Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Daily Digest December 4, 2007


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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - He'll say anything
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=86131&sc=80

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - Assessment freeze worth it in the long run print this article
In light of the perception that residential property assessments were rising unfairly, government is right to examine the issue.
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=86148&sc=103

HALIFAX NEWS - Trying to do something View comments
http://www.hfxnews.ca/index.cfm?sid=86084&sc=90

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - Energy deficiency
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/995960.html

        Dion sees 2nd chance
         http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/995955.html

AMHERST DAILY NEWS - Playing politics over Nappan
You know Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MP Bill Casey is getting under the skin of his former caucusmates when Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada Minister Gerry Ritz sends a letter to the editor of this newspaper expressing his dissatisfaction with Casey trying to take credit for federal funding announcements. http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=86263&sc=61

        The struggle for womens rights a long way from over
         http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=86264&sc=61

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Baird chose his advisers well
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=4b2ed584-af28-4eab-a3ed-e58e3e016aea

OTTAWA CITIZEN - The science of achievement
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=4f5f84b4-1bab-4b6a-ab51-daca4051ebe6

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER - Court ruling shows Canada less protective of human rights
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=804173

TORONTO STAR - Dion stakes out progressive plans
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/282167

NATIONAL POST - Son of Kyoto
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=142367

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - Time to talk of plastic bag ban
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/291034

WINDSOR STAR - Auto parts
Weathering the storm
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=2cea869f-148e-4eff-b676-4e47fb3d1774

        A-bomb compensation
         http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=6abed852-6aaf-4c3b-84da-d8f22cd02f14

SUDBURY STAR - The two-state solution; If Palestinian homeland is not possible, Israel faces a democratic crisis
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=803393&auth=Dyer%2c+Gwynne

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - Parameters of death
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4087785p-4686504c.html

        Chavez set back
         http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4087786p-4686510c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Dion mistaken to yield centre to Conservatives 
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/headlinescan.html

CALGARY HERALD - What price for our water?
Measures must be taken to put value on a precious resource
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=47ee4e71-7b8c-470a-a061-fdd6787de4c9

        Doing the right thing
         http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=813f8481-4746-4acf-ba61-0e1d3c3367ca

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE - Questions still linger
Murder of young RCMP constable raises issues
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Editorial/359292.html

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Democracy survives weekend elections
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=bf2a794d-3b0d-4f0c-8cfa-634235684816

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN - Sportsmanship gone awry
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=106820&Itemid=592

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - UN climate meet may pose its own eco-threat 
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=78753204-c370-4d4c-ae82-78fb94ca1570


ISSUES

CANADIAN FORCES
Afghanistan: Cost of extension unknown
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ledevoir.com%2F2007%2F12%2F04%2F167184.html&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

The private contracts awarded by the army are poorly framed
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cyberpresse.ca%2Farticle%2F20071203%2FCPACTUALITES%2F712030518%2F5846%2FCPACTUALITES&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

Defence spending below 1970s GDP figures
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=143501


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
The Reckoning
The oil sands have come of age, and Alberta's once unloved resource is now a magnet for billions of dollars in domestic and international investment. But even with all the promise of future riches, will there ever be enough money to go around? http://www.financialpost.com/magazine/story.html?id=130057

Bank may have overstepped powers: C.D. Howe study
http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=144086

Farm boyz rule Ottawa
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=4e8fbab4-1360-4ea9-b946-353065b8d7f6&k=34709


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Water shortages are likely to be trigger for wars, says UN chief Ban Ki Moon
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article2994650.ece

Victory for democracy in Russia and Venezuela
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/282245

Kremlin clans, not the voters, are Putin's biggest worry
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=461ad801-229c-4ecf-ad73-e2d1df38ee7b

India, China to dictate world order
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=d2c69069-7409-42b1-9bf5-b33b34a0f515

Understanding Afghanistan
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=3580fb68-cd92-407e-9c67-432c13e809c5


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Honey better than non-prescription drugs in calming kids' coughs: study 
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/bodyandhealth/story.html?id=dd75a6f9-9ead-4658-8226-fb007c6b62a3

Fever unlocks autism's grip, say researchers
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/bodyandhealth/story.html?id=289c433c-7c81-4f8e-996e-da1d4695015c


JUSTICE SYSTEM
No need to intervene
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=142366


MIGRATION
Flood of immigrants causing strain on Canada's largest cities
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071204/n1204243A.html

One in five people foreign-born stats reveal as Canada struggles with overt racism
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071204/n120405A.html


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
It's time to work on equalization
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/columnists/story.html?id=1ca731b7-a7ae-45df-89d5-7d20ac40d2c7

Rejected Tory candidate accuses premier's office of meddling
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/calgary/story/2007/12/04/chandler-accuse.html

