Sunday, January 20, 2008

Daily Digest January 19-20, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Tough questions
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=99851&sc=80

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - What's a reasonable request for oil? print this article
People on low and fixed incomes are finding it difficult to deal with skyrocketing prices for home-heating oil.
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=99708&sc=103

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - Re-examine 15-seat vans
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1032930.html

AMHERST DAILY NEWS -
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?pid=886

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Private medical schools are worth studying
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=6d52759b-2fc5-4d23-a272-9887307397c1

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Hands-on parenting
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=5982dd9a-1b7c-4954-80a1-45b8f4429ad7

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER - If Dion wants to impress voters, tell the truth on Afghanistan
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=865470

TORONTO STAR - For once, Harper should copy Bush
hhttp://www.thestar.com/comment/article/295461

NATIONAL POST - The coward at Queen's Park
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=248281

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - Edited excerpts of editorials after the federal government this week fired Linda Keen, head of Canada's nuclear safety commission, just before she was to testify before a Commons natural resources committee: http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/311836

K-W RECORD - Tough questions on Afghanistan
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/297407

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - I Love Big Pharma
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4111247p-4707439c.html

CALGARY HERALD - Oil sales to U.S. in little danger
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=9bdfb9d3-4c80-4139-866c-5e0bfe494698

        Embryo cloning should cease
        Research should focus on work that doesn't compromise ethics
         http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=f35770c0-a675-4719-93d3-8d56a8cd726d

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Let's debate rules for organ gifts
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=def33fa2-3b3b-44d5-96b8-ef209667e796

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Passport needed now or later
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_9500.php

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN - Spitting out the 'R' word
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=113517&Itemid=161

VANCOUVER SUN - Revenue minister offers little hope taxpayers will receive any better treatment
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=20db1daa-cf8a-4609-ac34-ad40b3354d01

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Planned carbon tax endangers B.C.'s fragile economy
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=cade30f5-80f2-4076-9e8b-c1654df274ed

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Torture is ineffective - and also immoral
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=cd53d73b-dafb-40f9-9c6f-9df78e3b91ff


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
Aboriginals live in a nation divided, census indicators of well-being show
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/080119/n011913A.html

Who is going to pay?'
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=248279

Land claims a long, sad story in this province
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=654d65d5-9714-464f-bce4-4e8717a4187d


CANADIAN FORCES
Desperate Afghans swarm Canadian health clinic
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/story.html?id=ecf50434-69dc-48aa-848d-33d77aa40777&k=48896

Come clean on why we are in Afghanistan
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/295478


CANUSA/USACAN
U.S. presents new complaint on Canada timber support
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080118/canada/canada_usa_canada_lumber_col

RCMP rejects U.S.'s 'extreme ecstasy' claim
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080120/cda_ecstasy_080120/20080120?hub=Canada


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
How would a U.S. recession impact Canadians?
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080118/recession_outlook_080118/20080119?hub=Canada

Looming downturn not typical
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/295678

Banks' timing strange
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=248326

Recession beats stagflation
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=248283

Canada's beekeepers hope to save fragile industry
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080120/missing_bees_080120/20080120?hub=Canada


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Torture manual wrongly includes allies: Bernier
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080119/torture_manual_080119/20080119?hub=Canada


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Two conservative Alberta opposition parties merge
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080120/alta_merger_080120/20080120?hub=Canada


POLITICS
Liberal MPs torn over prospect of defeating next Tory budget
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/080120/n012030A.html

Duceppe sets sights on Tories in Quebec as Bloc gears up for election
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/080119/n011960A.html

The Liberal leader, speaking in London, said a Grit government would target assistance to lure new investment.
http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/News/Local/2008/01/20/4782909-sun.html

Layton talks tough on handguns
http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/295704

Lunn says he didn't know about reactor problems
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080120/keen_firing_080120/20080120?hub=Canada

Not Keen on this move
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2008/01/20/4783228-sun.html

Aging nuclear reactor needs back-up
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=e37be2b9-5227-4d5c-814e-1fb1407c7bc4&k=85266

