Friday, January 18, 2008

Daily Digest January 18, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - The fight is getting stale
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=99375&sc=80

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR - It's time for a break
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=99295&sc=30

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - Why not err on the side of caution? print this article
Prevailing opinion should prompt school boards to stop using these vans for school-related travel
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=99404&sc=103

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - Faux pas for Gates
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1032479.html

AMHERST DAILY NEWS - Political willpower needed for change
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=99195&sc=61

MONTREAL GAZETTE - NATO allies must help in Afghanistan
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=f57912d6-8e3b-461b-955e-7d914abe839f

        Gates stepped on a mine
         http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=992e15af-e895-4842-b630-b571205e44c1

OTTAWA CITIZEN - A different kind of war
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=69ff360f-d59b-4cd9-9e33-1c9aa328cb50

        Gary Lunn's nuclear meltdown
         http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=e1f8ce22-8f08-4956-8136-6a37e830f2c2

TORONTO STAR - Pentagon strafes America's allies
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/295114

Right decision on fuel
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/295116

NATIONAL POST - Stephane Dion's Obama moment
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=245160

Banking on reform
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=245161

TORONTO SUN - Questions remain about black school
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2008/01/18/4779496.html

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - Gates's gaffe will guide us
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/311382

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW - Current Liberal position on Afghanistan is wilfully ignorant
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=862493&auth=Den+Tandt%2c+Michael

LONDON FREE PRESS -
http://www.canoe.ca/LondonOpinions/home.html

K-W RECORD - Harper's petty nuclear war
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/296779

Wanted: health workers
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/296831

CHATHAM DAILY NEWS -

WINDSOR STAR - Auto sector
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=2003480e-80a2-4322-8dfc-a90dfa8f61df

SUDBURY STAR - Willfully ignorant; Liberals' claim that Afghan mission is too combative is misleading
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=862633&auth=Den+Tandt%2c+Michael

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -


WINNIPEG SUN -
http://www.canoe.ca/WinnipegSun/editorial.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Finger pointing by Gates misses Afghan realities
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=e319e414-0bcb-4bde-84f4-af3d07f8fe01

REGINA LEADER-POST -
http://www.canada.com/regina/leaderpost/editorials/

CALGARY HERALD - With friends like these . . .
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=09194652-248f-4efd-93ee-121fd8f43e20

CALGARY SUN -
http://www.canoe.ca/CalgarySun/editorial.html

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE - Superfluous use of the 'N' word worries
Nazi? Hitler? Please http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Editorial/369523.html

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Nuclear standoff benefits nobody
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=e37d35d1-53d1-4753-b132-4460187a66ae

What policy fits fine words?
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=633dc5d3-8472-4c16-93f3-0807b210fdcc

EDMONTON SUN -
http://www.canoe.ca/EdmontonSun/editorial.html

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/cat_index_28.php

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN -
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/current/n.php

VANCOUVER SUN - Conservatives can't duck the blame for Chalk River crisis
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=809f4100-1a44-4b6f-a23c-ecc2e229c36cNuclear standoff benefits nobody

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - MRI machines must operate full-time to clear patient backlog
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=53429a75-3c88-4b85-a120-d5a69d377db7

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
http://www.canada.com/victoria/timescolonist/editorials/


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
Six Nations shirking rule of law: developers
Ask Premier To Act; Aboriginal apparatus akin to 'extortion'
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=245112


CANADIAN FORCES
The Afghanisation myth
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=95434b6f-49d0-474b-b27a-6ca6e05c3030

2,500 western soldiers prepare to depart for Afghanistan
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/edmonton/story/2008/01/17/more-soldiers.html

Liberal demand would endanger soldiers
Canadian troops would be at increased risk if ordered to protect civilians, and not engage the enemy
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=424a3e0b-fa58-4824-9d1b-b24e238a0319


CANUSA/USACAN
PM downplays critique about our Kandahar troops, but others not so forgiving
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Canada/2008/01/18/4779600-sun.html

