Song of the Watermelon: Vancouver Sun Letter

For what is likely to be my last letter to the editor of 2016, see today’s Vancouver Sun (fourth letter from the top). The gist of my argument is that Kinder Morgan is bad. Fun fact: this ain’t the first time I’ve responded to a pro-Kinder Morgan op-ed by former NDP Premier Dan Miller. Filed ...

Alberta Politics: Former B.C. NDP premier’s pro-pipeline sentiments boost Rachel Notley’s ‘social license’ strategy

PHOTOS: One of the few photos your blogger could find of Dan Miller (found on the Internet, original source unknown). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan and B.C. Premier Christy Clark (from the Canadian Encyclopedia). There’s more evidence out of British Columbia this week that Rachel Notley’s social licence approach to ...

Song of the Watermelon: Vancouver Sun Letter

I have a letter on The Vancouver Sun’s website (online only, it would appear) replying to a ridiculous op-ed piece that blames the high cost of housing on “mass immigration.” My response is restrained in both tone and word count, but suffice it to say I disagree with the op-ed writer’s argument. To read my ...

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 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 newspapers in Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa and Vancouver, it is very clear the media chain’s Toronto-based management is determined ...

In-Sights: Trusted editorial content may not be trusted

Postmedia is a company in trouble. It cannot sustain crippling debt to American debt holders with revenues from traditional advertising, circulation and digital paywalls. One of its responses is Postmedia Content Solutions, which aims to elicit cash in controversial ways. Part of their sales pitch: We’ve learned that advertisers receive increased engagement when pairing their ...

Cowichan Conversations: RAFE: Blatant Media Bias -Vancouver Province Partners With Woodfibre LNG

Rafe Mair As you know, the Vancouver Province is an official partner of Resort Works, who are essentially the public relations arm of Woodfibre LNG. That means, of course, that the Vancouver Sun and Read more…

In-Sights: Some business is very private

The eastern media had much to say recently about conflicted journalists. On the west coast, even CKNW’s Sean Leslie, a newsman who knows the subject, weighed in on Even Solomon’s difficulties at the CBC. Vancouver Sun columnist Pete McMartin, with blithe hypocrisy, wrote that in view of the controversy arising from Mansbridge’s and Murphy’s: “speaking ...

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Agenda journalism

Black Press political reporter Tom Fletcher, whose wife is a Public Affairs Officer for the BC Liberal Government, occasionally recalls the nineties: The dark decade, the dismal decade, the decade of destruction …when investment, jobs and people packed up and headed for the B.C. border in response to the NDP governments of Mike Harcourt and ...

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Distracting, dissembling, deflecting – lest you forget

Are you unhappy with rapidly increasing electricity rates and the general state of BC Hydro finances? Are you looking for the party responsible? Well, the Vancouver Sun has the answer. It’s a person named Clark, but not the one presently in the Premier’s office. Vaughn Palmer thinks readers should be reminded of past NDP sins ...

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Profits first, charities second

Not what it seems. I’ve kept an eye on finances of the CKNW Orphans’ Fund. My attention began after the Corus radio station dropped its long time policy – under Griffiths family ownership – of paying overhead costs of the charity. They were entitled to make the change; they weren’t entitled to remain silent about ...

Left Over: Vancouver Sun: Let’s Give ‘Em Subban to Talk About…

Vancouver Sun’s Jordan Subban photo caption sparks outrage Newspaper posted photo online calling Vancouver Canuck ‘dark guy in the middle’ CBC News Posted: Sep 24, 2014 7:41 AM PT Last Updated: Sep 24, 2014 8:25 AM PT   The Vancouver Sun is doing what they do..they always feel the need to talk ethnicity, and race ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Gerald Caplan suggests that Rogers and Bell might be ripe for nationalization – though it’s also worth pointing out that we don’t have to guess what happens when a Crown delivers telecommunications services: The British Labour Party has begun to make the case that market fundamentalism, or neoliberalism, ...

