Little Democracy Left in Canada

Corporations Run Our Governments – Own Our Media – Control Trudeau

Our problems are deeper than Homelessness and High House Prices and Health Care and Pipelines. These things – and many more – are just ‘the symptoms’. Our real problem is that our Democracy and our Media are owned by Corporate Canada. It is this problem that underlies all the others.

Canadians now have very little voice in how our country is governed. Our Politicians and our Governments don’t work for us. They work for Corporate Canada. Our top politicians have sold us out in exchange for nice jobs, good salaries, and great pensions. Those politicians are doing very well – we pay. One Small Example: 80% of Canadians want ‘GMO foods’ labeled. But Corporate Canada doesn’t want them labeled. So they aren’t. GMO foods are poisonous and a major environmental threat. But we have to eat them because the people who run Canada don’t care what we want. We Canadians are irrelevant in our own country, and THAT is what must change if we want to solve our problems. Continue reading

Can We Believe Latest RCMP Terror Bombing Story?

Two weeks after one RCMP Bombing Story turns out
to be a pack of lies … the Media gives us another one
with no questions asked!

August 11, 2016: We now have another RCMP Terror Bombing story in Canada. The Corporate Media AGAIN believes every word the RCMP tells them … and the Media is again putting the words ‘Muslim – Terror – Bombing’ over and over into the minds of all Canadians. And they are telling us how much we NEED Bill C51 to protect us from this terror.

And this is exactly what the Media did with the other terror story – the one a BC Supreme Court Judge just said is a lie. Based on that fake RCMP story from July 2013, the Media has told Canadians the words ‘Muslim – Terror – Bombing’ for almost three years – and told us how much we need Bill C51. The Corporate Media linked Muslim Canadians for 3 long years to a ‘terror attack’ that Canadian Muslims had NOTHING to do with because the attack was completely done by the RCMP. And the Media and the RCMP and CSIS used the RCMP attack to push for Bill C51. Which gives them even more powers to betray us. Continue reading

Community TV and the CRTC “Hearing”

The following email was sent to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC):

To whom it may concern:

Many residents of our community do not want to have cable TV because it is full of consumerism, trash culture and its high cost. Still, in a democratic society, these citizens should have the right to manage, produce and view their own Community TV.

But when the CRTC says: “Cable companies will continue to have the stewardship of the community channel on behalf of their subscribers as they have for decades. The CRTC was not persuaded that this successful model should be changed.” … The CRTC shows little care about these citizens and their ability to take on the responsibility of their community TV, and citizens are told to accept that giant cable companies which dominate all the air waves and communications are also here to manage our community TV. Continue reading

Trudeau Gives Canada’s Community Television Money to Shaw, Rogers, Bell …

About $80 Million – half of Canada’s Community TV budget – will go to
these poor corporations who need it so much

(July 8, 2016): Community TV is the one place on television not completely controlled by Corporate Canada. Community TV is where The News – not just ‘The Corporate News’ – can still be spoken. At least Sometimes.

Unfortunately, the federal government allows big cable companies like Rogers, Shaw, and Videotron to ‘control’ our Community TV stations, so things are not as good as they could be. But if it was ‘freed up’, Community TV could help transform our country. Media is important in a democracy because citizens need honest facts and information so we can make intelligent decisions in our own best interests. People also need access to a variety of ideas and perspectives about important issues. The Corporate Media gives us none of this. On all important issues, only ‘The Official Story’ is allowed.

Community Television allows average citizens to be on TV and talk about all the things the corporations won’t allow in ‘their’ media. So Community TV can act as a ‘balance’ to the tremendous power of the Corporate Owned Media. And we Canadians desperately need that balance at this time in our history when so very much is at risk.

But instead, Justin Trudeau is taking away the money Community TV needs. And he’s giving it to his friends in Corporate Canada. Continue reading

Are Homelessness and High House Prices Two Parts of the Same Plan?

Would Corporate Canada create a housing shortage to push up prices and make a fortune?
While ‘the corporate media’ remains silent…

(May 27, 2016):    I think the Billionaires who run this country have deliberately created a shortage of homes in many of our cities.  The housing shortage has pushed up prices and put millions of Canadians deeply into debt, while creating huge profits for the 1%.  The shortage has also created a homeless problem that is destabilizing our cities and harming us all.  And this is not by accident, this IS the corporate plan.

There is little available housing in many of our cities. So thousands of people at the bottom of the economic ladder have been forced onto the streets.  These are Canadians who don’t have enough money to compete for a place to live.  In the past we had enough homes for everyone.  But now we don’t.  Why?

Here in Victoria BC, the Media constantly blame the homeless and pit them against ‘the rest of us’.  But the media NEVER tell us why we have this problem. Continue reading

Did RCMP Fake Terror Bombing To Blame Muslims?

On Canada Day 2013, the RCMP ‘faked’ a Terror Bombing in Victoria B.C. The Media then ‘blamed’ Canada’s Muslim Community – who had nothing to do with it.

(May 9, 2016): The RCMP carried out a fake Terror Bombing in Victoria BC on July 1, 2013. Canada’s Media then told us that Muslims had done this terrorist act. Was this ‘operation’ planned and carried out not to ‘prevent’ a bombing, but to fake a bombing and then use that act to blame Muslims and create fear and division in our country?

A phony bombing was carried out by the RCMP. There is no real question about that. And then the Media linked the bombing to Canada’s Muslim Community. Why did Canada’s Corporate Media so happily participate in blaming this ‘terror bombing’ on an entire community of innocent people. The ‘Official Story’ we are being told seemed absurd almost from the beginning. And yet the media repeated it over and over, as if it were ‘really true’. Were journalists told to report the story in a certain way? Continue reading

DESTROYING OUR FUTURE: Christy Clark .. Site C .. and Corporate Canada

No Site C Dam Here

“Creative Commons No Site C Dam Here” by tuchodi is licensed under CC BY 2.0

(March 24, 2016)  The big problem in Canada is that The Corporations run the country.  They own The Big Media, and they control The Top Politicians.  The politicians ‘manage’ us – and the Media keep us divided and uninformed so we don’t get in the way.

Site C is one example.  It’s an economic and environmental disaster – but it works for the 1% of the 1% – so Christy Clark is building it for them.  She’ll spend Billions of our dollars to build Site C and destroy some of Canada’s best farmland.  And Site C will also help bankrupt – and privatize – BC Hydro. It’s Win Win for big business. Continue reading

Trudeau Names President of Canada China Business Council to Senate …

(March 18, 2016) Peter Harder is now the Trudeau Government’s ‘representative’ in the Senate. Mr. Harder is also President of the Canada China Business Council … and headed the Trudeau government’s Transition Team. He also worked in the federal government for almost 30 years.

For Mr. Trudeau to place the President of a Corporate Trade Group into such a prominent position without fully informing Canadians is worrisome. Does Mr. Harder represent Canadians, or Corporations?

Canada China Business Council Board of Directors.

Jack Etkin: jetkin@hotmail.com
The Bridge News Service

Canada’s Richest Family Likes Our Current Voting System … Because It Works For Them.

Their Newspaper, The Globe and Mail, likes it too.

(Jan 9, 2016):  The Globe and Mail is owned by  Canada’s richest family, the Thomsons. The Globe began its Jan. 6 editorial with what I’d call a lie … “Over the past decade, 3 Canadian provinces – BC, PEI, and Ontario – have held four referendums on scrapping First Past The Post. Each of these propositions went down to defeat.”

Now, that statement is ‘true’, but it’s not ‘really true’. The truth is that in B.C. in 2005, 57% voted to CHANGE to a Proportional Voting system … 57% voted for PR, BUT OUR RULERS WOULDN’T ALLOW IT.

Why not?  The corporations hate PR because Proportional voting systems are more difficult for them to control.  PR systems give people the governments they voted for. That’s why the Thomson’s don’t want PR.  With our First Past the Post system, the corporations and their media can usually get the governments THEY want.
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Canada: The Colonial Curse.

by Robin Mathews.

Part One:

The Canary In The Coal Mine: Culture.

We often think of ‘Culture’ as out there. But it’s here. And it has to be here because it’s us.

Economics makes possible the culture we know and live and create… and is part of culture. And culture is, normally, the voice and character of the people (visibly expressed in the arts). As “speaking of what we are” culture is very important … and so (in a colony) it’s controlled in a hundred ways (we don’t see). “Speaking of what we are” can be dangerous. So, for instance, appointments to major cultural management positions show who is really in charge in a country.

In a colony culture is the voice of the foreign-owned and sold-out economy. The two link inextricably – culture and economy. In Canada formal “Culture” doesn’t explain, doesn’t resist the colonial condition. In Canada it sells out. Cultural organizations which – in a colony – should be leaders towards independence are, in Canada, guardians of on-going colonization.

By definition “voices” of and for the culture – freest to speak, existing to speak (we say), artists, arts organizations and all those others who speak to us (universities, presses, Media, magazines, etc. etc. “Culture”) in Canada deny their critical role; they urge colonial passivity. And they do so, often, by denying the colonial condition exists. Continue reading