Saturday, February 17, 2007

Daily Digest February 17, 2007

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

EDITORIALs

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - Why the delay in announcing good news? Post a comment  print this article
It appears the premier and the health minister sat on this federal money for too long.
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=11191&sc=103

HALIFAX HERALD - Find quality time
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/559640.html

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Just penalty for an abhorrent crime
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=7c4808eb-d0aa-4bc3-b434-4248ccfa778e

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Driving lessons
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=9509959a-c40e-42db-840c-45704f336c23

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Wartime prayers
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=19fea871-d3c1-48dd-aaff-ad51f596d51f

TORONTO STAR - Harper hits out from the gutter
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/182780

TORONTO STAR - Passport for 10 years
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/182779

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - Give priority to new infrastructure
http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?GXHC_gx_session_id_=b9e8a27598ae7ef3&pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1171666212488&call_pageid=1020420665036&col=1112188062581

WINDSOR STAR - Judgeships: Selecting the selectors
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=a696c040-c444-46f0-8bda-dc504d8e9e16

SUDBURY STAR -   A $10 minimum wage good for everyone
http://www.thesudburystar.com/webapp/sitepages/content.asp?contentid=407246&catname=Editorial&classif =

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Mudslinging real scandal of trust affair
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=15580a34-d0b2-4370-9823-dbdb1b9fa3b7

CALGARY HERALD - Kids playing HIV roulette
Reckless sexual attitudes heighten risk for teens
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=0222871f-237e-4989-b26e-e85b7ba5fcb5

EDMONTON JOURNAL - It's action that counts on climate
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=e8d9a168-0be7-4774-b910-ade09df51e77

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Green onset
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=8c1320d7-d910-4642-b27c-e8e44aa39dc4

EDMONTON SUN - It's time to stamp out Canada Post
http://winnipegsun.com/Comment/Editorial/2007/02/17/3639954.html

VANCOUVER SUN - Lunar New Year concentrates on family, food and the spiritual
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=0f306c8c-1f85-4192-9c56-24545046f96f

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Harper is quite right to want judges who are tough on crime 
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=7cb36e2d-bc5f-4286-95e4-6439b35fdc12

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - We'll need help with emissions
Provinces should not set vehicle standards -- it's a national issue, so Ottawa must act
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=1d680e3d-4680-4d4e-bba0-bf2374c6df78


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
Canadian 'lost tribe' hoping to collect U.S. government payout
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/story.html?id=aeb8647f-17a5-41c5-8094-d56472a6b05b&k=37539


CANADIAN FORCES
Afghan spring will be deadly, Harper warns
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070216.wafghan0216/BNStory/National/home

NATO presence enough, for now
Defence minister 'pleased' with allies' Afghan contributions
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/national/story.html?id=9c0aa890-d18d-4c7c-9bad-41c6a8f1e36d


CANUSA/USACAN
U.S. move means Canada stuck in Afghanistan
We have no excuse after Bush commits more troops to war
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/182857

'Integration' talks spark fierce debate
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=34d25aed-edfa-4ea4-b025-3bb8d91a92f3&k=33715

Ambassador worried over U.S. plan to require passports at land borders
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/story.html?id=65451fb2-5acc-44ce-a25b-58550602c099&k=82600

Wilson pushes Cuba connection
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/182747


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
To defeat a bill
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=69a21744-78c6-4fbf-a948-981529c51750

Border jam responsibility lies elsewhere
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=4b67aecf-2b34-4bb1-8d08-455951b57caf


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Harper chided for silence in U.S.-Iran standoff
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/182745

The rush to re-arm
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=f21ab507-b405-43a6-bfde-0b82eebaab19


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Senior U.S., Canadian judges spar over judicial activism
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070217.wxcharter17/BNStory/Front/home

Kidnap victim picked for judges' committee
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070217.wxjudges17/BNStory/National


MIGRATION
Appeals sought for refugees on run
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2007/02/17/3640196-sun.html


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
The new happy couple
The Stephen Harper-Jean Charest union the latest in the province's politics
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/182757

The fight begins: Leaders come out swinging
Pollster consensus on election is 'anything can happen'
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=09b2eae1-2829-4bdf-aa86-dfced2122f0c

Royalty review panel draws criticism
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/story.html?id=78413f6e-289d-4e3b-8b89-a73051abe5ef


POLITICS
Trust ads 'a lie': Grits
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/National/2007/02/17/3640072-sun.html

PM clashes with Goodale over attack ads
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070217.wxharper17/BNStory/National

General draws Liberal fire
Chief of defence staff denies blunt talk about past budget cuts is too political
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/182858

Tory MP links action on climate change to suicide
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/story.html?id=b1595303-1cc1-4fed-8003-3fdb2e7fa1d6&k=47658

Terror vote sparks Grit revolt
MPs' threat of mutiny won't change Liberal stance, Dion vows
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=a1cf79a2-d2b1-4b23-9750-11617f01f2d9


