Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Daily Digest November 20, 2007


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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - How to turn kids off math
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=81842&sc=80

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - Pick, then stick with, a fixed election date print this article
Spring or fall isn't the real issue here. The point is to move provincial election timing out of government's hands
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=81874&sc=103

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - More from MADD
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/986027.html

AMHERST DAILY NEWS - Taking a stand against smoking
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=81655&sc=61

         Fighting global warming the wrong way
         http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=81656&sc=61

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Banning laptops is not the solution
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=fc371d9e-37f6-41ea-97ef-156dc05167fc

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Making stories come to life
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=68e95f45-ecd4-4069-9fcb-cf8af31efe1d

        Where Islam meets democracy
         http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=a78d8656-eb53-4c82-984c-4a652310c188

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER - No majority until PM works with Ontario
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=783386

         Outcome aside, Airbus inquiry will damage many reputations
         http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=783388&auth=Michael+Den+Tandt

TORONTO STAR - Day, RCMP fail test of leadership
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/277881

         Security and hemlines
         http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/277882

NATIONAL POST - Cash for Olympic gold
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=b59e94bb-00ff-4041-a3b8-da1e9e15b91f

        Send them home
         http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=0237519f-7605-486e-8689-943274366a4a

         Tropical tyranny
         http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=2afc30b0-db3d-47f3-a2a4-99478f6a5423

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - One-bag limit? It's essential
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/284454

WINDSOR STAR - U.S. Customs
When the border doesn't work
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=3cf5f417-b047-4c00-a101-039771cc5215

SUDBURY STAR - Iran's nukes; If the facts don't fit, Western countries rely on "evil" label
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=783508&auth=Gwynne+Dyer

        Video leads to challenging official explanations
         http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=783509

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - When hijab doesn't fit
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4080194p-4679857c.html

        Mr. Chrétien's jabs
         http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4080196p-4679871c.html


GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE - No private money?
If you think public health has just public cash, you'd better think again
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Editorial/355576.html

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Harper sights in long guns
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=ec50b134-0b48-4092-bb98-17975a0f90f8

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN - Brave stance
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=104891&Itemid=592

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Reverse discrimination is equally pernicious 
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=8bad4d16-dca6-47cf-b714-585b50723d09

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Risky politics in imposing women candidates
Affirmative action attractive given past failures, but principles of democracy deserve respect
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=b6c6b08c-33fb-4784-8518-8841a04eef49


ISSUES

CANADIAN FORCES
Military pressed to be open about civilian contractors
Changing the way Canadian Forces operate has too many implications, critics say
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.html?id=83d936cc-f815-4d74-8349-00ac0a7b01dd

Testing demanded for laser dazzlers before soldiers use system in theatre 
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=7a12acea-aee8-479c-b693-0db36f18a0fa
        
Nobody guards Afghanistan's guards
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/IK21Df01.html


CANUSA/USACAN
UNprotests Khadr murder trial
Formal Complaint; Cites Canadian's youth in appeal to United States
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=0b7e0df0-1bb6-497b-b684-fff9e86d950b


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Canadian cities near collapse: FCM
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071120.wcities1120/BNStory/National/home

Bell to offer unlimited wireless data
http://www.thestar.com/Business/article/277964


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
More hype than hope for summit
http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/278021

Karzai under fire for his crowning gesture
President criticized for involvement in tribal affairs; young son of late mullah faces doubts he's up to the task as clan's new leader
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071120.wafghantribal20/BNStory/Afghanistan/home

Japan begins fingerprinting foreigners
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071120.wjapanprints1120/BNStory/International/home

UN peacekeepers in Darfur will make little difference
The Sudanese government has lured international community into a clever trap
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=8891101d-d67d-48c7-84d1-d6b7db2a5ce0


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Migraine suffers have 'different brains'
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2007/11/20/scibrain220.xml


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Special panels called bad idea for terror cases
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071120.wairindia1120/BNStory/National/home

Pulling the plug on Taser deaths
Including a camera on the electric-shock weapon would help clear up questions on its use
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=01dce214-2e01-463f-b185-a2c33fff38ef


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Is Chandler's baggage bearable?
Openly hostile anti-gay Calgary Tory nominee the last thing Stelmach needs
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=d32068c6-6866-46a1-92d9-956c3aaa5efb

Controversial Alberta Tory candidate will be vetted by premier
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.html?id=5acb9c94-af7a-4849-afb8-2d58777d1512

