Sunday, January 21, 2007

Daily Digest January 21, 2007

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

EDITORIALs

HALIFAX HERALD - Nuclear resurgence
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/554080.html

MONTREAL GAZETTE - An idea not worth contemplating
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=0e7b916a-09f0-4fce-aad2-7de5ec165071

TORONTO SUN -  We've got questions about Kyoto
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2007/01/21/3418949-sun.html

WINNIPEG SUN - 'Milk cow' udderly offensive
http://winnipegsun.com/Comment/Editorial/2007/01/21/3418755.html

CALGARY SUN - Revenue-shearing plan
http://www.calgarysun.com/cgi-bin/publish.cgi?p=169366&x=articles&s=comment

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - A trail of broken promises and secrets
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_5628.php

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - When Big Brother is a computer
Technology that watches our every move can make us safer -- but at what cost?
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=055bde88-05dd-42c9-9982-35d06dcb0c67


ISSUES

CANADIAN FORCES
Canadian troops in Afghanistan as 9/11 'retribution
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=3a784a6c-a6fc-490e-bccd-62cefb82cbad

Troops involved in 3-hour gunfight with Taliban
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070121/taliban_fight_070121/20070121?hub=Canada


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Communists are still a grave threat
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Margolis_Eric/2007/01/21/3419181-sun.html

MacKay concerned about West Bank barrier's route
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070121/mackay_barrier_070121/20070121?hub=Canada


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Crackdown shows tide turning against two-tier care
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=5a4fc412-9202-4063-a6b3-96a3b37a5ab6


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Will Ed keep his word?
http://www.edmontonsun.com/Business/Columnists/Waugh_Neil/2007/01/21/3418766.html

Premier's India, Pakistan trip verges on ludicrous
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Blizzard_Christina/2007/01/21/3419168-sun.html

Sask. finance minister slams equalization plan
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070121/equalization_plan_070121/20070121?hub=Canada


POLITICS
Dion and Harper are similar yet so very different
http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/webapp/sitepages/content.asp?contentid=367938&catname=Osprey%20Writers%20Group&classif=Osprey%20Writers%20Group
        
Dion disaster looms
Liberals' gaffe-able misleader has two left feet
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Columnists/Jackson_Paul/2007/01/21/3418853-sun.html

Government heads in right direction with eco politics
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Copps_Sheila/2007/01/21/3419179-sun.html

Critics slam tax on Tory child-care benefit
http://winnipegsun.com/News/Canada/2007/01/21/3418685-sun.html


PROGRAMMES
Strahl poll to offer 3 options on barley
'Either-or' vote clashes with Tories' CWB 'vision'
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/subscriber/local/story/3851036p-4455295c.html

Conservatives give homeowners tax credit for making homes energy efficient
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070121/n012103A.html

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/01/21/conservatives-energy.html

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070121/energy_efficiency_070121/20070121?hub=Canada

Minister stonewalling on aid to Afghanistan
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/554084.html

Flaherty unsure on trust tax procedure
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/070121/canada/canada_trusts_col

Federal funding for malaria bed nets scaled back
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070121/malaria_nets_070121/20070121?hub=Canada


PRESSURE POINTS
David Suzuki issues global warning
http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/webapp/sitepages/content.asp?contentid=368258&catname=Local+News&classif=News+%2D+Local

Cut the bull
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2007/01/21/3419057-sun.html

Big industry polluters cash in on credits; schools, hospitals, get hosed
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Goldstein_Lorrie/2007/01/21/3419176-sun.html

Is society drinking itself to death on fossil fuels?
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/westview/story/3851343p-4455866c.html


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Racism vs. reasonable accommodation of minorities sparks debate in Quebec
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/national/story.html?id=a8b18f7c-9887-4159-89cb-f35960c3433b&k=9689

Social sometimes a study in propaganda
'Instead of thinkers, we turn out people who are, at best, opportunists and, at worst, parrots.'
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Columnists/Byfield_Ted/2007/01/21/3418855-sun.html

Racism not limited to West
Canada's founding culture has created diverse, peaceful society
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Columnists/Corbella_Licia/2007/01/21/3418854-sun.html

Wanted: living wage
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Columnists/Diotte_Kerry/2007/01/21/3418762.html

Ethnically diverse, Canada is now more divided -- but also more interesting
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Worthington_Peter/2007/01/21/3419173-sun.html

Quebecers racist? Poll didn't tell story
Emphasis laid on parts of the responses puts surveys' credibility into question
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/insight/story.html?id=de34e9ac-72a9-4444-b892-5218e8bdd3a0

Percy Paris’s problems may just worsen
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/554072.html


INFOS

# Le gouvernement Harper fête son premier anniversaire au pouvoir
http://mesnouvelles.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070121/N012112U.html
        
# Harper annonce du financement pour des sources d'énergie propre
http://mesnouvelles.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070119/N011956U.html

Jack Layton veut réduire l'écart entre les riches et les pauvres
http://mesnouvelles.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070120/N012028U.html

L'affaire Khan: les libéraux ont vécu des expériences semblables
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070120/N012036U.html

Les Québécois voient le drapeau fleurdelisé comme celui de tous les Québécois
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070120/N012004U.html

Ottawa retient des informations critiques
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070120/CPACTUALITES/70120047/1025/FRONTPAGE

Et de trois
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2007/01/21/001-annonce-ecoenergie.shtml


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        As always I listen to the opinion of my old friend and long time associate Alan Heisey.

         Consequently rather than CAN/AM relationships, though I'm please another four of you have visited http://cdndailydigest.blogspot.com/ and the total is now
        over 50, the machinations surrounding the future of the Canadian Wheat Board will receive attention.

        What will be the wording?  Who will be franchised to vote on whether or not barley should be marketed through the Canadian Wheat Board or by application of
        the Personal Property Principle? It will be interesting.

        To make it more so past questions are presented to you courtesy of the Regina Leader-Post

                  Joe
         __________________________
        Past questions The Leader-Post
        Published: Saturday, January 20, 2007
        Here's a look at what farmers have been asked in the past and also what they have said about the future of the Canadian Wheat Board:
         http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/business_agriculture/story.html?id=e6ee0216-d364-4b87-be84-20f8527c482a      
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Minister Strahl to Announce Barley Plebiscite Question and Voter Eligibility Criteria
  http://news.gc.ca/cfmx/view/en/index.jsp?articleid=268879

OTTAWA, Ontario, January 19, 2007 - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, will be in Red Deer on Monday, January 22, to announce the barley plebiscite question and voter eligibility criteria. Minister Strahl will be available to speak to the media following the announcement.

Media representatives will be able to listen to the Minister’s address and media availability by calling 1-888-265-0464. No questions will be taken by phone during the media availability.

To listen to Minister Strahl’s address online, please go to the following link: www.agr.gc.ca/audiocasts.

EVENT:
Address and media availability

DATE:
Monday, January 22

TIME:
2:00 p.m. (local time)

LOCATION:
Red Deer Lodge
Red Deer Room, 1st Floor Courtyard
4311 – 49th Avenue
Red Deer, Alberta

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alan heisey

j, you are rarely so far ahead of the parade as in your preoccupation 
with some union with the excited states. i read the 4 t.o. dailies 
reasonably well and the nyt better and i don't seem to see it get a 
column inch among the truss ads as the saying used to be!

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James Carson-
Vancouver Centre

Re; NAU and related Anti-American conspiracy theories
 
    I have always been somewhat amused by these xenophobic anti-American rants that DD posts on occasion. The argument, to me seems flawed to its core since it is based on wholly incorrect first premises. 1) that America (viewed as one giant monolithic mindset like the Borg on 'Star Trek- Next Generation')  secretly covets Canada's Natural Resources and is implementing a long range master plan to incrementally achieve that nefarious end. [ cue maniacal laughter and background music- cut to commercial]. The major problem is that it assumes the Americans actually have a long term 'plan'.   If they do it may be a first. Now, don't get me wrong, I like Americans, America, American Football, Hollywood, Vegas, lots 'a stuff. But, let's be honest. Long range thinking/ planning has never been their strong suit. Especially their current Oval Office Tenant. ;/)

     2)the argument is premised, I believe, on a totally false assumption; that co-operation and managing the flow of goods, services and ideas across borders while protecting against the evils that attempt to infiltrate along with the good (drugs, thugs, pugs, suicide bombers,  drug lords, child pornography and murderers, etc) is a defacto diminishing of a nation's sovereignty. But the premise is false, since by extension of their logic any nation that restricts communication and trade with its neighbours and the world is making itself more 'sovereign'. Thus North Korea would be the Most Sovereign Nation on Earth !!

