Thursday, February 26, 2009

Daily Digest February 26, 2009


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

EDITORIAL PAGEs

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Agencies reeling over threat to the Great Lakes
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1108415.html

Canada-U.S. relations get a shot in the arm
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1108470.html

SAINT JOHN TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL -
Auto bailouts are bad news
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/opinion/article/585054

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
A Caisse of wild expectations
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/Caisse+wild+expectations/1329892/story.html

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Danger in a bottle
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Danger+bottle/1330020/story.html
 
Creating conspiracies
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Creating+conspiracies/1330021/story.html

KINGSTON WHIG STANDARD-
Clean Energy Act pushes province toward sustainability
http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1452377

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Keep politicans away from Taser guidelines
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1452215

TORONTO STAR -
Obama's stirring call to think big
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/593129

High-speed rail, again
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/593126

GLOBE & MAIL -
A necessary dose of optimismComment9
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090225.weObama26/BNStory/specialComment/home

Spending wisely
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090225.weAid26/BNStory/specialComment/home

NATIONAL POST -
Canada needs the oil sands
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=1329508

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
CBC bailout has bad optics 
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/520735

ST. CATHARINES STANDARD -
CBC goes into damage control
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1452957

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW -
Get angry about health system
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1452453

K-W RECORD -
 Tighten rules on stun gun use
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/494422

Helmets can save lives
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/494424

WINDSOR STAR -
Energy audit
http://www.windsorstar.com/opinion/editorials/Energy+audit/1330782/story.html

SUDBURY STAR -
What happened to McGuinty the nanny?
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1453080

THUNDER BAY CHRONICLE JOURNAL -
The whole story please
http://www.chroniclejournal.com/stories.php?id=167716

CALGARY HERALD -
Doctors have constitutional rights too
T he constitutional right of freedom of religion is akin to freedom of conscience.
  http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=b4358fff-377a-43f9-9ab3-3d18ad100c8a
 
Matching U. S. rhetoric with the Canadian interest
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=5ce51212-7800-425c-8d4c-afa336c08105

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE -
What happened to fiscal sanity? Provincial Tories have changed dramatically
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1453379

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Oilsands spread a turning point?
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/editorials/Oilsands+spread+turning+point/1330967/story.html

RED DEER ADVOCATE -
Oilsands could clean up tailings ponds 
http://www.albertalocalnews.com/reddeeradvocate/opinion/Oilsands_could_clean_up_tailings_ponds.html

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN -
Criminology instructor critical of gang legislation
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/20090226178348/local/news/criminology-instructor-critical-of-gang-legislation.html

VANCOUVER SUN -
Forensic science not as reliable as generally believed
http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=b1fca25e-e03f-47c3-a5b5-7d6efa6e2fc3

Age of technology
http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=4f97e19a-6c66-449d-aef0-5be86fe8e52b

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Pols happy with posturing on gangs
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=4265e860-3724-46bb-8b6f-0f71f6389532

Failing children, failing the public
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=c18a54eb-fa2b-470d-9825-5b8e86aad4b2


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS -          
Funding on-reserve schools political, note suggests
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090226.wschools26/BNStory/National/home

Panel tab tough to reconcile
http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2009/02/26/8536886-sun.html


AF-PAK PROBLEM -
Taliban call for peace with Afghans
http://www.nationalpost.com/most_popular/story.html?id=1331330

Backstage at the theater of 'terror'
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/KB27Df03.html

Pakistan's turmoil echoes in Afghanistan
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/KB27Df01.html

Afghan National Police Update: February 2009
http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2009/02/afghan_police_update.php

4,000 Muslim Brits Join Taliban: 
THOUSANDS of British-born Muslims have joined the Taliban in Afghanistan. UK troops say they are facing a mini civil war as more Brits head out to fight for the enemy. http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/70883/4-000-Muslim-Brits-join-Taliban/


CANADIAN FORCES -
Cost of Afghan mission jumps to $11.3-billion
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090226.wafghan0226/BNStory/National/home


CANUSA/USACAN -
U.S. claims victory in lumber case against Canada
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/090227/canada/politics_us_usa_canada_lumber

Foreign Affairs ready to buy American
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/News/Foreign+Affairs+ready+American/1329968/story.html

U.S. meat packing 'guidelines' will chill trade: cattle group
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/Business/meat+packing+guidelines+will+chill+trade+cattle+group/1330333/story.html

Canada holds fire on new U.S. meat labeling rules
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/090225/canada/canada_us_trade_usa

Tories in sprint to match Obama on climate change
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/593246

Mexico could be template for Canada, Obama suggests
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/593245

Labatt deal may violate NAFTA
http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/News/Local/2009/02/26/8539061-sun.html


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS -
25% tuition hike touted
http://www.parentcentral.ca/parent/article/593304

Bank shareholders demand say on pay
http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=1332446

Harper warns of long-term inflation risk
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/090226/canada/canada_us_economy_harper


FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
No Oscar for Ottawa's policy on emerging Asian powers
In 'Pacific Century' Canada remains fixated on continental and internal issues
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/592578

RIGHTS: Britain Admits Complicity in U.S. Rendition
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=45901


HEALTH CARE RELATED -
Candidate eyes new approach for CMA
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/593266

Health council takes a long look at how we spend on care
http://www.vancouversun.com/Health/Health+council+takes+long+look+spend+care/1330581/story.html


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
B.C. to lead Canada in training experts to deal with human trafficking cases
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090226/national/human_trafficking

You want to know what the Alberta Disadvantage looks like? It looks a lot like a province that spends $25M on mindless navel gazing http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Columnists/Bell_Rick/2009/02/26/8538021-sun.php

Whatever happened to fiscal sanity?
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Columnists/Waugh_Neil/2009/02/25/8535666-sun.html

Creativity report falls short on strategy for new jobs 
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/593154

Saskatchewan keen to partner with AECL
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090226.waecl26/BNStory/National/home


FEDERAL POLITICS -
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says public supports tough new crime bills
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090226/national/justice_gangs

Opposition MPs support 'modest' Tory crime bill
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=1331895

Opposition turns tables, demands Tories get tougher on crime
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090226/national/justice_gangs_politics

Need a school? Better go Tory blue: NDP
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090226/national/tories_native_schools

MP blasts Tories over cash for natives
Memos suggest schools in opposition ridings had money withheld
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/593303

Experts say Greens need a revival as they meet in Nova Scotia
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090226/national/greens_vanish

MP proposes access-to-information law reform
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/593267

Access-to-information throttled from top: Commissioner
http://www.canada.com/Business/Access+information+throttled+from+Commissioner/1331788/story.html
Michael Ignatieff's risky play in the oilsands
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/02/26/kelly-mcparland-michael-ignatieff-s-risky-play-in-the-oilsands.aspx

Crime issue offers reprieve for economy-weary Tories
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/02/26/don-martin-crime-issue-offers-reprieve-for-economy-weary-tories.aspx

Canada farm minister calls for wheat board audit
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/090226/canada/canada_us_wheatboard_audit_canada

Ottawa Politics and News from the Hill http://blog.macleans.ca/category/blog-central/canada-blog/capital-read/

PROGRAMMES -
Feds unveil $3-billion stimulus stash
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090226/national/stimulus_stash

Health Canada orders quarantine of drugs from Indian plant under investigation
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090226/national/indian_drugs_quarantined

Watchdog paints 'grim picture' of federal info handling
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090226/Information_Access_090226/20090226?hub=Canada

CBC must consider selling assets to cope with economic downturn: Lacroix
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090226/national/cbc_funding

Funding shortfall would force CBC to consider more U.S. shows
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090226.wcbc0226/BNStory/Front/home

CBC says may cut services
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/090226/canada/canada_us_cbc

PM pledges $350M for Evergreen rapid transit line
http://news.aol.ca/article/bc-evergreen-line-federal-funding/542865/


PRESSURE POINTS -
Lawyer for alleged Quebec terrorist mounts constitutional challenge defence
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090226/national/crime_suspected_terrorist

