Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Daily Digest, January 23, 2007

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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - A call worth heeding
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=1095&sc=3

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Conservatives' change of heart unconvincing
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=f431e03c-774f-4406-9732-4eb2266caa35

OTTAWA CITIZEN - A green week, more to follow
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=3d4893f4-778a-4a3b-a116-85f147a58f05

OTTAWA SUN - Gangs have got to go
http://www.ottawasun.com/Comment/Editorial/2007/01/23/3430673.html

NATIONAL POST - A safer border benefits everybody
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/editorialsletters/story.html?id=21c06cee-eb35-4f2c-b4b6-f921f3c18dc7

K-W RECORD - A credible year for the Conservatives
http://www.therecord.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?GXHC_gx_session_id_=1a9fb29740ad30bf&pagename=record/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1169507417204&call_pageid=1024321927354&col=1024322198380

WINDSOR STAR - The border: Where tunnelling fits in
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=9850ac66-45cc-4bc5-9eb1-8338e8c8fa15

SUDBURY STAR - We must renew efforts to boost literacy
http://www.thesudburystar.com/webapp/sitepages/content.asp?contentid=370418&catname=Editorial&classif =

WINNIPEG SUN - Hey China, what about Kyoto?
http://winnipegsun.com/Comment/Editorial/2007/01/23/3430847.html

CALGARY HERALD - The high road to the future
A green economic growth plan must balance competing goals
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=4e4f6e34-1abf-431f-8411-9811f47f1e74

CALGARY HERALD - Tap foreign workers, too
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=8a4250a1-a077-4d37-a9fa-d367b35228e4

CALGARY SUN - Leadership needed
http://www.canoe.ca/CalgarySun/editorial.html

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - We run in circles between booms and busts
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_5651.php

Prince George Citizen - Cooler sun won't you come and wash away climate change?
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/current/n_empty.php?sid=1386355

VANCOUVER SUN - Flying in the face of facts, governments cling to futile drug strategies
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=81f0635c-2d5f-49af-a091-b538de012ae0

VANCOUVER SUN - Newest Tory makes mischief at home and abroad
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=c2120277-adb6-4317-9b95-3d4fba544230

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Latest drug-fighting scheme seems only a short-term fix
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=21c9802a-ee3a-4d0c-a019-53de4a109c5d

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - This is the kind of study we can all do without
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=ce47586d-04fd-4c40-ae2e-285d89fd6a24


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
Natives agree to pipeline benefits
'Big milestone' reached for Mackenzie Valley line
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/calgarybusiness/story.html?id=82feb486-8821-45b3-91d0-2d0761020441


CANADIAN FORCES
Commons defence committee in Afghanistan
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070123.wcanafgh0123/BNStory/International/home

Surging on the Afghan Front
http://www.cfr.org/publication/12450/surging_on_the_afghan_front.html?breadcrumb=%2F

Canadian troops involved in another civilian shooting south of Kandahar
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/afghan_cda_shooting

Replacements for Canada's Sea Kings acknowledged to be running late
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070123/n012387A.html


CANUSA/USACAN
Conspiracy theorists given a free run at continental pact
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=2663b9fb-35e8-444f-bf28-102ec7805284

Arar to stay on watch list, U.S. says
Letter co-signed by homeland secretary two days before he met with Day
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070123.wxarar23/BNStory/National/home

Canada has not given up on having Arar cleared from U.S. watch list: Day
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070123/n012351A.html


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
A $10-BILLION CALL FOR HELP
Rally calls for stabilization fund, provincial and federal support for forestry
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070123.BCLOGS23/TPStory/National

Forestry needs help: labour leader
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/business/story.html?id=6798e5ff-2e76-4a4b-8df5-fbfb137cf2c1

Pfizer's cuts reflect woes of the drug making industry
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/business/story.html?id=da5f38d5-6da3-47cd-8dd8-eb84fe2aca1c

Privacy breaches expose flaws in the law
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/business/story.html?id=a6d7c233-9f7b-4346-b4fe-e2a72e347ab7


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
U.S. upsets Russia with missile-base plan
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/world/story.html?id=b27beee2-ee94-4d9e-ab09-92d0233a46f2

