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Doubt It? Check It. Challenge It. Combatting Misinformation: Strategies by Canada’s News Leaders and Tools for Digital Citizens

2 October 2019 @ 6:30 pm

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With the federal election approaching, how can we work together to spot and stop the spread of misinformation and outright lies, so voters can make informed decisions at the polls?
In a special pre-election luncheon event, news leaders from across Canada’s major media will talk about the steps they are taking to combat ‘fake news’. And, we’ll share the smart strategies Canadians can adopt to verify information with the launch of CJF’s Doubt It? campaign, a NewsWise project.

Allan Gregg, a principal with Earnscliffe Strategy Group, moderates this discussion featuring:
•    Kenton Boston, vice-president, national and network news, Global News
•    Dennis Choquette, head of enterprise, The Globe and Mail
•    Wendy Freeman, president, CTV News
•    Anthony Furey, national columnist and national comment editor, Sun/Postmedia
•    Irene Gentle, editor, Toronto Star
•    Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief, CBC News
•    Julie Traves, deputy editor, National Post

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

12:30pm Registration and buffet lunch | 1:00pm Discussion | 2:30pm Event ends
Google Toronto
111 Richmond Street West, 9th Floor Toronto

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Kenton Boston is an award-winning journalist whose career spans three decades in print, radio, digital and television. Boston is currently the Vice President of National and Network News for Global Television news channels, online and radio. Previously, Boston was the Vice President of News and Information for Western Canada covering six news, talk and traffic radio stations, eight television stations and BC1. Prior to joining Global, Boston worked at CTV for ten years, holding a variety of positions including that of senior producer for the news channel and the network’s flagship morning show, Canada AM. Boston started his broadcast journalism career in radio at CKO Radio in Toronto. @KentonBoston

Wendy Freeman is President of CTV News. Since being named President of CTV News in 2010, Freeman has been responsible for news, information and current events programming, including CTV National News, CTV News Channel, BNN, and CP24. Freeman presides over all Bell Media news editorial content and newsgathering efforts for television and digital, and oversees the newsrooms’ day-to-day operations. Previously, Freeman held a variety of senior management positions with CTV News. Prior to joining the company, Freeman worked at WPIX-TV in New York and WXYZ-TV in Detroit, as well as Citytv in Toronto, where she began her television career. @WendyFreeman

Anthony Furey is a national columnist and the national comment editor for the Sun papers, where he has worked since 2010. He’s also a host on SiriusXM radio. He’s appeared on TV and radio programs across Canada and the world, including BBC and Fox News Channel, and his writing has been featured in TimeNY Daily NewsLiterary Review of Canada and more. He studied philosophy, history and English at the University of Toronto.. @anthonyfurey

Irene Gentle is the editor of the Toronto Star. Gentle is the first female editor in the Star’s 127-year history. As editor, she is responsible for all the coverage in the print and digital editions, as well as in charge of overall editorial strategic planning. She joined the Toronto Star in 2011 as Business Editor. In 2012, she was appointed Assistant Managing Editor and City Editor and, in 2016, named Managing Editor. Before joining the Star, she held a series of progressive roles at The Hamilton Spectator, which she joined in 2005, serving as Assignment Editor, Business Editor, City Editor and finally as News Editor. @IreneGentle

Jennifer McGuire has been the General Manager and Editor in Chief of CBC News since 2009, which makes her the longest serving Editor in Chief of CBC News. McGuire led the digital transformation of CBC News, which has seen it become a
dominant digital player. McGuire is chief journalist and is responsible for: CBC News Network, all news programming on CBC Television and Radio; CBCNews.ca; news podcasts such as Front Burner and Finding Cleo, CBC News on Snapchat and all other mobile and digital applications of CBC News. Previously, she was the Executive Director of CBC Radio. Her media career began on the CBC Radio morning show in Ottawa. @jmcguirecbc

Dennis Choquette heads The Globe and Mail’s enterprise desk, where he oversees investigations and special projects. Previously, he was The Globe’s national editor, leading a team of editors and reporters producing domestic news coverage. His teams have won multiple awards for reporting on a broad range of topics, including sexual assault, Vancouver real estate, soldier suicides, political corruption and solitary confinement.

Julie Traves is deputy editor of the National Post. Her role includes editorial strategy, newsroom management and oversight of print and digital content. Prior to joining Postmedia in 2014, Traves spent 10 years at The Globe and Mail, where she was a senior leader on sections such as Focus, Arts and Travel. She has also worked in marketing and communications for the publishing industry, including Penguin Books Canada and The Word On The Street.  @Jrtraves


Allan Gregg is a principal with Earnscliffe. Gregg is among Canada’s most recognized and respected researchers, strategists and social commentators. He has played a central role in dozens of campaigns over the last thirty years. His unique talent is to develop research-based strategies and then translate them into all aspects of campaign management – from policy and speeches to media relations; from communications and advertising to targeted grassroots campiagns.  He founded Decima Research in 1979, co-founded the Strategic Counsel in 1995 and was the Chair of Harris-Decima from 2007 to 2014. From 1993 to 2013 he hosted the TVO talk show Allan Gregg in Conversation with…, and for over a decade was a regular participant on CBC’s “At Issue” panel. @allangregg




2 October 2019
6:30 pm
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