CANADALAND

Several Canadian alternative newsweeklies are gone and the rest are struggling. Rupert Bottenberg spent 13 years as the music editor of the Montreal Mirror, which ended its 27 year run in 2012. He remembers his tenure and reflects on what alt-weeklies meant and where they went wrong. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:17pm EDT

There are almost 300,000 international students in Canada. Avanish Agarwal is one of them. He says the experience is not as advertised, and that many like him are being exploited by Canada's schools and companies. 


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Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:52pm EDT

Year-end thoughts on how things are going so far, episodes to come, plus one that couldn't be made. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:03pm EDT

TV news is reductive, repetitive and usually ridiculous. Was it always like this? Broadcast news veteran Howard Bernstein remembers something better. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:22pm EDT

Graham Wagner wrote for The Office and Portlandia and studied philosophy because of Monty Python. In between, he spent ten years jobbing around Toronto's comedy scene, writing for a grab bag of Canadian TV shows and enduring development deals. His girlfriend made him talk to Jesse. 


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Kathryn Borel Jr. is a whole other sort of animal. More descriptively, she's an expat Canadian screenwriter living in L.A. She used to be a radio producer at the CBC, then she wrote the memoir Corked.  She's one of Jesse's dearest friends, and he bought her and her boyfriend Graham some wine. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:45pm EDT

Professor Dwayne Winseck delivers a blistering indictment of Bell, Rogers, and Telus; it's an attack that may have gotten him briefly kicked off Twitter. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:52pm EDT

Geoff Siskind is the showrunner of Storage Wars Canada and an accomplished documentary producer. He's also Jesse's old radio producer. A frank discussion about what's real, in life and in work. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 11:32pm EDT

Apple has banned Sex Criminals, a comic book drawn by Chip Zdarsky (aka Steve Murray aka Todd Diamond) from iTunes. Yet Apple sells the same comic. Steve on Apple's hypocrisy, his multiple personas, and what it's like to be the National Post's in-house deranged pervert. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Tucows CEO Elliot Noss on how Rogers, Telus and Bell are holding Canada back. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:36pm EDT