22 septembre 2014

from: DEAR PM dearpm@gmail.com
to: pm@pm.gc.ca
date: Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 9:51 PM
subject: Élections au Nouveau-Brunswick: mince avance des libéraux; Ottawa resident lead plaintiff in data breach lawsuit
mailed-by: gmail.com

Dear Stephen,

I am still alive. I survived the weekend without Frozen. Had emailed Apple about that stupid 90-day single-used iTunes account policy, and got a reply today. Here is my rebuttal, which I posted in 4 comments on an Apple feedback site:

Thanks to Thamara who made an exception to the Apple 90-day single-iTunes user lockout period so I was able to view Frozen on our home computer. The $20 download (we chose SD) was on my wife's laptop which she took with her on a business trip, leaving me home alone with a 4 1/2 year-old who had just hit her peak of Frozen addiction. Of course, the email and exception came tonight, just as I was putting the kids to bed, and in fact we had just arrived home from the airport, having picked up my wife, so the whole thing is a bit moot at this point.
Somehow we survived the weekend without downloading Frozen anew, or even renting it, though that thought did indeed cross my mind. Instead, we watched the Netflix version called The Snow Queen, which features B-grade digital animation, lacklustre..

The form doesn't allow longer comments! So I left ANOTHER comment:

So as I was saying, though clearly it is an inferior product, my daughter enjoyed parts of The Snow Queen, and even asked to watch it again last night! Of course, by then it was bedtime, and too late for videos of any kind. But I digress. I was curious as to why Thamara did not mention to me the option of Family Sharing, but then I started to read your policy on it and it is clear my software is not up to speed. Then the more I read the more uncomfortable I began to feel, as the terminology you are using sounds a bit cultish: "The Organizer may remove any Family member from the Family, which will terminate that Family member's ability to initiate authorized purchases on the Organizer's payment method, and that Family Member’s ability to view and share other Family members' products and..."

And of course then I notice that the "send comment" button is COMPLETELY INVISIBLE! HA! I continue:

Sorry, we were cut-off there by the comments limitation. To continue with some of the cult-sounding information in your Terms and Conditions: "...information. When a Family member leaves or is removed from a Family, the remaining Family members may no longer be able to view or download the departing member’s products or information, or access products previously downloaded from the departing Family member, including purchases made on the Organizer's payment method while the departing member was part of the Family." Doesn't that all sound a bit weird to you? It gets better! Read this: "If you have made In-App Purchases from an app originally purchased by a departed Family member or downloaded from a Family member and you no longer belong to the Family, you need to purchase the app yourself"

And the final volley:

"You can only belong to one Family at a time, and may join any Family no more than twice per year. You can change the store account you associate with a Family no more than once every 90 days." So again, even with the Family, one runs into the 90-day wall. Why is that? What "consumer protection" words of wisdom does Thamara give me? "I know not being able to access multiple ID’s across multiple platforms is inconvenient but it is there to ensure you can locate any and all purchases without issue or complaint, when another ID gets mixed in it could be problematic." So the 90-day rule is there basically to prevent complaints? I think dealing with child-rearing and employment means we can probably keep track of our individual purchases. BTW my name is Chris, not John. 

Clo is home, asleep from jet-lag. The kids are in bed. I'm on my way there soon enough. 

-chris

Find Apple policy fascinating? Read the Complete Terms of Use HERE

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24 avril 2013

from: DEAR PM 
to: "Jenni Byrne, Conservative Party of Canada"
cc: pm@pm.gc.ca
date: Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 11:30 AM
subject: Re: Trudeau’s team tells Al Jazeera he wants “engagement” with Iran



Hi Jenni,


Thanks for the email! I am glad the Conservatives are taking such a tough stance against Iran. Can we put up more sanctions and cut all diplomatic and economic ties with them as well? Maybe we can invade them and bring democracy to the people? Just a thought. 

-chris


On Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 10:08 AM, Jenni Byrne, Conservative Party of Canada <jenni.byrne@conservative.ca> wrote:
Conservative Party of Canada

CHRIS,

We know Justin Trudeau can't resist telling his audience what it wants to hear, even if it means making different promises to different groups of people – but this interview with Al Jazeera, a state-owned Middle Eastern media organization, goes too far.
 
One of Justin Trudeau’s top advisors, former Liberal MP Omar Alghabra, told Al Jazeera that Canada needs “engagement” with Iran.
 
In an exclusive interview with the state-owned media organization, Alghabra said “on the issue of Iran, Trudeau has clearly stated that he is for engagement.”
 
After news that the RCMP foiled a suspected terrorist plot, which the RCMP said was supported by Al Qaeda operatives in Iran, it’s obvious that these comments are unacceptable – and that Justin Trudeau lacks the judgement to be Prime Minister.
 
The Conservative government has taken a strong stance against terrorism and in defence of Israel, the only real democracy in the region. We support freedom and democracy in Iran – not the Iranian regime. We even listed the al-Qods force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist entity. Canada needs less, not more, "engagement" with these groups!
 
Under the strong leadership of Stephen Harper, our government will continue to take steps to protect Canadians and support the global fight against terrorism. And we need your help.
 
If you oppose Trudeau’s plan to “engage” with the Iranian regime, announced of course on Al Jazeera, can you chip in $25 or whatever you can afford?
 
