Thursday, November 08, 2007

Daily Digest November 8, 2007


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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Death by numbers
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=78506&sc=80

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - Managing the hazard of potato wart 
In 2007, potato wart is seen as a navigable hazard rather than as the disaster of seven years ago.
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=77134&sc=103

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - Exploring a rich seam
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/977270.html

         Greenery is just scenery
         http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/977269.html

         Farcical reform
         http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/977066.html

AMHERST DAILY NEWS - Referendum abolishing Senate not happening anytime soon
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=77947&sc=61

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Riding the Tigers
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=c49f6580-9a58-4b17-93cd-28558e8c1f1e

OTTAWA SUN - A role model for all new RCMP recruits
http://www.ottawasun.com/Comment/Editorial/2007/11/08/4639619.html

TORONTO STAR - Cities must press funding demands
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/273149

        Bank's job to cool overheated dollar
         http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/274543

         Watching U.S. for cues
         http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/274546

NATIONAL POST - The future of Canada's Senate
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=fcdf84e5-0eaf-4e7f-a087-cce430556a9e

TORONTO SUN - Here's why black schools are failing
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2007/11/08/4639624.html

K-W RECORD - Keep talking, general
http://www.therecord.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?GXHC_gx_session_id_=81ce6c97fe307a8c&pagename=record/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1194509765726&call_pageid=1024321927354&col=1024322198380

SUDBURY STAR - Pros and cons of nuke deal; If India doesn't ratify agreement with U.S., China won't be displeased
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=767483&auth=Dyer%2c+Gwynne

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - Breaking the logjam
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4073378p-4674500c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Effecting change formidable task confronting Wall 
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=75f10954-0def-4676-a6cc-e92ee6ce3aa4

REGINA LEADER-POST - Voters overcome fear -- Sask. Party wins big
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=41e6bf4a-3e60-4184-bc2f-f0b1e3a0e375

CALGARY HERALD - Mounties live with daily risk
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=eac37bb8-3ef1-47d1-b6c9-d808c7420a3a

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Flood of contradictions
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=afd1a7ff-84f6-4eb4-be39-3897c1c77328

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Reigniting the Senate debate
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_8757.php

         Mulroney Qs need As
         http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_8732.php

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN - Veteran affairs
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=103241&Itemid=161

        Border gaze
         http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=102840&Itemid=161

VANCOUVER SUN - Your personal information has been stolen: Do you have the right to be notified?
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=43184bb9-7033-4108-ac09-940b0c4c6ea0

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Young Mounties on remote assignment merit better support
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=f9ea02ed-7f1b-498e-b2c9-9a599888b300

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Status quo won't halt gang killings
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=9f1bb3eb-848e-46aa-be79-6fc64f8c1482

        Don't send novice Mounties out alone
         http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=ca37a12e-5877-4878-9868-7290d5d655f5


ISSUES

CANADIAN FORCES
Remember Passchendaele
Vimy had the high-profile anniversary celebration, but this year saw another 90th anniversary that should be just as important to Canadians
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=155a28c9-2aea-4861-af47-8adf00d97499

Pakistan instability could endanger Canada's troops
http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct=ca/13-0&fp=4733896539947dc9&ei=1nszR7SlKYPQpwKEmOHTDA&url=http%3A//www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071107/pakistan_instability_071106/20071108%3Fhub%3DSpecials&cid=1123174433


CANUSA/USACAN
US-Canada War Looms Over Energy, Water
http://www.infoshop.org/inews/article.php?story=20071104215941771

Canada wants to tie economic knot with U.S., cut political one
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/977272.html

Government seeks WTO panel on U.S. farm subsidies
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/071108/canada/canada_trade_wto_col

Canadian on trial at Guantanamo
http://www.canada.com/globaltv/national/story.html?id=859c0722-67a3-462a-806b-b19050007bc9&k=30907

Khadr's lawyers say U.S. government hid evidence that could help him
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071108/n1108123A.html

