This and that for your Tuesday reading.
- Murray Dobbin contrasts the B.C. NDP’s recent election loss against the type of popular focus which helped Saskatchewan’s CCF to earn a twenty-year stay in office in the face of far more hysterical opposition: You can design a campaign that projects a positive vision of the future but two things about the NDP’s approach doomed it to failure. First, you can’t run a positive campaign in a month. It takes time to engage people in a vision of the future, even one they agree with. Secondly, the NDP tied one (Read more…)
Regina City Council has voted to proceed with a 30-year public-private partnership (P3) in which a private company would design, build, finance, operate and maintain the city’s new waste water treatment facility.
The municipal administration’s rationale has been that, although a P3 will be more expensive than traditional public financing, it is required to access federal money from the P3 Canada Fund.
However, Hugh Mackenzie’s recent analysis concludes that the additional costs of a P3 would actually exceed the full value of the federal grant. As my dad noted with the following letter in Saturday’s Regina Leader-Post, that means (Read more…)
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 seems to pass out here on the western edge of the Great Plains without our governing Progressive Conservative Party suffering another pratfall or embarrassment.
But how many Albertans know that so many of these scandals bedevilling our permanent governing party have been uncovered by the same (Read more…)
My op-ed in today’s Saskatoon StarPhoenix (page A11):
Privatizing ISC is a poor deal for Saskatchewan
The provincial government estimates that selling 60 per cent of the Information Services Corporation will raise up to $120 million for infrastructure investment. Is that a good deal for the people of Saskatchewan?
Last year, ISC generated $20 million of profit for the provincial treasury. Losing 60 per cent of this profit, $12 million, every year is a very costly way to get $120 million of one-time cash. That deal would be equivalent to borrowing in perpetuity at an interest rate of (Read more…)
Universities and colleges do a lot of research and sometimes their findings can make a large difference on the world around us. Unfortunately, it can be hard to get the media to represent what the research actually means and how the media can best work with academics to ensure that the coverage is accurate. At the same time, individuals who perform the research need help explaining quite complex ideas in rather simple ways.
The Worldviews Conference is focused on this very topic and their second conference is happening next month in Toronto. If you’re interested in media and academics than (Read more…)
Note: This blog post below was written on March 9th but not published. Given this news of the past day, “Harper Government Spends Millions Monitoring Press Of Own MPs,” thought it would be useful additional context. Also, note to self: Listen more intently to that friend who passes these things on…
Let’s look at one of the late Friday afternoon announcements last night, just for fun: “Government of Canada continues to look for savings in media monitoring.” Mentioned 6 times in this brief announcement, including the title, is the word “saving” or “savings.” Which makes (Read more…)
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Update: Andrew has suggested to me that it is unfair to judge the column by the title, since he didn’t write it, which is true, although it strikes me that such a complaint would be better directed to the people who write the headlines than to the people who read them. So: sorry, Andrew, for that. In any event, the astronomy pictures are not out of place. Coyne moves from the objection that government should be based on purpose instead of inertia, which (as you’ll note) I agree with, to a second objection that these sorts of sensational stories are (Read more…)
In regards to this…
First of all, to the genius publishers of 24 Hours, nicely done. I know you’ve got a business to run, but all you’ve done is to make me instantly discount and ignore any “news” you print on your first page ever, ever again. I’m not sure what you were thinking, but this is ridiculous. I hope you were paid well for it.
Second, to the BC Liberals: Sixth Estate would like to offer you the same deal you got from 24 Hours. My rates are very affordable. Please contact me immediately at the site email (Read more…)
After a good and I like to think well-deserved hiatus, I’m going to be easing back into blogging now. And I thought that perhaps the way to do it would be to endorse a party in Canada’s only current election campaign, the one in B.C.
One of the things that distinguishes real, grown-up journalists from we juvenile bloggers is their tendency to display their mature non-partisanship by explicitly endorsing their favourite political party in an election campaign. These endorsements are actually quite useful, because they let us know that despite what their own columnists routinely claim to the contrary, (Read more…)
It is important to periodically remind yourself of who the corporate media serves and how that focus bends what is reported and how it is reported into the fantastical shapes we observe today. Critical thinking, news triangulation and a healthy dose of skepticism are all required to make sense of what is actually happening in the world. One of the sources that I have found helpful in my quest for media awareness have been by the folks over at Media Lens – David Edwards and David Cromwell.
