Sunday, May 23, 2010

Daily Digest May 23, 2010



Building religious pressures

Persichilli: MPs restrain their enthusiasm for transparency

Liberal and NDP rank-and-file can prepare ground for coalition

A better idea for foster kids

Raise a glass to Victoria

Tied hands means real justice

The soaring cost of universities


Officials assess Kandahar Airfield attack

Afghan effort tied to success in Kandahar

Canadians sort friend from foe in Panjwaii

Germany faces toughest fight
Europe's strongest economy and its cautious chancellor can't abandon faltering European Union

Canadian diplomat sparks row with India

Gaza Still Awaiting Reconstruction Over
a Year After Israeli Offensive, UN report finds

Early-warning system for infectious diseases needed, expert says

Inmates gaining access to cellphones

McGuinty looks to boost trade with Israel

Cabinet bans political staffers from testifying at committees

Feds look to pounce on online misinformation

Cabinet minister: No voter anger on expenses

Sometimes, indefinite confinement makes sense

Face it. Social networking just ain't what it used to be: Sa

Why Manning should be the next governor general

The CBC's Graves mistake

Details Devil Greenpeace Boreal Forests Deal

Stupid hyperbole about forthcoming Kandahar ops (and a bit of orbat fun)

Liberal and NDP rank-and-file can prepare ground for coalition

A coalition of conscience won't work

Make MP expenses public: Canadian Taxpayers Federation

N.S. Cabinet Minister: MPs should not fight AG audit

Budget audit scandal touches all MPs

O'Malley: Pack your bags, prime minister! You're coming to the Ethics committee -- right?

Opérations de forage pétrolier  · La majorité des Canadiens en souhaite l'interruption

Comités parlementaires · Ottawa veut interdire au personnel politique de s'y présenter

Journée des Patriotes · Le prix Louis-Joseph Papineau sera remis à Gilles Duceppe

Dépenses des députés · Le débat fait rage sur Internet

Ottawa veut interdire au personnel politique de s'y présenter

Affaires internationales
McGuinty en Israël

Comment la droite s'organise

Duceppe honoré pour sa lutte souverainiste

 Ottawa veut interdire les comités au personnel politique
(17h25) Une nouvelle confrontation semble sur le point d'éclater entre le gouvernement fédéral et les... »

 Ignatieff ne ferme pas la porte à l'ajout de sièges au Québec


From: Rebecca Gingrich
[Is "Big Brother" living in Ottawa?]

Harper government monitoring on-line chats about politics Correcting what it calls 'misinformation'

Nothing has come this way as of yet.

'Til it does everything on the Digest is true.



From: Peggy Merritt
Subject: thanks for the 10% 90% I'll pass this on.

Hi Joe:  I wish I knew more about the Atomic energy issue.  The Conservatives inherited many years of indecision with a lack of oversight at Chalk River also a lack of financial accountability from the scientists and people on the ground.  peggy    So the place does need some decisions for change but would the opposition help? I think there is a population who do not see nuclear energy as a way to clear up our clean energy problem.  In Ontario alone there is a very aggressive drive for Wind Turbines which are not financially practical and make a very small contribution to the total energy requirements.  It seems wind turbines are less threatening than Nuclear power stations. Many people worry about the Russian accident and the Ten Mile incident in the US in spite of the fact that our nuclear heavy water system is different and the safest system in the world. I think your initiative for discussion is important but lets keep the politics out of it please!  

Peggy Merritt

It would be nice, Peggy, but politics is in everything upon which there is no agreement.
From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: Fed Up

At least the Americans know who owns their debt.  we are not allowed to know who owns ours. 

Fed Up

Becky a lot more than just the debt in this article. Worth reading to see how many apply here as wel as in the ;'States.
From: "Mahmood Elahi"
To: "Letters to the Editor" <>
Cc: <>,"Joe Hueglin" <>
Subject: Ontario, not Quebec, will be crucial for Liberal revival

The Editor
The Toronto Star
Ontario, not Quebec, will be crucial for Liberal revival
Re "Liberals' Quebec prospects look glum," by Chantal Hebert (May 21).
While taking into task Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff for slipping in Quebec, Chantal Hebert seems to have forgotten that the Liberals won three back-to-back majorities by sweeping Ontario The Liberals, led by former Prime Minister Jean Chretien, formed three back-to-majorities by winning 100 of Ontario's 103 seats, despite the Bloc won most seats in Quebec. With sweeping Canada's most populous province, the Liberals needed only marginal seats elsewhere to form a majority government.
But the Liberals took Ontario for granted and neglected the province that gave them three back-to-back majorities. It must be strange that when the Liberals were running a budget surplus federally, Ontario was facing a financial cruch. As a result, when former Prime Minister Paul Martin lost 50 Ontario seats in 2006, he lost the election. Similarly, former Liberal leader Stephane Dion lost 60 seats in Ontario and failed again.
If the Liberals cannot regain their hold on Ontario, winning some seats in Quebec will not stem their inevitable defeat in the next election. Without sweeping Ontario, they cannot match the Conservative sweep in the West. Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff needs a laser-like concentration on Ontario if he wants to form even a minority government. Only by regaining the Liberal hold on Ontario, he can replicate the performance of Mr. Chretien and form his own majority government while letting the Bloc sweep Quebec and the Conservatives sweep the West. With the largest concentration of seats, Ontario remains the battleground and yet most politicians and columnists are neglecting it.

