Thursday, January 04, 2007

Daily Digest January 4, 2007

Joe Hueglin wrote:


ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Alaska case could fuel debate

HALIFAX NEWS - Poll suggests Tories, Grits fit to be tied

HALIFAX HERALD - Psst: prepare for a shuffle

MONTREAL GAZETTE - End secrecy and rigging of military contracts

NATIONAL POST - Iraq's circus Of The Damned

WINDSOR STAR - In the wake of Gomery


REGINA LEADER-POST - Trickle-down economics

CALGARY SUN - Whoa, baby!

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Abandoned brides need all the help they can get


Sinking loonie cheers manufacturers, exporters

Antibiotic suspected as factor in deaths
Liver damage linked to levofloxacin

Four MPs test high for toxic pollutants

Why are politicians such a TOXIC lot?

Clinic closed to most B.C. residents

Liberals deceitful on wait times

The buzz suggests an election is unlikely

Rollover Tories?
Will Stephen Harper roll over, like the late Gerald Ford, or become a purposeful navigator, like Ronald Reagan?

Hoopla over Dion highly suspect

Sleeping with Stephen: a dream for 2007

List of cabinet ministers


PM shuffles cabinet

Harper drops Ambrose from environment

Harper unveils ‘medium-sized' cabinet switch

Analysis: Priority No.1: Get re-elected

Harper's shuffle
A look at who has ended up where after Harper's first cabinet shuffle

Related: Jeffrey Simpson takes questions on the shuffle

Harper to blame for environment failures: Dion

Opposition MPs to examine aircraft selection process

Shortage of staff creating 'poachers' paradise'

Emerson to head trade visit to China

Dogma, bullies dominate climate debate

Rise of the eco-hypocrite

2007: The environment's time
Top green activists call on political leaders to turn Canada from a global laggard into a world leader

Critics decry 3 parents and a baby

Uncharted waters

New job perk: daycare for Mom and Dad
Calgary firms offer employees facility for parents

Anti-Zionists and the impossible peace

Ready for anything
Canada's military must remain skilled in all the combat arms

Smoking police ban bar's porch

SFU to go with two coat-of-arms crests


# Le nouveau ministre de l'Environnement est reconnu pour sa flamboyance

# Québec salue la nomination de Rona Ambrose aux Affaires intergouvernementales

# Remaniement: BQ, PLC et Greenpeace l'estiment cosmétique; Québec se réjouit

# Libéraux et bloquistes sont peu impressionnés par le remaniement

Harper change son environnement

 Patrice Roy analyse le remaniement ministériel de Stephen Harper #

Dénonciations et enthousiasme

Le réchauffement est irréversible

Remaniement ministériel à Ottawa - Ambrose perd l'environnement

Harper brasse ses cartes


        The pdf file which Harold Schroeder sent and which is attached is as he wrote "Something to reflect on as "leaders" in the "political arena."  and quite        apropos with to the only news of the day, the formation of the revised Cabinet responsible for leading our country.



Rubie Britton

Subject: Michigan ..Natural Resource and Enviromental Protection Act.

Dam Permit

This is an actual letter sent to a man named Ryan DeVries by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, State of Michigan. Wait till you read this guy's response-but read the State's letter before you get to the response letter.

SUBJECT: DEQ File No.97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Montcalm County

Dear Mr. DeVries:

It has come to the attention of the Department of Environmental Quality that there has been recent unauthorized activity on the above referenced parcel of property. You have been certified as the legal landowner and/or contractor who did the following unauthorized activity:

1) Construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams across the outlet stream of Spring pond.
2) A permit must be issued prior to the start of this type of activity.
3) A review of the Department's files shows that no permits have been issued....

Therefore, the Department has determined that this activity is in violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Michigan Compiled Laws, annotated.

The Department has been informed that one or both of the dams partially failed during a recent rain event, causing debris and flooding at downstream locations. We find that dams of this nature are inherently hazardous and cannot be permitted. The Department therefore orders you to cease and desist all activities at this location, and to restore the stream to a free-flow condition by removing all wood and brush forming the dams from the stream channel. All restoration work shall be completed no later than January 31,

Please notify this office when the restoration has been completed so that a follow-up site inspection may be scheduled by our staff. Failure to comply with this request or any further unauthorized activity on the site may result in this case being referred for elevated enforcement action.

We anticipate and would appreciate your full cooperation in this matter.

Please feel free to contact me at this office if you have any questions.

Sincerely, David L. Price District Representative Land and Water Management Division

This is the actual response sent back:

Dear Mr. Price, Re: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Montcalm County.

Your certified letter dated 12/17/97 has been handed to me to respond to. I am the legal landowner but not the Contractor at 2088 Dagget, Pierson, Michigan.

A couple of beavers are in the (State unauthorized) process of constructing and maintaining two wood "debris" dams across the outlet stream of my Spring Pond. While I did not pay for, authorize, nor supervise their dam project, I think they would be highly offended that you call their skilful use of natures building materials "debris." I would like to challenge your department to attempt to emulate their dam project any time and/or any place you choose.... I believe I can safely state there is no way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic.

As to your request, I do not think the beavers are aware that they must first fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam activity.

My first dam question to you is: (1) Are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers or (2) do you require all beavers throughout this State to conform to said dam request? If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers, through the Freedom of Information Act, I request completed copies of all those other applicable beaver dam permits that have been issued. Perhaps we will see if there really is a dam violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Michigan Compiled Laws, annotated.

