Monday, April 13, 2009

Daily Digest April 13, 2009



The future has arrived

Correcting an injustice in the shrimp fishery
Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea is right to give P.E.I. its fair share of the additional Gulf shrimp quota

Political amateurs stir mischief pot

Canada right to fight proposed EU ban of seal products

It would be wise to heed realities

Judges must protect society, not criminals

Safeguards on euthanasia? Don't count on them

Make room for nurse practitioners

Growth problems
Engaging Cuba

Costing green energy

Deliberation, valuation

Sponsorship conflict

 Harper's policies lay egg with voters

Political power has brought out the character flaws in many

High-tech licence Proceed with caution

McGuinty may face two female leaders

america first will mean canada last

Do what it takes to survive

What a wonderful world it'd be

Will Liberals never learn?

How things have changed

Enforce littering penalty

New world, but with the same old ideas

Liberals can thank Harper for their fortunes



A deep well of misunderstanding

Nato lorries set ablaze in Pakistan

Afghan villagers say NATO strike kills 6 civilians

Al Qaeda's Shadow Army commander outlines Afghan strategy

Is the US selling out to the Taliban?

Low-tech batteries power Canada's high-tech army in Afghanistan

Delaying new ships will cause 'rust-out': navy documents

U.S. red tape forces gifted workers north

Credit in Canada tightens in first quarter: polls

GM, Chrysler profitable over long term: CAW

Cars a Canadian cash cow: CAW

'Surgical' Bankruptcy Possible for G.M.

US military considers attacks on Somali pirates land bases

You are being lied to about pirates
Some are clearly just gangsters. But others are trying to stop illegal dumping and trawling

Resolving the Palestinian refugee issue has been too long neglected and delayed.

MP calls for independent drug agency

Harper government doing good job on economy: poll

Harper's grip on power slipping

Federal Tories busy flooding B.C. with funding announcements

MPs slam Moore's no-show at Genie Awards

Don't write off Steeltown, says Ignatieff

Mulroney issue drives wedge in Conservative caucus

Harper, PMO definitely 'bothered' by whole Mulroney controversy

N.L. MP wants Harper to teach Obama about seal hunt

Liberals on best behaviour in bid to woo women

Left of centre
Conservatives to propose tougher product recall laws
Passport Canada abruptly cuts online service

Environment Canada puts off action to protect woodland-caribou habitat

Cuts threaten jewel of Canadian astronomy

Export development bigwigs rack up travel and car expenses

Crown pay dubbed 'ludicrous'

Beware the ploys of the left

Be bold, Ontario: Shift dollars from health care to education

Beware the echo recession

Are juries out?

Welcome to the globalization of politics

Gun control vital part of strategy to address violence

Reform in U.S., brain drain here

50% of students have plagiarized. Assez, c'est assez, mais que faire? =

Revisited: The Canary In The Coal Mine. Kelly Marie Richard. Part Two

Les partisans des Tamouls toujours devant le Parlement

Stockwell Day entame un voyage en Chine

Une coalition contre le libre-échange canado-colombien

Cruauté envers les animaux : la loi pas suffisamment sévère?

Copiez, collez! 50% des étudiants ont déjà plagié. Assez, c'est assez, mais que faire?

Troubles du langage en Chine?

Passeport Prenez un numéro

Guerre en Afghanistan Escalade en vue

La Teoria Conspiratoria

It is proposed a Ministry be given power to:

a. search private property without a warrant;

b. seize private property without Court supervision;

c. destroy private property without Court supervision;

d. take control of businesses without Court supervision;

e. in some circumstances to keep seized private property without a Court order;



Please consider these questions in relationship to a. b. c. d. e. immediately above.

Were a Bill presented giving a Ministry the powers listed above would you support or oppose its becoming law?

Would you believe that a person had bought into a Conspiracy Theory who was telling you such a Bill giving these powers to a Ministry was being proposed

. . . more to follow.


Subject: Re: Daily Digest April 11, 2009
From: "Michael Watkins"

In my latest update from the Government of Canada I learn that Stockwell
Day is heading out on a field trip to China.

