Sunday, September 23, 2007

Daily Digest September 23, 2007



ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Mr. Dyer's dire prediction

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - Grits need policy edge, not civil war

OTTAWA SUN - Don't tinker with vote system

TORONTO STAR - Great wall of secrecy

TORONTO SUN - Don't tinker with vote system

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - Parable of the drug dealer

WINNIPEG SUN - Don't tinker with vote system

CALGARY HERALD - Highlight earlier problems
A society lacking a solid base of highly educated women is not healthy, but the same goes for one without educated men.

CALGARY SUN - Don't tinker with vote system

Nation was the real winner in byelections

EDMONTON SUN - Don't tinker with vote system

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - The state should be extremely cautious about seizing kids

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - No province stands alone
Transferring responsibilities from Ottawa will split, not unite, our patchwork nation


Pilot loses suit in bombing that killed Canadians

Canadian forces to stay beyond '09, general says

NATO investigates killing of four Afghans

TRADE-CANADA: Losing Water Through NAFTA

Healthy buck hurts livestock

How young people are being driven off the farm

Harper joins UN on global warming

Hired guns, loose cannons

Canada rediscovers the Americas – again

China on the wrong road in Burma
It's time for Beijing to withdraw its blanket diplomatic support

Monks stage biggest anti-junta march in Myanmar

Counting the casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan

Blackwater guards caught on tape: Iraqi official

Rice, al-Maliki meet amid tension over Blackwater shootout

Iraq plans legislation to deal with security firms

Vancouver the proposed 'testing ground' for co-op brothel
Group says facility would keep sex workers safe

What's all the fuss? immigrants ask
Saguenéens need not fear, they say.'If they are so afraid of other religions, why did Quebec give up its own religion?'

Stelmach in mess of his own making
Oilpatch industry angered by premier's portrayal of them as greedy robber barons

Lights dim on Alberta's economic future

No such thing as free speech in politics
Campbell tolerates honesty, as long as it agrees with his policy

Tory's plans for nuclear power draw sparks from Grit minister

Ontario PC leader 'stirring the pot' in Caledonia, say Liberals

Dalton stumbles, bumbles along

The preem's fear-mongering over funding faith-based schools is a hypocritical slap in the face -- he graduated from one himself

Harper risks backlash to woo Quebec with limits on federal spending

Dion says he'll wait for throne speech before judging fate of government

Duceppe blamed for backing Harper's minority

What do liberals stand for?
Marketers agree brand is damaged after Monday's by-elections rout. More than logo change is needed

Dion needs all Liberals under one tent

Keep opposition at each other's throats, Harper confidant says
Harper to defend climate plan at UN summit

Harper zaps women with funding cuts
PM's ideologically driven decisions silencing worthwhile groups

Gagetown vets get shorted

Common biofuels 'emit more greenhouse gas than oil'
Emissions from the burning of rapeseed and maize biofuels found to cause more global warming damage than fossil fuels

B.C. battle over coalbed methane goes global

Battle over climate change is being fought in world's courts

Elections and democratic ideals

Levy a tax on private education

Thank heaven for religious schools -- they keep our public system honest

Early accommodation

Brian Mulroney teaches us that politics is personality
His Memoirs run remarkably to form - and we should thank him for that

Who's your Daddy? A child's right to know
With more children being conceived as 'genetic orphans,' society needs to determine its obligation toward them

How secrecy became part of the bureaucracy

Fighting our culture of secrecy
Bureaucrats are especially secretive because they are able to defer to elected officials in all things, including credit or blame. 'None of us likes to work under scrutiny. Everyone makes mistakes and naturally you want to create that aura of competence'

A Senate to serve the regions

Requests can languish on both sides of border

Electoral reform takes the joy out of politics

Should "older people" have young children?

Story behind nation's religious collapse

Changements climatiques: Stephen Harper prendra la parole à l'ONU lundi

Le Bloc québécois confirme ses cinq conditions au gouvernement Harper

Blackwater · Al Maliki juge que la fusillade pose un «défi à la souveraineté»

Blackwater sous enquête judiciaire

Harper n'est pas inquiet des menaces de l'opposition

Le Bloc a-t-il encore une raison d'être?

Le bras de fer entre l'opposition et Harper engagé

"I"m a proud Ontarian, proud to lead this province. But I'm a proud Canadian first."
        Never thought I'd agree with the present Premier but soon to be Leader of the Opposition of Ontario. On this one point, however, his view and mine coincide.

        Well not quite.  I've never thought of myself as a "proud Ontarian", or for that matter as an Ontario-io-ian at all. 
        Never mattered to me whether or not Ontario won in curling or other fields of interprovincial rivalry.  When our teams win internationally - teams composed of
        players from all over - is when I"m "proud". This victory, for me at least was particularly sweet "Canada captures first hockey gold medal in 50 years"
        Stephen Harper and Gilles Duceppe both hold this position: "Eliminate all federal spending powers in provincial jurisdictions.", one of the New Confederation   
        Proposals the present Prime Minister formulated that you will find in the attachment. Proposals that following Tom Flanagan's strategy are being brought
        forward incrementally.

        A question to whosoever will answer: What precisely are to be recognized as sole jurisdictions of the provinces?
        And collateral to this what are Government of Canada's powers to be? Are they to be limited as Stephen Harper stated on Thursday, January 19, 2006, to: "focusing       on issues like international treaties, foreign aid, national defence and the economic union."?

        If not, in what other fields will the Ottawa Government play a role in the lives of Canadians when the provinces are "autonomous in their areas of jurisdiction."
        A second question to be answered is: will the Government of Canada speak with one voice in international affairs?  Or, since the provinces are held to be       autonomous in their jurisdictions, what will happen to the ability of the Government of Canada to speak internationally. Will there be one voice or a dozen
        or more representing each their own interest?
        The Times Colonist in its editorial to-day states matters very well , in my belief.
        On this matter you ought to have either a position to express or questions to ask as you arrive at where you stand.
        You will find no better venue for discussion on this imminent matter of importance than the Digest, at least in my less than objective view.
        Should you know a better one, let me know, please?

No province stands alone
Transferring responsibilities from Ottawa will split, not unite, our patchwork nation
Times Colonist
Published: Sunday, September 23, 2007