Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Yesterday, we chided local broadcasters CTV Ottawa, CBC Ottawa, and radio station CFRA for running paid programming and game shows rather than cover the Trucker siege over the weekend. (CBC showed the Olympics.)
Many readers took umbrage at us, citing the excellent coverage on CBC Newsworld and CTV News Channel. Some readers namechecked particular reporters doing fine work.
We love you, Umbraged Readers. But those are not our local broadcasters, are they? First, they are cable only, unavailable to those without cablevision. Second, they are not available on basic cable – you pay extra. Also: we don't have cable.
Those local broadcasters, using the public airwaves, ignored the siege and we maintain this was a dereliction of duty – not by their own reporters who wanted to cover it – but by bean counters who chose not to.
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As for the Trucker siege aftermath, it's more like we're in simmer mode. It's not boiling over but we're not quite done yet.
First up: the New Edinburgh resident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has revoked the Emergency Act. Now everything can go back to 10 days ago when the City and the Province had everything in hand.
Premier Doug Ford has also revoked the Provincial State of Emergency, effective 5 pm today.
The leak of donors names to the GiveSendGo crowdfunding site has revealed that at least one dozen police officers from Ottawa Police Services, Toronto Police Services, and the Ontario Provincial Police gave money to the Trucker siege.
A senator from Nova Scotia was filmed blaming the people in Ottawa for the siege, citing our 20 hour work weeks and six figure salaries. He also thanked one of the protestors and insulted his own wife.
Having realized that people can actually watch videos, Michael MacDonald, with an annual salary of $168,000, apologized.
We were looking at the Ottawa wastewater report and, to our eyes, it looks like positive tests of COVID-19 went up after the Truckers arrived, slowing a downward trend. Let us know what you think: [email protected]
Two openings downtown that were delayed by the siege are happening: The National Arts Centre is reopening Friday, including its restaurant 1 Elgin and the Main Library on Metcalfe reopened today.
And something we can all support, downtown resident Jess Rawk is selling Make Ottawa Boring Again t-shirts, with proceeds to Cornerstone Housing for Women, Minwaashin Lodge, and the Canadian Anti-Hate Network. [The official t-shirt site]
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
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