Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Daily Digest February 5, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Speaking the Queen's English
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=105407&sc=80

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - Weighing in on basic wage
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1036165.html

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Save the children
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=230db1dd-007a-4624-a700-fc2f96e659be

TORONTO STAR - A less flawed terror law
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/300339

NATIONAL POST - What is the Senate waiting for?
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=286118

LONDON FREE PRESS - Chalk one up for shoddy operation
http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/Opinion/Editorials/2008/02/05/4827719.html

WINDSOR STAR - PM's message
Cloaked in a centralized fog
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=cb5d08eb-24e2-4efe-bb94-3b2e9a9ea4e6

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - A sacking at CWB
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4119931p-4714829c.html

         Chief's pay outrageous
         http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4119934p-4714880c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Ottawa needs program to fund national facilities
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=1791e498-9b36-4081-9cde-bd989b334245

REGINA LEADER-POST - Alberta's decision
As Saskatchewan moves to the right, some observers are wondering
if Alberta might shift, if ever so slightly, more leftward on the political spectrum.
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=1f0bf1d8-5549-42fc-a24e-c0b61c0594dc

CALGARY HERALD - Show us the plan, not just the money
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=aee2f6e3-2d8e-465d-99a2-6fd23ec1c21d

EDMONTON JOURNAL - This time, your vote will really count
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=8f3513cb-5ce6-4d3e-bb5d-41d8df106181

        Voters in mood for change
         http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=ecabaec7-44c9-4485-b6c5-bebb500d50ae

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - We must strive hard to ensure that B.C. justice is fair to all
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=deceec69-5bbf-4767-820c-39b97ce9b07a

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - Take the muzzles off scientists
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=5b409885-6600-4f5f-b37f-9fa20ce8b252


ISSUES

CANADIAN FORCES
Roadside bomb injures two Canadians
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=287462

Million-dollar dent
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/1036079.html

Reasons for secrecy are secret, military says
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=65fa2043-a2e7-4593-b3dd-cfd3cb7d2fcc


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Finance minister tells Canadians to watch their wallets
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/National/2008/02/05/4827554-sun.html


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Revealed: British plan to build training camp for Taliban fighters in Afghanistan
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/revealed-british-plan-to-build-training-camp-for-taliban-fighters-in-afghanistan-777671.html

Rice flies in for crisis talks on Afghanistan
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article3308786.ece

Afghan prison official was fired after complaint, MacKay says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080205.wafghangovern05/BNStory/Afghanistan/home

MacKay faces reluctant allies
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Canada/1036240.html

The price of 'peace' with the Taliban
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=0ef96e4d-dd9f-4c0b-b775-920e174a5c92

Harper seeks Afghanistan support from France
http://www.nationalnewswatch.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Divisive leadership fight will only weaken Tories
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/300337

Vote should show up on national radar
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/columnists/story.html?id=2d6bc193-3c25-4682-9bfe-97d4492d2ada

Tories stumble out of the starting gate
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/columnists/story.html?id=5316c5ef-dc50-4af2-adee-91504ae9e919

Tories steal rivals' thunder
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/columnists/story.html?id=204f9b29-6c8d-456c-ad9e-2a291bbc7404

Voters in mood for change
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=ecabaec7-44c9-4485-b6c5-bebb500d50ae


POLITICS
Conservative aide fed questions to media
http://www.publiceyeonline.com/archives/002866.html

PMO declines to comment on Mulroney lobbyist
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=e5bbc615-edfd-43d5-b2ae-45207205987c

Mulroney's pre-emptive strike
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080205.wmulroney0205/BNStory/National/home

Mulroney releases expense documents in bid to head off ex-aide
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080205/national/mulroney_schreiber

Former top Mulroney aide begins testimony
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080205/mulroney_hearing_AM_080205/20080205?hub=TopStories

Mulroney reimbursed $100K for personal expenses: Spector
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/02/05/spector-ethics.html

PM, Dion try to bridge gap
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/300473

Dumbing down the government
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/300475

PM makes 'em gag
Harperites muzzle opposition beyond Parliament Hill
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2008/02/05/4827429.html

Broken promises piling up for Harper
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/300439

Conservatives' paranoid gag orders will backfire
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=8246c61a-2a3e-4a73-88a5-29db94e16d68

Keep Pearson out of it
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/300336


PROGRAMMES
Commons approves $1B aid package
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/300569


PRESSURE POINTS
Carbon capture Canada's best hope to meet Kyoto targets
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/columnists/story.html?id=89ecf4d7-095b-427c-a827-652448f30c61

Nato alert on wind farms defence threat
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article3308527.ece


OPINION AND INFORMATION
It's not just about Nazis
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=286059

This is no way to deal with bigots
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Columnists/Jacobs_Mindelle/2008/02/05/4827882.html

Masters of the universe humbled
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/300338

Ontario students protest 'illegal' fees
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/300554

Slight tweaking will fix Human Rights Act
Claim you're offended and . . . somebody is guilty of offending
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=36ca0332-2b3a-4878-98a6-16dbaa4bece5

The courts must not make martyrs out of bigots
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=2988593a-007c-408e-8a92-a789c0d64107

Yellow Quill must change from within
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=04c2ce5a-4292-4dc4-81a5-e329a8f9f66e


INFOS

Adopté aux Communes
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/02/05/003-Aide-fededrale-Charest.shtml

Guerre en Afghanistan
Harper compte sur Dion
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/02/05/001-Canada-Afghanistan.shtml

Flaherty a enfreint les règles
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/02/05/174764.html

MacKay doit faire face aux hésitations des alliés en Afghanistan
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080204/N0204105AU.html

Le premier ministre de l'Alberta envoie les électeurs aux urnes le 3 mars
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080204/N0204211AU.html

Le Canada aurait pu mieux gérer la crise des isotopes, croit l'AMC
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080204/N0204213AU.html

Le projet est à l'étude, confirme Bernier
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080205/CPACTUALITES/802050502/1025/CPACTUALITES


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From: "Suan H.Booiman"
Subject: Re: AFGHANISTAN<>VIET NAM - PAKISTAN<>CAMBODIA?

Joe it is time we leave the wording "Human Rights" out of it, Canada
has difficulty managing the issue at home. Look at the Language
Gestapo in Quebec, or the Chair of the Alberta Human Rights Commission.
Canada today is the country of Trudeau arrogance, left leaning, out
of control.
 
Suan
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Subject: Harper singing

Thought I heard a sound, which is rather uncommon
in this government where silence is golden and that
at today's market price. What was the sound, eh?
 
Frère Jacques, Frère Jacques,
Dormez vous? Dormez vous?
Sonnez les matines, Sonnez les matines
Ding Ding Dong, Ding Ding Dong
The Speaker silently holding the alarm clock.
 
Suan

AND

Joe
 
"Border agency WANTS
 
Indeed I do support their demand, it is about time that we become
responsible for whom we allow to enter the country.
Today again there is an article in the Vancouver Sun about
Sikh Temples sources for collecting money to help for violence.
Them applying for tax exemption and Revenue Canada asleep.
For me Canada is slow in reacting to what is going on in the world,
time to put stronger laws in place starting with criminal laws, of
course the good hearted left will oppose, like civil libertarians
always cry but never come with something concrete, that is not
their cup of green tea.
 
Suan

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From: "Archbishop Lazar Puhalo"

Does it not appear that the Harper government is Bush-wacking science? Does the Honourable Minister want to censor and control science news because he is too ignorant to understand what he might read, or because the ideology of this government wants to follow the path of George Bush?

+Archbishop Lazar


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From: "John Halonen"
To: <lettertoed@thestar.ca>
Subject: The future of citizenship Representation

Much lately has been made of leaders of our Political Parties selecting candidates on behalf of constituents in ridings within Canada.
 
Political leaders have decided that they know best and have taken away a fundamental right of Canadian citizens. What they fail to realize, is that selected candidates within a riding have strong roots to that riding. There is a feeling of actual representation and certainly one where they respect and hold values that are similar to the ridings view of what is important to them. To remove that right, is tantamount to telling constituents that a leader does not respect their right to be represented by those that share the ridings values. Northern ridings have even a stronger bondage, as there, individuals selected to represent them, are in most cases very personal and known to many.
 
How unfortunate, as we can all see this increase.  It does not bode well for citizens in general.
Each day we become more less able to control our future, and that of our country, Canada.
 
John P.L. Halonen

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From: Bill McCullough
Subject: Re: REFERENCE: Daily Digest Feb 3,  2008

Hi Jake!
 
One doesn't have to lose one's sense of perspective just because of the aging process. And, yes, I still maintain my progressive core values. You can take the man out of soldiering, but you can't take the steel of the soldier out of the man.
 
