The government made the commitments in the so-called Speech from the Throne, in which it outlined its plans and made clear the need to protect Canadians from COVID-19 as new cases spike, reaching 146,663 total cases and 9,234 deaths on Tuesday.In a rare national address on Wednesday evening, Trudeau said a second wave was under way in the four biggest provinces.”We’re on the brink of a fall that could be much worse than the spring,” he said. The government, he added, “will have your back, whatever it takes.”The range of promises and mentions of significant investments could upset markets showing signs of nervousness about soaring budget deficits and debt. Canada lost one of its coveted triple-A ratings in June when Fitch downgraded it for the first time, citing the spending. The Canadian dollar extended its decline after the speech, touching 1.3384 to the US dollar, or 74.72 US cents.In his address, Trudeau said low interest rates meant Ottawa could afford the promised spending.”Doing less would mean a slower recovery and bigger deficits in the long run,” he said, adding that long-term spending would be fiscally sustainable.Spending measures already announced mean Canada’s budget deficit this fiscal year is forecast to hit C$343.2 billion ($256.5 billion), the largest since World War Two.Ian Lee, associate professor of management at Ottawa’s Carleton University, said the speech represented a “very high-risk bet” by Trudeau.”He’s gambling this massive increase in expenditures is going to generate very substantial growth,” he said by phone.COVID-19 cases rising rapidlyThere has been an average of 1,123 cases reported daily over the past week, compared with a daily average of 380 cases in mid-August. Canadians are now more worried about COVID-19 than they have been since April, an Abacus Data poll showed.The throne speech is a parliamentary measure of confidence and given that the Liberals only have a minority in the House of Commons, they will need the support of opposition legislators to avoid being toppled and plunging the country into an election.The left-leaning New Democrats – who had indicated they might vote in favor – said the proposals did not offer enough support to Canadians.Party leader Jagmeet Singh said he did not want to force an election, adding his team would take “a lot of time” to decide what to do. A formal vote is likely next month.The Conservatives, the largest opposition group, confirmed expectations they would not back the government.”We don’t want to see more words. We need action,” said deputy leader Candice Bergen.The Trudeau government said it was sticking to the goal of fighting climate change and promised money to retrofit buildings and make zero-emissions vehicles more widely available.The Liberals also vowed to make significant investments in childcare and said they would extend an existing wage subsidy measure until next summer. The speech made no specific spending commitments or fiscal projections, some of which will be disclosed in a fiscal update later this year. Canada’s Liberal government, insisting on Wednesday that “this is not the time for austerity,” promised major new investments and initiatives to help the country battle back from the coronavirus pandemic even as a new wave of infections looms.The administration of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, which has already unveiled hundreds of billions of dollars in aid for people and businesses, promised a plan to recover more than a million jobs lost during the crisis.”This is not the time for austerity,” it said. “Canada entered this crisis in the best fiscal position of its peers.” Topics :
(BBC) – Several riders and a race official were caught up in a horrifying crash on stage one of the Tour of Poland.Dylan Groenewegen, 27, drifted across the road in the final, downhill sprint and he and fellow Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen collided at high speed just before the line in Katowice.Jakobsen, 23, then fell over the barriers and collided with an official.Groenewegen, who was subsequently disqualified, and several other riders also fell after crossing the line.Cycling’s governing body UCI said it “strongly condemns the dangerous behaviour of Groenewegen”.A statement read: “The UCI, which considers the behaviour unacceptable, immediately referred the matter to the disciplinary commission to request the imposition of sanctions commensurate with the seriousness of the facts.”Race organisers said an air ambulance was called to the finish but the condition of those involved in the crash has not been confirmed.Deceuninck-QuickStep said their rider, Jakobsen, was being tended to by doctors.Jumbo-Visma sprinter Groenewegen was initially named the stage winner before being disqualified.“Our thoughts go out to Fabio Jakobsen and other people involved in today’s terrible crash in the Tour of Poland – crashes like these should not happen,” said Jumbo-Visma on Twitter.“We offer our sincere apologies and we will discuss internally what has happened before we may make any further statement.”The podium ceremony was cancelled and the stage results have not been released.
