Sunday, February 24, 2008

Daily Digest February 24, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Waiting for Dion
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=111057&sc=80

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD Fossil fuel costs to grow
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1039976.html

WINNIPEG SUN - Take heed of U.S. money woes
http://winnipegsun.com/Comment/Editorial/2008/02/24/4871871-sun.html

VANCOUVER SUN - Phasing out capital taxes will make B.C. a haven for clean, green businesses
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=9e0468eb-df48-42f9-b8e5-061906bdd60c

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Who decides when to pull the plug?
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=4779806e-6a85-49ef-be68-13139c0e5a49


ISSUES

CANADIAN FORCES
Afghan mission recruitment draw: Hillier
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/story/4131498p-4724241c.html


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Dodge's successor too optimistic about globalization
http://www.thestar.com/comment/columnists/article/306341

Economists say Tory budget expected to be very prudent
http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/News/National/2008/02/24/4871969-sun.html

Federal carbon tax proposed
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=76a72fff-445f-4b60-8b06-8712c0e5e70a&k=58966


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
U.S. knows a nation when it sees one
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Margolis_Eric/2008/02/24/4872343-sun.php

Hungry for action, US Marines relish Afghan mission
http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/FF0CD847731912FB872573F90047611E?OpenDocument

Answers for Afghanistan?
http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/8F71FAD2DFA10CBB872573F900448CDC?OpenDocument


HEALTH CARE RELATED
TB's deadly comeback
http://www.thestar.com/living/Health/article/306357


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Update: John Tory to Remain as Party Leader
all 155 news articles »



POLITICS
Latest poll ties parties
Voting by habit keeps Liberals even with Tories in level of support
http://winnipegsun.com/News/Canada/2008/02/24/4871882-sun.html

Results of Nanos Research-Sun Media poll hardly music to the ears of Prime Minister Harper
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2008/02/24/4872092-sun.html

Conservative Party executive protest nomination process
http://www.mississauga.com/article/11451

Dion's ditched 'progressive opposition': Layton
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080224/layton_budget_080224/20080224?hub=TopStories

Leftist group slams federal tax cuts as 'irresponsible'; calls for social spending
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080224/national/alternative_budget

Affluent Quadra riding one of four federal byelections set for March 17
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080224/national/quadra_byelection

Social welfare focus of fed spending aimed at boosting support, experts say
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080222/national/homeless_spending

Harper waking up to his party's gender problem
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=613b96d6-98d9-4919-95cb-bcd0a90c16db


PROGRAMMES
New Cdn civilian rep takes up post in Kandahar, promises greater co-ordinatio
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080224/national/afghan_cda_golberg


PRESSURE POINTS
It's green fever madness!
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Goldstein_Lorrie/2008/02/24/4872336-sun.php

Antarctic glaciers surge to ocean
UK scientists working in Antarctica have found some of the clearest
evidence yet of instabilities in the ice of part of West Antarctica.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7261171.stm


OPINION AND INFORMATION
A nation of sellouts?
What hope is there for Canada to be anything but a second-tier,
resource-dependent player on the global stage if every time
a corporation approaches critical mass, it gets sold off to a foreign buyer?
http://www.thestar.com/Business/article/306336

Rights complainants want only reasonable access to media
Muslims who launched Maclean's complaint are seeking the right to reply to coverage
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=be7150eb-8048-45ea-85a2-27bc5da297a8

A carbon tax isn't a career killer after all
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=4faf1956-b567-41d6-bfb2-bb1956d59803

Second-class citizens
Language policies have made English a form of contraband
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/MacAdam_Pat/2008/02/24/4872091-sun.html


INFOS

Le NPD veut un budget qui favorise les familles
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080224/CPACTUALITES/80224028/1025/CPACTUALITES

Les mains tendues se multiplient
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/national/

La motion Harper harponnée
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2008/02/23/001-wallin-afghanistan.shtml

Une gestion à simplifier
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/02/22/002-tellier-bureaucrates.shtml


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From: Peter Ineson
Subject: Military Croos Border Assistance
To: Joe Hueglin

How quickly one forgets.......when Hurricane Katrina swept the US Gulf Coast states........it was the Canadian military who went into the United States of America and provided much needed assistance to the many millions of people who were in dire need.
 
When one thinks of "international cooperation" you shouldn't have tunnel vision - when one nation offers assistance to another in time of need - one shouldn't be concerned if the best provider is a member of that countries military. Rather one should be thankful that the government of the offering nation actually cares about the people of it's neighbour.
 
Routinely, Canadian and American power utilities send assistance crews across borders to deal with massive power outages caused by ice storms etc....Should we deny our citizens electrical power because the US Army Engineers can't come to the aid of Hydro Ontario?
 
That which the pundits wish us to fear is nothing more than the formalization of the ability of one nation helping another in time of need. I swear Joe, in the case of several of your pundits " if brains were dynamite they couldn't blow their noses". Perhaps it's their over inflated ego's clogging their "minds".

