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Reflecting on #CDNmedia. A space that evidently upholds whiteness:
I was on the call when Wendy Mesley said "n*gger". Since then, she's released two statements apologizing w/ two different accounts. I'm seeing tons of support for her but in reality, the behaviour is anti-Black.
White journalists who think it's okay to say "n*gger" (in any context) speak with an undeniable amount of privilege & power that Black, Indigenous & POC journalists will never have. Saying "n-word" is sufficient - it's a term BIPOC journalists use, no matter the context.
Using a racial slur at work re-traumatizes BIPOC & weaponizes the space to protect someone like Wendy, while leaving BIPOC journalists to feel unseen, unheard & unsafe. For an industry that prides itself on "transparency & accountability", the power dynamics are unethical.
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This is ludicrous. So the LPC Govt should interfere in the justice system? Make up your damn minds #cdnmedia media and #cdnpoli. When JWR was asked to consider something that was tantamount to judicial interference but apparently this interference is ok. What a farce.
Allowing, through hostage taking, the Chinese Govt to force our Govt to override a independent judicial decision is - to me -much more dangerous to the integrity of our judicial system than asking JWR to consider sending a directive, as was within her power, to the DPP. Wake up.
We all wants these two Canadians home. I’ll be damned though if our Govt should bow to China and corrupt our judicial independence in the process. All those former Parliamentarians can crow all they want from the peanut gallery but I hope the #LPC Govt doesn’t bend. #cdnpoli
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I want to suggest three ideas that should be part of the discussion about #journalism, objectivity and point of view, ongoing among @TomRosenstiel , @WesleyLowery , @jayrosen_nyu and others.

These ideas are centred on 1) method, 2) interpretation and 3) truth. 1/
1) An open mind is not the same as an empty mind. Every inquiry is based on prior experience, accumulated information and awareness of knowledge gaps. This is as true of science and the humanities as it is of news reporting. Existing knowledge + identified gaps —> method. 2/
Objectivity as neutrality or impartiality is not defensible, so some people speak of “objectivity of method.” But even this is misleading. Throughout an inquiry, decisions are made about what and what not to pursue. Better to take the word that begins with O off the table. 3/
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THREAD: Nora and I have a new episode out about what's next. And I want to take a minute to address something that comes up in the episode.

#BlackLivesMatter #DefundThePolice #CdnPoli #ONPoli #topoli…
We are witnessing quite possibly the largest social movement in our lifetime with the continued protests against anti-Black racism all over the globe. @BLM_TO has personally received support requests from the UK, Finland, Belgium, Australia, and Brazil.
In Canada, we're trying to track where all the demos are happening (currently mapped on the front page of We have what we know is an incomplete list, with over 60 cities in every province and territory in Canada. I've never seen anything like it.
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1/ Since #CdnMedia has 0 shame & continues to ask boring, obvious, useless Qs, & since I'm scheduling this tweet at midnight both delirious & exhuasted from the past 2 wks & since I have nothing to lose b/c I have no desire to be a journalist

#BlackLivesMatter #DefundThePolice
2/ I present to you (FOR FREE):
Questions the #CdnMedia can ask instead of "DoEs RaCism exist???" that acknowledge that racism **DOES INDEED** exist (BUCKLE IN):
3/ Instead of “Hey @rcmpgrcpolice RCMP, does racism exist?”

Try: "Hey RCMP. Can you point to me when exactly in your history, you departed from your literal original purpose of terrorizing Black & Indigenous communities, and if you have not done this, can you justify why?"
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Good morning to everyone except JOC working for the hate-media cesspool otherwise known as Postmedia who are suddenly discovering their woke realisation that they've been eating off the table of very racist-enablers they are now feigning outrage & seeking sympathy for.

"Oh but a guy/gal's gotta eat, no!"
"Wir juss followin orders, bruh!"
"Doin it fer da `sperience, yo!"

Well. OK. In that case, here's the world's smallest violin playing for your noble efforts. 🎻

No, but seriously. If you chose the profession 'journalism' & applied for a job at Postmedia (let alone getting in), you literally failed the very first test of journalism by not bothering due diligence of any journalistic creed requiring you to investigate what you were in for.
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This morning at the PM's press briefing, a CBC reporter, Tom Parry, threw the PM a loaded question. He asked what the PM thought about the actions of Donald Trump, then asked what message his unwillingness to answer would convey. @CBCNews #cdnpoli #cdnmedia 1/10
The Prime Minister took a full 21 seconds to ponder his answer. Vassey Kappelos, Rosemary Barton and some other CBC guy seemed positively delighted that one of their guys had made PMJT so uncomfortable. What are they using for brains? 2/10
I am fairly sure the Prime Minister is shocked and angry and outraged by the US administration's response to the protests. But he cannot say that. It is all well and good for Germany and France to condemn the US administration, they do not share a border with the US. 3/10
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Toronto Star being sold to the supporters of Canada's most xenophobic people, who are most popular among *actual* neo-Nazis, Far Right white supremacists & conspiracy theorists — is just a fitting final nail in the coffin on Canada's overwhelmingly out-of-touch media.

2/ There will be sanctimonious assertions of "editorial independence" & such, but make NO mistake, it will all be an eyewash before The Star turns completely what Postmedia is now.

This is literally the death of one of Canada's last progressive mainstream newspaper.

3/ All voices of sanity that work for The Star *must* be saved by other progressive media outlets NOW.
(The National Observer could use so many, so PLEASE support papers like that.)
Star will become Canada's TOP Far-Right news outlet in about a year.
It's a guarantee.

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Cellphone tower set on fire in Saint-Henri

yo .⁦@CBCMontreal⁩ .⁦@CBCAlerts

your story 👇 talks of “False narratives around #5G technology...” so by all means let’s deal with #5Gfacts & not mindlessly conflate with #C19



***no independent scientific studies of #5G safety have ever been conducted — #fact wireless industry reps themselves have admitted.***

this MUST be brought to public attention!!!

(it certainly has been kept quiet so far.... 🤔 yo #cdnmedia! )


2 /

any claims of #5G safety by #BigTelecom are cynical PR distraction ploy from core threats to human health (which #BigWireless, #lobbyists & servile ‘regulator’ .@GovCanHealth — both #PHAC & #HealthCanada — refuse to acknowledge)…


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1/4 #COVID19 #CDNpoli #CDNmedia

It's pretty incredible that @TerryGlavin & @macleans stole my research & not only repackaged it without proper credit, but also managed to grossly politicize as disciples of David Pecker

See 2/4 for details, @charlesadler…
2/4 #COVID19 #CDNpoli #CDNmedia

This is my original research that was shared by Dr. David Fisman with the research & medical communities on May 9

Perhaps @TerryGlavin, @macleans & @charlesadler can explain where Terry got his "exclusive" idea on May 14…
3/4 #COVID19 #CDNpoli #CDNmedia

In the course of @TerryGlavin & @macleans theft of my work, they cited one single research paper compared to the 40+ studies cited in my non-politicized version

I even added more, prior to their racist "exclusive"

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1/10 #THREAD

This is my least read investigation & that tells me something RE public sentiment in #TOpoli #ONpoli #CDNpoli

Everyone is so saturated in conspiracy theories, they're now denying scientific research & science is being muzzled RE #COVID19…
2/10 #THREAD #TOpoli #ONpoli #CDNpoli #COVID19

This is the impact of all info being treated as equal on social media & the decline in quality of #CDNmedia

The public & columnists would rather approach COVID-19 from a partisan & tribal perspective that avoids fact-checking
3/10 #THREAD #TOpoli #ONpoli #CDNpoli #COVID19

