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Did The CBC Just Commit An Act Of Hate Speech?

Tim Moen | Posted 02.24.2017 | Canada Politics
Tim Moen

On January 20, 2017, producers for the CBC program Marketplace printed t-shirts containing racist logos and mottos, including "white power" and "white pride world wide [sic]," and hired a middle-aged white man to stand on a Toronto street to peddle the t-shirts and yell racist slogans. Not only is this episode the epitome of so-called "fake news" -- fabricating a story in order to report it -- it's also deeply ironic. By broadcasting this content in Alberta, the CBC likely violated Alberta's hate speech law.

Ban CBC From Online Ads, Tax Web Subscriptions, Report Urges

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.26.2017 | Canada Business

Public Policy Forum report seeks ways to rescue Canada's ailing news industry.

Dealing With Trolls In A Donald Trump World

Jeff Paterson | Posted 01.24.2017 | Canada Living
Jeff Paterson

Back when the primaries kicked off, the trolls found a common hero in Trump. Someone on the outside the norm of the establishment, someone not taken seriously. Someone himself a master at getting reactions from making a single statement. I mean, that's the whole purpose of trolling, isn't it? Get people defensive and engage them to react with real emotions and sincerity.

On TV: Killer Doctors And Murderous Mennoites

D.K. Latta | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

Two Canadian dramas are aiming to bring a bit of cable edge to mainstream networks. "Pure" is a crime-drama whose premise might sound like a joke: The Mennonite Mob! While "Mary Kills People" is about a doctor who has an illegal side-line helping people commit suicide.

Here Are The Best 21 Seconds In Canadian TV This Month

The Huffington Post Canada | Mohamed Omar | Posted 12.14.2016 | Canada

You're welcome.

Here's The Thing -- All News Is Fake These Days

Mark Towhey | Posted 12.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Mark Towhey

The real problem is that pretty much all news these days is fake. I'm not saying it's always fabricated in a room somewhere with the blatant and malicious intent to deceive -- but it is, nonetheless, very often misleading, prejudiced, intentionally or inadvertently deceptive and agenda-driven. Every snowfall is a "blizzard" these days. Every rainfall demands a "special weather statement" from the government weather service and "Storm Team Coverage" of a "Rain Storm Warning." There is no real news anymore.

CBC Asks For Funding Boost To Go Ad-Free

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada Business

Proposal would mean an extra cost of $12 per Canadian.

This Organ Donor Doc Will Wrench Your Heart And Change Your Mind

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 11.16.2016 | Canada Living

Around 250 people die each year waiting for an organ transplant.

Globe And Mail Publisher Takes Aim At CBC's Public Funding

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada Business

"I will tell you emphatically that CBC has been violating the Broadcast Act and their mandate for a long time."

Taking Stock Of TV's 'Kim's Convenience'

D.K. Latta | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

Kim's Convenience may be breaking ground with its Korean-Canadian focus. But arguably it can still fall into the trap of putting people into "us" and "them" boxes. And, sadly, that too shows how truly universal it is.

We Are Challenging China And Fighting For Our Fathers' Freedom

Ti-Anna Wang | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Ti-Anna Wang

My father, Wang Bingzhang, is a Chinese political prisoner currently serving the 14th year of a life sentence for his work in pro-democracy activism. In 2002, while in Vietnam, my father was abducted into China and arrested by Chinese police. Six months later, he had a sham trial, found guilty, and sentenced to life in prison.

No Escaping B.C. Governments' Pre-Election Political Programming

Dermod Travis | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

The B.C. government is in the midst of saturating television shows and social media news feeds in the province with a multimillion-dollar back-patting advertising campaign in advance of the 2017 election. The B.C. Liberal party -- who clearly have money to burn -- is getting in on the act as well with mood-setting political ads.

Mental Illness Won't Stop My Family From Fighting The Stigma

Quinn Greene | Posted 10.12.2016 | Canada Living
Quinn Greene

My name is Quinn Greene. I am mentally ill. My mother, Roxie. My father, Dave. My brother, Kane. We are all mentally ill. We are actor, entertainer, musician, writer. And we are anger, hoarding, anxiety and depression. But we are also working hard, fighting back, finding health and strength in each other, and we are full of hope.

How Drugs, Gangs, And Rob Ford Inspired This Toronto Crime Drama

The Huffington Post Canada | Emily Anonuevo | Posted 10.10.2016 | Canada

The show premiers Monday, Oct. 10, 9 p.m. ET

It's 'Older White Canadians' Who Want Minorities To 'Fit In'

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

So there was this CBC-Angus Reid poll. You may have heard about it, or at least seen it while scrolling through your social media feeds this week. It was called the "Canadian Values" poll and it found, according to the original CBC headline, that Canadians want minorities to do more to 'fit in.' This poll made news because it revealed 68 per cent of Canadians thinking minorities should be "doing more to fit in" with mainstream society instead of keeping their own customs and languages. But what I found out after contacting Angus Reid was that 87 per cent of those respondents were white.

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.

Racist Mascots Remind Indigenous People We Aren't Seen As Equal

Brad Gallant | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Brad Gallant

We have been forced to the farthest reaches of the continent, evicted, killed, induced to deny our heritage and starved out to make way for Canadian "progress." Native mascots are a lingering reminder that the Indigenous cannot participate in Canadian society equally.

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.

CRTC Orders CBC Radio 2 To Drop Ads: Could TV Be Next?

Wade Rowland | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Business
Wade Rowland

The "reality" of public broadcasting, in principle at least, is that it exists precisely in order to provide a service that is not a commercial, for-profit undertaking. It is intended to be distinctive, to be free from the influence of vested interests either commercial or governmental, and to serve its audiences as citizens rather than as consumers.

The Hip Concert On CBC Is What Happens When Nation Trumps Revenue

Wade Rowland | Posted 08.23.2016 | Canada Business
Wade Rowland

The CBC's decision to air the Tragically Hip's farewell concert Saturday was a stroke of public broadcasting genius. Better than almost any event one could imagine, it demonstrated the power of a national public broadcaster to bring a nation together to celebrate its shared values, to honour its prodigies, to connect.

No Band Can Bring A Country Together Like The Tragically Hip

Jeff Blay | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Living
Jeff Blay

Certainly, there are bands that are more famous, have sold more albums and put on bigger shows, but you'd be hard-pressed to find one that captured a country's attention -- at least 11.7 million of us, according to CBC -- like The Hip did that night in Kingston.

One-Third Of All Canadians Tuned Into Tragically Hip Concert

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.21.2016 | Canada

The Kingston, Ont., concert is expected to be the last one for the band.

Liberals Looking At BBC As They Mull Future Of CBC

CBC | CBC News | Posted 08.14.2016 | Canada Politics

During the 2015 election campaign, the Liberals promised to restore CBC funding that was cut by the Conservative government.

Rio Opening Marked 1 Time Americans Preferred A Canadian Broadcast

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 08.05.2016 | Canada

It's like U.S. Netflix, but in reverse.

Bob Chelmick's Solar-Powered Cabin In The Woods

David Dodge | Posted 07.15.2016 | Canada
David Dodge

Chelmick's getaway required the hard work of clearing brush and laying a foundation. The original cabin was 600 square feet and solar-powered, complete with battery storage. Why solar? Chelmick recalls seeing brown streaks across the sky near Lake Wabamun.