Monday, June 08, 2009

Daily Digest June 8, 2009


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.
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EDITORIAL PAGEs

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
What is the attraction?
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=258526&sc=30

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Ballot-box blues: Not devoted to democracy
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1126243.html

AMHERST DAILY NEWS -
Immodest proposal
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=258597&sc=61

SAINT JOHN TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL -
Canada must contain The cost of borrowing money
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/opinion/article/692267

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
It really is a tough job, and someone has to do it
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/really+tough+someone/1672861/story.html

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
All in the family
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/family/1673355/story.html
 
The art of propaganda
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/propaganda/1673356/story.html

KINGSTON WHIG STANDARD-
Only their ploys are transparent
http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1602460

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Stamp it 'Secret' and you're safe
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1602357

TORONTO STAR -
Wanted: a plan for mental health
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/647021

Cities take the lead
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/647019

GLOBE & MAIL -
Albertans are the owners
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/albertans-are-the-owners/article1172746/

NATIONAL POST -
Pandemic panic
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1673213

When democracy's fair to a fault
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1673215

After the honeymoon
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1673216

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
Dysfunctional Parliament
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/579352

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW -
LEGALIZING PROSTITUTION BEST WAY TO CONTROL IT
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1602529

NOT EVERYONE FORTUNATE TO WORK IN AUTO SECTOR
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1602540

K-W RECORD -
Protectionism is a dangerous game
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/549811

SUDBURY STAR -
Murder a crime against women
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1602959

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Obama right to open breach with Israel, but not too wide
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/obama-right-to-open-breach-with-israel-but-not-too-wide-47195142.html

We're building a bigger Band-Aid
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/were-building-a-bigger-band-aid-47195052.html

Canada a rogue state; yeah, that's the ticket
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/canada-a-rogue-state-yeah-thats-the-ticket-47195022.html

From a growth economy to an 'enough' economy
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/from-a-growth-economy-to-an-enough-economy-47194992.html

WINNIPEG SUN -
Only their ploys are transparent
It's anyone's guess what account-ability and transparency meant to the Conservatives during the 2006 election campaign, when they pledged to improve these things. http://www.winnipegsun.com/comment/editorial/

CALGARY HERALD -
Family breakdown costs us billions
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=5d64c727-ad51-4a3e-a1bf-c33aa2300c97

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
Bulging prisons a public concern
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/content/view/65131/56/

RED DEER ADVOCATE -
We need more degrees
http://www.albertalocalnews.com/reddeeradvocate/opinion/We_need_more_degrees_47204922.html

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
B.C. Rail needs openness
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=9d55e4ed-4227-426e-9adf-ad141d90d587
 
Child poverty is British Columbia's shame
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=17db4ce1-3fd9-4f0f-be8e-b718585c9d2e
 
Raitt affair is just another trifling distraction
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=d28be3cd-d7d1-4bb1-8b5a-4b9711e54a6a


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS -          
A 'seismic shift'? Most certainly
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1673243

Northern leader threatens Inuit boycott of residential schools commission
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090608/national/residential_inuit_boycott


AF-PAK PROBLEM -
Taliban put on a 'friendly face'
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/KF09Df03.html

Erratic Afghan Forces Pose Challenge to U.S. Goals
http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/65A988153626F816872575CF0053D849?OpenDocument

A View From Kabul
http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/D2A2563C66ACE40A872575CF0051E4D4?OpenDocument

7,000 US Marines patrolling southern Afghan desert
http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/610385407C99A83C872575CF0050D617?OpenDocument

'Pentagon Reports Mistakes By Bomber Crew In Afghan Incident'
http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-06-08-voa58.cfm

 IDPs from NWFP Revive 'Outsider' Fears in Karachi
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=47130


CANADIAN FORCES -
Improvised bomb claims life of Canadian soldier in Afghanistan
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090608/national/afghan_cda_soldier

Latest : Canadian killed VIDEO
http://watch.ctv.ca/news/latest/canadian-killed/

We are repeating Russia's mistakes
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1126275.html

