Tuesday, April 30, 2013

detachment and fracking ------They merge. They interpenetrate. The thread of one weaves into the fabric of the others. “Fracking” operations rush past law, past regulation, past health and environmental concerns. Supporters of ‘quick cash’, gas ‘futures’ pass corporate-written law to silence land-owners, elected councils, voters … you and me. Narrowly – “fracking” legislation and regulatory behaviour push aside, silence anyone questioning a dangerous procedure. Broadly – they strip away the Rule of Law, disenfranchise populations, ‘despotize’ governments. In Alberta, Stephen Harper, Alison Redford, Encana Corporation, the newly appointed Alberta Regulator Gerard Protti (enforcing newly written law), and – so far – The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Neil Wittmann all merge … interpenetrate to hold off remedial action – to create toxic law, toxic wealth, toxic environment. Something is seriously wrong in Canada. And globally. Evidence is mounting of real, multiple dangers in hydraulic fracturing. Legislatures should be restraining, researching, proving, regulating … preventing … at high speed. But legislatures, joining with corporations, courts, security forces are – often – deregulating, erasing evidence, punishing protesters, repressing criticism. Who will speak of the terrorism of Alison Redford, Stephen Harper, Encana Corporation, Gerard Protti and the Alberta Regulators, legislators of Alberta, and – so far – of Neil Wittmann, Chief Justice of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in openly, or tacitly, or passively accepting and/or furthering what many believe is a ruthless attack on the health, the well-being, the security, the privacy, the property, and the reasonable tranquility of honest, law-abiding, innocent Albertans?



The ability to sit apart and watch in a detached fashion is a remarkable skill and I have never been able to acquire it. The manner in which a heron will watch the waves –as if there was a message in that bottle of water is something to envy and emulate.

I wish I could stay apart like the heron and not enter the frenzy of the river.

Sigh.
The day is entirely vanished.
A whip of light is lashing the back of the soccer field.
Because the day is finished I do not attempt to do social studies or science.

I am simply going to be mellow.
I have a book to pick up from the library and I will go in a few minutes to pick it up.
I will get seduced there by the many beloveds on the shelves of the library and be amorously occupied for the rest of the evening.

It is impossible for me to stay detached in the world.  I think the matter of detachment is nice to have but I obviously haven’t got it. 


I will write a poem
to learn how to be like a tree

I will grope for the wind
as he caresses the leaves

and yet stand aloof
in the pour of the sun

I will rope myself to the sky
and climb with my boughs to that platform


I will hide the speckled apples
that grimple with the worms that burrow through them

I will make myself innocent
I will root deep in the Earth and not discourse

with the children who come to say their decisions
about love and life  beneath my canopy

I will be detached as the heron
that stabs the blue eye of the river

in malicious hunger
I will fret only when the storms come

to rip my arms and bindings of green
to nothing    and I will grieve over the apples

that will be taken
but nothing more than this

I would like to be as detached as a tree
standing alone in the wicked darkness of the forest

preaching holy holy to everyone 
but if I cannot be  a tree    perhaps I can clank

up into the tree’s branches as a heron
lifting my long beak to penetrate the solitude

with the muffler of feathers    perhaps I can be
the heron that snares the matter of still

perhaps I should stand by the river of life
and turn myself into the pliable sapling of his persistence

if the heron is able to stand apart from the river
and the fish that come      until the moment of the fish’s capture

if the heron is able to be free of all constraints
of the others that go by as he waits

why can’t I do this?   why can’t I learn how to be
of these sorts of gifts?

detachment might be a shell about you
as you work  that will be a barrier

it might be the way to leave pain and suffering
but I have never learned not to be bruised fruit

the matter of detachment is known to the tree
and to the heron  but I have not learned it

I may never arrive at the station of severe
apartness    where the travellers pass

with their tickets and their destinations known
I might be the one who watches and hurls

encouragement or sympathy
but I cannot simply wait


and ignore the travellers
detachment might be the tree and the heron

or the waiting passenger at the station
who never boards the train and therefore never

experiences his life deeply
do you understand what I mean?


detachment might be a way to preserve
yourself from pain

but in the end why would you want to save yourself?
if the other is suffering    why would you be exempt?

your luck in your birth and life      is no reason to stand
at the station of life and be apart from the experience of the travellers

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I have never been able to put up with injustice without opening my big mouth and it has been a problem for me because it is useful to be diplomatic and even sucky in our society. But how does one peel one’s own skin?  How does one turn green from gold?  This is how I am ---I cannot be immune from the infection.

 I can't ignore the threat that fracking poses.
It was fine when I was oblivious to the threat and actually trusted the government of Alberta and the folks in Ottawa.
But it is clear to me that we cannot afford a stance of oblivious citizenship or of detachment.
We need to care and be active about the matter of fracking in an intelligent fashion.

It is important to be intelligent in presenting science because we are dealing with radicals from the right wing ideology of the Republicans in government.

Their response to science is baffled confusion or outright ignorance and antipathy.

How can citizens deal with a government that fails to understand how significant an issue fracking is with reference to contamination of our ground water, surface water, land and water reserves? If the government does understand how important water is ---then why aren't they putting in tough regulations, monitoring before, during and after fracking, and prosecuting folks who mess up with vigour?  If they don't understand how significant this problem is for citizens ---I mean water is life ---then we have a problem.

The problem then becomes --the government is willfully avoiding the issues.

If the government is willfully avoiding the issues associated with fracking contamination and water use then we need to ensure that our government gets up to speed in terms of its knowledge base.

But ultimately government has to understand that citizens won't put up with the messes in the environment.  I --personally am not detached about fracking because I understand the problems and I see that we will have to hire new folks in government who also see the problems  and who ACT in response to these problems.

How long with the Tories in Alberta and in Ottawa dilly dally and pretend the sky isn't falling? I'd say until the next election. 

The sky is falling folks.
Except the Chicken Littles we have in government don't seem to understand that the sky, water and land is being fracked to pieces.

When will they lose their detachment? 

When citizens write every day to them to get them educated on this issue.








Hydraulic Fracturing [“Fracking”] Worldwide, Answers Not Forthcoming, Questions Not Allowed. You drank your water, don’t frack mine.

Hydraulic Fracturning ['Fracking'] Worldwide. Jessica Ernst Of Rosebud, Alberta by Robin Mathews, April 29, 2013, vivelecanada.ca
Le fracking – pas de réponses, interdit de poser des questions translation of Robin Mathews’ article by Ami(s) du Richelieu, April 28, 2013
Hydraulic Fracturing [“Fracking”] Worldwide by Robin Mathews, April 27, 2013, RadicalPress.com
Hydraulic Fracturing [“Fracking”] Worldwide, Answers Not Forthcoming, Questions Not Allowed. Jessica Ernst of Rosebud, Alberta. Encana Corporation. Market Manipulation. Derivative Bubbles and The Fracking Wars by Robin Mathews, April 26, 2013, The Straight Goods
They merge. They interpenetrate. The thread of one weaves into the fabric of the others. “Fracking” operations rush past law, past regulation, past health and environmental concerns. Supporters of ‘quick cash’, gas ‘futures’ pass corporate-written law to silence land-owners, elected councils, voters … you and me.
Narrowly – “fracking” legislation and regulatory behaviour push aside, silence anyone questioning a dangerous procedure. Broadly – they strip away the Rule of Law, disenfranchise populations, ‘despotize’ governments.
In Alberta, Stephen Harper, Alison Redford, Encana Corporation, the newly appointed Alberta Regulator Gerard Protti (enforcing newly written law), and – so far – The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Neil Wittmann all merge … interpenetrate to hold off remedial action – to create toxic law, toxic wealth, toxic environment.
People waken worldwide and begin to battle corporations, “regulators”, police forces, legislatures, courts – the dominators determined to engage in “unconventional drilling” (hydraulic fracturing, ‘fracking’). Conflict on the subject continues. France (2011) Bulgaria (2012), and Tunisia have banned hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’). It continues in Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, the U.S.A., and more.
Hydraulic Fracturing is the intensive assault on shale, and coal beds, through multiple well bores (often invading water tables) to release marketable gas. “Fracking” uses giant amounts of sand, water, toxic chemical-mixes near the surface or miles down to fracture strata – ‘fracking’ – for marketable gas.
Said to be ‘old hat’ (sixty years old), present hydraulic fracturing to release marketable natural gas has new aspects and possesses multiple knowns and unknowns. Hyper-industrialization of agrarian sites: outcomes unknown. Increased earthquake activity: recorded. Unforeseen “leak gas” explosions: recorded. Increased cancer incidence close to oil and gas wells: measured. Ground water sources polluted: common, but extent and health effects unknown. Water Tables lowered: unpredictable but occurring. “Migration”/leaks of gases over time: unpredictable but certain and increasingly frequent. Toxic effects on water, soil, animal life, human health: certain, unregulated, largely unresearched, information repressed.
The commonly named ‘radioactive threat’ is only now starting to be researched. A. Rich, E.C. Crosby, University of Texas [New Solutions, Vol. 23 (1), 117-135, 2013] reveal (in layman’s language) that a cocktail of radioactive agents are set free especially by ‘unconventional’ (‘fracking’) gas operations. Radioactive agents are found in depositories [sludge storage, waste pits, storage pools] – AND in the land no longer used for those purposes.
“Out of Control: Nova Scotia’s Experience with Fracking for Shale Gas”, Report Summary, April 2013” reports that from the few test wells undertaken radioactive materials were found to be present “only several years after drilling and disposal of some of the waste….” (p. 4)
Jessica Ernst (Rosebud, Alberta) reports that sludge from fracking operations is spread on agricultural lands in Alberta.
In Alberta, (using Joyce Nelson’s words) “the government has introduced draconian legislation (Bill 2) that would strip landowners and others of their right to object to any energy project that would adversely and directly affect them.” (Watershed Sentinel, Jan-Feb, 2013) The determined action envisioned in Bill 2 is doubtless a response to Jessica Ernst’s $33 million lawsuit against Encana Corporation and Alberta’s regulator. And so – one may conclude – is the switching of judges on her case. And so is, one may conclude, (what I would call) the concerted delay engaged in by Chief Justice of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, Neil Wittmann. He is the highly dubious present judge on the Jessica Ernst case.
Something is seriously wrong in Canada. And globally. Evidence is mounting of real, multiple dangers in hydraulic fracturing. Legislatures should be restraining, researching, proving, regulating … preventing … at high speed. But legislatures, joining with corporations, courts, security forces are – often – deregulating, erasing evidence, punishing protesters, repressing criticism.
The whole operation world-wide is so dangerous, so untested, so irresponsible, so despotic, that reasons have to be available for largely unresearched, unregulated hydraulic fracturing in the face of its perils.
And reasons are available.
First. Think of Wiebo Ludwig (1941-2012) of Trickle Creek farm, Peace River, Alberta, fighting “Sour Gas” fracking. Sour gas “a potent neurotoxin, has left a legacy of death and destruction….” (Andrew Nikiforuk). Think of the attacks on Sour Gas operations around Trickle Creek. Think of the millions of dollars spent to investigate the attacks on Sour Gas fracking around Trickle Creek.
