Saturday, May 24, 2008

Daily Digest May 24, 2008



Bully-boy politics View

No better time to ban VLTs

The house closes, but the work continues

Shine light on drug plan

Report is a call for soul searching

And Another Thing ...

Promoting public service

Neighbourly advice

Tough words from Harper

Messages for us in Quebec report

The best kind of 'accommodation'

He's Canada's Minister of Mistakes

Harper has changed his gas tax tune

Has second term rot set in at Queen's Park?

A fine display of innovation

The right goal

Dividing lines; Black school in Toronto will plan a long course the wrong way

A PR hijack

Fixed elections

Blindly backing Senate changes can harm Sask.

Recruitment is job No. 1
The provincial government is wisely expanding its search for skilled labour to troubled Ontario as part of a $400,000 advertising campaign.

The up side to costly gas

A solid step in the right direction

Annual AIDS Walk about education and awareness

Not every fly in the ointment leads to a lawsuit windfall

Children in care get a welcome boost to improve their lives

With the law or not


Hard-Knock Lumber Agreement Lessons

Oil prices could propel another surge in loonie

Collapse of shabby deal

Court should save BCE deal

The 'black apartheid era'
Xenophobia as common as 'daily bread' for migrants to South Africa

China impresses the world but political questions linger
After bodies are buried, Beijing needs to launch a national debate on lessons of the disaster

Police boards call for more action on cyber crime

Already, Charest has rejected underlying principle of report
Government's quick action to preserve crucifix was slap in the face to commissioners

Crown review beneficial for public

Harper's European tour to focus on climate change

Liberals slightly ahead in new poll

Harper bungles Halifax foray while fumbling foreign policy

PMO to plug a leak with no source
Probe fails to find staffer who leaked NAFTA memo

Giorno joins select circle of influence

Dion defends drug injection site

Tories take heat for unreliable C-17s
Oppostion points out that $3.4-billion buy was supposed to put an end to renting

Proposed secret copyright deal takes aim at iPods, providers

Move to protect Canadians' privacy on Net irritates police, attracts others

Strings attached to feds' pledge to match donations

World losing climate change momentum: UN

Clash of civilizations

Behaviour modification

All the lies that are fit to print

We're not running out of oil

Shell CEO: High Oil Prices Not Due To Shortage

Protect the memory of our protectors

There's no Green Revolution for Africa

Muslim author's book calls on Canadians to condemn Islamists

Politics motivate official apologies

NDP is fumbling the carbon tax badly

Freeing up Plan B frees women as well

A couple of Grit rebels with a cause; Falls MPP among Liberal backbenchers speaking out against party policy

Toronto's secret world of polygamy
As Toronto mother describes her ordeal, imam admits he has `blessed' over 30 unions

Why is an answer too much to ask?
Odd to think that people were excited when Kyle Rae became Toronto's first openly gay city councillor in 1991, almost as if we thought his gayness would make a difference. Oh, how our innocence has fled.

Gilles Duceppe invite Charest à se rallier à l'idée de la constitution québécoise

Victor-Lévy Beaulieu assure que ses propos ne sont pas de racistes

Une frappe talibane interrompt un spectacle d'artistes canadiens à Kandahar

Une enquête souligne le manque de stastistiques sur l'utilisation du pistolet Taser

Les Algonquins de Lac Barrière stoppent les opérations forestières

Les règles de nomination des juges ne changeront pas pour bloquer les députés

L'armée investit pour traiter les cas de stress post-traumatique

Réouverture du Collège militaire royal

Stephen Harper en Europe - Trois jours, quatre capitales, un plan vert à vendre


This came in late from Bob, within the last half hour.

Unable to decide were to put it and having nothing of
any great importance to pass on ("You never do! some
may say), how better to resolve my dilemma than this.

From: "Bob Busk"
Subject: Fw: Burma: $2 million raised for monks

This is the one I meant to send not the last one, as you can see they do reply , just click on "Light a candle! ". It is a safe site I e-mail them a lot and have had no problems and i very seldom send money.
Dear friends,

After Burma's tragic cyclone, a massive earthquake has struck China, killing over 50,000. Click below to send a message of support to China, and light a candle online for the earthquake victims:
In the days since a catastrophic cyclone struck Burma and killed over 100,000 people, Avaaz members have donated $2 million (almost 1.3 million Euros) to the aid effort. Our community has given more than many governments, and our aid hasn't been stopped at the border like theirs -- we've supported Burmese monks and other aid groups who have worked without their brutal government's permission. You can read a brief report below, or click this link to read the report on our website, see pictures, and donate or comment:

Burma Cyclone Aid Report
Avaaz Members from 124 Countries Donate $2,000,000 to the Burmese People


From: alan heisey <>

j, claudia is asking a tough question and i am on the horns of a dilemma about it: if we canadians want to have an m.p. for about ever 100,000 people then of course ontario needs the same sharing as b.c. and alberta. but i think ottawa is a self aggrandizing mass where each m.p. earns about $150k plus staffs in ottawa and home town and a  handsome pension plan. the grunts - a word i want to adapt to describe us average canucks - are not doing any where near as well as our public servants.

let me correct an error in the last hize-o-gram (earthworm) i used 108 for the number of electoral districts in ontario but the correct number is 106, as shown on the spread sheet refered to.  cz

ps i forward to reg stackhouse, former m.p, who favours a shrunken parliament but is not scrapping about it! z

From: "Don Keir"

Hi Joe:
I just wanted to add another thought to Claudia's comment about the numbers of representatives in the Canadian government compared to those in the US.  Do we want to match the quality of government that they are sadled with ?
Don Keir

: John McCain .. too old?
From: "Efstratios Psarianos"

I don't usually send in anything about individual US politicians, but this one's too funny to pass up ...

Enjoy! Stratos

Almost 30% of Americans tell pollsters that America is not ready to put a septuagenarian into the White House. The word that people most associate with Mr McCain is "old". You can be sure that the Democrats will do their utmost to keep it that way. Jack Murtha (75) has proclaimed that the presidency is "no old man's job". There is a website devoted to things that are younger than Mr McCain (the Golden Gate Bridge, plutonium, Coke-in-a-can, Velcro, 91% of Americans).

The website:

From: "Edward C. Corrigan"
Subject: Canadian Supreme Court rules in Omar Khadr favour: "Canada censured
 in Guantanamo case," Aljazeera, May 23, 2008

I received this article on Information Clearing House about the Omar Khadr Supreme Court case. It is interesting reading Canadian news on Aljazeera before reading it in Canada.

Ed Corrigan

Canada censured in Guantanamo case

Aljazeera, May 23, 2008

Here is another article just received on Canada's Supreme Court Ruling on Omar Khadr's detention.

Ed Corrigan

May 23, 2008
12:58 PM

(Thanks Ed. Aljazeera's been added to my "check it out daily" list)

I'm not all that happy. If I told lies as it seems many politicians do my mom and dad would have ensured I would have to stand at the dining table. Oh yes, my ass would have been red and given what we are putting up with these days there would never be a reason for me to have a chair.

I bet few of us remember Harper and his hopeful to be MP's telling us how they would remove the GST after the price of gas reached a certain threshold, right? Seems kinda strange we have far surpassed that threshold and Harper figures reducing the GST by a percentage point now and then addresses the problem today.

What a laugh, in my opinion the words used then were simply aired to entice you and I to vote for him. It is obvious he cares little about you and I and simply speaks to protect his position, with the oil companies and US President Bush.

Look at the hue and cry when Alberta tried to alter the tax on oil extracted from its Province. You would think someone cut their arm off. Terrible… the next best thing to do move investment to a more favourable area… gee look.. Saskatchewan has a new Conservative government "lets see what we can get there".

It's unspeakable the cost of gas. Here we have it in our own backyard and we have to pay world prices? Like duh.. we did not build refineries where a hurricane could and did take them out did we? Too bad my friends it does not matter. A refinery has problems and the price goes up. Kind of convenient… right? Why do maintenance or build new refineries when you can take home so much more by playing the game that is and has been played far too long.

