CANADALAND

After working in media, PR and politics, Jeff Ballingall understands the political power of Facebook. His top Facebook page gets more engagement than the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star combined.

Spanning vicious attacks in rap form to sentimental content about landmarks, Ontario Proud is in a meme war against Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne. And they're really effective.

Ballingall joins us to talk about what he's doing, why he's doing it and who's paying for it.

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The Globe and Mail recently launched their re-designed newspaper much to the dismay of old people everywhere. Editor-in-Chief David Walmsley claims they're "actually expanding" a print edition that has cut both content and distribution.
 
Alt-right women are upset that alt-right men are treating them badly. They're tired of being harassed and facing backlash for not being married and having babies. If only there were a movement that could help them...
 
CP24's Stephen LeDrew is suspended for his appearance on Fox News, in which he discusses LGBTQ2 issues in Canada and manages to upset absolutely everyone.
 
National Post's Jen Gersen co-hosts.
 
Jen's Twitter: @jengersen
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After 34 newspapers were abruptly killed by Postmedia and Torstar last week, Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey made the case that it was just part of an inevitable decline in the industry.

Chris Powell vehemently disagrees. After cutting his teeth at a community newspaper, Powell spent a career covering the news business in trade publications like Strategy and Marketing Magazine. He's spoken to the publishers and executives, he's studied the business models and he says there is a path forward.

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A lot of Canadians lost their community news this week, after two news giants traded 41 newspapers and shut nearly all of them down. Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey says he didn't know Torstar was planning to kill the newspapers he was giving them. Torstar says pretty much nothing at all.

Rogers reportedly won't pay for VICE's fanciful foray into cable TV any longer.

The Financial Post will publish your incoherent rant about climate change if you happen to be an ex-Cabinet minister. 

BuzzFeed social news curator Elamin Abdelmahmoud co-hosts.

Elamin's Twitter: @elamin88

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Gerard Ryle is the director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, who are behind the Paradise Papers, the Panama Papers and other similar investigations.

Major revelations are continuing to come out of the Paradise Papers in Canada and around the world.

One prominent columnist dismissed the whole thing as "another cheap shot at the wealthy," while other people are asking why this story isn't causing riots in the streets.

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A Master's student was reprimanded for showing her students a public TV clip of psychology professor/YouTuber Jordan Peterson explaining why he refuses to use people's preferred pronouns. Now the whole country's stuck talking about it.

Steve Paikin staged a debate about whether Canada is keeping Indigenous people in crisis, with guests who believe things like North American settlers were more advanced than Indigenous people and that Indigenous people should just assimilate.

The Peterborough Examiner published the real name of a sex worker, as well as the street they live on, in their coverage of a protest. 

Alex Verman co-hosts.

Alex's Twitter: @misgenders

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Reporters Anna Merlan and Madeleine Davies were investigating and writing about Louis CK well before the New York Times story came out. And they faced a lot of criticism for it. 

They join Jesse to talk about the line between rumour and news, and whether standards have changed around reporting on sexual misconduct in the post-Weinstein world.

Madeleine Davies is a senior writer for Jezebel.

Anna Merlan is a senior reporter at Gizmodo Media's Special Projects Desk.


Bill Morneau tries to turn down the heat through tales of his spicy past, CBC takes a stand for landlord rights and Jagmeet Singh tries out some slam poetry.

 

COMMONS co-host Hadiya Roderique joins Jesse.

 

Hadiya's Twitter: @deeroderique

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Is local media doomed? We speak to three entrepreneurs who are making a go of it with three very different models.

 

Dave Bidini publishes the West End Phoenix, a recently-launched, print-only monthly newspaper that covers west Toronto.

 

Jeff Elgie is the CEO of Village Media, a digital-only company that provides hyper-local news to nine small communities, mostly in Ontario.

 

Jeremy Klaszus is the founder and editor of The Sprawl, a Calgary news site that practices "pop-up journalism."

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CBC's flagship TV newscast The National is revamped with a four-host format and released into the world.

The Paradise Papers reveal what the Toronto Star calls a "worldwide shadow economy worth trillions of dollars." But the Financial Post's Terence Corcoran thinks the whole thing is just "another cheap shot at the wealthy." Find extensive reporting on the leak at The Star and the CBC.

A white photographer at a concert refuses to listen to Polaris Prize winner Lido Pimentia's calls to make space for brown girls. Some crucial details are missing from the initial reporting.

Freelance reporter Sarah Hagi co-hosts.

Sarah's Twitter: @geekylonglegs

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