Monday, May 11, 2009

Daily Digest May 11, 2009



Dziekanski inquiry: RCMP image battered

A small price to pay to save lives

Going where the work is

Will recession swing B.C. votes?

World Bank worries

Politics may push Harper to fix EI

New urgency for survivalComment4

Move beyond warnings

Islam and democracy

Car trouble spreads across cities

They make us all proud

 War journalists will soldier on

'Buy local' ignores reality


Dhalla shouldn't be convicted before the whole story is told

Honouring the memory of Mom when she's no longer with us

Warning: Curb-side justice dead ahead

Pay close attention to Pakistan

Saskatchewan perfect place to fix health care

Right work, the right reason


Broken promises

Taliban on the run in Swat
Islamabad has sponsored a military campaign that will push an isolated situation to the other parts of the country.
The previous fear of the "Talibanization" of Pakistan could possibly become reality

Al-Qaida's push into Pakistan

Top general sacked as US bids to turn around Afghan war

Top U.S. general in Afghanistan replaced

MacKay says Pakistan most dangerous country

Canada's commander in Afghanistan: There's no job like it

Ottawa needs a permanent pro-Canada campaign in Washington

Canadian troops to defend less territory as U.S. soldiers arrive: general

GM could move HQ, sell U.S. plants

 Repair locations dwindle as carmakers purge dealers

The Road Ahead: Honda, Toyota and Ford are now in the spotlight

OECD: Canada still in 'strong slowdown'

Canada's debt to hit 53% of GDP, Britain's 103%, US' 122%

Pharmacists, dietitians to gain greater powers

Nursing shortage needs urgent care: report

Senior Mountie apologizes for Dziekanski death

Prominent Conservatives linked to influence-peddling case: testimony

MPs consider criminal blacklist

Recent immigrants from mainland China face one of the toughest decisions of their lives: Should they send their babies back to China in the care of the grandparents, so they can restart stalled careers

Extreme Makeover: Tory Edition
Four leadership hopefuls are trying to create a new brand for the old party

The Tory campaign and its contradictions

STV Debate, Final Round

Critics slam Tory pledge to offer $88 tax credit for education savings

Up to military to decide whether N.L. search and rescue sufficient: MacKay

Feds, N.L. roll out $366M infrastructure program

Tories Launch Ad Blitz To Promote Budget

Don't expect 'Iggymania'

Curious departure of bureaucrat

The Commons: If unanswered, just keep asking

Political insiders say no election until next budget

A look at who's lobbying PM Harper

Economy-boosting projects wait for funds

Parliamentary Budget Office 'has been starved'

No free pass for CBC on cost-cutting exercise

$1M to battle hate crime
Cash extends program for targeted groups

Clement muses about 'surgical' bankruptcy process for GM

Fuzzy greenhouse-gas policy jeopardizing energy investment: docs

Ottawa considering program to pay consumers to ditch old vehicles

Global warming critics appointed to science boards

Munger: Obama's cap and trade plan "monstrously stupid"

Conservatives raise spectre of terrorist group involvement in highway shut down

Tamil Tiger flags at protest give impression terrorist group part of demo: Tories

Destroy sensitive info before you toss it

Stimulus packages miss the mark
Governments feed the usual sacred cows

Mandatory minimums: three good reasons why jail alone is a bad idea

Quebec's parents have lost the freedom to choose religious education

The economic future's not ours to see

For every region, regional development

No resurrection for Mulroney

Conspiracy of big wigs ruling world

Prescription for healthy change

Kenney rejette la théorie du complot

Parti conservateur Des nominations qui soulèvent des questions

Industrie forestière: le Bloc répète ses demandes

Ottawa viendra à l'aide des pêcheurs de homards

L'OCDE voit des signes de reprise économique, mais pas au Canada

Radio-Canada pourrait voir son budget amputé de 56 millions $ supplémentaires

L'insurrection rend la tâche des avocats militaires beaucoup plus difficile


From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Letter to Editor re: A 'liberal' state of mind, Lorrie Goldstein,  May 10

Re: A 'liberal' state of mind, Lorrie Goldstein, May 10
A recent study by UNICEF on child well-being (including health, education and risk behaviour) in 21 rich countries reported  the highest scores in the so-called Nordic "nanny" states and the lowest scores in the US and UK.  That generous social benefits should impact children positively should not be surprising. The problem is not the state as the "uber" parent.  The problem is that "uber" ideologues like Lorrie Goldstein want to spout conservative theories and aren't really  interested in the facts on the ground.
Larry Kazdan,
Vancouver, B.C.


