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CBC Ombudsman: Recording conversations – consent and its limits
2 years ago

CBC Ombudsman: Recording conversations – consent and its limits

The complainant, Matt Whitman, is a Halifax city councillor. He did a phone interview in which he said he was never told he was being recorded, nor that the interview was on the record. The reporter said that she had…
Public Ally #1:  Sue Gardner on why public broadcasting matters more than ever

Public Ally #1: Sue Gardner on why public broadcasting matters more than ever

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Public Ally Number One – A talk by tech expert Sue Gardner, with CBC Ideas host Paul Kennedy, followed by a Q&A Friday, May 25, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. (EDT), Doors Open: 6:30 p.m. Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street…
CBC Ombudsman: The Story of José – A Documentary Through One Person’s Eyes
2 years ago

CBC Ombudsman: The Story of José – A Documentary Through One Person’s Eyes

The complainant, Henry Heller, objected to a radio documentary recounting the experience of a Venezuelan doctor who fled the country. He said it represented a particular political view of a particular class and lacked wider context. It was the personal…
CBC OMBUDSMAN: Opinion.
2 years ago

CBC OMBUDSMAN: Opinion.

The complainant, Norman Swan, objected to an Opinion column critical of people having large families. He found it “disrespectful of family planning choices,” and he rejected the writer’s arguments for advocating for small families. It was a clearly-marked opinion piece…
CBC Ombudsman: Making the links
2 years ago

CBC Ombudsman: Making the links

In the wake of accusations of sexual impropriety involving teenage girls against Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore, CBC News provided a feature story about the phenomenon in some Christian fundamentalist communities that encourages marriage between older men and teenage girls.…
CBC Ombudsman: Public figures get public scrutiny
2 years ago

CBC Ombudsman: Public figures get public scrutiny

The complainant, Nimra Amjad, asked that articles about her be de-indexed. She thought that this would protect her from harassment that she said arose from them, but still maintain the record. Ms. Amjad was a candidate for school board trustee…
CBC Ombudsman: Identifying Interviewees – how much background is enough
2 years ago

CBC Ombudsman: Identifying Interviewees – how much background is enough

The complainant, Marjaleena Repo, thought that important information about an interviewee was absent. An Iranian exile who has been supporting a movement of women protesting mandatory wearing of hijab is also an employee of VOA – Voice of America. That…
CBC Ombudsman: A high bar for removing a story
2 years ago

CBC Ombudsman: A high bar for removing a story

The reality of the permanence of online news stories leads to requests for removal of articles. The right to control over one’s information and the right of free expression can sometimes clash. The norm in most news organizations is to…
CBC Ombudsman: The F Word
2 years ago

CBC Ombudsman: The F Word

The complainant, Steve Zradicka, objected to the use of the f-word in an interview with two of the women who accused Albert Schultz of sexual misconduct. He pointed out his two children were in the car with him and it…
CBC Ombudsman: Seeing is Believing
2 years ago

CBC Ombudsman: Seeing is Believing

CBC Ottawa ran a story about a programme to match homeless people to rental housing. It documented a case where it went wrong, leaving the landlord with a trashed apartment. The story showed the damage, but focused on the gap…