Sunday, October 14, 2007

Daily Digest October 14, 2007



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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Shame on non-voters
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=71049&sc=80

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - Sudan faces deeper crisis
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/959162.html

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Little need for tougher takeover rules
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=570fa0dc-3d5d-4ebc-9006-6f4719b7257f

OTTAWA SUN - Stop crying wolf
http://www.ottawasun.com/Comment/Editorial/2007/10/14/4574675-sun.html

TORONTO STAR - Foreign takeovers demand attention
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/266427

         Bureaucratic gridlock
         http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/266428

TORONTO SUN - Focus on energy, health and cities
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2007/10/14/4574929-sun.html

LONDON FREE PRESS - Faith-based schools debate isn't over yet
http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/Opinion/Editorials/2007/10/14/4574571.html

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - First Nations blockades enjoy double standard
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4057657p-4661972c.html

CALGARY HERALD - Turkey needs to admit a genocide happened 
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=2dd45f8b-64e7-428c-b4e0-b4a34af889f2

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Seeking cover on Afghanistan
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=33196e23-30e0-4c10-a006-6a17d943853c

VANCOUVER SUN - Survey provides keys for defusing violence leading to spousal killings
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=ed9c9e0c-b87f-4028-b8de-7abd7feab4ea

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Organ donor system is a mess; a fix is long overdue
Creation of a national registry will help meet growing demand -- and save lives
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=4ba3e07b-25d0-46a3-8c83-46a77fc5be06


ISSUES

CANUSA/USACAN
Our role in Afghanistan really about ties with U.S.
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/266634


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
MONEY 401
Security questions
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/266584

Buffett predicts a long flight for loonie
To remain above parity over the next five years
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/266412

Construction starts on Canada's first large canola diesel plant
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071014/n101426A.html


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Sun sets early on the American Century
Even hard-headed realists in the U.S. power elite fear the Iraq war has crippled America's ability to lead
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/266411

Defiant Burma keeps up arrests
http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/266656

Che Guevara, a pop hero 40 years after his death, was the Osama bin Laden of the 1960s
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Margolis_Eric/2007/10/14/4575044-sun.php


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Canada's Food Guide branches out
The official rule book on healthy eating is now online in 10 languages
http://www.thestar.com/living/Health/article/265965


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Justice system falls short for victims: poll
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=316cdd4a-91d8-4b34-b27d-fac69c081960

Sex offenders can be treated: experts
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=46953546-4c19-4640-8af3-aa83fafc2b7e


MIGRATION
`Phantom' residents to lose status
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/266633


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Bashing begins in Saskatchewan campaign
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071013.wsask1013/BNStory/National/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20071013.wsask1013
all 60 news articles »



Is Ed folding under pressure?
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Columnists/Waugh_Neil/2007/10/14/4575087-sun.html


Ontario's old politics don't work anymore
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=f1a663e0-4311-48aa-b928-aa53a9d9f969

McGuinty wins, and now political ghosts stalk Ontario
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=7a77a631-8220-4bee-a4a5-36ca12ab8dc2

Ready for more hikes?
http://money.canoe.ca/Columnists/Leatherdale/2007/10/14/4575626-sun.html

Grits getting too comfortable?
The governing party is already showing signs of arrogance and 'Second Term Rot'
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Blizzard_Christina/2007/10/14/4575039-sun.php

An uncivil election
Shout-fest over school funding never rose to the level of an honest debate
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Goldstein_Lorrie/2007/10/14/4575035-sun.php


POLITICS
Tories looking for mandate from Throne Speech
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071014/qp_thronespeech_071014/20071014?hub=Canada

A list of demands that the opposition parties want Prime Minister Stephen Harper to address in his throne speech.
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071010/throne_opposition_071010/20071014/

# Question Period: Jim Prentice, Industry Minister 6:58
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# Question Period: Stephane Dion, Liberal leader 7:54
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# Question Period: Jack Layton, NDP leader 6:24
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Showdown: Harper sets his election trap
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/266608
all 127 news articles »


Time to take finger off the election trigger
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Copps_Sheila/2007/10/14/4575043-sun.php

Martin: Picking Manley for panel defuses Afghan issue
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/canada/story.html?id=28fb6a52-0e2e-4fbc-82c9-052b857c4032
all 121 news articles »