Knives come out for John Tory
http://www.draftaleader.com/


POLITICS
Harper Tories maintain lead in latest poll
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/282565

Government shelves damaging report
Environment at risk in scramble for resources: study
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=bd398169-6f27-42f5-b84c-cf500d7f5365

Government hiding damaging climate report, critics charge
http://www.canada.com/globaltv/national/story.html?id=f18c5435-7d1b-4a24-aa22-669b4e1b8306&k=72333

Which way is left?
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2007/12/04/4706128.html

Cheap political points
http://www.edmontonsun.com/Comment/Commentary/2007/12/04/4706472.html

Missteps start to mount for usually astute Harper
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/columnists/story.html?id=bb348cb9-d632-42a8-887a-37ff06063b9a

Female Liberal MPs propose Divorce Act changes to protect children from abuse
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071205/n120501A.html

                         L'affaire Schreiber

National Post complete Schreiber-Mulroney coverage
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/mulroney/index.html

Santa Schreiber comes bearing gifts for Mulroney
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=144202

It's going to be 'like Christmas' for ethics committee: Schreiber
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/12/03/schreiber-speaks.html

I gave $30K to Charest's campaign: Schreiber
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071204.wschreibercomittee1204/BNStory/National/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20071204.wschreibercomittee1204

Charest 'astonished' about Schreiber donation
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=144194

Key Liberal pushed Schreiber project
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071204.BEARHEAD04/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Former Mulroney cabinet minister helped Schreiber draft letter
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071204.MACKAY04/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Ethics Hearing Criticized
Schreiber Testifies; Law school dean says MPs lack ability to question
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/index.html?pubdate=12.04.07

Video: Schreiber's opening statement
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/Page/document/video/vs?id=RTGAM.20071204.wvschreiberopen1204

Radwanski on Schreiber's appearance
A possible explanation why they don't always get their man
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/blogs/wbradwanski

Schreiber, Mounties at odds over whether he was questioned on Airbus
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071204/n1204227A.html

Why the fuss over Schreiber?
Events that happened years ago have no impact on the average Canadian
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=d8f63ac5-a61c-442c-b526-a1209984b24a


PROGRAMMES
Passport applicant finds massive privacy breach
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071204.wpassport1204/BNStory/National/home

Breach at Passport Canada Web site closed, says Bernier
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=144179

Elections chief won't require uncovered faces until bill becomes law
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/071204/n1204193A.html

Feds admit going over budget on jobs program
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=0fc72eaf-c2fa-4189-a2c3-303bc437bf32


PRESSURE POINTS
Former CSIS boss warns against terrorism fight
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071204/airindia_inquiry/20071204?hub=Canada


U.S. Reluctant to Agree to Climate Change Policies
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16827590#16831887

Appointment of Pierre Marc Johnson: wave of skepticism in Ottawa
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cyberpresse.ca%2Farticle%2F20071204%2FCPACTUALITES%2F712040471%2F1025%2FCPACTUALITES&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

Tory plan for UN climate talks a 'recipe for disaster': Dion
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/12/04/qp-climate.html

Canada tarred as leading polluter at Bali climate change conference
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=7b97203e-6590-43c2-a91a-ce91e91086ff

Climate Experts Mull Payment to Stop Deforestation
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16827590&ft=1&f=1007

In Iceland, Unintended Witnesses to Climate Change
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16859927

Save the world: Dump Kyoto
A new book by Bjorn Lomborg counts the millions of lives that could be saved if Kyoto's trillions were spent on other projects
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=142441


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Environmentalism is the new millenarianism
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2007/12/04/john-turley-ewart-putting-the-extreme-in-green.aspx

Canada's tenuous French connection
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071204.wcensusmain1204/BNStory/census2006/home

Census 2006
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/census2006

Life skills don't get any more vital than this high school course
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/995967.html

Posthumous warnings about Putin's Russia
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/995964.html

P3: evil undead or ghost of Christmas future?
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/995962.html

What's so scary about Muslims?
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/282164

Writing the book on intolerance
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/282172

Drop in Francophone bilingualism puzzling
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/282355

Joining Ottawa's song-and-dance routine
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/282258

'Helicopter' parents must learn to stop hovering over their children
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=ee77435f-6e61-404d-8cf6-eeca95899b64

The problem with speed limits is that they are too low
We could raise limits by 10-20 km/h and save time, money and lives
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=02ba28f0-86a5-4250-9bd2-d1c2ae606a5b

Canada is all talk
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=f0b87299-2462-4c73-85aa-bc5cfd794166


INFOS

Schreiber dit qu'il n'a jamais payé Mulroney pour l'achat d'avions Airbus
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071204/N1204108AU.html

L'affaire Mulroney-Schreiber n'affecte pas les conservateurs selon un sondage
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071204/N1204252AU.html

