[Canadian] police can’t stop you from filming them, nor seize your phone

“… [Canadian] police can’t stop you from filming them, nor seize your phone, lawyer says – Public ‘absolutely allowed’ to film arrests, so long as they don’t obstruct police – By John Rieti, CBC News Posted: Jan 25, 2017– The man who captured video of Toronto police officers using a stun gun on a pinned suspect “absolutely” had the right to record that footage, a criminal lawyer says.
Police are reviewing officers’ use of force and conduct in connection with the Tuesday morning altercation in downtown Toronto, which Waseem Khan shot on his mobile phone and shared with the media.
Khan has since criticized police officers for threatening to seize his phone and warning him to stay back, telling him the suspect — who had been Tasered twice and was being held on the ground by multiple officers — was going to spit in his face and give him AIDS.
Criminal lawyer Daniel Brown said he believes officers were trying to intimidate Khan, who had a legal right to record what was happening.
Brown said the officers’ actions toward Khan are “just plain wrong.”
“You are absolutely allowed to film police interactions with the public. It is part of our civic duties and responsibilities,” he told CBC Toronto, adding that more people should know their rights.
Brown also said the officers couldn’t have seized Khan’s phone, even if it contained important evidence. As with a store’s surveillance camera, he said, police can’t just take the device — they have to seek permission to collect the evidence. …”


“Everyone is waking up”: Tanya Tagaq on fighting for justice and singing for Björk

“….Protest music has found an avant-garde champion in the formidable grunts and howls of Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq. April Clare Welsh finds out how the First Nations activist and Björk collaborator is using her platform to shine a light on Canada’s dark history […]Tagaq believes that online activism like the virtual mob that flocked to Standing Rock has become “absolutely crucial” in the global fight for Indigenous rights. “Indigenous people have been fighting for the planet for a very, very long time,” she says, “but everyone is waking up to it now. You see these elders engaging in peaceful protests and getting pepper-sprayed by billionaire companies that just want more money – in 2016 that’s just unacceptable. Too many people are awake to accept that behaviour.”[…] Tagaq herself is a survivor of Canada’s notorious Residential School System, a forced assimilation programme which operated from the late 19th century right until 1996, taking Indigenous children away from their communities and placing them in boarding schools around the country. Around 6,000 students died during the residential schools’ existence, and sexual and physical abuse was endemic – though Tagaq emphasises that she doesn’t carry personal pain from her time at high school: “I wouldn’t want to take anything away from the people who suffered the massive indignities themselves.”….”
Tanya Tagaq – Retribution

Tanya Tagaq “Uja” and “Umingmak” (live) — Polaris Music Prize 2014

Hacked drone flies over Virginia Falls on NWT’s Nahanni River! – YouTube

This was the first officially sanctioned drone flight over the Nahanni National Park’s Virginia Falls in the history of the park!



The CJF Aboriginal Journalism Fellowships offer two Aboriginal journalists with one to 10 years of experience the chance to explore issues of interest to First Nations, Métis or Inuit peoples. The award aims to foster better comprehension of Aboriginal issues in Canada’s major media and community outlets.
Please take a look at the award details
before submitting your application.

Features | Inuktitut Tusaalanga

A glossary/mini-dictionary containing 1400+ Inuktitut terms accessible either in romanized or syllabic Inuktitut. 20+ dialogues with full audio and optional English definitions An index to the Inuktitut grammar concepts.

via Features | Inuktitut Tusaalanga.



Erica Anderson’s 5 Tips for Journalists on Twitter | Mediashift | PBS

Erica Anderson

Erica Anderson, via her website, EricaAmerica.

via Erica Anderson’s 5 Tips for Journalists on Twitter | Mediashift | PBS.


If anyone knows the power of Twitter for journalism, it’s Erica Anderson, who helps journalists and public figures make the most of the platform.

Anderson, product marketing manager for Twitter, launched an online toolkit for journalists, Twitter for Newsrooms in 2011. That year, she also co-produced the first online Town Hall session for Barack Obama, when he became the first U.S. President to live tweet.

Before that, she was digital strategist for CBS News anchor Katie Couric in New York. Anderson earned her Twitter handle @EricaAmerica when she was covering the 2008 Presidential Election for MTV News.

“As someone who’s studied journalism, for me there’s this kind of intereconnectedness between Twitter and our industry that’s really inherent and compelling,” she said during an Oct. 3 presentation at the International Center for Journalists. “I look at Twitter as a fundamental tool to break and share news, to drive conversation around what interests you and to engage your audience.”


Media Habits of Francophone Communities in the NWT, Nunavut & the Yukon

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Media Habits of Francophone Communities in the NWT, Nunavut & the Yukon

Information is lacking on the expectations and media consumption habits of official language minority communities.
What do they read? What do they watch and listen to? What do they expect from the media that serve them in their language? How important do they consider the French and English languages in their everyday lives?
The Let’s Talk Media survey was conducted to answer these questions and provide members of the Alliance of Official Language Minority Media with reliable and credible data on their target customers.
The survey objectives were to determine the following:
-Consumption patterns for print and electronic media

-Patterns of Web and social network use

-Readership of local Francophone weeklies and readers’ perceptions of these newspapers

-Community Radio Audience and perceptions of these radio stations

-Profiles of their target customers

The survey was conducted by telephone with 102 respondents,18 years of age or older whose native language is French, or who use the French language in their daily lives, and who live in the Northwest Territories, Yukon or Nunavut.
In addition to the telephone survey, 39 respondents participated in the survey via the Internet, for a total of 1,095 respondents. Web participants were recruited through :

-Several organizations (socio-cultural associations, school boards, etc.) which promote language diversity and invited their members and partners to participate
-Announcements and invitations published and disseminated in the media and on AMM member websites

-Respondents from the Leger Marketing Web panel in some markets where the concentration of eligible
clients was less than 30% of the population
Data Collection
Telephone interviews were conducted from March 23 to July 6, 2011, whereas the Web interviews were conducted from November 28, 2010 to April 25, 2011.
Weighting and Margin of error
Final survey data were weighted according to age, gender and native language to ensure a representative sample of the Francophone population of the territories studied. Since the presented results combine Web and Telephone respondents, it is not possible to assign any margin of error to the figures.
Due to differences in the measuring instruments, target populations and data collection methods, the results of this report are not directly comparable to other readership or audience studies such as those by ComBase, NADbank or BBM.

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Reporters Without Borders: Internet Enemies (2011)

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The year 2010 firmly established the role of social networks and the Internet as mobilisation and news transmission tools, especially during the Arab spring. New and traditional media have proven to be increasingly complementary. Meanwhile, repressive regimes have intensified censorship, propaganda and repression, keeping 119 netizens in jail. Issues such as national security – linked to the WikiLeaks publications – and intellectual property – are challenging democratic countries’ support to online free speech. Publisher Reporters Without Borders, March 2011
103 pages introduction (HTML)
http://en.rsf.org/the-new-media-between-revolution-11-03-2011,39764.html publisher http://12mars.rsf.org/en/#ccenemies Direct download (2011)
http://12mars.rsf.org/i/Internet_Enemies.pdf Direct download (2010)  http://en.rsf.org/IMG/pdf/Internet_enemies.pdf
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