Why we shouldn’t worry about wealth inequality in Canada

Age and accumulated wealth account for much of the discrepancy. And that's just normal life-cycle economics

Why we shouldn’t worry about wealth inequality in CanadaMuch ado about nothing. The title of the Shakespearean comedy comes to mind when I think about the attention devoted to wealth inequality in recent years. The left's (and much of the major media's) preoccupation with economic inequality is fundamentally misplaced and has diverted attention away from the real problems we face. For example, take…

Postmedia suffers $15.5-million quarterly loss

Newspaper giant says it will continue to cut costs to address revenue declines in its legacy print business

Postmedia suffers $15.5-million quarterly lossCanadian newspaper giant Postmedia suffered $15.5-million net loss in its third quarter, which ended May 31. The chain said on Wednesday that the loss, which included a $9.4 million non-cash impairment charge, compared to net earnings of $13 million in the same period in 2017. “The change was primarily the result of an increase in…

Newspapers may be struggling but the news is still crucial

Don't blame the Internet, embrace it as a means to deliver quality reporting to a broader audience

Newspapers may be struggling but the news is still crucialThe old home for the Coventry Evening Telegraph in England is a building frozen in time. The publishers moved to more modern facilities in 2012. The newspaper’s home of more than 50 years is now an arts space where people come to take pictures. It has a museum-like quality: on some desks, family photos, a…

How soccer revitalizes nationalism

It’s difficult to detach the World Cup from patriotism, even among the most disenfranchised of citizens

How soccer revitalizes nationalismThe penetrating question of the 2018 World Cup of soccer is: Why do the large, powerful nations have short national anthems while the smaller countries have ones that go on forever? God Save the Queen (England) is over faster than you can say Bobby Charlton. But songs of Iceland and Peru seem more like six-part…

Has trust in journalists started to rebound from rock bottom?

A new survey says people are looking at journalism with new respect in these troubled times

Has trust in journalists started to rebound from rock bottom?It’s true. The 2018 survey by Cision of 1,355 journalists from across six countries discovered that perceived trust in professional journalists improved by 20 per cent this year. Cision is a global provider of media software. Yes, sadly, journalists felt underappreciated by 91 per cent of the general public up until last year. And fake…

Wasting money propping up untenable news operations

Billions are spent on the CBC, hundreds of millions are redirected by the CRTC to ensure we’re informed. Is more federal funding for local news justified?

Wasting money propping up untenable news operationsThe smartest thing the federal government could have done to answer pleas for subsidy from the nation’s newspaper publishers is nothing. The next smartest thing it could have done is what I suggested it do last August – get the CBC out of the domestic advertising business and make all of its news content available…

Rigorous journalism can save us from fake news

How government can navigate a changing landscape to create the conditions for vigorous, ethical journalism and open, informed debate

Rigorous journalism can save us from fake newsBy Sen. Raymonde Saint-Germain and Sen. Art Eggleton “Journalists are like firefighters: you may not need them every day, but you want to know they’re there to protect you.” Veteran journalist Edward Greenspon used this analogy at a recent Senate open caucus meeting held to discuss threats to traditional journalism in Canada. Media panelists and senators…

The western media’s appalling embrace of North Korea

The international media is so blind in its disdain for Trump that they are whitewashing the crimes of one of the world’s most repressive regimes

The western media’s appalling embrace of North KoreaThe government of Kim Jong-un is one of the world’s most repressive, holding North Korea’s 25 million people in a virtual slave state. A third or more of North Koreans suffer from malnutrition. The regime’s penal camps are among the harshest on Earth, with a reported 20 per cent of inmates dying within 12 months…

Sacked: sports media objectivity is being thrown for a loss

The relationship between the covered and those covering is morphing as teams expect different things from the people who inhabit the press box

Sacked: sports media objectivity is being thrown for a lossMany sports traditions are fading away. Fighting in hockey. The phantom tag at second base in baseball. The big slow centre in basketball. Is media objectivity when covering sports about to become another vestige of the past? Could be. The death last week at the age of 91 of Red Fisher, the iconic Montreal sportswriter,…

Mob rule: the Internet at its most thoughtless and hurtful

A story gets told, people instantly react, someone gets vilified. Sometimes they get destroyed. This time‎, the mob went after a mother who didn't deserve it

Mob rule: the Internet at its most thoughtless and hurtfulIn the social media era – in our mad rush to judgment – people get ground up and spat out. Happens all the time. Happens too often. Ask ‎Aziz Ansari, the Muslim comedian and author whose career now lies in rubble, because some nameless, feckless young woman decided to punish him for what, in a…

Coarsening of public life a reflection of the times we live in

Should we really be surprised – let alone shocked – when our political leaders bring the language of the streets into the corridors of power?

Coarsening of public life a reflection of the times we live inAh, the words we use – do they define us or merely reflect the times we live in? If it seems that the way we speak is becoming less elegant – not to mention less educated – then it might simply reflect the consistent coarsening of society instead of a sign of demons possessing the…

Go ahead, shoot the messenger

The media bears some of the responsibility for Donald Trump even when we stand in defiance of him

Go ahead, shoot the messengerWho’s to blame? When the United States of America regains its sanity – when the political equivalent of the Nuremberg war crimes trial is convened – who will bear the blame for Donald Trump? Who’s responsible? There will be plenty of blame to go around: Russia, of course, for interfering in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin,…

5 steps to optimizing your small newspaper website

SEO is incredibly important to the success of any online news outlet

5 steps to optimizing your small newspaper websiteYou have a great online newspaper, but aren’t getting as much traffic as you'd hope. Ensuring that your website has complete visibility to customers should be your number one priority. This is where search engine optimization (SEO) comes in. SEO is incredibly important to the success of any online business. Although Google makes dozens of…

#MeToo movement gains traction in Ottawa

Ottawa’s corridors of power have been buzzing about a coming bombshell. The revelations will bring a speedy end to many political careers

#MeToo movement gains traction in OttawaThat didn’t take long. Last week, I wondered why the #MeToo movement had yet to alight in Ottawa. Within days – and just as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was about to take the stage at his annual Christmas party – TVA broke a major story: a senior staff person in Trudeau’s office was under investigation.…

The fake news controversy isn’t really new

News reporting has always been susceptible to allegations of spin and slant, cherry-picking and calculation

The fake news controversy isn’t really newIt’s been a defining characteristic of 2017. U.S. President Donald Trump claims that all negative stories are fake news. The media indignantly responds by casting themselves as pursuers of nothing but the truth. They are, in their view, shining light in the darkness. Then, as with CNN and ABC News last week, the media egregiously…