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All Our 2018 Corrections And Clarifications

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Story: “I Went To The Canadian Mosque Where Six Muslims Were Killed” (January 25)
Correction: “This piece originally omitted Tunisia from the list of countries from which the six men had emigrated.”

Story: “Untangling The Reporting On Patrick Brown” (February 16)
Clarification: “We’ve tweaked the second last paragraph to clarify the distinction between getting booted from a caucus and getting booted from a party.”

Story: “You Don’t Have To Talk About Muslims When You Talk About Mass Killings” (April 27)
Correction: “This piece originally misnamed the driver of the van as ‘Alek Missanian.’ He is, of course, Alek Minassian.”

Story: “CBC Often Reports Competitors’ Scoops Without Credit” (May 23)
Correction: “A quote originally misidentified the location of the Nova Scotia cremation error as Bridgewater. The incident, in fact, took place in Berwick.”

Story: “Mike Bullard Launches Defamation Suit Against Chatelaine” (August 23)
Clarification: “Due to an editing overstep, this article originally said the suit was seeking $6 million ‘from each defendant.’ More specifically, the claim is ‘against each defendant, jointly and severally,’ which means that the defendants would together be responsible for the entire amount, with each assuming full liability only if the others were unable to pay.”

Story: “How The Kielburgers Handle The Press” (November 19)
Clarification: “This article originally stated that Canadian dailies like The Globe and Mail, Winnipeg Free Press, and various Postmedia papers sometimes contain WE-themed special sections in print, ‘with content created by WE employees.’ After publication of this article, WE clarified that, other than columns from Craig and Marc Kielburger, the content in the Globe’s WE sections is created by writers employed by the newspaper, which has ‘full authority and editorial control’ over the content in those sections. WE also says it does not see, review, or approve the content in the Globe’s WE sections.”

Story: “Ontario Proud’s Election Advertising Was Mostly Funded By Developers” (December 11)
Clarifications: “While Ontario Proud’s Jeff Ballingall notes that his group does not accept foreign money ‘unlike Leadnow and others,’ the Vancouver-based Leadnow maintains that it doesn’t use foreign funds for election-related purposes, which would be illegal. We’ve [also] revised one sentence to clarify that corporations can no longer donate to political parties in Ontario.”



Episode: “Where Is Rock Bottom? Live From Saskatchewan, Before The Trial (Rebroadcast)” (February 19, 2018; originally broadcast January 23, 2017)
Clarification: “This episode has been edited to remove a comment from panelist Betty Ann Adam, who said: ‘When there’s a comparison made to Rodney King, that is kind of ridiculous, when you consider that 50 people died in those riots that went on for five days, and a billion dollars’ worth of property damage occurred. Thousands of businesses were destroyed. Now, in Canada, Indigenous people don’t do that en masse. As Mylan said, the people here signed treaty, and generally speaking, Indigenous people respond to oppression and racist policy with dignity and forbearance. We have had some fiery orators as leaders, who have spoken truth in fiery language. But it hasn’t led to burning buildings.’ While Adam has since clarified that she meant to reject Pastor Mark Kleiner’s declaration that ‘Colten Boushie is the Rodney King of Western Canada’ because ‘that comparison invites expectations of violent reprisal, something settler Canadians fear from Indigenous people, but which has no modern basis in fact’ — she recognizes that her phrasing could lead listeners to infer that she was ‘pronouncing a judgement on the response to the Rodney King verdict.…I absolutely did not intend the remarks as a negative comparison with any race.’”

Episode: “The Great Satan Of The CBC” (April 8)
Correction: “An earlier version of this episode stated that Richard Stursberg lost the rights to Hockey Night in Canada and that he put ads on CBC Radio 2. He did neither of those things.”

