Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Daily Digest February 24, 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 -
Sharp tongues
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=225281&sc=80

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
Put the towers somewhere else
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=225180&sc=30

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Court makes right call in Ahenakew case
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1108126.html

Bend needed in cost-sharing rules
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1108099.html

AMHERST DAILY NEWS -
Wide comparison a good idea
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=225390&sc=61

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Child-abuse findings raise the stakes
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/Child+abuse+findings+raise+stakes/1322028/story.html

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Stress and success
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Stress+success/1322134/story.html

Economics and politics collide
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/op-ed/right+spread+freedom/1319040/story.html
 
The right way to spread freedom
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/op-ed/right+spread+freedom/1319040/story.html

TORONTO STAR -
'Green energy' includes nuclear
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/591935

Ninety dead children
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/591937

GLOBE & MAIL -
No threat of top-down reform
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090223.wEafn24/BNStory/specialComment/home

Citizen in limbo
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090223.weabdelrazik24/BNStory/specialComment/home

Canada's need to know
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090223.weAuto24/BNStory/specialComment/home

NATIONAL POST -
Tell Quebec where to get off
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=1321665

K-W RECORD -
Health care bills demand attention  
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/493079

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
A provincially elected Senate
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/a_provincially_elected_senate-40209212.html

Electronic health records save lives, time
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/electronic_health_records_save_lives_time-40209117.html

REGINA LEADER-POST -
Not guilty of hate speech
http://www.leaderpost.com/news/todays-paper/guilty+hate+speech/1322474/story.html

CALGARY HERALD -
Ahenakew outrageous, disgraceful, but not illegal
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=e6755577-6ed9-424c-ac37-62d94d405bae

Drawing a tight ring around North America
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=b1cd621d-2fe9-4c61-95d4-d45b24c27e3a

RED DEER ADVOCATE -
Big impact from few dollars 
http://www.albertalocalnews.com/reddeeradvocate/opinion/Big_impact_from_few_dollars.html


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS -          
Transparency to be focus of native funding policy, Tories say
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090224.wreserves24/BNStory/National/home


AF-PAK PROBLEM -
In the north, Afghans fight hunger, not the Taliban
http://www.aopnews.com/today.html


CANADIAN FORCES -
Afghanistan victory unlikely, says DND manual
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/world/afghanistan/story.html?id=1321612

Canada probes whether blast killed Afghan children
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/090224/canada/canada_us_afghan_blast


CANUSA/USACAN
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Canada has the floor; let's use it
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/592036

Cozy countries
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2009/02/23/8503701-sun.html

Canada-U.S. relations reborn after visit from Obama
http://www.vancouversun.com/Business/Canada+relations+reborn+after+visit+from+Obama/1322803/story.html

VIDEO: CNBC: CANADIAN PM ON BANKS
http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=1043703424&play=1


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS -
Bailouts have time and place
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=dee491f5-e0a5-4599-a929-f234d17ccfcd

EI ranks swell by almost 5% in December
http://www.cbc.ca/money/story/2009/02/24/eibenefits.html


FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
Arctic hot in more ways than one
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=1321661


HEALTH CARE RELATED -
Canadians open door to learning-disorder drug
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090224.wdrug24/BNStory/National/home

Heart strategy aims to cut top killer
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090224.wheart0224/BNStory/Front/home

Report calls for $700M to fight heart disease
http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2009/02/24/heart-strategy.html

Maple Leaf Foods recalls hot dogs
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090224.wmapleleafrecall0224/BNStory/National/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20090224.wmapleleafrecall0224


JUSTICE SYSTEM -
Justice committee ponders lowering impaired driving limit
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Justice+committee+ponders+lowering+impaired+driving+limit/1322106/story.html


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
Williams Has Problems With Proposed Trade Deal
http://www.vocm.com/news-info.asp?id=34455

Mandatory home energy audits planned
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=1321615

Ontario to allow green energy on the grid - but at what cost?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090224.wcampbell24/BNStory/National/home

Harper won't support rail link between Que. and Ont.: McGuinty 
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/592366


FEDERAL POLITICS -
NDP baiting Liberals and Tories at Finance Committee
http://davidakin.blogware.com/blog/_archives/2009/2/24/4103387.html

A plan without vision
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=1321670

The audacity of Michael Ignatieff
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2009/feb/13/michael-ignatieff-canada-economy/print

Tale of two leaders
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/columnists/Tale+leaders/1322136/story.html


PROGRAMMES -
Changes for Grain Act back on table
http://www.manitobacooperator.ca/issues/isarticle.asp?id=96439&issue=02232009&PC=FBC&story_id=&link_targ=DailyNews&link_source=aypr_MBCO

