Thursday, June 11, 2009

Daily Digest June 10, 2009



A perpetual lack of funds

What is the hangup?

Revisiting the deal with Ocean Choice

Cautious NDP claims its prize

Hurricane Darrell

Careless words: Raitt tape fallout

Give us the best of 'worst form of government'

Cautious NDP?claims its prize

Trade limits hurt taxpayers

Picking fights is no way to help Quebec

Canada in the driver's seat

Don't trade away human rights

We need a new research reactor


Next logical step in war on plastic bags

Famous last word on streetcar deal?

A not so 'sexy' crisis

An index of wellbeing

There's more to life than GDP 

Those f - - - ing Tories

Sri Lanka discredits itself

NAFTA did its best to help

Outrage instead of policy

Let the inquiry inquire

Twelve vetted men


Harper's gang tripping over their tongues

eHealth must be probed 

Handle stimulus funding wisely 

Too many people still waiting too long 

When will we ever be 'ready' for inevitable?

Can we learn to emphasize without swearing?

Raitt is damaged, but remarks are no meltdown -

Raitt's offence is ambition

Drug law a bummer

Ignatieff's shift right angers Grits

Party financing law invites fraud

'Public sector leap frog' continues apace

Lisa Raitt should be shown the gate

Oh, fuddle duddle

Small businesses big on training

Walking the hot air talk


No wonder our police are frustrated

: 65 years later, D-Day still matters

Tories must focus on isotopes
Unfairly nameless

350 delegates here for cancer conference.

Fuelling public cynicism

Budget delay bad for B.C.

The real e-health scandal

$600 million later, nothing is the same

Why I don't care if my mayo is Canadian

Health woes soared after exchange closed


Manitoba native leaders say they are in 'pandemic mode' as flu hits hard

Revamped truth forum finally underway having already cost $3 million

' Taliban Relying More On Homemade Bombs

New U.S. commander in Afghanistan approved by Senate

US to bring Afghan mission into line

Skilled Afghans flee in hope of a better future
Deusche Presse-Agentur (06/10/2009)
Pakistan put on the spot
Asia Times (06/10/2009)
Poppies and peace
Tribune, Book Review (06/10/2009)
Wars of necessity and choice
United Press International (06/10/2009)
Support for Taliban dives among British Pashtuns
Reuters (06/10/2009)
Contractor oversees security guards in Afghanistan
The Associated Press (06/10/2009)
U.S. general aims to shake up Afghan war with new team
Reuters (06/10/2009)
Tough competition emerges as Afghan presidential election approaching
Xinhua (06/10/2009)

U.S., Canada look to ease "Buy American" flap

World Bank joins Buy American battle

Day seeks 'immediate' solution to U.S. trade row

Canada says plans to set up market for carbon

Forest industry says it needs quick response to US pulp subsidy ...

Ottawa plans $1-billion boost for forestry
Proposed aid package meant to soften blow of U.S. subsidies;
deal will promote green power projects to prevent trade retaliation


Gloomy Canada data show crisis

Chrysler plants to reopen

Reform before revolt in today's China 

Keni Su'a might be alive today were it not for the revolving door justice system and the limits of the Criminal Code

Alberta Justice can't find Chinese company charged in deaths of 2 foreign workers

Caplan must go

Parents' voice to be silenced

EHealth needed closer supervision, McGuinty admits

Privacy commissioner launches probe of jury screenings

Buy American battle fostering unity among Canadian politicians, Day says

eHealth's golden parachute

Immigration Minister: If Quebec can do it, Canada can do it too

Senator Duffy to interview PM for stimulus update

Harper to try save government with 'good' report on stimulus spending

Tories on a downslope in support in key areas: poll

Raitt-gate misses the point
The focus should be on what the Tories are doing about the medical isotope issue,
not whether the Natural Resources minister should resign

Raitt fears on recording she'll get blamed by prime minister for budget leak

Raitt says sorry for 'sexy' cancer comment

Lisa Raitt's apology was too long in the making

Isotopes and Al Capone
Canada getting out of isotope business: PM (103) comments.

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Canada getting out of isotope game: Harper

Canada to eventually stop making medical isotopes

Canada getting out of isotope game, Harper says

Canada getting out of isotope business, Harper says Multimedia Display of CAN's Work in AFG Announced Before Outside Vendor Hired to Schlep It Across CAN

Feds unveil plans for carbon market

New inspectors not dedicated to meat plants

Ottawa spends $65 million to help Atlantic lobster fishermen with low prices Ottawa to seek biometric data on visitors

Rights commission rejects calls to stop investigating online hate

Ottawa will take no action over Vale's Sudbury cutbacks, Clement says

The Harper government has not done its job, the experts lament =

Canadian content a big chip in network wars

What should we do with our car company?