Think of the threats and attacks in B.C. near Chetwyn against Encana Corporation operations and the millions of dollars spent to investigate.
Think of the RCMP/Encana Corporation, alleged to have created a “false flag” and blowing up an Encana well site to spur on distress – no charges laid. Then think of the millions of dollars spent to investigate, charge, jail, and reinvestigate Wiebo Ludwig. One example of many: “RCMP conducted a four-day [fruitless] search of Trickle Creek (2010) involving over a hundred RCMP officers.” (Wikipedia)
Think of Wiebo Ludwig (but do not speak of him). Think of him driven to desperation by Sour Gas fracking. (But do not speak of him.) Think of his repeated (unanswered) pleas to Alberta government for regulation, for research, inquiry, and investigation of hydraulic fracturing. (But do not speak of him – or risk being accused of sympathizing with lawlessness, terrorist activity.)
Who will speak of the terrorism of Alison Redford, Stephen Harper, Encana Corporation, Gerard Protti and the Alberta Regulators, legislators of Alberta, and – so far – of Neil Wittmann, Chief Justice of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in openly, or tacitly, or passively accepting and/or furthering what many believe is a ruthless attack on the health, the well-being, the security, the privacy, the property, and the reasonable tranquility of honest, law-abiding, innocent Albertans?
Alberta may be seen as a poster-location for the kinds of violation named above. But – in various ways – such invasions are happening widely on the planet. And there is a reason.
LSE professor Lord (Nicholas) Stern and thinktank Carbon Tracker state in a recent Report noted by Damian Carrington in The Guardian (Apr. 19, 2013) that instead of “reducing efforts to develop fossil fuels, the top 200 companies spent $674bn…in 2012 to find and exploit more….” That is about the sum named in a 2006 report that would “pay for a transition to a clean and sustainable economy”.
Stock markets “are betting on countries’ inaction on climate change”, the Report says. Stock markets are creating a Carbon Bubble not unlike the massive mortgage/derivatives/fake credit scandal of 2008. “If all goes well” – I say – countries will insist on internationally agreed Climate Change targets, and the “Carbon Bubble” will burst because of over-valuation of oil, coal, and gas reserves held by fossil fuel companies. If all does not go well – Climate Change will ramp up beyond control.
It may be fair to say the same kinds of ‘investors’ are engaged in the present Carbon Bubble as were engaged in the 2008 blow-up … criminally irresponsible people willing to cause any kinds of destruction in their drive for wealth. The whole fossil fuels Bubble is being driven by greed … by big, irresponsible money.
To meet only present agreed Climate Change targets, it is estimated that at least two-thirds of present so-called fossil fuel ‘reserves’ will have to remain unexploited. But … instead of diminishing the push presently going on for hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’), it will probably intensify the push. As long as the pollutions created by hydraulic fracturing, by the huge environmental disruptions involved in its activities, and by the waste dumps it creates – as long as they aren’t registered by the present ‘Climate Change/global warming’ regulation machineries, the obviously destructive and dirty activity will be called “clean”.
(But science knows the methane gas leaking and leaking into the environment (almost unmeasured and unrecorded) from oil and gas operations is a potent climate changer! Methane is said to be 25 times more potent in relation to Climate Change than carbon dioxide. Who will bell the leaking methane cat?)
Redneck and Redford governments in Ottawa and Alberta (and elsewhere in the world) will attempt to criminalize any who resist “unconventional gas drilling” (‘fracking’). They will provide aid and comfort to corporations like Encana Corporation, and they will work to undermine courts seeking just adjudication of disputes about injury done from hydraulic fracturing. They will do what they can to push for Liquid Natural Gas pipelines – hoping that a Climate Change clampdown on conventional extractions will raise prices on Hydraulically Fractured Gas.
Here is huge field for environmentalists, many of whom are already engaged in the gigantic task of revealing that – however it may (or may not) register on Climate Change measuring devices – the pollution from unconventional gas drilling (hydraulic fracturing, ‘fracking’) is a very, very Dirty Wildcat. Out of (seemingly) nowhere, in the last twenty years at most, one of the dirtiest “mining” operations in history has come into play and into visibility.
The more governments – like the Redneck government in Ottawa and the Redford government in Alberta – are absorbed into private corporate operations and dictated to by those corporations, the more they will resist just demands by citizens and populations for regulation.
The fight is worth it. The outcome certain. People all over the globe will not, ultimately, permit huge corporations and huge governments to desecrate the planet. “The bigger they are”, remember, “the harder they fall.” 



honest canuck2013/04/30 at 4:43 PM ETJust returned from visiting the picket line here at the Lethbridge Correctional Center. I am not a radical but as a grandmother I am committed to the idea that every worker in Alberta deserves a safe work environment. I encourage fellow Albertans to take food and moral support to the strikers. Our government is totally corrupt and has proven they don't care for the little guy. consrcrooks2013/04/30 at 5:24 PM ETEven in Alberta ...bashing unions & fining them just doesn't work for totalitarian governments just doesn't work. Sometimes you have to listen to safety concerns & fix them. Throughout the strike, Lukaszuk has denied there are any safety issues at the Edmonton Remand Centre, saying the dispute is more about guards "not liking their boss."

Do not think that the work you do as impossible.
Each of us can be a single stroke in the painting we are making that will alter perception and bring about change in our world.
We can paint a corner of the darkness even if this darkness seems impossible to lighten as is the color black by the lighter colors. We can add stroke upon stroke of our hope and make the way for others to do the work of changing the section of the painting of the world.
We are being driven like mongrels by our own government who fear citizens who can think because when we question, we interrupt the sequencing of the work in progress.

What work do we do when we think and question? We interrupt the inexorable movement of the government machinery in the track that 1% of the population has decided is best for the 99% of us. Is this fair?  I don't believe it is. Is it to be endured? In a democracy we give the leaders and the 1% of the top tier the chance to make their contributions but we are also given the duty to protest and dissent when the 1% fail the 99% or even the 10% of our most vulnerable citizens.

It is safer and less troublesome to ignore the work of government and pretend nothing we can say or do in our voting will alter any government we elect.

This is possibly true. All governments must find money to support the work of government.  However, we --the people decide who becomes each government and we --the people --decide if they are doing the work of representing us while they are in government.

A government that fails to represent the people must be actively dissented against and watched carefully by the people who hired them. A failure to investigate and report on their questionable acts and even their amoral and unethical ways of operating --is a failure on the part of citizens.  For the most part in Alberta we have let the Tories do whatever the hell they want to do and afraid of their sheer numbers we have talked privately only of their overweening conceit, their arrogance and troubling lack of intelligence in environmental matters that borders on criminal behavior for while they endlessly and purely intone they are "best in the world"  in their practices, I would say they might be on paper but certainly they haven't been in actual performance.

Why else is Jessica Ernst and her neighbors able to put their well water on fire?  Why did the government stall and delay any sort of action? Why did they betray the people of Rosebud who asked for action? Why do they always say that was the situation then --but it isn't the situation now? Is it because the folks in cities are now hearing of the horror stories of environmental refugees in Alberta.  Yes, not in China, but in Alberta.  And what about the children?  Yes, what has the government done to protect the children?

I do not believe anymore that we can depend on the remarkable perspicuity of politicians in Alberta and Ottawa.

As I went downtown to drop off my income tax returns at the pink federal building I saw the group of folks who are currently on strike. Labor unrest is another sign of the failure of government to deal with the problems of citizens. 



 honest canuck2013/04/30
at 4:43 PM ET
Just returned from visiting the picket line here at the Lethbridge Correctional Center.
I am not a radical but as a grandmother I am committed to the idea that every worker in Alberta deserves a safe work environment. I encourage fellow Albertans to take food and moral support to the strikers. Our government is totally corrupt and has proven they don't care for the little guy.


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Now I have to agree with this grandmother that the government is totally corrupt and we need to support the little guy (us).

Why are these folks agitating as were the teachers and doctors before they were persuaded to agree to the terms of government in Alberta? Lets go find out shall we?

 




Alberta jail guard strike remains despite increasing fines

Confusion over who is continuing to strike as judge orders union to pay $500K daily fine

Posted: Apr 30, 2013 8:20 AM MT

Last Updated: Apr 30, 2013 5:42 PM MT

The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees will have to pay another $250,000 on top of a $100,000 fine for not following a back-to-work order and continuing to strike on Tuesday afternoon. The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees will have to pay another $250,000 on top of a $100,000 fine for not following a back-to-work order and continuing to strike on Tuesday afternoon. (CBC)


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Alberta prison guards and sheriffs remained off the job in an illegal strike Tuesday, despite the doubling of fines against their union.
Deputy Solicitor General Tim Grant said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon that all the sheriffs in Calgary have returned to work and he expected all sheriffs in the province to return to work by the end of the day.
Pickets keep warm outside the Edmonton Remand Centre as an illegal strike moved into its fifth day Tuesday. Pickets keep warm outside the Edmonton Remand Centre as an illegal strike moved into its fifth day Tuesday. (CBC)But Susan Slade of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees says that isn't completely true.
She said sheriffs in Calgary have not returned, and are in for the long haul.
"I think that's kind of a scare tactic to intimidate our workers to go back into work, saying that there are people who are crossing right now," said Slade.
"The sheriffs are still out in Calgary and Edmonton, and as far as I know they are planning to stay out."
Grant said all the court services staff in Edmonton and Calgary and all the probation officers in rural areas of Alberta have returned to work.

Contradicting statements

Provincial officials said that roughly 50 per cent of probation officers in Edmonton and Calgary remain off the job, as well as six court workers in Peace River.
About 42 staff from the jails have crossed the picket line and returned to work, Grant said. He also said the Medicine Hat Correctional Centre is back to normal operations today.
However, he said "a reasonably significant" number of people have called in sick.
"We haven't tracked those numbers, but that's an indication in my mind that they want to come back to work but they're scared to cross the picket line," Grant said.
The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) was fined $100,000 Monday night after a judge found it in contempt of court for ignoring a back-to-work order issued Saturday to striking correctional officers.
The judge said the union would pay another $250,000 if the strike did not end by noon today. Each additional day the workers are out will cost $500,000.

