No News is Bad News

Dave Bidini, Ian Gill

No News is Bad News

Moderator: Marsha Lederman

Event Number: 51
Tickets: $20.00

No News is Bad News

Dave Bidini, Ian Gill

Friday, October 19
10:00am - 11:30am
Revue Stage

1601 Johnston St, Vancouver

Newspapers in Canada keep making their own headlines—and that news isn’t good. Thousands of layoffs and community paper closures in recent years mean the country’s media is a fraction of the size it once was. Celebrated journalist and No News Is Bad News author, Ian Gill, believes this is a problem for our democracy, too. Politicians need to be held accountable and small towns need information. Author and musician Dave Bidini would likely agree, having spent a summer as a guest columnist with the Yellowknifer. The newspaper’s stalwart reporting, and the characters amidst its pages, are lovingly depicted in Midnight Light. They inspired Bidini to launch a monthly community newspaper for Toronto’s West End. These newspaper men examine journalism’s future in an era of fake news and Facebook.

Marsha Lederman is the Western Arts Correspondent for the Globe and Mail.

Also suitable for grades 10–12.

Generously sponsored by Yosef Wosk,in honour of the late Mel Hurtig for his tireless work to make Canada a strong, culturally rich and sovereign nation.

Event Participants:

Dave Bidini


Musician, author, and filmmaker Dave Bidini is one of the founding members of Canadian rock group the Rheostatics and currently performs with Bidiniband. He is the only Canadian to have been nominated for a Genie, Gemini, Juno, as well as CBC’s Canada Reads. He has published twelve books, including Tropic of HockeyBaseballissimoOn a Cold RoadWriting Gordon LightfootKeon and Me and the forthcoming title Midnight Light: A Personal Journey to the North.


Ian Gill

British Columbia

Ian Gill is a writer, filmmaker and social entrepreneur who founded and led Ecotrust Canada and served as CEO of Ecotrust Australia. He has been a reporter and editor for the Vancouver Sun and CBC. He is also now a regular columnist for The Tyee. His groundbreaking work of nonfiction, No News is Bad News, explores what’s happening to our newsrooms—and where the future of journalism, and democracy, may lie.