In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 8: Take us away from this, Oscar!

Nothing happened in the world this week, so I’m going to devote this blog to the Academy Awards. Yes, I know that things did happen in the world this week, but 90% of them involved Donald Trump, and I just cannot read, write or hear another word about the creeping orange terror. Seriously, this guy ...

Parchment in the Fire: Greece’s Debt Relief Conundrum

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18459:Greece%27s-Debt-Relief-Conundrum Filed under: Uncategorized

We Pivot: What Will T$$$p’s Gestapo Be Called?

What will T***p's Gestapo be called? #AmericanFascism — WePivot.net 💭💬💭 (@WePivot) February 20, 2017

TaylorOwen.com: Journalism After Snowden

My edited book for Columbia University Press with Emily Bell, Journalism After Snowden: The Future of the Free Press in the Surveillance State, on journalism and state surveillance has recently been released. It includes chapters by a pretty wonderful group of journalists and scholars, including: Steve Coll, Cass Sunstein, Clay Shirky, Alan Rusbridger, Jill Abramson, Glenn ...

TaylorOwen.com: It’s time to reform the CBC for the digital age

The oped below was written after the publishing of The Shattered Mirror: News, Democracy and Trust in the Digital Age, on which i served as a research principal.  I have been surprised that what I believe is the most radical and potentially transformative idea in the report has received almost no attention.  So Elizabeth Dubois and ...

TaylorOwen.com: Report on state of Canadian journalism

For the past year I have had the fortune to work with Ed Greenspon, the Public Policy Forum, and a wonderful group of scholars and journalists on a report on the state of journalism in Canada. The resulting report was recently released, The Shattered Mirror: News, Democracy and Trust in the Digital Age. My role ...

Parchment in the Fire: The strange death of social democracy in Europe | openDemocracy

What happened to social democratic parties in Europe? And what is coming to take their place? Source: The strange death of social democracy in Europe | openDemocracy Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: social democracy

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 7: Horror in Sweden?

Doesn’t it seem like weeks ago that Justin Trudeau visited Donald Trump? It was the story on this side of the border for days. But Trudeau had barely lifted off from Washington and his visit was forgotten, overwhelmed by a tsunami of terrible Trump news. But let’s briefly look back on the Trump-Trudeau visit, which ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: That political instinct.

One of the key measurements of budding politicians is their political instinct. You measure this in how these people interact with voters, fellow politicians, the news media and with the apparatchiks who work with them. At the same time, it would be an asset if they are articulate, charming, intelligent, personable, rich and have an ...

Excited Delirium: Hey Vacci-Nazis: Earn $100k from Robert DeNiro & RKF Jr.

Have you ditched real science so that pharmaceutical companies can make a fast buck from our fear? Then you can be eligible for $100k from Robert DeNiro when you give irrefutable proof that today’s vaccines are safe.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: U-Pass A Roaring Success

*takes a slight bow* Success of U-Pass brings changes to Regina's transit system https://t.co/mYprbKZTwA #yqrcc — Craig Baird (@CraigBaird) February 16, 2017 Now we have to order buses. Now! .@CraigBaird If #YQRcc @CityofRegina @astevensward3 @JoelMurrayWard6 don't order buses now, won't have new ones for more riders until 2018! — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) February 16, 2017

In This Corner: This is on you, American voters

Sixty two million, nine hundred and seventy nine thousand, eight hundred and seventy nine. That’s how many people voted for Donald Trump. And that’s how many people should be looking at themselves in the mirror and saying “What the #@*% was I THINKING?” Yes, you 62,979,879, this is on you. Sure, you can blame Hillary ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: It’s Not Been A Great Week

@CBCSask It's a spectacular failure for @SUMA_amplify to denounce the federal solution, while providing no alternative plan. — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) February 14, 2017 https://t.co/4fRVzIa6U7It won't get better soon.#Drumph — Saskboy (@saskboy) February 14, 2017 Parking extension in 2017. Extension of safe cycling infrastructure? $0. #YQRcc https://t.co/WgCCI7TfX0 — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) February 14, 2017

Susan on the Soapbox: How to Get Rid of an Autocrat

Donald Trump isn’t the first Western politician to attack the judiciary, muzzle scientists, erode evidence-based decision making by making up alternate facts, disenfranchise voters, create two-tiered citizenship, push a corporate agenda, insult the very government leaders he needs to help him achieve his vision, and wage a divisive Islamophobic campaign to shore up core support. ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 6: All Trump, all the time

Has there ever been a leader (or, in this case, a ‘leader’) who has so dominated every minute of every news cycle the way Donald Trump has? In the pre-Trump era, you could easily go a few days without hearing or seeing one word from the President of the United States. Today, we can’t go ...

Eh Types: O’Leary Can’t Lead The Conservatives, And They Know It

When the Conservative party elects a new leader, it will be an important decision for the party’s future. Should the membership decide that reality TV star Kevin O’Leary is the best choice to carry the party forward, they will have to contend with the party’s own past. Attack ads against O’Leary have already been written, ...

Excited Delirium: Trump’s Closed Door Policy Opens The World To New Reichstag Moment

The famous quote from Shakepeare:  ‘All the world’s a stage and we are merely players’. What we are witnessing with the new Trump regime is nothing short of a bizarrely concocted series of theatrics into making the world think that there’s some sanity holding sway in the United States. The recent decision by the federal appeals ...

Parchment in the Fire: ‘The punches we’ve taken have made us stronger’: Podemos leader goes for broke | World news | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/09/podemos-leader-pablo-iglesias-spain-anti-austerity-movement Filed under: Uncategorized

Babel-on-the-Bay: Hand-wringing in academia.

You would have thought that Edward Greenspon had covered the subject. He released his Public Policy Forum report on Canada’s news media recently and we thought that was it. We all hung some crepe for a dying industry, maybe shed a tear and the report was consigned to the recycle bin for things we will ...

Parchment in the Fire: As Tensions Rise Between Greece and its Creditors, Is Grexit Back on the Table?

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18315:As-Tensions-Rise-Between-Greece-and-its-Creditors%2C-Is-Grexit-Back-on-the-Table%3F Filed under: Uncategorized

Excited Delirium: Quote for our times

I marvel at the simple notion that we are now run by a gaggle of 70 year-olds that swear by deregulation and dog-eat-dog capitalism but they live in gated communities that will turf you out if you dare paint your door a different colour. Me, Feb 8, 2017.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: If You Don’t Laugh, You’ll Be Next

@SteveKopack Nothing about this is funny. Why do these "people" laugh? — Ozzie (@OzziePants777) February 7, 2017

Parchment in the Fire: Leading Candidate for French President Hit By Scandal

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18285:Leading-Candidate-for-French-President-Hit-By-Scandal Filed under: Uncategorized

Susan on the Soapbox: Kellie Leitch: An Example of “New Racism”

On Sept 7, 2016 Kellie Leitch posted a tweet in which she shared an article that appeared in Macleans magazine.  The article set out her proposal to vet all newcomers to Canada for “anti-Canadian values”. On January 29, 2017 six Muslim men were murdered in a Quebec mosque by a white Canadian man who apparently ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 5: Horror hits home; Trudeau breaks a promise; Stupor Bowl ads

Events on Sunday in Quebec City served as a reminder, if we needed one, that Canada is not immune to madness. Last Sunday, a sad loser walked into a Quebec City mosque and opened fire on people who were praying. Yes, praying. He killed six,  injuring many others; it could have been so much worse. ...