Thursday, November 29, 2007

Daily Digest November 29, 2007



ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Let's play connect the dots

         Gambling with public health

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - Conserving our water: it's time to get serious print this article

CAPE BRETON POST - Poaching issue poses questions

HALIFAX NEWS - Student debt milked for cash
Some students are shocked by the revelation of how much money the federal government is making off student loans.

THERE's a new man on top Down Under.

         Condemning Saudi 'justice'

AMHERST DAILY NEWS - Who's minding the bench?

         Accessibility for everyone

         Neglect and abuse should be close to equal criminally

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Talent from abroad made Canada

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Slowing down, but deadly still

        Out of uniform

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER - Bureaucracy denies aides for northern needy

TORONTO STAR - Electoral reform redux

NATIONAL POST - Unreformed barbarism

SUDBURY STAR - No leadership from Tories on climate change

         Education should teach people how to innovate, not how to regurgitate

        Police do difficult work, but scaring not needed

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - Bad day for Parliament

         Education on reserves

CALGARY HERALD - Playing the peacemaker
Despite past failures, hope remains for Middle East accord

        Hijab safety issues should be based on fact, not fear

Edmonton has now done it. Can GP be far behind?

        Minor hockey, major ruckus
        The apocalyptic response to 'brawl' is laughable

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Bill short-circuits regulating process

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - The human touch was missing


VANCOUVER SUN - An arrogant government shows it just doesn't care


Log exports fine, if you're a First Nation
Treaty will let Maa-nulth take control of Island timber resources

Military personnel get pay hike
Cost-of-living benefits also get revamp

Canadian veterans of atomic tests will be recognized: MacKay

Military wants to scrap $1B plane upgrades

HMCS Toronto's return delayed to save money on fuel

Is Canada helped by greater distance from U.S.?

Ottawa wants to pare down its 'bloated' list of foreign aid recipients

Part 2: Walking the fine line between foreign-aid success, failure

New HIV test provides results in seconds

MPs shocked RCMP reinstated deputy commissioner

Harper and Dumont are playing political footsie
The photo-op in the ADQ leader's riding could help both in elections next year

Strength in the polls, the PC has no political machine in Quebec

Ottawa tight lipped on offshore projections: MP

Casey troubled by Ottawa's disrespect for region

Harper's foreign policy anti-doctrine
A nuanced foreign policy, but a foreign policy still

Harper defiant on climate vow
Emissions Talks; 'It's the only right position,' PM says of holdout

Harper faces Chinese query

Harper seeks to mend fences with Williams

Conservatives refuse to bend to provincial demands over seats

Charest joins the fray on seat debate
Premier backs McGuinty's bid for more MPs as Ontario-Quebec relations warm up

Liberal faithful offer lukewarm support for Dion on first anniversary

Prentice denies impropriety in wireless auction decision

MacKay faces political heat over future of maritime surveillance planes.

Conservatives are letting down Quebec regions, Bloc leader says

Canada to join international nuclear group despite waste disposal concern

Firm drops suit over helicopter contract

Manley hopes to elevate Afghan dialogue

Nuclear agency's review may lead to sale

Eastern Canada won't meet emissions targets: report

No exceptions for major polluters in Bali, says Baird

Opposition barred from Canadian delegation to Bali climate change talks

Liberal Leader Stephane Dion to crash Bali climate-change conference

In Depth> Kyoto and beyond>Kyoto Protocol FAQs

Pursue energy-efficient technology, author urges
Global Warming; Climate change needs 'smart solutions'

Lomborg's provocative argument fails in the end

Leadership means taking action

Commons ethics panel faces three main issues

No Wyatt here

Harper is quite right to insist on a fair way to fight climate change

Jean seeks shelter from storm

On Parliament Hill, a day when experience counts

'Where's Canada's leadership in global issues?'

Women prisoners paying steep price for 'law and order'

Health systems need to evolve


Fort dans les sondages, le PC n'a pas de machine politique au Québec

Partenariat pour l'énergie nucléaire
Le Canada se joint au club

Schreiber lève un coin du voile; il devait donner 500 000 $ à Brian Mulroney

Prentice nie toute malversation dans les enchères de spectre sans fil

Les Canadiens soumis à des tests atomiques seront reconnus, affirme M. MacKay

Stéphane Dion s'en va défendre son point de vue à la conférence de Bali

Ottawa dépose un projet de loi pour moderniser la Loi sur les pêches

L'Assemblée nationale se dissocie de la position de Stephen Harper

Le Bloc veut débattre des surplus

Sans fil: le lobbying de Mulroney pourrait mériter une enquête


From: "Rosalie Piccioni"

Subject: Re:  The News in General

Hi Joe,        The News in General concerning Schreiber and/or other.