Could it be Ontarians don't complain enough to get attentian? (Just asking not opinionizing)
From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: I don't think I can improve on this..........
$100 Dollar Bill
It's a slow day in a little Saskatchewan town. The sun is beating down, and the streets are deserted. 
Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit.............
On this particular day a rich tourist from back east is driving through town.
He stops at the motel and lays a $100 bill on the desk saying he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night.
As soon as the man walks upstairs, the owner grabs the bill and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.
The butcher takes the $100 and runs down the street to retire his debt to the pig farmer.
The pig farmer takes the $100 and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of feed and fuel.
The guy at the Farmer's Co-op takes the $100 and runs to pay his debt to the local prostitute,
who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer her "services" on credit.
The hooker rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill with the hotel owner.
The hotel proprietor then places the $100 back on the counter so the rich traveler will not suspect anything.
At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, picks up the $100 bill,
states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money, and leaves town.
No one produced anything. No one earned anything.
However, the whole town is now out of debt and now looks to the future with great optimism.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how Governments conduct business today.
           Somehow this last line doesn't seem accurate. Is it just me?

Subject: Fwd: Brasscheck TV: Crashing markets for fun and profit
From: Rene Moreau <>

FYI to all
   Following on the idea of Demonthenes, stay sceptical, considering the source. Seems to make sense though.
As long as money is to be made destroying what man has built up, good or bad, and war also, is profitable,
what else can we expect, unless we put controls down, world-wide?   Corporate Magna Carta, now, Right?

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From: Brasscheck TV
Subject: Brasscheck TV: Crashing markets for fun and profit


Iceland...Greece...the collapsing Euro.

What's going on?

One thing is for sure, you're not going
to get the answers from mainstream news.

Max Keiser's latest take on Greece, along with
his March predictions about the impact trouble
in Greece was going to have on Europe and the
rest of the world.


From: "Mahmood Elahi"
To: "Letters to the Editor" <>
Cc: <>,         "Joe Hueglin" <>
Subject: Coal, not oil, is the main source of energy in China and India

The Editor
The Toronto Star
Coal, not oil, is the main source of energy in China and India
Re "Offshore drilling can be safe with tight controls," by David Olive (May 23).
In his highly contrived article, David Olive provides wrong informations which need to be corrected. He is wrong to stipulate that the Chinese and Indian industrial revolutions hinge on increasing oil consumptions. He may be reminded that coal, not oil and gas, is the principal source of energy in both countries.
Coal may be dirty, but it is cheap and is far more abundant than oil and gas. China relies on coal for about 70 percent of its energy needs. Only about 17 percent come from oil and natural gas with hydro-electric projects, nuclear and increasingly, wind energy supplying the rest. China expects to increase non-fossil energy sources to 15 percent of total energy consumption by 2020.
According to May issue of China Business magazine, last year, 10,129 sets of wind turbines were inslalled, totalling 13,803 MW, up 124 percent over the previous year. By the end of 2009, China's total installed wind turbines reached 21,544, amounting to 25,805MW, up 114 percent from 2008. If the trend continues, wind power will provide a significant portion of China's energy needs. China has already overtaken Germany as the second largest wind power developer after the United States.
India depends on coal even more than China, with coal providing more that 75 percent of its energy. India has also abundant coal reserves and looking forward to clean coal technology. However,  India has also become a big developer of solar energy. As for nuclear, it supplies only 3% of India's energy and despite plan to build four new reactors, nuclear power will remain a minor source of energy in India.  As wind, solar, hydro power become more readily available, oil consumption may eventually fall worldwide. In fact, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may be a blessing in disguise as it might prod the companies to redirect their resources to developing wind and solar power. 

From: "John Feldsted"
Subject: Online hate law tested against Charter

The Canadian Human Rights Act under Section 13 attempts to do what no society should do; that is to protect people from the potential of hurt feelings. Think about it. No one reading this has not been embarrassed by another person without just cause. People are cruel and each of us have at some time faced  a taste of that cruelty.
There ought not to be a law. Discrimination, that is a denial of goods, opportunity or services based on race, creed, colour, ethnic background, disability, religion, age or sex is repulsive and should be sanctioned. Extending discrimination to sanction people for likely (possibly) exposing others to 'hatred or contempt' is a trip into Alice's Wonderland, complete with the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts (the latter role currently filled by Jennifer Lynch, QC).
Hate law, that is law proscribing utterances of hatred with an intent to bring harm to the target or targets of hatred is well covered under our Criminal Code and repeal of Human Rights Act Section 13 will not leave a legal void.
Attempts by the Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Tribunal to prosecute people under CHRA Section 13 have destroyed any credibility of those organizations and left those bodies with a reputation for solemnity and seriousness equal to that of the Keystone Cops and Marx Brothers. That is unfortunate as that reputation spills over into other areas of jurisdiction.
It is appalling that our elected representatives have not seen fit to deal with this issue and rescind CHRA Section 13. Apparently the courts will have to do it for them.

John,  some serious stuff , a lot of what you termed "Keystone Cops and Marx Brothers." and in agreement with you - but some ruffle patches - and I dontwantabe sued.