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Honey, the pandemic shrunk transparency
2 weeks ago

Honey, the pandemic shrunk transparency

It's time for the government to take off the mask that disguises and robs us of our public right to know. Trustworthy and revitalized government requires effective access and more public scrutiny
The unravelling of WE’s PR machine
4 months ago

The unravelling of WE’s PR machine

The Kielburgers’ voluntourism juggernaut has been a cultural and media darling for years. Now, an avalanche of mainstream attention to scandals about its practices and political relationships is amplifying a history of obstructing independent journalists’ investigations into the charity
Bill 156 threatens to leave animal cruelty and agriculture watchdogs in the dark, say advocates
5 months ago

Bill 156 threatens to leave animal cruelty and agriculture watchdogs in the dark, say advocates

Journalism and animal rights groups say ‘ag gag’ bill will silence whistleblowers and expose reporters to legal threats for uncovering misconduct
Online, multilingual media locked out of Ford pressers
6 months ago

Online, multilingual media locked out of Ford pressers

As physical scrums give way to remote conference calls, holding government to account in Ontario is becoming a game of broken telephone
Front pages the day after the polls closed
1 year ago

Front pages the day after the polls closed

Justin Trudeau gets second term after voters elect a Liberal minority government
Facebook algorithm changes suppressed journalism and meddled with democracy
1 year ago

Facebook algorithm changes suppressed journalism and meddled with democracy

Facebook’s News Feed algorithm determines what users see on its platform – from funny memes to comments from friends. The company regularly updates this algorithm, which can dramatically change what information people consume. As the 2020 U.S. election approaches, there…
Postmedia hires former Kenney staffer to lobby Alberta government on involvement in ‘energy war room’
2 years ago

Postmedia hires former Kenney staffer to lobby Alberta government on involvement in ‘energy war room’

Documents filed with the Alberta Lobbyist Registry reveal that Canadian media behemoth Postmedia — which owns the National Post, Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun, Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, Vancouver Sun, The Province, Ottawa Citizen and many others — is actively seeking…
What the death of local news means for the federal election
2 years ago

What the death of local news means for the federal election

In the absence of media scrutiny, politicians have started to spin their own stories
How Queen’s Park Today bloomed in an era of shrinking press galleries
2 years ago

How Queen’s Park Today bloomed in an era of shrinking press galleries

Success of Ontario-based legislative newsletter prompted publisher Allison Smith to expand her reach, establishing B.C. and Alberta spinoffs in the past two years