Politics and its Discontents: The Panama Papers

Marie over at A Puff of Absurdity offers a very good overview of something that is certain to have long-lasting reverberations, The Panama Papers. Be sure to check out her post. The Toronto Star reports the following: In the largest media collaboration ever undertaken, more than 370 journalists working in 25 languages dug into 11.5 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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.