The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN’S to VICTORIA.
CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - Is this P.E.I. winter the new 'normal'?
We may have to take extra measures in winter to protect the soi
HALIFAX HERALD - Premiers seek passport delay
MONTREAL GAZETTE - Ridiculous ruling on a head scarf
MONTREAL GAZETTE - PQ is leading us to the precipice
OTTAWA CITIZEN - Dealing with difference
TORONTO STAR - Shifting Afghan gears
NATIONAL POST - Boisclair's 'consultations'
TORONTO SUN - Time to stake solid claim over Arctic
K-W RECORD - Rewriting security law no easy task
WINDSOR STAR - Border passes: Get it right the first time
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - University starts early
CALGARY HERALD - Suzuki hurts his own case
Overheated shot at premier makes enemies, not allies
CALGARY HERALD - Fort Mac needs steady flow
GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE - X-ray vision
Travellers won’t be able to hide much from new airport scanner
EDMONTON JOURNAL - Staff left hanging by unenforced rules
EDMONTON JOURNAL - Irresolute issues at CN
VANCOUVER SUN - Separatists dance around the real issue for Quebec voters
VANCOUVER PROVINCE - 'Green' Oscars add hot air to climate debate
Bringing Native history to life
Animated series receivesinternationalrecognition
Aiming to win `hearts, minds'
$200M in aid will help pay teachers and boost justice system, but report warns thousands of extra troops needed for security
PM to Pakistan: Stop insurgents
Says porous border offers safe haven between attacks
Afghanistan funding boost too little, too late?
Bomb within earshot of Cheney kills 23
New probe into troops' actions
Forces accused of turning over Afghan prisoners despite torture risk
Afghan civilian killed
Cash offered for bombs Canucks to reward Afghan tipsters
New equipment for troops in Afghanistan
Bribery wrecks drive to root out opium
Two reasons for the Taliban to take heart
Tackle Taliban or else, Pakistan told
Taliban offensive awaits British troops
More Funds for Development, Less for Security
KABUL, Feb 21 (IPS) - In the lead up to an anticipated Taliban spring offensive against the Afghanistan government, international assistance to the war-torn country has increased. http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=36661
U.S. governors divided over licence proposal
Premiers seek alternative to passports
CN workers at odds over deal
Income splitting has overwhelming support, poll shows
Report warns of shortage of skilled workers in life sciences sector
The 2007 C.D. Howe Institute Shadow Budget: Fiscal Tonic for an Aging Nation
CPP adopts new way of investing
Billions of dollars to be sunk into close relationships with companies
Greenspan: U.S. showing slowing signs
While not the best private-sector forecaster, ex-Fed boss still finds agreement among other economists
Gas distributor back in Canadian hands
Atlantic Canada's Fortis puts up $3.7 billion for Pacific coast platform
Canada often silent as rights trampled, report says
Supporters seeking new lawyer for Celil
HEALTH CARE RELATED
Do we want to know our fate?
More seniors living longer: Report
More can give the gift of life
Procedure expands pool of organ donors
Bracelet's GPS keeps track of lost Alzheimer's patients
SECURITY CERTIFICATES: Cool heads needed on anti-terror law
PM plans to keep using security certificates
POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Tripping over the r-word
Headscarf ban inflames ethnic debate
PM, Charest conspiring against Quebec, PQ says
B.C., five states get together on green plans
Province expected to join in plan to trade greenhouse gas credits
Will it take a flood to catch Ottawa's attention?
Gravel stays -- protected by all that red tape
MPs vote against extending anti-terror measures
Anti-terrorism powers face expiry
MP's 'extremist' comment draws Liberal fire
TheStar.com - Unassigned - Transcript of Poilievre interview
Vote today: Liberal leader says party will reject extending 9/11 powers
Not all Liberals will enjoy the kill
Grit record terror-ible
Flaherty in battle of the tax break
PM said to have quashed income-splitting
Opposition surprised by rapid deal at Canada Post
Dion may be one Quebecer too many for voters
National security vs. Liberal ethno-politics
Politics runs deep in ATM attack
What's real agenda in Tories' showdown with banks?
Harper ducking stop-payments issue - Duceppe
Liberals accuse Day of politicizing bureaucracy with partisan jibe on GOC website
Dion dismisses polls, eyes majority
Elizabeth May: Are Canada's Kyoto targets reachable?
