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The origin of the Usher of the Black Rod goes back to early fourteenth century England . Today, with no royal duties to perform, the Usher knocks on the doors of the House of Commons with the Black Rod at the start of Parliament to summon the members. The rod is a symbol for the authority of debate in the upper house. We of The Black Rod have since 2005, adopted the symbol to knock some sense and the right questions into the heads of Legislators, pundits, and other opinion makers.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Krista we hardly knew ye

Breaking news this morning is that one of our readers' favorite subjects is taking a giant lateral step in her meteroic career. After a detour out of Parliament Hill without the rumoured Olympic beat to give her a world platform, The Divine Miss K took a decidedly low profile as the CBC's consumer reporter (yawn).

Not one to accept a stalled future, our Krista Erickson has leaped (lept?) from the CBC to the abyss, or as the eastern press likes to call it "Fox News North", the soon-to-be Quebecor gabfest channel.

Here is the formal au revoir issued this AM:

After over a decade as a reporter and host, Krista Erickson has decided to leave CBC News.

Krista joined CBC in her hometown of Winnipeg in 1999 and worked on a variety of programs including Disclosure, Country Canada, and It’s a Living. She became a reporter in Winnipeg in 2001, again contributing to many programs including The National and Marketplace, and receiving a Gemini nomination for Best Lifestyle/Practical Information segment.

In 2004 Krista became the host of Winnipeg’s supper hours news program.

In 2006 she moved to Ottawa and became a network reporter in our Parliament Hill Bureau, covering politics for The National and

Please join me in wishing Krista well.

Jonathan Whitten
Executive Director of News Content

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