Canada Media

Is The Media Getting Better At Portraying Mental Illness?

Robert Whitley | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada Living
Robert Whitley

Will Baker (formerly Vincent Li) received an absolute discharge last week, after eight years in a mental hospital. To recap, Baker was found not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder for beheading a man on a greyhound bus in Manitoba. The action was attributed to paranoid delusions stemming from undiagnosed schizophrenia.

Facebook Could Be The Mass Media Of Tomorrow

Mitch Joel | Posted 02.03.2017 | Canada
Mitch Joel

What makes a piece of content a television show, a movie, a YouTube clip? It's not a new discourse. It's something that many (including little old moi...

The Frightening Ramifications Of High-Frequency Advertising

Mitch Joel | Posted 02.02.2017 | Canada
Mitch Joel

If you think that creativity will be safe from the automation of everything, you are wrong. It's not a question of "if" creativity and advertising wil...

The Easiest Way To Navigate This Media Minefield

Mitch Joel | Posted 02.01.2017 | Canada
Mitch Joel

It turns out that nobody knows what's what when it comes to the media anymore. Who do you trust for your news and media? Now, picture that media outle...

We Shouldn't Weep For Broke But Biased Mainstream Media

Nick Fillmore | Posted 01.31.2017 | Canada Business
Nick Fillmore

A report from the Public Policy Forum of Montreal released on January 26 says the Canadian news industry "is reaching a crisis point as the decline of traditional media, fragmentation of audiences and the rise of fake news pose a growing threat to the health of our democracy."

Canadians Can Save Journalism In The Age Of Trump

Errol Salamon | Posted 01.27.2017 | Canada Impact
Errol Salamon

Public policy still has a crucial role to play in supporting journalism as a democratic institution that informs and as a democratic practice that supports the critical investigative work of journalists. But any viable proposal to save journalism must be grounded in a radically reformed policy-making process that encourages meaningful public participation and takes seriously non-Western voices and practices.

News Media Must Up Their Game Or Trump Will Run The Show

Sean Mallen | Posted 01.19.2017 | Canada Politics
Sean Mallen

Journalists covering the White House must always be at the top of their game: tenacious, fearless and dedicated to a fair accounting of the truth. But the Trump presidency will challenge them like no other in our lifetime.

3 Keys To A Successful Podcast

Michael MacDonald | Posted 01.09.2017 | Canada Business
Michael MacDonald

Having a super cool name doesn't matter. Like Google, iTunes is a search engine. Unless you're Malcolm Gladwell or already have a massive social media following, you need your show to be indexed properly.

How Russia Successfully Gaslighted The West

Adam Caldwell | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Adam Caldwell

Democracy is underpinned by governing through informed consent of the masses. A strong and independent media is a nation's window into the affairs of the nation. Currently too many westerners cannot tell an opinion piece (like this one) from true investigative journalism. Attention spans are too short for long investigative pieces, and forget taking 2 minutes to check a source!

Let's Stop Pretending Media 'Balance' Isn't Empowering Hate

Sol Chrom | Posted 12.09.2016 | Canada Living
Sol Chrom

Let's get set for a steady diet of false equivalencies like "trading barbs" and wishful thinking. We'll have to pretend, in the face of the evidence, that all sorts of horrible people haven't been empowered by this.

Media Coverage Of Fidel Castro's Death Has Been Abysmally One-Sided

Stephen Kimber | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Stephen Kimber

The problem is that, by monochromatically portraying Fidel Castro simply as a brutal dictator -- full stop -- the western media has had to do pretzel-twists to explain away the reality of why so many people in Cuba, Latin America and, indeed, much of the developing world do see him as an heroic, larger than life figure, whose passing is a cause for sadness while his legacy is reason for celebration.

'Fake News' Isn't Just Facebook's Problem

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada Living
Kolby Solinsky

Yes, social media and the web have allowed us to too-conveniently block any news or facts we disagree with, while also flooding us with enough of the opposite. But here's the thing... we've always had this ability. We've always been tricked and pulled and tweezed like this.

How Did Journalists Fail To Diagnose A Trump Win?

Amitha Kalaichandran | Posted 11.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Amitha Kalaichandran

The first common bias that affects journalists is availability bias: the tendency to judge the likelihood of an outcome (a disease or an election) based on what most easily comes to mind. So, for instance, Obama's historical win over the last two elections might be fresh in a young journalist's mind. So too can the diagnosis of asthma in a child -- if the physician previously saw eight cases of the same.

