Canada Media

Warning: Always Take a Columnist's Advice at Your Own Risk

Ilia Blinderman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Ilia Blinderman

Having a column does not a medical expert make, and we would be wise to keep abreast of our ignorance -- both as journalists and news consumers. Addiction does not care whether you take to its labels or not. It may not give you a choice.

Harper's Politics Serve Politicians, Not Canadians

Glen Pearson | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Poet, Anatole France, once observed that, "it is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel." He could just as easily be commenting on two recent actions of our present federal government that fly directly in the face of what is supposed to be good politics: giving the people what they want. How else to explain the undue harshness against this country's veterans, or the outright attack and manipulation in the Harper government's attempts to revamp Elections Canada to its own purposes? What makes both of these instances so remarkable is the sheer arrogance of a government acting against the best interests of its own people.

The War in Afghanistan Made the Country Better

Lauryn Oates | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada
Lauryn Oates

The challenges that remain in Afghanistan are significant and they are copiously documented elsewhere and do not require repeating here. But the challenges should not overshadow the progress, and what can be concluded from the state of affairs in Afghanistan today is that Afghanistan is far better off today than it was in in 2001.

Do We Know The Truth About Pot?

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - As it turns out, Nov. 6, 2012, was a big day for marijuana laws.Voters in Colorado and Washington state approved initiatives to legalize p...

Canadian Media Mangled Mandela's Legacy

Rachel Décoste | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

The Canadian media has missed, or, rather, sidestepped the opportunity to truly learn the lessons Madiba taught the world. Politicians and establishment hacks invariably give empty words. The juxtaposition of Canada's multicultural crown and the apartheid-like pyramid of pundits is a cross Canadians will have to bear. But, there are a few notable (positive) exceptions in the coverage of Mandela's death.

How to Become a Go-To Expert for the Media

Shannon Skinner | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Business
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg As an entrepreneur or expert in your field, you need to stay ahead of the competition. Journalists are constantly seeking experts in a wide-rage of fields to be their "go-to" authorities, to provide comment on current affairs or on industry stories they are writing, or simply to help understand complex issues that they are covering. So, get on their radar screens!

Rob Ford Proves It's Not What You Do But How You Respond

Nick Cowling | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Nick Cowling

The fact is, bad stuff happens. Today, more than ever, the general public does not immediately judge a person or a company when things go sideways. However, they WILL and DO judge the response. Rob Ford is a real time case study on how to take a bad situation and make it a million times worse.

Rob Ford Needs a Crisis Communications Plan

Rania Walker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Rania Walker

The daily, international circus that Rob Ford is circumventing so disastrously right now demonstrates why it's so important to have a Crisis Communications Plan and stick to it. In every crisis there is an opportunity to learn and to grow and to become stronger. Here's hoping that this week is a little quieter for Ford.

Ottawa Only Cares About Squeezing Votes, Not Humanity

Glen Pearson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Glen Pearson

For all the Duffys, Harpers, Harbs, Wallins and Brazeaus, there are the quiet, reasoned and compassionate voices of the Segals, Dallaires and Cowans, and, yes, the Munsons, fighting for the humanity of Canadians instead of the loyalty of their base. They have tackled the political order in both houses and in every party to restore this country's image in the world.

The Senate Scandal's True Victims Aren't Well-Dressed Elites

Glen Pearson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

The real scandal of politics at present is not about a number of high profile, well-attired, and well-trained political elite caught in scanda. The true victims in this very moment are all those Canadians seeking work, lining up at food banks, hoping for better Veteran's benefits, the hundreds of Aboriginal women gone missing and presumed deceased, those waiting for extensive times in emergency rooms, and those on the wrong side of the ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor in this country. They look in vain to both Houses of Parliament for a proper addressing of their circumstances.

Canucks Coach Tortorella's PR Grade

Rachel Thexton | Posted 12.23.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Rachel Thexton

In a top NHL hockey market, there is nothing a Vancouver Canucks player or coach does on or off the ice that goes unnoticed by the city's sports media. During the recent off-season, Vancouver headlines focused on the new "man in charge", coach John Tortorella, a man known for his impatient and often volatile relationship with sports media. From screaming and swearing at reporters to his aggressive approach in post game media scrums, Tortorella has earned a reputation with those in the press box. So how has the NHL coach handled the tenacious Vancouver sports media so far?

