Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Daily Digest March 11, 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 -
Legislating autonomy
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=230534&sc=80

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
Gas prices are a pain
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=230592&sc=30

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN -
Mulling over Maude Barlow's water concerns
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=230643&sc=103

CAPE BRETON POST -
Drugs a big gap in health care
http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=230810&sc=151

AMHERST DAILY NEWS -
Kickstart debate
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=230654&sc=61

SAINT JOHN TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL -
Green energy? Invest here
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/opinion/article/599390

$7M for silviculture will create jobs
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/opinion/article/599389

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
We deserve answers on Caisse losses
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/deserve+answers+Caisse+losses/1376193/story.html

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Leading the alliance
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Leading+alliance/1375715/story.html

KINGSTON WHIG STANDARD-
About time Harper rallied our nation
http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1472122

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
GM's woes are likley to continue
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1471944

TORONTO STAR -
PM's 'political games'
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/599916

GLOBE & MAIL -
Making the case for confidence
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090310.weHarper11/BNStory/specialComment/home

NATIONAL POST -
The people's auto-bailout package
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=1375422

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
Don't neglect forces training 
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/527899

K-W RECORD -
Aboriginal communities still need Canadians' support
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/501244

LONDON FREE PRESS -
About time Harper appeared
http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/Opinion/Editorials/2009/03/11/8702256-sun.html

WINDSOR STAR -
The economy
http://www.windsorstar.com/opinion/editorials/economy/1375976/story.html

SUDBURY STAR -
A Northern plan needed
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1472712

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Canada -- gas jockey to the United States
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/canada_--_gas_jockey_to_the_united_states-41077422.html

Hey, good lookin'
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/hey_good_lookin-41011937.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Obama's policy on science sends signal to world
  http://www.thestarphoenix.com/opinion/Obama+policy+science+sends+signal+world/1375896/story.html

REGINA LEADER-POST -
Warning: bottled water under (political) pressure
http://www.leaderpost.com/opinion/Warning+bottled+water+under+political+pressure/1372468/story.html

CALGARY HERALD -
Smart debt' is just plain dumb
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=6028eece-87ee-49b3-b534-096160f2a6fd

PM's reasonable optimism
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=58e88dc9-ecaa-4e2f-8685-7dd09faf8ac7

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE -
Children's rights ruling could be a first
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1473051

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Good talk by Stelmach about debt
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/editorials/Good+talk+Stelmach+about+debt/1376505/story.html

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN -
Blood in the forest
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/20090310180617/opinion/editorials/blood-in-the-forest.html

VANCOUVER SUN -
Note to Americans: Canada resolved the contentious issue four years ago and the sky did not fall
http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=ad4aefa9-7c60-4c24-9bcf-ac4ea329ea8e

While there is still work to be done, domestic violence has declined
http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=d997844c-5357-4d39-8417-7dee1f445739

We don't have to destroy our forests to get soft toilet paper
http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=7fc5f918-6b9e-4e77-8d08-9963e4503cad

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Conflict grows on our agricultural land
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=5677ef87-1dd7-476b-8109-1609cd646a8c

No stimulus aid for women, white-collar staff
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=f64f55a3-7383-4879-bbac-a10b316458e2

Cutting the wait to see a doctor
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=27de1c96-7e16-41f2-84f0-7cb8ac4c0ce0


ISSUES

CANUSA/USACAN -
Bring tanks: Canadians to Americans headed to Kandahar
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2009/03/11/8710931.html


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS -
Without concessions, Chrysler may close Canadian plants
http://business.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090311.wchryslerCanada0311/BNStory/Business/home

Chrysler threatens to pull out of Canada
http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20090311/chrysler_caw_090311/20090311?hub=Toronto

Canada economy better placed than most: IMF
http://www.financialpost.com/news-sectors/story.html?id=1377660

Canada's Q4 performance weaker than estimated
http://www.financialpost.com/news-sectors/story.html?id=1377697

Brace for sharp slump, IMF warns Canada
http://sports.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090311.wimf0211/GSStory/GlobeSportsOther/home
FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
Yes, the Afghan mission is 'failing' and, yes, the rituals continue
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090310.wcosimp11/BNStory/specialComment/home

 Canada takes steps to protect Arctic
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/600105


HEALTH CARE RELATED -
 Electronic revolution in health care 
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/599902


MIGRATION -
Tories draw attention to immigration fraud
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090310/national/immigration_fraud


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
Sask government puts brakes on enhanced driver's licences over privacy concerns
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090310/national/sask_border_privacy


FEDERAL POLITICS -
Senate committee to stall budget, Flaherty says
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090311/flaherty_senate_090311/20090311?hub=Canada

Pay equity, corporate mergers and the Law of the Sea - Liveblogging the budget at the Senate finance committee
http://blog.macleans.ca/2009/03/11/on-the-3-billion-fund-heres-what-the-liberals-want/

Government remains rosy about economic rebound, cites IMF report
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090311/national/economy

PM promises recovery will be swift
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1375367

 Optimistic Harper sees quick recovery
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/600204

