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Montreal Simon: Now Will Margaret Wente Finally Be Fired?

When I last left Margaret Wente just over a week ago, she was bobbing merrily up and down along with the rest of the Con media, in the wreckage of the Harper regime.Still praying for a miracle, and the destruction of Justin Trudeau.But sadly for our Q… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Now Will Margaret Wente Finally Be Fired?

Politics and its Discontents: John Doyle’s Christmas Gift To All Of Us

One of the few bright spots on that erstwhile formidable newspaper, The Globe and Mail, is television columnist John Doyle. His trenchant wit and justifiable cynicism about showbiz, along with his capacity to point out shows worth watching, would almost make the paper worth its cost were it not for its abject subservience to . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: John Doyle’s Christmas Gift To All Of Us

Politics and its Discontents: Another Reason Not To Subscribe To The Globe and Mail

As I noted recently, we are currently receiving a free three-month subscription to the Globe, one that we will not be renewing. My last post on the subject dealt with one of the reasons. Here is another.

In its ‘wisdom,’ and despite widespread evidence to the contrary, Canada’s self-proclaimed ‘newspaper of record’ insists, in . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Another Reason Not To Subscribe To The Globe and Mail

Politics and its Discontents: The Globe And Mail: Same Old, Same Old

We are currently receiving a three-month free subscription to The Globe and Mail, a paper I supported for many years until it returned to its largely right-wing nature after vanquishing its putative competition, The National Post, and jettisoning many of its finer writers. At least getting it free for this period allows me unimpeded . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Globe And Mail: Same Old, Same Old

Politics and its Discontents: A Prime Minister Hath No Honour In His Own Country

That paraphrase of a famous line from the Bible perhaps sums up the pitiable plight of Stephen Harper, gallant man of the world and fearless foe of evil on the world stage. Despite his indefatigable efforts to denounce the Teutonic tendencies of Vladimir Putin in the Ukraine or stand unreservedly with Israel in its . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Prime Minister Hath No Honour In His Own Country

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Canada, With Some Help From the Globe and Mail, Promotes "Weak Evidence" Based Son-Rise Program®

Autism Canada suggests parents of autistic children should change course and head down a different trail, away from strong evidence based interventions like Applied Behaviour Analysis, toward programs with weak evidence base in support of their effectiveness like the Son-Rise Program®. The Globe and Mail has kindlly provided some support for this adventure . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Canada, With Some Help From the Globe and Mail, Promotes "Weak Evidence" Based Son-Rise Program®

Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Reign Of Terror – Part Six

The latest installment of this series illustrating the Harper regime’s subversion of the Canada Revenue Agency to punish nonprofits for opposing government policies also demonstrates its pathologically secretive nature.

The following was recently reported in The Globe and Mail:

Since Ottawa first started cracking down on political activities among charities in 2012, Pen . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Reign Of Terror – Part Six

Politics and its Discontents: Canada’s ‘Newspaper Of Record’ Further Debases Itself

Currently, The Globe and Mail, the hubristically self-proclaimed newspaper of record and Canada’s national newspaper, is embroiled in an ugly labour dispute with its workers.

In a statement issued last week, Unifor, the union representing the workers,

recommended members reject the company’s offer because it would weaken job security, reduce base pay for . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Canada’s ‘Newspaper Of Record’ Further Debases Itself

Politics and its Discontents: A New Enemy Of The State

When it comes to the media, it is common knowledge that the right-wing sees the CBC as a repository of leftists bent on perverting all that is sacred in Harperland. Hence the ongoing funding cuts, despite the Mother Corp’s repeated efforts at appeasement. What is surprising, however, is the fact that now the broader . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A New Enemy Of The State

Politics and its Discontents: Sammy Yatim Killing: Once More, The Globe And Mail Is Out Of Step

Thanks to a tweet from Dr.Dawg, I became aware of an odious, but ultimately not very surprising editorial from The Globe and Mail on the shooting of Sammy Yatim. I have written numerous times of how I view the paper as the organ of the establishment and the status quo, as well as why . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Sammy Yatim Killing: Once More, The Globe And Mail Is Out Of Step

Politics and its Discontents: The Globe and Mail: A Study in Vindictiveness

As one well-acquainted with the scourge of depression and the toll it takes on both the sufferer and his/her family, it was with great interest that I recently read Jan Wong’s account of her struggle with the disease in Out of the Blue. In what I view as an act of personal courage, the . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Globe and Mail: A Study in Vindictiveness

Politics and its Discontents: A Classy Apology

Regular readers of this blog may be aware of my almost boundless enthusiasm for The Toronto Star. I deeply admire its progressive mission, and I find its roster of excellent columnists informative and thought-provoking. I have come to regard it as a trusted source of news and opinion.

