CANADALAND

The Toronto Star built an entire exposé on female genital mutilation based predominantly around a mid-level civil servant's email from three years ago. 

Also, CBC Comedy is so unfunny it's funny. Or is that the other way around? Either way, a former member of Kellie Leitch's team has made it his mission to bring it down.

Writer/broadcaster, and producer Naheed Mustafa joins us.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 1:25am EDT

We revisit a couple of stories that we haven't been able to follow up on to the level to which we'd hoped. At least not on the website, where our News Editor Jonathan Goldsbie makes the ultimate call as to what gets published.

In this episode Jonathan and Jesse go head to head and reveal new facts about Andrew Potter's abrupt departure from McGill after his Maclean's diatribe about Quebec, and what happened after Leah McLaren's column about attempting to breastfeed Michael Chong's baby was spiked.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 1:23am EDT

The Conservative Party takes their latest wedge issue to the US media, a Quebec town won't let Muslims bury their dead and Trudeau lays out some hot summer jams.

 

BuzzFeed's Elamin Abdelmahmoud co-hosts.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:41pm EDT

When the vitriol started to fly over Omar Khadr's $10.5 million settlement and apology from the government, Michelle Shephard got frustrated with just how much people were getting the basic facts wrong.

As national security reporter for the Toronto Star, author of the book Guantanamo's Child and co-director of the documentary of the same name, she's been the top reporter on Khadr's story for the past 15 years.

She speaks to guest host Omar Mouallem about how Khadr's public image has evolved over the years and what the media and the public continues to get wrong about the story.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:47pm EDT

Journalist Evan Balgord has been covering fringe right groups like the Proud Boys, Soldiers of Odin, and the Three Percenters for the better part of the past year. He joins the COMMONS team to discuss the ongoing street protests and what’s driving these groups’ discontent.

 

CANADALAND will be back on Monday.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:47pm EDT

Ren Bostelaar posted nude pictures of women he knew to 4chan without their consent. He avoided a criminal record by apologizing and taking a peace bond. Was justice served? Is revenge porn legal in Canada? What is the state of the law and social media, years after the Amanda Todd and Rehteah Parsons cases? Privacy lawyer David Fraser launched a successful constitutional challenge against Nova Scotia's anti-cyberbullying law. But he supports current anti-revenge porn laws, and he explains why. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:58pm EDT

With resistance to Canada150, Indigenous women calling out a reporter at a press conference, and the Proud Boys disrupting a Mi'kmaq ceremony in Halifax, the way people talk about our colonial history is changing. While Indigenous people demand respect, journalists like the National Post's John Robson think the insults are just too much.

 

NDP MP Romeo Saganash plagiarized co-host Erica Violet Lee's work in an op-ed for the Globe and Mail.

 

With Omar Khadr reportedly getting an apology and a settlement of $10.5 million from the Canadian government after nearly a decade in Guantanamo Bay, politicians are twisting the narrative, and a columnist wonders why Khadr can't just move on.

 

Erica's blog: Moontime Warrior

Erica's Twitter: @ericavioletlee

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:33pm EDT

Canada was once home to a small, but mighty collective of gay and lesbian newspapers and magazines that made up a radical alternative media. Over the last few decades now-defunct publications like The Body Politic, Siren and Fab brought LGBTQ+ issues, interests and voices, to the forefront. Daily Xtra, now the country’s only remaining national queer news source, ceased print in 2015 but continues publishing online.

Despite queer people having more rights than ever before, queer media is all but disappearing. Is this solely a result of Canadian media’s general decline, or is the shift indicative of something more?

It’s also been a year since Black Lives Matter Toronto (BLMTO) halted the country’s largest Pride parade in protest, with a list of demands in tow. The action sparked a harsh months-long backlash of editorials and hot takes by mostly white, straight columnists and pundits, ruthlessly condemning BLMTO. Has coverage of LGBTQ+ issues and news by legacy media changed or improved since BLMTO’s protest?

Joining Jesse to dissect the ever-shrinking queer media and the state of representation in legacy media is Erica Lenti, editor-in-chief of THIS Magazine, Arshy Mann, reporter at Daily Xtra, and investigative crime reporter and Body Politic writer, James Dubro.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 7:36am EDT

The Toronto Star put the final nail in the coffin of Star Touch, its $20-30-million app for a device that most people don't have or use. And after praising themselves for its bold innovation, quietly laid off 30 journalists.

Meanwhile, Canada gears up this weekend for a celebration of epic proportions: Peter Mansbridge is retiring. And confederation, something something.

Finally we dig into Jonathan Kay’s Twitter mobs and how they’re killing free speech for anybody who’s not a National Post columnist.

Vice Senior writer Manisha Krishnan joins us.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 6:13am EDT

After the release of the Public Policy Forum's Shattered Media report this past winter comes the latest beg for cash to prop up the newspaper industry. This one comes in the form of a request for a subsidy totaling hundred of millions of dollars per year from News Media Canada, the umbrella advocacy organization for Canadian newspapers.

While it claims to advocate for the maintenance of local journalism, the organization shies away from supporting small, digital startups, which are often the strongest source of civic journalism in many Canadian communities.

The Trudeau government swiftly knocked down the idea of taxing Netflix and other digital endeavours to fund this bailout, though it sounds like they're ultimately in favour of finding that funding.

Bob Cox, Chair of the Board of News Media Canada as well as the publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press joins us.

 

(Producers' note: owing to a technical glitch with our telephone recording process, this interview is an amalgam of two separate interviews conducted with Bob Cox on one day.)

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 6:24am EDT