Best regards.............................Bill

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From: Charles Tupper
Subject: SHORT VIDEO: Micro-chipping for Total Control
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuBo4E77ZXo

The microchip is the thin edge of the wedge that will lead to total control over the world's populace under a New World Order global fascist government.
 
We are being told that the chip is for our own good - to provide easy identification, to track our pets, the provide easy security checks, to keep track of old people, etc.  But the underlying purpose of the chip is to integrate its use with our ability to purchase vital goods such as food, transportation, clothing, and anything else.  In other words, the chip will replace the credit card and cash money.  You will not be able to survive without it.  Bartering for goods will be against the law, so we won't be able to bypass the use of the chip as a means of purchasing goods and services.  These plans for outlawing bartering are already being formulated and phased into law incrementally.
 
Unless we begin to resist big time, we will be taken into this method of total control without even having been asked.  Then, at that stage, if we resist taking the chip, we will be unable to survive in this complex world of interdependence.  It may even be a crime to resist being chipped and the punishment could be physical incarceration.
 
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* Please take the 9 minutes to look at this video - even if it is only partially true, it is a very scary prospect, and people need to be on guard against "Big Brother" continuing to bring us under control - 1984 is here now !

* look now, because the video will eventually get shut down by the powers-that-be. See recent stories of severed undersea cables in the Middle East.

* It is focused on the USA but remember that Stephen Harper has signed Canada into the deal for the North American Union, which is NOT a trade agreement.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuBo4E77ZXo

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If you're not OUTRAGED... you're not paying ATTENTION !!

READER - 28 December 2007: Many times, and again today, it feels like an honor to me that I can read the WRH Letters page. Today (and this seems to happen in an expanded way each time there's a significant shift in what's going on in the world) you have people writing to you, 'correspondents' in the literal sense of the word and also in the old-time journalistic sense of informed people who would voluntarily write letters to a journal, contributing their vital insight which they hold by virtue of their life experience, their cultural expertise, and their location on the scene. Within hours of an event (Bhutto assassination in Pakistan this time) people all over the world are reading these deeply informative letters containing these amazing, multi-faceted human viewpoints. Information of this quality will show up in the so-called major media only months or years later . . . if at all. Thank you for being host to this powerful clarity. The Internet IS the true major media.

The following is a statement by David Rockefeller (founder of the Trilateral Commission), in an address to a meeting of The Trilateral Commission, in June, 1991:

"We are grateful to The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now much more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries."

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From: Robertggauthier@aol.com
Subject: Fwd: "Building the stone wall to new heights," by Dan Gardner, Feb.2/08


February 3, 2008

Dear Joe,

RE:  Government muzzles journalists in Canada.

I'm sending you a copy of my two recent letters to The Ottawa Citizen with regards to the edict issued to Government of Canada employees not to communicate with members of the media.

Your readers may be interested in my fight to stop another of the relentless attacks by Government of Canada Officials on the fundamental right of Canadians to freedom of expression - the right to seek, receive and impart information without interference.

Best Regards,

Robert G. Gauthier, Proprietor
The National Capital News Canada, est. 1982.
181 Bank St. rpo 71035
Ottawa, ON K2P 2L9

robertggauthier@aol.com
613-276-8788

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Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2008 21:49:45 EST
Subject: "Building the stone wall to new heights," by Dan Gardner, Feb.2/08
To: letters@thecitizen.canwest.com, dgardner@thecitizen.canwest.com
CC: NatCapNewsCanada@aol.com, Robertggauthier@aol.com


February 2, 2008

Letters,
The Ottawa Citizen

RE: "Building the stone wall to new heights,"
         by Dan Gardner, Feb.2/08

Twenty-six years ago, following the closure of The Ottawa Journal and shortly thereafter Ottawa Today, Canada's capital was served by only one English language daily - certainly a serious aberration for a democratic country.

In a serious plan to enter the market, when I launched The National Capital News Canada in 1982 and applied for accreditation in the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery Association, since incorporated, this clique of journalists and their employers, enjoying substantial preferential access to the precincts of Parliament with ensuing major commercial spinoffs, denied access to me.

The Member of Parliament for Macleod, Dr. Grant Hill, at the time accurately wrote to the Speaker of the House of Commons that this was a violation of freedom of expression affecting every Canadian.

Of course, as history witnesses time and again,as described by Mr. Dan Gardner, it is only when an injustice affects us personally, as the recent decision by the Government of Canada to restrict access to our government activities does, do we react.

