Increased financial resources may pose challenges – Environment Director

first_imgOil industryBy Yanalla DalrympleDirector of Environment, Nidibi Schwiers, believes as Guyana joins other oil producing territories, many challenges will arise for the country with respect to management of lump sum financial resources.Schwiers made the comments during brief remarks at the recently held sensitisation of citizens on the Green State Development Strategy. According to the Director of Environment, many oil-rich countries – more largely endowed than Guyana – have fallen into recession due to mismanagement and improperly channelled resources.However, she said Guyana will steer its development along two limps; (1) by exploiting the oil resources and (2) ensuring this is done along a sustainable path.Schwiers pointed out that Guyana is in a fortunate position where it can learn from the mistakes of others and avoid the hazards and pitfalls that comes with oil money.“We have the benefit of hindsight and so we can ensure that we avoid these traps,” she said.The Director noted that the green strategy will incorporate the economic as well as the social aspect of the sustainable goals so that these and other goals can be accomplished along a green trajectory.“I hope that we all can fully engage in this process so that we can spark green conversations wherever we go,” Schwiers noted.The seminar was held in collaboration with the Green State Development Coordination Desk (GSDS), and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) to develop a thorough understanding of the framework document.Coordination Desk (GSDS), Dr Asha Singh, said the intention of the seminar was to provide a better understanding of what the GSDS is all about.She said officials from the relevant Government departments must be able to articulate the Green State Development Strategy to all and sundry.Moreover, Singh expressed her optimism about networking with likeminded agencies to ensure proper collaboration and consultation on what exactly the strategy should contain.United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Representative, Mikiko Tanaka in her address stated that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of zero hunger and zero poverty hinges on the protection of the environment since climate change has impacted harshly on the availability of scare resources.This, she said, presents more complexities for countries that are affected by extreme weather events and are vulnerable because of population size, lack of emergency response and other mitigating factors.Owing to this reality, the strategy requires the broadest possible consultations with every citizen having their say, the UNDP representative said.She stressed that in order to achieve these deliverables, there must be by-ins from Government, inter-sectorial cooperation and extensive societal acceptance.She pointed out that inequalities must be seen in the context of gender gaps, marginalised and minority grouping such as the disabled, women and children, Indigenous, GLBT community as well as the disparity between hinterland and coastal services.According to Tanaka, issues relating to inequality and exclusion must also be addressed if countries are to achieve the SDGs within the specified timeframe. She noted that “all must be included and none must be left behind”. Tanaka urged stakeholders to be charters of their future and influencers of change rather than mere beneficiaries and passive recipients of Government policies and programmes.Participants spoke to the absence of pollution, quality air, replanting, proper garbage disposal, good water quality, renewable energy and safe mining as some of the deliverables they would expected in a green economy.It is anticipated that the consultations would run cross-country to engage stakeholders and groups in discussions with focus on various sub-sectors including transportation, mining, forestry and energy.Using a multi-prong approach among them green infrastructural transformation, sustainable extraction and agricultural productivity as the main thematic areas; the consultations are also expected to explore and document the economic niches that are available.Government recently secured US$1.5 million from the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) Investment Fund to finance the development of the Strategy.This financing was approved by the Steering Committee of the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund following the submission of a detailed proposal and work plan.last_img read more

