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Politics and its Discontents: Mansbridge Revisited

The other day I posted a report on Peter Mansbridge speaking out against cuts to the CBC and the unprecedented secrecy that pervades public institutions under the current federal government. I gave some praise to the broadcaster for finally speaking out about important issues that potentially affect all of us.

My friend Dave, from . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Mansbridge Revisited

Politics and its Discontents: Peter Mansbridge Speaks Out

Readers of this blog will know that I am a frequent critic of both the CBC and Peter Mansbridge. Both ‘institutions,’ in my view, often fail to live up to the standards ethical and brave journalism demands. They have been far too passive, even complicit in, the Harper regime’s scorn for the so-called ‘state-broadcaster.’ . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Peter Mansbridge Speaks Out

Politics and its Discontents: Please Sign This Petition

While many of us know that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is being conducted in unprecedented secrecy (except, of course, in the case of the corporate sector that has full access to the discussions), it is difficult to rally opposition to it with few facts. I received a petition request today from Doctors Without Borders along . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Please Sign This Petition

Politics and its Discontents: Freedom of Information: Turkey, Mexico and India, Yes – Canada, Not So Much

The Harper obsession with secrecy and control is well-known and the source of much international attention. However, it seems we now have new reason to be both embarrassed and outraged. According to the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), our country also lags behind other less developed nations in meeting freedom of information . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Freedom of Information: Turkey, Mexico and India, Yes – Canada, Not So Much

Jacked Up: Open and Accountable to who?

Because after promising openness and accountability, as well as strong leadership, I haven’t seen any of the above from Harper’s Conservative government.

Apparently, neither have the federal watchdogs.