What’s wrong with mydemocracy.ca? Plenty

The federal government wants to know what we think about electoral reform, but its website asks leading questions and predetermines values

What’s wrong with mydemocracy.ca? PlentyWATERLOO, Ont. Dec. 8, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The federal government's electoral reform website is being widely mocked. But beneath the outrage and humour, what’s really wrong with [popup url="http://Mydemocracy.ca" height="1000" width="1200" scrollbars="1"]mydemocracy.ca[/popup]? Plenty. The website is intended to gather perspectives from Canadians who wish to “take part in the national conversation on electoral reform,” according to…

How to filter real journalists from advocacy media outlets

In true journalism, opinion or commentary must be clearly labelled as such, and blending hard news with commentary is insidious

How to filter real journalists from advocacy media outletsA United Nations decision to bar a Canadian news organization from next month’s Conference of the Parties (COP22) makes it clear it's time journalism becomes a self-regulating profession – much like doctors or lawyers. The Rebel, a right-leaning platform created by Ezra Levant, was denied access to the conference in Morocco because “advocacy media outlets do…

Media consultant Tony Schwartz transformed modern politics

His one minute TV ad called Daisy won the 1964 election for U.S. President Lyndon Johnson

Since the late 1960s, we progressives have been trying to get back what we once had. That’s not to say that we have been incapable of winning in the interim, of course. Jean Chretien, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau have shown that we can, when the circumstances are right, beat back conservatives. But…

There’s nothing new about foreign intervention in elections

Russian hacking of DNC emails? Sounds like business as usual in the modern history of political interference by other countries

There’s nothing new about foreign intervention in electionsThe chatter over Russian hacking of Democratic National Committee emails seems overblown. Moscow’s role is interesting, but the huffing and puffing about the iniquity of one country trying to influence another’s election is silly. It happens all the time – Americans included. John F. Kennedy subtly targeted John Diefenbaker in Canada’s 1963 federal election. The idea was to…

OPSEU’s anti-privatization campaign draws on old stereotypes

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union's ad campaign against private liquor stores plays loose with the facts

OPSEU’s anti-privatization campaign draws on old stereotypesOne would have hoped that Canadians had gotten past the impulse to pick on other regions of the country to advance their personal interests. It appears that not everyone has gotten the message. Alberta, it turns out, is once again being vilified by a group of Ontarians as the cowboy province that can’t control its…

Frankenfood follies put world at peril

GMOs may be the only way to avoid catastrophic global water and food shortages

Frankenfood follies put world at perilThe UN’s annual World Water Development Report, published in March, warned that unless the balance between demand and supplies is restored the world will face a “global water deficit” of 40 per cent by 2030. Two weeks ago, protestors in hundreds of cities in 38 countries rallied against agricultural research giant Monsanto’s genetically modified plant…