Monday, October 22, 2007

Daily Digest October 22, 2007


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

EDITORIALs

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - Dion between a throne and a hard place print this article
Harper and other party leaders have been making life rough for the beleaguered Liberal chief.
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=73386&sc=103

CAPE BRETON POST - Loyalty is all
http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=73203&sc=151

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Wait times must be reduced
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=6f0cc708-1660-4de7-b661-c9cdc3d81b77

         Baby-abuse sentence was a slap
         http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=e5a80261-41ad-4bb6-821f-239e957ed849

OTTAWA CITIZEN - How to help Afghanistan
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=74cd4e80-5b95-4647-906c-7d438b49ef71

         Solidarity isn't forever
         http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=05793437-1dd9-43ae-b6f2-749ead689204

         Downloading taxation 
         http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=04583b97-c7e2-4a1e-81b5-1b71fe8a1b68

TORONTO STAR - Poverty reduction needs firm goals
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/268678

NATIONAL POST - The truth about the Templars
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/editorialsletters/story.html?id=a7a00de3-f97e-44de-a622-7b975ad82299

TORONTO SUN - Tories get tough on crime
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2007/10/22/4595559.html

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - White House apology absent
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/269998

K-W RECORD - The price is not quite right
http://www.therecord.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?GXHC_gx_session_id_=c8771c183db004ea&pagename=record/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1193037335721&call_pageid=1024321927354&col=1024322198380

WINDSOR STAR - Health care
A lesson from the front lines
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=207d6833-4102-4c66-bd28-7db656fab90f

SUDBURY STAR - The big labour experiment
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=744182

         Leaders face troubled waters; Tory and Hampton won't be easily replaced, but they now have baggage
         http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=744184&auth=James+Wallace

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - Danger stewing
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4062173p-4665816c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Harmonizing taxes boosts productivity
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=e6bb8e77-db74-46f6-afb2-2816a2bcd89a

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Savvy shoppers will help drive prices down
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_8590.php

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN - Tories play coy with lust for power
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=100706&Itemid=161

VANCOUVER SUN - Canada can assume a leadership role in deciding how to tackle global warming 
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=81745cba-9d2c-457c-b8d3-c5e7df2e91cc

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Let's make sure we don't kill this fat Canadian goose
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=041c1594-3a17-4608-834f-9e2fd9085162


ISSUES

CANADIAN FORCES
Hired gunmen protect VIPs in Afghanistan
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071022.wafghancontractors22/BNStory/Afghanistan/home

Soldiers agree Afghanistan needs Canada past 2009, debate what mission can do
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071021/n102127A.html

Forces fight dwindling numbers as troops quit
Ranks take a beating as 12% of soldiers leave every year, up from 8%
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=ef48764b-9b31-47e6-b66b-844b6ead81f7

AFGHANISTAN: Battling the Taliban With Soviet-Era Weapons
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=39647

AFGHANISTAN: To Mourn or Celebrate - Afghans' Dilemma
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=39682

Canada 6th in military spending 
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=4533370c-4f28-44f6-9908-19b0cd5c7347

Hillier arrives in Kandahar for surprise visit
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071022/hillier_visit_071022/20071022?hub=TopStories

Credit-takers mute when it comes to Afghanistan
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/973838.html

Afghan coalition an unequal burden
Sharing load tough when `every country wants to feel its troops are doing a noble thing'
http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/269044


CANUSA/USACAN
U.S. "will listen" to concerns over passenger lists for flights going south
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071022/n102292A.html

U.S. lumber lobby group adds Nova Scotia to its list of complaints
http://www.cbc.ca/cp/Atlantic/071022/t102219A.html

PREMEDITATED MERGER
Feds outsource Mexican truck safety
Trilateral trade association becomes chief inspector
http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=58259

Canadian ships play 'opposing force' in U.S. exercise 
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=b8fea9c7-8ed1-40c1-a332-7ad64a10a565


