Sunday, January 13, 2008

Daily Digest January 12, 2008



ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Facebook vs. court bans


HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - Too many easy fixes

        Mr. Bush's legacy plan

         Crowning glory

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Put high-speed train on the rails

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Reach for the top

OTTAWA SUN - We almost miss the YOA

TORONTO STAR - No rest yet in the fight for cities

        Tory merits second chance

NATIONAL POST - Bush's impossible task

        Heavy passengers, light profits

TORONTO SUN - Breaking the culture of silence

K-W RECORD - Bring in fast trains as soon as possible

        Let the inquiry proceed

WINDSOR STAR - Rail's future

        Ramp up pressure on IOC

SUDBURY STAR - Afghanistan mission is not working

        Limit scope of inquiry

        Make health care safe; Province should address areas that lack accountability in system

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - Open doors to test labs

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Target billion to improving competitiveness

         Marines step up

EDMONTON JOURNAL - IOC too cautious on ski jumping

EDMONTON SUN - Crying the crocodile blues

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Less opaque not same as transparent

VANCOUVER SUN - Word play won't hide the facts if province hikes taxes

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Climate gas tax fine, if done right


One-third of pupils at T.O. native school suspended

Regaining Momentum

Dion, Ignatieff meet with Karzai in Afghanistan
Opposition leaders make surprise trip to Kabul to discuss Canada's long-term role in war-torn country

Afghan aid projects bearing fruit: CIDA

Are we losing Afghanistan?

Opposition should be reminded Afghanistan war is UN-approved
While the U.S. pushed for the war, Canada is involved because of NATO

Women earn respect in Afghanistan
Canadian Forces; Female security in demand at checkpoints

UK Troops Facing 'Decades' In Afghanistan,,91211-1300400,00.html
U.S. Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports Troubled by Latest Canadian Government Subsidy Plan =

Got the border-crossing blues? Here's what you need to know

Canada will taste the U.S. appetite for change

Why the U.S. election matters to us

Manufacturing and forestry sectors can expect further pain, Flaherty says

Just wait till Boomers claim their $1.4-trillion

Floating stability
Pegging the loonie would revive swings in prices, jobless

Israeli settlements defy peace process: Bernier

Bush: World must confront Iran

Mexico's peasant farmers demand protection from cheap U.S. imports
End of NAFTA tariffs leads to flood of goods from subsidized farms

The identity of this frightful scourge? Depression

On the road to better
How the web is helping to reduce the devastating effects of untreated depression

It's time to protect our schoolchildren

Trio charged with human trafficking
Eastern European woman helps uncover ring involving dizzying array of suspects and countries

Defiant Levant republishes cartoons
Complaint from Muslims sparks rights hearing

The price of polluting
Provinces are considering levying carbon taxes, even if the federal government isn't keen on the idea

N.L. minister, federal colleague in seal hunt spat

Liberals inch ahead of Tories: Poll

Sask Liberals in northern riding challenge Dion picking candidate

)Chewed up and spit out + interesting comments

Senators head for sunny Cuba

In the 905, guilt nurtures Greens
Canada's environmental party is making major gains in a most unlikely setting: The burbs. What explains the appeal of eco-crusaders in the land of SUVs and drive-throughs? The answers are surprising

MacKay blames 'callous' Chretien for helicopter woes
Cyclones due in November still not ready

Dion and Ignatieff visit Afghanistan all 59 news articles »

Dion on field trip to Afghanistan to assess mission
Finds Karzai amenable to a non-combat role

Grits: No combat for our troops

Spy games

                 SUPPER AT SUSSEX

McGuinty still hungry after dinner

No miracle solutions at Premiers dinner
McGuinty disappointed but other provincial heads more hopeful

Tough to give away $1B
Harper's aid program blasted by premiers

Canada won't alter industry aid despite attacks

PM serves char, strudel – and tough beans

                 EXPLODING TOPIC
  (collapsed to-day)

AECL ignored, underfunded for 15 years
Backing nuclear power can hurt a politician, observers say

                 The Mulroney Probe
                 (changed from L'affaire Schreiber)

PM stalls public inquiry until MPs finish probe all 208 news articles »

Mulroney probe would be a waste

Warren Kinsella: Section 41 is what will get Mulroney in the end

Read our full coverage of the Schreiber inquiry

PM under fire for 'stalling' inquiry
Mulroney probe to begin after MPs finish hearings

Probe sets narrow parameter

Vague Mulroney probe angers MPs

Postponement option as good as it gets for Prime Minister

Schreiber pleased inquiry's questions will tackle payments

Report of the Independent Advisor into the Allegations Respecting Financial Dealings Between Mr. Karlheinz Schreiber and the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney

Fed-funded, renowned space technology sold to U.S., leaving taxpayers with a black hole

Meet MDA's David Emerson

Carbon as currency
Control its use and you are a step closer to control of just about everything

Remember that global warming, hottest-year-ever prediction? Oops, never happened

Change is in the wind so let's let it blow over
The U.S. seems to adore upheaval

Playing statistical games

Health innovation can bring Canada billions

Shooting off at the mouth

Finally, rationality reigns

Nuclear fight a symbol of PS 'disintegration'
PM's attacks on watchdog may cause backlash on relationship between tribunals, ministers and industries, senior bureaucrats warn

History CSI
Diagnosing illnesses of the past stretches historians' skills

Imagine, if you will, a justice policy based on research

Concise comments on some current topics

Okay, soldier, what do you think of civilians?