PM's policies hurt MacKay in Middle East
http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1169507415147&call_pageid=1020420665036&col=1112188062581

Modest mission accomplished
Peter MacKay manages to stay out of trouble in the Middle East
http://www.macleans.ca/topstories/national/article.jsp?article=2007_1_22_1169504413


MIGRATION
Decision to deny Cuban migrants refuge draws ire
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/National/2007/01/23/3431025-sun.html


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Premiers Calvert, Williams join forces demanding new equalization deal
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070123/n012391A.html

Don't forget home base, Williams to tell Fort McMurray expats
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2007/01/23/williams-alta.html


POLITICS
Tories celebrate one year in office with party love-in
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070123/n012359A.html

Captain Harper
Conservative leader has kept the ship of state on an even keel
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/westview/story/3852672p-4457430c.html

Tory minority celebrates first anniversary(Comment166)
But analysts say honeymoon with the electorate has ebbed and surviving second year in office will be a feat
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070122.wtorees0122/BNStory/National/home

After a turbulent year in power. Harper's future is far from certain
http://torontosun.com/News/Canada/2007/01/23/3431202-sun.html

Time for Tories to prove themselves
Harper’s second year in power expected to be harder than first
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Canada/554580.html

Team Harper undergoes liberal makeover
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/173710

Tories all style
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2007/01/23/3431051.html

Government survival hinges on NDP as Liberals unlikely to support Tory budget
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070123/n012393A.html

Dion says he's giving himself two months to get ready for federal election
http://www.macleans.ca/topstories/politics/news/shownews.jsp?content=n0122107A

Dion defends Clarity Act
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=8b699f17-5006-4985-982e-d71a9ce3aa92

Election likely this year
Dion: Liberal leader talks of Canada's 'lost year'
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=f7174cc5-6c72-4deb-b959-8303e8308e29

Liberal MPs divided on election timing
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070123.LIBERALS23/TPStory/National

Dion lashes out at Conservatives
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070123.wlibs0123/BNStory/National/home

Tories 'frantically trying to imitate' Liberals: Dion
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/01/23/dion-caucus.html

Television Bureau okays ad aimed at Harper
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070123.wtvad0123/BNStory/National/home

Harper Tories seem a bit late in boarding the green bandwagon
A dreary election campaign of recounting Liberal failures versus exaggerated claims for Tory gimmicks lies ahead
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=3c398cfc-9036-4c88-9b05-6f656ce3b9d4

Canadians want Green Party leader in debates, poll shows
http://www.cnw.ca/fr/releases/archive/January2007/22/c7976.html

MacKay most popular Tory, online poll finds
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/554403.html
        
PM’s moves a puzzle
Harper’s policy gambits keep Canadians guessing
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Columnists/Jackson_Paul/2007/01/23/3432296.html

Vote Liberal for local largesse: Conservative MP
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2007/01/23/patronage.html

Harper's costly lust for Quebec votes 
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=0703b766-4e0c-45e3-beb3-551815119ebc


PROGRAMMES
'Clumsy' online service forced on PS
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=aa60e117-5e88-4e07-bb2c-7dd5b8c37470

Canadians to face more pre-flight scrutiny
Program would let RCMP, CSIS examine 34 pieces of info
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=d924cfa7-d041-40b7-a908-40a899cbd0b8

MacKay joins call for Boeing to spread benefits
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070123.wxboeing23/BNStory/National/home

Guards may sue over cigs
http://winnipegsun.com/News/Canada/2007/01/23/3430883-sun.html


PRESSURE POINTS
UN official challenges Harper on Kyoto effects
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/canada/story.html?id=151123cb-d4ae-4631-a2ef-0e168f538dba

An inconvenient truth
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Goldstein_Lorrie/2007/01/23/3431155.html

Climate paralysis
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=4189ee0a-8520-48e0-8b23-849be091ee85


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Open the taps: Ottawa can lead the way in opening up Canada's water infrastructure to private investment and involvement 
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=9f0e25ea-54ce-4b45-b096-9299615347fa