Sources tell us Charter gets by with continuing to write off these annual financial losses on its balance sheets through some terrific tax laws in place. The Dodgers not only go full spigot in this revenue stream, but whatever ways they’ve manipulated attendance figures and ticket income make it look as if they’ve created a situation where coming out to the ballpark is a special, added value, like having to pay for another live performance of “Hamilton.”And the third part of this – no cooperation from AT&T’s DirecTV – holds fast as well. The math bears it out. In what they call an “enterprise evaluation,” DirecTV would have had to lose about 20,000 subscribers over this situation before it even considered adding SportsNet LA to its menu, the $5 per subscriber price tag as the basis for computation. They’re barely a fourth of the way to that threshold. Never mind that the asinine TV commercials continue with a group of actors dressed as monsters propping up the simplistic message: “Satellite TV Bad. Spectrum Good.”Five years in, we seem to giving life to the metaphor of the boiling frog – the Dodgers and Spectrum have managed to kill us through a progressively low source of heat. They’ve taken the hopping anger out of most of us.Even so, the narrative feels as if it’s about to pivot to a much longer-term and darker reality for all who stand to prosper.THE ADJUSTMENT PERIOD More than half, and as much as 70 percent, of Southern Californian homes can’t access SportsNet LA, according to the generally accepted rhetoric. The hairs are split over whether or not those who have a choice to drop DirecTV and get Spectrum aren’t doing so because of the perceived inconvenience it may cause them.Whatever the number, the reality is that those slotted as Seniors and Baby Boomers still face the most anxiety over all this. Pair that up with the fact that the average age of a TV baseball viewer skews into the upper 50-year-old range.In an enlightening new book by Susan Jacoby called “Why Baseball Matters” (Yale University Books), the author wonders why the graying of the fan base is something those who run the game “refuse to talk about on the record.” Instead, they fidget spin their way around pitch clocks and counting trips to the mound as a way to tighten up the length of the games because they figure that’s what younger viewers may want.Our digital-age natives, ranging from newborns to those in the mid-30s, have conflicted motivation to invest time in watching a full game play out on TV.“Any baseball game is a process, not a series of disjointed, disconnected events,” Jacoby writes. “The digital world is not about process but about instant delivery of results, so it is logical that younger viewers find it more difficult to focus on baseball.”Those among the emerging Generation Cord Cutters are also more likely to resourcefully circumvent traditional means of obtaining a SportsNet LA service. You may know your cable bill includes a sneaky “sports surcharge” now up to $11.55 that tries to offset the increasing costs of channels weighted down by absorbing sports rights fees. They likely have never even seen a cable bill.Hardwired into manipulating delivery through an Xbox or Slingbox, seeking out a Facebook friend with a bootleg feed, or working around the MLB.tv servers with fake IDs, this demographic not-on-deck any more doesn’t bother with “demanding their providers know” they can’t otherwise get SNLA. They figure it out in other ways, then give the blueprint to the generation coming after them. Or, unable to endure the length of a game no matter how it’s unrestricted, they have passed on the secret of just tuning into the MLB Network each night to get a few live cut-ins from Dodger Stadium. They can then DVR the extended highlight packages during “Quick Pitch” programming to skim through it the next morning.All that said, these savvy media consumers of the Dodgers aren’t beholden to the other traditional platform – the radio. If they weren’t compelled to catch the last three years of Vin Scully’s three-inning simulcast, they have even less incentive for them to endure someone like Charley Steiner chortling on and on about how games are just too long these days. It only does a disservice to the listeners just trying to find a happy medium.THE SILENT MINORITYMore bothersome to us since the SNLA launch in 2013 is how the stalemate leaves out those who are living on the edges financially.Decades ago, the Dodgers’ TV coverage was limited to a KTTV-Channel 11 road Sunday game as well as all the contests played in San Francisco. It was reasonably proportional to how much national baseball was also available at the time.When regional sports nets exploded from the 1980s through 2010, the Dodgers still made sure there were at least a few dozen games set aside for over-the-air distribution, in addition to what cable offered. It was the beginning of the process of separating the haves from the have-nots.The Guggenheim group’s purchase of the Dodgers came with the expectation that launching their own media company and creating a team-owned channel would pave the road to the future with consumers’ sub fees. Chairman Mark Walters said at the time that SportsNet LA was a way to “provide substantial financial resources over the coming years.”In subsequent years of public shaming, private ambivalence and all other kinds of agitated media verbiage – including a U.S. Justice Department charge of collusion in late 2016 that was “settled” without any benefit to the consumer early in 2017 – the narrative never really included how to satisfy all those loyal Dodgers fans living in marginalized areas with roof-top antennas. The families that struggle each month to pay utility bills consider cable a luxury, but they keep the TV set with the rabbit ears to pick up whatever they can.So we circle back to that press release from February – five KTLA games, all in April, and probably nothing else unless you can pick up an ESPN, Fox Sports, FS1 or TBS feed somehow. A Facebook Watch deal has also been struck this year, 25 games that will be exclusive to the social media site and not available on traditional TV.The KTLA games aren’t because the Dodgers and Spectrum think this is a way to appease the masses or water down their own guilt. They have no other genuine answer to how to fix things. They’ll continue to assume the worse.ESPN has a national broadcast of the Dodgers-Giants season opener Thursday afternoon (4 p.m.) as well as the series ender Sunday evening (5 p.m.). In the course of the 162-game regular season, about 130-odd games will be just for SportsNet LA customers.For those who can access it. For those who know the drill.For those who still care. Year 5 of the Dodgers’ SportsNet LA Hostage Crisis is upon us. Continue to divest at your own risk.There is no news about additional distribution in the days before the 2018 MLB season is to begin. When the team and partner in crime Charter Communications released a statement a month ago about the latest feeble attempt to farm out five games in April to KTLA-Channel 5, it tried to bury the line about how “other distributors are not expected to carry SportsNet LA this season.”Both Spectrum, the Charter re-brand of the Time Warner original enabler, and the Dodgers, coming off a World Series appearance and winners of four straight NL West titles since the launch of the channel, would prefer you did not see either of them operating from a position of weakness at this stage of their 25-year, $8.3 billion agreement.In a bizarro way, both seem to be doing just fine with everything. MEASURING MEDIA MAYHEMWHAT SMOKES== After all those years of pitching Farmer John products, Vin Scully seems to be relishing his new role as a spokesman for Kingsford Charcoal in a new commercial spot. It opens with him finishing a conversation with the “commissioner” and exclaiming: “Hot dog! Opening Day is back! Go out and tell it to the world, guys!”== How much more a business man has former Laker Shaquille O’Neal become after his NBA playing days ended? How much of a force has Yorba Linda’s John Force become in the drag racing world? They are two of the four focus stories on the 252nd edition of HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” that debuts Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.WHAT CHOKES== Fox reports an average of 4.03 million viewers from last Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana — well below the same race’s 5.19 million last year, 6.81 million two years ago and about half of the 8 million who watched in 2013. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error