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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: The Games of the Great Pandemic

    theBreaker.news Podcast: The Games of the Great Pandemic

    For the week of July 25, 2021:

    The Tokyo Olympics are on, albeit a year late. Will they finish on schedule, Aug. 8?

    The global coronavirus pandemic hangs over the biggest, riskiest sport event in history.

    On this edition, hear from mega-events critic/author Jules Boykoff, IOC president Thomas Bach, Canadian Olympic team Dr. Michael Wilkinson, chef de mission Marnie McBean and IOC vice-president John Coates. 

    Plus Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest headlines and commentary.

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    theBreaker.news Podcast: Federal election nearing

    theBreaker.news Podcast: Federal election nearing

    For the week of July 18, 2021:

    Despite the law saying the next election is in October 2023, the Trudeau Liberals are planning to head to the polls more than two years early.

    In between Coquitlam and Surrey spending photo ops, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in North Vancouver shooting a campaign video.

    Pollster Mario Canseco says the Liberals will try to turn a campaign into a referendum on the pandemic, in which they unleashed billions of dollars on social and economic spending. They are also hoping to capitalize on Conservative Erin O’Toole’s lack of profile. Could O’Toole’s only hope be a campaign prosecuting the litany of Liberal scandals?

    In B.C. ridings, can NDP leader Jagmeet Singh overcome a softening of support for B.C. NDP Premier John Horgan? Where will Green votes go while the party implodes?

    Hear Mario’s thoughts on the above issues as the clock ticks toward a snap election.

    Plus Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest headlines and commentary.

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    theBreaker.news Podcast: Cascadia’s deadly June heat dome

    theBreaker.news Podcast: Cascadia’s deadly June heat dome

    For the week of July 11, 2021:

    All-time temperature records melted. The B.C. Ambulance Service reached a breaking point. Hundreds died.

    The late June heat wave that sizzled Oregon, Washington and British Columbia is likely to go down as the biggest, non-disease public health tragedy in the region’s history.

    It didn’t have to be.

    Meteorologists “nailed this event,” said University of Washington atmospheric sciences Prof. Cliff Mass. But the emergency coordination and communication failed.

    “One of the great protections against environmental dangers is excellent forecasting and governments have to learn how to use it,” said Mass, a guest on this week’s edition of theBreaker.news podcast with host Bob Mackin. 

    Mass said the region has warmed by 1 degree Celsius over the last 50 years. But, in the aftermath of the region’s rare, extreme heat dome, politicians, activists and even some in the media exaggerated the role of climate change as a “political tool.”

    “If you blame everything on global warming and fossil fuels, then you don’t do what’s needed to save and protect the population,” Mass said.

    Why didn’t Dr. Bonnie Henry declare a public health emergency? Why didn’t B.C. learn from its deadly July 2009 heat wave or the even worse one that hit Chicago in July 1995?

    Hear clips of Premier John Horgan and New York University sociologist Eric Klinenberg, author of Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago.

    In a 2016 talk, Klinenberg recounted the political apathy and blundering that led to the 739 heat-related deaths in the Windy City.

    “Once you recognize that the heat is dangerous, you just have to immerse someone in an air conditioned environment or in water and they will survive,” Klinenberg said. “And hundreds of people did not get the personal attention and the refrigeration until after they died.”

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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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