Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Daily Digest March 23, 2009


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

EDITORIAL PAGEs

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
More answers will come in time
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=234392&sc=30

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Richardson's tragic death holds lessons
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1112783.html

KINGSTON WHIG STANDARD-
Religions don't have rights
http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1490176

TORONTO STAR -
For boldness in the budget
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/606498

PM's political economy
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/606497

Q&A: This Week on the Hill
Ottawa bureau reporters take your questions and discuss the decision to bar British MP George Galloway, Tuesday at 11 a.m.

GLOBE & MAIL -
No immunity here to subprimes
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090322.weMortgage23/BNStory/specialComment/home

Centre-right balance
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090322.weTories23/BNStory/specialComment/home

NATIONAL POST -
The Middle East's moral gulf
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=1418342

Where's The 'Change'?
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1418794

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
Political optics out of focus 
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/535139

K-W RECORD -
Capitalism needs common sense  
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/507965

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
MP Breitkreuz target of critics for poor reason
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/opinion/Breitkreuz+target+critics+poor+reason/1417514/story.html

CALGARY HERALD -
Bush came, conquered
  http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=00d341ed-e938-406e-840a-3fce85173679

Harbingers of hate
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=9fc3c11a-7279-4817-abe3-9657b4548f57

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Tragedy teaches us about head injuries
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/editorials/Tragedy+teaches+about+head+injuries/1415829/story.html

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN -
Talk show host apologizes for slamming Canada
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/20090323182916/opinion/editorials/talk-show-host-apologizes-for-slamming-canada.html

VANCOUVER SUN -
Tory drug strategy makes problem worse
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Tory+drug+strategy+makes+problem+worse/1417762/story.html

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
The CRTC should leave the Internet alone
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=3b46a34d-bcaf-4b89-b11d-4379c566f1ae

ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS -          
Inquest hears state of policing in aboriginal communities is 'deplorable'
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090323/national/fire_deaths_inquest


AF-PAK PROBLEM -
US change tactics in Afghanistan's drug war
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5955860.ece

OK, OK, let me solve a few problems for you
By SCOTT TAYLOR On Target http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1112831.html

U.S. outlines new Afghan strategy to NATO
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1418507

Troop count highlights alliance rift
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1418419


CANADIAN FORCES -
Four reserve units to form backbone of new Arctic force
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Four+reserve+units+form+backbone+Arctic+force/1417088/story.html


CANUSA/USACAN -
Fox News jokesters forced into retreat over Canadian military jibes
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090323/national/fox_news_cda

Americans rush to Canada's defence amid Fox News fury
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090323/national/fox_news_cda_americans

Fox News host apologizes in face of Canadian outrage
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090323/military_comments_090323/20090323?hub=TopStories

Obama ponders Afghan 'exit plan' 
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7958447.stm

Canadian firm to hire Afghan guards as dam refurbished
http://www.canada.com/news/story.html?id=1232510


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS -
Oil sands deal turns Canadians from prey to players
http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=1419666

CAW calls for provincial action on severance pay; McGuinty points to Ottawa
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090323/national/caw_protest


FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
Flights of Russian military aircraft: Ottawa wants to replicate in a row
http://translate.google.com/translate?prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cyberpresse.ca%2Factualites%2Fquebec-canada%2Fnational%2F200903%2F23%2F01-839453-vols-davions-militaires-russes-ottawa-veut-repliquer-coup-sur-coup.php&sl=fr&tl=en&history_state0 =

Russia says Canadian reaction to Arctic flights reflects 'Cold War mentality'
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090323/national/cda_russia_intercept


JUSTICE SYSTEM -
The watchdog for the RCMP neutralized by Ottawa?
http://72.14.205.132/translate_c?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&sl=fr&tl=en&u=http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200903/19/01-837981-le-chien-de-garde-de-la-grc-neutralise-par-ottawa.php&prev=_t&usg=ALkJrhjpoqGAmICq-Nl-M3XOW6GcbGQSpA


MIGRATION -
Mexican refugee claims jump in Calgary
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/calgary/story/2009/03/23/cgy-mexico-calgary.html


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
Top B.C. and Mexican law enforcement officials meet to fight drug gangs
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090323/national/gangs_mexico_b_c

Enhanced driver's licence program comes to a dead end in Saskatchewan
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090323/national/sask_border_privacy

