The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN’S to VICTORIA.
ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - It doesn't take ESP
CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - Using a little wisdom can promote safety
Taking a few seconds to buckle up could make the difference
HALIFAX NEWS - Race bomb must be defused, not ignored
HALIFAX HERALD - Spying on an icon
MONTREAL GAZETTE - Ordinary Palestinians victims again
OTTAWA CITIZEN - Self-inflicted wounds
Narrow focus on language
OTTAWA SUN - PM deserves kudos
TORONTO STAR - Time to relaunch Mideast peace bid
NATIONAL POST -
TORONTO SUN - Arar has suffered enough
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LONDON FREE PRESS - Wait time ads hard to swallow
K-W RECORD - Apology needed over wait times
WINNIPEG SUN - Federal reforms warrant debate
SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
CALGARY HERALD - On guard for whom?!
CALGARY SUN -
EDMONTON JOURNAL - Stelmach's first regrettable step
EDMONTON JOURNAL - Uneasy justice
LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Not everyone is a Time Person of the Year
VANCOUVER SUN - Half-hearted reform of Senate will only hurt the West's interests
Canadian troops launch tank and artillery barrage
Taking the fight to the Taliban
Target: 'Hardcore' Taliban
Taliban execute 26, display headless bodies as warning
Canadian senators finally see Kandahar
Hillier defends purchase of Hercs
Ottawa must press U.S. to clear Arar's name
Americans take a turn smearing Arar
A friendly tip: Get your passport. Now
Future is bright for right jobs
HEALTH CARE RELATED
Canada needs policy on 'orphan drugs'
Canada spends too much for too little healthcare: officials
Canada needs a national police force
Driving under the influence of marijuana and hash doubled since 1989: study
POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
The end is nigh
Stelmach leads Tories like lemmings to their demise
A competitive future
Calvert, Williams gang up on PM
Canada's New Government Delivers on its Priorities in Parliament
color="#008080">Only Tories can deliver, Harper tells Quebecers
In campaign-style visit, PM calls `nation' votehis proudest moment
Harper says there is no fixed definition of the 'Quebecois' nation
End of Liberal scandals have pushed environment onto public radar: PM
Harper to drop embattled Ambrose as environment minister, sources say
servatives gearing up for early budget
Dion, Layton criticize Bloc confidence motion
Dion names Ignatieff his deputy
He cut a deal, then danced the night away
Layton urges swift action on climate
Dion's citizenship was real news Ezra Levant,
What the Conservatives are up against in Dion
Canadian Wheat Board
Welcome to the Canadian Wheat Board
Ag Minister Strahl fires wheat board CEO in tiff over marketing monopoly
Ottawa fires wheat board president
Strahl fires president of Canadian Wheat Board
Federal Tories extend homeless funding, rename Liberal program
Telling the truth about climate change
The shape of things to come
Some countries are getting radical about climate change
OPINION AND INFORMATION
Believe it or not, it's getting better
Representation by territory
Ottawa told to butt out smuggling
Orchard unfairly targeted
> Harper rejuvenates Quebec separation
Un professeur de l'Université Laval représentera le Québec à l'UNESCO
Écart entre anglophones et francophones
Mirabel : Harper rétrocède 11 000 acres de terre
Éventuelle motion du Bloc québécois sur l'Afghanistan - Dion n'aidera pas Duceppe à défaire Harper
Ottawa donne le feu vert
Vaste opération policière contre la fraude par télémarketing
Le PLC prêt à reprendre les rênes du pouvoir?
As anticipated Adrian Measner was fired for refusing to alter his beliefs concerning the Canadian Wheat Board's value to Western farmers.
The letter demanded of him is attached for any who may have an interest dth="32"> SCAN0375_0001.pdf
To Pat Cross and the Hollywood Squares submission.
Shame on you. I’m in tears and am aching in both sides from laughing.
They just don’t make game shows like that any more.
re Robert Ede"; Subject: State Religion
I hope people are listening.
Subject: Activists pushing for extension on federal homelessness program
One would assume that the cost of keeping a few thousand people homeless would be minimal; certainly not needful of a federal program. I am vehemently against the federal government shovelling tax dollars into a bottomless pit trying to combat inevitable results of too much government such as homelessness.
Provinces and municipal authorities are to blame for the high costs of shelter. In most urban jurisdictions one cannot build a birdhouse in the back yard without submitting detailed blueprints, signed by both and architect and engineer verifying the soundness of the proposed structure, its exact location and list of material to be used. A squadron of inspectors will verify that wiring and plumbing meet a complex code of compliance, that the structure meets all limits for setbacks from property lines and that the structures on your piece of land do not exceed the limits set by local planning ordinances. All of this costs money and takes time which
adds to the costs of your birdhouse.
We are so regulated and regimented that dwellings in our beautiful suburban housing tracts are out of the reach of a significant proportion of the population. Home ownership for many means acquiring an older home in an urban as opposed to suburban area and making do. Those who aspire to improve their homes face the horrors of endless building permits, inspections, alterations of work done to meet standards and higher property taxes as a reward for their enterprise and initiative.
Civic and provincial authorities have tried countless schemes to develop ‘low-cost housing’ and find themselves hoist on their own petard; they cannot escape the labyrinth of planning regulations and building codes so construction costs are equal to or greater than similar construction by private enterprise. These schemes inevitably require massive taxpayer subsidies to bridge the gap between what people can afford for housing a
nd current market rental rates.
Consequently, low-cost housing developments are populated by frustrated lower income people who cannot afford market value housing and have no interest in the shelter they have been forced to accept. The ultimate insult is when they are handed a thick book of regulations they are expected to comply with in return for the public subsidy of their rents. No one gets off the hook; while they may not enjoy the nominal ownership of a mortgaged property, they are required to adhere to rules and regulations nevertheless. Most chuck the regulations in the nearest trash bin and ask: “So what are you going to do – sue me?” They have already had to produce pay stubs and copies of tax forms to prove they are eligible for ‘low cost’ housing and have little sense of dignity and pride left to call on. Replacing personal dignity and pride with regulations has never worked and never will.
It is unsurprising t
hat a number of citizens, fee souls, people with mental disabilities and those stripped of dignity by ‘the system’ rebel and refuse to play the game as conceived by our leaders. They are not OK. They have the same needs as everyone else, but they refuse to play by rules that have overwhelmed them and refuse to demean themselves to an uncaring society.
Providing dormitories for the homeless where they can sleep in safety, bathe or shower, replenish their wardrobe, wash their clothes and get a hot meal is probably the best we can do until such time as we recognize we have a housing crisis on our hands and get back to basics. The homeless are just the most visible portion of huge iceberg floating in our society.
We are social animals and cannot thrive until our needs for food, shelter, clothing, safety and security are met. We have turned shelter into a status symbol rather than a basic need and wonder why segments of our society fall by
the wayside. Until we recognize the harm we do by not ensuring that our bureaucracies cannot overwhelm us with increasingly complex regulations of dubious necessity, we will continue as slaves to the great grey machines that govern us rather than as free citizens and masters of our domain who the bureaucracy serves.
The lunatics have taken over the asylum and the thin blue line is stretched to its limits in bringing sanity back to our society.
Accountability for housing rests with the provinces. The era of using the federal government to bail out the provinces for problems arising from poor planning and bad judgement is coming to an end. We cannot go on having provinces fail in areas of clear provincial jurisdiction and then robbing taxpayers to make up shortfalls through federal taxation and transfer paayments.
I can never log in on the file links you place in the DD. To-day I tried logging in on the DD on the web and there was a long blank page waiting time before the DD came up. I wanted to see if I could log in on the link that way....but still couldn't. I wonder if anyone else is having this problem and/or if any one of your readers can advise as to what the problem can be. I hate to bother you, especially at this time.
(Never a bother to help . . . anyone able to?)
Subject: Fwd: St. Paul's Conservative EDA Policy Session Dec. 10th - urban/suburban under representation
j, don't believe you picked up this important item from john adams and ask you to it in soon because it addresses the core concept of one person one vote, studiously igored by provincial and federal grits,
but apparently of great interest to one s. harper! cz
Begin forwarded message:
From: "John Adams"
Date: 2006 December8 14:12:17 GMT+02:00
Cc: "alan heisey" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: St. Paul's Conservative EDA Policy Session Dec. 10th - urban/suburban under representation
I plan to attend and wish to discuss in particular the systemic under
representation of urban/suburban voters with a focus on the Greater Toronto
Area. Al Heisey has submitted a draft resolution which can be polished.