    It seems to me that Canada is the only place in the world that prepares its
own people for travel abroad:  i.e. what to do, what not to do, what to avoid,
what not to ask other words, present a good image of our Country
to the rest of the world and keep out of trouble even as we would at home
   That being said, it seems to me that Canada is the only country in the world that
allows cheats into its own citizenry, what in the rest of the world would be deemed
unwanted criminals;  we are a country that accepts people from other nations bringing over
the problems that they have escaped from, people set to involve the citizens of this
new Country in the melee they have "left behind."  And when criminals are being
extradited or shipped back from whence they came, a remarkable furor arises
from the misdirected populace to "save" the individual.  Ironic.  Also, when action is
taken to prevent harm to others, the authority figures are treated like the criminals
or dishonest ones:  this before a thorough investigation is made of any and all
actions and elements in which the so-called "victim" has been involved.

   I think this would be considered an oxymoron.  How much our immigrants look
to our Country as one which they will honour and help in its improvement and
protection is a huge question.  Surely, the responsibility has been handed over to
those of us born and bred here to make sure that Canada continues to be a
peaceful one, where all may appreciate and protect the resources which
we have been given so liberally.

   Sorry, I just couldn't keep silent any longer.


From: "Suan H.Booiman"
Subject: UK Memorial

It appears 'Ike' was right.

It is a matter of history that when Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead. 

He did this because he said in words to this effect: "Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses - because somewhere down the track of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened"

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. "
        Edmund Burke

In Memorial

This week, the UK removed The Holocaust from its school curriculum

because it "offended" the Muslim population which claims it never occurred.

This is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it.

It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended.

This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the
six million Jews,

20 million Russians,

10 million Christians

and 1,900 Catholic priests

who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated while the German and Russian peoples looked the other way!

Now, more than ever, with Iran, among others, claiming the Holocaust to be "a myth," it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.

 This e-mail is intended to reach 40 million people worldwide!

Be a link in the memorial chain and help distribute this around the world.

Don't just delete this.  It will take a minute to pass this along.
From: Jaco Rempel
Subject:  The guerrilla war will intensify

"A Crude War Of Revenge"
Tariq Ali on Afghanistan:
By Mike Whitney
The Taliban can't be beaten. They've already taken over more than half the country and they are steadily advancing on the Capital. By next spring, there'll be fighting in the neighborhoods of Kabul, just like there is now in Baghdad. American troops will be barricaded in little Greenzones spread across the countryside. Karzai will be locked away in the Presidential Palace surrounded by American mercenaries.

From: "Peter Robertson"
To: "'Joe Hueglin'" <>
Subject: RE: November 29, 2007-L'affaire Schreiber
          The Schreiber affair is potentially a great farce.  Whether or not Mulroney received money from Schreiber after he had been defeated at the polls but shortly before he resigned (within 48 hrs, I am advised) is irrelevant to to-day's political situation.  Schreiber is simply using the forum provided by a Parliamentary inquiry to defeat justice.  He should not be allowed to get away with this.
          I note that the "new" Conservative party (the Regressive Conservatives) used the first day of Schreiber's testimony to attempt to distance Schreiber from Harper.  So what.  Harper will be judged on his record, which, for all of the hoopla, and mailings from the "new" Conservative party about the perfidious Liberals and the imminence of an election, is abysmally thin.  Frankly, if Harper persists in bringing in regressive legislation such as his "tough on crime" legislation, Dion may become Prime Minister despite himself.
          With respect to Schreiber, to paraphrase a truly great man, "Seldom in the course of human events has so much been said about so little to so many for so long for so much money."

Peter Robertson.