MAHON REPORT SENSATION: BERTIE’S FINAL DONEGAL SPEECH COMES BACK TO HAUNT HIM

first_imgA SPEECH by former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, delivered in Co Donegal on his final day in office, has come back to haunt him, after the Mahon report published today found he lied to them.Ahern failed to tell the truth about money paid into his bank accounts in the early 1990s, according to the final report of the Mahon tribunal.The 15-year investigation is a damning indictment of Mr Ahern’s 15 days of evidence about a complicated money trail. However it it stops short of making a finding of corruption against Mr Ahern.The 3,270-page final report of the Planning and Payments Tribunal has been published online this morning. You can read it here: http://media.tcm.ie/media/documents/m/mahonreport.pdf.In April 2008 on his last day as Taoiseach, Mr Ahern spoke at a charity event at the Clanree Hotel in LetterkennyGoing off his prepared speech, at the end he told an audience of 600 people that he had “always told the truth” and if he had made “mistakes” they were “mistakes.” One guest who was there on the night said: “I remember that line very well and there was a lot of sympathy for Mr Ahern on the evening. Today that speech lies in tatters.”Today the Mahon report said it didn’t believed 15 days of evidence he gave to them.The inquiry found the former Taoiseach failed to truthfully account for tens of thousands of pounds which passed through his accounts.“Much of the explanation provided by Mr Ahern as to the source of the substantial funds identified and inquired into in the course of the Tribunal’s public hearings was deemed by the Tribunal to have been untrue,” the report concluded.“Those findings of fact which are adverse to Mr Ahern and on occasion others clearly demonstrated that important aspects of Mr Ahern’s evidence was rejected by the tribunal.” Mr Ahern failed to explain the true source of lodgements of IR£22,500 in December 1993 and £10,000 pounds sterling in June 1995 to his bank account, according to the report.Tribunal head Judge Alan Mahon has rejected Mr Ahern’s evidence that he was saving sterling to put towards the purchase of an investment property in Manchester.Corruption allegations were also levied at politicians from both Fine Gael and Fianna Fail with Judge Mahon concluding that corruption was rife “at every level of the political system.”MAHON REPORT SENSATION: BERTIE’S FINAL DONEGAL SPEECH COMES BACK TO HAUNT HIM was last modified: March 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:MAHON REPORT SENSATION: BERTIE’S FINAL DONEGAL SPEECH COME BACKS TO HAUNT HIMlast_img read more

Bombers keep Eagles scoreless in 12-0 victory

first_imgArcata >> The last time the Humboldt B-52s and Humboldt Eagles met the game was played in Eureka at Bomber Field and, although the Bombers were victorious, they had to dig themselves out of a 4-1 deficit in the sixth to win.This time with a change of scenery, the B-52s took the lead and never let it go as they beat the Eagles 12-0 Wednesday at the Arcata Ballpark in seven innings.“That is kind of the way it is with baseball,” B-52s head coach Scott St. John said. “One day you are not so good, …last_img read more

Care and communities at the heart of social cohesion

first_imgIf unity and pride is an outcome, the means to get there is by caring for one another and creating a sense of community, according to researchers at a Brand South Africa forum on social cohesion. Unity and national pride can be achieved if South Africans care more for each other and work together.(Image: Shamin Chibba)Shamin ChibbaBrand South Africa’s chief executive, Kingsley Makhubela, looked at the academics and researchers around the boardroom table and asked: “How do we build a caring nation brand?”Makhubela was addressing a roomful of researchers at the Brand South Africa research reference group discussion on social cohesion at its offices on Wednesday, 17 August.Attendees looked to define the term “social cohesion” and sought a way to integrate it into South African society.Vanessa Barolsky of the Human Sciences Research Council proposed a social cohesion strategy based on care and nation pride. She said the strategy should include, among other aspects, a new “ethic of care, an emphasis on ubuntu, respect for and unity in diversity, and shared values and norms”.Trying to incorporate social cohesion into policy was proving to be problematic, Barolsky said. One of the factors impeding it was South African society’s tussle between individualism and community structures.The definition of social cohesion in the National Development Plan (NDP) was described in “very circular terms”.The NDP states that for social cohesion to take place, the gap between rich and poor has to close and that it can be promoted across all races and classes.Pressure pointsMakhubela said there were a few “pressure points” that made social cohesion difficult to achieve in South Africa. One of them was race relations. “We carry a lot of baggage from the past and we have no system to deal with it.”For many years, he said, business had accused the state of being corrupt while the government had said business was not transformative. But it was after international ratings agencies had taken a closer look at South Africa earlier this year that both groups realised the country was built on shaky ground. “The foundation of our democracy has flopped. We’ve built it on divisive ground,” said Makhubela.He added that the colour of our skin and the language we spoke should not determine the way we related to each other and quality of service delivery we received, yet it still occurred.Women and social cohesionWith South Africa in the middle of Women’s Month, Makhubela pointed out that social cohesion was being set back by the shocking level of gender-based violence.He referred to six-year-old Kutlwano Garesape from Northern Cape who was killed recently while trying to protect his mother from being raped. The media was lauding the child as a hero, but this was a sign that something was very wrong with society, said Makhubela. “This means that a six-year-old is dealing with adult issues. So how can we say he is a hero? He shouldn’t have to deal with such things in the first place.”Role of heritageSouth Africa’s heritage also played a part in social cohesion, said Brand South Africa research manager Petrus de Kock. The country’s history went back over 2 million years with the hominid fossils found around Maropeng. He also referred to the ancient kingdoms of Mapungubwe, Magoeba and the Modjadji Rain Queen and even Afrikaans as a truly African language. “Afrikaans was a utilitarian vehicle for people on the fringes of colonial society.”Though Afrikaans was known to have roots in Dutch, German and French, the language had also absorbed elements of Malay and local languages. De Kock said less than 50% of Afrikaans speakers were white.Furthermore, people’s behaviour was just one of the soft factors that determined social cohesion. He referred to the Rhodes Must Fall campaign as a symbol of a colonial past that had not been dealt with and a soft factor affecting nation building.Barolskly spoke of the importance ethnography played in getting people to familiarise themselves with and embrace each other’s difference. “Ethnography is under-utilised in South Africa as it can capture the ‘way of life’ of groups of people.”One of these ways of life was how communities dealt with problems, noted Barolsky. In a community, the people came together to deal with a problem on their own, whereas a Western individual structure called for external intervention to find solutions.It was for this reason that attendees agreed social cohesion needed to adopt a national and communal point of view – that took into consideration smaller towns, rural areas and townships – as most discussions on the topic were centred on individual-orientated metropolitan areas.last_img read more

