Thursday, May 08, 2008

Daily Digest May 8, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
Bring in a smoking bill
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=132893&sc=30

CAPE BRETON POST -
Province targets metal theft 
http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=132742&sc=151

AMHERST DAILY NEWS -  a comment
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=132747&sc=61

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Fugitive claimants undermine immigration
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=258548ef-5786-4c8b-bbee-19e2f14d3657

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
24 Sussex a fixer-upper
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=061a80dc-1c07-4e13-a76d-56c5858c7caa

EMBASSY
Take a Long, Clear-Eyed Look at Trade Deals
http://www.embassymag.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/may/7/editorial/

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Forget logic when it comes to buying helicopters for military
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1018215&auth=Greg+Weston

TORONTO STAR -
Decision time for the Liberals
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/422714

Repair 24 Sussex Dr.
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/422715

NATIONAL POST -
In Ottawa, waste aplenty
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=500301

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
Scandal of lost immigrants
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/365740

WINDSOR STAR -
Lost illegals
Ottawa must fill in cracks
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=104b3d2a-365c-4af9-91cd-f79852005659

SUDBURY STAR -
Retailers take the heat for cigarettes
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1018406

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Investing in lives
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4170621p-4758739c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Anti-nuke gang won't carry day in province now
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=c19a856f-3cd3-4001-b4e9-a411eaaf6ef4

CALGARY HERALD -
Israel's 60 years of turmoil, triumph
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=89eac90a-102b-48cc-9cb2-166f4144a069

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE -
Learning from the Brits
What can Canada learn about Kyoto Accord?
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Editorial/399189.html

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
No relief on fee front
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_10718.php

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN -
Liberal forest policy comes under fire
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/20080508130262/local/news/liberal-forest-policy-comes-under-fire.html

VANCOUVER SUN -
Court rulings allow for protection of students and their Charter rights
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=a6091055-e9a9-46a2-97aa-c0fc2d67c4d5

VANCOUVER PROVINCE -
Fingering the flaws
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=3547ac5e-22d5-4978-9c0a-520ddb3d9db0

High-flying pharisees
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=fdaf35cd-fdcd-45d1-a318-152fc4465b70

ASIAN PACIFIC POST
Mind your language, Immigration Canada
http://www.asianpacificpost.com/portal2/c1ee8c4419bf54a30119c4a540ce006b_Editorial__Mind_your_language__Immigration_Canada.do.html


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
Reserves targeted in battle against contraband tobacco
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080508.CIGARETTES08/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

More tobacco raids a 'huge mistake,' native chief warns
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=9c92dafc-04e8-41df-957d-3c7c1fdde434


CANADIAN FORCES
Ambush that killed Canadian soldier unfolded within sight of a forward base
http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5hu9PGJ_0Dy44jyKhMJX-8KqyyDEA

General Wants to Bring New Touch to Kandahar
http://www.embassymag.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/may/7/kandahar/


CANUSA/USACAN
Alliant still hopes to aquire Canadian space firm
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=501374

North American Union
Act Now to Stop Oklahoma NAFTA Superhighway!
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/2986

U.S. law could force Alberta to sell oilsands fuel to other nations:Stelmach
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080508/national/us_alta_oil


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
More 'blood on the floor' for forest industry
http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=501496

Fat cats ignore pension slide
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=e73fc7c6-d1a8-47ec-8491-7ae19e8595c9

Best trusts survived Darwinian shakeout
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=4a1d4ea5-5d1e-498c-abc0-95df3922a246

Finding Canada's 'Missing' Trade With Asia
http://www.embassymag.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/may/7/goldfarb/

Canada Has No Time to Waste on Engaging China
http://www.embassymag.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/may/7/engaging_china/

Catching the Market That Drives the Globe
http://www.embassymag.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/may/7/wilfert/

Doing Business in Asia
http://www.embassymag.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/may/7/business_asia/


