Monday, April 21, 2008

Daily Digest April 21, 2008



Human species on learning curve

Forget about compensation

A plan to get past "Vive le Québec libre"

Irresponsible analogies

Flaherty attacks backfire

Brave testimony about abuse

Victims deserve restitution

Summit, in order to survive, needs to be more transparent

Man shows courage to talk about abuse

Propaganda in the mail

Changing times for rights body

Phil Fontaine's cynical threat

Doctors must guard privacy

No denying courage of the sealers

Impaired driving ruling strikes a blow for justice

Reasons for raid impossible to know

Recall law needs more inspectors

Military finally getting its due

Immigrants welcome, eh

Guns off streets

An art censored? We think not

Celebrating the Earth
Do the little things this week to make a difference

The law is the 'big stick' carried by all consumers

Using food crops to make biofuels may well backfire in B.C.

Salmon transfer worth trying


Forces treads water after Big Cod bolts

Afghanistan: Forces probe Quebecers

Canadian pilots flew US transports into Iraq as part of training plan

Soldier, it's time to talk

Harper lauds Bush at summit

Three Amigos meetings 'thin' on results
Including Mexico in trade talks hampers Canada's interests in agenda with U.S., leader of review panel says

President Bush Meets with Prime Minister Harper of Canada

The new Constitution of Americas Union

Drain Canada dry?
MP's bill against bulk water sales plays into ongoing fear of U.S. threat

Farmers plan more wheat, less barley and oats

Slump evokes Canada in '90s
U.S. slowdown likely to avoid Japan-style losses

Rice, death and the dollar

China caught in potash crunch

China's exporters seek dollar balance

NATO 'stumbling toward failure'
U.S. Army officer writes Canadian forces ill-equipped to fight insurgency in Kandahar,
better to tackle 'stability' missions in other provinces
Pakistan faces a lose-lose situation

U.N. says half of Afghan children not in school
Reuters (04/21/2008)
Karzai says he backs ban on hit Indian soaps
Economic Times (04/21/2008)
Security, governance biggest Afghan problems: Solana
Reuters (04/21/2008)
Karzai rejects call to end death penalty but says life sentencing better
The Associated Press (04/21/2008)
Tehran seriously concerned about presence of US troops in Afghanistan
IRNA, Iran (04/21/2008)
Afghan lawmakers push cultural bans of Taliban era
Christian Science Monitor (04/21/2008)
MP: turn off Indian soap operas or face attack
Quqnoos (04/21/2008)
U.S. General Sees Afghans Gains in 3 Years
The New York Times (04/21/2008)
Hit Indian soap opera pulled from Afghan TV
AFP (04/21/2008)

Lawyers want say in screening of top judges

Tricky to track terrorist cash

Is immigration helping us?


Corbett trying to determine if charges should be laid, says NDP Comartin

RCMP targeted alleged Tory spending scheme

Search warrants suggest Tories overspent by $1-million

[] Related: Read the affidavit (Part One) [] Related: Read the affidavit (Part Two)

Legality of Tory ad plan questioned early on

A candidate in Brome-Missisquoi objected to the ploy by the Conservative Party

Tory candidates scratched heads over campaign ad spending: warrant

Tories exceeded ad limit by $1M: office
Accusation made in affidavit behind search warrant

Angry Tories unveil raid documents

Riding deposited $40,000, money returned 5 days later

Opposition blasts Tories over campaign finance controversy

Tory message control creates chaos in the capital

BTC: Naming names

Conservatives confusing public on 'in and out' financing says Prof. MacIvor

Oda in Kabul as Ottawa seeks to focus development efforts

The comments of Maxime Bernier would have cancelled the departure of Governor Khalid

Afghan governor blasts plot to oust him
In exclusive interview, embattled Kandahar chief says military officials fed Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister 'bad information'

Le gouverneur Khalid réplique The governor Khalid replies

Leaders should fear abortion debate

Spoiling for a vote, or just spoiling?
With the Tories stumbling in the House, Dion might be tempted to pull the plug

Baggage piles up for Harper's Tories

The high road gets little traffic

Imagine Canada recruits Norquay, Boessenkoolto meet with PM Harper

Tories abusing 'Ten Percenters,' free mailings, say federal Liberals

Free mail for MPs costs Canada Post
Budget shortfall for service spurs call for boost in subsidies

Government ads aim to prop up immigration bill
Ethnic-media outlets recipients of $60,000 advertising campaign

Afghanistan spending to top $1-billion in 2008

Bisphenol A
L'industrie contre-attaque The industry counter-attack

La Garde côtière sous surveillance The Coast Guard under surveillance

No friends of the Earth
On Earth Day this Tuesday, there's greater excitement about environmental issues than at any time
during the four decades since the celebrations began. Yet environmental groups may sabotage progress

Much heat, little sense

How the world was misled about global warming and now climate change

Climate change 'offset system' was ready to go for June 2006

Conservatives should see left-wing groups as partners, not foes

Loyal civil servant or threat to national security?
Recently declassified documents reveal how several Ottawa agencies worked to rid the bureaucracy of one of its rising stars

Gun registry could make profit, figures show
Opposition parties criticize Conservatives for waiving registration fees at the same time as they denounce administrative cost overruns

Sad chapter of Canadian history

The Bush administration handling of military analysts

Protecting the Arctic

Canadian troops not from 'war-mentality' culture

E-waste from rich countries a plague on the poor ones

Hedonism Leads to Apathy


Stephen Harper fait l'éloge de George W. Bush au Sommet de La Nouvelle-Orléans

Un candidat dans Brome-Missisquoi s'est opposé au stratagème du Parti conservateur

Regard sur les allégations de dépenses illégales par le Parti conservateur

Les commentaires de Maxime Bernier auraient annulé le départ du gouverneur Khalid

Le gouverneur Khalid réplique

Ottawa accorde 900 millions $ en contrats pour rénover 12 frégates

Le gouvernement fédéral révisera le fonctionnement de Postes Canada

La ministre de la Coopération internationale, Bev Oda, est en visite à Kaboul

Stephen Harper au Sommet des leaders nord-américains à La Nouvelle-Orléans

Perquisition au PCC
Documents rendus public

Bisphénol A
L'industrie contre-attaque

Rencontre au Sommet

La Garde côtière sous surveillance

L'opposition accuse les conservateurs de tricherie

Harper fait l'éloge de Bush

Bev Oda en visite à Kaboul

Afghanistan: les Forces sondent les Québécois

Manipulation médiatique à Washington

Afghanistan - L'ONU et l'OTAN veulent mieux coopérer


Lost three . . . gained one.

        There are three less addresses on the Digest lists this evening, or rather three left and one was added due to a friend having shared the Digest with him.
        Some whose addresses have been added have never had the concepts associated with the Digest presented to the so the opportunity to do so was taken.

        Best I sign off now - been a long but satisfying day.



From: "Rebecca Gingrich"

Joe--I have to ask---who gives a damn?  It wasn't tax dollars spent on this
like we saw on Adscam.  There are so many urgent issues confronting Canada
today--and all we are supposed to focus on is these games?  We know that ALL
parties are liars and will push to the limits, and even cross the line to
'win' a chance at the trough.  Wonder when they will have a torch relay to
open the games that are being played while Canada burns?  These actions by
ALL parties are disgusting.  We have our young dying in a faux war in
Afghanistan--fighting and dying to 'preserve our way of life'--and all these
jerks on The Hill are doing is destroying anything that resembles a free and
vibrant country.  I for one am sick and tired of them all.


Tax dollars have not been spent, as yet, but would have been had the in and out
not been challenged.

A Riding campaign obtained two rewards for accepting the National Party money:
advertising in their region supplementing national advertising already in place on
TV and radio; 50% return from Elections Canada through claiming it as a local

The National Party gets to reinforce its advertising above statutory spending
limits and the Riding Associations end up hundreds of thousands of money
ahead for the cost of sending the money back.

A totally WIN><WIN enterprise, eh?

Well, maybe not quite in my mind anyway - you and I lose through the taxes
being paid out to the Ridings and the rules are circumvented once again by
the inspired CP of C.leadership.



Joe--my question being--why is the headline news? Is it to keep the
sheeple(I hate using that word because sheep are not as ignorant as so many
of the electorate) from focusing on real issues?
A fruit processor closed near Hamilton, with the farmers tearing up their
crops because there is no market for their produce. 150,000 hogs being
killed in Manitoba because the market has disappeared, of course poor to no
healthcare, NAU, loss of free speech and 'democracy', and on and on--and we
worry about something that no one that can think would be surprised on
hearing. People cannot afford food now and yet we are told only people in
the Third World will be affected. What about the people here that are
living from paycheque to paychequ(with the loss of their jobs an everyday
threat? What about those that have to use food banks to survive? We are a
'rich country' but only so long as there are some that can survive
adequately. What about the rest of the citizens?

