Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Daily Digest October 3, 2007


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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Some change is unstoppable
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=68091&sc=80

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - Taxing fossil fuels
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/922659.html

        A chance to serve
         http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/922660.html

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Tainted-blood nightmare must never happen again
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=a79296b1-19f6-42e7-8640-ca418fd1ed1c

         Ontario shares our pain
         http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=7180f8ce-d2c8-4bab-adf0-871c3ed980fc

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Big business gets it
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=dea7b904-8de2-4b24-8f21-89193d48adff

         Filling the data gap
         http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=17e89a33-9efe-48c5-80ec-767b900611bd

TORONTO STAR - McGuinty best to lead Ontario
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/263016

         Greenback's weakness is homegrown
         http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/263020

NATIONAL POST - Why PR doesn't work
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/editorialsletters/story.html?id=87d17851-0eb7-4d86-abbd-474f95ed4e1a

SUDBURY STAR - Let the 'no' side win; There are too many flaws in mixed-member proportional system
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=718448&auth=Hoy%2c+Claire

        No poverty of promises - Editorial (add your feedback)
         http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=718446

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - Putin's ploy
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4050012p-4656892c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Danger lurks in Conservative drug strategy
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=9a22a56a-c77d-4ce5-80ad-6b0f474c9e3c

CALGARY HERALD - Once unlikely, now inevitable
Timing of earlier royalty report didn't fit with record surplus
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=656c6efa-dd8a-4e2a-af89-5a1834f41a2f

        Here's a thought: hush up and listen!
         http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=b27abe15-3a92-4fa3-8a93-0b46ce81faf8

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Politicians too giving, public too forgiving
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_8407.php

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN - Helping others learn to read
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=98004&Itemid=161

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Private surgical clinics and health care
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=7ba4443d-b43d-4a7f-8660-d43217851fed


ISSUES

CANADIAN FORCES
Bernier sees progress made in Afghanistan
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071003.BERNIER03/TPStory/National

Hillier to be replaced when term ends: CTV
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071002/hillier_ottawa_071002/20071002?hub=Politics

Hillier may not want extension in top military job
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071002/hillier_ottawa_071003/20071003?hub=TopStories

MacKay denies report that chief of defence staff to be replaced
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071003/n100303A.html

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
http://www.officiallyscrewed.com/blog/?p=876

Mercenaries under fire
For a while Blackwater flew under the radar, but now its private army is in the cross-hairs
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/National/2007/10/03/4545109-sun.html

Afghan police targeted because they're effective
That's why bombers are targeting officers, Canadian official says
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=6dbec5c5-c0af-451c-80f8-22f6920d6efc

Talking can be prelude to peace
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/922726.html


CANUSA/USACAN
Canada, US should break the ice on Northwest Passage standoff
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2003920385_floyd03.html


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
How the Chinese dragon brought prosperity to Canada
http://www.reportonbusiness.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071003.wibasia03/BNStory/robColumnsBlogs/home

Parity or not, Canadian shoppers are suckers
http://www.reportonbusiness.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071003.wrreynolds03/BNStory/robColumnsBlogs/home

More dumb than scary
The rise of China, the fall of Russian Communism, and the surge of oil wealth have in recent years created a new -- and problematic -- facet to globalization. Non-democratic countries are flush with cash, which they wish to invest, via state institutions, in the West.
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/comment/story.html?id=4f41cbd5-bc2e-4c5f-9865-f87ab260984b


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Merger Opens U.S. Defense To China
http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071003/NATION/110030088/1001

Canadians call on Harper government to aid protesters in Myanmar
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071003/n100327A.html

Pakistan is the prize
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=d14d1f56-bbbb-4a96-98d6-a9fc9d5c8bac

Pakistan's plan comes together
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/IJ04Df01.html

Islamabad's grip on tribal areas is slipping
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/IJ04Df02.html

Thailand a key to new Myanmar sanctions
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/IJ04Ae02.html

Video shows Myanmar beatings
http://www.cnn.com/exchange/blogs/in.the.field/index.html

Japan nervous about being left out in the cold by Washington
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=3a38ba7e-29a9-4232-bf5e-9acdda4bfb95&p=2


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Conscientious people less likely to suffer Alzheimer's 
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/bodyandhealth/story.html?id=7a39bdfe-79fb-4f2d-946b-acca26522096


JUSTICE SYSTEM
A better way to fight the drug war
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/editorialsletters/story.html?id=aa007684-6a7c-41ef-acb1-9257a76f2174


MIGRATION
Refugee influx straining Ont. city's services
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071002/refugees_windsor_071003/20071003?hub=Canada

Mosque says to avoid Western holidays: 'Thanksgiving Out'
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=0821a06b-a34d-4e76-aaf9-b3015c1a37bb


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Page Five strikes deal with oilpatch Chicken Little: From now on, he's The Boy Who Cried Wolf
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Columnists/Bell_Rick/2007/10/03/4545784.php
        
Golden egg out of the bag
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Columnists/Clancy_Roy/2007/10/03/4545785.php

Ministers should be sacked for oil revenue 'lies': Liberals
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071002.waltacash1002/BNStory/National/home


ONTARIO ELECTION
GOOGLE all 261 news articles »

List of Conservatives opposed to religious schools funding continues to grow
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071003/n1003164A.html

Debate over referendum intensifies as vote looms
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071003/referendum_debate_071003/20071003?hub=Canada

Tory, Liberal leader spar over health-care access
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/story.html?id=747bd35e-7bbd-4779-a5a8-ada77dda3e6f&k=77349

Vote a key test for democratic change all 14 news articles »

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071002.wontreferendum1003/BNStory/ontarioelection2007/home

Hampton feeling hampered on MMP referendum
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071003/hampton_mmp_071003/20071003?hub=Canada

A one-issue campaign
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Blizzard_Christina/2007/10/03/4545777.php

Why PR works
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/editorialsletters/story.html?id=f5769f9e-5f86-4880-8034-ec06abf5035d

Tory unsure if policy shift will save his campaign
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071003.ONTARIO03/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Limelight not the spot for Tory
http://www.thestar.com/OntarioElection/article/263153

Tory plans 'stealth' move, McGuinty says
http://www.thestar.com/OntarioElection/article/263145

Fairness and faith-based funding
http://www.thestar.com/OntarioElection/article/262995

McGuinty hiding in 'bubble,' says Tory
http://www.thestar.com/OntarioElection/article/263205

Plight of poor brings Tory to tears
http://www.thestar.com/OntarioElection/article/263152

Unfairness in education rolls on
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=482758d9-c631-4d80-aad3-1f155f35398b

Greens' school policy makes most sense
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=a500cd90-da22-4a5d-9f1d-e49efcc1c786


POLITICS
Liberals still even with Tories after weeks of bad news
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071003/n1003138A.html

Harper defies opposition to pass his priorities or take him to the polls
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071003/n1003196A.html

Harper: It's up to opposition to trigger election
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071003/harper_071003/20071003?hub=Canada

Harper warns opposition over support for throne speech
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/10/03/harper-election.html

Harper baits opposition
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071003.wharper1003/BNStory/National/home?cid=al_gam_mostview

Carrying on Kandahar mission a "moral responsibility" for Canada: Harper
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071003/n1003198A.html

Tories scramble to support defence chief; deny rumours Hillier to be replaced
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071003/n1003146
A.html

Dion retooling team amid infighting
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071002.wliberals1003/BNStory/National/home

Liberal director to be shuffled out in bid to mend party divisions
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071002/n1002217A.html

Harper's campaign team speeds up election plans
Conservatives perplexed by opposition threats to bring down government; but unlike last spring, many Tories would welcome a vote
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071003.READY03/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Duceppe may bow out after fall campaign
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/263140

Dion's delicate dilemma
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=ead8bc7c-3a90-4842-94c2-6eec4a82c59d

Duceppe's gift to Harper
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=668649c9-8dd9-4a63-b6fc-58a470510442


PROGRAMMES
Foreign takeovers face national security test
http://www.thestar.com/Business/article/263347

Ottawa. Day orders probe into guard video 
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=46a94a82-c9ab-46b0-b6a8-16096cef7ee9

Tax officials moving against terror groups, Air India inquiry told
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071003/n1003136A.html


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Tory an inspiration for Dion
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Copps_Sheila/2007/10/03/4545774.php

A four-letter word
Inbox: pm@pm.gc.ca -- Prime Minister of Canada
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Burnett_Thane/2007/10/03/4545776.php

All taxes aren't created equal
Perrin Beatty, Financial Post
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/comment/story.html?id=40907e6a-69e3-42cf-ac1b-d08199f1c0f4

There must be justice
The ruling generals in Burma should be indicted for crimes against humanity, and the world must hold them to account
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=62aee8ac-dfae-4196-8b0f-e5ecc7523f1d

Beyond the cloak and dagger stuff
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=3fef9c3e-25ef-4d7a-a78c-34834e5dc522

Now that Insite has won reprieve, it's time for the real war on drugs
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=ad7d5473-5bc8-4b17-aa73-fd91ae6523e1


INFOS

Ottawa ne songe pas à remplacer Rick Hillier à l'armée selon MacKay
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071003/N100308U.html

Le ministre Day annonce que 28 agents armés seront déployés au Canada
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071003/N100352U.html

Le NPD réclame un examen du Régime de pensions du Canada en Birmanie
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071003/N100312U.html

Le Conseil national des aînés tient des réunions sur les abus aux gens âgés
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071003/N100323U.html

Coderre part malgré tout pour Kandahar
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071003/CPACTUALITES/71002298/1025/CPACTUALITES

Duceppe sort de ses gonds
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071003/CPACTUALITES/710030748/1025/CPACTUALITES

Ottawa ne remplacera Rick Hillier, selon MacKay
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071003/CPACTUALITES/71002292/5846/CPACTUALITES

Un discours du Trône en soirée
Harper veut empêcher l'opposition de réagir aux heures de grande écoute
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/10/03/159238.html

Départs en vue dans l'entourage de Dion
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/10/03/159244.html

Bavure canadienne en Afghanistan
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/10/03/159201.html

Des appuis dans la tourmente
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2007/10/03/002-PLC-crise.shtml

Ottawa veut des explications
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2007/10/02/003-Douanes-Internet-enquete.shtml


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A QUESTION ABOUT A CPC POSITION

Harper's campaign team speeds up election plans
Goldy Hyder, a long-time federal Tory, said foreign affairs issues such as the government's position on Afghanistan, while arguably unpopular in Quebec, are not real vote-movers. Rather, Mr. Harper has positioned his party as a strong federalist option to the Liberals and is preparing the ground for future successes. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071003.READY03/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

        Would someone please explain the nature of the "strong federalist option" that Goldy sees as one of the "real vote-movers"?

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RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
Blackwater guards have the authority to fire on "potential car bombs" that they deem to be a threat. Because insurgents have devised such effective weapons in targeting US troops and contractors with explosives-packed vehicles, contractors view every car that gets within 100 meters as a potential threat, Prince said. http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Rep._Darrel_Isa_compares_Blackwater_hearing_1002.html

Any vehicle coming within a football field + one end zone "they deem to be a threat".
A football field measures 100 by 53 1/3 yd (91.4 by 48.8 m) and has at each end an end zone 10 yd (9.14 m) deep."
http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2001/NinTam.shtml

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You're Invited To Attend…

Esquimalt-Juan De Fuca's Federal Conservative Candidate

Troy DeSouza

Town Hall Meeting

October 9, 2007

7:00-8:30pm

Esquimalt's Archie Browning Sports Centre

Crowsnest Room

1151 Esquimalt Road

Victoria, BC

Enter through the front door of the

Archie Browning Sports Centre as if you were going to the hockey rink and then go to the second floor to the

Crowsnest Room

Troy intends to discuss issues involving Canadian Sovereignty

and whatever else is on the minds of EJDF constituents.

Hope you can make it!

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From: Glenn Harewood

Subject: Re: A WINNING ISSUE in Ontario

Joe:
I know that it is a given that  we have automotive vehicles, that we must have gas to be able to drive them,
and that as  the next logical step, we much have roads/highways on which to drive these vehicles.
I am not so sure , however, that considering environmental issues, we should be  building more roads for vehicular traffic. What about investing in alternate means of transportation to the auto? What about laying railway-type tracks in parallel to the major highways and roads, and having a rail system that moves groups of people, rather than have ONE vehicle (trucks exempted) being driven by one person of the high-price-to-maintain roads/auto-routes?

