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The Imposter's "I Pity The Country" sits alongside Radiolab and The Heart on Constant Listener's 8 best podcast episodes of 2017. You can read that list here:

http://constantlistener.com/best-podcasts-2017/

 

 

So this holiday, we present it to you in full.

 

It's a story featuring incredible music by Indigenous artists from the 60s, 70s and 80s that was nearly lost. And it asks the question: how do we distinguish between art and artifact?

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Over the holidays, we're presenting some of the best episodes from across CANADALAND Media.

 

"If the police don't want you to see a file, you're never gonna know it exists."

 

Lorimer Shenher, author of That Lonely Section of Hell: The Botched Investigation of a Serial Killer Who Almost Got Away, talks to COMMONS about his time with the Vancouver police, where he investigated serial killer Robert Pickton. 

 

This is part one of a two-part series on police accountability.

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Last week, billionaires Barry and Honey Sherman were found dead in their Toronto home. As we parse through language in the press like "suspicious" and "police sources," what do we know and which interests are at play?

Metro columnist and former CANADALAND employee Vicky Mochama called Lindsay Shepherd a crying white girl on CBC's Sunday politics show, infuriating an army of people who have probably never seen the show before.

True crime writer and veteran crime reporter James Dubro guest hosts.

James's twitter: @jamesdubro

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PressProgress calls itself "Canada’s most shared source for progressive news and information." They get real scoops, using the traditional tools of journalism, like access to information requests, fact-checking and seeking comment from politicians.

 

But they're not a traditional news source. They're backed by the Broadbent Institute, a progressive think tank founded by a former leader of the NDP. So how does that affect their coverage and what should we do with that information?

 

PressProgress editor Luke LeBrun and producer/staff writer Luke Savage join us.

 

**Correction: An earlier version of this episode stated that Stephen Harper said the root cause of terrorism is terrorists. It was in fact Conservative MP Pierre Pollievre. We regret the error.

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A terrible BBC documentary about transgender kids was pulled from CBC scheduling. A journalists' materials were seized from a Niagara Regional Council meeting by staff who were exercising "enthusiastic caution." A mill pressurized a bookstore to suppress a book-signing for a book written about that mill. Questionable CBC workplace policies. Independent crowdfunded journalist Joey Coleman co-hosts.

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After working in media, PR and politics, Jeff Ballingall understands the political power of Facebook. His top Facebook page gets more engagement than the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star combined.

Spanning vicious attacks in rap form to sentimental content about landmarks, Ontario Proud is in a meme war against Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne. And they're really effective.

Ballingall joins us to talk about what he's doing, why he's doing it and who's paying for it.

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The Globe and Mail recently launched their re-designed newspaper much to the dismay of old people everywhere. Editor-in-Chief David Walmsley claims they're "actually expanding" a print edition that has cut both content and distribution.
 
Alt-right women are upset that alt-right men are treating them badly. They're tired of being harassed and facing backlash for not being married and having babies. If only there were a movement that could help them...
 
CP24's Stephen LeDrew is suspended for his appearance on Fox News, in which he discusses LGBTQ2 issues in Canada and manages to upset absolutely everyone.
 
National Post's Jen Gersen co-hosts.
 
Jen's Twitter: @jengersen
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After 34 newspapers were abruptly killed by Postmedia and Torstar last week, Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey made the case that it was just part of an inevitable decline in the industry.

Chris Powell vehemently disagrees. After cutting his teeth at a community newspaper, Powell spent a career covering the news business in trade publications like Strategy and Marketing Magazine. He's spoken to the publishers and executives, he's studied the business models and he says there is a path forward.

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A lot of Canadians lost their community news this week, after two news giants traded 41 newspapers and shut nearly all of them down. Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey says he didn't know Torstar was planning to kill the newspapers he was giving them. Torstar says pretty much nothing at all.

Rogers reportedly won't pay for VICE's fanciful foray into cable TV any longer.

The Financial Post will publish your incoherent rant about climate change if you happen to be an ex-Cabinet minister. 

BuzzFeed social news curator Elamin Abdelmahmoud co-hosts.

Elamin's Twitter: @elamin88

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Gerard Ryle is the director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, who are behind the Paradise Papers, the Panama Papers and other similar investigations.

Major revelations are continuing to come out of the Paradise Papers in Canada and around the world.

One prominent columnist dismissed the whole thing as "another cheap shot at the wealthy," while other people are asking why this story isn't causing riots in the streets.

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A Master's student was reprimanded for showing her students a public TV clip of psychology professor/YouTuber Jordan Peterson explaining why he refuses to use people's preferred pronouns. Now the whole country's stuck talking about it.

Steve Paikin staged a debate about whether Canada is keeping Indigenous people in crisis, with guests who believe things like North American settlers were more advanced than Indigenous people and that Indigenous people should just assimilate.

The Peterborough Examiner published the real name of a sex worker, as well as the street they live on, in their coverage of a protest. 

Alex Verman co-hosts.

Alex's Twitter: @misgenders

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Reporters Anna Merlan and Madeleine Davies were investigating and writing about Louis CK well before the New York Times story came out. And they faced a lot of criticism for it. 

They join Jesse to talk about the line between rumour and news, and whether standards have changed around reporting on sexual misconduct in the post-Weinstein world.

Madeleine Davies is a senior writer for Jezebel.

Anna Merlan is a senior reporter at Gizmodo Media's Special Projects Desk.


Bill Morneau tries to turn down the heat through tales of his spicy past, CBC takes a stand for landlord rights and Jagmeet Singh tries out some slam poetry.

 

COMMONS co-host Hadiya Roderique joins Jesse.

 

Hadiya's Twitter: @deeroderique

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Is local media doomed? We speak to three entrepreneurs who are making a go of it with three very different models.

 

Dave Bidini publishes the West End Phoenix, a recently-launched, print-only monthly newspaper that covers west Toronto.

 

Jeff Elgie is the CEO of Village Media, a digital-only company that provides hyper-local news to nine small communities, mostly in Ontario.

 

Jeremy Klaszus is the founder and editor of The Sprawl, a Calgary news site that practices "pop-up journalism."

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CBC's flagship TV newscast The National is revamped with a four-host format and released into the world.

The Paradise Papers reveal what the Toronto Star calls a "worldwide shadow economy worth trillions of dollars." But the Financial Post's Terence Corcoran thinks the whole thing is just "another cheap shot at the wealthy." Find extensive reporting on the leak at The Star and the CBC.

A white photographer at a concert refuses to listen to Polaris Prize winner Lido Pimentia's calls to make space for brown girls. Some crucial details are missing from the initial reporting.

Freelance reporter Sarah Hagi co-hosts.

Sarah's Twitter: @geekylonglegs

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“Objectivity for the sake of objectivity often means make sure that the powerful always get their say. And sometimes Caesar shouldn’t have his say. Sometimes the truth is just true.”

 

As a foreign war correspondent, Jeremy Scahill revealed secret military campaigns in Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia that resulted in congressional investigations. His books Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army and Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield were widely celebrated and he could have gotten a high-profile job in mainstream media. But instead, he became a founding editor of The Intercept, a news outlet dedicated to "fearless, adversarial journalism." He hosts their podcast, Intercepted.

 

Jeremy Scahill talks about excoriating mainstream networks on their own platforms, who Canada is killing overseas and why he hopes the media is learning lessons right now that they will carry beyond Trump.

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A series of media scoops have shown that some politicians are actually rich people who want to keep their money.

Bernie Sanders comes to Canada to tell us about our healthcare system.

The government has been debating the so-called Ghomeshi rules, new legislation that would change how sexual assault cases are dealt with in court.

BuzzFeed News Washington correspondent Paul McLeod co-hosts.

Paul's Twitter: @pdmcleod

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Adam Gopnik lived out a certain Canadian fantasy. He left the country and became a prominent New York intellectual. He writes about the move in his new book, At the Stranger's Gate.

Gopnik is now a staff writer at the New Yorker, where he writes about Canada — like in this profile of Michael Ignatieff or the recent piece, "We Could Have Been Canada."

He talks about how New York has changed, whether it still has anything to offer to dreamy exiles, and the bright side of Canada being run by a small pool of political elites. Jesse tries to keep up.

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Quebec passes a racist law.

A bunch of media outlets ran a story that used video manipulation and questionable translation to make it look like an imam was calling for the slaughter of Jews. After he lost his job, his reputation was ruined and there were hateful protests at his mosque, Toronto Star --who ran the original story-- exposed the dangerous flaws of the early reporting.

Student leader Masuma Khan faced censure from Dalhousie University for a vulgar, anti-Canada 150 Facebook post and some of the usual free speech purists are conspicuously silent.

And we address listener questions about a weird story in Fast Company about Casper and the online mattress industry.

Massey journalism fellow Naheed Mustafa co-hosts.

Naheed's Twitter: @NaheedMustafa

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The Toronto Star's Daniel Dale has become one of the most-watched journalists in Washington in part by simply enumerating Donald Trump's lies (Dale counted 720 as of last week). He got his start covering pomp and fatuousness by being the Star's reporter in charge of following the Rob Ford administration.

This episode was recorded live at the Hot Docs Podcast Festival in Toronto on October 15, 2017. 

Support us at patreon.com/CANADALAND and see this year's goals and rewards. 

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The Conservative Party leader walked away from a scrum when pressed about his campaign manager working in far right media company The Rebel's office during his campaign. 

 

We look at the language around Gord Downie's death.

 

And there are a lot of unanswered questions in the story of freed hostage Joshua Boyle.

 

Freelancer and former VICE reporter Justin Ling co-hosts.

Justin's Twitter: @justin_ling


Sarah Polley talks about how she helped Jesse break a major story. 

And she discusses domestic abuse, sexual harassment and assault, and the culture that fuels it. 

Support us at patreon.com/CANADALAND and see this year's goals and rewards. 

