Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Daily Digest May 13, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
Hands off
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=134194&sc=80

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
Let the inquiry do its job
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=134178&sc=30

AMHERST DAILY NEWS -
Lacking common sense
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=134059&sc=61

Recognizing diversity Post a comment
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=134060&sc=61

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
High-court bilingualism is supremely desirable
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=e2e6b2e0-9d63-43df-acab-885f869534ce

Just what we don't need: another government program
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=dd103a7c-8df6-438f-b158-d624f178ad13

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Undesirables on the loose
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=13bc7fd7-c5a2-48c4-9480-8ab0b9ea7d80

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Getting tough on trade in illegal smokes
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1024849

TORONTO STAR -
The hard search for 'good' jobs
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/424635

Money without a vision
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/424636

NATIONAL POST -
A carbon tax that won't fly
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=511027

TORONTO SUN -
Time to come clean on a carbon tax
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2008/05/13/5546541.html

ST. CATHARINES STANDARD -
We talk a better game than we perform
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1025585

K-W RECORD -
Carbon tax offers a dilemma to Dion
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/349398

WINDSOR STAR -
Pump it up
Consumers need protection
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=67e8f9c6-6572-4945-8445-27d29b99b546

SUDBURY STAR -
Hasten reporting of infections
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1025074

Make animal welfare a priority
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1025073

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Canada First
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4172703p-4761014c.html

To stop a genocide
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4172702p-4761002c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Defence strategy fails to articulate long-term vision
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=cfa67c8f-b721-41dd-8331-20a38de8fc5b

REGINA LEADER-POST -
Calculating health costs
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=ee490cba-e690-4f59-9fbc-f0dbf1d2d332

First-class expense account
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=43783027-ff08-44eb-8d96-59d6eff6ce53

CALGARY HERALD -
Deploy DART to China
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=954891b5-5efa-48be-8680-0520f47a296b

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE -
A complicated truth
Gore muddies the waters on global warming
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Editorial/400483.html

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
Voters want choice, not just change
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_10764.php

VANCOUVER SUN -
Anti-crime websites a good idea with a troubling downside
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=ac23cb68-0f91-470b-a106-ed0eb34df821

Scamming researcher proves need for public scrutiny
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=f6b2a174-06d1-45eb-b07d-513b4b07ea91

VANCOUVER PROVINCE -
Build houses we can afford
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=a0104f33-8cc1-40aa-9fad-4a3eaeda5e54

China's challenges
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=a38da0fc-e53b-45b9-853c-8ef69f7cc7d6

Making a meal of it
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=22a56fa9-6964-4453-85af-cc4f9caaf0a9

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Chinese quake a warning for us
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=97abeda6-8fd5-453f-980b-242ef1c08d4b

Hateful perhaps, but no crime
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=bf189b08-c0ad-4d9e-9d6f-bbb5d0990f00

NANAIMO DAILY NEWS -
Forestry crisis is a sign of bigger problems
http://www.canada.com/nanaimodailynews/news/opinion/story.html?id=593100bd-a99e-4bb4-98d5-b4ecd03ea774


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
MPs pass bill to speed native land claims
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/425119


CANUSA/USACAN
Ottawa's silence called tacit approval of U.S. abuse of Canadian citizens
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080513/national/khadr_u_s__bounty


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS        
Is the worst over?
http://money.canoe.ca/Columnists/Leatherdale/2008/05/13/5549701-sun.html


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Burma police block aid workers, food piles up
http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/425019

International community has a responsibility to protect Myanmar
Canada, other nations should follow UN's R2P mandate
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=6056af9d-43eb-4575-81b3-9235750e3214

Bernier says Canada will push UN on Burma aid
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=512645

'Every day I spend here, my sense of urgency increases'
Immediate damage will be compounded by damage to Burma's rice fields, aid official says
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/424632

Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev: The Russian Bear is back
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2008/05/13/theo-caldwell-on-vladimir-putin-and-dmitry-medvedev-the-russian-bear-is-back.aspx

