Saturday, March 21, 2009

Daily Digest March 20-21, 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 -
One degree of separation
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=234232&sc=80

Best guess?
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=233896&sc=80

CAPE BRETON POST -
EI gaps show on training
http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=234075&sc=151

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Cry me a bonus
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1112474.html

Does curriculum pass?
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1112556.html

Wind-power policy serves NSP's monopoly
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1112413.html

SAINT JOHN TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL -
Treatment costs less than drug crime
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/opinion/article/610306

Salary freeze shares the pain
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/opinion/article/610308

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
All head injuries should be taken seriously
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/head+injuries+should+taken+seriously/1413550/story.html

And another thing ...
  http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/another+thing/1413551/story.html
 
Throw money around and hope crisis abates
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/Throw+money+around+hope+crisis+abates/1408216/story.html
 
Truly national parties serve us all well
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/Truly+national+parties+serve+well/1408217/story.html

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Here's another health care snag
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Here+another+health+care+snag/1412366/story.html

Flag waving is no crime
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Flag+waving+crime/1412367/story.html
 
Another chance for rail
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Another+chance+rail/1407782/story.html

Springtime in Washington
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/op-ed/Springtime+Washington/1411194/story.html

Free speech is never an absolute
  http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/op-ed/Free+speech+never+absolute/1411185/story.html

All screens are not equal
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/op-ed/screens+equal/1407786/story.html

TORONTO STAR -
Smart first step in poverty fight
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/605918

Silly ban on British MP
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/605917

Canada's sensible stance on terror
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/605221

GLOBE & MAIL -
Pointing fingers and a right of returnComment10
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090321.weabdelrazik21/BNStory/specialComment/home

U.S. bonuses clawback bill could set questionable precedent
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090321.weBonus21/BNStory/specialComment/home

Needless publicity
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090321.wEGalloway21/BNStory/specialComment/home

NATIONAL POST -
Let immigrants live where they please
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=1412013

LONDON FREE PRESS -
Length of recession seems anyone's guess
http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/Opinion/Editorials/2009/03/20/8818866-sun.html

WINDSOR STAR -
Best in class
http://www.windsorstar.com/opinion/editorials/Best+class/1412791/story.html

Helmets on the ski slope
  http://www.windsorstar.com/opinion/editorials/Helmets+slope/1412792/story.html
 
Public sector
http://www.windsorstar.com/opinion/editorials/Public+sector/1408743/story.html

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
The Yanks are coming
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/the-yanks-are-coming-41553662.html

WINNIPEG SUN -
Overture to Iran a wise move
http://www.winnipegsun.com/comment/editorial/2009/03/21/8833546-sun.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Lawmakers must curb witch-hunt
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/opinion/Lawmakers+must+curb+witch+hunt/1408485/story.html

REGINA LEADER-POST -
Justice was clearly denied in RCMP harassment case
 
For an organization charged with upholding the law, the RCMP often does a lousy job of ensuring justice for it own members. http://www.leaderpost.com/opinion/EDITORIAL+Justice+clearly+denied+RCMP+harassment+case/1408112/story.html

Saskatchewan springs a flush, optimistic budget
http://www.leaderpost.com/opinion/Saskatchewan+springs+flush+optimistic+budget/1405072/story.html
 
Mature response to grim news
http://www.leaderpost.com/opinion/Mature+response+grim+news/1380836/story.html
 
Warning: bottled water under (political) pressure
  http://www.leaderpost.com/opinion/Warning+bottled+water+under+political+pressure/1372468/story.html

CALGARY HERALD -
Looks like U.S. inf lation is finally here
Anybody contemplating a big purchase must think about what the coming U. S. inflation will do to Canada.
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=03df3911-15b6-4321-b352-62b111616067

Turning down the gas makes green sense
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=b00199d7-d1ee-436f-af73-d15dc08955a9

Uncommon sense makes headway on immigration
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=46dd3e10-7466-4fc3-8205-e822539a26c2

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE -
Can evangelical Christians be as fair-minded as homosexuals?
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1488325

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
On water, it's later than we think
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/editorials/water+later+than+think/1413255/story.html

Rebate heat
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/editorials/Rebate+heat/1413256/story.html

EDMONTON SUN -
An arrogant display of intolerance
http://www.edmontonsun.com/Comment/Commentary/2009/03/19/8815866-sun.html
 
RED DEER ADVOCATE -
Politics will hamper our recovery 
http://www.albertalocalnews.com/reddeeradvocate/opinion/Politics_will_hamper_our_recovery.html

VANCOUVER SUN -
Spring's arrival brings many reminders that life can be sweet
http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=95154966-985c-4209-9608-faa0ca994270

'Recessionistas' putting new sheen on language
http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=d6ed8288-ad77-49a0-8e9d-2caf40801261

VANCOUVER PROVINCE -
We're uplifted by our love for animals
http://www.theprovince.com/opinion/editorials/uplifted+love+animals/1408360/story.html

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=e5fc8e25-31c5-4350-8ade-3c86d440ba3b

Dire results if Harper's cheer is misplaced
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=af2ece27-0c47-461e-a911-030f5da46f2b

After a cruel winter comes the spring
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=93ecbf79-4db2-480f-b9a5-7867bce283eb

ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS -          
Chief who won re-election on Manitoba reserve to push for land claims
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090321/national/mba_peguis_reserve


AF-PAK PROBLEM -
'Clerics Call For Peace Talks, Saudi Role',
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j4YZxIj81M2Mo-O_gATKLsPm1zLA

US-AFGHANISTAN: McKiernan Gets Control of Disputed Raids
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=46214

'US mulls deeper push into Pakistan',
http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?sectionName=HomePage&id=ed13490d-9c90-4e5a-87ff-cd8d4300acb7&ParentID=d69342d8-9606-43ca-8903-a77d339d7b7a&Headline=US+mulls+deeper+push+into+Pakistan

Taliban 'Official: Taliban Chief Mullah Omar In Afghanistan',
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hkiMxbHNH0BqgpWA2ZG6VD6wVTmAD971PR600

Allies facing Afghan 'stalemate'
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7954446.stm

Surging toward failure in Afghanistan
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2009/mar/20/afghanistan-nato-obama-civilian-surge

'In real terms, Nato is losing'
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/20/afghanistan-nato


CANADIAN FORCES -
Four Canadian soldiers killed in two separate bombings in Afghanistan
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090320/national/afghan_cda_soldiers_killed
all 205 news articles »

Experts predict tough spring in Afghanistan
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090321/afghan_operation_090321/20090321?hub=Canada


CANUSA/USACAN -
U.S. FAA to issue order to replace part on chopper after fatal crash off N.L.
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090321/national/nl_chopper_crash


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS -
Unions, retirees urge Ottawa to safeguard pension funding rules
http://www.thestar.com/business/article/605988

Public at tipping point on bailouts
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/606056


FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
Russians will be asked to explain Arctic movement
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090321.SUBMARINE21//TPStory/National

Worry about the Americans
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=cde736a6-8ea9-49b1-bdc7-bc3ea82d2bde

Iran to US: 'You change, our behaviour will change'
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=1414234


JUSTICE SYSTEM -
Western Canadian ministers push for changes to Criminal Code to help fight gangs
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090321/national/western_crime


MIGRATION -
French or English should be must for immigrants who want citizenship: minister
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090320/national/tough_citizenship


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
SaskPower to spend big to boost power generation, transmission capacity
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090320/national/saskpower_upgrade

Mobile van to help Vancouver prostitutes in danger of losing funding
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090321/national/sex_trade_van

Push on to delay Tory leadership contest until fall
http://www.thestar.com/News/Ontario/article/606078

Made-in-China uniforms rile provincial union
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1489447
We're ignoring Ontario goods
OPP Uniforms Being Made Overseas, Angering MPPs
Canoe.ca  - The Canadian Press  - Waterloo Record  - Peterborough Examiner
all 76 news articles »


FEDERAL POLITICS -
Liberals and Conservatives still close - Trend favours the Liberals
http://www.nikonthenumbers.com/topics/show/124

PM tries to enlist Ontario gun owners to help scrap federal gun registry
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090321/national/harper_gun_registry

Liberals keep close watch on public purse
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/todays-paper/Liberals+keep+close+watch+public+purse/1412324/story.html

Harper defends economic forecast, Dodge says debate unintended
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2009/03/18/harper-dodge-economy.html

