Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Daily Digest June 22, 2010


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

EDITORIAL PAGEs

CAPE BRETON POST -
Cape Breton loses a peace warrior
http://www.capebretonpost.com/Opinion/Editorial/2010-06-22/article-1407903/Cape-Breton-loses-a-peace-warrior/1

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -

Inquiry deservedly hammers RCMP in Dziekanski death
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1188456.html

AMHERST DAILY NEWS -


SAINT JOHN TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL -
In the polls: federal deadlock
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/opinion/article/1104283

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
A victory for religious freedom
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/victory+religious+freedom/3184949/story.html

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
The light of Day
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/light/3184056/story.html

KINGSTON WHIG STANDARD-
Canadians are blissfully unaware: Poll
http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2633385

Policing the police is an unfortunate necessity
http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2633342

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Expectations of chastity being ignored
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2633040

TORONTO STAR -
Summit spending tests bottomless public trough
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/826552--travers-summit-spending-tests-bottomless-public-trough?bn=1

Opinion: Canada can help to intensify war against killer diseases
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/826693--opinion-canada-can-help-to-intensify-war-against-killer-diseases

G20 protests have a point
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/826610--g20-protests-have-a-point

Renew rights agency
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/826605--renew-rights-agency

Cohn: Clarity amidst foreign policy banality
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/826694--cohn-clarity-amidst-foreign-policy-banality

GLOBE & MAIL -
China carves out a crawl space
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/china-carves-out-a-crawl-space/article1612393/

Corporate social responsibility: publish or perish
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/corporate-social-responsibility-publish-or-perish/article1612394/

NATIONAL POST -
A parting insult to Aqsa Parvez
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/parting+insult+Aqsa+Parvez/3183897/story.html

The problem with a super-sized Canada
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/problem+with+super+sized+Canada/3183878/story.html

A police force in denial
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/police+force+denial/3183877/story.html

Membership has its privileges
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/Membership+privileges/3183876/story.html

TORONTO SUN -
G20 poll dance
http://www.ottawasun.com/comment/columnists/greg_weston/2010/06/21/14468501.html

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
Mounties need real change
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/793596

K-W RECORD -
Ottawa tests bottomless public trough
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/Editorials/article/732746

WINDSOR STAR -
Fast trains
http://www.windsorstar.com/opinion/editorials/Fast+trains/3184159/story.html

SUDBURY STAR -
Why allow a huge mosque near Ground Zero?
http://www.thesudburystar.com/Account/Share.aspx?ctid=2&cid=2634029

THUNDER BAY CHRONICLE JOURNAL -
Superior a choice port of call
http://www.chroniclejournal.com/stories.php?id=274545

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Obama switches gears in Mideast
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/obama-switches-gears-in-mideast-96863729.html

Time to stop picking on BP
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/time-to-stop-picking-on-bp-96863709.html

Euro threatens fragile EU unity
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/euro-threatens-fragile-eu-unity-96863704.html

Ottawa needs someone to knock heads
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/ottawa-needs-someone-to-knock-heads-96863614.html

Summit requires a little austerity
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/summit-requires-a-little-austerity-96788119.html

CALGARY HERALD -
Need irrelevant with Fox News North
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=8b4842f5-9259-4f09-9796-67578620254c
 
No to CPP tax increase
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=9c65d7ce-af0a-4cc5-9dcc-887b8baa9994


EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Session fades to black and blue
  http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/editorials/Session+fades+black+blue/3184769/story.html

VANCOUVER SUN -
Standing up for Aqsa and Canada in honour killing case
http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=15648f5d-7f33-4bfe-9fab-41c36910b67f

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Action needed on child poverty
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=f3d9d96a-ea1e-4609-85f3-5baee456a5bd

ISSUES

CANUSA/USACAN -
Canada 'furious' over U.S.-backed women's rights super agency
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/world/Canada+furious+over+backed+women+rights+super+agency/3187858/story.html


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS -
Countries must cut spending, BoC warns
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/Countries+must+spending+warns/3183938/story.html

Oil, gas and utility firms could face 24,000-worker shortage: Mercer
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/utility+firms+could+face+worker+shortage+Mercer/3183937/story.html

CPP isn't broken
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/broken/3183964/story.html

The theory and politics of HST
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/theory+politics/3183963/story.html


FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
McChrystal told to explain himself to Obama
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100622/national/us_general_afghan_cda

U.S. Gen. McChrystal could face court-martial
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/826725--u-s-gen-mcchrystal-could-face-court-martial

Canada slaps more sanctions on Iran
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100622/national/cda_iran_sanctions

EU lawmakers: Bombard Canadian PM with tax 'tweets'
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5joQaNbgzS8WcMU3Nc95TpL_Vmc0A

Tories push new Arctic security measures
http://www.ottawasun.com/news/canada/2010/06/22/14478386.html

Barak urges UN to shelve plan to probe Gaza flotilla raid
http://www.web-view.net/Show/0X4222554F31E3243664B7206E7BD79F1AA5715B775C5D79AAF7C6235E0784756F.htm


HEALTH CARE RELATED -
Pills won't fix problems in the bedroom, says critic of big pharma
http://www.thestar.com/healthzone/newsfeatures/article/827010--pills-won-t-fix-problems-in-the-bedroom-says-critic-of-big-pharma


MIGRATION -
Philippines largest source of Canadian import workers
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/todays-paper/Philippines+largest+source+Canadian+import+workers/3184023/story.html

Well-educated, older immigrants prefer Canada
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/well-educated-older-immigrants-prefer-canada-to-us-poll-finds/article1614074/

Fast-tracking of skilled workers pays off in shorter wait times
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Fast+tracking+skilled+workers+pays+shorter+wait+times/3184021/story.html


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
McGuinty says no decision on privatization
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100622/national/ont_supercorp_privatization

Alberta apologizes to oilsands critics
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100621/national/oilsands_scientists_defamed

McGuinty confirms "SuperCorp" being considered
http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/article/827135--mcguinty-confirms-supercorp-being-considered?bn=1

No HST break for First Nations in B.C., says Gordon Campbell
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/no-hst-break-for-first-nations-in-bc-says-gordon-campbell/article1613550/


FEDERAL POLITICS -
Tory support undented by nasty session: Poll
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100622/national/tories_poll

Senate committee says stay in Afghanistan
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100622/national/afghan_cda_senate


PROGRAMMES -
Tory law could double prison costs: report
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100622/national/tough_on_crime_costs

Arming Canada's drones under consideration
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100622/national/afghan_cda_drones

Can. Space Agency to use private U.S. rocket
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100622/national/csa_maclean_satellite

Federal prison bill to cost a billion dollars a year: Report
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/826778--federal-prison-bill-to-cost-a-billion-dollars-a-year-report?bn=1

Public safety minister disputes findings
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/06/22/truth-in-reconciliation-pbo-report.html

Quebec city has gotten disproportionate amount of stimulus money, federal minister says
http://www.cjad.com/news/565/1158559


PRESSURE POINTS -
Junk climate poll falls apart
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/Junk+climate+poll+falls+apart/3183962/story.html


OPINION AND INFORMATION -
Some politicians under foreign influence: CSIS
http://www.cbc.ca/politics/story/2010/06/22/spying-csis.html

The shame of honour crimes
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/the-shame-of-honour-crimes/article1612108/

Who's afraid of right-wing TV?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/whos-afraid-of-right-wing-tv/article1612396/

Aung San Suu Kyi's unhappy birthday
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/aung-san-suu-kyis-unhappy-birthday/article1612375/

Pity Toronto. It's stuck with an unnecessary, bloated summit
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/g8-g20/opinion/pity-toronto-its-stuck-with-an-unnecessary-bloated-summit/article1612377/

