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Cowichan Conversations: The Koch Brothers Grip On Alberta Has Made Them Rich

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The National Observer’s Digital News is an off shoot of the Vancouver Observer that has been embraced on the ‘Left Coast.’

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Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Comforted by false reality

A New York Times article, The Surprisingly Large Cost of Telling Small Lies, quotes a successful English business person about the need to confront truths, even uncomfortable ones, “…telling lies is the No. 1 reason entrepreneurs fail. Not because telling lies makes you a bad person but because the act of lying plucks you from . . . → Read More: Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Comforted by false reality

Northern Insight: CBC dominates the Websters

I bet Jack Webster’s spirit twitches when the $175 a plate bun toss named for him recurs and this town’s higher purpose people gather to honour worthy journalists, not all of whom are worthy enough to be employed full time in the corporate media.

Webster met Prime Ministers, Premiers and community leaders but he also . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: CBC dominates the Websters

Northern Insight: A weapon to change the world

“Those who educate children well are more to be honoured than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.” ― Aristotle

This week the BC Teachers’ Federation and the BC Government are in Supreme Court, duelling over a number of education issues, including class sizes . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: A weapon to change the world

calgaryliberal.com: Calgary: A Tale of Two Slates

If you’ve been paying attention to Calgary’s municipal election over the last week you would likely have heard about the Manning Centre, a $1,100,000 donation by the home builders to “in order to bring Preston [Manning] on board,” and the recent comments by Cal Wenzel on buying council members — earning influence for his industry . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Calgary: A Tale of Two Slates

Northern Insight: Propagandists in the service of the powerful

For more than half a century, the Soviet Union’s news agencies were universally recognized as untrustworthy. Strict political controls ensured that content served interests of the nation’s autocrats. In the democratic world, most have been contentedly… . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Propagandists in the service of the powerful

Northern Insight: Designed to fail – REPLAY

From March 2011, in my humble opinion, this article is worth repeating:

Overcrowding at Royal Columbian hospital led to shutting down microwaves in the on-site Tim Hortons doughnut shop. Emergency physicians were not worried about ovens jamming the medical equipment, they needed the space. They got it. So now, all those people complaining about giant . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Designed to fail – REPLAY

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Malicious Whispers and Dangerous Trends

Occasionally, I will read something that another person has said or written and I think, “I just wrote about the same ideas last week!  Are some of us wired to the same computer?!”

The new summer edition of Abilities Magazine features an article I wrote about a trend that I began to observe over the . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Malicious Whispers and Dangerous Trends

Northern Insight: The Schultz Theory, Applied

Alex Tsakumis’ release of Dave Basi’s 2003 memo to file was an interesting test for British Columbia’s corporate media. The results were mixed.

NW’s Bill Good managed to do 3½ hours without noting the stench surrounding his pal Premier Photo Op. No surprise there since he’s been consistent in saying the BC Rail scandal is . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: The Schultz Theory, Applied

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Global TV featured infamous hate monger speaking for a phantom group

REPLAY, from August 2010, worth reading again to consider if the situation has improved or degraded in the last 18 months.

The most effective critic of news media in British Columbia’s today is Harvey Oberfeld. He has particular qualifications since he spent his career in print and broadcast journalism. Indeed, for many years, he was . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Global TV featured infamous hate monger speaking for a phantom group

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Treading on the public welfare

News Item, January 11, 2012: “Shaw Media announced Wednesday that it has filed an application to the CRTC for a 24/7 regional, all-news channel for the province.

“The channel is set to launch this summer, pending approval from the CRTC, which is the country’s broadcasting regulator. The new channel will include B.C.-focused information in . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Treading on the public welfare

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Shoes, ships and sealing-wax, cabbages and kings

Global TV Noon News aired a report on the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline Sunday. It lasted 40-seconds while they allocated 11 minutes to a segment on cooking fish and five for a pet dog. Strange ‘news’ priorities but I guess they could have run a repeat of ET Canada or TMZ. Regardless, the quickie reference . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Shoes, ships and sealing-wax, cabbages and kings

DeSmogBlog: BC Tap Water Alliance Calls for Resignation of Energy Minister Coleman Over Fracking

Screen shot 2011-11-08 at 1.26.32 AM.png The B.C. Tap Water Alliance (BCTWA) called today for the resignation of British Columbia’s Energy Minister Rich Coleman. The demand comes on the hee… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: BC Tap Water Alliance Calls for Resignation of Energy Minister Coleman Over Fracking

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Another poll in need of a dog

Global BC reports a poll has Mayor Gregor Robinson ahead of NPA candidate Suzanne Anton by a margin of 2 to 1. The broadcaster’s analysis is that Robinson is in trouble because “Vancouver could be headed for a divided council.” Is that a logical con… . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Another poll in need of a dog

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Global TV’s strange news priorities

It was a busy news day Sunday so British Columbia’s self described source for news, weather, traffic, events and features did not have time to report on the rising tide criticizing Gordon Campbell’s Ordure of British Columbia award. The 11pm Global … . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Global TV’s strange news priorities