During the Harper Govt everyone complained that scientists were being muzzled, but now that they're free to explore the research they're shutting it out as a threat to their partisan beliefs & censoring to suit left & right folklore
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Mmmkay – so Canada, along with the entire planet is going through one of the most disruptive combination of events in history. There is a pandemic reeking havoc, an oil price war, a trade war between the US and China and a lunatic in the WH.
The entire world is sick and in trouble, cottages and farm houses are not important issues.
In Canada we have a government whose focus is on Canadians. Helping with wages, helping with keeping businesses afloat, helping with PPE. Are they prefect, no, but they are getting better as one crisis after the next hits. The words, empathy, compassion are front and center.
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Quebec #Cellphone Towers Damaged As COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories Grow

thank you .@GValiante & .⁦@CanadianPress⁩ for *not* blindly repeating ***false assurances by #Telus et al*** that there are no health questions re #5G

#thread 1/ ??…
with two overnight arrests just reported — apparently related to the recent spate of #celtowerfires in Quebec — #cdnmedia should nor be blindly parroting the #misinformation constantly spouted by #BigTelecom & its poodle #servile #CapturedRegulator .@GovCanHealth .....

2/ ??
.... that #5G technology is somehow ‘safe’

a whole bunch of politicos are now jumping in.....

3/ ??
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Hello Canada!😀🇨🇦

I need your help in this exciting endeavor

Ready to take back our #cdnmedia?

Please fwd names of any/all reliable Cdn owned independent media sources that you know of

I'm in process of developing a model to support local grassroots & Cdn owned non-partisan media in our country

My idea is to work in conjunction w/necessary strategies of boycotting & the #mediapetition to shut down monopolized &/or foreign owned outlets in🇨🇦

Like manna from heaven, I came across an incredible article today from @all_about_work

It addresses both #postmedia problem (& our govt funding of) &
recommends supporting local media instead

2 interesting indie news orgs - @sprawlcalgary & @briarpatchmag are provided too! Image
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This is a hard opinionated thread. My intentions are honourable in that it's an attempt to hold certain op-ed writers to account. Some see themselves as above the fray and beyond being held responsible for the damage they do and I don't give a damn if you like it or not.
There will be many, many changes in the way the world operates in a post virus era. One of the changes I want to see is something like a revolution in Canada's MSM. I want to see actual reporters and real news editors retake the newsroom. Take all news decision making away
from the business managers and faux editors. I want to see the ill-informed, partisan, activist talking-head op-ed writer relegated to the back pages where they belong. A prime example of how corp-think works in #cdnmedia is in full display on the American owned GOP/CPC linked
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In one hour @StatCan_eng will release the jobs numbers.

They will refer to one particular week in March, from Sunday the 15th to Saturday the 21st, and are a one-week picture, just a single frame in a movie that has now been running for more than a month.

#cdnecon #cdnmedia
The employment numbers will be an obvious headline, and there will also be a big jump in unemployment, but both of these statistics needed to be rounded out to capture the full extent of the #COVID19 fallout

#cdnecon #cdnmedia
.@StatCan_eng classifies someone as "employed" if they have at least one hour of paid work in an employer-employee relationship (self-employment aside), so reductions in hours of work, don't reflected in the employment totals

#cdnecon #cdnmedia
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Certain people in our media seem to feel it is their job to find something that the federal government is doing wrong in handling #COVID19 and broadcast it. They are looking very hard, very hard indeed. The top two complaints I have seen today are typical. 1/16
First is that the Prime Minister won't tell reporters when this self-isolation crisis will end. "Donald Trump is telling American reporters when it will end, so why won't Trudeau?" Seriously, if you are journalist, and this is your line of questioning, you should be ashamed. 2/16
Here's a little secret. Trump does not know. Among the many things Trump does not know, is when the virus will taper off. He likes to tell people he knows because he is a self-aggrandizing narcissistic sociopath. We should be glad our PM is not like Trump. 3/16
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Oh Andrew Coyne. Time to debunk this media myth making. Who is up for a trip down memory lane about the economic record of the Harper government? Let's start with some background with what Harper conservatives inherited from the Liberals under Chretien/Martin. #cdnpoli #cdnecon
The federal debt under the Liberals was reduced by $90 billion from 1993-2006; the debt burden fell from 66.6 per cent in 1994-95 to 31.4 per cent in 2006-07. #cdnpoli #cdnecon
The Liberals implemented a temporary capital tax on large deposit taking institutions, a higher tax on large corporations, a temporary corporate surtax; and higher excise taxes on gasoline and tobacco products. There were ZERO personal tax increases. #cdnpoli #cdnecon
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So, in my line of business the @JustinTrudeau announcement for 10% wage support ($25k over 3 months) will not save 1 job or 1 business including mine. I am disheartened. Watching other politicians congratulate themselves on "leadership" was equally disheartening but unsurprising.
Fyi - this is probably the longest tweet ever written. Sorry. Thanks for sticking to the end. Feel free to pass along, share, retweet.etc.
Like many business owners this past week, I was in the position of telling valued employees there was no more work today. I went home and wept like I have never done before. I have never felt so helpless, never felt so unsure of my future, never felt so scared for my family.
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So I wrote (as I do) to my elected reps asking them to help de-escalate the RCMP/CGL stand-off in Wet’suwet’en territory. Conservative MP @Cathy_McLeod responded, I want to talk about the message she sent. 1/
To start, she might as well have sent a generic mailer. It’s nothing but the same talking points Conservatives have been shouting everywhere, and responds in no way to my comments (I’m used to that).

