Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Daily Digest May 27, 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 -
Free Wiggles

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
Use your head, wear a helmet

CAPE BRETON POST -
Politicians ignore wild elephants

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
EI overhaul: Work it out on benefits

SAINT JOHN TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL -
Preserve equality before the law
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/opinion/article/680049

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
UN is quick to take meaningless action
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/quick+take+meaningless+action/1633718/story.html

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Criminal pandering
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Criminal+pandering/1633301/story.html

KINGSTON WHIG STANDARD-
Snail mail delivery needs an overhaul

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Blaming others won't maintain infrastructure

TORONTO STAR -
The hardening of the U.S. border

Korea's brazen threat

Ottawa's best way to breach the 'Buy America' barrier

  Patchy pensions leave too many exposed

  Canada's terrorist shoplifter

GLOBE & MAIL -

The habit of understatement
There is no Charter right to abuse

NATIONAL POST -

Thumbs on the scales of justice
It's not that simple
Let consumers drive reform

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
It's absurd' Harper won't reform EI
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/571978

ST. CATHARINES STANDARD -
  Dalton's like Teflon, nothing will stick

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW -
It's time Ontario had professional justices of the peace

K-W RECORD -
Education money will play vital role

WINDSOR STAR -
Parole board
http://www.windsorstar.com/opinion/editorials/Parole+board/1633462/story.html

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -

Reserve schools shell game
UN bares its gums
EI issue turns on principle of 'moral hazard'
So you think chiefs have it easy, eh?
Dhalla controversy underlines vulnerability of caregivers

CALGARY HERALD -
A boost for older workers

Nazi case could set bad precedent

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
Have your say on nuclear energy
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/content/view/61807/56/

RED DEER ADVOCATE -
Canada's immigration system is broken

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN -
A brief history of General Motors Corp.

VANCOUVER SUN -
Your home is not as safe for your kids as you may think

China's environmental hot air and hypocrisy

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Parties squabble, jobless suffer

A baffling complacency on the isotope crisis


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS -          
Native residential school survivors mark national healing day with ceremony to burn away their anger, pain


AF-PAK PROBLEM -

Canadians could need U.S. protection in Afghanistan
Wanted: Project evaluator. Location: Afghanistan. Salary: Big bucks


CANADIAN FORCES -

We can't answer the battle cry

Our infantry ranks are so diminished that Canada's combat role in Afghanistan has to end


CANUSA/USACAN -
Cyber security new arms race: Safety minister
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090527/national/border_security

U.S. security czar softens stand on border

Professors Napolitano and Van Loan conduct a seminar


U.S. to involve Canada in assessing terror risks

FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
Identity Politics Keeps Its Seat On High Court
http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=328229296956106

Canada 'very close' to inking nuclear deal with India: Day
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090527/national/cda_india_nuclear

Outside Canada, with an outside chance
Citizenship is no guarantee the government can protect you in foreign nations


JUSTICE SYSTEM -
Troubled addicts are getting clean with court-ordered rehab but the program's cost has some worried about the future


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
Ont. moving ahead with cap-and-trade because Ottawa, Obama too slow: McGuinty
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090527/national/ont_cap_and_trade

Tory MPP testifies Ottawa mayoral candidate told her about offer to rival
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090527/national/crime_ottawa_mayor_trial

Alberta defends giving parents the right to pull kids from sex or religion lessons
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090527/national/alta_classroom_rights

Ont.'s deficit not expected to balloon over auto aid, McGuinty says
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090527/national/ont_deficit

Ont. health agency scrutinized for contract tendering practices

Put harmonized sales tax to a vote: Hillier

Second choice in Tory race suits Klees fine ... for now


FEDERAL POLITICS -
Define policy in Quebec - not just Ignatieff in ads, ex-Tory MP says
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090527/national/tories_quebec

$50 billion deficit? Harper says he's willing to spend more if needed
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090527/national/federal_deficit_economy
NOOSE TIGHTENS AROUND KENNEY'S NECK?

About those tapes

About those tapes (II)


Liberals gleefully label Flaherty 'fifty-billion-dollar man'


Deficit means years of restraint ahead

Hate to say I told you 50000000000

PROGRAMMES -

Ottawa seeking buyers for AECL's nuclear branch


Ottawa seeks newspaper tobacco ad ban
New medical marijuana rules 'slap in face'

Ottawa plans major changes at AECL
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090527/chalk_river_090527/20090527?hub=Canada

Canadians apply for passports in droves, but documents moving out on time
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090527/national/passport_border

Canada poised to take stake in ailing GM

Manning to Harper: Clarify how government divvies up research cash

Afghan mission price tag growing


PRESSURE POINTS -
Judge slams CSIS actions in Harkat terror case
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090527/national/terror_harkat

Seed strains for swine flu vaccine sent out to pharmaceutical companies


OPINION AND INFORMATION -
Vikings visited Canadian Arctic, research suggests

Defiant Jean defends participation in seal ritual

Canadian index allows investors to follow Shariah law


DON'T BLAME IT ON THE ECONOMY
No summer election, despite alpha-male posturing
Chalk River crisis? What crisis?
Incompetence or malice?