Corruption, drugs challenges for Afghans, envoy says
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/424963

Help us keep Afghanistan poppy-free, Afghan ambassador asks
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080513/national/afghan_poppies

Another D-Day for Pakistan over militants
The peace deals between the Pakistani government and militants in the tribal areas have been exposed for what they were, a delaying tactic for the Taliban to send fresh troops into Afghanistan. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JE13Df02.html

China's weakness the greater danger
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Global_Economy/JE13Dj07.html


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Tobacconist charged with displaying cigarettes
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2008/05/13/gee-charge.html

Free speech under attack
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=f78bc909-1a3f-4140-95e1-d1eea737d405


MIGRATION
Open the door on immigration policy reform
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=511033

Feds on skill search
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2008/05/13/5546351.php

Immigrant, Canadian-born employment gap widens
http://www.thestar.com/Business/article/424868


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Without sovereignty debate, PQ beats drum for identity
Marois's comments about Bill 101 are about political, not linguistic, concerns
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=6428804d-33c6-46fb-90e7-732997a4bf22

Premiums make B.C. a health care pariah
A flat-rate 'head tax' for Medical Services Plan coverage fails the test of equity, simplicity and efficiency
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=969ad813-abb2-49d0-8339-a500ddfaa4c9

The things that Campbell will ignore a year from now
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=dc644a47-dab4-4e55-b5a3-c3efdacc5596

Relief cash arrives today in embattled lumber town
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080513.BCJAMES13/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

McGuinty defensive on GM
http://www.thestar.com/Business/article/424682

Ontario deal fair, Flaherty says
Province not being 'shortchanged' in equalization program, finance minister tells Toronto audience
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/424710


POLITICS
Tories losing ground with voters all 224 news articles »

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080513.wpoll14/BNStory/National/home

A most unhappy government
They have a de facto majority, so why are the Tories so unhappy?
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=512681

Harper attacking political freedoms with Cadman suit: Liberals
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=512647

Liberals want jury to decide merits of Harper libel lawsuit
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/05/13/liberal-cadman.html

Tories in court to battle access law
Ministers' offices out of reach, they argue
In his report into the sponsorship scandal, judge John Gomery recommended that the law be clarified so it is clear that it applies to ministers' offices. Mr. Harper's Conservatives promised to do just that in their 2006 election platform, but have not
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080513.waccess13/BNStory/National/home

RCMP asked Cadman daughter about bribe allegations
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080513.wbccadman13/BNStory/National/home

The Commons: There is no there there
Behold government as a figment of the Prime Minister's imagination
http://www.macleans.ca/canada/features/article.jsp?content=20080513_185929_6176

Conservatives won't commit defence strategy to paper 
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=8ada1df8-d1eb-46dc-b364-08c2e2f13549

Election the real battlefront of Harper's military plan
http://www.nationalpost.com/most_popular/story.html?id=510307

Long-term defence plan set out
'This is an announcement of previous announcements,' NDP says of $30-billion plan
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080513.HARPER13/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

20-year military spending plan quickly panned by Opposition
Critics claim Tories are scaling back on promises with long-overdue vision for Armed Forces
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/424709

EI changes risk shortfall in recession, House told 
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/headlinescan.html

Flaherty, Liberals clash over contracts
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=512600

Tories Jump On Liberal Carbon Tax
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=511002

Time ripe to 'put price on waste, pollution': Dion
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/424711

Tories spend $1.1M on immigration reform ads
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/425152

Senate watchdog says Tories shortchange key security agencies
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=8651fecc-8c08-43da-9a1e-eedebcf0c293&p=1

Keith Martin: The dysfunctional world of Parliament
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2008/05/13/keith-martin-the-dysfunctional-world-of-parliament.aspx

Port workers, spouses face more scrutiny than cabinet ministers
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080513.wsecurity13/BNStory/National/home


PROGRAMMES
EI fund could be billions short
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=512205

$1.73
Employment Insurance Now ?; Business impact will be huge: ex-chief actuary
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=511009

Panel fears libel chill, backs conduct code changes
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/425129

Tories order crackdown on 'ripoff' gas pumps 
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=b559cab7-94c8-40b2-a739-adbf837ec851

Prentice pushes vision of Canada as a star in space exploration 
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=5c0a104d-7ae5-439d-9493-7d71eaf94a5f

Privacy boss probes telecom giants' online monitoring
Bell, Rogers use DPI to slow web traffic; ISPs can use it for much more: critics
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=92bf717a-55ca-4c69-bcdf-ff213939ae16

Minister defends crackdown on safety of natural health products
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080513.NATURAL13/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Lone detainee Almrei costs taxpayers $2M annually at Kingston facility
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2008/05/13/ot-kingston-holding-080513.html

Residential schools apology coming soon as Ottawa names truth commissioners
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080513/national/truth_commission


PRESSURE POINTS
Full Comment Podcast: The merits of a carbon tax,
http://www.nationalpost.com/podcasts/fullcomment/index.html

The Hockey Stick scam that heightened global warming hysteria
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/3021


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Capital and country stumble in the dark
What you don't know won't hurt them.
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/424630

The iron law of income
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=8013fb99-9895-49c9-9790-64380cad48a1

It's time to intervene
There is no moral difference between allowing innocents to be killed by machete or by cholera
 -- the world has a 'responsibility to protect' in either case
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=6e73a06d-f95e-40e4-8eca-28a039e1f99a

Slumping enrolment
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=b56569fb-3af3-45ac-92f6-d888c4cc5fbd

Fascination with Middle East disproportionate
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=84f2589c-dbaa-4ca2-a831-e7605b42a0b1

Harmac closure the inevitable end of an era
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=1dcbb781-d1fb-497d-a80a-c152153fd338

Canada no better than al-Qaeda for neglecting Khadr: Dallaire
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=512660

Time to end expat loopholes
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=8852e41c-9733-40dc-a025-11d1d3d27ec9

This is not justice
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Harris_Michael/2008/05/13/5553096.html

UFOs visited UK: secret files
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2008/05/13/5556476-ap.html

Vatican says aliens could exist
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7399661.stm

Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere asking Canada Post to censure mail
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/3037


INFOS

Ottawa a consacré 1,1 million à la promotion de ses réformes de l'immigration
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080513/N0513220AU.html

Contrat irrégulier: Jim Flaherty affirme qu'il n'était pas au courant
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080513/N0513130AU.html

Ottawa renâcle à soumettre les ministres à la Loi sur l'accès à l'information
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080513/N0513156AU.html

Le Canada et les Etats-Unis ne font pas mieux que les terroristes, dit Dallaire
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080513/N0513168AU.html

La Cour suprême se penche sur les surplus de la caisse d'assurance-emploi
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080513/N051382AU.html

Afghanistan
Fin de mission pour Guy Laroche
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/05/13/003-fin-mandat-brigadier-laroche.shtml

Arrestation d'Abdullah Khadr
Une note embarrassante pour Ottawa
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/05/13/002-khadr_memo.shtml

Émissions de carbone
Stéphane Dion songe à une taxe
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2008/05/13/001-Dion-Carbone.shtml

Francophonie
Communautés bien vivantes
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/colombie-britannique/2008/05/13/004-francos_kootenays_n.shtml

Essence à la pompe
Ottawa aura les détaillants à l'oeil
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Economie-Affaires/2008/05/13/001-pompe-essence.shtml

Défense nationale
Nouvelle stratégie pour l'armée
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/05/12/002-defense_harper.shtml

Immigration
Une loi qui fait reculer
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/societe/2008/05/12/003-immigration-barreau.shtml

La GRC a interrogé la fille de Chuck Cadman
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/05/13/189505.html

Dion attire 825 personnes
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/05/13/189510.html


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National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
http://www.nrtee-trnee.ca/

        Never heard of this before reading Jim Flaherty's chief of staff who didn't tell him about it something that caused trouble was appointed to it as head.

