Monday, February 03, 2014

Fw: Daily Digest January 31, 2014

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Alberta's Gary Mar living on $322K in Asia
         TransCanada pleased with Keystone XL review
Conrad Black ousted from Order of Canada, stripped of privy councillor status
         Keystone step closer to possible green light
What is being said about the Keystone report
         Canada's space policy framework coming Feb. 7
Alberta oilsands odour hearings wrap up
         Be wary of groundhog predictions: Forecasters
Trudeau says Senate decision focused on long-term, despite immediate confusion
         Spy data program aimed at kidnappers

OMERS becomes majority owner in Bruce Power
         Highlights of Keystone environmental review
Highlights of the Phoenix Sinclair inquiry report
         Newfoundland premier criticizes veteran cuts
Premier Wall says Keystone report cause for optimism
         Conservative edge in fundraising dramatically reduced as Liberals up their game
U.S. State Dep't report stands by oilsands
         Ousted Pan Am CEO Troop gets $534,000
Engineer charged in Elliot Lake roof collapse
         Child welfare left murdered girl defenceless

Federal government ran $614-million deficit last November
         Today on the Hill: Controversy to persist over Veterans Affairs office closures
Veterans plan protests over office closures
         Today on the Hill: Controversy to persist over Veterans Affairs office closures
Western think tank praises Trudeau's Senate reform plan, disses Harper
         Historic Canadian ski movies restored
Alward promotes shale gas in annual speech
         Trudeau's Senate move causes repercussions
Refugee health-care cuts challenged in court
         Nuclear, oil & gas liability to hit $1B

Canadian retailers to face pressure this year
         Attempt to derail integrity probe fails
Russian Arctic envoy defends military buildup
         Premier asks auditor to look into Bluenose II
Expectations low for federal 'bridge' budget
         Best Buy Canada lays off 950 employees
Ontario to hike minimum wage to $11 an hour
         Today on the Hill: buzzing about jet fighters, honeybees and Liberal senators
Nuclear power liability to jump to $1 billion
         The road taken by Justin Trudeau to his Senate reform decision

Seat fabric may force Toyota recall in Canada, U.S.
         Today on the Hill: buzzing about jet fighters, honeybees and Liberal senators
Majority count on CPP for retirement: poll

Keystone XL pipeline passes U.S. State Dept. environment test
         CSEC Snowden docs: Spy agency does not target Canadian communications, minister insists
Phoenix Sinclair inquiry report to be released today
         Eating disorder patient seeks $60K online for health care
Super Bowl sex trafficking: Real or just a 'rumour?'
         CSEC used airport Wi-Fi to track Canadian travellers: Edward Snowden documents
NDP asks auditor general to probe use of Liberal Senate resouces
         Veterans vow to continue fight against Veterans Affairs 'ass'
NDP scores surprise win on e-petitions thanks to 8 Tory MPs
         Daniel Ménard, ex-Canadian general jailed in Afghanistan, to be released

Amanda Knox murder conviction upheld by Italian court
         Canadian dollar headed to 85 cents US, TD says
Leona Aglukkaq denies conflict of interest allegations
         Parliament 101: What's a caucus anyway?
Risk to B.C. salmon 'minimal' from Run-of-River projects
         Justin Trudeau speaks with Peter Mansbridge about Senate shakeup
Fisheries science books disposal costs Ottawa thousands
         Chalk one up for Justin Trudeau's Senate surprise

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>The Tyee<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Abbotsford's Street Fight
         Is the latest plan to address the city's homeless crisis destined to fail?
Expensive Housing, Low Pay Challenge Next Generation
         Governments cut seniors' poverty but failed to support young, says UBC prof. Latest in Super Unequal BC series.
Swarms of Earthquakes Shake Up Shale Gas Fields
         Do tremors plaguing industry in Texas, Holland, and beyond offer a glimpse of BC's future?
Rolling Dumplings with Mom
         Pressing the dough together for Chinese New Year, we too were bound. By Fiona Tinwei Lam
'Inspiring' Shipping Container Housing Set to Multiply
         Five months after launching its prototype, Atira aims for a seven-storey recycled tower.

