Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Daily Digest November 21, 2007


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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Making time for the new slime
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=82197&sc=80

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - Keeping in touch with the grassroots
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=82213&sc=103

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - Buying lemons
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/986230.html

         Double, double, oil in trouble
         http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/986229.html

AMHERST DAILY NEWS - Getting tough on youth crime
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=82039&sc=61

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Failures on Kosovo boomerang
http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/editorials/

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Against the elements
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=78e04982-e362-4870-bbe7-5d341197b9c3

        Modest proposals
         http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=fed08667-40ae-49d2-9fcb-ea3cec03dd9e

OTTAWA SUN - Security borders on ridiculous
http://www.ottawasun.com/Comment/Editorial/2007/11/21/4672403.html

TORONTO STAR - Climate change a test for Harper
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/278289

        The beauty of anonymity
         http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/278287

NATIONAL POST - Day of the skeptics
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=9e59222b-0173-4ace-954a-3ddfc7f309ed

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - We can do more for our children
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/284976

WINDSOR STAR - The Olympics
A boost for our athletes
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=25b9a27c-1ab2-432e-8767-ab6ff7139c93

SUDBURY STAR - Odds on Mulroney; Little evidence that anything was wrong, and Harper had no role
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=785212&auth=Hoy%2c+Claire

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Mindless officials endanger lives
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=8e95fd25-5eed-4153-b7aa-8514dc86ed51

REGINA LEADER-POST - Troubling Questions
Mounties jumped the gun
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=9abe5f51-fbb8-4219-af20-c07a2e2cab5a

CALGARY HERALD - Old-fashioned staying power
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=3d3545b2-5028-4118-9cef-34cbc4661e28

         Technology not the problem
         http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=d0198160-e369-4bc6-9282-40a004c6ad98

         Higher, faster stronger, richer
        Canada's best Olympic athletes deserve a national thank you
         http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=344d27c7-17f4-440c-8802-bd2b0544b09e

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE - TV screen the answer?
A little technology could have prevented Taser tragedy
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Editorial/356180.html

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Taser 'vacuum' intolerable
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=ccd63766-3052-41f8-89a8-845d735ecfc2

         Olympic cash
         http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=143bbfd0-dcbe-41aa-85ce-c38489cc5a09

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - The RCMP's perception problems
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_8872.php

VANCOUVER SUN - When it comes to buying and selling companies, Canadians strike it rich
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=6acb029d-7d7b-41ff-b788-a98facaf4999

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - B.C. police services must be made more accountable 
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=f7697b43-eb74-47b9-900b-117827a64d2f

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Forest-land deal overdue for audit 
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=4f63c811-2eb9-49b6-b051-76f5e28ee3a7


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
B.C. band wins landmark land claims case
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071121.wbc_treatyruling1121/BNStory/National/home

Two land claims take two very different paths
Negotiations led to the Maa-nulth Treaty, while a court is set to decide who owns the Nemiah Valley. Is one way superior to the other?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071121.BCTREATY21/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/


CANADIAN FORCES
Army stocking up on essentials for Afghanistan: guns and bullets
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=9dfddf7d-428d-45d7-86aa-56abb3bf75f4

Mishandled-weapon cases alarm military's top judge
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/278440

Harper talking reconstruction during spending spree on arms
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/story.html?id=382bfda2-c340-4d53-928a-4164f949b7ec

Allies losing the battle for Afghanistan, think-tank says
http://www.canada.com/globaltv/national/story.html?id=413565ee-ddfc-400f-bda7-934fa6ef8d0f&k=65581


CANUSA/USACAN
U.S. to put 10-digit fingerprint scanners at border 
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=0ac6a33c-4f9c-412f-885b-fffc7d8055b2

Canadians paying more to recoup currency losses in the U.S.: Retailers
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071121/n1121181A.html


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
R&D key to revitalizing, transforming region
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=c9c29c20-6509-4961-9f7f-22dbdbdcdcb1

Exporting expertise to the world
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=8712d9b2-1f01-4155-88dc-81b95e701e5c


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Harper set to visit `forgotten' continent
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/278404

Europe slams Canada's new stance on death penalty 
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=812ed4f7-1e66-48c0-813f-bfa20d66084e

Putin rattles nuclear sabre in battle with NATO
U.S. missile shield plan denounced as 'muscle flexing'
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=c1eb79ee-943f-4a3b-b28e-0ba77ffc6252

Then and now, self-interest trumps principle every time
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=c9349871-0059-45e7-a923-54ef38f37140

Canada edges toward deadly nuclear embrace
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/278311


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Stem cells made from human skin 
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=464b2999-2439-4d95-b9f4-9319b843be44


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Independent reviewer named to report on RCMP Taser use
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/11/20/day-taser.html?ref=rss

A look at the controversial guns and how they work.
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Canada/2007/11/21/4672988-sun.html

Taser manufacturer wants role in review process
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071121/taser_review_071121/20071121?hub=Canada

Prisoner rate rises first time in decade: StatsCan
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071121/incarceration_rates_071121/20071121?hub=Canada

RCMP watchdog worries about 'dehumanizing' aspect of stun gun use
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071121/n1121237A.html


MIGRATION
Montreal immigrants fuel debate on accommodation
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2007/11/20/qc-accommodation1120.html


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
McGuinty called small for bid to get better Commons seat deal
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071121.wseats21/BNStory/National/home

Quebec taking action on gas prices
http://www.canada.com/globaltv/national/story.html?id=413565ee-ddfc-400f-bda7-934fa6ef8d0f&k=65581 #


POLITICS
Opposition blocked from Canadian delegation to Bali climate talks
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071121/n1121221A.html

Tories widen lead despite Mulroney-Schreiber flap
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/278279

Casey: Cancellation of Atlantic accord briefing snub to N.S.
http://thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotia/986315.html

Accord meeting cancelled for fourth time
Politicians looking for information about the new offshore agreement were left hanging yesterday when finance officials abruptly snuck out the "backdoor" before the briefing began, http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=82031&sc=58

Spat over seat numbers hits Commons
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/278661

Commons ethics committee in chaos over Mulroney hearings 
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=7fc57db5-fdea-4731-b403-da2605fda9ef

Flaherty a bit less worried about lofty loonie
http://www.reportonbusiness.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071121.wflahertydollar1121/BNStory/robNews/home

Bernier opts out of meeting on Pakistan's fate
Harper set to attend leaders' summit, but junior minister will join discussion considering suspension of South Asian country
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071121.wharper21/BNStory/National/home

No price tag on Dion poverty plan
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/278290

Europe right to criticize Canada, Rae says
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/278636

                         L'affaire Schreiber

Mulroney admits to making a 'colossal mistake' in taking cash
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=5148db3d-36f2-4c0d-9fbc-5ad51293ec70

Mulroney broke when he took Schreiber payment: spokesman
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071121.wmulroney1121/BNStory/National/home

Extradition will be delayed, Liberal claims, as committee bickers
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/278448

No regrets over $2.1M payment, Chrétien says
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/278449

Didn't know about payments, Chretien says
RCMP kept him in the dark about $300,000 Schreiber paid Mulroney, ex-PM says
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/278286

Let's get ready to rumble!
Inquiry into Mulroney-Schreiber affair will be one big grudge-match
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/subscriber/columnists/top3/story/4080740p-4680458c.html

Opposition not buying Mulroney's explanation for accepting Schreiber cash
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071121/n1121235A.html

Sorry, Lavoie - It Is Our Business, Your Boss Mulroney Made It Our Business
http://the-mound-of-sound.blogspot.com/2007/11/sorry-lavoie-it-is-our-business-your.html


PROGRAMMES
Revived crime bill sails through committee without amendment
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=d60519a6-4977-4bd5-a504-65d2140c1ef4

Tories move to tackle identity theft
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/278659

Tory move gets green-thumbs up
N.W.T. wilderness area to receive wetlands status
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=3bf46c37-79a6-43ee-b6c0-37a27119bdd5

Tories dismiss concerns over city infrastructure 
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=b315849f-958d-41ae-9835-a5d94c863779

Crumbling cities' plea fails to sway Ottawa
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/278495

Flaherty tells mayors to 'stop complaining' about infrastructure woes
http://www.politicswatch.com/infrastructure-november21-2007.htm

Official languages watchdog backs minorities against government
Will intervene in court-challenges case
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=f1dac17c-0a57-475d-a66a-401f5cad4966

Guaranteed Income Supplement
Harper sur la sellette Harper under fire
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.radio-canada.ca%2Fregions%2FOntario%2F2007%2F11%2F21%2F007-revenu-harper_n.shtml&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

Maintenance contract for submarines likely to be cancelled, sources say
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071121.DOUCET21/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

EI short-changes women, study suggests
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/278696


PRESSURE POINTS
Copying California
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=9fb31848-d423-4a48-a86d-85ce1c1b34d2

