Sunday, February 08, 2009

Daily Digest February 8, 2009


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

EDITORIAL PAGEs

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Sarkozy and sovereignty: Reality check for separatists
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorials

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
The food-safety issue just won't go away
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/food+safety+issue+just+away/1266074/story.html

OTTAWA SUN -
We need 100% confidence
http://www.ottawasun.com/Comment/Editorial/2009/02/08/8306851.html

TORONTO STAR -
Anxious Israelis face fateful vote
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/583772

The daycare dollar gap
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/583776

LONDON FREE PRESS -
To be economic leader, we have to get to work
http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/Opinion/Editorials/2009/02/07/8301466-sun.html

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Bye-bye buy domestic
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/bye-bye_buy_domestic-39278522.html

'Brown envelope' coverage stains white coats
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/brown_envelope_coverage_stains_white_coats-39278517.html

What are Buy Canadian promoters thinking?
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/what_are_buy_canadian_promoters_thinking-39278497.html

WINNIPEG SUN -
Not the Taser, it's the user
http://www.winnipegsun.com/comment/editorial/

CALGARY HERALD -
The extraordinary madness of the stimulus crowd
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=d41484a3-4576-4edf-ad6b-fed0d87c1dea

CALGARY SUN -
Steady now, Eddie
http://calsun.canoe.ca/Comment/POV/2009/02/08/8307706-sun.html

EDMONTON SUN -
The dirty oil fight begins
http://www.edmontonsun.com/Comment/Commentary/2009/02/08/8308726-sun.html
 
VANCOUVER PROVINCE -
Legalization needs study
http://www.theprovince.com/opinion/editorials/Legalization+needs+study/1266542/story.html

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Canada moving on native rights
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=f5569e18-00b9-432c-afae-999be6a9b575

Pundits all wet
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=1651cf1e-d3e5-4b08-93fb-b6a42d355207

Independent power projects: Dispelling the myths
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=1651cf1e-d3e5-4b08-93fb-b6a42d355207

ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS -          
The 'national disgrace' of aboriginal housing
http://www.timescolonist.com/Health/national+disgrace+aboriginal+housing/1266617/story.html


AFGHANISTAN -
Obama puts brake on Afghan surge
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article5683681.ece

The Afghan Scam: The Untold Story of Why the US is Bound to Fail in Afghanistan
http://www.ustvmedia.org/perpetual-war-for-a-piece-of-the-action/2009/02/08/the-afghan-scam-the-untold-story-of-why-the-us-is-bound-to-fail-in-afghanistan/

Reconstruction Boondoggle
http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175019

Afghanistan will be tougher than Iraq
http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/09-Feb-2009/Afghanistan-will-be-tougher-than-Iraq

Surge of troops in Afghanistan 'needed for five years' says Nato commanderRead the original story
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/onthefrontline/4558921/Surge-of-troops-in-Afghanistan-needed-for-five-years-says-Nato-commander.html

Nato must go for drug lords, says minister
CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan: Nato troops operating in Afghanistan should find drug traffickers and "eliminate" them as they would Taliban militants and other  insurgents battling the government, the counternarcotics minister says.
http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=271880&version=1&template_id=41&parent_id=23

Karzai for reconciliation with Taliban
MUNICH: Afghan President Hamid  Karzai called yesterday for a process of reconciliation with the  Taliban, and urged foreign forces in his country to do more to halt civilian casualties.
http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=271879&version=1&template_id=41&parent_id=23

Fanatical Taliban wing moves into Kandahar
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/584331


CANADIAN FORCES -
Canadian battle tours may lengthen during Afghan vote
http://www.canada.com/news/Canadian+battle+tours+lengthen+during+Afghan+vote/1267341/story.html


CANUSA/USACAN -
Obama's visit to Ottawa will be short, but possibly sweet
http://www.montrealgazette.com/Business/Obama+visit+Ottawa+will+short+possibly+sweet/1266081/story.html

Worthwhile Canadian Initiative
Canadian banks are typically leveraged at 18 to 1--compared with U.S. banks at 26 to 1.
http://www.newsweek.com/id/183670?from=rss

FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
Time for America to get small
U.S. citizens must retrench, stop borrowing, and save their way back to prosperity
http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/2009/02/08/8308201-sun.html


MIGRATION -
When global goes local
Culture and politics from around the world resonate strongly in cosmopolitan country
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/583758


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
Ontario weighs tax blending
http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/article/584209

Alberta's fiscal woes will be laid bare in new legislative session
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2009/02/08/8312476-cp.html