“Media Lens focuses on the media in the UK mostly, (Read more…)
I always have a number of long-term projects in my head. Reaching out via different mediums is one of them, and practice speaking and editing is always important for me.
To accomplish this I’ve started an intermittent video blog/podcast supplement to this blog. Only two episodes are up so far – the first on Fusion: Hot and Cold and the second on GMO Labelling – and it’s only available through YouTube for now (I may look into the technical aspects of how to iTunes it next week). You can subscribe to the RSS feed here or follow the YouTube playlist (Read more…)
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: On Monday, three reporters from nonprofit online news site InsideClimate were honored with a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on Canada’s tar sands and rupturing oil pipelines. Elizabeth McGowan, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer were honored for their reporting on “The Dilbit Disaster: Inside the Biggest Oil Spill You’ve Never Heard [...]
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If a political party isn’t willing to pay to put an ad into places people are likely to find it on their own (like TV, radio, newspaper or even paid online adverstising), the media should not provide free publicity to almost-no-cost “attack ad” content: There was no day off to celebrate for Justin Trudeau, who won the Liberal Party leadership decisively Sunday night with more than 80 per cent of the vote.
Before Trudeau’s first full day as leader had even begun, attack ads against him appeared on YouTube in English and French.
I’m reminded of that West
. . . → Read More: Autonomy For All: The Media Should Not Cover YouTube Attack Ads
Coronations are not held after 104,552 votes are counted, nor are coronations held in hotel conference rooms. *COUGH*
Congratulations/Félicitations Justin Trudeau!
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Armine and I have some comments in today’s Toronto Star article on Temporary Foreign Workers (page B1). Armine has been commenting extensively on this issue and my head talked for a few seconds on last night’s The National. Here is my online Globe and Mail op-ed:
Reining In The Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Reports of RBC outsourcing jobs to temporary foreign workers to replace existing Canadian employees should prompt a broader debate about the massive expansion of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in recent years. Is this program addressing genuine “labour shortages” or undermining job opportunities and wages in Canada?
The number of temporary foreign workers in Canada has more than doubled since the Harper government took office. The Department of Citizenship and Immigration reports the presence of 338,000 temporary foreign workers at the end of 2012.
This temporary work force is now almost as large as New Brunswick’s entire . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Temporary Foreign Workers
on the main Kersplebedeb website: http://kersplebedeb.com/posts/daniel-mcgowan-forbidden-from-publishing-articles-without-permission-village-voice/
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Last week, the Associated Press ditched the demeaning and exclusionary term “illegal immigrant”. Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in 2011, responded with: “It was inevitable. It was just a matter of time.” The New York Times called the [...]
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By: Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom | Press Release: OTTAWA, April 2, 2013 – On May 3, 2013, editors, writers, politicians and policymakers from across Canada will celebrate freedom of expression and its champions during a luncheon at the Ottawa Convention Centre. The lunch and awards ceremony mark UNESCO-designated World Press Freedom Day and will [...]
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Surely this progressive step by the AP should enlighten Canada’s mainstream media, the Canadian Border Services Agency and immigrant-bashing Conservative politicians such as Jason Kenney. It should make them “see” that recent non-European immigrants are as human as European immigrants and their immigrant ancestors? By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The Associated [...]
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On Monday, Andrew wrote that we need a Bay Street sunshine list. Today, we got something almost as good: a Fraser Institute sunshine list, courtesy of US tax filings and The Ottawa Citizen’s Glen McGregor.
This piece is a great counterpoint to the Fraser Institute’s recent attack on public-sector salaries. I hope it is printed in the newspaper as well as being posted on The Citizen’s blog.
The defence of the Fraser Institute’s generous salaries is priceless: “His own salary [$184,000], Veldhuis says, is a lot lower than what he would earn in the private sector.”
Ideology can be a horrible thing. It sinks the brain in a rut, spitting out automatic responses with no regard to critical thought or empirical evidence. This results in a huge resistance to progress. “Change? No! We were right before, so your new option must be wrong! Actually consider the facts and implications? Nope, not interested.”
This sad fact is now rearing its ugly head in the arena of children’s sports, specifically, soccer. The Alberta Soccer Association is proposing to stop keeping score and tracking wins for children under 12. They tried to push this through earlier, but met
. . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Don’t Score Kid’s Soccer Games, Commercial Media Be Damned
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault has acceded to a request by the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria and Democracy Watch to investigate the Harper government’s muzzling of federal scientists, says a report in the Toronto Star. The request had asked her office to investigate “systematic efforts [...]
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