Conservatives set to fund military construction
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1673211


CANUSA/USACAN -
Canada a rogue state; yeah, that's the ticket
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/columnists/canada-a-rogue-state-yeah-thats-the-ticket-47195022.html


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS -
Power Play : Monday, June 8 VIDEO

No global recovery until early 2010
http://www.financialpost.com/news-sectors/story.html?id=1674137


FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
West Bank Settlements and the Future of U.S.-Israeli Relations
http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/20090608_west_bank_settlements_and_future_u_s_israeli_relations

A Canadian strategy for Pakistan
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/646509


JUSTICE SYSTEM -
Mounties want B.C. court to prevent Taser inquiry from finding misconduct
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090608/national/taser_inquiry


MIGRATION -
Roma refugees play waiting game in quest for 'a better life'
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1673170


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
'The people of Alberta are the owner of the resource'
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/the-people-of-alberta-are-the-owner-of-the-resource/article1171607/

Recession benefit: Alberta can pause and rethink the oil sands
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/recession-benefit-alberta-can-pause-and-rethink-the-oil-sands/article1154307/

Report calls for 'renewed vision' for public education in Ontario
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090608/national/school_report_ontario


FEDERAL POLITICS -
Economy on the mend, Flaherty says
http://www.thestar.com/business/article/647231

Government's $3-billion 'special fund' not used for stimulus purposes: opposition MPs
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=2009/june/8/special_fund/&c=2

No way to run a recession
The bad news piles up, and the stimulus cash is slow coming
http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/06/08/no-way-to-run-a-recession/

Injunction sought to prevent story about Raitt
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/647230

Publication ban lifted on Raitt tape conversation
http://www.canada.com/news/national/Publication+lifted+Raitt+tape+conversation/1674343/story.html

Raitt 'ready to roll dice' on 'sexy' isotope crisis
Minister's taped comments revealed after injunction lifted
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/9012061.html

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Ottawa Politics and News from the Hill
http://www2.macleans.ca/category/blog-central/canada-blog/capital-read/

Baird facing allegations he made board appointments to cover up Raitt allegations
http://www.brandonsun.com/story.php?story_id=141940

Allegations of misspending at Port Authority
http://www.680news.com/news/headlines/more.jsp?content=20090608_133301_2920

Tories ready for snap election
http://www.hilltimes.com/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=2009/june/8/snap_election/&c=2

Ndp mired in debt, not ready for election
http://www.hilltimes.com/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=2009/june/8/ndp/&c=2

Liberals to support Tory bill on crime
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/647096

Ignatieff to revive housing plan
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/647098

Iggy vows $3B of gas tax for municipalities
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/grit-leader-vows-3b-of-gas-tax-steeves-47195207.html

Flaherty warns against fighting protectionist measures
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/flaherty-warns-against-fighting-protectionist-measures/article1173315/

Buy U.S. plan called trade risk
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1673207


PROGRAMMES -
Canada rejects rights council call for clemency for all
http://www.canada.com/news/Canada+rejects+rights+council+call+clemency/1675179/story.html

DND lifts secrecy, readies PR blitz on construction
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/News/lifts+secrecy+readies+blitz+construction/1673319/story.html


PRESSURE POINTS -
Seeking the face of climate change
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/647085

Canada climate-change 'bully':environmentalists
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=1674025

Prentice says Canada no bully in environmental talks
http://www.canada.com/business/fp/Prentice+says+Canada+bully+environmental+talks/1675344/story.html

Canada continues to advocate positions contrary to its commitments
http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http://www.ledevoir.com/2009/06/08/253907.html&sl=fr&tl=en&history_state0=

Ethanol's Grocery Bill
Two federal studies add up the corn fuel's exorbitant cost.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124389966385274413.html


OPINION AND INFORMATION -
Orwellian morality play exposes the wages of spin
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/646507

Who's really blocking PM in Quebec?
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/647097

Stay or go? Election or no election? Serenity now!
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/06/08/kelly-mcparland-election-or-no-election-we-serenely-assess-the-pros-and-cons.aspx

Corporate Canada's enemy lurks within
A lack of innovation is to blame for our stagnant business environment. It's time for the private sector to get creative
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/corporate-canadas-enemy-lurks-within/article1171664/

Raitt career hot from the start
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090608/national/raitt_newsmaker


INFOS -
Un soldat de Valcartier périt au cours d'une patrouille en Afghanistan
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090608/N060878AU.html

Le soutien au crédit des entreprises porte fruit, dit Flaherty
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090608/N060836AU.html

Normandeau pourfend le plan du PQ pour rapatrier des compétences d'Ottawa
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090608/N060856AU.html

Un chef inuit menace de boycotter la Commission de vérité et de réconciliation
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/090608/N060853AU.html

La ministre Raitt à nouveau dans l'embarras
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200906/08/01-873668-la-ministre-raitt-a-nouveau-dans-lembarras.php

Protectionnisme: Flaherty désavoue les municipalités
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200906/08/01-873612-protectionnisme-flaherty-desavoue-les-municipalites.php

Les pubs contre Ignatieff n'ont pas fait mouche
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/200906/08/01-873612-protectionnisme-flaherty-desavoue-les-municipalites.php

GES: le Canada continue de défendre des positions contraires à ses engagements
http://www.ledevoir.com/2009/06/08/253907.html

Fédération canadienne des municipalités - Ignatieff se dit opposé à toute guerre commerciale avec les États-Unis
http://www.ledevoir.com/2009/06/08/253914.html


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Yay OR Nay to Goverrnment directions?

ON ACTING ON BEHALF OR CANADIANS ABROAD
The arbitrary nature of the government's interventions is troubling. The government should accept as a point of principle that it has a duty to advocate for Canadian citizens, no matter where they are, who are unfairly treated or in danger, or who are facing punishment in excess of what they would face in Canada.

When it comes to children, that responsibility is all the more urgent. The government cannot pick and choose which citizens are deserving of representation -- deserving, that is, of membership in the Canadian family, something that ought to be guaranteed by a Canadian passport. http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/family/1673355/story.html


On subsidizing production and legislating usage
As public policy, ethanol is like the joke about the baseball prospect who is a poor hitter but a bad fielder. It doesn't reduce CO2 but it does cost more. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124389966385274413.html

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From: Tom Brewer

Appalling is all I can say! This is reserved for every party, every MP who basically and in my opinion has alienated every voter given their recent decision re "rules for cash and benefits". Their decision to basically hide the facts furthers the belief they are above the lowly taxpayer.
 
I can see it now "payments or whatever you want to call it" taking the so called neutrality away.  I can see next on their list "payments" being tax deductible by the donor. Where will it end? Given what is taking place when the government gets what it wants as the present government has the machinery in place to not only use what is proposed but I'm sorry to suggest abuse it as well. This falls on the shoulders of every party, each and every MP! A sad day in my opinion. One should realize games will be played juggling dates if need be.
 
Taxpayers should challenge their MP to the point if need be they be replaced. The so called fairness of the system comes down now to how one "plays-the-game". The lowly elector is left at odds for sure now!
 
Tom

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From: "Mark-Alan Whittle"
Subject: LTE - Hill times

The Hill Times, June 8th, 2009
LETTERS
Parents and care givers deserve some respect too
Re: "A good day as any to mark failure of Canada's national child care," (The Hill Times, June 1, p. 15). As a member of National Family Childcare Association, I found The Hill Times column exposing the myths and tall tales of the unionized daycare industry and their supporters, amusing on many levels. I've been there, done that and bought the T-shirt when it comes to caring for a child and the responsibilities of fatherhood.

Not too long ago, when my disabled son Logan was alive, I was a stay-at-home-dad and primary caregiver until my son was old enough to attend a brick and mortar daycare facility, and, after seven tries, I finally found one willing to take on the job. With the help of a provincially-funded support facilitator, Logan flourished and innovative best practices were learned and shared with other area daycare facilities.

