Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Daily Digest March 18, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
Fish Diversions

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
Technological overrun

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN -
Shedding light on energy efficiency

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Tackling Tibet and all dissent

AMHERST DAILY NEWS -
New Atlantica Party has merit

Feminism and family needs

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Remember Tibet, but let the Games go ahead  

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
The politics of privilege  

Behind the Chinese wall  

Compromise, Mr. Hillier  

OTTAWA SUN -
Needle program does have benefits

KINGSTON WHIG STADARD-
Parents offline about Internet

TORONTO STAR -
China's Olympic hurdle in Tibet

For Canadian content

Put a price on carbon

NATIONAL POST -
Beijing's broken promises

TORONTO SUN -

Students see red over this 'green' plan
SUDBURY STAR -
Olympic Games boycott premature -

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Iran's 'vain bubble'
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4144541p-4735043c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Gomery not perfect  

REGINA LEADER-POST -
Reinvention a necessity  

CALGARY HERALD -
IOC must choose more wisely  

CALGARY SUN -
Canada's missing $69 billion

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Bloodshed in Tibet tars Olympic facade  

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
IOC can't turn blind eye to China

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN -
What a load of biffle

VANCOUVER SUN -
Canada is sure to feel the U.S. credit crisis  

VANCOUVER PROVINCE -
Let's ensure being a doctor is attractive to men and women  

This is one addiction that should be very treatable  


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
Time for Ottawa to chip in more cash for aboriginal occupation: Ont. premier

Say goodbye to 'Ottawa knows best'
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=382325


CANADIAN FORCES
Submarines good value, navy tells MacKay
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080318.wsubs18/BNStory/National/home


CANUSA/USACAN
Canada needs space industry: U.S. expert

Canada, U.S. find a trade solution
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=4291fd7e-6ce7-4c1a-909c-40b59b3bd35b


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Globalization is Killing Canada: Fight for Your Freedom
by Paul Hellyer http://www.agoracosmopolitan.com/home/News1/2006/03/06/01146.html

Fed cuts U.S. rate by 75 basis points
http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=384278

What the analysts say

Funding an incentive for greed

A perfect storm

NAFTA: Threat or Theater?

The U.S. will be back  

Doubt and fear sabotage economy

Panic all depends on time horizons
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=c5ec67d0-7764-42be-9832-d550a698f75b&k=18991

Stagflation and other misconceptions
http://www.321gold.com/editorials/saville/saville031808.html

Canadian investors run scared
Portfolios purged of energy, financial stocks amid fears of `a few more nasty surprises' at big banks
http://www.thestar.com/article/347142


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Canada to recognize Kosovo independence: report
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080318/canada_kosovo_080318/20080318?hub=TopStories

U.S. Adapts Cold-War Idea to Fight Terrorists
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/18/washington/18terror.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin

Invasion of Iraq 'a successful endeavour'  

NATO holds line in tense north Kosovo after bitter clash with Serbs  

Canada subtly signalling change of policy toward China
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080318.wchina18/BNStory/National/home

China and the great silent recession
China's economy shrunk by 40%, but no one noticed
http://www.macleans.ca/columnists/article.jsp?content=20080312_86030_86030&id=3

Warlords rule Afghanistan


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Canadian MDs increase dosage of medical marijuana

Patient guidelines fall short of saying 'sorry'
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080318.wdisclosure18/BNStory/specialScienceandHealth/home

Quality of cancer testing a 'nightmare'
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080318.wcancer18/BNStory/specialScienceandHealth/home

Gene may reveal keys to post-traumatic stress
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080318.wstressgenes0318/BNStory/Science/home


JUSTICE SYSTEM
FBI mortgage probe examining 17 large firms
http://www.reportonbusiness.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080318.wfbimortgage0318/BNStory/robNews/home

It's a nasty world out there


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Harper asked challenge be dropped: Wall
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=6dfd0e69-3872-4e21-8bca-4d3c89f4b4c6&k=73390

It's Ed's Alberta now


POLITICS
Liberals tout byelection wins despite Tory gains all 390 news articles »
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080317/byelection_follow_080318/20080318?hub=TopStories

Dion plays down election talk
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080318/canada/canada_politics_can_col

Grit Dream Team, or Dion's Nightmare?