   The real truth is that National Sovereignty is a function of National Solvency. Nations that fritter money away and borrow from foreigners to finance their spendthrift governance soon end up having to sell their national resources and companies and real estate, and pay higher borrowing costs to continue to finance their national debt. Their currency devalues and they end up with more and more of their economy owned, controlled by foreigners. This is what happened to Canada in the seventies under Trudeau's 'Just Society'- nearly bankrupt society more like. Canada has been struggling ever since to return to fiscal prudence and National Solvency- Sovereignty. So if you don't like the level of foreign ownership/control on the Canadian economy; blame Trudeau, not George Bush. And we returned to solvency by freeing our economy,  and signing the Free trade Deal with USA, and now Mexico which accelerated our GDP growth in spite of our punitive levels of taxation; no easy trick. By any objective standard Canada has been a clear winner in the FTA (mad cows not withstanding) with Canadian industry and companies expanding into The States far more than the reverse. Our federal deficit is gone, our currency has strengthened and MOST of us look to the future with optimism and confidence that Canada and Canadians can compete, and Win in the global economy. The Anti-American Xenophobic Conspiracy theorists think otherwise. But they are dead wrong.

  carpe diem, James Carson- Vancouver Centre
 
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John Halonen


North American Union
Ah, some logic behind the madness.

Packard argues that a driving reason Bush has embraced the idea of creating the North American Union is to secure natural resources -- Canadian water as well as oil and natural from both Canada and Mexico. Regarding water, Packard notes that "Bush declared that Canada’s water was part of the United States' energy security." As evidence, he cites "mega-projects" proposed by the U.S., such as a "Grand Canal" that would transport "plentiful water from Canadian rivers and lakes to the Great Lakes." Regarding oil and natural gas, Packard comments that a North American Union would "guarantee a relatively cheap flow of oil," making the idea of creating a single North American space suddenly "not so ludicrous."
President Quietly Creating 'NAFTA Plus'
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=15059

Seems to me, that Canadian Citizens should be involved in whatever happens!

John Halonen

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Mark Hendriks

Iraq

Joe

I've been thinking about George Bush's plan to increase troop levels in
Iraq.  It just didn't seem realistic.  In order to meet current troop
levels, the US has already raised the maximum age of recruitment,
initiated the "Stop-Loss" program (which reduces the number of soldiers
who are eligible to leave the service voluntarily,) reduced recruiting
standards (criminals now okay,) and increased duty tours.  Conscription
would be political suicide for the Republicans (the war in Iraq is
growing increasingly unpopular in the US,) but it's the only thing left
in terms of being able to increase troop levels.

So how are the Americans going to increase troop levels?  My first
thought was that George Bush was simply on crack (cocaine, that is.)

I just had this thought.  The Caspian Sea oil reserves have turned out
to be as large as originally thought, several years ago.  (The Taliban's
refusal to allow American oil companies to build a pipeline through
Afghanistan had prompted the American government to make military
threats, even before 911.)  With the Caspian Sea oil reserves not being
so large after all, Iraq is now much more important to America's oil
strategy than Afghanistan.

Mark Hendriks

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Jacob Rempel

Subject:  Christian Wingnuts Push for 'End Times' War with Iran 


As Bush's War Strategy Shifts to Iran, Christian Zionists Gear Up for the Apocalypse
Is Bush pushing for a second war or a Second Coming?
http://www.alternet.org/story/46753

Nuclear Armageddon?
The Rapture Cult--Path of Death by Carol Wolman
http://www.yuricareport.com/Dominionism/NuclearArmageddon_Wolman.html


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