Thursday, January 10, 2008

Daily Digest January 10, 2008



ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Debts and double standards

CAPE BRETON POST - Tidal power ramps up again

HALIFAX NEWS - Youth-crime program addresses root causes

AMHERST DAILY NEWS - Equality for some, not for all

MONTREAL GAZETTE - This is no way to fix a nuclear safety issue

OTTAWA CITIZEN - A tax even the Right might like

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER - Streamlining background checks a must

TORONTO STAR - Radioactive trail leads to cabinet

NATIONAL POST - We want a name

K-W RECORD - Harper must hold Mulroney inquiry

        Tory has work to do

SUDBURY STAR - No legacy for Bush; Neither Israel, nor Palestinians are interested in peace

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - A civil relationship

REGINA LEADER-POST - Pulse-pounding prospects

CALGARY HERALD - Going green without guilt
Eco-advocates should temper their message with a bit of hope

'Cap and trade' report looks good on paper, but...

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Drug test policies in a legal haze

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Our courts must just say no to those who buy illegal drugs

CBC sale of TV rights sets off a series of alarm bells


Hillier welcomes news that U.S. sending 3,000 marines to Afghanistan

Delay in replacement helicopters 'frustrating,' Hillier says

Hillier plans to stop using injury-description term

Britain Sees Role for Afghan Tribes

MacDonald Dettwiler deal includes key satellite

No recession in Canada, bank economists say

Recessions and policy risks

A Production Plateau

CIBC sees $1.50/litre gas 'soon'

The three Rs: Rivalry, Russia and 'Ran

Afghanistan: Regaining Momentum

Federal Court strikes down regulation limiting growers of medical marijuana

Premiers to PM: focus on economy, forget 'esoteric' issues like Senate reform

No parting gifts

Brampton case shows P3s work – just not for the public

Advocacy group blasts ethics commissioner ruling on Harper complaint

Prime minister announces $1-billion in aid for struggling Canadian industries

Premiers want much more than $1 billion PM is offering for ailing industries

Quebec unions and forestry group blast Harper's aid package as insufficient

CAW head dismisses federal aid package for laid-off workers

Harper's visit sidesteps forestry towns most hurt, workers say

Retraining program for fired forestry workers 'a drop in the ocean': N.B. mayor

Orchard refutes Goodale's Liberal-appointment claim

Dion plays to win with Orchard snub

Dion drops tough talk on election

Women in power not a priority for Tories: ex-PM Campbell

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AG says Lunn knew of reactor issues in September

CTV Newsnet: David Akin explains who knew what

CTV Newsnet: Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife takes a closer look at the emerging political battle

Mike Duffy Live: MPs debate the nuclear dispute

Harper stands by cabinet minister Lunn in isotope controversy

Duck and cover

                        L'affaire Schreiber

Ottawa awaits report on terms for Mulroney-Schreiber probe
The next chapter in the Mulroney-Schreiber saga will be written no later than Friday – the deadline for an independent
adviser appointed by the Harper government to propose terms of reference for a public inquiry.

NDP demands Mulroney probe

Don't back off Mulroney probe: Liberals

Ontario to get $7.7M in crime-prevention funding

Report criticizes oilsands companies on environment

                 Study the real costs of all-day kindergarten

Muhammad's Tribe
Why did the Muslim Middle East become so violent? Philip Carl Salzman explains how Bedouin politics became embedded in modern Islamic sociology

Canada and its bilingual pretense

Endangered equality industry

More racist than thou

David Emerson involvedment in selling off Canada's RADARSAT
to USA weapons in space program


Ottawa octroie 1 milliard $ aux secteurs forestier et manufacturier

L'aide aux secteurs forestier et manufacturier est accueillie froidement

Aide aux secteurs forestier et manufacturier: Duceppe veut rapidement une loi

Charest et McGuinty jugent insuffisante l'aide fédérale aux travailleurs

Les Afghans ne souhaitent pas cesser de se servir des menottes

Harper et Dion devraient prendre la résolution d'être plus déterminés en 2008

Les bloquistes et les libéraux jugent indigne la façon de faire de M. Harper

L'élection de femmes n'intéresse pas les conservateurs, d'après Kim Campbell

Hillier se réjouit que les USA envoient plus de soldats en Afghanistan

Ouverte à l'aide fédérale à l'industries, la FQM la juge insuffisante

Chrétien fait la leçon à Harper

Pénurie d'isotopes - Sheila Fraser avait averti Ottawa en août

Des médecins déplorent l'interdiction de dons d'organes des gais


Any squalls will likely be subdued because all parties reserve the right to pick what they consider a winning team.


Harper indicated however that the availability of funds will depend on the adoption of the next budget.


Subject: 101 Dumbest Moments in Business 2008
From: "Efstratios Psarianos"

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Check out CNN's "101 Dumbest Moments in Business 2008"

From: "Jean  Pycock"
Subject: Re: Daily Digest January 7-8, 2008

     I am in absolute agreement with the points you make.  I wrote Mr. Dion when he nominated the Liberal candidate in the Outremont Riding to run against Thomas Mulcair, thus usurping the role of the local Liberal Association.  I objected to his action for reasons that you put forward. When a Party Leader takes control of the nomination of candidates it further centralizes power at the top, undermining  the way a democracy should work.

    I have also protested to Mr. Dion about his endorsment of Joan Beatty in the Saskatchewan Riding.  There should be a  contest for the nomination, and the people's choice should prevail. To paraphrase what one of the aboriginal people there has said: " It is insulting to us that someone in Ottawa thinks they know best what we should have."

       Jean Pycock, Havelock, Quebec

From: Lorimer Rutty
Subject: DD

Hello to Joe from Lorimer Rutty

I think you might earn yourself a dozen brownie points by insisting... 
[demanding] .. enforcing good editing skills  by issuing a bulletin 
stating that:

1.   all submissions shall be in 12 point.
2.   all submissions shall be black [ for clarification, no colored 
ink allowed].
3.   all submissions shall be in paragraph form.
4.   all submissions shall avoid the use of italicized, capitalized 
5.   hysteria is verboten.

6.   you might suggest that iChat is available for those whose verbose 
ranting needs an audience.

As I have said previously, it's your DD and your management priorities.


Lorimer Rutty

From: "Rebecca Gingrich"
Subject: DD

Joe--Kudos to you for having the courage to post this article from Ray.  Ray is so right--except don't forget that McKay has stated "we stand with Israel" also.  How can Canada be in Afghanistan killing and maiming innocent people to 'bring them democracy' while standing with a genocidal country like Israel.
I would like to communicate with Ray if he is so inclined.  Would you please send him my email address.

Phyllis sent me the below article.  It dovetails nicely with Rene's posted article and with Bill's article on Goodale.  The way I see it is that Goodale will profit greatly from the SPP and the NAU and, since Orchard is a vocal opponent of both that is the reason Dion refused him the candiacy. 

Just ass covering on the part of the Liberals.  But a nice spin put on things by the msm, eh?

  Security and Prosperity Partnership and its Gatekeepers: An Explanation

by Derek Skinner

The path to a full understanding of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) is guarded by gatekeepers.

"What is a Gatekeeper?" you ask.

Think of it in a physical sense ? someone who stops you going through a gate. If the gate is in a field of knowledge it is someone who stops you learning what is at the next level of understanding and when you are dealing with progress it is someone who prevents you from taking the next step.

"How is that done?" you say.

It is done by -- giving you false information -- denying you access to the information you need to be able to understand what is going on, - diverting your attention -- making you think you have taken the necessary step while actually standing still.

"Who are the gatekeepers?"

They are those who -- lie to you -- pretend there is nothing happening, - and lead you off down diversionary paths of inconsequential endeavours so that you never get around to dealing with the real problem.

The first two strategies were amply demonstrated by Messrs. Harper and Bush at Montebello, making out that the harmonizing of regulations for jellybeans would not threaten Canadian sovereignty and denying the existence of the NAFTA superhighway corridors that will join Mexico to Canada. The strategy would be a fair description of the Liberal and Conservative governments we have had for the last 30 years together with their corporate controlled national print, radio and TV media cartels.

The third strategy alone refers to the media emphasis on blood and sex, and that is ably supported by the American film industry which has a stranglehold on cinema outlets and movie distribution.

It is assumed that if you have read this far you know that there is a substantial part of civil society that is aware of the deceitful way that both Liberal and Conservative governments have been working for some thirty years to bring about the integration of Canada, the USA and Mexico into a North American Union (the NAU).

The dismantling of Canadian sovereignty, began with Canada's acceptance of, and membership in, the globalization agenda of the then G7 in the mid 1970s. The first item on the agenda was to transfer control of Canadian Government's money supply to the private banks. Canada is one of the few countries left in the world with a publicly owned central bank, which can provide for the infrastructure and social programme needs of Canadians at near zero interest, which it did from 1938 to 1974. The result of this transfer is that the Federal debt of $18 billion (since Confederation to 1974) has exploded into a debt of $500 + billion, most of which is compound interest. Each year we pay in excess of $30 billion in compound interest to the private money lenders for a debt that will never be repaid. Add in provincial and municipal debt and that amount is doubled! All of this we pay through various levels of taxation.

As Prime Minister Mackenzie King said in 1935 prior to nationalization of the Bank of Canada:

"Once a nation parts with control of its currency and credit, it matters not who makes the nation's laws. Usury, once in control, will wreck any nation. Until the control of the issue of currency and credit is restored to government and recognized as its most sacred responsibility, all talk of the sovereignty of parliament and of democracy is idle and futile"

The NAU has been developed through the Free Trade agenda of the FTA (1988) and then NAFTA (1993), followed by the secretive agreement of the SPP (2005) and a host of other side agreements including unification of armed forces in NORTHCOM (2002), that have never been discussed outside of a cabal of senior government officials and military and corporate leaders; and not in Parliament. The secrecy has been facilitated by a fog of denial, distortion and deception in the corporate controlled media intended to keep most of the public in ignorance.

The NAU will be a corporate controlled body, ruled by an elite elected from the corporations, that will direct policy through tribunals that are mandated to protect corporate interests and profits. Civil society will be the ant colony in a fake Hollywood-style democracy, controlled through fear of an unending supply of contrived/phoney external enemies. The NAU plan is due for completion in 2010.

The last category of gatekeepers, is reserved for those who articulate the problem but stop short of taking that next vital step.

These are some of the lesser political parties and civil society NGOs.

Why on earth would a supposedly progressive party or NGO lead its supporters through the morass of ethical, legal, political elements of the "Stop the SPP" campaign, and then stop short of implementing the one action that will produce the stoppage results?

Several possibilities are listed below, in no particular order. Maybe you can think of some better alternatives. For brevity let's call the co-operating party or NGO the "entity". 1. The entity believes that, if the negative aspects of the SPP are understood by enough people, a groundswell of public opinion will induce the government to peacefully change its policies.

(The entity does not understand that political policy driven by ideology can only be changed through political action at the ballot box. The other alternative is revolution.)

2. The entity enjoys the ego boost of being treated as an "insider" and is not interested in seeing a solution.

3. The entity sees no hope of change, and is simply warning the people as to what is coming. 4. The entity has been sidetracked, or bought, or threatened, by an inner group that aims to sabotage any attempt to derail the in place corporate plan.

With this in mind consider the 4 possibilities listed above for the NGOs.

1. No experienced observer could be that naïve. There is no way the Liberals or Conservatives will peacefully give up a corporate plan that they have been implementing for years. If we rule out persuasion and revolution you would hope that the entity leaders are not so dimwitted that they cannot see that political action is the only viable option at this time -- but yes, maybe some of them cannot see it.

2. This is an ugly thought. I prefer to give all entities the benefit of the doubt.

3. This is an unfortunate possibility. It means that the entity is weak and has given up the fight for what generations of patriots have fought for, and have devoted their lives to handing down to future generations. Nationalism is not a dirty word unless it is used to promote aggression. Canada has a tradition of moderation. Our political system is derived from the old Family Compacts and we are not perfect by a long way, but "Peace, Order and Good Government" is a fine motto to try and live up to, in a democratic rather than fascist manner.

4. This has a number of aspects, on which is pivotally that the entity was established by the corporate planners of the NAU in order to provide a vent for public dissatisfaction so that people of good intent will be lulled into thinking that something concrete is being achieved on their behalf.

This latter proposition is not farfetched, given the resources of the corporate sector and the skill of the long term planning that has gone into bringing the NAU, and the sell-out of Canada's sovereignty to near fruition. The accumulation of all forms of the media (except the internet) into the hands of 3 or 4 families; the adoption and promotion of the policies of unfettered capitalism; and the subversion of our Bank of Canada into the control of international banking syndicates all speak to a very well thought out plan. It is not likely that such planners will have omitted the provision of a safety valve.

Hence it was never intended that such entities which are vocalizing resistance would effect political action.

This was forcibly brought to my attention when one senior official of an NGO told me that the one political party (Canadian Action Party) that has fought for 10 years to cancel FTA and NAFTA, to halt the progression of the SPP, and to regain control of our monetary sovereignty through the Bank of Canada and has many thousands of members across the country, "was too insignificant to be included" in the group that was appearing to protesting the SPP.

As a subset of the above, it is possible that some entities while being sincere in their objectives, have been infiltrated by subgroups, such as financial supporters or by persons that have attained some measure of internal control, and which wound ensure that actions are watered down or diverted.

The subgroups, would have their own support network either internal or external in the form of partisan supporters of NAFTA and the SPP, or maybe supporters of the Liberal or Conservative parties. A very real case comes to mind, wherein some union supporters of the NDP will support the SPP in order to protect their jobs in the auto industry -- which they will allegedly lose if the SPP is defeated; and the American owned auto makers shut down Canadian plants in retaliation.

This reveals a sad case of protecting personal gain before defending national integrity. Maybe that is the rationale that Prime Minister Vidkun Quisling had sold out Norway to Hitler's Nazi Germany

Reluctantly, unless someone can provide a better analysis or reason for inaction, I am forced to conclude that the reason for civil society gatekeeper inaction lies somewhere in Option 4.

If you are willing to help protect Canadian sovereignty, spread the word about the SPP as far and wide as you can and stand as a candidate and/or vote for the Canadian Action Party that will petition for a referendum on the SPP and make "STOP THE NAU" its central policy plank in the coming general election. Unless we regain control of our money supply and maintain control of our identity and policies, all else will remain out of reach.