The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN’S to VICTORIA.
CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - Fixing P.E.I.'s farm group feud Post a comment print this article
NFU and Federation of Agriculture could do more by co-operating
MONTREAL GAZETTE - Coast Guard needs a refit
OTTAWA CITIZEN - Bureaucratic sclerosis
TORONTO STAR - Bold steps needed on child poverty
TORONTO STAR - Save the lowly penny
NATIONAL POST - CIDA's record of futility
K-W RECORD - Family time is prime time
SUDBURY STAR - Barring men won't draw more women candidates
WINNIPEG SUN - Honest talk missing in health debate
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - Our Arctic, their desire
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - Dion goes courting
LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Starved for family time
VANCOUVER SUN - It's time for Tories to back off on income trust slurs
VANCOUVER PROVINCE - New judges wanted
Urban natives claim increasing racism
Cdn troops in firefight
CF-18 jets are mission-ready
Documents show deployment plans to Afghanistan set, but orders unlikely
Sharp eye, sharp pen
Military shouldn’t dismiss survey of Afghans
Key U.S. legislator says Canada is caught in onerous U.S. security plans
Pressure mounts to end CN strike
Ottawa's tax windfall bodes well for cuts
Respected researcher says oil bubble to burst
Decline in industrial world consumption and thorough routing of speculators could lead to $30 U.S. a barrel
Ethanol's future not dependent on corn
An aggressive push into ethanol production is a horrible idea, particularly when it's supported by hard-earned taxpayer dollars
A new manufacturing mindset needed
PM 'muzzling judges'
Ex-Supreme. Harper's trying to interfere with sentencing process, Antonio Lamer says
NDP calls for recognition of foreign credentials
Lost in red tape
POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Charest to play up Quebec's nation status
'PQ could form minority government'
How Harper helped Charest
The turnaround for provincial Liberals began with election of Tories
Tory attack ads will confuse Quebec voters: Dion
Tory funding spree 'smells like pre-election spending'
PM holds election aces
The smear's golden era
The war for power goes on regardless of voters
Privacy czar balks at sharing voters' birthdates
Funds for homeless stuck in federal treasury, despite urgent need: study
Federal repair bill going through the roof
Ottawa to relaunch Participaction
British economist urges action on climate change
Time to act on climate change
The Canadian Automobile Association has entered the debate about this important issue. It is promoting several ways to reduce greenhouse gases - including the use of public transit http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/driving/story.html?id=9e3169c8-9d62-4157-bfb6-8b44772bcfe2
OPINION AND INFORMATION
Bull market running past West's barley farmers
Plebiscite could break wheat board monopoly
An artificial scandal
Revised early daylight savings time may spark litany of woes
Coasting on past achievements
One of the toughest challenges facing any society is to find the right balance between respecting the beliefs of newcomers and upholding its own core values. http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/182774
We are our own enemies
Much of the trouble that afflicts Muslim people comes from an ancient and flawed interpretation of Islam, even in Canada
Families need more fighting time together
Gay couple leaps 'walls' to adopt son
Equalization doesn't touch Alberta finances
Canada's health care
Struggling to measure up
Les libéraux fédéraux se disent prêts pour des élections dès ce printemps
Une représentante américaine s'oppose au passeport obligatoire
Treize soldats canadiens blessés en Afghanistan
Convoi canadien attaqué
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/International/2007/02/19/001-afghanistan_convoi.shtmlSome of us wonder if you're up to the job
QUEBEC IS NOT A NATION The first election on which I worked full time (aside from my job and sleeping now and again) was that of 1968 - close to 40 years ago now. The "wedge issue" was the Progressive Conservative Party having adopted the position there were "Deux Nations" inhabiting Canada. Try as I might the distinction between a CULTURAL NATION comprised of a group of people sharing cultural characteristics and a POLITICAL NATION, a land area forming an independent country, just could not be explained. To-day, as then, the Québécois are a distinct cultural group in Canada, a cultural nation. Not all who are Québécois reside in Quebec nor are all residents of the Canadian Province of Quebec Québécois in culture. To me Canada is our political nation. Our country's land area is subdivided for purposes of a local nature into 10 provinces and three territories It is the Government of Canada that deals with other countries, with other political nations. It may be you agree with Jean Charest. It may be you accept Quebec as a political nation being able to have an increasingly direct voice in the conduct of international affairs. I do not! I do not and welcome debate on this forum with any prepared to argue otherwise. Joe______________________________________RHÉAL SÉGUIN
Charest to play up Quebec's nation status
>From Monday's Globe and Mail
QUEBEC — Vowing to place the Quebec nation in a leadership role in Canada, Premier Jean Charest is launching his election campaign this week with his own brand of nationalism, pledging to take Quebec one step further on the international scene.
