Monday, June 16, 2008

Daily Digest June 16, 2008


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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
Cheers: to the passengers' bill of rights
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=144366&sc=80

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
Too important to forget details
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=144380&sc=30

AMHERST DAILY NEWS -
A bigger role for government
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=144640&sc=61

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Competition Bureau deserves applause
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=f545332e-d3b6-4e44-a629-3f56cfb5ef68

Textbook foulup penalizes anglophone students
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=cc48584c-3e37-4043-a7e9-52983b621dd1

Blurry line separates fact, opinion
"Everyone is entitled to his own opinions," the old adage says, "but no one is entitled to his own facts."
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=ba2eee57-4038-4e8b-8bd8-de86f8961b7d

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Working for results
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=ddeb902e-4fed-4c74-844e-0e79d99a55af

Intervening doubts
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=e641a90b-da18-487a-ae14-5f251b6cfd09

Curing the doctor shortage
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=72e86745-29f5-4388-8f1e-321ffffe8f6e

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Province right to act to ease doctor shortage
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1074609

TORONTO STAR -
Curb bigoted acts not free speech
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/443344

Do consumers rule?
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/443346

NATIONAL POST
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The honest price of gas
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=590255

TORONTO SUN -
Civil liberties alert
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/2008/06/16/5889761-sun.html

Carbon tax? Great! Let's scrap the GST
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2008/06/16/5888286.html

GLOBE AND MAIL -
Tough luck for consumers
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080616.weemergency16/BNStory/specialComment/home

Listening on language
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080616.weimmersion16/BNStory/specialComment/home

Given up to gravel
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080616.wevictoria16/BNStory/specialComment/home

ST. CATHARINES STANDARD
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Big Brother hovers over your MP3 player
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1075183

K-W RECORD -
Frankness required for Afghan strategy
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/367629

WINDSOR STAR -
Afghanistan taking its first steps
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=604cac2b-a49c-450a-80c8-38a108b550e3

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
The West and beyond
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4187088p-4777415c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
OECD report wake-up call for province
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=892e5517-abba-4b02-b5f8-6754176888c3

The price of alcohol abuse
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=e507e7b0-e3e0-4087-9d69-2abb93803cbd

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
Chronic offender gets his just sentence
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_11107.php

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN -
It's time for an election
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/20080612136329/opinion/editorials/it-146s-time-for-an-election.html

VANCOUVER SUN -
Future of Zimbabwe hangs in the balance 
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=965421b3-cedd-4f0f-aa94-303b95c595a3

VANCOUVER PROVINCE -
Great expectations
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=c382d1fb-8125-4aa3-9e3d-b1aa00bda84f

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
No need for alarm on cities' spending
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=38bff62f-d35e-4c10-b8c7-37e631c5c111


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS -          
Aboriginal group decries 'Rambo-style' policing
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080616.SHOOTING16/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Canada's great crime of diminishment
The resurrection of aboriginal languages will require a cultural Manhattan Project
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=b6c60384-3080-4b90-ba37-8378727135f7


CANADIAN FORCES
Don't look, don't tell, troops told
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/443954

Top soldier to be sworn in July 2
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/story/4187305p-4777733c.html

Once public, now secret: Forces do about-turn on document
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=b549bd6e-cf68-44a9-96f2-0b7d1761401a


CANUSA/USACAN
Canada Poured Millions into US Timber Biz 'Slush Fund' "It was very sophisticated money laundering," Goldman said.
"Canada was willing to participate with money laundering. Part of the deal was Canada would help the United States launder this money." http://thetyee.ca/News/2008/06/05/SlushFund/?utm_source=mondayheadlines&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=090608

How the U.S. got its Canadian copyright bill
http://www.thestar.com/sciencetech/article/443867

Don't blame George Bush for anti-Americanism
David Frum, National Post http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=586573


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Canada's productivity numbers reveal a real structural weakness
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080616.wcomment0616/BNStory/specialComment/home

Why western farmers need the wheat board
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=27daec16-db3b-46c7-bab0-eff971151610

Flaherty rules out more economic stimulus
http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=591977


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
A triumph for democracy
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=590275

Schism in jihadism
There is a growing debate among militant Muslims about the brutal tactics of Al-Qa'ida
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=d20a803f-0882-4491-87b2-b4d3b3d861e1


Kandahar City quiet despite threat of Taliban attack
Allied forces mobilizing into the region to 'meet any potential threats'
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/story.html?id=9bea279b-0dff-46f4-9ba4-eb9dd117bd06

US runs out of patience with Pakistan
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JF17Df02.html

UK sends more troops to Afghanistan

Karzai threatens to send forces into Pakistan
* Afghan president says his country has right to 'self-defence'
* Vows to target Baitullah Mehsud
* Claims most fighters in recent Garmser fighting came from Pakistan
[]   Taliban warn of more attacks
[]   Kabul warned against 'interference'
[]   Get Osama before I leave, orders Bush
[]   Outgoing US commander blames Pakistan for spike in Afghan attacks
[]   US-led forces boost patrols on Pak-Afghan border
[]   2 US helicopters violate Pakistani airspace
[]   'Int'l efforts needed along Pak-Afghan border'
[]   Rs 390 billion Punjab budget today
[]   Relief measures at a glance
[]   US general questions Pakistani forces' loyalty
[]   Kabul | Under trial
Afghanistan's government should be pressured
Hasht-e Sobh (06/16/2008)[]
Karzai's star as Afghan savior fades abroad
The Associated Press (06/16/2008)[]
Taliban prepares to attack Kandahar
Canwest News (06/16/2008)[]
Pakistan's Plea For Patience
The Washington Post (06/16/2008)[]
Taliban fighters take over several Afghan villages
The Associated Press (06/16/2008)[]
Afghan villagers caught in the middle of conflict
Reuters (06/16/2008)[]
More smuggled children arrive in UK as Afghan violence escalates
The Guardian, UK (06/16/2008)[]
Women boxers challenge Afghan culture
San Francisco Chronicle (06/16/2008)[]
U.S. is uneasy as Pakistan bargains with militants
Los Angeles Times (06/16/2008)[]
Note to the next president on terrorism: Watch Pakistan
Salt Lake Tribune (06/16/2008)[]
Gilani hits back at Kabul harangue
Dawn, Pakistan (06/16/2008)
Freed Taliban infiltrate rural areas
The Globe and Mail (06/16/2008)[]
Pakistan Dismisses Karzai Threat to Mount Cross-Border Attacks
Bloomberg (06/16/2008)


HEALTH CARE RELATED
B.C. set to kill a great health-care success story
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=e29b0e8d-f945-4c8a-a502-3971e305f1a8

Canadians getting fleeced on generic drugs: report
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/story.html?id=17e3ba81-cc17-458f-8f39-7bf3ff290787


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Strong case for health watchdog (ONTARIO)
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/443343

Ontario passes ban on smoking in cars with kids under 16
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080616/national/ont_smoking_cars_kids

Alta shouldn't approve Edmonton oilsands refineries without greener rules:report
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080616/national/oilsands_fever_environment

Alberta NDP reject party co-operation proposal
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080616.NATS16-1/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/


PARTY POLITICS
Taxpayers pick up Tory tab
Thousands billed as ministers split time between official duties, filling party war chests
http://www.thestar.com/article/443950

Couillard refuses to testify before House committee: lawyer
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/06/16/committee-couillard.html

Afghan prison break reminder of Taliban danger: PM
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/War_Terror/2008/06/16/5894776-cp.html

Conservatives fast-tracked attack ads, source says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.2008
0616.ADS16/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

MPs demand changes so women not ignored in taxing, spending
Committee of opposition politicians calls for gender-based analysis of federal budgets
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=562d6e46-22d3-403b-b938-fcdcfc2dc9d2

Liberal carbon tax would exempt gas at pumps
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=5b14d75b-c44d-420c-bd68-e9b8da077817

Public Safety Committee considering Commons order on Bernier
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=2008/june/16/commons_order/&c=2


POLITICAL OPINION -
With opponents battling it out, Tories win
http://www.thestar.com/Canada/Columnist/article/443987

John McCain should stay away
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080616.wcomartin16/BNStory/specialComment/home

Canada's new copyright bill: More spin than 'win-win'
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=590280

Couillard affair points to need for review of security clearances
There appears to be no clear policy on how we handle sensitive documents
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=4f382f86-1f2d-4f64-b762-a144a2fa78ce

An avoidable jailbreak
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=7d6c8d7b-305a-4afa-9e1c-ddf6421aee3f

Pitfalls of Harper's permanent campaign
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/subscriber/westview/story/4187016p-4777422c.html


PROGRAMMES
Lakes across Canada face being turned into mine dump sites
Lakes are in B.C., Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories and Nunavut
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/06/16/condemned-lakes.html

Purchase of 17 aircraft rescue: green light to fall
http://translate.google.ca/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ledevoir.com%2F2008%2F06%2F16%2F194236.html&sl=fr&tl=en&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

Private firm's work with visas raises concerns
Canadian government puts privacy, security at risk using company to aid process in China, critics say
http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/443959

Planning flub jeopardizes research labs
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/443975

Conservatives, francophone group reach deal on court challenges
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/06/16/parl-courtchallengesprogram.html

Most disagree with government plan to deny tax credits to films deemed offensive 
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=c6f07820-1f1e-45c6-a5f2-6cee8104a546


PRESSURE POINTS
Star witness in terror trial admits to drug abuse
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/War_Terror/2008/06/16/5893421-cp.html


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Harper's Cold War mindset chills relations with Beijing
As even Taiwan warms up to China, PM should set aside his biases and act in national interest
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/443375

Ending life support isn't killing
http://www.winnipegsun.com/News/Columnists/MacFarlane_Gord/2008/06/16/5888336.html

When saying sorry is saying nothing at all
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080616.BCSPECTOR16/TPStory//Politics/

Giving up rights for safety a bad bargain
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=f4b6ff4f-c4ff-4166-ac6a-628bc1a25685

To get off this roller-coaster, we need to establish a floor for oil prices
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=f7218019-4907-4684-afb2-6fa97afc09fc

Mark Steyn should not be censored, but . . .
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=52735a33-d844-470d-a8b4-eb7de7942d8e

Plan needed to curb human trafficking
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=593d4668-510c-412d-ae8a-17867f1abcad

Convenient freedom
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=efadc09a-fa77-485f-9aa3-62cb347ac542

Unfriendly territory
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=ce9c911c-4f06-4b7a-b1b0-edd7f1ec4918

Ear to the ground in Afghanistan
Former journalist not afraid to share opinions about local politics: That's why she carries a rifle
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1062255.html


INFOS
 
Julie Couillard refuse de témoigner en comité parlementaire
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080616/N0616151AU.html

L'attaque de la prison de Kandahar aurait-elle été montée de l'intérieur?
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080616/N0616169AU.html

Les ministres de l'Agriculture de l'Atlantique collaboreront davantage
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080616/N0616195AU.html

L'Ontario interdira le tabagisme dans un véhicule où un enfant prend place
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080616/N061638AU.html

Aucun registre sur les voyages des proches des parlementaires
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080615/CPACTUALITES/80615082/1025/CPACTUALITES

Guerre en Afghanistan
Offensive talibane près de Kandahar
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/International/2008/06/16/005-afghan-offensive-talib.shtml

Karzaï menace le Pakistan
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/06/16/194235.html

Achat de 17 avions de sauvetage: feu vert à l'automne
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/06/16/194236.html


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Subject: Durand Line: A line not to be crossed

The subject flows from an article in the Digest yesterday which led me to research the views 
expressed in other articles in papers outside Canada - some included in the article below    
most above in the FOREIGN AFFAIRS section of the Digest.                                             

What would you be saying to President Bush? What I'd have Peter MacKay say or different?  

And if different what would your scenario be as the Line is crossed and warfare spreads limited
resources into the Pashtun tribal territories ?                                                                     


Durand Line: A line not to be crossed

The Durand Line http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durand_Line exists in international law. It exists on paper. The c.40 million people, 15 million on the Pakistan side, 25 on the Afghan, do not recognize this arbitrary line drawn by a foreigner in 1893 that makes them citizens of one country or another.  They are all Pashtuns speaking a common language and living by their ancient honour code: Pashtunwali .

This weekend President Karzai threatened to send his troops into Pakistan. Not surprisingly US backs Afghan hot pursuit into Pak . The U.S. has been attacking across the Line, last week killing eleven Pakistani soldiers. On Sunday there was a confirmed report that 2 US helicopters violate Pakistani airspace and that a US missile strike kills one in S Waziristan, not yet confirmed.

Whether it be the President's  Get Osama Bin Laden before I leave office,...  or the Pentagon's insistence that "We just need to occupy Pakistan's tribal territory" to stop its Pashtun tribes from supporting and sheltering Taliban," which the author of A line not to be crossed considers a driving force behind Karzai's threat, it increases the potential of an attack. "Widening the Afghan War into Pakistan is military stupidity on a grand scale, and political madness. But Washington and its obedient allies seem hell-bent on charging into a wider regional war that no number of heavy bombers will win" are the author's closing words.

Pakistan not keeping Taliban out, MacKay says, and he is correct.  It cannot, for the Pashtuns are no more controlled by the Pakistani than they were by the British in the past or the Soviets in recent years.  Rather than saying: "We have to call for calm at this time and that means speaking with President Karzai as well as officials inside Pakistan," Canada's Defence Minister would be better advised to argue against what Pakistanis (whatever their government's response is) will consider an invasion.

Will this occur? Probably not for in such matters Canada to-day is, in this as in other matters, one of Washington's "obedient allies."

Joe Hueglin
Tel 905-356-3901

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From: Ron Thornton

*Hi Joe:

The June 15th D.D. provided an entertaining Below 30.  Benji from Regina might even have a point in regards to that young Canadian locked up for the past five years after being involved in a firefight in Afghanistan. It resulted in an American getting killed, so that no doubt ticked those folks just a bit. What is the official status of this poor Canadian lad, that of a POW? Now, if this incident had taken place in Moose Jaw or Wilcox, then I probably would care more and the wheels of justice might have turned somewhat. However, as the lad was fighting in Afghanistan, I guess it is up to the powers that be in Afghanistan to save his sorry arse. He was in the wrong place, at the wrong time, probably for the wrong reason.  I think the legal position would be "it sucks to be him."

Ron Thornton

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From: "John Halonen"

Forget Today's Political Parties
 
    Ireland recently turned down the European Union and indicated the populace was against such a concept and they wished not to participate.
 
    My vote will go to the party that states they will introduce legislation in Canada within 100 days that citizens of our country will have the right to accept or deny a North American Union prior to any agreement with the political structure then in force. It makes little difference as to our current members in parliament, as they would really be obsolete anyway if such a union were approved.
 
John Halonen 

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From: "John Duddy"
Subject: Stockwell Day.

Hi Joe.
Ask all readers to contact Stockwell Day and encourage him to investigate 9/11 2001, just as the petition requests.
See this US State Senator on video:-
http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Find-Freedom.htm?At=034375

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