Saturday, February 07, 2009

Daily Digest February 7, 2009



The trouble with equalization

Ill-advised remarks by a new senator
Senator Mike Duffy's remarks do little to advance the interests of Islanders.

Problem faced head on

A boost for volunteers: Province to help with insurance

Free-range politicians serve us the best

And another thing ...

Standing up for himself

Flexibility, not weakness

Big spending only raises false hopes

Jobless rate shows EI reform needed

Growing food at home

Manufacturing is part of the future

Abuse – and anger

Fresh air from France

A mother of a certain age

McGuinty finally gets serious about the economy

We must learn to expect less from government

Are you an 'intravidual?'
You're not alone. Technology's tightning grasp on our lives means there are fewer boundaries between our workplaces and our homes

Health care a stimulus, too

Green plan busted

It's hard to believe we're still debating free trade

Kids today! they're so passive

The right CEO compensation

Starting a family at age 60?

Rage rises when people are feeling diminished

Protectionism risks huge


Aboriginal leaders frustrated after report finds cancer rates higher than expected

Canadian firms to bid on $100M Kandahar airfield upgrade

Germany, France dodge Afghanistan troop issue

Afghanistan's Public Health Emergency

Preserver to get refit

Canadians spooked by U.S. news

Canadian trade talks aim to reduce dependence on U.S.

Juggling the TFSA with your RRSP

In shrinking workforce, women may surpass men

Pros, cons of floating loonie


Global crisis fuels protests

As their jobs disappear, people around the world have taken to the streets

Obama's vanity shines through

U.S. Vice President Biden says it's time to repair relations with Russia

Taking on the military-industrial complex
Korb: Reducing military spending can reform the US approach to national security and military hegemony

Genetic health of the unborn: Simple test, complex questions

Food bans: healthy or hysterical?

Williams' dukes are up - who's with him?

Danny wants some of those loonies

While markets burn, Ontario dithers

McGuinty changes tune on use of regulations

McGuinty wants to help cos. in budget, may include harmonized taxes

McGuinty says Green Energy Act will create 50,000 jobs


A former candidate rejected by the establishment of the CCP, received a sum of money to abandon its pursuit =

Tory lead over Liberals narrows, poll finds

Ignatieff makes gains for Liberals: poll
Party narrows 23-point gap behind Tories in two months since he became leader

In tough times, Tories go soft on ads

PM's fate now lies with bureaucrats he disdains

Harper must guide, not just preside

Economic tough times to continue: former PM

Inside Ignatieff's quest to win back B.C.

Jobless need more help, critics charge

Salmonella recall list grows to more than 200

Ottawa accused of going overboard in recalling peanut snacks

How climate-change money went down the policy drain

Should we limit family size to save the Earth?

Coalition of unintended consequences

Bailout nation: The cries for more never end

Shoah business: Never forget, but never obsess, about the Holocaust

Media's rapidly shrinking mass

Global slump hits home

New Jobless Numbers Expose the Utter Inadequacy of the Harper Budget

Will the economy drag down Harper?

Le parti conservateur achète la paix

Les libéraux se rapprochent des conservateurs

Sarkozy: une «bouffée d'air frais» au Canada anglais

Harper maintient le cap

Le chômage met de la pression sur Ottawa

Abattage de volailles - Inspection des aliments: Ottawa se déleste de certaines obligations

L'opposition reproche aux conservateurs de n'avoir rien fait pour l'emploi



I have become more and more convinced that "Policy Directions" is a more apt term to use rather than "Policies".  Unknown variables often come into play that throw fixed policies arising out of fixed principles into the realm of the unrealistic.

Rather than approaching the use of decision making power in government to bring in a "principled" view of what ought to be and acting to try and shape reality to fit it (and both right and left are like unto a Procrustean bed in setting an arbitrary standard to which exact conformity is forced.) the following is offered.

"I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times." are the words of Senator Everett Dirksen,

To "Progress with care", with progress applied as both noun and verb, is the wisest approach to determining action. Identification of the issue as it exists, consideration of all suggested alternatives, followed by implementation of what best addresses the problem in the present, with an eye on its effects into the future.

Reception of the post below stimulated the thoughts expressed above.

It's doubtful I'd be welcomed as a member of The Association of Principled Conservatives.

The invitation to seek information is on the Digest in that there may be those supportive of the positions taken at website .


