Sunday, January 07, 2007

Daily Digest January 7, 2007

Joe Hueglin wrote:


ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Beware of thin ice

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Dairy farmers make suckers of consumers

OTTAWA SUN - Rona's where she belongs

TORONTO STAR - MPPs get 25%, you get 25 cents

LONDON FREE PRESS - Fair wages? That's rich

WINNIPEG SUN - Rona never looked good in green

ALD - Seniors care a worthy perk

CALGARY HERALD - Switching teams? Ask voters

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Why not consider breath-sniffing cars?

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Ottawa should act now to set vita
l trans-fat rules

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Time to get real on climate change
All parties need to drop rhetoric and reveal what they would do and what it would cost us


'Evil mix' of Taliban, drug lords funding Afghan insurgency: Canadian officer

Dozens Of Insurgents Dead,,30200-1246312,00.html

New Canadian soldier markedly different than stereotypes of past

What Canadian soldiers are wearing in Afghanistan

MacKay's progress report from Kabul

Farm groups fear American grain giants will profiteer if wheat board fails

'Amigos' to ride into Alberta?
Kananaskis likely meeting place for leaders of Canada, U.S. and Mexico

The lonely president
Like Nixon, Bush grows dangerously isolated

Lynching won't help U.S.

Execution reeked of vengeance
What happened to Hussein on the gallows set back the cause of democracy in Iraq

Saddam Hanging Boosts Case for Int'l Criminal Court

The skinny on dieting: It spells fat profits

Germophobia popula
rizes use of hand sanitizers

Battle of the superbug
How it's catching on -- and why it's something to fear

Survivor: Alberta:Lyle Oberg is back from exile

Mounties' call to Sun Media shows scandal is far from dead -- if
anything, it could return with a vengeance on Grits

It's not easy being green
. . . certainly not for Stephen Harper's Tories. But the PM will have to cultivate a Conservative environmental image if he wants to win the next election.

Political manoeuvring claims Toews

Harper's Senate-election scheme will deny B.C. its chance to sh

MacKay makes surprise two-day Afghanistan visit

Hyping the threat of global warming is now termed 'climate porn'

The pathologically logical Alan Borovoy

Bush claims power to open Americans' mail without warrants

Hands-on help for global warming
You can make a difference, experts say

A dangerous trail
Air travel leaves a very dirty footprint

US faces new glut of ethanol plants

Family structure takes another hit
We must win at any cost
'Radical Islam' has to be quashed

Corn's the killer: Initiative to require gas to contain biofuel sullied by supply shortage

Sir John no fan of strong provinces


Dion aura trois lieutenants

MacKay ne croit pas que l'Afghanistan soit en proie au chaos

MacKay martèle son optimisme

Dion bien entouré au Québec


On Sunday, January 7th, the
Prime Minister will be interviewed by host Rex Murphy on Cross Country Checkup.
The show will air on
CBC Radio atapproximately 4:10pm ET.


Doug Hawkins

Subject: Wajid wakes up
around Ontario,there seems to be a lot of support and admiration for the courage and sound judgment that he has displayed...

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Why I'm a Conservative: Wajid Khan

by David Akin on Fri 05
Jan 2007 12:27 PM EST

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Here’s our transcript of Mississauga-Streetsville MP Wajid Khan’s (left) opening remarks at the press conference, in the foyer of the House of Commons, as he announced he was defecting from the Liberals to the Conservatives:

For the past six months, I have been honored to serve Prime Minister Harper and Canada's new Conservative Party, especially on Middle-Eastern and Central Asian affairs. [It was] the arrests in Toronto last June [that] prompted me to put partisan interests aside and try to do something for our country. It has often been said and no doubt it will be said again today that politics makes strange bedfellows, but nothing about my decision to join the Conservative caucus feels strange to me, because I have come to admire the Prime Minister and his government during the last year. It is a government with a clear sense of direction, a mainstream agenda, a commitment to honesty, openness and accountability, an assertive, realistic approa
ch to foreign policy and a real record of accomplishments.

