A very special episode of Warren Kinsella’s podcast contained his regret for not telling the outlets where he offered political commentary about the work that his firm did to discredit the People’s Party, which a source claimed the Conservatives paid for. Kinsella says his primary agenda remains fighting racism, regardless of the paying client.
A sorry new state of affairs
This apology from Liberal MP Adam Vaughan was over an assertion he made in the heat of an argument over how journalists should cover sources like Ontario Proud, by likening it to Your Ward News. Meanwhile, democratic institutions minister Karina Gould says that election disinformation was a problem, if too obscure to sound the alarms.
“She Represents More of the Planet Than Any Other Legislator on Earth.” The Nation casts a glance at Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, the incoming NDP MP for Nunavut. At age 25, the young electoral district will likely savour a snappy social media presence. (But the youngest new MP will be a 21-year-old Conservative: Kenora’s Eric Melillo.)
A viral rebuke from Nunavut
“Drawn From Poverty: Art Was Supposed to Save Canada’s Inuit. It Hasn’t,” was the online headline on the latest New York Times feature by Catherine Porter. The filing from Cape Dorset, Nunavut, was up for a few days when filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril tweeted her view on Porter’s story, which involved three northern flights that cost $3,200 each:
Catherine Porter @porterthereport22/Thanks for following this long thread. And please check out my story and the stunning photos by @SergeyPonomarev here: https://t.co/bWRid2IUCL
Sidewalk Toronto deadline countdown includes Indigenous community criticism. Two elders invited to the Quayside consultation slammed the process as “hollow and tokenistic,” amongst other harsh words. Sidewalk Labs reportedly is clearing its first hurdle on the deal by Halloween. Waterfront Toronto won’t confirm where it’s at.
Google News hands out cash
The 34 projects sharing $5.8 million from the Google News Initiative include four Canadian ones: Village Media’s idea for a “social interactive platform” and a Torstar thing called “Project Local Pulse.” Canadian Press also got Google to fund a digital data desk. But also, a Toronto startup: Earbank archives sound bites with a hope of selling the rights:
“I’ve passed all the tests; I’ve got my appointment, and if everything goes as planned, I’ll be taking the oath of citizenship.” Neil Young cites “climate emergency” as the motivator to become a U.S. citizen at age 74, in order to finally vote. The revelation came as Young promoted Colorado, a new album with Crazy Horse.
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Finally, an “Om” that lives on
CHOM, the Montreal radio station that flipped to free-form rock on October 28, 1969, got a Montreal Gazette anniversary feature that notes the claim that its call letters were inspired by the cosmic Indian mantra. The branding also reverberated in a spaghetti- western piece that CHOM adopted as a jingle, which actually was “Sean, Sean, Sean”: