Friday, November 23, 2007

Daily Digest November 23, 2007



ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - From graveto gravy

        A crimeless victim

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - Smoking with kids in the car print this article
It's not unreasonable to ask people to refrain from smoking when children are in the car.

HALIFAX NEWS - Prisoner's death raises concerns


OTTAWA CITIZEN - Cool the rhetoric

TORONTO STAR - Seeking fairness in EI benefits

         Harper's Pakistan push

NATIONAL POST - Harper's misguided war on pot

         Street-food socialism 

WINDSOR STAR - The Commons
Ontario's fair share of seats

SUDBURY STAR - Canada must tackle child poverty

        Don't zap Tasers; Police procedures need revisited, but devices are effective tool

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Resource funds must be spent wisely by Wall

REGINA LEADER-POST - Suddenly it's 'Stark'?

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Enter Pakistan? Let's not

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Alberta should look at options

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN - Confessions of a sixth-grade bully

VANCOUVER SUN - No one has a good hand in high-stakes Mideast summit

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - More to do on ID theft


Afghan companies get only small taste of rebuilding dollars
Reconstruction funded by foreign agencies, which often award contracts to outside firms

Federal coffers overflowing

The winner in Iraq? Colin Powell

Does Harper want out of Africa?
Canada's current commitment to continent characterized as less than wholehearted as PM makes his first visit

Deep malaise in health network

Health risk to poor kids continues through life

Justice for all: A blueprint

Spy agency, RCMP conflict not resolved, inquiry told 
Spy agency, RCMP conflict not resolved, inquiry told 

Harper stands alone on climate change at Commonwealth summit

A voyage of discovery for wary Prime Minister

Canada overlooking Commonwealth's influence in the world: former PM

Casey remains hesitant about new deal

Tories may be sending innocents to death: Liberals

Activists offer to take MPs to climate talks

Khan charged with illegal election spending

Liberals gunning for February election, insiders say

Former Tory candidate boosts Rae

The Commons: 'Senator McCarthy over there should get a grip'
Another day of mud wrestling for Coderre and MacKay

The Commons: Say you're sorry
Someone's hurt the Prime Minister's feelings

The Commons: High treason
'What is pathetic is the absolute fixation and this feigned moral indignation from the member opposite'

Dion a drag on already foundering Liberals

NDP MP's election expenses investigated

                         L'affaire Schreiber
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Welcome to the Schreiber show

Mulroney may have miscalculated
Ex-PM's story reveals contradictions that could hurt him in inquiry

Schreiber affair hurts reputation of all politicians
Former PM's explanation rings hollow with some people.

Schreiber wants time to review papers before appearing at Commons committee

Flaherty mulls budget help for manufacturers

Flaherty in no hurry to follow Quebec move

Green cities are great cities

Ottawa's line on Afghanistan contradicted by Senlis report

Parliament fiddles while RCMP burn

Students greatly disappointed by the lack of support for the Bill C-284


Wajid Khan devant la justice

Une forme de torture, selon l'ONU

Changements climatiques
Le Canada isolé au Commonwealth

Harper est sur le point de perdre un allié, ce qui réjouit les pro-Kyoto

Schreiber veut pouvoir réviser ses papiers avant de comparaître

Le gouvernement conservateur veut protéger les emplois des réservistes

Jim Flaherty mentionne que le fédéral pourrait aider les manufacturiers

La nouvelle politique conservatrice est très dangereuse, selon les libéraux

Mulroney et Schreiber devront comparaître


From: Ron Thornton
Subject: Re: Daily Digest November 22, 2007

*Hiya Joe:

Well, it would appear that Ontario's premier flunked math.  This isn't to say he isn't right in believing Ontario deserves more seats in the House.  However, to say that under our present constitutional provisions that he should get another 21 seats only makes him an uneducated moron. 
Now, should he ask for seven more seats, which would bring Ontario's new share on par, percentage wise, with Alberta and BC's after the increase, then he might be on to something.  In a letter published in the current edition of the Hill Times, I point out where those seven seats could constitutionally come from.  You could pull 4 from Saskatchewan, two from Manitoba, and another from Newfoundland, and problem solved.  Of course, it starts another problem, but our goal here is not an exercise in nation building, but rather we are just hoping to kiss Ontario ass.

At this very moment, Ontario has only 88.3% of the seats it would get under strict representation by population.  Interestingly enough, BC has only 87.8% of what it should have, and Alberta just 87.5%, but our constitution's provision for Commons seats to be no less than the number of Senate seats each province enjoys destroys the premise. Right now, 23 seats that would otherwise go to Ontario, BC, and Alberta are spread out to over represent the other seven provinces and three territories. 
Harper's plan reduces it to 17, but without a change in our constitution, Premier McNutty will have to realize the math just isn't there.  But if he could convince Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Newfoundland to cough up some seats, then constitutionally we could raise Ontario's tally back up, under the new 330 seat format, to be on similar terms with those two western provinces our boy seems to envy so much.

