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Media Democracy Day Vancouver 2010

Saturday, November 6, 2010 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

Media Democracy Day Vancouver 2010

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The School of Communication at Simon Fraser University,, and the Vancouver Public Library present Media Democracy Day Vancouver 2010. This year's event will take place Saturday, November 6th from 12 PM-5 PM at the Vancouver Public Library, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street. 

Since 2001, Media Democracy Day has united and engaged Vancouver-based citizens, cultural producers, the media, academics, activists, students, and community leaders in a dynamic discussion of the state of our Canadian media system. MDD Vancouver 2010 will feature keynote speakers, interactive panels, and hands-on workshops focused on critical analysis of media policy, citizen and alternative media production, and the transformation of the media system to make it more diverse and representative of audiences and communities. Confirmed speakers and contributors include:

Opening Keynote:

Tony Burman, Senior Executive of the Americas for Al Jazeera English

Panel Sessions

  • Fox News North or Democratic Communication? Media at the Crossroads
    • Dr. David Skinner, Professor at York University, indie and alternative media expert
    • Tony Burman, Senior Executive for Al Jazeera English and 35-year CBC veteran
    • Dr. Donald Gutstein, Professor of Communication at Simon Fraser University, expert in neoliberal and Conservative rhetoric, author of Not a Conspiracy Theory: How Business Propaganda Hijacks Democracy
    • Chair:  Steve Anderson, national coordinator of and high profile media reform advocate
  • Spinning the Environment, Greenwashing the Message
    • Colleen Kimmet, Environment and science columnist for The Tyee
    • Richard Littlemore, Co-founder of the DeSmogBlog and co-author of Climate Cover-up
    • Ken Wu, Co-founder of the Ancient Forest Alliance
    • Chair: Shane Gunster, environmental policy research with the CCPA and professor of Communication at Simon Fraser University
  • Global Protests and Media
    • Cathryn Atkinson, News and features editor for and award-winning journalist
    • David Eby, Founder of PIVOT legal society and executive director of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Society
    • Isaac K. Oommen, Editor member of the Vancouver Media Co-op
    • Irwin Oostinde, Executive Director, W2 community Media Arts
    • Chair: Dr. Stuart Poyntz, Assistant Professor of Communication at Simon Fraser University
  • Who Controls Your Voice? Copyright Issues in Canada
    • Hart Snider, Digital filmmaker, documentarian, video remix artist
    • Martha Rans, Legal Director at Artists' Legal Outreach and Vancouver project lead for Creative Commons Canada
    • Geof Glass, Copyright expert and representative of Fair Copyright for Canada
    • Chair: Meera Nair, PhD at the SFU School of Communication, focused on Fair Dealing and Copyright
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Violence: Media Representations
    • Mary Lynn Young, Director of the UBC Graduate School of Journalism and recognized expert on gender and the media
    • Marsha Newbury, representative of Women in View
    • Jen Sung, Youth Outreach Coordinator for Out on Screen
    • Chair: Dr. Kathleen Cross, Professor of Communication at Simon Fraser University and Gender in Media lead for the Global Media Monitoring Project

Workshop Session:

  •  Engaging the Resistant Among Us:  Achieving Change Through Documentary and Journalism
    • Facilitated by Liz Schulze of the Pacific Cinematheque
    • Introduced by Dr. David Murphy, video production and media analysis instructor at Simon Fraser University






Attendees can also visit our Media Democracy Fair on the upper promenade of the Library. Visit and chat with over twenty local media organizations, activist groups, and media artists including:

  • Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Amnesty International
  • Access to Media Education society
  • Pull Focus Film School
  • Out on Screen
  • Gen Why Media
  • Hello Cool World
  • British columbia Civil Liberties Association
  • Discorder Magazine
  • CJSF radio
  • CFRO Vancouver Co-op Radio
  • Momentum Magazine
  • The Vancouver Observer
  • Access to Media Education Society
  • Vancouver Media Co-op

...and many more!


Come to Media Democracy Day Vancouver 2010 and question the media landscape that surrounds you, create alternatives and new ways forward, and transform the system for the better!


Media Democracy Day is November 6, 2010 from 12 PM-5 PM

Vancouver Public Library, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street

Free and Open to the Public. Seating is Limited


Have questions about Media Democracy Day Vancouver 2010? Contact the organizer

When & Where

Vancouver Public Library
350 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 6B1

Saturday, November 6, 2010 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

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