Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Daily Digest April 15, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
Sailing a fine line View
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=126145&sc=80

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
Good will soon turn bad
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=126124&sc=30

CAPE BRETON POST -
Sealer safety at the crux
http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=126028&sc=151

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Rhetorical clubbing gone amok
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1049786.html

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Jobs, not language, will integrate immigrants
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=5c2796f6-be05-4830-a162-139ec4130aaf

Where, precisely, was the Farley Mowat?
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=171b77e8-2f80-45fa-911b-59921711d55f

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Snooping, by any other name
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=73835415-b078-41b3-97c9-65ae5c46f1e4

Seal of disapproval
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=ea8f8c36-4f71-4fcd-a39a-8c04c70f4cda

TORONTO STAR -
An inquiry is derailed
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/414462

A step too far on DNA?
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/414460

NATIONAL POST -
Taking on the Tamil Tigers
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=445453

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
Coming clean on C. difficile
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/354565

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW -
Bureaucrats should boycott Games, but let athletes compete
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=985415

K-W RECORD -
Handgun ban won't make Canada safer
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/337010

WINDSOR STAR -
Corruption in Afghanistan
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=0b2b0464-c3db-474a-a563-8cb9e425ac2a

SUDBURY STAR -
Taser creep may be a worry
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=985553

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Afghan debate in West ignores crucial concerns
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=55e1e550-54ec-49f8-ba64-76ac245b673a

REGINA LEADER-POST -
Well-intentioned
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=3679d694-f46f-4e36-b2f1-84b814bb8cc0

CALGARY HERALD -
Seal-hunt defence may hurt, not help
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=e0aeb38a-2710-471a-ad35-f49da16c6ec2

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE -
Spend, spend, spend...
Senate committees making sure they use budgets
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Editorial/index.html

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
No small problem in our prisons
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_10475.php

VANCOUVER SUN -
The onus for safe online banking falls more on banks than on clients
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=9ba9bb07-4ef6-475b-b70b-79aa99a39802

Before you write a cheque, take note of this little-known law
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=c908c47c-7f76-470b-bde7-92005261c439

VANCOUVER PROVINCE -
New rules for electric cars short-circuit the reality of commuting
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=ec5cfe61-529c-4938-b9b8-1e178ce91829


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
Feds to invest $330 million over two years to improve native water systems
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080415/national/native_water


CANADIAN FORCES
Hillier stepping down as head of Canada's military
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/04/15/hillier-resigning.html


CANUSA/USACAN
Guard resources, Ottawa urged
As North American leaders' summit approaches, poll finds Canadians want policies to guarantee energy and water supply, environmental standards
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/414557

U.S. Department of Energy: Office of Policy and International Affairs

Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America

Proposed bill targets bulk export of water
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=9ca40967-c303-4993-adec-1305f1e34243


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Central bank injects $2-billion into market
http://www.reportonbusiness.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080415.wbocaction0415/BNStory/robNews/home


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
China bunkers down behind its great wall
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/JD16Ad01.html

US juggles double-edged Iran sanctions
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/JD16Ak02.html

No relief for poor Afghans
Reuters (04/15/2008)
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NATO blamed for arm supply to Taliban
Pajhwok (04/15/2008)
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Corruption in Afghanistan
Windsor Star (04/15/2008)
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50 years for killing Afghan immigrant
San Francisco Chronicle (04/15/2008)
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Afghan Govt now bans Indian soaps
TimesNow (04/15/2008)
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Britain's Archaic Angle of Present-Day Afghanistan
e-Ariana (04/15/2008)
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Afghan troops told to lay down trusty AK47s
The Times (04/15/2008)
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Attacks on NGOs rise sharply in 2008 - report
IRIN (04/15/2008)
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Roadblock holds up Afghan returns in tribal area of north-west Pakistan
UNHCR (04/15/2008)
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Supreme Court issues 100 death sentences
AKI (04/15/2008)
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Former CIA Official: U.S. Losing War in Afghanistan
WTOP Radio (04/15/2008)
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The war will be won in Kabul
Ottawa Citizen (04/15/2008)


HEALTH CARE RELATED
The harm in harm reduction
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/414459


MIGRATION
Scoring points
Making the grade to immigrate to Canada no mean feat
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2008/04/15/5289431-sun.php


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Eagerly keeping a scandal alive
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=570e4177-45e2-47ec-9e0c-251460fd4eb1


POLITICS
RCMP raids Tory party headquarters
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/414652

RCMP raid Tory headquarters
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/04/15/rcmp-tories.html

Tories under fire after RCMP raid party HQ
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080415/raid_tories_080415/20080415?hub=Canada

HQ of Conservative Party raided
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080415/canada/canada_politics_raid_col

No laws broken despite Elections Canada search, Harper says
all 133 news articles »

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=447729

Research' at U of C paid for attack ads
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/story.html?id=e0870922-5cb8-4edc-a9ef-8785fcc75ff4&k=25260

Tory support retreats to 2006 levels
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080415.wpoll15/BNStory/National/home

Conservatives see poll lead fade
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080415/canada/canada_politics_poll_col

Tories to sell immigration changes with ad blitz
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080415.wcampaign15/BNStory/National/home

Bernier gaffe ignites diplomatic fire
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080414.wafghan15/BNStory/Afghanistan/?cid=al_gam_nletter_newsUp

Briefings cancelled without my knowledge, Day says
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=d48f4c88-53b7-4cda-8809-284d4a8fbd8e

PM told anti-theft promise a miss
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/story/4160651p-4747677c.html

Tories threaten to drop native human-rights bill
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080415.NATIVES15/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Panel to continue probe despite Ottawa
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080415.MPCC15/TPStory/TPInternational/Politics/

VIA, Ottawa at odds over Peterborough line
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/414525

Minister fires back at critics of funding criteria for new program for disabled
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=445408

Politics behind ship's seizure, critics say
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080415.SEALPOLITICS15/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

PM's fixed-date blunder hurts Tories and Liberals
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080415.COSPECTOR15/TPStory/TPComment/Politics/

Dion warned on immigration issue
Multicultural group says Liberals risk losing ethnic support if they back bill containing changes
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/414526

It's not just the leader, it's the party
Stéphane Dion is not the worst Liberal problem. It's the party's failure to peer into the mirror.
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/414450


PROGRAMMES
Tougher hate-crime bill likely to pass
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=445414

Tories threaten to drop native human-rights bill
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080415.wnatives15/BNStory/National/home?cid=al_gam_mostview

The liabilities in Kyoto: Ottawa will settle in 2008
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ledevoir.com%2F2008%2F04%2F15%2F185180.html&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

Decision to block MDA-Alliant deal firm: top Tories
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=b7628b5c-346e-42f5-81ab-e85902bc48d5

Tories grasp nettle on immigration
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/414452


PRESSURE POINTS
Terror charges stayed
Four have charges stayed but three were required to sign a peace bond
http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/414672

Crown stays charges against three from 'Toronto 18'
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=447734

Charges stayed for four Canadian terror suspects
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080415/canada/canada_terror_col

Unintended consequences
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=7bf459f7-a998-41ef-81d3-4c4fcab95344

Hunger from harvest failures fault of Global Cooling
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/2656


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Despite risks, Canada PM eyes Quebec concessions
http://www.kuwaittimes.net/read_news.php?newsid=NDU0ODA4MTE2

A lesson in how to lose voters
The Canadian conservative movement is becoming a growing liability for the Conservative Party of Canada.
http://www.agoravox.com/article.php3?id_article=8045

Harris part of the worst sellout of Canadians
http://www.bclocalnews.com/bc_cariboo/williamslaketribune/opinion/letters/17693044.html

'Human rights' attacks on free speech continue
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1049835.html

Canada mishandles shipload of trouble
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=445361

Don't keep us in suspense
Forcing Canadian filmmakers to submit to a subjective morality test for vital funding will be a devastating blow to a fragile creative community
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=04ebe66c-2ae4-4450-b3c3-de601239cc2b

For Tom Lukiwski, it's the text, not the context
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=15d29ac8-c699-4283-89e7-0c196f2b46b2

Ask politicians, not judges, what society will accept
Nobody votes for judges, but all are stuck with their decisions
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=900933ab-fcd5-4200-bb6c-7f9e5b260850

Drug study is being 'shamelessly distorted' by health professionals
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=e749b569-48fe-452e-a1d4-1c7b944094dc

Canada's inaction helps create a global food crisis
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=996e961d-a156-4188-b143-81314495dabf

