Monthly Archives: October 2008

Media Buy a New Cabinet

From mediascout.ca:

Media Buy a New Cabinet
October 31, 2008
by Drew Nelles

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was likely pleased when he scanned the headlines this morning about his big, shiny new cabinet. “Solid team for tough conditions,” the Post declares. “New team for tough times,” says the Star. “A bold cabinet,” La Presse announces. And everyone is pumped about the 11 women members (out of 38), three of whom are rookies. That brings Harper’s cabinet gender balance roughly in line with that of Brian Mulroney, Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin – not to mention that bringing Leona Aglukkaq to Health makes her Canada’s first-ever Inuit cabinet minister. On The National’s At Issue panel, Chantal Hébert suggests that the shuffle was intended to reward loyalists and shore… Read more »

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An Indirect Admission of Guilt

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An Indirect Admission of Guilt
October 22, 2008
by Drew Nelles

The National calls it “Maher Arar times three,” and most of the Big Seven seem to agree: The jailing and torture of three Canadian citizens in the Middle East – with the indirect assistance of the Canadian security apparatus — represents a “pattern of complicity,” as the Globe put it, one in which “Canada was willing to sell out its citizens of Arab descent who fell under suspicion during the tense months after September 11, 2001.” Between 2001 and 2004, Abdullah Almalki, Muayyed Nureddin and Ahmad El Maati were detained and tortured while traveling in Syria, thanks to dubious Canadian intelligence linking them to terrorism. And yesterday, former Supreme Court Justice Frank Iacobucci’s report… Read more »

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A Clogged Campaign

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A Clogged Campaign
October 17, 2008
by Drew Nelles

If GOP vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin name-dropping the elusive Joe Six-Pack couldn’t save the flagging Republican campaign, maybe presidential candidate John McCain name-dropping Joe the Plumber could. That was the logic, anyway, when the Republicans elevated Ohio resident Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher to a campaign centrepiece after he challenged Democratic candidate Barack Obama on his tax policy. Joe the Plumber complained that the Democratic tax plan would, if he buys the business… Read more »

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Skimping on substance

From the MS-Canada Blog:

Skimping on substance

8:38 pm EDT | Montreal | Drew Nelles reporting: The public editor’s column in today’s New York Times is, unsurprisingly, about the paper’s coverage of the current US presidential election. And it’s not a positive assessment. Public editor Clark Hoyt’s assistant determined that, since late August, only about 10 percent of the 270 election articles in the Times have been about the candidates’… Read more »

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The Cost of War

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The Cost of War
October 10, 2008
by Drew Nelles

“It’s always a welcome distraction in any election when some supporting character steals the show from the usual cast of politicians and pundits,” Joanne Chianello writes today in the Citizen. Yes, it certainly is. But it’s disquieting when that distraction comes holding an $18-billion price tag and a harsh indictment of government transparency. Parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page released yesterday his report on the projected total cost of the Afghanistan war by… Read more »

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Rum tum tugger

My first piece for the McGill Daily since my editorial days is a silly little thing about my kittens. They are cute.

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The lesser of two endorsements

From the MS-Canada Blog:

The lesser of two endorsements

4:45 pm EDT | Montreal | Drew Nelles reporting: It goes without saying that the New Yorker is better than Esquire. One represents the standard against which all other magazine writing is judged, rivaled only by, well, its rivals: Harper’s and the Atlantic. The other is a men’s publication well past its hugely influential heyday. So the marked difference in their endorsements for the US presidential… Read more »

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