Saturday, June 19, 2010

Daily Digest June 19, 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 -
Fool us once ...
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=344113&sc=80

Cars and rights
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=343997&sc=80

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
A reminder to be ready
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=343963&sc=30

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN -
The price of disposing our e-waste
For the sake of our children and grandchildren, we must find more environmentally friendly methods of disposing e-waste.
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=344133&sc=103

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Air India report: Unsafe to this day
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1187994.html

Pardon reform heads off Homolka
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1187834.html

Serving pork is a tricky business
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1187998.html

It's time to change our lethal lifestyles
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1188137.html

'Not a bailout': the great Canadian bank caper
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1188139.html

AMHERST DAILY NEWS -
Sometimes politicians do the right thing
http://www.amherstdaily.com/Opinion/Editorials/2010-06-17/article-1351265/Sometimes-politicians-do-the-right-thing/1

SAINT JOHN TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL -
Take minister at his word
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/opinion/article/1099596

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Time to get a grip on security agencies
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/Time+grip+security+agencies/3169001/story.html

All aboard -again
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/aboard+again/3169002/story.html

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Curbing an addiction
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Curbing+addiction/3174795/story.html
 
End of an era
  http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/End+of+an+era/3174794/story.html
 
Ants and grasshoppers
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Ants+grasshoppers/3168610/story.html

Twenty-five years of failure
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/op-ed/Twenty+five+years+failure/3174799/story.html
 
Be skeptical of former 'skeptics'
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/op-ed/skeptical+former+skeptics/3169333/story.html

KINGSTON WHIG STANDARD-
Harper should confront Chinese premier over horrific abuses
http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2630702

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Time to finally fix education funding
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2628487

TORONTO STAR -
Put poverty on agenda
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/825234--put-poverty-on-agenda

PM's aversion to climate talk
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/825226--pm-s-aversion-to-climate-talk

Million-dollar-a-minute summit worth it, insists Stephen Harper aide
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/torontog20summit/article/825508--million-dollar-a-minute-summit-worth-it-insists-stephen-harper-aide

Talking points: What to make of Sun News?
http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/824834--talking-points-what-to-make-of-sun-news

Walkom: Stephen Harper outflanks Liberals from the left
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/825825--walkom-stephen-harper-outflanks-liberals-from-the-left

Travers: Changing Canada, one backward step at a time
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/stephenharper/article/825809--travers-changing-canada-one-backward-step-at-a-time

NATIONAL POST -
Parliament's summer report card
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/Parliament+summer+report+card/3174528/story.html

Imagine if they had been white
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/Imagine+they+been+white/3174527/story.html

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
Eldercare: We are failing
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/792102

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW -
NDP fails at controlling video fallout
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2628978

K-W RECORD -
Canada has become the wrong kind of country
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/Editorials/article/731475

The NDP would lose under a Liberal-NDP coalition
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/Editorials/article/730722

Hudak's question on the HST
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/Editorials/article/731432

WINDSOR STAR -
Long-gun registry
http://www.windsorstar.com/opinion/editorials/Long+registry/3168475/story.html

SUDBURY STAR -
Media battles PM's office for access to information
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2629571

THUNDER BAY CHRONICLE JOURNAL -
Variations of equality
http://www.chroniclejournal.com/stories.php?id=273754

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
The NDP and Israel
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/editorials/the-ndp-and-israel-96712244.html

Métis still waiting for their apology
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/metis-still-waiting-for-their-apology-96636889.html

Below the surface of Israeli criticism
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/below-the-surface-of-israeli-criticism-96636834.html

Canada must lift up Mexico
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/canada-must-lift-up-mexico-96636749.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Crucial to ensure Braidwood report adopted quickly
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/opinion/Crucial+ensure+Braidwood+report+adopted+quickly/3175012/story.html

Sikh community co-operation vital to secure Canada
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/opinion/Sikh+community+operation+vital+secure+Canada/3169543/story.html

CALGARY HERALD -
Homolka horror spurs action
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=a38c97cd-678e-49ba-ad76-815f41c541b1
 
Security czar needed
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=739a8a41-5727-420f-bb81-e5b1d1817ed3
 
Worst human rights offenders condemn West
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=df0e79ca-b188-4c45-8a50-c4b32db060a0

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE -
World Cup is about much more than its matches
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2630015

Ignoring whining over horns right move for soccer body
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2627788

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Killing family? What dishonour!
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/editorials/Killing+family+What+dishonour/3169850/story.html

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
Keeping kids safe in cyberspace          
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/content/view/201746/149/
 
Let the healing begin
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/content/view/201439/149/

