Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Daily Digest June 10, 2008


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

EDITORIALs -

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
To have and to have not
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sc=80

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
Cancer treatment needs quicker action Post a comment
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=142417&sc=30

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN -
Fuel prices not merely a crank concern
Governments are fond of saying they're not responsible for rising oil prices. But neither are consumers.
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sc=103

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Passing food around
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1061123.html

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Politicized parenting
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=c985318a-f00a-41e8-8c67-ce5b05e636aa

TORONTO STAR -
Change of command
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/440127

No balance on tar sands
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/440125

GLOBE AND MAIL -
DION AND CARBON TAX
Death by vagueness
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080610.EDION10/TPStory/TPComment/Politics/

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
Games could be lasting win
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/383696

ST. CATHARINES STANDARD -
Poverty reduction is multi-faceted
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1066828

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW -
Human rights commission review is common sense
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1066330&auth=OSPREY+NEWS+NETWORK

K-W RECORD -
Unified efforts are good for Canada
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/364396

LONDON FREE PRESS -
Oshawa plant closing harbinger of our future
http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/Opinion/Editorials/2008/06/10/5825936.html

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Thoughtless moves
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4184373p-4774450c.html

Blowing smoke on cap-and-trade
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/subscriber/westview/story/4184400p-4774503c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
New fuel price reality requires more of leaders
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=b09f10b6-4744-407e-855d-bcdc9c05a13f

REGINA LEADER-POST -
Grads learning tragic life lessons
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=41cb85f4-e407-49c0-8f03-1259a8e2dc76

CALGARY HERALD -
A motherhood issue in China
Bland response to death and disaster won't work for regime
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=dc3be573-c8fa-41ef-897e-0bbebc52baaa

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Welcome words on residential schools
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=89f35da6-414a-44f6-b853-0ba8ea3b8350

EDMONTON SUN -
Guarding against hatred
http://www.edmontonsun.com/Comment/Commentary/2008/06/10/5827661-sun.html
 
LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
U.S. taking a sobering second look at Arar
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_11042.php

Do we need more telecom regulation or less?
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_11027.php

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN -
It's tough to be a kid these days
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/20080610135752/opinion/editorials/it-146s-tough-to-be-a-kid-these-days.html

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Rights tribunals and free speech
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=db303f31-4cde-41fc-82cc-aa509f9c798a

The wrong cellphone numbers
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=a3b6a169-2d2b-4ec3-a500-9a500e72b8b6


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS -          
PM faces criticism on eve of native schools apology
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080610/native_apology_080610/20080610?hub=Canada

No routine apology will suffice
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080610.EAPOLOGY10/TPStory/TPComment/Politics/

Healing circle
Residential schools apology, compensation just the beginning.
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/2008/06/10/5825976-sun.html

The quiet horror of residential schools
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=4fbb9110-8c2c-4868-81a4-392d8e5cd87f


CANADIAN FORCES
Hillier defends right of soldier's father to call Afghan war 'stupid'
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080610/national/hillier_war_stupid


CANUSA/USACAN
                 Lou Dobbs exposes the truth about the NAFTA Super Highway
                                   Sunday, 08 June 2008 19:20
http://www.nauwaroom.org/index.php/news/3-superhighway/46-loudobbsexposesthetruth

Lou Dobbs exposes the truth about the NAFTA Superhighway in an explosive investigative report broadcast on CNN


Arar sent to Syria legally under immigration rules, says U.S. official
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2008/06/10/5834756-cp.html

Another sad chapter in Arar affair
U.S. testimony raises new questions which might be answered after the fall election
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=979471d6-2c31-44d2-b452-3aa1d3864687


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Dodging blame on inflation
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fpcomment/archive/2008/06/10/corcoran-who-you-gonna-blame-for-inflation-not-us-say-central-bankers.aspx

Economy facing dual threat - slow growth, high inflation, says Bank of Canada
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080610/national/economy

CAW says not surprised by GM's move to end blockade through courts
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080610/national/gm_cuts_protest

Political solution needed to save Oshawa jobs: CAW official
http://www.cbc.ca/money/story/2008/06/10/gm-office.html

Gas stations making less money amid high prices: independent retailer group
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080610/national/gas_prices_retail

