[Hpn] A bid to argue for $5B in mismanaged pension funds is rejected by the Supreme Court.

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Fri, 18 Jan 2008 09:07:42 -0500


This is a multi-part message in MIME format.

------=_NextPart_000_0053_01C859B1.951BF520
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;
	boundary="----=_NextPart_001_0054_01C859B1.951BF520"


------=_NextPart_001_0054_01C859B1.951BF520
Content-Type: text/plain;
	charset="iso-8859-1"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

      Disabled vets lose battle


      Fri, January 18, 2008


      A bid to argue for $5B in mismanaged pension funds is rejected by =
the Supreme Court.


      By RANDY RICHMOND, SUN MEDIA
        =20

The final battle for Canada's disabled war veterans is over and lost.=20

The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected the veterans' attempt to argue =
for $5 billion in mismanaged pension benefits from Ottawa.=20

"It is the end of the road. Fairytales have happy endings, but this is =
no fairytale," Lenore Majoros, one of the principals in the =
nine-year-old class action suit, said yesterday.=20

"It's not about right or wrong at this point. If it was, this would have =
been taken care of. The government doesn't take care of people anymore. =
Those days are gone."=20

In a decision released without comment yesterday, the court rejected a =
request by the vets for permission to argue their case one more time.=20


       =20

Lawyers for the veterans and their families were disappointed.=20

"It's a sad day for the country," said London lawyer Peter Sengbusch. "I =
am absolutely appalled that these veterans, who virtually gave their =
lives for their country, would be treated so shabbily by their =
government, then have the highest court in the land refuse to give them =
a hearing.=20

The ruling means the federal government can take a person's property =
without compensation, said Windsor lawyer David Greenaway.=20

"As a Canadian, I am distressed. It seems cruel and callous for the =
government to use its . . . power against the meekest, people who became =
disabled serving the country."=20

But Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson, the cabinet member in =
charge of the file, was cool to any talk of a political deal.=20

"We are going to respect the court's decision," he said.=20

Thompson insisted the vets in question "always received the care they =
needed from the federal government."=20

"It was only on the issue of interest (on their pension accounts) that =
we have a difference of opinion," he said.=20

Dozens of children of veterans across Canada have told The Free Press a =
different story.=20

As children, they suffered abject poverty and abuse because the =
government mishandled the finances of their fathers, broken mentally =
from the Second World War, they said.=20

During the 1980s, auditor general reports concluded the government had =
indeed mishandled the pensions.=20

The federal government responded by passing legislation that it pay =
interest only on money held after 1990.=20

Seven years later, London veteran Joe Authorson showed up to a family =
funeral dressed in rags. He had returned from the Second World War =
shell-shocked and schizophrenic, his affairs taken over by the =
government.=20

Shocked by his condition, his niece, Majoros, launched an investigation =
into his finances, which led to the lawsuit.=20

Whatever happens now, she's proud to have fought for her uncle and raise =
awareness of veterans' rights, Majoros said.=20

"What we need to worry about now are the future veterans. They are young =
men now," she said.=20

Authorson died in 2002 at 88.=20

The veterans and their families lost the battle over interest payments =
in 2003 when the Supreme Court ruled the government had the right to =
pass the 1990 legislation.=20

But in 2005, the Ontario Court of Justice ordered the government to pay =
out $4.6 billion (since grown to $5 billion) over lost investment income =
on the pensions.=20

The government won an appeal of that ruling at the Ontario Court of =
Appeal in 2007.=20

The veterans sought permission to argue that decision, but yesterday's =
decision denies them that permission.=20

















William Charles Tinker, Sr.
New Hampshire Homeless=20
Founded 11-28-99
25 Granite Street=20
Northfield,N.H. 03276-1640 USA=20
Advocates,activists for disabled,displaced human rights.=20
1-603-286-2492=20
http://www.missingkids.com=20
http://www.nationalhomeless.org=20
http://www.newhampshirehomeless.org=20
http://www.newhampshirehomeless-subscribe@topica.com 
------=_NextPart_001_0054_01C859B1.951BF520
Content-Type: text/html;
	charset="iso-8859-1"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
<HTML><HEAD>
<META http-equiv=3DContent-Type content=3D"text/html; =
charset=3Diso-8859-1">
<META content=3D"MSHTML 6.00.2900.3243" name=3DGENERATOR>
<STYLE></STYLE>
</HEAD>
<BODY bgColor=3D#ffffff>
<DIV>
<TABLE cellSpacing=3D0 cellPadding=3D0 width=3D448 border=3D0>
  <TBODY>
  <TR>
    <TD>
      <DIV class=3Darticle_headline><B>Disabled vets lose =
battle</B></DIV>
      <DIV class=3Darticle_headline><STRONG></STRONG><BR>&nbsp;</DIV>
      <DIV class=3Darticle_body>Fri, January 18, 2008</DIV>
      <DIV class=3Darticle_body><BR>&nbsp;</DIV>
      <DIV class=3Darticle_overtitle><FONT color=3D#3277a2><B>A bid to =
argue for $5B=20
      in mismanaged pension funds is rejected by the Supreme=20
      Court.</B></FONT></DIV>
      <DIV class=3Darticle_overtitle><STRONG><FONT=20
      color=3D#3277a2></FONT></STRONG><BR>&nbsp;</DIV>
      <DIV class=3Darticle_credit><B>By <A=20
      href=3D"mailto:rrichmond@lfpress.com">RANDY RICHMOND</A>, SUN=20
      MEDIA</B><BR></DIV></TD>
    <TD vAlign=3Dtop width=3D48><A title=3D"Add to Facebook"=20
      =
href=3D"javascript:void(open('http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?op=3Dadd=
&amp;u=3Dhttp://lfpress.ca/newsstand/CityandRegion/2008/01/18/4779819-sun=
.html&amp;t=3DDisabled vets lose =
battle','ToolbarPopUp','scrollbars=3Dyes,resizable=3Dyes,width=3D800,heig=
ht=3D600'));"></A><FONT=20
      face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT><A =
href=3D"javascript:sendit();"></A></TD>
    <TD vAlign=3Dtop width=3D48><A =
href=3D"javascript:sendit();"></A></TD>
    <TD vAlign=3Dtop width=3D43><A=20
      =
href=3D"http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/CityandRegion/2008/01/18/pf-4779819.h=
tml"></A></TD>
    <TD vAlign=3Dtop width=3D44><A=20
      =
href=3D"http://rapids.canoe.ca/cgi-bin/reg/NR-cust_service.pl?MODE=3DCUST=
OMER_SERVICE&amp;LOOK=3DLFPRESS"></A></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
<P>The final battle for Canada's disabled war veterans is over and lost. =

