Sunday, November 12, 2006

Daily Digest November 12, 2006

Joe Hueglin wrote:


ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - The price would have to be right

HALIFAX HERALD - Ortega’s back

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Too much TV damages interpersonal skills

OTTAWA SUN - 'He got a very sweet deal’

WINNIPEG SUN - Too little, too late for Bush

CALGARY SUN - Nervous critics of Conservatives should pay closer attention to U.S. politics
Borderline anxiety

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - The search for ET turns close to home
If life can survive in ocean depths or under ice, then Jupiter, Saturn moons may hold secrets


Steep price for victory
Senator says terrible lessons learned from Second World War apply to Afghanistan

Afghanistan puts new slant on day

Afghan conflict deaths quadruple
There has been a four-fold rise this year in the number of people killed in the conflict in Afghanistan, according to a report on the insurgency.

Afghan conflict: Reporter's diary
The BBC's Alastair Leithead has spent nine days embedded with UK forces in southern Helmand province, where Royal Marines have been battling Taleban rebels. Here are his daily reports on life with the troops, with the most recent one at the top.

Overdue support of our military at risk if Afghanistan goes wrong

Canada-U.S. trade relationship safe: Wilkins

Future is made in China

Revisiting Canada's infanticide law
A safeguard for women? An insult to women? Canada's infanticide law, like the crime itself, ignites strong emotions on both sides. Just how did the legislation evolve and why do some legal experts want it scrapped?


Liberal leadership hopefuls go a'courting for second ballot support

No X for B-team

Grit hopefuls unattractive Candidates can't draw votes from other parties

Destiny and a serendipitous life

Ambrose expects productive Kyoto meetings in Kenya

Cutting capital gains tax ‘not easy,' Flaherty says

What will he do now?
Bush has two years to change his legacy as the president who promised much, but delivered little

History of Wheat Regulation in Canada
Historical overview of events leading up to the formation of the Canadian Wheat Board

Wheat board’s value discounted


The wheat and the chaff
Farmers welcome changes that will end wheat board monopoly by 2008

Farmers Say They Are Ignored on CWB

Private markets will perform better for western farmers

Canadian Wheat Board will wilt in deregulated market

Farmers support provinces' commitment to CWB vote

Calvert, Doer call for immediate wheat board vote

Let farmers decide about wheat board, Tory MP says

The (Progressive) Case Against the Wheat Board

Destroying the Canadian Wheat Board and Prairie Communities

Harkat barred from rally

Revisiting same-sex marriage
POLLING PARLIAMENT | How a few opponents of C-38 are likely to defeat the bid to reopen debate

Bush changes course, how about Harper?
The era of American militarism is coming to an end, notes Haroon Siddiqui

Canada needs Quebec's genie
All parts of Canada needs to be strong to achieve our destiny, says Roméo Dallaire

Sexism? Let's not split hairs

Our duty: We must never forget

Remembering is not enough


Un référendum nuirait aux Fêtes du 400e de Québec, selon Jean Charest

Nation québécoise: Jean Charest ne se laisse pas démonter par les sondages

Flaherty souhaite toujours agir

Rona Ambrose veut collaborer avec ses détracteurs

Le fédéral ne peut en évaluer le nombre

Le Canada entraîne des troupes afghanes sans expérience et mal équipées

Un ancien résistant veut que la population se dresse contre les talibans

Micro-crédit: Ottawa versera 40 millions de dollars pour des projets


        The Canadian Wheat Board issue is heating up and so a number of collected articles have been posted.  One of the most noteworthy is that
        in which an M.P. is acting in the Reform tradition - standing up for his constituents.

        Two positive posts. That of Jason's was received among several others. I posted his 'cause its good to agree on something with him!

        Bill Longworth's initial post I agree with as well.  My question to you is there anyone you know who is in the situation about which he
        is expressing concern?

        I agree with Gran's concern as well . . . though I'd not express it as forcefully.


         This was just received and is time limited.

        From: "Brian D. Marlatt"
        To: "Joe Hueglin" <>
        Subject: A challenging NY Times editorial, available free until midnight.

        Talking About Iraq

        Shortcut to:


Jason Hickman

Subject: Fw: State Funeral Petition

Hi, to all getting this.  My apologies for the "blast" e-mail, but the following is a worthy cause - and it doesn't even cost you anything to support it!
Your consideration in signing this petition, and any help you can give in spreading the news, would be appreciated.
(My apologies as well to anyone who's already aware of this effort by the Dominion Institute!)
- Jason.
----- Forwarded Message ----
From: The Dominion Institute <>
Sent: Friday, November 10, 2006 2:48:30 PM
Subject: State Funeral Petition

Hello, my name is Sid Gladstone and I am veteran of the Second World War.

