Thursday, August 23, 2012

Daily Digest August 23, 2012 030

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

OPINION AND INFORMATION
_____CANADA

Party with Grit needs pay-now, play-later policies
The underlying problem in Canada's $100 bill flap isn't racism or political correctness ­ it's blandness

The currency of racism in Canada
Principles set aside in federal government's dealings with Saudia Arabia

Remembering Jack Layton
Supreme Court the next Quebec-Ottawa battleground

Will Quebec's federalists vote 'strategically'?
Debate the economy, not referendums

Pauline Marois offers menu of reprehensible nationalist policies
Nobody wants Khadr: Canada and U.S. passing the buck

David Black may have to refine his plans
Todd Akin's views are, literally, medieval

Politics & religion an unholy pairing
Who's behind Liberalwho?

Ottawa's pooled-pension proposal gets thumbs-down
Confusion puts Parti Québécois sovereignty plan under attack

The Nanos Number: Will Quebecers vote with their pocketbooks?
Romney pitches Keystone as key to energy plan

Harper government scraps 3,000 environmental reviews on pipelines and other projects
Harper commits $188M for new Arctic research centre

Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq to chair Arctic Council
Ontario Liberals and PC virtually tied in popularity, according to new poll

Majority says spike Chinese takeover of Canada's Nexen
Australia To Upgrade Super Hornets In Sign F-35 Interest Waning

Number of people on employment insurance down in June: Statistics Canada
The NDP's political language optimization

Layton's admirers paint the town orange
Supporters show lasting love for 'Jack'

Harper's off-road adventure backfires as Yukon photo-op turns into ATV debate
Harper leaves room for mining near North's new national park

Tory minister introduces Harper as PM of 'Cannibal'
The borrowing binge: Consumer debt hits eight-year high

Liberal Senator Joyce Fairbairn to take sick leave after Alzheimer's diagnosis
Federal government grants licence for new nuclear reactors for first time in 30 years

Liberal insider accuses Clark of shaky leadership in new book
Conrad Black should attend Order of Canada panel: lawyer

Free up 'dead money,' Carney exhorts corporate Canada
Charest's hidden asset, his wife, Michèle

Marois will allow separatist hardliners to plunge Quebec 'into a ravine,' Legault warns
Marois, Legault argue for 2 different provincial identities

Quebec debate: Old wounds exposed as Marois, Legault clash over sovereignty
Report: PQ got illegal cash in '90s

Five Years To Purchase Coast Guard  Helicopters Almost 10 Years for An Icebreaker - Will Thhey Be Able to Stick to Schedule?
Journalist alleges Chinese news agency assigned him to spy

B.C. NDP leader pledges 'made in B.C.' review of Northern Gateway pipeline
DOA frontman goes NDP

Alberta government makes third try at balancing oilsands, environment
Legal action and scathing email highlight cracks in B.C.'s environmental assessment process

Principles set aside in federal government's dealings with Saudia Arabia by Yves Engler
Pauline Marois offers menu of reprehensible nationalist policies by Zach Paikin

Mark Carney: 'We need an aggressive, emerging-market-focused trade strategy' by iPolitics
Trading in the dismal science for political hackwork by Bloomberg

Paradoxical Québécois ethnic and civic nationalisms by Michael Behiels
Vic Toews and his quest for the bench

Border guards told to forget about illegal drug exports
Not ready to have the World in the Arctic

Harper leaves for mining in new park
The Timber Report Is in, What Will BC Libs Do?

What Is Asian?
Canada's National Energy Board Slammed for Kalamazoo Spill

In Search of Space: a Guide to Social Purpose Real Estate
Conrad Black well equipped to make written arguments, government lawyers say 
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/08/23/black-may-reopen-u-s-convictions-before-order-of-canada-federal-lawyers/

Charest pounces on opponents' sovereignty ambiguity
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/08/23/charest-pounces-on-opponents-sovereignty-ambiguity/

Registry reveals Enbridge's heavy presence in halls of power
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/08/23/registry-reveals-enbridges-heavy-presence-in-halls-of-power/

CNOOC's Nexen bid demands careful scrutiny: Harper
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/08/23/cnoocs-nexen-bid-demands-careful-scrutiny-harper/

Canada's chief at Arctic Council table next year 
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/08/23/harper-names-leona-aglukkaq-as-canadas-chief-at-arctic-council-table-next-year/

Teachers vow to challenge Ontario bill up to Supreme Court
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/08/23/teachers-vow-to-take-ontario-bill-to-supreme-court/

Rae asks ministers for further Syrian relief 
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/08/23/rae-asks-ministers-for-further-syrian-relief/

Principles set aside in federal government's dealings with Saudia Arabia 
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/08/23/yves-engler-principles-set-aside-in-federal-governments-dealings-with-saudia-arabia/

Harper's Arctic trips net PM more than glacier chunks and puppy licks 
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/08/23/harpers-arctic-trips-net-pm-more-than-glacier-chunks-and-puppy-licks/

Pauline Marois offers menu of reprehensible nationalist policies
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/08/23/zach-paikin-pauline-marois-offers-menu-of-reprehensible-nationalist -

The NDP's love, hope and optimization 
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/08/22/the-ndps-political-language-optimization/

NDP doesn't bite on Kitimat refinery 
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/08/22/ndp-doesnt-bite-on-kitimat-refinery/

NDP would make 'made in B.C.' Northern Gateway review: Dix
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/08/22/ndp-would-make-made-in-b-c-northern-gateway-review-dix/

Feds should hang up on high cell phone cancellation fees: Regan 
http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/08/22/feds-should-hang-up-on-high-cell-phone-cancellation-fees-regan/

_____FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Millions Go Hungry as Congress Considers Food Stamp Cuts and Drought Threatens Crops
WikiLeaks Sheds Light on Paul Ryan's Questionable Human Rights Stance

It Takes a Village to Get Control of the Pentagon: How Democrats and Republicans Must Walk a Narrow Path to True Reform
Paul Krugman | Professional Malpractice by GOP Economists

Mission Accomplished for Big Oil?
Middle Class Lost Significant Financial Ground Over Last Decade

Gar Alperovitz | Democracy, From the Ground Up
Judge Warns of Civil War, U.N. Troops on the Streets of America if Obama is Reelected

8 Economic Threats That We Were Not Even Talking About At The Beginning Of The Summer
DHS and FBI: Anarchists May Use IEDs at Conventions

Obama and Netanyahu Lay Out Strategic Plans to Strike Iran and Cause WW III
The Manufactured US Veteran Threat Against Obama That Will Justify Martial Law

Breaking: Judge Orders Release of US Marine Detained for Facebook Posts
82-Year-Old Nun and Two Others Breach 'Fort Knox of Uranium,' Stay Undetected for Two Hours

Plan X: DARPA's New Project Seeks to Make Cyberwarfare a Routine Part of U.S. Military Operations
5 Vital Strategies for Peacefully Underthrowing the Status Quo

Fukushima Dangers Lurking
Colombian GM Workers on Hunger Strike Until Death Sew Their Mouths Shut

Romney and Ryan: Right Wing Billionaires Think it's Time to Take the Gloves Off
Japan: America`s Imperial Proxy

Jamahiriya Fights Back Against Foreign Occupation, Local Rats, Alien Heretics
Muslims in Burma and the struggle to live with dignity

BOMBSHELL: US Neo-Cons, State Department Behind Terror Wave in Russia
Syrian False Flag Planned?

Australia may become first country to ban cigarettes
US Cities Going Bankrupt

Goldman Sachs Free to Keep Stealing
Austerity Hastens Economic Decline

World Economies on Life Support
Lebanese rivals continue battles over Syria

Hope and Despair for Lebanon's Palestinians
Lebanon revenge kidnappings raise tensions

Lebanon clan claims revenge kidnap of Syrians
US adds Hezbollah to Syria sanctions list

Now's Not the Time for Hezbollah to Cut-and-Run
Libya 'sets trial date' for Gaddafi's son

Merkel and Hollande hold talks over Greece
Older Dads Raise Risk for Autism?

Ousting Abbas is not in Israel's interest
Clifford D. May | Iran incites genocide, Israel 'employs invective'

US was convinced Israel planned attack on Iran in the spring
IAEA head 'not optimistic' on access to Iran military site

South Africa remains an apartheid state, says Danny Ayalon
Egypt asks Israel to delay talks on tank withdrawal from Sinai'

'Jerusalem lynch the most contemptible act imaginable'
Yishai urges Merkel: Protect Jews, fight German circumcision ban

'US may use special forces to secure Syrian chemical weapons'
Why the GOP Is Scared of Ron Paul and 4 Reasons He Might Still Get the 2012 Republican Nomination

The Richard Aoki Story: More Evidence the FBI Runs Violent Political Groups
Supporters Fear Facebook Marine Being 'Disappeared'

Globalists Combine Geoengineering and Family Planning to Ensure Population Deduction
1st Amendment Violated as Facebook Assists Police in Pre-Crime Investigations

Scientists Demonstrate Ability to Accurately Predict Movements Based on Mobile Phone Data
Record radiation found off Japan

