Thursday, January 03, 2008

Daily Digest January 3, 2008



ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Brave new virtual worlds

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - Welcoming a wellness centre

HALIFAX NEWS - Kenya on the brink Post a comment


OTTAWA CITIZEN - Political masters

        Let 2008 be year of resolve

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER - Cut chains on business to turn whiners into winners

TORONTO STAR - 2008 resolutions for newsmakers

         Kenya's thwarted vote for change

NATIONAL POST - Eliminate statutory release

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - A better world full of hope

WINDSOR STAR - Afghanistan

SUDBURY STAR - Taiwan's sleeper crisis; China will not let go, even with the Olympics around the corner

        Enough is enough, OPP chief says

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - It's their business

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Harmonization good for Sask.

REGINA LEADER-POST - Taking out the trash

CALGARY HERALD - Spring budget calls for prudence

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE - Why our refugee system doesn't work
Help newcomers contribute

EDMONTON JOURNAL -  Is reading on the floor?

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Get ready for election fever in '08

         Policing Canada's markets

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN - Past answers to 2008's problems

VANCOUVER SUN - Sound economic policies a priority

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Mounties must continue to keep us fully informed


A chance for redemption in Afghanistan

Death rate outpaces that of U.S. in Iraq

Canada's 2008 mission: pave the way

Aurora update soars $132M over budget
Aircraft upgrades began before DND knew extent of project

Little hope for Afghans in 2008

Can tribes take on the Taleban?

Murky world of Afghan negotiations

Aid chief says Taliban control a quarter of Afghanistan at night - Canadian broadcast sees 'Mission Impossible'

Hog producers need more than repackaged help

Loonie's flight takes it over perilous waters
Parity with U.S. dollar was 'worst-case scenario' --but even worst can get worse

Canada grain handlers reject new barley program

A look into Pakistan's political future

Borders can't keep trouble from Canada's doorstep

Supreme Court's get ruling remains disturbing
Freedom of religion rights should not be subject to being 'signed away'

Our refugee system still fails us

Alberta envies confident Sask.

Merging Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Two right-wing parties in the Canadian province of Alberta are barking up the wrong tree.

Run-of-river power projects concealed by a green curtain

No grand projects for Quebec

Hearn says he's been 'one step ahead' of Williams in equalization feud

High dollar focus of first ministers' meeting next week in Ottawa: N.S. premier

Harper won't win majority, Canadians say
Of those polled, Quebecers give PM slimmest chance at winning control of House of Commons

Hillier's popularity backfires on Tories

Iran Aiding Taliban: Mackay

No evidence of Iran smuggling weapons

MacKay should get off 'blame-Iran' bandwagon

Harper at head of political class

NDP applies new checks to avert blunders

No secret allies in Nfld. cabinet, Hearn says

Harper seems to like these information roadblocks

PM's officials bog down access requests

Harper can't deflect responsibility for Chalk River
Ralph Goodale, National Post  Published: Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Can this man unite feuding Liberals?

Déjà vu for the federal Liberals
Both Dion and Pearson had rough beginnings as leader. Pearson made a comeback. Will Dion?

Submarine maintenance contract won't be re-tendered

Two important provisions of the much vaunted accountability act haven't been implemented

Ottawa accused of caving in to Hollywood on copyright

Major tax, social benefit changes coming in 2008

Forests soak up less and less CO2: study
Canada's trees getting worse at filtering gases, researchers say

Poor human rights record not enough to turn off information tap, Ottawa says

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper campaigns against the Environment

Bali flop: Tories swim in wrong direction

Success in Bali

Economic bite from greenhouse gas reductions will spark criticism: Harper

New green plan needed right now

Facing the Facts about Climate Change

Future society says privacy a thing of the past
The growth of surveillance technologies, AI, virtual universities and 'smart fabrics' may be just another idea away

A Scientist General is just what Canada needs

Year ahead presents great political challenges

Dangerous ideas: Perhaps some topics should be taboo

The deserving and undeserving rich

New Year's resolutions for the political set

The long and short of progress

Tinkering is fine, but real income tax cuts are still needed


200 talibans tués

Une forêt boréale moins efficace

Le Canada très préoccupé par la situation au Kenya
Harper souligne la baisse de la TPS

L'armée afghane reçoit des carabines attendues du Canada depuis trois ans

Une nouvelle prime basée sur le coût de la vie irrite les soldats de l'Est


PAN: What are your expectations in the New Year 2008 on Afghan-Canada relationship?

Answer: I expect relations to grow, the Canadian engagement to rebuild Afghanistan to expand and produce visible results in areas that are of importance to Afghans, such as livelihoods, infrastructure, irrigation and agriculture, governance, rule of law and so on. I expect a less violent year for Afghans and Canadians as we continue to diminish the threat posed by Taliban and their allies inside Afghanistan and within the region, as well as the dangers related to the poppy business.

It will be an important year for Canada as it decides about its future military role, which will affect the aid programmes as well. What I do see, however, happening is that more and more Canadians understand the Afghan context and its complexities, their role as a lead nation, the reasons for which Afghanistan matters and are eager to rise above the partisan politics that engulfed the issue for most of 2006-2007

Understanding the "Afghan context and its complexities (AC&C)" will become of greater consequence as the MANLEY COMMISSION makes its report.

My intent is to provide articles relating to AC&C.  Please send the link to any you see in your browsing as worthy of inclusion.


Brig.-Gen. Marquis Hainse, ISAF deputy commander of Regional Command South, made a suggestion regarding accusations raised by Canada's Defence Minister that gained him headlines.  There may be someone receiving this in a position to ask the question Hainse thinks ought to be asked.

If you have not at this point read Scott Taylor's "MacKay should get off 'blame-Iran' bandwagon" as always with his articles is recommended reading.


On Christmas Day, Defense Minister Peter MacKay said Canada had voiced its displeasure to Tehran over the large amount of weapons, particularly roadside bombs, crossing Iran's border into Afghanistan.

"Certainly there is some intelligence report, which I'm not in a position to speak about, will be able to tell us more about this," Hainse, a Canadian, said.  "And with regards to the specific point that our minister made, I think we're going to have to ask him where he got his information."