Friday, December 15, 2006

Daily Digest December 15, 2006

Joe Hueglin wrote:


ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Seniors deserve better

HALIFAX HERALD - Bloc backs out

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Senate plan would make things worse

TORONTO STAR - PM has broken wait-times pledge

TORONTO STAR - Assist for openness

NATIONAL POST - Just whose Wheat Board is it?

NATIONAL POST - Change our Prostitution Laws

TORONTO SUN - Quotas are just plain wrong

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - Ottawa shuffle portends vote

K-W RECORD - Nurses deserve to be protected

WINDSOR STAR - Jail diplomas: Merit, marks and motivation

REGINA LEADER-POST - Bill doesn't go far enough

CALGARY SUN - Let’s cop responsibility

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Reckless driving on Senate reform


LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Reviews alone won’t get rot out


VANCOUVER SUN - Hanukkah is a perfect time to shine a light on religious hatred

VANCOUVER SUN - Liberals shouldn't succumb to the Bloc's politicking on Afghanistan

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - New selection scheme for the Senate offers little benefit for B.C.

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Health care for sale


Judges approve residential school deal

Allowing Six Nations to legally occupy land shows double standard: Mayor

Prentice working to make Indian Act obsolete

Government agrees to reimburse wounded soldiers for lost danger pay CP -

NATO troops move in for next operation in Kandahar

Taliban positions pounded in followup to Medusa

NATO taking aim at Taliban commanders and bomb-makers: Hillier

Canadian general says reinforcements in Afghanistan would shorten conflict

Good ties with neighbours vital to Afghanistan

What is it we are doing in Afghanistan?

PM, Bush have similar ideologies, U.S. State official says

No passport for Jan. 23 deadline? Drive across border, then fly

Ohio legislators stall effort to protect Great Lakes

U.S. official lauds PM's vision
Says new warmth with Canada could bring Washington closer to Latin American nations

Report praises diagnostic exam access

Easing the health-care load

No deal reached on equalization at finance ministers meeting in Vancouver

Ontario seeks relief for Central Canada's economy at Vancouver meeting

Charest nixes Ottawa's plan to unilaterally alter selection of senators

Elected Senate too 'radical,' Charest says

Election buzz echoes around the Hill

Dion’s arrival adds intrigue to question of election timing

PM not afraid of Bloc non-confidence threat
Says Canadians will approve of Tories' next budget

Harper shoots down Grit leader's promise to have capital cost program revamped

Dion's dangerous duality

Key Harper aides fell short in fall session

Green plan needs work: Harper

Wait-time ads ruled `inaccurate'

Green Party leader wants shot at election debates on TV

Greens seeking major-party status
Online campaign asks Canadians to back inclusion in election debates

Liberals poised to block Tory budget
Dion joins Duceppe, saying he is willing to topple minority

Dion fundraiser leaves Liberals red-faced
All failed contenders will now share proceeds of event billed as benefit for leader, Kennedy

Inside the pressure cooker

Unusual green politician a force of, and for, nature
May says she'd be happy if other parties stole her environmental planks

Harper's agenda takes shape

Liberals and Greens trade praise

Former NDPer Rae to craft Liberal platform, say insiders

Wheat board head stands ground despite firing threat

Don't fire wheat board boss, farmers tell Ottawa
Prairie growers gather in Winnipeg in last-ditch show of support for CEO

Wheat Board wars hit Winnipeg

Don't fire wheat board boss, farmers tell Ottawa

Ottawa allows income trust reconversions to corporations to be tax-free

Arar still on U.S. watch list: U.S. ambassador

Arar should be taken off U.S. watch list: Layton

Poverty is a medical condition

Religious groups condemn banishment of Christmas tree
Let's share one another's traditions -- premier


# Duceppe pourrait empêcher Harper de régler le déséquilibre fiscal, dit Cannon

# Maher Arar est toujours une menace, prétend l'ambassadeur des Etats-Unis

# Les ministres des Finances discutent du système de péréquation

Des documents douteux

Zaccardelli remplacé par son ex-adjointe

Cannon dénonce l'inconséquence du Bloc

Ottawa fait des mécontents

Charest et Harper ne s'entendent pas sur l'élection des sénateurs

Déséquilibre fiscal - Dion croit que Harper ne tiendra pas sa promesse

Ottawa: un congé à l'ombre des élections

Hépatite C: Ottawa annonce une entente d'indemnisation

Campagne électorale: la saison des amours a commencé


Phyllis Wagg

“Re:  Rosalie Piccioni
Intelligence and ability has nothing to do with gender
.  An individual should be treated accordingly, not whether male or female.  It's the labelling that is avoided.”

 In an ideal world that is how things would be.  Unfortunately, we do not live in an ideal world.  When you are told several times that you are the best qualified for a job except for your gender then you come understand that.  While you are less likely to be “told” today that your gender is the reason for not being hired, it still influences decision making by employers more often than you realize.  Avoiding labeling is designed to disguise the harsh reality by simply ignoring it.  Ignoring the problem and treating the symptoms does not solve the problem.

Rosalie Piccioni

Subject: Fw: reindeer facts

According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid December. Female reindeer retain their antlers until after they give birth in the spring.

Therefore, according to every historical rendition depicting Santa's reindeer, every single one of them, from Rudolf to Blitzen........had to be a girl.

We should've known when they were able to find their way.

John Halonen Joe:
In reply to Phyllis Hubeli on her excellent write-up.

       Democracy is as we make it, but unfortunately others try to hijack along the way.  It seems that neither the Conservative or Liberal parties wish to provide  Canadians the opportunities to think themselves.
       My prime reason for standing up and wishing to be counted, is not being against a concept such as a "North American Union"  but rather the thought that this issue requires all individuals in Canada to be provided with the concepts for or against.  It is not a direction to take,  if it only serves the business environment or politicians whims.
      While the mainstream press in Canada continue to avoid the subject I am pleased that the "Canada Free Press" is now starting to bring the topic forward.  We have too much to lose if the direction does not meet our needs.  Possibly before it is all over, Canadians will have had the opportunity to voice their concerns.  If
Canadians wish to oppose based on what is provided, then at least that information can be sent to our "elected" representatives, with a thought that they would listen to their own constituents prior to going down a road of no return.

Canadian Free Press article:

John Halonen

Ian Berg

Michael WAlkins fears a "FrankenSenate" consisting of elected and appointed Senators this week. But I suspect that he would participate in future votes to fill Senate vacancies rather than stay at home or spoil his ballot. The status quo is a Senate which represents the past rather than the present. If it relied on the wisdom of traditions and precedent in the Edmund Burkean sense, to provide a sober second thought to the haste decisions of the Commons, this might be tolerable. But instead it has become just a rubber-stamp of Commons decisions if both chambers happen to be led by the same party. 
Ian Berg
Calgary AB

Robert Ede

Subject: FW: Red Chamber Rehab

Subject: Red Chamber Rehab
Something, right under our noses, that all Canadians NEED to know, but don't know.
Your "Red Chamber Rehab" editorial ends with the line "If this bill passes, then, the governor general will still summon "qualified persons" to the Senate -- only these qualified persons will actually have a democratic stamp of approval."
It typifies the widely-held close but no cigar total mis-understanding of Canada's governance system, the deftly-crafted system of 1867 BNA checks and balance, the office of Governor General and the Senate (the Commons too for that matter)
Canada is and was never designed to be a democracy. It's a top-down, constitutionally-limited Monarchy.
This means that apart from the areas granted BY Constitution/BNA & subsequent, Crown-assented legislation TO the Legislative Order of the Central government, the Crown (i.e. the UK Cabinet, assisted by their local supervisors the GovGen, the Lt Gov's and the GG's Privy Council), holds ultimate control over everything. eg All our Freehold land is NOT private property, we simply enjoy AN INTEREST in Crown-granted lands, a bundle of rights to sell, give, lease and will it.
Please recall that the 1867 system was devised (based on the 1791 concept of a legislative assembly, legislative council, executive council & governor) in the wake of the 1837-38 Rebellions of Upper and Lower Canada (and in light of the failed attempt to assimilate the French/Catholics into a English/UEL/Protestant society).
The Rebellions showed the UK government that the democratic element in Canada just as potentially volatile as in the 13 colonies and the Act of Union stalemate showed that assimilation would not work either.
The Canadian framers proposed and (after some tinkering) the UK Cabinet agreed to grant limited democratic freedom, but strait-jacketed it with 3 levels of superior levels of power.
The Senate was the House of Taxpayers - the only office with property-ownership & net-worth qualifications. The significance of this fact is sadly lost to inflation because $4,000 (the only dollar amount in Canada NEVER seasonally-adjusted) just doesn't mean the same as ~$240,000-320,000 might.
Integrated into our s.17 One Parliament is the Crown, as represented by the Gov Gen i.e. this individual must approve their bills (s.55), BUT also above both of Legislative Houses is the Executive level ss.9-15 - the Monarch(-in-Council until 1982), the Gov Gen and the Privy Council (plus the Gov Gen in Council for certain specific circumstances s.13)
The whole idea was to NOT LET the democratic element run amok (as now).
OK that was then and this is now. How come what I'm saying seems so 18th century and shurely NOT the way it is written as constitutional law?
In 1940 the Prime Minister took over control of the Privy Council (as revenge for Lord Byng refusing his recommendation in 1926) and then lobbied after the war to control the appointment of the GG. Since then the PM had no controls on his actions IF he had a majority.
Sixty-five years later no one remembers. AND Nobody reads the constitution. AND it cannot be taught because the observable de facto state of government does not match the de jure provisions of the highest law of the land.
If we were a different type of people we'd rebel. Impeach every Supreme Court Justice for not forcing the government to follow the constitution and toss away every bill proclaimed since 1940 as Unconstitutional.
But we're not. We're placid and uninformed, some could say blissfully innocent.
Some others could say fools.
My recommendations ... 1) elect the Governor General (get rid of the patronage/patsy appointment by the PM) and 2)adjust the appointed til 75yrs old Senators property & net worth qualification AND allow no grandfathering-mothering of any existing Senators (disallow their pension too if they were never really qualified to serve, heck they got paid that's enough)
Put the Commons and the puisne First Minister back in his/her rightful lowly place at the bottom of the power totem.
Robert Ede