Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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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.

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Tue, June 28 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Corus-owned Global cancels investigative show 16×9

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.

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Tue, June 28 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Buzzfeed Canada shuts down parliamentary bureau

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 …

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Mon, June 27 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Oilsands output to grow, but at slower pace than before crash

Iraqi forces retake key city of Fallujah

A month-long battle has ended in victory for Iraqi government forces as they ended the Islamic State’s control over the Sunni Muslim city of Fallujah, located about one hour’s drive west of the capital city of Baghdad.

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Sun, June 26 2016 » Main Page » Comments Off on Iraqi forces retake key city of Fallujah

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 […]

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Fri, June 24 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Brexit: The Leave side emerges victorious

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.

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Wed, June 22 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on RBC comes out in favour of carbon pricing

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.

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Sat, June 18 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Angry nationalism, Europe and the Brexit referendum

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.”

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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.

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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.

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Fri, June 17 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on A cogent argument against Brexit