Can Harper take Quebec?
Polls and by-elections are bearing glad tidings for Tories. But as is usual in Quebec, message is mixed
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/insight/story.html?id=72bf8619-c8b9-4f1b-b47b-8892fc2e4e46

Duceppe hits hard with Quebec identity to beat back Tories
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=4135d2f6-0e08-45f9-a059-443afcbadb3d

Harper poised to redistribute power
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=d2e4db34-51ef-42d7-8104-08bc79ce56f0

Stephane Dion: Champion of Corporate Tax Cuts
http://www.jameslaxer.com/2007/10/stephane-dion-champion-of-corporate-tax.html


PROGRAMMES
Feds back coal project
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/money/story.html?id=91eb0614-59b5-47db-8a56-2e52945a216c


PRESSURE POINTS
Global warming airing everywhere
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/959168.html

Clean Air Act up in smoke
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2007/10/14/4574745-sun.html

Government appallingly slow on energy legislation
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=449159d7-87c9-40a4-af3c-fb11a184f5eb

Nature's future fury
Climate change will be costly in ways we've not yet seen, say insurers
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2007/10/14/4575109-sun.html

Corcoran: Gore's Nobel a victory for junk science
Global warming theory has been in political and scientific trouble for some time, but who knew it ...
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=46d1e620-cb1f-4c58-841f-c2acfc7e2023

Terrorist support of Kyoto cited
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/story.html?id=e9f26916-7832-4174-b014-616ad4ed8c04


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Three better terms for 'democracy'
http://www.thestar.com/News/Ideas/article/266568

Chretien attacks
Biography reveals long-running conflict with Paul Martin over leadership
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/story.html?id=4e026144-c35e-4bbf-9aff-0499aa338149

Canada's economic capital deserves a province that cares
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/266410

A picture and a thousand words
Why taking a step back in time may put us on the best path to the future
http://www.thestar.com/News/Ideas/article/266681

Giant web puzzles experts
http://www.thestar.com/sciencetech/Science/article/251407

Lessons from the Ontario election
The issues of integration, cultural differences, religion and race are important in canada's largest province as well as here
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=66901551-6a9d-4092-b243-209fe00a63db

How do we stop what we cannot comprehend?
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=ae5bb114-c3de-433e-b636-7a8e675fd8e0

Indian website draws marriage partners averse to dowry tradition
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=c4849b6a-46e9-4941-88c3-96b76026b0d8

Veterans win hard-fought battle over plaque
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/959149.html

Time to stop being polite
Canada losing its identity
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Columnists/Jackson_Paul/2007/10/14/4574759-sun.php


INFOS

Duceppe obtient l'appui de 94% de son parti à la veille de la rentrée
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071013/N101352U.html

Une mince victoire du Oui n'aurait pas suffi, dit Chrétien dans ses mémoires
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071013/N101365U.html

Sondages défavorables: les candidats québécois du PLC sont en formation
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071013/N101318U.html

La montée du dollar force l'agence des douanes à enfreindre ses règlements
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071013/N101354U.html

Les Premières Nations demandent l'aide de l'ONU
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071014/CPACTUALITES/710140581/1019/CPACTUALITES

L'aile parlementaire du Bloc réunie à Trois-Rivières
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071014/CPACTUALITES/71014002/1025/CPACTUALITES

Mémoires d'un dur à cuire
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2007/10/14/001-chretien-memoires.shtml


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From: Ron Thornton <tmgarj@telusplanet.net>
To: Joe Hueglin <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>
Subject: Re: Daily Digest October 13, 2007

Hi Joe:

You are a heretic in the Church of Gore?  Well, it beats being a fool. 
All indications suggest this a bogus scheme, and I congratulate you on coming down on the side of the angels and those with real intellect.

Meanwhile, Ernest Raymond offered an alternative to the MMP proposal recently rejected in Ontario. A seat in the legislature for any numskull party as long as they their candidates pick up 1% of the combined vote province wide ?  Actually, I'd raise the bar to 10%.  At 10%, you can argue that sufficient folks actually care.  At 1%, you can only argue that enough goofs took out their crayons and marked in 107 separate elections in favor of 107 different people who hail from the same banana farm...er...party.
I have always felt this notion that the votes cast for these different people can somehow be added together to represent something meaningful as delusional. Reviewing these 107 electoral races is not exactly like comparing apples and oranges, but similar to trying to compare a Golden Delicious to a Granny Smith.  They might all be apples, but not exactly the same.

