Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Daily Digest March 4, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - Driving home the point
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=113792&sc=80

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR - Speech will be worth watching
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=113758&sc=30

CAPE BRETON POST - Cadman affair jumps boundaries
http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=113610&sc=151

AMHERST DAILY NEWS - Throwing mud goes over the edge
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=113619&sc=61

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Anglos need calm defenders
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=578c976c-75d4-4272-87b0-8d054955c684

        No sanctuary for car thieves
         http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=bcea258c-c53b-425a-86d2-f9046b6e5255

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Getting the message out
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=8d3218be-1464-4e4a-ae0f-e7924302ecfb

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER - Program gives some seniors reason to smile
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=927220

TORONTO STAR - Worst time of all to insult Ontario
http://www.thestar.com/comment/Editorials/article/308933

        TV ads and obese kids
         http://www.thestar.com/comment/Editorials/article/308932

NATIONAL POST - Caledonia + 2
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=350837

HAMILTON SPECTATOR - We can prevent these tragedies
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/334249

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW - Flaherty's comments nothing short of sabotage
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=927321

LONDON FREE PRESS - Who will decide what's fit for film?
http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/Opinion/Editorials/2008/03/04/4899936.html

K-W RECORD - Flaherty should end his spat with McGuinty
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/317889

        Two wasted years in Caledonia
         http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/317888

WINDSOR STAR - Smoking ban: The sky is the limit
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=4667e4a3-3341-4406-8890-710197a0e7c6

        Prince Harry's deployment
         http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=470f4a49-5518-4b67-bc31-3329eaee11ed

SUDBURY STAR - Lesson of smoke detectors needs reinforced
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=927444

WINNIPEG SUN - Who will decide what's fit for film?
http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/Opinion/Editorials/2008/03/04/4899936.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Canada risks repercussions from meddling
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=b419f888-d1e0-4abc-b0ad-aa5e0c1b56a9

CALGARY HERALD - The debate is too late
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=66d2bc62-1280-442f-9299-e31fdaae42bf

         Landslide a clear mandate for Ed
         http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=5800ca6d-a52c-4e47-8d8c-4114889aae8a

CALGARY SUN - King Ed silences the critics
hhttp://calsun.canoe.ca/Comment/POV/2008/03/04/4901271-sun.html

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Ed Stelmach earns Albertans' trust
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=9e831f1d-8342-4d0b-bd30-78cd04da532e

EDMONTON SUN - Ed-volution rocks Alberta in landslide
http://www.edmontonsun.com/Comment/Commentary/2008/03/04/4901076-sun.html

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Change in wind, not in the capital
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_10020.php

VANCOUVER SUN - Integrated approach to help chronic offenders is a positive step forward
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=543e9cb5-5fab-4268-859c-d976e7782451


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
Ottawa to amend Indian Act over property rights: Strahl
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/03/04/aboriginals-strahl.html


CANUSA/USACAN
all 1,004 news articles »
Harper denies meddling in US presidential primaries

Canada wins split decision in softwood ruling
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080304/softwood_ruling_080304/20080304?hub=Canada

Canada the easy target
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=18a0eebe-8fde-4713-aef6-c2ff3517aa8d

Renotiate NAFTA? Sounds like a good idea
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=5f4526fe-42b0-4d3a-a901-f415ba271cdf

Obama and Clinton Have a Point: Let's Take a Hard Look at NAFTA
http://www.jameslaxer.com/2008/03/obama-and-clinton-have-point-lets-take.html

Ottawa sorry for role in Obama flap
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=350775

Bad on trade = bad for Canada
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=350834

It's time to rethink NAFTA
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=350881

Lumber ruling seen good for Canada but bad for U.S.
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080304/canada/canada_lumber_reaction_col

Split decision in Canada-US lumber row
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/080304/canada/canada_us_trade_timber


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Bank of Canada slashes rate by half point
http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=352167

Census shows aging Canadian workforce
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2008/03/04/4904891.html

The coming financial pandemic
Can the U.S. financial crisis be contained within America's borders? Nouriel Roubini says no--and explains how the contagion will spread
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=350930


