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Don Braid
| May 29, 2015
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The noble dream of Quebec independence has an unlikely new champion

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The newly elected leader of the Parti Québécois, 53-year-old Pierre Karl Péladeau is on a mission: make Quebec an independent country, able to take its place in the family of nations.

PKP, as he is universally known within Quebec, is an unlikely champion of the noble dream of Quebec independence.

Born the rich inheritor of a  global printing empire, PKP has watched it contract under his stewardship, along with newspaper sales. With the approval of a previous PQ government, Péladeau became the dominant figure in Quebec cable distribution, when he added Videotron to Quebecor, the giant company with a worldwide reach which his his father had put together.

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| May 11, 2015
Alberta premier-elect Rachel Notley
| May 7, 2015

The sounds of silence: Postmedia buys Sun Newspaper chain and no one heard a thing

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If a newspaper chain falls in the media forest, will anyone hear it?

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| March 20, 2015
| March 6, 2015

News, lies and videotape: The legitimation crisis in journalism

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Brian Williams lied. He told viewers that a Chinook helicopter he was in was struck by enemy fire in Iraq. It wasn't. The veteran broadcaster's transgression has yet to receive the honorary "gate" suffix, but it has sparked an outpouring of commentary ranging from funny to high moral outrage. Why would he do such a thing? Did he mis-remember? The fact is, Williams actually reported the incident accurately in a story that aired 12-years ago. Since then, however, the story has evolved. He told talk-show host David Letterman in 2013:

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Feminism and the Media in 2014

February 23, 2015
| From Ghomeshi to Gamergate, a panel conversation about Feminism and the Media in 2014, recorded live at BARtalk as part of the University of British Columbia's Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
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Jon Stewart leaves us a model for a different political practice

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