Saturday, May 15, 2010

Daily Digest May 15, 2010


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.
ARCHIVED at http://cdndailydigest.blogspot.com/

EDITORIAL PAGEs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
Chicken run
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=340026&sc=80

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
Forget the Quebec route
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=339987&sc=30

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Audit denied: Betrayal of Canadians
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1182419.html

Commons compromise: Elementary logic
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1182517.html

SAINT JOHN TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL -
N.B.'s nuclear opportunity
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/opinion/article/1053728

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Financial industry needs a national regulator
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/Financial+industry+needs+national+regulator/3031150/story.html
 
And another thing ...
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/another+thing/3031146/story.html

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Playing with nature
  http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Playing+with+nature/3031400/story.html
 
We vote for Sir John A.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/vote+John/3031401/story.html
 
The danger of debt
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/danger+debt/3025558/story.html

Religion in the public square
Freedom of religion doesn't mean freedom from religion—we should hear all voices on issues that shape society's values
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/op-ed/Religion+public+square/3031406/story.html

KINGSTON WHIG STANDARD-
Shutting AG out of books a bad plan for Parliament
http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2580331

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Government should open books to its own auditor general
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2580081

TORONTO STAR -
Lessons for us in British deal
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/809189--lessons-for-us-in-british-deal

GLOBE & MAIL -
Reading and writing: the golden ticket
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/reading-and-writing-the-golden-ticket/article1569818/

Now starring in the Commons: the mighty Milliken
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/now-starring-in-the-commons-the-mighty-milliken/article1569753/

The Mounties should clear the air over Helena Guergis
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/the-mounties-should-clear-the-air-over-helena-guergis/article1568187/

NATIONAL POST -
Open up the books
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=3030833

 Detainee endgame
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=3030836

TORONTO SUN -
Bias at the CBC? Who knew?
http://www.torontosun.com/comment/editorial/2010/05/14/13954891.html

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
Dumb ...
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/769980

... and dumber still
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/769969

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW -
CHRISTIAN RIGHT GAINING TOO MUCH INFLUENCE
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2580430

K-W RECORD -
Making strides in the cyber space race
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/Editorials/article/711879

Food for thought
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/Editorials/article/711882

WINDSOR STAR -
Renewable energy
http://www.windsorstar.com/opinion/editorials/Renewable+energy/3031845/story.html

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Worth all the sound and fury
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/editorials/worth-all-the-sound-and-fury-93839144.html

From Clegg to Stronach, it's about power
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/from-clegg-to-stronach-its-about-power-93838959.html

The culprit is human nature, not technology (or sofas)
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/the-culprit-is-human-nature-not-technology-or-sofas-93838954.html

First Nations right to protest HST
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/first-nations-right-to-protest-hst-93838869.html

Second-best but a good deal for U.K.
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/second-best-but-a-good-deal-for-uk-93756139.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Time lawmakers open their books for the auditor
  http://www.thestarphoenix.com/opinion/Time+lawmakers+open+their+books+auditor/3032720/story.html

REGINA LEADER-POST -
Hiding their expense accounts:what are our MPs afraid of?
 
http://www.leaderpost.com/opinion/editorials/Hiding+their+expense+accounts/3032548/story.html

CALGARY HERALD -
Bear hug for Banff
Today, we send a big, warm bear hug to the Town of Banff for its transparency and openness. It was among only five agencies in the country to receive an A+ grade in the Canadian Newspaper Association's annual freedom-of-information audit. http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=d4a1d793-f103-4fe4-ad4b-a619b868c542
 
 Let's call a rape a rape
Over the years, I have interviewed dozens of rape survivors, or as the courts describe them, sexual assault victims.
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=6bb293a9-5ab0-4a63-96d7-5c9f8a7b714c

Reefer madness
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=3df56fcb-61d9-4433-9127-e776c2c50b1f

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Spineless Natynczyk rolls over for minister
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=534e37b2-8354-4f7c-ae85-9b73a0bd7085


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS -          
First Nation election report good start
http://www.winnipegsun.com/news/columnists/joseph_quesnel/2010/05/15/13960281.html


CANADIAN FORCES -
Dusting off the Afghan manual
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/dusting-off-the-afghan-manual/article1569630/


CANUSA/USACAN -
Beaufort Sea: Let's talk, Cannon tells U.S
http://www.montrealgazette.com/technology/Beaufort+talk+Cannon+tells/3031101/story.html


FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
West Bank's 'white' intifada gives peace with Israel a chance
http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/809927--west-bank-s-white-intifada-gives-peace-with-israel-a-chance

