Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Daily Digest January 10, 2007

Joe Hueglin wrote:

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        THREE THINGS:
        
        (1) The "surge" will dominate the news. Articles below from the BBC and the Asian Times offers perspectives you will not read elsewhere.

        (2) "Between the saddle and the ground, forgiveness sought, . . .  "  is the title of an LTE the National Post saw fit to publish.  Agree or disagree.

        (3) At  Canadian Daily Digest - http://cdndailydigest.blogspot.com you will find Digests for January 8th and 9th.  Being away from my home computer
        tomorrow and Friday there will be no mailing to you for the 11th and 12th. There will be Digests on site in all probability should you choose to visit it.

                  Joe

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Bush boosts troop numbers in Iraq
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6250625.stm

Full text: Bush address on Iraq
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6250687.stm

New strategy
President Bush is pinning his hopes on a new "Battle for Baghdad"
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6250657.stm

Taking the Vietnam out of Iraq
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6245851.stm

The perverse logic of Bush's war
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/IA11Ak01.html

The superhawk behind the surge
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/IA11Ak04.html

On fighting losing battles
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/IA11Ak06.html

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

EDITORIALs

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - Simplifying the red tape for the GIS
It only makes sense that those eligible for the guaranteed income supplement have easier access to it
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sc=7

HALIFAX HERALD - New stem cells
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/551849.html

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Welcome attack on farm subsidies 
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=51f17034-ffeb-4933-a3af-1231734972b8

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Distorting the market
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=09d32656-635c-4932-8571-54fcdb2f947c

TORONTO STAR - Shaky Afghan progress
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/169409

TORONTO STAR - PM lacks urgency on climate change
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/169044

NATIONAL POST - Bombing Iran
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/editorialsletters/story.html?id=1cb6c7e5-d491-4400-be6e-9a8805aff772

NATIONAL POST - Making a mockery of human rights (again)
Making a mockery of human rights (again)


NATIONAL POST - Taking on big corn
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=36f3ef4e-7556-4a83-aa63-7d8a744c5fbf

LONDON FREE PRESS - Photo radar could cut carnage
http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/Opinion/Editorials/2007/01/10/3276376.html

WINDSOR STAR - MacKay gets it right
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=17656a06-774b-46f7-974e-7f9b949a794e

WINNIPEG SUN - Crossing the floor on principle
http://www.winnipegsun.com/Comment/Editorial/2007/01/10/3276386.html

CALGARY HERALD - Alberta faces a disadvantage
Keeping more jobs in province hinges on fixing business climate
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=f628158a-4fef-46eb-8ac0-17404750882e

CALGARY HERALD - Corn subsidy challenge exposes U.S. protectionism  http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=37442075-18d4-4fdc-a538-eef91fb9564a

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE - Third Way sees door
Familiar faces now sing non-familiar song
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/1editorial.lasso

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Cut U.S. farm aid 
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=ca96f2c3-5e15-42ae-be77-537fc1ed2b9e

EDMONTON SUN - Udderly offensive
http://www.edmontonsun.com/Comment/Commentary/2007/01/10/3276369.html

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Vimy Ridge trip will leave lasting impression
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_5509.php

Prince George Citizen -Green day
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/current/n_empty.php?sid=1375686

VANCOUVER SUN - Regulation of private ESL schools would benefit all institutions
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=1a965ece-8fc9-4a57-8676-7a9a77cf3a5b


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
Race not the issue in fisheries dispute
First Nations' claim fishing rights that were wrongly appropriated for commercial operations, despite being guaranteed in treaties
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/ideas/story.html?id=404875df-246e-4dbe-9632-1a55ab931387


CANADIAN FORCES
Prof calls for audit of aid money to Afghanistan
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070110/afghanistan_aid_070110/20070110?hub=TopStories

Military procurement under fire
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070110.DEFENCE10/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Pakistan must help keep out Taliban, Fraser says
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070110/pakistan_progress_070110/20070110?hub=Canada


CANUSA/USACAN
U.S. bill aims to import cheaper medications from Canada
http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2007/01/10/drugs-border.html

