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Fired Cherry stands by his remarks on Coach’s Corner

The Western Standard has learned that Sportsnet’s Hockey Night in Canada – contracted to the CBC – has fired its headliner Don Cherry.

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Don Cherry is unrepentant.

The 85-year-old hockey icon was fired by Sportsnet yesterday – Remembrance Day – for comments he made on Coach’s Corner that some deemed racist.

Cherry caused a firestorm of criticism from Twitter users and liberal politicians after he observed on his show that people in big cities and newcomers appear to wear the poppy less frequently than Canadians in smaller communities and those who have lived in Canada longer.

Contacted by Postmedia, Monday, Cherry seemed unrepentant saying he had “no problem” with the firing.

“I know what I said and I meant it. Everybody in Canada should wear a poppy to honour our fallen soldiers,” Cherry said.

Cherry denied the comments were racist saying they were patriotic.

“I speak the truth and I walk the walk. I have vistited the bases of the troops, been to Afghanistan with our brave soldiers at Christmas, been to cemeteries of our fallen around the world and honoured our fallen troops on Coach’s Corner,” he told Postmedia.

“To keep my job, I cannot be turned into a trained robot.”

“Remember to wear your poppy to honour our fallen soldiers…Thumbs up.”

Sportsnet announced the firing in a tweet.

“Sports brings people together – it unites us, not divides us,” said Sportsnet president Bart Yabsley.

Don Cherry on the cover of the Western Standard, February 2005

“Following further discussions with Don Cherry after Saturday night’s broadcast, it has been decided it is the right time for him to immediately step down.”

Cherry caused a twitter meltdone on his show when he is seeing less people wearing poppies and seemed to blame immigrants to Canada.

“You people … you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple bucks for a poppy or something like that. These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price,” Cherry said as his sidekick Ron MacLean looked on.

Twitter immediately erupted with people calling him a racist and to be fired.

The Canadian Broadcast Standards council said they have received so many complaints about Cherry they are no longer accepting any more.

“The CBSC has received a large number of very similar complaints concerning Coach’s Corner broadcast on CBC (Sportsnet) on November 9, 2019, exceeding the CBSC’s technical processing capacities. Accordingly, while the CBSC will be dealing with this broadcast under its normal process, it is not able to accept any further complaints, said a note on their website.

Predectably, oppenents and supporters took to Twitter to vent.

“If you’re happy Cherry got axed and Trudeau is still PM II’m wondering how your tall glass of hypocrisy tastes,” tweeted Mike.

Vicky Mochama tweeted: “don cherry getting fired for hockey for racism is absolutely what my ancestors fought for.”

Two Liberal cabinet ministers also waded into the fray with Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Patty Hajdu blasting Cherry.

Cherry supporters lashed back that his comment were not as racist as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appearing in blackface several times.

Ironically, it’s not the first time Cherry, 85, seemed to single out immigrants for not wearing poppies.

In an Nov. 17, 2017 Coach’s Corner said driving that day through downtown Toronto he didn’t see a single poppy.

“You’d think they’d be happy being here and everything what a lovely country,” he said in comments that appear to have escaped twitter’s wrath.

On Sunday night, Cherry’s broadcasting co-hort apologized for his role in the debacle.

MacLean was also blasted on Twitter for seemingly supporting Cherry.

Coach’s Corner is still broadcast on CBC in a sub-licensing deal with Rogers Media, which owns Sportsnet.

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  1. Stefan

    November 13, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Sad day for Canada for crucifying an 85 year old man and icon of the Canadian hockey for simply not choosing a politically correct word. This only prove that there is no freedom of speech anymore in Canada. Our political correct killed our freedom of speach. Shame on Roger’s media for crucifing an honest man like Don Cherry and keeping the snake Ron MacLean. Don, you don’t need a friend like Judas Ron MacLean.

  2. Susanna Rackley

    November 13, 2019 at 10:36 am

    It’s astonishing to me as a 6th generation Canadian that Mr.cherry could be fired for speaking the truth. I have noticed a lack of presence of the poppy for many years, and it is blatantly missing from the immigrant population. Both new and older members of this part of Canada’s population. This is a fact. He simply commented on what he has visually observed. He has a right to free speech as do we all.
    But it seems to me that we “real” Canadians are losing this right. Along with the right to say merry Christmas and call our trees Christmas trees. The freedoms of speech and religion belong only to the “new” Canadian.
    We can in part thank our garbage prime minister for this.
    Mr Cherry thank you for calling attention to the issue of our fading poppy. It needed to be done.

  3. Terri Fisher

    November 12, 2019 at 8:04 am

    When did ” you” become racist. He called out no one in particular. I believe he was referring to new immigrants as well as existing Canadians. He is also correct ~~ Shame on Rodgers, Sportsnet… cancelled…. So tired of the political correctness it has gotten to the point of being ludicrous. Your welcome any time Mr Cherry to come to Alberta …

  4. Robert Bryenton

    November 12, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Don is a far better man, than our PM!

  5. BikerLad

    November 12, 2019 at 6:40 am

    Jeepers. Speaking of firing someone….do you guys even have an editor? This is chock full of spelling and grammar errors.
    Here’s a sampling: ….twitter meltdone on his show when he is seeing less people….(Twitter, meltdown, fewer). Twitter twice spelled in lowercase. Cohort (no hyphen). Cherry supporters lashed back that his comment were (comments were; comment is).

  6. Barbara Black

    November 11, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Don Cherry’s remarks were in no way racist. He was referring to immigrants in general and we have immigrants from Europe as well as from a number of other countries. Even in this small town we have people from Holland, England and Argentina. Today, being offended has become the new fashion. And it is getting really tiresome.

  7. jim

    November 11, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    cancel your roger accounts I did.

  8. Laurie Crothers

    November 11, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    What Mr. Cherry said is true. He just said what a lot of Canadians think. I see in my small city close to the US border that the immigrants here speak their language in public and look a you like don’t belong. I am sick of changing the way I grew up with what I can or can not say. I am 61 years old they are to learn our language and our customs not the other way around.

  9. Cheryl

    November 11, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Shame on you sports net for firing a veteran of hockey, for standing up for veterans of our country on Veterans Day. Disgusting.

  10. Mike Griffith

    November 11, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    I am in total support of Don Cherry. He said whet had to be said . It is thought off by millions of Canadians ..What sport-net has done is take away freedom of opinion, and speech, What sportnet has done is slap every Canadian soldier dead or alive in the face . Those who have died ,,, died for nothing. they gave their lives for our freedom and a sport network is taking it away what a pathetic organization you are I will boycott anything sport-net, and I will advise their sponcers I will go out of my way to achieve my goals

  11. Mike Bromley

    November 11, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    What a brilliant distraction. Let’s fire a guy for doing what he was hired to do. That’s pure genius.

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LEAK: UCP caucus meeting to discuss leaks to the Western Standard

The leak of this story took place while the meeting to discuss the leaks is currently underway.

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The UCP caucus is currently holding an emergency meeting to discuss a series of leaks, with several sensitive discussions finding their way to publication in the Western Standard in recent months. The leak of this story took place while the meeting to discuss the leaks is currently underway.

Two MLAs that spoke on condition of anonymity told the Western Standard said that Kenney called the emergency meeting with no formal agenda presented in advance, but that the meeting is currently focused on finding and potentially punishing the sources.

A significant number of UCP MLAs have been unnamed sources in recent Western Standard news stories, including three MLAs that said Kenney – when discussing attendees of the rogue rodeo in Bowden – told them, “If they are our base, I want a new base.”

MLAs were told attendance at the hastily called meeting was “mandatory.”

The drama started around midnight Thursday morning when Premier Jason Kenney’s leadership was dealt another serious blow as the first MLA in his own caucus called for him to step down.

Todd Loewen, UCP MLA for Central Peace-Notley in northwest Alberta, published a scathing letter around midnight in the first minutes of May 13, saying Kenney refuses to listen to the public and to caucus members, that his leadership has failed, and UCP supports have abandoned Kenney specifically.

Loewen used the letter to inform Kenney he was immediately stepping down as chairman of the UCP caucus.

The letter takes direct aim at Kenney’s caucus management, premiership, and leadership over the party. 

“I no longer believe caucus can function properly; meetings have been cancelled without members’ consent, significant decisions of government have been made without notice to members, and our input as elected members is rarely considered,” wrote Loewen. “Additionally, I feel it is best to resign this position [caucus chairman] to be able to speak freely.

“The government’s response to a hostile federal government has been perceived as weak and ineffective. Albertans have lost trust in the leadership of our government and are no longer willing to extend to us any benefit of the doubt on most issues.” 

Loewen’s remarks also took direct aim at Kenney’s personal leadership.

“The caucus dysfunction that we are presently experiencing is a direct result of your leadership. The people of Alberta have lost trust in this government because you have not brought needed balance and reason to the discussion. Albertans and our UCP party members deserve better,” he wrote.

“I thank you for your service, but I am asking that you resign so that we can begin to put the province back together again.”

The letter comes as Kenney’s leadership is already on the ropes. More than a dozen UCP constituency associations have already passed special resolutions demanding a leadership review, however Kenney poured cold water on the idea, pushing the vote to just six months before the next election

Growing caucus tension also bubbled to the surface when 17 UCP MLAs signed an open letter condemning Kenney for putting Alberta back under a third lockdown. Kenney’s dismissal of the letter led to a series of leaks from the UCP caucus, with several MLAs telling the Western Standard the premier threatened them with an early election if they did not have confidence in his leadership.

Soon after the rogue rodeo in Bowden, Alta. to protest the third lockdown, UCP MLAs told the Western Standard Kenney said in reference to the attendees, ““If they are our base, I want a new base.”

Kenney denied the story as “fake news” and said that the comments were only referring to people making death threats against him, but UCP MLAs told the Western Standard Kenney was “lying.”

This story will be updated as the caucus meeting continues.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Conservatives remove Twitter ad after outrage

The ad was an attack on the Justin Trudeau government’s vaccine rollout across the country.

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Erin O’Toole has admitted the Conservative Party was behind a social media ad that drew howls of disgust.

He confirmed the party took down the ad at the height of the outcry.

Conservative ad

The ad was an attack on the Justin Trudeau government’s vaccine rollout across the country.

This week, in the latest setback, several provinces announced they were halting second injections of the AstraZeneca vaccine over fears of blood clots.

The ad showed people celebrating summer after having two shots of vaccine entitled “Two Dose Summer.”

That photo was placed atop of one called “Trudeau Summer” showing what appears to be a COVID-19 victim in rough shape in hospital.

“I didn’t think attack adds in Canada could go lower than the infamous Chrétien “face ad”…they may have just done so,” said a Twitter user identified as Red Moose.

“Long ago I reached the conclusion that the CPC doesn’t want the electorate to take them seriously. Why can’t Canada have a credible opposition?” said Wally Kibler.

“When this is all over and we are finally able to live a normal life remember that Erin O’Toole and his team mocked our collective efforts, as a society, with childish and mean attack ads in an effort to score a political point,” said Adam Bolt.

When question Friday, O’Toole didn’t say whether or not he personally approved the ad.

But he did say the tweet detracted the serious discussion about vaccine supply and reopening plans, which is why it was removed

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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BREAKING: CBC loses lawsuit against CPC for using clips in ads

The lawsuit alleged CBC clips used in CPC ads were “taken out of context and are edited and relied on to make partisan points for the benefit” of the party.

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The CBC has lost its lawsuit against the Conservative Party of Canada over its use of CBC material in ads during the 2019 federal election.

In October 2019, the CBC served notice it wanted the Conservative Party of Canada and its executive director, Dustin Van Vugt, to acknowledge the party “engaged in the unauthorized use of copyright-protected material.”

The lawsuit alleged CBC clips used in CPC ads were “taken out of context and are edited and relied on to make partisan points for the benefit” of the party.

The clips were taken from The National and from the “Power Panel” segment of Power and Politics.

“The CBC has not established that it has suffered some adverse impacts from the Respondents’ use of its Works in the ‘attack ads’, nor should such adverse impacts be assumed,” said the ruling by Federal Court Justice Michael L. Phelan.

“The CBC expresses concern that its material is being used in a non-partisan way which affects its journalistic integrity and damages its reputation for neutrality.

“There is no objective evidence of the likelihood of any reputational damage. After all the years of political coverage in multiple democracies, there was no evidence presented that a broadcaster’s segment disclosed in a partisan setting reflected adversely on the broadcaster.

“The role of the CBC itself has been a political topic. There may be situations in the future where the manner of use and distribution of CBC material may adversely affect the CBC – however, that is not the case here.

“Given the Court’s findings that the Respondents’ use of CBC copyrighted material was for an allowable purpose and was “fair dealing”, this matter must be dismissed with costs at the usual scale.”

The ruling delighted Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre.

“CBC was supposed to cover the Conservative Party fairly during the election. Instead, CBC was launching a failed lawsuit against the party. Today, CBC lost that lawsuit. They should apologize for launching it & reveal the legal bills they charged taxpayers,” he tweeted after the ruling.

“CBC sued to stop Conservatives from using footage showing Trudeau in a bad light. The state broadcaster was protecting Trudeau, not copyright. Remember that next time you see another glowing CBC story about the Prime Minister.”

You can read the courts full judgement here.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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