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10:07 AM on 01/09/2013
Absolutely disgusting the way these so-called 1st nation peoples are trying to dictate to the government.
10:51 AM on 01/09/2013
get some perspective, and accuracy. Who's dictated what to whom?
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PMDoyle
11:04 AM on 01/09/2013
It is sad that people like you condemn the 1st Nations people who are owed billions yet I bet if it was you that the money was owed you would go collecting. Think about it how much real estate value is all of Canada worth? Remember they did not give this land to us they let us stay....Read a little history
02:48 PM on 01/09/2013
BILLIONS? OWED? You are so sadly mistaken.
03:11 PM on 01/09/2013
Owed billions - oh that is rich - no pun intended. The sooner you and others like you wake up and realize that solutions are available to the problems plaguing reserves but it will take the will of all the people to see them come to fruition. FPS, natives themselves cannot even agree on what needs to be done. Get your own house in order.
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10:03 AM on 01/09/2013
The media in Canada is nothing but a propaganda tool of harper. harper wants us to be at each other's throats. He hates Canada. Look at how he treats BC, Quebec, Maritimes and Ontario. And now the Natives. Martin had a plan and he threw it away. harper just wants to sell oil, my MP told a group of water resource people that this government does not care about what they think. We are interested in oil and that is it. Time to tear the harperites from power and anybody who supports them. The war is on.
10:17 AM on 01/09/2013
How do you propose to "tear the Harperites from power"?

Be specific.
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turkeylurky
Just keeping it real.
11:23 AM on 01/09/2013
HOR ;
"Time to tear the harperites from power and anybody who supports them. The war is on. "

Wanna bet that these are the same guys who want to take away our long guns?
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SayBlade
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12:10 PM on 01/09/2013
Think about Jean Charest.
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Peter Burgess1
11:00 AM on 01/09/2013
"The media in Canada is nothing but a propaganda tool of harper."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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turkeylurky
Just keeping it real.
11:17 AM on 01/09/2013
The scary part is that there are people like that out there...
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progressivebeat
Turn it up or turn it off.
09:58 AM on 01/09/2013
I'm not taking sides here, but I wonder if Global News spent this much effort trying to find out why our Parliamentary Budget Officer has to take the Harper Government to court just to get basic information on how they’re spending our money, what they’re cutting and how they’re running our country.
10:47 AM on 01/09/2013
I'm guessing the answer is absolutely.

Very silly PR move for the reserve. Hard to play politics at this level when you don't have the resources and experiences for it. Makes me wonder about the viability of small nations, like reserves, operating at that level. No fun to see the powerless getting pummelled - and the big guy have to reign in what could be done because of the amount of power associated with any move.
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12:13 PM on 01/09/2013
Oh, I think they have had years and plenty of experience from what has become a paparazzi.
09:47 AM on 01/09/2013
Stop calling it a hunger strike. She is on a liquid diet. Perhaps you could call it a "solids strike"
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09:40 AM on 01/09/2013
Both sides, the feds and the band, are hiding the truth from the people who pay for these messes. Us. One side wants it gone and is quick to point the finger at the other because it allocates millions every year, much of it into systems with little or no record keeping. The other, as has been revealed by the Deloitte audit, because there is no requirement to account for how the funds are spent. Now, unfortunately, it`s all about the money.
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09:15 AM on 01/09/2013
Banning the media is certainly not the best idea for this community to have done. Not only is it unprofessional but it makes it look like the community has something to hide. It puts in question the ability of the chief & council to operate an open, effective & honest Aboriginal Gov't.

Given the current questions about the credibility of the chief/council's running of the community, this adds to the belief that the community is not operating in an honest or fair manner.

For those comparing to Harper's or Ford's handling of the press, their actions in no way justify the actions of the chief/council. Suggesting others do it as well is no more validating than when children claim "well Billy did it too"

The reality is that any time press is pushed aside, those that do it have something to hide or are unhappy with the siutation not going in their favour.

In this particular case, this is incredibly bad timing for First Nations as they struggle to work through issues that have been plaguing them for decades. All this action does is highlight more problems with the management of First Nations communities at a time when they had great momentum towards change.