Maybe the Minister who wishes he'd be Prime Minister one day could ask the
Chinese to clamp down on the massive volume of SPAM and virus-laden emails
sent out every minute from China to computer users all over the world.
Many times even if the SPAM mail originates from somewhere else in the
world (frequently from a compromised computer controlled out of China,
Russia, and others) the target website will be in China. Their government
clearly must know this is going on, for no doubt their officials have to
suffer through the non-stop stream of emails offering manly improvement,
financial order, health and longevity, or 20 tons of gold for you to share

The Chinese government after all essentially monitor and restrict what
ordinary Chinese citizens can do on their computers, so clearly they have
the where with all to determine who is spewing spam out from their
borders. While I am generally against the death penalty, perhaps in the
case of SPAM, virus, and hack-lab operators, I could tolerate an exception
in where my moral compass points. Just for a few minutes.

From: The Natroses

Hi Joe,  Some thoughts.......
On your question on Harper's ethics, his ethics boils down to standing on principles, until the wind shifts. He has to attack others first,  because he cannot have others  look too deeply on his own actions and shifts in policies, for fear of discovering Harper,  has principles that serves his best interest. Much like the authoritative father, who is so rigid and principle in his rearing of his children, until the Children's Aid society is breathing down his neck on alleged abuse of his children. The father changes his tune in the same fashion as Harper, but in the father's case he will defend his actions by blaming the children's behaviour or society as a whole. In either case, the focus is shifted away from his actions to who is morally right or ethical.
To Ray: Thanks for that piece on the Pirates of Somalia. I had no idea that media was interested in why pirates have become a problem. Back in the 1700s, pirates were a big problem for North America, and the reason why is much like the reasons today. In the case of North America, British and French governments did it to themselves by trying to controlled the settlers through rules that essentially oppressed the people, by limited trading to select groups and controlling the flow of money. The Navy of both countries did not help, by rounding up men in their respective countries, and force them to work on their ships. Most jump ship for freedom either by joining up with the pirates, or settle somewhere in North America. A lot of the small settlements on the island portion of NL, got their start by the people who jumped ship, for a taste of freedom. As for today, there is many places throughout the world that dumping and overfishing is occurring, especially in places that do not have the resources to fight back. But here is the other side of the coin in places that do have the resources to fight back, there is legislative powers that makes it illegal for foreign powers to overfish and dumping of toxic materials, but governments of the past and present conveniently overlook the rules and regulations, for fear of loosing trade or another political favour. One just have to look at what is happening in NL's fishery and the North Atlantic. I call it legalized piracy of the oceans, conducted and led by the governments of the world.
This leads me to another point on why the near-shore fisheries are failing throughout the world, and it is the policies of governments who favour large factory ships, and the complete elimination of small independent fish harvester, who conducts his fishing near the shores, rather than fishing in waters that are more than 100 miles out and further. Fish although an important protein source for feeding people, is no longer look upon as a food source, but as a food that most people can live without and is extremely profitable for the fish processors by charging the highest prices that the market can bear.
To Zeb: Your comment on organic farming in India, relates to the above. Farming has become big profitable business, where many small farms under 20 acres have been eliminated throughout the world. Countries like India, are now being faced with the loss of the smaller farms in favour of large factory farms. It is done in the name of rationalization and greater concentration of profits in the hands of a few. Most reasons that lies behind it, is that food processors will no longer have to deal with many small contracts with the farmers, but just a few who can more or less guarantee the production quotas by their methods as opposed to the smaller farmers who relies on the traditional methods of farming, that are at greater risk to crop failures. Either way, the big farmers and big food processors are far more powerful now, and it is their best interest to make sure small farms never make a come back. It would mean, that their profit margins will be reduced, if governments promotes small farms by reducing the regulations and rules that are more costly for a small farm and in turn a wider spread of income distribution  for a great amount of farmers. One just have to take a look at what is happening in agriculture in Canada, to see the rationalization of our farms, where the consumers pay the highest prices for essential foods  to satisfied the greed of our big food processing companies and factory farms. Ditto for the fisheries!

From: Rebecca Gingrich

Let me get this straight--it is not important that the money came from the taxpayer, it is only important who knew about it?  When does the revolution start?  How much longer are we supposed to take this while we are losing our jobs and paying inflated salaries, perks and pensions for the more equal?
Happy Easter everyone--just don't expect the Easter Bunny to bring you goodies--he is probably on Parliament Hill making sure they get their fair share(meaning ALL the goodies) while we keep paying.

Liberal MP Dhalla in 'Bollywood' DVD flap
Updated Sat. Apr. 11 2009 11:23 PM ET News Staff
Liberal MP Ruby Dhalla is reportedly attempting to block the distribution of a Bollywood-style movie in which she had a starring role, according to the film's producer.
Shot in 2003 -- a year before Dhalla became an elected member of Parliament -- the movie is a Hindi-language story called "Kyon, Kis Liye," which is translated as "Who and For What?"

