When this federal election campaign began, I criticized The Globe and Mail‘s election website. It seems only fair to come back and take a second look as the campaign closes.
Continue Reading Globe election hub “admirable,” but doesn’t empower citizens
Art meets journalism: CBC Radio’s The Current ran a documentary about Ontario independent candidate David Page, part of a series on “The Supercommitted” candidates. It’s called “A Quixotic Candidate” — no doubt because Page’s quest to be elected is Quixotic indeed. I happened to catch it and, weary of the frenzy and ideological spite of North American politics, was struck not merely by the well-crafted profile of Page, but by the depth of the ideas presented in the documentary.
The piece can be heard by clicking on “Listen to Part Three” at the Current’s web site for Oct. 9. Such programs are rare, virtually nonexistent on private radio, and remain a solid argument for public broadcasting.
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In the final weeks of the campaign, the economy is settling
in as federal election 2008’s ballot box issue. But in our rush to define “the”
issue, what happens to those other issues? The week’s Big Issue offers a little
variety of voice on what matters:
trade talks nearly invisible – A trade deal is brewing that rivals NAFTA,
but no one’s talking about it. Why?
Why education is
election issue number one – Student Arati Sharma argues that
future well-being depends on whether or not Canadians have access to higher learning.
Vote with media in
mind – Steve Anderson believes media issues should be front and centre. Deborah
Jones says ‘fat chance’ – and invites you to comment back if you disagree.
(Ian Britton photo)
(Ian Britton photo)
What’s the biggest social, political and economic issue in Canada right now? Social conservativism vs liberalism? Tax cuts? Bank regulations? Climate change? Plagiarism?
None of the above, not in my opinion. I think the biggest story is a Canada-Europe trade deal…
Continue Reading Canada-Europe trade talks nearly invisible
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation, the Canadian Newspaper Association
and the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association issued a joint “Letter to Prime Minister Harper: Honour your access to information election promises.”
Continue Reading Letter to Harper cites failure to honour earlier access-to-information pledges
Anderson writes in British Columbia’s online magazine The Tyee: “With online media taking an increasingly important role in the media ecology, Canada is on the brink of a major restructuring of its media and communications system. The government and MPs elected on Oct. 14th will play a decisive role in developing not only the kinds of media available, but also in how Canadians communicate with one another.
“Those of us who care about the role of media in society should take a more active role in this election and inform citizens across Canada about exactly what kind of media system they are voting for.”
It’s Right to Know Week
but few journalists are celebrating. In the midst of an election, public
servants aren’t talking to the public, and the prime minister’s ‘no reporter
zone’ is enjoying some added muscle from the RCMP. Here’s a round-up of this week’s news that (in some circles) wasn’t fit to print:
With the election now in full swing, a survey of community online newspapers across Canada shows some outlets choose to highlight community-based stories with little (and sometimes no) coverage of the federal election while others provide exciting examples of what can be done, even with meager resources.