Stimulus bucks may stall in bureaucracy
http://www.calgaryherald.com/columnists/Stimulus+bucks+stall+bureaucracy/1323227/story.html


OPINION AND INFORMATION -
That'll teach ' em
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=1321738

The Big Global Screw-up
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=df45bc46-ef28-49e0-9749-53810f42ea1d

A nation's amnesia
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=1321664

Can Green Energy Act clean up Ontario's electricity supply? 
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/591941

There will be blood' Harvard economic historian Niall Ferguson predicts
prolonged financial hardship, even civil war, before the 'Great Recession' ends  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090223.wferguson0223/BNStory/crashandrecovery/?pageRequested=1


INFOS -
Le Canada et l'ONU s'inquiètent de la croissance des enlèvements
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200902/24/01-830752-le-canada-et-lonu-sinquietent-de-la-croissance-des-enlevements.php

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Ottawa ne veut pas d'un train Québec-Windsor, selon McGuinty
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200902/24/01-830744-ottawa-ne-veut-pas-dun-train-quebec-windsor-selon-mcguinty.php

Un comité réclame 700 millions contre les maladies du coeur
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/sante/200902/24/01-830670-un-comite-reclame-700-millions-contre-les-maladies-du-coeur.php

Stephen Harper se dit rassuré
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200902/24/01-830467-stephen-harper-se-dit-rassure.php

La police tient toujours au Taser
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2009/02/24/002-teaser-police-canadienne.shtml

Les études seront actualisées
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/Quebec/2009/02/24/001-tgv_contrat_etudes_n.shtml

Aide étrangère Ottawa resserre sa liste
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2009/02/24/001-aide-liste-ottawa.shtml

Listériose Prise de bec aux Communes
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2009/02/23/002-ottawa-listeriose.shtml


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From: "Jacob Rempel"
Subject: This may be what you have already received about the Tar Sands Debacle.
On the other hand, you may not have followed all the links. Please do.

Friends:---

Have you watched "Dark Side of the Boom: Canada's Mordor"?

On Feb 4 each of our elected members of Parliament were delivered a dvd of "Dark Side of the Boom: Canada's Mordor" (In the book Lord of the Rings, the name "Mordor" is the name of a land that is dying.)

If not, please take 8 minutes NOW to watch our documentary posted on our website http://www.canadians.org/energy/index.html              
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From: Ray Strachan
Subject: I see we made two more young boys into Hamburger today

Joe

That is one of the stories that made my blood boil today, The other, Our Great
RCMP Officers ,their cowardice,   4 of them frozen in fear of this poor soul
who couldnt speak or understand English,  held all day like a dumb dog, his
Mother told that he hadnt arrived. And of course they have already been found
Not Guilty of any wrongdoing.    And the third story on National
News "Ahenakew again found not guilty of spreading Hate Against Jews.  But not
so fast they are tal,king of challenging the verdict, AGAIN. Whatr bothers me
most of all is the way our National News Is Presented on Both CTV and CBC.
They use diatriube like " All Canadians Were Outraged with what Ahenakew
originally said"   ALL CANADIANS??.    And they read the news article as
everything Ahenakew said was "HIS OWN IDEA".   I recall how the story went
down at the beginning " Ahenakew said he was TOLD BY GERMAN PEOPLE,.
when he was serving in The Canadian Armed Forces In Germany,  everything
that he repeated that fateful evening.     We   Cannot get the truth. So who
owns The Media,Court System and Politicians?    Why cant we even be honest
with ourselves about that?

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From: Larry Kazdan
To: letters@thecitizen.canwest.com
Subject: Letter to Editor re:  The right way to spread freedom,   James Traub,  February 23,

Re:  The right way to spread freedom, James Traub, February 23,
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/op-ed/right+spread+freedom/1319040/story.html

Let's hope the US retains promotion of democracy as a major foreign policy goal.  But will other countries see US initiatives as the true promotion of democratic values, or only a tool of US political and economic interests?  One step the US could take is to support the gradual democratization of decision-making at the United Nations.  For example, if the UN General Assembly were to set up a consultative Parliamentary Assembly, this body would then challenge non-democratic states to participate, and could train a whole new generation of parliamentarians from those countries that decided to take part.  It would also isolate those states that declined. Now if the United States supported and were actively involved in such a proposal, it would demonstrate that the US is prepared to practice what it preaches, a nation that leads by tough example rather than mere empty rhetoric.