RED DEER ADVOCATE -
Falklands oil strike, could it mean war?
http://www.albertalocalnews.com/reddeeradvocate/opinion/Falklands_oil_strike_could_it_mean_war_96594629.html

VANCOUVER SUN -
Air India showed terrorists can get away with horrific acts
  http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=a9b53c8d-5d23-40ec-8951-f0ce0454f72c
 
Better checks needed to avoid repetition of fertilizer flap
http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=f95c97cd-dcdc-402a-9fe4-f3ccbe343225

Fine-tuning pension system is all that's needed
  http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=09871362-1688-4e4e-991e-d43065dbf798


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS -          
Truth needs talking about
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/truth-needs-talking-about-96712139.html


AF-PAK PROBLEM -
Rising Afghan violence alarms UN
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/asia_pacific/10356741.stm

US Sees Progress in Afghanistan
http://quqnoos.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4462&Itemid=48

A Surge in Afghan Militant Attacks
http://quqnoos.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4448&Itemid=48

Current state of Afghan war mirrors Iraq circa 2005-2006
http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2010/06/current_state_of_afghan_war_mi_1.php


CANADIAN FORCES -
Canada's army gets a new boss
http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2010/06/19/14449106.html

"Forces swamped with deployment requests as Afghan mission winds down"
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Forces+swamped+with+deployment+requests+Afghan+mission+winds+down/3166798/story.html#ixzz0r8flWOL4

Canada vital to holding Kandahar, general declares
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/features/Canada+vital+holding+Kandahar+general+declares/3156746/story.html


FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
On the agenda
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/agenda/3174509/story.html

Leaders of the world, united?
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/Leaders+world+united/3174476/story.html

What exactly is the G8 anyway?
http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/06/19/what-exactly-is-the-g8-anyway/


MIGRATION -
Canada giving $18.3B to immigrants? That's absurd
http://www.lfpress.com/comment/columnists/rory_leishman/2010/06/18/14442141.html


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
Ottawa returns Quebec legislature grounds
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100619/national/que_legislature_lands

PQ setting stage for another run at sovereignty
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/setting+stage+another+sovereignty/3173879/story.html


FEDERAL POLITICS -
Rule-breaking cited in PM's department
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100619/national/contract_foulups


PROGRAMMES -
Task force to study Canada's payment system
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/100618/canada/canada_us_flaherty_payments

Feds to invest $1M toward seafood promotion
http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2010/06/19/14450496.html

Tourists fleeing Fortress Toronto
http://www.torontosun.com/news/g20/2010/06/19/14449796.html

When fear comes to town
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/When+fear+comes+town/3174512/story.html

Soldiers with guns. In our cities. In Canada. Turns out Paul Martin was right
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2010/06/18/soldiers-with-guns-in-our-cities-in-canada-turns-out-paul-martin-was-right/#more-4085



PRESSURE POINTS -
King coal may yet reign
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/King+coal+reign/3174562/story.html


OPINION AND INFORMATION -
New voice for Canada
http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/michael_coren/2010/06/18/14444906.html

A summer of disruption and coercion
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/summer+disruption+coercion/3174540/story.html

Full Comment Forum: Canada and the culture of honour killings
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2010/06/18/full-comment-forum-canada-and-the-culture-of-honour-killings/#comments

How Canada made the G20 happen
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/g8-g20/news/how-canada-made-the-g20-happen/article1609690/

INFOS -
SAMEDI 19 JUIN 2010

Cours d'éthique et de culture religieuse · La Cour supérieure tranche en faveur d'une école secondaire
http://www.canoe.com/infos/quebeccanada/archives/2010/06/20100619-161426.html

Provincial · Québec devient propriétaire des terrains de l'Assemblée nationale
http://www.canoe.com/infos/quebeccanada/archives/2010/06/20100619-145625.html

Québec · Le gouvernement Charest veut relancer le débat constitutionnel
http://www.canoe.com/infos/quebeccanada/archives/2010/06/20100619-101354.html

Selon Ujjal Dosanjh · L'extrémisme sikh toujours présent au Canada
http://www.canoe.com/infos/quebeccanada/archives/2010/06/20100618-235042.html

Bloc québécois · Duceppe procède à un remaniement de son cabinet fantôme
http://www.canoe.com/infos/quebeccanada/archives/2010/06/20100618-200840.html

Démographie · 5300 Québécois de moins
http://www.canoe.com/infos/quebeccanada/archives/2010/06/20100618-064101.html

Droit constitutionnel
L'accès à l'information n'est pas absolu
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2010/06/18/003-acces-info-csupreme.shtml