Episode: “The CANADALAND Investigation Of The Kielburgers’ WE Movement” (October 15)
Clarifications: “In the written article that this podcast is based on, CANADALAND reported that in 2016-17, WE Charity had forecasted $47 million in revenue from all partnerships. However, in summarizing this detail on the podcast, the figure was misstated as referring to the charity’s corporate partners alone. On the podcast, host Jesse Brown [also] says the U.S.-based ME to WE Foundation ‘sounds like a charity, but it’s not; that’s a business.’ CANADALAND wishes to clarify that the ME to WE Foundation is incorporated as a ‘foundation’ in the U.S., and WE advises that the ME to WE Foundation’s status is the ‘legal equivalent of charitable registration in Canada.’ WE also says the ME to WE Foundation sells products and services to support the WE Charity in the U.S.”

Episode: “Is The Media Afraid Of The Kielburgers?” (November 19)
Correction: “On this podcast, reporter Jaren Kerr states that in the special WE-related sections that run in the Winnipeg Free Press, Postmedia papers and The Globe and Mail, ‘all the content is WE-created.’ In the case of The Globe and Mail, this is not accurate. After publication of this podcast, WE informed us that other than the pieces authored by Craig and Marc Kielburger, the content in the Globe’s WE sections is created by writers employed by the newspaper, which has ‘full authority and editorial control’ over the content in those sections. WE also says it ‘does not see, review, or approve the content’ in the Globe’s WE section. CANADALAND regrets the error.”


Episode:You’d Think A Serial Killer Would Be A Bigger Deal” (January 25)
Correction: “On this episode Jesse incorrectly states that Canadian Lawyer magazine ran a reputation-laundering profile of Michael Bryant. The profile actually ran in Precedent magazine. We regret the error.”

Episode: “The Conspiracy Provisions” (March 14)
Correction: “In the original version of this podcast, Jesse incorrectly referred to the Gerald Stanley trial as ‘the Boushie trial,’ which is especially embarrassing since he has criticized other media sources for making this exact same mistake. We regret the error.”

Episode: “Doug Life” (June 6)
Correction: “This show originally misattributed comments made about Venezuela to Gail Vaz-Oxlade. The Toronto Sun alleges those comments to have come from Joel Harden. We regret the error.”

Episode: “Hate Laundry” (December 19)
Correction: “On this episode, Jesse says that Sue-Ann Levy was previously censured by the Newsmedia Council for incorrectly attributing the term ‘Shaheed’ to the Sikh religion. In fact, it was a different Sun columnist, Candice Malcolm, who was censured for that mistake. We regret the error.”

COMMONS: Corruption

Episode: “#1 The Most Crime-Ridden Neighbourhood In Canada” (October 2)
Correction: “The remediation agreements were introduced as part of the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, not as part of the justice reform bill.”

Episode: “#6 Charlottetown’s Web” (December 11)
Correction: “PEI has two Green Party MLAs, not one, as stated in this episode.”


Episode: “Counter-PsyOps is a Good Place to Start” (March 19)
Correction: “While the image accompanying this podcast was produced and distributed by a member of the NDP, it is not an official party advertisement. We regret the error.”

Episode: “CAQ-Blocked” (September 24)
Correction: “This episode originally misattributed a Jacques Parizeau quote to René Lévesque. We regret the error.”

Episode: “OPPO Flop House” (December 4)
Correction: “This episode misidentifies Buzz Hargrove as the former president of the United Automobile Workers; Hargrove was, in fact, the president of the Canadian Auto Workers. Further, Québec Solidaire has 10 elected MNAs, not 12. We regret the errors.”

Thunder Bay

Episode: “Chapter 4 – The Ruthless Game” (November 12)
Clarification: “Ryan says that ‘last January,’ Thunder Bay police found a 17-year-old girl who’d been trafficked to Thunder Bay. He is referring to an incident from January 2017, not January 2018.”

Wag the Doug

Episode: “What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Notwithstanding?” (September 11)
Correction: “This episode originally contained a suggestion that the Ontario government could potentially invoke the Notwithstanding Clause to sidestep a recent judicial ruling concerning rebates for Tesla owners. In that case, however, the court did not find that a piece of legislation had run afoul of the Charter, and the Notwithstanding Clause could therefore not apply.”

This roundup was updated on April 5, 2019, at 10:56 a.m. to add clarifications for the October 15th episode of the CANADALAND podcast that were inadvertently omitted.

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