PROGRAMMES
CWB vote to help in potential court battles: Agmin
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/070216/canada/canada_wheatboard_col

Showdown over military's direction rankles top general
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=4b0476e9-a94a-44a4-a62c-13a8b491c9cc&k=76548

To sell Canada on war, try `hope' but not `liberty'
Focus groups advised Harper not to echo Bush
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/182857


PRESSURE POINTS
There is no longer any doubt
It's time to act on global warming
http://www.thestar.com/sciencetech/article/182744


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Unwise attack on judicial independence
Harper's moves at home run counter to aims in Afghanistan
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/182755

Harper does it my way
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=5312c451-34a8-46da-b8fa-8005319227dd

Public-private partnerships save money
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/182741

Dirty little secret no more
Professional sports forge cosy relationships with gambling industry
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.html?id=736abf9b-4a7f-4cbc-8da0-2e4fafc5284a

Renewable energy strategy offers Stelmach a needed green light
Freshman Alberta premier doesn't see the political potential yet, but he'd better
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/ideas/story.html?id=bd715cea-87c9-4102-9c7f-942e8342841d

Things will get worse at the border
Passport lineups a symbol of inconvenience and dubious benefits
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=4e2facaf-e688-4bb0-b3ad-f2f507b037d7

Five reasons why poker-faced PM wants spring vote
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/559738.html

Does Harper have just cause?
Harper wants to appoint hard-on-crime judges when crime stats are down
http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?GXHC_gx_session_id_=b9e8a27598ae7ef3&pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1171666212497&call_pageid=1020420665036&col=1112188062581

Crazy kids; North Korea just wants to fit in with all the others in the class
http://www.thesudburystar.com/webapp/sitepages/content.asp?contentid=407239&catname=Editorial&classif =


INFOS

Le gouvernement Harper sera la cible de 2 manifestations
http://www2.canoe.com/infos/quebeccanada/archives/2007/02/20070217-113541.html

Hillier soutient Harper, accusent les libéraux
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/02/17/131543.html

Les forêts dévastées plus vite que prévu
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/regional/modele.asp?page=/regions/colombie-britannique/2007/02/17/001-foret-dendroctone.shtml

Harper ne reculera pas
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2007/02/16/007-harper-fiducies.shtml


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Continental integration talks spark fierce debate in U.S.
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=34d25aed-edfa-4ea4-b025-3bb8d91a92f3&k=33715

        Next week an SPP meeting will be held in Ottawa the aims  of which are " to build a safer, more secure and economically dynamic North America"

        Unlike the last meeting relating to these aims the media are aware of it. 

        An SPP/NAU SPECIAL is in preparation.  You can familiarize yourself with the official view of what is transpiring through the links below.

        Some posts have been received regarding this initiative.

        Others are welcomed.

               Joe

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About the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America
http://www.spp-psp.gc.ca/overview/about-en.aspx

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The Security Agenda
http://www.spp-psp.gc.ca/overview/security-en.aspx


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The Prosperity Agenda
http://www.spp-psp.gc.ca/overview/prosperity-en.aspx

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Priorities

The three leaders of North America agreed at a meeting on March 31, 2006 in Cancun, Mexico, to advance the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) by focusing on five priority areas. These include:
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Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America Report to Leaders August 2006
http://geo.international.gc.ca/can-am/main/front_page/spp_report-en.asp

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The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America?

Is the SPP an international agreement similar to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?

How does the SPP work?

What do Canada and its partners achieve through the SPP?

How does the SPP affect Canadians?

How does the partnership affect the terms of NAFTA and other agreements that define Canada’s relationship with the United States and Mexico?

Does the SPP diminish Canada’s sovereignty, laws, rights or culture?

What are some of the SPP’s results to date?

What consultations have guided the establishment and day-to-day activities of the SPP?

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Working Groups
http://www.spp-psp.gc.ca/overview/working_groups-en.aspx

Initiatives under the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) cover areas as diverse as border security, the environment, e-commerce and pandemic influenza management. A broad range of expertise is required to address such complex issues. The effort is divided among a number of inter-departmental Working Groups, which in turn guide the efforts of a number of federal departments and agencies involved in the creation or revision of policies, services and agreements related to each initiative. Each Working Group is responsible for a specific facet of the SPP's undertakings. The objectives of these groups are updated as initiatives are achieved and others added.

The Security Agenda is being dealt with by 10 working groups addressing 10 goals:

    * Traveller Security
    * Cargo Security
    * Border Facilitation
    * Aviation Security
    * Maritime Security
    * Law Enforcement
    * Intelligence Cooperation
    * Bio-protection
    * Protection, Preparedness and Response
    * Science and Technology

The Prosperity Agenda is being pursued by nine different working groups:

    * E-Commerce and Information and Communications Technologies
    * Energy
    * Environment
    * Financial Services
    * Food and Agriculture Regulatory Systems
    * Health
    * Manufactured Goods and Sectoral and Regional Competitiveness
    * Movement of Goods
    * Transportation

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