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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: Socially distant birthday fun

    theBreaker.news Podcast: Socially distant birthday fun

    For the week of Aug. 9, 2020.

    Join theBreaker.news Podcast host Bob Mackin for a special birthdays edition.

    He turned the big 5-0 on Aug. 8 and shares some socially distant and virtual birthday cheer with Vancouver Island political commentator Laila Yuile (who shares the same birthdate) and Dave Olson, the former Hootsuite vice-president now living in Japan (and celebrating his milestone on Aug. 16). Also, hear what was going on in B.C.’s capital 50 years ago this weekend.

    Plus an interview with Burnaby Coun. Joe Keithley, who recorded a new version of one of his legendary DOA songs, “You Won’t Stand Alone,” with Mayor Mike Hurley. The anthem rocks against hate and racism.  

    Plus Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest headlines and commentaries on British Columbia Day.

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    theBreaker.news Podcast: A summertime grilling for the Kielburgers and Trudeau

    theBreaker.news Podcast: A summertime grilling for the Kielburgers and Trudeau

    For the week of Aug. 2, 2020.

    Craig and Marc Kielburger and Justin Trudeau are used to standing on stages for thousands of adoring fans.

    Last week, they had a decidedly different audience: the House of Commons finance committee hearings investigating the WE scandal.

    On this edition of theBreaker.news Podcast, listen to highlights of their testimony, as opposition Members of Parliament put them on the hot seat. 

    Plus Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest headlines and commentaries on British Columbia Day.

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    theBreaker.news Podcast: Morneau on the hot seat over WE scandal

    theBreaker.news Podcast: Morneau on the hot seat over WE scandal

    The spotlight shifted to Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau for his role in the unfolding WE Charity scandal.

    Morneau repaid more than $41,000 for free trips he had taken, digging a deeper hole in the early days of the conflict of interest investigation. He was the featured speaker during a House of Commons finance committee hearing on July 22.

    Also appearing were Canadaland publisher Jesse Brown and researcher Vivian Krause.

    Brown has led the way in revealing what goes on inside the controversial Liberal-friendly charity business that paid the Prime Minister’s mother and brother to speak and then received a $912 million no-bid contract for a student jobs program. The contract has since been cancelled, but not before igniting the scandal.

    Krause has taken a magnifying glass to WE’s U.S. tax filings and wonders whether WE provided data about its followers to its sponsors, funders and political friends.

    Listen to Morneau, Brown and Krause on this edition of theBreaker.news Podcast. 

    Plus Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest headlines and commentary.

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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."

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