Law has to be changed to recognize posthumously conceived children: minister
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090323/national/posthumous_conception


FEDERAL POLITICS -
Liberal convention about nothing, Grits complain
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090323/national/liberal_convention

The Conservatives have identified a loophole in the Speaker's recent ruling against the use of Parliament's time to launch personal attacks against political rivals
http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/03/23/the-commons-that-of-least-significance-will-be-most-discussed/

Grits launch OnProbation.ca
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090323.WBwbureaublog20090323155954/WBStory/WBwbureaublog

AG warns Tories: Be ready to defend stimulus spending
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/fp/warns+Tories+ready+defend+stimulus+spending/1417087/story.html

Iggy in the NY Times: Common Sense to the Rescue of Policy
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/23/books/23igna.html?ref=arts

EI will be Liberal priority, Ignatieff says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090323.wparliament23/BNStory/politics/home

Iggy Canada's 'uniter'
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/National/2009/03/23/8848121-sun.html

Ignatieff: Canada 'left on the sidelines' on Afghanistan. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090323.wignatieffafghanistan23/BNStory/Afghanistan/home

Harper in denial about 'dire' state of economy, Layton insists
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/606565
Some predict a coming 'schism' in governing Conservative Party
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=2009/march/23/schism_conserv/&c=2

Michael Ignatieff gets his own in-and-out financing scheme
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/03/23/steve-janke-michael-ignatieff-gets-his-own-in-and-out-funding-scheme.aspx


PROGRAMMES -
Ottawa, banks take action to rescue mortgages
http://business.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090323.wrmortgages23/BNStory/Business/home

Harper bleeds Canadian diplomacy
The budget of Foreign Affairs has melted nearly 20% since 2006
http://translate.google.com/translate?prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ledevoir.com%2F2009%2F03%2F23%2F241300.html&sl=fr&tl=en&history_state0 =

Liberals, NDP fear changes to gun registry
http://dailygleaner.canadaeast.com/canadaworld/article/611688

Seniors' get grants for movie nights, scrapbook projects
http://www.canada.com/news/Seniors+grants+movie+nights+scrapbook+projects/1419751/story.html

Ottawa to review Suncor-Petrocan deal
http://business.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090323.wsuncorottawa0223/BNStory/Business/home

GallowayWatch: Okay, it's not just us. This whole CIC/CBSA thing really is confusing.
http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/03/23/gallowaywatch-okay-its-not-just-us-this-whole-ciccbsa-thing-really-is-confusing/

Canada wrong to deny entry to British MP: Obama 'pal'
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1418295

Galloway banned for 'deeds,' not words: Kenney
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=1419658
Let George Galloway make a fool of himself
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/03/23/john-ivison-open-canada-s-gates-and-let-galloway-make-a-fool-of-himself.aspx

Commons to look into media crisis
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=2009/march/23/canwest/&c=2

Don't get caught offside in rules changes
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=1cfbd42a-9222-41f9-b759-4c4e2051920b


OPINION AND INFORMATION -
First decriminalization, then plural marriages
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090320.wcopoly23/BNStory/specialComment/home

Global deal needed for global confidence
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090320.wcoecon23/BNStory/specialComment/home

When wealth became a character flaw
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090321.wcoessay21/BNStory/specialComment/home

British scientists to create 'synthetic' blood
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/british-scientists-to-create-synthetic-blood-1651715.html

Correcting the right
http://www.ottawasun.com/Comment/2009/03/23/8848071-sun.html

Saving local TV and the CBC
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1418369

Debate on CBC is English-only, so far
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/606564

Free vs. paid online news debate returns
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1396182

Cancel the funeral; oilsands aren't dead yet
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/03/23/kevin-libin-cancel-the-funeral-oilsands-aren-t-dead-yet.aspx

Petro-Can's legacy still haunts the west
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/03/23/don-martin-petro-can-s-legacy-still-haunts-the-west.aspx

Protectionist hypocrisy
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fpcomment/archive/2009/03/23/protectionist-hypocrisy.aspx


INFOS -
Vols d'avions militaires russes: Ottawa veut répliquer coup sur coup
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/national/200903/23/01-839453-vols-davions-militaires-russes-ottawa-veut-repliquer-coup-sur-coup.php

