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O’Toole vows to defund English CBC if elected

O’Toole said the $600 million dollar media bail out offered by the federal government was due to the direct increase in CBC funding.

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Conservative Party leadership candidate Erin O’Toole says he would privatize the CBC’s English television programming by the end of the first term of a CPC government.

“We will end funding for CBC digital and we will cut CBC English TV budget by 50 per cent,” O’Toole said in a newly released campaign video.

“Our plan will phase out TV advertising with a goal to fully privatize CBC English TV by the end of our first mandate.”

O’Toole did not mention any changes to funding for French television programming.

CBC has produced Canadian content for television since 1952, focusing on Canadian content. CBC digital programming came online in 2011 and 2012.

“We will preserve CBC Radio – it is commercial-free and delivers public interest programming from coast to coast,” O’Toole said.

“We will also preserve Radio Canada which plays an important role connecting Quebecers and Francophones across Canada in their own language.”

O’Toole said that the necessity for public broadcasting is no longer there being that it was initially set up, as radio, to connect the “vast Dominion of Canada.”

In the video, released Friday February 14, 2020, he said, “Canadians are connected to the world with the swipe of their finger – they carry their own broadcast studio in their pocket and have unlimited media streaming options 24/7.”

The CPC leadership candidate then called out the Trudeau government for increasing the CBC’s budget by $600 million, allowing the CBC to expand their digital presence which he said “hurt local newspapers and media outlets fighting for declining advertising revenue.”

The CBC’s 2018-19 annual report detailed an $83 million dollar decrease in advertising and royalty revenue from retransmitted programming. The annual report said losses were partially offset by maintained growth in television advertising. Government funding for the 2018-19 year was $1.214 billion, up from $1.208 billion in 2017-18, or $60 million.

O’Toole said the $600 million dollar media bail out offered by the federal government was due to the direct increase in CBC funding.

Deirdre is the Senior News Reporter at Western Standard

story ideas? dmaclean@westernstandardonline.com, @Mitchell_AB

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Hundreds of Albertans protest in front of UCP MLA offices over COVID restrictions

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

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He knew they couldn’t stop the government from bringing in even more COVID-19 restrictions, but Jordon Kosik wanted to be ready to show his displeasure.

Operating two Facebook groups, Holding MLAs Accountable and Closed for Fall, Kosik had his 17,000 members ready to protest just hours after Premier Jason Kenney brought in a fourth COVID-19 lockdown, which this time includes vaccination passports.

“A couple of weeks ago, we knew something was happening,” Kosik said in a Thursday interview with the Western Standard.

Protest in front of Nathan Cooper’s office. Photo courtesy Holding MLAs Accountable

“There was nothing we could do to stop it, but what we could do is get ready.”

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

Some had a handful of people show up, while others had scores of people.

“This was on organic protest, people in their own ridings,” said Kosik.

And Kovik thinks this won’t be the end of restrictions, with more likely in a couple of weeks.

“To get ready for that we have to network, network, network,” Koik said.

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

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Vancouver gangster killed in daylight shooting

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.

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Vancouver cops are on the hunt for an armed killer after a gangster was slain Wednesday during a daylight shooting in Vancouver’s core area.

Amandeep Manj, 35, a known member of the United Nations gang, was shot about 3:30 p.m while sitting inside his car in the parking lot of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel near Canada Place.

Soon after he bloodied body was discovered, paramedics raced to the lot, but Manj was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they’re convinced the shooting was a targeted hit.

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.

Manj’s brother, Jodh Manj, also died a violent death three years ago when he was killed while leaving a Mexico City gym.

Vancouver Police Const. Tania Visintin told the Vancouver Sun Manj is the city’s 13th homicide of 2021.

She told the paper officers responded to level three of the parkade near Cordova and Burrard streets “after a man was found unresponsive by a witness.” 

Police have made no arrests in the case, and ask anyone who may have information about the shooting to contact Vancouver police.

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COVID vaccines changing their names

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.

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What’s in a name? Plenty, apparently, when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines in Canada.

Health Canada announced Thursday it will accept the change in new brand names of the three most common vaccines Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford-AstraZeneca.

The Moderna vaccine will go by SpikeVax and the AstraZeneca vaccine will be named Vaxzevria.

The Pfizer vaccine will now be called Comirnaty, which the company said represents a combination of the terms COVID-19, mRNA, community, and immunity.

CBC said the vaccines didn’t go by their brand name initially, but now that new and more long-term data has been submitted and approved they will go by their permanent name.

Canada is still expected to receive vials labelled Pfizer-BioNTech for the next several months.

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.

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