Friday, June 11, 2010

Daily Digest May 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 -
No giveaways
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=343121&sc=80

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
Abuse of a different kind? 
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=343215&sc=30

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN -
A "fake lake" by any other name
As government and Opposition MPs bicker about a marketing pavilion for the G8/G20 summits, including a so-called "fake lake" to use as a backdrop for media interviews, many Canadians must be shaking their heads over yet another illustration of the costs of hosting world conferences.
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=343147&sc=103

A show of disrespect for Parliament
Government staff shouldn't have the option of simply ignoring a summons to appear before a parliamentary committee
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=343148&sc=103

CAPE BRETON POST -
Patience needed on port future
http://www.capebretonpost.com/Opinion/Editorial/2010-06-11/article-1272367/Patience-needed-on-port-future/1

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Lighthouse rout: No money for heritage
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1186740.html

Coalition calculus could put Ignatieff in power
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1186825.html

SAINT JOHN TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL -
A coalition? 'This dog won't hunt'
http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/opinion/article/1089902

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
NDP and Liberals should go their own ways
http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/Liberals+should+their+ways/3141006/story.html

KINGSTON WHIG STANDARD-
More choice equals less coverage
http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2618338

TORONTO STAR -
Supreme Court muzzles media and public's right to know
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/822094--supreme-court-muzzles-media-and-public-s-right-to-know
 
The sum of summit folly
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/822024--the-sum-of-summit-folly

A loss for open courts
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/822025--a-loss-for-open-courts

Gwyn: International affairs now truly international
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/822092--gwyn-international-affairs-now-truly-international

Goar: Blue collar workers left behind
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/822095--goar-blue-collar-workers-left-behind

GLOBE & MAIL -
The Supreme Court sets back open courts
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/the-supreme-court-sets-back-open-courts/article1599859/

On refugee reform, the Liberals are the odd party out
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/on-refugee-reform-the-liberals-are-the-odd-party-out/article1599863/

A welcome unanimity at the UN over Iran
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/a-welcome-unanimity-at-the-un-over-iran/article1599871/

NATIONAL POST -
They just want some relief
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/They+just+want+some+relief/3139070/story.html

The disgrace of the OTF
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/disgrace/3139068/story.html

Flaherty's silver bullet
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/Flaherty+silver+bullet/3139145/story.html

Expand the Third Pillar of pensions
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/Expand+Third+Pillar+pensions/3139147/story.html

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
Love and war
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/786578

ST. CATHARINES STANDARD -
 Preserve our natural wonder
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2619020

NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW -
ARE WE FOLLOWING THE WRONG PATH?
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2618526

SMOKE CHARADE A TAX GRAB
http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2618523

K-W RECORD -
Cabinet ministers and civil servants are being muzzled by prime minister
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/Editorials/article/726178

WINDSOR STAR -
Harris's degree
http://www.windsorstar.com/opinion/editorials/Harris+degree/3139365/story.html

SUDBURY STAR -
Children's aid societies shouldn't be afraid of public scrutiny
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2619125

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
Ms. Allan too easily stampedes
Education Minister Nancy Allan was quick to assure the B'nai Brith that she would act on their objection to the inclusion of a passage about a wounded Palestinian boy in the provincial Grade 12 language arts exam this year. A review, however, of the question at heart -- an excerpt from an article written by a local singer -- shows nothing offensive was presented to the students. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/editorials/ms-allan-too-easily-stampedes-96125274.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Sticking to script on Afghanistan ridiculous stance
  http://www.thestarphoenix.com/opinion/Sticking+script+Afghanistan+ridiculous+stance/3140659/story.html

CALGARY HERALD -
Crooked Consultant Act overdue
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=97b42d80-619e-4348-833a-a2e28bcb58d1
 
Playing God with cancer patients proves medicare is sick
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=750a591b-b1fe-4b33-928a-377bc9091e40
 
Short insomniacs find it even tougher to sleep
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=4ee170ca-0993-4f5c-8fd8-16b5f5e3e079
 
Tragic, but needed charges
http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=14b192f7-6764-491f-ad6b-45ce9ce2bce9

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
Reasons for bail will remain secret
  http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/editorials/Reasons+bail+will+remain+secret/3139976/story.html
 
A long-awaited investigation
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/editorials/long+awaited+investigation/3135021/story.html

LETHBRIDGE HERALD -
Seniors do a lot for us          
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/content/view/198795/149/

RED DEER ADVOCATE -
Here's how to break the Gaza blockade
http://www.albertalocalnews.com/reddeeradvocate/opinion/Heres_how_to_break_the_Gaza_blockade_96141039.html

