Sunday, March 08, 2009

Daily Digest March 7, 2009


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

EDITORIAL PAGEs

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Forget the attack ads make Parliament work
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/index.html

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Controversial memories
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/op-ed/Controversial+memories/1362386/story.html
 
Why Afghanistan needs democracy
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/op-ed/Afghanistan+needs+democracy/1362426/story.html

OTTAWA SUN -
Penalty doesn't fit crime
http://www.ottawasun.com/Comment/Editorial/2009/03/08/8670101-sun.html

TORONTO STAR -
Harmonize taxes, but with care
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/598089

Rethinking Star Wars
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/598090

TORONTO SUN -
Tory: Smart guy, dumb politician
http://www.torontosun.com/comment/editorial/

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Making America healthy
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/making_america_healthy-40919482.html

Try raising a kid without consequences
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/try_raising_a_kid_without_consequences-40919462.html

Harper gets it
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/harper_gets_it-40919457.html

WINNIPEG SUN -
Igniting the crime debate
http://www.winnipegsun.com/comment/editorial/2009/03/08/8669091-sun.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Shut up, already
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/opinion/Shut+already/1364806/story.html
 
RCMP attempts to deflect blame hurt all officers
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/opinion/RCMP+attempts+deflect+blame+hurt+officers/1360708/story.html

CALGARY HERALD -
Like variety, ethnic malls add spice to life
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=d9ceec86-ff11-4beb-8ecf-42525d5d070a

CALGARY SUN -
Capital idea for debate
http://calsun.canoe.ca/Comment/POV/2009/03/08/8668646-sun.html

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Some subjects better ducked
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/editorials/Some+subjects+better+ducked/1366584/story.html

Will tougher green laws be enforced?
  http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/editorials/Will+tougher+green+laws+enforced/1365267/story.html

EDMONTON SUN -
Time to reconsider death penalty
http://calsun.canoe.ca/Comment/POV/2009/03/08/8668646-sun.html
http://www.edmontonsun.com/Comment/Commentary/2009/03/08/8669566-sun.html
 
RED DEER ADVOCATE -
PM learns mission's hard lessons 
http://www.albertalocalnews.com/reddeeradvocate/opinion/PM_learns_missions_hard_lessons.html

VANCOUVER SUN -
Don't separate children from their inmate mothers
http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=0b16706f-a134-4509-a8f1-b609297d687f

VANCOUVER PROVINCE -
Show some guts -- make tobacco illegal
http://www.theprovince.com/opinion/editorials/Show+some+guts+make+tobacco+illegal/1366930/story.html

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
The quiet death of federal pay equity
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=566e28a3-9e2f-40bf-ab22-650daa439aee


ISSUES

AF-PAK PROBLEM -
Karzai welcomes Obama call to reach out to Taliban
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hvWEqwq3CrRvaQCmt21MfoYhjZJQD96PPQ9G0

Obama hopeful for peace with Taliban
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/World/2009/03/08/8668811-sun.html

US Drone shot down in FATA: What's next?
http://pakalert.wordpress.com/2009/03/08/us-drone-shot-down-in-fata-what%E2%80%99s-next/

Obama says US is losing war in Afghanistan
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5869476.ece

Dreaming of Splitting the Taliban
http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/C65A1E6BF64F65E4872575720078C01B?OpenDocument


CANADIAN FORCES -
Canadian soldier killed by roadside bomb
- all 29 news articles »
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090308/afghanistan_canadian_090308/20090308?hub=TopStories

Canadian troops launch airborne assault on Taliban command http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2009/03/08/8673611-cp.html

Alarming level of sex abuse by Cdn Forces members
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2009/03/08/8674286-cp.html


CANUSA/USACAN -
D.C. awash in Conservative ministers for both policy and PR
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2009/03/08/8674351-cp.html


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS -
Companies caught in Whirlpool of debt
Analysts warn that stream of filings for creditor protection may become a flood
http://www.thestar.com/business/article/598109

CAW reaches tentative deal with General Motors Canada after only three days of talks
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090308/national/gm_caw_deal

GM deal freezes wages, pensions
http://business.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090308.wautosstaff0308/BNStory/Business/home