Palestinian rivals march together to mark displacement in 1948 Mideast war
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/810077--palestinian-rivals-march-together-to-mark-displacement-in-1948-mideast-war


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
Premier insists he's not trying to oust outspoken ombud
http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/article/809820--premier-mcguinty-insists-he-s-not-trying-to-oust-ombudsman?bn=1


FEDERAL POLITICS -
Afghan detainee deal a pioneering compromise on national security
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/afghan-detainee-deal-a-pioneering-compromise-on-national-security/article1568895/

MPs dodge questions about barring auditor from reviewing expenses
Auditor-General notes law gives her mandate to look at Parliament's books
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/mps-dodge-questions-about-barring-auditor-from-reviewing-expenses/article1569438/

MPs want expenses sealed to keep lawsuits quiet: Szabo
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2580873

Expense flap 'blown out of proportion'— MP Keddy
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Canada/1182462.html

Auditor-General fires back on expense review as MPs turn tail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/auditor-general-fires-back-on-expense-review-as-mps-turn-tail/article1569438/

MPs' refusal of expense audit prompts the question: 'What are they hiding?'
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/refusal+expense+audit+prompts+question+What+they+hiding/3031642/story.html


PROGRAMMES -
Half want Jean back as GG: poll
http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2010/05/15/13960391.html

Ottawa moves to revoke Wheat Board voting rules
http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/Ottawa+moves+revoke+Wheat+Board+voting+rules/3032107/story.html


OPINION AND INFORMATION -
Big deficits, mounting debt: It's time for hard choices
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/big-deficits-mounting-debt-its-time-for-hard-choices/article1569386/

Who's to blame for the surge in populism?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/whos-to-blame-for-the-surge-in-populism/article1567955/

The high price of information in Canada
http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/809562--the-high-price-of-information-in-canada

How to reinforce Parliament's authority
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/brian-topp/how-to-reinforce-parliaments-authority/article1570118/

Government funding for all (even jihadis)
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=3030854

The Saturday Interview: Danny Williams — Master of his own Destiny
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=3030569

Saving the Supreme Court
For Tories gloating about numerical control of the Senate, the bilingualism bill is a test of their new-found power's true-blue value
http://network.nationalpost.com/NP/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2010/05/10/don-martin-it-s-up-to-tory-senate-to-save-canada-from-bilingual-court.aspx

Taking Stock of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board at Ten
http://www.pacificfreepress.com/news/1/6211-taking-stock-of-the-canada-pension-plan-investment-board-at-ten.html

Stephen Harper and religion
http://thestar.blogs.com/politics/2010/05/stephen-harper-and-religion.html

Eyre: Guergis deserves impartial hearing
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/Guergis+deserves+impartial+hearing/3032694/story.html

Did Harper act too quickly to dump Guergis?
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/809788--did-harper-act-too-quickly-to-dump-guergis

Abortion vote 'inevitable,' MP says
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/809829--abortion-vote-inevitable-mp-says

Preston Manning: Proselytizer of science
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/preston-manning-proselytizer-of-science/article1569939/

INFOS -
Michaëlle Jean · Une majorité de Canadiens veulent qu'elle demeure en poste
http://www.canoe.com/infos/quebeccanada/archives/2010/05/20100515-155240.html

UN PROJET QUI INQUIÈTE
Des scientifiques déverseront du pétrole dans l'Arctique
http://lejournaldequebec.canoe.ca/journaldequebec/actualites/national/archives/2010/05/20100515-195357.html

Documents sur les détenus afghans
Les partis s'entendent
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/International/2010/05/14/008-documents-afghans-accord.shtml


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The following articles quite independently of each other
ended up here for me to comment on as I often do.

On reflexion I leave it to you to judge the worth in them

Travers: Afghan prisoner safety a political fiction
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/afghanmission/article/809836--travers-afghan-prisoner-safety-a-political-fiction

Ending Afghan War the Pashtun Way
http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/C6D0015000F0FE2B872577230079DCDD?OpenDocument

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From: Peggy Merritt
Subject: re organized religion

Re Susan Riley's post    Hi Joe: I would refer you to Paul Wells article in May 24 issue of Maclean's (macleans.ca/inklesswells)  I quote 'with screaming hysteria McDonald's book tries to fit data to conclusions not the other way around'  Nuff said  Peggy Merritt

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From: Glenn Harewood
 
Joe:
I disagree with  Robert Gautier's assumption which I've copied and pasted below.
 
Rather, the right to dissent does NOT supersede the right of freedom of expression: it is an inherent ingredient in the concept of the freedom of expression. But this must be tempered with the observation that freedom of expression does NOT mean that freedom to do or say anything is ABSOLUTE and irresponsible.  Today (21st Century) we frequently focus on our  "Rights" but ignore or forget that every "Right" must be balanced with its corresponding "Responsibility."

Focus, for example, on Articles 19 and 18 of  the 1948 UN Declaration of Human Rights and Freedoms:
Article 19
"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression: this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."
 
Corresponding Responsibility: R 19.
Everyone who has the freedom to express his or her opinions, and impart such information and ideas through any media, is directly or indirectly responsible for the content of such expressions, opinions, and ideas.
 
Article 18
" Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance."

 
Corresponding Responsibility: R. 18.
It is the responsibility of everyone within a State, as well as the government of that State, to accept and ensure that everyone is entitled to idiosyncratic or individual freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. Such responsibility extends to one's freedom to change his or her  religion or belief, as well as responsibility for freely manifesting, singly, or in concert with others, in public or privately, his or her religion or belief through teaching, practice, worship and observance.
 
A full account of the corresponding Responsibilities for each of the 30 Articles of the UN Declaration of Human Rights and Freedoms may be seen in my unpublished paper entitled:
 "The United Nations 1948 Bill of Human Rights  and  A Proposed Bill of Corresponding Responsibilities (August 2009)."
 
Glenn Harewood

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Subject: Re Mc Parland " Why Britain can and we cannot"
From: Robert Ede
To: "Letters (National Post)" <letters-2@nationalpost.com>

Re: Kelly McParland's "simplicity" (I didn't want to use the word 'idiocy') entitled " Why Britain can handle a coalition--and we can't"

Dear Ms McP & Editors,
 
The actual reason that the Lib/NDP/BQ potential "coalition" (the only mixed-party Confederal political-economic mash-up in recent memory) failed to win public approval is because the publicly-avowed separatists (well, ... avowed Quebec-First-ers anyway) the Bloc Quebecois was to be included AND by reason of the-then seat-mathematics was to hold a keystone, power-leveraged position -- quite un-deserved by their numbers, their narrow platform-focus, their socialist-bent and their one-region-based popular support.
 
The population has many times supported (ie not mass-rallied in the streets in protest) minority governments (King's Lib-Progessives alliance in twenties, Pearson & PET's Lib-NDP tit-for-tat deals in 60s & 70's) not forgetting the Peterson Lib-NDP minority "Accord" of the mid-'80's in Ontario.
 
The difference in the current UK example is the mixed-Party Cabinet that has been created (nevermind the gobblety-gook pablum of the joint-platform they published -with its arranged-future abstentions and future votes that-won't-be-considered-confidence-matters etc etc)
 
I fully supported the idea of an "All-the-Talents" cabinet in Dec 2008 and recommended to the GG at the time to force/allow/permit or just plain 'pragmatic sanction' Mr Harper to invite a few Libs & a few Ndp's into his government - instead she was bamboozled into agreeing to the the First Prorogation. She (and the country) could have used the institutional-memory and political-economic counsel of Her full Privy Council at that time.
 
'Tis a pity that Wm L M King usurped it in 1940 (Order in Council PC 1940-1121) - between Governor Generals and under cover-of necessity during Canada's vital efforts during the early War.
 
Read the Constitution/BNA Act - look up Privy Council -- it's in the Executive power NOT the Legislative power.
 
Robert Ede,
Thornhill ON

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From: Rene Moreau <rene.a.moreau@gmail.com>
To Joe from Rene Moreau

re; Then and Now

Then---

1. We trusted some businesses and business men, and government, sometimes, which made life easier, even if we got caught sometime.

 2. Lying, cheating, stealing, flim flamming and spin were not considered ASTUTE BUSINESS PRACTICE as they are now.

 3. We were innocent, and naive , but we had safe-guards that worked, mostly.

Now---
 1. We trust hardly anyone, at least those who are awake, that is, don't.

 2. Harper, a gift to Canadians perhaps, and Harris and Klein, of Alberta and  Gordon Campbell, of B.C and Brad Wall, of Saskatchewan, are also gifts to us. They show us why it is so important to  guard against our government, our neighbours, our corporations!

3. Now we know it is essential to have defence mechanisms in our media, government, businesses, churches, regulators, banks, the U.N. etc.

