Friday, February 16, 2007

Daily Digest February 16, 2007

Joe Hueglin wrote:


ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - In praise of the humble penny

HALIFAX HERALD - Canadian grandstand

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Green gimmick

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Shooting blanks

OTTAWA SUN - Past crimes shouldn't be erased

TORONTO STAR - Persistent problems with coast guard

TORONTO STAR - Parliament's jolt on climate change

TORONTO STAR - Grey Cup selling out

NATIONAL POST - Branding the Grey Cup

K-W RECORD - Ottawa fiddles, the climate burns

WINDSOR STAR - Rules for floor-crossers

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Opposition bill promises chaos if implemented

CALGARY SUN - Premier Ed deserves an answer

We still have a lot of catching up to do yet

VANCOUVER SUN - Opposition gives Tories a perfect out to squelch voters' support for Kyoto's impossible goals

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Harper is quite right to want judges who are tough on crime


It's time for Canada to pay up

NATO south Afghan mission has enough troops: Canada

Afghanistan vows to crush any Taliban offensive

Al-Qaeda video claims to show Afghan attack

`Sensitive' military police given retraining

Canada will win support in Afghanistan in face of insurgent warnings: Harper

PM said medical supplies will help overall mission in Afghanistan

Afghans want troops to stay
It's time to accept NATO's mission is a long undertaking

Air force may abandon $3-billion plan
Instead of new search-and-rescue planes, officials consider replacing Buffalo engines

Bush's commitment to Afghanistan 'reassuring,' Canadian ambassador says

A $130,000 lesson in handwashing

Feds vow pardon clampdown
Review called after report reveals heinous crime records set aside

Time to sheik up Alberta's version of the Saudi oil princes and finally secure our fair share of the province's black gold

Will the Tories boldly go to the polls against Kyoto?

Hillier decries military's 'decade of darkness'

Liberal says top soldier a 'prop' for Conservatives over funding comments

Vindication arrives too late for Liberals

Harper won't back down on ads linking Liberals to income-trust investigation

NDP, fishermen fear new act will open door to more privatization

Sorry the hardest word for PM, Goodale Video: Keith Boag reports for CBC-TV

Liberals should apologize for trust probe: Harper

Goodale decries 'personal abuse'

Milliken refuses to show Tories the money
Bills can't do much for Kyoto or natives without it

Tories eye Vancouver ridings
Campaign team wooing province's 'star candidates'

PM says Dion giving in to 'extremist elements'

Dion stripped of his environmental edge

Stalled Liberals need to find safe seat for Rae

Top Liberals are hitting the books – French textbooks, that is

Ottawa looks to end wheat board's monopoly with vote from barley farmers

Senators call for CIDA to be disbanded

Tourism officials warn Ottawa against cutting Visitors Rebate Program print this article
Island industry stakeholders say plan will put all of Canada at competitive disadvantage for international travellers, seriously affecting vital sector

Flaherty demands CEOs explain ATM fees

Finance reputation tarnished
Staff has access to confidential information that can have impact on financial markets

Allegations outrage public servants
Many fear backlash of even more red tape

Alleged terrorist's release criticized

Tories join new climate change talks

Ensuring Canada's biofuel self-sufficiency

Intellectual flatlining

Debate is not over

Rattled public service takes another hit with income-trust allegations

Elder abuse sickening

Whither Mother Corp?

Teaching the Charter (and not much else)

Harper seems unwilling to find solutions

News readers face dispute over Cantonese pronunciation
Group says OMNI, Fairchild usage 'differs' from the language that most viewers speak

A peasant uprising, and I like it

Parliament pokes itself in the eye
Senseless politicking is about to deprive Canada of two potentially very valuable weapons in the fight against terrorism

Top madam earned millions, police say
Police raided the latest "Pinky's Place" in Richmond last week

Our fine ideal of foreign aid founders on corrupt reality

Harper refuse de reculer sur les publicités contre les libéraux

Le général Hillier accusé de partisanerie

Harper prétend que les libéraux n'aiment pas la police

Réunion É.-U.-Canada-Mexique vendredi prochain

Ottawa s'attend à une offensive de printemps des talibans



Consider should he have a majority
Friday, February 16, 2007
by : Eugene Parks
Victoria : The Conservatives have put out another attack ad this one with a newspaper headline attacking the integrity of Ralph Goodale who was cleared of all wrong doing by the RCMP yet the Prime Minister is sticking to his false accusation despite the possiblity it was deliberately leaked during the last campaign and may have put him in power.

Norman Greenfield
Subject: Re: Who gets to pay for the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline? Taxpayer. Who uses it, American Oil companies and refineries?

Re: Who gets to pay for the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline? Taxpayer. Who uses it, American Oil companies and refineries?

Joe did you know that the entire gas volume that can be shipped through the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline will go to supply the needs of the Oil Sands development in Alberta?

It will not go to heat a single house in Canada or the USA.

Did you know that by curtailing or slowing down the pace of development of the oil sands in Alberta, there will be no affect felt accept for a positive one in the environment and economic well being of both Canada and Alberta.

Don't forget the value of the oil in the oil sands will remain whether it is extracted today, tomorrow, or in the next decade as long as the American's continue their love affair with fuel guzzling.

Consider the affect the oil sands are having on the air, the water, and the land around it. Is that what we as Canadians or Albertans want to be know for in a century?

Thank you

Norman Greenfield
Edmonton/Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Stephen Berg

Hi Joe. I hope all's well.

Both of the major parties are ticking me off now. For the record, I am a member of the Liberals (who voted for Michael Ignatieff for Leader).

The Conservatives make me sick by acting like idiots (or chickens with their heads chopped off, running around with no brain to guide them) when it comes to the issue of climate change. They don't seem to understand the urgency, let alone the science as presented by the largest peer-reviewed publication in the history of science. They are truly blinded by ideology.

Now, it sickens me how weak the Liberals are becoming on the issue of terrorism and Islamic extremism with their intention to let important parts of the anti-terrorism act expire. They are sucking up to the Sasha Trudeaus of the party (not like I enjoy tarnishing the Trudeau name, but this time it's justified). They are sucking up to members of the Muslim community for votes. Did it ever occur to them that such measures like the National Security Certificates are meant to protect the general public from those who have links to terrorist groups? (The order to release one such alleged-terrorist by one of those loony lower court judges is another matter which I am ticked off about and hope will be rectified by a higher court judge who has a few more cards in their deck.)

What has gotten into the water in Ottawa these days?

Sorry for the "rant" Joe, but I had to get this off my chest.

Stephen Berg
Winnipeg, MB

(Rants are much better than ulcers)
Rosalie Piccioni

Joe - Re Your right Hallowe'en SPOOKED Rob Shanahan,
Hamilton West

We've sure sunk low. I'm beginning to wonder where logic has gone; we have all the elements of a witch hunt.


Brian D. Marlatt
Subject: More comment and commentary on Upper Chambers, this time regarding Dion's Liberal position.

Dion says Liberals will back term limits for senators
Globe "Conversation"


Brian Marlatt, from White Rock, BC, Canada wrote: Actually most senators serve for no longer than 9.5 years before retiring at age 75. The exceptions illustrate the merit of the existing system. Senators Michael Kirby, Michael Meighen, Gerald Beaudoin, and the frequently too political of late Marjorie LeBreton illustrate the virtue of both the availability of longer terms - the status quo particularly - and why electing senators is unwise. Kirby and LeBreton, although of different parties, worked well and respectfully in ways not possible if partisan elections took place or the lesser experience of shorter terms were current, and Kirby, despite an available additonal ten years of service, has retired early after more than fifteen years to the regret of many. Beaudoin, who recently retired at age 75, was one of the most distinguished of Canada's constitutional scholars and senators, is greatly missed in the present moment. As a Progressive Conservative he actively ensured that PCs oppose politicalization of the Supreme Court of Canada as now proposed by Stephen Harper (who former Tories in the "new" Conservative Party must give the Heave now rather than later if the CPC is to have any credibility or stand up for democracy). In fact, the majority of MPs in the Harper government have sat in parliament for more than 15 years as members of the Reform Party before it changed it's name to the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance and now the "new" Conservative party. Dion needs to look to the basis of Canada's constitution, ignore the flatulent CanWest/Global and Sun chain pandering to arrogant populist commentary, and do what Stephen Harper has failed to do: address Canada's institutions and regard the Senate in particular from the philosophically conservative stance of Confederation. The Commons is the place for initiative's; the Senate is the place for "sober second thought" offered after thoughtful deliberation removed from considerations of partisan election or tenure. Look to Westminster not Washington

Barry Douglas

Subject: just a word of thanks

For having within your DD items on both sides of the Climate Change debate.

Thank you.

I try. Some zealots unfortunately
don't recognize that a balance
is best.


Your response is a sad truth RE: just a word of thanks

When your mind is no longer open for different views – the brain is dead. Sort of like some politicians we are aware of.

Brad Thomson


The passage of the bill with respect to Kyoto is a remarkable political development, or at least I think it might be.

To begin, I cannot help but wonder why, if this was all so easy, the Liberals did not simply enact and obey such a law years ago, when they adopted Kyoto?

This being said, Harper must surely be called to task for abandoning Canada's international commitment on the matter.

(In fact, Harper treated the Kyoto Protocol documents much in the manner that his Minister of Foreign Affairs dealt with the Constitution of the former Progressive Conservative Party.)

But where will all of this lead?

Hopefully to Kyoto. The timing of the next election and who wins it is secondary.

Brad Thomson

Beverley Smith

Subject: backgrounder that may be of vital interest as we discuss childcare, women's rights, income splitting

I have run across two presentations by Surpreme Court justices that lend useful insight into the context of discussions of child poverty, guaranteed annual wage, income splitting, raising the child tax benefit, women's rights, and other very contentious issues being discussed right now.

You may find their reflections helpful too. We rarely hear from justices and they put the economic and social rights debate very clearly.

I am happy to say that from my corner, trying to find a solution for all women and all care of kids and all families, to end the mommy wars and still keep the natioanl productivity level high, the insights of these two justices are very useful.

This struggle is not and never has been to keep women down or anti-daycare. It is about equality rights for all roles

Beverley Smith