Friday, May 16, 2008

Daily Digest May 16, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
Diving for documents
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=135374&sc=80

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
Have fun ...but be safe
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=135362&sc=30

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN -
Protecting those with checkered pasts
Surely we've learned that humiliation isn't effective or appropriate in rehabilitating those who break the law
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=135536&sc=103

CAPE BRETON POST -
All heads turn to the big ships
http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=135172&sc=151

AMHERST DAILY NEWS -
Green travel runs into roadblock
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=135187&sc=61

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
The pretense is over: Hezbollah rules Lebanon
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=d5dea8c9-407d-4147-b9fa-e89841a471dd

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Making soldiers whole
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=20fb299b-8101-45e9-9400-e75090fa1196

Disaster aftermath
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=1751120b-6c8f-4af3-a474-8747a8f4785c

TORONTO STAR -
Unveil Canada's defence strategy
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/425894

From Dion, a beginning
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/425891

Polar bear double talk
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/425893

NATIONAL POST -
Denis Coderre's bad idea
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=517878

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
Canada needs these workers
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/370155

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
To cure mistakes
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4174074p-4762599c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Weak principles costing Canada stature globally
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=615dde60-e5ad-40e0-8acc-cbb3f47a27eb

REGINA LEADER-POST -
When minds open, hearts can follow
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=262befed-77e2-4883-bf84-be9d933c79c8

CALGARY HERALD -
Let's remember the fallen -- today
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=bfdf278a-97de-4a41-820f-1ac476166241

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE -
Holy health-care, Batman!
Wheel reinvented again?
Time, we suppose, will tell whether Ron Liepert's master plan to save the health-care universe is a stroke of genius or another step down the slippery slope to an American-style replacement. http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Editorial/401717.html

VANCOUVER SUN -
Freedom of speech comes under attack in, of all places, Parliament
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=3213a53e-31f1-4370-98d3-1472a73fbc66

Investment agency's only role is to maximize returns for its clients
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=5aca4b26-1544-4f15-96b2-4d394cb4ec8b

NANAIMO DAILY NEWS -
First Nations need to control child welfare
http://www.canada.com/nanaimodailynews/opinion/story.html?id=c15aa975-9ac2-476c-a218-41d7adcd2330

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Anti-idling bylaw makes sense
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=b4b62611-1ee3-41c5-a4d4-214a6ee5ed45


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
Resource revenue deal with aboriginals overdue
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=427d93f1-5db1-4a1c-8507-edb20b155658

Land-claim deadline necessary, Strahl told
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080516.ONTNATIVES16/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/


CANADIAN FORCES



CANUSA/USACAN



ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Forestry sector to play big role in globe's future
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=1d4cd0fe-5ea9-4587-887d-32cc493bdc50

Reduce salmon catches by 50 per cent, panel urges
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080516.BCSALMON16/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
No hope for `responsibility to protect'
http://www.thestar.com/World/Columnist/article/425876

Burmese junta demonstrates uselessness of UN doctrine
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=7927a909-27a3-4bf2-b057-d49253947009

Aid to Burma thwarted
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=44538bcd-1b2d-4145-8537-d2f4f6ef94b5

Pakistan 'protests' at US strike
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7405568.stm

US aid 'failing to reach target'
Former ambassadors Richard Holbrooke and Thomas Pickering said
large sums went on consulting fees and overhead costs and never left US soil.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7405434.stm

Saudis, US grapple with Iran challenge
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/JE17Ak02.html

U.S. Planning Big New Prison in Afghanistan
The New York Times (05/17/2008)
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"American Support Won't Falter After U.S. Election" - Jawad
The Christian Science Monitor (05/17/2008)

HEALTH CARE RELATED
Morning-after pill restrictions end
Activist `delighted' with regulatory group's decision to allow on-the-shelf sales of contraceptive pill
http://healthzone.ca/health/article/425944


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Court's youth crime decision hurts Tories all 207 news articles »

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=520100

Statement From the Minister of Justice Concerning the Supreme Court of Canada's Decision on R. v. D.B.
NewsBlaze - Friday, May 16, 2008

Colby Cosh on the Supreme Court's young-offender decision
National Post - Friday, May 16, 2008