Has Globalization Passed Its Peak?
http://www.foreignaffairs.org/20070101faessay86108/rawi-abdelal-adam-segal/has-globalization-passed-its-peak.html

Chinese Regime's Long Arm Tries to Crush Cultural Show in Canada
http://en.epochtimes.com/news/7-1-18/50601.html

On triangulation
http://accidentaldeliberations.blogspot.com/search/label/cons

Paying less than a living wage is exploitation
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/554507.html

Connecting to your office PC from home is easy with iRemote
Simplicity is key. Letterpop helps you create email newsletters
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/business/story.html?id=67227491-08ed-4705-8e27-41bc0d56cc79

Hands off the oilsands
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/columnists/story.html?id=287c309e-b9af-48a7-9a7d-eaf35462ff20

Alberta’s riches
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Columnists/Corbella_Licia/2007/01/23/3432301.html


INFOS

# Ségolène Royal forcée de justifier ses propos sur la souveraineté du Québec
http://mesnouvelles.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070123/N012332U.html

# Dion se moque des Conservateurs qu'il accuse de copier le programme libéral
http://mesnouvelles.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070123/N012334U.html

Huit députés canadiens sont à Kandahar pour évaluer la mission en Afghanistan
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070123/N012324U.html

Layton lie l'appui au budget aux mesures environnementales
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070123/CPACTUALITES/70123137/1025/FRONTPAGE

Harper vante les succès de son gouvernement
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070123/CPACTUALITES/70123114/1025/FRONTPAGE

«Le rôle de l'armée n'est pas d'accomplir des actes de vengeance»
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070123/CPACTUALITES/701230627/1025/FRONTPAGE

«Le rôle de l'armée n'est pas d'accomplir des actes de vengeance»
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070123/CPACTUALITES/701230627/1025/FRONTPAGE

Harper vante son bilan
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2007/01/23/003-harper-bilan.shtml


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        One of the things my Mother always told me was "If you can't say anything nice, SAY NOTHING AT ALL" (emphasis hers)

                          Uh ... well ... as a senior income splitting MUST be considered as a positive. Right?

                                    Joe

                          (It might be interesting to have an exchange of views on what others consider as accomplishments)

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Phyllis Wagg

North American Integration verses North American Union
 
There are many people who try to discourage debate on any issue by bringing in “red herrings” or ridiculing those with opposing views.  For example, such red herrings include referring to opposition to North American integration in terms of anti-Americanism (which includes the citizens of the United States and Mexico who are also opposed).  Another “red herring” is to refer to concerns as a “conspiracy theory.”  When deeper integration is actually stated government policy and when governments actually sign agreements such as NAFTA or the SPP these are real policies and agreements not conspiracies.   
 
 In my opinion there is no real push toward a North American Union at this time.  It is the integration of the three countries that is the main concern.  The main stream media support integration and have a vested interest in not discussing the issue because they represent the interests of the economic elite.  Integration does not mean political union but is part of the incremental process designed to give more power to North American based multi-national corporations in order to increase their competitiveness in the global economy.
 
 The concept of the NAU, in fact, may have been thrown out there as another red herring to make it easier to establish integration with little serious debate.  Hence, the anti-Americanism argument and the NAU argument are the two extremes placed on the table in order to have integration as the “compromise” position.  [Joe – here is your Hegelian dialectic].
 
I do not expect there will be any form of formal “political” union because that is not what the integrationists are seeking.  What those interests pushing integration are seeking is a society in which their interests are placed above the overall interests of the countries involved through agreements that go beyond national borders.  It is evident that corporation based in the United States, with ten times the population of Canada and a much larger economy than Canada or Mexico, would dominate the integration politically.  But the concerns in the United States are just as serious as those here in Canada about the implications of deeper integration.
 
Those pushing integration, which includes political leades who are agents of the corporate elite, would be horrified at the idea of a full union.  That is because it would make for a much stronger centralized democratic government that could potentially control “greed.”  Their objective is to create an agreement that is outside the normal democratic channels once it is in place.  International agreements function in much the same way as national constitutions.  They can be changed but once in place it can be difficult and costly to make any changes. 
 
