Saturday, March 03, 2007

Daily Digest March 3, 2007

Joe Hueglin wrote:


HALIFAX HERALD - Keep killer in prison

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Wrong strategy for a worthy war

TORONTO STAR - Finance ministers face poverty test

TORONTO STAR - Harper takes low road

NATIONAL POST - Invisible differences

TORONTO SUN - PM should relax, enjoy view from top

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - Worlds apart; Lack of understanding remains between First Nations and rest of Canada =

K-W RECORD - Petty power plays by Harper and Dion

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - The dragon sneezed

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - In jail in Egypt

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Voter intentions enough to give Dion the blues

REGINA LEADER-POST - Doctrine must not dictate

CALGARY HERALD - Water cap a timely move
Oilsands projects can't depend entirely on overtaxed Athabasca

CALGARY HERALD - Don't drag us to the polls

VANCOUVER SUN - UN report unwittingly makes the case for prescribing drugs to addicts

VANCOUVER SUN - Dion lost more than he won with anti-terrorism vote

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Homeless count offers a challenge
Far too many people have nowhere to live, but workable solutions are within our grasp


Military, Mounties team up to attract new recruits

O'Connor stays silent on fate of 3 detainees

U.S. rattles lumber sabres again
Decries new subsidies

U.S. gas imports urged To alleviate shortage

MacKay says officials considering fate of Canadian boy and Iranian parents

CCPA releases new report on Canada's income gap

Jury out on growth outlook
U.S. remains key factor: Most analysts expect another weak year

Toyota aims to develop car that can be recharged through electrical outlet

Trucking rules waived to help Ont. deal with fuel crunch

Master of his universe
Vladimir Putin dominates his political landscape so completely that it is hard for many Russians to imagine life without him

Troubles grow for Musharraf
Faces near civil war while U.S. Reads the riot act over sheltering terrorists

UK legislators blast government over terrorism curbs        

Know your options in old age
Power of attorney doesn't cover health issues; representation agreement does

When dementia strikes
Only about 10 per cent of baby boomers can afford high-end care for their parents

Crown pushes for secret terror trial
Justice Department wants key evidence in Khawaja case hidden from him, public

Charest calls Harper with the assistance

Saturday's Quebec election trail sees Liberals, ADQ trade sovereignty shots

Addiction proposal mostly hype: B.C. doctors

Tories shy of majority government

Election's polarizing issue could be Afghanistan

Dion targets child poverty
Liberal leader lambastes Tory cuts in Dartmouth speech

Dion kicks off 17-day election-style tour

Dion kicks off cross-country crusade

Tory calls for calm in headscarf hubbub

Stilwell calls for electoral reform
A Tory candidate making a bid to lead the riding of Newton-North Delta in the next federal election
is calling for reforms of party membership rules after discovering abuses on the campaign trail.

Fed official's travel tab under fire

Flirting? Perhaps. Marriage? Unlikely.

Fisheries bill: subverting the law for partisan reasons

Federal government announces more funding for biofuel initiatives

B.C. women's rights groups say Ottawa won't reverse Status of Women cuts

MPs urge new rules to force cuts in oil sands emissions

Health officials deny flu pandemic threat

Anti-terror provisions could rise once more
Despite rhetoric, Liberals could support new clauses

Faith On Fire
While traditional churches in the West face plummeting attendance, the demographic centre of Christianity has shifted irrevocably to Africa, Asia and Latin America, where a fiery fervour is changing the faith -- and political landscape -- forever.

Testing the politics of religious zeal
Pentecostal beliefs are reshaping Christianity. Will they shape political culture as well?

Guess what? We give more than .7% already

A scourge of epic proportions
The mountain pine beetle has infested an estimated three million Alberta trees, and now it's moving into the boreal forest

How to balance your personal emission statement

Soccer's lawmakers back decision to ban hijab

Group mulls human rights case over FIFA ruling

No group speaks for all Muslims


Il n'y a toujours pas d'échéancier ferme pour le passeport à la frontière

Le gouvernement fédéral investit 10 millions

Le hijab interdit sur les terrains de soccer

Le remède de Jean-Pierre Kingsley

Kevin, 9 ans, demande l'aide de Harper

Les conservateurs créeront un conseil des aînés

Dion a d'autres priorités que l'environnement

Charest appelle Harper à l'aide

Ping-pong constitutionnel

How well do you know Canada? Test your Canadian knowledge - try our Canada Day Quiz... Good Luck!



Canadian trade officials insist that the new provincial support programs, detailed by the Financial Post earlier this week, are completely legal under the agreement.

                  Ahem.  Since when is being "completely legal" of consequence?  Panels of NAFTA, WTO and the U.S. Court of International Trade found
                 what was being done in Canada "completely legal" - yet their decisions were bargained away for "the agreement" , at a cost to Canadian
                 firms of $!,000,000,000.00 (U.S.) half of which went to the American firms now challenging "the agreement".
                 Oh well.  Guess it turns out the wolverine really didn't do as well dealing with the grizzly as was suggested last October.
U.S. rattles lumber sabres again
Decries new subsidies
Peter Morton Washington Bureau Chief, Financial Post
Published: Saturday, March 03, 2007

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports yesterday launched a formal complaint to the Bush administration, demanding it begin consultations with Ottawa over Canada's refusal to honour a key part of last year's softwood deal.

The coalition, which represents independent U.S. sawmills and has long led the campaign against dumping by Canadian lumber producers, says Canada and some provincial governments are violating the months old deal.

In addition, U.S. trade negotiators said yesterday they are considering their next move -- which could include a call for arbitration -- because of what they say are new subsidy programs being given to Ontario and Quebec producers.

Arbitration -- essentially a hearing before a private panel -- would be the next move if government consultations go nowhere. Failure at the arbitration process could put the deal in jeopardy.

"A tremendous amount of work went into bringing last year's softwood lumber negotiations to a successful conclusion," a U.S. trade official told the Financial Post yesterday.

"It is imperative, especially in the early months of its existence, that there be strict compliance with the terms of the agreement," she said.

The U.S. government and its lumber industry said they are "very concerned" about new assistance programs announced by Ontario and Quebec as well as Ottawa's refusal to take into account so-called "surge" provisions of the deal that are designed to prevent a flood of Canadian lumber entering the U.S. market.

"We met last week with Canadian officials, where we discussed our concerns, and are considering appropriate next steps," said the U.S. trade official.

In a letter to Susan Schwab, the U.S. Trade Representative, the coalition complained Ottawa's refusal to adjust lumber shipments, mostly from British Columbia and Alberta, "is having a drastic effect on the U.S. industry."

"The problem, if left to fester, may eventually destroy the agreement," said the letter.

Canadian trade officials insist that the new provincial support programs, detailed by the Financial Post earlier this week, are completely legal under the agreement.

Ontario is offering reduced electricity rates for its northern industries, which Quebec has a new investment tax credit program for its industries.

The U.S. lumber industry says both B.C. and Alberta, which ship to the U.S. under a quota system, have stepped up their shipments in the already-soft North American lumber market.

The new deal calls for the two provinces to scale back their shipments if they exceed in the three previous months by 5% of what is called the "expected U.S. consumption."

"United States mill closures and layoffs are widespread and Canadian over shipments are exacerbating and prolonging the harm," the U.S. industry told Ms. Schwab.


Raymond Denson.

Subject: 9/11 and all that.

I enjoyed the comments on 9/11 by Mary-Sue Haliburton and Brad Thomson.
The weakest part of the official account of these events is to be found in the destruction of the third skyscraper, WTC No. 7. At 5.20 pm on the same day, this 47-storey building, which had not been hit by a plane, collapsed into its own footprint in 6.6 seconds, at almost free-fall speed. It was separated from the Twin Towers by two steel-framed buildings which were ravaged by fire, but did not collapse. WTC No. 7 is not mentioned in the report of the 9/11 Commission and some have seen this as evidence of a cover-up.
The government agencies, FEMA and NIST, have asserted that WTC No. 7 was brought down by fire, but the fires in it were relatively small and limited to two of the 47 floors. In any case, the assertion is wholly implausible. A one storey or two storey wooden shack, engulfed in flames, might collapse in 6.6 seconds, but not a 47-storey steel-framed skyscraper. The only rational explanation for its near-instantaneous disintegration is that WTC No. 7 was brought down by explosives which had been placed in position prior to 9/11. Forces other than bin Laden and a team of aerial acrobats must have been responsible for the destruction.
This gives rise to another question, which is often disregarded. Why was it necessary to destroy this particular building? Andreas von Bülow, who has served in the German government as Minister of Research and Technology, believes that WTC No. 7 housed a control centre which directed the planes into the Twin Towers. Destruction of the building eliminated the evidence.
That these ideas should be received with guarded skepticism is entirely understandable; but we must remember that those who hold them, such as the eminent "Scholars for 9/11 Truth", cannot be dismissed as a group of ignorant fools.
Raymond Denson.

Rubie Britton

Subject: "Why are Wedding Dresses White?

Son asked his mother the following question:
"Mum, why are wedding dresses white?"

The mother looks at her son and replies,
"Son, this shows your friends and relatives that your bride is pure."

The son thanks his Mum and goes off to double-check this with his father.

"Dad, why are wedding dresses white?"

The father looks at his son in surprise and says,
"Son, all household appliances come in white."

As ever,

Rosalie Piccioni

Subject: Did you say Sexist?

There were 3 good arguments that Jesus was Black:
1. He called everyone brother.
2. He liked Gospel.
3. He couldn't get a fair trial.

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was Jewish:
1. He went into His Father's business.
2. He lived at home until he was 33.
3. He was sure his Mother was a virgin and his Mother was sure He was God.

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was Italian:
1. He talked with His hands.
2. He had wine with His meals.
3. He used olive oil.

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was a Californian:
1. He never cut His hair.
2 He walked around barefoot all the time.
3. He started a new religion.

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was an American Indian:
1. He was at peace with nature.
2. He ate a lot of fish.
3. He talked about the Great Spirit.

But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was Irish:
1. He loved large gatherings that served alcohol.
2. He was always telling stories.
3. He loved green pastures.

But the most compelling evidence of all - 3 proofs that Jesus was a WOMAN:

1. He fed a crowd at a moment's notice when there was no food.
2. He kept trying to get a message across to a bunch of men who just didn't get it.
3. And even when He was dead, He had to get up because there was work to do.


Robert Ede

Subject: ... but were afraid to ask

Your mentioned that Aase had received an implanted hearing helper but not much news since the 'installation'
I've hesitated to ask in case the results were less than fabulous, but .... anyway ... how did it go?
Robert Ede

"Plus que parfait" to this point, thank you.

The audiologist first words were heard and
responded to - an unusual occurrence
for Keri so were informed.

Problem?  I can't mutter away anymore!

        Thanks for inquiring.


Henry Atkinson
Subject: Open letter

Ken Ball
Corunna Hardware
Corunna, Ontario

Open Letter To Members of Parliament

I write this with a sense of fear, frustration and profound  disappointment.

This is the kind of letter a law-abiding Canadian (who loves his  country) never wants to write.

I own a small hardware store in rural Ontario. Like many other merchants who serve Canada's farming communities, I sell firearms and  ammunition as a service to my customers. Last week, one of them brought in a  printout from an Internet web site. To my horror and disbelief, it was a complete  list of my firearms inventory.

"Where did you get this?" I asked. "Off a web site through the Ottawa Citizen and they got it from an Access to Information request," he  replied. "It was easy," he added, "It's a small town, so when I followed their on- screen instructions, I knew this had to be yours. I just thought you'd want  to know."

Since that day, my life hasn't been the same, nor have the lives of  my wife or the members of our staff. Instead of looking forward to what each new  day will bring, we're looking over our shoulders. A sense of dread hangs  over us as we try to get on with our daily routine and overlook the knowledge  that we are now sitting ducks for criminals and terrorists.

What hurts even more? It was agencies of our own government, the RCMP  and the Canada Firearms Centre, which did this to us. Some would  claim the Ottawa Citizen is partly to blame, but there will always be  irresponsible journalists and publishers in the world. They aren't paid to help  keep us safe.

They aren't the ones who assured Members of Parliament, and all  Canadians, ,that all of the information they gathered for the gun registry was  secure. With one thoughtless and foolish action, the RCMP and the Canada Firearms Centre have created a far greater public safety risk than the  millions of lawabiding firearms owners in the country ever have.

When the firearms registry was established, I had misgivings. Business owners like me had to bear significant new administrative costs and  the ire of customers, as we sought to comply with the confusing, time-consuming paperwork and endless delays. But that's nothing compared to the  nearly $2 billion cost that taxpayers have had to bear for this national  embarrassment.

Now, Canadians can't even pretend this was done in the name of public  safety.

While this isn't the first time the firearms registry information has  been compromised, it is by far the most public of these breaches of  government security and public trust. It's clear that no Canadian public service  agency, not even the renowned RCMP, has the ability to administer it properly or safeguard the highly sensitive data it contains. Our tax dollars  should not be used to create shopping lists for criminals and terrorists !

The safety of all citizens demands that the government suspend the firearms registry immediately, once and for all, and order the destruction of the information. The safety of my family, my staff,  all of the other merchants like me across the country, as well as every Canadian, depends on it.

Thank you,

Corunna Hardware

The Toronto Party - March Newsletter

Hi Everyone:
Attached, in Microsoft Word, is the March 2007 newsletter of The Toronto Party.
A PDF version will be uploaded to the party website on Monday.
Please forward the newsletter to your network of contacts and please do not hesitate to direct people to
For those who signed up for various committees, an e-mail will follow to volunteers later this weekend so that the committees can begin their work.
For those who were able to participate at our meeting on Sunday, February 25, 2007: “Thank you!”
Stephen Thiele and Brian Roussie,
Co-Founders, The Toronto Party

Bill Longworth <>

Hello about signing our petition "I demand that Oshawa City Council retain the ward system of electing members of council to guarantee that my ward is represented by a politician specifically elected by and accountable to the residents of my ward" at  Even if you don't live in Oshawa, It would be great if you would forward this address to all of your Oshawa contacts and ask them to forward it on to all of their Oshawa contacts.  Also ask them to check our site regularly for new updates.  It would be great if they also completed our online poll at

Thanks for your help.  Oshawa's future health depends upon it.

Bill Longworth,
Founder & Chair of VOTES (Vote to Eliminate Self Serving Politicians)
159 Spirea Court,
Oshawa, Ontario
905 579 3971

John Halonen


I'm sorry, but this SPP Initiative on part of our Federal Government has caused my blood pressure to rise.

Just how dumb do our politicians believe citizens in Canada are?  

What public disclosures have been made by other means?

Must we kick them all out immediately and replace by a party that represents Canadians?

And what about the Media?     Hardly a "questioning" word.

Just another cover-up by the elite to make sure that they have their way!

John Halonen

Zeb Landon

Subject: FYI, Oh no. Nafta highway not just a metaphor. 

Tran Texas Corridor route would remove thousands of farm acres from production