CANADALAND (general)

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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