Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Daily Digest June 17, 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 -
Notes? Like, d'uh 

CAPE BRETON POST -
Just do it

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - []
Iran's vote not free, or fair

Calgary paper recycles stereotype

SAINT JOHN TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL -
Iran's next revolution
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/opinion/article/701713

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Grandstanding isn't leadership
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/Grandstanding+leadership/1703298/story.html
 
India and Pakistan give cause for optimism
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/India+Pakistan+give+cause+optimism/1703299/story.html

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Rights revisited
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/editorials/Rights+revisited/1703503/story.html
 
Ignatieff's identity crisis
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/editorials/Ignatieff+identity+crisis/1703504/story.html
 
Standing up to the mullahs
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/editorials/Standing+mullahs/1700132/story.html

KINGSTON WHIG STANDARD-
PM should lend voice to Sir John A. video

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Canada must place more emphasis on the past

TORONTO STAR -
Small comfort in isotope crisis

Netanyahu's conversion

GLOBE & MAIL -
Less than a peace process
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/less-than-a-peace-process/article1185076/

Solid, a bit too solid
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/solid-a-bit-too-solid/article1185075/

NATIONAL POST -
Worth a shot
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=1702895

TORONTO SUN -

Ontario rolls the dice on new tax plan

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
Kindergarten could be McGuinty's legacy

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW -
GM RETIREE WASN'T ONLY ONE WHO WORKED HARD

K-W RECORD -
Bailouts often have unintended consequences 

SUDBURY STAR -
Harper, Ignatieff must work out disagreements

THUNDER BAY CHRONICLE JOURNAL -
Know your food, where it's from

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Avoiding vote during summer a wise choice
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/opinion/Avoiding+vote+during+summer+wise+choice/1703776/story.html

CALGARY HERALD -
Canada's history should be basic learning

GM driven to self-destruction

EDMONTON SUN -
Mandatory minimums plan foolish
http://www.edmontonsun.com/comment/editorial/2009/06/17/9822606-sun.html
 
LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
Snowbirds deserve healthy set of wings
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/content/view/68593/56/

RED DEER ADVOCATE -
Outcome in Mulroney-Schreiber case hazy 

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN -
Help is on the way

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
It's time to scale back those stimulus plans


ISSUES

AF-PAK PROBLEM -
' AP Sources: Better Training Urged In Afghan Probe', 

U.S.: McChrystal Looks to Spin Afghan Civilian Deaths Problem


CANADIAN FORCES -
Defence minister asked to take lead on PTSD: Commons committee

Army Secretly Armed Security Guards At Afghan Base With Rifles and Uniforms',

Canada completes secret mission to produce maps of Afghanistan
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1702880


CANUSA/USACAN -
$1-billion renewable fuel grant to pulp mills draws threat from U.S. lumber lobby

Federal aid to pulp-paper industry draws praise, criticism

 U.S., Canada agree to organic food trade standard


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS -
Emerging powers try to wean themselves off U.S. dollars

Text-message markup 4,900%: expert

Cod fishery to reopen despite supply concerns

EI system needs stable funding: think-tank
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1702914


FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
Another cold war
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1702953


HEALTH CARE RELATED -
Canadian docs to stop automatic C-sections for breech babies

Risk factors for severe swine flu a wide umbrella under which many stand: experts


JUSTICE SYSTEM -
Tories propose paying prisoners to reform

Amendments to put cons on tighter leash

Human rights boss turns guns on critics
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/06/17/canadian-human-rights-commission-head-assails-critics-as-unbalanced-unfair-misinformed.aspx

Canada must do more to curb human trafficking: report
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090617/trafficking_report_090617/20090617?hub=Canada

A retired judge is his grain of salt in the debate on bilingualism
http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090617/N0617198AU.html&sl=fr&tl=en&history_state0=


MIGRATION -
UN ranks Canada fifth as global refugee host
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1702891


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
Canada's western premiers gather in Yukon to look for ways out of recession

Starting militia to resolve disputes in Caledonia a 'dumb idea': minister

Raising kids properly means one parent at home, Alta. minister says

Williams defends himself after accusing N.L. radio show host of spreading 'crap'

Ontario tightens rules for use of consultants

Hudak believes ghost of Harris won't scare away voter support

  Frank Klees: Immigrant son to Tory leader? 

