Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Daily Digest January 7-8, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - The word of the day
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=95906&sc=80

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR - It's time to set down rules
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=95776&sc=30

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - A new face for the Island's spud industry
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=95931&sc=103

HALIFAX NEWS - Like CEOs, we're all free to make millions
http://www.hfxnews.ca/index.cfm?sid=95490&sc=90

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - Poor policy in response to oil crunch
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1009822.html

AMHERST DAILY NEWS - Choppy seas
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=95746&sc=61

        Here's the buzz - Time, tide wait for no one
         http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=95747&sc=61

MONTREAL GAZETTE - What help for cities if not a sales tax point?
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=bc33d6c2-229b-4cfb-9ee8-2a4d15a8db47

        Trade tames China's anger
         http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=8cce8813-b071-47c8-9445-0bee4de677e7

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Activist shtick
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=73756086-1197-4812-b449-70b0e98b4c63

TORONTO STAR - Private financing, public questions
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/291820

TORONTO SUN - Law on youth crime a disgrace
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2008/01/07/4756325-sun.html

K-W RECORD - A rescue bill may serve as a deterrent
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/292004

        A radioactive problem
         http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/292007

WINDSOR STAR - Smoke and rearview mirrors
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=1fcff29e-0341-45e7-a345-c99ffc9d7350

SUDBURY STAR - Tories too tight with information
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=846616

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - Training doctors
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4103352p-4701706c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Poor literacy of aboriginals hurting Sask.
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=bbbe98c9-c12f-459d-943e-35541c727c63

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE - Change is difficult, but...
Can we afford not to pay price to fight warming?
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Editorial/366614.html

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Another chance to tack on Kyoto
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=7563ea09-8ef9-4dd4-bbbf-d35f8ec7d787

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Olympics stuck in the past on ski jumping
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_9380.php

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN - The kinder, gentler Albertaliban
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=111392&Itemid=161

VANCOUVER SUN - Roundtable's plan to cut greenhouse gases is worth considering
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=38708b10-3847-4810-a6e5-78042dc3bd94

         Reaching bilingual goals requires a change in thinking
         http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=bc44eca3-5538-4f62-84ab-5e6350adf17c

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Do you really want to pay more for a fill-up?
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=0221ff1e-f3de-44ca-b885-3c3499737947

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Harper shuns the premiers
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=310c9969-15c0-4aba-bf20-3b10fd19f96a


ISSUES

CANADIAN FORCES
Ex-Taleban chief named governor
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7175619.stm

'Bribes' free top Taleban leader
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7176807.stm

Afghanistan National Security Forces Order of Battle
http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2008/01/afghanistan_national.php

Afghans need weapons they know how to use
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1002121.html

Military investigators 'baffled' by engine fires on two Sea King helicopters
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/080107/n0107119A.html


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Bigger hit on Canada growth from U.S. possible: Dodge
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080107/canada/canada_bis_dodge_col

Business with China can continue, Emerson says
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080108/china_business_080108/20080108?hub=Canada

Ottawa threatens China over tourist rules
http://www.reportonbusiness.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080108.wremerson08/BNStory/Business/home

Foreign Takeovers Half Of Canadian M&As
The value of foreign takeovers of Canadian companies represented
nearly half of all mergers and acquisitions involving domestic firms in 2007
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=222318

The naked system
International financial order is an emperor with no clothes
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=222289

Stagflation waiting in the wings
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/291823

Canada investment rules not aimed at China: minister
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080108/canada/canada_china_investment_col


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
President Calls Action of Iranian Boats 'Provocative'
Peril Posed by Tehran a Theme of His Mideast Trip,
Washington Post Wednesday, January 9, 2008
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/08/AR2008010801903.html?hpid=moreheadlines

all 1,953 news articles »



HEALTH CARE RELATED
Bigger, older population emergency for hospitals
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/291824


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Muslims test press freedom limits in Canadian case
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080106/canada/canada_muslims_press_col


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
New Sask premier urged to press equalization case at first ministers meeting
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/080107/n0107161A.html

PM cool to more aid for business
Premiers to push for economic help
http://www.reportonbusiness.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080107.wrpremiers07/BNStory/Business/home

Nova Scotia to create test centre for tidal power
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080108.wtidalpower0108/BNStory/National/home

Hospital privatization a `disturbing picture'
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/291911

Mandate not always followed to the letter
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=5467f3fc-cf01-4862-8c7c-03b809995300


POLITICS
PM gets in position as economy goes south
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=223484

Tories ready to fire nuclear watchdog
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=222215

Nuclear safety chief blasts Tory cabinet minister over threatening letter
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/080108/n0108123A.html

Environmental group calls for more autonomy for Nuclear Safety Commission
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/080108/n010833A.html

Dion's decision meeting resistance
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=3306eaac-6755-4ea0-9761-0dce7f6ab321

Sask Liberals 'insulted' by Dion's choice of candidate for byelection
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2008/01/08/4759381-cp.html

Progressive party aims for Williams's coattails
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2008/01/07/stevens-party.html

VIDEO
http://www.cbc.ca/video/popup.html?http://www.cbc.ca/ondemand/hereandnow/stjohns.asx

Remain engaged' in Afghanistan, but leave room for other missions: Dion
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080108/national/afghan_cda_liberals_2

                        L'affaire Schreiber

Quashing Mulroney-Schreiber inquiry not an option: critics
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=222264

Schreiber asks MPs to review Mulroney's tax files
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080108.MULRONEY08/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/PROGRAMMES

Ethics committee pressures Schreiber to produce documents Video
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/01/08/schreiber-documents.html

CARBON TAX RELATED ARTICLES

Expert panel calls for carbon tax to reduce greenhouse gases
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/080107/n0107183A.html

Advisory panel recommends carbon tax for Canada
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080107/carbon_tax_080107/20080107?hub=Canada

Panel pushes carbon-tax debate
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080107.wgreen07/BNStory/National/home

CTV News: Vancouver Bureau Chief Todd Battis 1:48
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/2008/01/07/ctvvideologger3_199738595_1199761071_500kbps.wmv&video_link_low=mms://ctvbroadcast.ctv.ca/video/2008/01/07/ctvvideologger3_199738594_1199759548_218kbps.wmv&clip_start=00:05:22.35&clip_end=00:01:48.50&clip_caption=CTV%20News:%20Vancouver%20Bureau%20Chief%20Todd%20Battis&clip_id=ctvnews.20080107.00229000-00229420-clip3&subhub=video&no_ads=&sortdate=20080106&slug=rescue_bill_080107&archive=CTVNews

Federal report calls for carbon tax, trading in Canada
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/01/07/climate-report.html

IN DEPTH: Carbon tax
http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/kyoto/carbon-tax.html

IN DEPTH: Trading carbon
http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/kyoto/carbon-trading.html

No carbon tax, international carbon trading, Baird says
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/02/08/baird-environment.html

C.B.C. VIDEO
http://www.cbc.ca/clips/rm-hi/boag-enviro070208.rm

Conservatives unlikely to follow through with expert panel's plan
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2008/01/08/4757623-sun.html

Tories nix idea of carbon tax
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Canada/2008/01/08/4757827-sun.html

Repeating the obvious on climate change won't make us wiser
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080108.COSIMP08/TPStory/TPComment/Politics/

The short life of carbon taxes
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=222291


PROGRAMMES

Feds look to beef up foreign embassies
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Canada/2008/01/08/4757846-sun.html

Canada tightens rules governing organ donations
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080108/canada/canada_transplants_col


PRESSURE POINTS
A warmer Arctic? Blame Mother Nature
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=220210


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Move To Update Copyright Laws Could Criminalize Everyday Activities
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=220202

Right words said at the right time can cause a political revolution
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/291933

Pendulum slowly swinging back to days of male bonding
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=85b003fa-2dcf-48fc-9b9a-718fdbf4da9f

Let's stop playing with what we consider adulthood
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=747310ea-a65b-4e6b-b9c4-2a9c6128fafc

Why is Canada copying failure?
The Harper government's U.S.-style tough line on drugs benefits no one but criminals and their syndicates
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=ace92530-bbf9-4510-a4aa-09066d599c9e

Young suspects in serious crimes shouldn't have right to anonymity
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=409b515a-8d37-4da6-8f98-039c33ee0e3f


INFOS

Un groupe d'experts recommande à Ottawa de fixer le prix du carbone
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080107/N0107150AU.html

Le fédéral consacre un million $ à des sondages sur la lutte contre la drogue
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080107/N0107132AU.html

Linda Keen affirme son indépendance
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/01/08/003-Lunn-keen.shtml

Un ancien taliban rejoint le gouvernement
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/International/2008/01/08/008-afghan-taliban-mardi.shtml

Changements climatiques - Les pollueurs doivent payer, conclut la Table ronde
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/01/08/171080.html

Stéphane Dion veut que l'armée reste en Afghanistan, mais soit flexible
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080108/N010899AU.html

Le gouvernement Harper et la Commission de sûreté nucléaire s'affrontent
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080108/N010879AU.html

Emerson: les nouvelles règles n'affecteront pas les investissements chinois
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080108/N0108107AU.html

La taxation contre la pollution
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080108/CPACTUALITES/801080634/1025/CPACTUALITES


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Liberal? Tory? Same old story
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Goldstein_Lorrie/2007/03/20/3789462-sun.html

        The article posted above in order to provide a heading deals with economics, with taxation and spending, with each party having favoured interest groups.

         "Liberal? Tory? Same old story" was not a rallying cry for those from the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada "legacy Party".  It was to the best of
        my recollection not unknown among those from the Reform "legacy Party" within the Conservative Party of Canada.

        The views in the article that follows are based on facts, on fact that indisputably prove in one critical area the Conservative Party of Canada, to-days "Tories"
        in the media, and the Liberal Party of Canada are alike.

        In that neither the Reform's nor the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada's Constitutions sanctioned such control from the top, where has it come from?

                  Joe
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Ontario Perspective: Führerprinzip in process of replacing democracy
http://www.agoracosmopolitan.com/home/Frontpage/2008/01/08/02104.html
by Joe Hueglin
 The image “http://www.agoracosmopolitan.com/home/Frontpag
 

Political party elites have sabotaged various
representative Canadians from becoming a
 Member of Parliament include Mark Warner
 and fair trade activist David Orchard.          

Parliament was called together over 800 years ago. Over time decision-making powers came to rest in the hands of the elected representatives of all adult citizens. Gradually displaced, was the concept of an all powerful monarch whose authority was believed to come from what is still on our coinage, D.G., Gratia Regina, By the Grace of God, Queen. [1] Our system is now in the process of reverting to one in which power is concentrated in the hands of individuals, through application of the Leadership-principle. First stated in German as the Führerprinzip its justification is that "unquestioning obedience to superiors supposedly produced order and prosperity in which those deemed 'worthy' would share." [2]

Over time, decision-making power was removed from the monarch and placed in the hands of representatives elected by all adult citizens, from among candidates standing as independents or elected by members of political parties, at constituency nomination conventions. This democracy -- the making of laws by those chosen by their communities in Parliament assemble, one of Canada's legacies from the United Kingdom -- is now being subverted through growth in the powers of party leaders.

Orwellian Pyramid  []

                                                                       Orwellian Pyramid orientation of society
                                                                       where elites as party-insiders are at the
                                                                       top, and "the masses" as called 'proles'.
                                                                       Graphic credit reference: Netcharles.com.

Originally those standing as candidates for a political party were chosen by local party members, within a constituency, without let or stay from the party Leader. Power first came into the hands of party leaders when their signatures became necessary before a nominated candidate's name could be placed on the ballot, as standing for the party.

"Parachute candidates", individuals from outside the constituency being nominated in "safe ridings" has a long history. They were not imposed, however, but nominated with the "consent" of local members.

Those seeking a nomination today as a Conservative Party candidate, first of all, must have their qualifications vetted by the central party. They may be informed from above that their names cannot be placed before their party's constituency nomination convention. Nominated candidates when campaigning may be "informed" that they have been removed as candidates without the agreement of local members. Decisions handed down though a top-down elite-driven process are final. [3]

During the first week of 2008 candidates were appointed by both the Liberal and Conservative Parties without local nominations being held. Don Meredith was named Conservative candidate to replace Mark Warner, the former nominated candidate in Toronto Centre, who was removed in November. [4] Joan Beatty, was named Liberal candidate in the riding of Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River despite David Orchard being urged to seek the nomination and as a result spending weeks campaigning in the riding. [5]

Local members choices, were overridden in the cases of the removal of Mark Warner, in Toronto Centre, and Brent Barr of Guelph. In the appointments of Meredith and Beatty, decisions were made without reference to the local membership. These decisions were made in all cases, with the expectation that "obedience to superiors" would prevail.

Precedents are being set. Accepted once, such actions will in all probability become more and more common. Will they in time become the norm? Will democratic decision making at the local level be replaced by whatever you choose to call it, the Leadership Principle or Das Führerprinzip?

The trend line is here. The time to oppose it is now.

Endnotes

1. Dei Gratia Regina, By the Grace of God, Queen. LINK

2. Führerprinzip, LINK

3. Tories drop 2 would-be Ontario candidates Mark Warner, Brent Barr no longer party's picks, LINK

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

(5) "Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion today announced that Joan Beatty, former Saskatchewan NDP cabinet minister and Aboriginal activist, will be the Party's candidate" LINK

About the writer:

Joe Hueglin is a former Member of Parliament from southern Ontario.  []

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From: "Ken Fuhr"
Subject: Re: Daily Digest January 5, 2008

Hi joe, I thought I would share a letter to SD. Greeting from New West BC!

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Dear Mr. Dion

Nearly 2 years ago now I joined the Liberal Party of Canada, in the federal riding of Davenport, for the purpose of supporting your leadership bid, and to continue to support your leadership after the convention. Our country had fallen into the hands of a very ideological right wing group, lead by Mr. Harper, a man whose hostility towards Canada is on record for all to witness. You were the person to emerge who could lead the country out of this dangerous situation; with your proven record on the unity file, as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, as well as your understanding of Canadian Federalism. This understanding, as well as your passion, is well documented in "Straight Talk, Speeches and Writings on Canadian Unity", and one of the most touching and telling sentiments emerge from those writings when you state that Canada has no right to break apart, but has a responsibility to remain united as a model to the world of how a federation can work. Your work as Environment Minister, as well as your widely praised abilities and performance at the UN Conference on Climate Change in Montreal demonstrated that you could also help our united federation to live and work in harmony with our natural environment, staving off another potential catastrophe. Your abilities and integrity have been praised across the political spectrum; by Elizabeth May on numerous occasions, by Jack Layton in a partisan speech, and even Hugh Segal accords you huge praise in his largely partisan rant door stop "The Long Road Back" for just a few examples. This skims the surface of the ways you gained many peoples confidence.

This is also why it comes as such an immense shock and shattering disappointment to learn of you undermining democratic process in
Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River. We met, Mr. Dion, at the Westin Harbor Castle on the Toronto lake shore, at the book launch for Linda Diebel's new book "Stephane Dion, Against the Current". You told me there that David would be running in a North Saskatchewan riding for you, and now for months, David and his organizers have been working and organizing in the North Saskatchewan winter for the nomination. This eleventh hour appointment of Joan Beatty, how ever capable she may be, is absolutely unacceptable, and a mass betrayal to David, his organizers and supporters (your loyal supporters!), the 150 delegates and 40 volunteers from the Campaign for Canada that went to Montreal to make you leader as well. The integrity of Mr. Orchard, and that of his supporters, (that legendary data base of 39 000 names), and their willingness to sacrifice to work for the common good, should not be undermined and disregarded in this way. Your dismissal and betrayal of all these people is highly uncharacteristic of a person whose vision of Canada is "perhaps the country where human beings, no matter where they come from, have the best chance of being treated as human beings". For whatever purpose you made this move, it is a stab in the back, and I strongly urge you to listen to the voices coming to you from the riding of Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River asking you to let them choose their candidate for themselves. Let our party be a model of how democracy can work, restore the faith that many of us are losing in you now, and stop a rift form forming that could break our party apart.

Best Regards

Ken Fuhr
New Westminster, BC

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From: Rubie Britton
Subject: Three Stages of Truth.

truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
­Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher

As ever,
Rubie

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From: "John Halonen"
Subject: From a Retiree`s Perspective - South of the Border

From a Retiree`s Perspective - South of the Border

Has anyone been paying attention to the political process south of our Border?

Americans are becoming re-engaged with the political process and are returning by the thousands to voice their opinions. What was once a country where citizens stayed away from voting or voicing their opions, it is now an uprising from many, that they wish to become involved and remove themselves from an elite and corrupt business environment. It is becoming the America of the revolution period once again.

Canadians should pay close attention as surely it is not in our best interest to be thought of as another
bush country, with many natural resouces, that cares less about how others view us in a world perspective. Canada must return to its` roots, and once again represent to the world that we are a nation that cares.

John P. Halonen
Oshawa, Ontario
( snowbirding south of the border )

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