MDA engineer quits over sale to U.S. weapons company
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080117/bc_engineer_080117/20080118?hub=Canada

U.S. rules for defence company in Quebec violate rights: commission
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2008/01/18/qc-bellhelicopter0118.html

Border-rule critics told to 'grow up'
Starting Jan. 31, crossing into U.S. will be much tougher
http://www.torontosun.com/News/World/2008/01/18/4779612-sun.html

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS



FOREIGN AFFAIRS
With international friends like these ...
U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia are unseemly, given the kingdom's rights record
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=29f7fb5d-23c0-4d13-ac82-98d7b0dac8bb


HEALTH CARE RELATED


JUSTICE SYSTEM



MIGRATION
The high price of low-cost immigrant labour
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=df52d7db-ddc5-487f-a2fd-4a38b31b07da


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Feud puts into question new reactors for Ontario
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080118.aecl19/BNStory/National/home

Mobility: Quebec and Paris appoint their negotiators Friday
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Finfo.branchez-vous.com%2FNationales%2F080118%2FN011845AU.html&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

Campbell announces new measures for troubled B.C. forest industry
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080118.wcampforest0118/BNStory/National/home

Atlantic premiers vow collaboration on energyComment1
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080118.watlprems0118/BNStory/National/home


POLITICS
The Conservative Party has no chief organizer in Quebec and does not intend to appoint a new in the near future.
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cyberpresse.ca%2Farticle%2F20080118%2FCPACTUALITES%2F80118011%2F1025%2FCPACTUALITES&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

Liberals propose $1-billion green fund to help manufacturers
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/080118/n0118132A.html

Dion clarifies Pakistan comments
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/01/17/dion-pakistan.html

NDP seeks free trade, round 2
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=245127

Harper dampens hopes for relief measures
http://www.reportonbusiness.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080118.wharper18/BNStory/Business/home


Harper's nuclear meltdown might be a defining blunder
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=fded341b-329f-4acc-bf93-60076180db9a

A shocking suggestion from Dion
Pakistan invasion idea shows he is incapable of leading a national government
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=5a1aedc6-6f7e-416a-984e-3071d250522f

Harper spinning his wheels in pursuit of elusive majority
Ideologies that control the culture also control the politics
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=35969046-d3a9-4c7f-a9db-aa585dfbc861

It's still easy to bypass federal ethics rules
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/story.html?id=111d3636-e125-431f-b256-fac4efd000b9

Harper treats us like unequals
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=2eadd4e8-7441-4051-b95c-a2c0c4598cf4

Regime has a knack for losing friends
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/295266


PROGRAMMES
$ 3.7 million to train 30 officials
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cyberpresse.ca%2Farticle%2F20080118%2FCPACTUALITES%2F80118272%2F1025%2FCPACTUALITES&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

Funding targets illegal drug flow
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Canada/2008/01/18/4779611-sun.html

Review of AECL in deep freeze due to dispute
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080118.AECL18/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/


PRESSURE POINTS



OPINION AND INFORMATION
Provincial trade shackles rust in irrelevance
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080118.RREYNOLDS18/TPStory/TPBusiness/Politics/

Capitalists saving the planet
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=34be98c2-9420-4d43-b6f7-454ac59279cb

. The cowering giant
Something's wrong when the greatest country in the world can be turned into a quivering mess by a few speedboats
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=91c27a94-bbcc-4753-8b6a-4d5d29be1c5a

Watch closely what we eat
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=5809fb64-3489-487b-aa07-86439ac99472

Hail King Canutestein!
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=245164


INFOS

Optimisme prudent au Canada
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Economie-Affaires/2008/01/18/005-Recession-Canada.shtml

Accord sur le bois d'oeuvre
Ontario et Québec dans la mire des Américains
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/est-quebec/2008/01/18/009-bois-oeuvre-usa_n.asp

Bush dévoile son plan
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Economie-Affaires/2008/01/18/002-Economie-bush.shtml