    Also ­ and this is very important to me and many of my constituents in Mississauga-Streetsville ­ the Prime Minister and his government have demonstrated a genuine commitment to new Canadians. They have reached out to immigrant communities and taken action to solve some of the problems we have had for years with Ottawa, among other things the cutting of the landing fee, increased settlement funding and finally, got the government moving on credentials recognition. As a result, I have noticed that more and more Canadians are excited about joining the Conservative Party.
    For all these reasons, I came to the conclusion that my ideals and priorities and those of my constituents would be better served in the Conservative Party. So I was very pleased, and Prime Minister Harper agreed, that I should join Canada's new government. I must say that I did not come to
this decision lightly, but quite frankly, the Liberal Party has moved away from people like me, people who believe in free enterprise, support for families, and a stronger, more assertive Canada on the world stage.

    But there is another very important issue and that issue is of leadership. Leadership matters and I believe the best leader for Canada is the man who now has the job, Prime Minister Harper. I want to keep working with the Prime Minister to protect our national security, to advance and defend Canada's interests on the world stage and to ensure that Canada works for all Canadians, no matter who they are or where they may have come from.

    I also want to get things done for the city of Mississauga, the region of Peel and the entire GTA on the issue of infrastructure and transit, public and community safety, air quality and the environment. I can't get these things done from the opposition benches, but I can
as a member of a government with a proven record of getting things done for Canadians and their communities.

    So today … I called Mr. Dion as well as my riding association of my decision. I'm pleased to report that my riding association president and several members of the board support my decision. Prime Minister, thank you, sir, for welcoming me into your party and your government. I look forward to working with you and the entire Conservative team in building a better, stronger Canada.

You can watch the entire press conference by clicking on the video links here.

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David Akin


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Rubie Britton <
Subject: The Passionate Eye...Monday,January 8, @ 10PM.


(Monday January 8 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld)
Over the 365 days of 2006, our planet will undergo remarkable changes: tumultous weather, new species discovered, others lost, resources consumed and millions of new humans added to our rolls. Earth Report will chronicle the changes that have occurred to our p
lanet in the previous 12 months examining the human footprint left

As ever,

Bill Longworth
To: ”Hon. J. Baird” <>
Subject: Incentives Needed for Promoting Solar Energy for Water Heating and Electricity

Hon. John Baird,
Minster of the Environment
Ottawa, Ontario

Cc:       Rt. Hon. S. Harper,
        Prime Minister of Canada

        Hon. J. Prentice,
p;    Chair, Cabinet Committee on Energy Security and the Environment
            Hon. J. Flaherty,
            Minister of Finance

Bcc:     Political Party Leaders,
            Major Canadian Newspapers

Dear Sir:

Let me congratulate you on your appointment to this crucial position.  With the storm devastation this winter to Vancouver and environs and the economic devastation to the winter recreation industries in Ontario and Quebec, and the loss of giant ice fields in the far north, climate change appears to be upon us and imminent action seems imperative.

North Americans have traditionally felt “energy rich” and thus have not introduced alternative renewable energy technologies in general use i
n much of the world.  To help alleviate this problem and help Canadians to become familiar with and confident in the effectiveness of these technologies, I suggest that the government consider offering tax deductions/grants as incentives for a time to offset the cost of purchasing solar water heating and electrical producing technologies to increase the use of this renewable energy source until its use gets some traction in our society.  In addition, I propose that the government offer tax deductions to offset advertising costs to manufacturers and retailers who thusly would be encouraged to more broadly communicate the availability, benefits, and use of these technologies to the general public.  Together these tax deductions would 1) accelerate the use of these technologies, 2) demonstrate government confidence in these technologies to the Canadian public, and 3) inform the Canadian public re the efficacy of these technologies.

Presently, the awar
eness of the use of solar cells to produce electricity is existent in society and availability, but not use, of this technology exists on a reasonably broad scale.  Less well known is the effectiveness of solar hot water heating systems for industrial or residential hot water which usually is the second costliest energy use in the home.  Expanded use of solar energy for electricity and water heating would reduce national energy costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce investment costs in traditional energy generation capacity.

