Canada Media

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.

Jo Cox Showed Us What It Means To Fight Indifference With Courage

Glen Pearson | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

One image remained with me: Cox's shoe, lying on its side, even after her body was removed. A powerful woman once filled that shoe. She was no regular political aspirant, but a true believer in the nobility of humanity and its capacity for hope and change.

Democracy Was The Ultimate Victim Of The House Of Commons Antics

Glen Pearson | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

As the leading elected official, the prime minister erred significantly, and his subsequent apologies contain a hint of his awareness of how Parliament was belittled through his action. And when NDP members sought to keep the Opposition Whip from proceeding down the aisle with his government counterpart, they too played their own erring part in the twisted plot.

The Raging Inferno Of Online Comments

Aaron Binder | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Living
Aaron Binder

Times of tragic loss understandably affect large amounts of people and it is dangerous to trivialize their losses by making sweeping and grandiose "gotcha" statements, as though the fires in Fort McMurray are the linchpin for or against climate change, the present government, or whichever other dots may find themselves ripe for loose connection.

Nothing Has Changed: Public Relations Is Still About Building Relationships

Stephen Murdoch | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Business
Stephen Murdoch

Strong relationships have always been at the heart of good public relations. Today, with newsrooms shrinking, relationships are of the utmost importance in telling your story.

It's Time Canada Finally Put First Nations First

Lianne Castelino | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Living
Lianne Castelino

If we can be moved to action watching footage of children living in poverty in third-world countries, we should be equally driven to effect change when we see the inhumane conditions that exist for our First Nations communities across the country.

Society Sees Me Differently When I Straighten My Hair

ByBlacks.com | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Style
ByBlacks.com

For the six months that I wore my hair curly, I felt confident. I felt like I had been a one-girl revolution who walked with purpose, making a statement with every step. But when I wore my hair straight, I felt safe. What's the difference?

The Blurred Line Between Advertorial And Editorial

Stephen Murdoch | Posted 04.07.2016 | Canada Business
Stephen Murdoch

There used be a great divide between the advertising and editorial departments of media outlets; they operated in separate silos and never the twain shall meet. But those days are gone. At the end of the day, the media is a business -- and it's a tough business. Revenues are drying up, falling year after year. It makes good business sense to leverage earned media opportunities with a paid advertising buy.

Black Girls Rock Is Going Global

Giselle Phelps | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada TV
Giselle Phelps

I was lucky to attend the taping for a second year in a row. As a black girl born in the U.S., raised in Canada, and who studied in Australia, the expansion plans are welcome news to me. The issues black women and girls face go far beyond geographic borders. 

The CRTC's Rogue Surveys And Polls Ignore Real Canadians

Barry Kiefl | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada Business
Barry Kiefl

The affable chairman of the CRTC, Jean-Pierre Blais, delivered a "state of the industry" speech in Toronto on Feb. 17, 2016. But Mr. Blais has shown a tendency to rely on dubious information in speeches and policies.

CBC Must Abandon Ads And Find New Sources Of Funding

Barry Kiefl | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Business
Barry Kiefl

CBC has boasted that 50 per cent of the cost of its TV services is paid for by advertising revenue. No more. In the year ending August 2015, CBC English TV ad revenue fell off a cliff and was barely $100 million, well under 20 per cent of TV revenues. Funding from taxpayers is now four times greater than ad revenues.