Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Why Russia loves its soccer hooligans

Many countries look on soccer hooligans carrying out acts of violence at events like the European Cup 2016 with askance. Russia is celebrating its football toughs.

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Thu, June 16 2016 » Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off on Why Russia loves its soccer hooligans

CRTC to offer help for local television news

The CRTC wants to direct more funding towards supporting local television news, but the industry is worried help isn’t coming soon enough.

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Wed, June 15 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on CRTC to offer help for local television news

Scud Stud lands a defamation hit on Postmedia

Former journalist Arthur Kent — who achieved fame in the 1990 Gulf War, earning the nickname the “Scud Stud” — has won an eight-year war with the Postmedia newspaper chain. A judge awarded Kent a total of $200,000 in damages from defendants Postmedia and former National Post columnist Don Martin for a column that ridiculed […]

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Wed, June 8 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Scud Stud lands a defamation hit on Postmedia

How will Canada cope with worthless oil?

Former prime minister Stephen Harper once defined Canada as an emerging energy superpower.¬† The Globe and Mail’s Doug Saunders asks if Canada is ready for the day when oil could be worth $0 per barrel.

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Sat, June 4 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on How will Canada cope with worthless oil?

Domestic politics likely drove Chinese minister’s blow-up

Reporting from China, the Globe and Mail’s Nathan Vanderklippe writes that “election season” in that country could account for the ferocious response by China’s foreign minister to a question about human rights there.

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Fri, June 3 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Domestic politics likely drove Chinese minister’s blow-up

CTV’s Canada AM is no more

After 43 years on the air, Canada AM was given one day to say goodbye before being cancelled Friday by Bell Media.

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Fri, June 3 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on CTV’s Canada AM is no more

Rights, you impudent little journalist?!?!

China’s visiting foreign minister lost his shit at an Ottawa news conference when he heard a question about the thorny issue of human rights.

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Wed, June 1 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Rights, you impudent little journalist?!?!

Toronto Life on the Great Twitter Harassment case

Toronto Life has a full feature on the great Twitter spat in Toronto involving Stephanie Guthrie, Heather Reilly and Gregory Alan Elliott¬† (“War of the hashtaggers“). It all boiled down to one question: what constitutes criminal harassment in the age of social media?” said the subhead above the byline of Alexandra Kimball. I didn’t find […]

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Tue, May 31 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Toronto Life on the Great Twitter Harassment case

Alberta unveils details of climate change policy

The Alberta NDP government used the first anniversary of its assuming the reins of power from the Progressive Conservatives to introduce Bill C-20, the Climate Leadership Implementation Act.

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Tue, May 24 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Alberta unveils details of climate change policy

U.S. drone strike targets Afghan Taliban leader

U.S. drone strikes may have killed the leader of the Afghan Taliban Saturday just inside Pakistan, but the Taliban deny it.

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Sat, May 21 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on U.S. drone strike targets Afghan Taliban leader