The corporation will be eliminating 657 positions over the next two years.
Today, the CBC announced it would be cutting 657 full-time positions over the next two years in order to chop its 2014–15 budget by $130 million. It gave various reasons for the move: a soft ad market, lower-than-expected ad revenues from some CBC programs, and, perhaps most importantly, the loss of exclusive NHL coverage thanks […]
The current Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford continues to fascinate North American talk shows.Former MP and Toronto Councillor Olivia Chow attracts a lot of media interest when she is out in publicCouncillor Karen Stintz, former TTC Chair2014 Candidate list a…
This week, my daughter’s crowdsourcing campaign to fund her second children’s book Pom Pom – A Flightless Bully Tale (her first one was Our Canadian Lovestory) is in its final stages – only 5 days left to meet her funding goal (over 85% there). Please visit her site and join the “crowd” of 250 supporters […]
There’s more than 17. Way more. And you don’t have to do them all, you just have to start with a few. Chances are, though, that you already do some of this. Click here, you’ll thank me: “Never have I seen such a perfectly exquisite – and devastating – deconstruction of a ‘journalist.’” via Watch […]
TV personality @phoebedykstra was filming in the #Toronto @toEatonCentre today. The MTV News spot featured a little cloud so she might have been doing a weather forecast.Phoebe has a fascinating hairstyle – the side cut. One side of the head is bu…
Through some fluke of circumstance, one of my photos is in the Spanish edition of National Geographic Traveler magazine.
Statistics Canada reported today that there were only 199,700 vacant jobs in December 2013, the fewest recorded since it first reported these figures for March 2011. Statistics Canada began tracking job vacancies in response to claims of a labour shortage by governments and corporate Canada. But the number of vacancies falling below 200,000 casts further […]
On last night’s The National, Terry Milewski introduced the Canada-Korea trade deal as follows: The truth is that Canada is a latecomer to free trade with South Korea. The European Union and the United States both got there first, and their free trade deals took a big bite out of Canada’s exports. So, the government […]
… were rabid cheerleaders against the oil sands or any other conservative darling, you can bet that there asses would be on the line! But Rex Murphy can exult in the virtues of the massive western projects all he wants and with impertinence without fear of reprisal. He can take money from the oil sand […]
UPDATE (Feb. 12): Carol Goar reports this statement on page A17 of today’s Toronto Star. To add your signature to it, please e-mail your name, title and institution to Mario Seccareccia at firstname.lastname@example.org Statement by 70 Canadian Economists Against Austerity We, the undersigned, strongly urge the federal government to stop implementing fiscal austerity measures just to […]
The following commentary on yesterday’s job numbers is quoted in today’s National Post (page FP4): The Olympic motto may be “Faster, Higher, Stronger,” but Canada’s employment growth is slower, lower and weaker going into the winter games. Of the 29,000 Canadians who supposedly gained employment in January, 28,000 reported being self-employed. Only 1,000 found jobs […]
Earlier I wrote of how some opinion columnists take advantage of looser fact-checking rules of the editorial pages to come up with their own facts, either misleading or outright wrong, to give their opinions more weight. I thought it might be useful to provide some actual examples of what I mean.
A shorter version of this was published as my Root Issues column in the Barrie Examiner under the title “Making up facts to back opinions deliberately misleading“.
Today’s fourth-quarter report indicates that PotashCorp paid “provincial mining and other taxes” of $194 million on potash sales of $3 billion in 2013. In other words, Saskatchewan’s resource surcharge and potash production tax amounted to just 6.5% of the value of potash sold. Adding the basic Crown royalty (which PotashCorp includes in “cost of goods […]
Jim Stanford recently pointed out that many of the conservative economists who had defended the overvalued loonie have quickly shifted to applauding its depreciation. The Government of Saskatchewan may be making a similar conversion on the road to Damascus. When federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair expressed concern about Dutch disease, premier Brad Wall denied that […]
Animated GIFs and image macros are more popular than ever. And yet we almost never know who created these ubiquitous images.
Following Facebook’s example of giving sexist, abusive douchebags a free pass, Kickstarter is refusing to take down Redditor Ken Hoinsky’s dating advice book. Above the Game: A Guide to Getting Awesome With Women, includes such gentlemanly dating advice as “grab her hand and put it right on your dick.” Another excerpt posted on Reddit suggests […]
Note: This blog post below was written on March 9th but not published. Given this news of the past day, “Harper Government Spends Millions Monitoring Press Of Own MPs,” thought it would be useful additional context. Also, note to self: Listen more inte…