In the good old days, Canada’s spy agencies were not supposed to spy on Canadians. Government departments are also supposed to benefit from their research into vulnerabilities in computer systems, because holes can be closed. CSE was, according to The CBC, and The Intercept, intentionally not filling holes it found in the Google App Store and a popular web browser, in order to infect targets of spying. The result is that hostile governments and hackers could also use these holes if they independently discovered them.
The unethical fools at the Broadcast Consortium will probably gladly keep Elizabeth May away from the debates this year too.
Especially amusing is the Conservative spokes-tool saying more participants would make it a gong show. Mulcair wanting a debate focused on women, while angling to keep the only female leader out of the room, is special too.
What’s wrong with the Star and Robert Benzie to write an article about debate controversy and not even mention the Consortium considering blocking the Green Party again because they got away with it last election?
Why would it be up to the Conservatives to decide how many televised debates there are? Clearly, the Broadcast Consortium isn’t actually in charge here. It’s known that Layton and Harper conspired to keep May from debating previously.
The scandal of conflict of interest at the CBC has deepened this week, as more questionable payments to the broadcaster by government department Parks Canada were revealed. Then environment Minister Prentice was given favourable coverage in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars in free travel. Prentice is now the Premier of Alberta.
One of the most harmful points of the coverage was allowing Prentice to lie about the Conservatives’ record on greenhouse gas emissions. “We are reducing emissions”; “We’re fulfilling our responsibility.” Prentice was allowed to say without correction. As a result, too many Canadians hold the incorrect view that the Conservatives have reduced emissions, while they’ve only gone up significantly since coming to power (with only a short-lived reduction due to the 2008 global financial crisis).
Amanda Lang still hasn’t been suspended from reporting for the CBC. Meanwhile, Global did a little required housecleaning.
“When people say they have no politics, it means that their politics aligns with the status quo. None of us are unbiased, none removed from the question of power.” – George Monbiot
Top notch blogger Alison at Creekside has been finally getting well deserved links from big media like CanadaLand and The Guardian regarding this story she broke 2 years ago.
It’s been brewing for Lang for quite some months now.
What does it say about Lang if her interview style is as friendly to almost everyone as those who pay her for public speaking, and are connected to her romantic relationship?
Almost 2 years ago, blogger Alison at Creekside1 had the scoop on Lang‘s greed and conflict of interest.
Flash back in time a bit:
Ombudsman tweeted me that Lang is off the CORE event.
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One disturbing part of modern life, is that no one will escape this Earth untouched by cancer in their life somewhere. It’s a toxic environment we’ve created for ourselves, and with lifespans well past what they used to be, cancer is most likely to catch up with our bodies.
“But it’s sexy,” Ms. Raitt said. “Radioactive leaks. Cancer.”
“Transport Minister Lisa Raitt is scheduled to undergo surgery on Tuesday to remove a “solid growth” on her ovaries.” “She revealed her medical condition in an interview with Tom Clark, host of Global TV’s The West Block. Raitt, who represents the Ontario riding of Halton, says she chose to speak out to avoid speculation about her coming absence from Parliament.”
Raitt’s pleading for people to remain ignorant about their own health and treatment, should be given the same level of credence as her sexy cancer remarks of five years ago.