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Journalist shot dead in Slovakia worked on story about mafia links
Jaspal Atwal, the Aga Khan and Trudeau’s shifting definition of friendship
Edmonton man charged with making threats against Justin Trudeau on social media
Nearly 70 Global News employees laid off across Canada, union says
School shooting suspect made ’disturbing’ social media posts
NICHOLLS: Why Didn’t the Media Think “Peoplekind” was Funny?
Hippos Fiona and Tim launch courtship on social media
2018-03-10 09:53:25 CINCINNATI — It might only be puppy love, but Cincinnati’s famed hippo Fiona has her first public suitor. A 2-year-old hippopotamus named Timothy at the zoo in San Antonio, Texas, has launched his courtship via social media. Posts declared her the “most beautiful hippo” he’s ever seen and wonder if they can be “boyfriend and girlfriend” someday. Fiona’s only a year old, and her Cincinnati Zoo handlers have a lot of questions before she’ll date (breeding age is 5   Read More ...
Slovakia's government on defensive after journalist's killing
2018-03-09 18:09:03 Deaths of Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova have led to protests and could force election Related Stories Slovakia has quickly turned from what seemed to be a stable European Union country into chaos, in the wake of the unprecedented slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee. In a speech last month, President Andrej Kiska talked about his country as "successful, proud and self-confident   Read More ...
Trial begins for Danish inventor accused of murder, dismemberment of journalist Kim Wall
2018-03-08 13:04:35 Danish inventor Peter Madsen went on trial Thursday accused of tying up and torturing Swedish reporter Kim Wall before he either cut her throat or strangled her during a trip on his private submarine in August.Madsen, 47, is charged with murder, dismemberment and indecent handling of a corpse for the way he disposed of Wall’s body. Madsen’s lawyer, Betaina Hald Engmark, then formally entered a not-guilty plea to the murder charge   Read More ...
Trial starts in case of Danish inventor accused of killing journalist aboard submarine
2018-03-08 11:03:37 COPENHAGEN - Danish inventor Peter Madsen stands accused of tying up and torturing Swedish reporter Kim Wall before he either cut her throat or strangled her during a trip on his private submarine in August. Madsen, 47, whose trial starts Thursday in Copenhagen, is charged with murder, dismemberment and indecent handling of a corpse for the way he disposed of Wall's body   Read More ...
Slovak police raid houses owned by alleged Italian Mafia after journalist killed
2018-03-01 21:08:15 Slovak police conducted raids Thursday on houses linked to alleged members of the Italian Mafia in connection with the recent slaying of an investigative journalist. Tibor Gaspar, Slovakia's national police chief, told reporters in the eastern city of Kosice that seven persons have been detained. All are men between ages 26 and 62. Only their first names were given. Gaspar said the seven were detained as suspects with approval from the state prosecution   Read More ...
What is Vero? Social media app to rival Facebook and Instagram is topping charts
2018-02-28 13:33:07 A social media app created years ago is surging in popularity after promising it won’t make the same mistakes as Facebook and Instagram.Vero was co-founded in 2015 by Lebanese billionaire Ayman Hariri, and has a “manifesto” that seems to be resonating with users amid algorithm changes on other social networks.The app, which is available on iPhones and Androids, has been so widely downloaded around the world in recent days that it’s led to technical issues   Read More ...
Journalist shot dead in Slovakia worked on story about mafia links
2018-02-28 12:05:39 BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- An investigative journalist shot dead in Slovakia last week was working on a story about the activities of Italian mafia in his country and their links to people close to Prime Minister Robert Fico. Jan Kuciak's Aktuality.sk news website published his last, unfinished story on Wednesday. It describes the activities of members of the Italian 'Ndrangheta criminal group in eastern Slovakia, and the business ties of one of them with a senior assistant to Fico and another official close to him   Read More ...
Jaspal Atwal, the Aga Khan and Trudeau’s shifting definition of friendship
2018-02-28 02:13:30 In the era of social media, the word ‘friend’ has lost some of its meaning. In fact, a new related word has cropped up in our language — the ‘unfriending’ of a friend. And its use has now reached the highest levels of our government with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ‘unfriending’ the convicted terrorist and would-be assassin Jaspal Atwal. Perhaps Trudeau just doesn’t know the meaning of the word ‘friend’   Read More ...
‘Band-Aid solution’: Ottawa sets aside $50 million to support local journalism
2018-02-27 23:03:56 Ottawa has set aside $50 million over the next five years to support local news organizations in “underserved” communities, struggling to cope with industry-wide disruption brought on by internet giants such as Google and Facebook. “That’s a bit of a Band-Aid solution,” said John Hinds, the CEO of News Media Canada, who fears it may be too little, too late. “It’s not what we would have hoped for,” Hinds said   Read More ...
