Tuesday, May 10, 2005

2005 Bilderberg attendees include Torstar CEO, Frank McKenna and Irshad Manji

I managed to track down a list of 2005 Bilderberg attendees, and I must say that apart from Irshad Manji's appearance, there were no real surprises. Oh wait - Robert Prichard, CEO of Torstar, Canada's last "independent" news source was there. I doubt you will read about it in the Star.

Heather Reisman invited a mixed bag of pals this year, that's for certain. Maybe Canadians should ask Manji to comment on the nature of her discussions at this year's meeting. It would certainly be very interesting.

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CDN Manji, Irshad Author/Founder of "Project Ijtihad”

What's Irshad Manji doing at Bilderberg? Well, I will wait for her to reply to confirm whether or not she was able to attend, but nobody has their finger on the pulse of Islamic extremism better than she does. She's a magnet for fundamentalists who stand in opposition to her more liberal beliefs. Maybe the US is planing on bombing the Middle East with free copies of her books in order to bring about more Westernization of Muslim culture.

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CDN Mau, Bruce Bruce Mau Design

This is the first time I have heard of Bruce Mau - probably because I'm not too familiar with Canada's industrial design community. From Mau's website:

"Bruce Mau Design collaborates with some of the world's leading architects, artists, writers, curators, academics, entrepreneurs, businesses and institutions. Since its inception in 1985, Bruce Mau Design has gained international recognition for innovation across a wide range of business and cultural disciplines."

Mau's firm has done work for Chapters/Indigo, so he likely received an invitation from Heather Reisman, who sits on the Bilderberg Steering Committee.

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CDN McKenna, Frank Ambasssador to the US

No comment.

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CDN Munroe-Blum, Heather Principal and Vice Chancellor, McGill University

Wow. Read this woman's bio.

In January 2003, Professor Heather Munroe-Blum became the 16th Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University. She is a member of the Faculty of Medicine and a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Born in Montreal and raised in Ontario, Professor Munroe-Blum served at the University of Toronto as a Professor, as Vice-President, Research & International Relations (1994 to 2002), and as a governor of the University of Toronto. She was previously a professor at York University, at McMaster University and at the University of Toronto, where she also served as Dean of Social Work prior to becoming Vice-President. Professor Munroe-Blum holds the following degrees: B.A., B.S.W. (McMaster University); M.S.W. (Wilfrid Laurier University); Ph.D. with distinction (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

An epidemiologist, Professor Munroe-Blum has specialized in psychiatric epidemiology. She has led large-scale epidemiological investigations of the distribution, prevention, course and treatment of major psychiatric disorders, and has influenced the development of effective mental health policies and practices. She has received major support from the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, the Canadian National Health Research and Development Program, the Ontario Mental Health Foundation, and elsewhere. She is the author or co-author of over 60 scholarly publications, including four books.

She's been so busy accomplishing things that it seems as though she has forgotten about the students at McGill. Here is what they had to say:

"In her second full year as Principal, Munroe-Blum has demonstrated she is out of touch with the needs and wants of most McGill students. This year’s biggest issues were university underfunding and McGill’s support for the provincial tuition freeze. In Quebec City last fall, Munroe-Blum made her position clear: the university funding crisis would be fixed best by raising tuition fees, allowing higher-income students to make up the University’s lost revenues. She has been pressuring the province to lift its tuition freeze, despite opposition from many students and members of the University community, who argue that a tuition hike will further limit accessibility to postsecondary education. While Munroe-Blum also called on the province to put more money into education and promised to increase financial aid for low-income students, she has shown more solidarity with the University’s bankers than its students."

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CDN Prichard, J. Robert S. President. Torstar Media Group and CEO, Torstar Corporation

Oh no. They got to Canada's last "independent" newspaper. I wonder if Prichard was there to discuss the rumored merger between Canwest and Torstar. I guess we'll see what happens to Torstar in the coming months.

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CDN Reisman, Heather President and CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.

She was the former Governor of McGill University, according to her bio. Similar to Munroe-Blum.

SOURCE - I will have to corroborate this Bilderberg attendee list with others, but they always seem to check out fine.

Some photos of two prominent Canadians, Heather Munroe-Blum and Frank McKenna can be found at staron.org.

Mckenna: PHOTO #1 PHOTO #2

Munroe-Blum: PHOTO #1 PHOTO #2

This looks like Robert Prichard, CEO of Torstar. PHOTO #1

Compare it with these photos: PHOTO #1 PHOTO #2