I am emailing you on behalf of the Dominion Institute's online petition for a State Funeral for the last veteran of the First World War.

I signed the petition earlier this week. I am proud that my name is alongside the more than 40,000 people, including yourself, who believe the Government of Canada should offer a State Funeral to the family of the last World War One veteran resident in Canada.

To ensure that this honour is bestowed on the last World War One veteran we need to create a tidal wave of public support.

Please take a moment today to forward the link
to your friends and family.

We will not forget our World War One heroes!

Yours sincerely,

Sid Gladstone

Canadian Air Force, Pilot Officer
World War Two, 1943-1945
Click here to send an email to friends and family
Click here to see who has signed the petition
Email the Prime Minister about this petition:

Bill Longworth

Hi Joe...was talking to our mutual friend tonight, John Brine, who suggested two things to me....1) that I should ask to be included on the "below 30" list for the distribution of your news blog, and 2) that I should solicit your support for publication across your network of an issue that i feel very strong about, the proliferation of part time and contract workers as a growing work force in Canadian Society.  Below is a copy of a letter sent to the Prime Minister, every Federal Member of Parliament, and every newspaper in the country, so far without much attention.   Following this letter is a portion of a letter sent to Former Prime Minister Paul Martin, every Member of Parliament. and every newspaper in the country suggesting a solution to the growing crisis.  Despite the scant attention given to this issue by Parliament and the National Media, I continue to believe that this is a vital issue for the long term benefit of the Canadian workforce and the Canadian Economy and feel that future damage will be catastrophic without government oversight.  I look forward to meeting you with John Brine sometime in the near future and in the meantime hope that you can publicize this issue in your daily news blog.
Prime Minister Designate Harper
Prime Minister’s Office,
Ottawa, Ontario

Dear Sir:

A serious workplace inequity has arisen in Canada over the last number of years that is a form of discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act and an infringement of worker rights as defined under the Canadian Employment Standards Act, 2000.

In the past, governments have taken measures to eliminate workplace inequities.  Witness “Pay Equity” and “Equal Opportunity” Legislation which corrected serious workplace inequities.  Now is the time to address a growing workplace inequity. 

Employers, including governments, are increasingly hiring workers on a contract or part time basis to save money on benefits packages.  The benefits of this practice to industry have undermined the security of the Canadian work force and in the long run will jeopardize the growth of the Canadian Economy.  Without permanence in employment, how can Canadians assume long term debt such as mortgage, automobile or appliance payments, and what kind of emotional health can contract/part-time workers enjoy without health and drug plans, disability plans, sick leave plans, child care benefits and company pension plans.  It seems that we have two classes of workers--those lucky enough to be on permanent employment and thus earning benefits, and that increasing class of worker who is on contract or part time work and who is devoid of benefits.

I am aware, for example, of Ontario workers who are getting 40 hours of steady and regular weekly employment but who are still classified part time without benefits after 10 years of employment, and despite the perception of a nursing shortage in Ontario, a minority of Ontario nurses have full time positions, most fitting in a number of part time “non-benefit” positions to provide a full work week.

Under the Canadian Employment Standards Act, workers doing similar work are required to earn equal pay which would include benefits and under The Canadian Human Rights Act, it is illegal to discriminate against any class of employee.  Rights guaranteed by both of these pieces of legislation are being eroded by the growing part time/contract hiring practice in the Canadian work environment.

Hopefully your upcoming “Throne Speech” will introduce action your government intends to implement to monitor and correct this growing trend toward part time and contract employment.


