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Allan Thompson, journalism professor Players in news industry join up to tackle onslaught of online hate - DEBORAH RICHMOND | Web Editor Representatives from every corner of the news industry are coming together to call for action and to develop a strategy to thwart a tsunami of hate targeting Canadian journalists, especially women and people of colour. CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon said the media union is working with journalism groups, the labour movement, academics and employers to put a stop to the vile sexist and racist comments and threats delivered via social media, email, voicemail and internet forums. “This is illegal. It is harassment and hate, and it must not be tolerated,” O’Hanlon said in a statement issued Oct. 5. “As a union that represents 6,000 media workers, we call on law enforcement to urgently investigate these incidents and prosecute those responsible.” CWA Canada was also a signatory to a statement issued by media outlets across the country and organizations that represent journalists: “A strong, diverse media is vital for a well-informed, democratic society. While criticism is an integral part of journalism and democracy, there can be no tolerance for hate and harassment of journalists or for incitement of attacks on journalists doing their jobs. “We are united in supporting our journalists and newsrooms against those [...]
Dave Seglins ‘Taking Care’ survey urgently seeks input from media workers on trauma, mental health - DAVE SEGLINSFor CWA Canada Racing to the frontlines to report the news of the world’s great triumphs, tragedies and scandals is what makes journalism so thrilling — from conflict zones, to the house fire down the street. But the job can also come at a personal cost to the well-being and mental health of media workers: our videographers, reporters, editors and staff who day in and day out endure a steady diet of other people’s trauma, amidst endless deadlines, filing pressures, shift work … not to mention job instability. I know. After 25 years I carry vivid memories and scars from the stresses and stories I’ve covered detailing murder, sexual violence, crimes against children, and endless tales of victims’ suffering. I am very proud to announce the launch today of an industry-wide initiative called “Taking Care: A Survey on Mental Health, Well-being and Trauma in Canadian Journalism.” Please, take this rare opportunity to be counted. Add your voice. Share your experience. The survey will collect responses through the month of November. This survey is a first-of-its-kind research project in Canada that is seeking anonymous input from thousands of media workers across the country. The objective is to get a better [...]
Factual TV workers Otto Chung and Denise O'Connell Lawsuit deal could see $1M-plus for Cineflix workers, first union contract in factual TV industry - Two of Canada’s top media and entertainment unions are welcoming a proposed settlement of a class action that would see factual TV company Cineflix pay workers at least $1 million and possibly sign a collective agreement that would be a first in the industry. The agreement, submitted on Monday for court approval, follows three years of negotiations between the company, law firm Cavalluzzo, CWA Canada and IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees). The lawsuit was filed by Cavalluzzo LLP in 2018 on behalf of hundreds of current and former workers at Cineflix, which produces such TV shows as Property Brothers and Mayday. It came after a five-year Fairness in Factual campaign by CWA Canada to improve working conditions in the industry. IATSE joined the campaign in 2019, with the formation of the Factual Television Joint Council. The proposed settlement would see $1 million in compensation for all employment standards entitlements (overtime pay, vacation pay, holiday pay) for nearly everyone who worked for Cineflix as employees or so-called independent contractors since October 2016. Cineflix has until March to decide whether to sign a collective agreement that has already been negotiated or pay an additional lump sum. The collective agreement includes [...]
4 of 5 federal parties commit to support news media, increase CBC funding - Four of the five parties in the federal election support a strong and stable media, with increased funding for the public broadcaster. A vague response by one national party, however, raises concerns about the future of CBC/Radio-Canada and the nationwide services it currently provides. In their answers to questions from the Canadian Media Guild (CWA Canada Local 30213), the NDP, the Liberals, the Bloc Québécois and the Green Party committed to improved funding for the CBC. The parties base their support on the unique role the national broadcaster has in Canada. The four also acknowledge the importance of supporting local news at a time when the media industry is in crisis, with each agreeing to extend some kind of temporary support for the industry, much like the 2019 federal government program. Only the Conservative Party of Canada differs on these points.  While the party did not answer questions directly, it did provide the portion of its platform dealing with media, culture and broadcasting. It describes breaking up the CBC, with decreased support for some areas and increased support for others. In essence, the Conservatives’ proposals amount to cutting English-language television while focusing support on French-language services, especially in Quebec. “It is disappointing [...]
How to avoid one-dimensional Pride coverage by exploring intersectionality - By Anna-Liza BadalooFor CWA Canada As a BIPOC member of the LGBTQAI2S+ community, I know the struggles that come with these intersecting identities all too well. Intersectionality recognizes that we all have multiple identities which overlap and accumulate to create complex layers of discrimination. Pride organizations are ramping up their intersectional programming this year to feature diverse stories from the community. It’s time for media to stop focussing on stories from white, cis, gay males and diversify the conversation. I sat down virtually with Pride organizers from across Canada to find out why intersectional media coverage is vital during Pride Month, and how media can raise awareness of important issues currently facing the queer community. Why intersectional media coverage is important right now By forming diverse advisory groups and engaging in community consultation, Pride organizations are working hard to ensure their programming reflects the communities they serve. Queer performers are raising awareness of how queerness intersects with race, class, ability, size, age, religion and immigration status. But you wouldn’t know it based on mainstream media coverage. As Sherwin Modeste, Executive Director of Pride Toronto notes, “The days of Pride being a white, gay, male event are no longer. Look at [...]

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