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Consumer complaints key to price cuts: Flaherty
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071021/qp_flaherty_071021/20071021?hub=Canada

Deep rifts in largest trade unions causing labour pains across the country
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071021/n102149A.html

Dodge sounds alarm on dollar's surge space
http://www.rbcinvest.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/PEstory/LAC/20071022/DOLLAR22/national/national/national/6/6/28/

Dollar down after Dodge questions its climb
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071022/dollar_down_071022/20071022?hub=Canada


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Harper's chance to showcase a new foreign-aid plan
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=4b74de50-be07-42a6-b8e9-378e35037a97

UN pushes for support for peacekeeping force
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=855ce89e-f8b8-4213-abf4-1f04d72fcb06


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Canadian docs perfecting heart valve surgery
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071019/heart_valves_071019/20071021?hub=Canada


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Justice hamstrung by legal manoeuvres
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=b942d060-d360-417a-af16-dfedb8348ed3

Judge denies bail to accused in terror case
http://www.canada.com/globaltv/national/story.html?id=3ff5a0ff-0113-401c-9ae0-06d228614895&k=81325


MIGRATION
Time for a new approach to immigrants
Bringing more people into Canada won't solve our economic problems
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=dfb14d71-fb05-4808-87e9-b0f17c5f7b1b


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Momentum builds to clear economic barriers between provinces arrow
http://www.rbcinvest.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/PEstory/LAC/20071022/RAGENDAMAXWELL22/Headlines/headdex/headdexBusiness/22/22/23/

BRITISH COLUMBIA
The government's risky push for 'green power'
http://www.rbcinvest.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/PEstory/LAC/20071022/BCHUME22/national/national/nationalTheNationHeadline/13/13/34/


POLITICS
Tories likely to pass second throne speech test, as Liberals shy away from election
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071021/n1021100A.html

Crime bill being used as wedge, opposition says
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071021/qp_crime_071021/20071021?hub=Canada

CTV's Question Period: House leaders on the bill 9:45
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/HTMLTemplate?tf=/ctv/mar/video/new_player.html&cf=ctv/mar/ctv.cfg&hub=Canada&video_link_high=mms://ctvbroadcast.ctv.ca/video/2007/10/21/ctvvideologger3_192982764_1192980136_500kbps.wmv&video_link_low=mms://ctvbroadcast.ctv.ca/video/2007/10/21/ctvvideologger3_192982763_1192978728_218kbps.wmv&clip_start=00:01:48.87&clip_end=00:09:45.34&clip_caption=CTV's%20Question%20Period:%20House%20leaders%20on%20the%20bill&clip_id=ctvnews.20071021.00218000-00218579-clip1&subhub=video&no_ads=&sortdate=20071021&slug=qp_crime_071021&archive=CTVNews

CTV's Question Period: Justice Minister Rob Nicholson 7:05
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/HTMLTemplate?tf=/ctv/mar/video/new_player.html&cf=ctv/mar/ctv.cfg&hub=Canada&video_link_high=mms://ctvbroadcast.ctv.ca/video/2007/10/21/ctvvideologger2_500kbps_2007_10_21_1192981103.wmv&video_link_low=mms://ctvbroadcast.ctv.ca/video/2007/10/21/ctvvideologger2_218kbps_2007_10_21_1192979024.wmv&clip_start=00:01:29.72&clip_end=00:07:05.75&clip_caption=CTV's%20Question%20Period:%20Justice%20Minister%20Rob%20Nicholson&clip_id=ctvnews.20071021.00218000-00218581-clip1&subhub=video&no_ads=&sortdate=20071021&slug=qp_crime_071021&archive=CTVNews

Duceppe wants Ottawa to recognize French as Quebec's official language
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071021/n102196A.html

Operations suspended for local Tories
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=73232&sc=58

Harper's religious holiday outreach overlooks Muslim households: Islamic groups
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071021/n1021116A.html

