Posts Tagged ‘news media’

A Letter to the CBC

07/03/2013 Leave a comment

After a Facebook post drew my attention to the Journey of Nishiyuu, I wrote a letter to the CBC via their contact form. Basically, the Journey is a group of 6 Cree youth who have set out on a 1000-mile snowshoe trek to Parliament Hill. They have been joined along the way by members of the Mohawk and Algonquin Nations, amongst others, growing to over 70 walkers on the 4th. And somehow this has not been reported in the national meda. Go figure. Anyway, here’s the letter:

Good afternoon,

I’m sure you’ve received many emails about this, but here’s another.

The Journey of Nishiyuu started with 6 walkers and has since grown to over 70. This group of aboriginal youth is trekking over a thousand miles in the middle of winter to meet with the PMO. Following their traditional trade routes, the original 6 from the Cree nation are meeting with the Algonquin and Mohawk Nations, among others.

On 11 Feb 2013, you reported on a group of 50 aboriginal youth marching 250km to Winnipeg. (

The Journey of Nishiyuu involves more people, is six-and-a-half times as long, and is on snowshoes. They’re bound for Parliament Hill, not Winnipeg. Surely this is newsworthy?

Frankly, I’m shocked and disappointed that this hasn’t made national headlines yet.

You can find their website at

Tim Logan


If you, like me, think this is dumb, write the CBC. Hopefully in the future this kind of thing will make news.




Israeli Cabinet Approves Loyalty Oath

10/10/2010 Leave a comment

In short:

Israel’s cabinet has just adopted a bill that would require all citizens to swear loyalty to the “democratic and Jewish” character of Israel if passed into law. A simple majority in the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) is all that would be required. From there, it would move to the Israeli Supreme Court, which would determine whether the bill agrees with Israel’s basic laws. Read the article for yourself.

Imagine, if you will, that this bill was being proposed in Iran, and all Iranian citizens would have to swear loyalty to Iran as a “democratic and Islamic” state.

What would be the reaction of the international media and the UN, I wonder? It’s relatively easy to guess: the bill would be derided as totalitarian, racist, zealotry, bigoted, etc. The US would threaten to impose more sanctions and there would be a host of “expert” opinions and analyses written about the distinctly undemocratic character of this bill, in contrast to the word “democratic” in the oath.

Have we seen this reaction in the media and international system? Nope.

The Arab countries are making noise, certainly, as is the media of the international left. The US and the American media has been silent on this for days. How long would it take for the US to denounce a similar Iranian bill? Hours, probably.

Why is Israel being treated differently from every other nation in the world? Now that is a long and very interesting question.