World Wide Webfeeds

first_imgA webfeed is a low-bandwidth XML stream available on the network that can be easily consumed by custom or special webfeed reader applications.  In a previous blog I discussed how webfeeds often form the raw data to support mashup applications and have the potential to support business communication within process workflows.Examples of publicly available webfeeds can be found at Amazon’s A9.com search and Yahoo! Feeds.  Webfeeds have many of the advantages of Web Services, but compared to Web Services, webfeeds are far easier to create and consume.  Actually, if your definition of a Web Service is simply a URL-based data source, webfeeds could be considered as a special type of Web Service. There are multiple formats for Webfeeds, but RSS 2.0 (Really Simple Syndication) has emerged as the most popular and best-supported format.  Tools are becoming available that make data syndication via RSS even simpler.  One example is freely downloadable product called RSSBus.RSSBus is a framework of tools and services for easily creating and consuming RSS feed data.  It is middleware that is billed as the “The Service Bus for the REST of us”.  It includes an XML-based scripting language called RSBScript.With RSSBus you can easily publish relational database queries, tables and view information, or information contained in spreadsheets and email.  It’s a very effective way to publish raw data.  One caveat is that RSSBus is only available in a Windows .NET 2.0 framework.  Also note that Microsoft plans RSS integration capabilities as part of the upcoming Vista release.Document publishing via RSS is an interesting application.  Within a document management context, being able to publish a webfeed channel of a specific type of release document, or to receive notifications about document changes or deletions are useful applications of webfeeds.But how secure are webfeeds?  If you’re behind a firewall and the data is hosted inside, there may not be much to worry about.  But for feeds exposed on the open Internet, more thought is needed.  Very simple access control is achieved by restricting the webfeed URL to only those people who need access, a technique used by Flickr.  But that kind of security policy is bound to keep you up nights if you are exposing any even remotely sensitive data. HTTP Authentication can also be used to secure the webfeed publishing.  But one problem is that while there are some webfeed readers that support HTTP Authentication, like NewsGator, there are a lot more, like the Google Reader, that don’t yet support it.  Although if the consuming application is under your control, that may not be an issue.  Another security option is to encrypt the data stream using SSL encryption.Webfeeds, especially those using RSS 2.0 technology, are important tools for giving consumer and corporate users a way to better be able to control the consumption and presentation of data, but security is one area that needs to be thought through carefully before deploying this technology.last_img read more

Watch: Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel give Fernando Alonso champion’s send-off

first_imgDouble Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso was given a champion’s send-off in the final race of his career on Sunday at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.Alonso battled hard but failed to score a point in his final race for McLaren, finishing tantalisingly close in 11th place after making up four positions. He also collected three penalty points and three separate five-second penalties for leaving the track and gaining an advantage in the heat of battle.At the end of the race Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel performed tyre-smoking spins to honour Alonso on the pit straight in front of the crowd.They were later joined by Alonso himself as the trio enthralled the crowd.Iconic donuts pic.twitter.com/5c7A96RnszFormula 1 (@F1) November 26, 2018What a way to send him off… #GraciasFernando pic.twitter.com/IXyKIwmAnoFormula 1 (@F1) November 26, 2018″It has been a pleasure racing with these champions and I feel privileged. Thanks to everyone and to Formula One, I will always be a fan of this sport,” said the Spaniard, who won his titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006.”I came from a country with no (F1) tradition, from a go-kart driver, my father was not a racing driver… so happy for that, happy to keep even the last weekend very emotional,” added the former Ferrari driver.”Right now I’m not thinking to come back, that’s for sure – but I don’t know how I will feel next year” >> https://t.co/cA1N945mMs#GraciasFernando pic.twitter.com/c1lN0aDhvzadvertisementFormula 1 (@F1) November 25, 2018″I will come back maybe one day as a tourist or a commentator and enjoy Formula One in a different way.”It’s goodbye (for now) from Fernando Alonso #GraciasFernando pic.twitter.com/7V7Fm9kW0JFormula 1 (@F1) November 25, 2018Alonso’s race engineer had urged him over the radio in the final stages of the race to go all out for one last point, only for the former world champion to shoot back: “I have 1,800 points.”I love you guys, see you very soon.We’ve thanked Fernando and now he sends his thanks to you, our fans. #GraciasFernando pic.twitter.com/r2sjTi4rSIMcLaren (@McLarenF1) November 25, 2018Alonso, who started out with now-defunct backmarkers Minardi 311 races ago, will next year compete with McLaren at the Indianapolis 500 as well as continuing in the world endurance championship for Toyota.The target is the ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’, a feat only previously achieved by the late Briton Graham Hill, and two-time Monaco Grand Prix winner Alonso has won two of the three after his triumph in the Le Mans 24 Hours this year.”Champ, what a career. Thank you, thank you. You’re a champ, let’s go and win the Triple Crown,” McLaren’s American team boss Zak Brown told Alonso over the radio as the driver crossed the line.Vettel said Formula One would miss Alonso, and Hamilton described the Spaniard as “a true legend.””It’s been an honour and a privilege,” said the five-time world champion, who wrapped up his own season with an 11th win of the campaign.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