Cadman, NAFTA controversies fail to cut into Tory support
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080318.POLL16/TPStory/National

Poll suggests no break in stalemate; Tories and Grits deadlocked, unmoving

The Cadman Affair: Harper's Lawsuit
How the PM's statement of claim differs from other credible accounts
http://www.macleans.ca/article.jsp?content=20080317_105615_6876

Libel threats have become a practice
http://www.lawtimesnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3941&Itemid=82

Dykstra could chair federal justice committee; Talk of Cadman probe leads to head of panel walking out, vice-chairs refusing to continue
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=945365

Winners rally round Dion after by-election wins
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080318.wliberalsupdate0318/BNStory/National/home

Dion coy about timing of next election in wake of four federal byelections

Greens rejoice in neck-and-neck fights with NDP, Tories

Dion declares byelections 'a great day for Liberals'  

Green vote moves party shade closer to becoming major player
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/347215


PROGRAMMES
One guard on duty when stowaways exited Halifax port; minister seeks "review"

Human rights commissions and Irwin Cotler


PRESSURE POINTS
Alleged solicitation for banned terror group sparks arrest
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080318.wbcarrest18/BNStory/National/home

New Green Fuel From Coal Can Be Produced For $20 Per Barrel
http://www.nextenergynews.com/news1/next-energy-news3.12c.html

Finally, a report on climate change that doesn't strive to scare us silly  


OPINION AND INFORMATION
End of road will come but till then, vroom, vroom!

3,000-year-old Iranian celebration
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/347087

Fear for the future of nuclear industry sparks council motion; AECL shouldn't take a backseat to any foreign producers
http://www.thedailyobserver.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=947777

Peru for the few

German atonement  

Afghan escape hatch opens in 2009

In the markets, pessimism can be a reason for optimism 

Immigration our biggest 'eco' problem 
 
Let's vote, but who for?  

Critics blame '51 per cent rule'


INFOS
Dion accueille trois nouveaux élus libéraux aux Communes
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080318/N031873AU.html

Le Canada reconnaît finalement l'indépendance du Kosovo
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080318/N0318122AU.html

Sondage national des médecins: l'accessibilité constitue toujours un défi
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080318/N031839AU.html

Les libéraux remportent trois sièges, les conservateurs font un gain
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080318/N031808AU.html

Victoires en demi-teinte pour Dion
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/03/18/181064.html




`Police, help. Someone's stealing my drugs'

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23394656-13762,00.html

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FAIR JUDGEMENTS
A reasonable penalty, noy expulsion but a loss of the 10% for the assignment not done independently as assgned. "Ryerson student stays in school after Facebook challenge" http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080318.wfacebook0318/BNStory/PersonalTech/home

An Ottawa Citizen editorial makes the statement "this Conservative government was elected as a repudiation of the old structures that made the Liberal sponsorship scandal possible. Retired judge John Gomery gave the new government a blueprint for reform, in the recommendations that followed his inquiry into the affair. He told a parliamentary committee last week that Mr. Harper's government has all but ignored that blueprint."

Was the Conservative Party of Canada elected wholly on the merits of its Leader, Candidates and policies or was there a percentage of votes cast  "as a repudiation of the old structures that made the Liberal sponsorship scandal possible."?

If the latter is a fair judgement made in the editorial that "Mr. Harper should at least give Mr. Gomery, and Canadians, a detailed explanation for his brush-off of the recommendations."

That this is written, "Mr. Harper's career doesn't bear much resemblance to Mr. Spitzer's, except in this one important respect:" is a most damning analogy.

         Joe

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From: "Andy Rutherford"
Subject: Fw: [Cap_contacts] Fwd: Is America about to collapse?

What do you think is going to happen Joe?
 
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. . . a downturn>recession>depression which is overdue in that that its going on 15 years since the last one.

The depth will depend on the degree of panic that ensues.

The prognogs in the articles reflect the concerns of the sender.

What ever comes will pass. Concentration on this fact and
keeping in mind a couple of what keeps me keepin' on as
below is the best I have to say.

        Joe

THE HIGHWAYMAN
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uw1bHaUk1CM&mode=related&search =



Rudyard Kipling

              If

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!

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Subject: Stop NAFTA Trucks ...
From: "Efstratios Psarianos"

Hi, Joe.
 
Here's a US site that's pro-open-government and that fights government secrecy. One of the campaigns that it supports is Stop NAFTA Trucks.
Stratos
 
http://action.citizen.org/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=22262&track=pcHome

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. . . one change.

        Joe

http://action.citizen.org/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=22262&track=pcHome

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Fine by me. And by the way, have a look at the message they want citizens to e-mail ... "Shoot down the pilot program because 'establish' doesn't mean what I want it to mean." Like duuuuhhhh ... This is as stultifyingly stupid an argument as the stuff I listened to on Florida radio last summer. :-S
 
When it comes to politics, I'm glad I'm not Amurican. Poor souls ... And to think that until a couple of years ago, I thought that there HAD to be redeeming qualities SOMEWHERE in them. Since then, I've grown up ... and I stand corrected.
 