        Someone interested on the topics it deals with might read it and share thoughts on it.

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From: "Rebecca Gingrich"
Subject:DD

Benji--sadly there is no one to vote for.  I have voted every election since
I was of age.  The next election I will also go to vote but will reject my
ballot.  I have put a big X through my ballot many times but this time I
want it counted as a reject.  This serves two purposes--it shows that I will
not play the stupid game any more and no Party gets my tax dollars because I
was stupid enough to hold my nose and vote for someone.
Interestingly I was talking to a 17 year old neighbor the other day.  He
said it is time for an election, even though he can't vote as yet.  When I
asked him who he would vote for he became very quiet.  Then he said--NO ONE!
I agree with you re QP.  If those were kids in Kindergarten they would be
made to stand in the corner.  Since they are adults and we pay them, they
get away with it.  Fiddling while Canada burns seems to be the order of the
day.
becky

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From: "Michael Watkins" <mw@mikewatkins.ca>

Regarding Suan H. Booiman, who wrote:
> From: "Suan H.Booiman"
> Subject: UN'S CATASTROPHIC GREENHOUSE HYPOTHESIS INVALIDATED
> THE FEAR MONGERERS ARE CORRECTED: SUZUKI, GORE; GREENPEACE AND ASSOCIATES

How predictable.

After decades of study involving thousands of scientists producing tens of
thousands of pages of output and employing innumerable computer models,
now one study produced by a small team and one new model are suddenly
seized upon by the climate-change denial camp as the Great Aha!

Never mind that climate-change deniers or skeptics have rather tiresomely
and consistently called as junk every model produced by climate scientists
who did not belong to these largely industry-funded so-called "realism"
promoters, somehow *this* model is different, since it wasn't produced by
one of them and, like manna from heaven, supports their case.

Put this development in perspective: this is one model out of many, one
small team out of thousands, a few pages out of millions.

Lets see dozens of studies and many teams and another few thousand reports
that back this up and *then* maybe we can relax; in the absence of backup
to this *one* study, it would be prudent to assume that the balance of
work done to date on this issue is not made irrelevant by one study whose
authors readily admit contains conclusions best labeled "preliminary

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"Rubie Britton"
Subject: GMWATCH temporary site
 
http://www.gmwatch.org/

As many of you will know by now, the GM Watch website was recently targeted
in a massive cyber attack that drove our site and our lists offline. This
was just the latest in a series of damaging attacks that have been sustained
against us for over a year. As a result, we have been forced to relocate our
site and lists, which is what we are in the process of doing now.

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Benji
Regina, Sask.

It just happened! There I was in the family picture a gangly teen with mom and dad and the rest of my brothers and sisters. Here I am today a young adult a growing family just like mom and dad were then. Are things that different?

Yes they are. Mom and dad had to find the money to clothe, feed and take care of us. This with a mortgage and car payments. Today, it is not much different but I now have to do the worrying!

Housing costs have skyrocketed, car payments and look at the cost to put gas in the car. Remember when you use to hit up mom or dad for gas money? Now it is your turn to pay! Where will it all end, my kids just don't get the picture. Gee, I wonder how many times my mom and dad said the same thing.

Look at politics… it has changed to the point I really don't care any more! I know that is a terrible attitude to have but now I have all these responsibilities and politics no longer fits.

I'm disgruntled, imagine my MP earns $100,000.00 to do what? I'm tired of the bickering and endless "she said this, no they did that" attitudes. We have problems, the least of which is being able to live. I only wish MP's would get their act together and stop acting like a bunch of spoiled brats in a sand box.

Heck, my parents taught me to be respectful. Listen to the heckling and goings on today. Lying.. sure and if you get caught lie some more, make it believable and countless voters are apt to go along with the story.

Justice in Canada knows nothing about truth. If we act like our politicians you could just about get away with murder. Shameful indeed, and I'm expected to bring up a young family in this mess?

Benji
Regina, Sask.

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Subject: Belief in God 'childish,' Jews not chosen people: Einstein letter
From: "Efstratios Psarianos"

Pretty well sums up my views of religion ... Also, how he identifies himself with Jews is the same as how I identify with Greeks: affinity, but no particular affiliation.
 
 
Cheers!
Stratos
 

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Belief in God 'childish,' Jews not chosen people: Einstein letter

http://news.yahoo.ca/s/afp/080513/world/britain_religion_science_jews_einstein

LONDON (AFP) - Albert Einstein described belief in God as "childish superstition" and said Jews were not the chosen people, in a letter to be sold in London this week, an auctioneer said Tuesday.

The father of relativity, whose previously known views on religion have been more ambivalent and fuelled much discussion, made the comments in response to a philosopher in 1954.

As a Jew himself, Einstein said he had a great affinity with Jewish people but said they "have no different quality for me than all other people".

"The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.

"No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this," he wrote in the letter written on January 3, 1954 to the philosopher Eric Gutkind, cited by The Guardian newspaper.

The German-language letter is being sold Thursday by Bloomsbury Auctions in Mayfair after being in a private collection for more than 50 years, said the auction house's managing director Rupert Powell.

In it, the renowned scientist, who declined an invitation to become Israel's second president, rejected the idea that the Jews are God's chosen people.

"For me the Jewish religion like all others is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions," he said.

"And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people."

And he added: "As far as my experience goes, they are no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything 'chosen' about them."

Previously the great scientist's comments on religion -- such as "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind" -- have been the subject of much debate, used notably to back up arguments in favour of faith.

Powell said the letter being sold this week gave a clear reflection of Einstein's real thoughts on the subject. "He's fairly unequivocal as to what he's saying. There's no beating about the bush," he told AFP.

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From: "Rebecca Gingrich"
Subject: RE: THREE CURRENT TOPICS

Joe  http://www.cargillaghorizons.ca/grainmarketing/payment.shtml
Cargill is already in charge of the CWB and they like it that way--they get
grain for cheaper for their feedlots and factory farms.  Tyson has control
of feelots and where the grain is bought.  They need the CWB to keep prices
down.  It is the Western grain farmer that is already working for the
corporations, courtesy of the CWB.  I have to ask that if the model of the
CWB is so great why is it not used for corn farmers in Ontario?
As for Wikipedia--I never access it so didn't read the article posted.
The food shortage is orchestrated genocide.  How often do we hear that there
are too many people on the planet?
Becky

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From: "John Duddy"
Subject:  THREE CURRENT TOPICS.     THE ELEPHANT IN THE LIVINGROOM.

Hi Joe.
Anyone who looks at the evidence will realize that the keystone holding the corrupt political edifice is the crime of the century, the attack of 9/11 2001.  The deliberate cover-up, destruction of crime scene evidence, theft of freedoms in US and UK, the failure of Canada to investigate the murder of 24 citizens, US war crimes, torture,  two wars of aggression based on lies about weapons of mass destruction, depleted uranium used in Iraq, tested in Hawaii and Alberta, climbing oil and food prices all follow the false flag attack of 9/11 2001. 

Ask all readers to view this video: http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=8951
John Duddy.

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From: "Suan H.Booiman"
Subject: question from my MP, election coming.
To: info@russhiebert.ca, hiebert.r@parl.gc.ca

May 13, 2008
 
Mr.Hiebert,
 
Receiving two flyers with the same questions is hard to reply to.
 
1.Is the Conservative Government tough on laws:
             The answer could be : seems to
             but it is a different story with our Justice system
             so how can one answer this question?
 
2. Are you on the right track:
             Does anyone know? Had breakfast with seven friends
             at the White Spot two weeks ago and did ask them if
             any of them had an idea what you are doing for us?
                          The answer was a dead silence.
              (all well-educated business men)
 
3. Is Harper doing a good job and his government?
              Hard to assess, all we know is how well he speaks
              French and can make promises that have no specific
              actions, like yesterday about the military.
 
looking foreword to a reply.
 
Mr.Suan H.Booiman
204-1220 Fir Street
White Rock BC V4B 4B1
Canada

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From: "Mel Christian"
Subject: Re: Bill C-51  and charter rights

Good after noon, Joe
 
Is bill  C-51 limiting my right's under the Charter?
 
Also would  Bill-51 allow the government to disregard the Charter by invoking laws created in other countries or jurisdictions?
 
Mel

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. . . it doesnt limit rights nor disregard the Charter to my knowledge.

What it does do is allow other countries regulations to be made
Canada's regulations.

To my understanding the aim of the Security and Prosperity
Partnership is to harmonize regulations and this would be
a means of doing so.

Some such has already been done by Health Canada in
another area where there is regulation

        Joe

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From: Caspar Davis
Subject: Comment re Harper's proposed militarization of Canada

Hi Joe,

Here is my comment on Mr. Harper's proposed militarization of Canada.

All the best,

Caspar

Mr. Harper's plan for the militarization of Canada is based upon the false premise that, "If a country wants to be taken seriously by the rest of the world, it needs to have the capacity to act [militarily]. It's just that simple."

Although Conservatives are constitutionally incapable of admitting it, Canada wielded considerable positive influence in the world through the Liberals' use of "soft power" - setting a good example and moral suasion. Using those tools, Canada was highly instrumental in creating the Land Mines Treaty and the International Criminal Court, two major steps towards a safer and more civil planet. The Liberals' support of the Kyoto Protocol was also a positive contribution, although it was tainted by their failure to do much about implementing it. For decades, Canadians held a high reputation in the eyes of most of the world, to the extent that Americans travelling abroad often carried Canadian flags in an effort to show that they were good guys.

However, although most of the planet, including many Americans, admired and respected Canada, the American government and the American military did not. I am sure that Canadian officers who participated in joint commands with the US military felt like younger siblings, and of course the Conservative chattering classes (who perceive that Canada's manifest destiny is amalgamation into the USA) were appalled that Canada was defying Uncle Sam by enhancing international law rather than blindly following him in his myriad military adventures.

Those who long for the moment when Canada merges into the USA deny Canada's 40 year tradition as a peace keeper. They ceaselessly point to Canada's heroic role in WW II and claim that fighting, not peace keeping, is our true tradition. They ignore 40 years of history, and they do not recognize that the world has changed a lot since 1945.

In the last 60 years or so great strides have been made in the mass destruction game, such that open warfare between major powers is now truly unthinkable. The kind of strife that persists in the world stems mainly from two causes: (1) the ongoing resentments stemming from the old colonial era, and especially its principle of divide to rule, and (2) the resentments stemming from the new colonial era, where power has been wielded more by the (waning) fiscal power of the Bretton Woods institutions than by force of arms. For many years the "Washington Consensus," enforced by the IMF and World Bank has permitted the G-8 and especially the US to keep many countries in poverty and want while they send their produce and resources to the G-8 and their closest allies.

In a world where the human footprint has become so large that many resources such as oil and the biosphere's capacity to cope with CO2 and other industrial byproducts are growing scarce, we have two choices. We can either try to live behind razor wire in vast gated communities, pouring all our economic surplus into guns and soldiers, or we can do our honest best to reduce global inequity and foster global peace.

Since the 1980's, the US has chosen the former path, culminating in the rule of George Bush, who has alienated most of the world's governments and plunged both the American people and the nation into unprecedented debt, so that the USA can function only by constant cash infusions from its rivals, especially China and Japan.

Canada has vacillated, and too often knuckled under to pressure from south of the border, but we have generally adopted the rhetoric and often the reality of trying to foster equity and peace rather than providing more guns and razor wire. It is ironic that the Conservatives are seeking to tie Canada to the Uncle Sam's coattails just when the American Empire is clearly in decline, up to its eyeballs in debt and unable to manufacture much of anything except military hardware!

The US military-industrial-corporate complex now has a tentacle in almost every congressional constituency and it is the only flourishing part of the US economy. It appears that Mr. Harper is determined to reduce Canada to the same condition.

Canadians face a stark choice: either adopting Mr. Harper's no-longer-hidden US-inspired military industrial agenda, or reclaiming our role as a vital and largely independent voice for peace, equity, and sanity in the world.

Caspar Davis

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From: Ron Thornton
Subject: Re: THREE CURRENT TOPICS

Hi Joe:

Just a few quick comments on the 3 topics you offered. Now, I would not say that I am jaded, just realistic. First, unless something becomes the flavor of the month (like this Global Warming nonsense that is putting money in Al Gore's pocket), most folks really don't give a damn. Food costs are going up, people are starving, and we are cutting down orchards. Yah, we care. Until such time as this becomes the cause du jour, nothing much positive will happen. With our limited attention spans, we'll just do enough to feel good about ourselves then drift off to something else. By the way, when did we hit upon the solution for acid rain? It is all about money and power, and that is something corporations have and the rest of us do not. When some media outlet takes aim at those starving souls, to bring their plight directly in to our homes, only then will there be a public outcry loud enough to force governments to cover their butts and do just enough long enough to make us happy.

Over the next 20 years our government promises to spend $30-billion to allow this nation to have a modernized armed forces. Yah, I'll buy that when that happens, though we know that the Conservatives are the only party that might actually do something. The other political camps seem to think we live in a Teletubby world where everyone is civilized and only barbarians actually have an army with guns, bullets, and stuff. It was this nation that sent the Airborne, guys trained to be less than civil, to be peace keepers. Are we stupid, or what? The hint is, it isn't "what." Modern equipment over the next 20 years. Hell, for the last 20 years we haven't even managed to replace a bunch of ancient helicopters.

As for the PMO and the lack of parliamentary oversight on bugger all, it has become the Canadian way. The Liberals began it and the Conservatives have thus far refused to reverse it. This from a Prime Minister who once was a Reformer, but I've long been corrected in my initial naivety in thinking politicians really give a damn about doing the right or fair thing. If we are about to see this government abdicate its oversight responsibilities to foreign bodies or to even risk those responsibilities being interpreted in a manner not initially foreseen, then why am I not surprised. Anyone remember the Charter of Rights and Freedoms?

I believe the Conservatives offer us the best chance at good government. In fact, I believe they offer us the only hope of such. Unfortunately, I still believe the odds are long you or see will see much benefit in whatever they deliver.

Ron Thornton

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From: "Anne Dickinson"
Subject: Re: THREE CURRENT TOPICS

There has to be better regulation of natural/health supplements not only because there could be dangerous elements added to whatever is in the supplements and because it is an area where snake oil salesmen can and do flourish,but it is also just as important to ensure that the consumer gets what he/she thinks they are getting when they buy the supplements.
 
Right now there is no guarantee that  you are actually buying what you intend to buy.
Better regulations should protect everyone.
 
Anne Dickinson

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From: "Rosalie Piccioni"

Dear JoeRegarding  your comments on TOPIC THREE  as follows:

Posted on Free Dominion Clement ignores key reason for opposing Bill C-51

Clement's defence is ensuring protection for the public .

In no manner, shape or form does he address giving the power to the Executive Branch of Government to harmonize Canadian patterns with those of other governments without Parliamentary oversight.

ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE or THE PMO?
.....Joe
 
I have often felt that if organizations looking towards the welfare of people
would come together under one administration, rather than each one
doing their own thing, that the work of those organizations would be a lot
more effective as well as more trustworthy/reliable.
Perhaps we should wait for the details which no doubt will be forthcoming when
in place and ready for action.
 
Rosie 
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