Thursday, February 07, 2008

Daily Digest February 7, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

AMHERST DAILY NEWS - Stemming the flow not easy
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=106033&sc=61

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Showdown on Afghanistan
Spector fails to live up to advance billing

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Alienating potential allies
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=c8c5a7e4-dc87-4ed5-8ed7-9b9ec95faa3a

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER - No room left for failure in justice system
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=891393

NATIONAL POST - Afghan showdown
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=291541

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - Harper, Dion play chicken
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/321099

LONDON FREE PRESS - Teenage swarming a warning for us all
http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/Opinion/Editorials/2008/02/07/4831868-sun.html

K-W RECORD - Free speech in Afghanistan
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/305805

WINDSOR STAR - Whistleblowers protect us - let's protect them
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=1ad57fea-0a91-4547-adbe-641f65a9c6d5

SUDBURY STAR - Tories face possible revolt in Alberta
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=891568

        Talks generate more confidence
         http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=891569

REGINA LEADER-POST - Don't RF our IDs
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=ac21179f-c079-4155-88ea-1861fea35251

CALGARY HERALD - Liberals must decide on Afghanistan
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=0efde847-acf9-480b-b44f-72e99a1573bb

CALGARY SUN - Double challenge for Stelmach
He's here, he's there, he's everywhere.
http://calsun.canoe.ca/Comment/POV/2008/02/07/4832062-sun.html

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE - Beware the greening of America
They talk a tough game but at the end of the day...
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Editorial/374550.html

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN - Big spenders continue to invest in forest sector
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=116955&Itemid=161

VANCOUVER SUN - Parliamentary vote on Afghanistan backs Liberals into a corner
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=e83555c1-be97-46c4-9fd7-36d2c41b30ae


ISSUES

CANADIAN FORCES
Woes of Cormorant helicopters hinder rescues, air force chief says
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=e379ea01-eccb-4c02-b594-d4ff534438d1


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
'We are not in danger of losing in Afghanistan,' general says
Leader of Canadian forces has nothing but praise for troops
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=0c6f7e28-e9c5-4c10-a14c-59ecae88da3d

MacKay seeks NATO answer on sending 1,000 more troops to southern Afghanistan
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080207/national/afghan_cda_nato

France mulls troops for mission in south
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=291514

Karzai denies tensions with West
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7232838.stm
        
Pakistan taken to task over al-Qaeda
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JB07Df02.html

Afghan peace comes at the point of a gun
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JB08Df04.html

The ever-changing faces of terror
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JB08Df02.html
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Turkmenistan, partners to revive Afghan gas project
Reuters (02/07/2008)
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Afghan peace comes at the point of a gun
Asia Times (02/07/2008)
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Afghan Gov't Urged to Support Sentence
The Press Association (02/07/2008)
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Miliband and Rice make Afghan visit
The Press Association (02/07/2008)
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Where the sniping has to stop
The Economist (02/07/2008)


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Judge rejects injunction to ban transfers of Afghan soldiers
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/02/07/detainees-judge.html


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Ontario Tories get refresher course on being conservative
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080207.wonttories07/BNStory/National/home

N.S. premier mum on Senate vote chat with PM
http://thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotia/1036575.html


POLITICS
Tories accused of stalling ad scheme review
Government wants vote first, opposition says
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=90e06005-f60c-4f46-b668-6015e7fffebc

PM's line in sand fuels election fever
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080207.CONFIDENCE07/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Tory confidence motion on crime bill could trigger election
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080207/national/tories_crime_showdown

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080207/tories_liberals_080207/20080207?hub=Canada

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/02/07/crime-bill.html

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080207.wcrimebill02070/BNStory/National/home

Opposition asks for reviews of contract to Flaherty speech writer
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080207/national/flaherty_contract_flap

Dion has uphill battle to win public trust
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/National/2008/02/07/4831638-sun.html

Baird insists he made 'right decision'
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/National/2008/02/07/4831634-sun.html

A war on two fronts
Afghanistan deadline could lead to Liberal infighting
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/National/2008/02/07/4831639-sun.html

PM stakes power on Afghanistan
Election based on mission not good for Canadians
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=291472

Liberals gear up for budget showdown
Senior party figures look at defeating government over Flaherty's blueprint rather than Afghanistan
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/301353

Can the Liberals win?
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2008/02/07/warren-kinsella-can-the-liberals-win.aspx

Afghanistan leaves Dion cornered
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/301338

War without end
PM willing to make longer Afghanistan mission election issue.
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2008/02/07/4831767-sun.html

Conservatives get another reality check on Afghanistan
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/columnists/story.html?id=6ba742c5-9765-4cba-b96f-3231a46ed9ba


Spector fails to live up to advance billing
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=5e2cd7df-e282-4a1c-8f3c-92e8062144d2

Mulroney confidant says he knew nothing of secret cash payments
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080207/national/mulroney_schreiber

PROGRAMMES
Weekly Afghan briefings to begin
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/301339


PRESSURE POINTS
Beware the greening of America
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Goldstein_Lorrie/2008/02/07/4832174-sun.php


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Why I am not an abortion doctor
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=291603

By any means necessary
David Suzuki says he wants anti-Kyoto politicians thrown in jail. How did environmentalism become this totalitarian?
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=291604

Upholding human rights is not censorship
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/301202

The changing face of innocence
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/301173

If Harper Wants an Election on Afghanistan, Let's Give Him One
http://www.jameslaxer.com/2008/02/if-harper-wants-election-on-afghanistan.html

Khadr illustrates peril of rushing to judgment
http://www.thestar.com/Canada/Columnist/article/301223


INFOS

Détenus afghans: la Cour fédérale refuse la demande d'injonction
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080207/N020782AU.html

L'opposition demande des enquêtes sur le contrat accordé par Flaherty
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080207/N020795AU.html

Harper dépose une motion pour accélérer l'adoption d'une loi par le Sénat
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080207/N020761AU.html

Un projet de loi anti-terroriste est adopté aux Communes et acheminé au Sénat
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080206/N0206170AU.html

Le gouvernement veut forcer le Sénat
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2008/02/07/003-senat-vote-confiance-criminali.shtml

Nicholson fait pression sur le Sénat
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080207/CPACTUALITES/80207120/1025/CPACTUALITES

Certificats de sécurité: concert de critiques contre le projet de loi
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080207/CPACTUALITES/802070448/1025/CPACTUALITES

Le départ de Bush soulage Harper
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/02/07/175087.html

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"More troops means getting to the finish line quicker. That finish line is a long way off, but we are marching effectively."
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=0c6f7e28-e9c5-4c10-a14c-59ecae88da3d

ANY THOUGHTS ON THESE QUESTIONS?

        Why the shift in the billion dollar assistance package from the budget where it might have been turned down to passage in one day?
        
        Why the deadline to the Senate to pass an omnibus Bill containing five former Bills without amendment by March 1st?
        
        Why the drive again to somehow get around not being able to call an election by creating he conditions for losing a confidence vote?

        What do you think will trigger an election?
        
                  Joe

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From: "John Halonen" <johnhalonen@gmail.com
Subject: Politicians do Listen - Sometimes that is

From: "John Halonen" <johnhalonen@gmail.com>
To: "Joe Hueglin" <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>
Subject: Politicians do Listen - Sometimes that is
Cc: "Layton, Jack - M.P." <Layton.J@parl.gc.ca>,
        "Pat Bamford" <Pat.Bamford@city.timmins.on.ca>,
         "Bisson, Gilles2" <GBisson@ndp.on.ca>, davidorchard@sasktel.net,
         "Grant Orchard" <grantorchard@bellnet.ca>


Most of us wonder is our political leaders really do care about our concerns and thoughts in regards to making our Country a better place to live. Here is a small example of what we can accomplish with just an e-mail to elected representatives.  Perhaps there are some that do listen to the masses and are not just concerned for the elite or themselves.

Saturday, January 5, 2008


Original Post & Proposal

Forwarded to All members of the Ontario Legislature, Conservative, Liberal & NDP

Subject: Ontario Premier to meet with Prime Minister Harper - Economic Summit

Please;
use your influence to contact our Premier of Ontario and include for discussion with the Prime Minister of Canada during the Minister`s Economic meeting this month.

Subject:

North American Super Corridor

History:

: Manitoba`s Premier has mentioned in his address to the legislature that Manitoba has been in discussion for five years on this subject, as to building a pathway to Hudson Bay to facilitate the movement of goods delivered via Ocean vessels to the mid-west US marketplace and Mexico.

Saskatchewan has addressed a possibility of building the pathway thru their province.

Proposal:
Ontario should be thought of as an alternative to the proposed route, via linkage to James Bay.

Reason:
James Bay currently has rail traffic, and there is a highway sytem currently in place that could be upgraded to accomodate major movement of shipping goods.

James Bay is also much closer to population centres across North America and would allow for greater Ocean traffic to a port that would allow easy entry to most of our population in North America. Linkage is still available to mid west US marketplaces via current highway systems in place today. Even the distance to Winnipeg, Manitoba from James Bay is not that much greater than Churchill, Manitoba.

Justification:

Least Cost and with current access .


Saturday, January 19, 2008


James Bay - Future Ocean Port - NDP Comments:

Thank you for sending this e-mail to MPP Miller; it is an interesting suggestion.

As well as providing NDP MPP Miller, critic for Economic Development and Trade, with your e-mail, by copy of this response I am sending your proposal to NDP MPP Gilles Bisson, MPP for Timmins – James Bay, as well as critic for Natural Resources and Transportation, for his information.

We will look very carefully at your proposal and discuss our position on it. As far as contacting the Premier to include this issue in his discussions with the Prime Minister, I suggest that you send your proposal directly to the Premier's office through his website –

http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/feedback/default.asp

from which you can e-mail him.

We appreciate you taking the time to look into this issue and send your information to us.

Margo Duncan, Executive Assistant to

Paul Miller, MPP
Hamilton East – Stoney Creek
Saturday, February 5, 2008


North American Super Corridor - NDP Resolution Passed

John, Paul Miller's office has forwarded your ideas to me on this issue.  Recently, at a combined federal/provincial NDP riding association meeting for Timmins-James Bay, we passed a resolution to work towards such a plan.  I will be discussing this further with Paul.
 
Thanks - Gilles

 
John Halonen
http://ontario-politics.blogspot.com/

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Subject: Our Man Dal sticks it to the Nips (even if they're not) ... Hyundai? NO way! (aka Dalton goes to Amuurican school)
From: "Efstratios Psarianos"

Not quite gramatically correct as a title (go ahead, knock 'em down those barriers!), but the article's worth reading.
 
Looks like Kid Dalton's larnin' his lessons from an Amuuurican playbook ...
 
McGuinty threatens barriers to Korean cars
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/296421

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