Al-Jazeera in Canada – A win for media diversity and democracy

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by Steve Anderson

A year ago, OpenMedia.ca, along with several other groups, rallied people from across Canada to contact the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in support of Al Jazeera English’s (AJE) application to broadcast in Canada. Of the approximately 2,800 public comments submitted to the CRTC, all were in favour of AJE except 40 parties who filed comments in opposition to bringing the broadcaster to Canada. Last fall, Open Media advocates celebrated the approval of the AJE application. The CRTC directly cites the input it received to back up its decision, showing once again that citizen input can sway the regulator to do the right thing.

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Water: life’s foundation

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina

Water is the essence of our body’s circulatory system and that of the planet’s. In our bodies, a loss of 10 percent of our fluids can be fatal. However, with an increase of 83 million people on the planet every year, water demand will continue to escalate unless we change our use of this precious substance. It is expected that in 15 years, 1.8 billion people will live in regions of severe water scarcity.

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Who will really benefit from a digital strategy?

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by Steve Anderson

You probably haven’t heard about it, but, as you read this, the government is in the final days of its efforts to gather input from Canadians about the country’s digital future. At a major conference on May 10, with tiered levels of access to leaders in industry and government, Industry Minister Tony Clement announced a 60-day consultation on a digital economy strategy.

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