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Peter Mansbridge retiring: 5 things to know about the CBC News host

Written on April 24, 2019 at 16:18, by

CBC News host Peter Mansbridge has been an absolute staple in Canadian households since he began anchoring The National in 1988, with his trademark low voice and measured tone.

On Monday night, Mansbridge, 68, announced that he’s retiring from his post in July 2017 after a long career.

He made a statement about leaving his role as anchor, saying that the 2017 Canada Day celebrations (which will fete our country’s 150th birthday) will most likely be his swan song.

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“This next year will mark 30 years since I was named chief correspondent and anchor of The National… a position that’s an honour and a privilege to occupy. It’s been an amazing time to help chronicle our history, but I’ve decided that this year will be my last one,” he said. “I’ve let the CBC know that I’d like to step down from The National next July 1st — shortly after anchoring our very special Canada Day coverage for 2017.

As someone who believes strongly in public broadcasting, leaving the CBC’s flagship won’t be easy, but what’s important is that The National of the future will continue to reflect our world, our country and our people. There will be more to say about the future in the days to come, but now it’s time to focus on the new season and here at the National we will be doing just that.”

Mansbridge began his career in journalism at the age of 19 when he was offered a job at a local CBC radio station in Churchill, Man., after the station manager heard his voice over the intercom at the airport.

Mansbridge now resides in Stratford, Ont. There has been no mention of a replacement anchor for The National once Mansbridge is out.

Fans and Canadians of all stripes posted their thoughts on 桑拿会所 — some supportive, others using humour — following his announcement.

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Here are five things you may not know about Peter Mansbridge:

1. Born in London, England in 1948, Mansbridge began his radio career in 1968 in Churchill where he helped develop CBC Radio’s news service to Northern Canada.

2. Mansbridge joined CBC Radio in Winnipeg as a reporter in 1971 and joined CBC Television the following year. He became The National‘s reporter in Saskatchewan in 1975, joined the network’s parliamentary bureau in Ottawa in 1976 and became chief correspondent and anchor of The National in 1988.

3. Mansbridge, who has covered every federal election since 1972 and has anchored all 10 since 1984, remains the only Canadian journalist to interview both U.S. President Barack Obama and former British Prime Minister David Cameron.

4. Mansbridge has won 13 awards for excellence, is an officer of the Order of Canada and has nine honorary degrees from eight Canadian universities and one in the United States. He was named Chancellor of Mount Allison University in New Brunswick in 2009 and named to the Canadian News Hall of Fame earlier this year.

5. He has hosted eight Olympic Opening Ceremonies (Seoul in 1988, Albertville in 1992, Atlanta in 1996, Athens in 2004, Torino in 2006, Beijing in 2008, Sochi in 2014 and Rio in 2016).

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Justin Trudeau honours fallen Canadian soldiers in Hong Kong

Written on April 24, 2019 at 16:18, by

HONG KONG – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid homage Tuesday to Canadian soldiers who died after fighting to defend Hong Kong during the Second World War.

On the final day of his week-long visit to China, Trudeau toured the mountainside Sai Wan War Cemetery. He also laid a wreath at a memorial engraved with the names of Canadian soldiers.

Trudeau walked past several rows of graves bearing the names of Canadians – each decorated with a single poppy and the Maple Leaf.

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There are 1,505 Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War buried in the cemetery, including 283 Canadians who died after engaging the Japanese. Of those Canadian casualties, 107 were unidentified.

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Local historian Tony Banham, who specializes in Hong Kong during the Second World War, joined Trudeau on his tour of the cemetery.

“To us in Hong Kong – I’ve been here 30-odd years – people don’t forget,” Banham told reporters afterwards.

“This casualty rate was horrendous and people from Canada and other countries who came here didn’t have to be here.

“They came here to attempt to defend Hong Kong. Hong Kong fell to the Japanese and for the next three years, eight months Hong Kong had a really terrible time. So, these people will not be forgotten.”

Banham said many of the Canadians buried in the cemetery died after the battle as prisoners of war.

On Tuesday, Trudeau also met with billionaire businessman Li Ka-shing, chairman of CK Hutchison Holdings, at his cavernous office on the 70th floor of a Hong Kong tower. Li is considered one of the richest people in Asia.

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Shortly after they sat down, the prime minister talked to Li about Canada’s connections with China, Hong Kong, and Asia in general.

Later Tuesday, Trudeau will speak at a luncheon hosted by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and meet with the chief executive of Hong Kong.

Peter Mansbridge to step down in July 2017

Written on April 24, 2019 at 16:18, by

TORONTO – Veteran CBC news anchor Peter Mansbridge announced Monday night that his last day on The National will be next summer.

The network says Mansbridge will retire from the helm of its flagship news program after anchoring special Canada Day coverage next July 1, when the country will mark its 150th birthday.

Mansbridge’s career has spanned nearly five decades, including 28 years at the helm of the desk as anchor and chief correspondent.

The CBC says he has covered every federal election since 1972 and anchored all 10 since 1984. He has also hosted eight Olympic ceremonies, won 12 Gemini Awards and was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 2008.

Mansbridge, who is 68, began his career in journalism at the age of 19 when he was offered a job at a local CBC radio station in Churchill, Man., after the station manager heard his voice over the intercom at the airport.

He went on to help develop CBC Radio’s news service for Northern Canada before moving to Winnipeg as a radio reporter in 1971 and then joining CBC Television in 1972.

