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CBC says it failed audience by slandering Alberta MP

“I agree we failed to live up to the high standards we set for ourselves on several fronts.” —CBC Calgary executive.




The CBC is eating a healthy helping of crow over a muddled story that depicted re-elected Conservative MP Rachael Harder (Lethbridge, Alta.) as “callous and ignorant.”

Blacklock’s Reporter says records detailed snide questions from a CBC Calgary reporter who falsely accused the MP of spreading misinformation about COVID-19.

“I agree we failed to live up to the high standards we set for ourselves on several fronts,” wrote Helen Henderson, senior director at CBC Calgary.

“This piece fell short of what we deem acceptable. Let me reiterate that I regret we did not live up to our, and our audience’s, expectations of CBC News.”

The CBC posted a website story last November 25 headlined: “Lethbridge MP Under Fire For Spreading ‘Misinformation’ About Covid Deaths In Alberta.”

The article quoted social media users’ comments after MP Harder posted a November 17 Toronto Sun story on her Facebook page.

The Sun item correctly stated a majority of COVID-19 deaths occurred among patients with pre-existing medical conditions, like dementia. Figures were supported by subsequent data from Statistics Canada and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, which put the average age of COVID-19 victims at 86.

The CBC account read: “Harder’s sharing of an article on Facebook that says only 10 ‘otherwise healthy’ people have died of COVID-19 in Alberta has triggered angry responses from people who say she’s showing a lack of compassion and empathy for all who have died of the disease.”

The CBC quoted a Calgary doctor as stating MP Harder “has very little respect for human life.” Another person was quoted, “It seems as if our officials feel that it’s okay that so many people died simply because they have pre-existing conditions.”

“The post has prompted a flurry of comments from people who say Harder’s decision to share the article is ‘callous and ignorant,’” said the CBC.

“Another post read, ‘How dare you minimize this disease and the threat to all of us.’”

MP Harder called the CBC story “bent,” “inaccurate” and “sensationalized.”

CBC Ombudsman Jack Nagler agreed the story appeared manufactured – “I am not a big fan of stories based on outrage over social media,” he wrote – and that there was no question data in the original Toronto Sun story were accurate.

The Ombudsman called the CBC version a “significant failure” that “failed the test of balance” under the Crown broadcaster’s Journalistic Standards And Practices guide.

“There were violations of policy and I hope fervently that programmers will learn from their mistakes here,” wrote  Nagler.

“The overall package was flawed,” he added. “CBC failed to meet standards.”

The network released the text of a written exchange between MP Harder and Bryan Labby, the CBC Calgary reporter who wrote the original story.

“Do you believe people with underlying pre-existing medical conditions are less valued?” asked Labby. “Do you think less of these people because they have pre-existing conditions?”

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  1. Stew James

    September 21, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    Slander by CBC! Funny how this reporter is not named. The person should be named and charged accordingly.
    It will be great once we separate to ban this organization.

  2. Left Coast

    September 21, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Thomas Jefferson recognized the media for what it is:

    “The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them, inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.”

  3. Left Coast

    September 21, 2021 at 9:52 am

    I learned in the 1980s that CBC watching was a waste of time . . . they were marxist scum then and are marxist scum now!

  4. Clash

    September 21, 2021 at 9:18 am

    Less than 2% viewership, does anybody really watch the CBC?

  5. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    September 21, 2021 at 9:17 am

    The history of the CBC is and has been suspect showing that the federal dollars of taxpayers monies is well spent to get favourable coverage.The integrity of this issue is just the tip of what has been allowed in the past.What is the remedy ? ITs like perpetual motion you might slow it down for a time and then its full speed head after an election.

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NDP support holding strong across Alberta

That’s enough of a lead to form a majority government, say pollsters.




The UCP would be gutted and Rachel Notley back as premier if an election were held today, an exclusive new poll done for the Western Standard shows.

The Mainstreet Research poll shows Notley’s NDP currently has the support of 41% of Albertans with Jason Kenney’s UCP well back at 25%

That’s enough of a lead to form a majority government, say pollsters.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

The upstart Wildrose Independence Party collect 11% support in the new poll, with 5% siding with the Alberta Party, with the Liberals and Greens at 1% each. A total of 14% of voters were undecided.

Wildrose leader Paul Hinman polls best among people who are refusing to get vaccinated. When they were asked, 34% chose Wildrose, 29% for the UCP and only 2% for the NDP.

If the undecided are removed from the poll, the NDP checks in with 45%, the UCP with 29%, the WIP with 13% and the AP with 6%

In that poll, the NDP is also leading in Alberta’s two major cities. In Edmonton, the NDP has 62% support with the UCP at 21% In Calgary, the NDP leads with 48% support and the UCP at 31%.

Rural areas seem split. Northern rural areas favour Kenney 34% to 29% for Notley. Southern rural areas like Notley at 32% with Kenney at 29%.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

“Things are looking pretty grim for Kenney,” said Mainstreet CEO and President Quito Maggi.

“It’s 18 months until the next election, and that can be an eternity, but numbers in this realm for the better part of a year, with no positive movement, shows the trouble he is in.”

