The loss of a giant in Canadian journalism

The loss of a giant in Canadian journalismIt’s hard to believe that Christie Blatchford is no longer with us. Christie – or Blatch, as many were fond of calling her – was an omnipresent figure in Canadian journalism for 47 years. She often defied convention and marched to the beat of her own drum. She was a beacon of light who wrote…

Censure Pelosi for ripping up Trump’s speech

If you truly respect tradition and decorum in politics, Pelosi’s staged performance in front of the cameras was about as low as you can get

Censure Pelosi for ripping up Trump’s speechU.S. President Donald Trump’s state of the union address on Feb. 4 was memorable. He told members of Congress about his various political and economic achievements. He awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. He honoured a wide assortment of figures, from Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to 100-year-old…

Imagine only having opinions that made you happy

Readers are starved of simple stories that make human happiness seem once again possible for regular folks

Imagine only having opinions that made you happyLast week I wrote about how happy making art makes me. It got 83 ‘likes’ in 24 hours. So what does that mean? Interesting to me is the total focus of the piece on happiness. Over the past several hours, I’ve been thinking about whether opinion pieces have simply become too negative, too querulous, too…

Troubled Postmedia reports $3-million quarterly loss

Print advertising continued to slide, but the company pointed to an increase in digital revenue of $2.8 million or 8.7 per cent in the quarter as a hopeful sign

Troubled Postmedia reports $3-million quarterly lossPostmedia, the owner of major daily newspapers across Canada, reported Thursday a net loss in the fiscal quarter ended November 30, 2019, of $3 million. A year before, the loss was $1.4 million. The company stated in a news release that revenue for the quarter was $156.7 million compared to $171.3 million last year, representing…

Digital shift not offsetting newspapers’ print decline

Digital advertising sales reached $295.6 million in 2018, a 20.8 per cent increase from 2016, yet print ad sales declined by a much larger amount

Digital shift not offsetting newspapers’ print declineGrowth in digital ads for newspapers has not been fast enough to offset the decline in print advertising, according to data released Friday by Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported that digital advertising sales reached $295.6 million in 2018, a 20.8 per cent increase from 2016. Print advertising sales totalled $1.2 billion, down from $1.6…

In search of truth in the face of political lies

These untruths reflect badly on candidates, and much more on the ability of the electorate to make thoughtful and informed decisions

In search of truth in the face of political liesWe live in a society of law and order, of values and mission statements, oversight, accountability, and in which transparency is highly valued. Witnesses at judicial hearings are held in contempt if they lie, individuals who knowingly make false and harmful statements can be held libellous, advertisers can’t lie about their products, students can’t cheat…

Postmedia announces $6.3 million loss

Postmedia announces $6.3 million lossCanadian media giant Postmedia ended up losing $6.3 million for its fiscal year ending August 31.  The company said Thursday that the net loss compared to a net loss $33.9 million in the same period in the prior year.  “The change was primarily the result of decreases in depreciation and amortization expense, decreases in restructuring…

Scheer’s take on apologies was spun out of context

Don’t believe everything you hear from the masters of spin. Do your own research using legitimate news sources

Scheer’s take on apologies was spun out of contextPolitical spin and media spin drive some Canadians up the proverbial wall. As a long-time columnist and political pundit who has occasionally utilized both of them (for my own purposes and never for a political party), I can understand why. The real key to understanding spin is there are often kernels of truth in the…

Diversity in the media safeguards democracy

Diversity in the media safeguards democracyMedia’s role in society is integral for a healthy democracy. However, a lack of diversity within journalism is a significant detriment. Since Sept. 6, social media has been abuzz after an op-ed arguing against ethnic diversity was published by the Vancouver Sun and The Province – two of British Columbia’s largest newspapers. The op-ed sends…

Subsidies undermine the media and provinces

Regional reporting may come to suffer blindness similar to that in some Central Canadian media, to the disadvantage of provinces

Subsidies undermine the media and provincesThe announced federal government subsidy for “trusted” media outlets risks undermining provincial jurisdictions. The federal lathering of a $595-million subsidy on “trusted” media over five years may encourage a regressive democratic step of making more news outlets more dependent on Ottawa, feeding a centralizing spirit. News outlets becoming openly partisan (or more partisan than some…
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