Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Daily Digest February 12-13, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

AMHERST DAILY NEWS - Dion unprepared for prime time?
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=108230&sc=61

TORONTO STAR - Closing the gap on Afghan role
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/303020

         Flaherty's tight times
         http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/303019

        Time is right for an election
         http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/302563

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW - Posturing in Ottawa for a vote nobody wants
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=899792&auth=The+Review

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - Compromise is preferred
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/324159

WINDSOR STAR - Superbug battle
An age-old solution
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=61ff7477-7573-4969-a8cf-6d8c4a958130

SUDBURY STAR - Green zealots; Environmentalists refuse to consider moderation as an option
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=899936&auth=Hoy%2c+Claire


ISSUES

CANADIAN FORCES
Returning soldier says Afghan mission poorly equipped
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080213.wafghansoldier0213/BNStory/Afghanistan/home

Contracts modified sweet of Defense
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cyberpresse.ca%2Farticle%2F20080213%2FCPACTUALITES%2F80213218%2F1025%2FCPACTUALITES&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

CANUSA/USACAN
Canada blew it
Security barriers raised since 9/11 divide Canadians and Americans more than they ward off terrorists
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=302151

U.S., Canada on collision course in Arctic
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=49b44218-63b8-40b2-8bdf-3e8091a365cd

U.S. revives cross-border terror talk
Security czar says more than a dozen with terrorism ties have entered U.S. via Canada
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/story.html?id=3a885c2b-7c1b-48f1-b117-892af00f2a6a&k=23422

Terrorists tried to enter via Canada: U.S.
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=304091

Time to repair trade relations
A Democrat in Washington could be good for NAFTA
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=299731

Background of Michael Hart,
http://www.carleton.ca/duc/News/news05100401.html


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Canadians glum about economy
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2008/02/12/4843797-sun.html

WTO sides with Canada, U.S., EU on auto parts
http://www.reportonbusiness.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080213.wwto0213/BNStory/robNews/home


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Where do we show resolve, if not Kandahar?
Canadian blood and treasure earns us the right to help shape better solutions
DEREK BURNEY http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080213.wcoburney13/BNStory/specialComment/home

French decision on Kandahar still weeks away
http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/News/National/2008/02/13/4843439-sun.html

Training Afghans not without risk: envoy
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=ec2f5ed6-e798-473e-b4b9-ca2768c78059

Afghanistan question more than adding troops
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1037851.html


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Rushing injustice through the Senate
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/302914

Smell of pot smoke can no longer spark marijuana search
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=f8133cc0-81ea-4a23-8628-5f4d209aa6ed


POLITICS
Liberals bolt on vote
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Canada/1037848.html



Just a day after Stephen Harper suggested the parties were heading in the "right direction'' for a deal on the Afghan mission, the prime minister was non-committal Wednesday on two of the key conditions the Liberals have laid down for extending the deployment. http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080213/afghan_mission_080213/20080213?hub=QPeriod



Harper and Dion extend olive branch on Afghan mission
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080213.ELECTION13/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

PM lauds Dion Afghan plan
Concessions move parties to common ground on extending mission in Afghanistan to 2011
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/303128

Canada dodges election bullet over Afghan mission
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=303906

Dion makes right call, still loses
Tories now in talks with Bloc to gain support for budget
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=304079

Tory, Liberal disagreements persist despite election cooldown
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=306550

Key election dates
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080213.ELECTIONDATES13/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Liberals appear to back away from election precipice
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/War_Terror/2008/02/06/4831143-cp.html

Liberals work to unite over mission
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080213.ELECTIONLIBERALS13/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Liberal `compromise' is really a retreat to Harper's position
http://www.thestar.com/Canada/Columnist/article/303129

Gap with PM on Afghan mission: Liberal MP
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/War_Terror/2008/02/06/4831143-cp.html

Rocky Start for Oda's Media Outreach
http://embassymag.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/february/13/bevoda/

Help auto sector or pay the price, Hargrove tells Harper
http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=900798

PM's date in a fix
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1037775.html

Harper ready to ask GG to pull plug
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=301407

Committee summons Harper aide
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=0b05ac86-e407-41c4-a286-5e472f4b8140

Isotopes supplier contradicts Ottawa
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Canada/1037853.html

Tories caught in ignoble moment
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=306591

Gag me with a memo
Free speech is being undermined by 'human rights.' Why is Stephen Harper averting his gaze?
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=304108


PROGRAMMES
RCMP accused of violating Privacy Act
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/national/story.html?id=c8556639-5082-40ea-9c5e-7692cb16fe48

Ritz fumes after barley talks break down
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/saskatchewan/story/2008/02/13/barley-battle.html

Tories Hope New Years' Gifts Will Keep on Giving
http://embassymag.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/february/13/tories/

Senior Mountie slams committee report
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=9ce632ea-02b7-4c36-9c5a-e06d246eeae4

Spy watchdog fingers CSIS on torture data
http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/News/National/2008/02/13/4843432-sun.html

Conservatives promise to cut spending on federal polls and surveys
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080213/national/government_polls


PRESSURE POINTS
US seeks satellite access for security
Plans advance; privacy a concern
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/02/13/us_seeks_satellite_access_for_security/

Security certificate bill clears Senate, but concerns linger
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080212/national/terrorism_bill

Sierra Club slams Ottawa on Kyoto
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=ed95b367-d6db-474a-9841-eed4789cb89b

True scale of C02 emissions from shipping revealed
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/feb/13/climatechange.pollution

David Suzuki deals a devastating blow to his climate-change cause
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=d8d435aa-ef76-41a4-bb75-7daebeb155dd

David Suzuki's hot air
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=763de072-f46e-45fe-93d0-1e9735f8dfae

Struggle to balance security, freedom drags on
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=4ae02a3f-f6d9-499d-ba13-fcd6ded7d833


OPINION AND INFORMATION
The Internet and YouTube have changed the face of politics
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/columnists/story.html?id=aa1a781f-f1f0-4bd0-87a9-0d20b2164317

Families taking turn for worse
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/columnists/story.html?id=aa1a781f-f1f0-4bd0-87a9-0d20b2164317

Ready to rumble but not to lead
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/303016

An election on Afghanistan deployment would be folly
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/columnists/story.html?id=b54ff1f2-ea8a-4fcd-8f7f-79e63cca5003

Harper cranking up the wedge politics
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/subscriber/columnists/f_russell/story/4124500p-4718819c.html


INFOS

Canadiens sous surveillance... non nécessaire
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/02/13/009-Dossiers-GRC-canadiens.shtml

Ottawa revoit ses pratiques
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2008/02/13/003-sondages-revision.shtml

Les inquiétudes libérales
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2008/02/13/002-Afghan-PLC-image.shtml

Afghanistan: un compromis se dessine à Ottawa
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/02/13/175919.html

L'opposition impose sa volonté
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/02/13/175924.html

Harper gagne un vote de confiance
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/02/13/175929.html

Les libéraux semblent moins pressés de se lancer en élection ce printemps
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080213/N0213164AU.html

Des contrats modifiés en douce à la Défense
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080213/CPACTUALITES/80213218/1025/CPACTUALITES

Supposée entente sur l'Afghanistan: Rodriguez furieux
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080213/CPACTUALITES/80213109/1025/CPACTUALITES

Un militaire québécois condamne l'équipement des soldats en Afghanistan
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080212/CPACTUALITES/80212274/5846/CPACTUALITES


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Liberals bolt on vote

        Tuesday and Wednesday were taken up by driving to and from the funeral of the last person in my family of my parents generation.  Arriving home this Digest
        was prepared even more hastily than usual.

         Interesting to me is that little attention in the media was given, in so far as I saw, to a vote taken on Tuesday which presumes to have the House of Commons
        dictate the agenda of the Senate and which, if the dictator's will is not followed, will lead to the Governor General being placed in the position of having to
        decide whether or not to issue writs of election.

        The letter to the editor that follows was composed and sent to newspapers prior to the vote through which the Commons issues instructions to the Senate.
        It recites a series of actions that give me cause for concern.

        Should you consider the remarks made ill founded you are, as always, invited to challenge them.

                  Joe

When speaking of the Afghanistan Mission Stephen Harper said: "the mission won't be extended beyond the February 2009 deadline without Parliamentary consensus." What did he mean by consensus? Is it a broad measure of agreement or a simple majority in the House of Commons?.

To be considered local campaign expenses, advertising must focus on the local campaign. Does that mean that money transferred to local from national campaigns and adding a candidates? name as a tag-line to national advertising meets legal requirements? Through this manipulation Conservatives circumvented national spending limits, with a bonus: local campaigns increased their rebates from Elections Canada.

A fixed election date was enacted, except when a government was defeated in the House of Commons on a motion of confidence. At least that was the general perception of the intent of the legislation. Suddenly the government is taking the position that: "There is nothing in the law that takes away the Crown's traditional and usual prerogatives on this matter".
 
 Harper at one time suggested that the Senate would provide a check on his power. Now he is trying to over-ride that check by using a vote in the House of Commons to try to railroad a complex omnibus crime bill through the Senate. Why is it so important to prevent the Senate from carrying out due diligence? Is it possible that the wording of parts of the bill, such those involved with dangerous offenders and the use of reverse onus, could be open to manipulation?

Harper & Company's record of manipulating the meaning of the law necessitates a sober second look at everything he says and does. Consideration must be given to determining what terms within any Act are open to manipulation.

    Joe Hueglin

Reference:

    1. Persichilli, Angelo, Harper says he hasn't changed his position on Afghanistan, July 2, 2007, The Hill Times

     2. Mayeda, Andrew, Going to the polls? (pdf) February 12, 2008, The Gazette


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