Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Daily Digest May 20, 2009



Losing our way

N.S. election: Bad bounce for Tories

Draining economy

Just where is the prime minister taking us?

An industry that's suffering plenty

The war is over, now build the peace

Remember Tiananmen

The Danish way

Letting nurses do doctors' work

Obama's civil message

Anatomy of a revolution

The boss always gets a cut

The sad fate of too many native women

Victory is a chance for accommodation

Success, in contempt

Preventing abuses

Peace through force in Sri Lanka

Isotope lapses unacceptable

Political scandals just nuisances

Help the civilians trapped by two wars

More grist for the anti-politician mill

Mulroney's testimony: The questions that linger

Federal attention to forestry missing

Right time to listen to the Tamils

Spectre of 'black ops' arises in Iraq

True colours of Mulroney, Harper revealed

Energy demands will require widespread study

Liberal rivals were first to 'attack' Ignatieff
Straight talk about life -- evasions about death

No sermons needed on oilsands

Peace better road to justice

Stunning stats

Mulroney's legacy ruined

No wonder people don't trust politicians

Loss of dealerships also raises the issue of servicing our cars

Child poverty solutions

Mulroney's sweet tax deal damaging
Caregiver program invites abuse of power


A neo-con Yankee in Karzai's court

Black ops' key to revamped Afghan strategy

Al-Qaeda seeks a new alliance

Fears of a Taliban spread

Taleban are using weapons 'supplied by US'

CAN Ordering Fewer Chinooks Because of Cash Crunch?

U.S. protectionism expanding: Clement

When it comes to the Canadian economy, Obama may as well be PM

Cheaper energy keeps inflation in check

Clinics paying more for isotopes after supplier hikes prices

What India's voters didn't do

Myanmar junta allows glimpse of Suu Kyi trial

UN Hails Iran For Curbing Afghan Heroin

EU, China Eye 'New Global Order'

Reactor shutdown 'catastrophe' as medical isotopes dry up

Criminal Code changes would allow fingerprinting before charges

Car firms held for ransom, suit says

Newfoundland cuts deal with nurses

Ontario Tory leadership campaign now a neck-and-neck race

Elliott attacks Hudak over scrapping human rights tribunal

McGuinty 'on autopilot'

Hudak gives Tories a bare-bones 'vision'

Tories move to avoid non-confidence vote VIDEO - And now a word from the leader of the opposition

Ignatieff strikes back at attack ads PM rallies troops at Montreal fundraiser Wednesday PROGRAMMES -
Federal government won't budge on two year infrastructure deadline

CIDA narrows focus

Canada's foreign aid to be more accountable not larger: minister

Canada: petro-state or prosperous nation?

Clouds darker over Mulroney

Proposed mileage standards would kill more Americans than Iraq War

Harper has the reputation of 'Mr. Mean' in Quebec

Harper attaque Ignatieff lors d'un cocktail

Harper entend fouetter ses troupes

Ignatieff réplique à la publicité des conservateurs

Gagliano affirme que Martin a contribué à couler sa réputation

Parti conservateur du Canada À la reconquête du Québec

Le plan américain répond à des préoccupations canadiennes

Fermeture de Chalk River: les cliniques doivent payer les isotopes plus cher

La Cour suprême décidera si elle se penche sur le sort des détenus afghans


Criminal Code changes would allow fingerprinting before charges

"If in fact, in the process, the person winds up not being charged, then of course they have the right to ask that their fingerprints and their photographs be deleted from the system," Day, the former public safety minister, told reporters.

My view differs from that of Stockwell.  Fingerprints and photos ought to ber automatically "deleted from the system".

Does yourr view coincide with that of Minister Day or mine?



From: "Jim Calvert"
Subject: RE: Toronto 18


Aren't these the people who where supposed to be running a terrorist training camp near Washago Ontario?

If so they shouldn't they really be called the Muskoka 18?

If these are the same group I believe one of them recently pled guilty to terrorism charges.

Unfortunately, one person pleading guilty kind of tarnishes the glow of innocence for the rest of them.

Just so I'm not accused of being "unwilling to see all sides and unwilling to state your facts to back up your viewpoint."

Toronto 18 member pleads in bomb plot
A young Mississauga man has pleaded guilty to intending to cause an explosion, the first time a member of the so-called Toronto 18 group has admitted the existence of a bomb plot.

My main fact is three years in there ought to be trials underwaay for all 18 Justice is being delayed. Why?

From: Cal MacKinnon

Joe:  I am so glad that I continue to get information from you on a daily basis.  I wonder if you might add my good friend and local activist MS to your mailing list.  His e-mail is

Hope the summer treats you well I am looking forward to my break.

Cal MacKinnon

Thanks Cal - you made my day - every one added makes doing the Digest more worth the while.

From: Peggy  Merritt
Subject: Re: Daily Digest May 19, 2009

Hi Joe  Re the18 guys who are accused of terrorism in TO.  This city is bristling with new Mosques and special schools for the Muslims particularly young people. and this worries us.    The activities of this particular group certainly revealed that they were hell bent to do nasty bombings around our country. We certainly get it in the neck in our city with so many new immigrant groups presuming that our free democratic society  allows them to do anything their little hearts desire to publicize the problems they bring to our shores. Civil society means law abiding and respect for our country's rule of law!  I certainly think that young kids are victims of adults who take advantage of their limited knowledge of what is right and what is wrong. How you deal with this is also a problem with our amazingly convoluted justice system.   We seem to have excessive violence in TO, some of it because of conflicting cultural values, but I don't think we will thrive in this country if we allow some groups to preach hatred to the point of breaking our civil laws and threatening our safety.   Call me overly suspicious but I don't trust terrorists!   Thanks Joe.   Peggy  

From: "Suan H.Booiman"
To: "Toronto Star Editor" <>
Subject: Martin Regg Cohn Rethinking the rules of citizenship

May 20, 2009
The Editor of the Toronto Star,
Reading Mr.Cohen's story about citizenship would dare to
make some suggestion. First of all The Government would need
to change the Constitution and remove Trudeau's free for all
and bring back "principles" that were so dear to this country.
Correspondent Scott Young recently wrote "The mosaic loses
to segregation", multiculturalism does not work, regardless if
it is intended to use to enforce bilingualism, without it the
Country can not be divided to please a costly minority.
Can you hear the horns blow from Quebec "If you change
the Constitution there will be violence". The Nation is being
blackmailed on a daily bases and politicians fear to take a
stand, afraid to loose the vote they never will get.
Ministers Kenney and Moore are making noises without
any consultation with the population, so common in Ottawa.
Suan H.Booiman
White Rock BC

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: DD

Joe--the above article posted by John H is well written--BUT--the article forgets to mention that it has been our vote seeking governments of every stripe that have encouraged non-integration of immigrants.
Remember Paul Martin's famous statement that 'the majority will not dictate to the minority'??? 
I took flak from Census Canada for 4 years because I refused to give my hyphenated 'origin' on the census form.  I still write 'Canadian' even now. 
The majority of voters in the 'Centre of the Universe', Toronto, are ethnic and therefore many government decision are based on numbers rather than Canadians because of the large number of seats available.
I think this writer gives to much praise to Jason Kenney and the CPC. Don't forget the Galloway fiasco--that was done on orders of a small more equal group in Canada.  And don't forget the CPC still supports the HRTs--the easiest way to keep Canadians quiet and compliant.  And the HRTs are there to protect ethnic groups, not Canadians.


Subject: The government doesn't realize we are in hard economic times???  Or was this 'job creation'?????
Now that's fine dining 2009/05/20/9508556-sun.html

Subject: We have to account for every cent of our money, but the government doesn't have to account for how they spend our money???

MP expenses probe sought by auditor general

Subject: plastic safer than cloth

Back to plastic? Reusable grocery bags may cause food poisoning

From: Joseph <>
Subject: Our man at Bilderberg: Let's salt the slug in 2010 | News |

From: The Natroses

Joe,  An article in the G/M -
Another reason why  NAFTA should be scrapped.
"It is necessary to exclude large hydropower from the RPS [Note: a "RPS" and a RES are for all meaningful purpose synonyms] for several reasons. Though hydro brings public benefits in terms of avoiding the air emissions and wastes associated with conventional power plants, hydro is technologically mature, is fully commercialized (representing a significant share of the electricity market), and has limited development potential. Most importantly, including hydro in the RPS would create several intractable practical problems: (a) output from the large base of Canadian hydro projects could potentially be rerouted into the U.S. market and "flood" that market, depressing prices to levels too low to support non-hydro renewables; (b) the large year-to-year fluctuations in hydro output would make it difficult to meet a fixed standard each year and at the same time provide a predictable market for renewables; and (c) many hydro facilities have more than one use and have been built with the aid of large government subsidies."

On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 9:06 AM, The Natroses wrote:
Hi again, 
To Don Wilson,
Great article. I like this part, " I once supported multiculturalism in Canada because I believed it gave us a sense of pluralism and diversity. However, I have observed and experienced that official multiculturalism has encouraged convolution of the values that make Canada the kind of place people want to immigrate to in the first place.
Here, we stand on guard for Canada, not for countries we came from. Like it or not, take it or leave it, standing on guard only for Canada is our national maxim. Remember, O Canada is our national anthem which must not be disregarded by anybody, including the teacher in Springfield, N. B."
I never thought that official multiculturalism, is much different from my own multiculturalism. But it is. I agree with the author, and to go further I think people should not allow our officials to play minority favourites, when it is attacking the treasured values that this country was built on.
On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 8:50 AM, The Natroses wrote:
Hi Joe,
A short response to to Jim.  It is obvious that you are a Harper supporter. But if you are not, than why are you insisting  the ads are your facts?  When one uses ads as their supporting backdrop, there is an assumption that the ads speak the truth, and one does not have to go any further than those ads, that portrays Iggy as a questionable Canadian. An informed person, would go deeper to determine that for themselves. There are attack ads, and attack ads are the worse type - and are effective in politics,  because a lot of people cannot be bother to think for themselves. This is the reason why I deplored attack ads, because it takes advantage of people's tendency to allow others to think for themselves, it attacks the persona and as a result, it shifts focus away from important political issues to focusing on the personality of the person who is being attack.  

From: "Merle A. Jacobs."
Subject: Fw: |Special coverage on Canada’s response  on Suu Kyi's detention|

Action News:
Suu Kyi Supporters Condemn ‘unfair’ Arrest
By Pam McLennan| Epoch Times Staff| May 18, 2009
A group of Burmese and their supporters gathered in front of the Burmese Embassy Monday to speak out against the arrest and to call for Suu Kyi’s immediate release. In addition to rallies in Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver, Burmese groups held events in over 30 countries, calling on their governments to put sanctions on Burma and to condemn the unfair arrest of Suu Kyi.

Canadians protest Aung San Suu Kyi trial
OTTAWA (AFP) — Protesters marched in front off Yangon's embassy in Canada on Monday demanding the release of pro-democracy activist and 1991 Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who earlier went on trial at a Myanmar prison.

Supporters rally for Burma's Suu Kyi in Toronto
By John Bonnar|| May 20, 2009
Over 100 people participated in a global day of action at Queen’s Park on Monday in support of Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is accused of violating the terms of her house arrest by allowing a visitor to stay at her home without official permission.

Victoria Day protests planned for Suu Kyi and other Burmese political prisoners
By Charlie Smith| Georgia Straight| May 18, 2009
The group Canadian Friends of Burma will hold rallies in Vancouver, Toronto, and Ottawa today (May 18). The Vancouver gathering will take place at noon at Robson Square to call for the release of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and more than 2,000 other political protesters in Burma. She was arrested last week after an American man swam across a lake and entered her home.

A Nobler way to spend Victoria Day
By Kate Heartfield | Ottawa Citizen| 05-15-2009
As Tin Maung Htoo of Canadian Friends of Burma said when I spoke with him yesterday, this bizarre trick with Suu Kyi seems to be the way the junta is testing the limits of international tolerance, as they prepare for the "election" in 2010. CFOB is planning a protest in Ottawa for Monday, which is the day Suu Kyi's trial begins. The protest is planned for 1:30 pm at 85 Range Road (the Myanmar embassy).

Related News:
Canada renews calls for Aung San Suu Kyi release
OTTAWA (AFP) — Canada on Thhursday called on Myanmar to release all political prisoners, specifically naming pro-democracy activist and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.
"Our government is alarmed by the charges laid against Aung San Suu Kyi, and we call for her immediate release, along with all political prisoners in Burma," Canada's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Peter Kent said in the House of Commons.

American 'fool' lands Suu Kyi in trouble
By Olivia Ward| Toronto Star| May 15, 2009
Burma's opposition icon in jail after harbouring intruder who swam across lake to see her
"This latest attack on Daw Suu is a desperate attempt by an illegitimate regime to remove the National League for Democracy, and its leader, from the political scene in advance of next year's election," said Tin Maung Htoo, executive director of Canadian Friends of Burma, which plans protests in Toronto, Ottawa and other cities on Monday, the day she will be in court.

Trial of Burma's pro-democracy leader begins
CBC News | Monday, May 18, 2009
The court hearing the case of Burma's jailed pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi rejected a request Monday for an open trial that would have allowed the media and public to observe the proceedings.

Press Releases/Statements:
Canada Deeply Concerned Over New Charges Against Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi
May 14, 2009 (6:40 p.m. EDT) No. 131
Minister of Foreign Affairs issued a statement denouncing the continued, unlawful detention of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.〈=eng&docnum=131

Statement from Michael Ignatieff on the trial and detention of Aung San Suu Kyi
May 18, 2009
The unjustified trial and continued detention of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi serves as a stark reminder of the need for greater vigilance by all governments to protect and promote democratic freedoms and expression around the globe.

PFOB calls on ASEAN for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi
Parliamentary Friends of Burma (PFOB), calls on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), to join forces in attaining the release of Aung San Suu Kyi from the notorious Insein Prison.

CFOB Condemns Suu Kyi's Transfer to Insein, Protest planned in Ottawa
CFPB strongly condemns the Burmese military regime’s continued imprisonment of Suu Kyi and the ridiculous show trial that is set to transpire. We call for the immediate release of Suu Kyi and the release of the more than 2,000 other political prisoners jailed in Burma's gulags.
The Canadian Friends of Burma (CFOB) is federally incorporated, national non-governmental organization working for democracy and human rights in Burma since 1991.

Canadian Friends of Burma (CFOB)
145 Spruce St. Suite 206
Ottawa, ON   K1R 6P1
Tel: 613.237.8056
Mobile: 613.297.6835
Fax: 613.563.0017