Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Daily Digest February 20, 2007

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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Courting disaster
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=12433&sc=80

HALIFAX HERALD - No closer to peace
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/560151.html

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Funding helped autism discovery 
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=ef06657c-cdc2-4859-ae2d-3d59aa1d6306

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Resolve Air India or move on
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=1182afaa-92e6-42f0-b3b1-46c0077b7dd9

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Developmental problems
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=ec25b0f5-dc48-4450-9755-9eb39ccb90b9

OTTAWA CITIZEN - A healthy message
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=b9419403-4911-4f94-8344-14d8cc390b4d

TORONTO STAR - Let Ottawa lead on $10 basic wage
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/183445

TORONTO STAR - Triumph of tolerance
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/183447

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - Lots of talk at summit, little action
http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1171926613122&call_pageid=1020420665036&col=1112101662670

K-W RECORD - General inspection
http://www.therecord.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?GXHC_gx_session_id_=9adcc20098aaeca2&pagename=record/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1171926614778&call_pageid=1024321927354&col=1024322198380

WINDSOR STAR - Security bill: The Liberals backtrack
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=51077709-b9b4-447c-806e-5b1ac5ee9f6b

SUDBURY STAR -   Deal, no deal, then deal; U.S. can't resist bribery whenever North Korea plays its nuclear card
http://www.thesudburystar.com/webapp/sitepages/content.asp?contentid=411666&catname=Editorial&classif =

CALGARY HERALD -
Towards a fair division of assets
Royalty panel's challenge will be to avoid extremes
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=816ef069-baeb-49f4-b050-92e9f9a2c520

CALGARY SUN - Immigrants need more than promises
http://www.calgarysun.com/cgi-bin/publish.cgi?p=172948&x=articles&s=comment

EDMONTON JOURNAL - High-seas fishing a voyage to doom
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=0ee3059a-4b09-4edc-8477-4b22c01345b3

VANCOUVER SUN - Air India families will never know justice if inquiry is shut down 
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=19b1cb9c-34ce-459e-8d2e-eedb2d1e901b

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Hit criminals where it hurts them most, in the pocketbook
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=362e034d-9a4a-4ad0-9bb9-149645341b9b

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Green energy projects are far from problem-free
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=e70403f8-c35e-4c41-b369-f8fdefd987ee


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
Feds urged to focus on land claims
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/02/20/3647108-sun.html


CANADIAN FORCES
Has Taliban sprung its spring offensive?
Attacked twice in one day, Canadian troops may be victims of more than bad timing
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.html?id=be1bf7e8-0f58-4527-bc2d-1d62afb7ca05


Afghan war crimes amnesty passed
The upper house of the Afghan parliament has passed a controversial bill giving amnesty to people accused of war crimes over the past 30 years.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6379587.stm

Arctic sovereignty plans on track: defence minister
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/02/19/oconnor-arctic.html

Military says proposed rotations are just part of prudent planning
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/183525

Is Hillier out of line?
Chief of defence is playing a highly unusual public role in promoting the mission in Afghanistan, even bypassing the defence minister to deal directly with the Prime Minister http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/183409

Showdown over military's direction rankles Canada's top general
Hillier unhappy over military's international role, and recently added domestic priorities
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=2d9003d1-7742-4ead-b4ea-fd9d3f0730f0

Iraq dogs Afghan mission
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/183408


CANUSA/USACAN
Canadian cows entering U.S. without proper ID, says cattle grou
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/us_cda_cattle


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Weak oil theory
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=58980707-130e-48bf-a40d-876694c8ad26

Corn cobs may unlock key to natural gas cars
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070220.wbriquette0220/BNStory/Science/home

Break expected on capital gains in Tory budget
Want to keep election promise: economist
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070220.wxrbudget20/BNStory/Business/home


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Colour a clue to prostate protection
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/bodyandhealth/story.html?id=df0d3db8-4c27-4563-ad77-e2bc2cdd15a1

$139M for HIV vaccine
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/183652

Heart association advises women to consider daily Aspirin 
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/bodyandhealth/story.html?id=6faf776b-cc87-40c1-9a40-dffe749d6964

