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April 1, 2016, The Globe and Mail, page B5: Vice Ordered to Hand Over Communication in Terror Case, says the headline of an article by James Bradshaw. An Ontario judge has upheld an RCMP order that Vice News hand over all communications between a reporter and a former Canadian resident who is facing  six terrorism charges over suspected involvement with the Islamic State.

April 2, 2016, The Globe and Mail, page R1: The headline of a column by Robert Everett-Green, of Montreal, says CBC is Forced to Face Ugly Truths About it's Brutalist HQ. No no-elected Montrealer has more clout in matters architectural than Phyllis Lambert. When the Bronfman heir and founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture said this week that the CBC's Maison Radio-Canada (MRC), which others were calling a heritage  building, was actually a piece of junk, her opinion was treated by the city's media as breaking news.

April 6, 2016, The Globe and Mail, page A6: Globe Wins Best Series Award, the headline says. A Globe and Mail investigation into Ontario's home-care system has won the award for best series in a daily newspaper from the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario.

April 7, 2016, Ottawa South News, page 35: Metroland East Vice-President Mike Mount Announces Retirement says the article by Ashley Kulp. Metroland Media lost lost a community newspaper champion April 1 when it's Metroland East vice-president and regional publisher closed his office door for the last time. ..... Torstar's Peter Bishop, who came on board with Metroland will take over for Mount.

April 28, 2016, Ottawa South News, page 2: Metroland Reporters Earn Provincial, National Awards, says the headline. Metroland Media's Ottawa reporters have earned five provincial community newspaper awards recognizing quality reporting and photographic coverage, and two national newspaper awards.

April 30, 2016, TheGlobe and Mail, page A4: Globe Reporting in Running for Michener Award. The Globe and Mail is one of six finalists for the 2015 Michener Award for meritorious public service journalism.

April 30, 2016, The Globe and Mail, page R10 (sponsor content): Shooting in a Digital Age - Did Digital Kill the Arts Photographer? Three Professionals on What They Love (or Don't Love) About Today's Technology.


May 3, 206, Ottawa Citizen, pages A8: World Press Freedom Day. The theme of this year 's Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom Editorial Cartoon Competition was the right - or lack of it - to be forgotten, as court rulings, primarily in Europe have boosted the legal ability of individuals to have some information about them deleted from the Internet. The committee received more than 400 entries from around the world. .... Winnipeg's Dale Cummings, former cartoonist for the Winnipeg Free Press, has been awarded first prize.

Page A9: Our Right to Be Informed is the headline. This ye
ar's UNESCO World Press Freedom Day Focuses on the Right to Information, including how to improve access to information laws. Veteran Ottawa journalists Jim Bronskill and Dean Beeby examine the issue - with help from other experts.

Page A9: How to CoveOur Indigenous Communities is the headline of an article Jenn Jeffries" . Gaining access to stories on reserves is a privilege, not a right.

May 6, 2016, Ottawa Citizen, page D2: Resolute Closing Newsprint Outlet says the headline about the Montreal-based producer. Resolute Forest Products says it's permanently shutting down on of its U.S. newsprint machines in response to ongoing challenges in the market.

May 7, 2016, The Globe and Mail, page A14:  Foreign Firms Have Unfair Advantage Over Cancon, Committee Hears says the headline of an article by Daniel Leblanc. Witnesses at parliamentary hearings on the future of local news are repeatedly casting U.S.-based internet giants as villains in the Canadian media landscape, offering a hint of the battle to come later this year at a full-blown study on the future of Canada's cultural industries.May 11, 2016, Ottawa Citizen, page A5: Meehan Finds New Home On Radio, says the headline of Bruce Deachman's article. Carol Anne Meehan's new radio show will launch on 1310 NEWS on May 30IN THE NEWS
May 11, 2016, Ottawa Citizen, page A5: Meehan Finds New Home On Radio, says the headline of Bruce Deachman's article. Carol Anne Meehan's new radio show will launch on 1310 NEWS on May 30, it was announced Tuesday.

May 13, 2016, The Globe and Mail, page A5: Postmedia CEO Urges Tax Breaks to Keep Ad Revenues in Canada says an article by James Bradshaw. The head of Canada's largest publisher made a "straight-up sales pitch" for help to a committee of federal MOs, calling for tax incentives to keep advertising tax dollars from draining out of Canada to powerful foreign-owned digital giants such as Google Inc. and Facebook Inc.




July 2, 2016, The Globe and Mail, page B4: A True Believer in Print is the headline of a an item about Isabelle Marcoux, Chair, Transcontinental, by James Bradshaw.  

