November 29, 2009

Democracy and Journalism: Segal's view from the Hill

By Alison Loat
Hugh Segal shared his articulately-worded yet scathing critique of today's media, tempered by suggested rules that he believes would assist things, at the Canadian Journalism Foundation's annual Democracy and Journalism lecture in Toronto last week. It reminded me of Maclean's editor Ken Whyte's analysis delivered a handful of months ago. On the upside, Segal clearly believes in the vitality o... [More]

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November 27, 2009

Brain candy, the international version

By Alison Loat
A few things to highlight for those inclined to things of an international or foreign policy ilk: 1. Foreign Policy Camp is scheduled for Monday, November 30th, hosted by a terrific set of Canadian organizations. If you're in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto or Montreal, you can participate by registering here. The Mark has a special page dedicated to the deliberations. 2. The second issue of ... [More]

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November 23, 2009

Samara's first publication (well, kind of sort of)

By Alison Loat
While spending the summer in Toronto, UBC journalism professor Alfred Hermida camped out at the Samara offices during the day, thinking big thoughts about the future of journalism. Happily, the paper he penned while with us, which was on Twitter and its implications for journalism, was accepted for publication. Although Journalism Practice won't publish the piece until August 2010, you can read ... [More]

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November 23, 2009

Let us now think seriously about this place

By Alison Loat
Thanks to Aaron Wherry for drawing attention to this panel on our current Parliament, featuring The Star's Susan Delacourt, The Globe's Jeffrey Simpson and Rick Salutin, Queen's professor Ned Franks and the University of Saskatchewan's Janice MacKinnon, and moderated by The Agenda's Steve Paikin. If you don't want to spend 35 minutes watching, you can read Simpson's take here and Salutin's here. ... [More]

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November 23, 2009

How minorities could work

By Alison Loat
All the 139 MPs invited to participate in our Exit Interviews share one thing in common: they spent some or all of their time in public life working in a minority government. Minorities are relatively rare in Canada and many observers of things governmental aren't very impressed with how minority Parliaments are working. Adjectives like "unproductive" and "intensely partisan" are commonly descrip... [More]

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November 11, 2009

Remembrance Day

By Alison Loat
Today everyone at Samara reflects and remembers the extraordinary public service of so many Canadians.

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November 7, 2009

The Academic Cloister, revisited

By Alison Loat
Samara co-founder Michael MacMillan was the Brockington Visitor at Queen's last week. His visit involved a variety of talks on his career, film, the role of the university and, of course, Samara. It also included a screening of his controversial 1976 film about univeristy life, the Academic Cloister. Unfortunately the lectures were not recorded, but here's a lovely piece on Michael by Queen's J... [More]

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