Thursday, April 10, 2008

Daily Digest April 10, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
Slowing the pace
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=125003&sc=80

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
It's a dangerous time of the year
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=124978&sc=30

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN -
ackling province's debt worthy goal
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=125013&sc=103

CAPE BRETON POST -
It may be time for anti-SLAPP
http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=125194&sc=151

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -


AMHERST DAILY NEWS -


MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Torch-relay protests are a lesson in democracy
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=3e2948ad-f12c-4f72-be13-3ddb5ca9c4ec

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Getting the lead out
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=e58c157c-ed40-4a9a-8a0a-796b7a8c7227


OTTAWA SUN -
Put a limit on homework
http://www.ottawasun.com/Comment/Editorial/2008/04/10/5242631-sun.html

KINGSTON WHIG STAnDARD-


BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Healthy eating key to combat diabetes
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=979076

TORONTO STAR -
Not so fast on fast-track drugs
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/413056

NATIONAL POST -
Too much regulation
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=434022

TORONTO SUN -
Gun thugs don't deserve public housing
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2008/04/10/5242166.html

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
Disclosure is the key issue
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/352309

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW -
Province disregards human rights for trade mission
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=979137&auth=Blizzard%2c+Christina

K-W RECORD -


WINDSOR STAR -


SUDBURY STAR -
When the law reaches too far
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=979270

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Putin and Bush
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4157366p-4745386c.html

CALGARY HERALD -
A flaming disgrace
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=f4fc344b-2738-4a4a-9e0e-5dbdcc91158c

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE -
Water, water everywhere?
Charity must start at home on this one
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Editorial/391635.html

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
China pays the price for Beijing Olympics
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=25ac5620-821a-4632-811d-a310472b587e

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
Study just one side of gaming tale
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_10424.php

VANCOUVER SUN -
Cap-and-trade law can't have any loopholes
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=e57c8280-a013-45f7-a565-565120c9ba6f

Green laws hide too much
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=d9530261-008a-44ff-b36e-2695ef783234

Consumers will be better protected
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=6cbbf5cd-d8f4-42f4-9f7b-8a80071a6957

VANCOUVER PROVINCE -
Being grateful may well be the best anger cure
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=a52da126-247b-4ffd-8286-93880e4f25f7


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS



CANADIAN FORCES
Cost of Afghan mission anybody's guess
Defence dep't can't say how much it will cost to meet Manley Commission conditions
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Afghan/2008/04/10/5246506.html

Suicide bomber kills 8 in Kandahar
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Afghan/2008/04/10/5246481.html


CANUSA/USACAN
U.S. Marines in Kandahar will follow same rules as Canadians: Hillier
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/04/10/hillier.html

Ottawa's new hard line: Blocking foreign acquisitions
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080410.wmda-ownership11/BNStory/National/home

Space sale of 'no net benefit,' says minister
First time Ottawa has blocked a foreign takeover
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=436123

Ottawa rejects space firm's sale to U.S.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080410.wmda10/BNStory/National/home

Canada blocks sale of satellite firm to Alliant
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080410/canada/canada_mda_alliant_canada_col

Federal government blocks sale of MDA space division
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/04/10/mdablock.html

Ottawa 'not satisfied' sale of Radarsat maker MDA is in national interest
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080410/national/radarsat_sale

Canada's expensive buy-in into the space game
Forget national security, Ottawa is blocking MDA's sale for another reason
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=436521

Lake Erie charter captains face new rules on fishing in Canada
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080410/national/us_cda_fishing_charters

Canadian exports jump sharply
http://www.reportonbusiness.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080410.wtrade0410/BNStory/robNews/home


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS

FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Tibet a defining issue for China
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/JD11Ad01.html

Canada won't turn Afghanistan into thriving democracy by 2011: Emerson
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080410/national/afghan_cda_expectations
        
The Taliban talk the talk
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JD11Df02.html
        
Carryings on up the Khyber
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JD11Df01.html

Shifting Views on Afghanistan
e-Ariana (04/10/2008)
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It's Payback Time
Times of India (04/10/2008)
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Chaos reigns
Pasadena Weekly, CA (04/10/2008)
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Afghans Hold Secret Trials for Men That U.S. Detained
The New York Times (04/10/2008)
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Some doubt Pakistan strategy of negotiating with militants
Chicago Tribune (04/10/2008)
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Afghan U.N. envoy urges sense of urgency on help
Reuters (04/10/2008)
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Khalilzad Says He Plans to Leave UN Post
The Associated Press (04/10/2008)
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Suicide attack kills 9 Afghan civilians, wounds 22
M&C News (04/10/2008)


HEALTH CARE RELATED
SOS for health and safety of Canadian children
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/413037


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Globe challenges court order over sources
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080410.COURT10/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

MPs vote to find high-ranking Mountie in contempt of Parliament
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080410/national/rcmp_scandal

Ontario's spooky thought police
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=434023

Mounties reverse themselves on Taser data
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/413422


MIGRATION



POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Lord's Prayer may be abolished in Ont. legislature
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2008/02/13/4844214-cp.html

Alberta revamps royalties to spur drilling
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080410.wroyalties0410/BNStory/Business

Liberals are right to ignore calls for strengthening Bill 101
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=be97009f-a04d-4aa6-b5dd-c2183f0b33de

Quebec needs to teach better French
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=e76ad2cc-789b-4e94-b899-52e410aecd14

Cap-and-trade bill gives cabinet a blank cheque
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=e997df58-8241-402a-a7a2-77949d43caf6


POLITICS
Separatists looking for a reason to exist
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=436495

The separatist vacuum
Tories aim to gain in Quebec
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=0f1e3bd6-4a7a-47d1-9f44-dd7af945c713&k=69097

Prentice defends decision to block MDA sale
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080410/radarsat_sale_080410/20080410?hub=Canada

MDA sale needs approval of two ministers: Prentice
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=433754

Grits would fund security at places of worship: Dion
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080410/grits_worship_080410/20080410?hub=Canada

Greens leader calls for probe of RCMP 'interference'
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/413282

Opposition raises discrimination fears
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/413160

Program 'tailor-made' to send cash to Flaherty's riding: critics
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/story.html?id=709b24af-1675-48b3-8677-cb3cfc1dd2b7&k=56985

MP Jason Kenney's comments under scrutiny after recording surfaces
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/politics/story.html?id=364d417a-9a0b-4d4f-bc51-0ec38d90cd9b&k=88325

Liberal MP threatens to break ranks
Vows to vote against Tory immigration bill
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.html?id=0ad40823-dfbb-415d-9db3-acb97d278892

PROGRAMMES
New Tory bill amounts to 'censorship': Sarah Polley
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080410/Polley_taxcredit_080410/20080410?hub=Canada

Growth of new child-care spaces stunted after Tories took power: report
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080410/national/child_care_crunch

Toying around
Are we being hoodwinked by new consumer safety measures?
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2008/04/10/5243091-sun.html

Flaherty says he'd cut to avoid a deficit
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/413170

Please don't call us, period
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=0cf6d9b6-2021-443f-92ab-bf506ff57bd0


PRESSURE POINTS
Canada's boreal forest a ticking 'carbon bomb': report
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080410/boreal_forest_080410/20080410?hub=Canada

Kyoto rhetoric meets reality
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Goldstein_Lorrie/2008/04/10/5244121-sun.php

Carbon taxers think $1.15 gas not high enough
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=617da1be-3441-4b73-b3a8-2ad6d1893035&k=50137

Experts call for national carbon tax
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080410.wcarbon10/BNStory/National/home

Carbon tireprints
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=62a1c4ff-710c-426a-ae93-cbbe5012e22f

Reconsider biofuels, says British PM Brown
Wants world bodies to look into role of alternative fuels in higher food prices
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=436504

Who caused the world food crisis?
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=428913

Market crisis, chaos as food crisis felt around world
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=412984


http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=213343

It's time to pay up
Public policies based on voluntarily reducing carbon emissions have failed to change behaviour
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=814cd8a7-27f3-4262-85c2-b4b00a136c1b

The push to electric cars will come with hidden costs
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=99e1c72d-cd35-4812-b034-62f52c14d127


B.C. updates health law to better deal with epidemics
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080410/epidemics_law_080410/20080410?hub=Canada


Canada's anti-terror law unconstitutional, defence says
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2008/04/10/canada-terror.html

NORAD facing `rogue elements,' U.S. general says
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/413172


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Harper may have to break own election law
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=bed982a3-657c-4324-93bd-3a49f6fbdf4a&k=1693

The mind says no, the body says yes
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=31d6babe-1b11-4901-b33f-e5e72a6710d1&k=3557

Bob Rae -- what might have been
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/subscriber/columnists/top3/story/4157373p-4745336c.html

Future of the Arctic region fraught with uncertainty
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/columnists/story.html?id=10ee1a98-6202-4912-8605-fe093db24bef

Political messages in census data
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/413036

Mississauga to sell utility
http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/413192

Human-rights commissions are getting a bad rap
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=2a3c9871-e7db-47f5-99f0-8c9b9a1e9e0c

Lukiwski's words
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=008facd2-e335-42e0-90ee-6cc5b3744025

Liberals need to act soon - or else
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=2ee51395-5f5a-4a7c-b60a-8f530fd2635f

Helping the homeless is a matter of self-interest and common humanity
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=de7ecf97-d5ce-48e2-9ea3-893d0d9267ac

The blind leading the blind
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/2593


INFOS

Possible vente de Radarsat
Ottawa s'oppose à la transaction
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/04/10/001-mda-radarsat-ottawa.shtml

Manège militaire: Duceppe surpris de l'absence de gicleurs
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080410/CPACTUALITES/80410293/1019/CPACTUALITES

Sondage: les Canadiens optent pour le statu quo
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080410/CPACTUALITES/80410208/1025/CPACTUALITES

Une haute dirigeante de la GRC a commis un outrage au Parlement
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080410/CPACTUALITES/80410270/1025/CPACTUALITES

Le ministre confiant de voir un gendarme financier national
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080410/CPACTUALITES/80410256/1025/CPACTUALITES

Les libéraux investiraient dans la sécurité des lieux de culte
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080410/CPACTUALITES/80410210/1025/CPACTUALITES

L'Afghanistan ne sera pas une démocratie prospère en 2011, dit Emerson
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080410/CPACTUALITES/80410274/5846/CPACTUALITES

Huit morts dans un attentat suicide à Kandahar
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080410/CPACTUALITES/80410024/5846/CPACTUALITES

Que serait le PC sans le PLC?
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/04/10/184384.html

Projet de loi C-10
L'industrie du cinéma devant le Sénat
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/04/10/005-senat-loi-c-10.shtml

Présumé complot
La loi antiterroriste inconstitutionnelle, plaide la défense
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/Ontario/2008/04/10/002-loi-antiterroriste_n.shtml

Forêt boréale canadienne
Une bombe de carbone à retardement
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/environnement/2008/04/10/001-foret-greenpeace.shtml

La GRC décide de dévoiler plus d'informations sur l'utilisation du Taser
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080410/N0410155AU.html

La création de places en service de garde a chuté sous les conservateurs
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080410/N0410140AU.html


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From: Mike Coleman
Subject: RE: [SPAM]  Daily Digest April 9, 2008
To: 'Joe Hueglin' <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>

Joe; []






Thank you.

The government has restored my faith.  

Mike Coleman

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Canada blocks sale of MDA satellite unit to U.S.

Published: 4 minutes ago

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian government said on Thursday it had blocked the $1.325 billion sale of sensitive satellite technology to U.S. rocket-maker Alliant Techsystems Inc < top-secret over control lose might it feared because part in>

The move marked the first time Ottawa had prevented the sale of a domestic firm to a foreign buyer.

Critics said the proposed sale by MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd would threaten Canadian sovereignty by handing the high-tech Radarsat 2 satellite to a foreign firm.

"Certainly ... where jurisdictional law would sit for the satellite post-transaction is a relevant consideration," Industry Minister Jim Prentice told reporters.

In a terse two-page letter to Alliant Tech on Tuesday, Prentice said: "I am not satisfied that your investment is likely to be of net benefit to Canada" and gave the firm 30 days to contest the decision.

Opponents say the sale could result in Washington ordering Alliant Tech not to let Ottawa see data from the satellite, such as images revealing whether U.S. ships were sailing through Arctic waters. Washington rejects Canada's claim to sovereignty over Arctic sea passages, which it says are international waters.

Prentice's comments -- and the strong backing he earlier received from Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Parliament -- indicate that however Alliant Tech proposes to restructure the deal, it will not be allowed to buy the satellite technology.

"I would think it would be very difficult for the government to flip-flop on this issue," said Scott Brison, a legislator for the opposition Liberal Party.

Industry sources said officials from the U.S. firm would visit Ottawa next week.

The deal was a problem for the right-leaning minority Conservative government, which opponents say is too close to the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush.

Even some Conservative legislators -- usually under the strict control of Harper's office -- broke ranks to criticize the idea of selling satellite technology and land-based data processing centers to a U.S defense products firm.

Prentice dismissed suggestions that his decision meant Canada was becoming protectionist.

"This particular transaction relates to Radarsat 2, which is an extremely important piece of technology ... it is a very unique situation," he said.

The U.S. State Department declined to comment.

JP Morgan welcomed Prentice's move, saying in a research note that it had been concerned about the volatility of the U.S. space budget as well as the high debt level that Alliant Tech would have been obliged to take on to finance the deal.

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