Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Daily Digest February 17, 2009


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

EDITORIAL PAGEs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
Coveting the Arctic
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=222905&sc=80

CAPE BRETON POST -
Taser use rules must define threat
http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=222749&sc=151

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Satellite safety hazards overhead
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1106853.html

SAINT JOHN TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL -
Temporary workers, permanent gains
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/opinion/article/574843

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Shocking outcomes
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/editorials/Shocking+outcomes/1296972/story.html

KINGSTON WHIG STANDARD-
Creative approach to organ donation
http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1437391

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Better education the way to survive in new economy
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1437207

TORONTO STAR -
A road map for tourism sector
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/588356

GLOBE & MAIL -
Recession as opportunity
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090217.EDUMMY17/TPStory/Opinion/editorials

The border is a long row to hoe
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090216.wEMcGuinty17/BNStory/specialComment/home

NATIONAL POST -
The new British appeasement
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=1296431

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
Laid-off workers need better EI plan
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/511972

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW -
Obama's visit to be dominated by economy
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1437483

K-W RECORD -
Flow of firearms must be stopped  
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/488979

Expectations low for Obama's whirlwind seven-hour visit
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/488977

Our government must motivate business to act in best interests of Canadians
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/488971

SUDBURY STAR -
Investment in child care makes economic sense
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1437931

THUNDER BAY CHRONICLE JOURNAL -
Share a job and keep it
http://www.chroniclejournal.com/stories.php?id=165460

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
It's worst time to stanch flow of immigrants
http://www2.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=1c2cd8f9-452f-488d-b82e-bcae1dd90217
 
World-class UN idiocy
http://www2.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=70e2d24b-343f-48f7-804a-58bd8348e601

CALGARY HERALD -
How good science gave great evil an alibi
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=35eaf065-8a2a-4d46-b70d-7cb946053c05

The 'war on offensiveness' is basically unwinnable
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=5f49580b-d0d2-42d8-b9c3-84b93dc2be23

CALGARY SUN -
Unemployed still need more help
http://calsun.canoe.ca/Comment/POV/2009/02/17/8414161-sun.html

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Stelmach's plan: Have a strategy
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/editorials/Stelmach+plan+Have+strategy/1296921/story.html

RED DEER ADVOCATE -
The benefits of employee profit sharing
http://www.albertalocalnews.com/reddeeradvocate/opinion/The_benefits_of_employee_profit_sharing_.html

Ontario gets in on the clean, green energy act
http://www.albertalocalnews.com/reddeeradvocate/opinion/Ontario_gets_in_on_the_clean_green_energy_act.html

VANCOUVER SUN -
Combating gang violence requires more prevention to go along with policing
http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=47de1d23-81d8-4cd8-8b25-497c6311074c

VANCOUVER PROVINCE -
Time to torpedo gangsters' civil liberties and ID all these thugs
http://www.theprovince.com/opinion/editorials/Time+torpedo+gangsters+civil+liberties+these+thugs/1297080/story.html

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Failing grades on FOI promise
Here's one thing we would like the provincial government to tell us: Why is it so non-committal about its commitment to freedom of information? http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=ecf4639a-1029-404d-9c33-9f476285e517
 
First Nations relationship is set to grow.
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=8cbd5f84-126f-4429-bb65-3224b4cf44a1


ISSUES

AF-PAK PROBLEM -
Report: 'Game-Changing' U.S. Strategy Urgently Needed in Afghanistan
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/02/17/report-game-changing-strategy-urgently-needed-afghanistan/

Alarm over Afghan civilian deaths
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7894233.stm

Pakistan takes risk letting Islamists have their law
http://in.reuters.com/article/southAsiaNews/idINIndia-38061620090217

NATO says Pakistan deal with militants a concern
http://in.reuters.com/article/southAsiaNews/idINIndia-38063120090217

From Mujahideen Heroes To Taliban Terrorists
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=85758&sectionid=3510303


CANADIAN FORCES -
Canadian army pushed to the edge: General
http://www.canada.com/news/Canadian+army+pushed+edge+General/1295691/story.html


CANUSA/USACAN - all 254 news articles »

Will Barack Obama and Steven Harper hit it off?
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/588529

Harper's political payoff is the photo-op
http://www.thestar.com/Canada/Columnist/article/588562

Harper wary of getting too close to Obama
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090217.OBAMAHARPER17/TPStory/National

Does PM's blueprint measure up to Obama's?
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/588563

CBC snags Obama: Canada Gets a Preview
http://thepage.time.com/2009/02/16/canada-gets-a-preview/

Security bubble ready for President
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=1296422

Meeting in the middle
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Life/Meeting+middle/1296974/story.html

Saying no to Obama, politely
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Saying+Obama+politely/1296976/story.html

Obama, an economic unilateralist
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Global_Economy/KB18Dj05.html

Trade and energy top Obama agenda in first Canada trip
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/090217/canada/politics_us_obama_canada

Mr. Obama goes to Ottawa
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/8557

Hide your crown jewels, Canada, Obama is coming!
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/8547