Students call on Harper and Tory to disclose how much party funding was used to undermine students' unions
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/March2009/18/c9873.html

Quebec's federal Liberals rally during weekend general council
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090321/national/que_liberals_meeting

Government lacks national vision for energy needs: Ignatieff
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090320/national/ignatieff_power_grid

Canada can't muzzle me all 304 news articles »

To ban me from the country for my views on Afghanistan is absurd, hypocritical, and in vain
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/mar/21/george-galloway-canada

Tories lack national vision for energy needs: Ignatief
http://nbbusinessjournal.canadaeast.com/journal/article/610265

A horrid week for Harper
http://www.westislandchronicle.com/article-316655-A-horrid-week-for-Harper.html


PROGRAMMES -
Association of Canadian Advertisers Calls For Separate Review of Proposed Competition Act Changes
http://www.broadcastermagazine.com/issues/ISArticle.asp?id=96795&issue=03032009

Senate Appointment Consultations Act*
http://www.parl.gc.ca/common/bills_ls.asp?lang=E&ls=c20&source=library_prb&Parl=39&Ses=2

Navigable Waters Protection Act
http://blog.communityair.org/2009/03/16/navigable-waters-protection-act.aspx?ref=rss

Banning British MP a clumsy, dangerous move
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/606073

Kenney bunk
http://business.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090321.WBWdouglasbell090920090321121108/WBStory/WBWdouglasbell0909

Brit MP Galloway outraged after he is banned from Canada
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1163502/George-Galloway-outraged-banned-Canada-grounds-national-security.html

Canada denies entry to fiery British MP Galloway
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/090320/canada/canada_us_britain_galloway

British MP barred from Canada
all 271 news articles

Heritage Minister sees modernization of arts, culture funding
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090321/national/moore_arts_funding

Prentice renews funding for key water monitoring program
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090321/national/cda_water_monitoring

Feds quietly chop money for fetal alcohol program
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090321/fetalalcohol_program_090321/20090321?hub=Canada


\OPINION AND INFORMATION -
Does America Face the Risk of a Fascist Backlash?
http://www.alternet.org/workplace/132155/does_america_face_the_risk_of_a_fascist_backlash_/?page=entire

Let's stand on our own two feet
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/opinion/op-ed/stand+feet/1408488/story.html

Canadian Border Services Welcome War Criminal Bush, Ban Anti-War MP Galloway
http://pacificfreepress.com/news/1/3889-canadian-border-services-welcome-war-criminal-ban-anti-war-mp-galloway-.html

Wise words from Harper
http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/salim_mansur/2009/03/21/8832346-sun.html

How the 1,400-year-old struggle between Islam and Christendom can be good for you (but also bad)
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/03/21/george-jonas-how-the-1-400-year-old-struggle-between-islam-and-christendom-can-be-good-for-you-but-also-bad.aspx


INFOS -
Registre: Harper tente d'avoir l'appui d'un groupe de chasseurshttp://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200903/21/01-838956-registre-harper-tente-davoir-lappui-dun-groupe-de-chasseurs.php

OTAN : Washington retire son appui à Peter MacKay
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200903/21/01-838908-otan-washington-retire-son-appui-a-peter-mackay.php

L'aile québécoise du PLC se prépare pour des élections
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200903/21/01-838873-laile-quebecoise-du-plc-se-prepare-pour-des-elections.php

Jack Layton: gagner des votes au Québec
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200903/21/01-838810-jack-layton-gagner-des-votes-au-quebec.php

Des libéraux optimistes
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2009/03/21/001-sondage-plc-tete.shtml

Quatre soldats tués et huit blessés
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2009/03/20/003-afghanistan-morts.shtml

Ottawa annonce la création d'un fonds
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/colombie-britannique/2009/03/20/003-Moore-FondsCulture_n.shtml

Un député interdit de séjour au Canada
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2009/03/20/002-immigration_galloway.shtml

La maîtrise d'une langue officielle requise
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2009/03/20/001-Immigration-Kenney-langues.shtml

L'opération militaire de vendredi a été lancée pour dérouter les talibans
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090321/N032172AU.html

Ottawa a renouvelé le financement d'un programme de surveillance de l'eau
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090321/N032122AU.html

Ottawa a réduit son aide pour les troubles causés par l'alcoolisation foetale
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090321/N032142AU.html

Stephen Harper peu surpris de l'insécurité de la population afghane
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090320/N032098AU.html

Ottawa établit les quotas de l'année 2009 pour la chasse au phoque
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090320/N0320200AU.html


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FREEDOM OF SPEECH vs NATIONAL SECURITY

Until 17:27:02 my time was spent preparing a "F.Y.I.:" post to send out to newspaper editors and columnists.

