Running for mayor of the Potemkin Village

In the reign of Catherine the Great, the Russian empress had a lover who also happened to be a decent general and a capable administrator. Grigory Potemkin also had a lot of enemies, and they claimed he would create false-front villages along Russian roads to impress foreign visitors. Behind these facades, Russians lived in squalor.Apparently, … Read moreRunning for mayor of the Potemkin Village

White Savio(u)rs and Disgrunts: Gripers gotta gripe

A couple of years back, the women employees of Canadaland walked out in a huff. They said they were underpaid, under-respected, and just fed up. One went public about how she was so poorly-paid that, even with side work, she couldn’t afford new clothes or the equipment to do journalism. A while back, Canadaland’s employees … Read moreWhite Savio(u)rs and Disgrunts: Gripers gotta gripe

Preliminary Notes on an Early Election

I hope someone writes an honest book about media coverage of this election so I can finally understand what the hell’s been happening. There hasn’t been a good book by a Parliament Hill journalist in years, and all the latest political books have been stillborn, with minimal sales, but where there’s life, there’s hope.First, I’d … Read morePreliminary Notes on an Early Election