It’s a dangerous combination. The meltdown of Canada's media and the disintegrating situation down south. Will you help? Subscribe to National Observer today and help build powerful reporting in Canada.
I started National Observer 20 months ago, because I saw a gap in reporting on some of the most important stories of our time.
But since then, the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, a reality show con man won the White House and, perhaps most surreal, America announced a ban against a particular religious group. (Oh, right, it was just those 7 countries.) Investigative reporting is so important right now. Truly. But....
“Are our papers as good as they used to be? No, but they haven’t become unacceptable.”
That’s what Paul Godfrey, CEO of newspaper giant Postmedia, told Toronto Life last week in a surprisingly candid interview.
Layoffs and more layoffs
"Not unacceptable." Wow. From a CEO, that's a raw admission of failure.
As you know, Postmedia owns the lion’s share of Canada’s newspapers. And they’ve laid off over half their staff since forming the company in 2010. Another 800 people lost their jobs in 2016.
It means you get to know less about your world. Fewer facts, fewer stories, less information to arm yourself with as you navigate politics and the issues you care about.
Because it's not just newspapers and Postmedia. Media ownership is way more concentrated in Canada than the U.S. or other countries. Four Canadian companies control 85 per cent of all television revenue.
And that really is unacceptable.
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Will you subscribe to National Observer? You’ll be supporting reporters to dig into real issues that aren’t getting the attention they deserve.
Like Mike De Souza exposing the Energy East pipeline scandals that resulted in the chair and members of the National Energy Board recusing themselves and starting the process over from scratch. Or the way Kinder Morgan and other companies have been allowed to “walkaround” safety orders.
Energy and climate change are going to be one of the most dangerous areas for Canada in this age of Trump. Already, National Observer has exposed how the American billionaire Koch brothers have been meddling in Canadian oil politics.
You can expect sustained backroom efforts to roll back Canadian climate plans. Climate deniers and delayers are already emboldened.
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Your subscription will help build National Observer’s investigative team in Toronto where Bruce Livesey will lead investigations to hold the powerful to account and to help create an environment for Canada's government to make decisions that are best for you, your family and community.
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Frankly, I'm more committed to defending what's precious in Canada, more passionate about this work than I've ever been with Trump creating so much chaos. So are our reporters.
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