Media Democracy Days 2015: Saturday, November 7, at Vancouver Public Library. See us there!

MDD2015 headerProgram online: (Click HERE (3MB) for PDF)
Announcement: Here.

Note: CityHallWatch and MetroVanWatch will be here at the MDD Media Fair in the Promenade area, 11 am to 5 pm. Come and visit! Give us stories. Get the inside story. Sign a petition to get big money out of civic elections!

MDDMedia Democracy Days
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Vancouver Public Library Central Branch
(350 W Georgia St. Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1)

11:00 am – Media Fair opens in Promenade, with info tables (until 5 pm)
12:00 pm – Intro and keynote: Jesse Brown from Canadaland
1:30 pm – Panels at 1:30, 2:45 and 4 pm (see below)
5:00 pm – Closing plenary
Free event

The day will begin with a Keynote Address from Jesse Brown of Canadaland, brought to you by the Spry Lecture at Simon Fraser University and MDD. Jesse is a renowned journalist, and Canadaland features investigative journalism, in-depth interviews, and a perspective on Canadian media that doesn’t shy away from hard questions.


  • Stop Spying on Us (1:30 pm), featuring Steve Anderson from OpenMedia, Micheal Vonn from the BCCLA, and Andrew Clement from the University of Toronto where he coordinates the Information Policy Research Program, who will address the technical, legal, and political challenges Canadians face in working to protect and defend their privacy online
  • Beyond Fear & Great Hair: Shaping debate in #elxn42 (2:45 pm), featuring Donald Gutstein, author of Harperism; Jamie Biggar from Leadnow; Anastasia Gaisenok from Check Your Head and Up For Debate; and Tara Mahoney from Gen Why Media and Creative Publics, who will reflect on their strategies for engaging the public in Canadian electoral politics.
  • Changing the Channel: News, Independent Media and Campaign 2015 (4 pm), featuring Leena Minifie from Ricochet the Indigenous Reporting Fund, Michael Stewart from, and Jim Mainguy from Redeye on Vancouver Co-op Radio to discuss the role of investigative journalism and critical political analysis in informing citizens, empowering marginalized voices, and exploring the relationship between politics and the public good.


Read more about it?

Panel: Beyond Fear and Great Hair: Shaping Debate in elxn42
Why do some stories dominate headlines, while others slip past unnoticed?

For photos, audio, writeups of past MDD events…

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