Culture Official Policy
22. VISIONS AND PERCEPTIONS an essay by Ray Wegner
(This essay " Visions and Perceptions " has no legal weight in the proposed constitution)
Our individual visions of this land and its traditions vary. A picture in ones mind forms.
What pictures form in your mind when we mention some of our traditions like: coal mining, railway, building ones own house, baseball, lilac, poplar, wheat, dancing, tumbleweed, coyote, or playing cards ?
With "tumbleweed" a picture may form from earlier days. Gunsmoke with Sheriff Matt Dillon. On old Boot Hill. The wind blowing fiercely, driving the tumbleweeds past Dillon's ears. Rolling the weeds over the graves of the poor suckers gunned down in their boots.
With the "coyote" a picture forms of a still, .... cool evening. The sunset still glowing on the western horizon. There it comes ! From the distant hills a lone coyote sends out his shrill, wild song. And then from the woods across the field a whole family of coyotes answer the call, with a loud, wild chorus, as they greet the night.
With "playing cards" a picture forms from the past. Family and neighbours joining in a friendly, jolly, happy time. Faces that are now gone, but still remembered.
Others may have a different picture in their mind of the same tradition. You will soon find the visions we have are certainly not always in tune with reality.
The Arctic and other parts of the North is too often viewed as a frozen wasteland by those in the South. " Can you ride a horse? " the easterner asks the western visitor. For a lot of Toronto residents Canada ends 100 miles North of city limits. United States citizens very often perceive Canada as a land of ice and snow. What ? You mean you have a telephone ! Don't you all live in trappers cabins in the bush, or in igloos?
Because of isolation, lack of communications and lack of a common culture - these different visions have festered and given rise to a lot of regionalism, false perceptions and prejudice.
The way to break down these barriers is to embrace the common culture revealed in this constitution. Travel across the land. Visit with people and get to know each other. In this way perhaps our visions of this land and its traditions will be more in tune with reality.
23. HOUSE OF ISRAEL CULTURAL OUTLINE
This shall be regarded as the outline of the House of Israel Common Culture, but it is not the end all, or be all of our culture. There are very many other valid cultural aspects not mentioned in this outline.
This outline provides a sound base for the culture of the House of Israel. No one will ever be forced to embrace this culture, or follow any aspects of it, since this outline has no legal weight in the proposed Constitution. It is just a broad outline of the traditions a lot of people have in common in this land. The government will actively promote a common culture, which this outline provides a base for. The government will encourage and support aspects of this culture, which this outline provides a base for. The common culture the government promotes is restricted to the points in this outline.
A Common Culture Promoted based on this outline, and this absolutely does not mean official multiculturalism. A common culture not forced on anyone.
Traditional Occupations Pictures
Airports Air Transportation & Airlines Auto Manufacturing
Communications Construction Continuing Education and Vocational Schools
Education Electronics and Telephone Manufacturing
Farming & Ranching Farm Machinery Manufacturing Food Processing
Fishing (offshore, inshore, salmon, fish hatcheries, aqua-culture, commercial fishing on the larger lakes)
Furniture Manufacturing Fur Trade and Fur Farming
Hauling Freight on the Highway Highway and Bridge Maintenance
Hospitality Industry Horticulture & Market Gardening Hunting and Gathering
Hydroelectricity & Electrical Workers
Lumbering and Pulp & Paper Pictures
Machine Manufacturing Market Gardening Meat & Fish and Sea Life Processing Plants
Merchandising Merchant Marine
Mining (aluminum, coal, copper, diamonds, iron ore, gold, natural gas, oil & tar sands, sand & rock & gravel, silver)
Oil Refineries and Pipelines
Pigeons (raising pigeons) Post Office
Railway Raising Chickens (small free range flock strickly for egg and meat consumption)
Restaurants and Catering & Cooking
Sanitation (taking care of garbage, water treatment systems, sewage disposal, land fills)
Silva Culture Ship Building
Tourism Trade (import - export)
Transportation of Goods along the Rivers, Coasts and Harbours
Water Supply Management (plus water main construction and maintenance)
Traditional Habits (some habits can have good and bad sides to them - click on Cultural for the details)
Close To Nature Pictures
Traditional Rodents Pictures
Predators and Omnivores Pictures
Ungulates (animals with hooves and that chew the cud) Pictures
Snakes, Bats, Worms and Other Creeping Creatures Pictures
Fish, Amphibians and Water Mammals Pictures
Traditional Insects Insects
Birds of Prey Pictures
Crows and Jay Family Pictures
Song Birds Pictures
Water and Shore Birds Pictures
Wild Chickens and Turkeys Pictures
Other Birds Pictures
Deciduous Trees Pictures
Evergreen Trees Pictures
Alpine Fir Balsalm Fir Douglas Fir Jack Pine Juniper
Lodgepole Pine Ponderosa Pine Red Pine Spruce Trees
Tamarack Western and Eastern Hemlock Western Red Cedar
White Pine (eastern and western) Yellow Cypress or Yellow Cedar
Caragana Cotoneaster Buck Brush Dogwood Hawthorn
Hazelnut Labrador Tea Lewis Mockorange Lilac
Sagebrush Shrubby Cinquefoil Wormwood
Fruit Trees and Fruiting Shrubs Pictures
Apple Apricot Buffaloberry Cherry Trees wild and domestic