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Communication woes prescription for health trouble
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2008/03/04/4900661-sun.html

JUSTICE SYSTEM
Thinning blue line a scary prospect
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=8016f59c-5de0-4edb-8071-d867eef8d16a


MIGRATION
More immigrants keeping mother tongue
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/309185


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Stelmach's triumph buries the jibes. Now peace will reign in PC land
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Columnists/Waugh_Neil/2008/03/04/4901171-sun.html


POLITICS
Polls suggests Tories and Liberals flat-lining
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/National/2008/03/04/4904401.html

Canada says confident can end CWB barley monopoly
. Our date is still August 1, 2008 and we will move heaven and earth to make that happen
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080303/canada/canada_barley_col

L'affaire Chuck Cadman
Dion ignored a formal notice of Harper (Le Devoir)
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ledevoir.com%2F2008%2F03%2F04%2F178828.html&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF8

Ethics committee unlikely to probe Cadman affair
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/03/04/opposition-mps.html

Letter demands apology for Cadman affair remarks
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2008/03/04/4900656-sun.html

PM threatens to sue Dion
But Liberal leader says he won't be bullied by libel notice issued over bribery allegations
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/309096

Time for an answer, Mr. Harper
PM is the one inflicting damage to his reputation
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=350818

Ezra Levant: Not their style
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2008/03/04/ezra-levant-not-their-style.aspx

Candidate never asked to step aside
David Matta was party's nominee in B.C. riding
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=0c60f474-dc43-4e90-bc3d-a7088853961b

House of glass
Controversy just a stone's throw away in Cadman affair
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2008/03/04/4901051-sun.php

Harper says it wasn't his top aide who leaked document hurting Obama campaign
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080304/national/obama_harper_leak

Political fires keeping Harper busy
Cadman affair, Flaherty rhetoric, other problems have PM working to maintain good-manager image
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/309093

MP worries EI for fishermen faces trade threat
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2008/03/03/eifishing-wto.html

PROGRAMMES
The crimes of Paul Bernardo at the root of the law on censorship by State
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ledevoir.com%2F2008%2F03%2F04%2F178826.html&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

Bill to amend the mandate of the CWB
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/manitoba/2008/03/03/002-CCB-ProjetLoi_n.shtml

A federal election over barley?
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=195495cf-9b08-4f95-8de9-08e01626fca4

Ottawa Tables Bill To End Wheat Board's Monopoly On Barley Sales
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=350893

West Coast sub maintenance plan hard to rationalize
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1041722.html


PRESSURE POINTS
Act today, plan for tomorrow
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=f1b36db3-d434-4dbd-ad8d-9be862c75c6e

The case against man-made warming
In conclusion, this NIPCC report falsifies the principal IPCC conclusion that the reported warming (since 1979) is very likely caused by the human emission of greenhouse gases.http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=350842


OPINION AND INFORMATION
It all started with Meech Lake
A new book struggles earnestly to make sense of our love affair with the donut
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=350838

Leaks may have their place, if you consider the source
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1041710.html

Flaherty budget transforms the way Ottawa taxes
The decision to exempt savings from tax represents a sea change for Canada
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=056a196e-051a-41a6-80fb-57b5f542cc35

Attending an English-rights meeting can require real courage
Young sovereignists were determined to disrupt weekend meeting
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=0b8a9a8d-fbd6-4aa7-98c8-5554574c5989

Western intervention just colonization
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=fc1ded55-e675-4293-8f16-35473da76c33


INFOS

Michael Fortier: l'arroseur arrosé
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080304/CPACTUALITES/803040580/1019/CPACTUALITES

Le Sénat se propose de «sauver les meubles»
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080304/CPACTUALITES/803040578/1025/CPACTUALITES

Harper met en demeure Dion de lui présenter des excuses
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080304/CPACTUALITES/803040560/1025/CPACTUALITES

Charest s'inquiète des intentions des démocrates américains
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080304/CPACTUALITES/803040574/1025/CPACTUALITES

Péage: Montréal aurait à négocier avec Ottawa
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080304/CPACTUALITES/803040569/1025/CPACTUALITES

Élections en Alberta: les conservateurs l'emportent
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080303/CPACTUALITES/80303264/1025/CPACTUALITES

Reconstruction: tout ne baigne pas dans l'huile en Afghanistan
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080303/CPACTUALITES/80303218/5846/CPACTUALITES

L'affaire Cadman se corse
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/03/04/178828.html

Cinéma - Les crimes de Paul Bernardo à l'origine de la loi sur la censure d'État
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/03/04/178826.html

Karlheinz Schreiber relance les députés
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/03/04/178821.html

Vote sur le sort de la mission afghane le 13 mars
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/03/04/178839.html

Les libéraux ne s'excusent pas
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/03/03/001-cadman-harper.shtml

Ottawa nie avoir fait de l'ingérence
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/International/2008/03/03/007-Elex-Ottawa-Barack.shtml

Budget Flaherty
Une autre étape de franchie
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2008/03/03/002-Budget-vote-amendement.shtml

Projet de loi C-10
Les conservateurs ne bronchent pas
http://www.radio-canada.ca/arts-spectacles/cinema/2008/03/03/003-loi-c-10-refus.asp

Guerre des mots
Feu nourri entre Ottawa et Queen's Park
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/Ontario/2008/03/03/001-mcguinty-harper_n.shtml

Assurance-emploi
Les pêcheurs se sentent menacés
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/atlantique/2008/03/03/004-ATL-omc-subvention_n.shtml

Commission canadienne du blé
Projet de loi pour modifier le mandat de la CCB
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/manitoba/2008/03/03/002-CCB-ProjetLoi_n.shtml

La Banque du Canada abaisse son taux directeur d'un demi-point
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080304/N030452AU.html

Foire aux questions - Le conflit en Afghanistan

BELOW(30)(30)(30)(30)(30)30)(30)(30)(30)(30)(30)30)(30)(30)(30)(30)(30)30)(30)(30)(30)(30)(30)(30)(30)(30)30)(30)(30)(30)(30)30)30)(30)(30)(30)(30)(30)(30)(30)


Libel courts simply are not the place for political squabbles.
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=113795&sc=86

If you can't stand the filth, get out of the pigpen - or make a conscientious effort on your own part to stay above the petty and the insulting. Few politicians can honestly claim they have turned the other cheek. Most, with a careful inspection of their own records, would be forced to admit they are just about as down and dirty as any of their fellows. It's pots taking umbrage at remarks from the kettle.

And going to the courts over and over again is simply a trap.

It eats time and money from those who have both, and simply serves to show the difference between politicians with cash on hand and ordinary citizens, who generally put up with the slights and slurs that come with everyday life.

Calling your lawyer, Minister? Save your breath and our money.


«¤»¥«¤»«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»

Cadman affair jumps boundaries print this article
The Cape Breton Post
http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=113610&sc=151

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's legal notice that he intends to sue the Liberal Party and its leading lights for libel lends an odd symmetry to the Cadman affair. Both the lawsuit and the affair pose questions about where the boundary lies between politics and law.

 Consider a sports analogy. Any beanball thrown in a baseball game or sucker punch in a hockey game meets the definition of assault in the Criminal Code yet the consensus holds that such matters are best left to the internal codes of the sports unless an offence is so egregious that the police are compelled to get involved. Todd Bertuzzi was criminally charged after his career-ending retaliatory assault on Steve Moore in a 2004 National Hockey League game, but legal entanglements are notable for their rarity despite the violence in certain professional sports.

In politics, too, the prevailing ethos is that the wheeling and dealing, the insults and the accusations, stay in-house. Everyone knows that outright bribery for a vote or other political barter constitutes classic corruption, and for that reason is seriously illegal. But when politics by its nature is often about bargaining and trading, where exactly is the boundary?

The debate comes up whenever a politician, especially a prominent one, is persuaded or induced to switch parties and the reward for doing so is obvious to all. The surprise jump of MP David Emerson from the Liberals just two weeks after the Jan. 23, 2006, general election provided the Tories with a measure of payback for Belinda Stronach's higher profile defection the other way in May 2005, which helped save the Paul Martin Liberal government from defeat in the Parliament.

Both Emerson and Stronach landed directly in cabinet posts with their new parties. Why aren't those bribes, or criminal inducements? The distinction is not obvious, except for the consensus that this sort of dealing, while it may cut close to the edge at times, is essential to the black art of politics.
What makes the Cadman affair jump off the page is the figure attached to it — the "life insurance" policy worth $1 million that two Conservative operatives are alleged to have offered Independent MP Chuck Cadman, who was known to be dying of cancer, if he would cast the deciding vote to defeat the Liberal government in May 2005. Wherever the line may lie between political dealing and a criminality, seven figures jumps it in a bound; the only question is whether that offer was ever made.

Similarly, Harper with his legal notice is saying the Liberals crossed the boundary of acceptable political debate by accusing him outside the absolute privilege of Parliament of complicity in a criminal act. The Liberal Party website, for example, published a statement under the heading: Harper Knew of Conservative Bribery.

The prime minister may well have a case because it's highly unlikely the Liberals could prove that headline as factual, based on what is publicly known at this point. But is Harper right to take the fight outside the political rink? Calling in the courts to adjudicate donnybrooks among professional politicians is not good idea. Harper should drop the gloves and go toe-to-toe with his accusers.

===================================
Subject: Re: Daily Digest March 3, 2008
From: "Rose Dyson"
 
Joe

Any positive coverage on the Conservative Government's excellent initiative to eliminate funding for extremely violent and pornographic film and TV production?

Rose Anne Dyson Ed.D.
Consultant in Media Education
Chair: Science for Peace (Media Working Group), University of Toronto
President: Canadians Concerned about Violence in Entertainment
http://www.c-cave.com

=====
All I've seen are of the following nature.

===================================
Who will decide what's fit for film?
http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/Opinion/Editorials/2008/03/04/4899936.html                     

A plan by the Conservative government to withhold funds for any film or TV show it deems offensive may be well-intentioned, but is clearly ill-conceived.

Proposed changes to the Income Tax Act would allow the Heritage Ministry to refuse tax credits to any projects it doesn't like. That means in reality those projects simply won't get off the ground in the first place.

At present, film and television producers can get tax credits if they can certify Canadian content. There are already lots of exclusions, such as news, sports, reality TV, pornography and game shows, but with the definition broadened and vague, who will take a chance on financing if there's a chance somebody later can decide it doesn't suit their taste?

Somehow, what's good and what's bad will be considered by folks from Heritage and the Department of Justice, but what kind of criteria they will use, and just how they will decide, is unclear.

Anything "determined to be contrary to public policy" will be vulnerable, according to a spokesperson for the Minister of Canadian Heritage: material that denigrates an identifiable group, gratuitous violence, explicit sex . . .

Critics say that sounds like censorship and they're correct. They wonder if films such as Juno or Brokeback Mountain would pass the test. Never mind some other less known and better known films. Let's face it, there are lots of movies out there and lots of opinions -- good and bad -- about each one of them.

Besides, sometimes opinion on a particular film or television show takes time to percolate in the public consciousness.

Just who will act on behalf of the government to decide which ones contain subject matter that deserves taxpayers' help and which ones do not? And how will these people know just what is acceptable and what is not? Do they represent Canadians? Or do they just represent the government's agenda?

It sounds well and good for the government to want to be more selective about the kinds of cultural products it helps fund, but the tax credit system in place now was established to encourage a film industry in this country. This proposal can only stifle it.

Either we want to encourage an industry and hope that it pays the economy back over time or we don't.

Beyond that, this can't possibly do anything but make the film and television we produce in Canada less provocative, less interesting, less cutting-edge, less likely to generate world attention and less likely to improve upon itself.

This kind of thing is likely, instead, simply to make the stuff more dull, and the industry, as a result, less healthy.


===================================