Today's Trumpery


'You felt he was on your side': Longtime CBC Radio personality Arthur Black dies at 74

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[Black spent 3 decades with CBC and hosted the show Basic Black for 19 years. Sad news. Because of Arthur Black, I will forever remember the postal code for the CBC's downtown Toronto offices: M5W 1E6 ("Make five weiners, I'll eat six"). That plus, of course, The Arrogant Worms! :-) Adios, Arthur! *RON*]

Farrah Merali, CBC News, 21 February 2018

Arthur Black, the humorist and former CBC Radio host, has died aged 74 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

His partner, Lynne Raymond, confirmed he died at Lady Minto Hospital on Salt Spring Island, B.C., on Wednesday.

"It will come as no surprise to those who have been fans of Arthur's work that he faced it all with his own unique combination of defiance and good humour," said Chris Straw, Black's longtime producer, in a statement on behalf of the family.

"The family is very grateful for the overwhelming messages of support and good wishes received during h…

Greyhound to stop serving B.C.'s Highway of Tears, Yukon and Vancouver Island

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[Routes between Prince George, Dawson Creek, Prince Rupert, Valemount and Yukon to end. A purpose of government is to provide necessary services that cannot be provided by markets. Yet the the government's main reaction is to blame Greyhound and shrug. *RON*]

Andrew Kurjata, CBC News, 21 February 2018

The B.C. Passenger Transportation Board has given Greyhound Canada permission to stop serving northern British Columbia and Vancouver Island, as well as certain routes in southern B.C. and its final remaining routes in Yukon.

The decision was posted on their website today.

The application has drawn widespread criticism from community leaders in northern B.C. who say there are few options for people without cars to get from community to community in the region.

In its application, Greyhound said declining ridership is causing it to lose about $35,000 a day in B.C., with total financial losses of roughly $70 million over the past six years.


Gatherings across the country call for Justice for Tina Fontaine

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[Where Aboriginal people are concerned, a bad month for Canada's jury system. *RON*]

Brent Patterson,, 23 February 23, 2018

#JusticeForTinaFontaine gatherings are taking place today in Ottawa, Toronto, and Halifax, on February 24 in Victoria, Vancouver, Montreal, Oriliia and Regina, and on February 25 in Guelph, Calgary and London. There is also an ongoing presence of people camped outside the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg.

Late yesterday, a jury in Winnipeg found 56-year-old Raymond Cormier not guilty of the murder of the 15-year-old girl.

The Globe and Mail reports:

"The Winnipeg court heard from Thelma Favel that Tina left Sagkeeng, 115 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, on June 30, 2014, to spend a week with her mother. It was her reward for an exceptional report card from École Powerview, her new, off-reserve school, where she had just finished Grade 9. Ms. Favel had been caring for Tina and her sister Sarah, one year h…

Lancet series calls on Canada for concrete action on Indigenous, global health

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[If Canada can't be a leader at home on Indigenous health and equity, how can it lead internationally? "The Lancet called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to start backing up his lofty rhetoric with concrete action." Unfortunately, our prime minister is big on the former and very bad on the latter. *RON*]

Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press / CBC News, 23 February 2018

Canada's appalling record on Indigenous health is undermining its efforts to be a global health leader, according to research published this week in one of the world's oldest and most prestigious medical journals.

The Lancet called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to start backing up his lofty rhetoric with concrete action.

The peer-reviewed journal founded nearly two centuries ago in the United Kingdom is showcasing the Canadian medical system for the first time in a series of articles and commentary authored by a collection of scholars and public figures acro…

Canadian officials urged to reconsider Anbang Insurance health-care deal

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[This is only one corporation among others, involving billions of dollars of Canadian properties, that have been put under the direct control of the Chinese government. See (the rather poorly written, but informative) The Chinese Government Just Seized Billions Worth Of Canadian Real Estate. *RON*]

Steven Chase & Robert Fife, Globe & Mail, 23 February 2018

The Liberal government is facing calls to reconsider its decision to let Beijing-based Anbang Insurance Group buy a stake in British Columbia's health-care sector after the Chinese government announced it had assumed direct control of the massive conglomerate.

Last year, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains approved the sale of Retirement Concepts, one of B.C.'s biggest retirement-home chains, to Anbang, a holding company with a murky ownership structure. The transaction, believed to be worth more than $1-billion, gave Anbang control of the Vancou…