Monday, October 23, 2006

Daily Digest October 23, 2006

Joe Hueglin wrote:


HALIFAX NEWS - Dog days continue for Peter MacKay

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Drug companies must pay their fair share

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Follow through on tax-cut rhetoric

OTTAWA SUN - Sympathy wears thin

OTTAWA CITIZEN - The Quebec way is passe

TORONTO STAR - Reveal travel expenses

NATIONAL POST - An abysmal lack of parenting

TORONTO SUN - Hands in our pockets

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - Clean Air Act's delays insane

K-W RECORD - Conservatives fail environment test

K-W RECORD - MacKay's loose words

WINDSOR STAR - Senate reform: Ontario needs an open mind

SUDBURY STAR - Environment won't benefit from Tories' Clean Air Act =

WINNIPEG SUN - Lifting the veil of prejudice



CALGARY HERALD - Literacy cuts short-sighted
Zeal to save taxpayers' money shouldn't hit essential programs

CALGARY SUN - ‘Junket’ charge is junk

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE - Do we have an exit strategy?
What is our Afghanistan plan?

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Internet addiction all set for medical recognition


Minister's Kandahar visit one of `support'
Trip comes as aid efforts criticized ... Tour doesn't include actual projects

Following Rumsfeld's lead
Mimicking America's Iraq policy in Afghanistan threatens NATO unity

Military families speak out
Say they are against Afghan mission

Hard to report on achievements yet to be made

Navy, air force won't serve as infantry in Afghanistan: O'Connor

Critics slam Afghan naval mission
Throwing sailors and air force members into ground combat a mistake, experts say

Probe clears Canadians in Afghan police death

32 killed in Afghan factional fighting

Elite Afghan military effective weapon against Taliban
Commandos know culture, 'hear things in truest sense'

U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins met last week with The Hamilton Spectator editorial board. Following are excerpts of questions posed by members of the editorial board and of Ambassador Wilkins's answers.

Patients with minor ills don't cause long ER waits, study finds

Does ban compute?
Fed agency mulls letting prisoners have PCs

Harper sets byelections to coincide with Grit convention

Politics at play in timing of 2 byelections: Liberals

Byelections to overlap Liberals' convention
Harper ignores plea

Duceppe envisions sovereign Quebec by 2015

PM 'critic' sent packing
Photographer bumped from job at 24 Sussex ... Was supposed to shoot for Mercer's TV comedy

Debate seals Ignatieff advantage

Liberal leadership page

PM defends MacKay on alleged 'dog' slur

Bob Rae: Why I left the Left behind
The Liberal candidate on his defection, and his vision for Canada

Social conservative Tory appointment raises opponents' hackles

Tory ministers’ lack of expenses "a red flag’

Liberal MPs divided along leadership lines on recognizing Quebec as a nation

Opposition pokes at Fortier's refusal to run for seat in byelection

Liberals' Ignatieff commits to aboriginal development, but no price tags

Dogged pursuit of an apology continues

Ignatieff's Quebec strategy fraught with risk

Garth being courted

Turner's Halifax trip cancelled ... MP turfed from finance committee touring the country

Gossip got Garth
Headline-hunting MP's ouster wasn't over noble principle

So Garth Turner has been given the old heave-ho by the Conservative caucus

David Chernushenko vs Garth Turner

Turner starts new life as independent MP

Bravo Garth

Ottawa to spend $8.4M on heart plan

Rush to ethanol and biodiesel could lead to food shortage, says scientist

Trustees, critics want to stop co-op program teaching students to be soldiers -- why?

Sorry, not our revolution

Numbers don't lie

From Stalin to cornflakes -- a Hungarian odyssey
50 years ago, a family fled Budapest for the unknown, which turned out to be Vancouver

Boomer spell soon to be broken
The generation that was never going to grow old has found that nature had other plans, and the influence of this powerful group is finally starting to wane

Why freedom is so precious

Does it really all boil down to electricity?

Abortion fragile issue

The big idea that won't die
The fact that string theory is suddenly under attack only underscores its success as a path to a unified description of nature


Le juge Gomery déçu par la réaction d'Ottawa

Le PLC accuse le PCC de ne pas respecter la tradition en "cachant" Fortier

Michael Ignatieff propose un plan pour les autochtones, mais sans budget

Le Canada au 16e rang

Le Bloc lance la bataille de Québec

Souveraineté : Françoise David promet une démarche inédite

Le protocole de Stephen

La GRC a recruté un ancien employé de Groupaction

Harper se porte à la défense de MacKay

Des députés libéraux refuseront de reconnaître le Québec comme nation

Dianne Haskett's road back was paved by Tory party officials in Ottawa.

The party needs a candidate in London North Centre. No one seems to want the job.
High profile Liberals say no

London in byelection frenzy

Overlapping elections may fatigue voters

We are 3l1te



While their marine advisers extol the Commandos' performance, and their commander talks about leveraging their
success into more resources, such as better weapons and night goggles, for the Afghan army, the soldiers themselves
decline to tell war stories. They're more interested in talking about what their country needs for prosperity and peace.