Sincerely,
 
Jenni Byrne
National Campaign Manager, 2011
 
P.S. Click here to read the full article on Al Jazeera – and make sure you forward this e-mail to your friend

18 avril 2013

DEAR, 

On Monday, we launched three new ads telling Canadians that Justin Trudeau is not up to par.
As might be expected, some of the media criticize our new TV ad. They stick together.

Here's the truth - these ads circulate more widely and rapidly than any other announcement made earlier. We communicate directly with Canadians instead of going through the "filter" of the media.

In two days, our ads have been viewed about 270,000 times on YouTube - it's all visits previously received for a video, as noted below, including during an election cycle.

Our website has received so many visits he has failed - which had never happened before. Despite what the media would have you believe, the reaction to our new campaign exceeds expectations.

We must ensure that all Canadians see these ads, and you can help us by donating $ 25 today.
I want to thank all of our team members for their help. However, the work is far from over.

Please visit http://www.justinpasalahauteur.ca now and click Share to help us maintain our momentum.

Thank you very much,
Jenni Byrne
National Campaign Manager, 2011
DEAR,

Lundi, nous avons lancé trois nouvelles annonces disant aux Canadiens et aux Canadiennes que Justin Trudeau n’est pas à la hauteur.

Comme on pouvait s’y attendre, certains représentants des médias critiquent nos nouvelles annonces télévisées.  Ils se serrent les coudes.

Voici la vérité — ces annonces circulent plus largement et plus rapidement que toute autre annonce faite auparavant.  Nous communiquons directement avec les Canadiens au lieu de passer par le « filtre » des médias.

En deux jours, nos annonces ont été regardées environ 270 000 fois sur YouTube — c’est plus que toutes les visites reçues auparavant pour une vidéo,  tel que noté ci-après, y compris pendant un cycle électoral.

Notre site Web a reçu tellement de visites qu’il est tombé en panne — ce qui n’était jamais arrivé avant. Malgré ce que les médias veulent vous faire croire, la réaction à notre nouvelle campagne dépasse toute attente.

Nous devons nous assurer que tous les Canadiens voient ces annonces, et vous pouvez nous aider en versant un don de 25 $ dès aujourd’hui.

J’aimerais remercier tous les membres de notre équipe pour leur aide.  Cependant, le travail est loin d’être terminé.

Veuillez visiter le http://www.justinpasalahauteur.ca dès aujourd'hui et cliquer sur  Partager pour nous aider à poursuivre sur notre lancée.

Merci beaucoup,
Jenni Byrne
Gestionnaire de la campagne nationale, 2011

16 avril 2013



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date: Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 7:47 PM
Prime Minister/Premier ministre pm@pm.gc.ca to: dearpm (at) gmail.com
subject: Office of the Prime Minister / Cabinet du Premier ministre

Please know that your e-mail message has been received in the Prime Minister's Office and that your comments have been noted.  Our office always welcomes hearing from correspondents and being made aware of their views.

Thank you for writing.

Sachez que le Cabinet du Premier ministre a bien reçu votre courriel et que nous avons pris bonne note de vos commentaires. Nous aimons être bien informés de l'opinion des correspondants.

Je vous remercie d'avoir écrit au Premier ministre.


>>>       >>>


The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister
Government of Canada
pm@pm.gc.ca

Dear Prime Minister Harper, Mr Corbett, Mr Paulson, Ms Turmel, Mr Rae, Ms. May and Mr. Plamondon,

I am gravely concerned by the Elections Canada report that has just traced illegal phone calls made during the 2011 federal election to a company that worked for the Conservative Party across the country.

The "robocalls" were apparently designed to stop non-Conservative voters from casting ballots in key ridings by falsely telling voters that the location of their polling stations had changed, causing them to go to the wrong location on election day.

This news casts doubt on the legitimacy of our Government. We need answers now, and real consequences for illegal behaviour that may have determined the outcome of our election.

I demand a full and independent public inquiry, backed by Elections Canada and the RCMP, to expose the facts about the robocall scandal and ensure that the penalty for this election fraud matches the consequences of the crime - including possible by-elections in the affected ridings.

We cannot allow individuals to be scapegoated for actions that benefit institutions. We need to lay the foundation for new laws to restore the integrity of Canadian elections.

chris lloyd
dearpm (at) gmail.com
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cc:
William H. Corbett
Commissioner of Canada Elections
Elections Canada
257 Slater St.
Ottawa Ontario
K1A 0M6
commissionersoffice@elections.ca

cc:
Elizabeth May
Leader of the Green Party of Canada
Green Party of Canada
elizabeth.may@parl.gc.ca

cc:
Nycole Turmel
Leader of the Official Opposition
New Democratic Party
nycole.turmel@parl.gc.ca

cc:
Bob Rae
Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
Liberal Party of Canada
bob.rae@parl.gc.ca

cc:
Louis Plamondon
Parliamentary Leader
Bloc Québécois
louis.plamondon@parl.gc.ca

cc:
Mr. Justin Trudeau
Papineau, Quebec
House of Commons
Ottawa Ontario
K1A0A6
Trudeau.J@parl.gc.ca

cc:
Bob Paulson
Commissioner
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
bob.paulson@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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