Subject: The Association of Principled Canadians

The Association of Principled Canadians.

Our goal is to bring better government to Canada by influencing a 
majority of Members of Parliament to adopt our Principles and 

In June of 2007,  a small group of conservatives met in Kingston  to 
discuss our disappointments and dissatisfactions with the Harper 
government.  We were concerned that the Harper government lost it's 
way and had diverged and deviated from what we felt was fundamental 
conservative   concepts, beliefs and ideas.  Some of us felt the 
need to find a new path to better government for our nation.

The meeting was designed to discuss our concerns, and  come up with 
ideas.   At our first meetings, we had no  fixed plans as to where 
this would lead, other than to hash out ideas.    After several 
meetings, we finalized our ideas and put together a plan and a name 
­ The Association of Principled Canadians.

We decided that rather than start yet another right-of-centre party, 
we would instead start up a group of influential individuals who 
would try and influence the CPC from the inside.    "A new party if 
necessary but not necessarily a new party." Reflected the feeling of 
some that either it would be folly to split the vote (again), or, it 
would be better to effect change within the current CPC party. In 
other words, we should prepare ourselves to be ready if 
circumstances favour a new party, but strive to make it unnecessary 
to do so!

Thus, The Association of Principled Canadians.  Think of it as a 
"think-tank",  or may be just  a group of conservative activists and 
partisans  who are actively thinking of ways to influence the CPC 
towards more conservative governance.

We know we are just one group among many trying to find the key to 
transform the yearning among Canadians into enough public support to 
bring better governance to our beloved country.

We have incorporated an association as a signal of purpose and 
conviction and are in the process of increasing its membership in 
southern Ontario, and all of Canada.

We realize it is tremendously important to build something that will 
attract millions of citizens, not just a few dozen political 
activists. This is no small task and not one to be taken without the 
participation of talented and dedicated people.

You can get more information on TAPC from our website:  http://
Or, you can email us at:

From: Ron Thornton

Hi Joe:

In the Feb. 6 Digest you wrote "that much of the federal government's plan to save the planet from global warming is hot air." Considering that the concept of saving our planet from global warming is, in itself, nothing but a bunch of hot air, what is the problem? I mean, other than just pissing away tax payer dollars on something based on nonsense to in the end accomplish accomplish nothing?


From: Larry Kazdan
To: Vancouver Sun LetED <>
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Liberal fundraisers outperform NDP Elections B.C. documents show, Jonathan Fowlie,  February 06

Re:  Liberal fundraisers outperform NDP Elections B.C. documents show, Jonathan Fowlie,  February 06
Documents filed with Elections B.C. show that in the first 10 months of 2008, over 67% of B.C. Liberal political contributions came from businesses and corporations while 21% of donations to the NDP came from unions.  Do we really want businesses, corporations and unions funding our political parties?  Is it possible in B.C. that politicians and policies can be bought?  What kind of democracy is this?              
Larry Kazdan
Vancouver, B.C.

From: "Jean  Pycock"
Subject: Re: Daily Digest February 4, 2009

Please keep us posted when, and whereever, you see unscrupulous behaviour by our politicians.  Jean Pycock

Subject: To those who think the Madoff scheme was the Scam of the Millenium
From: "Efstratios Psarianos"

To those who think the Madoff scheme was the Scam of the Millenium .. there's worse. Check it out:
From: "Rebecca Gingrich"
Subject: This applies equally to Canada


From: "Suan H.Booiman"
Subject: missed

Charest missed chance to be a federalist
 The GazetteFebruary 6, 2009
Federalists have been in a state of high amusement, not to say hilarity, over what Nicolas Sarkozy, president of France, said Monday about Canadian unity.

Sovereignist sputtering and muttering have been tremendously entertaining. "Crass arrogance," said Gilles Duceppe who with Pauline Marois has dispatched a sternly-worded letter to Sarkozy - charmingly, they had to send it via the Canadian ambassador. At the Elysée Palace this missive will surely get all the attention it deserves.

No wonder they're upset. In the abstruse calculus of separatism, French sympathy has long been a perceived - and perhaps a real - asset. France's celebrated "ni-ni" policy, now abandoned like a stale croissant, meant France would not interfere overtly in the playing out of la question nationale, but was not disinterested, either. In the context, this meant that France was quietly waiting for the glorious day to dawn, and would welcome it cheerfully. The policy left the Canadian foreign ministry quietly infuriated.

