Friday, April 03, 2009

Daily Digest April 3, 2009


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

EDITORIAL PAGEs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
Tighten that belt
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=238934&sc=80

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
G20 communiqué strikes a chord of unity
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/communiqu%c3%a9+strikes+chord+unity/1458965/story.html

Canadians deserve better airport security
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/Canadians+deserve+better+airport+security/1458966/story.html
 
Loud and clear: failure won't do
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/Loud+clear+failure/1454102/story.html
 
Cyber-security is an elusive goal
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/Cyber+security+elusive+goal/1454141/story.html

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Women and democracy
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Women+democracy/1458566/story.html

OTTAWA SUN -
Wondering what we're fighting for
http://www.ottawasun.com/Comment/Editorial/2009/04/03/8985231.html

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Milliken shouldn't be in spotlight for doing his job
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1508197

TORONTO STAR -
G20 leaders put hope before help
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/612803

GLOBE & MAIL -
CSIS disowns the plain truthComment
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090402.weTorture03/BNStory/specialComment/home

Bretton Woods revisitedComment
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090402.weIMF03/BNStory/specialComment/home

Cold-shoulder Tories
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090402.weMulroney03/BNStory/specialComment/home

Back-door non sequitur
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090403.weairport04/BNStory/specialComment/home

Transatlantic attitudes
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090403.wEObama04/BNStory/specialComment/home

NATIONAL POST -
Tribal leaders blind to history
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1458143

A position of strength
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1458193

Ignatieff cracks the Quebec identity code
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1458194

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
We are, more than likely, not alone
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/541512

K-W RECORD -
World fights back against recession  
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/514459

WINDSOR STAR -
The premier 'Improving the air we breathe'
http://www.windsorstar.com/opinion/editorials/premier/1458815/story.html

SUDBURY STAR -
Arabs must stop using Palestinians as pressure tactic
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1509141

THUNDER BAY CHRONICLE JOURNAL -
Distracted at the G20
http://www.chroniclejournal.com/stories.php?id=176627

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Afghans enact bad law
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/editorials/editorial---afghans-enact-bad-law-42377097.html

No sizzle at the G20
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/editorials/editorial---no-sizzle-at-the-g20-42377047.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Gun registry lethal for Grits in Tory hands
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/opinion/registry+lethal+Grits+Tory+hands/1459060/story.html

CALGARY HERALD -
Dial up support for classroom cell bans
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=12fead40-9d02-419a-a7c1-9a9ee534f4fe

G-20 could learn from Canada
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=c27d66d3-a76e-4511-9cd0-05bac4ebad33

Shock and shame greet new Afghan law
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=ae509027-5fbb-496c-94f7-65fb62ccf257

This is what you get when you negotiate with taliban
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=08b99062-14cf-422c-95d8-88c12c7f4fbe

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE -
 'The Alberta Disadvantage' self wrought?'
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1509680

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Oilsands move tarnishes image
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/editorials/Oilsands+move+tarnishes+image/1459923/story.html

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
Afghan law insult to our soldiers
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/content/view/46271/56/

VANCOUVER SUN -
Canada makes its mark on financial regulation for G20
http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=1cdce600-5ae1-43f6-91a6-84103a36cd47

On being watched
http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=bb0c7be6-ead9-41b8-a674-146fd174fa87

VANCOUVER PROVINCE -
Disheartening Afghan setback
http://www.theprovince.com/opinion/editorials/Disheartening+Afghan+setback/1454564/story.html

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Airport security depends on trust
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=a5cd09e9-2d90-440d-9e52-d39f8312225a

Five ways to save the earth -- and money
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=858948a8-7846-4b1c-a31c-c028badaaa68

Public-private partnerships fail to deliver
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=9f09d2d3-d497-40d4-962e-cb6fa1bbe500

HAARETZ-
http://www.haaretz.com/
UN to Israel: Ease 'devastating' Gaza blockade
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1076282.html


ISSUES

AF-PAK PROBLEM -
Top Ten Ways the US is Turning Afghanistan into Iraq
http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/E998F3BC320C964D8725758D005227CA?OpenDocument

Canada to help rebuild Kandahar provincial offices following Taliban strike
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090403/national/afghan_cda_attack


CANADIAN FORCES -
The Canadian Forces: Stuck in neutral
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1458253

U. S. troops won't reduce Canada's role
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1460313

Obama seeks more European help in Afghanistan
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/613133


CANUSA/USACAN -
US rejects Canada's payment for lumber deal breach
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/090403/canada/canada_us_usa_canada_lumber

Canadian government promises to try for clemency for Canadian on death row
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090403/national/death_penalty_smith

