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Seven reasons to support a Parliamentary Bureau for the rest of us

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Here at rabble.ca we strongly believe that Canada needs more independent reporting coming out of Parliament Hill. In 2011, frustrated with the coverage of Parliament and the Prime Minister's Office, we crowdfunded a journalist to report on the Hill for the rest of us. Our readers came through and we sent Karl Nerenberg to do the job. Read his reporting in our Hill Dispatches. Our reporting is not funded by corporations, governments or foundations: we need community support to keep our Parliamentary Office open (you can give your support right here, right now).

When you become a monthly sustaining donor you can choose to receive a free copy of the upcoming book Harper vs. Canada: Five ways of looking at the Conservative regime -- featuring some of our top coverage of Parliament political news. Plus, you will be entered into a draw to win one of 25 copies of Naomi Klein's newest book, This Changes Everything.

 

Why support a Karl Nerenberg to head up a Parliamentary Bureau for the rest of us? Here are seven reasons:

1. He's no newbie. Karl brings 25 years experience, including eight years at the producer of the CBC show The House, to rabble's Parliamentary Bureau. He has written scripts for documentary films and long-form television reports for such shows as Le Point and Actuel on Radio Canada television and The Journal on CBC-TV. Karl also founded and, for five years, edited the magazine Federations: What's new in federalism worldwide. He knows how to get the scoop.

2. He speaks the language (or more precisely the languages). Karl is fluent (and does work) in English and French. Plus after a few decades he can decipher political-speak very well. 

3. He rocks. Don't take our word for it. He has won a Gemini award, a Best International Documentary Series award (from "la communauté des televisions francophones"), a CBC Radio Award for Best New Series (C'est la vie), and recently was awarded the Canadian Ethnic Media Association Award for Best Television Documentary (2013) for Never Come Back, a film exploring the persecution of the Roma people in Eastern Europe and their struggles to be accepted as refugees in Canada.

4. Seems immune to writer's block. Karl writes regularly and at length on the many important issues coming out of Parliament. Each session he produces dozens and dozens of articles.    

5. He will tread where others do not go. Sometimes Karl is the only journalist covering particular meetings or hearings. It may not be glamorous, but the story calls!

6. Donate to Karl and you can win a great prize. Please make your donation to support Karl Nerenberg and our Parliamentary Bureau team. When you become a monthly sustaining donor you can choose to receive a free copy of the upcoming book Harper vs. Canada: Five ways of looking at the Conservative regime -- featuring some of our top coverage of Parliament political news. Plus, you will be entered into a draw to win one of 25 copies of Naomi Klein's newest book, This Changes Everything.

Bonus:

7. He plays a mean jazz piano. Plus every now and then he will write about jazz.

Please support Karl's reporting today. You can do so right here.

And see below to hear Karl discuss what it means to be a reporter "for the rest of us" on Parliament Hill.

Thanks for supporting independent, ethical journalism, and thanks for supporting media democracy in Canada!

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