Monthly Archives: February 2011

Politics and the apparent irrelevance of truth

Watching one of the current crop of Conservative TV commercials last night, I was reminded of an observation once made by political scientist and former campaign manager to Stephen Harper, Tom Flanagan. Writing in Academic Matters a few years ago, … Continue reading

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How to have impact in under 24 hours

At 3:18 pm Wednesday, University of Victoria law prof Rebecca Johnson sent a three-sentence email to Dave Obee, op ed page editor of the Times Colonist, expressing her interest in writing a commentary about a news story that had appeared … Continue reading

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Would more female commentators and politicians deliver better gun control?

Two female members of Congress are sponsoring separate gun control bills in the US right now, and a report this week by Women’s eNews underlines the extent to which the matter is a woman’s issue – at least in the … Continue reading

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Wikipedia’s dark secret, and why women should care

Wikipedia, increasingly the go-to reference for historical and contemporary general knowledge, has a dark secret. It is chiefly written by 25-year-old males. …So wrote novelist Katherine Govier in an op ed in The Ottawa Citizen last week, in a piece … Continue reading

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We all lose absent informed analysis of The BIggest Loser

Last week, in Thunder Bay to deliver three media literacy presentations, I was asked by a youth worker about my take on the impact of programs like The Biggest Loser – the NBC reality show that profiles seriously overweight Americans … Continue reading

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Victoria workshops keep generating results

Three weeks after Informed Opinions delivered two workshops in Victoria, the ripples continue… University of Victoria Economics prof, Elisabeth Gugl is quoted extensively in an article in the Canadian University Press on the upside to British Columbians of the HST. … Continue reading

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West coast commentary nets national news profile

When Maneesha Deckha set out to write an op ed about the legal status of animals as property, she wasn’t looking to become the story. But her informative piece, published last week in the Victoria Times Colonist, attracted the attention … Continue reading

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Injustice equals opportunity for experts and their organizations

This week, Maneesha Deckha was, like many, sickened by the story of the sled dogs killed in British Columbia once they outlived their economic usefulness after last year’s winter Olympics. But as a law prof who developed and teaches an award-winning … Continue reading

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Scholar engages with plain language

“Do people want more prisons? Wouldn’t they prefer less crime?” This was the opening of an op ed published last week in the Victoria Times Colonist. Written in the context of increasing news coverage of the federal government’s plan to … Continue reading

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