Friday, March 28, 2008

Daily Digest March 28, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

AMHERST DAILY NEWS -
Policy's main intent is crucial
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=121037&sc=61

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Khadr deserves Canada's help
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=2f0599b2-59ca-421e-bae3-e19b8e557f95

Stop battering anglo education
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=f42220a5-23b8-41c8-b6ba-2b379537e438

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
A test case for a free society
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=f16becd1-ce6a-4e29-893c-951a88cdadf9

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
The tobacco Taliban have decreed that
Death of the 'power walls' may mean demise of variety stores
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=960673&auth=Malette%2c+Chris

TORONTO STAR -
Tory turns to the right
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/404674

NATIONAL POST -
Ottawa's invisible opposition
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=405677

TORONTO SUN -
Going through red to get green
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2008/03/28/5128561-sun.html

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW -
Not taking Flaherty's war of words seriously
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=960793

PETERBOROUGH EXAMINER -
Toronto rail link derailed?; Commuter train plan on back burner as province expands GO Transit buses to Peterborough
http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=962077&auth=BRENDAN+WEDLEY

WINDSOR STAR -
GreenLink
Jobs for today and tomorrow
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=33a5d52b-72db-493b-b29f-34777727bc0f

SUDBURY STAR -
Reasons to sign your organ-donor card
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=961730

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Ritualized outrage
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4150173p-4739457c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Games boycott won't promote desired reform
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=5430514e-80f7-4274-bf72-947c05b2d29c

CALGARY HERALD -
Victims of utter dysfunction
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=bd36d496-4af4-4086-8680-6aa83cd121ab

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Oilsands status quo won't do
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=cdad0d8c-e4b6-4b84-bd3d-d2f9cef176ff

Keep pressure on China
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=d0e01911-1725-425b-aae0-f1627e1fc94d

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
Saturday's hour-long commercial
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_10285.php

VANCOUVER SUN -
RCMP takes another hit to its reputation
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=451b904d-dcf1-4a6b-85b8-fa9372305a52

VANCOUVER PROVINCE -
Vile robber deserves no sympathy over his drug addiction
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=7a0b9ef8-3536-4945-8725-9d372a670582

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Turn out the lights tomorrow
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=67f76685-6afd-484f-8a17-aff30b9aeda6


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
Tories hit mark on land claims
Fifty-four settlements resolved after public servants given target last year
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080328.wnatives28/BNStory/National/home


CANUSA/USACAN
Clinton ready to walk away from NAFTA, adviser warns
Tough talk on trade comes as Democrats turn their focus to Pennsylvania primary
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080328.wclinton28/EmailBNStory/usElection2008/home

Bleating and rhetoric engulf space sale
Opposition is based on ignorance, irrational hatred for the U.S., a warped form of nationalism and anti-business sentiment
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=cc63b0e8-9886-4f4c-b73b-ac15cc77df3f

Clinton ready to walk away from NAFTA, adviser warns
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080328.wclinton28/EmailBNStory/usElection2008/home


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Canada helps resolve fib that could have thwarted cattle shipments to Mexico
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080327/national/cda_cattle_exports

Organic farmers not meeting demand, study finds
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080328/organic_products_AM_080328/20080328?hub=Canada


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Taliban announces new offensive
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23444797-23109,00.html

MacKay wants German troops in combat role
Tells magazine that `Germany capable of more' in fulfilling NATO role in Afghanistan
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/404847

U.S. aid -- and negotiations -- part of fight against Taliban
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=c33318f2-20fd-4409-97cb-82110b80abc7

Right thinking must lead to action on Burma
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080327.wcomment0328/BNStory/Front/home

Ottawa decries 'crackdown' in Tibet by China's military
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080328.wtibetcanada28/BNStory/National/home?cid=al_gam_mostview

Canada blasts France over missile tests
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080328.wmissile28/BNStory/National/home

Seven days not in Tibet


Monk protest disrupts media visit


JUSTICE SYSTEM
SCC ruling could impact future environmental suits
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080327/environment_groups_080327/20080327?hub=Canada


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Anger mounts over French immersion cuts
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080328.wrally28/BNStory/National/home?cid=al_gam_mostview

Carbon tax riles northern B.C.Comment2
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080328.wbccarbon28/BNStory/National/home

Wall fairest premier of all for PM
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=405636

Howling from sidelines won't help Tory
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/404679


POLITICS
Opposition angry at losing NATO invitation
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080328.NATS28-1/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Tories `clarify' story on summit
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/404846

Ottawa, Ontario find 'common ground,' cool war of words
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080328.ONTARIO28/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

As Emerson weighs options, Tories contemplate hefty loss
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080328.wbcemerson28/BNStory/National/home

Dion calls on Quebec Liberals to show 'steely discipline'
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080327.wdion28/BNStory/National/home?cid=al_gam_mostview

No mutiny against Dion — yet
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=404237

Flaherty playing dangerous game
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/404675

Dion a dead man walking in Quebec?
http://www.thestar.com/Canada/Columnist/article/404817

Calling for discipline from your troops is not enough
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/columnists/story.html?id=ebb193ae-951c-4266-8562-e250f0a27480

