Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Daily Digest September 18, 2007


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


Byelection results prompt political sabre-rattling, talk of throne speech showdown
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070918/n0918165A.html

Conservatives eye Quebec electoral gains
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/070918/canada/canada_politics_quebec_col

Denials all around on possible rift within Liberal party
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct=ca/0-0&fp=46f0feca03ea7573&ei=6FPwRuK7HY_QaoWhgOsL&url=http%3A//www.canada.com/topics/news/national/story.html%3Fid%3Df1df3148-b0e0-4554-aa03-95a08c82bb2b&cid=1120746029

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Bloc comfortably fends off Tory
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=818c71ac-9769-400b-bbb5-d6c373f430bc

Cycling Conservative rides to a landslide victory
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=16be39f4-8783-4e79-a7b4-40469918666f

Emboldened Layton warns government that it can't count on NDP support
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070918/n091883A.html

Dion takes responsibility for byelection losses but doesn't fear for his job
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070918/n091840A.html

Tories unseat Bloc in separatist heartland, Libs lose Montreal bastion
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070918/n091801A.html

No need to panic
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2007/09/18/4505444-sun.php

TORIES TAKE BLOC FIEFDOM
Liberals lose seat to NDP in by-elections
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=0f2374fb-378c-4a71-b021-ce651bd761ef

Questions swirling about Dion's leadership
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/canada/story.html?id=06e1c275-030e-458e-8998-62bf7b1d4d58

Message to government hurt Liberals, Dion says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070918.wbyelex0918/BNStory/National/home

Liberals trounced in Quebec by-elections
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/257720

> Tories, NDP big winners in byelections
> Tories, NDP make gains as Liberals get trounced

> Charest's reject makes history for NDP

> Liberal grumbling began even before crushing loss

> No need to panic

> Byelections notorious for freak finishes

> Tories steal seat form Bloc as Liberals lose Outremont

> Conservatives in Canada Gain in Voting for Parliament

> Prime Minister Harper Emerges Big Winner in Quebec By-Elections

> Conservatives gain seat in Quebec

> Tories snatch seat in Bloc heartland

> Dion faces tough questions after byelection losses

> Questions swirl about Dion's leadership

> Allegations surface

> Liberal nightmare comes to fruition in byelections

> Liberals shut out in Quebec byelections

> Seeing foes fail is bound to lift PM's confidence

> Sleazy e-mail stunt looks bad for Grits

NDP grabs seat, Tories vindicated in byelections
Liberals, Bloc lick byelection wounds


EDITORIALs

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - Helping the police solve crime print this article
Charlottetown Police may have to take extra measures to protect the identity of those who provide information on crimes.
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=63394&sc=103

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Beware Belgium's example 
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=99cea8c1-c518-43ba-8d3b-0ac357aab20d

        We must do better on health care
         http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=f9948f9b-a469-43ab-a3e4-0aef88aa0f6e

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Productive message
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=0bc4c88b-6d4c-441f-b4a4-6e9187cf35a0

NATIONAL POST - Dear John Tory
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/editorialsletters/story.html?id=4cdc776e-5978-42ea-aae7-c133e12a0b92

TORONTO SUN - Women take lead in medicine
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2007/09/17/4504733.html

K-W RECORD - Canada belongs at Arctic forum
http://www.therecord.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?GXHC_gx_session_id_=c6536c2f3db56637&pagename=record/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1190099741385&call_pageid=1024321927354&col=1024322198380

WINDSOR STAR - The Internet
Day's welcome intervention
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=9aefb4dd-6ea5-4c14-b600-388b6cd75677

SUDBURY STAR - McGuinty ignores facts of education
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=697767

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - Good news from France
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4040536p-4649550c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Productivity boost needs action today
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=e6a51d78-9302-44d7-9f40-5c656572a7e4

CALGARY HERALD - Coming to the aid of the party
Patronage system has merit, but so would more transparency
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=4a0c9ceb-2a4b-4e2a-9192-3e8d06a9ca84

         Alberta ingenuity
         http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=3f8d3403-e59c-49b6-8619-cd1b5dbbfc68

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Dion clobbered in Quebec
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=fe44a3fc-660e-40c2-a5f1-122e91483c8f

VANCOUVER SUN - Soaring dollar is a golden opportunity to close the economic gap
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=dd7c01c1-13c1-4351-a9bc-6a3271780886

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Our troubled forest firms need all the help they can get
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=b1d452a9-488a-43ca-82b0-4a86efdebce0

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - VIHA's needle-exchange study offer inadequate
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=10b2bb6a-ac0f-41c8-b8b6-3935ce207f14


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
Native compensation package a mixed blessing
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070917.wnaticash0917/BNStory/National/home


CANADIAN FORCES
Canada doing well in taliban war: general
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/canada/story.html?id=e94c9ef4-3c87-4b6e-a8d0-f9bc11ac4a00

Afghan govt rejects preconditions for Taliban talks
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=c7c7bc9b-91fa-4f8a-aadb-843f75acbe44

Karzai begs Canadians not to abandon military mission in Afghanistan
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=2a4cfdfc-442d-4232-b9fa-66c8ee490f42&k=67162

Naval group urges sub refit for Arctic patrol
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/257884


CANUSA/USACAN
Canada, US expected to scrap cross-border tax in treaty
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/canada_usa_taxes_col

Fish quotas 'favour' U.S.
Court challenge alleges fishery withering as American states promote angling
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/story.html?id=6224aa2c-c541-4679-b289-2d4ab1800373


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Forestry group demands lower loonie
http://www.canada.com/globaltv/national/story.html?id=73b79740-dbcd-4504-99e0-785b6e9b55a2&k=13797

Vancouver needs a gateway economy
There's more to an 'Asia Pacific Gateway' than transportation
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=78c269a7-459e-4cd5-99ad-23c24e7d4455


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Harper ready to spurn China by meeting with Dalai Lama
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct=ca/9-0&fp=46f0feca03ea7573&ei=6FPwRuK7HY_QaoWhgOsL&url=http%3A//www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070918.TIBET18/TPStory/National&cid=1120941451


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Privatized medical care no cure for waiting lists
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/257556

In-depth: HPV vaccine
http://bodyandhealth.canada.com/drug_info_details.asp?brand_name_id=2456

Vital Signs: HPV series
http://video.canada.com/Global_VideoContentHTML.aspx?30209&vc=1&popup=1


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Extraditions down, but backlog of requests remains
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Canada/2007/09/18/4505361-sun.html


MIGRATION
Jobs linked to country of origin: StatsCan
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070918/statscan_jobs_070918/20070918?hub=Canada


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Williams promises bucks for babies
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070918.wnfldvote0918/BNStory/National/home

Liberals' identity crisis
Charest wants his party to become more nationalist, but the rank and file is balking
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=ed4f5ebb-fc08-4a91-95af-49154a128aba

ONTARIO ELECTION

TORSTAR
http://www.thestar.com/ontarioelection

McGuinty firm on funding
Premier Dalton McGuinty today distanced himself from one his key education advisers who suggested Catholic school funding could eventually be eliminated. http://www.thestar.com/OntarioElection/article/257803

Religious schools won't be main issue: McGuinty
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070918/ontario_election_070918/20070918?hub=Canada

The issue of funding for faith-based schools may be turning on Dalton McGuinty's Liberals
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Blizzard_Christina/2007/09/18/4505437-sun.php

Tory: McGuinty will promise anything to win
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/OntarioVotes2007/News/Conservative/2007/09/18/4506126-sun.html

Fixed election date blamed for boring campaign: experts
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/OntarioVotes2007/News/2007/09/18/4506374-cp.html

Tory denies he'd adopt user fees
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Canada/2007/09/18/4505368-sun.html

McGuinty strikes back
Accuses Tory of lobbing 'grenade' into the education debate
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Canada/2007/09/18/4505370-sun.html

NDP leader says faith issue blowing smoke
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/National/2007/09/18/4505043-sun.html

Faith-Based Funding A Threat: McGuinty
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/canada/story.html?id=c8538823-947c-4661-a9ef-4e19c8ba45ba

MPP misspoke in musing on emergency room user fees, Ontario Conservative leader says 
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/canada/story.html?id=63eb7157-78fc-43ea-a39a-62ddd1a2440b

Retired general guns for Ottawa-Vanier Tory hopeful over campaign literature
Baril tells Poulin to stop handing out pamphlet that quotes him; candidate won't back down
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=394049a3-cf7b-4e8e-83b9-d5d4ece88af6


POLITICS
Federal Liberals, Tories virtually tied in new poll
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070918/n0918137A.html

Green Party calls for halt to uranium mining
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/257854


PRESSURE POINTS
The (not so big) melt
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/issuesideas/story.html?id=4a6499de-bf0a-49eb-9b1d-ca302e0be6e5


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Proroguing Parliament is the right thing to do
A Speech from the Throne will allow Harper to hit the legislative reset button
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/editorialsletters/story.html?id=0f8839a6-6af5-486c-a362-f2a6cdc937f9

Only threat to Alberta is onset of world peace
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/comment/story.html?id=7408c3c2-b42c-4878-8e44-a6cd7446ba85

Hard lesson in human behaviour
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/257639

Democracy well served by reform
http://www.thestar.com/OntarioElection/article/257555

Inside the brains of conservatives and liberals
A study of grey matter is not as cut and dried as you might think
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=af46c374-0531-4232-837d-50161b48456e

Afghanistan consensus
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=77e52111-9264-44e6-9ebd-9b4bc75b10cc

Continuing the 'war on drugs' is not helping the addicted
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=882bf909-896f-473e-adb1-b530e9009e07

Veils, votes & values
http://www.canadafreepress.com/2007/wajsman091807.htm

Trust us -- we're politicians
http://www.canadafreepress.com/2007/weinreb091707.htm


INFOS
L'érosion du vote bloquiste porte un dur coup aux souverainistes, selon le PQ
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070918/N091828U.html

Stéphane Dion tente d'expliquer la défaite de son candidat à Outremont
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070918/N091832U.html

Sûr de lui, Jack Layton dit aux conservateurs de ne pas se fier sur le NPD
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070918/N0918129U.html

Le ministère de l'Immigration ne touche pas tout l'argent fédéral reçu
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070918/N0918127U.html

Québec exige qu'Ottawa investisse dans les festivals majeurs
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070918/N0918132U.html

Karzai exhorte le Canada à rester en Afghanistan
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070918/CPACTUALITES/70918149/1019/CPACTUALITES

Le Bloc passera à l'attaque
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070918/CPACTUALITES/70918132/1025/FRONTPAGE

Coup dur pour Stéphane Dion
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/09/18/157319.html

L'heure des bilans
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2007/09/18/002-partielle_mardi.shtml


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"Rosalie Piccioni"

Subject: Fw: English in the EU (A big Joke)

  The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the  the other possibility.

As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as "Euro-English" .

In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of "k". This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kanhave one less letter. There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f". This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.

In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where! more komplikated changes are possible.

Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.

Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent "e" in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.

By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as
replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v".

During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords
kontaining "ou" and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensi bl riten styl.

Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.

Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.

If zis mad you smil, pleas pas on to oza pepl.

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From: Mary-Sue Haliburton
Subject: "duty to refuse an illegal order" Re: DD 16/9/07

In the Sept. 16th Digest, Brad Thomson wrote:
"There is every reason to believe that the events of 911 were perpetrated by certain Americans upon
themselves so as to have a pretext to wage any war they wanted to for the purpose of controlling the
world's diminishing supplies of oil. And this is what they have done.

"Osama bin Laden, like Lee Harvey Oswald, was just a patsy. But don't believe Mary-Sue or me,
examine it for yourself on any number of websites or in any number of books. The truth is not always
what it seems, but sadly, most prefer to remain blind rather than to face the ugliness of what is really
taking place in our world. In light of the fact that Stephen Harper likes to use the events of 9/11 to
justify our continued presence in Afghanistan, this is all the more important for Canadians to
understand"
 
One last ditch remains in the psychological battle to stop the insanity and rescue humanity from the
abyss of tyranny and self-destruction that yawns before us. In an statement titled "An Open Letter to
the New Generation of Military Officers Serving and Protecting Our Nation" Lt.Col USAF (ret'd) Robert
Bowman appeals to his former "comrades in arms" to refuse to implement an illegal order if it comes
down to launching the nuclear holocaust.

Bowman writes:
"I know for a fact that in recent history (once under Nixon and once under Reagan), the military
nuclear chain of command in the White House discussed these things and were prepared to
refuse an order to "nuke Russia ." In effect they took the (non-existent) "button" out of the hands of
the President.. We were thus never quite as close to World War III as many feared, no matter how
irrational any president might have become. They determined that the proper response to any such
order was, "Why, sir?" Unless there was (in their words) a "damn good answer," nothing was going to
happen."

I recommend a thoughtful reading of this poignant letter from a man with a life-long devoted
service to his country and its constitution. Since he is now dying of cancer as well as retired, he
cannot do anything further to avert disaster himself. This document appears on <http://
www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=6773>, and you can locate it elsewhere
by doing a search on the
title.

Brad concludes:
"May God continue to bless America, the land of the free and the home of the brave."

Perhaps that should be, "May God save the people of America from their own myths" (e.g.
beliefs of both supremacy and inerrancy) -- "and may He save us Canadians from said myths as well"
-- since thanks to Harper and his ilk, those myths are becoming ours.

Canadians used to be more realistic.

That "Patriots Question 911" website is an excellent place to start re-thinking what
happened, and perhaps averting the worst of its consequences. When you read what the pilots say, both
commercial and military, say about those flights (< http://patriotsquestion911.com/pilots.html>), and all
the other military, intelligence, and engineering professionals who summarize how the American
public has accepted suppression of evidence and dishonest pseudo-investigations, submitting
tamely to being duped, you know that on September 11, 2001, the U.S. ceased to be the land of the
free, never mind the home of the brave, when Americans chose to cower in their homes, hypnotized by a
carefully-orchestrated drama.

I honour all those brave souls who are awakening from that nightmare to find a worse one
unfolding, and who still have the courage to speak out against the darkness.

M.S. Haliburton
Ottawa

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