Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Daily Digest October 3, 2007



ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Some change is unstoppable

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - Taxing fossil fuels

        A chance to serve

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Tainted-blood nightmare must never happen again

         Ontario shares our pain

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Big business gets it

         Filling the data gap

TORONTO STAR - McGuinty best to lead Ontario

         Greenback's weakness is homegrown

NATIONAL POST - Why PR doesn't work

SUDBURY STAR - Let the 'no' side win; There are too many flaws in mixed-member proportional system

        No poverty of promises - Editorial (add your feedback)


SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Danger lurks in Conservative drug strategy

CALGARY HERALD - Once unlikely, now inevitable
Timing of earlier royalty report didn't fit with record surplus

        Here's a thought: hush up and listen!

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Politicians too giving, public too forgiving

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN - Helping others learn to read

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Private surgical clinics and health care


Bernier sees progress made in Afghanistan

Hillier to be replaced when term ends: CTV

Hillier may not want extension in top military job

MacKay denies report that chief of defence staff to be replaced

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

Mercenaries under fire
For a while Blackwater flew under the radar, but now its private army is in the cross-hairs

Afghan police targeted because they're effective
That's why bombers are targeting officers, Canadian official says

Talking can be prelude to peace

Canada, US should break the ice on Northwest Passage standoff

How the Chinese dragon brought prosperity to Canada

Parity or not, Canadian shoppers are suckers

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.

Merger Opens U.S. Defense To China

Canadians call on Harper government to aid protesters in Myanmar

Pakistan is the prize

Pakistan's plan comes together

Islamabad's grip on tribal areas is slipping

Thailand a key to new Myanmar sanctions

Video shows Myanmar beatings

Japan nervous about being left out in the cold by Washington

Conscientious people less likely to suffer Alzheimer's

A better way to fight the drug war

Refugee influx straining Ont. city's services

Mosque says to avoid Western holidays: 'Thanksgiving Out'

Page Five strikes deal with oilpatch Chicken Little: From now on, he's The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Golden egg out of the bag

Ministers should be sacked for oil revenue 'lies': Liberals

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List of Conservatives opposed to religious schools funding continues to grow

Debate over referendum intensifies as vote looms

Tory, Liberal leader spar over health-care access

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

Hampton feeling hampered on MMP referendum

A one-issue campaign

Why PR works

Tory unsure if policy shift will save his campaign

Limelight not the spot for Tory

Tory plans 'stealth' move, McGuinty says

Fairness and faith-based funding

McGuinty hiding in 'bubble,' says Tory

Plight of poor brings Tory to tears

Unfairness in education rolls on

Greens' school policy makes most sense

Liberals still even with Tories after weeks of bad news

Harper defies opposition to pass his priorities or take him to the polls

Harper: It's up to opposition to trigger election

Harper warns opposition over support for throne speech

Harper baits opposition

Carrying on Kandahar mission a "moral responsibility" for Canada: Harper

Tories scramble to support defence chief; deny rumours Hillier to be replaced

Dion retooling team amid infighting

Liberal director to be shuffled out in bid to mend party divisions

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

Duceppe may bow out after fall campaign

Dion's delicate dilemma

Duceppe's gift to Harper

Foreign takeovers face national security test

Ottawa. Day orders probe into guard video

Tax officials moving against terror groups, Air India inquiry told

Tory an inspiration for Dion

A four-letter word
Inbox: -- Prime Minister of Canada

All taxes aren't created equal
Perrin Beatty, Financial Post

There must be justice
The ruling generals in Burma should be indicted for crimes against humanity, and the world must hold them to account

Beyond the cloak and dagger stuff

Now that Insite has won reprieve, it's time for the real war on drugs


Ottawa ne songe pas à remplacer Rick Hillier à l'armée selon MacKay

Le ministre Day annonce que 28 agents armés seront déployés au Canada

Le NPD réclame un examen du Régime de pensions du Canada en Birmanie

Le Conseil national des aînés tient des réunions sur les abus aux gens âgés

Coderre part malgré tout pour Kandahar

Duceppe sort de ses gonds

Ottawa ne remplacera Rick Hillier, selon MacKay

Un discours du Trône en soirée
Harper veut empêcher l'opposition de réagir aux heures de grande écoute

Départs en vue dans l'entourage de Dion

Bavure canadienne en Afghanistan

Des appuis dans la tourmente

Ottawa veut des explications


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.

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

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.

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."


You're Invited To Attend…

Esquimalt-Juan De Fuca's Federal Conservative Candidate

Troy DeSouza

Town Hall Meeting

October 9, 2007


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!

From: Glenn Harewood

Subject: Re: A WINNING ISSUE in Ontario

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

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 .

         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.

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.
They even give the Blackwater spin!


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.

From: "R. Gagne"
Subject: Mutatis Mutandis


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."


From: "Robert Ede"
To: nationalpost <>
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?
Robert Ede,
Thornhill ON

From: Richard Lawton

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


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