Minority government not going anywhere
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=550307c1-9292-40ea-8ce9-fe9d51c7da49

Liberals urge broad scope for Mulroney inquiry
Too many unanswered questions, MP says
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/404843

Today marks the fifth anniversary of Harper's "let's invade Iraq" call to arms
http://caiti-online.blogspot.com/2008/03/today-marks-fifth-anniversary-of.html

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/879589/posts


PROGRAMMES
Businesses applaud proposed immigration law
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080328.wimmigration28/BNStory/National/home

A disaster for Canada's Human Rights Commission
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=405744

Transparency troubles for Tories
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/story/4150184p-4739419c.html

Tories seem uninterested in useful child safety report
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=73425419-e962-447a-bbaf-e121135121de


PRESSURE POINTS
Climate changing faster than predicted?


Earth Hour? It's a cinch for Desis
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/404678

Carbon tariffs could cause inflation, help manufacturing
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=404233

Carbon tax flim-flam
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=334384

Tire fee to fund recycling
http://www.thestar.com/News/Ontario/article/404850

Climate change debate distorting the economics of power generation
We're going to be paying a lot to reduce our dependence on coal
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=c61f9fc6-2022-4472-bf78-2d8c91f12e27


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Industry v. birds: a battle hatches
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080328.wbirds28/BNStory/National/home

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe: tyrant to many, hero to some
Which view of president – as a freedom fighter or repressive autocrat – will win out at polls?
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/404680

If only they had spent what they said they would
http://www.ottawasun.com/Comment/Editorial/2008/03/27/5124906.html

Awaiting the inevitable
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/columnists/story.html?id=521d315d-9f55-4932-a347-b03d9c8e2b70

The numbers game
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=91141dab-6a34-4df3-a600-0f803af0f633

Don't throw stones at Mexico
It's still unclear whether Brenda Martin is guilty or innocent, but Canadian breast-beating about Mexican justice won't help matters
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=bcf4c3b7-5d88-4f1f-a660-77b0e9dc5740

Jailhouse cries tiring
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=3f0462e9-faa3-4ea2-bee6-052a3d611a78

Banging my head on the homeless wall
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=c728f8ef-1073-433e-8f7e-735f86e7a221


INFOS

Dion se lève, Ignatieff se range
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080328/CPACTUALITES/80327297/1025/CPACTUALITES

Dion rappelle ses troupes à l'ordre
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080327/CPACTUALITES/80327147/1025/CPACTUALITES

L'immersion précoce en français ne reviendra pas, assure le ministre
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080327/CPACTUALITES/80327262/1025/CPACTUALITES

Sommet de l'OTAN: le gouvernement n'invite pas des députés
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080327/CPACTUALITES/80327257/1025/CPACTUALITES

Dion appelle ses troupes à la discipline
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/03/28/182510.html

Sommet de l'OTAN
Camouflet pour l'opposition
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2008/03/28/002-ottawa-otan-oppos.shtml

Parti libéral du Canada
Stéphane Dion hausse le ton
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2008/03/27/002-dion-montreal.shtml

Affaire Brenda Martin
Le ministère se dit en contact régulier
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/Ontario/2008/03/27/012-rapport-brenda-martin_n.shtml

Gestion des déchets
Le compostage gagne en popularité
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/environnement/2008/03/27/001-recyclage-compostage.shtml

Immersion
Tintamarre à Fredericton
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/atlantique/2008/03/27/005-NB-manifestation-immersion_n.shtml

Queen's Park
Coup de pouce du fédéral
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/Ontario/2008/03/27/005-aide-federale_n.shtml

Pistolet Taser
Le commissaire Elliott réagit
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/03/26/003-elliot-taser.shtml

Un Canadien va défendre la chasse au phoque chez les Européens
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080328/N032804AU.html

Les chars de l'armée canadienne seront livrés seulement en 2011
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080327/N0327131AU.html

Des millions de personnes dans le monde éteindront leurs lumières samedi
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080327/N0327129AU.html

L'imposition d'une taxe sur le carbone aiderait le secteur manufacturier
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080327/N0327123AU.html


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PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER TO PARTICIPATE IN NATO SUMMIT AND VISIT POLAND

March 28, 2008
Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today that he will participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit in Bucharest, Romania, from April 2 to 4, 2008.

Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier, Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Chief of Defence Staff General Rick Hillier will also participate in the NATO Summit.

The North Atlantic Treaty was signed in Washington on April 4, 1949. It was designed to promote the stability of the North Atlantic area and to safeguard the freedom of its people, based on the principles of democracy, individual liberty and international law.

Following the Summit, Prime Minister Harper will travel to Poland, from April 4 to 5, for a working visit.

Now we know! 

There's going to be a full court press in Bucharest and if you're not on the team you're not wanted.

Someone should'a thought'a that before outsiders were invited!

Eh?