Unplugging For 31 Days Changed My Relationship With Busyness

Christina Crook | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Christina Crook

I'm a mother of three young children, I have an executive husband that travels often for work, I have no family living nearby to help out. I have a lot of good reasons to say "I'm so busy." But the truth is, there are windows in my day for slowing down.

The Media Was The Real Loser This Election

Ward Anderson | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada Business
Ward Anderson

For people who are still wondering "how did this happen," do not waste precious time trying to figure out the voters. Look no further than your TV and at your local newspaper. There was news to be reported, but the media was more interested in a soap opera. They were the real drivers of the "clown car" this year.

The 'Great Unwashed' Will Have Their Revolution

Serge Buy | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Serge Buy

To all those that derided the supporters of Trump and even Sanders, who called them despicable (Trump) or idealistic (Sanders), who dismissed them as impractical or racist -- change your ways, or at least your thinking. The "great unwashed" are marching. And they're angry.

Biased Election Coverage And Consumption Will Have Consequences

Mary Charleson | Posted 11.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Mary Charleson

The media on both sides of the political aisle may well be painting a picture of what they want to see happen, not what is an accurate prediction of what could happen. And because we all willingly are consuming and sharing media as we always have been, we are confident in our own views of the likely outcome.

Backdoor Journalists Like Me Are Beating Media At Their Own Game

Heather Magee | Posted 10.19.2016 | Canada Business
Heather Magee

When I explained to a journalist standing next to me on the red carpet, about to interview such-and-such star at a premiere, that I was a freelancer covering the event on my own dime, he was a bit dumbfounded. "Ah, so you're a backdoor journalist, then," he concluded. As much as the label bothered me, he was right.

The Media Is To Blame For Donald Trump's Success

David Martin | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Politics
David Martin

For the most part, media outlets have given Mr. Trump a free ride. Trump's outrageous statements and positions have not only failed to disqualify him from the race, they have actually increased his profile and popularity. Instead of forcefully challenging Trump on each and every one of his lies and exaggerations, the media have simply winked and given him a pass.

Cutting Government Appointees Could Stall CBC's Downward Spiral

Barry Kiefl | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Barry Kiefl

The CBC's fateful decision to move the national news and the long series of ill-formed, unaccountable decisions since then, makes it clear that an inexperienced, government-appointed president and board of directors is a root problem. The government's review should address this problem.

CBC's 'The National' Is The Peter Pan Of News

Peter Landry | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada TV
Peter Landry

There was a time, not so long ago, in Canada when we depended on the editorial decisions of a few at the hub of a few daily newspapers and a couple of television stations, notably the CBC and its rival CTV. Rapidly, these sources are becoming like rotary landline telephones. Sure there are people who use them, but with each obituary, they become fewer.

Rio Was Nothing Like The War Zone Alarmist Media Predicted

Peter Landry | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Living
Peter Landry

Having just returned from Rio in a regular airplane seat and not in a body bag, I am pleased to say that we had a fabulous time and are the proud parents of a rugby sevens medal holder. Yes, Rio has problems of major proportions -- including a soaring murder rate and grinding poverty. But let's look at the positive side.

Jennifer Aniston Isn't The Only One Feeling Societal Pressure To Have A Baby

Deepi Harish | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Living
Deepi Harish

Society doesn't just pressure Aniston, this is the case for millennial women, specifically South Asian millennial women, like myself. A handful of my female friends and I fit into the following category: we're in our 30s, independent, outgoing, have careers, side interests and side hustles, but we can't seem to find a life partner that will truly be our ride or die.

What Do We Teach Students In Times Like These?

Lizanne Foster | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

In the past I've explained the psychological, sociological, cultural, political and evolutionary basis for human behaviour but, given recent events, I no longer believe that that's enough. My students, in the face of revent world events, want to know one thing in particular: they want to know why it's so hard for people to get along with other people.

Stop Excluding Trans Survivors From Discussions Of Sexual Violence

femifesto | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Living
femifesto

"Most, if not all, mainstream feminism only represents a certain kind of person. Of course, we're talking about white, middle class, able-bodied, cisgender women." Too often, says Kai, marginalized communities such as trans folks aren't given a platform to talk about the issues, like sexual violence, that impact them.