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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, … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Vancouver Sun Letter

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 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!

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 . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Trusted editorial content may not be trusted

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

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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 . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Some business is very private

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 . . . → Read More: Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Agenda journalism

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 . . . → Read More: Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Distracting, dissembling, deflecting – lest you forget

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 . . . → Read More: Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Profits first, charities second

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

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, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

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 . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Redefinition of news

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

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 . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Vancouver Sun Letter

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 . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: "Veritable sewer of skullduggery"

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, . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Vancouver Sun Letter

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, . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Vancouver Sun Letter

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

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 . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Vancouver Sun Letter

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 . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

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 . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Social Connectedness: An Op-Ed

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 . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Crude lies

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.

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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 . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Liberal’s own fast ferry

Northern Insight: Add to your bookmarks

Keep your eyes on 2010 Gold Rush – News and Views on Vancouver 2010 (And Beyond) From Bob Mackin. On Twitter, follow hashtag #LiquorLeaks as Bob reports on Liberal friends maneuvering to take over the province’s lucrative liquor distribution system.

Don’t expect corporate media to follow this story. They will duplicate non-attention paid to . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Add to your bookmarks

Northern Insight: Spread this story and these links

Ian Reid adroitly captures the question to be answered about BC Rail:

“Why did the BC Liberals want to shut the trial down? What were they so afraid of that they would compromise the civil service, the administration of justice and maybe even the law to keep it out of the public eye?

“What, . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Spread this story and these links