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Friday, 26 October, 2007

"You can't do that": Stephen Harper

Do I have to tell you one more time, I think it's a sin,
I think I'll let you down.
Let you down and leave you flat,

Gonna let you down and leave you flat,

Because I've told you before, oh,

You can't do that.
-"You Can't Do That," The Beatles

Maclean's
reporter Philippe Gohier reports on Stephen Harper's refusal to change his widely criticized new "war on drugs" plan (the same one that outraged doctors and scientists, ) and why you can "blame it on the Beatles:"
"We are up against ... a culture that since the 1960s has at the minimum not discouraged drug use and often romanticized it, or made it cool," Harper earlier this month when he announced the government’s new anti-drug strategy. "My son is listening to my Beatles records and asking me what all these lyrics mean ... I love these records. I'm not putting them away ... But we have to change the culture."

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Soldier charged in Afghanistan shooting described in MD's controversial article

After a seven-month-long investigation, the Canadian military yesterday in the shooting death of Cpl Kevin Megeney (right) in his tent at the Kandahar Airfield NATO base in Afghanistan on March 6. Cpl Matthew Wilcox, 22, another Nova Scotia reservist (pictured below right), is charged with manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death, and negligent performance of duty. "Based on all evidence collected, ballistic and forensic analysis completed by the CFNIS, Cpl Megeney was killed by gun fire originating from a weapon allegedly held by Cpl Wilcox," reads the Canadian Forces news release. Cpl Wilcox's case will be heard in a court martial. (Read the numerous news stories on the latest charges .)

The Megeney investigation is connected to that is still ongoing, into BC physician and writer Dr Kevin Patterson. Dr Patterson, whose latest novel Consumption has received international praise following its 2006 Canadian release and 2007 American release, was initially under criminal investigation for publishing an in US magazine Mother Jones detailing his treatment of Cpl Megeney. That investigation was , but a Health Services Branch ethics investigation continues.

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