GENERATION SUBSCRIPTION – Andrew Coyne at Innis

Postmedia Columnist Andrew Coyne makes his case for subscription-based journalism at the 2017 Harold Innis Lecture. Postmedia columnist and CBC At Issue panellist Andrew Coyne says that the story of the newspaper industry’s death is greatly exaggerated. Instead, he told a crowd of 214 Innis alumni and guests at an event last Tuesday that the…

An Issue of Perceptions: The closure of Whittamore’s Farm emphasizes the need to connect the urban and the rural

Whittamore’s Farm is a 330-acre vegetable and fruit farm located just outside Toronto’s eastern boundary. On a typical autumn Saturday morning, the farm’s indoor market is busy with suburban families purchasing fresh Ontario produce and homemade pies, and the adjacent ‘fun yard’ is filled with toddlers, teens, and adults taking selfies among pumpkin patches and…

Innis’ coming of age

Praise and suggestions for U of T’ s most innovative college During the Fight the Fees protests on campus earlier this year, the number of Innis College students visible among the crowd surprised me. Considering the demonstrations were composed of thousands of students, most of whom were from Mississauga and Scarborough, the visibility of students…

Examining the importance of the CBC

Kellie Leitch may not be the only Canadian politician borrowing policy ideas from her right-wing counterparts in the United States. Six months after announcing his candidacy for Conservative Leadership, Quebec MP Maxime Bernier announced that if elected Prime Minister, he would follow U.S presidential candidate’s Mitt Romney’s 2012 proposal and gut the country’s national broadcaster,…

Toronto: Say Goodbye to the OMB and Ontario with it

The Province of Toronto. It’s a notion that has been considered before by prominent urban scholars like Jane Jacobs and slightly eccentric members of provincial parliament. But with Toronto’s mounting socio-economic issues and the provincial government’s recent announcement that it will be reviewing the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), the idea seems more probable today than…

Playing the city

Our thriving metropolis sets the scene in popular culture Canadian literature has been long defined by the stories of rural Canadians. The struggles of living off the land, or dealing with small town gossip are common themes of some of Canada’s most notable works of fiction, from Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables to Leacock’s Sunshine Sketches…