Thursday, January 03, 2008

Daily Digest January 3, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Brave new virtual worlds
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=94376&sc=80

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - Welcoming a wellness centre
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=94452&sc=103

HALIFAX NEWS - Kenya on the brink Post a comment
http://www.hfxnews.ca/index.cfm?sid=94446&sc=90

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - Spotlight on Putin
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1001180.html

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Political masters
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=8519c740-c156-44ac-8dcd-433d797c19ae

        Let 2008 be year of resolve
         http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=19c0e4a7-adf1-406f-a6e1-1e447d6eab17

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER - Cut chains on business to turn whiners into winners
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=841009&auth=Mark+Borkowski

TORONTO STAR - 2008 resolutions for newsmakers
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/290068

         Kenya's thwarted vote for change
         http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/290528

NATIONAL POST - Eliminate statutory release
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=211681

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - A better world full of hope
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/304140

WINDSOR STAR - Afghanistan
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=5496d953-1f92-415f-ac0b-3b5a609b77d9

SUDBURY STAR - Taiwan's sleeper crisis; China will not let go, even with the Olympics around the corner
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=840294&auth=Dyer%2c+Gwynne

        Enough is enough, OPP chief says
         http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=840295

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - It's their business
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4101266p-4699519c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Harmonization good for Sask.
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=a1ba222c-a5f9-419e-ae17-8e2c858253ce

REGINA LEADER-POST - Taking out the trash
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=15188b47-d486-4c5a-98a2-0c403eb6ffaf

CALGARY HERALD - Spring budget calls for prudence
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=c89a2e3d-96a9-4438-bdda-0ed97a8e25cc

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE - Why our refugee system doesn't work
Help newcomers contribute
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Editorial/365708.html

EDMONTON JOURNAL -  Is reading on the floor?
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=67d0160e-fc25-4097-bae0-92ef9fd41279

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Get ready for election fever in '08
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_9336.php

         Policing Canada's markets
         http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_9325.php

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN - Past answers to 2008's problems
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=110725&Itemid=161

VANCOUVER SUN - Sound economic policies a priority
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=c1d8a211-4cf8-44be-a7a4-cb1a68cf6e65

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Mounties must continue to keep us fully informed
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=af65b56b-f567-4426-a89c-be87d1925e0b


ISSUES

CANADIAN FORCES
A chance for redemption in Afghanistan
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JA04Df01.html

Death rate outpaces that of U.S. in Iraq
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=ef3742bc-3d28-46ce-bcfc-b5fe31cfdd10

Canada's 2008 mission: pave the way
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=b7d167ad-b5bf-4a39-b51f-f10980b94977

Aurora update soars $132M over budget
Aircraft upgrades began before DND knew extent of project
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=faa7e523-3448-4626-abe2-e5b32c548d5e

Little hope for Afghans in 2008
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7156338.stm

Can tribes take on the Taleban?
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7155500.stm

Murky world of Afghan negotiations
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7160432.stm

Aid chief says Taliban control a quarter of Afghanistan at night - Canadian broadcast sees 'Mission Impossible'
http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/3809E0D7B32E8336872573C50072A7CB?OpenDocument


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Hog producers need more than repackaged help
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=9d572ea2-2bdb-4ea5-9ab5-1430dd965a07

Loonie's flight takes it over perilous waters
Parity with U.S. dollar was 'worst-case scenario' --but even worst can get worse
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/business/story.html?id=abaca781-d617-4170-a261-33c3d416f84c

Canada grain handlers reject new barley program
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080103/canada/canada_wheatboard_barley_col


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
A look into Pakistan's political future
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JA04Df05.html

Borders can't keep trouble from Canada's doorstep
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1001238.html


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Supreme Court's get ruling remains disturbing
Freedom of religion rights should not be subject to being 'signed away'
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=5e071fba-944a-46b5-82d4-6bac0c37e619


MIGRATION
Our refugee system still fails us
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2008/01/03/4749961.html


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Alberta envies confident Sask.
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=93c6f62d-74c8-4e06-a1fc-340b15dc91a8

Merging Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Two right-wing parties in the Canadian province of Alberta are barking up the wrong tree.
http://www.agoravox.com/article.php3?id_article=7432

Run-of-river power projects concealed by a green curtain
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=15454928-8b87-48cc-ba29-fc0e98aba37e

No grand projects for Quebec
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/290525

