Political twitter warriors all thumbs no action

Jason Kenney is the worst kind of Twitter troll: all bluster when typing with his thumbs, no action when he's in a position of power

Political twitter warriors all thumbs no actionAh, the Twitter warriors. Sirius XM’s Charles Adler drew it to my attention on his radio program. An octogenarian Roman Catholic priest was slaughtered by Islamic State (IS) subhumans in France, his throat slit at the altar. Adler read the Twitter response of Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion: “Saddened to hear of hostage taking in #Normandy…

Food consumers making their voices heard

But the licence that social media grants consumers must be used responsibility if it is to nudge the food industry toward positive change

Food consumers making their voices heardSocial media has given consumers a licence to manipulate the food industry. The result could be transformative. Social licensing frames an organization's ability to operate with the confidence that its activities are morally and socially legitimate to its stakeholders. And as the result of social media and the licence it grants consumers, food systems are more than ever…

Tootoo’s problems really are personal

It’s not particularly fair for social media to condemn Tootoo before any evidence he did something wrong

Tootoo’s problems really are personalGeorge Clooney, of all people, said it best: “I don't like to share my personal life. It wouldn't be personal if I shared it.” Personally, I’d have to agree with that. Up here in Trudeaustan, delineating what is personal and what is public has again become the stuff of newspaper opinion columns and Ottawa water…

Cool the foolish rhetorical wildfires

Fort McMurray fire ignites the wrath of useless idiots from both sides of the ideological divide

Cool the foolish rhetorical wildfiresNo one knows what caused the Fort McMurray fire. But that hasn’t stopped too many people – on both sides of the ideological divide – from assigning blame. From pointing fingers, and recklessly accusing others. It’s happened on the ideological left and on the right. Early on, former NDP candidate Tom Moffatt posted this on…

Canadian cattle industry faces a growing crisis

The Earls restaurant controversy is just the tip of the iceberg for a Canadian industry that has been slow to adapt to changing needs

Canadian cattle industry faces a growing crisisThe Earls restaurant decision to turn to a U.S. supplier for humanely-produced beef points to a significant problem for the future of the cattle industry in Canada. The Earls decision follows a similar one by A&W a few years ago. That chain had to procure beef from Montana and Australia for its “no hormones, no steroids”…

A sobering sign for Trudeau from the boxing ring

There is a danger that Trudeau is dancing too close to the klieg lights, and is about to fall into the orchestra pit

A sobering sign for Trudeau from the boxing ringThe media advisory slipped silently into email inboxes last week on the same day the news was happening. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would be in New York from Wednesday to Friday to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change. While there, he would be speaking to some NYU students, and answering their questions. Oh, and…

Rule of law is a cornerstone of our society

Marie Henein’s defence of Jian Ghomeshi shows us why due process is necessary

Rule of law is a cornerstone of our societyThere has been a lot of buzz about Marie Henein’s superb legal defence of the odious Jian Ghomeshi. The buzz is less about her work in actual court than about her defence of the basic principles of Canadian law in the court of public opinion. The main thing that stands out from the Justice 101…

When the ‘facts’ get fractured by the media, nobody wins . . .

News media increasingly less literate on complex issues simply because they no longer have the time to bone up on the basics

When the ‘facts’ get fractured by the media, nobody wins . . .‘Facts’ should be the arbiters of truth. But facts lose their efficacy when they are enslaved to perspectives rarely connected factually to each other. It’s the interplay between ‘facts’ and ‘opinion’ that does a disservice to the facts – and to anyone interested in learning the facts. Witness how the facts lost the credibility battle with…

Loblaws’ Ketchup Saga proves the consumer is king

The consumer is becoming the true CEO of the food supply chain

Loblaws’ Ketchup Saga proves the consumer is kingThe politics of food distribution is alive and well, or so it would seem. Without notice Loblaws decided to dump French’s Ketchup causing a two-day viral backlash by the public. The pressure was so large that Loblaws actually reversed its decision just a few days after making its decision public. Many are speculating how unfair…

Judge, jury and Twitter in the Jian Ghomeshi trial

Facebook – and Twitter in particular – facilitate a sort-of mob mentality online

Judge, jury and Twitter in the Jian Ghomeshi trialHave you ever worked on a trial, from start to finish? I have. When I did so, I was always amazed about how much information – how much detail – I would miss by simply stepping out of the courtroom to go to the bathroom. And that brings me to the Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault…