Saturday, December 30, 2006

Daily Digest December 30, 2006

Joe Hueglin wrote:
The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN’S to VICTORIA.

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - A to-do list for 2007
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=833&sc=3

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - Veteran leader seeking new mandate
Pat Binns may lose some teammates, but not his touch
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sc=7

HALIFAX HERALD - Winning year for surprises
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/550016.html

HALIFAX HERALD - Self-inflicted pain
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/550017.html

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Leadership needed on climate change 
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=05454392-44d4-4909-b29c-af33b52510dc

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Free speech in action 
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=e106dc1a-b2e7-4ee0-aa74-c3d563312226

OTTAWA SUN - Tax relief for all
http://www.ottawasun.com/Comment/Editorial/2006/12/30/3077854.html

NATIONAL POST - A good year for Canada
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=6d994579-9337-439f-8ffa-56357c12b778

TORONTO SUN - Fitting end for a tyrant
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2006/12/30/3078344-sun.html

LONDON FREE PRESS - U.S. finally waking up to global warming
http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/Opinion/Editorials/2006/12/30/3077969.html

K-W RECORD - The year of living environmentally
http://www.therecord.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=record/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1167432613992&call_pageid=1024322168441&col=1024322320546

WINDSOR STAR - Justice system: Bill encourages openness
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=b63d4f4b-4b04-4834-a6ab-79a69a265c59

SUDBURY STAR - PM to go green; Expect new climate-change package to be unveiled early next year 
http://www.thesudburystar.com/webapp/sitepages/content.asp?contentid=338054&catname=Editorial&classif =

REGINA LEADER-POST - MP needs to rethink position on wheat board
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/letters/story.html?id=a16e7965-f38a-442c-b7ad-f2d0f7fc5430

REGINA LEADER-POST - $800 million: Deal or no deal?
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=fd24ef81-b433-4ce4-92bf-4b266568f2a1

REGINA LEADER-POST - Tory tax talk really taxing
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=1747a840-0d62-47d0-b1dd-755d4cfedffa

CALGARY SUN - Grain of truth
http://www.calgarysun.com/cgi-bin/publish.cgi?p=167036&x=articles&s=comment

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE - Closing the book on '06
What will 2007 hold in store for us? http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/1editorial.lasso

EDMONTON SUN - Glowing future?
http://www.edmontonsun.com/Comment/Commentary/2006/12/30/3077952.html

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Rural-urban divide real; hillbilly cliches not
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_5393.php

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - New polar-bear scare is a classic case of blinkered thinking 
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=006d60dc-298d-47ea-ad96-64e151cff1e2

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - New year brings new opportunities
Prosperity lets us tackle local priorities in 2007: Health, homelessness, growth, climate change
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=930c1686-28bd-41dd-84f1-989a5ced6898


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
New program allows natives to carve out business plans
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/story.html?id=b3638788-83bf-4e73-abc8-760c405d8051


CANADIAN FORCES
Taleban 'say no' to tribal plan
Fugitive Taleban leader Mullah Omar has dismissed a proposal to hold cross border tribal councils as a "trap", in a message attributed to him
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6216595.stm

Karzai lambasts border mine plan
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6214513.stm

UN criticises Pakistan mine plan
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6213405.stm

South Asia's conflicts - what next? By Paul Danahar, BBC South Asia bureau editor, Delhi
Nothing concentrates the mind of a politician like a body bag. And in 2006 they stacked up across the subcontinent by the truckload. The consequences of that will decide the shape of the year to come. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6212851.stm

Taleban 'admit commander's death'
The Taleban are reported to have confirmed the death of a senior commander who the Americans said they had killed in Afghanistan last week.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6211709.stm

As Canada's military looks to expand the size of its force, upgrade its equipment and increase its budget in the coming years, critics of the Canadian Armed Forces are worried that such moves would compromise the nation's traditional role as a peacekeeper and erode Ottawa's international stature as a middle power interested in promoting peace.  http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=35919