All political parties are corrupt, they are above the law, they make the law
and 'read into' the law.
Of course this should not be happening, but more 'rules' are not the
answer--accountability is. Look at Adscam--not one politician has paid the
price, and yet not one of the beneficiaries of the largess handed out by the
Liberals could not have occured without the co-operation of those that are
charged with using our money wisely. Why are they not held accountable?

We are dreaming if we think any new 'rules' will change. Rules are made to
be broken, and there is no one more adept at breaking the rules than our
politicians. After all, they have all of us Canadians working to keep them
in the manner to which they have become accustomned.

A neighbour has just put a new Canadian flag on his flag pole. It is
lovely--BUT, the pole is anchored to a stump that is crumbling all around
the pole. I am hoping my son can get a picture of it today--it is a
picture-perfect statement of Canada today.

From: "Rory J. Koopmans" >

Doug Finley needs to burn!

From: "James P. Kurtz"

Insofar as elections laws are merely another form of the abridgement of the right to free speech, it is hard to get excited about all the nonsense going on in Ottawa over the Tories alleged overspending of same.  Jim Kurtz

From: Robert Candy

A more appropriate subject line for this message would have been: "PERSONAL VENDETTA."


With respect, you and others receiving "BREAKING NEWS" awoke to five takes on what is the biggest news of the moment in Canada.

No comment was made from me. The information was taken from Google News Canada and formatted.

How this is transmuted into a PERSONAL VENDETTA, prithee tell me?

What follows is an interchange on the subject in hand which you may again perceive as an extension of the vendetta in which you see me as being engaged.

My question to you is, in regard to what I've written what in the statement made by me below do you see as being inaccurate?


northerndude wrote:     
this whole thing is geting very weird , but i really don't think the party would of knownly done anything wrong especially during the middle of the sponsorship scandal . think theres just some uncertain around these media buys for some candidates and how that fits into overall spending , i somehow wonder if elections canada is just trying to cook up a story here out of very little . in an attempt to return the liberals to power .       

Elections Canada when requested by financial returns of candidates to accept as donations to their campaigns monies they had to agree to return to pay for nationally prepared advertising before it was sent refused.

Had the requests not been challenged tax dollars would have been spent returning money to local campaigns for which their input had been agreeing to accept and return national campaign funds.

Riding campaigns would have obtained two benefits for this input:
advertising in their region supplementing national advertising already in place on TV and radio; increased return from Elections Canada through having increased expendidure claims if they obtained a high enough percentage of the vote.

The National Party gain was being enabled to reinforce its national advertising through expending available funds above its statutory spending limits.

A totally WIN><WIN enterprise, eh?

Well, maybe not quite. Taxpayers would lose through the taxes being paid out to the Ridings and the intent of the rules would have been circumvented.

Illegal? To be determined.

Elections Canada "just trying to cook up a story here out of very little "? If so the issuer of the warrant was apparently taken in by acceptig vey little as reason to issue the warrant.

Of course the judge some might say may have been colluding in an attempt to return the liberals to power .

. . . Joe

From: Robert Candy

"The information was taken from Google News Canada and formatted."
Consider the sources: Toronto Star - Globe and Mail - Edmonton Sun - The Canadian Press
The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and The Canadian Press all share your personal vendetta: to damage the Conservative Party by pushing an innuendo-driven agenda on "Tory corruption." (The Edmonton Sun story was from The Canadian Press.)
Ever since the story of the RCMP raid on Tory headquarters last week broke, the Liberals and their media enablers have been working hard to make the case that the Conservative Party had planned and executed a devious scheme to spend more than the allowed $18.3 million on the last election campaign. It has been tagged as "in and out" accounting. Like most of the rest of the Lib-left media, the Chronicle-Herald's Ottawa correspondent Stephen Mahar was "on the case."

In his column last Saturday titled, "Tories may only have succeeded in making themselves look bad" (, Mr. Mahar used every innuendo trick in the book, from an introductory inference of a "cunning plan by Tory backroom boys" to the conclusion that the raid "reinforces a commonly held opinion that is helpful to the Liberals and bad for the Tories." In weaving his web of innuendo, Mr. Mahar made only passing reference to the obvious conclusion that Elections Canada is on a witch-hunt. He downplayed the fact that someone tipped off TV cameras about the raid and completely ignored the fact that the Liberal Party was also tipped off and appeared at "the scene of the crime" with TV-quality video equipment.

I'm not an accountant or a lawyer, so the ins and the outs of "in and out" election financing are well above my pay grade. In a National Post op-ed piece "Revenge of the Elections Canada bureaucrats" (, former vice-president of the National Citizens Coalition (NCC) Gerry Nicholls commented: "The bureaucrats who work at Elections Canada don't get angry, they get even." The bad feelings started back in 2001 when Stephen Harper was president of the NCC. At that time, the NCC was waging a constitutional war against the federal government's election gag laws, which place severe restrictions on how much money private citizens or groups can spend on "election advertising." There can be no doubt these laws infringed on free expression. But the chief electoral officer at the time was Liberal appointee Jean-Pierre Kingsley, who was a vocal proponent of gag laws and had vigorously lobbied the government to enact restrictions on free speech.

In short, there's more than passing evidence that the highly publicized "raids" on Conservative party headquarters last week was not so much about investigating a possible breach of election laws as it was about bureaucrats at Elections Canada settling an old score. In his excellent column "Elections Canada's campaign against free speech" in the National Post, David Frum makes the salient point: "The path that Elections Canada is treading now, and it is a very dangerous one." He contends that "the simplest thing to do would be to revise Canada's election laws altogether. Stop gagging speech. Stop telling the public and the candidates what they can and cannot say." Mr. Frum is right, of course, but can you just hear the howls from the Liberals and their media acolytes if the Conservative government even hinted at such a sensible solution?
Elections Canada's campaign against free speech
The myth of the level playing field

From: "Real Gagne"


At this point, these are only allegations are they not?

Talk about a media feeding frenzy.


My understanding is there's agreement that national funds
were transferred then transferred back and used to pay for
national advertising with a tag for candidates.

At issue is whether the input of the local campaigns,
that they received funds they were obligated to return
is sufficient input on their part to be reimbursed for
the monies in as part of their campaign expenditures
(50% I think) by Elections Canada.

At issue as well is whether the funds be considered
as national expenditures, thereby going over the
national campaign's spending limit.

What occurred is not contested. Rather what is at
issue is Elections Canada's refusal to accept clams
that the in and out expenditures were local campaign
rather than national in nature.



I understand what the issue is.  Allegations have been made by Elections Canada that have yet to be proven in court.

I stand by my position that this is essentially driven by media antipathy to the current government, particularly that mouthpiece of the Liberal Party, the Toronto Star, and others of the same ilk.

I say let the courts decide.  Then the rest of us can make up our minds based on fact, not innuendo.


From: "Efstratios Psarianos"

"They scoffed at suggestions it might have made the difference in a dozen or so ridings and won the election, saying it is "crap.""
Which is exactly what I've been thinking since the beginning. My issue is who are the imbeciles who came up with this high-risk, low-reward tactic? Ruthlessness is sometimes necessary in politics (case in point: sticking it to the Atomic Energy Board Commissioner instead of letting her off easy .. 'twas the right thing to do), but this thing is just stupid through and through. No devious cunning here, just idiocy and loss of nerve at a critical moment.
P.S. I mean this is the kind if thing that sticks, for Heaven's sake. And all for little benefit. Plus, it's getting a lot more airplay than that thing about the QC federal Liberal organizers getting busted last week for defrauding their own party, no less!


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From: Tom

Excuse me! I have to wonder how Harper and his band can sleep at night. Ohhhh so honest and transparent.
HOGWASH! Plain and simple. We have been hoodwinked big time.
I sent an e-mail to the Speaker the other day. Anderson is the MP for a far western Sask Riding. I get mail from him near once a week. It's not bad HOWEVER all he is doing is slamming my MP where I presently live and we don't even bound on his Riding.
How many others do you know who are experiencing this too? It seems to be fair game to slam another MP. What gets to me is there is nothing in his mail to suggest they are doing this or that. What irks me is "franking" is paying the bill meaning you and I are paying for BLATANT party politicking!
I'm peeved... I was of the opinion "franking" was to keep in touch with constituents... YOUR constituents and like I say I'm a good three hours drive to his Riding.
What do you know, what can you suggest...

What I know is your words about franking were my understanding and practice.  Obtaining views in through a questionnaire enabled me to stand in the House and say honestly "These are the views of my constituents. As to what to do? Write a letter to your newspapers and to the ones in Anderson Riding - and encourage everyone else to do the same. If assistance is needed for addressesjust contact me.


From: Coakcan@



Could you be more specific?

From: "Jacob Rempel"

30 Years Ago Haiti Grew All the Rice It Needed. What Happened?
The U.S. Role in Haiti's Food Riots
Counterpunch, April 21, 2008

Riots in Haiti over explosive rises in food costs have claimed the lives of six people. There have also been food riots world-wide in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivorie, Egypt, Guinea, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Senegal, Uzbekistan and Yemen.

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