This week, The Rebel had probably our biggest scoop ever: Our Alberta bureau chief, Sheila Gunn Reid, reported that just ten days before wildfires tore through Fort McMurray, causing the largest fire evacuation in Canadian history, Rachel Notley’s NDP cancelled every water bomber contract it had.
Then they simply “forgot” to put out to tender new water bomber contracts until literally the day before the fire hit the city.
In the middle of this crisis, water bomber companies were contacted by the NDP — not to get them to help fight fires, but to get them to sign confidentiality clauses, to keep the NDP’s incompetence a secret.
The NDP tried blocking our requests for public records, and demanded a $4,000 fee.
So we set up the website WhatIsSheHiding.ca, and asked viewers to help us pay the fine, because that’s really what it was: A fine for practicing journalism.
With viewers’ help, we paid it.
And we found out the damning truth about the biggest story of the year.
But in the two days since Sheila blew the lid off this story, not a single other reporter in Alberta has followed up on the story, despite us posting all of the documents on our website, for our competitors to use. To me, that’s actually just as important…
Sheila Gunn Reid joins me to talk more about this story, and why the rest of the media is trying to ignore it
NEXT: Dr. Brian Day and discuss the latest developments in his costly court challenge to the Medicare Protection Act.
Day says the Act, which prevents Canadian patients from paying for private (and faster) access to health care, violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
FINALLY: Your messages to me about the week's news!