract mid agreement, it is not allowed.  I would like to think that if the terms are changed, shouldn’t the principal agreement holder be notified of the changes, otherwise it be nullified?”
“Pay twice for one service…..  I’ll charge a fee to them for writing a cheque to pay my bill”
“Clearly it is in the best interest of consumers for their elected representatives to voice their concerns on top of those of the consumers when Canadians are being gouged at almost every turn. Bell and Telus clearly to not have the best interests of their customers in mind, rather as always, they are motivated by greed and profit. “
“Kudo’s to the NDP on this one!!”
This is so typical Bell, Bait and Switch,  first bait the customers and nail the customers on the  extras next too.
Google slams Bell Canada: open Internet is “extraordinary”
Ars Technica – By Nate Anderson | Published: July 08, 2008 – 12:30PM CT The public comments on Bell Canada’s P2P throttling practices are in, and one thing is clear: a gulf the size of Nunavut separates the huge ISPs from web-based companies and consumer groups. Google goes further; not only should Bell stop picking and choosing which lawful apps to throttle, but the company needs to start upgrading its infrastructure in a serious way. Throttling merely “encourages carriers to build their business model around managing scarcity, rather than developing more abundant capacity.
Google slams Bell Canada for throttling Internet Canada.com TORONTO – Internet heavyweight Google Inc. has waded into a fight with Bell Canada, saying the telecommunications company should be “prohibited” from the practice of curtailing of peer-to-peer Internet use to manage limited capacity on its network.
Google joins in Bell Canada traffic throttling war p2pnet.net
CBC.ca – ITBusiness.ca – FierceTelecom – mediacaster
all 16 news articles »

Cellphone users to be charged for incoming text messages
CBC.ca –  Cellphone users with Bell and Telus are going to have to fork over a little more to receive incoming text messages, under new pricing plans slated to roll out in August.
Get ready to pay for incoming text messages Canada.com
Uproar over new Canadian texting fees United Press International
Mobile Magazine – Soonews.ca – QuicklyBored – The Province
all 40 news articles »  En Français »

There is a  public outrage on the part of Canadian consumers following the release of the local pricing plans. Apple the iPhone maker has watched nearly 50,000 of its loyal customers sign an anti-Rogers petition at ruinediphone.com, which has in turn sparked hundreds of potentially damaging reports on the matter by bloggers and members of the mainstream media.

Canada’s cellphone market is currently dominated by three key players – Bell (TSX:BCE), Telus and Rogers Communications Inc.(TSX:RCI.B).

The petition has attracted attention in Canada and abroad, but it won’t have any effect on Rogers unless consumers follow through with the old-fashioned but simple and reliable strategy for pulling down prices.

If you don’t like the price of an iPhone, don’t buy it. If Rogers finds it has priced itself out of the market, it won’t take a petition to ring in lower prices.

All that is just the beginning of the Customer reactions, war I had written about months ago too.

Prentice calls Bell, Telus to task for decision to charge clients without bundle The Canadian Press – Wed Jul 9, 4:05 PM

OTTAWA – Industry Minister Jim Prentice is taking Bell Mobility and Telus Mobility to task for their plans to charge some of their customers for each incoming text message and called both company CEOs to Ottawa to explain their “ill-thought out” decision.

and what about big bad Bell sympatico

  http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/07/06/bell-bce-sympatico-iphone/

Internet oversight
Globe and Mail – 3 hours ago
Toronto — Re Google Raises Fuss Over Bell’s Speed Bumps (Report on Business, July 9): Bell Canada and other telecommunications companies have been slowing, shaping and restricting Internet traffic for some time.
Google slams “throttling” of internet traffic in Canada Digital Home
Google condemns Bell’s ‘throttling’ practice Toronto Star
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Canada’s phone companies and the federal government itself  have still even failed to understand how the consumers, markets are changing.. so both Bell and Telus get hit by a backlash over new texting prices.  It is not just  about price, it was about the restriction and limitation of the user experiences too. Canadian telecom giants are feeling the heat like never before by  an increasingly savvy and demanding customer against finely tuned telecom incumbents . There is   irony to the fact that as the phone companies roll out new services that allow people to communicate instantly in new ways, their customers are using the technology to express their criticism of how those services are offered and priced.  the government’s plan to keep the wireless industry also unregulated is real crap.  Neither of these rather mostly abusive parties  are about to listen to the Canadian Customers still, it will take more drastic responses..
 

