Friday, January 12, 2007

Daily Digest January 12, 2007

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

EDITORIALs

HALIFAX HERALD - Bush’s gambit
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/552266.html

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Sending extra troops might buy Iraq time
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=cff64f0a-2d59-4dce-bec2-529cf0b06272

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Wanted: A coherent innovation policy
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/170337

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Tyranny 101
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=569ee3f2-e9e0-4bf7-8052-e59a7215a5cf

TORONTO STAR - Afghan allies must avoid Iraq errors
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/170335

TORONTO STAR - Meddling with courts
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/170336

NATIONAL POST - Japanese realism
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=d4a364d3-f361-496f-9efe-c25a4cff4254

TORONTO SUN - There's too much gas in the air
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2007/01/12/3320114.html

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - Will Bush's plan end the war?
http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1168555812164&call_pageid=1020420665036&col=1112188062581

K-W RECORD - Protect workers in medical field
http://www.therecord.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=record/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1168555814288&call_pageid=1024322168441&col=1024322320546

WINDSOR STAR - The bench: Tories and vacancies 
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=9ec44bcd-6338-4874-aa2f-d6b44065204d

SUDBURY STAR - Missed opportunity; Harper losing out on chance to assume the role of green champion     
http://www.thesudburystar.com/webapp/sitepages/content.asp?contentid=356334&catname=Editorial&classif =

REGINA LEADER-POST - Bush digging deeper hole 
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=4289b798-73df-43d0-b5ab-0427b16ee376

REGINA LEADER-POST - Protect drug supply
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=855c924c-4702-4eae-8128-8b575bab4604

CALGARY HERALD - Wary Albertans look for change
Stelmach has much work to do in quest for cleaner government
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=a7607f71-f00a-4dca-a23e-5acbf101abc2

CALGARY HERALD - Urge to surge misplaced
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=75e63bb2-6bdc-439d-8474-4db66ea1ea78

CALGARY SUN - Unsteady start
http://www.calgarysun.com/cgi-bin/publish.cgi?p=168469&x=articles&s=comment

EDMONTON SUN - Wasted money
http://www.edmontonsun.com/Comment/Commentary/2007/01/12/3320097.html

VANCOUVER SUN - Bush's new strategy on Iraq is too much like the old one
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=5e49981f-daf5-406b-ac42-e80cfdafcf27

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Child-care cuts hurt B.C.'s future
Despite Ottawa's failure to honour commitment, the province can afford to invest in quality care
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=c9621321-c6a7-4e60-b4a4-0218f4c52aa7


ISSUES

CANADIAN FORCES
Tackling the Taleban in the cold
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6243847.stm

Al-Qaeda 'rebuilding' in Pakistan
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6254375.stm

Blunt assessment
US frustration with Pakistan over al-Qaeda shows through
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6257013.stm


CANUSA/USACAN
Harper calls U.S. security demands 'big worries'
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070111/bell_helicopter_070111/20070111?hub=Canada

Canada hopes U.S. won't shift troops from Afghanistan to Iraq - minister
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070112/n011269A.html

U.S. links terror suspect to Canada
Arrested in Indonesia: Co-accused with Ontario men of aiding Tamil Tigers
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=38186bed-8953-4d8f-9591-210c536ffda4


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
War plan attacked from all sides
Democrats and some Republicans oppose sending more troops to Iraq
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=df2c6921-c56b-4474-a114-088b3557b4c3

Baghdad or bust
Bush has no choice but to resume the charge in Iraq
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/westview/story/3840110p-4443477c.html

The president who cried wolf
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/westview/story/3840111p-4443478c.html


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Canada poised to grab medical talent
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070112.wxdoctor12/BNStory/National/home


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Lawyers want minister to review plan allowing police to help select judges
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070112.wxjustice12/BNStory/National/home

Supreme Court ruling closes tax loophole for governments
Municipal, provincial, federal tax agencies must repay ill-gotten revenues, judges say
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070112.wxbooze12/BNStory/National/home


MIGRATION
Immigration's Achilles heel
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/westview/story/3838904p-4441952c.html

Nominee program a lifesaver for businesses
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/westview/story/3838905p-4441951c.html

How Canadian are you?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070112.wximmigrant12/BNStory/National/home

How does multiculturalism translate for minorities?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070112.CASES12/TPStory/

Canadian law can revoke citizenship on 28th birthday
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/National/2007/01/11/3299125-sun.html


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
The honeymoon is over
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Columnists/Stanway_Paul/2007/01/12/3320080.html


POLITICS
Shuffle fails to shake voters
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/National/2007/01/12/3320293-sun.html

Conservatives must pay up to $50,000 to candidate who stepped aside for star
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070112/n011285A.html

Khan's move to Conservatives no snap decision, says former Liberal MP
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070111/n0111145A.html

The mysterious Mr. Khan
The newest Conservative MP is 'getting things done.' What those things are remains under wraps.
http://www.macleans.ca/topstories/national/article.jsp?article=2007_1_12_1168580537

Khan spent $13,000 on Mideast trip
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/edmonton/story/2007/01/11/khan-expenses.html

Dion promises energy penalties
Would penalize firms that didn't reduce emissions
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2007/01/12/3321730.html

Liberal boss's fiscal plan for Alberta won't work
http://www.edmontonsun.com/Business/Columnists/Waugh_Neil/2007/01/12/3321593.html

Tory fortunes bolstered as Grit quits
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/National/2007/01/12/3320366-sun.html

Big bucks for Driving Miss Lazy
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/National/2007/01/10/3276432-sun.html

Grit rips wait-time project
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/National/2007/01/12/3320295-sun.html