         Peter
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At 08:48 AM 24/02/2008, you wrote:
That which the pundits wish us to fear is nothing more than the formalization of the ability of one nation helping another in time of need. I swear Joe, in the case of several of your pundits " if brains were dynamite they couldn't blow their noses". Perhaps it's their over inflated ego's clogging their "minds".

Peter,

With this statement of yours  "When one thinks of "international cooperation" you shouldn't have tunnel vision - when one nation offers assistance to another in time of need - one shouldn't be concerned if the best provider is a member of that countries military. Rather one should be thankful that the government of the offering nation actually cares about the people of it's neighbour." I agree 100%.

Indeed in that Canada has no disputes aside from the the Atlantic fisheries and Hans Island with other states aside from the Americans and no overt threats at all (unless the Yanks putting missiles on Russia's borders renews the Cold War) we might very well consider shaping our military our military to bring rapid deployment of assistance when natural disaster strikes any where in our world.

You are correct, "Routinely, Canadian and American power utilities send assistance crews across borders to deal with massive power outages caused by ice storms etc...." .  It is   I suggest  naive to accept that "Vision 2020" and
the signing of the "Civil Assistance Plan" are "nothing more than the formalization of the ability of one nation helping another in time of need " My family and I routinely crossed the border  freely all our lives. Because of 9/11  what was routine is no more.  All shaped to provide maximum security against foes be they actual or potential through Homeland Security and Committee of Public Safety.

Have you heard the saying "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean someone isn't following you." ?  While there are those who have inordinate fears resulting from their mistrust of government, others are too unwilling to consider there are potential threats in the powers being concentrated in the hands of government executives   .

        Joe

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Agree with what you say "almost" entirely.........I still routinely cross many borders with my Canadian Passport and I do believe that all nations have a right to determine who enters their country - no one has the absolute right to enter another country and we far too long took for granted the privileged status we held with the USA.
 
Regrettably, Canada has not adopted strict international entry requirements into our country, such as Australia. Quite frankly, I'm not at all pleased that Canada is nothing more than a country of convenience for those who want all we have to offer but wish to maintain multiple citizenship status' in other countries and I include the Liberal Dion in that group.
 
Remember, international terrorism flourishes only because "we" (democratic nations) believe in civil liberty. Entry into the Netherlands is no different than entering the USA, entry into Cuba is easier than entering the USA (for Canadians), now try entering Zimbabwe, Israel, China, and a myriad of other nations where "preclearance" or visas are required. Perhaps you would like to try lying on the beaches of Haiti.
 
One of the proudest moments I've experienced was when on the island of Dominica a tour director stopped at a small hospital and pointed out that it was a "gift from Canada" and that tour director had no idea if anyone in our group was, in fact, Canadian.
 
As for our military, once the current commitments have been satisfied, they should be deployed in the defense of our borders against human and drug smugglers, illegal aliens as well as our sovereignty over our borders.
 
When the sniper teams are finished in Afghanistan perhaps they could be deployed against the drug smugglers along the BC interior border.
 
Thanks for the personal response and I apologize for the rant - I happen to believe in Canada and being a real Canadian - by the way + 7 deg. beautiful sunny day here on the Best Coast!

         Peter
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. . . apology not accepted.  I hope your rant spreads like cold germs do this time of year. It's what BELOW (30) is for! (for goodness sake as Barbara Yaffe used to say on Duff's CTV Sunday morning "Gots ta watch it" years ago now)

We're on our 3rd day. Of course Ontario  recently is being shortchanged in more than one way. Just ask cz.

        Joe

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From: "Claudia Hudson"
Subject: carbon tax

Canada to be a testing ground for global tax
http://www.corbettreport.com/articles/20080221_bc_carbon_tax.htm
 
Joe,
 
This is further proof that Canadians are descending into a black hole with increased velocity.
 
Claudia

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From: "Rebecca Gingrich"

Subject: RE: At least Germany stamps on tax havens "A leading German industrialist has
 already resigned. Tax inspectors have warrants to go through the finances of
 900 people and all hell has broken loose in the world of the wealthy."

Why did this journalist not name politicians in his list of criminals using
tax havens?  Remember Paul Martin(he uses tax havens) stating he would end
them but the rest of the world would do nothing about them?  Good for
Germany!
becky

At least Germany stamps on tax havens
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/feb/24/germany.globaleconomy

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From: Jacob Rempel
To: StéphaneDion-M.P. <Dion.S@parl.gc.ca>
Cc: "GianlucaCairo" <CairoG@parl.gc.ca>
Subject: Joe Hueglin, Editor, retired PC Party MP and history teacher, writes about what he hears and reads.

Mr. Dion;
Joe Hueglin, DAILY DIGEST editor,
retired PC Party MP and History teacher,

writes about what he sees, hears and reads.
Jacob Rempel, Vancouver
 
EXCERPT:
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How come for why, out of the clear blue, did Major Richard Moffet say that
"Canada needs to double its current troop strength of  2,500 to keep the Taliban away"?  He continued " 'Easily you could have a brigade of 5,000 Canadians here just for Zhari, Panjwai, Arghandab, Shah Wali Kot and Khakrez, because to be honest, we haven't been to a few places in Panjwai yet.' "
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The
DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION
from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA .

                 As we all know from what we are told,  matters are improving in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.  Government and Official Opposition Parties are in agreement.
        
        Canadian Forces remain in Afghanistan until 2011.  That is if 1 000 extra troops and six helicopters are provided by others to supplement our 2 500.
        
        How come for why, out of the clear blue did Major Richard Moffet, deputy commander of Canada's battle group who was among those consulted by the Manley Commission http://www.independent-panel-independant.ca/reportViewer-eng.asp?selMenu=11 say that
"Canada needs to double its current troop strength
        of  2,500 to keep the Taliban away"? 
He continued " 'Easily you could have a brigade of 5,000 Canadians here just for Zhari, Panjwai, Arghandab, Shah Wali Kot and Khakrez, because to be honest, we haven't been to a few places in Panjwai yet.' "
        
        Was he frustrated because he told The Honourable John Manley, P.C.,  Derek H. Burney, O.C., LL.D. The Honourable Jake Epp, P.C., B.A., B.Ed., ICD.D., LL.D.     (Hon) , The Honourable Paul Tellier, P.C., C.C., Q.C. and Pamela Wallin, O.C., S.O.M.  what he knows to be true and was ignored and cares enough to have        committed what may well be professional suicide?

        Frankly I can't think of any other reason for him doing so.
        You may,  however, and if so let me know.

                 
Joe
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Editorial — The right to be let alone
http://thesuburban.com/content.jsp?sid=15827992976645924311822438481&ctid=1000002&cnid=1014440

"All civilized systems of law confer upon the people, as against their governments, the right to be let alone. That is the most comprehensive of rights and the most valued by civilized men."

— Justice Louis D. Brandeis


The above statement highlights the heart of the sickness whose symptoms were once again in evidence through the McKibbin's Pub affair of the past week. We must come to a point in Quebec where we decide once and for all what kind of a society we are. Is our Quebec to be a reflection of our own Charter of Rights and Freedoms which protects freedom of expression in article 2 and makes sacrosanct our private domains in article 7, or is Quebec to be forever a society of snitches and inspectors with a citizenry constantly being scrutinized and supervised?

That is far more important than any debate about the ramifications of Bill 101. It is time for responsible and resolute voices in our public life, be they in elective office or in media, to put to rest once and for all the canard that the language law was important — and only needs occasional tweaking — for the sake of social peace. Social peace cannot be established and perpetuated on a foundation of a lie, and it can never be legitimized when one of its organizing principles is the contraction of rights of part of the people.

The only thing that Quebec's language law did was to allow nationalist politicians to make political capital by demonizing non-francophones and making francophones feel helpless in the advancement of their own lives. Self-abnegation became the order of the day as successive governments of whatever party took more and more prerogatives onto themselves. The nanny-state was born.

French was never imperiled in Quebec, but by making francophones feel that only government could ensure their language interests, the law created a mindset that allowed state fiat to dictate our lives in all manners and forms and government by elected representatives was replaced by the "benign" dictatorship of the statocrats.

Perhaps the insipidly trivial nature of the objections to McKibbin's decorative signs will finally make Quebecers see what an Orwellian mind-control society we have allowed to be created. Perhaps the coarse venality of it all will finally sink in. Perhaps people will finally stand up and say enough to being homogenized, pasteurized and sanitized. Enough of inspectors telling us what to eat, where to smoke, how to walk, how to play the sports we love and how to talk. A free society is about the freedom to choose. And the open battleground of free ideas.

It was heartening to hear so many French voices this past week say "Ca suffit!" Enough! For silence and inaction in the face of a system that does not work is nothing less than complicity in perpetuating the injustices of that system. It is time to stop being a cowardly, silly, little people. And it is time to stop our submission to the snitches of the state. Let's reassert the consequence of our individual sovereignty.

It is perverse to accept that the Office québécois de la langue française has set some kind of precedent for state control that implies normality. It does not and never did. Those in our vaunted intelligentsia who submit to that obscenity would be ready to accept a wrong committed on the back of another wrong simply because our society was silent on the first one. By that reasoning why bother investigating and overturning wrongful criminal convictions like Truscott, Marshall, Morin, and Milgaard since "precedents" had been set with the first one?

A society that runs between the raindrops, populated by citizens that dare not care, ruled by governors who can no longer tell right from wrong, is a society that is guilty of the perpetuation of a bodyguard of lies. We can be better than that. We can do better than encouraging innuendo, rumour and guilt by association so that agents of the state can perpetuate their existences by weighing our every action, every communication, every contact, tampering with their intent and then using it to our individual detriment. This is not the basis for the perpetuation of a free society. It is a recipe for adherence to the most smug biases in order to avoid any governmental oversight or inquiry.

Edward Gibbon once wrote that, "…a civilization begins to decay when its governors are occupied only with vices and voices they seek to demonize…" By that, or any other standard, Quebec may be quickly rotting away.

2008-02-20 09:54:34

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