La Cour fédérale donne raison à Adil Charkaoui
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/01/18/003-Charkaoui_journalistes.shtml

Un bon gars, le Canada?
Nos sociétés minières creusent le Tiers-Monde pour son or, ses diamants et son cuivre. Le font-elles de façon responsable?
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/01/19/172471.html

Consommation d'essence: le plan Cannon constituerait un recul
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/01/19/172463.html

Pas de réouverture de la Constitution avant 15 ou 20 ans
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/01/19/172465.html

Les réservistes prennent du galon
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/01/19/172419.html

Mobilité: Québec et Paris nomment leurs négociateurs vendredi
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080118/N011845AU.html

Dion promet un fonds d'un milliard $ pour aider le secteur manufacturier
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080118/N0118114AU.html

3,7 millions $ pour former 30 fonctionnaires
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080118/CPACTUALITES/80118272/1025/CPACTUALITES

Intervention au Pakistan: Dion rajuste son tir
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080118/CPACTUALITES/80118008/1025/CPACTUALITES

Les troupes conservatrices du Québec dirigées par les instances à Ottawa
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080118/CPACTUALITES/80118011/1025/CPACTUALITES


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        Much of my day was spent in writing this Letter to the Editor.  It is timely with Gates having made a faux pas he's now seeking to reinterpret and with the
        Manley Commission reporting shortly and rumours of what's in it circulating.
        
        You may find it interesting to read the articles from which the material is drawn.  There's stuff there I can't recall ever reading about.

                  Joe

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Dear Editor,

Is United States Defense Secretary Robert Gates sending in the marines to compensate for NATO troops he considers ill-suited for battle with insurgents?
 
Reasons given for the deployment vary: prepare for an anticipated Taliban spring offensive; shame NATO's non-combat members into changing their policies; have troops "with a 'more kinetic bent… in the field; "raise the corps' status after hard knocks in Iraq."

One thousand of the 3 200 will be training Afghan police, 1 000 will be replacing US troops already there, 1 200 will be in the southern provinces "as a one time extraordinary event". They will give no long term assistance to Canadian, Dutch and British forces engaged on a continuing basis.

Additional US troops will not affect other NATO allies' policies shaped by attitudes at home rather than events in Afghanistan.
 
In light of Secretary Gates description of NATO troops, Marine Commandant General James Conway words "more kinetic bent" undoubtedly mean his men will be will be more aggressive.  Hopefully it will not be in the manner that led to expulsion from Afghanistan of a U.S. Marine special operations company for the way the men responded to an ambush by killing civilians which: "damaged the relationship between the local population and the Marine special operations company."
 
Speculation exists that the marines being sent as "part of a broader effort by senior officers like Conway to raise the corps' status after hard knocks in Iraq." If correct, headline earning action will no doubt be attempted.

It is unclear what effect the presence of the marines might have upon the purposes for which Canadian Forces are in Afghanistan.  It will be interesting to see whether this U.S. "surge" is mentioned in the Manley Commission Report, and, if so, the impact might be attributed to it.

Joe Hueglin
5838 Mouland Avenue
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Tel. 905-356-3901

LOCATION OF QUOTES AND INFORMATION:

NATO ill-suited for battle with Taliban, Gates says
U.S. Defence Secretary sparks outrage with suggestions Canadian, Dutch and British troops incapable of fighting counterinsurgency
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080117.wafghangates17sb/BNStory/Afghanistan/home?cid=al_gam_mostview

Bush Decides to Send 3,200 Marines to Afghanistan
http://www.voanews.com/english/2008-01-15-voa69.cfm

Get ready for Afghan tour, marines told
http://www.pajhwak.com/viewstory.asp?lng=eng&id=48603

The 'war on terror' moves East
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JA17Df02.html

Top general in Afghanistan expels Marines (Mar 23, 2007)
http://www.examiner.com/a-635169~Top_general_in_Afghanistan_expels_Marines.html

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