Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Daily Digest May 6, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
It's not rocket science
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=132211&sc=80

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
Will the tourists still come?
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=132197&sc=30

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Memories still strong
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1054072.html

The high cost of high-tech
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1054041.html

AMHERST DAILY NEWS -
Shorter waiting lists are the key Post a comment
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=132126&sc=61

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
New technologies require new approaches
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=d9d43d18-f860-47dd-91fc-da499797dcb3

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
The greater good and property
Property rights are fundamental in society and they form much of the basis of our system of law.
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=3aa97b71-eecc-4c06-acc7-101b4eff8b7e

Eerie echoes of Maher Arar
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=0be4c10b-aee9-48b1-8c50-a90aa2c55ff1

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Need to keep the 'cowboys' on a short rope
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1016040

TORONTO STAR -
New charity rules a good first step
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/421679

Pelletizing pitfalls
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/421678

NATIONAL POST -
A fresh look at Tasers
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=492335

Want power? Get elected
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=494235

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
Charities need tough rules
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/364810

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW -
Two sides of terrorism
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1014951&auth=Dyer%2c+Gwynne

WINDSOR STAR -
Gas attack
Cyclists cruise as prices rise
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=a71b58f9-63b5-44f7-b41f-4e6a2bf3eb24

SUDBURY STAR -
May 06, 2008
Tories kill well of information
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1015072

Forestry rules send wrong message
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1015075

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
(Not) free to speak
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4169643p-4757731c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Restricting access to gov't workings bad Tory strategy
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=0b670b9c-05fc-4a9a-9c04-2d0fe5dac038

REGINA LEADER-POST -
Put tax cut on the menu
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=740e0165-afe2-4b5f-9ccb-ddeead4a4a84

CALGARY HERALD -
Bravo on Tory crime act
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=b53950c2-375f-41b3-ac4d-b8fe8abe1ec6

CALGARY SUN -
Feds must leave artists alone
http://calsun.canoe.ca/Comment/POV/2008/05/05/5471711-sun.html

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Danny Williams' new Ontario tune
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=eda8138f-9121-4db0-9293-1f4dd59f00b8

Get used to strong dollar
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=a830d601-af6d-41fd-be56-7791555ec06d

Less separation anxiety
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=ba3985e5-3110-4c19-ba31-42e62960b2f6

VANCOUVER SUN -
Third-party spending laws are unnecessary and unwarranted
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=5bae570f-af68-40cd-8938-8ca3eb2f6a57

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Don't pass bills without debate
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=7d3428e4-f8e9-4a60-9d46-cebf1e1bc958

Regaining public respect
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=7fefa63b-951e-4e66-9d10-85a6509d9dd1


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
Top jobs go to non-natives in northern health region
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/subscriber/westview/story/4169675p-4757784c.html


CANADIAN FORCES
Canadian soldier dies in Afghanistan ambush
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080506/afghanistan_attack_080506/20080506?hub=TopStories

Canadian Casualties
http://www.ctv.ca/generic/WebSpecials/canadian_forces/casualty_bios/main_frameset.html

Military supply lines to Afghanistan fraught with problems: auditor general
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080506/national/auditor_afghanistan

Feds invest $1 million more in military's operational stress support
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080506/national/military_families

Armoured vehicles hit their limits
Military to seek replacements for LAVs soon, Hillier says
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=d1317282-c807-4f24-a6b6-69200ebe09be

Canada's military recruitment effort deserves a few good ads
The commercials rarely touch on the rather important point that soldiers fight in wars -- and that's a shame
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=f73511ce-69fe-459c-8a63-b5f8727cac87


CANUSA/USACAN
Trade with the U.S. has stagnated: Conference BoardComment
http://www.reportonbusiness.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080506.wustrade0506/BNStory/Business/home


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Poor got richer in 2006: StatsCan
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=494171

Not getting your whole loonie's worth? Try harder, Bank of Canada deputy says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080506.wrboc06/BNStory/National/home

An economic disconnect
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080506.CAMPBELL06/TPStory/TPComment/Politics/

Beware the cleanup after the big U.S. profit party
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080506.IBWORLD06/TPStory/TPBusiness/Politics/

Sector faces uncertain times
The union representing 30,000 workers meets the premier and forests minister
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/business/story.html?id=0775e315-f5c9-459a-a33b-ba0a20932217


