The state of journalism

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We start this week with an update on last weeks coverage of the international hydrofluorocarbons agreement that was announced just after last weeks show, and more bad news on top of bad news regarding the clean up effort of the diesel spill off the B.C. coast. Finally, a quick comment about the death of the traditional climate denial movement and the increasing irrelevance of the "luke warmer" more insidious soft-denialsm movement.

- Climate change: global deal reached to limit use of hydrofluorocarbons

Diesel containment failing after spill on B.C. coast

No longer taken seriously, we're seeing the last gasp of climate denial groups

Our feature this week is a conversation with Canadian journalist Mike De Souza, who is currently working for the National Observer after spending years in the establishment media. De Souza has recently published replies to attacks on his and N.O.'s credibility, and we discuss these as examples of the atmosphere surrounding independent journalism in Canada. 

Judge rejects riot charges for journalist Amy Goodman after oil pipeline protest

'I Was Doing My Job': Climate Reporter Facing 45 Years Speaks Out

Postmedia plans to cut salary expenses as quarterly loss nearly doubles

Full disclosure here (by CEO of Observer Media Group - Linda Solomon Wood)

My former employer just attacked me (by Mike De Souza)

Vivian Krause: The cash pipeline opposing Canadian oil pipelines (the article in question smearing NO and Mike De Souza)

In the final section Stefan and Daryn continue the conversation about the role of an independent media in a democracy, as well as provide further examples of why this is so important with a selection of recent news.

More than a drop in the bucket: Ontario proposes new rules for water bottlers

Mount Polley, B.C. Government Target of Criminal Charges Brought by Mining Watchdog

Bonus Show!

The conversation about independent media continues, but in the bonus show we discuss some possible solutions including the idea of applying a similar system of public financing for independent media that we apply to political parties in Canada.

This Weeks Music:

Deadmau5 Ghosts N Stuff & Gil Scott-Heron The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

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