Trouble brewing
http://money.canoe.ca/Columnists/Leatherdale/2008/06/10/5828561-sun.html


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Top cop in Kandahar says men in police uniform kidnapping, robbing locals
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080610/national/afghan_police

100 dead in Afghanistan: secret document shows troops will stay for years
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/frontline/2103425/100-dead-in-Afghanistan-secret-document-shows-troops-will-stay-for-years.html

What the Army faces in Afghanistan
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/frontline/2101959/What-the-Army-faces-in-Afghanistan.html

Afghan dam restoration may be Canada's signature project
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2008/06/10/5829331-cp.html

Canada hikes aid to Afghanistan by $550M
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=577725

The government in war-torn Afghanistan must be more accountable if it is to rebuild its country and economy, the World Bank has said in a report.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7445530.stm

A leading US think-tank has accused members of Pakistan's intelligence service, the ISI, of aiding Taleban fighters in neighbouring Afghanistan.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7445419.stm

Karzai could have tough time convincing donors
The Associated Press (06/10/2008)
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No Way to Build a State
The Times (06/10/2008)
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Confronting Karzai
The Guardian (06/10/2008)
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Pakistan's prickly foreign relations
BBC (06/10/2008)
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Afghan aid ineffective, inefficient, watchdog s
Reuters (06/10/2008)
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"Afghanistan's Future Threatened by Poor Police"
Bloomberg (06/10/2008)
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Afghanistan growing drug trade will prolong conflict 'for years to come'
Telegraph, UK (06/10/2008)
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RAND: Pakistan helped Taliban
The Associated Press (06/10/2008)
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Blasts in Kabul were controlled - official
Reuters (06/10/2008)
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Raising the Stakes for Afghanistan
Council on Foreign Relation (06/10/2008)
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Applying Iraq's Lessons in an Afghan Village
The New York Times (06/10/2008)
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Afghan journalists live in fear, condemn killing of BBC reporter
The Canadian Press (06/10/2008)


JUSTICE SYSTEM
International gun smuggling scheme broken up at Detroit-Windsor border
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080610/national/crime_gun_running


MIGRATION
Eastern children in western world
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/440126


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Communications director can't recall telling N.L. premier about test errors
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080610/national/breast_cancer_inquiry

NDP members ask federal watchdog to investigate lobbying by B.C. Liberal insiders
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080609/national/insider_lobbying

BC government extends deadline as Taser inquiry schedules more submissions
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080610/national/taser_inquiry

Ont. hasn't created treaty commission because Ottawa is MIA: Bryant
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080610/national/ipperwash_treaty_commission

Quebec accommodation debate takes worrisome turn, report's author says
Findings of commission on minorities being twisted: Gérard Bouchard
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2008/06/10/qc-bouchardtayloropenletter0610.html

POLITICS QUEBEC
Minister's family assets linked to oil sands
Environmental groups say Line Beauchamp's financial statement shows vested interest in controversial projects
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080610.QUEBEC10/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/


POLITICS
Harper government showing 'double standard' over Bernier: security expert
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080610/national/bernier_fallout

Opposition MPs to grill RCMP on Couillard
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Canada/2008/06/10/5826106-sun.html

RCMP knew of Couillard before Bernier scandal
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080610/Bernier_affair_080610/20080610?hub=Canada

New revelations on Bernier's ex
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=568667

Return to work, explain yourself, opposition MPs tell Bernier
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080610.wbernier10/BNStory/National/home

Tory attack on carbon tax is dishonest: economist
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080610/tory_ads_080610/20080610?hub=Canada

'Fuelcasts' bomb
Media company pulls government's attack ads from gas station screens
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Canada/2008/06/10/5826046-sun.html

Tory gas station ad campaign backfires
Company denies it will be airing spots on its video terminals
http://w ww.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=727b71fc-c931-4e18-a854-79761869ab4f

Tory attack ads may never air at gas pumps
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080609.wtoryads0609/BNStory/National/home

Carbon tax plan fuels Liberal unrest
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/440240

Prentice headed to Finance or Foreign Affairs?
http://thestar.blogs.com/politics/2008/06/signs-point-to.html

Public turning on Tories
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/National/2008/06/10/5826721-sun.html

Verner avoids testifying
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=8f4fa5cb-9396-41c5-b885-a8e9c9afb4f0


