Friday, February 08, 2008

Daily Digest February 8, 2008

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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Psst! Wanna buy some snake oil?
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=106692&sc=80

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR - Is this the start of an oil boom?
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=106871&sc=30

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - Budget bundle a failed tactic
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1036830.html

AMHERST DAILY NEWS - A speed bump we don't need
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=106531&sc=61

TORONTO STAR - ... and a reason we lag
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/301529

NATIONAL POST - How Harper Checkmated Dion
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=293468

TORONTO SUN - How to fix halls of shame
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2008/02/08/4834578-sun.html

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW - Drugging and driving
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=893225

WINDSOR STAR - After Nemak
The news is grim and the outlook poor -- another
plant closure in a city with one of the highest
unemployment rates in the country.
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=13ab0e4d-3f11-4dad-a85f-17b8cf50456f

SUDBURY STAR - U.S. Iraq-war deserters should be welcomed
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=893355

School breeds more solitudes

http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=893356

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Tory goon act hurts Canada's image in world
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=8d15549c-d7e3-4a81-b9dd-4d9e662924a1

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Oh all right, Ottawa! Hold your election
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=824dfbb6-70f8-44e4-9c6a-7ffda40abe37

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Better, but hardly ideal
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_9715.php

VANCOUVER SUN - Tagging citizens electronically is out of place in a democracy
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=5b16d3be-3e4c-4ce8-814c-6c9c366352f4

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - Justice takes back seat in puzzling pot-plant ruling
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=5d767bac-79dc-4cfa-9667-f644df22cd6a


ISSUES

CANADIAN FORCES
'My men don't want to come back after 2009'
Much remains to be done in Kandahar, soldiers and civilians agree
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=295813

Military fast-tracking plan to lease aerial drones
Critics say government should just buy the craft outright
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=295985


CANUSA/USACAN
U.S. Confiscating Data at the Border
http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/02/07/1412229


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Bid to buy Air Canada
http://www.torontosun.com/Money/2008/02/08/4835842.html

Private sector to fund, run nuclear plant
AECL plans new model of ownership for proposed
reactor in New Brunswick; consortium would sell power
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080208.wrcandu08/BNStory/energy/home

Economy adds slew of new jobs
http://www.reportonbusiness.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080208.wjobs0208/BNStory/Business/home

The 10/10 tax cut plan
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=293473

Minister of lower expectations
We don't expect tax cuts because we were told not to
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=293475

Rewarding stagnation
Unfair tax breaks produce an excess of inefficent small firms
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=293474


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Putin warns new arms race is under way
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080208.wputin0208/BNStory/International/home

REVOLT IN PAKISTAN'S TRIBAL AREAS, Part 1
Ceasefire: A lull before the storm
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JB09Df01.html

NATO meeting ends with hints, but no commitments for reinforcements
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/world/story.html?id=14493bdf-ceae-4ebc-8ad2-2e9b40061eca&k=49478

It's safe to resume handover of captured Taliban, Canada told
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080208/national/afghan_cda_prisoners

Nato at pains to dismiss Afghan tensions
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7233971.stm

France ready to help Canada in Afghanistan
MacKay's blunt message pressures NATO allies
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/301691

The US and UK have been urging other Nato
countries to share more of the combat burden in the south of Afghanistan.
BBC correspondents sum up viewpoints from
different troop-contributing countries to the international military operation.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7229005.stm

A high-level Canadian delegation has been sent to
France to sound out a possible offer to support
Canadian troops in Afghanistan, officials said.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7234398.stm

Heed Canada's Afghan ultimatum, Gates urges
'Certainly be a setback if Canada left': U.S. Defence Secretary
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=293427

Diplomat oversees help for Afghan civilians
http://www.recorder.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=894742&auth=THE+CANADIAN+PRESS

Afghans speak out on Nato and security
As Nato discusses the nature of its future
mission in Afghanistan, people across the country
discuss aspects of daily life and the impact of foreign troops.

<http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7232018.stm#yasamin>Freedom for women
<http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7232018.stm#zaki>Provincial
reconstruction
<http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7232018.stm#pashtoon>Healthcare
and women
<http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7232018.stm#omer>Rural hardship
<http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7232018.stm#mustafa>Urban poverty
<http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7232018.stm#aziz>Education
<http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7232018.stm#tahir>Life in the North

Taliban, al-Qaeda on the run: Bush
http://www.pajhwak.com/viewstory.asp?lng=eng&id=49852
<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/188D97EF1A6299CD872573E90077E10E?OpenDocument>Governance
linked to defeating
insurgency<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/aa8e81dc17f7b0eb87256c030066e73b/7d7b91d0f8e5c3be872573e90077c0a0%21OpenDocument>
<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/7D7B91D0F8E5C3BE872573E90077C0A0?OpenDocument>Bush
proposes huge aid to
Afghanistan<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/aa8e81dc17f7b0eb87256c030066e73b/45158ac39efdbe4c872573e900750c69%21OpenDocument>
<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/45158AC39EFDBE4C872573E900750C69?OpenDocument>Waiting
for
justice<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/aa8e81dc17f7b0eb87256c030066e73b/52f1393306c668a8872573e90074d424%21OpenDocument>
<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/52F1393306C668A8872573E90074D424?OpenDocument>London
bears brunt of Kabul's
anger<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/aa8e81dc17f7b0eb87256c030066e73b/f047a0b471b766e4872573e90074a311%21OpenDocument>
<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/F047A0B471B766E4872573E90074A311?OpenDocument>Hamid
Karzai: 'Ive been
misquoted'<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/aa8e81dc17f7b0eb87256c030066e73b/5f97016a5be8c545872573e90058ebb6%21OpenDocument>
<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/5F97016A5BE8C545872573E90058EBB6?OpenDocument>Afghan
Angst<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/aa8e81dc17f7b0eb87256c030066e73b/56f9849f775985c6872573e90058b43a%21OpenDocument>
<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/56F9849F775985C6872573E90058B43A?OpenDocument>Karzai
vows justice will be done 'in the right way' for Pervez
[]
<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/aa8e81dc17f7b0eb87256c030066e73b/b24f218ccc1e806a872573e90058728b%21OpenDocument>
<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/B24F218CCC1E806A872573E90058728B?OpenDocument>Ceasefire:
A lull before the storm
[]
<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/aa8e81dc17f7b0eb87256c030066e73b/3d804fb9fd42bfa5872573e90057d797%21OpenDocument>
<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/03C989069546C2D0872573E90057A592?OpenDocument>NATO
chief says Afghan government must
improve<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/aa8e81dc17f7b0eb87256c030066e73b/502174d55ee748dd872573e90056ebee%21OpenDocument>
<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/502174D55EE748DD872573E90056EBEE?OpenDocument>Afghan
border province angry Kabul 'doesn't bother'
<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/aa8e81dc17f7b0eb87256c030066e73b/b56ed1bba7f3f41a872573e90054c36d%21OpenDocument>
<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/B56ED1BBA7F3F41A872573E90054C36D?OpenDocument>Karzai
defends his government
[]
<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/aa8e81dc17f7b0eb87256c030066e73b/f38177eb553a76b1872573e90054a106%21OpenDocument>
<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/F38177EB553A76B1872573E90054A106?OpenDocument>What
Democracy?<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/aa8e81dc17f7b0eb87256c030066e73b/e1cbfcc219f2484a872573e900544887%21OpenDocument>
<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/E1CBFCC219F2484A872573E900544887?OpenDocument>Gates
walks fine line in Europe to seek Afghan
aid<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/aa8e81dc17f7b0eb87256c030066e73b/42dc809e43376676872573e900540ce7%21OpenDocument>
<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/42DC809E43376676872573E900540CE7?OpenDocument>What
Solution in Afghanistan?
[]
<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/aa8e81dc17f7b0eb87256c030066e73b/a2aa4dd5ce28d9fc872573e90053d14c%21OpenDocument>
<http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/A2AA4DD5CE28D9FC872573E90053D14C?OpenDocument>Afghan
quagmire can sink Nato


HEALTH CARE RELATED
New drug rules pose grave risks: critics
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080208.wldrug08/BNStory/specialScienceandHealth/home?cid=al_gam_mostemail


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Marijuana ruling riles B.C. Solicitor-General
British Columbia's top police official wonders
whether the courts want police to wait while
criminals "lock and load" their weapons before
officers move in to execute a search warrant.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080208.wbcwarrant08/BNStory/National/home

Judge blasts Ottawa on Afghan detainees
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080208.wafghandetainee08/BNStory/Afghanistan/home


MIGRATION
Harems pay off for Muslims
Islamic leaders: Hundreds in GTA get extra welfare for polygamous unions
http://www.torontosun.com/News/TorontoAndGTA/2008/02/08/4834588-sun.html


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Equalization hurts Ontario, expert warns
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/301662

Que. reverses ban on smoking outside prisons
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080208/prisons_smoking_080208/20080208?hub=Canada

Ottawa kinfolk's secret visit
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=55dc7d77-4a39-4405-add3-588021032fd7

Harper and Premier Charest hold private meeting in Quebec City
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080208/national/charest_harper


POLITICS
Tories set on effecting spring vote
Crime bill becomes third potential trigger
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=85df4343-cad6-4230-817c-004ac5f66443

Tories, Liberals in dead heat as Conservative support slips
http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/News/National/2008/02/08/4834719-sun.html

For more details of the poll and methodology, go to
http://www.nanosresearch.com/library/polls/POLNAT-W08-T279.pdf

Canucks cooling to idea of Tory majority
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/National/2008/02/08/4834220-sun.html

PM denies supporting `open-ended' commitment
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/301680

<http://news.google.com/news?ned=ca&ncl=1128635933&hl=en&topic=n>all
495 news articles »

C.B.C.>Tories seek to extend Afghan mission to 2011 in confidence motion
Dion says he can't accept motion, but won't say
whether vote will bring Harper down
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/02/08/motion-afghanistan.html

C.T.V.>Tories introduce motion to extend Afghan mission
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080207/tories_liberals_080208/20080208?hub=Canada

REUTERS - Canada plans to extend Afghan mission to 2011

C.P.>Tories introduce Afghan confidence motion
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/301800

Dion should be able to buy into Afghan motion, if he wants to
http://www.canada.com/story.html?id=eb5c8e1c-76a1-4d38-aa6f-97c9fe446414

Election could come if no compromise on Afghanistan, Dion says
Demands troop help, new equipment
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/politics/story.html?id=82a177d2-e844-48ac-a8f5-029c1e2cf7ae&k=57174

Afghanistan vote, budget present election triggers
Liberal Leader Stephane Dion says he will propose
amendments to the motion the Conservatives will
put forward on the future of Canada's role in
Afghanistan.

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080206/afghan_motion_080206/20080206?hub=CTVNewsAt11

MP to Dion: Change war policy
Thibault wants parties to agree on length of Afghan mission
http://thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotia/1036743.html

Liberals paper over internal divisions on Afghan combat mission
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080208/national/liberal_afghan_dissent

Liberals rip bully tactics
Confidence motion over crime bill
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Canada/2008/02/08/4834605-sun.html

Tories put election on the line for crime legislation
Facing 'insane' deadline, Senate agrees to extend
hours and cancel its February recess
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080208.CONFIDENCE08/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Tories push for vote on crime bill
Election Trigger; Liberal leader Dion says party
will not fall for 'juvenile trick'
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=293430

Tories set traps for Liberals
Dion says he won't get tricked into election as
PM sets votes on crime, budget and Afghanistan
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/301688

Tories reject justice bill amendment
The Conservative government doesn't care about
Quebec's English community, a Liberal MP charged
yesterday after the government rejected
amendments to a bill that Quebec's bar
association has warned could undermine the rights
of Anglophones to criminal trials in English.
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=1f1a18ab-6670-40b4-9b72-f3991b425937

Feds warned early in crisis
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Canada/2008/02/08/4834606-sun.html

Harper government gave other untendered contracts to former Harris aide
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=88d0ab22-055c-4aa1-b196-73c592df147d&k=60766

MPs' wish list too expensive, Tories say
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=d36f4838-0f4d-4f1e-98d6-10f0c38182c9

Officials were warned on isotopes, panel told
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/301679


Election campaign bound to highlight debate on Kandahar mission
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/301678

Reject this wedge issue
Election over mission would encourage Taliban
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=293415

All not lost for Stephane Dion
http://www.edmontonsun.com/Comment/2008/02/08/4834360-sun.html

Flushing out the Liberals
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=b196288d-8084-4878-b2c1-96171933d69e

There will no winners in an election over Afghanistan
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=94f30bbe-be65-4bc5-9234-98bf5fff8d80


Mulroneys' spending habits left a bad taste with former chef
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/301689


PROGRAMMES
Privacy czars want condition on new IDs
As Canadians cross border, data on enhanced
driver's licences should not cross with them, statement says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080206.wbclicences06/BNStory/Technology/home


PRESSURE POINTS
Biofuels very un-green: studies
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/story/4122127p-4716644c.html

Suzuki jail talk draws fire
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=293447


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Canadian pettiness is showing
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/301568

No side of Commons has a monopoly on patriotism
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/posted/archive/2008/02/08/ivison-no-side-of-the-house-of-commons-has-a-monopoly-on-patriotism.aspx

No wonder governments stonewall
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/columnists/story.html?id=5659ecb0-7add-4e8f-a90b-93665984a5e0

SPP and Operation Enduring Freedom
http://creekside1.blogspot.com/2008/02/spp-and-operation-enduring-freedom.html

Cities asking Ottawa to think of them in the Budget
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Finfo.branchez-vous.com%2FNationales%2F080208%2FN0208122AU.html&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

We need leaders who stir our souls and are not just political operatives
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=e8b776d8-c56b-4f94-8353-30b02101cae8

Confidence in nuclear power shattered by blame game
The Chalk River shutdown is only the start unless
we cure the industry's systemic ills
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=439a3439-6b4c-411a-9a0d-7d3bc60ea0df


INFOS
Harper présente sa motion sur la mission en Afghanistan; Dion la rejette
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080208/N0208117AU.html

La France envisagerait un engagement accru en Afghanistan
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080208/N0208140AU.html

Québec n'a pas été invité à la rencontre sur la biodiversité à Rome
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080208/N0208152AU.html

Les détenus pourront fumer dans les cours des prisons du Québec
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080208/N0208162AU.html

Les villes demandent à Ottawa de penser à elles au moment du budget
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080208/N0208122AU.html

Le Canada demande une réponse à l'OTAN concernant les renforts
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080207/N0207122AU.html

Le Canada demande une réponse à l'OTAN concernant les renforts
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080207/N0207122AU.html

Le gouvernement intensifie ses efforts pour faire passer sa loi sur le crime
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080207/N0207166AU.html

Stephen Harper sollicite une rencontre avec Jean Charest à Québec
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080207/N0207200AU.html

Tête à tête Harper-Charest
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2008/02/08/003-Harper-Charest-Qc.shtml

Une prolongation de près de 3 ans
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/02/08/003-afghanistan_motion.shtml

Maoeuvres conservatrices: c'est assez, estime Dion
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080208/CPACTUALITES/802080707/1025/CPACTUALITES

Dion approuve le site d'injections sécuritaire de Vancouver
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080208/CPACTUALITES/80208284/1025/CPACTUALITES

Internet? Dépassé. La vraie révolution approche.
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/02/09/175473.html


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"I'd like to see a little more good faith on both
sides, the Conservative and us, to see if we
can't come up with a reasonable compromise."

Cullen questioned why Manley and Harper believe
the "magical" number of 1,000 additional NATO
troops is sufficient. And he said he's concerned
that neither will put an end date on the mission.

Still, he said he's not yet convinced it's
realistic to insist that Canadian soldiers play
strictly a non-combat role after next February, as Dion proposes.

"I need to better understand how you can build
roads and hospitals and schools and not be
involved in combat of some kind," he said.

"In the heat of the action, if you're building a
road and you're being rained upon by mortars or
rockets or grenades or whatever, it's a fine line
it seems to me sometimes what's combat and what
isn't."

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080208/national/liberal_afghan_dissent

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