What the Fuk

Spies. Radiation. Apathy.

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Ryan Walker, Canadian Citizen

Have you heard about the ongoing nuclear disaster in Japan?  Have you heard about all the spying that our Government is doing?

In June of 2013, I decided to try and get some answers out of Canada’s political leaders, on these issues.  This was a big step for me, as I am of the firm belief that our Government does not really represent the wishes of Canadians, and that time spent talking with them is largely wasted.  I put this aside.  For once, I thought, I’d try and engage in the political process.  I started writing.

I wrote my MP.  I wrote to the prime ministers office.  I wrote to a cabinet minister.  I wrote to the leader of the green party.  I wrote to the leader of the liberals. I asked them about spying, and I asked them about Fukushima.

Some never responded.  Those that did, overwhelmingly, tried to brush off my concerns, or answer my questions by pointing to semi-relevant on-line information.  With Fukushima, in particular, I did everything I could to underscore how serious the situation is, and how poor Canada’s response has been.  I pleaded with these people to take some real steps to augment our response.  At no time did I encounter anyone who was willing to be a leader on the issue.  At no time did I find anyone who would answer my basic questions.  What I got was a whole lot of nothing.  I got responses, and suggestions, of course, but when you evaluate them with a critical eye, there was really nothing there.

Have you ever read the roles and responsibilities of an MP?  If you visit their own web site, you can see a list of the things they are supposed to help constituents with, areas where they are supposed to be active.  They are supposed to act as a champion for the people.  Not a single one of them did.  Not one of them promised any concrete action whatsoever, not even “I’ll mention it in parliament” or “our science guys are looking at it.”  At one point in my correspondence, I outright ask them if they have even read their job descriptions.  No answers, of course.

The rest of this web page is basically an overview of my experiences with these people (who claim to be civil servants.)  You can read my first letter, my last letter, and everything in between.  I’ve provided this all so that you can judge for yourself.  Read my letters.  Read their responses.  And then ask yourself whether or not you are satisfied with their answers.

I am disappointed with what I found.  I was ignored.  It felt like some of these people were of the opinion that they were doing me a favor by responding at all.  The responses I got were of poor quality, exactly the sort of answers one gets when one is getting the “kiss off.”  In the face of such serious issues, I was astounded.

The Politicians

In early July of 2013, I decided to try and get some answers out of Canadian politicians on two key issues: Canada’s role in spying, as well as Canada’s response to the ongoing nuclear disaster in Fukushima.  In the course of my inquiries I contacted a number of officials, ranging from my MLA, all the way up to the prime minister’s office.

What follows is an overview of the responses I received.

Source: Facebook

Source: Facebook

Bruce Stanton, MP Simcoe North / Conservative Party

I asked Bruce about spying, both US and Canadian. It took him more than a month and a half to respond. When he did respond, the majority of his message was a regurgitated list of acts that CSEC (Canada’s NSA) apparently follows. He then stated that America is our ally, and that we have strong trade and political relationships. Thank you, Captain Obvious.

Bruce is contradicted by John Adams, head of CSEC, from 2005-2012, who states that greater parliamentary involvement is required. He is also contradicted by recent evidence of industrial espionage, in Brazil, performed by Canada. He neglected to address Canada’s involvement in the Five Eyes security network. He did not at all factor in the ongoing, massive news releases regarding the invasive spying performed by the Americans. He didn’t mention how the NSA has spied on United Nations gatherings, nor G20 gatherings. He absolutely ignores the volumes of whistleblower information that seemed to show major misdoings. As further information is released (by Snowden/Greenwald) on Canada’s International and Domestic spying, his comments will look even more ridiculous.

Update:  Given many of the recent spying revelations, I sent an email to Bruce Stanton, to see if he wanted to clarify his rapidly eroding position.  To date he has been entirely unresponsive.

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source: Wikimedia commons

Kellie Leitch,  MP Simcoe—Grey / Conservative Party

I asked Kellie about spying, initially.  My first email was ignored.  I sent a second one, and was then asked for my contact information, which I provided.  I was then told that my questions were being looked into.  One month elapsed with no information provided.  I emailed again, receiving an email apology for the delay, and was then called by one of Kellie’s assistants.  She told me that their responses were delayed due to the cabinet shuffle.

It became fairly evident to me that I was not going to get any good answers on spying, so I shifted the nature my inquiry to focus on Fukushima.  I received absolutely no answers whatsoever, on anything.  Kellie broke off all contact, and I received no further emails, nor calls, regarding spying, nor Fukushima.  I mistakenly believed that as an MP and a cabinet minister, she had some responsibilities to constituents, and Canadians, generally.  Apparently not.

I brought it to her attention that Canada buys some of its Government networking equipment from the National Security Agency (you know, the guys who are guilty of spying on, more or less, every person on the face of the planet.)  It does not seem to bother her that it is almost a surety that our Government networks are most likely completely accessible to American spies.  This makes total sense, actually, given Canada’s involvement in the Five Eyes spying network.

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Thomas Mulcair, MP Outremont / New Democratic Party

I contacted the NDP, regarding Fukushima.  I received an automated message assuring me that my email had been received, but that I should not expect a quick response.  Weeks later, hearing nothing, I emailed again.  I did finally get a response.  I was forwarded a letter sent by the NDP to the minister of finance, which was somewhat related to my questions.  By somewhat, I mean that it contained the word “Fukushima.”  None of my questions were addressed, and on the whole, the response was rather patronizing.

To summarize the NDP position:  they are currently monitoring the situation.  They will “urge the conservatives to rethink their budget decisions and put the safety of Canadians first.”

As a final attempt to get more information on the NDP stance, I reviewed their web site for further content.  Their lack of a search function hindered this, but thankfully, Google is able to perform searches by domain.  The following link  speaks for itself, regarding the NDP’s commitment to the Fukushima crisis.

https://www.google.ca/#q=fukushima+site:ndp.ca

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Elizabeth May, MP Saanich—Gulf Islands / Green Party

I contacted the leader of the Green Party, Elizabeth May, regarding Fukushima.  To be honest I expected to receive a warm welcome from these guys.  They are, after all, the party that cares about and tries to protect the environment.

I took away a number of things from my discussion with Elizabeth’s office.  Firstly, it was suggested that I be patient with Kellie, that her recent appointment to cabinet was probably keeping her quite busy.  I thought it rather odd that a Green Party spokesperson was making excuses for a conservative MP.  Secondly, it was suggested that the Green Party is under-funded, and that they have a difficult time keeping up with correspondence.    The third suggestion I got was to visit the Greenpeace site.  The fourth suggestion was to file a freedom of information act request, to uncover some of the Fukushima information I was after, but it was noted that “the process takes time.”

I recently reviewed the Green Party web site, and I saw very little mention of Fukushima.  For such a pressing issue, one so related to what the Green Party purports to stand for, it’s a dubious finding.

Update: It appears as though the Green Party has taken some action on this issue, apparently sending a letter to John Baird and Rona Ambrose, on the 26th of August.  In this letter, some of my concerns are voiced.

http://www.greenparty.ca/media-release/2013-08-27/may-alerts-baird-and-ambrose-consequences-fukushima-leakages

Although the links to the actual letters are missing (404), it at least appears as though some constructive messages are being sent.  By my view, it is a step in the right direction.  That said, if you search for “Fukushima” on the Green Party web site, you will find very few items released in 2013.  This appears to be a “one off”, and no pattern of diligent focus on this issue can be detected.  It is sporadic at best, and insufficient given the gravity of the issue.

Update 2: On January 30th, 2014, Elizabeth emailed me, clarifying her position on Fukushima. For the second time, she pointed me to the letter she had sent to Minister Baird in August 2013, seven months ago. I take this to mean that this is the last action taken by the Green Party regarding Fukushima. I have asked for clarification on any responses from Mr. Baird but to date I have not heard back.

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Justin Trudeau, MP Papineau / Liberal Party

Justin was my last hope.  He’s portrayed as a very accessible, open, free thinking person.  I think I believed too much of the hype when I penned my letter to him, mistakenly believing I could get a good reaction from him where all others had failed.  I was, unfortunately, wrong.  Although his response was the most well written and lengthy response received, in the end, it came down to this:

“We will continue to monitor all news that comes out of Japan and continue to monitor the effects here at home.”

I took a look at the Liberal web site to get further information on any actions they may have taken.  Take a look for yourself.  Go to the following web site, and put in the word “Fukushima”:  http://www.liberal.ca/?s=%20&submit=Search

Source: Wikimedia/Federal Government (Germany)

Source: Wikimedia/Federal Government (Germany)

Prime Minister’s Office
Throughout my correspondence, I cc’d the prime ministers office on a number of emails.  They were fully up to speed on my inquiries on spying, and on Fukushima.  I wrote tens of pages of letters, and in that whole time, I received nothing of substance from the PMO.  At the very end, when I called attention to the fact that no Conservative had responded AT ALL (given Kellie’s cowardice), they finally responded.  Here’s what they said:

“I would like to acknowledge receipt of your correspondence regarding the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Thank you for sharing your concerns with the Prime Minister. You may be assured that your comments have been carefully reviewed by our office.”

I should also note that the PMO referred me to the nuclearsafety.gc.ca web site.  I visited this site, and noted that the FAQ section was missing key answers, answers to questions like “Is there a health risk to Canadians from Fukushima?” and “What is Health Canada doing to monitor the health risks (effects) of the radiation leak in Japan?”  If you clicked on those questions, you got a “Page Missing” error, the famous 404.  I brought this to their attention.

I recently went back to see what they’d added.  Guess what?

THEY DELETED THE ENTIRE SECTION.

Instead of answering the questions or improving their FAQ, they deleted it outright.  Months ago, I would have found this highly surprising.  Today, I do not.

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In summary, we’re in big trouble here, folks.  By their own words, these people are not seriously looking after our interests.

With regards to spying, Canada is a full fledged member of the surveillance state, a central participant in the greatest invasion of privacy in the history of the world.  They make no apologies for it.  Sovereignty?  National security?  These things are concepts of the past.

Fukushima?  They’re passive.  They’re “monitoring the situation.”  They’re all concerned, but inexplicably unable to take a real stand and force the issue.  They tune out the chorus of scientists that are screaming for a better response.  As the problem worsens, these jokers sit, idly.  What is it going to take for Canada to respond properly to this disaster?  We tout ourselves as global leaders, and we were, at one point!  What happened to those days?

