The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN’S to VICTORIA.
Yes, Virginia, there is...Canadian troops surround Taliban
Renown letter to the editor captures true spirit
Have no fear, Christmas lives
All-inclusive Christmas; Children don't have problems accepting other traditions, but adults do
Joy: Where sacred and secular meet
NATO forces leave Afghan insurgents 2 choices: Surrender, or fight way out
Afghan dangers will continue: Harper
Logistical snags hamper mission to woo Afghans
Elders not ready for planned meeting; farm implement gifts go astray
Canada to send more high-tech guns to Afghanistan in new year
A wrong-headed war
Harper: I'm ready to be defeated over Afghanistan
Wishing peace for Afghanistan
No quick fix for Afghanistan amid stubborn insurgency, complex social rift
Rigorous debate needed on Afghanistan mission
Into the Taliban heartland
Canadian border agency disputes claim it's using U.S. screening system
U.S. snubs Canada's Arar plea
U.S. eyes drug import law
Homeland Security Admits TSA Broke Rules
Will We Have a Spring or a Winter Election?
Quebec clues indicate election not imminent
Wheat board to top Ottawa agenda
Multiple-seller would have lost $59M for barley, report suggests
Wise politics to obtain a coveted majority?
Harper takes on grand institution
Tories' quest to dismantle Wheat Board is part ideological – and part just baffling
Farmers merely want freedom
Canadian Wheat under pressure
Government seeks to impose dual marketing system (Scott Yates is based in Spokane)
Liberal government would stop dismantling of Canadian Wheat Board: Dion
Keep ideology out of wheat board
Serving the customer
Wheat board ignores needs of its clients
Wheat crew cashing in
The CWB's bogus bonus
The proper order of things
The Parliamentary Press Gallery and Government Contracts
Reclaiming sponsorship scandal money
Immigrant MPs reply to attacks on dual citizenship
Duceppe denies plan to topple government
Harper dismisses key Gomery proposals
Harper calls Hamas 'genocidal'
Harper heads for his defining moment in the new year
Harper's rapid rise
Searching for Bev Oda
Harper heads for his defining moment in the new year
Most Canadians back Harper's Senate reform plans, poll suggests
Harper says there is no fixed definition of the 'Quebecois' nation
Harper rejects key Gomery proposals
Grit link alleged in 'boondoggle'
Feds announce new $345M program to promote biofuel
Shovelling More Cash At Ethanol
PM denies climate-change shift
Harper discovers the environment
Warrior in power
Day told to clean up website, critics say
Tories embarrassed by minister's ridicule of climate change
THE ENVIRONMENT: TheStar.com - opinion - Ottawa hides dirty little secrets
Ottawa funding C. difficile research
Critics troubled by new fertility panel
Harper's Christmas Carol
Even now, he's largely unknowable
Liberals aim to mount battle in every riding
Voters see Dion as blank canvas with very good potential as PM: poll
Dion keeps friends close, rivals closer
Dion's busily healing party for early election
Dream team or nightmare?
Dion's win is latest symbol of bottom-up politics, says Gordon Chong
Rae, Brison to work on Grit Election Platform
Dion's faulty arithmetic
Dion vows he would roll back shakeup at Wheat Board
Our disaster obsession
Aboriginal Group Eyes Carbon Credits
B.C.'s Haida Aim To Replant Old Forest Clearcuts
End-game For Trusts
The Muslim Mary
If you are looking for the religious text with the most references to Mary, the mother of Jesus, look no further than the Koran, Jennifer Green writes.
Sex trade: Time to reassess the law
Pearson ID card 'chaos'
All workers must have new security badge by the end of the year
L'Opération Bazz Tsuka entre dans sa phase ultime
Par la bouche de Cannon
David Emerson et la gestion de l'offre - Les agriculteurs veulent des explications
Le Canada appuie «sans réserve» les sanctions contre l'Iran
L'armée accapare le quart du budget publicitaire
Quatre des 14 Cormoran de l'armée cloués au sol
Emerson entrevoit la fin de la gestion de l'offre
A potpourri from the last three days grouped into some sort of order. Two links follow. The first A Conversation with the Prime Minister Updated Sat. Dec. 23 2006 7:19 PM ET http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20061221/harper_year_end_061221/20061223?hub=TopStories
The second the sharing of a personal positive for writers of Letters to the Editor - being published by the Toronto Star The government is erring in not working with the farmer elected board members to adapt the system http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/164499
Hope you enjoy or have enjoyed your Christmas
depending upon when you read this post.
