We have power – if we’re willing to wield it

The corporate world controls politics only if voters allow it. Let's make educated choices at the ballot box

We have power – if we’re willing to wield itWatching corporate-sponsored mainstream news can be confusing and frustrating. I have great difficulty sitting through report after report about Russia tampering in U.S. elections. Why is this news? What did they stand to gain? Haven’t the Americans been tampering in elections in other countries for generations? Though millions accept the nonsensical issues that dominate the…

Restricting Toronto mayoral debaters is wrong

Fair and equitable election coverage is necessary to maintain broadcast licences, not to mention Canadian democracy

Restricting Toronto mayoral debaters is wrongYou’ve heard of stage diving and photo bombing, but Faith Goldy has pulled a new one: stage storming. “Good morning, sorry to interrupt, I must have missed my invitation in the mail,” she said, having taken the stage to a Toronto mayoral election debate to which she was not invited. The candidate was armed with…

Social media is fully weaponized, open discourse be damned

The Eden-like public square was swiftly overrun by a cacophonic rabble dedicated to crushing ideas to which they’re opposed

Social media is fully weaponized, open discourse be damnedThe Internet may very well be the innovation that liberated access to ideas, but the social media it spawned is swiftly evolving into the jackboot that suppresses them. To put what’s happening today to an increasing number of editors into perspective – Ian Buruma of the New York Review of Books is just the latest…

Can we preserve Canadian newspapers in the digital age?

Not if those publications must compete with the CBC, which operates with the generous help of taxpayers' money

Can we preserve Canadian newspapers in the digital age?An ominous silence has fallen over the demands to save Canada’s newspapers, even as more of their employees take the long walk into the abattoir of the industry’s ambitions. It was only 18 months ago that the Public Policy Forum report authored by Edward Greenspon – The Shattered Mirror: News, Democracy and Trust in the…

Why we shouldn’t worry about wealth inequality in Canada

Age and accumulated wealth account for much of the discrepancy. And that's just normal life-cycle economics

Why we shouldn’t worry about wealth inequality in CanadaMuch ado about nothing. The title of the Shakespearean comedy comes to mind when I think about the attention devoted to wealth inequality in recent years. The left's (and much of the major media's) preoccupation with economic inequality is fundamentally misplaced and has diverted attention away from the real problems we face. For example, take…

Newspapers may be struggling but the news is still crucial

Don't blame the Internet, embrace it as a means to deliver quality reporting to a broader audience

Newspapers may be struggling but the news is still crucialThe old home for the Coventry Evening Telegraph in England is a building frozen in time. The publishers moved to more modern facilities in 2012. The newspaper’s home of more than 50 years is now an arts space where people come to take pictures. It has a museum-like quality: on some desks, family photos, a…

How soccer revitalizes nationalism

It’s difficult to detach the World Cup from patriotism, even among the most disenfranchised of citizens

How soccer revitalizes nationalismThe penetrating question of the 2018 World Cup of soccer is: Why do the large, powerful nations have short national anthems while the smaller countries have ones that go on forever? God Save the Queen (England) is over faster than you can say Bobby Charlton. But songs of Iceland and Peru seem more like six-part…

Has trust in journalists started to rebound from rock bottom?

A new survey says people are looking at journalism with new respect in these troubled times

Has trust in journalists started to rebound from rock bottom?It’s true. The 2018 survey by Cision of 1,355 journalists from across six countries discovered that perceived trust in professional journalists improved by 20 per cent this year. Cision is a global provider of media software. Yes, sadly, journalists felt underappreciated by 91 per cent of the general public up until last year. And fake…

Wasting money propping up untenable news operations

Billions are spent on the CBC, hundreds of millions are redirected by the CRTC to ensure we’re informed. Is more federal funding for local news justified?

Wasting money propping up untenable news operationsThe smartest thing the federal government could have done to answer pleas for subsidy from the nation’s newspaper publishers is nothing. The next smartest thing it could have done is what I suggested it do last August – get the CBC out of the domestic advertising business and make all of its news content available…

Rigorous journalism can save us from fake news

How government can navigate a changing landscape to create the conditions for vigorous, ethical journalism and open, informed debate

Rigorous journalism can save us from fake newsBy Sen. Raymonde Saint-Germain and Sen. Art Eggleton “Journalists are like firefighters: you may not need them every day, but you want to know they’re there to protect you.” Veteran journalist Edward Greenspon used this analogy at a recent Senate open caucus meeting held to discuss threats to traditional journalism in Canada. Media panelists and senators…