Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Daily Digest June 17, 2008


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.
ARCHIVED at http://cdndailydigest.blogspot.com/

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
How quickly they forget
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=144752&sc=80

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
Don't cause a forest fire
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=144658&sc=30

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Teamwork wins out
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1062555.html

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
The limits of bad parenting 
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=586550e7-44a5-42c1-9ca3-753582e6bf62

Good work in a bad place
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=12190a60-141c-4798-a579-aae43e12519b

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Jailbreak shows need for Afghan solution
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=7e28df3b-ea95-45ee-abd5-6b3993b10a22

Lessons of drug raid must be learned
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=be032b08-4f1a-4f0f-b32c-42b1c6603858

KINGSTON WHIG STANDARD-
Powering Ontario
http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1076071

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
GM's old habit of hardball with union cost jobs
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1075841

TORONTO STAR -
Flurry of gunfire touches all of us
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/444364

Don't look away
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/444365

GLOBE & MAIL -
Incompetence in Afghanistan
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080617.weafghan17/BNStory/specialComment/home

In Canada, as in the U.S.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080617.weobama17/BNStory/specialComment/home

NATIONAL POST -
Defending Tamil Canadians
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=592228

TORONTO SUN -
Warnings about a new nuke plant
http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2008/06/17/5899731-sun.html

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
Ups, downs of leadership
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/387689

ST. CATHARINES STANDARD -
Language is key to understanding culture
Many of us don't take time to learn the native tongue of places we visit
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1076531&auth=ASHLEY+CLAYTON

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW -
Problem gamblers should seek addiction help, not legal advice
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1076111

K-W RECORD -
Hampton is right to step down as leader
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/368141

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
U.S. challenge to regain image on world stage
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=719c3f0e-bd36-4771-8e20-613bce4a59c2

REGINA LEADER-POST -
Judge tragedy on facts, not raw emotion
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=596bf99d-87b6-4d34-a04a-fdc98bde821a

CALGARY SUN -
Our troops deserve the best
http://calsun.canoe.ca/Comment/POV/2008/06/17/5900216-sun.html

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Tories fall behind in green debate
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=2e93f16a-da1b-481d-b244-a3bb56cf1574

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
A setback in Kandahar
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_11122.php


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS -          
Testament to growing native sophistication
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/subscriber/westview/story/4187017p-4777423c.html

Hundred-year-old clerical error in Ottawa opens door to land claim in N.B.
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080617/national/nb_tobique_claim


AFGHANISTAN -
Afghan setback not fatal, but highlight woes of guerrilla warfare
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080617/national/afghan_war_psychology

Canadian troops, militants swap gunfire in Kandahar
http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2008/06/17/taliban-afghanistan.html

UK Afghanistan decision deepens public unease
http://www.thenational.ae/article/20080617/FOREIGN/2341736/1103/NEWS&Profile=1103

Hundreds of Taliban on doorstep of Kandahar City
Canadians move into battle positions alongside NATO troops, Afghan army
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=07b79704-0293-4f9a-be1c-324496f81c7a

British Troops Fight To Regain Taliban Stronghold
http://www.nysun.com/foreign/british-troops-fight-to-regain-taliban-stronghold/

Soldiers ordered to report abuse: Hillier
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/story.html?id=54cd234e-6ec1-46d3-81c7-d509331f4470

Hillier regrets intelligence breakdownComment143
Ottawa vows to investigate how a well-organized Taliban prison break took place without any advance warning
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080617.wafghan0617/BNStory/International/home

Afghanistan Prepares for Battle With Taliban
http://usatodaytv.feedroom.com/?fr_story=FRdamp278310&rf=rss

Defending freedom to abuse
Police rape of Afghan boys ignored
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=592211

Afghans flee amid fears of battle
Hundreds of people have fled their homes in a district of southern Afghanistan fearing fighting between troops and the Taleban.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7459000.stm

Pentagon to discourage Afghanistan from cross-border mission
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008\06\18\story_18-6-2008_pg1_9

Plans afoot to kill Bush and Karzai
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Little support for victims of child sexual abuse
IRIN (06/17/2008)
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Don't look away
Toronto Star, Editorial (06/17/2008)
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Incompetence in Afghanistan
Globe and Mail (06/17/2008)
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Don't look, don't tell, troops told
Toronto Star (06/17/2008)
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Is the Taliban Making a Comeback
Time (06/17/2008)
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Taleban blow up bridge, residents flee ahead of Afghan offensive
AFP (06/17/2008)
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Never mind rattling the saber
Star-Ledger, Editorial (06/17/2008)
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Seeing the bigger picture in Afghanistan
The Guardian, UK (06/17/2008)
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Karzai's brother blames jail break on deaf officials
Qoqnoos (06/17/2008)
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Taliban Commander Is Face of Rising Threat
The New York Times (06/17/2008)


CANADIAN FORCES
Defence officials warned of weak walls at Afghan prison 2 years ago
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/06/17/canada-sarposa.html


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Myth-makers caught in oil speculation
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Global_Economy/JF18Dj07.html

Canada not immune to energy crunch
http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=594541

BCE waits to hear fate of blockbuster buyout
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/legalpost/pages/middlemiss-live-from-the-supreme-court-of-canada.aspx

Facing the spectre of 'stagflation'
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=591722


FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
EU faces fresh Lisbon delay
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c1f6487e-3cab-11dd-b958-0000779fd2ac,noOfParas=2,emailFormat=plainText,storyType=ultralight,dwp_uuid=70662e7c-3027-11da-ba9f-00000e2511c8,print=no.html


HEALTH CARE RELATED

Uncomfortable conversations
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=3123906f-ff36-4286-b769-1add83f877b3

C-section may complicate next pregnancies: study
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/posted/archive/2008/06/17/c-section-controversy-continues-new-medical-study-added-to-the-mix.aspx

AIDS fight drains health cash
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Columnists/Jacobs_Mindelle/2008/06/17/5898031-sun.html


JUSTICE SYSTEM
RCMP complaints head to release Taser report
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=594528


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Bilingual sign bylaw passes amid hostility, legal threat
Anglo, francophone rancour erupts at Russell meeting
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=ac48fbc5-7f68-4b54-83f8-e7537506397a

Nuclear feasibility study unveiled in Saskatchewan
http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=594473

Ontario falls short on French services, commissioner saysComment
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080617.wontfrench0617/BNStory/National/home

Ombudsman blasts 'zones of immunity'
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080617.wombudsreportmain0617/BNStory/National/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20080617.wombudsreportmain0617

Let ombudsman investigate complaints about hospitals
Office brings special investigative skills to complex, systemic issues faced by health sector
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/444340


PARTY POLITICS
Liberals' carbon tax to hit electricity, home heating fuel
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=793a85f4-670a-479c-acd0-e228cbb42a01

In an about-face, Couillard refuses to explain Bernier's secret documents
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080617.COUILLARD17/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Checks into Bernier, Couillard raised no concerns, MPs hear
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=594531

Dion to promise that carbon tax won't increase price at pumps
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080617.wcarbon18/BNStory/Front/home


POLITICAL OPINION -
New legislation aims to prevent violence in federal workplaces
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/National/2008/06/17/5902631.html

Move for an elected Senate will take time and patience 
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=aaec6b21-7761-41f9-a571-6e464edb9f53

Harper's true colours
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=dd62d642-e269-4bdd-949e-7022fb0f6767

Carbon tax won't hurt a bit, or will it?
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/posted/archive/2008/06/17/mr-dion-promises-a-tax-that-will-hurt-without-causing-pain.aspx

Dion could face revolt from rural MPs over carbon tax
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=594556

Will public buy into Dion's costly green plan?
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=592148

Carbon tax: Right policy, wrong time
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080617.wcosimp17/BNStory/specialComment/home

Tories get twitchy waiting for McCain
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/444341


PROGRAMMES
Senate says rural Canada lacks voice, needs its own minister
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080617/national/senate_rural_issues

Purchasing problems continue to scuttle
DND deals Straightforward truck project up in air
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=31f78f96-d2d2-4033-b3ae-d04ec95bcb38

Feds under fire over Kyoto Protocol in court and at UN
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=594433

E-mails show deep concern for alleged tip-off
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080612.welections0613/BNStory/National/home

Khadr report tabled in Ottawa
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080617.wkhadr0617/BNStory/National/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20080617.wkhadr0617


PRESSURE POINTS
Overheated claims
Scientists advocating for action are overselling the predictive capabilities of climate models
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fpcomment/archive/2008/06/17/overheated-claims.aspx

Nothing 'wacky' about the weather
When it's cold, it proves climate change is taking place. And if it's hot, it also proves climate change is taking place
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fpcomment/archive/2008/06/17/nothing-wacky-about-the-weather.aspx

The pesticide report that nobody read
No major media picked up the story, even though it demolished every health and environmental claim devised by scaremongers
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fpcomment/archive/2008/06/16/the-pesticide-report-that-nobody-read.aspx


OPINION AND INFORMATION
'Islamophobia' used too often to stifle debate or criticism 
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=16ad199c-a991-43e9-8608-be26d55e8f8f

Whatever happened to the great health-care debate?
Lots of promises were made by politicians, but little has been done
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=f1ec5ea2-3e1d-4112-9c1d-8b7d6dde35b4

The vicious circle of stifling even ugly free speech
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=e17f8274-5ff3-4c58-9942-6410dd3ec144

'Persecution is the canary in the coal mine'
MPs hear sobering testimony on the treatment of religious minorities worldwide
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=291ca04e-1867-45c9-81c6-91b2408969a9

Environmental miscalculations
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=0c385964-7798-4d37-9943-6d5ae81462dd

`Friendly disrespect' for market
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/444339


INFOS
 
Air Canada réduira sa capacité de 7 pour cent: jusqu'à 2000 emplois seront perdus
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080617/N0617193AU.html

GRC et Taser: près du tiers des personnes touchées ont dû être soignées
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080617/N0617215AU.html

Ottawa aurait été averti dès 2006 de l'usure avancée de la prison de Kandahar
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080617/N0617197AU.html

L'ADQ craint que des jeunes soient attirés par des cigarettes aux herbes
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080617/N0617105AU.html

Une entente sur le projet Hibernia South est imminente, dit Danny Williams
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080617/N0617111AU.html

Ottawa réglemente pour prévenir la violence en milieu de travail
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080617/N061724AU.html

Affaire Couillard: la thèse du vol fait surface
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080617/CPACTUALITES/806170683/1025/CPACTUALITES

La mère de Julie Couillard nommée pour un mandat par le fédéral
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080617/CPACTUALITES/806170695/1025/CPACTUALITES

Un poste obscur
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080617/CPACTUALITES/806170696/1025/CPACTUALITES

Un complot abracadabrant
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/Ontario/2008/06/17/008-presume-complot-quebec_n.shtml

Guerre en Afghanistan
Une contre-attaque s'organise
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/International/2008/06/17/001-afghan-offensive-mardi.shtml

Prison de Kandahar: l'opposition accuse
Le gouvernement Harper avait été averti de la faiblesse de l'établissement
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/06/17/194348.html


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From: "Claudia Hudson"
Subject: Our Lakes

Lakes across Canada face being turned into mine dump sites
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/06/16/condemned-lakes.html
 
And just who is standing on guard, might I ask?
 
Claudia

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From: "Rebecca Gingrich"
Subject:  DD

Joe--I NEVER get any 'information' from Wikipedia.  It is not at all dependable and is, in fact, slanted.

The articles below shows how little the West understands about the culture and ethnicity of the region.

In ny estimation there is no one that knows the region better than Eric Margolis.  Below is his latest column re the Pashtun, Pakistan and
Afghanistan.

In spite of the spin and rhetoric from the US/Canadian military, this invasion is nothing more than to take control of the area for  oil pipelines from the Caspian.  Sadly, the 85 young Canadians we have lost so far in this abominable war will be looked back on as the 'good old days' when we have multiple body bags coming back to Canada or even buried in Afghanistan.

We have no concept of what we are heading into.  We are doomed to failure. 

All this to bring 'democracy' to Afghanistan and to protect the women and children.  Is there no one in charge that will admit the real horrors of war and the simple fact that all involved, be they civilians or military are nothing more than cannon fodder for the elitists?

becky

http://www.ericmargolis.com/
June 16, 2008
THE MARCH TO FOLLY ON THE AFGHAN BORDER

http://octogenarian.blogspot.com/2007/07/memoir-my-pashtun-friend.html
SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2007
MEMOIR: My Pashtun friend

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From: Ron Thornton
Subject: Liberals need a new leader, I guess...

Hi Joe:

I caught these comments in the Ottawa Citizen today...

"The Liberals are poised to propose a "green shift" in taxation policy this week, saying Canadians are ready for bold moves to save the environment. Their proposed national carbon tax, to be phased in gradually over several years, would hit home heating fuel and electricity, but not gas at the pumps."

A national carbon tax that will jack up the cost of heating a Canadian home. I guess he does not realize just where Canada is on the map.  So, it is official. Stephane Dion is completely retarded.

Ron Thornton

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From: Caspar Davis
Subject: Lakes across Canada being turned into mine dump sites

Hi Joe, Did you see this one?

It would be disgusting for a third world country to use its pristine lakes as tailings ponds; for a rich and environmentally conscious country like Canada to do so defies description. It must be stopped forthwith.

It seems that
        Only when the last tree has died
        And the last river been poisoned
        And the last fish been caught
        Will your government realize that we cannot eat money.


Lakes across Canada face being turned into mine dump sites
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/06/16/condemned-lakes.html?ref=rss

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From: "Rory J. Koopmans"
To: To: harper.s@parl.gc.ca; martin.paul@parl.gc.ca;

Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin.
#203, 8912-156 Street
Edmonton, AB. T5R 5Z2
780-483-9415
 
June XVIth, MMVIII
 
The Right Hon. Stephen J. Harper, BA, MA, PC, MP
Conservative, Calgary-Southwest
Prime Minister of Canada
The House of Commons, Ottawa, ON. K1A 0A6
 
Hi Steve:
 
     I just thought of a sure fire way to keep 'Blue & Fiscally' Conservative Liberals on side in the Commons. Thus ensuring this government does not fall before the assigned third Monday in October MMIX.
 
     What you do to calm a lot of nerves and ensure Liberals who felt The Right Hon. Gentleman IV LaSalle-Emard was treated after M. Dion took over is the following. Appoint M. Martin Special Cabinet Liasion to a Committee on Aboriginal Relations, under the direct auspices of Minister Strahl.
 
     Don't give him cabinet level authority, but let Paul & his committee ensure that the payouts for residential claims are handled properly. Also, assign him to go to every single reserve in the country as your charge d'affaires in order to see how we as citizens of this Dominion can improve life for aboriginal, metis, inuit citizens across the nation. They have a great respect for Paul & being a former Prime Minister gives him the strength, dignity, & bearing to do a good job. Plus you'll be seen as a non partisan by the Liberals, thus allowing 15-20 members to vote with the government on money/no confidence bills. Making it less likely you'll fall before your assigned fix date. Would you say a special hello to Laureen for me?
 
Most Assuredly,
 
Rory J. Koopmans
 
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From: "Benji, Regina"

It is obvious our Conservative government could care less about us. It is hard to believe airline companies have not been made to tow the line.

I can understand their concern however this should not allow them to take us to the cleaners as it concerns how they price flights. Yes, they too are caught by the high price of gas and oil. Consumers are not happy with the way they have added this and that to help cover their increases.

The airline companies should not be allowed to do as they have! Our government cares less as tax upon tax are heaped on us. I can see the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister wringing their hands as they laugh at our dilemma.

Consumers are bent on getting to destinations fast as possible. We are prepared to pay a price but now the price is beyond acceptance. Perhaps as consumers we need to look at the matter and opt for say a bus, how about the train?

Airlines in Canada and for that matter in the USA assume we must fly. NO WE DON'T there are other means to get there and while we might not enjoy the time factor, in my opinion we have to reign in outlandish prices.

There is a way to do that. Enough is enough. Take your surcharges and put them where the sun don't shine! Have the intestinal fortitude to tell us what the score is rather than lead us through all the hoops to disguise the issue.

What galls me is the attitude of those who supposedly represent us. It is far easier to ridicule and lambaste the Opposition every time a question is asked. The idea here to make the Opposition look like fools.

In my opinion the government is looking more foolish than ever. That stated we wont see a change as right now the Liberals have a weak kneed leader. The leader cant seem to make his mind up, Harper knows this and uses and will use every opportunity he can to continue berating them.

In all of this we the people take the brunt of abuse. Harper will pay for this abuse unless of course some of his religious followers believe he is the next best thing to sliced bread!

 We have a job to do. I am sorry to say we must make sure that others see through Harper's façade. He is the government and needs to lead the way. Enough of the childish "Johnny did it" attitude. The Conservatives under Harper are no better than what we had. The difference the Opposition are doing what they were elected to do. That is to OPPOSE. The Conservatives have not come to realize yet, they are the government and should lead the way. It has been and continues to be far easier to ridicule what others have done.

Benji, Regina
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