Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Daily Digest January 15, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR - We'll do just fine, thanks
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=98028&sc=30

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - Condolences to a community in mourning print this article
The loss of eight lives in the tragic highway accident in Bathurst is a reminder of how fragile life is.
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=98188&sc=103

AMHERST DAILY NEWS - There may be history in the works
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=98410&sc=61

MONTREAL GAZETTE - 85 per cent of stores reject unilingual anglo!
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=50981200-86f1-4422-8ca6-f559516a4096

         Forestry package is a sensible plan
         http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=47cca12d-9446-4999-b0de-43b23674958d

OTTAWA CITIZEN - No claim to sanctuary
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=c4390b38-491f-4bf8-a1d8-575bd8220c28

         Playing games at the Olympics
         http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=1a514daf-8a22-41b1-9da4-428bf4af784e

OTTAWA SUN - Bilingualism can be taken too far
http://www.ottawasun.com/Comment/Editorial/2008/01/14/4773048.html

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER - Let's begin debate on fate of our schools
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=857412

TORONTO STAR - PM fiddles while Ontario burns
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/293899

        The security gap
         http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/293901

        Ban handguns
         http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/293900

TORONTO SUN - No one's safe when bullets fly
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2008/01/15/4773512-sun.html

NIAGARA FALLS RE3VIEW - Private, public sectors must work together to strengthen economy
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=858269&auth=The+Review

K-W RECORD - Not just a Nano second
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/295134

WINDSOR STAR - Auto sector
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=a3655a59-3828-468d-97df-6c4074f465d4

SUDBURY STAR - Bring back home economics to schools
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=857598

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -  Keep speech free
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4107029p-4704939c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Northern Sask. fiasco highlights Dion's weakness
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=f3b91c0c-e8e6-4c4b-af16-e522f5862036

REGINA LEADER-POST - Supreme Court should rule
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=80c47b12-f457-4ce8-85f5-d19bcdb11007

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE - Trading fuel efficiency for road carnage?
Cheap, no-frill Nano has a dubious future http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Editorial/index.html

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Lame-duck Bush into the breach in Middle East
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=45d30d2a-9142-4392-b550-19ade16fa95b

        Trying to tar bituminous sand
         http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=c2c77574-5b54-4983-a771-155a5599e370

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Focused, not too focused
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_9452.php


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
Definition of 'status Indians' questioned
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080115.wcensusottawa0115/BNStory/Front

Aboriginal diversity spans language, culture
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/294108

Gap in age between aboriginal and general population grows to 13 years
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/080115/n011503A.html

Big cities, big aboriginal population: urban trend stresses service agencies
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/080115/n011515A.html

Census seeks to distinguish between being aboriginal and feeling aboriginal
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/080115/n011517A.html

Most of Canada's 61 aboriginal languages continue decades-long slide
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/080115/n011501A.html


CANADIAN FORCES
Bomb blast kills Canadian as insurgents step up attacks in Afghanistan
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/080115/n0115204A.html

Canadian advisers are still needed, Afhan envoy says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080115.wafghancanada15/BNStory/Afghanistan/home

The RCMP teach Afghan police to survive on the streets
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww2.canoe.com%2Finfos%2Fquebeccanada%2Farchives%2F2008%2F01%2F20080115-185652.html&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

Record of reservists on the front lines
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ledevoir.com%2F2008%2F01%2F15%2F171839.html&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

Non-combat role for Canadian soldiers urged
KABUL, Pajhwok Afghan News - http://www.pajhwak.com/viewstory.asp?lng=eng&id=48474

Envoy warns Dion on combat role
Afghan ambassador says call for less violent mission could undo gains made by Canadians in the south
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/294051

Maintain Momentum, Karzai Urges
Afghan President rejects Liberals' proposal to end combat by 2009
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=238179

Full coverage on Canada's mission in Afghanistan
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/world/afghanistan/index.html

Bagram, the other Gitmo
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JA16Df02.html

