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FORSETH Every step we take in this fight must include the voices, and acknowledge the experiences, of those who have faced this type of violence

If you are unaware, and that is a distinct possibility as there has not been a lot in the media about it, we are currently in the midst of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence.
This is a campaign inspired by the United Nations, to help advance gender equity, make life better and make communities safer for women, girls and transgender people in BC and around the world.It is also something which all 4 western provinces in Canada are working towards.It is not however, at least at the moment, something with a unified focus and plan across the west.
Regardless, Manitoba’s Rochelle Squires, Minister responsible for the Status of Women, is unequivocal in saying:
We want to take aim at victim blaming and the notion that it’s a woman’s job to keep herself safe and prevent sexual assault.We must place the onus squarely on perpetrators or potential perpetrators, because the best way to stop sexual assault is to not assault someone in the first place”.
Sadly, a Global News report from t…

FELDSTED: If host nations are dumb enough to subsidize operations, helping improve the profit margin, don’t expect a ‘thank you’ or future loyalty

What makes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau believe he can use tax dollars to bail out auto workers and not provide equal support to other workers caught in downsizing, restructuring or bankruptcies? When did equal rights become special rights?

More to the point, what is he doing to support thousands of Alberta oil patch workers caught in maelstrom of his chaotic energy and environmental policies? Why are they less deserving than Ontario auto workers? Of all people, the unemployed in the oil industry deserve consideration because they are victims of federal policies.
Actions have consequences, and his action have created massive unemployment and disruption of families and lives. What is he going to do about it?        
MEANTIME… from CBC Canada:
the provincial government can't offer the company anything that would persuade it to keep the Oshawa plant and its 2,500 good-paying jobs, GM Canada president Travis Hester told the premier.
“'Is there anything we can do as a province, abs…

FELDSTED: Newspapers once dug out what governments were and were not doing, and shone a light into the dark corners of our legislatures and parliament

Watching Finance Minister Morneau and Prime Minister Trudeau congratulating one another over their $585 million subsidy to the media industry made me ill.  The usual suspects came forth denouncing the subsidy as an attempt to buy off the media. The media in Canada had an income of over $80 billion in 2016.  $585 million is a drop in the ocean – less than 1% of income (0.73%). It is less than one half of what they pump into the CBC every year.

The five giants who dominate Canadian media (which does not include the CBC as its revenues are made up largely of taxpayer subsidies) fear that a government may break up their monopolies. The top five - Bell, Rogers, Telus, Shaw and Quebecor accounted for 71.1% of the $80 billion network media economy in 2016.  The media in Canada is vertically integrated. The same owners control newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV stations, internet, cable and wireless services.

When Sun News tried to break into the market, it could not access cable bandwidt…

IF media is going to survive as a true Fourth Estate or Fourth Power, then it MUST remain free of political interference

Yesterday I received two emails, and coincidentally they were both on the same topic.... the News Media.
The first was from Leah who said to me …PLEASE DO A BLOG ON THIS!!!
By the way, that was her HUGE BOLD FONT not mind – I just copied and pasted to show her emphasis.The request was in reference to a story “Justin Trudeau Buying the Media in time for 2019 Election”Then there was the second email.It came from Conservative Party of Canada Ontario MP Peter Kent who stated:
I would like to apologize sincerely for suggesting yesterday that – based on government messaging – the Liberals were going to offer legacy media organizations a $50 million bailout package in an election year.I was wrong – they are actually giving them a $595 million bailout package.
It is highly unlikely Peter Kent is going to read this piece, but Leah likely will.Likely because my response to her yesterday was to say,
“So much has been written on this; and I agree that at the very least there us ab impression of the m…

As a new ICU for Nanaimo General Hospital is announced, one medical staffer says the current one is, “… the grossest in Canada”

It is extremely doubtful anyone in Nanaimo is going to complain about todays announcement from NDP Health Minister Adrian Dix -- including Liberal supporters through-out the region.That said, news of a new intensive care unit (ICU) to be built at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) has raised suspicion, from at least a few people, as to the timing.
This morning Health Minister Adrian Dix stated, “Our government is proud to move forward with replacing this out-of-date ICU”.
Patients will be able to receive the high levels of care they require in a more modern facility, which will be three times the current unit’s size, and health-care workers will also be able to take advantage of updated medical technology to help save lives.”
The government media release stated that the need for a replacement of the aging ICU is something the community has called for over many years. In 2013, an external review of three of Island Health’s tertiary ICUs called Nanaimo’s unit one of the worst in Ca…

Pipeline protestors are myopic, narrow-minded shills who have one single objective that is contrary to the interests of Canada and her people

Vivian Krause leads fight against Americans who have landlocked the oil sands David Staples~~Edmonton Journal~~November 14, 2018
It’s not often that powerful American interests are completely open about their success at thwarting a foreign economy, but that’s what happened a year ago when Michael Marx talked up his achievements.
“From the very beginning, the campaign strategy was to land-lock the tar sands so their crude could not reach the international market where it could fetch a high price per barrel. This meant national and grassroots organizing to block all proposed pipelines.”
… co-ordinated two major American charitable foundations, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and The Tides Foundation, in their anti-oilsands fight … campaign has supplied tens of millions in U.S. dollars to groups such as Greenpeace Canada, Idle No More, Leadnow, Living Oceans Society, the Pembina Institute, the Sierra Club, the World Wildlife Fund Canada and various First Nations to battle against the oil sands

Dear Conservative Party of Canada ... the Reform Party, forerunner of what eventually became the CPC, was once called extremist as well. They weren't however, were they?