Many Canadians unprepared
http://www.albertalocalnews.com/reddeeradvocate/opinion/Many_Canadians_unprepared_96140744.html

VANCOUVER SUN -
Canada's economic recovery could falter if other countries can't join the party
http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=76ea697c-9b53-4d9c-81cc-d947eea02b02

Colour me skeptical
  http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=5bb20dca-ac14-4ab8-8646-28dd9585fdd8

VANCOUVER PROVINCE -
Get ready for a fun month of madness
http://www.theprovince.com/opinion/editorials/Editorial+ready+month+madness/3140461/story.html

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -
Oil disaster non-planning
There is rarely a good time to weaken environmental protection, but the Harper government has truly picked a terrible time.
  http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=b55b2737-9186-4339-b638-2e2617ac0c9b
 
Group home cuts grim news for disabled
I remember the exact moment I started to look at people with mental handicaps in a completely different way.
  http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=c556978f-655b-412e-8c3d-bb9023a2eca0
 
Dave Bidini and why I'm not quitting Facebook
http://www2.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=4bfad0fb-791e-4355-a40f-4e2734ccaa42


ISSUES

AF-PAK PROBLEM -
No end to tragedies in Afghanistan
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/jun/11/afghanistan-america

Afghanistan: All in the mind
US general fails to provide any clarity about the end result of nine years of continuous warfare


CANADIAN FORCES -
Armed Cdn drones five years out: commander
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100611/national/afghan_cda_drones


CANUSA/USACAN -
Canada-U. S. trade disappoints
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/Canada+trade+disappoints/3139114/story.html


FOREIGN AFFAIRS -
Israel vs Iran: the risk of war
http://www.opendemocracy.net/paul-rogers/iran-vs-israel-risk-of-war

Iran may eject UN weapons inspectors
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/Iran+eject+weapons+inspectors/3139061/story.html


MIGRATION -
It's a bad day for multiculturalism': India foundation
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/multiculturalism+India+foundation/3139030/story.html


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES -
Liberals defend partisan message on HST cheques
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/822003--liberals-defend-partisan-message-on-hst-cheques?bn=1

Campbell tells supporters he won't backtrack on HST
http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Campbell+tells+supporters+backtrack/3139069/story.html

B.C. cabinet minister quits over HST
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2010/06/11/bc-blair-lekstom-resigns-hst.html


FEDERAL POLITICS -
Opposition gears up for war on detainee documents
http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20100611/detainee-documents-battle-100611/

Conservatives pushed by Harper to embrace pension reform before key meeting
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/breakingnews/conservatives-pushed-by-harper-to-embrace-pension-reform-before-key-meeting-96164509.html

Harper aide fails to face committee
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/Harper+aide+fails+face+committee/3139023/story.html


PROGRAMMES -
Ottawa unveils telecom options
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/ottawa-unveils-telecom-options/article1600903/

Tories sidestep promise of opening jet purchase to competitive bids
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/tories-sidestep-promise-of-opening-jet-purchase-to-competitive-bids/article1601021/

Shooting victims, relatives say they'll blame NDP leader Layton if registry dies
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/breakingnews/shooting-victims-relatives-say-theyll-blame-ndp-leader-layton-if-registry-dies-96170044.html

Blair offers breakdown of Toronto police's $122-million G20 budget
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/g8-g20/news/blair-offers-breakdown-of-toronto-polices-122-million-g20-budget/article1601425/

Tories, opposition agree on refugee law
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/Tories+opposition+agree+refugee/3139035/story.html


OPINION AND INFORMATION -


Abandon (leader)ship: Iggy sinking Grits
http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/l_ian_macdonald/2010/06/10/14340531.html

Has Ignatieff failed? It's too soon to know
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/columnists/Ignatieff+failed+soon+know/3139304/story.html

Canadians oppose urge to merge
http://www.canada.com/Canadians+oppose+urge+merge/3143723/story.html

Merger talk hasn't helped Ignatieff
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Merger+talk+hasn+helped+Ignatieff/3139500/story.html

Merger denial definitely not definitive
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2010/06/11/merger-denial-definitely-not-definitive/

NDP, Liberal merger non-starter
http://www.thestarphoenix.com/opinion/Liberal+merger+starter/3140634/story.html

Desperate Liberals want to bring NDP into fold -- Dippers want no part of it
http://www.ottawasun.com/comment/columnists/michael_dentandt/2010/06/10/14340751.html

Forget the NDP. The real coalition partners for Ignatieff's Liberals are the Conservatives
http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/821970--walkom-forget-the-ndp-the-real-coalition-partners-for-ignatieff-s-liberals-are-the-conservatives

