Canadian Social Research Links


Sites de recherche sociale au Canada

Les médias

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SGNews (formerly Straight Goods) joining forces with
Canada's pioneering progressive news site shutting down after 13 years

September 19, 2013

By Ish Theilheimer, Publisher, Straight Goods News
I'm writing to thank you for your readership of and support for SGNews and to let you know that SGNews is going out of business. The good news is that we are joining forces with the online progresssive news source, Our two boards of directors have reached an understanding under which will feature all the SGN writers that choose to come over, post our archives, and enjoy our cooperation to build one, strong progressive Canadian news service.

Straight Goods News will draw on the real energy and power of the Internet – passionate, engaged human beings. Blurring the line between readers and contributors, it will provide a needed space for issues, a place to explore political passions and an opportunity to expand ideas.

PM Harper takes communications strategy to new level
There are an estimated 1,500 communications staffers working in ministers’ offices and departments, including 87 in the PMO and PCO
By Laura Ryckewaert
November 21, 2011
(...)Soon after Mr. Harper won power, the Prime Minister’s staff started deciding which reporters could ask questions, skipping those they suspected weren’t in the government’s favour. Media access to the Prime Minister and his caucus, in general, has become minimal, with MPs and ministers kept on a short, silent leash. (...) Interestingly, Mr. Harper’s new ball game, which has changed both political and departmental communications, seems to contradict the government’s stance stated in multiple Throne Speeches and the government’s own communications policy, introduced in 2006.
The Hill Times

Policy Monitor Canada is a government relations monitoring service that provides timely updates on legislative, regulatory, and public affairs issues in Canada.
iPolitics is independent, non-partisan and committed to providing timely, relevant, insightful content to those whose professional or personal interests require that they stay on top of political developments in Ottawa and the provinces.


"(...)The purpose of BlogsCanada is to provide helpful information for bloggers and those interested in blogs and blogging. BlogsCanada includes Officially Unofficial, Jim Elve's blog. Officially Unofficial covers topics related to blogging, in general, and BlogsCanada, in particular..."


Canadian Blog Categories - links to thousands of blogs in 90+ categories


* Canadian Progressives Aggregator
We are bloggers who advocate for social, economic and labour justice, for human rights, sexual freedom and reproductive choice, for non-violence, the protection of the commons, including universal healthcare, public broadcasting and Canadian culture in an independent Canada dedicated to true representative democracy, the well-being of our environment and the betterment of all in the world.


Progressive Bloggers
"Progressive Bloggers is a group of Canadian bloggers who firmly believe that this great country needs to move forward, not backwards. (...)
On these blogs, you will read about the importance of the environment, the need to preserve Canada’s social programs and its multicultural mosaic. You’ll see posts on why national unity is important and on why there are worse problems than letting two people who love each other marry. (...) If you enjoy reading progressive blogs, then you’ve come to the right place."


The Mark : "The people and ideas behind the headlines"
The Mark is Canada's daily online forum for news, commentary, and debate.
" The Mark is founded on the idea that thousands of credible Canadians have important things to say but cannot reach a national audience. (...) For these great Canadians, here and abroad, The Mark will be their platform."
The site content is organized under the following links:
* Politics * Business * Technology * Arts * Series *Contributors * News


The Canadian Charger - Canada's National Weekly

CBC News - current 
CPAC Online
Canadian Press News Service
AOL Canada News

Canadian Daily Digest
Topics mostly from the Canadian Press & comments received from the General Public.

Canada.Com offers current headlines

CBC Newsworld
Today's top stories in Canada and the world   

Internet Sources for Journalists and Broadcasters
- incl. current headlines from CBC 

MEGASOURCES - "Surfing for Information and Journalism Resources"
Version 2009 (January 2009) online here since 1994
By Dean Tudor (Emeritus Professor, School of Journalism, Ryerson University, Toronto)
===>800+ links is an alternative news network for people who want to read news, contribute to reporting, debate and discuss news and events from around the world. Made up of professional journalists, citizen journalists, bloggers, passionate writers and regular Joes and Janes, covers news and issues of the day. Contributors in 140 countries around the world are known as "Digital Journalists" and they work 24-7 to offer news from multiple perspectives, while special attention is placed on quality and accuracy.
[About Us ]

CANOE (Financial Post, The Sun, Maclean's, etc.)

Newspapers in Canada
Extensive list - by province and territory - of dailies, weeklies, underground papers, university papers, and more... 
- incl. Internet addresses, e-mail addresses, street addresses, fax and  phone numbers

Online - incredible list from every country in the world - you can browse Canadian newspapers by province

SourcesSelect Online (5,000 contacts, 1,000 organizations, 12,000 subjects) 

JournalismNet Canada (Canadian newswires and newspapers)

The Economist

CanWest Global Communications Corp.

