Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Caught Red-handed Hyping Up “Climate Risks”

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation once again prove itself to be  a taxpayer funded propaganda arm of the liberal government after it got caught hyping up the climate change agenda in spectacular fashion by touting left wing and pseudo-science industry zealots in one sided statements as gospel truth on their Radio Canada International (RCI) program.

An article in the Financial Post revealed the extent of the fraud—but of course, this fact hardly received any publicity, in contrast to the original hysterical claims which said in essence that increased rainfall was the result of “global warming.”

The original RCI program was so poorly verified and one sided that “facts” touted by an “expert” with ties to insurance companies and the University of Waterloo were blindly accepted.

In fact, a simple review of Canada’s population and infrastructure increase of nearly 61 percent since 1971 alone would have explained the trend of more expensive insurance claims: with more expensive buildings occupying more land area, it patently obvious the same storm frequency in 1970 would do more damage in 2018.

This one sided garbage is fed to the naïve public to hype up the liberal conscience trip, increase carbon taxes and further the liberal agenda.

It turns out that Mr. Robert Muir, a professional engineer with the Ontario municipality (who actually has long career in flood risk mitigation), had the gumption to complain to the CBC ombudsman about the RCI article.

Mr. Muir complained that the article cited no sources to support the views of a certain expert cited in the story, a Dr Blair Feltmate, including that climate change is the reason why extreme rainfall events have become more evident in Canada.

The ombudsman agreed with Mr. Muir, and delivered a brutal rebuke to the CBC.  The following excerpts from the ombudsman’s report are gems:

In Mr. Muir’s view, the interview and the article contained erroneous data on trends in precipitation in Canada – specifically regarding episodes of extreme rainfall so intense that they are considered to occur at 100-year intervals.

In addition, Mr. Muir complained that the article cited no sources to corroborate Dr. Feltmate’s theory, which holds that climate change is the reason why extreme rainfall events have become more frequent in Canada.

The complainant further alleged that another of Dr. Feltmate’s claims was incorrect, namely that preservation and creation of wetlands (ponds, marshes, etc.) in urban and near-urban areas are economically advantageous and easy-to-implement measures for reducing flood risk.

Mr. Muir added that the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, of which he is a member, had previously voiced its disagreement on this issue to Natalia Moudrak, co-author of a report produced last year by Dr. Feltmate on the value of natural infrastructure.

Citing several expert studies and national data from Environment Canada, the complainant asserted that “there has been no change in extreme rainfall statistics in southern Ontario, and in fact many decreasing trends.”

This, he wrote, contradicted Dr. Feltmate’s theory that there is a correlation between climate change and increased flood damage. Mr. Muir therefore asked that the article be amended to reflect this.

To further substantiate his position, the complainant noted that he had been successful in a similar complaint filed with the CBC English Services Ombudsman in 2015, and four complaints against three insurance companies (Intact Financial, Aviva Canada and RSA) before Advertising Standards Canada, which had forced the insurers to amend their claims regarding the frequency of storms.

He added that the media should be wary of statements by insurance companies as well as claims by researchers such as Dr. Feltmate, who is not a climatologist, and whose research is funded by an insurance provider.

The ombudsman report went on to quote RCI’s response, which was obtained from one Mr. “Soleiman Mellali”—an Algerian who has somehow worked his way into becoming “Canada’s” RCI news editor.

On October 24, 2018, Mr. Soleïman Mellali, Web Editor-in-Chief, RCI, replied to Mr. Muir in a very long message containing some twenty citations and links to many news articles and reports from various bodies, covering multiple aspects relating to climate change as well as precipitation.

The response from RCI began with an acknowledgement that the key assertion of the article in question – that 100-year extreme rainfall events are now happening just a few years apart – was “neither entirely true, nor entirely wrong.” As a result, Mr. Mellali wrote, the article had been amended to read as follows: “Scientists consulted on this question generally concluded that while actual rainfall amounts in Canada have not varied much, when, where and how they occur have.” 

(Note: The CBC later retracted this latter claim completely from the article after an Environment Canada climatologist also refuted it).

(The CBC then asked) Dr. Feltmate to provide counter-arguments to Mr. Muir’s complaint that no evidence was provided for the claim that extreme precipitation is increasing in Canada.

According to Dr. Feltmate, a decrease in the number of Environment Canada recording stations is the reason why many local climatological events go undetected. Dr. Feltmate wrote: “Thus, it can be misleading to depend singularly on Environment Canada recording stations to document precipitation events that lead to flooding.”

Mr Muir provided a rebuttal to this claim as well:

“As to Dr. Feltmate’s statement, included in the CBC’s  response, that the absence of data is attributable to an insufficient number of Environment Canada recording stations, the complainant asked the following questions: “Are you suggesting that there is not enough data to prove decreasing trends in rainfall but there is enough to prove increasing trends? How can you have it one way?”

The fact that the CBC would also publish the patently utter nonsense reply from Dr. Feltmate on the recording stations is actually frightening.  Either the people in charge are downright stupid or—more likely—they blindly accept the statements as true, provided, of course, that they come from a source that promotes their prejudiced view.

It is this reluctance to question so-called “scientific facts” which is characteristic of the controlled media’s views. Healthy debate is what science is all about, and in a normal society, all views would be given equal airtime.

Of course, the nonsense touted by the CBC isn’t limited to this one report on their Radio Canada International site.  The same degree of garbage with the above usual suspects was also present in a series called “The Current” which originally aired in Sept 2017 and re-aired in expanded form in June 2018 with the same theme.

Produced by Kristin Nelson and narrated in her usual one-sided style by Anna Maria Tremonti, the typical CBC cry-a-mentory starts with a heartbreaking story of woe setting the emotional scene for that allows for a complete lack of alternative facts in a spectacularly unprofessional journalistic approach.

The reader can listen the show here to see exactly what is being meant. Once the emotional drivel is stripped out of the story, any reasonable person listening to it can see that it is  just a cover story for Intact and other insurance advertising companies making a play to reduce their claims.

With pseudo-science erupting from an industry-funded “Intact Centre on Climate Adaption” at the University of Waterloo, this is the type of nonsense which is feeding the CBC hunger for generating public paranoia on “climate change.” And they are not alone.

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