Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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A little less gravy for star CBC on-air personalities

From the Globe and Mail:

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. is banning all outside paid appearances by its on-air journalists, after almost a year of controversy over allegations of potential conflicts-of-interest. (more…)

Thu, January 22 2015 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

‘Canadian soldiers get into firefight in Iraq’

From the Toronto Star:

Canadian special forces soldiers on a “non-combat” mission in Iraq have been giving directions to fighter jets to bomb Islamic State positions and have exchanged gunfire with extremists, the military said Monday, revealing a more involved role for Canadians than previously disclosed. (more…)

Tue, January 20 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

The strange saga of Eric and Ilsa

It started out innocently enough. “Eric” and “Ilsa,” a doctor-and-dentist couple seemingly living in Vancouver, are having trouble making the numbers work for a home in that ultra-expensive real estate market. (more…)

Mon, January 19 2015 » Main Page, Media, Minutiae » No Comments

Up to 800,000 Chechens attend anti-Charlie Hebdo rally

From Reuters via the Guardian (“Up to 800,000 Chechens protest over cartoons of prophet Muhammad“):

Hundreds of thousands of people protested in Russia’s Chechnya region on Monday against what its Kremlin-backed leader called the “vulgar and immoral” cartoons of the prophet Muhammad published by French newspaper Charlie Hebdo. (more…)

Mon, January 19 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » No Comments

Viewpoints against printing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Former CBC News boss Tony Burman, who declined to reproduce the Prophet Muhammad cartoons back in 2005-06, celebrates those editors who made the decision not to run any Charlie Hebdo Muhammad cartoons during the present tragedy.

Abbas Kassam of the National Council of Canadian Muslims thinks republishing the cartoons is simply trafficking in Islamophobia. (more…)

Sun, January 18 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » No Comments

Anti-Charlie Hebdo riots in some Muslim countries

Muslims in Somalia hold up signs saying I am Muslim and I love my prophet.

Riots over the latest Charlie Hebdo depiction of the Prophet Muhammad have occurred the past two days in some Muslim countries, leading to deaths in Niger and upheaval in other lands. (more…)

Sat, January 17 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » No Comments

‘After Paris attacks, blurred lines over free speech issues’

The Globe and Mail‘s Joanna Slater attempts to explain some apparent contradictions on free speech occurring in France days after a massive rally for unity and free speech.

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Sat, January 17 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » No Comments

Oceans in peril of mass, human-caused die-off, study claims

From climate change to overfishing, our oceans are under a host of pressures that could lead to mass extinctions, a new study has found.

But despite the dire nature of the situation, there is time for a comeback. (more…)

Sat, January 17 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

2014 warmest year on record around the globe

Score more evidence for those who believe in the very real phenomenon of global warming-driven climate change. But Canada didn’t exactly fry in 2014. (more…)

Fri, January 16 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Saudi blogger’s flogging postponed for medical reasons

From the Guardian:

The wife of the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes for criticising leading clerics, says King Abdullah has referred his case to the supreme court amid an international clamour over his flogging. (more…)

Fri, January 16 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » No Comments