Pentagon fires Khadr's lawyer
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/613493


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS -
Auto supply sector heading for chaos
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1460687

OECD names 'blacklist' and 'greylist' as it seeks co-operation from tax havens
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1458228

Standards for valuing toxic assets eased
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1458240

Time to privatize
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1458197


FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
PM urged to intervene in Saudi beheading case
http://www.canada.com/news/national/urged+intervene+Saudi+beheading+case/1455877/story.html

Canadian accused of terrorism in Sudan denied passport
http://www.canada.com/news/Canadian+accused+terrorism+Sudan+denied+passport/1461349/story.html

Afghan law throws wrench into U.S. bid for bigger NATO role in conflict
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090403/national/nato_summit_harper

Canada to take action against EU over seal product ban
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2009/04/03/seal-canada.html

Success of gabfest will hinge on group honouring promises
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/612950

NATO members unable to settle on new chief
http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/613028

Barack Obama fails to win Nato troops he wants for Afghanistan
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article6032342.ece

Obama Begins Turnover of USA Sovereignty to International Body
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/9908

The G-20 piles folly on folly
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Global_Economy/KD04Dj04.html


HEALTH CARE RELATED -
Doctors being paid to push drug study
Research On Statins; Drug company role raising ethical concerns
Quebec doctors are being offered $100 for every new patient they put on cholesterol-lowering statin drugs as part of a major, federally subsidized study that is raising questions about the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on health research. http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1458166

How much health care can we afford? 
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/612824


JUSTICE SYSTEM -
Pros and cons of '2-for-1' law
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Columnists/Kaufmann_Bill/2009/04/03/8988746-sun.php

Jury to start deliberations in HIV murder case
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2009/04/02/aziga-hiv-trial.html


MIGRATION -
Proposed law to stop financial exploitation of foreign caregivers
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2009/04/03/nannies.html


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
Tory hopefuls on the run
http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/christina_blizzard/2009/04/03/8986181-sun.html

B.C. government wants court to bar third-party ads during election law appeal
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090403/national/election_gag_law

Quebec is trying to impose its rules for exports of Churchill Falls
http://translate.google.com/translate?prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Finfo.branchez-vous.com%2FNationales%2F090402%2FN0402140AU.html&sl=fr&tl=en&history_state0 =

Make way for Mike Harris, the sequel 
http://www.thestar.com/News/Ontario/article/612933

Report recommends nuclear reactor for Saskatchewan
http://www.canada.com/business/fp/Report+recommends+nuclear+reactor+Saskatchewan/1462273/story.html


FEDERAL POLITICS -
Recession a 'relatively mild' challenge for Canada: Flaherty
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2009/04/03/flaherty-jobs-london.html

Canada's next problem is inflation: Flaherty
http://www.canada.com/business/fp/Canada+next+problem+inflation+Flaherty/1460660/story.html

Flaherty follows Carney in warning on inflation
http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=1460447

Trap set for Iggy
Harper's bid to scrap federal gun registry a shot at Liberal leader
http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/michael_dentandt/2009/04/03/8986186-sun.html

INTERVIEW: JOHN BAIRD Provinces, cities must oversee infrastructure projects,
http://www.canada.com/news/national/INTERVIEW+JOHN+BAIRD/1461816/story.html

Job losses worry Harper: he could become victim too, he says
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090403/national/economy_jobs

PMO wanted Gainey death report held until campaign over: emails
TSB prepared report after young woman swept overboard from tall ship
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2009/04/03/gainey-report-pmo-harper-election.html

Harper 'kept up at night' over state of economy
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090403/harper_economy_090403/20090403?hub=Canada

Don't worry, be Harper
Liberals attack PM's relentlessly sunny outlook
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1458161

Michael Ignatieff, prophet of doom
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/04/03/chris-selley-s-full-pundit-michael-ignatieff-prophet-of-doom.aspx

On policy, Ignatieff's the invisible man 
http://www.thestar.com/Canada/Columnist/article/612931

Michael Ignatieff's alarming economic message
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/fp/Michael+Ignatieff+alarming+economic+message/1458571/story.html

Minister's past expenses raise eyebrows
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/todays-paper/Minister+past+expenses+raise+eyebrows/1458524/story.html


PROGRAMMES -
Showdown looms over budget watchdog
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090403.PAGE03ISLART2158/TPStory/National

Ottawa can't provide update on stimulus cash
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090402.wstimulus0402/BNStory/politics/home

Audit banks' credit-card operations: watchdog
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/fp/Audit+banks+credit+card+operations+watchdog/1458537/story.html

Tory green plan on hiatus
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/National/2009/04/03/8985471-sun.html

British MP to sue for defamation after being barred from Canada
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2009/04/03/george-galloway.html

'I am not a terrorist,' Galloway tells Ottawa crowd
http://www.nationalpost.com/most-popular/story.html?id=1457992

Privatization of AECL radioactive issue for Ottawa 
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/612823


PRESSURE POINTS -



OPINION AND INFORMATION -
How to give Taliban the finger
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Columnists/Jacobs_Mindelle/2009/04/03/8985371-sun.html

We're good at saying nothing
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Harris_Michael/2009/04/03/8985241.html

Omar Khadr is a child soldier
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Omar+Khadr+child+soldier/1462073/story.html

Another stain on Canada's reputation
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Another+stain+Canada+reputation/1454271/story.html

Anti-Americanism is an old idea
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Anti+Americanism+idea/1462069/story.html

Stimulating sprawl
Governments throughout the continent are shovelling money as fast as they can, largely into low- or no-value infrastructure projects...http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/04/03/lawrence-solomon-stimulating-sprawl.aspx

Don't abandon Afghanistan out of righteous indignation
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090403.wcoorwin04/BNStory/specialComment/home

Change not necessarily for the better 
http://www.thestar.com/Opinion/article/612822

Time to shift the oil sands debate to Canada's advantage
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/9860

Globocop versus the TermiNATO 
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/KD04Df01.html


INFOS -
Une nouvelle loi afghane vient tourmenter le Sommet de l'OTAN
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090403/N0403148AU.html

Cannon invoque la sécurité nationale
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2009/04/03/001-abdelraz-soudan-ottawa.shtml

Rapport retardé par intérêt politique
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2009/04/03/001-rapport-laura-gainey-reporter.shtml

Karzaï doit « clarifier cet imbroglio », dit Cannon
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/International/2009/04/02/005-Afghanistan-loi-femme-discrimi.shtml

L'ambassadeur afghan rejette toute comparaison avec le régime taliban
http://www.ledevoir.com/2009/04/03/243514.html

Les libéraux amassent des fonds
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2009/04/02/001-Ignatieff-diner.shtml

G20: pour un «nouvel ordre mondial»
http://www.ledevoir.com/2009/04/03/243522.html

Inquiétudes au Bloc
http://www.ledevoir.com/2009/04/03/243503.html

Harper craint de perdre son emploi à cause de la récession
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200904/03/01-843298-harper-craint-de-perdre-son-emploi-a-cause-de-la-recession.php

Refus de rapatrier Abdelrazik: Cannon accusé de racisme
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200904/03/01-843284-refus-de-rapatrier-abdelrazik-cannon-accuse-de-racisme.php

Harper arrive au sommet du 60e anniversaire de l'OTAN
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200904/03/01-843204-harper-arrive-au-sommet-du-60e-anniversaire-de-lotan.php

Québec essaie d'imposer ses règles pour les exportations de Churchill Falls
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090402/N0402140AU.html

Le député britannique bani du Canada pourrait poursuivre des Canadiens
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090402/N0402222AU.html


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Sounds good to me! How about you?
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From: "Dorothy McPherson"
Subject: Political Bailout  formula

Joe,

 Thought you might enjoy reading this email a friend sent today.

                                                       Dorothy McPherson, London

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This was an article from the St. Petersburg Times newspaper on Sunday. The Business Section asked readers for ideas on "How would you fix the economy?"

I thought this was the BEST idea.  I think this guy nailed it!

Dear Mr. President,

Patriotic retirement:

There are about 40 million people over 50 in the work force;

pay them $1 million apiece severance with stipulations:

1)      They leave their jobs.  Forty million job openings – Unemployment fixed.

2)      They buy NEW American cars.  Forty million cars ordered – Auto industry fixed.

3)      They either buy a house or pay off their mortgage – Housing Crisis fixed.

All this and it's still cheaper than the "bailout".

_________________________________________
Doesn't sound good -  Can G20 avert the crisis?
 

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From: Tom Brewer

The death of the Polish visitor to Canada is abhorrent. To now hear that the RCMP are/were attempting to sully this individual further proves to me a Canadian... Mounties are out of control.
 
It proves in my opinion it need not matter... Mounties do NOT make mistakes.
 
Sorry.. I do not believe this. A terrible mistake was made that fateful day and an individual lost their life. Someone has to answer for this loss of life. It sure as hell was not me and millions of other Canadians in an RCMP uniform OR will the Mounties attempt to make us believe it was not a Mountie?  They are digging their own hole deeper attempting to exonerate their actions. Shameful!
 
brewt1

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From: Ron Thornton

Hi Joe:

The Edmonton Journal article (The right of self-protection) was an interesting one. It reminded us that we did not abdicate our right to protect our person or property when we hired a professional police force. Not all of us are willing to simply be a victim, especially when the police are no where near the scene. If a thief knows that the rules of engagement are such that stealing could result in them being shot by the rightful owner in retrieving his property, then maybe it might act as a deterrent to such acts. I'm not all sure exactly what took place when some folks decided to lurk in the shadows to steal a farmer's atv, resulting in the vehicle captured, a civilian posse put together, and the thief shot. However, I feel more sorrow for the farmer charged with assault than I am with the piece of crap who wound up getting shot.

Ron Thornton

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From: "Eduard Hiebert
Subject: Farmers applaud Opposition efforts on Bill C-13

Hi Joe,
 
When it comes to opinions expressed about the essential service the Canadian Grain Commission ought to be providing farmers but the government and some others wants to eliminate as a reward to a few rich friends, I was reminded  that "Data is not information; information is not knowledge; knowledge is not wisdom." - Frank Zappa
 
The majority of western farmers without a doubt want a well functioning CGC to continue to exist as a public watch dog and the following is further background information.
 
Eduard
_____
Hello, 

A huge thank you to everyone who worked to stop the impending passage of the Grain Commission Bill C-13.

Today (Thursday) in the House of Commons, Alex Atamanenko (NDP­BC Southern Interior), moved to delay the second reading of C-13 for 6 months (the so-called hoist motion).

To their credit, the Liberals and the Bloc both rose to support Alex's motion.  Alex's motion was not voted on today, and may not be if the government refuses to put C-13 back on the Order Paper for the rest of the session.  However, debate on second reading of the bill cannot resume until Alex's motion is fully debated and voted on by the entire House.

The opposition parties have listened to farmers and consumers, and passage of C-13 and the government's agenda of deregulation of the grain trade has been severely hampered.

We must now continue to raise awareness of the CGC and keep the opposition parties on side for the rest of the session.

Well done.

Stewart Wells
NFU President
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      APRIL 2, 2009

FARMERS APPLAUD OPPOSITION EFFORTS ON BILL C-13

The Opposition parties in Ottawa have listened to farmers and consumers," says Stewart Wells, President of the National Farmers Union (NFU).  "And as a result, the Opposition parties are slowing down the second reading debate of Bill C-13, An Act to Amend the Canada Grain Act."

Alex Atamanenko, NDP member for BC-Southern Interior spearheaded a "Hoist" motion April 2, which would delay second reading of Bill C-13 for 6 months.  If passed, this motion would effectively move further discussion of amendments to the Canada Grain Act into the next session of Parliament.  As well, Bill C-13 could not be re-introduced "as is", and would have to be re-drafted by the government before re-introduction.

"The Liberal Party, led by the party's Agriculture Critic, Wayne Easter, must be commended for their attention to the concerns of farmers and consumers as well," stated Wells. "Their support of the 'Hoist' motion shows that the Liberals do understand the importance of the Canadian Grain Commission to Canada's farmers and consumers".

The NFU President also singled out the contribution by Bloc Québécois (BQ) Agriculture Critic André Bellavance. He noted the BQ also showed a strong commitment to food safety and the concerns of Canada's farmers and consumers.

"The Conservative Party has been saying one thing, and doing quite another for some time now," continued Wells.  "On one hand, the Prime Minister is talking about the strong regulations that Canada has for its financial sector and our perceived financial strength. The Harper government is basically trying to take credit for decisions made by previous governments.  On the other hand, Bill C-13 is designed to deregulate Canada's grain industry. It would pave the way for the sort of deregulation that led to the world's financial disaster."

"The National Farmers Union now hopes that the Conservative policy-makers will start to work with Canada's farmers and consumers instead of against them", concluded Wells.  "It's time for the Conservatives to start developing policies that are good for Canada's family farmers."

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From: Larry Kazdan
To: Windsor Star <letters@thestar.canwest.com>
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Wage floor,  Time for a 'minimum' debate, Editorial,  April 2

Re: Wage floor,  Time for a 'minimum' debate, Editorial, April 2
http://www.windsorstar.com/opinion/editorials/Wage+floor/1454448/story.html
If the Windsor Star were truly concerned that a few low-paid employees could lose their jobs when minimum wages are increased, then the proper remedy would be to call for better Unemployment Insurance Benefits, more extensive job training programs, and for Government to adopt a full employment economic policy.  An increase in the minimum wage not only helps many people (including families with children) that are trying to survive in difficult times but it also benefits good employers who pay decently (or want to), but who have to compete with firms that don't.
Larry Kazdan C.G.A,
Vancouver, B.C.
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