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theBreaker.news Podcast is your source for news, opinion and analysis about British Columbia issues, institutions and influencers. Join host Bob Mackin for this weekly podcast from the West Coast of Canada and read theBreaker.news.

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theBreaker.news Podcast is your source for news, opinion and analysis about British Columbia issues, institutions and influencers. Join host Bob Mackin for this weekly podcast from the West Coast of Canada and read theBreaker.news.

    thePodcast: A rare, seamless transfer of power in B.C.

    thePodcast: A rare, seamless transfer of power in B.C.

    For the week of Nov. 20, 2022:

    A rare, seamless transfer of power in British Columbia. 

    Premiers here tend to resign in scandal or suffer defeat in an election. Not this time, as number 36 John Horgan ceded power to number 37 David Eby during a Nov. 18 ceremony at the Musqueam Indian Band’s community centre.

    The guest on thePodcast this week is George Orr, whose up close and personal documentary, “My Name is David Eby,” took viewers behind the scenes of Eby’s 2013 upset win over then-Premier Christy Clark.

    “I think like the guy I met was a lovely guy who actually cares, got into politics for all the right reasons,” Orr said. “Whether he gets tarnished or not, we’ll find out first time something happens and he has to make a hard decision.”

    Plus a commentary on Justin Trudeau’s awkward encounter with Communist China dictator Xi Jinping and headlines from the Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest.

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    thePodcast celebrates fifth anniversary

    thePodcast celebrates fifth anniversary

    For the week of Nov. 13, 2022:

    It was a fifth of November to remember, five years ago, in 2017. 

    That is when theBreaker.news Podcast debuted. 

    Celebrate the fifth anniversary with a special edition featuring clips from some of host Bob Mackin’s favourite interviews, including: 

    Late IntegrityBC government watchdog Dermod Travis, former Speaker Darryl Plecas and his chief of staff Alan Mullen, former investigative reporter Sean Holman, sports economist Victor Matheson, late investigative journalist Andrew Jennings, Tiananmen Square massacre survivor Zhou Fengsuo, Port Coquitlam Mayor Brad West, ResearchCo pollster Mario Canseco and Simon Fraser University city program director Andy Yan. 

    Plus a commentary on revelations that the Chinese Communist Party infiltrated Canada’s federal election and headlines from the Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest.

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    thePodcast: The long journey to sports accountability — whistleblower reflects on jailing of ex-national team coach

    thePodcast: The long journey to sports accountability — whistleblower reflects on jailing of ex-national team coach

    For the week of Nov. 6, 2021:

    The biggest story in Canadian soccer last week was not the men’s national team preparing for the World Cup in Qatar. It was the 16-month jail sentence in North Vancouver Provincial Court to former women’s national junior team coach Bob Birarda. 

    Birarda, who also coached the Whitecaps women’s team, pleaded guilty last February to sexually assaulting four players between 1988 and 2008.

    Birarda was charged nearly two years after former Whitecap Ciara McCormack blew the whistle in a February 2019 blog post about his return to coaching girls soccer. 

    “The positive is that the truth came out, and that he suffered consequences,” thePodcast guest McCormack told host Bob Mackin. “At the end of the day, 16 months for all the carnage he caused? I don’t think there’s ever going to be a sentence that’ll truly give justice and be proper punishment for what was taken away from people.”

    The sentence comes amid a watershed year in Canadian sport activism, as athletes across winter and summer sports are demanding an end to abuse and corruption. McCormack got the ball rolling almost four years ago. 

    “It was a massive, collective effort to just shift the narrative that it’s not okay to stay silent, it’s not okay to put success in sports ahead of taking care of people and doing the right thing,” she said.

    On this edition, hear the full interview with McCormack. Plus Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest news headlines and a commentary on the end of John Horgan’s premiership. 

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Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

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In 1897, the owner of The New York Times, declared his dedication to reporting news impartially by using the slogan, "All the News That's Fit to Print."

I can't state whether or not Adolph Ochs was totally sincere, but I do know that newspaper publishers of today have no such commitment. If honest, hey would now say "All the news that's fit to print, as long as it doesn't harm our commercial interests, or those of our friends."

Bob Mackin has not pursued his journalism career with much concern for financial rewards. He is bound to arcane standards of serving the public interest by holding the feet of powerful people to the fire.

Bob's work is indispensable to anyone who wants a better understanding of provincial and Metro Vancouver politics and policies.

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