Loonie's rise signals end of American era
http://www.thestar.com/Business/article/274630


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Quebec wants top-level meeting on Canadian dollar
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/071108/canada/canada_quebec_dollar_col

Globalization makes national currencies obsolete
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/comment/story.html?id=2bc3c0c6-e3c9-42c4-8ffa-be94a91a6f4e

The last currency crisis
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/comment/story.html?id=9701677d-ed7d-40c1-9e86-e5f4606ae999

Harper anxious about loonie's 'rapid' surge
http://www.reportonbusiness.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071107.wdollarmain1107/BNStory/Business/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20071107.wdollarmain1107

Soaring dollar a threat to Toronto economy- officials
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2007/11/08/tto-dollar.html


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Pakistan and democracy 
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=e3b29f01-e638-415c-a4ae-52125cfdfbb8

Harper `very troubled' by crisis
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/274656

Time to act on Pakistan
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=cb5d1315-8f45-436d-a9fc-fa80174f293a

Formation of Soviet Russia 90 years ago changed course of history
Appalling savagery of Bolsheviks should not be forgotten
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=89fb24e6-7210-407f-884f-a35094a5ee0d


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Scientists sequence dandruff genes 
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/bodyandhealth/story.html?id=afbd7f02-d07c-4e7f-a51d-04477de93e74


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Spend on intervention now, save on prisons later
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=eb94aa5b-d6ed-4071-a3e7-9aa2dfc49972

Becoming the hunted
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=4f6152f2-c3ea-46bb-8b3f-8a7cb3fb2db9

Recent violence sparks Harper's call for action on tougher laws
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071108.BCGANGS08/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

New policy on murderers a killer
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Goldstein_Lorrie/2007/11/08/4639638.php


MIGRATION
Refugee backlog continues to swell as Tories slow to appoint new adjudicators
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/071108/national/refugee_backlog


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
SASKATCHEWAN
Wall in a walk 
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/story.html?id=a814d1ee-4833-4c92-ba33-93b2f6797d79

Saskatchewan Party puts end to NDP dynasty
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071108.SASKSB08/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

ALBERTA
Stelmach didn't secure oilsands future
Preston Manning, Special to The StarPhoenix
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=c7079092-ab5d-4406-89ed-7ae56052568a

QUEBEC
Quebec warns Harper about Senate plans
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071107.wharsenate1107/BNStory/National/home

Accommodating in Quebec
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=08614bdc-433c-4ffd-a9f6-77f5462ebbda

BRITISH COLUMBIA
There's little politicians can do about coastal forest industry
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=75c75427-69db-41b9-a3f9-4346cb22264d

ONTARIO
McGuinty gets no commitments after meeting with PM
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/11/08/4640773-cp.html


POLITICS
Harper says public does not want election
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/071108/canada/canada_harper_election_col

Poll suggests Canadians like Tory mini-budget
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071108/tax_poll_071108/20071108?hub=Canada&s_name =

Tory icon irked by content control of private bills
'Private member's bill is sacrosanct,' Pat Carney says
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/canada/story.html?id=7db56e45-b847-4dba-b510-966074c316d1

Membership to remain a secret
http://www.trurodaily.com/index.cfm?sid=78302&sc=68

Offshore royalty meeting postponed
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=77654&sc=58

National Conservative Boss Stands by Barr's Heave-Ho
http://www.guelphtribune.ca/trib/news/news_917954.html

Local executive left in dark about Barr
http://www.guelphtribune.ca/trib/news/news_918214.html

Tories employ rumpled Barney Rubble to parry opposition barbs
http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5imzDBBgFOniUoGhG5ds8SX5FKxZQ

PM needs all the Maritime friends he can get
http://www.edmontonsun.com/Comment/2007/11/04/4629773-sun.html

Harper hurt by faith-based schools issue
http://www.cbc.ca/news/viewpoint/vp_zolf/20071028.html

 Harper blurs Canada's global image 
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/273132

Liberals in need of a hero
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2007/11/04/4629247.html

