Thursday, May 22, 2008

Daily Digest May 22, 2008



Practice what you preach

EI case tests line on policy and law

Think back to when you were 10, and happy

Africans killing Africans

The mother of money pits

A wake-up call on chronic illness

Privacy used as a cover

Fixing the Young Offenders Act

Sanity on censorship

School board in denial on violence

There is still room for future tax relief

Stun-gun hearing is offering lessons

Industry will always be at mercy of dollar

Polar bears
Science and Nunavut

Fuelling a pipe dream

Vultures roost

A punishment to fit youth crime

Landscape under pressure

Aid to publishers long overdue

Healing children's minds

Everyone gets hurt when rating agencies drop the financial ball

Pot growers reach for gold in the Likely-est place

Police should keep Tasers holstered until they learn real risks of their use

Keep campuses free

Doubtful deposits


AFN leader rejects calls to restrict school payouts in wake of deaths

Devil's Brigade battle legacy accepted by special forces unit

Canada, U.S. reach salmon overfishing deal

U.S. denies Khadr mental assessment

Carney says credit crunch easing, but worries world unprepared for next crisis

Confidence matters
Finance minister's view of economy at odds with average Joe

Numbers don't support our gloom

Food-label law to get tougher
'Product of Canada' must be homegrown

Canada to confirm commitment to co-operation, diplomacy at Arctic conference

Terrorism on decline: Canadian study

Cluster bomb ban jeopardizes peacekeeping: U.S.

Food imports 'to top $1 trillion'

History in the making for Hezbollah

A fighter and a financier

Don't criticize Afghans in public: NATO

Afghan Koran protest turns deadly

Afghan schools closed by threats

Afghan army convoy attacked in Kandahar city

The British and Dutch, who share with Canada the command of NATO forces in southern Afghanistan, have agreed to extend their period of respective command from 9 to 12 months, for the sake of continuity, The Pentagon announced Wednesday.

Coalition and Taliban vie for control of southwestern Afghanistan in Nimroz province

Increasing pharmacists' powers raises concerns

The new face of hypertension

Prison service fails to protect inmates: report
Ombudsman calls actions after 2006 death 'disturbing'

Supreme Court judges must be fluent in French, Quebec says

Illegal Nation

Manitoba moves on Senate reform

Tory proposes sales tax break to lure tourists

Minorities commission recommends integrating immigrants

Allow hijabs, ban prayers at council meetings in Quebec, 'integration' report says

Think tank: Alberta should save $15 billion a year to avoid cash crunch

Ontario police blast McGuinty

Newfoundland political clash gets ugly

Election ad bill has 'fatal defect,' NDP lawyer says

Cutting gasoline taxes 'not worth doing': PM

Dion's approval rating sinks again

Orchard to seek Grit nomination

Federal money for P.E.I. not new: MP Murphy

Layton attacks carbon-tax plan

Changing how the PM's message is delivered

Departure of Harper's top aide fuels speculation of bigger shakeup to come

Ex-Harris aide to replace Harper intimate at the centre of Obamagate all 116 news articles »





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NAFTAgate misstep proves costly

Secretive Canadian electronic spy agency gets new funding

Three letters to fear: CDM

Carbon tax helps prevent catastrophe

Zaccardelli rides into African sunset

Bickering provinces bog down Senate reform

Elected Senate? Many questions

Harper wooing 'Venus' votes

In the U.K., stem cell research affirms humans and plants aren't equal

Must reading on minorities

Supreme Court dead wrong to coddle young offenders

The right to know
Labelling legislation could warn Canadians about potential toxic ingredients in the products they purchase

Labour policies have dramatic influence on wage gap

Unfunded liabilities dwarf public debt and are growing
Young Canadians will be digging much deeper into their pockets to pay their future tax bill

A balanced approach
British report recommends a weekly parental allowance

Canadians afraid of language debate: think-tank
Bilingualism rules may need adjustment to better reflect times

Michael A. Gilbert . Sex-change funding
Take a moment and imagine what it's like to have a sense of identity that's completely at odds with your body -- and with society

Life after Bush

Federal Liberals establish new suicide cult

Harper sabotaging the Senate quietly, according to experts


Harper sabote le Sénat en douce, selon des experts

Le chef de cabinet de Harper quittera son poste d'ici juillet

Afghanistan: les alliés allongeront leur période de commandement

Juges bilingues
Fronde à Ottawa et à Québec

Prix de l'essence
Pas de baisse de taxe en vue

Les Canadiens s'attendent à payer l'essence encore plus cher, dit un sondage

La Teoria Conspiratoria Más Grande Del Mundo

USA Military Officers Challenge Official Account of September 11



For quite a while i've been considering posting some of the plethora
 of information that comes my way which some hold to be valid while
 others consider as looney to say the least.                                   

Aristotle wrote something about the persons eating the soup are the
 ones whose opinion determines its quality.  This would be like unto 
  adding a completely different type of vegetable in to whatever the      
  potpourri or Mulligan stew or whatever the Digest may be termed      
The heading that came to mind does not google in English hence the
   Spanish  The colour? While it's been used in the past for humour there
is none other on my programme that's not in use that is bold enough

   The number of posts are potentially limitless.  A fixed maximum a day
may be the way to go.  The five a day that seem the best available?

    You are the consumer of the potage to which this may be added. Does
the concept and the number commend them selves to you or not?  

Please let me know whether you agree or disagree with these thoughts.



From: "John Halonen"

   Had an article published in the Canadian a few days ago.
John Halonen

(There are those in U.S. of A coered as well)
Oklahoma Recalls Bill That Would Have Facilitated NAFTA Superhighway

From: "Rebecca Gingrich"
Subject: GW

Remember when the CPC used to say that Kyoto was nothing more than a wealth
transfer? Well, Bob Mills was right--and now we work and pay taxes so the
elite of the world can get in on the scam that our governments are
Becky /2008/05/22/5633761.php

This is the article in The Guardian that Goldstein was referring to. Is
anyone surprised.

From: "Claudia Hudson"
Subject: per capita

 Is there something a little odd about the per capita figures? 
US Federal Government--House plus Senate = 545 elected representatives for 300 million Americans
Canadian Federal Government--House plus Senate =413 representatives (308 elected) for 31 million Canadians
Just askin'

From: alan heisey <>
To: "joe hueglin, daily digest" <>
Subject: earthworm - j, some chunks of this you should reprint!!! cz

                          CHUNK # 1

National Party offices should be more easily attained

Your correspondent has been encouraged by the interest in other areas of our national party to detail how to split Ontario’s huge mass of 108 electoral districts into five regions.

The party constitution now provides for four National Councillors being elected “at large” to represent Ontario’s population. Whitby-Oshawa and Ajax-Pickering e.d.a.s moved a formal constitutional amendment last December which would have the effect of adding a fifth Ontario national councillor to reflect Ontario’s bulging population, and there seems to be some support, at least in the west, to support that innovation.

The same Whitby+ meeting gave major support to the province’s councillors being elected to represent individual geographic regions within the province, rather than the whole blinkin’ mass of 12.16 million plus!

There are huge advantages to this initiative. It would clearly make it much more manageable to serve a distinct region within the province rather than being one of four, or five, councillors serving the whole province, meaning it would be easier to run for the National Council.

More importantly, it would make clear  to everyone just which specific councillor should be involved in those matters where one should be!

As reported here previously I think it vital that the five regions should be as close as possible in populations, whereas the Whitby+ motion favours each councilllor representing the same approximate number of electoral districts. This is a mighty issue in my books since Ontario’s urban populations will be short-changed if number of districts is the key determinant.
Thus the map and excel spread sheet setting out my proposal have been forwarded to  the Constitution Committee for possible recommendation.

Studying the populations of the 108 individual districts it becmes clear that the GTA and its westerly outreaches are fully 40% of the province’s population. Thus the three other major land masses of the province are inarguably the North, the East and the South West. Others may favour urban names for the two regions wrapping much of Lake Ontario, but I prefer West Lake and Centre Lake, as suitably neutral!

Since I am on the record as intending to stand for the region in which I live, Centre Lake, - if, and only if, regionalization is endorsed - I intend approaching the 22 e.d.a presidents involved and asking for an opportunity to promote the regional splitting at upcoming meetings.

(Excel spread sheet being sent separately with this edition as (AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST)
<08.5.8 Five ON regions of near equal pop’n-2.xls>)

Keeping heat on Van Loan re Ontario’s House seats

A report in Monday’s Globe that Saskatchewan favours electing senators, rather than their appointent, is merely the latest reminder that regions of the country love the idea of weakening the house of commons and the population realities it should involve, via an elected senate.

Your correspondent has warned any who would listen since the last Progressive Conservative convention in Edmonton some 5 years ago to ensure our House of Commons properly represents populations before mucking about with an empowered, (believe it!), elected, senate-of-the-regions!
Clearly Bill C-22, adding seats to B.C., Alberta while short-changing Ontario, represents our present government’s ideas of how Ontario can continue to be under-represented! I take heart that the formal objections of the provincial government, backed up by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, might just possibly be reminding our majority-seekers that Ontario can make, or break, any such plan!

Apparently all our under-represented GTA federal Tory riding associations are comfortable with the plan to leave us short some ten seats, but how they will sweat if the bill should be put through with the support of a Quebec party not unhappy to see Ontario short the seats its population deserves. I am heartened by the knowledgeable view from Ottawa that the lingering progress on this bill suggests it will not be part of the “accomplishments” our party offers in the next election, that just possibly “second thoughts” are being manifested. Good!

Coming Events

Tuesday, May 27st, 2008 luncheon
Reception 12 (noon) Lunch 12:30 PM
at The Albany Club, 91 King Street East, Toronto
SPEAKERS  Hon. Pauline Browes, P.C.
Former Minister of State - Environment & NRTEE Member
& David McLaughlin  President and CEO of the NRTEE
 They will be discussing the recent National Round Table on the Environment and Economy (NRTEE) Report to the Government of Canada
“Getting to 2050: Canada’s Transition to a
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Subject: For those who think that our Courts allow just any old nonsense to go by ...
From: "Efstratios Psarianos"

Canadian loses fly-in-water lawsuit

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada on May 22 dismissed the case of a man who said he suffered psychological harm after seeing dead flies in a sealed bottle of water from Culligan of Canada Ltd., according to a May 22 Canwest News Service report.

Waddah (Martin) Mustapha of Windsor, Ontario, sued Culligan, saying he had suffered psychological damage, including depression, phobia, anxiety and damage to his sex life after the 2001 discovery.

He won $341,775 in damages in a lower court. However, a unanimous three-judge Ontario Court of Appeal decision overturned the award in December 2006, as WaterTech OnlineT reported.

Canada's highest court, the Supreme Court, which last June allowed Mustapha to appeal the earlier decision, now has ruled unanimously that he had not proved his case. According to a May 22 Reuters report, the court wrote in the 9-0 ruling, "Mr. Mustapha must show that it was foreseeable that a person of ordinary fortitude would suffer serious injuries from seeing the flies in the bottle of water he was about to install. This he failed to do."

Mustapha will lose the award and must pay the costs of the case. Reuters said he was not immediately available for comment.

. . . did he collect the damages after the first judgemet?

If so betcha he'll be in debtors prison for life.


I have no more info, unfortunately. But no matter what, he's in doodoo if he isn't rich without taking the award into account. Not only will he have to return the award if he has it in hand, but he'll have to dish out for the court costs. No escaping con$equence$ for him ...
I must say that I never know how these things should be dealt with. On the one hand, an argument can be made as to his being eligible for compensation for damages suffered (which is at the root of the "American way" of endless litigation). On the other hand, an argument can be made as to his being unpredictably sensitive to mishaps. In the latter case, it can be argued that the producer took reasonable steps to prevent that kind of thing from happening, or that was very little change of health hazard (assuming that swallowing the fly or driniking fly-water wouldn't kill anyone), or that the fellow is protected by comprehensive health-insurance from his government, which will pay out for treatment, etc. If the latter case, if not all treatment is covered, then that excess amount could be cause for litigation.
The above assumes that the fellow really DID suffer, etc.
From what the article let on, it seems the the Supreme Court told to grow up and get over it, perhaps with an undertone of "and think twice before trying to feather your nest by this kind of thing".

. . . one wonders why the Supremes would take THIS case when they don't others of consequence.


Personally, I'd be inclined to take it on too, to make a point: "yeah, right" obnoxious litigation l'amricaine ain't the way it works here. The SC has set the tone for how to view all of this ... grannies who've spilled coffee on themselves at McDonald's shouldn't have lawyers telling them to seek $400 million damages.
One more reason for comprehensive, universal health care ... it can serve as insurance from many of the consequences of mishaps.