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Kevin Newman to host CTV’s W5 show

Kevin Newman, a veteran anchor who was brought into CTV News as a digital evangelist and then bounced around doing all manner of on-air gigs, has been named host of CTV News’s long-running investigative magazine-style show.

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Tue, September 6 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Kevin Newman to host CTV’s W5 show

Lessons learned from decades in US political journalism

Ron Fournier is leaving national U.S. political journalism behind after a career that started covering Bill Clinton and is ending with Donald Trump. One of his conclusions is it’s better to be respected and slightly feared rather than liked by the people you cover, but there’s much more.

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Mon, September 5 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Lessons learned from decades in US political journalism

Breaking the coal habit? That’s not so easy

The federal government wants Canada to stop generating electricity by burning coal. Chris Varcoe writes that the feds should look to Alberta for some of the complexities involved in that process.

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Sun, September 4 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Breaking the coal habit? That’s not so easy

Justin Trudeau, more natural than master media manipulator

Patrick Gossage was press secretary to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, which was a different media time and place.  In Justin, he sees someone with natural gifts for communicating in front of a camera who also has the mental chops to handle hardened reporters. But there are limits to his powers.

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Sat, September 3 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Justin Trudeau, more natural than master media manipulator

‘How the Media Undermine American Democracy’

Writer James Fallows has been tracking the U.S. election, creating more than 90 time capsules so far. In capsule 92, he looks at how the media might be normalizing the campaign of Donald Trump, a most abnormal candidate.

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U.S., China agree to ratify Paris climate change treaty

Two of the world’s largest carbon emitters have both agreed to ratify the global treaty on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But Canada is not quite ready to do the same.

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Conflicting pressures on phasing out coal power

Observe two Globe and Mail headlines: Health groups, environmentalists urge Ottawa to move aggressively on coal-fired plants and Provinces balk at federal push to accelerate phasing-out of coal power  

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Seven favourite films from seven different time periods

The twitter feed @TheCinegogue has been running a little quiz to name one’s favourite film by the decade, except for the 21st Century. Here are my picks:

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Fri, September 2 2016 » Film, Main Page » Comments Off on Seven favourite films from seven different time periods

Poor diagnoses of depression lead to poor treatment

The lede: “Using data from a survey that screened more than 46,000 Americans for depression, researchers found evidence that the condition is not properly diagnosed in many people. And even when diagnosed correctly, depression often goes untreated.”

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Ottawa to help fund study of newspapers while withdrawing advertising

The federal government is studying the demise of newspapers while studying the issue of traditional newspaper decline.

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Thu, September 1 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Ottawa to help fund study of newspapers while withdrawing advertising