Alberta and Quebec, the axis of provincialism
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/alberta-and-quebec-the-axis-of-provincialism/article1608194/

TORONTO SUMMIT
Life inside the 'security zone'
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/g8-g20/news/life-inside-the-g20-security-zone/article1614049/

The G20 fence: No mere barricade
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/g8-g20/news/the-g20-fence-no-mere-barricade/article1614025/

Our billion dollars' worth
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/billion+dollars+worth/3184060/story.html

Tories rev up the good-news machine ahead of summits
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/tories-rev-up-the-good-news-machine-ahead-of-summits/article1612911/

Harper tightens his grip on media message control
http://www.metronews.ca/edmonton/comment/article/558667--harper-tightens-his-grip-on-media-message-control

The Ottawa disconnect
Plenty of news out of Afghanistan, but none of it registers on the Hill
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/spector-vision/the-ottawa-disconnect/article1613467/


INFOS -
Sécurité des G8 et G20 · Pas de place pour les décapotables
http://lcn.canoe.ca/lcn/infos/national/archives/2010/06/20100622-210944.html

Gouverneur général  · Qui prendra la relève?
http://www.canoe.com/infos/quebeccanada/archives/2010/06/20100622-205801.html

Envoyée spéciale à l'UNESCO · La communauté haïtienne fière de Michaëlle Jean
http://www.canoe.com/infos/quebeccanada/archives/2010/06/20100622-195145.html

Ottawa · Le Parlement approuve un accord controversé avec la Colombie
http://www.canoe.com/infos/quebeccanada/archives/2010/06/20100622-150601.html

Loi sur l'adéquation de la peine et du crime · Les coûts vont exploser
http://www.canoe.com/infos/quebeccanada/archives/2010/06/20100622-143015.html

Ottawa · Peines de détention: les coûts de la nouvelle loi
http://lcn.canoe.ca/lcn/infos/national/archives/2010/06/20100622-131223.html

Sommet du G8
Plaidoyer pour inclure l'avortement
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/International/2010/06/22/015-g8-avortement-groupes.shtml

Nucléaire iranien
Sanctions canadiennes supplémentaires
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2010/06/22/003-iran-canada-sanctions.shtml

G8/G20
Le SCRS ne craint pas les terroristes
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/International/2010/06/22/001-sommet_terrorisme.shtml

Propos de McChrysthal: Obama est «fâché»
http://matin.branchez-vous.com/nouvelles/2010/06/obama-fache-mcchrysthal-propos-rolling-stone.html

Sondage: les conservateurs toujours en avance
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/201006/22/01-4292392-sondage-les-conservateurs-toujours-en-avance.php


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From: The Natroses

Hi Joe,

On the comments from Don Keir; " And especially when you know that the US Treasury Department is issuing trillions of dollars worth of these Treasury Bonds every day to governments all around the world and you know that there is no way that the US will ever be able to redeem them because this is how they have been operating for many years. Did you notice who gets left holding the empty bag? The Canadian company got their money. The US company got their money. Oops what happened then. The Bank of Canada received a US Treasury Bond. Oh, but the Canadian government owns the Bank of Canada. Guess who finances the Canadian government. Does your pocket feel a little lighter? And you are paying all that highly paid help down in Ottawa to look after your affairs. Just think, your income tax is helping to pay for the US war in Iraq and Afghanistan while your government is cutting the transfer payments to the provinces that are essential to maintain Universal Health care and Public Education. It appears that the capitalistic system does not favour the average citizen."

Of course free trade, is not free trade. One just has to take a look at the average citizen buying goods and services in each other's countries. Even here Canadians are restricted compared to what Americans can do.  Americans will even get their sales taxes refunded to them, and that is if they bother to fill out the paper work. Can Canadians do this, if paying American sales tax?  Of course not.

