The people of British Columbia are in the stranglehold of CanWest news service. There are two major dailies in Vancouver - the Sun and the Province - both CanWest properties. Victoria has the Times Colonist - again, CanWest.
If you live on Vancouver Island, it's a CanWest blanket that includes just about every community paper too such as the Alberni Valley Times and Alberni Valley Pennyworth, the Nanaimo Daily News and Nanaimo Harbour City Star, the Campbell River Courier-Islander and the Campbell River Port Hardy North Islander, the Comox Valley Echo and the Cowichan Valley Citizen plus, on the west coast, the Tofino-Uclulet Westerly.
Atop that we get Global National, Global BC and CH Vancouver Island television.
So, what's my beef? It's the oppressive extent of the concentration of media ownership and cross-ownership (tv/newspapers) out here that gives CanWest and its right wing views a near monopoly.
The media serve democracy by presenting the populace with the most diverse range of views and information. When an organization like CanWest is allowed to become so universal it strangles diversity and allows the owner's views to dominate, unchallenged.
Asper has been criticized for the iron fist with which he controls CanWest's editorials. It's time this cabal was broken up and Asper was forced to divest. No media compnay should be allowed to have more than a single newspaper or television or radio station in any given market. When there's only one voice democracy suffers.