Top Republicans Call for GM to Declare Bankruptcy
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/03/08/republicans-gm-declare-bankruptcy/

Canada-EU trade deal would be feather in caps of Charest, Harper
http://www.montrealgazette.com/columnists/Canada+trade+deal+would+feather+caps+Charest+Harper/1366713/story.html


FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
Pentagon's nuclear weapons theory bombs
http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/eric_margolis/2009/03/08/8671731-sun.html

OPINION: US Can Wage War on Terrorists or Drugs -- But Not Both
http://www.opposingviews.com/articles/opinion-us-can-wage-war-on-terrorists-or-drugs-but-not-both

U.S. would put MacKay in top job at NATO
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/06/AR2009030602069_pf.html


JUSTICE SYSTEM -
Overturned convictions only 'tip of the iceberg'
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/598506


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
Quebec docs report rise in baby tourism but furious when foreigners skip on bill
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2009/03/08/8673336-cp.html

Leaderless, lost and a long way from power
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/columnists/Leaderless+lost+long+from+power/1366808/story.html


FEDERAL POLITICS -
Finance minister sees light at end of the tunnel
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/National/2009/03/07/8660501-sun.html

Prepare for more job losses, Flaherty says
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090308/flaherty_jobs_090308/20090308?hub=TopStories

Federal New Democrats want complete overhaul of EI system
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2009/03/08/bc-ndp-ei-benefits.html

Political jockeying animates budget bluster
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/fp/Political+jockeying+animates+budget+bluster/1367750/story.html


PRESSURE POINTS -
Gangreen energy act
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fpcomment/archive/2009/03/07/lawrence-solomon-gangreen-energy-act.aspx


OPINION AND INFORMATION -
Credit crunchers
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2009/03/08/8670526-sun.html

Here's how to spot the real Jew haters
http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/lorrie_goldstein/2009/03/08/8671701-sun.html

Lessons for us from the Great Depression
http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/marianne_meedward/2009/03/08/8671721-sun.html

Women still have a long way to go
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/598100

 Broadcasters blundered by not investing in quality
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/598101

All's well in the kingdom of Canada
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/598099

How not to conduct a cross-examination
http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/598205


INFOS -
Le Canada perd un autre militaire
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2009/03/08/002-soldat-mort.shtml

Restructuration: GM et les TCA concluent une entente de principe
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090308/N030837AU.html

Le Twitter est encore peu populaire au Canada
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200903/07/01-834292-le-twitter-est-encore-peu-populaire-au-canada.php

Lawrence Cannon, le maître de l'esquive
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200903/07/01-834186-lawrence-cannon-le-maitre-de-lesquive.php

Layton affirme qu'il faut investir en période de crise
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200903/07/01-834289-layton-affirme-quil-faut-investir-en-periode-de-crise.php

Quand ils parlent des femmes, les conservateurs pèsent leurs mots
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200903/07/01-834231-quand-ils-parlent-des-femmes-les-conservateurs-pesent-leurs-mots.php

La police militaire relève un degré alarmant d'agressions sexuelles de jeunes
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090308/N030864AU.html


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From: "Derek Skinner"
Subject: Fw: Should George W. Bush Be Arrested in Calgary, Alberta, To Be Tried For International Crimes?
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=12586

This certainly highlights our Canadian complicity in, and support for, the Bush doctrine.  
Derek

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From: Tom Brewer

Enough is enough! I was lead to believe ages ago only the Police and limited few others could beare arms. Serious restrictions limits possession of a hand gun in Canada.

Today for whatever reason it seems possession of a handgun is some God-given-right!

It is time this mentality was checked and those possessing hand guns taken to task given the laws presently in place. Our Legislators would not need to think more laws are needed in my opinion..

If the Police can stop drivers at a check stop for booze then it is time to use this technique to rid our streets and communities of guns and the idiots with them.

Come on MP's… if we cannot enforce the laws we have now, are you that naive to think more laws will help?

Get a grip people the gun laws we have now are not being enforced, tell our elected reps to get off their rear end and enforce what we have now.

