Jeers: to bad form.
Provincial NDP Leader Lorraine Michael might have plenty of reasons to be angry with former caucus members who walked the plank — but it doesn’t mean she has to be petty, too. As the House of Assembly opened last week, former NDP MHA Dale Kirby rose to speak on a ministerial statement about a memorial for victims of the Cougar 491 crash. One of
Kirby’s relatives was on that flight, but, as an independent, he needed the unanimous permission of the House to speak. Blocking his opportunity? Michael herself. Welcome to Bitterfest 2013. By Tuesday, she had changed tacks and let Kirby speak, so maybe brighter times are ahead.
Cheers: to having the chutzpah to produce blatant hyperbole. Here’s Premier Kathy Dunderdale, answering a question about the effects of a new trade deal on the fishery. “Mr. Speaker, I grew up in a fisher’s home. I lived in a fishing community for 50 years of my life and always had a great interest. I was on part of the appeals committee of when the cod fishery was closed, when people talked to us about their lives and their earnings from the fishery. I travelled the length, breadth and width of this province, Mr. Speaker, and heard from people first-hand about their experience in the fishery. One theme that made its way through all of that, Mr. Speaker, was how much better off we would be if we had access to a European market to sell our fish products. Mr. Speaker, last week, or two weeks ago, we achieved what has been the dream of many in this province for a very long time.” Anyone who was actually awake and aware during the fallout from the closure of the cod fishery remembers the themes that “made their way” through all of that: is the cod coming back, and how do we make a living with no fish and no work? Who remembers hearing “Madge, I just can’t believe I can’t sell the cod that isn’t there and that I can’t catch to Europe.” Chances are, very few people in this province were staying awake
worrying about European tariffs.
Jeers: to what’s in a name. Honest Reporting Canada is a self-named agency that scours the Canadian media, looking for articles that they interpret as being unfair to the state of Israel. Often, they make interesting points. But while they’re talking about looking for honest reporting, you have to wonder a bit about their own sometimes. Here’s Honest Reporting Canada’s take on a recent CBC interview. “CBC Sunday Edition indicted the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for almost everything under the sun in a lengthy interview that contained numerous errors, lacked necessary context, and which unfairly maligned Israel’s army. The CBC’s production, along with its failure to adequately atone for its journalistic lapses, led to the demonization of Israel’s armed forces, for which, no remedy is sufficient.” Does that seem like honest, even-handed reporting? If the tone was a little less over the top, they might live up to the name.