Government's mega crime bill flouts Parliament, say critics
But government says it wants omnibus bill to get swift approval in both Houses.
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/cover_index.php?display=story&full_path=/2007/october/22/legislative/&c=1

Rodriguez, Coderre don't 'want to become captain of the Titanic'
Conservative MP Jason Kenney says Denis Coderre and Pablo Rodriguez are too smart to take over daunting Quebec lieutenant's job.
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/cover_index.php?display=story&full_path=/2007/october/22/quebeclieutenant/&c=1

Expelled MP Casey says he mixed up budget vote, but glad he did
Independent MP Bill Casey says when he voted against his government's budget last June, he thought it was third reading.
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/cover_index.php?display=story&full_path=/2007/october/22/casey/&c=1

Tory riding executive suspended in Nova Scotia
http://www.rbcinvest.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/PEstory/LAC/20071022/NAT22-3/Headlines/headdex/headdexNational/18/18/24/

Head office steps in
Conservatives shunt officials aside in Casey's riding, will pick party's next candidate
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/973791.html

Harper right not to take Casey back print this article
MP violated standard parliamentary protocol by voting against his party's budget
http://www.hfxnews.ca/index.cfm?sid=73334&sc=93

PM Harper's Tories want an election, can't pull the trigger
Tories are considering attack ads based on Jean Chrétien's book.
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/cover_index.php?display=story&full_path=/2007/october/22/election/&c=1

PCO killed 'Shoe Store Project' last fall due to cost, access concerns, says PCO
After the Prime Minister's surprise visit to the press theatre on Oct. 3, some speculated that Stephen Harper was trying to charm the press gallery in advance of a potential fall election
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/cover_index.php?display=story&full_path=/2007/october/22/showstoreproject/&c=1

Harper, Tories riding high
Moderate throne speech was well received, polls are improving and the Liberals are in disarray
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/269106

Dion has tricky week ahead to avoid election
Buoyed by stronger poll numbers, Conservatives schedule debates and votes to manipulate weaknesses in Liberal party
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071022.wparliament22/BNStory/National/home

A Prime Minister at the top of his imperious game
http://www.rbcinvest.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/PEstory/LAC/20071022/COMARTIN22/Headlines/headdex/headdexComment/3/3/6/

Faithful of old PC party sue Toronto law firm arrow
http://www.rbcinvest.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/PEstory/LAC/20071022/SUIT22/Headlines/headdex/headdexNational/10/10/24/

Clash of the titans
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/rss/article/104876

Political power is the name of the game
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/973797.html

Liberals will have a struggle with PM's decentralizing ways
Dion is portrayed as a centralizer, but he has shown flexibility in the past
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=394d95ba-4d29-4ade-bfd8-bf4b36249c7b

'The election of Stephen Harper changed my life'   In the first of an occasional series, Kate Jaimet chats with the Green party leader to find out why she entered politics, how she learned to bake bread and, of course, the challenges of working with the Harper Tories. http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=d1f7ded0-c6ad-424e-ae1d-8d9cdbca87c5

Harper vs. Local Democracy: Lessons for Electoral Reform
http://morenotesfromunderground.blogspot.com/2007/10/harper-vs-local-democracy-lessons-for.html

Dion names former rival's supporter to top Liberal post
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071022/n1022135A.html

PM's shrug reminiscent of Trudeau
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/269107


PROGRAMMES
Government tables new security certificate legislation
Bill will allow special advocate to act on behalf of detainees
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/10/22/security-certificate.html

Canada to appoint advocates for terrorism suspects
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/071022/canada/canada_security_col

Prison panel would curb early release after two-thirds time served: sources
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071021/n102139A.html

Canada's drug bill could be cut if doctors knew prices: federal report
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071021/n102141A.html

Conservatives tightening tap on flow of information, figures show space
http://www.rbcinvest.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/PEstory/LAC/20071022/ACCESS22/national/national/national/4/4/28/