High BC Housing Costs Weaken Economy, Drive Inequality
         While owners sit on wealth, many struggle to find homes they can afford. Fifth in a series.
The 'Bamboo Ceiling'
         While Hollywood continues to shun Asians, new media embraces them.
Libs' Failure to Consult First Nations Threatens BC Industries
         Strong arm tactics strain resource development that could benefit all.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Vancouver Observer<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Big companies and big money square off over Metro Van's $480m incineration plan
         Will Metro Vancouver's waste go "Up in Smoke?" First in a three-month series.
Cleantech firms not getting same respect as oil companies: Vancouver Mayor
         Vancouver needs more "clean tech" champions to help clean the air and drive the economy.
Indigenous protests gain momentum on the ground and recognition in court
         First Nations across Northern BC say so-called blockades are just the signs of generations of struggle and tradition finally being recognized.
David Van Seters brings illuminating view of shared economy to Board of Change event
People packed into the SAP Canada building in Yaletown on Thursday night
Canada's brand is almost as strong as Australia's: Poll
         You love Australia, but are you tough enough for new Zealand?


Justin Trudeau taps into voters' Senate outrage
         Political youth movements rile seniors at their peril
Northern Gateway project threatened by court challenges
         Under Trudeau's system the Senate might roll over and let the Commons have its way
Justin Trudeau's Senate gambit could have been a triumph
         Analysis: Justin Trudeau's Senate gamble has potential to resonate well beyond Ottawa
Premier to announce minimum wage indexed to inflation
         Don't count on Obama to save Canada's economy
Enbridge gets go-ahead for $685-million GTA pipeline

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Globe and Mail<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Liberal senators make plans to carry on after Trudeau's shakeup
         Ontario demands relief in South Korea free-trade pact
Spy agency's work with CSIS, RCMP fuels fears of privacy breaches
         What Trudeau's Liberal caucus shakeup means for the Senate
Liberals or independents? Senators left puzzled after Trudeau's surprise move
         New poll has Wynne's Liberals leading, but still looking at minority

Economy grew 0.2 per cent in November, fifth straight monthly increase: StatsCan
         Trudeau attempts to square Senate decision with pledges of consensus
With Chinese New Year H7N9 cases soar
         Health Canada studying 'morning-after pill'
'Stem cells' created in less than 30 minutes in 'groundbreaking' discovery
         'Caffeine use disorder' deserves more serious consideration
Unsafe drugs stay on market too long, study finds
         Scientists decode genome of sixth-century plague
Blatchford: Veterans better off than Fantino affair might suggest
         Fisher: Europeans should get their house in order before taking Canada to task over green agenda
CN Rail earnings feel chill of harsh winter, but year's record volumes prompt 16% dividend hike
         Tory majority will grow in bigger House if 2011 voting patterns hold steady

Canada's spy agency faces tough questioning over snooping
         Liberal MPs seek to remove senators from party constitution
Happy backbencher Ted Opitz dishes on Ukraine, veterans
         Senate calls on Health Canada to improve monitoring of off-label drug use
Politics Chat: Justin Trudeau and the Senate
         Best of food and drink this week
Craft beer stars in cookbook
         Gallery: Chinese New Year 2014

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Ottawa Citizen<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Tory majority will grow in bigger House if 2011 voting patterns hold steady
         Ex-justice minister says mandatory victim surcharge imposed without proper consultation
Ex-Liberal leader Dion dissed non-partisan Senate plan as 'elitist'
         Trudeau plants seeds of 'revolution' by expelling Liberal senators from caucus
More than 'bogus refugees' being hurt by health care cuts, doctor argues

How to fight the cuts at Canada Post
         Imagine if Canada was Open for Justice!
As UNB strike continues, province orders both sides back to the table
         Does raising the minimum wage = job losses?
Trudeau's Senate surprise is clever, but does it really address the Senate problem?