CANUSA/USACAN
How to really get along with the U.S.
Allan Gotlieb reveals his strategy for getting Washington to listen
http://www.macleans.ca/topstories/world/article.jsp?content=20061211_137963_137963

Canada log export rules spark NAFTA complaint
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/061227/canada/canada_logging_trade_col

They won't butt out
A Canadian tobacco firm threatens a landmark $206-billion deal
http://www.macleans.ca/topstories/business/article.jsp?content=20061030_135319_135319


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Parents, seniors to save most from changes in tax structure
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20061230.TAXES30/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Canadians will see tax savings in 2007 - some much more than others
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/061229/n122939A.html

More turmoil expected in Eastern Canada forestry sector as it becomes leaner
http://www.cbc.ca/cp/business/061226/b122649A.html


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
The war for civilization:George W. Bush stays firm in confronting the contemporary barbarians
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Mansur_Salim/2006/12/30/3078349-sun.html

CHALLENGES 2006-2007 : The Year of Living Dangerously in the Middle East
Following the execution of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, almost four years after the U.S.-led invasion and occupation of Iraq, the Middle East stands at a crossroads. http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=36022


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Chickenpox vs. shingles
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/bodyandhealth/story.html?id=ee12d7d4-6977-46cf-baf4-ea3c7a8f8927

Why you think you're wonderful
Your brain lies, cheats and distorts -- but only because it loves you
http://www.macleans.ca/topstories/science/article.jsp?content=20061009_134363_134363

Pharmacists seek power to prescribe in some cases
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/166411

Detox diets to lose weight trouble many medical experts
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20061229.wxhdetox29/BNStory/specialScienceandHealth/home


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Dramatic drop in Supreme Court rulings fuels questions
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20061230.wxrulings30/BNStory/National/home


MIGRATION
Feds accused of immigrant passport hassle
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/National/2006/12/28/3040171-sun.html


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Ontario Conservative leader John Tory has introduced a private member's bill aimed at opening up the justice system and providing taxpayers a snapshot of its strengths and failings on an annual basis. http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=b63d4f4b-4b04-4834-a6ab-79a69a265c59

Advantage: Charest
2006 was a good year for Quebec's premier. 2007 may be even better
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/issuesideas/story.html?id=27aebe16-0d8c-4dfc-8cc2-0694283cedbb


POLITICS
Canadian presence in Afghanistan prominent in Harper, Jean new year messages
http://www.macleans.ca/topstories/politics/news/shownews.jsp?content=n122921A

Text of G-G's New Year's message
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/features/afghanistan/story.html?id=34bf2df5-715c-4dab-b762-ad1da4b55f89

Text of PM's New Year's message
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/features/afghanistan/story.html?id=cf1859bf-728d-4110-9177-e8a385c64069

Daytime drama
A look back at the 2006 moments that proved Parliament can be worth watching
http://www.macleans.ca/topstories/national/article.jsp?article=2006_12_21_1166740765

Will We Get Good Government From Either Harper or Dion
http://ken-chapman.blogspot.com/2006/12/will-we-get-good-government-from-either.html

2006 was good for Canadians
http://www.therecord.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=record/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1167346213735&call_pageid=1024322168441&col=1024322320546

Conservatives fess up to undisclosed donations
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20061226/conservatives_donations_061226/20061226?hub=Canada

Questions emerge as Kingsley quits Elections Canada post
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20061229.KINGSLEY29/TPStory/National

Elections Canada head resigns
Timing raises questions: recent dispute over Conservative political donations
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/headlinescan.html

Tories deny rift pushed Kingsley out
PM's old letter calls Electoral Officer 'dangerous'
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=f5109f2d-796a-40ce-a547-f9ce4535af33

Harper long opposed Kingsley
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/166419

Glad he's gone
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=72d5ca39-4e0f-420b-ad07-f626e5e24602

Harper was scathing in criticism of elections boss who's now resigning
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/061229/n122957A.html

PM tosses environment adviser
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/national/story.html?id=5b2063eb-0af2-4df7-addd-4d0da58c7ffb

