Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Daily Digest April 29, 2009


Those of worth included in OPINION AND INFORMATION -


Petraeus applies Iraq lessons to Afghanistan

Blood feud shows Kabul's impotence

Ottawa to examine NATO media restrictions in Kandahar: MacKay

Canada starts to feel the bite of U.S. protectionism

Agriculture committee invites U.S. officials to discuss meat labelling law

US lumber group to fight Quebec government aid to AbitibiBowater

US imposes tariffs on softwood lumber from four Canadian provinces

Omar Khadr hearing to resume at Gitmo

Unemployment insurance claims show recession afflicting all parts of Canada

Rift opens on Bay Street over next step to recovery

National Post halts Monday edition for the summer

Chrysler bankruptcy filing looms

Fiat to sign Chrysler partnership deal, report says

Obama expresses doubt about Chrysler deal

Won't take stake in Chrysler, CAW says

Canada hit with 'unparalleled' force in recession: Report

Calgary clinic ordered to halt fee for sterile equipment

Wanted: Plumbers. Must not be foreign

Ottawa to speed up Tamil family immigration

What Canadians think of Sikhs, Jews, Christians, Muslims...

Six in 10 Canadians couldn't pass a mock citizenship test; newcomers scored much higher

B.C. election narrows to 3-point race, according to poll

Ontario mulls equity stake in GM

Elliott is more than merely Flaherty's wife

Kenney backs Hudak in Ont. leadership race; rival to Flaherty's wife

Dalton's annus terribilus

Renewed life for the Charest government .. Translation

arper minority offered lifeline by Bloc, NDP demand

Rare speaker's vote gives EI bill second reading

Signs of Liberal discord on eve of party's national convention

Progressive wishlists for new Liberal Party policies

Tories court Bloc and NDP in bid to hold onto power

Grits top Bloc in Que. for first time in 5 years

Flaherty rejects call to deny bonuses to CPPIB officials

The Commons: Retro Wednesday

Maclean's Interview: Jason Kenney

Tories' move to restrict political loans called a 'stunt'

Election financing changes anger Liberals

Liberal report paints picture of unhappy members

In-and-out case might finally go to court

Curb CPP managers' bonuses, opposition urges

Casey resigns as MP

Inspector told to alter Maple Leaf reports

Power Play: Political commentator and MPs on the Liberal surge in Quebec 11:55

Could a new leader save the NDP?. MORE...

Exit strategy not on PM's wish list MORE...

Me vs. Stephen Harper. MORE...

It's all about Garth .. MORE...

Stimulus funding has tight strings.. MORE...

Stimulus funding has tight strings

Ritz to meet with head of government probe into listeriosis outbreak

Inspector found problems with Maple Leaf plant's records before outbreak

Union predicts delays as Canada Border Services imposes cutbacks

Public safety minister downplays allegations of waste at RCMP

More on ad spending for the budget



North Budget 2009: Legislation by Stealth:

 American Union agenda is an attack against Canada's national self-determination
Canada's advantage

What Would Burke Do?

The fine line between a protest and a mob

Can conservatives be cool to youth?

La vigilance relevée d'un cran dans les hôpitaux

Interdit de biser

Une pandémie de complots

IATA: le trafic aérien mondial est menacé par la grippe porcine

Transat reporte ses vols vers le Mexique

Porcine, mexicaine ou nord-américaine, la nouvelle grippe? - Nommer n'est pas sans conséquences

Les conservateurs ne veulent pas d'élections cette année

Restrictions aux journalistes à Kandahar : Ottawa examinera le dossier

Ignatieff ranime le PLC au Québec

Élections Canada dépose sa preuve


Sounds fair to me. How about you?

The Town of Halton Hills has already passed a resolution that stipulates only companies from countries that have not imposed their own trade barriers can compete for infrastructure projects. "This supports the notion of free trade and is very distinct from a Buy Canada resolution," said Mr. Hayward, who promoted the resolution's adoption. "Halton Hills is a small town and this action is largely symbolic. But it will be presented to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and if they acted it would not just be symbolic."