Justice and safety come at a price well worth paying

PM's small-town news was timed well

Harper, be warned

Unfair to put cost of obesity on others


L'Iran «parrain du terrorisme», selon Bush

Les conservateurs ridiculisent Dion

Les industries veulent plus

Une étude unique en péril

Pression sur Harper

Stéphane Dion et Michael Ignatieff rencontrent Hamid Karzaï en Afghanistan

Stephen Harper décide d'une enquête publique sur Mulroney-Schreiber

Le Québec et l'Ontario sont restés sur leur faim après le dîner chez Harper

Plan d'aide d'un milliard: Harper maintient le cap malgré la grogne des ministres


Canadians need leaders who understand politicians aren't in power to use this country's bounty for their own purposes by creating billion-dollar blackmail funds. They have been elected to do what's best for the country.

Just who is being "blackmailed?

Carbon offsets, in effect, are monetizing the entire globe, turning wilderness that once offered the capitalist nothing into a commodity subject to exploration and development.

Democratic free enterprise in operation.  What could be wrong with this?

In the meantime, provinces are creating their own climate change strategies independent of the feds.

Open Federalism in practice, Isn't it?

. . . too many students are paying a high price for our apathy.

And that price is often their safety.

Individual student must have freedom of expression, so what if the majority's learning situation is disrupted?

"This is a demonstration that the SLA is working and delivering tangible benefits," said Minister for International Trade David Emerson. "The agreement ended the costly cycle of litigation.

Right on Dave! And the U.S. Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports agess with you 100%! Right?

U.S. Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports Troubled by Latest Canadian Government Subsidy Plan =

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports is deeply concerned that Canadian authorities will use
the subsidy plan announced on January 10 to aid the already heavily taxpayer- supported Canadian forestry industry in violation of the
U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement.

    The Coalition, which represents both small and large U.S. lumber producers, is closely scrutinizing the latest proposal by the Canadian
government to earmark C$1 billion that is to be funneled through the provincial governments to provide relief to the forestry sector during
these difficult market conditions.

    "We strongly suspect money ostensibly earmarked for workers will be used to reduce liabilities of Canadian lumber companies, which would
violate the Softwood Lumber Agreement," said Steve Swanson, chairman of the Coalition and president of Swanson Group, a family-run lumber operation
based in Glendale, Oregon.

    The agreement, which came into effect October 12, 2006, specifically prohibits new government subsidies to the Canadian lumber industry.

    "Lumber industries on both sides of the border are going through difficult circumstances, but now is not the time for the Canadian
government to step in with new subsidy schemes to give its industry unfair advantages in the U.S. market," said Swanson.

    The Coalition plans to launch a detailed review of the new program outline released late last week by the Canadian government and take
appropriate steps to respond.

    About the U.S. Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports

    The U.S. Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports is an alliance of large and small lumber producers from around the country. The Coalition is united in
opposition to Canada's unfair lumber-trade practices, including its gross under-pricing of timber. For more information, please visit the Coalition's
website at


From: "Peggy Merritt"
Subject: Re: Daily Digest January 11, 2008

Hi Joe: boy more slathing by journalists who live to blame the
Tories for everything that goes wrong. If Ms. Keen had been an
employee of a private company she would have been fired years ago!
The condition of things at Chalk River have been bad for years and
the head of the commission should have been getting things looked
after years ago.  Where were the Liberals when things needed fixing?
All this moaning and groaning about who did what and how it was done
has covered up the fact that a highly paid employee wasn't doing her
job properly!  Peggy Merritt

From: "Rory J. Koopmans"
Subject: FW: Theorem Query

January XIIth, MMVIII

Alberta Social Credit Party                             Alberta Party    
Attn.: Len Skowronski                                   Attn.: Fred Schorning
Post Office Box 40,111 Highfield           &        Post Office Box 63,093, 2,604 Kensington Rd. NW
Calgary, Alberta T2G 5G5                              Calgary, Alberta T2N 4S5

My Dear Gentlemen:

    I have no membership in either of your party's, but if I did not respect your talents as individuals and party operatives, I would not take the time to write you both. I am a PC member and proud of it. So my goal is another Stelmach majority. What I believe the two of you should do is attend the Wildrose Alliance proposed merger as observers. Its time to combine forces of all four party's on the right in order to siphon votes away from the Blue Liberals.