The news media, press

 
I have been working with the News media, press the last 25 years, and for a decade now too I daily write my views to all the major Newspapers, mostly in Canada, and they do next often act upon it as well. I also post my own comments on politics now too.  http://groups.msn.com/CanadaToday6  http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/
 
The news media plays a vital role in our society, it tends to be the voice, the conscience of the majority of the people, citizens..
 
Yes I also do even complain about news reporters lies, spins, distortions but fortunately they have their free speech and so do many others too now, me included.. at least most of the time.. I have had the police wrongfully come to my home 6 times in my life time in Canada cause some politician did not like that I had sent him a letter with a copy to the news editors, including a prime minister, premier, mayor now too.. and I am still writing, and most of the bad guys I wrote about are out of office  sooner or later. For the news media tends not to support the losers once exposed even by me.. and no politician can win without the news media support, for advertising is very costly as even Mrs. Clinton or the  PM Stephen Harper knows.

“There’s irony in the notion that the Harper government finds itself under the gun over its election advertising . Political advertising has played a pivotal role in the Conservative party’s rising fortunes, and persists as the party’s preferred means of communicating with the public. But advertising lately has become a headache for the party, being forced to account for its spending on national ads during the 2006 election… the Conservatives won the last election in large part by being paragons of propriety, making accountability legislation a cornerstone of their election platform. The squeaky clean image was designed to contrast with the tarnish on the Liberal brand following the Quebec sponsorship scandal… Stephen Harper has embraced the mantra “playing by the rules.” His party, he asserts, is the one that represents Canadians who play by the rules. Yet here the Conservatives are accused of grabbing unfair advantage through a secretive scheme involving cash transfers between national and local Conservative campaigns… “

“Advertising is important to the Conservatives because they’ve experienced difficulty communicating by other means. The PM has alienated the Ottawa press corps and shied away from both formal news conferences and impromptu scrums. He appears before media mostly in photo ops, with no questions permitted. In addition, journalists, following the 2006 vote, were restricted in their access to the Centre Block area where the cabinet meets and Harper’s ministers often appear muzzled. With advertising, Conservatives have found that they can tightly control scripting and visuals to achieve their communications goals. And, having perfected the art of fundraising under tighter political financing rules, the party has been flush with money to spend on the favoured communications tool.  Conservatives raised four times more money than Liberals in 2007 –about $12 million — which helped them finance a prominent series of ads  Unfortunately for the Conservatives, ensuring such advertising supremacy over the Liberals required the circuitous financial machinations that now threaten the party’s reputation.”

The Tories spins are too late, the damage has been done, again and again.. and fighting with the news media who tend to represent the Citizens firstly is a stupid mistake for any politician, party.

WWJD? Vote for Obama, more and more young evangelicals say Atlanta Journal Constitution,  USA – 18 Apr 2008 They are turning what should be a recipe for conservative confusion into an opportunity for evangelical evaluation.
 
This is a joke, no one should take this serious, I saw on the CTV news today a video of Obama in a bar drinking Beer.. and unlike Catholics, the True professing evangelicals do not consumer alcohol..  so to me he Obama is just another Christian Pretender like the prime Minister of Stephen Harper now too who also consumes, distributes  alcohol and he what still professes to be an evangelical Christian. He cleartly too is not.
 
Known Boozer, ex Prime Minister Paul Martin a professing Catholic also consumes alcohol in abundance  and he too professes to be a Christian now too..
 