Man charged with making threats to school in Kingston over social media
2018-02-27 19:04:55 KINGSTON, Ont. - A Kingston, Ont., man is facing charges after he allegedly made threats on social media about having a weapon at a high school. Police in the city say an alleged victim was at the school on Monday when a 19-year-old man allegedly threatened him over social media, saying he was in the parking lot and had a weapon   Read More ...
Italian mafia may be linked to Slovak reporter's killing: Canadian journalist
2018-02-27 18:06:04 PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Italian organized crime figures may have been involved in the shooting death of an investigative journalist in Slovakia, a Canadian reporter said Tuesday as the country's newspapers printed black-and-white front pages to honour the slain journalist. The bodies of 27-year-old Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend Martina Kusnirova were found Sunday evening in their house in the town of Velka Maca, east of the capital, Bratislava   Read More ...
FUREY: Liberals double down on threats to regulate social media
2018-02-27 15:15:17 The Trudeau Liberals are getting serious about their plans to regulate companies like Facebook and appear to be in the early stages of an action plan. While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reportedly brought up the issue recently in person to Facebook Chief Operating Office Sheryl Sandberg, the actual work would fall to Minister of Democratic Institutions Karina Gould. “Minister Gould has repeatedly stated that while social media companies are taking initial steps to ensure that their platforms are not being used as tools for foreign disinformation campaigns to undermine Canada’s democratic institutions, there still remains a great deal of work to be done,” wrote Nicky Cayer, spokesperson for Gould, in an email to the Sun   Read More ...
EDITORIAL: Liberals shouldn't even think about regulating social media
2018-02-26 04:06:30 It’s one thing to upset a special interest group. It’s another to turn many millions of people against you. The Trudeau Liberals raised the ire of progressives when they backed away from electoral reform. They faced stiff opposition from small business groups when they started monkeying around with tax issues. But all of this will look like small potatoes if they try to clamp down on what people get up to on social media platforms, such as Facebook   Read More ...
FATAH: A slaughter in Nigeria goes unreported
2018-02-21 16:10:21 On Saturday, a slaughter of Black Africans in 15 villages of Nigeria took place, but that news could not find space in any major newspaper or TV network other than the Daily Express in the U.K. Could this self-imposed censorship be because it was a Black on Black crime? Or was it because the murderous killers were Fulani Muslims while the victims of the massacre were from villages of Nigeria’s Christian minority? In the spirit of Black History Month and all the awareness-raising efforts of the Black Lives Matter movement, perhaps some attention could be paid to the Black lives lost in Nigeria and their stories lost in the news   Read More ...
What do North Koreans know about Canada? A 62-part propaganda film offers clues
2018-02-21 12:10:10 'I never expected Canada is near the United States,' North Korean defector said Matt Kwong is a Washington-based correspondent for CBC News. He previously reported for CBC News as an online journalist in New York and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at: @matt_kwong. Related Stories In ultra-secretive North Korea, where many people have never laid eyes on South Korea's Taegukgi flag, Canada is little more than a vague geographical concept, according to defectors from the Asian country   Read More ...
Edmonton man charged with making threats against Justin Trudeau on social media
2018-02-21 03:52:09 EDMONTON — Police have charged an Edmonton man with threatening Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. RCMP say the man was arrested last Thursday following an investigation into social media posts. The RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team says Mounties became aware of the threats on Feb. 5. Investigators were then able to trace the posts to an Edmonton address. Robert Kerr, who is 41, has been charged with one count of uttering threats and has been released on bail   Read More ...
Advertisers warn social media to step up, or they're out
2018-02-19 12:12:22 Consumers trust in social media is waning, causing advertisers to rethink where they put their dollars Ramona Pringle is an associate professor in the RTA School of Media and director of the Transmedia Zone at Ryerson University. She is a CBC contributor who writes and reports on the relationship between people and technology. Related Stories Trust in what we read online is eroding quickly, and social media and "Big Tech" are facing blame   Read More ...
If Trudeau’s going to crack down on ‘fake news’, he needs to define the term
2018-02-17 03:07:56 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants social media companies to crack down on what he considers “fake news.” According to a recent media report, Trudeau met with top executives at Facebook and told them to fix their algorithms to prevent the spread of so-called fake news. He didn’t simply ask Facebook to investigate the supposed problem, he threatened action – including stricter regulations from Ottawa – if the social media giant failed to comply with his demands   Read More ...
reveals broadcast and multi-platform coverage of PyeongChang 2018 keeping Canadians connected to all the action • CBC/Radio-Canada
2018-02-16 18:21:15 With just days to go until the start of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, CBC today announced extensive plans to keep Canadians connected and engaged with the Olympic Winter Games on all of the public broadcaster’s platforms. Through broadcast, web, mobile apps, social media and radio, CBC’s coverage from will be as in-depth as any Olympic Games the network has covered before, and additional Olympics-themed content across other CBC programming genres shares the excitement with audiences of all ages   Read More ...
Nearly 70 Global News employees laid off across Canada, union says
2018-02-15 22:33:36 TORONTO — Unifor says Corus-owned Global News has cut nearly 70 media jobs across Canada, with Vancouver taking the biggest hit. The union says the layoffs affect camera operators, reporters, anchors, control room staff, make-up artists and other production crew in local news agencies. Unifor says Global’s operations in Vancouver have seen the largest number of layoffs, with 21 employees terminated   Read More ...
School shooting suspect made ’disturbing’ social media posts
2018-02-15 14:16:03 PARKLAND, Fla. — The suspect in a deadly rampage at a Florida high school is a troubled teenager who posted disturbing material on social media before the shooting spree that killed at least 17 people, according to a law enforcement official and former schoolmates. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the 19-year-old suspect, Nikolas Cruz, had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for “disciplinary reasons   Read More ...
Florida high school shooting: Suspected gunman had ‘disturbing’ social media posts, police say
2018-02-15 14:07:38 The suspect in a deadly rampage at a Florida high school is a troubled teenager who posted disturbing material on social media before the shooting spree that killed at least 17 people, according to a law enforcement official and former schoolmates. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the 19-year-old suspect, Nikolas Cruz, had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for “disciplinary reasons   Read More ...
Police looking at Florida shooting suspect's 'very disturbing' social media posts
2018-02-15 12:10:09 'There were problems with him last year threatening students,' teacher says Related Stories The suspect in a deadly rampage at a Florida high school is a troubled teenager who posted disturbing material on social media before the shooting spree that killed at least 17 people, according to a law enforcement official and former schoolmates. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the 19-year-old suspect, Nikolas Cruz, had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for "disciplinary reasons   Read More ...
School shooting suspect in Florida made 'disturbing' social media posts
2018-02-15 05:32:14 PARKLAND, Fla. -- The suspect in a deadly rampage at a Florida high school is a troubled teenager who posted disturbing material on social media before the shooting spree that killed at least 17 people, according to a law enforcement official and former schoolmates. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the 19-year-old suspect, Nikolas Cruz, had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for "disciplinary reasons   Read More ...
Boutin threatened on social media after bronze-medal win
2018-02-14 12:33:14 Short-track speedskater Kim Boutin shut down all her social media accounts Wednesday after hundreds of angry tweets were directed at her by irate South Koreans in the wake of her controversial bronze-medal win in the 500-metre race at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Boutin finished fourth, but was promoted to third when South Korea's Minjeong Choi was disqualified for interfering with the Canadian   Read More ...
EISEN: What to make of Ontario’s January job losses
2018-02-14 02:07:21 Recently, Statistics Canada released its job data for January. The report showed bad news for Ontario, with 51,000 jobs lost. On social media, many were quick to note that the job losses happened alongside the steep minimum wage increase. The timing, however, is for the most part coincidental. Job losses were heaviest in high-wage fields and there isn’t evidence lower-wage industries took a big hit   Read More ...
Jerry Howarth, radio voice of Blue Jays for 36 years, retires
2018-02-13 18:08:19 Jerry Howarth, the radio broadcast voice of the Toronto Blue Jays for 36 years, is retiring. Howarth, 71, is struggling with "health issues affecting his voice," a news release said, and his retirement as radio announcer is effective immediately. "I had every intention of continuing my career into the 2018 season, but my health and stamina and continuing voice issues dictated otherwise," Howath is quoted as saying in the statement   Read More ...
Veteran Blue Jays radio broadcaster Jerry Howarth announces retirement
2018-02-13 16:33:10 Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster Jerry Howarth overlooks the field from his broadcast booth before the Toronto Blue Jays play against the Chicago White Sox during first inning AL baseball action in Toronto on Saturday, June 17, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette. TORONTO -- Longtime Toronto Blue Jays radio broadcaster Jerry Howarth will not return to the booth in 2018. Howard announced his retirement Tuesday after 36 years of calling Blue Jays games   Read More ...
ASK AMY: To combat addiction, try a social media 'fast'
2018-02-13 13:10:41 Dear Amy: I have realized lately, after years of denial, that I am addicted to my smartphone and to social media. Sometimes it gets to the point where I can’t even watch a movie without needing to be on my phone, checking every social media account as I watch the movie. The odd thing is that even when there is nothing new and I’ve scrolled Instagram already, I feel like I need to go back and scroll more   Read More ...
