I have never been the biggest fan of the Ottawa Citizen. Ever. Preaching, self-righteous columnists like David Warren turned me off the paper years ago. Their coverage is usually biased, overtly partisan and sometimes poorly written. However. And it is… . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: The death of a newspaper
PHOTOS: The Edmonton Journal’s building in downtown Edmonton as it appeared today. Below: Margo Goodhand, Paul Godfrey (Toronto Star photo) and Stephanie Coombs. After a day of merger mania accompanied by brutal newsroom cuts at Postmedia’s daily n… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Can one newsroom plus one editor add up to two newspapers? That’s Postmedia’s story and they’re stickin’ to it!
PHOTOS: The Edmonton Journal’s headquarters in downtown Edmonton, one of the Postmedia assets that still retains some value. Below: Departing Journal editor-in-chief Margo Goodhand and managing editor Stephanie Coombs. There’s already blood on the … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Senior editorial heads roll at Edmonton Journal and more may drop soon
I’m probably already reprinting to much, but frack it. This shit is too important not to repeat. Go to the Ottawa Citizen’s webpage and read the entire article by Shelly Page. “I was 24, sent by the Toronto Star to write about the slaughter of female engineering students, all around my age; fourteen […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Feminist Rage Sanitized for Public Consumption – The Polytéchnique Massacre, December 6th, 1989.
PHOTOS: The Edmonton Journal Building in downtown Edmonton, home to both the Edmonton Journal and the Edmonton Sun. At least until March … Below: A sign of the (end) times? “Front counter service closed,” says a sign in the foyer of the Edmonton Journal Building in downtown Edmonton. Below that: Margo Goodhand, Edmonton Journal editor-in-chief. . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: So long, Suns? Frank Magazine says Postmedia will merge dailies in Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa
PHOTOS: The second-most popular premier in Canada. You know, what’s her name … Really! She’s in there somewhere! Below: B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger. A week ago, the Angus Reid polling company, which nowadays styles itself an Institute, released its regular poll of Canada’s premiers’ popularity. The poll, which usually shows . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Almost as beloved as Brad Wall, you’ll be shocked to learn the identity of Canada’s second most popular premier!
PHOTOS: The Edmonton Journal Building at 101st Street and MacDonald Drive in downtown Edmonton. It remains to be seen who will be Upstairs, and who will be Downstairs, when the staff of the Sun joins the staff of the Journal at the same address in the fall. Below: Journal Editor-in-Chief Margo Goodhand, Postmedia President and . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Upstairs Downstairs at the Edmonton Journal as Sun staff gets ready to move in
But then again, no surprises here, except that it is being leveraged into a fundraising appeal.
But it is a bit rich, isn’t it, that given their expertise in the area, the Harper cabal should be carping about disgusting personal attacks?
Is hypocrisy too obvious a word? Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A New Addition To The Harper Enemies List
This and that for your Tuesday reading.
– John Abraham and Dana Nuccitelli discuss the worrisome spread of climate change denialism, particularly around the English-speaking developed world. But lest we accept the theory that declining public knowledge is independent of political choices, Margaret Munro reports that the Cons are suppressing factual scientific information about Arctic . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links
Now that I have your attention, let me assure that I am not the source of that praise. No, a site called Breaking Israel News is. Drawing heavily upon a piece written by the Ottawa Citizen’s Mark Kennedy, it offers the following effusive approval of Stephen Harper:
The support he has shown for Israel . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Praising Stephen Harper
This and that for your Thursday reading.
– Linda McQuaig discusses how a burgeoning wealth gap is particularly obvious when it comes to retirement security: Quaint as it now seems, not long ago this was considered a good basic plan: Work hard all your life and then retire with a comfortable pension.
In recent times, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links
If you can’t trust your Postmedia website, who can you trust? I mean, other than Alberta Diary. Regardless, don’t blame these poor guys. They’re just trying to earn a living. Below: Economist Robyn Allen, Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey.
Industry self-regulation doesn’t work and never will for a simple reason: He who pays the . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: If you can’t trust Postmedia when it reports on oil and the environment, when can you trust it?