The reason for this and for belabouring you the second time with this matter is that I see this as a matter freedom to hold opinion and express it versus spurious government action possibly motivated by political considerations.

There are links to four videos.  Visit them then make the judgement whether you perceive George Galloway as a threat to national security.

Should you decide he is not, consider taking the positive action of adding your name to the "Petition to allow George Galloway into Canada" Becky posted to the Digest.

         Joe
____________________
From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: Petition to allow George Galloway into Canada
http://www.cjpme.ca/action_galloway_2009_03.shtml

________________________________
Date: Sat, 21 Mar 2009 17:27:02 -0400
To: National Media <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>
From: Joe Hueglin <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>
Subject: F.Y.I. Ban of George Galloway, videos and www. coverage.

George Galloway being deemed inadmissible to Canada this year after having been here a number of times in the past has nothing to do with freedom of speech, so we're being told.

Minister Kenney's spokesperson's words  are "nothing to do with freedom of speech whatsoever" on the
Video: in which Sue Turton talks to Canadian immigration spokesman Alykhan Velshi about his country's decision to deny entry to MP George Galloway. http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1184614595/bctid17065456001

Meir Weinstein,  National Director Jewish Defence League of Canada's, says it's "not a freedom of speech issue" in the debate  recorded on the Video "Canada ban: Galloway faces his accusers a Jewish Defence League (JDL) "Terrorist" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAm7rfHKSyY .

Velshi stresses the decision was made independent of the Minister by the border security agencies "applying the criteria", "that he falls afoul of numerous criteria" and that he poses "a threat to safety and security of Canada", though no specific is stated.  The positions held by Galloway on the war in Afghanistan is Veishi's  major focus.

Weinstein's focus is that Galloway is a "proxy agent of Hamas and Hezbollah". When Galloway suggests he will speak to the planned meetings in Canada from he United States "by other means" Weinstein states  "we will see to it that the Canadian government will be monitoring every individual and organization that will have anything to do with it".

In the very thorough Daily Mail article "'George Galloway banned from Canada on grounds of national security "
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1163502/Canada-bans-George-Galloway-grounds-national-security.html was included the statement that "His (Galloway's) proposed visit prompted the Jewish Defence League of Canada to write an open letter to the country's government urging it to do "everything possible to keep this hater away".   The success of the letter may have led Weinstein to make the statement he did that all who listen to Galloway will be monitored.

"Let the Creep In" http://www.am770chqr.com/Blogs/TheWorldTonight/BlogEntry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10025966 in my reading best states the case for  freedom of speech being of greater importance than whatever threat there may be to Canada's national security. Quoted among other opinions is that of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association:
"It doesn't matter what end of the political spectrum the expression comes from and it doesn't matter if it is the most profound wisdom or the most piebald idiocy, Canadian Border Services Agency should not be in the business of screening what viewpoints are presented to Canadians in Canada. Full stop."

Having had only peripheral knowledge of George Galloway prior to him becoming a cause célèbre reported around the world, two videos were located in which he is speaking to the United States' Senate and to George Stroumboulopoulos on the CBC.  These and the manner in which a number of media in Canada, the U.K. the U.S. and other countries have reported follow.

The purpose of this post is providing information as opposed to stating personal views. Should there be an interest in these they have been posted by one of the c.4 000 to whom it was sent out early, very early, this morning at http://truetory.blogspot.com/ .

Joe Hueglin
905-356-3901


VIDEOS
George Galloway talking about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the whole Middle East situation, and religions; the interview was done on November 20th 2006 with George Stroumboulopoulos on CBC Television
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KW7B5jXIiXc&feature=related

MP George Galloway Telling the truth of Bush-Blair hype. to the US Senate
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9AbVbYAAYk

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