"Yes, Quebec is a nation. Quebec is a force for change within Canada and a Liberal government represents this locomotive of change for Canadian federalism," Mr. Charest told more than 2,500 delegates at a party pre-election meeting on Saturday.
If re-elected, the Quebec Liberals say they will hold the first-ever summit of autonomous regions and federated states that would include Catalonia, Wales and Scotland in seeking a greater voice in international forums. The pledge was part of the election platform adopted by the delegates.
A Liberal government intends to take full advantage of Parliament's recognition of Quebec as a nation within Canada and the voice the province has obtained from Ottawa at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, known as UNESCO.________________________________
The Climate change wars continue.
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Joe: Re Canada's ambassador in Washington says U-S President Bush's increase in support for Afghanistan is "reassuring.''
Respectfully, I do not find President Bush's renewed interest in Afghanistan "reassuring" with an American Four Star General presently leading ISAF As always, however, time will tell. Joe
I am inclined to agree with you - not because I have anything against the U.S.A., but because I see Canada as coming into a new era of independence and productivity. And that newness is due to Canada, not due to U.S.A. interference. As a Canadian, I can't be more proud of what we have achieved on the world stage recently. And as for Afghanistan, I wear a pin always that symbolizes my support of our troops wherever they are in the world. At the same time, I wear it also for the decisions being made constantly by our leaders. God be with them all.
From Rene Moreau
re; Predicting impact of ethonol is difficult. (article included)
Trust a less advantaged nation to simplify our difficult problems. Since Norte Americanos are not too swift, or informed, when it comes to the effect of their decisions on the world, 60,000 or so people in Mexico go out onto the street to object about the new higher price on tortillas, corn tortillas. Since corn seems to be the chosen method of making ethanol for car fuel, does it not follow that any effects will be somewhat immediate?
If the results were less food in a world where many, many go hungry, that is not an immediate concern, right? Especially for corporate concerns where the 'bottom line is the be all and the end all.
But raised prices on corn NOW? Talking about raising peoples' consciousness.
After reading an article like this one below, that makes the issue less clear, a nice, clear action by Mexicans needs no translating. Maybe we can dispense with lying, obfuscating and spinning, corporate-run media, if we had enough really simple analogies.
Like the Chinese shooting down their OWN WEATHER SATELITE, to send a message?
KISS, (Keep it simple, stupid) anyone?
Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)
Subject: Power options: Nuclear, coal, wind, east-west grid; --or change our culture.
Power options: Nuclear, coal, wind, east-west grid; --or change our culture.
and Friends wondering about Canada's power needs:-
I have to do some more studying of the info that's out there
on energy sources--nuclear, coal, east-west power grid, wind, etc..
A big part of our problem is our society's childish thirst to pig out on
more, and more, and more power.
To China goes our coal, then up into the air in dirtiest emissions.
We like living lordly on their out-of-sight, -out -of-mind slave labour.
Nemesis: We breathe same air that they pollute. Dwell on the same Earth.
Today I was at the Emergency waiting room to pick up a relative and
saw on the TV screen some huge dirt bike race being shown.
A whole industry has developed that relentlessly promotes
what I call "cheap-thrill toys" to seduce and entertain the public.
Overlooked is the price to the environment of this whole mentality,
and you can be sure it isn't going to back down
and admit it doesn't promote a healthy lifestyle for a sustainable planet.
Where do we draw the line in protecting native species? Losing one more is okay,
then two, next one hundred. Let 100 exotic species strangle our landscape?
We plant palm trees in front of cottages on Lake Erie (to flaunt that we can afford it),
but it tells a message that the owner is ignorant of what species
actually belong to THIS, our landscape. He emulates Florida or Hawaii instead,
and wants to bulldoze unrecognized natural treasures in his backyard.
Same story with ATVs which wreck unique native species habitats around here.
So powerless against this mentality (and their lobby) are we,
that even the local Conservation Authority sanctions ATV use in particular zones,
even though they know the zone boundaries are not respected. And
MNR has almost no enforcement staff available between Hamilton and Windsor.
