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DYNASTIES #2 – The Irvings

October 1, 2019

For almost a century, the Irving family has run New Brunswick like a personal fiefdom. They own the newspapers, the industry, and, according to some, even the government. So how does a single family come to so thoroughly dominate an entire province? And what happens when that family starts to fracture and split apart at the seams?

Why Is J.D. Irving Calling On The CBC To Remove “Unprofessional” Story?

December 15, 2015

The firing of New Brunswick’s chief medical officer has raised questions among the community about possible corporate influence on government and has prompted corporate giant JD Irving to demand the removal of a CBC article.

Top Editors at Irving Papers Under Investigation Amid Questions from CANADALAND

February 15, 2015

According to multiple sources at the company, three senior editors at Brunswick News Inc (BNI) are under investigation in the midst of CANADALAND inquiries into the news org’s relationship with the Government of New Brunswick.

#219 The Pleasure Of Margaret Wente

June 26, 2019

Pour one out for Margaret Wente: she’s leaving the Globe. The Irvings tighten their grip on New Brunswick news, and some Toronto councillors are learning not to cross Warren Kinsella.

#270 The Most Expensive Thing Canada’s Ever Bought

March 24, 2019

When Ottawa Citizen reporter David Pugliese called the government to follow up on a tip, he heard back from the PR arm of Irving Shipbuilding. And then the president of that company called, and threatened to sue him.

Saint John Deputy Mayor Wants Ban On “Negative” News

December 14, 2018

If you don’t have anything nice to report, find a way to make it positive!

Is Atlantic Journalism Fucked?

March 6, 2017

The newspaper industry in Atlantic Canada is far less than healthy. The largest-circulation paper, the Halifax Chronicle Herald, is more than 400 days into a crippling strike which sees most of its senior reporters and editors on the picket line while its replacement workers are plugging out disturbingly sub-par journalism. Elsewhere in the area, the … Continued

NOT SORRY: Canada’s Next Top Model

December 13, 2015

Canada’s pre-eminent fashion commentators were aflutter about the Trudeaus’ interview in Vogue.

Stories We Broke

September 8, 2015

Peter Mansbridge gave a paid speech to an Oil Sands lobby group Feb 26, 2014 | link A leaked document shows that the Globe and Mail tried to force all staff journalists to write advertorials  June 10, 2014 | link The Globe and Mail was about to endorse Kathleen Wynne but was forced by management at … Continued

The Last Newspaper Barons (Live from New Brunswick)

February 22, 2015

The Irving Family of New Brunswick own more land than anyone in the world except for royalty and the Pope. How do they use their media monopoly to further their interests? What happens to those who try to compete with them? Author Jacques Poitras, media activist Tracy Glynn, web videographer Charles Theriault and Green Party MLA David Coon discuss the Irvings, recorded live at St.Thomas University.

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