Thursday, March 13, 2008

Daily Digest March 12-13, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
         Our date with Destiny  

         Speculation makes oil prices rise 

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR - Education bill ideological misfit
         http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=116589&sc=151

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN -
         Making MP salaries more palatable
         It's hard to overlook the fact that MP paycheques now exceed, by a country mile, those of most Canadians.

CAPE BRETON POST -
         http://www.capebretonpost.com/rss/TheCapeBretonPost/editorial.xml

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
         Our veterans deserve better

         More angry words

AMHERST DAILY NEWS -
         Afghan mission goes on - for now

         RESPs hard sell for Dion

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
         Regional grants are real scandal  

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
         Bans hurt the AIDS fight  

         Your brain on placebos  

KINGSTON WHIG STANDARD -
         Cut taxes to create jobs

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
         A depression will force us to change the way we live

TORONTO STAR -
         Emissions rules not so 'tough'

         Lean on Mexico

         Dollars for cities will not go far

         Soaring Afghan costs

         Don't blame women

NATIONAL POST -
        Today's bullies - yesterday's feminists
         http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=368477

        The disgrace of Eliot Spitzer
         http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=368478

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
         'New' sins sign of times

WINDSOR STAR -
         Justice in Mexico  

         Life savings   Paying for cross-border care

SUDBURY STAR -
         A killer of two; Fetus deserves legal status when mother is murdered

         Face the music about cheating - Editorial (add your commen)

         Green sense; Environmental decisions must include political debate

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
         Irresponsible stunt
         http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4141120p-4732303c.html

        Enemy of the good
         http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4141912p-4732889c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
         Time for Dion to put up fight on convictions  

CALGARY HERALD -
         Feds drop targets in provinces' lap

CALGARY SUN -
         Canada's sovereignty lost in space

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE -
         What's holding us back?

         Dion on the run - again

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
         Tory climate changing

         New cabinet a sound beginning

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
         Just say no to Mexico

         Good to be an urban, female MLA

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN -
         Dalton's dilemma

VANCOUVER SUN -
         Kill this ill-considered education tax break  

VANCOUVER PROVINCE -
         NAFTA-gate no reason for people to get fired  

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
         Those wacky Liberals are catching election fever  


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
Ottawa cash would prevent fires, save lives, native leader tells MPs
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080312.wbcfire12/BNStory/National/home

Ottawa pays travel costs for aboriginal delegates
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080313.wnatives13/BNStory/National/home

We pretend race has nothing to do with it


CANADIAN FORCES
Interactive Map
Canadian casualties around Kandahar

Military reconsidering high-tech coastal radar
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080313.RADAR13/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/


CANUSA/USACAN
PREMEDITATED MERGER
Inside the hush-hush North American Union confab
State Department talks open borders, EU links
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=58788

NAFTA-GATE
Wilson should step aside: MP
http://www.thestar.com/article/345357

Envoy faces calls to resign in NAFTA leak probe
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080311.wnafta0311/BNStory/International/home

NAFTA is working, McCain says
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=368614

Embassy tight-lipped on whether NAFTA leak probe covers Wilson

Canada will get NATO help, says U.S. general
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=370958


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Canadian production at 10-year low: StatsCan
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080313/industry_statscan_080313/20080313?hub=Canada

Recession now possible as growth stalls  

Carney warns against new rules to right financial markets

Shareholders approve sale of Canadarm

Global crisis in world of high finance

Bruce Power moves ahead with Alberta nuclear plan

Canadian film biz hit by Hollywood exodus

FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Russia must use nuclear deterrent to protect allies -
http://en.rian.ru/russia/20080312/101160375.html

The American landing force will stay out of sight
http://en.rian.ru/analysis/20080312/101191268.html

Afghanistan: New envoy, old challenges

Canada wants single partner in Kandahar: Bernier

Afghan detainees not covered by Charter, judge rules

Commission wants public hearings into Afghan detainees

Tories don't deny Afghan mission $1B over budget

Military alone won't win: Manley

Canada still waiting for NATO on Afghan troops

Unprecedented Coalition strike nails the Haqqani Network in North Waziristan
http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2008/03/unprecedented_coalit.php

Pakistan protests at US shelling

Air strike kills Afghan civilians

6 Signs the U.S. May Be Headed for War in Iran


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Ottawa's needle-exchange policy too dangerous, shelter says

Bernier appeals to Mexico for jailed Canadian woman
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080311.wmex0311/BNStory/National/home

End 2-for-1 justice


MIGRATION
MIGRANT BACKLOG TARGETED
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=370906


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Newfoundland seeks more federal funds to mark birth of oldest English colony
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=370975

Harper says federal, B.C. environment plans mesh
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080311.wharperbc0311/BNStory/National/home

Manning wants voter apathy study group
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Alberta/2008/03/12/4979071-sun.html

Tory MPs not protecting Ontario's interests, housing minister says

Ontario surplus funds to be used for more than debt reduction

A budgetary shell game

No word yet on offshore dispute


POLITICS
PM proceeds with libel suit against Liberal party
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080313/harper_libel_080313/20080313?hub=Canada

Tory MPs support Liberal motion challenging government policy on death penalty

Commons passes motion gutting Liberal RESP bill

Canada may escape election in first half of year

Easter not the right time to bring down government, Liberals say
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080311.wflaherty0311/BNStory/National/home

Liberals feeling election fever
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=368456

Liberals hope byelection wins will vault them into spring general election

Dion declines to trigger election over RESP bill
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=370856

Liberals hint at toppling government

Election noise growing among Liberals

Tricky for Dion to fit RESPs into agenda

Tories making Ottawa a new libel belt, Liberals say

Tories move to kill RESP Deduction
'Confidence Matter'; Liberals expected to vote down own initiative
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=368454

Tories fail to offer blanket denials over Cadman affair
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080312.CADMAN12/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Cadman motion paralyzes committee
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080313.wjustice13/BNStory/National/home

Tories stalling abuse probe, watchdog says
Military Police Complaints Commission orders public hearings to get access to key uncensored reports on treatment of detainees
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080313.wAfghandetainees13/BNStory/Afghanistan/?cid=al_gam_nletter_newsUp

Gomery blasts Tory response to sponsorship recommendations
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080313.wgomery0313/BNStory/National/home

CTV Newsnet: John Gomery discusses his comments 7:29
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/HTMLTemplate?tf=/ctv/mar/video/new_player.html&cf=ctv/mar/ctv.cfg&hub=Canada&video_link_high=http://esi.ctv.ca/datafeed/urlgen2.aspx?vid=37829&video_link_low=nn0313_gomery12&clip_start=00:00:00.00&clip_end=00:07:29.00&clip_caption=CTV%20Newsnet:%20John%20Gomery%20discusses%20his%20comments&clip_id=37829&subhub=video&no_ads=&sortdate=20080313&slug=gomery_sponsorship_080313&archive=CTVNews

PMO's power threatens democracy, Gomery says
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/345503

Conservatives shoot back at Gomery
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.html?id=cd9755e7-30a1-4962-b9ac-bd6accc690cb

Tories offer no cost figures ahead of vote on Afghanistan
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080313.AFGHAN13/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Dion dogged by campaign debt
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080313.wdebt13/BNStory/National/home

Dion on run again

Panel to urge wide probe into 'grease money'
MPs likely to make recommendations that run counter to independent adviser's report
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080313.PAYMENTSSZABO13/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Jittery Tory MPs fleeing from a ghost
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=370957

Gomery: Canada on road to 'one-man government'  

Let voters decide merits of RESP plan

Tax cuts by Conservatives leave government hamstrung: Critics

An election about saving
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=370984

War widow: PM broke promise

Where are the women?  


PROGRAMMES
Tax cuts by Conservatives leave government hamstrung: Critics

Manley defends call for 1,000 more soldiers
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080312.wafghan12/BNStory/Afghanistan/home

Casey asks PM to sink West Coast sub repair plan

Feds crack down on fake cancer cures  

It is possible
Worst aspects of telcom meddling are disappearing
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=368482


PRESSURE POINTS
CSIS bolsters ranks to battle extremists and spies
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080313/CSIS_officers_080313/20080313?hub=Canada

Denmark's toxic carbon tax attempt
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=370985

The poor pay the price  

The new road to serfdom

EU threatens to punish climate deal rebels

Global warming graduates to worldwide "security" issue


OPINION AND INFORMATION
What's in a name?
Forget about political labels and focus on issues and solutions instead.
http://www.agoravox.com/article.php3?id_article=7849

Joe Clark has some 'concerns' about Harper
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080313.wclarkharper0313/BNStory/National/home

The oldest (and most unfairly maligned) profession
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=370981

Sovereignty for sale, film suggests  

Tories Bill C-10 will likely remove edginess of Canadian films  

Ottawa's tax-credit bill would ensure fewer Canadian films are made  

Time for the NATION of Quebec to leave Canada

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INFOS
Le bras canadien ne sera pas vendu sans bénéfice net, déclare le ministre Prentice
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080313/N031385AU.html

Afghanistan
Toujours l'incertitude à Ottawa
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/03/12/004-Afghan-Otan-Bernier.shtml

Détenus afghans - Le gouvernement Harper empêche des témoins de parler
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/03/13/180217.html

Affaire Cadman: Harper poursuit les libéraux
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080313/CPACTUALITES/80313149/1025/CPACTUALITES

Le juge Gomery fait des reproches au gouvernement Harper

Premier vote de confiance: le gouvernement Harper survit

Les contributions aux REEE ne seront pas déductibles d'impôt

Stéphane Dion passera encore son tour

http://en.rian.ru/analysis/

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This article comes from the Globe and Mail pay to see section.  It's posted so y'all can see just how effective the "Mike Harris boys of Ontario" are.