I sometimes would try to frame it like this to farmers and rural residents
(who let their children drive ATVs in adjacent woodlots),
or to out-of-area people who bring their dirt bikes and ATVs to drive in our woodlands:
Would you let someone drive an ATV through a farmers crop? Tear up your lawn or garden? NO.
So why let the natural order be ravaged and destroyed in the woodland or wild meadow?
You are teaching your child to not respect nature, not to care about the balance of the planet.
Question to everyone:
Why do we not object to TV commercials showing jeeps etc.,
driving through pristine wilderness, desert, and mountains?
Where is the consumer pressure on auto sellers
to 'respect the environment' in TV commercial images?
David Suzuki, we need you to slam them.
Everyone, we need a cultural renewal.
Zeb Landon, Norfolk County
From: Marten Gabriel
Subject: Re: climate doomsayers have been proven wrong throughout the decades
This article just crossed my monitor and made me think of your attempt to raise our awareness on this subject.
Be well and thanks for all your work!
The Creeping Fascism of Global Warming Hysteria
Man-made orthodoxy is a dogma of coercion, bias, and junk science
By Paul Joseph Watson, Prison Planet
February 15, 2007
Forward courtesy of < email@example.com>
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
The hoax of the doctrine of man-made global warming that is being foisted upon the world by decree, and the junk science that is manipulated to support it, represents a creeping fascism whose agenda to stifle open debate betrays the fact that climate change hysteria is a farce intended to crush freedoms and further centralize global power.
In an interview with a Czech newspaper,, Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic blamed the "whip of political correctness" for preventing more scientists and statesmen from going public with their skepticism on man-made global warming. This is precisely what we have arrived at, in a bizarre vacuum of common sense and without any attribution, the establishment and the controlled left have managed to squash reasoned two-sided debate about global warming by coating their argument with the nebulous claim that expressing disagreement is somehow bigoted, backward and even racist.
The very fact that the man-made advocates have to introduce such a far distant concept as race into a debate about scientific climate change makes it self-evident that their argument is inherently weak and vulnerable.
In an article we published in November about global warming being primarily caused by the sun, we commented somewhat tongue in cheek that people who express doubts about global warming would soon be compared to holocaust deniers by the media and other self-appointed cultural kingpins who demand total adherence to orthodox religion style beliefs about climate change. . . .
Subject: Muslims Out of Australia!
Have you seen this?
I thought you might find the following article from snopes.com interesting: http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/australia.asp
Bob Gauthier, Ottawa
Stéphane Dion raises an interesting point. Harper is running attack ads against the federal Liberals in Quebec on the eve of a provincial election. This will damage to some extent the chances of the provincial Liberals. And it will help to some extent the cause of those who would separate Quebec from Canada. And Harper knows this. So what is he up to?
We know that our Prime Minister is on record as stating that he does not care how many Canada's there are. That greater integration with America would be best. That we should have been in Iraq. That Alberta should build a firewall around itself. That the provinces should have much more power and Ottawa far less.
Furthermore, the general theme of the attack ads has been to slam Dion on the environment. But in point of fact Harper is attacking the Liberals for doing nothing about an alleged problem that he himself at the time and all along claimed did not exist. It was only the unusually late arrival of winter in Ottawa that lead to Harper's sudden and mystical conversion. It is fascinating that he rejected all of the scientific evidence and then found the light based solely upon a few weeks of unseasonably warm temperatures. Therefore, in the attack ads Harper is admitting that he was wrong all along, that he was an inept leader of the opposition, and that he was absolutely mistaken on the most important problem facing mankind.
So now he attacks someone whose inaction, if in fact was inaction, agreed with his own position, and at risk of the separatists winning the next election in Quebec?
It has been my position all along that we will not have a fast election. That Duceppe would love nothing more that to keep Harper in power until the next, and probably last referendum in Quebec takes place. Consider it from the point of view of Duceppe. Would you rather have a French-Canadian Prime Minister, or Harper to (disingenuously) plead the cause of a united Canada? Would you rather argue that the rest of Canada apart from Quebec elected a moderate Liberal Prime Minister more or less in step with Quebec thinking, or that the rest of Canada elected a radically right-wing government utterly out of step with Quebec liberalism? Would you rather have a Prime Minister who seeks to ensure that Ottawa has sufficient power, or one that thinks that the power belongs in Quebec City? The answers are clear. And Duceppe is licking his chops.
