Sunday, April 26, 2009

Daily Digest April 26, 2009



New court

Make it fair, make it stick

Taxpayers on the hook and in the dark View comments1
Government's confidentiality deal with the builders means taxpayers won't know the details of the out-of-court settlement.

Carbon copy in Ottawa

Omar Khadr's saga keeps getting stranger

Harper's unwise Khadr stonewall

Red Rocket, nothing in the pocket

Boys' club rules female Olympians

Moral compass failing to guide national leaders

Listen to the court--bring Khadr home

Pakistan's plight an international problem

North Shore News
See no evil



'Stop the Taliban now – or we will'

Pakistan launches new offensive against militants

Pakistan urges Taliban to lay down arms

Pakistan needs support, not lecture, says envoy

Kandahar 'a funnel for terrorists'

Kandahar governor targeted

Using force to suppress Afghan tribesmen is bound to fail


Not what the doctor ordered
'Centres of excellence' in healthcare mainly feature drawbacks for patients, U.K. doc finds

What's the harm?
Busting poker players is a waste of police time

Should the stress of knowing your boyfriend didn't want kids win leniency in an infanticide case?

Jim Flaherty on the Recession

Canada's Flaherty Reviewing Ban on Bank Leasing for Automobiles

Harper inflamed isotope crisis: document

Ottawa still weighing Khadr order, says Cannon

Vol. 143, No. 13 — March 28, 2009
Regulations Amending the Firearms Fees Regulations

Surplus for 2008-09 'still a possibility'

No need to panic ... yet

Do not read this column ...
... if all you're going to do is tell me to stop picking on that nice Al Gore and David Suzuki

Green is the new red ink

RCMP's pink slip

Kids live in fear
Modern children crippled by environmental anxiety

 Let's elect our head of state

 Progress - despite the catcalls

 Union, Big 3 negotiated their demise

Flaherty and Elliott: Canada's next power couple?

No more Mr Nice Guy: Laurie Taylor on Michael Ignatieff

Grippe porcine: les mesures de précaution se multiplient

Stockwell Day ira courtiser les Américains

Ignatieff critique l'administration américaine

Les 10 000 employés de Chrysler au Canada se prononcent sur un accord de principe

La Pakistan devrait améliorer la sécurité à sa frontière, selon MacKay

Un rapport d'Emploi-Qc minimise la pauvreté des personnes assistées sociales


Porous Pakistan-Afghanistan border a threat to troops: MacKay
"This issue of free travel between the two countries, the crossing that allows for the transport of weapons, and the highly motivated terrorists that are coming into (Afghanistan) and killing Canadian soldiers, international soldiers and Afghan citizens, that's the concentrated effort that we all have to address," MacKay said, speaking yesterday at a symposium on the war-torn country.

The implication of Peter MacKay's statement above is that he sees the border between the two countries in North American terms. He would have the Pakistan government stop free travel. Assumedly only those with a reason satisfactory to border guards would be allowed to cross between Pakistan and Afghanistan at designated places.

You judge, after reading the articles from which the quotes below are taken, what the outcome of "
the concentrated effort that we all have to address" will be: realization of border control or a continuation of the ways of life that have been followed by the Pashtuns for millenia.


In 1893 the British secured the agreement of the Afghan shah (king) to delineate a new border between Afghanistan and present-day Pakistan (then part of British-controlled India). The new border divided Pashtun territory between Afghan and British areas of control.

After Pakistan became an independent nation in 1947, the legitimacy of the border was called into question periodically by the Afghan government and by Pashtun tribes whose territories straddled the border. The issue caused tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan, which insisted on the permanence of the boundary.

Seems like we never can agree which side of the border things happen over there! The reason seems to be the Durand line. It is a mostly unmarked 2,430km (1,510 miles) long arid mountainous border which is named after Sir Mortimer Durand who basically forced Abdur Rahman Khan, amir of Afghanistan, to agree on the border in 1893. It basically divided the Pashtun tribal areas into half as a sort of buffer between Afghanistan and British India.


Afghan poets tackle scars of war
"The sorrow and grief, these black evenings,

Eyes full of tears and times full of sadness,

These burnt hearts, the killing of youths,

These unfulfilled expectations and unmet hopes of brides,

With a hatred for war, I call time and again,

I wait for peace for the grief-stricken Pashtuns"


From: Charles Tupper
Subject: Human-Caused Global Warming is a political agenda

This pretty much proves that Human-Caused Global Warming is a political agenda and not science.

