Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Why I hate Toronto drivers (an eternal series)

About 3:20 p.m. today, I'm standing on Bathurst Street. It's been snowing and there is slush on the roads. It's my misfortune to be standing there when the light turns yellow (pop quiz: In Toronto, what does a yellow light at an intersection mean?). Acting with breathtaking irresponsibility, some guy just has to beat the […]

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Zerbisias on disasters and short attention spans

Toronto Star media critic Antonia Zerbisias has written a bit of a strange column on whether the media will continue to shine a white-hot light on the tsunami disaster forever and evermore. I think it's a safe bet to say no, it won't. Here's some excerpts from her column: In retrospect, it is poignant to […]

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Ontario to establish Justice and the Media committee

Ontario's Attorney General wants to set up a committee so the justice system and the news media can understand each other a little better. An excerpt from the Toronto Star article: The six-member Panel on Justice and the Media includes former Toronto Star publisher John Honderich and Justice James MacPherson of the Ontario Court of […]

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French reporter goes missing in Iraq

According to the BBC, the French paper Liberation has said it hasn't heard from correspondent Florence Aubenas or her assistant in 24 hours. It didn't know whether they had been kidnapped. Aubenas, 43, has reported from conflict zones before, including Kosovo, Afghanistan, Rwanda and Algeria. But this targeting of Westerners for kidnapping is a unique development […]

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Identifying the missing: Good idea or bad?

The Toronto Star published a list Wednesday of Canadians missing in South and Southeast Asia as a result of the Dec. 26. One relative of some people on the list (who weren't actually missing), was cranked. But an admittedly unscientific poll on CTV.ca found about 77 per cent of respondents said they would have no […]

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Guardian interview with Tommy Ramone

Seems End of the Century (see my review; it plays the Royal again in Toronto Jan. 17-18 and the Revue Jan. 19-20) is opening across the pond, and so the Guardian has interviewed the last original surviving Ramone: Tommy Erdelyi, who now plays in a bluegrass duo (?!?!) called Uncle Monk. An excerpt: Erdelyi is the only […]

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CNN’s ‘Crossfire’ to fold, Carlson to leave

CNN’s new president Jonathan Klein says Crossfire will be cancelled and that conservative host Tucker Carlson won’t have a continuing home on the network.

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The U.S.A.: Tightwads outside of disaster time

Nicholas D. Kristof supports the claim the U.S. is stingy with foreign aid. Now, does anyone have similar figures for Canada? An excerpt from his column: … The bottom line is that this month and every month, more people will die of malaria (165,000 or more) and AIDS (240,000) than died in the tsunamis, and […]

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