Category Archives: Election Claims and Commentary

“Get me rewrite!” – a truly inclusive O Canada

The positive responses to our video campaign in pursuit of a more inclusive O Canada are still outpacing the cranky ignorant ones, and among the most inspiring was an email I received from Toronto poet and physician, Ron Charach. He … Continue reading

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Women’s voices — on women’s issues — missing in action

The infographic below is depressingly self-explanatory — on one level. It makes clear how entrenched the gender skew is when it comes to who gets quoted in North American media. And — as MediaWatch discovered 20 years ago when we … Continue reading

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Lessons from a published op ed

Yeah, but I’m not Eddie Greenspan. That’s what I thought last December when Globe and Mail op ed page editor, Natasha Hassan claimed to a room full of Osgoode Hall profs that her paper’s online commentary hub was an enormously influential … Continue reading

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Experts challenge the myths of youth apathy

The engagement of younger voters in the current election campaign may be the kind of game-changer that not even the polls can predict. (I’ve seen little acknowledgement of this in media reporting of polls, but very few under-30s own the … Continue reading

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Timely op ed challenges public subsidy misinformation campaign

Ever since the question of discontinuing the per-vote public subsidy of political parties was raised by Stephen Harper in 2008 – those tuned in to federal politics will know that it was this proposal that triggered our last election – … Continue reading

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Unpacking the gaps in Vote Compass

When Lloyd Robertson used to intone at the end of every CTV nightly newscast, “And that’s the kind of day it’s been, here at CTV news,” I always wished he would add, “because, based on the dozens of stories we … Continue reading

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Canadian election: Desperately seeking informed opinions

The writ hasn’t even dropped yet and already I’m incensed at election commentary and political claims that in no way qualify as “informed opinions”. A few samples: Conservative House Leader John Baird in Question Period yesterday claiming that a majority … Continue reading

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