CANADALAND

Will federal media subsidies save a dying industry or merely protract the inevitable? And how did the Anglophone press react to the Ford government’s Francophone cuts?

Brigitte Noël guest hosts, along with Martin Patriquin.

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After 25 years at the CBC, tech columnist Jesse Hirsh decided to risk it all. During an interview about Facebook, he turned the tables, asking why CBC continues to promote Facebook as we've seen what that company has done to undermine democracy. 

 

CBC refused to post the segment online, saying it violated their journalistic standards and practices. Hirsh's future with the CBC is unclear, but the incident raised a lot of questions about what you can and cannot say on our public broadcaster. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:37pm EDT

Despite bringing the horrifying events at a private school in Toronto to the attention of police, the media have been getting some backlash from parents. A CBC columnist dared to call out the CBC on its Facebook practices, and Jesse makes some connections on the CANADALAND conspiracy cork board.

Bill Dunphy co-hosts.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:42pm EDT

The Kielburgers' WE Movement has enjoyed more than 20 years of glowing press. They also have partnerships with 38 media organizations and a history of aggressive responses to criticism.
 
Reporter Jaren Kerr speaks with Jesse about his investigation of WE's media relations.  
 

Audio of Craig Kielburger's 1996 press conference addressing Saturday Night magazine's cover story was sourced from Judy Jackson's documentary It Takes A Child (1998).

This episode is sponsored by HelloFresh and Audible. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 1:58am EDT

The most controversial Maclean's cover in years, Ontario Proud's leaked fundraising documents, and Justin Trudeau becomes the latest champion of the free press. Paul Wells co-hosts.

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When the CBC tweeted out a series of news alerts following Brazil’s election of a far-right presidential candidate... people had a lot to say. The tweets flagged, “fresh opportunities for Canadian companies looking to invest in the resource-rich country” and noted President-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s free market and pro-business stance  but neglected to initially mention his sexism, homophobia, and open declaration of being in favor of a dictatorship.  

The tweets went viral, with readers and journalists alike expressing outrage with the CBC’s framing, but some were surprised by the attention it drew, saying that analysis focused on investment opportunity was common and could be found in any mainstream business publication. 

So, was this a misunderstanding of the role and audience of business news, or an example of irresponsible journalism? 

Guest host Karen K. Ho explores how these ethical concerns are becoming a core component of many big stories, and what some reporters are doing to expand business journalism's audience and sources. Bloomberg’s Jordyn Holman who covers gender, race and class, and Bill Grueskin, former managing editor of the Wall Street Journal and professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, join Karen.

This episode is sponsored by Audible and HelloFresh. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 6:28am EDT

Debunking the Munk Debates, Tony Clement's sordid social media habits, and Ontario Proud goes national.

Ira Wells co-hosts.

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For a long time, CANADALAND was (proudly) the number one podcast in the country — but that's no longer true.

Australian-born Kristi Lee works in marketing by day... but late at night, you can find her sitting in her closet, recording meticulously-researched scripts about the country's most horrific crimes.

Her Canadian True Crime podcast boasts an impressive listenership, and it's not alone. Lee's is among a burgeoning group of popular indie true crime podcasts made across Canada. But with such a following, why do we rarely hear about these shows?

Kristi joins Jesse to discuss the economics, entertainment, and ethics of true crime podcasting in Canada.

This episode is brought to you by Second City, Hover and FreshBooks.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 4:08am EDT

The Pittsburgh synagogue shooting was the deadliest instance of anti-Semitic violence in American history. Is the kind of rhetoric that motivated the shooter here in Canada? And what's with the CBC giving investment advice for the decimation of the Amazon rainforest?
Sean Craig co-hosts.
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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

Google's sister company, Sidewalk Labs, has partnered with every level of government to build the first-ever 'smart city' in Toronto — but with several high-profile resignations and mounting privacy concerns, will this project ever break ground?

Reporter Amanda Roth (The Logic) has spent the last eight months investigating Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto's 'smart city' plan, and has broken story after story on the tech giant's project.

David Skok is the editor-in-chief of The Logic, a new media start-up reporting on the innovation economy. He speaks with Amanda about the timeline of her reporting, how to responsibly cover big tech, and why people should be concerned by more than just potential privacy issues when it comes to this partnership. 

This episode is brought to you by Second City, Audible, and FreshBooks.

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