Their recent performance in office and at the hustings subject to widespread media and voter skepticism, incumbent Premier Jim Prentice and the Alberta Progressive Conservatives nonetheless managed to secure the endorsement of the four largest papers in Alberta, the Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Sun and Calgary Sun. In one case, instruction to endorse came from the papers’ parent company, Toronto-based Postmedia.
Media reports estimate that 4,000 migrant workers in Qatar will die in the lead-up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup because of the substandard working and living conditions imposed by Qatar’s migrant worker program, otherwise known as the kafala system. In Canada, the rights to broadcast that event belong to Bell Media.
When police reporter John McFadden showed up to an RCMP press conference, he was told he was barred from the event because of unspecified “unprofessional and disrespectful conduct.” That conduct? Reporting on the RCMP.
Last week, the CBC aired Volunteers Unleashed, which is great because it’s a well made and important documentary that should be seen. But gone are critical mentions of Me to We, and in one case the CBC appears to have misrepresented the opinion of one of its own interview subjects by adding a voiceover that contradicts what she said.
A recent episode of Real Time with Bill Maher was withheld from the Canadian market by HBO in the US because Lawrence Wright’s Scientology expose Going Clear wasn’t published here. HBO Canada has yet to secure distribution of the film adaptation of Wright’s book, which aired Sunday in the United States.
A recent change to legislation proposed by Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government to stop frivolous defamation lawsuits will leave anyone currently burdened with one, journalists included, out in the cold. The change comes amidst serious potential conflicts of interest for Wynne and the Ontario Liberal Party, and potentially benefits Wynne’s own position as a plaintiff in a pending defamation suit.