Can government define journalism?

Should government fund journalism and, if so, what does that mean in terms of journalistic independence? Today in The Conversation Canada, Ivor Shapiro of Ryerson University provides an analysis of last week’s announcement by the federal government to provide tax breaks and other incentives to journalism operations – and proposes the time has come for journalists to have a professional self-regulating body.

Bruce Tobin of the University of Victoria, who is also a licensed therapist, writes about a personal experience he’s had with a patient who asked to be treated with psychedelic medicine to help her deal with the emotional stress of cancer. The treatment isn’t legal in Canada, but research in the U.S. shows it has helped patients suffering from “end-of-life distress.

The U.S. Thanksgiving holiday meant another batch of tweets from Donald Trump. Henry Giroux of McMaster University returns with an essay on Trump’s latest rants about immigration and nationalism and how the language is similar to that used by fascists in the 20th century.

Walk into the business section of any book store and you’ll see many titles about disruption and how it breeds innovation. Eleftherios Soleas of Queen’s University takes another angle – that often some of the most innovative business ideas come from companies that are secure and stable.

And finally…today is Cyber Monday – which follows Black Friday. Norman Shaw of Ryerson University breaks down how retailers invented these new reasons to shop and explains how neither Black Friday nor Cyber Monday is actually the largest single day of retail sales in the world. Do you know what is? Read on to find out.


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Today's Featured Articles


Funding journalism means defining who’s a journalist – not a bad thing

Ivor Shapiro, Ryerson University

The Canadian government has announced a new policy of providing financial assistance to the country's news industry. With any financial support will come a need to define who exactly is a journalist.

A team of Canadian therapists have filed an application with Health Canada seeking permission to provide psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy to patients with terminal cancer. (Shutterstock)

What if psychedelics could revolutionize the way you die?

Bruce Tobin, University of Victoria

Research shows therapeutic psilocybin to be a safe and effective antidote to end-of-life anxiety and depression. Does prohibition therefore violate our right to "life, liberty and security?"

U.S. President Donald Trump is seen at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., on Nov. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump’s fascist efforts to demolish democracy

Henry Giroux, McMaster University

Donald Trump's relentless nods to fascism in his rhetoric requires us to form a language of resistance, rooted in compassion for others, justice and the confrontation of the forces of tyranny.

Disruption does not always drive the most monumental or ingenious innovation. The stress of running from wolves is hardly conducive to good planning. Shutterstock

A wolf in sheep’s clothing: Disruption is overrated in terms of innovation

Eleftherios Soleas, Queen's University, Ontario

Necessity and desperation are portrayed as the prime motivators of innovative behaviour, but in reality, stability and holistic incentives go a long way to freeing up creative energy.

The holiday shopping season is upon us. But do you need to go to the mall? 松林 /flickr

Big, bigger, biggest: Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Singles Day

Norman Shaw, Ryerson University

Black Friday and Cyber Monday kick off the biggest shopping season of the year. Thanks to online retail and mobile apps, online spending will only increase.


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