In the Finance Minister's case, the issue is credibility
A new way to help the jobless

EI issue turns on principle of 'moral hazard'
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/ei-issue-turns-on-principle-of-moral-hazard-46214362.html

Some perspective on EI
http://www.cfrb.com/node/934651

Conservatives should go back to what works in Quebec
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Conservatives+should+back+what+works+Quebec/1633732/story.html

EI threatens to backfire on Liberals
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/640984


INFOS
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Passeports Canada est inondé par les demandes
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/national/200905/27/01-860481-passeports-canada-est-inonde-par-les-demandes.php

Stéphane Dion a été injustement traité par CTV


Ignatieff réclame la tête de Flaherty
Le Bloc reprend la tête au Québec
Le plus important déficit de l'histoire


L'opposition veut la tête de Flaherty
Une motion pour forcer la main d'Ottawa
Les libéraux veulent légiférer
Les conservateurs ne seront pas accusés
Ottawa défend son entente
Des prévisions trop optimistes

Le déficit de 50 milliards $ ne serait que le début des mauvaises nouvelles
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090527/N0527144AU.html

Stéphane Dion a été injustement traité par le réseau CTV, d'après le CCNR
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090527/N0527200AU.html

Le cybercrime est la nouvelle course à l'armement, selon Van Loan
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090527/N052736AU.html

Le projet de loi sur le bilinguisme à la Cour suprême franchit une étape
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090527/N0527194AU.html


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A MIXED BAG, HOPEFULLY OF GOODIES

Faced with massive numbers of articles 35 editorial page, 85 issues there just wasn't enough time for regular structuring.  Little can be accomplished during the day whilst spending time with a four year and eighteen month old.

This link Debate intensifies over independent think-tank's report on copyright is a continuation of data indicating conclusions are at times based upon selective citing of information available.

Should you have time and interest in the root causes of developments in the Twntieth Century the following video is very worth your whikle.

What is interesting to me is this.: will in the future 9/11 be viewed as being of a similar world changing event?

         Joe
The Six Months That Changed the World
http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/629.html

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From: "Phyllis Wagg"
Subject: Fiscal Conservatism

I have listened today to journalists such as Jane Taber and Peter Mansbridge refer to the new Conservatives as fiscal conservatives.  Why has it been so difficult to educate the media to the fact that the new Conservative Party was never a fiscal conservative party and the huge and growing deficit is not surprising to someone who understood that basic fact?
 
If you look back at Stephen Harper's speeches during the merger period you will discover that he characterized the party as a coalition of four factions in a specific hierarchy:  economic conservatives, social conservatives, democratic reformers, and red Tories. 
 
Those who equated economic with fiscal conservatism made a fundamental error.  Economic conservatism believes in the support and protection of the economic hierarchy.  It supports wealth concentration and rejects anything, either via a natural process or by government intervention, that might potentially redistribute wealth.
 
Fiscal conservatives would not have taken the same direction as the new Conservative government.  They would have maintained the emergency reserves that the former Liberal administration had created.  They would not have cut taxes and then gone on the largest spending spree in Canadian history.  They would not have ignored the impending recession and spent millions of dollars on a useless election.
 
Fiscal conservatives would concentrate on spending the money more wisely as the economy turned sour and priorities might be quite different.  For example, programs such as the $500 million for the renewal of aging hockey arenas, soccer fields, and recreation centres would more likely be seen as a program for good economic times.
 
Infrastructure spending, while no doubt needed, is an inefficient means of helping workers who have lost their jobs.  It may provide a windfall for construction companies and other contractors and prevent some job losses in those sectors but will do little to get others, such as those in manufacturing, back to work.  It might impact the GDP but not alleviate the suffering of families that cannot afford food or housing.
 
Amassing more and more debt to protect the current economy will not encourage economic adaptation and change.  Unfortunately, this government is neither progressive nor fiscally conservative but a new and different government with priorities based on theory rather than reality.