Such is the importance of the old country in sovereignist mythology and iconography that this promise of a big friend had become a beacon in separatist thinking: Jacques Parizeau made it clear, in unguarded moments, that he had been counting on France to tolerate a unilateral declaration of independence following even a narrow Yes victory in the 1995 referendum.

Now the Parti Québécois leaders will have to push the rock up that hill all over again, France's current president having proclaimed himself in favour of Canadian unity. Sarkozy sounded contemptuous of separatism, almost, as he lauded "the message of the Francophonie ... the rejection of bigotry, the rejection of division, the rejection of self-confinement, the refusal to define one's identity through fierce opposition to another."

Very nice. But all Canadians should remember that what France thinks about Quebec's future doesn't really matter very much, whether the president in question is Sarkozy or Charles de Gaulle. It does matter, however, what the premier of Quebec thinks, and the nominally-federalist Jean Charest chose this occasion to misrepresent, again, the rules of the game.

"Quebecers will decide their own future," Charest said in reaction to Sarkozy's remarks. We agree with him to the extent that the French have no role in any future discussion of Quebec's constitutional status.

But the Canadians surely do - the federal government and the people of the rest of Canada would certainly have a say, as the Supreme Court and Parliament have asserted. Why won't Charest acknowledge that?

From: John Kruithof
Subject: Constitutional Crisis


In reference to your February 6th Daily Digest, it is cold comfort that the actions of the Prime Minister and Governor General in constitutional terms will forever bear the stigma of Canadian politics at its worst.

John Kruithof
Ottawa South

From: "Suan H.Booiman"
To: "Stockwell DayOkanagan" <>,
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Subject: please rfegister
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2009 13:01:18 -0800

                                         Suan H.Booiman C.C.D.H.
                                            204-1220 Fir Street
British Columbia               White Rock V4B 4B1                 Western  Canada
February 7, 2009
The B.C.CPC Members of Parliament.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
An advertisement in the Vancouver Sun today by the
                          Government of Canada
               "Registration of Canadians Abroad"
                            New Upgraded System
Is it not ironic to see the Government admitting that it does know who and where
Canadians are, not only abroad but also within the country.
It give a number of "Why and What" suggestions adding to it that information is
protected by the Privacy Act.
All information about Canadian Citizens and other foreign residents is Private within
the Government, the unfortunate part is that we have a government that has no clue
who and where people are living in this divided country. Being silent partners in this
matter does not bring us anywhere, the country is on the edge to be taken over by
Am sure you will not now or ever pay attention, but the records will show you have
been told.
Yours Truly,
Suan H.Booiman

From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Mint warns eco-group to stop defacing loonies,  Judith Lavoie, February 6

Re: Mint warns eco-group to stop defacing loonies,   Judith Lavoie, February 6         
Congratulations to the Dogwood Initiative for their slick new advertising campaign.  We can appreciate why government is trying to protect the currency, but wouldn't their efforts be far better spent in preventing our shorebirds from indecent exposure to actual oil spills?
Larry Kazdan,
620 E. 23 Ave,
Vancouver, B.C.
Subject: Troglodytes with typewriters
From: "Efstratios Psarianos"

Mouth-breathers of the world, UNITE! You have nothing to lose but your whips and chains. (Stratos Marx (Harpo's dumb twin), 2009)
Yup, it's that time of the year, folks. Spring is coming to Vancouver, groundhogs are stickping their noses out to check the weather, and sociopathic wackos are waking up from a longwinter's torpor. This year, the wackos at Freedom Press, (aka 'The Social Institute of Correct Knowledge' ... figure out the acronym) have been locked up for months and they've got a baaaad case of cabin fever. They work it out themselves no longer by typing on yellow paper on an old Underwood with a bad type-ribbon and then snowshoeing to a post office 50 km away, but rather by Internet blog. Here's the latest example ...
(And psssstttt .. a clue: what's the link between a swastika, a hammer-and-sckle, and the Playboy bunny-logo? You'll be surprised. And no, I'm NOT making this up).
(Clue no 2: the dingdongs with the American accent you ran across recently? It's some of THEM ...)
Stratos (aka 'The One Immune To US Political Retch-Vomit Of All Sorts')


posted 2009 Feb by Freedom Press
Article originally published in the Reformed Perspective