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Politics and its Discontents: It Grows Slowly, This Revenue Loss

…but it grows unavoidably and becomes very large over time.

So says the author of a study on the effects of TFSAs (tax-free savings accounts), Rhys Kessselman, a School of Public Policy professor at Simon Fraser University. As the money accruing in those accounts grows, the revenues losses to both federal and provincial coffers grow . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: It Grows Slowly, This Revenue Loss

Politics and its Discontents: Amanda Lang Interviews Ed Broadbent

If you have as low an opinion of the CBC’s disgraced chief business correspondent, Amanda Lang, as I do, watch the following video. I think you will find that, with her absolutist questions typical of the extreme right and the intellectually deficient, she does not exceed expectations.

For Broadbent’s thoughts on how Harper has failed . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Amanda Lang Interviews Ed Broadbent

Politics and its Discontents: CBC: The Appeasement Continues*

Those who read my blog on a regular basis will know that I have felt disaffected from the CBC for some time. While I am a supporter of public broadcasting and believe in its adequate funding, the CBC’s futile policy of appeasing its Conservative overlords has eroded my respect for the institution. As well, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: CBC: The Appeasement Continues*

Montreal Simon: Amanda Lang, Rex Murphy, and the Journalistic Crimes of CBC Management

If there was any doubt that CBC management has either lost its moral compass, or its marbles, now there can be none.For all you have to do to arrive at that conclusion is read how they are defending Amanda Lang.So, let's add it up: the government thought RBC did something wrong and RBC . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Amanda Lang, Rex Murphy, and the Journalistic Crimes of CBC Management

Montreal Simon: CBC Management Surrenders and Bans Paid Appearances

It's taken them long enough, and it never should have happened in the first place.But the useless managers at the CBC have finally surrendered, and banned paid appearances. Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: The Real Problem With Contemporary Journalism

The current scandal engulfing the CBC and Amanda Lang has made its way overseas into the cross-hairs of The Guardian’s George Monbiot.

After providing a summary, with appropriate links, of the sordid Lang tale that encompasses massive conflict of interest and management collusion, Monbiot has this to say: CBC refused to answer my questions, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Real Problem With Contemporary Journalism

Politics and its Discontents: And Speaking Of Ethics

Or, more accurately, the lack of them at the CBC, letter-writer John Page of Toronto offers this thought: Re: Minimal mindset of CBC managers, Jan. 16

As a faithful listener and hard-core supporter of the CBC for over 42 years, I recently changed the channel — literally. The story on the conduct of Amanda Lang . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: And Speaking Of Ethics

Politics and its Discontents: More On The Amanda Lang Imbroglio

The Star’s John Semley offers his thoughts on the inadequacy and ineptitude of the CBC’s response to the Amanda Lang scandal:

Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: More On The Amanda Lang Imbroglio

Politics and its Discontents: Accountability, Whither Thou Goest?

If there is one good thing to be said about the Leslie Roberts scandal, it is that privately owned Global Television has acted with dispatch both in its investigation of the newsman/PR firm co-owner’s terrible breach of ethics, and its subsequent actions. While the official ‘story’ is that Roberts has resigned, there is little . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Accountability, Whither Thou Goest?

Politics and its Discontents: A Blog Post Recommendation

I have only one purpose in this brief post, and that is to strongly recommend that you take a look at Dr. Dawg’s latest post. A trenchant and incisive dissection of the rot that has beset the CBC, Dawg concludes that there is little worth saving at what he calls the ‘MotherCorpse’, given its . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Blog Post Recommendation

Politics and its Discontents: The CBC: The Ethical Slide Continues

H/t Canadaland

The once-prized principle of journalistic ethics continues its precipitous decline at the CBC. Following last years’s timid management response to conflict of interest allegations against chief correspondent and resident sycophant Peter Mansbridge and its sophistic treatment of oil shill/resident crank/climate-change denier Rex Murphy, the Corporation’s management is at it again in defending . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The CBC: The Ethical Slide Continues

Politics and its Discontents: More Conflict-Of-Interest At The CBC

The deterioration of the once highly-respected CBC continues apace. Not only has Peter Mansbridge, as seen recently in his year-end friendly chat with Stephen Harper, abandoned any semblance of journalistic impartiality and integrity, but he also seems to be acting as a bad example to younger colleagues, one of whom is reputed to be a . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: More Conflict-Of-Interest At The CBC

Politics and its Discontents: The Most Obnoxious Blowhard?

