Ian Jessop asked me about Premier Clark giving $150,000 in public funds to assist her brother’s associate in Haida Gwaii. It’s a subject that has been well covered by fellow bloggers Laila Yuile and Merv Adey. However, with the exception of Mark Hume at the Globe and Mail, it’s been of little interest to mainstream media, particularly the “Incurious Bastards”¹ of the BC press gallery. It may be a rewarding career move for a political pundit to serve plutocrats instead of readership but that’s a conscious choice that doesn’t offend some who once thought of themselves as journalists. Shannon Rupp, writing at The Tyee recently, delivered a pointed analysis of the 21st century press in our country: I think it’s fair to say that many if not most so-called newspapers are misnamed: they deliver less and less news (as defined by journalists) while filling their pages with ”content” — a word that could mean anything from listicles to infotainment to advertising written to masquerade as a news story. In short, most newspapers have morphed into marketing platforms.
If the Mustel poll released Wednesday holds up, it appears than many BC citizens decided recently that the NDP is not ready to form an elected government. Mustel usually publishes results that […]
We read reports describing how the NDP is funding party president Moe Sihota’s stipend with contributions from unions, particularly two large ones in BC: CUPE and USW. It is news, though neither major […]
Carole James was affirmed with a resounding vote of the NDP’s Provincial Council. To those of us not members of that party, it may seem to matter little. However, British Columbia is being […]
For NDP reaction to the BC Budget, I joined other bloggers in a conference call with finance critic Bruce Ralston. This is the second time I’ve participated in a Ralston conference for […]