Larry Kazdan , Vice-President,
World Federalist Movement Canada – Vancouver Branch
Vancouver, B.C.

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From: The Natroses

Hi Joe, Just a quick note on an article that I have read. It sounds to me that the changes to the Navigable Water Act may have been started by B.C.'s Premier Cambell. Sounds right to me, since Campbell has been in power, living in rural BC, is very difficult. It is almost as hard as living in NL. Here is the link: http://tinyurl.com/clhu93

I had to laugh, Campbell using the tactic of Ottawa getting in the way of development, and the act does not represent the 21st century. Its this tactic, among others that are being used to get rid of our common law and rights. In today's world, Canadians have forgotten about common law, and how people have certain rights crossing land, waters and activities that we have a legal right.

Remember, how many small towns had commons and now few exist as they were once were. Federal parks prevent people from picking or even eating a berry. In NL, there is always a few people who are charged for eating or picking berries. No doubt, it is happening right across Canada in all federal parks.

The feds have done this in the name of environment, but I think it is a move to make it easier for provinces to also adopt the laws, so rural parts can be exploited for their resources. All a premier will do, is to point to the federal laws, to change the provincial act. I call it making laws to suit the elite, by controlling the populace of where one can go, the activities, and to keep people away from land they may or may not be going under some type of development or exploration of its resources.

From the Natroses

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Subject: The Honorable ...
From: "Efstratios Psarianos"

Well, I look silly. Turns out that US VPs get called 'The Honorable'. At least I presume that that's the reason behind Al Gore's getting respect and all ...
 
Stratos

The Honorable Al Gore - International CTIA WIRELESS Keynote Speaker
April 03, 2009, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center
http://www.ctiawireless.com/events/keynote.cfm?calID=869
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From: Rubie Britton

Subject: Common-ism..Please read.
http://www.freedom21.com/deweese_su.asp

Subject: Phosphorus Shells
Amnesty Citing Phosphorus Shells Urges Israeli Weapons Ban
http://www.truthout.org/022309N

Subject: The Cleanser
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article22082.htm

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From: "Grenville Rogers"
To: "S RYAN" <sryan@cupe.on.ca>
Subject: Boycott of Israel Academics

Dear Mr. Ryan   -  
 
I want to thank you and to commend you for your willingness to be vilified for taking an unpopular stand on the matter of Israel's continued attacks on all, not only Arabs and Muslims, who dare to question what Israel and its leaders say or do.
 
Our current federal government's position is that Israel can, virtually, do no wrong.
Whereas Canada had no enemies in the Middle East, we now have many. This is the direct result of our current PM's declaration that Canada will unconditionally support Israel, and will defend the Jewish religion.
 
Please do not be dissuaded by attempts to vilify you. The people who control the Prime Minister and the media, in all its forms, in Canada, are, and will prove to be your implacable enemies. They will seek to destroy you. 
 
You have far more support among Canadians, for your position than you may be aware of.
 
Don't buckle.
 
Respectfully 
 
Grenville Rogers
PO Box 
Lively, ON.  P3Y 1N3
705 692 3929
grogers@vianet.ca
 
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From:Ross Bateman
Sent: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 10:31 AM
Subject: Wind scandal

Dear Joe:  I haven't seen much in The Digest on the windy developments, but I think it's obviously important.  Here's my take on it.   Ross Bateman
 
 Faith in industrial wind energy is not supported by actual performance data anywhere.    The world is presently encumbered with over 60,000 industrial-scale wind turbines.   In no venue – Germany, Spain, Denmark, California, Texas, Ontario – has wind been correlated with a reduction in CO2 emissions in the making of electricity.   Yet, that is their reason-for-being.

Wind-generated electricity can be used in discrete locations, feeding into expensive storage batteries.   But wind is relentlessly volatile, and when connected to the grid, it is destabilizing in ways that decrease the efficiencies and cleanliness of stable fossil power sources and increase a number of costs, including the CO2 emissions.   Nowhere in the world has a coal plant been closed because of a wind project.   So, why all the installations, here, there, and everywhere?   The answer is in the money trail.  

One would think that having something profitable to sell would be driving the push for these big, gleaming, and smokeless sculptures, owing to the production of a good, clean, useful product.  But no: the profit is in the guaranteed high rate of return to the lucky industrial developer.   It is subsidized almost wholly by ratepayers and taxpayers, who get almost nothing in exchange.   On a kilowatt-hour basis, wind is by far the most heavily-subsidized source of power in the U.S., receiving 25 times more than coal, hydro and natural gas, despite not producing any capacity value, unlike the rest.  

