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The Journalism Doctor

From media executive to media critic, John Miller has seen journalism from all sides (and he often doesn't like what he sees). He draws on his 40 years in news, including five years as deputy managing editor of the [i]Toronto Star[/i], and 10 years as chairman of the School of Journalism at Ryerson University. His 1998 book [i]Yesterday's News[/i] documented how newspapers were forfeiting their role as our primary information source. This column originally appeared on John's blog, www.thejournalismdoctor.ca.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor April 22
John Miller | Toronto Star columnist Desmond Cole's campaign against police carding led him to disrupt a public meeting this week. Journalism needs to update its rules.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 22
The Bennett School in Edmonton, Alberta
David J. Climenhaga | Catholic education is constitutionally protected in Alberta and Saskatchewan, but nowhere is it written Catholic education must permeate every other subject taught.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 22
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Justin Cozart
Yves Engler | Many find it easier to imagine the collapse of civilization than the replacement of a transportation and urban planning system based on private cars.
Blog - KAIROS Witness April 22
Tar Sands Healing Walk 2014. Photo by Allan Lissner
John Dillon | Canada, and not just Mexico, may be in for a rough ride when it renegotiates NAFTA with the United States. When it comes to fighting climate change, however, the ride will be rougher.
Blog - Environmental Defence's blog April 21
Image: Flickr/Brookhaven National Laboratory
Keith Brooks, Mark Rowlinson | Ontario's Climate Plan will create jobs. Now Ontario needs to make sure they're good jobs that go to those who need them most.
Blog - Campus Notes April 21
Michael Bueckert | Regressive, centre-right student unions across Ontario have adopted a brand new tactic to pursue their agenda on university campuses: hire dubious audit firms staffed by friends.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 20
Penney Kome | Alex Jones, Bill O'Reilly and Robert Ailes inspired some of Donald Trump's wildest claims.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 20
Elections Alberta Logo (Elections Alberta)
David J.Climenhaga | If the latest numbers show anything it's how much support there is for the NDP, notwithstanding the prevailing narratives on the right and in mainstream media.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 19
Stephen Mandel, would-be uniter of Alberta’s "centre," when he was a Tory minister. (David Climenhaga photo.)
David J. Climenhaga | About the only difference between the Dippers of '17 and the Tories of '71 is that a slightly larger percentage of NDP policy is more than mere rhetoric.
Blog - David Suzuki April 19
"Science is golden" protest sign.
David Suzuki | Of all the many solutions to global warming and other environmental problems, none is as powerful as people getting together to demand change.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 18
Contingent of Nepalese Peacekeepers Arrives in Juba from Haiti, 2014
Yves Engler | UN abuses in Haiti aren't an unfortunate outgrowth of a well-meaning peacekeeping effort. Rather, MINUSTAH was established to consolidate the U.S., France and Canada's anti-democratic policies.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics April 18
Some say modern Canada was born at Vimy Ridge. That's more trope than truth.
Dennis Gruending | Some politicians, journalists and historians says that modern Canada was born at Vimy Ridge. That's more trope than truth.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 18
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.
David J. Climenhaga | If the Edmonton Oilers do better than the Calgary Flames in the NHL playoffs, Alberta Conservatives will presumably try to find a way to blame the NDP for that too.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 15
Allan Hunsperger (Wildrose Pary photo, 2012)
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's right-wing political parties still haven't been able to crawl back out of the fiery pit Pastor Allan Hunsperger led them into.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 14
Wildorse Leader Brian Jean with reporters. But where's Jason?
David J. Climenhaga | If anyone sees Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney, please let someone responsible know. If he doesn't show up soon, his face is going to start appearing on milk cartons!
Blog - Hill Dispatches April 14
From left: Diane Lebouthiller, Ralph Goodale, Jody Wilson-Raybould, Jane Philpott, Bill Blair
Karl Nerenberg | The Liberal government finally introduced its pot legalization legislation, which contains many law-and-order measures to placate the many who are concerned about the impact of legal dope.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 13
Image: Flickr/mlhradio
Penney Kome | Suppose that push, not pull, drives the upward price spiral.
Blog - KAIROS Witness April 13
Philippine delegates in Canada
Connie Sorio, Bishop Antonio Ablon | Can Canada champion world peace while simultaneously supporting Canadian extractive companies that are accused of human and ecological rights violations?
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 13
Image: Elders and Indian soldiers in the uniform of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (Online MIKAN no. 3192219) by Library and Archives Canada / PA-041366
Yves Engler | Glorifying First Nations participation in imperialist wars as part of overcoming Canada’s colonial treatment of First Nations is, at a minimum, ironic.
Blog - Open Media's blog April 13
#CrowdsourceC51
Victoria Henry | Bill C-51 is finally up for reform, after months of public consultations. But how do we know our feedback is being taken seriously? Presenting CrowdsourceC51.ca
Blog - Open Media's blog April 12
Jesse Schooff | Jesse Schooff explores why laws to keep citizens' data in their country of residence can be both a win and a loss for privacy.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 12
Alberta Agriculture Minister Oniel Carlier (front left) and Alberta Beef Producers Chair Bob Lowe (front right). GoA Photo
David J. Climenhaga | Continuing to make farmers fund agricultural check-off organizations, some of which function almost as auxiliaries of the Wildrose Opposition, is not going to help the Alberta NDP.
Blog - Nora Loreto's blog April 12
Sean Spicer
Nora Loreto | Sean Spicer reveals a lot about how Trump's team speaks to its base, and promotes their racist agenda.
Blog - David Suzuki April 12
An NHGRI researcher uses a pipette to remove DNA from a micro test tube
David Suzuki | Combining crowd-sourced scientific data, public policy reform and consumer activism could work in areas such as testing for antibiotics, pesticide and mercury residues and more.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 11
Screenshot of the offending anti-abortion video
David J. Climenhaga | Albertans deserve to know what opposition politicians would actually do about such situations in tax-financed schools.
Blog - Sarah Miller's blog April 11
B.C. Legislature building
Sarah Miller | 'Twas the month before elections and all through B.C. the election ads were playing for everyone to see...
Blog - Northern Plains Drifter April 11
Delivering fake news
Paul Orlowski | During the election campaign, the mainstream media gave Trump too much coverage. Sure, he's entertaining and could improve falling ratings. But his penchant for fake news threatens civil society.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 10
Image: Facebook/Carrie Lynn Poole-Cotnam
Yves Engler | A leadership race is an opportunity to promote bold ideas and invigorate a political movement. Canada’s right wing party seems to understand this, the left not so much.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 10
Alberta labour lawyer Andrew Sims (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | It's worth asking the question if over time this approach could lead to the creation of an Academic Faculty Union of Canada?
Blog - Education in the Age of Climate Change April 8
B.C. Premier Christy Clark in 2014
Lizanne Foster | If you can’t afford the $10,000 a plate dinners, the B.C. Liberals have little to offer you besides more of what we’ve been subjected to since 2001.

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