Postal Banking in Canada: PM Harper Killed the Report

This Op-Ed piece offers more information in the case to re-instate the Bank of Canada. It mentions a report about “Postal Banking” in Canada that PM Harper apparently killed the day before it was to be released. According to the report, Canada Post would offer more locations than the existing banks–small wonder, since so many Shoppers Drug Mart stores now include post offices. Could banking reform be just around the corner? -LW


Jacob Kearey-Moreland, Special to the Packet
Friday, January 30, 2015 7:27:35 EST PM

Veronica Campbell’s sketch shows Rocco Galati during the hearing at the Federal Court of Appeal Monday.

“I’m the bad guy,” I overheard the government lawyer say jokingly, introducing himself to former minister of defence Paul Hellyer in the Federal Court of Appeal this week.

Why do Canadians allow private banks to profit off our public debt when the Bank of Canada is legislated to provide low- or no-interest loans for human capital and infrastructure spending? The Bank of Canada has not issued such loans since 1974, after it funded Canada out of the Great Depression, the Second World War, the infrastructure boom, universal health care, universities and colleges, CBC and more. Monday, three judges upheld the previous ruling of justiciability. The next step is to determine the statutes of the Bank of Canada Act and if they have been subverted by conspiracy.

The monopoly of private banks’ exclusive privilege of lending money to governments will, for the second time in our history, soon be put on trial. The first time it was debated in the House of Commons, it led to the creation of the Bank of Canada. It’s time to restore the Bank of Canada and jail the banksters.

We are in a perpetual-debt crisis because we’ve allowed foreign private interests to control the creation of money and, by extension, federal economic and social policy for their private interests. Banks are guaranteed billions in profits every year as families slide deeper into debt. Forget income splitting; imagine the tax relief once we escape debt bondage and compound-interest payments.

Arguing for the plaintiffs — Ann Emmett, centenarian William Krehm and the Committee on Monetary and Economic Reform (comer.org) — is perhaps Canada’s most prominent constitutional lawyer, Rocco Galati. Galati, who consistently undermines and reverses government decisions and actions, is not shy in declaring Canada “a quiet dictatorship.” The erosion of democracy is not complete without the erosion of justice and the independence of the judiciary, for which this government has received international condemnation. Galati has reason to believe there is a government-issued media blackout on this case. Sorry, Harper; I didn’t get the memo.

Saturday prior to the hearing, there was a five-hour seminar in Toronto City Hall chambers on the subject of money, tax, poverty and public banking, with the keynote speech delivered by Toronto Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam on the creation of the Toronto Public Bank. We heard from a renowned investigative accountant, Al Rosen, who described the existence of “hundreds of Nortels” that go un-investigated because of a lack of resources to address white-collar crime, tax evasion and more, as the Canada Revenue Agency has been co-opted for partisan purposes to attack charities and birdwatchers critical of the Harper government.

The report Banking: A Proven Diversification Strategy, commissioned by Canada Post, was killed by the Harper government a day before it eviscerated the public institution. After access-to-information requests, the report was released, with more than 701 of 811 pages redacted. The report detailed the win-win nature of postal banking, given Canada Post is the largest distribution network in the country, with branches in more than 6,300 communities, more than all banks combined, said Mike Palecek, the representative from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. Even grocery stores have their own banks, from which they make hundreds of millions a year. With a few simple software upgrades and ATMs, Canadians from coast to coast to coast could have low-cost, accessible banking services, among 700 pages of other benefits the Harper government doesn’t want you to know about.

Chew on that, Grandma, when you’re trudging through snow to get your mail.

Jacob Kearey-Moreland is a local resident and gardener. He can be contacted at jacobkeareymoreland@gmail.com.

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Facebook Bans Dave Hodges for Daring to Expose What’s Behind the Murders of the Bankers

And 2015 has only just begun… There will probably be more as the elite try to turn the Internet into a medium with closed access, just like they did to newspapers, radio, TV, and cable… -LW


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Move over Jon Rappoport and Michael Rivero, Dave Hodges joins you as the latest victim of Facebook censorship. Facebook has banned my participation. I am, and have been an outspoken critic of FACEBOOK and its intrusive violations of privacy. However, it was a way to enlighten people as to the current state of our country and world.

FACEBOOK did not list a reason as to why they banned me. I only posted articles to groups for which I was a member. This is not a violation of FACEBOOK’s rules and is clearly a case of flagrant of censorship.

And what was I writing about? I have been writing about the rash of dead bankers and who is behind the killings. It is no accident that FACEBOOK owner MARK ZUCKERBERG IS DAVID ROCKEFELLER’S GRANDSON, WHO CONTROLS ONE OF THE BIGGEST BANKING INTERESTS ON THE PLANET!

It is important to have social groups to spread the word. I will be in search for a FACEBOOK alternative and will be publishing alternatives on this site.

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TPP is NAFTA on Steroids

Have you heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

It’s a secret international trade deal that has been dubbed, “NAFTA on Steroids” (ie. very bad for the people)

Watch and learn . . .

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Thrive: Tracking Global Changes

According to Foster’s research, the IMF, World Bank, and Bretton-Woods banking system were funded by Asian gold, and has never been repaid. As such, the USA is no longer being allowed to print any more money. Foster describes four different scenarios that could be played-out as we figure-out all of the players (ie. Dragon Families, the “Ambassador”, etc.)