Hijab debate gets political in Canada
Dion vows to make gas-tax transfers permanent for all cities
Spate of forced Tory Senate resignations creates turmoil in red chamber
$150,000 per gun: Here's how the costs of arming border guards add up
MPs asked to OK $211B in spending
Unions want feds to return pension cash
Quebec firm poised to win deal to train air-force crews
Montreal company would net millions
Ottawa's climate plans don't match promises, ex-watchdog says
Make environment commissioner independent- MPs
Kyoto Kultists note: King Coal still rules in Alberta despite protests from green groups
CLIMATE CHANGE, Chapter III: Are we willing to pay?
The Eco-Industrial Power Complex
Wind farms a beneficial 21st-century necessity
OPINION AND INFORMATION
Any of us could have been any of you
Every bureaucrat knows that any program worth its salt needs a communications strategy. The problem is, no one ever listens.
Armchair critics must halt drumbeat of defeatism over Afghan mission
Praise the Lord and enter your PIN
'Mini-Y2K' fears accompany early arrival of daylight-savings time
Military funding eaten up by Afghan war
Vic Toews dépose les prévisions de dépenses fédérales pour 2007-2008
Un nouveau programme pour les membres hospitalisés des Forces canadiennes
Afghanistan: un attentat-suicide fait 20 morts pendant la visite de Cheney
Justin Trudeau aura de l'opposition à l'investiture libérale dans Papineau
Le débat sur les transferts fédéraux se poursuit et a des échos à Ottawa
Crise au Fonds canadien de télévision
Un comité du parlement souhaite le statu quo
Agitation au Sénat après des «démissions» forcées
Baird grondé pour sa parodie des Oscars
Le ministre de l'Environnement John Baird a reçu lundi une mauvaise critique de la part du président de la Chambre des communes pour avoir tenu une parodie de la cérémonie des Oscars en pleine séance parlementaire. http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070226/CPACTUALITES/70226219/1025/FRONTPAGE
Ottawa appelé à mettre plus d’ardeur pour combattre le trafic humain
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Small parties' stipend assailed as risky
When the information contained in the article under the headline above was come upon to-day my first reaction was to place it here. Upon reflection it has been posted below. As most reading the Digest are aware some hundreds of card holding members of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada applied for the re-registration of that Party as soon as legally possible . When this was denied by the Chief Electoral Officer, determined to have a progressive-conservative party in the Federal political arena, Plan B was put into action. The name Progressive Canadian Party, with the ballot name PC Party was submitted, accepted and registered. Due to a Supreme Court ruling after one candidate being nominated (rather than the 50 necessary prior to the judicial decision) candidates were enabled to run with the party name beside theirs on the ballot. A rule of the same nature as having to have had 50 candidates was this, that only parties obtaining 2% of the overall ballot obtained monies from the government for each citizen casting a vote for them. "Smaller parties", to use the terminology of the article, did not. This limitation on each vote carrying equal value was challenged in court. In October last year Ontario Supreme Court Judge Matlow in his decision allowed funding to all registered political parties based on votes received during the last election. He wrote that all "will be able to approach the next federal election on the same footing." For whatever reason the present Government of Canada chose to appeal this decision. Read the article paying close attention to the argument put forward by the Crown counsel. Judge whether the appeal as argued was launched through concern for right, truth and justice. In your mind is there the expectation of having the Supreme Court overturn the Matlow decision on this basis when the case is heard by it some months or years from now? Your answer, I believe, will be no. If so, you have had presented to you one more reason why some oppose those launching the appeal being able to fulfill their desire of possessing the power that comes with having a majority in the House of Commons. Joe Hueglin Advocatus Diaboli«¤»¥«¤»«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»Ross Bateman
: I draw your attention to another editorial in the Simcoe Reformer that
you might find interesting enough to include in the Digest. It's today's,
Feb. 27, entitled "Divided We Fall". Thanks, Ross Bateman
Divided we fall
Perspective Monte Sonnenberg
Tuesday February 27, 2007
Subject: Stats & The Future
This video clip is about 6 mins in length. It presents some amazing statistics
(reliability of which has not been researched by me) .
I thought you might find it interesting.
Subject: SPP & Global Warming - Do not MIX
>From STEVEN CHASE
Friday's Globe and Mail
OTTAWA "Canada and Mexico should accelerate efforts to import temporary Mexican energy workers to alleviate the skills shortage in Alberta and other provinces as oil sands development ramps up, top North American CEOs will recommend today."