Grapes Hashap or Honeyberries High Bush Cranberry
Huckleberry Peach Pear Plum Saskatoon
FLOWERS, GRAINS & VEGETABLES, GRASSES, WEEDS & OTHER PLANTS
Aster Buttercup Clematis Columbine Crocus Daisy
Goldenrod Geranium Iris Indian Paintbrush Lady Slipper
Lupine Mayflower (Lily-of-the Valley) Mountain Avens Pansies
Petunia Pitcher Plant Poppies Purple, Prairie & Madonna Lilies
Purple Violet Rhododendron Showy Sunflower Sunflower
Sweet Pea Tiger Lily Wild Rose Yarrow
Grains and Vegetables Pictures
Asparagus Barley Beets Beans Buckwheat
Cabbage Canary Seed Canola Carrot Corn Cucumber
Flax Horseradish Lentils Linseed Oats Onion Mustard
Peas Potato Rhubarb Rye Soy Beans Wheat
Low Bush Berries and Tame Mushrooms Pictures
Bearberry Blackberry Blueberry Bunchberry Cloudberry
Cranberry Crowberry Currant Dwarf Bilberry Gooseberry
Grapes Raspberry Tame Mushroom Wild Strawberry
Grasses and Legumes Pictures
Alfalfa Brome Grass Clover (Sweet, Red & Wild Clover - all clovers )
Crested Wheat Grass Fescues June Grass Kentucky Bluegrass
Quack Grass Reed Canary Grass Rye Grass Sweet Grass
Tall Manna Grass Timothy Vetches
Bluebur Burdock Buckwheat Chickweed Crabgrass Dandelion Field Bindweed
Fireweed Fleabean Foxtail Hemp Nettle Kochia Leafy Spurge
Penny cress Pigweed Ragweed Stinging Nettle Stink Weed
St. John's-Wort Thistle (Canada thistle, bull thistle and sow thistle)
Tumbleweed Wild Oats Wild Mustard Yellow Rocket
Water and Marsh Plants Pictures
Arrowhead Bulrush Cattail Indian Grass Marsh Marigold
Pond Weed Seaweed Sedges Sphagnum Moss Wild Rice
Other Plants Pictures
Bitterroot Lewisia Broadleaved Plantain Ferns Fiddle Neck Horsetail Licorice Root Prairie Onion Sage Water Hemlock Azalea (house and garden plant) Gerber Daisey (house plant) Golden Pathos (house plant) Snake Plant(house plant) Peace Lily (house plant)
24. Customs Entrenched
24 a) No Mandatory Retirement Laws Older people encouraged to remain active. The aging process not considered a disease. As long as the person is willing and able to perform their jobs adequately and competently, why should they be forced to quit because of age ? Age discrimination has no place in the House of Israel.
Provisions for reducing the workload for elderly employees, so they can continue participating in a meaningful way, but at a reduced scale. Employers are quite often eager to ditch older workers, because their wage scale is often high. Employers and unions should take into account the aging process, and allow for flexibility in hours and wages regarding the elderly. This policy does not negate our '' no mandatory retirement laws. ''
24b) The Hebrew Calendar officially followed. Hebrew months are 29 or 30 days each. Their years consisting of 12 lunar months or of 354 1/4 days. Therefore about every 3 years ( 7 times in 19 years) the 13th month Veador (also called second Adar), is added between Adar and Abib. It is known as an '' intercalary month ".
The correct time for New Year is the 1st of Abib (Exodus 12:1-2 , 13:3-4), but it won`t be an official holiday, or have any ceremonies attached to it. Most people will probably continue following the common Gregorian Calendar. Here is the list of months and the months they correspond to in the Gregorian Calendar.
|NUMBER OF DAYS||CORRESPONDS WITH|
|7.Tishri||30||September - October|
|8. Bul||29 or 30||October-November|
|9.Kislev||29 or 30||November-December|
|12. Adar||29 or 30||February-March|
24 c) Child Labour Laws Work doesn't hurt young people, and allowing young people to work will not be discouraged, or illegal, but the work should not be abusive, exploitive, excessive, or too hard for such youngsters. Slave labour forbidden. Against the law to have slaves of any kind, or to sell anyone, even criminals, into slavery, or to buy slaves.
In this land young people are coddled and kept dependent too long. This attitude stems from the concept of the child, where youngsters are considered children until age 18.
24d) Divorce Discouraged, but permitted. There is too much divorce, and it is causing too many problems.
24e)Driving Standards similar throughout the country.
24f) Languages - English our official language, except for in Quebec where French will be the only official language. No other languages are allowed official status.
24g) Marriage Mate Selection Freedom Free choice in marriage partner selection. However, arranged marriages will not be illegal as long as the man and woman involved in the marriage enter into it willingly and are 21 years or older, and are aware of whom their marriage partner is, and have had the time to get to know them.
24h) Marijuana taken for medicinal purposes legal. Cultivation of marijuana for private, personal use allowed, if it is for medicinal purposes, and if the permit is approved. Medical marijuana use streamlined and made easier to access and qualify for, and not regarded as a second or third option, but a first option for those who want it to be. Growing of medical marijuana contracted out to the private sector, but regulated by the government. It needs to be much easier to qualify for the growing and purchasing of medicinal marijuana.
Recreational use of marijuana decriminalized, and illegal.
New strains of marijuana are becoming more and more potent, so the recreational use of marijuana can no longer be justified.
Amateur sports Amateur sport participation encouraged through government financing of sports facilities.
Honesty in business Businesses that are honest will be rewarded through the tax system. How and when shall be determined by parliament. We need to find a way to reward honest business people.