Subject: FW: Fairness and Justice for the Canadian Work Force
So here is the final version and sent to the mail list below....all the major newspapers and media in each province + important politicos...had to limit it to 50 recipients as this is the email limit on hotmail. Hopefully with an election forthcoming in the near future, and all of the leaders knowing each has it and my pitch to Dion to put it in the Liberal Platform, something will be done. I do believe that a single individual with persistence and strategy can make a difference in this nation of 35,000,000 people. A Merry Merry Christmas (I hope) to all of the contract and part time workers in Canada who want the wages and benefits of full time employment, protection under Canada's labour laws (which don't extend in the same way to part time/contract workers), and equality in the work place. May their New Year be more prosperous as progress is made toward the goal of seeking more fairness and improved hiring ethics in the Canadian workplace. Individual Canadian workers should not be discriminated against to simply improve the corporate bottom line.
IF YOU BELIEVE IN WORKER EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE, YOU COULD PASS THIS NOTE ON TO ALL OF YOUR CONTACTS AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO PASS IT ON! THE MORE CANADIANS WHO THINK ABOUT THIS ISSUE, THE BETTER. THE MORE CANADIANS WHO ACT ON THIS ISSUE, THE BETTER STILL. TALK IT UP WITH YOUR POLITICIANS AND NEWS REPORTERS AND UNION LEADERS. THIS HAS TO BECOME AN ISSUE OF CONCERN TO A GREAT NUMBER OF PEOPLE BEFORE IT DEVELOPS ITS OWN LEGS...WHICH WILL LEAD TO POLITICAL ACTION AND GREATER FAIRNESS IN THE CANADIAN WORKPLACE...AND GREATER ECONOMIC GROWTH IN CANADA AS BIG TICKET ITEMS WILL ONLY BE BOUGHT BY WORKERS WHO SENSE REASONABLE JOB SECURITY PROVIDING FAIR HOURS AT A DECENT WAGE
THE PROBLEM IS NOT "ENOUGH WORK"--THE PROBLEM IS EMPLOYERS ACTIVELY CHOOSING TO HIRE 2 OR 3 PART TIMERS INSTEAD OF ONE FULL TIMER. PART TIMERS THEN ARE FORCED TO JUGGLE 2 OR 3 OR 4 JOBS TO MAKE ENDS MEET. THERE IS PLENTY OF WORK. EMPLOYERS JUST HAVE TO BE "ENCOURAGED" TO RE-ORGANIZE 2 OR 3 OF THEIR PART TIMERS INTO A FULL TIME EMPLOYEE.
THIS IS AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT ISSUE TO YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN--IF THE TREND CONTINUES TO REPLACE FULL TIME EMPLOYEES WITH PART TIME/CONTRACT WORKERS, YOU AND YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS MAY BE THE NEXT VICTIMS OF THIS CORPORATE RAPE. IN ADDITION, TOTAL JOBS WILL BE LOST IN CANADA AS A RESULT OF FEWER PURCHASES....IT IS A VICIOUS CIRCLE.
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- Subject: Fairness and Justice for the Canadian Work Force
- Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2006 20:25:02 -0500
- This link describes the increasing devastation to the American Work Force as a result of the redefinition of jobs as part time/contract positions. Statscan Canada indicates the same trend toward increasing part time/contract employment and the resultant growing insecurity of the Canadian workforce will destroy the Canadian economy if steps are not taken to reverse the trend. Without action now, it is conceivable that in the near future, the majority of workers in Canada will be employed in part time or contract positions.
- I have been calling on policy and opinion leaders to publicize the long-term destructiveness of this short-sighted corporate policy and the need to bring long-term economic benefits to the Canadian Economy and justice to the Canadian Work Force as was done with "Pay Equity" and "Equal Opportunity" legislation.