Psychologists condemn sexualized portrayal of young girls
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/bodyandhealth/story.html?id=acd44001-847d-4bdd-a356-8ab659d92e1e

Study ties TV to premature puberty, autism
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=a2656ee6-7d6b-44f4-b45d-27a40b60ed6c

Get regular pap smears, says 'poster girl'
Declining number of tests worries B.C.'s cancer agency
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=d547f493-0f5a-4c7e-a9a4-7cfd56406488


JUSTICE SYSTEM
High court finally set to rule this week in landmark security cases
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070219/n0219100A.html

Harper scrambles to defuse dispute after judge warns he'll shut down probe unless key evidence released
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/183593

Is it security – or convenience?
Government agencies' claims don't sound sincere
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/183592


MIGRATION
Expand head-tax payments, Chinese group says
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/02/19/head-tax.html

Harper promises action on immigrant credentials
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/02/19/haroer-credentials.html


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Provinces say they're in the dark about Harper's climate change fund
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070219/n0219141A.html

Ottawa may move to close funding gap
Ontario to get $400-million, sources say, as part of effort to help all provinces
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070220.wxgap20/BNStory/National/home

The country is watching
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=bac56da1-fafa-45c2-9512-3054d7ae2fbc


POLITICS
Canada to unveil federal budget
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/070220/canada/canada_budget_col

Parties gear up for political storm around March 19 budget
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070220/n0220125A.html

Latest poll shows Dion, Liberals losing support
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070219/counsel_poll_070219/20070219?hub=Canada

Tories surge on Harper's leadership
Conservatives building momentum for spring election, poll finds
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070220.wpoll20/BNStory/National/home

Harper dismisses election talk despite new polls
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070220.wharpelec0220/BNStory/National/home


Tories hint they'll drop anti-Liberal ads
Ottawa clearly wants Charest re-elected
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=c4e11d19-23b6-4b77-9001-aa4dbf0842de

Tories to pull French-language attack ads in event of Quebec election
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070219/n021996A.html

Dion urged to back anti-terror measures
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/National/2007/02/20/3647320-sun.html

Dion to punish MPs who back anti-terror measures in vote
Leader tested by splits in caucus on issue
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070220.wxliberals20/BNStory/National/home

Immigration minister downplays issue of lost citizenship, says only 450 cases
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070219/n0219102A.html

Finley's immigration stance 'garbage'
Critics say number of 'lost Canadians' is in the thousands
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2007/02/20/3647366-sun.html

Eye condition justifies limo bills, Finley says
Graves disease prevents minister driving
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070220.wxlimo20/BNStory/National/home

Party needs more image, less Don
Axworthy: Put convention 'euphoria' aside, focus on battling Tories, Liberal says
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=c35632ff-bd33-435a-a54f-69259af96a9c

Green, Grit leaders getting chummy
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=080e411c-3916-48e8-a595-e95bc8f0e6e2

Troops will be in Afghanistan in 2011, NDP MP says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070220.wxdefence20/BNStory/National/home

Money meant for homeless `being spent,' Solberg says
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/183557


PROGRAMMES
Government readies back-to-work order as CN strikers reject voluntary return
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070220/n0220112A.html

Federal Tories accused of diluting commitment to protect fisheries, waterways
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070219/n021988A.html

PM moves to resolve Air India access dispute
Head of inquiry frustrated by government secrecy
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=e8ae6ab2-4927-4bbb-95fc-549226474dca


PRESSURE POINTS
Renowned UK economist brings green-growth message to Canadian audience
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070219/n0219121A.html

'Reckless' to ignore climate change, economist says
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/02/19/stern-climate.html

The fantasy that is Kyoto
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=1658915e-4059-484b-a40d-b71258784f02

Canada `can be green and grow'
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/183517

Canadians say one thing -- often do another on warming
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/story.html?id=2e2f49dd-4fa5-4609-8c44-da2bf6d04fbb

Fighting climate change 'cheaper' than ignoring it
'You can be green and grow,' economist Nicholas Stern says
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=a24b354a-2ef2-49d8-8580-27de11e08386

