CBC, Change the Debate

CBC has a history of providing a substandard democracy experience for its owners, the Canadian public. Over a decade ago I organized a Regina protest in front of CBC Saskatchewan to object to the broadcasting corporation’s exclusion of Elizabeth May from the leaders debate. Years later she managed to win a seat anyway, and now the Greens are polling nationally about even with the NDP. Excluding her was obviously a partisan choice by the public broadcaster.

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CBC security hassling a protestor to ‘not block the entrance’, during the opening prayer.

Yesterday, people across Canada gathered, including in Regina, to protest CBC’s lack of interest in hosting a Leaders Debate on the climate emergency that Parliament has declared. Several parties have a plan for a Green New Deal, and the public would benefit from hearing a structured debate from the leaders of those parties explain how they envision the Canadian economy will change to meet the pressing need the world is feeling to meet this crisis.

 

You might also want to read these from the past of media corruption.

It’s clear the CBC is willing to put more effort into sensationalizing a murder investigation, than into the most life threatening political issue of our time.

SaskParty Opposes Low Cost, Healthy Transportation

I had no respect for the SaskPotty before this, and it sure as hell isn’t getting any now. They’re toxic and are actively opposing zero emission vehicles now.

British Political Humour Getting Their Own Trump-basketcase

“We’d be better off picking someone at random and giving them keys to No 10” – John Crace

For Canadians unfamiliar, that’s the British PM’s residence in London.

Caption: “Which candidate was shit, but not shit enough to make a difference?” That’s what it’s like to pick a Conservative in Canada too.

“And it looks like we’re getting our own, small-pond version of [Trump] inside of a fortnight. If only alleged strongman Boris Johnson had found some way of taking care of his shit. Instead, we’ll be picking up the tab. Still, I’m sure every Briton will be honoured by the chance to play their small part in the larger story of this one defective, arrogant man. Or, to put it in classical terms we can all understand, the guy who really puts the anus into Coriolanus.”

I had to look it up:

“Coriolanus is the name given to a Roman general after his military success against various uprisings challenging the government of Rome. Following this success, Coriolanus becomes active in politics and seeks political leadership. His temperament is unsuited for popular leadership and he is quickly deposed, whereupon he aligns himself to set matters straight according to his own will. The alliances he forges along the way result in his ultimate downfall.”

Greens Hire a Political Strategist Some Don’t Like

I don’t much care for his strategy most of the time, but the Greens can’t keep doing the same thing when the other parties are playing to run out the clock. We’ve less than eleven years left to maybe, hopefully have enough time to get emissions to a point where we’ll survive the first half of this century. If a punk rocking blogger with a mean streak is able to help the Greens break-through, then good enough.

Conservatives Make Asthma Great Again

Canadian Cons desperately want to have MAGA as a campaign slogan because it worked so well for the President. That’s why they want to Make Asthma Great Again, and remove fuel standards. Put lead back into the gas, we need more stupid people from brain damage.

If you know anyone who thinks Scheer is an acceptable human being, you really need to question their judgement. He’s okay with making it harder for kids to breathe in Canada.

Greyhound Sucks

And the feckless politicians who haven’t replaced Greyhound are sucking too.

“About $13.5 billion a year of general taxpayer funds go to maintaining our road network, and without affordable bus routes or rail alternatives, this amounts to a handsome kickback for car owners.”

“If we assume the costs for a national system would be roughly proportional, it would run us around $550 million a year. Not nothing, but pretty paltry in comparison to that $13.5 billion to maintain our road network.”

Wall Was/Is Wrong About Coal In China

“China will increase their coal use by 19% over 5 years.”
“Vietnam, India and many others Asian nations are ramping up coal to give more of their people electricity. The U.S. is now signalling a return to coal.”
-Brad Wall 17 November 2016 · 132,442 views
“Canada only accounts for 1.6% of global emissions. Even if a carbon tax reduced that significantly, and it won’t, global emissions would still be largely unaffected.”
Everything he said there is wrong.

“Coal production fell sharply in China in 2016 by around 320 million tonnes or 9% – a fall equal to more than the total production from South Africa, the world’s 5th largest coal exporter. Coal production also fell elsewhere, such as the US and Australia, leading to global output falling by 458 million tonnes.”
IEA
“we assume that the Chinese economy is in a structural transformation and that its electricity intensity will decline over time, stopping further growth in coal power generation by 2020.” – IEA


Obama sounds so antiquated now, just like the Liberal Party of Canada’s rhetoric today that echos his words of 10 years ago.

“Statistics From China Say Coal Consumption Continues to Drop” – 2016

China’s coal consumption has peaked” – 2018

China’s coal consumption has steadily decreased by a few percentage points a year since 2013, prompting our pronouncement of a coal consumption peak in an article published in the summer of 2016 in Nature Geoscience.

Wall doesn’t mind being wrong, he just pushes on anyway.

“Macron Calls Climate Change a ‘Red Line’ Issue at G20, Rebuking Trump” – 2019

“America’s coal-burning power plants are shutting down at a rapid pace, forcing electric utilities to face the next big climate question: Embrace natural gas, or shift aggressively to renewable energy?” – NYT yesterday