Vice News Tonight; glimpsing the future of news?

"Global news, analysis, and opinion on the absurdity of the modern condition." Sound like a news outlet that catches your attention? It's the tagline for VICE Media - and the company just might be showing us the future of news. VICE Media started life in 1994 in Montreal - aimed at … [Read more...]

Campaign trail truths; Noah Richler’s tell-all tale revealing and fun

A testament to good intention. That's how I see Noah Richler's tale The Candidate; Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail. The book chronicles Richler's recruitment then run for a Toronto-area NDP seat in the 2015 federal election. He didn't get elected, but he did get astonishing insights on … [Read more...]

“Trump bump” at the New York Times; readers embrace The Times in a post-truth era

Daily subscriptions to The New York Times have leapt up more than ten times since last month's election of Donald Trump. Some days as many as 10,000 new subscribers hit the buy button. This number was previously more like 600 a day. What's that all about? I have a few theories - listed … [Read more...]

Turn pages of rare Chaucer at UBC; valuable acquisition lends lustre to collection

It wasn’t what I expected. Not at all. When I set off last week to see a rare book I’d heard UBC had acquired I imagined I’d be peering at it under glass – possible from a great distance. Not so. I touched it. I examined the leather cover up close. I turned the pages and felt the texture of the … [Read more...]

We must communicate better about climate change; Hoggan says here’s how

People do a double take when they see the book I’m reading. It’s called I’m Right and You’re an Idiot.  Vancouver PR pro Jim Hoggan decided to investigate a question David Suzuki once asked him – why aren’t people demanding action on environmental issues like climate change, despite … [Read more...]