Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Frum on the sponsorship scandal

Writing in the NYT, David Frum argues one reason the sponsorship scandal happened is because the Liberal Party's historical role as a brokerage party is coming to an end. Some excerpts: Many Americans see Canada as a kind of utopian alternative to the United States: a North American democracy with socialized medicine, same-sex marriage, empty prisons, […]

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Tue, April 19 2005 » Main Page, politics » 2 Comments

Travers recommends Martin commit political judo

If PM PM wants to keep his job, he needs to turn the sponsorship scandal to his advantage, says the Toronto Star's James Travers, who goes on to explain how. An excerpt: If — and it's a big if — there is a way out of this labyrinth, it is hidden in, of all places, […]

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'Beautifying' College St.

From the Toronto Star, some grousing about the current construction activity in Little Italy. An excerpt: The beer truck downshifts as it hits gravel in front of the Midtown bar, where owner Robert Bowers watches College St.'s hippest strip come alive on a bright spring morning. The rig's manoeuvre isn't easy: it has to lurch […]

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Reasons to be in a good mood

Flowers have pushed up from under the soil and blossomed for more than a week now. There's splashes of colour livening up the cityscape! And today, I noticed leaves are starting to unfurl from their buds. In another week or two, that means canopies. I love spring leaves because the green is so bright, vibrant and […]

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A crazy day in national politics

The stories of the day for Monday clearly had to be Warren Kinsella's testimony before the Commons public accounts committee and the spat over opposition days. Here's the Kinsella story from CTV.ca (video aplenty!): A political ally of Jean Chretien returned to Parliament Hill Monday to accuse Prime Minister Paul Martin and his former advisors […]

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'When the blogger blogs, can the employer intervene?'

This NYT story isn't about someone someone dissing their employer or fellow employees, it's about exercising what would seem to be freedom of expression — which doesn't trump brand protection in the U.S. An excerpt: here are about 10 million blogs out there, give or take, including one belonging to Niall Kennedy, an employee at […]

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The pluses and minuses of being a foreign correspondent

The Beeb's Stephen Sackur is leaving the world of field reporting from foreign places. Here are a few of his observations. From BBC Online: I'm leaving with a host of powerful memories, but my feelings about the job are best distilled in two very different episodes. The first came in Iraq. A country especially dear […]

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