In early 2015, my book on Stephen Harper's lock on government information and the crippling of the press, which is no longer able and willing to do its work as one of the watchdogs of government, will be published by a respected national publisher.
I hope to hear from reporters who have been intimidated by the Prime Minister's Office and/or by flacks from any party. I'm also looking for people in the bureaucracy who have been gagged. My book will tell their stories and discuss the impact of media control and ratfucking on Canadian democracy. It will argue that openness and truth -- in both government and media -- are the only way out of the political malaise in which we find ourselves.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your stories.
I'm re-starting this blog as a way of connecting with facebook friends and twitter followers. I decided last week to close my accounts on the two social media sites and resume blogging. This way, I can reach more people and still converse with friends and contacts through my email account and blog comments.
If you have ideas for the books, let me know. And I appreciate any flowers or brickbats that you might like to send.
As well, please follow my Politics Chatter blog at Ottawamagazine.com and my work on Blacklocks.ca.