Many of you have probably already heard of this, but I can’t help but wonder if Kevin O’Leary is in some kind of competition with Donald Trump for the title of world’s most obnoxious blowhard.

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Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– In the course of grading Canada’s job market, Kayle Hatt traces the rise of precarious employment in both absolute and relative numbers – and notes that other countries haven’t seen the same type of move toward temporary employment encouraged by the Cons. And in a similar vein, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: Two Blogging Recommendations

With so many things of note to comment on, today is one of those days when, if I had the time, I suspect I would spend most of the day writing blog posts. Instead, allow me to direct your attention, if you haven’t already read them today, to Alison over at Creekside, and Owen . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Two Blogging Recommendations

The Equivocator: The 2012 “You Go Girl!” Awards. Presented by: The Equivocator

Context: I don’t like to think of this blog as existing in a vacuum. You may not be aware of it but I am also an avid user of the twitter and the facebook (my twitter feed is there on the right side of my blog btw.) On twitter (you can follow me at @Uranowski) . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: The 2012 “You Go Girl!” Awards. Presented by: The Equivocator

Calgary Grit: The Race for Third

Back in February I asked readers of this blog who they thought would run for Liberal leader, and who they’d consider voting for. Admittedly, this is as far from a scientific poll as you’ll ever get, and I won’t pretend that the 500+ voters in this straw poll are all Liberals. But we’re not . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: The Race for Third

CalgaryGrit: An update on all the people not running for Liberal leadership – Part 2

Yesterday, I looked at the ten names being tossed around most frequently for Liberal leadership – Rae, Leblanc, Trudeau, McGuinty^2, Garneau, Brison, Coderre, Cauchon, and Kennedy.

Today, a look at some long-shot candidates.

Mark Carney: The Bank of Canada governor would have instant credibility on the economy and, unlike many bankers, he’s not uncharismatic. There . . . → Read More: CalgaryGrit: An update on all the people not running for Liberal leadership – Part 2

Politics and Entertainment: Armine vs. Canada’s Poster Boy for Capitalism

On last night’s Lang and O’Leary Exchange, given that the odds were 3 to 1/2, Armine Yalnizyan held her own against Kevin O’Leary, Canada’s poster boy for capitalism, a bank economist, and a corporate CEO. Amanda Lang did her best to make sure that Armine was heard in the din of male, finance-first sputtering from . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Armine vs. Canada’s Poster Boy for Capitalism

CBC liberal? Really? Chris Hedges trashes Kevin O’Leary’s audition for Sun News.

Kevin O’Leary channels Krista Erickson. This time guest bites back.

This is sweet. Chris Hedges exposes Kevin O’Leary’s snotty, condescending name calling during an interview on CBC’s Lang & O’Leary Exchange. Amanda Lang tries in vain to represent the middle ground as a CBC pundit should do but to no avail as O’Leary keeps on . . . → Read More: CBC liberal? Really? Chris Hedges trashes Kevin O’Leary’s audition for Sun News. . . . → Read More: CBC liberal? Really? Chris Hedges trashes Kevin O’Leary’s audition for Sun News.

CBC liberal? Really? Chris Hedges trashes Kevin O’Leary.

O’Leary shocked by ‘nutbar’ fighting backThis is sweet. Chris Hedges exposes Kevin O’Leary’s snotty, condescending name calling during an interview on CBC’s Lang & O’Leary Exchange. Amanda Lang tries in vain to represent the middle ground as a… . . . → Read More: CBC liberal? Really? Chris Hedges trashes Kevin O’Leary.

LeDaro: Amanda Lang of CBC: The Financial Expert

Lately, Amanda Lang has been a regular on several CBC-News shows. She has her own show with Kevin O’Leary and quite often she hosts the National, the nightly news program. I will say Ms. Lang is fairly attractive, but I don’t understand her fascinat… . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Amanda Lang of CBC: The Financial Expert