PROGRAMMES
PM rejects criticism of Colombia trade deal
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=e4ae6631-256c-4c4a-8a57-df28587969a7

Solberg defends $2-million student loan ad campaign critics call 'wasteful'
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080610/national/student_loan_ads

Military contracts fizzle
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=8e503fbe-9ecb-47c4-ad5c-edfcec86ddc8

Tories perpetuate campaign loan repayment rules they've denounced as illegal
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080610/national/tories_dion_loans


PRESSURE POINTS
Leader of homegrown terror plot bent on widespread havoc, informant testifies
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080610/national/terror_trial

Mole used gun story to infiltrate 'Toronto 18': trial
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=577655


OPINION AND INFORMATION
NEP 'sequel' a horrible idea
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Columnists/Waugh_Neil/2008/06/10/5827786-sun.html

Too many English stations?
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/columnists/story.html?id=2f337eb7-6884-4948-ae02-3d297978f498

Yankee deserters go home
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Worthington_Peter/2008/06/10/5825116-sun.php

Dion makes one misstep in bid to attract women's votes
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/columnists/story.html?id=18274aba-e3a1-4b6c-a647-110b2cd1c2ae

Hearings an embarrassment for democracy
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1061208.html

Harper campaigns behind a stone wall
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/440137

The definition of insanity
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080610.WBwbradwanski20080610113100/WBStory/WBwbradwanski/

Transformative change anathema to Harper
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/posted/archive/2008/06/10/john-ivison-transformative-change-an-anathema-to-harper.aspx

Why we must talk about race when we talk about poverty
Statistics show that economic hardship disproportionately affects racial minorities
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/440139

McGuinty, not Tory, heir of Davis
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/440138

Time to cull the poisonous weeds before they choke the playground
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=72525415-f630-45ab-91f2-b6af86ec77cf

Tide is turning against Harper's desultory approach on environment
His message of fear may yet work with some, but others will see it as an opportunistic retreat, a dangerous postponement of the inevitable
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=1e51f231-85a1-412c-8159-d1f09f113ae5

Could western society be getting bored by its success?
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=75f91482-1265-459e-b92e-a2af94a27de8

Canada needs to lead anti-mine crusade
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=f1570d8c-a8a0-48a2-897c-664701d9edf4

AIDS is about sex and drugs
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=f2858b4d-1131-4d90-98f1-7f9b067bddb3

Selling soap and self-esteem
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=dbb55cc8-2f38-4af4-a0f8-2f44df2c2dad

Blowing smoke on cap-and-trade
Provinces taking the environment file from federal government
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/subscriber/westview/story/4184400p-4774503c.html


INFOS
 
Buzz Hargrove blâme Ottawa pour les difficultés du secteur manufacturier
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080610/N061077AU.html

La GRC confirme qu'elle connaissait Julie Couillard avant l'affaire Bernier
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080610/N0610184AU.html

Dettes de campagne: les conservateurs veulent maintenant allonger les délais
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080610/N0610182AU.html

L'OCDE invite le secteur privé à investir dans l'accès à l'eau
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080610/N0610136AU.html

La Banque du Canada laisse son taux d'intérêt directeur à 3 pour cent
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080610/N0610158AU.html

Hillier défend le droit du père d'un soldat de qualifier la guerre de stupide
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080610/N0610178AU.html

Complot terroriste à Toronto: le principal témoin à la barre
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080610/CPACTUALITES/80610219/1019/CPACTUALITES

Affaire Bernier-Couillard: «Il y a eu bris de sécurité»
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080610/CPACTUALITES/80610190/1025/CPACTUALITES

Les conservateurs convoquent le coiffeur de Julie Couillard
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080610/CPACTUALITES/80610132/1025/CPACTUALITES

Taxe sur le carbone: Dion réplique aux conservateurs
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080610/CPMONDE/80609287/1025/CPACTUALITES

Les conservateurs veulent étaler leurs dettes de campagne
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080610/CPACTUALITES/80610229/1025/CPACTUALITES

Epp défend son projet sur les droits de l'enfant à naître
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080610/CPACTUALITES/80610138/1025/CPACTUALITES

Julie Couillard voulait un accès aux ministres
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/06/10/193416.html

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THE AFGHAN WAR

With nothing of interest happening in Ottawa at
the moment I've followed up on Canada's Chief
of Defence Staff, what's been written about him
and what's occurring in Afghanistan through the
articles of Syed Saleem Shahzad and the views
of a specialist on counter insurgency that I was
fortunate to come across - though frankly I can
not remember how it came about that I did.     

