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Meghan Markle deletes social media accounts ahead of wedding
Oprah’s hashtag moment at Golden Globes
BNN to become BNN Bloomberg in new deal between Bell Media and Bloomberg Media
Real weather term 'bomb cyclone' blows up on social media
Outage of TD’s online brokerage service yields mounting complaints on social media
Johnny Bower wore #1 for a reason
42% of Canadians get their news through social media: study
2018-01-14 18:09:49 Canadians love getting their news — fake or not — through social media. This is according to the Pew Research Center, which released a new study that shows out of 17 advanced countries, Canada ranks second only to South Korea when it comes to using social media for news. About 27% of Canadians get their news information several times a day in contrast to 47% of South Koreans at the top of the list and 15% of Japanese at the bottom of the survey   Read More ...
Meghan Markle shutters social media accounts
2018-01-10 02:03:39 NEW YORK – Kensington Palace confirmed Tuesday that Prince Harry‘s fiancee Meghan Markle has shut down her social media accounts in line with royal tradition. The American closed her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. The palace said Markle “is grateful to everyone who has followed her social media accounts over the years” but “she has not used these accounts for some time   Read More ...
Meghan Markle deletes social media accounts ahead of wedding
2018-01-09 22:11:39 Former actress Meghan Markle has deleted her social media accounts as she prepares to wed Prince Harry. The Suits star and the British royal announced their engagement in late November, when Meghan also revealed she was retiring from acting to start “a new chapter” with Harry, who she will work with on humanitarian issues and other causes close to their hearts   Read More ...
Meghan Markle closes social media accounts
2018-01-09 22:06:24 NEW YORK -- Kensington Palace confirmed Tuesday that Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle has shut down her social media accounts in line with royal tradition. The American closed her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. The palace said Markle "is grateful to everyone who has followed her social media accounts over the years" but "she has not used these accounts for some time   Read More ...
Oprah’s hashtag moment at Golden Globes
2018-01-08 20:13:43 In case you ever questioned the mainstream media’s liberal bias (and why Trump justifiably loathes them), look at NBC’s tweet from the Golden Globes, about Oprah Winfrey. “Nothing but respect for OUR future president. #GoldenGlobes” he tweet came from network’s official Twitter account. Clearly, NBC, which theoretically operates an objective news division, wasn’t even trying to hide its bias in preferring that a liberal be elected president next time around   Read More ...
BNN to become BNN Bloomberg in new deal between Bell Media and Bloomberg Media
2018-01-08 17:33:24 TORONTO — Business news channel BNN is going to become BNN Bloomberg this spring following a partnership deal between its corporate parent Bell Media (TSX:BCE) and Bloomberg Media. The deal will see the station add several hours of live evening television coverage of Asian markets, early morning programs from Europe and contributions from Bloomberg reporters. BNN’s website will become BNNBloomberg.ca and include Bloomberg’s international news coverage   Read More ...
CIBL Montréal employees want to save radio station
2018-01-08 13:04:54 The employees of a shuttered community radio station say they are mobilizing to get it back on the air. CIBL Montréal closed its doors last Friday, leaving 13 people without a job. Funded by the community, CIBL first launched in 1980 in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, and moved to the Quartier des spectacles district in 2012. On Friday, managers said the station’s financial situation was untenable and it would have to close   Read More ...
Dramatic photos flood social media as King Tide ‘sinks’ Vancouver
2018-01-06 22:33:41 The phenomenon known as “King Tide” has returned to Metro Vancouver, and it’s creating quite the stir on social media.The unusually high tides, forecast for a period between Jan. 3 and Jan. 7, have already caused minor flooding in some low lying areas of the region. King Tides, also known as perigean spring tides, refer to the highest tidal ranges of a year   Read More ...
Iranian cleric blames social media apps for provoking anti-government protests
2018-01-06 06:02:51 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A hard-line cleric leading Friday prayers in Iran’s capital called on the Islamic Republic to build its own social media, blaming popular international messaging apps for the unrest that accompanied days of protests over the country’s flagging economy. The demonstrations began on Dec. 28 and quickly spread across the country, prompting the government to suspend access to the messaging app Telegram, which was being used to publicize the protests, and briefly block the Instagram photo-sharing site   Read More ...
Iranian cleric blames social media for recent unrest
2018-01-05 16:05:00 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- A hard-line cleric leading Friday prayers in Iran's capital called on the Islamic Republic to build its own social media, blaming popular international messaging apps for the unrest that accompanied days of protests over the country's flagging economy. The demonstrations began on Dec. 28 and quickly spread across the country, prompting the government to suspend access to the messaging app Telegram, which was being used to publicize the protests, and briefly block the Instagram photo-sharing site   Read More ...
Press freedom on the agenda as Erdogan meets Macron in Paris
2018-01-05 12:32:49 PARIS -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is travelling to Paris for talks with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, amid protests over press freedom and the deteriorating state of human rights in Turkey. Erdogan is making his first trip to France since a failed coup in 2016 that was followed by strong repression. Around 50,000 people have been arrested since then and 110,000 others removed from public sector jobs   Read More ...
Good night Twitter, good night Facebook — I'm out
2018-01-04 14:37:18 My record with New Year’s resolutions is spotty, as evidenced by my (still) considerable frame and closet of (grossly) underused gym gear. But this year, I need to deliver, because I’m giving up something that’s killing me: social media. Now, kicking a bad Twitter or Facebook habit is obviously nothing compared to the physical horrors plaguing others in this world: Witness the famine and civil war in Yemen; the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims hemmed into refugee camps in Bangladesh; or the prime minister having to settle for a Christmas vacation in Lake Louise because the killjoy ethics commissioner says he’s not really friends with an island-owning billionaire spiritual leader   Read More ...
Real weather term 'bomb cyclone' blows up on social media
2018-01-04 13:04:42 WASHINGTON -- When it comes to weather, it's hard to sound scarier than "bomb cyclone." It's a version of a real weather term that applies to a massive winter storm that pulled together Wednesday off the U.S. Southeast coast. But as fearsome as the storm is with high winds and some snow, it may not be quite as explosive as the term sounds   Read More ...
The curious case of Joshua Boyle and Justin Trudeau
2018-01-03 20:09:47 The majority of mainstream media seemed intent upon bending over backwards to initially avoid mentioning Justin Trudeau in the same story in which Afghanistan detainee Joshua Boyle was arrested and jailed in Ottawa over the New Year’s on 15 serious criminal changes. What were they possibly thinking? That it was up to them to spare the prime minister another embarrassment? The Toronto Star’s story, in fact, read almost like a love-in to Joshua Boyle, leaning heavily on his ordeal as a captive as a way to possibly explain why he was now in the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre on Innis Road, colloquially known in the nation’s capital as the Holiday Innis   Read More ...
Outage of TD’s online brokerage service yields mounting complaints on social media
2018-01-03 17:04:02 TORONTO — Some Toronto-Dominion Bank customers are having problems using its WebBroker internet brokerage service and taking to social media with their complaints. Several Twitter and Facebook users are complaining about problems logging into or using TD’s WebBroker website since Friday, and complaints about the bank logged on canadianoutages.com on Tuesday began to climb at around 9:30 a.m. The bank posted a message on the WebBroker website saying it is experiencing a system issue that is affecting a small percentage of clients, and clients can use the TD Mobile App as it works towards a solution   Read More ...
Iran reminds us of the dangers of Islamism  
2018-01-03 00:07:28 On the day after Iran erupted into yet another revolt against the dictatorship of “Supreme Leader” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, much of the mainstream media in the West acted as if nothing had happened. As Iranian women tore off their hijabs in protest on Thursday, the Friday edition of one Toronto paper carried a large photograph of two women in hijabs on the cover of its “insight” section, with the title #ACTIVISM   Read More ...
Feds to search social media using AI to find patterns of suicide-related behaviour
2018-01-03 00:07:25 The federal government will launch a pilot project using artificial intelligence to monitor social media in search of trends that may indicate imminent spikes in suicide rates.   Read More ...
Feds to search social media using AI to find patterns of behaviour related to suicide
2018-01-02 21:05:44 The federal government will launch a pilot project using artificial intelligence to monitor social media in search of trends that may indicate imminent spikes in suicide rates.   Read More ...
PHOTOS: Supermoon lights up social media as it wraps up 1st full day of 2018
2018-01-02 17:32:47 The first full day of 2018 wrapped up with a rare supermoon, lighting up the night’s sky around the world.The new year kicked off with the first of two supermoons to illuminate the night’s sky in January. According to NASA, a supermoon occurs when a moon becomes full when it’s at or near its closest point to Earth, also known as perigee   Read More ...
Canadian government to search social media using artificial intelligence to predict suicides
2018-01-02 15:05:40 The federal government will launch a pilot project using artificial intelligence to monitor social media in search of trends that may indicate imminent spikes in suicide rates.   Read More ...