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
National anthem banned by Chinese Communist in Ottawa
'O Canada'—Censored
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/2944

Canada says close to trade deal with Colombia
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080505/canada/canada_colombia_trade_col

Moscow, Washington sign agreement on civilian nuclear co-operation
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2008/05/06/5483991-ap.html


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Mental health: we must do better
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=5c622b86-b2cf-4bbd-b5d9-9d2c2a51f3ae

HPV vaccination program raises concerns in B.C.
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/05/06/bc-hpv-vaccine-program-concerns.html


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Accused in Toronto bomb plot case roughed up in jail, lawyer says
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2008/05/06/bomb-abuse.html


MIGRATION
Canada has lost track of 41,000 illegals: Fraser
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080506/ag_report_080506/20080506?hub=TopStories

Thousands of illegal immigrants missing: A-G
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080506.wauditor_main0506/BNStory/National/home

41,000 illegals missing
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/421988

AG report: Security threats eluding border police
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=496481

mmigrants' education challenge
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/421677


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Non-renewable resource revenues
Equalization Dilemma - An Ontario Solution
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/2931

Premier McGuinty admits he 'screwed up' on Ontario pesticide ban
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/2008/05/06/5485086-cp.html

Referendum-ballots case is about the future, not the past
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=9e02053f-d6c7-4d59-abfd-7a8a9423edf3

Quebec spurs rush in wind power
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080505.wrwind06/BNStory/energy/home

Alberta To Spend $55.2M Fighting Destructive Mountain Pine Beetle
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=496180

Time to update forestry policies
Big factor in beetle outbreak was forests were too protected
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=494267

Plans for medicare are still a mystery
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=5474bd41-fe8b-4c7f-af05-9676dfec2aba

Venture capital fund a boondoggle in the making
Companies don't have to be . . . failures to be a ripoff for taxpayers
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=0c7acf63-f512-4d32-b693-c447d38e21a0

Ontario's self-inflicted tailspin
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=cc402118-4a8d-46ff-940f-0798dbeadb21

Mom's wrath and public outcry won't change his mind on Lord's Prayer: Premier
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080506/national/ont_legis_lord_s_prayer


POLITICS
More questions raised about Tory spending
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/421784

NDP demands explanation of Tories' transactions
Opposition questions series of transfers in campaign expense reports
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080506.wtories06/BNStory/National/home

All parties are doing it, PM says of polling cash
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/story/4169731p-4757754c.html

Tories at it again?
Polling plan needs to be probed by Elections Canada
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2008/05/05/5479711-sun.html

Database 'a tool to reduce openness' : former Info Commissioner
http://communities.canada.com/MONTREALGAZETTE/blogs/onthehill/archive/2008/05/06/why-cair.aspx

Strategy in a nutshell
http://www.stephentaylor.ca/2008/05/strategy-in-a-nutshell/

Using law to prevent inquiry
http://www.ottawasun.com/Comment/2008/05/06/5480581-sun.html


PROGRAMMES
National birthing strategy probed
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080506.BABIES06/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Gaps found in air safety
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/421807

Deportation failures, costly passports focus of AG's report
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/05/06/ag-summary.html


PRESSURE POINTS
Prentice promises punishment for bird deaths in oilsands ponds
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/national/story.html?id=cdec7d87-dc5c-46ba-ada3-0e3b56ada788

U.S. MDs advise on whom to aid, whom to let die in next pandemic
Grim list includes the very elderly http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080506.wtriage06/BNStory/International/?cid=al_gam_nletter_newsUp

Child virus fears spread to China's capital
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080506.wchinavirus0506/BNStory/International/home?cid=al_gam_mostview

ADB's 'climate change hypocrisy' denounced by civil society groups
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Earth/ADBs_climate_change_hypocrisy_denounced_by_civil_society_groups/articleshow/3015787.cms

Let Them Eat Ethanol?
http://news.yahoo.com/s/uc/20080425/cm_uc_crmchx/op_55943;_ylt=A0WTcV0uQyBIjqYARwints8F

Biofuel plans face criticism
http://www.thestar.com/Business/article/421696


OPINION AND INFORMATION
When in doubt, blame somebody
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/421683
        