Harper and Dion glad to have a week out of spotlight
Abstaining Grits get break from tax-cutting Tories
http://www.hfxnews.ca/index.cfm?sid=77404&sc=93

Tory moves could lift NDP
Party stands to make gains after Conservative candidates removed
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/273529

Tories won't take questions about what they know about Mulroney and Airbus
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071108/n1108117A.html

Harper's threats won't quell pointed questions
http://www.hfxnews.ca/index.cfm?sid=78479&sc=93

Harper criticized for meddling in ridings
http://www.politicswatch.com/conservatives-november7-2007.htm

Emerson won't switch ridings
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=1bd96576-e94f-428b-8e76-f448b2f8fd9b

Tories broke own promises — watchdog
Suspending Casey's riding association over nomination unfair, group says
http://thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotia/977280.html

We can fund an election, Liberals say 
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/canada/story.html?id=37b33c8b-5c50-430a-8158-4ee454e8d130

PM open to referendum,
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/274644

Referendum on Senate abolition would be bad for country- Dion
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/071107/national/dion_senate

Bloc Quebecois advocates common currency with U.S.
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/071108/canada/canada_dollar_bloc_col

Dion to unveil plan for dramatically reducing poverty in Canada
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071108/n1108149A.html


PROGRAMMES
French cadets ill-treated: military ombudsman
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/canada/story.html?id=61bbd27f-27c6-4959-b69f-349d39c94797

Tax burden to increase despite cuts
Economic Report; Reductions were 'smaller than they should have been'
http://www.canada.com/globaltv/national/story.html?id=d2cfe83b-91e3-49aa-9dcb-8ed14d80c3c2&k=35673

PM promises most competitive taxes on 'planet'
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071108/harper_taxes_071108/20071108?hub=Canada

Disabled veterans' lawyers to appeal pension suit to Supreme Court of Canada
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071108/n1108131A.html


PRESSURE POINTS
Greenhouse gas emissions down in Canada
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/story.html?id=91283af2-53e9-4598-9e47-801459c8bc4d


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Rich pay less percentage in taxes than poor, report finds
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071108.wtaxes1108/BNStory/National/home

Ethics committee could look at Mulroney payment 
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/canada/story.html?id=2679ef4a-0ae9-4cd2-8860-3c7a8deb0458

Former PM urges tax incentives to spur investment when bottom line is community's good
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/274674

Time Harper stood up for Canadian values,
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/274636

Cable companies poised to unplug small channels
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/274542

Outsourcing policy 
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=34163995-e84c-4c2d-949a-e9825c80dc88

Words are so much more than what they mean
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=13c46e16-8b0f-46ec-a02d-b8784c7be93c

Inconvenient truths under assault
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=fff885b8-1e4e-4d74-9ecb-2dac63212262

Let's celebrate the things that work
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=bdf58208-c7c4-429a-924c-5921ef21e637

'Bull' and 'cow' in academia
The former displays an attempt at analytical thinking; the latter is merely regurgitation by risk-averse students
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=dde7f84d-1c95-45ad-90db-c86e1bf1abfa

Conservatives stand to benefit from outbreak of gang mayhem
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=364c206d-3430-4d41-ad28-664bda47caec

Megapundit: November 8
Tory troubles http://www.macleans.ca/article.jsp?content=20071108_133435_2728

Tax cut madness
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2007/11/08/4639643.html

China rumbles, CBC quakes, doc done in
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Worthington_Peter/2007/11/08/4639637.php

Senate referendum should offer three choices
http://www.winnipegsun.com/News/Columnists/Brodbeck_Tom/2007/11/08/4639647.html

Confederation at heart of Senate debate
Without body 'there would not have been a Canada,' N.S. senator says
http://thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotia/977359.html

Right to die
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2007/11/04/4629822-sun.html

Is poverty on the agenda, or isn't it?
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/976284.html

 Mulroney affair begs attention 
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/273530

Good diagnosis, poor prescription
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/273157

Book delves into heart of mission
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/273563