Cabinet fills posts before accountability rules take effect
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/01/12/accountability-delayed.html

Conservatives slammed over lack of daycare spaces
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/01/10/daycare-spaces.html

NDP plotting strategy to out-green its rivals
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070112.wxndp12/BNStory/National/home

Buzz emits a blast at NDP leader
Car-exhaust controls sought by Layton could kill union jobs, says Hargrove
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=e5563025-f187-4f78-8f0b-711128e8a552

Liberals, Tories seek candidates for Quebec ridings
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070112.wxlapierre12/BNStory/National/home

Dion shrugs off lost MPs
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/170475

Harper says defections prove Tory appeal
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/170476

Conservative wait-times plan called `photo op'
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/170468

Dion would hold GST at 6% 
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.html?id=074b847e-b36f-4933-a84f-2cd75773b9bd


PROGRAMMES
Canada to hold farmer vote on barley monopoly
http://ca.today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=domesticNews&storyID=2007-01-12T174053Z_01_N12274242_RTRIDST_0_CANADA-WHEATBOARD-BARLEY-COL.XML&archived=False

Tories earmark millions for high-tech border
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/01/12/border-plan.html

PM pledges $2.6M for sick kids
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2007/01/12/3320500-sun.html

Feds' crime plan panned
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/National/2007/01/11/3299143-sun.html

Shipyards to get $1.45-billion deal
Contract to work on military subs 'unbelievable,' company says
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=83108a3c-b4b1-4d95-b123-54aafd35adee


PRESSURE POINTS
Global warming's Middle Ground
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=3a22e765-0cc5-4d68-b5e4-871f412d0e0d

Will the sun cool us?
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=5c8d30c6-9d77-4ccc-99d9-c3a095750cdc

Steering North America like the Titanic
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/170318

A cosmic culprit
Danish research shows that clouds are a significant factor in global warming, and clouds are influenced by the sun's magnetic field's deflection of cosmic rays reaching Earth http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=fee30b16-7855-43ef-9f48-15a872566b48


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Equality, not multiculturalism
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/170338

Democrats must rein in Bush
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Harris_Michael/2007/01/12/3320078.html

Now is Harper's chance to defend rights of Falun Gong
Why is Canada opening door to Chinese propaganda against the group?
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=18ec14e3-c5f7-4564-bcf1-822ee4709067

Why is the Alberta government picking a fight with the rest of Canada?
It may be trying to divert attention from the real problems we are facing
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=1bdd41f7-85df-4455-8565-bdc552bc2256

CRTC at crossroads 
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=90215197-df9a-4ee6-8288-6fc09f7ff6d0

Central planning alive and well in university research
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/westview/story/3838901p-4441944c.html

Tax system aims to buy votes
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/westview/story/3838900p-4441943c.html

Accountability Act contains a long list of achievements
http://www.therecord.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=record/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1168555814291&call_pageid=1024322168441&col=1024322597709

Bush's last stand without Harper
http://www.politicswatch.com/bush-jan12-2007.htm


INFOS

Le Canada espère que les Etats-Unis demeureront très présents en Afghanistan
http://mesnouvelles.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070112/N0112102U.html

Pas de consensus entre les provinces sur la péréquation, admet Charest
http://mesnouvelles.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070112/N011278U.html

Les réfugiés afghans attendent toujours l'aide canadienne de 10 millions$
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Monde/070112/M011274U.html

Dion ferait payer les plus polluants
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/regional/modele.asp?page=/regions/alberta/2007/01/12/008-alberta-dion.shtml

Des immigrants se sentent moins canadiens
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/regional/modele.asp?page=/regions/Ontario/2007/01/12/008-immigrants-appartenance.shtml

Québec ratera de 50 % la cible de Kyoto
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/01/13/127338.html

Paul Martin devancera son départ
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070112/CPACTUALITES/701120702/1025/FRONTPAGE

Le PC devra dédommager un candidat qui avait cédé sa place
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070112/CPACTUALITES/70112182/1025/FRONTPAGE


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        The USA is very nice for a foreign country. Let's keep it that way.

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        (2) BELIEVE IT IS NOT A NICE COUNTRY

        (3) BELIEVE CANADA OUGHT TO MERGE WITH THE UNITED STATES

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                  Joe

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A national conference on income -splitting and tax reduction for caregivers will be held in Ottawa Jan 30. The conference is free and open to the public. It will look at ways tax policy could be changed to recognize those whose work is unpaid, volunteer or low paid as they provide care of the young, sick, handicapped, elderly or dying.

Currently in Canada taxes are based only on individual income. Unlike in the US, France or 12 other nations, Canadians have to treat the lower earner in a household as a dependent. There is a  tax penalty for earning only part-time or low waged. Household based taxation or income splitting would permit those who share income to be taxed at a lower rate in recognition of the sharing of finances and without the penalty.

Economists David Murrell of UNB and Philip Merrigan of UQAM will join John Williamson of the Canadian Taxpayers' Federation, elder care expert Caroline Tapp-McDougall, childcare CEO Kathy Graham, feminist lawyer Rebecca Bromwich, pension activist Frank Stokes, and politicians  Guy  St. Julien and Elizabeth May in looking at the issues. Long-time activist for women's unpaid work, Beverley Smith is joining Sara Landriault of Care of the Child Coalition in hosting the event under the auspices of independent MP Garth Turner.

The conference will be held from 10 Am to 2 PM in the conference room,, West Block, Parliament Hill.  There is no admission and the national press is invited.

For more information contact
Sara Landriault 613-258-4854
Beverley Smith 403-283-2400
MP Garth Turner  613-992-3250

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