I believe that government encouragement through the provision of financial incentives is imperative if Canadians are to be encouraged to make greater use of solar technologies.  Such “green” advocacy would resonate well with Canadians.


William Longworth,
Oshawa, Ontario

January 6, 2007

From: Bill Longworth
To: "Layton, J
ack - M.P." <>
Subject: RE: The NDP and Labour Issues

I do appreciate the courtesy of your reply to my letter regarding the growing incidence of part time and contract employment which I feel is serious workplace discrimination against a growing number of workers but do not feel your letter addresses the issue I raise, which in my humble opinion is significantly more important long term than the "labour-related" issues that your letter says the NDP is addressing.  
According to recent CBC news reports ( ) 66% of all new jobs created in Ontario in 20
06 were part time jobs while over 40% of new jobs across the country were part time jobs.  Statistics Canada figures also indicates this escalating and alarming trend toward part time and contract positions over the last decade and more. 
This practice to increasingly define jobs as "non-permanent" has led to lawsuits by workers in America who in many cases are successfully claiming back pay and benefits equal to their permanent employee workmates and also by Federal and State Taxing Authorities who claim that misrepresenting apparent full time employees as part time and contract workers is illegal when used for tax /social benefits cost avoidance purposes. ( http://www.ncpa.or
  Some of the legal cases have revolved around workers who supposedly work for employment agencies and legal questions have arisen as to who the actual employer is if the permatemp works alongside permanent workers for extended periods of time doing the same work but being paid only a fraction of the wages and never reports to and often never meets their supposed employer ( ).  Many of the lawsuits have to do with employee claims of millions of dollars worth of backpay and benefits for being "misclassified" ( ). >  
This is a growing and increasingly serious problem that not only discriminates against a rapidly escalating number of workers by treating them as second class workers, but also has the capacity to seriously erode the health of the Canadian economy as more and more jobs become filled by part time and contract workers whose poor pay and lack of reasonable job security precludes them from incurring long term debt for housing, automobiles, and household furnishings and appliances.
Many part time employees juggle 2, 3, or 4 jobs to make ends meet.  There are plenty of jobs to go around but the 2, or 3, or 4 part time positions have to be re-organized into full time positions.  Equal pay for equal work legislation dictates that all workers doing common work in a workplace should benefit from equal wages which would include benefits.  Without more fairness in the workplace, we are creating a class of "working poor" who have little ch
ance of escaping that fate as more and more work becomes defined as "part time" or "contract" work.
I have attached my earlier communication for your perusual and consideration once again along with a potential solution to the problem.
Bill Longworth,
Oshawa, Ontario

Subject: The NDP and Labour Issues
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2007 16:40:50 -0500

We are writing to acknowledge your previous email. Comments and questions from everyday Canadians like you are helpful in our efforts to develop and improve federal NDP labour-related policies.
We would also like to take the opportunity to highlight some of the work by NDP MP's during the past f
all session. Our Party's efforts to stand up for workers and the industries that drive our country include:
- fighting for the Wheat Board and the farm families it serves
- helping to pass anti-scab legislation, Bill C-257, at second reading
- adopting a motion invoking safeguards on imports, thereby protecting thousands of jobs in the clothing industry
- consistently raising ship building issues
- introducing a bill to allow workers in trades to deduct travel expenses from their taxable income
- demanding firm commitments to the film and television industry
- fighting `tooth and nail` against the softwood sell-out

- securing a parliamentary study on access to literacy, learning and skills training for Canadians to get better, more secure jobs
- continuing to push for a national auto strategy an issue consistently ignored by both Liberal and Conservative governments
Looking forward to 2007, we will be making every effort to get Canada on the right track to tackle climate change. We’re also working hard on legislation for a national childcare program, re-instating the federal minimum wage, and reducing costs for education and training. In the coming weeks we will introduce legislation aimed at protecting the pocketbooks of everyday Canadians by placing restrictions on bank fees and credit card interest rates.
Again, thank
you for writing. Please accept our best wishes for a happy and healthy 2007!

Office of Jack Layton, MP (Toronto-Danforth)
Leader, Canada’s New Democrats
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