Friday, February 22, 2008

Daily Digest February 22, 2008



CAPE BRETON POST - Gentlemen, start your 'dozers

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - Fidel's long farewell

AMHERST DAILY NEWS - Carbon tax still a tax

MONTREAL GAZETTE - B.C. puts Quebec to shame

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Invisible injuries

        An idea worth trying

TORONTO STAR - Flaherty vs. McGuinty


HAMILTON SPECTATOR - Car seizure too timid

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW - Price of gas is the sleeping election issue

K-W RECORD - B.C.'s carbon tax is a good model

WINDSOR STAR - War of words
Ontario's economy loses

SUDBURY STAR - That's green for Conservative; Stephen Harper needs to embrace greenhouse gas emissions cutbacks

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - McGuinty's posturing

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Odious practice to snow public

        Canada obliged to ensure allies' conduct lawful

REGINA LEADER-POST - High-definition victory

        Our system at work

CALGARY HERALD - Still wanted: Hope and vision
Listening to some leaders, you'd think Alberta was a wreck

We might be wise to be careful what the wish for

EDMONTON JOURNAL - A leaders' debate well worth watching

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - A case for fixed dates for elections

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN - Where are the electric cars when you need them?

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Gas tax a start, but a small one


The lip service must end

Top soldier asks for strong parliamentary support for Afghan mission

Taliban see Canada as 'weak' as Afghan debate drags on: Hillier

U.S., Canada agree to help each other in emergencies

Canada dismisses U.S. campaign talk of NAFTA change

Canadian firm a potential source for dirty-bomb material

Deep recession feared in U.S.

Room for tax cuts

Restrictions on halibut raise furor

HPV inoculation may not be the right drug at right time

It all adds up to zero
Courts don't take sex crimes seriously enough

Stelmach feels heat in debate

Ontario's Tory hopes party will forgive and forget

Why I'll be voting for John Tory Frank Klees

Are knives being sharpened for John Tory?

Tory readies for crucial weekend vote
His backers to challenge delegates at leadership review following poor showing in election

PC backers stand by leader: Poll

Our march toward private health care

Spat with Ontario shows Ottawa's arrogance, Williams says

Loose rules undermine ethics
Donations of money, property and services continue to corrupt Canadian politics.

Voters still not sold on Tories: Survey
After two years in government, the latest results amount to a failing grade for Harper, pollster says

Compromise on Afghanistan muffles election drumbeat

Afghan plan carved in paper

Tory motion on Afghanistan mirrors Liberal proposals

Liberals to support Afghan motion

Tories accused of stealing money, money, money, mon-ey!

Anti-Kyoto campaigner volunteer member of Tory election team

Use massive EI surplus to help jobless, Layton urges

Dion hand-picks Etobicoke candidate

Grits want Patrone probe

Afghanistan out of play for election

Deadly mission twisted into political origami

Repeat retreats leave Dion looking weak

Harper dekes Dion again

At the rainbow's end

Tories shower largesse on Ontarians

How to put the 'equal' back in equalization

Nuclear regulator restores fast-track approvals
Business-friendly approach returns a hometown advantage to Atomic Energy of Canada in the global reactor marketplace

Harper government gives science a raw deal, journal Nature says

Drug court program gets boost from Ottawa

Harper waking up to his party's gender problem, Equal Voice says

Mired in the oilsands

The politics of carbon taxes

Myths about wolves hide deadly threat

The scourge of child soldiers
Lost generations of children around the world are victims of warlords and tyrants

Honest debate needed on deficits

Canada's chief abortionist not on 2008 Order of Canada List

9/11 is the Litmus Test.

Le vent tourne en faveur de Harper

Torture: Ottawa pourrait agir dès vendredi

Les libéraux et les conservateurs s'entendent

Vers un gouvernement des Cris

Les Russes préviennent le Canada de bien songer à sa position sur le Kosovo

Stephen Harper annonce une nouvelle hausse des dépenses militaires

Stephen Harper propose un compromis sur la mission en Afghanistan

Deux dirigeants militaires canadiens s'expriment sur la mission de combat

Le Canada promet de défendre l'industrie de la chasse aux phoques

Les Conservateurs annoncent de nouvelles dépenses en Ontario

Les néo-démocrates fédéraux continuent de mettre les libéraux au défi

Ça sent... les élections!