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An "unprecedented national collaboration" between The National Observer, Global, The Toronto Star and more exposes the dangers of sour gas in Saskatchewan. But as OurSask.ca points out, they forgot to mention the CBC broke the story two years ago. 

 

The Globe and Mail pillories the Liberals' tax plan.

 

CBC journalists find creative ways to criticize the CBC.

 

The National Post's Jen Gerson co-hosts.

 

Jen's Twitter: @jengerson

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The way we make culture in Canada is finished. The CanCon system was built around radio frequency and cable subscriptions. That's done. 

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly had the thankless task of crafting a new culture plan that was sure to disappoint. She is now being viciously attacked by the press, the same press that did not get their requested newspaper bailout. 

In the plan, Joly announced a boost (as yet unspecified) to the Canadian Media Fund, funding for a cultural export strategy and a digital news incubator envisioned as a joint venture between Ryerson University and Facebook.

But all anybody seemingly wants to talk about is the deal in which Netflix has pledged $500-million over five years toward original Canadian content - and why that's somehow a terrible thing.

Joining Jesse is University of Ottawa professor and digital technology expert Michael Geist to unpack the deal.

Also on this episode Ira Wells, contributor to The Walrus, discusses how Canada's revamped cultural policy aims low and ignores art.


Co-host Omar Mouallem lives in the Edmonton neighbourhood where the terror attack took place over the weekend. He discusses what he saw in the news versus what he saw in real life.

On Jagmeet Singh's first interview with CBC's Power and Politics as the NDP's leader, Terry Milewski takes the opportunity to grill him about the Air India bomber.

The takes are in for the Government's #DigiCanCon plan, AKA The Netflix Deal, to revamp the Canadian content industry.

 

Omar's Twitter: @omar_aok

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When we found out the Trudeau Government was selling armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, despite their terrible human rights record, there was little public debate. When a professor launched a bid to stop the deal, the Federal Court rejected it, saying there was no proof that the vehicles were being used against Saudi citizens. 

 

Then this summer, videos surfaced that appeared to show that Ontario-made combat vehicles were in fact being deployed against Saudi civilians. That news barely made a splash.

 

The Globe and Mail's Steven Chase has been following this story closely - and is one of few reporters who have been covering it at all. You can read all of his reporting at the Globe and Mail.


This American Life ponders the question:Is Gavin McInnes actually racist? We help them find the answer.

 

The Globe and Mail launches a project to teach kids about media manipulation... through media manipulation.

 

Freelancer David Berry co-hosts. 

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Michael Enright got Jesse his first job in radio. He was also CANADALAND’s first ever guest, drinking bourbon and talking sh*t about the Canadian media. For our 200th show, he’s back to talk about how the media has changed since that day... and how Air Canada ended up publicly denouncing him on Twitter.

 

Michael hosts a show on CBC Radio called The Sunday Edition. Jesse used to work there.

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Indigenous writer and activist turned politician Wab Kinew scored a historic victory last weekend by decisively winning the leadership of the Manitoba NDP.

Only days before the election, however, allegations of domestic assault surfaced. A former partner of Kinew filed charges in 2003. Those charges were stayed in 2004.

How has the media handled this story, and who pushed the court records to the press? Was it, in fact, someone from his own party?

The National Post's Jen Gerson joins us.

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For one week every year, the Canadian press transforms into movie industry experts. Our newspapers run glossy red carpet photos of Hollywood stars and stories about which movies penned distribution deals with who. But is any of this actually good for Toronto or Canada's film industry?

 

Norm Wilner has been covering the Toronto International Film Festival for 30 years. As a film critic at NOW Magazine, he's seen it grow into the monster it's become.

 

 

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Jagmeet Singh gracefully responded to a racist idiot, which proves he can lead a major political party, we guess. Also, racism is totally not a problem anymore, according to the most widely-read columnists in the country.

Omar Mouallem co-hosts.

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Who thought we'd have a Nazi problem in 2017? Richard Warman did. Years before the current "Should I punch a Nazi" debate took off, he was taking neo-Nazis to court.

 

As a human rights lawyer, Richard Warman went on mission to take down neo-Nazis using our legal system. He filed more complaints for online hate speech than any other Canadian -- and was hugely successful.

 

But in the process, he got on the bad side of a lot of the media.

 

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Post columnists pen truly offensive shit; another media outlet lays off workers; Donald Trump has us all scrambling

Another day, another 81¢ (rounded for inflation).

The team of our Commons podcast weighs in.

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It's clear that sports journalism is facing many of the same issues as other facets of the industry: declining ad revenues, job insecurities, and too much content vying for too few eyeballs. It also has some unique challenges.

Joining us to unpack the state of sports media are The Athletic's James Mirtle, Morgan Campbell of the Toronto Star, and longtime freelance journalist Richard Whittall.

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Americans are debating the removal of monuments to problematic historical figures, so I guess we are too. 

Old folks don't want to hear sad stories about feelings on their CBC. Young folks do, apparently.