OPINION AND INFORMATION
Dora the Distractor
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Columnists/Jenkinson_Michael/2007/02/20/3647289.html

Smokescreen for hypocrisy
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Matthews_Geoff/2007/02/20/3647045.html

Vancouver: Three years away and already $110-million over budget
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2007/02/20/3647126-sun.html

Defending democracy's expansion
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/editorialsletters/story.html?id=7c80a17d-a923-4f3f-9b5a-23f3768e257c

Americans get a third more loot
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=45f8a927-38e7-4b87-a513-83ebe562c539

Poll suggests Canada is tiring of being the world's do-gooder
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/183407

The peace movement's double standard
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=18caf55a-846e-4050-a5fe-0f19245d2c38

Facilities needed to make ParticipACTION work
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/canada_world/story.html?id=ccb76018-a5f2-43cf-aac5-586c5fd3be25

Our quality of life not worthy of envy
Sadly, not nearly enough of Alberta's wealth is devoted to bettering our existence
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=d96780fa-125b-44ba-abac-cb92f73a3ff6

Atlantica concept must be put on map for public discussion
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/560155.html


INFOS

 Des insurgés étrangers aident les talibans selon l'armée canadienne
http://mesnouvelles.branchez-vous.com/Monde/070220/M022028U.html

Un budget pour le 19 mars
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070220/CPACTUALITES/70220174/1025/FRONTPAGE

Marché du carbone: la Bourse de Toronto presse Harper d'agir
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/02/20/131824.html

Les conservateurs vont retirer leurs publicités au Québec
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/02/20/131802.html

Dion promet un plan vert amélioré
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070220/CPACTUALITES/702200905/1025/FRONTPAGE

Harper ne change pas d'idée sur des élections
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070220/CPACTUALITES/70220136/1025/FRONTPAGE

Harper tout doux avec le PLQ et l’ADQ
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070220/CPACTUALITES/70219248/1025/FRONTPAGE

Dion menace ses députés qui voteraient avec le PC
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070220/CPACTUALITES/70220012/1025/FRONTPAGE


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Matthew Wensley
Subject: The Toronto Party


FYI
Final agenda for the meeting on Sunday, February 25, 2007;

As a reminder, the meeting will be held at the Master’s Buffeteria, 310 Bloor Street West, 1 block east of Spadina.
 
For those travelling by car, parking will be available. The Master’s Buffeteria parking lot is accessible off of Madison Ave. (one-way street south) near the foot of Madison Ave. and Bloor St. West. Other parking is available at designated parking lots in the area.
 
We are looking forward to an exciting meeting and to beginning the hard work that will be necessary to build The Toronto Party.
 
Cheers,
Stephen Thiele
THE TORONTO PARTY
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Master’s Buffeteria, 310 Bloor Street West

AGENDA
1.     Formal registration opens at 1:30 p.m. and continues until 2:00 p.m. (Please be there early)

14.  5:00 p.m.: Formal adjournment of meeting.

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Derrall Bellaire

Greetings Joe,

Brad Thomson answered his own question.  The alliance-conservative government is determined to destroy the hopes and dreams of the Fathers of Confederation,  including Sir John A.  What better way than to court the support of separtists in Quebec.  It would take attention away from the federal efforts to destroy the country.

Derrall Bellaire
London-Fanshawe

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From Rene Moreau

re; The sound of silence, of the lambs.

    Listen, if you will, to the sound of Canadian media and citizens, because they think, "Oh, it must be just me observing this foolishness",  objecting to raw logs being shipped south because the harvesting companies in Ontario and B.C. are mainly American. owned.

    Silent, ain't it?

Or that so-called Canadian M.P.'s can hold foreign, American citizenship while in office, (without telling the citizens of Canada) and yet they can bitch about Stephane Dion and the governor-general holding  French and Canadian dual.

    When asked, the office of David Emerson and Gordon O'Connor can call back  when asked,  and say, "that's personal information and we don't have to answer that!
    Even our good guys in the media are being told, apparently, that such talk is anti-American!    It most certainly is not!

Self-defence, yes

    When corporate use of such military  5th column tactics as infiltration of our government through secret dual citizenship, is the silence not deafening?
 
               Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)

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Suan H.Booiman

Subject: no Nation

QUEBEC IS NOT A NATION
 
Do I dare to put a word in, short text, no book form.
 
Do agree with you, but so what, past governments have done the same, corrupting
the Nation for one race, a very mixed race, name Francophone, Quebecois, a
distict Nation within the Canadian nation worth $350 million for clean air, additional for
the fiscal imbalance yet unknown to us how much, am sure Charest knows, his
Ottawa buddy, Harper, probably consulted him. 100 million Quebec City's 400th,
does one say more that Canada is not a country. Yes, I voted New Conservative,
will I do it again? as a Western Canadian be better off to vote GREEN than we know
for sure we get nothing.
 
Regards,
 
Suan
        
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Ron Thornton

Subject: Re: Daily Digest February 15, 2007

*Hi Joe:

Just a comment or two in my late reading of the Feb. 15 DD.  Roger Buxton wonders why we vote Tory in Alberta.  It is simple.  No palatable opposition.  Ralph Klein was able to last so long the same reason Jean Chretien was.  By default.  The last Alberta Liberal leader worth his salt was Lawrence Decore, and the idiots in that party forced him out and replaced him with a talking chicken.  They then replaced him with the lady who Ralph beat to win the Conservative leadership in the first place.  The present guy is okay, but does not quite seem ready for prime time just yet. I mean, if we all just voted for any old goof to replace the goof in power, then Preston Manning would have had his turn long ago.  I guess it just doesn't work out that way.  Thank, God.

AND

Subject: Re: Daily Digest February 16, 2007

Hi Joe:

I'm just going through the Feb. 16 DD (I just got off a plane an hour ago after being away for a few days, so please forgive me), and a couple of commentators caught my attention.  Stephen Berg seems to still believe their is anything "urgent" about climatic warming...cooling...change...or whatever will get the populace running around like chickens with their heads cut off.  Again...if man-made causes to climatic change was an urgent concern, we wouldn't be wasting our time with something as impotent as Kyoto.  I mean, can anyone tell me just how in hell hundreds of new coal powered energy plants popping up in China will in some way address this problem?  By the way, just when did carbon dioxide become pollution?  There is no doubt tons of crap we send up in the air that might get my attention, but if carbon dioxide is pollution, then I guess oxygen is as well.  Makes about as much sense.

Kyoto should be given the attention it deserves.  Anyone have a trash can?

Ron

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Brad Thomson
Ottawa
 
Joe,
 
    Stephen Harper stated publicly that he did not know what his motion recognizing Quebec as a nation meant. (No commentary is required.) And insofar as the motion lacks a precise and exacting definition of the word nation as it is used in the context of the motion, he is certainly correct. The motion is indeed ambiguous. So it doesn't mean anything. The problem, therefore, is that the separatists will impose upon it the meaning that best suits their ends. And we know what these are.
 
    Harper hastily chose to introduce his meaningless, though dangerous motion, so as to prevent the Liberals, under one of their frontrunning leadership candidates, Michael Ignatieff, from introducing something similar and having it passed at their leadership convention. (Again, no commentary is required.)
 
    But what needs to be understood is this. If Quebec is a nation, by any definition, then so is the rest of Canada. Or, if Quebec is a distinct society, then by definition it must be distinct from another society, the rest of Canada, which is by the same definition, also therefore a distinct society. Thus, no special privileges or prerogatives for Quebec can be argued for in any sensible manner. Both nations, if you will, or both societies, if you will, are equally different and distinct from one another, and both, therefore, must be treated equally.
 
    Harper's motion was a cheap, disgusting and potentially fatal act. He has given Duceppe and the separatists a very good argument which they shall most certainly use. I maintain my position that Harper is out to destroy Canada. He is clearly in favour of the North American integration that is being discussed. The best chance to have the rest of Canada join the United States is to divide Quebec off from the rest of Canada. And this is our Prime Minister's shameful ambition. To state that one does not care how many Canada's there are is to suggest that one does not care about Canada, period.
 
    Sadly, Harper cannot be tossed by the opposition so long as Duceppe holds the balance of power. But what better friend could Duceppe have at 24 Sussex?
 
Brad Thomson
Ottawa

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Ian Berg

To Brad Thomson, who wrote "It is obvious that Stephen Harper wants to
destroy Canada. He wants all of us to pay our taxes to Uncle Sam."
here is my reply:

Over the top rhetoric like that does not make any sense. It is obvious
Stephen Harper likes being Prime Minister of Canada and wants to
remain in office for a very long time.  He does not try to please
everyone because he knows that strategy ends up pleasing no-one.
However if more people have confidence that the Conservatives provide
a better government than the Liberal party, he will continue to lead
the country.

Addendum:  What to make of today's photo opp with Bill Gates about
AIDS funding and the revival of ParticipAction? I think it is further
evidence of Stephen Harper being flexible rather than ideological on
issues where it is politically expedient

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Rosalie Piccioni

Subject: Fw: News Release

Joe -  Reading this shows me the organized thinking of the PM.  The question was raised about his not attending the past Aids conference and yet getting involved now: i.e. did elections prompt the present involvement. 
 
As I see it, the PM was busy organizing programmes in the North - and did a good job of that - while the Aids conference was being held.  As seems to be the way of this "New Government" to accomplish things, only after getting the facts, and forming a decision made on organization, was any definite committment made.  The fact that this Government makes decisions this way always gives me reassurance that Canada has the Government it needs, at this time especially: one representing security. 
 
Just a thought.
 
Rosie
 
CANADA’S NEW GOVERNMENT AND GATES FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE SUPPORT FOR HIV/AIDS VACCINE RESEARCH

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John Halonen

Subject: Quebec's nation status


   Pardon my lack of French,  but really think this is a rather mute point these days.

   The future of Quebec or the "Québécois"  will vanish if the  North American Union / SPP  is allowed to continue.  With a population of under 5 million out of some 425 million it is quite easy to see that this culture will vanish before our eyes.  Minorities in a North American Union would have diminished responsibilities and a far less chance to change directions in the type of proposal forthcoming.

   Perhaps that is why most politicians and the mainstream press fail to comment on the effect of such a change.

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Norm Greenfield

Subject: Canadian cows entering U.S. without proper ID, says cattle group - Don't Know If You Saw This

Joe:
 
I don't know if you saw this yet or not but there is a story on Yahoo, ' Canadian cows entering U.S. without proper ID, says cattle group.'
 
Can be found at: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/us_cda_cattle
 
My question is, if this is true and not more hyperbole from the US Cattle lobbyists, when will our cattle industry learn?
 
They seem to get the forms right when applying for yet another government handout.
 
They seem to get the whining right when they want more handouts when they are facing the annual crisis and want government handouts.
 
I would say that if this story is true, and the borders are closed again, that we not finance anymore new trucks or handouts for the cattle industry.
 
It is time industry, whether is the agraindustry or otherwise realize that they can not keep coming back to the government/taxpayer trough when they screw up.
 
Norm Greenfield


Norm Greenfield
Calgary/Edmonton, Alberta

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David cCreighton <dcr8on@sympatico.ca>

Subject: THEFT OF IRAQ'S OIL: New Iraq Oil Law To Open Iraq's Oil Reserves to Western Companies

At last we get to the nitty gritty ...  Thanks to AC!
dc
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http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/20/1523250

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007
New Iraq Oil Law To Open Iraq's Oil Reserves to Western Companies

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The Iraqi blogger Raed Jarrar has obtained a copy of the proposed oil law and has just translated it into English. He discusses the new law with Antonia Juhasz, author of "The Bush Agenda: Invading the World One Economy at a Time.” [includes rush transcript]

In one of the first studies of Iraqi public opinion after the US-led invasion of March 2003, the polling firm Gallup asked Iraqis their thoughts on the Bush administration’s motives for going to war. One percent of Iraqis said they believed the motive was to establish democracy. Slightly more – five percent – said to assist the Iraqi people. But far in the lead was the answer that got 43 percent - “to rob Iraq's oil.”

Well, with the four-year mark of the Iraq war less than a month away, the answer may come into clearer view. After a long negotiation process involving US officials, the Iraqi government is considering a new oil law that would establish a framework for managing the third-largest oil reserves in the world.

What would this new law mean for Iraq? With me now from Washington DC is Raed Jarrar - He is the Iraq Project Director for Global Exchange. He has obtained a copy of the proposed oil law which he translated from Arabic and posted on his website. And Antonia Juhasz is on the phone with us -- She has written extensively about the economic side of the US occupation of Iraq and is the author of the book, “The Bush Agenda: Invading the World One Economy at a Time.” Antonia is a Tarbell Fellow at Oil Change International. We welcome you both to Democracy Now!  . . .

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John Halonen

Subject: NAU

North American Union / North American Integration / SPP

Excerpts from the Ottawa Citizen http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=34d25aed-edfa-4ea4-b025-3bb8d91a92f3&k=33715&p=2

"The SPP puts in place an elaborate, robust structure" that "will be permanent, and will ultimately ... produce a new set of North American regulations that would supersede any regulations we have in Canada and the U.S."

Corsi says Canadians should be concerned by this, too, noting that some SPP documents refer to the Alberta oilsands "not as a Canadian resource, but as a North American resource."


It is not just OIL,  but also a FRESH WATER issue that Canadians should be aware of.   That is besides the loss of our Canadian culture.

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STRATOS

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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
http://www.thestar.com/Business/article/18313

Personally, I'm not too crazy about this whole ethanol business. First of all, if oil sells at less than $50 US or so a barrel, ethanol winds up costing more than gasoline does. Also, there are technical and economic reasons that make ethanol a somewhat-pain-in-the-butt. Here goes:
 
1. "Gasoline" is a term used to name a blend of fuels that collectively have certain properties. Gasoline is made up of many chemical components which, when blended together, provide a certain quantity of energy per unit weight, have to be ignited collectively by spark rather than compression inside an engine cylinder, etc., etc.
 
One of the key characteristics of gasoline is the octane number, so named because the "number" represents the equivalent proportion of octane (a gasoline component) in the gasoline itself. The higher the number, the more a gasoline-air combination can be compressed in an engine cylinder, with more compression meaning more energy release and thus more powerful engine. The gasoline in almost all cars are designed to work with "regular" gasoline having an octane number of 87. Using  a higher grade of gasoline (having a higher octane number, say Super-91 or Super-94) is pure wasted $$$ for normal cars ... it's the degree to which a given car's engine compresses the gasoline-air in its cylinders that matters, not octane number. High-performance engines need "super" gasoline because they're designed to compress the gasoline-air more than regular engines do.
 
Ethanol bungs this up by lowering the octane number of industry-standard gasoline, which means that the ethanol-gasoline-air mixture may self-ignite prematurely while being compressed in a cylinder before the cylinder's spark plug lights it off. This is known as"engine knock", which is a quick way to destroying an engine (think of the ignited fuel-air mixture pushing back against the cylinder that's compressing it instead of pushing the cylinder to make the engine turn). This means that gasoline has to be reformulated to accomodate the addition of ethanol.
 
2. In the presence of too much water in a gas tank, the ethanol leaves the ethanol-gasoline mixture and migrates into the water, creating a layer of "de-ethanolized" reformulated gasoline floating on top of a small layer of ethanol-water. More than 2% or so water content in the gas tank (with gasoline making up the remaining percentage) pulls the ethanol out of the gasoline.
 
Burning de-ethanolized reformulated gasoline generates MORE pollution than burning "normal" gasoline does.
 
3. When gasolines having different percentages of ethanol in them are mixed, burning them generates MORE pollution than burning "normal" gasoline only.
 
4. Unblended ethanol absorbs water, including water vapour, when stored, so it must be stored in sealed vessels before blending.
 
5. Because it absorbs water, ethanol (whether blended or not into reformulated gasoline) can't be distributed by pipeline.
 
6. Because of the water-absorption problem, ethanol must be blended into reformulated gasoline as close to the customer as possible. For practical reasons, this means blending it in between a given local gasoline depot's storage tanks and the trucks that deliver it to gas stations. This is accomplished by extracting reformulated gasoline from the depot's storage tanks, blending in the ethanol as it's piped to the truck, and dumping the blend into the truck.
 
7. Right now, all car makers guarantee that their cars can run as-is on 10% ethanol blended into 90% reformulated gasoline (what's called "E10"). But at higher ethanol concentration, plastic and rubber seals begin to corrode, which leads to leaks and engine wearout except in those engines whose materials are chosen to resist ethanol-corrosion. Such "flex" engines exist but few are being marketed in North America .. they exist principally in places like Brazil, where the government has encouraged ethanol-use in a big way (and done so in a politically-convenient way ... Brazil's ethanol is made from sugar cane produced by Brazil's huge sugar industry). Note that no matter what, no more than 85% of an ethanol-gasoline blend can be ethanol ... beyond that, ethanol gets lost through evaporation.
 
All of the above is an annoyance, but one that can be coped with. But other effects come into play:
 
a. Ethanol producers must ensure that they can get their hands on feedstock for their plants. This is fine as far as grain-farmers (corn, wheat, etc.) are concerned but as demand for ethanol rises, grain prices also rise, which is less-well received by grain consumers. Apart from the environmental "advantages" of fuel ethanol (said advantages principally being reduced air-pollutant concentrations (e.g. smog, ozone) in cities), ethanol is being touted as a way to stimulate rural economies.
 
b. Other sources of ethanol are coming onstream, notably "cellulosic" ethanol. For that, grains need not be used; sources of cellulose (wood, wood waste, inedible plant parts, etc.) serve as feedstock. However, factories designed to produce ethanol (which, by the way, is "drinking ethanol", the stuff that gets us drunk) from grain can't serve to produce cellulosic ethanol and vice-versa.
 
c. Ethanol-gasoline is price-competitive with "normal" gasoline when oil prices are at around $50 US per barrel. Below that, the gasoline business must either be subsidized so that ethanol-gasoline's price equals that of normal gasoline, or legislation must force the business to put ethanol into gasoline.
 
d. Regulating the presence of ethanol in gasoline brings "zoning" problems, too. For example, if Canada's gasoline supply must contain at least 5% ethanol, does that mean 5% everywhere (which would be a big pain where getting ethanol to a given depot would be costly, e.g. the Atlantic provinces) or should ethanol blending be concentrated in certain areas (e.g. 10% ethanol in Ontario, 0% in the Atlantic province). This applies in different sections of Canada's provinces, too, e.g. 10% ethanol in Toronto and area, where it would be more environmentally useful, and 0% in the rest of Ontario. But then, what about residents in border areas? They'd sometimes put ethanol-gasoline in their tanks, sometimes noirmal gasoline, which would lead to their generating MORE pollution than they would be otherwise?
 
e. American legislators have legislated such high subsidies for ethanol production (51 US centa a gallon, that is about 11 US cents a litre) that any yoyo can make good money producing the stuff. This has led to a boom in construction of grain-ethanol-production plants in the US, with attendant problems: emerging tightness in feedstock supply and rising grain prices (which has international consequences, for example rising prices in Canada and in Mexico, where the poor are getting squeezed by increasing corn-flour prices); and a potential oversupply of ethanol. In the latter cases, I've seen some articles warning of a potential price-crash for ethanol since there may be too much of it available starting as soon as 2008. Mix that in with inflated grain prices that may crash if there's a glut of ethanol, coupled with fully- or partly-built plants not being able to sell their production, and the US may be headed for a biiiig. costly industry smash-up, which would last until ethanol demand rises (e.g. from new "flex" cars that can run on ethanol-gasoline with 85% ethanol).
 
f. For Canadian-made ethanol to be competitive with US-made ethanol, governments would have to subsidize the former to match the subsidies given by the US, which is a big expense. Might Canada be better off "harvesting" US production subsidies by buying US-subsidized ethanol rather than producing its own ethanol and subsidizing it? That's arguable either way ... but some US legislators have piped up about sticking export taxes on ethanol that leaves the US, so that foreign countries don't benefit from US handouts. All fine and dandy except that that goes against NAFTA .. but how much "protection" will that afford Canada if US legislators REALLY want US subsidies to stay in the US?
 
And on it goes. The thing to retain from all this is that there's much more to all this than "making ethanol and mixing it into gasoline, what's the big deal". There's more to this, of course, but the basics have been described above.
 
MIGRATION
NDP calls for recognition of foreign credentials
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070218/layton_credentials_070218/20070218?hub=Canada

About bloody time that someone wants to do something about this. It's already taken 20 years too long ...
 
POLITICS
Tory attack ads will confuse Quebec voters: Dion
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/02/18/dion-ads.html
Yeah, yeah, we're all dummies here.    

QUEBEC IS NOT A NATION
                               
        The "wedge issue" was the Progressive Conservative Party having adopted the position there were "Deux Nations" inhabiting Canada.
        
Which was perfectly understandable, given that Mr. Diefenbaker went from 58-odd seats (won in 1958, give or take a year) in Quebec to four-odd in 1962 (give or take a year, again). One of the principal reasons: his advocating "One Canada".
 
                 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! 
        
Some political issues are best taken on directly, others are bested handled by managing them and NOT seeking to resolve them. This nation business, to me, falls in the latter category. So far so good, this nation thing hasn't proved to be a cause of strife (let's hear of it for the "Who cares" option!) ... let's hope it stays that way.

                 I do not and welcome debate on this forum with any prepared to argue otherwise.
 
Who cares?!? Hahahahaha ...

                          Joe

Rosalie Piccioni

Joe:   Re  Canada's ambassador in Washington says U-S President Bush's increase in support for Afghanistan is "reassuring.''
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070217/afghanistan_support_070217/20070217?hub=Canada
                 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. 
 
God be with them all.

Hear, hear! And I'd thought that I was of a small minority who noticed that Canada's been a lot more self-confident and reality-minded, rather than shrill and self-righteous, than it was during the 70s and early 80s (a pox upon Trudeau!).

Rosie

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From Rene Moreau
 
re; Predicting impact of ethonol is difficult. (article included)
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/business_agriculture/story.html?id=042de587-a387-47df-b28f-7a5a5e6d1107

    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.
 
Actually, it's been no secret to rising demand for corn and other grains would raise world prices, at least for a while. After a while, if this is maintained, more farmers will switch to producing commercial grains, which will tend to lower world prices, though it will tend to increase prices for other crops and rural products (i.e. higher grain prices will dissipate into other crop and product sectors).
 
The whole will encourage an increase in crop production worldwide. But in the meantime, something's got to be done to deal with social unrest in poor, grain-consuming areas
 
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?

Corn isn't the only source right now (some other grains are used, too). And pretty soon, other sources will come onstream, too.

    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.
There's plenty of food for everyone in the world. The problem is in many people not being able to pay for it. Mexico's corn farmers are all yay-yippee about getting more money for their crops. It's Mexico's corn-consuming poor who are steamed at prices rising.
Like the Chinese shooting down their OWN WEATHER SATELITE, to send a message?
The satellite had outlived its usefulness, so it was junk. As for the message: it's been received looouuud and clear.
 
KISS, (Keep it simple, stupid) anyone?
If only the world worked that way ...
 
More appropriately, keep it as simple as usefulness allows.
 
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Edward Deibel
Chairman
Nipissing District Chapter of STRONG
Subject: We want our Natural Resources to be processed to a finished produce with in Northern Ontario
We have to unanimously acknowledge the fact that Northern Ontario Needs the Government of Ontario to levy a 2.5% for our mining production.
 
Hhhmmmm ...
 
1. This levy ... doesn't that already exist as corporate tax?
2. 2.5% .. pretty specific number. Are you sure that it's not 2%? 3%? 2.7386%, maybe?

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