Going forward, I’m not sure what to suggest. I’d like to say “let’s get rid of the conservatives”, but I am not at all convinced anyone else would be any better!  I’d like to say “Let’s support the Greens!”, but they are as passive as everyone else.  I’d like to say “Let’s look to Canada’s newest, shiniest politician, Justin Trudeau”, but he had his chance, and he blew it.  So did Mulcair.

All that considered, here’s the best I can come up with:

Enjoy what time you have left in this pseudo democracy.  Take a trip to the west coast of Canada, and enjoy it while you still can.  Have a drink.  Smoke a joint.  Spend time with your family and friends.  Try not to think too hard about the fact that the captains of our ship are steering us straight into the rocks… because at this point, I’m not sure there is a damned thing we can do about it.

Actually, scratch ALL that.  It’s WEAK.  It’s un-Canadian.  We cannot afford to leave the futures of our children, and their children, in the hands of these incompetents, these shoulder shrugging hacks.  Our leaders choose to remain idle.  We, the citizens of Canada, must not.

CALL YOUR MP.
EMAIL YOUR MP.
CALL THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE.
HARASS A JOURNALIST INTO COVERING THE STORY.
SHARE THIS ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, AND EVERYWHERE ELSE.
VOTE THEM OUT.
GET NEW PEOPLE INTO OFFICE.

Don’t take no for an answer.  Push.  Probe.  Write.  This is our country, and our future.  If we do not act now, we may very well lose everything.  Mass surveillance by Canada?  Shoulder shrugging in the face of a nuclear disaster?  NO.

Help me fight.  Fight, while you still can.

The correspondence

IMG_2769The following section is a copy of the emails I sent to the various political leaders, along with their responses.  This is presented almost verbatim, so you can see the exact positions of various parties/individuals. I did remove some personally identifying information but other than that this is an exact copy of the discussions.

I provide these emails as background information, and as a way for you to see the evolution of the discussion.  The latest correspondence is at the top, so if you want to see it chronologically, I suggest that you start reading from the bottom.  I should also note that there is a fair bit of duplication in the letters below, as I often provided copies of previous correspondence in my emails.  I apologize for this, as it can make it somewhat confusing to review.  That said, I wanted to maintain the integrity of the chain of communication.


					

Bruce Stanton – Email 04

——– Original Message ——–

Subject: Spying in Canada
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:00:38 -0500
From: Ryan Walker <walkerr@ssimicro.com>
To: Stanton.B@parl.gc.ca

Hey Bruce,

I am not sure if you’ve had a chance to visit the web site whatthefukushima.wordpress.com, but in case you have not, there is a section on there which details my interactions with you, regarding spying.  In this section, I say the following:


Bruce Stanton, MP Simcoe North / Conservative Party

I asked Bruce about spying, both US and Canadian. It took him more than a month and a half to respond. When he did respond, the majority of his message was a regurgitated list of acts that CSEC (Canada’s NSA) apparently follows. He then stated that America is our ally, and that we have strong trade and political relationships. Thank you, Captain Obvious.

Bruce is contradicted by John Adams, head of CSEC, from 2005-2012, who states that greater parliamentary involvement is required. He is also contradicted by recent evidence of industrial espionage, in Brazil, performed by Canada. He neglected to address Canada’s involvement in the Five Eyes security network. He did not at all factor in the ongoing, massive news releases regarding the invasive spying performed by the Americans. He didn’t mention how the NSA has spied on United Nations gatherings, nor G20 gatherings. He absolutely ignores the volumes of whistleblower information that seemed to show major misdoings. As further information is released (by Snowden/Greenwald) on Canada’s International and Domestic spying, his comments will look even more ridiculous.

I posted this months ago, and actually felt a little badly.  I thought I was maybe a little hard on you.  I no longer feel this way, as the breadth and depth of Canadian spying revelations are clearly evidence of major misdoings.  It’s on the front page of the globe and mail.  It’s all over the place now, undeniable.

My question for you is whether or not you have changed your stance.  I am going to be updating that web site in the near future and if you have any new thoughts or perspectives you would like to share, on either Fukushima or spying in Canada, I’d be happy to include anything you might want to say.  If I don’t hear from you within a couple of weeks (two weeks) I will assume you are non-responsive, and note that on the web site.

Thanks
Ryan

Elizabeth May – Email 04

——– Original Message ——–
Subject:     Re: Fukushima/Spying Inquiries
Date:     Fri, 31 Jan 2014 08:39:57 -0500
From:     Ryan Walker <walkerr@ssimicro.com>
To:     Elizabeth.May@parl.gc.ca

Hello Elizabeth,

Thank you for the response.  It’s a good re-cap of the situation, and
heartening to hear that you’ve sent a letter to Mr. Baird. From what I
know of him, he’s reasonable, responsible, thoughtful, and will surely
take the concerns of the opposition party seriously.  I know the
environment is pretty high on his agenda.

Can you share with me what Mr. Baird has written to you, and done, based
on your letter?

Thanks.
Ryan

On 1/30/2014 10:54 AM, Elizabeth.May@parl.gc.ca wrote:
Dear Mr. Walker,

Thank you for writing expressing concern about the Fukushima disaster of March, 2011. Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding.

While the catastrophe at Fukushima happened nearly three years ago, we are still dealing with the fall-out. There have been reported spillages from the site of the meltdown as recently as October, 2013. This came only a few months after it was announced in August that the plant had leaked 300 tonnes of contaminated water.

TEPCO has been dealing with the contaminated water situation on its own and has not proven competent. Recent events and ongoing crises indicate that help is desperately needed to contain the ongoing dangers regarding the Fukushima Reactors. As the Government of Japan has announced that they will be taking over the management of the situation from TEPCO, I think it is time that Canada offered assistance in the clean-up. Though we are thousands of miles way, we share this water with Japan and many in Canada have voiced concerns over our food safety.

In addition to offering assistance to the Japanese government, we need to make sure we are protected against the negative consequences of these spills. In August, I wrote to our ministers of Foreign Affairs, Health, Fisheries, and Agriculture, asking that they do more to examine the levels of radiation in our food and water supplies and look into whether these spills may have violated international treaties. You can read these letters here:
http://elizabethmaymp.ca/news/publications/press-releases/2013/08/27/may-alerts-baird-and-ambrose-to-consequences-of-fukushima-leakages/

My hope is that all water and food is at a safe level in British Columbia, but I fear that we are not doing enough to ensure public confidence.

Nuclear energy is a risky, poor economic and unsustainable choice. We are unable to safely dispose of nuclear waste; long term disposal requires isolation from the biosphere for a quarter of a million years.  When the unexpected happens, we suffer the disasters exhibited in Chernobyl and Fukushima that threaten people across the planet.  Cost overruns are the norm, and power plants become unreliable after their first dozen years.  There are greener, safer and more cost-effective ways of combating climate change and securing our energy needs.

Thank you again for writing.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth May, O.C., M.P.
Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands
Leader of the Green Party of Canada

—–Original Message—–
From: Ryan Walker [mailto:walkerr@ssimicro.com]
Sent: November 26, 2013 9:01 PM
To: May, Elizabeth – M.P.
Subject: Fukushima/Spying Inquiries

Name: Ryan Walker
Email: walkerr@ssimicro.com
City/Province: Washago, Ontario
Small Business: Yes

Hello, MPs of Canada,

For the past five months, I have been corresponding with several MPs, as well as the PMO, regarding two key issues: spying, and the crisis in Fukushima (as well as its impacts on Canadians.)  I have summarized this information on the following web site:

https://whatthefukushima.wordpress.com

It may be worthwhile for you to visit this web site and take a look at what your party leaders have said on the issue.  By my eyes, their responses and their actions have been very poor.  I am doing my best to raise awareness on the issue, and thought you should all be aware.

If any of you can step in to assist with these issues (by saying something in parliament, by challenging your party leaders, etc.) I would sure appreciate the help.  Also, if you know any journalists who are willing to wade into controversial issues, please forward this to them.  This story needs to be told, more needs to be done.

Thanks.
Ryan

PS For those of you already involved in this discussion, I apologize for the extra email. Unfortunately this “email all Canadian MPs” email service does not let me exclude individuals, otherwise I would have.

This message sent using the free Have your Say service managed by CanadaOne.com.

Fifth update to Politicians

——– Original Message ——–
Subject:     Re: Fwd: Fukushima Inquiry
Date:     Tue, 26 Nov 2013 15:02:55 -0700
From:     Ryan Walker <walkerr@ssimicro.com>
To:     Stanton.B@parl.gc.ca, elizabeth.may@parl.gc.ca, “Dunlop, Garfield” <garfield.dunlop@pc.ola.org>, Kellie.Leitch@parl.gc.ca, thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca, justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca, pm@pm.gc.ca
CC:     aaron.wherry@macleans.rogers.com, ombudsman@cbc.ca, mdentandt@postmedia.com

Hello everyone,

I apologize for the delay in getting back to you – I am about a month overdue in posting the web site.  I regret that it has taken me so long to get this together, given the time sensitive nature of the problems we face.  Better late than never though, eh?

You can view the web site here:

https://whatthefukushima.wordpress.com/

If any of you would like to add anything further to your positions, or provide updated photographs, please let me know and I will update the web site.  Barring some unforeseen development, I expect that this will be my last email to you all.

Thanks anyways.
Ryan

Prime Ministers Office – Email 02

——– Original Message ——–
Subject:     Office of the Prime Minister / Cabinet du Premier ministre
Date:     Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:57:58 -0400
From:     Prime Minister/Premier Ministre <pm@pm.gc.ca>
To:     Ryan Walker <walkerr@ssimicro.com>

Dear Mr. Walker:

I would like to acknowledge receipt of your correspondence regarding the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Thank you for sharing your concerns with the Prime Minister. You may be assured that your comments have been carefully reviewed by our office.

You can learn about Canada’s action plan in response to the nuclear accident, by visiting the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Web site, at http://nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/mediacentre/updates/2011/japan-earthquake/index.cfm.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to write.

Justin Trudeau – Email 02

——– Original Message ——–
Subject:     RE: Fukushima Inquiry
Date:     Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:23:00 -0400
From:     <justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca>
To:     <walkerr@ssimicro.com>

Dear Mr. Walker,

Thank you for taking the time to write to the office of Justin Trudeau. I am sorry to hear that you have not received answers to your questions, or in some cases, even a response. I have forwarded your letter on to Justin as well as the Liberal Critic of the Environment John McKay. I also wanted to take a moment to try to address some of the specific issues and questions that you raised.