School year July and August shall remain summer holidays for school children, whether they are in the public or private school system. This means all of July and August.
24j) Monogamy Encouragement of monogamy in marriage and discouragement of other arrangements, since monogamy in marriage is the most natural and convenient relationship between men and women. However the state cannot legislate morality, since all human beings have free moral agency. Sex between consenting adults shall remain the rule of law, and remain legal.
24 K) No Concept of The Child At the onset of puberty around 12, youngsters undergo a change. They begin emerging into the adult world. So treat them as adults except in the following areas:
24L) Parental Control Parents God given control over the raising of their children recognized, with very little interference from the State. Notwithstanding, the State reserves the right to intervene in families in certain matters.
In cases of clear, blatant child abuse and neglect. Parents regarded as innocent of child abuse and neglect unless proven otherwise in court.
Will intervene if the youngster broke the law, or committed a criminal offence. In the case of those under 12, parents or guardians responsible for crimes of those under 12.
In matters of willful rebellion parents and guardians may not be held responsible, if it can be proven the youngster knew they were not supposed to do it, but did it anyways. And if serious efforts were taken to prevent them from doing it, but they did it anyways. Such matters dealt with through the family court.
Would intervene in the case of obviously delinquent, rebellious youngsters, who were out of control of parents, disrespectful towards authority and law breakers. State intervention comes when laws start being broken.
Incest and other sexual offences dealt with through the criminal code and Police.
When young folks become adults they are no longer subject to their parents, but still required to honour them according to the Bible (but of course people have free moral agency). The age at which a young person is no longer subject to parents varies. It depends on their maturity, but generally this would coincide with the time when the young person is able to establish their own home, or manage successfully their own lives. There are varying circumstances, like unemployment and education which confuse the situation. It is up to each family to work things out regarding order in the home. Keeping young people dependent and subject to their parents too long in life is not wise. Excepting perhaps in some very unusual situations like mental retardation.
The House of Israel does not support the idea of elderly parents maintaining rigid control over their children long into life. In such cases elderly parents exercise too much control. This practice is quite common in many countries and has for example given mother-in-laws very much power over daughter-in-laws.
However, the situation in this land has taken the opposite extreme, and a lot of young folks figure they have no responsibility to care for their elderly parents whatsoever. The principle of caring for elderly parents at home certainly doesn't exist in this country in any large way. Governments don't even support the idea, and eagerly ship the elderly to old age homes even when unnecessary.
The situation is very sticky and difficult, but the House of Israel will attempt to create a happy medium between these two extremes. To encourage offspring to honour their parents and encourage elderly parents to give up control. This is always a difficult matter, but through communications and a strong family the situation can be dealt with successfully.
The House of Israel does not encourage offspring caring for aged parents in their homes who are obviously non-functional and clearly too heavy of a burden to carry on their own. When the elderly can no longer feed themselves, for example, or care for themselves or have mental problems it is best they be sent to a home where professional care givers can see to their needs. Most aged stroke victims also need professional care.
24m) Police Under the Constitution people are to be assumed innocent of breaking the laws until proven guilty.
A citizen, or citizens are permitted to arrest law breakers and turn them over to the police. But discretion must be used in exercising this right of citizens arrest, and should only be used when the violation is blatant and serious.
When apprehending law breakers, Police permitted to use whatever means and force reasonably under the circumstances. Still, excessive force causing injury can result in disciplinary action.
Victims of property offences must be protected under the law, and repaid damages whenever possible. Compensation being paid out usually by the perpetrators of the crime. Parliament will pass necessary rules in this area.
Crimes against property dealt with through a system of compensation. If criminals and victims cannot agree on the value of property damage then the Judge will make the final decision.
24n) Protecting Women and Children Sexual abuse and exploitation illegal, with Parliamant determining the rules in this area. Sexual intercourse encouraged to remain within marital confines (but people have free moral agency).
Women and children must not use these laws to unjustly attack men they don't like, or attempt to defame or ruin their reputations. Discretion must be used when reporting someone in this area, and care taken to not falsely accuse someone in an effort to maliciously harm them.
24o) Slavery Forbidden Buying and selling of people forbidden. Many people believe slavery no longer exists, but slavery is alive and becoming more and more prevalent. There is more slavery today than at any other time in human history, but it is a different form of slavery from the past, yet slavery nevertheless. Over 27 million people in 2016 were enslaved. Human trafficing is very widespread and growing We will not support slavery, and will get very tough with slave traders.
24p) Statutory Holidays (official North House of Israel holidays)
July 1 (not called Canada Day)
Civic Holiday (first Monday in August)
January 1st Holiday (not called New Years Day)
Family Day - third Monday in the Month of February
House of Israel Independence Day
24q) Weights and Measures Imperial system of weights and measures and the Fahrenheit scale for measuring temperatures. And also the metric system of weights and measures and centigrade scale for measuring temperatures. This is needless duplication, but it seems like we now have two systems. Both systems will be taught in schools.
Imperial is part of our heritage, and deeply entrenched in our culture.
This having two systems is needless duplication, but people are refusing to give up imperial, and the United States our largest and closest trading partner is still using imperial mainly.
25. Customs Banned
25a) Abortion on Demand Banned
Men held more accountable for the children they make. Severe penalties in place for rape.
Services expanded to care for all the unwanted children born. This includes foster care and adoptive services.
25b) Buying and Selling of Human Tissues and Organs Banned
Medical personnel who trick, or coerce individuals, or the relatives of individuals to donate their organs, can have charges laid against them. Buying and selling of body organs illegal. Illegal for any citizen to buy organs from foreigners, or in foreign countries. People will not be paid to donate blood.
25c) Catering to Rich Foreign Tourists Banned
Our policy is to ban the custom of catering to rich foreigners. Foreign tourists are welcome, but not to the exclusion of our own average citizens. Hunting and fishing by foreigners controlled. Discrimination against our own hunters and fishermen forbidden.
Sale of wildlife, or trophy wildlife to foreigners, in the live, dead, or stuffed state illegal.
Sale of fish and other food resources from oceans and waters is permitted subject to the regulations set forth by the government.
Sale of caribou and buffalo meat to citizens only.
Wildlife is a national treasure that belongs to our own people, not to foreigners.
25d) Censorship Banned - except for pornography, or any other matter Parliament considers worthy of being censored, as long as it is within the spirit of the Constitution, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
25e) Discourage Factory Farming Encourage more organic farming.
25f) Animal Rights Domestic animals protected from abuse and neglect (naturally this doesn't refer to the butchering of domestic food animals). Wildlife, except for Musk Oxen and Caribou protected from domestication. Habitat as much as is practical will be set aside for wildlife.
25g) Escort Business Banned and the same thing for massage parlours, if they are a front for prostitution. Massage parlours have a place if they are legitimate businesses.
The escort business is primarily a front for prostitution.
25h) Growing Tobacco illegal, but farmers who grow tobacco have plenty of time to change over to different crops.
25i) Massive Water Diversions to the U.S. Banned
25j) Gambling - it would be impractical to ban non-petty gambling.
25k) Pets Treated As Humans
Pets are not allowed to be treated as human beings in the House of Israel. This even includes within the privacy of people's homes. Pets are not human beings - so why treat them like human beings ? This is not fair to the pet. Substituting a pet for a human being is also not fair to the human.
Pets considered the property of the human owner, or owners. Pets shall not be considered to have any rights or privileges, and will be the property of the owner and the responsibility of the owner.
Government will not cater to those who wish to pamper pets and treat them as humans.
No legal rights for pets.
No pet is permitted to eat from the table as a human in a public place.
Manufacturing of luxurious pet foods not permitted.
Pet cemeteries illegal, but of course burying of pets permitted.
Humans having sex with animals will remain a crime. Illegal for a human being to make love with an animal.
Illegal to keep very large dogs in towns and cities unless such dogs are used specifically by business, or as security dogs, or police dogs, or seeing eye dogs. Parliament sets rules about what constitutes a very large breed of dog.
Such very large breeds of dogs permitted in villages, hamlets and in rural areas as long as these dogs have enough open space for exercise.
Vicious breeds of dogs banned in the House of Israel. Parliament shall determine which breeds are to be considered vicious and banned. If a ban was put in place owners could still keep their specific animal, but the dog would be required to be neutered, and no breeding of the species allowed.
Severely injured animals are to be put to death - owners permitted to put them to death themselves.
25L) Pollution of Land Water and Air Kept To Tolerable Limits Pollution of waterways and land not permitted, except at minimal tolerable levels. Pollution standards for water must be strict. As well strict air pollution levels need to be in place, and as little air pollution tolerated as is necessary.
The government will move to eliminate the dumping of raw sewage into the oceans. We shall set our own standards here. We won't follow international imposed environmental accords, but will set our own standards.
25m) Pornography Illegal Parliament shall determine what kind of pornography is worthy of being considered illegal, as long as this is in harmony with the spirit of the Constitution.
25n) Prostitution and Pimping Prostitution and pimping illegal. But public participation needed to define more clearly prostitution and how severe penalties should be. Prostitution will never be able to be eliminated, so the need to define the specific acts of prostitution we would consider illegal.
Pimps (capital punishment for only serious cases of pimping). Pimping taken seriously in the House of Israel, and stiff penalties in place for this crime.
26. RIGHTS & FREEDOMS
The House of Israel Constitution guarantees the following rights and freedoms subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.
Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms: (a) freedom of conscience and religion; (b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication; (c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and (d) freedom of association.
Equality Laws Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, colour, age or mental or physical disability. Nothing further is allowed to be read into equality rights.
Guns - No permit required for purchase, but buyers required to take a safe gun handling course. You just need to take the course before purchasing a gun.
The right to bear arms by the public is guaranteed with qualifications.
Weapons must not be concealed on ones person, carried in public while loaded, or used for purposes of intimidation. Parliament shall determine what is or is not a weapon. Youngsters under 16 are not allowed to use guns without someone 18 or over supervising them. Youngsters under 12 are not allowed to use guns at all, unless they live in remote places where hunting is a common practice, but they would still need supervision by someone over 18, until age 16.
No one under 18 is allowed to own a gun .22 caliber and bigger.
One must be 16 years old before one can get a hunting license, except for in remote areas, or in families who make part of their living through hunting. The age limit 12 in that case.
Automatic weapons illegal for the public to own. Semi-automatic weapons only allowed to hold a maximum of 8 shells. Parliament shall determine the rules in this area of automatic and semi-automatic guns.
Knives not allowed to be carried about in public, except when hunting, or for purpose of work, or the small inoffensive pocket knife variety. The ceremonial Sikh kirpan is permitted in public as long as it is small and non-threatening. Parliament shall make other rules and regulations necessary in this area. Naturally we aren't talking about knives at meals or in the kitchen.
An armed public is a safer more secure public. Crooks are less likely to break into homes, if they realize someone is likely to plug them between the eyes with a piece of lead.
Guns are not toys and should be kept away from children - they are not play things.
In urban areas guns are not needed in most cases. In rural areas they are often essential to control animal pests, or for hunting. In urban areas simply carrying a gun about in public would usually be regarded as intimidating
A disarmed public is vulnerable and easily controlled and intimidated by government. The government of the House of Israel has nothing to fear from an armed public, unless arms are used to commit crimes, civil unrest, or used for rebellion, or cared for and handled in a negligent manner.
People are encouraged to use guns responsibly.
Private Property - freedom to own private property is guaranteed. The right to enjoy ones property and have others respect your property rights (subject to the laws of the House of Israel).
Government must retain the right to expropriate lands to make way for essential public services.
Right to enjoy ones property must not take away from others rights, or needlessly interfere in business and commerce. And this right cannot override the laws and policies of the House of Israel, or make null and void any laws or policies of the House of Israel. People's private property rights will be respected, but not to the detriment of society at large.
The government must maintain the right to break up vast corporate and private land holdings, forcing owners to sell portions of the such lands at reasonable market value. Rights to private property will still be respected, but limits set on how much you could own. Limits set by the community itself, unless the property was in a very isolated area. If there were virtually no other land owners in the area the government would step in and take arbitrary action to limit the size of the overgrown land holdings.
Rights to enjoy ones property must not infringe upon the rights of others to go about their normal everyday activities in a reasonable way. The noise of business and commerce must be tolerated. Loud unnecessary activities are not allowed at night, as long as this is practical.
And if you still insist on absolute stillness and silence you can always move out into the wilderness. To be serenaded by yappy coyotes, howling wolves and hooting owls at night. Whose nocturnal habits arouse your slumbering watchdog , who proceeds to join the noisy chorus with loud barking and howling. Which wakes you from your peaceful repose and presents you with another sleepless night.
Yes move to the country to be serenaded by bawling cows, and the roaring tractor of your work crazed neighbour, at midnight. Yes move to the hills to be serenaded by zillions of mosquitoes, who swarm around your shack in the woods. The wilderness is there for you. Squatters rights are guaranteed in the constitution. Occupy the empty land. God created the earth to be inhabited, not just by wolves and Jack Pines, but by people too.
Right to begin collecting the state run old age pension starting at age 65. Age of eligibility gradually phased in from the current age 65 eligibility to age 70 - this would not be done suddenly, but slowly. After these changes are gradually implemented people will still have the right to begin collecting the state run old age pension, but starting at age 70. Parliament shall make other rules pertinent to the situation.
27. POLICIES RELATED TO TRADITIONAL JOBS
Our agricultural policies are still in the formative stages and still subject to change. Public input is required.
27A). AGRICULTURAL POLICY
The key to success is consistency, since farming is a long term business, which can't be turned around on a dime. It takes many long years to build up cattle herds and flocks of sheep. So farmers need to know the government will stick with a policy and not change it every five years.
MAJOR REASONS FOR SUBSIDIES
THE FAMILY FARM
BASIC AGRICULTURAL POLICY
To increase the humus content in the soil, and improve soil fertility.
The farmer must be free to decide the methods he or she will use to increase the humus level. Soil fertility is being sacrificed to pay for machinery. Governments have failed to realize that soil fertility is more important than machines. The whole thrust of agricultural policy is geared towards mechanization, instead of soil fertility. All we have to do is switch the priority from machines back to the soil.
The Farm House
Soil fertility is often sacrificed to pay for the house. The farm house considered as a capital cost allowance, just like the machinery is.
Value Added Policy is to encourage the processing of agricultural products and by-products, such as wool and hides. Export of raw, unprocessed agricultural products either banned or discouraged. The use of straw for the making of building products, or paper discouraged, because this material is needed to help build up soil fertility
Garden plots The government will provide incentives for land owners adjacent to larger urban centers to provide garden plots for city dwellers.
Size Of Farms Mixed farming and smaller organic farming encouraged, but bigger farms will continue to exist.
Crown land , which has good potential for agriculture will be opened to farming and development, but in a controlled, orderly fashion. This definitely includes crown land in the North.
Viable Rural Communities The government will intervene to resettle rural areas that have been severely depopulated, and subsidize such resettlement efforts. Communities created must be viable and sustainable. No one forced to live in these settlements - strictly voluntary. The communities must have been populated before, and then become severely depopulated.
Foreign Ownership - restrictions placed on foreign ownership of agricultural lands. This policy phased in gradually.
WHEAT BOARD (input and advice is needed from all those affected regarding this policy)
1. Grain Storage
There has to be more space available by building more grain storage facilities. We need enough capacity to store roughly 75% (this figure is just being tossed up there - we need more research to come up with a more accurate percentage) of the grain at harvest time. In a good year farmers presently store grain in poor locations and there is much deterioration
Grain drying equipment and facilities should be available in case the crop can't be harvested dry.
2. Trade and Grain Markets Those responsible for selling grain are farmers. Producers will be asked if they want the Wheat Board re-established. If the majority of producers support it - then that is what will be done.
Work to open up new markets. Our producers can compete well when trade is free. However, right now farmers in the EEC are heavily subsidized.
Our agricultural policies are still in the formative stages and still subject to change. Public input is required.
