Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Gains of Operation Medusa on verge of being overturned by Taliban

Operation Medusa was a two-week land battle in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province that began in early September 2006. Canada’s troops did the job and drove the Taliban out of village districts such as Panjwaii and Zhari. Twelve Canadian soldiers died in the fighting. However, nearly 11 years later, the Taliban threaten to retake control of their […]

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Could Russia’s clandestine ‘guns’ be turning on Canada?

Scott Gilmore attempts to lay out a scenario whereby the mischief that Russia has been up to with Western powers will find its way to Canada’s shores and cyber-byways. One example, the Russians digging up dirt on Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

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Canada’s populist wave might not be white

Columnist Doug Saunders says if you look closely at Rob Ford’s success in becoming a populist mayor of Toronto seven years ago, one can see how a Canadian populist swell could occur with significant recent immigrant participation.

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Sat, February 18 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » Comments Off on Canada’s populist wave might not be white

Who will fill in for the missing journalists?

Canada has lost about one-third of its journalists in the past six years alone. If we assume those jobs aren’t coming back, who, if anyone, will perform the work once done by those lost journos? This is the first in a series of Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy Journalism articles on the topic of Canada’s […]

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Sat, February 4 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Who will fill in for the missing journalists?

The Keystone XL pipeline is approved by Trump, but will it be built?

One expert opines that even though Keystone XL got the go-ahead from U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday, there’s only a 50 per cent it will actually be built.

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Trudeau defends oilsands at Calgary town hall

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said he misspoke in Peterborough when he said the oilsands should be phased out, defended both the oilsands and pipelines during a town hall at the University of Calgary.

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Justin and family’s carbon-heavy winter vacation

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire and their three children and a nanny took a Canadian Challenger military jet down to the Bahamas, where they further travelled by private helicopter to a private island owned by the Agha Khan, a longtime family friend. While Trudeau has paid a political price for the holiday […]

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Fri, January 20 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » Comments Off on Justin and family’s carbon-heavy winter vacation

Trudeau infuriates Alta. politicians over talk of phasing out the oilsands

At a town hall meeting in Peterborough, Ont., Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talked about phasing out Alberta’s oilsands. Alberta politicians reacted in an unremarkably predictable way.

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Deal sort of reached on national climate plan

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a national climate change agreement with the exception of two holdout provinces — Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

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Kinder Morgan, Line 3 pipelines approved by Trudeau cabinet

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, the Enbridge Line 3 replacement project and the death of the Northern Gateway pipeline project.

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