When the earthquake struck Japan in March of 2011, numerous Canadian agencies began a program of reviews and actions, to not only offer assistance, but to also review nuclear programs here in Canada. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission specifically, undertook numerous programs to not only work with global nuclear partners, but to also review the systems in place, in order to learn from the disaster and ensure that Canadian Nuclear Facilities were learning from Japan’s experiences.

http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/mediacentre/updates/2011/japan-earthquake/ is a link that will take you the specific Action Plan that was produced in response the accident. As the accident happened in Japan, any offers of aid from Canada, of which there were substantive offers made, were, and are, entirely up to the government of Japan to take us up on.

You raised concerns over the risks posed to Canadians. Please know that both Health Canada and the B.C. Ministry of Health have been closely monitoring the situation as it effects Canada.

The B.C. Ministry of Health produced the following FAQ on the disaster (http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/cpa/mediasite/pdf/FAQ-JapanRadiation.pdf).

As the situation unfolds, we will continue to monitor all news that comes out of Japan and continue to monitor the effects here at home.

I appreciate that you took the time to write to us about this extremely concerning issue.

Sincerely,

Kiel Dixon-Lawlor
Special Assistant, Operations and Outreach /
Adjoint spécial, Opérations et rayonnement

OFFICE OF THE LEADER OF THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA /
BUREAU DU CHEF DU PARTI LIBÉRAL DU CANADA
202 rue Sparks Street
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6

Prime Ministers Office – Email 01

——– Original Message ——–
Subject:    Fwd: Re: Fwd: Fukushima Inquiry
Date:    Wed, 18 Sep 2013 07:40:40 -0600
From:    Ryan Walker <walkerr@ssimicro.com>
To:    pm@pm.gc.ca
CC:    Kellie.Leitch@parl.gc.ca

Hello all,

It’s been awhile since I cc’d the PMO this issue.  There have been a few developments on my Fukushima inquiry.  I thought I would keep you guys in the loop.  As of this moment, I have not had a single response from a conservative on the issue.  Others are starting to respond, but as of yet, not one single word from Canadian Government, regarding Fukushima.

I’ll tell you this much: when the issue does finally attract the media attention it deserves, you guys are going to have a difficult time explaining how you had so little time for it.  I see my MP (and your cabinet minister) has time to attend all sorts of minor functions, but absolutely no time to address one of the gravest issues facing our country.

If I were you guys, I’d get ahead of this, immediately.  Right now, the question is “What is our Government hiding, why won’t they respond, and take action?”  It’s a bad question, and you are painted in a poor light .. but it is still probably manageable, if addressed promptly.  When the question becomes “Is Stephen Harper and his cabinet guilty of public endangerment?”, which it will soon become, you’re going to have a much harder time of it.

Ryan

Thomas Mulcair – Email 03

——– Original Message ——–

Subject:  Re: New Democrats on Japanese tsunami debris
Date:     Wed, 18 Sep 2013 06:56:22 -0600
From: Ryan Walker walkerr@ssimicro.com
To:  thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca

Thank you for the response.

Would it be possible for you to detail the dates and circumstances of the Fukushima inquiries made by the NDP?  I appreciate that you included the letter from Mr. Julian, and would also appreciate any other letters, or examples of questions being raised in parliament, or anything that further demonstrates the NDPs deep commitment to the issue.  If the NDP has made serious efforts on this front, please tell me about them so I can ensure that my information accurately reflects this.

I would also appreciate knowing who it is I am talking to.  I’m Ryan Walker, and I suspect I am not talking to the literal office of Mr. Mulcair.

Thanks.
Ryan

Fourth Update to Politicians

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: Re: Fwd: Fukushima Inquiry
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:03:03 -0600
From: Ryan Walker <walkerr@ssimicro.com>
To: Stanton.B@parl.gc.ca, elizabeth.may@parl.gc.ca, “Dunlop, Garfield” <garfield.dunlop@pc.ola.org>, Kellie.Leitch@parl.gc.ca, thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca
CC: aaron.wherry@macleans.rogers.com, ombudsman@cbc.ca

Hello everyone,

As promised, here is the letter to Mr. Trudeau.

My next communication will be to advise you of the public awareness website. I estimate this will be about one month from now.

Thanks.
Ryan

Dear Mr. Trudeau,

I write to you with a most urgent matter. I sincerely hope my letter finds you, pierces the veil of day to day politicking.

As you are aware, the situation at Fukushima is dire. Tepco is not in control of the situation. Japan is not in control of the situation.
There is ample reason to believe that even the combined effort of the entire planet might not be sufficient. Every passing day sees worsening
news. Tonnes of radioactive waste is being released. Solutions are expected to take years, and are questionable at best. As a species, we face a grave threat.

More disturbing than the reality of Fukushima is the reality that no one is taking action. At a time when herculean effort is required, the
world has seemingly gone on an indefinite dinner break. Token efforts on the part of Tepco and Japan do not qualify as even a fraction of the
required response. As far as I am aware, only Russia has offered serious assistance. This problem requires the focus of the finest scientists, engineers and fabricators from around the world.

Canada, by my measure, has every reason to act. As the second largest global exporter of uranium, we cannot overlook our part. As a major
proponent of nuclear technology, we cannot hide. As a country that claims to be a global leader, the onus is on us to lead. Past the
philosophical, and to the physical, our country borders the Pacific ocean. When radioactive waste enters the Pacific, it eventually makes
it way to Canadian shores. Effects are already being observed. For the preservation of our moral standing in the world, and perhaps the
preservation of our very country, strong action must be taken, on a national and international basis.

For months now, I have sought someone in Canadian politics with the ability and the willingness to take action on this most critical issue.
I have brought it to my MP, cabinet, the prime minister’s office, the NDP, and various others. I have been met with apathy, disinterest, boilerplate, excuses, and, most of all, a terribly dishonorable silence.

Mr. Trudeau, as a Canadian, and as a member of the human race, I sincerely hope that you are able to see this issue for what it is, and
act on it, quickly and resolutely. I urge you to take concrete action to galvanize Canada, and frankly, the world, in addressing the problem of Fukushima. You will be the last Canadian politician I try to reach, Justin. I hope my words have some effect. The decision rests with you.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please contact me. If I do not hear from you in the next few weeks, I will
assume you cannot help with the issue.

Sincerely yours,

Ryan Walker

Thomas Mulcair – Email 02

On 13-09-17 3:13 PM, thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca wrote:

Thank you for your email. Please know that we deeply share the ongoing concerns about the debris and contamination that is a result from the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

New Democrats feel that the Federal government needs to take this issue seriously. The economic and environmental implications are too severe to turn a blind eye. That is why we have repeatedly raised this issue with the Conservative government. Prior to the 2013 Spring Budget, NDP MP Peter Julian asked Finance Minister Flaherty to set aside money to deal with the debris hitting the Canadian coast. Please see attached a copy of Mr. Julian’s letter.  Regrettably, his request was not met and the Conservatives have yet to act on this growing concern.

Going forward, New Democrats will continue to monitor the situation. We will urge the Conservatives to rethink their budget decisions and put the safety of Canadians first.

Again, thank you for taking the time to raise this matter with our office.

Sincerely,

Office of Thomas Mulcair, M.P. (Outremont)
Leader of the Official Opposition
New Democratic Party of Canada
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Justin Trudeau – Email 01

From: Ryan Walker [mailto:walkerr@ssimicro.com]
Sent: September 17, 2013 1:26 PM
To: Trudeau, Justin – Député
Subject: Fukushima Inquiry

Dear Mr. Trudeau,

I write to you with a most urgent matter.  I sincerely hope my letter finds you, pierces the veil of day to day politicking.

As you are aware, the situation at Fukushima is dire.  Tepco is not in control of the situation.  Japan is not in control of the situation.  There is ample reason to believe that even the combined effort of the entire planet might not be sufficient.  Every passing day sees worsening news.  Tonnes of radioactive waste is being released.  Solutions are expected to take years, and are questionable at best.  As a species, we face a grave threat.

More disturbing than the reality of Fukushima is the reality that no one is taking action.  At a time when herculean effort is required, the world has seemingly gone on an indefinite dinner break.  Token efforts on the part of Tepco and Japan do not qualify as even a fraction of the required response.  As far as I am aware, only Russia has offered serious assistance.  This problem requires the focus of the finest scientists, engineers and fabricators from around the world.

Canada, by my measure, has every reason to act.  As the second largest global exporter of uranium, we cannot overlook our part.  As a major proponent of nuclear technology, we cannot hide.  As a country that claims to be a global leader, the onus is on us to lead.  Past the philosophical, and to the physical, our country borders the Pacific ocean.  When radioactive waste enters the Pacific, it eventually makes it way to Canadian shores.  Effects are already being observed.  For the preservation of our moral standing in the world, and perhaps the preservation of our very country, strong action must be taken, on a national and international basis.

For months now, I have sought someone in Canadian politics with the ability and the willingness to take action on this most critical issue.  I have brought it to my MP, cabinet, the prime minister’s office, the NDP, and various others.  I have been met with apathy, disinterest, boilerplate, excuses, and, most of all, a terribly dishonorable silence.

Mr. Trudeau, as a Canadian, and as a member of the human race, I sincerely hope that you are able to see this issue for what it is, and act on it, quickly and resolutely.  I urge you to take concrete action to galvanize Canada, and frankly, the world, in addressing the problem of Fukushima.  You will be the last Canadian politician I try to reach, Justin.  I hope my words have some effect.  The decision rests with you.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please contact me.  If I do not hear from you in the next few weeks, I will assume you cannot help with the issue.

Sincerely yours,

Ryan Walker


For your reference, I have included some background communication with some other Canadian politicians.  By reading through the emails below (from the bottom up), you will gain a greater understanding of who I have spoken to, what the result has been, and what my overall intentions are.


Hello everyone,

I hope you are all having a restful weekend.

Two more weeks have passed, and as far as I know, no one on this email thread has done anything to assist with my questions and concerns on Fukushima.  My efforts have been ignored by each and every one of you.  I have received no follow up questions, no phone calls, no indication whatsoever that there are real people reading these emails.

This is tremendously troubling on a number of fronts.  Firstly, you are civil servants.  In reading through the Government of Canada web site, my inquiry is EXACTLY the sort of thing you are supposed to help with.  Have you guys read the roles and responsibilities of an MP?  If so, how is it that all of you remain silent?  If you at all take your oaths serious, how can you behave the way you do?

