Canadian Politics

We Need To Talk About Jessica Yaniv

CANADALAND We need to talk about Jessica Yaniv. I wish we didn’t have to, but Yaniv has forced our hand. We need to talk about Yaniv, and we need to talk about how we’re talking about her. When I say “we,” I’m talking about the media landscape that exists around trans people, but doesn’t always […]

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You Must Be This Conservative To Ride: The Inside Story of Postmedia’s Right Turn

CANADALAND It was not out of the ordinary at Postmedia, Canada’s largest newspaper chain, for editors to have their knuckles rapped for failing to meet the political expectations of the company’s conservative management. In 2015, after the federal election that brought Justin Trudeau’s Liberals to power, Andrew Potter, then editor-in-chief of the Ottawa Citizen, was […]

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Is The Government Really Doubling The Size Of The Media Bailout?

CANADALAND On Thursday’s episode of CANADALAND Short Cuts, Zane Schwartz, the chair of the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ), dropped what sounded like it could be bombshell news. A panel of journalism experts convened by the federal government had delivered a set of recommendations that included a massive funding increase to the coming newspaper bailout […]

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Is The Government Really Doubling The Size Of The Media Bailout?

CANADALAND On Thursday’s episode of CANADALAND Short Cuts, Zane Schwartz, the chair of the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ), dropped what sounded like it could be bombshell news. A panel of journalism experts convened by the federal government had delivered a set of recommendations that included a massive funding increase to the coming newspaper bailout […]

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Global News Radio Investigating Mike Stafford For Offensive Tweets

CANADALAND Toronto morning show host Mike Stafford is expected to return to the airwaves on Monday, according to sources at Global News. Global News began an investigation into two tweets posted and then deleted from Stafford’s Twitter account on July 21. The tweets disparaged Muslims and South Asians at Mississauga Hospital. This week, broadcaster Peter […]

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Global News Radio Investigating Mike Stafford For Offensive Tweets

CANADALAND Toronto morning show host Mike Stafford is expected to return to the airwaves on Monday, according to sources at Global News. Global News began an investigation into two tweets posted and then deleted from Stafford’s Twitter account on July 21. The tweets disparaged Muslims and South Asians at Mississauga Hospital. This week, broadcaster Peter […]

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The Guardian Paves The Way For Canadian Media To Be More Blunt About The Climate Crisis

CANADALAND On Friday, May 17, The Guardian made headlines worldwide for making a few simple changes to its style guide.  The British daily newspaper announced that its staff would no longer be using the term “climate change” to describe the global rise of temperatures and disruption to standard weather patterns due to human causes. Instead, […]

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Postmedia Expects $8-10 Million Per Year From News Bailout

CANADALAND In its quarterly earnings report released today, Canada’s largest newspaper company said that it expects to receive $8 to 10 million per year from the federal government’s new tax credit for journalist salaries. “Based on our current staffing levels,” wrote the management of Postmedia, “we expect the per-annum journalism tax credit to be between […]

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Canadian Media Is Getting A Bailout. Its Freelancers Aren’t.

CANADALAND For one moment, let’s leave aside the internecine debates about what the so-called media bailout and its “independent panel of experts” might, could, or will do. The government’s plan, outlined in the 2019 budget, is much clearer on what it doesn’t do. Incubating startups, supporting podcasts, and funding video-based journalism are all but ruled […]

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Why The Canadian Government Is Already Giving Millions Of Dollars To News Organizations

CANADALAND Even with the news bailout still on the horizon, millions of dollars are already going out the doors of the federal government and landing in the hands of news publishers. With the media struggling to stay afloat, recent contracts could effectively act as a lifeline to a foundering industry. When these contracts were initially […]

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