Jun 1, 2024
David Akin's Roundup
Clippings of #cdnpoli, #media, and #tech content aimed at those with an interest in Canadian politics and policy. And sometimes Canadian postage stamps.
The university leaders were testifying at the Commons Justice committee on combatting antisemitism. [National Post]
A tale of two convoy trials
While Pat King's trial has more or less run smoothly and on schedule, the trial of Tamara Lich and Chris Barber has dragged on and been punctuated by starts and stops. They're now technically at the same stage, but even there it's expected they'll diverge. [CBC]
It can be a bit difficult to keep tabs on the various inquiries and examinations into foreign interference in Canadian elections, particularly by China. A concise helpful review from NYT's Canada correspondent Ian Austen. [NYT]
An educator and musician from Summerside is throwing his hat in the ring to become the Conservative candidate in the western P.E.I. riding of Egmont.  [CBC]
From the Provinces
BC NDP maintains double-digit lead ahead of expected campaign; Rustad & Falcon lack appeal, trust on top issues
BC United and BC Conservative supporters divided over whether merger was a “missed opportunity” [Angus Reid Institute]
The caucus chair for British Columbia's official opposition has defected to the BC Conservatives, adding to BC United's woes ahead of the provincial election next fall. [CP]
Since-deleted posts by Damon Scrase, who was nominated in January, include a 2022 post calling some Pride parade participants “degenerates”. [Victoria Times Colonist]
Immigration Minister Marc Miller says it was "a dumb thing to say" when Ontario Premier Doug Ford seemingly linked immigration to rising antisemitism in Canada.  [Global]
Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Friday he is standing behind controversial remarks he made the day prior despite facing calls to apologize. [Global]
Premier Andrew Furey dismisses the notion that the province's constitutional challenge over equalization payments is political posturing. He says it's about fairness. [SaltWire]
The Alberta UCP government said it passed much-needed legislation, while the Opposition criticized tactics it described as anti-democratic. [Edmonton Journal]

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is endorsing a proposal put forward by U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday that seeks to bring about the end of the Israel-Hamas war. [CP]

Upcoming polls to pick legislators, governors and local officials have been marked by a wave of attacks on candidates. [Al Jazeera]

South Africa was heading closer to the reality of a national coalition government for the first time. [AP]

We find evidence across several studies that politicians and other public figures may receive a “liar’s dividend” in the form of a public support boost for falsely claiming that real scandals about them are fake. [Brookings Institution]

The Misinformation Combat Alliance  said the story was “riddled with inaccuracies and mischaracterizations” and published a lengthy response, signed by representatives of 13 organizations. [Nieman Journalism Lab]
How the media covered the aftermath of Trump's conviction — and his remarks the following morning
CNN and MSNBC both cut away from former President Donald Trump as he spoke live on Friday less than 24 hours after being convicted in his New York hush money trial. Fox News Channel and Newsmax, networks more popular with Trump fans, carried the speech in full. Broadcast networks did not carry it. [AP]

How to dig into ad libraries from Google, Meta and other platforms to track spending, narratives, campaigns and more. [Digital Investigations]

Back in 2021, YouTube Music introduced free background listening of radio stations in Canada. This experience is now ending... [9to5Google
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Science and Tech

ChatGPT has some great chart-making tools. From histograms and heatmaps to word clouds and network diagrams, here's how to take full advantage of this powerful capability. [ZDNet]

The Calendar
  • 1100 ET: Montreal - BQ Leader Yves-François Blanchet attends a memorial service for Jean-Pierre Ferland.
  • 1300 ET: Sydney, NS - Fisheries Min Diane Lebouthillier and LPC MP Mike Kelloway attend the Canadian Coast Guard College graduation ceremony.
  • 2130 ET: Singapore, - Defence Min Bill Blair delivers a speech at the Shangri-La dialogue.
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