The morning of June 10th was spent creating that
which follows.Your reactions are solicited. - Joe 
_________________________________________
CDS Walter Natynczyk: A New Hand on the Helm

"If you're not prepared to argue your corner eloquently, articulately, occasionally aggressively but always clearly, you can't be a CDS or you can't be a commander," (1) these words from Canada's current Chief of Defence Staff, who possessed the qualities he articulated, are necessary for the position from which he is retiring next month.

Col. Dan Baggio, who served with Chief of Defence Staff designate Lt. General Walter Natynczyk in Baghdad, and until a few weeks ago, was responsible for army media relations at the Pentagon, describes the personal qualities of Canada's new CDS in these words:  "I say this from my heart, I honestly have never heard a harsh word about Walt Natynczyk….  He is not a butt chewer, but a true team player. He had a way of interjecting thoughts so well you thought that they were your own ideas. He was open- minded to guidance from his staff and when he disagreed, he disagreed politely. For me, he is the consummate general officer."

Positions held in Canada, in Korea, the Balkans and Iraq have provided a depth and breadth of experience that have prepared him for the tasks he will be undertaking which include continuing the rebuilding of the human and material capabilities of Canadian Forces and successfully carrying out missions, of which Canada's commitments in Afghanistan is the most important.

His ability to work with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who selected him for the post he is assuming, and Gen. David Petraeus, who runs the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan as the commander of CENTCOM and with whom he shared responsibilities Iraq, will determine whether the last task in his career will be a success. (2)

Michael Byers wrote in the Edmonton Journal: "This country's ability to conduct its own analysis, and make its own decisions, was not curtailed when Parliament voted to extend the mission. Far from it: the fact that our soldiers are losing so much demands constant vigilance, the courage to stand up to allies, and a willingness to reconsider past decisions as new facts present themselves. In Vietnam, the United States' biggest mistake wasn't going to war, but stubbornly persisting as long as it did." (3)

Maj.-Gen. Rick Formica, director of force management for the U.S. army, said of Natynczyk: "He is very, very strategically and operationally savvy." It is this quality together with his way of interjecting thoughts so well you thought that they were your own ideas cited by Col. Dan Baggio which will determine whether adjustment is made to new facts that are presenting themselves in Afghanistan.

The insurgents are not being defeated, they are extending their operations up to and including attacking President Karzai on a grandstand in Kabul. Canada's last two battle deaths were as a result of gunfire in skirmishes not to improvised explosive devices as has been the general cause (to be accurate the last one fell in a well). Fire fights are won most often through calling in air strikes. The cost, however, is collateral damage such as killed and wounded civilians which creates an honour debt that supports the insurgency.

The United States and its coalition allies in Operation Enduring Freedom and the International Security Assistance Force have two choices: persisting in fighting a war that cannot be won on the battlefield or following the opinion of Dr. Steven Metz stated in his monograph Rethinking Insurgency. (4)

The course being followed, that of supporting the national government that was created centred on President Karzai, is not succeeding.  The alternative advanced by Dr. Metz is that of reaching for an "outcome which integrates most of the insurgents into the national power structure".

Syed Saleem Shahzad the Asia Times Online's Pakistan Bureau Chief shares Metz view, suggesting action be encouraged by "leading Muslim countries which still have influence over the Taliban, notably Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. If the Western coalition gives leeway to such countries to play a major role and at a later stage even replace NATO with Organization of Islamic Conference forces, a consensus government of the northern and southern forces could emerge." (5) As Canadian Chief of Defence Staff,Walter Natynczyk, having the confidence of American Command Staff is in the position to press eloquently, articulately, occasionally aggressively, but always clearly that this change of direction be taken.

It is uncertain whether he will choose to do so and even if he does will succeed in shifting the direction of the American ship of state from its current course.  What is certain, however, is that without this change of direction by 2011, as he ends his third year as Chief of Defence Staff, the Parliament of Canada will once more be forced to decide whether to stay the course or withdraw Canadian Forces from Afghanistan.