Mansbridge became chief correspondent and anchor 16 years later, taking over from Knowlton Nash.

Mansbridge was born in London, England, and now resides in Stratford, Ont.

“As someone who believes strongly in public broadcasting, leaving the CBC’s flagship will not be easy,” Mansbridge told viewers Monday night. “But what’s important is that ‘The National’ of the future will continue to reflect our world, our country and our people.”

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What you need to know about Philippine President Duterte’s deadly anti-drug campaign

Written on April 24, 2019 at 16:18, by

Philippine President Rodrigro Duterte made it clear Monday he has no interest in what Barack Obama thinks about his heavy-handed war on drugs and the extrajudicial killings associated with it.

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Duterte’s outburst, in which he vowed to “swear at” Obama should the U.S. president bring up the killings of suspected drug dealers, led to White House cancelling a planned meeting between the two leaders during a Southeast Asian leaders meeting in Laos this week.

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“I am a president of a sovereign state and we have long ceased to be a colony. I do not have any master except the Filipino people, nobody but nobody. You must be respectful. Do not just throw questions. Putang ina I will swear at you in that forum,” Duterte said, using the Tagalog phrase for son of a bitch.

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Since Duterte was inaugurated June 30, as many as 2,400 people have died amid a nationwide crackdown on the drugs in the Philippines.

“We will not stop until the last drug lord, the last financier, and the last pusher have surrendered or put behind bars —; or below the ground, if they so wish,” CNN reported Duterte as saying in his State of the Nation speech on July 25.

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The extrajudicial killings have alarmed the U.S., the United Nations and human rights alike, especially given that more than half of the killings appear to have been at the hands of vigilantes.

According to the Philippine National Police, police officers have killed more than 1,000 people suspected of having involvement in the drug trade. But nearly 1,400 deaths were considered “under investigation.”

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Duterte has openly endorsed vigilante killings of drug dealers, drug addicts and other alleged criminals, on multiple occasions prodding everyday citizens to take matters into their own hands.

“If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself,” he reportedly told an audience of approximately 500 people in a Manila slum on June 30.

“Please feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have the gun … you have my support,” CNN reported him saying during a televised speech on June 6. “Shoot him [the drug dealer] and I’ll give you a medal.”

Duterte hasn’t taken kindly to international condemnation of his campaign to root out criminals.

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UN human rights experts last month called on Duterte and his government to put an end to extra-judicial killings, saying: “Allegations of drug-trafficking offences should be judged in a court of law, not by gunmen on the streets.”

“Claims to fight illicit drug trade do not absolve the Government from its international legal obligations and do not shield State actors or others from responsibility for illegal killings,” UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions Agnes Callamard said in an Aug. 18 statement.

Duterte called the UN experts “stupid” and threatened to leave the world body.

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There’s no sign he’s going to let up his anti-drug crusade anytime soon.

Philippine National Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa, whom Duterte tasked with overseeing the crackdown, warned Monday no one is immune from facing punishment if suspected of being involved in crime.

“Rest assured, we do not discriminate,” Agence France-Press reported Dela Rosa as saying. “All of them, the rich, the poor, police, civilians… even if you are a politician, you will die if you are into drugs and you fight back.”

With files from The Associated Press

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Donald Trump has a ‘bizarre attraction to dictators,’ according to Hillary Clinton

Written on April 24, 2019 at 16:18, by

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday expressed concern about “credible reports” of Russian interference in the U.S. election and accused Donald Trump of being fixated on dictators including Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

Taking questions from reporters for more than 20 minutes on her campaign plane, Clinton said both Democrats and Republicans should be concerned about Russia’s behavior.

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“The fact that our intelligence professionals are now studying this and taking it seriously raises some grave questions about potential Russian interference with our electoral process,” Clinton said.

“We are facing a very serious concern. We’ve never had a foreign adversarial power be already involved in our electoral process. … We’ve never had the nominee of one of our major parties urging the Russians to hack more,” she said.

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Trump, the Republican nominee, has praised Putin, the president of Russia, and has called on Moscow to dig up tens of thousands of “missing” emails from Clinton’s time as head of the U.S. State Department. He later said his comments were meant to be sarcastic.

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Clinton has previously tied Russian intelligence services to the cyber hack on the Democratic National Committee.

Asked on Monday if she believed the Russian government was trying to help elect her opponent, Clinton paused.

“I often quote a great saying that I learned from living in Arkansas for many years: If you find a turtle on a fencepost it didn’t get there by itself,” she said. “I think it’s quite intriguing that this activity has happened around the time Trump became the nominee.”

Clinton, a former secretary of state and a former first lady, has drawn criticism for not holding regular press conferences. On Monday she took questions on an array of topics for more than 20 minutes.

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Clinton dismissed concerns about her health as one of many conspiracy theories that were lobbed against her. She blamed seasonal allergies for a sustained coughing fit at an earlier event in Ohio. During the question and answer session on her plane, she also had to step away because of persistent coughing.

Clinton, whose use of a private email account during her time as secretary of state has dogged her 2016 presidential campaign, said she understood and took classification seriously when she was President Barack Obama’s top diplomat.

Clinton said that the attacks on her family’s foundation were not rooted in fact and sidestepped a question on whether her daughter, Chelsea, should step down from the foundation’s leadership if she is elected in November.