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Alberta Politics: Former Alberta Health Services CEO’s accusations of NDP ‘interference’ raise more questions than they answer

PHOTOS: Former Alberta Health Services CEO and president Vickie Kaminski, who was back in the news yesterday. Below: Former Progressive Conservative health minister Stephen Mandel; NDP health Minister Sarah Hoffman. Vickie Kaminski’s self-justifying … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Former Alberta Health Services CEO’s accusations of NDP ‘interference’ raise more questions than they answer

Bill Longstaff: A long overdue budget break for the CBC

Of all the items in the new federal budget, the one that jumped out at me, and caused a whoop of delight, was the $675-million over five years of new investment in the CBC. For years, Mother Corp has been increasingly starved of funds—finally some … . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: A long overdue budget break for the CBC

Bill Longstaff: A long overdue budget break for the CBC

Of all the items in the new federal budget, the one that jumped out at me, and caused a whoop of delight, was the $675-million over five years of new investment in the CBC. For years, Mother Corp has been increasingly starved of funds—finally some … . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: A long overdue budget break for the CBC

The Canadian Progressive: CBC plan to sell off buildings part of Harper’s diabolical privatization agenda

The CBC’s just-revealed plan to sell buildings, including major production facilities in Toronto and Montreal, is part of Stephen Harper’s diabolical privatization agenda. It’s the culmination of his personal, ideology-driven crusade against the public broadcaster.

The post CBC plan to sell off buildings part of Harper’s diabolical privatization agenda appeared first on The Canadian . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: CBC plan to sell off buildings part of Harper’s diabolical privatization agenda

Bill Longstaff: Vote CBC

The CBC, our national broadcaster, is usually justified on the basis of two fundamentally important services it provides: it serves as stage for Canadian culture and it unites a broad, diverse country. I suggest it serves us in yet another way that is equally important: it is the only national mass medium that is not . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Vote CBC

Alberta Politics: Give some credit to Jerry Bance for improving the quality of Conservative public discourse

ILLUSTRATIONS: Is it time to give Jerry Bance a break? After all, he’s raised the tone of Conservative discourse in Toronto, and raised our national profile abroad. (Image grabbed from the CBC, just as Mr. Bance reaches for the cup.) Below: Mr. Bance in happier times, with both his hands where you can see them; . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Give some credit to Jerry Bance for improving the quality of Conservative public discourse

The Canadian Progressive: WikiLeaks reveals CBC and Canada Post may be sold under TPP agreement

A confidential letter leaked by WikiLeaks on Wednesday reveals that the CBC and Canada Post could be sold under the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, currently being negotiated by Canada and 11 other countries in Maui, Hawaii.

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The Canadian Progressive: Ottawa Shootings: CNN fear-mongering an insult to Canadians

Reporting on Wednesday’s Ottawa shootings, CNN and other global media outlets resorted to needless sensationalism, propagandist fear-mongering and self-serving interpretations of terrorism.

The post Ottawa Shootings: CNN fear-mongering an insult to Canadians appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Alberta Diary: Revelation CAPP paid Mansbridge, defender of Murphy’s speaking fees, brings simmering controversy back to boil

CBC Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge, back in the day before he could seriously contemplate receiving a $28,000 speaking fee just for flapping his gums over dinner. (Photo found on the Internet.) Below: Similarly compensated CBC commentator Rex Murphy, presumably at about the same moment in history. Below that: Wildrose Party Leader Danielle Smith’s . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Revelation CAPP paid Mansbridge, defender of Murphy’s speaking fees, brings simmering controversy back to boil

Alberta Diary: Future bleak for Brent Rathgeber’s CBC disclosure bill; perhaps less so for Rex Murphy’s commentaries

Your blogger with CBC commentator Rex Murphy, quite possibly on his way to a speaking engagement with the oil industry. Below: the same blogger with Edmonton-St. Albert Member of Parliament Brent Rathgeber, who has a date with history next week; the controversial Press Progress Rex Murphy info-graphic.

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MP Brent Rathgeber’s . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Future bleak for Brent Rathgeber’s CBC disclosure bill; perhaps less so for Rex Murphy’s commentaries

Bill Longstaff: The CBC—a very good deal

The Friends of Canadian Broadcasting recently sent me an email summarizing a few pertinent facts about the CBC, our national broadcaster and the only national medium not owned and controlled by the corporate sector. Some of these facts I would like to share.

For instance, we sometimes forget in these dumbing-down days of Harper conservatism . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: The CBC—a very good deal