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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: What’s next for Nalco? #nlpoli

Just so that everyone is clear on this, it has taken Dwight Ball every single day from May 23 until June 2 to admit that he knew Ed Martin had received a severance payment on his departure from Nalcor despite the fact that Martin has supposedly resigne… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: What’s next for Nalco? #nlpoli

In-Sights: Some business is very private

The eastern media had much to say recently about conflicted journalists. On the west coast, even CKNW’s Sean Leslie, a newsman who knows the subject, weighed in on Even Solomon’s difficulties at the CBC. Vancouver Sun columnist Pete McMartin, with blithe hypocrisy, wrote that in view of the controversy arising from Mansbridge’s and Murphy’s: “speaking . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Some business is very private

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: 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: Meanwhile, Back At The Trough

The steps of Peter Mansbridge and Rex Murphy, I imagine, have a bit of a spring today, content in the knowledge that they are no longer outliers in the land of journalistic conflicts of interest. There’s a new kid on the block (or, perhaps more appropriately, at the trough).

The Toronto Star reports that Global . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Meanwhile, Back At The Trough

OPSEU Diablogue: Problems at clinics should prompt rethink on competitions for hospital services

The media is applauding Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins this week for promising greater transparency around private clinic inspections that had previously been kept secret by Toronto Public Health and The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (TCPSO). Tom … Continue reading →

The Canadian Progressive: Conservative Sen. Boisvenu told to apologize for banging staffer

The Senate has asked Harper-appointed Conservative Sen. Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu to apologize for violating the “Conflict of Interest Code for Senators” by banging staffer, giving her contracts.

The post Conservative Sen. Boisvenu told to apologize for banging staffer appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Nalcor and Conflict of Interest #nlpoli

Is anyone else having trouble trying to figure out what all the fuss is about Cathy Bennett, Nalcor, and conflict of interest?

Seriously.

Here’s the story in a nutshell.

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Politics and its Discontents: The CBC Ombudsman Makes Her Ruling

As reported by Andrew Mitrovica on iPolitiics, the CBC ombudsman, Esther Enkin, has finally reached her decision on the many conflict of interest complaints lodged against Rex Murphy and Peter Mansbridge.

Briefly, here is what she said:

“Given that Journalistic Standards and Practices spells out a commitment to independence, and the Conflict of Interest . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The CBC Ombudsman Makes Her Ruling

Politics and its Discontents: CBC’s The Current: The Ethics Of Journalists And Paid Speaking Engagements

While I and others have written about Rex Murphy’s close relationship to the oil industry, a relationship that appears to be in direct conflict with his position at the CBC, Peter Mansbridge has also been embroiled in controversy recently because of a speech he give to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). Indeed, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: CBC’s The Current: The Ethics Of Journalists And Paid Speaking Engagements

Politics and its Discontents: Last Night’s At Issue Panel

The comments of guest panelist Althia Raj, from The Huffington Post, are worth the price of admission here as she declares, in no uncertain terms, that The Fair Elections Act is legislation aimed at voter suppression. In reaction, the attempt at stoicism by Peter Mansbridge, currently embroiled in his own controversy, is also noteworthy, in . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Last Night’s At Issue Panel

Politics and its Discontents: The CBC Responds To My Complaint About Rex Murphy

I received the following email yesterday from Jack Nagler, Director of Journalistic Public Accountability and Engagement at the CBC, regarding my conflict of interest complaint about Rex Murphy. Because the review is ongoing, I am treating this only as an interim response. I therefore present the letter with no commentary on my part, but . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The CBC Responds To My Complaint About Rex Murphy

Politics, Re-Spun: The Media Corruption Trifecta!

It’s a trifecta of moral corruption!

Rex Murphy shills for Big Oil and Gas. Postmedia consigns its editorial control to the Oil and Gas Lobby[TM]. Postmedia, naturally, fires one of the best energy/environment reporters in the nation.

Film at 11.

Ok, it’s 11. Let’s drill down.

Journalists should declare when they receive money to . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: The Media Corruption Trifecta!

Politics and its Discontents: For What It’s Worth

There’s something happening here What it is ain’t exactly clear There’s a man with a gun over there Telling me I got to beware

Paranoia strikes deep Into your life it will creep It starts when you’re always afraid You step out of line, the man come and take you away

For What . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: For What It’s Worth

Politics, Re-Spun: The Real Reason We Need to Get Rid of Corporate Media

Goodbye.

While I’m also sad that the Kamloops Daily News is closing, I think Warren Kinsella is over-simplifying a few things [see below] with respect to how the media climate will be affected by the closing of this for-profit business, earning shareholder value by producing mass media content, while sometimes allowing its corporate . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: The Real Reason We Need to Get Rid of Corporate Media

Politics and its Discontents: Guest Post – The Salamander

A frequent contributor of provocative analyses and insights, The Salamander left a comment on one of yesterday’s posts that I am taking the liberty of featuring here. I strongly recommend that you take a look at the Huffington Post link he provides at the outset, offering, as it does, some insights into the morally . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Guest Post – The Salamander

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Year of Living Dubiously #nlpoli

Conflict of interest is great thing to deal when there is a chance of stopping it or dealing with it, not six or seven years later.

Back in 2006, conflict of interest was all the rage.

Noting the problems with conflict of interest wasn’t.

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The Canadian Progressive: First Nation demands resignation of Alberta Energy Regulator chair, ex-Big Oil exec Gerry Protti

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) is demanding the resignation of Gerry Protti, the newly-appointed chair of Alberta Energy Regulator, a new agency charged with monitoring environmental issues. The ACFN is concerned that, under Protti’s leadership, the agency will prioritize advancing the interests of the oil, gas and . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: First Nation demands resignation of Alberta Energy Regulator chair, ex-Big Oil exec Gerry Protti

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Has a Serious Drinking Problem

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: That’s right, the Mayor of Toronto has a serious drinking problem. Actually, one that calls for rehab. The Toronto Star says Rob Ford’s drinking problem is so seriously that, since he was elected in 2010, his inner circle has repeatedly urged him enter rehab “over pattern of […]

. . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Has a Serious Drinking Problem

Cowichan Conversations: It is all over for Premier Christy Clark and the BC Liberals!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Like so many of you I have read the news of scandalous behavior coming from the Premier’s office and am still pouring over the media reports that have gone into orbit on this latest scandal. I will include this one from the National Post for now and be posting many . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: It is all over for Premier Christy Clark and the BC Liberals!

Pop The Stack: A mayor should …

A mayor should not be removed from office — a first for Toronto, if it happens — for a simple misjudgment, if it does not involve corruption. And if there is anything the sometimes bumbling Rob Ford is not, it’s corrupt. — PETER WORTHINGTON

Everyone is entitled to their opinion on this of course, . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: A mayor should …

Pop The Stack: A mayor should …

A mayor should not be removed from office — a first for Toronto, if it happens — for a simple misjudgment, if it does not involve corruption. And if there is anything the sometimes bumbling Rob Ford is not, it’s corrupt. — PETER WORTHINGTON

Everyone is entitled to their opinion on this of course, and . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: A mayor should …

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Hackland Ruling Not About The $3,150

The ruling by Justice Charles T. Hackland was not about the $3150 that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford improperly solicited for his football team but about his arrogant and stubborn insistence that he is above the law.

Matters of law regarding conflict of interest can be subject of interpretation and if after being found to have . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Hackland Ruling Not About The $3,150

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Loyola Sullivan and conflict of interest #nlpoli

From the report by federal conflict of interest and ethics commission into certain actions by former fisheries ambassador Loyola Sullivan:

In June 2011, after consulting with my Office about whether he could take the position, Mr. Sullivan took up the position of Vice President of Resource Management and Sustainability at Ocean Choice International (Ocean Choice). . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Loyola Sullivan and conflict of interest #nlpoli