 PM delivers contradictory message 
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/599904

Sounding like an election attack ad 
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/600125

  PM appeals to his critics on the right 
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/600121

  PM stung by renovations joke 
http://www.thestar.com/YourHome/News&Features/article/600124

  May undecided on running in B.C. riding by-election 
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/600106

Ignatieff to issue own report card on economic plan
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090311/iggy_report_090311/20090311?hub=Canada

The Commons: Shadowboxing the ghosts
http://blog.macleans.ca/2009/03/11/the-commons-shadowboxing-the-ghosts/

Martin blasts deficit, cuts to research
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090311.wPOLmartin0311/BNStory/politics/home

While Rome burns
Full column for today is below, but an update of sorts.
http://blog.macleans.ca/2009/03/11/while-rome-burns/

On the $3-billion fund, here's what the Liberals want
http://blog.macleans.ca/2009/03/11/on-the-3-billion-fund-heres-what-the-liberals-want/


PROGRAMMES -
Tories to turn off taps on political loans
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/2009/03/11/8714716-cp.html

Tories move to restore police, judicial powers in terror cases
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090311/national/anti_terror_powers

Ottawa may relax oversight of foreign takeovers
http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=1374985

Help buyers before car bailouts, Ottawa told
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1375369

  Problems plague job website 
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/600123

Ottawa establishes website for stimulus spending
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/2009/03/11/8709751-cp.html


OPINION AND INFORMATION -
Balance is part of Tory history
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090310.wcosegal11/BNStory/specialComment/home

I'll stick with the 'scrappage'
And can Ford's CEO explain why it's the taxpayers' job to give me a better deal on my trade-in?
http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/lorrie_goldstein/2009/03/11/8703046-sun.html

Beaten down by our quiet acceptance
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Columnists/Cockburn_Lyn/2009/03/11/8702051.html

Can society survive the justice system?
After being found 'NCR,' the man who shot me allegedly tried to kill again
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1375423

The blight of single mothers
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1375490

 Tuition hikes are wrong way to close university funding gap 
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/599903

Flip-Flop Flaherty
http://www.nugget.ca/Blogs/ViewCommunityPage.aspx?BlogID=3213


INFOS -
Harper a ses fonctionnaires à l'oeil
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2009/03/11/005-fonction--publique.shtml

Favoriser l'entrepreneuriat autochtone
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/Ontario/2009/03/11/002-martin-fonds-autochtone_n.shtml

Ottawa s'installe sur Internet
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2009/03/11/002-Planrelance-Flaherty.shtml

Loi antiterroriste: Harper revient à la charge
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2009/03/11/001-loi-antiterrorisme.shtml

À la reconquête du Québec
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/Quebec/2009/03/11/001-morin_plc_n.shtml

Les partis s'accusent mutuellement sur le terrain de l'économie
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200903/11/01-835601-les-partis-saccusent-mutuellement-sur-le-terrain-de-leconomie.php

Arctique: Cannon demande l'aide de la communauté internationale
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200903/11/01-835621-arctique-cannon-demande-laide-de-la-communaute-internationale.php

Harper: «Le Canada va sortir de la crise plus vite que les autres pays»
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200903/10/01-835067-harper-le-canada-va-sortir-de-la-crise-plus-vite-que-les-autres-pays.php

L'économie canadienne se porte plus mal qu'on le pense, affirme Kevin Page
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090311/N0311116AU.html

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From: Ron Thornton
Subject: Re: Accelerating Canada's Economic Action  Plan  : Cutting Red Tape

Hi Joe:

You raise some interesting questions in regards to Harper's Economic Action Plan, all of which we must wait to see what the answers might be. What skills are to be developed and for what age groups and level of education? No idea, yet. What will be the financing partnership between the feds and the provinces to pay for the projects? Don't know.

I don't know why you might think this might affect equalization payments, as I did not see any flags risen on that file, but you never know.

You wonder how balanced budgets might be restored, with the debt increasing and taxes permanently lowered. Personally, I think the feds should only be spending on what we need, with reserves to stimulate the economy only in times such as these. In more prosperous times, I think the feds (and all levels of government) should be stingy as hell and not spend like drunken sailors. A more prudent approach to federal spending during the good times should go a long way in restoring balanced budgets. It is a simple formula; tax less, spend less.

As for the components of C-10, I guess will tell as to how the changes in the various Acts will be justified. I do know that in a minority government situation, if we don't like what we see and seek a change it wouldn't take much to convince the opposition to pull the plug.

My only suggestion is that if we are being socialists anyways, and giving a bunch of public cash in the form of corporate welfare is certainly a socialist endeavor, then we might as well do it right and get some bang for our bucks. Appointed experts (even if they can be found internally but just lower on the corporate food chain) in the chain of command for a limited term within these corporations might ensure our money will be best spent and deliver the best return for our investment. To my way of thinking, more than a few of the top honchos of these outfits should be kicked out the door for a job poorly done instead of just turning over our piggy bank to the bums. Just a thought.

Ron Thornton

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