TV Ontario

CNW Group (formerly Canada Newswire)
CNW Group is the nation’s number one resource for time-critical news and information from more than 10,000 sources coast to coast and around the world. Public companies, associations, unions, not-for-profits, municipal, provincial and federal governments all rely on CNW Group’s unique multi-media communication services and networks to effectively send their messages to newsrooms, the financial community and the public

Médias francophones

Radio-Canada - page d'accueil
Les nouvelles de Radio-Canada
Les archives de Radio-Canada - La Presse - Le Soleil - Le Droit - La Tribune - Le Nouvelliste - La Voix de l'Est - Quotidien

Bourque Newswatch Canada - today's headlines + a humungous list of links to media sites

Embassy News (Canada) Online - International News, Opinions. Features, Culture and Lifestyle
"Embassy is an unbiased and authoritative newsweekly focused on international affairs from a distinctively Canadian point of view and on the diplomatic community in Ottawa. Embassy gives its influential and prestigious readers breaking and informed news, society and cultural coverage and policy briefings to help make their work in Canada better informed and more effective."

CBC Archives
[ Version française : Les archives de Radio-Canada ]
- incredible multimedia collection of historical sound and video clips, (the Politics and Economy section even includes the 1971 Trudeau "fuddle-duddle" incident!)
- on this site, you can find links to literally hundreds of of historically significant sound and video clips organized under the following headings: People - Conflict and War - Arts & Entertainment - Politics and Economy - Life and Society - Disasters and Tragedies - Science and Technology - Sports
Two samples:
Medicare and Social Welfare: Tommy Douglas and the NDP
The Birth of Medicare
For more information on these two excellent multimedia presentations, go to the Canadian Social Research Links Medicare Debate Links page.

Interim Report on the Canadian News Media:
Fourth Report of the Standing Senate Committee
on Transport and Communications
April 2004
The Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications examines and reports on "the current state of Canadian media industries; emerging trends and developments in these industries; the media's role, rights, and responsibilities in Canadian society; and current and appropriate future policies relating thereto."
Recent Reports, 37th Parliament, 3rd Session (February 2, 2004 - May 23, 2004)
[ Canada's Parliamentary Internet ]

Our mission is to give a place for the voices of those that are less heard, or ignored, who do not have the chance to represent themselves in the media. CitizenSHIFT is a valuable tool for organizations and individuals to have their issues talked about, and utilizing all the forums that multimedia interaction can offer.
Currently we are showcasing different activist artists’ work and perspectives on poverty and homelessness in the different chapters of the web magazine.
National Film Board

Reporters without Borders
"Reporters Without Borders is an association officially recognised as serving the public interest. More than a third of the world’s people live in countries where there is no press freedom. Reporters Without Borders works constantly to restore their right to be informed. Forty-two media professionals lost their lives in 2003 for doing what they were paid to do — keeping us informed. Today, more than 130 journalists around the world are in prison simply for doing their job..."

Miscellaneous Media Links page:
[links to articles *about* the media]
* PM Harper takes communications strategy to new level
- November 21
* 14 Propaganda Techniques Fox "News" Uses to Brainwash Americans
- July 2, 2011
Hello, Conservative Party of Canada!
* CBC contributes $3.7B to economy: study - June 15, 2011

Google Canada News
- incl. late-breaking news, search, etc. - great resource!!
TIP: Google News Alerts is a service I use and recommend --- you give them your e-mail address and some key words, and you receive a daily e-mail from Google with links to articles (usually 4-5) that match your keywords. I subscribed using "Canada, welfare". You can subscribe as many times as the number of topics you want to monitor in the media.
Try it - you'll like it!

Yahoo! Canada National News

Northern News Service (news about Northern Canada) 

Huffington Post Canada is a project of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. This interactive magazine captures the spirit of a growing democracy movement. combines the hot energy of activism with the cool eye of journalism.

Straight Goods - Canada's consumer and news watchdog
"Straight Goods is a watchdog working for Canadian consumers and citizens. The purpose of Straight Goods is to help you save money, protect your rights and untangle spin with investigative reports, features, forums, archives, and links to many others who share our values."
Straight Goods is a subscription-based online magazine with a decidedly left slant on current events and social issues. Current site content is free, but you must be a subscriber to access most of the older material. If you can afford the $30/yr. subscription fee ($10/yr. for low-income subscribers), this is an excellent resource with an enormous archive of information.