Double-O standard dooms Russian dad

A Russian refugee claimant's fate is left to the whim of a single person. How fair is that?

Potboiler in Ottawa produces a pretty thin gruel

The abortion issue we're ignoring


Lisa Raitt should be shown the gate

Le Canada va se retirer de la production d'isotopes médicaux, dit Harper

Les propos de Lisa Raitt continuent à faire des vagues malgré ses excuses

Harper: l'entente de libre-échange avec la Colombie est un puissant message

Ottawa réagit avec véhémence à l'expulsion de Bob Rae du Sri Lanka

Le gouvernement du NPD de la N-E ne répétera pas les erreurs de l'Ontario

Ottawa franchit un pas vers l'établissement d'un marché national du carbone

Les conservateurs sont en perte de vitesse dans une région-clé de l'Ontario

La crédibilité de Brian Mulroney est sérieusement mise en doute

La Commission de vérité et de réconciliation a déjà coûté environ 3 M $

Ottawa verse 65 millions $ pour aider les pêcheurs de homards de l'Atlantique

Stephen Harper continue de défendre sa ministre des Ressources naturelles

Pénurie d'isotopes: catastrophe appréhendée

Harper opposé à tout protectionnisme

Ignatieff promet des juges bilingues

Lisa Raitt présente ses excuses

Droits de la personne
Le Canada rejette des recommandations de l'ONU


Canada is on its way out of the medical isotope business.

Harper made the announcement yesterday, but did not explain which countries would become producers, how willing they would be to sell their isotopes to Canadian hospitals, or when the transition would happen.

Do you agree or disagree with the decision to take Canada out of the medical isotope business?

US to bring Afghan mission into line

In a three-pronged approach, control over combat operations, Afghan military and police training and civilian reconstruction efforts, will be centralised, with US Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal overseeing the effort.
However the three missions will be given separate command structures to avoid overlap.

In which "cmmand structure" would you have Canadian Forces be placed?


From: "Anne Dickinson"

Hi -
Flat out hypocrisy  defines this government and this prime minister.
"Cheap politics", says Mr Harper.and, it has to be said,this is a man who knows all there is  to know
about cheap politics.
Just imagine what the Harperite negative admen/spin doctors would have made of the recorded
comments of Ms Raitt had these remarks been made by a political opponent.
There was much wailing from Harper supporters when his own former remarks and
opinions were referenced when
he became leader of the Conservative party.
 The convictions that  had defined his public life  were not to be mentioned as that was considered vilifying him.
However, no soon did he hit Parliament Hill than the tone of debate in the House of Commons became degraded by the Harper claque and their hyper partisan games. Negative adds and character assassination became the order of the day..
And this is the man who has the brass to complain of "cheap politics".

From: Peter Coleman

Hi Joe!

Did you know McMaster University is being given several millions to restart their nuclear reactor to act as back-up to Chalk River? It was shut down over 10 years ago before I retired from there.

Peter Coleman

The National Citizens Coalition

Your Morning Smile
When you open the paper in the morning we are constantly bombarded with negative stories about the economy, silly fighting in Ottawa over lost files, tape recordings and items that are just not of much interest to Canadians who are worried about their jobs and making ends meet. Every once in a while you read a story that just makes you laugh out loud.

The headline this morning was "Sri Lanka Deports Canadian MP (Bob Rae)". You can read the story here. I thought for a second that I must have been dreaming. I thought the headline read Bob Rae deported to Sri Lanka- now that would have been a real story. No doubt there would are a lot of folks from Ontario that would have loved to see that happen during his term as Premier of Ontario!

With all that is going on in Ottawa right now one would think that this kind of expenditure is not something that the average Canadian taxpayer would approve of. We are not in a position to voice any opinions as to a tough struggle in a foreign country, but I think that most would agree that the Sri Lankan government definitely got this one right!

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Visit the Comment section above.  I put on a contray one.
From: The Natroses

Hi again, Excellent article on Why this Crisis May be the Best Chance to Build a New Economy. Its a keeper, and to be used when other folks defend the status quo when it comes to our financial and economy systems. Too bad, the benefits of a value-based operating system would eliminate many of the social problems that many people are dealing with today.  Pressure and stress relating to work, paying the bills that are necessary to live, and having the extra money to pay for much needed things like drugs, dentist bills or even a car repair bill. I would add one thing, to his article is our goods that are produced should not be the disposable kind, where today as consumers we are purchasing items to replace on a more frequent basis, because the item no longer works, or is in such a state of disrepair. Our society would be a much more healthy bunch, and would have a reduce need on health services.

On Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 11:56 AM, The Natroses <> wrote:

Hi Joe,
To Jacob, in response to comments made on the recent posting of Mark-Alan on daycare and personal work that is done by parents on behalf of their children. I know where Mark is coming from, and any parent with a special needs child would know and agree with the comments. Your comments come from a teacher perspective, and you miss the point. By assuming that day care, or even the public education system have the best interests, are are able and willing to look after children, keeping in mind the individual needs and learning styles of the children. I have found, that unionized day care and schools do not come close to meeting the needs of children, that cannot be adapted or molded into their programs, curriculum, and one-sized-fits-all approaches. Such practices as not allowing children to colour on colouring sheets in day-care, because it stifles creativity. An approach one of many,  that is used, and mandated when government bureaucrats are involve in the pre-school programs of private or public daycare, non-profit or profit and unionized or non-unionized operations. I will say, many of the approaches that are being used are based on garbage science and worse yet many are used to justified cost-savings on the backs of our children. The children who suffer the most, are the children who do not meet the norm, under very very narrow parameters. This includes my child, where her learning difficulties requires an individual approach with intensive direct teaching. Translation, explicit teaching, lots of drills, intense practices to overcome her learning problems. According to the school officials that I had the dubious pleasure of dealing with, children should only be given the opportunity and resources and it is left up to the child to decide if they want to know more or practice more. If the child fails to learn, the fault than lies with the parent or in many cases the child. Have you ever told a parent, it is their responsibility to teach a child to read?  Have you told a parent, that it is not within the school's mandate to provide extra practice on areas that a child is experiencing learning difficulties? Have you told a parent, that it is not my job, when it comes to areas where the behaviour of the child, is the result of teaching practices?  I have, and where it is found often are in the unionized places that handled children. Many parents of special needs children, will agree with me. What Mark is saying, that parents are not held in high-esteem in today's society. Parents of special-needs children feel and experienced the negatively on a daily basis, where our own parenting skills are in doubt, from those who have degrees or are certified to look after and teach our children. Often teacher colleges, daycare courses and other degrees that relate to children, the people come out of the teaching institutions with a narrow perspective of how children learn, adapt and develop. Parents of special needs children are the ones that meets this head-on from infancy to school-aged. As parents we are not respected for our knowledge and skills handling of our special needs children, and to make it worse there is subtle undercurrents coming from people who are in fields that handles daycare and education, that our children are being written off as damage, and therefore do not have the merit of spending the time, capital and resources where improvements are slow and sometimes tedious. Whereas the parents of special needs children, are parents that will never write off their own children. We celebrate the little victories, and in time the little victories will build up and sometimes overcome the difficulty. We become experts at wearing different hats, and in so doing we are showing our children important life lessons, but unionized places such as schools do not like parents like us, because it reflects the failure of those places on reaching and making sure each and every child meets their potential. As for my own personal situation, the reason for the education system in not getting the proper help for my child has taken on 180 degree turn. In the early grades, reasons given that she was only capable of getting at best a C average, due to her learning disability. Now that she is a honour student due to all the hard work taking place at home, the reason given now for not giving her much needed help in writing is her grades are too good, and does not meet the criteria, even though she has been identified and has an assigned IEP and an identified learning disability.

Mark would agree with me, that there is nothing worse than a school or even a daycare operation making an assumption that it was their teaching, time spent on the child that made all the difference in the world, and parents are seen as being difficult, where their knowledge, skills, and parenting skills are discounted. If I had left it up to our public education system, my child would have failed at least one grade, and be at high-risk for dropping out of school. Parents of special needs children do not receive the respect, nor are we held in high-esteem when it comes to our knowledge regarding our children. But what is worse, and is found throughout society is how we all strive to become one another, and differences are not celebrated or are frown upon.

A link provided, on the latest education initiative being done in Alberta. I have been face with this already, but the sad truth it is a cover to force children of learning disabilities to adapt and avoid costs relating to the unique individual's learning needs. That responsibility will fall on the backs of parents, and once more schools are off the hook in addressing the needs of special needs children in the classroom.

Subject: Brian's Clock
From: "Efstratios Psarianos"

Brian's Clock

 A man died and went to Heaven.

 As he stood in front of the Pearly Gates, he saw a huge wall of clocks behind him. He asked, 'What are all those clocks?'

St. Peter answered, 'These are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on earth
 has a Lie-Clock. Every time you lie, the hands on your clock move.'

'Oh', said the man. 'Whose clock is that?' He pointed to one.

'That's Mother Teresa's', replied St. Peter.. 'The hands have never moved, indicating that she never told a lie.'

'Incredible', said the man. 'And whose clock is that one?' He pointed again.

St. Peter responded, 'that's Abraham Lincoln's clock: the hands have moved twice, telling us that Abraham told only two lies in his entire  life.'

'Where's Brian Mulroney?s clock?' Asked the man.

St Peter replied, 'Jesus has it in his office. He uses it as a ceiling fan.'

Is MBM the only politician of this nature? Perhaps there might be suggestions made of backups?
From: Kenn Whiten

 The Wildrose Alliance 2009 AGM Sets the Stage for the Party's Leadership Race



















We need a new research reactor
Eighteen months after the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) briefly shut down the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor in Chalk River over a regulatory issue -- precipitating an international medical isotope crisis that led to parliamentary hearings and much soul-searching within government -- we find ourselves right back in the same situation with no sign of a commitment to a long-term solution.

The NRU reactor in Chalk River was shut for repairs on May 19. This shutdown is causing a world shortage of Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), a key medical isotope, because NRU was producing nearly half of the world's supply. Mo-99 cannot be stockpiled as it has a half-life of slightly less than three days. The Mo-99 from NRU is used in 18,000 medical diagnostic procedures every day, yet its production is totally dependent on a 52-year-old facility that is long overdue for replacement.

But securing Canada's medical isotope supply is only one reason Canada urgently needs to replace this aging NRU reactor.

Canada's expertise in all three missions of the NRU reactor is jeopardized by both the current shutdown and the continued uncertainty over the future of the facility. Those missions are: (1) materials research using neutron beams, (2) nuclear energy R&D, and (3) the production of medical isotopes. We urgently need to construct a national laboratory that would surpass the NRU reactor in all of those missions. The science community that uses the neutron beams in Chalk River has published its vision for a concept facility called the Canadian Neutron Centre (CNC). The CNC would be based around a multipurpose research reactor that would draw on the NRU reactor's long successful history, while taking full advantage of advances in technology and safety measures.

Building a facility like the CNC is not just an issue of medical isotopes, nor is it an issue of the future of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL), which owns and operates the NRU reactor. It is much broader than that.

The CNC would be a major piece of national infrastructure for science and industry. It is needed to keep Canadian science and industry competitive for the next 50 years. It would support a broad range of fundamental and applied research; it would secure the future of Canada's $5-billion-a-year nuclear industry; and it would ensure a stable supply of medical isotopes, contributing to the health of tens of thousands of Canadians every year and underpinning Canada's $350-million-a-year isotope industry.

The neutron beam portion of the CNC alone would be an excellent fit with Canada's science and technology strategy because it would support a wide spectrum of basic research, while contributing significantly to all four of Canada's priority areas for research (environment, energy, health and information technologies).

Scientists from all over Canada use neutron beams at Chalk River for diverse research programs. Examples of recent research include hydrogen storage and advanced battery materials for greener vehicles, safety enhancement of components in CANDU power plants and the improvement of nuclear fuels, targeted drug delivery systems for medical diagnosis and treatment, and novel materials which promise innovations in electronics, the backbone of the information and communication technologies industry.

Canada also needs the nuclear science portion of the CNC to develop advanced nuclear technologies and for efficient economic operation of Canada's aging fleet of CANDU power plants. In 1983, for example, research at the NRU reactor helped avoid a two-year shutdown of Pickering Units 3 and 4 over safety concerns, which would have caused the loss of $800 million in electricity revenues.

The isotope research and production component of the CNC presents an opportunity both to solve the long-term isotope crisis and also to develop new isotopes for medical diagnosis and treatment. While securing the medical isotope supply is a global issue, Canada's immediate need to invest in a stable reactor source of isotopes for the long term is inescapable.

Building a replacement reactor takes many years. The time to move forward is now. The worst thing that we could do is to repeat the mistake made 18 months ago and do nothing, condemning us to lurch from crisis to crisis until it is finally too late to act. The time is right to engage the National Research Council (NRC), which oversaw the original NRU project, and provide the mandate and funding to lead an inter-agency group with a deadline of six months from today to come forward with a plan for implementation of the new Canadian Neutron Centre.

Dominic Ryan is a professor of physics at McGill University and president of the Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering.

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