From BILL CURRY
Friday's Globe and Mail
"Rather than absolute reductions, Suncor Energy spokesman John Rogers said, companies may be required to reduce the amount of annual carbon emissions by 2 per cent for each barrel of oil produced. Failing to do so would trigger a penalty of 25 cents a barrel, he said, citing conversations with federal officials."
Something to Ponder: More Oil per SPP direction, and a .25 cent surcharge per barrel if carbon emissions are not met. Gosh, we certainly will be reducing Canada's carbon emissions based on these facts.
Canada signed the Kyoto Protocol in 1997 and committed to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions to 6 per cent below 1990 levels in 2008 to 2012. Emissions are now more than 30 per cent above that target.
Subject: Great analogy - Carbon-credits and buying Indugences
The Suzuki Foundation could have chosen a smaller vehicle that used less fuel and produced fewer emissions, but, well, the holier-than-thou ecopreacher seems to like to travel in style. Dr. Suzuki's Sanctimony '07 tour is not even using biodiesel rather than regular diesel because, as Mr. Curan further admitted, that would void the engine's warranty.
Using a bigger-than-needed vehicle for comfort and eschewing environmental alternatives because of pragmatic concerns such as warranties: Why, the Suzuki-ites sound just like the consumers they like to deride for their lack of green consciences.
Like the Live Earth producers, the Suzuki tour has promised to buy carbon credits to cover its emission tracks. But buying credits is to reducing emissions what the medieval practice of buying indulgences was to absolving sins.
Whether rocking on stage, travelling the country or propagandizing to a bunch of school children, it is easier to preach green, then to be green
re; Stratos, (in blue, last article, answering John Anderson, in black.
In military terms, I believe the ploy is called, muddying the waters. That way, in case anyone thinks they have a handle on what we're doing to the eco-sphere, the argument can be sliced and diced and stirred. It works great for corporate interests who are trying to put down opposition to their wishes, but what kind of human being wants to be tarred with the brush of corporate complicity?
Do the corporate 'think tanks' , C. D. Howe Institute, Fraser Institute, pay by the word?
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Have you checked the blog today. Think you'll like it..
Why not send it off to everyone in your mailbox.
The address is oshawaspeaks.ca
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===================================Small parties' stipend assailed as riskyKIRK MAKIN
>From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
A recent court ruling that gives small political parties $1.75 for each vote cast in their direction is ripe for exploitation by any mischief-maker or frat-house drinker who decides to run a fake party in the next federal election, a federal prosecutor warned yesterday.
Crown counsel Roslyn Levine urged an Ontario Court of Appeal judge to suspend the effect of the ruling until it can be appealed, because an election appears to be just around the corner.
Ms. Levine told Madam Justice Karen Weiler that any university student organization, golf club or pool hall can now declare itself to be a political party, run a single candidate and line up to collect "easy money" for each vote.
"One can only imagine that in a city like Kingston . . . a student union may decide it wants a bigger budget for beer," Ms. Levine said. "It can have 10,000 students vote for its Beer Party; $17,500 is not a bad take. I don't want to single out students, but it is open to abuse to any entity that wants to obtain public funds."
However, Peter Rosenthal, a lawyer who represents a coalition of small parties in the appeal, rejected Ms. Levine's argument as alarmist and futile. He said that the Supreme Court of Canada has already ruled firmly in favour of equal treatment for small political parties.
"If there is such irreparable harm to the public interest, why did it take the Attorney-General so long to apply for a stay?" Mr. Rosenthal asked. "They are valiantly trying to save legislation that the Supreme Court has said is undemocratic."
But Ms. Levine fought back, saying that once a fake political party spends its ill-gotten gains, it may very well be impossible for the government to recoup the money.
She said that a single, well-publicized incident involving a fraudulent political freeloader will "make a mockery" of the electoral process and do irreparable harm to the Chief Electoral Officer.
She said that the Chief Electoral Officer has been placed in a position where he has to probe the motivations and earnestness of new parties, and possibly deregister some of them he sees as insincere.
Ms. Levine also told Judge Weiler that Ontario Superior Court Judge Ted Matlow's ruling will likely apply to every region of Canada in the next election, because the federal Chief Electoral Officer has historically strived to ensure electoral "evenness" across the country.
"The spectre of having a decision by a single judge of Superior Court apply across the country without a fulsome analysis is not something that is in the public interest," she said.===================================
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Daily Digest February 27, 2007
Joe Hueglin wrote:
Posted by Seasoned Traveller at 8:00 AM