Democrats Refuse to Allow Skeptic to Testify Alongside Gore At Congressional Hearing 
'House Democrats don't want Gore humiliated'

From: Ray Strachan.
Subject: Influenza Pandemic


Go to "Daily Paul Vaccines as Biological Weapons" 

States everyone should avoid Vaccines because of engineered Viruses. Do
Pharmas Make the Viruses and The Cures?   Would be a good business wouldnt it?
Would there be Human beings that Evil in our world?

Ray Strachan

Vaccines as Biological Weapons?

Swine Flu Is Deadly Mix Of Never-Before-Seen Viruses

Subject: Fair Warning


Monsanto Doing "Rural Cleansing"     By Linn Cohen-Cole.

From: Vern Bretin
Subject: FW: [Word-warriors]
 The Declaration of Cumaná, Venezuela

Hi Joe:  One has to wonder if this declaration of our neighbors will receive the consideration it deserves from the countries so fervently supporting the actions of the IMF, the World Bank, and the propaganda issuers on foreign aid assistance programs??  Regards, Vern     (This message passed on from Murray Dobbin)
The Declaration of Cumaná
April 23rd 2009, by ALBA Member Countries


Cumaná, Venezuela
We, the Heads of State and Government of Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Honduras, Nicaragua and Venezuela, member countries of ALBA, consider that the Draft Declaration of the 5th Summit of the Americas is insufficient and unacceptable for the following reasons:

From: "Jacob Rempel"
Subject: You may wish to read this timely issue of the INFORMATION CLEARING HOUSE

You may wish to read this timely issue of the INFORMATION CLEARING HOUSE

Subject: $60 tax added to the purchase of a 2009 car license

Peggy Merritt writes,"Every time we turn around there is a new tax such as the

$60 tax added to the purchase of a 2009 car license. These guys don't like cars!"

You know, Peggy, that gang in Toronto City Hall has it partly right. They need to fine tune that premium tax on a car license. They can  make it progressive with a much higher tax for expensive big gas guzzling cars, and very low tax for small, low fuel consumption cars. If you can afford an expensive big gas guzzler, an extra 400 dollar license tax will be petty change, a little contribution for maintaining those nice streets and boulevards in Rosedale district., as well as helping the city to improve trains and buses, and to clean up pollution in Toronto, -- very costly but imperative.

Car tax? No problem, Peggy.

---- Jacob Rempel, Vancouver

From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Letter to Editor re: My healthy disregard for power and authority, Stephen Hume, April 24

Re: My healthy disregard for power and authority,   Stephen Hume, April 24
Stephen Hume is a fine journalist.  But most old media columnists who pat themselves on the back for the independence of their writing should recognize that if their thoughts were not generally acceptable to the corporate publishers who hired them in the first place, they wouldn't be receiving regular pay cheques and column space.  Instead, they'd be sending letters to the editor, hoping the odd one might see the light of day.
Larry Kazdan,
Vancouver, B.C.

Subject: Letter to Editor re: Torture is wrong. So are political trials, Editorial,  April 25

Re: Torture is wrong. So are political trials, Editorial, April 25
The Montreal Gazette does not deny that the U.S. engaged in torture, but merely argues that charging only low-level officials would dishonest, that these acts were approved at the highest levels, and that any prosecution of the former administration would be divisive if not a show trial.  Apparently there is no such thing as the impartial administration of justice, nor does the rule of law any more apply to state officials and politicians.  The Gazette's argument would seem to justify any action of underlings or leaders in a previous administration from Caligula to the Third Reich to the Rwandan genocide, providing of course there was a legal opinion on file.  Has the Gazette's editorial board hired Alberto Gonzales as its adviser on legal matters?
Larry Kazdan,
Vancouver, B.C.

From: John Halonen

Forwarded to
RE: An economic storm is descending on Canada and the United States  Posted  By  JOHN ROXON

The article portrays Canada and the US as being one country. We in Canada should develop a Political policy of adding value to our vast amounts of natural resources prior to shipments outside of our country. With time our natural resources are becoming more valuable and if we can add value it will retain some manufacturing jobs in Canada. Of course this does take some Political will by those elected by Canadian citizens and it could also be construed as a form of protectionism. A starting point could be the refinery of oil prior to the shipment outside of Canadian borders.

John Halonen

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: DD

Joe--words are just words--they mean nothing when spoken or written by a politician. 
Words spoken or written by politicians are just for consumption by a gullible public.  The fact that we still pay for our 'free' vote speaks volumes.  As long as any government has their own well-being at the heart of their psyche, nothing will change. 
I guess this is just another case of actions speaking louder than words?  We are the serfs of the nation, here only for the benefit of our governments and their comfort.  The only ones without a voice in our government are the people who pay the freight. 
What I don't understand is why anyone is surprised that lobbying etc. still occur.  Did we honestly expect any government to cut off their wealth? 

