Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Daily Digest July 23, 2008


This will be the last regular Digest until mid-August.

We're taking two weeks at a cottage where I sit and
read Sci-Fi novels,.                                              

There will be one I mentioned several days ago if time
permits relating to Bills C-51 and C-52.                   

We're going to be up the road from Windermere House
if you're in the area drop me a post before Friday noon
about stopping by.                                                   

        Joe
                        905-356-3901

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

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
Deja vu
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=155430&sc=80

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
Another oil disappointment
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=155300&sc=30

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN -
Too much information broadcast over scanners
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=155527&sc=103

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Banning trans fat
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1068916.html

AMHERST DAILY NEWS -
Delays look like dithering
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=155711&sc=61

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Price-fixing is bad, no matter who does it
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=7e4e62ca-499e-4a71-8500-0d177a82b23a

KINGSTON WHIG STANDARD-
ETHANOL RETHINK IS SENSIBLE
http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1125832

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
With the decline in oil stores, we all become victims of money
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1125606

GLOBE & MAIL -
Realistic goals in Afghanistan
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080723.weafghanistan23/BNStory/specialComment/home

NATIONAL POST -
Fantino's non-scandal
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=672819

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
Smokes cloud bigger issues
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/407634

ST. CATHARINES STANDARD -
Fluid testing wise initiative
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1126430

K-W RECORD -
Top general wise to speak frankly
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/387716

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Small overture by U.S. to Iran welcome move
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=60205899-8485-4353-923c-228a234f5c7e

REGINA LEADER-POST -
A manifesto's destiny
This week marks an important milestone in Canadian political history -- the 75th anniversary of the Regina Manifesto.
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=5ffd52d1-6071-473a-871d-99f2b87738d2

CALGARY HERALD -
Obama's Iraq timetable risky
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=0a9d44d7-c153-407a-80ec-bfd3aff8dc06

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
It's not just crime that doesn't pay
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_11454.php

VANCOUVER PROVINCE
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Let's end the excuses
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=70aec63d-d3db-4187-b881-96b3efcc2919


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS -          
RCMP, aboriginal leaders hope weapons amnesty cuts violence on Alberta reserves
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080723/national/gang_gun_amnesty


AFGHANISTAN -
Al-Qaeda's got a brand new bag
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/JG24Ak01.html

Afghans fight an addiction to heroin
The National (07/23/2008)
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Pentagon plays down fears over Afghan violence
Reuters (07/23/2008)
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Suspicion, terrain are foes for US in Afghan surge
The Associated Press (07/23/2008)
[]
International community urged to fulfill its commitment
Pajhwok (07/23/2008)
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New campaign to tackle stigma and misconceptions
IRIN (07/23/2008)
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Insurgency, insecurity threaten health progress
IRIN (07/23/2008)
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Plot to divide the Taliban foiled
Asia Times (07/23/2008)
[]
Afghan secrets revealed on Google Earth
Sydney Morning Herald (07/23/2008)
[]
There could be a third way in Afghanistan
Niles Daily Star, Editorial (07/23/2008)
[]
The Pakghani Front
Wall Street Journal (07/23/2008)
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Sky-high wheat prices have Afghan farmers crowing it's better than opium
The Canadian Press (07/23/2008)
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Afghan president orders investigation of gang rapes
DPA (07/23/2008)
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Kabul residents called on to collectively clean Afghan capital
AFP (07/23/2008)
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Germany's Merkel To Tell Obama No More Troops For Afghanistan
AFP (07/23/2008)
[]
Pakistani Network Broadcasts Rare Interview of Al-Qaida Commander in Afghanistan
Voice of America (07/23/2008)
[]
Big changes for Afghanistan after US election, predicts expert
ABC News (07/23/2008)
[]
A Wake-Up Call From Afghanistan
The Washington Post (07/23/2008)


CANADIAN FORCES
'In This Business, Three Years is a Long Time'
In an exclusive interview, new Chief of Defence Staff Walter Natynczyk addresses the deteriorating security situation and nascent successes of Canada's mission in Afghanistan. http://embassymag.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/july/23/natynczyk/


CANUSA/USACAN
Western U.S. states join Canadian provinces to plan greenhouse gas limits
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080723/national/us_cda_greenhouse_gases

U.S.-Canada carbon trading group eyes 2012 start
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080724/n_canada_reuters/canada_usa_canada_carbon_col


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Globalizers lose their faith
Even former proponents full of doubt as crises ripple through system built on shaky pillars
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/465404

Gasoline cost pushes up prices
http://www.reportonbusiness.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080723.wcpijune0723/BNStory/Business/home

CIBC faces lawsuit over subprime exposure
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080723/n_canada_reuters/canada_cibc_lawsuit_col


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
China gets seat at the WTO's top trade talks table
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2008/07/23/6240096-ap.html

Cdn sealing industry in doubt after EU proposes to ban seal products
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080723/national/eu_cda_seal_hunt

