Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Daily Digest January 16, 2007

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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Welcome to Economics 101
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=1010&sc=3

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Ground Canada's no-fly list now
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=77c6dcda-a949-475c-a9d1-d2d8c25ab0f2

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Quebecers racist? Nonsense
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=4664b7c2-19de-4c63-af47-9b4e991f1801

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Prisoner's dilemma
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=2398e47f-a02d-49eb-9f5b-9755bec30f67

TORONTO STAR - Child benefit plan vital for province
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/171341

TORONTO STAR - Hope fading among Afghans
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/171340

NATIONAL POST - Dion and the GST
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/editorialsletters/story.html?id=e927055f-da8b-4475-8611-5f3dcfd60111

NATIONAL POST - Heal her - then send her home
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/editorialsletters/story.html?id=7d2d80b6-2c52-4c1a-b06d-2b1292141baf

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - Environment political fad
http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1168901411035&call_pageid=1020420665036&col=1112188062581

K-W RECORD - Khan's report should be public
http://www.therecord.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?GXHC_gx_session_id_=45966d7b7a265a09&pagename=record/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1168901413767&call_pageid=1024321927354&col=1024322198380

WINDSOR STAR - Free speech
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=dfbbe122-4987-4f21-9f18-5583815ca070

SUDBURY STAR - Cabinet shuffle won't alter Tories' priorities
http://www.thesudburystar.com/webapp/sitepages/content.asp?contentid=361542&catname=Editorial&classif =

WINNIPEG SUN - Travelling in dangerous places
http://winnipegsun.com/Comment/Editorial/2007/01/16/3387696.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Canada needs new policy on drug abuse
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=a7076847-06df-4797-b329-8e65bddb9537

REGINA LEADER-POST - Mental health still in shadows
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=19d55ad7-b029-41f0-81c1-33b7c6537792

REGINA LEADER-POST - The price for air security
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=6fd6adff-e3a6-467f-9028-5c17810775a5

CALGARY SUN - Clumsy reaction
http://www.calgarysun.com/cgi-bin/publish.cgi?p=168927&x=articles&s=comment

EDMONTON SUN - Breeding respect
http://www.edmontonsun.com/Comment/Commentary/2007/01/16/3388042.html

VANCOUVER SUN - Apologies won't right past wrongs, but they can make a better future
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=9b61a2be-2303-424a-ab21-53227994512b

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - No-fly list a reasonable air-safety restriction 
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=757e3df7-eb76-4f7d-8e8d-6694d29f1145


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
A friend to First Nations
According to stereotype, Conservatives are opposed to aboriginal rights. Yet both Brian Mulroney and Stephen Harper have done much for Canada's natives http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/issuesideas/story.html?id=51d2aef5-0c61-4a63-a4b1-59915406b5be


CANADIAN FORCES
U.S. says Taliban attacks surge as Pakistan turns blind eye
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070116.wustaliban0116/BNStory/Afghanistan/home

Pakistan air raid on 'militants'
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6265815.stm

Pakistan's al-Qaeda dilemma
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6257029.stm

Taliban threat in spring doesn't worry Canadian
http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1168901411621&call_pageid=1020420665036&col=1112101662670

Canada relying on Afghan police in Taliban offensive
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/features/afghanistan/story.html?id=bddbaef5-4128-4c2b-9df5-fb3ed7e11f3e&k=638

A Bubbling Cauldron
Simmering for decades, Balochistan is increasingly becoming a volcano about to blow its lid.
http://www.newsline.com.pk/NewsJan2007/newsspjan2007.htm

One land's ' Achilles heel'
The drug trade permeates almost every aspect of life in this war-ravaged country
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=3980a4e0-1d64-44e8-9adc-e213ec258ddb

Good, bad news from Afghanistan
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=628d0c0d-b702-4a9e-ae1e-9c1aaaf413d4

Taleban spokesman 'arrested'
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6267411.stm

CANUSA/USACAN
Royal Bank limiting accounts because of U.S. law
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/01/16/royalbank-american.html

Accused not denied
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2007/01/16/3388105-sun.html

U.S. passport rules kick in one week from today
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070116/passports_070116/20070116?hub=Canada


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Battle on to halt beetle
Boreal Forest at risk: Beseiged lumber companies face new adversary
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/story.html?id=819629e4-dc15-4f25-ac89-f9697701f437


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Iraq: Bush `surge' plan far too little, far too late
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/171325

NAC performance angers China
Celebration of Chinese New Year depicted killing of Falun Gong practitioner by police
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=2d140ccf-feed-420d-b2cb-12fda03d4223

Far-right gains foothold in EU
http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1168901411494&call_pageid=1020420665036&col=1112101662670