L'animateur de Fox News présente ses excuses au Canada
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200903/23/01-839423-lanimateur-de-fox-news-presente-ses-excuses-au-canada.php

Paradis accuse Ignatieff de changer d'idée face au Québec
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200903/23/01-839419-paradis-accuse-ignatieff-de-changer-didee-face-au-quebec.php

Le Canada demande des excuses à Fox News
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200903/23/01-839355-le-canada-demande-des-excuses-a-fox-news.php

Un député du NPD exige des juges bilingues à la Cour suprême
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200903/23/01-839342-un-depute-du-npd-exige-des-juges-bilingues-a-la-cour-supreme.php

Une autre charge contre le Registre des armes à feu
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2009/03/22/001-harper-registre-armes.shtml

Harper saigne la diplomatie canadienne
http://www.ledevoir.com/2009/03/23/241300.html

Le Canada a réagi avec une mentalité de guerre froide, dit un diplomate russe
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090323/N0323252AU.html

Les organisateurs de la tournée de Galloway s'adresseront aux tribunaux
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090323/N0323208AU.html

Petro-Canada et Suncor Energy annoncent la fusion de leurs activités
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090323/N0323192AU.html


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Galloway banned for 'deeds,' not words: Kenney

On a recent trip to Gaza, he donated money and supplies to the Hamas-led government of the Palestinian territories.
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=1419658

Few Canadians are aware of the nature of the "deeds" for which George Galloway, M.P. has been banned from entering Canada.

It is for what is related on the following videos he has been declared a risk to national security. 

A travesty in my view with unanswered questions presented in a comment made to Capital Read, Inside the Queensway - Written by Kady O'Malley on Monday, March 23, 2009 10:16 73 Comments

         Joe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIlv9hcLbeI&feature=related

http://vodpod.com/watch/1361618-viva-palestina-aid-convoy-sets-off-for-gaza-5-parts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwXXh_8UdWc&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=au_inYl1KM0&NR=1

http://vodpod.com/watch/1453156-viva-palestina-leaves-gaza

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Echoes of Israel in the graveyard of broken dreams
JEFFREY SIMPSON

From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
March 24, 2009 at 12:00 AM EDT
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090323.wcosimp24/BNStory/specialComment/home

British MP George Galloway is a windbag, a polemicist, a self-promoter of the first order, a defender of all far-left causes, a nuisance, a self-described crusader for those he considers the oppressed of the Earth and, in many instances, a nutbar.

Mr. Galloway, who was kicked out of the Labour Party in 2003 and now represents a fringe party he created with a handful of others, may be all of these things, but he is no more a "security" danger to Canada than any other member of the British House of Commons. He does not pose any threat to anybody.

It is spurious for Stephen Harper's government to ban Mr. Galloway's entry into Canada on "security" grounds, even if the original recommendation came from the Canadian Border Security Agency. Rejection is also unwise, since it gives Mr. Galloway more attention than if had be been allowed to speak. The decision also offends the principle of free speech, which ought to be defended to the hilt here.

Undoubtedly, Mr. Galloway would have given offence in Canada, because he always does. His pro-Palestinian views would have offended some. His participation in a "Viva Palestina" convoy of aid delivered to the elected government of Gaza - that is, Hamas - had already riled a number of people. And that is the real reason the Harper government didn't want him in Canada: He supports Hamas.

The larger lesson of this rather insignificant saga is how far the Harper government has moved to align Canada with Israel and its staunchest supporters. Canada is now the most "Israel, right or wrong" government in the world, except for the Israeli government itself.

Even Barack Obama's new administration, itself obviously pro-Israel, has uttered a few mild criticisms about settlements in East Jerusalem and the banning of certain trade with Gaza. But not the Harper government. Mum's been the word.

The big pro-Israel organizations in Canada hailed the decision to ban Mr. Galloway. But do Canadians, while of course being supportive of Israel's existence and security, really want their country to be the most completely aligned with Israel, especially now that it is to be led by a very right-wing coalition that doesn't believe in a two-state "solution" to the Palestinian problem?

Benjamin Netanyahu, the incoming prime minister, is a hardliner. While not exactly ruling out the eventual creation of a Palestinian state, he doesn't fundamentally believe in one, preferring little enclaves of self-rule, a kind of Palestinian Bantustan. Worse, it would appear his foreign minister will be Avigdor Lieberman, leader of a far-right party who wants loyalty oaths from Arab citizens of Israel and is uninterested in the usual concept of a Palestinian state.

