Thursday, April 16, 2009

Daily Digest April 16, 2009


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

EDITORIAL PAGEs

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN -
A budget for difficult economic times View comments1
If today's provincial budget features a deficit, as is expected, hopefully it will also include a plan for getting out of the red. http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=242718&sc=103

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Keep Tamil Tigers on black list
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1116917.html

SAINT JOHN TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL -
Apply pressure to blood loss
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/opinion/article/636702

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
An unenforceable law won't save any kids
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/unenforceable+save+kids/1500483/story.html

Zardari mistake threatens Pakistan's stability
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/Zardari+mistake+threatens+Pakistan+stability/1500484/story.html

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
A Canadian symbol
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Canadian+symbol/1500609/story.html
 
Separating for the better
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Separating+better/1500610/story.html
 
Politics of protest
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Politics+protest/1497129/story.html

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Success one step at a time
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1525585

TORONTO STAR -
Ignatieff makes sense on EI rules
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/619098

Ignatieff has the right idea about taxes
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/619097

 For-profit won't heal health care 
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/619128

 How the rich and powerful win again 
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/619127

 World is watching as China decides how to play its cards 
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/619129

GLOBE & MAIL -
Homeowners ought not to bear the risk
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090415.weFraud16/BNStory/specialComment/home

NATIONAL POST -
Hunger-striking for terrorists
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=1501065

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
Wrestling with Afghan mission 
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/549237

ST. CATHARINES STANDARD -
Time to return stranded Canadian
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1526384

K-W RECORD -
Michael Ignatieff's taxing problems  
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/521236

WINDSOR STAR -
Chrysler's future
http://www.windsorstar.com/opinion/editorials/Chrysler+future/1500835/story.html

SUDBURY STAR -
Ezra Levant's 'Shakedown' a lesson on free speech
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1526423

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Selling out to China
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/editorials/editorial---selling-out-to-china-43086157.html

Local low-budget film thriller divulges 'real reason' for Iraq war
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/columnists/local-low-budget-film-thriller-divulges-real-reason-for-iraq-war-43086162.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Government wise to maintain ban on Tamil Tigers
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/opinion/Taliban+brutality+grows+unchecked+cowardly+West/1497316/story.html
 
Taliban brutality grows unchecked by cowardly West
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/opinion/Taliban+brutality+grows+unchecked+cowardly+West/1497316/story.html

CALGARY HERALD -
A heart of darkness
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=95319dee-0da9-4170-b216-a9df9669acf3

Helping the homeless the practical way
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=2ef95056-2e7b-4d1d-a04a-a87d5efe3660

Treating a sick health system
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=dd78fffa-2c63-4769-829a-357b91c510f6

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Keeping faith in Afghanistan
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/editorials/Keeping+faith+Afghanistan/1501764/story.html

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
Afghan women deserve equality
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/content/view/49591/56/

RED DEER ADVOCATE -
Put parks protection first 
http://www.albertalocalnews.com/reddeeradvocate/opinion/Put_parks_protection_first_43058152.html

VANCOUVER PROVINCE -
Opening fire on thieves neither safe nor sane
http://www.theprovince.com/opinion/editorials/Opening+fire+thieves+neither+safe+sane/1501288/story.html

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Let's be honest about alcohol
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=b3c5fb52-12c2-4956-b4c9-6854d0d615dc

Review needed of Taser cops
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=b1ec381e-fe14-46be-b318-4166886e1b9f

Liberals swap Wii fun for online fluff
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=3ba57593-a4b2-4127-86fa-c21edede8a96

Obama learns the world is a dangerous place
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=5fa21775-ec48-40e2-9a71-0a9a12430b87

NDP's 'environmental plan' just a gimmick
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=c6c925c4-fbc9-4bc9-bb0a-181db5c4593f

HAARETZ-
http://www.haaretz.com/


ISSUES

AF-PAK PROBLEM -
The difficulty of dumping Karzai
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/04/16/heidi-kingstone-the-difficulty-in-getting-rid-of-karzai.aspx

Foreign Advisors 'Inefficient'
http://quqnoos.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2856&Itemid=48

Afghan Mission At a Tougher Stage: Mullen
http://quqnoos.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2854&Itemid=48

Karzai asks Nato to explain civilian toll
http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=285045&version=1&template_id=41&parent_id=23

Afghanistan's decisive days
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/apr/16/afghanistan-usa-foreign-policy-obama


CANUSA/USACAN -
Ottawa toughens stance on U.S. meat dispute.
http://www.canada.com/Ottawa+toughens+stance+meat+dispute/1503405/story.html

'American approach to Cuba has not worked': Harper
http://www.canada.com/news/American+approach+Cuba+worked+Harper/1503938/story.html


FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
Will U.S. stay the course in effort to scuttle piracy?
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1116921.html

ANC planning to walk over constitution - Helen Zille
http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71654?oid=125715&sn=Detail

US-Israeli differences over Palestinians emerge
http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/619688

Obama shields CIA interrogators from charges
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090416.wobamatorture0416/BNStory/International/home

Monsanto considering legal action against Germany after corn-banning
http://www.nationalpost.com/arts/story.html?id=1501040

Homeland Security backtracks on report on extremism
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1502304

Harper to champion free trade at Latin American summit
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/fp/Harper+champion+free+trade+Latin+American+summit/1500581/story.html


JUSTICE SYSTEM -
Lawyer asks Supreme Court to hear pit bull ban challenge
http://www.thestar.com/News/Ontario/article/619659


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
Province must police conflict law
http://www.torontosun.com/comment/editorial/2009/04/16/9127786-sun.html


FEDERAL POLITICS -
Liberals take lead in new poll
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/090416/canada/canada_us_politics_poll

Liberals import Obama software for election preparations
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090416.wliberals0417/BNStory/National/home

Alberta leader fatigue is Tories' next big test
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090415.wcomartin16/BNStory/specialComment/home

Liberals publish roadmap to rebuild party
http://davidakin.blogware.com/blog/_archives/2009/4/16/4155187.html

Despite setbacks, these Conservatives won't fade away
http://news.guelphmercury.com/Opinions/article/467592

PROGRAMMES -
Ottawa willing to let GM, Chrysler collapse
http://business.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090416.wclementstaff0416/BNStory/Business/home WRITERS GUILD OF CANADA SLAMS PRIVATE BROADCASTER BAILOUT
http://www.straight.com/article-214992/writers-guild-canada-slams-prospect-private-broadcaster-bailout

Consumers face $4,000 cost to cover greenhouse gas measures: Panel
http://www.canada.com/Business/Consumers+face+cost+cover+greenhouse+measures+Panel/1503012/story.html


PRESSURE POINTS -
Climate panel presses for cap-and-trade system
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090416.wPOLclimate0416/BNStory/politics/home

Forget the scary eco-crunch: This Earth is enough
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090415.wcolomborg16/BNStory/specialComment/home


OPINION AND INFORMATION -
In tough times, can food firms sacrifice quality to reduce costs?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090415.wcofood16/BNStory/specialComment/home


INFOS -
Soins de santé Contre la privatisation
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/atlantique/2009/04/16/002-NB-coalition-sante_n.shtml

Ottawa coupe 162 millions
http://www.ledevoir.com/2009/04/16/245955.html

Un organisme fédéral conseille à Ottawa de mettre un prix sur le carbone
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090416/N041674AU.html

Maher Arar demeure toujours persona non grata aux Etats-Unis
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090416/N0416172AU.html

Un amendement à la Loi sur la citoyenneté entre en vigueur vendredi
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090416/N0416196AU.html

L'aide internationale devrait être refusée aux pays ayant un gros budget militaire
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090416/N0416198AU.html

Tony Clement défend les coupes dans le budget aux projets scientifiques
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090416/N0416132AU.html

Chrysler doit réduire les coûts de sa main-d'oeuvre pour recevoir de l'aide
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090416/N0416168AU.html

Ottawa investit dans la recherche dans le domaine de l'automobile au Canada
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090416/N041654AU.html


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From: The Natroses

Hi again, Just a few thoughts on tax cuts. In a New Brunswick article, where a flat tax was introduce is having a major impact on services. Premier Graham is ticked off that the teacher's union refused to rollback their wages, and at the same time reducing funding in vital areas of education system. He is even offering teachers $1000 dollars to ignore the class size minimum ruling. Why is it when government reduces taxes, the average taxpayer pays for it through reduced services in education, health and added costs in living expenses?

Speaking about funding, the federal government seems to playing another game of giving funding, and than taking it away. This time it is the Atlantic Gateway project, and it appears to becoming null and void. 
http://tinyurl.com/cbl5aq

Another broken promise by the Harper government.

Minister Kenny is set to change the citizenship program. He states, "

"His department is conducting a complete review of the citizenship program to improve its content, "with a focus on Canadian values," Mr. Kenney told the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.

The government wants to ensure that people becoming Canadian citizens have a full appreciation of the country's values -- such as the rule of law and the equality of men and women--as well as its symbols and institutions, he said."

I decided to take a look on the government site, what is being taught. Although, I could not find the actual material being taught - I took a look on other sites. Here is a link to one of many, that has more or less the same things. http://tinyurl.com/c2qy84

Just a little worry,about what Canadian values are they talking about. The Cons speak of having immigrants know more history of this country. Through what lens will the history be taught? The lens of our political institutions?  History from what I was taught is all the collective parts plus the individual's personal history and experiences. It is about people, and not the trappings of institutions, symbols and the bureaucrats who work within promoting only one aspect of the collective whole. If Harper and Kenney wanted change, they should start within the very institutions that they desire the immigrants to learn. A starting place, should be to correct how Newfoundland and Labrador's history starts in 1949. NL, along with the other Atlantic and Quebec provinces - all started out in the same era. The first correction should be, the oldest city in Canada is St. John's, NL. NL, has played a pivoted role in the history of Canada, yet our history books and our own government has discounted, downplayed the role of NL.