NICHOLLS: Why Didn’t the Media Think “Peoplekind” was Funny?
2018-02-13 02:09:01 What I find so funny about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent “peoplekind” comment is how the Canadian media steadfastly refused to find it funny. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about here, let me provide a brief background. A little while ago, during one of his “Town Hall” meetings, Trudeau interrupted a young lady who asked a question using the word “mankind   Read More ...
Recovery committee hopes to breathe new life into community radio station CIBL
2018-02-10 22:37:03 Montreal community radio station CIBL is counting on support from a high-profile recovery committee after encountering serious financial difficulties, Among others, the committee will include producer and artist manager Jacques K. Primeau, businessman Alexandre Taillefer, the former head of the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles, Monique Simard, and the executive director of Chantier de l’économie sociale, Jean-Martin Aussant. Primeau, the director of promotion at CIBL in the 1980s and currently president of the board of directors of the Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles, will be the co-president of the station’s recovery committee, along with Chloé Sondervorst, a former CIBL 101   Read More ...
Where is the schedule for TV and online streaming?
2018-02-04 22:24:02 You can find the daily television and streaming schedule on the CBC Olympic site under the Schedule tab or To see what is being broadcast only on CBC TV and our Olympic television partners, click on TV Guide on the Schedule main page. To see the full overall schedule and search by event or day, click on Overall Schedule on the Schedule main page   Read More ...
In the era of Trump, journalists more apt to blend opinion with facts
2018-02-03 18:06:32 'We're seeing more analysis, we're seeing more context provided in the coverage,' says CNN's Brian Stelter Multi-award-winning journalist Diana Swain is the senior investigative correspondent for CBC News and host of The Investigators on CBC News Network. Related Stories U.S. cable networks have never shied away from polarizing opinions or blustery bombast. Some would argue it's their bread and butter. But traditionally those opinions came largely from guests or program hosts who identify themselves as commentators, not journalists   Read More ...
Alessia Cara responds to social media criticism over best new artist Grammy win
2018-01-29 21:33:02 TORONTO -- Canadian singer Alessia Cara is defending herself against negative comments over her Grammy Award win. Cara won best new artist at Sunday's show, which some social media users said wasn't fair since she's already well-established in the music scene. Some wrote that the award should have gone to R&B singer SZA, who was also nominated in the category alongside Julia Michaels, Khalid, and Lil Uzi Vert   Read More ...
Ottawa poised to offer financial assistance to newspapers in upcoming budget
2018-01-26 16:33:46 OTTAWA — All signs point to print media getting a much-needed financial assist from the federal government in the next budget. The financing is expected to be doled out through the Canada Periodical Fund, which currently assists print magazines, non-daily newspapers and digital periodicals. Heritage Minister Melanie Joly reportedly discussed the matter during a meeting Thursday with representatives of the Federation nationale des communications, which represents 7,000 people who work in culture and communications   Read More ...
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch says Facebook should pay to carry news
2018-01-23 18:09:32 Murdoch has previously criticized Google for the 'theft' of news stories without payment Media mogul Rupert Murdoch says Facebook should pay fees to "trusted" news producers for their content. Facebook said last week that it will boost news sources that its users rank as most trustworthy , while shrinking the percentage of news posts overall in users' news feeds. Murdoch, whose companies own The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, the New York Post and other media properties, said Monday that publishers are "enhancing the value and integrity of Facebook through their news and content but are not being adequately rewarded for those services   Read More ...
Social media good for democracy? Facebook admits it can't make that guarantee
2018-01-22 18:10:30 In new blog post, company again addresses concerns its platform has been used to meddle in elections Related Stories Facebook has warned that it can't offer any assurance that social media is on balance good for democracy, but the company says it is trying to do what it can to stop alleged meddling in elections by Russia or anyone else   Read More ...
EDITORIAL: Ministers don't need paid social media staffers
2018-01-22 00:07:04 It’s really not that hard to issue a handful of social media posts. Every single day, millions of Canadians manage to pull it off. They post on Facebook, they post on Twitter, they post on Instagram and other platforms. Businesses and institutions do it too – bringing news about products, events and more to their client base. It’s not rocket science   Read More ...
WARREN: An online presence doesn't translate into political success
2018-01-21 01:05:41 By Jim Warren. Politicians are using social media more than ever before to let us see inside almost every aspect of their lives. You cannot go online without a. I believe this online omnipresence is having the opposite impact from what politicians desire. I’m also getting fed up with too much useless information and not enough of substance from our Canadian politicians   Read More ...
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 ...