FYI, during the 2005-2006 election campaign Stephen Harper in one media
interview in BC as reported suggested the principle of representation by
population should be more closely respected in the House of Commons and that
meant 17 more seat
s: 3 for Alberta, 4 for BC and 10 for Ontario. I submit
the GTA is short at least 5 of the 10 seats cited. Given patterns of urban
settlement, the GTA/905 will gain more seats than GTA/416.
This policy change may appear to be contrary to party interests in light of
the virtual shut-out in major cities in the 2006 election. There are
strategic and tactical arguments otherwise. Strategically, the urbanization
of Canada means seats continue to shift into urban/suburban communities at
every redistribution. Urban/suburban Canada is the growth market for Commons
seats. The Conservative Party needs to extend its reach in the areas where
seats will be added. Tactically, there is a pattern of subtle, incremental
changes to urban/suburban ridings in Ontario which continue to disadvantage
Conservatives. The next infusion of seats provides the opportunity to better
reflect the principle of communities of interest.
kground: Systemic under representation is the result of federal law which
empowers electoral redistribution commissions to vary from the principle of
equal representation plus or minus up to 25%. The history of redistributions
is that this administrative discretion has been used in every instance in
every province (i.e. systemic) to under represent urban/suburban people as
distinct from rural/smaller town residents.
This systemic issue has been mitigated in most provinces, with the notable
exception of Ontario, by the respective redistribution commissions
increasingly using their discretion to limit population variances to plus or
minus 5%. Rare exceptions for made for two northern ridings in each of
Alberta and Saskatchewan.
The official position of the City of Toronto is to advocate the 5% solution
in Ontario. Al Heisey and I worked this issue at City Hall and the most
recent Ontario electoral commission
decided to apply the 5% rule-of-thumb
inside the City, as a starting point. That produced various re-alignments
and the addition of the 23rd seat in the City in East Scarborough-Pickering.
This policy issue is of growing significance as urban/suburban Canada faces
continuing population growth in the next 25 years.
Happy to discuss. JA
From: Stephen B. Snell
Sent: Saturday, December 02, 2006 9:06 PM
Subject: St. Paul's Conservative EDA Policy Session December 10, 2006 2:00
Please read the attached note from James and plan to
attend the session next Sunday....
Dear St. Paul's Conservative Party Member,
I am writing to you today to inform you of an
opportunity to participate in the Conservative Party
of Canada's policy development process. Th
Policy Committee (NPC) has asked Electoral District
Associations (EDAs) to participate in a multi-phased
policy development exercise that will culminate in a
national policy convention to be held in Winnipeg on
November 2-4, 2007.
As part of this process, the St, Paul's Conservative
EDA is extending an invitation to all members in good
standing to attend a policy resolution development
session on Sunday, December 2006 from 2:00 pm to 5:00
pm at the Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St. Clair
Avenue West in the Seminar Room on the Third Floor.
Please enter through the Dunvegan entrance on the East
side of the Church. The Seminar Room is wheelchair
The purpose of this session is to develop proposed
policy resolutions that will deal with any identified
shortcomings in the Conservative Party of Canada's
Policy Declaration dated March 19, 20
05. A copy of
this Policy Declaration is found online at the CPC
website - http://www.conservative.ca/EN/2692/ - or by
going to www.conservative.ca, clicking on the Policy
header, and scrolling down to the Policy Declaration
box at the bottom of the drop down box.
The resolutions we develop at the session on December
10 may be:
a) Recommended deletions of entire existing
b) New policy statements or significant changes
to existing policy statements.
c) Minor editorial changes to existing policy
The focus of this exercise is to determine
shortcomings with the existing Policy Declaration. As
such, I would ask that you review this do
to December 10.
The St. Paul's Conservative EDA Policy Committee has
developed some draft resolutions that will be
considered by those in attendance at the December 10
session. The benefit of having additional member
input into this phase of the policy development
process is to ensure the widest possible range of
views are included in our deliberations before the EDA
makes a final submission to the NPC by the December
19, 2006 deadline. This session is also a chance for
you to propose your own resolution. If you are
planning on doing so, please send a draft resolution
to me by return email by December 8. I will bring a
copy of it with me to the session where you can speak
to it directly and it can be discussed in more detail
Finally, please indicate by return email if you are
interested in attending the session on December 10.
This will allow us to
make the proper preparations for
I look forward to seeing you on December 10.
James M. Small, Chair
St. Paul's Conservative EDA Policy Committee
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Daily Digest December 19, 2006
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