From: Ron Thornton

Hi Joe:

I would like to address Phyllis Wagg's comments in response to a couple of views I stated earlier in the Digest. I stated that "It would seem that just because Obama wants to jump aboard the carbon based socialist wealth transfer scheme, then we also should take part in wasting our time and resources by giving any credence to this fantasy." It appears Phyllis supports the concept of transferring wealth to those less fortunate, a worthy subject of debate. However, the aim of my comments were to attack the mechanism of distributing the wealth through a method that is deceitful, bogus, and is promoted by those who use outright lies, hypocrisy, and manipulation to present their case, while censuring those who might disagree or who simply seek to uncover the scientific truth of the matter. To provide for our fellow man is a good thing, but how we sometimes go about it has proven to be less than honorable or acceptable.

As for young Omar Khadr, Phyllis points out that when his family left our shores to do what they felt compelled to do in Afghanistan, Khadr was a Canadian minor. What I argue is that when one abandons this nation they should not expect our government to provide the same protection as an innocent who simply finds themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. As far as I am concerned, the Khadr family abandoned its Canadian citizenship in favor of that of another country, and only when the shit hit the fan did they call out to us for salvation. It would appear to me that they are Canadians by convenience, not conviction. Khadr spent the majority of his life in Pakistan, not Canada, prior to his capture. His mother wished her children to be raised outside of Canada to avoid western influences. In that, it appears in that she was tragically successful. They left our nation, not to see the sights, not as part of some grand cultural exchange, but to be a part of a different society and to fight for what they chose to be their true homeland. The parents made a choice, and they made a choice for their children, one that they appear to have accepted willingly.

Now, if Phyllis wishes to argue that Khadr's mother should be brought up on charges as a result of her actions that put this young "Canadian" in peril, for her to accept the responsibility and consequences that Phyllis believes should not lie with her son, then there might be some cause for me to reconsider my position. Unfortunately, by the time of his capture, it would seem that Omar Khadr was already a stranger to this land of ours that he now claims as his own.


From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Letter to Editor re:  Adopting STV would be pure folly, Keith Baldrey,  April 28

Re: Adopting STV would be pure folly, Keith Baldrey,  April 28
Baldrey admits our current system, the so-called "first-past-the-post" system, has some serious flaws.  He suggests that electoral reform to accommodate some level of proportional representation (PR) may be a good idea.   Well STV is a method that achieves both a large measure of PR as well as maintaining geographic representation. It deserves very careful consideration as an improvement over our current voting regime that ignores the preferences of many.  The only "pure folly" is dismissing this option without attempting to understand how STV delivers more proportional and fairer election results.

Subject: Letter to Editor re:  No perfect answers in torture debate,  Paul Schneidereit,  Apr 28

Re: No perfect answers in torture debate,  Paul Schneidereit,  Apr 28
Paul Schneidereit's view might be described as "not necessarily torture, but torture if necessary".  In line with his inclinations, perhaps we can seek to amend our  international conventions against torture to allow an exemption for civilized countries to practice it, but only in nightmarish situations and only when the torturee is named Mohammed.  Wouldn't that be the perfect answer, at least for the torturers?

Subject: Letter to Editor re:  Drawing lines on a slippery slope, Michael Gerson, April 28, 2009

Re:  Drawing lines on a slippery slope, Michael Gerson, April 28, 2009
According to Gerson, elements of the interrogation program may have been mistaken but they deserve more than "facile, retrospective judgments".  Would it not be less facile if the judgment were made through the impartial administration of the legal system rather than by political decision, or the opinion of the press?  And as for the "retrospective" part, if I am ever charged with a crime, I will demand that the judgment not be retrospective, and see how far that gets me.
Larry Kazdan,
Vancouver, B.C.

From: alan heisey <>
To: "joe hueglin, daily digest" <>
Subject: something kind about harper!

j, i read the endless attacks on our glorious leader in d.d. and 
suddenly realized that i wrote something nice to the toronto star 
about him last sunday and they published it last monday, slightly 

in the interests of some miniscule balance from your assorted 
correspondents i ask you to also publish this note and oblige cz

09 4 26

Columnist James Travers was wildly off the mark when he attacks 
Stephen Harper for having said, amongst endless comments regarding the 
economy, that it represents a "buying opportunity."