Scientists' global warnings shouldn't be ignored
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=49f5fc94-4747-4454-99d7-91a3729e6e18

Taxes beat red tape
Carbon tax propelled Norway to global leadership
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/comment/story.html?id=adf77c24-3a4e-43f8-938f-71a8303e6b6b

Wherever tried, taxes failed environmentally 
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/comment/story.html?id=1ae9b824-6243-4ecd-ac17-2de2f3171c3e


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Learning to fight a long war
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=4dccafd8-c0af-45a9-8232-6cbb19b84922

Diversity in public education largely a myth
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/986233.html

We're no bigots
Don't confuse the defensive proclamations of an anxious minority with mainstream Canadian opinion about immigrants
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=fcaa886f-ea50-45fb-91cd-022d5ca5126e

The price of gas
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=7870fad6-61cb-4ba9-9fcb-6dc4f6debd87

Internet 'brownout' imminent, study warns 
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=afb5a12d-b489-445c-bf3d-e3eaad13c3fb

Officers seem to use Tasers as substitute for effective policing
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=6476c10a-e458-4837-bd88-e444a29ec69e

A despicable smear campaign
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=5f069fe3-c56b-4e96-9223-aaaa5a1bd8b2

Sense of history lacking
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=048b91bd-6644-4895-b686-1269f9e69010

Taser tragedy has dealt heavy blow to folk-hero status of famed RCMP
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=f2fd4508-5f62-4aeb-9620-ac9dc349629c

New details add questions to Taser case
Immigrant's troubled past might have caught up with him at the border
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=415e69c0-4e49-47cd-93c9-8b5afc86815c

The college campus: Anti-Semitism's last North American refuge
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=28a90370-c595-4583-b103-70d51a88f5a8

Former prime minister speaks
Joe Clark delivers annual lecture
http://www.excal.on.ca/cms2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4170&Itemid=2

Trying to save the world, one idea at a time
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071121.BCHAWTHORN21/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Quebecers don't know what to make of Mulroney
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/278446

A tour of Stephen Harper - Brian Mulroney "friendship"
http://www.macleans.ca/article.jsp?content=20071113_131421_5844&source=srch

Harper, among others, has ignored a lot about Airbus over the years
http://www.macleans.ca/article.jsp?content=20071114_40397_40397&source=srch


INFOS

Mulroney distille sa version des faits
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2007/11/21/001-mulroney_aveux.shtml

Prix de l'essence
Projet de loi critiqué
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2007/11/21/001-Loi-essence-reax-opposition.shtml

Supplément de revenu garanti
Harper sur la sellette
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/Ontario/2007/11/21/007-revenu-harper_n.shtml

Comité d'éthique
Les esprits s'échauffen
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2007/11/20/004-Ottawa-ethique-injure.shtml

Recherche - 210 millions pour neutraliser les bombes des talibans
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/11/21/165251.html

Les libéraux doutent de la motivation de Mulroney
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071121/CPACTUALITES/71121104/1025/CPACTUALITES

Le SCRS critique le laxisme du Canada en Immigration
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071121/CPACTUALITES/711210723/1025/CPACTUALITES

Contestation judiciaire: Fraser veut intervenir
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071121/CPACTUALITES/71121055/1025/CPACTUALITES

Albright plaide pour la poursuite de la mission en Afghanistan
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071121/CPMONDE/711210735/5846/CPACTUALITES

Deux cents cas de drogue par an dans les Forces canadiennes
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071121/CPACTUALITES/711210719/5846/CPACTUALITES


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From: Ron Thornton
Subject: Re: Daily Digest November 20, 2007

Hi Joe:

I read the article you posted from the Amherst Daily News headlined "Fighting Global Warming The Wrong Way."  In it, the writer concludes by stating "It seems that our responsibility should be aimed toward adapting to ultimate consequences, not in attempting to alter the unalterable. "  That writer, John McKay, is not only a member of the paper's Editorial Board, but it appears he is also an intelligent man. 
We need more intelligent men like him.

Ron.

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From: "John Halonen"
Subject: Re: Daily Digest November 20, 2007

Trying times these days.
 
Like many I had to step back and consider the options when the Progressive Conservatives and the Reform joined to form the new Conservative Party. I was fortunate to have the Progressive Canadian Party step up and fill the void.
 
Once again another decision must be made as we are in midst of another upheaval. This time unfortunately there is no other party that seems to fill most of
my requirements.  I hope that for many they will be able to make that decision for themselves but for now I look forward to the thoughts and perspectives of many Canadian citizens that were part of the Progressive Canadian mentality.
 