<P>The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected the veterans' attempt to =
argue for=20
$5 billion in mismanaged pension benefits from Ottawa.=20
<P>"It is the end of the road. Fairytales have happy endings, but this =
is no=20
fairytale," Lenore Majoros, one of the principals in the nine-year-old =
class=20
action suit, said yesterday.=20
<P>"It's not about right or wrong at this point. If it was, this would =
have been=20
taken care of. The government doesn't take care of people anymore. Those =
days=20
are gone."=20
<P>In a decision released without comment yesterday, the court rejected =
a=20
request by the vets for permission to argue their case one more time. =
<BR=20
clear=3Dright><BR clear=3Dright><BR clear=3Dright>
<TABLE cellPadding=3D2 align=3Dright border=3D0>
  <TBODY>
  <TR>
    <TD><!-- BIG BOX HERE --><!-- AdSpace =
site=3Dsun_media&VChannel=3Dlondonfreepress&SubChannel=3Dnews&position=3D=
bigbox&HChannel=3Dnews -->
      <SCRIPT language=3DJavaScript1.1=20
      =
src=3D"http://ads5.canoe.ca/js.ng/site=3Dsun_media&amp;VChannel=3Dlondonf=
reepress&amp;SubChannel=3Dnews&amp;position=3Dbigbox&amp;HChannel=3Dnews"=
>
</SCRIPT>
<!-- Sniffer Code for Flash version=3D60 -->
      <SCRIPT language=3DVBScript> =0A=
on error resume next =0A=
ShockMode =3D (IsObject(CreateObject("ShockwaveFlash.ShockwaveFlash.6")))=0A=
</SCRIPT>
      <NOEMBED>
<A =
HREF=3D"http://ads5.canoe.ca/event.ng/Type=3Dclick%26FlightID=3D57621%26A=
dID=3D93129%26TargetID=3D2944%26Segments=3D2371,5882,6026,6137,6429,6460,=
7542,10492,10619,10855,12622,12758,12839,12950%26Targets=3D439,4362,6268,=
4776,8726,8932,7176,9072,9096,2580,8852,2944%26Values=3D25,31,43,51,60,72=
,85,90,100,110,150,155,213,255,307,332,334,342,343,344,345,363,379,380,39=
6,407,490,493,860,1281,1315,1444,1467,1545,1548,1551,1620,1946,2292,2307,=
2402,2540,2553,2650,2670,2686,2698,2700,2702,2703,2704,2787,2932,3070,307=
9,3562,3718,3733,3797,3993,4346,4899,4994,4995,5242,5243,5247,5337,5373,5=
374,5716,5794,5887%26RawValues=3DUSERID%2C7f000001-22800-1200665072-3%26R=
edirect=3Dhttp://www.medpoint.ca/" target=3D"_top"><IMG =
SRC=3D"http://imageads.canoe.ca/Canoe/Emil/teststuff/Sun/MEDPOINTHEALTHCA=
REINC_300x250.gif" WIDTH=3D300 HEIGHT=3D300 BORDER=3D0></A>
</NOEMBED><NOSCRIPT>
<A =
HREF=3D"http://ads5.canoe.ca/event.ng/Type=3Dclick%26FlightID=3D57621%26A=
dID=3D93129%26TargetID=3D2944%26Segments=3D2371,5882,6026,6137,6429,6460,=
7542,10492,10619,10855,12622,12758,12839,12950%26Targets=3D439,4362,6268,=
4776,8726,8932,7176,9072,9096,2580,8852,2944%26Values=3D25,31,43,51,60,72=
,85,90,100,110,150,155,213,255,307,332,334,342,343,344,345,363,379,380,39=
6,407,490,493,860,1281,1315,1444,1467,1545,1548,1551,1620,1946,2292,2307,=
2402,2540,2553,2650,2670,2686,2698,2700,2702,2703,2704,2787,2932,3070,307=
9,3562,3718,3733,3797,3993,4346,4899,4994,4995,5242,5243,5247,5337,5373,5=
374,5716,5794,5887%26RawValues=3DUSERID%2C7f000001-22800-1200665072-3%26R=
edirect=3Dhttp://www.medpoint.ca/" target=3D"_top"><IMG =
SRC=3D"http://imageads.canoe.ca/Canoe/Emil/teststuff/Sun/MEDPOINTHEALTHCA=
REINC_300x250.gif" WIDTH=3D300 HEIGHT=3D300 BORDER=3D0></A>
</NOSCRIPT><IMG=20
      height=3D1=20
      =
src=3D"http://ads5.canoe.ca/event.ng/Type=3Dcount&amp;ClientType=3D2&amp;=
AdID=3D93129&amp;FlightID=3D57621&amp;TargetID=3D2944&amp;Segments=3D2371=
,5882,6026,6137,6429,6460,7542,10492,10619,10855,12622,12758,12839,12950&=
amp;Targets=3D439,4362,6268,4776,8726,8932,7176,9072,9096,2580,8852,2944&=
amp;Values=3D25,31,43,51,60,72,85,90,100,110,150,155,213,255,307,332,334,=
342,343,344,345,363,379,380,396,407,490,493,860,1281,1315,1444,1467,1545,=
1548,1551,1620,1946,2292,2307,2402,2540,2553,2650,2670,2686,2698,2700,270=
2,2703,2704,2787,2932,3070,3079,3562,3718,3733,3797,3993,4346,4899,4994,4=
995,5242,5243,5247,5337,5373,5374,5716,5794,5887&amp;RawValues=3DUSERID%2=
C7f000001-22800-1200665072-3&amp;random=3DdmyitfA,bdzbmpruewou"=20
      width=3D1 border=3D0> <!-- /AdSpace --></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
<P>Lawyers for the veterans and their families were disappointed.=20
<P>"It's a sad day for the country," said London lawyer Peter Sengbusch. =
"I am=20
absolutely appalled that these veterans, who virtually gave their lives =
for=20
their country, would be treated so shabbily by their government, then =
have the=20
highest court in the land refuse to give them a hearing.=20
<P>The ruling means the federal government can take a person's property =
without=20
compensation, said Windsor lawyer David Greenaway.=20
<P>"As a Canadian, I am distressed. It seems cruel and callous for the=20
government to use its . . . power against the meekest, people who became =

