Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Daily Digest January 10, 2007

Joe Hueglin wrote:

        (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 - 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.



Bush boosts troop numbers in Iraq

Full text: Bush address on Iraq

New strategy
President Bush is pinning his hopes on a new "Battle for Baghdad"

Taking the Vietnam out of Iraq

The perverse logic of Bush's war

The superhawk behind the surge

On fighting losing battles



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

HALIFAX HERALD - New stem cells

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Welcome attack on farm subsidies

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Distorting the market

TORONTO STAR - Shaky Afghan progress

TORONTO STAR - PM lacks urgency on climate change

NATIONAL POST - Bombing Iran

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

NATIONAL POST - Taking on big corn

LONDON FREE PRESS - Photo radar could cut carnage

WINDSOR STAR - MacKay gets it right

WINNIPEG SUN - Crossing the floor on principle

CALGARY HERALD - Alberta faces a disadvantage
Keeping more jobs in province hinges on fixing business climate

CALGARY HERALD - Corn subsidy challenge exposes U.S. protectionism

Familiar faces now sing non-familiar song

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Cut U.S. farm aid

EDMONTON SUN - Udderly offensive

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Vimy Ridge trip will leave lasting impression

Prince George Citizen -Green day

VANCOUVER SUN - Regulation of private ESL schools would benefit all institutions


Race not the issue in fisheries dispute
First Nations' claim fishing rights that were wrongly appropriated for commercial operations, despite being guaranteed in treaties

Prof calls for audit of aid money to Afghanistan

Military procurement under fire

Pakistan must help keep out Taliban, Fraser says

U.S. bill aims to import cheaper medications from Canada

U.S. report accuses Canadian coins of spying

Money isn't main motivator
Strategy rethink: Workplace culture is new retention plan

Grain corn farmers seek aid from Ottawa

Perfect oil storm: Alberta's new premier is reviewing oil royalties, while Stephane Dion wants to scale back resource write offs

Bush bucks widespread anti-war sentiment, increases troops for Iraq

U.S. troop surge already underway: reports

Private care loses Alberta's support

Simple blood test shows cardiac risk

Know your disease risks

Health Highlights: Jan. 10, 2007

Judge shortage critical, justice says

Premiers meeting next month on equalization

Oda not invited as women's issues ministers meet

Tories, energy giants spar on oilsands
Both sides say other ducking responsibility

Why politicians are mistrusted

Chretien says Dion can call for advice any time

Khan assailed Harper before joining Tories

Baird offers olive branch to NDP

Environmentalists present Baird with seven targets to cut emissions

Touch of limelight just what Jack need

NDP demands climate action before budget

Trading with the enemy could hurt the NDP

On his majesty’s secret service

Opposition calls on Tories to release report by Khan

Liberal libel woes continue

Liberal Adscam legal bills remain a mystery

Tory honcho ridin' high

Layton courts Indo-Canadians
Wants federal government to apologize for rejecting boat people from India in 1914

Martin-Chretien feud lives on in aides' lawsuits

NDP Holds Retreat in Vancouver

Child care fees set to rise due to federal cuts =

Survey to gauge views on state of democracy(

Tax credit for sports a big fat loser

Make industry pay for emissions, climate-change activists argue

Ethanol's isatiable appetite for corn may fuel food crisis

The injustice of the minimum wage

For Liberals, the wrong kind of Muslim

Rich-poor gap becomes a chasm

David Suzuki: Has Prime Minister Harper gone green?

Dion's record tells the tale

The problem with Kyoto

UBC scientist makes a stunning find
Astronomer discovers the most distant stars ever seen

Parentally disadvantaged


# Des millions de dollars d'aide aux Afghans n'ont fait l'objet d'aucun audit

# Jean Chrétien se dit prêt à conseiller Stéphane Dion n'importe quand

MacKay offre l'aide canadienne au Pakistan pour surveiller sa frontière avec l'Afghanistan

Un autre contrat de trois milliards serait accordé sans appel d'offres - Des milliards dépensés sans même connaître les besoins des militaires

Harper sommé de tenir promesse

Le NPD place l'environnement et les impôts au sommet de ses priorités

Le transfuge Khan a durement critiqué son nouveau chef

Les provinces se réuniront sans inviter la ministre fédérale Bev Oda

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

To: Letter to the Editor <>
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