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Alberta Politics: Succession planning: what do we do when the great Canadian newspapers die off?

PHOTOS: Never mind the world. Who will save Canadian democracy now? With apologies to Superman. Below: Joseph Howe in his prime, and with his ottoman; the author, holding forth while explaining something about the Edmonton Journal; Journal columnist Paula Simons. Yesterday’s claim by Frank Magazine that Postmedia Network Canada Ltd. will amalgamate its daily newspapers . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Succession planning: what do we do when the great Canadian newspapers die off?

somecanuckchick dot com: Why is the Globe and Mail the only Canadian news agency to implement SecureDrop?

Why is the Globe and Mail, as of March 4, 2015, the first—and the only—Canadian news agency to implement SecureDrop?

One would think that more Canadian news agencies would have implemented the open-source software platform for secure communication between journalists and sources (whistleblowers)… i.e. CBC, Montréal Gazette, Toronto Star, Vancouver Observer, etc., etc., etc.

. . . → Read More: somecanuckchick dot com: Why is the Globe and Mail the only Canadian news agency to implement SecureDrop?

The Ranting Canadian: A good-news story in Canadian media/journalism news: Sun…

A good-news story in Canadian media/journalism news:

Sun “News” Network, aka Fox News North, aka the Conservative Broadcasting Corporation, aka Harper TV, aka Scum Spews is finally shutting down due to a shortage of viewers. I just hope Harper doesn’t bail them out with our taxpayer dollars as part of his Conservative Action . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: A good-news story in Canadian media/journalism news: Sun…

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Terror Story and the Lies the Media Told Us

You think you know the story. You've seen the pictures on TV a million times. Over and over again.You've seen how the media have tried to explain what happened, and how they've framed the narrative, complete with more heroes than you can count.You know what Stephen Harper wants you to believe, and why. You've . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Terror Story and the Lies the Media Told Us

Montreal Simon: Scotland, Gaza, and the Shameful Silence of So Many Canadians

I spent my last day in Scotland in this beautiful highland forest with Sébastien and a group of friends, taking turns leaping into the icy waters of a deep gorge.Celebrating life, trying to forget for a moment the nightmarish state of this world.And for a while it worked.But tonight I found myself writing about . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Scotland, Gaza, and the Shameful Silence of So Many Canadians

Progressive Proselytizing: Media stenography: The CBC can’t bring itself to call Hudak’s plan what it is

If you haven’t heard, Hudak’s so called Million Jobs plan is more like a 75,000 jobs plan, based on an obvious mistake that meant most of his numbers were multiplied by 8. That is the best case scenario, accepting all the numbers selectively pulled from a particular report, accepting the half million odd jobs that . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Media stenography: The CBC can’t bring itself to call Hudak’s plan what it is

Montreal Simon: The Blindness of the Media, and the True Nature of Stephen Harper

It's the question that haunts me the most. The one I keep asking myself, but can never answer:Why after all the horrible things he's done to Canada and its values do so many in the MSM still not recognize the true nature of Stephen Harper ?Or ask themselves whether it's normal for a Canadian . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Blindness of the Media, and the True Nature of Stephen Harper

Politics and its Discontents: A New Enemy Of The State

When it comes to the media, it is common knowledge that the right-wing sees the CBC as a repository of leftists bent on perverting all that is sacred in Harperland. Hence the ongoing funding cuts, despite the Mother Corp’s repeated efforts at appeasement. What is surprising, however, is the fact that now the broader . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A New Enemy Of The State

Montreal Simon: Mike De Souza and the Buying of the Media

Mike de Souza is arguably the best MSM environmental reporter in Canada. A hardworking newshound who has exposed many grubby dealings between the Cons and Big Oil. And is no doubt a thorn in the sides of both of them.Or should I say he was.Because today along with a number of Postmedia reporters . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Mike De Souza and the Buying of the Media

The Ranting Canadian: Hooray!  Sun News Network (SNN), aka Scum “News" lost…

Hooray! Sun News Network (SNN), aka Scum “News” lost their hypocritical bid to force all Canadian cable TV viewers to pay for their shitty channel regardless of whether we want to watch it.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) correctly declined to award special treatment to the undeserving TV station . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Hooray!  Sun News Network (SNN), aka Scum “News" lost…

The Ranting Canadian: The Conservative-appointed lickspittles who currently control…

The Conservative-appointed lickspittles who currently control Canada’s public broadcaster, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), have refused to air a commercial by Friends of the CBC that criticizes Stephen Harper’s government for directly meddling in the supposed arms-length media organization.

The overpaid, ass-kissing CBC executives don’t have a problem, however, with constantly airing the thinly veiled . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: The Conservative-appointed lickspittles who currently control…

The Ranting Canadian: Jim Flaherty, the most incompetent finance minister in Canadian…

Jim Flaherty, the most incompetent finance minister in Canadian history, released his pathetic 2013 budget on March 21 and almost immediately snuck off to Hong Kong, en route to Thailand. He only stopped in Vancouver along the way – to give a scripted speech to an exclusive audience of . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Jim Flaherty, the most incompetent finance minister in Canadian…

The Ranting Canadian: Doug Christie: The Unauthorized Obituary (article in The Tyee)

Doug Christie: The Unauthorized Obituary (article in The Tyee):

Tom Hawthorn of TheTyee reiterates what I wrote in my post about the recently croaked lawyer Doug Christie. Despite his pompous self-declarations, Christie was not a true advocate for free speech; he was merely an advocate for racism, anti-Semitism and other far right views. Christie, in . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Doug Christie: The Unauthorized Obituary (article in The Tyee)

The Ranting Canadian: Canadian Progressive Voices

Canadian Progressive Voices:

I am now also an affiliate of Canadian Progressive Voices.