W. Longworth,
159 Spirea Court,
Oshawa, Ontario
L1G 6S8

January 27, 2006
and in another letter to Prime Minister Paul Martin, I urged the appointment of legislation and a oversee commission I labelled the "Fairness and Ethics in Employment Practices Commission with the following mandate:
A Fairness and Ethics in Employment Practices Commission would have authority to a) revert long-term part time workers to full time workers,
  • insure that an ethical percentage of a company's work force is indeed classified permanent, c) insure that part time workers could not be discharged because they were approaching full time status, d) insure that government hiring set a model of permanence for private business to duplicate, e) insure that contract workers were taken on as permanent employees once they had successfully served a stated tenure and insure that they could not be released because they were reaching that period of permanence, f) monitor part time/contract employees for all employers over a stated size (say 200 employees) and insure that the proportion of non-permanent employees continued to shrink.
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    Grenville Rogers

    Subject: Remembering

    10 November 2006
    The Editor  The Sudbury Star

    Dear Mr. Editor

    Recently, a Mr. Dev Singh, of Thornhill, wrote an article headed, "Pay due respect to country's heroes", in which he noted little apparent support among his fellow minorities, for wearing the poppy.  I think such waning support is evident among many, if not most  Canadians. I used to be a fervent supporter of such displays of appreciation for the sacrifices of our servicemen. Those men and women died, or returned disabled, thinking they were fighting to preserve freedom and democracy in Canada. None can doubt their motives were honourable.  

    Sadly, they were wrong, and their efforts were misguided, because they were misled by their government - because every  war of the past century was deliberately brought about by the rich and powerful, for the sole purpose of their becoming more rich and more powerful. The current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the planned Israel / US war against Iran, are classic examples of the greed, treachery and treason of the "rulers of this world", our so-called 'leaders'. 

    "Freedom and Democracy" are the rallying cries of our 'leaders', as was the case re Iraq, but the real reasons are kept secret. And a media, controlled by those same "rich and powerful", aids and abets our criminal leaders. Canadians are not free, nor is Canada a democratic country. We Canadians live under the most powerful dictator in the world. Yes, he is an elected dictator, but he is a dictator, nonetheless.

    The recent election in the US may change a few faces in the government, but the real winners are the corporations and Israel. Oh yes, there may be a few shakeups here and there, but nothing fundamental will change. "The Israel Lobby" will continue to control US policy. A brief review of the statements of Sen. Hillary Clinton, of Nancy Pelosi and other leading Democrats, and a look at who finances their campaigns, bears this out.

    I will do as Mr. Singh urges, and pay true respect to our country's heroes. They deserve it.

    I will also continue to speak out against the treachery and treason of our corporate and  government leaders, including Prime Minister Harper. He and his co-conspirators are treacherously and treasonously betraying Canada's sovereignty (for which our heroes fought) by secretly planning to obliterate our once-proud country, by forming the NAU (North American Union) into which Canada will disappear with the US and Mexico.   Wake up, Canada !

    This letter will not likely appear in The Sudbury Star, and even if it does, it will not affect the 'average' Canadian, male or female, who seems only to be interested in their version of  entertainment - booze and other drugs, sex, pornography, sports, lotteries and mindless, vacuous, no-brainer TV and radio.

    Somehow, I don't think this is what our heroes thought they were fighting and dying for.

    Grenville Rogers, Lively, ON


    Subject: Harper and treason

    Hello Joe

    This matter of the NAU (North American Union) is really very serious. It will effectively eliminate Canada. Many are aware of its implications, but the vast majority of Canadians seem not to know, or not to care. It is purposely hidden from the public, but should be broadcast far and wide. The Liberals, the CPC, the NDP, the Bloc all seem strangely quiet about it. It is the death knell for Canada. Why this pall of silence ?  Yes, there is the odd article, but on the whole, it is unknown. It is promoted by corporations. It is partly financed by our own elected 'representatives', with our tax dollars. It is being done by stealth.  It is treachery.  It is treason. 

    Grenville Rogers,



    - Guilty of treason

    - Violates oath of allegiance

    - Seeks annexation to USA



    Conservative Party linked to pro-U.S. annexation cabal

    Activities tantamount to Treason, involving Breach of Parliamentary Oath and conspiracy to overthrow Her Majesty

    by Peter Mackenzie

    "Stand Up for Canada" appears to have been devised as a technique of mass deception, under the joint auspices of former ultra-right wing Alliance Party and U.S. Republican Party advisors.

    In the last 2006 Federal Election, the Conservative Party kept trumpeting its slogan that it would "Stand up for Canada". Then, Opposition Leader Stephen Harper during that elected indicated that he would similarly "Stand Up" for Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic. Mr. Harper portrayed his party, as a party which would govern Canada with integrity and openness in a spirit of renewed democracy, in contrast with the 'corruption' of the Martin Liberals. As it turns out, these assertions by Mr. Harper could not be further from the truth.

