J-Links: CBSC rules against homophobic comments; NMA free ebook; Salon calls out Ryan lies
In Canadian media:
The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has released its decision regarding the religious call-in program “It’s Your Call” broadcast on CITS-TV (CTS Ontario). The CBSC ruled that the program repeatedly made abusive and discriminatory comments based on sexual orientation. The ruling also noted that the program contained inaccurate information. Both of these rulings put It’s Your Call in violation of CAB codes.
The National Magazine Awards has published its 35th anniversary ebook, Best in Magazines, which features 30 award-winning articles, photographs, layouts and illustrations as honoured by the NMAs between 2007 and 2012. The ebook can be purchased for free through iTunes.
In international media:
Salon has gone through Paul Ryan’s speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa and pointed out what it calls Ryan’s “brazen lies.” The article comes a few days after Jay Rosen sparked a discussion about lies on the campaign trail after Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith was told by a Romney pollster: “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers.”
A pair of Swedish designers have created what they’re calling the ‘invisible bike helmet.’ Instead of a traditional helmet, the Hövding is a fabric collar that cyclists wrap around their neck and in the case of an accident, the Hövding sensors trigger an airbag in the collar to pop out, inflating in 0.1 seconds, covering the cyclist’s head. The device is not yet available in Canada as it needs to be certified and approved, but it retails in Europe, where it has been approved, for about $600.