Saturday, May 30, 2009

Daily Digest May 30, 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 -
Too little, too late 
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=256051&sc=80

CAPE BRETON POST -
Parties prescribe small cures 
http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=255903&sc=151

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Gasoline regulation: Pump some information
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1124779.html

Deficit shocker? The NDP case grows stronger
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1124613.html

All three parties target rural ridings
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1124615.html

Canada finds a true North leader
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1124734.html

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
We can no longer ignore pension crisis
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/longer+ignore+pension+crisis/1645426/story.html

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Not part of the game
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/part+game/1645569/story.html
 
AECL's meltdown
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/AECL+meltdown/1645570/story.html

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Feds fiddle while patients burn over lack of isotopes
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1590648

TORONTO STAR -
Isotope scramble: tale of two crises
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/642853

The rugby verdict
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/642852

GLOBE & MAIL -
Canada should use its Detroit foothold
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/canada-should-use-its-detroit-foothold/article1161370/

Gordon Campbell is right
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/gordon-campbell-is-right/article1161368/

NATIONAL POST -
Will glowing monkeys lead to perfect humans?
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1645003

Different rules for Israel
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1645004

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
No Dodge-ing it, Liberals need fiscal star
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/572807

K-W RECORD -
Soccer conduct was unacceptable
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/545201

SUDBURY STAR -
Boomerswith zip
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1591497

THUNDER BAY CHRONICLE JOURNAL -
Fluoridation Q&A
http://www.chroniclejournal.com/stories.php?id=189057

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Suffering cities pinch pennies
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/suffering-cities-pinch-pennies-46538777.html

The Charter protects all of us, right?
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/the-charter-protects-all-of-us-right-46538742.html

The myth of 'free' education
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/the-myth-of-free-education-46538727.html

Abundance of lousy parents makes drawing line tough
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/columnists/Abundance-of-lousy-parents-makes-drawing-line-tough-46542257.html

WINNIPEG SUN -
Governor General full of heart
http://www.winnipegsun.com/comment/editorial/2009/05/30/9623031-sun.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Bonus payment concept requires to be rethought
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/opinion/Bonus+payment+concept+requires+rethought/1645781/story.html
 
Plan wisely trashed
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/opinion/Plan+wisely+trashed/1641633/story.html
 
Bluster, rhetoric useless response to real problems
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/opinion/Bluster+rhetoric+useless+response+real+problems/1641634/story.html
 
CALGARY HERALD -
Jobless rate put in perspective
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=cc534640-e041-4289-bc82-e95a82658209
 
Parental rights: Whose kids are they, anyway?
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=4c6c7483-133f-4b77-acca-cbb8f842ba92

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Flaherty makes good CPP changes
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/editorials/Flaherty+makes+good+changes/1646912/story.html

Protect kids' rights Parental rights?
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/editorials/Protect+kids+rights+Parental+rights/1646913/story.html

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
No one seems able to manage debt                 
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/content/view/62681/56/

RED DEER ADVOCATE -
Two heroes with heart
http://www.albertalocalnews.com/reddeeradvocate/opinion/Two_heroes_with_heart_46480977.html

Koreans, Israelis and nukes
http://www.albertalocalnews.com/reddeeradvocate/opinion/Koreans_Israelis_and_nukes_46481277.html

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN -
Tortuous rhetoric
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/20090528194130/opinion/editorials/tortuous-rhetoric.html

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
RCMP failing public trust
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=222b5258-1644-47ee-b19a-e0f286bbd896
 
Better mileage welcome
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=728785aa-d416-487a-b309-fd630753c2b9

ICBC's privacy abuse part of pattern
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=55c76b42-376e-4357-99b1-a7c971d26548
 

ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS -          
Plan to arm border guards 'act of war,' native chief warns
http://www.canada.com/news/Plan+border+guards+native+chief+warns/1644252/story.html

Cash for native abuse victims slow to come
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=1640729


ANUSA/USACAN -
What passport? Rule surprises Bush, Clinton
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/642976

Tighter U.S. border risky to both sides
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/642951