And the Globe And Mail is slimming for winter.

BuzzFeed Social Media Editor Elamin Abdelmahmoud joins us.

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It's been, to put it mildly, a shit week for Rebel Media's self-styled 'Rebel Commander' Ezra Levant:

- Following the tragedy in Charlottesville last weekend, Rebel Media co-founder Brian Lilley, and periodic columnists Barbara Kay and John Robson all severed their ties to the organization;

- By Thursday it was learned that Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes was moving on. According to Levant, he'd been poached by an organization with deeper pockets.

- The same day, Levant announced he'd fired popular Rebel personality Faith Goldy after her appearance on a neo-nazi podcast;

- A bombshell video from two disgruntled former Rebel staffers was released alleging Levant was paying 'hush money,' to keep quiet about the company's business practices;

- A disavowal came out from Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, who says he will refuse all media requests from the organization until its 'editorial direction changes' (whatever that means);

- Press Progress revealed that Levant was receiving funding from an anti-Muslim think tank;

- And even the much-hyped Rebel Cruise was cancelled.

 

The CANADALAND team pulled out all the stops this week to cover the flurry of announcements, and CANADALAND Editor Jonathan Goldsbie joins Jesse to walk through the week's developments.

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A growing list of contributors and politicians are cutting ties with far right website The Rebel after their coverage of the white nationalist protest in Charlottesville. Meanwhile, "Rebel commander" Ezra Levant wants to distance himself from the alt-right, claiming he's just learned it's a racist movement. 

 

Chronicle Herald workers are back in the newsroom after a year and a half on strike, working alongside those who crossed the picket line to fill the paper with some seriously sh*tty journalism.

 

Reporter Maggie Rahr co-hosts. 

Maggie's Twitter: @MaggieRahr

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The term 'fake news'has been popularized, bastardized, and now wholly appropriated. What was previously defined as 'A deliberate untruth published strictly for monetary or political gain,' has now come to mean 'I don't like this story. It makes me look bad.'

Immediately following the election of Donald Trump south of the border, Craig Silverman and the team at Buzzfeed wrote the defining article on fake news, showing that completely fabricated stories like 'Hillary Sold Weapons to ISIS' actually outperformed legitimate political coverage from the likes of the New York Times on Facebook.

In a followup piece, Silverman shows how the misinformation industry has shifted its focus to avoid Facebook's crackdown on fake news pieces. Now it's all about hyperpartisan media -- websites that will blend legitimate reporting with clickbait viral headlines to create a morass where you can't be sure what's real and what isn't.

 

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Joseph Boyden has emerged from his winter burrow like a collared lemming (it's an arctic mammal -- look it up!) to plug his forthcoming book weigh in again on questions of his Indigenous ancestry. Despite his insistence that his connection to -- and friendship with -- Indigenous communities should automatically confer some sort of Indigenous status, he went ahead and got a DNA test anyway.

Robert Jago wrote an excellent dissection of Boyden's latest plea for acceptance/publicity stunt, while Eric Andrew-Gee dug into Boyden's complicated family history in a Globe & Mail feature.

 

Also, with literally no Canadians waiting with baited breath, the CBC finally announced its cadre of Peter Mansbridge replacements.

Rosemary Barton, Ian Hanomansing, Adrienne Arsenault, and Andrew Chang have collectively made the cut, while network mainstays Ernie Coombs, Bruno Gerussi, and Al Waxman remain in reserve in case any of the lead anchors bolt for CTV.

National Post journalist and Commons co-host Ashley Csanady joins us.

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This week we present a podcast based on our stage show which was based on our book which was based on this podcast. Talk about coming full circle.

 

In it: should you fuck your Prime Minister?; Why Canadians secretly love climate change; why we love the RCMP; and a peek at the Canada of the not-too-distant future.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 EST

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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Governor General David Johnston issued a mea culpa over his radio interview in which he refers to Indigenous peoples as immigrants.

Postmedia did not issue mea culpas for poorly-researched racist screeds in its Vancouver and Toronto outlets. Instead, they continue to rattle the cup in front of the federal government for bailout money.

Finally, the National Post issued a mea culpa for years of Conrad Black columns by announcing they would stop publishing their Monday edition of the paper.

 

(Producers' note: Jesse Brown would like to issue a mea culpa after misstating the name of one of the lead characters of TV sitcom Three's Company, while Short Cuts guest David Berry's mea culpa comes over misstating that 'Sufferin' Succotash' was a catchphrase of Foghorn Leghorn. It was, in fact, Sylvester the Cat.)

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 1:52am EST

Iraqi photojournalist Ali Arkady thought he was documenting the "good guys" -- the non-sectarian forces fighting Daesh for the preservation of Iraq. Instead, Arkady witnessed abuse, torture, and murder committed by the Emergency Response Division.