Commissionaires report for Afghanistan tour of duty
Team to screen arrivals at Kandahar Airfield
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=2e5b58f5-2cfd-47c4-a44b-fc6284b4335a


CANUSA/USACAN
Alberta crude may be too dirty, U.S. law says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080115.woilsands15/BNStory/energy/home

If Canada wants U.S. defence work, then it's got to buy U.S. gear
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080115.IBWORLD15/TPStory/TPBusiness/Politics/

U.S. will be flexible on new border rules
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080115.wborder0115/BNStory/National/home


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
ABCP lesson
The ABCP crisis is a warning that investors have to be prepared for risk if they want high returns
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=175178

What banks need
Ottawa should take a global perspective on bank mergers and foreign takeovers
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=238209


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Europe 'poses key threat to US'
One of the biggest threats to US security may now come from within Europe, US Homeland Security head Michael Chertoff has told the BBC.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7190788.stm

Peace talks bolstered by bunkum
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/294042

Oakland Congresswoman: Bush-Saudi Deal Would 'Spark Arms Race'
NBC 11 Bay Area, CA (KNTV) - Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008

India, Israel susceptible to gains from N-export: 1974 CIA report
Times of India - Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008

All Options Open to Stop Iran Going Nuclear: Olmert
Arab News - Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008

Gulf allies turn their backs on Bush
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/JA16Ak02.html

Smart bombs, dangerous ideas
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/JA16Ak01.html


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Wait times cost economy $14.8 billion: CMA
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/294300

Organ harvest sows debate
Lack of donors spurs argument of implementing a national opt-out program
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2008/01/15/4773552-sun.html


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Murder suspect freed after trial wait was too long
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2008/01/15/4773574-sun.html


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Williams expecting letter from PM; Says it won't be what province looking for
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=98017&sc=23

Mr. Ed goes to Washington later today.
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Columnists/Waugh_Neil/2008/01/15/4773712.html

A T.O. organization received $15M from the province. A professor says he has found proof of political influence
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Warmington_Joe/2008/01/15/4773522-sun.php

Tories, NDP demand probe of Liberal grants
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/294244

Majority of caucus backing Tory
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Canada/2008/01/15/4773447-sun.html

PM's dinner is done, so where's the beef?
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=f8fedbaa-73f9-4655-b19f-7b9b6fd92731

Newfoundland and Labrador may develop hydro project
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080115/canada/canada_utilities_newfoundland_col


POLITICS
Minister fails to answer policy question
http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/294037

Elections Canada says Tories near the limit
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/politics/story.html?id=a6bf56be-a6b9-4a43-9dae-b54f813f502a&k=91531

Dion's approval rating down across country: poll
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080114/counsel_poll_080114/20080114?hub=Canada

Duceppe believes election possible
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/294293

No fan mail for Day
 Minister faces angry letters about clemency policy change
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2008/01/15/4773565-sun.html

First Nations decry Liberal appointment
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=238178

Riding must have say on candidate
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=238371


AECL says nuclear watchdog misled public on reactor shutdown
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/politics/story.html?id=4a462343-828e-4bec-9fa3-a4b8c2c34f9e&k=34912

Lunn to answer questions about shutdown
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/294219

Tories mulling private AECL?
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=238128

Lunn, Keen to appear before committee
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080115.wlunn0115/BNStory/National/home


A few simple rules
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2008/01/15/4773520-sun.php

MPs push forward Mulroney probe timetable
Witnesses to include ex-chef at 24 Sussex
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080115.wmulroney15/BNStory/National/home

It's a mistake for Harper to delay Mulroney inquiry
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=0e896bc5-5fce-4097-905a-b95b31c47977


PROGRAMMES
CRTC puts new restrictions on media ownership
http://www.reportonbusiness.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080115.wCRTC0115/BNStory/robNews/home

Ottawa's rebate plan a disaster, GM CEO says
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=238219