Canada has very little influence in the Middle East, truth be told, but for years, under both previous Conservative and Liberal governments, it did support a two-state "solution" to the problem of the co-existence of Israelis and Palestinians.

Presumably, the Harper government does, too, but it takes almost all of its cues from Israel's latest positions. This positioning might have been at least defensible under previous Israeli governments, but it's hard to imagine the same being said for the forthcoming one.

Israel and its staunchest supporters don't like the United Nations, but a lot of Canadians do. The Harper government's "ready-aye-ready" support for Israel isn't helping Canada's campaign there for a seat on the Security Council, since a whole lot of countries (and not just Arab ones) don't want an Israeli echo on the Security Council. A pro-Israel, but more nuanced voice, perhaps; an echo, no.

Favourable opinion for an eventual two-state solution appears to have faded in Israel. A settlement with the Palestinians seems either impossible or undesirable, given their internal disarray and the Hamas rockets launched into Israel.

The recent pounding of Gaza, which brought so much misery there, was supposed to halt the rocket attacks that caused such fear in parts of Israel. Predictably, the rockets keep coming.

This prolonged, miserable dispute seems further from resolution than ever, although members of Barack Obama's administration will make a concerted and balanced attempt to get some talks going. Good luck to them in the graveyard of broken dreams.

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GallowayWatch: Okay, it's not just us. This whole CIC/CBSA thing really is confusing.
http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/03/23/gallowaywatch-okay-its-not-just-us-this-whole-ciccbsa-thing-really-is-confusing/

The CBSA was doing it's job! This is a very tiresome story about nothing!!
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  • []  Joe Hueglin says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Mar 23, 2009 at 9:09 pm Report Abuse
  • A Member of the Westminster Parliament being denied entry into Canada is "a very tiresome story about nothing!!" to Mikee.
  • There are those whose views are it is a serious act that ought to be undone.
  • The following is the train of events ending with a series of questions to be answered.
  • _________ (1)Galloway -is not deemed a terrorist in the US of A -addressed a Senate Committee http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9AbVbYAAYk -has engagements in the US on this trip to North America
  • (2) Galloway -has entered Canada without difficulty before -was interviewed on the CBC 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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KW7B5jXIiXc&feature=related
  • (3) 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' 'Infandous*' 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
  • -banning was a decision of border security officials 'based on a number of factors' in accordance with section 34(1) of the country's immigration act. No factor or factors have been stated.
  • -, banning being a decision of border security officials is reiterated time and again by a spokesman of Minister Kenney who states he "falls afoul of numerous criteria" in this Video: in which Britisher Sue Turton talks to Canadian immigration spokesman Alykhan Velshi about his country's decision to deny entry to MP George Galloway. 20 Mar 2009. http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1184614595/bctid17065456001
  • -stating he will address the planned gatherings from the U.S. if the ban continues is responded to by the Jewish Defence League spokesman in the Video "Canada ban: Galloway faces his accusers a Jewish Defence League (JDL) "Terrorist" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAm7rfHKSyY in this manner "we will see to it that the Canadian government will be monitoring every individual and organization that will have anything to do with it"
  • Summation Galloway's views which have been consistent for a number of years have not led to his being considered a security risk at any time by the United States of America nor by Canada until this visit. QUESTION: Why now and only in Canada?
  • A new factor was the open letter to the country's government urging it to do 'everything possible to keep this hater away' from the Jewish Defence League. The Minister's spokesman kept reiterating the decision was the border officials alone but did not cite any specific basis for he decision. QUESTIONS: Is that he "falls afoul of numerous criteria" an acceptable reason for initiating a ban where none had existed previously? Was the spokesman for Minister Kenney protesting too much it was officials? Is it unknown that officials have been influenced in their decisions from above?
  • The Jewish Defence League representative spoke with assurance in stating "we will see to it that the Canadian government will be monitoring every individual and organization that will have anything to do with it" QUESTIONS: All of these could apply could they not for the statement being made : (1) baseless bravado; (2) having seen a positive effect from one letter thereby assuming there would be similar results from other statements; (3) having received assurances action had been taken and would be? What are the percentages among the three on a possibilities and probabilities basis, events over the last few days being taken into account ?
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