Saturday, March 08, 2008

Daily Digest March 7-8, 2008



OTTAWA CITIZEN - Capital confusion

         Healing messages

TORONTO STAR - Lack of child care still a barrier

         Cynical PQ bid to rebrand party

         Selective dismay

        Bring Khadr home


        Rights on reserves

         Upholding a promise to Afghanistan's women

SUDBURY STAR - Cadman allegations a police matter

        Harper punchy; PM likes to hit back hard when accused, but it will eventually backfire

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - World taking closer look at Canada

VANCOUVER SUN - The fine line between bribes and inducements
Political parties consider it fair practice to offer benefits to politicians to switch allegiances, but should it be?

        No 'censorship' here

VANCOUVER PROVINCE - There are limits to movies our taxes should subsidize


B.C. natives to develop protest strategy

DND at risk of losing Canadian spy systems to U.S.
Latest technology will be off limits to us after space firm's sale, critics warn

Military recruiting hundreds to combat PTSD

NAFTA leak controversy reveals U.S.-Canada divide all 494 news articles »

Emerson willing to reopen NAFTA: U.S. politician

What did Emerson say?

Time to end war of words
"It was a very public act of defiance that may come back to haunt the group in the future, especially
in light of the sector's woes and the Tory government's notoriously thin-skinned and vindictive behaviour."

Ontario Leads Way With Job Creation
new jobs in everything from construction to security to travel agencies more than offsetting continuing bleeding in the manufacturing sector.

Economists call Flaherty's attacks on Ontario 'counterproductive'

Nato defence ministers have dismissed talk of a crisis over their operation in Afghanistan.

There is one China and one Taiwan -- period

Say no to drug ads, doctor warns

Plan forged to stop tide of critically ill going to U.S.

'Safer' crack kits under fire
Police point to surging 'drug crimes' as city lauds outreach program as a way to help addicts

Ottawa's game-playing is unhealthy for country

Harper fires volley on Ontario corporate tax rate

AECL in running for Ontario nuclear plants

Political gender bar still high

What you didn't hear get done

Liberals hit the political jackpot
RESP bill better than NAFTA row, Cadman together

NDP to try to topple government over climate change policies

Dion hopes PQ will form government, Fortier says

Flaherty waging 'vendetta' against Ontario

PM's message for Ontario: Cut corporate taxes, expect no bailouts

Ethics committee declines to probe Cadman affair

Tories, Grits go head-to-head

Harper's defence 'ridiculous,' Dion says
Opposition wants justice probe into Cadman affair

Tory MP denies report Cadman offered benefits all 122 news articles »

Nearly a third say PM lying: poll

PMO: Officials only got briefing from Obama campaign

PM's man in the shadows

Casual chat could change course of election

Common sense leaking like sieve

Truth has been lost in the storm

Education tax break bill passes through Commons

Ottawa vows to block education tax shelter

Don't hold your breath for $5,000 tax break

Deduction's true cost $2B, economist says
'Bizarre' RESP plan would help the well-off more

Departing science adviser says eliminating position risks Canada's reputation

There are some films Ottawa shouldn't bankroll

Uproar over 'contrary to public policy'
Similar Liberal bill introduced in 2003 with little fanfare

C-10 isn't censorship - but it's still wrong

The barbarians aren't quite at the gate

Ottawa should end financial handouts for repugnant work

Canuck greens issue manifesto

Climate change will cause strife: Report
B.C.'s carbon tax will pay off when U.S. brings in cap-and-trade

Dion's emission omission

Tweak $70 billion war on terror

Warmed-over nukes
The climate scare revives the biggest business flop ever

Canada's women must share their success with the world

New wrinkle in an old debate

Smoked for our crack policy

Child care must serve kids not corporate shareholders

Student defends stifling abortion debate

The political lie

Leak puts Canada in a spot

Forget who said what: The Cadman scandal is bogus

Two killers, two policies
Ottawa is right to treat Ronald Smith and Mohamed Kohail differently

Are our diplomats that dense?

Parliamentary dysfunction

Bubbles Galore
We shouldn't be surprised that members of the Conservative government have stuck to the cultural funding script they started writing as Reformers

Afghan women

Quebec should extend marriage rights to unwed couples
A third of couples live outside of marriage or civil union and receive no protection

Deciding not to fund porn is not government censorship
It's called fiscal responsibility

Dialogue sharpens editorial view

The art of turning wine into juice
Stephen Harper and a few close friends here are the new alchemists.