Joe--I would like to add that the bottom line here is that we have no one to vote for.  How soon we forget Adscam and that the only ones 'punished' were those that got the money--when they couldn't have gotten one red cent without the government of the day(Liberals) creating the situation of payoffs in the first place.  Adscam showed the whole country that politicians are, first and foremost, only concerned with their place at the trough and how to maintain it,  Our country and our citizens mean nothing to them.  We have not had a democracy for a century.  I guess it is true that we get the government we deserve? 

Subject: FW: Options for Plattsville arena--April 22/09 edition

Joe--I have just sent this LTE to the Ayr News.  Our municipal government wants to raise our taxes to either build a new arena/curling rink or refurbish the old one.  How many people need these things to survive?  All levels of government are corrupt. 
We just got a notice that we haven't been paying enough for electricity in this area and so our costs were increased.  Then we have had 3 power outages in one week!

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: RE: Options for Plattsville arena--April 22/09 edition
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2009 12:16:38 -0400

Editor--after reading the article re the 'options for the Plattsville Arena Future' in the Ayr News, I will admit to the feelings of amazement, anger and disgust, with anger winning.

What do our governments, at all levels, not understand about the economic situation we, the taxpayer, find ourselves in?  Can they not comprehend that job loss for many of us means the loss of everything we have worked for all of our lives?  Can they not comprehend that there is a bottom to the amount of taxpayer funds they seem so addicted to?  We have had our electric bills increased, our heating bills increased, our food prices increased, our property assessments elevated by obscene amounts, and our incomes shattered.  But our governments still think they can syphon funds from us?  Are we to use our credit cards to pay taxes and then be accused of living above our means as the cause for the economic collapse?

The residents of Princeton face astronomical costs for a water pipeline that we do not want or need.  And now we are expected to fund this arena?
The people of Plattsville must be commended for suggesting fundraising. That is the only way to go.
Why would our Municipal Government even consider this tax and grab scheme as a way to gather more funds to their chest?  It is a moot point whether they use Toyota tax dollars or drain more from us.  It is something we cannot afford at this point in time.  We cannot see our way clear for tomorrow and for our Municipal government to even have this as a question at this point shows how far removed they are from our reality.  I understand that if Toyota tax monies are not used to manage debt repayment our taxes will increase by 10.15%.   But then our assessments should cover that, eh?  Trouble is, the assessments are pie in the sky assessments that have no base in reality.

We hear the reasons being given that upgrades will have to be made and that will cost money.  How many of our homes need upgrades but we have to wait for better economic times?
It is long past time that the citizens cease to be the font of all monies for our unaccountable governments at every level.  After all, the governments have no monies of their own. Every cent they spend comes from us, the taxpayer.  We are NOT serfs waiting to have more and more taken from us.  We are supposed to live in a free country--but with our governments in our wallets, our country is no longer free--it is actually becoming too expensive for so many of us to survive in.  When do our governments start waking up and realize that they are our employees, and we are not their free-funding bank?

Rebecca Gingrich
Princeton, Ontario

From: The Natroses

Hi Joe,    I cannot even begin to express in words the contempt that I feel towards the Canadian government and their politicians. Why isn't the opposition up in arms, making Bill C-6 the top priority?  Why isn't Bill C-6 on the front pages of every newspaper across the country?  Why isn't the law organizations, such as the Law Society of Upper Canada are not in their raging format, raging about Canadian's rights and freedoms?  I pause for a moment, that stretch into a hour, searching for any news, comments on Bill C-6. Well, there is lots on the blogs, particular from health food people, but very little from the news organizations. I search further, and it appears that our European counterparts are fighting the very same things, where all European countries and its citizens are subject to the dictates of the European Parliament in Brussels. An excerpt from
titled, "Activists Gather To Protest", from a blog. "
What is wrong with the world today? I'll tell you what's wrong – short-term thinking, which is the sign of a disease called arrogance. Those suffering from the disease, however, want us to believe that they are actually the world's great protectors. The feverish rush for short-term gain is as old as history. The kings, emperors, and popes of antiquity, the dictators of the 20th century, along with big business and the governments they hijacked, all do as their ancestors did: disguise their message inside protestations of safety and offers of protection. But today we have the Internet, an educated distrusting public, and humanity has developed an attitude of disobedience. Besides, we are all getting very bored with this racket.

