Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Daily Digest April 9, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

CAPE BRETON POST -
MP's apology a bit implausible
http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=124585&sc=151

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Olympic flameout
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1048497.html

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Johnston report is (mostly) sensible
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=70bff0fa-c793-46a1-913c-feef1817597c

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Littered with secrets
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=523ef251-8717-4b5b-8d2d-d5a40421cd42

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Our fool's paradise to crumble as calamities set to collide
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=977389&auth=Hielema%2c+Bert

TORONTO STAR -
China gets singed by Olympic fire
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/412613

Follow the money
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/412612

NATIONAL POST -
Going after Israel (again)
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=431477

Dirty water
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=431476

K-W RECORD -
Mulroney inquiry should be public
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/334204

WINDSOR STAR -
Accounting for tax dollars
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=79635f02-05a6-41b3-a667-912e2cd5d489

The penny
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=40960d08-15d6-438f-b063-3efc0b550140

SUDBURY STAR -
Sorry not so hard to say; MP's apology for crass comments made in 1991 should be accepted
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=977562&auth=Hoy%2c+Claire

Ad ban not the way to protect children
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=977563

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Limited inquiry fruitless exercise
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=261a0eaf-1e33-4535-b579-c9678bcfaa0f

Give till it hurts
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=35f850bd-37a2-4735-8927-58e512215ea1

CALGARY HERALD -
New safety rules long overdue
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=ae40174d-7dda-4b31-a5fe-d54350b89bbf

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE -
Politicizing Olympics
Protests are part of democracy, like it or not
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Editorial/391314.html

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Consumer protection rules overdue
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=e020af1e-48cd-4370-96b2-d6c619a919ed

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
We want the grandiose, not the banal
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_10411.php

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN -
The 20-hour delay
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/20080408126234/opinion/editorials/the-20-hour-delay.html

VANCOUVER SUN -
The birth of our nation was forged in the blood at Vimy Ridge
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=c6005266-3706-404d-87ac-037b3a8e498d

The province has run out of excuses for failing to act against polygamists
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=1afdeb6e-c9da-472d-97de-7cf55162f8fd

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
A nation forged at Vimy Ridge
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=ea6b4315-37b5-49a6-b129-9a471756fd4d


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
Tories warned about stand on natives
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080409.NATIVES09/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Martin is back to get old job done
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=d1362e6c-7eaa-4282-aba3-fa7004a8adb5&k=39884

Métis leader praises deal to start recognition talks
http://www.thestar.com/News/Ontario/article/412711


CANADIAN FORCES
Canada's air force boosts its heavy lift capacity into Afghanistan
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=433719

Afghanistan choppers to cost "a couple of hundred million dollars," sources
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080409/national/afghan_cda_helicopters


CANUSA/USACAN
U.S. security chief says fingerprints not private, can be shared by governments
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/2008/04/09/5239696-cp.html

Legal files missing, Khadr's lawyer says
Guards presented teen with an empty box when he asked to look at records, reporters told
http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/412986

Ottawa not the right place to put Guantanamo on trial
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/412642


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
More rules? No thanks, banks say
http://www.reportonbusiness.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080409.r-finance10/BNStory/Business/home

40-year mortgage comes with hidden hazards
http://www.thestar.com/YourHome/News&Features/article/412683


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Research suggests Canada has good claim on vast chunk of disputed Arctic seabed
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2008/04/09/5239736-cp.html

Afghanistan to hold separate presidential, parl. elections
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2008/04/09/5235801-ap.html


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Discovery key to diabetes breakthrough?
http://www.thestar.com/HealthZone/article/412950


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Rise in human trafficking largely unnoticed in Canada, experts say
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2008/04/09/5240341-cp.html

Ontario to consider new tool to curb guns
http://www.thestar.com/News/Ontario/article/412893

A further attack on property rights
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/2572


MIGRATION
Barbara Kay responds to an Indo-Canadian reader: Multiculaturalism is an invitation to fragmentation
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2008/04/09/barbara-kay-responds-to-an-indo-canadian-reader-multicularalism-is-an-invitation-to-fragmentation.aspx

New rules would create fast lane for some, but leave other applicants in roundabout
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080409.IMMIGRATION09/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

A sense of self
If immigrants are allowed to keep their core values, they will feel confident enough to integrate quickly
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=f6685a54-9326-48b2-ab42-deec88d238fe

Birthplace a big factor in immigrants' success
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080409.wimmigrantstats0409/BNStory/National/home

Immigration issue challenges all parties
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/412729


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Carbon trading secrecy benefits corporations at public's expense
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=8e0d3639-e3b1-4a00-8219-0d44c5e45d55

Premier serene, people not
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/412643


POLITICS
Conservatives in Quebec refine their strategy
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ledevoir.com%2F2008%2F04%2F09%2F184252.html&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

Harper does not want to talk Constitution, activists, yes
Although Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Tuesday that the Constitution should not be reopened, activists of Quebec Conservatives intend to raise this thorny issue at the congress orientation of their party to be held next autumn in Winnipeg.
http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cyberpresse.ca%2Farticle%2F20080409%2FCPACTUALITES%2F80409015%2F1025%2FCPACTUALITES&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

Harper government survives another confidence vote
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080409.wharpervote0409/BNStory/National/home

Probe into NAFTA flap handed to private firm
Opposition MPs question move after Harper promised investigation by Privy Council official
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/412745

PM nixes idea of reopening Constitution
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080409.wconstitution09/BNStory/National/home

Gridlock sparks election talk
Stalled committees untenable, Tories warn
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080409.GEORGECOMMITTEES09/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/


PROGRAMMES
Pact changes could benefit Quebec firm
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080409.AIRCRAFT09/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Cutting corners on consumer safety will be costly
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080409.SAFETY09/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Animal cruelty bill wins parliamentary approval
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/413094

Polley appears at committee to fight controversial film tax-credit restriction
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2008/04/09/5240331-cp.html


PRESSURE POINTS
India, African countries urge west to reconsider biofuels
Countries dealing with spike in food prices, shortages
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=433899

Proposed anti-terrorist fence on touristy pier rankles Quebec town
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080409/national/town_terrorist_fence


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Why Canada?
Canadians who oppose the war feel betrayed by the Liberals
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=dcda4d1a-eb17-4d58-9b5e-ccb244ce0334

The tides of history
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=a361f466-eefd-4539-aaf9-3549b70d5877

Liberal opposition doesn't mean much
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=433908

Stephen Harper disses the almighty dollar, but we think that's what keeps consumers safe
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2008/04/09/marni-soupcoff-stephen-harper-disses-the-almighty-dollar-but-we-think-that-s-what-keeps-consumers-safe.aspx

Yoni Goldstein on Canada's biggest mistake: Funding higher education for all and sending marginal specimens to university
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2008/04/09/yoni-goldstein-on-canada-s-biggest-mistake-funding-higher-education-for-all-and-sending-marginal-specimens-to-university.aspx

Abortion hits roadblock on information highway
http://www.thestar.com/living/article/411442

Tibet a popular, if muddled, cause
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/412641

Too many empty moral victories
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/412611

Turning self-hatred into a state creed
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=431478

Sarkozy Rides to the Rescue in Afghanistan
http://www.jameslaxer.com/2008/04/sarkozy-rides-to-rescue-in-afghanistan.html


INFOS

Coderre réclame des engagements plus précis d'Ottawa pour le manège militaire
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080409/N040972AU.html

Les gains des immigrants au Canada se stabilisent avec le temps
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080409/N040908AU.html

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

Des modifications contestées
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/04/09/001-immigration_changements.shtml

Congrès du PC: la Constitution au menu
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/04/09/184252.html

Services aux immigrants allophones: l'anglais ne sera plus permanent
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/04/09/184251.html

Les conservateurs survivent à un vote de confiance
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080409/CPACTUALITES/80409216/1019/CPACTUALITES

Harper ne veut pas parler de Constitution, les militants, oui
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080409/CPACTUALITES/80409015/1025/CPACTUALITES

Les agriculteurs pressent le gouvernement de changer la loi sur l'étiquetage
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080409/CPACTUALITES/804090691/1025/CPACTUALITES

Arctique: le Canada peut revendiquer un vaste territoire
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080409/CPACTUALITES/80409214/1025/CPACTUALITES

Dion se moque de Fortier qui prédit la défaite du CH
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080409/CPACTUALITES/80409212/1025/CPACTUALITES


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Barbara Kay responds to an Indo-Canadian reader: Multiculturalism is an invitation to fragmentation
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2008/04/09/barbara-kay-responds-to-an-indo-canadian-reader-multicularalism-is-an-invitation-to-fragmentation.aspx

Posted: April 09, 2008, 3:18 PM by Marni Soupcoff
Barbara Kay

My choice of multiculturalism as Canada's biggest mistake has brought me quite a lot of feedback. Few so far have disagreed with my conclusion — that is to say, I am sure many readers did disagree, but there were few amongst those who took the trouble to respond personally or on this blog.
 
Of them, one raised my hackles a bit. An Indo-Canadian chap ("I'm Canadian, but I'm also South Asian") scolded me for my attitude because "[I'd] obviously never had to personally reconcile [my] identity, to seek belonging in a foreign society." No, I didn't, and the reason I didn't is that my father and mother, first generation Canadian and American respectively, did all the work for me, by plunging themselves, with their Polish and Roumainian immigrant parents' eager encouragement, into the business of integrating into their new countries, so that by the time I came along it wasn't "foreign" at all, it was my beloved country.
 
He goes on to explain that "it's not easy to understand who you are without first acknowledging your ancestry, your roots, which do tremendously impact who you are."
 
It goes without saying that our antecedents have an enormous impact on our identity as individuals and members of our cultural community. Our culture of provenance is downloaded into us by osmosis, and so we are all obviously shaped to a certain extent by the values and folkways we inherit. As we mature, we may choose to be as attached or detached as we like to our cultural roots. That is our right as individuals now, and that was always our right.
 
So in terms of "acknowledging" your culture, feel free. I won't stop you. Nobody will.  Indeed, what many people in free societies fail to appreciate about them is that the most precious gift we have in a democracy is the right to be left alone in order to live the private life of our choice. The right to live as we please without interference by the state or one's neighbours is presumably why most immigrants came here. I know it's why both my maternal and paternal grandparents did.
 
But "acknowledging" one's own culture shouldn't mean that everyone else should have to acknowledge it too – if by acknowledge you mean according it some kind of official status, or special sympathy, in the public forum. Nor does it mean that you should consider your cultural identity your defining characteristic as a Canadian, or that Canadians should see you as an Indo-Canadian rather than as Fezz88, who happens to be from India. One would hope that your children, if you have any, don't feel Canada is "foreign" to them, yet I fear, under multiculturalism, they well may.
 
Before multiculturalism, immigrants came here and had to struggle, like you, to make the transition from one culture to another. The difference is that they knew they had the responsibility to "become" Canadian, and that meant viewing their own culture as a tributary to a great river, not as one of a hundred parallel rivulets.
 
It may be difficult for those who come from places where ethnicity or religion is one's defining characteristic to adjust to the fact that here we are united by a political credo, not blood or kinship. Yes, Canada is a foreign country to the ones who arrive here first. The problem with multiculturalism is that it encourages the next generation — and the next — to feel they are also in a foreign country. This is an invitation to fragmentation, anomie and the crisis of confidence Canada now faces.
 
My grandparents came from countries in which, as Jews, no amount of integration or civic contribution to the larger society could make them less than foreign. Acceptance of their children as full Canadians was a great gift to them. I honour my culture no less than Fezz88 does, but my civic identity was formed by Canada's heritage culture.  When I look around the world, I know how lucky I was that my parents were expected to integrate and join the great main stream of Canadians.
 
One can honour one's culture and yet pledge one's political and civic loyalty to the state. And that loyalty must be unequivocal if a nation is to be strong. Fezz88 further raised my hackles when he advised me to "try leaving your prejudices behind and really talk to immigrants."
 What an insulting implication. There isn't a word I have written to imply I am prejudiced or that I haven't talked to a thousand immigrants (which of course I have. Goodness, half my community alone are immigrants or the children of immigrants!).

Here's the irony in Fez88's accusation, though: His instinctive assumption that criticism of multiculturalism as a policy can only have come from the mind of a racist ironically serves to make my case that multiculturalism breeds suspicion, assumes all heritage Canadians are racist, and seeks to shut down diversity of opinion. Quod Erat Demonstrandum.

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