Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Daily Digest April 8, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
A call for better treatment
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=124157&sc=80

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Penny demise would be wise
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1048310.html

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Mugabe doesn't know when - or how - to quit
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=0970a612-05dc-4efd-a73d-4a1c6681f092

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Know where your food comes from
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=2a5f337c-1b0a-4fcc-ad63-2517c26cc0cb

A contemplative place
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=acac39c8-9802-4f91-9997-4590938e9ad1

The fable of Green Gables
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=c1fbe1c7-6dc6-4f5d-b493-74f89b183ea0

('Nobody ever did want me' The story of an orphaned, talkative, red-headed 11-year-old sent to a remote farm by mistake, Anne of Green Gables was an instant success in 1908 and, a century later, is still loved by girls from Canada to Japan. Margaret Atwood salutes a childhood classic )
http://books.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,2268948,00.html

TORONTO STAR -
Terror suspects' troubling tales
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/411150

WSIB's mixed message
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/411152

NATIONAL POST -
The CHRC doesn't get it
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=428911

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
NATO's help a needed step
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/351176

K-W RECORD -
Green mortgage proposal holds promise, needs work
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/333665

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
The Games and politics
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4155727p-4744147c.html

Safer water
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4155731p-4744195c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Using violence to douse torch discredits cause
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=88e37ac3-951f-477f-a595-023dcfdbdbc7

REGINA LEADER-POST -
An embarrassing record
A second incident involving abandoned medical records in the past month will renew public concern over the security of personal information.
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=4bcd1085-0d09-47d3-ac38-a08aae16f346

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE -
Pay me now, or later?
There's no dodging the environmental question
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Editorial/index.html

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Gas toll hearing a first for citizens
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=1bf8ca71-163e-495d-8bda-32bf1bf753db

Turn the page on plastic bags
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=8c39c1c8-1550-48e8-b8ad-23e6f648d49d

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
What both audits found
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_10398.php

VANCOUVER PROVINCE -
Dealing with addicted babies
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=9d850009-4485-4adc-868c-eadddc74ef68

Protesting students at UBC need to do some self-inquiry
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=ebca3e21-50d7-4006-bc97-cd5c0198e397

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
When churches lose their way
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=a1b3a542-bf2e-4f08-b9d0-d1831917f613


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
Martin urges Tories not to ignore Kelowna Accord
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/04/08/martin-kelowna.html


CANUSA/USACAN
Foreign Minister to meet with U.S., Mexican counterparts
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080408.wbernier0408/BNStory/International/home

There is no better NAFTA deal, despite what the Democrats preach
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080408.IBWORLD08/TPStory/TPBusiness/Politics/

To survive the American tsunami
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/subscriber/westview/story/4155309p-4743757c.html


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
World's poor farmers need helping hand
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=6b50f05e-3d55-4311-aa52-6f50757e1bb7

Harper confident of economic fundamentals
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080408/canada/canada_economy_harper_col


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Russia demands permanent access to shield sites:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080408/ts_nm/shield_russia_lavrov_dc

For the West, it's all about keeping Russia in its place
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=79888948-2991-4f90-9db6-d6eab219c9a6

UN: Food riots 'warning sign'
High food prices could bring unrest and instability around the world, official says
http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/411406

Rush to restrict trade in basic foods
http://pimpinturtle.com/2008/04/04/rush-to-restrict-trade-in-basic-foods.aspx

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

Baltic balancing act
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=d17fe198-e90a-4b04-b7dc-ba22288fc442

Commonwealth must help get Mugabe out of power
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=4240bf03-36b7-47d7-b33f-26493d3a4b8b

Afghan FM condemns sabotage of Iran-Afghan ties
IRNA (04/08/2008)
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Red Cross to probe state of Afghan terrorism suspects
Reuters (04/08/2008)
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17 Afghan Road Workers Killed
The Associated Press (04/08/2008)
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Afghan opium – The farmer's perspective
Middle East Times (04/08/2008)
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Embattled Karzai beams after Bucharest
Asia Times (04/08/2008)
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General McNeill warns of a more ruthless Taleban
Times (04/08/2008)
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ICRC: War spreading across Afghanistan
The Associated Press (04/08/2008)


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Nurses Recommend Aluminum Free Deodorants
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2005/7/prweb264030.htm

'Boil water' alerts abound, report says
http://www.thestar.com/News/Ontario/article/411268

1,760 boil-water advisories in effect across Canada
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/411092

The Internet gives patients control over their doctors
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=33499eb0-9780-4a55-abde-98a9efe8145b


MIGRATION
Refugee backlog headed for record high
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080408.wrefugees0408/BNStory/National/home

Critics say Canada could lose multiculturalism if immigration amendments pass
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080408/national/immigration_changes_minorities

New bill won't close door to immigrants, say Conservatives
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/politics/story.html?id=be30d5d3-b0a6-4a23-9756-19cd380fa334&k=1647


POLITICS
Parties pull in $7M in public funding
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=c1fb9047-7973-4cc6-93a9-e28a1c0bf2c1

Conservatives threaten to dissolve the Commons
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cyberpresse.ca%2Farticle%2F20080408%2FCPACTUALITES%2F80408025%2F1025%2FCPACTUALITES&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

The opposition is laughing recent threats Harper cause elections
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Finfo.branchez-vous.com%2FNationales%2F080408%2FN0408148AU.html&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

Harper downplays threat of election over parliamentary committee paralysis
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080408/national/committee_chaos

Tories 'hypocritical' in Cadman affair: MP
Committee chairman rewriting history, Liberal LeBlanc says
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=ee5d8c79-9af4-419e-9b88-191063a79e9f

Tories go on offensive over immigration bill
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=431360

Tories grilled over refugee board vacancies
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/04/08/immigration.html

Harper shuts door on constitutional talks
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=431346

Harper denies plan to reopen Constitution over Quebec
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080408/national/harper_que_constitution

No plans for Olympic boycott, Harper says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080408.wolympboyc0408/BNStory/National/home

Olympic boycott not ruled out: MacKay
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/411269

Mulroney probe plan criticized
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/411232

Closed Mulroney-Schreiber hearings defeat purpose of 'public' inquiry: experts
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080408/national/mulroney_schreiber

Secret' Mulroney-Schreiber inquiry illegal: Kinsella
http://www.nationalnewswatch.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1


PROGRAMMES
Product safety bill's focus
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/412542

Commons foreign affairs committee agrees to look into Radarsat sale
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080408/national/radarsat_sale


PRESSURE POINTS
Chertoff pushes cybersecurity goals, including early warning system 
http://technology.canoe.ca/2008/04/08/5231061-ap.html

Bird flu: father infected by dying son
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article3701724.ece

Carbon capture good for Earth
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/411134

Climate change to impact beer: scientist
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080408.wclimatebeer0408/BNStory/International/home

Biofuel Madness: Environmentalism exploited for political purposes
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/2557


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Oh, where to turn for an honest answer?
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/411133

Media cheerleaders miss story
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/411135

Multiculturalism was Canada's biggest mistake
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2008/04/08/barbara-kay-multiculturalism-was-canada-s-biggest-mistake.aspx

Swimming with the think-tanks
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=07100ed9-3238-4c33-b999-58ac32f474af

Opposition 'fanning fears' over immigration
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=f8d72065-8697-4712-aed0-34434f825019

Conservatives the only winners on Afghanistan extension
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=e3516cd2-b432-4710-8be9-1030820b7283

Liberal leader Stephane Dion has become an albatross for his party
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=3b712301-c6ed-4d6c-83a5-40c29cf05150

If this is human rights thinking, heaven help us
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1048373.html

Harper suffering from a bad case of amnesia
And his party is jettisoning conservative principles over what it thinks will win it votes
http://www.theinterim.com/2008/mar/03harper.html

No guts, no glory, no election
Immigration issue tests Liberal resolve.
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=428886


INFOS

L'opposition se rit des menaces d'élections
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080408/CPACTUALITES/80408191/1025/CPACTUALITES

Les conservateurs menacent de dissoudre les Communes
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080408/CPACTUALITES/80408025/1025/CPACTUALITES

Manège: Harper veut explorer toutes les possibilités
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080408/CPACTUALITES/80408210/1025/CPACTUALITES

L'arriéré des revendications du statut de réfugié à un niveau record
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080408/CPACTUALITES/80408209/1025/CPACTUALITES

Pas de débat sur le boycottage des Jeux, déclare Harper
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080408/CPACTUALITES/80408182/1025/CPACTUALITES

L'opposition doute des garanties de l'OTAN
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080408/CPACTUALITES/80408009/5846/CPACTUALITES

Paralysie parlementaire - Le PC brandit la menace d'élections
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/04/08/184078.html

Consommation
Ottawa serre la vis
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2008/04/08/003-Produits-consommation.shtml

Situation du français
Danger à Montréal et en Outaouais, dit l'OQLF
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2008/04/08/004-OQLF.shtml


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QUIZZICAL COMMENTS

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Harper denies plan to reopen Constitution over Quebec
Dion said Blackburn's comments signal that the Tories do indeed have a hidden agenda that will only be revealed if they win a majority government.
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080408/national/harper_que_constitution

Dion is ill informed.  Why can Srephen Harper say in all honestly deny plans to open the Constitution? Very simply because his aims for a reshaped Canada, which were first called "New Confederation proposals" in his view "simply require a federal government that is willing to act."  No "hidden agenda" but one not widely known nor likely
to be promised in the drive for the majority to put it into effect. (See STEPHEN HARPER'S AGENDA FOR CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE below)

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

Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier sidestepped the issue, even though he is the minister in charge of the Radarsat 2 satellite - the most contentious element in the sale.

MPs on the foreign affairs committee, including Conservatives, have agreed to an NDP motion that they need to quickly look into the Canada-U.S. security issues involved in the transaction. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080408/national/radarsat_sale

For three weeks Busy bee Bernier will be unavailable to meet with the Foreign Affairs Committee.  Neither early in the morning at a breakfast session or in the evening or to sup with committee members and answer their questions? Wouldn't you want to know if you were a Committee member just what his itinerary is for those 21 days he's unavailable?
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Three committees have descended into anarchy:

Another "if you were" question.  Let's say the Prime Minister did what Jay Hill threatened and went to the Governor General and asked that election writs be issued and she complied. If you were (and someone reading this just may be) a nominated Candidate what would your reaction be to being in an election called on the following bases of dysfunctionality of committees?

-Environment committee, where Tory MPs are filibustering a NDP climate change bill that is supported by the other two opposition parties.

-Justice committee, where Tory chair Art Hanger has repeatedly walked out of meetings rather than deal with an opposition motion that the committee investigate allegations that the Conservatives tried to bribe former independent MP Chuck Cadman to vote against the previous Liberal government in 2005.

-Procedure and House affairs committee, where opposition members voted to turf Tory chair Gary Goodyear after he rejected demands for an investigation into alleged spending irregularities by the Conservatives in the 2006 election. They replaced Goodyear with another Tory MP who didn't want the job.
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080408/national/committee_chaos


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One last question

How reassuring do you find the testimony given that there will be "Canadian control after US purchase"?

Subject: Radarsat seller promises Canadian control after US purchase
From: "Efstratios Psarianos"

Radarsat seller promises Canadian control after US purchase
Canadian Press | April 8, 2008
 
Ottawa: The Canadian government will maintain airtight control of Radarsat 2 and its imaging data even if ownership of the state-of-the-art satellite passes to an American arms-maker, says the president of the company that plans to sell Canada's premier space technology.

In its first public defence of the proposed $1.325 billion transaction, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates of Vancouver insisted the sale of its space division to corporate America will protect Canadian employment and do nothing to hurt Canadian sovereignty.

"What is done for Canada in Canada will always be accessible to the Canadian government and cannot be exported out of Canada without a Canadian government approval," Daniel Friedmann, MDA's president and CEO, told the Commons industry committee.

Radarsat 2 provides various government departments and the Canadian Space Agency with images that can help track everything from crop cycles, forest cover and Arctic ice to foreign vessels passing through Canada's contested Northwest Passage.

Friedmann said the licensing agreements that will be taken over by Minneapolis-based Alliance Techsystems, or ATK, provide Canada's minister of foreign affairs the final say on the satellite's use.

"Absolutely, the minister has shutter control," said Friedmann. "He can close the shutter of the satellite."

Friedmann's defence of the controversial sale was so emphatic that the puzzled Conservative chairman of the committee, James Rajotte, asked why an American arms-maker wanted to take it on.

"Well, it really begs the question: what's the benefit then to ATK of this agreement?" asked Rajotte near the end of Friedmann's 90-minute appearance.

The MDA executive responded that there's still a big international market for the data, after Canada gets first crack.

Radarsat 2 is just part of the sale to ATK, a manufacturer of munitions, mines, cluster bombs and rocket components for the US military. ATK will also acquire MDA's robotics, including the iconic Canadarm and the next generation Dextre that was recently installed at the International Space Station. All the intellectual property rights for the technologies go with the sale.

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STEPHEN HARPER'S AGENDA FOR CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE
October 14, 1995

Reform presents New Confederation proposals

OTTAWA - Reform Party Leader Preston Manning and unity critic Stephen Harper today presented Reform's New Confederation proposals, a package of 20 measures to modernize and .decentralize Canada.

"Our proposals would permit future governments to respond more effectively to the needs of ordinary Canadians by reducing Ottawa's centralizing powers, which are historically a frustration to those both inside and outside Quebec," said Manning.

Among the 20 proposals, Reform would guarantee provincial control over natural resources, language and culture. Reform would also change the federal role in regards to provincially administered social services such as welfare, education and health care. Reform  would foster, cooperative agreements rather than impose unilateral standards by threatening to withhold federal funding.

' "We propose measures which will assert the autonomy of all provinces and the power of  the people well into the future," said Harper. "Canadians have long been concerned about concentrating too much power in the hands. of the federal executive and cabinet. Canadians are demanding a new and more accountable system of government."

Each of the 20 changes proposed by the Reform party could be accomplished without comprehensive federal-provincial negotiations of the sort that led to the failed Meech Lake and Charlottetown accords, In all cases, Reform's New Confederation proposals simply require a federal government that is willing to act.

"Canadians want change, not more constitutional wrangling " said Harper. Reform's proposals can be accomplished without re-opening old constitutional wounds ".

Reforms proposals would retain key federal powers to maintain a common economic space, eliminate internal trade barriers, create and coordinate important areas of economic regulations and represent Canada effectively in international trader negotiations, defence and foreign affairs.

Canadians told us they want Canada to be a balanced and equal federation in which Ottawa plays a  cooperative rather than domineering role" added Harper. This is what we propose.  There will be no special status, formally or informally, for Quebec or any other province.

Reforms New Confederation proposals include:

Natural Resources
Guarantee exclusive provincial control,

Manpower Training
Guarantee exclusive provincial control.

Social Services
Change the role of the federal government to foster cooperative Interprovincial agreements
rather than imposing unilateral standards by withholding transfer payments.

Language
Replace the Official Languages Act with a new law, the Regional Bilingualism Act, that would
recognize the demographic and linguistic realities of Canada and the practices of provincia1
authorities.

Culture
Make provincial governments the primary providers and guardians of cultural services and
primary regulators of cultural industries.

Municipal Affairs
Strengthen the role of municipal governments in the delivery of essential services.

Housing
Guaranteed exclusive provincial control.

Tourism
Guarantee exclusive provincial control.

Sports and Recreation
Guaranteed exclusive provincial control,

Spending Power
Forbid new Federal spending programs in provincial jurisdictions.

Transfers to the Provinces
Replace federal cash block grants with tax point grants.

Charter Challenges
End the Court Challenges program and tax-funded court challenges of provincial legislation.

Disallowance, Reserve and Declaratory Powers
Remain dormant under a Reform government.

REFORM OF INSTITUTIONS

House of Cornmons .
Permit greater freedom for individual MPs; wider use of referenda, citizens initiatives
and recall.

Senate of Canada
All future appointments to the Senate would be made by means of elections on the model of the
1989 Alberta Senate selection process,

Supreme Court and Judiciary
Future appointments to the Supreme Court of Canada would be made by the provincial
legislatures; all appointments reviewed by elected Senate.

Bank of Canada
Future board appointments made by provincial Legislatures. Ottawa would continue to select.
the Governor of the Bank.

Lieutenant Governors
Appointed by provincial legislatures.

Tax, Debt and Expenditure Limitation
Unilaterally amend the Constitution to forbid deficit spending or rapid spending increases,
except when authorized by a national referendum.

Constitutional Referendums
Introduce a motion in the House of Commons that all future constitutional amendments must
be approved by majorities in all regions of  Canada through a referendum.

For further information please contact: Larry Welsh (613) 492-2815
                                              Line Maheux (613) 943-0030