Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Daily Digest February 28, 2007

Joe Hueglin wrote:


ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Serving a different kind of time

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - Another Trudeau on the political scene?

HALIFAX HERALD - Compliments to the court

HALIFAX NEWS - Senior surge wave of future

MONTREAL GAZETTE - A little restraint, please

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Sentences were too light
Neither Trevis Smith nor Andy Virgile showed remorse for their sexual crimes.

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Recognition well-deserved

TORONTO STAR - Voters should back one-cent solution

TORONTO STAR - Card for intolerance

NATIONAL POST - David Miller's open palms

SIMCOE REFORMER - Divided we fall

K-W RECORD - Finding a cure for Ontario's gas pains

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - The fight in Afghanistan


CALGARY HERALD - Public has right to full disclosure
Alberta should follow Ottawa in revealing campaign donors

CALGARY HERALD - The elusive perfect human

CALGARY SUN - Oh, for a dose of civility in Parliament

It’s starting to look like a tougher smoking bylaw is in our future

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Candy, cars no longer predator's tools

VANCOUVER SUN - Soccer officials should learn their own rules on headgear

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Gore's electricity mantra: Do as I say, not as I do


Plight of natives hits home

Canadians in battle against frustration and skepticism
Reconstruction teams work against uncertain deadline to build trust before Taliban regroup

Canada eyeing using more reservists to bolster Afghan mission
More part-time troops, traditionally peacekeepers, now seeing combat

War-weary Afghans fear new offensive

Afghans OK with inquiry

Afghan escort for our troops?

Canadians under fire after shooting
Afghan killed. U.S. vice-president unhurt after blast at air base

Quit whining, diplomats tell MPs
The idea that Canada is alone in southern Afghanistan is wrong: NATO

The myth of Canada as peacekeeper
Despite high-minded policy statements and public perception, Canada's global role, Michael Valpy reports

Senators say U.S. investigators getting stonewalled on Arar case

New York legislator backs Canadian position on passports

Canada, U.S. scholars disagree on world issues
Terrorism top for both, then similarities end

Interprovincial trade barriers hold us all back

Canada should support the Mecca Declaration

How Bush can score a rare foreign affairs victory

Pakistan makes a deal with the Taliban


The case for eye care

Polio eradication bid at critical juncture

C. difficile outbreak linked to fatal strain

Top court to rule on epic battle for same-sex survivor benefits

'Worried' IRB panel quits over partisan jolt

Securing the IRB's checks and balances
Report calls for shift in authority to immigration minister

High-level resignations from refugee board will further delay claims: advocates

Tories to spend $3M to study immigrant job barriers

R-word not helping PQ

B.C. may have to pressure feds for more security cash

Law hits roadblock

Liberals will pay at polls: security
PM: Conservative bid to extend anti-terror provisions defeated

Terror vote fails as Dion reins in Liberals
Conservative bid to renew measures voted down 159-124

Opposition votes down 2 terror law provisions

Canada scraps two anti-terror measures

Liberals attack Harper's tactics on anti-terror vote

Tories to spend, spend, spend

Liberals turn to budget in attacking Harper

Brave Liberal to face outraged Albertans

Dion promises Miller gas tax revenues instead of one-cent share of GST

Liberal vs. Liberal, grown-up vs. child

Liberals accuse Conservatives of another `drive-by smear'

Flaherty claims on Tory tax cuts too rich
critics: Finance minister exaggerated budget relief, opposition says

Harper pays peanuts for personal use of government jets

Tories back away from income splitting: report

It is time to clean house

Slash income trust tax plan, opposition-controlled Commons committee urges

Independent environment chief endorsed

Working poor to get tax break in budget

'Criminalize' customers, not prostitutes
Commons committee recommends ways to combat human trafficking

Federal lawyers deny $30-billion pension surplus ever existed

Canada income trust rules likely in federal budget

What's changed in five years?
With the shock of 9/11 faded, anti-terrorism measures stir skepticism

Former security detainee Harkat calls for eased bail conditions

New vaccine for bird flu in works

Canadians are ready to act - but we need leadership
The environment is our top issue, and we are prepared to make changes

Greenland's melting ice will change the world
Remote island has major impact on global weather

Kyoto would cost $100B over 4 years: study

This is a charity?

For want of a father

Just like Maher Arar. Except ?

Soccer spat goes global

Raiders of the lost mind

Sanitation must top the agenda

The way we are
Canada is a world leader in the great experiment of immigration and citizenship, yet we show little curiosity about how this talent works and how we can improve it

I've been Wiki-Whacked
He made Wikipedia, then was deleted as not 'notable' enough


Harper ne paie presque rien pour l'usage personnel de l'avion gouvernemental

L'opposition accuse le gouvernement de politiser la sélection des immigrants

Une étude chiffre à 100 milliards $ le coût du respect des objectifs de Kyoto

Le PLC va poursuivre le député Pierre Poilievre

Harper exercerait des pressions sur le sénat

La loi antiterroriste édentée

Loi antiterroriste: Dion punira le député désobéissant

Afghanistan - Le Canada n'est pas le seul pays à payer un lourd tribut

Loi antiterroriste - Un seul député libéral a défié Dion

Commission de I'immigration et du statut de réfugié
Démissions en série


Just wonderin'


Because the ethanol plant will require 15 million bushels (400,000 tonnes) of wheat per year when it begins operation late this year, TGF has been signing up producers to supply grain to the plant.


