Friday, May 23, 2008

Daily Digest May 23, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
The asphalt cowboy
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=137191&sc=80

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
Winning isn't all fun and games
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=137123&sc=30

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN -
Keeping government's feet to the fire
Aging parents of adults with intellectual disabilities need the assurance that their children will get the care they need.
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=137289&sc=103

AMHERST DAILY NEWS -
Saving the planet and pocketbook
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=137007&sc=61

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Bouchard-Taylor report is an excellent blueprint
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=b540be09-17a3-4b1d-a64c-880a709b45c4

Bouchard-Taylor report is a mix of apple pie and analysis
Commissioners made recommendations but balked at tackling some tough issues
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=66480c2e-3d59-459c-bb58-00c5ffd397b8

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
The 'What Do You Expect' dept.
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=872ecdf6-12ca-4ac3-b857-daa237bf7c54

A woman's place
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=1ed0924b-322b-41df-a472-20ff94db1812

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Organ donation can ensure life for others
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1038995

TORONTO STAR -
What lies behind stock market rise
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/429108

Common sense prevails
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/429112

ST. CATHARINES STANDARD -
Giving consumers the info they need; Proposed labelling guidelines will state what is, and isn't, a Canadian product
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1040191

Toronto is all set to open Pandora's Box; Africentric school is doomed to create more problems than it solves
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1040193&auth=Den+Tandt%2c+Michael

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW -
Label truths will help Niagarans shop locally
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1039123

WINDSOR STAR -
'Their' Ontario
Where tourism starts and ends
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=22b102b3-48c6-4d1c-ab83-712964499f94

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Canada's brand, eh
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4176825p-4765811c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Country label no assurance of food safety
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=633e9c08-d563-4db9-9a9c-770e926788cc

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Food labels may finally make sense
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=361b51b3-722c-4c1e-ae4f-da8fb3d0ddd9

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
Trade stuck in neutral
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_10860.php

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Turning our backs on the homeless


Helping kids in care grow up

Welfare outreach making a difference

Campbell's gag law bars public from election debate


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
City wants Canadian Forces to intervene if native dispute explodes
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080522.wbrantford0523/BNStory/National/home

Day of action serious attempt to convey message
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=0855ac37-8703-418c-b968-76b175f11392


CANADIAN FORCES
Soldiers with combat experience wanted as counsellors, therapists
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080523/national/afghan_cda_counselling

Canada's top soldier says Forces in 'war for talent' to boost its ranks
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080523/national/hillier_recruiting

Taliban rocket attack interrupts Canadian entertainment show in Kandahar.
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080523/national/afghan_cda_entertainers


CANUSA/USACAN
Trollers blast $30-million salmon treaty as 'buyout'
U.S. to pay Canada to reduce catch off B.C. coast; commission defends deal as necessary to save stocks from extinction
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080523.BCTREATY23/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

U.S. stance on Cuba too extreme for Canada
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=d9fc2846-85f8-4a22-9c99-d22b9a984dae

America wants our water: Kennedy
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2008/05/23/5647041-sun.html

RFK brings green message to Peterborough
http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1040455&auth=NICOLE+RIVA


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Oil price mocks energy realities
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Global_Economy/JE24Dj02.html

Banking on incompetence and theft
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Global_Economy/JE23Dj01.html


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Tremors of change amid aftershocks
http://www.thestar.com/World/Columnist/article/429093

Reluctant Canada agrees to 'right to food' resolution
Tells UN it's governments' job, not other nations'
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=5588f7b8-365b-4e94-9cab-79537c053190

Taliban armed with Iranian weapons: NATO
'Significant quantities' of arms uncovered over past two years
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=9214f7a7-dc0e-4a1d-8481-de021d469a46


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Ottawa ordered to give Khadr interrogation documents all 192 news articles »

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080523.wscockhadr0523/BNStory/National/home?cid=al_gam_mostemail


MIGRATION
'Rent-a-guest' schemes tipped off immigration
http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/429199

Bouchard-Taylor Report went too easy on immigrants
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=c56a2860-30a1-48be-99a5-e95da92997bd


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Quebec is ready to go to court to counter the Senate reform
http://translate.google.ca/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Finfo.branchez-vous.com%2FNationales%2F080523%2FN0523114AU.html&sl=fr&tl=en&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

With rigid rules on what is official ID, Bill 42 would strip vote from the poorest
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080523.BCDISPATCH23/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Report's positive message 'a good start'
While document calls for more openness toward minorities, many unsure how recommendations will play out
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080523.QUEBECREACTION23/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Report highlights
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080523.QUEBECLAYER22/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Turn emptying schools into service hubs: report
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080523.EDUCATION23/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Regional strategy should be priority of West's premiers
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=77e3bd8e-73db-4ee7-b84f-2684d31d2a96