U.S. citizens crossing the border into Canada to visit are allowed to bring the following into Canada:
  • 1.5 litres of wine, or 1.14 litres (40 ounces) of liquor, or 24 x 355 millilitres (12 ounces) cans or bottles (8.5 litres) of beer or ale.
  • 1 carton (200 cigarettes) & 50 cigars
  • Americans may bring up to $60 in gifts per recipient. (excluding alcohol and tobacco)
Personal Allowances for Americans Returning to the US after Less than 48 Hrs:
After a stay of less than 48 hours in Canada, a U.S. citizen or resident may return to the U.S. with:
  • US$200 worth of goods per person, tax and duty free
  • 150 ml (5 oz) alcohol and 10 cigars (non Cuban)
  • Any purchases in excess of the US$200 allowance may be subject to duties and taxes.
  • US citizens may buy these amounts daily.
Personal Allowances for Americans Returning to the US after More than 48 Hrs:
After a stay of 48 hours or more in Canada, a U.S. citizen or resident may return to the U.S. with:
  • US$800 worth of goods per person, tax and duty free
  • Purchases may include 1 liter of alcohol, 200 cigarettes (1 carton), and 100 cigars.
  • Family members may combine their tax and duty allowances.
  • Any purchases in excess of the US$800 allowance may be subject to duties and taxes.
  • US citizens may buy these amounts once a month.
http://gocanada.about.com/od/faqscrossingtheborde1/p/duty_free.htm

For Canadians:

The following exemptions apply, depending on the amount of time spent outside Canada:


Travel outside Canada for 24 hour or more

The personal exemption for Canadians travelling outside of Canada for 24 hours or more is CDN$50 worth of goods without paying duties or taxes (excluding tobacco and alcohol). If the value of the goods exceeds CDN$50, the individual cannot claim the exemption and must pay taxes and duties where applicable on the full value.


Travel outside Canada for 48 hours or more

The personal exemption is CDN$200 worth of goods without paying duties or taxes (including some tobacco products and alcoholic beverages).


Travel outside Canada for seven days or more

The personal exemption is CDN$750 worth of goods without paying duties or taxes (including some tobacco products and alcoholic beverages). The calculation of travel days does not include the date in which the traveler left Canada but it does include the return date.

http://www.buyusa.gov/canada/en/guideforcanadianconsumers.html

Canadians have to stay in a country for 7 days, for goods without paying duties or taxes. For Americans it is a mere 48 hours or more, for $800 without paying duties/taxes. Free trade??  Not for the average Canadian citizen, who ends up supporting the Canadian and American importers/exporters, but we also protecting big business as well. It protects the setup of the trade deficit, and holds the average Canadian hostage to Canadian retail prices.

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From: John Halonen

"One has to wonder why Canadian politicians would advocate the continued deployment of our troops
to a mission so convoluted as to be virtually impossible to comprehend."

The Conservative-Liberal coalition seems to be moving
toward agreement on continued deployment.


Actually it is not that difficult to answer.  Our politicians sold out Canada many years ago to a country that today fights in Afghanistan.  We ( Canadian citizens ) do not make our own decisions any more.


John Halonen

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From: "Mahmood Elahi"
To: <chebert@thestar.ca>
Cc: "Letters to the Editor" <lettertoed@thestar.ca>,
Subject: It's Ontario, stupid!

The Editor
The Toronto Star
 
It's Ontario, stupid!
 
Deadlocked polls are becoming the federal norm," by Chantal Hebert (June 21).
 
In her otherwise interesting article, Chantal Hebert fails to realize that no party can form a majority government unless it can sweep Canada's most populous province of Ontario. Most columnists and pundits fail to realize that with 15 million of Canada's 33 million people, Ontario holds the key to all federal elections. Quebec is a distant second with 7 million and is of marginal importance.
 