An overview of child well-being in rich countries
A comprehensive assessment of the lives
and well-being of children and adolescents
in the economically advanced nations
Innocenti Research Centre
Report Card 7

Subject: FW: IPPBC Election Alert: Forwardable list of all anti-IPP rebuttal information Please pass on to those who WANT to know the truth..
From: "Efstratios Psarianos"

Here's something re. the upcoming BC election that's been issued by the IPPBC, the Independent Power Producers of BC. It's an association of owner-operators of small power plants across BC.
In brief, it says that the NDP's coming to power threatens the lift-off of a strong, multi-player green-energy scene in BC. Personally, if the NDP's serious about stopping small-scale production in its tracks, then the IPPBC has a case. At best, the BC NDP's election will means setting back the industry by a year or two.
One thing to know, though: for once, I DO have a direct economic interest in this. My firm is teaming up with ecoPHASER (, Langley, BC) to set up power plants that will run on biomass and that will consume NO water. The residual heat not converted to electricity would serve to heat buildings and greenhouses, teh latter of which would absorb a lot of the CO2 generated by the biomass combustion. Even better, fish (tilapia) will be raised in the greenhouses, which means that burning biomass will not only generate electricity and heat buildings ... it'll drive a pisciculture-agriculture centre downstream of it.
The beauty of it is that these things can be set up anywhere where there's close-by biomass to be burnt. Right now, we're talking to First Nations communities about all this, and I was told this past Friday that five First Nations community councils (or whatever the call them) in NE Alberta have voted to go ahead. All based on made-in-Canada know-how, too (except for the power-generation plant). Add to that all sorts of other made-in-Canada energy technologies that I'm being called to bring in, and we'll have 90% made-in-Canada, world-beating concept on our hands.
So: vote Liberal (hahahaha .. and here I though I'd NEVER say that again in my lifetime) in BC.<
P.S. I mean, really ... after Bingogate, the Fast Ferries Fiasco, and Glen 'Slapstick' Clark caught selling favours, it's yet too soon to have that vile organization back in power. And now, it's threatening the birth of a world-beating green-power industry in BC.
P.P.S. And if anyone's got any ideas concerning what to do about the Parti Quebecois and Action Democratique microcephalic opposition here in Quebec, I'm all ears. Advice concerning our semi-somnolent Liberals is welcome too.

Specific responses to allegations can be seen by clicking on the following documents:
May 5, 2009  ;  Letter to editor of Chilliwack Times -  "Green energy powerhouse vision clarified"
May 5, 2009    Speech to Coalition of BC Business Press Conference - "Impact of NDP Policies on Jobs"
May 1, 2009    Letter to Editor printed in 6 newspapers - "IPP in BC: Some more facts"
February 23, 2009 Letter to Editor of Similkameen Spotlight  - "Renewing BC Hydro facilities and imports are major causes of rate increase, not IPPs"
April 21, 2009 Newspaper Ad printed in 8 newspapers Green IPP is working for BC"
April 17, 2009  – Press Release printed in 13 newspapers -  "Policies in NDP Platform would destroy B.C.'s Green Power Industry"
April 7, 2009 - CKNW Bill Good Show Transcript -"Debate between IPPBC's Steve Davis and WCWC's Gwenn Barlee"
April 1, 2009 - Article in BC Forest Professional magazine - "Water, Wind, Wires and Trees; Renewable Energy Projects in B.C."

