Friday, January 04, 2008

Daily Digest January 4, 2008



ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Change is coming

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR - Luckily, we're gaining in other ways

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - Modernizing citizenship

AMHERST DAILY NEWS - Taking a stand against atrocity

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Mounties fumble yet again

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Machetes come out -- again

OTTAWA SUN - Don't forget the positives

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER - It would seem feds doing little for Martin

TORONTO STAR - Tax cuts empty Ottawa's coffers

NATIONAL POST - Why our troops are at risk

TORONTO SUN - Family Day deserves fairness

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - Anti-idle bylaw isn't pragmatic

WINDSOR STAR - Put patient safety first

SUDBURY STAR - Winter tires make bad law

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - Useful compromise

WINNIPEG SUN - Museum will face foreign pressures

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Make best use of delayed vote in Pakistan

REGINA LEADER-POST - Oil high, consumers low
With the price of oil soaring along with demand, consumers will have to adapt to a new reality -- the end of cheap gasoline

CALGARY HERALD - It's not price, but how fast it changes

     Tories need to watch the signs

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Crying the blues about $100 oil

EDMONTON SUN - New merger could rock Alberta

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Shining a light on elder abuse

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Paying top dollar for a great boss may make a lot of sense


Chiefs right to reject CAP as a legitimate voice

Feds fund Metis language conference

Kandahar mayor teams up with Canadians to reduce pedestrian, auto congestion

U.S. and Canada must hang together

With record oil prices holding us over a barrel, it's time to pump some sense into all this crude talk

Coastal forest industry is in a state of crisis
Companies are creating carnage in the woods, closing mills and killing jobs

Mexican farmers protest NAFTA

Al-Qaeda to the rescue for Bush's legacy

Back to business in Pakistan

A disputed territory by any other name ...

Say goodbye to trans fats

Sobering thoughts

Prison reform an easy move for Tories
Their case bolstered by review panel report suggesting an end to statutory release

Surging dollar likely to top meeting agenda

Tax issue a test of loyalty for Wall

Tories start countdown to next election
Hectic few weeks tentatively culminate in throne speech, budget

Opposition says GST ads amount to Conservative advertising

Three major policy issues confront Conservatives

Hearn calls for truce with Williams
Federal minister says he does not have spies near premier

Minister will run for Tories

Canada pledges $1 million in aid for Kenya

The smoke and mirrors of B.C.'s energy use

A critical shield against global warming

Cutting greenhouse gases is the law, so let's talk about it

Why I share the guilt for Aqsa's death
As a Muslim man, I cringe whenever there's an incident involving Muslims

Moratorium will help RCMP study Taser issue

Stem cell research can co-exist with ethics

Great leaders can see beyond the next election

Media's fascination with what's bad displaces the good that happens
Global literacy and life expectancy are soaring, but this isn't 'news'

Keep an eye on the cattle

Enough of this 'hug-a-thug' approach


Un contrat d'entretien de sous-marins est donné par décision controversée

Le Canada a des relations avec des pays qui briment les droits, dit Ottawa

Une ex-ministre néo-démocrate sera candidate libérale au fédéral

Le gouvernement fédéral finance une conférence qui étudiera un dialecte métis

Les Canadiens vont payer



"Don Meredith, a prominent businessman and Baptist minister, was acclaimed as the Tory candidate in the downtown riding by the party's riding association."

Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion today announced that Joan Beatty, former Saskatchewan NDP cabinet minister and Aboriginal activist, will be the Party's candidate http://www.liberal. ca/story_13459_e.aspx

As a "political activist" (the assumption made is that you are for if not there would be little reason to receive the Digest) do you agree with Phyllis'
        that Riding Associations having to accept candidates chosen otherwise than by local nomination conventions is "undermining our entire political
        system"?  Or is it acceptable to you that decisions flow downward as exemplified in the quotes above?


From: "Ian Gartshore"
Subject: Re: BELOW (30) TO JANUARY 3rd, 2008


While I admit that it is a long-shot that this DMCR appointment will be reversed, rest assured that the process is not over.  Mr. Dion is going to learn, one way or another, that he utterly depends on the grass roots in order to win.  Hopefully it will be soon.  If David Orchard's supporters, and others in the Liberal Party have anything to do with it, such will be soon.

Ian Gartshore

From: "Phyllis Wagg"

Subject: The subversion of democracy

Democracy is being subverted by the establishment parties.  This is reflected in the unwillingness of political leaders and the centralized party elite to trust the democratic process.  The evidence is piling up that the primary purpose of the party elite has become aborting the public will and the will of the party membership.  Time and time again the controlling elite have used carefully crafted and unethical strategies to manipulate and control the system.  A few selected examples can illustrate this point going back as far as the 1983 Progressive Conservative Winnipeg convention.
Pressure from the party establishment forced Joe Clark to put his leadership on the line at the 1983 party conference at Winnipeg.  Clark was poised to win a clear mandate from the delegates.  The power brokers at the top of the party, including the President Frank Moores, decided that Clark would not be as easy to manipulate in the interests of corporate cronies as Brian Mulroney.  Moores and other high level party operatives engaged in a conspiracy, using foreign money, to deprive Clark of the level of support he felt he required.  Through the use of foreign money they manufactured support for a "dump Clark movement" by buying delegates in Quebec and flying them to Winnipeg for the conference.  The result is history.
While we have no evidence to support the contention that a similar strategy was used to win the leadership for Mulroney, there is also nothing to indicate that it was not used.  With a tired and discredited Liberal Party, Mulroney was in a perfect position to gain the office of Prime Minister and use it to further the interests of specific corporate interests at the expense of Canadian taxpayers and voters.
After the fall of the Conservatives and the election of the Liberals, Jean Chretien adopted the practice of constantly using his power as party leader to undermine the ability of local party members to decide who would be nominated to represent them.  He parachuted "star" candidates into what were considered "safe" Liberal ridings time after time.  Stephane Dion entered politics through that means.  Martin continued that custom gifting a nomination to corporate CEO, David Emerson.  As soon as the Martin government was defeated Emerson eagerly embraced an agenda that days before, during the campaign, he had rejected.  His objective was apparently designed to further the interests of the corporate client he represented.
The methods Peter MacKay and a small clique at the top of the Progressive Conservative Party used to achieve the merger of the PC and CA Parties by working outside the decision making process set out in the constitution of the party is another example.  By pushing the merger through rapidly, quashing adequate debate and, with the collusion of the bureaucratic establishment, circumventing the law, they were able to undermine internal party democracy.   
The new Conservative Party adopted a strict application process, vetted by the central party, which ensured that the candidates selected would be acceptable to the elite.  When even that process failed to weed out those perceived as unacceptable candidates, such as "red" Tories, the establishment simply voided the nomination, as they did with Warner in Toronto.
Stephane Dion learned nothing from his parachuting of a friend into what was considered a "safe" Quebec riding and suffering an embarrassing defeat.   He has undermined the democratic process once more by appointing a Liberal candidate rather than following the more democratic nomination process.  There was a good chance that David Orchard would have lost the nomination but by following the traditional process for selecting candidates, Dion would have retained some respect from those of us who oppose the current practices surrounding centralized oligarchy.  This is the third strike against Dion.   His refusal to allow a Liberal candidate to run against Elizabeth May takes on new significance because it has become part of an anti-democratic pattern of behaviour.
   Those of us who are democratic activists are clearly not getting the message out that this is unacceptable behaviour and that it is undermining our entire political system.  Eventually this kind of manipulation, if allowed to go on, may have the same results as we have seen in other parts of the wo