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Alberta Diary: CBC journalist Charles Rusnell: slaying Alberta’s Tory dragon, one scandal at a time …

Your blogger with CBC investigative reporter Charles Rusnell. Below: Edmonton-Manning MLA Peter Sandhu; Mr. Sandhu with Alison Redford in a Tory Party photo grabbed from the Daveberta.ca blog. The photo-bomber is Calgary-Fort MLA Wayne Cao.

You’d think it would be easy to run a petroleum-soaked, cash-rich jurisdiction like Alberta, but a day seldom . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: CBC journalist Charles Rusnell: slaying Alberta’s Tory dragon, one scandal at a time …

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, . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Take a look at the Canadian Centre for Investigative Reporting…

DeSmogBlog: A "War on Shale Gas"?

Since late 2009, there’s been a slowly-growing wave of attacks from the unconventional oil and gas industry on media outlets that cover the controversies surrounding hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and other shale gas practices. Reporters who write for publications ranging from Rolling Stone to Reuters to the New York Times have had their professional bona fides . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: A "War on Shale Gas"?

Politics and its Discontents: The Star Continues Its Investigation

Unless the Toronto District School Board is staffed by a raft of incompetents, it has to have known what is going on.

As I wrote in my blog post yesterday, an investigation by The Toronto Star has revealed theft on a massive scale in the form of grossly inflated charges to . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Star Continues Its Investigation

Politics and its Discontents: Another Award For The Star

Despite my general disaffection with the mainstream media, I continue to be heartened by one of the few bright spots on the journalistic landscape, The Toronto Star.

Awarded a Citation of Merit on Tuesday evening at Rideau Hall for the work done by investigative reporter Kevin Donovan that uncovered the Ornge air . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Another Award For The Star

Politics and its Discontents: Another Post Praising The Star

Most days, there is no dearth of topics upon which I could comment, but because I don’t spend the entire day at the computer, I try to be selective. And although I have written many posts that involve praise for the Toronto Star, here goes another one.

Unlike any other paper I can think . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Another Post Praising The Star

Politics and its Discontents: Another Victory For The Star

As a direct result of their investigative series, Police Who Lie, The Toronto Star is once more contributing to the social good. The following is reported today’s edition:

Ontario’s chief prosecutor will probe the issue of police officers who are found by judges to have lied in court.

Attorney General John . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Another Victory For The Star

Politics and its Discontents: Police Who Lie Under Oath – Part 2

Part 2 of The Star series on the problem of police lying under oath is available on its website. Today’s coverage examines the lack consequences for such behaviour, many departments seeming to prefer a see-no-evil, hear-no-evil kind of approach. And as per his function, the always pugnacious Mark Pugash, Toronto Police spokesman, accuses the Star . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Police Who Lie Under Oath – Part 2

Politics and its Discontents: Police Who Lie Under Oath

The following suspects have walked free after officers lied in court: an accused pimp of a teenage girl, possessors of child pornography, a major ecstasy manufacturer operating out of a Scarborough house, members of an international data-theft and fake-credit-card ring, marijuana growers, and drug dealers carrying loaded handguns.

Judges have discarded as evidence at . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Police Who Lie Under Oath