From: Tom Brewer

Have you taken notice to Harper's government responses in the House. Without fail it seems they just cant stop themselves from badgering the former Liberals or sticking the knife into the NDP.
I'm sorry to say I am not impressed. They are the government thus I expect them to  pull up their socks up instead of the badgering that goes on and on and on. They wanted to "govern" [no rule Canada] thus it seems they have to remind us ad nauseam of the failings of those who governed before. It shows me their childish attitude. It further suggests an immature attitude.I most certainly hope they realize the "chickens will come home to roost". I personally don't think Harper would stick around to take the heat once he is in Opposition.
From: The Natroses

Hi Joe,
Just a few thoughts on foreign investment. I would broaden and cover more aspects of foreign investment that is not seen as investment, but collectively can add a lot of money to the pot.

Foreign investment in foreign workers, who come to work in Canada, and than send a sum of money back to his home country to his family. The foreign Moms and Pops who buy shares that are Canadian companies, to support a specific product or service. The foreigners who set up bank accounts expressly to have Canadian dollars to  buy products and when traveling to Canada, they can save the bother of exchange and go to the bank to retrieve Canadian cash. I don't know how many do it, but a lot of ordinary Canadians have done it when the American dollar was at high, and exchange rates were certainly unfair that favour the Americans.
Remember the days of going to the Buffalo airport, and the stores would refuse any Canadian coins and as for the dollar, the exchange rate was pretty hefty against the Canadian dollar.

As for purchases that reduce Canadian production, there is plenty of evidence in areas of everyday purchases such as bikes, toys and electronic equipment where the more people buy foreign products, production decreases in Canada. Government has made moves against this, in the name of saving jobs. Such examples of adding a surcharge of $30 on bikes hailing from China, where now it is rare to find a bike for $100 at the store. The average China bike is $159, and the Canadian bike is $200 or more. It did not save one job in my eyes, nor did it move Canadians to buy Canadian bikes for their kids. Bikes are not the same bikes back in the 60s. They make bikes as disposable, and self destruct in a certain time frame, where repairs to the bikes, cost more than the bike is worth. Just like cars, paint that cannot stand the rigors of the Canadian climate, and nor are the electronics, which the bulk is made overseas regardless of where the company hails from. 

I don't know if anyone has seen a pattern of major foreign companies that deal with raw resources such as wood or ore, but there seems to be a type of pattern that is developed as the world's resources are own only by the few. Some of the resources are in third-world countries, and the rest in the developed world. It appears to me, that if the third-world country is enjoying peaceful times, jobs and production decreases in places like Canada. The opposite happens when a third world country is undergoing some kind of civil up-rest, and production increases in places like Canada. Our mines are cutting production, and at the same time operations in the third-world countries have remained the same.

This is the main trouble of wanting more foreign investment in Canada, when one; the resources are being mined by a handful of global companies across the world, and two the global mining concerns are only interested in making the greatest profit by cutting production costs to the lowest possible. Meanwhile, Canadian governments and the politicians are forced to make decisions on policies based more on the global mining concern, than on the good of Canadians and the environment. I will repeat again, making lakes and ponds into waste pools for their waste may be more dangerous and harmful to the Canadian public in the long run and where we may pay a very high price for short term goals and jobs.

Foreign investments depends on what is being invested. If it is a service such as airlines, or some type of transportation that is a different kind of foreign investment, than investments being made in the natural resource sector. In the natural resource sector, the players have been reduced down to a handful whose main concern is getting the ore out of the ground and transported elsewhere for final processing and in some cases being shipped out of the original country.
From: Rene Moreau <>
To: Joe Hueglin <>

To Joe ---
and others
with regard to Rubie Britton's  letter, shown below, cut and paste.

   Some time ago, in David Orchard's book, "the Fight for Canada", it
was mentioned that when the Americans invaded Montreal, Redpath and
Molson companies went along with the foreign invasion and consented to
being taken over by the foreigners. Until, that is, they were
threatened with a charge of treason by the people. (Much like John
Manley, with his very pro-American views, has to watch for!)
   Currently, we watch as the present day corpo-types are allowed to
sell everything Canadian  to the highest bidder, even to the point of
doing many end-runs around Canadian rules against such things! (e.g.
Air Canada, bankrupted by it's American president, Rob Milton, ended
up 80% Foreign, American, corporate owned as a result of such an
end-run, and it worked so well, Milton later conned 2 billion dollars
from Air Canada, through it's holding company, Air Canada Enterprises
holdings, ACE Holdings.
   Why no government watch-dog of such things? They are SELF-REGULATED!
   Thanks for the reminder, Rubie, and for the book, David Orchard.

                                       Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)

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with the current legislation that allows Canadian corporations to
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From: The Natroses

Hi Joe,
Apparently in a news report from NL, apparently NL almost derailed the European and Canadian trade talks. How about that, NL in the eyes of the federal government we have that much power over what our Premier says, (which by the way, I do agree with Williams and his actions towards trade), yet they did little when it comes to our fish, seals and our environment.
Part of it states: "
"I have to be perfectly frank with you - the statement by Danny Williams when he refused to sign up to the Council of the Federation statement nearly derailed the entire process," Anya Oram, charge d'affaires for the European Commission delegation in Ottawa, told The Telegram.

"Because we spent a lot of time convincing EU member states that 'yes, the provinces were on board' ... and suddenly you had a province that was saying, 'no, we're not on board.' And the member states were saying to us, 'But you told us the provinces were on board, and now it seems that they're not on board.' And so we had to explain that's more a reflection of the domestic political situation in Canada rather than any problem, fundamental problem, that Newfoundland has with developing a relationship with the EU.

"But it nearly did derail it."

There is few souls that believe in any federal government, that they have our best interests at heart. That could not be further from the truth, especially in the area of our fishery. If there is a trade agreement, I can tell you now our fish will be traded  for a chance to get into the European market in some other aspect.
Over Williams comments: "On Feb. 20, the premier's office issued a news release expressing concern with the Canada-EU trade process.

"At this point, we are not willing to sign on to support the negotiation of a new and comprehensive economic agreement with the European Union," Premier Danny Williams said in the statement.

Williams stressed in February the decision "should not be confused with a lack of support for an improved trade relationship between Canada and Europe," but was because of "very genuine concerns that our province's issues may not be safeguarded or dealt with in an appropriate way by the federal government."

Earlier that day, all other provinces and territories issued a declaration through the Council of the Federation in support of the trade talks."
Funny thing, this comes out now. I guess the talks are not going to well. Harper and the gang, must be getting tire of asking questions about NL and how NL is so important to them in a historical context and the fishery. There is probably more Europeans know about NL and its people, due to the fish trade since the 1600s, than what they know about the 9 provinces and its territories.
Now check out the last sentence:"In March, Williams floated the idea of Newfoundland and Labrador inking its own bilateral deal with the Europeans.

Williams said at the time "if that means that there's an agreement between Canada and 12 jurisdictions, and there has to be a separate agreement negotiated with Newfoundland and Labrador, then I'm fine with that."

But that's not going to happen, Oram indicated.

"The Government of Canada is the only government with the authority to conclude international treaties under the Canadian constitution, so our interlocutor and negotiating partner will be the government of Canada," she said. "And it will be for Canada to organize itself in relation to the involvement of the provinces."

Oram said the EU does discuss issues informally with provincial officials. For example, she met with John FitzGerald, Newfoundland and Labrador's Ottawa representative, on the sealing issue last week. "So we do have open lines of communication," she noted.

But those discussions do not stretch to formal talks or agreements.

"It's not that we're singling out Newfoundland," Oram said. "We would no sooner do it with Quebec, Alberta or Ontario. It's just not possible."

Does not provinces have the right to use the 'not withstanding clause', if they do not like what the feds have done in anything?  And is not international treaties a different thing, compared to a trade agreement such as NAFTA?  As far as I am concern, if a province wanted to make a trade agreement with another country, such as Iceland or Ireland - they have the right. Just like Quebec and the many agreements that are made between the Feds and Quebec, the provinces, United States concerning hydro, France and the list goes on and on. What about Alberta going off on their own to the U.S. trying to drum up business in the oil fields? Let's not forget about Ontario, and their many agreements that have been made concerning border states and Ontario.
I've got a funny feeling about the European trade talks. Besides some natural resources, and other products, the only food products they want is the fish, wheat, wild rice, and maybe some corn. Otherwise, they should be turning their noses on our dairy products such as cheese. As they should be, European cheese is the best, made with raw milk. Or maybe the Europeans are upset that many of their food products that have been eaten for 2000 years or so, do not meet the standards of our own food industry. Or maybe the feds are questioning the bottled water that comes from NL's icebergs. Apparently a bottle of ice berg water, is very dear running about $6.00 to $12.00 a bottle in Europe. Maybe the feds are pushing for drinking bottled water that hail from other provinces.
I guess, it is going to take years for this trade agreement to take place. I suspect that this article came out when it did, because the feds are having a hard time defending their position on the treatment of NL.

From: alan heisey <>
Subject: "earthworm" 09 5 10 sunday

Publisher is Alan Heisey, 38 Avoca Avenue, L.P.H #6, Toronto, ON, 
Canada, M4T 2B9
Phone 416 923 5381, <> Emailed from Toronto.

Publisher comments

The permanent election, or "homo the sap"

Publisher comments

The permanent election, by "homo the sap"

A recent piece somewhere alluded to the growing reality of virtually 
permanent federal elections and electioneering. The country seems to 
prefer minority governments, the press certainly prefers the constant 
threat of elections because of unstable minorities, and we are all 
supposed to buy more newspapers and feed the election monsters who 
will take all the attention John Q. and Mary Public will give them!

It reminds me of a post world war two satire that was written in 
Canada noting the domestic prosperity which seemed to accompany the 
war and suggesting that a little "permanent war" might seem like a 
good idea. The author of the booklet was said to be "Homo the Sap", 
which name has endured in my recollections ever since!

I find it an equally sappy idea to see elections plannings piling on 
elections' post mortems in an ever-ending stream, which will indeed 
bear all our sons away. But though I like between-elections-politics 
far more than during-elections-politics I know our system thrives on 
moving marginal fights from the house of commons into the streets of 
the nations.

I just wish we could separate the party and media activists into the 
elections battalions and the between-elections battalions. The 
recurring nightmare comes to mind because I am advised that our 
Toronto party presidents had a rare meeting with the local organizers 
and sure enough, yet another election's preparedness was the 
unsurprising, endlessly recurring theme.

"The recent unpleasantness" was the identity which the late Grattan 
O'leary gave all lost elections. My own association of St. Paul's 
seemed to bury that so-recent period in time by removing from its 
recent web list of officers and members any recognition of the dear 
person who took the brunt of the punishment which elections dumped on 
their "candidate of record", as the old PC party more gracefully 
called  the defeated ones.

Now, with only one members' social event since the first of the year 
and $140k approximately in the bank we St. Paul's tories approach the 
end of May, five months into a peacetime year, with another chance to 
kick in a hundred bucks for, you guessed it, another fundraiser! The 
next social event is to take place some time in June, nearly five 
months after the last one.

A board member has advised that committees are being formed by the new 
exec, but this backstreetser wants to know if there is room on any of 
them for the likes of me, so I wait breathlessly for that information. 
The single substantial emailing sent to us members advised that our 
riding has "one of the strongest membership bases in Toronto both in 
number and commitment", and this leaves me curious in a way I should 
not be about just what our paid up membership is, how does it compare 
with the last year or two, and with the other 22 city ridings??
"please feel free to reply to this email" ,is how one establishes 
one's current membership, but how cold is this compared to publishing 
the name of the membership secretary and an email address, if not, 
shudder, uh actual phone number?

What really fusses me, aside from the impersonal nature of our web 
site and letters is how are we not competing at all in the riding mail 
boxes with our Grit M.P. mailing handsome mailing pieces to every home 
in the riding, twice so far in the past six months.

For my taste we are neglecting the nurturing of the ongoing 
membership, hoping once again that all our Warbucks, plus some fine, 
probably new candidate and the outstanding team in the national 
cabinet and caucus will lift us, not us lift them, far up above the 
26.9% share of our popular vote last time so that we can break through 
to a glorious victory. Sure.