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Canadian researchers make breast cancer discovery
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070115.wbrest0115/BNStory/specialScienceandHealth/home

Obeying 'the wisdom of the body'
Even young children can control their own diets -- within limits
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/issuesideas/story.html?id=2ee0e44c-d611-4e32-a278-c0afcab0dea2

A whole grain of truth
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/bodyandhealth/story.html?id=35d1e36f-9b49-4708-ba4a-e31d6d5f5096

Health Canada gives thumbs down to handshakes
Traditional greeting seen as a pathway for nasty viruses
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=66ebdd69-5b0c-4000-9eb9-04ee6c759070


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
NDP says government must stop Vancouver health clinic from charging user fees
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070115/n0115135A.html

Need to guard values: Dumont
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/171449

Old debate no longer relevant
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=bc85e5ec-059a-4538-9532-f713e88b00ca

Conciliatory Williams urges Harper to keep promise
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=1017&sc=10


POLITICS
Ottawa accused of 'sacrificing' western resources for Quebec in equalization
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070116/n011661A.html

Manitoba farmers voice strong support for Canadian Wheat Board monopoly
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070116/n011635A.html

Judge won't fast-track CWB gag order challenge
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070116/cwb_court_070116/20070116?hub=Canada

Canada can get rich by going green, Dion says
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/01/16/dion-toronto.html

Liberal Leader Dion outlines priorities in Toronto breakfast speech
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070116/n011603A.html

Khan says he's done nothing wrong with loans
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070115/khan_loans_070115/20070115?hub=Canada

PM faces fresh furor over Khan 'charade'
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070116.wkhanmideast16/BNStory/National/?cid=al_gam_nletter_newsUp

Harper unaware of Khan's riding woes
MP who lent money to Liberal associates 'followed all of the rules during the time in question,' PM's spokeswoman says
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=0a358b41-6b7f-42bb-bcc7-6f04e19a8ccc

Voting law loophole exploited, NDP says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070116.wkhan16/BNStory/National

Slip of the tongue
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2007/01/16/3387704.html

Dion fleshes out shadow cabinet
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070116.wxliberals16/BNStory/National/home

Ottawa set to unveil climate plans
Harper government lays groundwork by borrowing Liberal initiatives
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070116.wxclimate16/BNStory/National/home

Tories set emission targets
Short-term goals one of many initiatives: sources
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=c5dc2be7-4dcc-4581-97e0-166f40a84798

Tories gear up for snap election(
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070116.wxtories16/BNStory/National/home

Day did not follow tattoo prison report
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=6484377b-da2a-446b-bb8a-be812ae6f012

Dion unveils 'green' platform
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/171610

Dion re-affirms Kyoto goals
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/171578

PM has fiscal gap solution: Report
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/171478

Loyal to himself
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=974ae294-6306-4f08-83fe-1ca596a20bcc


PROGRAMMES
Tories appointed 54 federal judges in 2006
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/171357

Feds offer tax credit to get children off the couch and into the gym
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070115/n0115117A.html

Flurry of green energy announcements expected over the coming days
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070115/n011587A.html

Harper to deal with fiscal imbalance in next budget: report
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/01/15/fiscal-imbalance.html

Armed border guards coming despite testing delays: Ottawa
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/01/15/border-guns.html

Coalition aims to kill income trust tax
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070115.wtrustttt0115/BNStory/Business/home

Report critical of ending GST rebate for visitors
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070116.wxrtourism16/BNStory/Business/home

Cash crunch spurs research warning
Just one in five projects likely to get grants
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070116.wxresearch16/BNStory/specialScienceandHealth/home


PRESSURE POINTS
Climatic hubris: The Ellesmere Island ice shelves have been disappearing since they were first mapped in 1906 
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=e78b213c-f196-4aad-baff-12b91884ddb2

Crown begins to present case in alleged homegrown terror plot
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=e6ca090e-59b5-4eab-b5db-645a404c30a1

Was imam another informant in Toronto terror plot?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070116.wxinformant16/BNStory/National/home

Activists descend on CBSA offices to protest Canada's security certificates
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070115/n011593A.html

More Kyoto crimes - China, set to build 562 new coal plants, is exempt from the rules
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Goldstein_Lorrie/2007/01/16/3388153-sun.html


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Judicial activists know no restraint
http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/News/Columnists/Leishman_Rory/2007/01/16/3387715.html

Racism in Canada: Tolerance
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/01/15/3383862.html

Cities, towns are underfunded, conference on emergencies told
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=dcba1732-d1fb-46ec-bba8-91604521b747

An able advocate for the Palestinian cause
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/editorialsletters/story.html?id=a5e6eed8-dccd-4b00-824c-ed41df6b1b93

