Sunday, October 31, 2010
"A reasonable person reading that might well conclude what was to follow would be a light-hearted look at how an increasingly overweight electorate viewed with sympathy a politician who had lost the battle of the bulge.
"Not exactly. What came next was a diatribe of such smug vitriol mocking Ford and his “postindustrial” supporters (don’t ask), it made Heather Mallick of the Toronto Star look like the president of the Rob Ford fan club." excerpt from Lorrie Goldstein's column in the Toronto Sun.
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Saturday, October 30, 2010
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"We are pleased that the Court of Appeals affirmed the convictions on fraud and obstruction counts and we will make our further intentions known to the District Court at the appropriate time after we have studied the opinion carefully," the U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago said in a statement.
"(Blogging) didn't really work for me, I didn't get any enjoyment out of it, it didn't feel satisfying," the 29-year-old Vancouver woman said earlier this month, at an indoor zine fair devoted to self-published mini-magazines, poetry chapbooks and comics called Canzine West. "It's not the same as having a real, small, colourful and crazy interactive piece of something that somebody made by hand for you."
A few years in, Heslop quit the blogosphere and returned to the thrill she first found at age 16. Sporting spiky platinum hair, the UBC medical student was hawking her zine, "the sun shines on it twice," for $2 at the fair.
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Thursday, October 28, 2010
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Even after Mr. Ford took a commanding early lead, many on the beat still struggled or refused to believe he could sustain his popularity, given his history as an outsider prone to gaffes. The apparent late-game rally from the veteran Mr. Smitherman made more sense.
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"The Shaw deal continues the consolidation of Canada’s private broadcasting sector, which has been swallowed up by a handful of big communications companies"
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Meanwhile, the graphic images and testimony have sparked discussion over how many of the case's details need sharing.
On Tuesday, Canada's privacy commissioner ruled that the company had committed a "serious violation" of the country's laws when it accidentally intercepted and stored "highly sensitive" personal information gathered through Wi-Fi networks. Now the broader issue of individual privacy and the internet will be debated in Westminster Hall, as parliamentarians believe there is a "significant problem" to address. The backbench business committee debate on the internet and privacy will take place on Thursday, 28 October.
Williams responded: "Look, Bill, I'm not a bigot. You know the kind of books I've written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."
Williams also warned O'Reilly against blaming all Muslims for "extremists," saying Christians shouldn't be blamed for Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
But strong criticism followed Williams' comments.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
The goal is to help long-established media try to reverse several years of decline brought on by their inability to capitalize on the Internet. The growing use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers could give traditional media a second chance. AP CEO Tom Curley announced plans for a digital rights clearinghouse in a speech in Texas on Monday. The AP and other news organizations would contribute stories, photos and video to the clearinghouse, which would enforce copyrights and negotiate licensing deals for the digital use of such content.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
For some, it was too much to take.
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Monday, October 18, 2010
The German company said it will continue to publish the Russian edition of Forbes magazine among other titles. Springer has published the Russian Newsweek under a license agreement with Newsweek Inc. since 2004.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
This month, a freelance reporter from Seattle wrote about a scandal at the centre of Edmonton’s municipal election. It turns out the Seattle journalist, Darren Holmes, was as fake as the scandal he claimed to have uncovered: that Mayor Stephen Mandel was fighting to shut down Edmonton’s City Centre Airport so his friends in the development industry would profit from a massive redevelopment. Darren Holmes is actually Nathan Black, manager of the Envision Edmonton petition — a bid to force the city to hold a plebiscite on the planned closure of the city centre airport. Until Saturday morning, when this story first appeared in the Edmonton Journal, Black was also a volunteer with the David Dorward, mayoral campaign. Dorward’s campaign spokesman, David MacLean, said they’re devastated by the news of their volunteer’s actions.
“The technology reads and understands every sentence of every document that we touch from billions of Web sources,” said Spier, whose Mountain View, Calif.-based company now employs 50 and works with Coca-Cola Co., Kraft Foods Inc. and Procter & Gamble Co.
“It's all oriented around what businesses need and want from information. That's our selling point.”
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Saturday, October 16, 2010
A Toronto police constable whose scolding of a G20 protester for blowing bubbles went viral on YouTube has launched a $1.2 million defamation lawsuit against the website and 25 of its users.The lawsuit by Adam Josephs, infamously known as “Officer Bubbles,” isn’t targeting the original video but a collection of eight cartoons posted to the popular video website that show a policeman resembling Josephs who engages in abusive acts of power. The lawsuit aims to compel YouTube to reveal the identities of the person who created and posted the videos — who has to username ThePMOCanada — as well as the identities of 24 other users who made allegedly defamatory remarks. The cartoons have since vanished from the site and about half of the 25 users being sued have deleted their accounts.
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Gannett Co Inc, the largest newspaper chain in the United States, dashed hopes that newspaper advertising revenue would stop falling and that growth might even return. Shares of Gannett fell as much as 11 percent on Friday after the company reported a drop in third-quarter newspaper revenue. A bellwether of the newspaper industry, Gannett's results could point to more uncertainty in the sector. The New York Times Co, McClatchy Co and Media General are set to report earnings next week.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Entwistle said the deals provide no certainty of exclusives on broadband and wireless platforms for either company.
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Thursday, October 14, 2010
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“The goal is to deliver great content to consumers anywhere and any time they want it,” said Kevin Crull, who will take over next year from longtime CTV executive Ivan Fecan.
Crull was in charge of Bell's Internet, TV services and residential phone services and recently launched its Internet-based TV service in Toronto and Montreal.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Sanchez also says he has highest regards for CNN, his employer for six years.
Comedy Central, where the program is broadcast south of the border, declined to confirm Wednesday whether Stewart and Sanchez have spoken since Sanchez's radio outbursts last week.
In a decision made public this week, Quebec Superior Court ruled that a 2008 U.S. judgment ordering Adam Guerbuez to pay $1-billion in damages is enforceable in Quebec. The penalty was the equivalent of US$200 for each of the more than four million spam messages he sent to Facebook users. Mr. Guerbuez did not contest the case brought against him in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif. But his lawyer argued before Superior Court that the damages awarded were disproportionate to the alleged offence. Justice Lucie Fournier disagreed, ruling that it would be an affront to public order if Quebec were to shelter him from California justice.
In an interview with the National Post, Mr. Guerbuez, 34, boasted that he has remained a step ahead of Facebook by filing for personal bankruptcy.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
"CBC News has now completed its comprehensive News Balance Study.
In June, we released the interim results and I explained then in some detail why we think it's important to evaluate the journalism we do and the way we do it. So what have we learned? First and foremost, that Canadians are sophisticated and critical consumers of news who are not satisfied getting information from any one source. Canadians' perceptions about journalism are changing. They believe journalism plays a vital role in society and is critical to the health of democracy. However, they think there is much less fact and more opinion in contemporary journalism, that over time the quality of journalism has been declining and that most journalism reflects the corporate point of view of owners and shareholders. . . "
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Monday, October 4, 2010
"Longtime host of our afternoon show and "Jazzology", Larry Green, has decided to leave JAZZ.FM91 to pursue other projects. Larry made the announcement at the end of his show on Monday, September 27th. Larry hosted the afternoon show for the last eight years. Prior to starting at the station he worked as a voice agent and in the record business. Larry’s love of jazz and his enthusiasm for developing the musicians of the future will be missed."
“This sort of political attack suggests they have received public money pretending that it’s for the hospital’s benefit and they’re selling it (the land) off for condos,” said lawyer Julian Porter, acting for the Vaughan Health Campus of Care. “There’s nothing improper going on and there’s no intent whatsoever to put condos there.”
The ad outlines a series of pressing community issues its sponsors want to highlight, including gridlock, urban sprawl, lavish dinners attended by politicians and paid for by taxpayers and a 17 per cent property tax hike over four years.
Antony Niro, spokesperson for Time for Change Vaughan, which also has its own website, says he will review the contents of the ad. He said it was not the hospital the ad was aimed at, but rather the politicians.
Also named in the suit are the Vaughan Citizen, which carried the full page ad last month, Metroland Media Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Torstar Corp., which also owns the Toronto Star, and several Metroland officials.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
"GoJournalism is a non-profit project that is funded, owned and operated by the Algonquin College Journalism program in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and administered by the college’s applied research department. We are an open source project to pioneer Ottawa-based community powered reporting. Through GoJournalism the public can commission and participate with journalists to do reporting on important and perhaps overlooked topics. And journalists can pitch stories they hope would be funded directly by the public or mainstream news organizations."
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Saturday, October 2, 2010
As Maclean’s itself notes, this recent vote is not Parliament’s first entry into media criticism. In 2006, Parliament condemned another piece about Quebec, that one in The Globe and Mail by Jan Wong.
What’s helpful about these double precedents is the clarifying message they send when taken together. Parliament does not purport to assess every single article about every imaginable subject. That would obviously be impossibly time-consuming. It’s only articles about Quebec that require comment from the national authorities.
But there’s a real risk of unfairness here. Will Parliament only blame, but never praise?
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Friday, October 1, 2010
The latter comment was made shortly after Mr. Stewart’s faith, Judaism, was invoked.
CNN said in a statement Friday evening, “Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well.”
Mr. Sanchez’s comments came Thursday during a contentious conversation with the comedian Pete Dominick on satellite radio. By Friday afternoon, a recording of the conversation had circulated widely on the Internet.
Marin writes about the attacks on the book:
"What’s been missing in most of the commentary so far is anybody who’s actually READ the book. By reading it, I don’t mean a 45-minute, on-deadline skimming of the contents, although Mr. Martin, being wise to the scoop-starved ways of fellow journalists, issued a cheat sheet guiding media to the juicy bits.
Dimitris Soudas, the PMO director of communications, hasn’t received or read the book, but that small detail didn’t stop him from writing it off as a vendetta launched by a Liberal lapdog columnist, which will come as news to Jean Chretien, who wasn’t impressed with Mr. Martin’s two candid biographies on his Liberal political career."
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The Globe and Mail today launched its new redesigned print edition and website. Editor-in-Chief John Stackhouse hailed it as "the most significant redesign" in the newspaper's history.
"We're also investing more in serious reporting and analysis. On most days of the week, you'll find a major spread in our front section devoted to the best story and issue of the day. In today's chaotic media world, it will rise above the noise to produce sophisticated and visually scintillating journalism. Consider it a Hollywood-free zone,"
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