Mon, 9 October 2017
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.
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Thu, 5 October 2017
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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Category:general -- posted at: 12:49am EST
Sun, 1 October 2017
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.
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Category:general -- posted at: 11:48pm EST
Wed, 27 September 2017
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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:17pm EST
Sun, 24 September 2017
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.
Thu, 21 September 2017
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.
Sun, 17 September 2017
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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Category:general -- posted at: 10:59pm EST
Thu, 14 September 2017
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.
Mon, 11 September 2017
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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Category:general -- posted at: 12:31am EST
Thu, 7 September 2017
Another day, another 81¢ (rounded for inflation).
The team of our Commons podcast weighs in.
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Category:media/news -- posted at: 5:10am EST