CSIS allowed targeted assassination of 2 residents on Canadian soil says exspy

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsCanadian spies used death threats to secure sources and allowed the assassination of two people on Canadian soil by a foreign agency, a former intelligence officer alleges in documents filed with the Federal Court.Danny Palmer, a former intelligence officer with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), also said he authored two threat assessments in April and August 2001 warning of an “aerial attack” against the U.S. that were never passed on to U.S. authorities, according to court documents.Palmer, a 12 year-veteran of CSIS, claimed in court documents he was fired from the spy agency because he repeatedly raised concerns about some of CSIS’ practices. He said the practices undermined the agency’s operations along with “national and international security.”According to the court record, CSIS said it fired Palmer because of his “poor performance.”The allegations and claims are contained in letters forming part of a Federal Court case where Palmer sought a judicial review of a Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) decision to not reopen his grievance against CSIS. Palmer initially settled with CSIS in 2007, but tried to have the settlement thrown out because he claimed the agency withheld important information about his case.CSIS terminated Palmer’s employment in July 2003. The Federal Court dismissed Palmer’s application for the judicial review in April 2013.Palmer, however, continues his battle with CSIS.Palmer’s Montreal lawyer Jean-Francois Mercure sent a letter to the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) in October giving it notice they are considering filing for a mandamus order to force the CSIS watchdog to review Palmer’s case.SIRC turned down a 2007 request to look into Palmer’s case.Mercure said his client did not want to cooperate with APTN National News lest he open himself up to accusations from CSIS that he violated the federal Security of Information Act.Mercure said Palmer still wants reinstatement. In one of his letters from March 31, 2006, Palmer described himself as a “loyal and law-abiding intelligence officer” who “was dismissed because of his concerns over unethical and illegal practices.”March 31, 2006, letter from Danny PalmerPalmer stated in letters filed with the court that his allegations were “well documented for two years.” He claimed CSIS investigated the allegations after he was fired, but the agency refused to release the result to the labour board because it proved his case.“As you also know, it is standard practice to not investigate potential criminal matters within CSIS, as it may cause political embarrassment,” wrote Palmer, in an Oct. 19, 2004, letter to Justice Canada lawyer Daniel Roussy, who initially represented CSIS on the case.In a July 30, 2009, letter to a PSLRB official, Palmer wrote that the agency’s habit of “omitting important facts and manipulating (massaging) other facts caused in the end the undermining of national and international security (sic).”In the same letter, he stated, “when ‘massaging facts’ (CSIS jargon) is for the sole purpose of promoting one’s career and is placed ahead of national security, I considered this to be a serious breach of trust (sic).”CSIS dismissed Palmer’s claims after APTN National News provided the agency with an email detailing the main allegations.“These allegations, coming from an unhappy former employee who was asked to leave our organization many years ago, are patently absurd,” said CSIS spokesperson Tahera Mufti.Mufti said CSIS would not comment on what Palmer’s role was with the agency and provided no other information about the case.July 30, 2009, letter from Danny PalmerAPTN National News contacted Public Safety Minister Steve Blaney’s office and provided an email detailing Palmer’s allegations to spokesperson Jean-Christophe de Le Rue. But a statement provided by the department did not deal with issues requested.“The Security Intelligence Review Committee provides robust and objective review of CSIS, including the publishing of an annual report,” said the emailed statement. “CSIS abides by Canadian laws, regulations and ministerial directives.”Aside from Palmer’s letters, APTN National News was unable to review any documents that supported his allegations.The court file, however, contains a list of secret and top secret documents that were requested by Palmer and his lawyer during the labour board hearings.List of documentsA whole volume of Palmer’s Federal Court case is marked “Top Secret” and is locked away, according to court officials. Several exhibits in the remaining three volumes available for viewing have also been removed.An official with the PSLRB denied a request from APTN National News to view unclassified portions of two cases involving Palmer saying both were “classified” and unavailable to the public. The Federal Court record, however, shows that some of the evidence submitted during the labour board hearings were not classified.None of Palmer’s allegations have been tested in court.Internal Security NotePalmer wrote eight letters containing the allegations between 2004 and 2009. The letters were addressed to Roussy and Susan Mailer, the director of registry operations and policy for the PSLRB.Palmer’s letters were filed by the spy agency as exhibits in Federal Court to support an affidavit sworn on April 27, 2012, by Tiffanie Jennings, CSIS’ chief of the labour relations unit at the time. The affidavit summarized testimony delivered during a previous PSLRB hearing, including evidence presented by CSIS’ then-chief of physical security Ken Brothers who stated some documents distributed by Palmer after he left the agency “contained classified information.”Tiffanie Jennings affidavitPalmer’s main stated allegations centre around the use of “implied death threats” by CSIS agents to secure sources.“The tactic, in its simplest form, involved stating to the prospective source that should he cooperate with CSIS, then he would be protected against assassination from the Mossad (the Israeli intelligence service) or the CIA,” wrote Palmer, in an Oct. 23, 2005, letter to Mailer. “Should the prospective source not cooperate, then CSIS could not guarantee his protection and as a casual reference it was mentioned CSIS is in regular contact with the CIA and Mossad…Given the countries where most of these prospective sources come from such as Iran, torture and assassination by their own domestic services is commonly known.”In the same letter, Palmer alleged the tactic was in common use by CSIS agents on the “Counter Proliferation desk” in the Toronto and Quebec regions.Palmer’s description echoes the tactic employed by a CSIS agent by the name of “Victoria” who was caught on video by APTN National News meeting with a First Nations activist in the 2010 run-up to the G20 meeting in Toronto. The agent warned the activist against setting up a blockade on Hwy 400.