CBC management urged to find greater range of opinion

Esther Enkin and Neil Macdonald

CBC Ombudsman Esther Enkin is strongly urging CBC management to find other columnists to write about protests at the Gaza-Israel border after finding that an opinion piece by Neil Macdonald did not meet CBC standards. The complainant objected to Macdonald’s strong defense of the position taken by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, protesting the shooting of a Palestinian journalist during border confrontations. Enkin says while the article itself did not violate CBC journalistic policy, there continues to be an imbalance in the range of views available in the Opinion section on the contentious issue which violates policy.

Masuma Khan and Ron Shaw

CTV Atlantic is the target of a complaint filed with the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) by Halifax activist Masuma Khan, who alleges the false narrative of a June 30 story and resulting social media fallout have led to death threats against her. The complaint surrounds a news item from reporter Ron Shaw focusing on a U.S. Marine Corp Band who were in Halifax’s Parade Square for a photo-op as a small group of protesters was setting up for an anti-Trump rally protesting the separation of children and families at the U.S. border. Shaw sent out two erroneous Tweets, one of which stated the Marines were “going to play an outdoor show…but refugee issue protesters chased them away.” The story became further distorted by online group Ontario Proud who falsely claimed the protesters attacked the Marines.

Rogers has announced its improved wireless service in a number of markets across the country as it boosts and densifies its network with small cells and macro sites. Working with Ericsson as part of its multi-year national network plan, Rogers has made network enhancements in the Lundy Village area of Brampton; Port Dover, ON; the Harbour Landing neighbourhood of Regina; Medicine Hat, AB, and Qualicum Beach, BC.

Xplornet has unveiled new wireless brand Xplore Mobile in Manitoba, ahead of its official service launch this fall. Xplornet president and CEO Allison Lenehan says customer consultation revealed a shared desire to bring a sense of fairness to the province’s wireless marketplace. Manitoba’s fourth wireless carrier, Xplore Mobile will launch with six retail locations in Brandon and Winnipeg, operating on an established 4G LTE network.

Bell MTS is expanding its all-fibre broadband network in the fast-growing City of Winkler, MB. Fully funded by Bell MTS, the network expansion includes more than 50 kilometres of new fibre installation both underground and on utility poles. The first new customer connections are expected later this summer.