   The meeting takes place this Saturday, January XIXth at your local Westin Hotel. 10am-5pm, 320-4th avenue sw. Call 1-888-262-1888. or Gents, its time to make the opposition more accountable. What we need here is a powerful quadriad, and gentlemen you are the hope for the future. Go to that meeting, combine strengths & teams. Yes you'll pull money from the Liberals as well as resources. You'll also take away from the PC's, but your strengths in bringing the needs forward of the average Albertan can only be enforced with a quadrupling of your budget. Keeping the Liberal opposition at bay will only make both my party and yours stronger.

   Another tactic I might suggest is that you contact the Independent Conservative IV Edmonton-Manning, Daniel Backs. Get him to go along with Hinman in the Legislature. What better way to start a rebirth than in the civic riding named after such a stellar Premier as Ernest C., or 780-644-3600.

   While I realize this short notice, get a hold of Jayne Morgan at Buy memberships in the Alliance and then you can vote at the meeting. This has to be done by end of business day today. Its not just the future of the right, its about giving the citizens of this great Province & superb Dominion a choice that will inspire them:

Wildrose Alliance Socred Party of Alberta.

   You'll notice I am not being underhanded here in any way. I am just stating the facts of what needs to be done. My compliments to you both, the game is now afoot!

Always With Honour,

Rory J. Koopmans

From: "Claudia Hudson"
Subject: senators' junket to cuba
Anyone of us can go to Cuba and acquire much knowledge about the Cuban health care system by talking to the people, doctors and caregivers, as I have done on several occasions, at my own expense. Why are so many senators needed for this exercice?
Is it time for us to hand out the pink slip to that 'other' place?

Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2008 10:52:15 -0800
From: "Suan H.Booiman" <>
Subject: Mulroney

To: Calgary Herald <>,  Calgary Sun Paul Jackson <>,  Edmonton Sun <>, Hallifax Herald <>,  Montreal The Gazette <>,  National Post <>,  Ottawa Citizen <>,  Ottawa Sun <>,  Peace Arch News Editor Lance Peverley <>,
 Star Phoenix Saskatoon <>,  The Now <>,  The Province Editor <>,
 Toronto Star Editor <>,  Toronto Sun <>,  "VS. Editor" <>,  King Maurice <>,  Globe and Mail Neil A Campbell Executive Editor <>

January 12, 2008
The Editor,
As it appears that Mulroney is Harper's major
advisor, is a good enough reason not to open
the inquiry, personal need before the country's
best interest. What is 2.3 million of tax dollars.
Suan H.Booiman
White Rock BC V4B 4B1

From: "Rene & Tish Moreau"
To: "Joe Hueglin" <>
Cc: "editor Now" <>,
         "Toronto star" <>,
         "Connie Fogal" <>
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2008 15:33:59 -0500
Subject: Re: Daily Digest January 11, 2008

To Joe
From Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)
re; Leaping to a hanging., Lethbridge Herald, Jan. 11, 2008
AND  re nuclear watchdog demands inquiry to clear name. Toronto Sun, January 10, 2008
    Since we found out that Gary Lunn, minister of Natural Resources, federally, wants to sell (PRIVATIZE) 50% of Atomic Energy Canada Ltd. to General Electric in the States, should we be surprised, at all, if the Canadian Government wants to make the deal sweeter  for the purchasing company by removing the watchdog for nuclear? (Despite the dangers there-in for  us Canadians, but not the purchasing corporation.)
    With the trend these days going to giving SELF-REGULATION to whole industries,  the lumber business (80% American owned) in B.C. and Ontario), The Canadian Bottled Water Association,  The Investment Dealers Association, etc., etc.,  Shouldn't we EXPECT  such a manuever as the  government changing the management  to more privatization friendly CEO's like Glenda Carr?
    Consider the billions that we the taxpayers have  paid towards AECL, shouldn't we be jumping up and down  to stop the current government and the Liberals from selling  it off to the neighbours corporations?
    Worse still, we CANNOT and MUST NOT  defend ourselves from foreign ownership since   NAFTA  demands  that there be no descriminating against foreign, American or Mexican corporations!
    We Canadians would be nuts to let this state of affairs  proceed, but so far, we have!
                    Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)

From: "T"
Subject:  Keeping just one at home would pay Ron's delayed pension $$$ pass it on folks, please

I thought we had a Conservative government in Ottawa??? We are headed for a recession…health care is suffering big time, veterans are being starved…This is sick!!!
Saturday, January 12, 2008

$4m to send bureaucrats on field trips

Program (vacation) to prepare public servants for senior posts

Subject: Workers Comp for Crack Career
From: "Efstratios Psarianos"

You'd figure that he could get along well enough by spending the day watching TV. But noooo ....

Workers' Comp for Crack Career
Last month, Ohio's Supreme Court determined that selling crack cocaine is a job.

Therefore, according to the high court's mid-December ruling that upheld a March 1998 decision, continually selling crack cocaine is "sufficient cause to terminate permanent total disability compensation," reports.

Thus, a former-industrial-worker-turned-crack-dealer's permanent total disability Workers' Compensation benefits have been cut.