Monday, November 20, 2006

Daily Digest November 20, 2006

Joe Hueglin wrote:


HALIFAX HERALD - Pakistan’s rape shame

MONTREAL GAZETTE - First Nations chiefs have too much power

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Specialists deserve more money

MONTREAL GAZETTE - State-subsidized destruction at sea

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Information overload

TORONTO STAR - Sharpen the focus of Afghan debate

NATIONAL POST - Bernier's welcome power play

TORONTO SUN - Caledonia’s other victims

K-W RECORD - Climate policy should be green

WINDSOR STAR - Free trade: Opportunities and challenges

CALGARY HERALD - A priority for appeal
Light sentences in horrific sex-slave case affront to justice

CALGARY HERALD - Human rights first

CALGARY HERALD - 100 years ago: picking judges

VANCOUVER SUN - Ambrose sabotaged herself on the world stage

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Canada must stand up for its own values and culture


Target time for training Afghans can be cut in half, says defence minister

Canadian army to rely more on civilians to train new soldiers

Veteran fights pension cut
Ex-flyer, shot down three times in war, blasts feds

Military's role at 2010 may impact Afghanistan involvement

No evidence to support claim of execution-style killing of Afghan teen: NATO

U.S. asks Canada to help restrain N. Korea
Naval patrols would target nuclear cargo on suspect vessels

Canada says could help patrol seas near N.Korea

Cabinet will decide navy deployment regarding Korean cargo, O'Connor says

PM rules out navy ships to help U.S. over N. Korea
'No plans' to join search for nuclear cargo

Mortgage costs notclear to homeowners

Income trust investors blindsided
GIC replacement also proved too generous

Don't give up on income trusts
Experts see value in mature firms

Ottawa to consider allowing private sector to play role in Windsor border crossing

Partnerships could fill infrastructure gaps

Clean energy attracting lots of green
Venture capitalists pouring millions into alternative energy, but will it turn a profit?

Little or no security force in Iraq

Tamils need real autonomy
For a peaceful settlement in Sri Lanka, the Sinhalese majority will have to agree to a meaningful level of self-determination for Tamils

'Super-Obese' weighing on health care system
Canada is courting economic disaster by not tackling its overweight problem. The first in a five-part series looks at the country's $1.6-billion battle with obesity.

Fight against 'crisis' of obesity ignores key group

Toews’ folly: dangerous tinkering with our courts

Researchers say Canadian injection site a success

A 'dark horse' in deep Tory blue


Storm expected over clean air act as Parliament resumes

Liberals accuse Tories of  playing games with ethics bill

Link to the pdf file of the three letters on Garth Turner's suspension

Both sides in Anders acclamation battle claim victory in appeal court ruling

Read Dion's 12-page green leadership plan.

Analysis: Harper outfoxed in China gambit

Harper's media silence leaves some flummoxed

Relations with China aren't deteriorating: MacKay =

Talks provide hope for Canadian jailed in China =

Harper, China's Hu Jintao meet at APEC summit =

Proud moment
Stephen Harper making Canada relevant again

Political landscape set for sea change

PM test drives global voice

Harper touts one-on-one APEC work
Declaration's goals `reflect Canada's priorities'
But most valuable work done on the sidelines

PM snipes at Liberals over China
Beijing 'not used to' frank talk from Canada: Harper

Dion weighs in on Quebec nationhood question

When all the world's a stage, Harper sends mixed signals

The kingmaker?
Kennedy could play a role in crowning new Liberal leader, but he will have to work late

Tories slammed over China, climate conference

Opposition attack Tories over foreign policy

China pledges that it won't execute Chinese-Canadian detainee: MacKay

MacKay spokesman discounts minister's claim

Unaffordable Liberal convention sparks fundraisers, calls for reform

Liberals call Harper meeting with Chinese president anything but historic

Former B.C. Green party leader Adriane Carr to join federal party

U.N. climate talks struggle to agree tiny steps

Canadian targets on al-Qaeda hit list, RCMP official says

Opting out in Canada

Manning, Harris want greater fiscal restraint


French and Quebecers share heritage, roots but don't always get along

Enjoy it while it lasts


L'opposition accuse Harper d'avoir fait honte au Canada; le PCC se défend

L'armée canadienne n'a pas les moyens d'entraîner complètement ses recrues

Ottawa songe à confier au privé la construction d'un lien avec les E.-U.

Leçon de diplomatie pour Harper

La série de la CBC sur le FLQ - La guerre, yes mon colonel

Analyse - Le climat, une affaire d'économistes

Kandahar ou Vancouver: il faudrait choisir



As a simple country boy from the end of the 8th Concession and the Town Line, Dover Twp., Kent County, Ontario I sometimes get confused.  As Henry Ford said one time (or so I read though it doesn't show up on Google) "I only know what I read in the newspapers".

Now let's start with the Canadian Navy goin' to patrol off North Korea.

In the first article we were asked "U.S. asks Canada to help restrain N. Korea Naval patrols would target nuclear cargo on suspect vessels".  In the second we said we could "Canada says could help patrol seas near N.Korea" . The third said the decision would be made by the Cabinet."Cabinet will decide navy deployment regarding Korean cargo, O'Connor says ".  Then were told today "PM rules out navy ships to help U.S. over N. Korea 'No plans' to join search for nuclear cargo". 

"Meanwhile, the Harper government has denied reports that the U.S. asked Canada to help patrol waters around North Korea to help ensure no nuclear weapons come into the country by sea

So, it seems after all we were never really formally asked in the first place, so there was never any decision to make all the way along, though who'd have known it.
In the same ctv article it says "At a briefing for the media, a Chinese official denied that human rights were discussed."  Now this was at the on again off again meeting that was finally on over which Canada's Prime Minister got rave editorials for his insistence on standing up for human rights even though it cost him a meeting.

He says he spoke of human rights keeping his word, the Chi-Coms deny it - so lets look at the concrete results, shall we?.

This headline "China pledges that it won't execute Chinese-Canadian detainee  led me to reject writing what has come above which had been formulated as the day progressed. How could I possible raise negatives when such a positive outcome had been obtained?

Howsomever, a very different headline to the selfsame article changed me back - Dan Dugas, MacKay's spokesman provided information leading to this "MacKay spokesman discounts minister's claim"

Seems neither the Prime Minister nor the Foreign Affairs Minister had any personal assurance of any sort.  But who reading the first headline would have known?

While these questions aren't mine I pass them on for you to ponder: All of it raises questions about Harper's true goals over the last week. Is he seeking favourable headlines at home in preparation for an election that is likely six months away? Is he playing bad cop with North Korea for the good cop U.S.A? Or was Canada's prime minister so unfamiliar with the lay-of-the-land on this continent not to realize that if you wrestle with the world's economic tiger, you run the risk of getting mauled?

Ron Thornton deplores the fact only Alberta is true to its adopted son. My response to Ron, as you'll see below, is a statement and a question ('For certain 'tain't love o' the Grits so just what might it be?)

Seems to me it just might be if'n a country boy such as me figures out what is writ above, others might too - and not take it kindly.

As well this sorta stuff most certainly doesn't give a "I really want to be part of THIS organization" response either.


In recent weeks, Conservative officials have rejected applications from at least three party members to run for the nominations in their ridings. The would-be candidates complain that the reasons they were barred were not revealed, and they were asked to sign confidentiality agreements that kept them from talking about the matter.


Ron Thornton

Subject: Re: Daily Digest November 16-17-18, 2006

Hi Joe:

Interesting editorial you pointed out from the Telegram of Nov. 17th. 
It was in regards to "Alberta attitude...let's hope it's all bull and bluster."  I'd love to go through the concerns of Alberta and the west, the solutions proposed, but that has all been done.  No one was listening.  Forgive me if many here no longer listen, either.  I see a country that, according to the polls, have a leaderless, ethically challenged cesspool of a party tied with that of the governing party that has had all of 91/2 months to clean up that fecal slop. This preference and love of Liberal trash is apparently true in every province, except Alberta.  Maybe this country is simply beyond saving.

Ron Thornton

('For certain 'tain't love o' the Grits so just what might it be?)
BiLL Brienza
Saint John

Dear Joe

Read your letter in the Telegraph-Journal this morning on Afghanistan.
It was very effective.  You did a good job pointing out the
contradiction between rhetoric and realitiy.

Unfortunately, George Bush took his eye off the ball a long time ago
when he decided to invade Iraq and stay there.  Until the US refocuses
on Afghanistan, it will remain a sideshow in the war against radical
jihadists rather than the main event it once was.

Canada and other countries will have to scramble for cover until then.
One of the methods employed will be to continue to put the best possible
face on the war so the public does not panic and protest.  How long the
fighting in Afganistan will last is anyone's guess but as long as the
Taliban is armed and fighting, it going to go on indefinitely.  Add
other elements to their effort to regain control of the country and the
tide may turn again in their favor.  That will be a real disaster for
western nations.

BiLL Brienza
Saint John


To: Letters to the Editor <>
Subject: Dissenting views on Afghanistan
Bcc: <>ALL

Dear Editor,

Minister of Defence O'Connor on his cross-Canada tour promoting the Afghanistan mission has made statements that must be questioned in the light of an article by Michael Scheuer who served as the chief of the bin Laden Unit at the CIA's Counterterrorist Center from 1996 to 1999 and is now a Senior Fellow at The Jamestown Foundation.

According to O'Connor "NATO needs another 1,500 troops for its Afghanistan mission and so far does not know which members of the alliance will supply them,"

In Scheuer's opinion "Overall, the increasing pace of the Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan suggests it is only a matter of time until the commanders of the U.S.-led coalition are faced with telling their political leaders that a decision must be made to do one of two things: (1) Heavily reinforce coalition forces. (It appears that more than the 120,000 men Moscow deployed to Afghanistan in the 1980s would be necessary); or (2) Admit defeat and begin preparations for withdrawal."

O'Connor is telling Canadians "In Operation Medusa, when they assembled between 500 and 1000 Taliban and tried to take us on in a conventional manner, not only did they have a lot of casualties, but they lost a lot of their leadership," O'Connor said. "They're trying to re-form now." .

Again, Scheuer's view differs "From all observables, the Taliban insurgency is spreading from its deeply rooted base in southern and southeastern Afghanistan to provinces in the west and east. In addition, several Islamist insurgent organizations active during the 1979-89 jihad against the Soviet Union's occupation of   Afghanistan -- the "old mujahideen" -- have allied themselves with the Taliban."

As individuals few of us are in position to know whose view is accurate. What is important is that as many Canadians as possible are aware through the media diametrically opposite views exist.

Yours truly,

Joe Hueglin
5838 Mouland Avenue
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Tel 905-356-3901

Information sources :

Jamestown Foundation

Michael Scheuer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Canada says NATO has not found needed troops yet

Defence minister says lack of Taliban leaders likely making things more quiet

Awakening Afghanistan's 'old mujahideen'