Two protesters in Iran killed as government blocks social media apps
2017-12-31 21:06:03 TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Sunday blocked access to Instagram and a popular messaging app used by activists to organize and publicize the protests now roiling the Islamic Republic, as authorities said two demonstrators had been killed overnight in the first deaths attributed to the rallies. The demonstrations, which began Thursday over the economic woes plaguing Iran and continued Sunday, appear to be the largest to strike the Islamic Republic since the protests that followed the country’s disputed 2009 presidential election   Read More ...
Two dead in Iranian street protests as government blocks access to social media
2017-12-31 20:02:53 The demonstrations, which began Thursday over the economic woes plaguing Iran and continued Sunday, appear to be the largest to strike the Islamic Republic since the protests that followed the country’s disputed 2009 presidential election. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also broke his silence on the demonstrations in a speech aired Sunday night, saying that people had the right to protest though the public should not be made to “feel concerned about their lives and security   Read More ...
2 protesters in Iran killed as social media apps blocked
2017-12-31 15:31:39 TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran on Sunday blocked access to Instagram and a popular messaging app used by activists to organize and publicize the protests now roiling the Islamic Republic, as authorities said two demonstrators had been killed overnight in the first deaths attributed to the rallies. The demonstrations, which began Thursday over the economic woes plaguing Iran and continued Sunday, appear to be the largest to strike the Islamic Republic since the protests that followed the country's disputed 2009 presidential election   Read More ...
Iran will temporarily restrict access to social media apps after 2 protesters killed
2017-12-31 15:03:06 Iran on Sunday blocked access to Instagram and a popular messaging app used by activists to organize and publicize the protests now roiling the Islamic Republic, as authorities said two demonstrators had been killed overnight in the first deaths attributed to the rallies.The demonstrations, which began Thursday over the economic woes plaguing Iran and continued Sunday, appear to be the largest to strike the Islamic Republic since the protests that followed the country’s disputed 2009 presidential election   Read More ...
81 reporters were killed in 2017 as threats soared, global journalism group says
2017-12-31 00:03:48 Deaths fell, but ‘unprecedented numbers' of journalists were jailed or forced to flee, IFJ president says Related Stories At least 81 reporters were killed doing their jobs this year, while violence and harassment against media staff has skyrocketed, according to the world's biggest organization for journalists. In its annual "kill report," seen by The Associated Press, the International Federation of Journalists said the reporters lost their lives in targeted killings, car bomb attacks and crossfire incidents around the world   Read More ...
K. Michelle bids farewell to butt implants in hilarious social media post
2017-12-30 19:07:11 R&B singer K. Michelle is celebrating the prospect of finally having her butt implants removed by bidding a funny farewell to her enhanced backside on social media. The Love ‘Em All star has been happy to show off her additional assets in recent years, but in late-2015, she admitted she wanted to have the surgical enhancements reversed so she would be taken more seriously in her career   Read More ...
Media group: 81 reporters died, threats soared in 2017
2017-12-30 18:33:17 BRUSSELS -- At least 81 reporters were killed doing their jobs this year, while violence and harassment against media staff has skyrocketed, the world's biggest journalists' organization says. In its annual "Kill Report," seen by The Associated Press, the International Federation of Journalists says the reporters lost their lives in targeted killings, car bomb attacks and crossfire incidents around the world   Read More ...
Johnny Bower wore #1 for a reason
2017-12-28 20:10:12 BY JOHN TORY. And of course, going to the game was the most exciting thing ever. Walking in to Maple Leaf Gardens, past the people hawking tickets. Past all the pictures of the greats. Then you got to the seats, and eventually they would turn on bright lights for television and on would come the players. They looked much bigger than on TV, not one wearing a helmet   Read More ...
Obama to Prince Harry: Leaders must use care on social media
2017-12-27 17:03:42 LONDON -- Former U.S. President Barack Obama told Prince Harry in an interview broadcast Wednesday that people in leadership roles must be careful in their use of social media and warned against spending too much time immersed in the internet at the expense of the world outside. Obama did not, however, directly mention his successor, U.S. President Donald Trump, who has made the use of Twitter a centerpiece of his presidency   Read More ...
GUEST COLUMN: The times, they are a changin’
2017-12-24 03:17:30 BY GORDON CHONG. What burning political issues currently occupy the working public? Anyone following the media, whether electronic or print, cannot help but notice that much of the old news is recycled with a few updated tweaks. This is neither carelessness nor a measure of its importance. This is an indicator of the relentless, unstoppable direction of the media world as it picks up momentum toward a digital age that is cruelly competitive   Read More ...
Halifax police end search for runaway pig after hamming it up on social media
2017-12-24 00:31:26 HALIFAX -- Police say they believe a wayward pig has made it home after roaming around Dartmouth, N.S. Halifax Regional Police tweeted on Saturday that the force is ending its search for the owners of a black-and-white pig that was spotted roaming around Dartmouth's north end. "We believe he went wee wee wee all the way home," the force tweeted on Saturday   Read More ...
TV host faces social media backlash after posting photos with cougar he killed in Alberta
2017-12-23 23:31:55 A Canadian host for the outdoor TV show The Edge continues to face attacks from animal rights activists on social media after posting photos of himself with a massive cougar he killed in northern Alberta earlier this month. “What an unreal ending to a fun-filled season,” Steve Ecklund wrote in a Dec. 3 post that showed him grinning while holding the bleeding cat   Read More ...
Quebec City man charged with inciting hatred over social media
2017-12-23 21:36:43 A 46-year-old Quebec City man has been arrested and charged for using social medial to incite hatred and issue threats against the Muslim community. Nicolas Thériault was arrested and held by Quebec police Friday and charged in Quebec City court on Saturday morning. The RCMP’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams (INSET) division gave information to the Quebec City police force about a message sent, and officers were able to track the suspect down   Read More ...
Mexican journalist shot dead at primary school party is the latest in a series of killings
2017-12-20 18:06:02 XALAPA, Mexico — Attackers burst into an elementary school where a Christmas party was taking place and shot reporter Gumaro Perez to death Tuesday, making him at least the 10th journalist slain in Mexico this year in what observers have called a crisis of freedom of expression. The Veracruz state security co-ordinator said in a statement that dozens of parents and children were present when the unidentified attackers shot Perez, whose own child attends the school in the city of Acayucan   Read More ...
Mexican journalist killed at primary school Christmas party
2017-12-20 06:33:42 XALAPA, Mexico - Attackers burst into an elementary school where a Christmas party was taking place and shot reporter Gumaro Perez to death Tuesday, making him at least the 10th journalist slain in Mexico this year in what observers have called a crisis of freedom of expression. The Veracruz state security co-ordinator said in a statement that dozens of parents and children were present when the unidentified attackers shot Perez, whose own child attends the school in the city of Acayucan   Read More ...
Mexico journalist shot dead at Christmas celebration at son’s school
2017-12-20 06:04:05 XALAPA, Mexico – Attackers burst into an elementary school where a Christmas party was taking place and shot reporter Gumaro Perez to death Tuesday, making him at least the 10th journalist slain in Mexico this year in what observers have called a crisis of freedom of expression.The Veracruz state security co-ordinator said in a statement that dozens of parents and children were present when the unidentified attackers shot Perez, whose own child attends the school in the city of Acayucan   Read More ...
Canadians are No. 1 in Netflix binge racing this year
2017-12-20 02:34:14 It’s almost enough to make the most jaded of Royal Family skeptics monarchists. No, not just the coming nuptials of Prince H and Meghan Markle. No, silly sausages, The Crown. Season 2 recently started streaming on Netflix, and it is virtually impossible to watch just one episode at a time. It’s as addictive as a heavily laced gin and tonic to lovers of all libations British   Read More ...
Allison Hanes: Yes, fake news can appear in Quebec, too
2017-12-18 12:38:24 An event that never even happened dominated the Quebec news cycle late last week, spawned front-page headlines, drew concerned comments from Premier Philippe Couillard, sparked a ministerial investigation, prompted protests, fuelled social media outrage and raised some disturbing questions. TVA’s report that a Côte-des-Neiges mosque had demanded that women be excluded from a construction site on their doorstep has been fully and utterly debunked   Read More ...
Myanmar journalists to protest over arrest of Reuters reporters
2017-12-16 18:05:03 Black T-shirts 'to signify the dark age of media freedom' in Myanmar after 2 arrested over Rohingya coverage Related Stories A group of Myanmar journalists said they would begin wearing black T-shirts on Saturday in protest at the detention of two Reuters reporters accused of violating the country's Official Secrets Act, as pressure builds on Myanmar to release the pair   Read More ...
Quebec promises new law to protect journalists' sources
2017-12-15 05:03:33 The Quebec government is promising to create a new law to better protect journalists’ sources — as well as the documents and information they collect — following recommendations of a provincial inquiry into police spying on reporters. The inquiry is also urging the province to adopt new regulations to ensure police can work independently of elected officials, following reports of possible political interference   Read More ...