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Karl Nerenberg has been reporting on federal politics from Parliament Hill for rabble.ca since September, 2011. In his long career, he has won numerous awards as a broadcaster and documentary filmmaker.
The CBC has its supporters in both French and English Canada, but these days the French supporters are more ardent and much more vocal.
This past weekend the public broadcaster's supporters throughout Quebec and in New Brunswick took to the streets.
The tens of thousands of demonstrators were particularly concerned with the continued vitality of services in French -- and especially those services provided to francophone communities outside of Quebec.
Last week in Ottawa was largely about Dean Del Mastro quitting and Justin Trudeau suspending two MPs.
But, if you can remember that far back, the week started with disturbing news on the environment from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which, as Green Party Leader Elizabeth May put it, issued its "strongest and most unequivocal report yet."
Update:On Tuesday morning, November 4, with the deadline looming, Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that the Harper government will comply with the Federal Court of Appeals ruling, and will reinstate the refugee health program.
He added, however, that the government's "focus" will continue to be on the minority to whom it had, all along, agreed to provide health care: "resettled refugees" and "successful asylum seekers."