Passport panic: Canada-U.S. border requirement kicks in Monday
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090530/national/border_passport


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS -
'We want to build Opel cars in Canada': Stronach
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/we-want-to-build-opel-cars-in-canada-stronach/article1161087/

Tech vets aim to save Nortel, build national web network
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Business/Tech+vets+save+Nortel+build+national+network/1645533/story.html


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
Toronto riding vacancy sparks buzz
http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/article/642924

Hudak loses support over human rights plan
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1644997


FEDERAL POLITICS -
The accidental election
Finance Minister worries minority government could fall 'by accident'.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/the-accidental-election/article1160959/

Rae calls for uniform rules for EI
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1644999

Premier of Saskatchewan joins push to alter EI
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/premier-of-saskatchewan-joins-push-to-alter-ei/article1161074/

Majority find it harder to follow leaders
http://www.ottawasun.com/news/canada/2009/05/30/9621291-sun.html

Spend less, but act to save jobs
http://www.ottawasun.com/news/canada/2009/05/30/9621281-sun.html

Political viewpoints often just theatre
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1124786.html


PROGRAMMES -
Proposed CPP changes could affect your golden years
http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=8de68795-ae54-4519-bc0a-570a7fea7d4b

McMaster gets cash for isotope production
http://www.healthzone.ca/health/article/642973


PRESSURE POINTS -
The uses of eco-OCD
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1645005

Enron's other secret
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1645006


OPINION AND INFORMATION -
Why we don't need to fear the bomb again
http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/642822

Post-graduate hangover
http://www.thestar.com/business/article/642879

Why our rainbow has a white top
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/642964

Back to school for journalism
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/642856

Fool's Gold: How the Bold Dream of a Small Tribe at J. P. Morgan Was Corrupted by Wall Street Greed and Unleashed a Catastrophe http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1645017

A scientist explains why your teen is out of control
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1645176

All Canadians to own part of ailing automakers
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=1643945

The Conservative revolution flies under the radar
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/05/27/john-ivison-the-conservative-revolution-flies-under-the-radar.aspx

American Sodomite: Official Videos of Torture and Rape Remain Sealed
http://www.pacificfreepress.com/news/1/4209-american-sodomite-official-videos-of-torture-and-rape-remain-sealed.html


INFOS -
Les partis devront limiter leurs promesses
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200905/29/01-861337-les-partis-devront-limiter-leurs-promesses.php

Le déficit pourrait être encore pire que prévu
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200905/29/01-860956-le-deficit-pourrait-etre-encore-pire-que-prevu.php

Stelmach réclame l'aide de tous les Canadiens
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/alberta/2009/05/30/001-ges_alberta_slemach_canadiens.shtml


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Gordon Campbell is right: YES or NO?

"When jobs are scarce everywhere, why should some Canadians have to work 700 hours to qualify for EI, while others are eligible after just 420 hours?" Campbells answer, in time of recession all unemployed should be treated equally regardless of location.

My view is he is correct.  He offers what is in the law as the minimum as opposed to the reduced Liberal number of hours.

 What arguments do you have either pro or con a nationwide 420 minimum to quaalify for EI Insurance bebefits?

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From: Peggy Merritt
Subject: re Phyliss Wagg and conservatism

Hi Joe:  All this intellectual analysis of Conservative politics is making my head hurt. The conservative movement in Canada was torn apart by the Preston Manning and the Reform party.  If Mr. Manning wanted to change the way the P.C. party of Canada was doing things why didn't he join the party and affect change? I ask that question because in our national political system in Canada two parties that claim to have the right side of politics as their mandate just would not work.  To bring change in a nation you have to win elections and that just wasn't going to happen as long as the two parties continued to exist. As the Conservative government of the day we have been given an economic situation that demanded  immediate action. Thank goodness our so-called inflexible Leader has recognized this and in spite of his distaste for deficits has forged ahead with an important effort to deal with the many unemployed citizens in this country.  Getting so-called shovel ready projects out the door has been a problem due to the slow moving public service but hopefully will creat some much needed employment. Many arm chair economists do not seem to have any other solutions

Another thing that has me perplexed is what responsible oversight have the fee paying automobile workers got from the CAW.  Did their union leader sit by and watch their pension plan being mismanaged by their employer? By the way what do they pay in unions dues?  And what is the salary of their Leader?  The Federal government is over a barrel on this one but as usual it's the guy at the bottom of the chain that gets it in the neck.  Thanks Joe  Peggy

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: CPP bosses on gravy train with MPs and Senators?

Why do the taxpayers of Canada think that this is the first time that we have been used and abused?  Why are we so upset about this proof that we are nothing but the font of all largesse for the more equal that 'govern' us.  Again with the 'arms length' garbage.  Why is the use and abuse of our money always 'arms length', with no one being held accountable for it's waste?  We are losing our pensions(including this forced payment of CPP) to the more equal--not just government but to auto industries, banks, etc. We pay for the majority of the MPs pensions and the Senators pensions and yet ours are not worth the paper they are written on.  Remember Paul Martin's employees at Voyageur Buslines?  They were told there was no pension money for them.  This after they had paid into it, some for for 25 years.  He got away with it but he is collecting his goldplated pension from the taxpayers of Canada.  This while he has his money in off-shore accounts and pays no Canadian taxes on it.
When do we wake up and say enough is enough?  When do we demand accountability of those we 'elect' to serve us rather than themselves.  When do we demand accountability for our tax dollars that have been absconded with by the more equal, who then state that it is 'arms length from government?  When will we the taxpayer be able to hold all government at arms length?
Becky

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From: "John Duddy"
Subject: Anthony Hall: George Bush and Bill Clinton Do Toronto

http://www.911blogger.com/node/20240/print

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Gordon Campbell is right
From Saturday's Globe and Mail, Saturday, May. 30, 2009 03:51AM EDT
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/gordon-campbell-is-right/article1161368/

Gordon Campbell, the British Columbia Premier, is among the least combative of Canada's provincial leaders. He is not prone to fits of pique against the federal government, like Newfoundland and Labrador's Danny Williams, or even sustained lobbying campaigns, like Ontario's Dalton McGuinty. So when Mr. Campbell complains that a key federal program is built upon a "faulty premise" that causes it to discriminate against Western Canadians, as he did on Thursday and in an opinion article yesterday in The Globe, he should be taken seriously.

Mr. Campbell's complaint about employment insurance is much the same as the one articulated by other provincial governments, most vocally Ontario's, and by the federal Liberals. He argues, reasonably, that narrower eligibility requirements in regions of the country with traditionally lower unemployment rates make little sense in the midst of a recession. When jobs are scarce everywhere, why should some Canadians have to work 700 hours to qualify for EI, while others are eligible after just 420 hours?

Unlike the federal opposition, which aims to score votes even in areas that already have the lowest eligibility requirements, Mr. Campbell is not calling on Ottawa to set a national requirement of 360 hours worked – a lower threshold than anywhere in the country. His proposal to set a flat rate of 420 hours is more sensible. He allows that a common eligibility standard could be set higher, if costs require it.

Considering how politically unpalatable it would be to raise the requirement in some parts of the country during the recession, the 420-hour standard seems the most logical short-term approach. Economists with the Toronto-Dominion Bank have estimated that it would cost about $800-million annually, and while it might result in higher premiums it would not likely add to the federal deficit after this year. Once the economy rebounded, the government would then need to either raise the flat rate or return to regional variations to avoid creating a disincentive to work in some areas.

In the grand scheme of Canada's recession response, the dispute over eligibility discrepancies that affect a small number of unemployed workers is fairly minor – too minor to force an election, as the federal Liberals continually (and somewhat fatuously) hint at doing. But those suffering the effects of the recession on the forestry sector in B.C., or the oil industry in Alberta, are no less deserving of support than people losing manufacturing or other jobs elsewhere. If Mr. Campbell's calls go unheeded, interregional tensions may needlessly be aggravated.

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