Pull out troops, politician urges
Canada is supporting a corrupt administration, says suspended parliamentarian Malalai Joya
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/273564

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper demonstrates continued ultra right wing affiliations by blocking pro social justice Toronto candidate
http://www.agoracosmopolitan.com/home/Frontpage/2007/11/05/01929.html


INFOS

Un ouvrage est lancé pour renouveler l'argumentaire en faveur du fédéralisme
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071108/N110841AU.html

Le Parti de la Saskatchewan détrône le Nouveau Parti démocratique
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071108/N110804AU.html

L'ombudsman de l'armée s'inquiète du sort des francophones à la base de Borden
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071107/N1107175AU.html

Québec répète son opposition farouche à des changements unilatéraux au Sénat
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071107/N1107149AU.html

Selon Harper, le Sénat est condamné à disparaître s'il résiste à la réforme
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071107/N1107216AU.html

Entre l'enthousiasme et la résignation
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2007/11/08/003-Sondage.shtml

L'idée d'un référendum fait du chemin
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2007/11/07/002-harper-senat.shtml

Nouvel ouvrage pour renouveler l'argumentaire en faveur du fédéralisme
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071108/CPACTUALITES/71108090/1025/CPACTUALITES

Controverse autour de Lord Durham: des anglophones en furie
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071108/CPACTUALITES/711080803/1025/CPACTUALITES

Le sondage montre que les dossiers se règlent, dit Fortier
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071108/CPACTUALITES/71108115/1025/CPACTUALITES

Un hôpital psychiatrique sans psychiatre
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071107/CPMONDE/711070824/5846/CPACTUALITES

Sondage Léger Marketing-Le Devoir - Les conservateurs prennent six points aux bloquistes
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/11/08/163560.html

Réformer ou abolir?
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/11/08/163533.html



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Great minds think alike - and fools seldom differ

        I came across this to-day in which the Borg were used as an analogy.  Yesterday a good part of the morning was spent in developing a post to send out to
        c.500 radio and TV stations and columnists across Canada.
        
        As I stated yesterday the control exercised from the PMO is not in the PCPC legacy as I have known it since 1965 when I was fighting Lester Pearson in
        Blind River.  It is the antithesis of Reform as I understood it, not power exercised downward but rather the will of constituents being of consequence.
        
        At the end of the post as with all I send out of this nature there is a sentence.  You may take up the offer made (none of those receiving the post yesterday did).
        I hope you won't. Rather than going away mad, if that's your reaction, please point out where you disagree.
        
        That is what the Digest offers at its best, the opportunity for free exchange of views.
        
                 Joe

Comparing the relationship between the Tory caucus and the Prime Minister's Office to the Borg—"125 MP drones connected to a prime ministerial core"—violates Megapundit's ironclad rule against referencing Star Trek in serious discussion. But the Calgary Herald's Don Martin evidently feels the comparison apt, now that a "special review committee" has apparently been struck to vet private member's bills before they find their way to Parliament. Peter Van Loan pooh-poohs such concerns, as is his wont, but "if a party that fought for more free votes and enhanced MP representation is limiting the right of its elected members to introduce legislation," Martin concludes, "Conservative control freakiness has reached a new and scary level." Tory troubles http://www.macleans.ca/article.jsp?content=20071108_133435_2728

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Subject: (CIMS), Unimatrix One of the Conservative Party of Canada?


Garth Turner, P.C., M.P.  provides information on the functioning of the Conservative Party's Constituent Information Management System in "Nowhere to hide" http://www.garth.ca/weblog/2007/10/12/nowhere-to-hide/

Mark Travers of Toronto Centre Riding and Brent Barr of Gueph erred in not accepting hive mind demands. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borg_(Star_Trek)#Overview

Brent Barr ". . . admitted that he may have made a mistake by not fully reporting all of his many campaign activities to party officials, thereby giving the impression that he was not doing enough." http://news.guelphmercury.com/News/article/256647 and ". . . said he may have erred in not reporting to the party all the door knocking he has been doing." http://www.guelphtribune.ca/trib/news/news_916944.html

Mark Warner ". . .said references to his attendance at an international AIDS conference in Toronto in 2006 were removed from his bio when he sent it to Ottawa for approval." http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/10/31/dropped-candidates.html

No reason has been presented for Barr being removed from candidacy other than that he did not conform to the demand of feeding information into (CMIS). Nor for Warner otherwise than he was removed for seeking to focus on issues that deviated from the uniform cross country pattern to which all candidates are to subscribe.