Vingt ans après Meech - Le long hiver politique québécois
http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/canada/291266/vingt-ans-apres-meech-le-long-hiver-politique-quebecois

Crimes d'honneur - Au Canada aussi !
http://www.ledevoir.com/societe/actualites-en-societe/291089/crimes-d-honneur-au-canada-aussi

Contre l'utilisation des lacs comme dépotoirs
http://www.ledevoir.com/environnement/actualites-sur-l-environnement/291249/en-bref-contre-l-utilisation-des-lacs-comme-depotoirs

Ottawa doit améliorer la vie des autochtones, selon Michaëlle Jean
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/201006/19/01-4291736-ottawa-doit-ameliorer-la-vie-des-autochtones-selon-michaelle-jean.php?utm_categorieinterne=trafficdrivers&utm_contenuinterne=cyberpresse_BO2_quebec_canada_178_accueil_POS1

Des remontrances de Harper aux pays industrialisés
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/201006/19/01-4291654-des-remontrances-de-harper-aux-pays-industrialises.php

Que veut Kory Teneycke?
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/arts/medias/201006/19/01-4291657-que-veut-kory-teneycke.php

Le Bureau du Conseil privé dérogerait aux règles pour les contrats
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/201006/19/01-4291707-le-bureau-du-conseil-prive-derogerait-aux-regles-pour-les-contrats.php?utm_categorieinterne=trafficdrivers&utm_contenuinterne=cyberpresse_B13b_politique-quebecoise_559_section_POS1


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ACCOUNTABILITY?

Do as I say
(not as I do)
Twenty-nine per cent of the sample contracts were created retroactively, contrary to Treasury Board rules that
were toughened by the Federal Accountability Act, implemented after the Conservatives came to power in 2006.
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100619/national/contract_foulups


Would you think Travers would or would not have added the foregoing to his recitation of imaginings below
had it hit the media in the past rather than the same day?

__________________________________________
Canada has become the wrong kind of country
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/Editorials/article/731475
June 19, 2010
James Travers Star Columnist

Imagine a country where Parliament is padlocked twice in 13 months to frustrate the democratic will of the elected majority. That country is now this country.

Imagine a country that slyly relaxes environmental regulations even as its neighbour reels from a catastrophic oil leak blamed on slack controls. That country is now this country.

Imagine a country that boasts about prudent financial management while blowing through a $13-billion surplus on the way to a $47-billion deficit. That country is now this country.

Imagine a country where a political operative puts fork-tongued words in a top general's mouth. That country is now this country.

Imagine a country that refuses to fund the same safe abortions to poor women abroad as it provides at home. That country is now this country.

Imagine a country where the national police commissioner skews a federal election and is never forced to explain. That country is now this country.

Imagine a country that writes a covert manual on sabotaging Commons committees. That country is now this country.

Imagine a country dragging its climate change feet as the true north melts. That country is now this country.

Imagine a country that silences political debate on the sale of a publicly owned, crown jewel corporation. That country is now this country.

Imagine a country that puts higher priority on building super-prisons than keeping people out of them. That country is now this country.

Imagine a country where parties that win the most federal seats are dismissed as "losers". That country is now this country.

Imagine a country that twists its foreign policy around the interests of another nation. That country is now this country.

Imagine a country that argues that barricading its largest city promotes tourism. That country is now this country.

Imagine a country that promises Senate reform only to continue stuffing it with political hacks. That country is now this country.

Imagine a country that avoids answers about a controversial war by accusing questioners of supporting the enemy. That country is now this country.

Imagine a country where party apparatchiks decide who in a nominally free press is allowed to ask the Prime Minister questions. That country is now this country.

Imagine a country where donut shop wisdom is more prized than expert analysis. That country is now this country.

Imagine a country that builds a fake lake for a tough-times summit. That country is now this country.

Imagine a country that preaches law and order while killing a long-gun registry police chiefs insist makes citizens safer. That country is now this country.

Imagine a country where serving the Prime Minister as chief propagandist is job preparation for running a national news network. That country is now this country.

Imagine a country where charities mute constructive criticism of public policy for fear of losing federal funding. That country is now this country.

Imagine a country that can spend $1.2 billion for summit security but can't find the petty cash needed to invest in the status of women. That country is now this country.

Imagine a country that promises accountability only to impose secrecy. That country is now this country.

Every example is familiar, all are documented. Only the cumulative effect is surprising.

Conservatives came to power knowing reluctant Canadians could only be shifted to the political right incrementally. That movement is now advancing according to the plan Conservative thinker, strategist and Stephen Harper mentor Tom Flanagan infuriated the Prime Minister by making public.

Imagine that.

James Travers writes on national issues.

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