Union head says Keen's treatment is 'alarming'
CTV's Question Period: John Gordon, Public Service Alliance of Canada 5:17
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/HTMLTemplate?tf=/ctv/mar/video/new_player.html&cf=ctv/mar/ctv.cfg&hub=Canada&video_link_high=mms://ctvbroadcast.ctv.ca/video/2008/01/20/ctvvideologger2_500kbps_2008_01_20_1200851449.wmv&video_link_low=mms://ctvbroadcast.ctv.ca/video/2008/01/20/ctvvideologger2_218kbps_2008_01_20_1200849239.wmv&clip_start=00:12:37.75&clip_end=00:05:17.28&clip_caption=CTV's%20Question%20Period:%20John%20Gordon,%20Public%20Service%20Alliance%20of%20Canada&clip_id=ctvnews.20080120.00230000-00230891-clip2&subhub=video&no_ads=&sortdate=20080120&slug=keen_firing_080120&archive=CTVNews



PROGRAMMES
Manley must consider mission's effectiveness
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080120/manley_panel_080120/20080120?hub=Canada

Question Period: Janice Stein, author and Alain Pellerin, retired colonel 7:23
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/HTMLTemplate?tf=/ctv/mar/video/new_player.html&cf=ctv/mar/ctv.cfg&hub=Canada&video_link_high=mms://ctvbroadcast.ctv.ca/video/2008/01/20/ctvvideologger3_200849441_1200852678_500kbps.wmv&video_link_low=mms://ctvbroadcast.ctv.ca/video/2008/01/20/ctvvideologger3_200849440_1200851140_218kbps.wmv&clip_start=00:00:25.15&clip_end=00:07:23.44&clip_caption=Question%20Period:%20Janice%20Stein,%20author%20and%20Alain%20Pellerin,%20retired%20colonel&clip_id=ctvnews.20080120.00230000-00230894-clip1&subhub=video&no_ads=&sortdate=20080120&slug=manley_panel_080120&archive=CTVNews

CTV News: Robert Fife with exclusive report details 2:18
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/HTMLTemplate?tf=/ctv/mar/video/new_player.html&cf=ctv/mar/ctv.cfg&hub=Canada&video_link_high=http://esi.ctv.ca/datafeed/urlgen2.aspx?vid=27183&video_link_low=http://esi.ctv.ca/datafeed/urlgen2.aspx?vid=27183&clip_start=00:00:00.00&clip_end=00:02:18.00&clip_caption=CTV%20News:%20Robert%20Fife%20with%20exclusive%20report%20details&clip_id=27183&subhub=video&no_ads=&sortdate=20080120&slug=manley_panel_080120&archive=CTVNews

No troop cuts, Manley expected to advise
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=248252

Come clean on why we are in Afghanistan
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/295478

Manley to deliver report on Canada's role in Afghanistan
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/01/20/manley-report.html

Afghan war in beginning stages: Report
http://ottsun.canoe.ca/News/National/2008/01/20/4783247-sun.html


PRESSURE POINTS
Taking the Earth's temperature is not an exact science -- results likely to vary
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Goldstein_Lorrie/2008/01/20/4783199-sun.php

To work, carbon tax must sting
Governments, business not rushing to embrace it, which is why report will languish on the shelf
http://www.thestar.com/sciencetech/Environment/article/295677


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Regulator's nuclear decision lacked common sense
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=f8e5d6ef-6263-4763-887d-04fa24b469df

Harper & Co. reinforce a negative perception
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=0b9c128c-1951-4410-81e6-fc9b9c975cec

Dion scores a medal sweep for foot-in-mouth policy plan
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=3e11cfe1-a765-4612-b41c-df1003a2f1f1

Liberal fireworks not yet finished
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=368c4acb-70fe-4e9a-acc3-da66fc31a966

Tory investment would calm 'perfect storm'
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=4d5ae391-68a8-438b-80b0-a149aaf51c46

A bloody step backward
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=a60ac3b6-c690-4fab-888a-a19753ee854e