        On February 14th and agreement was signed with the U.S. of A. .  To-day eight days later when Civil Assistance Plan is googled nothing, not any         thing, appears except from a year ago on February 16th, 2007 from DND.
        Now I'm not really into conspiracy theories.  I do remember where JFK was shot something originally about some knoll in the first reports that was      never heard again.  I have as much belief in 9/11 being the work of unassisted Arabs as in the Lord's Prayer being randomly typed our.  I could go on   about not ruling out extra terrestrial entities existing or contact with the deceased.
        If you don't know what SPP means or NAU you are unaware there are those who believe forces are at work binding our country to the U.S. of A. in
        every possible way. 
        If you are aware but you are not one of those  believing this is occurring you would see nothing unusually and sinisterly conspiratorial in such a      minor happening as the Civil Assistance Plan being completely and utterly unreported.
        Last night a post came in apprising me of the signing.  I googled and put together the F.Y.I. below.
        I am convinced the Civil Assistance Plan to take joint action when terrorists attack is in place, through there is not one shred of supportive evidence
        to my knowledge in the Canadian media at this point in time.

        Am I wrong?
        If I'm right tell me how come for why I can't find anything mentioning it ?

Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2008 02:04:11 -0500
To: National Media
From: Joe Hueglin <>
Subject: F.Y.I.: Were you aware bilateral Civil Assistance Plan signed?

You may have been aware of the signing of the Civil Assistance Plan (CAP) on February 14, 2008.

If so you have more information that others for Google searches failed to locate any current Canadian media sources of this information.

One 2004 article predicting what has come to pass, a Backgrounder from April 1, 2006 relating to what was in progress were the only two reference that were found under Civil Assistance Plan.  That is until a pdf was found: detailing what had been signed on to "LGen Marc Dumais Canada Command – "1 Year Later 16 February 2007"

Whether Google failed to pick up articles of which you are aware I do not know.

Generally a Google search is accurate so finding nothing this F.Y.I. is posted to you .

Joe Hueglin

Googled - Civil Assistance Plan (pages from Canada)

Is the Annexation of Canada part of Bush's Military Agenda?

Enhanced Canada-U.S. Defence Cooperation and the Bi-National Planning Group

Bilateral Plans:. Combined Defence Plan (CDP). Civil Assistance Plan (CAP). • Bilateral Exercises.

Googled general search 
Gen. Marc Dumais Gen. Gene Renuart Civil Assistance Plan =

U.S. Northern Command News
U.S. Northern Command, Canada Command establish new bilateral Civil Assistance Plan
Click to download high-res version
Photo by U.S. Army North Public Affairs Office

February 14, 2008

SAN ANTONIO, Texas ­ U.S. Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, and Canadian Air Force Lt.-Gen. Marc Dumais, commander of Canada Command, have signed a Civil Assistance Plan that allows the military from one nation to support the armed forces of the other nation during a civil emergency.

"This document is a unique, bilateral military plan to align our respective national military plans to respond quickly to the other nation's requests for military support of civil authorities," Renuart said. "Unity of effort during bilateral support for civil support operations such as floods, forest fires, hurricanes, earthquakes and effects of a terrorist attack, in order to save lives, prevent human suffering and mitigate damage to property, is of the highest importance, and we need to be able to have forces that are flexible and adaptive to support rapid decision-making in a collaborative environment."

"The signing of this plan is an important symbol of the already strong working relationship between Canada Command and U.S. Northern Command," Dumais said. "Our commands were created by our respective governments to respond to the defense and security challenges of the twenty-first century, and we both realize that these and other challenges are best met through cooperation between friends."

The plan recognizes the role of each nation's lead federal agency for emergency preparedness, which in the United States is the Department of Homeland Security and in Canada is Public Safety Canada. The plan facilitates the military-to-military support of civil authorities once government authorities have agreed on an appropriate response.