Arar fallout shows anti-terror laws unjust, activists say arrow
http://www.rbcinvest.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/PEstory/LAC/20071022/ARARREAX22/Headlines/headdex/headdexNational/12/12/24/

Who speaks for the environment? Who will fight climate change?
http://www.garth.ca/weblog/2007/10/22/who-speaks/


PRESSURE POINTS
Hardly 'junk' science: Royal Society examines climate change
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=3bfd5526-9e7e-4666-aaa4-dba75fd4fc6a

Coal poses 'greatest challenge' to climate
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/269234


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Who is this man, and why is he always right?
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=be408c06-5862-42bf-ae0b-72610183efca

Prime Minister Harper, "Deceivin' Stephen.", doesn't fool me: Duff Conacher, Coordinator Democracy Watch
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/cover_index.php?display=story&full_path=/2007/october/22/letter11/&c=1

Scientists a step closer to steering hurricanes
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/10/21/wstorm121.xml

A devastating critique of Harper's imperious style
http://impolitical.blogspot.com/2007/10/devastating-critique-of-harpers.html

Speech from the Throne or run for home? A very tough call
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071022.YANOVER22/TPStory/National

It's loony at the top
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=1e5c016e-bcc2-43f2-922f-7fcc101cf88b

An opposition vote at UN
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=07c983a0-4b46-40ec-863f-5e6e8d16d135

Addicted To Government In an ongoing series, National Post writers are being asked a simple question: If you had the power to change a single thing about Canada, what would it be? In today's instalment, Lorne Gunter argues that Canadians' faith in government is misplaced. http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=9384fd42-e110-4b72-998d-4448c4e74f03

Harper's crime of deceit
Ralph Goodale, National Post
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=991f935c-9d6f-4c7d-8ece-c1b0e81c1bf3

The legend of Bill Casey grows
http://cameronholmstrom.blogspot.com/2007/10/legend-of-bill-casey-grows.html


INFOS

Meilleure défense pour les accusés
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2007/10/22/004-certificats-projet-loi.shtml

Fêtes religieuses - Harper omet de faire parvenir ses voeux aux musulmans
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/10/22/161467.html

Répression de la criminalité - Un comité fédéral veut la fin des libérations automatiques aux deux tiers de la peine
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/10/22/161468.html

La survie du gouvernement soulage bien des députés
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071022/CPACTUALITES/71021132/1025/CPACTUALITES

Des pensions beaucoup plus généreuses que dans le privé
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071022/CPACTUALITES/710220548/1025/CPACTUALITES

Langue officielle: le Bloc demande la reconnaissance d'Ottawa
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071021/CPACTUALITES/71021051/1025/CPACTUALITES

Le général Hillier se rend en Afghanistan
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071022/CPACTUALITES/71022146/5846/CPACTUALITES

Louise Arbour blâme le Canada pour son vote contre les droits des autochtones
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071022/N1022102U.html




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From: John Kruithof

Joe,
Thanks for articulating what is on a lot of people's mind.  I suppose everyone will come up with their own answer.  Mine is that Harper strikes me as a modern enough man to realize he must conform to what is broadly palatable to Canadian sensibility, or be turfed out politically.  Our task as citizens is to promote a cohesive culture based on philosophical principles worthy of support.  That involves rejecting prejudices ingrained in numerous obsolete practices and replacing them with enlightened thinking.
John

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From: "Suan H.Booiman"
Subject: secrecy

Joe,
 
Joe Hueglin agrees. How about you?
 
Am one of those that does disagree. To day we live in a society that has no limit. For us in Canada
we have the weakest security, we hand out after 3 years a 87 dollar five year insurance policy
without knowing who those people really are.
 
We learned from England arresting a man in a woman's Islam outfit.
More people show up here and there and we have no clue who they are, nor does the
government know where they live. If you have a clean life what is the secret, especially the
persons past.
 