- I believe that the Government of Canada should develop a legislative framework for a ”Fairness and Ethics in Employment Practices Commission” which would investigate trends in the Canadian Labour Market and have authority to:
- a) 1. Revert long-term part time workers to full time workers,
- b) 2. Insure that an ethical percentage of a company’s work force is indeed classified permanent,
- c) 3. Insure that part time workers could not be discharged because they were approaching full time status,
- d) 4. Insure that government hiring set a model of permanence for private business to duplicate,
- e) 5. Insure that contract workers were formally offered positions 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) 6. 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.
- g) 7. Insure that all part time and contract workers in Canada were provided benefits equivalent to those offered their full time employees.
- I have attached a letter sent to Federal Liberal Leader Stephane Dion urging that his party adopt a policy addressing this issue as part of his Liberal "Pillar" of Social Justice and Equality
- Bill Longworth
- Oshawa, Ontario
: From James O'Halloran: I thought you might enjoy this.
Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to each and every one of you. I wish for you and your family to have a healthful, prosperous New Year.
Many of you nkow I do not regularly send out "jokes" or email "chains."
The following message is the exception because it is, in my opinion, especially powerful at this time of year. It was was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.
Thanks for taking the time to read this email at this very busy part of the year. I look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
Here with a few confessions from my beating heart:
I have no clue who Nick and Jessica are. I see them on the cover of People and Us constantly when I am buying my dog biscuits and kitty litter. I often ask the checkers at the grocery stores. They never know who Nick and Jessica are either. Who are they? Will it change my life if I know who they are and why they have broken up? Why are they so important?
I don't know who Lindsay Lohan is either, and I do not care at all about Tom Cruise's wife. Am I going to be called before a Senate committee and asked if I am
a subversive? Maybe, but I just have no clue who Nick and Jessica are. If this is what it means to be no longer young. It's not so bad.
Next confession: I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees.
It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, "Merry Christmas" to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year.
It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.
I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period.
I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution, and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica and we aren't allowed to worship God as
we understand Him?
I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we knew went to.
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.
Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her "How could God let something like this Happen?" (regarding Katrina)
Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, "I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives.
And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we
demand He leave us a lone?" (She said the same thing when interviewed after 9-11)
In light of recent events...terrorists attack, school shootings, etc., I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.
Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK.
Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill
strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with "WE REAP WHAT WE SOW."
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell.
Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.
Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.
Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Are you laughing?
Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.
Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it .. no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.
My Best Regards. honestly and respectfully,
Robert G. Gauthier,
Subject: Re: Wise politics to obtain a coveted majority?
None of this should come as a surprise given that this was an invalid election and the participants displayed their dishonourable characters in participating in the televised debates with the exclusion of the leader of a party which had 308 registered candidates, in all 10 provinces, and in the 3 territories of Canada.
People with no principles ought not to be expected to behave as people of principle in other matters.
Some 22,000,000 registered voters across Canada kept their silence at the time.
The reality is that there is absolutely nothing that can be done, nor will be done, to reign in the unlimited powers of this unfairly "elected" government.
To acquiesce is to consent.
The best that can be hoped for is for registered voters to demand a fair televised debate in the next election. As to the previous one it is a dictatorship with no recourse and no appeal.
The earlier we hold the next election, with the participation of all party leaders in all tv debates the better off Canadians will be.
That Harper, Martin, Duceppe and Layton participated in the tv debates while Jim Harris was excluded was the greatest and most important undermining of the democratic politcal rights in Canadian history, and this with the approbation of the Speaker of the House of Commons, Peter Milliken, the Chef Electoral Officer, Jean-Pierre Kiingsley and the Commissioner of the Canadian Radio and Televison Commission, each in dereliction of his duty to enforce the laws of Canada including the provisions of the Canadian Constitution protecting the right to receive information in an election without limitations.
Robert G. Gauthier, Publisher
The National Capital News Canada,
(At a local level "All Candidate Debates" without all registered candiates)
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Daily Digest December 21-22-23, 2006
Joe Hueglin wrote: