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Why You're Better Off Being Terminally Ill in Holland or Switzerland

Anne Day | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada
Anne Day

Sandy, in a recent conversation, shared that it took over six months for the insurance company to approve the purchase of a wheelchair, by which time she could hardly get out of bed, let alone use it. Having that wheelchair earlier might have improved her quality of life. Why does it take so long, especially when someone has limited time?

Watching the Watchdog: Some Things I Don't Understand

Tim Knight | Posted 06.12.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

Tim Knight writes the regular media column, Watching the Watchdog, for HuffPost Canada. Some things I don't understand: What happened to that absolu...

Watching the Watchdog: How a Story Should Be Told

Tim Knight | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

When a reporter approaches me about a column I wrote on the lack of storytelling in T.V. journalism, I have some explaining to do. "Want to know why broadcast news still starts so many stories at the end ... tells you effect before cause ... is so hard to understand ... to remember?" "Sure," she says. "Let me tell you a story ..."

Watching the Watchdog: Last Night Obama Got His Mojo Back

Tim Knight | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

During his first debate with Mitt Romney, Barack Obama seldom looked directly at Romney. He seldom contradicted Romney. He never raised his voice to Romney. He never really challenged Romney. So what happens in the second U.S. presidential debate? OBAMA GETS HIS MOJO BACK!!! He came out bristling for a fight. This time Obama's in charge. He dominates the fight, provides the drive, the passion. This time, no deference.

Did "Alternative Medicine" Lead to Murder?

Marvin Ross | Posted 09.08.2012 | Canada
Marvin Ross

On Friday, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled that 27-year-old Jordan Ramsay, who suffers from schizophrenia and who killed his father and severely injured his mother, is not criminally responsible to stand trial. Jordan had switched from his prescribed medication to a vitamin product that has been aggressively marketed for over a dozen years as a cure for most mental illnesses.

CBC Cuts Produce -- Surprise! -- Good Programming

Tim Knight | Posted 06.09.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

It couldn't have come at a better time. Right after the brutal $115-million budget cut -- while its enemies bash it for opacity and profligacy and its friends laud it as sacred Canadiana -- the network has a triumphant evening.

Watching the Watchdog: Here's How the CBC can Survive the Cuts

Tim Knight | Posted 05.30.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

By now, you know most of the gory details of the damage. Ten per cent cut to the CBC. Blood on the floor. From some, wails of anguish. From others, roars of applause. The time of the great networks is over. The Internet and social media have won. But old media can save itself through storytelling.

Watching the Watchdog: CTV Bests CBC on National News

Tim Knight | Posted 05.08.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Compared to CBC's The National, CTV offers a cleaner, neater, tighter, better paced, and better-written news program. Even so, there's too much narrating over edits and when that's done, we stop listening to the words for a moment.

Watching the Watchdog: Snoozing Through "The National"

Tim Knight | Posted 05.07.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

With a federal budget coming down in just three weeks, Peter Mansbridge asks the Bottom Line panelists, "What's so bad about running a deficit?" Nearly 20 minutes later, I still haven't a clue. Only bright point is that Mansbridge suddenly becomes a lot more human now he can talk to real people.

Vancouver Ashamed After Rioting, But Damage Is Superficial

Bill Mann | Posted 08.17.2011 | Canada
Bill Mann

"Go home! Go home! Go home! Stop looting our beautiful city!" That Tweet sent to the @CBCNews twitter feed summed up the feelings of an overwhelming ...