That low threshold is the only real flaw I see in Ernest's suggestion.

Ron.

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From: Jacob Rempel
To: "Editor DAILY DIGEST" <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>
Subject: .... join forces, in some mutually advantageous way, with the Canadian Alliance

Ernest Raymond wrote about his experience at the fateful convention when McKay promised not to merge the PC Party with the Alliance Party. Ernest Raymond wrote:
 
"I am sure Prentice did not win because of his principled and steadfast unwillingness to promise Orchard that the PCs would NOT join forces, in some mutually advantageous way, with the Canadian Alliance."
 
I too was on the convention floor. To support Prentice was an impossible choice for those of us who resisted completely the idea of merging with the neocon Alliance party.

We knew that Prentice was open to the idea, and that made it impossible. He has now demonstrated that he loyally backs Harper's neocon agenda, both the obvious and the disguised parts of that agenda.

...Jacob Rempel
 
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Fron: "Keith Coghlan"

HI Joe:

Just a note to Ernest Raymond from the OCt 13 Daily Digest .

Its on the Ontario referendum and his comments:

Ernest feel you are right with that suggestion. I was one of the few people in Ontario that attended one of the meetings of the Citizens Assembly that were held across the province.

In fact even managed to get enough nerve to speak. My point to them was that there are already enough politicians in Ontario and whatever reform was chosen not to have a large increase in the number of MPP's.

I think this really was one of the main reasons the option was defeated. Adding 22 more MPP's was just too much. In addition the reducing of the ridings had people concerned over the service they would receive from the local member. Not that I have found many of the local MPP's that responsive to any enquiry.

Just like your comment I think if the Citizens Assembly had gone for a small increase of maybe 6-8 MPP's the yes vote would have been much greater.

Lower the ridings to 100 or 105. Add 15 or 10 list MPP's and I am sure that would have received greater votes. Now you would not have been able to have the Provincial parliament match the total vote % vote accros Ontario. But at least you would have been able to get a few more parties into the parliament and have a few more voices.

I feel that the Citizens Assembly listened to much to  the political types of the major parties and some of the top "scholars" on this and in the end was taken in the wrong direction.

But so many people in Ontario are just not interested in politics or have tuned out completely.

When you have around 48% of the eligible voters not taking part in a election, is that really a show that the current system works and that people are happy with it.

What we have in Ontario is really two parties that have been able to enjoy the power of government. Perhaps after this election it will be down to only one party and that party or parties will never willing give up even a small piece of that power.

The system is broke and we continue to expect that the people you have aided in its low standard will fix it.

Take care and keep hoping for change

Keith Coghlan
Belleville Ontario

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From: "Robert Ede"

Subject: Denying a falsehood + new terminology- "mankind-blamers"

Joe,
 
Committing oneself.
 
In public.
On reason, or on faith, on purpose.
 
Commendable.
 
To deny a falsehood, even a widely-held falsehood, a gov't-sanctioned falsehood, a UN -declared-as-truth falsehood is still the right thing to do.
 
To deny truth (via a convenient lie, told repeatedly and ever more boldly) is commonplace and a well-known propaganda technique (tell a big enough life, enough times ...).
 
To deny, in public, on purpose, the falsehood-presented-as-truth is honourable.
 
Congratulations.
 
But don't adopt your adversary's spin doctor's nomenclature of "denier" - because denying a falsehood is not the same as "being in denial" (as the phrase goes) it's simply disagreeing.
 
On reason, on facts, on guts ... for whatever reason ... it's simply disagreeing.
 
Do not let the greenhouse gas/ no cars/ 3rd world first/ UN is wonderful/ the science-is-settled "zealots" define you.
 
