The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.
ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
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 -
Olympic Games boycott premature -
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Iran's 'vain bubble'
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
Time for Ottawa to chip in more cash for aboriginal occupation: Ont. premier
Say goodbye to 'Ottawa knows best'
Submarines good value, navy tells MacKay
Canada needs space industry: U.S. expert
Canada, U.S. find a trade solution
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
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
Stagflation and other misconceptions
Canadian investors run scared
Portfolios purged of energy, financial stocks amid fears of `a few more nasty surprises' at big banks
Canada to recognize Kosovo independence: report
U.S. Adapts Cold-War Idea to Fight Terrorists
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
China and the great silent recession
China's economy shrunk by 40%, but no one noticed
Warlords rule Afghanistan
HEALTH CARE RELATED
Canadian MDs increase dosage of medical marijuana
Patient guidelines fall short of saying 'sorry'
Quality of cancer testing a 'nightmare'
Gene may reveal keys to post-traumatic stress
FBI mortgage probe examining 17 large firms
It's a nasty world out there
POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Harper asked challenge be dropped: Wall
It's Ed's Alberta now
Liberals tout byelection wins despite Tory gains all 390 news articles »
Dion plays down election talk
Grit Dream Team, or Dion's Nightmare?
Cadman, NAFTA controversies fail to cut into Tory support
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
Libel threats have become a practice
Dykstra could chair federal justice committee; Talk of Cadman probe leads to head of panel walking out, vice-chairs refusing to continue
Winners rally round Dion after by-election wins
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
One guard on duty when stowaways exited Halifax port; minister seeks "review"
Human rights commissions and Irwin Cotler
Alleged solicitation for banned terror group sparks arrest
New Green Fuel From Coal Can Be Produced For $20 Per Barrel
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
Fear for the future of nuclear industry sparks council motion; AECL shouldn't take a backseat to any foreign producers
Peru for the few
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'
Dion accueille trois nouveaux élus libéraux aux Communes
Le Canada reconnaît finalement l'indépendance du Kosovo
Sondage national des médecins: l'accessibilité constitue toujours un défi
Les libéraux remportent trois sièges, les conservateurs font un gain
Victoires en demi-teinte pour Dion
`Police, help. Someone's stealing my drugs'
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.
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Subject: Fw: [Cap_contacts] Fwd: Is America about to collapse?
What do you think is going to happen Joe?
. . . 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.
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!
Subject: Stop NAFTA Trucks ...
From: "Efstratios Psarianos"
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.
. . . one change.
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.
. . . THERE ARE. Unfortunately buried by balderdash
or diverted to less than productive ends.
From: "Suan H.Booiman"
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.
White Rock BC
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.
Office of Art Hanger, M.P.
Tel: (613) 947-4487
Fax: (613) 947-4490
From: "Suan H.Booiman"
March 18, 2008
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,
The politics of privilegeNobody likes to see power concentrated behind closed doors - until they get behind those doors themselves.
The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2008
The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2008
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