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11:45 PM on 01/08/2013
Just beyond belief. I am sick of Theresa Spence and her media grab when it suits her and I am sick of Idle No More. I have lost track of what it is the protesters want. What ever credibility they did have is long gone.
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Two opposing idealogues walk into a liberal bar...
12:33 AM on 01/09/2013
Attention span problem?
12:33 AM on 01/09/2013
Np one is forcing you to read or listen to anything about chief Spence or Idle No More. .
11:41 PM on 01/08/2013
LOL. Getting on the media's bad side. Guess what's going to happen next?
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11:41 PM on 01/08/2013
Can't really blame the band for not allowing media on the reserve. Global should have called ahead and asked for permission to enter the community. Considering the polarization being created by the media and the government this is something the media should have been expecting.

Stop crying the blues Global, you (as in the media) are partly to blame. "Friend or foe" indeed.
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11:46 PM on 01/08/2013
But before the leak/report/scandal, Attawapsikat was open to the media. " Global should have called ahead and asked for permission to enter the community," would be irrelevant.
11:59 PM on 01/08/2013
Irrelevant?!!  I don't think so.  As I said in my post, the media is partly to blame for the polarization and the band had every right to ask them to leave.  Since they had to be hauled away by the RCMP I'm assuming they didn't leave willingly.
The arrogance shown by these reporters speaks volumes.  It also sounds just a tad to pat just like the timing of the report from Deloitte.  It certainly wouldn't be the first time a reporter has "created" a story to show someone in a good or bad light.
12:27 AM on 01/09/2013
Ah, now I see it's a newbie I need to respond to. Well newbie you must not have read through my whole post even though for me it was quite short.

I'll explain it just one more time. The media created the polarization. The timing of this story is suspect and just a little too pat just as the timing of the report from Deloitte is suspect. Credible reporters, knowing the whole situation, would have called ahead to the Band office to set up a time to come and do the interview. They would have learned then that they weren't welcome. But nope, not these ones, so they flew to Attawapiskat unannounced. If they had to be hauled out of there by the RCMP then I suspect the part about leaving unwillingly was left out of their story.

It wouldn't be the first time the media "created" a story in order to show the subject in good or bad light. In this case it was to show the Band in a bad light.
12:52 AM on 01/09/2013
I don't blame the band - I blame the crooks in charge of it.

The TV anchor did call ahead, but didn't receive any answer. And since she had been there to report the year before, so it's not like she was a stranger.

Note that Spence is also refusing to talk to the media herself at her protest site.

Clearly she is afraid of the tsunami of disapproval she has unleashed, and even more afraid that more revelations will reveal her as at best criminally incompetent, and at worst plain criminal.
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11:34 PM on 01/08/2013
Banning "negative" commentary has been a mantra of the school systems and governments in Canada. The "positive" - "negative" dichotomy has protected slogan-shouting bureaucrats for long. Point out something that isn't right: 'Oh, you're SO negative'!
But kiss butt and grovel at the BIG ones,: 'Oh, you're SO sweet and "positive"' !
"And wherefore do I lie with thee and thee with me,
And by lies we flattered be!"
Shakespeare
"KEEP SWEET"--Bountiful FLDS Slogan.
Please, press, just be sweet.
P.S.: A new court ruling makes hundreds of thousands of non-status natives and Metis, "indians". If that creates costs to the nation (Canada, that is), then either of the following will happen:
1. The existing "indian" budget will be diluted to serve all so entitled, or
2. Ottawa will need to increase the budget amidst budget,jobs, and service cutbacks.

A stretch is a stretch and at some point something has to give.
Also: I hear a lot about "3rd world" conditions.
PLEASE, know that "3rd" world people do not get free housing, or tax exemption by race.
No government builds, and maintains their homes, treaty or not. Blah,....
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11:21 PM on 01/08/2013
No big deal. I kicked Global TV out of my living room long ago for their pro government bias.
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11:47 PM on 01/08/2013
There's a difference between a private citizen and a public official.

All public officials, whether or not they're native or non-native, must be held accountable to the people.
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11:06 PM on 01/08/2013
The same thing happened to the news crews in Caledonia Ontario. The minute an adverse report comes to light, the Band councils will suppress any reporting. A CHCH news crew was attacked and the story was hushed up. There is smoke showing in the Native protests and I know it shows a fire. Keep digging media, here is where the public needs you the most.
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Douglas Sinclair
12:45 AM on 01/09/2013
How about the OPP attacked and killed a native ?
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02:01 AM on 01/09/2013
That has nothing to do with Caledonia. What about the laborer who was working on a house and attacked by so called native protesters and beaten half to death with a hammer. I am just saying that there has to be dialogue and investigation to native affairs and the money should be allocated and accounted for to prevent fraud. It should go to the people of the impoverished Native community and, hopefully, not to line the pockets of the band council and their relatives.
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10:42 PM on 01/10/2013
It was investigated and the Harris government paid for it. the current sedition will have to stop.
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11:06 PM on 01/08/2013
Having one's poverty exposed to the world is a hardship for the community especially the young people. The focus should be on the chief and she is in Ottawa.
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11:03 PM on 01/08/2013
Freedom of the press is in our Canadian Charter last I checked
11:13 PM on 01/08/2013
Freedom to trespass too?
It would be like you asking a new crew to get off your property. It is your right.
11:15 PM on 01/08/2013
Read the article, the chief set out a media ban
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Douglas Sinclair
12:39 AM on 01/09/2013
Just ask Rob Ford of Etobico(ke).
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10:57 PM on 01/08/2013
The native who made the decision to ban the press has made a mistake; probably a big mistake.
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Nothing is forever.
10:54 PM on 01/08/2013
Chief Spence likes to control the information flow.
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10:58 PM on 01/08/2013
And Harper doesn't?
11:09 PM on 01/08/2013
Two of a kind. So now what?