Republican White House hopeful John McCain lashed  was pressed on his own endorsement by the Reverend John Hagee, an evangelical pastor who has made outspoken remarks attacking the Roman Catholic Church and who has a definite unbiblical view towards Israel right to the promise land today, Israel’s personal salvation now too. Hagee has a perverted view of the John 3:16 eternal Salvation standards, with One for Christians, Unbelievers  and a different one for the Jews.  McCain said it was “probably” a mistake to solicit Hagee’s endorsement, which might help him with evangelical voters, but said he was “glad” to have it nonetheless.
 
“Just 1.8 percent of evangelicals believe that Jesus Christ would vote for Hillary Clinton in 2008. “http://airamerica.com/blog/2008/mar/30/southern-baptist-conversion-concern-about-climate-change
 
Also Trying to seal the significant loss of public, media  support Canada’s  federal conservatives resorted even lately  to damage control secrecy, spin control instead of being fully honest in the matter.
 
“In a scene out of a second-rate bedroom farce, government operatives skulked around, moving a “secret” briefing for select media outlets from one hotel to another.Most reporters were barred, while a few others, of varying political stripes, were admitted to a closed session. Certainly the topic at hand — allegations that the Tory party outspent its election limit by $1 million — deserves further explanation. The pertinent documents were scheduled to be released Monday anyway. Why would the Harper government go out of its way to further alienate the press corps, in this case including those friendly to Conservatives?”
 
Of course lately this isn’t the first time Stephen Harper’s Conservative government has shown a preference for control, spin doctoring, dictatorship, secrecy and false partiality, RACIAL, ETHNIC and GENDER  BIas too, and next even media favoritism and I have said that was rightfully unacceptable still a long time ago too. Unacceptably the Calgary Christian Missionary Alliance church, a false Christian church as I have detailed why before too, , the preferential Christian denomination  of the professing Christian evangelical  Prime Minister Stephen Harper  wrongfully  does all  that too as I have witnessed first hand many times too is never acceptable, so it is clear why Harper does the same things.

“MP Gilles Duceppe said the Conservatives, Harper  shouldn’t complain about being held to a higher standard” for they had claimed they were going to be more  honest too.

 

 

Reality

How the citizens are seeing it
 
One step forward and two steps backwards seem how the Conservatives in Ottawa  get ahead still even with their advertising strategies.. and can you believe it the Tories still have the nerve to divert their own sins, immoral acts by bashing the Liberals still? “There is a principle that applies to all facets of our common law that you can’t do indirectly what is expressly prohibited directly.” Tories need to look at themselves firstly still too.
 
Neither party is doing much to impress the voters  Vancouver Sun,  Canada – This isn’t new — which speaks to Stephen Harper’s disinclination to react constructively to criticism. Polls consistently have sent a message that Harper
 
New Democrats cashing in on Liberals’ indecisiveness   Toronto Star,  Canada – 4 An NDP fundraising appeal that asked, “Who will stand up to Stephen Harper’s agenda?” proved a winner for the party. “We’ll stand in our places and vote
 
Federal politics: Is there any daylight ahead? RALPH SURETTE   TheChronicleHerald.ca, Canada – For the Harper Tories, the authoritarianism and underhanded manipulation is part of the manual. They can’t help it.
 
“The Conservatives has the worst communications strategy I’ve observed in 30 years of chronicling the actions of governments across Canada. Conservatives cultivate an image as a stern and secretive bunch . The next election promises to be a crapshoot. And only fools will put big money on one party or the other winning the next minority government. ” “As for the Liberals, things being what they are, they’ll come to power, tentatively, sometime.” and who says it will be even an improvement?  ” The New Democrats remain saddled with their age-old Achilles Heel – the tendency of their supporters to bolt to the Liberals on election day in hopes of defeating the Conservatives.”
 