July 4, 2016, Ottawa Citizen, Page A 8: you Can't Fight Terrorism by Censorship writes Shannon Gormley. The sub-head says Blocking reporting, social media no answer to attacks on Turkey.

July 7, 2016, The Globe and Mail, page A8: Former Fox News Anchor Sues Ex-boss for sexual Harassment is the headline of a story by Daniel Wiessner and Lisa Richwine. Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson sued Fox News Channel architect Roger Ailed on Wednesday for sexual harassment, claiming her ex-boss wrongfully fired her after she rebuffed years of unwanted advances.

July 8, 2016, The Globe and Mail, page B1: Postmedia Cuts Deal to Reduce Debt Load, is the headline of an article by James Bradshaw. Canada's largest newspaper publisher is proposing a restructuring plan that would wipe out nearly half of its debt and slash its annual interest payments, easing immediate financial pressure that threatened to turn the company insolvent


September 8, 2016, The Globe and Mail, page A4: Globe Nominated for Four Webster Awards says the headline. "Four reporters from The Globe and Mail are among the finalists for outstanding journalism at the 2016 Jack Webster Awards in Vancouver."

September 8, 2016, The Globe and Mail, page A12: Titles on the Long List of Giller Prize Finalists 'span a range of narrative styles'. "The long list for this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize, comprising a wide-ranging selection of books that include both first-time authors  and a former winner, was revealed on Wednesday."

September 13, Ottawa Citizen, page B9: Judge Approves Plan to Cut Postmedia Debt. An article by Sean Craig says "An Ontario judge has approved a plan to reduce the debt of Postmedia Network Canada Corp., less than a week after shareholders and debt holders voted overwhelmingly in favour of the deal that will slash its $648-million debt by $307-million."

September 19, 2016: The Globe and Mail, page A6:  Globe Series on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Wins Award. "The Globe and Mail's coverage of missing and murdered indigenous women has won a prestigious  international award from the Online News Association."

September 19, 2016, The Globe and Mail, page A7: Ex-bureaucrat Sues CBC Over Boat-tax Story. "A former top bureaucrat is suing the CBC for $800,000 over a story that alleged he used a "racket" to avoid paying $105,000 in sales taxes and duties on his 47-foot sailing boat, court documents show."

September 24, 2016, The Globe and Mail, page F2: EXTRA! THIS HEADLINE IS NOT THE FULL STORY screams the headline of a column by Sylvia Stead. "They're just a few words at the top of the articles, but headlines attract more than their share of complaints," she writes.


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October 29, 2016, The Globe and Mail, page F2: Shooting the Messenger: Trump's Toxic Impact on Journalists is the topic of a column by Sylvia Stead.

October 29, 2016, The Globe and Mail, page R10: Ain't Nothin' Like the Real Thing.  David Sax, author of The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter, on the Endangered Pleasure of Tangible Culture. He writes in an almost full page column "The first story I ever published as a journalist ended up on the front page of the Globe and Mail. It was a short article about Tel Aviv's vibrant night life in the midst of war, and how Israelis were steadfastly dancing in discos, despite the threat of suicide bombings. By some sheer stroke of beautiful luck the paper not only accepted my story but printed it on my birthday. ..... As the journalism business has tilted increasingly towards digital over the past decades, the opportunities to actually hold my work in my hands are quickly diminishing..... But one thing has become clear: The more my work moves online, the more I crave the fleeting sense of accomplishment that only print can deliver.


November 1, 2016, The Globe and Mail, page A3: Police Monitored Journalist's Cellphone, says the headline in an article by Ingrid Peritz. The subhead - Prominent La Presse Columnist Says He Was Shaken After Learning Montreal Police Had Been Secretly Tracking His Phone For Months. Montreal's police chief defending his force's decision to secretly monitor a journalist's smartphone for months in a far-reaching case of surveillance that has sparked condemnation across Canada and internationally.

November 1, 2016, The Globe and Mail, page A10: A Grotesque Attack on a Free Press is the editorial page headline. Smartphones are a pocket miracle, carrying as they do a second-by-second chronicle of our correspondence, conversations, images and movements. State access to them should be granted with caution, and rarely.

November 1, 2016, National Post, page 3: Montreal Journalist 'Spied on' by Police is the headline of an article by Morgan Lowrie. A Montreal journalist whose iPhone was monitored by police for months says he was outraged to discover he had been "spied on" as part of what he calls an effort to identify his sources.

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November 2, 2016, The Globe and Mail, page 1: Quebec Acts to Protect Press Freedom After Police Tracking of Journalists, says Ingrid Peritz's article.  The Quebec Government has moved quickly with a series of measures to try to restore confidence in the judicial system and protect press freedom amid a widening controversy over the surveillance of journalists by police.

