He may not have the toys to back him up, but Liberal MP Marc Garneau has penned a private members bill aimed at shoring up the rights of children. The bill would create a commissioner for children – at what Garneau hopes would be a modest costs to taxpayers. He introduced ‘An Act to Establish the Office of the Commissioner for Children and Young Persons in Canada’ in the House of Commons Thursday
He’s far from the first to call for a children’s commissioner in this country. It’s been an idea floated by health groups and in senate reports and UNICEF Canada in the past.
OTTAWA - Radio-Canada journalists say they won’t help the minister responsible for the state broadcaster be more accountable to Canadian taxpayers.
The union representing the French CBC’s communications workers filed a grievance earlier this month, objecting to a new code of conduct that, among other things, asks employees to serve the public interest by “Loyally carrying out the lawful decisions of their leaders and supporting ministers in their accountability to Parliament and Canadians.”
The union called this requirement “offensive”. And wouldn’t you know it, this Bloc MP, Jean-Francois Fortin, agrees!
Mr. Speaker, May 3 is World Press Freedom Day. According to UNESCO, it is a day to alert the public and make people more aware of this cause. And so, I am sounding the alarm. A new code of conduct has been imposed on CBC, requiring journalists to support ministers in their accountability to Parliament and Canadians. If journalists fail to abide by this new code of conduct, they may be subject to disciplinary measures up to and including immediate dismissal. This reeks of totalitarianism.
How can the government justify the fact that it is secretly trying to make CBC the new Pravda? I am asking the government to allow CBC to maintain its independence. The government already has Sun TV News.
Oh yes. We here at Sun News are known around the world for going easy on the minister responsible for the CBC… I mean, check this one out:
Two-thirds agree it’s possible to develop oil sands and protecting the environment at the same time.
OTTAWA – Two-thirds of Canadians agree it’s possible to increase oil and gas production while at the same time protect the environment, a new poll indicates.
Resource-rich Albertans are most likely to agree with this, followed by residents of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the Ipsos Reid survey indicates. Quebecers were most sceptical, with 55% agreeing it’s possible to boost production and protect the environment.
Ipsos Reid senior vice-president John Wright said the results weren’t a surprise.
“Most Canadians believe we have the technology, the insight and the means to be able to do that,” he said.
“We’ve now reached a stage in our lives having witnessed the advent of technology and oversight that it’s within the grasp of companies or governments to actually be able to do this and to enforce it.”
John Robson, columnist and commentator with Sun Media, is also an Invited Professor at the University of Ottawa and a commentator-at-large with News Talk Radio 580 CFRA in Ottawa. With a B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D in American history from the University of Texas at Austin, he has worked in academia, think tanks and politics as well as doing print, radio, TV and online journalism in Canada. He is married to Brigitte Pellerin.
Mark Dunn is senior national reporter with Sun Media. He’s one of the few born and bred Ottawa journalists covering Parliament Hill. And he’s believed to be the only journalist to have worked in senior communication roles in political offices for a sitting government and opposition offices. The former Canadian Press reporter is a huge NFL and NASCAR fan, former ski instructor and member of the Canadian Ski Patrol. Friends will say he has the golden touch when it comes to grilling on the Q. Dunn is also an adventurous traveller who likes reading, music and television crime shows.