4. The Christian idea of love for all, now has far too many exclusions, and love is not profitable, and hence ir-relevent, corporately, it would seem. It isn't. but that impression is passed on, by current events.

5. The divide and conquer ploy of left wing and right-wing, and religion, is working, on the human race.

6. The teamwork efforts of a  human race striving to work together to cope with a finite planet and six billion population could be dis-empowered by the  different ploys. OR NOT. OUR CHOICE. IF WE WORK TOGETHER!

7. We have seen what intentionally undermined government can do. Does this not make us stronger?

                                                              Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)

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From: Bearzerker
To: Jay Hill MP <hill.j@parl.gc.ca>
Subject: disclosure of social insurance numbers

Is it ok for  Telus to ask or have my social insurance number?
I was phoning them about my account and they asked for my last 4 numbers to my SIN to confirm I am, who I say I am.
I asked them several times if it was the last 4 of my SIN and not my access number and they insisted on the last 4 on my SIN.
 
This indicates they already have this information and if they do, how did they get it and why do they have it?
IF they have do have it, others in the information collection industry must also have it and I have not given them or anyone [other then my bank] the authority to have this number... where did they get it from?
 
I'm not comfortable having my SIN passed around like this.
I thought there were laws limiting this information to financial institutions and employers only
for issueing income tax reciepts for revenue canada.
 
This information is highly sensitive and personal, and opens a whole new can of worms WRT security and its potential abuses.
 
Can you tell me if this data mining of my Social insurance, driver licence and employee numbers for identification is legal ?
 
And if its [still] illegal, why it's openly disregarded & widespread by the corporate data miners [do they make money collecting this info by selling it to others, and is it legal for them to have it?]
 
SIN, drivers licences and other numbers like credit card and bank numbers are supposed to be protected by law... whats up?
 
 
Barry Blackman, CD
PO Box 805
Tumbler Ridge, BC
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From: Rebecca Gingrich

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Subject: we are bringing them democracy???


Afghan civilian shot dead during protest against NATO over killing civilians

http://uruknet.info/?p=m65996&hd=&size=1&l=e

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Subject: WHO did such a fine job with Swine Flu, now they are going to tell us what we can eat? 
Wonder if there is a vaccine for the Global Epidemic of obesity?

Controlling the global obesity epidemic

The challenge

At the other end of the malnutrition scale, obesity is one of today's most blatantly visible – yet most neglected – public health problems. Paradoxically coexisting with undernutrition, an escalating global epidemic of overweight and obesity – "globesity" – is taking over many parts of the world. If immediate action is not taken, millions will suffer from an array of serious health disorders.http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/obesity/en/index.html

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Subject: World Health Organization Moving Ahead on Billions in Internet and Other Taxes

The World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations' public health arm, is moving full speed ahead with a controversial plan to impose global consumer taxes on such things as Internet activity and everyday financial transactions like paying bills online ­ while its spending soars and its own financial house is in disarray....[Read full article ] http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/05/10/world-health-organization-moving-ahead-billion-dollar-internet-tax/


Subject: Twit

Joe--how dumbed down we are.  Do those on Twitter not know the meaning of the word twit? 
And our politicians are some of the biggest twits on the planet.

Becky

twit  (tw[] t)
tr.v. twit·ted, twit·ting, twits
To taunt, ridicule, or tease, especially for embarrassing mistakes or faults. See Synonyms at ridicule.
n.
1. The act or an instance of twitting.
2. A reproach, gibe, or taunt.
3. Slang A foolishly annoying person.

twit1
vb twits, twitting, twitted
(tr) to tease, taunt, or reproach, often in jest
n
1. US and Canadian informal a nervous or excitable state
2. Rare a reproach; taunt


twit2
n
Informal chiefly Brit a foolish or stupid person; idiot
[from twit1 (originally in the sense: a person given to twitting)]

Noun 1. twit twit - someone who is regarded as contemptible
twerp, twirp
simpleton, simple - a person lacking intelligence or common sense

2. twit twit - aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing
taunt, taunting
provocation, aggravation, irritation - unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment
Verb 1. twit twit - harass with persistent criticism or carping; "The children teased the new teacher"; "Don't ride me so hard over my failure"; "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie"
bait, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, razz, tease, cod, rag, rally, ride
bemock, mock - treat with contempt; "The new constitution mocks all democratic principles"
jeer, scoff, flout, gibe, barrack - laugh at with contempt and derision; "The crowd jeered at the speaker"
banter, chaff, jolly, josh, kid - be silly or tease one another; "After we relaxed, we just kidded around"

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