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Too often gun charges are withdrawn
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From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Re: Killer Drones

If the goal of the Canadian Forces is to integrate its operations and equipment with the United States military in order to pursue "a War on Terror", the availability of ''killer drones" that could shoot missiles at insurgents on the ground might prove very useful.  The question is whether a $500 million+  expenditure on this kind of weapon is the best use of taxpayers' money if our purpose is actually support of United Nations Peace Operations, rather than fighting wars and countering insurgencies as part of coalitions of the willing. U.N. Peacekeeping may require a robust force but that is but one component of a comprehensive process:

Modern multi-dimensional peacekeeping operations may be authorized under Chapter VI and Chapter VII of the UN Charter. The most important distinguishing feature of these operations is that they are put in place to implement a peace process, but, as the UN points out, they are not a substitute for a peace process. The military is only one component of a comprehensive political, diplomatic, humanitarian, and economic effort. The objectives of these missions include supporting civilian and non-governmental organizations in the provision of humanitarian aid, the organization and protection of elections, the supervision of government functions, the disarmament and demobilization of large number of parties, the repatriation and rehabilitation of refugees, the protection of safe areas, restoration of national government and institutions, and other missions.
In order to make a judgment on whether providing the military with "attack drones" is the best possible use of half a billion dollars, I refer readers to the following  publication of the Council of Canadians:
Marching Orders
How Canada abandoned peacekeeping – and why the UN needs us now more than ever
--
Larry Kazdan , Vice-President,
World Federalist Movement Canada – Vancouver Branch
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Democratize the UN!
  Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (Canada Website)
 
UNPA Overview
 

UN Parliamentary Assembly in a Nutshell   (PowerPoint)  
 

 Top Ten Reasons to Endorse the UNPA     
 
Read and Endorse the Appeal for a U.N. Parliamentary Assembly  on-line!
 Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
 
Margaret Mead
 US anthropologist & popularizer of anthropology (1901 - 1978)

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From: Lorimer Rutty
Subject: editing or lack thereof

When are you going to start to edit?
Yours sincerely
Cousin Weakeyes

e.g.
What are Absolute Return Strategies, also known as hedge funds?

Absolute return strategies consist of investments in funds whose objective is to generate positive returns regardless of the market conditions, that is, returns with a low correlation to the market.

Our absolute return strategies are managed within controlled risk parameters by experienced external asset managers.
 
Why does CPPIB invest in hedge funds?

Absolute return strategies provide a broader array of investment options to further diversify our active risk within the portfolio.

Our absolute return strategies are managed within controlled risk parameters by experienced external asset managers.
 
How much of the CPP portfolio is invested in hedge funds?

Absolute return strategies represented $1.6 billion or 1.3 per cent of the portfolio at the end of fiscal 2008. We do not have an explicit portfolio allocation for hedge funds; rather, on a case-by-case basis, we evaluate them on the same risk/return investment criteria as other externally managed active strategies.
 
Does the use of hedge funds increase risk in the CPP Fund?

No. All risk/return decisions are made within risk management policies and parameters approved by the Board of Directors of the CPP Investment Board.

Our absolute return strategies are managed within controlled risk parameters by experienced external asset managers.

The fore-going is a cut and paste from the web-site. Note  the phrase 'externally managed' when referring to who does the hedging.

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Brad Thomson

Joe,

There is no time remaining for the quibbling over issues of left versus right.

One must understand that the whole system has been hijacked by a greater power. What may be termed a false left/right paradigm is in place. The people think they have a democratic choice.

But Obama is a puppet now to the same faction that pulled the admittedly very few strings that George Bush was able to command. A higher order of controlling interests has now made itself manifest. Final consolidation of banking that controls the issuance of money world-side is taking place. A global elite have ownership not only of the banks, but because the level of debt has now passed the threshold of the sum value of all production, they have ownership of everything. This includes all weapons manufacturers, all drug companies, all media. They have infiltrated ubiquitously.

All world policy is determined by this small group of elite business persons. Again, there is no point in endlessly rehashing secondary questions within the false political paradigm. We must wake up to the new world order. We must face the fact that it is almost here and be prepared to moderate it when it arrives.

We are about to see the emergence of One world power. My money is on Schwarzenneger to be at the helm.

Brad Thomson
Gatineau

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