Spring budget will be pivotal test for McGuinty
http://www.ottawasun.com/Comment/2009/02/08/8309416-sun.html


FEDERAL POLITICS -
MP Casey plays waiting game
http://www.novascotiabusinessjournal.com/index.cfm?sid=219669&sc=107

Humpty Dumpty's lesson for Ignatieff 
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/583759

Brazeau dismisses 'personal attacks'
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090208/senator_brazeau_090208/20090208?hub=TopStories

Duffy tells media to 'give it a rest'
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/1105327.html

Delay Iggy's coronation a bit
http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/lorrie_goldstein/2009/02/08/8308151-sun.html


PROGRAMMES -
A parliamentary budget officer's work is never done
http://blog.macleans.ca/2009/02/06/a-parliamentary-budget-officers-work-is-never-done/

CRA paid millions to staff no longer on payroll
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/2009/02/08/8313186-cp.html

OPINION AND INFORMATION -
You, Me and the Security Prosperity Partnership
http://www.pacificfreepress.com/news/1/3694-you-me-and-the-security-prosperity-partnership.html

The Outsider
How Stephen Harper brought Canada to conservatism and the Conservatives to crisis
http://www.walrusmagazine.com/articles/2009.03-stephen-harper-outsider-william-johnson/

N.L. MP revolt good for democracy
http://thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotian/1105370.html

Sex becoming 'cultural wallpaper'
Sexual depictions so normal, shock value must be ramped up, says author
http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/story.html?id=1261315


INFOS -
Un sénateur et ex-chef autochtone se dit victime d'attaques personnelles
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090208/N020829AU.html

Revenu Canada a versé au moins 3 millions $ de trop en salaires
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090208/N020831AU.html

La mobilité de la main d'oeuvre entre le Québec et la France serait souhaitable
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090208/N020808AU.html


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Subject: Feb. 7 comment
From: Charles Conn

Hi Joe, Don't know how you got it but the letter you posted at the bottom of
Feb. 7 Daily Digest originated with an overzealous member. It contains a
number of inaccuracies and substantially misrepresents our intentions.

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A correction will be forwarded.

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Joe, this is the letter you would have received soon. Events just speeded it
up.

Thanks for your courtesy.

Charlie.

Charles Conn


Dear Joe,                                                               February 8, 2009.

You are cordially invited to participate in Canada's political process in an open, non-partisan, and stimulating Citizens' Forum.

The purpose of this one-day meeting is to hear speakers, exchange ideas and discuss in depth our country's challenges and how improvements can be made by having citizens' voices heard in Ottawa.
 
The organization hosting this Citizens Forum is The ASSOCIATION OF PRINCIPLED CANADIANS. TAPC is a fully registered non-profit organization, duly chartered by Industry Canada, governed by strict By Laws, and managed by an elected Board of Directors and Executive. TAPC is not a political party, nor does it aim to advance any agenda other than the advancement of effective and accountable government for all Canadians.

The Forum will be held on Saturday April 18, 2009 at the beautiful Hilton Garden Inn in Oakville Ontario. Please go to our web site http://tapc.ca for details, and your opportunity to register. We believe that the package, which includes breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack break, represents excellent value.

We have lined up some very impressive speakers, and are confident that this will be a sell-out event not to be missed. Thanks for your attention, and I hope to see you on April 18th for a very special day of discussion, participation, and your input on the direction of our great country's future.

Best regards,

Charlie Conn, President, TAPC.

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From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Joe, feedback.......progress and performance measures

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.

I fully agree, and evaluation should include 'Quality of Life' performance measures that go beyond traditional economic analysis.   Examples of such benchmarks (for economy, education, civic engagement, social support, public safety, community development and environment) have been adopted by the State of  Oregon and can be seen on their website at http://egov.oregon.gov/DAS/OPB/obm.shtml

The Genuine Progress Indicator should also be noted.  http://www.redefiningprogress.org/projects/gpi/

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

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From: "Phyllis Wagg"
Subject: Mike Duffy

Mike Duffy catered to the Central Canadian bigotry by ridiculing and an overall disrespect for Atlantic Canada and Atlantic Canadians.  He was able to "get away" with doing this because of his origins in Prince Edward Island. In fact, many PE Islanders missed recognizing the disdain he often showed towards his native province. This disdain has made him popular with the interests he really represents.  He is has represented all the characteristics of individual self-interest that is so applauded by the right wing.
 
http://74.125.47.132/search?q=cache:Xtd_zoDtmMAJ:www.bloggingtories.ca/forums/viewtopic.php%3Ft%3D7015+%22Mike+Duffy%22+%22Atlantic+Canada%22&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2&gl=ca&client=firefox-a

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Subject: Anti-telemarketer do-not-call website
From: "Efstratios Psarianos"

Hi, all.¸
 
To anyone who's interested, Canada's had a Do Not Call list against telemarketers. If you're interested in screening them out, here's where to add your phone numbers:
 
https://www.lnnte-dncl.gc.ca/
 
 
Some groups will still be able to call you, notably:
 
   - registered charities;
   - political parties (hahahahaha ... well, I suppose that it WAS too much to expect of them to ban themselves);
   - polling firms (hahahahaha ... and well, what? The parties not only need to sell you their ideas, they have to solicit yours too.)
   - major newspapers;
   - organizations having commercial relationships with you ('Hello, Ms. X. We've just received a shipment of that NDP-smell-removing soap you asked about ...'. Well, what ... I'm writing for a principally Tory audience here);
   - organizations that call customers subscribed or receiving business services (whatever that means).
 
 
Happy listing, folks!
Stratos

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Subject: I've been getting this news subscription recently
From: Robert Ede

the cartoons are priceless
  http://www.ibdeditorials.com/cartoons.aspx#cartoon314312002188727

you may or may not enjoy the commentary Click here

Dear Joe
 
Force everyone to read the detailed version of Forsey's Fab 10 fairy tales re: Parliamentary procedure
from two days ago digest

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Can't. But highly recommend all do so.

From: Stephen M MacLean
Subject: FYI: 'Eugene Forsey Takes On "Constitutional Fairy Tales"' by Helen Forsey
http://historywire.ca/en/article/19578

Fairy tale #1: that the possibility of the House of Commons voting non-confidence and defeating the government creates a "constitutional crisis."

Fairy tale #2: that if the Opposition actively opposes the government's program, Parliament is "not working," is "dysfunctional."

Fairy tale #3: that if a minority government meets active opposition in the House of Commons, with the possibility of being defeated in a confidence vote, then the nation's business is at a standstill and a new election is necessary.

Fairy tale #4: that if a government is defeated in the House of Commons on a matter of confidence, this automatically means a fresh election.

Fairy tale #5: that such a change of government by majority vote in a duly elected Parliament is undemocratic, a "seizure of power" or a "coup."

Fairy Tale #6: that the imminent prospect of a non-confidence vote justifies the shutting down of Parliament through prorogation or dissolution.

Fairy tale #7: that if a non-confidence vote is imminent, the Governor General should grant a Prime Minister's request to prorogue Parliament or dissolve it and hold an election.

Fairy tale #8: that the passage of three and a half calendar months since the October 2008 election means that a fresh election call now would be justified.

Fairy tale #9: that minority governments cannot provide stability or good government, that "stability" and "efficiency" are the highest political values, and that therefore that the purpose of elections is to produce a majority government.

Fairy tale #10: that a coalition cannot legitimately govern unless the parties explicitly campaigned as a coalition in the preceding election.

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From: "Rebecca Gingrich"
Subject: University lives up to low expectations


Joe--I just sent this LTE to the Calgary Sun
becky


Editor--I guess now we should refer to Universities as 'halls of higher programming'?
Ian Robinson has portrayed exactly the actions of the bullies at the UofC. 
Under cover they charge these kids for speaking up in a land that prides itself on 'free speech'.  Yup--higher learning is non-existent at the UofC--do as Big Brother dictates or we will slither out and charge you? 
This is not learning--this is dictatorship at its worst.  The kids put their views out on public display while the University hides and spins their 'justification' for their covert actions.  As a former Albertan I am totally dismayed by the actions of UofC.
As a  former Albertan I always treasured the freedom that Albertans enjoyed--more so than any other Province in Canada, I always believed.  I guess that is no longer so?
Oh Canada indeed!


Rebecca Gingrich
11 Church Street
Princeton, Ontario
N0J1V0

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From: Larry Kazdan
To: letters@globeandmail.ca
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Coalition of unintended consequences, Rex Murphy,  Feb. 6

Re:  Coalition of unintended consequences, Rex Murphy, Feb. 6
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090206.wcomurphy07/BNStory/specialComment/home
            
If the coalition precipitated radical changes, as Rex Murphy admits, and pushed a dogmatic Conservative Prime Minister squarely into Liberal territory, it can hardly be considered a "massive failure".  The opposition had little choice but to band together and thereby stand up to a parliamentary bully trying to force through contentious legislation.  When a bully backs off, it's a victory, and Stephen Harper is now in retreat, licking his wounds.

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