If You're Rich and White the Newspapers Want You

Rachel Décoste | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

In terms of visible minorities, the Globe and Mail is doing no better than its national print-based competitors in providing a forum for ethnic Canadian voices. This diverse demographic is projected to grow to a third of the Canadian population by 2030. Is traditional Canadian media doing anything to include, reflect or address their experiences in the multicultural mosaic, building on the wave of the present and future? The examples are few and far between.

Why Today's News Outlets Are Like Easily-Distracted Canines

David Martin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
David Martin

How often have you seen a 12-part newspaper investigation into government corruption or an ongoing TV news investigation into fraudulent business practices? They simply don't exist anymore. Now daily papers operate solely on a 24-hour news cycle which leaves no time for pursuing the deeper story.

WATCH: Consumers Are Wary of Big Data

Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Business

According to Scott Suthren, senior director of digital strategy at Aimia Inc., says the days when consumers would freely hand over data to marketers w...

WATCH: Consumers Are Wary of Big Data

Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Business

According to Scott Suthren, senior director of digital strategy at Aimia Inc., says the days when consumers would freely hand over data to marketers w...

6 Reasons Your Canadian Business Needs To Go Digital

Lisa Ostrikoff | Posted 11.15.2013 | Canada Business
Lisa Ostrikoff

Canadians are plugged in more now than than ever before. From how long we use the Internet, to our level of website engagement, to our appetite for online video, Canada is on top of the world when it comes to everything online. This is great news for marketers and advertisers.

WATCH: Digital Innovation is Part of Canada's DNA

Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Business

Canada is producing some of the most intellectual and creative digital start ups in the world, says BNOTION's Paul Crowe. It's something that he says ...

What Makes Suicides Newsworthy?

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada
Romeo Vitelli

Is suicide really contagious? Along with celebrity suicides, research has linked copycat deaths to news stories describing specific locations and/or methods of committing suicide that increases the likelihood of vulnerable people killing themselves in the same way. However, looking at the data on a per-country basis reveals a different story about how suicide is reported, and why.

Can We Digitize School Handouts, Please?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Are we not living in a digital age? For some strange reason, educational facilities, specifically elementary schools, seem to be stubbornly entrenched in a previous era. What is behind this desire to hold on to a communications method that is clearly flawed, to say the least?

WATCH: Seize The Brand Essence And Tell That Story

Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada Business

Mitch Joel of Twist Image doesn't hedge when he speaks about the most important challenge facing companies in the digital space. If you want a relatio...

Trolling - I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means

Seb FoxAllen | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada Living
Seb FoxAllen

You may have noticed variations of the term "online trolling" creeping their way into the style guides of your favourite news outlets over the past year. What the Internet need not attempt is to expunge trolls. Instead, the digital class must work towards a renegotiation of its idioms. A key part of this process will be coaxing more nuance from terms like trolls and trolling, insisting on new ways of delineating the undesirable from the criminal: the process from the by-product. Resist the rush to concede the perch of the troll; it's all many of us have left.

WATCH: Canada's Digital Borders Continue To Blur

Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Business

Michael MacMillan knows what people mean when they insist that Canada's digital landscape is breaking boundaries. There is no doubt that the country's...

Jeff Bezos Will Save the Washington Post

Diane Francis | Posted 10.24.2013 | Canada
Diane Francis

While the outcome is fairly obvious, the question is why did Bezos pay $250 million (he paid $500 million but $250 was its real estate) for the Washington Post? Why didn't he just start offering content deals to publishers and journalists then sell it on Amazon as he does now with movies?

WATCH: Canada Needs More Risk Takers

Posted 08.21.2013 | Canada Business

UPDATE: Matt Di Paola is the senior vice-president, General Manager at Critical Mass Canada’s startup community needs more risk takers, according...

The Travel Writer's Dilemma

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 09.30.2013 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

Several large media organizations won't publish articles if a travel writer received assistance from a tourism board, or they will put a disclosure at the end of the article saying the trip was sponsored. This is a blatant double standard, and it stands to hurt and limit the importance of travel journalism.