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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.

    theBreaker.news Podcast: Can a diplomatic and consumer boycott of the Beijing 2022 Olympics cause change?

    theBreaker.news Podcast: Can a diplomatic and consumer boycott of the Beijing 2022 Olympics cause change?

    For the week of December 5, 2021:

    Less than two months until the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, the most-controversial since Germany hosted the 1936 Winter and Summer Games under Adolf Hitler.

    The International Olympic Committee is content to see the 2022 Games go on, as scheduled, under the leadership of Xi Jinping. The Chinese Communist Party head refuses to cooperate with investigations on the Wuhan origin of the novel coronavirus. Xi resists international calls to free Uyghur Muslims. Xi has trampled on Hong Kongers’ freedom of speech and is threatening to invade Taiwan.

    On this edition of theBreaker.news Podcast, host Bob Mackin welcomes Hong Kong Watch co-founder and journalist Benedict Rogers.

    Rogers says there should not only be a diplomatic boycott of Beijing 2022, but a consumer boycott.

    “They should boycott the corporate sponsors of the Games,” Rogers said.

    It is too late to move the Games. What about the athletes?

    “This is a huge event in their careers, they’ve trained for a long time for it, but I would appeal to athletes to examine their own consciences — and I think it is a matter of conscience for each individual athlete,” Rogers said. “Those who decide courageously to pull out, I think, should be applauded. Those who decide to participate should think about what they can do to use the platform that they have as public personalities, as athletes following the Games. Of course, they shouldn’t do anything in China, because that could be dangerous for them.”

    Listen to the full interview with Benedict Rogers.

    Plus commentary and Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest headlines.

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    theBreaker.news Podcast: Despite Natural Disasters and Pandemic, Horgan government guts FOI law

    theBreaker.news Podcast: Despite Natural Disasters and Pandemic, Horgan government guts FOI law

    When British Columbia was plunged into a state of emergency in March 2020, due to the global pandemic, the Legislative Assembly put debating and lawmaking aside, except for a special sitting to pass a $5 billion spending bill. The NDP, Greens and BC Liberals united for the common good in the early days of the crisis.

    After the mid-November flood disaster in Southern B.C., the NDP kept the house open to ram through several bills, including an amended freedom of information law opposed by the Information and Privacy Commissioner, B.C. Freedom of Information Association and Democracy Watch. They even shut down debate on Nov. 25 and rejected proposed amendments from the opposition BC Liberals and BC Greens.

    The BC Liberals and BC Greens also pleaded to be part of the province’s disaster relief and rebuilding efforts, but the NDP rejected their calls for an all-party emergency committee. They say the task demands an all hands-on-deck approach, especially after the transportation and agriculture ministers offered such a bleak assessment.

    Thirteen months after Premier John Horgan turned a minority into a majority in a snap election, B.C. politics is divided as it ever was.

    On this edition, hear highlights of the week that was, featuring Deputy Premier Mike Farnworth, BC Liberal interim leader Shirley Bond, NDP Citizens’ Services Minister Lisa Beare, BC Liberal MLAs Lorne Doerksen and Coralee Oakes, Transportation Minister Rob Fleming and Agriculture Minister Lana Popham.

    Plus commentary and Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest headlines.

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    theBreaker.news Podcast: Mid-November mayhem

    theBreaker.news Podcast: Mid-November mayhem

    For the week of Nov. 21, 2021

    British Columbia’s year of Natural Disasters and Pandemic got worse.

    Heat dome. Wildfires. A parade of atmospheric rivers, formerly known as pineapple expresses.

    The weekend after Remembrance Day will not be forgotten anytime soon, for the devastating rain, floods, landslides and winds in Southern B.C.

    Death and destruction. More economic chaos.

    The recovery will take months, if not years, and cost in the billions of dollars.

    The meteorologists did their job, so why was the B.C. NDP government slow to react? Why didn’t it warn the public?

    On this edition, hear highlights form the week that was, including Premier John Horgan, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth, Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau, Abbotsford BC Liberal Bruce Banman, Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun and Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon MP Brad Vis.

    Plus commentary and Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest headlines.

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