SGNews (formerly Straight Goods) joining
forces with rabble.ca:
Canada's pioneering progressive news site shutting down after 13
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, rabble.ca. Our two boards of directors have reached
an understanding under which rabble.ca 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.
rabble.ca 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
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 Ministers
staff started deciding which reporters could ask questions, skipping
those they suspected werent in the governments 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. Harpers new ball game, which has
changed both political and departmental communications, seems to
contradict the governments stance stated in multiple Throne
Speeches and the governments own communications policy, introduced
Source: 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..."
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 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 Canadas social programs and its
multicultural mosaic. Youll 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 youve come to
the right place."
Mark : "The people and ideas behind the headlines"
The Mark is Canada's daily online forum for news, commentary,
" 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
MEGASOURCES- "Surfing for Information and Journalism Resources"
Version 2009 (January 2009) online here since 1994
By Dean Tudor (Emeritus Professor, School of Journalism, Ryerson
DigitalJournal.com 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, DigitalJournal.com 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.
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
Newspapers.com - incredible list from every country in the
world - you can browse Canadian newspapers by province
(formerly Canada Newswire)
CNW Group is the nations 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 Groups
unique multi-media communication services and networks to effectively
send their messages to newsrooms, the financial community and the
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."
[ 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.
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.
Source: National Film Board
"Reporters Without Borders is an association officially recognised
as serving the public interest. More than a third of the worlds
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
Miscellaneous Media Links page: [links to articles *about* the
* 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
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!
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.
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 rabble.ca in September
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.
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."
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.
"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 (http://www.prwatch.org),
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."
JournalismNetNewsLink NewsLink Associates (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
Links Links to more than 17,200 newspapers and other news
sources from around the world.
'Access My Info' Tool Lets Telecom Subscribers
Know If They've Been Spied On http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/06/16/access-my-info-privacy-tool_n_5500064.html
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.
Access My Info is a project of OpenMedia.ca
[ https://openmedia.ca/ ], 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.
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???
WHY DOES OPEN MEDIA NEED MY EFFING INTERNET ACCOUNT NUMBER
AND ALL THAT OTHER PERSONAL STUFF???
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 http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/letter.pdf
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
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.
How to Search for a Word or Expression on a Single Web
Page Open any web page in your browser, then hold down the
Control ("Ctrl") key on your keyboard and type the letter F to open
a "Find" window. Type or paste in a key word or expression and hit Enter - your
browser will go directly to the first occurrence of that word (or those exact
words, as the case may be). To continue searching using the same keyword(s) throughout
the rest of the page, keep clicking on the FIND NEXT button. Try it. It's
a great time-saver!