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The Canadian Progressive: PR Firm Navigator Dumps Jian Ghomeshi

High profile public relations firm Navigator announces it’s no longer representing beleaguered former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi.

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Cowichan Conversations: Jian Ghomeshi: One woman, actor Lucy DeCoutere, alleges she was slapped and choked without her consent.


Like so many Canadians I jumped on the bandwagon in defence of Jian Ghomeshi. It was a knee jerk reaction and my earlier comments mocking the CBC management were out of line. I apologize.

‘Q’ was one of Canadian Radio’s best and I mourn its’ passing but it is over and so is Jian.

His carefully structured Facebook disclosure was a signal that crisis management was in play. His attempts at marginalizing the women speaking out to reporters underlined a powerful, wealthy male power play, but it was too slick.

Now my concern has shifted to the (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The CBC Fires Jian Ghomeshi – Good Riddance Mr. Creeper.

***Let me preface this post with a handy disclaimer for clarification – When women say that have been abused – I believe them.***


Okay this story broke over the weekend and the major print media involved so far has been the Toronto Star. In the TS’s words here is what happened -

“CBC star Jian Ghomeshi has been fired over “information” the public broadcaster recently received that it says “precludes” it from continuing to employ the 47-year-old host of the popular Q radio show. Shortly after CBC announced Ghomeshi was out the door on Sunday, Ghomeshi (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Ghomeshi claims he was fired by CBC over sex allegations

The plot is thickening around Jian Ghomeshi’s departure from the CBC as the radio star announces a $50-million lawsuit against the public broadcaster.

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Cowichan Conversations: Jian’s Ghomeshi’s Facebook Message About His CBC Firing

Dear everyone,

I am writing today because I want you to be the first to know some news.

This has been the hardest time of my life. I am reeling from the loss of my father. I am in deep personal pain and worried about my mom. And now my world has been rocked by so much more. Today, I was fired from the CBC.

For almost 8 years I have been the host of a show I co-created on CBC called Q. It has been my pride and joy. My fantastic team on Q are super-talented and have helped (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: To think, he was once the King of Spain

I think #JianGhomeshi learned the one way to trend at the top of Twitter that's as bad, or worse, than dying.

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) October 27, 2014

“Someone also began colluding with a freelance writer who was known not to be a fan of mine and, together, they set out to try to find corroborators to build a case to defame me. She found some sympathetic ears by painting herself as a victim and turned this into a campaign. The writer boldly started contacting my friends, acquaintances and even work colleagues – all of whom came to me to (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: CBC Live As Composed As A Live Blog

Ancient years ago, about 6, CBC journalists could be heard explaining to crowds how bloggers might one day be eating their lunch, but for the time being the responsible journalism was being done by the Main Stream Media.

Then an armed gunman shot a soldier at the War Memorial before charging into Parliament with a rifle. Peter Mansbridge reported there were “reports” of a shooter at the nearby Rideau Centre. People hunkered down at the Chateau Laurier hotel on the other side of the Canal. In hindsight these were reasonable precautions given erroneous or exaggerated reports of there being another (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: CBC severs ties with popular Q host Jian Ghomeshi

The CBC announced Sunday it had severed its ties with Jian Ghomeshi, the popular host of the public broadcaster’s cultural affairs radio show Q.

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Something Ugly This Way Comes

I really don’t know what this is about, and frankly I’m not sure I want to.  But you wanna talk about the nation losing its innocence?  The career of the nicest guy on Canadian radio ends in a grease fire?  Bad for Jian; bad for CBC.  Bad for Canada.

Cowichan Conversations: Jian Ghomeshi Has Left The CBC Building-But Why?

Richard Hughes-Politically Speaking

Jian Ghomeshi has been fired, resigned, was forced to resign, chose to leave of his own free will or just what the hell has really happened?

Arguably Canada’s top broadcaster does not just bolt as it appears. Was he pushed?

The social media may reveal more but for now this is the story being released.

Here is the CBC’s release, so far.


CBC’s relationship with Jian Ghomeshi, host of the cultural affairs radio show Q, has ended, the network announced Sunday.

“The CBC is saddened to announce its relationship with Jian Ghomeshi has come to an (Read more…)

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.

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Alberta Diary: Despite statements by former premier and health minister, AHS has dropped its objection to paying full severance to fired CFO Allaudin Merali

Fred Horne and Alison Redford, back in the day. (CBC photo.) Below: Former Alberta Health Services senior vice-president and CFO Allaudin Merali; former Capital Health Region CEO Sheila Weatherill.

Alberta Health Services has thrown in the towel on a key point of the legal dispute with Allaudin Merali and offered to pay its fired executive vice-president and chief financial officer the full severance agreed to in his contract.

“AHS has acknowledged that it will pay the severance required by the Employment Contract once the Plaintiff has complied with the obligations imposed on him by the Employment Contract,” AHS says (Read more…)

ParliamANT Hill: Ex-dominAntrix vows ‘information’ on politiciAnts if prostitution bill passes

Inspired by this headline:

Left Over: Desperate Times Call for Desperate Opinion Pieces…


Justin Trudeau may be the next big thing – but Stephen Harper’s still Nickelback Politics, like music, is about sound and vision. What will voters want to hear in 2015?

By Andrew MacDougall, for CBC News Posted: Sep 07, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Sep 07, 2014 5:31 AM ET


How did we guess that MacDougall was a former paid Harper hack – and using Nickleback as a metaphor for the Cons is about as perfect as it gets..they both truly suck..and what has Nickleback done lately? As for Trudeau, to act as if he is (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: I Want To Believe

But it will take more than an interview by George Stroumboulopoulos to convince me that Justin Trudeau has the right stuff.

Nonetheless, I was impressed by the Liberal leader’s relaxed manner, especially striking since it is beyond my powers of imagination to envisage Stephen Harper in such a pose. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: I Believe In Multiculturalism But…

As far as I’m concerned, this goes far beyond anything that most people would deem reasonable accommodation:

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Politics and its Discontents: Clearly, There Is No Depth The Harper Regime Won’t Plumb

I believe this is ample testament to my heading.

Happily, many readers have seen through a cheap, demagogic ruse that once more demonstrates the unfitness of the harper regime to hold public office:

Wow, Harper and his cronies really are getting scared. This is the best you can do huh?

It’s obvious the Conservative’s accusations are outrageous at best but I’ll give them thanks for putting Justin Trudeau’s name in the headlines while making themselves look like fools at the same time. )

The Cons are out to lunch on this, they must be running scared. I was not sure (Read more…)

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Survival Skills for Stressed Out Caregivers

I’ve just come from our family cottage in the north woods of Quebec.  It’s peaceful there – a place for reflecting and remembering.  My Nana built our cottage in the 1920s and my memories are of her making my toast on the woodstove with the sunlight dancing through the wood-framed window.

But the woods can be scary sometimes.  Once, I got lost.  I went for a walk by myself and followed a path I didn’t know.  I was surrounded by unfamiliar wild meadows and swamps I had never seen.  Just the birds were my company and suddenly, I felt afraid. (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Never mind Alison Redford: Finance Minister Doug Horner, unfortunately, needs to resign

Ed Stelmach, Alison Redford and Doug Horner together on the stage on the night of Ms. Redford’s election as PC Party leader in October 2011. Below: Mr. Horner, Ms. Redford and Mr. Stelmach.

If the Parliamentary convention called ministerial responsibility still has meaning in Alberta or Canada, Finance Minister Doug Horner must resign.

Everyone in political Alberta has been focusing on another question: what should happen to former premier Alison Redford in the wake of the many recent revelations about her controversial conduct in office?

This serves a political purpose for those with a partisan axe to grind, but as (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Is there any benefit for Albertans in a criminal prosecution of Alison Redford? Not really

Alison Redford, in days past, somewhere in the skies over Alberta. OK, I never said I was a master of Photoshop! Below: Disgraced Canadian Senator Mike Duffy, Alberta Tory leadership frontrunner Jim Prentice, leadership candidate and former deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk.

Will Alberta benefit from a police investigation of Alison Redford’s use of the government’s small fleet of passenger aircraft?

Not really.

Here’s why: Notwithstanding the hyperbole from a number of elected officials of more than one political persuasion, not to mention the opinions of numerous columnists, bloggers and Twitterers, a trial, let alone a conviction, is extremely unlikely.

For (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Flights of folly: Air Redford’s airborne ghost riders will be the death of Alberta’s Tories

De Plane! De Plane! Tattoo calls out from the tower to announce the arrival of the premier’s plane at Calgary International Airport. Actual members of former Premier Alison Redford’s staff may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Ms. Redford; Alberta Auditor General Merwan Saher.

Those ghost riders on Alison Redford’s government flights aren’t going to go away. They will be the death of the party she led to government in 2012.

As Tattoo used to cry from the bell tower in the creepy Fantasy Island TV series: “De plane! De plane!”

Yesterday the CBC revealed that when she (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: 40 journalists protest plans to nuke CBC documentary team

40 journalists write to CBC President and CEO Hubert Lacroix and Executive Vice-President Heather Conway to protest plans to nuke the CBC documentary team.

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Montreal Simon: The CBC Cuts and the Slow Dismantling of Canada

I don't know how many Canadians realize how badly Stephen Harper has wounded the CBC.But from what I hear from a friend who works there, and who expects to be among the 2,000 employees who will soon lose their jobs, the wounds are practically mortal.And the Cons could be gnawing on its bones in less than three years.And if you want to know how much pain that is causing, all you have to do is read this sad letter.Read more »

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: CBC “Abandons Canadians”, Says Friends of Canadian Broadcasting

The CBC plan to shift its priorities from television and radio to digital and mobile services, and reduce staff, abandons Canadians, says Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

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Montreal Simon: Rex Murphy: When a Pimp becomes a Pope

Lordy. I swear to Godzilla I didn't think it was possible. I really didn't believe you could be a pimp and a Pope at the same time.And the resident right-wing demagogue of the CBC's flagship news program.But Rex Murphy has proved me wrong.It turns out you can be a ghastly oil pimp, and still publish religious tracts like this one. Read more »