What can I say to awaken a leader?  Will you all just stand back as I continue to give you opportunity after opportunity to get involved, to do something, to take a stand on one of the most important issues facing our country, and frankly, the world?  Do you not read the daily science articles on Fukushima?  Is it not becoming apparent that the situation just keeps getting worse?  I keep adding names to my list, and I keep getting the same poor responses (or no response.)  Are you all too busy?  Do you not care?  Am I wrong to be concerned about this?  Please do ponder these questions, and if you have the courage .. ANSWER THEM!  At this point I am starting to get embarrassed for you all.  What are you all afraid of?  Why is Russia is able to offer assistance, and Canada is not?

As discussed in a previous message, I will now be taking this whole package to Mr. Trudeau.  He will be the final politician approached with these concerns.  From there, it will become a public education campaign.  If I have no luck with Mr. Trudeau, I will stop pursuing the issue in Government, and instead focus on bringing public awareness to the experiences I had with you all.  While I will not be able to impact Fukushima, I may be able to let people know some unsightly realities with regards to their elected officials.

Some of the obvious ones:

A party in power that refuses to answer questions about whether or not they shut down radiation monitoring in the wake of a nuclear disaster?

A party who claims to be extremely concerned about the environment, remaining passive in the midst of a huge ecological disaster?

Complete non-responsiveness on the part of the opposition party, the guys that are supposed to be keeping watch?

In any case, that’s all for now.  I’ll make sure to send you all a copy of the letter I send to Mr. Trudeau.  A few weeks from now, if we’re still nowhere, I’ll send you a link to the web site that will become the foundation for the public awareness campaign.  If you have a preferred photograph of yourself that you’d like to see used, please send it to me.  You’ll each be getting your own full, featured page, so please do send something of good quality.

Thanks.
Ryan


Good morning all,

I hope everyone is having a restful weekend.

Below you will find the latest correspondence on my inquiry, a message that has been sent to Mr. Mulcair (who is cc’d on this email, and is now part of our e-mail group.)  This letter provides further insight into what I am trying to achieve with this whole process.  Some of you might find it interesting.

My next update will come when I receive a substantive answer from Mr. Mulcair.  If none is forthcoming, I will instead update you when I approach Mr. Trudeau.  Once again, if you do not wish to be included in these updates, please let me know.  If you have anything of substance to add to the discussion, please jump in at any time.

Lastly, if anyone feels that I have misrepresented our interaction, or your response to my questions, please let me know as soon as possible.  We will probably be bringing media into the process, fairly quickly here, and and I do not want to waste time arguing about what has transpired.  The important issue is Fukushima.  We need not waste time on things like “Mr. Walker misunderstood” or “Mr. Walker is unfair in his characterization of our response.”  If you disagree with anything I have said, regarding your response, please speak now.

Thanks.
Ryan

——– Original Message ——–

Subject: Fukushima Inquiry
Date: Sat, 24 Aug 2013 09:56:46 -0600
From: Ryan Walker <walkerr@ssimicro.com>
To: thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca

Dear Mr. Mulcair,

For the past month and a half, I have sought answers to two extremely pressing issues:  NSA/CSEC spying, as well as the ongoing nuclear disaster in Fukushima.  As the situation in Japan has degraded, and as news of its implications has worsened, I have shifted the focus of my inquiry strictly to Fukushima.  Although the daily revelations on spying and privacy violations are of great concern, the threat presented to Canada by the disaster in Japan is more pressing, more critical.

I have sought the assistance of a number of individuals at a number of political levels, including:

STANTON, BRUCE (MP, Simcoe North)
DUNLOP, GARFIELD (MLA, Simcoe North)
LEITCH, KELLIE (MP, SIMCOE-GREY, MINISTER OF LABOUR, STATUS OF WOMEN)
MAY, ELIZABETH (MP, SAANICH-GULF ISLANDS)

To date, I have not been successful in acquiring any answers of substance on any of my questions.  Although some of these questions should be a matter of record, I have received no answers in more than a month and a half.  I wish to know simple things, such as the assistance Canada has offered to Japan, in response to the crisis.  I would like to know what has been done to increase radiation monitoring, in Canada.  I seek clarification on whether or not Canada actually decreased radiation monitoring in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

The greater intent of my line of questioning is to spur someone within Canadian Government to not only take responsibility for answering some of these basic questions, but to champion the cause, to provide leadership on an issue that desperately needs it (not only in Canada, but Internationally.)  Canada, along with the world, stands flat footed, as the greatest disaster in history unfolds before us.  Clearly, we have a major problem.  Even if we put the best and brightest people in the world on this problem, there is no guarantee of a good end result.  At this point, no one is even trying.

Canada would receive worldwide recognition if it were to be the country to mobilize an International repair/containment mission.  We tout ourselves as leaders, as a shining example of what other countries should aspire to be.  Can we become what we say we are?  Will Canada be the country that had the courage to act, to act when no one else would?

Mr. Mulcair, I now put the question to you.  Is this a matter you can help with?

Given the time sensitive nature of the issue, I respectfuly ask that you respond in a timely manner.  On this issue, perhaps more than any other, haste is essential.

Thank you.
Ryan

For your reference, I have provided the last update sent to those previously involved in the process, as listed in the email above.  It is self explanatory.


Hello everyone,

I thought I would provide the latest status update as to the success I have had with my inquiries.  It’s been a month and a half now.  I have contacted four elected officials regarding my concerns over spying and

(for some of you) on Fukushima.

Here are the results:

FIRST CONTACT
STANTON, BRUCE (MP, Simcoe North)
– Queried on NSA spying
– Took one and a half months to respond
– Re-stated obvious facts
– Assured me Americans are not spying on Canadians (based on media reports)
– Assured me CSEC follows the law, respects privacy (contrary to a recent audit)

SECOND CONTACT
DUNLOP, GARFIELD (MLA, Simcoe North)
– Queried on NSA spying
– Feels it is a Federal issue.
– Provided no further comment.

THIRD CONTACT
LEITCH, KELLIE (MP, SIMCOE-GREY, MINISTER OF LABOUR, STATUS OF WOMEN)
– Queried on NSA spying, Fukushima
– Requested my address, phone number, contact information (provided)
– Has delivered no substantive response whatsoever
– Had a staffer call to explain that the delays are a result of cabinet shuffle

FOURTH CONTACT
MAY, ELIZABETH (MP, SAANICH-GULF ISLANDS)
– Queried on Fukushima.
– Feels my MP is probably quite busy with her new appointment
– Has no answers for me
– Suggests I visit the Greenpeace web site
– Suggests MPs are underfunded and cannot handle volumes of email
– Suggests FOIA request, notes “that process takes some time”

As you can see by the above results, I have been entirely unsuccessful. I have not found ONE politician who is willing to sincerely help me, not ONE that is willing to stand up and say (especially on Fukushima), “HEY, we have a real crisis here, Canada is doing NOTHING, we need to LEAD on this.”  Instead I get flippant non-answers, hollow assurances, and absolutely no commitment to action.  Nothing of substance from my MLA. Nothing of substance from my MP.  No luck with a cabinet minister.  Nothing of substance from the leader of the Green Party.  Nobody.

This would be less concerning if we were not facing such grave issues, especially with Fukushima.  In case you all missed it, we are now seeing bleeding herring (which may be attributable to Fukushima), as well as cesium being detected in Pacific salmon (which is clearly from Fukushima.)  Very real effects are starting to be seen from this disaster and they are showing up on our shores.  And yet, we do seemingly nothing.

From here, I am going to summarize all of my concerns and experiences with you guys, and approach the NDP.  If I receive a poor response from them, I will then take the entire package and as a final attempt, lay ion Justin Trudeau.  He seems willing to take big political risks.  If I put a package in his lap that demonstrates how you guys have done absolutely nothing of substance to help me with these issues, it might be too big a gift to pass up.  Not only could he stand up and LEAD on the issues (extremely important issues, of major concern to Canadians), he could do it against a backdrop of political apathy and incompetence, on the part of his political opponents.  Seems like a hell of a gift, really.

I just thought I would keep you folks in the loop on this.  If you do not want to be involved as an observer in this process, please let me know and I will ensure you are not copied on any further emails.  If you do have anything (of substance) to add to the discussion, on spying or Fukushima, please do let me know .. I’d love any and all help I can get on these issues.  But at this point, based on your previous responses, I expect  nothing further from any of you and will work through other channels to try and get results.

Thanks.

Ryan

Third Update to Politicians

——– Original Message ——–
Subject:     Re: Fwd: Fukushima Inquiry
Date:     Sun, 08 Sep 2013 11:03:45 -0600
From:     Ryan Walker <walkerr@ssimicro.com>
To:     Stanton.B@parl.gc.ca, elizabeth.may@parl.gc.ca, “Dunlop, Garfield” <garfield.dunlop@pc.ola.org>, Kellie.Leitch@parl.gc.ca, thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca
CC:     aaron.wherry@macleans.rogers.com, ombudsman@cbc.ca

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all having a restful weekend.

Two more weeks have passed, and as far as I know, no one on this email thread has done anything to assist with my questions and concerns on Fukushima.  My efforts have been ignored by each and every one of you.  I have received no follow up questions, no phone calls, no indication whatsoever that there are real people reading these emails.

This is tremendously troubling on a number of fronts.  Firstly, you are civil servants.  In reading through the Government of Canada web site, my inquiry is EXACTLY the sort of thing you are supposed to help with.  Have you guys read the roles and responsibilities of an MP?  If so, how is it that all of you remain silent?  If you at all take your oaths serious, how can you behave the way you do?

What can I say to awaken a leader?  Will you all just stand back as I continue to give you opportunity after opportunity to get involved, to do something, to take a stand on one of the most important issues facing our country, and frankly, the world?  Do you not read the daily science articles on Fukushima?  Is it not becoming apparent that the situation just keeps getting worse?  I keep adding names to my list, and I keep getting the same poor responses (or no response.)  Are you all too busy?  Do you not care?  Am I wrong to be concerned about this?  Please do ponder these questions, and if you have the courage .. ANSWER THEM!  At this point I am starting to get embarrassed for you all.  What are you all afraid of?  Why is Russia is able to offer assistance, and Canada is not?

