CANADALAND

A screed against Quebec's 'pathologically alienated and low-trust society' in Macleans has ignited howls of protest from Quebeckers, including from Premier Philippe Couillard and federal cabinet minister Mélanie Joly. But is it wrong?

And journalism awards season is upon us. Should we pay attention, or is this a 'Central Canadian Toronto Media Party Fucking Circle Jerk?'

The National Post's Jen Gerson joins us.

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Last month, the National Post broke a crazy story involving former staffers from Canada's deepest-pocketed media upstart, up-and-coming members of Toronto's music and modelling scenes, and an international drug cartel.

Adrian Humphreys, crime reporter for the Post, joins us to dig deep into this caper.

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Is Rebel Media's embrace of free speech leading to rampant anti-semitism and virulent racism?

Also,  Atlantic Canadian journalists are coming under fire, and the refugee influx will likely ramp up in the next few months.

Macleans Alberta correspondent Jason Markusoff joins us.

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While the majority of Conservative candidates for the federal leadership gig are pushing against Motion 103, and denying climate change, Michael Chong is trying to change the dialogue.

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George Soros, the Koch Brothers, and the Reverse Vampires™ are out to overwhelm you with a barrage of news. Is there a way to discern kernels of truth in this "chaos machine?"

Russians are apparently implicating Canada's Foreign Affairs Minster Chrystia Freeland in regards to familial ties to the Nazi regime.

Finally, which pill is Maxime Bernier gonna take?

The Toronto Star's Alex Boutilier joins Jesse.

 

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The newspaper industry in Atlantic Canada is far less than healthy. The largest-circulation paper, the Halifax Chronicle Herald, is more than 400 days into a crippling strike which sees most of its senior reporters and editors on the picket line while its replacement workers are plugging out disturbingly sub-par journalism.

Elsewhere in the area, the rest of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have almost almost all of their daily and weekly newspapers cinched up between two companies: Brunswick News (owned by the Irving family, who employs approximately one-in-five New Brunswickers), and TC Media.

Still, there are bright spots. Atlantic Canada is seeing a significant number of start-up journalism enterprises. Might there be a light at the end of the tunnel?

Jesse joins Halifax Examiner publisher and editor Tim Bousquet and University of King's College assistant professor Terra Tailleur to discuss.

This live taping was a benefit for CKDU radio in Halifax - who carries CANADALAND every Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. AST.

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Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch released a video this week that was somewhere between political platform and performance play. Also, Kevin O'Leary continues to draw a paycheque from CNBC while running for the same role. 

Finally, accusations of plagiarism are now dogging Joseph Boyden.

National Observer Associate Editor Sandy Garossino joins Jesse from Vancouver.

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In the months after Robyn Doolittle's groundbreaking series of exposés about the scandal-ridden Toronto mayor Rob Ford, she left the Toronto Star for a new investigative role at the Globe & Mail. Then, mostly, silence.

Her lack of bylines belied her hard work behind the scenes as she dug into what would become the story of the year: a 20-month investigation into police departments across Canada and their chronic underreporting of sexual assaults being filed.

Within days of the story's publication earlier this month, police departments, provincial governments, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself promised to start implementing changes into how sexual assaults were recorded.

Robyn joins us to talk about how the story got off the ground and how it will continue to be covered in the months and years to come.

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Refugees continue to stream across the Canada-U.S. border, presumably for photo-ops with smiling Canadian Mounties. Also, Milo Yiannopoulos finally finds the nail on which conservative Americans can hang him.

Finally, Rebel.Media supporters channel their inner Hunger Games' geekdom at an anti-Islam rally in Toronto.

Washington Post contributor and cartoonist J.J. McCullough joins us from Vancouver.

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Late last month the Public Policy Forum released its long-anticipated report on the state of Canadian newspapers. Somewhat unexpectedly, this was a bold and far-reaching document, exploring the changing face of media in this country.

The principal author of the paper, former Globe & Mail Editor-In-Chief Ed Greenspon, joins Jesse to dig deep into its findings.

 

Read the entire report (no, seriously, read it) here.