POLITICS
A new point man for a new message?
The imminent departure of Ian Brodie, chief of staff for Stephen Harper, signals a major retooling of the Prime Minister's Office. His replacement, Guy Giorno, made his reputation delivering the message of Mike Harris's Common Sense Revolution in Ontario. Does the personnel change signal a pre-election plan to grab the agenda and script a stronger daily message for government? http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080522.wbrodie23/BNStory/National/home

Giorno has the right stuff for Harper
Don't mistake the departure of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's top aide as a changing of the guard, say top Conservatives.
But some question PM's choice of ex-Harris aide
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/429205

PM determined to stay on track
Tory sources insist no change in direction to follow the departure of Harper's chief of staff,
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/429206

'Wicked smart' man going to Ottawa
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080523.GIORNO23/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Another Harrisite off to Ottawa
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/429094

Gatekeeper leaves Tory china shop
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=98c3a916-506c-48b2-a33a-be92a286eb97

Bernier's plane pledge catches Ottawa off guard
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080523.wbernier23/BNStory/National/home

Canada's foreign minister belongs at Arctic summit
Diplomacy and international law are not the job of a natural resources minister
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/429095

Manley says public still in dark on Afghan mission
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080523.NATS23PU/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Layton raises carbon-tax alarm
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080523.CARBON23/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Dion's big gamble
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=c3e70f8a-fdaa-4d84-8632-40a79f18baf9

NAFTA leak report clears PM's chief of staff, blames Foreign Affairs
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080523/national/nafta_leak_report


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Time to stand up for what we believe
How can the Canadian government say it wants to ban cluster bombs while it also promotes a provision that would allow it to participate with the U.S. in their use? http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080522.wcomment0523/BNStory/specialComment/home

Disloyal Grits hurt their own chances, MP warns
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=a471d06a-112e-425b-9af3-ac958a4b94bb

Lobbyists look to calendar as new rules come into play
Many bureaucrats will be tempted to resign and return for big bucks
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=6fa647fb-b917-4f76-a678-f9327c2285ef

Did court err in young crime ruling?
Most young offenders deserve a second chance, but hardened toughs need jail time
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=05dd707e-ca56-4d21-a3aa-f2dd5762f531

Vancouver's safe injection site contradiction in name and deed
We should focus on the problem as a moral issue
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=70b30aa9-c53f-4243-996d-11812cdbe3a8

Is it time to squeeze 'big oil'?
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=b96bd643-5b41-400d-8c4a-d03e2a6e11fc

Can we now remove the "-gate"?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080523.WBwbradwanski20080523154645/WBStory/WBwbradwanski/

Protecting the throne
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=fd202474-21fc-4a32-8865-b032fade7fd8

Insiders getting out
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=e4ee04d2-28a0-492d-86ee-6475804eae4e

Asia: The land of raising sons
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Japan/JE24Dh01.html

How the US dream foundered in Iraq
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/JE24Ak03.html

We the People have a crisis of purpose. Duty. Honor. Country.
A Nation in Crisis http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/3194

Liberals and Libertarians DEAD Wrong on National Security
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/3208

America's Greatest Terror Threat – A Threat From Within and Its Easy Solution
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/3207

The dissolution of the Canadian federation
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/3205

Prisoners of ambiguity
The government no longer helps all Canadians in trouble abroad
http://www.economist.com/world/la/displaystory.cfm?story_id=11412302


INFOS

Les avocats de Khadr remportent une manche en Cour suprême du Canada
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080523/N052384AU.html

Québec est prêt à aller en cour pour contrer la réforme du Sénat
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080523/N0523114AU.html

Fuite canadienne qui a embarrassé Obama: l'enquête blâme les Affaires étrangères
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080523/N052390AU.html

Stephen Harper prend la route pour vendre son plan vert aux Européens
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080523/N052388AU.html

Il y a difficulté de recruter les soldats d'élite, dit le général Hillier
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080523/N052392AU.html

Les mères adolescentes ne sont pas condamnées à vivre avec un faible revenu
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080523/N052362AU.html

L'Alliance de la fonction publique du Canada est déçue des offres salariales
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080523/N052386AU.html

Guerre en Afghanistan
Ottawa peu loquace sur la mission
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/05/23/002-afghan-manley-cbc.shtml

Maxime Bernier
Gaffe sur gaffe sur gaffe
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/05/23/001-bernier-gaffe-helicos.shtml

Changements climatiques
L'ONU dénonce la tiédeur des pays industrialisés
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/environnement/2008/05/23/001-g8-environnement-japon.shtml

Communautés autochtones
Point d'ébullition
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/05/22/013-Autochtones-Eau-point.shtml

Juges bilingues
Fronde à Ottawa et à Québec
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2008/05/22/002-Cour-Supreme-nomination.shtml

Stephen Harper
Départ d'un proche conseiller
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2008/05/22/001-brodie-depart.shtml

Harper ira vendre son plan vert aux Européens
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080523/CPACTUALITES/80523154/1019/CPACTUALITES

Layton condamne la taxe sur le carbone
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080523/CPACTUALITES/805230884/1025/CPACTUALITES

Afghanistan: les alliés allongeront leur période de commandement
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080521/CPACTUALITES/80521172/5846/CPACTUALITES

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The dissolution of the Canadian federation
We Are Canada

Thanks for your comments, Ron. Perhaps your wisest words are these:  
"There are some things you wish to accept and some things you don't,    
logic be damned."                                                                               

They came to mind as I read the article Myles Higgins following below.   
Is he being logical or is his prediction more emotion than reason based   

There are those who see dissolution as more than an abstract potentiality
but rather an a real and present danger greater than ever before in history.

 To Higgins "The idea that there will come a time when Canada no longer   
exists as a country may be laughable to some and frightening to others."

What are your reactions to his soothsaying, that is should you have any.

  Joe                                     

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From: Ron Thornton

*Hi Joe:

In regards to Conspiratoria, might I recommend one item as a start and see where it goes. Now, do I really think the events of 9-11 can come home to roost with the US government or its agencies? I sure hope not, as the ramifications would be unthinkable. Then again, name one tower that ever collapsed the way those two did that were not as of a result of a managed demolition. Name just one, anywhere in the world. Please. 

What made the third building, the one not hit, to also collapse? As you can see, even if one is not ready to buy into such conspiracy theories, there is always room for investigation if all the answers do not line up with the questions.

Maybe setting once a week for the "conspiratoria" subject could be set aside, with the responses published a week later, along with the next question.  More often might prove to be too much for some.  To be honest, suggesting 9-11 was in some way orchestrated or allowed by official agencies is like asking if your dad shoot JFK.  While I'm sure my dad couldn't do such a thing, which isn't exactly much of a response, logically I can rule him out as he was at work in a building we could see from our doorstep and was home watching the television with us before supper time.

There are some things you wish to accept and some things you don't, logic be damned.

Ron

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The dissolution of the Canadian federation
We Are Canada
 By Myles Higgins  Friday, May 23, 2008
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/3205

As surely as the sun rises and sets, the Canadian federation is slowly devolving into a handful of separate and independent states.

The dissolution of the Canadian federation has been quietly advancing for decades but the timelines have suddenly become more compressed and gaining momentum. Few of us have even noticed.

The idea that there will come a time when Canada no longer exists as a country may be laughable to some and frightening to others. Though many of us may no longer walk this land when it finally happens, the movement from a single National entity into several autonomous countries has already begun.

Quebec has been on the cusp of separation since the 60s. Though public sentiment there has eased on the issue it still exists and requires only some unknown spark to re-ignite and flourish.

Ontario has long bemoaned the unfairness of a federation that has seen its once great manufacturing sector contribute so much and, in the opinion of most Ontarians, receive so little in return. Ask any Ontarian about this country and they will likely tell you, "We ARE Canada".

The vast majority of Canada's population resides within the borders of these two provincial giants. This means the federal government has always been hard pressed to do anything that might upset voters there, even when the best interests of the nation are in jeopardy.

As a result neither the East nor the West has ever been recognized as anything but a handy supplier of raw materials. A group of eight "lesser" provinces orbiting a black hole that swallows up all the oil, timber, fish, wheat, beef, iron, gold, potash and low cost workers the regions have to offer.

With no real voice in Canada's government, the Atlantic premiers have, for several years, held meetings and conferences designed to more closely align their direction. They continue to find ways to strengthen their economic ties, enhance their political clout and streamline their individual expenses, without Ottawa's assistance.

In recent years, the Western provinces have also begun to follow the lead of their Atlantic counterparts by working together to address issues of mutual interest and strengthen their ties to one another.

Now, with manufacturing heavy Central Canada slowly being weakened by an impending recession, Ontario and Quebec, the two most powerful provinces in Canada, have decided the time has come for them to band together for self preservation.

To all appearances, the coalitions formed in the Western Provinces and those on the Atlantic Coast may have been fortuitous, in light of what is to come after this latest move by Ontario and Quebec. A move that could well put the final nail in Canada's coffin.

When Ontario or Quebec sneeze, Ottawa reaches for the tissue box. It's always been that way. Now that both provinces are joining forces the likelihood that any federal government would dare deny them just about anything they want has never been lower.

This can only mean very dark days for the rest of the country.

What Ontario wants Ontario gets.

What Quebec wants Quebec gets.

For years Ontario and Quebec have been enviously eying the oil and energy wealth of other provinces and looking for ways to "access" it.

Now that Canada has shifted to an energy based economy oil and electricity are the new currency of the federation. Oil, electricity and cash are three things many parts of Canada have more of these days. They are also three things Ontario and Quebec desperately want.

Make no mistake, Ontario and Quebec intend to improve their lot and the rest of the country can be damned.

When Ontario and Quebec band together the oil wealth of Eastern and Western Canada will be up for grabs. The electrical energy capacity of places like Newfoundland and Labrador will no longer be safe. And a federation that was extremely dysfunctional, even when Ontario and Quebec acted independently, will begin to spiral into collapse.

Either Alberta or Newfoundland and Labrador will likely be the first to see the full impact of this new reality as more and more of their dreams are crushed to satisfy the yearnings of the two larger provinces. They will also be the first to make a move toward independence.

Then, like a series of dominos, other provinces or regions will follow. An Atlantic State will form, then one or two Western States, Quebec will finally achieve the independence it has so often talked of and, in the end, the people of Ontario will be able to say with all honesty, "We ARE Canada".

It's no longer a matter of "if "Canada will cease to exist as it does today but when. Perhaps within the next 20 years, perhaps the next 30 or 40 but it will happen, as surely as the sun rises and sets.


Myles Higgins is freelance columnist

Location: Portugal Cove - St. Philips, Newfoundland

Website: http://www.freenewfoundlandlabrador.blogspot.com/

Previous Columns by Myles Higgins
We Are Canada - May 23, 2008
The Truth is… - May 13, 2008
They're Just Newfies… - May 11, 2008
Equalization Dilemma - An Ontario Solution - May 6, 2008
Ontario's Equalization Non-Disaster - May 3, 2008
History Will Judge… - Apr 29, 2008
The Glass Is Indeed Half Full - Apr 26, 2008
Motives of Animal Rights Groups Exposed by 3 Simple Words - "Ban the Hakapik" - Apr 17, 2008
Justice for All or Only for Some? - Apr 11, 2008
Newfoundland and Labrador Balancing Act - Mar 28, 2008
Atlantic Fishery: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back - Mar 24, 2008
Seals, Kangaroos and Ex-Beatles - The Protest Continues - Mar 13, 2008
Political Bombshell or Bombast? - Mar 10, 2008
Stephen Harper Directly Implicated in Bribery Allegation - Mar 4, 2008
Toursim - Newfoundland and Labrador Does it Right - Feb 22, 2008
The Famous and Infamous of Newfoundland and Labrador - Feb 18, 2008
There are Lies and Then There are Damn Lies - Jan 24, 2008
Newfoundland and Labrador's "ABC" Campaign Back on Track - Jan 17, 2008
Perception is Not Reality in Newfoundland and Labrador - Jan 17, 2008
Billion Dollar Aid Plan or Billion Dollar Election Campaign? - Jan 13, 2008
The Ultimate Political Escape Route - Saving Face - Jan 10, 2008
It's Your Move, Mr. Prime Minister - Jan 8, 2008
Yet Another 2007 Year End Review - Jan 3, 2008
Back Room Politics - A Study in Confusion - Dec 22, 2007
Dean McDonald Left the Wind Farm - Danny, Danny Oh! - Dec 19, 2007
First Minister's Photo-Op In the Offing - Nov 12, 2007
Senate Abolition VS. Senate Reform - Nov 7, 2007
Sizing Up the Federal Scene - Nov 2, 2007
Russian Bombers Challenge Canada's Air Defences - Oct 24, 2007
Vive le Free Trade - Oct 24, 2007
Fledgling Political Party Steps Into Ottawa - NL Dispute - Oct 18, 2007
Newfoundland & Labrador, De-Confederation - Oct 15, 2007
Harper's Big Election Gamble - Oct 14, 2007
Harper Cons N.S. into New Accord Deal - Oct 11, 2007
Tidal Wave Rolls Over Newfoundland and Labrador - Oct 10, 2007
Conservative Smoke and Mirrors - Oct 5, 2007
Defending the Defender - Oct 4, 2007
Forget "Make Work" - Try "Take Work" - Sep 29, 2007
 
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