As discussed in a previous message, I will now be taking this whole package to Mr. Trudeau.  He will be the final politician approached with these concerns.  From there, it will become a public education campaign.  If I have no luck with Mr. Trudeau, I will stop pursuing the issue in Government, and instead focus on bringing public awareness to the experiences I had with you all.  While I will not be able to impact Fukushima, I may be able to let people know some unsightly realities with regards to their elected officials.

Some of the obvious ones:

A party in power that refuses to answer questions about whether or not they shut down radiation monitoring in the wake of a nuclear disaster?

A party who claims to be extremely concerned about the environment, remaining passive in the midst of a huge ecological disaster?

Complete non-responsiveness on the part of the opposition party, the guys that are supposed to be keeping watch?

In any case, that’s all for now.  I’ll make sure to send you all a copy of the letter I send to Mr. Trudeau.  A few weeks from now, if we’re still nowhere, I’ll send you a link to the web site that will become the foundation for the public awareness campaign.  If you have a preferred photograph of yourself that you’d like to see used, please send it to me.  You’ll each be getting your own full, featured page, so please do send something of good quality.

Thanks.
Ryan

On 13-08-25 7:24 AM, Ryan Walker wrote:
Good morning all,

I hope everyone is having a restful weekend.

Below you will find the latest correspondence on my inquiry, a message that has been sent to Mr. Mulcair (who is cc’d on this email, and is now part of our e-mail group.)  This letter provides further insight into what I am trying to achieve with this whole process.  Some of you might find it interesting.

My next update will come when I receive a substantive answer from Mr. Mulcair.  If none is forthcoming, I will instead update you when I approach Mr. Trudeau.  Once again, if you do not wish to be included in these updates, please let me know.  If you have anything of substance to add to the discussion, please jump in at any time.

Lastly, if anyone feels that I have misrepresented our interaction, or your response to my questions, please let me know as soon as possible.  We will probably be bringing media into the process, fairly quickly here, and and I do not want to waste time arguing about what has transpired.  The important issue is Fukushima.  We need not waste time on things like “Mr. Walker misunderstood” or “Mr. Walker is unfair in his characterization of our response.”  If you disagree with anything I have said, regarding your response, please speak now.

Thanks.
Ryan

——– Original Message ——–
Subject:     Fukushima Inquiry
Date:     Sat, 24 Aug 2013 09:56:46 -0600
From:     Ryan Walker <walkerr@ssimicro.com>
To:     thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca

Dear Mr. Mulcair,

For the past month and a half, I have sought answers to two extremely pressing issues:  NSA/CSEC spying, as well as the ongoing nuclear disaster in Fukushima.  As the situation in Japan has degraded, and as news of its implications has worsened, I have shifted the focus of my inquiry strictly to Fukushima.  Although the daily revelations on spying and privacy violations are of great concern, the threat presented to Canada by the disaster in Japan is more pressing, more critical.

I have sought the assistance of a number of individuals at a number of political levels, including:

STANTON, BRUCE (MP, Simcoe North)
DUNLOP, GARFIELD (MLA, Simcoe North)
LEITCH, KELLIE (MP, SIMCOE-GREY, MINISTER OF LABOUR, STATUS OF WOMEN)
MAY, ELIZABETH (MP, SAANICH-GULF ISLANDS)

To date, I have not been successful in acquiring any answers of substance on any of my questions.  Although some of these questions should be a matter of record, I have received no answers in more than a month and a half.  I wish to know simple things, such as the assistance Canada has offered to Japan, in response to the crisis.  I would like to know what has been done to increase radiation monitoring, in Canada.  I seek clarification on whether or not Canada actually decreased radiation monitoring in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

The greater intent of my line of questioning is to spur someone within Canadian Government to not only take responsibility for answering some of these basic questions, but to champion the cause, to provide leadership on an issue that desperately needs it (not only in Canada, but Internationally.)  Canada, along with the world, stands flat footed, as the greatest disaster in history unfolds before us.  Clearly, we have a major problem.  Even if we put the best and brightest people in the world on this problem, there is no guarantee of a good end result.  At this point, no one is even trying.

Canada would receive worldwide recognition if it were to be the country to mobilize an International repair/containment mission.  We tout ourselves as leaders, as a shining example of what other countries should aspire to be.  Can we become what we say we are?  Will Canada be the country that had the courage to act, to act when no one else would?

Mr. Mulcair, I now put the question to you.  Is this a matter you can help with?

Given the time sensitive nature of the issue, I respectfuly ask that you respond in a timely manner.  On this issue, perhaps more than any other, haste is essential.

Thank you.
Ryan

For your reference, I have provided the last update sent to those previously involved in the process, as listed in the email above.  It is self explanatory.


Hello everyone,

I thought I would provide the latest status update as to the success I have had with my inquiries.  It’s been a month and a half now.  I have
contacted four elected officials regarding my concerns over spying and (for some of you) on Fukushima.

Here are the results:

FIRST CONTACT
STANTON, BRUCE (MP, Simcoe North)
– Queried on NSA spying
– Took one and a half months to respond
– Re-stated obvious facts
– Assured me Americans are not spying on Canadians (based on media reports)
– Assured me CSEC follows the law, respects privacy (contrary to a recent audit)

SECOND CONTACT
DUNLOP, GARFIELD (MLA, Simcoe North)
– Queried on NSA spying
– Feels it is a Federal issue.
– Provided no further comment.

THIRD CONTACT
LEITCH, KELLIE (MP, SIMCOE-GREY, MINISTER OF LABOUR, STATUS OF WOMEN)
– Queried on NSA spying, Fukushima
– Requested my address, phone number, contact information (provided)
– Has delivered no substantive response whatsoever
– Had a staffer call to explain that the delays are a result of cabinet shuffle

FOURTH CONTACT
MAY, ELIZABETH (MP, SAANICH-GULF ISLANDS)
– Queried on Fukushima.
– Feels my MP is probably quite busy with her new appointment
– Has no answers for me
– Suggests I visit the Greenpeace web site
– Suggests MPs are underfunded and cannot handle volumes of email
– Suggests FOIA request, notes “that process takes some time”

As you can see by the above results, I have been entirely unsuccessful. I have not found ONE politician who is willing to sincerely help me, not ONE that is willing to stand up and say (especially on Fukushima), “HEY, we have a real crisis here, Canada is doing NOTHING, we need to LEAD on this.”  Instead I get flippant non-answers, hollow assurances, and absolutely no commitment to action.  Nothing of substance from my MLA.  Nothing of substance from my MP.  No luck with a cabinet minister.  Nothing of substance from the leader of the Green Party.  Nobody.

This would be less concerning if we were not facing such grave issues, especially with Fukushima.  In case you all missed it, we are now seeing bleeding herring (which may be attributable to Fukushima), as well as cesium being detected in Pacific salmon (which is clearly from Fukushima.)  Very real effects are starting to be seen from this disaster and they are showing up on our shores.  And yet, we do seemingly nothing.

From here, I am going to summarize all of my concerns and experiences with you guys, and approach the NDP.  If I receive a poor response from them, I will then take the entire package and as a final attempt, lay it on Justin Trudeau.  He seems willing to take big political risks.  If I put a package in his lap that demonstrates how you guys have done absolutely nothing of substance to help me with these issues, it might be too big a gift to pass up.  Not only could he stand up and LEAD onthe issues (extremely important issues, of major concern to Canadians), he could do it against a backdrop of political apathy and incompetence, on the part of his political opponents.  Seems like a hell of a gift, really.

I just thought I would keep you folks in the loop on this.  If you do not want to be involved as an observer in this process, please let me know and I will ensure you are not copied on any further emails.  If you do have anything (of substance) to add to the discussion, on spying or Fukushima, please do let me know .. I’d love any and all help I can get on these issues.  But at this point, based on your previous responses, I expect nothing further from any of you and will work through other channels to try and get results.

Thanks.
Ryan

Second Update to Politicians

——– Original Message ——–
Subject:     Fwd: Fukushima Inquiry
Date:     Sun, 25 Aug 2013 07:24:43 -0600
From:     Ryan Walker <walkerr@ssimicro.com>
To:     Stanton.B@parl.gc.ca, elizabeth.may@parl.gc.ca, “Dunlop, Garfield” <garfield.dunlop@pc.ola.org>, Kellie.Leitch@parl.gc.ca
CC:     thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca

Good morning all,

I hope everyone is having a restful weekend.

Below you will find the latest correspondence on my inquiry, a message that has been sent to Mr. Mulcair (who is cc’d on this email, and is now part of our e-mail group.)  This letter provides further insight into what I am trying to achieve with this whole process.  Some of you might find it interesting.

My next update will come when I receive a substantive answer from Mr. Mulcair.  If none is forthcoming, I will instead update you when I approach Mr. Trudeau.  Once again, if you do not wish to be included in these updates, please let me know.  If you have anything of substance to add to the discussion, please jump in at any time.

Lastly, if anyone feels that I have misrepresented our interaction, or your response to my questions, please let me know as soon as possible.  We will probably be bringing media into the process, fairly quickly here, and and I do not want to waste time arguing about what has transpired.  The important issue is Fukushima.  We need not waste time on things like “Mr. Walker misunderstood” or “Mr. Walker is unfair in his characterization of our response.”  If you disagree with anything I have said, regarding your response, please speak now.

Thanks.
Ryan

——– Original Message ——–
Subject:     Fukushima Inquiry
Date:     Sat, 24 Aug 2013 09:56:46 -0600
From:     Ryan Walker <walkerr@ssimicro.com>
To:     thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca

Dear Mr. Mulcair,

For the past month and a half, I have sought answers to two extremely pressing issues:  NSA/CSEC spying, as well as the ongoing nuclear disaster in Fukushima.  As the situation in Japan has degraded, and as news of its implications has worsened, I have shifted the focus of my inquiry strictly to Fukushima.  Although the daily revelations on spying and privacy violations are of great concern, the threat presented to Canada by the disaster in Japan is more pressing, more critical.

