Friday, April 04, 2008

Daily Digest April 4, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
Their words say plenty
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=123258&sc=30

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN -
Cellphones and driving: what should we do?
P.E.I. should look at the research and experience of areas that have passed bans on cellphone use while driving
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=123364&sc=103

CAPE BRETON POST -
Let's carry the ball the rest of the way
http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=123156&sc=151

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Sit a while longer
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1047627.html

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Pension break might well have unintended results
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=d8699c05-b617-43ff-9264-f9a0f1925f2c

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Weeding out little girls
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=e2b10659-9068-4706-b6d0-5f11f26a4533

Secret Liberal identities
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=86cffe35-4ec7-472f-bec6-e46c2ddbfc85

KINGSTON WHIG STANDARD-
It's time to mend fences
http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=971576

TORONTO STAR -
Another Meech on way?
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/410016

K-W RECORD -
More NATO troops can't hide the rift 
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/331838

WINDSOR STAR -
Middle Island
Living with the cormorants
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=eb4d6d6c-0e77-4b30-af15-fac1c15699a1

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Cellphone danger
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4154160p-4742583c.html

NATO comes through
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4154161p-4742590c.html

REGINA LEADER-POST -
'Ugly Canucks' troubling image
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=18b984a1-3448-47bd-a379-858e2c9236d2

Time to rethink NATO viability 
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=f3d7c300-3aef-4149-b1c9-60c3e18f7a09

CALGARY HERALD -
The right way to fight hate
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=a8b6c052-2019-4fa9-81e3-9e94eb5327dc

An improving grade
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=6b3dc8d7-f1f0-4eed-b82b-1acadbd1e11e

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Prosperity in diversity
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=ae185f92-add5-4528-aa77-7e547c72184d

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
The echo of hollow
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_10363.php

VANCOUVER SUN -
Reason must prevail in turban-hard-hat dispute 
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=b53583f1-6fd3-451b-bcf5-b79b1fae2bfc

Money tilts the happiness scale
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=c7b1fb40-26c3-4bdc-ad6f-bf3cd44fdbde

VANCOUVER PROVINCE -
CBC bosses must be told to keep this national treasure
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=5246341e-6372-4efd-9174-f2cba9291f63

        Change isn't meant to abandon classical
         http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=595bd6c9-61f2-43c0-8089-45c69c7166ab

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Where's the fish-farm plan?
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=1bccb48a-7dad-436e-984d-4a296e0b1411


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
New Tory policy to audit reserves prompts outcry
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080404.NATIVES04/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Cherry-picking principles bad for FSIN, chiefs
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=d5f82335-3aa2-4c66-9b4c-4be2790a1de2

Poor judgment of FSIN leaders hurts own people
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=ef3dcbc5-8483-4dc4-a49d-d43cf179b300


CANUSA/USACAN
No space for Maple Leaf?
The Maple Leaf, it would seem, will soon be lost in space.
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=c158903a-0d7d-4689-a073-d5d9fc9fd1da


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
 Price of rice leading edge of disaster 
http://www.thestar.com/World/Columnist/article/410024

Ontario and Quebec catch chill from U.S. slump, lose 47,000 full-time jobs
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080404/national/jobs

From rust belt to innovation zone
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/410015


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Explosion kills Canadian soldier
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423043

Putin criticizes NATO expansion but rules out a new Cold War
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2008/04/04/5190106-ap.html

Putin, NATO find common ground on Afghanistan
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=422439

U.S. will send more troops to Afghanistan: Gates
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2008/04/04/5194356-ap.html

Canada Taken seriously: PM
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=420218

PM won't rule out Afghanistan extension
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=e9c3ba07-9f37-423a-8109-8742ed1cd4e5

What will Ottawa do after 2011?
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/410103

Taiwan-Canada comparisons could be a bit unsettling
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/columnists/story.html?id=86417d8c-fe74-45d9-91ad-136b51e9a6c8
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MP seeks action against powerful sex offenders
Pajhwok (04/04/2008)
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Does NATO want out of Afghanistan?
Der Spiegel (04/04/2008)
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Enlargement row overshadows NATO's Afghan plan
Monsters and Critics (04/04/2008)
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War makes girl, 10, mom of the family
The Canadian Press (04/04/2008)
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Russia and Nato sign Afghan deal
BBC (04/04/2008)
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More, But of What
Inter Press Service (04/04/2008)
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A Perfect Storm of Hunger
Los Angeles Times (04/04/2008)
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Posturing over Afghanistan puts Nato at risk
Telegraph, UK (04/04/2008)
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Afghan mines killed more than 600 in '07
The Associated Press (04/04/2008)
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Legendary Mujahideen leader releases video in new offensive
Adnkronos International, Italy (04/04/2008)


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Ontario man who spread HIV sentenced to 18 years
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/04/04/leone-sentence.html

Alleged hacking of woman's Internet by federal officials subject of privacy probe
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080404/national/hijacked_internet


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
B.C.'s 'pioneering' carbon rules worry industry
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080404.wrcarbon04/BNStory/National/home

Ontario residents need to 'steel' themselves for tough times: McGuinty
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080404/national/jobs_mcguinty


POLITICS
Membership list fiasco sends Quebec Liberals into a tailspin
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=fba8d748-05ae-4f78-961e-809670a6da41

Quebec wing did not consult Dion on injunction


Don't `betray' immigrants by voting for changes, Liberals told
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/410124

MP Casey gets standing ovation, then fires submarine-contract barb
http://thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotia/1047453.html

Casey goes to bat for imprisoned Canadian
http://thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotia/1047621.html

Liberals seek to sell scandal to an uninterested public
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/posted/archive/2008/04/04/liberals-seek-to-sell-scandal-to-an-uninterested-public.aspx

Dion Calls Conservatives Immigration Changes "Rightwing Ideological Agenda"

http://www.thelinkpaper.ca/index.php?subaction=showfull&id=1207352547&archive=&start_from=&ucat=1&cat=1


PROGRAMMES
Busy Bernier won't brief MPs on satellite sale
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=c44d4454-70b2-457a-8654-30ec50217667

MPs back bid to protect made-in-Canada label
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=5df17ae3-ffd9-4759-b393-b5e1c366bb41


PRESSURE POINTS
Global temperatures will drop slightly this year as a result of the cooling effect of the La Nina current in the Pacific, UN meteorologists have said.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7329799.stm

The Worst Moment in History to Demand Biofuels
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/2469

Toronto 18 terror suspects become West Point case study
No-one yet convicted as case makes its way through court
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080404.wterror04/BNStory/National/home


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Trenches will not get any fuller
Still, we ought to toast our French partners
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=3fdbf642-ac5a-43d5-a854-66c12bb370aa&k=65304

It seems the only politician who wants to renew federalism is Marois
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/columnists/story.html?id=d30c00d7-4869-4ed5-bc31-e1ea01c90113

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

Secret Liberal identities
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=86cffe35-4ec7-472f-bec6-e46c2ddbfc85

Getting off the high road
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/columnists/story.html?id=b4bc18b4-2fa8-4519-9926-f9e67ffc8ef8

PM faces decision on Senate reform
http://www.thestar.com/Canada/Columnist/article/410122

Tasteless tape sparks tacky outrage
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/columnists/story.html?id=ffc697e3-6eea-4899-9f99-df3539e19d39

Lukiwski must resign for his remarks
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/columnists/story.html?id=7acb6b0e-8290-4c53-8913-4c1feac71679
Lukiwski shouldn't resign over gay slur
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2008/04/04/jonathan-kay-tom-lukiwski-shouldn-t-resign.aspx

Harper must act on Lukiwski scandal
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/posted/archive/2008/04/04/ivison-are-we-raising-the-bar-too-high-for-mps.aspx

Teachers worry homework plan will tie their hands
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080404.whomework4/BNStory/National/home

It's not about abortion
The activists who protest against protecting unborn victims of crime need to cling to a fiction in order to make their case
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=a9b895a6-f9dc-4022-9404-3dbd26cc0b70

Secularists blew their chance
It takes more than a ban on hijabs in Turkey to give women equal rights
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=78d6b5a9-ebe3-4126-8d1c-bcaab85e3b9d


INFOS

Un autre soldat canadien tué en Afghanistan
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080404/CPACTUALITES/80404250/5846/CPACTUALITES

Mission accomplie, dit Harper
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/04/04/183528.html

Le Canada condamne les tirs contre une délégation de juifs nord-américains
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080404/CPACTUALITES/80404218/1019/CPACTUALITES

Propos homophobes: Lukiwski forcé de s'excuser
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080404/CPACTUALITES/80404131/1025/CPACTUALITES

L'opposition à Ottawa réclame des sanctions contre le conservateur Lukiwski
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080404/N0404119AU.html

Le Ralentissement Américain Nuit Aux Emplois Du Québec Et De l'Ontario
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080404/N040497AU.html


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        An assignment was given.  Students were instructed to complete it independently. Do you agree the student, Chris Avenir, "wasn't guilty of anything?
        
        While something of a change of pace from high politics this is a question that bears on the foundations of our society.

                  Joe               

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Subject: Re: Daily Digest April 3, 2008


Dear Joe,
 
    When President Ronald Regan first announced his proposal of an anti-missile shield  (Which he called, "High Frontier." and was derided by opponents as, "Star Wars.")  he said that while the USA and its allies would create the technology and build the devices; he promised that when the technology was completed it would be shared world wide; to friend and foe alike.
 
    Some how that idea has been lost or the missile shield is not yet close to being succeseful or completed.
 
J. Edgar Robertson
West Hill, Ontario

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Student's online study group hardly a case of cheating
Posted By Edward L. Greenspan
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=964353&auth=Edward+L.+Greenspan

Chris Avenir, a bright, honest, first-year engineering student at Ryerson University, has been in the news because he was accused of cheating by setting up an online study group on the Facebook website.

Anyone can get an account on Facebook, a website designed for friends to keep in touch. In universities, it has become the modern version of a coffee shop and study group.

Cheating is a serious crime. A total of 147 students used Facebook to discuss one of their engineering classes, and only Avenir was charged with cheating by one solitary professor. All Avenir did was set up a group which his classmates joined. He almost got expelled for it.

In an unjust result, Avenir was given a failing grade for the homework portion of the class (lowering his overall grade in the class from A to B), was ordered to attend a workshop on academic integrity, and now has a disciplinary notice placed on his transcript.

That's what show trials do. Until the school apologizes to him, I hope Chris Avenir will appeal to the school senate. And if no one at Ryerson apologizes, Avenir should quit and go to a school worthy of the title "university".

If Avenir was cheating, then there were 146 other students in the Ryerson Facebook group who were also cheating. And not one of those 146 were charged. They apparently got off scot free. But, of course, not one of them did anything wrong.

Avenir, however, was charged with 147 counts of academic misconduct - one for each student in the group, including himself.

It is an obscene example of overcharging. He was singled out to make him a scapegoat. When someone is made to be a scapegoat, the underlying problem is often ignored.

Ryerson believes it was fair to Avenir and that it has sent out the message that it will not tolerate cheating. The only problem is that Avenir was not cheating. He was an innocent student punished by a university that doesn't know it is the 21st century, where libraries have become useless and Facebook-type websites have become the meeting place for students to stay in touch.

I thought it was commonplace for students to study together, to share information, and talk about how to get the best grade in the class. Well, no longer at Ryerson.

As far as I know, this is the first case where a student has suffered disciplinary action for discussing coursework on the Internet. Nobody suggests Avenir stole an exam, plagiarized, or hacked the university computer to change a grade. I'm surprised they didn't order him not to be within 500 metres of a computer for the next three years.

Simply because Avenir has avoided expulsion does not mean he has prevailed. While I am sure Avenir is relieved, I am sure he will not rest until the school completely removes the significant blemishes from his academic transcript.

The modern university has to face challenges that simply did not exist in any comparable form when I was a student 40 years ago. A student today can access vast amounts of information from the Internet in a matter of minutes. Ryerson and other universities must identify cheating where it exists and must work to prevent it and punish it in the future. But making a scapegoat of Chris Avenir is to punish an innocent student and do nothing about real cheating.

Avenir's classmates will continue to meet in libraries, coffee shops, and dorm rooms to discuss their courses. They will send e-mails and text messages to each other as they prepare for class and for exams.

How can our culture in 2008 rely on the Internet so much and then expect students to not take advantage of it when studying? This was not real cheating. This was not cheating at all. This was a group of honest students preparing for class and for exams.

If Ryerson cannot recognize this reality, perhaps it should become a correspondence college where students never meet each other, see each other, or talk to each other. Or at least lose its title of university, which a number of years ago it fought so hard to get. Shame on you, Ryerson.

Edward L. Greenspan, Q.C., is the senior partner in the Toronto law firm of Greenspan Partners.

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