disabled serving the country."=20
<P>But Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson, the cabinet member in =
charge of=20
the file, was cool to any talk of a political deal.=20
<P>"We are going to respect the court's decision," he said.=20
<P>Thompson insisted the vets in question "always received the care they =
needed=20
from the federal government."=20
<P>"It was only on the issue of interest (on their pension accounts) =
that we=20
have a difference of opinion," he said.=20
<P>Dozens of children of veterans across Canada have told The Free Press =
a=20
different story.=20
<P>As children, they suffered abject poverty and abuse because the =
government=20
mishandled the finances of their fathers, broken mentally from the =
Second World=20
War, they said.=20
<P>During the 1980s, auditor general reports concluded the government =
had indeed=20
mishandled the pensions.=20
<P>The federal government responded by passing legislation that it pay =
interest=20
only on money held after 1990.=20
<P>Seven years later, London veteran Joe Authorson showed up to a family =
funeral=20
dressed in rags. He had returned from the Second World War shell-shocked =
and=20
schizophrenic, his affairs taken over by the government.=20
<P>Shocked by his condition, his niece, Majoros, launched an =
investigation into=20
his finances, which led to the lawsuit.=20
<P>Whatever happens now, she's proud to have fought for her uncle and =
raise=20
awareness of veterans' rights, Majoros said.=20
<P>"What we need to worry about now are the future veterans. They are =
young men=20
now," she said.=20
<P>Authorson died in 2002 at 88.=20
<P>The veterans and their families lost the battle over interest =
payments in=20
2003 when the Supreme Court ruled the government had the right to pass =
the 1990=20
legislation.=20
<P>But in 2005, the Ontario Court of Justice ordered the government to =
pay out=20
$4.6 billion (since grown to $5 billion) over lost investment income on =
the=20
pensions.=20
<P>The government won an appeal of that ruling at the Ontario Court of =
Appeal in=20
2007.=20
<P>The veterans sought permission to argue that decision, but =
yesterday's=20
decision denies them that permission. <BR></P>
<P><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</P>
<P><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</P>
<P><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</P>
<P><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</P>
<P><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</P>
<P><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</P>
<P>&nbsp;</P></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2><BR>William Charles Tinker, Sr.<BR>New =
Hampshire=20
Homeless <BR>Founded 11-28-99<BR>25 Granite Street <BR>Northfield,N.H.=20
03276-1640 USA <BR>Advocates,activists for disabled,displaced human =
rights.=20
<BR>1-603-286-2492 <BR><A=20
href=3D"http://www.missingkids.com">http://www.missingkids.com</A> =
<BR><A=20
href=3D"http://www.nationalhomeless.org">http://www.nationalhomeless.org<=
/A>=20
<BR><A=20
href=3D"http://www.newhampshirehomeless.org">http://www.newhampshirehomel=
ess.org</A>=20
<BR><A=20
href=3D"http://www.newhampshirehomeless-subscribe@topica.com">http://www.=
newhampshirehomeless-subscribe@topica.com</A>=20
</FONT></DIV></BODY></HTML>

------=_NextPart_001_0054_01C859B1.951BF520--

------=_NextPart_000_0053_01C859B1.951BF520
Content-Type: application/octet-stream;
	name="Type=count&ClientType=2&AdID=93129&FlightID=57621&TargetID=2944&Segments=2371,5882,6026,6137,6429,6460,7542,10492,10619,10855,12622,12758,12839,12950&Targets=439,4362,6268,4776,8726,8932,7176,9072,9096,2580,8852,2944&Values=25,31,43,51,60,72,85,90,100,110,150,155,213,255,307,332,334,342,343,344,345,363,379,380,396,407,490,493,860,1281,1315,1444,1467,1545,1548,1551,1620,1946,2292,2307,2402,2540,2553,2650,2670,2686,2698,2700,2702,2703,2704,2787,2932,3070,3079,3562,3718,3733,3797,3993,4346,4899,4994,4995,5242,5243,5247,5337,5373,5374,5716,5794,5887&RawValues=USERID,7f000001-22800-1200665072-3&random=dmyitfA,bdzbmpruewou"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64
Content-Location: http://ads5.canoe.ca/event.ng/Type=count&ClientType=2&AdID=93129&FlightID=57621&TargetID=2944&Segments=2371,5882,6026,6137,6429,6460,7542,10492,10619,10855,12622,12758,12839,12950&Targets=439,4362,6268,4776,8726,8932,7176,9072,9096,2580,8852,2944&Values=25,31,43,51,60,72,85,90,100,110,150,155,213,255,307,332,334,342,343,344,345,363,379,380,396,407,490,493,860,1281,1315,1444,1467,1545,1548,1551,1620,1946,2292,2307,2402,2540,2553,2650,2670,2686,2698,2700,2702,2703,2704,2787,2932,3070,3079,3562,3718,3733,3797,3993,4346,4899,4994,4995,5242,5243,5247,5337,5373,5374,5716,5794,5887&RawValues=USERID,7f000001-22800-1200665072-3&random=dmyitfA,bdzbmpruewou

R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAEALAAAAAABAAEAQAICTAEAOw==

------=_NextPart_000_0053_01C859B1.951BF520--