“I will tell you that straight up because there’s going to be people travelling there from all over the world and different countries do not have the same perspective on activists as our county does…There’s other forces that are from other countries that will not put up with a blockade in front of their president,” said Victoria, to Harrison Friesen, a member of the group Red Power United, according to the exchange caught on video.“The point is there was more than tacit approval in using this tactic,” wrote Palmer. “Please note that my ‘allegations’ of this tactic being used on the Counter Proliferation desk were never contested nor ever investigated while I was employed in Quebec Region.”Palmer wrote he “cautioned” at least two other CSIS agents against using “implied death threats,” which he believed were “against policy, unethical but also illegal.”Oct. 23, 2005, letter from Danny PalmerThis, he wrote, is the real reason he was fired from the spy agency. He blamed the current president of the Canada Border Services Agency Luc Portelance, who was his superior in the Quebec region at the time, for pulling the trigger.“That is why after reading my performance comments that noted my warning again against such tactics that the only option Mr. Portelance saw in order to protect his career and that of others was dismissal, not a transfer or a demotion that is advocated in service policy and in employment law,” wrote Palmer, in the same letter.Palmer’s correspondence was written in direct response to an Oct. 11, 2005, letter from Roussy to Mailer. In the letter, Roussy stated CSIS did not use threats as part of its operations.“I wish to make it very clear that the service is not in the business of threatening anyone, using threats, intimidation or reprisals against anybody,” wrote Roussy. “Should Mr. Palmer or anyone else feel threatened, I invite these individuals to complain to the Security Intelligence Committee.”Roussy also said CSIS was “extremely concerned” Palmer faxed a letter containing “a source’s codename and methodology.”Oct. 11, 2005, letter from Daniel RoussyPalmer planned to call at least three sources as witnesses for his labour board hearing, according to an Oct. 31, 2005, letter. The letter identified the individuals as “source codename Cxxxx, source codename Dxxxxxx and Mr. Rxxxxxx.” He also planned to call an ex-KGB officer known as “Mr. Pxxxx” and a psychiatrist. Palmer also requested a TV and VHS machine to play two tapes during the hearing.Roussy, however, objected to allowing testimony from the individuals identified by Palmer as sources and the ex-KGB agent.“If indeed these individuals were or are sources of the Service or even a target of the Service, which I cannot confirm or deny, I am of the view that their presence will not serve to establish whether Mr. Palmer was actually doing his job to a satisfactory level,” wrote Roussy, in a Nov. 2, 2005, letter. “An informer or a target is not in a position to provide an assessment as to how well Mr. Palmer performed his job at his workplace. They should not be aware of how Mr. Palmer does his jobs nor the methods used by the Service to control information they would provide. Unless otherwise informed, Mr. Palmer was employed by the Service and not these individuals.”Oct. 31, 2005 letter from Danny PalmerNov. 2, 2005, letter from Daniel RoussyThe next year, in another letter to Mailer, Palmer leveled his most serious allegation, saying CSIS allowed a foreign intelligence agency to target two people in Canada for assassination.“The conduct and discipline measures against me and my dismissal involved my concern over the undermining of operations, violations of policies and the actual criminal negligence, such as allowing two Canadian residents to be targeted assassination in Canada by a Foreign Intelligence Service and associated CSIS target (sic),” wrote Palmer, in the Nov. 15, 2006, letter.Palmer did not say where or when he believed this alleged targeted assassination occurred.There is no response to this particular allegation from Justice Canada or CSIS in the public Federal Court record.Nov. 15, 2006, letter from Danny PalmerA Dec.1, 2006, letter from Roussy to Mailer made no mention of Palmer’s Nov. 15 letter. Instead, the letter requested a planned Dec. 12 labour board hearing be closed to the public.Palmer wrote a follow up letter to then CSIS director Jim Judd on Dec. 4, 2006, alleging “illicit” and “illegal” activities. Palmer’s letter is not included in the available court record. Evidence of the letter is contained in CSIS’ response, which was filed. The response, written by David Vigneault, a CSIS assistant director, and dated March 22, 2007, said the agency couldn’t deal with the allegations because Palmer’s case was before the labour board.“I am responding to your letter of December 4, 2006, addressed to the Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in which you bring to the director’s attention…complaints regarding alleged illicit/illegal activity,” wrote Vigneault. “Considering that the issues you have underlined have been brought before an independent tribunal…it would be inappropriate for the service to comment on these activities outside the current PSLRB process.”March 22, 2007, letter from David Vigneaulthttps://www.scribd.com/doc/246593928/CSIS-letter-Mar-22-2007-pdfThere is also no record of a Justice Canada or CSIS response to Palmer’s claim that he wrote two threat assessments in April and August 2001 warning of 9-11-type attacks. The claims are contained in correspondence dated Nov. 30, 2004, and addressed to Roussy requesting a letter of recommendation from CSIS.“You can include, for example, my warnings of a possible aerial Al-Qaeda attack on a specific US target at a specific time in April 2001 as outlined in a threat assessment,” wrote Palmer. “And my August 2001 assessment of a likely attack on the World Trade Centre that could have, if provided to US authorities, altered the events of September 11, 2001.”Nov. 30, 2004, letter from Danny Palmerjbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more