Le directeur des élections n'exigera pas le vote à visage découvert sans loi
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071204/N1204150AU.html

Québec ne voit que de bonnes nouvelles dans le dernier recensement
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071204/N1204162AU.html

Le ministre Blackburn se défend de favoriser le Saguenay à DEC
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071204/N1204196AU.html

Sommet de Bali: le Bloc doute de l'utilité de Pierre-Marc Johnson
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071204/N1204106AU.html

Un habitant du Canada sur cinq est né à l'étranger dont une majorité en Asie
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/071204/N120419AU.html

Recensement 2006
Un pays en mutation
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/societe/2007/12/04/001-immigration_statcan.shtml

Affaire Mulroney-Schreiber
Mulroney épargné, Charest embarrassé
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2007/12/04/004-Communes-schreiber.shtml

 Schreiber épargne Brian Mulroney mais embarasse Jean Charest, explique Madeleine Blais-Morin
 L'opposition s'empare de http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2007/12/04/004-Communes-schreiber.shtml #

Afghanistan: des coûts de prolongement inconnus
http://www.ledevoir.com/2007/12/04/167184.html

Nomination de Pierre Marc Johnson: vague de scepticisme à Ottawa
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071204/CPACTUALITES/712040471/1025/CPACTUALITES

Les contrats privés accordés par l'armée sont mal encadrés
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20071203/CPACTUALITES/712030518/5846/CPACTUALITES


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A QUESTION: SHOULD CANADA BE LEADING IN COMING UP WITH A DEAL?
Oh as well
WHAT WOULD BE ELEMENTS OF THAT DEAL?

In the run-up to the conference, Canada's Conservative government has made its position clear: It Canada is to sign on, any new agreement must bind all the world's major emitters of greenhouse gases with absolute emissions targets. Since it is virtually unthinkable that nations such as the United States (which never ratified Kyoto in the first place), China and India would all sign on to such a deal, Mr. Harper has effectively signalled that Canada won't be a party to Kyoto II.

That is for the best. The failure of Kyoto I provides world leaders with one good reason for rejecting Kyoto II. The freighting of Kyoto II with a massive wealth transfer to the Third World provides a second. Until the global community comes up with a deal that is achievable, practical and economically viable, Canada should withhold its support. http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=142367

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John Turley-Ewart: Environmentalism is the new millenarianism
Posted: December 04, 2007, 3:27 PM by John Turley-Ewart
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2007/12/04/john-turley-ewart-putting-the-extreme-in-green.aspx

History doesn't repeat itself, but historical patterns, like patterns of human behaviour, often do. And one pattern that seems to be surfacing in these heady-days of global warming is Millenarianism. Here is a quick Wiki definition for those unfamiliar with this phenomenon:

"Millenarian groups typically claim that the current society and its rulers are corrupt, unjust, or otherwise wrong. They therefore believe they will be destroyed soon by a powerful force. The harmful nature of the status quo is always considered intractable without the anticipated dramatic change."

Sound familiar? Perhaps you will find taste of this here, and here and indeed here as well. And there is no shortage of curious demands for change that, if unheeded, will surely lead to human chaos and the demise of the Earth as we know it.

Take the basic human urge to survive -- that is to reproduce the species. Their is now a no-child movement springing up within the ranks of environmentalists that argues: Without policies to reduce world population, efforts to save our environment cannot succeed.

In other words, cutting green house gases, investing in new technology, signing on to treaties like Kyoto or negotiating deals in Bali will all be for naught unless people, especially in the West, stop having kids. The poster child for this movement is 
Toni Vernelli, the British environmentalist who, when she learned she was pregnant, had an abortion to, in her mind, save the planet. And to guard against such a tragedy befalling her and human kind again, she was sterilized.

Such millenarian-like impulses take on less nihilistic forms as well. Consider how a greenie who thinks the world will soon end if we don't change our ways responds to a the Jewish holiday like Hanukka. In Israel you found the
Green Hanukkia campaign and proclaim to Jews around the world "that every candle that burns [on the menorah] completely produces 15 grams of carbon dioxide" and then say "If an estimated one million Israeli households light for eight days it would do significant damage to the atmosphere."

But having less children and refraining from lighting Hanukka candles is not all a green believer is now being asked to do for mother Earth. Our social relations also have an impact and should be adjusted accordingly.

More specifically, a
new report report argues that staying married to that spouse you have come to despise is the green thing to do. At one time people stayed married and lived miserable lives for the sake of their children. Now Environmentalists can argue that couples must stay together and lead miserable, childless lives knowing that through their sacrifice their carbon footprint is smaller.

I'm not a global warming denier, but I certainly find the response to it from some quarters fits into a historical pattern we have seen before and one that has proven to be more dangerous than the apparent problems that inspire it.

 jturley-ewart@nationalpost.com

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