Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Slain war correspondent’s family suing Assad regime

The family of Times of London correspondent Marie Colvin, killed by artillery blasts in 2012 in the city of Homs, have filed a lawsuit alleging that Syrian military forces deliberately targeted her to shut down Colvin’s reporting of human rights abuses.

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Legendary reporter Sydney Schanberg dies

Former NYT correspondent and Pulitzer Prize winner Sydney Schanberg — who chronicled the 1975 fall of Cambodia to the Khmer Rouge, inspiring the film The Killing Fields — has passed away at age 82.

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Alta. conservative leadership hopeful targets carbon tax

Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership hopeful Jason Kenney said he would dump the as-yet-unimplemented carbon tax of the provincial NDP government, recycling a Harperite line about it being a tax on everything. But he’s considerably less clear on what he might do to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the province.

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The Chilcot report: Britain’s war in Iraq didn’t have to be

Seven years in the making and 2.6 million words in output, Britain’s Iraq Inquiry, chaired by Sir John Chilcot, was highly critical of the decision taken by then-British prime minister Tony Blair to wage war in Iraq, a conflict that reverberates to this day.

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Postmedia seeks to restructure debt

Postmedia is seeking to cut about half its debt, thus slashing interest costs, in order to keep afloat.

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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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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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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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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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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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