Saturday, September 22, 2007

Daily Digest September 22, 2007


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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Anecdotes of ATV anarchy
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=64497&sc=80

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Arsenal of tools can delay or block release of information
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=c50454ea-1203-4b1e-b4b9-4352ade07bca

        What we asked for
         http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=6927d891-eaa6-4bb8-9d7f-2f862f24015d

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Slackers they aren't
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=d6769c1b-353b-413d-8140-60389619b94f

TORONTO STAR - Private clinics a retrograde step
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/259250

        Tory takes the low road
         http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/259249

NATIONAL POST - Living with a strong loonie
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/editorialsletters/story.html?id=1e4c2dec-3fc7-4e6c-b71d-246ceee49f62

TORONTO SUN - Mighty loonie presents opportunities
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2007/09/22/4516513.html

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - A sorry debate to think about
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/252665

WINDSOR STAR - Ottawa's role
Harper government must act
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=2a1d2e20-608f-4c2f-b914-1f9b0e875c31

SUDBURY STAR - Candidates face too many meetings
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=704271

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - Two-for-one option
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4043825p-4651750c.html

        The prices of parity
         http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4043823p-4651703c.html

REGINA LEADER-POST - Where's price parity?
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=17006b93-e7c1-4464-bbb5-b090c2ebc016

CALGARY HERALD - That feeling of equality
Canadians should enjoy parity before U.S. dollar regains health
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=7b1423f1-7f99-4af0-9619-293dbe58286f

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Tilting at windmills
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_8302.php

VANCOUVER SUN - All Canadians have a stake in helping immigrants to thrive
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=1949bf7d-ec11-4eab-8c0a-b54fa0a3b399

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Dion not dead yet despite setbacks
The federal Liberal leader still has a chance to bring his party back to contention
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=b75c64f3-4382-4c64-b186-59380bd0867a


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
A dangerous 'declaration'
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=e5159199-1a99-41f1-9279-8154212097a3


CANADIAN FORCES
Four Canadians injured, 50 detainees missing, in Afghanistan
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=0d8a0f1e-a991-42ea-9e19-17eedbc6962c&k=69450

Canada can't find 50 Afghan detainees
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070921.wdetaniees0922/BNStory/Afghanistan/home


CANUSA/USACAN
U.S. to patrol Manitoba border with drone aircraft
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2007/09/21/uav.html

Bush the new Saddam: Maclean's
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/World/2007/09/22/4517050-sun.html

Fresh tax treaty boon for investment 
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/comment/story.html?id=e517f1af-838c-4d0e-8c5f-4e13ebd50dec

Symbiosis: We have energy, the U.S. can defend us
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=5558759c-062f-49b0-be0d-dbf297e9ea4b


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
How about a deal in Canada, first?
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=4c1d25d1-427e-434a-8a41-1dbdf7daa18f

Flexibility on royalty rates a key to protecting resource industry
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/ideas/story.html?id=c00cc2c3-0f79-4b07-b383-3f8e83b3d5e0


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
US turns to China for Myanmar influence
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/II21Ad01.html

Fearsome Russia just wants a little respect
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=de0e8936-5152-49c0-a223-0eeb8a6eadd3


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Pill could excite body's anti-aging defences 
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/bodyandhealth/story.html?id=072ce189-4e8e-49d8-8113-a16d80c1f599


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Time to make a stand
http://www.winnipegsun.com/News/Columnists/Brodbeck_Tom/2007/09/22/4516638.html

Canada behind in gang prevention: Expert
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=702ba463-c00c-4264-8f45-3ba01cd2f8c9


MIGRATION
Windsor braces for refugee tide
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070922.wwindsor0922/BNStory/National/home

Manager's radio remarks spark storm of outrage
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070922.wbcbuble0922/BNStory/National/home


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
A make-or-break vote
Howard Hampton could either be a kingmaker or a dead man walking after Oct. 10
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/canada/story.html?id=35a11210-0045-48af-a006-a487d74a9e29

REALITY CHECK
Lies, damned lies and debates
Candidates will say the darndest things under the klieg lights. Our columnist with a reality check
http://www.thestar.com/OntarioElection/article/259227

Liberals slammed on energy, hydro rates
http://www.thestar.com/OntarioElection/article/259424


POLITICS
Bloc to outline demands for supporting throne speech
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/09/22/bloc-throne-speech.html

Discreet signs of a mutiny
Dion stumbles as his Liberal rivals tiptoe into position
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=1d6cea03-674f-463b-a674-3c8afce3c4fc

Grappling with the question of election reform
MMP Confusion; 'Once you explain it to them, they get frustrated'
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/canada/story.html?id=c57535bc-2eb6-4c94-9f20-f69f9fe21a53

Layton touts NDP as 'effective opposition' in OttawaComment
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070921.wlayton0921/BNStory/National/home

The sinking Liberal ship
Both provincial and federal Liberals are in trouble in Quebec
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=06079ee1-3277-4439-89ba-2e6fcbf9acf5

Ignatieff keeps one eye on the clock
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/898155.html


PROGRAMMES
Government to challenge ruling against DND contract
Tribunal told Defence to reassess bids for CF-18 targeting pods
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=b67ca0c4-d53a-41ae-9c38-bfa47e17d0df


PRESSURE POINTS
Federal body accuses government of inflating its climate-change plan
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070921/n0921174A.html

Government accused of exaggerating its proposals for cutting emissions in report by advisory panel
http://www.thestar.com/sciencetech/article/259339

Countries sign ozone deal
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/259467


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Don't read too much into NDP win in Quebec
http://www.winnipegsun.com/News/Columnists/Quesnel_Joseph/2007/09/22/4516637.html

Still seeking clarity on Afghanistan
Federal leaders continue to quibble about Canada's role
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/canada/story.html?id=2df2cdaa-a960-43f8-907c-380d6016966d

Taking control of the party in eight relatively easy steps
Time-Tested Methods; Take a lesson from politics successful usurpers
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/canada/story.html?id=fced71a7-94ac-4076-bc14-03a6ad05e29d

Why conservatives should support proportional representation
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/editorialsletters/story.html?id=5dd45bb7-b8d2-49f6-b20d-1e69690b8838

PM needs new tack on Afghanistan
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/259313

Delay, denial and stonewalling still clog FOI system
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070922.wfoimain0922/BNStory/National/home

Thou shalt not lean too far to the right
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070921.cover22/BNStory/National/home

Strategy for political wars
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=10bd2aeb-37d1-4f2f-9eda-fb5fd884a7d8

Conservatively written
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=ebdca3d6-ad55-4e28-9d82-16e132e0fdeb

When doctors become civil servants, everybody loses 
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/issuesideas/story.html?id=d72ea858-380d-4ff8-a930-5256dcc3b584

A national energy pipe dream
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/comment/story.html?id=cb225fd1-ef04-4337-b067-e9f239b3e4c0

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
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=8241ff9b-866e-4aa7-a8bf-725fba99d4f7

Where no PM has gone before; Stephen Harper's foreign policy not what Canadians are used to
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=704274&auth=BARBARA+MCDOUGALL


INFOS

Le Bloc québécois confirme ses cinq conditions au gouvernement Harper
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070922/N092220U.html

Un soldat canadien a été blessé sérieusement samedi en Afghanistan
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070922/N092214U.html

Le Bloc presse les conservateurs d'agir pour soutenir les entreprises
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/070921/N0921122U.html

Stratégie de Dion : une arme à double tranchant
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070922/CPACTUALITES/709220467/1025/FRONTPAGE

Duceppe se prépare à voter contre le discours du Trône
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070921/CPACTUALITES/70921285/1025/FRONTPAGE

Mécontent du fédéral, Massé agira en cas d'élections
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20070922/CPACTUALITES/70922054/1025/FRONTPAGE

La Belgique au bord de la déchirure
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/09/22/157926.html

Ozone et climat - 191 pays devancent l'élimination des HCFC
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/09/22/157923.html

Ottawa cherche ses prisonniers
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2007/09/22/001-afghanistan-prisonniers.shtml


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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.

                  Joe

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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
http://www.komotv.com/news/national/9936286.html

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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.

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