John Halonen
Oshawa

=====
. . . there is almost always speed bumps in every enterprie.

The Progressive Canadian Party (PC Party on the ballot)
continues though some have joined others in becoming
Liberals .

For those who find it repugnant to support either of the
party of Prime Minister Harper or Opposition Leader Dion
the PC Party is but an e-mail away on your PC (hate puns)

Joe

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From:Jacob Rempel, Vancouver yasch@telus.net
Subject: Fighting global warming the wrong way, by John McKay in the  Amherst Daily News

Dear Joe Hueglin, Editor DAILY DIGEST:
I was pleased to read John McKay's editorial piece which you included today in your DAILY DIGEST.

_________________________
Fighting global warming the wrong way
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=81656&sc=61
...concluding paragraph:
"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
___________________________
I was impressed by John McKay's cogent summary of the global warming science information, except that he omitted the information that we can in fact ameliorate the damage
by changing our ways of extracting and  processing the natural products of planetary resources. The scientists also present the information that necessary old and new
technology exists and is already being applied but not yet quickly enough. But there is time to reduce future damage.
 
McKay also writes,
"...
It seems that our responsibility should be aimed   toward adapting to ultimate consequences..."
 
Like McKay, I believe this is imperative. What concerns me is that the public debate must also educate us all about what governments, the corporate private sector, all other nations,
and we individual persons must do to adapt without getting badly hurt more than necessary.
 
What also concerns me is that the debate and campaign to reduce harmful emissions from all energy uses is delaying the discussion of and correction of other terrible modern technological errors and political changes which threaten the well-being of life on our planet, including the health of our vulnerable human bodies.
 
[ Yes, modern technology has improved my life, perhaps saved my   life with vaccinations and with quick and easy surgical intervention. ]
 
Nevertheless, the use by industry of chemical interventions in plant and animal husbandry, the use of these same chemicals in war industries, interventions in plant and animal reproduction by genetic engineering, the control of these technologies by mega size international corporations bigger than and not accountable to governments, God, or the people, corporate leaders who appear to influence and even control the policies of government including decisions to go to war in support of corporate interests -- these are great new technologies and industrial forces that threaten not only democracy, but our health and welfare in Canada and around the entire planet.
 
I am encouraged by the fact that those who seem to deny human responsibility for climate change do now recognize the change, and verbalize the need to adapt to the inevitable change.
 
What we need now is government , political, corporate, individual, and international leadership to make the necessary changes in industry and in personal lifestyles for all people everywhere to improve their ways as we all adapt to changing climate and social/political circumstances.
 
Human individuals and societies change slowly, hence conservative politics will always have a role. However, the swords of Damocles hang over all our heads like guillotines, and very forceful progressive politics is necessary to recognize and deal with the great issues that confront us all. Partisan debating points in our discussion of these issues can prevent us from finding policy solutions and implementing them.
 
Political parties are necessary organizations to develop policies in a democracy, as Dalton Camp insisted, but he also accepted and  insisted on the need to work together creatively in parliament. No one party has all the knowledge and ideas that we need now.

...Jacob Rempel, Vancouver yasch@telus.net


AND

http://www.canada.com/topics/news/politics/story.html?id=00e78f36-c350-42c1-80a8-b9bc7cd8f21b&k=74718
Mulroney says accepting Schreiber cash payment 'colossal mistake'
Jack Aubry , CanWest News Service
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2007
 
Friends:
I can accept this specific explanation.
My grievance with Mulroney is the fact
of the FTA and NAFTA as national policy
implementation of deep integration with USA.
This advanced process will be hard to reverse.
Smaller matters can be resolved more easily.
...Jacob Rempel, Vancouver  yasch@telus.net
 
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From: Michael Watkins
Subject: Re: Daily Digest November 20, 2007

I'm in the mood to write. For DD, if you please:

(I always am)
------------------------------------
Michael Watkins - Vancouver Kingsway

Someone, presumably Joe, posted an article by John McKay, a member of the Amherst Daily News Community Editorial Board:

> The human ego knows no bounds. Documented periods of glaciation
> over hundreds of thousands of years, followed by interim stages of
 ...snip...
>... that this present warming trend
> is entirely our fault, that through co-operative effort we should
> be able to change it.

It is not ego that permits the mind to investigate, measure, and conclude, but instead a willingness to look past ego, superstition, religious belief, ignorance, self-interest, and arrogance.