THEY are the ones that need a name - but the movement is a coalition of so many types of lefties+ gov't-grant money-grubbers + hangers on + run to the front of the paraders (like Gore and Suzuki) that it's hard to characterise them with a fitting sobriquet (I'm thinking along the lines of how the HomoSex crowd calls hetero's "breeders"  ie negative, but accurately, all-inclusive)
 
I'd say most folks (rich, broke, smart, stupid) agree on fighting pollution, fighting waste, fighting sulphur, noxious gases etc in the air, fighting inefficient harvesting and over-treating plants/crops/ vegetation with "chemicals" and fertilizers that flow off/over the land into streams etc and into our bloodstream and organs.
 
Let's work on those things.
 
Forget space, forget bio-science/cloning ... let's work on Nicola Tesla's ideas of free electricity, transmitted at no charge.
 
The Stern report came out last yr when I was sojourning in London Ont - it's primary recommendations were to stop clear-cutting forests and stop using coal-burning power plants - I'm fine with that.
 
But if China's opening a coal-burning power plant every couple of days/weeks (can't recall the news report) and IF we ARE in a finite global system, nothing we do to reduce coal-fired here in Canada will balance the expansion there (let's hope they are using the most modern, cleanest-burning techniques and fuel - not just the cheapest ... but I'm not counting on it)
 
I too, do not agree with the IPCC (?sp?) and the Suzuki's & the Gore's -- I believe it is the sun.
 
I believe the sun is primarily responsible for the irrefutable changes to climate on earth.
 
The " refutable observations" made by "mankind-blamers" (my just-made-up, negative and inclusive term for the greenhouse gas crowd) to excite the general-public and media-types ARE probably caused by man.
 
Whatever happened to the 'common knowledge' idea that the sun is hotter than a generation ago and ... why are we using such a heck of a lot more sun block than when we(I) were(was) kids?  - A few years ago EVERYBODY was saying the sun is hotter - now it's all about CO2 and everything climate-wise is mankind's fault .... who orchestrated THAT mind-change.
 
rce
Love to all on the DD - Karen & I are off to Turkey, Patmos & Israel til the 31st
 
PS  Harper's just going-along for the ride, for now. He knows the public+media is wrong - he's just not going to "go to war" on the topic, at least not just now.
 
In fact, the 2050 et al, package that Rona Lee Ambrose got ambushed on was "just right". Mostly pollution and a regard for the "currently-fashionable" view on greenhouse gas.
 
PPS Watch the movie 'Soylent Green' (circa 1972), Charlton Heston & Edward G Robinson have a fleeting conversation about "the greenhouse effect" in it

Robert Ede,
 
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The Post's series on scientists who buck the conventional wisdom on climate science.
Here is the series so far:
Statistics needed -- The Deniers Part I
Warming is real -- and has benefits -- The Deniers Part II
The hurricane expert who stood up to UN junk science -- The Deniers Part III
Polar scientists on thin ice -- The Deniers Part IV
The original denier: into the cold -- The Deniers Part V
The sun moves climate change -- The Deniers Part VI
Will the sun cool us? -- The Deniers Part VII
The limits of predictability -- The Deniers Part VIII
Look to Mars for the truth on global warming -- The Deniers Part IX
Limited role for C02 -- the Deniers Part X
End the chill -- The Deniers Part XI
Clouded research -- The Deniers Part XII
Allegre's second thoughts -- The Deniers XIII
The heat's in the sun -- The Deniers XIV
Unsettled Science -- The Deniers XV
Bitten by the IPCC -- The Deniers XVI
Little ice age is still within us -- The Deniers XVII
Fighting climate 'fluff' -- The Deniers XVIII

Science, not politics -- The Deniers XIX
Gore's guru disagreed -- The Deniers XX
The ice-core man -- The Deniers XXI
Some restraint in Rome -- The Deniers XXII
Discounting logic -- The Deniers XXIII
Dire forecasts aren't new -- The Deniers XXIV
They call this a consensus? -- Part XXV
NASA chief Michael Griffin silenced - Part XXVI
Forget warming - beware the new ice age -- Part XXVII
Open mind sees climate clearly -- Part XXVIII
Models trump measurements -- Part XXIX
What global warming, Australian skeptic asks -- Part XXX
In the eye of the storm of global warming -- Part XXXI
From chaos, coherence -- Part XXXII
The aerosol man -- Part XXXIII
The Hot Trend is cool yachts -- Part XXXIV
You still need your parka in Antarctica -- Part XXXV

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