Am not talking about finance or business as such, even though today businesses are not
always what it seems to be. Even within politics, remember the ADSCAM, just to name one.
 
Disclosure of information among secured sources is a necessity.
 
Suan

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From: Mark-Alan Whittle
Subject: Qur'an Quotes

Hi there Joe,

I find it very interesting that of the twenty five variations of one work contained in the Holy Qur'an not one of them mentions beating the wife as a punishment for disobedience, not one. Perhaps Muslim men preferred their own wrong interpretation so they could abuse their spouses and say they can because of their interpretation of the book. To them I say it's snake-eyes once again.

Respectfully,

"Oyate Witaya Waste"
 
Mark-Alan Whittle, C.E.O.
Street Advisor Consulting
http://streetadvisorconsulting.blogspot.com
37 Bluebird Avenue
Hamilton, L9A 3W4
905-387-2489 Residence
905-923-3097 BlackBerry
maw@fido.blackberry.com

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From: "Efstratios Psarianos"

Mystery solved: Why the car companies are gouging us
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=e2d10bd4-a988-47b1-a540-6d191d8296cb

"Marcel Boyer is vice-president and chief economist at the Montreal Economic Institute and teaches economics at the Universit de Montr al. Ian Irvine teaches economics at Concordia University."
 
Well said, Uncle Marcel (he really IS my uncle. Fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute, too). Now, with him there, my plan is coming to fruition ... my takeover of the Bilderbergers. Muaaaah-hah-hah-hah ... then I will the new god to all Canadians. Muaaaah-hah-hah-hah ...

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From: Gordon Marcott
Subject: RE: N.S. Tory riding executive suspended for defiance

Why would anyone vote fro a party like this?
You are finished in the next election. You need a leader who cares about the whole country and not just Alberta.
 
Gordon Marcott

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From: "Rebecca Gingrich"
Subject: RE: N.S. Tory riding executive suspended for defiance

This reminds me of Mannings statement when we did not agree with his
destruction of Reform--"Mark them well and leave them behind"!!!
Becky

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From: Peggy Merritt
Subject: Re: N.S. Tory riding executive suspended for defiance

Hi Joe:  Everyone should play by the rules and Bill Casey who
certainly knew the rules, did not!He alone is responsible for the
mess that the riding association is experiencing. Why do all these
so called experts think that there is any question about the way the
Conservative Party executive is handling this problem?  Peggy
Merritt  

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From: Michael Watkins
Subject: Re: N.S. Tory riding executive suspended for defiance.

CPC President Don Plett says that the Cumberland Colchester
Musquodoboit Valley (Nova Scotia) EDA's board has failed.

As I read various quotes from Plett, in hand with the CPC
constitution, the board and EDA's primary responsibility is to
nominate, support, and get elected a candidate.

According to that definition of success, it would seem that the
board has been entirely successful, and would be again if they were
allowed to pursue their mandate as a board, which would no doubt
result in the re-election of their current member/candidate, Bill
Casey.

Instead Plett and his National Council hench-persons have decided to
overturn the will of the EDA membership, strip the board of all but
title, and put in place a hand-picked management committee that will
act as the board and do as they are told, despite the wishes of the
EDA's membership.

This is from a party which claims to stand up for democracy. A party
that can't get local EDA democracy right can't pretend to understand
what democracy really means for a country of 33 million plus people.

While its no surprise to party watchers that neither Plett nor
Harper have any time for real democracy, the members of the EDA,
like most members of most EDA's, no doubt had a reasonable
expectation that their voices are what matter most in the affairs of
their EDA which include the selection of a candidate.

With that fantasy having now been shattered by Stephen "all voices
must be silent but my own" Harper, aided and abetted by his
sycophantic National Council and silent MPs, perhaps there may yet
be a positive consequence: an awakening of party members to the
undemocratic path that the party, and country, are travelling upon.

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