27b) Coal Mining
27c) Communications - CBC
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (the CBC) is to be sold and shut down, but the buyers and owners must always remain Canadian, however the citizens must approve of the sale in a referendum. If the citizens reject the terms of the sale - then obviously the sale cannot go through. Future efforts to sell the Corporation would continue, and if a buyer is found then once again the citizens have to be consulted in a referendum. If they reject the terms of that sale then the sale cannot go through. Then the procedure to find a buyer will continue.
27d) Continuing Education - Policy is to emphasize practical courses.
Solutions Provide more funds for schools. Work with business to help upgrade worker's skills.
27e) Highway and Bridge Maintenance
27f) Hunting and Gathering An ancient tradition which cannot be allowed to die. Farmers and ranchers are allowed to hunt on their own property subject to the laws passed by Parliament.
Crown land belongs to the people and only in very unusual circumstances will the public be denied access to crown land. Hunting and gathering will be allowed on most crown lands.
Parliament has the right to protect endangered plant and animal species. Severe penalties in place for harvesting endangered plant and animal species.
27g) Lumbering and Home Builders Assistance
Policy allows for more flexibility in housing so that people can find something smaller and affordable. Policy emphasizes affordability in housing. Singles shouldn't be forced to rent out a large apartment, because there is not anything else available.
Export of raw logs illegal. Parliament makes rules on how much processing is required before lumber can be exported.
27h) Mining (oil and tar sands) Working towards energy self-sufficiency and nationalization. Public input is required to clarify how far nationalization should go. However, the policy of nationalization shall not be abandoned.
Nationalization Policy - of the energy sector includes, but is not restricted to Oil, Hydro Electricity, Wind Power, Natural Gas and Solar. Combined policy for the energy sector for both North and South House of Israel.
This policy is for both North and South House of Israel.
Energy self-sufficiency policy and nationalization and exchange of power between these two nations.
All imports eliminated over time.
Excess energy can be exported to what remains of the United States, after our own needs are met.
Exports permitted to nations belonging to the House of Israel Commonwealth, after our own needs are met.
All North and South House of Israel must be serviced by their energy sources be that oil, hydro, natural gas, solar, nuclear power or wind power and an interconnected power grid must be built.
The sources of energy will be considered to be jointly owned by both N + S House of Israel, and will be shared.
Individuals can develop their own sources of energy, as can businesses, and corporations - to be used for their own needs. They will be able to sell energy into the power grid, if they have excess, and a contract, and a set time for delivering this energy.
We will set our own price and will not follow world price in energy. Price would take into consideration the cost of production, and could not be below the cost of production. Cost of production determined by the government after a thorough study and review
A certain percentage of mark-up permitted to take into account maintenance and further development, or construction of additional needed facilities for production of energy.
There will be no Heritage Trust Funds or anything like that, that would be considered a government savings plan. Profits will not be pocketed by government, but instead passed on to the consumers of the energy.
Our goal is to provide affordable energy for our own people in order to maintain a higher standard of living.
Prices will not be so low, as to encourage waste of said energy. Prices must be reasonable and balanced, and reflect cost of production and mark-up.
Importing of cheaper energy not permitted in order to maintain our energy self-sufficiency, and independence plan, and maintain reasonable prices.
Coal fired power plants will continue to be used and developed in order to keep prices of power affordable. We will follow our own pollution standards - not international standards. There will be no carbon capture plan. The most up to date and efficient equipment must be standard.
New sources of energy will be adopted, it they are affordable. Otherwise they will not be used, but individuals and private business could use them.
The government will not adopt expensive forms of energy.
The oil sands will continue to be developed, but at a sustainable pace.
The government will regulate the supply of energy in order to maintain affordability and maintain a viable energy industry.
This is a non-foundational policy subject to change or approval by party delegates at a policy convention.
27 i) Natural Gas and Electricity The industry nationalized for national security interests.
Less exporting of natural gas. Exports restricted to the United States.
Alaskan natural gas can pass through Alberta to the American Mainland.
Discouraging the use of natural gas to generate electricity.
The same rules apply here as with the nationalization of the oil and tar sands.
27j) Off Shore Fishing No government price support system. No system of subsides in this area whatsoever. Efforts made to restore cod stocks on the East Coast. Foreigners strictly prohibited from fishing in our waters, unless licensed sports fishermen. The Armed Forcers will be used to enforce these rules regarding commercial fishing by foreigners in our waters. The 200 mile territorial limit will remain.
27k) Pulp and Paper
Export of raw pulp or woodchips or raw logs eliminated or greatly reduced. The policy is to utilize our timber resources for our own economic well being, but to do it in an environmentally friendly manner.
27L) Ship Building
Government of House of Israel will use only our own ship yards for construction and maintenance, except in matters of emergency repair and maintenance.
Interest and skill in building the bigger ships needs to be encouraged. Bringing in immigrants is not the answer. Our own people need the training, and may need to be sent to foreign shipyards for this. The Government would help pay for training, but most of the costs have to come from the pockets of industry.
Spin-off activities from the maintaining of an active ship yard in an area are considerable. The House of Israel is dedicated to having an active and viable ship building and maintenance industry either privately owned, or government owned and controlled.
The Government will commission the building of some war ships and ice breakers, which will be used almost exclusively to patrol the borders - to protect the sovereignty of the nation especially in the Arctic.
27m) Merchant Marine Policy is to build a merchant marine for national security purposes, since most of our goods shipped by water are now carried on foreign vessels.
If private industry won't help build a merchant marine then the government will move in and construct and maintain an active merchant marine, and will maintain public ownership and management of it. The fleet must be manned and maintained by our own people, and not merely contracted out to foreigners.
This policy phased in gradually in harmony with our ship building policies.
27n) Tourism Tourists from within the nation are no better or worse than foreign tourists - one's money is just as good as the others. So the House of Israel will not cater to rich foreign tourists, like in Canada now (2016). The tourism policy will be designed for the common people, not for a rich privileged elite. Resorts like the town of Banff and Banff National Park will be returned to the citizens who own them, instead of being leased out to rich foreign interests.
Foreign tourists are still welcome, but they won't trump our own domestic tourists.
Encouragement of more bed and breakfast facilities, to give foreign visitors a better chance to meet our people, rather than segregating them in some expensive hotel somewhere. The big tours, which segregate the foreign tourist from ordinary citizens need to be discouraged.
Foreigners will not have priority over domestic tourists. In the National Parks, prices must be affordable. More camping facilities, so people aren't always turned away. More emphasis on tourism in the North, particularly by our own people. Emphasis on a smaller more personalized industry.
Our policy is to provide travel cost incentives for our people to take their holidays within the borders of our own country. This especially applies to those taking their holidays in the North, where domestic vacationers traveling and accommodation costs will be subsidized. The details of this policy are yet to be worked out.
No restrictions on imports, except for the ones restricted through government policy. Government Departments responsible would decide which imports are subject to duties, along with Parliament itself, and the public's co-operation.
27p) Bison, Elk and Caribou
Raising Buffalo Existing herds of Wood Bison in Wood Buffalo Park left as is.
Bison are not to be treated like cattle, but provided with sufficient open range.
Herds of disease free Plains Buffalo established on the prairies on crown owned land, as tourist attractions and source of food. Domestic cattle not allowed to mix with them.
Herding Reindeer Privately owned and operated. No public ownership of this sector.
Domestication of Elk Illegal Elk are wild animals not suited for domestication. It is important elk remain wild to prevent the spread of disease.
28. POLICIES RELATED TO SOME TRADITIONAL HABITS
28A) Love For Nature and Living in Harmony With Nature Putting in policies that allow for more private ownership of land. A government policy making it possible for more of our own citizens to own a piece of the earth. Those rooted in the land have no identity problems. This means keeping farm size sensible. As well make land available in or around company towns.
Those who own a piece of the country tend to develop a love for nature more easily. Many enjoy nature, but can't afford land. More land needs to be available for people, especially in the North.
28B) Independence and Self-Reliance A basic freedom in the House of Israel is the fact that people are free moral agents, so free to choose whether they want to follow God's laws or not. However, they are still subject to the laws of the land.
28C) Personal and Environmental Cleanliness People encouraged to re-cycle, whenever possible. Incentives given to those who recycle and compost. Composting or recycling not compulsory or legislated. Voluntary, strictly voluntary.
The use of the typical plastic grocery bag gradually phased out over time.
28D) Simplicity in Living and Enjoyment
1. Quebec Winter Carnival (a celebration of winter) Promotion of a winter festival throughout the land that coincides with the Quebec Winter Festival (January 30 to February 15).
2. Billiards (Pool) Halls Pool halls have an undeserved bad reputation. Billiards is an excellent game, but people shy away from billiard halls thinking it is a bad place.
Government incentives to pool halls that don't have video games, TV's or loud obnoxious music, and that don't serve liquor, and that are separate from bars, and that are family orientated.
29. OTHER TRADITIONS
Building and Maintaining a Strong Armed Forces
Better and more modern equipment, and a general upgrading, but done gradually not suddenly. The emphasise will be on defensive military equipment and building and maintaining a very powerful defense, and funding and maintaining strategic military gates throughout the world.
No women in the fighting forces.
The H I fighting forces won't be as rigidly structured as most armed forces.
The army shall be employed in other circumstances as well (besides military matters), that are of national concern.
29a) All military equipment is to be made and manufactured within the House of Israel both North and South. Knowledge and expertise in this area shall be shared between both countries freely. Dependence upon foreign suppliers and manufacturers will be gradually phased out.
The aim is for N&S to be completely independent in this area within 20 years of the establishment of North and South House of Israel under the new Constitution - as long as this is feasible and practical. It would be much better if both countries were established in close proximity of time to each other, but if not this policy will only apply to one of these news nations that is established first.
30. Traditional Arts
A) Building One's Own House Houses designed for the north, which are better at conserving heat. The government will fund research into this. Providing training for students in carpentry, and continuing education.
Helping builders navigate through all the regulations and red tape.
Smaller more affordable housing encouraged, but not forced on people. Government policy will make way for and accommodate the building of smaller more affordable housing units.
31. TRADITIONAL SPORTS
a) Baseball Government encouragement of amateur baseball and fastball.
b) Cycling Since a lot of people cycle back and forth to work the government will get involved in providing cycling paths for such commuters, when the numbers warrant it.
c) Golf Private elitist golf courses have no place in our land. However, once the House of Israel is established private clubs could not just automatically become public. The owners and share holders rights have to be respected. But, no more private golf courses will be allowed to be built, after the new nation is formed.
Existing private clubs have to provide periods of access to the public for golfing. All public golf fees have to be affordable. By affordable we mean what the average person could afford - not the rich.
Clubs in the Parks shall no longer be allowed to cater to the wealthy. All golf courses in the National Parks designated public. No private ones allowed. Prices must be affordable.
If owners are uncooperative or give the government a hard time regarding this policy then government will move in and expropriate the property, but a fair price will be given owners. This policy phased in gradually.
Construction of new golf courses on high quality agricultural land greatly restricted. Preferred locations for new golf course construction would be marginal land.
d) Hunting - Poaching is theft of a national wildlife treasure, and will be dealt with more severely. Those who poach endangered species face very severe penalties.
e) Snowmobiling - the government will not get involved in the rules and regulations governing snowmobiling. The Royal Police Force would make the rules here in conjunction with the communities involved, since there are a lot of varying factors to take into consideration. If the Royal Police Force is not able to handle this adequately then the government will take over the responsibilities.
32. CLOSE TO NATURE
A) Increasing Diversity of Wildlife
Policy to increase numbers and diversity of wildlife. The way to do it is to provide more diverse habitat.
1. Wildlife habitat preserved in agricultural areas (by offering incentives for producers and other land owners to preserve wildlife habitat).
2. Breaking up vast stretches of climax forests, by allowing lumbering to create many clearings in such forests.
Reforestation in most cases would be un-necessary due to the close proximity of mature seed producing trees. Some reforestation would still be practiced when necessary.
A forest is a living organism with one part dependent upon another. All the residents have an important part to play in the forest including man.
32B) Restocking Programs Of course restocking can't be successful if there isn't adequate habitat. So restocking and habitat preservation go hand in hand. Often wildlife, which has been driven from a certain area, will not just automatically return once their habitat has been restored. So mankind can speed up the process through restocking. The government will have a special program of restocking.
32C ) Providing For Wildlife Corridors and Protecting Migratory Routes
32D) Elk - if practical a system of transporting and planting surplus elk from parks like Banff to new suitable habitat. Elk are not to be domesticated.
32E) Protected Animals The Government shall compile a list of protected animals that can only be hunted with a license, or which can't be hunted at all. This list will be made available to all hunters when they purchase their licenses. Protection of habitat for endangered species will be a top priority.
32F) Habitat - farmers and land owners encouraged to preserve habitat for wildlife. If landowners chose not to they would be assessed property taxes at similar rates and levels that exist as of 2016. If they met the criteria then there would be a break on their property taxes.
Farmers and acreage owners, plus anyone else who owns land larger than an acreage in a non-urban area, required to keep a certain percentage of their property in a native, undeveloped state, which is protected from domestic animals like sheep, goats, cattle, horses and pigs. If they don't want to comply with this rule they would be assessed property taxes at similar rates that exist as of 2016.
Minimum percentage kept or rehabilitated to a native, natural, undeveloped state is 20% of the property. 20% of each individual parcel of land over 5 acres to 160 acres. For example, if a farmer owned 640 acres they could not have one quarter (160 acres) all in trees, but clear all the remaining 480 acres. They would have to leave a minimum 32 acres in a native, undeveloped, natural state for each individual, separate 1/4 section (160 acres).
Owners who preserve or rehabilitate wetlands given an incentive particularly for rehabilitation purposes. Also preserving wetlands can be expensive, since quite often these areas are potentially very productive for agricultural purposes. Incentives come in the form of government money. The rate of compensation determined by the government and may have to be delayed, revised or scrapped due to the financial situation of the government and the number of participants. So this situation regarding wetlands needs to be open ended to allow for government flexibility. Nevertheless, if such a compensation package is adopted it must be fair. It wouldn't do if some got it and others didn't, or one region got it and others didn't.
The Dept. of Agriculture determines compensation rates, and whether to enter into such compensation packages.
Minimum Size of Property 20% of land would not have to be laid aside for wildlife habitat, if the property involved was 5 acres or less.
Urban property owners and rural land owners with 5 acres or less required to contribute funds for the preservation of wildlife habitat within areas they own property, and for the maintenance of existing parks in the area, and for the restoration of wildlife habitat, if need be.
Formula For Assessing Rates of Compensation A certain percentage of their property assessed for tax purposes - 20% of its market value, whose market value will be determined by the tax assessor every 5 years. Taxes 4% of 20% of the market value of property. For all property business or residential. Whoever is the owner or holds title would pay these taxes. Businesses required to pay these taxes whether they make money or not. Such taxes not a personal exemption on income tax forms (this policy must be studied thoroughly before implementation).
Failure to pay taxes would not result in lose of property for any property owner rural or urban, but rather a fine whose rate shall be determined by the Government.
This policy may have to be revised frequently, so must remain flexible. It's an entirely new idea, so some bugs will probably have to be worked out of the system over time, but the basic concept of an environmental tax shall remain. Monies received from this tax will be poured directly into environmental preservation - all monies - minus costs for administration.
32G) Wildlife Preserves
The Governor General will be responsible for the creation of new wildlife preserves, and has authority to expropriate the lands for this purpose, and to access the funds required to create and run these new wildlife preserves. The government cannot stop the GG from doing this.
Once the GG is gone, or the position of GG is eliminated this authority reverts to Parliament.
32H) Poachers - getting tough on poachers, very, very tough. A special branch of the Royal Police Force set up for this with funds and manpower provided to deal with this problem effectively.
Special efforts made to deal with the poaching of endangered species. So a special branch of the RPF would only deal with this sector. Poaching of non-endangered species dealt with through the regular Police.
Much more serious effort has to be put into catching those who poach endangered species.