Check it out at http://canadianprogressives.ca/

The Canadian Progressive: Canadians growing weary of Harper’s “Economic Action Plan” propaganda

“Canadians may be growing weary of — even hostile to — all those Economic Action Plan ads the Harper government has been pumping out for the last four years.” By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 18, 2013: Canadians are growing increasingly weary of — even hostile to — Stephen Harper’s ”Economic Action Plan” . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canadians growing weary of Harper’s “Economic Action Plan” propaganda

The Ranting Canadian: Say NO to mandatory Sun TV in Canada!

Say NO to mandatory Sun TV in Canada!:

Say NO to mandatory Sun TV!

Canada’s Sun News Network (aka the Scum “News” Network, aka Fox News North, aka the Conservative Broadcasting Corporation) has applied to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for mandatory carriage on cable and satellite TV.

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The Ranting Canadian: CBC’s Peter Mansbridge coulda bin a contender: Salutin

CBC’s Peter Mansbridge coulda bin a contender: Salutin:

As a follow-up to my post about former fluff broadcaster and current fraud artist Mike Duffy, here is a link to a Rick Salutin column about the fluffy news reader Peter Mansbridge, and about the decline of CBC news in general. As a bonus, here . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: CBC’s Peter Mansbridge coulda bin a contender: Salutin

The Ranting Canadian: Mike Duffy: pig in the city Canadian senator Mike Duffy, the…

Mike Duffy: pig in the city

Canadian senator Mike Duffy, the porcine Conservative from Ottawa, has been caught in yet another scandal, this time for falsely claiming Prince Edward Island as his primary residence and subsequently billing the Canadian taxpayers for related living expenses (more than $30,000 since 2010!). The truth is . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Mike Duffy: pig in the city
Canadian senator Mike Duffy, the…

The Ranting Canadian: Ignorant scapegoating: a feel-good pastime for the thick-headed…

Ignorant scapegoating: a feel-good pastime for the thick-headed and big-mouthed

Anyone who doubts that racism and religious bigotry are alive and well in Canada in 2013 simply needs to read the online comments for articles about natives or Muslims, or listen to the callers (and sometimes the hosts and guests) on AM . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Ignorant scapegoating: a feel-good pastime for the thick-headed…

Politics and Entertainment: Mission Accomplished for the shrewd person who decided on the Deloitte Audit Release

It’s difficult not to think that the timing of the release of  the Deloitte financial audit of Atawapiskat was calculated in its anticipation of a potential backlash against Spence and, by association, #idlenomore.  The audit prompted Spence to shut down media relations, a closed door thus leading to the media’s usual the-people-deserve-to-know resentment and dog-with-a-bone mentality about being squashed.  That in turn led to bad press, especially from the Coyne, Blatchford,  and Wente types, and bad press led to an apparent shift in public opinion.  The squabbling over today’s meeting doesn’t help. 
Mission accomplished for whoever it was who decided to release the audit.

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Politics and Entertainment: Mission Accomplished for the shrewd person who decided on the Deloitte Audit Release

It’s difficult not to think that the timing of the release of  the Deloitte financial audit of Atawapiskat was calculated in its anticipation of a potential backlash against Spence and, by association, #idlenomore.  The audit prompted Spence to shut down media relations, a closed door thus leading to the media’s usual the-people-deserve-to-know resentment and dog-with-a-bone . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Mission Accomplished for the shrewd person who decided on the Deloitte Audit Release

The Canadian Progressive: Why does it take a hunger strike to gain media attention for Aboriginal issues in Canada?

Dana Wensley | Troy Media: The issue is one of of fairness As First Nation groups continue their protests against Bill C-45, what comes as a surprise to me is that it took so long to happen in Canada. In the lead up to Canada Day I noted that while other post-colonial countries like Australia . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Why does it take a hunger strike to gain media attention for Aboriginal issues in Canada?

The Ranting Canadian: Rex Murphy is a high-paid troll with an extensive…

Rex Murphy is a high-paid troll with an extensive vocabulary.

Murphy’s latest predictable, propagandizing public love letter to perpetual politician Stephen Harper is simply sickening to anyone who has been paying attention to what the HarperCons have been doing to their country. The snobby, elitist, preachy pundit must genuinely believe that regular Canadians are . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Rex Murphy is a high-paid troll with an extensive…

Bill Longstaff: Sun suckers the rest of the media … again

As the NDP rapidly and somewhat surprisingly closed in on the Conservatives during the last federal election campaign, Sun Media dug deep into Jack Layton’s past to find something to smear him with and then flaunted it just days before the election. The rest of the media instinctively jumped on the bone and escalated the . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Sun suckers the rest of the media … again

Politics and Entertainment: Reporting on Israeli Assault on Gaza

Canadian Media reporting on the current conflict seems less than balanced – not that there really is such an animal – favouring an Israeli perspective on the matter and the damage being inflicted on Israeli civilians by Hamas’ or Gaza militants’ rocke… . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Reporting on Israeli Assault on Gaza