Top court declares reverse onus on youth sentencing unconstitutional
Maclean's - Friday, May 16, 2008

Young criminals less culpable, Supreme Court rules
Toronto Star - Friday, May 16, 2008

Top court: Young offenders less morally culpable
Toronto Sun - Friday, May 16, 2008

Crown on hook over sentencing youthsComment69
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080516.wscoc0516/BNStory/Front/home

Drug, violent crime up among youths: Statscan
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080516.wyouthcrime0516/BNStory/National/home

No charges in Cadman bribe scandal
"I guess that's the end of that, isn't it?"
So said Dona Cadman after the RCMP announced Thursday it could find no reason to file charges in the Chuck Cadman bribery scandal.
http://www.canada.com/surreynow/news/story.html?id=d1924e26-07a2-4490-adaf-a6f8fd2e592f


MIGRATION



POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
A dishonest bid to exclude poor voters
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=e6aeb45e-e7ea-4a1c-a768-2b2aea7b137a

Western premiers tee up for future
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=64359443-bb9b-45b1-88bd-16d0af2ac435

Third parties loudly boo legislation to tone them down
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080516.BCELECTIONS16/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Liberals could lose office over tax, councillor says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080516.BCBRIEFS16-3/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

N.S. fishermen continue blockade of N.B. boats
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080516/ns_blockade_080516/20080516?hub=Canada

Endangered species legislation could be final death knell to lumber industry in northern Ontario
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Blizzard_Christina/2008/05/16/5585001-sun.php


POLITICS
Dion touts 'green shift' in taxation
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=517822

How much trouble is Dion in? Five pros make a list
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=e65787ca-8c94-4768-85e2-df44f57c04e7

Dion's credibility shot on carbon tax
Don't believe it will be revenue-neutral, and don't believe it won't hurt producers
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=86c8138a-e544-48
2f-ac78-b7baa47b4660

Dion begins selling carbon plan
Increased energy charges will be balanced by tax breaks, Liberal says
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/425964

Liberals urge Tories to table defence policy
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=517848

No charges in Cadman affair, but Liberals continue to seek answers
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080516/national/cadman_rcmp

Tory ethnic media ads in contempt, MPs say
Immigration reforms focus of campaign, but not yet law
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=c89f2ccd-0205-43c7-a205-104e9e65d74e

House reviews complaint over Tory ad campaign
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080516.NATS16-1/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Tories vow to clear up defence cost
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/425963

Beating Harper
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=53ac1309-a75b-49a5-8464-449e22e5a104

Bernier's $22,573 airfare
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/
425992

Bernier's ex-partner lived with convicted businessman
Couillard's boyfriend convicted of possession of stolen goods
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/425990

Tories stand by Bernier despite new report of ex-girlfriend biker ties
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080516/national/bernier_biker_threat

Tories use Liberal leadership loans for latest jab at Elections Canada
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080516/national/tories_elections_canada

Julie Couillard, this dummy who accompanied the Minister Maxime Bernier at his swearing last summer and in mundane activities during the winter, has continued to maintain relations in the criminal long after her divorce with a biker in 1999, reveals a survey by La Presse.
http://64.233.179.104/translate_c?hl=en&u=http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080516/CPACTUALITES/805160884/6737/CPACTUALITES

It's just more Liberal delusions
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Harris_Michael/2008/05/15/5581416-sun.html


PROGRAMMES
Think tank's funding tied to getting good press
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080516.MILITARY16/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Ottawa to match donations
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/425947

AECL scraps development of isotope reactors
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080516/medical_isotope_080516/20080516?hub=Canada

BERNIER & BAIRD APPOINT CHIEF NEGOTIATOR & AMBASSADOR FOR CLIMATE CHANGE
http://www.egovmonitor.com/node/18841

PRESSURE POINTS
Frenzy of concern over 'threatened' polar bears contradicted by the facts
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=70ba7c56-511b-443b-b90c-75e165a9a7d0

'Sequestration' slowed
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=c60b706c-ddce-4017-90ad-bf57f62ec5f0

Fate of mine hinges on definition of word
Appeal court to define what is a 'project?'
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080516.BCAPPEALISL16/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Greenhouse-gas emissions drop in 2006, but still soar above Kyoto targets
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080516/national/cda_greenhouse_gas


