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When journalists go political

When CBC/Radio-Canada reporter Pierre Duchesne announced he was running for the PQ parti in the next provincial election, many wondered about the ethics of the move. Ben Shingler uses Duchesne's case to consider the larger issues when journalists 'cross over' into politics. 

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When journalists go to the ‘dark side’

Scott Sutherland spent 14 years of his journalism career in a small, hot office with no windows in the basement of the B.C. parliament buildings, close to the old jail cells. His new office, just a few blocks away, has a clear glass wall he can see co-workers through. But, Abby Wiseman explains, for Sutherland to get a little light, he had to go to what many journalists call the "dark side."

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A PC majority in Alberta: The narrative the media missed

Surging Wildrose vs. a disenchanted PC dynasty: It was an aggressive narrative the media wanted so badly to be true that we—encouraged by dependable polls—urged it along. As Zoey Duncan reports, it wasn’t until the ballot boxes were counted that we realized how utterly we’d all been swept along by so-called opinion polls.

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A closer look at Alberta election coverage: tweeters, bloggers and mainstream context

Zoey Duncan explains that though bloggers and tweeters directed much of the coverage of the Alberta provincial election, when it came to mainstream media, amongst all the digital pageantry and Wildrose boosterism, one thing was conspicuously sparse in the coverage—context.

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Sixth down after seven months: PM’s latest communications chief resigns

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    Angelo Persichilli, the latest person to run Prime Minister Stephen Harper's communications office has stepped down, telling the Globe and Mail that he "couldn't handle that kind of stress". [node:ad]     Last September, Persichilli, then 63, left his jobs…

Jane Taber celebrated, leaving the Hill to head the Globe’s Atlantic bureau

After more than 20 years of reporting from Parliament Hill, Jane Taber is leaving Ottawa and heading to Halifax. The 53-year-old Globe and Mail reporter is trading in her parliamentary press pass to head up the Globe’s Atlantic bureau this January.

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Covering Ontario’s election

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Toronto Star staff tackled the polling controversy, the ethics of voting, and the plethora of sports cliches in political writing at a panel at Toronto's Word on the Street. J-Source's Rhiannon Russell reports.

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Toronto Star endorses NDP; most newspapers choose Conservatives

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For the second time in its history, the newspaper that sees itself as a
“small “l” liberal newspaper”
is endorsing the NDP in Monday’s
election.  Today’s editorial in the Toronto Star calls on voters to “Look to Jack Layton and
the New Democrats.” That puts the Toronto Star out in, well, left field; it seems virtually
every other daily newspaper, plus magazines such as Maclean’s and the
Economist is endorsing the Conservatives. The Globe and Mail declared: “If the result (of the campaign) is a confident new
Parliament, it could help propel Canada into a fresh period of
innovation, government reform and global ambition. Stephen Harper and
the Conservatives are best positioned to guide Canada there.”  The National Post, Montreal Gazette, Kitchener-Waterloo Record,
Hamilton Spectator,  the Sun and the Province in Vancouver, Calgary Herald, Winnipeg Free Press, Windsor Star have more or less agreed.

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Reporter’s questions to Harper drowned out by partisan supporters?

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More turbulent relations between journalists and Stephen Harper on the campaign trail.  A crowed of partisan supporters apparently led by Conservative staffers, created shouting chaos when CBC’s Terry Milewski pressed Harper with followup questions.

The incident, in Mississauga on Saturday, followed Milewski’s questions about the links between a man acquitted in the Air India bombing and a Conservative candidate. But Bruce Cheadle, of Canadian Press, reports: 
“A Conservative staffer near the reporter prompted the crowd of about 500 into sustained, aggressive applause that lasted more than a minute, drowning out the reporter’s repeated efforts to get a response from Harper.
The crowd eventually surged to its feet to shield the prime minister from the line of inquiry, while staffers led cheers of “Harper!””


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CBC Ombudsman weighs in on decision to exclude May from leaders’ debate

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CBC Ombudsman Kirk LaPointe has added his voice to the Elizabeth May uproar. While LaPointe has decided not to conduct a review into the Canadian broadcast consortium’s decision to exclude the Green Party from the televised leaders’ debate, despite what he called “hundreds of complaints”, he does have a few choice words for the consortium.

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