PRESSURE POINTS
Carbon tax is nonsense
Would achieve nothing but fatten gov't treasuries
http://www.winnipegsun.com/News/Columnists/Brodbeck_Tom/2008/01/15/4773232.html

Flaherty warns against piecemeal approach to emissions
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080115.FLAHERTY15/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Breaking America's foreign oil habit an impossible dream
Biofuels will make barely a dint in consumption of world's biggest energy user
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=81bd95a7-3dc1-4b0d-95c7-61eb318e471c


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Bilingual double standard
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/293904

The challenges of integration
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/293898

The drug of combat
In a new book, Canadian soldiers and aid workers deliver eyewitness tales from Afghanistan. In its forward, excerpted below, Romeo A. Dallaire explains how their experiences will change them - in good ways, and bad http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=238274

A failure on all fronts
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=238275

'Human Rights' Vs. Magna Carta
Ezra Levant, Special to the National Post 
What follows is excerpted from a transcript of remarks delivered by former Western Standard publisher Ezra Levant before the Alberta Human Rights Commission in Calgary on Jan. 11. http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=238276

Anxiety grows about economy, jobs, poll finds
Almost half of those surveyed also endorse a carbon tax to fight climate change
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080115.wpoll15/BNStory/National/home

Rebirth of a nation
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=35adf8d0-7063-4021-9f93-9736bcf6f340

"E.X." . Getting around the guidelines
Sometimes it's hard to develop government policy. There are too many policies getting in the way.
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=55191352-1d43-4b62-b674-8b4d2ebdfa40

Blame passengers, not airline
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=4375963d-6f53-4df8-bae7-58a393604f66

Riding must have say on candidate
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=35950fa1-38ab-4f77-89c1-77bb65c4f228

Major parties may be stalled, but NDP keeps going down
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=cb9cb749-c595-48fe-b15b-e1a4c85b495a

School violence report must have thugs laughing into their hoodies
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=54285bd4-d041-47ff-9445-3ad1d84d5eb2

Protect us from human rights commissions
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1024759.html


INFOS

Washington envoie des renforts
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/International/2008/01/15/008-afghanistan-marines.shtml

Les libéraux s'indignent
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2008/01/15/001-Gestes-souverains.shtml

Le CRTC resserre les règles
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Economie-Affaires/2008/01/15/003-media-crtc-regles.shtml

Élections en février?
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2008/01/15/002-duceppe-elections.shtml

Plus de 1 million d'Autochtones
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/societe/2008/01/15/001-Recensement-autochtones.shtml

Un comité parlementaire convoque le ministre
http://www2.canoe.com/infos/quebeccanada/archives/2008/01/20080115-201332.html

Les règles de sécurité le long de la frontière seront «flexibles»
http://www2.canoe.com/infos/quebeccanada/archives/2008/01/20080115-193018.html

La GRC apprend aux policiers afghans à survivre dans les rues
http://www2.canoe.com/infos/quebeccanada/archives/2008/01/20080115-185652.html

Record de réservistes au front
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/01/15/171839.html

Les taxes sur le carbone doivent être harmonisées, dit Flaherty
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/01/15/171818.html

L'écrasement d'un hélicoptère militaire dû à un manque de formation
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080115/CPACTUALITES/80115227/1019/CPACTUALITES

Gestion nucléaire: un comité parlementaire convoque le ministre
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080115/CPACTUALITES/80115181/1025/CPACTUALITES

Ottawa pressé en juillet d'établir une nouvelle classification des autobus
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080115/CPACTUALITES/80115229/1025/CPACTUALITES

Les villes devraient pouvoir prélever un pour cent de taxe de vente
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080115/N0115121AU.html


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"entirely legal"

A statement by an official agent  who referred to being asked to contribute a portion of the candidate's spending limit to the national campaign;

. The lack of evidence showing a contractual agreement between the candidates and the media buying agency, Toronto-based Retail Media;

. The fact the invoices for the ads were sent directly to the party, not the candidates;

. The fact the transfers of money from campaigns allowed the party to retain control through pre-arranged bank wire instructions.

