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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.


The trouble with journalism

Journalist Kai Nagata
I have serious problems with the direction taken by Canadian policy and politics in the last five years. But as a now former CTV reporter, I feel like I’ve been holding my breath.

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G20 activist's bail conditions violate free-speech rights: CAJ

OTTAWA (Oct. 18, 2010) - The Canadian Association of Journalists is adding its voice to the chorus of those saying an Ontario Justice of the Peace's bail conditions go too far.

The bail conditions set by Justice of the Peace Inderpaul Chandhoke on Alex Hundert, an alleged ringleader of G20 protests in June, include a ban on taking part in, organizing or attending any public event where political views are expressed. Included in the bail conditions is also a ban on speaking to the media while Hundert is out on bail awaiting the continuation of his court hearings on three charges of conspiracy.


G20 accredited media got access to the Fake Lake and little else

Getting media access to the G8 and G20 summits seemed simple: just upload a letter of assignment, a mugshot, and a scanned passport on an online form. In fact, it was easy, it just turned out not to mean much.


G8/G20: An independent journalist's guide to getting the story

While the G8 and G20 meetings at the end of this month will focus on global austerity measures, foreign journalists will be getting the full Muskoka experience, sipping brewskies by a newly constructed man-made lake inside the luxurious G20 Media Center in downtown Toronto at the expense of $1.9 million from Canadian taxpayers.

If, like myself, this strikes you as odd, maybe you should consider getting out there to cover the events yourself -- as an independent journalist.


The collapse of journalism and the journalism of collapse

There is considerable attention paid in the United States to the collapse of journalism -- both in terms of the demise of the business model for corporate commercial news media, and the evermore superficial, shallow, and senseless content that is inadequate for citizens concerned with self-governance. This collapse is part of larger crises in the political and economic spheres, crises rooted in the incompatibility of democracy and capitalism. New journalistic vehicles for storytelling are desperately needed.


The winner of the Not Rex contest

Introducing Humberto DaSilva, the winner of's Not Rex Murphy competition. Check out his Rexless rant!
Introducing Humberto DaSilva, the winner of's Not Rex Murphy competition. Check out his Rexless rant!

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Interactive graphics are the new kid in town

Image: Daniel Zeevi/flickr

As any good reporter knows, drama drubs data. You want to convince someone of something, sell someone something or compel someone to action? A great story beats a spreadsheet, every time. 

This is a lesson all journalists learn early and many scientists have trouble getting into their large craniums. Unless you can make your audience engage with a story, all your numbers are just like the muted trombone sounds in a Charlie Brown special when the teacher is talking. Waah, waah, waah.

You think Jenny McCarthy has a following because she knows how to use Excel? 

Egypt must release journalists and protect freedom of expression

The three journalists – Australian Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed, all considered by Amnesty International to be prisoners of conscience – were sentenced to seven years in jail. Baher Mohamed received a further three years on a separate charge of possessing a bullet shell. They have been detained since 29 December 2013.

Their crime? Reporting the news and challenging the “official version” presented by the authorities. Amnesty International believes they are prisoners of conscience detained solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression.



Backing Israel trumps defending Canadian democratic rights in Harperland

Photo: flickr/Αντώνης Σαμαράς Πρωθ

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In April, a brutal Egyptian judge known locally as "the Butcher" handed down a mass death sentence to 683 men. To most civilized observers, this kind of action is associated with the world's most tyrannical regimes.

But to the Harper government, this is the behaviour of a country "progressing towards democracy."

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