People of the First Nations should be outraged. Not only are things being mismanaged by the Gov't but their own councils are found to be less than sincere, are attempting to limit the oversight that they should demand.
09:41 AM on 01/09/2013
Im not defending them, nor am I against them. I'm keeping out of it. But before saying it's odd they're not being transparent, remember that our own elected government doesn't exactly offer glass windows into the financial world they maintain either.
09:57 AM on 01/09/2013
In all cases, lack of transparancy is deceitful. Whether Harper is open or not, speaks with the press or not, should not be part of this discussion. It deflects & skews the issue at hand & all too often used on HP. That's a whole other situation of which volumes could be written. We should however, use this example to highlight our own Gov'ts lack of openness & demand better.
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waynerism
01:08 PM on 01/09/2013
the first sign of denial is trying to change the subject - bottom line - is the chief a thief?
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PMDoyle
11:12 AM on 01/09/2013
Banning the Mainstream Media is a great idea. Most Mainstream Media is right wing focused (due to Harper's Tax cuts) so the truth would never come out only more bashing. Have you ever read the National ,Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, or the Vancouver Sun they are full of right wing biases and would just print garbage like Fox News in the USA. Mainstream cannot be trusted with the truth or have you forgotten how they wer told to handle Jullian Assange...
11:50 AM on 01/09/2013
That's funny because most of the right wing folks think the newspapers are left wing focused. I've never heard anyone ever say the the Star was right wing... To suggest that newmedia is all biased is the stuff of tin foil hats & conspiracy theories & very inaccurate. In Canada, the media is under stricter guidlines around reporting standards then our southern neighbours. Regardless, banning information distribution is never a good idea.  It is very disingenous of Ms. Spence to ban media because of the reporting of the audit yet expect the media to report about her hunger strike. This is not to mention the lack of transparancy that this action suggests.
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waynerism
01:09 PM on 01/09/2013
hahaha! you can't be serious !!!!
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turkeylurky
Just keeping it real.
09:11 AM on 01/09/2013
I wonder if they'd allow their head cheerleaders (aka The Toronto Star, The CBC, et al) in?
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SayBlade
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12:43 PM on 01/09/2013
OK. If the media were in your front yard you would welcome even the ones who report lies about you?
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turkeylurky
Just keeping it real.
12:47 PM on 01/09/2013
What lies are you referring to? The one which reports that Spence is on a bonifide hunger strike?
09:07 AM on 01/09/2013
This is such an obvious ploy to combat the fact that the truth about Spence is coming out now. Things aren't going her way so she's going to stifle as much negative (re:TRUTHFUL) press as possible. Deplorable, really.
09:42 AM on 01/09/2013
Isn't that what ANY gvernment does?
01:51 PM on 01/09/2013
Sure, but the point is that only a few articles are being published about it -and really that's only because it's so irrefutable corrupt that people can't defend their beloved 'martyrs'
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progressivebeat
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10:00 AM on 01/09/2013
She probably learned those tactics from Team Harper. He's the master at avoiding the media.
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colpy
10:07 AM on 01/09/2013
I know...it is all Harper's fault......climate change, world economic collapse, too much snow, your teen acne.

The dog!!!
01:52 PM on 01/09/2013
So are any of your favourite politicians. And actually he's not, any media outlet jumps at the chance to rag on Harper more than they would a left-wing candidate.
09:07 AM on 01/09/2013
Two Points : 1. Is that Reserve North Korea? Booting out the Press? What a bunch of criminals. and 2. The reporter should have held her ground and gotten arrested.
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SayBlade
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12:44 PM on 01/09/2013
1. No.
2. Wuss!
09:03 AM on 01/09/2013
The Canadian mainstream media wilfully participate in a provably false smear campaign designed to undermine their Chief's attempt to bring their plight to light and then are shocked that they aren't welcomed with open arms.
09:08 AM on 01/09/2013
Plight? They have tons of money, the chief is a criminal.
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progressivebeat
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10:02 AM on 01/09/2013
Criminal? Bah. Tony Clement stole border infrastructure money to build a gazebo and he didn't get charged.

Have we seen proof of criminal activity by Spence? Can you provide a source?
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thomdetroit
10:03 AM on 01/09/2013
Just eat up the lies from the government. You're a good boy, now sit!
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colpy
10:10 AM on 01/09/2013
LOL

60 million dollars of our money GONE with NO accounting, in violation of their agreement with the gov't..

Perhaps, to relieve their "plight" we could dispatch transport trucks full of cash........and when they were done stuffing their walls with it for insulation, they could burn it in their stoves for heat.......

The chief is a fraud artist.
12:29 PM on 01/09/2013
in the two years since Spence became Chief - a period when the band was being co-managed by a government appointed manager with signing authority by the way - the audit which was conducted with limited time and resources provided uncovered about 30 missing receipts. If an audit was done on your household or company or town for the same period how many would they find? Would a couple dozen missing receipts for a large organization in 2 years prove fraud? Or a community under siege, dealing with a huge crisis. The courts have determined that the audit was unreasonable, the co-management was unwarranted and the problems of the reserve are due to lack of resources not mismanagement or corruption.
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SayBlade
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12:49 PM on 01/09/2013
Actually, that might be a move in the right direction. Ontario taxpayers are tired of being subsidised by Attawapiskat and all other First Nations. DeBeers should redirect their billions in royalties to Attawapiskat and not the Ontario Government.

http://climateandcapitalism.com/2013/01/08/what-if-first-nations-stopped-subsidizing-canada/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+climateandcapitalism%2FpEtD+%28Climate+and+Capitalism%29
08:55 AM on 01/09/2013
So now the hapless and desperate Spence apologists are painting Global as some far-Right media outlet in order to justify another heinous and undemocratic action by the Chief.

No real surprise, however, as they are now practically blaming the Harper govt for not taking action sooner to halt the rampant mismanagement and corruption endemic on the reserve.
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SayBlade
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12:50 PM on 01/09/2013
Where did they say that?