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From: The Natroses

Hi Joe,
To Phyllis:

I became aware of think tanks studies quite a few years ago, but the problem extends much further than think tanks. If you take a look at who is on the boards of think tanks, and the other members who contributes to studies, any study will already have a built in bias, in favour of big business and certain political ideologies. Consultants hired to do research and studies of various areas from health, education to transportation, by governments, I believe are nothing more and just another version of a think tank, with only one or two people. The reports often coming from consultants who are being paid big dollars, the reports can be predicted ahead of time to favour the status-quo and government stance on issues. When one looks at the report/study, the research that is often used are cherry-picked and sometimes outdated, to engineered a particular outcome. As a result, the impact on government policy, are in most cases made in favour of keeping the status-quo or if major changes are recommended, the changes are cherry-picked to reflect or give an illusion that the health or education department is doing something on issues such as accessing medical services or special education services.

The other problem in Canada is general public access to scientific-based research, either free or paid access. The paid access, is reserve for members only and generally people who work within the particular field. As for free, there is very little of it and what there is - is not very good research or it is very old. This is opposite of United States, where fields like education or health most scientific-based research is relatively easy to access by the general public, including non-residents of the U.S. This problems makes it difficult for ordinary people to object to any study produced from a think tank, consultants when Canadians have limited access to research that is Canadian-based.

A important point to keep in mind, when governments, think tanks, and other organizations such as the Canadian Principle's Association; it is in their best interest to keep scientific-based research out of the hands of the general public. If the general public had easy access to this research, there would be a massive shift in education and health concerns, where the public would no longer accept the status-quo of  the institutions and policies that are based on and operate on the same level as a big private corporation. It is where people are no longer individuals, but have become widgets, where only one particular widget will be service. The ones that do not meet the norm, will received and access various sub-levels of service. The places that you see this and is rampant, is in education and health, where you will find different access for people depending on the criteria that is set by the bean-counters, who happen to work for governments

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Subject: Thousands of Canadians taxed on 'phantom income'
From: "Efstratios Psarianos"

Eh, what? The article below alludes to a 'little-know loophole' in Canada's tax legislation. Seems to me that the concept of 'taxable benefit' (or whatever this thing would be called) is very well-known?
 
The way I understand it, every time one receives something of value and that's not a gift (according to tax legislation) or an inheritance, one is considered to have received 'income' or an 'income equivalent'. For example, a company's contribution to collective medical plan for its employees is taxed as an 'income equivalent' to the employees. Simple.
 
So these fellows get 'free' shares and they're surprised that they get taxed for them? What gives? Plus, they can claim capital losses for their stock's loss in value.
 
I sympathize with the folks who got stuck with this: they were given something that's not cash, they have to pay cash now, and they have to borrow that cash to pay tax on their freeby stock. Thing is, though, they could've shift some of their shares into RRSPs, spread their capital losses over several years (including the previous three, I believe), etc., etc., which will reduce their tax bill. Still, this must have come as an unpleasant surprise.
 
Stratos
 
P.S. Moral of the story: think about the consequences of what you're doing; and ignorance of the law is no excuse as far as Revenue Canada is concerned.
 
Thousands of Canadians taxed on 'phantom income'
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/cbc/090526/canada/canada_britishcolumbia_bc_phantomincome_11

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From: "Suan H.Booiman"
To: "Montreal Gazette" <ethompson@thegazette.canwest.com>
Subject: Quebec

May 27, 2009
 
The Editor of the Gazette,
 
Giving up on Quebec is not an option
 
Responding to your editorial.
 
Of course reading this one should not be surprised that coming from Quebec,
for me and many others that follow Canadian politicise saying "Good bye"
is long overdue. First kick the Bloc out of the House, than stop sending
brown envelops from Ottawa to buy votes. Tell Quebec City to proof that
their Pétain style Government can handle their own affairs as they claim.
Before doing so set the borders as to what the State of Quebec really looks
like, a small country along the Lawrence River.
 
Time to face reality, without the Rest of the Country it is zero.
 
Suan H.Booiman
White Rock BC

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Subject: Hopelessly unfit for Office - Deficit "the goal of returning to surplus in 2013-14" "nearly 50% upward revision"
From: Robert Ede

Dear Paul Vieira/ Nicolas Van Praet, Editors,
Re: Flaherty sees deficit rising to $50-billion - Minister blames recession, aid to automakers
 
In my view, Every MP who did not vote against the preposter-osity of the Harper/Flaherty Budget of Jan2009 is either "hopelessly stupid or unfit for their office"
 
It was a fanciful misrepresentation then and today's "news" only confirms it.
 
Robert Ede

Thornhill On

Subject: Fixed Election date of October 19, 2009
 
Dear Editor
 
The speculative talk about the (im)probability of a purposeful Opposition defeat of the Harper government, only reminds me of Mr Harper's abandonment of his Fixed 4yr, election dates legislation ( Cda Elections Act, Part 5 Section 56.1) which specified an Election on October 19 this year.
 
Robert Ede,

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From: "Rene Moreau" <rtmoreau@sympatico.ca>
Subject: The root of all war
http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/628.html

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