“During the 2006 election campaign, the Tories moved $1.2 million from their cash-rich national campaign in and out of 67 local campaigns across the country, so that it would appear on the books of the local campaigns, rather than on the books at headquarters. The party bought all the advertising from a private company, Retail Media, rather than having local campaigns buy it, as the Elections Act requires. Early in the campaign, an official with Retail Media e-mailed the Tories to express the concern that this may not be legal and suggested that the Elections Canada broadcasting arbitrator be consulted. The party told him not to do so. It looks like the Tories did not want to check with Elections Canada to see if their creative accounting procedures would be acceptable to the agency.  Also, according to court documents, at least one invoice submitted by a local campaign appears to have been altered with whiteout, seemingly to create the impression that the local campaign was being billed separately. This has led the Liberals to call for a forgery and fraud investigation by the RCMP.”
 
“OTTAWA–Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are losing voters’ support – a trend accelerated by the RCMP raid last week on Tory headquarters, according to a Toronto Star/ Angus Reid poll released today.  The Conservatives stand at 33 per cent support across Canada, a loss of three percentage points since a similar poll in March. A majority of those polled – 58 per cent – believe that the Conservatives’ credibility has been damaged by their ongoing dispute with Elections Canada over the so-called “in and out” financing of the last election, which resulted in the RCMP raid of party headquarters more than a week ago. Even in Alberta, a bastion of Conservative support, a majority – 51 per cent – believe the party’s credibility has been eroded. “

“There’s irony in the notion that the Harper government finds itself under the gun over its election advertising . Political advertising has played a pivotal role in the Conservative party’s rising fortunes, and persists as the party’s preferred means of communicating with the public. But advertising lately has become a headache for the party, being forced to account for its spending on national ads during the 2006 election… the Conservatives won the last election in large part by being paragons of propriety, making accountability legislation a cornerstone of their election platform. The squeaky clean image was designed to contrast with the tarnish on the Liberal brand following the Quebec sponsorship scandal… Stephen Harper has embraced the mantra “playing by the rules.” His party, he asserts, is the one that represents Canadians who play by the rules. Yet here the Conservatives are accused of grabbing unfair advantage through a secretive scheme involving cash transfers between national and local Conservative campaigns… “

“Advertising is important to the Conservatives because they’ve experienced difficulty communicating by other means. The PM has alienated the Ottawa press corps and shied away from both formal news conferences and impromptu scrums. He appears before media mostly in photo ops, with no questions permitted. In addition, journalists, following the 2006 vote, were restricted in their access to the Centre Block area where the cabinet meets and Harper’s ministers often appear muzzled. With advertising, Conservatives have found that they can tightly control scripting and visuals to achieve their communications goals. And, having perfected the art of fundraising under tighter political financing rules, the party has been flush with money to spend on the favoured communications tool.  Conservatives raised four times more money than Liberals in 2007 –about $12 million — which helped them finance a prominent series of ads  Unfortunately for the Conservatives, ensuring such advertising supremacy over the Liberals required the circuitous financial machinations that now threaten the party’s reputation.”

The Tories spins are too late, the damage has been done, again and again.. and fighting with the news media who tend to represent the Citizens firstly is a stupid mistake for any politician, party.

Abused by Bell again..

 

Because even many managers in Canada, the government too  are not honest, do not tell the truth, they often also do lie as to the actual reasons their product prices are going up, and/or the quality of their services are going down, thus they are still helping to put themselves out of work, out of business eventually and to be rightfully dismissed too.

The Canadian Federal Conservative Party  are claiming now they have enemies everywhere too.

So in desperation, they the Conservatives need to do something, anything, the Conservatives are going to rely again on their own dirty tricks campaign, lawsuits or new dirty adds, blitz, and very costly ones, even financially. But in practice that is too too late for the Conservatives, money rather wasted too, for  blood has been spilt, the damage has been done and you cannot take it bad. Canadian sharks smell a loser’s blood  and thus they are  swimming in for the  kill again?

THE REALITY IS THAT NO PARTY, LEADER, OR HIS MINISTERS, MPS CAN WIN REELECTION WITH OUT THE SUPPORT OF THE MAJORITY OF THE NEWS EDITORS, REPORTERS, NEWS MEDIA IN CANADA STILL.. which they the Conservative losers clearly now do not have in Quebec or in Ontario
 
Does Bell Really Have a P2P Bandwidth Problem?