McGuinty wants more seats in House of Commons
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071120/McGuinty_Commons_071120/20071120?hub=QPeriod


POLITICS
Tories hope youth-crime legislation will shift focus from Schreiber saga
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071120.wtories20/BNStory/National/home

Breakthrough looms, NDP leader Layton believes
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=dc36173b-25e3-4b52-b063-a6ad8c014546

MPs' tempers flare at House ethics committee meeting
Chaotic session ends without discussion of key Mulroney-Schreiber item
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/11/20/committee-mulroney.html

Harper downplays incidence of detainee abuse
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071120.wquestionp1120/BNStory/Afghanistan/home

Day-care bill comes amid fears of big-box takeover
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071120/daycare_bigbox_071120/20071120?hub=Canada

                          L'affaire Schreiber

The Karlheinz Schreiber-Brian Mulroney affair on Stevie Cameron's blog: Turns out, it was all my fault
http://steviecameronblog.blogspot.com/

Ottawa tight-lipped on settlement review
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071120.SCHREIBER20/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Playing with fire in Mulroney inquiry
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/278029

Conservatives mum on Schreiber extradition decision
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071119.wscreiber1119/BNStory/National/home

MPs want to hear quickly from Schreiber, former PM
Commons ethics panel to debate motion today on calling pair to testify prior to public inquiry
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/278031

Germany accuses Schreiber of 'salami tactics'
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/278162

Why this won't be Gomery II
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/277059

Canadians also need air cleared
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/277309


PROGRAMMES
Tories push tougher penalties for drug dealers
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071120.wdrugs1120/BNStory/National/home

Youth crime bill pushes deterrence
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/278058

Guaranteed Income Supplement
Les conservateurs retournent leur veste
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.radio-canada.ca%2Fnouvelles%2FPolitique%2F2007%2F11%2F20%2F001-supplement_conservateurs.shtml&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8


PRESSURE POINTS
Battle of the Nobel climate horror disaster movies
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/comment/story.html?id=64cb07ae-dea1-4735-b350-43347ae15e2e

Command economy
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/comment/story.html?id=2d816246-4c97-4b19-8985-9046c1c49723

Ontario blows it
Dealing with erratic wind power brings huge costs
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/comment/story.html?id=b125203b-da7b-4582-b0e5-fbfd9a42a7c3


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Queen knew Philip was the one
http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/278028

Designating chronic drunk driver a dangerous offender is unjustified
Alberta Crown prosecutors bent on putting alcoholic in jail indefinitely would abuse a provision meant for Canada's worst criminals
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=b61f2d21-6104-4186-a4c2-d9bb3b52592b

Anti-racism's dangerous dinosaurs
A conference shows how the fight against bigotry has transformed into a radicalized cult of censorship
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=ae1b9b58-4f38-461f-83d0-c006505b9865

Food banks are ridiculous
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/issuesideas/story.html?id=bdcff758-f549-424e-a3f0-16edc4d6d2f5

Poverty Down, Taxes Down, Outrage Up
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/issuesideas/story.html?id=d6a32af3-fd30-4e52-b982-1dd77b16fee8

Sacrificing rights for tourism
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/comment/story.html?id=009b499b-bb20-4edc-beeb-eb626c12ce4c

Quebec's invisible culture
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/277902

Harper's 'selective' morals bad news for deserters
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/277477

Political attack ads insult voters
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/277883


INFOS

Les conservateurs veulent serrer la vis aux trafiquants de drogue
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071120/N112054AU.html

Jacques Dupuis souhaite plus de discrétion dans les sentences pour les juges
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071120/N112070AU.html

Le Canada peine à appliquer la Convention relative aux droits de l'enfant
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071120/N112048AU.html

Les infrastructures municipales sont près de l'effondrement d'après la FCM
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071120/N112036AU.html

Supplément de revenu garanti
Les conservateurs retournent leur veste
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2007/11/20/001-supplement_conservateurs.shtml

La course du PLC: note salée pour l'État
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/11/20/165099.html

En bref - Urgence à la frontière
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/11/20/165092.html

Mulroney-Schreiber: des révélations pourraient venir d'Allemagne
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071120/CPACTUALITES/711200485/1025/CPACTUALITES

Un comité parlementaire sur l'affaire Schreiber tourne à la foire d'empoigne
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071120/CPACTUALITES/71120132/1025/CPACTUALITES

Des mineurs remis aux autorités afghanes
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071120/CPACTUALITES/711200490/5846/CPACTUALITES


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                                                                       From: alan heisey <hize@earthlink.net>
                                                                       Subject: Re: Daily Digest November 19, 2007

                                                                       j, what sad news for your dance band, now fractured into two even 
                                                                       tinier pieces. least you could have done was publish the names of the 
                                                                       executive taking over the reins of your nearly invisible group. yours 
                                                                       in the faith, but it gets harder to know where the joe hueglin 
                                                                       originals fit on the political spectrum! cz

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        . . . inaccurate assumptions.  The Liberals have increased their numbers by gaining a score +/- of adherents at the grassroots level.

        Those leaving the PCP are to be commended for choosing to do so rather than continuing to be where they felt ill at ease.

        Joe Hueglin on the political spectrum? A follower of the words of John George Diefenbaker,  "progress with care".

        NOT acting to bring some preconceived concepts of the way the world ought to be into practice. No, rather considering an issue as a challenge
        to be overcome, looking at ALL the various thoughts available on how to approach ameliorating its harmful effects and improving its positives -
        then acting on what's appears to be the most effective directions under current circumstances, always with an eye to the future.

        On the political spectrum its termed centrist, on the colour spectrum purple, able to draw useful directions from both red and blue views in acting
        on challenges   that come forward..

        All of us calling ourselves "conservatives" must decide this: Am I a social-conservative, a neo-conservative or a progressive-conservative?

         "Progress with care" is my position, the progressive-conservative position.

        You must ask yourself, I guess, which registered political party best carries forward your approach once you've decided which variety of conservative you are.

        Needless to say let me know if you share the views expressed above.

                  Joe.
                 905-356-3901

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From: Ron Thornton <tmgarj@telusplanet.net>

Subject: Re: Daily Digest November 19, 2007

Hi Joe:

Here I thought the whole Reform experience was a grand waste of time, then I read the executive of the Progressive Canadian Party resigns to join the Liberals.  So, the P.C.'s were Liberal Lites all along, eh?

Any outfit that can join a Dion led group, be it the Liberal Party or Dogcatchers of America, is not one for me.  So, I guess Manning's crew did some good after all, in returning the Conservatives to conservatives, or at least sending the final pack of liberals back to their true masters.

Now, while I am a conservative, this doesn't mean I love everything Conservative.  I consider them the equivalent to salmon, which I detest, while the other parties are more like mud, which is inedible.  I guess I'll stick with the fish over the dirt.

Ron Thornton

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From: "Brian D. Marlatt"
Subject: Senate frustrates PM's legislative agenda - The Hill Times - Newspaper Online.

Reply to Progressive Canadian Party by "Conservative."  In summary: the Senate is fulfilling its proper role.
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/cover_index.php?display=story&full_path=/2007/november/19/letter3/&c=1

The Hill Times, November 19th, 2007
LETTERS
Senate frustrates PM's legislative agenda
Re: "Senate does important work, says Progressive Canadian Party," (Letters to the Editor, The Hill Times, Nov. 12, p. 8). I would like to contend Brian Marlatt's argument in favour of the Senate. In practice, the Senate has just frustrated every important piece of legislation Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government has set out to do. Moreover, these thwarting of legitimate will of ordinary Canadians were highlighted, as the House has passed them. I'm referring mostly to the crime legislation but also to the Senate's term limits. I believe Senators should have used fiduciary duty and let the measure pass, as it deals with the Senate itself.

Ironically, Red Toryism is the furthest away from conservatism prevailing in modern Canada, the U.K., and the U.S. Not only do Red Tories represent a dwindling minority of MPs and rank-and-file conservative card-holders and voters, but they're also almost indistinguishable from the Liberals. I subscribe to the opinion that we need one centre-right party in Canada (the Conservative Party of Canada) and a centre-left one (the Liberal Party of Canada), rather than two almost-identical Grit parties.

James Perry
Niagara Falls, Ont.

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From: "Robert Ede" <robertede@gmail.com>
To: nationalpost <letters@nationalpost.com>,
        "Joe Hueglin Daily Digest" <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>
Subject: 'Scheiber' Inquiry

Dear Ed,
 
If we're about to spend another $30 million on an inquiry had is likely to produce as much insight and systemic change as did 'Gomery', then I'd rather the Crown just distribute $1 per Canadian and call the whole thing off - we'll get more value per citizen.
 
What we need is a "Truth & Reconciliation" commission - call all involved to testify and to simply tell the truth about their own involvement. No jail, no judging on statements of truth - just get everyone to tell the whole truth and Canadians can make up their own minds.
 
The only punishment might be to request a surrender of pension entitlements of civil servants (elected and otherwise) who show themselves to have breached the public trust.

--
Robert Ede,
Thornhill ON

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Command economy
Financial Post
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2007
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/comment/story.html?id=2d816246-4c97-4b19-8985-9046c1c49723

From the Summary for Policymakers of the Synthesis Report of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report: policies, measures and instruments shown to be environmentally effective.

Energy supply

-Reduction of fossil-fuel subsidies; taxes or carbon charges on fossil fuels.

-Feed-in tariffs for renewable-energy technologies; renewable-energy obligations; producer subsidies.

Transport

-Mandatory fuel economy, biofuel blending and CO2 standards for road transport.

-Taxes on vehicle purchase, registration, use and motor fuels, road and parking pricing.

-Influence mobility needs through land-use regulations and infrastructure planning; investment in attractive public-transport facilities and non-motorized forms of transport.

Buildings

-Appliance standards and labelling.

-Building codes and certification.

-Demand-side management programs.

-Public-sector leadership programs, including procurement.

-Incentives for energy-service companies.

Industry

-Provision of benchmark information; performance standards; subsidies, tax credits.

-Tradeable permits.

-Voluntary agreements.

Agriculture

-Financial incentives and regulations for improved land managment, maintaining soil carbon content , efficient use of fertilizers and irrigation.

Forestry/forests

-Financial incentives (national and international) to increase forest area, to reduce deforestation, and to maintain and manage forests; land-use regulation and enforcement.

Waste

-Financial incentives for improved waste and wastewater management.

-Renewable-energy incentives or obligations.

-Waste-management regulations.


© National Post 2007
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Fighting global warming the wrong way
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=81656&sc=61
The Amherst Daily News

Earth's atmosphere is warming—again. It is warming at a rate that is alarming only in its contradiction of earlier estimates, which shows that for all of the assumed expertise in such matters, the models are flawed. It is a fact that over the history of the planet global warming has occurred a number of times. There have been cooling trends as well, with the cyclic periods of glaciation, during which miles thick ice sheets extended thousands of miles southward from the polar regions. The last ice age ended a mere 10,000 years ago. Does it mean that we are still warming up from that one, that the rate is simply increasing exponentially, as it did following past ice ages?

The human ego knows no bounds. Documented periods of glaciation over hundreds of thousands of years, followed by interim stages of relative warmth, were not the least affected by the presence of mankind who, over the past couple of million years, was barely down from the trees and was incapable of influencing anything. Nevertheless, we are being advised that this present warming trend is entirely our fault, that through co-operative effort we should be able to change it.

Yeah, right! Since carbon dioxide (CO2) is the principal greenhouse gas and, aside from the volumes safely locked away in the untapped coal measures and oil domes, that the open oceans are the greatest repositories of atmospheric CO2, any beer or soft drink manufacturer, who must charge their product with CO2, will attest that the colder the liquid, the faster and more efficiently the gas is absorbed.

Translate that to the oceans and a great number of predictable variables arise due to the warming of the surface layers. There is little doubt that mankind must bear some blame for raising the atmospheric fraction of CO2. Nonetheless, nothing we will do now or in the future will alter the situation—and of course we will not really do anything in spite of all the political bluster and blow.

What, then, will happen? First, the alarming reduction of permanent polar ice means that the exposed ground and water will absorb much more of the sun's energy than the reflective ice, which in turn will further warm the water and continue to melt the ice—this latter is where the exponential element enters in.

This warmed water must eventually mix with ocean water and further reduce its ability to absorb CO2. Secondly, the warmer ocean surface will contribute increased heat energy to tropical storms, allowing them to maintain their strength as they move north, carrying their devastation to regions that are rarely affected—i.e., tropical storm Noel, which blew a hell-wester in Labrador!

Lastly, and perhaps most important, the increasing fraction of atmospheric CO2 will subsequently affect the respiratory cycle of the insects (although not toxic, CO2 does not support life), including the bees that pollinate our food crops. What explains the mysterious widespread bee colony collapse, where worker bees leave the hive but never return? Why is there a sudden, virtual absence of local mosquitoes and horseflies?

It seems that our responsibility should be aimed toward adapting to ultimate consequences, not in attempting to alter the unalterable.
John McKay is a member of the Amherst Daily News Community Editorial Board

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