In Europe this infection with arrogance manifests as Directives from the European Parliament in Brussels, which 500 million people in 27 countries are supposed to obey according to some ideal of uniformity and economic solidarity. These Directives cover everything from food and supplements to drugs and chemicals. However European people, who haven't agreed on anything much for a couple of thousand years, aren't about to do as they are told by any government body, even if it calls itself the World Trade Organization. Europeans have experienced complex historical discord over millennia; and their 'bullshit detectors' are finely tuned. (I remember my parents, of French and Polish extraction, both born in Germany, talking about the injustices their families suffered at the hands of Louis XIV in the same breath as the social reforms of Bismarck and the starvation the French occupation caused during WWI.)

In the U.S., the arrogance infection appears to be reaching a critical condition: in January 2009 the Government Accountability Office published a report urging that greater powers be given to the FDA to "improve oversight and consumer understanding of dietary supplements" based on obscure inaccurate data that only Big Pharma would swear to being the truth. In addition, the US Congress is poised to pass The Food Safety Modernization Act (H.R. 875), legislation so totalitarian it must have been written by the guys who designed Guantanamo Bay. This Act would criminalize organic farming, seed saving, and the use of manure instead of chemical fertilizer; require all food-producing animals to be treated with antibiotics and hormones; and give the government the power to "control every step in the food chain from production to home preparation" (see analysis at, March 16, 2009).

In Canada, this arrogance disease struck on January 29 when the Harper government introduced Bill C-6. It is a new "Act respecting the safety of consumer products".  In fact, C-6 is the new and more lethal version of last year's Bill C-52. Its stated objective is "protecting the public" in the "increasingly global marketplace" by "addressing dangers to human health or safety that are posed by consumer products".
What better way of governments of the world, and the global corporations to control the common masses by what we eat, drink, and think via through standardization and regulations of bills, done in concert and with a lot of help from the major media outlets, our universities and our global corporations. They all sing the same tune, we are protecting your health, your security, and your way of life.
Here is a quote from Thomas Jefferson - a founding father of America - his warning is just as valid, as it was in his times.
The Prophesy of Thomas Jefferson - Future Slavery Of The People

"If we run into such debts as that must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must labor sixteen hours in the twenty- four, and give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses;

And the sixteenth [hour of labor] being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they do now, on oatmeal and potatoes, have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account; but be glad to obtain [be satisfied with] subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet [being goons for our oppressors by securing] their chains around the necks of our fellow sufferers;

And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second, that second for a third, and so on 'til the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering… And the forehorse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train, wretchedness and oppression."
~ Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826) USA Founding Father and President of the USA"

Are we not in the same position, where departure from principle in one stance becomes a precedent for a second, that second for a third, and so on, until the bulk of society is reduced to being slaves to governments and corporations, where everything you do, everything you think is subject to the dictates of governments and corporations. 

From: "David Bell"

Re: The loss of manufacturing jobs
They no longer represent an employment solution (like farming)
1980: typical newsprint machine performance:
Web = 25 feet wide
Speed = 3000 ft/min
Tended by 40 people
1990: typical newsprint machine performance:
Web = 35 feet wide
Speed = 6000 ft/min
Tended by *4* people
It's called automation: Jobs didn't go anywhere. They just disappeared.
Do the math … employment in paper manufacturing is 3% of what it was 30 years ago
It's the same in every sector. I've worked with over 250 manufacturers
How did China get the investment capital (our retirement savings BTW) to become the manufacturing centre of the world?
They staged two dozen city states (tax free zones) 30 years ago
Our economy is dying of stupidities nurtured by the news media and "representative democracy"
David Bell

From: cmharris
Subject: Re: BELOW (30) of several days posts.

further correction- omit the apostrophe from 'its' in this context

--- On Sun, 4/26/09, Joe Hueglin <> wrote:

Jim is correct. "Give out a link to the text of the bill or distribute it in it’s entirety and then critique it with your opinions as you like but don’t tell me what to think…ever"
cm . . .

. . . "it's" "its", unfortunately, is all the same to spellchecks .


From: The Natroses

Hi Joe,   Responding to John Roxon, another option which I would call a goal by those who insist that globalization is the cure for our economic woes - is code to eliminate the middle-class, via through reduction in wages, salaries where all workers have the same pay scale, no matter what part of the world one is working in. It is not a coincidence when jobs moved overseas, wages of the same jobs are reduced. It is only industries in countries that have captured a major share, such as Canada's potash industry, the workers will have a measure of protection regarding their wages. Whereas, in the fishery - workers wages have been reduced, as more fish has been processed in countries like China where cost of wages are cheap.