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SHORT CUTS #90 - The United Nations vs. Ezra Levant  

Journalists from Ezra Levant's website The Rebel were denied accreditation for a United Nations climate conference. The UN says it's because they're an "advocacy media" outlet.

Guy Laurence, the CEO of one of Canada's biggest media outlets, gets the axe.

National Post reporter Tristin Hopper co-hosts.

Tristin's twitter: @TristinHopper

Ep.155 - Guys, We're Having Some Problems  

We lost almost half our staff this month. We need to pay better to retain our amazing team. Help us at and everybody but Jesse will get a raise.

SHORT CUTS #89 - The Plight of the Fragile White Man  

Talk radio host Ian Power of CKNW feels unwelcomed by visible minorities. In a recent interview, he demanded Globe and Mail's Denise Balkissoon tell him why.

A CBC story about the Liberal government's record on revoking citizenship has been getting flack.

Manisha Krishnan, senior writer at VICE Canada, co-hosts.

Manisha's Twitter: @ManishaKrishnan

Ep.154 - The BBC & The New York Times Come To Canada  

The BBC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Bloomberg: all of them are putting more resources into Canada at the exact same time that the Canadian media is cutting back like never before.Jessica Murphy, head of the BBC's new Canadian bureau and the New York Times' Canada correspondent Ian Austen discuss the influx. 


SHORT CUTS #88 - Print Divas and Wankers on the Web  

Maclean's is going from weekly to monthly, as Rogers Media scales back its print magazines. Co-host Paul Wells of the Toronto Star spent a long time working for Maclean's. He joins Jesse to talk about whether this is just smart business or the beginning of a slow death--and why it matters.

A few high profile journalists (including Paul) are leaving Twitter. Where does the platform stand and is it necessary to a modern journalist?

Ep.153 - Pipeline Antics  

When Jean Charest was a paid agent of an energy company he had a secret meeting with the government pipeline regulator, who then lied about it. Mike De Souza reported it all for the National Observer. He and his publisher talk about their independent investigation.

SHORT CUTS #87 - Can't Compete, Won't Try: The Shomi Story  

Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente offers a half-assed apology to Newfoundland and also still has a job for some reason. Minister Maryam Monsef is being questioned over her birthplace. Canadian streaming service Shomi is giving up the battle.

Vice columnist and CBC Newfoundland contributor Drew Brown (no relation to Jesse) co-hosts.

Ep.152 - Paywall "Blackmail"  

If you share paywalled content, does that constitute copyright infringement? Do online publications have the right to sue individuals who share their articles? Michael Geist is a law professor and expert in internet and e-commerce law.


SHORT CUTS #86 - Yaaasss Trudeau (Owl Sex)  

Justin goes to New York, where the fawning coverage continues.

It's another rough week at The Walrus, with a controversy over owl sex and a story getting challenged by its sources.

BuzzFeed's Ishmael Daro co-hosts.

Ishmael's twitter: @iD4RO

Ep.151 - Trained To Ignore: The Media and First Nations  

If we knew what was really happening in our First Nations communities, would we still be indifferent? Filmmaker Victoria Lean and Gchi'mnissing Anishinaabe writer and educator Hayden King discuss stereotypes, comment boards, and misrepresentation in mainstream media.

SHORT CUTS #85 - A Different Flavour of Garbage  

Things are looking bad for Canada's biggest newspaper. The Toronto Star is letting people go, ads are creeping into stories and they're selling their own brand of coffee. Plus, they recently ran a dangerously misleading front page headline about immigration.

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly admits the cultural system is broken, but claims Canadian content is great.

Freelance journalist and former Liberal speechwriter Colin Horgan co-hosts.

Colin's twitter: @cfhorgan


Ep.150 - The News Is Dead So What Comes Next?  

There's no stopping the downward spiral of the news media. So what happens next, and how can we get there quicker? Writer, filmmaker, and social entrepreneur Ian Gill is the author of No News is Bad News: Canada’s Media Collapse―and What Comes Next. 

SHORT CUTS #84 - The Last Anchorman  

There's already speculation about who will replace Peter Mansbridge at The National, but the bigger question may be how relevant CBC's top anchor job is anymore.

The CRTC loosened the rules about how to define Canadian TV. Now they're reviewing skinny basic TV packages. Is Canada's traditional TV industry coming to an end?

Media writer Steve Faguy co-hosts.

Steve's Twitter: @fagstein

Read our piece on Mansbridge's salary.

Ep.149 - Canadaland at the Movies  

Last winter, Canadaland invited journalists to The Revue Cinema in Toronto to discuss the movies that made them want to become journalists. Deadline USA taught Michael Enright how to tie his infamous bowtie. Shattered Glass terrified Robyn Doolittle when she was still in J-school and warned her about the slippery slope of journalistic ethics.Special appearance by Jeet Heer, editor at The New Republic magazine.

SHORT CUTS #83 - Oh God, Fine, Let's Talk About Israel  

We delve into the discussion about Israel and the Canadian media after Postmedia pulled down an editorial about BDS and the Green Party.

Canadian Press published a bad story about extremist literature in Canadian Mosques, based solely on a flawed, self-published study. Read VICE's takedown of that piece here.

And is it okay for MP Michelle Rempel to shame comedian Mark Critch over a joke?

COMMONS hosts Vicky and Supriya join Jesse.

Supriya's Twitter: @supriyadwivedi

Vicky's Twitter: @vmochama

Ep.148 - What The Hell Happened At The Toronto Star?  

Answers to some of the questions about reporter Raveena Aulakh's suicide. How much did the Toronto Star know about its "toxic" workplace and what did they do about it? Financial Post reporter Sean Craig shares the findings of his investigation.

SHORT CUTS #82 - Greasy Jungle  

Was the Tragically Hip's final show the ultimate Canadian experience? And what was the value of finally seeing the Rob Ford crack video?


Freelance journalist and author Stephen Marche co-hosts. 


Stephen Marche's Twitter: @StephenMarche


Read Stephen Marche's piece New Yorker piece on the Tragically Hip here:

Ep.147 - Why Johnny Can't Innovate: Canada's Tech Sector  

Canada's tech sector is hemorrhaging talent. Between tax credits, targeted R&D programs, and Trudeau's cheerleading, can we stop the bleeding? Earlier this summer, thirty Canadian bankers, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs got together a cottage in the Muskokas to figure out how to "fix" the tech industry. Angel investor, entrepreneur, and lawyer Dan Debow was there.

SHORT CUTS #81 - The Prime Minister's Nipples  

Justin Trudeau’s nipples are all over the place. The Toronto Star invests in a digital strategy by laying off journalists and IT workers.


The National Post’s Jen Gerson co-hosts.


Read Jen’s piece on the Prime Minister and his nipples here:

Ep.146 - Should The Government Bail Out The News Business?  

Justin Trudeau's administration has asked a think tank to research this very question: should taxpayers provide a safety net for a news business in free-fall? The think tank is headed by former Globe and Mail Editor in Chief Edward Greenspon, who discusses (and defends?) the idea of a news biz bail-out.


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