The Liberals, led by former Prime Minister Jean Chretien, won three back-to-back majorities by winning 100 of Ontario's 103 seats. This almost total sweep in Ontario permitted Mr. Chretien to form three majority governments despite the Bloc won most seats in Quebec and Reform/CA won most seats in the West. In fact, the Liberals lost all Maritime seats to Jean Charest's Progressive Conservatives in 1997 and yet formed a majority government on the back of Ontario.
 
But the Liberals took Ontario for granted and ignored 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 crunch. Mr. Chretien spent millionsa of dollars for sponsorship programs in Quebec while ignoring Ontario's dire financial situation. As such, the Liberals might have lost their grip on Ontario and without sweeping Ontario, the Liberals will be hard-pressed even to form a minority government. Quebec cannot help much if the Liberals cannot regain their hold on Ontario.
 
Ontario voters are highly unlikely to put all their eggs in the same basket as they will never place their trust in a single political partry. Unless Ontario voters change their mind, the deadlock at the polls will continue. To paraphrase former U.S. President Bill Clinton's famous campaign slogan --- It's economy, stupid! ---it can be said: "It's Ontario, stupid!.
 
MAHMOOD ELAHI

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: another PC action that costs us big time and accomplishes nothing
 
Why does Canada have to apologize and pay compensation???  It was not a Canadian that bombed the plane it was a radical Sikh.  We paid out millions for the trial, we paid out millions for the families to travel to Canada to watch the trial, and the creatures that did the deed are free.  Again we are being used as banks for something that is not our fault.  The police tried to arrest these bombers before this even occured but were stiopped because they were accused of being racist.  But now they take the full blame.  People were miurdered before this crash and nothing was done.  But now we pay the price.  We are considered guilty and the murderers are free and clear.
becky

Ottawa to apologize to Air India victims: Harper
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/Ottawa+apologize+India+victims/3165784/story.html

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Subject: FOXNEWS Glenn Beck/Soros/Petrobras/Oil Spill - June 21
From: Robert Ede

-- weird replay of visual - sound only intact
 
It's a pain to look at (partially blocked I guess - to encourage subscriptions?)
-- but worth it

http://video.foxnews.com/v/4248181/left-strangely-silent-on-petrobras

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Subject: National Post Story: Tarek Fatah: Star disgraces memory of AqsaParvez
From: Lorimer Rutty

Got some space to fill? This and the comments following should do the trick.

Tarek Fatah: Star disgraces memory of AqsaParvez

, National Post Read more »

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Subject: Thanks Mike.
From: John Duddy
Cc: Joe Hueglin <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>
To: mikeduffy@conservative.ca

Thanks Mike.

Please support me in having the Prime Minister work for Canada,
not the Zionist-hijacked Israeli government mentioned by that great
conservative economist linked below.

John Duddy


Begin forwarded message:
From: John Duddy
Date: June 16, 2010 9:25:12 AM MDT
To: pm@pm.gc.ca, ignatieff.m@parl.gc.ca, Layton.J@parl.gc.ca, raeb@parl.gc.ca, daviel@parl.gc.ca
Cc: Joe Hueglin <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca >
Subject: Helen Thomas Tells the Facts, Names the Names.
http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts06162010.html

Dear Prime Minister.

Please see what Dr. Paul Craig Roberts has to say about Helen Thomas.

Dr. Roberts claims the Israel Lobby owns the US Government and Wall St. Journal.
(Surely not Canada as well)

Why do Canadian party leaders reprimand Canadian MPs on behalf of the Israel Lobby?

I quote Dr. Roberts:-
"Every time the rest of the world tries to hold the Israeli government accountable for its crimes, the US vetoes the UN resolution. America has become the enabler of the Zionist-hijacked Israeli government.  And the Israeli government knows it. Israeli government leaders have publicly bragged for decades about their control over the US government".

Please read what former Ronald Reagan Economist and former Wall St. Journal editor writes in the above link.

And then take note that the citizens of Gaza need an end to the illegal blockade.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/middle_east/10306193.stm

John Duddy.


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