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS -
Canadian dollar drops more than two cents to below 80 cents US
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090217/national/loonie

D-Day for auto firms
http://www.thestar.com/business/article/588530

Majors stake out oil sands holdings
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=73e69966-8920-4cd4-80fe-059cdd177bb3

U.S. crisis batters Canadian manufacturing
http://business.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090216.wmanufacture0216/BNStory/Business/home?cid=al_gam_mostview

Magna CEO says sees buying opportunities in crisis
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/090216/canada/canada_us_magna_acquisitions


FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
Future of NATO at risk, MacKay says
Afghan mission a defining test for alliance, minister warns
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Future+NATO+risk+MacKay+says/1296939/story.html

Canada wants "frank" talks on NATO in Afghanistan
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/090216/canada/canada_us_afghan_canada_defence

Obama, PM to discuss 'comprehensive strategy' on Afghanistan
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2009/02/17/obama-cbc.html

Israel launches covert war against Iranas an alternative to direct military strikes against Tehran's nuclear programme, US intelligence sources have revealed. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/4640052/Israel-launches-covert-war-against-Iran.html


HEALTH CARE RELATED -
Medical journal slams unrealistic weight-loss programs
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Health/Medical+journal+slams+unrealistic+weight+loss+programs/1296948/story.html

Breastfed baby risk investigated
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7867686.stm

Doctors call for weight loss industry regulation Video
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2009/02/17/weight-loss.html


JUSTICE SYSTEM -
Defence to begin presenting case at HIV trial
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090217/hiv_trial_090217/20090217?hub=Canada


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
Tory's prospects brighten amid economic gloom
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/587567

We give more than we get from nation, 78% of Albertans say
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=1296426

PM, Ontario announce $500M in funding for more than a dozen GO Transit projects
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090217/national/ont_go_transit_funding


FEDERAL POLITICS -
Harper says he's confident GM will not pull out of Canada
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090217/national/auto_bailout_harper

Layton: Stimulus package full of holes
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Metro/1106892.html


PROGRAMMES -
Firm with Tory ties lands untendered deal
Communications company's $24,999 contract one dollar shy of being subject to a competitive bidding process
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Firm+with+Tory+ties+lands+untendered+deal/1296947/story.html

Researchers struggle as Ottawa scales back funding
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090216.wresearch17/BNStory/National/home

As climate funding dries up, our scientists are heading out
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/todays-paper/climate+funding+dries+scientists+heading/1297397/story.html

Foreign Affairs violating disclosure laws: experts
http://www.canada.com/news/national/Foreign+Affairs+violating+disclosure+laws+experts/1295653/story.html

Funds lost over hatred: Minister called 'professional whore'.
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/National/2009/02/17/8413841-sun.html

Controversial re-enactment of 1759 Plains of Abraham battle cancelled
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090217/national/battle_plains_cancelled


PRESSURE POINTS -
Put green into your bottom line
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090216.wcoretrofit17/BNStory/specialComment/home


OPINION AND INFORMATION -
Hard times, soft power
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090216.wcoobama17/BNStory/specialComment/home

Americans need economic straight talk from Obama
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090216.wcosimp17/BNStory/specialComment/home

Hiding the facts about mental illness
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=1296461

The new anti-Semitism
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=1296433

A friendly note to Canada's science researchers:
http://blog.macleans.ca/2009/02/17/a-friendly-note-to-canadas-science-researchers-um/


INFOS -
Harper mise trop sur le plan Obama
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200902/17/01-828066-harper-mise-trop-sur-le-plan-obama.php

Obama au Canada jeudi pour son 1er voyage à l'étranger
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/international/etats-unis/200902/16/01-827705-obama-au-canada-jeudi-pour-son-1er-voyage-a-letranger.php

James Moore à Montréal: les Prix en arts pas à l'ordre du jour...
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/arts/200902/16/01-827992-james-moore-a-montreal-les-prix-en-arts-pas-a-lordre-du-jour.php

Retrait: Ottawa s'attend à recevoir des pressions des alliés
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/dossiers/le-canada-en-afghanistan/200902/16/01-827690-retrait-ottawa-sattend-a-recevoir-des-pressions-des-allies.php


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Subject: Have Cons morphed into PCs?

I'm ahead of usual in finishing the Digest.  Mayhap as a consequence others who have opinions may not have sufficient time to put fingertips to keyboard.

Brad puts the question somewhat more directly than my admittedly at times laboriously phrased terminology.

Simply put, do you agree or disagree with this statement concerning the Conservative Party of Canada "We
are now pretty well where we were before the merger, minus of course the Reform/Canadian Alliance." http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/8335

As a second subject to consider are you comfortable with the directions in which the "frank" talks and discussions of a  'comprehensive strategy' are likely to go?