Israel condemned, China given a pass
             Where's the outrage?
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/2651


INFOS

Bernier obligé de se rétracter après des propos controversés
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080414/N0414227AU.html

La cause d'une Canadienne emprisonnée au Mexique sera entendue lundi
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080414/N0414229AU.html

Missions de secours: l'armée est inquiète
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/04/15/185182.html

Le passif lié à Kyoto: Ottawa devra trancher en 2008
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/04/15/185180.html

Afghanistan - Bourde diplomatique du Canada
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/04/15/185174.html

Charité ou terrorisme?
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/04/15/185169.html

Perquisition chez les conservateurs
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080415/CPACTUALITES/80415078/1025/CPACTUALITES

L'ambassade du Canada à Paris connaîtra sa première grève
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080415/CPACTUALITES/80415169/1025/CPACTUALITES

Rick Hillier démissionne
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080415/CPFRONTPAGE/80415076/1025/CPACTUALITES

Crimes haineux: le Bloc veut élargir l'application de la loi
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080414/CPACTUALITES/80414088/1025/CPACTUALITES

Bernier nie avoir exigé le départ du gouverneur de Kandahar
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080414/CPACTUALITES/80414113/5846/CPACTUALITES


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BLACK TUESDAY?

        Added to the other happenings reported in the news to-day of a political nature is the retirement of the head of Canada's military as some have predicted.
        
        Media focus changes so quickly it's a week now since the topic of the article in the Kuwaiti Times broke into front page news.
        
        The question remain for each of us to ponder: did Blackburn act on his own or was it the case that "Harper's control over his government is so tight
        that few believe Blackburn had spoken without Harper's approval.
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                  Joe

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From: "Mark Whittle"
Subject: RE: Bernier vs Khalid: Corruption or conflict and/or abuse?

Hi Joe,
No doubt Afghanistan has much corruption, the Taliban ran the place before the war. We all know what there methods were. So they may still be a certain amount of ingrained corruption left over from the previous regime. Karzai should clean house on his own if he wants to survive.
Mark-Alan Whittle

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From: "Peter Chisholm"
Subject: Re: Bernier vs Khalid: Corruption or conflict and/or abuse?

Hi and I see "Foot-In-Mouth" is still alive and well, perhaps a healthy indication that some politicians are vulnerable to angry relapses. Did Sir John A. try to avoid such slips by frequent sips ? Petyer S. Chisholm.  

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From: "Rebecca Gingrich"
Subject: Free Trade?

http://ctv2.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080415.wrpigs15/business/Business/businessBN/ctv-business

We are told over and over again that food prices are rising--then the
taxpayer gets dinged to pay for this? And these hogs are going to be
disposed of in a legal manner, not fed to the starving people, given to food
banks etc.
http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Business/2008/04/14/canadian_swine_herds_being_thinned/

When will we get country of origin labelling? Why are we so afraid to stand
up for Canada?
Becky

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Lorimer Rutty

Subject: 'He who pays the piper calls the tune'

Joe

'He who pays the piper calls the tune'

Mr. Bernier said that Gov. Asadullah Khalid needed to be replaced to curb corruption in the region.

Mr. Bernier made the comments to Canadian reporters on the Kandahar Airfield after a weekend visit that also made a stop in Kabul. The minister then boarded a plane for the return trip back to Canada.

Asked what Mr. Karzai could do about corruption around the southern Afghanistan city, Bernier said: "As you know, there is always the question of the governor here.

"I think (Karzai) can work with us to be sure the governor will be more powerful, the governor will do what he has to do to help us," he said. "There's a question to maybe have a new governor. They're a sovereign state, they're going to have to decide the measure the president will have to take about the future of the governor here.

"Is it the right person at the right place at the right time? President Karzai will have to answer these questions as soon as possible."

The comments come at a time when violence in the Kandahar province has been drastically on the rise.

Mr. Khalid's tenure as governor of Kandahar has not been the smoothest affair.
[quoted from Ariana-Afghan TV, 4-15-2008]

Maxime Bernier has critics

DD critic #1
a combination of inexperience and arrogance. Bernier is a "pretty" boy

DD critic #2
I have no idea if the Afghani government is corrupt, but I
have no question about the corruption of our own governments.

DD critic #3
Canada, in its political arrogance, has enough on the agenda that needs
cleaning first,

Joe are you sure you shouldn't insist on little higher level of DD reader competence?
'He who pays the piper calls the tune'

Lorimer

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Despite risks, Canada PM eyes Quebec concessions
http://www.kuwaittimes.net/read_news.php?newsid=NDU0ODA4MTE2
Published Date: April 16, 2008
By David Ljunggren

The last time a Conservative prime minister of Canada tried to change the Constitution to benefit the predominantly French-speaking province of Quebec, it destroyed his party and almost broke the country in two. Some 15 years have passed since then and despite the risks, Prime Minister Stephen Harper now seems ready to explore reopening the constitutional file. The reason is simple - Harper's Conservatives only have a minority of seats in the federal Parliament, and Quebec is the obvious place to go hunting.
g for more.

When Canada updated its constitution in 1982, a series of arguments over Quebec's rights meant the province did not sign the document. This sense of exclusion still rankles with many French speakers in the province of 7.6 million people. Most of them back the separatist Bloc Quebecois, which holds 48 of Quebec's 75 federal seats and vows to defend the province's interests in Ottawa. Some Bloc backers are nationalists who want a better deal for Quebec while staying part of Canada.

The Conservatives have 10 Quebec seats and are aiming for enough Quebec nationalist votes to win 40, enough to give the party a majority government. Harper has tried hard to appeal to nationalist voters and in late 2006 the government pushed through a parliamentary motion declaring that Quebec is a nation inside Canada, a hugely symbolic gesture that had little practical meaning.

Last week, Labor Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn said Quebecers could expect more constitutional meat on the motion if they helped elect a Conservative majority. His comments brought back bitter memories from the early 1990s, when then Progressive Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney launched two abortive pain-filled bids to change the Constitution to make Quebec feel happier inside Canada.

If constitutional talks were a road, it would feature large yellow signs: Danger, earthquake ahead ... The ground is not fertile. Those with partisan ideas of tilling that unforgiving soil may wish to remember those who went before them," said the Globe and Mail. Mulroney's constitutional initiatives spurred Conservatives in Western Canada, upset by what they saw as his pandering to Quebec, to split away to create the Reform Party.

Nationalists in Quebec, meanwhile, said Mulroney was not going far enough, and formed the Bloc. In the 1993 election, the Conservatives, squeezed by malcontent on two flanks, were demolished, winning just two seats. Separatist sentiment continued to grow and in 1995, a Quebec referendum only just failed to back independence. The moment was hugely traumatic for most Canadians.

Have the Conservatives forgotten all the searing, gut-wrenching anxiety and turmoil of those events in Canadian history? Or, worse, are they cavalier enough to resurrect, for partisan electoral purposes, all the risks that inevitably pop up whenever the phrase 'Quebec and the Constitution' rears its ugly head?" the Montreal Gazette said after Blackburn's comments.

The opposition Liberals accused the government of harboring a hidden agenda and Blackburn quickly backtracked. Yet Harper's control over his government is so tight that few believe Blackburn had spoken without Harper's approval. The prime minister himself was less categorical about shutting the door forever. "I don't sense among the Canadian population, or the population of Quebec ... any desire to engage in constitutional discussions in the near future and the government has no plans to do that," he told a news conference on Tuesday.

Changing the Constitution requires the agreement of all 10 provinces and few premiers expressed enthusiasm for the idea. In any case, no one seems to know what extra powers Quebec might be given under the terms of a new constitutional deal. Antonia Maioni, director of McGill University's Institute for the Study of Canada, said the Conservatives have built up expectations sufficiently that they would have to promise more to Quebec the next time the nation goes to the polls.

It's going to be difficult for them to run on the same platform as in the last election when they haven't really delivered (anything) past the symbolic," she told Reuters. Harper, once a member of the Reform Party, once opposed giving Quebec special treatment on the grounds it would be unfair to the West, in particular the oil-rich province of Alberta. Yet the political landscape has changed so dramatically over the past decade that Harper may be calculating that the old antagonisms are fading.

Roger Gibbins, president of the Alberta-based Canada West Foundation, said Albertans are now much more interested in the challenges posed by the oil-rich province's booming economy. "Quebec is seen more as a declining region and the focus in the West just seems to be so emphatically on what's happening (here) ... that there is kind of an opening, I guess, for a national government to move on this," he told Reuters. - Reuters

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