Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Daily Digest May 19, 2009


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

EDITORIAL PAGEs

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN -
Gift cards and consumer protection 
P.E.I. should follow other jurisdictions that have brought in laws governing gift cards.
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=252324&sc=103

CAPE BRETON POST -
It's easy to play Spot the Caper 
http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=252036&sc=151

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
URB: The decider of everything
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1122811.html

Who really runs Nova Scotia? Not who you think
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1122703.html

SAINT JOHN TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL -
Attack ads are unworthy
http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/opinion/article/671215

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Poverty money needs to flow more directly to kids
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/Poverty+money+needs+flow+more+directly+kids/1607556/story.html

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Polls not calling anytime soon
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1572547

TORONTO STAR -
Sri Lanka must offer Tamils hope
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/635955

Innovative economy vital to take cities into the future
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/635260

Rethinking the rules of citizenship
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/635259

GLOBE & MAIL -
Thickening carbon border
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090518.wePrentice19/BNStory/specialComment/home

Parole as a human right
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090518.weJuveniles19/BNStory/specialComment/home

NATIONAL POST -
Reality bites
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=1607252

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
Invading your own privacy
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/568021

K-W RECORD -
Look to Europe for trade growth
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/539017

SUDBURY STAR -
Arts model superior to many business funding formulas
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1573125

THUNDER BAY CHRONICLE JOURNAL -
Time to do away with jury trials
http://www.chroniclejournal.com/stories.php?id=186671

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Getting the taxman to pay you
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/editorials/editorial---getting-the-taxman-to-pay-you-45393972.html

White, male: need not apply
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/white-male-need-not-apply-45394122.html

Dhalla affair is not Parliament's business
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/dhalla-affair-is-not-parliaments-business-45394022.html

Non-profit child care superior to commercial sector
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/non-profit-child-care-superior-to-commercial-sector-45393952.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Nasty politicking sidelines issues critical to Canada
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/News/Nasty+politicking+sidelines+issues+critical+Canada/1607762/story.html

CALGARY HERALD -
Back to basics for electoral reform advocates
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=2fd21d1b-1183-4bc4-a6aa-e97bce3a5437

No money for nurses?
  http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=f15008c7-77db-424c-99d5-ab107111c153
 
Prisoners of circumstance
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=7aa1eb52-41ee-4a62-8438-73aff7d68262
 
Will Canada's economic plan work for america?
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=6669b6ae-f34f-4b82-a799-524ac9a73861

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Long weekend of faith in politics
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/editorials/Long+weekend+faith+politics/1608274/story.html

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
Fortifying a false notion
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/content/view/59423/56/

RED DEER ADVOCATE -
Closing hospitals suicidal
http://www.albertalocalnews.com/reddeeradvocate/opinion/Closing_hospitals_suicidal_45402797.html

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN -
Principal smacks of progress
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/20090518192469/opinion/editorials/principal-smacks-of-progress.html

VANCOUVER SUN -
Prescription for healthy change
http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=ff1846ea-5772-45a6-8eba-c5d7475d9de0

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Attack ads insult public, not rivals
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=15465619-138a-4096-b3fc-150524074a91

Scandals placing our politics on trial
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=79637118-57bc-42d8-8687-2c2c519cea32

B.C. chief's blunt talk on development welcome
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=c3fdd59d-009e-4df5-b8e7-d84d3bf57205
 
Let those who care vote
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=249495a6-0839-412d-9c1c-b5fa5a715871


ISSUES

AF-PAK PROBLEM -
Karzai gains from opposition's disarray
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/KE20Df05.html

New US General Vs. Taliban, Pashtuns
http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/97EF1D6E9764A161872575BB005C253B?OpenDocument Canada May Stay in Afghanistan Beyond 2011
http://quqnoos.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3059&Itemid=48


CANADIAN FORCES -
Pakistan to ask Canada for disaster team
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/636028

DND in a pickle over $1 sale of $700K WWII Spitfire to tech multimillionaire's hobby fly club ...
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Life/volunteers+irate+over+force+decision+sell+vintage+aircraft+Gatineau+group/1608303/story.html

Canada resumes military training program with Pakistan: MacKay
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090519/national/mackay_pakistan

Canada hopes for 'model' villages outside Kandahar amid refocused mission
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090519/national/cda_afghanistan_model_villages

Hundreds of special forces soldiers to get pay raise
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2009/05/19/canadian-soldiers-allowance.html


CANUSA/USACAN -
U.S. security boss to visit Canada in wake of controversial border comments
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=1609460

Clinton defends new border restrictions
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/636358

Obama unveils tough new emissions standards
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/636499

OIL SANDS KEY TO U.S. NEEDS
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1607256

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
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090515.wcoamerica18/BNStory/specialComment/home

Obama's nationwide auto emissions standards gives Canada what it was seeking
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090519/national/us_cda_emissions_standards


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS -
It's not just the economy - our manufacturers lag behind
Canada needs more innovation and physical capital
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090515.wcomanu19/BNStory/specialComment/home

CANADIAN BRAINS MOVING SOUTH OF THE BORDER
http://www.thestar.com/article/635522

FED SCIENCE AND RESEARCH POLICIES QUESTIONED
http://www.nationalpost.com/story.html?id=1607280

Staying alive: As recession deepens, businesses keep bankruptcy at bay
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090519/national/economy_bankruptcies

GM still in talks with its workers; industry minister says May 31 is final deadline
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090519/national/caw_gm

CHINESE DRYWALL NOW AFFECTING CANADA
http://louisville.injuryboard.com/defective-and-dangerous-products/chinese-drywall-now-affecting-canada-.aspx?googleid=263074

Canadian economy heading for 'darker days': Study
http://www.canada.com/news/national/Canadian+economy+heading+darker+days+Study/1610008/story.html

CAW seeking limit on imports
http://www.thestar.com/business/article/635994


FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
Canadian Tamils urge Harper to speak out
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/636378

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
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1607219

Canada's push to the Pole
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Technology/Canada+push+Pole/1608320/story.html


HEALTH CARE RELATED -
Isotope shortage looms after reactor shutdown
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/636144


JUSTICE SYSTEM -
Top court to mull media's right to confidentiality
http://www.canada.com/News/court+mull+media+right+confidentiality/1609789/story.html

Baird gave conflicting statements in Ottawa mayor case
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090519/national/crime_mayor_trial


MIGRATION -
Bring Sri Lankan refugees to Canada, Ottawa urged
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090519.TAMILSCANADA19ART2241//TPStory/National


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
Economy takes centre stage in first N.S. election debate
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090519/national/elxn_ns_debate

N.L. nurses poised to hit picket lines Wednesday in contract dispute with gov't
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090519/national/nl_nurses_strike


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
http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/05/19/about-those-attack-ads/

The Commons: Twelve-hundred days
http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/05/13/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.
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=


PROGRAMMES -
Auditor general wants to lift the lid on MPs' expenses
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090519/national/parl_expenses_auditor

Watchdog homes in on temporary government workers
Investigation to look into skyrocketing use of contractual employees
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/todays-paper/Watchdog+homes+temporary+government+workers/1608302/story.html

Ministers Announce the Launch of the Business Credit Availability Program Website
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-eng.do?m=/index&nid=451389

Government interference hampering talks: CAW
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1607267

Anti-spam bill targeting phishers, spyware
http://www.thestar.com/columnists/article/635987

Ottawa to spend $1-billion on clean-energy research
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/green-design/story.html?id=1609432

Canada details fund for carbon capture, clean energy
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/green-design/story.html?id=1609442

Tory arts funding sparks criticism, frustration
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/todays-paper/Tory+arts+funding+sparks+criticism+frustration/1608318/story.html


PRESSURE POINTS -
Doctors brace for a new wave of vaccine hysteria
http://www.nationalpost.com/most-popular/story.html?id=1606853

Jeff Rubin on energy scarcity
And how it will spell the end of globalization
http://beta.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/a-coming-world-thats-a-whole-lot-smaller/article1141752/


OPINION AND INFORMATION -
Relentless secrecy on payments
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/635261

A Sikh's cost of fitting in: lopping off long hair
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/636064

Why politicians are falling into disrepute
http://news.guelphmercury.com/Opinions/article/483103

How GM lost its way
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1607254

Darth Vader's Afghanistan
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/05/19/peter-goodspeed-darth-vader-s-afghanistan.aspx

The $100,000 anti-Jewish teenage graffiti hate crusade. Or not
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/05/19/laura-rosen-cohen-the-100-000-anti-jewish-teenage-graffiti-hate-crusade-or-not.aspx

Lies, damn lies and Employment Insurance statistics
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/05/19/raphael-alexander-lies-damn-lies-and-employment-insurance-statistics.aspx

Time to right some wrongs
The very existence of human-rights commissions is, in itself, an abuse, says Tom Flanagan
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090515.wcorights19/BNStory/specialComment/home

Canadians gathering more of their news from websites of mainstream media: poll
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090519/national/craft_media_poll

'MISSING LINK' IN HUMAN EVOLUTION FOUND
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/may/19/ida-fossil-missing-link

Harper is killing our research community
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1607280

Colour us Crazy About Canada
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/11142


INFOS -
Peter MacKay à Kaboul - Le Canada pourrait rester en Afghanistan même après 2011
http://www.ledevoir.com/2009/05/19/251023.html

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
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2009/05/19/005-McKay-cooperation-Pakistan.shtml

Gagliano veut laver sa réputation
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2009/05/19/004-commandites-gagliano.shtml

Cannon lance un appel au Sri Lanka
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/Ontario/2009/05/19/005-cannon-sri-lanka_n.shtml

General Motors
Ottawa donne jusqu'à la fin du mois
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Economie-Affaires/2009/05/19/002-GM-negos-clement.shtml

Baird a fait des déclarations contradictoires à la police
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200905/19/01-857869-baird-a-fait-des-declarations-contradictoires-a-la-police.php

Un Montréalais condamné à la décapitation écrit à Harper
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/national/200905/19/01-857875-un-montrealais-condamne-a-la-decapitation-ecrit-a-harper.php

L'insécurité met en péril un projet canadien: l'éradication de la polio
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090519/N051958AU.html


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U.S. must 'harden' border with Canada: Clinton
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=1609460

Don't know about you but for me I wish they'd all get over their trauma. 

And for that matter us too.

How many years more is it before the "Toronto 18" come to trial?

        Joe Hueglin - natural born contrarian
Toronto18.com  
This page is dedicated to 18 local Torontonians who have been arrested, accused and 'charged' since June 2nd, 2006: 3 are kept in solitary confinement at the Don Jail for almost 2 years; 7 are are kept in detention without bail at Maplehurst; one youth is awaiting trial; 3 youth have their charges dismissed/ stayed; 4 of the 14 young adults were out on unusually strict bail conditions, and now have their charges dismissed/ stayed. All have been or are currently being deprived of their basic human rights. Follow their stories here... http://www.toronto18.com/

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From: John Halonen

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.

John Halonen

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. . . respectfully.

Your definition of "a truly independent party." is?

        Joe
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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

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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.............

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Canada+tolerance+misplaced/1442771/story.html

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May I second Don's request to you.

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From: "Jim Calvert"

Joe:
 
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.
What 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.
 
Jim Calvert

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. . . 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
will be.

Best regards,

        Joe

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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. 

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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.
 
Stratos

Ont. reactor shutdown may mean 'significant' isotope shortage

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From: alan heisey <hize@earthlink.net>
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, <hize@earthlink.net> 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.
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