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
– John Myles discusses the Cons’ war on evidence: The mandatory Census was the lifeblood of almost all social and business planning. It provided key data for studying things like income inequality and poverty since both low- and high-income households were required to report. The quality of Census data . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links
Assorted content for your Sunday reading.
– Gerald Kaplan discusses how the privileges of power have contributed to the utterly callous response to the Lac-Mégantic rail explosion by Stephen Harper and Ed Burkhardt: For me, of all Burkhardt’s outrageous statements nothing surpasses his public accusation that the train’s engineer, Tom Harding, was responsible for the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links
Long time members of the Autism Society New Brunswick, particularly those from the Fredericton area, will recognize in the picture above former NB’er Linda Murphy and her daughter Ashley who has severe autism and is now 19. They are featured in Autism’s New Frontiers PART 2: ‘The bridge to nowhere’. A few years ago . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: Ottawa Citizen’s Bridge to Nowhere: Canada’s Broken Adult Autism Care System
Laureen Harper tuning up her pipes for the fiscal Götterdämmerung? Canadian political spouses may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: The real Mrs. Harper; the unreal Mr. Harper, long rumoured to be in the doghouse.
Terribly rude of me to ask, I know. Positively un-Canadian! But what’s with Laureen Harper’s stock portfolio selloff?
. . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: What’s with Laureen Harper’s stock portfolio selloff? Fiscal Götterdämmerung? Or what?
by Teresa Smith | Ottawa Citizen: OTTAWA — Two Ottawa businesses are donating their time and services to help Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence as she continues to her hunger strike for aboriginal treaty rights. Lara Purvis, 33, the floor manager at Venus Envy on Lisgar St. near Bank St., says when she saw a tweet . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Ottawa businesses support Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike
This and that for your Tuesday reading.
– The Ottawa Citizen asks whether Stephen Harper’s Conservatives think Canadians are stupid enough to fall for their asinine carbon tax spin. Aaron Wherry confirms that the answer is an emphatic “yes”.
– But then, we shouldn’t be surprised to see the Cons unveiling ever more blatant . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links
So far, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s ideology-inspired of project of social and political engineering expresses itself most eloquently as the Conservatives’ egregious assault on civil liberties, the metamorphosis of Canada into a petro-state, and militarization of both Canadian society and foreign policy. We’re yet to acknowledge how this project oppresses the “other” while empowering utopian . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: The day Canada’s white supremacists saluted Stephen Harper
That was part of Ottawa Senator Colin Kenny‘s take on the ongoing harassment and reputational issues bedeviling the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). In an opinion piece published by the Ottawa Citizen today, the Senator posited that: “When it comes to harassment at the RCMP, sex is only the tip of the iceberg.”
Canada’s national . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Senator Kenny: “The RCMP was a white man’s club for a long time”
…. or as WK calls him – a Kooky Katholic… Yes. David Warren is at it again! He is the main reason why I don’t subscribe to the Shitizen anymore. I couldn’t sleep knowing that some of my $$’s were going towards his salary! And yet again, he is either sickly misinformed or an outright . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Crazy shit…
… will the self-righteous, egotistic, fact-distorting, religiosity-spewing, gay-hating, liberal-bashing, blowhard, CPC toady – aka David Warren – lose his job? If so, I will happily re-subscribe to the 6 day per week edition. Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario
PostMedia CEO Paul Godfrey holds a translation of his memorandum to the chain’s newspaper staff yesterday. Warning, senior Canadian newspaper executives may not appear exactly as illustrated, or as below.
Welcome to the world of zombie newspapers, the era of the living journalistic dead.
Last week it was the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the venerable . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: ToastMedia News announces cuts, dropped editions: welcome to the world of zombie newspapers
It was on the front page of the Ottawa Citizen’s March 17 “Saturday Observer” section. The paper sat on a table beside Mom’s comfy chair, where she keeps anything she wants to pass along to me. She knows that, like Jamie Hubley, whose passing touched me so deeply, hockey stories wouldn’t normally need to be . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Newspaper clipping from Mom: “A GAY JOCK TAKES OFF THE MASK”