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Canada will continue to stand by Israel, PM says
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/423174

Canada could be barred from Kyoto carbon trades
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080508.KYOTO08/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Sarkozy speech redefines France's view of unity debate
President tries to bury Charles de Gaulle's 'Vive le Quebec libre' comment
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/world/story.html?id=501502

Why I blame the West
Most westerners believe that we rich whites are actually Africa's solution, not its problem -- but the fact is we're responsible for much of what has gone wrong there http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=324cefc3-b72c-45a4-b8d5-134e72fdef7c

Afghan army far from fighting fit
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JE09Df01.html

Taliban claim victory from a defeat
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JE03Df02.html


JUSTICE SYSTEM
New judge need not be bilingual, ex-justice says
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=500271


MIGRATION
`No sign' Canada is keeping track of illegal migrants
Expert accuses Ottawa of expanding temporary foreign worker program without enough controls
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/422801

Czech Visa Exemption Prompts Influx of Roma
http://www.embassymag.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/may/7/roma/

Foreign Creds Getting Due Attention
http://www.embassymag.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/may/7/foreign_creds/


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Human rights reforms could trigger unfair proceedings
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/422722

Put removal of Lord's Prayer to free vote: Tories
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080508/lords_prayer_080508/20080508?hub=Canada

Big B.C. Rail questions still unanswered
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=87ecc29e-f175-480a-ac62-e8762df5849e

Alberta's blind oilsands love costs jobs, hurts economy
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=5740da3f-d0f1-4709-a0a4-a8cb57906a75

Gambling addicts play Russian roulette while shameless government cashes in
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=763afe6b-725f-42d1-b35b-903f430d7a2c

Quebec gives money to company for existing jobs
The handouts to Morgan Stanley remind us of the term 'corporate welfare bums'
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=552a9a26-8ded-4cad-8760-102332722b43


POLITICS
$1.1-million ad campaign sells reforms not yet passedComment11
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080508.wimmigration08/BNStory/National/home

Dion weak, uninspiring but still more likeable than PM: poll
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080508.wdionpoll0508/BNStory/National/home

Dion touts carbon tax, billions in tax cuts
Proposal making some Liberals nervous as gas prices soar
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080508.wcarbon08/BNStory/National/home

Tories playing trashy game
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/National/2008/05/08/5502766-sun.html

Bernier faces pressure over ex-girfriend
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080508/canada/canada_minister_bernier_col

Woman who dated Bernier had links to biker gang
Minister's onetime partner was potential target of Hells Angel kingpin, court papers show
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080508.BERNIER08/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

PM shrugs off Bernier-girlfriend-biker ties
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/422997

Another unsavoury example of guilt by association
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=501562

Yet another non-scandal grips the Opposition
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/posted/archive/2008/05/08/what-does-julie-couillard-have-to-do-with-bernier-not-much-at-all.aspx

Bernier to Opposition: Mind your own business
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=501427

Bernier's ex-girlfriend nobody's business, PM says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080508.wbernierfollo0508/BNStory/National/home

Delacourt: PM in full damage control
http://thestar.blogs.com/politics/

Maybe we should just get him a chaperone
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080508.WBwbradwanski20080508174742/WBStory/WBwbradwanski/
Bernier affair is a security issue, say experts
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080508/national/bernier_couillard_security


PROGRAMMES
Crisis strategy leaves energy bosses in dark
Operators of critical infrastructure say federal plan unclear
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=c87b9401-53bb-4fac-992c-b669c461d469

Concern grows as copyright law debate heats up 
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=6cc10643-7a54-4160-b16f-ac42b51fee7b

Clement to push deals for sharing disease data 
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=81159ba8-9d3b-4c4c-b695-d1f41249895e

Lynch shows the way ahead
The latest report of Kevin Lynch, the Clerk of the Privy Council, revealed a number of critical challenges that currently face the public service.
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=ec7c916e-fb22-464e-b6fd-f8294a69a2aa

