CANADALAND (general)

Journalists from Ezra Levant's website The Rebel were denied accreditation for a United Nations climate conference. The UN says it's because they're an "advocacy media" outlet.

Guy Laurence, the CEO of one of Canada's biggest media outlets, gets the axe.

National Post reporter Tristin Hopper co-hosts.

Tristin's twitter: @TristinHopper

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Talk radio host Ian Power of CKNW feels unwelcomed by visible minorities. In a recent interview, he demanded Globe and Mail's Denise Balkissoon tell him why.

A CBC story about the Liberal government's record on revoking citizenship has been getting flack.

Manisha Krishnan, senior writer at VICE Canada, co-hosts.

Manisha's Twitter: @ManishaKrishnan

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The BBC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Bloomberg: all of them are putting more resources into Canada at the exact same time that the Canadian media is cutting back like never before.Jessica Murphy, head of the BBC's new Canadian bureau and the New York Times' Canada correspondent Ian Austen discuss the influx. 

 

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Maclean's is going from weekly to monthly, as Rogers Media scales back its print magazines. Co-host Paul Wells of the Toronto Star spent a long time working for Maclean's. He joins Jesse to talk about whether this is just smart business or the beginning of a slow death--and why it matters.

A few high profile journalists (including Paul) are leaving Twitter. Where does the platform stand and is it necessary to a modern journalist?

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When Jean Charest was a paid agent of an energy company he had a secret meeting with the government pipeline regulator, who then lied about it. Mike De Souza reported it all for the National Observer. He and his publisher talk about their independent investigation.

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Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente offers a half-assed apology to Newfoundland and also still has a job for some reason. Minister Maryam Monsef is being questioned over her birthplace. Canadian streaming service Shomi is giving up the battle.

Vice columnist and CBC Newfoundland contributor Drew Brown (no relation to Jesse) co-hosts.

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Justin goes to New York, where the fawning coverage continues.

It's another rough week at The Walrus, with a controversy over owl sex and a story getting challenged by its sources.

BuzzFeed's Ishmael Daro co-hosts.

Ishmael's twitter: 

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Things are looking bad for Canada's biggest newspaper. The Toronto Star is letting people go, ads are creeping into stories and they're selling their own brand of coffee. Plus, they recently ran a dangerously misleading front page headline about immigration.

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly admits the cultural system is broken, but claims Canadian content is great.

Freelance journalist and former Liberal speechwriter Colin Horgan co-hosts.

Colin's twitter: @cfhorgan

 

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There's already speculation about who will replace Peter Mansbridge at The National, but the bigger question may be how relevant CBC's top anchor job is anymore.

The CRTC loosened the rules about how to define Canadian TV. Now they're reviewing skinny basic TV packages. Is Canada's traditional TV industry coming to an end?

Media writer Steve Faguy co-hosts.

Steve's Twitter: @fagstein

Read our piece on Mansbridge's salary.

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We delve into the discussion about Israel and the Canadian media after Postmedia pulled down an editorial about BDS and the Green Party.

Canadian Press published a bad story about extremist literature in Canadian Mosques, based solely on a flawed, self-published study. Read VICE's takedown of that piece here.

And is it okay for MP Michelle Rempel to shame comedian Mark Critch over a joke?

COMMONS hosts Vicky and Supriya join Jesse.

Supriya's Twitter: @supriyadwivedi

Vicky's Twitter: @vmochama

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Answers to some of the questions about reporter Raveena Aulakh's suicide. How much did the Toronto Star know about its "toxic" workplace and what did they do about it? Financial Post reporter Sean Craig shares the findings of his investigation.

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Was the Tragically Hip's final show the ultimate Canadian experience? And what was the value of finally seeing the Rob Ford crack video?

 

Freelance journalist and author Stephen Marche co-hosts. 

 

Stephen Marche's Twitter: @StephenMarche

 

Read Stephen Marche's piece New Yorker piece on the Tragically Hip here:
http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/watching-canadas-biggest-rock-band-say-a-dramatic-goodbye

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Justin Trudeau’s nipples are all over the place. The Toronto Star invests in a digital strategy by laying off journalists and IT workers.

 

The National Post’s Jen Gerson co-hosts.

 

Read Jen’s piece on the Prime Minister and his nipples here:

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/jen-gerson-hot-take-on-a-shirtless-trudeau-or-why-we-seem-to-be-obsessed-with-our-leaders-midriff

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How do we process the mass murders, terrorist attacks, police killing Black people, police being murdered, instability in the Middle East and Trump’s fascist rhetoric? Are we living through a major moment in history?

 

Quebec comedian Mike Ward is forced to pay for an illegal joke.

 

The Ottawa Citizen informs us that we need not worry about white privilege. Read that column here: http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/denley-is-canada-really-dominated-by-white-privilege

 

Freelancer Omar Mouallem co-hosts.

 

Omar’s Twitter: @omar_aok

 

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SHORT CUTS is off today.

 

If you want something to listen to, check out our new arts & culture show, The Imposter: http://www.canadalandshow.com/imp

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Baroness Von Sketch, CBC's new sketch show, is funny. What happened? Jesse asks Baroness writer, author, and standup comedian Monica Heisey about what went right and what may be changing in Canadian comedy.  

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News anchors around the country are dutifully explaining Pokemon Go to the Canadian public. Co-host Matt Braga gets frustrated at Access to Information requests. And a look at the state of investigative journalism in Canada.

Matt's Twitter: @MattBraga

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The pundits been out in full force, opining over Black Lives Matter's sit-in that disrupted the Toronto Pride Parade.

With The Guardian's Canada Week, bromantic 3 Amigos coverage and viral videos about the Liberals, is the press being critical enough of our government?

Freelance journalist Septembre Anderson co-hosts.

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Meet Aliya Pabani, the (new) host of The Imposter. Then, Jen Gerson Co-Hosts. 

Topics: Brexit, Jesse attends a semi-secret news-boss meeting, and Amanda Todd

 

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The National Post’s Ashley Csanady co-hosts.

With serial TV host George Stroumboulopoulos leaving Hockey Night in Canada, Jesse and Ashley discuss Canadian media’s obsession with keeping established stars on air. After the cancellation of her show DNTO, Sook-Yin Lee will be hosting a CBC summer series. And Evan Solomon is moving back to TV after being fired from CBC's Power and Politics around this time last year.

Plus, how objective should--and can--the CBC be?

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Response to the mass shooting in Orlando, John Ivison's terrible column and a split at the National Magazine Awards.

Erica Lenti, deputy editor of Torontoist, co-hosts.

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Hodan Nalayeh, founder of IntegrationTV, co-hosts.

 

A reporter at the Toronto Star has died by suicide, which caused the paper's union to call for an official, third-party investigation. Jesse and Hodan discuss how the Star and other media handled Raveena Aulakh's death. 

 

VICE’s documentary This Is Dixon investigates whether gangs are a myth in a Toronto community. But Hodan and other members of the Somali community say they’re just perpetuating stereotypes.

 

The Chinese Foreign Minister berated a Canadian reporter for asking about human rights in China.

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The Toronto Star joins in the long media tradition of terrifying parents.

Reporters keep getting this one thing wrong in weed coverage.

The Conservatives kick back for the press to see, while a big question arises from the Liberal convention.

Chris Selley, columnist for the National Post, co-hosts.

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Was #elbowgate overblown by the press or is it their duty to focus so much on this unusual incident whether or not people want to hear it? 

 

Do we have to take Kevin O'Leary seriously now that he's considering running for leadership of the Conservative Party?

What a big opera conspiracy theory reveals about arts coverage in Canada.

Author and pundit Paul Wells co-hosts.

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RCMP officers spied on journalists without authorization.

 

Postmedia’s CEO Paul Godfrey wants the government to prop up newspapers.

 

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau said something surprising in an interview and people went bananas.