For the first time in 70 years, countries are overtly checkmating U.S. dominance in the world trade arena. Here is an excerpt from our live ThriveTogether think tank event last weekend.

Read a transcript of the audio (to translate the transcript, choose your language at the top of this page)

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George Carlin on “the American Dream”

George Carlin cutting through the layers of deception and revisionist history of the American government to concisely explain the real objectives of our rulers upon the population, despite what they say to the public. You really don’t need to read very far into this subject to reach a similar conclusion.

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THE MONEY IN YOUR BANK ACCOUNT WAS STOLEN THIS MORNING

The headline is not a mistake. Yes, you can still go to the ATM and withdraw funds. You can take small amounts of cash out of the bank without the IRS seizing everything you own. However, because of new rules that went into effect this morning, your bank deposits have no insurance and it is a matter of time until they are stolen right from under your nose.

The G20 Just Stole Your Bank Account

Can you find yourself in the picture?

Can you find yourself in the picture?

 

With the G-20 summit coming up this weekend in BrisbaneAustralia, it might be worth wondering if you can have too much money in the bank, or, whether you should any money in the bank at all!

As of this morning all nations belonging to the G20 will immediately submit and pass legislation that will fulfill a new investment program. This new program creates a whole new paradigm and set of rules whereby banks will no longer recognize your deposits as money.

Russell Napier is declaring November 16th as “the day money dies,” and this constitutes today’s  Zero Hedge’s headlineAccording to Zero Hedge, Napier says the G-20 will announce “that bank deposits are just part of commercial banks’ capital structure, and also that they are far from the most senior portion of that structure.” Pay close attention America this means that following a bank failure, “a bank deposit is no longer money in the way a banknote is.”

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This year, I will wear a poppy for the last time

More and more people are waking up to the lies we’ve been told . . . -LW


I will remember friends and comrades in private next year, as the solemnity of remembrance has been twisted into a justification for conflict

'Come 2014 when the government marks the beginning of the first world war I will declare myself a conscientious objector.' Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Over the last 10 years the sepia tone of November has become blood-soaked with paper poppies festooning the lapels of our politicians, newsreaders and business leaders. The most fortunate in our society have turned the solemnity of remembrance for fallen soldiers in ancient wars into a justification for our most recent armed conflicts. The American civil war’s General Sherman once said that “war is hell”, but unfortunately today’s politicians in Britain use past wars to bolster our flagging belief in national austerity or to compel us to surrender our rights as citizens, in the name of the public good.

Still, this year I shall wear the poppy as I have done for many years. I wear it because I am from that last generation who remember a war that encompassed the entire world. I wear the poppy because I can recall when Britain was actually threatened with a real invasion and how its citizens stood at the ready to defend her shores. But most importantly, I wear the poppy to commemorate those of my childhood friends and comrades who did not survive the second world war and those who came home physically and emotionally wounded from horrific battles that no poet or journalist could describe.

However, I am afraid it will be the last time that I will bear witness to those soldiers, airmen and sailors who are no more, at my local cenotaph. From now on, I will lament their passing in private because my despair is for those who live in this present world. I will no longer allow my obligation as a veteran to remember those who died in the great wars to be co-opted by current or former politicians to justify our folly in Iraq, our morally dubious war on terror and our elimination of one’s right to privacy.

Come 2014 when the government marks the beginning of the first world war with quotes from Rupert Brooke, Rudyard Kipling and other great jingoists from our past empire, I will declare myself a conscientious objector. We must remember that the historical past of this country is not like an episode of Downton Abbey where the rich are portrayed as thoughtful, benevolent masters to poor folk who need the guiding hand of the ruling classes to live a proper life.

I can tell you it didn’t happen that way because I was born nine years after the first world war began. I can attest that life for most people was spent in abject poverty where one laboured under brutal working conditions for little pay and lived in houses not fit to kennel a dog today. We must remember that the war was fought by the working classes who comprised 80% of Britain’s population in 1913.

This is why I find that the government’s intention to spend £50m to dress the slaughter of close to a million British soldiers in the 1914-18 conflict as a fight for freedom and democracy profane. Too many of the dead, from that horrendous war, didn’t know real freedom because they were poor and were never truly represented by their members of parliament.

My uncle and many of my relatives died in that war and they weren’t officers or NCOs; they were simple Tommies. They were like the hundreds of thousands of other boys who were sent to their slaughter by a government that didn’t care to represent their citizens if they were working poor and under-educated. My family members took the king’s shilling because they had little choice, whereas many others from similar economic backgrounds were strong-armed into enlisting by war propaganda or press-ganged into military service by their employers.

For many of you 1914 probably seems like a long time ago but I’ll be 91 next year, so it feels recent. Today, we have allowed monolithic corporate institutions to set our national agenda. We have allowed vitriol to replace earnest debate and we have somehow deluded ourselves into thinking that wealth is wisdom. But by far the worst error we have made as a people is to think ourselves as taxpayers first and citizens second.

Next year, I won’t wear the poppy but I will until my last breath remember the past and the struggles my generation made to build this country into a civilised state for the working and middle classes. If we are to survive as a progressive nation we have to start tending to our living because the wounded: our poor, our underemployed youth, our hard-pressed middle class and our struggling seniors shouldn’t be left to die on the battleground of modern life.

–Harry Lee Smith

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