The closed minds of today's intellectuals
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=c73c1631-2f89-4f29-99b5-d5af228bd820

Open up the skies
Canada's airlines should face foreign competition, for the best interests of Canadian consumers
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=a3f83c0b-59ce-4954-9ea1-2e472b521c53

Finish the work of Reform
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=2aef43a6-9c0a-418d-b763-9324b0c0d6f9

Gates' slur of NATO troops shows ignorance
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Worthington_Peter/2008/01/20/4783192-sun.php

Stimulus for Canada?
There's a downside risk to countercyclical fiscal policy
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=248284

Garfield Mahood's great contribution to public health
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=63bc20ff-6ba0-47c9-9e6d-6d8087d12b6e

Canadians are living the American dream
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=791ff590-40cf-494d-8a94-6ed7548c0ce7

Here we go again
As another U.S. president seeks a Middle East legacy, Peter Jones examines why seeking peace in the region has had such allure despite the low odds of success http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=cd2f24d0-ca45-428f-84a8-19e795c81c4f

Fighting for freedom
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=5ce26754-f386-4e7b-adf0-e0835104aaf4

U.S. arms sales to Saudi aid oppression
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=5f6ef921-7ede-45c8-83fa-5be88fcb1b45


INFOS

Le train électoral est en marche
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/Quebec/2008/01/20/004-Duceppe_train_n.shtml

Pour une constitution québécoise
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/Quebec/2008/01/20/002-constitution_n.shtml

Torture: l'ambassadeur israélien est outré
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080120/CPACTUALITES/80120058/1019/CPACTUALITES

Les libéraux réfléchissent à la possibilité de provoquer des élections
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080120/CPACTUALITES/80120069/1025/CPACTUALITES

Bernier refuse de considérer les É-U comme un pays tortionnaire
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080119/CPACTUALITES/80119032/1025/CPACTUALITES

Le Bloc peaufine sa stratégie électorale à Montréal
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080119/CPACTUALITES/80119005/1025/CPACTUALITES

Duceppe choisit de ne s'attaquer qu'aux conservateurs
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080119/CPACTUALITES/80119031/1025/CPACTUALITES

Des centaines de soldats s'apprêtent à partir pour l'Afghanistan
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080119/CPACTUALITES/80119109/5846/CPACTUALITES

Loi 101: Le PQ voudrait imposer le français aux enfants dès le berceau
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080120/N012045AU.html

La GRC dément les propos d'un responsable US sur le supposé dumping de drogue
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080120/N012051AU.html


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Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.

        
        
        The Manley Commission Report and decisions following it are of greater consequence than Chalk River and the Mulroney Inquiry.
                 
        Not being a fatalist it is my belief that while the future can not be seen, actions taken in the present can and do play a role in what takes place.

        Hopefully you will find what follows adds to your knowledgeability in regard to making a value judgement on the directions Manley suggests.

                 Joe

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Tough questions on Afghanistan
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/297407

U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates shouldn't be surprised that his comments about western troops in Afghanistan caused hard feelings among America's allies. While some critics, such as British Conservative Patrick Mercer, called Gates' comments "bloody outrageous," the defence secretary's opinions deserves more than a quick response that condemns him for being insensitive, misinformed or even "bloody outrageous."

First consider what Gates said that got him into trouble. In an article published in the Los Angeles Times, Gates complained about NATO troops in southern Afghanistan not knowing how to fight a guerrilla insurgency. There aren't many NATO countries in southern Afghanistan so, by default, Gates was referring either to British, Canadian or Dutch troops who have led the fight there.

After Gates' comments ricocheted around defence offices in Canada, Britain and the Netherlands, his spokesperson, Geoff Morrell, tried to clarify them by saying they didn't refer to any particular country. Morrell said Gates had pointed out that, "NATO as an alliance does not train for counter-insurgency. The alliance has never had to do it before."

NATO was set up shortly after the Second World War to confront the Soviet Union, which the West feared might try to dominate western Europe. It was not designed to be a counter-insurgency organization. But NATO troops have been in Afghanistan since shortly after al-Qaida, once backed by the Taliban government in Afghanistan, launched terrorist attacks on the U.S. in 2001.

To say now that the alliance isn't prepared to counter an insurgency is to raise questions about the entire mission.

Gates' comments, regardless of whether he said what he meant to say, may be interpreted as implying that NATO has had a harder time dealing with the anti-western, pro-Taliban extremists in Afghanistan than the United States originally expected.

Where should the blame lie for NATO's inability, so far, to make Afghanistan a stable nation that won't threaten western countries again? Have countries such as Canada, Britain and the Netherlands not trained their troops for the mission they were expected to undertake? Or, did the U.S. rely at first too much upon air power, failing to understand that it could become counterproductive by causing civilian casualties? Or, as the U.S. has suggested, should more NATO countries have committed troops to combat tasks, thereby creating an image of western unity? Or, as some critics of President George W. Bush have argued, did the U.S. government jeopardize the Afghan campaign by invading Iraq? Or, are westerners, in general, not able to deal with the insurgency because they don't understand how many Afghans think?

Questions come easier than answers. From the Canadian perspective, the best answers may come in a report that former Liberal cabinet minister John Manley and his panel are preparing. Prime Minister Stephen Harper asked the panel last fall to offer advice on Canada's future commitment to Afghanistan. As the Gates incident shows, good advice on Afghanistan is badly needed.

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Sticks 'n' Stones and Allies
The New York Times, Editorial (01/20/2008)
By this time next year, President Bush will be gone, along with Europe's antipathy toward him. But it may be too late to salvage Afghanistan, especially...

NATO tensions surface amid growing pressure in Afghanistan
Pascal Mallet - AFP (01/20/2008)
Tensions between NATO allies, notably with the United States, and doubts about the powers of a new UN envoy are a sign of growing pressure as the alliance struggles in Afghanistan...

Indian Soaps Fall to Islamic Censorship in Afghanistan
Lorenzo Cremonesi - World Politics Review (01/19/2008)
It comes as no surprise that this time Karzai has declined to take on the Islamic Council directly. To the contrary, he is more or less openly backing it...

Ashdown throws down the gauntlet
Hamish McDonald - The Sydney Morning Herald (01/19/2008)
IN THE days after the warlord Ismail Khan ousted the Taliban from Herat at the end of 2001, the name "Colonel Imam" figured in gossip as the local literati emerged from suppression...

A bubble bursts
The Economist (01/19/2008)
The 140 suicide attacks in Afghanistan in 2007 were almost all aimed at Western or Afghan security forces. This was the first by the Taliban to make Kabul's...

Afghan president stresses for regional co-op in war on terror
Xinhua (01/19/2008)
"Terrorists do not recognize border and so, it is for all the Muslims of the world particularly for the people of the region to get united and eradicate the menace from the Islam World," Karzai said on Ashura...

Afghanistan must be won by U.S., not NATO
The Washington Post (01/19/2008)
If that means downgrading NATO's role or bruising the feelings of some allied governments, so be it...

US to deploy 500 mine-resistant vehicles to Afghanistan
Daphne Benoit - AFP (01/19/2008)
The US military plans to ship 500 roadside bomb-resistant vehicles to Afghanistan amid a reinforcement of 3,200 extra US troops to be deployed to fight Taliban militants...

Call to woo 'moderate' Afghan rebels
James Blitz - FT.com (01/19/2008)
The international community must try to attract "moderate" Afghan insurgents away from the Taliban by giving them financial support that encourages them to support the Kabul government...

Militants make a claim for talks
Syed Saleem Shahzad - Asia Times (01/19/2008)
The curtailment and revival of al-Qaeda The mastermind of a new approach in Iraq was former US ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and US commander in Iraq General David Petraeus...

Opium Poppy Economy And Conflict
Roohullah Rahimi - e-Ariana (01/18/2008)
The nexus of OPE and the continuing violence in Afghanistan perpetrated by the Taliban led insurgency is a disturbing development of a conflict spanning for...


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