U.S. report accuses Canadian coins of spying
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070110.COINS10/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Money isn't main motivator
Strategy rethink: Workplace culture is new retention plan
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=7ce73cc9-47ae-46c6-aeff-ab43169c1c56

Grain corn farmers seek aid from Ottawa
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/story.html?id=5ac82c9e-8164-4188-86df-8c77f81e0d7d

Perfect oil storm: Alberta's new premier is reviewing oil royalties, while Stephane Dion wants to scale back resource write offs 
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/story.html?id=55acd7d3-04f9-4587-8fe8-0699573c4344


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Bush bucks widespread anti-war sentiment, increases troops for Iraq
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2006/12/13/2771618-ap.html

U.S. troop surge already underway: reports
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070109/iraq_report_070110/20070110?hub=TopStories


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Private care loses Alberta's support
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=a37e68d9-cbac-4b86-a766-018225f01a75

Simple blood test shows cardiac risk 
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=e0ed5e3b-066c-4036-9536-f363040ee8a0

Know your disease risks
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=72635176-b9d3-433a-ae95-dfadc51f6cef

Health Highlights: Jan. 10, 2007
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct=ca/0-0&fp=45a50b8adfd0ce50&ei=ybmlRdb1MoeSogLv58G6DA&url=http%3A//www.forbes.com/forbeslife/health/feeds/hscout/2007/01/10/hscout600865.html&cid=1112554778


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Judge shortage critical, justice says
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/169716


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Premiers meeting next month on equalization
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070110/premiers_equalization_070110/20070110?hub=Politics

Oda not invited as women's issues ministers meet
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/169852

Tories, energy giants spar on oilsands
Both sides say other ducking responsibility
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/story.html?id=6d2b1daa-6b75-48bb-8ff7-5fcf4c92003c


POLITICS
Why politicians are mistrusted
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=a1ca7b40-a05e-46a7-84c2-e468d90f153f

Chretien says Dion can call for advice any time
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070110/Chretien_Dion_070110/20070110?hub=Politics

Khan assailed Harper before joining Tories
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070110.KHAN10/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Baird offers olive branch to NDP
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/169723

Environmentalists present Baird with seven targets to cut emissions
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/169549

Touch of limelight just what Jack need
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Copps_Sheila/2007/01/10/3276393.html

NDP demands climate action before budget
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/070111/canada/canada_kyoto_politics_col

Trading with the enemy could hurt the NDP
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/westview/story/3836787p-4439782c.html

On his majesty’s secret service
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/551852.html

Opposition calls on Tories to release report by Khan
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/01/09/khan-report.html

Liberal libel woes continue
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=c6cf9e82-8720-442a-bd4f-8697c811753f&k=60246

Liberal Adscam legal bills remain a mystery
http://www.politicswatch.com/index2.html#morningbrief

Tory honcho ridin' high
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Canada/2007/01/10/3276723-sun.html

Layton courts Indo-Canadians
Wants federal government to apologize for rejecting boat people from India in 1914
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070110.BCSIKH10/TPStory/National

Martin-Chretien feud lives on in aides' lawsuits
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct=ca/10-0&fp=45a50b8adfd0ce50&ei=ybmlRdb1MoeSogLv58G6DA&url=http%3A//www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html%3Fid%3D07107732-8c4d-48ab-b761-f3250cf811c6&cid=1112577006

NDP Holds Retreat in Vancouver
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct=ca/15-0&fp=45a59abb3aab82d9&ei=Cr-lRdHyDYP2owLt7Nn0Dg&url=http%3A//www.cfra.com/headlines/index.asp%3Fcat%3D2%26nid%3D46151&cid=1112543485


PROGRAMMES
Child care fees set to rise due to federal cuts
http://www.oakbaynews.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=23&cat=23&id=&more =

Survey to gauge views on state of democracy(
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070110.wreform10/BNStory/National/home

Tax credit for sports a big fat loser
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/westview/story/3836785p-4439744c.html


PRESSURE POINTS
Make industry pay for emissions, climate-change activists argue
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070110.ENVIRON10/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Ethanol's isatiable appetite for corn may fuel food crisis
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/ideas/story.html?id=275731f8-9647-4db3-a228-2b5cc30f4ac5