(1) Ottawa's next mission: Find a replacement
     http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?k=56129&id=1cb0ff67-fb9e-4ec7-a26c-e25662aa28ea

(2) Natynczyk promotion to CDS popular with U.S. commanders
     http://www.canada.com/topics/news/story.html?id=0b64db92-b6e4-4080-b516-f9c27d495548

(3) Paying heed to parallels between Afghanistan and Vietnam
     http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=da572064-6303-4062-8e22-be8f33c09d52&p=3

 (4) RETHINKING INSURGENCY.
     http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pdffiles/PUB790.pdf

(5) A struggle between war and peace
     http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JF03Df01.html


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From: Ron Thornton

Hi Joe:

I actually thought I would skim through the D.D. and save my comments for another day.  I blame Mahmood Elahi for not doing so.  However, I'll get back to that in a moment.

Michael Watkins mentioned that taxation, while it adds to the costs, isn't the root cause of increasing prices. However, it isn't an increasing world demand that is jacking things up. The price has already gone by what some in Asia can afford, so the demand has actually dropped. What is jacking up the price are market speculators who are artificially moving prices skyward in order to make some quick cash off poor saps like us. Even OPEC claims the price is double what it should be.  So, what are we doing to correct this? Nothing. I guess we are expected to just bend over, take our medicine, and say thanks for the loving.

Anyway, back to Mahmood. He mentions that he will vote for the Green Party in the next election so it might bring enough influence on environmental issues.  My immediate, admittedly knee jerk reaction, is to say f*** the environment, but that is not entirely true. We humans do some stupid things, putting some or all of us at risk. However, I'm not one who buys in to the whole global warming nonsense, as those who advocate it seem to all have some financial-professional stake or agenda in their theories being taken seriously (and even using rather draconian methods to avoid proper debate and study of the issue). I mean, Al Gore would be as relevant as Dan Quayle without his little movie, and his carbon credit business would no doubt wind up in trouble. We need to save the planet? From what? The planet is not in any danger.  However, anything that might cause this planet to become inhospitable to mankind should be of concern.

What concerns me more is man screwing over his fellow man, be it some capitalist parasite or some environmental nut job. People who through their own self interests who cause us to either avoid seeing the real problems or diverting us from the real solutions. It isn't the planet that needs saving. Instead, it is a lot of us...from some of us.

Ron Thornton

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Benji

Who has lost it? In my mind the older generation a host of politicians in fact are idiots.

It is hard to believe these people have the audacity to suggest the younger generation have lost their morals. As a result "WE" older's must effect change to reign in the terror that besets the populace.

AHHHHHH… excuse me for one moment! How or why do you think the younger generation is so bad. I mean I was taught to tell the truth, not steal and all the rest… how is it when I look at our world I see politician after politician who simply put could not tell the truth if it stared them in the face.

If these politicians went to confession the priests ears would burn and no-one else would get to confession.

It is far past funny. I too do not like to see our generation in so much conflict with their elders. Sorry to say, in my opinion we reap what we have sown.

Kids… see elders lying. Do you not think the kids will lie? If the adult can get away with so called little white lies… do you not think our younger generation would push the envelope?

As I see it kids today see, watch and hear.. then emulate. Who is so stupid to assume our kids have lost their moral fiber?

It is the adults who should be ashamed. Our politicians need to clean up their act long before they  demand the younger generation clean up theirs.

Benji

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Anne Dickinson

Regarding M.J, Murphy's mention in his blog that Paul Wells had reported Tory Yellowshirts harassing passers-by in Ottawa, I can confirm that is true as two clean scrubbed young Harper Youth were blocking the sidewalk and handing out pamphlets just outside the Esplanade Laurier in downtown Ottawa around noon today.
 
I was in a hurry and only had time for a couple of choice words.
 
How can they possibly think this is a good idea? I was ashamed for them as it seems they have no shame.
 
Anne Dickinson

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From: "Peter Robertson"
Subject: RE: Have you heard about the Dion Tax Trick?

Joe,
 
This demonstrates that the Tories are clueless about the environment, and that the Liberals are vague.  Do we all have to learn from Kermit the Frog that "It's not easy being green"?
 
On a more serious note, we had better get this one right, or we will all pay for it both domestically and internationally.
 
Peter Robertson

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From: "Jacob Rempel" <yasch@telus.net>
Subject: Iraqi Doctor speaks in Vancouver June 11

Public Forum  with Dr. Dahlia Wasfi The Cost of War:

Human, Environment, Economic
    Wednesday, June 11

            7:30pm

Canadian Memorial United Church
   1806 W. 15th Ave. at Burrard

Sponsored by StopWar.ca, ADALA, The World Peace Forum Society, CESAPI and Canadians Against War.

Dahlia Wasfi was born in 1971 and spent her early childhood in Saddam Hussein's Iraq, until she returned
with her family to the United States in 1977. Dr. Wasfi graduated from Swarthmore College in 1993 with
a B.A. in Biology, and in 1997 graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

In February/March of 2004, after years of separation, Wasfi visited Iraq to see her family in Basrah and
Baghdad. She journeyed to Iraq again for a 3-month visit in 2006. Based on her experiences, she is speaking
out against the negative impact of the U.S. invasion on the Iraqi people and the need to end the occupation.
For more info see: http://www.globalexchange.org/getInvolved/speakers/124.htmlDahlia

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From: Caspar Davis
Subject: "Is It The Tax, Or Who is Proposing The Tax?"

  Listening to the Conservative rhetoric these days, you'd think M. Dion's carbon tax would make the sky to fall. Compare this reaction, to how cabinet ministers reacted to Gordon Campbell's BC carbon tax and you will see a major discrepancy:

        Stephen Harper said, "Contrary to some commentary, the national plan and British Columbia's plan complement each other." The "mother of all taxes" is "complementary" to Mr. Harper's undisclosed plan? http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=0376bd41-ebe2-4e06-bcd9-e284a81d5f5f

        John Baird said, "British Columbia is a province that takes the climate change issue seriously, and have moved forward with a variety of initiatives.''          http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080220/carbon_tax_080220/20080220?hub=QPeriod
He added, "I don't have a problem with that at all. We've chosen a different path in this regard, but that's fine."
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=322378
         That's fine?
And Gary Lunn chipped in, "British Columbia may have a different model. It's working, and we'll recognize their contributions, as well." http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080221.wbccampbell21/BNStory/National/home
        The Far and Wide Blogspot < http://farnwide.blogspot.com/> asks, " It's 'working'? Are you suggesting Dion's plan might work too? Who knew?"

        Having last week dismissed the Parliamentary motion calling on the government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050 it is hardly surprising that the Harper government is trashing the carbon remedy most often supported by economists, business people, and environmentalists. But it is clear that their abhorrence is rooted in politics rather than reason.

Caspar Davis

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Taliban on the move
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JF11Df01.html

In the past two months of peace deals, the Taliban have successfully completed the launch of operations into Afghanistan, with some estimates of as many as 40,000 men crossing the border, the biggest since the Taliban were ousted in 2001.

The impact is visible. Even in a province like Ghazni, the Taliban have been able to capture districts and in Wardak province they have taken Afghan soldiers captive. Except for a few district headquarters, the entire Helmand province is in Taliban hands. And in the provinces of Kunar, Nooristan and Khost, the Taliban have acquired a strategic depth against NATO forces and many towns and villages near the border have been captured. This means the Taliban can easily mobilize resources for daily attacks on NATO troops and those of the Afghan National Army.

The Afghan front will heat up even further as NATO can be expected to strike back hard against the Taliban. NATO wants to place the Taliban between a rock and a hard place, that is, between NATO troops on the Afghan side and Pakistani forces on the other. In the past few weeks, top American military commanders have visited Islamabad to discuss this strategy with army chief Kiani.

The Taliban will counter this by spreading their troops and seeking engagement on many fronts - they have opened up an unlikely front in eastern Nangarhar province. And for al-Qaeda, Rawalpindi, the military headquarters, and neighboring Islamabad, the federal capital, are the "choke points" to strangle Pakistan's cooperation in the "war on terror" through selective suicide attacks. This will blunt one side of the pincer movement against the Taliban as well as encourage Islamic-minded officers in the military to assert their anti-American views.

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