Wary of China, Russians look West
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/JG24Ag01.html

AGRICULTURE-SOUTH AFRICA: Small Farmers Pushed to Plant GM Seed
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=43256


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Survey to look at how many Canadians have potentially fatal food allergies
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080723/national/food_allergies_study


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Stop the presses! Crime rates are falling
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080723.COSIMP23/TPStory/National/columnists


MIGRATION
Four in 10 immigrants send money home after arrival in Canada: StatsCan
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080723/national/statscan_immigrants


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
PST exemptions extended for bikes, appliances
http://www.thestar.com/News/Ontario/article/465700

Government spin on forest industry not new
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=0030d2dd-27fe-4c08-8616-5d2658cd4901


Election expenses - The CEO wants to tackle the activities on the Web
http://translate.google.ca/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ledevoir.com%2F2008%2F07%2F23%2F198858.html&sl=fr&tl=en&hl=en&ie=UTF-8


PARTY POLITICS
Tory ad scheme in Quebec was illegal, watchdog says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080723.ADS23/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Dion touts tariffs on countries that are 'free-riders'
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080723.wdion0723/BNStory/National/home

Canadians hungry for a federal election this fall, says Liberal leader
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080723/national/dion_elxn

Canadians' growing hungrier for election, says Dion
Harper expected to call three by-elections in September
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=675159

Opposition leader still coy on election
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080723/n_canada_reuters/canada_election_canada_col

Taxpayers could share in windfall
Spectrum Auction; Harper Cabinet mulls how to spend $4.3B
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=672803

Crackdown on collusion
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/National/2008/07/23/6237756-sun.html

It's time to recalibrate Canada's mission
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080722.wcoafghan22/BNStory/specialComment/


POLITICAL OPINION -

Campaign finance curiosities
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080722.WBwbradwanski20080722122710/WBStory/WBwbradwanski/

Wireless Jim's failed auction
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=12812dd0-b74f-4d09-9bd7-9a8b7132f701

Byelections big test for Dion
http://dailygleaner.canadaeast.com/article/362652

Nobody green in envy over Liberal plan, opposition says
http://www.westislandchronicle.com/article-234193-Nobody-green-in-envy-over-Liberal-plan-opposition-says.html

From afar, Harper shines
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=a0d63f0f-5d76-46ce-a732-2f3932c4af10


PROGRAMMES
Ottawa would transfer to industry Food Inspection
http://translate.google.ca/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cyberpresse.ca%2Farticle%2F20080723%2FCPACTUALITES%2F80722229%2F1025%2FCPACTUALITES&sl=fr&tl=en&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

Safety checks inadequate for imported food, study says
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=95ccb557-113b-44e0-a642-a271760ab4a7

Health report to get 'low-profile' release
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080723.wclimate23/BNStory/National/home

Public safety minister approves delayed crime-gun reporting requirements
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080723/national/gun_regulations

Canada on the brink of 'absolute crisis' in homeless funding, advocates say
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080723/national/homeless_crisis

Ottawa announces new labelling rules for food allergens in prepackaged foods
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080723/national/food_labelling

Ottawa urged to curb mine waste in water
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080723.wtailings0723/BNStory/National/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20080723.wtailings0723

Large gaps in safety of imported food: report
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=672806


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Autocratic, by design
The Chinese and Russians may have lost their faith in communism. But that doesn't mean they're ready to embrace democracy
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=672879

A war no one wants
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=672881

Guantanamo justice
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=670416

Paving the way for 'soft jihad'
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=672818

Plague of compassion
Khadr's family made Canada a 'laughing
http://www.winnipegsun.com/News/Columnists/Marshall_Robert/2008/07/23/6238756-sun.html

He's no poster boy for Canucks in foreign jails
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Worthington_Peter/2008/07/23/6236736.php

Vancouver smoking ban billows to great outdoors
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080723.wbcsmoking23/BNStory/National/home

Imported idea gains momentum
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/465410

Put spam in the can
It's time Ottawa acted on text messaging
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=2efa79d8-af36-4ba2-a4ae-cf17dd8b5d20

Lament for TransCanada
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=01368566-5ac7-4e54-ac87-0b450852d408

All style, little substance
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=786ddfc4-3302-4b69-baf3-bea01ee25666

Give Canadians right to use arms in self-defence
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=7e83b93f-7bd7-4035-a0f9-82f1aaffb442

Eventually, we will all hate Obama too
What makes America such an indispensable power is precisely what makes anti-Americanism inevitable
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/david_aaronovitch/article4374704.ece


INFOS
 
Jeux Olympiques de Pékin
L'unilinguisme du porte-drapeau canadien critiqué
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/07/23/002-porte-drapeau-unilingue.shtml

Stéphane Dion estime que les Canadiens sont prêts à aller en élections cet automne
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080723/N0723108AU.html

Ottawa annonce de nouvelles normes d'étiquetage des aliments transformés
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080723/N0723119AU.html