That said, watch for Harper and his gang and how they will handle the issue of France, St. Pierre with NL caught in the middle, over France demanding extending the boundaries to take advantage of more oil and gas rights in the North Atlantic. It should not take too long, before Harper and the gang insults all parties and shows their ignorance on the history between all parties.

Lastly, Harper has hired two American talking heads in an attempt to get more press time in the American media. How much is it costing the Canadian taxpayers for this little number. As stated in the article,

"Harper's bid for more face time before the American public is part of a long-term government strategy to "brand" Canada in a positive light, at a time when Ottawa is seeking close relations with the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama."

How can Harper seek a closer relationship with United States, by openly boasting on national TV that Canada's way is much better and therefore superior. It could be very true, but I am sure there is a better way. Like using good old-fashioned methods such as talking and having regular meetings with the American officials. Making use of our Canadian ambassadors, and other institutions that has close contact with the American government. Plus, it looks as though the PM is aiming for a seat in another country, and not taking care of business at home.
 
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Hi Joe, 
 
I have no idea of what Robert Gauthier is talking about. How he connects the three articles, "They should have been stopped," by David B. Harris, "Obama takes a bow," by Leonard Stern, and, "Low status now high status," by Josh Freed, in The Ottawa Citizen, April 15, 2009; and, "Gains made cannot be lost," by Kerry Thompson, in The Ottawa Sun, April 14, 2009," to his statement - " The continued "taunting of Canadian law and standards" by the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Parliamentarians is "an insult to the parliamentary governmental system," as David Harris describes our democracy and that protects our "humanitarian principles and Canadian's security."
 
Threw me for a loop, trying to understand the connection. In one statement, he states - " How can the Prime Minister advocate and promote respect and protection of human rights in less fortunate countries while his officials, in particular, Canadian Parliamentarians led by Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken, by their silence, acquiesce and consent to his public demonstration of contempt for the rule of law and for the Institution of the United Nations, not to mention the provisions of our own Canadian Constitution to enforce the Rule of Law.
If we can't assure the protection of human rights within Canada, guaranteed for every individual Canadian citizen, without exception, there is not much hope for other less fortunate countries.
We should not tolerate further delays that will inevitably continue the regression that is clearly taking place in Canada by politicians and bureaucrats with immunity and impunity." 
And than at the end of the article he states - " The intolerable affront by the Speaker of the House of Commons and by Canadian Parliamentarians, by their silence, to the dignity of our parliamentary institution and the undermining of the most important efforts of the Prime Minister of Canada, in his international quest for human rights equally for all people, must end."  
 
Since when did Harper acquire a taste for human rights for all people?  Last time I check, Canada has a few human rights abuses over the years, but Canada is not alone. Leaving a Canadian citizen stranded is one that brings to mind, how our government twists the rule of law to suit their political agenda, regardless of what rights are trampled on to satisfy the agenda. How about two European countries who made deals with a Somalia warlord to dump their toxic waste in their waters for big money? I guess a few poor nobodies who may or may not die from toxic poisoning does not matter to save a few dollars for the money hunger corporate crowd. Between the political and corporate crowd, they are just a guilty as the warlord who is killing his own people; the only difference is the choice of weapons.
 
I think Robert protests too much, and it makes me wonder if he is afraid that the human masses of this world will start to stand up and start to protest the political leadership of this world and how they operate, using the very same tactics as the local crime boss or the warlord.

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"Brian D. Marlatt"
Subject: Keep it clear and simple

http://www2.canada.com/comoxvalleyecho/news/letters/story.html?id=37d057c2-d2e1-413b-b44b-f0c1e6e27cd3
Published: Tuesday, April 14, 2009
STV ballots not confusing? ("Don't be confused by STV," April 7, Gordon Fyfe). Maybe to some.

STV will elect from 2 to 7 MLAs per riding, depending on the riding, according to mathematically calculated "droop quotas" of 12.5% to 33% of votes received, again depending on the riding, in single rounds of votes or recalculated after redistribution of votes received if not enough candidates achieve quota.

The Weighted Inclusive Gregory Method of vote transfer is used to redistribute "surplus" votes over quota to other candidates according to their preferential standing as 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and so on candidates.

Never mind that few are likely to take the time to consider candidates at that level of complexity - life is busy, after all - except the 2% of voters who are said to be politically engaged and they will vote strategically. Votes over quota, the "surplus" votes in WIGM jargon, transferred to other candidates reduce the value of a single vote for a first round candidate to less than one as votes are transferred to other candidates - although the net value remains one. There is no second round vote, but instead rounds of vote recalcuation until enough candidates achieve quota to fill the 2 to 7 quota of MLAs assigned to the riding.

And there is nothing to prevent a party running multiple same-party candidates, so solid support in one riding can outweigh the vote in a riding of more diverse opinion, particularly if the solid support is in a riding with 7 elected MLAs while the riding of diverse opinion is allowed to elect only 2 MLAs.

The vote is historic and it could change democracy in BC and Canada forever. Consider this too: democracy in Canada is respected around the world because it works even if nothing in life is ever perfect

Simple, clear, democratic and well understood, our existing system, first-past-the-post, is a truly democratic choice.

Brian Marlatt

White Rock

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