These two broke from the Collective consciousness, in that they did not accept Conformity (psychology)  or Groupthink . Judged to be potential problems into the future they were consequently removed from their positions as candidates.

In Borg terms they were unsuited to being drones.

What is undetermined in this hypothesis is whether other candidates are feeding information into (CMIS) and having their bios and assumedly other products similarly vetted.  It would be interesting to know, n'est ce pas?

Joe Hueglin
905-356-3901

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From: "Rose Dyson" <rdyson@oise.utoronto.ca>
Subject: Notice re: New Book and Invitation

Hi Joe

I thought I'd send you the info on a new book I have a chapter in. The Book is entitled Sustaining Life On Earth: Environmental and Human Health Through Global Governance. My particular chapter is entitled:The Culture Environment: Implications for Human Health, Human Rights and Ecological Sustainability.

As you know, I have been focused on media issues for many years. Attached also, is an invitation that might interest some of your members.

Rose

Rose Anne Dyson Ed.D.
Consultant in Media Education
Chair: Science for Peace (Media Working Group), University of Toronto
President: Canadians Concerned about Violence in Entertainment
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From: "Brian Clark"

Subject: Re: Legacies?

Hi Joe, congratulations for Abigail's arrival.
 
Here's my take on this.
 
In my active participation in politics, I learned to my dismay that politics are governed by power and money, not logic and common sense. Power and money dictate that mp's vote for their own government's budget. Period. There is no place for a logical, common sense argument to support Casey, because logic and common sense take a back seat to power and money every time in politics.
 
Brian

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From: "R. Gagne"
Subject: Legacies?

Joe:

In my view, the legacies involved in the instances you mentioned have little to do with the practices of either the former Progressive Conservative or Reform parties, although there are indeed examples of leadership interference in the affairs of constituency associations by both these parties.

Rather, the examples you cite are the inevitable legacy of the misguided attempt to create a political entity with long-term prospects out of two such disparate constituents.

This pig may well fly in the short term but it's longevity is anything but certain and we can be sure that other bruising internecine conflicts are in the offing, to the benefit of nobody but the socialist forces in this country.  Sad.

Real

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From: "Glenn Harewood"

Joe:
Sure. I saw this high handedness coming years ago. I recall very vividly how, as the last President of  the PCPC in my riding, I received an e-mail from Ottawa in January 2004, just after the stealthy take-over of the PCPC by the Harper Reformists. The gist of the e-mail was: " your PCPC riding has been taken over. Go hold a meeting  with the President of the Reform party in your riding. He is de facto President of the riding.

I, still believing that my PCPC executive could influence the direction in which the "new" entity might go, arranged a meeting. The Reform group, comprising a set of  dogmatic, hardline, grey-haired-thinking men,
literally forced their way of doing things upon the few from my executive who showed up for the meeting in a Denny's restaurant. The even rejected my offer of a free venue for holding a general meeting, insisting that the meeting be held at a very expensive convention centre.

To date, I have never signed away the rights to the funds left in my riding's bank account. I refused to sign when I was reminded by some riding constituents that the money in the bank account was donated by them to the PCPC riding, and they did not want it to go to any other party. Moreover, a major portion of the funds  in the account was an amount which was  been donated to the last PCPC candidate-of-record  (the candidate of record just happened to be me) campaign, and which Elections Canada had refunded to the riding.  As President, I had written a letter to the interim HQ people in Ottawa, clearly stating that I would NOT sign away the money until I had adequate proof  as to what financial account the money would go.