I have sought the assistance of a number of individuals at a number of political levels, including:

STANTON, BRUCE (MP, Simcoe North)
DUNLOP, GARFIELD (MLA, Simcoe North)
LEITCH, KELLIE (MP, SIMCOE-GREY, MINISTER OF LABOUR, STATUS OF WOMEN)
MAY, ELIZABETH (MP, SAANICH-GULF ISLANDS)

To date, I have not been successful in acquiring any answers of substance on any of my questions.  Although some of these questions should be a matter of record, I have received no answers in more than a month and a half.  I wish to know simple things, such as the assistance Canada has offered to Japan, in response to the crisis.  I would like to know what has been done to increase radiation monitoring, in Canada.  I seek clarification on whether or not Canada actually decreased radiation monitoring in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

The greater intent of my line of questioning is to spur someone within Canadian Government to not only take responsibility for answering some of these basic questions, but to champion the cause, to provide leadership on an issue that desperately needs it (not only in Canada, but Internationally.)  Canada, along with the world, stands flat footed, as the greatest disaster in history unfolds before us.  Clearly, we have a major problem.  Even if we put the best and brightest people in the world on this problem, there is no guarantee of a good end result.  At this point, no one is even trying.

Canada would receive worldwide recognition if it were to be the country to mobilize an International repair/containment mission.  We tout ourselves as leaders, as a shining example of what other countries should aspire to be.  Can we become what we say we are?  Will Canada be the country that had the courage to act, to act when no one else would?

Mr. Mulcair, I now put the question to you.  Is this a matter you can help with?

Given the time sensitive nature of the issue, I respectfuly ask that you respond in a timely manner.  On this issue, perhaps more than any other, haste is essential.

Thank you.
Ryan

For your reference, I have provided the last update sent to those previously involved in the process, as listed in the email above.  It is self explanatory.

Hello everyone,

I thought I would provide the latest status update as to the success I
have had with my inquiries.  It’s been a month and a half now.  I have
contacted four elected officials regarding my concerns over spying and
(for some of you) on Fukushima.

Here are the results:

FIRST CONTACT
STANTON, BRUCE (MP, Simcoe North)
– Queried on NSA spying
– Took one and a half months to respond
– Re-stated obvious facts
– Assured me Americans are not spying on Canadians (based on media reports)
– Assured me CSEC follows the law, respects privacy (contrary to a
recent audit)

SECOND CONTACT
DUNLOP, GARFIELD (MLA, Simcoe North)
– Queried on NSA spying
– Feels it is a Federal issue.
– Provided no further comment.

THIRD CONTACT
LEITCH, KELLIE (MP, SIMCOE-GREY, MINISTER OF LABOUR, STATUS OF WOMEN)
– Queried on NSA spying, Fukushima
– Requested my address, phone number, contact information (provided)
– Has delivered no substantive response whatsoever
– Had a staffer call to explain that the delays are a result of cabinet
shuffle

FOURTH CONTACT
MAY, ELIZABETH (MP, SAANICH-GULF ISLANDS)
– Queried on Fukushima.
– Feels my MP is probably quite busy with her new appointment
– Has no answers for me
– Suggests I visit the Greenpeace web site
– Suggests MPs are underfunded and cannot handle volumes of email
– Suggests FOIA request, notes “that process takes some time”

As you can see by the above results, I have been entirely unsuccessful.  I have not found ONE politician who is willing to sincerely help me, not ONE that is willing to stand up and say (especially on Fukushima), “HEY, we have a real crisis here, Canada is doing NOTHING, we need to LEAD on this.”  Instead I get flippant non-answers, hollow assurances, and absolutely no commitment to action.  Nothing of substance from my MLA.  Nothing of substance from my MP.  No luck with a cabinet minister.  Nothing of substance from the leader of the Green Party.  Nobody.

This would be less concerning if we were not facing such grave issues, especially with Fukushima.  In case you all missed it, we are now seeing bleeding herring (which may be attributable to Fukushima), as well as cesium being detected in Pacific salmon (which is clearly from Fukushima.)  Very real effects are starting to be seen from this disaster and they are showing up on our shores.  And yet, we do seemingly nothing.

From here, I am going to summarize all of my concerns and experiences with you guys, and approach the NDP.  If I receive a poor response from them, I will then take the entire package and as a final attempt, lay it on Justin Trudeau.  He seems willing to take big political risks.  If I put a package in his lap that demonstrates how you guys have done absolutely nothing of substance to help me with these issues, it might be too big a gift to pass up.  Not only could he stand up and LEAD on the issues (extremely important issues, of major concern to Canadians), he could do it against a backdrop of political apathy and incompetence, on the part of his political opponents.  Seems like a hell of a gift, really.

I just thought I would keep you folks in the loop on this.  If you do not want to be involved as an observer in this process, please let me know and I will ensure you are not copied on any further emails.  If you do have anything (of substance) to add to the discussion, on spying or Fukushima, please do let me know .. I’d love any and all help I can get on these issues.  But at this point, based on your previous responses, I expect nothing further from any of you and will work through other channels to try and get results.

Thanks.
Ryan

Thomas Mulcair – Email 01

——– Original Message ——–
Subject:     Fukushima Inquiry
Date:     Sat, 24 Aug 2013 09:56:46 -0600
From:     Ryan Walker <walkerr@ssimicro.com>
To:     thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca

Dear Mr. Mulcair,

For the past month and a half, I have sought answers to two extremely pressing issues:  NSA/CSEC spying, as well as the ongoing nuclear disaster in Fukushima.  As the situation in Japan has degraded, and as news of its implications has worsened, I have shifted the focus of my inquiry strictly to Fukushima.  Although the daily revelations on spying and privacy violations are of great concern, the threat presented to Canada by the disaster in Japan is more pressing, more critical.

I have sought the assistance of a number of individuals at a number of political levels, including:

STANTON, BRUCE (MP, Simcoe North)
DUNLOP, GARFIELD (MLA, Simcoe North)
LEITCH, KELLIE (MP, SIMCOE-GREY, MINISTER OF LABOUR, STATUS OF WOMEN)
MAY, ELIZABETH (MP, SAANICH-GULF ISLANDS)

To date, I have not been successful in acquiring any answers of substance on any of my questions.  Although some of these questions should be a matter of record, I have received no answers in more than a month and a half.  I wish to know simple things, such as the assistance Canada has offered to Japan, in response to the crisis.  I would like to know what has been done to increase radiation monitoring, in Canada.  I seek clarification on whether or not Canada actually decreased radiation monitoring in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

The greater intent of my line of questioning is to spur someone within Canadian Government to not only take responsibility for answering some of these basic questions, but to champion the cause, to provide leadership on an issue that desperately needs it (not only in Canada, but Internationally.)  Canada, along with the world, stands flat footed, as the greatest disaster in history unfolds before us.  Clearly, we have a major problem.  Even if we put the best and brightest people in the world on this problem, there is no guarantee of a good end result.  At this point, no one is even trying.

Canada would receive worldwide recognition if it were to be the country to mobilize an International repair/containment mission.  We tout ourselves as leaders, as a shining example of what other countries should aspire to be.  Can we become what we say we are?  Will Canada be the country that had the courage to act, to act when no one else would?

Mr. Mulcair, I now put the question to you.  Is this a matter you can help with?

Given the time sensitive nature of the issue, I respectfuly ask that you respond in a timely manner.  On this issue, perhaps more than any other, haste is essential.

Thank you.
Ryan

For your reference, I have provided the last update sent to those previously involved in the process, as listed in the email above.  It is self explanatory.

Hello everyone,

I thought I would provide the latest status update as to the success I have had with my inquiries.  It’s been a month and a half now.  I have contacted four elected officials regarding my concerns over spying and (for some of you) on Fukushima.

Here are the results:

FIRST CONTACT
STANTON, BRUCE (MP, Simcoe North)
– Queried on NSA spying
– Took one and a half months to respond
– Re-stated obvious facts
– Assured me Americans are not spying on Canadians (based on media reports)
– Assured me CSEC follows the law, respects privacy (contrary to a
recent audit)

SECOND CONTACT
DUNLOP, GARFIELD (MLA, Simcoe North)
– Queried on NSA spying
– Feels it is a Federal issue.
– Provided no further comment.

THIRD CONTACT
LEITCH, KELLIE (MP, SIMCOE-GREY, MINISTER OF LABOUR, STATUS OF WOMEN)
– Queried on NSA spying, Fukushima
– Requested my address, phone number, contact information (provided)
– Has delivered no substantive response whatsoever
– Had a staffer call to explain that the delays are a result of cabinet
shuffle

FOURTH CONTACT
MAY, ELIZABETH (MP, SAANICH-GULF ISLANDS)
– Queried on Fukushima.
– Feels my MP is probably quite busy with her new appointment
– Has no answers for me
– Suggests I visit the Greenpeace web site
– Suggests MPs are underfunded and cannot handle volumes of email
– Suggests FOIA request, notes “that process takes some time”

As you can see by the above results, I have been entirely unsuccessful.  I have not found ONE politician who is willing to sincerely help me, not ONE that is willing to stand up and say (especially on Fukushima), “HEY, we have a real crisis here, Canada is doing NOTHING, we need to LEAD on this.”  Instead I get flippant non-answers, hollow assurances, and absolutely no commitment to action.  Nothing of substance from my MLA.  Nothing of substance from my MP.  No luck with a cabinet minister.  Nothing of substance from the leader of the Green Party.  Nobody.

This would be less concerning if we were not facing such grave issues, especially with Fukushima.  In case you all missed it, we are now seeing bleeding herring (which may be attributable to Fukushima), as well as cesium being detected in Pacific salmon (which is clearly from Fukushima.)  Very real effects are starting to be seen from this disaster and they are showing up on our shores.  And yet, we do seemingly nothing.

From here, I am going to summarize all of my concerns and experiences with you guys, and approach the NDP.  If I receive a poor response from them, I will then take the entire package and as a final attempt, lay it on Justin Trudeau.  He seems willing to take big political risks.  If I put a package in his lap that demonstrates how you guys have done
absolutely nothing of substance to help me with these issues, it might be too big a gift to pass up.  Not only could he stand up and LEAD on the issues (extremely important issues, of major concern to Canadians), he could do it against a backdrop of political apathy and incompetence, on the part of his political opponents.  Seems like a hell of a gift, really.

I just thought I would keep you folks in the loop on this.  If you do not want to be involved as an observer in this process, please let me know and I will ensure you are not copied on any further emails.  If you do have anything (of substance) to add to the discussion, on spying or Fukushima, please do let me know .. I’d love any and all help I can get
on these issues.  But at this point, based on your previous responses, I expect nothing further from any of you and will work through other channels to try and get results.