How green was my wind turbine
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090225.wcowent26/BNStory/specialComment/home


OPINION AND INFORMATION
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How green was my wind turbine
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090225.wcowent26/BNStory/specialComment/home

Dalton wants the 'green' in your wallet
http://www.torontosun.com/comment/editorial/2009/02/26/8535946-sun.html

Canada must lead on rights
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/fp/Canada+must+lead+rights/1330024/story.html

Where, oh where, is Canada's State of the Union address?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090225.wcomartin26/BNStory/specialComment/home

Teflon Ottawa doesn't feel your pain
http://www.thestar.com/Canada/Columnist/article/593247

Time to put 250-year-old battle to rest
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=1329495

Oilsands will never get a fair shake
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Business/Oilsands+will+never+fair+shake/1330900/story.html

Oilsands spread a turning point?
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Business/Oilsands+spread+turning+point/1330967/story.html


INFOS -
Crise de l'accès à l'information à Ottawa
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200902/26/01-831359-crise-de-lacces-a-linformation-a-ottawa.php

Ignatieff prend ses distances de Beryl Wajsman
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200902/26/01-831243-ignatieff-prend-ses-distances-de-beryl-wajsman.php

Crise économique: des craintes pour les minorités linguistiques
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200902/26/01-831384-crise-economique-des-craintes-pour-les-minorites-linguistiques.php

L'urgence d'agir
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2009/02/26/003-fonds-relance.shtml

Gangs de rue: Ottawa hausse le ton
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2009/02/26/001-conservateur-crime-gang.shtml

Sables bitumineux: Ottawa et Edmonton secoués
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/environnement/2009/02/25/001-national-geo-bitumineux.shtml


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Well worth your time. 
Will Obama's stimulus solve the crisis?
Stimulus won't succeed if the structural changes that lowered wages are not addressed view


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From: Larry Kazdan
To: letters@canadafreepress.com
Subject: Letter to Editor re: The Right-Left Political Matrix, Charles Adler, February 25

Re: The Right-Left Political Matrix, Charles Adler, February 25
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/8791

Many thanks for setting me straight on the Left-Right Political Matrix.  I've always considered myself part of the Canadian Left, and here I thought that meant working to protect Canadian Medicare, advocating for better student loans, asserting civil liberties, demanding a more principled Canadian foreign policy, and working my butt off delivering pamphlets during Canadian parliamentary elections.  Now I discover 60 years of my life have been wasted.   I hope I'm not too old, but I appreciate your re-education and will do my best to procure a Che Guevara T-Shirt, a Kalishnakoff rifle, and apply for any openings in the KGB.      

Larry Kazdan C.G.A,
Vancouver, B.C.

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From: Ray Strachan
Subject: Dam,  one more thot

Joe

Had intended to include this thot in last email.    We live in the age of
instant gratification.  What describes that better than the "Tazer" 
especially if we adopt the idea that it is actually harmless.   People just
die from other causes after being hit (Acts of God I guess). Its a great
shortcut.

Ray

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From: "Brad Thomson"
Subject: BELOW30

Brad Thomson

Joe,

I do not understand the bailout of the auto industries. Perhaps someone could help me.

What is the point in giving these companies so much money to keep going? What are they going to do other than build cars that no one is going to buy? Will they just pile them up in the parking lot? Or will they simply pay the workers to do nothing?

Would it not make more sense to give every eligible citizen enough money to buy a car so long as they actually buy one?

Pumping money into an industry that builds products people cannot afford to buy cannot be rational on the surface. What is the true motive? Give them enough money to move their entire operations to China? India?

Makes sense to me. All the international gang of banking hoodlems needs to do is print more money out of thin air and loan the governments of China and India lots of it and then their people will be able to buy cars. Soon their debt will be like that of the Western world and the complete takeover of the world by the new world order will be complete.

Mankind is being hijacked by psychopathic thugs. And Obama is their front man. May God help us.

Brad Thomson
Gatineau
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