I continued to receive statements from the local bank for some months (about 6 months) regarding the balance in the account. Then, suddenly, the bank account was cleaned out and closed without my signature, and without any notice to me.

From the beginning of the "2003 December, Sunday-morning-merger," one could clearly see that the Neo-Con" party had  completely  "conned" and crippled the grassroots-ridings. These grassrooters were so eager for the "Neo-con-Conservatives" to win an election, that they have been willing to sacrifice their freedom to think, as well as everything else. There is NO democratic, but only autocratic running of the local ridings by the Central Council. The  people in the ridings are mere eunuchs who have been completely castrated by  autocratic and benevolent dictatorship rule of Harper and those of his inner circle.

Look out for it to get worse sooner than later. God help us if the Neo-cons were to ever get a majority.

Glenn Harewood

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From: alan heisey <hize@sympatico.ca>
Subject: Re: Daily Digest November 1, 2007

j, tell zeb and your readers that i continue to have a modest policy role in my former residence provincial riding of tri-spa where i am chairman of the policy committee on the executive. we have had an annual "policy lite" go round in each of the past two years, more dedicated to some light conversation and dessert and coffee than major issue development. i continue to feel that the federal party is basically terrified of informal policy chats within and without riding associations which is really too bad since a whole lot of incipient policy wonks are turned on by fighting for their particular take on any number of issues. all those kinds of early stage exchanges not to be confused with challenging the main song sheet although some of that will happen, be sure.

hq in ottawa announced in september, late, i would say, only to presidents, i gather, that their national constitution committee would entertain proposals for changes in the party's core document. i, of course, see this as a golden opportunity to let all know how the party functions and how it might be improved, but the secretiveness of my own federal riding of st. paul's on this issue is incredible! not being currently a member of their board i have to rely on email communications from the exec and there has been nuthin', NUTHIN', on this very positive development emailed to the general membership by the board of directors.

with a supposed six weeks plus left to file recommendations for constitution changes i see my home town tory activists as asleep at the switch. happily i have a standing proposal dating back 18 months to change the four ontario directors elected at-large (and you know how ontarions do not like at-large representation from the mmp referendum) so i have detailed a proposal based on 6 for ontario, a better reflection of our population, each to be elected by delegates from one of six regions of the province.

the special fun i had working out equal populations, very nearly, for all six proposed districts was to avoid naming any one of them after any town or city in those districts. you will be interested that the districts are proposed to be called:
northern ontario
eastern ontario
central lake ontario
mid lake ontario
western lake ontario
southwestern ontario

since the only way i have heard details of the whole process is from a leak from another riding i have no idea whether i am to submit directly to ottawa, my inclination, or sends it to my e.d.a. president, or what. frankly, this casualness, between a soundly conceived initiative at h.q and the sloth out here in the boonies, is to cry! in the faith! cz
will forward a copy of the map and population breakouts of the six ontario regions shortly as i send it to the national constitution committee in ottawa. be advised that the idea for this restructuring came from peter tudisco , cambridge and north dumfries 1st v.p., who found that being from out of toronto was a disadvantage under the present at-large election rules.z

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From: EUGENE PARKS
Subject: Canada's economic strategy is failling

Dear Editor.

Canada's capacity to be a value-added manufacturing country is being disassembled.

Monday October 22, 2007 UAW local 222 circulated a green letter informing their members of another round of significant and permanent layoffs. Twenty-five years ago Oshawa was home to the  largest single car plant in the world.  Dimensionally speaking, Oshawa's GM plant is still the largest under-one-roof autoplex in the world. Nevertheless, today it is close to sitting idle. By the end of next year only about 5,000 employees will remain of the 10,000 from a year ago, and down from 20,000 of just a couple of decades ago.

Oshawa's manufacturing force is down 50% over two years and 80% over twenty-five years.

