Media Analysis Week Three

Major News Story

Canada: Migrant Rights Tested by Most-Wanted List

by Fawzia Sheikh

“Ottawa’s clampdown on some of the country’s worst criminal offenders by creating a public most-wanted list netted its most recent arrest only days ago, but the system has triggered a debate over the publishing of fugitives’ names and the ethics and feasibility of changing Canadian immigration policy.

A Guyanese national with several criminal convictions in Canada such as violence and weapons-related offences was arrested in Toronto on Sep. 15 due to a tip to the most-wanted website of the Canadian Border Services Agency.

Shameer Allie, who was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for removal from the country, is the fifth person to be located via the website list of dangerous criminals living illegally in Canada, including war criminals, established by the government earlier this summer.

Yet the success of the fugitive programme has been marred by criticisms of the immigration system itself.

In August, Federal Public Safety Minister Vic Toews slammed the Immigration and Refugee Board’s alleged lax treatment of one of the dangerous individuals who had been caught through a tip line. Walter Guzman of El Salvador, who earned a ranking on the CBSA’s list for trafficking in an illegal substance, assault, breaking and entering, and uttering threats, was released on bail.”

The topic of this article goes to the fundimental belief that society should be protected against those individuals or groups that are causing harm and are dangerous to other citizens. The theory of immigration is to allow law abiding citizens to come to our country to seek out a new beginning and to contribute to their country. If an individual chooses to take advantage of this opportunity and commit criminal activites then I believe there is nothing fundimentally wrong with idenitfing these individuals for reasons of public saftey and immigration investagations.


Under-reported story

The Fed’s $16 Trillion Bailouts Under-reported

“The media’s inscrutable brush-off of the Government Accounting Office’s recently released audit of the Federal Reserve has raised many questions about the Fed’s goings-on since the financial crisis began in 2008.

The audit of the Fed’s emergency lending programs was scarcely reported by mainstream media – albeit the results are undoubtedly newsworthy.  It is the first audit of the Fed in United States history since its beginnings in 1913.  The findings verify that over $16 trillion was allocated to corporations and banks internationally, purportedly for “financial assistance” during and after the 2008 fiscal crisis”

I chose this article because it is a good example of how the goverenment with its influence and power is able to keep a event of such economic importance out of the media and away from the public. One would think that a story of government bailouts in the trillions of dollars would not be a major media story worthy of public debate and knowledge. Interesting!!!! This story relates directly to our discussions around power and politics.

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