Carleton launches foreign correspondent lecture series

Lyse Doucet, a BBC reporter, delivered a lecture on Nov. 8, at the Canadian War Museum to launch the Peter Stursberg Foreign Correspondents lecture series. She also took part in a seminar at Carleton University on Nov. 9,  with students from Carleton’s journalism program. Doucet spoke about topics such as reporting about war, ‘fake news’, and journalism today. She also took part in a live Q&A with CBC’s Paul Kennedy, and took questions from the audience. Although she currently works in London, Doucet still feels a strong attachment to her Canadian roots. “I still regard myself as a Canadian journalist,” she said. “So, an opportunity to come and speak to Canadian journalists and be part of a Canadian journalist lecture […]

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Letter: Canadian arts deserve financial support

At the end of September, Mélanie Joly, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, gave a speech introducing the federal government’s newest initiative for Canada’s cultural future. Joly outlined Creative Canada—the blueprint for shifting Canada’s cultural policies to the center of the country’s economic growth—with a policy framework highlighting three pillars: investing in Canadian creators, cultural entrepreneurs and their stories; promoting Canadian content at home and globally; and strengthening public broadcasting and supporting local news. While Joly discussed everything from the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Act to the Multiculturalism Act, a big takeaway for most people—including myself—was her commitment to investing in Canadian creators. It’s easy to get excited and hopeful, because this is something long overdue. Many countries don’t have cultural policies […]

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CBC Marketplace investigation reveals professors with phony degrees

A recent CBC Marketplace investigation has found that as many as 800 Canadians could have purchased a fake degree. Dubravko Zgrablic, a Toronto professor, was one of the people who was found to possess a phony degree by Marketplace. Zgrablic told the undercover journalists of CBC Marketplace that he obtained his master’s degree in computer science  at Almeda University, which is a fake online school, according to the investigation. According to CBC Marketplace, Almeda University has been linked to Axact, a Pakistan-based IT firm which has been uncovered as “the world’s biggest diploma mill” and which recently closed. Zgrablic has taught at Centennial College, the University of Toronto, Ryerson University and Seneca College, according to his LinkedIn profile. Althea Blackburn-Evans, director of media relations at […]

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Ottawa celebrates Canada 150 amidst rain and large crowds

Amidst heavy rain, long line-ups, and other controversial moments, Canadians from coast to coast gathered at Parliament Hill on Canada Day to celebrate Canada 150, witnessing a day’s worth of musical performances, special guest appearances, and nighttime fireworks. Throughout the early morning, the main focus was on Indigenous issues, following the setup of a teepee on Parliament Hill on June 28 by a group of Indigenous activists. Calling it a “re-occupation,” the intent was to highlight Canada’s history of violence and forced assimilation towards Indigenous people, according to the Toronto Star.  “[Canada Day allows us] to reflect on our past, to cheer on today, and to recommit ourselves to the future,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in his morning speech. “This is […]

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Satirical art thriving under U.S. administration

When Michael de Adder received news of U.S. President Donald Trump’s election, he said he felt shock and anger, and decided to pick up his pens and draw a picture of Trump kissing a reluctant Lady Liberty. A Halifax-based, award-winning editorial cartoonist, de Adder is one cartoonist among many who has found plenty to draw about during this new American presidential term. “If everything was hunky-dory in the world, cartoonists would have a hard go of it,” de Adder said. “But politics, being what it is, always leads to situations that are ripe for lampooning. And right now, the situation couldn’t be better for cartoonists.” For de Adder, what motivates him to draw political cartoons is anger. He said his […]

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