Public trust in the mainstream media has collapsed all across the English-speaking world, Canada included. According to recent polls, trust in Canadian news has dropped 18% in just five years and Canadians’ interest in the news has dropped by more than 20% in six years.

On top of structural explanations, like those outlined by University of Toronto Media Studies Professor Andrey Mir, and the likely truism that Canadians are generally more trusting of their elites, another significant, but little-known reason for this is that Canada’s media-ethics ombudsman refuses to do its job.

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