Have your heard about a new transportation system being tested in England? It is a type of rail-taxi system that functions without live drivers. I heard it described on CBC Radio ONE late last week. From what I understand, it is a light-rail system. It has small cabin-like cars which hold about five people. It runs on track, and automatically stops at every designated station along the route.  You get in an punch-in  your destination. There is a  "rail-car" running every "4" minutes. One of the safety features it has built in is such that if there is any fighting among the five passengers in the car, the car will automatically lock its doors and take the combatants right  to a police station. Note, the running of these "cars"  is all done automatically.

Would this now be a way to "conserve" energy, and therefore a better way to spend transportation taxes?
Should we not be thinking "beyond" the automobile, just as we should be now asking, "what next after the Personal Computer?  I  may not be alive, but here is where I believe the future will take us!!

100% gas tax for transportation, but not merely construction of more roads and highways. Don't we need to change the transportation paradigm?
Horse-and-buggy is to the automobile as the automobile is to ....  ?? what??

Glenn Harewood

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FromEfstratios Psarianos

Mutatis mutandis

                 carries the connotation that the reader should pay attention to the corresponding differences between the current statement
                 and a previous one, although they are analogous . http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/mutatis+mutandis

         Professors of history used to use the term mutatis mutandis.  I never got a clear definition in my mind.  The closest I came - and I guess still
        come to ,is "The same, only different" or "Differing, but in some ways the same."
        
        Hi, Joe.
 
Literally, "mutatis mutandis" is Latin for "with those things having to be change having been changed", that is "... the necessary changes having been made ...". The two versions above ("The same ..." and "Differing, ...") emphasize "the same", (sort of llike "plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose"), when in reality the emphasis should be on the difference between before and now.

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From: "Rebecca Gingrich"
Subject: Burma

Joe--some of our soldiers are now training with Blackwater. What
conclusions can we draw from this? The msm has been deadly silent on this.
Why? Are we only training for Afghanistan or for use in Canada? This
should be a red flag for every Canadian.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071002.wafghshot1002/BNStory/Front
They even give the Blackwater spin!

becky
 
AND

Joe--further to my post about Blackwater training our troops--perhaps
Mutatis Mutandis really means "others are doing it so we will too"? Sort of
like the question our mothers used to ask when we did something stupid and
we blamed it on a friend for doing it first--"would you jump off the cliff
if your buddy does"?
As for the policies in Canada being affected by the US--they lead, we
follow. So everything they do affects us. Soon Canadian sovereignty will
be just a memory(if we are allowed to remember) so the US will be us.
becky

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From: "R. Gagne"
Subject: Mutatis Mutandis

Joe:

For your collection.

I've had the same problem with "Mutatis mutandis.

My Webster's Unabridged gives the following meaning:  "the necessary changes having been made."

Real

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From: "Robert Ede"
To: nationalpost <letters@nationalpost.com>
Subject: What is probability of DOUBLE 60% majority

Dear Ed,
 
Re:MMP -double majority - 60% times 2
 
Without being too negative, skeptical, jaundiced or smart-alecky, what do you think of the probability that ANY measure on ANY topic would receive the approval of 60% of all valid ballots PLUS receive the approval of at least 50% of the ballots in 64 ( 59.8%)ridings of the 107 total?
 
Rce
 
Robert Ede,
Thornhill ON
http://robertede.blogspot.com

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From: Richard Lawton

Subject: RE: MPP MPP's: "answerable only to the party establishment."

Joe

I have been unable to get anyone to give me a direct answer to the these two questions. Maybe you or some of your readers can help.

Does a party on the list (eg libertarians) have to run any candidates locally in a constituency? I think the answer is no.

Is the percentage of a popular vote for allocating seats from the list based on the % vote at the constituency level or the second ballot % vote for the party? I believe it is the % on the second ballot and this will be used to top up levels for party seats to give them a percentage seat based on this second ballot party vote.

I see a big problem with this as many people will vote for say a Liberal or PC at the constituency level and vote on their second ballot for the party that espouses their favourite cause like the Green party, Christian party, Franco Ontarian Party ,etc. In effect the major parties % vote will be likely less (perhaps 10-15%) on the party vote than the constituency vote %. As such they will likely not add any list members to their roster.

I see, if this is correct, a great proliferation of single cause parties. Let's face it 3% is not a huge hurdle, especially if this second vote is somewhat an open vote if you've already done your party duty so to speak to get you local MPP elected.

I see Ontario politics becoming closer to Italy or Israel than ever before

Richard Lawton

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