Sunday, October 15, 2006

Daily Digest October 15, 2006

Joe Hueglin wrote:


ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - A new way to catch your eye

HALIFAX HERALD - Fair law or quick fix?

OTTAWA SUN - 3 strikes law is on target

TORONTO STAR - Harper should close income trust loophole

TORONTO SUN - An end to the 'hug a thug' era

LONDON FREE PRESS - Feeding the hungry

EDMONTON SUN - In trusts we trust

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - School years influence lifetime of learning


March to condemn government role in aboriginal occupation descends into standoff


Wounded soldiers have no claim to danger pay

Convoy duty puts military at is most vulnerable

Court orders U.S. to repay all $5.3 billion in softwood duties
Ruling won't affect newly implemented softwood settlement

Canada formally protests new U.S. user fees

U.S. military gags Khadr's lawyer

Hysteria is misplaced: Sanctions are unlikely to have much effect on North Korea - which has nothing

A deadly kind of fizzle

N. Korea tests China's role on world stage

MacKay says Canada will stand with allies to enforce UN sanctions on NKorea

U.S. urges Iran to take lesson from UN sanctions against North Korea

Beware Empires in Decline

Imperial Tobacco boss urges feds, province to recognize financial, social dangers of illegal cigarettes

Would-be citizens hand over thousands to 'consultants', who turn hapless hopefuls in to immigration officers

Those already in Canada deserve consideration

Job losses dim Charest dreams
Thousands of laid-off Quebecers live in shaky Liberal ridings

Williams takes aim at Ottawa in drive for re-election in Newfoundland

Sparks fly over foreign policy as Liberal leadership candidates square off

Second place is starting to look good

Was taxpayer money used improperly?

Ambrose touts soon-to-be released Clean Air Act

Tories unceremoniously toss Grit Kyoto plan and paint their new Clean Air Act Conservative-blue

Shouldn't protect environment at expense of business: federal labour minister

Tories' plan to end Canadian Wheat Board monopoly has political risks

It's never easy being green, Rona

Republican senators slam war strategy

Federal tax agency reviewing use of billion-dollar online system

More bilingual grads needed, languages commissioner says

The heat is on: get used to it

In PM's world, girls will be herded back to the kitchen, and gays back to the closet, says Linda McQuaig

Women no longer need to be coddled, like less clever creatures than men, says Rondi Adamson

Our skewed priorities
It's obscene to hound powerless Muslim women while Muslim world is under siege

Media shrugs off threat to freedom of religion

Right comes full circle
Political tome reads like a thriller

Good times roll

t's time to talk about war
We need a 'continuous conversation' about defence and foreign aid

Ontario's educators are pushing character education in the schools. Who should impart values to kids, though -- parents or schools?

A medical cure beyond acupuncture
China's health-care delivery is faster and more efficient than our system

Want to know a secret? Too bad
Harper's Conservatives promised a new era of full accountability. Then they got into power.

Ban threatens French lifestyles
After France announced it is to ban smoking in all public places from next February, Emma Jane Kirby tries to imagine the country's citizens without their customary cigarettes.


Rae, Ignatieff et Dion s'attaquent à fond lors du dernier débat libéral

Une manifestation à Caledonia se conclut par deux arrestations

Blackburn établit un lien entre environnement et crise forestière au Québec

Le ton monte

Pression des États-Unis sur la Chine

Front commun contre la loi 33

Rétention de la main d'oeuvre
Les médecins préfèrent le Canada
Depuis deux ans, le nombre de médecins revenus au pays est plus élevé que celui des médecins partis à l'étranger, rapporte l'Institut canadien d'information sur la santé.

Faut-il acheter québécois?

Harper veut s'attaquer au monopole de la CCB

Bois d'oeuvre
André Boisclair dénonce l'entente canado-américaine


The balls are in your court

Aase watches tennis. I don't but know this much, when a ball is on your side of the court it must be returned.

Below are two balls the creation of which consumed a considerable amount of time.

The first deals with what Canadians are being told is not costing Canada jobs but rather "No, quite the opposite,"
according to the Prime Minister.

Frankly I don't see any way this is so, have made the case it places Canadian softwood producers at a disadvantage
and place the ball in the court of those who believe it is to refute what stated below.

The second ball is not one of high policy. It may be you see even noticing it, let alone writing a letter to the editor,
as a picayune protest. On the other hand you may agree that what has been done is propagandization that ought
not to have occurred.

Hopefully those supporting the actions undertaken will respond.



Trade Minister David Emerson was proven wrong Friday about the value of litigation. The U.S. Court of International Trade October 13th ordered the Bush administration to pay back all of the $5.3 billion US in duties collected from Canadian lumber companies.

Unfortunately, rather than waiting for this court to deliver its judgement unremitting pressure was placed on Canadian softwood producers to withdraw their cases. When that failed a deal was negotiated with Washington. The U.S. withdrew its challenge to the NAFTA panel findings ending litigation. Canada agreed to abandon its claims that the U.S. illegally imposed import duties. The Agreement giving the U.S.a billion dollars of Canadian producers money and providing a 15 percent competitive advantage to American producers came into effect on Thursday.

Inept on the major issue of dismissing the Court of International Trade decision, the New Government of Canada was also inept in small details because for several days Canadian exporters are being charged both export and import taxes. As one columnist wrote "sawmillers learned a new definition of double-dipping this week."

The promise of the Agreement is seven to nine years of stable trade, trade in which at present Canadian producers are operating at a 15 per cent disadvantage in a shrinking market The crucial test of Harper's much heralded stability will be when prices rise to $355. and above. At that point, while free trade is promised, experience suggests the American Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports will act to protect their market once again. They are well financed to do this with the $500 million they obtained in the Agreement.


Court orders US to repay all $5.3 billion in softwood duties

U.S. gives up claim that Canadian lumber is subsidized; paves way for speedy return of softwood duties to Canadian producers

Both sides tax during change

Softwood lumber deal not to blame for thousands of job losses, Harper says

Subject: A picayune protest or presumptuous propagandization?

Dear Editor,

It would seem that CANADA'S NEW GOVERNMENT does not make a distinction between Stephen Harper's roles.

As Leader of his Party the political statement GETTING THINGS DONE FOR ALL OF US on a website with his picture is most appropriate. As Prime Minister of all Canadians it is not.

Some may consider it picayune to protest the placing of the Conservative Party of Canada slogan on the web site of the Prime Minister. It is my view that this presumptuous propagandization demeans the highest elected office in our country, and is an action worthy of being drawn to the attention of your readers so they may pass judgement.

Yours truly
Joe Hueglin
Member 29th Parliament

5838 Mouland Avenue
Niagrara Falls, Ontario



From: alan heisey
Subject: Re: Daily Digest October 13, 2006
To: Joe Hueglin

j, to keep the record straight i did not write the comments printed in blue. did you ? cz

alan heisey

To Joe
From Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)
re Vern/Vi Bretin-- re; Lumber
Remember Joe, when I told you how if the majority of Canadians can be kept from mentioning the foreign ownership of our resources, with the help of their media, government and networks, the foreigners win?
Then again, Canadians have more money invested in foreign countries than foreigners have money invested in Canada. Mind you, the issues isn't so much is invested in foreign countries but how much is CONTROLLED. Despite this, even if extracting and exploiting Canada's resources is controlled by foreigners, the fact is that normally no single person/corporation/group controls a big-enough chunk of Canada's overall resources, which means that no foreigner investor/owner is in a position to blackmail (or otherwise exploit) Canada in a huge way. Mind you, that doesn't mean that investors/owners can't twist politicians' arms when it comes to asking for government support for some industry or other (e.g. the auto industry in Ontario), with appreciable local consequences if government doesn't help out (e.g. threatened closures like the one threatened in Kapuskasing, ON in the early 90s, single-industry towns facing a plant closure, etc.).