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Why it's time to give 'While the Men Watch' a game misconduct

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"We recognize that it's not meant for everyone," co-host Lena Sutherland explains in an interview on CBC's The Current about her new controversial program While the Men Watch.


Anne Lagacé-Dowson: Prominent journalist takes up anti-bullying cause

Even though one of Montreal's most respected journalists decided to step out of the media spotlight and head a non-profit organization, it's not the last you'll hear from Anne Lagacé-Dowson.

Recently named director-general at Tolerance Foundation, a group of educators teaching students about the effects of bullying, Lagacé-Dowson first became an anti-bullying advocate when she found out her daughter was being teased by her classmates.


Reimagining CBC during troubled times

The Reimagined CBC logo that participants created at Reimagine CBC's launch social. Photo: Angus Wong
The goal of the Reimagine CBC project is to spark a brainstorm on the future of public media in Canada.

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Hill Dispatches: CBC targeted by the Heritage Minister

Open house at CBC Vancouver. Photo: rickchung.com
CBC has been the subject of much unfriendly chatter on Parliament Hill of late.

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Narrow focus made CBC 'feminist' documentary inaccurate, unhelpful and defeatist

There are things to be grateful for about CBC's documentary The F-Word: Who Wants to Be a Feminist?, aired last Thursday, March 3.

For one thing, the filmmakers didn't interview Gwen Landolt or anyone else from the misnamed REAL Women of Canada, nor anyone who could be called a "conservative" feminist a la Sarah Palin.


Hockey Fans for Peace an antidote to sour Don Cherry

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The right-wing Hockey Night in Canada pundit is out of line -- and we're not just talking about his sartorial tastes.

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Let's infiltrate the CBC

On Oct. 21, the brisk morning air met an assemblage of the media innovation vanguard as its members made their way into the CBC/Radio-Canada's Annual Public Meeting (APM) in Vancouver. The plan was unspoken, but the wry smiles exchanged amongst us were more than enough to acknowledge our purpose. After all, while insidious, our goal was quite simple; infiltrate the CBC and make it more community based, participatory, and awesome.

Race matters: In anti-gay protests, gay bashings, and suicides

People of colour have been missing from the conversation about attacks on the LGBTQ community. A conversation on CBC's The National was a case in point. It promoted the view that to be LGBTQ meant to be white.

Canadian news media have provided heart-wrenching accounts of the string of suicides and homophobia-fuelled violence that has occurred recently in the United States. The coverage has made clear the deep-seated hatred and violence that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people (LGBTQ) are subjected to on a daily basis, just for being who they are.



Harper's Fox News luncheon

My guess is it's pretty easy to arrange lunch with the Prime Minister. No doubt Stephen Harper often lunches with labour leaders and advocates for the homeless.

So it should be considered no big deal that, among those the PM has lunched with, is U.S. media billionaire Rupert Murdoch, who has probably done more than any single individual in recent years to push American politics sharply to the right.

It's interesting to imagine, however, why our Prime Minister would want to meet with Murdoch, whose Fox News TV channel has poisoned U.S. political debate and nurtured America's extremist right-wing Tea Party movement.


CBC drifts further right, passing a conservative along the way

Point 1 about David Frum, who was set adrift this spring by much of the U.S. right, for mildly criticizing them: He acknowledges he has changed. As he told The Globe's John Ibbitson, "On some of the issues, I have different answers than I would have had a decade ago." That's impressive in someone who is primarily an ideologue, and has been his entire adult life.

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