Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Daily Digest January 30, 2008



ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - t's getting hot in here

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR - What's the big secret?

AMHERST DAILY NEWS - Manley's gift to Harper

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Danger in the air

TORONTO STAR - `Hollowing out' is hardly a myth

         Blinkered to the end

NATIONAL POST - A new Tory agenda

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW - Canadians can't trust government that abuses seal of secrecy

LONDON FREE PRESS - Bush league president's waning days

K-W RECORD - Open the prisoner file

WINDSOR STAR - Overtaxation
Fuelling the federal surplus

SUDBURY STAR - Ontario farmers at a disadvantage

         Aborted policy; No government willing to re-open debate on abortion


SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Bush's address highlights goals left unrealized

REGINA LEADER-POST - Your papers, please

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE - State of 'disunion' unaddressed
A perfect capper for W

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Use bully pulpit

         Stelmach is still a puzzle

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Stelmach's priorities are showing

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN - Pre-pay law a worthy legacy

EMBASSY MAGAZINE - Permission to Speak Freely, Sir


Attempt to give natives full rights in peril

Cdn military probes allegations Afghans injured

Harper briefs Bush on Manley Afghan report

Bush Vows To Bring Major Summit To City
High-Profile Meeting To Bring Needed Business To New Orleans

Monetary stimulus likely required in near term: BoC

Fixing loonie exchange rate to greenback a mistake: BoC

Made-in-Canada transit policy sought

Federal government has tools to solve manufacturing crisis

Missile strike in North Waziristan kills 12

Ontario pushing for handgun ban

Death overshadows new Filipino worker pact
Agreement doesn't address stress placed on families in Philippines when workers seek temporary jobs in Canada, critics say

The two Albertas forcefully collide

Ed Stelmach decries "well-funded environmental groups" for attacking Alberta oil

Four provinces unite in emissions fight
Quebec and Ontario join Manitoba and B.C. in talks to set cap-and-trade system

Premiers waffle on green plan

Premiers look ahead to climate disasters

Tory insiders say Alberta election call will come early next week

Ontario premier rips Harper's Tories for 'poverty of ambition' on climate change

Coming by-elections

Separatists gain ground in Quebec, poll shows

PM's aide intervened for Montreal developer

Harper defends staff member amid accusations of anti-Greek prejudice

Harper owes Greek Canadians apology: MP

Test looms large for Conservative ethnic-outreach strategy

Former Flaherty aide named to port authority

Liberals refight the convention

Manley plan tests Dion's line in the sand

Dion's dilemma: To pull the plug or not
The Liberals must decide whether to defeat government now or wait until the fall

Manley Report Realizes Afghan Task Force Fears

Manley Panel Report Prompts Renewed Calls for Review of Aid Agency's 'Systemic' Problems

Ready to quit Afghanistan, Canada PM tells Bush - all 718 news articles »

United States at centre of Canadian self-interest in Afghanistan

NATO urges Canada to keep troops in Afghanistan

NATO urges Canada to keep troops in Afghanistan, working to find support

Tories mount failed search for choppers

Mission's cost hit $3.1B in September

Canada sounds out allies, suppliers for choppers and aerial drones: sources

Dion insists Afghan combat role end in '09

Forces to lease long-range UAVs
Unmanned craft to replace existing Sperwers; choppers also on list

Manley report explains clearly why Canada needs to stay

U.S. at odds with NATO over troops for Afghanistan

'Acts now or Afghan will become a failure'

PM puts onus on military to explain prisoner policy

MacKay raised prisoner abuse claims

It's not up to politicians to reveal information about Afghan prisoners, Harper tells Commons

Shutting reactor was 'spectacularly wrong': Clement

Chalk River was dangerous

Canada isotope plant 'was unsafe'
Canada ordered a nuclear reactor to be re-opened even though the risk was far greater than international standards permit, a committee has heard.

Keen defends decision to shut reactor in name of safety

Firing casts a `chill,' committee told
Nuclear commission's job is to ensure safety, says official dismissed by government

PM true to form in turning Chalk River silk purse into sow's ear

Opposition accuses Tories of manufacturing isotope crisis

Tories erred on isotope suppliers, MPs charge

Tax records should be off limits, Mulroney lawyer says
Ethics committee adds former Privy Council clerk to witness list

Ethics committee chair rebuffs Mulroney complaints over Airbus study mandate

Spector claimed that she cashed cheques PC for the benefit of Mila Mulroney

Spector's hints whet appetite

Wheat Board given ultimatum

Aussie Ian White to head Canadian Wheat Board

Gomery slams Harper for ignoring sponsorship reform proposals

New Treaty Review Process Falls Short

Are we fighting for this?

Afghan Senate endorses reporter's death sentence

The free-speech myth

The radicals are rising

Hitler's Accession to Power 75 Years Ago: The Lessons for Today

Whistling in the dark
Without proper whistleblower protection in the airline industry, serious safety issues could simply be ignored

The PM's feelings

A portrait for Harper

Homophobic bullying in schools can and does kill

If it's salmon or money, the salmon lose every time

Pursuit of economic growth blinds us to the eventual costs

Taser maker insists stun guns are safe

The Manley Panel's Sharp Recipe of ˜Ifs' Will Never Make Cake Today for Afghanistan


L'OTAN presse le Canada de garder ses troupes en Afghanistan

Gomery dénonce Harper pour ne pas avoir tenu compte de ses recommandations

Allégation d'ingérence: Harper se porte à la défense de son attaché de presse

Harper présente ses conditions à Bush pour la mission en Afghanistan

Des militaires canadiens pourraient avoir fait feu sur des civils afghans

Le comité sur l'éthique veut tout savoir au sujet de Brian Mulroney

Les tribunaux se pencheront à nouveau sur les certificats de sécurité

Allégations d'ingérence politique
Dimitri Soudas nie tout

Allégations d'ingérence: Harper défend son attaché de presse

Spector soutient avoir encaissé des chèques du PC au profit de Mila Mulroney

Mutisme au gouvernement Harper quant au sort des prisonniers talibans

L'OTAN tentera de satisfaire les conditions du Canada

Chalk River était dangereux

Un premier allié répond au rapport Manley - Les Américains n'iront pas aider les Canadiens à Kandahar

Réchauffement climatique - Les provinces cibleront les conséquences plutôt que de s'attaquer aux causes

Mulroney s'oppose au témoignage de son ancien chef de cabinet

"Manley, Best-Selling Author?"


"If I can be frank about it..."

Canadians deserve to know the truth when it comes to Afghanistan. They deserve to know the real situation on the ground, what's at stake, what Canada is doing and not doing. They deserve to know the successes and failures.

If Mr. Harper was seeking our permission to be honest and forthcoming, please let us respond: Yes, Mr. Prime Minister, you have our permission to be frank. In fact, it is what we expect. Not just in Afghanistan, but everywhere Canada is involved.

YES or NO?

        Kandahar Province will shortly have 2 200 Marines as well as Canadian Forces.   They may be acting independently,  under Marine Command
        or Canadian Command.

        In your view ought the Canadian public be made aware of the chain of Command?


From: "Rosalie Piccioni"
Subject: Re:  DD January 28, 2008

Dear Joe,  Re:  Ron Thornton's letter for DD January 26-27, 2008 and #3 as follows:
(Quote). "Abortion is the taking of a human life, usually done at a time when the fetus might more resemble a chicken than a human baby, though that is not always the case.  In the end, the only questions to debate is under what conditions is it acceptable and who should be expected to pay the costs?  The extremes range from never to whenever." (end quote).
    I couldn't help thinking after reading it that we all looked like "chickens" or whatever at one time;  Just think how deprived the world would be if there had never been Jesus, Einstein, Michelangelo, Currie, Pasteur, Dostoevski, Pasternak, MacDonald, Mozart, Puccini, and on and on, who also began as  fetuses.  I wonder how many greats have been destroyed to date.  If we are to say that those little bits of humanity are unimportant, then we are thinking that we, as individuals, are unimportant.  If, on the other hand, we realize that we have value, then we must admit to the fact that those future persons too are of importance and cannot be rationalized away.
    Also, looking at the present and future of our country, we are already beginning to realize the effects of abortion.  The population as we know it is dwindling, but those new Canadians coming from the Asian countries are, happily, having families.  And we must not ignore those young women who are giving birth without the advantage of marriage.  All of them deserve kudos.  Those children are and/or will be the future citizens making the decisions, and forming a new society.  They are the ones who will be making the future contributions  for U.I. and Pension - given to the people who are now having abortions.  Of course, it's possible that since that future generation will be making the decisions, UI and Pensions will be done away with.  Mercy is a "magnificent obssession."  When and what we are given, we usually give.
    There is a Commandment not to take a life, but every rational thinker (not only the God-centered) has the ability to see that the Commandments were given for our preservation in obedience.

From: "Phyllis Wagg"
Subject: Hail to the New Party

I am not sure if any of you have heard about the controversy over the
decor of the walls of the government lobby in Parliament. This lobby
at one time would have been decorated with pictures of former Prime
Minister's from the governing party.

This is no longer the case. Instead the government lobby has become a
portrait gallery of the current Prime Minister. Pictures of Sir John
A. or Diefenbaker have been replaced with about two dozen pictures of
Stephen Harper in various poses: as a fireman, with Karsai, etc.

Incrementally, Harper is erasing the Conservative history and
replacing it with the Father of the new Conservative Party, himself.

It will be interesting how he will use the Schreiber affair to erase
another segment of Conservative history.

One person commented that it may have been some aid that decided to
plaster the lobby with Harper's pictures. Even if that was the case,
rumour has it that the Harper gallery has been in place for at least
three months. That means that it is there with Harper's full
endorsement or he would have had it removed.

For further information see:


From: "Rene Moreau"
Cc: "Thomas Walkom" <twalkom ...snip... Godfrey" <>
Subject: 4DD
To Joe;  ( and FYI to all others)
From Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)

re; Ease rules on foreign investment, study says, January 29, Toronto Star, page B1

    Joe, I have taken the liberty of writing on a letter I couldn't find on the DD. I am including it after this letter as a cut and paste.
    Most Canadians are unaware that the Conference Board of Canada is a branch of the Conference Board of America, on 3rd Street in New York, New York. It would seem that whenever corporate  America wishes to send a message to  the  more gullible in our government and media and business types, they send it through their branch of the Conference Board!
    There are, unfortunately, many who will consume this  'El Toro poo poo, thinking it is from a Canadian source, much as the C.D. Howe Institute puts out a report authored by two Bostonian financial types, to advise the poor dumb Canadians on how they should stop taxing their American companies when they buy into Canadian business.
    For this,  the Conference Board, the C.D. Howe, and the Fraser Institute get 'CHARITABLE STATUS'  to preach corporate liberalization!
    By the way, if you call the Conference Board of Canada, they will deny any connection to the American Conference Board. As you can see here, it 's a lie.
    If you want to ask them, they have a Toronto office at 1 Queen St. E., 416-350-8872.
    Consider, please, this particular article a gift, since it exposes the blantant,  influence peddling that goes on under our eyes.
    Since letters to the editor, can be shut down, or redirected or removed by Echelon and corporate moles, the chances of this letter seeing the light of day are slim indeed. I think the term is, 'a snow balls chance in hell 'of getting printed
    By the way, another letter did show up, on the same subject under the Reuters by  line on the 28th, I see now. The title was 'Canada should be wary on foreign buy limits-report. But WE can't get a letter in edge-wise to object or put our view in.
    One is reminded of a quote by Pierre Elliot Trudeau.
                   " In an impartial study of history, we began to lose everything the day our enemies became subtle enough to negate  our objections.
    Apt, eh?
               Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)

From: Lorimer Rutty
Subject: national symbol

        On Dominion Day a neighbour of mine and I for many years flew the Red Ensign. It was "D" Day, Defiance Day'.

Gosh; it must have been pretty exciting to have been in the British navy. What was it like to share this awe with a fellow British sailor?

Lorimer Rutty

Thanks Lorimer,

For those who are unknowing Lorimer's reference to the British sailor relates to the Red Ensign being the naval flag in the Atlantic.  The Blue Ensign being
that in the Pacific  was and still forms the foundation of the flags of the two other what used to be termed Dominions, New Zealand and Australia.
In that Flag Day will soon be upon us (I never knew it existed before, did you?) I thought I'd post what's below.

I reckon I'm ultra conservative, Lorimer, I still use pounds and ounces for weight, inches, feet and yards for measurement, celebrate Dominion Day, sing
O Canada the way I learned it and "A Mari usque ad Mare" is my country's motto - at least last I knew.

My neighbour, Tibby Cowan, has passed over.  I no longer fly what our troops fought under and beneath which as a boy at Torrance School in Guelph
we sang "O God Our Help in Ages Past"  on V-E Day in May of 1945. .

Just as I have been unable to sing that hymn without choking up ever since, emotion still holds me to the Canada that was.


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Flag of Canada
Flag of  Canada  
The Maple Leaf, l'Unifolié
Use National flag and ensign. []
Proportion 1:2
Adopted February 15, 1965
Design A vertical bicolour triband of red, white, and red in 1:2:1 ratio, with a red maple leaf charged in the Canadian pale in the centre.
Designed by George F.G. Stanley

The National Flag of Canada, popularly known as the Maple Leaf and l'Unifolié (French for "the one-leafed") , is a base red flag with a white square in its centre featuring a stylized, 11-pointed, red maple leaf. Before this flag, Canada used variants of the British Red Ensign with the shield of Canada charged in the fly. The Red Ensign that took familiar shape in Canada was introduced by Prime Minister Mackenzie King after the First World War. From the 1940s until 1965, Canada made several attempts to create its own flag by holding national contests, but the Red Ensign still flew for Canada. A serious debate about a flag change did not occur until 1964, when a committee was picked by Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. Out of three choices, the maple leaf design by George F.G. Stanley was chosen as the winner. The flag made its first appearance on February 15, 1965, which is now celebrated annually as Flag Day.

Other than the Maple Leaf flag, several other flags have been created to be used by Canadian officials, government bodies, and military forces. Most of these flags contain the Maple Leaf motif in some fashion; either by having the Canadian flag charged in the canton or by inclusion of maple leaves in the design.

The Royal Union Flag is also an official flag in Canada, used as a symbol of Canada's membership in the Commonwealth of Nations and of her allegiance to the Crown. The Royal Union Flag forms a component of the flags of several provinces . [1] In Quebec, the provincial flag (a blue cross with four fleurs-de-lis) is often considered a national flag along with the Maple Leaf flag, as is the Acadian flag in the Acadian regions of the Maritime provinces . [2]



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