Media Beat: March 03, 2022

By David Farrell

TekSavvy calls for investigation of CRTC chair Ian Scott

Independent Canadian internet service provider (ISP) TekSavvy is calling for an investigation into Ian Scott, chairperson of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), for breaking protocols when meeting with telecom executives.

In its filing to the Federal Integrity Commissioner, TekSavvy alleged that Scott contravened the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act by holding meetings with litigants with open CRTC files. – Tom Li, IT World Canada

Rogers, Bell and Shaw pull Russian state-controlled RT channel

Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez applauded the decisions by the Canadian telecoms, calling RT the "propaganda arm" of Russian President Vladimir Putin "that spreads disinformation."

"It has no place here," Rodriguez said on Twitter. – CBC


Canada needs to get back into the business of making things

Here’s the real reason we have a supply chain crisis in North America today — a reason that hardly anyone ever mentions: we don’t make anything here anymore.

Over the past twenty years, we’ve turned our factories into warehouses, importing more and more of the products we buy — everything from cars and washing machines to TVs and lawn mowers. When you drive through the suburbs of Toronto — Vaughan and Pickering and Newmarket — many of the new buildings nowadays in our industrial parks are giant warehouses and logistics centres filled with goods from Amazon and other major overseas distributors. – Frank Stronach, Toronto Star

'We want to see the source of terror': Why we're glued to social media as the Russia-Ukraine war unfolds

'We’re absolutely shocked. We can’t believe something is happening, yet it is happening. And we keep coming back. We wake up ... and wonder, what happened overnight?' – Sharon Kirkey, National Post

What is Putin’s Endgame? Garry Kasparov on Russia’s Attack on Ukraine

A vocal critic of the Russian leadership is Garry Kasparov, the chess grandmaster who repeatedly ranked world number one for 20 years before turning his attention to politics. He tells leaders to “help Ukraine fight against the monster you helped create.” Kasparov speaks with Walter Isaacson. – Amanpour & Co.

Western companies profiting from Russia's war

Western weapons manufacturers are reaping huge profits from the war in Ukraine. Their share prices have increased manifold since the Russian build-up in November. Palki Sharma tells you how the western military-industrial complex benefits from endless wars.


Nuclear-war narrative used to put pressure on Western public

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov set out his stance on the West’s nuclear-war narrative and the recent bans on Russian athletes. – Russia Today

DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla
@anmollium / Anmol Raina

DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla

Chart Beat

Karan Aujla & DIVINE Debut in Top 25 on Billboard Canadian Albums Chart

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE land the No. 22 spot on this week's Canadian Albums chart with their new collaborative release, 'Street Dreams.' On the Canadian Hot 100, Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em" ascends to No. 1, while Canadian pop artist Preston Pablo makes a debut.

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE are making moves together on Billboard's Canadian Albums chart this week, with their collaborative project, Street Dreams, debuting in the No. 22 spot.

The seven-track album, released Feb. 16, blends harder hip-hop and smooth R&B pop, the latter shining through especially on the Jonita Gandhi-assisted "Yaad." It's not Aujla's highest spot on the Albums chart — he reached No. 5 in 2023 with Making Memories, his collaboration with Canadian Punjabi artist Ikky — but it gives him some momentum going into his upcoming performance at the Juno Awards on Mar. 24, where he's nominated for TikTok Juno fan choice and breakthrough artist.

keep readingShow less