Harper Tories' vulnerable flanks
Afghanistan, environment: After nearly a year in power, 'Canada's new government' appears destined for relaunch to repel anticipated two-prong attack
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/insight/story.html?id=a0ac0d2e-3310-4f67-96c9-31275e657d5a

Dion gives Grits reason to hope
New Liberal leader's earnest image, message about global warming resonates with Canadians
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/insight/story.html?id=cf6eab89-f136-412c-becc-3fa080f6e560

PM must earn voters' trust
http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1167346211314&call_pageid=1020420665036&col=1112188062581

A step backward for Tories
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=6b44b9c0-6e74-4538-940f-444ccdefe044

The Gang that (again) Promises to Shoot Straight
http://www.pej.org/html/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=6310&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Tories use Grits' silent-night tactics
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=f405000d-c4db-41dc-82cf-ca99db44b462

Environment, Afghanistan could be biggest challenges for Harper in 2007
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/061228/n122815A.html

Is that all there is, Stephen?
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2006/12/29/3059307-sun.html

Vic Toews' unfinished business
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/headlinescan.html

Flaherty gets dubious nod from media
Income trust shocker voted top story of the year
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/business/story.html?id=a62fc840-9928-489d-bb1f-1abf3bf9b972&rfp=dta

Taxpayers get fuzzy PM speech for their money
A trip to Vancouver to repeat pledges cost $75,000, documents show
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=ed78b9e3-3dd9-466e-aca8-ad52f7586810


PROGRAMMES
Experts slam fertility board for ignoring other voices
Social conservatives dominate panel that will decide reproduction policy
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20061230.REPRO30/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Ottawa eyes expanded benefits
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20061229.wxsick29/BNStory/National/home

Quebec ski resort gets millions in federal cash
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/business/story.html?id=00fdca4b-0ec2-4858-a4ed-c93af27905e5


PRESSURE POINTS
Maher Arar is a victim of 'immoral' U.S. policy
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=57dccef7-60c8-489b-92ef-66088f145119

Climate Change RESOURCES
http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/denialmachine/resources.html


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Here they come again
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/166328

Expect political ads to take the low road
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/166327

Thanks for all the wheat
Success of Prairie grain production due to wheat board policies
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/166313

Churchill was right: Afghanistan is a quagmire
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/national/story.html?id=674e36c9-b2aa-4bdf-b0c9-1bbf260eb88e&p=2

What a sad new year for the Americans
A country once so proud of its place in the world starts 2007 lost and reviled
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=a233cb8e-d4f4-4da6-8add-2ce990b006be

From bad beginning, 2006 didn’t improve
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/550020.html

… and a sleepier New Year
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/550021.html


INFOS
Rétablir la paix et la sécurité en Afghanistan ne sera pas facile
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/061229/N122952U.html

Démission du directeur d'Elections Canada
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20061228/CPACTUALITES/61228090/1025/FRONTPAGE

Harper critiquait vertement le patron démissionnaire d'Elections Canada
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/061229/N122970U.html

Prévenir le déclin de la population
http://www.canoe.com/infos/quebeccanada/archives/2006/12/20061230-092303.html

L'année en revue
http://www.canoe.com/infos/quebeccanada/archives/2006/12/20061230-080100.html

Les défis de Harper en 2007: l'environnement et l'Afghanistan
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20061228/CPACTUALITES/61228111/1025/FRONTPAGE

Les écolos pirates
http://www.ledevoir.com/2006/12/30/126188.html

Horoscope politique - Que réserve l'année 2007 à nos politiciens fédéraux?
http://www.ledevoir.com/2006/12/30/126127.html


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                 'Prend's le temps'  is the title of the attached slide show.  You may not be able to open it.  You may not comprends all the words.

                 The message for me is this, to be in control of our time, to do what we choose to - rather than be swept along.

                  "Thus, though we cannot make our sun  Stand still, yet we will make him run. " http://www.bartleby.com/101/357.html , words written by a
                 young man to one he would love, are applicable here.  Let us direct the manner in which our time is spent.

                 Needless to say developing the Digest and interacting with those responding to it is, for me, time well spent in many ways.

                           Joe
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