Tepco Finds Extreme Levels of Radioactivity in Fukushima Fish
Japan nuclear protesters meet premier

Japan's PM meets leaders of anti-nuke protests but rejects demand that plants stay shuttered
Netanyahu 'determined to attack Iran' before US elections, claims Israel's Channel 10

US Scholars: Israeli Extremists Should be Designated Terrorists
Rocket attack damages top US general's plane in Afghanistan

US assassination drone strike kills three in northwestern Pakistan
US drone strikes target rescuers in Pakistan - and the west stays silent -

At Guantanamo tribunals, don't mention the 'T' word
Agencies warn of possible anarchist activity at conventions

Secretive Police Unit Sought to Map Terrorist Havens in City, Official Testifies
Surveillance unit produced no terrorism leads, NYPD says -

Despite Assange claims, U.S. has no current case against him
A List of Food Companies That Hide GMOs READ MORE

In Toll of 2,000, New Portrait of Afghan War READ MORE
Don't Lose Sight of Why the US Is Out to Get Julian Assange READ MORE

Tilling the Ground for the Seeds of Terrorism READ MORE
Court Rules Texas Can Cut Aid to Planned Parenthood READ MORE

Tampa Authorities Empty Jail in Anticipation of Mass Arrests at GOP Convention READ MORE
Oil and Gas Companies Can Take Your Land READ MORE

FOCUS: Karl Rove's Covert Domination of GOP READ MORE
Domestic Terrorism: A Persistent Threat in the United States   Read More »

Massive Student Protests Return to Streets of Montreal http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/08/23
South Africa Approves 'Made in Palestinian Territories' Labels, Facing Israeli Condemnation 
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/08/23-1

How did the US President Become the Assassin-in-Chief? http://www.commondreams.org/video/2012/08/23
The Bizarre, Unhealthy, Blinding Media Contempt for Julian Assange http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/08/23-5

Robert Fisk: Syria's 'Rebel Army? They're a Gang of Foreigners' http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/08/23-7
Elizabeth Murray: The Human Cost of War on Iran http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/08/23-8

How an American Disaster Paved the Way for Big Oil's Rise -- and Possible Fall -- in Iraq 
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/08/23-1
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19h09 - Québec · Six décès sont liés à la légionnellose
        Le bilan de l'éclosion de la maladie du légionnaire vient de bondir dramatiquement à Québec, avec 65 cas confirmés de la        maladie, dont six cas de décès. Agence QMI
18h22 - Élections · Charest promet 35 M$ de plus pour les CHSLD
        Un gouvernement libéral porterait du simple au double, soit de 35 à 70 millions $, les budgets voués à la rénovation des Centres        d'hébergement en soins de longue durée (CHSLD). Agence QMI
11h09 - Élections | Parti québécois · Marois embêtée par ses volte-face
        «Ce sera un référendum consultatif et ce sera à l'Assemblée nationale de prendre la décision finale.» Agence QMI
05h15 - Rappel d'autopatrouilles · La SQ en compte 486
        General Motors a rappelé plus de 38 000 véhicules de police de marque Chevrolet Impala, soit 1 713 au Canada et 36 413 aux      États-Unis. JDM
04h57 - Conflit étudiant · L'aide financière retardée
        Certains étudiants qui retourneront à l'école en octobre seront dans une situation précaire. JDM
04h51 - Nouvelle vedette québécoise · Un million de clics en une semaine!
        Momo «pas l'temps d'niaisier», comme il souhaite se faire nommer, fait fureur sur YouTube avec la vidéo intitulée «Tequila,     heineken pas le temps d'niaiser». JDM
04h37 - Hydro-Québec · Ex-PDG dans l'eau chaude
        Tadek Borys aurait empoché 1 million $ quand il dirigeait une filiale d'Hydro-Québec. JDM
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21h41 - Débat Marois-Legault · Un duel acrimonieux entre anciens collègues
        Le face-à-face a commencé de manière cordiale, mais le ton est devenu de plus en plus acrimonieux au fil du débat. Agence QMI
21h17 - Appels robotisés · Plus de 75 % circonscriptions auraient été ciblées
        Élections Canada a reçu des plaintes provenant de plus de 75% des circonscriptions fédérales. Agence QMI

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Warrior Nation, Canada's New Brand

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From: Gord Elliott
Subject: Oilsands eco-hyperbole hides real emissions culprit

Oilsands eco-hyperbole hides real emissions culprit
Canada's total a drop in the bucket compared to China's coal-fired economy

EDMONTON - NASA scientist James Hansen recently claimed it would be "game over" for the climate ­ and indeed, human civilization itself ­ if Alberta's oilsands were developed. Hansen's headline-grabbing comments, which appeared in an op-ed piece in the usually sober-minded New York Times, were part of the green lobby's ongoing campaign to demonize the oilsands, and halt the Keystone XL pipeline project. Such fear-mongering is hardly unusual, of course. When it comes to the oilsands ­ the greenies' favourite punching bag ­ exaggeration is the weapon of choice, and it's often employed with little restraint from the media's usual gatekeepers, the editors.

Consider. A year ago, in an op-ed piece in the equally sober-minded Globe and Mail, another prominent eco-warrior, Bill McKibben, called the oilsands (or "tar sands," in his preferred parlance) "the single greatest carbon bomb" on the planet. "Just as the planet's physical stability depends on Brazil's guarding its rainforest, so it depends on Canada's keeping that carbon in the ground. Put even more simply: The carbon in the tar sands can wreck the future," McKibben suggested. Since most of us don't have the time or the inclination to track global carbon emissions, I suspect many regular Globe and Mail or New York Times readers simply accepted those claims at face value. No wonder so many people have an outsized view of the oilsands' environmental impact. Such irresponsible hyperbole is fed to them regularly.

So today, allow me to provide some context, courtesy of a report released last month by the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, an independent public policy think-tank. Their 40-page study lays out in a factual way just where the world's carbon emissions came from in 2011, and where the fastest sources of growth are located.

You may be surprised to learn that the oilsands don't even rate a mention. That's because emissions from the oilsands amount to little more than a rounding error ­ perhaps two tenths of one per cent of the world total, which grew by three per cent last year to some 34 billion tonnes, a new high. This was despite the fact that emissions in the U.S. and the European Union actually declined in 2011, by two per cent and three per cent, respectively. China, by far the world's largest source of carbon emissions, accounted for about 29 per cent of the global total in 2011, the report says. The U.S. was a distant second, accounting for 16 per cent of global emissions, while the European Union (11 per cent), India (six per cent), Russia (five per cent) and Japan (four per cent) round out the top five.

Canada's emissions make up well under two per cent of the global total, and its relative share is shrinking. In fact, the nine per cent increase in China's emissions in 2011 more than surpassed Canada's total annual emissions. Put differently, China is adding more than one Canada worth of emissions to its total every year, thanks to its dependence on coal-fired power plants and the country's continuing rapid industrialization. Ergo, while the green lobby continues to pound away at the "tar sands" as the source of all environmental evil, the facts tell a different story. It's the growth of coal consumption ­ not bitumen ­ that remains the biggest contributor to man-made carbon emissions, by a country mile.

And since coal is a far dirtier fuel than oil (including bitumen) or natural gas, the only way to curb global carbon emissions is to convince China, India and other big coal users to replace coal with natural gas. Instead, the opposite is happening. "Global consumption of coal (responsible for about 40 per cent of total CO2 emissions) grew in 2011 by five per cent whereas global consumption of natural gas and oil products increased by only two per cent and one per cent, respectively," the Dutch study states. Even Germany, which is held up by environmentalists as a leader in solar and wind power, has boosted its consumption of coal by nearly five per cent over the past year. Why? Because German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government decided to phase out nuclear power plants in the wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster, forcing it to depend on coal to fill the gap.
In his new book, Energy For Future Presidents, U.S. author Richard Muller ­ a physicist at the University of California at Berkeley ­ makes the highly sensible argument that the only way to slash global carbon emissions is to target China's coal-fired power plants, and encourage a switchover to natural gas. Unfortunately, too few environmentalists have common sense, and too many uninformed voters swallow their nonsense.
[GE Editorial Note: Coal is "dirtier" than natural gas, oil and bitumen, not because when it is burned, more carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere but because it contains heavy metals that are released into the biosphere. Carbon dioxide is plant food – no carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would mean no trees, crops, grasses, fruits or vegetables. Heavy metals are toxic. Here is a link to an article that describes the release of heavy metals when coal is burned http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Heavy_metals_and_coal]
Gord Elliott
Alberta Member Representative
National Council
Conservative Party of Canada

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From: Mahmood Elahi
To: <letters@nationalpost.com>
Subject: To stop extremist Pakistanis from slaughtering Muslims and Christians, listen to Gandhi

The Editor
National Post
To stop extremist Pakistanis from slaughering Muslims and Christians, listen to Gandhi
Re Letters of the Day: "Pakistan's anti-Islamic law," by Tahira Saliha and J.E. Sequiera (Aug. 22).
Mahatma Gandhi once remarked: "Violence is the product of hatred and those who hate others end up hating their own. ... If India makes violence her creed, I will not care to live in India." He was refering to the violence in which Muslims and Hindus were slaughtering each other on the eve of India's independence. He was also worried that Muslims and Hindus would end up slaughtering their co-religionists as they were also divided by language, sect and caste. As if to prove his point, a Hindu extremist assassinated Gandhi because he thought he was too soft on the Muslims. Gandi gave his life to save the Muslim minority in India.
With extremist Pakistanis slaughtering fellow Muslims along with Christians and other minorities, Gandhi's worst fears have become a reality in Pakistan. Pakistan is a Muslim majority country and yet, the Sunni extremists are slaughtering the Shias and vice versa. Only two weeks ago, some Sunni extremists slaughtered innocent Shias in the northwest. The Taliban are supposed to be Sunnis and yet, they are slaughtering fellow Sunnis who don't share their brand of Islam. They have been bombing schools, hospitals, mosques and Sufi shrines --- killing fellow Muslims. With Sunni extremists slaughtering Sunnis, the hatred against religious minorities is spilling over to Muslims themselves.
Gandhi's solution to hatred and violence has been love and non-violence. He knew if you love others, you will also love your own. He conquered his enemies through love and gained India's independence non-violently.
It may be interesting to note that the highest tribute to Gandhi was paid by his former adversary Lord Louis Mountbatten, the last British viceroy in India: "His life was one of truth, toleration and love. ... India, indeed the world, will not see the likes of him again, pehaps, for centuries." Although it may be too much to ask, Pakistan need its own Gandhi who will stop the mindless slaughter of Muslims and Christians by extremists through the message of love and non-violence.
MAHMOOD ELAHI

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From: John Kruithof
Subject: Beverley Smith & French Instruction

Joe,
Congratulations to Beverley Smith for her thoughtful and eloquent contribution to the DD on the ability of empathising with other cultures.
John Kruithof
Ottawa South
 
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From: "Glenn HAREWOOD"
Subject: French language learning/speaking across Canada

Joe:
RE: French language learning/speaking across Canada

When I read Booiman s missive, it reminded me of the prevailing thinking of many Canadians in today s Canada – and especially since the Harperites won the right to govern in 2006. That prevailing thinking of the Harperites is: cut and burn anything that cost money, and present such actions to the public, the tax-payer, as saving tax-payers dollars. This so-called, action-plan falsely placates and allays the tax-payer s belief that government is a good steward of income tax/sales-tax, and other tax-dollars.
As a result, Booiman boldly asserts that all the money we ve spent since 1968 on French language training for those who work in the public service has been wasted, and could have been used to fund other social programmes. The underlying assumption seems to be there is no need for those in English speaking Canada to know how to speak French. This assertion/assumption is, as Beverley Smith suggests, makes us look rather closed minded, and arrogant people who
assume that anyone deep down can speak English if we yell it loudly enough. And I add to that, that only English is needed.

Having been a language teacher (French, Spanish, English) for over 25+ years, I wholeheartedly agree with Smith’s reply to Booiman.

Learning, speaking, and even merely understanding (if not speaking) another language gives one a very different perspective on life – both one s own life, as well as speakers of other languages. This understanding of subtle differences in thinking and in culture, is generally not measurable in dollars, but do(es), on numerous occasions pay off more than the dollars spent in learning /understanding another language, when it comes to making vital decisions (some times decisions on War) that affect our human relations with speakers of other language(s).
I am convinced, for instance, that decisions on War, and rash and disastrous decisions taken by parties who may differ or disagree on vital issues, have their basis on language misunderstanding and misinterpretation.

A few recent examples suffice:

1. Did Former U.S. president George W. Bush and his advisors understand that Saddam Hessein did not have weapons of mass destruction? What was their understanding or mis-understanding of/on deciding to invade Afghanistan? Till today, how well do the Western powers understand the language and culture of the Afghans? For example: how much meaningful content, life, AND money are lost by Canadian and UN troops having to go through translations/interpretation? Without prejudice, how well does the Western troops understand Taliban language and culture?

2. How well do we understand the language that the Iranians or the North Koreans speak when it comes to their management of nuclear energy/weapons? Compare that thinking with the thinking/fact that the nations who fear those same people possessing nuclear energy ALSO already have nuclear energy/weapons themselves. What do they think the North Koreans and Iranians think about their thinking? Thinking is closely associated with language. And English is not the only language in which the peoples of the world think!!!

3. Did the RCMP policemen who tasered the Polish man at the Vancouver airport have any understanding or training of how speakers of other languages, and other cultures, may re-act to being angrily addressed in English//French – a language he (they) did not understand?