U.S. Northern Command was established on Oct. 1, 2002, to anticipate and conduct homeland defense and civil support operations within the assigned area of responsibility to defend, protect, and secure the United States and its interests.

Similarly, Canada Command was established on Feb. 1, 2006, to focus on domestic operations and to offer a single point of contact for all domestic and continental defense and security partners.

The two domestic commands established strong bilateral ties well before the signing of the Civil Assistance Plan. The two commanders and their staffs meet regularly, collaborate on contingency planning and participate in related annual exercises.


From: "Brian D. Marlatt"
Subject: The Queen

The Editor,
God save the Queen from those of little understanding or ancient prejudice. Spare her, too, the jibes of those who will always treat Canadian institutions with disdain or regard them as meaningless.

The importance of the Crown and the monarchy is cultural, political, and constitutional.

Culturally, it reminds all of us that Canadians are members of the wider Commonwealth and heirs to its history, beginning with the UK but extending well beyond it. That is an important thing, not just because of the British connection - although that is central as a beginning point and unifying - but on a multi-cultural and multilingual level, as well, that allows a shared understanding that is lacking in other connections. As Canadians, we have much more in common with Australians or Trinidadians and share a larger number of assumptions than with our American cousins - it is a matter of history, traditions, and values.

Politically, the monarch provides a practical safeguard against identification of the nation with any particular party or political stripe. You are every bit an Canadian even though you may not favour whatever party is in power at the moment. In republics that is not necessarily the case; tribalism and the politics of exclusion surrounding political "movements" are less a danger to democracy in a parliamentary democracy where the head of government must suffer the sometimes withering criticism of the opposition in the Commons - something that does not happen in a republic where allegiance to "movements" or "communities" usurps allegiance to all of our citizens as is meant in appeals to "Queen and Country."

It is essential that the Head of State, the Queen as represented by the Governor General, and the head of government are not the same person. In essence, the head of state is the embodiment of the nation, the personification. To a Canadian, the prime minister is just another politician to be found wanting or able according to his or her abilities, insights and policies; presidents are often politicians above the law - going to war in Iraq to "support the troops and the President" may have the same ring as "For Queen and Country" but it also has a political dimension that makes the present US misadventure in Iraq all the more understandable and probable of repetition.

Constitutionally, the monarch speaks to the whole of the nation. You are a Canadian first, not an Albertan, Newfoundlander, Quebecois, or Ontarian. Sovereignty of the people flows through the Crown, not through the state. Thus, while "states rights" is argued by Americans and was the reason for their Civil War, throughout our Commonwealth and in our constitution it is understood that we are one nation though the peoples within Canada may be seen as more and distinct. In this sense, Australian constitutional provisions, flowing from the Queen as the Head of State, provides that in areas of dispute between state and federal law in areas of state jurisdiction, federal law will apply, and does so because the sovereignty of the people, of all Australians, is grounded solidly in the Crown. In Canada, in our particular form of federalism defined in our constitution, we are "federally united" into "one Dominion under the Crown." These are nuanced issues of importance that are sometimes not fully appreciated until they are they are lost.

They are the stuff of national unity; they are reason enough to feel pride in saying "God Save the Queen," and God bless the Queen's loyal Canadians.

Brian Marlatt
White Rock, BC

From: John Kruithof
Subject: Kosovo

Kosovo is complex.  The Serbian position of preserving its sovereignty is valid.  Kosovo's frustration over the cultural oppression of the vast majority of its residents is compelling.
What is Canada to do?  If Canada decides not to recognize Kosovo, it will be because prior condition for lawful secession of a territory has not been met, thus respecting the literal application of what is currently international law.

This is where the rub lies.  Do we in perpetuity allow states to decide what goes on inside their borders?  Or do we recognize the will of people to exercise what they believe in?

John Kruithof
Ottawa South

From: Caspar Davis
Subject: The Government Has Abandoned Reason

Dear Joe,

If so inclined, please forward this to the media.

The Government Has Abandoned Reason

Not liking the information coming from science, law, farmers, ethicists etc, Mr. Harper (like Mr. Bush before him) just kills the messengers. So much for the age of reason.