As to The National Capital News Canada, this arbitrary revoking in Canada of the fundamental right of freedom of expression without cause by Speakers of the House of Commons beginning with the Hon. John A. Fraser, continued by the Hon. Gib Parent and currently in 2008 the Speaker of the House of Commons the Hon. Peter Milliken still ignores Mrs Robinson's report to the United Nations General Assembly in 1999 placing Canada right up there with other countries such as North Korea, China, et al, who routinely violate the fundamental human rights of their citizens, in particular in Canada, against journalists with The National Capital News Canada since 1982.

As recent events prove again, it is only a matter of time that an injustice ignored against one person will be perpetrated and extended to all.

It is not too late for members of the media in Canada to come forward and revisit the 1999 ruling of the United Nations Human Rights Committee finding Canada in violation of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that guarantees the Fundamental Right to Seek, Receive and Impart Information without restrictions and demand compliance with our commitment to abide with such rulings as stated in the Preamble to the ratification of this international Covenant.

The former High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mrs Mary Robinson in her report before Annual General Assembly of the United Nations in 1999 concluded following my complaint, that the requirement of membership in a private organization, as required by Milliken, et al, as a prior condition to enjoy the fundamental right of freedom of expression is a violation of Article 19 of the ICCPR and that Canada is to provide an effective remedy.

Although this decision came down against Canada 9 years ago, Speaker Milliken, on the legal counsel of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Hon. Rob Nicholson, claims this decision of the United Nations Human Rights Committee is not binding on Canada.

So, Minister John Baird has now extended this violation of the fundamental right of freedom of expression, apparently, by his silence, with the tacit approbation of Speaker Milliken, to the hundreds of members of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery Corporation, as well as myself, Mr. Gardner, et al, and their employers who failed to defend my reasonable and legal efforts to report and comment of activities of the Parliament and Government of Canada on the same competitive terms as they have enjoyed for the last 25 years.

As the former Member of Parliament for Macleod, Dr. Grant Hill accurately observed: "This is a matter that affects the freedom of expression of every Canadian."

Editor James Walugembe of Uganda wrote to me following the UN Human Rights Committee ruling against Canada, and the failure by Canada to remedy the violation: "We would not have expected such a situation in the more advanced democracies. Please do not give up your struggle for freedom of the press."

The Stone Wall, as Mr. Gardner refers to it, was already built to new heights in 1982 ... 26 years ago.

As with many stone walls, we only really notice them when we smack up against them ourselves.

So, Mr. Gardner, how can some 30,000,000 Canadian citizens, including jounalists, regain our fundamental right of freedom of expression in Canada when the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations responsible for the administration and enforcement of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights continues to be in contempt of the very same treaty she administers, in particular, to provide the remedy required as stated in the 1999 Views of the UN Human Rights Tribunal to provide a remedy.

The international or global community is witness to Canada being in violation of an international treaty (ICCPR) while the High Commissioner responsible for its administration is a Canadian, the Hon. Louise Arbour, the current United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Mr. Gardner's column, in view of the importance of the interference by the Government of Canada with the fundamental right of freedom to seek, receive and impart information by Canadians, should be reprinted on the front page of every newspaper and repeated daily on all other media until the Government relents and adheres to the provision in the Canadian Constitution Acts 1867 and 1982 that guarantees the fundamental right of every Canadian to freedom of expression.

The 1999 UN Views are available on the UN website (Human Rights, International Treaties), at the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library, on the Government of Canada website at Heritage Canada. I am also available should you be interested in more information.

Mr. James Walugembe of Uganda was right: "We would not have expected such a situation in the more advanced democracies. Please do not give up your struggle for freedom of the press."

I hope Mr. Gardner will not stop at merely reporting and commenting on the violation by the Government of Canada of the right of Canadians to freedom of expression and would perhaps examine and explore the "Stone Wall," invisible heretofore to him and his colleagues and join me to demolish it.

That there is such a wall of any height is Canada must not be tolerated.

Thanks for this most important column. It must be kept  prominently in the forefront of every media communication in Canada. Freedom of Expression is fundamental in the protection of our Right to Dissent. If there was ever a need for dissent, this is it!

As to the colours on the Government website, the Identity Program for Canada, administered by Treasury Board, should enforce the symbols red and white are the official colours of Canada, which is the reason blue and other colours were not used in our flag design in 1965.


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