Cost of education `a barrier': Solberg
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/171466

Harper can help U.S. take fresh look at Cuba
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/171328

Drug abusers need help, not jail time, Canadians say 
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/headlinescan.html

Laughing at those who are fearful of terrorism is really not that funny
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=38350197-16a4-49ee-9c15-7fbb85196b8e

Looking beyond Bush hatred
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/553043.html


INFOS

# PLC: S.Dion dévoile ses priorités devant un auditoire économique de Toronto
http://mesnouvelles.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070116/N011610U.html

# Québec accueille prudemment les rumeurs sur le déséquilibre fiscal
http://mesnouvelles.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070116/N011652U.html

Augmentation du tiers du personnel en R&D au Canada en 10 ans
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070116/N011654U.html

Les libéraux visent au moins 25 sièges de plus au Québec
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070116/CPACTUALITES/701160626/1025/FRONTPAGE

Stockwell Day veut colmater toutes les brèches
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070116/CPACTUALITES/701160624/1025/FRONTPAGE

Le réchauffement climatique, une priorité pour Dion
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070116/CPACTUALITES/70116104/1025/FRONTPAGE

Commerce avec la Chine: le Canada derrière, selon Emerson
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070116/CPACTUALITES/70116096/1025/FRONTPAGE

Harper mettra deux milliards sur la table
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070116/CPACTUALITES/70116060/1025/FRONTPAGE

Tempête «identitaire» au Québec
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/01/16/127579.html

Le sérieux de Khan en doute
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2007/01/16/001-khan-doute-arabes.shtml


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        LAND MINE AVAILABILITY

It is a good example of a non-functioning federation with very little political autonomy. Balochistan is also a good example of the dangerous consequences of easy access to weapons and land mines. The going rate for landmines in Balochistan ranges from 400 rupees to 1,800 rupees, courtesy the Afghanistan situation. http://www.newsline.com.pk/NewsJan2007/newsspjan2007.htm

         ADAPTATION TO ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE

The success of the human species has been largely due to its ability to adapt to environmental changes. With the evolution of megacities, we now seem to feel that we are powerful enough to change the environment at our whim. Hurricane Katrina's devastating impact on New Orleans should have been a wake-up call to the fact that we must still be ready to adapt to environmental change, including climate variations. Instead, it has been used by alarmists to promote their impossible goal of "stopping climate change." In reality, climate is constantly changing and will continue to change no matter what we do.

We need to put our energies and resources into solving real environmental problems -- air, water and land pollution, the loss in biodiversity, and urban sprawl, to name just a few. "Stabilizing the Earth's climate" as suggested by Suzuki's science director, is sheer fantasy. Its time to chill out on climate change hysteria. http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=e78b213c-f196-4aad-baff-12b91884ddb2&p=2


THE INTENTION OF THE NO-FLY LIST
        The list is intended to be restricted to people "who are or have been involved in a terrorist group," those convicted of "serious, life-threatening     crimes against aviation security" and those who "may attack or harm an air carrier, passengers or crew members."


TWO EDITORIAL POSITIONS :Which do you support and why?

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Ground Canada's no-fly list now
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=77c6dcda-a949-475c-a9d1-d2d8c25ab0f2

In Canada, the RCMP and CSIS will be advising the minister, largely no doubt on the basis of information from the United States, where "false positives" provided by prisoners under duress have been commonplace.

"We need more neutrality in the system ... and oversight must be proactive rather than reactive," Deisman says - must, that is, prevent abuses rather than trigger the long process of correcting them after the fact.

The landmark BBC documentary Suspect Nation captured how the British are "sleepwalking" their way to a Big Brotherish country where soon nearly every journey made by nearly every citizen will be watched - either by cameras, biometric detectors or some other form of ubiquitous surveillance. It details how permanent databases, registries and lists are being compiled, all in the name of combatting terrorism.

Canadians should not be dragooned into going down the same garden path. We should say no to no-fly lists.


VANCOUVER PROVINCE - No-fly list a reasonable air-safety restriction 
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=757e3df7-eb76-4f7d-8e8d-6694d29f1145


It seems to us that those who fall into those categories well deserve to be on a watchlist, and have forfeited their right to privacy. But inevitably there will be mistakes and innocent parties will be inconvenienced. A built-in appeal process will allow them to seek redress.

Terrorism, though, knows no borders. And in these troubled times, the sacrifice of small liberties for a few individuals may well save the lives of many more.

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LTE

Claims that "we've changed" real or rhetoric?
TuesdayM January 16, 2007
by : Brian Marlatt, White Rock BC :

The Harper record on the environment is not good and we are now to believe that they have changed, this will require some evidence.
http://www.ftlcomm.com:16080/ensign/editorials/LTE/Marlatt/marlattList/marlatt021/failingGrade.html

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To Joe
From Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)
re; the article, Corporate Welfare in the billions. By the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

    WOW!!

