CANADALAND

Cartoonist Kate Beaton is an exemplary weirdo. Her webcomic about Canadian historical figures and literary ephemera has gained a global following of one million monthly readers. She has published an acclaimed book and her work appeared in The New Yorker, but she still is largely a self-published online creator. Jesse tries to learn her secrets.

 

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CANADALAND is at a crossroads. The show won't continue without your support. If each listener kicks in $1 a month, CANADALAND becomes an independent news org, a podcast network, and a daily news site. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:27pm EST

Carl Wilson changed the way music is discussed. His "poptimist" manifesto, Let's Talk About Love, made it okay to talk seriously about bubbly pop, and went pop itself- that rare work of criticism that becomes a bestseller. He rose to a top job in his field, senior critic at SPIN. But he almost instantly lost that job. He explains why, and talks about the rapid decline of music criticism itself. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 7:53pm EST

Canada is an old man's country. Baby Boomers are the wealthiest generation ever while young Canadians are increasingly poor and in debt. Yet the federal government spends four times as much on the average senior citizen each year as it does on the average 24-year-old. Eric Swanson of Generation Squeeze is fighting an uphill battle to even the scales. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:34pm EST

The CBC, Ontario, Quebec, and a number of unions say that Netflix should be taxed in order to pay for more CanCon. The Harper government says there will be no Neflix tax as long as they remain in power.

They're all full of it. A Netflix tax is impossible. Journalist Steve Faguy explains why. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:51pm EST

Canadians can be funny, but can funny Canadians make a living? Comedian Rebecca Kohler on the state of stand-up. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:57pm EST

David Soknacki is the opposite of Rob Ford: he's skinny, sober and thoughtful. But is the political press too sensationalized for a candidate with substance to get noticed? 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:36pm EST

How is the press supposed to cover science in a country where the government stifles research that conflicts with its policies?

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Actor/writer Matt Watts (The Newsroom, Michael Tuesdays and Thursdays) on "incest" and "hush money" at the CBC, among other problems plaguing our TV industry. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:23pm EST

Canada produces top animation talent but lousy animation content. Animator Adam Hines, co-host of the Guys With Pencils podcast, on how to save Canadian cartoons. 

 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:00pm EST

The Score is a digital-first, globally popular Canadian media company that's growing each year. So why did its well-loved feature writing team just get the axe? Former features editor Dustin Parkes explains. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:35pm EST

MuchMusic and dozens of other specialty channels collect millions of dollars a year from subscribers who didn't ask for them and don't watch them. Meanwhile, channels are laying off their staffs and producing less meaningful content than ever. Is it time to cut the cord on the protected cable business?

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:30pm EST

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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Category:general -- posted at: 9:29pm EST

THE GRID may be remembered as the last newspaper ever launched in Canada. The people behind it share their thoughts on whether success was ever even possible. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:11pm EST

The veteran CBC broadcaster as you've never heard him before.  A candid, combative, and lubricated conversation about the state of journalism, the CBC, Canada in general, and Jesse's life choices in particular.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 7:51pm EST

The CBC's new plan is to be a digital content company (that doesn't make content). Jeffrey Dvorkin used to run news at CBC and NPR. He tells Jesse what he would do if he were still in charge. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:00pm EST

The Tyee may be the oldest digital native news service in Canada. Who funds it and why has it stuck around for so long while so many others have faded away? Founder David Beers explains. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:33pm EST

A leaked document reveals that Globe management wants to force reporters and columnists to write ads that look like articles. Media watcher Mathew Ingram, formerly of the Globe, explains why it won't work. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:56pm EST

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:19pm EST

A people-powered journalism startup from Montreal has quickly earned the support of hundreds of backers.  So what is Ricochet and who's paying for it? Editor Ethan Cox explains.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:27pm EST

Linden MacIntyre's premature exit from the CBC is a giant Fuck You. To who?

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:26pm EST

Harper cabinet member Tony Clement describes how government outsources social media monitoring of the public. Is it legal? He's not sure yet. 


Weeks after 9/11, reporter Jan Wong smuggled a box cutter onto an Air Canada Flight to see if she could. Jan Wong had a celebrity gossip column but she interviewed a homeless woman instead. Jan Wong called Quebec out for racism years before the Values Charter. Jan Wong was punk rock. Then her editors threw her under the bus. She's still not okay with that.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:20pm EST

Ep.31 - Your telecom provider is selling your information to the government

In 2011, Canadian government agencies asked Internet providers and cell phone companies for private subscriber data 1.2 million times. Warrants were rarely provided and the telecom companies had the right to refuse. They handed over your information anyway, and charged for it. 


