Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Publicizing suicide

Deborah Jones brought this Canadian Press story to the attention of CAJ-L. It's about whether the media, by covering those who wish to take their own lives, are active participants in the act. For background, see this CTV.ca story: Terminally ill man commits suicide, sparks debate. An excerpt: A terminally ill Ottawa man's public pronouncement […]

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'Collapse' – The NYT book review

Author Jared Diamond has been creating much buzz with his book Collapse, on how civilizations suddenly disappear (see here for an op-ed piece he wrote for the NYT). Here are some excerpts from the NYT book revew, but for background, remember that in 1997 Diamond wrote a well-received book called Guns, Germs and Steel: Diamond […]

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Suing a politician for a broken promise? The system would collapse!

An Ontario Superior Court judge has said voters and not courts should hold politicians accountable for broken election campaign promises. Here's some excerpts from the Globe and Mail story: An Ontario Superior Court judge has absolved Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty of breaking an elaborately signed contract promising not to raise or create new taxes, saying […]

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Some Iraq election links

Here's a potpourri of useful information leading up to the big day on Sunday. BBC Online: Who will vote in Sunday's election? Iraqi media urges high turnout Security stepped up for Iraq poll Iraqi election Q-and-A Life in post-Saddam Iraq (interactive) Iraq election log New York Times: The Middle East section has the important stories. […]

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Attention chop-sockey fans!

I'm just playing a hunch here, based on a trailer I saw, but on Feb. 11, keep your schedule open for Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior, starring Tony Jaa. He's being hyped as The Next One with respects to martial arts movie hero-dom (he actually practices muay thai, a thai form of martial arts, also known […]

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Third columnist received Bush administration non-payola

Add columnist Mike McManus to the list of commentators who received money from the Bush administration – $10,000 to train marriage counsellors. But apparently there's been a massive misunderstanding. Here's an excerpt from an Associated Press story on Yahoo! News: “There's a growing misperception that taxpayers' money is being used to pay columnists to use […]

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Guess what Canadian happenings are newsworthy to the Village Voice?

The rising dollar? Nope. Ballistic missile defence? Sorry. Peter MacKay dating fellow Tory MP Belinda Stronach? Wrong again! Your right to masturbate in your own living room with the blinds open? Now you're talkin' New York news judgment! As a bonus, name a second Canadian story, this one from the previous week (hint: There's no life like […]

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