Maggi said he was a little surprised by the lead of Notley in Calgary, normally a Conservative bastion.

“It speaks of the personal unpopularity of Jason Kenney himself. The policies of the NDP probably aren’t supported in Calgary but they are willing to vote for the candidate that will defeat Kenney,” he said.

Maggi noted Kenney is now getting it from both sides of the political spectrum and the WIP is taking enough to leave Notley with a majority victory. He predicted an NDP victory would only be by one or two seats.

The analysis in this report is based on the results of a survey conducted on October 12-13 2021 among a sample of 935 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in Alberta. The survey was conducted using automated telephone interviews (Smart IVR). Respondents were interviewed on landlines and cellular phones. The survey is intended to represent the voting population in Alberta. 

The margin of error for the poll is +/- 3.2% at the 95% confidence level. Mar- gins of error are higher in each subsample. 

Totals may not add up 100% due to rounding. 

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People not getting COVID jabs a diverse group

Deonandan predicted Canada will not achieve “herd immunity” against COVID-19 until at least 91% of eligible citizens are fully vaccinated. The rate is currently 81%, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.




Canadians against getting a COVID-19 jab are not just a group of crazed, anti-vaxxers, says a leading epidemiologist.

Four million Canadians who’ve declined a COVID-19 are an assorted lot, said the executive editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal Of Health Sciences .

“The unvaccinated are a diverse group,” Dr. Raywat Deonandan, of the University of Ottawa, told Blacklock’s Reporter.

“They include the hardcore anti-vaxxers. They include the vaccine-hesitant who are just afraid of the vaccine.”

“They include those who want to get vaccinated, but can’t get time off work or get child care. And they include the apathetic. The apathetic tend to be the young people who think the disease is not serious to them. Vaccine passports really do well on that group.”

Speaking during a webinar with a federal union, the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers, Deonandan said he generally supported domestic vaccine passports, likening them to a driver’s licence, but strongly opposed mandatory immunization of young children.

“Vaccine mandates are controversial,” said Deonandan, adding compulsory shots for children under 12 “just creates far too much distrust in the population and doesn’t rub people the right way.

“I have a small child. I’m not happy about injecting him with strange things. I will if his mother agrees. But it does not fill me with comfort to do so. I get it.”

Deonandan said he thought compulsory vaccination for federal employees was legally defensible, but acknowledged it would draw protest.

“The weakness is our democracy,” he said.

“Our biggest value is our freedom and our democracy. That is the thing that’s our Achilles’ heel here. Authoritarian governments do better with COVID because they control the messaging and compel behaviour. We don’t want to be that. So we need to empower the citizens to think more rationally to their own ends.”

Deonandan predicted Canada will not achieve “herd immunity” against COVID-19 until at least 91% of eligible citizens are fully vaccinated. The rate is currently 81%, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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Freeland says Canada has to stop cutting business taxes

The Liberal Party has proposed $4.2 billion a year in new taxes mainly on corporations.




Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada has to put a stop to cuts to corporate taxes, calling it a “race to the bottom.”

Blacklock’s Reporter noted the Liberal Party proposed $4.2 billion a year in new taxes, mainly on corporations.

“Part of building an equitable recovery is strengthening international tax fairness, ending the global race to the bottom in corporate tax and ensuring that all corporations, including the world’s largest, pay their fair share,” said Freeland.

“We will stem the world tendency to reduce the corporate tax rate.”

The Party’s August 25 campaign document, Asking Financial Institutions To Help Canada Build Back Better, proposed an increase in the corporate tax rate from 15 to 18% on banks and insurers with revenues more than a billion dollars a year.

It also proposed an unspecified Canada Recovery Dividend to be “paid by these same large banks and insurance companies in recognition of the fast-paced return to profitability these institutions have experienced in large part due to the unprecedented backstop Canadians provided to our economy through emergency support to people and businesses.

“The allocation of this dividend between applicable institutions will be developed in consultation over the coming months with the Superintendent of Financial Institutions,” continued the document.

It would be “applied over a four year period.”

Cabinet estimated all new taxes, including a new charge on tobacco manufacturers and tighter collections on offshore accounts, would generate $4,241,000,000 next year and nearly twice as much, more than $8.2 billion, by 2025.

The figures were calculated by the Parliamentary Budget Office.

“Big banks got a windfall,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters August 25.

“So as we rebuild we’re going to ask big financial institutions to pay a little back, to pay a little more, so that we can do more for you.

“Big banks and insurance companies have been doing very well over these past many months. Canada’s biggest banks are posting their latest massive profits of billions of dollars.

“Everyone else had to tighten their belt. We’re going to ask them to do a little bit more.”

New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh said September 21 he expected cabinet to raise corporate taxes with support from his caucus.

“People are worried about who’s going to pay the price for the pandemic,” said Singh.

“We don’t believe it should be small business,” said Singh. “We remain resolute that it should be the ultra-rich.”

The New Democrat platform proposed a general increase in the income tax rate on all large corporations from 15% to 18%, not just banks and insurers, and a hike in the top federal income tax rate from 33% to 35% for individuals earning more than $216,500 a year.

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