These are the stories we’re watching over the next week. Here is your Weekly Wire:
- After Trump’s win, MP Kellie Leitch sent an email to her supporters describing the outcome as an “exciting message that needs to be delivered in Canada as well.” Leitch, who announced the notorious barbaric cultural practices tipline during last year’s federal election, is currently vying for the Conservative Party’s leadership. Just yesterday, she debated fellow leadership candidate Michael Chong on CTV’s Question Period, who rejected the idea of bringing “Trump-style politics” to Canada.
- This Tuesday, the Canadian Journalism Foundation is posing a question to so-called digital disruptors, including Buzzfeed, Vice, and Twitter: Now that you’re well-established, what challenges do you continue to face? Presumably disrupted Globe and Mail senior media writer Simon Houpt is moderating. Tickets are still on sale, but if you can’t make it, follow the RRJ’s live coverage on Twitter.
- The end of the web as we know it? This Thursday, Paul Kennedy, host of CBC’s documentary series Ideas, is hosting a panel that’ll discuss the privatization of the internet and what it means for public access, democratic engagement, and the news (and maybe even last week’s CRTC hearings, which could decide net neutrality in Canada). The discussion is being held at Ryerson’s Rogers Communications Centre, and is co-sponsored by CBC and the Centre for Free Expression.
- President-elect Donald Trump recently announced two choices for his incoming staff. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus will be his chief of staff, and Stephen Bannon will be afforded the title of chief strategist and senior counsellor. Bannon serves as an executive at Breitbart News Network, which has become one of the key outlets connected to the alt-right movement. This response hasn’t exactly been muted. Republican strategist John Weaver tweeted, “The racist, fascist extreme right is represented footsteps from the Oval Office. Be very vigilant America”
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