But let’s break down the dogwhistling and alarmist half-truths. 2/
First, the impact on “honest” Canadians. It’s a sneaky & persistent way to imply that Indigenous pple & allies are dishonest, and/or that job-havers’ rights matter more than others. The appeal to the wholesomeness of small biz & farmers does the same thing. Both are 🚮 3/
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The @EdelmanCanada #TrustBarometer is out. Time to dig into how Canadians are feeling. Do they trust key institutions? How are they feeling about the future? Let’s take a look (a thread!) … #cdnpoli #onpoli #cdnmedia
If you’re curious about the methodology we used for this trust study, the largest of its kind in the world, here are those details. #TrustBarometer
Trust is down in Canada this year over last but we’re still in the neutral territory compared to other countries. #TrustBarometer
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Ottawa is a pretty small place politically. It is astonishing that journos/pundits treated the Baird potential run as normal or maybe good. You knew & you covered for him. That is unconscionable. YOU KNEW. Or you had heard rumours or more. Who thinks this is OK? I sure don't.
One has to assume that all the Canadian federal political journalist/pundit classes are on the payroll of the CPC. There is no F*ing excuse for not pointing out that a party might elect a serial predator/abuser as leader. People NEED to know this sort of thing.
I knew about Baird's proclivities out in Alberta, far from the Ottawa bubble. How the hell can #cdnmedia claim any innocence in this at all? I knew he had been accused of inappropriate behaviour. It's not about being gay, just to be clear. It's about consent or lack thereof.
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Very sad news. A huge loss for the journalism world and Canada. Christie was tough as nails and independent minded. Great role model. “Dead at 68: Christie Blatchford was a tenacious voice for victims, a thorn to the smugly comfortable”… #RIP #cdnmedia
Christie’s Afghanistan reporting was phenomenal. She was as hard as any infantry soldier, incredibly courageous and took massive risks to tell the story of Canadians at war. Through it all she had humour, compassion, cutting wit and connected with the troops like no one else.
For women like me who cover security and defence didn’t just blaze a trail, she burned the foliage down and paved one. Thank you Christie. You will be so missed.
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1/21 @ElectionsCan_E @DLeBlancNB @PrivyCouncilCA

I have a simple solution to resolve dark money & foreign interference in #CDNpoli elections & democracies in general

► Any third party ads must be approved by a candidate

(See #thread for more details)…
2/21 @ElectionsCan_E @DLeBlancNB @PrivyCouncilCA

Elections Canada can require 3rd party election ads to include a stamp of approval from any registered candidate, so if there's a problem the onus is on the candidate to research & ensure the integrity of said ads

Con't #CDNpoli
3/21 @ElectionsCan_E @DLeBlancNB @PrivyCouncilCA

If candidates complain it's too much responsibility to be liable for 3rd party elections ads, they don't deserve the responsibility of running a country

Ensuring the integrity of messaging is half the job of an MP

Con't #CDNpoli
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