From: "Marie Hooey"
Subject: Airbus

Hi Joe,        Long time, I've been absent eh!
 Marie Hooey
Sunday night I happened to catch a documentary shown last year by the CBC's Fifth  Estate on Karlheinz Schreiber.  I jotted down a few names that I wasn't aware  of and at one point in the program Schreiber is asked if he knew what Mulroney had done with the money he had given him, to which Schreiber just laughed and laughed.  There was something about that laugh that struck me, so I decided to refresh my memory about the Airbus affair. I have unfortunately been too busy to read any newspapers of late so
I started to google.
The first name I entered was Frank Moores – ex-Newfoundland premier and Mulroney friend.  In 1979 he resigned after two separate corruption investigations and went to Ottawa to help organize Mulroney's leadership campaign in 1983. Mulroney appointed Moores to the board of Air Canada from which he resigned in 1985 due to conflicts of interest.  In 1987 he became chairman of Government Consultants International  (GCI), which was a powerful international lobbying group.  In 1995 he was along with Mulroney accused of accepting kickbacks from Schreiber.
Read more at:
Also read:  U.S. Critical of lobbyist's role   Nov. 16, 2007 
This article is based on State Department papers obtained by the Hamilton Spectator through the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.
My next entry was to the CBC's Fifth Estate at: where I read about the 'Dump Joe' movement in 1983 and learned about Schrieber's  involvement, in undermining Joe Clark at the 1983 PC party meeting in Winnipeg.  I further discovered that Schrieber and another wealthy industrialist Walter Wolf, provided funds ($25-$30 000) to pay for two planeloads of newly-minted anti-Clark delegates from Quebec, to fly to Winnipeg to vote against Clark at the confidence vote on Clark's leadership. This kept the vote to below 70 thus prompting Clark to call a leadership convention, which he then lost to Mulroney the following year.
Read more at:   How the mighty have fallen   Nov.13, 2007
See also: Foreign cash helped dump Clark: CBC report -  Mar. 15, 2001
Joe must have felt much like Jimmy Carter felt when Reagan delt him the 'October Surprise' and became President.
Eerily, this brought back memories of the 2003 PC leadership convention in Toronto.  On the Friday afternoon of the convention one would have thought that David Orchard stood a good chance, as he appeared to have the most delegates on the floor.  I remember hearing however, that evening, that busloads of Mackay delegates from Quebec had just arrived in time to get signed in before the allocated cutoff. 
See:  Mackay campaign launches stop-Orchard drive    Globe & Mail    March 14, 2003
*You will need to scroll down to the above listed article.
Then I ran across this tidbit from Norman Spector's website ---
 His Dad was the Mulroney loyalist who played a key role in undermining Joe Clark, gave up his seat for a by-election and introduced Karlheinz Schreiber to the future prime minister.
The son-who once worked for Schreiber, kanoodled the merger with the assistance of Belinda at the urging of MBM, and went on to co-sign the Orchard deal-was recently introduced to Sophie Desmarais by Mila.
Now, it's Peter's turn to show loyalty
"If Mr. Harper fails to show growth in Ontario, many Tories will want to revisit their party's leadership.
In such an event, Mr. Harper "will have to make a personal decision whether to stay on," Peter Mackay, the Conservative deputy leader and a potential leadership rival, said in a CBC Radio interview Saturday, before quickly saying he expects his leader to become the next prime minister."
Of course the dad referred to above was Elmer Mackay, Peter Mackay's father, whose close ties with Schrieber are described on the fifth estate's site.
See also:  The Perplexing case of Elmer Mackay
Peter's first job out of law school was with Thyssen Industries, a German arms manufacturer in Germany between fall 1992 and March of 1993.  Schreiber and corporate giant Thyssen had been trying since 1985 to get a contract from Ottawa to open a factory to build armoured vehichles in Bear Head, Cape Breton. 
Read:   It was just a student job, Mackay says    2007 –11 –15
And:   Tank plant never had a chance
Here's an interesting time line:
    February:     Schreiber and Moores (Frank) open bank accounts in Switzerland.
                               Pelossi later tells the CBC the accounts were meant to hold
                               commissions from Airbus and other companies.                                                                                                       
               June:            Canada agrees to buy 12 Coast Guard helicopters from MBB for     
                    $27 million.
    November:  Schreiber and Pelossi get letter from Thyssen Industries, promising
                                    payment of millions of dollars in contingency fees if Ottawa                                                
                                    supports the military vehicle factory in Bear Head.
      1988  March:        Air Canada agrees to a $1.8 billion purchase of 34 planes from
                                    Airbus.  Schreiber's company IAL later receives money from
                                    Airbus.  Boeing alleges secret commissions were paid in the deal.
            September:      IAL receives money from Thyssen after Ottawa signs an
                                    agreement "in principle" to support a military vehicle plant in
                                    Bear Head.
            November:      Mulroney is elected to a second majority government.
I just happened to also run across an article about Jean-Pierre Kingsley's announcement that he would be leaving his post on February 17th,   this year - two years prior to his mandated retirement date.  That name definitely rang a bell.  And who is Jean-Pierre Kingsley?  None other than the Chief Electoral Officer, the very same man who extraordinarily opened his office on a Sunday to grant Mackay and Harper party status for the new Conservative Party thus ensuring that the courts could not be used to challenge the destruction of Canada's oldest Conservative party or the change in name.
What was particularly intriguing was the following article:
See:  FED – Harper was scathing in criticism of elections boss who's resigning.
One has to just wonder how on earth did Mackay and Harper get the Chief Electoral Officer to do the extraordinary after Harper had badmouthed him for so long?
I will kindly end with none other than Stevie Cameron and a New York Times article
which gives an overview of Schreiber's legal problems in Germany.
Stevie Cameron who has played a long and winding journalistic adventure with this whole matter was invited to speak at the Empire Club.  Following the long introduction her humour shone when she expressed her surprise that no one had thrown any buns at her - so far.
Read:  Corruption in Government
         http://www.empireclub foundation .com/details.asp?SpeechID=1268&FT=Yes
Just google -A German-Canadian Fights Extradition to access the New York 
            Times article by James Brooke
Amazing how enlightening a little googling can be.  Mr. Schreiber is on his way to Ottawa as I conclude but I wager he will be shipped post haste to Germany.  We may all be further enlightened in the days ahead but I'm not holding my breath.