However, the grant application has raised questions about how the funds were eventually secured.
According to documents obtained by CTV News, Heritage Canada wrote at the time of the application that the film did "not meet any of the terms and conditions of existing departmental programs."
Despite this, a $13,000 grant was approved by then-Heritage Minister Sheila Copps - also a prominent Hamilton Liberal.

From: Rubie Britton
Subject: Retired School Teacher Speaks Out.


From: "Suan H.Booiman"
Subject: the fact of Canadian life.

So true, hope he keeps it up...and that in the Toronto Star, where is Hébert???
Quebec's profitable game - Opinion - Quebec's profitable game
April 12, 2009
Angelo Persichilli

The bad cop-good cop game is the best way to fool people and get what you want. The bad cop can make all kinds of hair-raising threats knowing that they will never materialize. The good cop reaps the benefits.

A classic example of the bad cop-good cop routine in politics occurs in Quebec, where the separatists are the bad cops and the federalists, like Liberal Premier Jean Charest, are the good cops.

The bad-cop separatists create a problem that the good-cop federalists can solve if Ottawa signs some cheques. The interests of Canada and the rest of Canadians are never part of the equation.
The changed attitude in Ottawa is welcome. I hope the federal government will not be derailed by complaints from the professional federalists and separatists in Quebec. They are just afraid of losing the grip they've had on Canadian politics for the last 40 years, during which time they have reduced the concept of Canadian federalism to an exchange of cheques between provinces.

From: Joerge Dyrkton
Subject: verboten

Hello Joe,

How democratic is Harper's party discipline (which seems to extend to other parties) when just talking to former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney is considered verboten?  Harper talks about "freedom" but he does not understand – or ever acknowledge (what is quite clear in his many, many 'low road' cases, a number quite serious and rather unconstitutional) – the freedom to err.  Even that is verboten.  Fresh air, please.  By the way, Ignatieff's support for Mulroney's "character" is flawed only because it is a belated slap in the face of the divisive devil we know, whose  inflammatory hype a few months ago regarding (by implication)Quebec voters all previous prime ministers of Canada, for good reason, would have considered a dereliction of national duty.
Joerge Dyrkton, D.Phil.

From: "Serge Crespy"

Dear Joe:
Some heat "hitting the fan", as a result of my comments:"Same-Sex Marriage Confusion".  
(Orlando Sentinel) - One of my replies to an individual's rebuttal:
...... It appears that for some individuals dissecting the basic nature of man and woman, for personal gratification, has become "A Human Right".    We all have the right to create and the right to mutate; thankfully, for hundreds of thousands of years the majority has chosen the former; a"traditional" approach to enjoying and creating, "LIFE".    There is a difference, Robin!    A gyroscope and a compass can assist greatly in the understanding of sexuality.
The "Silent Majority" has had it, Joe! 
Best Wishes; 
Serge Crespy,
Collingwood, Ontario

From: "Tommy"
Subject: Daily Digest April 11

Ray Strackan in writing about Somalia and its pirates includes in his diatribe the sentence, "I see no good in Harper and his sad bag of bastards." I wonder if Mr Strackan has the cojones to name these bastards and what it is that they did in Somalia to get such an extremely disparaging remark about Honourable Members of the House of Commons. Has Mr Strachan the ability to be a member of parliament and a citizen's desire to contribute something more to erudite political discussion than pejoratives without meaning or truth? Or is he simply a blowhard without manners or respect for other citizens?    

(I gather the above is a request to name individual M.P.s and the actions leading to their being disparaged.)
From: Tom Brewer

I dare suggest Somali pirates need to curb their tongues. Their threats pertaining to revenge will not be taken lightly by anyone... Least Americans.
The Americans can and will strike with lethal force dare the Somali's assume they have the upper hand.
Those who live by the gun shall die by the gun... Thus the death of three pirates who dared assume they would get away with their act. This is not over by any means! I am positive ships passing through the area now will suitably arm themselves and other nations will enter the fray.

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: MP calls for independent drug agency

I am sorry for this man's loss, but I thought that is what Health Canada was already supposed to be doing?  They fire doctors who raise questions about drugs rather than protecting the citizen from bad drugs.  Now we are supposed to pay for another useless taxpayer funded government organization to do this drug testing?  Talk about being top heavy with no positive results.

Nine years after vowing to find out why his teenage daughter died while taking a popular prescription drug, a rookie MP is launching a campaign to persuade the Harper government to establish an independent drug safety agency in Canada.