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From: Jacob Rempel
Subject: Here's a link to David Orchard's interview with John Gormley in Saskatoon

For your information,
about 5 min into the archived program
Here's a link to David Orchard's Monday
interview with John Gormley in Saskatoon
http://ondemand.rawlco.com/john-gormley-live/20080114/1144-john-gormley-live-january-14th-hour-2

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From: "Phyllis Wagg"
Subject: for the Daily Digest.

As I watched the interview this evening (January 15, 2008) between Don Newman and David Orchard (CBC "Politics") I was extremely disappointed to see that Mr. Orchard has gone a long way in destroying his own creditability.
 
One of my main concerns has been the subversion of democracy by autocratic party systems.  The concept that a leader has the "right" to appoint candidates, as Ralph Goodale claims, has no basis in law.  It is only the constitution of a political party that can bestow on a party leader that privilege; it cannot bestow a "right."  Leaders have co-opted the power to appoint candidates based on one subsection of the Electoral Act which states:  "if applicable, an instrument in writing, signed by the leader of the political party or by a person referred to in subsection 383(2), that states that the prospective candidate is endorsed by the party in accordance with section 68."  The term "endorse" does not give the leader the right to appoint candidates; it merely gives him the ability to endorse the candidates selected by the party. 
 
David Orchard, in his interview with Don Newman, told Canadian that he supported the power of a party leader to appoint candidates.  He even indicated that he waited to announce his candidacy until he was informed that no female, aboriginal candidate could be found for appointment.  In other words, he supported the racism and sexism that is implied in the appointment of such a candidate.
 
His complaint is that they encouraged him to seek the nomination and allowed him, and the other Liberal candidate, expend money, work and time on campaigning.
 
No matter what the excuse for over-riding internal party democracy, the establishment parties cannot pretend to support democracy while they continue to be operated as the preserve of one person or a small party clique.
 
Orchard has not learned the important lesson that you cannot be a reformer and a sycophant at the same time.
 
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From: "Rene & Tish Moreau"
Subject: 4DD

To Joe;
From Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)
re; Stratos' rebuttal
   That there rebuttal is, in military terms, called 'muddying the waters'.

   The function is to take  an issue and render it incomprehensible or
murky. It begs the question who is pulling Stratos' strings?

   I must have touched a nerve, n'est-ce pas?

   Meanwhile, I have been trying all day to find out who in the federal
government gets to hand out the $1 billion  of Canadian taxpayers money
to the American and Canadian lumber companies. So far everyone thinks
 it's some-one else. Finance will get back to me, tomorrow.

   Classic 'divide and conquer', another military ploy. The feds say it's
provincial and provinces say it's federal, and the corporations can,
in some cases,slide right between the gap that's left.

               Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)

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From: "Suan H.Booiman"
Subject: party pick

Joe,
 
Agree with your article, it is most undemocratic but so what
we live in a democratically elected dictatorship, the colour
of the parties make no difference. We living in the aftermath
of Trudeau's arrogance with Constitution and Bilingualism.
Canada is a divided country with provincial oppression
from two that hold the majority of voters. Both are or will
be dictated by the French heritage minority, in Quebec
from the birth of 1960 fascism, in Ontario because the Premier's
Trudeau Liberalism in the process of selling out to the same
minority. A splinter party is not going to help any, regardless
if Harper is liked or not. Personally have many question too
but will vote CPC holding my nose.
 
Regards,
Suan

AND

Subject: spreading

Reading this morning many articles in several national papers
am worried to see that the French language fanatic Taliban
is taking over the Province of Ontario, a 5% minority obtaining
control under the name of bilingualism. Am sure the next step
will be to install a language Gestapo, like in Quebec to force
the acceptance of racism.
However who is listening, like the Muslim slowly taking over
the world while everyone is asleep.
 
Suan

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