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>YAHOO NEWS<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Memorial University student union upset over 'rape and suicide' computer science assignment 7 hours ago
         Canadian security agency says airport Wi-Fi spying program isn't a bad thing 12 hours ago
Coroner's office identifies woman who died in Montreal subway tragedy 5 hours ago
         Canada budget deficit shrinks in November 11 hours ago
Superbug outbreaks at Canadian hospitals not reported Thu, 30 Jan, 2014
         Frustrated Quebec couple post online video of thieves after third burglary in a month 6 hours ago

Fracking testimony underway at Yukon Legislature

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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>NATIONAL NEWSWATCH<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Liberals plan to sell marijuana in NB stores: MP John Williamson flyer
         Trudeau's Senate move best proof yet he can follow in father's footsteps
Veterans Affairs Julian Fantino's limousine runs over Canadian veteran
         Towards a more effective Senate
How an inadequate minimum wage is linked to poorer health outcomes – for everyone
         Formerly Liberal and Tory pig still at Senate trough

New ridings in next federal election could mean big gains for Tories 27

         At Issue: Trudeau's Senate Plan & Angry Veterans
Free agency for senators is good for the country
         Political youth movements rile seniors at their peril

Why we should listen to Elizabeth May
         Under Trudeau's system the Senate might roll over and let the Commons have its way
Trudeau's Senate switch first real reform
         Justin Trudeau's Senate gambit could have been a triumph
Cute political move worth a look

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>FOREIGN AFFAIRS<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

         IMF Sponsored "Democracy" in The Ukraine
Media Disinformation: What's Really Going On in Ukraine?

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>TerraViva Europe<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Education Is Key to Bachelet's Chile
         Nowhere to Come In From the Cold
USAID Vows Inclusion in Fight Against Extreme Poverty
         A Manufactured Nuclear Crisis
A Tale of Two Worlds
         Tajik Intellectuals Finding Little Room for Reasoned Discourse
Kenya's Journey Towards Zero New HIV Infections Falters
         Pacific Nations Need Help Away From Aid
Nile Delta Disappearing Beneath the Sea
         Brazil's Prison Violence Worsens in Maranhão

Human Trafficking Survivors Urge U.S. to Take Action
         Hospitality, Agriculture Firms Vulnerable to Human Trafficking
Brazil Lagging in Fight against Human Trafficking
         Police Scramble to Adapt as Human Trafficking Goes Mobile

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>The Real News Network<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Mexico's Vigilante Groups Are a Force to Reckon with for Drug Cartels and Army
         Seismologist: Fracking Injection Wells Linked to Earthquakes
Why is China's Economy Slowing Down?
         Why is the Fed pushing interest rates higher?
Congress Cuts Food Stamps While Expanding Welfare for Corporate Farms
         Obama's Energy Plan Cannot Seriously Address The Impending Climate Crisis
Indigenous Group Fighting Tar Sands Gets Boost From Neil Young
         Rachel Maddow on Koch Brothers\' Secret Millionaire/Billionaire Summit and Their Elaborate Network That Obscures Koch Influence
Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant Responds to Obama\'s State of the Union Address
         \"A Silent Coup\": Jeremy Scahill & Bob Herbert on Corporate, Military Interests Shaping Obama\'s SOTU

In SOTU, Obama Tells Divided Congress to Expect Executive Action in Face of Continued Obstruction
"Dirty Wars\" Filmmaker Jeremy Scahill on the \"Drone President\" & Obama\'s Whitewashing of NSA Spying

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>The European Union Times<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Banks Caught Spying On 'Anti-Government' Citizens Source
         Greek girl returns home after 7 months treatment in US Source
Common GMO Tobacco Virus Potentially Linked to Bee Deaths Source
         US preparing sanctions against Ukraine Source
Scientists warn of new bubonic plague Source
         Bank Run Fears Escalate as Russian Lender Bans Cash Withdrawals Source
Ancient Chinese used bamboo sticks as calculator Source
         Cuba urges integration in Latin America free of US Source
EU justice chief accuses bloc of hypocrisy in data privacy debates Source
         Russian patriarch urges senators to strongly reject legalization of gay marriage Source

Nicaragua approves unlimited presidential terms Source
         Alec Baldwin: TSA 'A Disgrace' For Patting Down My Infant Daughter Source
Snowden faces MI6 assassination threat: NSA ex-officer Source
         US web pot industry booms Source
German chancellor slams US, UK over spying Source

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Common Dreams<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Rethinking Schools Editorial: Connecting the Dots for a Better World
         'Insane, Disgusting' and 'Epic Treachery': NSA Spied on Climate Talks
Woo-Hoo! Shell Ditches Its Arctic Drilling Plans
         To Break Fossil Fuel Industry's Grip, Foundations Divest Nearly $2 Billion
Leaked Docs Show Govt Deceit over US Drone Attacks
         Report: Detained Palestinian Children Face Staggering Rate of Violence
Drinking Water for 17 California Communities About to Run Dry?
         Public to FCC: Don't Give Up on Open Internet
Moving the Race Conversation Forward
         Indigenous Group Fighting Tar Sands Gets Boost From Neil Young

Ellen Cantarow: No Pipe Dream: Why We're All Living on the Frontlines of Fracking
         Janet Redman: Failing the Future: On Obama's Climate Legacy
Peggy Faw Gish: Current Fallujah Struggles­A Legacy of US Policies, Violence
         Michelle Goldberg: New York's Outrageous Attempt to Ban Academic BDS
Sarah van Gelder: Obama Calls for "Opportunity for All": 8 Policies to Make It Happen
         Phyllis Bennis: Digging in on Drones and other Flawed Foreign Policy Strategies
Physicians for a National Health Program: More Than 7,100 Deaths Likely from States' Rejection of Medicaid Expansion: 30
         Gar Alperovitz: Can New Fed Chair Yellen Help Democratize US Economy?
Civil Rights Groups Collect Nearly 50,000 Signatures Demanding FCC Exercise Its Authority to Save the Free Internet
         ACLU: Major Sentencing Reform Bill Moves to Senate Floor

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Mélissa Dumont élue reine du Carnaval de QuébecPlus
         SNC-Lavalin: accusations contre deux anciens dirigeantsPlus
Le tunnel Louis-H. Lafontaine prend l'eauPlus
         Saisie d'une presse pouvant imprimer des faux billetsPlus
Conrad Black est dépouillé de l'Ordre du CanadaPlus
         L'Isle-Verte: découverte de nouveaux indicesPlus
Keystone XL: un rapport ouvre la voie à l'approbationPlus
         En retard au poste parce qu'il signait des autographesPlus
Lac-Mégantic: poursuite contre World Fuel ServicesPlus
         Coalition Montréal doit 100 000 $ à des créanciersPlus

Projet d'un milliard $ en Gaspésie Plus
         Super Bowl: fausse alerte à la poudre suspectePlus
Espionnage de wifi: Ottawa assure respecter la loiPlus
         Michael Bloomberg nommé émissaire à l'ONU Plus
Étranglée dans le métro: le mystère plane toujoursPlus
         CN: les employés rejettent l'entente de principePlus
La peur d'aller trop loin Plus
         Métro: dispositifs de détection «quasi infaillibles»Plus
Radio-Canada annonce encore des coupesPlus
         Amanda Knox se battra «jusqu'au bout»Plus

Il dérive pendant 16 moisPlus
         Un immeuble brûle pour la troisième fois en deux ansPlus
Deux morts à la carrière de L'Épiphanie: des amendes au propriétairePlus
         Péréquation: guerre de mots entre Ottawa et QuébecPlus
Une soirée de soutien à Djemila BenhabibPlus
         L'Isle-Verte: 11 personnes manquent toujours à l'appelPlus
Chèque remis à Jean Charest: la CAQ veut faire la lumièrePlus
         La diarrhée épidémique porcine se répand en OntarioPlus
Statistiques: les Québécois dépensent plus pour se nourrirPlus
         Ukraine: discussion de sanctionsPlus

Le nombre de suicides au Québec se maintientPlus
         François Gendron obtient son congé de l'hôpitalPlus
La peine de mort sera demandée contre TsarnaevPlus
         Best Buy et Future Shop abolissent 950 postesPlus
Étranglée par son hijabPlus
         Amanda Knox condamnée pour meurtrePlus
Les employeurs québécois hésitent à embaucher des immigrantsPlus
         Accurso: bijoux de 12 500$ à la femme d'ArsenaultPlus
Une mère et huit enfants meurent dans l'incendie de leur maisonPlus
         Le militaire détenu en Afghanistan bientôt libéréPlus

Armé d'une canne, un paraplégique vole une voiturePlus


The House of "sober second thought".

The Senate's role was to be the chamber of "sober second thought".  It has at this point in time become an extension of the will of the Prime Minister in that those he appoints promise to follow his directions.

Abolish, have them represent regional interests rather than those of Canada as a whole, these and other directions are supported by one political group or another.

The implications of the action taken by Justin Trudeau have not yet become known.

Considerable portions of my time was spent on Wednesday and Thursday on presenting to the media a suggestion that would move the Senate from being the partisan body it has become to that which in theory it was to be.

Whatever position you currently hold on this matter of consequence, please  read first the Wikipedia article - and then the alteration suggested below.

Your considered opinion of its efficacy will be much appreciated, either to the Digest or privately to me .

Joe Hueglin

A proposal enhancing the Trudeau initiative.

Newmarket, Ontario - The Hon. Sinclair Stevens, Leader of the Progressive Canadian Party, today congratulated Justin Trudeau on his historic decision to make all Liberal Senators Independent from the Liberal Party Caucus of the Commons.

Mr. Stevens continued that his Party had suggested some time ago that the power to appoint Senators by Prime Ministers be ended and that such appointments should be
made by seeking the advice and experience of governance found in those appointed to the Queen's Privy Council and, in so doing, take the power to appoint Senators out of today's partisan hands of the prime minister alone.
Mr. Stevens noted further that the Progressive Canadian proposal for Senate Reform for a better appointment system would enhance Justin Trudeau's bold proposal to release Liberal Senator's from party caucus discipline by providing the means to recommend appointments to the Governor General with the legitimacy of government experience informed by good will and public interest untainted by partisanship.
Independent Progressive Conservative Senator Elaine McCoy praised storied journalist Jim Travers' urging the Prime Minister to "add brilliance to the Red Chambers"s sober second thoughts", adding the creative suggestion to conceive the ˜Senate as Think Tank" (2007).
In March 2010, the Tory Senator added, "Yesterday, another voice weighed in on the conversation. [Writer and Progressive Canadian] Brian  Marlatt's thoughtful contribution suggests that the Governor General take advice on appointments from the entire Privy Council, not just the PM. As he says, 'Charges of patronage and partisanship would be overcome; there would be no risk to national unity, as would happen if senators were accountable to their province; and senators would not be subject to party discipline, as they would be if elected. Senators would not be just more politicians.' "
 "By convention, prime ministers have recommended Senate appointments to the Governor General of Canada since Confederation.  Prime Ministers in general have respected the need for balance in recommended appointments but the potential for abuse has always been there.  Until today, no prime minister has received a ˜pledge" to pass his party's legislation from those he in practice appoints', Mr. Stevens said.  "All Senators named by the current prime minister have made such "˜pledges" ", Stevens added, "this is the real Senate Scandal, the Harper Senate Scandal."
Proposals to abolish or elect Senators will not end this new partisanship in the Upper Chamber; proposing firewall federalism by directly electing or appointing elected Senators will threaten national unity, Progressive Canadians argue.  "We welcome Justin Trudeau's initiative to limit partisanship but it lacks a means of joining excellence, such as you might find in the Order of Canada, with experience of government, " Sinclair Stevens said.  "The Progressive Canadian proposal brings together excellence and experience."
A quorum of the Queen's Privy Council across party lines and levels of government, comprising former Governors General, present and former prime ministers and cabinet ministers, Supreme Court Chief Justices, inducted Leaders of the opposition and premiers, could fulfill its historic role as an advisory body to the Crown by recommending to the Governor General persons qualified to serve in Canada's Senate in fulfillment of its duty as a revising chamber of "sober second thought"  “Joe Clark and Brian Mulroney, Jean Chretien and Paul Martin and their cabinets are members, so am I, and individual distinguished Canadians,†Mr. Stevens stated, "The provinces would be consulted through  their premiers invited as Privy Councillors when senators are appointed."
"The criticism of Justin Trudeau's idea would be less and the proposal enhanced by appealing to the excellence and experience in the Queen's Privy Council.  The further virtue, as members of our Progressive Canadian National Council have said,  is that Senators will not be accountable to the provinces divisively or to partisan party discipline, not even to voters; their legitimacy as senators comes from their tenure based on excellence and experience to review, revise, and recommend amendment to legislation and regulation without the temptation or power to obstruct an elected government dedicated to good will and the common good of all Canadians.  This is practical, doable change, not an impractical utopia."
Senator Elaine McCoy, Blog "Hullabaloos" "Senate as Think Tank," April 30, 2007
Senator Elaine McCoy, Blog "Hullabaloos" "Same Old, Some New, Ideas on Senate Reform," March 30, 2010/