It was therefore a bit . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Classy Apology

bastard.logic: Ethics in Exile

Silly Prince George Citizen, holding a staff writer to account for generously liberating other writers’ work:

To our shock and dismay, multiple incidents of plagiarism were uncovered from work over the last number of months. The staff member plagiarized various online new publications, while writing opinion pieces that appeared in this space. Entire paragraphs were . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Ethics in Exile

bastard.logic: Ethics in Exile

Silly Prince George Citizen, holding a staff writer to account for generously liberating other writers’ work:

To our shock and dismay, multiple incidents of plagiarism were uncovered from work over the last number of months. The staff member plagiarized various online new publications, while writing opinion pieces that appeared in this space. Entire paragraphs were . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Ethics in Exile

Politics and its Discontents: Social Media and Margaret Wente

About two years ago, I wrote a blog post explaining why we cancelled our subscription to The Globe and Mail. At the same time, I sent an email with a link to the post to Globe editor-in-chief John Stackhouse, suggesting that if he wanted to know why he had lost a long-term subscriber, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Social Media and Margaret Wente

Politics and its Discontents: The Harper Government: Abuses Of A Nixonian Character

That is the description that Lawrence Martin applies to the Harper government in his latest column for iPolitics as he reflects on the vital and valiant role journalism played in uncovering the Watergate Scandal 40 years ago.

However, while acknowledging some bright spots, Martin laments the unevenness of the contemporary Canadian journalistic . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Harper Government: Abuses Of A Nixonian Character

Politics and its Discontents: Are Workers Paying For The Globe and Mail’s Sins?

I have to say that my heart rejoiced yesterday when I saw the news that Torstar, the parent company of The Toronto Star, has increased its quarterly earnings over the year by about 100%, an unequivocal confirmation that quality, in-depth journalism for the social good can still very much be a profitable enterprise . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Are Workers Paying For The Globe and Mail’s Sins?

Politics and its Discontents: The Sky Isn’t Falling (The One-Percent Just Pretend It Is)

One thing you have to hand to the monied class – they are shameless and unconscionable in their hyperbole. Reacting to the imposition of a 2% surtax in Ontario on those making over a half-million per year, they are pulling out all the stops, even invoking the Holocaust as they shamelessly fight against . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Sky Isn’t Falling (The One-Percent Just Pretend It Is)

Politics and its Discontents: Margaret Wente Scores Another Win For Superficial Thinking

I suspect that with the exception of her employer, few believe The Globe’s Margaret Wente is a subtle thinker who deserves a forum in the self-proclaimed ‘newspaper of record.’ Her capacity for cartoonish characterization is especially apparent in her latest column where, borrowing liberally from a secondary source, as is her wont, she professes . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Margaret Wente Scores Another Win For Superficial Thinking

Politics and its Discontents: Agitation At The Globe and Mail Continues

In the throes of some form of political delirium tremens since Thomas Mulcair’s election as leader of the NDP, the Globe and Mail has apparently lost its lexicographical grasp, describing three resignations from the party with the following hyperbole:

Communications director joins NDP exodus under Mulcair

Expect more of the same as panic continues . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Agitation At The Globe and Mail Continues

Politics and its Discontents: Canada’s ‘Newspaper of Record" Continues Its Defense Of Harper

The Globe’s John Ibbitson says the Harper regime wasn’t behind the voter suppression crimes because, well, because Guy Giorno and Stephen Harper say they didn’t do it.

Seems like it isn’t just the Conservative Party that has contempt for the intelligence of Canadians. Recommend this Post