Using Pakistani territory and with Islamabad's support, the Taliban will be able safely to move men, weapons and supplies into southwestern Afghanistan


Rosalie Piccioni

Hi Joe - Re: MONTREAL GAZETTE - Ridiculous ruling on a head scarf - 849f9d851bfe

I think there should be limits. It's a good thing we don't all have something from our past ancestry that we care to bring to the workplace or sports field any time we please. Wouldn't that be colourfull!


Jim Love

Have we ever had a government -- no, has any democracy ever had a government that would use the power of the state to crush any dissenting voices in the way that Mr. Harper's Alliance Conservatives have? Having jettisoned the last remnants of their populist Reform roots, they have become a top down, neo-conservative party, out of touch with the spirit of democratic reform and renewal that Canadians are looking for. And having made it to power as a new party from one lone MP to a stunning reverse takeover of the old Progressive Conservative party, this government is determined to ensure that nobody ever does this again.

We know who it's aimed at. Mr. Harper is trying to crush the Progressive Canadian Party because we remind people what was taken from them when the "new owners" dropped the Progressive part of the party which we reconstituted as Progressive Canadian.

Its no surprise. Harper has been shouted down in the House for trying to insinuate that the Liberals were somehow trying to subvert the Air India inquiry. This is right up there with accusing Paul Martin of tolerating child pornography.

So I'm not surprised to see me, a 51 year old father of two with a small business portrayed as a beer swilling fraternity kid. And I'm angry on two levels. First at the portrayal of me, our leader and the group of former cabinet minister, activists and other hard working taxpaying Canadians who make up the membership of our party. Secondly, I'm angered at the portrayal of university students who are not all "beer swilling frat house types".

It is time for this government to stop slinging mud and start recognizing what the courts have told them. Free speech doesn't mean only speech that Mr. Harper approves personally. That's how he runs his party and government but he can't extend that to the entire country



I have stopped receiving the Daily. Can you re set me up if you have deleted me by accident.



Rubie Britton

Subject: The 1500's

THE 1500'S
The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.
Here are some interesting facts about the 1500s:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell,
so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.
Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.
The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water,
then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally
the children, Last of all the babies.
By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.
Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath.
It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery
and sometimes the animals would slip and off the roof.
Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

T he floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.
Hence the saying "dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh
(straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying a "thresh hold."

(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)
In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, "Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old. "

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off It was a sign of wealth that a man could "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat."
Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next
400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or "upper crust."

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky.
The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a coupl e of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait to see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a "wake."

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones
to a "bone-house" and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins,

1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the "graveyard shift") to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be "saved by the bell" or was considered a "dead ringer."

And that's the truth.. Now, whoever said that History was boring ! ! !
Educate someone...Share these facts with a friend.

As ever,

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Ridiculous ruling on a head scarf

You know, just for ONCE I'd like to see a bona fide QC provincial or federal leader stand up and say something like: "No girl, no woman, should ever be afraid to wear the dress of her culture in Quebec (Canada). And should she BE afraid, then it's the government's duty to ensure that she'll have no reason to".

The thing that gets me about this kind of thing is that wearing a hijab, a headscarf, is considered dangerous (and is thus banned) by international soccer authorities because it might trigger violence in the audience at soccer matches (that is, if some journalists are relaying the truth accurately .. and that's NOT an obvious thing). In such a case, "society" and the government that has jurisdiction has three choices: repress headscarf-wearing as an affront to decency; repress it as provocation to violence; and repress

Dion dismisses polls, eyes majority

And he'd REALLY like it if said majority were to be his ...

Elizabeth May: Are Canada's Kyoto targets reachable?

Without ruinous cost, no ...

Dion vows to make gas-tax transfers permanent for all cities

Interfere in jurisdictions not your own, and pay off municipalities in the hope that they'll shut up. Nice! Plus, in what manner will this gas tax revenue be split among the municipalities? Municipalities having gas stations get a part of gas tax proceeds? But then, what about municiplaities WITHOUT gas stations ... will they begin to scramble to get gas stations too, having in mind getting a piece of the action? Alternatively, if gas tax revenues get split up in another way, can we foresee some municipalities squawking nationwide that they're not getting their fair share (e.g. big cities complaining that small municipalities with few or no gas stations are getting cash raised in big cities).

As Liberal ideas take shape, a Tory majority is closer.

Kyoto Kultists note: King Coal still rules in Alberta despite protests from green groups

As it does and will in the US, no matter what. When it's the only domestic source of energy to be found in great-enough quantities ...

Joe Hueglin
Advocatus Diaboli

Some used to think of you as Diabolus Imperator. You've been demoted recently? Hahahahaha ...

Rene Moreau

re; Stratos, (in blue, last article, answering John Anderson, in black.

Do the corporate 'think tanks' , C. D. Howe Institute, Fraser Institute, pay by the word?

Uuuummmm ... I don't think so. I'll ask my uncle, who's a Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute ...

Homonculus Diaboliminus ("Little Man Devil", as in "Little Man tiny-Devil". <-- Well, I think it's funny! Then again, I agree that my humour is .. ahem ... of a minority kind (i.e. no one else thinks it's funny). Hahahaha at myself, which is getting to be a habit).