         Joe

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From: alan heisey <hize@earthlink.net>
Subject: Re: Daily Digest March 26, 2008

j, andy is in for a very rough, very long time because he clearly 
feels that foreign influence weakens canada where as i think it 
strengthens it!

his view has been propounded by the lefties for many moons, but  has 
one major difficulty: those pesky furriners are so good at so many 
things we have come to rely on them, and it does not look likely to 
end soon. there used to be a party of sorts for andy's view but there 
are too few about to make a serious case!  cz
On 2008 Mar27, at 2:45, Joe Hueglin wrote:

Current political leaders know that to abandon the protection of our
east west trade flow means the end of Canada. That is their goal.

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From: "Rene Moreau"
To: "Letters to the editor" <lettertoed@thestar.ca>,
         "Daily Digest" <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>
Cc: "Air Farce" <nancy@airfarce.com>
Subject: Emailing: thepensionplangame
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2008 00:01:50 -0400

To Joe

From Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)

re; Belief in BCE buyout wobbles amid debt crisis. By Chris Sorensen, Thursday, page B1.

We have these days a situation that really needs watching. The item has been on the news but much of the problem is not being discussed, media-wise, at least.

In addition to the $52 billion price tag, which the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan cannot, apparently, afford, and are hoping to interest others banks and investment places, at a time when no one wants to go out on a limb with the American mortgage disaster, which has infected the world's economy, there is cause to be concerned. Who would consider spending money they don't have at a time of impending recession or even depression, besides a mole or plant from competing interests? The ploy is called 5th column, a military term, used by American corporate, to undermine their opposition, and called ASTUTE BUSINESS PRACTICE. (by them)

    BCE, or Bell Canada, is not what it used to be. Much of what it used to do is now out-sourced, the service level is less , as is the stock price and pay phones are getting as scarce as hen's teeth, to name just a few problems .

With the O.T.P.P. acting as the main buyer, two American financial companies, Madison Dearborn Partners LLC and Providence Equity Partners Inc., are tagging along as part of the deal, since foreign, American corporations, if they want to get involved, in our communications business, must have a Canadian sponsor to get around the 25% ownership limit imposed on foreign, American investors. This same ploy of tagging along with a Canadian sponsor seems to be repeating itself since  the Canada Pension Plan was used as the 'Canadian' , as was Manitoba Telecom Systems, since MTS now 'owns' A. T. and T, from the States , which is now shrouded in 'Canadian' clothing for a share of  the communication business.

OTPP was once led by Claude Lamoureux, and those were good years for the pension plan. Now he has been replaced by one Jim Leech and one worries!

When one considers the book by Naomi Klein, 'Shock Doctrine, or Disaster Capitalism' and it's mention of how the corporate world stands to gain much in power and influence if the infrastructure collapses, would it not be wise for most of us to be very, very, watchful? Like, for instance, finding out who the officials representing the BCE buyout consortium are? Considering how Citigroup, Deutsche bank and Royal Bank of Scotland are now backing the bid, under cover of the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan's name.

Next, we can probably expect our governments to remove the 25% limit on foreign American investment in Canadian communications due to pressure from the business lobby infiltrators.

I don't remember most of the history lessons in school being any more interesting than our current history!

Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)

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From: "Suan H.Booiman"
Subject: Bernard Lord

Feels to me that every one is over powered by the Bernard Lord 45
pages, would not dare to call it a report. Gave been trying to get a
copy of that masterpiece but all those ask don't bother to reply,
my Tory MP, B.C. Office of Heritage; Federal Office of Heritage;
you name. Guess is a national sell out.
 
Suan

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From: "Rosalie Piccioni"
Subject: Another joke that can be told in church
 
 A little girl, dressed in her Sunday best, was running
as fast as She could trying not to be late for Bible class. 
As she ran she prayed,"Dear Lord, please don't let me be
late! Dear Lord, please don't let me be late!"  While she
was running and praying, she tripped on a curb and fell,
getting her clothes dirty and tearing her dress. She got up,
brushed herself off, and started running again!  As she ran
she once again began to pray, "Dear Lord, please don't let
me be late...But please don't shove me either!"   []

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From: "Rebecca Gingrich"
Subject: [DD   Trojan Horse

We as citizens will have no say when the NAU is enacted.  We are the serfs
and will be told what we sill do.  A referendum will not be allowed. 
Democracy--you gotta love it.  We won the war but lost our country to the
behind the scenes manipulators.  Manifest Destiny anyone?
becky

Is an International Financial Conspiracy Driving World Events?
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=8450

AND

Subject: Courage and Loyalty trumps Democracy every time?
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article3635734.ece

From The TimesMarch 28, 2008

President Sarkozy embarrasses Gordon Brown over EU treaty

Francis Elliott, Deputy Political Editor
President Sarkozy of France embarrassed Gordon Brown yesterday, heaping
praise on his "courage and loyalty" for ratifying the EU treaty without a
referendum.

The president said that every other European leader was grateful to Mr Brown
for not blocking the replacement to the EU constitution.

In return the Prime Minister signed Britain up to moves to create common EU
immigration standards and cooperate on defence and nuclear policy.

At the conclusion of yesterday's France-UK summit, the French president
vowed to continue his charm offensive designed to draw Britain into deeper
engagement in the EU.

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