Hearn says he's been 'one step ahead' of Williams in equalization feud
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/080103/n010319A.html

High dollar focus of first ministers' meeting next week in Ottawa: N.S. premier
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/080103/n010344A.html


POLITICS
Harper won't win majority, Canadians say
Of those polled, Quebecers give PM slimmest chance at winning control of House of Commons
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=3415b9a3-c29c-4068-958b-c1471ed42362

Hillier's popularity backfires on Tories
http://www.thestar.com/article/288876

Iran Aiding Taliban: Mackay
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=197495

No evidence of Iran smuggling weapons
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/features/afghanistan/story.html?id=9e1ecd5c-e88b-434d-b09b-86e571c0ad83

MacKay should get off 'blame-Iran' bandwagon
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1001239.html

Harper at head of political class
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=a0641344-49bd-49ee-8e03-ee19a565d53d

NDP applies new checks to avert blunders
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080103.layton-side03/BNStory/National/home

No secret allies in Nfld. cabinet, Hearn says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080103.whearnfld0103/BNStory/National/home

Harper seems to like these information roadblocks
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/999757.html

PM's officials bog down access requests
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071223.access24/BNStory/National/home

Harper can't deflect responsibility for Chalk River
Ralph Goodale, National Post  Published: Wednesday, December 26, 2007
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=197541

Can this man unite feuding Liberals?
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=0580b39a-2384-4eb4-bbf3-3026d4644382

Déjà vu for the federal Liberals
Both Dion and Pearson had rough beginnings as leader. Pearson made a comeback. Will Dion?
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/287924


PROGRAMMES
Submarine maintenance contract won't be re-tendered
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/080103/n010356A.html

Two important provisions of the much vaunted accountability act haven't been implemented
http://www.thestar.com/article/290164

Ottawa accused of caving in to Hollywood on copyright
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071222.copyright22/BNStory/National/home

Major tax, social benefit changes coming in 2008
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=196513


PRESSURE POINTS
Forests soak up less and less CO2: study
Canada's trees getting worse at filtering gases, researchers say
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=12225755-307e-4152-89c6-47b823e6fbde

Poor human rights record not enough to turn off information tap, Ottawa says
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/080103/n010388A.html

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper campaigns against the Environment
http://www.agoracosmopolitan.com/home/Frontpage/2007/12/31/02053.html

Bali flop: Tories swim in wrong direction
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/999061.html

Success in Bali
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/999241.html

Economic bite from greenhouse gas reductions will spark criticism: Harper
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/12/20/harper-interview.html

New green plan needed right now
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/287920

Facing the Facts about Climate Change
http://www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/26/26939/1.html


OPINION AND INFORMATION
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
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=305c77b3-8089-4dca-aa3d-b0e685d1df12

A Scientist General is just what Canada needs
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=ce5f384b-b807-4ab0-8508-13bffb4d0361

Year ahead presents great political challenges
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=9ede09d8-e3be-44f1-a591-70e6a1d0bc7f

Dangerous ideas: Perhaps some topics should be taboo
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=c6e9e436-2aec-4e1d-8ba2-c67f2fb43f31

The deserving and undeserving rich
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1001316.html

New Year's resolutions for the political set
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1000970.html

The long and short of progress
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/290522

Tinkering is fine, but real income tax cuts are still needed
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=1a242666-23e6-41d2-81b7-59829eb4c6bf


INFOS

200 talibans tués
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/International/2008/01/03/004-afghanistan-talibans-tues.shtml

Une forêt boréale moins efficace
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/environnement/2008/01/02/001-rechauffement-forets-nordiques.shtml

Le Canada très préoccupé par la situation au Kenya
Harper souligne la baisse de la TPS
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080101/CPACTUALITES/71231040/1025/CPACTUALITES

L'armée afghane reçoit des carabines attendues du Canada depuis trois ans
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080102/CPACTUALITES/80102044/5846/CPACTUALITES

Une nouvelle prime basée sur le coût de la vie irrite les soldats de l'Est
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080102/N0102113AU.html

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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
http://www.pajhwak.com/viewstory.asp?lng=eng&id=47873

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.

A QUESTION OF CREDIBILITY

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" http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1001239.html as always with his articles is recommended reading.

         Joe
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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."
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/features/afghanistan/story.html?id=9e1ecd5c-e88b-434d-b09b-86e571c0ad83

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