    If you're into looking for zingers hidden in right wing messages, check out this article at
http://winnipegsun.com/Comment/Editorial/2007/01/14/3362145.html

 This was on January 14th, in the Winnepeg Sun and was by the 'Canadian Taxpayers Federation'. Do you remember the National Citizens Coalition, that had nothing to do with citizens and was a corporate lobbying vehicle? Well, the CTF is the same thing. It works for the same corporate  goals. So, when they call for cessation of hand-outs to mega-rich corporations of taxpayers money, this should be a GREAT THING, right?

    However,  the CTF mentions casually, the zinger cost of this  very wise action. I quote, as below, "but in laymen's language simply means the government getting out of the way of companies and letting them get on with creating jobs and hence, national economic growth "

    Now, I don't know if everyone else gets the significance of this, but they want to remove government control of corporate entities as a price for no more corporate welfare. Some will see this as a straight exchange, ultimate freedom for not getting a handout  they should never have had in the first place.

    Read 'When Corporations Rule the World, by David Korten, 1995 edition, then see if you think ' no government control' is a good idea.

    Instead, it's time for a leash on corporations, not the laissez faire attitude spoken of in French history.

    Remember Enron, World-com, etc? Trust-worthy eh?

    Watch these antics. They only work in the dark. Keep your eyes open.
 
               Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)

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From: comments@globeandmail.com
To: joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca
Subject: Your comment was posted to the website

Joe Hueglin,

Your comment was approved by our editors and was posted to the following story:  "Hearing begins for four charged in alleged terror plot"

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Ian Berg

Newsflash
: Canada is in Afghanistan because the previous Liberal government, along with most governments around the world, supported the invasion in October, 2001.  The United Nations and NATO have defined the humanitarian and security nature of the mission there.  The United Nations did not nor will not recognize the Taliban as a legitimate government. The current Tory government has decided to extend our presence there. We will likely still have troops in Afghanistan after President George W. Bush leaves office in January, 2009. This and heightened attention paid to domestic security is partly why North America has not suffered a "concrete, verified terrorist act" since September 12, 2001.
 
Ian Berg
Calgary AB

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Stephen Berg

Re: Ian Berg's "Can we blame the deadly cold snap and blizzards in BC and the Prairies on global warming?"

Individual severe weather events cannot be blamed on global warming.

However, the increasing frequency and intensity of severe weather events that we have been observing lately can be responsibly blamed on global warming.  This is one of the effects that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has predicted in a warmer future.

See the following sites for a scientific explanation of the effects of climate change:

http://www.ipcc.ch

http://www.realclimate.org

Stephen Berg
Winnipeg, MB

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Robert Ede


Subject: Trudeau's epiphany on Aboriginal rights
To: nationalpost <letters@nationalpost.com >

Dear Editors,
 
Notwithstanding my disagreement with some of the points on party policies that Messers Coates and Poelzer make, I'd be intrigued to learned what they feel prompted P.E.Trudeau to "overcom(e) his personal opposition to special aboriginal rights"?
 
Was it the Calder decision?
 
Robert Ede
Thornhill ON
 
 
A friend to First Nations
According to stereotype, Conservatives are opposed to aboriginal rights. Yet both Brian Mulroney and Stephen Harper have done much for Canada's natives
 
KEN COATES AND GREG POELZER
Special to the National Post

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Politics inevitably produces paradoxes -- but few are more intriguing than the fact that it is Canadian Conservatives, not Liberals, who traditionally have been most adept at signing aboriginal land claims settlements. Since the start of the modern treaty process in the 1970s, the supposedly uncaring Conservative governments of Brian Mulroney and Stephen Harper have encouraged land-claims negotiations, continued discussions inherited from the Trudeau, Chretien and Martin governments, and found ways to secure final agreements with aboriginal groups across the country.

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(THE CALDER DECISION)
http://ring.uvic.ca/03nov06/news/conference.html
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Jacob Rempel
Subject: A poll has been established

        A poll has been established at
         http://cdndailydigest.blogspot.com
         offering three options to this statement :
         The USA is very nice for a foreign country. Let's keep it that way.
          Your participation is encouraged.

                 
Joe
      and Jake
(Thanks Jake, to you and the other 29 who participated as of this posting)

Selection                
Votes
AGREE   45%      14
BELIEVE IT IS NOT A NICE COUNTRY         52%     16
BELIEVE CANADA OUGHT TO MERGE WITH THE UNITED STATES    3%       1
                 
31 votes total
                 
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