There is absolutely no doubt that Stephen Harper and his new Conservatives support the concept of integration just as did the Liberals under Jean Chrétien and especially under Paul Martin who signed the SPP.  The Conservatives placed their support on the record in the 2004 Conservative Platform which sets out a plan to: “Enhance our NAFTA relationship with the United States by moving towards harmonized tariffs, eliminating rules of origin, and moving beyond trade to pursue enhanced common labour, environmental, and security standards.” 
 
International trade agreements undermine democracy because they are designed to transfer power over society to whatever private institutions (corporations) are able to control the economy.  NAFTA was a deal that placed the wants of the large corporations above the needs of civil society in all three countries.  Canadian civil society has probably suffered the least under NAFTA because of our social safety net.  Canada has been able to use its commodities (natural resources) to replace the loss of value added production.  The result is that middle incomes are relatively stagnant while in the U.S., which does not have the commodity reserves, middle incomes are falling and in Mexico overall incomes are falling as manufacturers have found cheaper labour sources. 
 
Governments need to have room to operate and not have their hands tied by international agreements designed to protect the wants of capital from the needs of civil society.  However, agreements such as NAFTA and agreements to standardize laws and regulations create major problems for the functioning of a vibrant democracy.  By placing enormous financial penalties on any government that seeks to legislate on behalf of civil society the power of liberal democracy is undermined. 
 
Right wing and left wing ideology are both anti-democratic because they are based on set concepts.  The left wing ideology believes in the absolute right of government to dictate what society needs; the right wing believes in the absolute right of the private sector to enforce their wants on society.  On both ends of the spectrum civil society, those of us in the “mushy” middle, are the losers and we must never permit that outcome.
 
Phyllis Wagg
       
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Ye God..Gosh almighty Prime Minister Stephen Harper is becoming a PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE. Wonders will never cease. John Dowson a ( Progressive)

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Glenn Harewood

Subject: How's your brain power???? smile!!!

Joe:
Just received this from a friend.
Glenn
 
Have a wonderful day....

 A South American scientist from Argentina , after a lengthy study, has discovered that people with insufficient brain activity read their e-mail with their hand on the mouse.              Don't bother to take it off now it is too late

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POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Dispute flares up again over Quebec-Labrador border
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2007/01/22/quebec-labrador.html

At last, someone notices. From what I've seen, pretty much all maps printed for the government of Quebec show QC's "real" border extending into Labrador, with a dashed line to the south indicating where the "contested" boundary is.
 
Fun and games, to say the least. The whole problem arose from the fact that the British bollixed things up again by drafting a charter declaring Labrador to be a colony (or something) whose lands were those of NE coast of continental North America from some place or other to another. The hiccup: how far does "the coast" extend inland? I don't recall who brought this up but Newfoundland and Quebec "went to court" in the UK (at the British Empire's Privy Council, I believe) to settle the issue. The outcome: "the coast" meant the drainage basin of the rivers draining into the Atlantic  between the two coastal end points. So, insteaad of a strip along the coast, with the rest going to QC, Newfoundland ended up getting a big chunk of territory that QC felt it was itself entitled to. Hence the ggrr-grr, bla-bla since then ...
 
From what I understand, QC and then-NF (now NL) submitting their cases to the "court" acknowledged their recognizing it as legitimate, which strengthened the basis for its judgement to be binding.
 
The funny thing is that I recall seeing a QC provincial riding map showing that the chunk of Labrador claimed by QC is actually part of a QC riding. I presume that this means that the people who reside there are allowed to vote in QC elections. I can hardly wait for the day when a QC government majority will swing on a few votes in that riding. It'd be worse than Florida electing GWB in 2000 ... it would be like Puerto Rico doing so.
 

Tories playing politics with 'fiscal imbalance'
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2007/january/22/imbalance/&c=1
Another in a long list of nonsense headlines. "Fiscal imbalance" being a political thing, it makes sense that parties take positions on this, no? Like duh! I can hardly wait for the ultimate: "Political issue dealt with politically".
 