Paralleling Oshawa's story, Canada's manufacturing sector  eliminated 400,000 jobs over the last three years. The cause of  the manufacturing collapse is not our workers, nor the want of  resources or capital, nor the ability to find customers (see note below).

National economic strategy is the cause of the collapse.
  
The Canadian dollar has risen nearly 80% in about six  years.  In the last three years the dollar has risen sharply, increasing more than 20% in the last year alone.   Consequently, the Canadian cost of production - relative to U.S. customers - has inflated nearly 80% in just six years.

Management of the relative value of the Canadian dollar has  demonstratively failed. Whether you are a radical socialist who believes in complete central management of the dollar or an absolute laissez-faire capitalist, the loss of quality manufacturing tells you economic planning in Canada is seriously  flawed.

U.S. customers can no longer afford Canadian manufactured products.
    
After the  9/11 tragedy, the Bank of Canada (BoC)  kept  its interest rate more than 100% higher than the U.S.; today Canadian interest rates remain high in comparison to  the American rate. Our money supply has likewise remained relatively restricted. The raw value of a Canadian central bank bond versus a U.S. central bank bond was kept high by the Bank  of Canada.

The Bank of Canada is significantly contributing to the demand  for the Canadian dollar and its rise against the U.S. dollar. 

Hindsight's lesson of our near collapse in Canadian  manufacturing from the rise of the dollar tells us that the Central Bank's policy is a mistake.  The question going  forward is how to set interest rates appropriately so as to reflect the true value of the Canadian dollar.

The Canadian dollar should be a reflection of the internal value of the Canadian economy (fair traded value), the value of externally traded goods (free trade value), and the future value of economic activity (interest value).

The calculation of the value at which to set the Canadian dollar is not necessarily as nebulous as it sounds and neither does it have to be so radically in error as in Canada for the last six  years. For example, we can look at the calculated value the European Union or the United States places its dollar. Canadian interest rates can be set within the average of those major economies.

Canadian Central Bank Rate = (US Interest Rate + EU Interest  Rate)/2  +/- 1%

Flexibility needs to exist to account for year-by-year variation and changes in economic value (which affects future  value).  Naturally, all central banks adjust the face value of its currency by changing interest rates and the amount of currency in circulation. There is a good faith goal to reflect value as demonstrated by the economy. However, given the gross error of the BoC over the last 3 years, the BoC should no longer be allowed unlimited latitude to set interest rates. 

More than a 1% variance should be justified to the Minister of Finance and require written temporary permission.

The working class of Canada, particularly the manufacturing sector, is paying dearly for ivory tower mistakes at the BoC. The mistakes are needless as we can find sound company in the  world's two largest currencies. We can chart our own course with some latitude (+/- 1%) but must remain grounded in economic realities as demonstrated by our own economy, the U.S. economy,  and the European Union. Canadians deserve a stable economic playing field.

This is the first of three articles on the strategic failure of economic strategy in Canada.

Eugene Parks
Victoria BC

Footnote: The cause of the manufacturing collapse is not our workers, not the want of resources and capital, nor an inability to find customers. As recently as three years ago, Oshawa's plant was the world's most profitable autoplex with the highest quality and customer satisfaction ratings. Oshawa's truck plant won Best in Class. The car plant won the Harbour and JD Powers awards. The Buick Allure built in Oshawa tied the Lexes for top quality. Accordingly, billions of dollars have regularly gone into upgrading the complex. Surrounding the plant are world class suppliers like Magna Corp,  Lear Siegler, Lasco steel (now in foreign hands), and hyrdo-power as cheap and reliable as is humanly feasible. Our manufacturers are not the cause of their own demise. Of course, employment remains statistically strong as quality manufacturing jobs are being rapidly replaced by lower paying service industry work or the selling raw resources to the US. Notably, the demand for oil is temporarily offsetting the loss of manufacturing jobs.  Regardless, the loss of over 15,000 GM jobs in Oshawa directly translates to over 150,000 manufacturing jobs in Ontario.  We are giving up manufacturing capacity in favour of selling raw resources.

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