Harper is likely confident Grit-NDP horse won't run
http://www.leaderpost.com/business/Harper+likely+confident+Grit+horse/3140192/story.html

Urge to merge may become overwhelming
http://www.ottawasun.com/comment/columnists/michael_harris/2010/06/10/14336696.html

NDP and Liberals should go their own ways
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Liberals+should+their+ways/3139485/story.html

Coalition talk reflects Ignatieff's weakness
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/Editorials/article/724863

The wedding is off
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/wedding/3139977/story.html

Obscuring the workings of Canadian justice
http://www.edmontonsun.com/comment/columnists/mindelle_jacobs/2010/06/10/14341441.html

Fake lake provides rich fodder for lampooning
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Columnists/1186795.html

Turning a vibrant town into a desert
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/turning-a-vibrant-town-into-a-desert/article1599811/

They just want some relief
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/They+just+want+some+relief/3139070/story.html

Rift grows between Chrétien and Ignatieff
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/821800--hebert-rift-grows-between-chretien-and-ignatieff?bn=1

Iron Jean: A Liberal party fantasy
http://www2.macleans.ca/2010/06/11/iron-jean/

Shock and awe over Liberal Party prez's coalition
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/shock-and-awe-over-liberal-party-prezs-coalition-comments-and-memories-of-the-chevrolet-summit/article1600427/

Officials probe MPs after story on rent irregularities
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/1186747.html

Harper would abolish party subsidies
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/201006/10/01-4288865-harper-veut-abolir-la-subvention-aux-partis.php&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dhttp://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/regional/montreal/%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26hs%3D4NM%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official&rurl=translate.google.ca

Harper bending to U.S. on sole-source fighter purchase, documents reveal
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/harper-bending-to-us-on-sole-source-fighter-purchase-documents-reveal/article1600070/

Ignatieff hopes summer road trip leads to 24 Sussex
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/822074--ignatieff-hopes-summer-road-trip-leads-to-24-sussex

G8 summit a circus, prof says
http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2618329

Right-leaning new TV channel in the works
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/right-leaning-new-tv-channel-in-the-works/article1600054/

Don Newman: The absolute last thing this country needs
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/06/10/f-vp-newman.html

Journalism groups rebuke Tory government over tight information controls
http://www.canadaeast.com/news/article/1089308

Electoral officer seeks verification of expense claims
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Electoral+officer+seeks+verification+expense+claims/3139278/story.html

PM's aide ignores committee summons
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/todays-paper/aide+ignores+committee+summons/3139604/story.html

Harper facing prison sentence?
http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/canada/290656/en-bref-la-prison-pour-harper-croit-le-bloc

Clement picked which festivals get federal funds
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/822116--clement-picked-which-festivals-get-federal-funds

Ottawa cuts funding for Quebec City celebration
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/Ottawa+cuts+funding+Quebec+City+celebration/3139033/story.html

Jaffer seeks to delay committee appearance again
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/jaffer-seeks-to-delay-committee-appearance-again/article1600060/

Jaffer caught up in wrong crowd?
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/jaffer-caught-up-in-wrong-crowd-96125534.html

Government regulation fails to lower cost of drugs: study
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/Government+regulation+fails+lower+cost+drugs+study/3139041/story.html

Changes to youth justice laws harmful to mentally ill, critics say
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/health/Changes+youth+justice+laws+harmful+mentally+critics/3139277/story.html

Flaherty proposes raising Canada Pension payroll premiums
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/flaherty-proposes-raising-canada-pension-payroll-premiums/article1599932/

Le bilan du H1N1 est de 18 156 morts L'OMS a annoncé que le bilan de la pandémie a été considérablement inférieur à celui d'une grippe saisonnière.
http://lejournaldequebec.canoe.ca/journaldequebec/actualites/international/archives/2010/06/20100611-124513.html

Harper voudrait abolir la subvention aux partis politiques
http://lejournaldequebec.canoe.ca/journaldequebec/actualites/national/archives/2010/06/20100611-110405.html

Registre des armes à feu Jack Layton interpellé
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/Montreal/2010/06/11/006-NPD-registre-victimes.shtml

Documents sur les détenus afghans Nouveaux rebondissements
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/International/2010/06/11/009-documents-detenus-afghans.shtml

Isotopes médicaux Vers une reprise de la production
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2010/06/11/002-production-isotopes-medicaux.shtml



INFOS -
VENDREDI 11 JUIN 2010

Télécommunications · Ottawa ouvert à l'élimination des exigences de propriété étrangère
http://www.canoe.com/infos/quebeccanada/archives/2010/06/20100611-193650.html

Financement public · Tony Clement seul à décider des projets touristiques
http://www.canoe.com/infos/quebeccanada/archives/2010/06/20100611-102241.html

122 millions $ pour la sécurité policière au G20
http://lejournaldequebec.canoe.ca/journaldequebec/actualites/national/archives/2010/06/20100611-192004.html

Après les journalistes, au tour de l'opposition de dénoncer le contrôle de l'information sous Harper
http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/canada/290770/apres-les-journalistes-au-tour-de-l-opposition-de-denoncer-le-controle-de-l-information-sous-harper

Le Bloc évoque un éventuel référendum à la communauté internationale
http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/canada/290771/le-bloc-evoque-un-eventuel-referendum-a-la-communute-internationale

Remplacement des avions de chasse - La facture totale pour les F-35 gonflerait à 16 milliards
http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/canada/290790/remplacement-des-avions-de-chasse-la-facture-totale-pour-les-f-35-gonflerait-a-16-milliards

En bref - La prison pour Harper, croit le Bloc
http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/canada/290656/en-bref-la-prison-pour-harper-croit-le-bloc

En bref - Le projet de loi C-9 est adopté
http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/canada/290522/en-bref-le-projet-de-loi-c-9-est-adopte

Détenus afghans: toujours pas d'entente sur l'accès aux documents
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/dossiers/le-canada-en-afghanistan/201006/11/01-4289187-detenus-afghans-toujours-pas-dentente-sur-lacces-aux-documents.php

 Armes à feu: les victimes de 3 tueries interpellent Layton
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/201006/11/01-4289080-armes-a-feu-les-victimes-de-3-tueries-interpellent-layton.php

  http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-canadienne/201006/11/01-4288902-bilinguisme-des-juges-lalberta-est-contre-le-projet-de-loi.php


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COMMENTS ON FOREIGN OWNERSHIP OF TELECOMMUNICATION WELCOMED
NO COMMENT FROM ME AT THIS POINT.

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Ottawa unveils telecom options
The federal government's three options for easing foreign ownership restrictions in Canada's telecommunications are now officially on the table.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/ottawa-unveils-telecom-options/article1600903/

Lifting foreign ownership restrictions in Canada's telecom sector is a complicated affair. That's why, after three reports and seven years, nothing has been done to alter the current 46.7-per-cent limit on foreign direct and indirect ownership of a telecom company. It's a question of balance. The federal government has to be careful ahead of a crucial auction in either 2012 or 2013 for valuable wireless spectrum licences.

A tilt toward favouring the new entrants, combined with removing restrictions, could see a foreign firm gobble up all the spectrum and harm large Canadian companies in the $40-billion sector. The government presented three options Friday for a consultation process that ends July 30. It's likely the government has already made up its mind, but the issue will be debated this fall. Some insiders, however, think a fall election could wipe it clean off the agenda.

OPTION 1

Raising foreign ownership levels to 49 per cent for both telecommunications and broadcasting.

Who's in favour?

CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein. BCE Inc.'s Bell Canada

Is it likely?

It makes sense, since telecommunications companies and broadcasting have indeed converged. But politically, it's a powder keg: opposition parties are sure to raise cultural and heritage issues if the word "broadcasting" is mentioned. And though this plan flattens and simplifies the rules, the limit is barely above current levels – a lukewarm option given the fiery rhetoric.

OPTION 2

First, easing foreign ownership restrictions for those with less than 10 per cent market share, then following up for larger players later.

Who's in favour?

The opposition. New entrants. Maybe the government

Is it likely?

This is the populist route, which plays into new wireless companies' message that Canadians have been underserved by current providers. For the government, it's the least controversial option politically. The opposition would likely support it, since no one would benefit from standing in the House and arguing for the incumbents while new companies are driving prices down. But new entrants realize they've been advantaged in the past and that arguing too forcefully for this option might be bad optics, one analyst said. This option would be another knock against big Canadian providers, such as Rogers, Bell and Telus, that have invested billions in Canada but allowed their public images to decay, helping open the door to unfavourable policy decisions.

OPTION 3

Eliminating foreign ownership restrictions for telecommunications companies completely.

Who's in favour?

Big incumbents. New entrants. M&A lawyers.

Is it likely?

It's certainly easy: Open the floodgates and let in foreign capital – and foreign companies. This would permit companies to have access to foreign capital but could result in iconic carriers, such as Bell, being bought up by U.S. companies. Even if the rules permit this, eliminating the headquarters of a massive Canadian company, such as Telus or Bell, would surely cause a firestorm in Ottawa. Not exactly what a minority government wants.

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