Expect fights in the daycare 

McGuinty to pledge cash for Toronto streetcar deal
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/mcguinty-to-pledge-cash-for-toronto-streetcar-deal/article1186377/

Klees wants policy from grassroots


FEDERAL POLITICS -
PROGRAMMES -
Air Canada loan may be dangerous precedent: critics

Feds to give cops Internet-snooping powers

MPs punt fee-for-carriage issue back to federal regulator

Tories shuffle senior bureaucrats

Claw back pension exec's bonuses: MPs

Canada mum on hired-gun policy

Listeria probe to call for inquiry, Public Health overhaul 

MPs battle bureaucrats over IT project tape secrecy

Government isotope response inadequate, doctors say

Expert Touts Solution To Isotope Crisis

Bill to protect foreign workers revived


PRESSURE POINTS -
Decision-based evidence making

MIT's unscientific, catastrophic climate forecast

300,000 non-deaths
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1702904

MIT's unscientific, catastrophic climate forecast
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1702906


OPINION AND INFORMATION -
Conservative party should spend summer on 'big think'

The Commons: Who is this man?

Copyright report 'lacked sufficient balance': Conf. Board

Not yet a post-racial society

Honeymoon may be over for Liberal leader

Ottawa's EI love-in will be short-lived

Ignatieff talks self off ledge
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1702834

Why press freedom trumped privacy rights
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1127620.html

The Chalk River mess has left AECL's reputation in meltdown mode
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/the-chalk-river-mess-has-left-aecls-reputation-in-meltdown-mode/article1184592/


INFOS -
Ignatieff et Harper s'entendent pour éviter des élections estivales
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090617/N0617170AU.html

Accord canado-américain sur les produits biologiques
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Economie-Affaires/2009/06/17/002-Canada-Etats-Unis-bio.shtml

Ignatieff prépare ses troupes pour novembre
http://www.ledevoir.com/2009/06/18/255597.html

Ottawa versera 1 milliard $ en trois ans à l'industrie forestière
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090617/N0617113AU.html

Elections Canada examine des dépenses déclarées par les candidats libéraux
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090617/N0617267AU.html

Un juge à la retraite met son grain de sel dans le débat sur le bilinguisme
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090617/N0617198AU.html

Ottawa dépose des amendements pour protéger les travailleurs réfugiés
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090617/N0617103AU.html


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From: "Michael Watkins"

Peggy Merritt wrote

> After a
> mere three and one half years in office under the
> leadership of Stephen Harper the conservatives have made a valiant
> effort (in a minority situation)  to carry out
> change which involved cutting wasteful spending
> and reviewing all the ministry programs.

That sounds like a nice CPC election ad sound-bite but truth is the
Federal Government, under the stern leadership of Stephen Harper, is
spending more money than ever. According to a recent National Post article
the fed's have been carrying on 6.2% average annual increase in spending,
a significantly higher jump than the rate of the supposedly non-existent
inflation.

They are shovelling money out the door and have been since long before
last fall when they finally decided, post election, to come clean with
Canadians and admit to real problems.

Like it or not, when it comes to spending these "new" Conservatives look
like old Liberals.  Funny thing is... the last batch of Liberals managed
surpluses even during the dark days that followed 9/11.

Maybe someone will enlighten me on why when Stephen Harper spends like a
drunken sailor it is somehow better than when a Liberal PM does it.

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From: The Natroses

Hi Joe,  Must respond to Peggy and correct her once again. There is a difference between privately owned and businesses that are being operated by private contractors but still owned by a government agency. Such is the case of Bruce Power, who is in charge or refurbishing the Candu reactors, but the nuclear site is still owned by the Ontario government. It is profitable for Bruce Power to do so, since all energy produced is sold back to Ontario Hydro. There is no nuclear power sites that are owned inclusively by private concerns. What the Ontario government and federal Atomic energy did was right, to hired a private concern to fixed the problems and to take advantage of their expertise. As you will see, Bruce Power, the make-up of companies all have one thing in common, their nuclear background.

"In 2001, OPG signed a long-term lease for the Bruce site with Bruce Power, a consortium today made up of uranium producer Cameco Corp., TransCanada PipeLines, the plant's two main unions, and BPC Generation Infrastructure Trust, owned by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System.

By 2005, the consortium had restarted Bruce A reactors 3 and 4, a $720-million renovation project that Bruce initially thought would cost $340 million. Bruce officials blame the cost overrun, picked up wholly by the consortium, largely on security improvements imposed by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission after the 9/11 attacks in the U.S.

But Hawthorne makes clear there was more to it than that: "These are complicated animals to restart ... restarting reactors is tough."

Also that year, Bruce Power sealed a deal with the provincial government to refurbish and restart three Bruce A reactors, and expanded it this summer to fully renovate the fourth."
 
It is a win-win situation, for both the government and Bruce Power. Bruce Power is profitable, only as long as Ontario is willing to buy its power, and the Candu reactors stay fixed.  Another condition that affects profit, is the heavy regulation of nuclear power from both levels of government.
 
http://tinyurl.com/l49rxd
 
Now going back to your musings about old and new conservatives. New conservatives have a habit to revise history, change the meanings of words to suit their goals, and to cover up facts that do not match their goals, aims, or policies. Just like you did, when you used the words privately owned or leave the impression that the Bruce Power plant is wholly owned by private concerns. The Bruce Power consortium is under contract to provide services to Ontario Hydro.
 
 If there is one thing I abhor and detest, is when people or groups of people omit facts, half-truths and insert other facts that leads to more confusion and further complicates issues. The Harper government is an expert in doing this very thing, and his little foot soldiers are complicit in following this format - no matter what forum, on the Internet, and yes even in private conversations.

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From: "Jim Calvert"

Joe:
 
Regarding Solar Power in Ontario.
 
I got prices and crunched the numbers a few weeks ago.

If you believe the manufacturer's claims about power production and longevity, (MTBF).

Totally ignoring the lifespan of deep cycle batteries (as an owner of a larger boat and a motorhome or two I have some experience here).
The ridiculously inflated prices Mcsquinty is going to pay for you to feed power back into the grid still do not cover the financial costs involved.
You might install the equipment and you might feel better about the environment but you will not save any money!

Over a period of 20 years or so you will be replacing equipment that has not even paid for itself.

This does not even take into account the equipment that Ontario Hydro would need to install to monitor and make use of that hydro.
 
There is one device available today that I have found to be infallible in saving electricity. Your mother used it and you can too!

It's called a light switch.

No investment required, just turn stuff off when you are not using it.
 
Jim Calvert

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. . . but as you moved from room to room you'd have only the TVs that are on to light your way!
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From: Ray Strachan
Subject: Story out of Casey report on   Wheat Fungus

Joe

There is a story out in The Casey Report this morning written by a lady by name
of Kasplan saying that there is a Fungus breakout out of Kenya which will
spread worldwide Killing up to 80% of world wheat crops causing a food
catastrophe .     Havent heard anything on TV News     Yet.     Guess we will
get thinned out one way or another.    Might be a story to look into.

Ray

= = = = = Googled and got:

In the Wheat Fields of Kenya, a Budding Epidemic
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/17/AR2009021703174.html

more at

http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&client=firefox-a&channel=s&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&hs=u9p&ei=tdQ5SrKJMsygmAf4_pToBA&sa=X&oi=spell&resnum=0&ct=result&cd=1&q=Kaplan+Kenya+Fungus&spell=1

Thanks Ray
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From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: [Gay] Pride to get nearly $400,000 from feds
http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20090615/pride_funding_090615/20090615/?hub=TorontoNewHome

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From: Robert Ede
Subject: Sending you a link

Dear joe h,

Your friend wanted you to see the following item on IBDeditorials.com.

http://ibdeditorials.com/cartoons.aspx

For commentary, cartoons, podcasts and more from Investor's Business Daily, please visit www.IBDeditorials.com.

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From: Real Gagne
Subject: DD

Joe:

Peggy Merrit begins her piece in yesterday's DD with the statement "This separation between new and old conservatives is nonsense."

For my part, I believe that she has not gone far enough, since I can no longer see much difference between the Harper Conservatives and the Ignatieff Liberals.

For as long as the Bloc continues to garner some forty or so seats in Quebec, so long as the NDP/Green compact manages to lure enough voters to secure a two to three dozen seats, and, importantly, so long as the Conservatives continue to find their support mainly in the West while the Liberals get theirs primarily in Ontario, the country will continue to be governed by the kind of Lewis Carroll entity that we have been saddled with for the past three years.

In this scenario, the real issue is not the good of the country but rather whether Tweedledum or Tweedledee gets to park his backside in 24 Sussex Drive and ride the cool government jet.  The current twins always agree to have a battle but never quite manage to get around to it. 

Moreover, although they pretend to be at odds over everything, they never quite get around to contradict one another in any meaningful fashion.

It's gotten to the point where I think I would enjoy seeing some real political bloodletting for a change, for the good of the country.

Real

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