It is obvious that Stephen Harper wants to destroy Canada. He wants all of us to pay our taxes to Uncle Sam. Everything he says and does points in this direction. And the very sad fact is this. Even if Stéphane Dion and Jack Layton were in agreement, they could not bring the Harper government down so long as Gilles Duceppe wants Harper in power. And he most assuredly does.
Harper will do everything he can to ensure that the separatists win the next referendum in Quebec. He will then, of course, when all is said and done and the Canada we know and love is no more, do the only appropriate thing. Blame it on the Liberals.
Nipissing District Chapter of STRONG
Subject: We want our Natural Resources to be processed to a finished produce with in Northern Ontario
It is Northern Ontario’s resources we need to start thinking like owners and how we want to manage this resource over the long term. STRONG is going to fight for Direct Democracy, The 809.000 people that live in Northern Ontario has never had a debate our $ trillion Natural Resources Reserves.
We have to unanimously acknowledge the fact that Northern Ontario Needs the Government of Ontario to levy a 2.5% for our mining production
Of $5 billion and appropriate levy of 1 % on $18 billion forest production at Time of sale. 5% levy for concentrate ore and nickel matte and 10% levy for mined ore at the time of sale that is ship out of Northern.
These Levies are needed to create a research and development fund of at least $100 million annually for research and development that must be done in Northern Ontario. 50% must be done in our University and Collages in Northern Ontario.
The mining and forest industry will control 50% but the research and development all must be done in Northern Ontario.
Research and development that will maximize the benefits for every tree that is cut and maximize the benefits for every ton of ore mined.
Research and Development in our Universities and Collages will bring Manufacturing to Northern Ontraio.When we ship out 100% of our naturalresources that is not processed to a manufactured finished end produce, we are shipping away our jobs, prosperity, $ billion in profits and our tax base for the federal, provincial, and municipal governments.
Creates all kinds of problems, like welfare, unemployment, families lose there life saving in there value of there homes, out migration of our youth, large under-services area, lack of opportunities, denied the best technology available, state of the art equipment and research and development that is key to turning our natural resources into manufactured produces at home.
Having a $100 million R&D fund for our Universities and Collages will bring the best technology together, state of the art equipment. innovation that a manufacturing infrastructure needs. to-day we don't have a manufacturing inforstruure in Northern Ontario. We don't have an industrial strategy for Northern Ontario.
We need to start an education program starting with our MP, MPP, mayors, presidents of chamber of commerce’s, union leaders, university presidents, colleges, First Nations, business and our schools in Northern Ontario.
That we want our Natural Resources to be processed to a finished produce with in Northern Ontario.
The 809,000 people living in 145 communities in Northern Ontario have to support strongly, that a percentage of our natural resources be turn into
manufactured produces with in Northern Ontario.
North's Natural Resources should be processed here for jobs.STRONG Main Office, RR#2, Lot 3, Con 9, Kapuskasing ON, P5N 2X8, Phone: 705-337-1580, Cell: 705-335-0627===================================
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Subject: If you don't know what NAU is go to:
If you don't know what NAU is go to:
Subject: Creating the North American Union
North American Union to Replace USA?
by Jerome R. Corsi (more by this author)
President Bush is pursuing a globalist agenda to create a North American Union, effectively erasing our borders with both Mexico and Canada. This was the hidden agenda behind the Bush administration's true open borders policy.
Secretly, the Bush administration is pursuing a policy to expand NAFTA politically, setting the stage for a North American Union designed to encompass the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. What the Bush administration truly wants is the free, unimpeded movement of people across open borders with Mexico and Canada.
President Bush intends to abrogate U.S. sovereignty to the North American Union, a new economic and political entity which the President is quietly forming, much as the European Union has formed.
The blueprint President Bush is following was laid out in a 2005 report entitled "Building a North American Community" published by the left-of-center Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). The CFR report connects the dots between the Bush administration's actual policy on illegal immigration and the drive to create the North American Union: . . .
Creating the North American Union
The plans for a North American Security and Prosperity Partnership are steps on the way to a North American Union. (Tell your representative and senators "NO North American Union!" Also, click here to send a message to your representative and senators in support of H. Con. Res. 487 to stop the NAU.)
On June 21, viewers of CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight heard the alarming introduction to a segment of the program devoted to the future of the United States of America. "The Bush administration's open-borders policy and its decision to ignore the enforcement of this country's immigration laws is part of a broader agenda," Dobbs intoned. "President Bush signed a formal agreement that will end the United States as we know it, and he took the step without approval from either the U.S. Congress or the people of the United States."