Food Aid Increase Merely a Band-Aid Solution to Bigger Problems, Critics say
http://www.embassymag.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/may/7/food_aid/


PRESSURE POINTS
Problems plague Canada's emissions trading plans
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080508/canada/canada_carbon_canada_col

Green groups urge upholding U.S. tar sands fuel ban
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080508.TARSANDS08/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Seven common little wonders that can save the planet
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=b52ed506-d1f3-43ce-92ea-245aacdcde5e

Latest terror threats 'scare us': senior Mountie
Detailed plots to harm Canadians 'keep me awake at night'
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=48d44414-7051-40aa-b861-b10716536661


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Too much of a good thing?
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/422723

Harper & Co. go to the brink once again over fate of Insite
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=a56e0ebe-8a65-4249-909e-a4de63f38df5

Canada needs new breed of spycatchers
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=c1f6a128-5b26-4393-bbba-0400a8d5a8bc

Canada lacks leadership in science, technology: expert 
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=600b0ec2-5a15-4eb8-af89-2c34a3cb473a

Killing without mercy
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=0af1f08c-a011-4a0b-835d-a857a42add3f

Afghan Military Tours and the Breaking Army
http://www.embassymag.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/may/7/jones/

Afghanistan Another Iraq? Try Another Cambodia
http://www.embassymag.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/may/7/another_iraq/

Food Prices: Waking Up to a Global Nightmare
http://www.embassymag.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/may/7/geleta/

New Study: Conservatives are Happier Because They Hate Everyone
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/2980

How bad is Canada's economy? Not bad at all
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/columnists/story.html?id=45ff9099-1941-4845-9b68-90a2eb8c6c2c

Ralph Goodale's tax gaffe
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=500302

Just say no to contraband cigarettes
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=500272

It's the economy, stupid
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080508.WBwbradwanski20080508124035/WBStory/WBwbradwanski/

Ottawa bureau chief Brian Laghi on federal politics
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080506.wthehill_live0508/BNStory/specialComment/Politics/


INFOS

Harper minimise l'importance des relations troubles de Maxime Bernier
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080508/N0508137AU.html

Dion est faible, mais est plus sympathique que Harper, selon un sondage
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080508/N0508145AU.html

Le Canada songe à relier son marché du carbone à celui de l'Union européenne
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080508/N0508131AU.html

Des autochtones hors réserve vivraient de l'insalubrité dans le logement
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080508/N050836AU.html

La présence francophone en Amérique sera la vedette de la Fête nationale
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080508/N050832AU.html

Maxime Bernier
Malaise à Ottawa
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2008/05/08/003-Bernier-relation-Ottawa.shtml

Gagliano veut laver son honneur
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2008/05/08/002-Gagliano.shtml

Ottawa veut écraser le problème
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/05/07/002-tabac-trafic-ottawa.shtml

Protocole de Kyoto
L'ONU avertit le Canada
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/environnement/2008/05/07/002-onu-canada-kyoto.shtml

Bernier dit être la cible d'une attaque mesquine
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080508/CPACTUALITES/80508150/1025/CPACTUALITES

La relation sulfureuse de Maxime Bernier
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080508/CPACTUALITES/80507311/1025/CPACTUALITES

Blackburn croit que Bernier a fait preuve de prudence
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080508/CPACTUALITES/80508144/1025/CPACTUALITES

Julie Couillard a fréquenté deux personnes liées aux motards criminels
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/05/08/188780.html


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Latest terror threats 'scare us': senior Mountie
Detailed plots to harm Canadians 'keep me awake at night'

                          The seven cases are among an unprecedented 848 national security cases, most related to terrorism, currently under investigation,
        
                          Given the nature of terrorism and especially suicide terrorists, it's essential that police act before a strike is committed, he said.
                          As the Toronto case and others  have shown, that can be a risky prosecution strategy if insufficient evidence has been gathered
                          at the time of arrest. http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=48d44414-7051-40aa-b861-b10716536661
        
                          How many cases "currently under investigation" was that again?  And to the best of my admittedly limited knowledge only the
                          Toronto case to show for the effort. (I do recall four being arrested and then freed which might be the reference)
                          
                          The concluding paragraph can have differing effects depending upon the mind set already in place in the person reading it.
                          
                          "Given the nature of terrorism and especially suicide terrorists, it's essential that police act before a strike is committed,
                          he said. As the Toronto case and others have shown, that can be a risky prosecution strategy if insufficient evidence
                          has been gathered at the time of arrest
."
                          
                          You may have taken it that we are to be fearful of suicide terrorists being among the hundreds of plotting groups.  Or possibly, just
                          possibly, you may have thought "Hmmm . . . are we getting prepared for there being a failure to convict in the "Toronto case"?"
                          
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From: "Phyllis Wagg"
Subject: The Bernier Issue:  Missing the Point

In listening to and reading the articles with regard to Maxime Bernier's relationship with Julie Couillard there is a tendency to miss the main point in sensationalism.
 
The main point is how simple it was for an individual with a questionable history to gain access to the highest levels of government. 
 
According to the Globe and Mail the Privy Council Office is in charge of security clearance for Cabinet Ministers and that is only done before a Cabinet Minister is appointed.  No security clearance is done on family members.  This is a different procedure that is required for members of the RCMP which require regular security clearance checks reviews for members and their families.
 
Ms. Couillard had close ties with organized crime and allegedly at one time had a contract out on her.  Yet she was not only able to attend the swearing in of Mr. Bernier when he changed cabinet posts but was designated as his spouse and "eligible to travel with him on his MP's budget."
 
Mr. Bernier claims he did not know about her background until after they broke-up.  Yet he apparently took her to dine with the Minister of Public Safety, Stockwell Day, and his wife.
 
Stephen Harper claims that it is none of his or anyone else's business.  This shows a major lack of judgement on the part of the Prime Minister.  It should be his business and the business of all Canadians that our politicians are so incompetent when it comes to access to the highest levels of power.
 
If it was so easy for Ms Couillard to gain access to the highest level of government, does this not suggest that security is not much of a concern?  If we are spending a fortune on security for public figures is this money well spent?   How can anyone be so certain that a criminal element or a terrorist cannot come in the form of a pretty face?
 
  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080508.wbernierfollo0508/BNStory/National/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20080508.wbernierfollo0508
 
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/05/08/bernier-couillard.html

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From: "Rebecca Gingrich"
Subject:  What is wrong with this picture?

Employee fired for giving baby a free timbit!
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080507.wtimbit0507/BNStory/National/home


Bernier flies this woman as his 'spouse' on our tax dollar!
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080508.wbernier08/BNStory/National/home

Too bad the flights cost more than a timbit!

Becky

AND

Subject:  money vs natural remedies
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6229689573281687331

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From: "Claudia Hudson"
Subject: Fw: Stephen Harper Shuts down CAIRS - Co-ordinated Accss to Information  Requests System Site
 
----- Original Message -----
From: daniel merchant
Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2008 1:20 PM
Subject: Stephen Harper Shuts down CAIRS - Co-ordinated Accss to Information Requests System Site
 
Stephen Harper has just shut down the Co-ordinated Access to Information Requests system site. The CBC blog about it is overwhelmingly expressing alarm.  Here is a petition you can sign calling for CAIRS to be brought back http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/saveCAIRS/

Write a letter to your MP and MLA demanding that CAIRS be re-established.  It cost $50,000 a year to operate, a small price to pay for government transparency.  It provides invaluable information to organizations and researchers allowing them to see what the government has been doing behind closed doors.

Please sign the petition write a letter and call in to your local radio shows to raise this issue.  Forward this letter to your contacts ASAP.

Thanks

Dan Merchant

www.whatisthespp.com
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