Saturday, September 22, 2007

Daily Digest September 22, 2007



ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Anecdotes of ATV anarchy

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Arsenal of tools can delay or block release of information

        What we asked for

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Slackers they aren't

TORONTO STAR - Private clinics a retrograde step

        Tory takes the low road

NATIONAL POST - Living with a strong loonie

TORONTO SUN - Mighty loonie presents opportunities

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - A sorry debate to think about

WINDSOR STAR - Ottawa's role
Harper government must act

SUDBURY STAR - Candidates face too many meetings

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - Two-for-one option

        The prices of parity

REGINA LEADER-POST - Where's price parity?

CALGARY HERALD - That feeling of equality
Canadians should enjoy parity before U.S. dollar regains health

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Tilting at windmills

VANCOUVER SUN - All Canadians have a stake in helping immigrants to thrive

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Dion not dead yet despite setbacks
The federal Liberal leader still has a chance to bring his party back to contention


A dangerous 'declaration'

Four Canadians injured, 50 detainees missing, in Afghanistan

Canada can't find 50 Afghan detainees

U.S. to patrol Manitoba border with drone aircraft

Bush the new Saddam: Maclean's

Fresh tax treaty boon for investment

Symbiosis: We have energy, the U.S. can defend us

How about a deal in Canada, first?

Flexibility on royalty rates a key to protecting resource industry

US turns to China for Myanmar influence

Fearsome Russia just wants a little respect

Pill could excite body's anti-aging defences

Time to make a stand

Canada behind in gang prevention: Expert

Windsor braces for refugee tide

Manager's radio remarks spark storm of outrage

A make-or-break vote
Howard Hampton could either be a kingmaker or a dead man walking after Oct. 10

Lies, damned lies and debates
Candidates will say the darndest things under the klieg lights. Our columnist with a reality check

Liberals slammed on energy, hydro rates

Bloc to outline demands for supporting throne speech

Discreet signs of a mutiny
Dion stumbles as his Liberal rivals tiptoe into position

Grappling with the question of election reform
MMP Confusion; 'Once you explain it to them, they get frustrated'

Layton touts NDP as 'effective opposition' in OttawaComment

The sinking Liberal ship
Both provincial and federal Liberals are in trouble in Quebec

Ignatieff keeps one eye on the clock

Government to challenge ruling against DND contract
Tribunal told Defence to reassess bids for CF-18 targeting pods

Federal body accuses government of inflating its climate-change plan

Government accused of exaggerating its proposals for cutting emissions in report by advisory panel

Countries sign ozone deal

Don't read too much into NDP win in Quebec

Still seeking clarity on Afghanistan
Federal leaders continue to quibble about Canada's role

Taking control of the party in eight relatively easy steps
Time-Tested Methods; Take a lesson from politics successful usurpers

Why conservatives should support proportional representation

PM needs new tack on Afghanistan

Delay, denial and stonewalling still clog FOI system

Thou shalt not lean too far to the right

Strategy for political wars

Conservatively written

When doctors become civil servants, everybody loses

A national energy pipe dream

To close the gender gap, we must do more for boys
In the huge (and successful) effort to raise girls' achievement and opportunities, we forgot about the boys

Where no PM has gone before; Stephen Harper's foreign policy not what Canadians are used to


Le Bloc québécois confirme ses cinq conditions au gouvernement Harper

Un soldat canadien a été blessé sérieusement samedi en Afghanistan

Le Bloc presse les conservateurs d'agir pour soutenir les entreprises

Stratégie de Dion : une arme à double tranchant

Duceppe se prépare à voter contre le discours du Trône

Mécontent du fédéral, Massé agira en cas d'élections

La Belgique au bord de la déchirure

Ozone et climat - 191 pays devancent l'élimination des HCFC

Ottawa cherche ses prisonniers

How to help?

        Merle has drawn our attention to a grievous situation that has existed since 1962.  There may be those receiving the Digest in a position to
        contact Foreign Affairs Minister Bernier and urge him to request the United Nations to take action.
        Indeed if I'm correct our Prime Minister will be at the U.N. and might well undertake the task himself.



Merle A. Jacobs.

Joe, Help the people of Burma - ( I came from Burma due to Govt). See Editorial.

Protesting monks greeted by Myanmar's detained democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi

Burma Stirs
Will the rest of the world stand by?
The Washington Post
Saturday, September 22, 2007; Page A16

FOR YEARS, jaded diplomats and academics have rebuffed Burma's democracy activists with one question: Why don't the people of Burma rise up? For the past month, they have been doing exactly that, against unimaginable odds and with unimaginable courage. So now a different question arises: Is the world -- its leaders, diplomats, academics and others -- going to stand on the sidelines or offer some help?

Yesterday, more than 1,000 Buddhist monks marched peacefully along the rain-soaked streets of Burma's largest city, with thousands of spectators encouraging their protest. At the head of the procession a monk carried an alms bowl turned upside down, symbolically refusing to accept any more support from the military regime, one of the world's most repressive. In an overwhelmingly Buddhist Southeast Asian nation of 50 million people, this was a withering rebuke. The echoes of the last great uprising, in 1988, must be alarming the country's corrupt ruling generals -- the roots in economic discontent and the slow stirrings from students to monks to the general population and from the capital to smaller cities across the nation.

The regime -- so frightened of its own people that it had already transplanted its capital in the dead of night, to a desolate inland spot, on the advice of an astrologer -- has responded in some ways more desperately than it did in 1988. Though the monks have for the most part not been blocked, virtually every student leader is in prison, many tortured. Cousins, siblings and even children of demonstrators have been swept up, too. Anyone with a camera is suspect, as the regime seeks to block news of the protests from traveling. Yet brave Burmese with cellphones continue to relay photographs, and brave unarmed civilians continue to interpose themselves between protesters and regime vigilantes.

The global response thus far has been lackadaisical. The U.N. Security Council held a briefing Thursday, but the U.S. representative emerged with no message of particular urgency. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's special envoy has yet to announce a date to visit Burma. Some talk about the need for more studies of the humanitarian situation inside Burma -- as if the humanitarian disaster, and even more its cause in political misrule, were not already well known.

What needs to be done is clear. The regime must release all political prisoners, starting with Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, so that a negotiation toward democracy can begin. President Bush, who has spoken eloquently of Burma's struggle for freedom, needs to engage in strenuous diplomacy -- above all with China -- to make clear that this is a U.S. priority. And China, which has more influence in Burma than any other country has, needs to decide whether it wants to host the 2008 Olympics as the enabler of one of the world's nastiest regimes or as a peacemaker.