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OOPS of the night

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Everyone and their dog have reported all day that we cannot tweet, report, breathe or send by carrier pigeon the election results until the polls have closed in British Columbia.

But at 9 p.m. eastern time the CBC newsworld began broadcasting results from Atlantic Canada across the country.

Within five minutes they had yanked the broadcast off the air saying they were experiencing technical difficulties. It came back on briefly again then went out again.

They are allowed to broadcast the results in the Atlantic region where the polls have closed but have to black it out to areas where the polls have not. Like everywhere else in Canada.

The fallout from this could be pretty harsh. When the nation’s public broadcaster screws up this badly, the proverbial excrement is going to hit the fan.

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About Mia Rabson

Mia Rabson is a born and bred Winnipegger whose interest in politics seemed clear when she dressed up as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for Halloween in the 7th grade.

Her interest in writing was no surprise to her parents, who learned early in Mia’s life that no piece of blank paper — or wall, for that matter — was safe in her hands.

She holds an honours BA in English from Queen’s University, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and has completed a political journalism fellowship in Washington, D.C. with the Washington Centre for Politics and Journalism.

Prior to working for the Winnipeg Free Press, Mia briefly worked for the Detroit News in the paper’s Washington bureau.

Mia joined the Free Press team in February 2001, and in April 2001 was appointed to the Manitoba legislature bureau. In December 2004, she was appointed bureau chief at the legislature. She became the newspaper’s parliamentary bureau chief/national reporter in Ottawa in January 2008.

In 2008 she was nominated for a Michener Award with a team of reporters from the Free Press for its coverage of the province’s child welfare system.

She counts reliving the invasion at Dieppe, France, with veterans of the failed Second World War expedition and overcoming her fear of heights to touch the Golden Boy statue atop the Legislative Building among her favourite experiences as a reporter.

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