 

Bell has been fighting its public relations battle on the premise that P2P is a problem that necessitates throttling practices that inconvenience 100 percent of its users, yet its own data suggests that the problem may not be as severe as first thought.”
 
But firstly can we trust anything self serving Bell says, for Bell bas proven itself to be  an immoral firm, a big liar  too..
 
Secondly when the citizens, consumers pay for an internet services, they do not need the extra troublesome hassle, extra time and energy  of looking over the shoulder over Ma Bell’s operation, because Bell for sure cannot be trusted to keep their promised obligations.
 
Thirdly the Federal Conservatives now  crying out foul,  asking for public support in their election Canada fight too.. but this will fall on many deaf ears when the Conservatives have wrongfully been indifferent to the citizens rightful complaint about Bell’s immoral acts too.
 
The federal Conservative Minister of Consumer affairs Jim Prentice MP has made it clear today to the news media that  he does not care as to how now Bell abuses their customers, and many citizens are bothered by this on the internet as well.
 

Abused by Bell again

From: Paul Kambulow
Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2008 1:21 PM
To: executive.office@bell.ca
Cc: marketplace@cbc.ca ; Dussault.Madeleine@cb-bc.gc.ca
Subject: Re: KMM16616921V25471L0KM) Billing Tel 310 -7873

Well Bell accounting screwed it up again too.. They did apply the credit, the 6 months credit in my high speed in my 6 megs unlimited internet download now, as confirmed in writing again to me last week by Executive Sasha Rollins and you got a copy of that letter now too, to my account but some fool at Bell Sympatico Billing took it upon his own to cancel THIS CREDIT, but this credit was reinstated in April 2008 anyway. Meanwhile the same Bell accounting fool tried to enter my preauthorized bank account to steal more money from me thus, and I of course made sure there was no funds in the account to do so, he tried 2 times in 2 days and cause an overdraft Problem .. and next I was billed twice for my subsequent related Bank’s NSF charges of $37.50 each too as Bell billing this afternoon had Bell’s useless Heidi xn157 had confirmed to me. She was useless cause while she about   30 minutes talked to me on the phone, and had me on hold, all while although Bell had asked me to contact her, as a Bell accounting employee  she says she has no authority to deal with any of this detailed facts of mine, and she was looking if she could find someone next to pas this on to, and I will get the ongoing Bell Billing too run around. This is unacceptable Bell rubbish service again too.

So you Bell undeniably now owe me 2 times 37.50 or 75 dollars on top of anything else you owe me. Send me a cheque for it immediately too. Bell is totally to blame cause Bell Accounting they could not adequately handle, resolve their account screw up as I have complained the last ten days in writing to Bell, all now too. Useless Bell.

Paul Kambulow 7781a thibert Street, LaSalle- Montreal, Quebec h8n2c5,
Home Tel 514-363-7316 (KMM16616921V25471L0KM) etc
copy to news editors, MPs, net, etc.,

PS The Bell accounting Supervisor next had refused to talk to me, he says that only the Bell executive department can deal with this screw up.. another buck passer. Heidi asked me if I want the telephone number of the Bell executive? Sasha Rollins? cause they cannot act upon any yet or read the email I had sent to them already still too?   Did you ever hear of any  accounting department in any major firm  unable to deal with the problems the customers were having with their Billings before? Only; the president can deal with the customers problems, complaints? Unbelievable!!!

Here is what really still surprises me Bell is the leader in telecommunications, we have the supper fast internet, emails today, and yet Bell cannot with it’s big organization deal, thousands of personnel now too, it cannot effectivley deal  with my simple questions, problems, and give an adequate replies, results and not hours later, or days later, not even weeks, not even months later.. That alone should tell you something about   bad big Bell firstly.

It does takes Bell Sympatico to really screw things up..

Also since this ISP industry in unregulated then next how can Bell threaten  to take me to court for my posts about how bad they are too? Bell wants it all, both ways, regulated and unregulated as long as Bell can have it all.. this too is absurd too.