Thursday, March 23, 2017

Author of Maclean’s Quebec malaise piece steps down from post at McGill

The author of a controversial article about Quebec that appeared in Maclean’s magazine this week has stepped down from his post at McGill University, the Canadian Press reports.
Andrew Potter said in a social media post Thursday his resignation as director of the Institute for the Study of Canada was effective immediately.
Potter described Quebec in the article as a “pathologically alienated and low-trust society” with a glaring absence of solidarity.
It stated the events surrounding the recent massive snowstorm that saw 300 cars stranded overnight on a major Montreal highway revealed a malaise that is “eating away at the foundations of Quebec society.”
McGill University said it accepted the resignation but that Potter will remain an associate professor in the faculty of arts.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Vice journalist must turn over materials to RCMP, appeals court rules

The Star's Alyshah Hasham writes:
After VICE Media reporter Ben Makuch published three stories about accused terrorist Farah Shirdon in 2014, the RCMP demanded he hand over all his communications with Shirdon.
The ensuing legal battle that set press freedom against the interests of law enforcement reached the Court of Appeal, which on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s decision not to quash the order to produce the documents.
The ruling is being criticized by press freedom and civil liberties organizations for putting a “chilling effect” on public interest reporting and free expression.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Betty Kennedy dead at 91

Journalist and television personality Betty Kennedy, famed for her work on CBC's long-running current affairs quiz show Front Page Challenge, has died at 91. Kennedy, who was born and raised in Ottawa, died on Monday, according to a statement from her family.
Link to CBC obit

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Jimmy Breslin, chronicler of wise guys and underdogs, dies at 88

Jimmy Breslin, who died Sunday at 88, was a fixture for decades in New York journalism, notably with the New York Daily News, and he won a Pulitzer Prize for pieces that, among others, exposed police torture in Queens and took a sympathetic look at the life of an AIDS patient.
AP obit

Friday, March 17, 2017

Subway seeking $210-million in lawsuit against CBC after 'factually incorrect' chicken report

Subway, the fast food chain, has filed a lawsuit seeking $210-million in damages against the CBC after a Marketplace report aired that alleged close to 50% of the chicken it uses in sandwiches is actually soy.
“Despite our efforts to share the facts with the CBC about the high quality of our chicken and to express our strong objections to their inaccurate claims, they have not issued a retraction, as we requested,” Subway said in a Thursday statement, according to the New York Post. “Serving high-quality food to our customers is our top priority, and we are committed to seeing that this factually incorrect report is corrected.”
The Post report said the CBC has been notified of the lawsuit but has not received a copy of it.
“We believe our journalism to be sound and there is no evidence that we’ve seen that would lead us to change our position,” a CBC spokeswoman told the Post.

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