Selections of clips are only available in the camera import function, not in the file import function. The file import function is an extension of the OS and only allows the import of complete files. Post screen shots of what you're seeing and explain what you're doing. There has been no change in 10.0.8 to importing. It's the same since 10.0.6.
You may be right about that. But doesn't that seem mildly silly? I can't be the only guy that would like to be able to do this from a hard drive as aprt of my regular work flow. I guess a work around might be to open my Canon files in QuickTime first to trim them down to the portion I'd like to import. That just seems ridiculous. So does doing it from my Camera. Why should you have to edit footage down before importing it into your editing software?
It doesn't have to be from your camera; it has to be using the camera import function from a camera folder structure or archive.
Tell me when you open a Word document, how do you open just the third, sixth, and eighth paragraphs?
If you're opening the material from a camera archive using the camera import function, you must make a copy of the media. Because of this you have access to functions that allow you to selectively copy media, but to do that you have to use the camera import function, which I'm sure you can do with media from your Canon camera.