We worried about an Arab Shiek getting the sniffles and up goes the price. We have our own problems a government bent on taking in so much tax they (the government) cant wrap their head around the problem and pass us peanuts to appease us.

It is time for a change and the younger generation should look to taking over the realms of power!


From: "Real Gagne"
Subject: We Are Canada


Myles Higgins' thesis is a scary one.

But it's certainly not beyond the realm of possibility so long as the country's destiny is solely in the hands of the House of Commons, where population concentration means that the two most populous provinces always attract the attention of the government of the day, because that is where the most electoral support comes from.  In principle, that's as it should be if we believe in democracy.  But in a country as vast and as socially and politically diverse as Canada, that is bound to create difficulties.

And the shift in economic power that Higgins refers to is bound to cause resentment in central Canada, which has always seen itself as the economic engine in this country, and to a considerable extent still is. 

However, letting go of power and influence is never easy and it will no different in this case.

I foresee interesting times ahead for whichever party forms the federal government.  Danny Williams' recent challenges to federal government policy initiatives are only the tip of the iceberg in this respect. 

Should the federal government, under pressure from Ontario and Quebec, attempt another National Energy Policy a la Trudeau, I can almost guarantee the resurgence of some kind of widely supported independence movement in Alberta and quite likely in Saskatchewan, which is in the process of developing its own considerable energy resources.  Higgins' thesis is not implausible.

However, I'm not convinced that the situation is insoluble, given a little goodwill on all sides.  Most westerners are proud Canadians and would be loath to dissociate themselves from the country.  But goaded by an unresponsive federal government beholden to central Canada that threatened their vital interests, I believe they would do so.  For the periphery of this nation the issue is one of protecting their interests.  If a way can be found, such as a properly functioning upper house (whatever one would want to call it) whose purpose was to protect and reconcile those interests, I doubt very much whether Higgins' scenario will ever come about.  There may be other things that could be done also, but I'm trying to keep this short.

In my view, Higgins has done us all an immense service if it promotes a long delayed dialogue on pushing this country into the twenty-first century.  On the other hand, if it only provokes short-sighted regional bickering, I would bet that his predictions will indeed come to pass.


From: "Rebecca Gingrich"
Subject: Dissolution of Canadian Federation

Joe--I have to ask where this journalist has been all his life.  Is he just
discovering that Ontario and Quebec get what they want whenever they want?
No matter the economics, most parliamentary seats are in these two
provinces--so, since we know that winning elections is the be all and end
all of any Party, these two provinces will always be catered to.  As for
Nfld. electricity producing potential, that was taken over by Quebec many
years ago with the blessing of the Feds.  Does he forget the NEP?  I can
assure him Alberta hasn't. Does he know anything about the CWB and their
control over grain in the Western provinces?  Look at the make-up of Cabinet
to see which provinces already call the shots.  When Alberta MPs threw cold
water on Kyoto, Baird was made Env. Minister--he pushed totally the scam
that Kyoto is--and we will all pay dearly.
I won't go on with what anyone who isn't dead or living in Ottawa
knows--that being the ROC matters not a damn to Ottawa--only vote buying in
He is missing the point though--or perhaps throwing sand in our eyes?  Again
I have to ask--has he not heard of the SPP and the NAU?
This journalist is whistling past the graveyard that Canada is to
become--but he is pointing fingers in the wrong direction.  If the truth
were known, it is in Ottawa's best interest to promote what this man has
written--so much easier to state that, since Canada is coming apart at the
seams anyway, we may as well sell our sovereignty to the Corportocracy and
join the NAU.  I guess Ron would call me a conspiracy theorist, but that is
our so-called future.


From: "Rosalie Piccioni"
Subject: You could have heard a pin drop

            A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that
            included Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian
            and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself
            standing with a large group of Officers that included
            personnel from most of those countries.

            Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their
            drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, 'whereas
            Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English.'
            He then asked, 'Why is it that we always have to speak English
            in these conferences rather than speaking French?'

            Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied 'Maybe it's
            because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged
            it so you wouldn't have to speak German.'

            You could have heard a pin drop.