‘Future of Media’ discussion September 24 in Toronto

From digitaljournal.com: Citizen media news outlet DigitalJournal.com is proud to announce it will be hosting a unique panel discussion featuring some of the most influential leaders in Canadian media. Dubbed “The Future of Media,” the live panel discussion will explore how the mainstream media are implementing user-generated content and what challenges news organizations face in […]

This newspaper owner is doing OK

Times may be tough for some newspaper owners, but Santa Barbara News-Press co-publisher Wendy McCaw appears to be getting by just fine. Her helicopter-toting 193-foot motoryacht Calixe is in Toronto, drawing plenty of admiring looks. Ms McCaw and her fiancé, Arthur von Wiesenberger, are co-publishers of the News-Press, a newspaper she purchased in 2000 from […]

Bloggers help Globe & Mail create Toronto hub

One of Canada’s two national newspapers, the Globe and Mail, is going after Toronto readers with help from local blog site Torontoist. In an announcement on the Globe’s website late Friday night, Toronto editor Kelly Grant [pictured with the announcement] said the newspaper had created an online Toronto hub that would include material from Torontoist, […]

Making a video from transit data

I love this data visualization, which anyone from Toronto will immediately recognize as a map of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) routes. As the clock moves through 24 hours, it’s fun to see how the TTC comes to life, with the buses and streetcars getting thicker on the roads as day breaks and the first […]

Questioning the obsession with economic growth

Growing up immersed in the environmental movement of the 1970s, my thinking on economics was definitely shaped by concepts such as resource sustainability and limits to growth. Then came the 1980s and 1990s, when western societies seemed to reject such ideas as hopelessly naive, assuming instead that limitless growth was not only possible but essential […]

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone and, if you’re a reader of the Toronto Star’s print edition, yes it is 2009 even though this morning’s newspaper might have had you checking the calendar for a moment. The front page of today’s Star features the iconic blue ribbon nameplate which had been removed in a 2007 redesign. John […]

Earth Hour is coming

Last year it was in Sydney. Now, it’s all over the world, including Toronto. 8-9pm, Saturday March 29 is Earth Hour. It started with a question: How can we inspire people to take action on climate change? The answer: Ask the people of Sydney to turn off their lights for one hour. On 31 March […]