Ontarians blame Ottawa for their descent toward have-not status: poll
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/2008/05/06/5488656-cp.html

Rich wage class war, not StatsCan
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/421681

Politicians face test of courage on climate change
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=c11977b8-408f-422d-ad8e-e316635e95d4

Just where is our country going?
We -- all of us -- need to get together in a public forum, no holds barred, to discuss Canada's future
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=09af55a2-dc73-40da-b98b-05dbbc565471

'Green' politicians should quit griping about gas prices
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=a2d2b6fd-ade8-4c3f-bbb9-d218cbe05e8f

Balancing act critical
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=11fc724a-b247-4836-a089-d67a88e0123b

Under the ice lurks a 'strange' Arctic monster
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=d60c098d-8c27-4574-98fb-03e9e1c1626f

National harmony
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=8bda85e4-fd51-46e9-95c6-103725697f2b

Anthems on the ice
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=3b4e406b-deba-4dfc-b143-7d45bd9b324d


INFOS

Le libre-échange stagne et menace l'économie canadienne, selon une étude
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080506/N050634AU.html

Hydro-Québec annonce les projets retenus pour d'autres éoliennes
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080506/N050606AU.html

Harper justifie sa décision d'éliminer un registre d'accès à l'information
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080505/N0505185AU.html

Ottawa annonce l'octroi de 5 millions $ pour la préparation en cas d'urgence
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080505/N0505169AU.html

Le NPD soupçonne le PC d'avoir effectué d'autres dépenses frauduleuses
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080505/N0505177AU.html

Un fonds pour les Premières Nations
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/05/06/001-fonds-autochtone.shtml

Néo-natalité
Des naissances qui coûtent cher
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/societe/2008/05/05/003-neo-natalite-usa.shtml

Accès à l'information
L'opposition fustige Harper
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/05/05/005-information-opposition.shtml

Dépenses électorales
Le NPD en rajoute
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2008/05/05/001-depenses-electorales-pc.shtml

Pas d'élections fédérales cet été
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080506/CPACTUALITES/80505278/1025/CPACTUALITES

L'opposition accuse Harper de «cacher la vérité»
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080506/CPACTUALITES/805060867/1025/CPACTUALITES


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Subject: Fwd: Bill C-51 legal quagmire for citizens
                                                     
                                                     This will be the sixth time Bill C-51 has been mentioned on the Digest in one
                                                     manner or another.  The post Mary-Sue sent in regarding it to-day includes
                                                     a video that you will find most interesting, at least I have.
                                                     
                                                     It addresses not Bill C-51 but rather the relationship between us as human beings
                                                     and governments and their agents.
                                                     
                                                     To watch the video only visit Bursting Bubbles of Government Deception to view it
                                                     and then see the thoughts applied in relation to the Bill as mary-Sue suggests
                                                      http://www.newmediaexplorer.org/chris/2008/05/04/legal_shenanigans_bill_c51.htm
                                                     is the link.
                                                     
                                                     Take the time to watch the video.  It offers insights you're not likely to come across
                                                     elsewhere.
                                                     
                                                               Joe

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: "Claudia Hudson"
Subject: more Brenda

Today the invoice for the Challenger jet to bring Brenda Martin from Mexico is in.
 
The amount is a little under $83,000 to send the jet down and back. I can hear the gasps of shock coming from those Canadians who have been and are left to hang out to dry in other locations of the world--(except for the Lebanese/Canadians, of course)
 
As I said before, I cannot afford this. There is more coming out about Brenda and money involvement but the subject of guilt or innocence is moot at this point. Nevertheless there were other, less costly ways to get Brenda  to Canada. I refuse to use the phrase 'back home' because Brenda chose to ignore Canada for many years.
 
 The Conservatives decided to take the very public, expensive,  flamboyant route to action to gain political points at my expense. I propose that each Conservative MP have deducted from each pay packet a certain  amount until the bill is paid and I get my money back.
 
By the way, travel from Mexico to Canada  by bus is possible--just sayin'
 
Claudia

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From: "Suan H.Booiman"
Subject: General Comments 6753371   (KMM9285893V88259L0KM)

Reply from the HBC about the Olympic clown outfits, all they push is eco-friendly
but not what is on it.

Suan

Comment:
The OLYMPIC Clown outfit must be an
American invention, what an insult

Response

Subject: Re: General Comments 6753371 (KMM9285893V88259L0KM)

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your e-mail and taking the time to contact us.  The Hbc
designs for Team Canada were created with the input of Canadian
athletes. Over 50 former and current summer Olympians participated in
focus groups asking for their input prior to creating the line. These
uniforms are the first eco-friendly athlete uniforms ? made from bamboo
and organic cotton.
Our athletes requested these types of fabrics due to the high
temperatures experienced in Beijing at the time of the upcoming games.
These fabrics were only available in China.
In order to meet the athletes needs as well as our nearly 600 stores,
Hbc made the decision to source the fabric and therefore manufacture in
China.
The entire line of clothing was Canadian designed and 10% of line was in
fact made in Canada.
We always prefer to buy Canadian and we?re happy to sit down with the
manufacturing and textile industry in Canada to discuss the
opportunities for Vancouver 2010.
Once again we appreciate you taking the time to contact us and hope to
continue serving you in our stores.

Regards,
Paulina
Hbc Customer Service

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From: "John Duddy"

Hi Joe.

Here is a one hour uninterrupted interview with Jesse Ventura.
Canadians need to be aware of the crisis in USA.

The message is ready to be sent with the following file or link attachments:
Shortcut to: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7878893233073706081&hl=en

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From: Mary-Sue
Subject: correction (Re: further comments on GMOs, 28 April Digest)


On 2-May-08, at 0:41, Mary-Sue wrote:
> RE: Mel Christian's comments on GMOs (in 28/Apr/08 Digest):

> "some animals that feed GE food have GE components transfer into their metabolism."

Genetic modification has gone rogue even beyond that. According to a site reporting on the "Morgellons" phenomenon, scientists were given a funding grant from the CDC to study the strange fibers that people even including a doctor, have found in their skin. They discovered that these fibers contain the substance Agrobacterium, a genus of gram-negative bacteria capable of genetically transforming not only plants, but also other eukaryotic species, including human cells. See: <
http://www.naturalnews.com/023004.html > <
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A couple of days after sending that message about GMOs in food, on re-reading the source article I noticed  that the CDC grant was assigned to a company in January of 2008. The mention of the grant was followed by discussion of what some other scientists were finding.

Ooops. When I was skimming the article looking for the reference I forgot about that transition and just read as far as assigning of the grant. Mea culpa. Obviously results from the CDC-sponsored research will not be available for some time; at this point they are probably still setting up experiments.

Therefore, the above-quoted paragraph should be corrected as follows (changes underscored):

Genetic modification has gone rogue even beyond that. According to a site reporting on the "Morgellons" phenomenon, scientists were given a funding grant from the CDC to study the strange fibers that people even including a doctor, have found in their skin. The results from that official project are not yet available. However, working independently in New York, biochemistry and cell biology professor V. Citovsky discovered that these fibers contain the substance Agrobacterium, a genus of gram-negative bacteria capable of genetically transforming not only plants, but also other eukaryotic species, including human cells. See: <
http://www.naturalnews.com/023004.html >

Thanks for your attention.

Mary-Sue Haliburton
Ottawa West - Nepean


AND

Subject: Fwd: Bill C-51 legal quagmire for citizens

Dear Joe: 

This letter to Tony Clement is an eye-opener as to the legal implications of this Bill. I hope you will take time to examine this closely, and put it into the Digest. Time is short and I can't re-write this -- good enough in the original.

MSH

Subject: Legal Shenanigans - Bill C-51

For a real education, here is some incredible information, in that it shows how, without full disclosure of intent, we have been maneuvered into signing our rights away...thus, conforming to the intents of those who run our government behind the scenes.

This Bill and similar ones are de facto proof that there is nothing democratic about our government.

Lest you think that Garry Anderson exaggerates in his letter to, the not so honorable, Tony Clement, MP below - let it be known - that much of our legal system stems from the days or yore and is based on maritime law whence the dilemma of getting around human rights to enable slavery was developed.

An mp3 file for this one is here.

Meanwhile those who have not yet read and signed the petition: Stop Bill C-51

You can view the petition here.


Chris Gupta
http://www.newmediaexplorer.org/chris/2008/05/04/legal_shenanigans_bill_c51.htm
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