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CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN -
Gift cards and consumer protection
P.E.I. should follow other jurisdictions that have brought in laws governing gift cards.
CAPE BRETON POST -
It's easy to play Spot the Caper
HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
URB: The decider of everything
Who really runs Nova Scotia? Not who you think
SAINT JOHN TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL -
Attack ads are unworthy
MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Poverty money needs to flow more directly to kids
BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Polls not calling anytime soon
TORONTO STAR -
Sri Lanka must offer Tamils hope
Innovative economy vital to take cities into the future
Rethinking the rules of citizenship
GLOBE & MAIL -
Thickening carbon border
Parole as a human right
NATIONAL POST -
HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
Invading your own privacy
K-W RECORD -
Look to Europe for trade growth
SUDBURY STAR -
Arts model superior to many business funding formulas
THUNDER BAY CHRONICLE JOURNAL -
Time to do away with jury trials
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Getting the taxman to pay you
White, male: need not apply
Dhalla affair is not Parliament's business
Non-profit child care superior to commercial sector
SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Nasty politicking sidelines issues critical to Canada
CALGARY HERALD -
Back to basics for electoral reform advocates
No money for nurses?
Prisoners of circumstance
Will Canada's economic plan work for america?
EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Long weekend of faith in politics
LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
Fortifying a false notion
RED DEER ADVOCATE -
Closing hospitals suicidal
PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN -
Principal smacks of progress
VANCOUVER SUN -
Prescription for healthy change
VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Attack ads insult public, not rivals
Scandals placing our politics on trial
B.C. chief's blunt talk on development welcome
Let those who care vote
AF-PAK PROBLEM -
Karzai gains from opposition's disarray
New US General Vs. Taliban, Pashtuns
- Oversight of US programs in Afghanistan faulted
- The Associated Press (05/19/2009)
- Taliban Influx Threatens 'Hot Months' in Afghanistan
- Bloomberg (05/19/2009)
- China, Russia face up to Taliban threat
- Asia Times (05/19/2009)
- A 'Grand Bargain'?
- The Post-Standard, Editorial (05/19/2009)
- Contractors violated gun policy
- Irish Examiner (05/19/2009)
- Pipelineistan goes Af-Pak
- Asia Times (05/19/2009)
CANADIAN FORCES -
Pakistan to ask Canada for disaster team
DND in a pickle over $1 sale of $700K WWII Spitfire to tech multimillionaire's hobby fly club ...
Canada resumes military training program with Pakistan: MacKay
Canada hopes for 'model' villages outside Kandahar amid refocused mission
Hundreds of special forces soldiers to get pay raise
U.S. security boss to visit Canada in wake of controversial border comments
Clinton defends new border restrictions
Obama unveils tough new emissions standards
OIL SANDS KEY TO U.S. NEEDS
Blue gold? Not likely
This is a big week for Canada's made-in-Washington energy and climate policy. The U.S. Senate is likely to finalize comprehensive energy legislation that will have a significant impact on our economy and environment.
U.S.-Canada relations: Today, we're making nice; tomorrow, we'll be nasty
Obama's nationwide auto emissions standards gives Canada what it was seeking
ECONOMIC AFFAIRS -
It's not just the economy - our manufacturers lag behind
Canada needs more innovation and physical capital
CANADIAN BRAINS MOVING SOUTH OF THE BORDER
FED SCIENCE AND RESEARCH POLICIES QUESTIONED
Staying alive: As recession deepens, businesses keep bankruptcy at bay
GM still in talks with its workers; industry minister says May 31 is final deadline
CHINESE DRYWALL NOW AFFECTING CANADA
Canadian economy heading for 'darker days': Study
CAW seeking limit on imports
FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
Canadian Tamils urge Harper to speak out
A Canadian man facing beheading in Saudi Arabia wrote to Prime Minister Stephen Harper detailing that he was tortured into confessing to a murder he says he did not commit http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/636524
Key mission to map Arctic successful
Canada's push to the Pole
HEALTH CARE RELATED -
Isotope shortage looms after reactor shutdown
JUSTICE SYSTEM -
Top court to mull media's right to confidentiality
Baird gave conflicting statements in Ottawa mayor case
Bring Sri Lankan refugees to Canada, Ottawa urged
POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
Economy takes centre stage in first N.S. election debate
N.L. nurses poised to hit picket lines Wednesday in contract dispute with gov't
FEDERAL POLITICS -
The words of Peter MacKay on Canada's presence in Afghanistan after 2011 have been deemed ambiguous and not very reassuring for the opposition parties. http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200905/19/01-857616-afghanistan-les-propos-de-mackay-font-bondir-lopposition.php&sl=fr&tl=en&history_state0=
About those attack ads
The Commons: Twelve-hundred days
Over the past four years, seven companies of private security services have worked for the Canadian Department of Defense in Afghanistan. A job that has cost at the very least $ 2.25 million to Canadian taxpayers.
Auditor general wants to lift the lid on MPs' expenses
Watchdog homes in on temporary government workers
Investigation to look into skyrocketing use of contractual employees
Ministers Announce the Launch of the Business Credit Availability Program Website
Government interference hampering talks: CAW
Anti-spam bill targeting phishers, spyware
Ottawa to spend $1-billion on clean-energy research
Canada details fund for carbon capture, clean energy
Tory arts funding sparks criticism, frustration
PRESSURE POINTS -
Doctors brace for a new wave of vaccine hysteria
Jeff Rubin on energy scarcity
And how it will spell the end of globalization
OPINION AND INFORMATION -
Relentless secrecy on payments
A Sikh's cost of fitting in: lopping off long hair
Why politicians are falling into disrepute
How GM lost its way
Darth Vader's Afghanistan
The $100,000 anti-Jewish teenage graffiti hate crusade. Or not
Lies, damn lies and Employment Insurance statistics
Time to right some wrongs
The very existence of human-rights commissions is, in itself, an abuse, says Tom Flanagan
Canadians gathering more of their news from websites of mainstream media: poll
'MISSING LINK' IN HUMAN EVOLUTION FOUND
Harper is killing our research community
Colour us Crazy About Canada
Peter MacKay à Kaboul - Le Canada pourrait rester en Afghanistan même après 2011
Une déclaration faite hier par le ministre de la Défense, Peter MacKay, selon laquelle le Canada pourrait rester en Afghanistan après 2011 a fait bondir les partis de l'opposition. Ils craignent que derrière les propos «ambigus» du ministre conservateur se cache la volonté de prolonger la mission militaire au-delà de l'échéance fixée par la Chambre des communes. http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200905/19/01-857616-afghanistan-les-propos-de-mackay-font-bondir-lopposition.php
Au tour d'Ottawa de s'impliquer
Gagliano veut laver sa réputation
Cannon lance un appel au Sri Lanka
Ottawa donne jusqu'à la fin du mois
Baird a fait des déclarations contradictoires à la police
Un Montréalais condamné à la décapitation écrit à Harper
L'insécurité met en péril un projet canadien: l'éradication de la polio
BELOW(30)(30)(30)(30)(30)30)(30)(30)(30)(30)(30)30)(30)(30)(30)(30)(30)30)(30)(30)(30)(30)(30)(30)(30)(30)30)(30)(30)(30)(30)Don't know about you but for me I wish they'd all get over their trauma.
U.S. must 'harden' border with Canada: Clinton
U.S. must 'harden' border with Canada: Clinton
And for that matter us too.
How many years more is it before the "Toronto 18" come to trial?
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RE: CPC/Liberal e-mails for donations media comment on ads.
Would seem more appropriate to have a campaign called
"Send money to anyone but the Liberals and Conservatives".
To bad we do not have a truly independent party.
. . . respectfully.
Your definition of "a truly independent party." is?
Re: John . .
An Independent party in my mind would be one where members (THOSE THAT WE ELECT) could make decisions with respect for their constituents without being forced by their leadership to follow his wishes. I do not mind following party philosophy as long as it is defined in their charter, but when one says follow me or else I will appoint someone to take your place, then that is a bit too much.
Their appears to be far to many political appointees (IN MY MIND) where the only reason is to have someone who follows the leader of the Party
Subject: Fwd: FW: From the Ottawa Citizen - Canada's tolerance misplaced
From: Don Wilson
What a good article!!!
Please pass this on to everyone you know.that cares about our Canada.............
May I second Don's request to you.
From: "Jim Calvert"
Apparently, if I do not support Peggy Merritt's and "The Natroses" leader Ignatieff, I am only allowed to support Steven Harper.
The assumption is that there are no other parties; or if I supported the other parties then the arguments kind of run out of steam.
Hadn't intended to insult anyone but I guess some people are easily insulted. I don't even know who the Natroses are!
The Natroses (maybe people should sign their posts?) wants some facts to back up my statements.
Watch the ads!
If anyone still feels insulted including you Joe, then I surely apologize.
We wouldn't want to start people using upper case typing or flaming each other. Believe me I'm an expert!
Mayhap I've been around too long.
. . . anticipating the responses to your suggestion Iggy is
our two ladies' leader will not keep me from sleep but does
provide something to look forward to,
There have been no insults and the Digest has been fortunate
in having few needs for such in the first decade of its existence.
You have not been around too long from my perspective, nor ever
From: The Natroses
Hi Joe, Interesting stuff coming from the Organic Tory. The latest post, I do have issues with his stance on feudal influences on Canada. Where Canada did not turn their back on feudal system of Europe, and where the United States did turned its back on the feudal system. Whereas Canada developed differently from the United States and their tendency to operate under a free market economy. Canada instead went the route of cooperation, universal programs, and government economic intervention whenever it was necessary to do so. His final words, that it is part of our national character.
Where I do object, is the assumption that people who came to Canada were of the same stripes, dancing to the same song of feudalism and all of that it entails. I believe most of the immigrants were running away as far as possible from Europe's system where ordinary people had no chance of owning land, and if a few did have land, they always had the worry that the crown compose of barons, lords, queens and kings would take their land away from them whenever they wanted to. Ditto for the early people who immigrated to United States.
United States was born from revolution, and the leaders were the merchant class spread along the Atlantic coast, from north to south. The evolution of United States differed from Canada, for one reason. The leadership, and in the case of United States the merchant class rejected some parts of the feudal systems of Europe, but kept the parts where it benefited only the merchant class, making it very difficult for any other group to take part in early politics, trade beyond the borders because they were seen as the lower classes. The lower classes who were needed to do the work for the merchant class at the lowest possible costs.
Whereas in Canada, our country developed from the east to the west - where settlement occurred at natural junctions where land met water. The merchant class developed differently in Canada, because it was much harder to harvest, and produce goods where the population was spread over a large vast geographic and few in numbers. As a result, the merchant class cooperated with the people they saw as being lower class as a means to increase their standing. As a result, people who had less means and resources benefited greatly from the cooperation between the merchant class and themselves.
In both countries, the feudal system was rejected for good reasons, and what developed was anyone had a chance to do well no matter what class one was in. The difference was the obstacles that were in place at that time that could either hinder or help one to succeed. It rests on the individual to overcome or take advantage of obstacles and opportunity, without worries about the crown taking away all their processions.
So I would argue that the British monarchy and others like it who grew rich and powerful under the feudal system, were the ones that had to change their ways or lose Canada in the same way as they did lose United States.
Subject: Time to build new one ...
From: "Efstratios Psarianos"
One more time, the NRU reactor: the one that makes half of the world's medical isotopes for nuclear medecine.
Ont. reactor shutdown may mean 'significant' isotope shortage
From: alan heisey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: earthworm, plain text, joe please use what you can!
Publisher is Alan Heisey, 38 Avoca Avenue, L.P.H #6, Toronto, ON, Canada, M4T 2B9
Phone 416 923 5381, <email@example.com> Emailed from Toronto.
Publisher comments"S" needs publisher coaching on attack ad style
"Tell me about your competition". To this once bushy-tailed space cadet this innocently-phrased question, decades ago, was loaded! Very often the space buyer who asked the question wanted to get a fix on the person he was talking to, to gauge his judgement on all sort of items, and the way one talked about one's competitors often told a lot more about one's self.
Of course we all have to be prepared to answer this kind of question, and it is all too easy to reply with a broad axe, which tends to identify one as less than subtle. On the other hand some deft rapier thrusts, ideally with a light touch, can add to one's standing with the questionner.
For my taste "S" permitted some of his h.q. henchmen to go much too hard on his major opponent. He doesn't seem to pick up that Iggy has a pleasantly light touch on all sorts of occasions, in an arena where light touches are all too rare. As a Torontonian keen to see us make some inroads on the solid phalanx of 23 Grit/Crat M.P.s repping ourtown up on the hill I recommend much less attention to the other guy and much more focus on our party, processes and people.
B.C. and ON have vetoed multi-m.l.a./m.p.p. constituencies
Regretably, the minutiae of polticial parties are of little interest to most of our mass media, star-struck as they are, Thus I expect no attention to an important byproduct of the massive electoral attentions to proportional representation votes in B.C. recently, and Ontario not long ago.
Onr of the many weakness of p.r. to this observer is the need to vote regionally for a number of members of legislatures who will
collectively represent a single electoral district, in contrast to one M.P.P. or M.L.A. per electoral district as is generally a strength of first past the post!
I would hope that the Conservative Party's national council would interpret these powerful, mass votes as suggesting that our party
should quick get rid of the situation in Ontario where four councillors are elected at large across the entire province. The
present arrangement gives me a quandary about which of the four I should approach on any question of interest.
There is absolutely no current party or media discussion on this kind of procedural aspect of the country's largest political party. Tied to it was last November's very hurtful vote of delegates from other provinces to hold Ontario's council representation down unfairly while boosting the North West Territories. Too bad such mundane aspect of our imperfect polticial democracy don't rate the occasional column by those notoriously hardbitten, sophisticated, press gallery denizens!
St. Paul's: fed fundraiser this week/ membership size reported/
pubnites planned/ evening parliament concept ignored/ what about policy?
My local tory association's web site reports the upcoming, Thursday, May 21st reception at the Albany Club with Pierre Poilievre, MP & Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister. The ding is $200 which will scare off some, but of interest is that one sends two cheques, one for the association of the visitor. With St. Paul's affluence I suppose this is only reasonable, but it is a new wrinkle to this fella.
My buddy George Macdonell is on the local board of directors and reported enthusiastically about a recent meeting which advised that present membership is some 500 and a push is under way to raise it to 1,000. He also advised that his wish, shared by me, to see "pub nites" every month, got watered down to four each year, but that is another sign of progress.
No word about my pet idea of a summer solstice evening parliament in a local churchyard, so I will fill in with yet another annual "policy lite" for those few who favour very short deliberations, regular votes and coffee and desert. Which reminds me that I plan here a future a windy dissertation on exactly what policy initiatives should well up from constituencies between the biennial national policy process.
Short answer, is some!
Phil Green keeping his eyes open
Phil's latest, chatty, personal newsletter gives him a chance to answer a very reasonable question in a properly constructive, if cagey way. Phil obviously has a growing list wherever whom he emails occasionally. I wish I could get Joe Oliver, ourtown's top percentage vote getter in the last go round, to send out the occasional note beyond the borders of his riding. Two requests for a note on his fundraiser earlier this year got nuthin!
Phile wrote: "Political plans
Since my mug shot appeared on the front page of the Mississauga News recently, I have been getting more and more questions about my political plansfederally, provincially or municipally. When I jumped into politics in 2003 it was an extension of my community involvement. Let me just answer the questions this way: I am still very involved in the community and plan to continue being so for a long time."
I support Christine Elliott
Am thrilled that the four person contest has sold many thousands of new memberships. Don't know the lady personally, but am a big fan of her husband, whose sense of humour reassures me she must have a good one too.
"Star" and G.B.A. have low water story wrong!
Rarely does the local daily lag realities as much as last Thursday when they headlined, quaintly, that Lake Huron was "sinking"!
Having returned late this afternoon from a blustery, high water, raging Georgian Bay, I can report it was lovely, altogether, but a lot of floating docks are tipping upwards.
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Next issue from T.O. cordially, hize.