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Discussion on Bill C-51, Anti-terrorism Act, 2015

On January 29, one day before the Harper government introduced its new anti-terror act in the parliament an article appeared in the Globe and Mail entitled “Canadians support increased security powers, poll suggests.” It is worth asking why such a dramatic headline would be used before the contents of the bill were revealed. 576 more words

Media, Journalism & Disinformation

New anti-terrorism act: Irresponsible polling and media coverage

Polling firm Angus-Reid released a story on February 19 which claims overwhelming support among Canadians for the government’s new anti-terror legislation.

It goes so far as to say “Canadians are firmly supportive of Bill C-51” and that “ [n]early half of Canadians say draft law ‘strikes right balance,’” while “fully one-third say it doesn’t go far enough.” It says that “less than one in five (19 per cent) worried that it (the legislation) goes too far, compromising freedom and privacy.” 223 more words

Media, Journalism & Disinformation

"Obama Resurgent: What His Popularity Says about Us," By Bruce Frohnen

After a politically disastrous 2014, President Obama appears to be enjoying something of a resurgence in popularity. Press reports indicate that his approval ratings have gone up, and he certainly seems to have regained confidence and energy. 1,167 more words

Essays And Reviews

Banks Preparing For Greek Eurozone Exit

What the Papers Say (Wall Street Journal)

Writing in the Wall Street Journal (January 11th, 2015), Chira Albanese reports that banks and other financial institutions in Europe are stress-testing their internal systems and dusting off two-year-old contingency plans for the possibility that Greece could leave the region’s monetary union after a key election later this month. 187 more words