La police devra inscrire les armes saisies au registre des armes à feu
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080723/N0723181AU.html

Les répartiteurs de la GRC pourraient être paralysés en cas de désastre
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080723/N0723191AU.html

Quatre immigrants sur dix envoient de l'argent vers leurs pays d'origine
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080723/N072385AU.html

Chasse au phoque
Nicolas Sarkozy embrasse la cause de B.B.
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/est-quebec/2008/07/23/001-chasse-phoque.asp

Ottawa céderait à l'industrie l'inspection des aliments
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080723/CPACTUALITES/80722229/1025/CPACTUALITES

Ottawa modifie l'étiquetage des aliments transformés
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080723/CPACTUALITES/80723157/1025/CPACTUALITES

Dépenses électorales - Le DGE veut s'attaquer aux activités sur le Web
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/07/23/198858.html

La Teoria Conspiratoria
Black Project Aircraft Caught On Camera
http://pimpinturtle.com/2008/07/23/video-black-project-aircraft-caught-on-camera.aspx

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Security and Prosperity Partnership

The plan embraces the American model, which requires that the federal inspectors only play a supervisory role while it is the power companies who check themselves the quality of what they produce.
http://translate.google.ca/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cyberpresse.ca%2Farticle%2F20080723%2FCPACTUALITES%2F80722229%2F1025%2FCPACTUALITES&sl=fr&tl=en&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

In what manner does this harmonization with the American's enhance security?

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From: "Peggy Merritt"

Hi Joe:  How many Liberal messes are the minority Conservative
Government expected to clean up.  I can just see the lawyers in
Canada lining up to get their hands on the Khadr case should he be
brought back to Canada.  It would be in the courts for 20 years, a
real cash cow! Peggy

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From: "Rebecca Gingrich"
Subject: Common Sense and Windfalls

Joe--WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE THE GOVERNMENT DO WITH THE WINDFALL?
  'For this purpose would it not make more sense to place the money into a
special emergency fund rather than into "general revenue" to cushion
economic turbulence'?
You defeat your question by using the word 'common sense'!  Common sense
died a long time ago when you speak about governments.  Of course, those of
us that have to work for our money(so we can hand it over to the government)
know that you have to be ready for a rainy day.  The government has no
concept of that.  It always has a steady flow of money for it's own use, and
there are always suckers to tax harder and higher to keep the flow into
General Revenue flowing!
There is an ad that runs on TV and radio here re Ontario grown produce.  It
ends by stating the ad is 'brought to you by the government of Ontario.' 
That is a lie--it is 'brought to us by our own hard earned money' that has
been given to favourite ad companies of the government.  Are we so obtuse
that we don't know that the producers here grow their product in Ontario? 
Then two days ago a hydro substation blew up and rendered a huge apartment
building unliveable.  This is just one example of government 'common sense'.
General revenue gives politicians more to play with, and give themselves
exhorbitant raises.  They are entitled to their entitlements and who are we
to complain or demand common sense?
Of course I agree that all governments, instead of slurrping around for more
'izzy money' should be upholding their mandate to protect the citizen and
govern honestly.  But dream on--it ain't going to happen as long as we keep
sleeping.  They are so effective at removing our rights that they don't have
time to fulfill their mandate.

becky

Subject: Health Canada and CFIA incompetence

This proves that Bill C-51 is just ridiculous. Those responsible for our
food can't even get their inspections right, and now they wanto control
natural products too? Just like with the botched breast cancer tests in
NFLD. they will write new rules and all will be well. Ridiculous. If they
can't do their job properly now, what will a new list of rules do for
anyone?
becky

Large gaps in safety of imported food: report Health Canada
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=672806

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From: "Rene Moreau"

To Joe
From Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)
re; the peices by Becky Gingrich and Ron Thornton and the National Energy  Program

   It is getting VERY  obvious how the evils of the NEP are being
pushed to hide the screwing over that Alberta is getting from ameroil
corporations.

   We, in Ontario, who apparently know nothing, watch as Rob Love
manhandled  premier Klein to make sure he never mentioned raising
royalty rates to Ameroil corp. and when Stelmach said HE would raise
royalties rates they  stomped on him with many many feet! They even
used Canadian oil names to cover their presence and object in the
papers  to the Canadian  readers, thinking we were too stupid to see
the subterfuge!

   Why is it alright to get screwed by the neighbours corporations,
but not to share with the rest of Canada?

   If Alberta and Canada were working together,  against  ameroil,
instead of falling for the old divide and conquer ploy of  U.S.ian
corporation, couldn't the royalty rates be increased? Currently, it's
embarrassing to watch our people getting conned.

   Start reading military history to get a hint of what's happening.

    By the way, I live in Toronto proper, breath the air, leave the
windows open at night, and drink the water from Lake Ontario.( after
it has been treated, muchly)  Come and visit us some time, don't take
the word of the right-wingers in the west.

                                   Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)

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