Alberta Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk in the Rotunda of the Alberta Legislature. Note, in the background at left, Wildrose Opposition Leader Danielle Smith. Below, a recent Twitter message from Mr. Lukaszuk, an inveterate and confrontational Tweeter, who thinks your free speech rights are a matter of LOL and #wink.
Last weekend, Alberta Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk was in Edmonton’s Churchill Square enthusiastically demanding free speech and recognition of other fundamental rights for citizens of Ukraine.
Premier Alison Redford’s second in command told his listeners he recalled being in Kiev in 2004, observing the Orange Revolution: “Never again should there (Read more…)
It's not a good news hockey story. It's a huge blow to the CBC. For years, HNIC has been a cash cow that helped float many of CBC’s other news and original programming endeavours, with some estimating it was worth $200 million, and up to half of the TV network’s advertising revenue.And of course the CBC can't count on any help from Stephen Harper. The Prime Minister's Office has slammed the door on any bailout for the CBC to make up for lost advertising revenue from hockey broadcasts. "CBC already receives significant taxpayer funds," PMO spokesman Stephen Lecce wrote (Read more…)
The private sector is grinning at the stealth privatization of Hockey Night in Canada.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Hockey Night in Canada, privatization version!
Yes, the CBC is now in a privatization scheme called a public-private partnership [see below] to continue its mission to dump the most culturally significant media brand in Canadian history: Hockey Night in Canada.
Selling off the CBC outright would be a politically dangerous venture. So the federal government is simply eroding it, piece by piece. First, it dismantled the CBC orchestra. Then it didn’t bid on renewing the rights to the theme song of (Read more…)
For all of the various whining that the CBC is “statist” and left wing biased, I ask, where are the left wing CBC counterparts to these gems: Rex Murphy, seen here writing an absurd polemic attacking Rob Ford’s critics using a series of cliched strawman puerile caricatures of his opposition as just a bunch of downtown elitist snobs. Ford has been seriously unpopular for years now, having left net popularity in mid to late 2011 and never looked back – even after the Scarborough subway victory. Don Cherry, among his many offensive comments and reactionary views (many completely unrelated (Read more…)
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Fractured Land is a local BC production that looks into the ramifications of the oil and gas corporations impacts on our environment and those who suffer the consequences.
Dear beloved friends and funders,
It’s been a crazy, amazing, exciting year for the Fractured Land team. We’ve traveled the continent, continuing to film Caleb’s story, convene public talks, and document the actions of First Nations, industry and government leaders shaping the future of this land we all depend on.
We know you are anxious to see the film complete, and receive your rewards; and we apologize for (Read more…)
Michael Cooper, left, celebrates after a fashion the May 2, 2011, federal election victory of Edmonton-St. Albert MP Brent Rathgeber, as Mr. Rathgeber celebrates it in a more traditional and energetic way. (St. Albert Gazette photo.) Below: Mr. Cooper’s official campaign website photo; Mr. Rathgeber not long after his break with the Conservative caucus.
St. Albert, Alberta
When you hear the term “Conservative activist,” watch out! You might even want to run screaming from the room.
So it was not exactly reassuring to learn Wednesday that Michael Cooper, “lawyer and Conservative activist,” has announced his intention to seek the (Read more…)
Dana Golan, a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and former director of Breaking the Silence, was interviewed last Sunday on the CBC radio program The Sunday Edition.
When asked by the CBC’s John Enright about the mandate of Breaking the Silence, Golan offered the following:
So, Breaking the Silence was established in 2004. The goal of the organization is to reveal the nature of occupation. To create a moral discussion in Israel and around the world about the Israeli occupation in the Palestinian territories and to create resistance to the occupation. We are the ones who were sent (Read more…)
After shifting his focus in recent months, Alex Tsakumis is blogging again and getting ready to launch yourshow.ca as a 3-hour a day webcast on politics, media and other current affairs. A segment of AGT’s Thursday post caught my eye. He described a moment in the recent Legislative session when Minister of Children and Family Development Cadieux was thanking her crew for loyal service. Alex’s words,
“…Cadieux singled out “Lisa Leslie,” who, let me confirm, is Sean Leslie’s wife. The Minister thought nothing of (painfully) pointing out Sean Leslie’s glaring conflict of interest (he is required to cover, (Read more…)
2500 years ago Lucretius gave us the modern world. We ignored him.
Listen to The Swerve
In 1417, a Renaissance scribe and book hunter discovered an ancient manuscript in a monastery. That book was the Roman poet Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things. Renowned scholar Stephen Greenblatt tells us how that discovery changed the world.
Read more: The Origins of Atheism by Richard Handler on cbc.ca
Google search: CBC Ideas Swerve Lucretius
I’ll be looking for this book soon.
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I was fortunate to participate on the Students on Ice 2013 Arctic Expedition this year, which was a tremendous experience. We traveled up the west coast of Greenland by ship and across the Davis Strait to the Eastern Canadian Arctic. I produced a short audio documentary based on the experiences of two of the students on the journey and it aired on CBC Ottawa Morning this past Monday.
Click the audio player above to check it out or right click here to download!
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting has launched an anti-Harper ad, urges Canadians to resist the Conservatives’ plan to “undermine the CBC’s editorial independence and turn our national public broadcaster into a government propaganda machine – a state broadcaster!”
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According to a new Nanos poll, 81% of Canadians oppose Stephen Harper’s dictatorship-style plan to seize control of the CBC and gut its editorial independence.
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The Conservative-appointed lickspittles who currently control Canada’s public broadcaster, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), have refused to air a commercial by Friends of the CBC that criticizes Stephen Harper’s government for directly meddling in the supposed arms-length media organization.
The overpaid, ass-kissing CBC executives don’t have a problem, however, with constantly airing the thinly veiled pro-Conservative commercials for the nonexistent “Economic Action Plan”.
It is disgusting how Harper has been transforming the non-partisan, tax-funded corporation into his personal propaganda machine (as if Sun News wasn’t enough). It is disappointing how willing the brown-nosers at the CBC are to shed their journalistic (Read more…)
Are they right or wrong? You decide.
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It may seem hard to believe, but in a country where the government keeps an Enemy List, and rules by fear, the CBC has decided to muzzle itself. Read more »
CBC, with some analysis on Harper’s expected cabinet shuffle provides this quote from former Mulroney Chief of Staff David McLaughlin: “There’s a staleness about some of the ministry and some of the cabinet and how they’re communicating with Canadians; the look and feel of it. So there’s a chance to really show some new faces and say: ‘There’s still life in this government yet. We’re looking ahead, look at this new blood.’”
I hate this kind of soulless marketing when applied to government. This is how we, a free people govern ourselves in a system that took centuries (Read more…)
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Friday morning, 8:30AM June 28th, Rick MacGinnes-Rae, hosting CBC’s ‘the Current’, will peer into the secret world of party discipline.
His guest will be Sean Holman. a former ‘Public Eye Online’ blogger, talk show host, columnist and the force behind his latest project ‘Whipped!
This will be most worthwhile. I have viewed the documentary and for many it will be a real eye opener.
Check out Sean Holman’s website-Whipped’ and learn about his Canada wide efforts to shine a light into the dark corners of our party based political structures. Below a trailer from ‘Whipped’
This and that for your Tuesday reading.
- Thomas Walkom discusses how a continued economic slump is combining with the Cons’ economic policies to destroy secure jobs in favour of precarious, low-paying work: Those making economic policy from afar may admire creative destruction. Those being destroyed rarely do.
Here in Canada, this entire high-wire act is being performed without safety nets. The ones we had — such as welfare and employment insurance — were either eliminated or reduced by successive federal governments.…What is to be done? Poloz says we have no choice but to wait — until foreigners start (Read more…)
And it’s just them, from a new Forum Research poll for the Globe & Mail, Canadians in general oppose privatizing the CBC by a 2:1 margin, and it is a majority (51%) who are decided against, versus only 25% who are for it. That’s the good news, and it is pretty good news considering that it’s not like we’ve been waging a major national debate about this (though movement conservativism in Canada has made this a major goal for at least several years, the PM and Government have made no overt suggestion or move to do this). (Read more…)
Peter Mansbridge’s interview with Senator Pamela Wallin aired the evening of Thursday, June 13th. [ Transcript ]
What about the Conservative caucus? Was that your decision or was it clear to you they wanted you out?
It was clear to me that they wanted me out. That was, a phone call comes and you’re given an hour to resign or you’ll be fired, for lack of a better word.
Is that what happened?
That’s what happened.
From the leadership in the Senate and from the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff. So, you know, that’s — I understand, that (Read more…)
There, Pam Wallin said it, and like all politicians who trot out what has become but a tired platitude, she would now like all of us to tune in to another channel. (How about we devote ourselves to really serious matters, like that dastardly Mulcair showing such flagrant contempt for all that is holy?)
Those who are strongly constituted can watch the wayward woman from Wadena justify herself in an interview with Peter Mansbridge. (I confess I have not worked up to watching it yet – wonder if Peter asks her about her strategy in recently resigning two (Read more…)
Saša Petricic has been arrested in the midst of covering the Occupy Gezi protest in Istanbul. This is an outrage which the Turkish government will not be able to defend themselves from.
.@evakatrina @DFAIT_MAECI Turkey must #FreeSasa! @sasapetricic— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) June 12, 2013
Short hours before his arrest, this was the scene:
Many protestors’ barriers remain around #Taksim. Police cleared only one end of square #OccupyGezi http://t.co/wS3yMJdzkm— Saša Petricic (@sasapetricic) June 12, 2013
#Taksim right now. Fewer tents after rough night of teargas & rain but still hundreds of people staying #OccupyGezi http://t. (Read more…)
The CBC’s At Issue panel discusses Brent Rathgeber’s decision to quit the Conservative caucus and what it means to a Harper Government besieged by multiple crises.
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I guess they really are the key to maintaining both fiscal and democratic health.
But to ensure such a salutary state, people need to get their ‘narratives’ straight. Perhaps they need some outside assistance?
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