Thanks.
Ryan

First Update to Politicians

——– Original Message ——–
Subject:    Standings
Date:    Sat, 24 Aug 2013 07:54:53 -0600
From:    Ryan Walker <walkerr@ssimicro.com>
To:    Stanton.B@parl.gc.ca, “Dunlop, Garfield” <garfield.dunlop@pc.ola.org>, Kellie.Leitch@parl.gc.ca, elizabeth.may@parl.gc.ca

Hello everyone,

I thought I would provide the latest status update as to the success I
have had with my inquiries.  It’s been a month and a half now.  I have
contacted four elected officials regarding my concerns over spying and
(for some of you) on Fukushima.

Here are the results:

FIRST CONTACT
STANTON, BRUCE (MP, Simcoe North)
– Queried on NSA spying
– Took one and a half months to respond
– Re-stated obvious facts
– Assured me Americans are not spying on Canadians (based on media reports)
– Assured me CSEC follows the law, respects privacy (contrary to a
recent audit)

SECOND CONTACT
DUNLOP, GARFIELD (MLA, Simcoe North)
– Queried on NSA spying
– Feels it is a Federal issue.
– Provided no further comment.

THIRD CONTACT
LEITCH, KELLIE (MP, SIMCOE-GREY, MINISTER OF LABOUR, STATUS OF WOMEN)
– Queried on NSA spying, Fukushima
– Requested my address, phone number, contact information (provided)
– Has delivered no substantive response whatsoever
– Had a staffer call to explain that the delays are a result of cabinet
shuffle

FOURTH CONTACT
MAY, ELIZABETH (MP, SAANICH-GULF ISLANDS)
– Queried on Fukushima.
– Feels my MP is probably quite busy with her new appointment
– Has no answers for me
– Suggests I visit the Greenpeace web site
– Suggests MPs are underfunded and cannot handle volumes of email
– Suggests FOIA request, notes “that process takes some time”

As you can see by the above results, I have been entirely unsuccessful.
I have not found ONE politician who is willing to sincerely help me, not
ONE that is willing to stand up and say (especially on Fukushima), “HEY,
we have a real crisis here, Canada is doing NOTHING, we need to LEAD on
this.”  Instead I get flippant non-answers, hollow assurances, and
absolutely no commitment to action.  Nothing of substance from my MLA.
Nothing of substance from my MP.  No luck with a cabinet minister.
Nothing of substance from the leader of the Green Party.  Nobody.

This would be less concerning if we were not facing such grave issues,
especially with Fukushima.  In case you all missed it, we are now seeing
bleeding herring (which may be attributable to Fukushima), as well as
cesium being detected in Pacific salmon (which is clearly from
Fukushima.)  Very real effects are starting to be seen from this
disaster and they are showing up on our shores.  And yet, we do
seemingly nothing.

From here, I am going to summarize all of my concerns and experiences
with you guys, and approach the NDP.  If I receive a poor response from
them, I will then take the entire package and as a final attempt, lay it
on Justin Trudeau.  He seems willing to take big political risks.  If I
put a package in his lap that demonstrates how you guys have done
absolutely nothing of substance to help me with these issues, it might
be too big a gift to pass up.  Not only could he stand up and LEAD on
the issues (extremely important issues, of major concern to Canadians),
he could do it against a backdrop of political apathy and incompetence,
on the part of his political opponents.  Seems like a hell of a gift,
really.

I just thought I would keep you folks in the loop on this.  If you do
not want to be involved as an observer in this process, please let me
know and I will ensure you are not copied on any further emails.  If you
do have anything (of substance) to add to the discussion, on spying or
Fukushima, please do let me know .. I’d love any and all help I can get
on these issues.  But at this point, based on your previous responses, I
expect nothing further from any of you and will work through other
channels to try and get results.

Thanks.
Ryan

Bruce Stanton – Email 03

——– Original Message ——–
Subject:    Re: Spying in Canada
Date:    Sat, 24 Aug 2013 07:02:49 -0600
From:    Ryan Walker <walkerr@ssimicro.com>
To:    bruce.stanton@parl.gc.ca

Thanks for the response Bruce, I am not sure what you mean when you say recent – my email to you was
sent over a month and a half ago.  In that time, I have contacted a number of other political representatives.  However, their answers have all been as useless as these ones.The USA has lied through their teeth, and nothing they say can be taken at face value (this is according to some of their own people!)  The most recent audit of CSEC did in fact find privacy violations for Canadians, although, conveniently, it’s uncertain as to whether laws were broken. Every day new revelations come out, and every day it becomes clearer and clearer that the rule of law does not mean what people think it means. How many secret laws exist in Canada, for example?  How much are we not told?  Ever heard of “Five Eyes?”

With that said, Bruce, I am no longer interested in pursuing the spying issue.  The answers I have gotten on it (and other issues, like Fukushima) underscore just how useless our political representation is, here in Canada.  I’m actually collecting all of the answers I get to build an essay to show how much the party line is towed, how little actual work people are willing to do, and how disconnected the desires of the average citizens are from the mandate of our Government.  Your response will help in this.

Thanks for your response – at least you are no longer in the “entirely non-responsive” category.  You at least get to move into the “stated entirely obvious things and assured me everything was fine” category.

Ryan

Bruce Stanton – Email 02

On 13-08-23 2:28 PM, bruce.stanton@parl.gc.ca wrote:

Good afternoon Ryan:

Thank you for your recent email regarding spying by international governments. I appreciate your comments and questions and I welcome the opportunity to respond.

I understand your concerns with these recent reports of international intelligence gathering by governments.

The Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) operates in compliance of all Canadian laws, including the National Defence Act, the Privacy Act, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the Criminal Code. CSEC collects foreign intelligence according to the priorities of the Government of Canada, which include protecting Canadians from foreign terrorist threats and defending against cyber-attacks. CSEC’s mandate and authorities are defined in the National Defence Act.

Similar to all federal departments and agencies, CSEC is subject to, and respects, the Privacy Act. CSEC has cooperated with the Privacy Commissioner during past reviews of CSEC’s handling of personal information. CSEC is also subject to reviews by the Auditor General of Canada.

In regards to intelligence gathering by the United States of America, media reports indicate that the United States has said that Canada, Australia and the UK are not countries that they gather intelligence on. I cannot verify the accuracy of that, but Canada and the US have been allies in the past, and have strong trade and political relationships.

Thank you for taking the time to write. I hope that my response has addressed your concerns.

Sincerely,

Bruce

Elizabeth May – Email 03

——– Original Message ——–
Subject:    Re: My MP, My struggle
Date:    Tue, 20 Aug 2013 09:23:57 -0600
From:    Ryan Walker <walkerr@ssimicro.com>
To:    Elizabeth.May@parl.gc.ca

Hello Debra,

Thanks for the information.

I have told my MP, after more than a month, to not bother.  I am told that she is the ultimate conservative “Yes Woman” and will be “absolutely useless” in getting the answers I need.  This has absolutely been consistent with my experience in dealing with her.  She is a total waste of time.

I need to find someone within the Canadian Government that can actually help me, perhaps someone who is not bound by party politics.  My intent is basically to lay this issue on as many MP’s as possible, to see if ONE of them will help me with this critical issue.  Can Elizabeth help in this capacity?  She was the first person to come to mind as someone who might be able to act as a champion for these unpopular issues.

If Elizabeth cannot help, I will go on to the next MP.  And the next.  And the next.  At some point, someone in Government is going to help me.  And if not, I’m going to have one hell of a list of people who were approached for help.  It will make for a good story, I think, a lone Canadian seeking answers, and a Government that just will not listen, will not help.  We are facing serious, major, disastrous consequences from Fukushima .. and no one will talk about it.

Regardless of any of that, thank you for your response, and suggestions.

Thanks.
Ryan

Elizabeth May – Email 02

On 13-08-20 9:14 AM, Elizabeth.May@parl.gc.ca wrote:

Good morning Ryan,

I am sure your MP is busier than ever with her new appointment as Minister.

I do not have the answers to your questions but recommend 2 things. I would check out the Greenpeace website since they very actively work on nuke issues and specifically on Fukushima given the disaster. They have a bunch of information on their site — http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/nuclear/safety/accidents/Fukushima-nuclear-disaster/ .

Your MP should get back to you. I do know that the volume of email we receive is borderline unmanageable with the budget we have but we do our best to get back to everyone. As well, many people on vacation so resources are diminished. Have you tried calling the MP office and talking to someone there?

Another option is you can do a Freedom of Information request however that process does take some time. (http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/tbsf-fsct/350-57-eng.asp )

I hope I have helped you in some way!

All the best

Debra Eindiguer
Chief of Staff

Elizabeth May – Email 01

—–Original Message—–
From: Ryan Walker [mailto:walkerr@ssimicro.com]
Sent: August 19, 2013 8:57 AM
To: May, Elizabeth – M.P.
Subject: My MP, My struggle

Hello Elizabeth,

I am a Canadian citizen.  I live in Washago, Ontario.  I have recently been trying to get some answers out of my MP, Kellie Leitch, on Canada’s response to a number of important issues.  I have asked her about Canada’s knowledge of NSA spying, as well as its involvement in the “Five Eyes” surveillance network.  I have also tried to get information on Canada’s response to the Fukushima disaster.

To date, more than a month has passed, and I have received no substantive answers whatsoever.  In fact, I have not been provided with a SINGLE piece of information, even to questions which are a matter of public record.  This is extremely concerning to me, especially the Fukushima issue, as it is a major public health concern, and the actions I have seen from the Government do not at all reassure me that they are on top of it.  We seem to have offered no help to Japan, and rather than increase radiation monitoring, we decreased it.  I’m trying to confirm this, but if what I’ve read is right, someone in the Canadian Government has a tremendous amount of explaining to do.

To be honest, I am at a bit of a loss as to where to go next.  I picked your name because you are one of the few MP’s I have heard speak and thought “Yeah, that’s right”, or “Give em hell Elizabeth.”  Can you help me with this?  I would be happy to provide my correspondence to date and bring you up to speed on what has happened (not much, just emails and a single phone call, mostly with me asking questions and them not responding.)

If you cannot help me with this, could you point me to someone who could?  As I said I am at a bit of a loss here.  I thought my MP, Kellie, was supposed to help, but that is apparently not how it works.

Thanks.
Ryan

Kellie Leitch – Email 09

——– Original Message ——–
Subject:    Re: Fwd: Re: Spying in Canada
Date:    Wed, 14 Aug 2013 07:26:21 -0600
From:    Ryan Walker <walkerr@ssimicro.com>
To:    Kellie.Leitch@parl.gc.ca

Hello Kailey,

Can you please confirm that you have received this email?  Another week has passed without any comment.  I can understand the lengthy, ongoing delay for some of my earlier questions.. but the more recent ones should take very little time to resolve.  This stuff should be a matter of public record.