Putting aside thousands of person-years worth of scientific study which has led to the climate-change conclusions that some would like to overturn, what is so difficult to believe of the premise that humankind's actions have been the principal causative factor in the noted acceleration of planetary warming and resulting climatic change?

Over the course of the modern industrial age, scientists and lay-persons alike have witnessed many disasters in the natural world which are directly as a result of humankind's activities. To name but a few we've directly caused the extinction of many species, contaminated vast areas, acidified the rain, polluted and killed waterways, destroyed once vibrant fisheries, and starved great stretches of the Gulf of Mexico of that life-giving gas, oxygen.

Perhaps the best example in relation to Mr. MacKay's faulty premise is the apocalyptic, completely human-caused, disaster relating to the destruction of the planet's ozone layer. Chemicals produced with profit, not safety, in mind and with no regard for their ultimate impact on the broader environment were found to be lingering in the
upper atmosphere for years, morphing into their component and even more destructive parts which then attack ozone layer which protects the earth. There were zero such halo-carbons in the atmosphere prior to modern industry.

Despite the persistent (and familiar in this day and age) lobbying efforts of scientific skeptics and their self-interested industrial sponsors, humankind got to live another day solely because of international adoption of the Montreal Protocol and treaty of 1987/1989.

It was not ego but rather a willingness to look past ego which led scientists, and supportive governments, to champion the Montreal Protocol and create an international political climate which helped ensure broad compliance.

A quick aside: Industry, instead of being grateful that a catastrophe had been avoided through the use of logic and science, used the experience instead to prepare itself for subsequent environmental challenges.  It learned from the CFC battle that its best weapon was to discredit science. When science began to highlight another global atmospheric challenge tied strongly to industry, industry fought back by working to discredit science with uncertainty, straw man arguments, and misdirection. The tactic was entirely too successful for far too long; despite many western governments having ample data at their hands which would have - decades ago - justified action, "doubt" gave enough wiggle room for policy makers to avoid doing their job.

Note to MacKay: those days are long past.

Back to MacKay's premise, extrapolating his assertion and according to him, we puny humans should have adopted Mad Magazine's Alfred E. Neumann's 'what, me worry?' approach to life and kept on using our CFC filled air conditioners, sending our laundry out to be dipped in tricloro/trifluoroethane, and spritzing up our hair with TFE-filled aerosols. What, we worry?

Despite comparatively small amounts (CFC/halocarbon concentrations of roughly 1,000 parts per trillion as compared to 377 parts per million CO2), ozone depleting emissions and emissions growth, unchecked, were marching humankind and indeed all life on the planet onward inexorably to utter oblivion under the destructive
ultraviolet rays of the sun which would have killed off all life more surely than thermonuclear war.

Quite contrary to Mr. MacKay's argument, humankind was then and is being led down the path to destruction by "ego", institutionalized in human ethos by religious, cultural or political beliefs, manifested in mankind's continuing campaign for the domination of each other in the name of land, wealth, and power.

Lobbyists working on behalf of climate-change skeptics and their self-interested clients frequently trot out the wooden dummy argument which suggests that we humans are puny as compared to the forces unleashed by icecaps and age-old glaciers, thus suggesting our impacts must be tiny in comparison.

While we are puny, we are many, and our technological know-how has evolved a billion times faster than the formation of planet itself.
We have developed many ways of destroying the ecologies of vast stretches of the earth, and, sadly, have on more than one occasion done just that.

Even in our own backyard MacKay's notion is disproved as a small army of massive earth moving equipment is, right now, 24 by 7, 365 days a year, changing the very face of northern Alberta by altering the landscape far more rapidly than any glacier there has ever done in the history of the planet.

I may have earned part of my respect for the earth by coming from a farming family in Ontario and from having also grown up literally next door to wheat fields in Manitoba. But by far the most profound example impressed upon me at an early age was the destruction of marine life I witnessed in Lake Ontario when we Hamilton area kids
dared venture along beaches, hoping here and there to avoid masses of dead fish.

Those images have stuck with me always, and, despite being in grade 4 when we left the area, I recall thinking that the battle between industry and the environment was not an equal one as one side had very few speaking on its behalf. One of my uncles, a steel mill worker, represented another dimension to the issue that I would only later
start to contemplate from an economic perspective, and again when he contracted cancer which, he feels, was workplace induced. Images of dead fish come to mind readily.

Are humans too puny to affect the all-powerful mother earth? No, we are too numerous and too well equipped and armed to believe that lie.

We've not been making progress, with care.

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