August 28, 2009

The Globe and Mail reports today that, “There are no death panels, no reference to 'Obamacare' and no Shona Holmes. But vocal advocates of Canada's health-care system have shot back at American detractors with a tamer brand of YouTube video, intended to correct what they see as misconceptions about Canada's health resources being batted about in the heated United States health-care debate.”

"The eight-minute video clip features interview segments with former Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow, the president of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, members of Canadian Doctors for Medicare, and other physicians and researchers extolling Canada's 'real' universal health-care system, and expressing bemusement that it could meet anything but praise and envy south of the border."

August 28, 2009

The CBC reports that, "Senior Liberals are signalling they're unlikely to use their first opportunity, in early October, to pull the plug on Stephen Harper's minority government."

The "opposition day, on which the Liberals could move a motion of non-confidence in the government, will be sometime from Oct. 1-7."

"Liberal strategists ...note they'll have very little time between Parliament's resumption on Sept. 14 and their first opposition day in which to make the case that they can no longer work with Harper's Conservatives."

That all said, "(Liberal House leader Ralph) Goodale noted the government is bound to provide for a number of opposition days 'at fairly regular intervals throughout the fall' — any of which the Liberals could use to defeat the government."

The full report is at

August 28, 2009

The Toronto Star reports this morning that, “Gary Doer is Canada's next ambassador to the United States…”

The Star notes that Doer is “well respected, nationally and even internationally. Three years ago, Doer delivered the keynote speech at the annual Public Policy Forum dinner in Toronto, which is usually attended by a blue-chip crowd of Canada's leading politicos and bureaucrats. …Doer laid out five possible (national) projects: an east-to-west national energy grid; protection of water resources; a national strategy for higher education and skills training; a trade-and-transportation strategy; and improved co-ordination of the provinces, along with Canada, as a unified voice on the global stage.”

The Globe and Mail adds that Doer has “what some describe as a ‘pragmatic’ relationship with Mr. Harper. Those who know him say Mr. Doer believes it's more important to get along with the federal government than to pick fights. And he is well-liked by U.S. governors of the western states. In fact, he has quite a rapport with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, having bonded with him over environmental issues.”

August 27, 2009

The Midland Mirror reports that, "The county ...began removing construction equipment from the site Wednesday morning (the morning after the vote for a one-year moratorium)."

“'Watching the big heavy equipment being rolled out, to see it being dismantled, was very moving,' said Maude Barlow, the Council of Canadians chairperson."

The Barrie Examiner adds, "Watching and applauding with the others who participated in the 110-day standoff, Council of Canadians head Maude Barlow smiled and joined the hugs as each trailer squeezed out of the gate onto the two-lane dirt road."