Stratos

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. . . THERE ARE.  Unfortunately buried by balderdash
or diverted to less than productive ends.

        jOE

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From: "Suan H.Booiman"
Subject: by-election

Joe,
Following the by-election was nothing less than the media support for
the Liberals again. One may not agree with Harper but the individual,
hoping to represent their constituency, deserves some credit regardless
what party he/she stands for. This Central Canadian/CBC style is
damaging the country more than people do realize, resulting in getting
governments that, after the election, very few want, other than those
that have the ability to spread their opinion through the power of the
media. My view.
 
Suan H.Booiman
White Rock BC

AND

From: Hanger, Art - M.P.
To: Suan H.Booiman
Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 2:50 PM
Subject: RE: MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates

Dear Mr. Booiman,
 
On behalf of Art Hanger, Member of Parliament for Calgary Northeast, thank you for your e-mail.
 
Please be assured that it will be brought to Mr. Hanger's attention and a response will be forthcoming.
 

Irma Bailey
Office of Art Hanger, M.P.
Calgary Northeast

Tel:  (613) 947-4487
Fax: (613) 947-4490

AND

From: "Suan H.Booiman"
Subject: elections
To: info@russhiebert.ca

March 18, 2008
 
 
Mr.Hiebert,,

Following the bi-elections am again surprised about the lacklustre
reasoning to be able to vote. If you don't have any proof just
bring your neighbour that can stand up for you, the new election
laws recommend. How convincing is that, what is that for security,
guess a face cover would be accepted as well as long as
                              "THE neighbour knows".
 
During the last federal election the Conservative Party claimed to
                           "Stand UP for Canada",
well since that day every one has been sitting down as the respect
of Canadian Citizenship is daily declining. "Stay for three years" and
we will give you an insurance policy for $ 87.00
 
Is there any issue that we will hear your voice standing up for this
Country, giving us a reason to re-elect you, even as many will hold there
nose, not to vote Layton, Ignitif or Dion, what a bright future.
 
Dare to say :Regards,
Suan H.Booiman

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The politics of privilege
The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2008
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=8c7125cd-bea1-41b7-9b38-a20f5f3876ff

Nobody likes to see power concentrated behind closed doors - until they get behind those doors themselves.

Stephen Harper's government isn't the first to make use of a coterie of unelected aides. When the Conservatives were in opposition, they mocked Paul Martin for failing to end the politics of privilege, of "who you know in the PMO."

But the Prime Minister's Office is just as powerful these days as it was during the Chrétien-Martin era, if not more so. And Mr. Harper's personal control of his government is direct and uncompromising.

That's a problem, because this Conservative government was elected as a repudiation of the old structures that made the Liberal sponsorship scandal possible. Retired judge John Gomery gave the new government a blueprint for reform, in the recommendations that followed his inquiry into the affair. He told a parliamentary committee last week that Mr. Harper's government has all but ignored that blueprint.

Mr. Gomery is particularly concerned about the growing influence of unelected, unaccountable people in the PMO. He also warns the power of the executive branch - the prime minister and his cabinet - comes at the expense of the legislative branch. MPs in the Harper government - even ministers - have seemed at times like members of the Borg collective from Star Trek, without personalities or opinions of their own. Instead of the transparent "new" government Canadians were promised, we've got more of the same old politics.

There's nothing wrong with a government putting its own stamp on policy, and directing the civil service accordingly. Neither is there anything wrong with a prime minister who has a strong vision and the ability to make things happen.

There is something wrong, though, with a closed and defensive attitude toward the media and toward anyone who asks inconvenient questions. And there is something wrong with giving unelected political operatives the power to influence the business of government. That's how the sponsorship scandal happened.

Corruption is, ultimately, a failure of character. Rules can never entirely prevent it. But it is possible to create a political environment where corruption is less likely to flourish.

Mr. Harper should at least give Mr. Gomery, and Canadians, a detailed explanation for his brush-off of the recommendations. If an all-powerful PMO is no threat to democracy and accountability, Mr. Harper should explain why that's so. Mr. Gomery says the Tories have not even given him a formal response to his report. When Mr. Gomery was useful, the Conservatives treated him as a hero. Now, his sincere and unflinching demands for reform are brushed aside as annoyances.

Mr. Harper could take lessons from the story of Eliot Spitzer, the governor of New York who fell so spectacularly from grace last week. Mr. Spitzer's constituents would not have felt so betrayed had he not portrayed himself as "Mr. Clean," standing against crime and corruption. If there's one thing voters can't stand, it's hypocrisy.

Mr. Harper's career doesn't bear much resemblance to Mr. Spitzer's, except in this one important respect: He, too, came into office by promising to clean up. He spoke of a new era of openness and accountability.

He owes Mr. Gomery an answer.
© The Ottawa Citizen 2008

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