Northern Insight: Redefinition of news

It is no secret that Postmedia, owner of daily newspapers from Montreal to Vancouver, accumulates losses at rates it cannot sustain. Raising prices and reducing expenses is not a solution. Despite higher fees, circulation revenues declined 11% in the past three years. More seriously, print advertising dropped 30% in that time frame. The deadly spiral ...

Alberta Diary: If you can’t trust Postmedia when it reports on oil and the environment, when can you trust it?

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 piper calls ...

Song of the Watermelon: Vancouver Sun Letter

If anyone would like my two cents on the controversy surrounding Trinity Western University, its proposed law school, and its homophobic “Community Covenant,” please see the letters section of today’s Vancouver Sun. My letter appears at the very bottom, under the heading “Trinity’s gay policy anti-Christian.” Filed under: Education, Gay Rights, Letters to the Editor ...

Northern Insight: "Veritable sewer of skullduggery"

Reading through Diane Francis’ 1988 book Contrapreneurs, from which the title of this piece is taken, I noted repeated mentions of a person who was, for more than a decade, indisputable bête noir of white-collar con artists in British Columbia and beyond. Former Vancouver trader Adrian du Plessis had developed qualities, says Francis, that separated ...

Song of the Watermelon: Vancouver Sun Letter

A few days ago, former BC NDP premier Dan Miller had an op-ed in The Vancouver Sun in which he criticized his party’s insufficient enthusiasm on resource development. As regular readers of this blog may be aware, I take a slightly different point of view. Please see here for my response letter in today’s Sun, ...

Song of the Watermelon: Vancouver Sun Letter

A letter of mine in the Vancouver Sun today, this one about the “Disappearing Palestine” ads on public transit here in the city. I try to defend the ads against the absurd charge that they target Jews. Click here to read it. Filed under: Ethnicity, Letters to the Editor, Middle East Tagged: Israel, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, ...

Let Freedom Rain II: No Vancouver Sun, BC residents are NOT split on twinning the Kinder Morgan pipeline

Whenever I see a headline in a newspaper describing a poll, I take it with a grain of tar. For example, a recent Mustel poll about support for twinning the Kinder Morgan pipeline showed that 46.2 oppose the pipeline while 44.4 support it. Close, eh? But here’s the real story: 30 percent strongly oppose the ...

Song of the Watermelon: Vancouver Sun Letter

A letter of mine found its way into the Vancouver Sun today. This one comes in response to a piece last week by Senator Mobina Jaffer about the role of Canada’s Senate in protecting minority rights. In my letter, I argue in favour of abolishing the Senate and ensuring fair representation for minorities in the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Heather Scoffield reports on the Canadian Index of Wellbeing’s stunning finding that Canadian quality of life declined by a quarter between 2008 and 2010, while the Vancouver Sun and Lindor Reynolds comment on the collapse in well-being far beyond the economic damage of the recent recession. And ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Social Connectedness: An Op-Ed

One thing I know about caregiving is that it cannot be done well by one person alone.  We need friends, family… we need support.  And that support is really only very effective if it is coordinated.  So, to that end, I have given a lot of my time and energy to promoting a Vancouver based ...

Northern Insight: Crude lies

Pipeline spill risks are low, Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines “… with modern pipeline design and mitigation measures, the risks are very low… “What we can say is that at Enbridge, we take our responsibility very seriously. An ounce of prevention may be worth a pound of cure, but we certainly don’t stop at an ounce. ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Plenty of commentators are rightly speaking out against the Cons’ anti-democratic omnibus bill, including Tim Harper and the Star-Phoenix and Vancouver Sun editorial boards. And even John Ivison can’t muster much more than “but the Libs did it too!” in defence of the Harper government’s abuses. – ...

Northern Insight: Liberal’s own fast ferry

Last August, Chad Skelton of the Vancouver Sun reported on a conference call between BC Hydro president Dave Cobb and senior staff. Cobb said the utility was being forced by Liberal policy to pay private power producers huge sums for unneeded electricity. ” ‘If it doesn’t change, it would be hundreds of millions of dollars ...