It gets worse.  Consider the motives.  Consider how and where your money is being funneled.  Even a cursory examination exposes the connection between the public purse and certain political friendships with potential developers.    A profit also accrues to vote-hungry governments who back these windy schemes, and who then look green to the uninitiated.   

In the United States and elsewhere, the feckless wind energy produced is a front for the real business of generating tax schemes benefiting a few at the expense of the many, and playing havoc with the environment while claiming to save it.  Disgraced Enron, which owned the nation's largest collection of wind facilities, pioneered the-tax-shelter-as-a-commodity.  In pursuit of a financial bonanza, the wind industry fiercely resists any federal or state regulations guiding wind plant installations.  

The same is happening here in Ontario.   Two years ago, Ontario was already rewriting planning and environmental laws to weaken cautionary safeguards, in order to strengthen this rural industrial development.   And now, Liberals McGuinty and Smitherman are touring the province promoting the further weakening of legislative oversight through the Green Energy Act.   The plot unfolds predictably.  Profits are being made without the public receiving the benefits expected – not power, not a cleaner environment, and not improved public health.   This is truly a scandal of massive proportions.  

NIMBY?  Not In My Backyard?  Not in anybody's backyard.

Ross Bateman  RR 3,  Langton   

Supportive material:

Recent article from Germany
http://www.spiegel.de/international/business/0,1518,606763,00.html

 Wind Concerns Ontario
http://windconcernsontario.wordpress.com
specifically the Environment and Viability headers at top
but also look at Industrial Wind Information sidebar on right side down below.

Stopillwind.org - An educational resource about industrial wind
http://www.stopillwind.org/

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From: Stephen M MacLean
Subject: FYI: 'Laissez-Faire Capitalism Has Failed' by Nouriel Roubini

·         Roubini, Nouriel. (2009)  ‘Laissez-Faire Capitalism Has Failed’.  Forbes.com.  19 February.  http://www.forbes.com/2009/02/18/depression-financial-crisis-capitalism-opinions-columnists_recession_stimulus.html


Best Quote: ‘...while this crisis does not imply the end of market-economy capitalism, it has shown the failure of a particular model of capitalism. Namely, the laissez-faire, unregulated (or aggressively deregulated), Wild West model of free market capitalism with lack of prudential regulation, supervision of financial markets and proper provision of public goods by governments.’
 
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From: Charles Tupper
Subject: LAW says Bush should be barred from Canada or Prosecuted

-- DISTRIBUTE WIDELY --

From Lawyers against the War:  Please participate in this important initiative. LAW contact information is below.

Attention LAW members;

George W. Bush, former President of the United States of America (U.S.) and Commander in Chief of the Armed Force, is reported to be coming to Calgary Alberta on March 17, 2009 to speak at a private function. 

Evidence of Bush's involvement in torture and other war crimes and crimes against humanity has triggered Canada's legal duty to bar Bush from entering Canada and if he enters, to prosecute him for torture.

LAW has advised the Prime Minister of Canada, the Attorney General and the Ministers of Immigration, Public Safety and Foreign Affairs that George W. Bush is inadmissible to Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.  Section 35(1) (a) states that a foreign national is inadmissible on grounds of violating human or international rights or for committing an act outside Canada that constitutes an offence referred to in sections 4 to 7 of the Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Act.  Also inadmissiable (s.35 (1)(b)) are persons who are, or were, senior officials "in the service of a government that, in the opinion of the Minister, engages or has engaged in gross human rights violations…"

 Under sections 4 to 7 of the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act:

               "crimes against humanity" includes murder, enforced disappearance, deportation, imprisonment, torture, imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law, committed against any civilian population or any identifiable group.

               "war crime" includes willfull killing, torture and inhuman treatment, unlawful confinement, willfully depriving a prisoner of war or other protected person of fair trial rights, intentionally launching that the attack will cause incidental loss of life or injury to civilians or damage to civilian objects or widespread, long-term and severe damage to the natural environment which would be clearly excessive in relation to the concrete and direct overall military advantage anticipated.

If there are reasonable grounds to believe a person has been complicit in any of these crimes, entry to Canada must be denied. The Supreme Court of Canada says reasonable grounds are "something more than suspicion but less than … proof on the balance of probabilities."

Please:

a) let us know if you would like to add your signature to this letter; and,
b) distribute the letter and the request for endorsement to other groups and individuals.
c) post the letter on your site.
 
Thanks.  Gail Davidson
 
Lawyers Against the War
Tel:  +1 604 738-0338
Fax: +1 604 736-1175
Email:  law@portal.ca
Website: www.lawyersagainstthewar.org

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