 After fleeing Iraq with his family, Arkady partnered with the Toronto Star and ABC News to have his work see the light. He joins Jesse Brown on the phone from an undisclosed location in Europe alongside Mitch Potter, one of the three Star reporters who helped write this essential exposé.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 5:55am EST

Breitbart News has convinced concerned Christian families that Ontario’s new child protection laws will bring forth a queer totalitarian state, where parents opposing or denying their children’s gender identity will have them forcibly removed from their homes.

After tweeting about almost being published in Teen Vogue on June 2, Toronto-based freelance writer, Roslyn Talusan’s call-out of the magazine went viral and led to dozens of writers flooding her inbox with similar stories of being strung along after having successfully pitched personal stories and essays approved by editors of Conde Nast’s supposedly progressive, feminist magazine.

The Liberal government is moving forward with an amendment to the Criminal Code,  as a result of the Jian Ghomeshi case. The change will, for the first time, ensure that a complainant’s text messages, e-mails and video recordings with sexual content or a sexual purpose can be kept out of trials.

Freelance writer and editor at Femsplain, Roslyn Talusan joins Jesse.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 7:48am EST

Or did we play ourselves?

This most recent Conservative leadership race highlighted a number of deficiencies in Canadian media. Namely, why did the guy with virtually no chance of ever becoming Prime Minister, who skipped debates and ran much of his campaign from Boston, receive so much more press coverage than the guy who actually won the leadership? Did media just go for the low-hanging fruit, or did we allow ourselves to be manipulated by an expert huckster?

CBC.ca's Opinion Producer Robyn Urback has some opinions of her own and joins us for the episode.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 5:31am EST

Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland stands up to the sole remaining global superpower like a newborn kitten taking on Galactus.

Somewhere between 10 and 5,000 freedom-loving citizens descend on Parliament Hill to rail against Trudeau, refugees, Islam, you name it. Of course, close to 10,000 attended the most recent pro-marijuana rally, proving that Canadians love pot far more than they fear Sharia law.

Finally, Scott Gilmore pens a tone-deaf piece for Macleans highlighting conditions on First Nations reservations and the solution is for the rest of us to ... care?

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 12:20am EST

McClelland & Stewart was the publishing house that, at one time, served as the home for the likes of Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Leonard Cohen and others. In 2000, under the direction of building magnate Avie Bennett, it was broken apart and sold to the University of Toronto and to Random House Canada. It's now entirely owned by a foreign company.

Elaine Dewar, author of the new book The Handover, joins us to explain the seeming sleight-of-hand that put this institution in foreign hands.

Avie Bennett died this past weekend at the age of 89.

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The Conservatives have a new, dimpled, leader, Nova Scotians have more of the same, and British Columbians have an unprecedented lefty hybrid. How effective was media coverage of these three electoral events?

Plus, Toronto Life's recent tone-deaf spurt of house porn has led to, if not riots in the streets, then at least a whole lot of snark on social media.

Journalist Katie Toth joins us.

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One cardinal rule of journalism is that reporters never accept incentives, be that meals, gifts, or - God forbid - money, from the subjects on whom they're reporting. This applies across the board except, we now know, in the travel section.

Travel writers used to diligently follow this standard but, as newspapers and magazines were increasingly unable or unwilling to foot expenses, these journalists were forced to find alternative sources to fund their trips. This meant cozying up to hotel chains, airlines, and tourism bureaus.

If travel writers are being subsidized by the tourism industry, can the readers trust the stories? Bert Archer is arguably Canada's most prolific travel writer and teaches the practice and ethics of travel writing at the University of Toronto. He believes journalists can maintain their editorial independence - but must walk a careful line.

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This week, The Guardian continued its exemplary coverage of Canadian university student unions.

Hamilton police arrest two journalists attempting to cover a traffic fatality.

And the Toronto Star wants you to trust it.

This week's Short Cuts comes to you from scenic Hamilton and the studios of CFMU. The Public Record's Joey Coleman joins Jesse and suggests new ways to report on traffic deaths, and how local newspapers need to up their game when it comes to investigative reporting.

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The Texas of the north. Racist rednecks, gun nuts, and pickup truck enthusiasts. That's the Alberta stereotype portrayed in much of the rest of Canada, but how much of that is accurate and how much is due to lazy media that falls back on clichéd tropes? After all, Alberta gave us the first big-city Muslim mayor, the first provincial cabinet with gender parity, and hell, led the charge for women's suffragism (okay, that was a century ago, but still...).

Despite the province's increasingly young and multicultural population, some still believe that the only real Albertan is a conservative Albertan. And that extends to the two men - Jason Kenney and Brian Jean - who inked a proposal to merge the Conservative and Wildrose parties last week. Are they, and their policies, reflective of a new, diverse Alberta?

Joining Omar to unpack Alberta's multifaceted conservative history is Calgary journalist and author Sydney Sharpe, whose 2016 book, Notley Nation: How Alberta's Political Upheaval Swept the Country, documented the historic 2015 provincial election which saw the NDP sweep aside the governing Tories after an unprecedented 40-plus-year run. 

Also in studio is Duncan Kinney, former journalist and current Executive Director of Progress Alberta.

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Hal Niedzviecki and Jonathan Kay have left their jobs. Steve Ladurantaye's been shifted to a lesser role at CBC. And no, we're not finished talking about this yet.

Ryan McMahon joins Jesse in Winnipeg to talk appropriation.

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When it comes to rap, where does artistic licence end and confession begin? According to prosecutors in at least 30 cases from the last decade, it starts when the artist is charged with a crime and the lyrics are parsed for clues to a case or for proof of bad character.

Many of these defendants are convicted of their crimes, but should their music be a permissible tool? What is the threshold? And does the practice intentionally or unintentionally tap into the unconscious biases of jurors with the fate of young black and indigenous men in their hands?

This roundtable discussion on the inclusion of rap as criminal evidence brings together three experts: University of California, Irvine criminologist Adam Dunbar, University of Toronto sociologist Jooyoung Lee, and lawyer Hilary Dudding, whose case, R. v. Campbell, could effect future trials in Canada.

They join guest host Omar Mouallem for the episode.

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British Columbia had an election where everybody won - or at least got an 'I Participated' ribbon.

Also, Rebel Media wades into the French election like a skunk splashing around a backyard kiddie pool.

Finally, black activist and journalist Desmond Cole takes leave from the Toronto Star after the corporation suggests they'd appreciate it if he wouldn't mind being a little less active and a lot less black.

The National Observer's Sandy Garossino joins us.

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Since the late 1990s nearly 800 children in Alberta government care have Veteran Edmonton Journal columnist Paula Simons has been shining a light on this crisis since from the start. 

In November 2016, Simons published a story that shocked the province. It was a story about a four-year-old girl named Serenity. Let down by a wide range of government and non-governmental services, Serenity was the victim of horrific abuse and neglect. 

Simons' article, Her name was Serenity. Never forget it. spurred the Notley provincial government to convene an all-party committee to investigate the multiple failings of Alberta's child welfare system.

Her tireless coverage earned Simons honourable mentions from the National Newspaper Awards and the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom.

She speaks with guest host Omar Mouallem for the episode.

 

 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 1:05am EST

Is the media complicit in popping Harjit Sajjan's balloon?

Also, National Post columnist Christie Blatchford and her parent company, Postmedia are facing a substantial libel suit.

Finally, in the art world, what constitutes cultural appropriation and what's merely blatant plagiarism?

National Magazine Award multiple nominee and May's CANADALAND guest host Omar Mouallem joins us.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 2:41am EST

On April 20, Toronto Star columnist and Newstalk 1010 host, Desmond Cole, gave a powerful deputation at a Toronto Police Services Board meeting. He then stood in protest, calling on the board to restrict police access to ‘carding’ data. The meeting eventually adjourned, and Cole was escorted out by police officers.

For almost five years now, Cole has been using his platform as a journalist to report on and push back against ‘carding’—which disproportionately affects Black people—by the Toronto Police.

Coleformer host of CANADALAND COMMONSjoins Jesse Brown to discuss recent criticism he’s received from fellow journalists and the public, how mainstream media has failed to highlight the damaging effects of carding, and his new CBC documentary The Skin We’re In, which explores anti-Black racism in Canada.

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The Prime Minister showed up at Vice to talk about the Liberal government's marijuana legalization plan, but is blindsided when members of the audience demanded he address the opioid overdose epidemic going on across the country.

Reporters Without Borders released their annual World Press Freedom Index this week. Canada placed 22nd. Two years ago we were in eighth place. What caused this dramatic decline?

Finally, the CBC is scoring some of that sweet Canada150 cash to commission programming it should probably already be making with the $1-billion it receives annually, and J.J. McCullough tries his hand at a nuanced comparison of Canadian and Turkish political systems, but most people just dismiss him as a crackpot.

Tom Henheffer, Executive Director of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression joins us.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 2:03am EST

...The Chronicle Herald's Mark Lever, that's who.

After pleading poverty for nearly 16 months while his reporters, editors, and photographers are strike, he came up with the bucks to buy 28 Atlantic Canadian newspapers from the floundering Transcontinental chain. This gives his company an effective monopoly in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island.

We speak with long-time Nova Scotia journalists (and former Transcontinental reporters) Stephen Kimber and Parker Donham about the rationale behind the purchase and whether this benefits news consumers in Atlantic Canada.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:46pm EST

The scandals continue piling up on B.C. Premier Christy Clark's administration, yet it doesn't seem to be getting a ton of press. Maybe that's because so many of them are now working for her party.

Meanwhile, south of the border, President Trump no longer wants to 'tweak' NAFTA, but would rather stick it to our cows. Our precious, precious cows.

 

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The largest newspaper chain in Canada is in its death throes. As Postmedia staggers, bleeding, toward insolvency, we need to ask what its loss means for public discourse in Canada.

Former Postmedia stars Kady O'Malley and Stephen Maher join Jesse to try to envision a post-Postmedia future in Canadian journalism.

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Jian Ghomeshi is back and the nation breathes a collective "Ewww...really?"

Also, you know things are bad at Postmedia when even the founder of the company is awaiting his pink slip.

Plus, CBC finally gets the story of Canada right by just saying "sorry" over and over.

Freelance journalist David Berry joins us.

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Is Quebec’s media - like its culture - distinct from the rest of Canada’s? Does national media do a decent job of covering Quebec issues and news?

The Globe and Mail’s Montreal bureau chief, Les Perreaux and Laval University’s Centre for Media Studies' director, Colette Brin, set the record straight on prejudices and assumptions many ‘ugly anglos,’ like Jesse, have about the province’s media culture.

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CBC’s miniseries “The Story of Us,” is only two episodes in, but manages to upset literally everyone (except Joseph Boyden). Justin Trudeau endorses CBC’s Canada 150 fiasco--and his favourite microbrew, Labatt150.

Everyone forgets the Junos were on Sunday and Russell Peters makes a statutory rape joke.

The Globe and Mail issues Leah McLaren a gag order, following the coded memo sent out to staff. Following McGill’s brand-sensitive lead, Ryerson University issues an apology for a short documentary about poverty in Niagara Falls, made by its students.  

An access-to-information request made by VICE reveals that CSIS has been secretly watching and reporting on events at the Standing Rock pipeline protests. How freaked out should journalists be about surveillance and border crossing?

VICE Canada’s Hilary Beaumont joins Jesse.

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Something special to announce today, new show on Thursday. 

Link discussed: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-canadaland-guide-to-canada/9781501150630-item.html?ref=item_page%3avariation
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We're seeing a simultaneous backlash against both the media and the Jewish community. And there's a place where the two intersect.
 
Is there an over-concentration of Jews in the media? Well, yeah, probably. So?
 
We speak with Yoni Goldstein of the Canadian Jewish News, and Sam Bick and David Zinman of the Treyf podcast about Jewish media in Canada, and what its future looks like.
 
 
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Category:media/news -- posted at: 1:54am EST

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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Category:media/news -- posted at: 1:48am EST

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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Category:media/news -- posted at: 2:34am EST

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.


PMJT flew all the way to Washington, DC, for a handshake. Not sure if anything else of consequence happened while he was there. Really, the handshake was the key.

Also, CBC reports on a Syrian refugee charged with multiple counts of sexual assault, then wonders about reporting on Syrian refugees charged with multiple counts of sexual assault.

And, embracing our post-racial 21st century, Rebel Media features a regular host in blackface, claiming that only white people are bothered by it, and minstrel shows existed because, "White America revered blacks back then." No, seriously, they fucking said that.

Finally, Fake News? Schmake Schmews.

Buzzfeed News Washington correspondent Paul McLeod is our guest.

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In 2008, political pundit Don Martin penned a negative screed against former NBC wartime correspondent and at the time Alberta provincial electoral candidate Arthur Kent, aka the Scud Stud.

Convinced that Martin had violated basic journalistic ethics, Kent took him and the CanWest news chain (later Postmedia) to court for defamation of character.

Eight years later, an Alberta court ruled in Kent's favour.

What issues drove Kent to undertake such an extensive - and likely expensive - lawsuit? And what does the ruling mean for journalists in Canada?

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 4:36am EST

Rebel Media's at it again, this time  seizing on the initial narrative about the Quebec massacre's alleged 'second shooter' like a dog humping its favourite plush toy and refusing to let go.

Also, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's oft-repeated pledge to take in more refugees in light of President Trump's temporary ban on travelers from seven predominantly-Muslim countries? Great media spin, but the government's policies haven't changed.

Freelance writer Omar Mouallem joins us.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 6:55am EST

On this episode, guest host Ashey Csanady and Vicky Mochama look at CBC's recently launched comedy portal and wonders if it's relevant and, you know, funny.

Also, a preliminary look into Shattered Mirror, the recently-released examination of the state of Canadian media from the Public Policy Forum.

Vicky Mochama is the national columnist for Metro News.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:14am EST

How did Canadian media cover the mosque shooting in Quebec? With some glaring errors. Here are some handy tips the next time all hell breaks loose. 

Also, how can the Liberal government critique the U.S. government's draconian and likely unconstitutional new immigration policies without, you know, calling them out on it?

And why are the alt-right up in arms about a proposed bill to examine systemic racism and Islamophobia?

Buzzfeed News Curator Elamin Abdelmahmoud guests with Ashley Csanady while Jesse gets some much-needed rays.

 

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Yellowknife crime reporter John McFadden has been getting into problems with the local police for a while now. But that won't stop him from doing his job.

Watch the surveillance video of John getting roughed up by the sheriff at the courthouse.

Read Canadaland's coverage of John's trial for obstructing police.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 7:27pm EST

What can Harper-era journalism teach us about covering Trump? CBC Marketplace sold a white power t-shirt. The Rebel really loves manhunts. O'Leary says all his old television appearances were reality TV, including the stuff he did for CBC News.

Rachel Browne's Twitter: @rp_browne

Justin Ling's Tweets about journalism access.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:40pm EST

In the wake of Colten Boushie's death, Jesse discusses racial tensions in Saskatoon with panelists Betty Ann Adam (Saskatoon StarPhoenix), Rob Innes (Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan), and Mylan Tootoosis (PhD candidate, University of Saskatchewan). Recorded live at Winterruption in Cosmo Seniors Centre on January 20th, 2017.

Betty Ann Adam's Twitter: @SPBAAdam

Rob Innes's Twitter: @innes_rob

Mylan Tootoosis's Twitter: @MylanMurdo

 


Kevin O'Leary enters the Conservative leadership campaign. Christy Clark gets written up in the NYTimes for accepting $50,000 from the BC Liberals. Justin Trudeau enjoys identifying with immigrants on occasion. Dalhousie student activists pull the old bait-and-switch on JT and turn a selfie snap into a pointed policy question about Indigenous Rights.

Sandy Garossino's Twitter: @Garossino

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When reporters are more relevant as unwilling political props than as chroniclers of facts, what happens to the job of journalism? And does the US/Canada border protect us from this hall of mirrors? The New Republic's Jeet Heer on how to tell the truth in the age of Trump.

Jeet Heer's Twitter: @HeerJeet

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 7:01pm EST

Buzzfeed released a dossier of compromising information about Trump, so he called Buzzfeed a "failing pile of garbage," and CNN "fake news." John Furlong has been reinstated as a UBC keynote speaker. Jon Kay's mother is an MRA supporter, so naturally he failed to disclose this in a sympathetic piece about MRAs in The Walrus.
 
Manisha Krishnan's Twitter @ManishaKrishnan
 
Ken Bensinger, Miriam Elder, and Mark Schoofs' Buzzfeed piece, "These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia" (Jan 10th 2017)
 
Tom McCarthy and Matthew Weaver's Guardian live-blogging of Trump's press conference in response to the released dossier.
 
UBC's announcement about John Furlong, "UBC reinstates John Furlong as keynote speaker" (Jan 9th 2017)
 
Jon Kay's Walrus piece, "Don't Call it Men's Rights" (Jan 6th 2017)
 
Manisha Krishnan's VICE series, "The Real Story Behind the Rise of Creep Catchers, Canada’s Vigilante Pedophile Hunters" (Jan 5th 2017)
 
Craig Offman and Nathan Vanderklippe's Globe and Mail piece, "Cash-for-access organizers sought payments that exceeded federal contribution limits" (Dec 22nd 2016)
 
Barry Cooper's Calgary Herald piece, "Cooper: British Columbia shows us what happens when we go to pot" (Jan 4th 2017)
 
Camilla Turner's Telegraph piece, "Students demand Plato, Descartes and other white philosophers be dropped from curriculum" (Jan 9th 2017)
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Category:media/news -- posted at: 2:34pm EST

Misha Glouberman has been hosting Trampoline Hall, a barroom lecture series created by author Sheila Heti, for 15 years. He and Jesse are almost, but not quite, friends.

Misha's Twitter: @mishaglouberman

Trampoline Hall's Twitter: @trampolinehall

The Trampoline Hall website: http://www.trampolinehall.net/

Direct download: Ep.166_-_Misha_Glouberman.mp3
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Joseph Boyden is a celebrated, award-winning indigenous novelist - who might not actually be native. Indigenous media broke the story while mainstream media was on Christmas vacation.

Ryan McMahon's Twitter: @RMComedy and his Indigenous podcast network, @indianandcowboy

Ryan's VICE piece, "What Colour Is Your Beadwork, Joseph Boyden?" (Dec 30th, 2016)

Robert Jago's Tweets for @IndigenousXca

Jorge Barrera's APTN piece, "Author Joseph Boyden’s shape-shifting Indigenous identity" (Dec 23rd, 2016)

Robert Jago's Canadaland piece, "Things Joseph Boyden Has Claimed To Be But Is Not" (Dec 29th 2016)

Konrad Yakabuski's Globe and Mail piece, "Attacks on Joseph Boyden's identity should set off alarm bells" (originally titled "Boyden's lynching should set off alarms.") (Dec 29th 2016)

Jon Kay's Walrus piece, "Why Is Joseph Boyden’s Indigenous Identity Being Questioned?" (Dec 28th, 2016)

Wab Kinew's Globe and Mail piece, "There is room in our circle for Joseph Boyden" (Jan 3rd, 2017)

Joseph Boyden's piece, "An Open Letter To UBC: Steven Galloway’s Right To Due Process" (Nov 14th, 2016)

Hayden King's Globe and Mail piece, "Joseph Boyden, where are you from?" (Dec 28th, 2016)

Nahka Bertrand and Nickita Longman's Ricochet piece, "How Joseph Boyden’s claims to Indigeneity affect us all" (Jan 1st, 2017)

Direct download: SHORT_CUTS_101_-_Joseph_Boyden-Two_Worlds_Two_Debates.mp3
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