Flaherty blasts attempts to revise trust bill
Bloc, Liberals would 'kill' tax decision
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070122.RTRUSTS22/TPStory/TPBusiness/Politics/
Here's something to be frightened of ... the Liberals and the Bloc setting themselves up as Friends of Business (or rather, Friends of Businesses That Don't Want to Pay Taxes). Pretty soon, they'll be Buddies of Baddies Who Don't Pay Tax (with Baddies being either individual or industrial). Add to that the Liberals inviting Howard Dean to speak at their leadership convention, and I see the Liberals positions themselves as Dupes to Democrats Screeching Wildly. BDF is the acronym of Buddies-Dupes-Friends ... and of Big Dumb Failures. Carry on!
 

Stephane Dion says he expects Canadians to go to polls this year
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070122/n012249A.html
But note that the reporter chose to cut out the end of Mr. Dion's statement: "..., but maybe not. What do I know?".
 

Simplify programs for poor, May says
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/173493
I haven't read the article but I suspect that it wasn't along the lines of "Give $$$ to the provinces and let THEM figure it out".
 

WHY and FOR HOW LONG

         Afghanistan has been largely absent from the news lately and the media focusing on The Greening and on disputation over fiscal imbalance and consideration
        of Year One of the New Government has not commented on these mouthings of Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor.
        
        Are we there fighting Afghan's "in "retribution" for the 9/11 attacks "?  Are we as a country committed "until progress there becomes irreversible".? 
        
         Appears so in that the comments stand without contradiction.
        One rolls one's eyes when one sees this. But I suspect that Mr. O'Connor meant to say "as a consequence of" instead of "in retribution for ". But he should INDEED be asked to clarify his meaning. Benefot of the doubt, but clarification needed.
 
 
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Ian Berg
Every day that goes by is one day closer to the end of George W. Bush's presidency.  Time is quickly running out for his agenda. Bush has to prioritize which Daily Digest conspiracy theory he must fulfill before January, 2009:  war with Iran, North American economic union, dissolution of the ozone layer, or turning Iraq into a vassal state.  It is tough as he faces a Democratic Congress and a press corp eager for a "Clinton-Obama 2008" presidential ticket.
 
CO2-008. Yes indeed, the environment will be an issue in the US elections, too.
 
From: George Weiss
 Picture of global warming in 1974!!
Hi, Joe:                                        01-21
Here is a picture which I took in 1974 at the Columbia Ice fields of the Athabaska Glacier. The picture was taken from the side of the Banff - Jasper Highway. I have also attached a close-up of the far away cars and low buildings. When we returned home (in Manitoba at that time), our neighbour showed us a picture taken several years earlier, where a member of his family stood at the edge of the glacier, at the edge of the road.
Should go back to see how far the glacier has shrunk now, in case it is still there.

Yup, as ever, the Earth is indeed warming but, also as ever, we have no idea what's the cause of it. We've understand some basic factors but we have only the glimmerings of understanding how it all works together. Plus, there may be a whack of other factors at work, too: witness the fact that scientists have recently announced their findings that a large-enough portion of methane found in Earth's atmosphere gets generated by ... live plants!?! No one had suspected this since the accepted idea was that methane gets generated by bacteria and such that "eat" carbon-based compounds in oxygen-poor environments. Surpriiiiise! And many more to come ...
 
The other thing to understand is that Earth's climate changes "naturally" over time (that is, without human interference). For example, 5,000-8,000 years ago (or sometime around then), were five to eight degrees warmer than now on average (!!!!! Note: NOT tenths of degrees). Result: glacial melt, higher permanent-snow lines on mountains (I recall reading something along the lines of their being 2,500 to 5,000 ft higher than they are now), different animal behaviours and habitats, etc. Just for kicks, next time someone pipes up about polar bears obviously getting wiped out if the Earth warms up even a bit, ask them how said bears managed to survive last time around.
 
Mind you, global warming IS a serious issue. But it has to be thought of as it really is, not as what some would have everyone believe. After all, we've learned that lesson already, haven't we? Remember the AIDS scare in the 80s, when people were afraid that it could be contracted by physical contact? It took a while to get that out of people's heads, but AIDS sufferers now work and live normally (within the bounds of their affliction) without being shunned nearly as much as before.
 
Stratos


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