Friday, March 02, 2007

Daily Digest March 2, 2007

Joe Hueglin wrote:


HALIFAX HERALD - Restore rebates

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Quebec's tight race is healthy for democracy

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Poor solutions

OTTAWA CITIZEN - The Canadian way

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Red tape traps crime victims

TORONTO STAR - Ottawa blows smoke

TORONTO STAR - Egypt's `spy' case and Ottawa's duty

TORONTO SUN - They should ALL hang their heads

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - Provinces should remove barriers
Economy will grow stronger with free flow of capital, goods and labour

WINDSOR STAR - EI surplus: Premiums and problems

WINDSOR STAR - Dion and Senate reform


REGINA LEADER-POST - An unwelcome visitor

CALGARY HERALD - Growing old -- expensively

CALGARY SUN - Albertans should follow the money

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Too many dim bulbs?

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Ottawa must step in to protect residents from Fraser flooding

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Needle exchange needs support
The search for a new, better home will test our willingness to act on street problems


Stalled convoy a sitting duck
Traffic jams can terrify you in Taliban territory

Military says it can deal with mental health issues in most soldiers' children

Canada loses track of Afghan detainees

U.S. agrees to study passport alternative
Proposal for beefed-up driver's licences pushed by border states, provinces

No firm deadline on passports, says MacKay, but get them anyway

U.S. drug czar lacks credibility

N.D. judge hears arguments in Devils Lake case

Oil companies collude to keep gas price low

Diplomacy and Empire (Part I)
How has the nature of U.S. world leadership fundamentally changed in the 21st century?

Diplomacy and Empire (Part II)
How might aggressive U.S. leadership cause it to lose its economic preeminence?

Diplomacy and Empire (Part I)
How has the nature of U.S. world leadership fundamentally changed in the 21st century?

Chinese-Canadians ask Ottawa to denounce Japanese PMIs denial of war crimes

Big Oil the real winner in Iraq

UN scolds Canada's injection havens

Premier: Ottawa cash lacking

It's deja vu all over again

Williams watching Ottawa on equalization

Canadian Conservatives Reach 40% Mark

Tories' lead in polls spurs talk of election
Liberal support down 10 points since Dion chosen

Smart money is against an early federal election
Outcome of Quebec's vote could change Harper's mind, but no party wants one now

PM gets in the mud, rises in polls

Stephane Dion says carbon tax not under consideration after all

Dion starts national tour, says he's about more than just the environment

What to make of the Decima poll

Tories challenge Stephen Harper far-right government's attack on Wheat Board as a treasured Canadian institution

City summit grabs Ottawa's attention
Flaherty wants briefing on issues addressed at this week's meeting

Charest wrong: Harper adviser
'My sadness is it will stop girls from playing sports,' Muslim senator says

Supply management great, but don't mention CWB

Scales of justice 'out of alignment'
Alberta's chief justice questions Harper gov't's new structure for judge selection panel

Dion's path veering left, away from centre

Dion set to attack PM in speech

Auditor-General critical of military purchase process

Arason Lashes CWB Critics Over Algerian Sales

Commons report calls on federal government to end oil-sands subsidies

No-fly list faces rough ride
Measure could deny innocent travellers chance to defend themselves, civil-liberties groups say

Setting the record straight on SARS hysteria

How far are we willing to go?
Most Canadians have no idea how painful Kyoto will be THOMAS D'AQUINO,

Fiscal imbalance's smoke and mirrors

Living up to Canadian values

Two kinds Of Revolutionaries

Who are you, Mary Magdalene?

The Pinocchio Effect
Bureaucrats regularly spend more than their legislatures have budgeted. These missed targets deny democracy

Don't insult one's religion -- unless it's Christianity

The journalistic profession turns on itself

Why is everyone so darn angry?
>From TV shows to traffic lights, society seems gripped by a sense of righteous fury


Dion dit que ses priorités ne se limitent pas à l'environnement

Les conservateurs annonceront lundi la création d'un conseil des aînés

La vérificatrice enquêtera sur l'achat d'équipement militaire

Les sables bitumineux ne devraient pas utiliser l'énergie nucléaire

MacKay souligne le rôle de l'OEA en Haïti


Brad Thomson
    It was interesting to read the material submitted by Mary-Sue Haliburton. It is certainly possible that the Americans themselves brought about the events of 911 for the purposes of having a pretext to do just about anything they wanted to do. I am by no means convinced that they did so, though I strongly suspect that they deliberately allowed themselves to get caught with their pants down, at the very least. The American military-industrial complex has got to keep moving, and therefore if the Americans don't have a war handed to them, they will certainly start one. This is what Eisenhower warned of many years ago. He noted that when you have a situation wherein the oil companies and arms manufacturers amass enough power to start calling the political shots, you are in serious trouble. He was right. And we know where Bush and Cheney have their vast wealth located, oil and armaments.
    It seems to me that one rule of conspiracy theories is this. The more people that would be required for the conspiracy, the less likely it is that a conspiracy actually took place. It is easy to believe that a conspiracy was involved in the assassination of Kennedy, since only a handful of people at most would have been required. Personally, I do not believe that the Americans landed on the moon. Though I admit that more than a handful of people would have been required to act and then keep silent all these years for such a hoax to have been perpetrated. And when it comes to the events of 911, clearly a large number of people would have been required if the entire disaster was caused by the Americans themselves. So I do not believe that 911 was entirely an American act.
    But one thing that puzzled me is this. We know that several flight training schools reported to the authorities long before 911 that individuals who happened to be Arab were asking about learning to fly big jets, but were only interested in flying them, not in how they take off and land. This lead to the arrest of Zachariah Mousawi, purported to have been one of the persons who would have been involved in the 911 attacks. But if the Americans had such a person under such suspicion, why would they arrest him? Why would they not put him under extreme surveillance? Follow him? Watch him? See with whom he associates? If they had done so there is a distinct possibility that 911 could have been thwarted. If the Americans had wanted to thwart the disaster.
    I am of the opinion, therefore, that it actually was bin Laden who was the mastermind of the 911 attacks. But I also believe that the Americans saw it coming and deliberately stood around with their hands in their pockets waiting for it to happen. So that they would have their pretext for war.
Brad Thomson

Barry Douglas

Subject: Thanks again

Just another note to let you know how much I enjoy receiving the Daily Digest.
Your Downer was also a downer for me.
The video clip provided by Leo Chisholm was an eye-opener.
Leo Chisholm

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.

I have three grand children, a fourth due in late April and a fifth due in early May.  This clip certainly brings their futures into view.

Rebecca Gingrich

Subject: RE: C. difficile "a strain of the bacteria that contributed to the deaths of some 2,000 people in Quebec."

Joe--my cousin died from this disease in the US. She was 60 years old and had just had bowel surgery.

It is not just hand washing(many years ago when I was a nurse) there was a study out that housewives had the dirtiest hands--due to their increased use of soap and water in their daily housework--the bacteria were mutating to continue the life of their fellow bacteria.

The over use of antibiotics and lack of cleanliness in hospitals is the main cause of the outbreak of this disease. The handwashing stations that you saw at the hospital are not much more than 'feel-good' actions to make us think we are doing something (similar to the SARS pantomime--where we saw hospital staff going outside with their isolation gowns on--how smart was that?)--and also promotes the idea that it is our fault that these outbreaks are occurring. Where is Lady MacBeth when you need her to speak the truth?

Rosalie Piccioni

Subject: Julie Andrews and her songs.

Now here's a woman with humour.  Thought you might enjoy it.  Fwd. marks removed.
To commemorate her 69th birthday on October 1,
actress/vocalist, Julie Andrews made a special
appearance at  Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall
for the benefit of the  AARP.
One of the musical numbers she performed was
"My Favorite Things" from the legendary movie,
"Sound Of  Music".
Here are the lyrics she used:
Maalox and  nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new  dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favorite things.
Cadillac's and  cataracts, and hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and  false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with  swings,
These are a few of my favorite things.
When the pipes leak,
When the bones creak,
When the  knees go bad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.
Hot tea and crumpets and corn  pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with  onions,
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they  bring,
These are a few of my favorite things.
Back  pains, confused brains, and no need for sinnin',
Thin bones and  fractures and hair that is thinnin',
And we won't mention our short  shrunken frames,
When we remember our favorite things.>&g t;
When the joints ache,
When the hips break,
When  the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad.
(Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation from the
crowd that lasted over four minutes and  repeated encores.)
Please share Ms. Andrews' clever wit and  humor
with others who would appreciate  it.
With pleasure Rosie, many thanks!
Ed James
Subject: Fw: Gore's power usage an inconvenient truth, think tank claims

Hi Joe, F.Y.I.
Do keep up with the D.D. for our sanity sake.
                    Kind Regards           Ed. James
Hi Ed,
Here is another "inconvenient truth" that Gore didn't tell anyone.
Always remember..."a liberal is someone who knows how to live your life better than you do...and will tell you so."
Gore's power usage an inconvenient truth, think tank claims

Al Heisey

j, i gather that city of oshawa had an at-large electoral system  until quite recently, but now has a electoral district system, like  most democratic jurisdictions everywhere. reason why this is of  interest to me as an active tory is that the national conservative  party council includes four councillors from ontario elected at  large, which of course gives toronto a far bigger share in the  outcomes than its population justifies. all four of the present  ontario councillors are from the greater toronto area and peter 
tudisco, cambridge and north dumfries 1st v.p., was the most  outspoken critic of the at-large voting system.

at the first meeting of the tri-spa conservative board following the  national meeting (of 4,000 delegates) in Montreal two years ago i  presented a motion favouring a change to a system of electing the  four ontario councillors each from one of four ontario electoral  districts of approximately equal population. it was referred to the  policy committee of the riding which has yet to address the item,  a  very disappointing level of indifference to this guy who favours  ongoing procedural reform of the national party!

i have since evolved a "ward system" concept based on six electoral  districts for six councillors for ontario to better reflect the  population distribution of the province, the increase from four to  six councillors to better reflect the size of the ontario population.  i intend presenting it at the first regular monthly meeting of the  st. paul's board where i now live.

the six delegates i propose for the ontario districts all represent  geographic areas, with no cities or town identified. The six  districts would be named Northern Ontario; Eastern Ontario;  South- Western Ontario; Western Lake Ontario, Mid Lake Ontario and Central  Lake Ontario. Population of the largest of the six proposed districts 
was 1,997,400 and of the smallest 1,818,210. to my dismay the convenors of the party's active current policy  processes have precluded any attention to the constitutional aspects,  claiming it will be addressed separately. Since there is now a  national constitutional committee elected with two delegates from  each of the ten provinces I hope the committeepersons can be  pressured for a report on their plans.

the country's left wing favours  p.r. which is going to mean far more  at-large members, weakening immeasurably local control of our  legislatures in favour of centrally selected candidates. 

strengthening the role of individual regions in the conservative  party processes would be a way of clarifying our party's concern to  protect the power of the individual regions of the country from  further encroachments of centralizing forces.  cz