         Joe

Future of NATO at risk, MacKay says
Afghan mission a defining test for alliance, minister warns
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Future+NATO+risk+MacKay+says/1296939/story.html

Canada wants "frank" talks on NATO in Afghanistan
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/090216/canada/canada_us_afghan_canada_defence

Obama, PM to discuss 'comprehensive strategy' on Afghanistan
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2009/02/17/obama-cbc.html

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Subject: Have Cons morphed into PCs?
Brad Thomson

Joe,

No, but the Liberals have.

Look at Ignatieff. He has been and will continue to be all too cozy with Uncle Sam. His record is clear and out in the open. It is not traditional in recent history for a Liberal Prime Minister to get close to the Americans, that was tended to when a Progressive Conservative was the Prime Minister.

With the unlawful destruction of the former and legitimate Progressive Conservatives, the Liberals have now become the alternative to the Liberals! They have always been the party that morphed around the centre, but due to the crimes of Peter MacKay the centre has moved well to the right.

Brad Thomson
Gatineau

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From: "Suan H.Booiman"
Subject: Morphed

Joe,(dare to send my view)
One could claim all kinds of reasons why the CPC is
where they are today. To begin with the merger with
the left leaning Prog.Cons Party. that, with the Central
Canadian power took over leadership and their dying
heart to patronize Quebec.(Mulroney on the background)
Blaming it all on Harper is short-sighted as he nor anyone
else but the Americans are responsible for the economic
loss we are facing based on their overspending, from
individuals to all parts of government.
 
Unfortunate the Central Canadian controlled media is
as negative as the present PCP, am sure it would have
joined the "coalition", a coalition that can not stay
alive without Canadian tax-payers money and Iggy will
not get anywhere other than Upper and Lower Canada
as he said "Quebec is the centre of Canada". He will be
reminded in his effort to buy Western votes it will mark
him as the Trudeau finger. Before anyone blames look
over the shoulder and see what the reason is why we are
here today. Harper just handed CAE 330 million to buy
or try to buy support in a arrogant region, we are better
than the rest of the country, distinct (as long as you keep
sending money),
 
My Reform view.
 
Suan

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From: Ron Thornton

Hi Joe:

Has the Conservative Party become just like the old PC Party of days gone by? Not yet. It is sliding that way, but it still hasn't become what it once was, that being Liberal Light. I mean, Joe Clark was to Conservatism as I am to ballet.

I'm not a fan of everything Harper, but does Grenville Rogers, when he has Russia, China, Venezuela to chose from, still figures Harper is running a dictatorship? However, I do share his concern in opening our country up to a fire sale.  Take the example of down south, where much of the American debt is held by those who do not exactly have the best of intentions at heart for the United States. Do you think their economy might be somewhat vulnerable? If foreigners control your economy, they control the country. It is a no brainer.

Ron Thornton

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Ray Strachan

Joe

Open question.....What does the 4th Estate mean in Canada anymore. Why are we treated everyday to Right Wing Warmongering Slop. What sort of attitude am I supposed to have in a supposed Democratic Country when anyone, with any intelligence should be able to see is Owned,Operated and Concentrated by people who are totally against anything that could be called a Peaceful, Nonpartisan Country.

We HAVE NOT BEEN ATTACKED,AND NEITHER WAS THE UNITED STATES BUT THE 911 THAT THE USA MASTERS SET UP,HAS CAUSED OVER 1 MILLION HUMAN DEATHS.  

 We are just a pawn, we people, of those who have grandiose ideas of dominating ,domination ,beating down the masses, the masses being US.   So the 4th Estate is being used against us by the Owners of The Fourth Estate. I am too proud to like it, or accept it. I don't think I can change it, because there are too many Serfs in our Country, both uneducated and Educated.   

You see Education is Linear, in other words anyone can learn enough to excel in a certain endeavour, make a living, become rich, but otherwise clueless.

Ray Strachan

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. . . this doesn't have meaning to me.

        Joe

"You see Education is Linear, in other words anyone ? can learn enough to excel in a certain endeavour, make a living, become rich, but otherwise clueless."

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What I am saying is that if a person is so inclined to become a Doctor does not necessarily mean that person can think outside the box as far as a bigger picture of what is happening in the world,   things that are important for human survival.   Use the same illustratioin for a mechanic, very good mechanic ,what's going on around him, immaterial.

Joe I know school teachers who learned the linear method of school teaching, engage them in serious ,worldly questions ,huh.   Lawyers,  very good at law questions,     what's going on in the world ,huh.  

I have just ran into it too many times and been disappointed that my beliefs from my very young years were wrong,   I just gave them way too much credit for general intelligence. There are 13 inch TV screens and 52 inch screens.   Many educated are working with 13 inch screen if measured by out of the box intelligence. You must have experienced these people in your own life, or am I totally wrong?  That's the best I can do for an explanation.

Will appreciate your take on it. I fully understand that I don't know everything,I will defend my beliefs tho until I am proven wrong.
I do not include you in the Cluless section, quite the contrary. I do not include myself in the highly intelligent section,but I am stupid enough to defend what I believe in when it comes to humanity, what is good,what is bad, because that is what will affect my Grandchildren. 
For myself Joe I couldn't care less...

Ray

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Agreed.
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