SOLD OUT Great Canadian Debates: The government must act to save journalism in Canada


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Does the government need to act to save journalism in Canada?

John Honderich and Andrew Coyne will hash out that question in another entry into the Great Canadian Debates, happening on June 6, 2017.

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Few can dispute that journalism in Canada has been completely disrupted by technological change and market trends. Financial losses by newspapers and broadcasters, and newsroom layoffs are constantly in the headlines. Some would argue that because robust news media are vital to Canadian democracy, and because the future of the Fourth Estate is so clearly in doubt, that government must move to support journalism financially and through other means. Others would argue that much of the misfortune felt by news outlets today is self-inflicted, and government support would be a death blow to an independent press. Who’s right, does the government need to act to save journalism in Canada?

Honderich, a former publisher of the Toronto Star, will argue in favour of the motion “The government must act to save journalism in Canada”. Coyne, a columnist with Postmedia, will argue against.

  • When: 7 p.m., June 6, 2017
  • Where: Barney Danson Theatre, Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Pl., Ottawa, ON
  • Who: John Honderich and Andrew Coyne

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A ticket to the Debates also earns you entrance into Vimy – Beyond the Battle, the Canadian War Museum’s special exhibit dedicated to one of World War One’s most costly battles. The Museum has also upgraded its existing section exploring the battle, which led to the loss and injury of over 10,200 Canadians between April 9 and 12, 1917.

The Vimy – Beyond the Battle exhibit will remain open after the debate is finished.

LO_John_Honderich01LOW (2)John Honderich

John Honderich is the former publisher of the Toronto Star. Mr. Honderich began his newspaper career with the Ottawa Citizen (1973-76).  He joined the Toronto Star in 1976 as a reporter and eventually became chief of the Star’s Ottawa Bureau and later chief of the Washington Bureau.  After a stint as Deputy City Editor, he was appointed Business Editor of the Star in May 1984, the position he held until he took a leave of absence (1986) in London, England. In 1994, Mr. Honderich was appointed Publisher of the Star, a position he held for almost 10 years. Before that, he served as Editor and Editorial Page Editor.

Andrew Coyne

CoyneAndrew Coyne is national affairs columnist for Postmedia News. Raised in Winnipeg, Mr. Coyne is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the London School of Economics‎. He has written previously for Maclean’s magazine, The National Post, and The Globe and Mail, contributing as well to a wide range of other publications in Canada and abroad, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Review, Saturday Night, and The Walrus. The winner of two National Newspaper Awards and the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism, he is also a weekly panelist on CBC’s The National.

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