Now, as for that Aussie model Senate we are still looking for, the one that would put provinces on equal terms regardless as to population, I'm still waiting for Dolton to figure out that this is the only way he will ever get strict rep by pop in the House.  Then again, I don't think he's a guy who has much ability in connecting the dots.  If he did, he would quit his bullshit and realize that right now an Ontario MP represents just under 121,000 folks, compared to the 121,500 in BC and 124,000 for Alberta (based on 2007 estimates).  Moral outrage should at least be accompanied by morals and truth.



Joe, considering that the Premier of Ontario is unable to figure things out himself, nor find anyone within his public service with elementary math skills, I thought I would break down the best deal the dear fellow could expect in House of Commons seats. Basing this on 2007 population estimates and a figure that maintains 75 Quebec seats (which actually breaks down to one MP per 102,677 constituents), we end up with a 332 seat House that delivers...

Ontario - 125 seats (an increase of 19)
Quebec - 75 seats
BC - 43 seats (an increase of 7)
Alberta - 34 seats (an increase of 6)
Manitoba - 12 seats (a decrease of 2)
Saskatchewan - 10 seats (a decrease of 4)
Nova Scotia - 10 seats (a decrease of 1, but should receive 9)
New Brunswick - 10 seats (but should be 7)
Newfoundland - 6 seats (a decrease of 1, but should receive 5)
PEI - 4 seats (but should be 1)
NWT/Nunavut/Yukon - 1 each (but should receive 1 between them)

*As no province can receive less Commons seats than it has Senate seats, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and PEI all receive more seats than their populations demand.  With an Aussie style Senate to balance the population dominated House (with its 60% representation from central Canada), we would then have the argument on which we might then proceed to amend the formula for the House seat selection.
Nothing pleases me more than to assist my countryman in Ontario.  You are welcome, Mr. Premier.


From: "WF Thomas"
Subject: Today's DD

Hello Joe:
For Ron Thornton.
Very well stated.
Bringing Ronald Smith back to serve "time" in one of Canada's prisons would have sent a terrible message: Canadians committing murder anywhere in the world would never face execution because Canada's bleeding hearts would get them back to their homeland. After a short time in some FedMed they would find religion, a devoted girlfriend, a team of legal aid lawyers and a few leftist politicians. Parole and retirement benefits [welfare that is; you would not expect him to find suitable employment would you?] would follow in short order. But I digress…!

From: "Anne Dickinson"
Subject: Re: Daily Digest November 22, 2007

Thank you Mr Stratos for raising the topic of Mr Emmanuel's bizarre and  depressing ramblings.
I have been sent the emails for this group-not sure how I got on their mailing list except that I guess the wing nuts in the new Conservative Party  must have got their hands on the old PC Party list.
It has the same paranoid and angry aura  found on the Free Dominion website. I have thought of asking them to stop sending the emails, but I  find them too entertaining and I am curious to see what they will come up with next.
Anne Dickinson

From: "Peggy Merritt"
Subject: Re: Daily Digest November 22, 2007

Hi Joe: Just a thank you to Ron Thornton for giving this death
penalty issue some daylight. In my opinion most of this stuff
becomes a headline issue in order to give some of these jackasses an
opportunity to attack so called neo-conservative thinking! You go to
great lengths to describe what the political party names mean.  To
me to be a conservative means to reduce government intervention as
much as possible giving us lower taxes so people can get with their
lives with as little government intervention as possible! It doesn't
hurt to dream does it.  Peggy

From: "Rebecca Gingrich"
Subject:sale of private info?

Private data going to firm working for MDs
Thousands of Ontarians are giving personal details to company helping doctors collect extra revenue

From: "Rene  Moreau"
Subject: Re: Daily Digest November 22, 2007

To Joe
(and FYI to all others)
from Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)
re Michael Watkins, and the underperformance of government.
    Say you were part of a corporate/financial entity that wanted to eliminate the regulation or control of your efforts.
    Say you got together with others  with the same goals. Would you NOT work very hard to put your own people in to the government, federal and provincial,  the Ontario Securities Commission, and the Investment Dealers Association to get  SELF-REGULATION?
         When you pick up a phone and check around, for instance, asking the questions necessary, you'll find that the Investment Dealers Association already has Self-Regulation, and hedge funds,  a rather disastrous way of betting against the stock market, when our pensions are all into the stock market, seem to be self-regulating through-out most of the world! The method used seems to be to make others think that another entity, is regulating, (example, if you ask the province, they will say the feds do it, and vise versa)
    Therefore, maybe it isn't inaction on the part of the government, but the governments being 'handled' by the 'advisors' in the Government offices, or the Privy Council, who are un-elected  and in many cases have worked previously or, in some cases, still work for the corporate side.
    Remember 'Yes Minister'? Remember how they could  keep information away or twist it to suit 'their  goals?
    Perhaps the in-action  is in not defending them-selves from such things as the classic 5th column manoeuvres of current corporations?
    After all, corporate/financial entities have only those rules that are imposed on them, and, it seems, only the bottom line matters to them, currently.
               Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)