Straight Goods Useful URLs
Over 900 links to sites organized by category, e.g., Aboriginal/Indigenous/First Nations, Environment, Gender issues, Health, Journalism resources, Labour issues, Media, Politics, Research and analysis, Social action, Unions and more...
Recommended resource!
NOTE : Straight Goods joined forces with in September 2013

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)
CJFE is a Canadian organization founded in 1981 that works to defend and protect the right to free expression in Canada and around the world. CJFE is a non-governmental organization with an active Board of Directors that draws from the media, legal and business communities. Membership is open to all who support free expression.

Vive le Canada
The mission of Vive le Canada is to involve Canadians in grassroots efforts to protect and improve Canadian sovereignties and democracy in the era of corporate globalization and U.S. empire, especially using existing and emerging communications tools.

"Indymedia is a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage. Indymedia is a democratic media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of truth."

U.S. - International

Poverty Dispatch
- U.S.
[NOTE: the content of this link is updated several times a week.]
- links to news items from the American press about poverty, homelessness, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.

Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
[ University of Wisconsin-Madison ]

"a collaborative project to produce a directory of public relations firms, think tanks, industry-funded organizations and industry-friendly experts that work to influence public opinion and public policy on behalf of corporations, governments and special interests. Sponsored by the Center for Media and Democracy (, the Disinfopedia was started in February 2003 and contributors are now working on 6211 articles.

IPS-Inter Press Service – the Global Gateway

"Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS), the world's leading provider of information on global issues, is backed by a network of journalists in more than 100 countries. Its clients include more than 3,000 media organizations and tens of thousands of civil society groups, academics, and other users. IPS focuses its news coverage on the events and global processes affecting the economic, social and political development of peoples and nations.

NewsLink Associates ( is an academic and professional research and consulting firm studying electronic publishing and visual journalism.
- incl. links to thousands of sites around the world organized under the following headings : Top sites - Newspapers - Magazines - Radio/TV - Resources.

ABYZ News Links Links to more than 17,200 newspapers and other news sources from around the world. - U.S., Canadian, International - thousands of links to newspapers!

Wall Street Journal
New York Times
U.S.News and World Report
Drudge Report
The Smoking Gun

The Onion - when ya need a break from it all, go here...
Biting 'murcan satire.


More States Shifting
Welfare Control to McDonald's

The Hammer - Ditto - but Canajun...
Links to more Canajun satire sites, eh.

'Access My Info' Tool Lets Telecom Subscribers Know If They've Been Spied On
June 16, 2014
Canadians concerned about their online privacy have a new way to find out whether their telecom provider is collecting information about them — and sharing it with third parties like government entities. The new tool, developed by some of the country's top privacy experts, makes it easier for Canadians to force their provider to disclose their practices.
Known as Access My Info (see the link below), the web tool helps create a formal letter which, under Canadian privacy law, telecom companies are legally obliged to respond to within 30 days, the website offering the tool says.

Huffington Post Canada


Access My Info

Access My Info is a project of [ ], an award-winning community-based organization that safeguards the possibilities of the open Internet. We work toward informed and participatory digital policy by engaging hundreds of thousands of people in protecting our online rights.


Introducing Access My Info (video, duration 1:36) from CTV


Comment (by Gilles):
This is ironic if not downright bizarre.
Open Media is a trustworthy, credible media watchdog based in Vancouver.
One of its guiding themes is the protection of Canadians' privacy.
So why is Open Media asking for (1) my name, (2) my address, (3) my phone number, (4) my Internet Service Provider (Rogers), (5) my Rogers Internet account number and (6) my Rogers email address???

As it turns out, Open Media DOESN'T need the above personal info - did I mention that includes my Internet account number??? - for ANY reason except so they can plop the info into a form letter that you download as a PDF file. Then, you send your PDF to your service provider, formally requesting the kinds of personal
information that they maintain and retain about you.

If Open Media valued my right to privacy (this is the irony part), they would give me the option of downloading the BLANK form letter with spaces for me to fill in the info that I wish to share ONLY with my service provider. There's absolutely NO valid reason to force me to provide my personal information to access this service.

Sample form letter
I provided some made-up information for the required fields in the Access My Info Tool.
The small (two-page) PDF file that was created contains the form letter drafted by Open Media PLUS my address, my phone number , my account number and my email address. And it's all typed, like a personalized form letter (i.e., no blank spaces to fill in by hand.)

Well, Whoop-Dee-Doo.
I understand that this is Open Media's way of keeping track of how many people are actually sending in a formal request to their Internet Service Provider to access their info. But, like most people, I resent having to provide personal info - including MY EFFING INTERNET ACCOUNT NUMBER for no valid reason.



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