Surely your staffer recognizes that while the stock markets have 
dropped literally in half in the past 18 months they seem to have 
begun a remarkable recovery. Thus since one index's recent low, on 
March 9, of 6,547, it has recovered in six short weeks, to last 
Friday's close of 8,076, or +23.3%!

Much too early, I believe. to sneer at the prime minister for his 
suggestion on investing!


There was also "Buy abroad, Harper tells banks".  Again sound advice.
Brad Thomson
It is quite obvious that this new flu is man-made, and that the evil powers of the new world order are at work here. Their stated goal, again and again, is to eliminate most of the population of the world. What we are seeing now is just the first step. Millions are going to die in this phase. Billions will die in the next one. Under no circumstances should anyone receive a vaccination, for it will contain certain death.
We are on the verge of a mass awakening, spread the truth.
"And authority was given them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with a long sword and with food shortage and with deadly plague and by the wild beasts of the earth." Revelation 6:8
Brad Thomson

From: Ray Strachan
Subject: Yes we have reason to fear,but do nothing to stop the onslaught.


THEY,  the old question always is  WHO ARE THEY that want us to live in fear?.
I think I know why THEY do, its to keep us off balance and helpless.  When I
advance the idea to people that this manipulation is going on at a greater
pace than anytime in history, the retort is usually "Well, there is nothing we
can do about it" We are sheep caught in the headlights just waiting for the
next bus to come along and wipe us off the map. Personally I will never be
convinced that the world monetary collapse was not ENGINEERED,very patiently,
THEY have lots of time. Are the VIRUSES being produced in labs cultured to be
selective about who will be the most greatly affected,what gene pool of people
are slated to die while other just get the sniffles? Its quite evident isnt
it? Even the only child to die in Texas was Mexican. We are convinced that we
must wage war, and apparently we ARE convinced .  What do we do about any of
these crimes against humanity?    Nothing!. There should be public hangings.
Of course that would bring on a war using Biological,Chemical and Nuclear
weapons . We are blackmailed, and most people dont know who the blackmailers
are.  And our Government  "   Bans George Galloway, Terrorist." "Throw a 15
year kid to the wolves,  FOR WHAT?" Oh yes, Thats Rite, He could quite easily
destroy the world. Our American friends of Steve and Pete, bomb civilians
weekly in in the same country that Omar was alledged to have thrown a hand
genade. In the mayhem that was going on, DID HE EVEN ACTUALLY DO IT???   Who
cares? On one positive note, our Baptists will be sucked up in the rapture and
their fossilled brains don't even have to worry about the fate of the rest of
us sinners. Quite a senario, the Zionist Christians will inherit Heaven and
The Zionist Jews will inherit the Earth. We bide our time ,most of us in
oblivion spending our days in  One Big Insane Asylam. Doing nothing for our
childrens future spending our energies Hating Muslims, which of course is what
we are supposed to do, its our duty I suppose.

Ray Strachan

From: Charles Tupper
Subject: IS THIS TRUE ::: The Can/US Free Trade Agreement is a classified document

READER: This got my attention over at another blog. Will be looking for verification. The poster is in Canada.

The Can/US Free Trade Agreement is a classified document

Get this... the Canadian Parliament never ratified the FTA. They ratified a roughly 30 page summary of the agreement. 95% of the treaty is classified secret in Canada. Supposedly there are less than 10 Canadians who have ever read the entire thing. The agreement is buried in canisters 16 miles outside Ottawa.

Couldn't be anything wrong with that treaty right?

I've got a request in right now with the Canadian National Archive to see it. I asked where the agreement was and what I had to do to see it. I want to hear their answer. I bet it's a good one, if they answer at all. It's already been a week. I'll give them one more then I'll call.

WRH: Free Trade is classified?!?!?!?!? Something tells me that freedom isn't part of the deal.

From: Real Gagne


I was interested in Phyllis Wagg's comments on an earlier posting by Ron Thornton.

I quite agree with Phyllis that those who call themselves conservatives arrive in a wide variety of flavours, from those who are indistinguishable from socialists in their policy prescriptions and on the other end of a long spectrum of positions those who unthinkingly accept as holy writ all of the musings of "gurus" such as Hayek.

More troubling from my perspective is the implicit assumption in her position that the science relating to climate change (the subject of Ron's comments) is indeed settled.

In my view, true science is never "settled." Furthermore, Phyllis' position seems to me to assume that the United Nations bureaucrats promoting this kind of policy initiative have no agenda interests of their own. I have spent a lifetime inside government bureaucracies and know that bureaucracies always have self-interested agendas and I would be amazed if that were not the case in this instance.

With respect to the Khadr issue raised by Ron, it seems to me that Phyllis has created quite a number of easily slain straw men. My question with respect to this family, who in their own words have vilified this nation and all its stands for, is, "Why were they allowed in in the first place and why have they not yet been deported?

Ron is right on this one.


From: "Suan H.Booiman"
To: <>
Subject: cable companies

April 29, 2009
The Commissioner of the CRTC,
In case that you decide that, as a cable viewer, I have to
pay for each channel that I watch, I should have the right
to select which channels I do want, no package deals as
 "you have to". In a democracy as Canada , even as that
recognition is diminishing, individuals have the right of
choice according to the Charter.
Looking forward to your reply.
Suan H.Booiman
White Rock
From: The Natroses

Hi Joe,
To Phyllis:  On:

"The concept of "socialist wealth transfer" is based on a moral principle that those who currently hold and control wealth must be protected from any change that might challenge their perceived right to "the wealth of nations."  It reflects the difference between new conservatism and progressive conservatism or even classical liberalism. "
This was newS to me, and I did a quick search on the term. I came up with a lot concerning former Communist states, but nothing that came close to the concept that you had written. But it doesn't mean that what you have stated is not true. Everything, in the last 10 years or so where sound principals have been turned into tools that benefits the wealthier, such as the theory of supply and demand, where now prices constantly go up completely ignoring the supply and demand of products. During the search, I came across that sparked my interest, and I believe it does connect to what you are talking about.
Globalization and Social Policy: The Threat to Equitable Welfare
"The paper argues that despite the apparent shift from global neoliberalism to global social responsibility, four tendencies within the new global paradigm, if pursued, will undermine equitable social progress and development­at a time when the resources exist to fund such advances. These tendencies are:
· the World Bank's belief that governments should provide only minimal levels of social protection;
· the concern of the OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC) to focus funding on only basic education and healthcare;
· the self-interest of international NGOs in substituting for government provision of services; and
· the moves being made within the WTO to open the global market in private healthcare, education and social insurance."

My father always stated as far back as I remember, that world organizations like the above, are only for the wealthy and making sure to keep the wealthy 'wealthy'. Perhaps WHO, is operating under the same principles, if the swine flu is any indication. I have a funny feeling, within 6 months or so - we all be badgered into getting a flu shot, and most of us will have to pay for it. From the television reports last night, the emphasis was on flu shots and the correlation between people who do or don't get a flu shot. Perhaps WHO and other world organizations mandates, are really working for the elite and wealthy of the world. Can you expand your thoughts on socialist welfare transfers?
To Rubie: I am so sorry to hear about your troubles with the health system. But it is never to late to protest.  What is happening to you, is happening across the country. But some older people have avoided it, but gifting their estate and assets to their children, so they would be in a better position to access health services. Apparently, if you have no assets - quick access to drugs and  other health services where no one will asking you to share costs.  Quite frankly,  the for- profit nursing homes are multiplying ten-fold across Canada, and even in the little community that I live in, there is one that was just built. It is beyond me, how people can afford to live in one. But in Newfoundland, there is the extended family who will cost-share, so their parents can live in comfort in their last years.
Our health care services are slowly being privatized by choking the public health services and unfair tax laws. Of course, in NL there is no private health services, other than what is found in the nursing homes. This is why, I would not be surprised to wake up one morning, where all the health services and closures that are mainly occurring in rural parts, are re-opened by for-profit health companies, when the public health system can no longer handle the over flow of rural people flocking to the health centres of St. John's.
By the way, hospitals may not get as much funding from the provincial government, but in response to the short-fall - they are now charging or have been for some time,  for services over and above what OHIP covers or does not cover. Quite the money racket, when you considered the price of one band-aid at the retail level and the price they charge in the hospital. It would not surprise me, when they put meters in each room, to cover the costs of electricity, water and other essentials.