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Let's do Victoria's birthday proud, eh?
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=fb6fd2a7-93bc-4b88-b2d1-b3b8d6b19aa1

A tale of two disasters: Why lives in Burma don't matter
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=f8028517-3ff3-4f4f-910f-aec09087db00

Inflation's on the horizon
Forget about gas prices; a real problem is looming
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=5d7d6743-34b2-484a-bc2e-6272a45b531d

Give farmers fair share of food prices
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=63431106-9461-45bd-9d5f-e0f6ac9e54a9

Je ne comprends pas bilingualism.
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=6d579b3e-b8ad-4c8d-9fc3-bd2e1b5f0715

Universal child care
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=2a578f8c-de4f-4a8a-add7-886f4268a55a

CBC closes classical music to students
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/subscriber/westview/story/4174104p-4762651c.html

Political progress comes slowly for women
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/subscriber/westview/story/4174103p-4762648c.html

Aussies battle sharks and crocs
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/subscriber/westview/story/4174102p-4762647c.html

LEGISLATION: YOUTH CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT
Leave young-offenders law alone, Ottawa urged
Bill's measures on tougher sentencing will waste money and undo positive changes, advocates for youth say
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080516.YOUTH16/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

COMMEMORATING PAST INJUSTICES
Apologies: Ethnic votes or ethics?
Ottawa allocates a large chunk of grant money, raising questions about its motives
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080516.BCDISPATCH16/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Afghan women still forced to cover up
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/425939

Despite Harper's promises, Canadian Forces still lacking
Canada will require a defence budget of $35 billion by 2011 but funding is falling short
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/425878

Too much bowing and scraping
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/425877


INFOS

Le gouvernement défend Bernier malgré de nouvelles révélations sur son ex-amie
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080516/N0516166AU.html

Affaire Julie Couillard: des liens douteux jusqu'en 2005
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080516/CPACTUALITES/805160884/1025/CPACTUALITES

La Cour suprême juge anticonstitutionnelle la loi sur les jeunes criminels
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080516/N0516154AU.html

La GRC ne déposera aucune accusation dans l'affaire Cadman
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080516/N0516146AU.html

Un garçon aurait pris part à l'attentat-suicide qui a blessé deux Canadiens
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080516/N0516136AU.html

70 pour cent des Canadiens se disent à l'aise avec l'homosexualité
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080516/N051656AU.html

Pensionnats autochtones
Stephen Harper s'excusera
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/05/16/003-Pensionnats-autochtones.shtml

Affaire Cadman
Les conservateurs s'en tirent
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/05/16/004-cadman_grc.shtml

Publicité
Outrage au Parlement, selon le NPD
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2008/05/15/004-npd-pubilicites-outrage.shtml

Harper invité-surprise pour Charest
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080516/CPACTUALITES/805160888/1025/CPACTUALITES

Séisme en Chine: le Canada offre un million de dollars aux victimes
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080516/CPACTUALITES/80516186/1025/CPACTUALITES

La plus haute distinction de vaillance militaire au Canada dévoilée
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080516/CPACTUALITES/80516111/1025/CPACTUALITES


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Principled Conservatism?

                                                     Canada it would seem is not going to contest Germany and Portugal for a seat                                                 on the security council,  I was going to make the comment that the Star Phoenix
                                                     editorial neglected to ass Canada being seen by some other countries as being
                                                     an extension of George W. might have been taken into account in not running
                                                     
                                                     I was going to until in the last run through of the Canadian press to see what was
                                                     new "Tories use Liberal leadership loans for latest jab at Elections Canada"
                                                     appeared as a headline.
                                                     
                                                     The article is posted below.  Read it though.  It may be your view of what constitutes
                                                     the "principled conservatism" I keep hearing about.
                                                     
                                                     It's most certainly not mine.

                                                             Joe
        
Weak principles costing Canada stature globally
The Harper government's refusal to lobby on behalf of Khadr, its withdrawing support for the repatriation of a death-row prisoner in Montana, its whining for more help in Afghanistan, its inconsistent nagging of the China over human rights and its absence on such critical files as invoking the responsibility to protect doctrine in Burma (picked up by countries such as France and Australia), the violence in Lebanon, the global warming file and even the cyber warfare agreement within NATO, are increasingly leaving Canada on the global sidelines. It will be even more so when someone new occupies the White House. http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=615dde60-e5ad-40e0-8acc-cbb3f47a27eb&p=2


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Tories use Liberal leadership loans for latest jab at Elections Canada
By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press
Fri May 16, 5:31 PM
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080516/national/tories_elections_canada

OTTAWA - Federal Conservatives have opened up a new front in their war with Elections Canada, launching a pre-emptive strike against the independent agency's anticipated handling of Liberal leadership debts.

Stephane Dion and his former rivals have until June 3 to pay off their loans and unpaid bills from the 2006 Liberal leadership contest. But the leader, who is struggling to whittle down a debt of almost $850,000, is legally entitled to seek an extension.

Anticipating that Elections Canada will grant extensions to Dion and other former contenders, Conservative MPs have begun using the daily members' statements to imply that the elections watchdog is complicit in helping Liberals evade the law.

"The Liberal leader is said to have almost a million dollars in outstanding leadership debts owed to wealthy elites and powerful insiders," Ottawa Tory MP Pierre Poilievre told the Commons this week.

"If he does not repay these debts by the June 3 deadline, they become illegal donations over the donation limit. The only escape is if Elections Canada steps in to protect the Liberal leader with preferential treatment and an extension."

London Tory MP Joe Preston took up the cudgel Friday.

"Will Elections Canada give special treatment to the Liberal party by extending the deadline?"

The charge that Elections Canada can't be trusted to apply the law impartially has been a constant Tory refrain since the agency called in the RCMP to raid Conservative party headquarters last month. The raid was in aid of an Elections Canada investigation into an alleged "in and out" spending scheme used by the Tories during the 2006 election campaign.

The agency alleges that the Tory party funnelled more than $1 million for advertising through 67 local campaigns in a bid to exceed the party's national spending limit and obtain rebates on expenses that local candidates didn't actually incur.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his ministers contend that all parties routinely make the same kind of transactions without raising an eyebrow at Elections Canada. And they've repeatedly accused the agency of unfairly targeting the Conservative party.

But whereas the in-and-out controversy is arguably a legitimate dispute over the interpretation of the law, in the case of leadership loans the Tories appear to be attacking Elections Canada for applying the law.

Elections Canada spokesman Andre Guertin said extensions for debt repayment are "part of the law" and it is "absolutely not" preferential treatment to grant them.

Under the Canada Elections Act, the chief electoral officer has the discretion to authorize repayment of debts over a longer period of time and contenders can further apply to a judge for an extension.

It is an offence to fail to repay loans within 18 months unless an extension is granted.

Liberal MP Bob Rae, one of only two former leadership contenders who has paid off his debt, said Poilievre is "completely misinterpreting the law for his own reasons."

Gerard Kennedy, another former leadership contender who has about $300,000 in debts left to clear, said the Harper Tories are denigrating Elections Canada in a bid to discredit the agency's allegations of Tory campaign spending fraud.

"The more trouble they're in . . .the more likely they are to attack the source of the problem," Kennedy said.

"They're attacking Elections Canada for doing its job."

This isn't the first time the Tories have attacked Elections Canada. Last summer, Harper publicly rebuked chief electoral officer Marc Mayrand for refusing to prohibit veiled women from casting ballots in byelections - even though the law didn't empower Mayrand to do so.

Nor is Elections Canada the only independent agency to feel the prime minister's wrath. He's fired or butted heads with the head of the nuclear safety commission and the ethics, information and privacy commissioners, among others.

Kennedy said the latest attack on Elections Canada also reflects the "crude and petty politics" the Tories have played with the Liberal leadership contest from the outset. He noted that in 2007 the government drastically reduced the political donation limit to $1,100 from $5,400, making it much harder for former contenders to pay off debts.

The Tories have since introduced legislation to make it harder in future for leadership contenders to finance their campaigns with loans. That bill has been slowly making its way through the legislative process but Liberals expect the government to make it a priority within the next few weeks in hopes of drawing attention to the debts still being carried by Dion as the June 3 deadline approaches.

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