All staff ordered back to work

Striking prison guards, who walked off the job on Friday, were joined Monday by provincial sheriffs, probation officers, court workers and social workers, effectively shutting down court proceedings in Edmonton and Calgary. All other striking workers were ordered back to work by the Alberta Labour Relations Board on Monday night.
AUPE president Guy Smith said he met with Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk late Monday for a "couple of hours" of productive discussions around some of the issues that prompted guards to walk off the job Friday in an illegal strike that's now into its fifth day.
Throughout the strike, Lukaszuk has denied there are any safety issues at the Edmonton Remand Centre, saying the dispute is more about guards "not liking their boss."
"There was animosity, and I think we had to cut through that, and sit down face to face and get to the bare facts of what we have to deal with," Smith said Tuesday morning.
Neither Lukaszuk nor Public Service Commissioner Dwight Dibben appeared at the Tuesday afternoon briefing. Dibben was scheduled to attend but was called away for unspecified reasons.
But government lawyer Dwayne Chomyn denied that any negotiations were going on behind the scenes.
“There are no negotiations going on. It has always been the government’s position that the union follow the orders of the court and obey the law.” Chomyn said.
“That doesn’t mean that people don’t have discussions to understand each other’s positions.”.
However, in a news release sent late Tuesday afternoon, AUPE confirmed that they were in talks with the province.

Fines against union could go to $500K a day

Dozens of pickets remained outside the Edmonton courthouse, with more at the Edmonton Remand Centre this morning.
About 40 sheriffs were seen picketing at the Calgary Courts Centre earlier this morning, but left to meet a block away to decide what to do next. Court clerks held a separate meeting.
Despite a cease-and-desist order from the Alberta Labour Relations Board to end the walkout, pickets remained up past the noon deadline.
Smith expected to have more discussions with the government.
"Hopefully we can conclude those today," Smith said. "There still needs to be some work done on that."
Smith said the fines are the cost of doing business.
"It's costing the union money, but that's why we have a defence fund and that's why we stand behind our members who take action."
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As soon as I heard that Mr. Lukaszuk was in charge of solving this problem I knew we were going to be in for a long strike. This is the same guy who told me to bugger off when I brought my baby's problems in the Edmonton Public School system to him. I assume that any guy who tells a mummy who has a special needs child to bugger off will also say the same thing to prison guards who are worried about life and limb.

But there you go.
Teachers are shut up.
Doctors for the most part don't say boo.
Now we have the prison guards paying big fines because this ass of a government is not able to talk to the employees that the public support in their strike.

I mean I don't suppose they would strike over coffee breaks and Olympic trips but rather about major problems. In Alberta --any problem by labor is denigrated as per Lukaszuk here:

 Throughout the strike, Lukaszuk has denied there are any safety issues at the Edmonton Remand Centre, saying the dispute is more about guards "not liking their boss."

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You see what I mean about this guy? He comes from the sort of mind set that sees labor -- the employees as serfs.  I mean I know that Lukaszuk doesn't like the bosses that he answers to --the stay at home mummies like myself---but he need not assume that everyone doesn't like their bosses--no matter how unlikeable the Tories are folks have to put bread and water on the prison table. 

So if these folks are risking bread and water on the prison table of their families--they aren't doing it for peanuts.  And Lukaszuk better get off his rear end and listen respectfully to their concerns.  God knows why we were so stupid to hire fools like this into government but there you go.


I don't know why anyone wants to work for these nitwits but perhaps they are at the end of their tenure and their government employment is almost over and so they put up with fear, intimidation and crap.  But really they must learn --as I have learned that the only way to deal with the bullies in the Alberta government is to speak truth to power and if required, find other jobs.  You really don't have to put up with this nonsense as citizens because you can always simply say "nope".  As for the fines--heck what are they going to do when the prison guards run out of cash?  Are they going to jail them?  And then who will they hire as replacement guards?   The MLAs in power?  The MPs in power?