I'm left wondering when all levels of government will finally recognize the true heroes of caring for a child, parents, grandparents, and family members who do this out of love and a commitment to family values.

If institutional daycare, run by unionized staff, is of such great value to the state, then each and every parent who is tasked with this responsibility should be equally recognized by the state for the value they bring to the children and the business of raising them.

Unlike institutional daycare, and their 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. mentality, raising a child is a 24-hour a day job and has a value that should be recognized by the government.

Parents, and the multitude of care givers within the family, deserve our respect and acknowledgment.

Mark-Alan Whittle

Hamilton, Ont.

http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/cover_index.php?display=story&full_path=/2009/june/8/letter4/&c=1

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From: The Natroses

Hi Joe,  Just a quick note on aliens and such things, provided by Brad Thompson. What has been provided is a fine example of crackpot theories, that has no relationship to 9/11 and the Trade Towers.

Now Joe, on the question why Canada attempted to block resolutions at the UN Food and Agricultural Organization Treaty meeting is typical of the Harper government.  I am glad to see some action on the front of farmers rights. But farmers would not need their rights enshrined, if the big-agriculture concerns were not intent to destroy small farmers, the ability of countries to feed themselves,  and attempts to turn farming into high setup costs, like it has with fish harvesters. Startup costs in fishing cost about one million dollars, where now very few can entered into the fish harvester field. Agriculture, like the fishery is going down the same route, where less and less numbers will be controlling the world's agriculture land. And then, the few will controlled food from production, to processing and of course prices. One of the steps, will be seed control. It is already happening in United States, and other countries where seed exchange between farmers are not permitted or actively discouraged. Farmers are being attack at all fronts. GM seeds, government regulations, pollution of big factories, factory farms, lost of ownership to mineral rights of land, active governments working against farmers' co-ops and the list goes on. All design to push the medium to small farmer off the land. Countries like India, China and Africa are much further down the road, than countries like Canada and United States. The why is our pesky constitutions that get in the way, but Harper is taking care of that by using rules and regulations, bypassing the constitution. Alberta, if bill 36 passes it will allow the confiscation of land without compensation of the landowner. Great news for the mineral guys, bad news for any farmer who  happens to be sitting under sour gas, water tables, oil and anything else that the government and the big guys decide it is needed to keep grinding the wheels of profits. With this new law, I can see huge tracks of land going to mineral extracting, and once it is depleted - being sold to the big guys in agriculture because they would be the only ones who would be able to afford the costs in making the land arable, and can be speed up by using GM seeds, that can grow in soil that has been depleted of its nutrients or filled with foreign chemicals.

Harper and his CRAP, will hinder anything that will stop the progress of our global corporations and their profits.

On a side note, lets talk about garlic. At one time, Canadian farmers supply a good portion of garlic to the Canadian markets. Our garlic is being exported to our countries, and in return the garlic that is found at our grocery stores is produce in China. Last week, I finally picked up some garlic made in the U.S.. Be wary of garlic and other food stuffs coming from China. The small farmers of China are being forced out by pollution of big chemical plants parked next door, the confiscation of land, and disease. The big Chinese agriculture concerns are moving in, and using the technology, tool and  advances of agriculture, working land that may contain toxins, that in the end may not be good for animal or human health. 

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From: John Halonen

A Stavros rebuttal:
From: John Halonen

One must not forget that the private banking system would not have that interest money to pad their profits or make decisions on how to misuse it.
Damn shame that those Social Credit governments out West never got around to making this regular, long-term policy.

Strangely I do agree with Stavros` comment, but then again I likely come from the same generation.  Today it is much different as many that have the power look only at building their self worth, rather than looking at the betterment of society as they themselves improve along with it.  Corruption is becoming the norm rather than the exception and with this becoming a reality then controls must be put in place to minimize it.

P.S.  I did not think it was the right of any government ( Conservative, Liberal or Social Credit)  to spend our tax dollars unwisely.   Like why would you pay interest to others when there is not a need, especially these days?

John Halonen

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