Ep.30 - Canadian television is doomed
The CRTC is unbundling cable channels, but in 5 years will anyone subscribe to cable TV anyhow? If we don't, who will fund Canadian TV and film? Insights from George Burger, a veteran of the Canadian TV and film industry who is now an executive at VMedia, an Internet TV service. 

 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:23pm EST

The CBC is being systematically disassembled, but its employees can't or won't speak up for it and make the case for public broadcasting. Anshuman Iddamsetty is a former CBC producer. These days he hosts Hazlitt Magazine's podcast, The Arcade. He joins Jesse to discuss the things that they won't. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:31pm EST

Ep.28 - What only the press knows about Rob Ford

Robyn Doolittle and Jonathan Goldsbie talk about unreported smells and Rob Ford's mastery of modern media. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:33pm EST

Ep.27 - The end of internships

The Walrus and Toronto Life were investigated by the Labour Ministry and forced to send their unpaid interns home. A wider crackdown on magazine internships and unpaid internships in general is on the way.

Derek Finkle is the former editor of Toro Magazine. Before that, he was Toronto Life's first unpaid intern. Here's his story, and his thoughts on what's happening now. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:50pm EST

Ep.26 - What is happening at the Globe and Mail?

Top writers and editors have fled, Editor-in-Chief John Stackhouse was shockingly ousted. No-one at the paper is willing to talk about it on the record. Former Globe editor, journalism professor Ann Rauhala provides some insight.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:22pm EST

CSEC is shadier than the NSA. Nobody really knows what they are doing, including the Ministers who empower them and the judges who grant them warrants. They spy on Canadians and lie to the press and to the Courts.  Globe and Mail reporter Colin Freeze talks about the frustrations of covering a secret institution. 

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

Pierre Karl Peladeau is an old-fashioned Media Baron, fully controlling much of the music, publishing, and news industries in Quebec. As journalist Martin Patriquin tells it, he is also a vindictive and powerful enemy of those who cross him or ask the wrong questions. Now, he is also a politician, with a sovereign Quebec as his goal. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:27pm EST

The Black Hoof made Toronto a hip restaurant town, and its imitators pop-up every week, all across Canada. Owner Jen Agg shares good wine and strong opinions about food culture, food trends and food media.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:13pm EST

How did Peter Mansbridge's Oils Sands conflict-of-interest break through to mainstream news?

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:46pm EST

Ep.21 - Jonathan Kay defends Rex Murphy

Rex Murphy won't answer questions about taking Oil Sands money, but his editor, The National Post's Jon Kay, will. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:56pm EST

The CBC's chief conservative commentator has a glaring conflict of interest, reports investigative journalist Andrew Mitrovica.


Author Sheila Heti on her own hype, GIRLS, and why she doesn't care about CanLit.

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:01pm EST

Conflict and controversy as Gavin McInnes and others remember Voice of Montreal, a government-subsidized community newspaper in the 90s that grew into a global brand. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:40pm EST

How did Harper dodge the Senate scandal? Why did the press let him? Toronto Star columnist Susan Delacourt speaks candidly about Canada's broken political press. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:19pm EST

More layoffs at the Globe and Mail and the National Post were announced last week. Editor Jeremy Barker was one of the Posties who lost his job. A few days later, he joined Jesse to talk about what the future may hold for him and for print media. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:32pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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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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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

Ford, Duffy, Harper- and no mockery? Playwright & actor Michael Healey on why Canada's powerful never get what they deserve. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:41pm EST

Actor/writer Matt Watts (The Newsroom, Michael Tuesdays and Thursdays) on "incest" and "hush money" at the CBC, among other problems plaguing our TV industry. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:56pm EST

Howard Bernstein helped create Ryerson's journalism internship program. Now he thinks it should be abolished. 
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Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:07pm EST

Ariel Garten is the CEO of Toronto-based startup Interaxon, makers of the thought-controlled computing headband, Muse. She also used to date Jesse. Ariel comes by the CANADALAND studio to show Jesse his brain and talk about computers that know when you are sad. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 2:59pm EST

The CBC's Michael Enright joins Jesse for good whiskey and frank conversation about the media, the country, the CBC, and what Jesse should really be doing with his life. 

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Category:media/news -- posted at: 12:13am EST