Not a penny more

So, I saw, a few days ago, in a report in the Globe and Mail, that "The print media need extra sources of federal funding, as well as a new deal with foreign internet companies, to survive the economic shock brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the publisher of The Globe and Mail has told … Continue reading Not a penny more

Why?

The Financial Times tracks the novel-coronavirus on a country-by-country basis. This chart shows three "first world" countries of similar populations: South Korea (51 million people in a small, densely populated space), Canada (37 million people in a HUGE area) and Australia (25 million people, also in a HUGE area): Does anyone with the brains that … Continue reading Why?

It’s cartoonish

"“Truth be told, I don’t watch TV news. It’s cartoonish. I would no more sit and listen to Rosemary Barton than I’d watch the Polka Dot Door."" So said retired CBC correspondent Neil Macdonald. He was quoted by Mark Bonokoski in an article in the Toronto Sun. I agree with him. Perhaps it's an age … Continue reading It’s cartoonish

Saving the Canadian media

Daniel Bernhard, Executive Director of the lobby group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, writing in The Star, says that "By some industry estimates, many of our major media outlets will fail within weeks. Starved of advertising revenues for years, the COVID-19 pandemic will deliver the final blow, especially for newspapers. And with the government now preparing … Continue reading Saving the Canadian media

The Laurentian Elites have it exactly back-asswards

Michael Geist, who is the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa's faculty of law, writes, in an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, that, "a government-appointed panel tasked with reviewing Canada’s broadcast and telecommunications laws is likely to recommend new regulations for internet streaming companies such as Netflix, … Continue reading The Laurentian Elites have it exactly back-asswards

How bilingual? (2)

Rosemary Barton, CBC News' newly-minted Chief Political Correspondent visits my issue of "How bilingual?" in an Analysis (in reality and opinion piece) which could, pretty clearly, have been written by any recent Liberal prime minister's Director of Communications. (Maybe she's looking for a new job given that Kate Purchase jumped ship in late December and … Continue reading How bilingual? (2)

Something we finally do know

A couple of days ago I said that "What we don’t know is ... How did PS752 crash, in a ball of fire, just minutes after takeoff? Was it an engine explosion or is the intelligence that Prime Minister Trudeau says he has accurate? Did Iranians shoot it down with a surface-to-air missile?" Well, now, according … Continue reading Something we finally do know

If you’re interested in the CBC …

... the CRTC has opened a consultation on the CBC's license renewal for English and French radio and English and French TV. You can comment at this webpage: Share your ideas: CBC/Radio-Canada programming. It's simple and easy to do online: Pick a service ~ 201902800 English radio 201902825 English TV 201902792 French Radio 201902817 French … Continue reading If you’re interested in the CBC …

It’s time to end this rubbish

What rubbish, you might ask? This rubbish: I think it has been well established that Andrew Scheer is a deeply conservative Christian who, unlike Justin Trudeau, actually believes what his bible says. There are millions of people in Canada who are very much like Andrew Scheer: they are Buddhists, Christians, Daoists, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and … Continue reading It’s time to end this rubbish

Just another thought (or two)

Do you watch 'Meet the Press' or 'Face the Nation'? The former is the longest-running (70+years) programme on any TV network anywhere and it was a pioneer in many respects ~ for females in journalism (it's the first host was Martha Rountree) and, of course, it pioneered what I call "talking heads TV." In 1982 … Continue reading Just another thought (or two)