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Media criticism, news analysis and investigations with host Jesse Brown. The #1 Canadian podcast.

    Ep. 99 - Christie Blatchford

    Ep. 99 - Christie Blatchford

    Jesse speaks with the late Christie Blatchford, the notorious National Post columnist and court reporter who once called his work "another low-water mark in journalism."

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    This episode originally aired on September 13, 2015.

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    Short Cuts #286 - Off The Reconciliation Train Again

    Short Cuts #286 - Off The Reconciliation Train Again

    Addressing the drinking water crisis in First Nations communities is not rebuilding post-war Europe. And mandating Indigenous content on Canadian broadcasters could get baked into the Broadcasting Act.

    Return to Thunder Bay host Ryan McMahon and co-writer/reporter Jon Thompson take over in Jesse’s absence. 

    References:

    Chris Hannay’s Globe and Mail piece on the updates to the Broadcasting Act can be found here.

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    Ep. 348 - Is Canada Ready To Give Land Back?

    Ep. 348 - Is Canada Ready To Give Land Back?

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    Since we last spoke to Karl Dockstader and Sean Vanderklis about the occupation of a development site in Caledonia, Ontario known as 1492 Land Back Lane, tensions between land defenders and local authorities have flared. At the end of October, an Ontario Superior Court judge granted the developers a permanent injunction against the encampment. A violent confrontation between protesters and the OPP erupted. The One Dish, One Mic co-hosts return with an update from the site, and to explore why federal government inaction just makes things worse.

    After this episode was recorded, on Friday Nov. 13, 1492 Landback Lane issued a press release: “The Federal Government reached out to Land Defenders during the summer, as well as to the Six Nations Elected Council (SNEC) and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council (HCCC) to begin discussions on a negotiations table, but have not updated their position for more than 50 days. Six Nations people continue to demand a real response to the situation from the Federal Government.” 

    Later the same day, the office of Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, also released a statement. “Our government is committed to continuing to work collaboratively addressing Six Nations historical claims and land rights issues. (…) Federal government officials have been in regular communication with representatives of Six Nations Elected Chief and Council, Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council and Ontario throughout this process with regard to our offer to meet. We look forward to meeting with the community at the earliest opportunity.”

    At the time of publication, no meeting or negotiation has been announced.

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    Short Cuts #285 - Facebook Fangoria

    Short Cuts #285 - Facebook Fangoria

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    Beware of the FANG! And how to cover Chinese infiltration — or anti-Chinese infiltration? Recovering journalist and media consultant Anita Li co-hosts.  

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    References:
    The Star article Anita is quoted in is here. 
    The Star article Jesse is quoted in is here. 
    If you’re interested in listening to the parliamentary committee with Victor Ho, this is the session. (Victor Ho starts at 12:19:02.) 

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    Ep. 347 - The Brayden Bushby Trial And Pity Porn

    Ep. 347 - The Brayden Bushby Trial And Pity Porn

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    The Brayden Bushby trial has once again raised some uncomfortable questions about how stories involving Indigenous people get reported by settler journalists. Jesse sits down with CBC's Jody Porter, whose recent essay for Maisonneuve touches upon her experiences reporting on "Indigenous issues" and how writing about other people’s pain can be a way of hiding from your own.

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    Short Cuts #284 - There Is No Going Back To Normal

    Short Cuts #284 - There Is No Going Back To Normal

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    We may not know yet who won the U.S. election, but the results aren't reassuring.  At least some of the Canadian coverage was soothing. And Prime Minister Trudeau takes a stance on free speech — but only in French.

    Le Devoir columnist Emilie Nicolas co-hosts.

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Frank, direct And refreshing news

Great podcast countering the fluffy mainstream news with the straight goods on what is affecting English Canada.

2020mmz ,

please include referenced studies in show notes!

Over all good to get an alternative perspective, as current mainstream media tends to be quite uniform. As with all media however, it is still important to critically listen, as facts are sometimes cherry picked and then strengthened with emotion and outrage. On that note: where can we find the studies you referente in your episodes and say you will link to? Eg. the UBC study referenced in Shortcuts #282. Thank you!

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