The agreement Dobbs was talking about was crafted a year earlier. On March 23, 2005, then-Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin and Mexican President Vicente Fox met with President Bush in Waco, Texas, to discuss plans for integrating Canada, the United States, and Mexico. During that meeting, the three heads of state argued that the three nations are "mutually dependent and complementary" and need to work together more closely on a range of issues. "In a rapidly changing world, we must develop new avenues of cooperation that will make our open societies safer and more secure, our businesses more competitive, and our economies more resilient," the three leaders said in a joint statement.
The standard diplomatic language was a prelude to a radical proposal calling for the merger of the three nations in several important ways. Under a so-called Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), the nations will no longer have separate borders, but will "implement common border-security." The three nations will no longer respond on the national level to emergencies but will have a "common approach to emergency response." And, in a move that has tremendous implications for the growing immigration crisis, the three leaders agreed that the United States' north and south borders would be eliminated. Under the SPP plan, the three nations will "implement a border-facilitation strategy to build capacity and improve the legitimate flow of people and cargo at our shared borders."
This plan is nothing short of revolutionary. . . .
Subject: STOP NAU - CITIZENS' CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS TO REDRESS
The Magna Carta and US Bill of Rights have the keys for citizen action, at least in the USA. North American Union is quietly coming down the pike as our national leaders continue the process, guided along by unelected globalists and Big Business, which began in 2005 with the 3 Amigos, George Bush (an oil baron), Vincente Fox (now defunct but replaced by a new president whom the people believe cooked the election) and then PM Paul Martin (president of a shipping line he runs under the Liberian flag (tax haven of choice) and doesn't need to pay union wages to his seamen). Do you remember when his advice to someone (I think she was a grandmother) was to go to France if that's where she would be most likely to get a job?
Open the link and if you need to shorten the read, scroll down to Profound Capstone Right. Is that the Capstone on the pyramid on the US dollar – a good provision for the right of peoples' action to protect their freedoms? Could that Capstone on the dollar actually be a good thing and not "some evil Masonic-Illuminati thing"? The American people do not want to see their jobs go south to Mexico where people will work for $4-5/hr – and neither do Canadians want to say goodbye to jobs that pay a living wage in their own country. Do we want our borders abolished and do we want to see our water and natural resources designated to a common pool for big developers to exploit? Do we want to go on a common currency (the "Amero")? Will we acquire the privilege of sharing the USA's debt to China (it's big war debt) if we become one big happy Union? Why is North American Union being driven along without informing the people of all the itsy-bitsy details, since it will impose major changes in the way we conduct our lives and business, our military, and why is no referendum put before the people of Canada, USA and Mexico? Where is PM Harper with his little pointer and flip chart on this one?
and after that, have a look at this:
Subject: Coming out of the ClosetNorth American Union / North American Integration / SPP
This coming Friday, Feb 25th, 2007 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada the prime signators of the SPP initiative will meet formally as announced by the Canadian Government. This initiative has had little public disclosure since signed in 2005.
Those attending include from the United States, the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the secretary with interior safety Michael Chertoff and the secretary with the trade Carlos Gutierrez, from Mexico, the secretary with the Foreign Affairs, Patricia Espinosa and the secretaries inside Francisco Javier Ramirez Acuna and with the trade Eduardo Sojo Garza-Aldape, from the host Canada, the Foreign Ministers and of public Safety Peter MacKay and Stockwell Day, and the Ministry of Industry Maxime Bernier.
Formally known as the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America which includes the United States, Mexico & Canada. It is represented by Government bodies in all three countries and has representation by less than 40 business leaders from all three countries. This initiative is to set the agenda for decades on the future direction of the countries represented. Many of the thoughts and plans have serious merit, however there is some very serious flaw that should be addressed prior to implementation. It should be noted most business leaders had previous representation in NAFTA.
Environment: Although the Environment & Energy are major topics in this initiative, there is no representation by members of the scientific community as well as those that would be concerned as to the social aspects of land transfer or people movement. Politicians and the business elite have already led us into Global Warming and the possible destruction of our Planet. We need review by those that have the knowledge prior to any approval forthcoming.
People: Many politicians care very little about the basic population ( other when they want their votes ) and business organizations are far less responsible as dollars and profits are their only goal. We don't need another Enron on our hands, where the individual rights of people were abandoned by those that should have represented us well. People need to be involved and participate in any decision making.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Daily Digest February 19, 2007
Joe Hueglin wrote: