Saturday, May 24, 2008

Daily Digest May 24, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
Bully-boy politics View
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=137512&sc=80

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
No better time to ban VLTs
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=137387&sc=30

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN -
The house closes, but the work continues
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=137461&sc=103

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Shine light on drug plan
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1057968.html

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Report is a call for soul searching
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=b369b979-a916-477e-837a-5181c46e9c59

And Another Thing ...
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=e8d9490c-3a1c-4a08-aa4b-8aadcfd34302

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Promoting public service
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=dfdb2e3e-2022-4d6f-aeff-21ce20244699

Neighbourly advice
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=7a8d0481-19be-434d-b9eb-e1cb58aff0d9

KINGSTON WHIG STANDARD-
Tough words from Harper
http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1039877

TORONTO STAR -
Messages for us in Quebec report
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/429435

NATIONAL POST -
The best kind of 'accommodation'
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=536981

TORONTO SUN -
He's Canada's Minister of Mistakes
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2008/05/24/5655656-sun.html

ST. CATHARINES STANDARD -
Harper has changed his gas tax tune
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1041619

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW -
Has second term rot set in at Queen's Park?
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1040897&auth=Blizzard%2c+Christina

K-W RECORD -
A fine display of innovation
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/355305

The right goal
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/355307

SUDBURY STAR -
Dividing lines; Black school in Toronto will plan a long course the wrong way
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1039261&auth=Den+Tandt%2c+Michael

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
A PR hijack
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4177307p-4766297c.html

Fixed elections
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4177309p-4766421c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Blindly backing Senate changes can harm Sask.
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=44423305-a669-4352-abad-eec5d2220d57

REGINA LEADER-POST -
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.
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=a788935a-f961-4297-8069-1277d40259dd

CALGARY HERALD -
The up side to costly gas
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=1aec7638-3038-4c08-9511-bfa3b48c2ead

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
A solid step in the right direction
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_10872.php

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN -
Annual AIDS Walk about education and awareness
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/20080524132781/local/news/annual-aids-walk-about-education-and-awareness.html

VANCOUVER SUN -
Not every fly in the ointment leads to a lawsuit windfall
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=c9443c78-8717-4e01-a20f-31860a31b413

Children in care get a welcome boost to improve their lives
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=f5e9d121-ac58-49a8-9075-bcaca365bb18

EMBASSY -
With the law or not
http://www.embassymag.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/may/21/editorial/


ISSUES

CANUSA/USACAN
Hard-Knock Lumber Agreement Lessons
http://www.embassymag.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/may/21/canada_washington/


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Oil prices could propel another surge in loonie
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080524/loonie_oil_080524/20080524?hub=Canada

Collapse of shabby deal
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=89c73637-279a-49e0-b2c3-867b79e88a95

Court should save BCE deal
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=af86485b-37d6-454d-a5fa-83cb763ab52d


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
The 'black apartheid era'
Xenophobia as common as 'daily bread' for migrants to South Africa
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/observer/story.html?id=8440b681-c89f-4a91-83fc-a680d5f70e42

China impresses the world but political questions linger
After bodies are buried, Beijing needs to launch a national debate on lessons of the disaster
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/429439


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Police boards call for more action on cyber crime
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080523/Cybercrime_canada_080523/20080524?hub=Canada


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Already, Charest has rejected underlying principle of report
Government's quick action to preserve crucifix was slap in the face to commissioners
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=7547b304-0251-4317-a8d4-00105804610f

Crown review beneficial for public
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=1063a4e2-104d-4fd9-b430-2d0a745472b6


POLITICS
Harper's European tour to focus on climate change 
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=7c17064a-4620-44ac-8355-99d645988cfa

Liberals slightly ahead in new poll
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080523/canada/canada_politics_poll_col

Harper bungles Halifax foray while fumbling foreign policy
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1057980.html

PMO to plug a leak with no source
Probe fails to find staffer who leaked NAFTA memo
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=536961

Giorno joins select circle of influence
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/429438

Dion defends drug injection site
http://www.thestar.com/HealthZone/News&Features/article/429534

Tories take heat for unreliable C-17s
Oppostion points out that $3.4-billion buy was supposed to put an end to renting
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080524.PLANE24/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/


PROGRAMMES
Proposed secret copyright deal takes aim at iPods, providers 
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=bbbaf436-e632-44a7-8f58-7d2c80f3f1db

Move to protect Canadians' privacy on Net irritates police, attracts others
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080524/national/internet_privacy

Strings attached to feds' pledge to match donations
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080524/cida_aid_080524/20080524?hub=Canada


PRESSURE POINTS
World losing climate change momentum: UN
http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/429604


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Clash of civilizations 
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/observer/story.html?id=1e3a4f1c-c839-4477-b403-c7ebe0ece856

Behaviour modification
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=68f8d672-8656-484e-86f1-b5e4e4a02eae

All the lies that are fit to print
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=70070b46-f288-4297-b687-02e45d098c53

We're not running out of oil
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=da76a3b7-2f43-4fa9-b848-8588a61898ab

Shell CEO: High Oil Prices Not Due To Shortage
http://uk.reuters.com/article/oilRpt/idUKL2232289720080522?sp=true

Protect the memory of our protectors
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=a1c51140-9b87-4915-a81f-b4bf7b4fff53

There's no Green Revolution for Africa
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=601ad2a2-64c4-4422-be0c-c1868193809d

Muslim author's book calls on Canadians to condemn Islamists
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=f68dd36f-fb8b-4357-9e3d-50a3c8937b25

Politics motivate official apologies
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=b2d31644-c00c-457e-afc5-e1b6c906fd8a

NDP is fumbling the carbon tax badly
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=f790e239-7b9e-4fc0-8ec9-824cd6a148f2

Freeing up Plan B frees women as well
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/subscriber/westview/index.html

A couple of Grit rebels with a cause; Falls MPP among Liberal backbenchers speaking out against party policy
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1041622&auth=Christina+Blizzard

Toronto's secret world of polygamy
As Toronto mother describes her ordeal, imam admits he has `blessed' over 30 unions
http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/429490

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. http://www.thestar.com/comment/columnists/233565


INFOS
Gilles Duceppe invite Charest à se rallier à l'idée de la constitution québécoise
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080524/N052430AU.html

Victor-Lévy Beaulieu assure que ses propos ne sont pas de racistes
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080524/N052428AU.html

Une frappe talibane interrompt un spectacle d'artistes canadiens à Kandahar
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080523/N0523150AU.html

Une enquête souligne le manque de stastistiques sur l'utilisation du pistolet Taser
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080523/N0523184AU.html

Les Algonquins de Lac Barrière stoppent les opérations forestières
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080523/N0523152AU.html

Les règles de nomination des juges ne changeront pas pour bloquer les députés
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080523/N0523188AU.html

L'armée investit pour traiter les cas de stress post-traumatique
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080523/N0523142AU.html

Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
Réouverture du Collège militaire royal
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/05/24/003-st-jean-cmr.shtml

Stephen Harper en Europe - Trois jours, quatre capitales, un plan vert à vendre
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/05/24/191134.html


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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.
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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:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/burma_aid_report/6.php

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


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From: alan heisey <hize@earthlink.net>

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

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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

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: 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: http://www.thingsyoungerthanmccain.com/

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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

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C79EA32A-392D-4475-AD2D-C60458F256DA.htm

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2008
12:58 PM
http://www.commondreams.org/news2008/0523-10.htm

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

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!

Benji.
Regina

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From: "Real Gagne"
Subject: We Are Canada

Joe:

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.

Real

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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
Ontario/Quebec.
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.

becky

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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.

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