More Than 2,500 Officers March Against Budget Cuts
More than half of Montreal’s police force marched to city hall on Oct. 20 to protest a $35 million cut from their budget.
Led by Montreal Police Brotherhood chairperson Yves Francoeur, about 2,500 off-duty Montreal police officers left their uniforms at home, choosing to sport their bright red Brotherhood hats and sweaters as they paraded down St. Denis Street and into Old Montreal.
Accusations of University Sanctioned Espionage Still Loom
The University of Ottawa’s administration will not be using information obtained through espionage against members of its teacher’s assistants’ union.
In January, former University of Ottawa professor Denis Rancourt released a report detailing an alleged covert surveillance operation carried out by the university’s legal counsel between 2006 and 2008. The targets mentioned in the report were Rancourt and several members of CUPE 2626, a union representing the university’s TAs.
Canadian Senator Anne Cools spoke to Concordia University students on Oct. 22, seeking to “expose the reality of domestic violence” by eliminating stereotypes of men being the primary abusers of women in conjugal disputes.
Pros and Cons of Citizen Journalism
In 1998, Judy Rebick posted an editorial denouncing the Kosovo War on the CBC’s newly launched website.
The response Rebick’s post received sparked a revolution for media democracy in Canada. Within hours, email began pouring into her inbox from around the world. Rebick’s editorial started a conversation with readers that inspired her to create a forum for citizens to interact with media in a way that had previously been impossible.
As traditional news outlets suffer from decreases in readership and advertising revenue, other models are springing up to take their place. Whether it be for a strike tactic or simply a place to experiment with alternative forms of generating revenue, the Internet has provided a whole new, cheap-to-produce world for independent media. Here are a few examples of the organizations that are shaking up the news landscape.
Scoop Twitter and Outfriend Facebook: Eight Tips
Journalism was in a state of change, a new and disruptive technology had arrived on the scene and the existing powers were doing all they could to hold on.
While it might sound like the Twitter-mad United States during the great recession, welcome to Europe in 1447 as the calligraphy industry fought off Gutenberg and his newfangled press.
National Chair of the Council of Canadians Speaks at ConU
The National chair of the Council of Canadians and “water warrior” Maude Barlow visited Concordia this past week for the Montreal premiere of Liz Marshall’s film Water on the Table.
How often, when you picked up one of the mainstream daily newspapers, did you think, “What is this crap? It’s not even news!”
It only takes a couple reads to find that many of the big newspapers are pushing articles that are more like tabloids than real news. Instead of seeing, on the front page, news reports that hold a direct significance to our daily lives, we see catchy titles created to draw you in on the latest scandal.
Motion to Invite CUTV to Film CSU Meetings Fails
A motion to invite Concordia University Television to film Concordia Student Union council meetings quickly turned sour at the union’s Oct. 13 meeting.
$43 Million Project Back on the Block for November Byelection
On Nov. 24, Concordia students will vote on whether or not they want to pay a series of fee levies to fund a $43 million student centre.
At the Concordia Student Union’s Oct. 13 council meeting, a motion to introduce a referendum question asking students to pay a $0.50 per credit fee levy that would increase for four semesters until it reaches $2.50 passed through council almost unanimously.