For Sgt.-Maj. Mohammad Mirwais, Sgt. First Class Mohammad Mohebullah and Platoon Sgt. Rahmanuddin Jallaly,
two elements weigh greatly: They want the insurgents' support base in Pakistan severed and Afghanistan's education
system boosted.

Their commander -- the first Afghan officer to graduate from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at
Fort Leavenworth, Kan., since 1979 -- emphasizes a third. Tribal and ethnic conflicts, Ahmadi said, can't continue to
dominate. The Commandos, for instance, have been instructed to put their ethnicity aside. "Afghan interests must
come first," Ahmadi said. "I don't belong to tribes, I don't belong to the ethnic groups. I don't belong to the north or
south. I belong to Afghanistan."


Robert Ede

Subject: I'm running in the By-election - London North Centre - Nov 27th

Good Morning,

I figure this is as good an opportunity as even to run an 'un-campaign'

Independent of party
Independent in thought

Dedicated to honour & truth
Dedicated to improving Canada for all Canadians

Running to represent the middle class, that's ignored as an 'interest group'
yet pays the freight for just about everything
Running to BE an unencumbered member of the Assembly and to emancipate that Chamber

Running to start people talking about controlling the all-too-powerful PMOffice by:
-restablishing the Governor General as Chief Executive
-re-instating the Privy Council as the GG's independent advisors
-re-instatng the Comptroller General as pre-spending gatekeeper of the Treasury
-re-instating the Senate to its rightful place by explaining the Property & Net-Worth Qualifications (and adjusting same for inflation)
-re-instating the Commons as House of Assembly for ALL points of view, not just party-line "read" speeches

The Commons belongs to all Canadians and every point of view should be expressed there
The Government system of Canada belongs to Canadians, not the Political Parties

Many issues will be in play beyond the 'democratic deficit' ones above
Most notably the re-consideration of the re-definition of Marriage - I want in on that discussion

In an election, Canadians have their opportunity to shape their government
In a by-election in a minority House EVERY member's vote counts EVERY time.

In this election I grant every Canadian (particularly those in London) " Permission to Think"
Permission to think about how Canada should/could be and ponder how it fell into its current state and permission to forgive themselves for not 'standing on guard'.

All Hail the Dominion of Canada - but first consider-
Whose Dominion is it?

"There is no shame in turning back, when you discover you're on the wrong path"

"The Future of Canada belongs to those who will build it" (PET)
The Future begins now.
Are you a builder?

I plan to hold small/medium/large meetings in homes, restaurant -
- can you arrange one with your circle of associates?
- arrange one in London?

Robert Ede
25 Dersingham Cres
Thornhill ON
L3T 4P5

Tax-Receipts for Contributions available soon cheques payable to "Campaign to Elect Robert Ede"

Rosalie Piccioni

Subject: Re: Daily Digest October 22, 2006

Dear Joe,

That was an enjoyable, and appreciated, well-written summary you gave :o). Thanks for the insight.

And Barry Douglas' Subject: Insightful. He said This is one brave woman! Wow! As for
Wonder how long it will be able to be viewed Hopefully, for a long time. This is something that should never be deleted, and I want to hear and view it again and again.



We Must Stop This Immediately!
Have you noticed that stairs are getting steeper . Groceries are heavier. And, everything is farther away. Yesterday I walked to the corner and I was dumbfounded to discover how long our street has become! This extension work was apparently done at night!! Very sneaky stuff..

And, you know, people are less considerate now, especially the youngsters. They speak in
whispers all the time! If you ask them to speak up they just keep repeating themselves, endlessly mouthing the same silent message until they're red in the face! What do they think I am, a lip reader?

I also think they are much younger than I was at the same age. On the other hand, people my own age are so much
older than I am. I ran into an old friend the other day, and she has aged so much that she didn't even recognize me.

I got to thinking about the poor dear while I was combing my hair this morning, and in doing so, I glanced at my own reflection ........Well, REALLY NOW-
even mirrors are not made the way they used to be!

Another thing, everyone drives so
fast these days! You're risking life and limb if you happen to pull onto the freeway in front of them. All I can say is, their brakes must wear out awfully fast, the way I see them screech and swerve in my rear view mirror.

Clothing manufacturers are
less civilized these days. Why else would they suddenly start labeling a size 32 pair of pants a 42, or medium shirt as 'extra large? Do they think no one notices that these things no longer fit around the waist, hips, thighs, and neck?

The people who make
bathroom scales are pulling the same prank, but in reverse. Do they think I actually "believe" the number I see on that dial? Heck ! I would never let myself weigh that much! Just who do these people think they're fooling?

I'd like to call up someone in authority to report what's going on -- but the
telephone company is in on the conspiracy too: they've printed the phone books in such small type that no one could ever find a number in there!

All I can do is pass along this warning:
We are under attack! Unless something drastic happens, pretty soon everyone will have to suffer these awful indignities. PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO WE CAN GET THIS CONSPIRACY STOPPED!

PS: I am sending this to you in a larger font size
, because something has caused my computer's regular fonts to be smaller than they once were. (They must be sneaking to my house and messing around with my computer. Probably CIA....!!!) Pretty scary stuff huh?

J. Edgar Robertson