The Mike Harris boys of Ontario are wreaking havoc on Harper
LAWRENCE MARTIN lmartin@globeandmail.com
March 13, 2008

Striking under Stephen Harper's stewardship is the prominence he has given to the Mike Harris boys of Ontario. From the old hard-right provincial Tories, there is Jim Flaherty, John Baird, Tony Clement and Peter Van Loan. That's finance, environment, health and House leader - this in a government that was going to have a big western tilt.

The gang of four - with the exception of the studious Mr. Clement, who is duller than a sack of barley - are highly skilled, brutally partisan political warriors. In this respect, they are cut from the Harper cloth - which is, perhaps, the reason he entrusted them with so much power.

But the PM might be having second thoughts. The old cutthroat school of politics isn't selling well. The ministers who are faring better are from the West - players such as Jason Kenney, Jim Prentice, Stockwell Day, Chuck Strahl, David Emerson and Monte Solberg.

The westerners show occasional prudence and subtlety. Not so the former Queen's Park grenade hurlers. In slagging Ontario as the worst place in Canada for new investment, Mr. Flaherty triggered a war with the province that is almost in league with Mr. Harper's feud with Newfoundland. In saying he isn't in the pothole business, he has hardly magnified the government's appeal to urban centres, where it badly needs votes.

Some of the controversies are not of Mr. Flaherty's making. He's only following orders, after all. A couple of associates who know him well told me this week he is far from content - that, in fact, his interestingly timed bashing of Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty was a reminder to the province's Conservatives that, were they to dump leader John Tory, he is ready and willing.

Then there's Mr. Baird, the swaggering political time bomb who gives the impression he could detonate at any moment. He's currently embroiled in the case of Ottawa Mayor Larry O'Brien, who's been charged with trying to bribe an opponent to drop out of the 2006 municipal election. During that campaign, Mr. Baird touched off a political storm when he withheld federal funding for a local light-rail project; after the election, the new city council cancelled the deal. Liberals are now alleging more Bairdian subterfuge, saying his chief of staff has interfered in the investigation of Mr. O'Brien.

On the environment file, Mr. Baird, who was most effective in piloting the government's accountability legislation, was cast as the take-charge guy when he replaced Rona Ambrose. But he's hardly been fleet-footed, and his measures have received mixed reviews.

In the Commons, he is the king of bluster. If there is, as some suspect, a thirst for a new style of politics in the country, he isn't the place to look. Once a brawler, always a brawler. His boss, Mr. Harper, is being accused this week by sponsorship inquiry chief John Gomery of putting Canada on the road to one-man government. Mr. Baird, more so than Mr. Flaherty, is an utter loyalist who has no problem with the autocratic approach.

Out of the same confrontational mould comes Peter Van Loan, who served as president of the Ontario Conservatives in the Harris days. With his knee-jerk, intellectually feeble, partisan shots in the House, he puts a hostile face on the government. He recently called Mr. McGuinty the "small man of Confederation." Those who disagree on Afghan policy border on being Taliban sympathizers. It's low-grade stuff.

In a smart move, one that may show declining faith in Mr. Van Loan, the PM has given defence on the Chuck Cadman affair to the more agile and articulate James Moore.

Unlike the other Harris boys, Mr. Clement quietly proceeds and recedes. Remarkably, he has kept the health-care file out of the news. Avoiding controversy is one thing - a good thing. Progress on health care is another. And there is no surging evidence of that.

Despite the troubles, none from the Ontario group can expect to be moved. No more cabinet shuffles are scheduled. For better or worse, the PM is stuck with the Harris gang and their politics of polarization for the next campaign.

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From: Derek Skinner
Subject: Fw: Please post to your list

Apologies if this is a multiple posting but better 3 times than not at all.
Canadian Action Party fully supports the Canadian Peace Alliance initiative.
Derek

Join The Worldwide Action in Victoria

WORLD AGAINST WAR DAY- 5 Years After the INVASION OF IRAQ

Saturday, March 15
12 noon
Centennial Square

Join us in demanding troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan, and for US War Resisters to stay in Canada.

12 noon - Centennial Square (City Hall)
Marimba band Njiva
Musician Bryan Skinner
Speaker ZainumBahadshah

12:30 pm - Peace walk around downtown, featuring a die-in and speech by war resister Brad McCall.

1:30 pm - St. Gather in Kirk Hall, Andrew's Church (Douglas at Broughton)
Vic High speaker Robyn Morgan
Documentary film and more music
Refreshments, information tables

Bring
your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours, and LOTS OF
NOISEMAKERS (spoons and pans make a great contribution!)
Banners and placards

Sponsoring and endorsing organizations are encouraged to bring
information materials for the tables in the church hall.

For information email: worldagainstwar@gmail.com

Organized by Word Against War Committee.
Sponsors: Victoria Peace Coalition, War Resisters Support Campaign, Canada out of Afghanistan Campaign, Council of Canadians - Victoria chapter, Greater Victoria Seniors, UVic Students Against War, Raging Grannies, International Socialists. Endorsers: Canadian Islamic Congress (Vancouver Island region), BC Labour Against War, Women in Black, Victoria Earth Walk Committee.

Susan Clarke
388 King George Terrace
Victoria V8S 2K3

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