That was quick

So, at lunch time (Eastern Standard Time) today journalist Marci Ien announced that she wanted to be the Liberal Party's candidate to fill Bill Morneau's now vacant seat in the federal riding of Toronto Centre ... Well, I thought to myself, good for her! I don't think many people, believed that her political sympathies lay … Continue reading That was quick

And then what?

So, the awful stench of corruption which surrounded the Trudeau-Kielburger scam that would have seen $900 Million ~ yes, that just a few bucks short of a Billion dollars ~ given to the Kielburgers' charity to be used without parliament's oversight was too much even for a bought-and-paid-for media and someone had the good sense … Continue reading And then what?

A new front in Cold War 2.0

I remarked, albeit only in passing, on the media's role in the campaign to persuade Canada that it should do a prisoner exchange: Meng Wanzhou for the “Two Michals,” Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. My comment was that the Globe and Mail's front page was devoted ~ item after item ~ to that issue. It … Continue reading A new front in Cold War 2.0

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

Is this the “Let them eat cake” moment?

Just a few days ago Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said to Canada, "Enough is enough. Go home and stay home." Essential trips only were allowed, he said. Provincial authorities were, specifically, warning Canadians not to go to the cottage for family gatherings over the Easter long weekend. Canadians were enjoined to wave to family members … Continue reading Is this the “Let them eat cake” moment?

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