I have several concerns. My first concern is -- aren't the beavers entitled to legal representation? The Spring Pond Beavers are financially destitute and are unable to pay for said representation-so the State will have to provide them with a dam lawyer. The Department's dam concern that either one or both of the dams failed during a recent rain event causing flooding is proof that this is a natural occurrence, which the Department is required to protect. In other words, we should leave the Spring Pond Beavers alone rather than harassing them and calling their dam names. If you want the stream "restored" to a dam free-flow condition please contact the beavers -- but if you are going to arrest them, they obviously did not pay any attention to your dam letter they being unable to read English.

In my humble opinion, the Spring Pond Beavers have a right to build their unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is green and water flows downstream. They have more dam rights than I do to live and enjoy Spring Pond. If the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection lives up to its name, it should protect the natural resources
(Beavers) and the environment (Beavers' Dams).

So, as far as the beavers and I are concerned, this dam case can be referred for more elevated enforcement action right now. Why wait until
1/31/2002? The Spring Pond Beavers may be under the dam ice then and there will be no way for you or your dam staff to contact/harass them then.

In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention to a real environmental quality (health) problem in the area. It is the bears! Bears are actually defecating in our woods. I definitely believe you should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the beavers alone. If you are going to investigate the beaver dam, watch your step! (The bears are not careful where they dump!)

Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable to contact you on your dam answering machine, I am sending this response to your dam office.

As ever,

Mark Garstin

Subject: Caught up in the emotion of the moment

I found this article on CNN rather interesting:
Although I can’t speak about the individual in this article in particular, I would say that on many an occasion, when we see crowds of angry people chanting anti-American slogans I often wonder how many of those people in that crowd truly feel what they are chanting or if they have been caught up in the frenzy of the moment (quite often people in the crowd appear in a manic emotional state beyond rational conduct).  There were countless reports of German citizens who did not carry the same hatred towards the Jews as did the Nazi’s but who would find themselves caught in the frenzy of a Hitler rally shouting Sieg Heil.
Hmm, using the expression Sieg Heil is now a criminal offence in Germany.  I wonder if 50 years from now we may find similar bans on expressions like Death to America.
Just some babblings of mine to start off the New Year.
Mark Garstin
Mississauga – Brampton South

Rosalie Piccioni

Subject: Interesting?

(Indeed ) =
Rubie Britton

Subject: Harper is a BILDERBURG!

Hello Joe, Get rid of Harper! He is a Bilderburg! He wants to Dismantle Canada. Paul Martin is another "Secret Society of Bilderburgs": and he signed the North American Union with Fox and Bush,-giving our country of Canada away,in1905.
These leaders think "they" can do anything,-without asking the PEOPLE of CANADA.If the people who voted him in only knew "his hidden agenda."
He was "like a fox" and "Shouldn't be the Head of the Conservatives."

As ever,

(I disagree There is no "hidden agenda")
From Rene Moreau

    Joe, is it just me, or is the old military trick of 'muddy the waters', being used against the Daily Digest by those who would stop discussions of the problem?

    It involves a series, sometimes,of what could be called sophist arguments, or false reasoning to mess up  the thought processes on the part of the public, so they don't clue in to what is really happening. It's part of books on strategy.There seems to be a surplus of these, are they getting paid?  How do we 'follow the money'?
       Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)

(Naw. No one posting to the Digest gets paid.  And getting tangeted is more likely than forethought, I'd say anyway)
Harold Schroeder

Subject: A Leader's Legacy


Thought the attached pdf book summary [a short easy read] might interest you as an inspirational piece for the new year.

Something to reflect on as "leaders" in the "political arena" ... and else where ...

Are you on this planet to do something or are you here just for something to do?

That’s a big question, but leadership is an important matter. The purpose of leaders is to mobilize others to serve a purpose. And if you’re here to serve a purpose, the purpose comes first. You’ll have to make sacrifices in service of that purpose.

Wishing you a happy New Year, great success and many blessings for the coming year!

Yours ...

Harold Schroeder

. . . among the thoughts presented upon which one in the role
of leader would be well advised to ponder this is one of the
most difficult to attain for it necessitates both acceptance
of criticism and those prepared to frankly offer it.

"All leaders want to have a positive impact on performance.
It’s part of their legacy. The only way they can know if
they’re having the desired impact is to get regular feedback
on how they’re doing. Leaders need more loving critics.

An ancient story spells out that which all engaged in political activity
must accept - fortune is fickle and objective advice rather than that
of those seeking to please to be held in high esteem.


According to Herodotus, Croesus was placed upon a great pyre by Cyrus' orders, for Cyrus wanted to see if any of the heavenly powers would appear to save him from being burned alive. The pile was set ablaze, and as Cyrus watched he saw Croesus mutter a word, Solon. He asked the interpreters to find out why he said this word with such resignation and agony. The interpreters returned the answer that Solon had warned Croesus of the fickleness of good fortune. This touched Cyrus, who realized that he and Croesus were much the same man, and he bade the servants to quench the blazing fire as quickly as they could. They tried to do this, but the flames were not to be mastered. According to the story, Croesus called out to Apollo and prayed to him. The sky had been clear and the day without a breath of wind, but soon dark clouds gathered and a storm with rain of such violence that the flames were speedily extinguished. Cyrus, convinced by this that Croesus was a good man, made Croesus an advisor who served Cyrus well and later Cyrus's son by Cassandane, Cambyses.