 

Plus, we introduce a new segment called (maybe) “Duly Noted.” If you have a better name, please tell us.

 

Freelance journalist Omar Mouallem co-hosts.

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The damage to Fort McMurray was devastating, but much of the city remains standing. National and international media outlets, including us, exaggerated and got stuff wrong.

 

Vincent McDermott and Cullen Bird from Fort McMurray Today were turned to for reliable local news. They talk about the national and international coverage of the wildfire, the role of social media in getting information out and balancing the needs of locals with the curiosity of the rest of the world.

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Fort McMurray has been devastated by fire. Jesse and BuzzFeed Canada's Paul McLeod look at the conversation that's followed.

VICE was given exlusive access to Justin Trudeau on his visit to Shoal Lake 40. Other media, including Aboriginal People's Television Network, were barred.

Paul's Twitter: @pdmcleod

Sponsors:  ShipStation / FreshBooks

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Margaret Wente is still employed by the Globe and Mail, despite being a serial plagiarist. 

 

The attention on Senator Mike Duffy’s trial distracted from the fact that we still don’t have a good idea of what happened. We're in a similar situation with Jian Ghomeshi, whose accusers continue to step forward.

 

The National Post’s Jen Gerson co-hosts.

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Co-host Lezlie Lowe quit her columnist job at the Chronicle Herald because of the paper's shoddy reporting alleging refugee violence in a schoolyard.

Trudeau goes viral with his quantum computing explanation.

With the Leap Manifesto, Canada's pundits have taken a sudden interest in giving advice to the NDP.

Lezlie's Twitter: @lezlielowe

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The CBC messed up the Panama Papers.

 

The Liberals turn out to be behind the Saudi arms deal and Global Affairs goes on damage control.

 

The Chronicle Herald, with its staff on strike, publishes a shoddy story about menacing child refugees. 

 

The media looks at the Attawapiskat suicide crisis.

 

BuzzFeed Canada's social news editor Ishmael Daro co-hosts.

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Guest host Scaachi Koul is joined by Islamic Monthly's Davide Mastracci.

The Financial Post thinks the release of the Panama Papers is overblown, but has advice if your offshore tax haven is outed.

The Walrus's Jonathan Kay makes the case that the Left is the enemy of the poor.

And Davide recounts how a piece he wrote led to Toronto Star's Heather Mallick calling herself "practically transgender" when it comes of race.

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Anne Kington, author and senior writer at Maclean's, co-hosts.

Anne and Jesse talk about the Ghomeshi verdict, the judge's ruling and the way the press handled it.

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Author and Esquire columnist Stephen Marche co-hosts.

 

CBC is getting rid of anonymous comments. The public broadcaster is also getting a bunch of money back, but they’re short on commitments to re-invest in news. Stephen and Jesse look at Rob Ford's media legacy and the response to his death. 

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Postmedia is for sale. Toronto Star's publisher John Cruikshank is stepping down. The CBC is getting a bunch of money and no one knows how they'll spend it. 

The National Post's Jen Gerson co-hosts.

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As Wab Kinew campaigns in Manitoba, the media has seized on his misogynistic rap lyrics from the past. A reporter for The Rebel claims she was doused in pee and the story only gets stupider the closer you look. And have we reached peak Justin Trudeau?

The National Post's Ashley Csanady co-hosts.

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Americans are threatening to come to Canada if Trump becomes president. And the Canadian media is reporting on the American media checking us out. Vice reporter Ben Makuch is in court, trying to keep his notes away from the RCMP. Vice is going to cable with VICELAND. The skinny basic packages offered by cable companies are awful.

Buzzfeed Canada's Ishmael Daro co-hosts.

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BuzzFeed's Scaachi Koul solicited essays from women and people of colour, inciting internet rage that drove her off Twitter. A government arts agency refuses to tell the public where their money is going. And should CTV have reported on Patrick Brazeau's suicide attempt?

 

Jeet Heer, senior editor the New Republic, co-hosts. 

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Music critic Chandler Levack co-hosts. 

 

Journalists from The Rebel were kicked out of the Alberta legislature.

The Grammys are over and everyone wants you to know which Canadians won. 

Statistics say way less people are consuming news.

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Jen Gerson of the National Post co-hosts.

Jen and Jesse talk about why Canadian media has so many boots on the ground to report on U.S. politics. Why we can't leave American coverage to Americans?

As the Ghomeshi trial continues, reporters make mistakes in court and the Twitter eggs come out in full force. 

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NOT SORRY writer Vicky Mochama co-hosts.

 

Vicky and Jesse talk about the reporting in the first week of Jian Ghomeshi’s sexual assault trial. Journalists fail to understand Vicky's satire. Jesse recounts how he embarrassed himself in an exchange with Peter Mansbridge.

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BuzzFeed’s Scaachi Koul returns to yell at Jesse. 

 

Today's topics: Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey and Torstar Chair John Honderich use their platforms to insult each other. Toronto police officer James Forcillo is found guilty of the attempted murder of Sammy Yatim. Gregory Alan Elliott is found not guilty of criminally harassing Stephanie Guthrie and Heather Reilly on Twitter.

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The New York Times declares Canada is hip, while the Prime Minister's wife breaks into song. Three men are cast into suspicion by the press for taking video at a mall. Job losses continue at Postmedia after President and CEO Paul Godfrey emails the wrong guy about a secret meeting. Omar Mouallem returns as co-host.

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Postmedia plans cuts as their advertising plummets. The CBC's James Cudmore joins the Department of National Defence after reporting on leaks from that same department. And are we having the right conversations about Canada's arms deal with Saudi Arabia? 

 

National Post's Jen Gerson co-hosts.

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In this candid conversation from Egypt, Fahmy discusses the Canadian government’s mishandling of his case in more detail than he has previously offered.

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InfoNews Kelowna's managing editor Marshall Jones on Stephen Harper's pointless photo op and Ezra Levant's feud with Catherine Porter.

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Macleans Magazine's Paul Wells on #CPCJesus and recent federal attack ads.

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Scaachi Koul lambasts Jesse for errors made in reporting on sexism at The Globe and Mail. 

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The Guardian's John Barber on Cape Breton's Mother Canada statue, the RCMP Musical Ride, and Kory Teneycke's accidental proclaimation.

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Freelance writer John Semley on the Toronto Star's Charleston headline and Laura Robinson's ongoing defamation suit against John Furlong.

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Freelance writer Denise Balkissoon on Laura Robinson's defamation suit against John Furlong and the CBC's flip-flopping headline following Glenn Greenwald's takedown of a Sunday Times report. 

 

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VICE reporter Hilary Beaumont on the Evan Solomon flame-out and the RCMP's secret, sealed court document that may contain allegations of RCMP wrongdoing and personal information about Stephen Harper's family. 

 

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Freelance journalist Adrian MacNair on the horny press, the RCMP's release of 18 missing seconds of the Michael Zehaf-Bibeau video, and the whitewashing of CBC's Omar Khadr documentary.

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Jesse on White Pine Pictures's cancelled documentary about Kathleen Wynne, and La Presse journalist Isabelle Hachey on foreign correspondent François Bugingo.

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The National Post's Jen Gerson on the victory of the NDP, the victory of Bill C-51, and the failure (says she!) of Jesse's logic. 

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The Irving Family of New Brunswick own more land than anyone in the world except for royalty and the Pope. How do they use their media monopoly to further their interests? What happens to those who try to compete with them? Author Jacques Poitras, media activist Tracy Glynn, web videographer Charles Theriault and Green Party MLA David Coon discuss the Irvings, recorded live at St.Thomas University. 

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Veteran journalist John Barber has written a fire-breathing, bridge-burning polemic on the state of Canada's newspapers, including The Globe and Mail, where he spent most of his career. He explains why he had to say it. 

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Globe and Mail video game critic Peter Nowak on the "fucking nonsense" of the gaming press. 

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