Any update you could provide would be appreciated.  Once again, I must ask whether or not I am speaking with the right person.  Is there someone else I should contact?  What is going on with the lack of responsiveness?  I used to manage an Internet company.  Ten years ago, we had systems that let people know we’d received their email, instantly.. and tracking systems to ensure that people were responded to within days.  We addressed entire network catastrophes in less time than it takes you guys to even provide an MP schedule, or an answer to basic questions.

Having spoken with you, Kailey, you seem like a level headed, clued-in individual.  Can you tell me what is going on here?

Thanks.
Ryan

Kellie Leitch – Email 08

—— Original Message ——–
Subject:    Re: Fwd: Re: Spying in Canada
Date:    Wed, 07 Aug 2013 07:28:34 -0600
From:    Ryan Walker <walkerr@ssimicro.com>
To:    Kellie.Leitch@parl.gc.ca

Hello Kailey,

Thank you for the call the other day.

Per our conversation, there is probably not much reason to continue with research into this topic, as it is clear that Canada was not only aware of the spying, it is complicit, through its participation in the five eyes surveillance network, consisting of the USA, Canada, Britain, New Zealand and Australia.  Being that Kellie supported S7, I am fairly certain she is not going to get too excited over all of the domestic/international spying.

I cannot adequately express the amount of concern that I, and many like me, have towards the ongoing erosion of our freedoms, and the “go along to get along” nature of my political representatives.  What happened to our rights?  What happened to our freedoms?  This is a rhetorical question, of course.  These things are obviously not a big part of the modern conservative agenda.

Being that no progress on the spying is realistic, and no information has been forthcoming, I would like to change the nature of my inquiry.  I’d like to try and get at least a few answers from my political representatives.

As I write this, radiation from Fukushima is leaking at a rate of over 100 hiroshima bombs, per hour.  Of course the release of radiation has been ongoing for many months now, but recently, Tepco has lost even more control of the situation and contaminated water is now flowing, relatively unchecked, into the ocean.  I have several questions on this issue:

(1) Since the event occurred, what assistance has Canada officially offered Japan, if any, in dealing with the issue?  We are facing a disaster of epic proportions in Fukushima, and I’m wondering if Canada has done anything to try and bring our expertise to bear on the problem?

(2) What communications programs have been put into place to advise our west coast residents (and the rest of us) of the increased levels of radiation we are being exposed to?

(3) What has Canada done to increase its monitoring of radiation, particularly on the west coast?  At some point I read that Canada actually REMOVED monitoring stations, AFTER the disaster.  Is there any validity to this?

Any information you can provide on this would be appreciated.

Lastly, can you let me know if there are any open forums with the MP, or any public meetings?  I would like to publicly ask Kellie about the spying stuff, the Fukushima stuff, her support for S7, and a few other things.  I’d like to understand how she can rationalize voting for legislation that appears to violate the Canadian Bill of Rights, as well as the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

Thanks.
Ryan

Kellie Leitch – Email 07

On 13-08-01 8:49 AM, Kellie.Leitch.A4@parl.gc.ca wrote:

Hi Ryan,

I apologize for the delay. Would I be able to get your phone number so that I can discuss the matter with you? Or you can call our office at 613-992-4224. I am working on getting you a formal response.

Best,
Kailey

Kellie Leitch – Email 06

——– Original Message ——–
Subject:    Re: Fwd: Re: Spying in Canada
Date:    Thu, 01 Aug 2013 05:14:58 -0600
From:    Ryan Walker <walkerr@ssimicro.com>
To:    Kellie.Leitch@parl.gc.ca

Good morning Cailey,

We have now reached the one month point on my initial inquiry with my MP.  In that time, I have not received a single substantive response from her office.  I have not even received an answer to the softball question I asked in my last email, a week ago, which was simply “could you let me know what Canada has said to date?”

In the time that has elapsed, we have seen responses from world leaders from around the globe.  We have seen congressional hearings, testimony from people of all kinds and from all levels, and all kinds of action on the issue, globally.  And yet I don’t have a single, solitary answer from my MP, not even to the ultra-softball question I asked just to see if someone in the office could answer a question directly.  How hard is it to direct me to what Canada has said so far?  If they have said nothing, how hard is it to tell me that?

Cailey, who else can I talk to about this, given the ongoing non-responsiveness?  Is there an oversight committee, or ombudsman of sorts?  I’m thinking the PMO is probably the best bet.  I’d appreciate your insight here, as this is starting to feel like a waste of time.  I am familiar with the run-around, and your office is not even hitting that level of service.

Thanks.
Ryan

Kellie Leitch = Email 05

——– Original Message ——–
Subject:    Re: Spying in Canada
Date:    Wed, 24 Jul 2013 14:50:26 -0600
From:    Ryan Walker <walkerr@ssimicro.com>
To:    Kellie.Leitch.A4@parl.gc.ca

Thank you Kailey.  I will wait to hear from you.

While I await further response, could you direct me to any official statements Canada has made, regarding the issue of NSA spying, that you might be aware of?  When I visit the Canada web site and search for NSA, or spying, I see no resources, nothing to indicate that anything is at all amiss.

When I search Canada’s Government site for the keyword “NSA”, I am taken to a contractor information page, and a page that shows basic contract details of communications supply equipment, detailing supply contracts between Canada and the NSA.  You can see for yourself, here:

https://buyandsell.gc.ca/procurement-data/contract-history/W8474-06MA34-001-USW-3

The security implications of a supply/purchase relationship, in this context, especially with regards to telecom equipment, are of staggering significance.  It would almost certainly make sense to include this issue in your inquiry.  If Canada has indeed purchased telecom or computer equipment from the NSA or its affiliates, portions of Canada’s private communications networks may have been compromised.

Thank you for your assistance with this matter.
Ryan

Kellie Leitch – Email 04

On 13-07-24 8:47 AM, Kellie.Leitch.A4@parl.gc.ca wrote:

Hello Ryan,

My name is Kailey and I am working on addressing your concerns. I do apologize for the time this is taking. It is appropriate for you to bring your concerns to your local Member of Parliament on this matter and we are looking into it. I will continue to work on this. Your patience is greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,
Kailey Fisher
Member’s Assistant
Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont,
Member of Parliament for Simcoe–Grey
560 La Promenade
Office: 613-992-4224
Fax: 613-992-2164
kellie.leitch.a4@parl.gc.ca

Kellie Leitch – Email 03

On 13-07-09 10:30 AM, Kellie.Leitch@parl.gc.ca wrote:

Thank you for contacting the office of Dr. Kellie Leitch, Member of Parliament for Simcoe—Grey.Your questions and concerns are very important and every effort is made to respond in a timely fashion.If your message does not contain your full contact information, please provide us with your full address including postal code and phone number.

Kellie would like to ensure her constituents are well served. Due to the high volume of correspondence received, priority is given to residents of the Simcoe—Grey riding.

For constituents, if your matter requires urgent attention, please call or visit one of the constituency offices in Collingwood or Alliston. The constituency offices can be reached by phone at 1-866-435-1809.If you are not a constituent, you are welcome to write us with your concerns and opinions; however, we strongly urge you to contact your Member of Parliament directly.If there is a reason for your contact outside of your home riding please clearly specify for our administrative purposes in working with your email.Thank you for writing.The Office Dr. Kellie Leitch
Member of Parliament for Simcoe—Grey
Tel: 613-992-4224
Fax: 613-992-2164
kellie.leitch@parl.gc.ca

Bruce Stanton – Email 01

—–Original Message—–
From: Ryan Walker [mailto:walkerr@ssimicro.com]
Sent: July 5, 2013 8:35 AM
To: Stanton, Bruce – M.P.
Subject: Spying in Canada

Hello Mr. Stanton,

I am a constituent from Washago.  I was recently discussing the spying issue with my MLA (actually my MLA’s assistant.)  She informed me that it was a Federal issue, and that my MP would be a better person to talk to.. hence my email.

Could you please let me know what is currently underway in Canada in order to address the spying being done by the Americans?  It is with shock and anger that I read the ever-worsening reports of what the Americans have done.  This is mirrored by many countries around the world, allies and adversaries alike.

What I would like to know is what Canada intends to do about this.
There are fifteen different issues that spring to mind, but some of the key ones:

(1) What has Canada done, or what is it doing, in order to protect its citizens from American spies?  For example, there are technical tools that Canadians can use to improve their safety.  Is Canada bringing these to light for Canadians, or taking any other steps to help us avoid having our information stolen?  Is there any sort of education program being complete or worked on, something to help Canadians avoid the American surveillance state?

(2) What is the your general feeling towards a response to America?  Our “allies” have been caught in an egregious breach of trust.  The International community is outraged, and clearly there are going to be political repercussions for America.  Where do you stand on this?

Mr Stanton, I am trying to understand where Canada is at with this issue, and my questions above are merely an idea of the types of question I, and many other Canadians, have for our Government.  I would appreciate any insight you can provide on the above matters, and on any other related issues.

Thanks.
Ryan

Kellie Leitch – Email 02

From: Ryan Walker [mailto:walkerr@ssimicro.com]
Sent: July 4, 2013 7:56 AM
To: Leitch, Kellie – M.P.
Subject: Fwd: Spying in Canada

Hello Mrs. Leitch,

Can you please confirm receipt of this email?  I have not received anything indicating that the email was received and I would appreciate it if you could let me know that it has been received (and hopefully being responded to.)

Thanks.
Ryan

Kellie Leitch – Email 01

Subject: Spying in Canada
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2013 05:40:57 -0600
From: Ryan Walker <walkerr@ssimicro.com>
To: Kellie.Leitch@parl.gc.ca

Good afternoon Mrs. Leitch,

I am a constituent from Washago.  Recently I have become aware of all the spying being done by the NSA, in the US.  As you may have heard, their spying dragnet targets all Canadians.  My information has been targeted.  Your information has been targeted.  The correspondence of our prime minister has been targeted.I would like to know what your opinion is on this matter.  Our largest  trading partner is seemingly committing routine acts of war against our country.  Are we reacting to this at all?  Is anything being done to advise Canadians to take steps to protect their privacy?

Thank you for your time.
Ryan