    Mel Hurtig, the founder of the Council of Canadians, and also a variety of other reliable sources including veteran CNN anchor Lou Dobbs, now reveal that senior elected representatives and advisors to the Conservative Party, are currently planning a scheme that would hand over Canada to the Bush regime by 2007. The official name for this scheme, is called "North American Union".

    Mel Hurtig, a noted Canadian author and publisher who was the elected leader of the National Party of Canada, provided researchers with the agenda and attendee list of the so-called "North American Forum" at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Sept. 12-14, 2006.

    Mel Hurtig reveals that the Stephen Harper's Government has appointed a Ministerial Team in order to "surrender" Canada to the U.S. by 2007, so that its political-military-industrial complex can fully control oil and other Canadian resources. Alberta "Conservatives", including at least one former Premier, are reportedly among prominent Harper Government operatives of this ultra-right wing effort.

    Mr. Hurtig said the "secret meeting was designed to undermine the democratic process." In addition, the reported Agenda undermines the Statutory position of Her Majesty the Queen of Canada, as the constitutional expression of a Canada independent from the U.S.

    "What is sinister about this meeting is that it involved high level government officials and some of the top and most powerful business leaders of the three countries and the North American Forum in organizing the meeting intentionally did not inform the press in any of the three countries," he said. "It was clear that the intention was to keep this important meeting about integrating the three countries out of the public eye," Mr. Hurtig further indicates.

    The motive for U.S. participation, according to Mr. Hurtig, was "to gain access and control Canada's extensive natural resources, including oil and water."

    Documents obtained by researchers associated with the Council of Canadians were marked "Internal Document, Not for Public Release." At least three current Ministers of Stephen Harper's Conservative Party minority government are cited in the Document as "ring leaders" so-to-speak, of an unlawful and anti-constitutional effort to hand Canada to the Bush regime.

    Canadian constitutional and related law is quite clear that any such effort by elected members of a government to subvert the political authority of the Government of Canada, constitutes breach of a Parliamentary Allegiance of Office, and broadly treason.

    This is because the reportedly directed efforts of Ministers in the Stephen Harper government, to hand over Canada to the political authority of Mr. Bush, as the American Head of State, without the consent of the diverse Canadian public, can only be executed by the seditious overthrowing of the Crown, i.e. Canadian Head of State.

    Section 128 of the Constitution Act, 1867 indicates as follows:
    Every member of the Senate and the House of Commons of Canada shall before taking his Seat therein take and subscribe before the Governor General or some Person authorized by him, and every Member of a Legislative Council or Legislative Assembly of any Province shall before the Lieutenant Governor of the Province or some Person authorized by him, the Oath of Allegiance contained in the Fifth Schedule to this Act; .

    The oath set out in the Fifth Schedule reads as follows:  

    I, A.B. do swear, That I will be faithful and bear true Allegiance to Her Majesty... [Elizabeth II].
    According to the Sixth Edition of Beauchesne's Rules & Forms of the House of Commons of Canada:  

    Should a member violate his oath he [or she] would be amenable to the penalty of not being allowed to sit in the House of Commons. He [or she] may be suspended from taking part in the sittings while still remaining a member of Parliament, or, in a case of extreme gravity, a Bill might be passed to annul his election...

    The power of dealing with treason is inherent in the Parliament of every country.
    The leaked document clearly substantiates that Ministers of the Stephen Harper Government are sharing information with representatives of the U.S. military-industrial-complex, for the purposes of "surrendering" Canada to a U.S.-based "non-democratic authority". This apparent government-sponsored effort is designed to destroy the sovereign authority of Canadians as co-owners of their society, in violation of all Canadian Constitutional Acts since 1867.

    Pursuant to Section 46 (2) of the Canadian Criminal Codes "Every one commits treason in Canada, when someone (b) without lawful authority, communicates or makes available to an agent of a state other than Canada, military or scientific information or any sketch, plan, model, article, note or document of a military or scientific character that he knows or ought to know may be used by that state for a purpose prejudicial to the safety or defence of Canada;

    Furthermore, pursuant to Section 52 of the Criminal Code of Canada, to the extent that the apparent efforts of the Stephen Harper government to surrender Canada to a non-democratic American political arrangement is seditious to "(a) the safety, security or defence of Canada," the Stephen Harper government has executed treason. If that has indeed occurred, then the Stephen Harper government, if it has any semblance of integrity, must surrender its authority to the Governor-General acting on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen of Canada, toward new Federal Election.

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