OPINION AND INFORMATION
The injustice of the minimum wage
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=7864cd34-96b8-4a3a-b786-355fa2cd3fb5

For Liberals, the wrong kind of Muslim
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/issuesideas/story.html?id=bc9c1ead-1f6a-44bf-a1de-ec4d8a7fb1cf

Rich-poor gap becomes a chasm
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/169408

David Suzuki: Has Prime Minister Harper gone green?
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Science/Suzuki/2007/01/10/3277663-ca.html

Dion's record tells the tale
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Columnists/Corbella_Licia/2007/01/10/3276405.html

The problem with Kyoto
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Goldstein_Lorrie/2007/01/10/3276397.html

UBC scientist makes a stunning find
Astronomer discovers the most distant stars ever seen
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=0fb0cc1f-f73e-4e7c-82b1-6134482a48a5

Parentally disadvantaged
http://www.canadafreepress.com/2007/weinreb011007.htm


INFOS

# Des millions de dollars d'aide aux Afghans n'ont fait l'objet d'aucun audit
http://mesnouvelles.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070110/N0110108U.html

# Jean Chrétien se dit prêt à conseiller Stéphane Dion n'importe quand
http://mesnouvelles.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070110/N011090U.html

MacKay offre l'aide canadienne au Pakistan pour surveiller sa frontière avec l'Afghanistan
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/01/10/126912.html

Un autre contrat de trois milliards serait accordé sans appel d'offres - Des milliards dépensés sans même connaître les besoins des militaires
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/01/10/126914.html

Harper sommé de tenir promesse
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070110/CPACTUALITES/701100793/1025/FRONTPAGE

Le NPD place l'environnement et les impôts au sommet de ses priorités
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070110/CPACTUALITES/70110189/1025/FRONTPAGE

Le transfuge Khan a durement critiqué son nouveau chef
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070110/CPACTUALITES/70110023/1025/FRONTPAGE

Les provinces se réuniront sans inviter la ministre fédérale Bev Oda
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070110/N0110140U.html



Stephen Berg

Subject: Your letter in the National Post

Hi Joe.  How are you these days?  I hope your Christmas and New Years celebrations were relaxing and pleasant.

Nice letter in the National Post today, though I'm not totally sure whether John Baird and Gary Lunn have quite apologised.  They're certainly near that point with the comments made, however.

If they have, in fact, made an apology, it is my belief that they will forgiven by those who are concerned about climate change (myself included) once significant action is taken to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and significant investment in renewable and alternative energy sources is made.  If these actions are taken and a great attempt at meeting our Kyoto targets occurs (not like I think we can make it within the next five years, mind you, as we have let things get out of control), then forgiveness will be granted I'm sure.

Following this, it is necessary to figure out a post-Kyoto strategy for further reductions.  If we (by we I mean Canada as well as all other nations combined) can achieve a 70-80% reduction in GHGs by 2040 or 2050, then we should be able to stabilise global temperatures.  Otherwise, the biodiversity of the planet as well as the habitability of the planet for humans will be in question.

Stephen Berg
Winnipeg, MB

=====THE LETTER
To: Letter to the Editor <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>
Subject: "Between the saddle and the ground, forgiveness sought, . . .  "

Dear Editor,

Federal Environment Minister John Baird, like unto St. Paul on the road to Damascus, has changed his thinking.  His visitation to Stanley Park in Vancouver has led him to proclaim "a wake-up call for Canadians on the potential dangers of climate change".*  Fellow New Government of Canada Cabinet Minister Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn, likewise affected by the devastation, has promised "the federal government will step in to provide assistance to rehabilitate the park." *

Through their words both have altered their positions: Baird in accepting climate change as a reality;  Lunn, contrary to government policy, asserting the power of  the Federal Government  to spend in a provincial/municipal jurisdictions.

Whether based on recognition of reality or reaction to polling figures their conversions bring to mind the saying "Between the saddle and the ground, forgiveness sought, forgiveness found." That "foregiveness" is being sought is clear, that it will be found is yet to be determined.

Yours truly

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

* Wacky weather wake-up call on climate change: federal environment minister
   http://www.macleans.ca/topstories/politics/news/shownews.jsp?content=n010847A


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