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Alberta Politics: If we’d been paying attention, perhaps we wouldn’t be so shocked by the U of C’s corporate-influence scandal

PHOTOS: The University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, conveniently located adjacent to the oil corporations’ towers in downtown Cowtown. Below: The writers of the notorious Alberta separatist Firewall Manifesto, which then-premier Ralph Klein wisely tossed into the garbage; Calgary School alumni and Firewall signa-Tories Stephen Harper, Tom Flanagan and Ted Morton in appropriate garb. […]

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Politics and its Discontents: Canadaland Does It Again

Jesse Brown’ Canadaland, the investigative website whose work allowed The Toronto Star to develop its series uncovering the Jian Ghomeshi scandal, is once again proving its worth in a landscape littered with corporate news media. This time it has discovered, thanks to a tip from a reader, the mysterious removal by Global News of an investigative report into that right-wing cabal known as the Koch brothers and their connections to Canada. Last Thursday at 11:06am, an article titled “The Koch Stake in Canada” ran on The piece, by veteran investigative reporter Bruce Livesey summarized an upcoming investigative (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Health Canada Fails Us Yet Again

On this blog I have frequently extolled the fine investigative journalism practised by The Toronto Star. Whether on issues of municipal, provincial, or federal significance, The Star, as it frequently proclaims, “gets action.”

From the standpoint of average Canadians, probably one of its most important investigations in recent times has been into Health Canada and its all too cozy relationship with the pharmaceutical industry, an industry protectorate seems to treat more as an equal than as an activity to be regulated. its relationship with the generic company Apotex is especially troubling.

Despite previous avowals by Health Minister Rona Ambrose (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: It’s Why I Subscribe

To borrow a line from one of my favourite Shakespearean plays, Macbeth, “So fair and foul a day I have not seen.”

It is fair because the newspaper I subscribe to and heartily endorse, The Toronto Star, has achieved a victory whose significance cannot be overestimated. Thanks to its investigative series into Health Canada’s scandalous and potentially life-threatening negligence in overseeing drug safety, Health Minister Rona Ambrose, has finally acted: Health Canada has banned the import of all drugs and drug ingredients made by two Apotex factories in Bangalore, India, with Health Minister Rona Ambrose saying Tuesday (Read more…)

The Ranting Canadian: Take a look at the Canadian Centre for Investigative Reporting…

Take a look at the Canadian Centre for Investigative Reporting (CCIR). It’s a very important non-profit organization that organizes and promotes investigative journalism in Canada and far beyond.

Groups like this — and the reporters who are affiliated with them — are desperately needed in this era of corporate media super-concentration and the lazy, fluffy, dishonest, plagarized, biased and cheap content that is too often thrust upon news readers, viewers and listeners under the guise of journalism.

The CCIR is providing a valuable service and deserves to be acknowledged and supported.

Canadian Progressive: CBC Television Consumer Watchdog Show “Marketplace” Alive And Well

Canada’s long-running consumer watchdog show survived the recent brutal CBC budget cuts, after all. “Marketplace” returns on September 14. With seasoned reporters Tom Harrington and Erica Johnson at the helm as co-hosts, the show is in excellent hands. Once again, another season of investigative journalism at its best.