November 2, 2016: The Globe and Mail, page A2: Moment in Time - CBC Radio Hits the Airwaves November 2, 1936.

November 2, 2016, The Globe and Mail, page B8: Newspaper Publisher Gannett Calls off Purchase of Tronic: Leslie Picker and Sydney Ember Write  - After six month of pursuit, Garnett Co. Inc. and the former Tribune Publishing Co. had agreed on a purchase price that would have merged the publisher of USA Today with the owner of the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. .....In a brief statement Tuesday, the company said that although it had been in discussions with Tribune Publishing, now known as Tronc, it "determined not to pursue acquisition."

November 2,  2016, The Globe and Mail, page B8: Thomson Reuters to cut 2,000 Jobs. James Bradshaw's article says Thomson Reuters Corp. will shed some 2,000 jobs across 39 countries and expects to absorb a fourth-quarter charge of $200-million (US) as the information and news giant speeds up efforts to simplify its complex structure.

November 2, 2016, Ottawa Citizen, page A7: 'Unprecedented' Intrusions is the headline of a four-column story by Dan Delmar. Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre's reaction to Monday's revelation that city police, with the approval of Quebec court judges, electronically monitored a journalist was unacceptable. While the Quebec government's response was encouraging, the mayor pronounced keywords that imply concern while simultaneously reiterating his support for the police chief, whom he had nominated.

November 3, 2016, The Globe and Mail, page 1: Six More Journalists Confirmed as Targets of Police Surveillance says the headline of a front page story by Ingrid Peritz. A controversy over police surveillance of the press in Quebec deepened Wednesday with revelations that six journalists, including some of the province's top investigative reporters, had their cellphones surreptitiously monitored by provincial law enforcement as  far back as 2013.

November 4, 2016, The Globe and Mail, page A3: Quebec to Hold Review into Media Rights is the headline of a half-page article by Ingrid Peritz. The subhead says Police Surveillance of Journalists'  cellphones is a Situation One Opposition MNA Says is reminiscent of the Former Soviet Block. Quebec has announced a public inquiry into press freedom and police surveillance amid fresh disclosures that the monitoring of some journalists' cellphones lasted as long as five years and targeted an ever-growing list of reporters.

November 4, 2015, Ottawa Citizen, page A9: Here's What Investigative Journalists Do says the headline. The subhead Reporters, Like Those spied on opinion Quebec, Can Make a Difference. On Thursday, Quebec announces a public inquiry into freedom of the press and police surveillance of journalists after revelations that provincial police forces had extensively monitored reporters' phones. Several of the reporters specialize in what's referred to as "investigative journalism." Here are some exa,pimples where digging by reporters has made a difference.

November 4, Ottawa Citizen, page NP4: Inquiry to Probe Police Surveilling of Reporters is the headline of an article by Graeme Hamilton. The subhead says Revelations Are 'Unprecedented crisis,' MNA Says. In the National Assembly Thursday, revelations that police spied on seven Quebec journalists in an attempt to identify their sources were described by one opposition MNA as "an unprecedented crisis".

November 5, 2016, Ottawa Citizen, page B4: A column by Scott Reid is headlined Alt-Right is Leading the Lowering of Journalism Standards. The subhead reads We're at a Point Where Reporters are Regularly Labelled as Enemies of Trump. In less than a week the free world might be ruled by an orange-skinned Bond villain. If that happens, voters   will have only themselves to blame. But it's also as good an excuse as any to lash out at the media and the role it's played in this tunnel-of-terrors election campaign we've all been forced to endure

November 5, 2016: The Globe and Mail, page A2: In Quebec, A Timely  Reminder of the Need for a Free Press is the headline for Elizabeth Renzetti's column. If the tweets and e-mails from some of my ardent admirers are to believed, the lamestream media are on their last legs, soon to collapse and die like the Edsel, the dodo and Crystal Pepsi. Everyone who practises our craft will have to retrain in respectable occupations - in pole dancing, if they'll have us, or used-car sales if they're not fling picky. I don't share the cynicism about the future of this loopy, glorious craft, needless to say.

November 5, 2016, Ottawa Citizen, page B5: Why Spying on the Press Hurts Democracy, says the headline of an article by Janice Tibbetts. Subhead - Sources Won't Come Forward if Police Can Identify Them. Revelations this week that two Quebec police forces spied on journalists by secretly monitoring their smartphones was widely condemned in Canada and abroad as an outrageous attack on press freedom.