Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Corus-owned Global cancels investigative show 16×9

Cost cutting drove a decision to cancel Global TV’s investigative show 16×9, the Globe and Mail reports. That leaves CTV’s W5 and CBC’s the fifth estate remaining as stand-alone investigative television shows in Canada. (more…)

Tue, June 28 2016 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Buzzfeed Canada shuts down parliamentary bureau

Buzzfeed Canada opened its doors with a two-person parliamentary bureau back in 2015. But now it’s 2016, and there’s no election, so goodbye parliamentary bureau. (more…)

Tue, June 28 2016 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Oilsands output to grow, but at slower pace than before crash

Canadian oilsands output is expected to hit 3.4 million barrels per day in 2025, representing an increase of 42 per cent, according to a report by IHS Energy. But … (more…)

Mon, June 27 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Brexit: The Leave side emerges victorious

As I checked Twitter feverishly on Thursday night, the news I was dreading to hear broke around 10:50 p.m. MDT: The BBC was projecting a victory by the Leave side of the Brexit referendum.

The final tally wouldn’t be known for a few hours later (about 7:20 a..m. in London). The Leave camp had won 51.9  per cent of the vote, capturing the support of 17,410,742 voters. The Remain camp trailed with 16,141,241 votes. (more…)

Fri, June 24 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

RBC comes out in favour of carbon pricing

RBC, Canada’s biggest bank, is publicly supporting the policy lever of carbon pricing as a means of controlling greenhouse gas emissions. (more…)

Wed, June 22 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Angry nationalism, Europe and the Brexit referendum

The Globe and Mail’s Mark MacKinnon visits Peterborough in Britain and Styria, Austria to find that a dislike of the other and a desire to return to an imagined version of the past and avoid a fervidly imagined future are driving citizens in both places towards populist, right-wing politics. (more…)

Sat, June 18 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Carbon taxes are not sales taxes

University of Calgary economist Trevor Tombe, writing at Macleans.ca, tries to disabuse people of the notion that a carbon tax is a “back-door PST.” (more…)

Sat, June 18 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Fossil fuels aren’t going anywhere, Simpson argues

Globe and Mail columnist Jeffrey Simpson argues that while governments such as Ontario’s are making a big bet on renewable sources of energy, the reality is that oil and other fossil fuels are likely to remain dominant for decades. (more…)

Sat, June 18 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

A cogent argument against Brexit

Adopting the letter-to-a-friend approach, the Globe and Mail penned a solid editorial advising residents of the U.K. why they should vote “remain” in the Brexit referendum. (more…)

Fri, June 17 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Alberta’s carbon tax implementation flawed, says Manning

Preston Manning, a dean of the Canadian Right, criticizes the NDP government of Alberta for how it has gone about implementing a carbon tax in the hopes of prodding people and industry to burn less fossil fuels. (more…)

Fri, June 17 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments