Yesterday I referred to a blog site with excellent blogs by Karl Nerenberg as being "rabble-rouser.ca" It's not. It's just "rabble.ca". (Later, I'll think of a self-pitying excuse for my error.) I was also wrong in referring to UNB as having a Journalism programme. That's St. Thomas U.
Saturday's paper referred to a house given by Kenneth Irving to help a national group called Waterkeeper which tries to protect the purity of our water supply. That's certainly welcome at a time when Harper plans to, within days, destroy most of our water protection legislation. It's a commendable gift, especially at this time when N.B. water is threatened by shale gas development. There's also an intriguing story behind it. I owe this story to my untiring and praiseworthy search for the facts - and to a reader who sent it to me.
A year or so ago, Kenneth Irving met Robert F. Kennedy Jr., then the lawyer and now the president of Riverkeepers in New York, an organization dedicated to protecting the water supply of the state - especially from shale gas.
Originally a supporter of shale gas, Kennedy became an enemy of it as he learned more about it. He has fought many cases in court against the developers. Funny how the TandT never mentioned that - or the court cases and problems in every state in which shale gas development is going on.
Remember those stories about how shale gas could get into the water table so that kitchen taps can breathe fire? (Well, of course, if you read only the TandT, you wouldn't have seen any such pictures.) So check out National Geographic for December 2012. Turn to pages 100-101. See a woman set her tap water on fire. Can you imagine drinking that stuff? (The gas company denies all responsibility, and will doubtless be able to find a UNB professor to support its claim.)
Chief Theresa Spence is down to seven inches of column in section C, p. 1. It's a story that says nothing, and fails to mention that Harper has done and promised to do nothing. Meanwhile, other newspapers across Canada are printing innuendo supplied by Harper. We have still been told nothing about conditions on First Nations reserves, not even here in our own province.Watch for even less. We're now into the process called burying a story.
Oh - and the Governor General will have signed bill C-45, a main concern of the protest, long before any future next meeting. So what's the point?
Theresa Spence got 7 column inches. But the TandT was able to spare 11 column inches for a front page story about a cat that went on a diet. Another front page read-all-about-it concerning last year's Farmers' Almanac was deemed worthy of 24 inches. Also on front page story was another story that wasn't a story at all. It concerned, of course, the proposed hockey rink (events centre). It ran to 36 inches.
This one points to the example of London, Ontario, which built a centre through a city/private business "partnership". It nicely dismisses the fact that London is over three times the size of Moncton, and has a very large population close to it to draw on.
As yet another piece of hype for the centre, this is an opinion piece rather than a news story. (A news story is about something that happened. It is not about what the writer thinks should happen.) Accordingly, it's full of gushing language like 'visionary', 'dreams come true' that are a pitch rather than a news story.
In these partnerships, of course, the private investors get most of the profit. But the taxpayers pay the lion's share of the bill.
The Your Investments page, always a fuzzy one, uses the greater part of its space for a story that Michael McCain of Maple Leaf Foods has to pay his former wife 175 thousand a month in alimony. So? Who cares? And what does this have to do with My Investments? I have nothing to do with his ex-wife. I swear.
As for International News, forget it. There's no mention of the new war in Mali being fought by the French with British support. This is really a huge story because it's part of the western reconquest of Africa, for which reason the US now has substantial forces, plus CIA and special ops, spread throughout the continent. W';re back to 1880 and conquest and exploitation and Rudyard Kipling all over again as the troubled US/western Europe Empire tries to save its power and the wealth it gets from Africa. There is a strong possibility Canada will get sucked into it. (The US, Britain, and France need us to create the illusion this is a NATO operation to spread democracy and fight terrorism. In fact, we are the terrorists.)
But don't worry about it. Read the big story about how a Brooklyn woman (white, of course) won the Miss America title.
The editorial is, well, the editorial. It's an opinion. But since we have no idea whose opinion it is or what qualifications he/she has, why read it?
The cartoon is cute in its portrayal of the Governor-General as powerless. It is also wrong.
The governor-general's power is as great as he can get away with. That has not been tested since the late 1920s - and the circumstances then were quite different. Minimally, and without question, he has the power to resign rather than to give his approval to a piece of legislation like Bill C-45.
Norbert - alas. He's back to writing a column with three topics with the result that none of them can be developed And all three, while mildly interesting, have no point whatever.
On the op ed page, Allen Ablel, as always, is irrelevant.
Craig Babstock? Well, readable, convincing. No great insights, and nothing we can do anything about. But it's respectable.
There are just two sections of today's paper that are worth reading. One is Alec Bruce's column - and that's very worth reading. Though Bruce doesn't say so, there is a close connection between his warning, and the silly article on the events centre that appears on the first page.
The other part worth reading is letters to the editor. The letters sure beat the pants off the rest of this paper.