4. For years there has been the debate in French Quebec and English Canada regarding the French word distinct and the English word with the same orthography distinct.  Does an English Canadian attribute the same meaning to the same word as a French Canadian? Is distinct synonymous with different?

Of course Booiman will counter that knowing or understanding another language does not matter, especially when it is necessary to spend money to learn a language other than one s native or first language. Further counter- defence will be: the knowledge and understanding of English is or should be universal. Therefore English is the only language one should need to get by in world societies.  Well, tell that to a French, or Spanish, or Chinese, or Russian, or even our Native Indian populations!

I am not sure if it is a question of Geography, but North Americans, compared to Europeans, for example, seem to be very resistant to communicating in languages other than English, while on the other hand, it it not unusual for peoples of European nations to communicate in multiple languages. Ironically, one of those multiple languages is generally English language. But it is their second or third language – not the one and only language, as pushed by some North Americans. I am equally opposed to Quebec stipulating that French only must be spoken in Quebec, as I am of English Canada stipulating that English only must be spoken in English Canada.

It seems that Governments of those European countries, seemed not to have dubbed it unnecessary for their peoples to learn a language other than their mother tongue, but deemed it an invaluable, but intangible and invisible investment that produces a social-asset that cannot and must not be evaluated/measured solely in terms of money. Oh, if trust, honesty, or language understanding could be measured in dollars and cents (sense)!!!

With respect to Booiman, we will always have some people who remain cloistered in a one-language bubble, who, from within that bubble, stand ready to criticize any attempt to enrich the social and cultural lives of our society, by exposing the members of that society to other languages and cultures. I¨m pretty sure that I do not have to tell Boooiman that language and culture are intertwined. And, further, that English is filled with traces of, and influenced by the cultures of other languages.

The paradox is that the teaching/learning of French to English speakers in Canada has been, inadvertently, made unnecessarily difficult. Many mother-tongue-English students will tell you that they did NOT, or do not enjoy taking French in School. But French, in its basic structure, may be easier to learn and understand than English. It merely depends upon how it is taught.
I challenge Booiman to learn basic French. If, for example, he can say the famous sound eh, eh, eh, eh = French sound é, by which Canadians are comically identified, and if he can say any swear words in any language, then he can easily learn and understand French.

The phoneme [é] is the most frequently pronounced and used sound in the French language. Indeed, I could teach him to communicate (speak) in basic French in one-half hour.
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For your information:
The
question -SOUND -EZ-vous?, and the reply to this SOUND, in the present time/tense (EX: ParlEZ-vous francais?), form the basis of my approach. It s an approach I used (and still use) for getting English-speaking college students who had had five years of high school French, but could not say a sentence in French, to communicate in French on the first day they sat in my classroom.

Have a bonne journée

Glenn Harewood

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From: "rory j. koopmans"
Subject: FW: An Open Letter To The Congressman

Rev. Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin. &
Rev. William W. Izzard, Universal Life Church Canadian Outreach Ministries
Suite #6, 14504-108th Avenue N. West
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T5N 1G8/7806046732

August 23rd, 2012

An Open Letter:

Congressional Representative Todd Akin, Republican-Missouri
C/o: Mr. Joseph Hueglin, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
The Canadian Daily Digest, An Online Daily Piece Of Fantastic Editorial Art

Dear Senatorial Candidate Akin:

As married men, and as men of the cloth, we both find it not just personally reprehensible, but morally disgusting that you should be able to serve in such a high office, and that you should be allowed to stand for the United States Senate, arguably a job with an even greater responsibility than being a Congressman since the terms are six years in length rather than the House terms of two years. On behalf of our wives, & for all women of the world we both are beyond disgusted that you would use the term "legitimate rape." Candidate Akin, rape is never "legitimate!" Its WRONG, WRONG, WRONG IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES!

You want to pay penance for what you did, resign as the Senatorial candidate so the GOP can appoint the person who came in second behind you or another candidate who has the sense to know the difference between what is wrong and what is right. Sexually based activities should be between two consenting adults, forced sex is never right. You should never be allowed to run for office again. Start by apologizing to your wife and then go to work for rape victims at sexual assault crisis centres so that they can garner strength from you and others and know that having been raped/assaulted was not their fault.

Yours In Christ,

Rev. Rory J. Koopmans & Rev. William W. Izzard

Thanks.
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From: Larry Kazdan
To: Letters@globeandmail.com
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Free up 'dead money,' Carney exhorts corporate Canada, Kevin Carmichael, Richard Blackwell and Greg Keenan, Aug. 22 2012

Re: Free up 'dead money,' Carney exhorts corporate Canada, Kevin Carmichael, Richard Blackwell and Greg Keenan, Aug. 22 2012
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/free-up-dead-money-carney-exhorts-corporate-canada/article4493091/

Corporations may be sitting on hoards of cash, but moral suasion from Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney is unlikely to sway decisions that are based on profit-making. When the private sector has made its spending decisions, the federal government becomes responsible for taking up any remaining slack in the economy. This means policies such as increasing investment in public infrastructure, underwriting direct job creation, expanding public services, and redistributing wealth to reduce inequality. These measures will ensure adequate demand, which is what businesses are actually waiting for before they will invest. With households unable to buy because of increasing debt loads, the federal government must drop its obsession with austerity, and start priming the pump.
Larry Kazdan,

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
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Subject: the USI may have to attack us???This plant may produce nuclear weapons???
 
Federal government grants licence for new nuclear reactors for first time in 30 years
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/Federal+government+grants+licence+nuclear+reactors+first/7129945/story.html
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Subject:
Warrior Nation, Canada's New Brand DD

'And the simple fact is, in the Warrior Nation, that only fools, knaves and romantics can miss the dire necessity of massive military investment in a looming war for Western civilization'.  This sentence made me ill.  'Western civilisation' is the one that is killing the rest of the world.  No one has attacked us since 1812.  Oh yes, we had propaganda that the Germans were here to attack us in WWII but that was a lie.  We are the only ones that have attacked any country in the history of our country.  It is us who is doing the killing around the planet by instituting another Crusades.  The recent genocide we are committing is done as a result of the false flag 9/11 murder by the US government of their own citizens and ours.  The only ones we should be afraid of is our governments and their controllers--that being the zionists and the military industrial complex.  We are killing and being killed for their greed and power madness.  Will we ever wake up?

'For Granatstein, perhaps the poison-purveyors' most odious nest can be found in "deeply pacifist and anti-military Quebec." For him, in 2003, the province played a damaging role in preventing Canada from invading Iraq beside its U.S.-led allies'.  Thank God for Quebec.  I hope they continue to be strong denouncers of Canada going to war. 

Why do we need military bases around the world?  We are not 'peace keepers' we are war mongers and we are being used to keep the killing and acquisition of foreign property for our own greedy manipulators.  Our young are killing and being killed, ignored when they come home infected with DU and other horrendous injuries, both physical and mental, and yet we are the 'chosen' to decide how others should live?

This is one of the most terrifying articles I have ever read. 

becky

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From: Stephanie McDowell (Nanaimo B.C.)

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Subject: Julian Assange and a diplomatic debacle - thestar.com
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1245716--julian-assange-and-a-diplomatic-debacle

To have the foreign ministers of the Americas (it is safe to say that Hillary Clinton will not attend) debate in Washington the steps to be taken to protect the immunity of the Ecuadorean embassy in London is unprecedented. Even more noteworthy is that 23 member states voted in favour of this meeting and only three against it (the U.S., Canada, and Trinidad and Tobago).
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Subject: Fw: China entering  Economic Danger Zone/CPP

What is so interesting about all of this is that our political leaders and the media have been aware now for a very long time about the concerns regarding the CPP and it's investment board and yet all have stayed dead silent.  Vital information has been deliberately withheld from the Canadian public. One has to wonder if these men, the Party leaders, are too frightened to interfere.
The money involved is huge and there are corporate/foreign interests involved.  It is not unlikely that these men have been threatened in a manner that would keep them silent.

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2012 9:21 AM
Subject: Fw: China entering Economic Danger Zone

A sobering reminder from the Deputy Governor of the Bank of Japan. He notes what happened to Japan following their home grown bubble of 20 plus years ago. Stocks dropped by 75%and land prices by 80%.
This is why the call for a "value at risk" analysis for the CPP Portfolio, done by independent consultants hired by the Minister of Finance. Can the need be more forcefully shown?
This is also why it is so wrong headed to borrow to build supporting infrastructure to facilitate the export of commodities to Asian fair-weather customers.
Come on folks; time to stop smoking that funny tobacco.
Erik


China bubble in 'danger zone' warns Bank of Japan

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, International Business Editor

9:06PM BST 21 Aug 2012

Comments 54 Comments
"China is now entering the 'danger zone'," said Kiyohiko Nishimura, the Bank of Japan's deputy-governor and an expert on asset booms.
The surge in Chinese home prices and loan growth over the past five years has surpassed extremes seen in Japan before the Nikkei bubble popped in 1990. Construction reached 12pc of GDP in China last year; it peaked in Japan at 10pc.
Mr Nishimura said credit and housing booms can remain "benign" so long as the workforce is young and growing. They turn "malign" once the ratio of working age people to dependents rolls over as it did in Japan.
China's ratio will peak at around 2.7 over the next couple of years as the aging crunch arrives. It will then go into a sharp descent, compounded by the delayed effects of the one-child policy.
"Not every bubble-bust episode leads to a financial crisis. However, if a demographic change, a property price bubble and a steep increase in loans coincide, then a financial crisis seems more likely," he said in Sydney at a conference on asset booms.

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Subject: The case of Brandon Raub: Can the government detain you over Facebook posts? :

Interesting article. First article I have seen that has reported what Brandon Raub said on his facebook. Seems like he thinks the way most Canadians I know think. I guess we had better stay away from the U.S. although they can now come into Canada to arrest anyone they want....thanks to Mr. Harper. In fact if the U.S. ever finds some pretense to come into Canada, half the English speaking population would likely end up in one of the "Gulags" or in mental institutions. All of Quebec would definitely end up in some type of detention as they are far more progressive than the rest of Canada.

"So what did he post? A Facebook note titled 
" The Truth" lists grievances against the American ruling establishment. Raub expresses his belief that the American principles of limited government and personal liberty are expiring and that corporations and international bankers run the state, not the people. Raub has directly called for the arrest of bankers and politicians who consistently defy their oath to the United States Constitution."
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32271.htm

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From: Robert Ede
Subject: 18. WHAT WAS THE BEST THING BEFORE SLICED BREAD?

AMBIGUITIES
TO ALL THOSE WHO LOVE THE PHILOSOPHY OF AMBIGUITY
(as well as the idiosyncrasies of the English language.)


1. ONE TEQUILA, TWO TEQUILA, THREE TEQUILA, FLOOR.

2. ATHEISM IS A NON-PROPHET ORGANIZATION.

3. IF MAN EVOLVED FROM MONKEYS AND APES, WHY DO WE STILL HAVE MONKEYS AND APES?

4. THE MAIN REASON THAT SANTA IS SO JOLLY IS BECAUSE HE KNOWS WHERE ALL THE BAD GIRLS LIVE.

5. I WENT TO A BOOKSTORE AND ASKED THE SALESWOMAN, 'WHERE'S THE SELF-HELP SECTION?' SHE SAID 'IF I TOLD YOU, IT WOULD DEFEAT THE PURPOSE.'

6. WHAT IF THERE WERE NO HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS?

7. IF A DEAF PERSON SIGNS SWEAR WORDS, DOES HIS MOTHER WASH HIS HAND WITH SOAP?

8. IF SOMEONE WITH MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES THREATENS TO KILL HIMSELF, IS IT CONSIDERED A HOSTAGE SITUATION?

9. IS THERE ANOTHER WORD FOR SYNONYM?

10. WHERE DO FOREST RANGERS GO TO 'GET AWAY FROM IT ALL?'

11. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU SEE AN ENDANGERED ANIMAL EATING AN ENDANGERED PLANT?

12. IF A PARSLEY FARMER IS SUED, CAN THEY GARNISH HIS WAGES?

13. WOULD A FLY WITHOUT WINGS BE CALLED A WALK?

14. WHY DO THEY LOCK GAS STATION BATHROOMS? ARE THEY AFRAID SOMEONE WILL CLEAN THEM?

15. IF A TURTLE DOESN'T HAVE A SHELL, IS HE HOMELESS OR NAKED?

16. CAN VEGETARIANS EAT ANIMAL CRACKERS?

17. IF THE POLICE ARREST A MIME, DO THEY TELL HIM HE HAS THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT?

18. WHAT WAS THE BEST THING BEFORE SLICED BREAD?

19. ONE NICE THING ABOUT EGOTISTS: THEY DON'T TALK ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE.

20. HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE A CIVIL WAR?

21. IF ONE SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMER DROWNS, DO THE REST DROWN TOO?

22. IF YOU ATE BOTH PASTA AND ANTIPASTO, WOULD YOU STILL BE HUNGRY?

23. IF YOU TRY TO FAIL, AND SUCCEED, WHICH HAVE YOU DONE?

24. WHOSE CRUEL IDEA WAS IT FOR THE WORD 'LISP' TO HAVE 'S' IN IT?

25. WHY ARE HEMORRHOIDS CALLED 'HEMORRHOIDS' INSTEAD OF 'ASSTEROIDS'?

26. WHY IS IT CALLED TOURIST SEASON IF WE CAN'T SHOOT AT THEM?

27. WHY IS THERE AN EXPIRATION DATE ON SOUR CREAM?

28. CAN AN ATHEIST GET INSURANCE AGAINST ACTS OF GOD?

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