Darwin's dangerous idea

Misbehaving MPs pass RESP bill


Revue de presse - D'erreur en erreur

Un élu américain affirme que le ministre Emerson était prêt à rouvrir l'ALENA

Stephen Harper nie avoir été rassuré par le camp Clinton au sujet de l'ALENA

Dion croit que les attaques de Flaherty contre l'Ontario sont une erreur

Le gouvernement Harper tente de bloquer le projet de loi privé sur les REEE

Harper prêche la prudence aux gens d'affaires de Toronto

Stéphane Dion fait campagne aux côtés de Bob Rae

Des environnementalistes lancent un nouvel appel

Le gouvernement fédéral échoue en matière de protection de l'environnement

ALENA: Stephen Harper étend l'enquête à son propre cabinet

Dion interpellé par des pacifistes

Le NPD dépose sa motion verte

Un projet qui irrite les conservateurs

Washington crie à l'ingérence

Un climat plus chaud rendra le pays plus vulnérable

Qu'a dit Emerson?

Fuite sur l'ALENA: de dangereuses indiscrétions

Harper promet de faire toute la lumière

        The production of the Digest will be affected over the next while by a surgical procedure to rectify a problem on my posterior that apparently can develop due to
        an inordinate amount of time being spent in a sitting position, in my case 15-18 hours a day.  This is written from a kneeling position one to which being neither
        an adherent of either the Anglican or Roman Catholic Christian denominations I have had little experience. The United Church slouch, of which I have some       familiarity, involves sitting which at the moment, while not impossible, entails going against the opinion of the nurse who wakened me from my anesthetized
        stupor and saw me safely homeward bound yesterday. The link above to fistulas in Wikipeia is worth the read for there are many problems associated with them.
        While the Digest will most probably be forthcoming it will be limited to major news sources for the nonce.
        This, Ottawa's game-playing is unhealthy for country ,
        I was going to post in full and comment on but deferred to what Rubie sent in that is of more immediate consequence in that "Industry Minister Jim Prentice will        have final say on whether the deal goes through. Bill Rodgers, his director of communications, said Mr. Prentice has until March 22 to make a decision,         although a 30-day extension could be requested." and there may be those receiving the Digest whose views that Canada ought to maintain Canadian control of a    Canadian product may carry some weight with the Ottawa decision makers.



Subject: tortiere
Date: Fri, 7 Mar 2008 04:23:11 +0000
Rory J. Koopmans

March VIth, MMVIII
To Whom It May Concern:
Outwit, Outplay, Outlast. Who will survive the struggle to stay on Power Island. Will it be Ian Brodie, Tom Flanagan, or Dougie Finley?
Who will be the first to fall? Watch for it, a new series on CBC Television, debuts Thursday, March 13th. 8:00PM, 8:30PM in Newfoundland & Labrador!
My betting odds are that at least one will go down, maybe if we're lucky, Don Plett will be thrown in the mix as well!


From: "Rebecca Gingrich" <>
Subject: Food shortages

Already we have riots, hoarding, panic: the sign of things to come?

Food shortages and starving children--but, heh--it is much more important to
save the planet from GW? The food baskets of the world are under siege--and
our government believes in 'supply management' and the CWB goes merrily on
it's way, while we use food to make fuel.

Are you suggesting its more important to have people fed than to save
Mother Earth from GW?


Joe--hunger and starvation are real. GW is a fear-mongering exercise set up
by the Gore/Suzuki/UN cabal to control the citizenry of the planet. I won't
go into all the flim flam that has been proven false. Needless to say, GW
has been proven to be a scam--nothing more, nothing less.

Not that long ago we were instructed to fear 'Global Cooling'. Of the two,
I would prefer GW, as with GC we will all starve and freeze to death in the

Anyone who has bought flour or flour products recently will have already
noticed the drastic increase in price. As flour is the mainstay in our food
supply, we are all on the brink of starvation.

Governments who cannot fill a pothole, supply palatable water, clean,
breathable air, or adequate health care, now presume they can control the
climate. How arrogant. Do we never learn that the words or our governments
mean nothing?

The Climate is always changing--it did before the invention of SUVs or any
other supposed 'cause' of GW. And it will continue to change as long as
there is a Planet Earth. But if the 'environmental elitists' get their way,
the fearmongering 'policies' put in place to 'combat' GW will cause more
starvation and death than any supposed impact of GW.


From: Charles Tupper
Subject: Top Ranking CIA Operatives Admit Al-qaeda Is a Complete Fabrication

Top Ranking CIA Operatives Admit Al-qaeda Is a Complete Fabrication
BBC's killer documentary called "The Power of Nightmares". Top CIA officials openly admit, Al-qaeda is a total and complete fabrication, never having existed at any time. The Bush administration needed a reason that complied with the Laws so they could go after "the bad guy of their choice" namely laws that had been set in place to protect us from mobs and "criminal organizations" such as the Mafia. They paid Jamal al Fadl, hundred's of thousands of dollars to back the U.S. Governments story of Al-qaeda a "group" or criminal organization they could "legally" go after. This video documentary is off the hook…

FOX NEWS Interview with Tony Blair: Blair said, "Al Qaeda is not an organization. Al Qaeda is a way of working … but this has the hallmark of that approach."

From: Rubie Britton
Subject: "Stop the Sale of Canadarm and Radarsat-2!"

Please read :
'An affront'
Outrage greets U.S. bid to buy Canada's largest space firm; sale to include taxpayer-funded $524-million Radarsat-2 satellite

by David Pugliese

Friday, March 07, 2008

Physicist Lawrence Morley wants the auditor general to probe the pending sale of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates' space division to a U.S. firm because it would include the Radarsat-2 satellite, a piece of cutting-edge technology that has received millions in taxpayer funding.

The proposed purchase by a U.S. firm of Canada's largest space company, and with it a $524-million high-tech satellite built mainly with taxpayers' money, is being challenged by a growing number of scientists and engineers.

Lawrence Morley, one of Canada's top geophysicists and the man who pushed the federal government to invest in what eventually became the Radarsat-2 satellite, is calling for the auditor general to probe what he calls a sweetheart deal that allows a private firm to sell off such a valuable spacecraft.
In addition, Hugh Thompson, a spacecraft systems engineer with MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, yesterday came forward to say the sale of the British Columbia company's space division to a U.S. firm should be halted.

Two other engineers at the company have already quit in protest over the deal.

Marc Garneau, the first Canadian in space, also said earlier this week that he hopes the company's space division will not be sold because that would represent a major loss of Canada's space capabilities, built up over the years with large amounts of taxpayer funding.

At issue are plans by U.S. firm Alliant Techsystems to purchase MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates' space and military assets for $1.325 billion. The firm is considered the backbone of Canada's space industry.

With that deal, announced by both firms in early January, comes ownership of the recently launched Radarsat-2 satellite, the world's most advanced radar imaging spacecraft. The $524-million Radarsat-2 was built by MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, but Canadian taxpayers funded most of that project.

Its technology, which allows the satellite to produce images of objects the size of a car from 800 kilometres in space, is seen as key to Canada's security and science efforts. Radarsat-2 can be used for agricultural, environmental and forestry purposes as well as to measure the thickness of ice in the North.

However, in the late 1990s, the Canadian Space Agency transferred ownership of the satellite to MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA).

Mr. Morley said the company is simply doing what's best for its shareholders and earning a profit from selling the satellite and other technology. But he pointed out that someone has to be looking out for Canadians.

"A mistake was made by the Canadian Space Agency when they gave this sweetheart deal to MDA and transferred the ownership of all the technology and the satellite, and all the data to them," said the 88-year-old scientist and Order of Canada winner. "That's a thing for the auditor general to look into on whether it was a mistake or whether it was a government decision."

Two employees of the company, Paul Cottle and Trevor Williams, have quit their jobs in protest of the sale, saying they do not want to work for Alliant, which builds landmines, cluster bombs and engines for nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles.

Officials with Alliant Techsystems and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates declined to comment, citing pending government approval of the sale. Both firms have previously said the sale will be good for Canada. Alliant officials have also said they will keep jobs in the country and they plan to expand the Canadian company's space division so it can attract even more work.

But Mr. Morley said the government should put a halt to the deal. "It's an affront that will be a major blow to our space efforts," he said.

Industry Minister Jim Prentice will have final say on whether the deal goes through. Bill Rodgers, his director of communications, said Mr. Prentice has until March 22 to make a decision, although a 30-day extension could be requested.

"Under the Investment Canada Act, the big thing is whether this transaction is of net benefit to Canada," said Mr. Rodgers. "That is the test.

"It won't be a done deal until the minister is satisfied that the tests under the act are met and, if they're not, he, as the minister, can make a decision on that basis," Mr. Rodgers said.

The Canadian Space Agency did not respond to e-mailed questions earlier this week.

Mr. Morley said the technology used by the first satellite, Radarsat-1, and now Radarsat-2, is cutting-edge and the imagery from the spacecraft is in demand by Canadian government departments, scientists and other nations.

Mr. Morley, then director general of the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, pushed the government in the mid-1970s to invest in the unique technology outfitted on the Radarsat spacecraft, and his organization did the original research. He also selected MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, then a small Canadian firm, to work on the sensors and had government research transferred to the firm.

Mr. Morley said that billions of dollars of tax money have been invested in the company over the years, but he didn't hold out much hope the sale will be halted.
Mr. Garneau said the government has invested heavily in the Canadian firm to build it up into the country's largest space firm producing world-class technology.
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