A recent Green Party press release sums it up:

"When Mr. Harper took office, he moved the National Science Advisor from the Privy Council Office, where he reported to the Prime Minister, to the Department of Industry, where he now reports only to the Minister of Industry.

"The Science Advisor is the most recent top-level position to be axed by Mr. Harper, who has previously eliminated the positions of Ambassador for the Environment, Ambassador for Circumpolar Affairs and the Law Commissioner of Canada. Mr. Harper has also fired the President of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, the Ethics Commissioner and the President of the Canadian Wheat Board.

..."How can we expect officers of Parliament and top-level, independent civil servants to continue fulfilling their mandates when they know that Mr. Harper will not hesitate to fire them should he disagree?"

Caspar Davis
Victoria, BC

From: Ron Thornton
Subject: Re: Daily Digest February 20, 2008

Hi Joe:

Strange things must be afoot.  I mean, I find myself in agreement with Mahmood Elahi!  He is absolutely correct when he points out that Pakistan has no incentive going after the Taliban as long as the Americans continue being the "goose that lays the golden eggs." 

Pakistan is traditionally more involved in facing off against India, who the Americans would like standing guard against the Chinese.  I would not expect to see the army of Pakistan in any hurry ending the Taliban situation and killing off that goose any time soon. Mahmood is absolutely correct in saying the solution to what is taking place in Afghanistan lies with the army of Afghanistan, just like the solution for Iraqi security lies with an Iraqi force.

A change in mindset by the west in regards to foreign affairs would also be helpful.  We need to understand, really understand, what is needed to stabilize the region to end any threat to ourselves, which is the true reason western forces are there.  We need to understand what the people over there truly want and how we might best assist in providing it.   We need to do these things while at the same time not undermining our own cultural, social, and political norms that have allowed us to grow and develop.  While we wonder how we might best be their friends, to be seen as a welcome benefactor, we need to also remember that sometimes some folks will never be your friends. They will take what they can get but will never embrace who and what you are. Never.  We also should remember that this cuts both ways.

We also need to assist in establishing a transitional regime in these nations that can address their current situation, while at the same time evolving in to something that best suits them and does not threaten us. Even this nation of ours was established due to the fact the British got fed up with the expense of babysitting and began transferring more responsibility over to us.  By 1867, we seemed ready to accept some of it. Democracy works when there is a culture in place to embrace it.  It has no chance as long as the weapon of choice is a gun or a bomb rather than a ballot.  That is a real inconvenient truth we seem to ignore.

Ron Thornton

From: "Rebecca Gingrich"
Subject:Cities collapsing

The First Wave of World's Collapsing Cities
Below table lists the world's cities that are likely to collapse
completely or partially by or before 2012¹ in the first wave of
collapse. The collapse would be caused by a combination of
 . . .

From: "Rosalie Piccioni"

Subject: The remainder of the proverb

A 1st grade school teacher had twenty-six students in her class.  She presented each child in her classroom the 1st half of a well-known proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb.  It's hard to believe these were actually done by first graders.  Their insight may surprise you.  While reading, keep in mind that these are first-graders, 6-year-olds, because the last one is a classic!

Don't change horses
until they stop running.
Strike while the
bug is close.
It's always darkest before
Daylight Saving Time.
Never underestimate the power of
You can lead a horse to water but
Don't bite the hand that
looks dirty.
No news is
A miss is as good as a
You can't teach an old dog new
If you lie down with dogs, you'll
stink in the morning.
Love all, trust
The pen is mightier than the
An idle mind is
the best way to relax.
Where there's smoke there's
Happy the bride who
gets all the presents.
A penny saved is
not much.
Two's company, three's
the Musketeers.
Don't put off till tomorrow what
you put on to go to bed.
Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and
You have to blow your nose.
There are none so blind as
Stevie Wonder.
Children should be seen and not
spanked or grounded.
If at first you don't succeed
get new batteries.
You get out of something only what you
See in the picture on the box
When the blind lead the blind
get out of the way.
A bird in the hand
is going to poop on you.

And the WINNER and last one!  

Better late than